Issue Category

11 Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
3/03/11 HR 4 Repeals the Form 1099 Provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
Bill Passed - House (314 - 112)
Nay
12/21/10 HR 2751 FDA Food Safety Modernization Act
Concurrence Vote Passed - House (215 - 144)
Yea
9/23/10 HR 5297 Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments
Concurrence Vote Passed - House (237 - 187)
Yea
7/30/10 HR 5982 Tax Law Amendments
Bill Failed - House (241 - 154)
Yea
6/30/10 HR 4173 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act
Conference Report Adopted - House (237 - 192)
Yea
6/17/10 HR 5297 Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments
Bill Passed - House (241 - 182)
Yea
12/11/09 HR 4173 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act
Bill Passed - House (223 - 202)
Yea
11/19/09 HR 3961 Revising Medicare Physician Fee Schedules and Reinstatement of PAYGO
Bill Passed - House (243 - 183)
Yea
6/26/09 HR 2454 Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade")
Bill Passed - House (219 - 212)
Yea
9/23/08 HR 5244 Credit Card Regulations
Bill Passed - House (312 - 112)
Yea
9/18/08 HR 6604 Commodity Markets Speculation Bill
Bill Passed - House (283 - 133)
Nay
7/30/08 HR 1108 FDA Regulation of Tobacco
Bill Passed - House (326 - 102)
Yea
6/24/08 HR 6346 Price Gouging Prevention Act
Bill Failed - House (276 - 146)
Yea
9/07/07 HR 1908 Patent Reform Act of 2007
Bill Passed - House (220 - 175)
Yea
6/08/06 HR 5252 COPE Bill of 2006
Bill Passed - House (321 - 101)
Nay
10/07/04 HR 4520 JOBS (Jumpstart Our Business Strength)
Conference Report Adopted - House (280 - 141)
Nay
7/08/04 HR 4754 Commerce Department FY2005 Appropriations Bill
Bill Passed - House (397 - 18)
Yea
3/10/04 HR 339 Food Industry Obesity Lawsuits (Cheeseburger Bill)
Bill Passed - House (276 - 139)
Nay
3/03/04 HR 1561 US Patent and Trademark Fee Modernization Act, 2004
Bill Passed - House (379 - 28)
Yea
9/26/00 HR 5175 Small Business Superfund Exemption
Bill Failed - House (253 - 161)
Nay
6/09/00 H Amdt 763 Estate Tax Substitute Amendment
Amendment Rejected - House (196 - 222)
Yea
3/09/00 HR 3081 Small Business Tax Fairness Act of 2000
Bill Passed - House (257 - 169)
Nay
2/16/00 HR 2366 Small Business Liability Reform bill
Bill Passed - House (221 - 193)
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

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