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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Jan. 1, 2013 HR 8 Job Protection and Recession Prevention Act of 2012 Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(257 - 167)
Yea
Aug. 2, 2012 HR 6169 Pathway to Job Creation through a Simpler, Fairer Tax Code Act of 2012 Bill Passed - House
(232 - 189)
Nay
Aug. 1, 2012 HR 8 Job Protection and Recession Prevention Act of 2012 Bill Passed - House
(256 - 171)
Nay
July 31, 2012 HR 828 Federal Employee Tax Accountability Act of 2012 Bill Passed - House
(263 - 114)
Yea
June 7, 2012 HR 436 Repeals Excise Tax on Medical Devices Bill Passed - House
(270 - 146)
Nay
April 19, 2012 HR 9 Income Tax Deduction for Small Businesses Bill Passed - House
(235 - 173)
Nay
March 29, 2012 H Con Res 112 Limits Federal Appropriations for Fiscal Years 2013-2022 ("Ryan Budget") Joint Resolution Passed - House
(228 - 191)
Nay
Feb. 17, 2012 HR 3630 Extends Payroll Tax Cut Conference Report Adopted - House
(293 - 132)
Yea
Dec. 20, 2011 HR 3630 Temporary Payroll Tax Cut Extension Nonconcurrence Vote Passed - House
(229 - 193)
Nay
Dec. 13, 2011 HR 3630 Reduces Payroll Taxes and Unemployment Benefits Bill Passed - House
(234 - 193)
Nay
Oct. 27, 2011 HR 2576 Requires Inclusion of Social Security Benefits in Calculation of Modified Adjusted Gross Income Bill Passed - House
(262 - 157)
Nay
Dec. 17, 2010 HR 4853 Temporary Extension of Tax Relief Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(277 - 148)
Yea
Dec. 16, 2010 H Amdt 786 Amending the Estate Tax Amendment Rejected - House
(194 - 233)
Yea
Dec. 2, 2010 HR 4853 Temporary Extension of Tax Relief Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(234 - 188)
Yea
Sept. 23, 2010 HR 5297 Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(237 - 187)
Yea
July 30, 2010 HR 5982 Tax Law Amendments Bill Failed - House
(241 - 154)
Yea
July 22, 2010 HR 4213 Unemployment Benefits Extension Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(272 - 152)
Yea
June 17, 2010 HR 5297 Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments Bill Passed - House
(241 - 182)
Yea
May 28, 2010 HR 4213 Unemployment Benefits Extension and Tax Law Amendments Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(215 - 204)
Yea
March 25, 2010 HR 4872 Health Care Reconciliation Act Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(220 - 207)
Yea
March 21, 2010 HR 3590 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(219 - 212)
Yea
March 21, 2010 HR 4872 Health Care Reconciliation Act Bill Passed - House
(220 - 211)
Yea
March 4, 2010 HR 2847 Employment, Infrastructure, and Transportation Appropriations and Tax Credits ("Senate Jobs Bill") Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(217 - 201)
Yea
Dec. 16, 2009 HR 2847 Employment, Infrastructure, and Transportation Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(217 - 212)
Yea
Nov. 5, 2009 HR 3548 Extending Federal Emergency Unemployment Benefits and Providing Business and Homebuyer Tax Credits Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(403 - 12)
Yea
Sept. 22, 2009 HR 3548 Extending Federal Emergency Unemployment Benefits Bill Passed - House
(331 - 83)
Yea
March 19, 2009 HR 1586 TARP Recipient Bonuses Tax Bill Passed - House
(328 - 93)
Yea
Feb. 13, 2009 HR 1 Appropriations, Tax Law Amendments, and Unemployment Benefit Amendments ("Stimulus Bill") Conference Report Adopted - House
(246 - 183)
Yea
Jan. 28, 2009 HR 1 Appropriations, Tax Law Amendments, and Unemployment Benefit Amendments ("Stimulus Bill") Bill Passed - House
(244 - 188)
Yea
Sept. 26, 2008 HR 7060 Renewable Energy Credits and Other Business and Individual Credits Bill Passed - House
(257 - 166)
Yea
Sept. 16, 2008 HR 6899 Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling and Extending Certain Renewable Energy Tax Credits Bill Passed - House
(236 - 189)
Yea
June 25, 2008 HR 6275 Alternative Minimum Tax Bill Bill Passed - House
(233 - 189)
Yea
May 21, 2008 HR 2419 Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill) Veto Override Passed - House
(316 - 108)
Yea
May 21, 2008 HR 6049 Alternative Energy Tax Incentives Bill Passed - House
(263 - 160)
Yea
May 14, 2008 HR 2419 Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill) Conference Report Adopted - House
(318 - 106)
Yea
May 8, 2008 HR 3221 Housing Foreclosure Assistance Programs Amendment Adopted - House
(266 - 154)
Yea
April 15, 2008 HR 5719 Amending Tax Code Provisions and IRS Practices Bill Passed - House
(238 - 179)
Yea
Feb. 27, 2008 HR 5351 Energy Law Amendments Bill Passed - House
(236 - 182)
Yea
Feb. 7, 2008 HR 5140 Economic Stimulus Plan Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(380 - 34)
Yea
Jan. 29, 2008 HR 5140 Economic Stimulus Plan Bill Passed - House
(385 - 35)
Yea
Dec. 19, 2007 HR 3996 Temporary Alternative Minimum Tax Adjustment Act of 2007 Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(352 - 64)
Yea
Dec. 12, 2007 HR 4351 Alternative Minimum Tax Adjustment Act Bill Passed - House
(226 - 193)
Yea
Nov. 9, 2007 HR 3996 Temporary Tax Adjustments Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House
(216 - 193)
Yea
Oct. 10, 2007 HR 3056 Tax Collection Responsibility Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House
(232 - 173)
Yea
Aug. 4, 2007 HR 2776 Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House
(221 - 189)
Yea
Aug. 1, 2007 HR 3162 State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) Reauthorization Bill Passed - House
(225 - 204)
Yea
July 27, 2007 HR 2419 Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill) Bill Passed - House
(231 - 191)
Yea
May 17, 2007 S Con Res 21 2008 Budget Resolution Conference Report Adopted - House
(214 - 209)
Yea
July 29, 2006 HR 5970 Death/Estate Tax and Minimum Wage Bill Bill Passed - House
(230 - 180)
Nay
June 22, 2006 HR 5638 Death/Estate Tax Amendment Bill Passed - House
(269 - 156)
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:

  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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