State of Delaware Archives: on Government Reform


Chris Coons: Nuclear option: Allow confirmation of Obama's appointees

Democrats in the Senate voted to end the filibuster as a way to block some presidential nominations. The move is known as the "nuclear option."

"Month after month, now year after year, we've seen as highly qualified nominees--for judgeships, for ambassadorships, for agency positions--have been filibustered or have been blocked," Coons said "and frankly it was with real regret and only after many attempts at some resolution that I voted for the reforms today."

The grid-lock that has seized Washington was the final straw for frustrated Democrats. Coons said Republican filibusters had made it clear the GOP were simply on a mission to block Obama's nominees. "A sort of blanket declaration that nobody was getting confirmed--regardless of how qualified, regardless of how bipartisan their record was--that made it clear that this was not based on the qualifications of the nominees," Coons said. "It was based on a rejection of the presidency of Barack Obama"

Source: WDEL reporting on 2014 Delaware Senate race Nov 21, 2013

Chris Coons: Consider 3-year freeze on non-defense discretionary spending

Q: What would you cut in the federal budget?

O'DONNELL: That's a great question because first of all we have got to tackle the deficit because our deficit is almost becoming equal to our national GDP.

Q: So what would you cut specifically?

O'DONNELL: First of all, cancel the unspent stimulus bill. Second, put a freeze on discretionary spending, put a hiring freeze on non-security personnel. And then, of course, when we're talking about cutting government spending, we've got to talk about waste, fraud and abuse.

COONS: Let me get back to the focus of the question, is what would you do to tackle the deficit? I would seriously consider supporting a freeze on non defense discretionary spending for three years, which would achieve significant reductions. I've also identified on my web site a series of reductions that I would support. Some of them are in agricultural price supports. Some are in federal office space, for example, or hiring. And several are in defense programs.

Source: CNN's Wolf Blitzer moderating 2010 Delaware Senate debate Oct 13, 2010

Christine O`Donnell: Cancel unspent stimulus; freeze spending & hiring

Q: What would you cut in the federal budget? And don't just say waste, fraud and abuse, because everybody says that.

O'DONNELL: That's a great question because first of all we have got to tackle the deficit because our deficit is almost becoming equal to our GDP. That's when your currency collapses, your market collapses. We've got to take drastic measures.

Q: So what would you cut specifically?

O'DONNELL: First of all, cancel the unspent stimulus bill. Second, put a freeze on discretionary spending, put a hiring freeze on non-security personnel. And then, of course, when we're talking about cutting government spending, we've got to talk about waste, fraud and abuse. A recent report came out said we spend over $1 billion in Medicaid waste, fraud, and abuse.

COONS: I would seriously consider supporting a freeze on non defense discretionary spending for three years, which would achieve significant reductions. I've also identified on my web site a series of reductions that I would support.

Source: CNN's Wolf Blitzer moderating 2010 Delaware Senate debate Oct 13, 2010

Chris Coons: Campaign spending is not a form of speech

Chris opposes the recent Supreme Court ruling on the Citizens United case. He believes we must reform our campaign finance laws but that true reform will only come once the judicial system finds that campaign spending is not a form of speech. Chris believes that Senators should never become lobbyists
Source: Delaware Congressional Election 2010 Political Courage Test Sep 25, 2010

Christine O`Donnell: Private sector solutions over growth of government

O'Donnell repeatedly emphasized her concerns over the growth of government and stressed "private-sector solutions" on a range of questions.

The Democrat pitched himself as independent of his party in Washington, saying, "I would not have supported the bailout," because he said it was done too fast and "put hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars at risk."

Source: The Hill coverage of 2010 Delaware Senate debate Sep 16, 2010

Jan Ting: Lobbyists should not be allowed to donate to legislators

TING: Iím outraged at the campaign financing system which allows a 1st-term Senator like Tom Carper to raise millions of dollars from special interests and lobbyists, including Jack Abramoff & his clients. Itís an outrage that people whose profession is affecting our legislation are allowed to give money to our legislators. If you think itís ok, support Tom Carper. If you want change, vote for Jan Ting.

CARPER: Iíve never received any money from clients of Jack Abramoff and I hope Mr. Ting knows that

Source: Delaware 2006 Senate Debate, hosted by WHYY-TV Oct 20, 2006

Tom Carper: I never received any money from Jack Abramoff

TING: Iím outraged at the campaign financing system which allows a 1st-term Senator like Tom Carper to raise millions of dollars from special interests and lobbyists, including Jack Abramoff & his clients. Itís an outrage that people whose profession is affecting our legislation are allowed to give money to our legislators. If you think itís ok, support Tom Carper. If you want change, vote for Jan Ting.

CARPER: Iíve never received any money from clients of Jack Abramoff and I hope Mr. Ting knows that

Source: Delaware 2006 Senate Debate, hosted by WHYY-TV (X-ref Ting) Oct 20, 2006

Jan Ting: Pledges not to serve more than two six-year terms

All three [Republican Senate primary candidates] brandish conservative credentials. They agree taxes should not be raised. They think U.S. troops should stay in Iraq until its government is stable. And all have pledged not to serve more than two six-year terms.
Source: Cris Barrish, The Delaware News Journal, ďRepublican issuesĒ Sep 3, 2006

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