Key Votes

1996 National Key Votes

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10/03 NA HR 3539 Federal Aviation Authorization Act of 1996 Conference Report Adopted - Senate (92 - 2) 9/28 NA HR 3610 Omnibus FY97 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House (370 - 37) 9/27 NA HR 3539 Federal Aviation Authorization Act of 1996 Conference Report Adopted - House (218 - 198) 9/26 NA HR 1833 Partial-Birth/Late-Term Abortion Ban Veto Override Failed - Senate (58 - 40) 9/25 NA HR 2202 Immigration Reform bill Conference Report Adopted - House (305 - 123) 9/24 NA HR 3666 Veterans Affairs, HUD FY97 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House (388 - 25) 9/19 NA HR 1833 Partial-Birth/Late-Term Abortion Ban Veto Override Passed - House (285 - 137) 9/17 NA S Amdt 5353 Federal Land Grazing Fee Amendment Amendment Not Tabled - Senate (50 - 50) 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) 9/10 NA HR 3230 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1997 Conference Report Adopted - Senate (73 - 26) 9/10 NA HR 3396 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) Bill Passed - Senate (85 - 14) 9/10 NA S 2056 Employment Nondiscrimination Act of 1996 Bill Failed - Senate (49 - 50) 8/02 NA S 1316 Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1995 Conference Report Adopted - House (392 - 30) 8/02 NA HR 3103 Health Insurance Portability bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (98 - 0) 8/02 NA HR 3448 Minimum Wage Increase bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (76 - 22) 8/02 NA HR 3448 Minimum Wage Increase bill Conference Report Adopted - House (354 - 72) 8/02 NA S 1316 Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1995 Conference Report Adopted - Senate (98 - 0) 8/02 NA HR 3953 Aviation Security and Antiterrorism Act of 1996 Bill Passed - House (389 - 22) 8/01 NA HR 3103 Health Insurance Portability bill Conference Report Adopted - House (421 - 2) 8/01 NA HR 3230 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1997 Conference Report Adopted - House (285 - 132) 8/01 NA HR 3734 Welfare Reform Act of 1996 Conference Report Adopted - Senate (78 - 21) 8/01 NA HR 123 English as the National Language Bill Passed - House (259 - 169) 7/31 NA HR 3734 Welfare Reform Act of 1996 Conference Report Adopted - House (328 - 101) 7/31 NA S 1936 Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1996 Bill Passed - Senate (63 - 37) 7/30 NA HR 2391 Working Families Flexibility Act of 1996 Bill Passed - House (225 - 195) 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) 7/25 NA HR 3820 Campaign Finance Reform Bill Failed - House (162 - 259) 7/24 NA H Amdt 1356 Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Funding Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (184 - 236) 7/23 NA HR 3734 Welfare Reform Act of 1996 Bill Passed - Senate (74 - 24) 7/22 NA H Amdt 1309 Non-Federally Funded Abortions Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (176 - 223) 7/18 NA H Amdt 1307 Food Stamp Recipient Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (239 - 184) 7/18 NA HR 3734 Welfare Reform Act of 1996 Bill Passed - House (256 - 170) 7/12 NA H Amdt 1286 Definition of Marriage Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (103 - 311) 7/12 NA H Amdt 1280 Family Planning Services Clinics Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (232 - 193) 7/12 NA HR 3396 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) Bill Passed - House (342 - 67) 7/11 NA H Amdt 1276 Human Embryo Research Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (167 - 256) 7/11 NA H Amdt 1273 Drug Price Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (180 - 242) 7/11 NA H Amdt 1278 Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (201 - 220) 7/11 NA H Amdt 1264 Education and Training Programs Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (198 - 227) 7/11 NA H Amdt 1265 School Improvement Programs Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (294 - 129) 7/10 NA S Amdt 4438 Teamwork for Employees and Managers Act of 1995 Amendment Adopted - Senate (61 - 38) 7/10 NA HR 743 Teamwork for Employees and Managers Act of 1995 Bill