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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:

  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

Vote Smart provides a summary of the version of the bill text associated with each selected key vote. The summary does not necessarily reflect the content of the final version of the bill. Summaries are written by Vote Smart's staff and interns, who adhere to the project's strict policies and procedures in order to guarantee absolute impartiality and accuracy. Each key vote selection is reviewed by the project's community of advisors, who are political scientists and journalists from all fifty states.


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Date State Bill No. Title Outcome
Nov. 3, 1999 National HR 3194 District of Columbia FY2000 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House (216 - 210)
Nov. 2, 1999 National HR 3064 DC/Labor/HHS/Education FY 2000 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (49 - 48)
Oct. 28, 1999 National HR 3064 DC/Labor/HHS/Education FY 2000 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House (218 - 211)
Oct. 21, 1999 National HR 2466 Interior Department FY2000 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House (225 - 200)
Oct. 20, 1999 National HR 2670 Appropriations bill FY2000, Commerce, Justice, State Conference Report Adopted - House (215 - 213)
Oct. 15, 1999 National HR 2684 Veterans Affairs and HUD Appropriations bill, FY 2000 Conference Report Adopted - Senate (93 - 5)
Oct. 14, 1999 National HR 2684 Veterans Affairs and HUD Appropriations bill, FY 2000 Conference Report Adopted - House (406 - 18)
Oct. 14, 1999 National HR 3064 District of Columbia Appropriations Act, FY 2000 Bill Passed - House (211 - 205)
Oct. 13, 1999 National HR 1906 FY 2000 Agriculture Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (74 - 26)
Oct. 13, 1999 National HR 1906 FY 2000 Agriculture Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (74 - 26)
Oct. 6, 1999 National HR 2606 Foreign Operations FY2000 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (51 - 49)
Oct. 6, 1999 National HR 2606 Foreign Operations FY2000 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (51 - 49)
Oct. 5, 1999 National HR 2606 Foreign Operations FY2000 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House (214 - 211)
Oct. 5, 1999 National HR 2606 Foreign Operations FY2000 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House (214 - 211)
Oct. 4, 1999 National HR 2084 Transportation Department FY2000 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (88 - 3)
Oct. 1, 1999 National HR 1906 FY 2000 Agriculture Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House (240 - 175)
Oct. 1, 1999 National HR 1906 FY 2000 Agriculture Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House (240 - 175)
Oct. 1, 1999 National HR 2084 Transportation Department FY2000 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House (304 - 91)
Sept. 28, 1999 National HR 2605 Energy FY2000 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (96 - 3)
Sept. 27, 1999 National HR 2605 Energy FY2000 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House (327 - 87)
Sept. 23, 1999 National HR 2466 Interior Department FY2000 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - Senate (89 - 10)
Sept. 22, 1999 National S 1059 FY 2000 Defense Authorization Conference Report Adopted - Senate (93 - 5)
Sept. 16, 1999 National HR 2490 Appropriations bill FY2000, Treasury, Postal Service Conference Report Adopted - Senate (54 - 38)
Sept. 15, 1999 National HR 2490 Appropriations bill FY2000, Treasury, Postal Service Conference Report Adopted - House (292 - 126)
Sept. 9, 1999 National HR 2684 Veterans Affairs and HUD Appropriations bill, FY 2000 Bill Passed - House (235 - 187)
Aug. 5, 1999 National HR 1905 Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2000 Conference Report Adopted - House (367 - 49)
Aug. 5, 1999 National HR 2670 Appropriations bill FY2000, Commerce, Justice, State Bill Passed - House (217 - 210)
Aug. 3, 1999 National H J Res 58 Economic Assistance to Vietnam Joint Resolution Failed - House (130 - 297)
Aug. 3, 1999 National HR 2606 Foreign Operations FY2000 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House (385 - 35)
Aug. 3, 1999 National HR 2606 Foreign Operations FY2000 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House (385 - 35)
July 29, 1999 National HR 2465 Military Construction FY2000 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House (412 - 8)
July 27, 1999 National HR 2605 Energy FY2000 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House (420 - 8)
July 15, 1999 National HR 2490 Appropriations bill FY2000, Treasury, Postal Service Bill Passed - House (210 - 209)
July 15, 1999 National HR 2466 Interior Department FY2000 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House (377 - 47)
July 13, 1999 National HR 2465 Military Construction FY2000 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House (418 - 4)
June 23, 1999 National HR 2084 Transportation Department FY2000 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House (429 - 3)
June 16, 1999 National HR 1905 Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2000 Bill Passed - Senate (95 - 4)
June 10, 1999 National HR 1905 Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2000 Bill Passed - House (214 - 197)
June 8, 1999 National HR 1906 FY 2000 Agriculture Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House (246 - 183)
June 8, 1999 National HR 1906 FY 2000 Agriculture Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House (246 - 183)
May 27, 1999 National S 1059 FY 2000 Defense Authorization Bill Passed - Senate (92 - 3)
May 20, 1999 National HR 1141 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations-Conference Report Conference Report Adopted - Senate (64 - 36)
May 20, 1999 National HR 1141 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations-Conference Report Conference Report Adopted - Senate (64 - 36)
May 18, 1999 National HR 1141 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations-Conference Report Conference Report Adopted - House (269 - 158)
May 18, 1999 National HR 1141 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations-Conference Report Conference Report Adopted - House (269 - 158)
May 6, 1999 National HR 1664 Kosovo Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House (311 - 105)
April 15, 1999 National H Con Res 68 Congressional Budget Resolution, FY 2000 Conference Report Adopted - Senate (54 - 44)
