Max S. Baucus

Max S. Baucus

  • D-MT, Senator1978 – 2014
  • D-MT, 1st District1975 – 1978
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Lifetime Score 11%

13%
‘05
2005: 13%
18%
2006: 18%
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2007: 0%
15%
2008: 15%
15%
2009: 15%
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2010: 0%
17%
2011: 17%
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2012: 0%
18%
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2013: 18%

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2014: 113th Congress N/A

Senator Baucus has not been scored for 2014 because he was appointed to be ambassador to China in January.

  • 1: Motion to Concur: H.R. 3547 - Omnibus Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2014Yea

    Key Vote 1: Motion to Concur: H.R. 3547 - Omnibus Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2014

    This bill funds the federal government for the remainder of the fiscal year (through September, 2014). It spends $45 billion more than the budget caps established in 2011, and perpetuates a vast amount of wasteful spending from previous years. Lawmakers were also given almost no time to read this 1,500 page spending bill.

    "Nay" votes scored.
  • 2: On Cloture: H.R. 2642 - Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act (The Farm Bill)Yea

    Key Vote 2: On Cloture: H.R. 2642 - Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act (The Farm Bill)

    This final version of the Farm Bill, reconciled between the House and Senate, actually undoes some of the already modest reforms to crop insurance and food stamps that were previously in the bill. This five-year reauthorization of the Farm Bill will spend nearly a trillion dollars over ten years, and remains loaded with corporate welfare and special carve-outs for well-connected agricultural corporations.

    "Nay" votes scored.
  • 3: On Cloture: S. 540 - Temporary Debt Limit Extension ActNay

    Key Vote 3: On Cloture: S. 540 - Temporary Debt Limit Extension Act

    This bill suspends the debt limit until March 15th of 2015, allowing the president to potentially run up as much debt as he pleases during that time period. The debt is already projected to increase by about $1 trillion over that period, to over $18 trillion. Meanwhile, this debt ceiling suspension contains no reforms to curb spending whatsoever.

    "Nay" votes scored.
  • 5: On Cloture: S. 2262 - Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (Shaheen-Portman)Nay

    Key Vote 5: On Cloture: S. 2262 - Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (Shaheen-Portman)

    This bipartisan energy bill further subsidizes state projects to make buildings more energy efficient, among various green subsidies. Many of the provisions of this bill are duplicative, and all would be better handled by states themselves. The projects and the accompanying regulations are theoretically voluntary, but with 'incentives' and studies aimed at coercing states to accept them.

    "Nay" votes scored.
  • 6: On Cloture: Nomination of David Jeremiah Barron to be United States Circuit Judge for the First CircuitNay

    Key Vote 6: On Cloture: Nomination of David Jeremiah Barron to be United States Circuit Judge for the First Circuit

    Roll Call 161

    David Jeremiah Barron is a troubling judicial nominee due to his explicit advocacy of judicial activism. He was also the White House legal counsel who approved the extralegal killing of a non-combatant American citizen in Yemen - an unprecedented violation of Constitutional rights to due process and trial.

    "Nay" votes scored.
  • 7: On Cloture: On the Nomination of Sylvia Mathews Burwell to be Secretary of Health and Human ServicesNay

    Key Vote 7: On Cloture: On the Nomination of Sylvia Mathews Burwell to be Secretary of Health and Human Services

    Roll Call 174

    This was the crucial vote for the nomination of Sylvia Burwell to replace the retiring Kathleen Sebelius as Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). During her tenure as Chair of the Office of Management and Budget, Burwell oversaw the Obama Administration's attempts to make the partial government shutdown of 2013 as visibly inconvenient as possible, including famously shutting WWII veterans out of their own (open-air) memorial. Thus, it appears unlikely that Burwell would be willing to change the opaque and uncooperative practices of HHS, which is overseeing the implementation of ObamaCare.

    "Nay" votes scored.
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