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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
July 27, 2010 H Con Res 301 Directing the President to Remove Armed Forces from Pakistan Joint Resolution Failed - House
(38 - 372)
Nay
July 27, 2010 HR 4899 Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Supplemental Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(308 - 114)
Yea
July 1, 2010 HR 4899 Requiring Timetable for Withdrawal from Afghanistan Concurrence Vote Failed - House
(100 - 321)
Nay
July 1, 2010 HR 4899 Requiring Timetable for Withdrawal from Afghanistan Concurrence Vote Failed - House
(162 - 260)
Nay
July 1, 2010 H Res 1500 Deeming Supplemental Military Appropriations Passed and Allowing Divided Question Bill Passed - House
(215 - 210)
Nay
May 28, 2010 HR 5136 2010-2011 Defense Appropriation Authorizations Bill Passed - House
(229 - 186)
Yea
May 27, 2010 H Amdt 661 Removing Funding for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter's Alternate Engine Program Amendment Rejected - House
(193 - 231)
Nay
Feb. 26, 2010 HR 2701 Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 Bill Passed - House
(235 - 168)
Yea
Oct. 15, 2009 HR 2892 2009-2010 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Authorizations Conference Report Adopted - House
(307 - 114)
Yea
Oct. 8, 2009 HR 2647 2009-2010 Defense Appropriations Conference Report Adopted - House
(281 - 146)
Yea
June 16, 2009 HR 2346 2008-2009 Supplemental Appropriations Conference Report Adopted - House
(226 - 202)
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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