Key Votes

1998 National Key Votes

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12/19 NA H Res 611 Impeachment Resolution: Article One Resolution Passed - House (221 - 212) 12/19 NA H Res 611 Impeachment Resolution: Article One Resolution Failed - House (148 - 285) 12/19 NA H Res 611 Impeachment Resolution: Article One Resolution Failed - House (205 - 229) 12/19 NA H Res 611 Impeachment Resolution: Article One Resolution Passed - House (228 - 206) 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) 10/13 NA S 1260 Securities Litigation Conference Report Adopted - House (319 - 82) 10/09 NA HR 3150 Bankruptcy Reform bill Conference Report Adopted - House (300 - 125) 10/08 NA H Amdt 923 Contraceptive Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (224 - 200) 10/08 NA HR 4194 FY 1999 VA-HUD Appropriations Conference Report Adopted - Senate (96 - 1) 10/08 NA S 442 Internet Tax Freedom bill Bill Passed - Senate (96 - 2) 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) 10/05 NA HR 1154 Indian Federal Recognition Administrative Procedures Bill Failed - House (190 - 208) 10/05 NA HR 4655 Iraqi Liberation Act of 1998 Bill Passed - House (360 - 38) 10/02 NA HR 4101 Agriculture FY99 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House (333 - 53) 10/01 NA HR 3616 Defense Department FY99 Authorization bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (96 - 2) 9/29 NA HR 4103 Defense Department FY99 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (94 - 2) 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) 9/28 NA HR 4103 Defense Department FY99 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House (369 - 43) 9/26 NA HR 4579 Tax Cut bill Bill Passed - House (229 - 195) 9/25 NA H Amdt 914 Save Social Security Act Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (210 - 216) 9/25 NA HR 2621 Reciprocal Trade Agreement Bill Bill Failed - House (180 - 243) 9/25 NA HR 4578 Social Security Account Protection bill Bill Passed - House (240 - 188) 9/24 NA HR 3616 Defense Department FY99 Authorization bill Conference Report Adopted - House (373 - 50) 9/24 NA HR 4112 Legislative Branch FY99 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House (356 - 65) 9/24 NA HR 3736 Nonimmigrant Specialty Workers bill Bill Passed - House (288 - 133) 9/18 NA HR 1122 Partial-Birth/Late-Term Abortion bill Veto Override Failed - Senate (64 - 36) 9/17 NA H Amdt 907 US Army School of the Americas Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (201 - 212) 9/17 NA HR 4569 Appropriations Bill FY99, Foreign Operations Bill Passed - House (255 - 161) 9/16 NA H Amdt 887 Illegal Drug Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (291 - 133) 9/15 NA S 2073 Juvenile Crime Control and Delinquency Prevention Act Bill Passed - House (280 - 126) 9/09 NA S 1873 American Missile Protection bill Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (59 - 41) 9/03 NA HR 4104 Appropriations bill FY99, Treasury, Postal Service Bill Passed - Senate (91 - 5) 9/01 NA S Amdt 3506 Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (49 - 44) 8/07 NA H Amdt 869 Illegal Drug Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (250 - 169) 8/07 NA H Amdt 871 Adoption Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (227 - 192) 8/07 NA HR 4380 District of Columbia FY99 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House (214 - 206) 8/06 NA H Amdt 865 Abortion Funding Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (180 - 243) 8/06 NA H Amdt 874 Low Income Educational Scholarship Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (214 - 208) 8/06 NA H Amdt 862 Federal Campaign Finance Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (147 - 222) 8/06 NA HR 2183 Campaign Finance Reform bill Bill Passed - House (252 - 179) 8/03 NA H Amdt 690 Shays Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (237 - 186) 7/30 NA S Amdt 3379 Federal Election Commission Term Length Amendment Not Tabled - Senate (45 - 54) 7/30 NA H Amdt 747 Voter Registration Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (165 - 260) 7/30 NA H J Res 120 Vietnam Trade Waiver Disapproval resolution Joint Resolution Failed - House (163 - 260) 7/29 NA S Amdt 3359 Married Tax Filing