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Dick Gephardt on Families & Children

Former Democratic Representative (MO-3); Former Democratic Candidate for President


More funding for Violence Against Women Act

Dick Gephardt expressed his full support of House action to reauthorize the programs funded by the 1994 Violence Against Women Act. “Today’s vote sends a message that this society will do everything it can to fight this scourge-to make sure communities have the resources they need-and that women have the protections they deserve,” Gephardt stated.

In 1994, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) created a number of new programs at all levels of government to assist victims and prosecute offenders. Missouri so far has received over $15 million in federal funding through the Act.

The VAWA programs were set to expire at the end of September 2000. Last year, legislation was introduced to reauthorize VAWA for another five years. Dick Gephardt worked to get the bill to the Congress floor, where it passed on September 26th by a vote of 415-3. Gephardt [supports] a proposal that would build upon the successes of the original 1994 Act, and expand federal anti-domestic violence programs.

Source: Press Release, “Domestic Violence Bill” Sep 26, 2000

Parental involvement with school & kids solves social woes

    Let’s talk about what parents can do to better raise and educate our children.
  1. A seemingly simple thing: Read to your children.
  2. Help your kids with their homework and take an interest in what they’re doing in school. Don’t do the work for them, but just asking how it’s going and offering occasional help when they’re stumped is very welcome.
  3. Try to make it to every open-school night, parent-teacher conference, or school committee meeting, and, if you can, spend an hour a week in your kids’ school as a volunteer.
  4. Just spend time with your children. You can give them no greater gift.
If every parent did these four simple things, it would lead to substantial progress in addressing our education and child-raising problems. And a large percentage of our crime, drug, and alcohol-abuse problems would begin to abate as well.
Source: An Even Better Place, by Dick Gephardt, p.148-50 Jul 2, 1999

Voted NO on reducing Marriage Tax by $399B over 10 years.

Vote to pass a bill that would reduce taxes for married people by $399.2 billion over 10 years by doubling the couples' deduction and the child tax credit. Among other provisions, the bill would allow married couples filing jointly to claim a standard deduction equal to the deduction they would receive filing singly.
Reference: Bill sponsored by Weller, R-IL; Bill HR 6 ; vote number 2001-75 on Mar 29, 2001

Rated 0% by the Christian Coalition: an anti-family voting record.

Gephardt scores 0% by the Christian Coalition on family issues

The Christian Coalition was founded in 1989 by Dr. Pat Robertson to give Christians a voice in government. We represent millions of people of faith and enable them to have a strong, unified voice in the conversation we call democracy.

    Our Five-Fold Mission:
  1. Represent the pro-family point of view before local councils, school boards, state legislatures, and Congress
  2. Speak out in the public arena and in the media
  3. Train leaders for effective social and political action
  4. Inform pro-family voters about timely issues and legislation
  5. Protest anti-Christian bigotry and defend the rights of people of faith.
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.
Source: CC website 03n-CC on Dec 31, 2003

Other candidates on Families & Children: Dick Gephardt on other issues:
MO Gubernatorial:
Bob Holden
Matt Blunt
MO Senatorial:
Jean Carnahan
Jim Talent
John Ashcroft
Kit Bond
Mel Carnahan
Nancy Farmer

Presidential:
George W. Bush (GOP)
V.P.Dick Cheney (GOP-V.P.)
Sen.John Kerry (Dem.)
Sen.John Edwards (Dem.V.P.)
Ralph Nader (Reform)
Peter Camejo (Reform V.P.)
David Cobb (Green)
Michael Badnarik (Libertarian)
Michael Peroutka (Constitution)
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