Issue Category

67 Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
5/16/02 HR 4737 Temporary Aid to Needy Families
Bill Passed - House (229 - 197)
Nay
5/02/02 HR 2646 Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002
Conference Report Adopted - House (280 - 141)
Yea
10/05/01 HR 2646 Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002
Bill Passed - House (291 - 120)
Yea
10/21/99 HR 2 Education Funding for Disadvantaged Students-Passage
Bill Passed - House (358 - 67)
Yea
10/01/99 HR 1906 FY 2000 Agriculture Appropriations bill
Conference Report Adopted - House (240 - 175)
Nay
6/08/99 HR 1906 FY 2000 Agriculture Appropriations bill
Bill Passed - House (246 - 183)
Nay
3/11/99 H Amdt 22 High Needs District Amendment
Amendment Rejected - House (195 - 223)
Yea
8/06/98 H Amdt 874 Low Income Educational Scholarship Amendment
Amendment Adopted - House (214 - 208)
Nay
4/30/98 S 1502 Washington, D.C. School Vouchers bill
Bill Passed - House (214 - 206)
Nay
11/04/97 HR 2746 HELP Scholarships bill
Bill Failed - House (191 - 228)
Nay
5/16/97 HR 1385 Training Programs bill
Bill Passed - House (343 - 60)
Yea
8/02/96 HR 3448 Minimum Wage Increase bill
Conference Report Adopted - House (354 - 72)
Yea
7/31/96 HR 3734 Welfare Reform Act of 1996
Conference Report Adopted - House (328 - 101)
Nay
7/18/96 H Amdt 1307 Food Stamp Recipient Amendment
Amendment Adopted - House (239 - 184)
Nay
7/18/96 HR 3734 Welfare Reform Act of 1996
Bill Passed - House (256 - 170)
Nay
6/06/96 H Amdt 1133 Wisconsin Welfare Reform Amendment
Amendment Rejected - House (194 - 233)
Yea
6/06/96 HR 3562 Wisconsin Welfare Reform Bill
Bill Passed - House (289 - 136)
Nay
5/22/96 HR 3448 Minimum Wage Increase bill
Bill Passed - House (414 - 10)
Yea
3/20/96 H Amdt 968 Immigrant Public Assistance Amendment
Amendment Rejected - House (151 - 269)
Yea
3/07/96 H Amdt 946 Medicaid Funded Abortions Amendment
Amendment Rejected - House (198 - 222)
Yea
12/21/95 HR 4 Welfare Reform Bill
Conference Report Adopted - House (245 - 178)
Did Not Vote
3/24/95 HR 4 Welfare Reform Bill
Bill Passed - House (234 - 199)
Nay
7/22/94 H Amdt 778 Prohibiting Benefits to Undocumented Immigrants
Amendment Adopted - House (220 - 176)
Nay
7/21/94 H Amdt 771 Limiting Entitlement Program Expenditures
Amendment Rejected - House (194 - 233)
Nay
10/07/93 HR 2518 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill
Conference Report Adopted - House (311 - 115)
Yea
6/30/93 HR 2518 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill
Bill Passed - House (305 - 124)
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:

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