Key Votes

2015 National Key Votes

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12/18 NA HR 2029 Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (65 - 33) 12/18 NA HR 2029 Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 Concurrence Vote Passed - House (316 - 113) 12/17 NA HR 2029 Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 Concurrence Vote Passed - House (318 - 109) 12/11 NA HR 644 Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 Conference Report Adopted - House (256 - 158) 12/03 NA HR 3762 Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015 Bill Passed - Senate (52 - 47) 12/03 NA S Amdt 2910 Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act of 2015 Amendment Rejected - Senate (45 - 54) 12/03 NA S Amdt 2914 Protecting Communities and Preserving the Second Amendment Act of 2015 Amendment Rejected - Senate (53 - 46) 12/03 NA S Amdt 2915 Defend Our Capital Act of 2015 Amendment Rejected - Senate (54 - 45) 12/03 NA S Amdt 2908 Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2015 Amendment Rejected - Senate (48 - 50) 12/03 NA HR 8 North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act Bill Passed - House (249 - 174) 12/01 NA S J Res 23 A Joint Resolution Providing for Congressional Disapproval Under Chapter 8 of Title 5, United States Code, of a Rule Submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency Relating to "Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New, Modified, and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units" Bill Passed - House (235 - 188) 12/01 NA S J Res 24 A Joint Resolution Providing for Congressional Disapproval under Chapter 8 of Title 5, United States Code, of a Rule Submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency Relating to "Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units" Bill Passed - House (242 - 180) 11/19 NA HR 4038 American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act Bill Passed - House (289 - 137) 11/19 NA HR 3189 Fed Oversight Reform and Modernization (FORM) Act of 2015 Bill Passed - House (241 - 185) 11/17 NA S J Res 23 A Joint Resolution Providing for Congressional Disapproval Under Chapter 8 of Title 5, United States Code, of a Rule Submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency Relating to "Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New, Modified, and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units" Bill Passed - Senate (52 - 46) 11/17 NA HR 511 Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act of 2015 Bill Passed - House (249 - 177) 11/17 NA S J Res 24 A Joint Resolution Providing for Congressional Disapproval under Chapter 8 of Title 5, United States Code, of a Rule Submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency Relating to "Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units" Bill Passed - Senate (52 - 46) 11/05 NA HR 22 Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act Concurrence Vote Passed - House (363 - 64) 11/05 NA HR 2685 Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2016 Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (51 - 44) 11/03 NA S 1140 Federal Water Quality Protection Act Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (57 - 41) 11/03 NA H Amdt 747 Increases Weight Limit for Commercial Trucks Amendment Rejected - House (187 - 236) 10/29 NA HR 1314 Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (64 - 35) 10/28 NA HR 1314 Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 Concurrence Vote Passed - House (266 - 167) 10/27 NA HR 597 Export-Import Bank Reform and Reauthorization Act of 2015 Bill Passed - House (313 - 118) 10/27 NA S 754 Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) of 2015 Bill Passed - Senate (74 - 21) 10/23 NA HR 3762 Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015 Bill Passed - House (240 - 189) 10/22 NA S Amdt 2564 Prohibits Liability Immunity for Corporations that Break User Agreements Amendment Rejected - Senate (32 - 65) 10/21 NA HR 692 Default Prevention Act Bill Passed - House (235 - 194) 10/21 NA HR 10 Scholarships for Opportunity and Results (SOAR) Reauthorization Act Bill Passed - House (240 - 191) 10/20 NA S 2146 Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (54 - 45) 10/09 NA HR 702 To Adapt to Changing Crude Oil Market Conditions Bill Passed - House (261 - 159) 10/08 NA HR 538 Native American Energy Act Bill Passed - House (254 - 173) 10/07 NA HR 1735 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 Conference Report Adopted - Senate (70 - 27) 10/01 NA HR 1735 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 Conference Report Adopted - House (270 - 156) 10/01 NA HR 2029 Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (50 - 44) 10/01 NA HR 3457 Justice for Victims of Iranian Terrorism Act Bill Passed - House (251 - 173) 9/30 NA HR 719 Continuing Appropriations Act, 2016 Concurrence Vote Passed - House (277 - 151) 9/30 NA HR 719 Continuing Appropriations Act, 2016 Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (78 - 20) 9/29 NA HR 3495 Women's Public Health and Safety Act Bill Passed - House (236 - 193) 9/25 NA HR 348 Responsibly and Professionally Invigorating Development (RAPID) Act of 2015 Bill Passed - House (233 - 170) 9/24 NA S Amdt 2669 Rescinds Funds from Planned Parenthood Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (47 - 52) 9/22 NA HR 36 Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (54 - 42) 9/18 NA HR 3134 Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015 Bill Passed - House (241 - 187) 9/18 NA HR 3504 Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act Bill Passed - House (248 - 177) 9/11 NA HR 3460 To Suspend Until January 21, 2017, the Authority of the President to Waive, Suspend, Reduce, Provide Relief from, or Otherwise Limit the Application of Sanctions Pursuant to an Agreement Related to the Nuclear Program of Iran Bill Passed - House (247 - 186) 9/11 NA HR 3461 To Approve