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Jim Jeffords on Principles & Values

Independent Jr Senator (VT, retiring 2006)


OpEd: Left GOP because marginalized by Bush-Cheney agenda

Few Americans paid close attention to this pre-September 11 struggle in Congress, but the president was going back on many of his central campaign pledges, and Congress was boiling, no middle ground, no compromise. The tax cut was the main fight, but the environment and women's reproductive freedoms were in play, too.

The defection of Republican senator Jim Jeffords was a window into his early discord between the Congress and the new administration. He grasped fully the implications of the Bush-Cheney team embarking on its radical agenda, and attempting to marginalize and undermine Congress.

Senator Jeffords had served in Washington for decades. In 1974 he was one of the few Republicans able to win election to the House in the immediate fallout of the Watergate scandal.

He had seen a lot of ups and downs in the party's fortunes, but what was happening in Washington in the spring of 2001 led him to cross the aisle, become an independent and caucus with the Democrats.

Source: p. 59 , Apr 1, 2008

Party switch gives control of Senate to Democrats

Jim Jeffords (R, VT) told his staff today he planned to leave the GOP and become an independent, shifting control of the Senate to the Democrats, but then postponed an announcement about his plans until Thursday.

With the Senate evenly divided between the two parties, a switch by Jeffords would give Democrats a one-vote edge, elevating Tom. Daschle (D, SD) to the post of majority leader, now held by Trent Lott (R, MS), and complicating prospects for Bushís legislative agenda on Capitol Hill. Democrats said they understood Jeffords would vote with Democrats on control of committees, meaning Republicans would be supplanted by Democrats as chairs of the panels.

Jeffords would be in line to become chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee under an agreement worked out with Democrats. Democrats last controlled the Senate in 1994, before a Republican sweep put both houses of Congress in Republican hands for the first time in a half-century.

Source: Helen Dewar, Washington Post , May 23, 2001

Voted NO on confirming Samuel Alito as Supreme Court Justice.

Vote on the Nomination -- a YES vote would to confirm Samuel A. Alito, Jr., of New Jersey, to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Reference: Alito Nomination; Bill PN 1059 ; vote number 2006-002 on Jan 31, 2006

Voted YES on confirming John Roberts for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

Vote on the Nomination (Confirmation John G. Roberts, Jr., of Maryland, to be Chief Justice of the United States )
Reference: Supreme Court Nomination of John Roberts; Bill PN 801 ; vote number 2005-245 on Sep 27, 2005

Religious affiliation: Congregationalist.

Jeffords : religious affiliation:

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Whatís an adherent?

The most common definition used in broad compilations of statistical data is somebody who claims to belong to or worship in a religion. This is the self-identification method of determining who is an adherent of what religion, and it is the method used in most national surveys and polls.

Such factors as religious service attendance, belief, practice, familiarity with doctrine, belief in certain creeds, etc., may be important to sociologists, religious leaders, and others. But these are measures of religiosity and are usually not used academically to define a personís membership in a particular religion. It is important to recognize there are various levels of adherence, or membership within religious traditions or religious bodies. Thereís no single definition, and sources of adherent statistics do not always make it clear what definition they are using.

Source: Adherents.com web site 00-ADH13 on Nov 7, 2000

Endorsed Endorsed by Log Cabin Republicans; supports gay rights.

Jeffords is endorsed by by the Log Cabin Republicans:

Log Cabin Republicans is the nationís largest gay and lesbian Republican organization. Log Cabin was founded to battle the nationís first anti-gay ballot measure -- Californiaís Proposition 6 in 1978. We enlisted Ronald Reagan to publicly oppose the measure, which was then defeated. Since then, Log Cabin Republicans has grown and expanded to become a leading voice on the national stage on behalf of the mainstream concerns of the gay and lesbian community.

We care deeply about equality and we hold Republican views on crime, fiscal responsibility, and foreign policy. We believe in individual rights rather than group rights. We believe in limited government rather than big government. We believe that free markets lead to free people and that all Americans should be able to participate fully in the political process.

We represent the next generation for the gay and lesbian community. No longer will we be told where we must live, how we must dress, and how we must vote. Now there is a political alternative. We know that we will move ahead only when gay people are honest about who they really are. And as the far right continues its drive to dominate our Party, Log Cabin Republicans joins other mainstream Republicans on the front lines of the battle for the Republican Partyís future.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Log Cabin Republicans is to work within the Republican Party for the equal rights of all Americans, including gay men and women. The mission of the Log Cabin Republicans derives from our firm belief in the principles of limited government, individual liberty, individual responsibility, free markets and a strong national defense. We emphasize that these principles and the moral values that underlie them are consistent with the pursuit of equal treatment under the law for gay men and women. We believe these same core principles also best serve the best interests of the gay community.
Source: Log Cabin Republicans web site 00-LCR0 on Nov 7, 2000

Member of the Republican Main Street Partnership .

Jeffords is a member the Republican Main Street Partnership:

The Republican Main Street Partnership was founded in 1998 to promote thoughtful leadership in the Republican Party, to serve as a voice for centrist Republicans and to partner with individuals, organizations and institutions that share centrist values.

The Partnership pursues public policies that reflect a limited, but responsible role for government and that are designed to achieve fiscal responsibility, economic growth, improvements in the human condition and a nation that is globally competitive and secure. Partnership members include individuals who are interested in moderate Republican policies, focusing on governance and on finding common sense solutions to national problems.

The Republican Main Street Partnership is an organization of party members and public officials committed to building America's principled but pragmatic center within the Republican Party and throughout the nation. The Partnership contributes to the nation's governance through developing and promoting creative public policies for implementation at appropriate levels of government.
Source: RMSP web site 01-RMSP0 on Jan 1, 2001

Fund the 50 States Commemorative Coin Program.

Jeffords co-sponsored the 50 States Commemorative Coin Program Act

Corresponding House bill is H.R.2414. Became Public Law No: 105-124.
Source: Bill sponsored by 28 Senators and 1 Rep 97-S1228 on Sep 26, 1997

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