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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Oct. 1, 1998 HR 3616 Defense Department FY99 Authorization bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(96 - 2)
Yea
Sept. 29, 1998 HR 4103 Defense Department FY99 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(94 - 2)
Yea
June 25, 1998 S Amdt 2794 Overseas Military Hospital Abortions Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(44 - 49)
Yea
June 25, 1998 S Amdt 2981 Military Closure Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(48 - 45)
Nay
June 25, 1998 S Amdt 3011 Separate Housing Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(39 - 53)
Nay
Nov. 6, 1997 HR 1119 Defense Department FY98-99 Authorization bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(90 - 10)
Yea
Sept. 25, 1997 HR 2266 Defense Department FY98 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(93 - 5)
Yea
Sept. 10, 1996 HR 3230 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1997 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(73 - 26)
Yea
June 19, 1996 S Amdt 4059 Overseas Abortion Amendment Amendment Not Tabled - Senate
(45 - 51)
Nay
Jan. 26, 1996 S 1124 Authorization bill FY96, Defense Department Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(56 - 34)
Yea
Dec. 19, 1995 HR 1530 Authorization bill FY96, Defense Department Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(51 - 43)
Yea
Dec. 13, 1995 S J Res 44 Deployment of US Armed Forces in Bosnia-Herzegovina Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(69 - 30)
Yea
Sept. 6, 1995 HR 1530 Authorization bill FY96, Defense Department Bill Passed - Senate
(64 - 34)
Yea
Sept. 13, 1994 S 2182 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1995 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(80 - 18)
Yea
Aug. 11, 1994 HR 4650 Defense FY95 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(86 - 14)
Yea
April 19, 1994 PN 1210 Adm. Frank B. Kelso II, Retiring Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(54 - 43)
Yea
Nov. 10, 1993 HR 3116 Defense Fiscal Year 1994 Appropriations Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(88 - 9)
Yea
Oct. 21, 1993 S Amdt 1072 Restriction of Funding for Haiti Operations Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(19 - 81)
Nay
Oct. 15, 1993 S Amdt 1043 Ending Military Operations in Somalia Amendment Tabled - Senate
(61 - 38)
Yea
Sept. 9, 1993 S Amdt 783 Homosexuals in the Military Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(33 - 63)
Yea
Sept. 9, 1993 S Amdt 790 U.S. Policy Towards Somalia Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(90 - 7)
Yea
Feb. 4, 1993 S Amdt 19 Homosexual Discrimination in the Military Amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate
(62 - 37)
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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