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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. 30, 2022 National HR 6833 Continuing Appropriations and Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2023 Concurrence Vote Passed - House (230 - 201)
Sept. 30, 2022 National HR 8987 Fairness for 9/11 Families Act Bill Passed - House (400 - 31)
Sept. 29, 2022 National HR 6833 Continuing Appropriations and Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2023 Bill Passed - Senate (72 - 25)
Sept. 29, 2022 National HR 3843 Merger Filing Fee Modernization Act of 2022 Bill Passed - House (242 - 184)
Sept. 29, 2022 National HR 7780 Mental Health Matters Act Bill Passed - House (220 - 205)
Sept. 22, 2022 National HR 5768 Violent Incident Clearance and Technological Investigative Methods (VICTIM) Act of 2022 Bill Passed - House (250 - 178)
Sept. 22, 2022 National HR 6448 Invest to Protect Act of 2022 Bill Passed - House (360 - 64)
Sept. 22, 2022 National HR 8542 Mental Health Justice Act of 2022 Bill Passed - House (223 - 206)
Sept. 22, 2022 National HR 4118 Break the Cycle of Violence Act Bill Passed - House (220 - 207)
Sept. 21, 2022 National S 1098 Joint Consolidation Loan Separation Act Bill Passed - House (232 - 193)
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 8326 Ensuring a Fair and Accurate Census Act Bill Passed - House (220 - 208)
Sept. 15, 2022 National HR 2988 Whistleblower Protection Improvement Act of 2021 Bill Passed - House (221 - 203)
Sept. 15, 2022 National HR 302 Preventing a Patronage System Act (PPSA Act of 2021) Bill Passed - House (225 - 204)
Sept. 13, 2022 National HR 5315 Drone Infrastructure Inspection Grant Act Bill Passed - House (308 - 110)
Aug. 12, 2022 National HR 5376 Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 Concurrence Vote Passed - House (220 - 207)
Aug. 7, 2022 National HR 5376 Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 Bill Passed - Senate (50 - 50)
Aug. 4, 2022 National S J Res 55 Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Council on Environmental Quality relating to National Environmental Policy Act Implementing Regulations Revisions. Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (50 - 47)
Aug. 2, 2022 National S 3373 Honoring our PACT Act of 2022 Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (86 - 11)
July 29, 2022 National HR 263 Big Cat Public Safety Act Bill Passed - House (278 - 134)
July 29, 2022 National HR 1808 Assault Weapons Ban of 2022 Bill Passed - House (217 - 213)
July 29, 2022 National HR 5118 Continental Divide Trail Completion Act Bill Passed - House (218 - 199)
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 28, 2022 National HR 7776 Water Resources Development Act of 2022 Bill Passed - Senate (93 - 1)
Date No. Title Outcome
9/30 HR 6833 Continuing Appropriations and Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2023 Concurrence Vote Passed - House (230 - 201)
9/30 HR 8987 Fairness for 9/11 Families Act Bill Passed - House (400 - 31)
9/29 HR 6833 Continuing Appropriations and Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2023 Bill Passed - Senate (72 - 25)
9/29 HR 3843 Merger Filing Fee Modernization Act of 2022 Bill Passed - House (242 - 184)
9/29 HR 7780 Mental Health Matters Act Bill Passed - House (220 - 205)
9/22 HR 5768 Violent Incident Clearance and Technological Investigative Methods (VICTIM) Act of 2022 Bill Passed - House (250 - 178)
9/22 HR 6448 Invest to Protect Act of 2022 Bill Passed - House (360 - 64)
9/22 HR 8542 Mental Health Justice Act of 2022 Bill Passed - House (223 - 206)
9/22 HR 4118 Break the Cycle of Violence Act Bill Passed - House (220 - 207)
9/21 S 1098 Joint Consolidation Loan Separation Act Bill Passed - House (232 - 193)
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 8326 Ensuring a Fair and Accurate Census Act Bill Passed - House (220 - 208)
9/15 HR 2988 Whistleblower Protection Improvement Act of 2021 Bill Passed - House (221 - 203)
9/15 HR 302 Preventing a Patronage System Act (PPSA Act of 2021) Bill Passed - House (225 - 204)
9/13 HR 5315 Drone Infrastructure Inspection Grant Act Bill Passed - House (308 - 110)
8/12 HR 5376 Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 Concurrence Vote Passed - House (220 - 207)
8/07 HR 5376 Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 Bill Passed - Senate (50 - 50)
8/04 S J Res 55 Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Council on Environmental Quality relating to National Environmental Policy Act Implementing Regulations Revisions. Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (50 - 47)
8/02 S 3373 Honoring our PACT Act of 2022 Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (86 - 11)
7/29 HR 263 Big Cat Public Safety Act Bill Passed - House (278 - 134)
7/29 HR 1808 Assault Weapons Ban of 2022 Bill Passed - House (217 - 213)
7/29 HR 5118 Continental Divide Trail Completion Act Bill Passed - House (218 - 199)
7/28 HR 4346 Supreme Court Security Funding Act of 2022 (CHIPS and Science Act of 2022) Concurrence Vote Passed - House (243 - 187)
7/28 HR 7776 Water Resources Development Act of 2022 Bill Passed - Senate (93 - 1)

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