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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Sept. 17, 2008 HR 6842 Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban Bill Passed - House
(266 - 152)
Nay
Sept. 16, 2008 HR 6899 Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling and Extending Certain Renewable Energy Tax Credits Bill Passed - House
(236 - 189)
Yea
July 31, 2008 HR 1338 Employment Discrimination Law Amendments Bill Passed - House
(247 - 178)
Yea
July 31, 2008 HR 4137 Higher Education Act Amendments and Extensions Conference Report Adopted - House
(380 - 49)
Yea
July 30, 2008 HR 1108 FDA Regulation of Tobacco Bill Passed - House
(326 - 102)
Yea
July 24, 2008 HR 3999 National Highway Bridge Reconstruction and Inspection Act Bill Passed - House
(367 - 55)
Yea
July 24, 2008 HR 5501 Funding to Combat AIDS, Malaria, and Tuberculosis Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(303 - 115)
Yea
July 23, 2008 HR 3221 Housing Bill with Energy Tax Credit Extensions Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(272 - 152)
Yea
July 23, 2008 HR 6532 Restoring the Highway Trust Fund Balance Bill Passed - House
(387 - 37)
Yea
July 17, 2008 HR 6515 Oil Exploration in the National Petroleum Reserve - Alaska Bill Failed - House
(244 - 173)
Yea
July 16, 2008 H Amdt 1114 Allowing the Use of Certain Terms in Within the Intelligence Community Amendment Adopted - House
(249 - 180)
Nay
July 16, 2008 HR 415 Adding Parts of the Taunton River to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System Bill Passed - House
(242 - 175)
Yea
July 15, 2008 HR 5803 Backup Paper Ballots Bill Failed - House
(248 - 170)
Yea
July 15, 2008 HR 6331 Medicare Bill Veto Override Passed - House
(383 - 41)
Yea
July 9, 2008 HR 5811 Electronic Communications Preservation Act Bill Passed - House
(286 - 137)
Yea
June 26, 2008 HR 6052 Public Transportation and Alternative Fuel Grants Bill Passed - House
(322 - 98)
Yea
June 26, 2008 HR 6251 Oil Production Leases Bill Failed - House
(223 - 195)
Yea
June 26, 2008 HR 6377 Energy Futures Trading Bill Passed - House
(402 - 19)
Yea
June 25, 2008 HR 2176 Bay Mills Indian Community Land Claim Bill Bill Failed - House
(121 - 298)
Nay
June 25, 2008 HR 6275 Alternative Minimum Tax Bill Bill Passed - House
(233 - 189)
Yea
June 24, 2008 HR 6331 Medicare Bill Bill Passed - House
(355 - 59)
Yea
June 24, 2008 HR 6346 Price Gouging Prevention Act Bill Failed - House
(276 - 146)
Yea
June 20, 2008 HR 6304 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Amendments Bill Passed - House
(293 - 129)
Nay
June 19, 2008 HR 2642 GI Bill, Funding for Midwest Flood Cleanup, Extension of Unemployment Benefits, and Other Provisions Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(416 - 12)
Yea
June 19, 2008 HR 2642 GI Bill, Funding for Midwest Flood Cleanup, Extension of Unemployment Benefits, and Other Provisions Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(268 - 155)
Nay
June 18, 2008 HR 6124 Second Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill) Veto Override Passed - House
(317 - 109)
Yea
June 12, 2008 HR 5749 Emergency Extended Unemployment Compensation Act of 2008 Bill Passed - House
(274 - 137)
Yea
June 12, 2008 HR 6251 Oil Production Leases House Co-sponsor
June 11, 2008 HR 6003 Amtrak Reauthorization Bill Passed - House
(311 - 104)
Yea
June 10, 2008 HR 6028 Assistance for Mexico and Central America for Anti-Drug Programs (Merida Program) Bill Passed - House
(311 - 106)
Yea
May 21, 2008 HR 2419 Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill) Veto Override Passed - House
(316 - 108)
Yea
May 21, 2008 HR 6049 Alternative Energy Tax Incentives Bill Passed - House
(263 - 160)
Yea
May 20, 2008 HR 6074 Prohibiting Foreign States or Associations from Forming a Group to Control Oil Bill Passed - House
(324 - 84)
Yea
May 15, 2008 HR 2642 G.I. Bill Expansion and Other Domestic Provisions Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(227 - 196)
Yea
May 15, 2008 HR 2642 G.I. Bill Expansion and Other Domestic Provisions Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(256 - 166)
Yea
May 15, 2008 HR 2642 G.I. Bill Expansion and Other Domestic Provisions Concurrence Vote Failed - House
(141 - 149)
Nay
May 14, 2008 HR 2419 Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill) Conference Report Adopted - House
(318 - 106)
Yea
May 13, 2008 HR 6022 Suspending Acquisition of Petroleum for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve Bill Passed - House
(385 - 25)
Yea
May 12, 2008 HR 6022 Suspending Acquisition of Petroleum for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve House Co-sponsor
May 8, 2008 H Amdt 1045 Undocumented Immigrants' Ineligibility for Certain Financial Assistance Amendment Adopted - House
(391 - 33)
Yea
May 8, 2008 HR 3221 Housing Foreclosure Assistance Programs Amendment Adopted - House
(322 - 94)
Yea
May 8, 2008 HR 3221 Housing Foreclosure Assistance Programs Amendment Adopted - House
(266 - 154)
Yea
May 8, 2008 HR 5818 Assistance to States for Purchasing Foreclosed Homes Bill Passed - House
(239 - 188)
Yea
May 1, 2008 HR 5715 Student Loan Provision Changes Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(388 - 21)
Yea
April 30, 2008 HR 5522 Requiring OSHA to Establish Combustible Dust Safety Standards Bill Passed - House
(247 - 165)
Yea
April 29, 2008 S 2739 Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008 Bill Passed - House
(291 - 117)
Yea
April 23, 2008 HR 5613 Medicaid Extensions and Changes Bill Passed - House
(349 - 62)
Yea
April 17, 2008 HR 5715 Student Loan Provision Changes Bill Passed - House
(383 - 27)
Did Not Vote
April 16, 2008 HR 2634 Expanding the List of Countries Eligible for Debt Forgiveness Bill Passed - House
(285 - 132)
Yea
April 15, 2008 HR 5036 Federal Funding for Voting System Changes Bill Failed - House
(239 - 178)
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.

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