Issue Category

99 Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
5/16/12 HR 4970 Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2012
Bill Passed - House (222 - 205)
Yea
6/23/11 HR 1249 Patent Law Amendments
Bill Passed - House (304 - 117)
Yea
12/17/10 HR 5510 Aiding Those Facing Foreclosure Act
Bill Failed - House (210 - 145)
Nay
11/17/10 HR 3808 Requiring Interstate Recognition of Notarizations
Veto Override Failed - House (185 - 235)
Yea
7/30/10 HR 5851 "Whistleblower Protection" for Offshore Oil Workers
Bill Passed - House (315 - 93)
Yea
7/21/10 HR 725 Tribal Law Enforcement Amendments
Concurrence Vote Passed - House (326 - 92)
Yea
11/07/09 H Amdt 510 Substitute Health Care and Insurance Law Amendments
Amendment Rejected - House (176 - 258)
Yea
5/20/08 HR 6074 Prohibiting Foreign States or Associations from Forming a Group to Control Oil
Bill Passed - House (324 - 84)
Yea
10/16/07 HR 2102 Reporter's Source Confidentiality Guidelines
Bill Passed - House (398 - 21)
Yea
10/04/07 HR 2740 Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act (MEJA) Expansion and Enforcement Act of 2007
Bill Passed - House (389 - 30)
Yea
5/22/07 HR 2264 Preventing the Organization of Petroleum Export Groups
Bill Passed - House (345 - 72)
Yea
5/22/07 S 214 United States Attorneys Act of 2007
Bill Passed - House (306 - 114)
Nay
9/29/06 HR 4772 Private Property Rights Implementation Act of 2006
Bill Passed - House (231 - 181)
Yea
9/29/06 S 3930 Military Commissions Act of 2006
Bill Passed - House (250 - 170)
Yea
9/27/06 HR 6166 Military Commissions Act of 2006
Bill Passed - House (253 - 168)
Yea
9/26/06 HR 2679 Public Expression of Religion Act of 2006
Bill Passed - House (244 - 173)
Yea
9/26/06 HR 4772 Private Property Rights Implementation Act of 2005
Bill Failed - House (234 - 172)
Yea
9/21/06 HR 6095 Immigration Law Enforcement Act of 2006
Bill Passed - House (277 - 140)
Yea
3/07/06 S 2271 PATRIOT Act Reauthorization bill
Bill Passed - House (280 - 138)
Yea
12/19/05 HR 2863 Defense Department FY2006 Appropriations Bill
Conference Report Adopted - House (308 - 106)
Yea
10/27/05 HR 420 Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2005
Bill Passed - House (228 - 184)
Yea
10/19/05 HR 554 Food Industry Obesity Lawsuits
Bill Passed - House (306 - 120)
Yea
7/28/05 HR 5 Malpractice Liability Reform Bill
Bill Passed - House (230 - 194)
Yea
6/20/05 HR 2863 Defense Department FY2006 Appropriations Bill
Bill Passed - House (398 - 19)
Yea
4/21/05 H Amdt 370 Liability Shield Language Amendment
Amendment Rejected - House (213 - 219)
Nay
9/14/04 HR 4571 Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2004
Bill Passed - House (229 - 174)
Yea
5/12/04 HR 4280 Medical Malpractice Liability Limitation Bill
Bill Passed - House (229 - 197)
Yea
3/10/04 HR 339 Food Industry Obesity Lawsuits (Cheeseburger Bill)
Bill Passed - House (276 - 139)
Yea
4/09/03 HR 1036 Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act
Bill Passed - House (285 - 140)
Yea
2/16/00 HR 2366 Small Business Liability Reform bill
Bill Passed - House (221 - 193)
Yea
10/13/98 S 1260 Securities Litigation
Conference Report Adopted - House (319 - 82)
Yea
7/23/98 HR 1122 Partial-Birth/Late-Term Abortion bill
Veto Override Passed - House (296 - 132)
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:

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  4. The vote was passed or defeated by a very close margin
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