Key Votes

1997 National Key Votes

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11/13 NA HR 2267 Appropriations bill FY98, Commerce, Justice, and State Conference Report Adopted - House (282 - 110) 11/13 NA HR 2159 Foreign Operations FY98 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House (333 - 76) 11/13 NA H Con Res 137 Iraq War Crimes Tribunal Resolution Passed - House (396 - 2) 11/13 NA H Res 301 Broadcast of Committee Witness bill Resolution Passed - House (241 - 165) 11/08 NA HR 2264 Appropriations bill FY98, Labor, HHS, Education Conference Report Adopted - Senate (91 - 4) 11/08 NA HR 2631 Line Item Veto Cancellation bill Bill Passed - House (352 - 64) 11/07 NA HR 2264 Appropriations bill FY98, Labor, HHS, Education Conference Report Adopted - House (352 - 65) 11/07 NA S 858 Intelligence FY98 Authorization bill Conference Report Adopted - House (385 - 36) 11/07 NA HR 2647 PLA Monitoring bill Bill Passed - House (408 - 10) 11/07 NA HR 2616 Charter School Expansion Act of 1998 Bill Passed - House (367 - 57) 11/06 NA HR 1119 Defense Department FY98-99 Authorization bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (90 - 10) 11/06 NA HR 2386 U.S.-Taiwan Missile Defense Cooperation bill Bill Passed - House (301 - 116) 11/05 NA HR 2358 China Political Freedom bill Bill Passed - House (416 - 5) 11/04 NA HR 2644 United States-Caribbean Trade Partnership Act Bill Failed - House (182 - 234) 11/04 NA HR 2746 HELP Scholarships bill Bill Failed - House (191 - 228) 10/30 NA HR 1270 Nuclear Waste Disposal bill Bill Passed - House (307 - 120) 10/28 NA HR 2107 Interior Department FY98 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (84 - 14) 10/28 NA HR 1119 Defense Department FY98-99 Authorization bill Conference Report Adopted - House (286 - 123) 10/24 NA HR 2107 Interior Department FY98 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House (233 - 171) 10/23 NA HR 2646 Education Savings Accounts bill Bill Passed - House (230 - 198) 10/22 NA HR 1534 Private Property Rights bill Bill Passed - House (248 - 178) 10/09 NA HR 2607 District of Columbia FY98 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House (203 - 202) 10/08 NA HR 1122 Partial-Birth/Late-Term Abortion bill Concurrence Vote Passed - House (296 - 132) 10/06 NA HR 2160 Agriculture FY98 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House (399 - 18) 10/01 NA HR 2378 Appropriations bill FY98, Treasury, Postal Service Conference Report Adopted - Senate (55 - 45) 9/30 NA HR 2378 Appropriations bill FY98, Treasury, Postal Service Conference Report Adopted - House (220 - 207) 9/29 NA H J Res 94 Continuing Appropriations Joint Resolution Passed - House (355 - 57) 9/25 NA HR 2266 Defense Department FY98 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (93 - 5) 9/25 NA HR 2266 Defense Department FY98 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House (356 - 65) 9/24 NA HR 2209 FY 1998 Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill Conference Report Adopted - House (309 - 106) 9/24 NA S 830 Prescription Drug bill Bill Passed - Senate (98 - 2) 9/18 NA H Res 168 House Ethics Reform Task Force Resolution Passed - House (258 - 154) 9/17 NA HR 2378 Appropriations bill FY98, Treasury, Postal Service Bill Passed - House (231 - 192) 9/11 NA S Amdt 1122 Education Funding Amendment Amendment Not Tabled - Senate (49 - 51) 9/11 NA H Amdt 347 Needle Exchange Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (266 - 158) 9/09 NA H Amdt 335 Family Planning Parental Notification Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (220 - 201) 9/04 NA S Amdt 1077 Fetal Tissue Research Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (38 - 60) 9/04 NA H Amdt 318 International Family Planning amendment Amendment Adopted - House (234 - 191) 9/04 NA H Amdt 314 Army School of the Americas amendment Amendment Rejected - House (210 - 217) 9/04 NA HR 2159 Foreign Operations FY98 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House (375 - 49) 7/31 NA HR 2014 Budget Reconciliation Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (92 - 8) 7/31 NA HR 2014 Budget Reconciliation Bill Conference Report Adopted - House (389 - 43) 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) 7/29 NA HR 2266 Defense Department FY98 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House (322 - 105) 7/28 NA HR 2209 FY 1998 Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - House (214 - 203) 7/24 NA H Amdt 271 Tobacco Crops Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (209 - 216) 7/24 NA HR 2160 Agriculture FY98 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House (392 - 32) 7/22 NA S Amdt 936 Abortion Funding Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (54 - 45) 7/22 NA H Res 175 Republic of Congo