Issue Category

41 Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
11/30/12 HR 6429 STEM Jobs Act of 2012
Bill Passed - House (245 - 139)
Did Not Vote
9/20/12 HR 6429 STEM Jobs Act of 2012
Bill Failed - House (257 - 158)
Did Not Vote
9/12/12 HR 5949 FISA Amendments Act Reauthorization Act of 2012
Bill Passed - House (301 - 118)
Yea
4/26/12 HR 3523 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act
Bill Passed - House (248 - 168)
Yea
11/03/11 H Amdt 853 Requires Crowdfunding Intermediaries to Disclose Methods of Compensation to Investors
Amendment Rejected - House (189 - 234)
Nay
4/08/11 H J Res 37 Disapproving FCC Rules Concerning Internet Providers
Joint Resolution Passed - House (240 - 179)
Yea
11/18/10 HR 1722 Telework Policies and Regulations for Federal Agencies
Concurrence Vote Passed - House (254 - 152)
Did Not Vote
5/28/10 HR 5116 Science and Technology Funding
Bill Passed - House (262 - 150)
Nay
5/19/10 HR 5325 Science and Technology Funding
Bill Failed - House (261 - 148)
Nay
5/06/10 HR 1722 Telework Policies and Regulations for Federal Agencies
Bill Failed - House (268 - 147)
Nay
7/09/08 HR 5811 Electronic Communications Preservation Act
Bill Passed - House (286 - 137)
Yea
6/20/08 HR 6304 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Amendments
Bill Passed - House (293 - 129)
Yea
3/14/08 HR 3773 Electronic Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Review Act
Concurrence Vote Passed - House (213 - 197)
Nay
11/15/07 HR 3773 Electronic Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Review Act
Bill Passed - House (227 - 189)
Nay
10/16/07 HR 2102 Reporter's Source Confidentiality Guidelines
Bill Passed - House (398 - 21)
Yea
8/04/07 S 1927 Foreign Intelligence Acquisition
Bill Passed - House (227 - 183)
Yea
9/28/06 HR 5825 Electronic Surveillance Modernization Act
Bill Passed - House (232 - 191)
Yea
7/27/06 HR 4157 Better Health Information Systems Act of 2006
Bill Passed - House (270 - 148)
Yea
7/11/06 H Amdt 1179 Online Gambling Ban Amendment
Amendment Rejected - House (114 - 297)
Nay
7/11/06 HR 4411 Internet Gambling Bill
Bill Passed - House (317 - 93)
Yea
6/08/06 HR 5252 COPE Bill of 2006
Bill Passed - House (321 - 101)
Yea
3/07/06 S 2271 PATRIOT Act Reauthorization bill
Bill Passed - House (280 - 138)
Yea
11/02/05 HR 1606 Online Freedom of Speech Act
Bill Failed - House (225 - 182)
Nay
3/11/04 HR 3717 FCC Indecency Penalties Bill
Bill Passed - House (391 - 22)
Yea
11/22/03 S 877 Reduction of SPAM bill
Bill Passed - House (392 - 5)
Yea
9/25/03 HR 3161 Do-Not-Call-Registry bill
Bill Passed - House (412 - 8)
Yea
6/10/03 HR 2143 Unlawful Internet Gambling Funding Prohibition Act
Bill Passed - House (319 - 104)
Yea
4/10/03 S 151 Enhance AMBER Alert bill
Conference Report Adopted - House (400 - 25)
Yea
10/10/02 HR 3295 Help America Vote Act of 2002
Conference Report Adopted - House (357 - 48)
Yea
10/24/01 HR 3162 USA Patriot Act of 2001
Bill Passed - House (357 - 66)
Yea
5/10/00 HR 3709 Regarding Internet Taxation
Bill Passed - House (352 - 75)
Yea
9/08/99 H Amdt 423 International Space Station Funding Amendment
Amendment Rejected - House (121 - 298)
Nay
5/19/99 HR 1654 NASA Authorization bill
Bill Passed - House (259 - 168)
Yea
2/01/96 S 652 Telecommunications Bill
Conference Report Adopted - House (414 - 16)
Yea
11/22/93 H Amdt 416 Penny Amendment to the Government Reform and Savings Act of 1993
Amendment Rejected - House (213 - 219)
Yea
6/23/93 H Amdt 134 Space Station Termination Amendment
Amendment Rejected - House (215 - 216)
Nay
5/19/93 HR 820 National Competitiveness Act of 1993
Bill Passed - House (243 - 167)
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:

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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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