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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
July 25, 2012 HR 6082 Congressional Replacement of President Obama's Offshore Drilling Plan Bill Passed - House
(253 - 170)
Nay
July 25, 2012 HR 6168 President Obama's Proposed 2012-2017 Offshore Drilling Lease Sale Plan Act Bill Failed - House
(164 - 261)
Nay
June 21, 2012 HR 4480 Domestic Energy and Jobs Act Bill Passed - House
(248 - 163)
Did Not Vote
April 18, 2012 HR 4348 Extension of Surface Transportation Funding and Approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline Bill Passed - House
(293 - 127)
Did Not Vote
Feb. 17, 2012 HR 3630 Extends Payroll Tax Cut Conference Report Adopted - House
(293 - 132)
Nay
Feb. 16, 2012 HR 3408 Authorizes Development of Oil Shale Resources Bill Passed - House
(237 - 187)
Nay
Dec. 20, 2011 HR 3630 Temporary Payroll Tax Cut Extension Nonconcurrence Vote Passed - House
(229 - 193)
Did Not Vote
Dec. 13, 2011 HR 3630 Reduces Payroll Taxes and Unemployment Benefits Bill Passed - House
(234 - 193)
Did Not Vote
June 22, 2011 HR 2021 Impact of Drilling on Air Quality Bill Passed - House
(253 - 166)
Nay
May 5, 2011 HR 1230 Offshore Leasing Act Bill Passed - House
(266 - 149)
Nay
July 30, 2010 H Amdt 773 Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards Amendment Adopted - House
(216 - 195)
Yea
July 30, 2010 HR 3534 Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments Bill Passed - House
(209 - 193)
Yea
July 30, 2010 HR 5851 "Whistleblower Protection" for Offshore Oil Workers Bill Passed - House
(315 - 93)
Yea
June 26, 2009 HR 2454 Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade") Bill Passed - House
(219 - 212)
Yea
Sept. 26, 2008 HR 7060 Renewable Energy Credits and Other Business and Individual Credits Bill Passed - House
(257 - 166)
Yea
Sept. 24, 2008 HR 2638 Continuing Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(370 - 58)
Yea
Sept. 18, 2008 HR 6604 Commodity Markets Speculation Bill Bill Passed - House
(283 - 133)
Yea
Sept. 16, 2008 HR 6899 Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling and Extending Certain Renewable Energy Tax Credits Bill Passed - House
(236 - 189)
Nay
July 17, 2008 HR 6515 Oil Exploration in the National Petroleum Reserve - Alaska Bill Failed - House
(244 - 173)
Yea
June 26, 2008 HR 6251 Oil Production Leases Bill Failed - House
(223 - 195)
Yea
June 24, 2008 HR 6346 Price Gouging Prevention Act Bill Failed - House
(276 - 146)
Yea
May 20, 2008 HR 6074 Prohibiting Foreign States or Associations from Forming a Group to Control Oil Bill Passed - House
(324 - 84)
Yea
May 13, 2008 HR 6022 Suspending Acquisition of Petroleum for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve Bill Passed - House
(385 - 25)
Yea
Feb. 27, 2008 HR 5351 Energy Law Amendments Bill Passed - House
(236 - 182)
Yea
Dec. 18, 2007 HR 6 Energy Act of 2007 Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(314 - 100)
Yea
Dec. 17, 2007 HR 2764 Inclusion of Consolidated Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(253 - 154)
Yea
Dec. 17, 2007 HR 2764 Inclusion of Consolidated Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(206 - 201)
Nay
Dec. 6, 2007 HR 6 Energy Act of 2007 Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(235 - 181)
Yea
July 25, 2007 HR 2929 Ban on Permanent Bases in Iraq Bill Passed - House
(399 - 24)
Yea
June 15, 2007 HR 2638 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Bill Passed - House
(268 - 150)
Yea
May 22, 2007 HR 2264 Preventing the Organization of Petroleum Export Groups Bill Passed - House
(345 - 72)
Yea
Jan. 18, 2007 HR 6 Energy Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House
(264 - 163)
Yea
June 29, 2006 HR 4761 Deep Ocean Energy Resources Act of 2006 Bill Passed - House
(232 - 187)
Nay
May 18, 2006 H Amdt 842 Outer Continental Shelf for Gas and Oil Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(141 - 279)
Nay
May 18, 2006 H Amdt 856 Outer Continental Shelf Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(217 - 203)
Yea
May 10, 2006 HR 4297 Tax Relief Extension Reconciliation Act of 2005 Conference Report Adopted - House
(244 - 185)
Nay
Oct. 7, 2005 HR 3893 Gasoline for America's Security Act of 2005 Bill Passed - House
(212 - 210)
Nay
April 21, 2005 H Amdt 370 Liability Shield Language Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(213 - 219)
Yea
April 20, 2005 H Amdt 72 Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Drilling Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(200 - 231)
Yea
Nov. 18, 2003 HR 6 Energy Omnibus bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(246 - 180)
Nay
April 11, 2003 HR 6 Energy Omnibus bill Bill Passed - House
(247 - 175)
Nay
Aug. 1, 2001 H Amdt 288 Corporate Average Fuel Efficiency (CAFE) Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(160 - 269)
Yea
Aug. 1, 2001 H Amdt 298 Prohibiting Oil Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Amendment Rejected - House
(206 - 223)
Yea
July 26, 2001 HR 1954 Iran and Libya Sanctions Bill Passed - House
(409 - 6)
Yea
May 10, 2000 H Amdt 685 Land Conservation-Land Acquisition Funding Amendment Rejected - House
(109 - 315)
Nay
May 10, 2000 H Amdt 687 Social Security and Medicare Solvency Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(216 - 208)
Nay
May 21, 1996 HR 3415 Repeal Gas Tax bill Bill Passed - House
(301 - 108)
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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