Ron Wyden

Ron Wyden

  • D-OR, Senator1996 – present
  • D-OR, 3rd District1981 – 1996
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Lifetime Score 10%

7%
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2005: 7%
17%
2006: 17%
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2007: 0%
23%
2008: 23%
23%
2009: 23%
9%
2010: 9%
17%
2011: 17%
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2012: 0%
9%
2013: 9%
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2014: 0%
7%
2015: 7%
36%
2016: 36%
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2017: 0%

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2017: 115th Congress 0%

  • 1: On the Amendment: Paul Amendment to the FY 2017 Budget ResolutionNay

    Key Vote 1: On the Amendment: Paul Amendment to the FY 2017 Budget Resolution

    While serving as the vehicle to begin the process of repealing ObamaCare, as currently written, S.Con.Res. 3 would increase budget deficits by $7.919 trillion between FY 2017 and FY 2026 and add nearly $9.01 trillion in publicly held debt. It’s beyond comprehension, after seeing more than $8.1 trillion added public’s share of the national debt since on President Barack Obama’s watch, why Congress would pass a budget resolution that doesn’t show any measure of fiscal restraint. Introduced by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), this amendment freezes on-budget federal spending at the FY 2017 level, $3.265 trillion, between FY 2018 through FY 2026. The amendment would bring the budget into balance by FY 2024. The resolution does nothing to adversely affect ObamaCare repeal.

    "Yea" votes scored.
  • 2: On Passage: H.J. Res. 38 - Resolution of Disapproval Against the Department of the Interior's Stream Protection RuleNay

    Key Vote 2: On Passage: H.J. Res. 38 - Resolution of Disapproval Against the Department of the Interior's Stream Protection Rule

    This resolution of disapproval of the Congressional Review Act nullifies the Department of the Interior's Stream Protection Rule. With an annual estimated cost of $81 million, according to the Department of the Interior's Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, the Stream Protection Rule is another blow to the coal industry, which was a favorite target of the Obama administration. The National Mining Association estimates that rule will lead to billions of dollars in lost revenues to state and local governments, as well as the loss of between 113,000 and 280,000 jobs.

    "Yea" votes scored.
  • 3: On Passage: H.J. Res 41 - Resolution of Disapproval Against the SEC's Disclosure of Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers RuleNay

    Key Vote 3: On Passage: H.J. Res 41 - Resolution of Disapproval Against the SEC's Disclosure of Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers Rule

    This resolution of disapproval of the Congressional Review Act nullifies the Securities and Exchange Commission's Disclosure of Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers rule. Promulgated under the authority of the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, or Dodd-Frank, this rule requires resource extraction issuers to include in annual reports the payment of any entity controlled by the regulated business to foreign governments or the United States government "for the purpose of the commercial development of oil, natural gas, or minerals." The Securities and Exchange Commission projects initial compliance costs between $239 million and $700 million and annual compliance costs between $96 million and $591 million.

    "Yea" votes scored.
  • 4: On the Nomination: Rep. Tom Price, M.D. (R-Ga.) to Serve as Secretary of Health and Human ServicesNay

    Key Vote 4: On the Nomination: Rep. Tom Price, M.D. (R-Ga.) to Serve as Secretary of Health and Human Services

    Roll Call 61

    An orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Price, who has a lifetime 89 percent score with FreedomWorks, would bring a unique perspective to the Department of Health and Human Services that is desperately needed at a time when America's health care system is facing significant challenges. The Department of Health and Human Services was one of the federal agencies primarily responsible for the implementation of ObamaCare. HHS promulgated or approved rules developed by agencies it oversees, including rules that led to millions of health insurance policy cancellations and so-called “essential benefits” that have increased the cost of health insurance premiums for Americans. While the details of an ObamaCare replacement supported by the House and Senate Republican conferences are yet to be developed and introduced in legislative text, Dr. Price is the ideal individual to lead this effort in the Trump administration.

