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THE VOTING RECORD OF YOUR SENATORS: 2008.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sen. Chuck Hagel                                                                                                                              Sen. Ben Nelson

 

110th CONGRESS 2008                                          NTF voting scores during this session: HAGEL: 61%

2nd Session                                                                                                                                NELSON: 38%

 

Taxes.

S.Con.Res. 70 Amend. 4170: Raise the death tax exemption to $5 million and reduce maximum death rate to no more than 35%, to extend college tuition tax deductions, and extend lower tax rates on dividends and capital gains.  Hagel: YES     Nelson: NO      FAILED/GOOD BILL

            Amend. 4191: To protect small businesses and family farms and ranches from death tax by providing $5 million exemption, a low rate for smaller estates, and a maximum rate no higher than 35%.  Hagel: YES      Nelson: NO            FAILED/GOOD BILL

            Amend. 4192: To repeal the federal income tax on SS benefits imposed by the Clinton Budget Act of 1993.  Hagel: YES      Nelson: NO      FAILED/GOOD BILL

            Amend. 4218: To restore pre-Bush 2001 top income tax rate for those earning over $1 million annually and use the funds for child welfare programs.  Hagel: NO       Nelson: NO      FAILED/BAD BILL

            Amend. 4348: To extend expiration date of tax provisions like research and development tax credit that helps American companies innovate, combat pay tax exclusions for soldiers in the field, and education tax deduction that makes college more affordable.  Hagel: YES   Nelson: NO      FAILED/GOOD BILL

            Amend. 4372: Protect small businesses and family farms and ranches from death tax by providing $5 million exception, a low rate for smaller estates, and a maximum tax rate no higher than 35%.  Hagel: YES  Nelson: NO            FAILED/GOOD BILL

            Amend. 4276: To exempt alternative minimum tax from pay as you go enforcement modifications that prevent millions of additional taxpayers from paying the AMT.  Hagel: YES  Nelson: NO      FAILED/GOOD BILL

            Amend. 4339: Provide a federal income tax deduction for individuals buying health insurance outside the workplace.  Hagel: YES           Nelson: NO      FAILED/GOOD BILL

HR 5140: To provide economic stimulus through tax rebates to individuals and incentives for business investments.  Hagel: NO        Nelson: not voting       PASSED/GOOD BILL

HR 6049 Amend. 5634: Provide a liberal version of alternative minimum tax relief.  Hagel: NO      Nelson: YES            PASSED/BAD BILL

HR 7005: To give taxpayers alternative minimum tax relief only for year 2008.  Hagel: not voting    Nelson: YES  PASSED/BAD BILL

 

Spending.

S.Con.Res. 70 Amend. 4328: Provide a reserve fund for Social Security reform.  Hagel: YES          Nelson: NO            FAILED/GOOD BILL

            Amend. 4232: Lower federal debt and eliminate government waste by reducing spending by 5% on programs rated ineffective by the Office of Management & Budget.  Hagel: not voting Nelson: NO      FAILED/GOOD BILL

            Amend. 4284: Provide funds for a Commission on Budgetary Accountability and Review of Federal Agencies.  Hagel: not voting         Nelson: NO      PASSED/GOOD BILL

            Amend. 4380: Transfer funding for Berkeley, CA. earmarks to Marine Corps.  Hagel: NO      Nelson: NO            FAILED/GOOD BILL

            Amend. 4313: To protect families from runaway government spending by increasing number of senators necessary to waive pay as you go from 60 to 100.      Hagel: NO        Nelson: NO      FAILED/GOOD BILL

            Amend. 4347: Establish an earmark moratorium in FY 2009.  Hagel: NO   Nelson: NO    FAILED/GOOD BILL

S.3604: Emergency supplemental appropriations for economic recovery for FY 2008.  Hagel: NO               Nelson: YES     PASSED/BAD BILL

HR 1424: Federal government purchases and insures several kinds of troubled financial assets to provide stability and prevent disruption in the economy and financial system.  Hagel: YES            Nelson: YES    PASSED/BAD BILL

 

Government Regulation.

