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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
July 29, 1998 HR 4194 Appropriations bill FY99, Veterans Affairs, HUD Bill Passed - House
(259 - 164)
Nay
July 24, 1998 H Amdt 776 Patients' Bill of Rights Act Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(212 - 217)
Yea
July 24, 1998 HR 4250 Patient Protection bill Bill Passed - House
(216 - 210)
Nay
July 23, 1998 HR 1122 Partial-Birth/Late-Term Abortion bill Veto Override Passed - House
(296 - 132)
Nay
July 23, 1998 HR 4193 Interior Department FY99 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House
(245 - 181)
Nay
July 22, 1998 H J Res 121 Disapproval of 'Normal Trade Relations' Status with China Joint Resolution Failed - House
(166 - 264)
Yea
July 21, 1998 H Amdt 753 National Endowment for the Arts Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(253 - 173)
Yea
July 20, 1998 H Amdt 716 Noncitizen Campaign Contribution Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(267 - 131)
Nay
July 20, 1998 H Amdt 744 Labor Political Activity Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(150 - 248)
Nay
July 16, 1998 H Amdt 723 Increase FEC Funding Amendment Adopted - House
(214 - 210)
Yea
July 16, 1998 H Amdt 728 Federal Health Plan Contraceptive Coverage Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(224 - 198)
Yea
July 16, 1998 HR 4104 Appropriations bill FY99, Treasury, Postal Service Bill Passed - House
(218 - 203)
Nay
July 15, 1998 HR 3682 Child Custody Protection Act Bill Passed - House
(276 - 150)
Nay
July 14, 1998 H Amdt 694 Express Advocacy Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(201 - 219)
Nay
June 25, 1998 HR 4112 Legislative Branch FY99 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House
(235 - 179)
Nay
June 24, 1998 H Amdt 705 Chemical Inducement of Abortion Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(223 - 202)
Nay
June 24, 1998 HR 4101 Agriculture FY99 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House
(373 - 48)
Yea
June 24, 1998 HR 4103 Defense Department FY99 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House
(358 - 61)
Nay
June 22, 1998 HR 4059 Military Construction FY99 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House
(396 - 10)
Yea
June 22, 1998 HR 4060 Energy FY99 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House
(405 - 4)
Yea
June 18, 1998 HR 2646 Education Savings Accounts bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(225 - 197)
Nay
June 17, 1998 H Amdt 688 Campaign Finance Reform Commission Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(156 - 201)
Nay
June 17, 1998 HR 3097 Tax Code Termination bill Bill Passed - House
(219 - 209)
Nay
June 5, 1998 H Con Res 284 Budget Resolution FY98 Resolution Passed - House
(216 - 204)
Nay
June 4, 1998 H Con Res 285 Tiananmen Square Resolution Resolution Passed - House
(305 - 116)
Nay
June 4, 1998 H J Res 78 Religious Freedom Constitutional Amendment Joint Resolution Failed - House
(224 - 203)
Nay
June 4, 1998 S 1150 Agricultural Research bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(364 - 50)
Yea
May 22, 1998 HR 2400 Transportation Reauthorization bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(297 - 86)
Yea
May 21, 1998 HR 3616 Defense Department FY99 Authorization bill Bill Passed - House
(357 - 60)
Nay
May 20, 1998 H Amdt 643 Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(190 - 232)
Yea
May 14, 1998 HR 2431 Religious Freedom Bill Passed - House
(375 - 41)
Yea
May 13, 1998 H Amdt 621 Enhance Banking Flexibility Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(140 - 281)
Nay
May 13, 1998 HR 10 Financial Services Act of 1998 Bill Passed - House
(214 - 213)
Nay
May 6, 1998 HR 6 Higher Education Programs Authorization Extension bill Bill Passed - House
(414 - 4)
Yea
April 30, 1998 HR 3579 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(242 - 163)
Nay
April 30, 1998 S 1502 Washington, D.C. School Vouchers bill Bill Passed - House
(214 - 206)
Nay
April 29, 1998 HR 3717 Needle Exchange Funding Ban Bill Passed - House
(287 - 140)
Nay
April 22, 1998 H J Res 111 Tax Limitation Amendment Joint Resolution Failed - House
(238 - 186)
Nay
April 1, 1998 H Amdt 548 Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program Amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(194 - 225)
Nay
April 1, 1998 HR 2400 Transportation Reauthorization bill Bill Passed - House
(337 - 80)
Yea
March 31, 1998 HR 3579 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House
(212 - 208)
Nay
March 30, 1998 HR 3581 Campaign Finance Reform bill Bill Failed - House
(74 - 337)
Nay
March 30, 1998 HR 3582 Campaign Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1998 Bill Passed - House
(405 - 6)
Yea
March 27, 1998 H Amdt 542 Road Construction Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(200 - 187)
Yea
March 27, 1998 HR 2515 Forest Recovery and Protection bill Bill Failed - House
(181 - 201)
Nay
March 26, 1998 HR 3246 Small Business and Employee Fairness bill Bill Passed - House
(202 - 200)
Nay
March 18, 1998 H Con Res 227 Bosnia and Herzegovina U.S. Troop Removal Resolution Resolution Failed - House
(193 - 225)
Nay
March 17, 1998 H Res 364 Human Rights in China Resolution Passed - House
(397 - 0)
Yea
March 11, 1998 HR 1432 African Growth bill Bill Passed - House
(233 - 186)
Nay
March 4, 1998 HR 856 Puerto Rico Political Status bill Bill Passed - House
(209 - 208)
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.

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