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Methodology: U.S. House of Representatives

 

Methodology: U.S. House of Representatives

Rankings are based on an examination of voting records of 434 members (there's one vacancy) serving in the U.S. House of Representatives as of September 2004. We rated members on 12 key votes chosen for their impact on the technology community at large and their relevance as a technology policy litmus test. We excluded voice votes and committee votes. We also excluded some votes on bills like the Can-Spam Act that couldn't reliably differentiate legislators who were pro-technology from those who weren't. Politicians present for three or fewer votes were not given a total score. Scores were assigned solely based on the editorial opinions of CNET News.com. Scores for each vote are described below:

Vote: In favor of H-1B visas, September 1998
Score: Yes=1, No=0

Vote: To limit the Year 2000 (Y2K) liability of information technology companies, July 1999
Score: Yes=1, No=0

Vote: For the Internet tax moratorium, May 2000
Score: Yes=1, No=0

Vote: To prohibit some forms of Internet gambling, July 2000
Score: Yes=0, No=1

Vote: To deny China its normal trading status, July 2001
Score: Yes=0, No=1

Vote: To approve the USA Patriot Act, October 2001
Score: Yes=0, No=1

Vote: For Tauzin-Dingell bill to deregulate high-speed Internet links, February 2002
Score: Yes=1, No=0

Vote: To bypass Supreme Court ruling and ban computer-generated child pornography, June 2002
Score: Yes=0, No=1

Vote: In favor of free trade bill including Trade Promotion Authority for president, July 2002
Score: Yes=1, No=0

Vote: To permit the Patent and Trademark Office to keep fees submitted to the agency, March 2004
Score: Yes=1, No=0

Vote: To preserve the current method of accounting for the cost of stock options, July 2004
Score: Yes=1, No=0

Vote: To approve a tax bill that extended a research and development tax credit, September 2004
Score: Yes=1, No=0