Passed - Senate (53 - 46) 7/09 NA S Amdt 4435 Minimum Wage Increase Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (46 - 52) 7/09 NA HR 3448 Minimum Wage Increase bill Bill Passed - Senate (74 - 24) 6/27 NA H Res 468 Investigation of Speaker Newt Gingrich Resolution Tabled - House (229 - 170) 6/26 NA HR 3666 Veterans Affairs, HUD FY97 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House (269 - 147) 6/25 NA S 1219 Campaign Finance Reform bill Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (54 - 46) 6/20 NA PN 953 Alice M. Rivlin, Federal Reserve Vice-Chair Nomination Confirmed - Senate (57 - 41) 6/20 NA PN 951 Alan Greenspan, Federal Reserve Chairman Nomination Confirmed - Senate (91 - 7) 6/20 NA H Amdt 1183 Forest Service Funding Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (211 - 211) 6/20 NA H Amdt 1190 Tribal Land Trust Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (212 - 206) 6/19 NA S Amdt 4059 Overseas Abortion Amendment Amendment Not Tabled - Senate (45 - 51) 6/13 NA H Amdt 1164 Department of Defense Appropriations Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (194 - 219) 6/13 NA H Amdt 1167 Spaced-based Weapons Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (190 - 208) 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 Amdt 1147 Animal Damage Control Program Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (139 - 279) 6/12 NA H Con Res 178 Fiscal Year 1997 Budget Resolution Conference Report Adopted - House (216 - 211) 6/06 NA H Amdt 1133 Wisconsin Welfare Reform Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (194 - 233) 6/06 NA HR 3562 Wisconsin Welfare Reform Bill Bill Passed - House (289 - 136) 6/06 NA H J Res 1 Balanced Budget Proposed Constitutional Amendment Joint Resolution Failed - Senate (64 - 35) 5/23 NA H Amdt 1085 Fair Labor Standards Act Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (239 - 188) 5/23 NA H Amdt 1084 Minimum Wage Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (266 - 162) 5/23 NA H Amdt 1085 Fair Labor Standards Act Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (196 - 229) 5/23 NA HR 1227 Minimum Wage Increase Bill Passed - House (281 - 144) 5/22 NA H Amdt 1075 Disclosure of Intelligence Spending Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (176 - 248) 5/22 NA HR 3448 Minimum Wage Increase bill Bill Passed - House (414 - 10) 5/21 NA HR 3415 Repeal Gas Tax bill Bill Passed - House (301 - 108) 5/16 NA H Con Res 178 Fiscal Year 1997 Budget Resolution Resolution Passed - House (226 - 195) 5/15 NA H Amdt 1057 Cooperative Threat Reduction Program Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (202 - 220) 5/15 NA H Amdt 1058 Former Soviet Union Defense Conversion Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (249 - 171) 5/15 NA HR 3230 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1997 Bill Passed - House (272 - 153) 5/09 NA HR 956 Product Liability bill Veto Override Failed - House (258 - 163) 5/07 NA HR 2137 Megan's Law Bill Passed - House (418 - 0) 5/02 NA S Amdt 3840 Public Assistance to Legal Immigrants Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (40 - 60) 5/02 NA HR 2202 Immigration Reform bill Bill Passed - Senate (97 - 3) 5/01 NA S Amdt 3752 Citizen Verification Pilot Program Amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate (54 - 46) 5/01 NA S Amdt 3780 Asylum Seeker Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (51 - 49) 5/01 NA S 641 Ryan White CARE reauthorization Act of 1995 Conference Report Adopted - House (402 - 4) 4/30 NA HR 1561 Authorization bill, FY96-97, Foreign Relations Veto Override Failed - House (234 - 188) 4/30 NA S Amdt 3820 Legal Immigrants Assistance Eligibility Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (46 - 53) 4/25 NA S Amdt 3670 Foreign Student Program Amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate (53 - 47) 4/25 NA S Amdt 3669 Foreign Student Public Education Amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate (53 - 46) 4/25 NA HR 3019 Appropriations bill FY96, Omnibus Conference Report Adopted - House (399 - 25) 4/25 NA HR 3019 Appropriations bill FY96, Omnibus Conference Report Adopted - Senate (88 - 11) 