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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
May 22, 1998 HR 2709 Iran Missile Sanctions bill Bill Passed - Senate
(90 - 4)
Yea
May 21, 1998 S Amdt 2451 Illegal Drug Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
May 18, 1998 S 1723 Non-Immigrant Specialty Workers bill Bill Passed - Senate
(78 - 20)
Yea
May 18, 1998 S Amdt 2417 U.S. Citizen Recruitment Amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate
(59 - 39)
Yea
May 13, 1998 S 1260 Securities Litigation Bill Passed - Senate
(79 - 21)
Yea
May 12, 1998 S 1150 Agricultural Research bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(92 - 8)
Yea
May 5, 1998 HR 1385 Training Programs bill Bill Passed - Senate
(91 - 7)
Yea
April 30, 1998 HR 3579 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(88 - 11)
Yea
April 28, 1998 HR 1757 State Department FY98-99 Authorization bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(51 - 49)
Yea
April 23, 1998 HR 2646 Education Savings Accounts bill Bill Passed - Senate
(56 - 43)
Yea
April 2, 1998 S Con Res 86 Budget Resolution FY99 Resolution Passed - Senate
(57 - 41)
Yea
April 1, 1998 S Amdt 2169 Medicare Choices Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(51 - 47)
Yea
April 1, 1998 S Amdt 2175 School Modernization Amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate
(54 - 46)
Yea
April 1, 1998 S Amdt 2209 Personal Retirement Accounts Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(51 - 49)
Yea
March 31, 1998 S Amdt 2165 Deficit Neutral Reserve Fund Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(46 - 52)
Nay
March 31, 1998 S AMDT 2168 Tobacco Immunity Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(79 - 19)
Yea
March 13, 1998 S Con Res 78 Saddam Hussein War Crime Prosecution bill Resolution Passed - Senate
(93 - 0)
Yea
March 12, 1998 S Amdt 1676 Intermodal Transportation Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(96 - 4)
Yea
March 6, 1998 S Amdt 1708 Disadvantaged Business Enterprises Amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate
(58 - 37)
Nay
March 4, 1998 S Amdt 1682 Blood Alcohol Content Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(62 - 32)
Nay
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)
Nay
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)
Nay
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. 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)
Nay
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)
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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