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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
July 16, 2014 H Amdt 1079 Prohibits the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from Providing Bonuses to Employees Amendment Adopted - House
(282 - 138)
Nay
July 16, 2014 H Amdt 1083 Prohibits Federal Agencies from Paying Federal Employees Certain Pay Rates Amendment Rejected - House
(193 - 230)
Yea
July 16, 2014 H Amdt 1086 Prohibits States from Penalizing a Bank for Providing Financial Services to Marijuana Businesses Amendment Adopted - House
(231 - 192)
Yea
July 16, 2014 H Amdt 1093 Prohibits Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from Preventing States from Implementing Broadband Internet Access Service Laws Amendment Adopted - House
(223 - 200)
Nay
July 16, 2014 H Amdt 1098 Prohibits District of Columbia from Implementing Certain Firearm Laws Amendment Adopted - House
(241 - 181)
Nay
July 16, 2014 HR 5016 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2015 Bill Passed - House
(228 - 195)
Nay
Oct. 30, 2013 HR 992 Swaps Regulatory Improvement Act Bill Passed - House
(292 - 122)
Nay
Oct. 29, 2013 HR 2374 Retail Investor Protection Act Bill Passed - House
(254 - 166)
Nay
May 23, 2013 HR 1911 Smarter Solutions for Students Act Bill Passed - House
(221 - 198)
Nay
May 17, 2013 HR 1062 SEC Regulatory Accountability Act Bill Passed - House
(235 - 161)
Nay
July 25, 2012 HR 459 Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2012 Bill Passed - House
(327 - 98)
Nay
May 9, 2012 HR 2072 Export-Import Bank Reauthorization Act of 2012 Bill Passed - House
(330 - 93)
Yea
Feb. 9, 2012 S 2038 Prohibits Insider Trading by Government Officials Bill Passed - House
(417 - 2)
Yea
Nov. 3, 2011 H Amdt 849 Requires Public Disclosure of Bonuses and Golden Parachute Arrangements Amendment Rejected - House
(190 - 234)
Yea
July 21, 2011 HR 1315 Oversight of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Bill Passed - House
(241 - 173)
Nay
March 11, 2011 HR 836 Terminating the Emergency Mortgage Relief Program Bill Passed - House
(242 - 177)
Nay
March 10, 2011 HR 830 Terminating the Federal Housing Administration Refinance Program Bill Passed - House
(256 - 171)
Nay
Sept. 23, 2010 HR 5297 Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(237 - 187)
Yea
Sept. 16, 2010 HR 4785 Authorizing Loans for Energy Efficiency Purposes Bill Passed - House
(240 - 172)
Yea
June 30, 2010 HR 4173 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act Conference Report Adopted - House
(237 - 192)
Yea
June 17, 2010 HR 5297 Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments Bill Passed - House
(241 - 182)
Yea
Dec. 11, 2009 HR 4173 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act Bill Passed - House
(223 - 202)
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:

  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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