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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Dec. 18, 2013 H J Res 59 Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(64 - 36)
Yea
Sept. 30, 2013 H J Res 59 Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Motion Agreed - Senate
(54 - 46)
Yea
July 24, 2013 S Amdt 1778 Limits Interest Rates for Certain Federal Student Loans Amendment Rejected - Senate
(46 - 53)
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)
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)
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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