Issue Category

67 Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
9/20/12 H J Res 118 Congressional Disapproval of Department of Health and Human Services Rule to Waive Certain Requirements for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program (TANF)
Joint Resolution Passed - House (250 - 164)
Yea
7/26/12 HR 4078 Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Job Creation Act
Bill Passed - House (245 - 172)
Nay
2/17/12 HR 3630 Extends Payroll Tax Cut
Conference Report Adopted - House (293 - 132)
Yea
12/20/11 HR 3630 Temporary Payroll Tax Cut Extension
Nonconcurrence Vote Passed - House (229 - 193)
Nay
12/13/11 HR 3630 Reduces Payroll Taxes and Unemployment Benefits
Bill Passed - House (234 - 193)
Yea
9/21/06 S 2832 Appalachian Regional Development Act Amendments of 2006
Bill Failed - House (215 - 204)
Yea
7/29/06 HR 5970 Death/Estate Tax and Minimum Wage Bill
Bill Passed - House (230 - 180)
Yea
5/23/06 HR 5384 Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA Appropriations Act
Bill Passed - House (378 - 46)
Nay
3/30/06 H Amdt 772 Reverse the Raid on Student Aid Amendment
Amendment Rejected - House (200 - 220)
Nay
2/01/06 H Res 653 Budget Reconciliation Adoption
Resolution Passed - House (216 - 214)
Yea
12/14/05 HR 3010 Labor, HHS and Education FY 2006 Appropriations Bill
Conference Report Adopted - House (215 - 213)
Yea
11/17/05 HR 3010 Labor, HHS and Education FY 2006 Appropriations Bill
Conference Report Rejected - House (209 - 224)
Yea
10/28/05 HR 2744 Agriculture, Rural Development and FDA Appropriations Act
Conference Report Adopted - House (318 - 63)
Nay
6/08/05 HR 2744 Agriculture, Rural Development and FDA Appropriations Act
Bill Passed - House (408 - 18)
Nay
3/24/04 HR 3873 Child Nutrition Improvement and Integrity Act
Bill Passed - House (419 - 5)
Yea
7/09/03 HR 438 Student Loan Forgiveness for Teachers
Bill Passed - House (417 - 7)
Yea
6/11/03 HR 2350 Welfare Reform bill
Bill Passed - House (406 - 6)
Yea
2/13/03 HR 4 Welfare Reform bill
Bill Passed - House (230 - 192)
Yea
5/16/02 HR 4737 Temporary Aid to Needy Families
Bill Passed - House (229 - 197)
Yea
5/02/02 HR 2646 Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002
Conference Report Adopted - House (280 - 141)
Nay
10/05/01 HR 2646 Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002
Bill Passed - House (291 - 120)
Nay
10/21/99 HR 2 Education Funding for Disadvantaged Students-Passage
Bill Passed - House (358 - 67)
Yea
10/01/99 HR 1906 FY 2000 Agriculture Appropriations bill
Conference Report Adopted - House (240 - 175)
Nay
6/08/99 HR 1906 FY 2000 Agriculture Appropriations bill
Bill Passed - House (246 - 183)
Yea
3/11/99 H Amdt 22 High Needs District Amendment
Amendment Rejected - House (195 - 223)
Nay
8/06/98 H Amdt 874 Low Income Educational Scholarship Amendment
Amendment Adopted - House (214 - 208)
Yea
4/30/98 S 1502 Washington, D.C. School Vouchers bill
Bill Passed - House (214 - 206)
Yea
11/04/97 HR 2746 HELP Scholarships bill
Bill Failed - House (191 - 228)
Yea
5/16/97 HR 1385 Training Programs bill
Bill Passed - House (343 - 60)
Yea
8/02/96 HR 3448 Minimum Wage Increase bill
Conference Report Adopted - House (354 - 72)
Yea
7/31/96 HR 3734 Welfare Reform Act of 1996
Conference Report Adopted - House (328 - 101)
Yea
7/18/96 H Amdt 1307 Food Stamp Recipient Amendment
Amendment Adopted - House (239 - 184)
Yea
7/18/96 HR 3734 Welfare Reform Act of 1996
Bill Passed - House (256 - 170)
Yea
6/06/96 H Amdt 1133 Wisconsin Welfare Reform Amendment
Amendment Rejected - House (194 - 233)
Nay
6/06/96 HR 3562 Wisconsin Welfare Reform Bill
Bill Passed - House (289 - 136)
Yea
5/22/96 HR 3448 Minimum Wage Increase bill
Bill Passed - House (414 - 10)
Yea
3/20/96 H Amdt 968 Immigrant Public Assistance Amendment
Amendment Rejected - House (151 - 269)
Nay
3/07/96 H Amdt 946 Medicaid Funded Abortions Amendment
Amendment Rejected - House (198 - 222)
Yea
12/21/95 HR 4 Welfare Reform Bill
Conference Report Adopted - House (245 - 178)
Yea
3/24/95 HR 4 Welfare Reform Bill
Bill Passed - House (234 - 199)
Yea

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