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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
June 9, 2010 S Amdt 4302 Requiring Reports on Foreign Holdings of U.S. Debt Amendment Not Tabled - Senate
(38 - 61)
Nay
June 9, 2010 S Amdt 4326 Requiring Reports on Foreign Holdings of U.S. Debt Amendment Adopted - Senate
(58 - 41)
Nay
Oct. 1, 2008 HR 7081 United States - India Nuclear Agreement Bill Passed - Senate
(86 - 13)
Yea
July 15, 2008 S Amdt 5078 Limiting Countries for HIV/Aids, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Funding Amendment Tabled - Senate
(70 - 24)
Nay
Sept. 26, 2007 S Amdt 2997 Expressing the Sense of Congress Regarding Federalism in Iraq Amendment Adopted - Senate
(75 - 23)
Yea
March 16, 2006 S AMDT 3166 National Defense Funding Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(50 - 50)
Yea
June 20, 2005 PN 326 John Bolton, Ambassador to the United Nations Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(54 - 38)
Yea
May 26, 2005 PN 326 John Bolton, Ambassador to the United Nations Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(56 - 42)
Yea
Dec. 7, 2001 S Amdt 2336 International Courts Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(78 - 21)
Yea
Sept. 17, 1998 H Amdt 907 US Army School of the Americas Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(201 - 212)
Nay
Sept. 17, 1998 HR 4569 Appropriations Bill FY99, Foreign Operations Bill Passed - House
(255 - 161)
Yea
June 22, 1998 HR 4059 Military Construction FY99 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House
(396 - 10)
Yea
June 4, 1998 H Con Res 285 Tiananmen Square Resolution Resolution Passed - House
(305 - 116)
Yea
May 14, 1998 HR 2431 Religious Freedom Bill Passed - House
(375 - 41)
Yea
March 18, 1998 H Con Res 227 Bosnia and Herzegovina U.S. Troop Removal Resolution Resolution Failed - House
(193 - 225)
Yea
March 17, 1998 H Res 364 Human Rights in China Resolution Passed - House
(397 - 0)
Yea
Nov. 13, 1997 H Con Res 137 Iraq War Crimes Tribunal Resolution Passed - House
(396 - 2)
Yea
Nov. 7, 1997 HR 2647 PLA Monitoring bill Bill Passed - House
(408 - 10)
Yea
Nov. 5, 1997 HR 2358 China Political Freedom bill Bill Passed - House
(416 - 5)
Yea
Sept. 4, 1997 H Amdt 314 Army School of the Americas amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(210 - 217)
Nay
July 22, 1997 H Res 175 Republic of Congo Elections Resolution Failed - House
(279 - 147)
Nay
June 4, 1997 H Amdt 138 U.S. Withdrawal from the U.N. Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(54 - 369)
Yea
May 15, 1996 H Amdt 1057 Cooperative Threat Reduction Program Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(202 - 220)
Yea
May 15, 1996 H Amdt 1058 Former Soviet Union Defense Conversion Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(249 - 171)
Yea
April 30, 1996 HR 1561 Authorization bill, FY96-97, Foreign Relations Veto Override Failed - House
(234 - 188)
Nay
March 12, 1996 HR 1561 Authorization bill, FY96-97, Foreign Relations Conference Report Adopted - House
(226 - 172)
Nay
March 6, 1996 HR 927 Cuba Sanctions Bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(336 - 86)
Yea
Dec. 13, 1995 HR 2770 Troop Deployment in Bosnia Bill Bill Failed - House
(210 - 218)
Yea
Nov. 17, 1995 HR 2606 U.S. Troops in Bosnia Funding Bill Bill Passed - House
(243 - 171)
Yea
Oct. 31, 1995 HR 1868 Appropriations bill, FY96, Foreign Relations Conference Report Adopted - House
(351 - 71)
Yea
Oct. 30, 1995 H Res 247 Bosnia Troop Deployment Resolution Resolution Passed - House
(315 - 103)
Yea
July 11, 1995 HR 1868 Appropriations bill, FY96, Foreign Relations Bill Passed - House
(333 - 89)
Yea
June 28, 1995 H Amdt 477 Abortion Funding Ban Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(243 - 187)
Yea
June 8, 1995 HR 1561 Authorization bill, FY96-97, Foreign Relations Bill Passed - House
(222 - 192)
Yea
Feb. 16, 1995 HR 7 Limiting U.S. Monetary and Troop Assistance to the United Nations Bill Passed - House
(241 - 181)
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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