Issue Category

Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
5/26/11 H J Res 66 Emergency Disaster Relief Appropriations
None - House
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7/15/09 HR 3221 Student Aid Program Modifications
None - House
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4/02/09 HR 1913 Hate Crimes Expansion
None - House
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2/23/09 HR 1106 Mortgage Restructuring In Bankruptcy
None - House
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1/06/09 HR 11 Employment Discrimination Law Amendments
None - House
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1/06/09 HR 12 Employment Discrimination Law Amendments
None - House
Co-sponsor
9/25/08 HR 7081 United States - India Nuclear Agreement
None - House
Sponsor
5/13/08 HR 6028 Assistance for Mexico and Central America for Anti-Drug Programs (Merida Program)
None - House
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3/13/08 HR 5613 Medicaid Extensions and Changes
None - House
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2/27/08 HR 5501 Funding to Combat AIDS, Malaria, and Tuberculosis
None - House
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2/07/08 HR 5244 Credit Card Regulations
None - House
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1/17/08 HR 5036 Federal Funding for Voting System Changes
None - House
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6/22/07 HR 2831 Equal Pay Bill
None - House
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6/19/07 HR 2768 S-MINER Act
None - House
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6/07/07 HR 2634 Expanding the List of Countries Eligible for Debt Forgiveness
None - House
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5/10/07 HR 2262 Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act
None - House
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4/18/07 HR 1908 Patent Reform Act of 2007
None - House
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3/20/07 HR 1592 Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007
None - House
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3/09/07 HR 1424 Mental Health Coverage Bill
None - House
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3/08/07 HR 1400 Iran Counter-Proliferation Act of 2007
None - House
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3/06/07 HR 1338 Employment Discrimination Law Amendments
None - House
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2/12/07 HR 980 Collective Bargaining for Public Safety Officers
None - House
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2/12/07 HR 985 Whistleblower Protection Act of 2007
None - House
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2/05/07 HR 800 Union Organization Bill
None - House
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1/12/07 HR 5 College Student Relief Act of 2007
None - House
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1/12/07 HR 6 Energy Act of 2007
None - House
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1/05/07 HR 1 None
None - House
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1/05/07 HR 2 None
None - House
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1/05/07 HR 3 None
None - House
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1/05/07 HR 4 None
None - House
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5/02/06 HR 9 Voting Rights Act Reauthorization
None - House
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2/15/05 HR 810 Stem Cell Research Bill of 2005
None - House
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2/01/05 HR 503 Horse Slaughter Prohibition Bill
None - House
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11/20/03 HR 3550 Highway Trust Fund Bill
None - House
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7/24/03 HR 2844 Continuity in Representation Act of 2003
None - House
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5/05/03 HR 1950 State Department FY2004-2005 Authorizations bill
None - House
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4/02/03 HR 1561 US Patent and Trademark Fee Modernization Act, 2004
None - House
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10/02/02 H J Res 114 Use of Military Force Against Iraq
None - House
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11/14/01 HR 3295 Help America Vote Act of 2002
None - House
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10/02/01 HR 2975 Anti-Terrorism Act of 2001
None - House
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7/19/01 HR 2563 Bipartisan Patient Protection Act
None - House
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5/23/01 HR 1954 Iran and Libya Sanctions
None - House
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5/18/99 HR 1838 Taiwan Security Enhancement Act
None - House
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2/10/99 HR 669 Peace Corps Authorization Bill
None - House
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2/10/99 HR 701 Conservation and Reinvestment Act of 1999
None - House
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2/12/98 H Res 364 Human Rights in China
None - House
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10/23/97 HR 2709 Iran Missile Sanctions bill
None - House
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4/25/94 HR 4296 Regulation of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons
None - House
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6/08/93 HR 2333 State Department FY94-95 Authorization Bill
None - House
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5/06/93 HR 2010 National Service Bill
None - House
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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.