Key Votes

2000 National Key Votes

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10/25 NA HR 4811 Foreign Operations FY 2001 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (65 - 27) 10/25 NA HR 4811 Foreign Operations FY 2001 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House (307 - 101) 10/03 NA S 2045 American Competitiveness in the 21st Century Act, 2000 Bill Passed - Senate (96 - 1) 9/26 NA HR 5175 Small Business Superfund Exemption Bill Failed - House (253 - 161) 9/19 NA HR 4444 U.S.-China Relations Act of 2000 Bill Passed - Senate (83 - 15) 9/13 NA HR 4810 Marriage Tax Relief Bill Veto Override Failed - House (270 - 158) 9/13 NA S Amdt 4132 China Nonproliferation Act Amendment Tabled - Senate (65 - 32) 9/07 NA HR 8 Estate Tax Elimination Act of 2000 Veto Override Failed - House (274 - 157) 7/27 NA H Amdt 1041 Social Security Benefits Tax Relief Amendment Rejected - House (169 - 256) 7/27 NA HR 4865 Social Security Benefits Tax Relief bill Bill Passed - House (265 - 159) 7/21 NA HR 4810 Marriage Tax Relief Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (60 - 34) 7/20 NA H Amdt 1029 Cuban Travel Embargo Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (232 - 186) 7/20 NA H Amdt 1023 Cuban Economic Embargo Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (174 - 241) 7/20 NA H Amdt 1017 Abortion Funding Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (184 - 230) 7/20 NA HR 4810 Marriage Tax Relief Bill Conference Report Adopted - House (271 - 156) 7/20 NA HR 4871 Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act, 2001 Bill Passed - House (216 - 202) 7/14 NA HR 8 Estate Tax Elimination Act of 2000 Bill Passed - Senate (59 - 39) 7/13 NA S Amdt 3821 Estate Tax Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (46 - 53) 7/13 NA H Amdt 997 Family Planning Assistance Funding amendment Amendment Rejected - House (206 - 221) 7/13 NA H Amdt 983 HIV/AIDS Funding amendment Amendment Adopted - House (267 - 156) 7/13 NA H Amdt 982 Debt Relief Funding amendment Amendment Adopted - House (216 - 211) 7/13 NA HR 4811 Foreign Operations FY 2001 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House (239 - 185) 6/29 NA S Amdt 3689 Social Security and Medicare Surplus Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (54 - 43) 6/29 NA S Amdt 3694 Health Care Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (51 - 47) 6/29 NA S Amdt 3690 Off-budget Lockbox Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (60 - 37) 6/29 NA HR 4762 '527' Political Groups Bill Passed - Senate (92 - 6) 6/28 NA S Amdt 3655 Funding for Special Education Amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate (51 - 47) 6/28 NA HR 4680 Medicare Rx bill Bill Passed - House (217 - 214) 6/28 NA HR 4762 '527' Political Groups Bill Passed - House (385 - 39) 6/22 NA S Amdt 3598 Outpatient Prescription Drugs Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (44 - 53) 6/22 NA H Amdt 882 Prison Abortion Funding Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (156 - 254) 6/21 NA H Amdt 858 EPA Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (208 - 216) 6/21 NA H J Res 90 WTO Withdrawal resolution Joint Resolution Failed - House (56 - 363) 6/20 NA S Amdt 3252 Military Abortions Amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate (50 - 49) 6/20 NA S Amdt 3473 Hate Crimes Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (57 - 42) 6/13 NA H Amdt 788 Higher Education Funding Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (156 - 267) 6/09 NA H Amdt 763 Estate Tax Substitute Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (196 - 222) 6/09 NA HR 8 Estate Tax Elimination Act of 2000 Bill Passed - House (279 - 136) 6/08 NA H Amdt 760 OSHA Ergonomic Protection Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (203 - 220) 6/07 NA H Amdt 745 San Rafael Swell Area Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (212 - 211) 6/07 NA H Amdt 748 San Rafael Legacy District Motor Vehicle Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (210 - 214) 5/24 NA HR 4444 U.S.-China Relations Act of 2000 Bill Passed - House (237 - 197) 5/18 NA H Amdt 722 Oversea Military Abortions Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (195 - 221) 5/18 NA S Amdt 3154 Troop Withdrawal from Kosovo Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (53 - 47) 5/18 NA H Amdt 723 School of the Americas Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (204 - 214) 5/17 NA H Amdt 714 Continued Deployment of Forces in Kosovo Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (264 - 153) 5/11 NA H Amdt 694 Local Government Participation Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (187 - 238) 5/11 NA HR 434 Africa Free Trade bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (77 - 19) 5/11 NA HR 701 Conservation and Reinvestment Act of 1999 Bill Passed - House (315 - 102) 5/10 NA H Amdt 685 Land Conservation-Land Acquisition Funding Amendment Rejected - House (109 - 315) 5/10 NA H Amdt 687 Social Security and Medicare Solvency Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (216 - 208) 5/10 NA HR 3709 Regarding Internet Taxation Bill Passed - House (352 - 75) 5/04 NA HR 434 Africa Free Trade bill Conference Report Adopted - House (309 - 110) 4/13 NA H Con Res 290 Congressional Budget resolution FY 2001 Conference Report Adopted - Senate (50 - 48) 4/13 NA H Con Res 290 Congressional Budget resolution FY 2001 Conference Report Adopted - House (220 - 208) 4/07 NA H Con Res 290 Congressional Budget resolution FY 2001 Resolution Passed - Senate (51 - 45) 4/06 NA S Amdt 2955 Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Drilling amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate (51 - 49) 4/05 NA HR 3660 Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion Bill Passed - House (287 - 141) 3/30 NA HR 3908 2000 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act Bill Passed - House (263 - 146) 3/29 NA S J Res 14 Flag Desecration amendment Joint Resolution Failed - Senate (63 - 37) 3/24 NA H Con Res 290 Congressional Budget resolution FY 2001 Resolution Passed - House (211 - 207) 3/22 NA S 1287 Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act Bill Passed - House (253 - 167) 3/09 NA H Amdt 594 Minimum Wage Increase-Two Year Raise Amendment Adopted - House (246 - 179) 3/09 NA HR 3846 Minimum Wage Increase bill Bill Passed - House (282 - 143) 3/09 NA HR 3081 Small Business Tax Fairness Act of 2000 Bill Passed - House (257 - 169) 3/02 NA S 1134 Education Savings Accounts Bill Passed - Senate (61 - 37) 2/16 NA HR 2366 Small Business Liability Reform bill Bill Passed - House (221 - 193) 2/10 NA S 1287 Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act Bill Passed - Senate (64 - 34) 2/10 NA HR 6 Changes in Income Tax Deductions for Married Couples Bill Passed - House (268 - 158) 2/03 NA PN 729 Alan Greenspan, Federal Reserve Chairman Nomination Confirmed - Senate (89 - 4) 2/02 NA S Amdt 2763 Violent Protesters Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (80 - 17) 2/02 NA HR 833 Bankruptcy Reform bill Bill Passed - Senate (83 - 14) 2/01 NA HR 1838 Taiwan Security Enhancement Act Bill Passed - House (341 - 70)

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.