Issue Category

Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
1/01/13 HR 8 Job Protection and Recession Prevention Act of 2012
Bill Passed - Senate (89 - 8)
Yea
12/28/12 HR 5949 FISA Amendments Act Reauthorization Act of 2012
Bill Passed - Senate (73 - 23)
Yea
12/21/12 HR 4310 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (81 - 14)
Yea
12/04/12 Treaty Doc. 112-7 The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Treaty Ratification Failed - Senate (61 - 38)
Yea
11/30/12 S Amdt 3025 Requires Sufficient Sizing of Civilian and Contract Services Workforces
Amendment Rejected - Senate (41 - 53)
Yea
11/29/12 S Amdt 3018 Prohibits the Indefinite Detention of Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents
Amendment Adopted - Senate (67 - 29)
Nay
11/29/12 S Amdt 3058 Expands TRICARE Coverage of Autism
Amendment Adopted - Senate (66 - 29)
Nay
11/29/12 S Amdt 3096 Accelerated Transition of US Military Operations to the Government of Afghanistan
Amendment Adopted - Senate (62 - 33)
Yea
11/29/12 S Amdt 3245 Prohibits the Use of Funds for the Transfer or Release of Individuals Detained at Guantanamo Bay
Amendment Adopted - Senate (54 - 41)
Yea
11/28/12 S Amdt 2955 Expands the Public Safety Officers' Benefits Program
Amendment Adopted - Senate (85 - 11)
Yea
11/28/12 S Amdt 2985 Repeals the Limit on the Use of Funds to Procure Alternative Fuel
Amendment Adopted - Senate (62 - 37)
Yea
11/28/12 S Amdt 3095 Repeals the Prohibition on Biofuel Refinery Construction
Amendment Adopted - Senate (54 - 41)
Yea
11/14/12 S 3414 Cybersecurity Act of 2012
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (51 - 47)
Yea
9/22/12 H J Res 117 Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2013
Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (62 - 30)
Yea
8/02/12 S 3414 Cybersecurity Act of 2012
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (52 - 46)
Yea
7/25/12 S 3412 Middle Class Tax Cut Act
Bill Passed - Senate (51 - 48)
Yea
7/25/12 S Amdt 2573 Tax Hike Prevention Act of 2012
Amendment Rejected - Senate (45 - 54)
Nay
7/19/12 S 3364 Bring Jobs Home Act
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (56 - 42)
Yea
7/17/12 S 3369 DISCLOSE Act
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (53 - 45)
Yea
7/12/12 S 2237 Small Business Jobs and Tax Relief Act
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (53 - 44)
Yea
6/21/12 S 3240 Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2012
Bill Passed - Senate (64 - 35)
Yea
6/21/12 S Amdt 2310 Requires Labels on Foods with Genetically Modified Ingredients
Amendment Rejected - Senate (26 - 73)
Nay
6/21/12 S Amdt 2372 Prohibits the EPA from Conducting Aerial Surveillance of Agricultural Operations
Amendment Rejected - Senate (56 - 43)
Yea
6/20/12 S Amdt 2454 Prohibits Food Aid to North Korea Unless Waived by President
Amendment Adopted - Senate (59 - 40)
Yea
6/19/12 S Amdt 2156 Increases Funding for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program
Amendment Rejected - Senate (33 - 66)
Nay
6/19/12 S Amdt 2172 Rescinds Bonuses to States for Administering Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Amendment Rejected - Senate (41 - 58)
Nay
6/19/12 S Amdt 2174 Limits Eligibility for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Amendment Rejected - Senate (43 - 56)
Nay
6/19/12 S Amdt 2181 Limits Farm Subsidies to Farmers with Incomes Under $250,000
Amendment Rejected - Senate (15 - 84)
Nay
6/13/12 S Amdt 2392 Reduces Funding for Food Stamps
Amendment Tabled - Senate (65 - 33)
Yea
6/13/12 S Amdt 2393 Repeals Sugar Subsidies
Amendment Tabled - Senate (50 - 46)
Yea
6/05/12 S 3220 Paycheck Fairness Act
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (52 - 47)
Yea
5/24/12 S 2343 Extends Student Loan Interest Rates (Reid Bill)
Bill Failed - Senate (51 - 43)
Yea
5/24/12 S Amdt 2107 Authorizes Import of FDA-Approved Drugs from Canada
Amendment Rejected - Senate (43 - 54)
Yea
5/24/12 S Amdt 2108 Prohibits FDA Approval of Genetically Engineered Fish
Amendment Rejected - Senate (46 - 50)
Nay
5/24/12 S Amdt 2111 Prohibits Pharmaceutical Companies from Delaying the Release of Generic Drugs
Amendment Rejected - Senate (28 - 67)
Nay
5/24/12 S Amdt 2153 Prohibits Increase in Interest Rates for Student Loans (Lamar Bill)
Amendment Rejected - Senate (34 - 62)
Nay
5/15/12 HR 2072 Export-Import Bank Reauthorization Act of 2012
Bill Passed - Senate (78 - 20)
Yea
5/08/12 S 2343 Extends Student Loan Interest Rates (Reid Bill)
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (52 - 45)
Yea
4/26/12 S 1925 Reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act
Bill Passed - Senate (68 - 31)
Yea
4/25/12 S 1789 United States Postal Service Amendments
Bill Passed - Senate (62 - 37)
Yea
4/16/12 S 2230 Establishes a Minimum 30 Percent Tax Rate for High-Income Taxpayers
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (51 - 45)
Yea
3/29/12 S 2204 Amends Energy-Related Tax Credits
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (51 - 47)
Nay
3/20/12 S Amdt 1836 Reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank of the United States
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (55 - 44)
Yea
3/08/12 S Amdt 1537 Approving the Keystone XL Pipeline Project
Amendment Rejected - Senate (56 - 42)
Nay
3/01/12 S Amdt 1520 Authorizes Moral and Religious Objections to Certain Health Care Items and Services
Amendment Tabled - Senate (51 - 48)
Nay
2/28/12 S Amdt 1520 Authorizes Moral and Religious Objections to Certain Health Care Items and Services
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
2/17/12 HR 3630 Extends Payroll Tax Cut
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (60 - 36)
Yea
2/06/12 HR 658 Federal Aviation Administration Act of 2012
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (75 - 20)
Yea
2/02/12 S 2038 Prohibits Insider Trading by Government Officials
Bill Passed - Senate (96 - 3)
Yea
2/02/12 S Amdt 1472 Prohibits Consideration of Bills Containing Earmarks
Amendment Rejected - Senate (40 - 59)
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.