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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
June 19, 2014 H Amdt 935 Prohibits National Security Agency (NSA) from Requiring Alterations to Federal Services to Permit Electronic Surveillance of Users Amendment Adopted - House
(293 - 123)
Yea
May 30, 2014 H Amdt 763 Prohibits Funds from Being Used to Require Journalists to Disclose Sources Amendment Adopted - House
(225 - 183)
Did Not Vote
May 22, 2014 H Amdt 671 Prohibits Funds from Being Used for Certain Climate Change Reports Amendment Adopted - House
(231 - 192)
Nay
May 22, 2014 HR 3361 USA FREEDOM Act Bill Passed - House
(303 - 121)
Yea
May 7, 2014 H Res 574 Recommends that the House of Represenatives Find Lois G. Lerner in Contempt of Congress Resolution Passed - House
(231 - 187)
Nay
March 25, 2014 HR 2824 Preventing Government Waste and Protecting Coal Mining Jobs in America Bill Passed - House
(229 - 192)
Nay
March 6, 2014 HR 3826 Electricity Security and Affordability Act Bill Passed - House
(229 - 183)
Nay
Feb. 27, 2014 H Amdt 561 Requires Agency Heads to File Negative-Impact Reports Amendment Adopted - House
(249 - 162)
Nay
Feb. 27, 2014 HR 2804 Achieving Less Excess in Regulation and Requiring Transparency Act of 2014 Bill Passed - House
(236 - 179)
Nay
Feb. 27, 2014 HR 3193 Consumer Financial Protection Safety and Soundness Improvement Act of 2013 Bill Passed - House
(232 - 182)
Nay
Feb. 26, 2014 HR 3865 Stop Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act of 2014 Bill Passed - House
(243 - 176)
Nay
Jan. 9, 2014 HR 2279 Reducing Excessive Deadline Obligations Act of 2014 Bill Passed - House
(225 - 188)
Nay
Dec. 12, 2013 H J Res 59 Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(332 - 94)
Yea
Dec. 5, 2013 H Amdt 521 Authorizes Judicial Discretion in Awarding Legal Fees in Patent Lawsuits Amendment Rejected - House
(199 - 213)
Yea
Dec. 5, 2013 H Amdt 524 Limits Covered Customers to Businesses With Less Than $25 Million in Revenue Amendment Rejected - House
(144 - 266)
Nay
Dec. 5, 2013 HR 3309 Innovation Act Bill Passed - House
(325 - 91)
Yea
Nov. 21, 2013 H Amdt 512 Requires Natural Gas Pipeline Applications to Include Certain Information Amendment Rejected - House
(183 - 233)
Yea
Nov. 21, 2013 H Amdt 513 Removes the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Permit Issuance Requirement Amendment Rejected - House
(184 - 233)
Yea
Nov. 21, 2013 H Amdt 515 Prohibits the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act from Taking Effect During the Sequester Amendment Rejected - House
(175 - 243)
Yea
Nov. 21, 2013 HR 1900 Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act Bill Passed - House
(252 - 165)
Nay
Nov. 20, 2013 H Amdt 498 Specifies That Certain Fees Do Not Limit the Right to Petition Amendment Rejected - House
(199 - 222)
Yea
Nov. 20, 2013 H Amdt 503 Requires a Report on the Effect of Flooding on Oil and Gas Facilities Amendment Rejected - House
(202 - 221)
Yea
Oct. 30, 2013 H J Res 99 Disapproval of the President's Exercise of Authority to Suspend the Debt Limit Joint Resolution Passed - House
(222 - 191)
Nay
Oct. 30, 2013 HR 992 Swaps Regulatory Improvement Act Bill Passed - House
(292 - 122)
Nay
Oct. 29, 2013 HR 2374 Retail Investor Protection Act Bill Passed - House
(254 - 166)
Nay
Oct. 16, 2013 HR 2775 Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(285 - 144)
Yea
Oct. 11, 2013 H J Res 76 National Nuclear Security Administration Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Bill Passed - House
(248 - 176)
Nay
Oct. 10, 2013 H J Res 79 Border Security and Enforcement Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Joint Resolution Passed - House
(249 - 175)
Nay
Oct. 9, 2013 H J Res 90 Federal Aviation Administration Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Joint Resolution Passed - House
(252 - 172)
Nay
Oct. 8, 2013 H J Res 84 Head Start Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Joint Resolution Passed - House
(248 - 168)
Nay
Oct. 7, 2013 H J Res 77 Food and Drug Administration Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Joint Resolution Passed - House
(235 - 162)
Nay
Oct. 4, 2013 H J Res 75 Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Joint Resolution Passed - House
(244 - 164)
Nay
Oct. 4, 2013 H J Res 85 Federal Emergency Management Agency Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Joint Resolution Passed - House
(247 - 164)
Nay
Oct. 3, 2013 HR 3230 Pay Our Guard and Reserve Act Bill Passed - House
(265 - 160)
Nay
Oct. 1, 2013 H J Res 70 National Park Service Operations, Smithsonian Institution, National Gallery of Art, and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Joint Resolution Failed - House
(252 - 176)
Nay
Oct. 1, 2013 H J Res 71 District of Columbia Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Joint Resolution Failed - House
(265 - 163)
Nay
Oct. 1, 2013 H J Res 72 Veterans Benefits Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Joint Resolution Failed - House
(264 - 164)
Nay
Sept. 30, 2013 H J Res 59 Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(228 - 201)
Nay
Sept. 29, 2013 H J Res 59 Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(248 - 174)
Nay
Sept. 20, 2013 H J Res 59 Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Joint Resolution Passed - House
(230 - 189)
Nay
Sept. 18, 2013 H Amdt 463 Amends the Definition of "Strategic and Critical Minerals" Amendment Rejected - House
(187 - 241)
Yea
Sept. 18, 2013 H Amdt 466 Requires Mine Operators to Include the Cost of Cleanup in Financial Insurance Amendment Rejected - House
(191 - 235)
Yea
Sept. 18, 2013 HR 761 National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2013 Bill Passed - House
(246 - 178)
Nay
Sept. 12, 2013 HR 2775 No Subsidies Without Verification Act Bill Passed - House
(235 - 191)
Nay
Aug. 1, 2013 HR 2879 Stop Government Abuse Act Bill Passed - House
(239 - 176)
Nay
May 10, 2012 HR 5652 Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act of 2012 Bill Passed - House
(218 - 199)
Nay
Feb. 1, 2012 HR 3835 Extends Pay Freeze for Congress and Non-Military Federal Workers Bill Passed - House
(309 - 117)
Nay
Nov. 1, 2011 H Con Res 13 Encourages Display of "In God We Trust" in Public Buildings and Schools Joint Resolution Passed - House
(396 - 9)
Yea
Feb. 19, 2011 H Amdt 155 Prohibits Use of Funds for Step Increase for General Schedule Employees Amendment Rejected - House
(191 - 230)
Nay
Nov. 18, 2010 HR 1722 Telework Policies and Regulations for Federal Agencies Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(254 - 152)
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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