Key Votes

1998 National Key Votes

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10/21 NA HR 4328 Appropriations bill FY99, Omnibus Conference Report Adopted - Senate (65 - 29) 10/20 NA HR 4328 Appropriations bill FY99, Omnibus Conference Report Adopted - House (333 - 95) 10/08 NA HR 4194 FY 1999 VA-HUD Appropriations Conference Report Adopted - Senate (96 - 1) 10/07 NA HR 3694 Intelligence FY99 Authorization bill Conference Report Adopted - House (337 - 83) 10/07 NA HR 4104 Appropriations bill FY99, Treasury, Postal Service Conference Report Adopted - House (290 - 137) 10/06 NA HR 4101 Agriculture FY99 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (55 - 43) 10/06 NA HR 4194 FY 1999 VA-HUD Appropriations Conference Report Adopted - House (409 - 14) 10/02 NA HR 4101 Agriculture FY99 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House (333 - 53) 9/29 NA HR 6 Higher Education Programs Authorization Extension bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (96 - 0) 9/28 NA HR 4060 Energy FY99 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House (389 - 25) 9/25 NA HR 4578 Social Security Account Protection bill Bill Passed - House (240 - 188) 9/24 NA HR 4112 Legislative Branch FY99 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House (356 - 65) 9/17 NA HR 4569 Appropriations Bill FY99, Foreign Operations Bill Passed - House (255 - 161) 9/03 NA HR 4104 Appropriations bill FY99, Treasury, Postal Service Bill Passed - Senate (91 - 5) 8/07 NA HR 4380 District of Columbia FY99 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House (214 - 206) 7/29 NA HR 4194 Appropriations bill FY99, Veterans Affairs, HUD Bill Passed - House (259 - 164) 7/23 NA HR 4193 Interior Department FY99 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House (245 - 181) 7/21 NA HR 4112 Legislative Branch FY99 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - Senate (90 - 9) 7/16 NA H Amdt 723 Increase FEC Funding Amendment Adopted - House (214 - 210) 7/16 NA HR 4104 Appropriations bill FY99, Treasury, Postal Service Bill Passed - House (218 - 203) 7/09 NA HR 6 Higher Education Programs Authorization Extension bill Bill Passed - Senate (96 - 1) 6/25 NA HR 4112 Legislative Branch FY99 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House (235 - 179) 6/24 NA HR 4101 Agriculture FY99 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House (373 - 48) 6/22 NA HR 4059 Military Construction FY99 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House (396 - 10) 6/22 NA HR 4060 Energy FY99 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House (405 - 4) 6/05 NA H Con Res 284 Budget Resolution FY98 Resolution Passed - House (216 - 204) 5/22 NA HR 2400 Transportation Reauthorization bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (88 - 5) 5/22 NA HR 2400 Transportation Reauthorization bill Conference Report Adopted - House (297 - 86) 5/06 NA HR 6 Higher Education Programs Authorization Extension bill Bill Passed - House (414 - 4) 4/30 NA HR 3579 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House (242 - 163) 4/30 NA HR 3579 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (88 - 11) 4/28 NA HR 1757 State Department FY98-99 Authorization bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (51 - 49) 4/02 NA S Con Res 86 Budget Resolution FY99 Resolution Passed - Senate (57 - 41) 4/01 NA HR 2400 Transportation Reauthorization bill Bill Passed - House (337 - 80) 3/31 NA HR 3579 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House (212 - 208) 3/12 NA S Amdt 1676 Intermodal Transportation Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (96 - 4)

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.