Ron Wyden

Ron Wyden

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

7%
‘05
2005: 7%
17%
2006: 17%
0%
2007: 0%
23%
2008: 23%
23%
2009: 23%
9%
2010: 9%
17%
2011: 17%
0%
2012: 0%
9%
2013: 9%
0%
2014: 0%
7%
‘15
2015: 7%

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2015: 114th Congress 7%

  • 1: On the Amendment: S.Amdt. 92 to S.Amdt. 2 to S. 1 - To permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation FundYea

    Key Vote 1: On the Amendment: S.Amdt. 92 to S.Amdt. 2 to S. 1 - To permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund

    The Land and Water Conservation Fund provides money for states and the federal government to purchase land for "conservation" purposes. This fund has been used to purchase millions of acres of private property, further increasing the massive quantity of government-owned property in the United States. Taxpayers should not be subsidizing the government takeover of ever-greater swaths of property, yet this amendment would make this land-purchase fund permanent.

    "Nay" votes scored.
  • 2: On the Amendment: S.Amdt. 1116 to H.R. 2 - To require that the "Doc Fix" bill be fully paid forNay

    Key Vote 2: On the Amendment: S.Amdt. 1116 to H.R. 2 - To require that the "Doc Fix" bill be fully paid for

    H.R. 2 is a bill to permanently prevent a scheduled cut in payments to doctors under Medicare, as well as to reauthorize S-CHIP - the federal health insurance program for children. Aside from numerous other policy issues, this bill also adds over $140 billion to the deficit over ten years. This amendment by Senator Mike Lee would invoke the statutory pay-as-you-go requirement so that Congress would be forced to find savings to erase the deficits created by this bill.

    "Yea" votes scored.
  • 3: On the Amendment: S.Amdt. 1243 to S.Amdt. 1221 to H.R. 1314 - To Strike Trade Adjustment Assistance from the BillNay

    Key Vote 3: On the Amendment: S.Amdt. 1243 to S.Amdt. 1221 to H.R. 1314 - To Strike Trade Adjustment Assistance from the Bill

    This amendment, by Senator Flake, would strike the extension of the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program from the bill to create fast-track trade authority. TAA is an ineffective and duplicative program that gives financial assistance to workers and companies that have been negatively affected by free trade. TAA has been shown to be ineffective and even harmful to those it is supposed to benefit, and should be allowed to expire.

    "Yea" votes scored.
  • 4: On the Amendment: S.Amdt. 2162 to S.Amdt. 2089 to S. 1177 - To make it easier for parents to opt their children out of standardized testingNay

    Key Vote 4: On the Amendment: S.Amdt. 2162 to S.Amdt. 2089 to S. 1177 - To make it easier for parents to opt their children out of standardized testing

    This amendment by Senator Lee would allow parents to opt their children out of having to take federally mandated standardized tests, while ensuring that schools are not penalized for these students not being tested.

    "Yea" votes scored.
  • 5: On the Amendment: S.Amdt. 2180 to S.Amdt. 2089 to S. 1177 - To remove federal mandates on educational standards in the statesNay

    Key Vote 5: On the Amendment: S.Amdt. 2180 to S.Amdt. 2089 to S. 1177 - To remove federal mandates on educational standards in the states

    This amendment by Senator Cruz would prohibit the Department of Education from forcing states to adhere to any federal testing standards, allowing states to determine their own assessment plans for public schools.

    "Yea" votes scored.
  • 6: On the Cloture Motion, S.Amdt. 2327 to S.Amdt. 2266 to H.R. 22 - To Reauthorize the U.S. Export Import BankYea

    Key Vote 6: On the Cloture Motion, S.Amdt. 2327 to S.Amdt. 2266 to H.R. 22 - To Reauthorize the U.S. Export Import Bank

    The Export-Import Bank is an 80-year-old corporate welfare program that ought to be allowed to expire. That Republican leaders prioritize Ex-Im instead of conservative priorities confirms that they fail to address the expansion...

    "Nay" votes scored.
  • 7: On the Amendment: S.Amdt. 2621 to S.Amdt. 2716 to S. 754 - To require companies to delete sensitive personal information before sending cyber threat data to Homeland Security.Yea

    Key Vote 7: On the Amendment: S.Amdt. 2621 to S.Amdt. 2716 to S. 754 - To require companies to delete sensitive personal information before sending cyber threat data to Homeland Security.

    This amendment by Senator Ron Wyden would address one of the most glaring issues with the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), by requiring that companies sharing cyber threat data with the government first scrub non-essential personally identifiable information (PII) from the reports first. Without this amendment, CISA creates a perverse incentive for companies to be less careful about the sharing of their customers' personal data - which would be shared in real times across many government agencies, including the NSA.

