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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
July 29, 1997 HR 2266 Defense Department FY98 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House
(322 - 105)
Yea
July 28, 1997 HR 2209 FY 1998 Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - House
(214 - 203)
Yea
July 24, 1997 H Amdt 271 Tobacco Crops Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(209 - 216)
Yea
July 24, 1997 HR 2160 Agriculture FY98 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House
(392 - 32)
Yea
July 22, 1997 H Res 175 Republic of Congo Elections Resolution Failed - House
(279 - 147)
Yea
July 17, 1997 HR 2183 Campaign Finance Reform bill House Co-sponsor
July 15, 1997 HR 2107 Interior Department FY98 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House
(238 - 192)
Yea
June 26, 1997 HR 2014 Budget Reconciliation Bill Bill Passed - House
(253 - 179)
Yea
June 25, 1997 HR 1119 Defense Department FY98-99 Authorization bill Bill Passed - House
(304 - 120)
Nay
June 25, 1997 HR 2015 Budget Reconciliation bill Bill Passed - House
(270 - 162)
Yea
June 24, 1997 H Amdt 203 Bosnia Deployment Termination Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(278 - 148)
Yea
June 24, 1997 H Amdt 204 Bosnia Deployment Extension Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(196 - 231)
Yea
June 24, 1997 H J Res 79 China Most-Favored-Nation Resolution Joint Resolution Failed - House
(173 - 259)
Nay
June 23, 1997 H Amdt 192 Border Defense Personnel Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(269 - 119)
Yea
June 23, 1997 H Amdt 198 B-2 Bomber Program Termination Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(209 - 216)
Yea
June 19, 1997 H Amdt 187 Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(196 - 224)
Nay
June 12, 1997 H J Res 54 Flag Desecration Constitutional Amendment Joint Resolution Passed - House
(310 - 114)
Nay
June 12, 1997 HR 1871 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House
(348 - 74)
Nay
June 5, 1997 H Con Res 84 Budget Resolution FY1999-2000 Conference Report Adopted - House
(327 - 97)
Yea
June 5, 1997 HR 1469 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(220 - 201)
Yea
June 4, 1997 H Amdt 138 U.S. Withdrawal from the U.N. Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(54 - 369)
Nay
May 21, 1997 H Con Res 84 Budget Resolution FY1999-2000 Resolution Passed - House
(333 - 99)
Yea
May 16, 1997 HR 1385 Training Programs bill Bill Passed - House
(343 - 60)
Nay
May 15, 1997 HR 1469 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House
(244 - 178)
Nay
May 14, 1997 HR 2 Public Housing bill Bill Passed - House
(293 - 132)
Yea
May 8, 1997 HR 3 Juvenile Crime bill Bill Passed - House
(286 - 132)
Yea
May 7, 1997 H Amdt 71 Endangered Species Act Exemption Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(227 - 196)
Yea
May 6, 1997 HR 1534 Private Property Rights bill House Co-sponsor
April 10, 1997 HR 1003 Assisted Suicide Bill Bill Passed - House
(398 - 16)
Yea
March 20, 1997 HR 1122 Partial-Birth/Late-Term Abortion bill Bill Passed - House
(295 - 136)
Yea
March 19, 1997 HR 1 Compensatory Time Bill Bill Passed - House
(222 - 210)
Yea
March 12, 1997 H Res 89 Balanced Budget Request resolution Resolution Passed - House
(231 - 197)
Yea
March 11, 1997 HR 1003 Assisted Suicide Bill House Co-sponsor
March 5, 1997 H Con Res 31 Display of the Ten Commandments Resolution Passed - House
(295 - 125)
Yea
Feb. 13, 1997 HR 581 Population Planning Bill Bill Passed - House
(231 - 194)
Yea
Feb. 12, 1997 H J Res 2 Term Limits Resolution Joint Resolution Failed - House
(217 - 211)
Nay
Jan. 21, 1997 H Res 31 Ethics Report on Newt Gingrich Resolution Passed - House
(395 - 28)
Yea
Jan. 9, 1997 HR 424 Minimum Sentences for Gun Crimes House Co-sponsor
Jan. 7, 1997 HR 1 Compensatory Time Bill House Co-sponsor
Sept. 28, 1996 HR 3610 Omnibus FY97 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(370 - 37)
Yea
Sept. 27, 1996 HR 3539 Federal Aviation Authorization Act of 1996 Conference Report Adopted - House
(218 - 198)
Yea
Sept. 25, 1996 HR 2202 Immigration Reform bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(305 - 123)
Yea
Sept. 24, 1996 HR 3666 Veterans Affairs, HUD FY97 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(388 - 25)
Nay
Sept. 19, 1996 HR 1833 Partial-Birth/Late-Term Abortion Ban Veto Override Passed - House
(285 - 137)
Yea
Sept. 12, 1996 HR 3816 Appropriations bill FY97, Energy and Water Development Conference Report Adopted - House
(383 - 29)
Nay
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)
Yea
Aug. 1, 1996 HR 3103 Health Insurance Portability bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(421 - 2)
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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