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Voted NO on limiting self-employment health deduction.

The Santorum (R-PA) amdt would effectively kill the Kennedy Amdt (D-MA) which would have allowed self-employed individuals to fully deduct the cost of their health insurance on their federal taxes.

Dexter says, "If a large corporation that contributes millions to the RepubliCrats can deduct 100% of its health insurance premiums, the self-employed should also be allowed to deduct them at the same rate."

Status: Amdt Agreed to Y)53; N)47

Reference: Santorum Amdt #1234; Bill S. 1344 ; vote number 1999-202 on Jul 13, 1999

Voted NO on increasing tobacco restrictions.

This cloture motion was on a bill which would have increased tobacco restrictions. [YES is an anti-smoking vote].

Dexter says, "The alleged dangers of "second-hand smoke" are junk science at its worst. However, I believe government buildings should be kept smoke-free."

Status: Cloture Motion Rejected Y)57; N)42; NV)1

Reference: Motion to invoke cloture on a modified committee substitute to S. 1415; Bill S. 1415 ; vote number 1998-161 on Jun 17, 1998

Voted NO on banning human cloning.

This cloture motion was in order to end debate and move to consideration of legislation banning human cloning. [A YES vote opposes human cloning].

Dexter says, "It is stupid to try to stop something with this important potential. Just like drugs, people will do it anyway. Far better to regulate and retain control than outlaw and lose control."

Status: Cloture Motion Rejected Y)42; N)54; NV)4

Reference: Motion to invoke cloture on motion to proceed to S. 1601; Bill S. 1601 ; vote number 1998-10 on Feb 11, 1998

Voted NO on Medicare means-testing.

Approval of means-based testing for Medicare insurance premiums.

Dexter says, "Even though our healthcare system is over-burdened by well-off senior citizens taking advantage of a program essentially designed to help to poor, premiums were forced from them and they are entitled to the service."

Status: Motion to Table Agreed to Y)70; N)20

Reference: Motion to table the Kennedy Amdt #440; Bill S. 947 ; vote number 1997-113 on Jun 24, 1997

Voted YES on medical savings acounts.

Vote to block a plan which would allow tax-deductible medical savings accounts.

Dexter says, "I will vote for anything that helps keep money in the hands of the person who earned it and out of the hands of the federal gov't."

Status: Amdt Agreed to Y)52; N)46; NV)2

Reference: Kassebaum Amdt #3677; Bill S. 1028 ; vote number 1996-72 on Apr 18, 1996

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