Issue Category

Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
5/22/96 HR 3448 Minimum Wage Increase bill
Bill Passed - House (414 - 10)
Yea
5/21/96 HR 3415 Repeal Gas Tax bill
Bill Passed - House (301 - 108)
Yea
5/16/96 H Con Res 178 Fiscal Year 1997 Budget Resolution
Resolution Passed - House (226 - 195)
Yea
5/15/96 H Amdt 1057 Cooperative Threat Reduction Program Amendment
Amendment Rejected - House (202 - 220)
Yea
5/15/96 H Amdt 1058 Former Soviet Union Defense Conversion Amendment
Amendment Adopted - House (249 - 171)
Yea
5/15/96 HR 3230 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1997
Bill Passed - House (272 - 153)
Yea
5/09/96 HR 956 Product Liability bill
Veto Override Failed - House (258 - 163)
Yea
5/07/96 HR 2137 Megan's Law
Bill Passed - House (418 - 0)
Yea
5/01/96 S 641 Ryan White CARE reauthorization Act of 1995
Conference Report Adopted - House (402 - 4)
Yea
4/30/96 HR 1561 Authorization bill, FY96-97, Foreign Relations
Veto Override Failed - House (234 - 188)
Yea
4/25/96 HR 3019 Appropriations bill FY96, Omnibus
Conference Report Adopted - House (399 - 25)
Yea
4/18/96 S 735 Comprehensive Terrorism Prevention Act
Conference Report Adopted - House (293 - 133)
Yea
4/17/96 HR 842 Truth in Budgeting Act
Bill Passed - House (284 - 143)
Yea
3/29/96 HR 2854 Agricultural Market Transition Act
Conference Report Adopted - House (318 - 89)
Yea
3/29/96 HR 956 Product Liability bill
Conference Report Adopted - House (259 - 158)
Yea
3/28/96 HR 3103 Health Insurance Portability bill
Bill Passed - House (267 - 151)
Yea
3/22/96 HR 125 Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995
Bill Passed - House (239 - 173)
Did Not Vote
3/21/96 HR 2202 Immigration Reform bill
Bill Passed - House (333 - 87)
Yea
3/20/96 H Amdt 968 Immigrant Public Assistance Amendment
Amendment Rejected - House (151 - 269)
Nay
3/20/96 H Amdt 969 Denying Public Education to Undocumented Immigrants
Amendment Adopted - House (257 - 163)
Yea
3/20/96 H Amdt 974 Immigrant English Proficiency Amendment
Amendment Adopted - House (210 - 207)
Yea
3/14/96 H Amdt 954 Habeas Corpus Reform Amendment
Amendment Rejected - House (135 - 283)
Nay
3/14/96 HR 2703 Antiterrorism bill
Bill Passed - House (229 - 191)
Yea
3/12/96 HR 1561 Authorization bill, FY96-97, Foreign Relations
Conference Report Adopted - House (226 - 172)
Yea
3/07/96 H Amdt 946 Medicaid Funded Abortions Amendment
Amendment Rejected - House (198 - 222)
Nay
3/07/96 H Amdt 947 Lobby Disclosure Amendment
Amendment Adopted - House (211 - 209)
Yea
3/07/96 HR 3019 Appropriations bill FY96, Omnibus
Bill Passed - House (209 - 206)
Yea
3/06/96 HR 927 Cuba Sanctions Bill
Conference Report Adopted - House (336 - 86)
Yea
2/29/96 H Amdt 936 Agricultural Conservation Programs Amendment
Amendment Adopted - House (372 - 37)
Yea
2/29/96 H Amdt 941 Florida Everglades Amendment
Amendment Adopted - House (299 - 124)
Nay
2/29/96 HR 2854 Agricultural Market Transition Act
Bill Passed - House (270 - 155)
Yea
2/28/96 H Amdt 933 Peanut Program Amendment
Amendment Rejected - House (209 - 212)
Yea
2/28/96 H Amdt 934 Sugar Program Amendment
Amendment Rejected - House (208 - 217)
Yea
2/28/96 H Amdt 935 Dairy Program Amendment
Amendment Adopted - House (258 - 164)
Yea
2/01/96 S 652 Telecommunications Bill
Conference Report Adopted - House (414 - 16)
Yea
1/24/96 S 1124 Authorization bill FY96, Defense Department
Conference Report Adopted - House (287 - 129)
Yea
1/04/96 HR 1977 1996 Interior Appropriations
Veto Override Failed - House (239 - 177)
Yea
1/03/96 HR 1530 Authorization bill FY96, Defense Department
Veto Override Passed - House (240 - 156)
Yea
12/21/95 HR 4 Welfare Reform Bill
Conference Report Adopted - House (245 - 178)
Yea
12/20/95 HR 1058 Legal Reform bill
Veto Override Passed - House (319 - 100)
Yea
12/15/95 HR 1530 Authorization bill FY96, Defense Department
Conference Report Adopted - House (267 - 149)
Yea
12/13/95 HR 1977 Interior Department FY96 Appropriations bill
Conference Report Adopted - House (244 - 181)
Yea
12/13/95 HR 2770 Troop Deployment in Bosnia Bill
Bill Failed - House (210 - 218)
Nay
12/07/95 HR 2099 Veterans Affairs, HUD FY '96 Appropriations bill
Conference Report Adopted - House (227 - 190)
Yea
12/06/95 HR 1058 Legal Reform bill
Conference Report Adopted - House (320 - 102)
Yea
12/06/95 HR 2076 Appropriations bill FY96, Commerce, Justice, State
Conference Report Adopted - House (256 - 166)
Yea
11/29/95 HR 2564 Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995
Bill Passed - House (421 - 0)
Yea
11/28/95 H Amdt 903 Prohibit Federal Funds for Lobbying Amendment
Amendment Rejected - House (190 - 238)
Yea
11/17/95 HR 2606 U.S. Troops in Bosnia Funding Bill
Bill Passed - House (243 - 171)
Yea
11/16/95 H J Res 122 Continuing Appropriation Bill
Bill Passed - House (277 - 151)
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.