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This would provide for a deficit-neutral reserve fund for Social Security reform. Social Security is unsustainable in its current form and this amendment would be a welcome reform.
This would put a moratorium on earmarks. Earmarks are spending projects which will add to the deficit and are unnecessary.
This amendment would increase government involvement in the lending and housing markets, rewarding the irresponsible decision makers while punishing those not involved. There is plenty to reform in the housing market, but this is not the way to do it.
To create a bipartisan, bicameral special committee to investigate the insertion of an earmark for Coconut Road into a 2005 highway bill. This is one step in reforming earmark abuse.
This amendment would create a new hurricane insurance program that would crowd out private insurance coverage and leading to increased costs and higher government spending.
This bill would give exclusive bargaining controls to inefficient labor unions over public safety employers. It would thus create a union-run monopoly over all public safety employees and would force local governments to cooperate.
The Act, which proposes to curb greenhouse gases, would significantly hamstring the economy of the United States by burdening taxpayers and risking thousands of jobs as our global competitiveness vanishes under a flood of regulations, taxes, and higher costs.
This bill, and farm subsidies generally, benefit politically connected farm corporations and agriculture industry lobbyists through inefficient price hikes and market restrictions. These market-distorting policies mostly benefit those who engage in cronyism, while making it impossible for small, family-owned farms and businesses to compete. The costs of these market distortions then get passed on to consumers in the form of higher prices.
This is the final vote on the bill that provided a massive (up to $300 billion) bailout to the "Government Sponsored Entities" Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. These two GSEs were in danger of bankruptcy because of their irresponsibly loose lending practices, and they should have been allowed to go bankrupt instead of putting taxpayers on the hook for their misbehavior. In addition, the bill contains an $800 billion increase in the debt ceiling.
FreedomWorks opposes this omnibus spending bill because it greatly increases the government's already out-of-control spending. The omnibus is also loaded loads of unnecessary and wasteful earmarks.
This bill would introduce over 30 new provisions to the tax code that would increase taxes by nearly $2 billion. Congress should not be using the tax code as a way to pick winners and losers in the economy by creating lobbyist-influenced loopholes and deductions, nor should it be raising taxes on the American people, particularly in a time of economic turbulence.
This bill would provide a $700 billion taxpayer-funded bailout of the financial industry. Institutions which make risky loans should be allowed to suffer the consequences of those loans. Bailing them out creates the moral hazard that these banks and lenders know that will not have to suffer the long-term consequences of their bad decision if they merely become "too big to fail".
This amendment would help stop earmarks. Earmarks are wasteful and serve the interests of only a few.
The Fair Minimum Wage Act would allow for an increase in the minimum wage from $5.15 per hour to $7.25 per hour over two years. According to CBO estimates, a minimum wage increase would saddle small businesses with up to $7 billion in added costs.
To protect families, family farms and small businesses by raising the death tax exemption to $5 million and reducing the maximum death tax rate to no more than 35%, to extend college tuition deduction, to extend the student loan interest deduction, to extend the teacher classroom deduction, to protect senior citizens from higher taxes on their retirement income, to maintain U.S. financial market competitiveness, and to promote economic growth by extending the lower tax rates on dividends and capital gains.
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 so that further reforms may be pursued.
To provide for the consideration of an increase in the tobacco products user fee rate, but only to the extent that such rate increase does not result in an increase of more than 61 cents per pack of cigarettes, with all revenue generated by such increase dedicated to the re-authorization and expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program.
To amend the National Labor Relations Act to ensure the right of employees to a secret-ballot election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board.
This water projects bill is bloated with over 900 special-interest earmarks, which far exceeds the $4.9 billion requested by the Army Corps of Engineers. The bill does not set any priorities and would result in funding for truly essential projects, like protections in Louisiana against future hurricanes, being drowned out in a sea of pork.
A bill to reauthorize Amtrak, and for other purposes. Amtrak should be abolished since it is a wasteful program that cost taxpayers too much money.
This bill calls for $50 billion in new funding for the program that far exceeds the $5 billion requested by the President. In addition to greatly expanding a program that was originally designed to be a limited contribution to State health services, this bill would be a giant step toward government controlled health care.
This bill would create a Strategic Energy Efficiency and Renewables Reserve to invest in alternative energy. This would increase spending and the national debt. The government should not be subsidizing alternative energy.
A bill to provide for the continuation of agricultural programs through fiscal year 2012, and for other purposes. The bill contains wasteful farm subsidies and would add to the national debt.
A bill making appropriations for the Department of State, foreign operations, and related programs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2008, and for other purposes. This is a spending bill that would add to the national debt.
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.