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2011 VOTE RATINGS

Key Votes Used to Calculate the Ratings

Key Votes Used to Calculate the Ratings

Here are the 97 Senate votes and 105 House votes on which National Journal’s 2011 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 (97 votes)

ECONOMIC ISSUES (55 votes)

7/S223           
Repeal an information-reporting requirement for businesses, and increase taxes on the oil and gas industries. Feb. 2. (44-54) C-3

 

9/S223           
Waive budget rules to permit the repeal of the 2010 health care reform law. Feb. 2. (47-51) L-3

18/S223           
Table an amendment to reduce the fiscal 2011 authorization for the Federal Aviation Administration to 2008 levels. Feb. 15. (51-47) L-3

21/S223           
Table an amendment to repeal a program that provides subsidies for flights to rural airports. Feb. 17. (61-38) L-2

36/HR1           
Approve a House-passed bill making continuing appropriations for fiscal 2011. March 9. (44-56) L-3

 

37/HR1           
Approve a Democratic alternative to a House bill providing continuing appropriations for fiscal 2011. March 9. (42-58) C-3

48/HR4           
Prevent a bill repealing information-reporting requirements under the 2010 health care reform law from taking effect if it would result in more uninsured people. April 5. (41-58) C-3

54/S493           
Prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases. April 6. (50-50) L-3

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59/HConRes35           
Bar the use of funds to implement the 2010 health care reform law. April 14. (47-53) L-3

72/S940           
Proceed to consideration of a bill repealing tax breaks for oil companies. May 17. (52-48; 60 votes required) C-3

73/S953           
Proceed to consideration of a bill authorizing lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and off the coasts of Alaska and Virginia. May 18. (42-57) L-3

77/HConRes34           
Proceed to consideration of a House-passed budget resolution for fiscal 2012. May 25. (40-57) L-3

79/SConRes21           
Proceed to consideration of a budget resolution for fiscal 2012 proposed by Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa. May 25. (42-55) L-3

87/S782           
Provide regulatory relief for small businesses. June 9. (53-46; 60 votes required for passage) L-3

89/S782           
Invoke cloture on a measure repealing tax breaks for ethanol. June 14. (40-59; 60 votes required for cloture) L-2

91/S782           
Bar the use of federal funds to construct ethanol-blender pumps or ethanol-storage facilities. June 16. (41-59) L-2

94/S782           
Invoke cloture on a bill reauthorizing the Economic Development Administration. June 21. (49-51; 60 votes required for cloture) C-3

95/S679           
Prohibit funds for salaries of White House “czars” not subject to Senate confirmation. June 23. (47-51) L-3

116/HR2560           
Table a motion to proceed to consideration of a House-passed bill to cut, cap, and balance the federal budget. July 22. (51-46) L-3

120/S627           
Table a House amendment to provide for a two-step increase in the debt limit. July 29. (59-41) L-3

122/S627           
Invoke cloture on a measure to increase the debt limit. July 31. (50-49; 60 votes required for cloture) C-3

130/SJRes25           
Proceed to consideration of a bill expressing disapproval of the president’s exercise of authority to increase the debt limit. Sept. 8. (45-52) L-3

133/HJRes66           
Eliminate, consolidate, or streamline some duplicative and overlapping government programs. Sept. 15. (54-45; 60 votes required for passage) L-3

135/HJRes66           
Provide for reauthorization of Federal Aviation Administration programs. Sept. 15. (62-37) L-3

137/HR2887           
Reduce funding for the Federal Aviation Administration to fiscal 2008 levels. Sept. 15. (36-61) L-3

This article appears in the February 25, 2012 edition of National Journal Magazine.

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