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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Feb. 4, 2014 HR 2642 Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(68 - 32)
Yea
June 10, 2013 S 954 Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013 Bill Passed - Senate
(66 - 27)
Yea
May 23, 2013 S Amdt 923 Prohibits the Payment of the Premium for an Insurance Policy For Tobacco Amendment Rejected - Senate
(44 - 52)
Did Not Vote
May 23, 2013 S Amdt 953 Limits Subsidy Payments for Individuals with Incomes More Than $750,000 Amendment Adopted - Senate
(59 - 33)
Yea
June 21, 2012 S 3240 Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2012 Bill Passed - Senate
(64 - 35)
Yea
June 21, 2012 S Amdt 2310 Requires Labels on Foods with Genetically Modified Ingredients Amendment Rejected - Senate
(26 - 73)
Nay
June 21, 2012 S Amdt 2372 Prohibits the EPA from Conducting Aerial Surveillance of Agricultural Operations Amendment Rejected - Senate
(56 - 43)
Nay
June 19, 2012 S Amdt 2156 Increases Funding for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Amendment Rejected - Senate
(33 - 66)
Yea
June 19, 2012 S Amdt 2181 Limits Farm Subsidies to Farmers with Incomes Under $250,000 Amendment Rejected - Senate
(15 - 84)
Nay
June 13, 2012 S Amdt 2393 Repeals Sugar Subsidies Amendment Tabled - Senate
(50 - 46)
Yea
Oct. 21, 2011 S Amdt 791 Limits Farm Subsidies to Individuals with Incomes Under $1 million Amendment Adopted - Senate
(84 - 15)
Yea
Sept. 21, 2011 S Amdt 642 Modifies Eligibility Requirements for Trade Adjustment Assistance Amendment Rejected - Senate
(40 - 57)
Nay
Oct. 8, 2009 HR 2997 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agency Appropriations Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(76 - 22)
Yea
June 18, 2008 HR 6124 Second Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill) Veto Override Passed - Senate
(80 - 14)
Yea
May 22, 2008 HR 2419 Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill) Veto Override Passed - Senate
(82 - 13)
Yea
May 15, 2008 HR 2419 Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill) Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(81 - 15)
Yea
Dec. 14, 2007 HR 2419 Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill) Bill Passed - Senate
(79 - 14)
Yea
Dec. 13, 2007 S Amdt 3695 Limit on Farm Subsidies Amendment Rejected - Senate
(56 - 43)
Yea
Dec. 13, 2007 S Amdt 3810 Income Limit for Subsidies to Farmers Amendment Rejected - Senate
(48 - 47)
Yea
Dec. 11, 2007 S Amdt 3711 Government Sponsored Farm Insurance Policies Amendment Rejected - Senate
(37 - 58)
Nay
June 15, 2006 HR 4939 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(98 - 1)
Yea
May 4, 2006 HR 4939 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006 Bill Passed - Senate
(77 - 21)
Yea
May 2, 2006 S AMDT 3617 Sugarcane Growers Funding Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(40 - 59)
Nay
March 16, 2006 S Con Res 83 2007 Budget Resolution Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(51 - 49)
Nay
Nov. 3, 2005 HR 2744 Agriculture, Rural Development and FDA Appropriations Act Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(81 - 18)
Yea
Nov. 3, 2005 S 1932 Budget Reconciliation Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(52 - 47)
Nay
Sept. 22, 2005 HR 2744 Agriculture, Rural Development and FDA Appropriations Act Bill Passed - Senate
(97 - 2)
Yea
April 28, 2005 H Con Res 95 Budget FY2006 Appropriations Resolution Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(52 - 47)
Nay
Jan. 22, 2004 HR 2673 Consolidated Appropriations Act Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(65 - 28)
Nay
May 8, 2002 HR 2646 Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(64 - 35)
Yea
Feb. 13, 2002 HR 2646 Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 Bill Passed - Senate
(58 - 40)
Yea
Nov. 15, 2001 HR 2330 Agriculture FY2002 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(92 - 7)
Yea
Oct. 13, 1999 HR 1906 FY 2000 Agriculture Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(74 - 26)
Yea
Aug. 4, 1999 S Amdt 1499 Agricultural Aid Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(89 - 8)
Yea
March 25, 1999 S Amdt 178 Agricultural Appropriations Amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate
(53 - 45)
Nay
Oct. 6, 1998 HR 4101 Agriculture FY99 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(55 - 43)
Nay
July 23, 1998 S Amdt 3258 Temporary Farm Workers Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(68 - 31)
Nay
May 12, 1998 S 1150 Agricultural Research bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(92 - 8)
Yea
Sept. 17, 1996 S Amdt 5353 Federal Land Grazing Fee Amendment Amendment Not Tabled - Senate
(50 - 50)
Nay
March 28, 1996 HR 2854 Agricultural Market Transition Act Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(74 - 26)
Nay
March 21, 1996 S 1459 Public Rangelands Management Act of 1996 Bill Passed - Senate
(50 - 47)
Nay
Feb. 7, 1996 S 1541 Farm Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(64 - 32)
Nay
Aug. 3, 1994 S Amdt 2446 Ethanol Amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate
(51 - 50)
Yea
July 20, 1994 HR 4554 Agriculture FY95 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(92 - 8)
Yea
July 20, 1994 S Amdt 2320 Department of Agriculture Homosexual Policy Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(59 - 41)
Nay

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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