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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Aug. 10, 1995 S Amdt 2401 Space-Based Laser Program Amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate
(57 - 41)
Yea
July 27, 1995 S 641 Ryan White CARE Reauthorization Act of 1995 Bill Passed - Senate
(97 - 3)
Yea
July 26, 1995 S 21 Bosnia and Herzegovina Self-Defense Act of 1995 Bill Passed - Senate
(69 - 29)
Yea
July 21, 1995 HR 1817 Military Construction FY96 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - Senate
(84 - 10)
Yea
July 21, 1995 HR 1944 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations and Rescissions Bill Passed - Senate
(90 - 7)
Yea
July 11, 1995 S Amdt 1497 Small Business Impact Analysis Amendment Adopted - Senate
(53 - 45)
Nay
July 10, 1995 S Amdt 1491 Small Business Impact Analyses Amendment Adopted - Senate
(60 - 36)
Yea
June 29, 1995 H Con Res 67 Budget FY2006 Appropriations Resolution Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(54 - 46)
Yea
June 28, 1995 HR 1058 Legal Reform bill Bill Passed - Senate
(69 - 30)
Yea
June 22, 1995 PN 245 Henry W. Foster Jr., Medical Director in the Regular Corps of the Public Health Service Cloture Not Invoked - Senate
(57 - 43)
Nay
June 21, 1995 S Amdt 1446 Drinking and Driving Minors Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(64 - 36)
Yea
June 21, 1995 S Amdt 1446 Drinking and Driving Minors Amendment Senate Co-sponsor
June 20, 1995 S Amdt 1427 Commercial Vehicle Speed Limit Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(51 - 49)
Nay
June 20, 1995 S Amdt 1437 Motorcycle Helmet Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(44 - 53)
Yea
June 15, 1995 S 652 Telecommunications Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(81 - 18)
Did Not Vote
June 7, 1995 S 735 Comprehensive Terrorism Prevention Act Bill Passed - Senate
(91 - 8)
Yea
June 6, 1995 S Amdt 1215 Anti-terrorism Wiretaps Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
(77 - 19)
Yea
May 25, 1995 H Con Res 67 Fiscal 1996 Budget Resolution - Adoption Resolution Passed - Senate
(57 - 42)
Yea
May 25, 1995 HR 1158 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations and Rescissions Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(61 - 38)
Yea
May 10, 1995 HR 956 Product Liability bill Bill Passed - Senate
(61 - 37)
Yea
April 27, 1995 S 735 Comprehensive Terrorism Prevention Act Senate Co-sponsor
March 28, 1995 S 641 Ryan White CARE Reauthorization Act of 1995 Senate Co-sponsor
March 23, 1995 S 4 Line-Item Veto bill Bill Passed - Senate
(69 - 29)
Yea
March 23, 1995 S Amdt 350 Pay-As-You-Go Amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate
(49 - 48)
Yea
March 21, 1995 S J Res 31 Flag Desecration Senate Sponsor
March 2, 1995 H J Res 1 Balanced Budget Proposed Constitutional Amendment Joint Resolution Failed - Senate
(65 - 35)
Yea
Jan. 5, 1995 S Amdt 1 Filibuster Amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate
(76 - 19)
Yea
Jan. 4, 1995 S 21 Bosnia and Herzegovina Self-Defense Act of 1995 Senate Co-sponsor
Dec. 1, 1994 HR 5110 Uruguay Round Agreements Act Bill Passed - Senate
(76 - 24)
Yea
Sept. 29, 1994 HR 4556 Transportation FY95 Appropriations Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(89 - 11)
Yea
Sept. 28, 1994 HR 4602 Interior Department FY95 Appropriations Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(92 - 7)
Yea
Sept. 27, 1994 HR 4606 Appropriations Bill FY95, Labor, HHS, Education Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(83 - 16)
Yea
Sept. 27, 1994 HR 4624 Fiscal Year 1995 Appropriations for the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(90 - 9)
Yea
Sept. 21, 1994 HR 4649 District of Columbia FY95 Appropriations Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(71 - 27)
Nay
Sept. 13, 1994 S 2182 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1995 Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(80 - 18)
Nay
Aug. 25, 1994 HR 3355 Omnibus Crime Bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(61 - 38)
Nay
Aug. 19, 1994 HR 4603 Appropriations Bill FY95, Commerce, Justice, State Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(88 - 10)
Yea
Aug. 11, 1994 HR 4650 Defense FY95 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(86 - 14)
Nay
Aug. 10, 1994 HR 4426 Foreign Operations FY95 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(88 - 12)
Yea
Aug. 10, 1994 HR 4453 Military Construction FY95 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate
(95 - 5)
Yea
Aug. 10, 1994 HR 4606 Appropriations Bill FY95, Labor, HHS, Education Bill Passed - Senate
(87 - 13)
Yea
Aug. 4, 1994 HR 4624 Fiscal Year 1995 Appropriations for the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development Bill Passed - Senate
(86 - 9)
Yea
Aug. 3, 1994 S Amdt 2446 Ethanol Amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate
(51 - 50)
Nay
July 29, 1994 PN 1399 Stephen G. Breyer, Associate Justice Nomination Confirmed - Senate
(87 - 9)
Yea
July 27, 1994 S Amdt 2416 Voluntary Prayer Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(47 - 53)
Yea
July 27, 1994 S Amdt 2417 Demonstration Program Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
(45 - 53)
Yea
July 25, 1994 S Amdt 2396 Prohibition of Funds to National Endowments for the Arts for Certain Projects Amendment Tabled - Senate
(49 - 42)
Did Not Vote
July 21, 1994 HR 4556 Transportation FY95 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(91 - 9)
Yea
July 21, 1994 HR 4649 District of Columbia FY95 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(68 - 32)
Yea
July 20, 1994 HR 4554 Agriculture FY95 Appropriations Bill Bill Passed - Senate
(92 - 8)
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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