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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Feb. 16, 2012 HR 3408 Authorizes Development of Oil Shale Resources Bill Passed - House
(237 - 187)
Nay
Feb. 9, 2012 S 2038 Prohibits Insider Trading by Government Officials Bill Passed - House
(417 - 2)
Yea
Feb. 8, 2012 HR 3521 Authorizes the President to Line-Item Veto Certain Legislation Bill Passed - House
(254 - 173)
Yea
Feb. 3, 2012 HR 3578 Amends Budget Baseline Bill Passed - House
(235 - 177)
Yea
Feb. 3, 2012 HR 658 Federal Aviation Administration Act of 2012 Conference Report Adopted - House
(248 - 169)
Yea
Feb. 1, 2012 HR 1173 Repeals the CLASS Act Bill Passed - House
(267 - 159)
Yea
Feb. 1, 2012 HR 3835 Extends Pay Freeze for Congress and Non-Military Federal Workers Bill Passed - House
(309 - 117)
Yea
Jan. 18, 2012 H J Res 98 Disapproval of President's Authority to Raise the Debt Limit Joint Resolution Passed - House
(239 - 176)
Yea
Dec. 20, 2011 HR 3630 Temporary Payroll Tax Cut Extension Nonconcurrence Vote Passed - House
(229 - 193)
Yea
Dec. 16, 2011 HR 2055 Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2012 Conference Report Adopted - House
(296 - 121)
Yea
Dec. 14, 2011 HR 1540 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 Conference Report Adopted - House
(283 - 136)
Yea
Dec. 13, 2011 HR 3630 Reduces Payroll Taxes and Unemployment Benefits Bill Passed - House
(234 - 193)
Yea
Dec. 8, 2011 HR 1633 Limits Regulation of Farm Dust Bill Passed - House
(268 - 150)
Yea
Dec. 7, 2011 HR 10 Congressional Approval of Regulations Bill Passed - House
(241 - 184)
Yea
Dec. 2, 2011 HR 3010 Establishes Additional Requirements for Regulatory Agencies Bill Passed - House
(253 - 167)
Yea
Dec. 1, 2011 HR 3463 Repeals Taxpayer Financing of Presidential Election Campaigns Bill Passed - House
(235 - 190)
Yea
Dec. 1, 2011 HR 527 Increases Requirements for Agencies that Promulgate Regulations Affecting Small Businesses Bill Passed - House
(263 - 159)
Yea
Nov. 30, 2011 HR 3094 Labor Law Amendments Bill Passed - House
(235 - 188)
Yea
Nov. 29, 2011 HR 3012 Repeals Certain Green Cards Limitations Bill Passed - House
(389 - 15)
Yea
Nov. 18, 2011 H J Res 2 Proposing a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution Joint Resolution Failed - House
(261 - 165)
Yea
Nov. 17, 2011 HR 2112 Appropriations for Agriculture, Rural Development, and the Food and Drug Administration Conference Report Adopted - House
(298 - 121)
Yea
Nov. 16, 2011 HR 822 Requiring State Reciprocity for Carrying Concealed Firearms Bill Passed - House
(272 - 154)
Nay
Nov. 3, 2011 H Amdt 849 Requires Public Disclosure of Bonuses and Golden Parachute Arrangements Amendment Rejected - House
(190 - 234)
Nay
Nov. 3, 2011 H Amdt 853 Requires Crowdfunding Intermediaries to Disclose Methods of Compensation to Investors Amendment Rejected - House
(189 - 234)
Nay
Nov. 3, 2011 HR 2930 Authorizes Crowdfunding for Small Businesses Bill Passed - House
(407 - 17)
Yea
Nov. 1, 2011 H Con Res 13 Encourages Display of "In God We Trust" in Public Buildings and Schools Joint Resolution Passed - House
(396 - 9)
Yea
Oct. 27, 2011 HR 2576 Requires Inclusion of Social Security Benefits in Calculation of Modified Adjusted Gross Income Bill Passed - House
(262 - 157)
Yea
Oct. 26, 2011 HR 1904 Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act of 2011 Bill Passed - House
(235 - 186)
Yea
Oct. 14, 2011 HR 2273 Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act Bill Passed - House
(267 - 144)
Yea
Oct. 13, 2011 HR 358 Amends Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to Prohibit Abortion Coverage Bill Passed - House
(251 - 172)
Yea
Oct. 12, 2011 HR 3078 Trade Promotion Agreement with Colombia Bill Passed - House
(262 - 167)
Yea
Oct. 12, 2011 HR 3079 Trade Promotion Agreement with Panama Bill Passed - House
(300 - 129)
Yea
Oct. 12, 2011 HR 3080 Free Trade Agreement with Korea Bill Passed - House
(278 - 151)
Yea
Oct. 6, 2011 HR 2681 Repeals EPA Emissions Regulations for Cement Manufacturers Bill Passed - House
(262 - 161)
Yea
Oct. 4, 2011 HR 2608 Continuing Appropriations Act of 2012 Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(352 - 66)
Did Not Vote
Sept. 23, 2011 H Amdt 799 Suspends Cross State Air Pollution Rule Amendment Adopted - House
(234 - 188)
Nay
Sept. 23, 2011 H Amdt 800 Requires the EPA to Consider Costs and Feasibility of Air Quality Standards Amendment Adopted - House
(227 - 192)
Nay
Sept. 23, 2011 HR 2608 Stopgap Spending and Disaster Relief Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(219 - 203)
Yea
Sept. 21, 2011 HR 2608 Stopgap Spending and Disaster Relief Concurrence Vote Failed - House
(195 - 230)
Yea
Sept. 15, 2011 HR 2587 National Labor Relations Board Prohibitions Bill Passed - House
(238 - 186)
Yea
Sept. 14, 2011 H J Res 77 Disapproval of the President's Authority to Raise the Debt Limit Joint Resolution Passed - House
(232 - 186)
Yea
Sept. 14, 2011 HR 2930 Authorizes Crowdfunding for Small Businesses House Co-sponsor
Aug. 1, 2011 S 365 Budget Control Act of 2011 Bill Passed - House
(269 - 161)
Yea
July 29, 2011 S 627 Increasing the Debt Ceiling (Boehner Bill) Bill Passed - House
(218 - 210)
Yea
July 27, 2011 H Amdt 735 Repeals Laws that Limited Funding for the Endangered Species Act Amendment Adopted - House
(224 - 202)
Yea
July 22, 2011 HR 2551 2011-2012 Congressional Budget Bill Passed - House
(252 - 159)
Yea
July 21, 2011 HR 1315 Oversight of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Bill Passed - House
(241 - 173)
Yea
July 20, 2011 HR 2553 Airport and Airway Extension Act Bill Passed - House
(243 - 177)
Yea
July 19, 2011 HR 2560 Cut, Cap and Balance Act of 2011 Bill Passed - House
(234 - 190)
Yea
July 13, 2011 HR 2018 Amending Clean Water Laws Bill Passed - House
(239 - 184)
Nay

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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