Issue Category

Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
12/22/10 Treaty Doc. 111-5 Treaty with Russia to Reduce and Limit Offensive Arms
Treaty Ratification Passed - Senate (71 - 26)
Did Not Vote
12/21/10 HR 3082 Continuing Appropriations
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (79 - 16)
Yea
12/18/10 HR 2965 Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (65 - 31)
Did Not Vote
12/15/10 HR 4853 Temporary Extension of Tax Relief
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (81 - 19)
Yea
12/09/10 HR 847 9/11 Health and Compensation Act
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (57 - 42)
Nay
12/08/10 S 3985 Emergency Senior Citizens Relief Act
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (53 - 45)
Nay
12/08/10 S 3991 Allowing Collective Bargaining for Public Safety Officers
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (55 - 43)
Nay
12/04/10 S Amdt 4727 Extension of Tax Cuts for Those Making Under $250,000
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (53 - 36)
Did Not Vote
12/04/10 S Amdt 4728 Extension of Tax Cuts for Those Making Under $1 Million
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (53 - 37)
Did Not Vote
11/30/10 S 510 FDA Food Safety Modernization Act
Bill Passed - Senate (73 - 25)
Nay
11/30/10 S Amdt 4697 Prohibiting Earmarks
Motion Rejected - Senate (39 - 56)
Yea
11/17/10 S 3772 Paycheck Fairness Act
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (58 - 41)
Nay
9/29/10 HR 3081 Continuing Appropriations
Bill Passed - Senate (69 - 30)
Nay
9/29/10 S Amdt 4676 Reducing "Continuing Appropriation" Amounts by 5 Percent
Amendment Rejected - Senate (48 - 51)
Yea
9/29/10 S J Res 39 Disapproving Rule for "Grandfathered Health Plans"
Motion Rejected - Senate (40 - 59)
Yea
9/28/10 S 3816 Tax Law Amendments
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (53 - 45)
Nay
9/23/10 S 3628 Campaign Finance Disclosure Requirements
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (59 - 39)
Nay
9/21/10 S 3454 2010-2011 Defense Authorizations
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (56 - 43)
Nay
9/16/10 HR 5297 Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments
Bill Passed - Senate (61 - 38)
Nay
9/14/10 S Amdt 4595 Business Transaction Reporting Requirement Amendments
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (56 - 42)
Nay
9/14/10 S Amdt 4596 Repealing Business Transaction Reporting Requirements
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (46 - 52)
Yea
8/05/10 HR 1586 Aid To States for Medicaid, Teacher Employment, and Other Purposes
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (61 - 39)
Nay
8/05/10 PN 1768 Elena Kagan, Associate Justice
Nomination Confirmed - Senate (63 - 37)
Nay
7/29/10 S Amdt 4519 Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (58 - 42)
Nay
7/27/10 S 3628 Campaign Finance Disclosure Requirements
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (57 - 41)
Nay
7/21/10 HR 4213 Unemployment Benefits Extension
Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (59 - 39)
Nay
7/20/10 HR 4213 Unemployment Benefits Extension
Cloture Invoked - Senate (60 - 40)
Nay
7/15/10 HR 4173 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (60 - 39)
Nay
6/10/10 S J Res 26 Statement of Opposition to EPA Greenhouse Gas Rule
Motion Rejected - Senate (47 - 53)
Yea
6/09/10 S Amdt 4302 Requiring Reports on Foreign Holdings of U.S. Debt
Amendment Not Tabled - Senate (38 - 61)
Nay
6/09/10 S Amdt 4326 Requiring Reports on Foreign Holdings of U.S. Debt
Amendment Adopted - Senate (58 - 41)
Nay
5/27/10 HR 4899 Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Supplemental Appropriations
Bill Passed - Senate (67 - 28)
Nay
5/27/10 S Amdt 4204 Requiring Afghanistan Troop Redeployment Plan and Timetable
Amendment Rejected - Senate (18 - 80)
Nay
5/27/10 S Amdt 4214 National Guard Deployment on Southern U.S. Land Border
Motion Rejected - Senate (51 - 46)
Yea
5/19/10 S Amdt 3746 Allowing States to Limit Credit Card Interest Rates
Amendment Rejected - Senate (35 - 60)
Nay
5/18/10 S Amdt 4034 Federal Preemption Over State Consumer Financial Laws
Amendment Rejected - Senate (43 - 55)
Yea
5/18/10 S Amdt 4051 Prohibiting Funding of State and Local Governments to Prevent Defaulting on Debt
Amendment Rejected - Senate (47 - 50)
Yea
5/18/10 S Amdt 4071 Amending State Authority to Enforce Consumer Financial Regulations
Amendment Adopted - Senate (80 - 18)
Yea
5/18/10 S Amdt 4072 Inspector General Appointment Modification
Amendment Adopted - Senate (75 - 21)
Yea
5/18/10 S Amdt 4114 Credit Default Swap Regulations
Amendment Tabled - Senate (57 - 38)
Nay
5/13/10 S Amdt 3832 Establishing Bankruptcy Process for Non-bank Financial Institutions
Amendment Rejected - Senate (42 - 58)
Yea
5/13/10 S Amdt 3832 Establishing Bankruptcy Process for Non-bank Financial Institutions
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
5/13/10 S Amdt 3987 Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Termination
Amendment Rejected - Senate (40 - 55)
Yea
5/13/10 S Amdt 3989 Debit Card Fee Regulations
Amendment Adopted - Senate (64 - 33)
Nay
5/13/10 S Amdt 3991 Credit Rating Agency Board
Amendment Adopted - Senate (64 - 35)
Nay
5/12/10 S Amdt 3816 Derivatives Regulation Modifications
Amendment Rejected - Senate (39 - 59)
Yea
5/12/10 S Amdt 3955 Establishing New Mortgage Underwriting Requirements and Eliminating a Risk Retention Requirement
Amendment Rejected - Senate (42 - 57)
Yea
5/12/10 S Amdt 3962 Home Loan Regulation Modifications
Amendment Adopted - Senate (63 - 36)
Nay
5/11/10 S Amdt 3760 Federal Reserve Audit
Amendment Rejected - Senate (37 - 62)
Yea
5/11/10 S Amdt 3760 Federal Reserve Audit
None - Senate
Co-sponsor

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.