• Did Freedom Win? No
  • Voted for Freedom 32
  • Voted Against Freedom 68
Ostensibly intended to ramp up economic pressures and be “tough on China,” the United States Innovation and Competition Act incorporates several proposals, including the Endless Frontier Act, the Strategic Competition Act of 2021, the Meeting the China Challenge Act of 2021, as well as provisions recommended by the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. While enormous in size and scope, the crux of this bill centers around incentivizing and funding new technological research and development (R&D) to increase American competitiveness.

While it is laudable that Congress is seeking to incentivize innovation, the United States Innovation and Competition Act does little to address the issues underlying the rise of China. In particular, this bill does practically nothing to prevent the theft of American intellectual property beyond mandating sanctions for cyberattack assailants.

Perhaps more importantly, the United States Innovation and Competition Act is just the latest example of the federal government wasting taxpayer dollars tilting at windmills. The inclusion of more than $200 billion in new spending is entirely misdirected. For example, the $120 billion provided over five years for research at the National Science Foundation and Department of Energy — both of which are noted for wasteful spending and mismanagement of funds — is a blatant attempt to engineer our economy towards unilaterally determined “key technology focus areas.”

Throughout history, America has demonstrated that the proper answer to oppression is freedom and liberty. When staring down a tyrannical regime like the Chinese Communist Party, the answer to economic despotism should be economic freedom. Hopefully, Congress will wake up to this reality and advance free-market approaches to dealing with the China question.

Legislator's Votes

Voted for Freedom

John Barrasso

Senator WY

John Barrasso

  • Voted for Freedom? Yes
John Boozman

Senator AR

John Boozman

  • Voted for Freedom? Yes
Mike Braun

Senator IN

Mike Braun

  • Voted for Freedom? Yes
Richard Burr

Senator NC

Richard Burr

  • Voted for Freedom? Yes
Bill Cassidy

Senator LA

Bill Cassidy

  • Voted for Freedom? Yes
Tom Cotton

Senator AR

Tom Cotton

  • Voted for Freedom? Yes
Kevin Cramer

Senator ND

Kevin Cramer

  • Voted for Freedom? Yes
Ted Cruz

Senator TX

Ted Cruz

  • Voted for Freedom? Yes
Joni Ernst

Senator IA

Joni Ernst

  • Voted for Freedom? Yes
Deb Fischer

Senator NE

Deb Fischer

  • Voted for Freedom? Yes
Bill Hagerty

Senator TN

Bill Hagerty

  • Voted for Freedom? Yes
Josh Hawley

Senator MO

Josh Hawley

  • Voted for Freedom? Yes
John Hoeven

Senator ND

John Hoeven

  • Voted for Freedom? Yes
Jim Inhofe

Senator OK

Jim Inhofe

  • Voted for Freedom? Yes
Ron Johnson

Senator WI

Ron Johnson

  • Voted for Freedom? Yes
John Kennedy

Senator LA

John Kennedy

  • Voted for Freedom? Yes
Mike Lee

Senator UT

Mike Lee

  • Voted for Freedom? Yes
  • Session Score 100%
Cynthia Lummis

Senator WY

Cynthia Lummis

  • Voted for Freedom? Yes
Roger Marshall

Senator KS

Roger Marshall

  • Voted for Freedom? Yes
Jerry Moran

Senator KS

Jerry Moran

  • Voted for Freedom? Yes
Rand Paul

Senator KY

Rand Paul

  • Voted for Freedom? Yes
Marco Rubio

Senator FL

Marco Rubio

  • Voted for Freedom? Yes
  • Session Score 100%
Bernie Sanders

Senator VT

Bernie Sanders

  • Voted for Freedom? Yes
Tim Scott

Senator SC

Tim Scott

  • Voted for Freedom? Yes
Rick Scott

Senator FL

Rick Scott

  • Voted for Freedom? Yes
Richard Shelby

Senator AL

Richard Shelby

  • Voted for Freedom? Yes
John Thune

Senator SD

John Thune

  • Voted for Freedom? Yes
Pat Toomey

Senator PA

Pat Toomey

  • Voted for Freedom? Yes

Voted Against Freedom

Tammy Baldwin

Senator WI

Tammy Baldwin

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Roy Blunt

Senator MO

Roy Blunt

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Cory Booker

Senator NJ

Cory Booker

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Sherrod Brown

Senator OH

Sherrod Brown

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Ben Cardin

Senator MD

Ben Cardin

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Tom Carper

Senator DE

Tom Carper

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Bob Casey

Senator PA

Bob Casey

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Susan Collins

Senator ME

Susan Collins

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Chris Coons

Senator DE

Chris Coons

  • Voted for Freedom? No
John Cornyn

Senator TX

John Cornyn

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Mike Crapo

Senator ID

Mike Crapo

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Steve Daines

Senator MT

Steve Daines

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Dick Durbin

Senator IL

Dick Durbin

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Maggie Hassan

Senator NH

Maggie Hassan

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Mazie Hirono

Senator HI

Mazie Hirono

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Tim Kaine

Senator VA

Tim Kaine

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Mark Kelly

Senator AZ

Mark Kelly

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Angus King

Senator ME

Angus King

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Amy Klobuchar

Senator MN

Amy Klobuchar

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Patrick Leahy

Senator VT

Patrick Leahy

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Ben Luján

Senator NM

Ben Luján

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Joe Manchin

Senator WV

Joe Manchin

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Ed Markey

Senator MA

Ed Markey

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Bob Menendez

Senator NJ

Bob Menendez

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Jeff Merkley

Senator OR

Jeff Merkley

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Chris Murphy

Senator CT

Chris Murphy

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Patty Murray

Senator WA

Patty Murray

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Jon Ossoff

Senator GA

Jon Ossoff

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Alex Padilla

Senator CA

Alex Padilla

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Gary Peters

Senator MI

Gary Peters

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Rob Portman

Senator OH

Rob Portman

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Session Score 63.6%
Jack Reed

Senator RI

Jack Reed

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Jim Risch

Senator ID

Jim Risch

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Mitt Romney

Senator UT

Mitt Romney

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Jacky Rosen

Senator NV

Jacky Rosen

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Mike Rounds

Senator SD

Mike Rounds

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Ben Sasse

Senator NE

Ben Sasse

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Brian Schatz

Senator HI

Brian Schatz

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Chuck Schumer

Senator NY

Chuck Schumer

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Tina Smith

Senator MN

Tina Smith

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Dan Sullivan

Senator AK

Dan Sullivan

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Jon Tester

Senator MT

Jon Tester

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Thom Tillis

Senator NC

Thom Tillis

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Mark Warner

Senator VA

Mark Warner

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Roger Wicker

Senator MS

Roger Wicker

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Ron Wyden

Senator OR

Ron Wyden

  • Voted for Freedom? No
Todd Young

Senator IN

Todd Young

  • Voted for Freedom? No