Free Trade, Free Markets: Rating the Congress

Welcome to "Free Trade, Free Markets: Rating the Congress." This interactive feature allows users to examine how Congress and its individual members have voted over the years on bills and amendments affecting the freedom of Americans to trade and invest in the global economy. The web site provides explanations and analysis of all major trade votes since 1999. The search tool enables users to see the voting records of senators and representatives throughout their careers or just for a single term. Each search produces a graphic that positions the overall voting record on a two-dimensional matrix measuring opposition to trade barriers along the horizontal axis and opposition to trade subsidies along the vertical access. A representative or senator who regularly opposes barriers and subsidies is considered a "Free Trader"; one who opposes barriers, but supports subsidies is an "Internationalist"; one who opposes subsidies but supports barriers is an "Isolationist"; and, one who supports barriers and subsidies is an "Interventionist." The site also provides access to Cato reports on the voting profiles of Congress as whole during recent terms.

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