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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Sept. 29, 2010 HR 3081 Continuing Appropriations Bill Passed - Senate
(69 - 30)
Yea
Sept. 29, 2010 S Amdt 4676 Reducing "Continuing Appropriation" Amounts by 5 Percent Amendment Rejected - Senate
(48 - 51)
Nay
June 9, 2010 S Amdt 4302 Requiring Reports on Foreign Holdings of U.S. Debt Amendment Not Tabled - Senate
(38 - 61)
Yea
June 9, 2010 S Amdt 4326 Requiring Reports on Foreign Holdings of U.S. Debt Amendment Adopted - Senate
(58 - 41)
Yea
May 27, 2010 HR 4899 Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Supplemental Appropriations Bill Passed - Senate
(67 - 28)
Yea
May 18, 2010 S Amdt 4051 Prohibiting Funding of State and Local Governments to Prevent Defaulting on Debt Amendment Rejected - Senate
(47 - 50)
Nay
May 11, 2010 S Amdt 3839 Termination of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Conservatorships Amendment Rejected - Senate
(43 - 56)
Nay
Jan. 28, 2010 HJR 45 Increasing the Public Debt Limit and Reinstating PAYGO Bill Passed - Senate
(60 - 39)
Yea
Jan. 26, 2010 S Amdt 3302 Establishing a Federal Budget Deficit Commission Amendment Rejected - Senate
(53 - 46)
Yea
Jan. 21, 2010 S Amdt 3301 Ending the Troubled Asset Relief Program Amendment Rejected - Senate
(53 - 45)
Nay
Dec. 24, 2009 HR 4314 Increasing the National Public Debt Limit Bill Passed - Senate
(60 - 39)
Yea
Dec. 13, 2009 HR 3288 2009-2010 Omnibus Appropriations Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(57 - 35)
Yea
Oct. 29, 2009 HR 2996 Continuing Appropriations Extension and 2009-2010 Department of Interior, Environmental Protection Agency, and Related Appropriations Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(72 - 28)
Yea
Oct. 8, 2009 HR 2997 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agency Appropriations Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(76 - 22)
Yea
Sept. 30, 2009 HR 2918 Continuing Appropriations Resolution and 2009-2010 Legislative Appropriations Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(62 - 38)
Yea
Aug. 6, 2009 HR 3435 Supplemental Appropriations for the "Cash for Clunkers" Program Bill Passed - Senate
(60 - 37)
Yea
April 29, 2009 S Con Res 13 2010 Concurrent Budget Resolution Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(53 - 43)
Yea
March 31, 2009 S Amdt 739 Public Debt Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(43 - 54)
Nay
Feb. 13, 2009 HR 1 Appropriations, Tax Law Amendments, and Unemployment Benefit Amendments ("Stimulus Bill") Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(60 - 38)
Yea
Feb. 10, 2009 HR 1 Appropriations, Tax Law Amendments, and Unemployment Benefit Amendments ("Stimulus Bill") Bill Passed - Senate
(61 - 37)
Yea
Jan. 26, 2009 PN 64-06 Timothy Geithner, Secretary of the Treasury Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(60 - 34)
Yea

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:

  1. The vote should be helpful in portraying how a member stands on a particular issue
  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
  5. Occasionally, if a specific bill is consistently inquired about on the Voter's Research Hotline, the vote will be added

Descriptions of the votes are written by Vote Smart staff and based on information included in the Congressional Record, State House Journals, or Senate Journals, with additional background information from newspapers, magazines, etc. Vote Smart provides summaries for each selected key vote. The summary does not necessarily reflect the final version of the bill.

The Key Votes Program follows Project Vote Smart's strict policies, procedures and structure that guarantee absolute impartiality and accuracy. In order to ensure that all Key Votes are non-partisan in their selection and language, each is approved by a group of over 160 political scientists and journalists from all fifty states.

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