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					California District 18
Rep. Dennis Cardoza (D)
1224 Longworth Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-6131


Elected: 2002, 4th term.
Born: March 31, 1959, Merced .
Home: Atwater.
Education: U. of MD, B.A. 1982, CA St. U. Stanislaus.
Religion: Catholic.
Family: Married (Kathleen McLoughlin); 3 children.
Elected office: Atwater City Cncl., 1984-86; Merced City Cncl., 1994-
95; CA Assembly, 1996-2002.
Professional Career: Agribusiness owner.


    The congressman from the 18th District is Dennis Cardoza, a
Democrat first elected in a 2002 contest that drew international
attention because of the notoriety of his predecessor, Democratic
Rep. Gary Condit. Cardoza grew up in Atwater, the son of farmers
who raised sweet potatoes and dairy cows. Like many people in the
Central Valley, he is descended from Portuguese immigrants from the
Azores Islands (as are Democrat Jim Costa of the adjacent 20th
District and Republican Devin Nunes of the 21st). Interested in
politics a youth, Cardoza attended the University of Maryland just
outside of Washington, D.C., and interned on Capitol Hill. In the mid-
1980s, he was an aide to Condit, who was then a California
assemblyman; he worked on Condit’s 1989 special-election campaign
and served on his Washington staff. In 1996, Cardoza was elected to
the Assembly. He very likely would have remained close to Condit had
it not been for the case of Chandra Levy. She was a Modesto resident


	
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who was working as an intern in the executive branch when she and
Condit began having an affair. She vanished in Washington in April
2001 and was later found murdered in the city’s Rock Creek Park. Her
disappearance generated saturation media coverage. It was revealed
that Condit had an extramarital relationship with her, and Condit was
hounded by reporters and photographers. Though Condit had
nothing to do with Levy’s tragic death (she apparently was the
random victim of a sexual predator), the revelations about his
personal life destroyed his career. Condit had always portrayed
himself as a family man and the son of a preacher. His wife was well
known and beloved in the Modesto area. When it turned out that
Condit had been living another life in Washington, his loyal base of
support in the district evaporated.
    National and local Democrats urged Cardoza to enter the contest
because they feared that Condit could not survive the general election
and that the party would lose the seat to the Republicans. When he
did, he received immediate endorsements from Democratic Sens.
Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer and many members of the
House delegation. Condit stayed in the race despite his tattered
reputation, but Cardoza beat him in the primary 53%-39%. In the
general election, Republicans nominated state Sen. Dick Monteith,
whose seat included 73% of the congressional district. Monteith
claimed that Cardoza was too liberal for an agriculture-oriented
constituency, but Cardoza cited his business-oriented reputation in
the Legislature. In October, Condit’s children released a letter that
harshly criticized Cardoza and urged a vote against him. But Cardoza
won 51%-43%. Stockton made the difference. Cardoza led 67%-27% in
San Joaquin County, which gave him a 10,000-vote margin that
wiped out Monteith’s 2,000-vote lead elsewhere.
    In the House, Cardoza, like Condit, established his independence
from the liberal Democratic leadership and racked up a centrist
voting record. He joined the moderate Democrats’ Blue Dog Coalition


	
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and emphasized the need for fiscal discipline.
    Cardoza naturally gravitated to the issues of agriculture and
resources. He bucked environmentalists and worked with
Republicans on farmer-friendly revisions to the Endangered Species
Act, including changes in designating critical habitat. He advocated
solar power and other sources of renewable energy. The father of two
adopted children, Cardoza also worked on legislation encouraging
placement of more children in foster care.
    When Democrats assumed the majority on Capitol Hill in 2007,
Cardoza became chairman of the Agriculture Subcommittee on
Horticulture and Organic Agriculture, a title that sounds more coastal
than Valley, but it gave him a seat at the table in drafting the 2007-8
farm bill. He pushed for increasing subsidies for “specialty crops,”
notably the fruits and vegetables that farmers grow in his district, and
he helped secure more than $2 billion in new federal spending for
those crops. With other Blue Dogs, he pushed for some constraints on
overall spending and supported a provision that stops federal
payments to farmers with incomes of $1 million a year or more. “This
bill threads the needle,” Cardoza said. “There is something for
everyone to dislike, but everyone got what they needed.”
    Despite occasional differences with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi,
including his public support for Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer in his
pitched battle against Pennsylvania Rep. John Murtha for majority
leader in 2007 (Pelosi backed Murtha), she gave him a seat on the
leadership-run Rules Committee. He later patched things up with
Pelosi by co-chairing the Democratic Congressional Campaign
Committee’s “Frontline” program to help endangered incumbents.
    Cardoza has won re-election handily and with far less attention
than in his first race.

Office Information
State Offices Merced, 209-383-4455; Modesto, 209-


	
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527-1914; Stockton, 209-946-0361.
DC Office 1224 LHOB, 20515, 202-225-6131
Fax 202-225-0819
Web site http://www.house.gov/cardoza


Committees
House Agriculture Committee (6th of 28 D):
Horticulture & Organic Agriculture (Chairman);
Livestock, Dairy & Poultry.
House Rules Committee (5th of 9 D): Legislative &
Budget Process.


Group Ratings
                   2007                    2008
ADA                90                      85
ACLU               --                      91
AFS                100                     100
LCV                65                      92
ITIC               --                      100
NTU                5                       9
COC                63                      65
ACU                4                       8
CFG                12                      8
FRC                --                      11


NJ Ratings
                  2007 Lib.-Con.           2008 Lib.-Con.
Economic                67 - 33                  59 - 40
Social                  66 - 33                  54 - 42
Foreign                 60 - 39                  59 - 37
Composite               65 - 35                  59 - 41



	
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Key Votes
Increase minimum wage                    Y    2007
Expand SCHIP                             Y    2007
Raise CAFE standards                     Y    2007
Bail out financial markets               Y    2008
Share immigration data                   N    2007
Foreign aid abortion ban                 N    2007
Ban gay bias in workplace                Y    2007
Repeal D.C. gun law                      Y    2008
Withdraw troops 8/08                     Y    2007
No operations in Iran                    Y    2007
Free trade with Peru                     Y    2007
Overhaul FISA                            Y    2008


Issues:

Creating Equity in the Federal Farm Bill
       Read Congressman Cardoza's letters to Secretary
       Salazar and Governor Schwarzenegger regarding
                   California's water crisis
Snapshot of California Agriculture
Agriculture is a major industry in the state of California
comprising nearly $32 billion in direct annual economic activity
and more than $100 billion in farming-related business.
Throughout California there are over 88,000 farms and ranches
producing more than 350 plant and animal commodities,
including over 100 commodities that are only produced within the
state; making California the number one agricultural-producing
state in the country.


California 's dedicated farmers and ranchers have achieved this
great success through a combination of innovation and resilience,
even in the face of adversity. Severe water shortages and


	
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drought are commonplace and the San Joaquin Valley region is in
varying stages of non-attainment for ozone, PM10 and PM2.5,
forcing many producers to adopt far more stringent farming
methods than their competitors in order to comply with
numerous federal, state and local regulations.

Statewide, the top 10 commodities are: dairy products, grapes,
nursery products, almonds, cattle, lettuce, strawberries,
processing tomatoes, floriculture and hay. In the 18 th
Congressional District, our top commodities are dairy products,
almonds, walnuts, and chickens.


Despite its place as the highest agricultural-producing state
country, historically California has not received its fair share in
federal Farm Bills. This is because, prior to the passage of the
2008 Farm Bill, the majority of the support went to so-called
“commodity crops”, such as wheat, corn, cotton, rice, and
soybeans farmed predominately in the Midwest and the South. It
has been a top priority of mine since elected to Congress in 2002
to bring equity to the Farm Bill, making sure all of American
agriculture is recognized and supported by the federal
government.

Priorities
• Expanding past federal Farm Bills to provide support for all of
American Agriculture, including specialty crops and organic
agriculture.

• Providing a strong safety net for California 's farmers and
ranchers while encouraging the use of innovative conservation
and environmental stewardship programs.

• Planning for the future of agriculture in a changing
environment and developing opportunities for California
agriculture to become a partner in state and federal efforts to
reduce the effects of global warming.

• Maintaining a safe, high-quality and abundant domestic food
supply.


	
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Accomplishments
• As Chairman of the Subcommittee on Horticulture and Organic
Agriculture on the House Committee on Agriculture, I was
appointed to serve on the 2008 Farm Bill Conference Committee.
Through this position I was able to secure over $2 billion in
federal funding for fruits, vegetables, nuts and other specialty
crops.

• Convened the first Congressional hearing on the state of
Organic Agriculture and helped provide millions in mandatory
funding for organics in the 2008 Farm Bill.

• Held the first Congressional hearing on the mysterious decline
in domestic honey bee populations—termed “Colony Collapse
Disorder”—and secured crucial research funding to determine its
cause.

• Organized a number of dear colleagues on agriculture issues
important to California such as disaster funding for the 2007
Citrus Freeze and expanding the markets for exports of
pistachios to India

• Obtained $100,000 in federal funding for the Agricultural
Science Center in Modesto, CA at the site of the proposed
National Ag Science Center. Also am the lead author of legislation
to designate the site as the National Ag Science Center.

• Lead author of H. Res. 88—honoring the life of Ernest Gallo of
the E&J Gallo Winery in Modesto, CA. Legislation was approved
by both the House and Senate and became law.

Addressing the Water Crisis
The State of California is experiencing a drought for the third
consecutive year, what many experts are calling one of the worst
droughts in California history. The drought is further exacerbated
by a “man-made drought” that has resulted from court and
agency regulatory actions under the Endangered Species Act.
The ESA has proven to be a regulatory hammer, preventing
water conveyance, transfers, and storage, even when water


	
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supplies were plentiful prior to the drought. This in many ways is
the equivalent of Hurricane Katrina for California's Central Valley.


The result is that California reservoirs are dangerously low, and
the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has issued a ZERO water supply
for federal Central Valley Project water deliveries in the San
Joaquin Valley. The State of California has announced a 15%
supply for the State Water Project. It is estimated that over
847,000 acres of some of the world's most productive farmland
will be fallowed, causing massive impacts to farms, farm
workers, and farming communities. University of California, Davis
has released an economic impact analysis of these reduced water
deliveries, estimating as many as 80,000 jobs lost and an
economic impact of as much as $2.2 billion in the San Joaquin
Valley. When measured on a statewide basis, the income loss
increases to $2.8 billion and more than 95,000 in jobs*. These
job losses are more than GM, Ford, and Chrysler's combined
losses for this last year.

Water is the life blood of rural farming communities in California's
San Joaquin Valley and zero or near-zero water supplies will
cripple these rural communities. Because job losses will be
concentrated among low-wage farm workers who have few
alternatives for other work, state and local social services
budgets will be further stressed as well.

This crisis will also have an impact upon our nation's food
security and food safety. Over 50% of our nation's supply of
fruits, vegetables, and nuts are grown in California, and unless
the federal government takes action to address the severity of
this crisis, we will become even further reliant upon foreign food
sources.

