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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
June 13, 2011 H Amdt 414 Prohibits Use of Funds in Contravention of the War Powers Resolution Amendment Adopted - House
(248 - 163)
Did Not Vote
June 3, 2011 H Res 292 Ground Forces in Libya Resolution Passed - House
(268 - 145)
Nay
June 2, 2011 H Amdt 385 Prohibiting Funds From Being Used in Contradiction to the War Powers Resolution Amendment Rejected - House
(208 - 213)
Nay
June 2, 2011 HR 2017 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act Bill Passed - House
(231 - 188)
Nay
April 9, 2011 HR 1363 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(348 - 70)
Nay
April 7, 2011 HR 1363 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations Bill Passed - House
(247 - 181)
Nay
March 17, 2011 H Con Res 28 Removing Troops from Afghanistan Joint Resolution Failed - House
(93 - 321)
Yea
Feb. 18, 2011 H Amdt 92 Prohibiting the Use of Federal Funds for NASCAR Sponsorships Amendment Rejected - House
(148 - 281)
Yea
Feb. 17, 2011 H Amdt 69 Reducing Federal Funding of the US Institute of Peace Amendment Adopted - House
(268 - 163)
Yea
Feb. 16, 2011 H Amdt 16 Reducing Navy and Air Force Appropriations Amendment Adopted - House
(233 - 198)
Yea
Feb. 15, 2011 H Amdt 13 Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement Amendment Rejected - House
(105 - 326)
Yea
July 27, 2010 H Con Res 301 Directing the President to Remove Armed Forces from Pakistan Joint Resolution Failed - House
(38 - 372)
Nay
July 27, 2010 HR 4899 Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Supplemental Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(308 - 114)
Nay
July 1, 2010 HR 4899 Requiring Timetable for Withdrawal from Afghanistan Concurrence Vote Failed - House
(162 - 260)
Yea
July 1, 2010 HR 4899 Requiring Timetable for Withdrawal from Afghanistan Concurrence Vote Failed - House
(100 - 321)
Yea
July 1, 2010 H Res 1500 Deeming Supplemental Military Appropriations Passed and Allowing Divided Question Bill Passed - House
(215 - 210)
Yea
May 28, 2010 HR 5136 2010-2011 Defense Appropriation Authorizations Bill Passed - House
(229 - 186)
Yea
May 27, 2010 H Amdt 661 Removing Funding for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter's Alternate Engine Program Amendment Rejected - House
(193 - 231)
Nay
Feb. 26, 2010 HR 2701 Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 Bill Passed - House
(235 - 168)
Yea
Oct. 15, 2009 HR 2892 2009-2010 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Authorizations Conference Report Adopted - House
(307 - 114)
Yea
Oct. 8, 2009 HR 2647 2009-2010 Defense Appropriations Conference Report Adopted - House
(281 - 146)
Yea
June 16, 2009 HR 2346 2008-2009 Supplemental Appropriations Conference Report Adopted - House
(226 - 202)
Yea
Sept. 24, 2008 HR 2638 Continuing Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(370 - 58)
Yea
Sept. 24, 2008 S 3001 Defense Authorizations Bill Bill Passed - House
(392 - 39)
Yea
June 19, 2008 HR 2642 GI Bill, Funding for Midwest Flood Cleanup, Extension of Unemployment Benefits, and Other Provisions Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(416 - 12)
Yea
June 19, 2008 HR 2642 GI Bill, Funding for Midwest Flood Cleanup, Extension of Unemployment Benefits, and Other Provisions Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(268 - 155)
Nay
May 15, 2008 HR 2642 G.I. Bill Expansion and Other Domestic Provisions Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(256 - 166)
Yea
May 15, 2008 HR 2642 G.I. Bill Expansion and Other Domestic Provisions Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(227 - 196)
Yea
May 15, 2008 HR 2642 G.I. Bill Expansion and Other Domestic Provisions Concurrence Vote Failed - House
(141 - 149)
Nay
March 13, 2008 H Con Res 312 Concurrent Budget Resolution Joint Resolution Passed - House
(212 - 207)
Yea
March 11, 2008 HR 2082 Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 Veto Override Failed - House
(225 - 188)
Yea
Jan. 16, 2008 HR 4986 Defense Authorizations Bill Bill Passed - House
(369 - 46)
Yea
Dec. 19, 2007 HR 2764 Inclusion of Iraq and Afghanistan Military Operations Funding with the Consolidated Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(272 - 142)
Nay
Dec. 17, 2007 HR 2764 Inclusion of Consolidated Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(206 - 201)
Yea
Dec. 17, 2007 HR 2764 Inclusion of Consolidated Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(253 - 154)
Yea
Dec. 13, 2007 HR 2082 Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 Conference Report Adopted - House
(222 - 199)
Yea
Dec. 12, 2007 HR 1585 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 Conference Report Adopted - House
(370 - 49)
Yea
Nov. 14, 2007 HR 4156 Supplemental Appropriations for the Department of Defense and Timeline for Withdrawal from Iraq Bill Passed - House
(218 - 203)
Yea
Nov. 8, 2007 HR 3222 Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008 Conference Report Adopted - House
(400 - 15)
Yea
Oct. 16, 2007 H Res 734 Sense of the House on Classification of Information on Corruption in Iraq Resolution Passed - House
(395 - 21)
Yea
Oct. 4, 2007 HR 2740 Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act (MEJA) Expansion and Enforcement Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House
(389 - 30)
Yea
Oct. 2, 2007 HR 3087 Requiring Reports from the Defense Department to Congress Regarding Withdrawal from Iraq Bill Passed - House
(377 - 46)
Yea
Sept. 25, 2007 HR 1400 Iran Counter-Proliferation Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House
(397 - 16)
Yea
Aug. 5, 2007 HR 3222 Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008 Bill Passed - House
(395 - 13)
Yea
Aug. 4, 2007 S 1927 Foreign Intelligence Acquisition Bill Passed - House
(227 - 183)
Nay
July 25, 2007 HR 2929 Ban on Permanent Bases in Iraq Bill Passed - House
(399 - 24)
Yea
July 12, 2007 HR 2956 Redeployment from Iraq Act Bill Passed - House
(223 - 201)
Yea
June 21, 2007 H Amdt 378 Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (formerly School of the Americas) Funding Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(203 - 214)
Did Not Vote
June 15, 2007 HR 2638 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Bill Passed - House
(268 - 150)
Yea
May 24, 2007 H Amdt 1 Departmental Appropriations for Defense, Security, and Hurricane Recovery Amendment Adopted - House
(348 - 73)
Yea

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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