John McCain/Economic Policy
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|This article is part of the Wiki-The-Vote project to detail the positions and records of Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama. This article covers McCain and Economic Policy. See the main page on John McCain for other positions and more info.|
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|Sen. McCain has been a supporter of trade agreements with foreign states, and while he missed three of four housing-related votes in 2008, but did vote to approve the Economic Stimulus Bill of 2008.|
Budget, spending and taxes
In 2005-2006 USA Engage gave Senator McCain a grade of A. In 2006, he voted for the U.S.-Central America Free Trade Agreement and a trade agreement with Oman. He missed votes for the Peru-United States Free Trade Agreement in 2007 and the Consumer Product Safety Commission Bill (H.R.4040) in 2008.
Housing and mortgage issues
Senator McCain received a rating of 100 percent from the American Land Rights Association in 1995. He missed three of four housing-related votes in 2008, but did vote to approve the Economic Stimulus Bill of 2008.
Business regulation and consumer protections
- Project Vote Smart's interest group ratings and important votes on business regulation and consumer protections.
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina's destruction of much of the city of New Orleans Obama became an advocate for federal funds to rebuild the city and the Gulf Coast while also stressing oversight of those funds. Obama also spoke out about the racial and class dynamics exposed by the Hurricane: "The incompetence [in the federal response to Katrina] was colorblind. What wasn't colorblind was the indifference. Human efforts will always pale in comparison to nature's forces. But [the Bush administration] is a set of folks who simply don't recognize what's happening in large parts of the country." Obama went to New Orleans with former Presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush to see the displaced citizens and the damage done to the city.
Obama threatened to call hearings on the slow response by the federal government and with Sen. Tom Coburn also called for President Bush to create a "chief financial officer to oversee Katrina spending." He ultimately proclaimed that the Hurricane was a "wake-up call" that should cause lawmakers to have "a serious conversation about poverty, which should not be a conversation that's caught up in the all the dogmas." 
Gambling and gaming issues
Articles and resources
- John McCain
- John McCain/Economic Policy
- John McCain/Education Policy
- John McCain/Elections and Government Policy
- John McCain/Energy and Environment Policy
- John McCain/Food and Agriculture Policy
- John McCain/Health Policy
- John McCain/Infrastructure and Transportation Policy
- John McCain/Labor, Immigration and Retirement Policy
- John McCain/National Security and Foreign Policy
- John McCain/Rights, Liberties and Courts Policy
- John McCain/Communications, Science and Intellectual Property
- John McCain/Social Policy
- John McCain/Controversies
- Barack Obama
- Barack Obama/Economic Policy
- Barack Obama/Education Policy
- Barack Obama/Elections and Government Policy
- Barack Obama/Energy and Environment Policy
- Barack Obama/Food and Agriculture Policy
- Barack Obama/Health Policy
- Barack Obama/Infrastructure and Transportation Policy
- Barack Obama/Labor, Immigration and Retirement Policy
- Barack Obama/National Security and Foreign Policy
- Barack Obama/Rights, Liberties and Courts Policy
- Barack Obama/Communications, Science and Intellectual Property
- Barack Obama/Social Policy
- Barack Obama/Controversies
- ↑ Terry M. Neal, "Race, Class Re-Enter Politics After Katrina," Washington Post, September 22, 2005,
- ↑ Perry Bacon Jr., "Barack Obama Steps (Carefully) Into the Spotlight," Time Magazine, September 28, 2005.
- ↑ David Nather & Jackie Koszczuk, "Reinventing the War on Poverty," Congressional Quarterly, September 19, 2005.
- Project Vote Smart's database of Obama's interest group ratings, Obama's important votes, McCain's important votes and McCain's interest group ratings.