S.2284 Amend. 4705: Require Comptroller-General to conduct a study regarding mandatory flood insurance purchasing requirements.  Hagel: not voting                Nelson: YES    FAILED/BAD BILL

S.2739 Amend. 4522: To require OMB to determine on annual basis quantity of land owned by federal government and cost to taxpayers of ownership of this land.  Hagel: NO   Nelson: NO      FAILED/GOOD BILL

            Amend. 4520: Assure that all individuals who live in or own property located in a proposed National Heritage Area be informed of its designation.  Hagel: NO         Nelson: NO      FAILED/GOOD BILL

S.3036: EPA director must establish a program to decrease emissions of greenhouse gases.  Hagel: not voting            Nelson: YES    FAILED/BAD BILL

HR 493: To prohibit discrimination on the basis of genetic information in health insurance and employment.  Hagel: YES     Nelson: YES    PASSED/GOOD BILL

HR 2831: A discrimination or other unlawful practice under the Americans Disability Act or Civil Rights Act of 1964 occurs each time compensation paid pursuant to a compensation decision.  Hagel: not voting     Nelson: YES            PASSED/BAD BILL

 

Education.

S.Con.Res. 70 Amend. 4350: Increase funding for Dept. of Education English literacy state grant program.  Hagel: YES            Nelson: YES    PASSED/BAD BILL

 

Health Care.

S.Con.Res. 70 Amend. 4240: Force wealthier Medicare beneficiaries to pay higher percentage of Medicare Part D premiums.  Hagel: YES                        Nelson: NO      FAILED/BAD BILL

            Amend. 4299: Need for comprehensive legislation to legalize importation of RX drugs from highly-industrialized nations with safe drug infrastructures.  Hagel: YES       Nelson: YES    PASSED/GOOD BILL

S.1200 Amend. 4032: To protect American Indian rape and sexual assault victims from AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.  Hagel: YES        Nelson: YES    PASSED/GOOD BILL

            Amend. 4034: To allow tribal members to make their own health care choices.  Hagel: NO   Nelson: NO            FAILED/GOOD BILL

            Amend. 4198: Increase American Indian Health Service funding by $1 billion in FY 2009.  Hagel: NO            Nelson: YES     PASSED/BAD BILL

            Amend. 3896: To limit use of funds appropriated for Indian health services.  Hagel: YES       Nelson: YES PASSED/GOOD BILL 

 

Welfare.

S.Con.Res. 70 Amend. 4203: Increase funding for low-income home energy aid program.  Hagel: YES   Nelson: YES.            PASSED/BAD BILL 

                        Amend. 4379: To cover pregnant women under the SCHIP welfare health care plan.  Hagel: NO            Nelson: YES    PASSED/BAD BILL

S. 3101: Increase low income benefit programs.  Hagel: NO   Nelson: YES    PASSED/BAD BILL

S. 3186: Funding for low-income home energy assistance program.  Hagel: NO         Nelson: YES   PASSED/BAD BILL

HR 6331: Increase low income benefit programs.  Hagel: NO            Nelson: YES    PASSED/BAD BILL

HR 6867: Additional unemployment compensation benefits.  Hagel: YES     Nelson: YES    PASSED/BAD BILL

 

Law and Order.

S.Con.Res.70 Amend.4368: Increase funding for Dept. of Justice for strong enforcement of laws protecting children.  Hagel: YES      Nelson: YES    PASSED/GOOD BILL

            Amend. 4335: Increase funding for Dept. of Justice for strong enforcement of prohibition against taking minors across state lines violating laws requiring involvement of parents in abortion decisions.  Hagel: YES Nelson: YES            FAILED/GOOD BILL

S. 2248. Amend. 3907: To revoke immunity from civil liability for telecom providers for assistance given federal government in tracking suspected terrorists.  Hagel: NO          Nelson: NO      FAILED/BAD BILL

            Amend. 3913: To prohibit targeting Americans who may be communicating with terrorists abroad.  Hagel: NO            Nelson: not voting.  FAILED/BAD BILL

            Amend. 3915: To place flexible limits on use of information obtained by using unlawful procedures.  Hagel: NO       Nelson: not voting.  FAILED/BAD BILL

            Amend. 3919: To scrutinize certification by Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.  Hagel: NO        Nelson: NO       FAILED/BAD BILL

S. 2663 Amend. 4094: Prohibit state attorneys-general from making contingency fee agreements for legal or expert witness services in civil actions relating to federal consumer product safety rules and regulations or labeling requirements.  Hagel: NO        Nelson: YES    PASSED/GOOD BILL

            Amend. 4097: Allow winning party in civil actions related to consumer product safety rules to recover attorney fees.  Hagel: not voting              Nelson: YES    PASSED/GOOD BILL

HR 980: Provide unionization rights for law officers employed by states and local governments.  Hagel: YES            Nelson: YES    PASSED/BAD BILL

HR 2082: FY 2008 appropriation for intelligence activities and CIA retirement and disability system.  Hagel: YES            Nelson: NO      PASSED/GOOD BILL

HR 6304 Amend. 5059: Limit retroactive corporate immunity for providing assistance to U.S. in instances when a federal court determines that assistance was provided in connection with intelligence activity that was constitutional.  Hagel: NO        Nelson: NO      FAILED/BAD BILL

 

Gunowner Rights.

