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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
May 18, 2010 S Amdt 4034 Federal Preemption Over State Consumer Financial Laws Amendment Rejected - Senate
(43 - 55)
Yea
May 18, 2010 S Amdt 4051 Prohibiting Funding of State and Local Governments to Prevent Defaulting on Debt Amendment Rejected - Senate
(47 - 50)
Yea
May 18, 2010 S Amdt 4071 Amending State Authority to Enforce Consumer Financial Regulations Amendment Adopted - Senate
(80 - 18)
Yea
Dec. 24, 2009 HR 3590 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Bill Passed - Senate
(60 - 39)
Did Not Vote
Dec. 23, 2009 HR 3590 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Cloture Invoked - Senate
(60 - 39)
Did Not Vote
July 22, 2009 S Amdt 1618 Authorizing Concealed Firearms Across State Lines Amendment Rejected - Senate
(58 - 39)
Yea
Feb. 26, 2009 S 160 Washington DC Voting Act Bill Passed - Senate
(61 - 37)
Nay
July 26, 2007 S Amdt 2405 REAL ID Funding Amendment Tabled - Senate
(50 - 44)
Nay
July 14, 2004 S J Res 40 Federal Marriage Amendment Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(48 - 50)
Yea
Oct. 16, 2002 HR 3295 Help America Vote Act of 2002 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(92 - 2)
Yea
June 11, 2002 S 625 Hate Crimes Bill Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(54 - 43)
Nay
April 11, 2002 S 565 Equal Protection of Voting Rights Act of 2001 Bill Passed - Senate
(99 - 1)
Yea
June 20, 2000 S Amdt 3473 Hate Crimes Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(57 - 42)
Nay
Nov. 2, 1999 HR 3064 DC/Labor/HHS/Education FY 2000 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(49 - 48)
Yea
Aug. 7, 1998 HR 4380 District of Columbia FY99 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House
(214 - 206)
Yea
Aug. 6, 1998 H Amdt 862 Federal Campaign Finance Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(147 - 222)
Nay
Aug. 6, 1998 H Amdt 865 Abortion Funding Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(180 - 243)
Nay
Aug. 3, 1998 H Amdt 690 Shays Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(237 - 186)
Nay
July 15, 1998 HR 3682 Child Custody Protection Act Bill Passed - House
(276 - 150)
Yea
May 22, 1998 HR 2400 Transportation Reauthorization bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(297 - 86)
Yea
April 30, 1998 S 1502 Washington, D.C. School Vouchers bill Bill Passed - House
(214 - 206)
Did Not Vote
April 29, 1998 HR 3717 Needle Exchange Funding Ban Bill Passed - House
(287 - 140)
Yea
April 1, 1998 HR 2400 Transportation Reauthorization bill Bill Passed - House
(337 - 80)
Yea
March 4, 1998 HR 856 Puerto Rico Political Status bill Bill Passed - House
(209 - 208)
Nay
Feb. 5, 1998 HR 2846 National Student Testing bill Bill Passed - House
(242 - 174)
Yea
Oct. 9, 1997 HR 2607 District of Columbia FY98 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House
(203 - 202)
Yea
May 16, 1997 HR 1385 Training Programs bill Bill Passed - House
(343 - 60)
Yea
Aug. 2, 1996 S 1316 Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1995 Conference Report Adopted - House
(392 - 30)
Yea
July 22, 1996 H Amdt 1309 Non-Federally Funded Abortions Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(176 - 223)
Nay
July 12, 1996 H Amdt 1286 Definition of Marriage Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(103 - 311)
Nay
July 12, 1996 HR 3396 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) Bill Passed - House
(342 - 67)
Yea
June 20, 1996 H Amdt 1190 Tribal Land Trust Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(212 - 206)
Yea
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
March 20, 1996 H Amdt 969 Denying Public Education to Undocumented Immigrants Amendment Adopted - House
(257 - 163)
Yea
March 7, 1996 H Amdt 946 Medicaid Funded Abortions Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(198 - 222)
Nay
Feb. 28, 1996 H Amdt 935 Dairy Program Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(258 - 164)
Nay
Dec. 21, 1995 HR 4 Welfare Reform Bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(245 - 178)
Yea
Nov. 2, 1995 HR 2546 Appropriations Bill FY 96, District of Columbia Bill Passed - House
(224 - 191)
Yea
Sept. 20, 1995 H Amdt 814 Drinking and Driving Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(223 - 203)
Nay
May 16, 1995 HR 961 Comprehensive Wetlands Conservation and Management Act Bill Passed - House
(240 - 185)
Yea
March 24, 1995 HR 4 Welfare Reform Bill Bill Passed - House
(234 - 199)
Yea
Feb. 14, 1995 HR 728 Anti-Crime bill Bill Passed - House
(238 - 192)
Yea
July 14, 1994 H Amdt 755 Federal Land Appraisals Amendment Adopted - House
(281 - 148)
Yea
July 13, 1994 HR 4649 District of Columbia FY95 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - House
(213 - 210)
Nay
March 24, 1994 H Amdt 497 Funding and Programs Substitute Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(173 - 245)
Yea
Nov. 21, 1993 HR 51 D.C. Statehood Bill Bill Failed - House
(153 - 277)
Nay
Oct. 27, 1993 HR 2492 District of Columbia Fiscal Year 1994 Appropriations Bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(225 - 201)
Nay
June 30, 1993 H Amdt 188 DC's Domestic Partners Ordinance Amendment Adopted - House
(253 - 167)
Yea
June 30, 1993 HR 2492 District of Columbia Fiscal Year 1994 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - House
(213 - 211)
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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