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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Dec. 2, 2010 H Res 1737 Censure for Representative Charles Rangel Resolution Passed - House
(333 - 79)
Yea
April 27, 2010 HR 5146 Prohibiting 2010- 2011 Congressional Cost-of-Living Pay Increase Bill Passed - House
(402 - 15)
Yea
Oct. 7, 2009 H Res 805 Removing Rep. Charles Rangel as Chairman of House Committee on Ways and Means Motion Agreed - House
(246 - 153)
Yea
Sept. 25, 2009 HR 2918 Continuing Appropriations Resolution and 2009-2010 Legislative Appropriations Conference Report Adopted - House
(217 - 190)
Yea
Sept. 15, 2009 H Res 744 Resolution of Disapproval of Representative Joe Wilson's Conduct Resolution Passed - House
(240 - 179)
Yea
April 10, 2008 H Res 1092 Postponing the Consideration of the Trade Agreement with Colombia Resolution Passed - House
(224 - 195)
Yea
March 11, 2008 H Res 1031 Establishment of the Office of Congressional Ethics Resolution Passed - House
(229 - 182)
Yea
Feb. 14, 2008 H Res 982 Contempt Charges Resolution Passed - House
(223 - 32)
Yea
July 31, 2007 S 1 Lobbying and Donation Regulations Bill Passed - House
(411 - 8)
Yea
April 19, 2007 HR 1905 District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House
(241 - 177)
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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