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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
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
July 26, 2012 HR 4078 Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Job Creation Act Bill Passed - House
(245 - 172)
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

Michigan Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
June 24, 2009 HB 4436 2009-2010 Department of Community Health Budget Bill Passed - Senate
(20 - 16)
Nay
June 23, 2009 HB 4441 2009-2010 Higher Education Budget Bill Passed - Senate
(19 - 17)
Nay
June 18, 2009 SB 248 2010 Human Services Budget Bill Passed - Senate
(21 - 15)
Nay
Dec. 10, 2008 SB 861 Tuition Assistance for Students in High Poverty Areas Bill Passed - Senate
(24 - 13)
Yea
March 12, 2008 SB 120 Issuing Food Stamps Twice Monthly Bill Passed - Senate
(35 - 2)
Yea
Oct. 31, 2007 SB 232 2007-2008 Department of Human Services Budget Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(20 - 16)
Nay
Oct. 29, 2007 H Sub for Sub SB 234 2007-2008 Department of Labor and Economic Growth Budget Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(37 - 1)
Yea
Sept. 27, 2007 Sub SB 374 Estate Recovery for Medicaid Recipients in Michigan Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(25 - 13)
Yea
Feb. 15, 2006 SB 838 Medicare Eligibility Bill Passed - Senate
(23 - 14)
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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