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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
March 31, 2014 HR 4302 Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 Bill Passed - Senate
(64 - 35)
Yea
Feb. 4, 2014 HR 2642 Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(68 - 32)
Yea
Jan. 14, 2014 S 1845 Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(55 - 45)
Yea
Dec. 17, 2013 S 1845 Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act Senate Co-sponsor
Oct. 16, 2013 HR 2775 Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Bill Passed - Senate
(81 - 18)
Yea
June 10, 2013 S 954 Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013 Bill Passed - Senate
(66 - 27)
Yea
June 19, 2012 S Amdt 2172 Rescinds Bonuses to States for Administering Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Amendment Rejected - Senate
(41 - 58)
Nay
June 19, 2012 S Amdt 2174 Limits Eligibility for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Amendment Rejected - Senate
(43 - 56)
Nay
June 13, 2012 S Amdt 2392 Reduces Funding for Food Stamps Amendment Tabled - Senate
(65 - 33)
Yea
Feb. 17, 2012 HR 3630 Extends Payroll Tax Cut Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(60 - 36)
Nay
Dec. 17, 2011 S Amdt 1465 Temporary Payroll Tax Cut Extension Amendment Adopted - Senate
(89 - 10)
Nay
Dec. 1, 2011 S 1931 Reduces Payroll Tax Rate Motion Rejected - Senate
(20 - 78)
Nay
Oct. 11, 2011 S 1660 American Jobs Act of 2011 Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(50 - 49)
Yea
July 21, 2010 HR 4213 Unemployment Benefits Extension Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(59 - 39)
Yea
July 20, 2010 HR 4213 Unemployment Benefits Extension Cloture Invoked - Senate
(60 - 40)
Yea
April 15, 2010 HR 4851 Unemployment Benefits Extension Bill Passed - Senate
(59 - 38)
Yea
March 10, 2010 HR 4213 Extending Unemployment Benefits and Certain Tax Credits Bill Passed - Senate
(62 - 36)
Yea
Dec. 22, 2009 S Amdt 3276 Senate Health Care Bill Amendments Amendment Adopted - Senate
(60 - 39)
Yea
Oct. 27, 2009 HR 3548 Extending Federal Emergency Unemployment Benefits Cloture Invoked - Senate
(87 - 13)
Yea
July 26, 2008 HR 3221 Housing Bill with Energy Tax Credit Extensions Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(72 - 13)
Yea
July 26, 2008 S 3186 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Funding Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(50 - 35)
Yea
June 26, 2008 HR 2642 Iraq and Afghanistan War Funding, Unemployment Benefits Extension, and GI Bill Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(92 - 6)
Yea
June 18, 2008 HR 6124 Second Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill) Veto Override Passed - Senate
(80 - 14)
Yea
May 22, 2008 HR 2419 Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill) Veto Override Passed - Senate
(82 - 13)
Yea
May 22, 2008 S Amdt 4803 GI Bill and Other Domestic Provisions Amendment Adopted - Senate
(75 - 22)
Yea
May 15, 2008 HR 2419 Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill) Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(81 - 15)
Yea
Dec. 14, 2007 HR 2419 Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill) Bill Passed - Senate
(79 - 14)
Yea
Nov. 1, 2007 HR 3963 Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007 (CHIP) Bill Passed - Senate
(64 - 30)
Yea
Sept. 27, 2007 HR 976 State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(67 - 29)
Yea
Aug. 2, 2007 HR 976 State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization Bill Passed - Senate
(68 - 31)
Yea
Sept. 21, 2006 S 2832 Appalachian Regional Development Act Amendments of 2006 Bill Failed - House
(215 - 204)
Nay
July 29, 2006 HR 5970 Death/Estate Tax and Minimum Wage Bill Bill Passed - House
(230 - 180)
Nay
May 23, 2006 HR 5384 Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA Appropriations Act Bill Passed - House
(378 - 46)
Yea
March 30, 2006 H Amdt 772 Reverse the Raid on Student Aid Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(200 - 220)
Yea
Feb. 1, 2006 H Res 653 Budget Reconciliation Adoption Resolution Passed - House
(216 - 214)
Nay
Dec. 14, 2005 HR 3010 Labor, HHS and Education FY 2006 Appropriations Bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(215 - 213)
Nay
Nov. 17, 2005 HR 3010 Labor, HHS and Education FY 2006 Appropriations Bill Conference Report Rejected - House
(209 - 224)
Nay
Oct. 28, 2005 HR 2744 Agriculture, Rural Development and FDA Appropriations Act Conference Report Adopted - House
(318 - 63)
Yea
June 8, 2005 HR 2744 Agriculture, Rural Development and FDA Appropriations Act Bill Passed - House
(408 - 18)
Yea
March 24, 2004 HR 3873 Child Nutrition Improvement and Integrity Act Bill Passed - House
(419 - 5)
Yea
July 9, 2003 HR 438 Student Loan Forgiveness for Teachers Bill Passed - House
(417 - 7)
Yea
June 11, 2003 HR 2350 Welfare Reform bill Bill Passed - House
(406 - 6)
Yea
Feb. 13, 2003 HR 4 Welfare Reform bill Bill Passed - House
(230 - 192)
Nay
May 16, 2002 HR 4737 Temporary Aid to Needy Families Bill Passed - House
(229 - 197)
Nay
May 2, 2002 HR 2646 Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 Conference Report Adopted - House
(280 - 141)
Yea
Oct. 5, 2001 HR 2646 Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 Bill Passed - House
(291 - 120)
Nay
Oct. 21, 1999 HR 2 Education Funding for Disadvantaged Students-Passage Bill Passed - House
(358 - 67)
Yea
Oct. 1, 1999 HR 1906 FY 2000 Agriculture Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(240 - 175)
Nay
June 8, 1999 HR 1906 FY 2000 Agriculture Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House
(246 - 183)
Nay
March 11, 1999 H Amdt 22 High Needs District Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(195 - 223)
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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