The drought will send an additional ripple effect throughout both
the state's and the nation's economies when we can least afford
it. These water shortages will lead to an increase in food prices,
further overwhelming consumers. Experts also predict that this
crisis will put a significant dent in our nation's agricultural trade
surplus. Historically, the agricultural sector has one of the few
remaining trade surpluses that our nation can claim. As the top


	
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agricultural export state, California agriculture accounts for
$11 billion in annual agricultural exports—over 15% of all U.S.
agricultural exports.

I commend US Department of Agriculture Secretary Vilsack and
Department of Interior Secretary Salazar for forming a Federal
California Drought Action Team. Farmers are not seeking a
bailout, but rather swift action by the federal government to
blunt the impact of this crisis and get water to their farms. The
federal and state governments must provide short-term relief by
relaxing standards temporarily to allow water to be transferred
from willing sellers to willing buyers through the Sacramento-San
Joaquin Delta River system. The long-term solution for
California's water needs requires fixing the Delta and adding to
our state's water supply to maintain our farms, meet the needs
of our growing cities, and provide for environmental restoration.

Energy Independence
One of my top priorities in Congress has been crafting a balanced
national energy plan, based in equal amounts on production,
conservation, and innovation. As a country, we heavily rely on
foreign oil to fuel our daily lives, sending nearly $800 million per
day to oil producing countries in the Middle East and elsewhere.
Reducing our dependence on foreign oil is critical to
strengthening our national security and bolstering our domestic
alternative energy industry.

Finding alternative fuels is especially important given the recent
hardships energy prices are placing on families' pocketbooks.
Last summer, we saw gas prices near $4.00 a gallon and oil
prices over $140 per barrel. There are many factors that
contributed to the sharp rise in price, including: increased
demand both at home and abroad, decreased supply, instability
in the Middle East, and strict regulations in California that require
our fuel to be blended with more expensive additives in order to
reduce pollution. Since the causes stem from a number of
different sources there is unfortunately no easy, short-term
solution to this problem.

It is now time to take the leap toward energy self-sufficiency. In


	
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this current session of Congress, we will likely consider legislation
that creates efficiency incentives while restructuring our supply
grip and developing new sources of power. These new initiatives
will build on prior efforts aimed at lowering gas prices, cutting off
windfall tax breaks for big oil, and encouraging the use of clean
alternative energy technologies.

That is why I installed solar panels on my home in Atwater, CA in
order to do my part to conserve energy. Even during the hot
Valley summers, my family is often producing more energy than
we are using and removing hundreds of pounds of greenhouse
gasses from the atmosphere. I encourage more Californians, with
our abundant sunshine, to look into the promise of solar energy
for their families.

Actions
• I strongly supported H.R. 6049, the Renewable Energy and
Jobs Creation Act, in the 110th Congress. This measure extended
and expanded tax incentives for renewable energy which will, in
turn, retain and create hundreds of thousands of green jobs in
the United States.

See H.R. 6049 as passed by the House

• In June 2008, I introduced H.R. 2848, the Solar Opportunities
and Local Access Rights (SOLAR) Act to mandate the ability for
solar customers to sell back unused electricity to the grid, reduce
barriers to solar implementation, and to create a Center for
Advanced Solar Research to help bring solar technologies to
more Americans. I will be introducing this measure again this
Congress.

See press release on H.R. 2848

See H.R. 2848 as introduced

• I was an ardent supporter of H.R. 5351, the Renewable Energy
and Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2008, which passed the
House of Representatives on February 27, 2008, but did not pass
the Senate. Among other things, this important legislation would
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when they are reporting record profits, and invested the revenue
in clean, renewable energy and energy efficiency.

See H.R. 5351 as passed by the House

Legislation:

1. [111st] H.CON.RES.229 : Supporting the designation of the facility
under development by the Stanislaus County Ag Center Foundation, in
Stanislaus County, California, as the National Ag Science
Center. Sponsor: Rep Cardoza, Dennis A. [CA-18] (introduced
1/20/2010)     Cosponsors (None) Committees: House Agriculture
 Latest Major Action: 1/20/2010 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the House Committee on Agriculture.

2. [111st] H.RES.901 : Recognizing November 14, 2009, as the 49th
anniversary of the first day of integrated schools in New Orleans,
Louisiana. Sponsor: Rep Moore, Gwen [WI-4] (introduced 11/6/2009)
    Cosponsors (32) Committees: House Education and Labor; House
Judiciary Latest Major Action: 1/4/2010 Referred to House
subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Early
Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education.

3. [111st] H.RES.908 : Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R.
2781) to amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate segments
of the Molalla River in Oregon, as components of the National Wild and
Scenic Rivers System, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Rep Cardoza,
Dennis A. [CA-18] (introduced 11/17/2009)       Cosponsors (None)
 Committees: House Rules House Reports: 111-339 Latest Major
Action: 11/19/2009 Passed/agreed to in House. Status: On agreeing
to the resolution Agreed to by recorded vote: 244 - 176 (Roll no. 903).

4. [111st] H.RES.944 : Expressing the sense of the House of
Representatives on religious minorities in Iraq. Sponsor: Rep Peters,
Gary C. [MI-9] (introduced 12/3/2009)        Cosponsors (42)
 Committees: House Foreign Affairs Latest Major Action:
12/3/2009 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the
House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

5. [111st] H.RES.946 : Recognizing that the rate of unemployment in
the United States has reached the level of a national crisis, and for
other purposes. Sponsor: Rep Rush, Bobby L. [IL-1] (introduced
12/3/2009)     Cosponsors (40) Committees: House Education and
Labor Latest Major Action: 12/3/2009 Referred to House


	
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committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Education
and Labor.

6. [111st] H.RES.971 : Expressing the sense of the House of
Representatives regarding guidelines for breast cancer screening for
women ages 40 to 49. Sponsor: Rep Wasserman Schultz, Debbie [FL-
20] (introduced 12/15/2009)       Cosponsors (136) Committees:
House Energy and Commerce Latest Major Action: 12/15/2009
Passed/agreed to in House. Status: On motion to suspend the rules
and agree to the resolution Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3
required): 426 - 0 (Roll no. 974).

7. [111st] H.RES.975 : Recognizing the potential for a national fresh
food financing initiative to provide an effective and economically
sustainable solution to the problem of limited access to healthy foods
in underserved urban, suburban, and rural low-income communities,
while also improving health and stimulating local economic
development. Sponsor: Rep Schwartz, Allyson Y. [PA-13] (introduced
12/15/2009)       Cosponsors (37) Committees: House Agriculture
 Latest Major Action: 12/15/2009 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the House Committee on Agriculture.

8. [111st] H.RES.1011 : Recognizing the importance of cervical
health and of detecting cervical cancer during its earliest stages and
supporting the goals and ideals of Cervical Health Awareness
Month. Sponsor: Rep Halvorson, Deborah L. [IL-11] (introduced
1/13/2010)      Cosponsors (115) Committees: House Energy and
Commerce Latest Major Action: 1/26/2010 Passed/agreed to in
House. Status: On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the
resolution Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 400 - 0
(Roll no. 18).

9. [111st] H.R.3982 : To prepare young people in disadvantaged
situations for a competitive future. Sponsor: Rep Kildee, Dale E. [MI-
5] (introduced 11/2/2009)       Cosponsors (41) Committees: House
Education and Labor Latest Major Action: 12/8/2009 Referred to
House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Higher
Education, Lifelong Learning, and Competitiveness.

10. [111st] H.R.3999 : To direct the Commissioner of the Bureau of
Reclamation to initiate consultations under the Endangered Species Act
of 1973 on the Central Valley Project and the California State Water
Project, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Rep Cardoza, Dennis A.
[CA-18] (introduced 11/3/2009)       Cosponsors (2) Committees:


	
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House Natural Resources Latest Major Action: 11/5/2009 Referred
to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on
Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife.

11. [111st] H.R.4044 : To amend title 38, United States Code, to
direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to restore plot allowance
eligibility for veterans of any war and to restore the headstone or
marker allowance for eligible persons. Sponsor: Rep Berkley, Shelley
[NV-1] (introduced 11/6/2009)        Cosponsors (37) Committees:
House Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 11/13/2009 Referred
to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on
Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs.

12. [111st] H.R.4045 : To amend title 38, United States Code, to
increase burial benefits for veterans, and for other
purposes. Sponsor: Rep Berkley, Shelley [NV-1] (introduced
11/6/2009)      Cosponsors (40) Committees: House Veterans'
Affairs Latest Major Action: 11/13/2009 Referred to House
subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Disability
Assistance and Memorial Affairs.

13. [111st] H.R.4089 : To create and extend certain temporary
district court judgeships. Sponsor: Rep Costa, Jim [CA-20]
(introduced 11/17/2009)       Cosponsors (18) Committees: House
Judiciary Latest Major Action: 1/4/2010 Referred to House
subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime,
Terrorism, and Homeland Security.

14. [111st] H.R.4129 : To amend the Crime Control Act of 1990 to
require certification of State and law enforcement agency reports
related to missing children and to require that certain information be
provided to individuals reporting a missing child, and for other
purposes. Sponsor: Rep Maloney, Carolyn B. [NY-14] (introduced
11/19/2009)        Cosponsors (5) Committees: House Judiciary
 Latest Major Action: 1/4/2010 Referred to House subcommittee.
Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and
Homeland Security.

15. [111st] H.R.4183 : To amend the Assistance for Unemployed
Workers and Struggling Families Act and the Supplemental
Appropriations Act, 2008 to provide for the temporary extension of
programs providing unemployment benefits, and for other
purposes. Sponsor: Rep McDermott, Jim [WA-7] (introduced
12/2/2009)     Cosponsors (28) Committees: House Ways and


	
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Means Latest Major Action: 12/2/2009 Referred to House
committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and
Means.

16. [111st] H.R.4191 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986
to impose a tax on certain securities transactions to fund job creation
and deficit reduction. Sponsor: Rep DeFazio, Peter A. [OR-4]
(introduced 12/3/2009)        Cosponsors (28) Committees: House
Ways and Means; House Rules; House Budget Latest Major Action:
12/3/2009 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the
Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committees on
Rules, and the Budget, for a period to be subsequently determined by
the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall
within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

17. [111st] H.R.4196 : To create jobs through the hiring of new
faculty and counselors at community colleges. Sponsor: Rep Larson,
John B. [CT-1] (introduced 12/3/2009)     Cosponsors (42)
 Committees: House Education and Labor Latest Major Action:
1/4/2010 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the
Subcommittee on Higher Education, Lifelong Learning, and
Competitiveness.

18. [111st] H.R.4214 : To designate the facility of the United States
Postal Service located at 45300 Portola Avenue in Palm Desert,
California, as the "Roy Wilson Post Office". Sponsor: Rep Bono Mack,
Mary [CA-45] (introduced 12/7/2009)        Cosponsors (23)
 Committees: House Oversight and Government Reform Latest
Major Action: 12/7/2009 Referred to House committee. Status:
Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government
Reform.

19. [111st] H.R.4225 : To authorize drought assistance adjustments
to provide immediate funding for projects and activities that will help
alleviate record unemployment and diminished agricultural production
related to the drought in California. Sponsor: Rep Costa, Jim [CA-20]
(introduced 12/8/2009)      Cosponsors (1) Committees: House
Natural Resources Latest Major Action: 12/9/2009 Referred to
House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Water
and Power.

