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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
June 23, 1997 H Amdt 198 B-2 Bomber Program Termination Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(209 - 216)
NA
June 19, 1997 H Amdt 187 Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(196 - 224)
NA
June 12, 1997 H J Res 54 Flag Desecration Constitutional Amendment Joint Resolution Passed - House
(310 - 114)
NA
June 12, 1997 HR 1871 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House
(348 - 74)
NA
June 5, 1997 H Con Res 84 Budget Resolution FY1999-2000 Conference Report Adopted - House
(327 - 97)
NA
June 5, 1997 HR 1469 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(220 - 201)
NA
June 4, 1997 H Amdt 138 U.S. Withdrawal from the U.N. Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(54 - 369)
NA
May 21, 1997 H Con Res 84 Budget Resolution FY1999-2000 Resolution Passed - House
(333 - 99)
NA
May 16, 1997 HR 1385 Training Programs bill Bill Passed - House
(343 - 60)
NA
May 15, 1997 HR 1469 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House
(244 - 178)
NA
May 14, 1997 HR 2 Public Housing bill Bill Passed - House
(293 - 132)
NA
May 8, 1997 HR 3 Juvenile Crime bill Bill Passed - House
(286 - 132)
Did Not Vote
May 7, 1997 H Amdt 71 Endangered Species Act Exemption Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(227 - 196)
NA
April 24, 1997 HR 1432 African Growth bill House Co-sponsor
April 10, 1997 HR 1003 Assisted Suicide Bill Bill Passed - House
(398 - 16)
NA
March 20, 1997 HR 1122 Partial-Birth/Late-Term Abortion bill Bill Passed - House
(295 - 136)
NA
March 19, 1997 HR 1 Compensatory Time Bill Bill Passed - House
(222 - 210)
NA
March 12, 1997 H Res 89 Balanced Budget Request resolution Resolution Passed - House
(231 - 197)
NA
March 5, 1997 H Con Res 31 Display of the Ten Commandments Resolution Passed - House
(295 - 125)
NA
Feb. 27, 1997 HR 856 Puerto Rico Political Status bill House Co-sponsor
Feb. 13, 1997 HR 581 Population Planning Bill Bill Passed - House
(231 - 194)
NA
Feb. 12, 1997 H J Res 2 Term Limits Resolution Joint Resolution Failed - House
(217 - 211)
NA
Jan. 21, 1997 H Res 31 Ethics Report on Newt Gingrich Resolution Passed - House
(395 - 28)
NA
Sept. 28, 1996 HR 3610 Omnibus FY97 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(370 - 37)
NA
Sept. 27, 1996 HR 3539 Federal Aviation Authorization Act of 1996 Conference Report Adopted - House
(218 - 198)
NA
Sept. 25, 1996 HR 2202 Immigration Reform bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(305 - 123)
NA
Sept. 24, 1996 HR 3666 Veterans Affairs, HUD FY97 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(388 - 25)
NA
Sept. 19, 1996 HR 1833 Partial-Birth/Late-Term Abortion Ban Veto Override Passed - House
(285 - 137)
NA
Sept. 12, 1996 HR 3816 Appropriations bill FY97, Energy and Water Development Conference Report Adopted - House
(383 - 29)
NA
Aug. 2, 1996 HR 3448 Minimum Wage Increase bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(354 - 72)
NA
Aug. 2, 1996 HR 3953 Aviation Security and Antiterrorism Act of 1996 Bill Passed - House
(389 - 22)
NA
Aug. 2, 1996 S 1316 Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1995 Conference Report Adopted - House
(392 - 30)
NA
Aug. 1, 1996 HR 123 English as the National Language Bill Passed - House
(259 - 169)
NA
Aug. 1, 1996 HR 3103 Health Insurance Portability bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(421 - 2)
NA
Aug. 1, 1996 HR 3230 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1997 Conference Report Adopted - House
(285 - 132)
NA
July 31, 1996 HR 3734 Welfare Reform Act of 1996 Conference Report Adopted - House
(328 - 101)
NA
July 30, 1996 HR 2391 Working Families Flexibility Act of 1996 Bill Passed - House
(225 - 195)
NA
July 25, 1996 H Amdt 1359 Energy Research Appropriation Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(198 - 211)
NA
July 25, 1996 H Amdt 1360 Renewable Energy Research Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(279 - 135)
NA
July 25, 1996 HR 3820 Campaign Finance Reform Bill Failed - House
(162 - 259)
NA
July 24, 1996 H Amdt 1356 Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Funding Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(184 - 236)
NA
July 22, 1996 H Amdt 1309 Non-Federally Funded Abortions Amendment House Sponsor
July 22, 1996 H Amdt 1309 Non-Federally Funded Abortions Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(176 - 223)
NA
July 18, 1996 H Amdt 1307 Food Stamp Recipient Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(239 - 184)
NA
July 18, 1996 HR 3734 Welfare Reform Act of 1996 Bill Passed - House
(256 - 170)
NA
July 12, 1996 H Amdt 1280 Family Planning Services Clinics Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(232 - 193)
NA
July 12, 1996 H Amdt 1286 Definition of Marriage Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(103 - 311)
NA
July 12, 1996 HR 3396 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) Bill Passed - House
(342 - 67)
NA
July 11, 1996 H Amdt 1264 Education and Training Programs Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(198 - 227)
NA
July 11, 1996 H Amdt 1265 School Improvement Programs Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(294 - 129)
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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