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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Sept. 23, 2011 S Amdt 655 Continuing Appropriations Act of 2012 Amendment Tabled - Senate
(59 - 36)
Yea
Sept. 22, 2011 S 1619 Currency Exchange Rate Oversight Act of 2011 Senate Sponsor
Sept. 22, 2011 S Amdt 633 Extends Trade Adjustment Assistance Amendment Adopted - Senate
(69 - 28)
Yea
Sept. 22, 2011 S Amdt 634 Sale of F-16 Aircraft to Taiwan Amendment Rejected - Senate
(48 - 48)
Nay
Sept. 21, 2011 S Amdt 625 Reducing and Extending Trade Adjustment Assistance Amendment Rejected - Senate
(46 - 53)
Nay
Sept. 21, 2011 S Amdt 641 Requires Extension of Trade Adjustment Assistance to be Contingent Upon Ratification of Free Trade Agreements with Columbia, Korea and Panama Amendment Rejected - Senate
(44 - 54)
Nay
Sept. 21, 2011 S Amdt 642 Modifies Eligibility Requirements for Trade Adjustment Assistance Amendment Rejected - Senate
(40 - 57)
Nay
Sept. 21, 2011 S Amdt 645 Repeals the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program for Firms Amendment Rejected - Senate
(43 - 54)
Nay
Sept. 20, 2011 S Amdt 633 Extends Trade Adjustment Assistance Senate Sponsor
Sept. 15, 2011 S Amdt 602 Emergency Disaster Relief Appropriations Amendment Adopted - Senate
(62 - 37)
Yea
Sept. 15, 2011 S Amdt 613 Reducing Appropriations for Foreign Assistance Programs Amendment Rejected - Senate
(20 - 78)
Nay
Sept. 8, 2011 HR 1249 Patent Law Amendments Bill Passed - Senate
(89 - 9)
Yea
Aug. 2, 2011 S 365 Budget Control Act of 2011 Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(74 - 26)
Yea
July 31, 2011 S 627 Increasing the Debt Ceiling (Reid Bill) Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(50 - 49)
Yea
July 29, 2011 S 627 Increasing the Debt Ceiling (Boehner Bill) Bill Tabled - Senate
(59 - 41)
Yea
July 22, 2011 HR 2560 Cut, Cap and Balance Act of 2011 Bill Tabled - Senate
(51 - 46)
Yea
June 23, 2011 S Amdt 499 Prohibits the Appointment of Presidential "Czars" Without Senate Approval Amendment Rejected - Senate
(47 - 51)
Nay
June 21, 2011 S 782 Economic Development Revitalization Act Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(49 - 51)
Yea
June 14, 2011 S Amdt 436 Repeals the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(40 - 59)
Did Not Vote
June 9, 2011 S Amdt 390 Amending Small Business Regulations Amendment Rejected - Senate
(53 - 46)
Nay
June 8, 2011 S Amdt 392 Debit Card Transactions Amendment Rejected - Senate
(54 - 45)
Nay
May 26, 2011 S 990 PATRIOT Act Extension Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(72 - 23)
Yea
May 25, 2011 H Con Res 34 2011-2012 Budget Motion Rejected - Senate
(40 - 57)
Nay
May 25, 2011 S Con Res 21 2012 Budget Motion Rejected - Senate
(42 - 55)
Nay
May 23, 2011 S 1038 PATRIOT Act Extension Cloture Invoked - Senate
(74 - 8)
Yea
May 18, 2011 S 953 Offshore Production and Safety Act Motion Rejected - Senate
(42 - 57)
Nay
May 17, 2011 S 940 Amending Oil Company Tax Laws Motion Rejected - Senate
(52 - 48)
Yea
May 10, 2011 S 940 Amending Oil Company Tax Laws Senate Co-sponsor
April 14, 2011 HR 1473 2011 Budget Bill Passed - Senate
(81 - 19)
Yea
April 5, 2011 HR 4 Repeals the Form 1099 Provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Bill Passed - Senate
(87 - 12)
Yea
March 17, 2011 H J Res 48 Additional Continuing Appropriations Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(87 - 13)
Yea
March 9, 2011 HR 1 Continuing Appropriations Bill Failed - Senate
(44 - 56)
Nay
March 9, 2011 S Amdt 149 Department of Defense funding and Continuing Appropriations Amendment Rejected - Senate
(42 - 58)
Yea
March 2, 2011 H J Res 44 Continuing Appropriations Amendments Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(91 - 9)
Yea
March 2, 2011 S Amdt 115 Calling for a Balanced Budget Constitutional Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(58 - 40)
Nay
March 1, 2011 S Amdt 112 Prioritizing Payment of Public Debt Amendment Tabled - Senate
(52 - 47)
Yea
Feb. 15, 2011 HR 514 Extension of Various USA PATRIOT Act Provisions Bill Passed - Senate
(86 - 12)
Yea
Feb. 15, 2011 S Amdt 14 Prohibiting Transportation Security Administration Employees from Collective Bargaining Amendment Rejected - Senate
(47 - 51)
Nay
Feb. 15, 2011 S Amdt 21 Reducing Federal Aviation Administration Appropriations Amendment Tabled - Senate
(51 - 47)
Yea
Feb. 2, 2011 S Amdt 13 Repealing the Federal Health Care Law Motion Rejected - Senate
(47 - 51)
Nay
Feb. 2, 2011 S Amdt 28 Repealing the IRS 1099 Provision from the Health Care Bill Amendment Rejected - Senate
(44 - 54)
Yea
Feb. 2, 2011 S Amdt 9 Repealing the IRS 1099 Provision from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Motion Agreed - Senate
(81 - 17)
Yea
Dec. 22, 2010 Treaty Doc. 111-5 Treaty with Russia to Reduce and Limit Offensive Arms Treaty Ratification Passed - Senate
(71 - 26)
Yea
Dec. 21, 2010 HR 3082 Continuing Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(79 - 16)
Yea
Dec. 18, 2010 HR 2965 Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(65 - 31)
Yea
Dec. 15, 2010 HR 4853 Temporary Extension of Tax Relief Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(81 - 19)
Yea
Dec. 9, 2010 HR 847 9/11 Health and Compensation Act Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(57 - 42)
Yea
Dec. 8, 2010 S 3985 Emergency Senior Citizens Relief Act Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(53 - 45)
Yea
Dec. 8, 2010 S 3991 Allowing Collective Bargaining for Public Safety Officers Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(55 - 43)
Yea
Dec. 4, 2010 S Amdt 4727 Extension of Tax Cuts for Those Making Under $250,000 Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(53 - 36)
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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