Issue Category

16 Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
1/01/13 HR 6726 Congressional Pay Freeze and Fiscal Responsibility Act
Bill Passed - House (287 - 129)
Yea
12/20/12 HR 6684 Spending Reduction Act of 2012
Bill Passed - House (215 - 209)
Nay
9/14/12 HR 6213 No More Solyndras Act
Bill Passed - House (245 - 161)
Yea
7/31/12 HR 828 Federal Employee Tax Accountability Act of 2012
Bill Passed - House (263 - 114)
Yea
7/31/12 S 679 Presidential Appointment Efficiency and Streamlining Act of 2011
Bill Passed - House (261 - 116)
Yea
2/09/12 S 2038 Prohibits Insider Trading by Government Officials
Bill Passed - House (417 - 2)
Yea
2/08/12 HR 3521 Authorizes the President to Line-Item Veto Certain Legislation
Bill Passed - House (254 - 173)
Yea
2/01/12 HR 3835 Extends Pay Freeze for Congress and Non-Military Federal Workers
Bill Passed - House (309 - 117)
Yea
1/18/12 H J Res 98 Disapproval of President's Authority to Raise the Debt Limit
Joint Resolution Passed - House (239 - 176)
Yea
4/01/11 HR 1255 Government Shutdown Prevention Act
Bill Passed - House (221 - 202)
Nay
12/02/10 H Res 1737 Censure for Representative Charles Rangel
Resolution Passed - House (333 - 79)
Yea
4/27/10 HR 5146 Prohibiting 2010- 2011 Congressional Cost-of-Living Pay Increase
Bill Passed - House (402 - 15)
Yea
10/07/09 H Res 805 Removing Rep. Charles Rangel as Chairman of House Committee on Ways and Means
Motion Agreed - House (246 - 153)
Yea
9/25/09 HR 2918 Continuing Appropriations Resolution and 2009-2010 Legislative Appropriations
Conference Report Adopted - House (217 - 190)
Yea
9/15/09 H Res 744 Resolution of Disapproval of Representative Joe Wilson's Conduct
Resolution Passed - House (240 - 179)
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

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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.