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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Feb. 26, 1998 S Amdt 1646 Campaign Finance Reform Amendment Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(51 - 48)
Nay
Feb. 25, 1998 HR 2631 Line Item Veto Cancellation bill Veto Override Passed - Senate
(78 - 20)
Yea
Feb. 11, 1998 S 1601 Human Cloning Research bill Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(42 - 54)
Yea
Feb. 10, 1998 PN 623 David Satcher, Surgeon General of the Public Health Service Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(63 - 35)
Nay
Nov. 8, 1997 HR 2264 Appropriations bill FY98, Labor, HHS, Education Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(91 - 4)
Yea
Nov. 6, 1997 HR 1119 Defense Department FY98-99 Authorization bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(90 - 10)
Yea
Oct. 28, 1997 HR 2107 Interior Department FY98 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(84 - 14)
Yea
Oct. 1, 1997 HR 2378 Appropriations bill FY98, Treasury, Postal Service Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(55 - 45)
Yea
Sept. 25, 1997 HR 2266 Defense Department FY98 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(93 - 5)
Yea
Sept. 24, 1997 S 830 Prescription Drug bill Bill Passed - Senate
(98 - 2)
Yea
Sept. 11, 1997 S Amdt 1122 Education Funding Amendment Amendment Not Tabled - Senate
(49 - 51)
Nay
Sept. 8, 1997 S Amdt 1122 Education Funding Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
Sept. 4, 1997 S Amdt 1077 Fetal Tissue Research Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(38 - 60)
Yea
July 31, 1997 HR 2014 Budget Reconciliation Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(92 - 8)
Yea
July 31, 1997 HR 2015 Budget Reconciliation bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(85 - 15)
Yea
July 22, 1997 S Amdt 936 Abortion Funding Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(54 - 45)
Yea
July 17, 1997 S Amdt 890 Most Favored Nation Repeal Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(22 - 77)
Nay
July 10, 1997 S Amdt 593 Abortions at Overseas Military Facilities Amendment Rejected - Senate
(48 - 51)
Nay
July 9, 1997 S Amdt 771 Base Closure Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(66 - 33)
Yea
June 26, 1997 S Amdt 527 Family Tax Relief Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(38 - 61)
Nay
June 25, 1997 S 947 Budget Reconciliation bill Bill Passed - Senate
(73 - 27)
Yea
June 25, 1997 S Amdt 468 Private Contracts Amendment Motion Agreed - Senate
(64 - 35)
Yea
June 19, 1997 S Amdt 416 Intelligence Appropriations Declassification amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(43 - 56)
Nay
June 12, 1997 HR 1871 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill Bill Passed - Senate
(78 - 21)
Yea
June 5, 1997 H Con Res 84 Budget Resolution FY1999-2000 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(76 - 22)
Yea
June 5, 1997 HR 1469 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(67 - 31)
Yea
May 23, 1997 H Con Res 84 Budget Resolution FY1999-2000 Resolution Passed - Senate
(78 - 22)
Yea
May 23, 1997 S Amdt 357 Violent Crime Victims Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(51 - 49)
Yea
May 22, 1997 S Amdt 301 Budget Deficit Amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate
(52 - 47)
Nay
May 20, 1997 HR 1122 Partial-Birth/Late-Term Abortion bill Bill Passed - Senate
(64 - 36)
Yea
April 30, 1997 PN 82 Alexis M. Herman, Secretary of Labor Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(85 - 13)
Nay
April 24, 1997 S Res 75 Chemical Weapons Convention bill Resolution Passed - Senate
(74 - 26)
Nay
April 17, 1997 S 495 Chemical and Biological Weapons Threat Reduction Act Bill Passed - Senate
(53 - 44)
Yea
April 16, 1997 HR 1003 Assisted Suicide Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(99 - 0)
Yea
April 15, 1997 S 104 Nuclear Waste Disposal bill Bill Passed - Senate
(65 - 34)
Yea
April 15, 1997 S Amdt 31 Yucca Mountain Alternate Sites amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate
(59 - 39)
Yea
March 20, 1997 S Amdt 25 U.S.- Mexico Drug Trafficking Prevention Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(94 - 5)
Yea
March 4, 1997 S J Res 1 Balanced Budget amendment Joint Resolution Failed - Senate
(66 - 34)
Yea
Jan. 21, 1997 S 104 Nuclear Waste Disposal bill Senate Co-sponsor
Jan. 21, 1997 S J Res 1 Balanced Budget amendment Senate Co-sponsor
Oct. 3, 1996 HR 3539 Federal Aviation Authorization Act of 1996 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(92 - 2)
Yea
Sept. 26, 1996 HR 1833 Partial-Birth/Late-Term Abortion Ban Veto Override Failed - Senate
(58 - 40)
Yea
Sept. 17, 1996 HR 3816 Appropriations bill FY97, Energy and Water Development Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(92 - 8)
Yea
Sept. 17, 1996 S Amdt 5353 Federal Land Grazing Fee Amendment Amendment Not Tabled - Senate
(50 - 50)
Yea
Sept. 10, 1996 HR 3230 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1997 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(73 - 26)
Yea
Sept. 10, 1996 HR 3396 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) Bill Passed - Senate
(85 - 14)
Yea
Sept. 10, 1996 S 2056 Employment Nondiscrimination Act of 1996 Bill Failed - Senate
(49 - 50)
Nay
Aug. 2, 1996 HR 3103 Health Insurance Portability bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(98 - 0)
Yea
Aug. 2, 1996 HR 3448 Minimum Wage Increase bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(76 - 22)
Nay
Aug. 2, 1996 S 1316 Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1995 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(98 - 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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