Members Improve Grades In 2002 NFTC-USA*Engage 107th Congress Report Card

Friday, 11 October 2002

"This Congress has compiled a solid record on issues of global engagement and free trade," said USA*Engage Co-chairman Don Deline in releasing the 2002 USA*ENGAGE and National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) 107th Congressional Report Card. "Congress was under significant pressure to backslide. While the Congress did renew sanctions on Iran and Libya, they enacted TPA and resisted several attempts to pass major new unilateral sanctions," Deline said.

This report card grades Congressmen and Senators on their votes on issues affecting international trade, unilateral sanctions, and engagement. In the Senate, more than half of the chamber received a grade of B or higher. Senators Richard Lugar (R-IN) and Chuck Hagel (R-NE) received perfect scores for the third consecutive report card. In the House of Representatives, 40% of the Members received a B grade or higher. Farm states scored especially well on the NFTC/USA*Engage report card with Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa and Kansas ranking at the top.

"The report card shows that more and more Members of Congress understand that opening new markets and keeping markets open are the best ways to prevent a worldwide downward economic spiral," said Bill Reinsch, president of the National Foreign Trade Council and co-chairman of USA*Engage.

The NFTC and USA*Engage have released a congressional report card on votes on sanctions and free trade since 1998. To view this and past report cards please visit www.usaengage.org.

Grades for the House report card were determined by counting the following votes:

1) H.R. 3009: Trade Promotion Authority/Andean Trade Preference Act, adoption of conference report

    USA*Engage position: vote in favor receives (+)
    USA*Engage position passed 215-212

2) S. 1372: Export-Import Bank Reauthorization Act, adoption of conference report

    USA*Engage position: vote in favor receives (+)
    USA*Engage position passed 344-78

3) H.Amdt. 552: To restrict the allocation of funds for OFAC enforcement of the travel ban on Cuba

    USA*Engage position: vote in favor receives (+)
    USA*Engage position passed 262-167

4) H.J Res. 101: Denial of Normal Trade Relations for Vietnam

    USA*Engage position: vote against the resolution receives (+)
    USA*Engage position passed 338-91

5) H. R. 1954: To extend the Iran-Libya Sanctions Act of 1996 for an additional 5 years through 2006

    USA*Engage position: vote against bill receives (+)
    USA*Engage position defeated 409-6

6) H.J. Res. 50: Denial of Normal Trade Relations for the Peoples' Republic of China

    USA*Engage position: vote against resolution receives (+)
    USA*Engage position passed 259-169

7) H. Amdt. 121: Denial of funding to provide for administrative necessities in the processing of safety licenses to Mexican-domiciled trucking companies

    USA*Engage position: vote against amendment receives (+)
    USA*Engage position defeated 285-143

8) H.R. 3005: To grant the President Trade Promotion Authority, House passage

    USA*Engage position: vote in favor of bill receives (+)
    USA*Engage position passed 215-214

Grades for the Senate report card were determined by counting the following votes:

1) H.R. 3009: Trade Promotion Authority/Andean Trade Preferences Act, Senate passage

    USA*Engage position - Vote in favor of the bill (+)
    USA*Engage position passed 66-30

2) H.R. 3009: Trade Promotion Authority/Andean Trade Preference Act, adoption of conference report

    USA*Engage position - Vote in favor of the bill (+)
    USA*Engage position passed 64-34

3) S. Amdt. 2596: Requiring Presidential certification that Cuba is not supporting terrorism before allowing agricultural trade

    USA*Engage position - Vote to table receives (+)
    USA*Engage position passed 61-33

4) S. Amdt. 3408: To limit TPA negotiating authority with respect to international trade law (Dayton/Craig)

    USA*Engage position - Vote to table receives (+)
    USA*Engage position defeated 61-38

5) S. 1218: Extends the Iran-Libya Sanctions Act of 1996 for an additional 5 years through 2006

    USA*Engage position - Vote of disapproval receives (+)
    USA*Engage position defeated 96-2

6) S. Amdt. 1481 to S. 149: Sen. Thompson's amendment to the Export Administration Act to tighten licensing procedures and certification

    USA*Engage position - Vote to table the amendment receives (+)
    USA*Engage position passed 74-19

7) S. Amdt. 1065: Sen. Gramm's amendment to provide for nondiscrimination in application of safety standards in NAFTA trucking laws with respect to Mexico

    USA*Engage position - Vote against tabling amendment receives (+)
    USA*Engage position defeated 65-35

8) H.J. Res. 51: Rep. Armey's resolution to extend nondiscriminatory treatment to products of Vietnam

    USA*Engage position - Vote for resolution receives (+)
    USA*Engage position passed 88-12

USA*ENGAGE is a coalition of over 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. For more information on USA*ENGAGE and the harmful effects of unilateral trade sanctions, visit the USA*ENGAGE web site at www.usaengage.org.