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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
May 27, 2010 S Amdt 4214 National Guard Deployment on Southern U.S. Land Border Motion Rejected - Senate
(51 - 46)
Nay
May 19, 2010 HR 5325 Science and Technology Funding Bill Failed - House
(261 - 148)
NA
May 19, 2010 S Amdt 3746 Allowing States to Limit Credit Card Interest Rates Amendment Rejected - Senate
(35 - 60)
Yea
May 18, 2010 S Amdt 4034 Federal Preemption Over State Consumer Financial Laws Amendment Rejected - Senate
(43 - 55)
Nay
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 18, 2010 S Amdt 4071 Amending State Authority to Enforce Consumer Financial Regulations Amendment Adopted - Senate
(80 - 18)
Yea
May 18, 2010 S Amdt 4072 Inspector General Appointment Modification Amendment Adopted - Senate
(75 - 21)
Yea
May 18, 2010 S Amdt 4114 Credit Default Swap Regulations Amendment Tabled - Senate
(57 - 38)
Nay
May 13, 2010 S Amdt 3832 Establishing Bankruptcy Process for Non-bank Financial Institutions Amendment Rejected - Senate
(42 - 58)
Nay
May 13, 2010 S Amdt 3987 Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Termination Amendment Rejected - Senate
(40 - 55)
Nay
May 13, 2010 S Amdt 3989 Debit Card Fee Regulations Amendment Adopted - Senate
(64 - 33)
Yea
May 13, 2010 S Amdt 3991 Credit Rating Agency Board Amendment Adopted - Senate
(64 - 35)
Yea
May 12, 2010 S Amdt 3816 Derivatives Regulation Modifications Amendment Rejected - Senate
(39 - 59)
Nay
May 12, 2010 S Amdt 3955 Establishing New Mortgage Underwriting Requirements and Eliminating a Risk Retention Requirement Amendment Rejected - Senate
(42 - 57)
Nay
May 12, 2010 S Amdt 3962 Home Loan Regulation Modifications Amendment Adopted - Senate
(63 - 36)
Yea
May 11, 2010 S Amdt 3760 Federal Reserve Audit Amendment Rejected - Senate
(37 - 62)
Nay
May 11, 2010 S Amdt 3839 Termination of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Conservatorships Amendment Rejected - Senate
(43 - 56)
Nay
May 11, 2010 S Amdt 3938 Study on Ending the Conservatorships of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Amendment Adopted - Senate
(63 - 36)
Yea
May 6, 2010 HR 1722 Telework Policies and Regulations for Federal Agencies Bill Failed - House
(268 - 147)
NA
May 6, 2010 S Amdt 3826 Consumer Financial Protection Division Within The FDIC Amendment Rejected - Senate
(38 - 61)
Nay
April 27, 2010 HR 5146 Prohibiting 2010- 2011 Congressional Cost-of-Living Pay Increase Bill Passed - House
(402 - 15)
NA
April 15, 2010 HR 4851 Unemployment Benefits Extension Bill Passed - Senate
(59 - 38)
Yea
April 15, 2010 HR 4851 Unemployment Benefits Extension Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(289 - 112)
NA
March 25, 2010 HR 4872 Health Care Reconciliation Act Bill Passed - Senate
(56 - 43)
Yea
March 25, 2010 HR 4872 Health Care Reconciliation Act Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(220 - 207)
NA
March 21, 2010 HR 3590 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(219 - 212)
NA
March 21, 2010 HR 4872 Health Care Reconciliation Act Bill Passed - House
(220 - 211)
NA
March 17, 2010 HR 2847 Employment, Infrastructure, and Transportation Appropriations and Tax Credits ("Senate Jobs Bill") Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(68 - 29)
Yea
March 10, 2010 HR 4213 Extending Unemployment Benefits and Certain Tax Credits Bill Passed - Senate
(62 - 36)
Yea
March 4, 2010 HR 2847 Employment, Infrastructure, and Transportation Appropriations and Tax Credits ("Senate Jobs Bill") Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(217 - 201)
NA
March 3, 2010 S Amdt 3353 Payment to Social Security Recipients Motion Rejected - Senate
(47 - 50)
Nay
Feb. 26, 2010 HR 2701 Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 Bill Passed - House
(235 - 168)
NA
Feb. 24, 2010 HR 2847 Employment, Infrastructure, and Transportation Appropriations and Tax Credits ("Senate Jobs Bill") Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(70 - 28)
Yea
Feb. 22, 2010 HR 2847 Employment, Infrastructure, and Transportation Appropriations and Tax Credits ("Senate Jobs Bill") Cloture Invoked - Senate
(62 - 30)
Yea
Feb. 9, 2010 PN 1351-111 Craig Becker, Member of the National Labor Relations Board Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(52 - 33)
Yea
Feb. 4, 2010 HJR 45 Reinstating PAYGO Budget Rule Motion Agreed - House
(233 - 187)
NA
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)
Yea
Jan. 21, 2010 S Amdt 3301 Ending the Troubled Asset Relief Program Amendment Rejected - Senate
(53 - 45)
Yea
Jan. 21, 2010 S Amdt 3302 Establishing a Federal Budget Deficit Commission Senate Co-sponsor
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. 16, 2009 HR 2847 Employment, Infrastructure, and Transportation Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(217 - 212)
NA
Dec. 16, 2009 HR 4314 Increasing the National Public Debt Limit Bill Passed - House
(218 - 214)
NA
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. 11, 2009 HR 4173 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act Bill Passed - House
(223 - 202)
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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