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2012 VOTE RATINGS

Key Votes Used to Calculate the Ratings

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Here are the 116 Senate votes and 116 House votes on which National Journal’s 2012 vote ratings are based. The Congressional Record roll-call number is followed by the bill number, a description of the vote, the date, the outcome, the prevailing side—conservative (C) or liberal (L)—and the weight given to each (from 1 for the lowest weight to 3 for the highest) based on how closely the vote fits the overall pattern.

SENATE (116 VOTES)

ECONOMIC ISSUES (66 votes)

2/HJRes98 Disapprove of the president’s exercise of authority to increase the debt limit. Jan. 26. (44-52) L-3

 

7/S2038 Prohibit executive-branch officials from holding positions of authority over industries or companies in which they have a significant financial interest. Feb. 2. (58-41) C-2

8/S2038 Establish points of order in the House and Senate against earmarks. Feb. 2. (40-59; 60 votes required for passage) L-2

10/S2038 Require the Congressional Research Service to determine if legislation would create duplicative government programs. Feb. 2. (60-39; 66 votes required for passage) L-2

 

20/S1813 Invoke cloture on an amendment that would add public transit, revenue, and safety titles to a surface-transportation bill. Feb. 17. (54-42; 60 votes required for cloture) C-3

22/HR3630 Send to the president a bill extending a payroll-tax cut and long-term unemployment benefits. Feb. 17. (60-36) L-2

25/S1813 Invoke cloture on a measure reauthorizing surface-transportation programs for two years. March 6. (52-44; 60 votes required for cloture) C-3

28/S1813 Allow new oil and gas leases throughout the Outer Continental Shelf. March 8. (43-55; 60 votes required for passage) L-3

 

30/S1813 Delay implementation of Environmental Protection Agency standards for industrial and commercial boilers. March 8. (52-46; 60 votes required for passage) L-3

31/S1813 Require the Office of Management and Budget to find at least $10 billion in spending rescissions. March 8. (52-46; 60 votes required for passage) L-3

34/S1813 Approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline between Canada and the United States. March 8. (56-42; 60 votes required for cloture) L-2

35/S1813 Waive a point of order against a surface-transportation bill that it exceeded budget limits set in the 2011 debt-limit law. March 8. (66-31; 60 votes required for passage) L-3

36/S1813 Reduce the federal tax rates for gasoline and other fuels used for the Highway Trust Fund. March 13. (30-67) L-3

37/S1813 Reduce federal highway funds to states based on the amount of privatized highways in the state. March 13. (50-47) L-2

38/S1813 Extend energy tax credits, approve the Keystone XL pipeline, and expand oil and gas drilling, including in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. March 13. (41-57; 60 votes required for passage) L-3

39/S1813 Extend various energy tax breaks, including the production tax credit for wind-energy producers. March 13. (49-49; 60 votes required for passage) C-3

40/S1813 Lower the corporate income-tax rate by eliminating certain energy tax subsidies, including tax benefits for electric vehicles. March 13. (26-72; 60 votes required for passage. L-2

41/S1813 Establish tax breaks to promote natural gas as a fuel for cars and trucks. March 13. (51-47; 60 votes required for passage) C-2

44/S1813 Waive a point of order against an amendment that would offset the cost of mandatory spending in the surface-transportation bill with cuts in the nondefense discretionary cap set in the 2011 deficit-reduction law. March 13. (40-58; 60 votes required for passage) L-3

48/S1813 Approve the reauthorization of a two-year surface-transportation bill at a cost of $1 billion a year. March 14. (74-22) L-2

54/HR3606 Amend the securities laws to provide for registration exemptions for certain crowd-funded securities. March 22. (64-35) L-3

55/HR3606 Increase job creation and economic growth by improving access to the public capital markets for emerging growth companies. March 22. (73-26) C-1

63/S2204 Invoke cloture on a bill that would extend tax breaks for renewable energy by reducing them for large oil and gas companies. March 29. (51-47; 60 votes required for passage) C-3

65/S2230 Invoke cloture on a bill to impose a minimum effective tax rate for high-income taxpayers. April 16. (51-45; 60 votes required for passage) C-3

72/S1789 Maintain six-day delivery of mail. April 24. (43-56; 60 votes required for passage) C-2

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