Key Votes

1995 National Key Votes

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12/22 NA HR 4 Welfare Reform Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (52 - 47) 12/21 NA HR 4 Welfare Reform Bill Conference Report Adopted - House (245 - 178) 12/14 NA HR 2099 Veterans Affairs, HUD FY '96 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (54 - 44) 12/14 NA HR 1977 Interior Department FY96 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (58 - 40) 12/14 NA HR 1561 Authorization bill, FY96-97, Foreign Relations Bill Passed - Senate (82 - 16) 12/13 NA HR 1977 Interior Department FY96 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House (244 - 181) 12/07 NA HR 2099 Veterans Affairs, HUD FY '96 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House (227 - 190) 12/07 NA HR 2076 Appropriations bill FY96, Commerce, Justice, State Conference Report Adopted - Senate (50 - 48) 12/06 NA HR 2076 Appropriations bill FY96, Commerce, Justice, State Conference Report Adopted - House (256 - 166) 11/16 NA H J Res 122 Continuing Appropriation Bill Bill Passed - House (277 - 151) 11/16 NA H J Res 122 Continuing Appropriation Bill Bill Passed - Senate (60 - 37) 11/15 NA HR 2020 Appropriations bill FY96, Treasury, Postal Service Conference Report Adopted - Senate (63 - 35) 11/15 NA HR 2020 Appropriations bill FY96, Treasury, Postal Service Conference Report Adopted - House (374 - 52) 11/02 NA HR 2546 Appropriations Bill FY 96, District of Columbia Bill Passed - House (224 - 191) 11/01 NA HR 1868 Appropriations bill, FY96, Foreign Relations Conference Report Adopted - Senate (90 - 6) 10/31 NA HR 1868 Appropriations bill, FY96, Foreign Relations Conference Report Adopted - House (351 - 71) 10/31 NA HR 2492 Appropriations Bill FY96, Legislative Branch Bill Passed - House (315 - 106) 10/28 NA HR 2491 Budget Reconciliation Bill Bill Passed - Senate (52 - 47) 10/26 NA HR 2491 Budget Reconciliation Bill Bill Passed - House (227 - 203) 10/12 NA HR 1976 Appropriations bill FY96, Agriculture Conference Report Adopted - House (288 - 132) 10/12 NA HR 2405 Omnibus Civilian Science Authorization Act of 1995 Bill Passed - House (248 - 161) 9/20 NA H Amdt 814 Drinking and Driving Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (223 - 203) 9/19 NA HR 4 Welfare Reform Bill Bill Passed - Senate (87 - 12) 8/04 NA HR 2127 Appropriations bill FY96, Labor, HHS, Education Bill Passed - House (219 - 208) 8/03 NA H Amdt 725 Corporation for Public Broadcasting Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (136 - 286) 7/31 NA HR 2099 Veterans Affairs, HUD FY '96 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House (228 - 193) 7/26 NA HR 2076 Appropriations bill FY96, Commerce, Justice, State Bill Passed - House (272 - 151) 7/21 NA HR 1944 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations and Rescissions Bill Passed - Senate (90 - 7) 7/19 NA HR 2020 Appropriations bill FY96, Treasury, Postal Service Bill Passed - House (216 - 211) 7/18 NA HR 1977 Interior Department FY96 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House (244 - 181) 7/11 NA HR 1868 Appropriations bill, FY96, Foreign Relations Bill Passed - House (333 - 89) 6/29 NA H Con Res 67 Budget FY2006 Appropriations Resolution Conference Report Adopted - Senate (54 - 46) 6/29 NA H Con Res 67 Budget FY2006 Appropriations Resolution Conference Report Adopted - House (239 - 194) 6/29 NA HR 1944 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations and Rescissions Bill Passed - House (276 - 151) 6/21 NA S Amdt 1446 Drinking and Driving Minors Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (64 - 36) 6/08 NA HR 1561 Authorization bill, FY96-97, Foreign Relations Bill Passed - House (222 - 192) 5/25 NA HR 1158 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations and Rescissions Conference Report Adopted - Senate (61 - 38) 5/25 NA H Con Res 67 Fiscal 1996 Budget Resolution - Adoption Resolution Passed - Senate (57 - 42) 5/18 NA HR 1158 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations and Rescissions Conference Report Adopted - House (235 - 189) 5/18 NA H Con Res 67 Budget FY1996 Appropriations Resolution Resolution Passed - House (238 - 193) 5/16 NA HR 961 Comprehensive Wetlands Conservation and Management Act Bill Passed - House (240 - 185) 3/24 NA HR 4 Welfare Reform Bill Bill Passed - House (234 - 199) 3/23 NA S Amdt 350 Pay-As-You-Go Amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate (49 - 48) 3/16 NA HR 1158 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations and Rescissions Bill Passed - House (227 - 200) 3/02 NA H J Res 1 Balanced Budget Proposed Constitutional Amendment Joint Resolution Failed - Senate (65 - 35) 2/14 NA HR 728 Anti-Crime bill Bill Passed - House (238 - 192) 1/26 NA H J Res 1 Balanced Budget Proposed Constitutional Amendment Joint Resolution Passed - House (300 - 132)

About the Selection and Descriptions of Key Votes

Project Vote Smart provides easy access to Congressional and State voting records and maintains a collection of key votes grouped by issue. Key votes typically include the initial passage of legislation and final conference report vote versions (the compromised versions of bills passed in separate House and Senate versions). 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

Descriptions of the votes are written by Vote Smart staff and based on information included in the Congressional Record, State House Journals, or Senate Journals, with additional background information from newspapers, magazines, etc. Vote Smart provides summaries for each selected key vote. The summary does not necessarily reflect the final version of the bill.

The Key Votes Program follows Project Vote Smart's strict policies, procedures and structure that guarantee absolute impartiality and accuracy. In order to ensure that all Key Votes are non-partisan in their selection and language, each is approved by a group of over 160 political scientists and journalists from all fifty states.