Issue Category

72 Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
6/19/12 HR 2578 Conservation and Economic Growth Act
Bill Passed - House (232 - 188)
Nay
11/16/11 HR 822 Requiring State Reciprocity for Carrying Concealed Firearms
Bill Passed - House (272 - 154)
Yea
10/26/11 HR 1904 Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act of 2011
Bill Passed - House (235 - 186)
Yea
10/14/11 HR 2273 Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act
Bill Passed - House (267 - 144)
Yea
9/23/11 H Amdt 799 Suspends Cross State Air Pollution Rule
Amendment Adopted - House (234 - 188)
Nay
7/13/11 HR 2018 Amending Clean Water Laws
Bill Passed - House (239 - 184)
Yea
5/03/11 HR 1213 Repealing Funding for State Health Benefit Exchanges
Bill Passed - House (238 - 183)
Yea
3/30/11 HR 471 School Vouchers for Washington, D.C.
Bill Passed - House (225 - 195)
Yea
6/15/05 H Amdt 272 Medical Marijuana Use Amendment
Amendment Rejected - House (161 - 264)
Nay
10/10/02 HR 3295 Help America Vote Act of 2002
Conference Report Adopted - House (357 - 48)
Yea
6/21/00 H Amdt 858 EPA Amendment
Amendment Rejected - House (208 - 216)
Nay
6/07/00 H Amdt 745 San Rafael Swell Area Amendment
Amendment Adopted - House (212 - 211)
Yea
6/07/00 H Amdt 748 San Rafael Legacy District Motor Vehicle Amendment
Amendment Rejected - House (210 - 214)
Yea
5/11/00 H Amdt 694 Local Government Participation Amendment
Amendment Rejected - House (187 - 238)
Nay
5/11/00 HR 701 Conservation and Reinvestment Act of 1999
Bill Passed - House (315 - 102)
Yea
5/10/00 HR 3709 Regarding Internet Taxation
Bill Passed - House (352 - 75)
Yea
11/03/99 HR 3194 District of Columbia FY2000 Appropriations bill
Bill Passed - House (216 - 210)
Yea
10/28/99 HR 3064 DC/Labor/HHS/Education FY 2000 Appropriations bill
Conference Report Adopted - House (218 - 211)
Yea
10/14/99 HR 3064 District of Columbia Appropriations Act, FY 2000
Bill Passed - House (211 - 205)
Yea
6/17/99 H Amdt 200 Ten Commandments Amendment
Amendment Adopted - House (248 - 180)
Yea
8/07/98 HR 4380 District of Columbia FY99 Appropriations bill
Bill Passed - House (214 - 206)
Yea
8/06/98 H Amdt 862 Federal Campaign Finance Amendment
Amendment Rejected - House (147 - 222)
Nay
8/06/98 H Amdt 865 Abortion Funding Amendment
Amendment Rejected - House (180 - 243)
Yea
8/03/98 H Amdt 690 Shays Amendment
Amendment Adopted - House (237 - 186)
Yea
7/15/98 HR 3682 Child Custody Protection Act
Bill Passed - House (276 - 150)
Nay
5/22/98 HR 2400 Transportation Reauthorization bill
Conference Report Adopted - House (297 - 86)
Yea
4/30/98 S 1502 Washington, D.C. School Vouchers bill
Bill Passed - House (214 - 206)
Yea
4/29/98 HR 3717 Needle Exchange Funding Ban
Bill Passed - House (287 - 140)
Yea
4/01/98 HR 2400 Transportation Reauthorization bill
Bill Passed - House (337 - 80)
Yea
3/04/98 HR 856 Puerto Rico Political Status bill
Bill Passed - House (209 - 208)
Nay
2/05/98 HR 2846 National Student Testing bill
Bill Passed - House (242 - 174)
Yea
10/09/97 HR 2607 District of Columbia FY98 Appropriations bill
Bill Passed - House (203 - 202)
Yea
5/16/97 HR 1385 Training Programs bill
Bill Passed - House (343 - 60)
Yea
8/02/96 S 1316 Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1995
Conference Report Adopted - House (392 - 30)
Yea
7/22/96 H Amdt 1309 Non-Federally Funded Abortions Amendment
Amendment Rejected - House (176 - 223)
Yea
7/12/96 H Amdt 1286 Definition of Marriage Amendment
Amendment Rejected - House (103 - 311)
Nay
7/12/96 HR 3396 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)
Bill Passed - House (342 - 67)
Yea
6/20/96 H Amdt 1190 Tribal Land Trust Amendment
Amendment Adopted - House (212 - 206)
Yea
6/06/96 H Amdt 1133 Wisconsin Welfare Reform Amendment
Amendment Rejected - House (194 - 233)
Nay
6/06/96 HR 3562 Wisconsin Welfare Reform Bill
Bill Passed - House (289 - 136)
Yea
3/20/96 H Amdt 969 Denying Public Education to Undocumented Immigrants
Amendment Adopted - House (257 - 163)
Yea
3/07/96 H Amdt 946 Medicaid Funded Abortions Amendment
Amendment Rejected - House (198 - 222)
Yea
2/28/96 H Amdt 935 Dairy Program Amendment
Amendment Adopted - House (258 - 164)
Yea
12/21/95 HR 4 Welfare Reform Bill
Conference Report Adopted - House (245 - 178)
Yea
11/02/95 HR 2546 Appropriations Bill FY 96, District of Columbia
Bill Passed - House (224 - 191)
Yea
9/20/95 H Amdt 814 Drinking and Driving Amendment
Amendment Adopted - House (223 - 203)
Nay
5/16/95 HR 961 Comprehensive Wetlands Conservation and Management Act
Bill Passed - House (240 - 185)
Yea
3/24/95 HR 4 Welfare Reform Bill
Bill Passed - House (234 - 199)
Yea
2/14/95 HR 728 Anti-Crime bill
Bill Passed - House (238 - 192)
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:

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  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
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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.

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