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2008 May 13 - Key Votes

This is a brief recap of the votes that have taken place recently in Congress that Project Vote Smart has selected to summarize under the Key Votes Program (Click here to view our selection criteria.). We have selected eight votes since the last recap on April 28th (Click here to view similar recent posts recapping Congressional votes.).

On April 29, the House passed the Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008 (S 2739). Among other things, this bill extends certain federal labor and immigration laws to the Northern Mariana Islands, give the Northern Mariana Islands a delegate in the U.S. House, and establishes the Wild Sky Wilderness Protection Area in Washington state, creates heritage areas, and provides for certain water projects around the country. It passed the House by a vote of 291-117 (Note that on the roll call lists on our website, you can reorganize the list by state, district, name, party, or vote simply by clicking on the column headers.). This bill was signed by the President on May 8 and became Public Law 110-229.

The following day, the House passed HR 5522, a bill requiring OSHA to establish combustable dust safety standards within 18 months of the bill's enactment. This bill passed the House by a vote of 247-165.

The first Key Vote from May happened on the first of the month. On this date, the House had a concurrence vote on HR 5715. The concurrence vote passed 388-21. This bill sets up provisions regarding school loans. It increases the amount ...

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