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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Jan. 28, 2010 HJR 45 Increasing the Public Debt Limit and Reinstating PAYGO Bill Passed - Senate
(60 - 39)
Yea
Jan. 28, 2010 PN 959-111 Ben S. Bernanke, Federal Reserve Chairman Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(70 - 30)
Yea
Jan. 26, 2010 S Amdt 3302 Establishing a Federal Budget Deficit Commission Amendment Rejected - Senate
(53 - 46)
Nay
Jan. 21, 2010 S Amdt 3301 Ending the Troubled Asset Relief Program Amendment Rejected - Senate
(53 - 45)
Nay
Dec. 24, 2009 HR 3590 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Bill Passed - Senate
(60 - 39)
Yea
Dec. 24, 2009 HR 4314 Increasing the National Public Debt Limit Bill Passed - Senate
(60 - 39)
Yea
Dec. 23, 2009 HR 3590 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Cloture Invoked - Senate
(60 - 39)
Yea
Dec. 22, 2009 S Amdt 3276 Senate Health Care Bill Amendments Amendment Adopted - Senate
(60 - 39)
Yea
Dec. 15, 2009 S Amdt 2793 Authorizing Importation of Prescription Drugs Amendment Rejected - Senate
(51 - 48)
Nay
Dec. 13, 2009 HR 3288 2009-2010 Omnibus Appropriations Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(57 - 35)
Yea
Dec. 8, 2009 S Amdt 2962 Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services Amendment Tabled - Senate
(54 - 45)
Yea
Dec. 3, 2009 S Amdt 2791 Preventive Services Coverage Requirements Amendment Adopted - Senate
(61 - 39)
Yea
Nov. 19, 2009 PN 187-111 David F. Hamilton, Seventh Circuit Judge Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(59 - 39)
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. 27, 2009 HR 3548 Extending Federal Emergency Unemployment Benefits Cloture Invoked - Senate
(87 - 13)
Yea
Oct. 22, 2009 HR 2647 2009-2010 Defense Appropriations Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(68 - 29)
Yea
Oct. 21, 2009 S 1776 Eliminating Adjustments to Medicare Rates of Payment Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(47 - 53)
Yea
Oct. 20, 2009 HR 2892 2009-2010 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Authorizations Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(79 - 19)
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
Oct. 6, 2009 S Amdt 2588 Prohibiting Federal Funding of Mandatory Arbitration Contracts Amendment Adopted - Senate
(68 - 30)
Yea
Oct. 1, 2009 Amdt 2575 U.S. Military Commanders to Testify Before Congress Amendment Rejected - Senate
(40 - 59)
Nay
Sept. 30, 2009 HR 2918 Continuing Appropriations Resolution and 2009-2010 Legislative Appropriations Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(62 - 38)
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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