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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
June 23, 2011 S Amdt 499 Prohibits the Appointment of Presidential "Czars" Without Senate Approval Amendment Rejected - Senate
(47 - 51)
Yea
June 21, 2011 S 782 Economic Development Revitalization Act Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(49 - 51)
Nay
June 14, 2011 S Amdt 436 Repeals the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(40 - 59)
Yea
June 9, 2011 S Amdt 390 Amending Small Business Regulations Amendment Rejected - Senate
(53 - 46)
Yea
June 8, 2011 S Amdt 392 Debit Card Transactions Amendment Rejected - Senate
(54 - 45)
Nay
May 26, 2011 S 990 PATRIOT Act Extension Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(72 - 23)
Yea
May 25, 2011 H Con Res 34 2011-2012 Budget Motion Rejected - Senate
(40 - 57)
Yea
May 25, 2011 S Con Res 21 2012 Budget Motion Rejected - Senate
(42 - 55)
Yea
May 23, 2011 S 1038 PATRIOT Act Extension Cloture Invoked - Senate
(74 - 8)
Yea
May 18, 2011 S 953 Offshore Production and Safety Act Motion Rejected - Senate
(42 - 57)
Yea
May 17, 2011 S 940 Amending Oil Company Tax Laws Motion Rejected - Senate
(52 - 48)
Nay
May 11, 2011 S 953 Offshore Production and Safety Act Senate Co-sponsor
April 14, 2011 HR 1473 2011 Budget Bill Passed - Senate
(81 - 19)
Yea
April 5, 2011 HR 4 Repeals the Form 1099 Provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Bill Passed - Senate
(87 - 12)
Yea
March 31, 2011 S J Res 10 Proposing a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (Hatch Bill) Senate Co-sponsor
March 17, 2011 H J Res 48 Additional Continuing Appropriations Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(87 - 13)
Yea
March 9, 2011 HR 1 Continuing Appropriations Bill Failed - Senate
(44 - 56)
Yea
March 9, 2011 S Amdt 149 Department of Defense funding and Continuing Appropriations Amendment Rejected - Senate
(42 - 58)
Nay
March 2, 2011 H J Res 44 Continuing Appropriations Amendments Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(91 - 9)
Yea
March 2, 2011 S Amdt 115 Calling for a Balanced Budget Constitutional Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(58 - 40)
Yea
March 1, 2011 S Amdt 112 Prioritizing Payment of Public Debt Amendment Tabled - Senate
(52 - 47)
Nay
Feb. 16, 2011 S J Res 6 Disapproval of FCC Regulation of Internet and Broadband Industry Senate Co-sponsor
Feb. 15, 2011 HR 514 Extension of Various USA PATRIOT Act Provisions Bill Passed - Senate
(86 - 12)
Yea
Feb. 15, 2011 S Amdt 14 Prohibiting Transportation Security Administration Employees from Collective Bargaining Amendment Rejected - Senate
(47 - 51)
Yea
Feb. 15, 2011 S Amdt 21 Reducing Federal Aviation Administration Appropriations Amendment Tabled - Senate
(51 - 47)
Nay
Feb. 2, 2011 S Amdt 13 Repealing the Federal Health Care Law Motion Rejected - Senate
(47 - 51)
Yea
Feb. 2, 2011 S Amdt 28 Repealing the IRS 1099 Provision from the Health Care Bill Amendment Rejected - Senate
(44 - 54)
Nay
Feb. 2, 2011 S Amdt 9 Repealing the IRS 1099 Provision from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Motion Agreed - Senate
(81 - 17)
Yea
Dec. 22, 2010 Treaty Doc. 111-5 Treaty with Russia to Reduce and Limit Offensive Arms Treaty Ratification Passed - Senate
(71 - 26)
Nay
Dec. 21, 2010 HR 3082 Continuing Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(79 - 16)
Nay
Dec. 18, 2010 HR 2965 Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(65 - 31)
Nay
Dec. 15, 2010 HR 4853 Temporary Extension of Tax Relief Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(81 - 19)
Yea
Dec. 9, 2010 HR 847 9/11 Health and Compensation Act Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(57 - 42)
Nay
Dec. 8, 2010 S 3985 Emergency Senior Citizens Relief Act Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(53 - 45)
Nay
Dec. 8, 2010 S 3991 Allowing Collective Bargaining for Public Safety Officers Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(55 - 43)
Nay
Dec. 4, 2010 S Amdt 4727 Extension of Tax Cuts for Those Making Under $250,000 Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(53 - 36)
Did Not Vote
Dec. 4, 2010 S Amdt 4728 Extension of Tax Cuts for Those Making Under $1 Million Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(53 - 37)
Did Not Vote
Nov. 30, 2010 S 510 FDA Food Safety Modernization Act Bill Passed - Senate
(73 - 25)
Nay
Nov. 30, 2010 S Amdt 4697 Prohibiting Earmarks Motion Rejected - Senate
(39 - 56)
Yea
Nov. 17, 2010 S 3772 Paycheck Fairness Act Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(58 - 41)
Nay
Sept. 29, 2010 HR 3081 Continuing Appropriations Bill Passed - Senate
(69 - 30)
Nay
Sept. 29, 2010 S Amdt 4676 Reducing "Continuing Appropriation" Amounts by 5 Percent Amendment Rejected - Senate
(48 - 51)
Yea
Sept. 29, 2010 S J Res 39 Disapproving Rule for "Grandfathered Health Plans" Motion Rejected - Senate
(40 - 59)
Yea
Sept. 28, 2010 S 3816 Tax Law Amendments Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(53 - 45)
Nay
Sept. 23, 2010 S 3628 Campaign Finance Disclosure Requirements Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(59 - 39)
Nay
Sept. 21, 2010 S 3454 2010-2011 Defense Authorizations Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(56 - 43)
Nay
Sept. 16, 2010 HR 5297 Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments Bill Passed - Senate
(61 - 38)
Nay
Sept. 14, 2010 S Amdt 4595 Business Transaction Reporting Requirement Amendments Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(56 - 42)
Nay
Sept. 14, 2010 S Amdt 4596 Repealing Business Transaction Reporting Requirements Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(46 - 52)
Yea
Aug. 5, 2010 HR 1586 Aid To States for Medicaid, Teacher Employment, and Other Purposes Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(61 - 39)
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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