April 14, 1999 National H Con Res 68 Congressional Budget Resolution, FY 2000 Conference Report Adopted - House (220 - 208)
March 25, 1999 National S Amdt 178 Agricultural Appropriations Amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate (53 - 45)
March 25, 1999 National H Con Res 68 Congressional Budget Resolution, FY 2000 Resolution Passed - Senate (55 - 44)
March 24, 1999 National H Amdt 35 Rescissions Removal Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (201 - 228)
March 24, 1999 National HR 1141 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations-Conference Report Bill Passed - House (220 - 211)
March 24, 1999 National HR 1141 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations-Conference Report Bill Passed - House (220 - 211)
March 3, 1999 National HR 669 Peace Corps Authorization Bill Bill Passed - House (326 - 90)
Date No. Title Outcome
11/03 HR 3194 District of Columbia FY2000 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House (216 - 210)
11/02 HR 3064 DC/Labor/HHS/Education FY 2000 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (49 - 48)
10/28 HR 3064 DC/Labor/HHS/Education FY 2000 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House (218 - 211)
10/21 HR 2466 Interior Department FY2000 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House (225 - 200)
10/20 HR 2670 Appropriations bill FY2000, Commerce, Justice, State Conference Report Adopted - House (215 - 213)
10/15 HR 2684 Veterans Affairs and HUD Appropriations bill, FY 2000 Conference Report Adopted - Senate (93 - 5)
10/14 HR 2684 Veterans Affairs and HUD Appropriations bill, FY 2000 Conference Report Adopted - House (406 - 18)
10/14 HR 3064 District of Columbia Appropriations Act, FY 2000 Bill Passed - House (211 - 205)
10/13 HR 1906 FY 2000 Agriculture Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (74 - 26)
10/13 HR 1906 FY 2000 Agriculture Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (74 - 26)
10/06 HR 2606 Foreign Operations FY2000 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (51 - 49)
10/06 HR 2606 Foreign Operations FY2000 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (51 - 49)
10/05 HR 2606 Foreign Operations FY2000 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House (214 - 211)
10/05 HR 2606 Foreign Operations FY2000 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House (214 - 211)
10/04 HR 2084 Transportation Department FY2000 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (88 - 3)
10/01 HR 1906 FY 2000 Agriculture Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House (240 - 175)
10/01 HR 1906 FY 2000 Agriculture Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House (240 - 175)
10/01 HR 2084 Transportation Department FY2000 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House (304 - 91)
9/28 HR 2605 Energy FY2000 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - Senate (96 - 3)
9/27 HR 2605 Energy FY2000 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House (327 - 87)
9/23 HR 2466 Interior Department FY2000 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - Senate (89 - 10)
9/22 S 1059 FY 2000 Defense Authorization Conference Report Adopted - Senate (93 - 5)
9/16 HR 2490 Appropriations bill FY2000, Treasury, Postal Service Conference Report Adopted - Senate (54 - 38)
9/15 HR 2490 Appropriations bill FY2000, Treasury, Postal Service Conference Report Adopted - House (292 - 126)
9/09 HR 2684 Veterans Affairs and HUD Appropriations bill, FY 2000 Bill Passed - House (235 - 187)
8/05 HR 1905 Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2000 Conference Report Adopted - House (367 - 49)
8/05 HR 2670 Appropriations bill FY2000, Commerce, Justice, State Bill Passed - House (217 - 210)
8/03 H J Res 58 Economic Assistance to Vietnam Joint Resolution Failed - House (130 - 297)
8/03 HR 2606 Foreign Operations FY2000 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House (385 - 35)
8/03 HR 2606 Foreign Operations FY2000 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House (385 - 35)
7/29 HR 2465 Military Construction FY2000 Appropriations bill Conference Report Adopted - House (412 - 8)
7/27 HR 2605 Energy FY2000 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House (420 - 8)
7/15 HR 2490 Appropriations bill FY2000, Treasury, Postal Service Bill Passed - House (210 - 209)
7/15 HR 2466 Interior Department FY2000 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House (377 - 47)
7/13 HR 2465 Military Construction FY2000 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House (418 - 4)
6/23 HR 2084 Transportation Department FY2000 Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House (429 - 3)
6/16 HR 1905 Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2000 Bill Passed - Senate (95 - 4)
6/10 HR 1905 Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2000 Bill Passed - House (214 - 197)
6/08 HR 1906 FY 2000 Agriculture Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House (246 - 183)
6/08 HR 1906 FY 2000 Agriculture Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House (246 - 183)
5/27 S 1059 FY 2000 Defense Authorization Bill Passed - Senate (92 - 3)
5/20 HR 1141 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations-Conference Report Conference Report Adopted - Senate (64 - 36)
5/20 HR 1141 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations-Conference Report Conference Report Adopted - Senate (64 - 36)
5/18 HR 1141 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations-Conference Report Conference Report Adopted - House (269 - 158)
5/18 HR 1141 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations-Conference Report Conference Report Adopted - House (269 - 158)
5/06 HR 1664 Kosovo Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill Bill Passed - House (311 - 105)
4/15 H Con Res 68 Congressional Budget Resolution, FY 2000 Conference Report Adopted - Senate (54 - 44)
4/14 H Con Res 68 Congressional Budget Resolution, FY 2000 Conference Report Adopted - House (220 - 208)
3/25 S Amdt 178 Agricultural Appropriations Amendment Amendment Tabled - Senate (53 - 45)
3/25 H Con Res 68 Congressional Budget Resolution, FY 2000 Resolution Passed - Senate (55 - 44)
3/24 H Amdt 35 Rescissions Removal Amendment Amendment Rejected - House (201 - 228)
3/24 HR 1141 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations-Conference Report Bill Passed - House (220 - 211)
3/24 HR 1141 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations-Conference Report Bill Passed - House (220 - 211)
3/03 HR 669 Peace Corps Authorization Bill Bill Passed - House (326 - 90)

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