Robert Wexler

Robert Wexler

  • D-FL, 19th District1997 – 2010
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Lifetime Score 5%

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2005: 13%
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2008: 6%
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2009: 0%

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2009: 111th Congress 0%

  • 1: H.R. 12 - Paycheck Fairness ActYea

    Key Vote 1: H.R. 12 - Paycheck Fairness Act

    The Paycheck Fairness Act would enforce more strictly the wage provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 in order to address a perceived wage "gender gap". Instead, its provisions are an invitation to increase lawsuits with no end in sight for compensation. We should not be heaping more financial burdens on our business institutions and taking away the power of employers to make sound personnel decisions - all because of a misunderstood statistic.

    "Nay" votes scored.
  • 2: H.R. 11 - Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay ActYea

    Key Vote 2: H.R. 11 - Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

    This bill would amend Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to permit discrimination claims against employers well outside of the current statute of 180 days. This presents a radical departure from current anti-discrimination laws. Doing away with any practical statute of limitations, which has been considered a just practice in courts for centuries, opens the flood gates to a river of frivolous lawsuits.

    "Nay" votes scored.
  • 3: On Motion to Recommit: H.R. 384 - T.A.R.P. Reform and Accountability ActNay

    Key Vote 3: On Motion to Recommit: H.R. 384 - T.A.R.P. Reform and Accountability Act

    The $700 billion in Wall Street bailout funds authorized by TARP was a bad policy in its own right, and the actual use of those funds has been even more troubling. The "TARP Reform and Accountability Act" fails to adequately protect these taxpayer funds or safeguard how they are being used. This motion to recommit would have stopped the unused $350 billion in TARP funding from being spent at all, and would have forced the Treasury Department to submit a repayment plan for those bailout funds which have already been spent.

    "Yea" votes scored.
  • 4: On Motion to Concur: H.R. 2 - Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization ActYea

    Key Vote 4: On Motion to Concur: H.R. 2 - Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act

    This legislation calls for spending an additional $33 billion over the next five years to expand coverage under the S-CHIP program. At a time when our nation is facing record-breaking deficits in the trillions of dollars, expanding autopilot spending programs should not be on the agenda.

    "Nay" votes scored.
  • 5: On the Conference Report: H.R. 1 - American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (the "Stimulus Package") Yea

    Key Vote 5: On the Conference Report: H.R. 1 - American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (the "Stimulus Package")

    This bill would create $787 billion in new government spending on projects designed to stimulate an economic recovery. It is neither the government's role, nor is it within its ability, to spend the economy into prosperity. This stimulus package merely spends a fortune in taxpayers' hard-earned money to give away to whatever special interests are best able to claim that they can "create jobs".

    "Nay" votes scored.
  • 6: H.R. 1105 - Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009Yea

    Key Vote 6: H.R. 1105 - Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009

    This bill to fund the federal government contains a whopping 80 percent spending increase and is packed with earmarks and sweeping policy changes. Altogether, this omnibus bill increases government spending at more than double the rate of inflation and almost triple the rate of median growth in household incomes. With budget deficits already running at record highs, this bill just accelerates Washington's already out-of-control spending.

    "Nay" votes scored.
  • 7: H.R. 1106 - Helping Families Save Their Homes Act of 2009Yea

    Key Vote 7: H.R. 1106 - Helping Families Save Their Homes Act of 2009

    This legislation allows bankruptcy judges to modify home mortgages - including reducing principal - rather than leaving those business decisions in the hands of the banks and lenders who own the homes. The act modifies the Hope for Homeowners program by removing the taxpayer protections in place, making it easier for those who took mortgages they could not afford to receive a taxpayer-funded bailout.

    "Nay" votes scored.
  • 8: H.Amdt. 29 to H.R. 1262 - To remove Davis-Bacon prevailing wage provisions from the billNay

    Key Vote 8: H.Amdt. 29 to H.R. 1262 - To remove Davis-Bacon prevailing wage provisions from the bill

    This amendment sought to remove all Davis-Bacon prevailing wage provisions from the 2009 water resources bill. Davis-Bacon is a leftover from the New Deal era which costs taxpayers billions of dollars each year because it requires government contractors to pay "local prevailing wages" for every project, which really means letting expensive union labor receive the contracts regardless of other competition.

    "Yea" votes scored.
  • 9: On the Conference Report: S.Con.Res. 13 - Congressional Budget for FY 2010Yea

    Key Vote 9: On the Conference Report: S.Con.Res. 13 - Congressional Budget for FY 2010

    Their budget taxes too much, spends too much, and borrows too much. And, potentially worst of all, it would open the door for socialized medicine and a massive energy tax to be enacted later this year without substantial debate through the reconciliation process.

    "Nay" votes scored.
  • 10: H.R. 2346 - Supplemental Appropriations, FY 2009Yea

    Key Vote 10: H.R. 2346 - Supplemental Appropriations, FY 2009

    The bill includes a $100 billion International Monetary Fund (IMF) bailout. The bill contains funding for other projects that should not be used as a vehicle to ram IMF funding through Congress. Using this method to get the IMF funding passed is dirty Washington politics and law makers should reject it.

    "Nay" votes scored.
  • 11: On Motion to Concur: H.R. 1256 - Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control ActYea

    Key Vote 11: On Motion to Concur: H.R. 1256 - Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act

    This legislation marks a radical increase in power for the Food and Drug Administration over the tobacco industry, and another attempt by a parental government to make citizens' health choices for them.