20. [111st] H.R.4360 : To designate the Department of Veterans
Affairs blind rehabilitation center in Long Beach, California, as the
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Blind Rehabilitation Center". Sponsor: Rep Campbell, John [CA-48]
(introduced 12/16/2009)       Cosponsors (40) Committees: House
Veterans' Affairs Latest Major Action: 12/16/2009 Referred to
House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on
Veterans' Affairs.

21. [111st] H.R.4426 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986
to impose a 50 percent tax on bonuses paid by TARP
recipients. Sponsor: Rep Welch, Peter [VT] (introduced 1/12/2010)
    Cosponsors (61) Committees: House Ways and Means; House
Small Business Latest Major Action: 1/12/2010 Referred to House
committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means,
and in addition to the Committee on Small Business, for a period to be
subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for
consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the
committee concerned.

	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  


	
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California
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D)
112 Hart Senate Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20510

(202) 224-3553


Elected: 1992, term expires 2010, 3rd term.
Born: Nov. 11, 1940, Brooklyn, NY .
Home: Rancho Mirage.
Education: Brooklyn Col., B.A. 1962.
Religion: Jewish.
Family: Married (Stewart); 2 children.
Elected office: Marin Cnty. Bd. of Supervisors, 1976–82; U.S. House
of Reps., 1982–92.
Professional Career: Stockbroker & researcher, 1962–65; Journalist,
Pacific Sun, 1972–74; Dist. aide, U.S. Rep. John Burton, 1974–76.


   Barbara Boxer, California’s junior senator, is a Democrat first
elected to the House in 1982 and a decade later to the Senate. She is
the chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee.
Boxer grew up in Brooklyn. In 1962, she graduated from Brooklyn
College, where she met her husband, Stewart. The couple moved to
Marin County in 1968. Boxer, a stockbroker, volunteered for Eugene
McCarthy’s presidential campaign that year. In 1970, she and some
neighbors formed the Marin Alternative to oppose the Vietnam War.
Marin County was only on its way to being trendy then; the overall
political tone was liberal Republican, but heading left. In 1972, Boxer
ran for the Board of Supervisors and lost to an incumbent
Republican. She then went to work as an aide to Democratic U.S. Rep.
John Burton. In 1976, she ran again for the county board and won.
When Burton retired unexpectedly in 1982, Boxer ran for the House


	
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seat and was easily elected. In the House, she was known for her
aggressive investigation into wasteful spending, unearthing the Air
Force’s $7,622 coffee pot in 1984, and for her vocal opposition to the
Gulf War in the early 1990s. She also led a group of women House
members in a march to the steps of the Senate to demand hearings
into law professor Anita Hill’s sexual-harassment allegations against
Clarence Thomas, who was in the process of being confirmed for
appointment to the Supreme Court.
    In 1992, Boxer ran for the Senate. She started off as neither the
best-known nor the best-financed candidate, but 1992 turned out to
be the “Year of the Woman,” in which the enthusiasm of the feminist
left helped produce important victories for Democratic candidates.
Boxer won the June primary with 44% of the vote, to 31% for Lt. Gov.
Leo McCarthy and 22% for U.S. Rep. Mel Levine. In the general
election, her opponent was Bruce Herschensohn, a Los Angeles
television and radio commentator. The Boxer-Herschensohn race was
a battle of opposites, the far left versus the far right of the ideological
spectrum. Herschensohn opposed abortion rights and advocated a
flat tax and offshore oil drilling. Boxer’s positions were precisely the
opposite. Her bid was helped by the poor showing of President
George H.W. Bush’s campaign in California and by the revelation late
in the campaign that Herschensohn had frequented nightclubs that
featured nude dancers. She won with 48% of the vote.
    Boxer’s voting record is among the most liberal in the Senate. She
is one of the strongest proponents of abortion rights in Congress and
a prime sponsor of the Freedom of Choice Act, which would nullify all
state restrictions on abortion. Boxer has pulled back when she has
sensed she doesn’t have the votes. In 2005, she declined to bring
forward a bill blocking a law that allowed health care providers to
refuse to perform abortions, and the following year, she declined to
filibuster a bill penalizing those who transport minors across state
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    She was a staunch defender of President Bill Clinton during the
impeachment proceedings in 1998, when the president was accused
of lying about an extramarital affair with a White House intern. In
2001, Boxer supported the use of force in Afghanistan. But in October
2002, she voted against the use of force in Iraq, and she later cast
votes against funding for the war. In January 2005, as the electoral
vote count was read out to a joint session of Congress, she was the
one senator to protest the awarding of Ohio’s electoral votes to
Republican President George W. Bush. She recalled that four years
earlier, no senator had protested the Florida vote in the bitterly
contested presidential contest of 2000, and Boxer said she regretted
not having protested then. Her protest triggered the dissolution of the
joint session and a debate in each of the two chambers. The Senate
voted 74-1 to accept the Ohio count, with Boxer as the lone dissenter,
and the House voted 267-31 on the same question. “I hate
inconveniencing my friends, but I think it’s worth a couple of hours to
shine some light on these issues,” Boxer said. In January 2005, Boxer
engaged in a stinging denunciation of Condoleezza Rice during a
Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Rice’s nomination as
secretary of state. Rice’s “loyalty to the mission,” Boxer said,
“overwhelmed your respect for the truth.” Speaking of the troops, she
said, “You sent them in there because of weapons of mass destruction.
Later the mission changed when there were none.” Rice responded, “I
really hope you will refrain from impugning my integrity. I really
hope that you will not imply that I take the truth lightly.”
    Boxer has supported gun control and has sponsored amendments
to require childproof safety locks on all handguns and to ban sales of
guns to people who are intoxicated. But in summer 2002, she and
Kentucky Republican Sen. Jim Bunning emerged as the Senate’s
leading advocates of allowing airline pilots to carry guns. Boxer
argued that pilots could be trusted with that responsibility and that
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in both the House and Senate. In 2003, Boxer warned of the danger
to airliners from shoulder-fired missiles and called for installation of
anti-missile devices on all airliners.
    During the Clinton years, Boxer was frustrated when Republicans
held up nominations to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, long the
most liberal in the country. During the Bush years, she held up
nominations of judges she considered too conservative. In 2001, she
opposed the nomination of Rep. Christopher Cox of California to the
Ninth Circuit. When Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein said she
might oppose him too, Cox withdrew. In 2005, Boxer said she would
“use all the parliamentary tools I’ve been given as a U.S. senator” to
delay a vote on the confirmation of John Roberts to the Supreme
Court, and she voted against both Roberts and Samuel Alito. It was a
case of life imitating art, or perhaps the other way around: Later in
2005, Boxer’s novel A Time to Run was published. It is tale about a
liberal woman senator from California opposing a conservative
Supreme Court nominee.
    In recent years, Boxer has concentrated on environmental issues.
As the ranking minority member on the Environment and Public
Works Committee during the years of Republican control of
Congress, she sparred continually with conservative Chairman James
Inhofe of Oklahoma over the issue of reducing carbon emissions to
combat global warming. Inhofe famously said that the theory of
human-caused global warming was a “hoax.” The committee’s
emphasis changed abruptly when Democrats won the Senate majority
in 2006. Boxer made addressing the causes of global warming her top
legislative priority and assigned herself the chairmanship of the
subcommittee on Public Sector Solutions to Global Warming,
Oversight, Children’s Health Protection and Nuclear Safety. “I really
have two major goals,” she said on becoming chairman. “They are to
protect the health of the American people. And the second is to make
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    But her aggressive style did not always foster bipartisanship. In
December 2007, she harshly criticized Environmental Protection
Agency chief Stephen Johnson for refusing to grant a waiver allowing
California’s tough carbon-emissions law to go into effect. She sought
access to an EPA staff document recommending a waiver and accused
Johnson of lying. She fumed during the summer and fall of 2008
when he refused to appear before the committee and testify. Inhofe
boycotted the hearings as well.
    Boxer’s primary goal is to enact a cap-and-trade system to reduce
carbon emissions, which she has called “the greatest challenge of our
generation.” Such a system would allow companies to trade emissions
“credits,” depending on the amount of pollution they generate. Boxer
called former Vice President Al Gore to testify in a highly publicized
hearing in March 2007, showering him with praise for his campaign
to spur action on global warming. One of her great allies on the issue
has been Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, an independent who co-
sponsored cap-and-trade bills with Republican Sens. John McCain of
Arizona and John Warner of Virginia. In July 2006, when Lieberman
was opposed by anti-Iraq War candidate Ned Lamont in the
Democratic primary, Boxer traveled to Connecticut to campaign for
Lieberman, telling his antiwar critics, “Senator Lieberman has been
one of my staunchest allies on the environment and choice, two issues
very important to me.”
    In 2007, Boxer’s subcommittee took up the Lieberman-Warner
cap-and-trade bill, and in nearly 10 hours of hearings, she fended off
more-restrictive amendments from independent Vermont Sen. Bernie
Sanders and less-restrictive amendments from others. In May 2008,
she advanced a version with changes she hoped would increase
support. In early June, her bill attracted only 48 votes in the Senate,
well short of the 60 needed to proceed. The measure died, but in
November 2008, Boxer said she was preparing a revised bill. In the
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heavily dependent on coal-generated electricity wanted to stop any
cap-and-trade bill that would put their states at a competitive
disadvantage, but during the first weeks of the Obama administration
in 2009, Boxer continued to push the legislation.
    Boxer did pursue some bipartisan initiatives, working in 2007
with the Bush White House to increase the energy efficiency of federal
buildings and sponsoring, with Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander of
Tennessee, a bill to use the Capitol’s power plant as a demonstration
site for carbon-capture technologies. She also sought to have the
federal government limit perchlorates (from rocket fuels) in drinking
water. She continued to oppose offshore oil drilling in the Pacific
Ocean as well as in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. And she
opposed amendments to the 2008 farm bill that would have
weakened prohibitions on pesticides and wetland development.
    Boxer also co-sponsored, with Republican John Ensign of Nevada,
a bill to reduce the tax on corporate profits earned abroad if they were
invested in creating American jobs. This was uncharacteristic enough
to attract some notice. As Boxer told the Los Angeles Times: “I do not
stand here every day and endorse tax breaks.” She and Ensign
estimated the 10-year revenue loss as $18 billion. But after Congress’
Joint Committee on Taxation pegged the revenue loss at $28 billion,
the measure was not included in the president’s February 2009
economic stimulus bill.
    Boxer had more success with public works legislation. The water-
projects bill she assembled in May 2007 had $1.4 billion for
California projects—about the same as California’s proportionate
share by population—including improvements to the Folsom Dam,
levee construction in the Sacramento-San Joaquin delta and auxiliary
spillways to prevent flooding in high-risk Sacramento. The water bill
passed the Senate 81-12 in September 2007. President George W.
Bush vetoed the legislation, but was overridden 79-14 in November.
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institutional responsibilities when Majority Leader Harry Reid
appointed her to temporarily replace the disabled Tim Johnson of
South Dakota as chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee. (Johnson
suffered a brain hemorrhage in late 2006 but recovered.) In February
2008, she led the committee in admonishing Republican Larry Craig
of Idaho for attempting to withdraw his guilty plea following his
arrest in a homosexual sex sting in a Minneapolis airport men’s room.
He had pleaded guilty to a disorderly conduct charge, a misdemeanor,
and later, after the incident was publicized, tried to change the plea.
Under Boxer, the panel also admonished New Mexico Republican
Pete Domenici for contacting a federal prosecutor who was
investigating state Democrats in a corruption case. In June 2008,
after public revelations that Democrats Christopher Dodd of
Connecticut and Kent Conrad of North Dakota had received favorable
terms on home mortgages, committee members voted unanimously
to require more disclosure of members’ mortgage terms.
    During her first three years in the Senate, Boxer’s job ratings were
among the Senate’s lowest. But California, with its large metropolitan
areas, trended sharply toward the Democrats in the mid-1990s. From
about 1997 on, Boxer generally has had positive job ratings, though
they are somewhat lower than those of her more centrist colleague
Feinstein. In 1998, Boxer was challenged by Republican state
Treasurer Matt Fong. Boxer raised $15 million and ran ads attacking
Fong for what she called his ambiguous stances on issues like
abortion rights. Fong attacked her for what he called the hypocrisy of
her support for Clinton, and Boxer guarded herself from reporters to
avoid questions about the impeachment case against Clinton. The
president’s brother-in-law, Tony Rodham, married Boxer’s daughter.
But Fong spoke haltingly and for the most part unconvincingly in the
sound bytes that are a staple of California politics and never
succeeded in raising much money. Boxer won 53%-43%. She won 61%
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Area, and was not far behind in Southern California and the rest of
the state—an impressive performance for a Democrat dismissed a few
years before as too left-wing for much of the state.
    When she was up for re-election in 2004, Boxer raised impressive
amounts of money early, and well-known Republicans declined to
make the race against her. Her opponent was Bill Jones, who had
been elected secretary of state by narrow margins in 1994 and 1998
and was not well known outside his home base in Fresno County.
Boxer spent $16 million to Jones’s $7 million. She won with 58% of
the vote to Jones’ 38%. In coastal California from Los Angeles north
Boxer won 67%-29%. She ran essentially even in the rest of the state,
carrying the South Coast 48%-47% and losing the rest of the state
47%-45%.
    In September 2007, Boxer said she would definitely run for re-
election in 2010. Two months later, Republican Gov. Arnold
Schwarzenegger said he had no interest in challenging her, and polls
in early 2009 showed him running far behind her if he did. But it
doesn't look like Boxer will have a cakewalk to re-election. In early
November 2009, Carly Fiorina, the former chief executive officer of
Hewlett-Packard, decided to seek the GOP nomination to challenge
Boxer. The well-connected former CEO has the potential to be a
formidable opponent with deep pockets.
    Boxer did not take a major role in the 2008 presidential race. In
July 2007, when Feinstein endorsed New York Democratic Sen.
Hillary Rodham Clinton, Boxer refused to make an endorsement,
telling the San Francisco Chronicle: “No, I won’t, because I have so
many dear friends, so many brothers and sisters running. I’ve known
them for so long.” Boxer did endorse Clinton after she won the
California primary on February 5.

