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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: USA Engage

1999 Positions

Issues: Trade
State Office District Name Party Rating
Dana Rohrabacher 20%
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen 20%
Steve Rothman 20%
Ed Royce 60%
Paul Ryan 80%
Jeff Sessions III 40%
Pete Sessions 100%
John Shadegg 100%
Ike Skelton 80%
Louise Slaughter 20%
Lamar Smith 60%
Olympia Snowe 20%
Vic Snyder 80%
Arlen Specter 40%
John Spratt, Jr. 20%
Pete Stark 20%
Cliff Stearns 0%
Bart Stupak 20%
John Tanner 60%
Gene Taylor 20%
Lee Terry 100%
Todd Tiahrt 60%
John Tierney 20%
Ed Towns 40%
David Vitter 80%
George Voinovich 60%
Zach Wamp 0%
Mel Watt 20%
Henry Waxman 40%
Anthony Weiner 60%
Ed Whitfield 60%
Frank Wolf 40%
Lynn Woolsey 20%
David Wu 40%
Bill Young 40%

How to Interpret these Evaluations

Keep in mind that ratings done by special interest groups often do not represent a non-partisan stance. In addition, some groups select votes that tend to favor members of one political party over another, rather than choosing votes based solely on issues concerns. Nevertheless, they can be invaluable in showing where an incumbent has stood on a series of votes in the past one or two years, especially when ratings by groups on all sides of an issue are compared. Website links, if available, and descriptions of the organizations offering performance evaluations are accessible by clicking on the name of the group.

Most performance evaluations are displayed in a percentage format. However, some organizations present their ratings in the form of a letter grade or endorsement based on voting records, interviews, survey results and/or sources of campaign funding. For consistency and ease in understanding, Project Vote Smart converts all scores into a percentage when possible. Please visit the group's website or call 1-888-VOTESMART for more specific information.

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