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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Dec. 22, 2010 HR 847 9/11 Health and Compensation Act Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(206 - 60)
Yea
March 25, 2010 HR 4872 Health Care Reconciliation Act Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(220 - 207)
Yea
March 21, 2010 HR 3590 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(219 - 212)
Yea
March 21, 2010 HR 4872 Health Care Reconciliation Act Bill Passed - House
(220 - 211)
Yea
Nov. 19, 2009 HR 3961 Revising Medicare Physician Fee Schedules and Reinstatement of PAYGO Bill Passed - House
(243 - 183)
Yea
Nov. 7, 2009 H Amdt 510 Substitute Health Care and Insurance Law Amendments Amendment Rejected - House
(176 - 258)
Nay
Nov. 7, 2009 HR 3962 Health Care and Insurance Law Amendments Bill Passed - House
(220 - 215)
Yea

Illinois Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Aug. 19, 2008 HB 5285 Extending Parental Health Insurance to Unmarried Dependents Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate
(35 - 17)
Yea
April 17, 2008 SB 2858 Public School Trans Fat Ban Bill Passed - Senate
(33 - 19)
Yea
Aug. 9, 2007 HB 556 Cigarette Tax Increase Bill Passed - Senate
(34 - 24)
Yea
March 29, 2007 SB 500 Smoke Free Illinois Act Bill Passed - Senate
(34 - 23)
Yea
Feb. 23, 2007 SB 4 Stem Cell Research and Human Cloning Bill Passed - Senate
(35 - 23)
Yea
March 30, 2006 HB 5284 Carbon Monoxide Detector Act Bill Passed - Senate
(32 - 22)
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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