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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Nov. 13, 1997 H Con Res 137 Iraq War Crimes Tribunal Resolution Passed - House
(396 - 2)
Yea
Nov. 13, 1997 HR 2159 Foreign Operations FY98 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(333 - 76)
Yea
Nov. 13, 1997 HR 2267 Appropriations bill FY98, Commerce, Justice, and State Conference Report Adopted - House
(282 - 110)
Nay
Nov. 13, 1997 H Res 301 Broadcast of Committee Witness bill Resolution Passed - House
(241 - 165)
Yea
Nov. 8, 1997 HR 2631 Line Item Veto Cancellation bill Bill Passed - House
(352 - 64)
Yea
Nov. 7, 1997 HR 2264 Appropriations bill FY98, Labor, HHS, Education Conference Report Adopted - House
(352 - 65)
Nay
Nov. 7, 1997 HR 2616 Charter School Expansion Act of 1998 Bill Passed - House
(367 - 57)
Nay
Nov. 7, 1997 HR 2647 PLA Monitoring bill Bill Passed - House
(408 - 10)
Yea
Nov. 7, 1997 S 858 Intelligence FY98 Authorization bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(385 - 36)
Yea
Nov. 6, 1997 HR 2386 U.S.-Taiwan Missile Defense Cooperation bill Bill Passed - House
(301 - 116)
Yea
Nov. 6, 1997 HR 2846 National Student Testing bill House Co-sponsor
Nov. 5, 1997 HR 2358 China Political Freedom bill Bill Passed - House
(416 - 5)
Yea
Nov. 4, 1997 HR 2644 United States-Caribbean Trade Partnership Act Bill Failed - House
(182 - 234)
Yea
Nov. 4, 1997 HR 2746 HELP Scholarships bill Bill Failed - House
(191 - 228)
Yea
Oct. 30, 1997 HR 1270 Nuclear Waste Disposal bill Bill Passed - House
(307 - 120)
Yea
Oct. 28, 1997 HR 1119 Defense Department FY98-99 Authorization bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(286 - 123)
Yea
Oct. 24, 1997 HR 2107 Interior Department FY98 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(233 - 171)
Nay
Oct. 23, 1997 HR 2646 Education Savings Accounts bill Bill Passed - House
(230 - 198)
Yea
Oct. 22, 1997 HR 1534 Private Property Rights bill Bill Passed - House
(248 - 178)
Yea
Oct. 9, 1997 HR 2607 District of Columbia FY98 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House
(203 - 202)
Yea
Oct. 8, 1997 HR 1122 Partial-Birth/Late-Term Abortion bill Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(296 - 132)
Yea
Oct. 6, 1997 HR 2160 Agriculture FY98 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(399 - 18)
Did Not Vote
Sept. 30, 1997 HR 2378 Appropriations bill FY98, Treasury, Postal Service Conference Report Adopted - House
(220 - 207)
Nay
Sept. 29, 1997 H J Res 94 Continuing Appropriations Joint Resolution Passed - House
(355 - 57)
Nay
Sept. 25, 1997 HR 2266 Defense Department FY98 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(356 - 65)
Yea
Sept. 24, 1997 HR 2209 FY 1998 Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(309 - 106)
Yea
Sept. 18, 1997 H Res 168 House Ethics Reform Task Force Resolution Passed - House
(258 - 154)
Yea
Sept. 17, 1997 HR 2378 Appropriations bill FY98, Treasury, Postal Service Bill Passed - House
(231 - 192)
Nay
Sept. 11, 1997 H Amdt 347 Needle Exchange Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(266 - 158)
Yea
Sept. 9, 1997 H Amdt 335 Family Planning Parental Notification Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(220 - 201)
Nay
Sept. 4, 1997 H Amdt 314 Army School of the Americas amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(210 - 217)
Nay
Sept. 4, 1997 H Amdt 318 International Family Planning amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(234 - 191)
Yea
Sept. 4, 1997 HR 2159 Foreign Operations FY98 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House
(375 - 49)
Yea
Sept. 4, 1997 HR 2400 Transportation Reauthorization bill House Co-sponsor
July 31, 1997 HR 2014 Budget Reconciliation Bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(389 - 43)
Yea
July 30, 1997 HR 2015 Budget Reconciliation bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(346 - 85)
Yea
July 29, 1997 HR 2266 Defense Department FY98 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House
(322 - 105)
Yea
July 28, 1997 HR 2209 FY 1998 Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - House
(214 - 203)
Yea
July 24, 1997 H Amdt 271 Tobacco Crops Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(209 - 216)
Yea
July 24, 1997 HR 2160 Agriculture FY98 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House
(392 - 32)
Yea
July 22, 1997 H Res 175 Republic of Congo Elections Resolution Failed - House
(279 - 147)
Nay
July 15, 1997 HR 2107 Interior Department FY98 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House
(238 - 192)
Yea
June 26, 1997 HR 2014 Budget Reconciliation Bill Bill Passed - House
(253 - 179)
Yea
June 25, 1997 HR 1119 Defense Department FY98-99 Authorization bill Bill Passed - House
(304 - 120)
Yea
June 25, 1997 HR 2015 Budget Reconciliation bill Bill Passed - House
(270 - 162)
Yea
June 24, 1997 H Amdt 203 Bosnia Deployment Termination Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(278 - 148)
Yea
June 24, 1997 H Amdt 204 Bosnia Deployment Extension Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(196 - 231)
Yea
June 24, 1997 H J Res 79 China Most-Favored-Nation Resolution Joint Resolution Failed - House
(173 - 259)
Nay
June 23, 1997 H Amdt 192 Border Defense Personnel Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(269 - 119)
Yea
June 23, 1997 H Amdt 198 B-2 Bomber Program Termination Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(209 - 216)
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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