Issue Category

Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
9/08/97 HR 2431 Religious Freedom
None - House
Co-sponsor
9/04/97 H Amdt 314 Army School of the Americas amendment
Amendment Rejected - House (210 - 217)
Nay
9/04/97 H Amdt 318 International Family Planning amendment
Amendment Adopted - House (234 - 191)
Yea
9/04/97 HR 2159 Foreign Operations FY98 Appropriations bill
Bill Passed - House (375 - 49)
Yea
9/04/97 HR 2400 Transportation Reauthorization bill
None - House
Co-sponsor
7/31/97 HR 2014 Budget Reconciliation Bill
Conference Report Adopted - House (389 - 43)
Yea
7/30/97 HR 2015 Budget Reconciliation bill
Conference Report Adopted - House (346 - 85)
Yea
7/29/97 HR 2266 Defense Department FY98 Appropriations bill
Bill Passed - House (322 - 105)
Yea
7/28/97 HR 2209 FY 1998 Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill
Bill Passed - House (214 - 203)
Yea
7/24/97 H Amdt 271 Tobacco Crops Amendment
Amendment Rejected - House (209 - 216)
Nay
7/24/97 HR 2160 Agriculture FY98 Appropriations bill
Bill Passed - House (392 - 32)
Yea
7/22/97 H Res 175 Republic of Congo Elections
Resolution Failed - House (279 - 147)
Nay
7/15/97 HR 2107 Interior Department FY98 Appropriations bill
Bill Passed - House (238 - 192)
Yea
6/26/97 HR 2014 Budget Reconciliation Bill
Bill Passed - House (253 - 179)
Yea
6/25/97 HR 1119 Defense Department FY98-99 Authorization bill
Bill Passed - House (304 - 120)
Yea
6/25/97 HR 2015 Budget Reconciliation bill
Bill Passed - House (270 - 162)
Yea
6/24/97 H Amdt 203 Bosnia Deployment Termination Amendment
Amendment Adopted - House (278 - 148)
Yea
6/24/97 H Amdt 204 Bosnia Deployment Extension Amendment
Amendment Rejected - House (196 - 231)
Yea
6/24/97 H J Res 79 China Most-Favored-Nation Resolution
Joint Resolution Failed - House (173 - 259)
Yea
6/23/97 H Amdt 192 Border Defense Personnel Amendment
Amendment Adopted - House (269 - 119)
Yea
6/23/97 H Amdt 198 B-2 Bomber Program Termination Amendment
Amendment Rejected - House (209 - 216)
Nay
6/19/97 H Amdt 187 Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment
Amendment Rejected - House (196 - 224)
Nay
6/12/97 H J Res 54 Flag Desecration Constitutional Amendment
Joint Resolution Passed - House (310 - 114)
Yea
6/12/97 HR 1871 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill
Bill Passed - House (348 - 74)
Nay
6/05/97 H Con Res 84 Budget Resolution FY1999-2000
Conference Report Adopted - House (327 - 97)
Yea
6/05/97 HR 1469 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill
Conference Report Adopted - House (220 - 201)
Yea
6/04/97 H Amdt 138 U.S. Withdrawal from the U.N. Amendment
Amendment Rejected - House (54 - 369)
Yea
6/03/97 H J Res 79 China Most-Favored-Nation Resolution
None - House
Co-sponsor
5/21/97 H Con Res 84 Budget Resolution FY1999-2000
Resolution Passed - House (333 - 99)
Yea
5/16/97 HR 1385 Training Programs bill
Bill Passed - House (343 - 60)
Nay
5/15/97 HR 1469 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill
Bill Passed - House (244 - 178)
Nay
5/14/97 HR 2 Public Housing bill
Bill Passed - House (293 - 132)
Yea
5/08/97 H J Res 78 Religious Freedom Constitutional Amendment
None - House
Co-sponsor
5/08/97 HR 3 Juvenile Crime bill
Bill Passed - House (286 - 132)
Did Not Vote
5/07/97 H Amdt 71 Endangered Species Act Exemption Amendment
Amendment Adopted - House (227 - 196)
Nay
5/06/97 HR 1534 Private Property Rights bill
None - House
Co-sponsor
4/10/97 HR 1003 Assisted Suicide Bill
Bill Passed - House (398 - 16)
Yea
4/10/97 HR 1270 Nuclear Waste Disposal bill
None - House
Co-sponsor
3/20/97 HR 1122 Partial-Birth/Late-Term Abortion bill
Bill Passed - House (295 - 136)
Yea
3/19/97 HR 1 Compensatory Time Bill
Bill Passed - House (222 - 210)
Yea
3/12/97 H Res 89 Balanced Budget Request resolution
Resolution Passed - House (231 - 197)
Yea
3/11/97 HR 1003 Assisted Suicide Bill
None - House
Co-sponsor
3/05/97 H Con Res 31 Display of the Ten Commandments
Resolution Passed - House (295 - 125)
Yea
2/27/97 HR 856 Puerto Rico Political Status bill
None - House
Co-sponsor
2/13/97 H J Res 54 Flag Desecration Constitutional Amendment
None - House
Co-sponsor
2/13/97 HR 581 Population Planning Bill
Bill Passed - House (231 - 194)
Yea
2/12/97 H J Res 2 Term Limits Resolution
Joint Resolution Failed - House (217 - 211)
Yea
1/21/97 H Res 31 Ethics Report on Newt Gingrich
Resolution Passed - House (395 - 28)
Nay
9/28/96 HR 3610 Omnibus FY97 Appropriations bill
Conference Report Adopted - House (370 - 37)
Yea
9/27/96 HR 3539 Federal Aviation Authorization Act of 1996
Conference Report Adopted - House (218 - 198)
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.