Issue Category

Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
5/20/99 S 254 Juvenile Crime bill
Bill Passed - Senate (73 - 25)
Yea
5/20/99 S Amdt 362 Gun Show Sale Regulation Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (51 - 50)
Yea
5/18/99 S Amdt 351 Religious Memorials at Schools Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (85 - 13)
Yea
5/06/99 S 900 Financial Services Modernization Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (54 - 44)
Nay
4/21/99 HR 800 Education Flexibility Partnership Act of 1999
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (98 - 1)
Yea
4/15/99 H Con Res 68 Congressional Budget Resolution, FY 2000
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (54 - 44)
Nay
3/25/99 H Con Res 68 Congressional Budget Resolution, FY 2000
Resolution Passed - Senate (55 - 44)
Nay
3/25/99 S Amdt 178 Agricultural Appropriations Amendment
Amendment Tabled - Senate (53 - 45)
Nay
3/23/99 S Con Res 21 Kosovo Resolution
Resolution Passed - Senate (58 - 41)
Yea
3/11/99 HR 800 Education Flexibility Partnership Act of 1999
Bill Passed - Senate (98 - 1)
Yea
2/12/99 H Res 611 Impeachment Resolution: Article One
Resolution Failed - Senate (45 - 55)
Nay
2/12/99 H Res 611 Impeachment Resolution: Article One
Resolution Failed - Senate (50 - 50)
Nay
10/21/98 HR 4328 Appropriations bill FY99, Omnibus
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (65 - 29)
Nay
10/08/98 HR 4194 FY 1999 VA-HUD Appropriations
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (96 - 1)
Yea
10/08/98 S 442 Internet Tax Freedom bill
Bill Passed - Senate (96 - 2)
Yea
10/06/98 HR 4101 Agriculture FY99 Appropriations bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (55 - 43)
Nay
10/01/98 HR 3616 Defense Department FY99 Authorization bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (96 - 2)
Yea
9/29/98 HR 4103 Defense Department FY99 Appropriations bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (94 - 2)
Yea
9/29/98 HR 6 Higher Education Programs Authorization Extension bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (96 - 0)
Yea
9/18/98 HR 1122 Partial-Birth/Late-Term Abortion bill
Veto Override Failed - Senate (64 - 36)
Nay
9/09/98 S 1873 American Missile Protection bill
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (59 - 41)
Nay
9/03/98 HR 4104 Appropriations bill FY99, Treasury, Postal Service
Bill Passed - Senate (91 - 5)
Yea
9/01/98 S Amdt 3506 Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (49 - 44)
Yea
7/30/98 S Amdt 3379 Federal Election Commission Term Length
Amendment Not Tabled - Senate (45 - 54)
Yea
7/29/98 S Amdt 3359 Married Tax Filing Amendment
Amendment Not Tabled - Senate (48 - 51)
Yea
7/23/98 S Amdt 3258 Temporary Farm Workers Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (68 - 31)
Nay
7/23/98 S Amdt 3266 Internet Gambling Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (90 - 10)
Yea
7/22/98 S Amdt 3263 Phone Recording Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (50 - 50)
Yea
7/21/98 HR 4112 Legislative Branch FY99 Appropriations bill
Bill Passed - Senate (90 - 9)
Yea
7/21/98 S Amdt 3230 Gun Lock Requirement Amendment
Amendment Tabled - Senate (61 - 39)
Nay
7/21/98 S Amdt 3230 Gun Lock Requirement Amendment
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
7/09/98 HR 6 Higher Education Programs Authorization Extension bill
Bill Passed - Senate (96 - 1)
Yea
7/07/98 S Amdt 3062 Space Station Termination Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (33 - 66)
Yea
7/07/98 S Amdt 3062 Space Station Termination Amendment
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
6/25/98 S Amdt 2794 Overseas Military Hospital Abortions Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (44 - 49)
Yea
6/25/98 S Amdt 2981 Military Closure Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (48 - 45)
Nay
6/25/98 S Amdt 3011 Separate Housing Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (39 - 53)
Nay
6/24/98 HR 2646 Education Savings Accounts bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (59 - 36)
Yea
6/24/98 S Amdt 2912 Bosnia and Herzegovina Withdrawal Amendment
Amendment Tabled - Senate (65 - 31)
Yea
6/09/98 S Amdt 2451 Illegal Drug Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (52 - 46)
Nay
6/04/98 S Amdt 2438 Underage Tobacco Usage amendment
Amendment Not Tabled - Senate (29 - 66)
Nay
5/25/98 S Amdt 393 FY 2000 Defense Auth.--Base Closures
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
5/22/98 HR 2400 Transportation Reauthorization bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (88 - 5)
Yea
5/22/98 HR 2709 Iran Missile Sanctions bill
Bill Passed - Senate (90 - 4)
Yea
5/18/98 S 1723 Non-Immigrant Specialty Workers bill
Bill Passed - Senate (78 - 20)
Yea
5/18/98 S Amdt 2417 U.S. Citizen Recruitment Amendment
Amendment Tabled - Senate (59 - 39)
Yea
5/13/98 S 1260 Securities Litigation
Bill Passed - Senate (79 - 21)
Yea
5/12/98 S 1150 Agricultural Research bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (92 - 8)
Yea
5/05/98 HR 1385 Training Programs bill
Bill Passed - Senate (91 - 7)
Yea
4/30/98 HR 3579 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (88 - 11)
Nay

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.