Issue Category

Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
4/28/98 HR 1757 State Department FY98-99 Authorization bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (51 - 49)
Nay
4/23/98 HR 2646 Education Savings Accounts bill
Bill Passed - Senate (56 - 43)
Nay
4/02/98 S Con Res 86 Budget Resolution FY99
Resolution Passed - Senate (57 - 41)
Nay
4/01/98 S Amdt 2169 Medicare Choices Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (51 - 47)
Nay
4/01/98 S Amdt 2175 School Modernization Amendment
Amendment Tabled - Senate (54 - 46)
Nay
4/01/98 S Amdt 2209 Personal Retirement Accounts Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (51 - 49)
Nay
3/31/98 S Amdt 2165 Deficit Neutral Reserve Fund Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (46 - 52)
Yea
3/31/98 S AMDT 2168 Tobacco Immunity Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (79 - 19)
Yea
3/13/98 S Con Res 78 Saddam Hussein War Crime Prosecution bill
Resolution Passed - Senate (93 - 0)
Yea
3/12/98 S Amdt 1676 Intermodal Transportation Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (96 - 4)
Nay
3/06/98 S Amdt 1708 Disadvantaged Business Enterprises Amendment
Amendment Tabled - Senate (58 - 37)
Yea
3/04/98 S Amdt 1682 Blood Alcohol Content Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (62 - 32)
Yea
2/26/98 S Amdt 1646 Campaign Finance Reform Amendment
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (51 - 48)
Yea
2/25/98 HR 2631 Line Item Veto Cancellation bill
Veto Override Passed - Senate (78 - 20)
Nay
2/11/98 S 1601 Human Cloning Research bill
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (42 - 54)
Nay
2/10/98 PN 623 David Satcher, Surgeon General of the Public Health Service
Nomination Confirmed - Senate (63 - 35)
Yea
11/08/97 HR 2264 Appropriations bill FY98, Labor, HHS, Education
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (91 - 4)
Yea
11/06/97 HR 1119 Defense Department FY98-99 Authorization bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (90 - 10)
Nay
10/28/97 HR 2107 Interior Department FY98 Appropriations bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (84 - 14)
Nay
10/01/97 HR 2378 Appropriations bill FY98, Treasury, Postal Service
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (55 - 45)
Yea
9/25/97 HR 2266 Defense Department FY98 Appropriations bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (93 - 5)
Nay
9/24/97 S 830 Prescription Drug bill
Bill Passed - Senate (98 - 2)
Yea
9/11/97 S Amdt 1122 Education Funding Amendment
Amendment Not Tabled - Senate (49 - 51)
Yea
9/04/97 S Amdt 1077 Fetal Tissue Research Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (38 - 60)
Nay
7/31/97 HR 2014 Budget Reconciliation Bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (92 - 8)
Yea
7/31/97 HR 2015 Budget Reconciliation bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (85 - 15)
Yea
7/22/97 S Amdt 936 Abortion Funding Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (54 - 45)
Nay
7/17/97 S Amdt 890 Most Favored Nation Repeal Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (22 - 77)
Nay
7/10/97 S Amdt 593 Abortions at Overseas Military Facilities
Amendment Rejected - Senate (48 - 51)
Yea
7/09/97 S Amdt 771 Base Closure Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (66 - 33)
Nay
6/26/97 S Amdt 527 Family Tax Relief Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (38 - 61)
Yea
6/25/97 S 947 Budget Reconciliation bill
Bill Passed - Senate (73 - 27)
Yea
6/25/97 S Amdt 468 Private Contracts Amendment
Motion Agreed - Senate (64 - 35)
Nay
6/19/97 S Amdt 416 Intelligence Appropriations Declassification amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (43 - 56)
Yea
6/12/97 HR 1871 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill
Bill Passed - Senate (78 - 21)
Nay
6/05/97 H Con Res 84 Budget Resolution FY1999-2000
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (76 - 22)
Yea
6/05/97 HR 1469 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (67 - 31)
Nay
5/23/97 H Con Res 84 Budget Resolution FY1999-2000
Resolution Passed - Senate (78 - 22)
Yea
5/23/97 S Amdt 357 Violent Crime Victims Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (51 - 49)
Nay
5/22/97 S Amdt 301 Budget Deficit Amendment
Amendment Tabled - Senate (52 - 47)
Nay
5/20/97 HR 1122 Partial-Birth/Late-Term Abortion bill
Bill Passed - Senate (64 - 36)
Nay
4/30/97 PN 82 Alexis M. Herman, Secretary of Labor
Nomination Confirmed - Senate (85 - 13)
Yea
4/24/97 S Res 75 Chemical Weapons Convention bill
Resolution Passed - Senate (74 - 26)
Yea
4/17/97 S 495 Chemical and Biological Weapons Threat Reduction Act
Bill Passed - Senate (53 - 44)
Nay
4/16/97 HR 1003 Assisted Suicide Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (99 - 0)
Yea
4/15/97 S 104 Nuclear Waste Disposal bill
Bill Passed - Senate (65 - 34)
Yea
4/15/97 S Amdt 31 Yucca Mountain Alternate Sites amendment
Amendment Tabled - Senate (59 - 39)
Yea
3/20/97 S Amdt 25 U.S.- Mexico Drug Trafficking Prevention Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (94 - 5)
Yea
3/04/97 S J Res 1 Balanced Budget amendment
Joint Resolution Failed - Senate (66 - 34)
Yea
1/21/97 S J Res 1 Balanced Budget amendment
None - Senate
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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.