William Cowan

William Cowan

  • D-MA, Senator2013 – 2013
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2013: 113th Congress N/A

Senator Cowan has not been scored for 2013 because he only served a short interim term after Senator Kerry's resignation.

  • 6: S.Amdt. 30 to S.Amdt. 26 to H.R. 933 - To Defund ObamaCareNay

    Key Vote 6: S.Amdt. 30 to S.Amdt. 26 to H.R. 933 - To Defund ObamaCare

    This amendment would effectively defund ObamaCare by tying its funding to economic growth reaching historical average levels. Defunding ObamaCare would reduce ten-year spending by over $1 trillion and would go a long way towards reducing our government's massive annual deficits.

    "Yea" votes scored.
  • 7: H.R. 933 - Continuing Resolution/Minibus AppropriationsYea

    Key Vote 7: H.R. 933 - Continuing Resolution/Minibus Appropriations

    This is the amended version of the bill containing the Continuing Resolution to fund the federal government through the end of the fiscal year. The bill still funds ObamaCare, and continues to institutionalize current levels of deficit spending. In addition, the House and Senate each added several departmental appropriation bills into the C.R., bypassing regular order and the amendment process that ought to accompany each of these spending bills individually.

    "Nay" votes scored.
  • 8: S.Amdt. 656 to S.Amdt. 578 to S.Con.Res. 8 - Allowing states to enforce an internet sales tax (Marketplace Fairness Act)Yea

    Key Vote 8: S.Amdt. 656 to S.Amdt. 578 to S.Con.Res. 8 - Allowing states to enforce an internet sales tax (Marketplace Fairness Act)

    This budget amendment was a proxy vote for the Marketplace Fairness Act, which would allow states to band together to collect taxes on internet sales from citizens of other states. This type of internet sales tax scheme violates the physical presence standard of tax collection and would place an undue compliance burden upon online retailers.

    "Nay" votes scored.
  • 9: S.Amdt. 515 to S.Con.Res. 8 - School ChoiceNay

    Key Vote 9: S.Amdt. 515 to S.Con.Res. 8 - School Choice

    This amendment would make federal education dollars under No Child Left Behind portable so that lower-income parents could use that money towards sending their child to another school. This would be a good first step towards offering parents true choice in their children's education.

    "Yea" votes scored.
  • 10: S.Amdt 307 to S.Con.Res. 8 - To Eliminate the Estate TaxNay

    Key Vote 10: S.Amdt 307 to S.Con.Res. 8 - To Eliminate the Estate Tax

    This amendment to the Senate's budget resolution would call for the outright elimination of the estate tax (better known as the "death tax"). The death tax is absolutely unjust because it taxes assets that have already been taxed before, and it punishes those who have saved their money over a lifetime to pass on to the next generation. This tax is particularly devastating to small businesses and family farms.

    "Yea" votes scored.
  • 11: S.Amdt. 263 to S.Con.Res. 8 - Rand Paul's BudgetNay

    Key Vote 11: S.Amdt. 263 to S.Con.Res. 8 - Rand Paul's Budget

    This is Senator Rand Paul's budget plan, which would balance in five years, eliminate four Cabinet departments, replace the current tax code with a flat tax, and fundamentally reform all major entitlement programs.

    "Yea" votes scored.
  • 12: S.Amdt. 597 to S.Con.Res. 8 - Paycheck Protection for Federal EmployeesNay

    Key Vote 12: S.Amdt. 597 to S.Con.Res. 8 - Paycheck Protection for Federal Employees

    This amendment would prevent taxpayer resources from being used to automatically deduct union dues from the paychecks of unionized federal employees. Federal workers, most of whom have never had the opportunity to vote on whether or not they wish to be unionized, ought to be able to decide if they wish to pay dues to their unions. Much of the collected dues are used for union political activities, which a given employee may or may not agree with.

    "Yea" votes scored.
  • 13: S.Con.Res. 8 - Setting forth the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2014Yea

    Key Vote 13: S.Con.Res. 8 - Setting forth the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2014

    This is the Senate Democrats' budget plan, which raises taxes by nearly $1 trillion while using budget gimmicks to claim $1.8 trillion in spending cuts. In reality, the budget never achieves balance and actually increases spending in the first year, while failing to address the primary drivers of government spending - entitlements - at all.

    "Nay" votes scored.
  • 14: S. 743 - The Marketplace Fairness Act (Internet Sales Tax)Yea

    Key Vote 14: S. 743 - The Marketplace Fairness Act (Internet Sales Tax)

    This bill allows states to collect taxes on internet sales from businesses in other states. This violates the physical presence standard that has governed tax collection since our founding, and raises constitutional issues about businesses being forced to bear the expense of complying with tax collection for states in which they have no representation.

    "Nay" votes scored.
  • 15: On Cloture: S. 954 - The Farm BillYea

    Key Vote 15: On Cloture: S. 954 - The Farm Bill

    The so-called "Farm Bill" is actually a combination of agricultural policy and welfare, with food stamps accounting for 80 percent of the bill's nearly trillion dollars in projected spending. Aside from failing to contain the multitude of faults within the rapidly-expanding food welfare programs, the agricultural portion of the bill is an amalgam of direct corporate welfare for insurance companies and farm corporations and special carve-outs and price supports for the specific industries with the best lobbyists.

    "Nay" votes scored.
  • 17: Lee Letter to Defund ObamaCare through the Continuing ResolutionIneligible

    Key Vote 17: Lee Letter to Defund ObamaCare through the Continuing Resolution

    Senator Mike Lee solicited signers on a letter to Senator Harry Reid, which declared that the signers would not vote for any appropriations bill, including a Continuing Resolution (CR), that contained further funding for ObamaCare's implementation or enforcement. The letter put senators on the record committing to actually defunding ObamaCare using a must-pass bill (the CR), rather than just taking another symbolic vote on an amendment that the Democrats could easily defeat.

    "Yea" votes scored.
  • 19: On Cloture: H.R. 2775 - Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014 Nay

    Key Vote 19: On Cloture: H.R. 2775 - Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014

    H.R. 2775 was used as the vehicle for the Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the federal government. This bill funds the government fully (including ObamaCare) through January 15th of 2014, suspends the debt ceiling until February of 2014, and obliges both chambers of Congress to go to conference on a full-year budget. In other words, this CR allows for more uncontrolled spending and debt, with no reforms to either, does nothing to address ObamaCare, and potentially promises more future spending if a budget agreement is reached.

    "Nay" votes scored.
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