Key Votes

1996 National Key Votes

State
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9/28 NA HR 3610 Omnibus FY97 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House (370 - 37) 9/24 NA HR 3666 Veterans Affairs, HUD FY97 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House (388 - 25) 9/17 NA HR 3816 Appropriations bill FY97, Energy and Water Development Conference Report Adopted - Senate (92 - 8) 9/12 NA HR 3816 Appropriations bill FY97, Energy and Water Development Conference Report Adopted - House (383 - 29) 7/25 NA H Amdt 1359 Energy Research Appropriation Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (198 - 211) 7/25 NA H Amdt 1360 Renewable Energy Research Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (279 - 135) 7/24 NA H Amdt 1356 Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Funding Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (184 - 236) 6/26 NA HR 3666 Veterans Affairs, HUD FY97 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House (269 - 147) 6/20 NA H Amdt 1183 Forest Service Funding Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (211 - 211) 6/13 NA H Con Res 178 Fiscal Year 1997 Budget Resolution Conference Report Adopted - Senate (53 - 46) 6/13 NA HR 3610 Defense Department FY97 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House (278 - 126) 6/12 NA H Con Res 178 Fiscal Year 1997 Budget Resolution Conference Report Adopted - House (216 - 211) 6/06 NA H J Res 1 Balanced Budget Proposed Constitutional Amendment Joint Resolution Failed - Senate (64 - 35) 5/16 NA H Con Res 178 Fiscal Year 1997 Budget Resolution Resolution Passed - House (226 - 195) 4/30 NA HR 1561 Authorization bill, FY96-97, Foreign Relations Veto Override Failed - House (234 - 188) 4/25 NA HR 3019 Appropriations bill FY96, Omnibus Conference Report Adopted - Senate (88 - 11) 4/25 NA HR 3019 Appropriations bill FY96, Omnibus Conference Report Adopted - House (399 - 25) 4/17 NA HR 842 Truth in Budgeting Act Bill Passed - House (284 - 143) 3/28 NA HR 1561 Authorization bill, FY96-97, Foreign Relations Conference Report Adopted - Senate (52 - 44) 3/19 NA HR 3019 Appropriations bill FY96, Omnibus Bill Passed - Senate (79 - 21) 3/12 NA HR 1561 Authorization bill, FY96-97, Foreign Relations Conference Report Adopted - House (226 - 172) 3/07 NA HR 3019 Appropriations bill FY96, Omnibus Bill Passed - House (209 - 206) 1/04 NA HR 1977 1996 Interior Appropriations Veto Override Failed - House (239 - 177)

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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:

  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
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