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Following are the U.S. House votes used to indicate candidates' stances on the issues. Votes which include "VoteMatch Usage" are scored as VoteMatch and HouseMatch quiz responses. Those without a VoteMatch usage are included only on each candidate's main issues page.
Abortion
House BillVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageCandidate Voting
Vote number 2003-530 banning partial-birth abortion except to save mother’s life
on Oct 2, 2003 regarding bill S.3 Bill sponsored by Santorum, R-PA
Results: Conference Report adopted 281-142
Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003: Vote to pass a bill banning a medical procedure, which is commonly known as "partial-birth" abortion. The procedure would be allowed only in cases in which a women's life is in danger, not for cases where a women's health is in danger. Those who performed this procedure, would face fines and up to two years in prison, the women to whom this procedure is performed on are not held criminally liable. Voting Y counts for 2 points on VoteMatch question 1: Abortion. Democrats: YES 63; NO 137
Republicans: YES 218; NO 4
Independents: YES 1; NO 1
Vote number 2002-412 funding for health providers who don't provide abortion info
on Sep 25, 2002 regarding bill HR 4691 Bill sponsored by Bilirakis, R-FL
Results: Bill Passed 229-189
Abortion Non-Discrimination Act of 2002: Vote to pass a bill that would prohibit the federal, state and local governments that receive federal funding from discriminating against health care providers, health insurers, health maintenance organizations, and any other kind of health care facility, organization or plan, that decline to refer patients for, pay for or provide abortion services. In addition the bill would expand an existing law "conscience clause" that protects physician training programs that refuse to provide training for abortion procedures. Voting N counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 1: Abortion. Democrats: YES 31; NO 151
Republicans: YES 175; NO 20
Independents: YES 1; NO 1
Vote number 2001-304 banning human cloning, including medical research
on Jul 31, 2001 regarding bill HR 2505
Results: Bill passed, 265-162
Vote to prohibit human cloning for either medical research or reproductive purposes. The bill would make it illegal to perform, attempt or participate in human cloning. It also would ban shipping or importing cloned embryos or products made from them. Voting N counts for 2 points on VoteMatch question 1: Abortion is a woman's right. Democrats: YES 63; NO 143
Republicans: YES 199; NO 19
Independents: YES 2; NO 0
Vote number 2001-115 banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad
on May 16, 2001 regarding bill HR 1646 Amendment sponsored by Hyde, R-IL
Results: Amendment adopted, FOR: 218, AGAINST: 210
Vote to adopt an amendment that would remove language reversing President Bush's restrictions on funding to family planning groups that provide abortion services, counseling or advocacy. Voting N counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 1: Abortion is a woman's right. Democrats: YES 32; NO 176
Republicans: YES 185; NO 33
Independents: YES 1; NO 1
Vote number 2001-89 federal crime to harm fetus while committing other crimes
on Apr 26, 2001 regarding bill HR 503 Bill sponsored by Graham, R-SC
Results: Bill passed, FOR: 252, AGAINST: 172
Vote to pass a bill that would make it a federal crime to harm a fetus while committing any of 68 federal offenses or a crime under military law. Abortion doctors and women whose own actions harmed their fetuses would be exempt. Voting N counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 1: Abortion is a woman's right. Democrats: YES 53; NO 150
Republicans: YES 198; NO 21
Independents: YES 1; NO 1
Vote number 2000-104 banning partial-birth abortions
on Apr 5, 2000 regarding bill HR 3660 Bill sponsored by Canady, R-FL
Results: Bill passed: FOR: 287; AGAINST: 141
HR 3660 would ban doctors from performing the abortion procedure called "dilation and extraction" [also known as “partial-birth” abortion]. The measure would allow the procedure only if the life of the woman is at risk. Voting N counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 1: Abortion is a woman's right. Democrats: YES 75; NO 132
Republicans: YES 211; NO 8
Independents: YES 1; NO 1
Vote number 1999-261 barring transporting minors to get an abortion
on Jun 30, 1999 regarding bill HR 1218 Bill sponsored by Ros-Lehtinen, R-FL
Results: Bill passed: FOR: 270; AGAINST: 159
The Child Custody Protection Act makes it a federal crime to transport a minor across state lines for the purpose of obtaining an abortion. Voting N counts for 2 points on VoteMatch question 1: Abortion is a woman's right. Democrats: YES 64; NO 144
Republicans: YES 206; NO 14
Independents: YES 1; NO 1

Civil Rights
House BillVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageCandidate Voting
Vote number 2003-234 constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration
on Jun 3, 2003 regarding bill HJRes.4 Resolution sponsored by Thomas, R-CA
Results: Resolution passed 300-125
Desecration of Flag resolution: Vote to pass the joint resolution to put forward a Constitutional amendment to state that Congress shall have the power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States. Note: A two-thirds majority vote of those present and voting (284 in this case) is required to pass a joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution. Voting Y counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 4: Civil Rights. Democrats: YES 87; NO 113
Republicans: YES 213; NO 11
Independents: YES 1; NO 1
Vote number 2001-232 Constitutional amendment prohibiting Flag Desecration
on Jul 17, 2001 regarding bill HJRES 36
Results: Joint Resolution passed, 298-125
Proposing a Constitutional amendment to state that Congress shall have the power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States. Voting Y counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 4: Teach Morality In Public Schools. Democrats: YES 90; NO 112
Republicans: YES 205; NO 12
Independents: YES 1; NO 1
Vote number 1999-346 banning gay adoptions in DC.
on Jul 29, 1999 regarding bill HR 2587 Amendment introduced by Largent, R-OK
Results: Amendment failed: FOR: 213; AGAINST: 215
Vote on an amendment banning adoptions in District of Columbia by gays or other individuals who are not related by blood or marriage. Voting N counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 3: Sexual orientation protected by civil rights laws. Democrats: YES 29; NO 177
Republicans: YES 183; NO 38
Independents: YES 1; NO 1
Vote number 1999-252 Amendment to prohibit burning the US flag.
on Jun 24, 1999 regarding bill HJ.Res.33 Resolution proposed by Cunningham, R-CA
Results: Resolution passed: FOR: 305; AGAINST: 124
Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States authorizing the Congress to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States. Voting Y counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 9: Mandatory "Three Strikes" Sentencing Laws. Democrats: YES 93; NO 114
Republicans: YES 211; NO 10
Independents: YES 1; NO 1
Vote number 1998-133 ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions
on May 6, 1998 regarding bill HR 6 Amendment introduced by Riggs, R-CA.
Results: Amendment failed: FOR: 171; AGAINST: 249
HR 6, the Higher Education Amendments Act of 1997, would prohibit any post-secondary institution that participates in any program under the Higher Education Act from discriminating or granting any preferential treatment in admission based on race, sex, ethnicity, color or national origin. Voting N counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 2: Require companies to hire more women & minorities. Democrats: YES 5; NO 185
Republicans: YES 159; NO 53
Independents: YES 0; NO 2

Corporations
House BillVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageCandidate Voting
Vote number 2001-25 Bankruptcy Overhaul requiring partial debt repayment
on Mar 1, 2001 regarding bill HR 333 Bill sponsored by Gekas, R-PA
Results: Bill passed, FOR: 306, AGAINST: 108
Vote to pass a bill that would make it easier for courts to change debtors from Chapter 7 bankruptcy, which allows most debts to be dismissed, to Chapter 13, which requires a repayment plan. (Not used in VoteMatch) Democrats: YES 93; NO 107
Republicans: YES 212; NO 0
Independents: YES 1; NO 1

