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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
July 10, 2014 H Amdt 1012 Prohibits Federal Government from Contracting with a Business Chartered in the Bermuda or Cayman Islands Amendment Adopted - House
(221 - 200)
Nay
Dec. 5, 2013 H Amdt 521 Authorizes Judicial Discretion in Awarding Legal Fees in Patent Lawsuits Amendment Rejected - House
(199 - 213)
Yea
Dec. 5, 2013 H Amdt 524 Limits Covered Customers to Businesses With Less Than $25 Million in Revenue Amendment Rejected - House
(144 - 266)
Yea
Dec. 5, 2013 HR 3309 Innovation Act Bill Passed - House
(325 - 91)
Nay
Dec. 4, 2013 HR 1105 Small Business Capital Access and Job Preservation Act Bill Passed - House
(254 - 159)
Did Not Vote
Oct. 30, 2013 HR 992 Swaps Regulatory Improvement Act Bill Passed - House
(292 - 122)
Yea
Oct. 29, 2013 HR 2374 Retail Investor Protection Act Bill Passed - House
(254 - 166)
Yea
July 25, 2013 HR 2218 Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act of 2013 Bill Passed - House
(265 - 155)
Yea
May 22, 2013 H Amdt 67 Requires a Finding be Added Concerning Oil Sand Crudes Amendment Rejected - House
(146 - 269)
Nay
May 22, 2013 H Amdt 71 Repeals Requirement that Secretary of the Army Approve All Keystone XL Pipeline Permit Applications Amendment Rejected - House
(182 - 234)
Nay
May 8, 2013 HR 1406 Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013 Bill Passed - House
(223 - 204)
Yea
April 9, 2013 HR 1406 Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013 House Co-sponsor
Aug. 2, 1996 HR 3448 Minimum Wage Increase bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(354 - 72)
Yea
July 11, 1996 H Amdt 1273 Drug Price Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(180 - 242)
Nay
May 23, 1996 H Amdt 1085 Fair Labor Standards Act Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(239 - 188)
Yea
May 23, 1996 H Amdt 1085 Fair Labor Standards Act Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(196 - 229)
Nay
May 22, 1996 HR 3448 Minimum Wage Increase bill Bill Passed - House
(414 - 10)
Yea
May 9, 1996 HR 956 Product Liability bill Veto Override Failed - House
(258 - 163)
Yea
March 29, 1996 HR 956 Product Liability bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(259 - 158)
Yea
March 7, 1996 H Amdt 947 Lobby Disclosure Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(211 - 209)
Yea
April 5, 1995 HR 1215 Contract With America Tax Relief Act of 1995 Bill Passed - House
(246 - 188)
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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