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    This page contains letters signed by elected officials, usually written to the President or relevant members of Congress.

99-NGA31 on Apr 14, 1999

Letter: a letter to Congressional leaders from 53 Governors:
Source: National Governor's Association letter to Congress
As you know, preserving and protecting the state tobacco settlement funds is the nationís Governorsí highest priority. We strongly urge you to reach final agreement and pass the conference report on the emergency supplemental appropriations bill soon, and to retain the Senate provision that protects our settlement funds from federal seizure.

Many of our state legislatures are currently in session, and some have already completed work on their budgets. Therefore, it is critical that conferees reach agreement quickly on this issue. Governors are unified in their commitment to ensuring that the funds remain in the states and that there be no restrictions on statesí ability to tailor spending to meet the needs of their citizens.

We offer our strongest support for conferees to recede to the Senate version of the bill containing the Hutchison/Graham bipartisan tobacco recoupment protection legislation.


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 5. Question 5: Expand ObamaCare Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Health Care
  • Headline: Protect state tobacco settlement funds from federal seizure (Score: 0)

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  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
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  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 99-NGA31

Roy Barnes s1aGA Former Democratic Governor (1999-2002) 
Mel Carnahan s1aMO Democratic Senator (Former) 
Tom Carper s1aDE Democratic Sr Senator 
Ben Cayetano s1aHI Former Democratic Governor (1994-2002) 
Gray Davis s1aCA Former Democratic 
Howard Dean s1aPOTUS Democrat 
Parris Glendening s1aMD Former Democratic Governor (1995-2002) 
Jim Hodges s1aSC00 Former Democratic Governor (1999-2002) 
James Hunt s1aNC00 Former Democrat Governor (1993-2000) 
John Kitzhaber s1aOR Democratic Governor 
Gary Locke s1aWA Former Democratic Governor (1997-2004); Cabinet (Commerce) 
Frank O'Bannon s1aIN Former Democratic Governor (1997-2003) 
Paul Patton s1aKY Former Democrat Governor (1995-2003) 
Edward Schafer s1aND Former Democratic Governor (1992-2000); Cabinet Sec'y (USDA) 
Jeanne Shaheen s1aNH Democratic Sr Senator 
Don Siegelman s1aAL Former Democratic Governor (1999-2002) 
Tauese Sunia s1aAS00 Former Democratic Governor 
Tom Vilsack s1aIA Former Democratic Governor (1994-2002); Cabinet Sec'y (USDA) 



Republicans participating in 99-NGA31

Lincoln Almond s1aRI00 Former Republican Governor (1995-2002) 
George W. Bush s1aPOTUS Republican 
Jeb Bush s1aFL Republican Governor 
Paul Celucci s1aMA02 Former Republican Governor (1999-2001) 
John Engler s1aMI Former Republican Governor (1991-2002) 
Mike Foster s1aLA Former Republican Governor (1996-2003) 
Jim Geringer s1aWY Former Republican Governor (1995-2002) 
Bill Graves s1aKS Former Republican Governor (1995-2002) 
Kenny Guinn s1aNV Former Republican Governor (1999-2006) 
Jane Dee Hull s1aAZ Former Republican Governor (1997-2002) 
Bill Janklow s1aSD00 Former Republican Governor (1979=1986 & 1995-2002) 
Mike Johanns s1aNE Former Republican Governor (2005-2007); elected Senator 2008 
Frank Keating s1aOK00 Former Republican Governor (1995-2002) 
William Owens s1aCO Former Republican Governor (1999-2006) 
George Pataki s1aNY Former Republican Governor (1995-2006) 
Marc Racicot s1aMT00 Former Republican Governor (1993-2000) 
Tom Ridge s1aPA Former Republican Governor (1995-2001); DHS Cabinet Sec'y 
John Rowland s1aCT Former Republican Governor (1995-2004) 
George Ryan s1aIL Former Republican Governor (1999-2002) 
Don Sundquist s1aTN00 Former Republican Governor (1995-2002) 
Bob Taft s1aOH Former Republican Governor (1999-2006) 
Cecil Underwood s1aWV00 Republican Candidate 2000 



Independents participating in 99-NGA31

Carl Gutierrez s1aGU00 Former Guam Governor 
Mike Huckabee s1aAR Former GOP Governor (1996-2006); Pres. candidate (2008) 
Gary Johnson s1aNM Libertarian Gubernatorial Challenger 
Dirk Kempthorne s1aID Former GOP Governor (1999-2006); and Cabinet Sec'y. 
Angus King s1aME Former Independent Governor (1995-2002) 
Tony Knowles s1aAK Former 2008 Senate Dem. primary challenger 
Mike Leavitt s1aUS Cabinet-2008 
Pedro Tenorio s1aIT00 Former Marianas Governor (1982-1990) 
Tommy Thompson s1aUS Cabinet-2005 
Jesse Ventura s1aMN Former Independent Governor (1999-2002) 
Christie Todd Whitman s1aUS Cabinet-2005 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 18
Republicans: 22
Independents: 11


















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