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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Oct. 29, 2013 S J Res 26 A Joint Resolution Relating to the Disapproval of the President's Exercise of Authority to Suspend the Debt Limit, as Submitted Under Section 1002(b) of the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014 on October 17, 2013 Motion Rejected - Senate
(45 - 54)
Yea
Feb. 26, 2013 PN 34 Nomination of Charles Timothy Hagel to be Secretary of Defense Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(58 - 41)
Nay
Feb. 26, 2013 PN 34 Nomination of Charles Timothy Hagel to be Secretary of Defense Cloture Invoked - Senate
(71 - 27)
Nay
Feb. 14, 2013 PN 34 Nomination of Charles Timothy Hagel to be Secretary of Defense Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(58 - 40)
Nay
Feb. 2, 2012 S 2038 Prohibits Insider Trading by Government Officials Bill Passed - Senate
(96 - 3)
Yea
Feb. 2, 2012 S Amdt 1491 Requires Disclosure of Financial Transactions by Executive Branch Employees Amendment Adopted - Senate
(58 - 41)
Yea
Jan. 26, 2012 H J Res 98 Disapproval of President's Authority to Raise the Debt Limit Motion Rejected - Senate
(44 - 54)
Yea
June 23, 2011 S Amdt 499 Prohibits the Appointment of Presidential "Czars" Without Senate Approval Amendment Rejected - Senate
(47 - 51)
Yea
May 18, 2010 S Amdt 4072 Inspector General Appointment Modification Amendment Adopted - Senate
(75 - 21)
Yea
Aug. 6, 2009 PN 506-111 Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(68 - 31)
Nay
May 22, 2007 S 214 United States Attorneys Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House
(306 - 114)
Yea
June 22, 2006 HR 4890 Line Item Veto Bill Bill Passed - House
(247 - 172)
Yea
July 26, 2002 HR 5005 Establishing the Department of Homeland Security Bill Passed - House
(295 - 132)
Yea
Sept. 9, 1999 H Con Res 180 Puerto Rican Nationals resolution Resolution Passed - House
(311 - 41)
Yea
Dec. 19, 1998 H Res 611 Impeachment Resolution: Article Four Resolution Failed - House
(205 - 229)
Yea
Dec. 19, 1998 H Res 611 Impeachment Resolution: Article Four Resolution Passed - House
(221 - 212)
Yea
Dec. 19, 1998 H Res 611 Impeachment Resolution: Article Four Resolution Failed - House
(148 - 285)
Yea
Dec. 19, 1998 H Res 611 Impeachment Resolution: Article Four Resolution Passed - House
(228 - 206)
Yea
Sept. 25, 1998 HR 2621 Reciprocal Trade Agreement Bill Bill Failed - House
(180 - 243)
Yea
March 18, 1998 H Con Res 227 Bosnia and Herzegovina U.S. Troop Removal Resolution Resolution Failed - House
(193 - 225)
Nay
Feb. 5, 1998 HR 2631 Line Item Veto Cancellation bill Veto Override Passed - House
(347 - 69)
Yea
Nov. 8, 1997 HR 2631 Line Item Veto Cancellation bill Bill Passed - House
(352 - 64)
Yea
May 22, 1996 H Amdt 1075 Disclosure of Intelligence Spending Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(176 - 248)
Nay
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
Nov. 15, 1995 HR 2020 Appropriations bill FY96, Treasury, Postal Service Conference Report Adopted - House
(374 - 52)
Yea
July 19, 1995 HR 2020 Appropriations bill FY96, Treasury, Postal Service Bill Passed - House
(216 - 211)
Yea
Feb. 6, 1995 HR 2 Line Item Veto Act Bill Passed - House
(294 - 134)
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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