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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
July 14, 1998 H Amdt 694 Express Advocacy Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(201 - 219)
NA
June 25, 1998 HR 4112 Legislative Branch FY99 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House
(235 - 179)
NA
June 24, 1998 H Amdt 705 Chemical Inducement of Abortion Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(223 - 202)
NA
June 24, 1998 HR 4101 Agriculture FY99 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House
(373 - 48)
NA
June 24, 1998 HR 4103 Defense Department FY99 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House
(358 - 61)
NA
June 22, 1998 HR 4059 Military Construction FY99 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House
(396 - 10)
NA
June 22, 1998 HR 4060 Energy FY99 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House
(405 - 4)
NA
June 18, 1998 HR 2646 Education Savings Accounts bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(225 - 197)
NA
June 17, 1998 H Amdt 688 Campaign Finance Reform Commission Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(156 - 201)
NA
June 17, 1998 HR 3097 Tax Code Termination bill Bill Passed - House
(219 - 209)
NA
June 5, 1998 H Con Res 284 Budget Resolution FY98 Resolution Passed - House
(216 - 204)
NA
June 4, 1998 H Con Res 285 Tiananmen Square Resolution Resolution Passed - House
(305 - 116)
NA
June 4, 1998 H J Res 78 Religious Freedom Constitutional Amendment Joint Resolution Failed - House
(224 - 203)
NA
June 4, 1998 S 1150 Agricultural Research bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(364 - 50)
NA
May 22, 1998 HR 2400 Transportation Reauthorization bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(297 - 86)
NA
May 21, 1998 HR 3616 Defense Department FY99 Authorization bill Bill Passed - House
(357 - 60)
NA
May 20, 1998 H Amdt 643 Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(190 - 232)
NA
May 14, 1998 HR 2431 Religious Freedom Bill Passed - House
(375 - 41)
NA
May 13, 1998 H Amdt 621 Enhance Banking Flexibility Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(140 - 281)
NA
May 13, 1998 HR 10 Financial Services Act of 1998 Bill Passed - House
(214 - 213)
NA
May 6, 1998 HR 6 Higher Education Programs Authorization Extension bill Bill Passed - House
(414 - 4)
NA
April 30, 1998 HR 3579 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(242 - 163)
NA
April 30, 1998 S 1502 Washington, D.C. School Vouchers bill Bill Passed - House
(214 - 206)
NA
April 29, 1998 HR 3717 Needle Exchange Funding Ban Bill Passed - House
(287 - 140)
NA
April 22, 1998 H J Res 111 Tax Limitation Amendment Joint Resolution Failed - House
(238 - 186)
NA
April 1, 1998 H Amdt 548 Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(194 - 225)
NA
April 1, 1998 HR 2400 Transportation Reauthorization bill Bill Passed - House
(337 - 80)
NA
March 31, 1998 HR 3579 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House
(212 - 208)
NA
March 30, 1998 HR 3581 Campaign Finance Reform bill Bill Failed - House
(74 - 337)
NA
March 30, 1998 HR 3582 Campaign Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1998 Bill Passed - House
(405 - 6)
NA
March 27, 1998 H Amdt 542 Road Construction Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(200 - 187)
NA
March 27, 1998 HR 2515 Forest Recovery and Protection bill Bill Failed - House
(181 - 201)
NA
March 26, 1998 HR 3246 Small Business and Employee Fairness bill Bill Passed - House
(202 - 200)
NA
March 18, 1998 H Con Res 227 Bosnia and Herzegovina U.S. Troop Removal Resolution Resolution Failed - House
(193 - 225)
NA
March 17, 1998 H Res 364 Human Rights in China Resolution Passed - House
(397 - 0)
NA
March 11, 1998 HR 1432 African Growth bill Bill Passed - House
(233 - 186)
NA
March 4, 1998 HR 856 Puerto Rico Political Status bill Bill Passed - House
(209 - 208)
NA
Feb. 25, 1998 H Amdt 497 Death Sentence Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(113 - 300)
NA
Feb. 24, 1998 HR 424 Minimum Sentences for Gun Crimes Bill Passed - House
(350 - 59)
NA
Feb. 12, 1998 H Res 364 Human Rights in China House Co-sponsor
Feb. 5, 1998 HR 2631 Line Item Veto Cancellation bill Veto Override Passed - House
(347 - 69)
NA
Feb. 5, 1998 HR 2846 National Student Testing bill Bill Passed - House
(242 - 174)
NA
Nov. 13, 1997 H Con Res 137 Iraq War Crimes Tribunal Resolution Passed - House
(396 - 2)
NA
Nov. 13, 1997 HR 2159 Foreign Operations FY98 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(333 - 76)
NA
Nov. 13, 1997 HR 2267 Appropriations bill FY98, Commerce, Justice, and State Conference Report Adopted - House
(282 - 110)
NA
Nov. 13, 1997 H Res 301 Broadcast of Committee Witness bill Resolution Passed - House
(241 - 165)
NA
Nov. 8, 1997 HR 2631 Line Item Veto Cancellation bill Bill Passed - House
(352 - 64)
NA
Nov. 7, 1997 HR 2264 Appropriations bill FY98, Labor, HHS, Education Conference Report Adopted - House
(352 - 65)
NA
Nov. 7, 1997 HR 2616 Charter School Expansion Act of 1998 Bill Passed - House
(367 - 57)
NA
Nov. 7, 1997 HR 2647 PLA Monitoring bill Bill Passed - House
(408 - 10)
NA

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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