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|Legislator||2010 Senate Key Votes (View All Descriptions)||Score|
|HI - DAkaka||0|
|TN - RAlexander||83|
|WY - RBarrasso||100|
|MT - DBaucus||0|
|IN - DBayh||14|
|AK - DBegich||4|
|CO - DBennet||4|
|UT - RBennett||91|
|NM - DBingaman||0|
|MO - RBond||77|
FreeedomWorks identifies the most important votes on issues of economic freedom and scores Members of Congress based on their votes. We use a scale of 100, so the higher the score the more often the Member is on our side fighting for lower taxes, less government and more freedom.
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The following legislators were not scored for this year because FreedomWorks has determined that they missed too many votes to receive a fair and accurate score.
Senator Byrd has not been scored for 2010 because he died in office in June.
Senator Coons has not been scored for 2010 because he was elected in a special election and did not take office until November.
Senator Goodwin has not been scored for 2010 because he was only in office for five months as a temporary replacement for the deceased Senator Byrd.
Senator Paul Kirk has not been scored for 2010 because he was a temporary appointment to fill Senator Kennedy's seat after his death and was replaced in January.
Senator Manchin has not beens scored for 2010 because he was elected in a special election in November and thus missed much of the year.
This bill contains a more than $1 trillion increase in the federal debt ceiling. Raising the debt ceiling should be accompanied by measures to cut spending so that such an increase would not be necessary in future. Instead, this bill merely contains a "pay-as-you-go" procedure which Congress can easily ignore and which does nothing to address the current record spending levels.
H.R. 4691 would extend a number of programs that are scheduled to expire and ought to be allowed to do so. This includes further extending the already much-extended time limits on unemployment insurance and the wasteful American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus funds. None of the billions of dollars in new spending in this bill is offset by reductions anywhere else in the budget.
This bill includes several new taxes that will impose significant costs on businesses and threaten job creation. One undesirable tax increase included in the bill is the elimination of the punitive damages tax deduction. Another added tax increase proposed by the legislation is a new tax on carried interest.
This amendment would ban the corrupting practice of earmarks in the Senate for the next fiscal year. Although they account for a very small percentage of overall spending, earmarks are used by appropriators to buy lawmakers' votes for much larger and more consequential bills.
H.R. 4872 makes the terrible health care legislation recently enacted even worse by adding even more job killing tax hikes, harsher penalties, and new government bureaucracies. It also nationalizes the student loan industry, allowing the federal government to further manipulate and inflate the cost of higher education.
(Note: this is the initial Dodd-Frank Wall Street regulatory bill, eventually passed as H.R. 4173.) This amendment would replace the previous language of the bill with a new bill to create a massive new framework of regulations on the financial sector. This legislation does little to restore responsibility but instead chooses to absolve the big players on Wall Street from responsibility for their role in the financial meltdown by codifying their access to taxpayer-funded bailouts.
This was another procedural vote to attempt to uphold a point of order against the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform bill and its institutionalized bailouts for firms deemed "too big to fail".
This bill imposes a gigantic new framework of mandates, fees, and regulations on the nation's financial services sector and creates a permanent $150 billion Wall Street bailout fund. The Dodd-Frank bill creates a board headed by an unaccountable bureaucrat who can deem a financial institution to be "too big to fail" and thus eligible for a taxpayer bailout if its bad investments become unstable. This actually incentivizes the big banks to continue the kinds of risky lending that caused the financial collapse of 2008.
This bill appropriates funding for use in disaster assistance for the earthquake in Haiti, and for the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill relief effort in the Gulf, along with a number of smaller, unrelated items. But all of the spending in this bill is designated as "emergency spending", meaning that it is not paid for and therefore adds to our already tremendous national debt.
A joint resolution disapproving a rule submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency relating to their endangerment finding that aims to allow the EPA to enforce a massive crackdown on all greenhouse gas emissions. The regulations that the EPA is considering based upon this finding would cause irreparable damage to the energy sector and our economy at large by sharply increasing the cost of all energy.
This is the vote to end debate on the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform bill, which includes a massive new regulatory regime for financial markets that promises more government intrusion and has the potential to leave taxpayers on the hook for bad decisions made on Wall Street. Worse still, the bill does little to address the underlying causes of the financial crisis.
This rather technical procedural vote would have required language preventing an increase in the estate tax from being included in the bill. The "death tax" taxes income that has already been tax multiple times beforehand, and penalizes individuals who choose to save their money responsibly, or who wish to pass along their farm or small business to another generation of the family.
Motion to Concur in the House Amdt. to the Senate Amdt. to H.R. 4213 with Amdt. No. 4425, As Amended; A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend certain expiring provisions, and for other purposes.
The DISCLOSE Act amends the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 (FECA) to prohibit independent expenditures and payments for electioneering communications by government contractors if the value of the contract is at least $10 million. It is a clear violation of free speech and would likely have a chilling effect on political discourse.
This amendment to the FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act would reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration. This would add to the national debt.
The Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 would allocate $30 billion from the Troubled Asset Relief Program to a new fund for financial institutions with less than $10 billion in assets. This would add to the national debt and not create jobs.
The FDA Food "Safety" Modernization Act would grant the federal government unprecedented control over our diets while not making our food any safer. The bill imposes new regulations upon farmers and other food producers and also requires the government to hire a troop thousands of new bureaucrats to enforce the new rules. They will be funded by "such sums as may be necessary." Besides wasting taxpayer dollars directly, the cost of producers complying with these new regulations will simply be passed onto consumers in the form of higher prices. Outbreaks of food-borne illnesses have decreased dramatically in frequency in recent decades, and there is simply no need for such an intrusive and expensive new set of regulations on food safety.
This amendment would change the enactment date. The so-called Middle Class Tax Relief fails to extend the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts to all Americans.