Issue Category

Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
7/15/08 HR 5803 Backup Paper Ballots
Bill Failed - House (248 - 170)
Nay
7/15/08 HR 6331 Medicare Bill
Veto Override Passed - House (383 - 41)
Yea
7/09/08 HR 5811 Electronic Communications Preservation Act
Bill Passed - House (286 - 137)
Nay
6/26/08 HR 6052 Public Transportation and Alternative Fuel Grants
Bill Passed - House (322 - 98)
Nay
6/26/08 HR 6251 Oil Production Leases
Bill Failed - House (223 - 195)
Nay
6/26/08 HR 6377 Energy Futures Trading
Bill Passed - House (402 - 19)
Yea
6/25/08 HR 2176 Bay Mills Indian Community Land Claim Bill
Bill Failed - House (121 - 298)
Nay
6/25/08 HR 6275 Alternative Minimum Tax Bill
Bill Passed - House (233 - 189)
Nay
6/24/08 HR 6331 Medicare Bill
Bill Passed - House (355 - 59)
Yea
6/24/08 HR 6346 Price Gouging Prevention Act
Bill Failed - House (276 - 146)
Nay
6/20/08 HR 6304 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Amendments
Bill Passed - House (293 - 129)
Yea
6/19/08 HR 2642 GI Bill, Funding for Midwest Flood Cleanup, Extension of Unemployment Benefits, and Other Provisions
Concurrence Vote Passed - House (416 - 12)
Yea
6/19/08 HR 2642 GI Bill, Funding for Midwest Flood Cleanup, Extension of Unemployment Benefits, and Other Provisions
Concurrence Vote Passed - House (268 - 155)
Yea
6/18/08 HR 6124 Second Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill)
Veto Override Passed - House (317 - 109)
Nay
6/12/08 HR 5749 Emergency Extended Unemployment Compensation Act of 2008
Bill Passed - House (274 - 137)
Nay
6/11/08 HR 6003 Amtrak Reauthorization
Bill Passed - House (311 - 104)
Nay
6/10/08 HR 6028 Assistance for Mexico and Central America for Anti-Drug Programs (Merida Program)
Bill Passed - House (311 - 106)
Nay
5/21/08 HR 2419 Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill)
Veto Override Passed - House (316 - 108)
Nay
5/21/08 HR 6049 Alternative Energy Tax Incentives
Bill Passed - House (263 - 160)
Nay
5/20/08 HR 6074 Prohibiting Foreign States or Associations from Forming a Group to Control Oil
Bill Passed - House (324 - 84)
Yea
5/15/08 HR 2642 Iraq Related Provisions such as a Troop Withdrawal, a Permanent Base Ban, and Limiting Interrogation Techniques
Concurrence Vote Passed - House (227 - 196)
Nay
5/15/08 HR 2642 Iraq Related Provisions such as a Troop Withdrawal, a Permanent Base Ban, and Limiting Interrogation Techniques
Concurrence Vote Passed - House (256 - 166)
Nay
5/15/08 HR 2642 Iraq Related Provisions such as a Troop Withdrawal, a Permanent Base Ban, and Limiting Interrogation Techniques
Concurrence Vote Failed - House (141 - 149)
Did Not Vote
5/14/08 HR 2419 Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill)
Conference Report Adopted - House (318 - 106)
Nay
5/13/08 HR 6022 Suspending Acquisition of Petroleum for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve
Bill Passed - House (385 - 25)
Yea
5/08/08 H Amdt 1045 Undocumented Immigrants' Ineligibility for Certain Financial Assistance
Amendment Adopted - House (391 - 33)
Yea
5/08/08 HR 3221 Housing-Related Tax Provision Amendments
Amendment Adopted - House (322 - 94)
Yea
5/08/08 HR 3221 Housing-Related Tax Provision Amendments
Amendment Adopted - House (266 - 154)
Nay
5/08/08 HR 5818 Assistance to States for Purchasing Foreclosed Homes
Bill Passed - House (239 - 188)
Nay
5/01/08 HR 5715 Student Loan Provision Changes
Concurrence Vote Passed - House (388 - 21)
Yea
4/30/08 HR 5522 Requiring OSHA to Establish Combustible Dust Safety Standards
Bill Passed - House (247 - 165)
Nay
4/29/08 S 2739 Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008
Bill Passed - House (291 - 117)
Nay
4/23/08 HR 5613 Medicaid Extensions and Changes
Bill Passed - House (349 - 62)
Nay
4/17/08 HR 5715 Student Loan Provision Changes
Bill Passed - House (383 - 27)
Yea
4/16/08 HR 2634 Expanding the List of Countries Eligible for Debt Forgiveness
Bill Passed - House (285 - 132)
Nay
4/15/08 HR 5036 Federal Funding for Voting System Changes
Bill Failed - House (239 - 178)
Nay
4/15/08 HR 5719 Amending Tax Code Provisions and IRS Practices
Bill Passed - House (238 - 179)
Nay
4/10/08 H Res 1092 Postponing the Consideration of the Trade Agreement with Colombia
Resolution Passed - House (224 - 195)
Nay
4/02/08 HR 5501 Funding to Combat AIDS, Malaria, and Tuberculosis
Bill Passed - House (308 - 116)
Nay
3/14/08 HR 3773 Electronic Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Review Act
Concurrence Vote Passed - House (213 - 197)
Nay
3/13/08 H Amdt 972 Substitute Amendment for the House Budget Resolution
Amendment Rejected - House (157 - 263)
Yea
3/13/08 H Con Res 312 Concurrent Budget Resolution
Joint Resolution Passed - House (212 - 207)
Nay
3/11/08 HR 2082 Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008
Veto Override Failed - House (225 - 188)
Nay
3/11/08 H Res 1031 Establishment of the Office of Congressional Ethics
Resolution Passed - House (229 - 182)
Nay
3/05/08 HR 1424 Mental Health Coverage Bill
Bill Passed - House (268 - 148)
Nay
2/27/08 HR 5351 Energy Law Amendments
Bill Passed - House (236 - 182)
Nay
2/14/08 H Res 982 Contempt Charges
Resolution Passed - House (223 - 32)
Nay
2/07/08 HR 4137 Higher Education Act Amendments and Extensions
Bill Passed - House (354 - 58)
Nay
2/07/08 HR 5140 Economic Stimulus Plan
Concurrence Vote Passed - House (380 - 34)
Yea
1/29/08 HR 5140 Economic Stimulus Plan
Bill Passed - House (385 - 35)
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.