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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
July 15, 1998 HR 3682 Child Custody Protection Act Bill Passed - House
(276 - 150)
Did Not Vote
May 22, 1998 HR 2400 Transportation Reauthorization bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(297 - 86)
Did Not Vote
April 1, 1998 H Amdt 548 Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(194 - 225)
April 1, 1998 HR 2400 Transportation Reauthorization bill Bill Passed - House
(337 - 80)
Did Not Vote
March 27, 1998 H Amdt 542 Road Construction Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(200 - 187)
Did Not Vote
Sept. 27, 1996 HR 3539 Federal Aviation Authorization Act of 1996 Conference Report Adopted - House
(218 - 198)
Did Not Vote
Aug. 2, 1996 HR 3953 Aviation Security and Antiterrorism Act of 1996 Bill Passed - House
(389 - 22)
Did Not Vote
April 17, 1996 HR 842 Truth in Budgeting Act Bill Passed - House
(284 - 143)
Did Not Vote
Sept. 20, 1995 H Amdt 808 Repeal National Speed Limit Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(112 - 313)
Did Not Vote
Sept. 20, 1995 H Amdt 814 Drinking and Driving Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(223 - 203)
Did Not Vote
June 16, 1994 H Amdt 645 Interstate Commerce Commission Funding Amendment Adopted - House
(234 - 192)
June 16, 1994 HR 4556 Transportation FY95 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - House
(363 - 59)
Sept. 23, 1993 HR 2750 Transportation Fiscal Year 1994 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - House
(312 - 89)
Did Not Vote

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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