4/23 NA S J Res 21 Term Limits bill Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (58 - 42) 4/18 NA S Amdt 3677 Deletion of Medical Savings Accounts Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (52 - 46) 4/18 NA S 735 Comprehensive Terrorism Prevention Act Conference Report Adopted - House (293 - 133) 4/17 NA S 735 Comprehensive Terrorism Prevention Act Conference Report Adopted - Senate (91 - 8) 4/17 NA HR 842 Truth in Budgeting Act Bill Passed - House (284 - 143) 3/29 NA HR 2854 Agricultural Market Transition Act Conference Report Adopted - House (318 - 89) 3/29 NA HR 956 Product Liability bill Conference Report Adopted - House (259 - 158) 3/28 NA HR 2854 Agricultural Market Transition Act Conference Report Adopted - Senate (74 - 26) 3/28 NA HR 1561 Authorization bill, FY96-97, Foreign Relations Conference Report Adopted - Senate (52 - 44) 3/28 NA HR 3103 Health Insurance Portability bill Bill Passed - House (267 - 151) 3/27 NA S 4 Line-Item Veto bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (69 - 31) 3/22 NA HR 125 Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995 Bill Passed - House (239 - 173) 3/21 NA HR 956 Product Liability bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (59 - 40) 3/21 NA S 1459 Public Rangelands Management Act of 1996 Bill Passed - Senate (50 - 47) 3/21 NA HR 2202 Immigration Reform bill Bill Passed - House (333 - 87) 3/20 NA H Amdt 974 Immigrant English Proficiency Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (210 - 207) 3/20 NA H Amdt 969 Denying Public Education to Undocumented Immigrants Amendment Adopted - House (257 - 163) 3/20 NA H Amdt 968 Immigrant Public Assistance Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (151 - 269) 3/19 NA S Amdt 3513 Medical Professionals Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (63 - 37) 3/19 NA HR 3019 Appropriations bill FY96, Omnibus Bill Passed - Senate (79 - 21) 3/14 NA H Amdt 954 Habeas Corpus Reform Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (135 - 283) 3/14 NA HR 2703 Antiterrorism bill Bill Passed - House (229 - 191) 3/12 NA HR 1561 Authorization bill, FY96-97, Foreign Relations Conference Report Adopted - House (226 - 172) 3/07 NA H Amdt 947 Lobby Disclosure Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (211 - 209) 3/07 NA H Amdt 946 Medicaid Funded Abortions Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (198 - 222) 3/07 NA HR 3019 Appropriations bill FY96, Omnibus Bill Passed - House (209 - 206) 3/06 NA HR 927 Cuba Sanctions Bill Conference Report Adopted - House (336 - 86) 3/05 NA HR 927 Cuba Sanctions Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (74 - 22) 2/29 NA H Amdt 936 Agricultural Conservation Programs Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (372 - 37) 2/29 NA H Amdt 941 Florida Everglades Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (299 - 124) 2/29 NA HR 2854 Agricultural Market Transition Act Bill Passed - House (270 - 155) 2/28 NA H Amdt 934 Sugar Program Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (208 - 217) 2/28 NA H Amdt 933 Peanut Program Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (209 - 212) 2/28 NA H Amdt 935 Dairy Program Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (258 - 164) 2/07 NA S 1541 Farm Bill Bill Passed - Senate (64 - 32) 2/01 NA S 652 Telecommunications Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (91 - 5) 2/01 NA S 652 Telecommunications Bill Conference Report Adopted - House (414 - 16) 1/26 NA S 1124 Authorization bill FY96, Defense Department Conference Report Adopted - Senate (56 - 34) 1/26 NA Treaty Doc. 103-1 The START II Treaty Treaty Ratification Passed - Senate (87 - 4) 1/24 NA S 1124 Authorization bill FY96, Defense Department Conference Report Adopted - House (287 - 129) 1/04 NA HR 1977 1996 Interior Appropriations Veto Override Failed - House (239 - 177) 1/03 NA HR 1530 Authorization bill FY96, Defense Department Veto Override Passed - House (240 - 156)

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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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  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.