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Richard Durbin MyOcracy topics and responses

    Criminal Justice

    Increase the number of police officers working in high-crime communities

  • 2007-03-23: Voted YES on reinstating $1.15 billion funding for the COPS Program
  • 2007-01-23: Increase funding for COPS ON THE BEAT program
  • 1999-05-20: Voted YES on $1.15 billion per year to continue the COPS program

    Use of treatment centers for violators of criminal laws targeting drug-use

  • 1999-11-10: Voted NO on increasing penalties for drug offenses

    Increase the number of local prosecutors

  • 1994-04-14: Voted NO on replacing death penalty with life imprisonment

    Civil Rights

    Abortion rights: Women should choose

  • 2013-11-13: Ban anti-abortion limitations on abortion services
  • 2009-12-17: Emergency contraception at all military health facilities
  • 2009-03-17: Teach teens about both abstinence & contraception
  • 2008-03-14: Voted NO on defining unborn child as eligible for SCHIP
  • 2008-03-13: Voted NO on prohibiting minors crossing state lines for abortion
  • 2008-03-02: Preserve women`s reproductive rights
  • 2007-10-18: Voted NO on barring HHS grants to organizations that perform abortions
  • 2006-07-25: Voted NO on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions
  • 2004-03-25: Voted NO on criminal penalty for harming unborn fetus during other crime
  • 2003-03-12: Voted NO on banning partial birth abortions except for maternal life
  • 2000-06-20: Voted NO on maintaining ban on Military Base Abortions

    Support for gun control measures

  • 2013-04-17: Voted YES on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets
  • 2013-01-22: Ban large-capacity ammunition
  • 2009-05-07: Close the Gun Show Loophole; restrict show sales
  • 2009-04-02: Voted NO on allowing firearms in checked baggage on Amtrak trains
  • 2007-09-06: Voted NO on prohibiting foreign & UN aid that restricts US gun ownership
  • 2005-07-29: Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers
  • 2004-03-02: Voted NO on banning lawsuits against gun manufacturers for gun violence
  • 1999-05-20: Voted YES on background checks at gun shows
  • 1999-05-11: Voted NO on loosening license & background checks at gun shows

    Prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation

  • 2010-03-03: Repeal Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell, and reinstate discharged gays
  • 2009-06-24: ENDA: prohibit employment discrimination for gays
  • 2002-06-11: Voted YES on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes
  • 2000-06-20: Voted YES on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation

    Support marriage rights between same-sex individuals

  • 2013-05-05: Extend partner immigration rights to gay couples
  • 2006-12-31: by the HRC, indicating a pro-gay-rights stance
  • 2006-06-07: Voted NO on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage

    Economic Issues

    Taxes for wealthier tax payers: More

  • 2013-01-06: Close tax loopholes and gain $1.2T from the wealthy
  • 2012-03-22: Minimum tax rate of 30% for those earning over $1 million
  • 2008-03-13: Voted YES on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million
  • 2008-03-13: Voted NO on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset
  • 2008-03-02: Call on the wealthiest people to pay their fair share
  • 2008-02-13: Voted NO on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M
  • 2007-03-23: Voted NO on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax
  • 2007-03-21: Voted NO on raising estate tax exemption to $5 million
  • 2006-12-31: by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation
  • 2006-08-03: Voted NO on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts
  • 2006-06-08: Voted NO on permanently repealing the `death tax`
  • 2006-02-02: Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends
  • 2005-11-18: Voted NO on extending the tax cuts on capital gains and dividends
  • 2003-05-23: Voted NO on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years
  • 1998-04-02: Voted NO on requiring super-majority for raising taxes

    Invest money in more public projects to improve infrastructure

  • 2013-01-22: Strengthen infrastructure, including rail, dams, & Internet

    Increase taxes for all tax payers

  • 2003-12-31: by NTU, indicating a Big Spender on tax votes

    Education Issues

    Increase per pupil funding

  • 2013-04-11: Sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015
  • 2011-09-21: $25B to renovate or repair elementary schools
  • 2003-12-31: by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes
  • 2001-04-04: Voted YES on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction
  • 1999-03-09: Voted NO on allowing more flexibility in federal school rules

    Oppose school vouchers

  • 2000-03-02: Voted NO on Educational Savings Accounts
  • 1998-06-24: Voted NO on education savings accounts
  • 1997-09-30: Voted NO on school vouchers in DC

    Reduce federal government involvement with public education

  • 2005-10-26: Voted YES on $5B for grants to local educational agencies

    Environmental Issues

    Support cap-and-trade programs to address industrial emissions

  • 2009-04-01: Voted NO on requiring full Senate debate and vote on cap-and-trade
  • 2007-01-16: Sign on to UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
  • 2005-06-16: Voted YES on reducing oil usage by 40% by 2025 (instead of 5%)
  • 2005-02-10: Establish greenhouse gas tradeable allowances

    Oppose domestic continental drilling to tap new oil sources

  • 2007-11-07: Designate sensitive ANWR area as protected wilderness
  • 2005-11-03: Voted YES on disallowing an oil leasing program in Alaska's ANWR
  • 2005-03-16: Voted YES on banning drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
  • 2000-04-06: Voted NO on preserving budget for ANWR oil drilling

    Regulate average miles-per-gallon production for consumer vehicles

  • 2006-07-19: Sponsored bill raising CAFE by a 4% per year until 2018
  • 2002-03-13: Voted NO on terminating CAFE standards within 15 months
  • 2002-02-08: Include pickup trucks in CAFE; include hybrids in HOV lanes

    Use tax incentives to promote efficient energy production and conservation

  • 2004-03-19: Keep efficient air conditioner rule to conserve energy

    Oppose off-shore drilling to tap new oil sources

  • 2007-06-21: Voted YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies

    Use tax incentives for wind energy development and use

  • 2007-01-17: Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025

    Eliminate tax incentives and/or subsidies to the fossil fuel industry

  • 2013-01-06: Energy tax to fund infrastructure investment

    Increase tax incentives for solar energy development and use

  • 1999-06-16: Voted NO on defunding renewable and solar energy

    Healthcare Issues

    Lower eligibility age for Medicare to increase coverage of older taxpayers

  • 2008-07-15: Voted YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare
  • 2008-04-07: Preserve access to Medicaid & SCHIP during economic downturn
  • 2006-02-02: Voted YES on expanding enrollment period for Medicare Part D

    Increase amount of children covered by Medicaid reimbursements for health costs

  • 2009-01-29: Voted YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program
  • 2007-11-01: Voted YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility

    Establish government-assisted non-profit organizations from which all taxpayers would obtain health insurance

  • 2003-12-31: by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record

    Reduce government involvement in the provision of health insurance for taxpayers

  • 2003-05-20: Let states make bulk Rx purchases, and other innovations

    Immigration

    Provide amnesty for undocumented individuals

  • 2013-04-14: Our border with Mexico is strongest it's been in 40 years
  • 2008-03-13: Voted YES on continuing federal funds for declared sanctuary cities
  • 2007-06-28: Voted YES on comprehensive immigration reform
  • 2006-05-18: Voted YES on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship

    Allow in-state tuition at public universities and colleges for undocumented students

  • 2006-05-18: Voted YES on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security
  • 1997-06-24: Voted NO on limit welfare for immigrants

    Increase the number of work visas granted to foreign workers each year

  • 2007-05-22: Voted YES on eliminating the Y nonimmigrant guestworker program
  • 2006-05-25: Voted YES on establishing a Guest Worker program


                                                                                                                                                                               
  

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