Amendment Amendment Not Tabled - Senate (48 - 51) 7/29 NA HR 4194 Appropriations bill FY99, Veterans Affairs, HUD Bill Passed - House (259 - 164) 7/24 NA H Amdt 776 Patients' Bill of Rights Act Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (212 - 217) 7/24 NA HR 4250 Patient Protection bill Bill Passed - House (216 - 210) 7/23 NA HR 1122 Partial-Birth/Late-Term Abortion bill Veto Override Passed - House (296 - 132) 7/23 NA S Amdt 3266 Internet Gambling Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (90 - 10) 7/23 NA S Amdt 3258 Temporary Farm Workers Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (68 - 31) 7/23 NA HR 4193 Interior Department FY99 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House (245 - 181) 7/22 NA S Amdt 3263 Phone Recording Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (50 - 50) 7/22 NA H J Res 121 Disapproval of 'Normal Trade Relations' Status with China Joint Resolution Failed - House (166 - 264) 7/21 NA S Amdt 3230 Gun Lock Requirement Amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate (61 - 39) 7/21 NA H Amdt 753 National Endowment for the Arts Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (253 - 173) 7/21 NA HR 4112 Legislative Branch FY99 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - Senate (90 - 9) 7/20 NA H Amdt 716 Noncitizen Campaign Contribution Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (267 - 131) 7/20 NA H Amdt 744 Labor Political Activity Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (150 - 248) 7/16 NA H Amdt 728 Federal Health Plan Contraceptive Coverage Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (224 - 198) 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) 7/15 NA HR 3682 Child Custody Protection Act Bill Passed - House (276 - 150) 7/14 NA H Amdt 694 Express Advocacy Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (201 - 219) 7/09 NA HR 6 Higher Education Programs Authorization Extension bill Bill Passed - Senate (96 - 1) 7/07 NA S Amdt 3062 Space Station Termination Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (33 - 66) 6/25 NA S Amdt 2981 Military Closure Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (48 - 45) 6/25 NA S Amdt 2794 Overseas Military Hospital Abortions Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (44 - 49) 6/25 NA S Amdt 3011 Separate Housing Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (39 - 53) 6/25 NA HR 4112 Legislative Branch FY99 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House (235 - 179) 6/24 NA S Amdt 2912 Bosnia and Herzegovina Withdrawal Amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate (65 - 31) 6/24 NA H Amdt 705 Chemical Inducement of Abortion Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (223 - 202) 6/24 NA HR 2646 Education Savings Accounts bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (59 - 36) 6/24 NA HR 4101 Agriculture FY99 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House (373 - 48) 6/24 NA HR 4103 Defense Department FY99 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House (358 - 61) 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) 6/18 NA HR 2646 Education Savings Accounts bill Conference Report Adopted - House (225 - 197) 6/17 NA H Amdt 688 Campaign Finance Reform Commission Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (156 - 201) 6/17 NA HR 3097 Tax Code Termination bill Bill Passed - House (219 - 209) 6/09 NA S Amdt 2451 Illegal Drug Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (52 - 46) 6/05 NA H Con Res 284 Budget Resolution FY98 Resolution Passed - House (216 - 204) 6/04 NA S Amdt 2438 Underage Tobacco Usage amendment Amendment Not Tabled - Senate (29 - 66) 6/04 NA S 1150 Agricultural Research bill Conference Report Adopted - House (364 - 50) 6/04 NA H J Res 78 Religious Freedom Constitutional Amendment Joint Resolution Failed - House (224 - 203) 6/04 NA H Con Res 285 Tiananmen Square Resolution Resolution Passed - House (305 - 116) 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) 5/22 NA HR 2709 Iran Missile Sanctions bill Bill Passed - Senate (90 - 4) 5/21 NA HR 3616 Defense Department FY99 Authorization bill Bill Passed - House (357 - 60) 5/20 NA H Amdt 643 Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (190 - 232) 5/18 NA S Amdt 2417 U.S. Citizen Recruitment Amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate (59 - 39) 5/18 NA S 1723 Non-Immigrant Specialty Workers bill Bill Passed - Senate (78 - 20) 5/14 NA HR 2431 Religious Freedom Bill Passed - House (375 - 41) 5/13 NA H Amdt 621 Enhance Banking Flexibility Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (140 - 281) 5/13 NA S 1260 Securities Litigation Bill Passed - Senate (79 - 21) 5/13 NA HR 10 Financial Services Act of 1998 Bill Passed - House (214 - 213) 5/12 NA S 1150 Agricultural Research bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (92 - 8) 5/06 NA HR 6 Higher Education Programs Authorization Extension bill Bill Passed - House (414 - 4) 5/05 NA HR 1385 Training Programs bill Bill Passed - Senate (91 - 7) 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) 4/30 NA S 1502 Washington, D.C. School Vouchers bill Bill Passed - House (214 - 206) 4/29 NA HR 3717 Needle Exchange Funding Ban Bill Passed - House (287 - 140) 4/28 NA HR 1757 State Department FY98-99 Authorization bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (51 - 49) 4/23 NA HR 2646 Education Savings Accounts bill Bill Passed - Senate (56 - 43) 4/22 NA H J Res 111 Tax Limitation Amendment Joint Resolution Failed - House (238 - 186) 4/02 NA S Con Res 86 Budget Resolution FY99 Resolution Passed - Senate (57 - 41) 4/01 NA S Amdt 2175 School Modernization Amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate (54 - 46) 4/01 NA S Amdt 2169 Medicare Choices Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (51 - 47) 4/01 NA H Amdt 548 Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (194 - 225) 4/01 NA S Amdt 2209 Personal Retirement Accounts Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (51 - 49) 4/01 NA HR 2400 Transportation Reauthorization bill Bill Passed - House (337 - 80) 3/31 NA S AMDT 2168 Tobacco Immunity Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (79 - 19) 3/31 NA S Amdt 2165 Deficit Neutral Reserve Fund Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (46 - 52) 3/31 NA HR 3579 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House (212 - 208) 3/30 NA HR 3581 Campaign Finance Reform bill Bill Failed - House (74 - 337) 3/30 NA HR 3582 Campaign Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1998 Bill Passed - House (405 - 6) 3/27 NA H Amdt 542 Road Construction Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (200 - 187) 3/27 NA HR 2515 Forest Recovery and Protection bill Bill Failed - House (181 - 201) 3/26 NA HR 3246 Small Business and Employee Fairness bill Bill Passed - House (202 - 200) 3/18 NA H Con Res 227 Bosnia and Herzegovina U.S. Troop Removal Resolution Resolution Failed - House (193 - 225) 3/17 NA H Res 364 Human Rights in China Resolution Passed - House (397 - 0) 3/13 NA S Con Res 78 Saddam Hussein War Crime Prosecution bill Resolution Passed - Senate (93 - 0) 3/12 NA S Amdt 1676 Intermodal Transportation Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (96 - 4) 3/11 NA HR 1432 African Growth bill Bill Passed - House (233 - 186) 3/06 NA S Amdt 1708 Disadvantaged Business Enterprises Amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate (58 - 37) 3/04 NA S Amdt 1682 Blood Alcohol Content Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (62 - 32) 3/04 NA HR 856 Puerto Rico Political Status bill Bill Passed - House (209 - 208) 2/26 NA S Amdt 1646 Campaign Finance Reform Amendment Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (51 - 48) 2/25 NA HR 2631 Line Item Veto Cancellation bill Veto Override Passed - Senate (78 - 20) 2/25 NA H Amdt 497 Death Sentence Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (113 - 300) 2/24 NA HR 424 Minimum Sentences for Gun Crimes Bill Passed - House (350 - 59) 2/11 NA S 1601 Human Cloning Research bill Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (42 - 54) 2/10 NA PN 623 David Satcher, Surgeon General of the Public Health Service Nomination Confirmed - Senate (63 - 35) 2/05 NA HR 2631 Line Item Veto Cancellation bill Veto Override Passed - House (347 - 69) 2/05 NA HR 2846 National Student Testing bill Bill Passed - House (242 - 174)

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.