Issue Category

40 Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
11/30/12 HR 6429 STEM Jobs Act of 2012
Bill Passed - House (245 - 139)
Yea
9/20/12 HR 6429 STEM Jobs Act of 2012
Bill Failed - House (257 - 158)
Yea
11/29/11 HR 3012 Repeals Certain Green Cards Limitations
Bill Passed - House (389 - 15)
Did Not Vote
12/08/10 HR 5281 DREAM Act
Concurrence Vote Passed - House (216 - 198)
Nay
5/08/08 H Amdt 1045 Undocumented Immigrants' Ineligibility for Certain Financial Assistance
Amendment Adopted - House (391 - 33)
Yea
8/01/07 HR 3162 State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) Reauthorization
Bill Passed - House (225 - 204)
Nay
9/21/06 HR 6095 Immigration Law Enforcement Act of 2006
Bill Passed - House (277 - 140)
Yea
9/14/06 HR 6061 Secure Fence Act of 2006
Bill Passed - House (283 - 138)
Yea
12/16/05 HR 4437 Border Security Bill
Bill Passed - House (239 - 182)
Yea
5/18/05 HR 1817 Homeland Security Department Authorization Act FY06
Bill Passed - House (424 - 4)
Yea
5/05/05 HR 1268 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2005
Conference Report Adopted - House (368 - 58)
Yea
3/16/05 HR 1268 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2005
Bill Passed - House (388 - 43)
Yea
2/10/05 HR 418 Real ID Act of 2005
Bill Passed - House (261 - 161)
Yea
5/18/04 HR 3722 Undocumented Immigrant Emergency Medical Assistance
Bill Failed - House (88 - 331)
Nay
9/24/98 HR 3736 Nonimmigrant Specialty Workers bill
Bill Passed - House (288 - 133)
Yea
9/25/96 HR 2202 Immigration Reform bill
Conference Report Adopted - House (305 - 123)
Yea
8/01/96 HR 123 English as the National Language
Bill Passed - House (259 - 169)
Yea
4/18/96 S 735 Comprehensive Terrorism Prevention Act
Conference Report Adopted - House (293 - 133)
Yea
3/21/96 HR 2202 Immigration Reform bill
Bill Passed - House (333 - 87)
Yea
3/20/96 H Amdt 968 Immigrant Public Assistance Amendment
Amendment Rejected - House (151 - 269)
Nay
3/20/96 H Amdt 969 Denying Public Education to Undocumented Immigrants
Amendment Adopted - House (257 - 163)
Yea
3/20/96 H Amdt 974 Immigrant English Proficiency Amendment
Amendment Adopted - House (210 - 207)
Yea
7/22/94 H Amdt 778 Prohibiting Benefits to Undocumented Immigrants
Amendment Adopted - House (220 - 176)
Yea
5/19/93 H Amdt 62 Citizens/Legal Residents Amendment
Amendment Adopted - House (288 - 127)
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.