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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Dec. 8, 2010 HR 5281 DREAM Act Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(216 - 198)
Did Not Vote
March 25, 2010 HR 4872 Health Care Reconciliation Act Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(220 - 207)
March 21, 2010 HR 4872 Health Care Reconciliation Act Bill Passed - House
(220 - 211)
Sept. 17, 2009 HR 3221 Prohibiting Federal Assistance to ACORN Bill Passed - House
(253 - 171)
April 29, 2009 S Con Res 13 2010 Concurrent Budget Resolution Conference Report Adopted - House
(233 - 193)
Sept. 26, 2008 HR 7060 Renewable Energy Credits and Other Business and Individual Credits Bill Passed - House
(257 - 166)
July 31, 2008 HR 4137 Higher Education Act Amendments and Extensions Conference Report Adopted - House
(380 - 49)
May 15, 2008 HR 2642 G.I. Bill Expansion and Other Domestic Provisions Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(256 - 166)
May 1, 2008 HR 5715 Student Loan Provision Changes Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(388 - 21)
April 17, 2008 HR 5715 Student Loan Provision Changes Bill Passed - House
(383 - 27)
Feb. 7, 2008 HR 4137 Higher Education Act Amendments and Extensions Bill Passed - House
(354 - 58)
Dec. 17, 2007 HR 2764 Inclusion of Consolidated Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(206 - 201)
Sept. 7, 2007 HR 2669 Student Loan Lender Subsidy Cuts and Student Grants Conference Report Adopted - House
(292 - 97)
July 19, 2007 HR 3043 Appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Bill Passed - House
(276 - 140)
July 11, 2007 HR 2669 Student Loan Lender Subsidy Cuts and Student Grants Bill Passed - House
(273 - 149)

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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