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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
May 16, 2002 HR 4737 Temporary Aid to Needy Families Bill Passed - House
(229 - 197)
Nay
May 2, 2002 HR 2646 Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 Conference Report Adopted - House
(280 - 141)
Nay
Oct. 5, 2001 HR 2646 Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 Bill Passed - House
(291 - 120)
Nay
July 27, 2000 H Amdt 1041 Social Security Benefits Tax Relief Amendment Rejected - House
(169 - 256)
Yea
July 27, 2000 HR 4865 Social Security Benefits Tax Relief bill Bill Passed - House
(265 - 159)
Nay
June 28, 2000 HR 4680 Medicare Rx bill Bill Passed - House
(217 - 214)
Nay
Oct. 1, 1999 HR 1906 FY 2000 Agriculture Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(240 - 175)
Yea
June 8, 1999 HR 1906 FY 2000 Agriculture Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House
(246 - 183)
Nay
Sept. 26, 1998 HR 4579 Tax Cut bill Bill Passed - House
(229 - 195)
Nay
Sept. 25, 1998 H Amdt 914 Save Social Security Act Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(210 - 216)
Yea
Sept. 25, 1998 HR 4578 Social Security Account Protection bill Bill Passed - House
(240 - 188)
Nay
May 16, 1997 HR 1385 Training Programs bill Bill Passed - House
(343 - 60)
Yea
Aug. 2, 1996 HR 3448 Minimum Wage Increase bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(354 - 72)
Yea
July 31, 1996 HR 3734 Welfare Reform Act of 1996 Conference Report Adopted - House
(328 - 101)
Nay
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 11, 1996 H Amdt 1278 Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(201 - 220)
Yea
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 22, 1996 HR 3448 Minimum Wage Increase bill Bill Passed - House
(414 - 10)
Yea
March 20, 1996 H Amdt 968 Immigrant Public Assistance Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(151 - 269)
Yea
March 7, 1996 H Amdt 946 Medicaid Funded Abortions Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(198 - 222)
Yea
July 22, 1994 H Amdt 778 Prohibiting Benefits to Undocumented Immigrants Amendment Adopted - House
(220 - 176)
Nay
July 21, 1994 H Amdt 771 Limiting Entitlement Program Expenditures Amendment Rejected - House
(194 - 233)
Nay
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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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