Office Information
State Offices Fresno, 559-497-5109; Los Angeles,


	
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213-894-5000; Sacramento, 916-448-2787; San
Bernardino , 909-888-8525; San Diego, 619-239-3884;
San Francisco, 415-403-0100.
DC Office 112 HSOB, 20510, 202-224-3553
Fax 202-224-0454
Web site http://boxer.senate.gov


Committees
Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation
Committee (5th of 14 D): Aviation Operations, Safety &
Security; Consumer Protection, Product Safety &
Insurance; Oceans, Atmosphere & Coast Guard;
Science & Space; Surface Transportation & Merchant
Marine Infrastructure, Safety & Security.
Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (1st
of 12 D) (Chairman).
Senate Ethics Committee (1st of 3 D) (Chairman).
Senate Foreign Relations Committee (4th of 11 D): East
Asian & Pacific Affairs; International Development &
Foreign Assistance, Economic Affairs & International
Environmental Protection; International Operations &
Organizations, Democracy & Global Women's Issues
(Chairman); Near Eastern & South & Central Asian
Affairs.


Group Ratings
                  2007                     2008
ADA               80                       95
ACLU              --                       85
AFS               100                      100
LCV               80                       100
ITIC              --                       80


	
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NTU                   7                         3
COC                   33                        57
ACU                   4                         4
CFG                   8                         3


NJ Ratings
                   2007 Lib.-Con.               2008 Lib.-Con.
Economic                   88 - 11                   91 - 0
Social                     87 - 12                   91 - 0
Foreign                    93 - 6                    65 - 6
Composite                  90 - 10                   90 - 10


Key Votes
Raise CAFE standards                                    *      2007
Expand SCHIP                                            Y      2007
Cap greenhouse gases                                    Y      2008
Bail out financial markets                              Y      2008
Make English official language                          N      2007
Path to citizenship                                     Y      2007
Fetus is unborn child                                   N      2007
Prosecute hate crimes                                   Y      2007
Withdraw troops 3/08                                    Y      2007
Iran guard is terrorist group                           N      2007
Increase missile defense $                              N      2008
Overhaul FISA                                           N      2008


Issues:

Agriculture
Senator Boxer has been a longtime champion of Californiaʼs agricultural industry,
and she understands its vital importance to the stateʼs economy. She has fought
to open international markets for California-grown agricultural products and to


	
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help protect California crops from diseases and pests. She has worked to make
federal food inspection programs more effective, and her efforts to strengthen
conservation programs will help protect Californiaʼs agricultural resources for
future generations.

Protecting Crops from Pests and Disease
•             Pest Detection and Surveillance - The 2008 farm bill included a
       provision authored by Senator Boxer giving the USDA authority to enter
       into cooperative funding agreements with states to enhance pest detection
       and surveillance programs. The provision increased inspections at
       domestic points of entry, implemented pest trapping systems and created
       pest eradication and prevention programs. 

•             Pierceʼs Disease - Senator Boxer works every year to secure
       funding to help grape growers fight the spread of Pierceʼs Disease, which
       is spread by the glassy-winged sharpshooter. In May 2000, Boxer urged
       then-Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman to issue a formal emergency
       declaration for the disease; USDA issued the declaration the next month
       and immediately committed $22 million to the fight. Since 2001 Senator
       Boxer secured $62 million to combat Pierce's Disease. 

•              Sudden Oak Disease - In 2001, Senator Boxer secured $2.4
       million to combat the spread of Phytophthora or Sudden Oak Death
       Syndrome, a microscopic fungus that poses a deadly threat to thousands
       of oak trees throughout California. Since 2001, Boxer has secured over
       $15 million in additional federal appropriations to combat the disease.
Supporting Californiaʼs Agricultural Producers
•             Dairy Farmers - A strong voice for dairy farmers, Senator Boxer
       led the successful overturning of anti-dairy laws that limited California milk
       producersʼ pricing flexibility. In 2009, she helped convince the Agriculture
       Department to provide producers relief from falling dairy prices by
       purchasing more dairy products for USDA feeding programs – including
       $60 million for a cheese purchase program – and she advocated for an
       increase in the Dairy Price Support program. Senator Boxer also has
       advocated for the equitable distribution of emergency assistance to
       California and western dairy farmers.

•              Specialty Crops - With Senator Boxerʼs leadership, the 2008 farm
       bill recognizes the importance of specialty crops to our nationʼs economy
       for the first time. Senator Boxer led the effort to ensure funding for a
       number of important specialty crops programs including: specialty crops
       block grants, organic farming assistance, farmersʼ market programs, trade


	
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       assistance and foreign market access programs, the community foods
       program, and important specialty crops and organics research. 

•             Pollinator Protection Act – Nearly $18 billion in crops grown
       nationwide depend on a healthy honey and native bee population. In the
       last few years there has been a loss of about 25 percent of the nationʼs
       honey bee population due to unknown causes. To help protect producers
       from crop losses Senator Boxer authored the Pollinator Protection Act,
       which was included in the farm bill and authorized up to $100 million over
       five years for high priority research dedicated to maintaining and
       protecting our honey bee and native pollinator populations. 

•            Haas Avocado Promotion - To help promote sales of California
       avocados abroad, Senator Boxer co-authored the Hass Avocado
       Promotion, Research, and Information Act, which was enacted in 2000.
       The fees collected under this law help California avocado growers conduct
       research and promotion activities that are critical to expanding markets. 

•            California Almonds - Senator Boxer successfully worked with the
       government of India to reverse its restrictive trade policy toward California
       almonds.
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California Stone Fruit - In 1998, Senator Boxer worked with then-
       Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman to convince the Mexican government
       to continue the successful Non-Fumigation Systems Approach for
       California stone fruit exported to Mexico. The program – started by the
       California tree fruit industry, USDA, the California Department of Food and
       Agriculture and county agriculture officials – was in danger of being
       cancelled by Mexico.
Protecting Agricultural Communities
•             Family Farms - Senator Boxer secured $35 million in funding for
       the Farmland Protection Program that protects family-owned farms from
       being converted to commercial use. Additionally, Senator Boxer supported
       successful efforts to reform the inheritance tax and raise tax thresholds so
       that families can pass ranches and farms on to their children and
       grandchildren. These provisions were part of the Taxpayer Relief Act of
       1997.

•             Easing Water Transfers in the Central Valley – Senator Boxer
       successfully offered an amendment to the fiscal year 2010 Energy and
       Water Appropriations bill to facilitate voluntary water transfers among
       Central Valley Project contractors, providing the flexibility to deliver water
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       been identified by the Bureau of Reclamation and numerous water
       contractors as one of most effective ways to provide immediate relief to
       communities in the San Joaquin valley that are suffering from drought
       conditions.

•              The Water Facilitation Transfer Act of 2009 – Senator Boxer and
       Senator Dianne Feinstein introduced legislation to permanently ease water
       transfers in the Central Valley. The measure includes more water users in
       the transfers, requires a report from the Department of the Interior on
       obstacles to transfers, and requires a more programmatic approach to
       environmental review. The Department of the Interior estimated that this
       legislation could facilitate the transfer of 250,000 to 300,000 acre-feet of
       water per year. Learn more about Senator Boxerʼs record on water issues.

•             Air Quality Improvements in Agricultural Areas - In rural areas
       around the country, smog and soot are threatening public health, polluting
       communities, and reducing crop productivity. Senator Boxer joined
       Congressman Dennis Cardoza to include language in the 2008 farm bill
       authorizing a new program to allocate $150 million over the next five years
       to improve air quality in agricultural communities with poor air quality. 

•             Prevented Rollback of Conservation Programs - Senator Boxer
       fought for California farmers to continue to receive conservation payments
       by successfully preventing an Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) means test
       that would have limited participation in conservation programs. She
       believes that Congress should encourage more farmers to participate in
       conservation initiatives, and that is why she led the effort to include an
       additional $4 billion for agricultural conservation programs in the farm bill. 

