Issue Category

67 Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
9/20/12 H J Res 118 Congressional Disapproval of Department of Health and Human Services Rule to Waive Certain Requirements for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program (TANF)
Joint Resolution Passed - House (250 - 164)
Nay
7/26/12 HR 4078 Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Job Creation Act
Bill Passed - House (245 - 172)
Nay
2/17/12 HR 3630 Extends Payroll Tax Cut
Conference Report Adopted - House (293 - 132)
Yea
12/20/11 HR 3630 Temporary Payroll Tax Cut Extension
Nonconcurrence Vote Passed - House (229 - 193)
Nay
12/13/11 HR 3630 Reduces Payroll Taxes and Unemployment Benefits
Bill Passed - House (234 - 193)
Nay
11/18/10 HR 6419 Extension of Certain Unemployment Benefits
Bill Failed - House (258 - 154)
Yea
7/22/10 HR 4213 Unemployment Benefits Extension
Concurrence Vote Passed - House (272 - 152)
Yea
7/01/10 HR 5618 Unemployment Benefits Extension
Bill Passed - House (270 - 153)
Yea
5/28/10 HR 4213 Unemployment Benefits Extension and Tax Law Amendments
Concurrence Vote Passed - House (215 - 204)
Yea
4/15/10 HR 4851 Unemployment Benefits Extension
Concurrence Vote Passed - House (289 - 112)
Yea
11/05/09 HR 3548 Extending Federal Emergency Unemployment Benefits and Providing Business and Homebuyer Tax Credits
Concurrence Vote Passed - House (403 - 12)
Yea
9/22/09 HR 3548 Extending Federal Emergency Unemployment Benefits
Bill Passed - House (331 - 83)
Yea
10/03/08 HR 6867 Emergency Extended Unemployment Compensation
Bill Passed - House (368 - 28)
Yea
7/23/08 HR 3221 Housing Bill with Energy Tax Credit Extensions
Concurrence Vote Passed - House (272 - 152)
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)
Yea
6/12/08 HR 5749 Emergency Extended Unemployment Compensation Act of 2008
Bill Passed - House (274 - 137)
Yea
5/21/08 HR 2419 Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill)
Veto Override Passed - House (316 - 108)
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)
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 (256 - 166)
Yea
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)
Nay
5/14/08 HR 2419 Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill)
Conference Report Adopted - House (318 - 106)
Yea
5/08/08 HR 3221 Housing-Related Tax Provision Amendments
Amendment Adopted - House (266 - 154)
Yea
5/08/08 HR 3221 Housing-Related Tax Provision Amendments
Amendment Adopted - House (322 - 94)
Yea
5/08/08 HR 5818 Assistance to States for Purchasing Foreclosed Homes
Bill Passed - House (239 - 188)
Yea
4/23/08 HR 5613 Medicaid Extensions and Changes
Bill Passed - House (349 - 62)
Yea
1/23/08 HR 3963 Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007 (CHIP)
Veto Override Failed - House (260 - 152)
Yea
11/14/07 HR 1429 Head Start Act of 2007
Conference Report Adopted - House (381 - 36)
Yea
10/25/07 HR 3963 Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007 (CHIP)
Bill Passed - House (265 - 142)
Yea
10/18/07 HR 976 State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization
Veto Override Failed - House (273 - 156)
Yea
10/10/07 HR 2895 National Affordable Housing Trust Fund Act of 2007
Bill Passed - House (264 - 148)
Yea
10/04/07 HR 3648 Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007
Bill Passed - House (386 - 27)
Yea
9/25/07 HR 976 State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization
Concurrence Vote Passed - House (265 - 159)
Yea
8/04/07 HR 3221 Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2007
Bill Passed - House (241 - 172)
Yea
8/01/07 HR 3162 State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) Reauthorization
Bill Passed - House (225 - 204)
Yea
7/27/07 HR 2419 Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill)
Bill Passed - House (231 - 191)
Yea
7/12/07 HR 1851 Section 8 Voucher Adjustments Act of 2007
Bill Passed - House (333 - 83)
Yea
9/21/06 S 2832 Appalachian Regional Development Act Amendments of 2006
Bill Failed - House (215 - 204)
Nay
7/29/06 HR 5970 Death/Estate Tax and Minimum Wage Bill
Bill Passed - House (230 - 180)
Nay
5/23/06 HR 5384 Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA Appropriations Act
Bill Passed - House (378 - 46)
Yea
3/30/06 H Amdt 772 Reverse the Raid on Student Aid Amendment
Amendment Rejected - House (200 - 220)
Yea
2/01/06 H Res 653 Budget Reconciliation Adoption
Resolution Passed - House (216 - 214)
Nay
12/14/05 HR 3010 Labor, HHS and Education FY 2006 Appropriations Bill
Conference Report Adopted - House (215 - 213)
Nay
11/17/05 HR 3010 Labor, HHS and Education FY 2006 Appropriations Bill
Conference Report Rejected - House (209 - 224)
Nay
10/28/05 HR 2744 Agriculture, Rural Development and FDA Appropriations Act
Conference Report Adopted - House (318 - 63)
Yea
6/08/05 HR 2744 Agriculture, Rural Development and FDA Appropriations Act
Bill Passed - House (408 - 18)
Yea
3/24/04 HR 3873 Child Nutrition Improvement and Integrity Act
Bill Passed - House (419 - 5)
Yea
7/09/03 HR 438 Student Loan Forgiveness for Teachers
Bill Passed - House (417 - 7)
Yea
6/11/03 HR 2350 Welfare Reform bill
Bill Passed - House (406 - 6)
Yea
2/13/03 HR 4 Welfare Reform bill
Bill Passed - House (230 - 192)
Nay

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