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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Nov. 30, 2012 HR 6429 STEM Jobs Act of 2012 Bill Passed - House
(245 - 139)
Yea
Sept. 20, 2012 HR 6429 STEM Jobs Act of 2012 Bill Failed - House
(257 - 158)
Yea
Sept. 12, 2012 HR 5949 FISA Amendments Act Reauthorization Act of 2012 Bill Passed - House
(301 - 118)
Yea
April 26, 2012 HR 3523 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act Bill Passed - House
(248 - 168)
Yea
Nov. 3, 2011 H Amdt 853 Requires Crowdfunding Intermediaries to Disclose Methods of Compensation to Investors Amendment Rejected - House
(189 - 234)
Nay
April 8, 2011 H J Res 37 Disapproving FCC Rules Concerning Internet Providers Joint Resolution Passed - House
(240 - 179)
Yea
Nov. 18, 2010 HR 1722 Telework Policies and Regulations for Federal Agencies Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(254 - 152)
Nay
May 28, 2010 HR 5116 Science and Technology Funding Bill Passed - House
(262 - 150)
Yea
May 19, 2010 HR 5325 Science and Technology Funding Bill Failed - House
(261 - 148)
Yea
May 6, 2010 HR 1722 Telework Policies and Regulations for Federal Agencies Bill Failed - House
(268 - 147)
Yea
July 9, 2008 HR 5811 Electronic Communications Preservation Act Bill Passed - House
(286 - 137)
Nay
June 20, 2008 HR 6304 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Amendments Bill Passed - House
(293 - 129)
Yea
March 14, 2008 HR 3773 Electronic Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Review Act Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(213 - 197)
Nay
Nov. 15, 2007 HR 3773 Electronic Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Review Act Bill Passed - House
(227 - 189)
Nay
Oct. 16, 2007 HR 2102 Reporter's Source Confidentiality Guidelines Bill Passed - House
(398 - 21)
Yea
Aug. 4, 2007 S 1927 Foreign Intelligence Acquisition Bill Passed - House
(227 - 183)
Yea
Sept. 28, 2006 HR 5825 Electronic Surveillance Modernization Act Bill Passed - House
(232 - 191)
Yea
July 27, 2006 HR 4157 Better Health Information Systems Act of 2006 Bill Passed - House
(270 - 148)
Yea
July 11, 2006 H Amdt 1179 Online Gambling Ban Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(114 - 297)
Nay
July 11, 2006 HR 4411 Internet Gambling Bill Bill Passed - House
(317 - 93)
Yea
June 8, 2006 HR 5252 COPE Bill of 2006 Bill Passed - House
(321 - 101)
Yea
March 7, 2006 S 2271 PATRIOT Act Reauthorization bill Bill Passed - House
(280 - 138)
Nay
Nov. 2, 2005 HR 1606 Online Freedom of Speech Act Bill Failed - House
(225 - 182)
Yea
March 11, 2004 HR 3717 FCC Indecency Penalties Bill Bill Passed - House
(391 - 22)
Yea
Nov. 22, 2003 S 877 Reduction of SPAM bill Bill Passed - House
(392 - 5)
Yea
Sept. 25, 2003 HR 3161 Do-Not-Call-Registry bill Bill Passed - House
(412 - 8)
Yea
June 10, 2003 HR 2143 Unlawful Internet Gambling Funding Prohibition Act Bill Passed - House
(319 - 104)
Yea
April 10, 2003 S 151 Enhance AMBER Alert bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(400 - 25)
Yea
Oct. 10, 2002 HR 3295 Help America Vote Act of 2002 Conference Report Adopted - House
(357 - 48)
Yea
Oct. 24, 2001 HR 3162 USA Patriot Act of 2001 Bill Passed - House
(357 - 66)
Yea
May 10, 2000 HR 3709 Regarding Internet Taxation Bill Passed - House
(352 - 75)
Yea
Sept. 8, 1999 H Amdt 423 International Space Station Funding Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(121 - 298)
Nay
May 19, 1999 HR 1654 NASA Authorization bill Bill Passed - House
(259 - 168)
Yea
Feb. 1, 1996 S 652 Telecommunications Bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(414 - 16)
Yea
Nov. 22, 1993 H Amdt 416 Penny Amendment to the Government Reform and Savings Act of 1993 Amendment Rejected - House
(213 - 219)
Yea
June 23, 1993 H Amdt 134 Space Station Termination Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(215 - 216)
Nay
May 19, 1993 HR 820 National Competitiveness Act of 1993 Bill Passed - House
(243 - 167)
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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