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Key Votes

2015 National Key Votes

Date State Bill No. Bill Title Outcome
Dec. 3, 2015 National HR 8 North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act Bill Passed - House (249 - 174)
Oct. 9, 2015 National HR 702 To Adapt to Changing Crude Oil Market Conditions Bill Passed - House (261 - 159)
Oct. 8, 2015 National HR 538 Native American Energy Act Bill Passed - House (254 - 173)
Sept. 25, 2015 National HR 348 Responsibly and Professionally Invigorating Development (RAPID) Act of 2015 Bill Passed - House (233 - 170)
July 22, 2015 National HR 1734 Improving Coal Combustion Residuals Regulations Act of 2016 Bill Passed - House (258 - 166)
May 20, 2015 National HR 1806 America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015 Bill Passed - House (217 - 205)
May 1, 2015 National HR 2028 Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016 Bill Passed - House (240 - 177)
March 4, 2015 National S 1 A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline Veto Override Failed - Senate (62 - 37)
Feb. 11, 2015 National S 1 A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline Bill Passed - House (270 - 152)
Jan. 29, 2015 National S 1 A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline Bill Passed - Senate (62 - 36)
Jan. 21, 2015 National HR 161 Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act Bill Passed - House (253 - 169)
Jan. 9, 2015 National HR 3 Keystone XL Pipeline Act Bill Passed - House (266 - 153)

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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