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2010 Vote Ratings

Key Votes Used to Calculate the Ratings

Here are the 96 Senate votes and 93 House votes on which National Journal’s 2010 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 (96 votes)

Economic Issues (60 votes)       

2/HJR45: Terminate the Troubled Asset Relief Program. January 21. (53-45; 60 votes required for passage) L-3

12/HJR45: Reimpose statutory pay-as-you-go budget rules. January 28. (60-40) L-3

14/HJR45: Increase the statutory limit on the public debt. January 28. (60-39) L-3

 

23/HR2847: Invoke cloture on a $15 billion jobs bill that includes a payroll-tax break for businesses that hire certain new workers. February 22. (62-30; 60 votes required for cloture) L-3

27/HR1299: Prohibit the Interior Department from establishing national monuments in certain areas. February 25. (38-58) L-3

33/HR4213: Waive budget rules to offset the cost of a tax-extender bill with unobligated funds from the 2009 economic-stimulus law. March 3. (38-61; 60 votes required for passage) L-3

40/HR4213: Waive budget rules to provide a six-month employee payroll-tax holiday, offset with unobligated funds from the 2009 economic-stimulus law. March 4. (44-56; 60 votes required for passage) L-3

 

42/HR4213: Waive budget rules to establish discretionary spending limits beginning in fiscal 2011. March 4. (59-41; 60 votes required for passage) L-2

45/HR4213: Waive budget rules to provide $2.6 billion for a summer jobs program and aid for needy families. March 9. (55-45; 60 votes required for passage) C-3

48/HR4213: Approve a one-year extension of various tax breaks and make extended unemployment benefits available to jobless workers. March 10. (62-36) L-3

49/HR2847: Invoke cloture on the conference report on a $17.6 billion jobs bill that includes a payroll-tax break for businesses that hire people who had been out of work. March 15. (61-30; 60 votes required for cloture) L-3

55/HR2847: Send to the president a $17.6 billion jobs bill that includes a payroll-tax break for businesses that hire people who had been out of work. March 17. (68-29) L-3

59/HR1586: Establish discretionary spending limits for nonsecurity programs. March 18. (41-56; 60 votes required for passage) L-3

60/HR1586: Ban earmarks in fiscal years in which the Congressional Budget Office reports a budget deficit. March 18. (26-70) L-2

67/HR4872: Table a bid to remove the mandate in the health care law that employers provide health insurance for employees. March 24. (58-41) L-3

72/HR4872: Table a bid to prohibit cuts to the Medicare Advantage program as part of health care law. March 24. (56-42) L-3

74/HR4872: Table a bid to allow states to opt out of certain Medicaid and Medicare mandates and tax provisions in the health care law. March 24. (58-41) L-3

78/HR4872: Table a bid to strike a provision in the health care law that applies a 3.8 percent Medicare tax to upper-income taxpayers. March 24. (52-46) L-3

82/HR4872: Waive budget rules to freeze Medicare payments to physicians through 2013. March 24. (42-56; 60 votes required for passage) L-3

87/HR4872: Table a bid to repeal the health care law’s Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. March 25. (59-37) L-3

101/HR4872: Table a bid to repeal provisions in the health care law that impose penalties on individuals who do not have health insurance. March 25. (58-40) L-3

105/HR4872: Approve a reconciliation bill that would make changes in the health care law. March 25. (56-43) L-3

109/HR4851: Invoke cloture on a bill that would extend unemployment benefits and other government programs. April 12. (60-34; 60 votes required for cloture) L-3

133/S3217: Create a consumer regulator within the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. as part of a bill to overhaul federal regulation of the financial-services sector. May 6. (38-61) L-3

136/S3217: Impose leverage and liability limits on bank- holding companies and financial companies. May 6. (33-61) C-1

140/S3217: Establish a time frame for ending the government’s support of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. May 11. (43-56) L-3

141/S3217: Bar mortgage brokers and loan originators from receiving payments based on the terms of the loans they sell. May 12. (63-36) L-3

This article appears in the February 26, 2011 edition of National Journal Magazine.

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