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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
April 30, 2014 S 2223 Minimum Wage Fairness Act Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(54 - 42)
Nay
April 9, 2014 S 2199 Paycheck Fairness Act Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(53 - 44)
Nay
Nov. 7, 2013 S 815 Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013 Bill Passed - Senate
(64 - 32)
Yea
Nov. 7, 2013 S Amdt 2013 Exempts Religiously Affiliated Employers from the Prohibition on Employment Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Amendment Rejected - Senate
(43 - 55)
Yea
Nov. 4, 2013 S 815 Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013 Cloture Invoked - Senate
(61 - 30)
Yea
July 19, 2012 S 3364 Bring Jobs Home Act Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(56 - 42)
Nay
June 5, 2012 S 3220 Paycheck Fairness Act Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(52 - 47)
Nay
April 25, 2012 S 1789 United States Postal Service Amendments Bill Passed - Senate
(62 - 37)
Nay
Dec. 1, 2011 S 1917 Extends Payroll Tax Cut and Establishes Tax on Income Over $1 Million Motion Rejected - Senate
(51 - 49)
Nay
Dec. 1, 2011 S 1931 Reduces Payroll Tax Rate Motion Rejected - Senate
(20 - 78)
Yea
Nov. 10, 2011 S Amdt 928 American Jobs and Economic Growth Amendment Rejected - Senate
(40 - 56)
Yea
Oct. 11, 2011 S 1660 American Jobs Act of 2011 Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(50 - 49)
Nay
Sept. 22, 2011 S Amdt 633 Extends Trade Adjustment Assistance Amendment Adopted - Senate
(69 - 28)
Yea
Sept. 21, 2011 S Amdt 625 Reducing and Extending Trade Adjustment Assistance Amendment Rejected - Senate
(46 - 53)
Yea
Sept. 21, 2011 S Amdt 641 Requires Extension of Trade Adjustment Assistance to be Contingent Upon Ratification of Free Trade Agreements with Columbia, Korea and Panama Amendment Rejected - Senate
(44 - 54)
Yea
Sept. 21, 2011 S Amdt 642 Modifies Eligibility Requirements for Trade Adjustment Assistance Amendment Rejected - Senate
(40 - 57)
Nay
Sept. 9, 2004 HR 5006 Labor, HHS and Education Appropriations Bill- FY 2005 Bill Passed - House
(388 - 13)
Yea
May 12, 2004 HR 4279 Small Business Health Fairness Act of 2004 Bill Passed - House
(273 - 152)
Yea
April 2, 2004 HR 3108 Pension Funding Equity Act of 2004 Conference Report Adopted - House
(336 - 69)
Did Not Vote
Feb. 25, 2004 HR 2751 GAO Human Capital Reform Act of 2004 Bill Passed - House
(382 - 43)
Yea
June 19, 2003 HR 660 Small Business Health Fairness Act of 2003 Bill Passed - House
(262 - 162)
Yea
Jan. 8, 2003 S 23 Unemployment Benefits bill Bill Passed - House
(416 - 4)
Yea
July 19, 2001 H Amdt 200 Community Solutions Act Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(168 - 261)
Nay
June 8, 2000 H Amdt 760 OSHA Ergonomic Protection Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(203 - 220)
Nay
March 9, 2000 H Amdt 594 Minimum Wage Increase-Two Year Raise Amendment Adopted - House
(246 - 179)
Nay
March 9, 2000 HR 3081 Small Business Tax Fairness Act of 2000 Bill Passed - House
(257 - 169)
Yea
March 9, 2000 HR 3846 Minimum Wage Increase bill Bill Passed - House
(282 - 143)
Nay
May 5, 1999 HR 833 Bankruptcy Reform bill Bill Passed - House
(313 - 108)
Yea
Sept. 24, 1998 HR 3736 Nonimmigrant Specialty Workers bill Bill Passed - House
(288 - 133)
Yea
April 1, 1998 H Amdt 548 Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(194 - 225)
Yea
March 26, 1998 HR 3246 Small Business and Employee Fairness bill Bill Passed - House
(202 - 200)
Yea
March 19, 1997 HR 1 Compensatory Time Bill Bill Passed - House
(222 - 210)
Yea
Aug. 2, 1996 HR 3448 Minimum Wage Increase bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(354 - 72)
Yea
Aug. 1, 1996 HR 3103 Health Insurance Portability bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(421 - 2)
Yea
July 30, 1996 HR 2391 Working Families Flexibility Act of 1996 Bill Passed - House
(225 - 195)
Yea
May 23, 1996 H Amdt 1084 Minimum Wage Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(266 - 162)
Nay
May 23, 1996 H Amdt 1085 Fair Labor Standards Act Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(196 - 229)
Yea
May 23, 1996 H Amdt 1085 Fair Labor Standards Act Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(239 - 188)
Yea
May 23, 1996 HR 1227 Minimum Wage Increase Bill Passed - House
(281 - 144)
Nay
May 22, 1996 HR 3448 Minimum Wage Increase bill Bill Passed - House
(414 - 10)
Yea
March 28, 1996 HR 3103 Health Insurance Portability bill Bill Passed - House
(267 - 151)
Yea
Sept. 27, 1995 HR 743 Teamwork for Employees and Managers Act of 1995 Bill Passed - House
(221 - 202)
Yea
Nov. 9, 1993 HR 1036 Prevailing Wage Pre-emptions Bill Passed - House
(276 - 150)
Nay
June 15, 1993 HR 5 Cesar Chavez Workplace Fairness Act Bill Passed - House
(239 - 190)
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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