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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
May 13, 2004 HR 1350 Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act Bill Passed - Senate
(95 - 3)
Dec. 18, 2001 HR 1 No Child Left Behind Act Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(87 - 10)
June 28, 2000 S Amdt 3655 Funding for Special Education Amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate
(51 - 47)
May 18, 1999 S Amdt 351 Religious Memorials at Schools Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(85 - 13)
April 21, 1999 HR 800 Education Flexibility Partnership Act of 1999 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(98 - 1)
March 11, 1999 HR 800 Education Flexibility Partnership Act of 1999 Bill Passed - Senate
(98 - 1)

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.

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