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

01-BDC2 on May 9, 2001

Letter: the Blue Dog Coalition letter:
Source: Blue Dog Coalition letter to the Senate
    Blue Dog budget framework
  • Set tax and spending priorities within a five year budget framework instead of using ten-year budget projections to allow for backloaded tax cuts or spending increases
  • Require all tax or spending initiatives to be fully implemented within the five year budget window
  • Retire over half of the publicly held debt by 2006
  • Devote one-quarter of the [non-Social Security] surplus to tax cuts retroactive to 2001, for a net tax cut of $180 billion from 2001-2006
  • Establish realistic discretionary spending caps which will restrain spending but also provide room to fund new initiatives without relying on unspecified or unrealistic spending.


  • Topic: Budget & Economy
  • Headline: Retire half the public debt by 2006

  • 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 01-BDC2

Michael Arcuri s1aNew York Democrat (until 2010) 
Joe Baca s1sCalifornia Democratic Challenger 
John Barrow s1aGeorgia Democrat 
Melissa Bean s1aIllinois Democrat (Unseated 2010) 
Marion Berry s1sArkansas Former Democrat (until 2010) 
Sanford Bishop s1sGeorgia Democrat 
Dan Boren s1aOklahoma Democratic Governor Challenger 
Leonard Boswell s1sIowa Democrat 
Allen Boyd s1sFlorida Former Democrat (until 2010) 
Dennis Cardoza s1aCalifornia Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Chris Carney s1aPennsylvania Democrat (Retired 2010) 
Ben Chandler s1aKentucky Democrat 
Gary Condit s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Jim Cooper s1aTennessee Democrat 
Jim Costa s1aCalifornia Democrat 
Bud Cramer s1sAlabama Democrat (Retired 2008) 
Lincoln Davis s1aTennessee Democrat (until 2010) 
Joe Donnelly s1aIN Democratic Challenger 
Gabby Giffords s1aArizona Democrat (Resigned 2012) 
Kirsten Gillibrand s1aNew York Democrat 
Bart Gordon s1aTennessee Democrat (until 2010) 
Ralph Moody Hall s1sTexas Democrat 
Jane Harman s1sCalifornia Democrat (Resigned 2011) 
Stephanie Herseth s1aSouth Dakota Democratic (until 2010) 
Baron Hill s1sIndiana Democrat (until 2010) 
Tim Holden s1sPennsylvania Democrat (Lost 2012 Primary) 
Steve Israel s1aNew York Democrat 
Nicholas Lampson s1aTexas Democrat (Unseated 2008) 
William Lipinski s1sIllinois Democrat (Until 2004) 
Ken Lucas s1sKentucky Democrat (Until 2004) 
Tim Mahoney s1aFlorida Democrat (Unseated 2008) 
Jim Marshall s1aGeorgia Former Democrat (until 2010) 
Jim Matheson s1sUtah Democrat 
Mike McIntyre s1sNorth Carolina Democrat 
Michael Michaud s1aMaine Democratic Governor Challenger 
Dennis Moore s1sKansas Democrat (until 2010) 
Patrick Joseph Murphy s1aPennsylvania Democrat (until 2010) 
Collin Peterson s1sMinnesota Democrat/Farmer/Labor 
David Phelps s1sIllinois Democrat 
Earl Pomeroy s1aNorth Dakota Democrat (until 2010) 
Mike Ross s1sArkansas Democratic Governor Challenger 
John Salazar s1aColorado Democrat (Unseated 2010) 
Loretta Sanchez s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Max Sandlin s1sTexas Democrat (Until 2004) 
Adam Schiff s1sCalifornia Democrat 
David Scott s1aGeorgia Democrat 
Ronnie Shows s1sMississippi Democrat 
Heath Shuler s1aNorth Carolina Democrat (retiring 2012) 
Zack Space s1aOhio Democrat (until 2010) 
Charles Stenholm s1sTexas Democrat 
John Tanner s1sTennessee Democrat (until 2010) 
Ellen Tauscher s1sCalifornia Former Democrat (until 2009) 
Gene Taylor s1sMississippi Democratic Challenger 
Mike Thompson s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Jim Turner s1sTexas Democrat (Until 2004) 
Charlie Wilson s1aOhio Democrat (until 2010) 



Republicans participating in 01-BDC2



Independents participating in 01-BDC2

Brad Carson s1sOK 2004 former Democratic challenger; US Representative 
Brad Ellsworth s1aIN 2010 Democratic Challenger 
Harold Ford s1sNY 2010 Democratic Primary Challenger; previously US Rep (TN) 
Chris John s1sLA 2004 former Democratic challenger; US Representative 
Charles Melancon s1aLA 2010 Democratic Senate Challenger; currently US Rep. 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 56
Republicans: 0
Independents: 5


















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