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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Feb. 8, 2012 HR 3521 Authorizes the President to Line-Item Veto Certain Legislation Bill Passed - House
(254 - 173)
Yea
Feb. 3, 2012 HR 3578 Amends Budget Baseline Bill Passed - House
(235 - 177)
Nay
Jan. 18, 2012 H J Res 98 Disapproval of President's Authority to Raise the Debt Limit Joint Resolution Passed - House
(239 - 176)
Did Not Vote
Nov. 18, 2011 H J Res 2 Proposing a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution Joint Resolution Failed - House
(261 - 165)
Yea
Oct. 4, 2011 HR 2608 Continuing Appropriations Act of 2012 Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(352 - 66)
Yea
Sept. 23, 2011 H Amdt 800 Requires the EPA to Consider Costs and Feasibility of Air Quality Standards Amendment Adopted - House
(227 - 192)
Nay
Sept. 23, 2011 HR 2608 Stopgap Spending and Disaster Relief Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(219 - 203)
Nay
Sept. 21, 2011 HR 2608 Stopgap Spending and Disaster Relief Concurrence Vote Failed - House
(195 - 230)
Nay
Sept. 14, 2011 H J Res 77 Disapproval of the President's Authority to Raise the Debt Limit Joint Resolution Passed - House
(232 - 186)
Nay
Aug. 1, 2011 S 365 Budget Control Act of 2011 Bill Passed - House
(269 - 161)
Yea
July 29, 2011 S 627 Increasing the Debt Ceiling (Boehner Bill) Bill Passed - House
(218 - 210)
Nay
July 22, 2011 HR 2551 2011-2012 Congressional Budget Bill Passed - House
(252 - 159)
Yea
July 19, 2011 HR 2560 Cut, Cap and Balance Act of 2011 Bill Passed - House
(234 - 190)
Nay
May 31, 2011 HR 1954 Increasing the Debt Limit Motion Rejected - House
(97 - 318)
Nay
April 15, 2011 H Con Res 34 2011-2012 Budget Joint Resolution Passed - House
(235 - 193)
Nay
April 14, 2011 HR 1473 2011 Budget Bill Passed - House
(260 - 167)
Yea
April 9, 2011 HR 1363 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(348 - 70)
Yea
March 29, 2011 HR 839 Terminating the Home Affordable Modification Program Bill Passed - House
(252 - 170)
Nay
March 17, 2011 HR 1076 Prohibiting Federal Funding of National Public Radio Bill Passed - House
(228 - 192)
Nay
March 16, 2011 HR 861 Terminating the Neighborhood Stabilization Program Bill Passed - House
(242 - 182)
Nay
March 15, 2011 H J Res 48 Additional Continuing Appropriations Joint Resolution Passed - House
(271 - 158)
Yea
March 11, 2011 HR 836 Terminating the Emergency Mortgage Relief Program Bill Passed - House
(242 - 177)
Nay
March 10, 2011 HR 830 Terminating the Federal Housing Administration Refinance Program Bill Passed - House
(256 - 171)
Nay
March 1, 2011 H J Res 44 Continuing Appropriations Amendments Joint Resolution Passed - House
(335 - 91)
Yea
Feb. 19, 2011 HR 1 Continuing Appropriations Bill Passed - House
(235 - 189)
Nay
Jan. 25, 2011 H Res 38 Reducing Spending to Fiscal Year 2008 Levels Resolution Passed - House
(256 - 165)
Nay
Dec. 21, 2010 HR 3082 Continuing Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(193 - 165)
Yea
Sept. 30, 2010 HR 3081 Continuing Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(228 - 194)
Yea
July 27, 2010 HR 4899 Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Supplemental Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(308 - 114)
Nay
July 1, 2010 HR 4899 Requiring Timetable for Withdrawal from Afghanistan Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(239 - 182)
Yea
Feb. 4, 2010 HJR 45 Reinstating PAYGO Budget Rule Motion Agreed - House
(233 - 187)
Yea
Dec. 16, 2009 HR 4314 Increasing the National Public Debt Limit Bill Passed - House
(218 - 214)
Yea
Dec. 10, 2009 HR 3288 2009-2010 Omnibus Appropriations Conference Report Adopted - House
(221 - 202)
Yea
Oct. 29, 2009 HR 2996 Continuing Appropriations Extension and 2009-2010 Department of Interior, Environmental Protection Agency, and Related Appropriations Conference Report Adopted - House
(247 - 178)
Yea
Oct. 7, 2009 HR 2997 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agency Appropriations Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Conference Report Adopted - House
(263 - 162)
Yea
Sept. 25, 2009 HR 2918 Continuing Appropriations Resolution and 2009-2010 Legislative Appropriations Conference Report Adopted - House
(217 - 190)
Yea
July 31, 2009 HR 3435 Supplemental Appropriations for the "Cash for Clunkers" Program Bill Passed - House
(316 - 109)
Yea
June 16, 2009 HR 2346 2008-2009 Supplemental Appropriations Conference Report Adopted - House
(226 - 202)
Yea
April 29, 2009 S Con Res 13 2010 Concurrent Budget Resolution Conference Report Adopted - House
(233 - 193)
Yea
March 19, 2009 HR 1586 TARP Recipient Bonuses Tax Bill Passed - House
(328 - 93)
Yea
Feb. 26, 2009 HR 1105 2009 Budget Bill Bill Passed - House
(245 - 178)
Yea
Feb. 13, 2009 HR 1 Appropriations, Tax Law Amendments, and Unemployment Benefit Amendments ("Stimulus Bill") Conference Report Adopted - House
(246 - 183)
Yea
Jan. 28, 2009 HR 1 Appropriations, Tax Law Amendments, and Unemployment Benefit Amendments ("Stimulus Bill") Bill Passed - House
(244 - 188)
Yea
Jan. 22, 2009 H J Res 3 Releasing Funds for Economic Stabilization Act Joint Resolution Passed - House
(270 - 155)
Yea
Oct. 3, 2008 HR 1424 Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(263 - 171)
Nay
Sept. 29, 2008 HR 3997 Financial Asset Purchase Authority Concurrence Vote Failed - House
(205 - 228)
Nay
March 13, 2008 H Amdt 972 Substitute Amendment for the House Budget Resolution Amendment Rejected - House
(157 - 263)
Nay
March 13, 2008 H Con Res 312 Concurrent Budget Resolution Joint Resolution Passed - House
(212 - 207)
Yea
Feb. 7, 2008 HR 5140 Economic Stimulus Plan Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(380 - 34)
Did Not Vote
Jan. 29, 2008 HR 5140 Economic Stimulus Plan Bill Passed - House
(385 - 35)
Yea

Executive Actions

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
April 2, 2013 SB 5802 Authorizes a Carbon Emissions Reduction Study Signed - Executive
Sign

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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