Crime
House BillVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageCandidate Voting
Vote number 2000-317 funding for alternative sentencing instead of more prisons.
on Jun 22, 2000 regarding bill HR 4690 Amendment sponsored by Scott, D-VA
Results: Amendment rejected: FOR: 184; AGAINST: 226
Vote on an amendment that would reduce the funding for violent offender imprisonment by and truth-in-sentencing programs by $61 million. The measure would increase funding for Boys and Girls Clubs and drug courts by the same amount. Voting N counts for 2 points on VoteMatch question 9: Mandatory "Three Strikes" Sentencing Laws. Democrats: YES 148; NO 48
Republicans: YES 35; NO 178
Independents: YES 1; NO 1
Vote number 1999-233 more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime
on Jun 17, 1999 regarding bill HR 1501 Bill introduced by McCollum, R-FL
Results: Bill passed: FOR: 287; AGAINST: 139
Vote to pass a bill to appropriate $1.5 billion to all of the states that want to improve their juvenile justice operations. Among other provisions this bill includes funding for development, implementation, and administration of graduated sanctions for juvenile offenders, funds for building, expanding, or renovating juvenile corrections facilities, hiring juvenile judges, probation officers, and additional prosecutors for juvenile cases. Voting Y counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 9: Mandatory "Three Strikes" Sentencing Laws. Democrats: YES 80; NO 126
Republicans: YES 206; NO 12
Independents: YES 1; NO 1
Vote number 1996-64 maintaining right of habeus corpus in Death Penalty Appeals
on Mar 14, 1996 regarding bill HR 2703
Results: Amendment rejected, 135-283
Vote on an amendment to delete provisions in the bill that would make it harder for prisoners who have been given the death penalty in state courts to appeal the decision on constitutional grounds in the federal courts ['Habeas Corpus']. Voting N counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 8: Death Penalty. Democrats: YES 102; NO 46
Republicans: YES 11; NO 204
Independents: YES 1; NO 0
Vote number 1995-109 making federal death penalty appeals harder
on Feb 8, 1995 regarding bill HR 729
Results: Passed, 297-132
Vote on a bill to make it harder for prisoners who have been given the death penalty in state courts to appeal the decision on constitutional grounds in the federal courts. Voting Y counts for 2 points on VoteMatch question 8: Death Penalty. Democrats: YES 44; NO 104
Republicans: YES 215; NO 2
Independents: YES 0; NO 1
Vote number 1994-107 replacing death penalty with life imprisonment
on Apr 14, 1994 regarding bill HR 4092
Results: Amendment rejected, 111-314
Amendment to replace death penalty crimes in the 1994 Omnibus Crime Bill with life imprisonment. Voting N counts for 2 points on VoteMatch question 8: Death Penalty. Democrats: YES 74; NO 60
Republicans: YES 6; NO 143
Independents: YES 1; NO 0

Drugs
House BillVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageCandidate Voting
Vote number 2001-356 military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism
on Sep 25, 2001 regarding bill HR 2586
Results: Amendment adopted, 242-173
Amendment to set up a task force on counter-terrorism and drug interdiction and allow military personnel to help patrol U.S. borders. Voting Y counts for 2 points on VoteMatch question 19: Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it. Democrats: YES 50; NO 147
Republicans: YES 189; NO 25
Independents: YES 1; NO 1
Vote number 1999-504 prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC
on Oct 14, 1999 regarding bill HR 3064 Bill sponsored by Istook, R-OK
Results: Bill passed: FOR: 211; AGAINST: 205
Vote to pass a bill that provides $429.1 million in funds for the District of Columbia and approves the District's $6.8 billion budget. Among other provisions, the bill prohibits the use of federal funds for needle exchange programs, prohibits implementing an approved ballot initiative to legalize the medicinal use of marijuana. Voting Y counts for 2 points on VoteMatch question 19: Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it. Democrats: YES 7; NO 193
Republicans: YES 203; NO 12
Independents: YES 1; NO 0
Vote number 1998-443 subjecting federal employees to random drug tests
on Sep 16, 1998 regarding bill HR 4550 Amendment by Taylor, D-MS; bill by Portman, R-OH.
Results: Amendment rejected 123-281
Drug Demand Reduction Act: Vote on an amendment to require that anyone hired by the Federal Government is subject to random, unannounced drug testing. Voting Y counts for 2 points on VoteMatch question 19: Drugs. Democrats: YES 6; NO 136
Republicans: YES 69; NO 76
Independents: YES 1; NO 1

Education
House BillVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageCandidate Voting
Vote number 2001-445 allowing school prayer during the War on Terror
on Nov 15, 2001 regarding bill H.Con.Res.239 Bill sponsored by Isakson, R-GA
Results: Motion agreed to 297-125
Children's Prayers Resolution: Expressing the sense of Congress that schools should allow children time to pray for, or silently reflect upon, the country during the war against terrorism. Voting Y counts for 2 points on VoteMatch question 4: Education. Democrats: YES 70; NO 113
Republicans: YES 190; NO 2
Independents: YES 1; NO 1
Vote number 2001-145 requiring states to test students
on May 23, 2001 regarding bill HR 1 Bill sponsored by Boehner R-OH
Results: Bill passed, FOR: 384, AGAINST: 45
No Child Left Behind Act of 2001: Vote to pass a bill that would authorize $22.8 billion in education funding, a 29 percent increase from fiscal 2001. The bill would require states to test students to track progress. (Not used in VoteMatch) Democrats: YES 197; NO 10
Republicans: YES 185; NO 34
Independents: YES 1; NO 1
Vote number 1998-411 allowing vouchers in DC schools
on Aug 6, 1998 regarding bill HR 4380 Amendment introduced by Armey, R-TX
Results: Amendment passed: FOR: 214; AGAINST: 208
Vote to create a non-profit corporation to administer federally-funded vouchers for low-income children in the District of Columbia. Voting Y counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 7: Parents Choose Schools via Vouchers. Democrats: YES 5; NO 186
Republicans: YES 200; NO 15
Independents: YES 1; NO 1
Vote number 1997-569 vouchers for private & parochial schools
on Nov 4, 1997 regarding bill HR 2746 Bill sponsored by Riggs, R-CA
Results: Bill rejected: FOR: 191; AGAINST: 228
Vote to pass a bill to allow states to use certain federal funds designated for elementary and secondary education to provide scholarships, or vouchers, to low-income families to send their children to private schools, including religious schools. Voting Y counts for 2 points on VoteMatch question 7: Parents Choose Schools via Vouchers. Democrats: YES 3; NO 182
Republicans: YES 177; NO 36
Independents: YES 0; NO 2
Vote number 1994-85 giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer
on Mar 23, 1994 regarding bill HR 1804
Results: Motion rejected, 195-232
Motion to add language to the "Goals 2000: Educate America Act" to give federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer. Voting Y counts for 2 points on VoteMatch question 4: Teach Morality In Public Schools. Democrats: YES 10; NO 126
Republicans: YES 141; NO 9
Independents: YES 0; NO 1

Energy & Oil
House BillVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageCandidate Voting
Vote number 2003-630 implementing Bush-Cheney national energy policy
on Nov 18, 2003 regarding bill HR.6 Bill sponsored by Tauzin, R-LA
Results: Conference Report Adopted 246-180
Energy Omnibus bill: Vote to adopt the conference report on the bill that would put into practice a comprehensive national policy for energy conservation, research and development. The bill would authorize a $25.7 billion tax break over a 10-year period. The tax breaks would include $11.9 billion to promote oil and gas production, $2.5 billion for "clean coal" programs, $2.2 billion in incentives for alternative motor vehicles, and $1.8 billion for the electric power industry and other businesses. A natural gas pipeline from Alaska would be authorized an $18 billion loan guarantee. The bill would call for producers of Ethanol to double their output. Makers of the gasoline additive MTBE would be protected from liability. They would be required though to cease production of the additive by 2015. Reliability standards would be imposed for electricity transmissions networks, through this bill. The bill would also ease the restrictions on utility ownership and mergers. (Not used in VoteMatch) Democrats: YES 47; NO 154
Republicans: YES 199; NO 25
Independents: YES 1; NO 1
Vote number 2001-311 raising CAFE standards; incentives for alternative fuels
on Aug 1, 2001 regarding bill HR 4
Results: Amendment rejected, 160-269
Require a combined corporate average fuel efficiency [CAFE] standard for passenger automobiles and light trucks, including sport utility vehicles, of 26 mpg in 2005 and of 27.5 mpg in 2007. It also would offer incentives for alternative fuel vehicles. Voting Y counts for 2 points on VoteMatch question 18: Spend Resources to Stop Global Warming. Democrats: YES 122; NO 86
Republicans: YES 36; NO 180
Independents: YES 1; NO 1
Vote number 2001-317 prohibiting oil drilling & development in ANWR
on Aug 1, 2001 regarding bill HR 4
Results: Amendment rejected, 206-223
Amendment to maintain the current prohibition on oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge by striking language opening the reserve up to development. Voting Y counts for 2 points on VoteMatch question 18: Spend Resources to Stop Global Warming. Democrats: YES 171; NO 36
Republicans: YES 34; NO 184
Independents: YES 1; NO 1
Vote number 2000-323 starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol
on Jun 26, 2000 regarding bill HR 4690 Amendment sponsored by Olver, D-MA
Results: Amendment adopted: FOR: 217; AGAINST: 181
Vote on an amendment that would allow the implementation of the portions of the Kyoto climate change treaty that are already allowed under law. The Kyoto protocol of 1997, which aims to reduce emissions of certain greenhouse gases, particularly carbon dioxide, has not been ratified by the United States. The amendment would allow federal agencies, particularly the Environmental Protection Agency [EPA] to implement procedures already allowed under law that are also part of the Kyoto accord before the treaty is ratified by Congress. Voting Y counts for 2 points on VoteMatch question 18: Spend Resources to Stop Global Warming. Democrats: YES 174; NO 16
Republicans: YES 45; NO 165
Independents: YES 1; NO 1

