Issue Category

Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
5/27/10 H Amdt 672 Repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" After Military Review and Certification
Amendment Adopted - House (234 - 194)
Yea
5/19/10 HR 5325 Science and Technology Funding
Bill Failed - House (261 - 148)
Yea
5/06/10 HR 1722 Telework Policies and Regulations for Federal Agencies
Bill Failed - House (268 - 147)
Yea
4/27/10 HR 5146 Prohibiting 2010- 2011 Congressional Cost-of-Living Pay Increase
Bill Passed - House (402 - 15)
Yea
4/15/10 HR 4851 Unemployment Benefits Extension
Concurrence Vote Passed - House (289 - 112)
Yea
3/25/10 HR 4872 Health Care Reconciliation Act
Concurrence Vote Passed - House (220 - 207)
Yea
3/21/10 HR 3590 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
Concurrence Vote Passed - House (219 - 212)
Yea
3/21/10 HR 4872 Health Care Reconciliation Act
Bill Passed - House (220 - 211)
Yea
3/04/10 HR 2847 Employment, Infrastructure, and Transportation Appropriations and Tax Credits ("Senate Jobs Bill")
Concurrence Vote Passed - House (217 - 201)
Yea
2/26/10 HR 2701 Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010
Bill Passed - House (235 - 168)
Yea
2/04/10 HJR 45 Reinstating PAYGO Budget Rule
Motion Agreed - House (233 - 187)
Yea
12/16/09 HR 2847 Employment, Infrastructure, and Transportation Appropriations
Concurrence Vote Passed - House (217 - 212)
Yea
12/16/09 HR 4314 Increasing the National Public Debt Limit
Bill Passed - House (218 - 214)
Yea
12/11/09 HR 4173 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act
Bill Passed - House (223 - 202)
Yea
12/10/09 HR 3288 2009-2010 Omnibus Appropriations
Conference Report Adopted - House (221 - 202)
Yea
12/03/09 HR 4154 Estate Tax Law Amendments and Reinstatement of PAYGO
Bill Passed - House (225 - 200)
Yea
11/19/09 HR 3961 Revising Medicare Physician Fee Schedules and Reinstatement of PAYGO
Bill Passed - House (243 - 183)
Yea
11/07/09 H Amdt 509 Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services
Amendment Adopted - House (240 - 194)
Yea
11/07/09 H Amdt 510 Substitute Health Care and Insurance Law Amendments
Amendment Rejected - House (176 - 258)
Nay
11/07/09 HR 3962 Health Care and Insurance Law Amendments
Bill Passed - House (220 - 215)
Yea
11/05/09 HR 3548 Extending Federal Emergency Unemployment Benefits and Providing Business and Homebuyer Tax Credits
Concurrence Vote Passed - House (403 - 12)
Yea
10/29/09 HR 2996 Continuing Appropriations Extension and 2009-2010 Department of Interior, Environmental Protection Agency, and Related Appropriations
Conference Report Adopted - House (247 - 178)
Yea
10/15/09 HR 2892 2009-2010 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Authorizations
Conference Report Adopted - House (307 - 114)
Yea
10/08/09 HR 2647 2009-2010 Defense Appropriations
Conference Report Adopted - House (281 - 146)
Yea
10/07/09 HR 2997 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agency Appropriations Fiscal Year 2009-2010
Conference Report Adopted - House (263 - 162)
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)
Did Not Vote
9/22/09 HR 3548 Extending Federal Emergency Unemployment Benefits
Bill Passed - House (331 - 83)
Yea
9/17/09 HR 3221 Prohibiting Federal Assistance to ACORN
Motion Agreed - House (345 - 75)
Yea
9/17/09 HR 3221 Prohibiting Federal Assistance to ACORN
Bill Passed - House (253 - 171)
Yea
9/15/09 H Res 744 Resolution of Disapproval of Representative Joe Wilson's Conduct
Resolution Passed - House (240 - 179)
Yea
7/31/09 HR 3435 Supplemental Appropriations for the "Cash for Clunkers" Program
Bill Passed - House (316 - 109)
Yea
7/30/09 HR 2749 Food Safety Regulation Amendments
Bill Passed - House (283 - 142)
Yea
6/26/09 HR 2454 Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade")
Bill Passed - House (219 - 212)
Yea
6/16/09 HR 2346 2008-2009 Supplemental Appropriations
Conference Report Adopted - House (226 - 202)
Yea
6/09/09 HR 2751 Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save Act
Bill Passed - House (298 - 119)
Yea
5/20/09 HR 627 Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009
Concurrence Vote Passed - House (279 - 147)
Yea
4/29/09 HR 1913 Hate Crimes Expansion
Bill Passed - House (249 - 175)
Yea
4/29/09 S Con Res 13 2010 Concurrent Budget Resolution
Conference Report Adopted - House (233 - 193)
Yea
4/02/09 HR 1256 FDA Oversight of Tobacco Products
Bill Passed - House (298 - 112)
Yea
4/02/09 HR 1913 Hate Crimes Expansion
None - House
Co-sponsor
3/31/09 HR 1388 National Volunteer Program Expansion
Concurrence Vote Passed - House (275 - 149)
Yea
3/25/09 HR 146 Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009
Concurrence Vote Passed - House (285 - 140)
Yea
3/19/09 HR 1586 TARP Recipient Bonuses Tax
Bill Passed - House (328 - 93)
Yea
3/18/09 HR 1388 National Volunteer Program Expansion
Bill Passed - House (321 - 105)
Yea
3/11/09 S 22 Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009
Bill Failed - House (282 - 144)
Yea
3/05/09 HR 1106 Mortgage Restructuring In Bankruptcy
Bill Passed - House (234 - 191)
Yea
2/26/09 HR 1105 2009 Budget Bill
Bill Passed - House (245 - 178)
Yea
2/23/09 HR 1106 Mortgage Restructuring In Bankruptcy
None - House
Co-sponsor
2/13/09 HR 1 Appropriations, Tax Law Amendments, and Unemployment Benefit Amendments ("Stimulus Bill")
Conference Report Adopted - House (246 - 183)
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.