USA*ENGAGE and NFTC Issue Congressional Report Card

Tuesday, 7 December 1999

"We are pleased to report that the number of House Members who received a superior rating increased nearly four-fold (96 - 25) from last year's report card," said Frank Kittredge, President of the National Foreign Trade Council and Vice Chairman of USA*ENGAGE. "In addition, this year’s Freshman Class in the House is proving to be one of the most pro-trade, pro-engagement elements of Congress. Perhaps more important, every Member of Congress who received an A or A+ rating last year and ran for reelection - won."

The report card was prepared at the request of USA*ENGAGE and NFTC member companies and associations. It examines key pieces of legislation voted on in either the Senate or House, while adding "extra credit" for sponsorship of the Sanctions Process Reform Bills (S.757 or H.R. 1244).

The following House votes were evenly weighted.

African Growth & Opportunity Act

Bill declares the support of Congress for the economic self-reliance of sub-Saharan African countries committed to economic and political reform. H.R. 434 - Vote on passage - favorable position ‘Yes’

USA*ENGAGE/NFTC position passed 234-163
Roll Call 307 - July 16, 1999

Visclosky Steel Bill

Bill creates steel import quotas. H.R. 975 - Vote on passage - favorable position ‘No’

USA*ENGAGE/NFTC position failed 141-289
Roll Call 56 - March 17, 1999

China NTR Disapproval

Joint Resolution disapproves the extension of NTR to the products of China. H.J. Res. 57 - Vote on resolution - favorable position ‘No’

USA*ENGAGE/NFTC position passed 260-170
Roll Call 338 - July 27, 1999

Vietnam Trade Waiver

Joint resolution disapproves the extension of the waiver authority with respect to the Vietnam Amendment. H.J. Res 58 - Vote on resolution - favorable position ‘No’

USA*ENGAGE/NFTC position passed 297-130
Roll Call 365 - August 3, 1999

OPIC/TDA Reauthorization

Bill reauthorizes the Overseas Private Investment Corporation and the Trade and Development Agency. H.R. 1993 - Vote on passage - favorable position ‘Yes’

USA*ENGAGE/NFTC position passed 357 - 71
Roll Call 499 - October 13, 1999

Kucinich State & Local Amdt.

Amendment prohibits funds to be used to file a complaint brought under NAFTA or the WTO. H.Amdt. 419 - vote on amendment - favorable position ‘No’

USA*ENGAGE/NFTC position passed 226 - 196
R oll Call 385 - August 5, 1999

Sanctions Reform Bill - Extra Credit

Bill creates a more deliberative process for applying unilateral economic sanctions. HR. 1244 - Cosponsorship

THE FOLLOWING SENATE VOTES WERE EVENLY WEIGHTED:

Hutchinson China Amdt.

Amendment requires prior congressional approval before the United States supports the admission of the People's Republic of China into the World Trade Organization. S. Amdt. 89 - Vote to table - favorable position ‘Yes’

USA*ENGAGE/NFTC position passed 69-30
Roll Call 54 - March 18, 1999

Visclosky Steel Bill

Bill creates steel import quotas. H.R. 975 - Cloture vote - favorable position 'No'

USA*ENGAGE/NFTC position passed 57-42
Roll Call 178 - June 22, 1999

McConnell 907 Amdt.

Amendment removes the Section 907 (Azerbaijan sanctions) waiver from the Silk Road Bill. S. Amdt. 1119 - Vote on amendment - favorable position 'No'

USA*ENGAGE/NFTC position failed 45-53
Roll Call 191 - June 30, 1999

Dodd Cuba Travel Amdt.

Amendment terminates Cuba travel restrictions. S. Amdt. 1157 - Vote to table - favorable position 'No'

USA*ENGAGE/NFTC position failed 43-55
Roll Call 189 - June 30, 1999

Ashcroft Sanctions Amdt.

Amendment requires Congressional approval before any unilateral food or medical sanction is imposed on a foreign country. S. Amdt. 1507 - Vote to table - favorable position ‘No’

USA*ENGAGE/NFTC position passed 70-28
Roll Call 251 - August 3, 1999

Trade and Development Act of 1999

Bill declares the support of Congress for the economic self-reliance of sub-Saharan African countries committed to economic and political reform. H.R. 434 - Vote on passage - favorable position ‘Yes’

USA*ENGAGE/NFTC position passed 76 - 19
Roll Call 353 - November 3, 1999

Sanctions Reform Bill - Extra Credit

Bill creates a more deliberative process for applying unilateral economic sanctions. S. 757 - Cosponsorship

USA*ENGAGE is a coalition of 670 small and large businesses, agriculture groups and trade associations working to seek alternatives to the proliferation of unilateral U.S. foreign policy sanctions and to promote the benefits of U.S. engagement abroad.

 

 

 

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