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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
July 9, 2014 PN 1736 Nomination of Julian Castro to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(71 - 26)
Nay
March 13, 2014 HR 3370 Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 Bill Passed - Senate
(72 - 22)
Did Not Vote
Jan. 30, 2014 S 1926 Delays the Implementation of Certain Provisions of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 and Amends the National Association of Registered Agents and Brokers Bill Passed - Senate
(67 - 32)
Nay
July 15, 2010 HR 4173 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(60 - 39)
Nay
May 12, 2010 S Amdt 3955 Establishing New Mortgage Underwriting Requirements and Eliminating a Risk Retention Requirement Amendment Rejected - Senate
(42 - 57)
Yea
May 12, 2010 S Amdt 3962 Home Loan Regulation Modifications Amendment Adopted - Senate
(63 - 36)
Nay
May 11, 2010 S Amdt 3839 Termination of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Conservatorships Amendment Rejected - Senate
(43 - 56)
Yea
Oct. 1, 2008 HR 1424 Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments Bill Passed - Senate
(74 - 25)
Nay
July 26, 2008 HR 3221 Housing Bill with Energy Tax Credit Extensions Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(72 - 13)
Did Not Vote
June 25, 2008 S Amdt 4983 Housing Foreclosure Assistance Programs Amendment Adopted - Senate
(79 - 16)
Nay
May 7, 2008 S Amdt 4719 Optional Wind Damage Insurance Amendment Rejected - Senate
(19 - 74)
Nay
April 10, 2008 HR 3221 Housing Bill with Energy Tax Credit Extensions Bill Passed - Senate
(84 - 12)
Nay
Feb. 7, 2008 HR 5140 Economic Stimulus Plan Bill Passed - Senate
(81 - 16)
Nay
Oct. 26, 2005 S AMDT 2194 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(54 - 43)
Nay
Oct. 26, 2005 S AMDT 2253 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Funding Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(46 - 53)
Nay
Oct. 20, 2005 HR 3058 Transportation, Treasury, HUD and Judiciary Appropriation Bill Passed - Senate
(93 - 1)
Yea
March 10, 2005 S 256 Bankruptcy Reform Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(74 - 25)
Yea
Nov. 8, 2001 HR 2620 Veterans Affairs and HUD Appropriations Act of 2002 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(87 - 7)
Yea
July 14, 2000 HR 8 Estate Tax Elimination Act of 2000 Bill Passed - Senate
(59 - 39)
Yea
July 13, 2000 S Amdt 3821 Estate Tax Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(46 - 53)
Nay
Oct. 15, 1999 HR 2684 Veterans Affairs and HUD Appropriations bill, FY 2000 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(93 - 5)
Yea
Oct. 13, 1999 HR 1906 FY 2000 Agriculture Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(74 - 26)
Yea
Oct. 8, 1998 HR 4194 FY 1999 VA-HUD Appropriations Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(96 - 1)
Yea
June 25, 1997 S 947 Budget Reconciliation bill Bill Passed - Senate
(73 - 27)
Yea
Sept. 17, 1996 S Amdt 5353 Federal Land Grazing Fee Amendment Amendment Not Tabled - Senate
(50 - 50)
Yea
March 21, 1996 S 1459 Public Rangelands Management Act of 1996 Bill Passed - Senate
(50 - 47)
Yea
Dec. 6, 1995 HR 660 Housing for Older Persons Act of 1995 Bill Passed - Senate
(94 - 3)
Yea
Sept. 12, 1994 HR 4624 Fiscal Year 1995 Appropriations for the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development Conference Report Adopted - House
(313 - 61)
Did Not Vote
July 14, 1994 H Amdt 755 Federal Land Appraisals Amendment Adopted - House
(281 - 148)
Yea
June 29, 1994 HR 4624 Fiscal Year 1995 Appropriations for the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development Bill Passed - House
(344 - 84)
Nay
Oct. 19, 1993 HR 2491 Veterans Administration and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill Fiscal Year 1994 Conference Report Adopted - House
(341 - 89)
Nay
July 27, 1993 HR 2667 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations, 1993 Bill Passed - House
(400 - 27)
Nay
June 29, 1993 HR 2491 Veterans Administration and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill Fiscal Year 1994 Bill Passed - House
(313 - 110)
Nay
June 28, 1993 H Amdt 151 Selective Service Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(202 - 207)
Yea
May 7, 1992 H Amdt 529 Elimination of Funds for Seawolf Submarines and Other Programs Amendment Rejected - House
(150 - 266)
NA

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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