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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Dec. 8, 2010 S 3991 Allowing Collective Bargaining for Public Safety Officers Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(55 - 43)
Yea
Dec. 4, 2010 S Amdt 4727 Extension of Tax Cuts for Those Making Under $250,000 Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(53 - 36)
Yea
Dec. 4, 2010 S Amdt 4728 Extension of Tax Cuts for Those Making Under $1 Million Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(53 - 37)
Yea
Nov. 30, 2010 S 510 FDA Food Safety Modernization Act Bill Passed - Senate
(73 - 25)
Yea
Nov. 30, 2010 S Amdt 4697 Prohibiting Earmarks Motion Rejected - Senate
(39 - 56)
Yea
Nov. 17, 2010 S 3772 Paycheck Fairness Act Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(58 - 41)
Yea
Nov. 17, 2010 S Amdt 4697 Prohibiting Earmarks Senate Co-sponsor
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)
Yea
Sept. 29, 2010 S J Res 39 Disapproving Rule for "Grandfathered Health Plans" Motion Rejected - Senate
(40 - 59)
Nay
Sept. 28, 2010 S 3816 Tax Law Amendments Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(53 - 45)
Yea
Sept. 23, 2010 S 3628 Campaign Finance Disclosure Requirements Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(59 - 39)
Yea
Sept. 21, 2010 S 3454 2010-2011 Defense Authorizations Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(56 - 43)
Yea
Sept. 16, 2010 HR 5297 Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments Bill Passed - Senate
(61 - 38)
Yea
Sept. 14, 2010 S Amdt 4595 Business Transaction Reporting Requirement Amendments Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(56 - 42)
Yea
Sept. 14, 2010 S Amdt 4596 Repealing Business Transaction Reporting Requirements Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(46 - 52)
Nay
Aug. 10, 2010 HR 1586 Aid To States for Medicaid, Teacher Employment, and Other Purposes Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(247 - 161)
NA
Aug. 5, 2010 HR 1586 Aid To States for Medicaid, Teacher Employment, and Other Purposes Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(61 - 39)
Yea
Aug. 5, 2010 PN 1768 Elena Kagan, Associate Justice Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(63 - 37)
Yea
July 30, 2010 H Amdt 773 Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards Amendment Adopted - House
(216 - 195)
NA
July 30, 2010 HR 3534 Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments Bill Passed - House
(209 - 193)
NA
July 30, 2010 HR 5982 Tax Law Amendments Bill Failed - House
(241 - 154)
NA
July 29, 2010 S Amdt 4519 Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(58 - 42)
Yea
July 28, 2010 HR 5827 Exempting Guns from an Estate for Bankruptcy Purposes Bill Passed - House
(307 - 113)
NA
July 27, 2010 H Con Res 301 Directing the President to Remove Armed Forces from Pakistan Joint Resolution Failed - House
(38 - 372)
NA
July 27, 2010 HR 4899 Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Supplemental Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(308 - 114)
NA
July 27, 2010 S 3628 Campaign Finance Disclosure Requirements Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(57 - 41)
Yea
July 22, 2010 HR 4213 Unemployment Benefits Extension Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(272 - 152)
NA
July 21, 2010 HR 4213 Unemployment Benefits Extension Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(59 - 39)
Yea
July 21, 2010 HR 4380 Temporary Tariff Suspensions and Reductions Bill Passed - House
(378 - 43)
NA
July 21, 2010 HR 725 Tribal Law Enforcement Amendments Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(326 - 92)
NA
July 21, 2010 S 3628 Campaign Finance Disclosure Requirements Senate Co-sponsor
July 20, 2010 HR 4213 Unemployment Benefits Extension Cloture Invoked - Senate
(60 - 40)
Yea
July 15, 2010 HR 4173 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(60 - 39)
Yea
July 15, 2010 HR 5114 Flood Insurance Program Extension Bill Passed - House
(329 - 90)
NA
July 1, 2010 HR 4899 Requiring Timetable for Withdrawal from Afghanistan Concurrence Vote Failed - House
(100 - 321)
NA
July 1, 2010 HR 4899 Requiring Timetable for Withdrawal from Afghanistan Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(239 - 182)
NA
July 1, 2010 HR 4899 Requiring Timetable for Withdrawal from Afghanistan Concurrence Vote Failed - House
(162 - 260)
NA
July 1, 2010 HR 5618 Unemployment Benefits Extension Bill Passed - House
(270 - 153)
NA
July 1, 2010 H Res 1500 Deeming Supplemental Military Appropriations Passed and Allowing Divided Question Bill Passed - House
(215 - 210)
NA
June 30, 2010 HR 4173 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act Conference Report Adopted - House
(237 - 192)
NA
June 24, 2010 HR 5175 Campaign Finance Disclosure Requirements Bill Passed - House
(219 - 206)
NA
June 17, 2010 HR 5297 Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments Bill Passed - House
(241 - 182)
NA
June 10, 2010 H Amdt 684 Increasing Minimum Down Payment for Federal Housing Administration Mortgages Amendment Rejected - House
(131 - 289)
NA
June 10, 2010 H Amdt 686 Limiting Federal Housing Administration Mortgage Issuance Amendment Rejected - House
(106 - 316)
NA
June 10, 2010 H Amdt 688 Limiting Principal Obligation Amounts of Federal Housing Administration Mortgages Amendment Rejected - House
(121 - 301)
NA
June 10, 2010 S J Res 26 Statement of Opposition to EPA Greenhouse Gas Rule Motion Rejected - Senate
(47 - 53)
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 28, 2010 HR 4213 Unemployment Benefits Extension and Tax Law Amendments Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(215 - 204)
NA

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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