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Federal Legislative History: Voting History

Floor Votes

Votes of final passage of a bill are recorded through a roll-call vote, a process that takes the names of those in favor and those opposed. All roll calls are assigned numbers in chronological order throughout each Con-gressional session and reported in a variety of print and electronic sources. It is important to note that the Congressional Record is the primary source for votes on legislation.

The ―History of Bills,‖ part of the Congressional Record Index, summarizes legislative actions on bills that are reported in the Congressional Record and therefore includes references to the floor vote record.

A typical entry includes a bill number, title, summary, names of sponsors and cosponsors, and a chronologi-cal list of actions on the bill. Each action references a Congressional Record page number and the date when the action was reported in the format "S5798 [9JN]" (page 5798 in the Senate section from the June 9 issue for that year).

Sources for Voting History

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