2022 National Government Operations Key Votes

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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
Sept. 21, 2022 National HR 8873 Presidential Election Reform Act Bill Passed - House (229 - 203)
Sept. 19, 2022 National HR 1456 Peace Corps Reauthorization Act of 2022 Bill Passed - House (290 - 125)
Sept. 15, 2022 National HR 302 Preventing a Patronage System Act (PPSA Act of 2021) Bill Passed - House (225 - 204)
Sept. 15, 2022 National HR 8326 Ensuring a Fair and Accurate Census Act Bill Passed - House (220 - 208)
July 28, 2022 National HR 4346 Supreme Court Security Funding Act of 2022 (CHIPS and Science Act of 2022) Concurrence Vote Passed - House (243 - 187)
July 27, 2022 National HR 4346 Supreme Court Security Funding Act of 2022 (CHIPS and Science Act of 2022) Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (64 - 33)
May 26, 2022 National S J Res 46 A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security relating to "Procedures for Credible Fear Screening and Consideration of Asylum, Withholding of Removal, and CAT Protection Claims by Asylum Officers". Joint Resolution Failed - Senate (46 - 48)
May 11, 2022 National HR 2499 Federal Firefighters Fairness Act of 2022 Bill Passed - House (288 - 131)
April 7, 2022 National PN 1783 Nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court of the United States Nomination Confirmed - Senate (53 - 47)
March 8, 2022 National HR 3076 Postal Service Reform Act of 2022 Bill Passed - Senate (79 - 19)
Feb. 14, 2022 National PN 1593 Nomination of Robert Califf as Commissioner of Food and Drugs, Department of Health and Human Services Cloture Invoked - Senate (49 - 45)
Feb. 8, 2022 National HR 3076 Postal Service Reform Act of 2022 Bill Passed - House (342 - 92)
Jan. 19, 2022 National HR 5746 Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act Bill Passed - Senate (52 - 48)
Jan. 13, 2022 National HR 5746 Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act Concurrence Vote Passed - House (220 - 203)
Date No. Title Outcome
9/21 HR 8873 Presidential Election Reform Act Bill Passed - House (229 - 203)
9/19 HR 1456 Peace Corps Reauthorization Act of 2022 Bill Passed - House (290 - 125)
9/15 HR 302 Preventing a Patronage System Act (PPSA Act of 2021) Bill Passed - House (225 - 204)
9/15 HR 8326 Ensuring a Fair and Accurate Census Act Bill Passed - House (220 - 208)
7/28 HR 4346 Supreme Court Security Funding Act of 2022 (CHIPS and Science Act of 2022) Concurrence Vote Passed - House (243 - 187)
7/27 HR 4346 Supreme Court Security Funding Act of 2022 (CHIPS and Science Act of 2022) Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (64 - 33)
5/26 S J Res 46 A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security relating to "Procedures for Credible Fear Screening and Consideration of Asylum, Withholding of Removal, and CAT Protection Claims by Asylum Officers". Joint Resolution Failed - Senate (46 - 48)
5/11 HR 2499 Federal Firefighters Fairness Act of 2022 Bill Passed - House (288 - 131)
4/07 PN 1783 Nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court of the United States Nomination Confirmed - Senate (53 - 47)
3/08 HR 3076 Postal Service Reform Act of 2022 Bill Passed - Senate (79 - 19)
2/14 PN 1593 Nomination of Robert Califf as Commissioner of Food and Drugs, Department of Health and Human Services Cloture Invoked - Senate (49 - 45)
2/08 HR 3076 Postal Service Reform Act of 2022 Bill Passed - House (342 - 92)
1/19 HR 5746 Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act Bill Passed - Senate (52 - 48)
1/13 HR 5746 Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act Concurrence Vote Passed - House (220 - 203)

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