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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
March 16, 2006 S Con Res 83 2007 Budget Resolution Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(51 - 49)
Yea
May 18, 1998 S 1723 Non-Immigrant Specialty Workers bill Bill Passed - Senate
(78 - 20)
Yea
May 5, 1998 HR 1385 Training Programs bill Bill Passed - Senate
(91 - 7)
Nay
Nov. 8, 1997 HR 2264 Appropriations bill FY98, Labor, HHS, Education Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(91 - 4)
Yea
Sept. 11, 1997 S Amdt 1122 Education Funding Amendment Amendment Not Tabled - Senate
(49 - 51)
Nay
July 11, 1996 H Amdt 1264 Education and Training Programs Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(198 - 227)
Nay
July 11, 1996 H Amdt 1265 School Improvement Programs Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(294 - 129)
Nay
Nov. 2, 1995 HR 2546 Appropriations Bill FY 96, District of Columbia Bill Passed - House
(224 - 191)
Yea

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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