Thursday, July 14, 2016

Mike Pence's Economic Voting Record

Here is a quick look at the congressional voting record of Mike Pence, who appears to be Donald Trump's choice as a running mate.

He's real good on rejecting bailouts:

  • 2008: Lonely GOP dissent against Wall Street bailout. (Aug 2010)
  • Voted NO on $15B bailout for GM and Chrysler. (Dec 2008)
  • Voted NO on monitoring TARP funds to ensure more mortgage relief. (Jan 2009)
And good on preventing the expansion of government involvement in the housing sector:

  • Voted YES on terminating the Home Affordable mortgage Program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted NO on modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted NO on monitoring TARP funds to ensure more mortgage relief. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted NO on revitalizing severely distressed public housing. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted NO on regulating the subprime mortgage industry. (Nov 2007)
Possibly good on the budget (If he is in favor of budget cuts rather than higher taxes to make the budget balance). Called for:
  • A balanced budget, by Constitutional amendment. (Jan 2011)
  • Proposed a balanced budget amendment to the US Constitution. (Jan 2011)
  • Voted YES on more funding for nanotechnology R&D and commercialization. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on $167B over 10 years for farm price supports. (Oct 2001)

Appears to support backroom globalism:
  • Voted YES on promoting free trade with Peru. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted NO on assisting workers who lose jobs due to globalization. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted YES on implementing CAFTA, Central America Free Trade. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted YES on implementing US-Australia Free Trade Agreement. (Jul 2004)
  • Voted YES on implementing US-Singapore free trade agreement. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on implementing free trade agreement with Chile. (Jul 2003)
A mixed bag on government interference in the jobs sector:

  • Voted YES on extending unemployment benefits from 39 weeks to 59 weeks. (Oct 2008)
  • Voted NO on restricting employer interference in union organizing. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on increasing minimum wage to $7.25. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted YES on zero-funding OSHA's Ergonomics Rules instead of $4.5B. (Mar 2001)




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    1. Is that an honest question? I think you know the answer.

  2. Compared to the average politicians today, not bad. Might be as good as can be expected.