               Citrus Freeze – Senator Boxer helped secure funding in Congress
to help California growers, farm workers and small businesses cope with losses
from a devastating 2007 freeze. She also worked to provide relief for California
citrus growers after severe freezes in 1990 and 1998-99.

Environment
Senator Boxer has earned a reputation as the Senateʼs leading champion on
protecting our environment. She chairs the Senate Environment and Public
Works Committee and is the first woman in Senate history to do so. Throughout
her career, Senator Boxer has fought to protect Californiaʼs spectacular coast,
mountains, deserts, rivers and forests to preserve them for future generations.
She continues to work to protect our health by improving air and water quality
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the Senate to fight global warming and create millions of clean energy jobs in
America.

Protecting and Preserving Our Natural Heritage
•             Protecting Our Land as Wilderness – Senator Boxer wrote the
       California Wild Heritage Act, a bill that would protect 2.5 million acres of
       spectacular land in California by designating it as wilderness. She has
       worked with Democrats and Republicans in the House of Representatives
       to preserve more than one million acres of wilderness in areas ranging
       from the North Coast to the Eastern Sierra Nevada range. Most recently,
       in 2009, the Senate approved a public lands bill that included three of
       Senator Boxerʼs bills designating more than 700,000 acres of wilderness.

•              Protecting Californiaʼs Coast - Senator Boxer, like every other
       Californian, cherishes Californiaʼs magnificent coast and understands the
       benefits it provides for our state. That is why she has fought to stop any
       new offshore drilling off Californiaʼs coast and repeatedly introduced
       legislation to protect the stateʼs coastline. A clean, unspoiled coast is
       crucial to Californiaʼs ocean-related industries, including tourism,
       recreation, and fishing, which generate $23 billion a year in economic
       activity and support 390,000 jobs.

•            Appropriations for Land Conservation - Senator Boxer secured
       over $200 million for conservation-related land acquisition in areas
       throughout California, including portions of the Golden Gate National
       Recreation Area, Pt. Reyes National Seashore, Santa Monica Mountains
       National Recreation Area, Los Angeles Padres National Forest in Big Sur,
       Cleveland National Forest near San Diego, and Tahoe National Forest. 

•                Arctic National Wildlife Refuge - Senator Boxer has been a
       strong advocate for protecting the magnificent beauty of the Arctic
       National Wildlife Refuge. She repeatedly voted against opening ANWR to
       oil drilling, and in 2003, she led the successful effort to block ANWR
       drilling provisions in the fiscal year 2004 budget resolution.
Saving Our Oceans, Fisheries and Water Resources
•             Marine Sanctuaries - Senator Boxer introduced the Gulf of the
       Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries Boundary
       Modification and Protection Act, which would expand the boundaries of
       two existing National Marine Sanctuaries to protect the entire coastline in
       Sonoma County as far north as Point Arena in Mendocino County. The
       Sonoma and Mendocino coasts are one of the planetʼs most biologically
       productive marine environments.


	
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•             Pacific Salmon - Senator Boxer worked to promote the recovery of
       salmon populations, introducing legislation to authorize and improve a
       state grant program to restore critical salmon habitat. Senator Boxer has
       also fought for salmon fishermen and communities devastated by recent
       fishery closures. Senator Boxer wrote the Salmon Assistance and
       Recovery Act to provide disaster relief to fishermen following the Klamath
       River salmon collapse. Much of the bill was included in the 2006 Senate-
       passed Magnuson-Stevens bill, and fishermen and affected businesses
       have received over $47 million. In addition, Senator Boxer worked with the
       West Coast delegation to obtain $170 million in disaster assistance for
       fishermen and businesses affected by the 2008 Sacramento River salmon
       collapse.

•             Comprehensive Ocean Protection - Senator Boxer wrote the
       comprehensive National Oceans Protection Act to protect our oceans by
       implementing recommendations outlined by the U.S. Commission on
       Ocean Policy. This legislation would formally establish the National
       Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, enhance coordination among
       federal and state agencies in protecting ocean resources, establish a trust
       fund to support ocean management and expand ocean research and
       education. The Administration is now in the processes of implementing
       many of the reforms outlined in this bill.

•              Securing Funding for Clean Water - CALFED is a state and
       federal partnership that was formed in 1994 to ensure a clean and
       adequate water supply for agriculture, urban use, and environmental
       interests in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. In 1997, while
       serving on the Appropriations Committee, Senator Boxer secured the first
       and largest annual appropriation for the program: $85 million. In 2001,
       Senator Boxer worked with Senator Feinstein in 2001 to negotiate and
       introduce legislation reauthorizing the program. A modified version of this
       legislation was enacted as part of a larger water management package in
       2004.
Fighting Global Warming
•             Leading Efforts to Address Global Warming – When Senator
       Boxer became the chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works
       Committee in 2007 she immediately began to address global warming.
       She held a series of groundbreaking hearings to focus attention on the
       threats of global warming. In 2008, she joined Republican Senator John
       Warner of Virginia and Independent Senator Joe Lieberman of
       Connecticut in crafting a bill to confront global warming and move the


	
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       United States toward a clean energy future. She took that bill – with the
       support of 54 senators – to the floor of the Senate. 

•             Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act – Senator Boxer
       joined with Massachusetts Senator John Kerry to write the Clean Energy
       Jobs and American Power Act of 2009, legislation aimed at reducing
       Americaʼs dependence on foreign oil, addressing global warming and
       creating millions of clean energy jobs. Senator Boxer remains committed
       to making the United States a world leader in the fight against global
       warming.

•              Making Federal Buildings More Energy Efficient - Senator
       Boxer authored portions of the 2007 Energy bill requiring federal buildings
       to reduce energy use and global warming pollution. The law also provides
       grants to help local governments make their buildings more energy
       efficient. 

•              Advancing New Vehicle Technologies - As a leader on clean-fuel
       technologies, Senator Boxer successfully fought to repeal the luxury tax on
       electric cars – to make them more affordable for consumers – for other
       alternative fuel projects. She supports funding for clean fuel vehicles and
       has introduced legislation to remove subsidies for gas guzzlers.
Protecting Public Health
•             Protecting Children from Pesticides – In 2000, Boxer sponsored
       an amendment that became law that prevents the Department of Defense
       from using pesticides that contain known or probable carcinogens in areas
       used by children, including parks, playgrounds, recreation centers, day
       care centers and base housing.

•             Reducing Arsenic in Drinking Water - In 2001, Senator Boxer
       sponsored an amendment to create a standard for arsenic at a level to
       protect those at greatest risk – infants, children, pregnant women, and the
       elderly ensuring the protection of the entire population. Her amendment –
       which was signed into law – also made it easier for people to know how
       much arsenic was in their water. 

•              Cleaning Up Brownfields - In 2001, Senator Boxer authored a
       provision in the Brownfields cleanup bill – which became law – that gave
       priority in cleanup to sites affecting children and other vulnerable
       populations. 

•            Eliminating MTBE - The Senate passed Boxerʼs 1999 amendment
       expressing the sense of the Senate that the Environmental Protection
       Agency (EPA) should eliminate the use of MTBE, an additive in gasoline


	
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       and possible carcinogen that was contaminating drinking water. In March
       2000, after persistent urging by Senator Boxer, the EPA, under its
       authority under the Toxic Substances Control Act, began the phase-out of
       MTBE.

•             Preventing Pesticide Testing on Humans – The Senate passed
       Senator Boxerʼs amendment to place a temporary ban on human pesticide
       testing until the EPA reviewed its standards for these tests. The
       amendment came in response to a report by Senator Boxer and
       Congressman Henry Waxman of Los Angeles that found that more than
       twenty human pesticide studies had violated scientific and ethical
       guidelines.

                Ensuring Safe Drinking Water – Senator Boxer wrote legislation
to give consumers access to an annual report detailing the level of contaminants
in their drinking water. Her bill was included in the Safe Drinking Water Act and
became law by President Clinton. The law requires water utilities to provide
“plainly-worded” reports to customers.

Water
As Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Senator
Boxer has led efforts to increase investment in water infrastructure to protect
communities from flooding, provide safe drinking water for families and improve
management of water supplies. Throughout her Senate career, Senator Boxer
has worked to secure funding for flood control, habitat restoration and water
supply projects across California. She has also worked with other California
lawmakers to provide relief to communities in the Central Valley that are suffering
from drought conditions.

Water Transfers and Drought Relief
•              Easing Water Transfers in the Central Valley - Senator Boxer
       successfully fought to include an amendment in the Senate version of the
       fiscal year 2010 Energy and Water Appropriations bill to facilitate voluntary
       water transfers among Central Valley Project contractors. The measure,
       co-sponsored by Senator Feinstein, will provide the flexibility to deliver
       water to agricultural communities when they need it most. Such transfers
       have been identified by the Bureau of Reclamation and numerous water
       contractors as being a one of the most critical immediate tools available to
       provide relief from water shortages. 

•            The Water Transfer Facilitation Act of 2009 – Senator Boxer and
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       bill that would allow voluntary transfers of 250,000 to 300,000 acre feet of
       water a year among communities in the San Joaquin Valley. Reps. Dennis
       Cardoza and Jim Costa introduced similar legislation in the House. The
       legislation would grant new authority to the Bureau of Reclamation to
       approve water transfers between sellers and buyers in the San Joaquin
       Valley, reducing unnecessary delays in water transfers at a time when
       Central Valley farmers have been hard hit by water shortages. 

•              Two Gates and Intertie – Senator Boxer has supported
       infrastructure projects such as the Intertie between the Delta-Mendota
       Canal and the California Aqueduct, and “Two Gates,” the construction of
       two temporary gates in Old River and Connection Slough in the
       Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to control the movement of delta
       smelt. These are some of the most important short-term projects available
       to help provide more reliable water supplies to agricultural communities in
       the San Joaquin Valley. In November 2009, Secretary Salazar announced
       that the Bureau of Reclamation was committed to funding and moving
       forward expeditiously with both projects.

•              Water Infrastructure and Drought Relief Projects in the
       Recovery Act – Senator Boxer was a strong supporter of the American
       Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. She played a key role in helping
       secure funding for water infrastructure projects to create jobs, protect
       public health and improve management of water supplies. The Recovery
       Act is expected to bring $2.5 billion to California for flood control, water
       infrastructure, habitat restoration in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta,
       and other water and environmental programs. 

•              Securing Drought Relief Projects in California - Senator Boxer
       wrote to Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar in May 2009 requesting his
       assistance with drought relief measures in California, and joined with other
       members of the California delegation in meeting with the Administration to
       discuss short-term and long-term measures needed to help communities
       impacted by drought conditions. In July 2009, Secretary Salazar
       announced the allocation of $40 million from Recovery Act funds towards
       a variety of water conservation, pipeline replacement, and other drought
       relief projects throughout California. In September 2009, Secretary Salazar
       announced that all of the relevant agencies would come together to work
       out a plan for moving forward to address water shortages and
       environmental challenges in the Delta, to be released in December 2009. 

