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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Aug. 2, 2001 H Amdt 303 Amendment to the Bipartisan Patient Protection Act Amendment Adopted - House
(218 - 213)
Nay
Oct. 27, 1999 HR 2260 Pain Relief Promotion Act of 1999 Bill Passed - House
(271 - 156)
Nay
Oct. 7, 1999 HR 2723 Patient Protection bill Bill Passed - House
(275 - 151)
Yea
Sept. 21, 1999 HR 2116 Veterans' Millennium Health Care Act Bill Passed - House
(369 - 46)
Yea
July 24, 1998 H Amdt 776 Patients' Bill of Rights Act Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(212 - 217)
Yea
July 24, 1998 HR 4250 Patient Protection bill Bill Passed - House
(216 - 210)
Nay
Nov. 7, 1997 HR 2264 Appropriations bill FY98, Labor, HHS, Education Conference Report Adopted - House
(352 - 65)
Yea
Sept. 11, 1997 H Amdt 347 Needle Exchange Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(266 - 158)
Nay
April 10, 1997 HR 1003 Assisted Suicide Bill Bill Passed - House
(398 - 16)
Yea
Aug. 2, 1996 S 1316 Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1995 Conference Report Adopted - House
(392 - 30)
Yea
July 11, 1996 H Amdt 1273 Drug Price Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(180 - 242)
Yea
May 1, 1996 S 641 Ryan White CARE reauthorization Act of 1995 Conference Report Adopted - House
(402 - 4)
Yea
Feb. 28, 1995 HR 1022 Risk Assessment and Cost-Benefit Act of 1995 Bill Passed - House
(286 - 141)
Nay

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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