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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Sept. 21, 2012 HR 3409 Stop the War on Coal Act of 2012 Bill Passed - House
(233 - 175)
Nay
July 12, 2012 HR 4402 National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2012 Bill Passed - House
(256 - 160)
Nay
June 21, 2012 HR 4480 Domestic Energy and Jobs Act Bill Passed - House
(248 - 163)
Nay
Feb. 29, 2012 HR 1837 Water Resources in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Bill Passed - House
(246 - 175)
Nay
Dec. 8, 2011 HR 1633 Limits Regulation of Farm Dust Bill Passed - House
(268 - 150)
Nay
Oct. 14, 2011 HR 2273 Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act Bill Passed - House
(267 - 144)
Nay
Oct. 6, 2011 HR 2681 Repeals EPA Emissions Regulations for Cement Manufacturers Bill Passed - House
(262 - 161)
Nay
Sept. 23, 2011 H Amdt 799 Suspends Cross State Air Pollution Rule Amendment Adopted - House
(234 - 188)
Nay
Sept. 23, 2011 H Amdt 800 Requires the EPA to Consider Costs and Feasibility of Air Quality Standards Amendment Adopted - House
(227 - 192)
Nay
July 27, 2011 H Amdt 735 Repeals Laws that Limited Funding for the Endangered Species Act Amendment Adopted - House
(224 - 202)
Yea
July 13, 2011 HR 2018 Amending Clean Water Laws Bill Passed - House
(239 - 184)
Nay
June 22, 2011 HR 2021 Impact of Drilling on Air Quality Bill Passed - House
(253 - 166)
Nay
April 7, 2011 HR 910 Energy Tax Prevention Act Bill Passed - House
(255 - 172)
Nay

Michigan Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
June 16, 2010 SR 158 Oil Spill Prevention Plans for Dairy Farmers Resolution Passed - Senate
(24 - 10)
Yea
Sept. 18, 2008 HB 5524 Energy Utility Regulations Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(25 - 11)
Yea
Sept. 18, 2008 SB 213 Renewable Electricity Standards Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(26 - 10)
Yea
May 15, 2008 SB 860 Great Lakes Water Management Bill Passed - Senate
(24 - 14)
Nay
Oct. 30, 2007 S Sub for Sub HB 4354 2007-2008 Department of Natural Resources Budget Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(32 - 6)
Yea
Oct. 30, 2007 S Sub for Sub HB 4358 2007-2008 Department of Environmental Quality Appropriations Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(25 - 13)
Yea
June 20, 2007 Sub for SB 447 Insurance for Water Pollution Bill Passed - Senate
(22 - 16)
Nay
June 20, 2007 Sub for SB 504 Agricultural Pollution Bill Passed - Senate
(21 - 17)
Nay
May 23, 2006 Sub for HB 5453 Changes to the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act Bill Passed - Senate
(26 - 12)
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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