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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
May 5, 1998 HR 1385 Training Programs bill Bill Passed - Senate
(91 - 7)
Yea
April 1, 1998 S Amdt 2169 Medicare Choices Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(51 - 47)
Nay
April 1, 1998 S Amdt 2209 Personal Retirement Accounts Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(51 - 49)
Nay
Aug. 2, 1996 HR 3448 Minimum Wage Increase bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(76 - 22)
Yea
Aug. 1, 1996 HR 3734 Welfare Reform Act of 1996 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(78 - 21)
Yea
July 23, 1996 HR 3734 Welfare Reform Act of 1996 Bill Passed - Senate
(74 - 24)
Yea
July 9, 1996 HR 3448 Minimum Wage Increase bill Bill Passed - Senate
(74 - 24)
Yea
May 2, 1996 S Amdt 3840 Public Assistance to Legal Immigrants Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(40 - 60)
Nay
April 30, 1996 S Amdt 3820 Legal Immigrants Assistance Eligibility Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(46 - 53)
Nay
Feb. 7, 1996 S 1541 Farm Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(64 - 32)
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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