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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Feb. 26, 2013 PN 34 Nomination of Charles Timothy Hagel to be Secretary of Defense Cloture Invoked - Senate
(71 - 27)
Nay
Feb. 26, 2013 PN 34 Nomination of Charles Timothy Hagel to be Secretary of Defense Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(58 - 41)
Nay
Feb. 14, 2013 PN 34 Nomination of Charles Timothy Hagel to be Secretary of Defense Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(58 - 40)
Nay
Feb. 12, 2013 S 47 Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 Bill Passed - Senate
(78 - 22)
Yea
Jan. 31, 2013 HR 325 No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013 Bill Passed - Senate
(64 - 34)
Yea
Jan. 28, 2013 HR 152 Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013 Bill Passed - Senate
(62 - 36)
Yea
Jan. 22, 2013 S 47 Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 Senate Co-sponsor
Jan. 1, 2013 HR 8 Job Protection and Recession Prevention Act of 2012 Bill Passed - Senate
(89 - 8)
Yea
Dec. 28, 2012 HR 5949 FISA Amendments Act Reauthorization Act of 2012 Bill Passed - Senate
(73 - 23)
Yea
Dec. 21, 2012 HR 4310 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(81 - 14)
Yea
Dec. 4, 2012 Treaty Doc. 112-7 The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Treaty Ratification Failed - Senate
(61 - 38)
Nay
Nov. 30, 2012 S Amdt 3025 Requires Sufficient Sizing of Civilian and Contract Services Workforces Amendment Rejected - Senate
(41 - 53)
Did Not Vote
Nov. 29, 2012 S Amdt 3018 Prohibits the Indefinite Detention of Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents Amendment Adopted - Senate
(67 - 29)
Did Not Vote
Nov. 29, 2012 S Amdt 3058 Expands TRICARE Coverage of Autism Amendment Adopted - Senate
(66 - 29)
Did Not Vote
Nov. 29, 2012 S Amdt 3096 Accelerated Transition of US Military Operations to the Government of Afghanistan Amendment Adopted - Senate
(62 - 33)
Did Not Vote
Nov. 29, 2012 S Amdt 3245 Prohibits the Use of Funds for the Transfer or Release of Individuals Detained at Guantanamo Bay Amendment Adopted - Senate
(54 - 41)
Did Not Vote
Nov. 28, 2012 S Amdt 2955 Expands the Public Safety Officers' Benefits Program Amendment Adopted - Senate
(85 - 11)
Yea
Nov. 28, 2012 S Amdt 2985 Repeals the Limit on the Use of Funds to Procure Alternative Fuel Amendment Adopted - Senate
(62 - 37)
Nay
Nov. 28, 2012 S Amdt 3095 Repeals the Prohibition on Biofuel Refinery Construction Amendment Adopted - Senate
(54 - 41)
Did Not Vote
Nov. 27, 2012 S Amdt 3018 Prohibits the Indefinite Detention of Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents Senate Co-sponsor
Nov. 14, 2012 S 3414 Cybersecurity Act of 2012 Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(51 - 47)
Nay
Sept. 22, 2012 H J Res 117 Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2013 Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(62 - 30)
Did Not Vote
Aug. 2, 2012 S 3414 Cybersecurity Act of 2012 Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(52 - 46)
Nay
July 25, 2012 S 3412 Middle Class Tax Cut Act Bill Passed - Senate
(51 - 48)
Nay
July 25, 2012 S Amdt 2573 Tax Hike Prevention Act of 2012 Amendment Rejected - Senate
(45 - 54)
Yea
July 19, 2012 S 3364 Bring Jobs Home Act Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(56 - 42)
Yea
July 17, 2012 S 3369 DISCLOSE Act Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(53 - 45)
Nay
July 12, 2012 S 2237 Small Business Jobs and Tax Relief Act Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(53 - 44)
Yea
June 21, 2012 S 3240 Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2012 Bill Passed - Senate
(64 - 35)
Nay
June 21, 2012 S Amdt 2310 Requires Labels on Foods with Genetically Modified Ingredients Amendment Rejected - Senate
(26 - 73)
Nay
June 21, 2012 S Amdt 2372 Prohibits the EPA from Conducting Aerial Surveillance of Agricultural Operations Amendment Rejected - Senate
(56 - 43)
Yea
June 20, 2012 S Amdt 2454 Prohibits Food Aid to North Korea Unless Waived by President Amendment Adopted - Senate
(59 - 40)
Nay
June 19, 2012 S Amdt 2156 Increases Funding for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Amendment Rejected - Senate
(33 - 66)
Yea
June 19, 2012 S Amdt 2172 Rescinds Bonuses to States for Administering Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Amendment Rejected - Senate
(41 - 58)
Nay
June 19, 2012 S Amdt 2174 Limits Eligibility for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Amendment Rejected - Senate
(43 - 56)
Nay
June 19, 2012 S Amdt 2181 Limits Farm Subsidies to Farmers with Incomes Under $250,000 Amendment Rejected - Senate
(15 - 84)
Yea
June 13, 2012 S Amdt 2392 Reduces Funding for Food Stamps Amendment Tabled - Senate
(65 - 33)
Nay
June 13, 2012 S Amdt 2393 Repeals Sugar Subsidies Amendment Tabled - Senate
(50 - 46)
Nay
June 5, 2012 S 3220 Paycheck Fairness Act Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(52 - 47)
Nay
May 24, 2012 S 2343 Extends Student Loan Interest Rates (Reid Bill) Bill Failed - Senate
(51 - 43)
Nay
May 24, 2012 S Amdt 2107 Authorizes Import of FDA-Approved Drugs from Canada Amendment Rejected - Senate
(43 - 54)
Yea
May 24, 2012 S Amdt 2108 Prohibits FDA Approval of Genetically Engineered Fish Amendment Rejected - Senate
(46 - 50)
Nay
May 24, 2012 S Amdt 2111 Prohibits Pharmaceutical Companies from Delaying the Release of Generic Drugs Amendment Rejected - Senate
(28 - 67)
Nay
May 24, 2012 S Amdt 2153 Prohibits Increase in Interest Rates for Student Loans (Lamar Bill) Amendment Rejected - Senate
(34 - 62)
Yea
May 24, 2012 S Amdt 2153 Prohibits Increase in Interest Rates for Student Loans (Lamar Bill) Senate Co-sponsor
May 15, 2012 HR 2072 Export-Import Bank Reauthorization Act of 2012 Bill Passed - Senate
(78 - 20)
Yea
May 8, 2012 S 2343 Extends Student Loan Interest Rates (Reid Bill) Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(52 - 45)
Nay
April 26, 2012 S 1925 Reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act Bill Passed - Senate
(68 - 31)
Yea
April 25, 2012 S 1789 United States Postal Service Amendments Bill Passed - Senate
(62 - 37)
Nay
April 16, 2012 S 2230 Establishes a Minimum 30 Percent Tax Rate for High-Income Taxpayers Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(51 - 45)
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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