•            Helping Farmers Affected by Drought - Senator Boxer co-
       authored an Agriculture-Water Conservation provision that was included in


	
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       the Senate-passed Jobs Bill. The provision allows for a one-time 30
       percent credit of up to $500 for farmers in areas affected by drought for
       the costs of water conservation systems, if the improvements reduce the
       use of irrigation water by at least 5 percent.
•             Securing Funding for CALFED - CALFED is a state and federal
       partnership that was formed in 1994 to ensure a clean and adequate water
       supply for agriculture, urban use, and environmental interests in the
       Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. In 1997, while serving on the
       Appropriations Committee, Senator Boxer secured the first and largest
       annual appropriation for the program: $85 million. Senator Boxer worked
       with Senator Feinstein in 2001 to negotiate and introduce legislation
       reauthorizing the program. The bill outlined a carefully crafted plan to
       balance the need for increased water supply, improved water quality, and
       environmental restoration. A modified version of this legislation was
       enacted as part of a larger water management package in 2004.
Water Resources Management
•              The Water Resources Development Act - As Chairman of the
       Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Senator Boxer earned
       bipartisan praise for leading the fight for major water infrastructure
       legislation. The Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), which she
       shepherded through her committee and on the Senate floor, authorized
       more $1.3 billion for 54 water supply, restoration and flood control projects
       across California. The bill had previously languished in Congress for more
       than six years, but in Senator Boxerʼs first year as Chairman, she
       successfully fought to pass it through her committee and the Senate. In
       November 2007, Congress successfully overrode President Bushʼs veto of
       the bill, which authorized $23 billion for more than 900 water projects
       nationwide – including critical funding to restore flood protections in New
       Orleans and other areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

•             Securing Funding for Water Resources Projects - Senator
       Boxer helped secure over $180 million in the Fiscal Year 2010 Energy and
       Water Appropriations and Interior Appropriations bills for critical water
       supply, contaminated water remediation, flood control, navigation, and
       aquatic habitat restoration projects throughout California, including:

•
       $89,032,000 for flood control projects in the Sacramento region, including
       strengthening levees in the Natomas Basin, modifying Folsom dam to
       better manage flood water, adding protection along the banks of the
       Sacramento River, and making improvements to West Sacramentoʼs
       existing flood control projects.

• $43,310,000 for flood control along the


	
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       Santa Ana River in Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties.

•
       $300,000 to remediate perchlorate-contaminated groundwater in the
       Inland Empire.

• $1,149,000 for studies and projects to restore the Los
       Angeles River.

• $897,000 for flood control infrastructure in San Joaquin
       County.

• $117,000 for flood control projects along Lower Cache Creek in
       Yolo County.

• $99,000 for flood control projects along Lower Mission
       Creek in Santa Barbara County.

• $1,890,000 for flood protection along
       Murrieta Creek in Riverside County.

• $583,000 for flood protection along
       the Pajaro River in Central California.

• $14,250,000 for Hamilton Airfield
       Wetlands Restoration.

• $2,500,000 for structural improvements to Success
       Dam in Tulare County.

• $1,000,000 to dredge the Port of Oakland to
       accommodate larger container vessels. 

•             The Water Infrastructure Financing Act – Senator Boxer was a
       major co-author of the Water Infrastructure Financing Act. As Chairman of
       the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, she spearheaded
       negotiations over the legislation, which passed the committee in May
       2009. This bipartisan legislation assists states with making low-interest
       loans to finance drinking water and wastewater infrastructure. It also
       revises and makes improvements to existing grant programs and provides
       incentives for improved water conservation and efficiency. The bill now
       awaits consideration by the full Senate.

•               The Water Efficiency, Conservation, and Adaptation Act of
       2009 – Senator Boxer was a major co-author of the Water Efficiency,
       Conservation, and Adaptation Act of 2009, which authorizes a grant
       program to finance a variety of measures to improve drinking, wastewater,
       irrigation, and other water systems in order to help communities adapt to
       the impacts of climate change. A broad range of water recycling,
       desalination, irrigation, groundwater, and wastewater projects are eligible
       for assistance. The legislation also authorizes EPAʼs Water Sense
       program to provide consumer incentives for water-efficient products,
       buildings, landscapes, processes, or services. A modified version of the
       legislation was incorporated into the Clean Energy Jobs and American
       Power Act, which is currently under consideration by the Senate
       Environment and Public Works Committee, chaired by Senator Boxer. 

•             Promoting Water Reuse, Conservation and Desalination - In
       July 2003, Senator Boxer introduced the California Affordable Quantity
       and Quality Water Act 1. CAL-AQQWA1 authorizes 22 expedited
       feasibility studies of water projects that call for the increased reuse,
       desalination, and conservation of water supplies.


	
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Water Restoration Projects
•             Restoring the San Joaquin River - After 18-years of litigation over
       Chinook salmon habitat in the San Joaquin River below the Friant Dam,
       the parties to the suit reached an agreement in September 2006. The
       settlement outlines a plan to restore and maintain fish populations while
       minimizing adverse water supply impacts to the Friant Division
       contractors. Senator Boxer and Senator Feinstein introduced legislation in
       2006 and 2007 to implement the federal agenciesʼ obligations under the
       settlement. The bill was included in a public lands omnibus bill that passed
       in 2009. 

•             Restoring the Los Angeles River – In 2006, Senator Barbara
       Boxer successfully included an authorization in the Water Resources
       Development Act for $12 million to restore and revitalize the 32-mile Los
       Angeles River for the benefit and enjoyment of the Los Angeles
       community. Since then, she has worked to secure appropriations to
       restore the Los Angeles River. The Fiscal Year 2010 Energy and Water
       Appropriations Bill included Boxerʼs requests for$817,000 to continue
       investigations and begin demonstration projects to restore 32 miles of the
       Los Angeles River and $332,000 to complete a feasibility study on the
       restoration of another 51 miles of the River. 

•              Matilija Dam Ecosystem Restoration – As Chairman of the
       Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Senator Boxer worked
       to secure a $139.6 million authorization for the ecosystem restoration of
       Matilija Creek as part of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA)
       of 2007. Salt Marsh and Wetlands Restoration in Northern California – In
       2005, Boxer secured a $64 million appropriation for the Napa River Salt
       Marsh Ecosystem restoration in Napa and Solano County, and a $153
       million appropriation for the Hamilton Airfield ecosystem restoration project
       in Marin County. 

•              Preserving the Salton Sea - Senator Barbara Boxer secured $4.5
       million for research pertaining to Salton Sea restoration in the Senate-
       passed Fiscal Year 2002 Energy and Water Appropriations bill. Senator
       Boxer also successfully included a $30 million authorization for Salton Sea
       restoration projects in the 2007 Water Resources Development Act. 

•             Clean Water, Parks and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2006 -
       Senator Boxer endorsed Proposition 84 -- the Clean Water, Parks and
       Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2006. She supported the ballot measure to
       help clean up California's drinking water and preserve its beaches and
       ocean, especially in light of reports of record water and ocean pollution


	
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       across the state.
Flood Control
•              Improving Flood Protection for Sacramento - As Chairman of
       the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Senator Boxer
       played a central role in ensuring that the Water Resources Development
       Act (WRDA) of 2007 included a $444 million authorization in federal
       funding to protect communities in Sacramento, which has the highest flood
       risk of any major city in the country because of the cityʼs aging levee
       system. Since FY 2006, Boxer has helped secure over $230 million in
       appropriations for various flood control projects surrounding Sacramento,
       including levee and channel improvements along the Sacramento and
       American Rivers, and raising and modifying Folsom Dam. 

•            Protecting the City of Napa from Floods - Senator Barbara
       Boxer secured $11 million in Fiscal Year 2009 and $10.6 million in Fiscal
       Year 2010 for the City of Napa to improve their flood protection.
Marine Conservation
•             Expanding Californiaʼs Marine Sanctuaries - In the 111th
       Congress, Senator Boxer reintroduced the Gulf of the Farallones and
       Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries Boundary Modification and
       Protection Act. Boxerʼs legislation would expand the boundaries of two
       existing National Marine Sanctuaries off northern California to protect the
       entire coastline in Sonoma County and as far north as Point Arena in
       Mendocino County.

•             Protecting Oceans and Great Lakes – In the 111th Congress,
       Senator Boxer reintroduced her comprehensive bill to protect oceans and
       Great Lakes, the National Oceans Protection Act. Senator Boxer has
       worked for the past three Congresses to raise awareness of the need for
       reforming ocean management and to make these changes a priority for
       Congress and the Administration. Boxerʼs bill would create a national
       ocean policy, establish regional ocean partnerships and an oceans and
       great lakes trust fund, and expand ocean research and education. This
       year, the Obama Administration created the Interagency Ocean Policy
       Task Force to improve federal coordination and management of ocean
       resources. Many of the Task Forceʼs actions so far closely parallel the
       provisions of Senator Boxerʼs legislation. 

•             Protecting Marine Mammals - One of Senator Boxerʼs early
       defining moments as a champion for ocean protection came during her
       tenure in the House of Representatives serving Californiaʼs 6th District.
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       purse seine nets used to catch yellowfin tuna, a practice that was killing
       over 130,000 dolphins per year. She authored the 1990 law, the Dolphin
       Protection Consumer Information Act, establishing the Dolphin Safe label,
       which enabled consumers to select tuna products harvested using fishing
       practices that minimize dolphin bycatch.
•             Protecting Salmon Populations and California Fishermen - Senator
       Boxer introduced legislation in 2006 to provide financial relief to salmon
       fishermen, tribes, and related industries affected by the Klamath River
       salmon collapse and to support recovery efforts for wild salmon
       populations in the Klamath River. Provisions based on Boxerʼs bill were
       included in the 2006 Senate-passed Magnuson-Stevens bill, and disaster
       assistance totaling $47.2 million was distributed to fishermen and other
       affected groups.

               Fisheries Management and Wetlands Restoration – The 2006
reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Act included two key
provisions modified from Senator Boxerʼs National Oceans Protection Act. One
provision would promote the use of a more holistic, ecosystem-based approach
for fisheries management, rather than managing species individually – one of the
principle recommendations of the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy. In addition,
Senator Boxer authored a provision establishing a Community-based Restoration
Program at NOAA to provide local communities with tools and resources to
undertake critical beach, coastal, fish habitat, and wetlands restoration projects.

Legislation:

1. [111st] S.CON.RES.47 : A concurrent resolution recognizing the
75th anniversary of the establishment of the East Bay Regional Park
District in California, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen Boxer,
Barbara [CA] (introduced 11/5/2009)         Cosponsors (1)
 Committees: Senate Judiciary Latest Major Action: 11/5/2009
Referred to Senate committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on
the Judiciary.

2. [111st] S.RES.344 : A resolution expressing the sense of the
Senate regarding the tragic shooting at Fort Hood, Texas on November
5, 2009. Sponsor: Sen Hutchison, Kay Bailey [TX] (introduced
11/6/2009)     Cosponsors (99) Latest Major Action: 11/6/2009
Passed/agreed to in Senate. Status: Submitted in the Senate,
considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by
Unanimous Consent.

