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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
July 27, 2002 HR 3009 Andean Trade Preference Act Extension Conference Report Adopted - House
(215 - 212)
Nay
Dec. 6, 2001 HR 3005 Fast Track Trade Authority bill Bill Passed - House
(215 - 214)
Nay
July 19, 2001 H J Res 50 China Trade Relations bill Joint Resolution Failed - House
(169 - 259)
Nay
June 21, 2000 H J Res 90 WTO Withdrawal resolution Joint Resolution Failed - House
(56 - 363)
Nay
May 24, 2000 HR 4444 U.S.-China Relations Act of 2000 Bill Passed - House
(237 - 197)
Nay
May 4, 2000 HR 434 Africa Free Trade bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(309 - 110)
Nay
Aug. 3, 1999 H J Res 58 Economic Assistance to Vietnam Joint Resolution Failed - House
(130 - 297)
Nay
July 27, 1999 H J Res 57 China Trade resolution Joint Resolution Failed - House
(170 - 260)
Nay
March 17, 1999 HR 975 Steel Import Limitation bill Bill Passed - House
(289 - 141)
Yea
Sept. 25, 1998 HR 2621 Reciprocal Trade Agreement Bill Bill Failed - House
(180 - 243)
Nay
July 30, 1998 H J Res 120 Vietnam Trade Waiver Disapproval resolution Joint Resolution Failed - House
(163 - 260)
Nay
July 22, 1998 H J Res 121 Disapproval of 'Normal Trade Relations' Status with China Joint Resolution Failed - House
(166 - 264)
Nay
March 11, 1998 HR 1432 African Growth bill Bill Passed - House
(233 - 186)
Yea
Nov. 4, 1997 HR 2644 United States-Caribbean Trade Partnership Act Bill Failed - House
(182 - 234)
Nay
June 24, 1997 H J Res 79 China Most-Favored-Nation Resolution Joint Resolution Failed - House
(173 - 259)
Nay
March 6, 1996 HR 927 Cuba Sanctions Bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(336 - 86)
Nay
Nov. 29, 1994 HR 5110 Uruguay Round Agreements Act Bill Passed - House
(288 - 146)
Yea
June 9, 1994 H Amdt 611 Lifting Arms Embargo on Bosnia Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(244 - 178)
Nay
Nov. 17, 1993 HR 3450 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Implementation Act Bill Passed - House
(234 - 200)
Nay
July 21, 1993 H J Res 208 China's Most Favored Nation Status Joint Resolution Failed - House
(105 - 318)
Nay
June 22, 1993 HR 1876 GATT Uruguay Round Bill Bill Passed - House
(295 - 126)
Yea
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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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