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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Nov. 3, 2011 H Amdt 849 Requires Public Disclosure of Bonuses and Golden Parachute Arrangements Amendment Rejected - House
(190 - 234)
Nay
Sept. 15, 2011 HR 2587 National Labor Relations Board Prohibitions Bill Passed - House
(238 - 186)
Yea
Feb. 19, 2011 H Amdt 155 Prohibits Use of Funds for Step Increase for General Schedule Employees Amendment Rejected - House
(191 - 230)
Yea
Dec. 8, 2010 HR 6495 Mine Safety Act Bill Failed - House
(214 - 193)
Nay
July 30, 2010 HR 5851 "Whistleblower Protection" for Offshore Oil Workers Bill Passed - House
(315 - 93)
Yea
March 25, 2010 HR 4872 Health Care Reconciliation Act Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(220 - 207)
Nay
March 21, 2010 HR 4872 Health Care Reconciliation Act Bill Passed - House
(220 - 211)
Nay
March 4, 2010 HR 2847 Employment, Infrastructure, and Transportation Appropriations and Tax Credits ("Senate Jobs Bill") Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(217 - 201)
Nay
Dec. 16, 2009 HR 2847 Employment, Infrastructure, and Transportation Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(217 - 212)
Nay
Jan. 27, 2009 S 181 Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 Bill Passed - House
(250 - 177)
Nay
Jan. 9, 2009 HR 11 Employment Discrimination Law Amendments Bill Passed - House
(247 - 171)
Nay
Jan. 9, 2009 HR 12 Employment Discrimination Law Amendments Bill Passed - House
(256 - 163)
Nay
July 31, 2008 HR 1338 Employment Discrimination Law Amendments Bill Passed - House
(247 - 178)
Nay
April 30, 2008 HR 5522 Requiring OSHA to Establish Combustible Dust Safety Standards Bill Passed - House
(247 - 165)
Nay
Jan. 16, 2008 HR 2768 S-MINER Act Bill Passed - House
(214 - 199)
Nay
Nov. 7, 2007 HR 3685 Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA) Bill Passed - House
(235 - 184)
Yea
Oct. 31, 2007 HR 3920 Trade and Globalization Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House
(264 - 157)
Nay
July 31, 2007 HR 2831 Equal Pay Bill Bill Passed - House
(225 - 199)
Nay
May 10, 2007 HR 2206 Emergency Departmental Supplemental Appropriations Bill of 2007 Bill Passed - House
(221 - 205)
Nay
Jan. 10, 2007 HR 2 Minimum Wage Increase Bill Passed - House
(315 - 116)
Yea
July 29, 2006 HR 5970 Death/Estate Tax and Minimum Wage Bill Bill Passed - House
(230 - 180)
Yea
July 28, 2006 HR 4 Pension Reform Bill Bill Passed - House
(279 - 131)
Yea
March 30, 2006 H Amdt 772 Reverse the Raid on Student Aid Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(200 - 220)
Nay
July 26, 2005 H Amdt 514 Small Employer Health Benefits Plan Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(197 - 230)
Nay
Sept. 9, 2004 HR 5006 Labor, HHS and Education Appropriations Bill- FY 2005 Bill Passed - House
(388 - 13)
Yea
May 12, 2004 HR 4279 Small Business Health Fairness Act of 2004 Bill Passed - House
(273 - 152)
Yea
April 2, 2004 HR 3108 Pension Funding Equity Act of 2004 Conference Report Adopted - House
(336 - 69)
Yea
Feb. 25, 2004 HR 2751 GAO Human Capital Reform Act of 2004 Bill Passed - House
(382 - 43)
Yea
June 19, 2003 HR 660 Small Business Health Fairness Act of 2003 Bill Passed - House
(262 - 162)
Yea
Jan. 8, 2003 S 23 Unemployment Benefits bill Bill Passed - House
(416 - 4)
Yea
July 19, 2001 H Amdt 200 Community Solutions Act Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(168 - 261)
Nay
June 8, 2000 H Amdt 760 OSHA Ergonomic Protection Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(203 - 220)
Nay
March 9, 2000 H Amdt 594 Minimum Wage Increase-Two Year Raise Amendment Adopted - House
(246 - 179)
Nay
March 9, 2000 HR 3081 Small Business Tax Fairness Act of 2000 Bill Passed - House
(257 - 169)
Yea
March 9, 2000 HR 3846 Minimum Wage Increase bill Bill Passed - House
(282 - 143)
Nay
May 5, 1999 HR 833 Bankruptcy Reform bill Bill Passed - House
(313 - 108)
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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