Families & Children
House BillVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageCandidate Voting
Vote number 2001-75 reducing Marriage Tax by $399B over 10 years
on Mar 29, 2001 regarding bill HR 6 Bill sponsored by Weller, R-IL
Results: Bill passed, FOR: 282, AGAINST: 144
Vote to pass a bill that would reduce taxes for married people by $399.2 billion over 10 years by doubling the couples' deduction and the child tax credit. Among other provisions, the bill would allow married couples filing jointly to claim a standard deduction equal to the deduction they would receive filing singly. Voting Y counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 11: Make Income Tax Flatter & Lower. Democrats: YES 64; NO 143
Republicans: YES 217; NO 0
Independents: YES 1; NO 1

Foreign Policy
House BillVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageCandidate Voting
Vote number 2001-270 keeping Cuba travel ban until political prisoners released
on Jul 25, 2001 regarding bill HR 2590
Results: Amendment adopted, 240-186
Stop enforcing travel restrictions on US citizens to Cuba, only after the president has certified that Cuba has released all political prisoners, and extradited all individuals sought by the US on charges of air piracy, drug trafficking and murder. (Not used in VoteMatch) Democrats: YES 171; NO 34
Republicans: YES 67; NO 149
Independents: YES 1; NO 1
Vote number 2001-107 withholding $244M in UN Back Payments until US seat restored
on May 10, 2001 regarding bill HR 1646 Amendment sponsored by Hyde, R-IL
Results: Amendment adopted, FOR: 252, AGAINST: 165
Vote to adopt an amendment that would require that the United States be restored to its seat on the UN Human Rights Commission before the payment of $244 million in funds already designated to pay UN back dues. Voting N counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 17: Continue Foreign Aid to Russia, Israel, & others. Democrats: YES 62; NO 143
Republicans: YES 189; NO 21
Independents: YES 1; NO 1
Vote number 2000-397 $156M to IMF for 3rd-world debt reduction
on Jul 13, 2000 regarding bill HR 4811 Amendment sponsored by Waters, D-CA
Results: Amendment adopted: FOR: 216; AGAINST: 211
Vote on an amendment that would transfer $156 million from foreign military financing to the Highly Indebted Poor Countries [HIPC] Trust Fund. The HIPC Trust fund is designed to help debtor countries pay off the money they owe to multilateral agencies such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Voting Y counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 17: Continue Foreign Aid to Russia, Israel, & others. Democrats: YES 189; NO 15
Republicans: YES 26; NO 195
Independents: YES 1; NO 1
Vote number 2000-228 Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China
on May 24, 2000 regarding bill HR 4444 Bill sponsored by Archer, R-TX
Results: Bill passed: FOR: 237; AGAINST: 197
Vote to give permanent Normal Trade Relations [NTR] status to China. Currently, NTR status for China is debated and voted on annually. The measure contains provisions designed to protect the United States from Chinese import surges and the administration would have to report annually on China's compliance with the trade agreement. The bill establishes a commission to monitor human rights, labor standards and religious freedom in China. Voting N counts for 2 points on VoteMatch question 14: Link Human Rights to trade with China. Democrats: YES 72; NO 137
Republicans: YES 165; NO 58
Independents: YES 0; NO 2
Vote number 1999-572 $15.2 billion for foreign operations
on Nov 5, 1999 regarding bill HR 3196 Bill sponsored by Callahan, R-AL
Results: Bill passed: FOR: 316; AGAINST: 100
Vote on a bill to provide $15.2 billion for foreign operations in FY 2000. Among other provisions, the bill would provide $1.82 billion over three years for implementation of the Wye River peace accord in the Middle East. In addition, the measure would provide $123 million in multilateral debt relief and would contribute $25 million to the United National Population Fund. Voting Y counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 17: Continue Foreign Aid to Russia, Israel, & others. Democrats: YES 187; NO 15
Republicans: YES 128; NO 84
Independents: YES 1; NO 1

Free Trade
House BillVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageCandidate Voting
Vote number 2003-436 implementing free trade agerement with Chile
on Jul 24, 2003 regarding bill HR 2738 Bill sponsored by DeLay, R-TX
Results: Bill Passed 270-156
United States-Chile Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act: Vote to pass a bill that would put into effect a trade agreement between the US and Chile. The agreement would reduce tariffs and trade barriers between the US and Chile. The trade pact would decrease duties and tariffs on agricultural and textile products. It would also open markets for services. The trade pact would establish intellectual property safeguards and would call for enforcement of environmental and labor standards. Voting Y counts for 2 points on VoteMatch question 13: Free Trade. Democrats: YES 75; NO 128
Republicans: YES 195; NO 26
Independents: YES 0; NO 2
Vote number 2000-310 withdrawing from the WTO
on Jun 21, 2000 regarding bill H J Res 90 Resolution sponsored by Paul, R-TX
Results: Resolution rejected: FOR: 56; AGAINST: 363
Vote on withdrawing Congressional approval from the agreement establishing the World Trade Organization [WTO]. Voting N counts for 2 points on VoteMatch question 13: Support & Expand Free Trade. Democrats: YES 21; NO 179
Republicans: YES 33; NO 185
Independents: YES 2; NO 0
Vote number 1998-466 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements
on Sep 25, 1998 regarding bill HR 2621 Bill introduced by Archer, R-TX.
Results: Bill rejected: FOR: 180; AGAINST: 243
Vote to establish negotiating objectives for trade agreements between the United States and foreign countries and renew 'fast track' authority for the President. Voting Y counts for 2 points on VoteMatch question 13: Support & Expand Free Trade. Democrats: YES 28; NO 163
Republicans: YES 148; NO 68
Independents: YES 0; NO 2

Government Reform
House BillVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageCandidate Voting
Vote number 2002-34 campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions
on Feb 14, 2002 regarding bill HR 2356 Bill sponsored by Shays, R-CT, and Meehan D-MA
Results: Bill passed 240-189
Shays-Meehan Campaign Finance Overhaul: Vote to pass a bill that would ban soft money contributions to national political parties but permit up to $10,000 in soft money contributions to state and local parties to help with voter registration and get-out-the-vote drives. The bill would stop issue ads from targeting specific candidates within 30 days of the primary or 60 days of the general election. Additionally, the bill would raise the individual contribution limit from $1,000 to $2,000 per election for House and Senate candidates, both of which would be indexed for inflation. (Not used in VoteMatch) Democrats: YES 177; NO 10
Republicans: YES 35; NO 159
Independents: YES 1; NO 1
Vote number 2001-228 banning soft money donations to national political parties
on Jul 12, 2001 regarding bill HR 2356
Results: Rule rejected, 203-228
Support a ban on soft money donations to national political parties but allow up to $10,000 in soft-money donations to state and local parties for voter registration and get-out-the vote activity. (Not used in VoteMatch) Democrats: YES 1; NO 207
Republicans: YES 200; NO 19
Independents: YES 1; NO 1
Vote number 1999-422 banning soft money
on Sep 14, 1999 regarding bill HR 417 Bill sponsored by Shays, R-CT
Results: Bill passed: FOR: 252; AGAINST: 177
Campaign Finance Reform Act to ban "soft money" and impose restrictionson issue advocacy campaigning. Voting U counts for 0 points on VoteMatch question 0: [Future question]. Democrats: YES 195; NO 12
Republicans: YES 56; NO 164
Independents: YES 1; NO 1

