Key Votes

2018 National Key Votes

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12/18 NA S 756 First Step Act of 2018 Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (87 - 12) 12/13 NA S J Res 54 To Direct the Removal of United States Armed Forces from Hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been Authorized by Congress Bill Passed - Senate (56 - 41) 12/12 NA S J Res 64 A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Department of the Treasury relating to "Returns by Exempt Organizations and Returns by Certain Non-Exempt Organizations" Bill Passed - Senate (50 - 49) 12/11 NA HR 2 Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 Conference Report Adopted - Senate (87 - 13) 12/11 NA PN 2117 Nomination of Jonathan A. Kobes to the Eighth Circuit Court (51 - 50) 12/11 NA PN 1803 Nomination of Justin George Muzinich to be Deputy Director of the Department of the Treasury (55 - 44) 12/10 NA PN 1803 Nomination of Justin George Muzinich to be Deputy Director of the Department of the Treasury Cloture Invoked - Senate (55 - 43) 12/06 NA PN 2170 Nomination of Kathleen Laura Kraninger to be the Director of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (50 - 49) 11/29 NA PN 2170 Nomination of Kathleen Laura Kraninger to be the Director of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Cloture Invoked - Senate (50 - 49) 11/29 NA PN 2117 Nomination of Jonathan A. Kobes to the Eighth Circuit Court Cloture Invoked - Senate (50 - 49) 11/16 NA HR 6784 Manage our Wolves Act Bill Passed - House (196 - 180) 11/14 NA H Res 1142 Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 6784) to provide for removal of the gray wolf in the contiguous 48 States from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife published under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, and providing for proceedings during the period from November 19, 2018, through November 26, 2018. Bill Passed - House (201 - 187) 10/06 NA PN 2259 Nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States (50 - 48) 10/05 NA PN 2259 Nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States Cloture Invoked - Senate (51 - 49) 9/28 NA HR 6760 Protecting Family and Small Business Tax Cuts Act of 2018 Bill Passed - House (220 - 191) 9/27 NA HR 6757 Family Savings Act of 2018 Bill Passed - House (240 - 177) 9/26 NA HR 6157 Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act, 2019 (361 - 61) 9/18 NA HR 6157 Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act, 2019 Conference Report Adopted - Senate (93 - 7) 9/17 NA HR 6 Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 Bill Passed - Senate (99 - 1) 9/17 NA S 2554 Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act Bill Passed - Senate (98 - 2) 9/13 NA HR 5895 Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2019 Conference Report Adopted - House (377 - 20) 9/13 NA HR 1911 Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Act of 2018 (393 - 2) 9/12 NA HR 5895 Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2019 Conference Report Adopted - Senate (92 - 5) 9/07 NA HR 6691 Community Safety and Security Act of 2018 Bill Passed - House (247 - 152) 9/04 NA HR 6439 Biometric Identification Transnational Migration Alert Program Authorization Act of 2018 Bill Passed - House (272 - 119) 8/23 NA HR 6157 Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act, 2019 Bill Passed - Senate (85 - 7) 8/23 NA S Amdt 3967 Senator Rand Paul's Amendment to H.R. 6157 Amendment Rejected - Senate (45 - 48) 8/01 NA HR 5515 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 Conference Report Adopted - Senate (87 - 10) 8/01 NA HR 6147 Interior, Environment, Financial Services, and General Government Appropriations Act, 2019 Bill Passed - Senate (92 - 6) 7/26 NA HR 5515 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 Conference Report Adopted - House (359 - 54) 7/25 NA HR 6311 Increasing Access to Lower Premium Plans and Expanding Health Savings Accounts Act of 2018 Bill Passed - House (242 - 176) 7/25 NA HR 6199 Restoring Access to Medication and Modernizing Health Savings Accounts Act of 2018 Bill Passed - House (277 - 142) 7/19 NA HR 6147 Interior, Environment, Financial Services, and General Government Appropriations Act, 2019 Bill Passed - House (217 - 199) 7/19 NA S Res 584 A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate against the making available of current and former