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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
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. 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 29, 2010 S Amdt 4519 Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(58 - 42)
Yea
July 27, 2010 S 3628 Campaign Finance Disclosure Requirements Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(57 - 41)
NA
July 21, 2010 HR 4213 Unemployment Benefits Extension Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(59 - 39)
NA
July 20, 2010 HR 4213 Unemployment Benefits Extension Cloture Invoked - Senate
(60 - 40)
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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