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00-DLC7 on Aug 1, 2000

Report: the manifesto, "A New Agenda for the New Decade":
Source: The Hyde Park Declaration
Balance America’s Commitments to the Young and the Old
An ever-growing share of the federal budget today consists of automatic transfers from working Americans to retirees. Moreover, the costs of the big entitlements for the elderly -- Social Security and Medicare -- are growing at rates that will eventually bankrupt them and that could leave little to pay for everything else government does. We can’t just spend our way out of the problem; we must find a way to contain future costs. The federal government already spends seven times as much on the elderly as it does on children. To allow that ratio to grow even more imbalanced would be grossly unfair to today’s workers and future generations. In addition, Social Security and Medicare need to be modernized to reflect conditions not envisioned when they were created in the 1930s and the 1960s. Social Security, for example, needs a stronger basic benefit to bolster its critical role in reducing poverty in old age. Medicare needs to offer retirees more choices and a modern benefit package that includes prescription drugs. Such changes, however, will only add to the cost of the programs unless they are accompanied by structural reforms that restrain their growth and limit their claim on the working families whose taxes support the programs.
    Goals for 2010
  • Honor our commitment to seniors by ensuring the future solvency of Social Security and Medicare.
  • Make structural reforms in Social Security and Medicare that slow their future cost growth, modernize benefits (including a prescription drug benefit for Medicare), and give beneficiaries more choice and control over their retirement and health security.
  • Create Retirement Savings Accounts to enable low-income Americans to save for their own retirement.


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 6. Question 6: Privatize Social Security Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Social Security
  • Headline: Create Retirement Savings Accounts (Score: 1)

  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
  • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 00-DLC7

Brian Baird s1aWashington Democrat (until 2010) 
Max Baucus s1aMT Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Evan Bayh s1sIN Former Democratic Senator 
Shelley Berkley s1aNevada Democrat (Senate run 2012) 
John Breaux s1sLA Former Democratic incumbent; retired 2004 
Maria Cantwell s1aWA Democratic Jr Senator 
Lois Capps s1aCalifornia Democrat 
Russ Carnahan s1aMissouri Democrat 
Tom Carper s1aDE Democratic Sr Senator 
Ed Case s1aHawaii Democrat 
Ben Chandler s1aKentucky Democrat 
Bill Clinton s1aPOTUS Democrat 
Hillary Clinton s1aNY Former Democratic Senator (NY); now Secretary of State 
Kent Conrad s1aND Democrat Sr Senator (Retiring) 
Bud Cramer s1aAlabama Democrat (Retired 2008) 
Joseph Crowley s1aNew York Democrat 
Artur Davis s1aAlabama Former Democrat (until 2010) 
Jim Davis s1sFlorida Democrat 
Susan Davis s1aCalifornia Democrat 
Cal Dooley s1sCalifornia Democrat (Until 2004) 
Byron Dorgan s1aND Democratic Jr Senator (retiring 2010) 
John Edwards s1aNC Former Democrat Senator; retired to run for President, 2004 
Rahm Emanuel s1aIllinois Former Democrat (until 2009) 
Eliot Engel s1aNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Bob Etheridge s1aNorth Carolina Democrat (Unseated 2010) 
Dianne Feinstein s1aCA Democratic Sr Senator 
Dick Gephardt s1aMissouri Democrat (Until 2004) 
Al Gore s1aPOTUS Democrat 
Bob Graham s1aFL Former Democratic Senator; retired 2004 
Jane Harman s1aCalifornia Democrat (Resigned 2011) 
Brian Higgins s1aNew York Democrat 
Rush Holt s1aNew Jersey Democrat 
Darlene Hooley s1aOregon Democrat (Retiring 2008) 
Jay Inslee s1aWA Democratic Governor 
Steve Israel s1aNew York Democrat 
Tim Johnson s1aSD Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Bob Kerrey s1aNE Democratic Challenger (previously Senator) 
John Kerry s1sMA Democratic Sr Senator 
Ron Kind s1aWI Former Democratic challenger (2012) 
Herbert Kohl s1aWI Democratic Sr Senator (Retiring) 
Mary Landrieu s1sLA Democratic Sr Senator 
Rick Larsen s1aWashington Democrat 
John Larson s1aConnecticut Democrat 
Blanche Lambert Lincoln s1sAR Former Democratic Senator 
Zoe Lofgren s1aCalifornia Democrat 
Terry McAuliffe s1aVA Democratic Challenger  
Carolyn McCarthy s1aNew York Dem./Ind./Working-Families 
Mike McIntyre s1aNorth Carolina Democrat 
Gregory Meeks s1aNew York Dem./Working-Families 
Juanita Millender-McDonald s1aCalifornia Democrat 
Dennis Moore s1aKansas Democrat (until 2010) 
James Moran s1sVirginia Democrat 
Ben Nelson s1aNE Democratic Sr Senator (Retiring) 
Bill Nelson s1aFL Democratic Sr Senator 
Sam Nunn s1aGA Democratic Senator (Former) 
Martin O`Malley s1aMD Democratic Governor 
David Eugene Price s1aNorth Carolina Democrat 
Mark Pryor s1aAR Democratic Sr Senator 
Charles Robb s1sVA Democratic Senator (Former) 
Tim Roemer s1sIndiana Democrat 
Loretta Sanchez s1aCalifornia Democrat 
Adam Schiff s1aCalifornia Democrat 
Allyson Schwartz s1aPennsylvania Democratic Governor Challenger 
David Scott s1aGeorgia Democrat 
Kathleen Sebelius s1aKS Former Democratic Governor (1994-2002); Cabinet Sec'y (HHS) 
David Adam Smith s1aWashington Democrat 
Debbie Stabenow s1aMI Democratic Jr Senator 
John Tanner s1aTennessee Democrat (until 2010) 
Ellen Tauscher s1sCalifornia Former Democrat (until 2009) 
Tom Udall s1aNew Mexico Democrat (Senate 2008) 
Tom Vilsack s1sIA Former Democratic Governor (1994-2002); Cabinet Sec'y (USDA) 
David Wu s1aOregon Democrat (Resigned 2011) 



Republicans participating in 00-DLC7



Independents participating in 00-DLC7

Harold Ford s1aNY 2010 Democratic Primary Challenger; previously US Rep (TN) 
Joseph Lieberman s1sCT Independent Sr Senator; Gore's VP nominee (Retiring) 
Janet Napolitano s1aUS Cabinet 
Gavin Newsom s1a0CA00 S.F. Mayor; former Gov. candidate (2000) 
Mike Thurmond s1aGA 2010 Democratic Challenger 
Anthony Williams s1aDC00 Washington Mayor 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 72
Republicans: 0
Independents: 6


















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