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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
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 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 29, 2022 National HR 263 Big Cat Public Safety Act Bill Passed - House (278 - 134)
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)
July 27, 2022 National S 3373 Honoring our PACT Act of 2022 Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (55 - 42)
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)
July 27, 2022 National HR 6929 Susan Muffley Act of 2022 Bill Passed - House (254 - 175)
July 27, 2022 National HR 3771 South Asian Heart Awareness and Research Act of 2022 Bill Passed - House (237 - 192)
July 27, 2022 National HR 4040 Advancing Telehealth Beyond COVID-19 Act of 2021 Bill Passed - House (416 - 12)
July 21, 2022 National HR 8373 Right to Contraception Act Bill Passed - House (228 - 195)
July 20, 2022 National HR 8294 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2023 Bill Passed - House (220 - 207)
July 19, 2022 National HR 8404 Respect for Marriage Act Bill Passed - House (267 - 157)
July 18, 2022 National H Res 1130 Expressing support for the sovereign decision of Finland and Sweden to apply to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) as well as calling on all members of NATO to ratify the protocols of accession swiftly Resolution Passed - House (394 - 18)
July 15, 2022 National HR 8351 Formula Act Bill Passed - House (421 - 2)
July 15, 2022 National HR 8297 Ensuring Access to Abortion Act of 2022 Bill Passed - House (223 - 205)
July 15, 2022 National HR 8296 Women's Health Protection Act of 2022 Bill Passed - House (219 - 210)
July 14, 2022 National HR 7900 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023 Bill Passed - House (329 - 101)
July 13, 2022 National S 3373 Honoring our PACT Act of 2022 Bill Passed - House (342 - 88)
July 13, 2022 National HR 6538 Active Shooter Alert Act of 2022 Bill Passed - House (260 - 169)
June 24, 2022 National S 2938 Bipartisan Safer Communities Act Concurrence Vote Passed - House (234 - 193)
June 23, 2022 National S 2938 Bipartisan Safer Communities Act Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (65 - 33)
Date No. Title Outcome
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 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)
7/29 HR 263 Big Cat Public Safety Act Bill Passed - House (278 - 134)
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)
7/27 S 3373 Honoring our PACT Act of 2022 Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (55 - 42)
7/27 HR 4346 Supreme Court Security Funding Act of 2022 (CHIPS and Science Act of 2022) Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (64 - 33)
7/27 HR 6929 Susan Muffley Act of 2022 Bill Passed - House (254 - 175)
7/27 HR 3771 South Asian Heart Awareness and Research Act of 2022 Bill Passed - House (237 - 192)
7/27 HR 4040 Advancing Telehealth Beyond COVID-19 Act of 2021 Bill Passed - House (416 - 12)
7/21 HR 8373 Right to Contraception Act Bill Passed - House (228 - 195)
7/20 HR 8294 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2023 Bill Passed - House (220 - 207)
7/19 HR 8404 Respect for Marriage Act Bill Passed - House (267 - 157)
7/18 H Res 1130 Expressing support for the sovereign decision of Finland and Sweden to apply to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) as well as calling on all members of NATO to ratify the protocols of accession swiftly Resolution Passed - House (394 - 18)
7/15 HR 8351 Formula Act Bill Passed - House (421 - 2)
7/15 HR 8297 Ensuring Access to Abortion Act of 2022 Bill Passed - House (223 - 205)
7/15 HR 8296 Women's Health Protection Act of 2022 Bill Passed - House (219 - 210)
7/14 HR 7900 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023 Bill Passed - House (329 - 101)
7/13 S 3373 Honoring our PACT Act of 2022 Bill Passed - House (342 - 88)
7/13 HR 6538 Active Shooter Alert Act of 2022 Bill Passed - House (260 - 169)
6/24 S 2938 Bipartisan Safer Communities Act Concurrence Vote Passed - House (234 - 193)
6/23 S 2938 Bipartisan Safer Communities Act Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (65 - 33)

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