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Vote Smart provides easy access to Congressional and state voting records and maintains a collection of key votes grouped by issue. Vote Smart uses the following criteria to select key votes:

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Date State Bill No. Title Outcome
Dec. 19, 1995 National HR 1530 Authorization bill FY96, Defense Department Conference Report Adopted - Senate (51 - 43)
Dec. 19, 1995 National HR 1530 Authorization bill FY96, Defense Department Conference Report Adopted - Senate (51 - 43)
Dec. 15, 1995 National HR 1530 Authorization bill FY96, Defense Department Conference Report Adopted - House (267 - 149)
Dec. 15, 1995 National HR 1530 Authorization bill FY96, Defense Department Conference Report Adopted - House (267 - 149)
Dec. 14, 1995 National HR 1561 Authorization bill, FY96-97, Foreign Relations Bill Passed - Senate (82 - 16)
Dec. 14, 1995 National HR 1561 Authorization bill, FY96-97, Foreign Relations Bill Passed - Senate (82 - 16)
Dec. 13, 1995 National HR 2770 Troop Deployment in Bosnia Bill Bill Failed - House (210 - 218)
Dec. 13, 1995 National S J Res 44 Deployment of US Armed Forces in Bosnia-Herzegovina Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (69 - 30)
Dec. 13, 1995 National S J Res 44 Deployment of US Armed Forces in Bosnia-Herzegovina Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (69 - 30)
Dec. 13, 1995 National HR 2770 Troop Deployment in Bosnia Bill Bill Failed - House (210 - 218)
Nov. 17, 1995 National HR 2606 U.S. Troops in Bosnia Funding Bill Bill Passed - House (243 - 171)
Nov. 17, 1995 National HR 2606 U.S. Troops in Bosnia Funding Bill Bill Passed - House (243 - 171)
Nov. 16, 1995 National HR 2126 Appropriations bill FY96, Defense Conference Report Adopted - Senate (59 - 39)
Nov. 16, 1995 National HR 2126 Appropriations bill FY96, Defense Conference Report Adopted - House (270 - 158)
Nov. 1, 1995 National HR 1868 Appropriations bill, FY96, Foreign Relations Conference Report Adopted - Senate (90 - 6)
Nov. 1, 1995 National HR 1868 Appropriations bill, FY96, Foreign Relations Conference Report Adopted - Senate (90 - 6)
Oct. 31, 1995 National HR 1868 Appropriations bill, FY96, Foreign Relations Conference Report Adopted - House (351 - 71)
Oct. 31, 1995 National HR 1868 Appropriations bill, FY96, Foreign Relations Conference Report Adopted - House (351 - 71)
Oct. 30, 1995 National H Res 247 Bosnia Troop Deployment Resolution Resolution Passed - House (315 - 103)
Oct. 30, 1995 National H Res 247 Bosnia Troop Deployment Resolution Resolution Passed - House (315 - 103)
Oct. 19, 1995 National HR 927 Cuba Sanctions Bill Bill Passed - Senate (74 - 24)
Oct. 19, 1995 National HR 927 Cuba Sanctions Bill Bill Passed - Senate (74 - 24)
Sept. 22, 1995 National HR 1817 Military Construction FY96 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (86 - 14)
Sept. 20, 1995 National HR 1817 Military Construction FY96 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House (326 - 98)
Sept. 14, 1995 National S Amdt 2478 Naturalized Citizen Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (37 - 61)
Sept. 7, 1995 National H Amdt 752 Overseas Military Abortions Amendment Adopted - House (226 - 191)
Sept. 7, 1995 National HR 2126 Appropriations bill FY96, Defense Bill Passed - House (294 - 125)
Sept. 6, 1995 National HR 1530 Authorization bill FY96, Defense Department Bill Passed - Senate (64 - 34)
Sept. 6, 1995 National HR 1530 Authorization bill FY96, Defense Department Bill Passed - Senate (64 - 34)
Aug. 10, 1995 National S Amdt 2401 Space-Based Laser Program Amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate (57 - 41)
July 26, 1995 National S 21 Bosnia and Herzegovina Self-Defense Act of 1995 Bill Passed - Senate (69 - 29)
July 21, 1995 National HR 1817 Military Construction FY96 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - Senate (84 - 10)
July 11, 1995 National HR 1868 Appropriations bill, FY96, Foreign Relations Bill Passed - House (333 - 89)
July 11, 1995 National HR 1868 Appropriations bill, FY96, Foreign Relations Bill Passed - House (333 - 89)
June 28, 1995 National H Amdt 477 Abortion Funding Ban Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (243 - 187)
June 21, 1995 National HR 1817 Military Construction FY96 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House (319 - 105)
June 15, 1995 National HR 1530 Authorization bill FY96, Defense Department Bill Passed - House (300 - 126)
June 15, 1995 National HR 1530 Authorization bill FY96, Defense Department Bill Passed - House (300 - 126)
June 8, 1995 National HR 1561 Authorization bill, FY96-97, Foreign Relations Bill Passed - House (222 - 192)
June 8, 1995 National HR 1561 Authorization bill, FY96-97, Foreign Relations Bill Passed - House (222 - 192)
June 7, 1995 National S 735 Comprehensive Terrorism Prevention Act Bill Passed - Senate (91 - 8)
June 7, 1995 National S 735 Comprehensive Terrorism Prevention Act Bill Passed - Senate (91 - 8)
June 6, 1995 National S Amdt 1215 Anti-terrorism Wiretaps Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (77 - 19)
