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Senator Joseph Lieberman (Democrat, Connecticut)Born in Stamford, Connecticut on February 24, 1942 and attended public schools there. He received his bachelor's degree from Yale College in 1964 and his law degree from Yale Law School in 1967. Lieberman was elected to the Connecticut State Senate in 1970 and served there for 10 years, including the last 6 as Majority Leader. From 1982 to 1988, he served as Connecticut's 21st Attorney General. He is the author of four books. In the U.S. Senate, Lieberman became the Ranking Democratic Member of the Governmental Affairs Committee in January 1999. He is a member of the powerful Armed Services Committee, the Environment and Public Works Committee, and the Small Business Committee. Since 1995, he has been Chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council. Lieberman lives in New Haven with his wife Hadassah. They are the parents of four children: Matthew, Rebecca, Ethan and Hana.
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. According to the Concord Coalition, he is agrees with almost half their positions on the balanced budget issue.
Address to the Economic Club of Detroit on May 20, 2002 "The Need to Lead: The Case for a New Economic Growth Strategy". Lieberman said, "It’s about creating and protecting jobs for millions of Americans..."
Social Services Funding: He supports the President's faith-based initiatives.
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 0%.
Security & Terrorism: Voted "yes" on HR 3162, Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (USA PATRIOT) Act of 2001.
He helped win Congressional approval for the creation of a 10-member, non-partisan citizens commission that will have subpoena power to investigate a broad range of issues such as immigration policy, aviation security, intelligence gaps, and the diplomatic record.
"Properly constituted, military tribunals can provide now what they provided in the past: a fair, impartial means of trying and, if appropriate, punishing those who violate the laws of war."
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: Lieberman was the lead Senate sponsor of a bipartisan resolution authorizing the President to use military force to eliminate the threat posed by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.
Said he backs President Bush's "call to action" at the United Nations against the threat represented by Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. Said a solution to the Mideast conflict must include a "strong and peaceful" Palestinian state.
Education: Condemned the Bush Administration's "failure to provide sufficient funding for the No Child Left Behind Act, the historic K-12 education reform bill signed into law last year."
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.
Announced on April 15, 2002 his intention to develop and introduce a major reform bill that will help make the precious promise of high quality higher education a reality for more Americans. It will focus on three areas: resources--so that we bring college within the reach of all American families, regardless of income; readiness--so that students are prepared for college when they graduate high school; and results--so that students, especially low-income students, graduate within six years and get into high-wage jobs.
Healthcare: According to his senate website, Lieberman "works to expand quality and affordable healthcare to all Americans and safeguard Medicare and Social Security for future generations."
Voted "no" on banning human cloning. (Bill S. 1601 on Feb 11, 1998)
Social Security: "Senator Joseph I. Lieberman who once supported Social Security Personal Retirement Accounts now says that Gov. George W. Bush’s plan to do so would "savage" Social Security by taking $1 trillion out of the nest egg that belongs to every worker in America." Voted "no" on HR 1259: Social Security and Medicare Safe Deposit Box Act of 1999.
Illicit Drugs: Voted "yes" on (S 625 /1999) to increase penalties on certain drug-related crimes. The amendment would specifically target the manufacturing or trafficking of amphetamines and methamphetamines and possession of powder cocaine. It would also set stronger penalties for dealing drugs to minors or near a school.
Ex-felons' Voting Rights: Voted "yes" on this issue.
Trade: Consistently has supported free-trade policy of the Clinton and Bush administrations. "I'm for trade because trade creates jobs. You cannot build a wall around America and create one more job. The last president to try to do that was Herbert Hoover, and it led to the Great Depression. Bill Clinton understood that trade creates jobs. One in five jobs in America today is dependent on trade. I want to increase trade, I want to enforce other countries to play by the rules and that'll create more jobs."
Gun Policy: He received an "F" from the NRA, and 90% from The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Abortion Policy: He received 100% score from Planned Parenthood and a zero from the National Right to Life Committee.
Environmental Policy: He received a 100% score from the League of Conservation Voters.
"This (Bush) administration is conducting a campaign to eliminate numerous environmental, health and safety protections," Lieberman said. "We have seen - in the face of several environmental rules the administration tried to roll back two years ago - a disregard for the scientific record, the value of public participation in rule-making, and for established regulatory procedure."
Minority Issues: He received a 91% score from the NAACP.
Civil Liberties: He received a 25% score from The American Civil Liberties Union.
Websites: http://www.joe2004.com - Campaign website, various issues http://lieberman.senate.gov - Senate site, various issues http://www.cse.org/informed/issues_template.php/557.htm - Social Security http://www.senate.gov/~lieberman/press/03/01/2003108A46.html - Bush and educational funding http://www.november.org/razorwire/2002-01spring/eyeoncongress.html - Ex-Felons voting http://www.cmonitor.com/stories/news/recent2002/1224israel_2002.shtml - Palestinian statehood http://usinfo.state.gov/regional/nea/iraq/text/0916lbmn.htm - Supports Bush on Iraq www.useu.be/Terrorism/USResponse/Jan0202LiebermanMilitaryTribunalsJustice.html - On military tribunals 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