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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
March 15, 2012 S Amdt 1836 Reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank of the United States Senate Co-sponsor
March 8, 2012 S Amdt 1537 Approving the Keystone XL Pipeline Project Amendment Rejected - Senate
(56 - 42)
Nay
March 1, 2012 S Amdt 1520 Authorizes Moral and Religious Objections to Certain Health Care Items and Services Amendment Tabled - Senate
(51 - 48)
Yea
Feb. 17, 2012 HR 3630 Extends Payroll Tax Cut Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(60 - 36)
Yea
Feb. 6, 2012 HR 658 Federal Aviation Administration Act of 2012 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(75 - 20)
Yea
Feb. 2, 2012 S 2038 Prohibits Insider Trading by Government Officials Bill Passed - Senate
(96 - 3)
Yea
Feb. 2, 2012 S Amdt 1472 Prohibits Consideration of Bills Containing Earmarks Amendment Rejected - Senate
(40 - 59)
Nay
Feb. 2, 2012 S Amdt 1491 Requires Disclosure of Financial Transactions by Executive Branch Employees Amendment Adopted - Senate
(58 - 41)
Yea
Jan. 26, 2012 H J Res 98 Disapproval of President's Authority to Raise the Debt Limit Motion Rejected - Senate
(44 - 54)
Nay
Dec. 17, 2011 HR 2055 Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2012 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(67 - 32)
Yea
Dec. 17, 2011 S Amdt 1465 Temporary Payroll Tax Cut Extension Amendment Adopted - Senate
(89 - 10)
Yea
Dec. 15, 2011 HR 1540 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(86 - 13)
Yea
Dec. 14, 2011 S J Res 10 Proposing a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (Hatch Bill) Amendment Rejected - Senate
(47 - 53)
Nay
Dec. 14, 2011 S J Res 24 Proposing a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (Udall Bill) Amendment Rejected - Senate
(21 - 79)
Nay
Dec. 6, 2011 PN 5 Nomination of Caitlin Joan Halligan to the District of Columbia Circuit Court Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(54 - 45)
Yea
Dec. 1, 2011 S 1917 Extends Payroll Tax Cut and Establishes Tax on Income Over $1 Million Motion Rejected - Senate
(51 - 49)
Yea
Dec. 1, 2011 S 1931 Reduces Payroll Tax Rate Motion Rejected - Senate
(20 - 78)
Did Not Vote
Dec. 1, 2011 S Amdt 1125 Limits New Detention Rules to Prisoners Captured Outside the U.S. Amendment Rejected - Senate
(45 - 55)
Yea
Dec. 1, 2011 S Amdt 1126 Prohibits Detention of U.S. Citizens Without Trial Amendment Rejected - Senate
(45 - 55)
Yea
Dec. 1, 2011 S Amdt 1274 Authorizes Further Detention After Trial During Wartime Amendment Rejected - Senate
(41 - 59)
Nay
Nov. 30, 2011 S 1925 Reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act Senate Co-sponsor
Nov. 29, 2011 S Amdt 1064 Repeals Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Amendment Rejected - Senate
(30 - 67)
Nay
Nov. 29, 2011 S Amdt 1107 Removes Provisions Requiring Military Custody of al-Qaeda Suspects Amendment Rejected - Senate
(38 - 60)
Yea
Nov. 17, 2011 HR 2112 Appropriations for Agriculture, Rural Development, and the Food and Drug Administration Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(70 - 30)
Yea
Nov. 10, 2011 S Amdt 928 American Jobs and Economic Growth Amendment Rejected - Senate
(40 - 56)
Nay
Nov. 10, 2011 S J Res 27 Disapproval of EPA Cross-Border Pollution Rule Motion Rejected - Senate
(41 - 56)
Nay
Nov. 10, 2011 S J Res 6 Disapproval of FCC Regulation of Internet and Broadband Industry Motion Rejected - Senate
(46 - 52)
Nay
Nov. 3, 2011 S 1769 Transportation Infrastructure Appropriations and Tax on Income Over $1 Million Motion Rejected - Senate
(51 - 49)
Yea
Nov. 3, 2011 S 1786 Long-Term Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2011 Motion Rejected - Senate
(47 - 53)
Nay
Oct. 31, 2011 S 1769 Transportation Infrastructure Appropriations and Tax on Income Over $1 Million Senate Co-sponsor
Oct. 21, 2011 S Amdt 753 Prohibits the Use of Funds for Prosecution of Enemy Combatants in Civilian Courts Amendment Rejected - Senate
(47 - 52)
Nay
Oct. 21, 2011 S Amdt 791 Limits Farm Subsidies to Individuals with Incomes Under $1 million Amendment Adopted - Senate
(84 - 15)
Yea
Oct. 20, 2011 S Amdt 769 Authorizes Individuals to Import FDA-Approved Drugs from Canada Amendment Rejected - Senate
(45 - 55)
Nay
Oct. 18, 2011 S Amdt 740 Repeals Funding for Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms Amendment Rejected - Senate
(44 - 55)
Nay
Oct. 12, 2011 HR 3078 Trade Promotion Agreement with Colombia Bill Passed - Senate
(66 - 33)
Yea
Oct. 12, 2011 HR 3079 Trade Promotion Agreement with Panama Bill Passed - Senate
(77 - 22)
Yea
Oct. 12, 2011 HR 3080 Free Trade Agreement with Korea Bill Passed - Senate
(83 - 15)
Yea
Oct. 11, 2011 S 1619 Currency Exchange Rate Oversight Act of 2011 Bill Passed - Senate
(63 - 35)
Yea
Oct. 11, 2011 S 1660 American Jobs Act of 2011 Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(50 - 49)
Yea
Sept. 26, 2011 HR 2608 Continuing Appropriations Act of 2012 Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(79 - 12)
Yea
Sept. 23, 2011 S Amdt 655 Continuing Appropriations Act of 2012 Amendment Tabled - Senate
(59 - 36)
Yea
Sept. 22, 2011 S Amdt 633 Extends Trade Adjustment Assistance Amendment Adopted - Senate
(69 - 28)
Yea
Sept. 22, 2011 S Amdt 634 Sale of F-16 Aircraft to Taiwan Amendment Rejected - Senate
(48 - 48)
Nay
Sept. 21, 2011 S Amdt 625 Reducing and Extending Trade Adjustment Assistance Amendment Rejected - Senate
(46 - 53)
Nay
Sept. 21, 2011 S Amdt 641 Requires Extension of Trade Adjustment Assistance to be Contingent Upon Ratification of Free Trade Agreements with Columbia, Korea and Panama Amendment Rejected - Senate
(44 - 54)
Nay
Sept. 21, 2011 S Amdt 642 Modifies Eligibility Requirements for Trade Adjustment Assistance Amendment Rejected - Senate
(40 - 57)
Nay
Sept. 21, 2011 S Amdt 645 Repeals the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program for Firms Amendment Rejected - Senate
(43 - 54)
Nay
Sept. 15, 2011 S Amdt 602 Emergency Disaster Relief Appropriations Amendment Adopted - Senate
(62 - 37)
Yea
Sept. 15, 2011 S Amdt 613 Reducing Appropriations for Foreign Assistance Programs Amendment Rejected - Senate
(20 - 78)
Nay
Sept. 8, 2011 HR 1249 Patent Law Amendments Bill Passed - Senate
(89 - 9)
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
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