3. [111st] S.RES.345 : A resolution deploring the rape and assault of



	
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women in Guinea and the killing of political protesters. Sponsor: Sen
Boxer, Barbara [CA] (introduced 11/9/2009)        Cosponsors (13)
 Committees: Senate Foreign Relations Latest Major Action:
11/18/2009 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General
Orders. Calendar No. 213.

4. [111st] S.RES.354 : A resolution commending Robert C. Byrd,
Senator from West Virginia. Sponsor: Sen Reid, Harry [NV]
(introduced 11/18/2009)     Cosponsors (98) Latest Major Action:
11/18/2009 Passed/agreed to in Senate. Status: Submitted in the
Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a
preamble by Unanimous Consent.

5. [111st] S.RES.365 : A resolution recognizing the 50th anniversary
of the signing of the Antarctic Treaty. Sponsor: Sen Boxer, Barbara
[CA] (introduced 12/1/2009)        Cosponsors (None) Latest Major
Action: 12/1/2009 Passed/agreed to in Senate. Status: Submitted in
the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a
preamble by Unanimous Consent.

6. [111st] S.RES.370 : A resolution relative to the death of Paula F.
Hawkins, former United States Senator for the State of
Florida. Sponsor: Sen McConnell, Mitch [KY] (introduced 12/4/2009)
    Cosponsors (99) Latest Major Action: 12/4/2009 Passed/agreed
to in Senate. Status: Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed
to without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.

7. [111st] S.RES.397 : A resolution relative to the death of Charles
McCurdy ("Mac") Mathias, Jr., former United States Senator for the
State of Maryland. Sponsor: Sen Reid, Harry [NV] (introduced
1/26/2010)     Cosponsors (99) Latest Major Action: 1/26/2010
Passed/agreed to in Senate. Status: Submitted in the Senate,
considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by
Unanimous Consent.

8. [111st] S.RES.402 : A resolution expressing support for the
designation of January 28, 2010 as National Data Privacy
Day. Sponsor: Sen Dorgan, Byron L. [ND] (introduced 1/29/2010)
    Cosponsors (9) Latest Major Action: 1/29/2010 Passed/agreed
to in Senate. Status: Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed
to without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.

9. [111st] S.2724 : A bill to provide for environmental restoration
activities and forest management activities in the Lake Tahoe


	
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Basin. Sponsor: Sen Reid, Harry [NV] (introduced 11/3/2009)
   Cosponsors (3) Committees: Senate Environment and Public
Works Latest Major Action: 11/3/2009 Referred to Senate
committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on
Environment and Public Works.

10. [111st] S.2755 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of
1986 to provide an investment credit for equipment used to fabricate
solar energy property, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen
Menendez, Robert [NJ] (introduced 11/9/2009)      Cosponsors (7)
 Committees: Senate Finance Latest Major Action: 11/9/2009
Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the
Committee on Finance.

11. [111st] S.2758 : A bill to amend the Agricultural Research,
Extension, and Education Reform Act of 1998 to establish a national
food safety training, education, extension, outreach, and technical
assistance program for agricultural producers, and for other
purposes. Sponsor: Sen Stabenow, Debbie [MI] (introduced
11/9/2009)      Cosponsors (10) Committees: Senate Agriculture,
Nutrition, and Forestry Latest Major Action: 11/9/2009 Referred to
Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee
on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.

12. [111st] S.2778 : A bill to amend the Public Works and Economic
Development Act of 1965 to reauthorize that Act, and for other
purposes. Sponsor: Sen Boxer, Barbara [CA] (introduced
11/16/2009)     Cosponsors (5) Committees: Senate Environment
and Public Works Senate Reports: 111-114 Latest Major Action:
1/20/2010 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General
Orders. Calendar No. 254.

13. [111st] S.2835 : A bill to reduce global warming pollution
through international climate finance, investment, and for other
purposes. Sponsor: Sen Kerry, John F. [MA] (introduced 12/3/2009)
    Cosponsors (6) Committees: Senate Foreign Relations Latest
Major Action: 12/3/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status:
Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

14. [111st] S.2858 : A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to
establish an Office of Mitochondrial Disease at the National Institutes
of Health, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen Boxer, Barbara [CA]
(introduced 12/9/2009)       Cosponsors (4) Committees: Senate
Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Latest Major Action:


	
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12/9/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and
referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

15. [111st] S.2869 : A bill to increase loan limits for small business
concerns, to provide for low interest refinancing for small business
concerns, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen Landrieu, Mary L.
[LA] (introduced 12/10/2009)       Cosponsors (18) Committees:
Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Latest Major Action:
12/17/2009 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status:
Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Ordered to be
reported with an amendment favorably.

16. [111st] S.2886 : A bill to prohibit certain affiliations (between
commercial banking and investment banking companies), and for
other purposes. Sponsor: Sen Cantwell, Maria [WA] (introduced
12/16/2009)     Cosponsors (6) Committees: Senate Banking,
Housing, and Urban Affairs Latest Major Action: 12/16/2009
Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

17. [111st] S.2891 : A bill to further allocate and expand the
availability of hydroelectric power generated at Hoover Dam, and for
other purposes. Sponsor: Sen Reid, Harry [NV] (introduced
12/16/2009)       Cosponsors (3) Committees: Senate Energy and
Natural Resources Latest Major Action: 12/16/2009 Referred to
Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee
on Energy and Natural Resources.

18. [111st] S.2904 : A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to
require emergency contraception to be available at all military health
care treatment facilities. Sponsor: Sen Franken, Al [MN] (introduced
12/17/2009)      Cosponsors (12) Committees: Senate Armed
Services Latest Major Action: 12/17/2009 Referred to Senate
committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on
Armed Services.

19. [111st] S.2919 : A bill to amend the Federal Credit Union Act to
advance the ability of credit unions to promote small business growth
and economic development opportunities, and for other
purposes. Sponsor: Sen Udall, Mark [CO] (introduced 12/21/2009)
   Cosponsors (6) Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and
Urban Affairs Latest Major Action: 12/21/2009 Referred to Senate
committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on
Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.


	
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20. [111st] S.2956 : A bill to authorize the Pechanga Band of Luiseno
Mission Indians Water Rights Settlement, and for other
purposes. Sponsor: Sen Boxer, Barbara [CA] (introduced 1/26/2010)
   Cosponsors (1) Committees: Senate Indian Affairs Latest Major
Action: 1/26/2010 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice
and referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs.




	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  



	
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California
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D)
331 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: (202) 224-3841

Elected: Nov. 1992, term expires 2012, 3rd full term.
Born: June 22, 1933, San Francisco .
Home: San Francisco.
Education: Stanford U., B.A. 1955.
Religion: Jewish.
Family: Married (Richard C. Blum); 4 children.
Elected office: San Francisco Bd. of Supervisors, 1970–78, Pres.,
1970–71, 1974–75, 1978; San Francisco mayor, 1978–88.
Professional Career: CA Women's Parole Bd., 1960–66.


    Dianne Feinstein, California’s senior senator, is a Democrat first
elected in 1992. Feinstein (FINE-stine) grew up in San Francisco in
lush Presidio Heights, the daughter of a doctor who hoped she would
follow him into the profession. In her first semester at Stanford
University, Feinstein got a D in genetics and decided she did not have
the aptitude for medicine. But she did love a class she took on
American political thought. She graduated with a degree in
criminology and then, while doing an internship, wrote a paper about
post-conviction phases of the justice system that she thought
contained valuable ideas for the state of California. Feinstein sent her
paper to Gov. Pat Brown. Despite her youth—she was just 27—the
governor appointed her to the California Women’s Board of Terms
and Parole. A few years later, in 1969, she won her first election, to
the San Francisco County Board of Supervisors. Feinstein went on to
become president of the board and in 1978, was suddenly catapulted


	
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to mayor when Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk
were shot to death by former Supervisor Dan White. Feinstein
discovered Moscone’s body and in the subsequent weeks, displayed a
steadiness and a sense of command that calmed the city. She was
elected to full terms in 1979 and 1983. In 1984, Democratic
presidential candidate Walter Mondale seriously considered her for
vice president, but passed over her for Geraldine Ferraro because of
qualms about the business dealings of Feinstein’s husband, Richard
Blum. She presided gracefully that year over the Democratic National
Convention in San Francisco, while ironically, Ferraro juggled
questions about her family’s business dealings.
   Ineligible for a third full term, Feinstein left the mayor’s office in
1987 and ran for governor in 1990. She won the Democratic primary
impressively, then lost 49%-46% to Republican Pete Wilson. When
Wilson appointed Orange County state Sen. John Seymour—an
unknown and bland choice—to replace him in the Senate, Feinstein
quickly announced for the seat. She had primary competition from
Gray Davis, then state controller, who ran an ad against her campaign
finance practices and compared her to haughty New York billionaire
Leona Helmsley, who went to jail for tax evasion. Feinstein won 58%-
33%, and after that, her relations with Davis, elected governor in 1998
and 2002, were never warm. Davis was forced out of office in a 2003
recall election. In the 1992 general election, nothing worked for the
hapless Seymour, the appointed GOP incumbent—not his switch from
having opposed abortion rights to favoring them, not his attempt to
play on fears of illegal immigration and not his attacks on Feinstein’s
arguably tricky financing of her 1990 gubernatorial campaign, which
resulted in a $190,000 fine. Feinstein won 54%-38%, coming close
even in Seymour’s Southern California base.
   In the Senate, Feinstein kept a distance from the Clinton
administration, negotiating for changes before voting for its 1993
budget, voting against the North American Free Trade Agreement,


