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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Feb. 10, 2000 S 1287 Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act Bill Passed - Senate
(64 - 34)
Yea
Feb. 3, 2000 PN 729 Alan Greenspan, Federal Reserve Chairman Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(89 - 4)
Yea
Feb. 2, 2000 HR 833 Bankruptcy Reform bill Bill Passed - Senate
(83 - 14)
Yea
Feb. 2, 2000 S Amdt 2763 Violent Protesters Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(80 - 17)
Yea
Nov. 19, 1999 HR 3194 District of Columbia FY2000 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(74 - 24)
Nay
Nov. 9, 1999 S Amdt 2547 Three Year Minimum Wage Increase Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(54 - 44)
Nay
Nov. 9, 1999 S Amdt 2751 Two Year Minimum Wage Increase Amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate
(50 - 48)
Nay
Nov. 3, 1999 HR 434 Africa Free Trade bill Bill Passed - Senate
(76 - 19)
Yea
Nov. 2, 1999 HR 3064 DC/Labor/HHS/Education FY 2000 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(49 - 48)
Nay
Oct. 21, 1999 S 1692 Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion Bill Passed - Senate
(63 - 34)
Nay
Oct. 21, 1999 S Amdt 2321 Expressing Support for Roe v. Wade Decision Amendment Adopted - Senate
(51 - 47)
Yea
Oct. 15, 1999 HR 2684 Veterans Affairs and HUD Appropriations bill, FY 2000 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(93 - 5)
Yea
Oct. 13, 1999 HR 1906 FY 2000 Agriculture Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(74 - 26)
Yea
Oct. 13, 1999 Treaty Doc. 105-28 Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Treaty Ratification Passed - Senate
(48 - 51)
Yea
Oct. 6, 1999 HR 2606 Foreign Operations FY2000 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(51 - 49)
Nay
Oct. 5, 1999 PN 49 Ronnie L. White, United States District Judge in Missouri Nomination Rejected - Senate
(45 - 54)
Yea
Oct. 4, 1999 HR 2084 Transportation Department FY2000 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(88 - 3)
Yea
Sept. 28, 1999 HR 2605 Energy FY2000 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(96 - 3)
Yea
Sept. 23, 1999 HR 2466 Interior Department FY2000 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - Senate
(89 - 10)
Yea
Sept. 22, 1999 S 1059 FY 2000 Defense Authorization Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(93 - 5)
Yea
Sept. 16, 1999 HR 2490 Appropriations bill FY2000, Treasury, Postal Service Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(54 - 38)
Yea
Sept. 16, 1999 HR 2587 District of Columbia FY2000 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(52 - 39)
Nay
Sept. 14, 1999 S J Res 33 Puerto Rican Nationals resolution Joint Resolution Passed - Senate
(95 - 2)
Yea
Aug. 5, 1999 HR 2488 Financial Freedom Act of 1999 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(50 - 49)
Nay
Aug. 5, 1999 PN 100 Richard Holbrooke, Representative to the United Nations Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(81 - 16)
Yea
Aug. 5, 1999 S Amdt 1569 NEA Funding Amendment Tabled - Senate
(80 - 16)
Yea
Aug. 4, 1999 S Amdt 1499 Agricultural Aid Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(89 - 8)
Yea
July 30, 1999 S 1429 Taxpayer Refund Act of 1999 Bill Passed - Senate
(57 - 43)
Nay
July 15, 1999 S 1344 Patient Bill of Rights bill Bill Passed - Senate
(53 - 47)
Nay
July 15, 1999 S Amdt 1250 Patient Lawsuit Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(53 - 47)
Nay
July 14, 1999 S Amdt 1241 Women's Health and Cancer Rights Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(55 - 45)
Nay
June 30, 1999 S 1234 Foreign Operations FY2000 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - Senate
(97 - 2)
Yea
June 30, 1999 S Amdt 1157 Cuba Travel Ban Amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate
(55 - 43)
Nay
June 22, 1999 S Amdt 702 Patients' Bill of Rights Amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate
(53 - 47)
Nay
June 16, 1999 HR 1905 Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2000 Bill Passed - Senate
(95 - 4)
Yea
June 16, 1999 S 1205 Military Construction FY2000 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - Senate
(97 - 2)
Yea
May 27, 1999 S 1059 FY 2000 Defense Authorization Bill Passed - Senate
(92 - 3)
Yea
May 26, 1999 S Amdt 393 FY 2000 Defense Auth.--Base Closures Amendment Rejected - Senate
(40 - 60)
Yea
May 26, 1999 S Amdt 397 Overseas Military Abortions Amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate
(51 - 49)
Nay
May 20, 1999 HR 1141 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations-Conference Report Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(64 - 36)
Yea
May 20, 1999 S 254 Juvenile Crime bill Bill Passed - Senate
(73 - 25)
Yea
May 20, 1999 S Amdt 362 Gun Show Sale Regulation Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(51 - 50)
Yea
May 18, 1999 S Amdt 351 Religious Memorials at Schools Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(85 - 13)
Nay
May 6, 1999 S 900 Financial Services Modernization Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(54 - 44)
Nay
April 21, 1999 HR 800 Education Flexibility Partnership Act of 1999 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(98 - 1)
Yea
April 15, 1999 H Con Res 68 Congressional Budget Resolution, FY 2000 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(54 - 44)
Nay
March 25, 1999 H Con Res 68 Congressional Budget Resolution, FY 2000 Resolution Passed - Senate
(55 - 44)
Nay
March 25, 1999 S Amdt 178 Agricultural Appropriations Amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate
(53 - 45)
Nay
March 23, 1999 S Con Res 21 Kosovo Resolution Resolution Passed - Senate
(58 - 41)
Yea
March 23, 1999 S Con Res 21 Kosovo Resolution Senate Co-sponsor

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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