Chuck Hagel on Families & Children
Republican Sr Senator (NE)
Father died when Chuck was a teen; Chuck raised his siblings
It was Chuck's junior year in high school. The Hagels were preparing to have relatives at their home for Christmas dinner, so Betty Hagel had gone to an early church service on Christmas morning. Charles and the boys had planned to go later.
But when Betty returned home, she found her husband dead of a brain aneurysm. He was 39.
Chuck walked his mother to the neighbor's house to begin making funeral arrangements. Nothing would ever be the same.
Up to that point, Mike Hagel said, the boys had been carefree and rambunctious, despite their jobs and their church obligations. When their dad died, things changed. The burden fell especially hard on Chuck.
Their father had adored his oldest son and always expected Chuck to be responsible for the younger ones. Now that responsibility came in spades.
Source: Chuck Hagel: Moving Forward, by Charlyne Berens, p. 19-20
, Sep 1, 2006
Voted YES on killing restrictions on violent videos to minors.
Vote to kill an amendment that would prohibit the distribution of violent video programming to the public during hours when children are reasonably likely to comprise a substantial portion of the audience. Voting YES would kill the amendment proposing the new restrictions. Voting NO would suport the amendment proposing the new restrictions.
; vote number 1999-114
on May 13, 1999
Rated 100% by the Christian Coalition: a pro-Family-Value voting record.
Hagel scores 100% by the Christian Coalition on family issues
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Our Five-Fold Mission: Our ratings are based on the votes the organization considered most important; the numbers reflect the percentage of time the representative voted the organization's preferred position.
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- Represent the pro-family point of view before local councils, school boards, state legislatures, and Congress
- Speak out in the public arena and in the media
- Train leaders for effective social and political action
- Inform pro-family voters about timely issues and legislation
- Protest anti-Christian bigotry and defend the rights of people of faith.
Call for a White House Conference on Children and Youth.
Hagel co-sponsored calling for a White House Conference on Children and Youth
The White House Conference on Children and Youth in 2010 Act - Directs the President to call a White House Conference on Children and Youth in 2010 to: (1) encourage improvements in each state and local child welfare system; and (2) develop recommendations for actions to implement express policy regarding federal, state, and local programs. The Congress finds the following:
Source: Conference on Children and Youth in 2010 Act (S2771/HR5461) 08-S2771 on Mar 13, 2008
- In 2005 there were over 3,000,000 reports of child abuse and neglect, and only 60% of the children from the substantiated reports received follow-up services and 20% were placed in foster care as a result of an investigation.
- Almost 500,000 children and youth were in foster care at the end of 2004 and nearly 800,000 spent at least some time in foster care throughout the year.
There is an over-representation of certain populations, including Native Americans and African-Americans, in the child welfare system.
- The State courts make key decisions in the lives of children involved in the child welfare system, including decisions of whether children have been victims of child abuse, whether parental rights should be terminated, and whether children should be reunified with their families, adopted, or placed in other settings.