diplomats, officials, and members of the Armed Forces of the United States for questioning by the government of Vladimir Putin. Bill Passed - Senate (98 - 0) 7/19 NA H Con Res 119 Expressing the sense of Congress that a carbon tax would be detrimental to the United States economy. Bill Passed - House (229 - 180) 7/18 NA PN 1645 Nomination of Andrew S. Oldham to be United States Circuit Judge for the 5th Circuit (50 - 49) 7/17 NA PN 1391 Nomination of James Blew to Assistant Secretary for Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development for the Department of Education (50 - 49) 7/17 NA PN 1645 Nomination of Andrew S. Oldham to be United States Circuit Judge for the 5th Circuit Cloture Invoked - Senate (50 - 49) 7/13 NA HR 50 Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act of 2017 Bill Passed - House (230 - 168) 7/12 NA HR 3281 Reclamation Title Transfer and Non-Federal Infrastructure Incentivization Act Bill Passed - House (233 - 184) 7/11 NA PN 1402 Nomination of Brian Allen Benczkowski to be Assistant Attorney General (51 - 48) 7/11 NA HR 200 Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act Bill Passed - House (222 - 193) 7/10 NA PN 1402 Nomination of Brian Allen Benczkowski to be Assistant Attorney General Cloture Invoked - Senate (51 - 48) 6/28 NA HR 2 Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 Bill Passed - Senate (86 - 11) 6/27 NA HR 6136 Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2018 Bill Failed - House (121 - 301) 6/26 NA HR 2083 Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Prevention Act Bill Passed - House (288 - 116) 6/22 NA HR 6 Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 Bill Passed - House (396 - 14) 6/21 NA HR 2 Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 Bill Passed - House (213 - 211) 6/21 NA HR 4760 Securing America's Future Act of 2018 Bill Failed - House (193 - 231) 6/20 NA HR 3 Spending Cuts to Expired and Unnecessary Programs Act Bill Failed - Senate (48 - 50) 6/20 NA HR 5797 IMD CARE Act Bill Passed - House (261 - 155) 6/18 NA HR 5515 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 Bill Passed - Senate (85 - 10) 6/15 NA HR 2851 SITSA Act Bill Passed - House (239 - 142) 6/14 NA HR 5735 THRIVE Act Bill Passed - House (230 - 173) 6/07 NA HR 3 Spending Cuts to Expired and Unnecessary Programs Act Bill Passed - House (210 - 206) 5/24 NA HR 5515 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 Bill Passed - House (351 - 66) 5/22 NA S 2155 Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act Bill Passed - House (258 - 159) 5/22 NA S 204 Trickett Wendler, Frank Mongiello, Jordan McLinn, and Matthew Bellina Right to Try Act of 2017 Bill Passed - House (250 - 169) 5/22 NA HR 5682 FIRST STEP Act Bill Passed - House (360 - 59) 5/17 NA PN 1857 Nomination of Gina Haspel to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (54 - 45) 5/17 NA PN 1857 Nomination of Gina Haspel to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Cloture Invoked - Senate (54 - 44) 5/16 NA HR 5698 Protect and Serve Act of 2018 Bill Passed - House (382 - 35) 5/16 NA S J Res 52 A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission relating to "Restoring Internet Freedom" Bill Passed - Senate (52 - 47) 5/10 NA HR 3053 Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2018 Bill Passed - House (340 - 72) 5/09 NA HR 5645 Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews Through Equal Rules Act of 2018 Bill Passed - House (230 - 185) 5/09 NA HR 2152 Citizens' Right to Know Act of 2018 Bill Passed - House (221 - 197) 5/08 NA S J Res 57 A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection relating to "Indirect Auto Lending and Compliance with the Equal Credit Opportunity Act" Bill Passed - House (234 - 175) 4/27 NA H Res 856 Raising a Question of the Privileges of the House Bill Tabled - House (215 - 171) 4/26 NA PN 1761 Nomination of Mike Pompeo to Secretary of State (57 - 42) 4/26 NA PN 1761 Nomination of Mike Pompeo to Secretary of State Cloture Invoked - Senate (57 - 42) 4/25 NA HR 3144 To provide for operations of the Federal Columbia River Power System pursuant to a certain operation plan for a specified period of time, and for other purposes. Bill Passed - House (225 - 189) 4/19 NA PN 1359 Nomination of James Bridenstine to Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (50 - 49) 4/18 NA PN 1359 Nomination of James Bridenstine to Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Cloture Invoked - Senate (50 - 48) 4/18 NA S J Res 57 A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection relating to "Indirect Auto Lending and Compliance with the Equal Credit Opportunity Act" Bill Passed - Senate (51 - 47) 4/13 NA HR 4790 Volcker Rule Regulatory Harmonization Act Bill Passed - House (300 - 104) 4/12 NA PN 1426 Nomination of Andrew Wheeler to Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (53 - 45) 4/12 NA PN 1426 Nomination of Andrew Wheeler to Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Cloture Invoked - Senate (53 - 45) 4/12 NA H J Res 2 Proposing a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution of the United States Bill Failed - House (233 - 184) 4/11 NA HR 4293 Stress Test Improvement Act of 2017 Bill Passed - House (245 - 174) 3/23 NA HR 1625 Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 Bill Passed - Senate (65 - 32) 3/22 NA HR 1625 Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 Bill Passed - House (256 - 167) 3/21 NA HR 1865 Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017 Bill Passed - Senate (97 - 2) 3/21 NA HR 5247 Trickett Wendler, Frank Mongiello, Jordan McLinn, and Matthew Bellina Right to Try Act of 2018 Bill Passed - House (259 - 140) 3/20 NA S J Res 54 To Direct the Removal of United States Armed Forces from Hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been Authorized by Congress Bill Tabled - Senate (55 - 44) 3/14 NA S 2155 Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act Bill Passed - Senate (67 - 31) 3/14 NA HR 4909 STOP School Violence Act of 2018 Bill Passed - House (407 - 10) 3/08 NA HR 1119 SENSE Act Bill Passed - House (215 - 189) 3/07 NA HR 1917 BRICK Act of 2017 Bill Passed - House (234 - 180) 3/06 NA HR 4607 Comprehensive Regulatory Review Act Bill Passed - House (246 - 143) 2/27 NA HR 1865 Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017 Bill Passed - House (388 - 25) 2/15 NA S Amdt 1959 Secure and Succeed Act (Grassley Amendment) Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (39 - 60) 2/15 NA S Amdt 1948 Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act (Toomey Amendment) Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (54 - 45) 2/15 NA S Amdt 1958 Immigration Security and Opportunity Act (Schumer Amendment) Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (54 - 45) 2/15 NA S Amdt 1955 Uniting and Securing America Act (Coons-McCain Amendment) Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (52 - 47) 2/15 NA HR 620 ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017 Bill Passed - House (225 - 192) 2/09 NA HR 1892 Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 Concurrence Vote Passed - House (240 - 186) 2/09 NA HR 1892 Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (71 - 28) 2/06 NA HR 772 Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2017 Bill Passed - House (266 - 157) 1/24 NA PN 1341 Nomination of Samuel Dale Brownback to be Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Nomination Confirmed - Senate (50 - 49) 1/24 NA PN 1341 Nomination of Samuel Dale Brownback to be Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Cloture Invoked - Senate (50 - 49) 1/22 NA HR 195 Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018 Concurrence Vote Passed - House (266 - 150) 1/22 NA HR 195 Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018 Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (81 - 18) 1/20 NA HR 195 Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018 Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (50 - 49) 1/19 NA HR 4712 Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act Bill Passed - House (241 - 183) 1/18 NA S 139 FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017 Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (65 - 34) 1/18 NA HR 195 Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018 Concurrence Vote Passed - House (230 - 197) 1/17 NA HR 3326 World Bank Accountability Act of 2017 Bill Passed - House (237 - 184) 1/11 NA S 139 FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017 Bill Passed - House (256 - 164) 1/10 NA S 140 An Act to amend the White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Quantification Act of 2010 to clarify the use of amounts in the WMAT Settlement Fund Bill Passed - House (239 - 173)

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