Key Votes

1995 National Key Votes

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12/22 NA HR 1058 Legal Reform bill Veto Override Passed - Senate (68 - 30) 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) 12/20 NA HR 1058 Legal Reform bill Veto Override Passed - House (319 - 100) 12/19 NA HR 1530 Authorization bill FY96, Defense Department Conference Report Adopted - Senate (51 - 43) 12/15 NA HR 1530 Authorization bill FY96, Defense Department Conference Report Adopted - House (267 - 149) 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) 12/13 NA HR 2770 Troop Deployment in Bosnia Bill Bill Failed - House (210 - 218) 12/13 NA S J Res 44 Deployment of US Armed Forces in Bosnia-Herzegovina Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (69 - 30) 12/12 NA S J Res 31 Flag Desecration Joint Resolution Failed - Senate (63 - 36) 12/07 NA HR 2076 Appropriations bill FY96, Commerce, Justice, State Conference Report Adopted - Senate (50 - 48) 12/07 NA HR 2099 Veterans Affairs, HUD FY '96 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House (227 - 190) 12/07 NA HR 1833 Partial-Birth/Late-Term Abortion Ban Act of 1995 Bill Passed - Senate (54 - 44) 12/06 NA HR 1058 Legal Reform bill Conference Report Adopted - House (320 - 102) 12/06 NA HR 2076 Appropriations bill FY96, Commerce, Justice, State Conference Report Adopted - House (256 - 166) 12/06 NA HR 660 Housing for Older Persons Act of 1995 Bill Passed - Senate (94 - 3) 12/05 NA HR 1058 Legal Reform bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (65 - 30) 11/29 NA HR 2564 Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 Bill Passed - House (421 - 0) 11/28 NA H Amdt 903 Prohibit Federal Funds for Lobbying Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (190 - 238) 11/17 NA S 440 National Highway System Designation Act of 1995 Conference Report Adopted - Senate (80 - 16) 11/17 NA HR 2606 U.S. Troops in Bosnia Funding Bill Bill Passed - House (243 - 171) 11/16 NA HR 2126 Appropriations bill FY96, Defense Conference Report Adopted - Senate (59 - 39) 11/16 NA HR 2126 Appropriations bill FY96, Defense Conference Report Adopted - House (270 - 158) 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 H Amdt 890 Domestic Partners Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (249 - 172) 11/01 NA HR 1868 Appropriations bill, FY96, Foreign Relations Conference Report Adopted - Senate (90 - 6) 11/01 NA HR 1833 Partial-Birth/Late-Term Abortion Ban Act of 1995 Bill Passed - House (288 - 139) 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) 10/30 NA H Res 247 Bosnia Troop Deployment Resolution Resolution Passed - House (315 - 103) 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) 10/19 NA HR 2425 Medicare Preservation Act of 1995 Bill Passed - House (231 - 201) 10/19 NA HR 927 Cuba Sanctions Bill Bill Passed - Senate (74 - 24) 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) 9/27 NA HR 743 Teamwork for Employees and Managers Act of 1995 Bill Passed - House (221 - 202) 9/22 NA HR 1817 Military Construction FY96 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (86 - 14) 9/20 NA H Amdt 808 Repeal National Speed Limit Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (112 - 313) 9/20 NA H Amdt 814 Drinking and Driving Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (223 - 203) 9/20 NA HR 1817 Military Construction FY96 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House (326 - 98) 9/19 NA HR 4 Welfare Reform Bill Bill Passed - Senate (87 - 12) 9/14 NA S Amdt 2478 Naturalized Citizen Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (37 - 61) 9/07 NA H Amdt 752 Overseas Military Abortions Amendment Adopted - House (226 - 191) 9/07 NA HR 2126 Appropriations bill FY96, Defense Bill Passed - House (294 - 125) 9/06 NA HR 1530 Authorization bill FY96, Defense Department Bill Passed - Senate (64 - 34) 8/10 NA S Amdt 2401 Space-Based Laser Program Amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate (57 - 41) 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) 7/27 NA S 641 Ryan White CARE Reauthorization Act of 1995 Bill Passed - Senate (97 - 3) 7/26 NA S 21 Bosnia and Herzegovina Self-Defense Act of 1995 Bill Passed - Senate (69 - 