May 24, 1995 National H Amdt 403 Foreign Abortion Ban Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (240 - 181)
Feb. 16, 1995 National HR 7 Limiting U.S. Monetary and Troop Assistance to the United Nations Bill Passed - House (241 - 181)
Feb. 16, 1995 National HR 7 Limiting U.S. Monetary and Troop Assistance to the United Nations Bill Passed - House (241 - 181)
Feb. 16, 1995 National HR 7 Limiting U.S. Monetary and Troop Assistance to the United Nations Bill Passed - House (241 - 181)
Date No. Title Outcome
12/19 HR 1530 Authorization bill FY96, Defense Department Conference Report Adopted - Senate (51 - 43)
12/19 HR 1530 Authorization bill FY96, Defense Department Conference Report Adopted - Senate (51 - 43)
12/15 HR 1530 Authorization bill FY96, Defense Department Conference Report Adopted - House (267 - 149)
12/15 HR 1530 Authorization bill FY96, Defense Department Conference Report Adopted - House (267 - 149)
12/14 HR 1561 Authorization bill, FY96-97, Foreign Relations Bill Passed - Senate (82 - 16)
12/14 HR 1561 Authorization bill, FY96-97, Foreign Relations Bill Passed - Senate (82 - 16)
12/13 HR 2770 Troop Deployment in Bosnia Bill Bill Failed - House (210 - 218)
12/13 S J Res 44 Deployment of US Armed Forces in Bosnia-Herzegovina Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (69 - 30)
12/13 S J Res 44 Deployment of US Armed Forces in Bosnia-Herzegovina Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (69 - 30)
12/13 HR 2770 Troop Deployment in Bosnia Bill Bill Failed - House (210 - 218)
11/17 HR 2606 U.S. Troops in Bosnia Funding Bill Bill Passed - House (243 - 171)
11/17 HR 2606 U.S. Troops in Bosnia Funding Bill Bill Passed - House (243 - 171)
11/16 HR 2126 Appropriations bill FY96, Defense Conference Report Adopted - Senate (59 - 39)
11/16 HR 2126 Appropriations bill FY96, Defense Conference Report Adopted - House (270 - 158)
11/01 HR 1868 Appropriations bill, FY96, Foreign Relations Conference Report Adopted - Senate (90 - 6)
11/01 HR 1868 Appropriations bill, FY96, Foreign Relations Conference Report Adopted - Senate (90 - 6)
10/31 HR 1868 Appropriations bill, FY96, Foreign Relations Conference Report Adopted - House (351 - 71)
10/31 HR 1868 Appropriations bill, FY96, Foreign Relations Conference Report Adopted - House (351 - 71)
10/30 H Res 247 Bosnia Troop Deployment Resolution Resolution Passed - House (315 - 103)
10/30 H Res 247 Bosnia Troop Deployment Resolution Resolution Passed - House (315 - 103)
10/19 HR 927 Cuba Sanctions Bill Bill Passed - Senate (74 - 24)
10/19 HR 927 Cuba Sanctions Bill Bill Passed - Senate (74 - 24)
9/22 HR 1817 Military Construction FY96 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (86 - 14)
9/20 HR 1817 Military Construction FY96 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House (326 - 98)
9/14 S Amdt 2478 Naturalized Citizen Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (37 - 61)
9/07 H Amdt 752 Overseas Military Abortions Amendment Adopted - House (226 - 191)
9/07 HR 2126 Appropriations bill FY96, Defense Bill Passed - House (294 - 125)
9/06 HR 1530 Authorization bill FY96, Defense Department Bill Passed - Senate (64 - 34)
9/06 HR 1530 Authorization bill FY96, Defense Department Bill Passed - Senate (64 - 34)
8/10 S Amdt 2401 Space-Based Laser Program Amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate (57 - 41)
7/26 S 21 Bosnia and Herzegovina Self-Defense Act of 1995 Bill Passed - Senate (69 - 29)
7/21 HR 1817 Military Construction FY96 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - Senate (84 - 10)
7/11 HR 1868 Appropriations bill, FY96, Foreign Relations Bill Passed - House (333 - 89)
7/11 HR 1868 Appropriations bill, FY96, Foreign Relations Bill Passed - House (333 - 89)
6/28 H Amdt 477 Abortion Funding Ban Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (243 - 187)
6/21 HR 1817 Military Construction FY96 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House (319 - 105)
6/15 HR 1530 Authorization bill FY96, Defense Department Bill Passed - House (300 - 126)
6/15 HR 1530 Authorization bill FY96, Defense Department Bill Passed - House (300 - 126)
6/08 HR 1561 Authorization bill, FY96-97, Foreign Relations Bill Passed - House (222 - 192)
6/08 HR 1561 Authorization bill, FY96-97, Foreign Relations Bill Passed - House (222 - 192)
6/07 S 735 Comprehensive Terrorism Prevention Act Bill Passed - Senate (91 - 8)
6/07 S 735 Comprehensive Terrorism Prevention Act Bill Passed - Senate (91 - 8)
6/06 S Amdt 1215 Anti-terrorism Wiretaps Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate (77 - 19)
5/24 H Amdt 403 Foreign Abortion Ban Amendment Amendment Adopted - House (240 - 181)
2/16 HR 7 Limiting U.S. Monetary and Troop Assistance to the United Nations Bill Passed - House (241 - 181)
2/16 HR 7 Limiting U.S. Monetary and Troop Assistance to the United Nations Bill Passed - House (241 - 181)
2/16 HR 7 Limiting U.S. Monetary and Troop Assistance to the United Nations Bill Passed - House (241 - 181)

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