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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Aug. 2, 2011 S 365 Budget Control Act of 2011 Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(74 - 26)
Nay
July 31, 2011 S 627 Increasing the Debt Ceiling (Reid Bill) Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(50 - 49)
Nay
July 29, 2011 S 627 Increasing the Debt Ceiling (Boehner Bill) Bill Tabled - Senate
(59 - 41)
Nay
July 22, 2011 HR 2560 Cut, Cap and Balance Act of 2011 Bill Tabled - Senate
(51 - 46)
Nay
June 23, 2011 S Amdt 499 Prohibits the Appointment of Presidential "Czars" Without Senate Approval Amendment Rejected - Senate
(47 - 51)
Yea
June 22, 2011 S Amdt 499 Prohibits the Appointment of Presidential "Czars" Without Senate Approval Senate Co-sponsor
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)
Yea
May 26, 2011 S 990 PATRIOT Act Extension Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(72 - 23)
Nay
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)
Nay
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
May 5, 2011 HR 1230 Offshore Leasing Act Bill Passed - House
(266 - 149)
Yea
May 4, 2011 HR 1214 Repealing Funding for School-Based Health Center Construction Bill Passed - House
(235 - 191)
Yea
May 4, 2011 HR 3 Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Bill Passed - House
(251 - 175)
Yea
May 3, 2011 HR 1213 Repealing Funding for State Health Benefit Exchanges Bill Passed - House
(238 - 183)
Yea
April 15, 2011 H Con Res 34 2011-2012 Budget Joint Resolution Passed - House
(235 - 193)
Yea
April 14, 2011 HR 1473 2011 Budget Bill Passed - House
(260 - 167)
Nay
April 13, 2011 HR 1217 Repealing the Prevention and Public Health Fund Bill Passed - House
(236 - 183)
Yea
April 9, 2011 HR 1363 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(348 - 70)
Yea
April 8, 2011 H J Res 37 Disapproving FCC Rules Concerning Internet Providers Joint Resolution Passed - House
(240 - 179)
Yea
April 7, 2011 HR 1363 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations Bill Passed - House
(247 - 181)
Yea
April 7, 2011 HR 910 Energy Tax Prevention Act Bill Passed - House
(255 - 172)
Yea
April 1, 2011 H Amdt 232 Amending FAA Rulemaking Activities Amendment Adopted - House
(215 - 209)
Yea
April 1, 2011 HR 1255 Government Shutdown Prevention Act Bill Passed - House
(221 - 202)
Yea
April 1, 2011 HR 658 Federal Aviation Administration Act of 2012 Bill Passed - House
(223 - 196)
Yea
March 31, 2011 S J Res 10 Proposing a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (Hatch Bill) Senate Co-sponsor
March 30, 2011 HR 1255 None House Co-sponsor
March 30, 2011 HR 471 School Vouchers for Washington, D.C. Bill Passed - House
(225 - 195)
Yea
March 29, 2011 HR 1230 Offshore Leasing Act House Co-sponsor
March 29, 2011 HR 839 Terminating the Home Affordable Modification Program Bill Passed - House
(252 - 170)
Yea
March 17, 2011 H Con Res 28 Removing Troops from Afghanistan Joint Resolution Failed - House
(93 - 321)
Nay
March 17, 2011 HR 1076 Prohibiting Federal Funding of National Public Radio Bill Passed - House
(228 - 192)
Yea
March 16, 2011 HR 861 Terminating the Neighborhood Stabilization Program Bill Passed - House
(242 - 182)
Yea
March 15, 2011 H J Res 48 Additional Continuing Appropriations Joint Resolution Passed - House
(271 - 158)
Nay
March 11, 2011 HR 836 Terminating the Emergency Mortgage Relief Program Bill Passed - House
(242 - 177)
Yea
March 10, 2011 HR 830 Terminating the Federal Housing Administration Refinance Program Bill Passed - House
(256 - 171)
Yea
March 3, 2011 HR 4 Repeals the Form 1099 Provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Bill Passed - House
(314 - 112)
Yea
March 1, 2011 H J Res 44 Continuing Appropriations Amendments Joint Resolution Passed - House
(335 - 91)
Yea
Feb. 19, 2011 H Amdt 155 Prohibits Use of Funds for Step Increase for General Schedule Employees Amendment Rejected - House
(191 - 230)
Yea
Feb. 19, 2011 HR 1 Continuing Appropriations Bill Passed - House
(235 - 189)
Yea
Feb. 18, 2011 H Amdt 92 Prohibiting the Use of Federal Funds for NASCAR Sponsorships Amendment Rejected - House
(148 - 281)
Nay
Feb. 18, 2011 H Amdt 94 Prohibits Funds for the Gainful Employment Rule Amendment Adopted - House
(289 - 136)
Yea
Feb. 18, 2011 H Amdt 95 Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood Amendment Adopted - House
(240 - 185)
Yea
Feb. 18, 2011 HR 822 Requiring State Reciprocity for Carrying Concealed Firearms House Co-sponsor

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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