    "Nay" votes scored.
  • 12: On Agreeing to the Conference Report: H.R. 2346 - Supplemental Appropriations, FY 2009Yea

    Key Vote 12: On Agreeing to the Conference Report: H.R. 2346 - Supplemental Appropriations, FY 2009

    The bill includes a $100 billion International Monetary Fund (IMF) bailout. The bill contains funding for other projects that should not be used as a vehicle to ram IMF funding through Congress. Using this method to get the IMF funding passed is dirty Washington politics and law makers should reject it.

    "Nay" votes scored.
  • 13: H.R. 2454 - American Clean Energy and Security Act (Cap-and-Trade)Yea

    Key Vote 13: H.R. 2454 - American Clean Energy and Security Act (Cap-and-Trade)

    The Waxman-Markey energy bill calls for a “cap-and-trade” system for the regulation of greenhouse gases, and is, in essence, a massive tax on all energy use. The resulting spike in energy costs would devastate the economy across the board, and would particularly harm lower-income individuals, who would have even less money to spend on steadily rising electric and heating bills.

    "Nay" votes scored.
  • 14: H.R. 3269 - Corporate and Financial Institution Compensation Fairness ActYea

    Key Vote 14: H.R. 3269 - Corporate and Financial Institution Compensation Fairness Act

    This bill introduces federal control of employee compensation to a degree that is both constitutionally questionable and has no place in a market economy. Perhaps most startling about this bill is that the new mandates it establishes on the private sector are so broad and ill-defined that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is unable to determine just how much these rules will cost the economy, making it impossible to conduct a cost-benefit analysis.

    "Nay" votes scored.
  • 15: H.R. 3221 - Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009Yea

    Key Vote 15: H.R. 3221 - Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009

    The bill would essentially provide an endless line of credit to college students, as well as greatly increasing the amount given out through Pell Grants. Guaranteeing students access to free, easy loans on grants will encourage them to take on more debt that they cannot afford, while colleges will continue to raise their tuition to match the flow of government money. This bill further expands the massive student loan debt bubble, which - like the housing bubble before it - will eventually burst.

    "Nay" votes scored.
  • 16: H.R. 3962 - Affordable Health Care for America ActYea

    Key Vote 16: H.R. 3962 - Affordable Health Care for America Act

    (Note: this was the original version of ObamaCare, later passed as H.R. 3590.) This comprehensive government takeover of health care saddles hundreds of billions of dollars in new taxes upon the American people. The bill contains an unconstitutional individual mandate forcing people to buy health insurance simply because they exist. Instead of making health care more affordable, this bill's mandates and regulations will massively increase the cost of everyone's health insurance and reduce the quality of care over time.

    "Nay" votes scored.
  • 17: H.R. 3961 - Medicare Physician Payment Reform Act of 2009Yea

    Key Vote 17: H.R. 3961 - Medicare Physician Payment Reform Act of 2009

    This bill contains the "doc fix" that Congress passes annually in order to keep Medicare payments to doctors from sharply decreasing. While the doc fix may be necessary in order to keep doctors from opting out of seeing Medicare patients, this bill would cost $200 billion over ten years, with no spending reforms to offset its huge expense. Separating this bill from the main comprehensive health care reform bill is thus a fundamentally dishonest attempt to hide the true costs of the massive health care takeover being discussed in Congress, and to kick the problem of Medicare reform down the road yet again.

    "Nay" votes scored.
  • 18: H.R. 4154 - Permanent Estate Tax Relief for Families, Farmers, and Small Businesses ActYea

    Key Vote 18: H.R. 4154 - Permanent Estate Tax Relief for Families, Farmers, and Small Businesses Act

    While this bill claims to enact "permanent estate tax relief", the legislation puts in place a permanent 45 percent tax on estates over $3.5 million. A 45 percent tax is a dramatic tax increase over the zero percent death tax that will be in place in 2010, when death is scheduled to no longer be a taxable event.

    "Nay" votes scored.
  • 19: On Agreeing to the Conference Report: H.R.3288 - Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010 Yea

    Key Vote 19: On Agreeing to the Conference Report: H.R.3288 - Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010

    The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010, or so-called “minibus” would combine six of the seven remaining appropriations bills to fund nine Cabinet departments to the tune of $447 billion and $600 billion in funding for Medicare and Medicaid for a total of $1.1 trillion; a 13% increase over FY 2009 and a 25% increase over FY 2008.

    "Nay" votes scored.
  • 20: On Motion to Recommit: H.R. 4173 - Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank)Nay

    Key Vote 20: On Motion to Recommit: H.R. 4173 - Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank)

    This motion to recommit would have amended the Dodd-Frank bill to fully repeal the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), and to reduce the national debt limit by an amount corresponding to the hundreds of billions that would be saved by TARP's repeal.

    "Yea" votes scored.
  • 21: H.R. 4173 - The Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank)Yea

    Key Vote 21: H.R. 4173 - The Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank)

    The "Dodd-Frank" bill not only fails in its stated goal of reining in the risky lending that led to the current fiscal crisis, it actually institutionalizes the practice of bailing out banks deemed to be "too big to fail". By telling Wall Street banks that irresponsible lending will be rewarded by government bailouts, this bill almost guarantees another financial bubble and collapse in the future.

    "Nay" votes scored.
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