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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
April 9, 2014 S 2199 Paycheck Fairness Act Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(53 - 44)
Nay
March 31, 2014 HR 4302 Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 Bill Passed - Senate
(64 - 35)
Yea
March 13, 2014 HR 3370 Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2013 Bill Passed - Senate
(72 - 22)
Yea
March 6, 2014 S 1752 Military Justice Improvement Act of 2013 Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(55 - 45)
Nay
Feb. 12, 2014 S 540 Temporary Debt Limit Extension Act Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(55 - 43)
Nay
Feb. 12, 2014 S 540 Temporary Debt Limit Extension Act Cloture Invoked - Senate
(67 - 31)
Nay
Feb. 4, 2014 HR 2642 Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(68 - 32)
Yea
Jan. 30, 2014 S 1926 Delays the Implementation of Certain Provisions of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 and Amends the National Association of Registered Agents and Brokers Bill Passed - Senate
(67 - 32)
Yea
Jan. 16, 2014 HR 3547 Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014 Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(72 - 26)
Yea
Jan. 14, 2014 S 1845 Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(55 - 45)
Nay
Jan. 14, 2014 S 1926 Delays the Implementation of Certain Provisions of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 and Amends the National Association of Registered Agents and Brokers Senate Co-sponsor
Dec. 18, 2013 H J Res 59 Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(64 - 36)
Yea
Nov. 21, 2013 S 1197 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(51 - 44)
Nay
Nov. 19, 2013 S Amdt 2175 Authorizes the Use of Funds for the Transfer or Release of Guantanamo Detainees to the United States Amendment Rejected - Senate
(52 - 46)
Nay
Nov. 19, 2013 S Amdt 2255 Prohibits the Use of Funds for the Transfer or Release of Guantanamo Detainees Amendment Rejected - Senate
(43 - 55)
Yea
Nov. 7, 2013 S 815 Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013 Bill Passed - Senate
(64 - 32)
Nay
Nov. 7, 2013 S Amdt 2013 Exempts Religiously Affiliated Employers from the Prohibition on Employment Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Amendment Rejected - Senate
(43 - 55)
Yea
Nov. 4, 2013 S 815 Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013 Cloture Invoked - Senate
(61 - 30)
Nay
Oct. 29, 2013 S J Res 26 A Joint Resolution Relating to the Disapproval of the President's Exercise of Authority to Suspend the Debt Limit, as Submitted Under Section 1002(b) of the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014 on October 17, 2013 Motion Rejected - Senate
(45 - 54)
Yea
Oct. 16, 2013 HR 2775 Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Bill Passed - Senate
(81 - 18)
Yea
Oct. 12, 2013 S 1569 Default Prevention Act of 2013 Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(53 - 45)
Nay
Sept. 30, 2013 H J Res 59 Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Motion Agreed - Senate
(54 - 46)
Nay
Sept. 30, 2013 H J Res 59 Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Motion Agreed - Senate
(54 - 46)
Nay
Sept. 27, 2013 H J Res 59 Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Bill Passed - Senate
(54 - 44)
Nay
July 24, 2013 HR 1911 Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013 Bill Passed - Senate
(81 - 18)
Yea
July 24, 2013 S Amdt 1778 Limits Interest Rates for Certain Federal Student Loans Amendment Rejected - Senate
(46 - 53)
Nay
June 27, 2013 S 744 Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act Bill Passed - Senate
(68 - 32)
Yea
June 18, 2013 S Amdt 1197 Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border Amendment Rejected - Senate
(39 - 54)
Yea
June 18, 2013 S Amdt 1228 Requires US-VISIT System to be Established at Every Port of Entry Amendment Rejected - Senate
(36 - 58)
Yea
June 11, 2013 S 744 Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act Cloture Invoked - Senate
(82 - 15)
Yea
June 10, 2013 S 954 Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013 Bill Passed - Senate
(66 - 27)
Yea
June 6, 2013 S 1003 Comprehensive Student Loan Protection Act Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(40 - 57)
Yea
June 6, 2013 S 953 Student Loan Affordability Act Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(51 - 46)
Nay
May 23, 2013 S Amdt 923 Prohibits the Payment of the Premium for an Insurance Policy For Tobacco Amendment Rejected - Senate
