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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
July 13, 2000 H Amdt 997 Family Planning Assistance Funding amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(206 - 221)
Nay
Sept. 30, 1999 H Amdt 509 Substitute Amendment to Unborn Victims of Violence Act Amendment Rejected - House
(201 - 224)
Nay
Sept. 30, 1999 HR 2436 Unborn Victims of Violence Act of 1999 Bill Passed - House
(254 - 172)
Yea
July 29, 1999 H Amdt 360 Abortion Funding Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(221 - 208)
Nay
Oct. 8, 1998 H Amdt 923 Contraceptive Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(224 - 200)
Yea
July 16, 1998 H Amdt 728 Federal Health Plan Contraceptive Coverage Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(224 - 198)
Nay
Sept. 9, 1997 H Amdt 335 Family Planning Parental Notification Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(220 - 201)
Nay
Sept. 4, 1997 H Amdt 318 International Family Planning amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(234 - 191)
Yea
June 19, 1997 H Amdt 187 Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(196 - 224)
Nay
July 12, 1996 H Amdt 1280 Family Planning Services Clinics Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(232 - 193)
Nay
March 22, 1994 H Amdt 488 Optional Abstinence Emphasis Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(262 - 166)
Nay
Nov. 18, 1993 HR 796 Abortion Clinic Access Bill Motion Rejected - House
(182 - 246)
Yea
March 25, 1993 HR 670 Abortion Counseling Bill Motion Rejected - House
(179 - 243)
Yea
March 25, 1993 HR 670 Abortion Counseling Bill Bill Passed - House
(273 - 149)
Nay
March 11, 1993 HR 4 Fetal Tissue Research Bill Bill Passed - House
(283 - 131)
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:

  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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