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Key Votes

2015 National Key Votes

Date State Bill No. Bill Title Outcome
Dec. 18, 2015 National HR 2029 Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (65 - 33)
Dec. 18, 2015 National HR 2029 Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 Concurrence Vote Passed - House (316 - 113)
Dec. 17, 2015 National HR 2029 Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 Concurrence Vote Passed - House (318 - 109)
Dec. 11, 2015 National HR 644 Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 Conference Report Adopted - House (256 - 158)
Oct. 1, 2015 National HR 2029 Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (50 - 44)
June 18, 2015 National HR 160 Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2015 Bill Passed - House (280 - 140)
May 20, 2015 National HR 880 American Research and Competitiveness Act of 2015 Bill Passed - House (274 - 145)
April 16, 2015 National HR 1105 Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015 Bill Passed - House (240 - 179)
April 16, 2015 National HR 622 State and Local Sales Tax Deduction Fairness Act of 2015 Bill Passed - House (272 - 152)
Feb. 13, 2015 National HR 636 America's Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015 Bill Passed - House (272 - 142)
Feb. 12, 2015 National HR 644 America Gives More Act of 2015 Bill Passed - House (279 - 137)

About the Selection and Description of Key Votes

Vote Smart provides easy access to Congressional and state voting records and maintains a collection of key votes grouped by issue. 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

Vote Smart provides a summary of the version of the bill text associated with each selected key vote. The summary does not necessarily reflect the content of the final version of the bill. Summaries are written by Vote Smart's staff and interns, who adhere to the project's strict policies and procedures in order to guarantee absolute impartiality and accuracy. Each key vote selection is reviewed by the project's community of advisors, who are political scientists and journalists from all fifty states.

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