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January 23, 2009


The plastic liberals are coming down hard on new New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand but the voting record doesn't come near to supporting their complaints. The record has problems but it looks like they're mainly bad mouthing her because she's not Caroline Kennedy. Here's the record:

Women's rights

- Voted YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Jan 2007)

- Ensure access to and funding for contraception. (Feb 2007)

Budget & Economy

- Voted YES on revitalizing severely distressed public housing. (Jan 2008)

- Voted YES on regulating the subprime mortgage industry. (Nov 2007)

- Retire half the public debt by 2006. (May 2001)

Civil Rights

- Voted YES on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Nov 2007)

- Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment. (Mar 2007)


- Voted YES on allowing stockholder voting on executive compensation. (Apr 2007)

- Screen imports & ban lead in children's products. (Feb 2008)


- Voted YES on expanding services for offenders' re-entry into society. (Nov 2007)

- Increase funding for "COPS ON THE BEAT" program. (Jan 2007)


- More funds for NCLB and early education. (Nov 2006)

- Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Nov 2007)

Energy & Oil

- Voted YES on tax incentives for renewable energy. (Feb 2008)

- Voted YES on investing in homegrown biofuel. (Aug 2007)

- Voted YES on criminalizing oil cartels like OPEC. (May 2007)

- Voted YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies. (Jan 2007)

- Balance fossil fuels and viable renewable energy. (Jul 2001)

Free Trade

- Protect American jobs from going overseas. (Nov 2006)

- Voted YES on promoting free trade with Peru. (Nov 2007)

- Voted YES on assisting workers who lose jobs due to globalization. (Oct 2007)

- Block NAFTA Superhighway & North American Union. (Jan 2007)

Government Reform

- No lobbyist gifts. (Nov 2006)

- Voted YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)

- Voted YES on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. (Apr 2007)

- Voted YES on protecting whistleblowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 2007)

- Supports Shays-Meehan Campaign Finance Reform. (Jul 2001)

Gun Control

- Ban gun registration & trigger lock law in Washington DC. (Mar 2007)

Health Care

- Medicare for all; allow drug reimportation. (Nov 2006)

- Voted YES on giving mental health full equity with physical health. (Mar 2008)

- Voted YES on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids. (Jan 2008)

- Voted YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Oct 2007)

- Voted YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Jan 2007)

- Better and immediate funding for Medicare & Medicaid. (Dec 2000)

- Prescription drug benefit within Medicare. (Jun 2000)

- Improve services for people with autism & their families. (Apr 2007)

- Establish a national childhood cancer database. (Mar 2007)

Homeland Security

- Voted YES on requiring FISA warrants for wiretaps in US, but not abroad. (Mar 2008)

- Voted YES on Veto override: Congressional oversight of CIA interrogations. (Mar 2008)

- Voted NO on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad. (Aug 2007)

- Voted YES on restricting no-bid defense contracts. (Mar 2007)

- Restore habeas corpus for detainees in the War on Terror. (Jun 2007)


- Voted YES on overriding presidential veto of Farm Bill. (Jun 2008)

- Voted YES on restricting employer interference in union organizing. (Mar 2007)

- Voted YES on increasing minimum wage to $7.25. (Jan 2007)

Principles & Values

- Member of the "Blue Dog" Coalition of conservative Democrats. (Nov 2007)

Social Security

- Against privatization. (Nov 2006)

- Strengthen Trust Funds and take them off-budget. (May 2001)

Tax Reform

- Voted YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)

- Voted YES on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)


- Voted YES on retroactive immunity for telecoms' warrantless surveillance. (Jun 2008)

- Voted YES on $23B instead of $4.9B for waterway infrastructure. (Nov 2007)

- Permanent ban on state & local taxation of Internet access. (Oct 2007)


Anonymous Mairead said...

Voted yes on criminalising OPEC???

How could something so idiotic even come up? Exactly who in Hell gave us the right to be not merely the Cops Of The World, but Judge Of The World, Jury Of The World, and Executioner Of The World??

Have these people no shame at all?

January 24, 2009 11:39 AM  

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