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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
March 13, 2008 H Amdt 972 Substitute Amendment for the House Budget Resolution Amendment Rejected - House
(157 - 263)
Yea
March 13, 2008 H Con Res 312 Concurrent Budget Resolution Joint Resolution Passed - House
(212 - 207)
Nay
March 11, 2008 HR 2082 Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 Veto Override Failed - House
(225 - 188)
Nay
March 11, 2008 H Res 1031 Establishment of the Office of Congressional Ethics Resolution Passed - House
(229 - 182)
Nay
March 5, 2008 HR 1424 Mental Health Coverage Bill Bill Passed - House
(268 - 148)
Nay
Feb. 27, 2008 HR 5351 Energy Law Amendments Bill Passed - House
(236 - 182)
Nay
Feb. 14, 2008 H Res 982 Contempt Charges Resolution Passed - House
(223 - 32)
Did Not Vote
Feb. 7, 2008 HR 4137 Higher Education Act Amendments and Extensions Bill Passed - House
(354 - 58)
Yea
Feb. 7, 2008 HR 5140 Economic Stimulus Plan Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(380 - 34)
Yea
Jan. 29, 2008 HR 5140 Economic Stimulus Plan Bill Passed - House
(385 - 35)
Yea
Jan. 23, 2008 HR 3963 Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007 (CHIP) Veto Override Failed - House
(260 - 152)
Nay
Jan. 16, 2008 HR 2768 S-MINER Act Bill Passed - House
(214 - 199)
Nay
Jan. 16, 2008 HR 4986 Defense Authorizations Bill Bill Passed - House
(369 - 46)
Yea
Dec. 19, 2007 HR 2764 Inclusion of Iraq and Afghanistan Military Operations Funding with the Consolidated Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(272 - 142)
Yea
Dec. 19, 2007 HR 3996 Temporary Alternative Minimum Tax Adjustment Act of 2007 Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(352 - 64)
Yea
Dec. 18, 2007 HR 6 Energy Act of 2007 Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(314 - 100)
Nay
Dec. 17, 2007 HR 2764 Inclusion of Consolidated Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(253 - 154)
Nay
Dec. 17, 2007 HR 2764 Inclusion of Consolidated Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(206 - 201)
Nay
Dec. 13, 2007 HR 2082 Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 Conference Report Adopted - House
(222 - 199)
Nay
Dec. 12, 2007 HR 1585 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 Conference Report Adopted - House
(370 - 49)
Yea
Dec. 12, 2007 HR 4299 Terrorism Risk Insurance Extension and Modification Bill Passed - House
(303 - 116)
Yea
Dec. 12, 2007 HR 4351 Alternative Minimum Tax Adjustment Act Bill Passed - House
(226 - 193)
Nay
Dec. 11, 2007 H Res 847 Recognition of the Importance of Christmas and Christianity Resolution Passed - House
(372 - 9)
Yea
Dec. 6, 2007 HR 6 Energy Act of 2007 Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(235 - 181)
Nay
Nov. 15, 2007 HR 3043 Appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Veto Override Failed - House
(277 - 141)
Nay
Nov. 15, 2007 HR 3773 Electronic Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Review Act Bill Passed - House
(227 - 189)
Nay
Nov. 15, 2007 HR 3915 Mortgage Reform and Anti-Subprime Lending Act Bill Passed - House
(291 - 127)
Yea
Nov. 14, 2007 HR 1429 Head Start Act of 2007 Conference Report Adopted - House
(381 - 36)
Yea
Nov. 14, 2007 HR 3074 Appropriations for the Department of Transportation and the Department of Housing and Urban Development Conference Report Adopted - House
(270 - 147)
Nay
Nov. 14, 2007 HR 4156 Supplemental Appropriations for the Department of Defense and Timeline for Withdrawal from Iraq Bill Passed - House
(218 - 203)
Nay
Nov. 9, 2007 HR 3996 Temporary Tax Adjustments Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House
(216 - 193)
Nay
Nov. 8, 2007 HR 3043 Appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(274 - 141)
Nay
Nov. 8, 2007 HR 3222 Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008 Conference Report Adopted - House
(400 - 15)
Yea
Nov. 8, 2007 HR 3355 Homeowners' Catastrophic Insurance Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House
(258 - 155)
Nay
Nov. 8, 2007 HR 3688 United States-Peru Trade Agreement Bill Passed - House
(285 - 132)
Yea
Nov. 7, 2007 HR 3685 Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA) Bill Passed - House
(235 - 184)
Nay
Nov. 6, 2007 HR 1495 Water Resources Development Act of 2007 Veto Override Passed - House
(361 - 54)
Yea
Nov. 1, 2007 HR 2262 Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act Bill Passed - House
(244 - 166)
Nay
Oct. 31, 2007 HR 3920 Trade and Globalization Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House
(264 - 157)
Yea
Oct. 25, 2007 HR 3963 Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007 (CHIP) Bill Passed - House
(265 - 142)
Nay
Oct. 24, 2007 HR 505 Native Hawaiian Reorganization Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House
(261 - 153)
Nay
Oct. 18, 2007 HR 976 State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization Veto Override Failed - House
(273 - 156)
Nay
Oct. 16, 2007 HR 2102 Reporter's Source Confidentiality Guidelines Bill Passed - House
(398 - 21)
Yea
Oct. 16, 2007 H Res 734 Sense of the House on Classification of Information on Corruption in Iraq Resolution Passed - House
(395 - 21)
Nay
Oct. 10, 2007 HR 2895 National Affordable Housing Trust Fund Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House
(264 - 148)
Nay
Oct. 10, 2007 HR 3056 Tax Collection Responsibility Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House
(232 - 173)
Yea
Oct. 4, 2007 HR 2740 Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act (MEJA) Expansion and Enforcement Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House
(389 - 30)
Yea
Oct. 4, 2007 HR 3648 Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House
(386 - 27)
Yea
Oct. 2, 2007 HR 3087 Requiring Reports from the Defense Department to Congress Regarding Withdrawal from Iraq Bill Passed - House
(377 - 46)
Yea
Sept. 25, 2007 HR 1400 Iran Counter-Proliferation Act of 2007 Bill Passed - House
(397 - 16)
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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