Issue Category

83 Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
9/20/12 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)
Yea
5/10/12 HR 5652 Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act of 2012
Bill Passed - House (218 - 199)
Did Not Vote
2/17/12 HR 3630 Extends Payroll Tax Cut
Conference Report Adopted - House (293 - 132)
Did Not Vote
12/20/11 HR 3630 Temporary Payroll Tax Cut Extension
Nonconcurrence Vote Passed - House (229 - 193)
Did Not Vote
12/13/11 HR 3630 Reduces Payroll Taxes and Unemployment Benefits
Bill Passed - House (234 - 193)
Did Not Vote
12/08/10 HR 5987 Seniors Protection Act
Bill Failed - House (254 - 153)
Nay
11/18/10 HR 6419 Extension of Certain Unemployment Benefits
Bill Failed - House (258 - 154)
Nay
7/22/10 HR 4213 Unemployment Benefits Extension
Concurrence Vote Passed - House (272 - 152)
Nay
7/01/10 HR 5618 Unemployment Benefits Extension
Bill Passed - House (270 - 153)
Nay
5/28/10 HR 4213 Unemployment Benefits Extension and Tax Law Amendments
Concurrence Vote Passed - House (215 - 204)
Nay
4/15/10 HR 4851 Unemployment Benefits Extension
Concurrence Vote Passed - House (289 - 112)
Nay
11/05/09 HR 3548 Extending Federal Emergency Unemployment Benefits and Providing Business and Homebuyer Tax Credits
Concurrence Vote Passed - House (403 - 12)
Nay
9/22/09 HR 3548 Extending Federal Emergency Unemployment Benefits
Bill Passed - House (331 - 83)
Nay
10/03/08 HR 6867 Emergency Extended Unemployment Compensation
Bill Passed - House (368 - 28)
Nay
7/15/08 HR 6331 Medicare Bill
Veto Override Passed - House (383 - 41)
Nay
6/24/08 HR 6331 Medicare Bill
Bill Passed - House (355 - 59)
Nay
6/18/08 HR 6124 Second Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill)
Veto Override Passed - House (317 - 109)
Nay
6/12/08 HR 5749 Emergency Extended Unemployment Compensation Act of 2008
Bill Passed - House (274 - 137)
Did Not Vote
5/21/08 HR 2419 Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill)
Veto Override Passed - House (316 - 108)
Nay
5/15/08 HR 2642 Iraq Related Provisions such as a Troop Withdrawal, a Permanent Base Ban, and Limiting Interrogation Techniques
Concurrence Vote Passed - House (256 - 166)
Nay
5/14/08 HR 2419 Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill)
Conference Report Adopted - House (318 - 106)
Nay
4/23/08 HR 5613 Medicaid Extensions and Changes
Bill Passed - House (349 - 62)
Nay
1/23/08 HR 3963 Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007 (CHIP)
Veto Override Failed - House (260 - 152)
Nay
11/15/07 HR 3043 Appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
Veto Override Failed - House (277 - 141)
Did Not Vote
11/08/07 HR 3043 Appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
Concurrence Vote Passed - House (274 - 141)
Nay
10/25/07 HR 3963 Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007 (CHIP)
Bill Passed - House (265 - 142)
Nay
7/27/07 HR 2419 Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill)
Bill Passed - House (231 - 191)
Nay
7/19/07 HR 3043 Appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
Bill Passed - House (276 - 140)
Did Not Vote
7/11/07 S 1701 Extension of Funding for Transitional Medical Assistance and Abstinence Education
Bill Passed - House (291 - 126)
Nay
5/17/07 S Con Res 21 2008 Budget Resolution
Conference Report Adopted - House (214 - 209)
Nay
1/12/07 HR 4 Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act
Bill Passed - House (255 - 170)
Yea
5/23/06 HR 5384 Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA Appropriations Act
Bill Passed - House (378 - 46)
Nay
2/01/06 H Res 653 Budget Reconciliation Adoption
Resolution Passed - House (216 - 214)
Nay
12/19/05 S 1932 Budget Reconciliation Bill
Conference Report Adopted - House (212 - 206)
Nay
12/14/05 HR 3010 Labor, HHS and Education FY 2006 Appropriations Bill
Conference Report Adopted - House (215 - 213)
Nay
11/17/05 HR 3010 Labor, HHS and Education FY 2006 Appropriations Bill
Conference Report Rejected - House (209 - 224)
Nay
10/28/05 HR 2744 Agriculture, Rural Development and FDA Appropriations Act
Conference Report Adopted - House (318 - 63)
Nay
6/08/05 HR 2744 Agriculture, Rural Development and FDA Appropriations Act
Bill Passed - House (408 - 18)
Nay
6/11/03 HR 2350 Welfare Reform bill
Bill Passed - House (406 - 6)
Nay
2/13/03 HR 4 Welfare Reform bill
Bill Passed - House (230 - 192)
Nay
5/16/02 HR 4737 Temporary Aid to Needy Families
Bill Passed - House (229 - 197)
Nay
5/02/02 HR 2646 Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002
Conference Report Adopted - House (280 - 141)
Nay
10/05/01 HR 2646 Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002
Bill Passed - House (291 - 120)
Nay
7/27/00 H Amdt 1041 Social Security Benefits Tax Relief
Amendment Rejected - House (169 - 256)
Nay
7/27/00 HR 4865 Social Security Benefits Tax Relief bill
Bill Passed - House (265 - 159)
Yea
6/28/00 HR 4680 Medicare Rx bill
Bill Passed - House (217 - 214)
Nay
10/01/99 HR 1906 FY 2000 Agriculture Appropriations bill
Conference Report Adopted - House (240 - 175)
Nay
6/08/99 HR 1906 FY 2000 Agriculture Appropriations bill
Bill Passed - House (246 - 183)
Nay
9/26/98 HR 4579 Tax Cut bill
Bill Passed - House (229 - 195)
Yea
9/25/98 H Amdt 914 Save Social Security Act Amendment
Amendment Rejected - House (210 - 216)
Nay

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