Issue Category

36 Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
5/10/12 HR 5652 Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act of 2012
Bill Passed - House (218 - 199)
Yea
2/01/12 HR 3835 Extends Pay Freeze for Congress and Non-Military Federal Workers
Bill Passed - House (309 - 117)
Yea
11/01/11 H Con Res 13 Encourages Display of "In God We Trust" in Public Buildings and Schools
Joint Resolution Passed - House (396 - 9)
Yea
2/19/11 H Amdt 155 Prohibits Use of Funds for Step Increase for General Schedule Employees
Amendment Rejected - House (191 - 230)
Yea
11/18/10 HR 1722 Telework Policies and Regulations for Federal Agencies
Concurrence Vote Passed - House (254 - 152)
Nay
5/06/10 HR 1722 Telework Policies and Regulations for Federal Agencies
Bill Failed - House (268 - 147)
Nay
10/10/07 HR 3056 Tax Collection Responsibility Act of 2007
Bill Passed - House (232 - 173)
Nay
3/14/07 HR 985 Whistleblower Protection Act of 2007
Bill Passed - House (331 - 94)
Yea
2/25/04 HR 2751 GAO Human Capital Reform Act of 2004
Bill Passed - House (382 - 43)
Nay
7/24/02 HR 5120 Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act, 2002
Bill Passed - House (308 - 121)
Yea
7/20/00 HR 4871 Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act, 2001
Bill Passed - House (216 - 202)
Did Not Vote
10/05/98 HR 1154 Indian Federal Recognition Administrative Procedures
Bill Failed - House (190 - 208)
Nay
6/17/98 H Amdt 688 Campaign Finance Reform Commission Amendment
Amendment Rejected - House (156 - 201)
Nay
9/27/96 HR 3539 Federal Aviation Authorization Act of 1996
Conference Report Adopted - House (218 - 198)
Yea
8/01/96 HR 123 English as the National Language
Bill Passed - House (259 - 169)
Yea
7/31/96 HR 3734 Welfare Reform Act of 1996
Conference Report Adopted - House (328 - 101)
Yea
7/18/96 HR 3734 Welfare Reform Act of 1996
Bill Passed - House (256 - 170)
Yea
3/07/96 H Amdt 947 Lobby Disclosure Amendment
Amendment Adopted - House (211 - 209)
Yea
11/28/95 H Amdt 903 Prohibit Federal Funds for Lobbying Amendment
Amendment Rejected - House (190 - 238)
Yea
2/28/95 HR 1022 Risk Assessment and Cost-Benefit Act of 1995
Bill Passed - House (286 - 141)
Yea
6/16/94 H Amdt 645 Interstate Commerce Commission Funding
Amendment Adopted - House (234 - 192)
Yea
11/22/93 H Amdt 416 Penny Amendment to the Government Reform and Savings Act of 1993
Amendment Rejected - House (213 - 219)
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:

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