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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Dec. 3, 2009 HR 4154 Estate Tax Law Amendments and Reinstatement of PAYGO Bill Passed - House
(225 - 200)
Nay
July 23, 2008 HR 3221 Housing Bill with Energy Tax Credit Extensions Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(272 - 152)
Nay
May 8, 2008 HR 3221 Housing Foreclosure Assistance Programs Amendment Adopted - House
(322 - 94)
Nay
Aug. 4, 2007 HR 3221 Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House
(241 - 172)
Nay
July 29, 2005 HR 3 Transportation Authorization Bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(412 - 8)
Yea
March 10, 2005 HR 3 Transportation Authorization Bill Bill Passed - House
(417 - 9)
Yea
Nov. 20, 2003 HR 2417 Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004 Conference Report Adopted - House
(264 - 163)
Yea
Nov. 18, 2003 HR 2754 Energy and Water Appropriations, FY 2004 bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(387 - 36)
Yea
Oct. 16, 2003 H Res 198 Iraq's Reconstruction Resolution Resolution Passed - House
(394 - 31)
Yea
April 11, 2003 H Con Res 95 Congressional Budget for fiscal year 2004 Conference Report Adopted - House
(216 - 211)
Yea
March 21, 2003 H Con Res 95 Congressional Budget for fiscal year 2004 Resolution Passed - House
(215 - 212)
Yea
Feb. 13, 2003 H J Res 2 Consolidated Appropriations Resolution, 2003 Conference Report Adopted - House
(338 - 83)
Yea
Dec. 19, 2001 HR 2506 Foreign Operations FY2002 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(357 - 66)
Nay
Dec. 6, 2001 HR 2944 District of Columbia FY2002 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(302 - 84)
Nay
Nov. 30, 2001 HR 2299 Department of Transportation Appropriations Act, 2002 Conference Report Adopted - House
(371 - 11)
Yea
Nov. 13, 2001 HR 2330 Agriculture FY2002 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(379 - 33)
Yea
Nov. 8, 2001 HR 2620 Veterans Affairs and HUD Appropriations Act of 2002 Conference Report Adopted - House
(401 - 18)
Yea
Nov. 1, 2001 HR 2647 Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2002 Conference Report Adopted - House
(374 - 52)
Yea
July 20, 2001 HR 2216 2001 Supplemental Appropriations Act Conference Report Adopted - House
(375 - 30)
Yea
May 9, 2001 H Con Res 83 Fiscal Year 2002 Budget Resolution Conference Report Adopted - House
(221 - 207)
Yea
Nov. 18, 1999 HR 3194 District of Columbia FY2000 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(296 - 135)
Yea
Nov. 5, 1999 HR 3196 Foreign Operations FY2000 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House
(316 - 100)
Yea
Sept. 9, 1999 HR 2587 District of Columbia FY2000 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(208 - 206)
Yea
Aug. 5, 1999 HR 2488 Financial Freedom Act of 1999 Conference Report Adopted - House
(221 - 206)
Yea
July 29, 1999 HR 2587 District of Columbia FY2000 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House
(333 - 92)
Yea
July 22, 1999 HR 2561 Defense Department Appropriations bill, FY2000 Bill Passed - House
(379 - 45)
Yea
May 19, 1999 HR 1654 NASA Authorization bill Bill Passed - House
(259 - 168)
Yea
April 28, 1999 HR 1569 Military Operations in Yugoslavia Limitation Act Bill Passed - House
(249 - 180)
Yea
March 25, 1999 H Con Res 68 Congressional Budget Resolution, FY 2000 Resolution Passed - House
(221 - 208)
Yea
Nov. 7, 1997 HR 2264 Appropriations bill FY98, Labor, HHS, Education Conference Report Adopted - House
(352 - 65)
Nay
Nov. 7, 1997 S 858 Intelligence FY98 Authorization bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(385 - 36)
Yea
Sept. 30, 1997 HR 2378 Appropriations bill FY98, Treasury, Postal Service Conference Report Adopted - House
(220 - 207)
Yea
Sept. 25, 1997 HR 2266 Defense Department FY98 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(356 - 65)
Yea
Sept. 17, 1997 HR 2378 Appropriations bill FY98, Treasury, Postal Service Bill Passed - House
(231 - 192)
Yea
July 31, 1997 HR 2014 Budget Reconciliation Bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(389 - 43)
Yea
July 29, 1997 HR 2266 Defense Department FY98 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House
(322 - 105)
Yea
June 5, 1997 H Con Res 84 Budget Resolution FY1999-2000 Conference Report Adopted - House
(327 - 97)
Yea
May 21, 1997 H Con Res 84 Budget Resolution FY1999-2000 Resolution Passed - House
(333 - 99)
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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