Gun Control
House BillVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageCandidate Voting
Vote number 1999-244 decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1
on Jun 18, 1999 regarding bill HR 2122 Bill introduced by McCollum, R-FL
Results: Bill failed: FOR: 147; AGAINST: 280
Vote to pass a bill requiring anyone who purchases a gun at a gun show to go through an instant background check which must be completed within 24 hours [instead of 72 hours]. Voting Y counts for 2 points on VoteMatch question 10: Absolute right to gun ownership. Democrats: YES 10; NO 196
Republicans: YES 137; NO 83
Independents: YES 0; NO 2

Health Care
House BillVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageCandidate Voting
Vote number 2003-669 limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients
on Nov 22, 2003 regarding bill HR.1 Bill sponsored by Hastert, R-IL
Results: Conference Report Adopted 220-215
Medicare Prescription Drug and Modernization Act of 2003: Vote to adopt the conference report on the bill that would create a prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients. Starting in 2006, prescription coverage would be made available through private insurers to seniors. Seniors would pay a monthly premium of an estimated $35 in 2006. Individuals enrolled in the plan would cover the first $250 of annual drug costs themselves, and 25 percent of all drug costs up to $2,250. The government would offer a fallback prescription drug plan in regions were no private plans had made a bid.Over a 10 year time period medicare payments to managed care plans would increase by $14.2 billion. A pilot project would begin in 2010 in which Medicare would compete with private insurers to provide coverage for doctors and hospitals costs in six metropolitan areas for six years. The importation of drugs from Canada would be approved only if HHS determines there is no safety risks and that consumers would be saving money. Voting N counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 5: Health Care. Democrats: YES 16; NO 189
Republicans: YES 203; NO 25
Independents: YES 1; NO 1
Vote number 2003-445 allowing reimportation of prescription drugs
on Jul 24, 2003 regarding bill HR.2427 Bill sponsored by Gutknecht, R-MN
Results: Bill Passed 243-186
Pharmaceutical Market Access Act of 2003: Vote to pass a bill that would call for the Food and Drug Administration to begin a program that would permit the importation of FDA-approved prescription drugs from Australia, Canada, the European Union, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Lichtenstein, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland and South Africa. Voting Y counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 5: Health Care. Democrats: YES 155; NO 45
Republicans: YES 86; NO 141
Independents: YES 2; NO 0
Vote number 2003-64 capping damages in medical malpractice cases at $250,000
on Mar 13, 2003 regarding bill HR 5 Bill sponsored by Greenwood, R-PA
Results: Bill passed 229-196
Medical Malpractice Resolution: Passage of the bill that would cap the awards that plaintiff and their attorneys could receive in medical malpractice cases. The bill would limit non-economic damages, including physical amd emotional pain to $250,000. The bill would also limit punitive damages to $250,000 or double economic damages, whichever amount is greater. Punitive damages are only awarded if economic damages were found. A court would be required to find "substantial probability" that a plaintiff could be awarded punitive damages before a request for such an award could be filed. Punitive damages would be banned against makers and distributors of medical products if the FDA approved those products. The bill would call for all states to set damage caps but would not block existing state statutory limits. The bill would cap attorneys' contingency fees to 40% of the first $50,000 in damages; 33% of the next $50,000; 25% of the next $500,000; and 15% of any amount in excess of $600,000. Voting N counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 5: Health Care. Democrats: YES 16; NO 186
Republicans: YES 212; NO 10
Independents: YES 1; NO 1
Vote number 2001-329 allowing suing HMOs, but under federal rules & limited award
on Aug 2, 2001 regarding bill HR 2563
Results: Amendment adopted, 218-213
Vote to adopt an amendment that would limit liability and damage awards when a patient is harmed by a denial of health care. It would allow a patient to sue a health maintenance organization in state court but federal, not state, law would govern. (Not used in VoteMatch) Democrats: YES 3; NO 205
Republicans: YES 212; NO 6
Independents: YES 1; NO 1
Vote number 2000-357 Prescription Drug Coverage under Medicare
on Jun 28, 2000 regarding bill HR 4680 Bill sponsored by Thomas, R-CA
Results: Bill passed: FOR: 217; AGAINST: 214
HR 4680, the Medicare Rx 2000 Act, would institute a new program to provide voluntary prescription drug coverage for Medicare beneficiaries through subsidies to private plans. The program would cost an estimated $40 billion over five years and would go into effect in fiscal 2003. Voting N counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 5: More Federal Funding for Health Coverage. Democrats: YES 4; NO 202
Republicans: YES 212; NO 11
Independents: YES 1; NO 1
Vote number 1999-544 banning physician-assisted suicide
on Oct 27, 1999 regarding bill HR 2260 Bill sponsored by Hyde, R-IL
Results: Bill passed: FOR: 271; AGAINST: 156
Vote on HR 2260, the Pain Relief Promotion Act of 1999, would ban the use of drugs for physician-assisted suicide. The bill would not allow doctors to give lethal prescriptions to terminally ill patients, and instead promotes "palliative care," or aggressive pain relief techniques. Voting U counts for 0 points on VoteMatch question 0: [Future question]. Democrats: YES 68; NO 135
Republicans: YES 202; NO 20
Independents: YES 1; NO 1
Vote number 1999-485 establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts
on Oct 6, 1999 regarding bill HR 2990 Bill sponsored by Talent, R-MO
Results: Bill passed: FOR: 227; AGAINST: 205
The bill allows all taxpayers to create a tax-exempt account for paying medical expenses called a Medical Savings Account [MSA]. Also, the measure would allow the full cost of health care premiums to be taken as a tax deduction for the self-employed and taxpayers who are paying for their own insurance. The bill would also allow the establishment of "HealthMarts," regional groups of insurers, health care providers and employers who could work together to develop packages for uninsured employees. Another provision of the bill would establish "association health plan," in which organizations could combine resources to purchase health insurance at better rates than they could separately. Voting N counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 5: More Federal Funding for Health Coverage. Democrats: YES 9; NO 198
Republicans: YES 217; NO 6
Independents: YES 1; NO 1

