Issue Category

Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
12/14/95 HR 1977 Interior Department FY96 Appropriations bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (58 - 40)
Nay
12/14/95 HR 2099 Veterans Affairs, HUD FY '96 Appropriations bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (54 - 44)
Nay
12/13/95 S J Res 44 Deployment of US Armed Forces in Bosnia-Herzegovina
Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (69 - 30)
Yea
12/12/95 S J Res 31 Flag Desecration
Joint Resolution Failed - Senate (63 - 36)
Nay
12/07/95 HR 1833 Partial-Birth/Late-Term Abortion Ban Act of 1995
Bill Passed - Senate (54 - 44)
Nay
12/07/95 HR 2076 Appropriations bill FY96, Commerce, Justice, State
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (50 - 48)
Nay
12/06/95 HR 660 Housing for Older Persons Act of 1995
Bill Passed - Senate (94 - 3)
Yea
12/05/95 HR 1058 Legal Reform bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (65 - 30)
Yea
11/17/95 S 440 National Highway System Designation Act of 1995
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (80 - 16)
Yea
11/16/95 H J Res 122 Continuing Appropriation Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (60 - 37)
Nay
11/16/95 HR 2126 Appropriations bill FY96, Defense
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (59 - 39)
Nay
11/15/95 HR 2020 Appropriations bill FY96, Treasury, Postal Service
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (63 - 35)
Yea
11/01/95 HR 1868 Appropriations bill, FY96, Foreign Relations
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (90 - 6)
Yea
10/28/95 HR 2491 Budget Reconciliation Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (52 - 47)
Nay
10/19/95 HR 927 Cuba Sanctions Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (74 - 24)
Yea
9/22/95 HR 1817 Military Construction FY96 Appropriations bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (86 - 14)
Nay
9/19/95 HR 4 Welfare Reform Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (87 - 12)
Yea
9/14/95 S Amdt 2478 Naturalized Citizen Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (37 - 61)
Yea
9/07/95 S 1219 Campaign Finance Reform bill
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
9/07/95 S Amdt 2478 Naturalized Citizen Amendment
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
9/06/95 HR 1530 Authorization bill FY96, Defense Department
Bill Passed - Senate (64 - 34)
Nay
8/10/95 S Amdt 2401 Space-Based Laser Program Amendment
Amendment Tabled - Senate (57 - 41)
Nay
7/27/95 S 641 Ryan White CARE Reauthorization Act of 1995
Bill Passed - Senate (97 - 3)
Yea
7/26/95 S 21 Bosnia and Herzegovina Self-Defense Act of 1995
Bill Passed - Senate (69 - 29)
Yea
7/21/95 HR 1817 Military Construction FY96 Appropriations bill
Bill Passed - Senate (84 - 10)
Nay
7/21/95 HR 1944 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations and Rescissions
Bill Passed - Senate (90 - 7)
Yea
7/11/95 S Amdt 1497 Small Business Impact Analysis
Amendment Adopted - Senate (53 - 45)
Yea
7/10/95 S Amdt 1491 Small Business Impact Analyses
Amendment Adopted - Senate (60 - 36)
Nay
6/29/95 H Con Res 67 Budget FY2006 Appropriations Resolution
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (54 - 46)
Nay
6/28/95 HR 1058 Legal Reform bill
Bill Passed - Senate (69 - 30)
Yea
6/22/95 PN 245 Henry W. Foster Jr., Medical Director in the Regular Corps of the Public Health Service
Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (57 - 43)
Yea
6/21/95 S Amdt 1446 Drinking and Driving Minors Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (64 - 36)
Yea
6/20/95 S Amdt 1427 Commercial Vehicle Speed Limit Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (51 - 49)
Yea
6/20/95 S Amdt 1437 Motorcycle Helmet Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (44 - 53)
Nay
6/15/95 S 652 Telecommunications Bill
Bill Passed - Senate (81 - 18)
Yea
6/07/95 S 735 Comprehensive Terrorism Prevention Act
Bill Passed - Senate (91 - 8)
Yea
6/06/95 S Amdt 1215 Anti-terrorism Wiretaps Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (77 - 19)
Yea
5/25/95 H Con Res 67 Fiscal 1996 Budget Resolution - Adoption
Resolution Passed - Senate (57 - 42)
Nay
5/25/95 HR 1158 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations and Rescissions
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (61 - 38)
Yea
5/10/95 HR 956 Product Liability bill
Bill Passed - Senate (61 - 37)
Yea
3/28/95 S 641 Ryan White CARE Reauthorization Act of 1995
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
3/23/95 S 4 Line-Item Veto bill
Bill Passed - Senate (69 - 29)
Yea
3/23/95 S Amdt 350 Pay-As-You-Go Amendment
Amendment Tabled - Senate (49 - 48)
Nay
3/02/95 H J Res 1 Balanced Budget Proposed Constitutional Amendment
Joint Resolution Failed - Senate (65 - 35)
Yea
1/05/95 S Amdt 1 Filibuster Amendment
Amendment Tabled - Senate (76 - 19)
Yea
12/01/94 HR 5110 Uruguay Round Agreements Act
Bill Passed - Senate (76 - 24)
Yea
9/29/94 HR 4556 Transportation FY95 Appropriations Bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (89 - 11)
Yea
9/28/94 HR 4602 Interior Department FY95 Appropriations Bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (92 - 7)
Yea
9/27/94 HR 4606 Appropriations Bill FY95, Labor, HHS, Education
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (83 - 16)
Yea
9/27/94 HR 4624 Fiscal Year 1995 Appropriations for the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (90 - 9)
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.