the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, Signed at Vienna on July 14, 2015, Relating to the Nuclear Program of Iran. Bill Failed - House (162 - 269) 9/10 NA H Res 411 Finding that the President Has Not Complied with Section 2 of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 Bill Passed - House (245 - 186) 7/30 NA HR 22 Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act Bill Passed - Senate (65 - 34) 7/29 NA HR 1994 VA Accountability Act of 2015 Bill Passed - House (256 - 170) 7/28 NA HR 427 Regulations for the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2015 Bill Passed - House (243 - 165) 7/23 NA HR 1599 Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 Bill Passed - House (275 - 150) 7/23 NA HR 3009 Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act Bill Passed - House (241 - 179) 7/22 NA HR 1734 Improving Coal Combustion Residuals Regulations Act of 2016 Bill Passed - House (258 - 166) 7/16 NA HR 2898 Western Water and American Food Security Act of 2015 Bill Passed - House (245 - 176) 7/15 NA HR 3038 Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015 Bill Passed - House (312 - 119) 7/09 NA HR 2647 Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015 Bill Passed - House (262 - 167) 7/08 NA HR 5 Student Success Act Bill Passed - House (218 - 213) 6/24 NA HR 2042 Ratepayer Protection Act Bill Passed - House (247 - 180) 6/18 NA HR 160 Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2015 Bill Passed - House (280 - 140) 6/16 NA HR 2596 Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 Bill Passed - House (247 - 178) 6/11 NA HR 2685 Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2016 Bill Passed - House (278 - 149) 6/10 NA HR 2393 Country of Origin Labeling Amendments Act of 2015 Bill Passed - House (300 - 131) 6/09 NA HR 2577 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017 Bill Passed - House (216 - 210) 6/03 NA HR 2578 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016 Bill Passed - House (242 - 183) 6/02 NA HR 2048 Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring (USA FREEDOM) Act of 2015 Bill Passed - Senate (67 - 32) 6/01 NA HR 1335 Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act Bill Passed - House (225 - 152) 5/21 NA HR 2262 Spurring Private Aerospace Competitiveness and Entrepreneurship Act of 2015 Bill Passed - House (284 - 133) 5/20 NA HR 880 American Research and Competitiveness Act of 2015 Bill Passed - House (274 - 145) 5/20 NA HR 1806 America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015 Bill Passed - House (217 - 205) 5/15 NA H Amdt 230 Prohibits Listing Lesser Prairie Chicken as Endangered Amendment Adopted - House (229 - 190) 5/15 NA H Amdt 226 Limits Use of Funds to Implement New START Treaty Amendment Adopted - House (235 - 182) 5/15 NA HR 1735 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 Bill Passed - House (269 - 151) 5/13 NA HR 36 Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act Bill Passed - House (242 - 184) 5/12 NA HR 1314 Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (52 - 46) 5/05 NA S Con Res 11 An Original Concurrent Resolution Setting Forth the Congressional Budget for the United States Government for Fiscal Year 2016 and Setting Forth the Appropriate Budgetary Levels for Fiscal Years 2017 Through 2025 Conference Report Adopted - Senate (51 - 48) 5/01 NA HR 2028 Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016 Bill Passed - House (240 - 177) 4/23 NA PN 4 Nomination of Loretta E. Lynch to be Attorney General Nomination Confirmed - Senate (56 - 43) 4/16 NA HR 1105 Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015 Bill Passed - House (240 - 179) 4/16 NA HR 622 State and Local Sales Tax Deduction Fairness Act of 2015 Bill Passed - House (272 - 152) 4/14 NA HR 650 Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act of 2015 Bill Passed - House (263 - 162) 3/27 NA S Con Res 11 An Original Concurrent Resolution Setting Forth the Congressional Budget for the United States Government for Fiscal Year 2016 and Setting Forth the Appropriate Budgetary Levels for Fiscal Years 2017 Through 2025 Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (52 - 46) 3/26 NA S Amdt 798 Deficit-Neutral Reserve Fund for Legislation to Allow Americans to Earn Paid Sick Time Amendment Adopted - Senate (61 - 39) 3/04 NA S 1 A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline Veto Override Failed - Senate (62 - 37) 2/27 NA S J Res 35 Making Further Continuing Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2015 Bill Failed - House (203 - 224) 2/13 NA HR 636 America's Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015 Bill Passed - House (272 - 142) 2/12 NA HR 644 America Gives More Act of 2015 Bill Passed - House (279 - 137) 2/11 NA S 1 A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline Bill Passed - House (270 - 152) 2/05 NA HR 527 Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2015 Bill Passed - House (260 - 163) 2/04 NA HR 50 Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act of 2015 Bill Passed - House (250 - 173) 2/03 NA HR 596 Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 Bill Passed - House (239 - 186) 1/29 NA S 1 A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline Bill Passed - Senate (62 - 36) 1/22 NA HR 7 No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015 Bill Passed - House (242 - 179) 1/21 NA HR 161 Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act Bill Passed - House (253 - 169) 1/14 NA HR 37 Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act Bill Passed - House (271 - 154) 1/14 NA HR 240 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2015 Bill Passed - House (236 - 191) 1/13 NA HR 185 Regulatory Accountability Act of 2015 Bill Passed - House (250 - 175) 1/09 NA HR 3 Keystone XL Pipeline Act Bill Passed - House (266 - 153) 1/08 NA HR 30 Save American Workers Act of 2015 Bill Passed - House (252 - 172)

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