Homeland Security
House BillVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageCandidate Voting
Vote number 2003-108 emergency $78B for war in Iraq & Afghanistan
on Apr 3, 2003 regarding bill HR 1559 Bill sponsored by Young, R-FL
Results: Bill passed 414-12
Emergency Wartime Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2003: Vote to pass the bill that would supply $77.9 billion in emergency supplemental appropriations in fiscal 2003, including $62.5 billion for military operations in Iraq and the war on terrorism. The bill would also provide for $4.2 billion for homeland security, $8 billion in aid to allies and for Iraqi relief and rebuilding; $3.2 billion for U.S. airlines to cover additional security costs; and $1 billion in aid to Turkey. Voting Y counts for 2 points on VoteMatch question 15: Homeland Security. Democrats: YES 192; NO 9
Republicans: YES 221; NO 2
Independents: YES 1; NO 1
Vote number 2002-292 permitting commercial airline pilots to carry guns
on Jul 10, 2002 regarding bill HR 4635 Bill sponsored by Young, R-FL
Results: Bill passed 310-113
Armed Airline Pilots Bill: Vote to pass a bill that would create a program where commercial pilots would be deputized as federal law enforcement officers and would then be permitted to carry guns aboard airlines. To participate in the program, commercial pilots would have to undergo specialized training. At least 250 commercial pilots would undergo the training. Within two months of the bill's enactment, the Transportation Security Agency or TSA, would then be required to begin weapons training for pilots who had volunteered for the program. Airlines and pilots will not be held legally accountable when defending planes from terrorist acts except in cases of willful misconduct or gross negligence The TSA could temporarily put the program on hold if a pilot's gun unintentionally discharges and causes injury to a crew member or passanger. The bill also would entail flight attendants to undergo self-defense training. Also study training all federal law enforcement officers on aviation anti-terrorism. (Not used in VoteMatch) Democrats: YES 93; NO 91
Republicans: YES 188; NO 9
Independents: YES 2; NO 0
Vote number 1999-334 $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill
on Jul 22, 1999 regarding bill HR 2561 Bill introduced by Lewis, R-CA
Results: Bill passed: FOR: 379; AGAINST: 45
Vote to pass a bill appropriating $266 billion in defense spending for FY 2000. Among other provisions the bill would allot $1.2 billion for research and development for next-generation tactical aircraft, yet would not include $1.8 billion in procurement funds for the new F-22 Raptor combat aircraft. The bill would also fund a 4.8 percent pay increase for military personnel. The bill would also allot $93.7 billion for operations and maintenance to be used to maintain military properties and spare parts that have been reduced due to overseas military combat missions. Voting Y counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 15: More Spending on Armed Forces Personnel. Democrats: YES 166; NO 40
Republicans: YES 213; NO 6
Independents: YES 1; NO 1
Vote number 1999-4 deploying SDI
on Mar 18, 1999 regarding bill HR 4 Bill introduced by Weldon, R-PA
Results: Bill passed: FOR: 317; AGAINST: 105
Vote to declare it to be the policy of the United States to deploy a national missile defense. Voting N counts for 2 points on VoteMatch question 16: Reduce spending on Missile Defense ("Star Wars"). Democrats: YES 102; NO 103
Republicans: YES 217; NO 2
Independents: YES 1; NO 1

Immigration
House BillVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageCandidate Voting
Vote number 2001-127 extending Immigrant Residency rules
on May 21, 2001 regarding bill HR1885 Motion sponsoerd by Gekas, R-PA
Results: Motion agreed to, FOR: 336, AGAINST: 43
Vote on motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would extend by four months a law allowing some immigrants to remain in the country while pursuing legal residency. Voting Y counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 12: Immigration helps our economy-encourage it. Democrats: YES 184; NO 2
Republicans: YES 151; NO 40
Independents: YES 0; NO 1
Vote number 1998-460 more immigrant visas for skilled workers
on Sep 24, 1998 regarding bill HR 3736 Bill introduced by Smith, R-TX.
Results: Bill passed: FOR: 288; AGAINST: 133
Vote to pass a bill to increase the number of temporary visas granted to highly skilled workers from 65,000 to 115,000 by the year 2000. Voting Y counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 12: Immigration helps our economy-encourage it. Democrats: YES 96; NO 93
Republicans: YES 182; NO 35
Independents: YES 0; NO 2

Infrastructure
House BillVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageCandidate Voting
Vote number 2003-255 banning Internet gambling by credit card
on Jun 10, 2003 regarding bill HR 2143 Bill sponsored by Spencer, R-AL
Results: Resolution passed 319-104
Internet Gambling Bill: Vote to pass a bill that would prohibit credit card companies and other financial institutions from processing Internet gambling transactions. Exempt from the ban would be state regulated or licensed transactions. (Not used in VoteMatch) Democrats: YES 112; NO 88
Republicans: YES 205; NO 17
Independents: YES 2; NO 0
Vote number 2002-45 allowing telephone monopolies to offer Internet access
on Feb 27, 2002 regarding bill HR 1542 Bill sponsored by Tauzin, R-LA
Results: Bill passed 273-157
Internet Freedom and Broadband Deployment Act of 2001: Vote to pass a bill that would allow the four regional Bell telephone companies to enter the high-speed Internet access market via their long-distance connections whether or not they have allowed competitors into their local markets as required under the 1996 Telecommunications Act. The bill would allow the Bells to increase the fees they charge competitors for lines upgraded for broadband services from "wholesale rates" to "just and reasonable rates." It also would also allow the Bells to charge for giving competitors access to certain rights-of-way for broadband access. Certain FCC regulatory oversight would be maintained although the phone companies' high speed services would be exempted from regulation by the states. (Not used in VoteMatch) Democrats: YES 105; NO 81
Republicans: YES 140; NO 57
Independents: YES 0; NO 2

Jobs
House BillVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageCandidate Voting
Vote number 2001-371 $167B over 10 years for farm price supports
on Oct 5, 2001 regarding bill HR 2646
Results: Passed, 291-120
Vote to authorize $167 billion over ten years for farm price supports, food aid and rural development. Payments would be made on a countercyclical program, meaning they would increase as prices dropped. Conservation acreage payments would be retained. (Not used in VoteMatch) Democrats: YES 138; NO 61
Republicans: YES 149; NO 58
Independents: YES 1; NO 1
Vote number 2001-33 zero-funding OSHA's Ergonomics Rules instead of $4.5B
on Mar 7, 2001 regarding bill S J Res 6 Sponsored by Nickles, R-OK
Results: Resolution adopted, FOR: 223, AGAINST: 206
Vote to pass a resolution to give no enforcement authority or power to ergonomics rules submitted by the Labor Department during the Clinton Administration. These rules would force businesses to take steps to prevent work-related repetitive stress disorders. (Not used in VoteMatch) Democrats: YES 16; NO 192
Republicans: YES 206; NO 13
Independents: YES 1; NO 1

Part I: Families & Children
House BillVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageCandidate Voting
Vote number MA03-S142 Veto override of $200K reduction to blind job program
on Jul 14, 2003 regarding bill Veto Override
Results:
Override Gov. Romney's veto of Bud Voting Y counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 1: Part I: Families & Children. Democrats: YES 0; NO 0
Republicans: YES 0; NO 0
Independents: YES 0; NO 0
Vote number MA03-S145 Veto override of $900K for disability & mentoring aid
on Jul 14, 2003 regarding bill Veto Override
Results:
Override Voting Y counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 1: Part I: Families & Children. Democrats: YES 0; NO 0
Republicans: YES 0; NO 0
Independents: YES 0; NO 0
Vote number MA03-S147 Veto override of federal school breakfast supplement
on Jul 14, 2003 regarding bill Veto Override
Results:
Override Gov. Romney's veto of Budget Line Item 7053-1927 which eliminated a state supplement to the federally-funded school breakfast program whereby all eligible children shall be provided free, nutritious break Voting Y counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 1: Part I: Families & Children. Democrats: YES 0; NO 0
Republicans: YES 0; NO 0
Independents: YES 0; NO 0
Vote number MA03-H251 Veto override of $200K reduction to blind job program
on Jul 10, 2003 regarding bill Veto Override
Results:
Override Gov. Romney's veto of Bud Voting Y counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 1: Part I: Families & Children. Democrats: YES 0; NO 0
Republicans: YES 0; NO 0
Independents: YES 0; NO 0
Vote number MA03-H252 Veto override of federal school breakfast supplement
on Jul 10, 2003 regarding bill Veto Override
Results:
Override Gov. Romney's veto of Budget Line Item 7053-1927 which eliminated a state supplement to the federally-funded school breakfast program whereby all eligible children shall be provided free, nutritious break Voting Y counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 1: Part I: Families & Children. Democrats: YES 0; NO 0
Republicans: YES 0; NO 0
Independents: YES 0; NO 0
Vote number MA03-H254 Veto override of $900K for disability & mentoring aid
on Jul 10, 2003 regarding bill Veto Override
Results:
Override Voting Y counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 1: Part I: Families & Children. Democrats: YES 0; NO 0
Republicans: YES 0; NO 0
Independents: YES 0; NO 0
Vote number US01-127 extending Immigrant Residency rules
on May 21, 2001 regarding bill HR1885 Motion sponsoerd by Gekas, R-PA
Results: Motion agreed to, FOR: 336, AGAINST: 43
Vote on motion to suspen Voting Y counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 1: Part I: Families & Children. Democrats: YES 8; NO 0
Republicans: YES 0; NO 0
Independents: YES 0; NO 0
Vote number US01-96 raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable
on May 2, 2001 regarding bill HR 10 Bill sponsored by Portman, R-OH
Results: Bill passed, FOR: 407, AGAINST: 24
Comprehensive Retirement Security and Pension Reform Act of 2001: Vote to pass a bil Voting N counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 0: Part I: Families & Children. Democrats: YES 6; NO 3
Republicans: YES 0; NO 0
Independents: YES 0; NO 0

