Issue Category

64 Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
12/21/10 HR 3082 Continuing Appropriations
Concurrence Vote Passed - House (193 - 165)
8/10/10 HR 1586 Aid To States for Medicaid, Teacher Employment, and Other Purposes
Concurrence Vote Passed - House (247 - 161)
3/04/10 HR 2847 Employment, Infrastructure, and Transportation Appropriations and Tax Credits ("Senate Jobs Bill")
Concurrence Vote Passed - House (217 - 201)
12/16/09 HR 2847 Employment, Infrastructure, and Transportation Appropriations
Concurrence Vote Passed - House (217 - 212)
12/10/09 HR 3288 2009-2010 Omnibus Appropriations
Conference Report Adopted - House (221 - 202)
7/31/09 HR 3435 Supplemental Appropriations for the "Cash for Clunkers" Program
Bill Passed - House (316 - 109)
6/09/09 HR 2751 Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save Act
Bill Passed - House (298 - 119)
12/10/08 HR 7321 Automotive Industry Financing
Bill Passed - House (237 - 170)
9/26/08 HR 7060 Renewable Energy Credits and Other Business and Individual Credits
Bill Passed - House (257 - 166)
9/16/08 HR 6899 Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling and Extending Certain Renewable Energy Tax Credits
Bill Passed - House (236 - 189)
7/24/08 HR 3999 National Highway Bridge Reconstruction and Inspection Act
Bill Passed - House (367 - 55)
7/23/08 HR 6532 Restoring the Highway Trust Fund Balance
Bill Passed - House (387 - 37)
6/26/08 HR 6052 Public Transportation and Alternative Fuel Grants
Bill Passed - House (322 - 98)
6/11/08 HR 6003 Amtrak Reauthorization
Bill Passed - House (311 - 104)

About the Selection and Descriptions of Key Votes

Project Vote Smart provides easy access to Congressional and State voting records and maintains a collection of key votes grouped by issue. Key votes typically include the initial passage of legislation and final conference report vote versions (the compromised versions of bills passed in separate House and Senate versions). Vote Smart uses the following criteria to select key votes:

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  2. The vote should be clear for any person to understand
  3. The vote has received media attention
  4. The vote was passed or defeated by a very close margin
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