Issue Category

72 Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
3/08/12 S Amdt 1537 Approving the Keystone XL Pipeline Project
Amendment Rejected - Senate (56 - 42)
Yea
11/10/11 S J Res 27 Disapproval of EPA Cross-Border Pollution Rule
Motion Rejected - Senate (41 - 56)
Yea
5/18/10 S Amdt 4034 Federal Preemption Over State Consumer Financial Laws
Amendment Rejected - Senate (43 - 55)
Yea
5/18/10 S Amdt 4051 Prohibiting Funding of State and Local Governments to Prevent Defaulting on Debt
Amendment Rejected - Senate (47 - 50)
Yea
5/18/10 S Amdt 4071 Amending State Authority to Enforce Consumer Financial Regulations
Amendment Adopted - Senate (80 - 18)
Yea
12/24/09 HR 3590 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
Bill Passed - Senate (60 - 39)
Nay
12/23/09 HR 3590 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
Cloture Invoked - Senate (60 - 39)
Nay
7/22/09 S Amdt 1618 Authorizing Concealed Firearms Across State Lines
Amendment Rejected - Senate (58 - 39)
Yea
2/26/09 S 160 Washington DC Voting Act
Bill Passed - Senate (61 - 37)
Nay
7/26/07 S Amdt 2405 REAL ID Funding
Amendment Tabled - Senate (50 - 44)
Nay
10/10/02 HR 3295 Help America Vote Act of 2002
Conference Report Adopted - House (357 - 48)
Yea
6/21/00 H Amdt 858 EPA Amendment
Amendment Rejected - House (208 - 216)
Nay
6/07/00 H Amdt 745 San Rafael Swell Area Amendment
Amendment Adopted - House (212 - 211)
Yea
6/07/00 H Amdt 748 San Rafael Legacy District Motor Vehicle Amendment
Amendment Rejected - House (210 - 214)
Yea
5/11/00 H Amdt 694 Local Government Participation Amendment
Amendment Rejected - House (187 - 238)
Yea
5/11/00 HR 701 Conservation and Reinvestment Act of 1999
Bill Passed - House (315 - 102)
Did Not Vote
5/10/00 HR 3709 Regarding Internet Taxation
Bill Passed - House (352 - 75)
Yea
11/03/99 HR 3194 District of Columbia FY2000 Appropriations bill
Bill Passed - House (216 - 210)
Yea
10/28/99 HR 3064 DC/Labor/HHS/Education FY 2000 Appropriations bill
Conference Report Adopted - House (218 - 211)
Yea
10/14/99 HR 3064 District of Columbia Appropriations Act, FY 2000
Bill Passed - House (211 - 205)
Yea
6/17/99 H Amdt 200 Ten Commandments Amendment
Amendment Adopted - House (248 - 180)
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:

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  2. The vote should be clear for any person to understand
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  4. The vote was passed or defeated by a very close margin
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