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This vote would table the Cornyn amendment which would provide a new system by which to resolve claims for bodily injury caused by asbestos exposure.
This amendment, sponsored by Senator Santorum, would provide an additional $550,000,000 for Amtrak for fiscal year 2007. This is an enormous amount of spending on an already costly program.
This amendment, sponsored by Senator Inhofe, would provide discretionary spending control. Discretionary spending is out-of-control. This is a good step in reducing the deficit.
This amendment, sponsored by Senator Demint, would establish a reserve fund for Social Security reform. Congress would be able to save Social Security surpluses to be used by future recipients. This helps ensure the long-term stability of the program.
This amendment, sponsored by Senator Ensign, would include Federal entities in the definition of earmarks. This would help to clear up the many abuses of earmarks by expanding their definition.
This amendment, sponsored by Senator McCain, would strike a provision providing $6 million to sugarcane growers in Hawaii, which was not included in the Administration's emergency supplemental request. This is an unnecessary project and is irrelevant to emergency relief.
This bill would provide for reconciliation pursuant to section 201(b) of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2006. This would prevent tax increases which stifle economic growth.
This bill would make the repeal of the estate tax permanent. The estate tax, also known as the death tax, is a form of double taxation and hurts small businesses and family farms.
A bill to express the policy of the United States regarding the United States relationship with Native Hawaiians and to provide a process for the recognition by the United States of the Native Hawaiian governing entity. This bill would add more layers of bureaucracy to the Hawaiian government.
A bill to enhance the energy independence and security of the United States by providing for exploration, development, and production activities for mineral resources in the Gulf of Mexico, and for other purposes.
This legislation moves the United States closer to the goal of creating a region-wide Middle East free trade area by 2013. An agreement with Oman would mark the fifth such nation in the Middle East with open trade ties to the United States. Free trade agreements allow Americans to buy and sell goods in more markets.
S. 5 is a major step towards stopping lawsuit abuse by limiting venue shopping by trial lawyers. Unscrupulous attorneys often bring cases to a handful of state ‘tort hellholes’ where judges and juries consistently produce unreasonable awards with national economic impact. This new legislation would move the largest cases to federal courts, where judges are better equipped to consider the national scope of each case.
This amendment, sponsored by Senator DeMint, expresses the sense of the Senate that failing to address the financial condition of Social Security will result in massive debt, deep benefit cuts and tax increases.
This amendment, sponsored by Senator Byrd, would provide funding of $1.4 billion in fiscal year 2006 to preserve a national intercity passenger rail system. This is a waste of taxpayer dollars.
The amendment, sponsored by Senator Cantwell, would cancel the outlay reductions for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge provided in S.C.Res. 18, making the resolution even more costly.
The Feingold amendment would fully reinstate the pay-as-you-go requirement, allowing for further deficit spending and debt-ceiling increases.
This bill would implement the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), expanding mutually-beneficial exchanges with our friendly, democratic neighbors in our region.
This is a $295 billion transportation bill which is more than $11 billion larger than the agreed upon allotment for transportation. In addition, it contains literally thousands of wasteful earmarks.
The Kenedy Amdt. No. 2063 would provide for an increase in the Federal minimum wage. An increase in the minimum wage would increase unemployment and hurt small businesses and low-skilled workers.
Motion To Table Coburn Amdt. No. 2093 As Modified; To prohibit any funds under the Act from being used for a parking facility as part of the Joslyn Art Museum Master Plan, in Omaha, Nebraska. This amendment would eliminate at least one wasteful project.
This amendment, sponsored by Senator Reed, would provide for appropriations for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. This is a wasteful program that would increase government spending at the expense of free market solutions.
Coburn Amdt. No. 2165, As Modified; To make a perfecting amendment. Senator Coburn's amendment would block construction of the “bridge to nowhere” in Alaska, the leading symbol of earmark abuse in the 109th Congress.
This amendment would cap non-defense, non-trust fund, discretionary spending at previous fiscal year’s level, putting a hold on out-of-control spending.
Deficit Reduction Omnibus Reconciliation Act includes relatively slight reductions in the rate of growth in some mandatory spending programs. Though rather modest, this is a first step in reducing the national debt.
The amendment would impose a windfall tax on crude oil profits. This tax would discourage oil production and stifle economic growth.
This amendment, sponsored by Senator Feinstein, would reinstate for millionaires a top individual income tax rate of 39.6 percent, the pre-May 2003 rates of tax on capital gains and dividends, and to repeal the reduction and termination of the phase out of personal exemptions and overall limitation on itemized deductions, until the Federal budget deficit is eliminated. This kind of tax would hurt wealth creation.