(44 - 52)
Nay
May 23, 2013 S Amdt 953 Limits Subsidy Payments for Individuals with Incomes More Than $750,000 Amendment Adopted - Senate
(59 - 33)
Nay
May 6, 2013 S 743 Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013 Bill Passed - Senate
(69 - 27)
Yea
April 25, 2013 S 743 Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013 Cloture Invoked - Senate
(63 - 30)
Nay
April 17, 2013 S Amdt 711 Prohibits the Sale of Assault Weapons Amendment Rejected - Senate
(40 - 60)
Nay
April 17, 2013 S Amdt 714 Limits Firearm Magazine Capacity Amendment Rejected - Senate
(46 - 54)
Nay
April 17, 2013 S Amdt 715 Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act Amendment Rejected - Senate
(54 - 46)
Nay
April 17, 2013 S Amdt 719 Authorizes Reciprocity for the Carrying of Certain Concealed Firearms Amendment Rejected - Senate
(57 - 43)
Yea
March 23, 2013 S Amdt 139 Prohibits the United States From Entering into the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty Amendment Adopted - Senate
(53 - 46)
Yea
March 23, 2013 S Con Res 8 An Original Concurrent Resolution Setting Forth the Congressional Budget for the United States Government for Fiscal Year 2014, Revising the Appropriate Budgetary Levels for Fiscal Year 2013, and Setting Forth the Appropriate Budgetary Levels for Fiscal Years 2015 Through 2023 Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(50 - 49)
Nay
March 20, 2013 HR 933 Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 Bill Passed - Senate
(73 - 26)
Yea
March 14, 2013 S Amdt 66 Temporarily Prohibits the Hiring of Nonessential Federal Employees Amendment Rejected - Senate
(45 - 54)
Yea
March 13, 2013 S Amdt 30 To Prohibit the Use of Funds to Carry Out the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Amendment Rejected - Senate
(45 - 52)
Yea
March 7, 2013 PN 48 Nomination of John Brennan to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(63 - 34)
Nay
Feb. 26, 2013 PN 34 Nomination of Charles Timothy Hagel to be Secretary of Defense Cloture Invoked - Senate
(71 - 27)
Nay
Feb. 26, 2013 PN 34 Nomination of Charles Timothy Hagel to be Secretary of Defense Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(58 - 41)
Nay
Feb. 14, 2013 PN 34 Nomination of Charles Timothy Hagel to be Secretary of Defense Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(58 - 40)
Nay

Executive Actions

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
May 19, 2009 SB 2162 Child Care Background Checks Signed - Executive
Sign
May 19, 2009 SB 2003 2009-2011 Biennuim Higher Education Budget Signed - Executive
Sign
May 11, 2009 HB 1015 Office of Management and Budget Appropriations Vetoed - Executive
Line Item Veto
May 11, 2009 SB 2030 Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Appropriations Vetoed - Executive
Line Item Veto
May 11, 2009 SB 2001 Legislative Branch Appropriations Vetoed - Executive
Line Item Veto
May 8, 2009 SB 2018 Department of Commerce and Office of Management and Budget Appropriations Vetoed - Executive
Line Item Veto
April 21, 2009 HB 1445 Amending Abortion Requirements Signed - Executive
Sign
April 8, 2009 SB 2184 Repeals Auto Rebate Tax Signed - Executive
Sign
March 19, 2009 HB 1036 Workforce Safety and Insurance Premium Rate Regulation Signed - Executive
Sign
May 9, 2007 HB 1012 excise tax exemption for tribal members Vetoed - Executive
Veto
May 9, 2007 SB 2047 new state employee's salary Vetoed - Executive
Veto
May 4, 2007 SB 2309 High School Graduation Requirements Signed - Executive
Sign
May 3, 2007 SB 2200 Revisions in School Funding Signed - Executive
Sign
May 1, 2007 SB 2032 Property Tax Reduction Signed - Executive
Sign
May 1, 2007 HB 1106 Legislative Pay Raise Signed - Executive
Sign
April 30, 2007 SB 2046 TeachersÂ’ Retirement Fund Signed - Executive
Sign
April 27, 2007 SB 2138 Repeal of Cohabitation Laws Signed - Executive
Sign
April 26, 2007 HB 1466 Abortion Ban Signed - Executive
Sign
April 24, 2007 HB 1319 Deadly Force in Self Defense Signed - Executive
Sign
April 18, 2007 HB 1029 Local Sales Tax Restrictions Signed - Executive
Sign
April 17, 2007 HB 1420 Animal Feedlot Regulation Signed - Executive
Sign
April 9, 2007 SB 2397 Oil Well Tax Cut Signed - Executive
Sign
March 21, 2007 HB 1378 County Vote Centers Signed - Executive
Sign
March 7, 2007 HB 1177 School District Salary Cap Exemptions 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
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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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