Part II: Education
House BillVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageCandidate Voting
Vote number MA03-H122 Allow municipal meals tax, in addition to state meals tax
on Jun 4, 2003 regarding bill Section 100
Results:
Any city or town shall be authorized to impose a local excise tax upon the sale of meals, of 1% of the total price thereof. The local excise tax impo Voting Y counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 2: Part II: Education. Democrats: YES 0; NO 0
Republicans: YES 0; NO 0
Independents: YES 0; NO 0
Vote number MA03-H087 Expanding charter schools program
on May 6, 2003 regarding bill H.4000
Results:
Would study charter school moratorium, killing measure to impl Voting N counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 0: Part II: Education. Democrats: YES 0; NO 0
Republicans: YES 0; NO 0
Independents: YES 0; NO 0
Vote number MA03-H088 3-year moratorium on charter schools
on May 6, 2003 regarding bill H.4000
Results:
Would require 3 yr moratorium and empower commission to study feasibility of Voting Y counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 2: Part II: Education. Democrats: YES 0; NO 0
Republicans: YES 0; NO 0
Independents: YES 0; NO 0
Vote number US01-145 requiring states to test students
on May 23, 2001 regarding bill HR 1 Bill sponsored by Boehner R-OH
Results: Bill passed, FOR: 384, AGAINST: 45
No Child Left Behind Act of 2001: Vote to pass a bill that Voting N counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 2: Part II: Education. Democrats: YES 8; NO 1
Republicans: YES 0; NO 0
Independents: YES 0; NO 0

Part III: Health Care
House BillVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageCandidate Voting
Vote number MA03-S141 Veto override of "Turning 22" mental disability program
on Jul 14, 2003 regarding bill Veto Override
Results:
Override Gov. Romney's veto of Budget Line Item 4110-2001 which eliminated state funding for the "Turning 22" program, whi Voting Y counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 3: Part III: Health Care. Democrats: YES 0; NO 0
Republicans: YES 0; NO 0
Independents: YES 0; NO 0
Vote number MA03-H253 Veto override of "Turning 22" mental disability program
on Jul 10, 2003 regarding bill Veto Override
Results:
Override Gov. Romney's veto of Budget Line Item 4110-2001 which eliminated state funding for the "Turning 22" program, whi Voting Y counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 3: Part III: Health Care. Democrats: YES 0; NO 0
Republicans: YES 0; NO 0
Independents: YES 0; NO 0
Vote number MA03-S134 Veto override of $10M cut in the uncompensated care pool
on Jul 10, 2003 regarding bill Veto Override
Results:
Override G Voting Y counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 3: Part III: Health Care. Democrats: YES 0; NO 0
Republicans: YES 0; NO 0
Independents: YES 0; NO 0
Vote number MA03-H170 Veto override of $10M cut in the uncompensated care pool
on Jul 8, 2003 regarding bill Veto Override
Results:
Override G Voting Y counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 3: Part III: Health Care. Democrats: YES 0; NO 0
Republicans: YES 0; NO 0
Independents: YES 0; NO 0
Vote number US01-329 allowing suing HMOs, but under federal rules & limited award
on Aug 2, 2001 regarding bill HR 2563
Results: Amendment adopted, 218-213
Vote to adopt an amendment that would limit liability and damage awards when a patient is harmed by a denial of health care. It would allow a patient to sue a health maintenance Voting N counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 3: Part III: Health Care. Democrats: YES 0; NO 9
Republicans: YES 0; NO 0
Independents: YES 0; NO 0
Vote number US01-304 banning human cloning, including medical research
on Jul 31, 2001 regarding bill HR 2505
Results: Bill passed, 265-162
Vote to prohibit human cloning for either medical research or reproductive purposes. The Voting N counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 3: Part III: Health Care. Democrats: YES 0; NO 9
Republicans: YES 0; NO 0
Independents: YES 0; NO 0
Vote number US01-115 banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad
on May 16, 2001 regarding bill HR 1646 Amendment sponsored by Hyde, R-IL
Results: Amendment adopted, FOR: 218, AGAINST: 210
Vote to adopt an amendment that would remove language reversing President Bush's restrictions on funding to family planning groups that provide ab Voting N counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 3: Part III: Health Care. Democrats: YES 0; NO 9
Republicans: YES 0; NO 0
Independents: YES 0; NO 0
Vote number US01-89 federal crime to harm fetus while committing other crimes
on Apr 26, 2001 regarding bill HR 503 Bill sponsored by Graham, R-SC
Results: Bill passed, FOR: 252, AGAINST: 172
Vote to pass a bill that would make it a federal crime to harm a fetus while committing any of 68 federal offenses or a Voting N counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 3: Part III: Health Care. Democrats: YES 1; NO 8
Republicans: YES 0; NO 0
Independents: YES 0; NO 0

Part IV: Economic Growth
House BillVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageCandidate Voting
Vote number MA03-H078 Selling naming rights on state forests and parks
on May 5, 2003 regarding bill Section 484
Results:
The department of parks and recreation is hereby authorized to develop guidelines and criteria on the subject of the public sale of naming rights for state forests and parks or for facilities within state forests and parks.

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Voting N counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 0: Part IV: Economic Growth. Democrats: YES 0; NO 0
Republicans: YES 0; NO 0
Independents: YES 0; NO 0
Vote number MA03-H080 Requiring workfare for mothers of 2- to 6-year-olds
on May 5, 2003 regarding bill Section 487
Results:
[Welfare] recipients not qualifying as Voting N counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 4: Part IV: Economic Growth. Democrats: YES 0; NO 0
Republicans: YES 0; NO 0
Independents: YES 0; NO 0
Vote number MA03-H069 Defeating corporate tax disclosure
on May 1, 2003 regarding bill H.4000
Results:
Would study corporate tax disclosure, defeating measure to implement it

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Voting N counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 4: Part IV: Economic Growth. Democrats: YES 0; NO 0
Republicans: YES 0; NO 0
Independents: YES 0; NO 0
Vote number MA03-H071 Extending corporate tax credit 5 years
on May 1, 2003 regarding bill H.4000
Results:
Would extend corporate tax credit 5 years

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Voting N counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 4: Part IV: Economic Growth. Democrats: YES 0; NO 0
Republicans: YES 0; NO 0
Independents: YES 0; NO 0

Part V: Fiscal Responsibility
House BillVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageCandidate Voting
Vote number MA03-H085 Publicizing delinquent tax payers on-line
on May 6, 2003 regarding bill H.4000
Results:
Would require m Voting N counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 0: Part V: Fiscal Responsibility. Democrats: YES 0; NO 0
Republicans: YES 0; NO 0
Independents: YES 0; NO 0
Vote number MA03-H062 Borrow $300 million to offset the budget deficit via bonds
on Apr 30, 2003 regarding bill Amendment to MGL 29
Results:
The state shall issue and sell bonds of the Commonwealth in an amount [up to] $300,000 Voting N counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 5: Part V: Fiscal Responsibility. Democrats: YES 0; NO 0
Republicans: YES 0; NO 0
Independents: YES 0; NO 0
Vote number MA03-H064 Raising the income tax to 5.95% to offset the budget deficit
on Apr 30, 2003 regarding bill Section 470
Results:
Taxable income shall be taxed at the rate of 5.95 per cent for tax years beginning in 2003, for Part B income. [Increase in the tax rate].

