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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
June 19, 2014 H Amdt 901 Prohibits Transfer of Guantanamo Bay Detainees to Yemen Amendment Adopted - House
(238 - 179)
Yea
June 19, 2014 H Amdt 905 Prohibits Transfer of Guantanamo Bay Detainees to Any Foreign Country Amendment Adopted - House
(230 - 184)
Yea
June 19, 2014 H Amdt 907 Repeals Prohibition on Guantanamo Bay Detainee Transfers and Facility Construction Amendment Rejected - House
(163 - 249)
Nay
June 19, 2014 H Amdt 908 Prohibits United States Combat Operations in Iraq Amendment Rejected - House
(165 - 250)
Yea
June 19, 2014 H Amdt 912 Prohibits Funds from Being Used Pursuant to the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 Amendment Rejected - House
(182 - 231)
Yea
May 30, 2014 H Amdt 738 Authorizes Funds to be Used for Guantanamo Bay Operations Amendment Rejected - House
(169 - 230)
Yea
May 22, 2014 H Amdt 671 Prohibits Funds from Being Used for Certain Climate Change Reports Amendment Adopted - House
(231 - 192)
Yea
May 22, 2014 H Amdt 675 Prohibits Funds from Being Used to Operate Guantanamo Bay Amendment Rejected - House
(177 - 247)
Nay
May 22, 2014 H Amdt 679 Prohibits Funds from Being Used to Implement the New START Treaty Amendment Adopted - House
(233 - 191)
Yea
May 22, 2014 H Amdt 680 Repeals Military Force Authorization Amendment Rejected - House
(191 - 233)
Yea
May 22, 2014 HR 4435 Howard P. "Buck" McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 Bill Passed - House
(325 - 98)
Nay
Sept. 18, 2013 H Amdt 463 Amends the Definition of "Strategic and Critical Minerals" Amendment Rejected - House
(187 - 241)
Nay
Sept. 18, 2013 H Amdt 466 Requires Mine Operators to Include the Cost of Cleanup in Financial Insurance Amendment Rejected - House
(191 - 235)
Nay
Sept. 18, 2013 HR 761 National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2013 Bill Passed - House
(246 - 178)
Yea
July 24, 2013 H Amdt 413 Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the PATRIOT Act Amendment Rejected - House
(205 - 217)
Yea
July 24, 2013 HR 2397 Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2014 Bill Passed - House
(315 - 109)
Yea
July 23, 2013 H Amdt 375 Prohibits the Use of Funds to Appoint Chaplains Without an Endorsing Agency Amendment Adopted - House
(253 - 173)
Yea
June 14, 2013 H Amdt 167 Prohibits the Use of Funds for the Transfer or Release of Guantanamo Detainees to Yemen Amendment Adopted - House
(236 - 188)
Yea
June 14, 2013 H Amdt 168 Establishes Framework for the Closing of the Detention Facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by December 1, 2014 Amendment Rejected - House
(174 - 249)
Nay
June 14, 2013 HR 1960 Authorizes Military Sexual Assault Victims to Decide who Determines Their Case Bill Passed - House
(315 - 108)
Nay
June 6, 2013 HR 2217 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 Bill Passed - House
(245 - 182)
Nay
June 4, 2013 H Amdt 84 Authorizes Funds for the Construction of United States Prison for Prisoners from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Amendment Rejected - House
(170 - 254)
Nay
April 18, 2013 HR 624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act Bill Passed - House
(288 - 127)
Nay
March 21, 2013 HR 933 Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(318 - 109)
Nay
March 6, 2013 HR 933 Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 Bill Passed - House
(267 - 151)
Nay
Aug. 1, 1996 HR 3230 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1997 Conference Report Adopted - House
(285 - 132)
Nay
June 13, 1996 H Amdt 1164 Department of Defense Appropriations Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(194 - 219)
Nay
June 13, 1996 H Amdt 1167 Spaced-based Weapons Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(190 - 208)
Nay
May 15, 1996 H Amdt 1057 Cooperative Threat Reduction Program Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(202 - 220)
Yea
May 15, 1996 H Amdt 1058 Former Soviet Union Defense Conversion Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(249 - 171)
Yea
May 15, 1996 HR 3230 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1997 Bill Passed - House
(272 - 153)
Yea
Jan. 24, 1996 S 1124 Authorization bill FY96, Defense Department Conference Report Adopted - House
(287 - 129)
Yea
Jan. 3, 1996 HR 1530 Authorization bill FY96, Defense Department Veto Override Passed - House
(240 - 156)
Did Not Vote
Dec. 15, 1995 HR 1530 Authorization bill FY96, Defense Department Conference Report Adopted - House
(267 - 149)
Yea
Dec. 13, 1995 HR 2770 Troop Deployment in Bosnia Bill Bill Failed - House
(210 - 218)
Yea
Nov. 17, 1995 HR 2606 U.S. Troops in Bosnia Funding Bill Bill Passed - House
(243 - 171)
Yea
Nov. 16, 1995 HR 2126 Appropriations bill FY96, Defense Conference Report Adopted - House
(270 - 158)
Yea
Oct. 30, 1995 H Res 247 Bosnia Troop Deployment Resolution Resolution Passed - House
(315 - 103)
Yea
Sept. 20, 1995 HR 1817 Military Construction FY96 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(326 - 98)
Yea
Sept. 7, 1995 HR 2126 Appropriations bill FY96, Defense Bill Passed - House
(294 - 125)
Yea
June 21, 1995 HR 1817 Military Construction FY96 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House
(319 - 105)
Yea
June 15, 1995 HR 1530 Authorization bill FY96, Defense Department Bill Passed - House
(300 - 126)
Yea
Feb. 16, 1995 HR 7 Limiting U.S. Monetary and Troop Assistance to the United Nations Bill Passed - House
(241 - 181)
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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