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Senator Patrick Leahy, Vermont, Democrat Patrick Leahy of Burlington was elected to the United States Senate in 1974 and remains the only Democrat elected to this office from Vermont. He was also the youngest Senator (34) elected from the Green Mountain State and is now serving his fifth term.
Taxes & Spending: Based on ratings from taxpayer advocacy groups such
as National Taxpayers Union and Americans for Tax Reform, this candidate shares
very little of their views-about 10%. According to the Concord Coalition, he agrees with 35% of their positions on balanced budget issue. Voted against repealing the Estate Tax on all households. - Roll Call Vote 197, HR 8, 106th Congress.
Social Services Funding: "There is an old saying about a certain road that is paved with good intentions. Charitable choice may be well intentioned, but I have grave concerns about where it may lead us...In Texas, an employment program financed under charitable choice has been accused of proselytizing...The constitutional issues posed by charitable choice are substantial, with substantial consequences for the relationship between church and state in America."
Welfare: The Children's Defense Fund, an organization concerned how poverty and
welfare cuts effect children and families, recently gave him a score of 91%. BIPAC, the Business-Industry Political Action Committee gave him a score of
Security & Terrorism: Voted for the USA PATRIOT act. Regarding military tribunals, Leahy said, "...when we're talking about largely setting aside our criminal justice system for something like this, we end up looking to the people we have asked to be our allies more and more like some of the things that we are fighting against." -NBC's Meet The Press, November 25.
Voted "yes" on the "Visa Entry Reform Act of 2001", a bill to strengthen counter-terrorism efforts by imposing restrictions on student visas and among other things, it creates a centralized 'lookout' database.
Foreign Affairs: Voted "no" on the Use of Force Passage. "We heard the President in his State of the Union address once again appeal to the American people to support sending United States troops into a preemptive war against Iraq. In support of this appeal, the President said nothing that he had not said before... We need the world to be with us. A broad-based coalition is indispensable for achieving long-term peace in the Persian Gulf and Middle East, as well as for our continuing efforts against international terrorism...
Mr. President, this war is not inevitable. We should neither talk, nor act, as if it is. But if war comes, let us be able to say that we did everything we could to try to solve this another way. That we worked in concert with the United Nations, and that the U.N. was strengthened in the process.
We must be convinced that war is justified; that the sacrifice of American lives can be justified. I do not believe that thresh-hold has yet been reached. The American people do not. Our allies do not."
Does not support the formation of a Palestinian state.
Advocates that the U.S. should work with other countries to solve problems within the context of international law.
April 2001, voted "yes" on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction.
February 1994, voted "yes" on national education standards.
Twice, voted "no" on vouchers (Educational Savings Accounts) in 1998 and 2000. Voted "yes" on an amendment that would increase the tax deduction for college tuition costs from $5,000 to $12,000 and increase the tax credit on student loan interest from $500 to $1,000.
Healthcare: Voted "no" on banning human cloning in February 1998.
Social Security: Voted "no" on the Social Security Lockbox Cloture Motion. The bill would prohibit any Social Security or Medicare funds to be used in calculations for any budget surplus or deficit totals.
Illicit Drugs: Voted "no" to increase penalties on certain drug-related crimes.
Ex-felons' Voting Rights: Agrees that felons should regain their right to vote after serving their sentences.
Gun Policy: He received a 0% score from the Gun Owners of America, and a 50% score from The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Abortion Policy: He received a 100% score score from Planned
Parenthood and a 0% score from the National Right to Life
Environmental Policy: He received a 96% score from the
League of Conservation Voters.
Minority Issues: He received a 100% score from the NAACP.
Civil Liberties: He received a 50% score from The American
Civil Liberties Union.
www.leahy.senate.gov - Senate website, various issues
www.judiciary.senate.gov/oldsite/pjl060601h.htm - Faith-based initiatives
http://usinfo.state.gov/topical/pol/terror/01112803.htm - Tribunals
www.pcusa.org/washington/sep_oct02.htm - Multi-lateralism
www.concordcoalition.org - The Concord Coalition
www.atr.org - Americans for Tax Reform
www.ntu.org - National Taxpayers Union
www.childrensdefense.org - The Children's Defense Fund
www.bipac.org - Business-Industry Political Action Committee
www.nra.org - The National Rifle Association
www.gunfree.org - The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
www.plannedparenthood.org - Planned Parenthood
www.nrlc.org - National Right to Life Committee
www.lcv.org - League of Conservation Voters
www.naacp.org - The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
www.aclu.org - American Civil Liberties Union
www.vote-smart.org - Vote-Smart.org