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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
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. 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
Nov. 7, 1997 S 858 Intelligence FY98 Authorization bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(385 - 36)
NA
Nov. 6, 1997 HR 2386 U.S.-Taiwan Missile Defense Cooperation bill Bill Passed - House
(301 - 116)
NA
Nov. 5, 1997 HR 2358 China Political Freedom bill Bill Passed - House
(416 - 5)
NA
Nov. 4, 1997 HR 2644 United States-Caribbean Trade Partnership Act Bill Failed - House
(182 - 234)
NA
Nov. 4, 1997 HR 2746 HELP Scholarships bill Bill Failed - House
(191 - 228)
NA
Oct. 30, 1997 HR 1270 Nuclear Waste Disposal bill Bill Passed - House
(307 - 120)
NA
Oct. 28, 1997 HR 1119 Defense Department FY98-99 Authorization bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(286 - 123)
NA
Oct. 24, 1997 HR 2107 Interior Department FY98 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(233 - 171)
NA
Oct. 23, 1997 HR 2646 Education Savings Accounts bill Bill Passed - House
(230 - 198)
NA
Oct. 22, 1997 HR 1534 Private Property Rights bill Bill Passed - House
(248 - 178)
NA
Oct. 9, 1997 HR 2607 District of Columbia FY98 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House
(203 - 202)
NA
Oct. 8, 1997 HR 1122 Partial-Birth/Late-Term Abortion bill Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(296 - 132)
NA
Oct. 6, 1997 HR 2160 Agriculture FY98 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(399 - 18)
NA
Sept. 29, 1997 H J Res 94 Continuing Appropriations Joint Resolution Passed - House
(355 - 57)
NA
Sept. 25, 1997 HR 2266 Defense Department FY98 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(356 - 65)
NA
Sept. 24, 1997 HR 2209 FY 1998 Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill Conference Report Adopted - House
(309 - 106)
NA
Sept. 18, 1997 H Res 168 House Ethics Reform Task Force Resolution Passed - House
(258 - 154)
NA
Sept. 17, 1997 HR 2378 Appropriations bill FY98, Treasury, Postal Service Bill Passed - House
(231 - 192)
NA
Sept. 11, 1997 H Amdt 347 Needle Exchange Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(266 - 158)
NA
Sept. 9, 1997 H Amdt 335 Family Planning Parental Notification Amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(220 - 201)
NA
Sept. 4, 1997 H Amdt 314 Army School of the Americas amendment Amendment Rejected - House
(210 - 217)
NA
Sept. 4, 1997 H Amdt 318 International Family Planning amendment Amendment Adopted - House
(234 - 191)
NA
Sept. 4, 1997 HR 2159 Foreign Operations FY98 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House
(375 - 49)
NA
Sept. 4, 1997 HR 2400 Transportation Reauthorization bill House Co-sponsor

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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