S.1200: DeMint Amend. Prohibit use of funds for carrying out anti-gun programs, gun buybacks, or programs to discourage or stigmatize private ownership of guns for collecting, hunting, or self-defense.  Hagel: YES       Nelson: YES     PASSED/GOOD BILL

 

Energy.

S.2284 Amend. 4737: To increase the supply and lower the cost of fuel by temporarily suspending the purchase of fuel for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.  Hagel: YES Nelson: YES    PASSED/GOOD BILL

S.3044: Blame oil companies for their actions in causing high energy prices.  Hagel: NO       Nelson: YES            PASSED/BAD BILL

HR 3221 Amend. 4419: Limited continuation of clean energy production incentives and incentives to improve energy efficiency.  Hagel: YES                       Nelson: YES    PASSED/GOOD BILL

 

Military Affairs.

PN 1641: Approve nomination of Gen. David Petraeus as general of the Army.  Hagel: YES    Nelson: YES PASSED/GOOD

PN 1643: Approve nomination of Raymond Odierno as general of the Army.  Hagel: YES   Nelson: YES            PASSED/GOOD

S.Res. 501: Honoring the sacrifice of armed forces members killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Hagel: YES      Nelson: YES     PASSED/GOOD BILL

S.1315: Improve veterans insurance and housing benefits and benefits and services for transitioning service members.  Hagel: YES      Nelson: YES    PASSED/GOOD BILL

            Amend. 4572: Increase benefits for disabled U.S. veterans.  Hagel: NO         Nelson: NO      FAILED/GOOD BILL

S.3001: Appropriations for FY 2009 Defense Dept. military activities, military construction, and defense activities of Energy Dept.  Hagel: YES        Nelson: YES    PASSED/GOOD BILL

            Amend. 5280: Additional $171 million for research, development, testing, and evaluation of near-term missile defense programs and activities.  Hagel: YES  Nelson: NO      FAILED/GOOD BILL

HR 2642: Appropriation for military construction and Dept. of Veterans Affairs FY 2008.  Hagel: YES       Nelson: YES     PASSED/GOOD BILL

HR 4986:  Enactment of National Defense Act of FY 2008.  Hagel: YES         Nelson: YES.  PASSED/GOOD BILL

 

Foreign Affairs.

S. Con. Res. 70 Amend. 4245: Restore full funding to fight global AIDS and promote sustainable 3rd World development.  Hagel: YES       Nelson: YES    PASSED/BAD BILL

S.2731: Appropriations for FYs 2009-13 to provide aid to foreign nations to combat AIDS.  Hagel: YES      Nelson: YES     PASSED/BAD BILL

            Amend.5077: Reduce to $35 million amount authorized for the above.  Hagel: NO   Nelson: YES            FAILED/GOOD BILL

            Amend.5078: To limit countries targeted for federal financial aid.  Hagel: YES          Nelson: YES            PASSED/GOOD BILL

            Amend.5081: To eliminate provisions requiring the development of coordinated oversight plans and establish an independent Inspector-Gen. at Office of Global AIDS coordinator.  Hagel: NO     Nelson: NO      FAILED/GOOD BILL

            Amend.5083: A commission to improve oversight and eliminate wasteful spending under the presidential Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.  Hagel: NO Nelson: NO      FAILED/GOOD BILL

 

Immigration.

S.Con.Res.70: To increase funding for border security, guarantee 700 mi. of fencing, place 6,000 National Guard troops on the border, and reimburse state and local law enforcement for immigration duties.  Hagel: YES                 Nelson: YES    PASSED/GOOD BILL

            Amend. 4231: To establish a reserve fund for border security, immigration enforcement, and criminal alien removal programs.  Hagel: YES             Nelson: YES  PASSED/GOOD BILL

            Amend.4309 (Vitter): Ensure that federal aid does not go to sanctuary cities that ignore immigration laws and that create safe havens for illegals and potential terrorists.  Hagel: NO            Nelson: NO      FAILED/GOOD BILL

 

Sources: U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes.

            Federation for American Immigration Reform.

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