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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
  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. Our summaries are written by Vote Smart's staff and interns, who adhere to our strict policies and procedures in order to guarantee absolute impartiality and accuracy. They do not necessarily reflect the content of the final version of the bill, but rather the version voted on in that stage. While many procedural votes take place before a full chamber vote, our voting stages reflect the final reading of each chamber vote. 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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Date State Bill No. Title Outcome
June 9, 2021 WI AB 336 Repeals $300 per Week Federal Unemployment Compensation Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 12)
June 9, 2021 WI AB 336 Repeals $300 per Week Federal Unemployment Compensation Bill Passed - House (60 - 37)
May 26, 2021 NE LB 108 Expands SNAP Eligibility Veto Override Passed - Senate (30 - 19)
May 25, 2021 National PN 124 Nomation of Chiquita Brooks-LaSure as the Adminstor of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Nomination Confirmed - Senate (55 - 44)
March 24, 2021 WY HB 162 Expands Medicaid Eligibility Bill Passed - House (32 - 28)
Feb. 25, 2021 CA AB 213 Extends One-Time Grant Payments to Recipients of SSI/SSP Benefits Bill Passed - House (56 - 18)
Jan. 21, 2021 CA SB 88 Authorizes Distributing a $600 Payment to Low Income Residents Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 2)
Jan. 15, 2021 CA AB 88 Exempts Stimulus Payments from Garnishment Bill Passed - House (48 - 13)
Date No. Title Outcome
6/09 AB 336 Repeals $300 per Week Federal Unemployment Compensation Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 12)
6/09 AB 336 Repeals $300 per Week Federal Unemployment Compensation Bill Passed - House (60 - 37)
5/26 LB 108 Expands SNAP Eligibility Veto Override Passed - Senate (30 - 19)
5/25 PN 124 Nomation of Chiquita Brooks-LaSure as the Adminstor of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Nomination Confirmed - Senate (55 - 44)
3/24 HB 162 Expands Medicaid Eligibility Bill Passed - House (32 - 28)
2/25 AB 213 Extends One-Time Grant Payments to Recipients of SSI/SSP Benefits Bill Passed - House (56 - 18)
1/21 SB 88 Authorizes Distributing a $600 Payment to Low Income Residents Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 2)
1/15 AB 88 Exempts Stimulus Payments from Garnishment Bill Passed - House (48 - 13)

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