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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Sept. 24, 1996 HR 3666 Veterans Affairs, HUD FY97 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(388 - 25)
Yea
Sept. 19, 1996 HR 1833 Partial-Birth/Late-Term Abortion Ban Veto Override Passed - House
(285 - 137)
Nay
Sept. 12, 1996 HR 3816 Appropriations bill FY97, Energy and Water Development Conference Report Adopted - House
(383 - 29)
Yea
Aug. 2, 1996 HR 3448 Minimum Wage Increase bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(354 - 72)
Yea
Aug. 2, 1996 HR 3953 Aviation Security and Antiterrorism Act of 1996 Bill Passed - House
(389 - 22)
Yea
Aug. 2, 1996 S 1316 Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1995 Conference Report Adopted - House
(392 - 30)
Yea
Aug. 1, 1996 HR 123 English as the National Language Bill Passed - House
(259 - 169)
Nay
Aug. 1, 1996 HR 3103 Health Insurance Portability bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(421 - 2)
Yea
Aug. 1, 1996 HR 3230 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1997 Conference Report Adopted - House
(285 - 132)
Yea
July 31, 1996 HR 3734 Welfare Reform Act of 1996 Conference Report Adopted - House
(328 - 101)
Nay
July 30, 1996 HR 2391 Working Families Flexibility Act of 1996 Bill Passed - House
(225 - 195)
Nay
July 25, 1996 H Amdt 1359 Energy Research Appropriation Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(198 - 211)
Yea
July 25, 1996 H Amdt 1360 Renewable Energy Research Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(279 - 135)
Yea
July 25, 1996 HR 3820 Campaign Finance Reform Bill Failed - House
(162 - 259)
Nay
July 24, 1996 H Amdt 1356 Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Funding Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(184 - 236)
Nay
July 22, 1996 H Amdt 1309 Non-Federally Funded Abortions Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(176 - 223)
Yea
July 18, 1996 H Amdt 1307 Food Stamp Recipient Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(239 - 184)
Nay
July 18, 1996 HR 3734 Welfare Reform Act of 1996 Bill Passed - House
(256 - 170)
Nay
July 12, 1996 H Amdt 1280 Family Planning Services Clinics Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(232 - 193)
Yea
July 12, 1996 H Amdt 1286 Definition of Marriage Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(103 - 311)
Nay
July 12, 1996 HR 3396 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) Bill Passed - House
(342 - 67)
Yea
July 11, 1996 H Amdt 1264 Education and Training Programs Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(198 - 227)
Yea
July 11, 1996 H Amdt 1265 School Improvement Programs Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(294 - 129)
Yea
July 11, 1996 H Amdt 1273 Drug Price Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(180 - 242)
Yea
July 11, 1996 H Amdt 1276 Human Embryo Research Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(167 - 256)
Yea
July 11, 1996 H Amdt 1278 Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(201 - 220)
Yea
June 27, 1996 H Res 468 Investigation of Speaker Newt Gingrich Resolution Tabled - House
(229 - 170)
Nay
June 26, 1996 HR 3666 Veterans Affairs, HUD FY97 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House
(269 - 147)
Nay
June 20, 1996 H Amdt 1183 Forest Service Funding Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(211 - 211)
Nay
June 20, 1996 H Amdt 1190 Tribal Land Trust Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(212 - 206)
Nay
June 13, 1996 H Amdt 1164 Department of Defense Appropriations Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(194 - 219)
Yea
June 13, 1996 H Amdt 1167 Spaced-based Weapons Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(190 - 208)
Yea
June 13, 1996 HR 3610 Defense Department FY97 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House
(278 - 126)
Yea
June 12, 1996 H Amdt 1147 Animal Damage Control Program Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(139 - 279)
Nay
June 12, 1996 H Con Res 178 Fiscal Year 1997 Budget Resolution Conference Report Adopted - House
(216 - 211)
Nay
June 6, 1996 H Amdt 1133 Wisconsin Welfare Reform Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(194 - 233)
Yea
June 6, 1996 HR 3562 Wisconsin Welfare Reform Bill Bill Passed - House
(289 - 136)
Nay
May 23, 1996 H Amdt 1084 Minimum Wage Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(266 - 162)
Yea
May 23, 1996 H Amdt 1085 Fair Labor Standards Act Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(239 - 188)
Nay
May 23, 1996 H Amdt 1085 Fair Labor Standards Act Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(196 - 229)
Nay
May 23, 1996 HR 1227 Minimum Wage Increase Bill Passed - House
(281 - 144)
Yea
May 22, 1996 H Amdt 1075 Disclosure of Intelligence Spending Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(176 - 248)
Yea
May 22, 1996 HR 3448 Minimum Wage Increase bill Bill Passed - House
(414 - 10)
Yea
May 21, 1996 HR 3415 Repeal Gas Tax bill Bill Passed - House
(301 - 108)
Yea
May 16, 1996 H Con Res 178 Fiscal Year 1997 Budget Resolution Resolution Passed - House
(226 - 195)
Nay
May 15, 1996 H Amdt 1057 Cooperative Threat Reduction Program Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(202 - 220)
Nay
May 15, 1996 H Amdt 1058 Former Soviet Union Defense Conversion Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(249 - 171)
Nay
May 15, 1996 HR 3230 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1997 Bill Passed - House
(272 - 153)
Yea
May 9, 1996 HR 956 Product Liability bill Veto Override Failed - House
(258 - 163)
Nay
May 7, 1996 HR 2137 Megan's Law Bill Passed - House
(418 - 0)
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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