    "Yea" votes scored.
  • 8: On Cloture: H.R. 1314 - Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015Yea

    Key Vote 8: On Cloture: H.R. 1314 - Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015

    This bill was the vehicle for the budget agreement that will spend $80 billion beyond the Budget Control Act caps over two years, along with $16 billion in new defense spending that doesn't count towards the caps. The supposed offsets to this spending are mostly either gimmicks or long-term, while the new deficit spending is immediate. The bill also suspends the debt ceiling through March of 2017, effectively giving the government a blank check for that period.

    "Nay" votes scored. Double Score
  • 9: On the Joint Resolution: S.J.Res. 24 - Disapproving of the EPA Rule to Increase Emissions Standards for Existing Power PlantsNay

    Key Vote 9: On the Joint Resolution: S.J.Res. 24 - Disapproving of the EPA Rule to Increase Emissions Standards for Existing Power Plants

    This resolution invokes the Congressional Act to disapprove of the recent EPA rule that greatly increases emissions restrictions on existing coal-fired power plants. This tremendously destructive regulation would greatly increase energy costs in the many states which rely heavily upon coal-fired power plants for their electricity. These cost increases damage overall economic growth, and in particular lower the standard of living of lower-income earners.

    "Yea" votes scored.
  • 10: On the Joint Resolution: S.J.Res. 23 - Disapproving of the EPA Rule to Increase Emissions Standards for New Power PlantsNay

    Key Vote 10: On the Joint Resolution: S.J.Res. 23 - Disapproving of the EPA Rule to Increase Emissions Standards for New Power Plants

    This resolution invokes the Congressional Act to disapprove of the recent EPA rule that greatly increases emissions restrictions on any future coal-fired power plants. This rule tightens emissions standards to the point where it will likely not be economically feasible to build new coal-fired electric plants, crippling one of the most abundant and cost-effective sources of energy in America.

    "Yea" votes scored.
  • 11: Motion to Waive Budget Point of Order: S.Amdt. 2883 to S.Amdt. 2874 to H.R. 3762 - To make the federal 100% match for the Medicaid expansion permanentYea

    Key Vote 11: Motion to Waive Budget Point of Order: S.Amdt. 2883 to S.Amdt. 2874 to H.R. 3762 - To make the federal 100% match for the Medicaid expansion permanent

    This amendment by Senator Sherrod Brown would make permanent the 100 percent federal match rate for Medicaid enrollees under the ObamaCare expansion of that program. This would completely remove the incentive for states to resist expanding Medicaid because it would be largely free for them. This increase in permanent federal entitlement spending would be paid for by a tax increase on higher income earners.

    "Nay" votes scored.
  • 12: On Passage: H.R. 3762 - To Use Budget Reconciliation to Repeal Most of ObamaCareNay

    Key Vote 12: On Passage: H.R. 3762 - To Use Budget Reconciliation to Repeal Most of ObamaCare

    This bill uses the budget reconciliation process to repeal all of the parts of ObamaCare that have a budgetary impact, which would eliminate nearly all of ObamaCare's core functions. Among the programs repealed are the Medicaid expansion, the insurance premium subsidies, the insurance mandates, several grant programs, and all of the new taxes. Because of the reconciliation procedure, this bill only requires 50 votes to pass.

    "Yea" votes scored.
  • 13: On the Conference Report: H.R. 22 - Highway Funding Bill & Ex-Im ReauthorizationYea

    Key Vote 13: On the Conference Report: H.R. 22 - Highway Funding Bill & Ex-Im Reauthorization

    This bill would renew federal highway funding to states for a period of five years. However, it does not solve the structural deficit within the Highway Trust Fund, doesn't eliminate the wasteful spending that takes away from funding roads, and doesn't offset that spending in any real way. Furthermore, this bill contains a reauthorization of the expired Export-Import Bank, in order to prevent having a standalone vote on renewing such a direct corporate welfare fund.

    "Nay" votes scored.
  • 14: On Cloture: H.R. 2029 - Consolidated Appropriations Act (Omnibus)Yea

    Key Vote 14: On Cloture: H.R. 2029 - Consolidated Appropriations Act (Omnibus)

    This omnibus appropriations bills for Fiscal Year 2016 funds former Speaker Boehner's budget-busting deal to the tune of $50 billion above the budget caps for 2016. It contains several very troubling legislative riders a well, including more funding for the IMF, and a massive new cybersecurity information sharing program that violates consumers' privacy and due process. It also fails to include most of the amendments from the appropriations process that would have defunded key, harmful federal regulations.

    "Nay" votes scored.
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