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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Dec. 21, 2010 HR 2751 FDA Food Safety Modernization Act Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(215 - 144)
Yea
Sept. 23, 2010 HR 5297 Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(237 - 187)
Yea
July 30, 2010 HR 5982 Tax Law Amendments Bill Failed - House
(241 - 154)
Yea
June 30, 2010 HR 4173 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act Conference Report Adopted - House
(237 - 192)
Yea
June 17, 2010 HR 5297 Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments Bill Passed - House
(241 - 182)
Yea
Dec. 11, 2009 HR 4173 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act Bill Passed - House
(223 - 202)
Yea
Nov. 19, 2009 HR 3961 Revising Medicare Physician Fee Schedules and Reinstatement of PAYGO Bill Passed - House
(243 - 183)
Yea
June 26, 2009 HR 2454 Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade") Bill Passed - House
(219 - 212)
Nay
Sept. 23, 2008 HR 5244 Credit Card Regulations Bill Passed - House
(312 - 112)
Yea
Sept. 18, 2008 HR 6604 Commodity Markets Speculation Bill Bill Passed - House
(283 - 133)
Yea
July 30, 2008 HR 1108 FDA Regulation of Tobacco Bill Passed - House
(326 - 102)
Yea
June 24, 2008 HR 6346 Price Gouging Prevention Act Bill Failed - House
(276 - 146)
Yea
Sept. 7, 2007 HR 1908 Patent Reform Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House
(220 - 175)
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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