Elections Resolution Failed - House (279 - 147) 7/17 NA S Amdt 890 Most Favored Nation Repeal Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (22 - 77) 7/15 NA HR 2107 Interior Department FY98 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House (238 - 192) 7/10 NA S Amdt 593 Abortions at Overseas Military Facilities Amendment Rejected - Senate (48 - 51) 7/09 NA S Amdt 771 Base Closure Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (66 - 33) 6/26 NA S Amdt 527 Family Tax Relief Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (38 - 61) 6/26 NA HR 2014 Budget Reconciliation Bill Bill Passed - House (253 - 179) 6/25 NA S Amdt 468 Private Contracts Amendment Motion Agreed - Senate (64 - 35) 6/25 NA S 947 Budget Reconciliation bill Bill Passed - Senate (73 - 27) 6/25 NA HR 1119 Defense Department FY98-99 Authorization bill Bill Passed - House (304 - 120) 6/25 NA HR 2015 Budget Reconciliation bill Bill Passed - House (270 - 162) 6/24 NA H Amdt 203 Bosnia Deployment Termination Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (278 - 148) 6/24 NA H Amdt 204 Bosnia Deployment Extension Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (196 - 231) 6/24 NA H J Res 79 China Most-Favored-Nation Resolution Joint Resolution Failed - House (173 - 259) 6/23 NA H Amdt 198 B-2 Bomber Program Termination Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (209 - 216) 6/23 NA H Amdt 192 Border Defense Personnel Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (269 - 119) 6/19 NA H Amdt 187 Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (196 - 224) 6/19 NA S Amdt 416 Intelligence Appropriations Declassification amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (43 - 56) 6/12 NA HR 1871 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill Bill Passed - Senate (78 - 21) 6/12 NA HR 1871 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House (348 - 74) 6/12 NA H J Res 54 Flag Desecration Constitutional Amendment Joint Resolution Passed - House (310 - 114) 6/05 NA HR 1469 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (67 - 31) 6/05 NA H Con Res 84 Budget Resolution FY1999-2000 Conference Report Adopted - Senate (76 - 22) 6/05 NA H Con Res 84 Budget Resolution FY1999-2000 Conference Report Adopted - House (327 - 97) 6/05 NA HR 1469 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House (220 - 201) 6/04 NA H Amdt 138 U.S. Withdrawal from the U.N. Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (54 - 369) 5/23 NA S Amdt 357 Violent Crime Victims Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (51 - 49) 5/23 NA H Con Res 84 Budget Resolution FY1999-2000 Resolution Passed - Senate (78 - 22) 5/22 NA S Amdt 301 Budget Deficit Amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate (52 - 47) 5/21 NA H Con Res 84 Budget Resolution FY1999-2000 Resolution Passed - House (333 - 99) 5/20 NA HR 1122 Partial-Birth/Late-Term Abortion bill Bill Passed - Senate (64 - 36) 5/16 NA HR 1385 Training Programs bill Bill Passed - House (343 - 60) 5/15 NA HR 1469 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House (244 - 178) 5/14 NA HR 2 Public Housing bill Bill Passed - House (293 - 132) 5/08 NA HR 3 Juvenile Crime bill Bill Passed - House (286 - 132) 5/07 NA H Amdt 71 Endangered Species Act Exemption Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (227 - 196) 4/30 NA PN 82 Alexis M. Herman, Secretary of Labor Nomination Confirmed - Senate (85 - 13) 4/24 NA S Res 75 Chemical Weapons Convention bill Resolution Passed - Senate (74 - 26) 4/17 NA S 495 Chemical and Biological Weapons Threat Reduction Act Bill Passed - Senate (53 - 44) 4/16 NA HR 1003 Assisted Suicide Bill Bill Passed - Senate (99 - 0) 4/15 NA S Amdt 31 Yucca Mountain Alternate Sites amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate (59 - 39) 4/15 NA S 104 Nuclear Waste Disposal bill Bill Passed - Senate (65 - 34) 4/10 NA HR 1003 Assisted Suicide Bill Bill Passed - House (398 - 16) 3/20 NA S Amdt 25 U.S.- Mexico Drug Trafficking Prevention Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (94 - 5) 3/20 NA HR 1122 Partial-Birth/Late-Term Abortion bill Bill Passed - House (295 - 136) 3/19 NA HR 1 Compensatory Time Bill Bill Passed - House (222 - 210) 3/12 NA H Res 89 Balanced Budget Request resolution Resolution Passed - House (231 - 197) 3/05 NA H Con Res 31 Display of the Ten Commandments Resolution Passed - House (295 - 125) 3/04 NA S J Res 1 Balanced Budget amendment Joint Resolution Failed - Senate (66 - 34) 2/13 NA HR 581 Population Planning Bill Bill Passed - House (231 - 194) 2/12 NA H J Res 2 Term Limits Resolution Joint Resolution Failed - House (217 - 211) 1/21 NA H Res 31 Ethics Report on Newt Gingrich Resolution Passed - House (395 - 28)

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.