A reader points out that we omitted Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) in our recent review of the voting records of presidential candidates who have served in Congress. We assure you — just an oversight. We included his Republican equivalent, Ron Paul, and it’s only fair to report how Kucinich has voted on issues the National Association of Manufacturers deemed important to the U.S. manufacturing economy.
Hey, what do you know….Kucinich sided with the NAM’s position on key votes just once in six years. The issue where he made common cause dealt with education: Derailing National Testing Requirements (Hoekstra Amendment to H.R. 1). Vote on a Hoekstra (R-MI)/Frank (D-MA) amendment that would strip annual testing provisions from education bill H.R.1. Rejected 236–191 on May 23, 2001 (Roll No. 130). The NAM supported H.R.1 but opposed the Hoekstra amendment, because testing is a measurable means of holding schools and educators accountable. NAM POSITION: No.
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