    "Yea" votes scored.
  • 5: On the Nomination: Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) to Serve as Director of the White House Office of Management and BudgetNay

    Key Vote 5: On the Nomination: Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) to Serve as Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget

    Roll Call 68

    The Office of Management and Budget is the largest office working in the Executive Office of the President of the United States. As OMB director, Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) would play a large role in preparing President Trump’s Budget, as well as evaluating the degree to which agency programs, policies, and procedures follow the president’s policies. With Rep. Mulvaney’s history of serious concern and constructive activity toward reining in Washington’s overspending, this nominee deserves our support to take Washington by the horns and fight for responsible spending levels at the federal level.

    "Yea" votes scored. Double Score
  • 6: On the Nomination: Scott Pruitt to Serve as Administrator of the Environmental Protection AgencyNay

    Key Vote 6: On the Nomination: Scott Pruitt to Serve as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

    Roll Call 71

    The EPA has become the most notorious offender in the unconstitutional fourth branch of government that we know as the regulatory state. It has promulgated rules and regulations, such as the Clean Power Plan, aimed at destroying an entire industry, hurting workers and their families. Under Scott Pruitt's leadership at the EPA, Americans will have safe air and water and protection from government overreach through rules and regulations. Pruitt is a staunch believer in federalism and Article I of the Constitution, which charges the legislative branch with the power to make laws, not executive-level regulatory agencies.

    "Yea" votes scored.
  • 7: On Passage: H.J. Res. 37 - Resolution of Disapproval Against the DOD, GSA, and NASA Federal Acquisition RegulationNay

    Key Vote 7: On Passage: H.J. Res. 37 - Resolution of Disapproval Against the DOD, GSA, and NASA Federal Acquisition Regulation

    This resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act nullifies a the Department of Defense, the General Services Administration, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's relating to the Federal Acquisition Regulation. This regulation requires federal contractors to disclose decisions on the reporting of violations of federal labor laws and creates paycheck transparency protections for employees of federal contractors. The rule is expected to cost employers $458.3 million in the first year, $413.7 million in the second year, and between $398.5 million and $400 million annually thereafter.

    "Yea" votes scored.
  • 8: On Passage: H.J.Res. 57 - Resolution of Disapproval Against the Department of Education's Accountability and State Plans RuleNay

    Key Vote 8: On Passage: H.J.Res. 57 - Resolution of Disapproval Against the Department of Education's Accountability and State Plans Rule

    This resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act, which gives Congress authority to effectively nullify regulations submitted for review by federal agencies within 60 legislative days, would cancel the Department of Education’s Accountability and State Plans Rule. The Department of Education’s Accountability and State Plans Rule implements part of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and leaves open a loophole that federal bureaucrats could exploit to force Common Core on states that haven't implemented the standards. Education officials from several states and local jurisdictions strongly opposed the rule when it was being crafted.

    "Yea" votes scored.
  • 9: On the Nomination: Judge Neil M. Gorsuch to Serve as an Associate Justice of the Supreme CourtNay

    Key Vote 9: On the Nomination: Judge Neil M. Gorsuch to Serve as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court

    Roll Call 111

    Our activist community drove more than 1.7 million messages to the Senate urging Members to preserve this important seat on the High Court for someone who respects the rule of law and a textual interpretation of the Constitution. With the nomination of Judge Gorsuch, we now have the opportunity to follow through by solidifying the conservative bloc on the Supreme Court. As explained by SCOTUSBlog, “some of the parallels” between Justice Scalia and Judge Gorsuch “can be downright eerie.” Indeed, Judge Gorsuch has the same originalist and textualist approach to the Constitution and narrow application of criminal laws against defendants and support for mens rea, or criminal intent, requirements in federal law in common. The key difference between Justice Scalia and Judge Gorsuch is that Judge Gorsuch has written critically of the Supreme Court’s 1984 "Chevron deference," which requires federal courts to defer to regulatory agencies’ interpretations of “silent or ambiguous” statutes. The Chevron deference has allowed federal bureaucrats to enact law without judicial review, undermining the separation of powers in the Constitution.

