Issue Category

39 Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
12/17/10 HR 5510 Aiding Those Facing Foreclosure Act
Bill Failed - House (210 - 145)
Yea
12/16/10 H Amdt 786 Amending the Estate Tax
Amendment Rejected - House (194 - 233)
Nay
9/16/10 HR 4785 Authorizing Loans for Energy Efficiency Purposes
Bill Passed - House (240 - 172)
Yea
7/28/10 HR 5827 Exempting Guns from an Estate for Bankruptcy Purposes
Bill Passed - House (307 - 113)
Yea
7/15/10 HR 5114 Flood Insurance Program Extension
Bill Passed - House (329 - 90)
Yea
6/30/10 HR 4173 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act
Conference Report Adopted - House (237 - 192)
Yea
6/10/10 H Amdt 684 Increasing Minimum Down Payment for Federal Housing Administration Mortgages
Amendment Rejected - House (131 - 289)
Yea
6/10/10 H Amdt 686 Limiting Federal Housing Administration Mortgage Issuance
Amendment Rejected - House (106 - 316)
Nay
6/10/10 H Amdt 688 Limiting Principal Obligation Amounts of Federal Housing Administration Mortgages
Amendment Rejected - House (121 - 301)
Nay
12/03/09 HR 4154 Estate Tax Law Amendments and Reinstatement of PAYGO
Bill Passed - House (225 - 200)
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
3/05/09 HR 1106 Mortgage Restructuring In Bankruptcy
Bill Passed - House (234 - 191)
Yea
1/21/09 HR 384 Oversight of the Troubled Asset Relief Program
Bill Passed - House (260 - 166)
Yea
8/19/08 HB 4201 Property Tax Exemption for Disabled Veterans
Concurrence Vote Failed - Senate (27 - 11)
Yea
4/17/08 SB 2063 South Suburban Airport Authority
Bill Passed - Senate (45 - 7)
Yea
10/12/07 HB 664 Homeowner Tax Exemption
Veto Override Passed - Senate (55 - 1)
Yea
3/30/06 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:

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  4. The vote was passed or defeated by a very close margin
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