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Voting Y counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 5: Part V: Fiscal Responsibility. Democrats: YES 0; NO 0
Republicans: YES 0; NO 0
Independents: YES 0; NO 0
Vote number MA03-H054 Pay raises for Legislature leaders
on Apr 14, 2003 regarding bill H.3743
Results:
Additional compensation for the following [legislators]: presiding officers, members of the majority and minority leadership, chairmen, vice-chairmen, assistant vice-chairmen and ranking minority members of committees -- shall be established by the j Voting N counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 0: Part V: Fiscal Responsibility. Democrats: YES 0; NO 0
Republicans: YES 0; NO 0
Independents: YES 0; NO 0
Vote number US01-404 $99.5B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts
on Oct 24, 2001 regarding bill HR 3090
Results: Passed, 216-214
Vote Voting N counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 5: Part V: Fiscal Responsibility. Democrats: YES 0; NO 10
Republicans: YES 0; NO 0
Independents: YES 0; NO 0
Vote number US01-118 Tax Cut Package of $958B over 10 years
on May 16, 2001 regarding bill HR 1836 Bill sponsored by Thomas, R-CA
Results: Bill passed, FOR: 230, AGAINST: 197
Vote to pass a bill that would cut all income tax rates and make other tax cuts of $958.2 billion over 10 years. The bill would convert the five existing tax rate Voting N counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 5: Part V: Fiscal Responsibility. Democrats: YES 0; NO 10
Republicans: YES 0; NO 0
Independents: YES 0; NO 0
Vote number US01-84 eliminating the Estate Tax
on Apr 4, 2001 regarding bill HR 8 Bill sponsored by Dunn, R-WA
Results: Bill passed, FOR: 274, AGAINST: 154
Vote to pass a bill that would gradually reduce revenue by $185.5 billion over 10 years with a repeal of the estate tax by 2011.

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Voting N counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 5: Part V: Fiscal Responsibility. Democrats: YES 0; NO 10
Republicans: YES 0; NO 0
Independents: YES 0; NO 0
Vote number US01-75 reducing Marriage Tax by $399B over 10 years
on Mar 29, 2001 regarding bill HR 6 Bill sponsored by Weller, R-IL
Results: Bill passed, FOR: 282, AGAINST: 144
Vote to pass a bill that would reduce taxes for married people by $399.2 billion over 10 years by doublin Voting N counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 5: Part V: Fiscal Responsibility. Democrats: YES 0; NO 10
Republicans: YES 0; NO 0
Independents: YES 0; NO 0

Part VI: Safety & Justice
House BillVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageCandidate Voting
Vote number MA03-S137 Veto override of Mass Correctional Legal Services
on Jul 14, 2003 regarding bill Veto Override
Results:
Override Gov. Romney's veto of Voting Y counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 6: Part VI: Safety & Justice. Democrats: YES 0; NO 0
Republicans: YES 0; NO 0
Independents: YES 0; NO 0
Vote number MA03-H258 Veto override of Mass Correctional Legal Services
on Jul 10, 2003 regarding bill Veto Override
Results:
Override Gov. Romney's veto of Voting Y counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 6: Part VI: Safety & Justice. Democrats: YES 0; NO 0
Republicans: YES 0; NO 0
Independents: YES 0; NO 0
Vote number US01-356 military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism
on Sep 25, 2001 regarding bill HR 2586
Results: Amendment adopted, 242-173
Amendment to set up a task force on counter-terrorism and drug interdiction and allow military personnel to help patrol U.S. borders.

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Voting N counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 6: Part VI: Safety & Justice. Democrats: YES 0; NO 9
Republicans: YES 0; NO 0
Independents: YES 0; NO 0

Part VIII: Environment
House BillVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageCandidate Voting
Vote number MA03-S122 Veto override of reduced fees for blood lead level testing
on Jul 10, 2003 regarding bill Veto Override
Results:
Override Gov. Romney's veto of Budget Section 631 exception of fees charged for the testing of blood lead levels (fees charged Voting Y counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 8: Part VIII: Environment. Democrats: YES 0; NO 0
Republicans: YES 0; NO 0
Independents: YES 0; NO 0
Vote number MA03-H184 Selling land currently under conservation protection
on Jul 9, 2003 regarding bill H.3831
Results:
Would convey [sell] a certain parcel of land in the city of Fall R Voting N counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 0: Part VIII: Environment. Democrats: YES 0; NO 0
Republicans: YES 0; NO 0
Independents: YES 0; NO 0
Vote number MA03-H176 Veto override of reduced fees for blood lead level testing
on Jul 8, 2003 regarding bill Veto Override
Results:
Override Gov. Romney's veto of Budget Section 631 exception of fees charged for the testing of blood lead levels (fees charged Voting Y counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 8: Part VIII: Environment. Democrats: YES 0; NO 0
Republicans: YES 0; NO 0
Independents: YES 0; NO 0
Vote number MA03-H075 Requiring regulatory impact statements for new regulations
on May 5, 2003 regarding bill MGL Chapter 30A
Results:
    Requiring a ‘Regulatory impact statement’ for all new regulations promulgated by state agencies. The statement shall:
  • identify the problem addressed
  • identif
Voting N counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 0: Part VIII: Environment. Democrats: YES 0; NO 0
Republicans: YES 0; NO 0
Independents: YES 0; NO 0
Vote number US01-311 raising CAFE standards; incentives for alternative fuels
on Aug 1, 2001 regarding bill HR 4
Results: Amendment rejected, 160-269
Require a combined corporate average fuel efficiency [CAFE] standard for passeng Voting Y counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 8: Part VIII: Environment. Democrats: YES 9; NO 0
Republicans: YES 0; NO 0
Independents: YES 0; NO 0
Vote number US01-317 prohibiting oil drilling & development in ANWR
on Aug 1, 2001 regarding bill HR 4
Results: Amendment rejected, 206-223
Amendment to maintain the current prohi Voting Y counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 8: Part VIII: Environment. Democrats: YES 9; NO 0
Republicans: YES 0; NO 0
Independents: YES 0; NO 0

Part X: Worker Rights
House BillVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageCandidate Voting
Vote number US01-33 zero-funding OSHA's Ergonomics Rules instead of $4.5B
on Mar 7, 2001 regarding bill S J Res 6 Sponsored by Nickles, R-OK
Results: Resolution adopted, FOR: 223, AGAINST: 206
Vote to pass a resolution to give no enforcement authority or power Voting N counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 10: Part X: Worker Rights. Democrats: YES 0; NO 10
Republicans: YES 0; NO 0
Independents: YES 0; NO 0

Part XI: America & the World
House BillVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageCandidate Voting
Vote number US01-107 withholding $244M in UN Back Payments until US seat restored
on May 10, 2001 regarding bill HR 1646 Amendment sponsored by Hyde, R-IL
Results: Amendment adopted, FOR: 252, AGAINST: 165
Vote to adopt an ame Voting N counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 0: Part XI: America & the World. Democrats: YES 2; NO 7
Republicans: YES 0; NO 0
Independents: YES 0; NO 0

Social Security
House BillVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageCandidate Voting
Vote number 2001-96 raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable
on May 2, 2001 regarding bill HR 10 Bill sponsored by Portman, R-OH
Results: Bill passed, FOR: 407, AGAINST: 24
Comprehensive Retirement Security and Pension Reform Act of 2001: Vote to pass a bill that would raise the amount individuals may contribute to traditional and Roth Individual Retirement Accounts and to 401[k] plans and make pensions plans more portable Voting Y counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 6: Privatize Social Security. Democrats: YES 187; NO 22
Republicans: YES 219; NO 1
Independents: YES 1; NO 1
Vote number 2000-450 reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits
on Jul 27, 2000 regarding bill HR 4865 Bill sponsored by Archer, R-TX
Results: Bill passed: FOR: 265; AGAINST: 159
Vote to pass a bill that would reduce the percentage of Social Security benefits that is taxable from 85 to 50 percent for single taxpayers with incomes over $25,000 and married couples with incomes over $32,000. The revenues that would be lost for the Medicare trust fund would be replaced by money from the general fund. Voting Y counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 6: Privatize Social Security. Democrats: YES 51; NO 155
Republicans: YES 213; NO 3
Independents: YES 1; NO 1
Vote number 1999-163 strengthening the Social Security Lockbox
on May 26, 1999 regarding bill HR 1259 Motion to Recommit introduced by Rangel, D-NY
Results: Motion to Recommit failed: FOR: 205; AGAINST: 222
Amending the Social Security Lockbox bill to require that any budget surplus cannot be spent until the solvency of Social Security and Medicare is guaranteed. Voting N counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 6: Privatize Social Security. Democrats: YES 201; NO 5
Republicans: YES 2; NO 217
Independents: YES 2; NO 0

