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Voted YES on ending discussion of CAFE fuel efficiency standards.

Senators Feinstein (D-CA) and Bryan (D-NV) introduced a resolution expressing the sense of the Senate towards ending CAFE Standards. Senator Gorton motioned to table this amendment. [A YES vote is considered pro-business].

Dexter says, "Even though such resolutions are meaningless in the real world, I'll vote for all measures that get the fedgov out of areas where it doesn't belong."

Status: Amdt Rejected Y)40; N)55; NV)4

Reference: Gorton Amdt # 1677; Bill H.R. 2084 ; vote number 1999-275 on Sep 15, 1999

Voted NO on defunding renewable and solar energy.

In June of 1999, Senator Jeffords (R-VT) was prepared to offer an amendment which would have added $62 million to the Energy Department solar and renewable energy programs. This action was blocked by Senator Reid (D-NV).

Dexter says, "While I know we must find alternative energy sources, I do not believe it is the feeral government's duty to do so. Private enterprise will find solutions with no other funding that the potential for profits."

Status: Motion Agreed to Y)60; N)39; NV)1

Reference: Motion to table the recommital; Bill S. 1186 ; vote number 1999-171 on Jun 16, 1999

Voted YES on approving a nuclear waste repository.

Approval of the interim nuclear waste repository.

Dexter says, "Nuclear waste is a real problem, one that cannot be solved by avoiding it. We need to find solutions. In Utah, the Goshutes have tried to use their sovereign territor"

Status: Bill Passed Y)65; N)34; NV)1

Reference: Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1997; Bill S. 104 ; vote number 1997-42 on Apr 15, 1997

Voted NO on do not require ethanol in gasoline.

Funding a mandated percentage of market share for the use of ethanol in gasoline, to be funded b reducing NASA budget b $39 million..

Dexter says, "It has proven to be an absolutely stupid idea. This and the MTBE fiasco prove that politicians should stay away from science they don't understand."

Status: Table Motion Agreed to Y)50; N)50; VP decided YES

Reference: Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 1995; Bill H.R. 4624 ; vote number 1994-255 on Aug 3, 1994

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