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Key Votes

Russ Carnahan's Voting Records on Issue: Government Operations

Full Name: John 'Russ' Russell Carnahan
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Debra; 2 Children: Austin, Andrew
Birth Date: 07/10/1958
Birth Place: Rolla, MO
Home City: Saint Louis, MO
Religion: United Methodist

National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
May 10, 2012 HR 5652 Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act of 2012 Bill Passed - House
(218 - 199)
Nay
Feb. 1, 2012 HR 3835 Extends Pay Freeze for Congress and Non-Military Federal Workers Bill Passed - House
(309 - 117)
Nay
Nov. 1, 2011 H Con Res 13 Encourages Display of "In God We Trust" in Public Buildings and Schools Joint Resolution Passed - House
(396 - 9)
Yea
Feb. 19, 2011 H Amdt 155 Prohibits Use of Funds for Step Increase for General Schedule Employees Amendment Rejected - House
(191 - 230)
Nay
Nov. 18, 2010 HR 1722 Telework Policies and Regulations for Federal Agencies Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(254 - 152)
Yea
May 6, 2010 HR 1722 Telework Policies and Regulations for Federal Agencies Bill Failed - House
(268 - 147)
Yea
Oct. 10, 2007 HR 3056 Tax Collection Responsibility Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House
(232 - 173)
Yea
March 14, 2007 HR 985 Whistleblower Protection Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House
(331 - 94)
Yea

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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:

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  2. The vote should be clear for any person to understand
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  4. The vote was passed or defeated by a very close margin
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