29) 7/26 NA HR 2076 Appropriations bill FY96, Commerce, Justice, State Bill Passed - House (272 - 151) 7/21 NA HR 1817 Military Construction FY96 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - Senate (84 - 10) 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 S Amdt 1497 Small Business Impact Analysis Amendment Adopted - Senate (53 - 45) 7/11 NA HR 1868 Appropriations bill, FY96, Foreign Relations Bill Passed - House (333 - 89) 7/10 NA S Amdt 1491 Small Business Impact Analyses Amendment Adopted - Senate (60 - 36) 6/29 NA H Con Res 67 Budget FY2006 Appropriations Resolution Conference Report Adopted - House (239 - 194) 6/29 NA H Con Res 67 Budget FY2006 Appropriations Resolution Conference Report Adopted - Senate (54 - 46) 6/29 NA HR 1944 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations and Rescissions Bill Passed - House (276 - 151) 6/28 NA H Amdt 477 Abortion Funding Ban Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (243 - 187) 6/28 NA HR 1058 Legal Reform bill Bill Passed - Senate (69 - 30) 6/28 NA H J Res 79 Flag Desecration bill Joint Resolution Passed - House (312 - 120) 6/22 NA PN 245 Henry W. Foster Jr., Medical Director in the Regular Corps of the Public Health Service Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (57 - 43) 6/21 NA S Amdt 1446 Drinking and Driving Minors Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (64 - 36) 6/21 NA HR 1817 Military Construction FY96 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House (319 - 105) 6/20 NA S Amdt 1427 Commercial Vehicle Speed Limit Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (51 - 49) 6/20 NA S Amdt 1437 Motorcycle Helmet Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (44 - 53) 6/15 NA H Amdt 436 Overseas Military Abortion Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (196 - 230) 6/15 NA HR 1530 Authorization bill FY96, Defense Department Bill Passed - House (300 - 126) 6/15 NA S 652 Telecommunications Bill Bill Passed - Senate (81 - 18) 6/08 NA HR 1561 Authorization bill, FY96-97, Foreign Relations Bill Passed - House (222 - 192) 6/07 NA S 735 Comprehensive Terrorism Prevention Act Bill Passed - Senate (91 - 8) 6/06 NA S Amdt 1215 Anti-terrorism Wiretaps Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (77 - 19) 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) 5/24 NA H Amdt 403 Foreign Abortion Ban Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (240 - 181) 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) 5/10 NA HR 956 Product Liability bill Bill Passed - Senate (61 - 37) 4/05 NA HR 1215 Contract With America Tax Relief Act of 1995 Bill Passed - House (246 - 188) 3/29 NA H J Res 73 Term Limits bill Joint Resolution Failed - House (227 - 204) 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) 3/23 NA S 4 Line-Item Veto bill Bill Passed - Senate (69 - 29) 3/16 NA HR 1158 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations and Rescissions Bill Passed - House (227 - 200) 3/08 NA HR 1058 Legal Reform bill Bill Passed - House (325 - 99) 3/03 NA HR 925 Private Property Protection Act of 1995 Bill Passed - House (277 - 148) 3/02 NA H J Res 1 Balanced Budget Proposed Constitutional Amendment Joint Resolution Failed - Senate (65 - 35) 2/28 NA HR 1022 Risk Assessment and Cost-Benefit Act of 1995 Bill Passed - House (286 - 141) 2/16 NA HR 7 Limiting U.S. Monetary and Troop Assistance to the United Nations Bill Passed - House (241 - 181) 2/14 NA HR 728 Anti-Crime bill Bill Passed - House (238 - 192) 2/08 NA HR 666 Admission of Evidence Seized Without a Warrant in Certain Conditions Bill Passed - House (289 - 142) 2/06 NA HR 2 Line Item Veto Act Bill Passed - House (294 - 134) 1/26 NA H J Res 1 Balanced Budget Proposed Constitutional Amendment Joint Resolution Passed - House (300 - 132) 1/05 NA S Amdt 1 Filibuster Amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate (76 - 19)

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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:

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  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
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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.