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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
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)
Nay
Oct. 3, 2008 HR 6867 Emergency Extended Unemployment Compensation Bill Passed - House
(368 - 28)
Did Not Vote
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
June 18, 2008 HR 6124 Second Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill) Veto Override Passed - House
(317 - 109)
Nay
June 12, 2008 HR 5749 Emergency Extended Unemployment Compensation Act of 2008 Bill Passed - House
(274 - 137)
Nay
May 21, 2008 HR 2419 Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill) Veto Override Passed - House
(316 - 108)
Nay
May 15, 2008 HR 2642 G.I. Bill Expansion and Other Domestic Provisions Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(256 - 166)
Nay
May 14, 2008 HR 2419 Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill) Conference Report Adopted - House
(318 - 106)
Nay
April 23, 2008 HR 5613 Medicaid Extensions and Changes Bill Passed - House
(349 - 62)
Nay
Jan. 23, 2008 HR 3963 Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007 (CHIP) Veto Override Failed - House
(260 - 152)
Nay
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)
Nay
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)
Nay
Oct. 25, 2007 HR 3963 Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007 (CHIP) Bill Passed - House
(265 - 142)
Nay
July 27, 2007 HR 2419 Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill) Bill Passed - House
(231 - 191)
Nay
July 19, 2007 HR 3043 Appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Bill Passed - House
(276 - 140)
Nay
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)
Nay
May 23, 2006 HR 5384 Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA Appropriations Act Bill Passed - House
(378 - 46)
Yea
Feb. 1, 2006 H Res 653 Budget Reconciliation Adoption Resolution Passed - House
(216 - 214)
Yea
Dec. 19, 2005 S 1932 Budget Reconciliation Bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(212 - 206)
Yea
Dec. 14, 2005 HR 3010 Labor, HHS and Education FY 2006 Appropriations Bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(215 - 213)
Yea
Nov. 17, 2005 HR 3010 Labor, HHS and Education FY 2006 Appropriations Bill Conference Report Rejected - House
(209 - 224)
Yea
Oct. 28, 2005 HR 2744 Agriculture, Rural Development and FDA Appropriations Act Conference Report Adopted - House
(318 - 63)
Yea
June 8, 2005 HR 2744 Agriculture, Rural Development and FDA Appropriations Act Bill Passed - House
(408 - 18)
Yea
June 11, 2003 HR 2350 Welfare Reform bill Bill Passed - House
(406 - 6)
Yea
Feb. 13, 2003 HR 4 Welfare Reform bill Bill Passed - House
(230 - 192)
Yea
May 16, 2002 HR 4737 Temporary Aid to Needy Families Bill Passed - House
(229 - 197)
Yea
May 2, 2002 HR 2646 Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 Conference Report Adopted - House
(280 - 141)
Yea
Oct. 5, 2001 HR 2646 Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 Bill Passed - House
(291 - 120)
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
Oct. 1, 1999 HR 1906 FY 2000 Agriculture Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(240 - 175)
Nay
June 8, 1999 HR 1906 FY 2000 Agriculture Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House
(246 - 183)
Yea
Sept. 26, 1998 HR 4579 Tax Cut bill Bill Passed - House
(229 - 195)
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)
Yea
May 16, 1997 HR 1385 Training Programs bill Bill Passed - House
(343 - 60)
Yea
Aug. 2, 1996 HR 3448 Minimum Wage Increase bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(354 - 72)
Yea
July 31, 1996 HR 3734 Welfare Reform Act of 1996 Conference Report Adopted - House
(328 - 101)
Yea
July 18, 1996 H Amdt 1307 Food Stamp Recipient Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(239 - 184)
Yea
July 18, 1996 HR 3734 Welfare Reform Act of 1996 Bill Passed - House
(256 - 170)
Yea
July 11, 1996 H Amdt 1278 Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(201 - 220)
Nay
June 6, 1996 H Amdt 1133 Wisconsin Welfare Reform Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(194 - 233)
Nay
June 6, 1996 HR 3562 Wisconsin Welfare Reform Bill Bill Passed - House
(289 - 136)
Yea
May 22, 1996 HR 3448 Minimum Wage Increase bill Bill Passed - House
(414 - 10)
Yea
March 20, 1996 H Amdt 968 Immigrant Public Assistance Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(151 - 269)
Nay

Executive Actions

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
May 7, 2013 HB 240 Requires Medicare and PeachCare for Kids to Reimburse Speech Pathologists Vetoed - Executive
Veto

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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