Tax Reform
House BillVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageCandidate Voting
Vote number 2002-103 making the Bush tax cuts permanent
on Apr 18, 2002 regarding bill HR 586 Bill sponsored by Lewis, R-KY
Results: Bill passed 229-198
Vote to pass a bill that would permanently extend the cuts in last year's $1.35 trillion tax reduction package, many of which are set to expire in 2010. It would extend relief of the marriage penalty, reductions in income tax rates, doubling of the child tax credit, elimination of the estate tax, and the expansion of pension and education provisions. The bill also would revise a variety of Internal Revenue Service tax provisions, including interest, and penalty collection provisions. The penalties would change for the failure to pay estimated taxes; waive minor, first-time error penalties; exclude interest on unintentional overpayments from taxable income; and allow the IRS greater discretion in the disciplining of employees who have violated policies. Voting Y counts for 2 points on VoteMatch question 11: Tax Reform. Democrats: YES 7; NO 177
Republicans: YES 198; NO 0
Independents: YES 1; NO 1
Vote number 2001-404 $99.5B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts
on Oct 24, 2001 regarding bill HR 3090
Results: Passed, 216-214
Vote to pass a bill that would grant $99.5 billion in federal tax cuts in fiscal 2002, for businesses and individuals.

The bill would allow more individuals to receive immediate $300 refunds, and lower the capital gains tax rate from 20% to 18%.

(Not used in VoteMatch) Democrats: YES 3; NO 205
Republicans: YES 210; NO 7
Independents: YES 1; NO 1
Vote number 2001-118 Tax Cut Package of $958B over 10 years
on May 16, 2001 regarding bill HR 1836 Bill sponsored by Thomas, R-CA
Results: Bill passed, FOR: 230, AGAINST: 197
Vote to pass a bill that would cut all income tax rates and make other tax cuts of $958.2 billion over 10 years. The bill would convert the five existing tax rate brackets, which range from 15 to 39.6 percent, to a system of four brackets with rates of 10 to 33 percent. Voting Y counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 11: Make Income Tax Flatter & Lower. Democrats: YES 13; NO 196
Republicans: YES 216; NO 0
Independents: YES 1; NO 1
Vote number 2001-84 eliminating the Estate Tax
on Apr 4, 2001 regarding bill HR 8 Bill sponsored by Dunn, R-WA
Results: Bill passed, FOR: 274, AGAINST: 154
Vote to pass a bill that would gradually reduce revenue by $185.5 billion over 10 years with a repeal of the estate tax by 2011. Voting Y counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 11: Make Income Tax Flatter & Lower. Democrats: YES 58; NO 150
Republicans: YES 215; NO 3
Independents: YES 1; NO 1
Vote number 2000-392 eliminating the "marriage penalty"
on Jul 12, 2000 regarding bill HR 4810 Bill sponsored by Archer, R-TX
Results: Bill passed: FOR: 269; AGAINST: 159
Vote on a bill that would reduce taxes for married couple by approximately $195 billion over 10 years by removing provisions that make taxes for married couples higher than those for two single people. The bill is identical to HR 6 that was passed by the House in February, 2000. Voting Y counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 11: Make Income Tax Flatter & Lower. Democrats: YES 47; NO 158
Republicans: YES 221; NO 0
Independents: YES 1; NO 1
Vote number 2000-254 repealing the estate tax ("death tax")
on Jun 9, 2000 regarding bill HR 8 Bill sponsored by Dunn, R-WA
Results: Bill passed: FOR: 279; AGAINST: 136
Vote to pass a bill that would completely eliminate taxes on estates over a 10 year period at an estimated cost of $105 billion as well as $50 billion each year after the repeal of the tax is complete in 2010. Voting Y counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 11: Make Income Tax Flatter & Lower. Democrats: YES 63; NO 135
Republicans: YES 215; NO 0
Independents: YES 1; NO 1
Vote number 2000-41 $46 billion in tax cuts for small business
on Mar 9, 2000 regarding bill HR 3081 Bill sponsored by Lazio, R-NY
Results: Bill passed: FOR: 257; AGAINST: 169
Provide an estimated $46 billion in tax cuts over five years. Raise the minimum wage by $1 an hour over two years. Reduce estate and gift taxes, grant a full deduction on health insurance for self-employed individuals, increase the deductible percentage of business meal expenses to 60 percent in 2002, and designate 15 renewal communities in urban rural areas. Voting Y counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 11: Make Income Tax Flatter & Lower. Democrats: YES 39; NO 167
Republicans: YES 217; NO 1
Independents: YES 1; NO 1

War & Peace
House BillVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageCandidate Voting
Vote number 2002-455 authorizing military force in Iraq
on Oct 10, 2002 regarding bill HJRes114 Bill sponsored by Hastert,R-IL
Results: Resolution Passed 296-133
Authorization for the Use of Military Force Against Iraq: Passage of the joint resolution that would authorize President Bush to use the US military as he deems necessary and appropriate to defend U.S. national security against Iraq and enforce UN Security Council resolutions regarding Iraq. It would be required that the president report to Congress, no later than 48 hours after using force, his determination that diplomatic options or other peaceful means would not guarantee US national security against Iraq or allow enforcement of UN resolutions and that using force is consistent with anti-terrorism efforts. The resolution would also give specific statutory authorization under the War Powers Resolution. Every 60 days the president would also be required to report to Congress on actions related to the resolution. (Not used in VoteMatch) Democrats: YES 72; NO 114
Republicans: YES 194; NO 5
Independents: YES 1; NO 1
Vote number 1999-119 disallowing the invasion of Kosovo
on May 6, 1999 regarding bill HR 1664 Amendment introduced by Istook, R-OK
Results: Amendment rejected: FOR: 117; AGAINST: 301
Vote on an amendment to the "Kosovo and Southwest Asia Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act" which would prohibit the use of funds for any invasion of Yugoslavia with U.S. ground forces except in time of war. Voting N counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 17: Continue Foreign Aid to Russia, Israel, & others. Democrats: YES 18; NO 188
Republicans: YES 98; NO 118
Independents: YES 2; NO 0

Welfare & Poverty
House BillVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageCandidate Voting
Vote number 2003-30 promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients
on Feb 13, 2003 regarding bill HR 4 Bill sponsored by Pryce, R-OH
Results: Bill passed 230-192
Welfare Reauthorization Bill: Vote to pass a bill that would approve $16.5 billion to renew the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families block grant program through fiscal 2008 and call for new welfare aid conditions. The bill raises the work requirements for individuals getting assistance from 30 to 40 hours per week. States would be required to increase the number of recipient families working from the current level of 50 percent to 70 percent or more in 2008. The bill also provides an additional $1 billion in mandatory state child care grants and provides $200 million annually for marriage promotion programs. (Not used in VoteMatch) Democrats: YES 11; NO 192
Republicans: YES 220; NO 2
Independents: YES 1; NO 1
Vote number 2001-254 treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks
on Jul 19, 2001 regarding bill HR 7
Results: Bill passed, 233-198
Vote to pass a bill that would allow religious organizations to compete equally with other non-governmental groups for federal funds to provide social service, and provide $13.3 billion in tax breaks for charitable giving over 10 years. Voting Y counts for 2 points on VoteMatch question 20: Allow churches to provide welfare services. Democrats: YES 15; NO 192
Republicans: YES 215; NO 4
Independents: YES 1; NO 1
Vote number 1999-586 responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations
on Nov 10, 1999 regarding bill HR 3073 Bill sponsored by Johnson, R-CT.
Results: Bill passed: FOR: 328; AGAINST: 93
Vote to establish a program that would promote more responsible fatherhood by creating educational, economic and employment opportunities and give grants to state agencies and nonprofit groups, including faith-based institutions. Voting Y counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 20: Allow churches to provide welfare services. Democrats: YES 154; NO 49
Republicans: YES 174; NO 42
Independents: YES 0; NO 2


                                                                                                                                                                               
  

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