Key Votes

1997 National Government Budget and Spending Key Votes

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11/13 NA HR 2267 Appropriations bill FY98, Commerce, Justice, and State Conference Report Adopted - House (282 - 110) 10/28 NA HR 2107 Interior Department FY98 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (84 - 14) 10/24 NA HR 2107 Interior Department FY98 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House (233 - 171) 10/09 NA HR 2607 District of Columbia FY98 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House (203 - 202) 10/06 NA HR 2160 Agriculture FY98 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House (399 - 18) 9/29 NA H J Res 94 Continuing Appropriations Joint Resolution Passed - House (355 - 57) 9/24 NA HR 2209 FY 1998 Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill Conference Report Adopted - House (309 - 106) 7/31 NA HR 2015 Budget Reconciliation bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (85 - 15) 7/30 NA HR 2015 Budget Reconciliation bill Conference Report Adopted - House (346 - 85) 7/28 NA HR 2209 FY 1998 Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - House (214 - 203) 7/24 NA HR 2160 Agriculture FY98 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House (392 - 32) 7/15 NA HR 2107 Interior Department FY98 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House (238 - 192) 6/25 NA HR 2015 Budget Reconciliation bill Bill Passed - House (270 - 162) 6/12 NA HR 1871 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House (348 - 74) 6/12 NA HR 1871 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill Bill Passed - Senate (78 - 21) 6/05 NA HR 1469 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House (220 - 201) 6/05 NA HR 1469 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (67 - 31) 5/22 NA S Amdt 301 Budget Deficit Amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate (52 - 47) 5/15 NA HR 1469 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House (244 - 178) 3/12 NA H Res 89 Balanced Budget Request resolution Resolution Passed - House (231 - 197) 3/04 NA S J Res 1 Balanced Budget amendment Joint Resolution Failed - Senate (66 - 34)

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.