Issue Category

Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
6/27/13 S 744 Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act
Bill Passed - Senate (68 - 32)
Yea
6/18/13 S Amdt 1197 Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border
Amendment Rejected - Senate (39 - 54)
Nay
6/18/13 S Amdt 1228 Requires US-VISIT System to be Established at Every Port of Entry
Amendment Rejected - Senate (36 - 58)
Nay
6/11/13 S 744 Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act
Cloture Invoked - Senate (82 - 15)
Yea
6/10/13 S 954 Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013
Bill Passed - Senate (66 - 27)
Yea
6/06/13 S 1003 Comprehensive Student Loan Protection Act
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (40 - 57)
Nay
6/06/13 S 953 Student Loan Affordability Act
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (51 - 46)
Yea
5/23/13 S Amdt 923 Prohibits the Payment of the Premium for an Insurance Policy For Tobacco
Amendment Rejected - Senate (44 - 52)
Nay
5/23/13 S Amdt 953 Limits Subsidy Payments for Individuals with Incomes More Than $750,000
Amendment Adopted - Senate (59 - 33)
Nay
5/06/13 S 743 Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013
Bill Passed - Senate (69 - 27)
Yea
4/25/13 S 743 Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013
Cloture Invoked - Senate (63 - 30)
Yea
4/25/13 S 815 Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
4/17/13 S Amdt 711 Prohibits the Sale of Assault Weapons
Amendment Rejected - Senate (40 - 60)
Yea
4/17/13 S Amdt 711 Prohibits the Sale of Assault Weapons
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
4/17/13 S Amdt 714 Limits Firearm Magazine Capacity
Amendment Rejected - Senate (46 - 54)
Yea
4/17/13 S Amdt 714 Limits Firearm Magazine Capacity
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
4/17/13 S Amdt 715 Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act
Amendment Rejected - Senate (54 - 46)
Yea
4/17/13 S Amdt 719 Authorizes Reciprocity for the Carrying of Certain Concealed Firearms
Amendment Rejected - Senate (57 - 43)
Nay
4/16/13 S 743 Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
3/23/13 S Amdt 139 Prohibits the United States From Entering into the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty
Amendment Adopted - Senate (53 - 46)
Nay
3/23/13 S Con Res 8 An Original Concurrent Resolution Setting Forth the Congressional Budget for the United States Government for Fiscal Year 2014, Revising the Appropriate Budgetary Levels for Fiscal Year 2013, and Setting Forth the Appropriate Budgetary Levels for Fiscal Years 2015 Through 2023
Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (50 - 49)
Yea
3/20/13 HR 933 Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013
Bill Passed - Senate (73 - 26)
Yea
3/14/13 S Amdt 66 Temporarily Prohibits the Hiring of Nonessential Federal Employees
Amendment Rejected - Senate (45 - 54)
Nay
3/13/13 S Amdt 30 To Prohibit the Use of Funds to Carry Out the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
Amendment Rejected - Senate (45 - 52)
Nay
3/07/13 PN 48 Nomination of John Brennan to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
Nomination Confirmed - Senate (63 - 34)
Yea
2/26/13 PN 34 Nomination of Charles Timothy Hagel to be Secretary of Defense
Nomination Confirmed - Senate (58 - 41)
Yea
2/26/13 PN 34 Nomination of Charles Timothy Hagel to be Secretary of Defense
Cloture Invoked - Senate (71 - 27)
Yea
2/14/13 PN 34 Nomination of Charles Timothy Hagel to be Secretary of Defense
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (58 - 40)
Yea
2/12/13 S 47 Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013
Bill Passed - Senate (78 - 22)
Yea
1/22/13 S 47 Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013
None - Senate
Co-sponsor

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.