    "Yea" votes scored.
  • 10: On Passage: Consolidated Appropriations Act - H.R. 244Yea

    Key Vote 10: On Passage: Consolidated Appropriations Act - H.R. 244

    The process for the Consolidated Appropriations Act, which funds the federal government for the remainder of FY 2017, could not have been worse. This massive, nearly 1,700-page spending measure was negotiated behind closed doors between congressional leadership from both chambers and appropriators. With a Republican-controlled Congress and a Republican president, this spending bill reflects Obama-era spending levels. The bill annualizes base discretionary spending for FY 2017 at $1.07 trillion. This spending level blows through the spending caps established by the Budget Control Act of 2011 by $30 billion. The bill spends an additional $106 billion for overseas contingency operations, disaster relief, and other spending, which isn’t counted toward the spending caps. In total, the bill authorizes more than $1.175 trillion in annualized discretionary spending for FY 2017. The bill also falls short of promoting conservative priorities. While the bill does renew the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program and does not include funding for ObamaCare’s cost-sharing subsidies, it allocates nearly $296 million to bail out Puerto Rico’s Medicaid program, preserves current spending levels for the Environmental Protection Agency, increases spending for the National Institutes of Health and the National Endowment for the Arts, and provides a bailout for a private sector labor union.

    "Nay" votes scored. Double Score
  • 11: On the Motion to Proceed: H.J.Res. 36 - Resolution of Disapproval Against the Bureau of Land Management’s Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties, and Resource Conservation RuleNay

    Key Vote 11: On the Motion to Proceed: H.J.Res. 36 - Resolution of Disapproval Against the Bureau of Land Management’s Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties, and Resource Conservation Rule

    This vote was on the motion to proceed to consideration of H.J.Res. 36, which would have canceled the Bureau of Land Management’s Methane Rule. With annual compliance costs between $114 million and $279 million, the so-called “venting and flaring” rule purports to reduce waste from “reduce the waste of natural gas from mineral leases administered” by the Bureau of Land Management. In reality, the purpose of the rule is to discourage oil and gas production on land overseen by the agency. The Bureau of Land Management estimates annual compliance costs between $114 million and $279 million.

    "Yea" votes scored.
  • 12: Sponsor and Cosponsors of S. 1297 - To Make Title VII of FISA PermanentIneligible

    Key Vote 12: Sponsor and Cosponsors of S. 1297 - To Make Title VII of FISA Permanent

    The current authorization expires in December, which means that Congress must reauthorize it by the end of the year. S. 1287 bill would eliminate the need for reauthorization, granting indefinite authority for a program that collects information on, potentially, millions of Americans. Section 702 allows the Attorney General and the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) to collect electronic communications by non-citizens of interest to the federal government. Officially, the program is not supposed to target U.S. citizens, but intelligence agencies cast a wide net and often the communications of Americans can be swept up by the surveillance as well. Given the sweeping powers in Section 702 and the potential for misuse, this program should require congressional oversight, which can be used to assess both terrorism and privacy concerns. Granting this surveillance authority indefinitely, as S. 1297 does, limits even further Congress’s ability to oversee this program.

    "Nay" votes scored. Double Score
  • 13: On the Motion to Proceed: American Health Care Act, H.R. 1628Nay

    Key Vote 13: On the Motion to Proceed: American Health Care Act, H.R. 1628

    This vote simply allows the Senate to begin debate on the House-passed version of H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act.

    "Yea" votes scored. Triple Score
  • 14: On the Amendment: Paul Amendment to H.R. 1628 - ObamaCare Repeal Reconciliation ActNay

    Key Vote 14: On the Amendment: Paul Amendment to H.R. 1628 - ObamaCare Repeal Reconciliation Act

    This amendment is virtually identical to the 2015 ObamaCare repeal bill – the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act, H.R. 3762. This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 52 to 47, with only two unsurprising Republican defections. For more than seven years, Republicans successfully campaigned on ObamaCare repeal. They made floor speeches in support of repeal, and they voted to pass a repeal bill less than two years ago. Grassroots conservative activists are not going to accept excuses if Republicans fail to pass a bill that they have passed once before. The ObamaCare Repeal Reconciliation Act would repeal much of ObamaCare – including the tax and cost sharing subsidies, Medicaid expansion, and the taxes that came with the law – with a two-year delay to pass a replacement. This delay provides more than ample time to reach an agreement on a replacement bill or package. President Donald Trump has indicated that he will sign a 2015-style ObamaCare bill into law. Senate Republicans should do as they did in December 2015 and pass a bill that delivers on their frequent promises to repeal ObamaCare.

