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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Dec. 3, 2009 HR 4154 Estate Tax Law Amendments and Reinstatement of PAYGO Bill Passed - House
(225 - 200)
Yea
Nov. 5, 2009 HR 3548 Extending Federal Emergency Unemployment Benefits and Providing Business and Homebuyer Tax Credits Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(403 - 12)
Yea
March 5, 2009 HR 1106 Mortgage Restructuring In Bankruptcy Bill Passed - House
(234 - 191)
Yea
Jan. 21, 2009 HR 384 Oversight of the Troubled Asset Relief Program Bill Passed - House
(260 - 166)
Yea
Oct. 3, 2008 HR 1424 Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(263 - 171)
Yea
Sept. 29, 2008 HR 3997 Financial Asset Purchase Authority Concurrence Vote Failed - House
(205 - 228)
Nay
July 23, 2008 HR 3221 Housing Bill with Energy Tax Credit Extensions Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(272 - 152)
Yea
June 25, 2008 HR 2176 Bay Mills Indian Community Land Claim Bill Bill Failed - House
(121 - 298)
Yea
May 8, 2008 H Amdt 1045 Undocumented Immigrants' Ineligibility for Certain Financial Assistance Amendment Adopted - House
(391 - 33)
Yea
May 8, 2008 HR 3221 Housing Foreclosure Assistance Programs Amendment Adopted - House
(266 - 154)
Yea
May 8, 2008 HR 3221 Housing Foreclosure Assistance Programs Amendment Adopted - House
(322 - 94)
Yea
May 8, 2008 HR 5818 Assistance to States for Purchasing Foreclosed Homes Bill Passed - House
(239 - 188)
Yea
Feb. 7, 2008 HR 5140 Economic Stimulus Plan Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(380 - 34)
Yea
Jan. 29, 2008 HR 5140 Economic Stimulus Plan Bill Passed - House
(385 - 35)
Yea
Nov. 15, 2007 HR 3915 Mortgage Reform and Anti-Subprime Lending Act Bill Passed - House
(291 - 127)
Yea
Nov. 8, 2007 HR 3355 Homeowners' Catastrophic Insurance Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House
(258 - 155)
Yea
Oct. 10, 2007 HR 2895 National Affordable Housing Trust Fund Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House
(264 - 148)
Yea
Oct. 4, 2007 HR 3648 Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House
(386 - 27)
Yea
Sept. 18, 2007 HR 1852 Expanding American Homeownership Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House
(348 - 72)
Yea
Aug. 4, 2007 HR 3221 Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House
(241 - 172)
Yea
July 12, 2007 HR 1851 Section 8 Voucher Adjustments Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House
(333 - 83)
Yea
Sept. 29, 2006 HR 4772 Private Property Rights Implementation Act of 2006 Bill Passed - House
(231 - 181)
Nay
Sept. 26, 2006 HR 4772 Private Property Rights Implementation Act of 2005 Bill Failed - House
(234 - 172)
Nay
June 22, 2006 HR 5638 Death/Estate Tax Amendment Bill Passed - House
(269 - 156)
Yea
June 14, 2006 HR 5576 Transportation, Treasury and Housing Appropriations Act Bill Passed - House
(406 - 22)
Yea
May 23, 2006 HR 5384 Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA Appropriations Act Bill Passed - House
(378 - 46)
Yea
June 30, 2005 H Amdt 427 Eminent Domain Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(231 - 189)
Yea
June 30, 2005 HR 3058 Transportation, Treasury, HUD and Judiciary Appropriation Bill Passed - House
(405 - 18)
Yea
April 14, 2005 S 256 Bankruptcy Reform Bill Bill Passed - House
(302 - 126)
Nay
April 13, 2005 HR 8 Death/Estate Tax Repeal Permanency Act of 2005 Bill Passed - House
(272 - 162)
Nay
July 25, 2003 HR 2861 Veterans Affairs and HUD Appropriations Act, 2004 Bill Passed - House
(316 - 109)
Yea
Nov. 8, 2001 HR 2620 Veterans Affairs and HUD Appropriations Act of 2002 Conference Report Adopted - House
(401 - 18)
Yea
Sept. 7, 2000 HR 8 Estate Tax Elimination Act of 2000 Veto Override Failed - House
(274 - 157)
Yea
June 9, 2000 H Amdt 763 Estate Tax Substitute Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(196 - 222)
Nay
June 9, 2000 HR 8 Estate Tax Elimination Act of 2000 Bill Passed - House
(279 - 136)
Yea
Oct. 14, 1999 HR 2684 Veterans Affairs and HUD Appropriations bill, FY 2000 Conference Report Adopted - House
(406 - 18)
Yea
Oct. 1, 1999 HR 1906 FY 2000 Agriculture Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(240 - 175)
Yea
Sept. 9, 1999 HR 2684 Veterans Affairs and HUD Appropriations bill, FY 2000 Bill Passed - House
(235 - 187)
Yea
Sept. 8, 1999 H Amdt 423 International Space Station Funding Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(121 - 298)
Nay
June 17, 1999 H Amdt 200 Ten Commandments Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(248 - 180)
Nay
June 8, 1999 HR 1906 FY 2000 Agriculture Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House
(246 - 183)
Yea
Oct. 6, 1998 HR 4194 FY 1999 VA-HUD Appropriations Conference Report Adopted - House
(409 - 14)
Yea
July 29, 1998 HR 4194 Appropriations bill FY99, Veterans Affairs, HUD Bill Passed - House
(259 - 164)
Yea
Oct. 22, 1997 HR 1534 Private Property Rights bill Bill Passed - House
(248 - 178)
Nay
May 14, 1997 HR 2 Public Housing bill Bill Passed - House
(293 - 132)
Nay
Sept. 24, 1996 HR 3666 Veterans Affairs, HUD FY97 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(388 - 25)
Yea
June 26, 1996 HR 3666 Veterans Affairs, HUD FY97 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House
(269 - 147)
Nay
June 20, 1996 H Amdt 1190 Tribal Land Trust Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(212 - 206)
Yea
March 3, 1995 HR 925 Private Property Protection Act of 1995 Bill Passed - House
(277 - 148)
Nay
Sept. 12, 1994 HR 4624 Fiscal Year 1995 Appropriations for the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development Conference Report Adopted - House
(313 - 61)
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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