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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Dec. 8, 2010 HR 5987 Seniors Protection Act Bill Failed - House
(254 - 153)
Yea
Nov. 19, 2009 HR 3961 Revising Medicare Physician Fee Schedules and Reinstatement of PAYGO Bill Passed - House
(243 - 183)
Nay
July 15, 2008 HR 6331 Medicare Bill Veto Override Passed - House
(383 - 41)
Yea
June 24, 2008 HR 6331 Medicare Bill Bill Passed - House
(355 - 59)
Yea
Nov. 15, 2007 HR 3043 Appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Veto Override Failed - House
(277 - 141)
Yea
Nov. 8, 2007 HR 3043 Appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(274 - 141)
Yea
July 11, 2007 S 1701 Extension of Funding for Transitional Medical Assistance and Abstinence Education Bill Passed - House
(291 - 126)
Yea
May 17, 2007 S Con Res 21 2008 Budget Resolution Conference Report Adopted - House
(214 - 209)
Nay
Jan. 12, 2007 HR 4 Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act Bill Passed - House
(255 - 170)
Yea
May 23, 2003 HR 2 Jobs and Economic Growth bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(231 - 200)
Yea
April 2, 2003 HR 743 Social Security Protection Act of 2003 Bill Passed - House
(396 - 28)
Yea
June 28, 2002 HR 4954 Medicare Modernization and Prescription Drug Act Bill Passed - House
(221 - 208)
Yea
July 19, 2001 HR 7 Community Solutions Act of 2001 Bill Passed - House
(233 - 198)
Yea
July 27, 2000 H Amdt 1041 Social Security Benefits Tax Relief Amendment Rejected - House
(169 - 256)
Nay
July 27, 2000 HR 4865 Social Security Benefits Tax Relief bill Bill Passed - House
(265 - 159)
Yea
June 28, 2000 HR 4680 Medicare Rx bill Bill Passed - House
(217 - 214)
Yea
May 26, 1999 HR 1259 Social Security Lock Box bill Bill Passed - House
(416 - 12)
Yea
Sept. 25, 1998 H Amdt 914 Save Social Security Act Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(210 - 216)
Nay
Sept. 25, 1998 HR 4578 Social Security Account Protection bill Bill Passed - House
(240 - 188)
Nay
Aug. 2, 1996 HR 3448 Minimum Wage Increase bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(354 - 72)
Yea
July 11, 1996 H Amdt 1278 Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(201 - 220)
Nay
May 22, 1996 HR 3448 Minimum Wage Increase bill Bill Passed - House
(414 - 10)
Yea
Oct. 19, 1995 HR 2425 Medicare Preservation Act of 1995 Bill Passed - House
(231 - 201)
Yea
Nov. 22, 1993 H Amdt 416 Penny Amendment to the Government Reform and Savings Act of 1993 Amendment Rejected - House
(213 - 219)
Yea
Oct. 7, 1993 HR 2518 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(311 - 115)
Nay
Aug. 6, 1993 HR 2010 National Service Bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(275 - 152)
Nay
July 28, 1993 HR 2010 National Service Bill Bill Passed - House
(275 - 152)
Nay
June 30, 1993 HR 2518 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - House
(305 - 124)
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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