    "Yea" votes scored. Triple Score
  • 15: On the Motion to Table the Sasse Motion to Recommit H.R. 601 to Committee with InstructionsYea

    Key Vote 15: On the Motion to Table the Sasse Motion to Recommit H.R. 601 to Committee with Instructions

    The vote was on the motion to table a motion by Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) to recommit H.R. 601 to committee with instructions to remove the debt limit increase and continuing appropriations.

    "Nay" votes scored.
  • 16: On the Cloture Motion: McConnell Amendment to H.R. 601 -- To Increase the Debt LimitYea

    Key Vote 16: On the Cloture Motion: McConnell Amendment to H.R. 601 -- To Increase the Debt Limit

    The amendment offered by Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) would increase the debt limit and fund the federal government through December 8 without any spending or regulatory reforms.

    "Nay" votes scored.
  • 17: On the Nomination: Chairman Ajit Pai to Serve Another Five-Year Term on the FCCNay

    Key Vote 17: On the Nomination: Chairman Ajit Pai to Serve Another Five-Year Term on the FCC

    Chairman Pai has served on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) since May 2012. Chairman Pai should not only be confirmed for his record of eloquently championing sensible regulation grounded by market principles, but because he also serves as an example of what the American people deserve from officials in Washington. Pai’s efforts, particularly on the debate surrounding Title II of the Communications Act of 1934, demonstrate his commitment to policies that work rather than policies that simply grow the power of government and relevance of his position as a regulator.

    "Yea" votes scored.
  • 18: On the Amendment: Capito Amendment to the FY 2018 Budget - Promoting Repeal of the SALT DeductionNay

    Key Vote 18: On the Amendment: Capito Amendment to the FY 2018 Budget - Promoting Repeal of the SALT Deduction

    This amendment, sponsored Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W-Va.), promotes the repeal of the salt and local tax (SALT) deduction, which incentivizes states to raise taxes to finance their big government policy agendas. The elimination of SALT would finance lower tax rates for all Americans.

    "Yea" votes scored.
  • 19: On the Amendment: Paul Amendment to the FY 2018 Budget - Reduces Spending by $43 BillionNay

    Key Vote 19: On the Amendment: Paul Amendment to the FY 2018 Budget - Reduces Spending by $43 Billion

    This amendment, sponsored by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), would reduce discretionary spending by $43 billion.

    "Yea" votes scored.
  • 20: On the Amendment: Paul Amendment to FY 2018 Budget - ObamaCare RepealNay

    Key Vote 20: On the Amendment: Paul Amendment to FY 2018 Budget - ObamaCare Repeal

    This amendment, sponsored by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), would create reconciliation instructions to repeal and replace ObamaCare, providing a path to follow through on more than seven years of promises after the Senate's failure this year.

    "Yea" votes scored.
  • 21: On the Concurrent Resolution: FY 2018 Budget - Tax Reform ReconciliationNay

    Key Vote 21: On the Concurrent Resolution: FY 2018 Budget - Tax Reform Reconciliation

    It has been more than 30 years since Congress passed fundamental tax reform. Since that time, the tax code has become riddled with carve-outs that benefit politically connected special interests. Today, there are more than 74,000 pages in the tax code. According to the Tax Foundation, Americans spent 8.9 billion hours and $409 billion on tax compliance in 2016. Congress has a generational opportunity to reform the tax code by consolidating and lowering tax rates, broadening the tax base, and promoting job creation and international competitiveness for American businesses. This will make the tax code fairer and simplify the filing process, allowing the vast majority of Americans to file their taxes on a postcard. There is no doubt that 2017 has been a frustrating year for conservatives. Failure on fundamental tax reform is not an option. Passage of the FY 2018 budget resolution is the first step in this process. This is a step that the Senate must take.

    "Yea" votes scored.
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