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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Oct. 8, 2013 H J Res 84 Head Start Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 Joint Resolution Passed - House
(248 - 168)
Yea
Nov. 17, 2011 HR 2112 Appropriations for Agriculture, Rural Development, and the Food and Drug Administration Conference Report Adopted - House
(298 - 121)
Yea
May 4, 2011 HR 1214 Repealing Funding for School-Based Health Center Construction Bill Passed - House
(235 - 191)
Yea
March 30, 2011 HR 471 School Vouchers for Washington, D.C. Bill Passed - House
(225 - 195)
Yea
Aug. 10, 2010 HR 1586 Aid To States for Medicaid, Teacher Employment, and Other Purposes Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(247 - 161)
Nay
March 25, 2010 HR 4872 Health Care Reconciliation Act Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(220 - 207)
Nay
March 21, 2010 HR 4872 Health Care Reconciliation Act Bill Passed - House
(220 - 211)
Nay
July 19, 2007 HR 3043 Appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Bill Passed - House
(276 - 140)
Nay
Dec. 14, 2005 HR 3010 Labor, HHS and Education FY 2006 Appropriations Bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(215 - 213)
Yea
Dec. 8, 2005 HR 4297 Tax Relief Extension Reconciliation Act of 2005 Bill Passed - House
(234 - 197)
Yea
Nov. 17, 2005 HR 3010 Labor, HHS and Education FY 2006 Appropriations Bill Conference Report Rejected - House
(209 - 224)
Yea
July 9, 2003 HR 2211 Ready to Teach Act of 2003 Bill Passed - House
(404 - 17)
Yea
July 9, 2003 HR 438 Student Loan Forgiveness for Teachers Bill Passed - House
(417 - 7)
Yea
April 30, 2003 HR 1350 Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act Bill Passed - House
(251 - 171)
Yea
Dec. 13, 2001 HR 1 No Child Left Behind Act Conference Report Adopted - House
(381 - 41)
Yea
May 23, 2001 HR 1 No Child Left Behind Act Bill Passed - House
(384 - 45)
Yea
Oct. 21, 1999 HR 2 Education Funding for Disadvantaged Students-Passage Bill Passed - House
(358 - 67)
Yea
Oct. 21, 1999 HR 2300 Academic Achievement for All Act Bill Passed - House
(213 - 208)
Yea
July 20, 1999 HR 1995 Teacher Empowerment Act Bill Passed - House
(239 - 185)
Yea
April 21, 1999 HR 800 Education Flexibility Partnership Act of 1999 Conference Report Adopted - House
(368 - 57)
Yea
March 11, 1999 H Amdt 22 High Needs District Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(195 - 223)
Nay
March 11, 1999 HR 800 Education Flexibility Partnership Act of 1999 Bill Passed - House
(330 - 90)
Yea
Aug. 6, 1998 H Amdt 874 Low Income Educational Scholarship Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(214 - 208)
Yea
June 18, 1998 HR 2646 Education Savings Accounts bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(225 - 197)
Yea
April 30, 1998 S 1502 Washington, D.C. School Vouchers bill Bill Passed - House
(214 - 206)
Did Not Vote
Feb. 5, 1998 HR 2846 National Student Testing bill Bill Passed - House
(242 - 174)
Yea
Nov. 4, 1997 HR 2746 HELP Scholarships bill Bill Failed - House
(191 - 228)
Yea
Oct. 23, 1997 HR 2646 Education Savings Accounts bill Bill Passed - House
(230 - 198)
Yea
March 20, 1996 H Amdt 969 Denying Public Education to Undocumented Immigrants Amendment Adopted - House
(257 - 163)
Yea
March 24, 1994 H Amdt 491 Homosexuality Education Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(224 - 194)
Nay
March 24, 1994 H Amdt 497 Funding and Programs Substitute Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(173 - 245)
Yea
March 23, 1994 HR 1804 Goals 2000: Educate America Act Conference Report Adopted - House
(306 - 121)
Yea
March 22, 1994 H Amdt 488 Optional Abstinence Emphasis Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(262 - 166)
Nay
March 9, 1994 H Amdt 462 Tobacco Education Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(353 - 70)
Yea
Oct. 13, 1993 HR 1804 Goals 2000: Educate America Act Bill Passed - House
(307 - 118)
Yea
Oct. 7, 1993 HR 2518 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(311 - 115)
Yea
June 30, 1993 HR 2518 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - House
(305 - 124)
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.

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