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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
June 19, 2012 HR 2578 Conservation and Economic Growth Act Bill Passed - House
(232 - 188)
Nay
Nov. 16, 2011 HR 822 Requiring State Reciprocity for Carrying Concealed Firearms Bill Passed - House
(272 - 154)
Yea
Oct. 26, 2011 HR 1904 Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act of 2011 Bill Passed - House
(235 - 186)
Nay
Oct. 14, 2011 HR 2273 Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act Bill Passed - House
(267 - 144)
Yea
Sept. 23, 2011 H Amdt 799 Suspends Cross State Air Pollution Rule Amendment Adopted - House
(234 - 188)
Yea
July 13, 2011 HR 2018 Amending Clean Water Laws Bill Passed - House
(239 - 184)
Nay
May 3, 2011 HR 1213 Repealing Funding for State Health Benefit Exchanges Bill Passed - House
(238 - 183)
Nay
March 30, 2011 HR 471 School Vouchers for Washington, D.C. Bill Passed - House
(225 - 195)
Nay
Nov. 17, 2010 HR 3808 Requiring Interstate Recognition of Notarizations Veto Override Failed - House
(185 - 235)
Nay
March 21, 2010 HR 3590 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(219 - 212)
Nay
Nov. 7, 2009 H Amdt 510 Substitute Health Care and Insurance Law Amendments Amendment Rejected - House
(176 - 258)
Nay
July 16, 2008 HR 415 Adding Parts of the Taunton River to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System Bill Passed - House
(242 - 175)
Yea
Oct. 24, 2007 HR 505 Native Hawaiian Reorganization Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House
(261 - 153)
Yea
July 25, 2007 H Amdt 674 State and Federal Medical Marijuana Law Enforcement and Implementation Amendment Rejected - House
(165 - 262)
Nay
April 19, 2007 HR 1905 District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House
(241 - 177)
Yea
June 15, 2005 H Amdt 272 Medical Marijuana Use Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(161 - 264)
Nay

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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