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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Aug. 6, 2009 HR 3435 Supplemental Appropriations for the "Cash for Clunkers" Program Bill Passed - Senate
(60 - 37)
Did Not Vote
Aug. 6, 2009 PN 506-111 Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(68 - 31)
Did Not Vote
July 22, 2009 S Amdt 1618 Authorizing Concealed Firearms Across State Lines Amendment Rejected - Senate
(58 - 39)
Did Not Vote
July 21, 2009 S Amdt 1469 Repealing Funding for F-22 Aircraft Procurement Amendment Adopted - Senate
(58 - 40)
Did Not Vote
July 8, 2009 S Amdt 1399 Requiring Completion of Reinforced Border Fencing Amendment Adopted - Senate
(54 - 44)
Did Not Vote
June 11, 2009 HR 1256 FDA Oversight of Tobacco Products Bill Passed - Senate
(79 - 17)
Did Not Vote
May 12, 2009 S Amdt 1067 Allowing Loaded Guns in National Parks Amendment Adopted - Senate
(67 - 29)
Did Not Vote
April 29, 2009 S Con Res 13 2010 Concurrent Budget Resolution Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(53 - 43)
Did Not Vote
April 28, 2009 PN 188 Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(65 - 31)
Did Not Vote
March 31, 2009 S Amdt 739 Public Debt Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(43 - 54)
Did Not Vote
March 26, 2009 HR 1388 National Volunteer Program Expansion Bill Passed - Senate
(79 - 19)
Yea
March 19, 2009 HR 146 Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 Bill Passed - Senate
(77 - 20)
Did Not Vote
March 3, 2009 S 510 FDA Food Safety Modernization Act Senate Co-sponsor
Feb. 26, 2009 S 160 Washington DC Voting Act Bill Passed - Senate
(61 - 37)
Did Not Vote
Feb. 13, 2009 HR 1 Appropriations, Tax Law Amendments, and Unemployment Benefit Amendments ("Stimulus Bill") Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(60 - 38)
Did Not Vote
Feb. 10, 2009 HR 1 Appropriations, Tax Law Amendments, and Unemployment Benefit Amendments ("Stimulus Bill") Bill Passed - Senate
(61 - 37)
Yea
Feb. 6, 2009 S Amdt 538 Tax Credit Substitute Amendment Motion Rejected - Senate
(35 - 61)
Did Not Vote
Feb. 4, 2009 S Amdt 279 Removing the Buy American Clause Amendment Rejected - Senate
(31 - 65)
Did Not Vote
Feb. 3, 2009 S Amdt 109 Hollywood Productions Tax Credit Amendment Adopted - Senate
(52 - 45)
Did Not Vote
Jan. 29, 2009 HR 2 Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization and Expansion Bill Passed - Senate
(66 - 32)
Did Not Vote
Jan. 26, 2009 PN 64-06 Timothy Geithner, Secretary of the Treasury Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(60 - 34)
Did Not Vote
Jan. 22, 2009 S 181 Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 Bill Passed - Senate
(61 - 36)
Did Not Vote
Jan. 15, 2009 S 22 Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 Bill Passed - Senate
(73 - 21)
Did Not Vote
Jan. 15, 2009 S J Res 5 Releasing Funds for Economic Stabilization Act Joint Resolution Failed - Senate
(42 - 52)
Pair Nay
Jan. 8, 2009 S 181 Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 Senate Co-sponsor
Jan. 6, 2009 S 160 Washington DC Voting Act Senate Co-sponsor
Oct. 1, 2008 HR 1424 Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments Bill Passed - Senate
(74 - 25)
Did Not Vote
Oct. 1, 2008 HR 2095 Amtrak Reauthorization Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(74 - 24)
Did Not Vote
Oct. 1, 2008 HR 7081 United States - India Nuclear Agreement Bill Passed - Senate
(86 - 13)
Did Not Vote
Sept. 27, 2008 HR 2638 Continuing Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(78 - 12)
Did Not Vote
Sept. 17, 2008 S 3001 Defense Authorizations Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(88 - 8)
Did Not Vote
July 31, 2008 HR 4040 Consumer Product Safety Commission Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(89 - 3)
Did Not Vote
July 31, 2008 HR 4137 Higher Education Act Amendments and Extensions Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(83 - 8)
Did Not Vote
July 26, 2008 HR 3221 Housing Bill with Energy Tax Credit Extensions Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(72 - 13)
Did Not Vote
July 26, 2008 S 3186 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Funding Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(50 - 35)
Did Not Vote
July 16, 2008 HR 5501 Funding to Combat AIDS, Malaria, and Tuberculosis Bill Passed - Senate
(80 - 16)
Did Not Vote
July 16, 2008 S Amdt 5077 Funding Amendment to AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Bill Amendment Rejected - Senate
(31 - 64)
Did Not Vote
July 15, 2008 HR 6331 Medicare Bill Veto Override Passed - Senate
(70 - 26)
Did Not Vote
July 15, 2008 S Amdt 5078 Limiting Countries for HIV/Aids, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Funding Amendment Tabled - Senate
(70 - 24)
Did Not Vote
July 10, 2008 PN 1641 Nomination of General Petraeus as Military Leader of the Middle East Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(95 - 2)
Did Not Vote
July 9, 2008 HR 6304 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Amendments Bill Passed - Senate
(69 - 28)
Did Not Vote
July 9, 2008 HR 6331 Medicare Bill Cloture Invoked - Senate
(69 - 30)
Yea
July 9, 2008 S Amdt 5064 Striking Telecom Immunity from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Bill Amendment Rejected - Senate
(32 - 66)
Did Not Vote
July 8, 2008 S Amdt 5064 Striking Telecom Immunity from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Bill Senate Co-sponsor
June 26, 2008 HR 2642 Iraq and Afghanistan War Funding, Unemployment Benefits Extension, and GI Bill Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(92 - 6)
Did Not Vote
June 25, 2008 S Amdt 4983 Housing Foreclosure Assistance Programs Amendment Adopted - Senate
(79 - 16)
Did Not Vote
June 24, 2008 S 3186 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Funding Senate Co-sponsor
June 18, 2008 HR 6124 Second Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill) Veto Override Passed - Senate
(80 - 14)
Did Not Vote
June 17, 2008 HR 6049 Alternative Energy Tax Incentives Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(52 - 44)
Did Not Vote
June 10, 2008 S 3044 Increasing Taxes on Profits, Rescinding Certain Tax Deductions, and Increasing Tax Incentives for Alternative Energy Programs for Oil Companies Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(51 - 43)
Did Not Vote

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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