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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Oct. 3, 2013 HR 3230 Pay Our Guard and Reserve Act Bill Passed - House
(265 - 160)
Yea
July 24, 2013 HR 2397 Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2014 Bill Passed - House
(315 - 109)
Nay
July 23, 2013 H Amdt 375 Prohibits the Use of Funds to Appoint Chaplains Without an Endorsing Agency Amendment Adopted - House
(253 - 173)
Nay
June 14, 2013 HR 1960 Authorizes Military Sexual Assault Victims to Decide who Determines Their Case Motion Rejected - House
(194 - 225)
Yea
Dec. 20, 2012 HR 4310 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 Conference Report Adopted - House
(315 - 107)
Yea
July 19, 2012 H Amdt 1416 Prohibits Use of Funds in Contravention of the Defense of Marriage Act Amendment Adopted - House
(247 - 166)
Nay
May 18, 2012 HR 4310 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 Bill Passed - House
(299 - 120)
Yea
May 17, 2012 H Amdt 1103 Limits Funding for War in Afghanistan to the Withdrawal of U.S. Forces Amendment Rejected - House
(113 - 303)
Nay
Dec. 14, 2011 HR 1540 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 Conference Report Adopted - House
(283 - 136)
Yea
March 29, 2011 HR 839 Terminating the Home Affordable Modification Program Bill Passed - House
(252 - 170)
Nay
Dec. 21, 2010 HR 3082 Continuing Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(193 - 165)
Yea
Dec. 15, 2010 HR 2965 Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(250 - 175)
Yea
May 28, 2010 HR 5136 2010-2011 Defense Appropriation Authorizations Bill Passed - House
(229 - 186)
Yea
May 27, 2010 H Amdt 672 Repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" After Military Review and Certification Amendment Adopted - House
(234 - 194)
Yea
Oct. 8, 2009 HR 2647 2009-2010 Defense Appropriations Conference Report Adopted - House
(281 - 146)
Yea
Sept. 24, 2008 S 3001 Defense Authorizations Bill Bill Passed - House
(392 - 39)
Yea
July 23, 2008 HR 3221 Housing Bill with Energy Tax Credit Extensions Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(272 - 152)
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)
Did Not Vote
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
May 8, 2008 HR 3221 Housing Foreclosure Assistance Programs Amendment Adopted - House
(322 - 94)
Yea
May 8, 2008 HR 3221 Housing Foreclosure Assistance Programs Amendment Adopted - House
(266 - 154)
Yea
Jan. 16, 2008 HR 4986 Defense Authorizations Bill Bill Passed - House
(369 - 46)
Yea
Dec. 12, 2007 HR 1585 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 Conference Report Adopted - House
(370 - 49)
Yea
Oct. 18, 2007 HR 976 State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization Veto Override Failed - House
(273 - 156)
Yea
Oct. 2, 2007 HR 3087 Requiring Reports from the Defense Department to Congress Regarding Withdrawal from Iraq Bill Passed - House
(377 - 46)
Did Not Vote
Sept. 25, 2007 HR 976 State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(265 - 159)
Yea
Aug. 4, 2007 HR 3221 Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House
(241 - 172)
Yea
Aug. 2, 2007 HR 3159 Mandatory Troop Rest Periods Between Deployments to Iraq Bill Passed - House
(229 - 194)
Yea
Feb. 16, 2007 H Con Res 63 Iraq War Policy Resolution Joint Resolution Passed - House
(246 - 182)
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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