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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Feb. 17, 2011 HR 514 Extension of Various USA PATRIOT Act Provisions Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(279 - 143)
Yea
Feb. 16, 2011 H Amdt 16 Reducing Navy and Air Force Appropriations Amendment Adopted - House
(233 - 198)
Nay
Feb. 15, 2011 H Amdt 13 Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement Amendment Rejected - House
(105 - 326)
Nay
Feb. 14, 2011 HR 514 Extension of Various USA PATRIOT Act Provisions Bill Passed - House
(275 - 144)
Yea
Feb. 8, 2011 HR 514 Extension of Various USA PATRIOT Act Provisions Bill Failed - House
(277 - 148)
Yea
Jan. 26, 2011 HR 359 Abolishing Federal Financing of Presidential Election Campaigns Bill Passed - House
(239 - 160)
Yea
Jan. 25, 2011 HR 436 Repeals Excise Tax on Medical Devices House Co-sponsor
Jan. 25, 2011 H Res 38 Reducing Spending to Fiscal Year 2008 Levels Resolution Passed - House
(256 - 165)
Yea
Jan. 20, 2011 HR 3 Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion House Co-sponsor
Jan. 19, 2011 HR 2 Repealing the Health Care Bill Bill Passed - House
(245 - 189)
Nay
Jan. 12, 2011 HR 4 Repeals the Form 1099 Provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act House Co-sponsor
Dec. 22, 2010 HR 847 9/11 Health and Compensation Act Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(206 - 60)
Yea
Dec. 21, 2010 HR 2751 FDA Food Safety Modernization Act Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(215 - 144)
Yea
Dec. 21, 2010 HR 3082 Continuing Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(193 - 165)
Yea
Dec. 17, 2010 HR 4853 Temporary Extension of Tax Relief Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(277 - 148)
Yea
Dec. 17, 2010 HR 5510 Aiding Those Facing Foreclosure Act Bill Failed - House
(210 - 145)
Yea
Dec. 16, 2010 H Amdt 786 Amending the Estate Tax Amendment Rejected - House
(194 - 233)
Yea
Dec. 15, 2010 HR 2965 Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(250 - 175)
Yea
Dec. 8, 2010 HR 5281 DREAM Act Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(216 - 198)
Nay
Dec. 8, 2010 HR 5987 Seniors Protection Act Bill Failed - House
(254 - 153)
Yea
Dec. 8, 2010 HR 6495 Mine Safety Act Bill Failed - House
(214 - 193)
Nay
Dec. 2, 2010 HR 4853 Temporary Extension of Tax Relief Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(234 - 188)
Yea
Dec. 2, 2010 H Res 1737 Censure for Representative Charles Rangel Resolution Passed - House
(333 - 79)
Yea
Nov. 18, 2010 HR 1722 Telework Policies and Regulations for Federal Agencies Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(254 - 152)
Yea
Nov. 18, 2010 HR 6419 Extension of Certain Unemployment Benefits Bill Failed - House
(258 - 154)
Yea
Nov. 17, 2010 HR 3808 Requiring Interstate Recognition of Notarizations Veto Override Failed - House
(185 - 235)
Yea
Sept. 30, 2010 HR 3081 Continuing Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(228 - 194)
Yea
Sept. 23, 2010 HR 4823 Establishing Sedona-Red Rock National Scenic Area Bill Failed - House
(258 - 160)
Yea
Sept. 23, 2010 HR 5110 Expanding Casa Grande Ruins National Monument Bill Failed - House
(244 - 174)
Yea
Sept. 23, 2010 HR 5297 Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(237 - 187)
Yea
Sept. 22, 2010 HR 3470 Infant Mortality Pilot Programs Bill Passed - House
(324 - 64)
Yea
Sept. 16, 2010 HR 4785 Authorizing Loans for Energy Efficiency Purposes Bill Passed - House
(240 - 172)
Yea
Aug. 10, 2010 HR 1586 Aid To States for Medicaid, Teacher Employment, and Other Purposes Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(247 - 161)
Yea
July 30, 2010 H Amdt 773 Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards Amendment Adopted - House
(216 - 195)
Yea
July 30, 2010 HR 3534 Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments Bill Passed - House
(209 - 193)
Nay
July 30, 2010 HR 5851 "Whistleblower Protection" for Offshore Oil Workers Bill Passed - House
(315 - 93)
Yea
July 30, 2010 HR 5982 Tax Law Amendments Bill Failed - House
(241 - 154)
Yea
July 28, 2010 HR 5827 Exempting Guns from an Estate for Bankruptcy Purposes Bill Passed - House
(307 - 113)
Yea
July 27, 2010 H Con Res 301 Directing the President to Remove Armed Forces from Pakistan Joint Resolution Failed - House
(38 - 372)
Nay
July 27, 2010 HR 4899 Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Supplemental Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(308 - 114)
Yea
July 22, 2010 HR 4213 Unemployment Benefits Extension Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(272 - 152)
Yea
July 21, 2010 HR 4380 Temporary Tariff Suspensions and Reductions Bill Passed - House
(378 - 43)
Yea
July 21, 2010 HR 725 Tribal Law Enforcement Amendments Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(326 - 92)
Yea
July 15, 2010 HR 5114 Flood Insurance Program Extension Bill Passed - House
(329 - 90)
Yea
July 1, 2010 HR 4899 Requiring Timetable for Withdrawal from Afghanistan Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(239 - 182)
Yea
July 1, 2010 HR 4899 Requiring Timetable for Withdrawal from Afghanistan Concurrence Vote Failed - House
(100 - 321)
Nay
July 1, 2010 HR 4899 Requiring Timetable for Withdrawal from Afghanistan Concurrence Vote Failed - House
(162 - 260)
Nay
July 1, 2010 HR 5618 Unemployment Benefits Extension Bill Passed - House
(270 - 153)
Yea
July 1, 2010 H Res 1500 Deeming Supplemental Military Appropriations Passed and Allowing Divided Question Bill Passed - House
(215 - 210)
Yea
June 30, 2010 HR 4173 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act Conference Report Adopted - House
(237 - 192)
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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