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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
March 31, 2014 HR 4302 Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 Bill Passed - Senate
(64 - 35)
Yea
Oct. 16, 2013 HR 2775 Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Bill Passed - Senate
(81 - 18)
Yea
June 10, 2013 S 954 Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013 Bill Passed - Senate
(66 - 27)
Yea
Sept. 20, 2012 H J Res 118 Congressional Disapproval of Department of Health and Human Services Rule to Waive Certain Requirements for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program (TANF) Joint Resolution Passed - House
(250 - 164)
Nay
May 10, 2012 HR 5652 Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act of 2012 Bill Passed - House
(218 - 199)
Nay
Feb. 17, 2012 HR 3630 Extends Payroll Tax Cut Conference Report Adopted - House
(293 - 132)
Yea
Dec. 20, 2011 HR 3630 Temporary Payroll Tax Cut Extension Nonconcurrence Vote Passed - House
(229 - 193)
Nay
Dec. 13, 2011 HR 3630 Reduces Payroll Taxes and Unemployment Benefits Bill Passed - House
(234 - 193)
Nay
Dec. 8, 2010 HR 5987 Seniors Protection Act Bill Failed - House
(254 - 153)
Yea
Nov. 18, 2010 HR 6419 Extension of Certain Unemployment Benefits Bill Failed - House
(258 - 154)
Yea
July 22, 2010 HR 4213 Unemployment Benefits Extension Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(272 - 152)
Yea
July 1, 2010 HR 5618 Unemployment Benefits Extension Bill Passed - House
(270 - 153)
Yea
May 28, 2010 HR 4213 Unemployment Benefits Extension and Tax Law Amendments Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(215 - 204)
Yea
April 15, 2010 HR 4851 Unemployment Benefits Extension Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(289 - 112)
Yea
Nov. 5, 2009 HR 3548 Extending Federal Emergency Unemployment Benefits and Providing Business and Homebuyer Tax Credits Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(403 - 12)
Yea
Sept. 22, 2009 HR 3548 Extending Federal Emergency Unemployment Benefits Bill Passed - House
(331 - 83)
Yea
Oct. 3, 2008 HR 6867 Emergency Extended Unemployment Compensation Bill Passed - House
(368 - 28)
Yea
July 15, 2008 HR 6331 Medicare Bill Veto Override Passed - House
(383 - 41)
Yea
June 24, 2008 HR 6331 Medicare Bill Bill Passed - House
(355 - 59)
Yea
June 18, 2008 HR 6124 Second Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill) Veto Override Passed - House
(317 - 109)
Yea
June 12, 2008 HR 5749 Emergency Extended Unemployment Compensation Act of 2008 Bill Passed - House
(274 - 137)
Yea
May 21, 2008 HR 2419 Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill) Veto Override Passed - House
(316 - 108)
Yea
May 15, 2008 HR 2642 G.I. Bill Expansion and Other Domestic Provisions Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(256 - 166)
Yea
May 14, 2008 HR 2419 Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill) Conference Report Adopted - House
(318 - 106)
Yea
April 23, 2008 HR 5613 Medicaid Extensions and Changes Bill Passed - House
(349 - 62)
Yea
Jan. 23, 2008 HR 3963 Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007 (CHIP) Veto Override Failed - House
(260 - 152)
Yea
Nov. 15, 2007 HR 3043 Appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Veto Override Failed - House
(277 - 141)
Yea
Nov. 8, 2007 HR 3043 Appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(274 - 141)
Yea
Oct. 25, 2007 HR 3963 Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007 (CHIP) Bill Passed - House
(265 - 142)
Yea
July 27, 2007 HR 2419 Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill) Bill Passed - House
(231 - 191)
Yea
July 19, 2007 HR 3043 Appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Bill Passed - House
(276 - 140)
Yea
July 11, 2007 S 1701 Extension of Funding for Transitional Medical Assistance and Abstinence Education Bill Passed - House
(291 - 126)
Yea
May 17, 2007 S Con Res 21 2008 Budget Resolution Conference Report Adopted - House
(214 - 209)
Yea
Jan. 12, 2007 HR 4 Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act Bill Passed - House
(255 - 170)
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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