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Key Votes

Karen Bass' Voting Records on Issue: Unemployed and Low-Income

Full Name: Karen Bass
Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 37, Democratic
First Elected: 11/02/2010
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 37
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary June 3, 2014
Gender: Female
Family: Divorced; 1 Child: Emilia
Birth Date: 10/03/1953
Birth Place: Los Angeles, CA
Home City: Los Angeles, CA
Religion: Christian

National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
July 16, 2014 H Amdt 1083 Prohibits Federal Agencies from Paying Federal Employees Certain Pay Rates Amendment Rejected - House
(193 - 230)
Yea
Jan. 29, 2014 HR 2642 Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 Conference Report Adopted - House
(251 - 166)
Nay
Oct. 16, 2013 HR 2775 Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(285 - 144)
Yea
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)
Did Not Vote
Sept. 12, 2013 HR 2775 No Subsidies Without Verification Act Bill Passed - House
(235 - 191)
Nay
July 11, 2013 HR 2642 Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 Bill Passed - House
(216 - 208)
Nay
June 20, 2013 H Amdt 231 Authorizes States to Require Federal Welfare Work Requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Amendment Adopted - House
(227 - 198)
Nay
June 20, 2013 HR 1947 Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 Bill Failed - House
(195 - 234)
Nay
June 19, 2013 H Amdt 176 Restores $20.5 Billion in Appropriations for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Amendment Rejected - House
(188 - 234)
Yea
March 15, 2013 HR 803 Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills Act (SKILLS Act) Bill Passed - House
(215 - 202)
Nay
March 13, 2013 HR 890 Preserving Work Requirements for Welfare Programs Act of 2013 Bill Passed - House
(246 - 181)
Nay
Sept. 20, 2012 H J Res 118 Congressional Disapproval of Department of Health and Human Services Rule to Waive Certain Requirements for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program (TANF) Joint Resolution Passed - House
(250 - 164)
Nay
July 26, 2012 HR 4078 Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Job Creation Act Bill Passed - House
(245 - 172)
Nay
Feb. 17, 2012 HR 3630 Extends Payroll Tax Cut Conference Report Adopted - House
(293 - 132)
Yea
Dec. 20, 2011 HR 3630 Temporary Payroll Tax Cut Extension Nonconcurrence Vote Passed - House
(229 - 193)
Nay
Dec. 13, 2011 HR 3630 Reduces Payroll Taxes and Unemployment Benefits Bill Passed - House
(234 - 193)
Nay

California Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
May 13, 2010 AB 1756 Food Stamps for Drug Felons Bill Passed - House
(44 - 31)
Yea
July 24, 2009 ABX4 19 Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Revisions: In-Home Supportive Services Fraud Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(42 - 33)
Yea
June 22, 2009 AB 761 Mobile Home Rent Control Bill Failed - House
(38 - 27)
Did Not Vote
Aug. 29, 2008 AB 1107 Drought-Related Unemployment Benefits Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(60 - 18)
Yea
Aug. 29, 2008 SB 840 California Universal Healthcare Agency Bill Passed - House
(44 - 32)
Yea
May 28, 2008 AB 2368 CalWORKs Eligibility Bill Passed - House
(46 - 33)
Yea
May 27, 2008 AB 1996 Food Stamps for Convicted Drug Felons Bill Passed - House
(42 - 35)
Yea
June 7, 2007 AB 8 Expanding Subsidized Health Care Eligibility Bill Passed - House
(47 - 32)
Yea
May 31, 2006 AB 2205 Food Stamp Eligibility for Medi-Cal Recipients Bill Passed - House
(48 - 32)
Yea
May 31, 2006 AB 2378 Affordable Housing Bill Bill Passed - House
(49 - 27)
Yea
May 31, 2006 AB 3029 CalWorks and Food Stamp Program Bill Passed - House
(49 - 31)
Yea
May 15, 2006 AB 813 Medi-Cal: Emergency Drug Benefits Bill Passed - House
(66 - 5)
Yea
May 5, 2006 SB 1689 Housing and Emergency Shelter Trust Fund Act of 2006 Bill Passed - House
(54 - 16)
Yea

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