	
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and withdrawing her support of the Clinton health care plan in 1994.
She was also critical of the Democratic president after he was caught
lying about having a sexual relationship with a White House intern.
Feinstein had two significant legislative achievements in her first two
years. One was a ban on assault weapons in 1994. When Idaho
Republican Larry Craig argued that her definition of assault weapons
was not rigorous enough and challenged her knowledge of firearms,
she stopped the argument in its tracks by reminding the Senate of the
horrific tragedy earlier in her political career. “I know something
about what firearms can do,” Feinstein said. “I came to be mayor of
San Francisco as a product of assassination.” (In 2000, she sponsored
an unsuccessful bill to require licensing of all guns and in 2004,
pressed fervently for reauthorization of the 1994 assault-weapons
ban. The act expired in September 2004.) Her other achievement in
her early Senate years was the California Desert Protection Act, which
had long been held up by the state’s Republican senators as too
restrictive.
    Feinstein has had a moderate to liberal voting record and has
differed on some issues from her colleague and Bay Area neighbor,
Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer. Feinstein voted to repeal the
marriage penalty and the estate tax. She supported the Bush tax cut in
2001 and the Iraq War resolution in 2002, although two years later
she said she had been misled into voting for the war by an
exaggeration of the threat and regretted her vote. Feinstein supported
the GOP’s Medicare prescription-drug bill in 2003 as well. She
supported the death penalty and took a tough stance on fighting
terrorism after September 11. With Republican Jon Kyl of Arizona,
she co-sponsored a bill to bar entry to the United States for people
from nations that sponsor terrorism, plus other measures that were
more stringent than a similar bill sponsored by Massachusetts
Democrat Edward Kennedy and Kansas Republican Sam Brownback.
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    On the Judiciary Committee, Feinstein took an active role in the
immigration debate in recent years. She pressed in 2005 for
reauthorization of the federal program reimbursing state and local
governments for the cost of detaining illegal immigrants. In the
debate on immigration in 2006, she opposed guest-worker proposals,
and she and Boxer proposed a 20-year sentence for people caught
building or financing underground cross-border tunnels, which
became part of the border-fence bill that passed both houses in
September. On other issues in the Judiciary Committee, Feinstein
joined with Utah Republican Orrin Hatch to get 54 senators to sign a
letter calling for more embryonic-stem-cell research, which uses
excess embryos from in vitro fertilization. She supported
Pennsylvania Republican Arlen Specter’s bill establishing a
compensation fund for asbestos victims and won passage of an
amendment requiring that the sickest claimants be paid first. But the
bill came up two votes short of the needed 60 in 2006. In 2005,
Feinstein said she did not believe that the USA PATRIOT Act, the
Bush administration’s centerpiece anti-terrorism law, had led to
violations of civil liberties, a statement cited by President Bush in
pressing for renewal of the act. She also was the only Democrat on the
committee to vote in 2006 for the amendment authorizing
prosecutions for flag desecration.
    Feinstein was less bipartisan in the war over some of President
Bush’s judicial nominees, but she also was frequently willing to
compromise in the end. With other Judiciary Democrats, she opposed
several nominees to the federal appeals court. But then, with Boxer,
she made an arrangement with the Bush administration to set up six-
member panels to decide on the potential merits of federal trial
judges in California. Three members were appointed by each side,
and four votes were required to approve a nominee. This bypassed the
senior Republicans in the House delegation. In May 2005, Feinstein
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but declined to take the harsher step of a filibuster. After an interview
with Supreme Court nominee John Roberts in July 2005, she called
him “very impressive” but opposed his confirmation nonetheless, out
of concern that he might overturn the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing
abortion. After Harriet Miers’s nomination for the high court was
withdrawn in October 2005, Feinstein said, “I don’t believe they
would have attacked a man the way she was attacked.” In 2007,
Feinstein and New York’s Charles Schumer were the only Judiciary
Committee Democrats to vote to confirm Michael Mukasey as
attorney general. But she was not so gentle with the administration
when it came to the abrupt firing of seven U.S. attorneys, including
Carol Lam in San Diego, in a purge that was assailed as politically
motivated. Feinstein questioned whether Lam’s firing was related to
the criminal investigation of California Rep. Randy (Duke)
Cunningham, a Republican who pleaded guilty to accepting bribes.
    In January 2009, Feinstein became chairman of the Senate
Intelligence Committee and indicated she wanted to clean house at
the intelligence agencies. “My view is that it’s time for a new start,”
she said. “I want to see the Senate Intelligence Committee with much
closer oversight and a much closer relationship with the intelligence
community.” When former Clinton White House chief of staff Leon
Panetta was announced as Obama’s choice for director of the Central
Intelligence Agency, she said that she thought Obama should have
appointed “an intelligence professional.” But after Vice President
Joseph Biden said it was a mistake not to have informed her in
advance of the appointment, she was conciliatory, saying, “I’m very
respectful of the president’s authority, and if this is the man he wants,
then that means a lot to me.”
    Feinstein doesn’t hesitate to go her own way on the committee, no
matter what her party’s preferences. She had called for a single
national intelligence director in 2002, long before the 9/11
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telecommunications companies that had allowed the government to
listen in on telephone calls from suspected terrorists abroad to
persons in the United States. Many Democrats opposed immunity for
the companies. Feinstein attached amendments to the 2007 and
2008 intelligence authorization bills to require that all government
interrogations be conducted under the rules of the Army Field
Manual, and she attempted to apply that standard to government
contractors as well. In January 2009, she called for closing the
detention camp at Guantanamo, which she called a “failed
experiment.” In February 2009, she was criticized for saying that
Predator drones directed at extremists near the Pakistan-Afghanistan
border were launched from bases in Pakistan. A Feinstein aide said
that the fact had been revealed in the Washington Post months
earlier.
    On the Senate Rules Committee, Feinstein has worked on
institutional reforms. She co-sponsored a requirement that earmarks
added to spending bills be posted on the Internet for at least 24
hours. She was in the spotlight in January 2009, when former Illinois
Attorney General Roland Burris, a Democrat, was appointed by Gov.
Rod Blagojevich to fill Obama’s Senate seat. Democratic leaders
initially said they would refuse to seat him because his appointment
was tainted by allegations that Blagojevich had demanded personal
and political favors in exchange. Feinstein argued that Burris should
be seated, and she prevailed. She said: “The question, really, is one, in
my view, of law. And that is, does the governor have the power to
make the appointment? And the answer is yes. Is the governor
discredited? And the answer is yes. Does that affect his appointment
power? And the answer is no, until certain things happen.” Burris,
after being turned back at the door of the Capitol, was seated. As
Rules chairman in the 110th Congress, Feinstein also presided over
the presidential inauguration ceremonies on January 20.
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Energy and Water Development Subcommittee, Feinstein has worked
for several years to revive the CALFED program, which attempts to
resolve water-scarcity issues in California. In 2003 and 2004, she
worked with House Resources Chairman Richard Pombo, a California
Republican, to reauthorize CALFED and to protect water quality in
San Francisco Bay and the Sacramento Delta. And in 2006, when the
delta levees were threatened by severe flood, she and Boxer backed
spending $22 million to repair 29 levee sites. Feinstein also has
sought public and private funding to protect old-growth redwoods in
the Headwaters Forest and salt ponds in the San Francisco Bay area.
    She is more accommodating of trade ties with China than her
powerful home-state ally, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Feinstein
has supported trade with China since she established a sister-city
relationship in 1990 between San Francisco and Shanghai, then led
by Jiang Zemin. She opposed Pelosi’s efforts to impose penalties on
China because of its human rights violations. In 2005, Feinstein
called on China to crack down on piracy of intellectual property and
to revalue its currency, but she opposed a bill sponsored by Lindsey
Graham, R-S.C., and Schumer to impose 27.5% tariffs on Chinese
goods if it did not revalue.
    Feinstein has had only one serious challenge since she was elected
to the Senate, in the Republican year of 1994. U.S. Rep. Michael
Huffington spent $30 million of his own money running against her
and pulled even in the polls in September. Feinstein was clearly
frustrated that she could not count on outspending him. Huffington
slipped when it was revealed that he and his wife, Arianna
Huffington, employed an illegal alien as a nanny. (Arianna
Huffington now runs the liberal Huffington Post blog.) On the
Thursday before the election, it was revealed that Feinstein, despite
her earlier denials, had employed a woman whose work permit had
expired. The media ran stories casting doubt on assertions that the
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Feinstein won 47%–45%. She carried Los Angeles County 52%-40%
and the San Francisco Bay Area 63%-30%, offsetting Huffington’s
margins in Southern California and the rest of the state.
    Since then, Feinstein has enjoyed positive poll ratings. In 2000,
Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Campbell, a libertarian Stanford Law
professor, challenged her. Campbell had also tried to run against
Boxer in 1992, but failed to get the nomination. This time, Feinstein
far outspent her opponent, $10.3 million to $4.4 million. She won
56%-37%, carrying all of the major regions of the state. In her 2006
re-election contest, Republicans nominated conservative state Sen.
Richard Mountjoy. Feinstein spent $8 million on her campaign, while
Mountjoy spent just $195,000. She won 59%-35%.
    In July 2007, Feinstein endorsed Hillary Rodham Clinton for
president in her primary contest with Barack Obama and backed her
strongly in the California primary. But in May 2008, after Clinton lost
badly in North Carolina and won only narrowly in Indiana, Feinstein
said, “I think the race is reaching the point now where there are
negative dividends in it, in terms of strife within the party.” On June
5, two days after the last primaries, Feinstein hosted a meeting
between Clinton and Obama in her Washington home. While the two
talked for an hour, she worked upstairs. After Clinton’s withdrawal
from the race, Feinstein pushed her for the vice presidential
nomination.
    In late 2008 and early 2009, Feinstein was being mentioned as a
possible candidate for governor in 2010, when Republican Arnold
Schwarzenegger will reach the end of his second term. Polls showed
her ahead in a theoretical Democratic primary and general election.
In early 2009, as other Democrats jockeyed for the nomination, she
said there was still plenty of time for her to decide whether to run.
Her Senate seat comes up for re-election in 2012.

Office Information


	
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State Offices Fresno, 559-485-7430; Los Angeles,
310-914-7300; San Diego, 619-231-9712; San
Francisco, 415-393-0707.
DC Office 331 HSOB, 20510, 202-224-3841
Fax 202-228-3954
Web site http://feinstein.senate.gov


Committees
Senate Appropriations Committee (9th of 18 D):
Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug
Administration & Related Agencies; Commerce, Justice,
Science & Related Agencies; Defense; Energy & Water
Development; Interior, Environment & Related Agencies
(Chairman); Transportation, Housing and Urban
Development & Related Agencies.
Senate Intelligence Committee (1st of 8 D) (Chairman).
Senate Judiciary Committee (3rd of 13 D):
Administrative Oversight & the Courts; Constitution;
Crime & Drugs; Immigration, Refugees & Border
Security; Terrorism & Homeland Security.
Senate Rules & Administration Committee (5th of 11
D).


Group Ratings
                  2007                     2008
ADA               90                       100
ACLU              --                       57
AFS               86                       100
LCV               87                       100
ITIC              --                       100
NTU               7                        3
COC               45                       63


	
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ACU                   --                         4
CFG                   13                         3
FRC                   --                         11


NJ Ratings
                    2007 Lib.-Con.               2008 Lib.-Con.
Economic                   77 - 21                    91 - 0
Social                     61 - 38                    67 - 31
Foreign                    73 - 26                    65 - 6
Composite                  71 - 29                    81 - 19


Key Votes
Raise CAFE standards                                     Y      2007
Expand SCHIP                                             Y      2007
Cap greenhouse gases                                     Y      2008
Bail out financial markets                               Y      2008
Make English official language                           N      2007
Path to citizenship                                      Y      2007
Fetus is unborn child                                    N      2007
Prosecute hate crimes                                    Y      2007
Withdraw troops 3/08                                     Y      2007
Iran guard is terrorist group                            Y      2007
Increase missile defense $                               N      2008
Overhaul FISA                                            Y      2008


Issues:

Agriculture

Senator Feinstein visits Exeter, Calif., to highlight the need for federal relief
to assist farmers impacted by the January freeze.
California is home to the largest food and agriculture industry in the
nation. And our state’s 77,000 farms produce half of the nation’s


	
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fruits, vegetable, and nuts.

That’s why I’m working to pass the AgJOBS bill to provide our
agriculture industry with the workers they desperately need.

As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I have worked
for many years to secure a fair share of federal funding for California
agriculture. Our farmers need federal support to prevent and control
pest infestations, ensure reliable access to water supply, and maintain
competitiveness in the global marketplace.

It is my hope that California will remain a worldwide leader in
agriculture, and our farmers will continue to feed the nation and world.

Priorities
• Establishing a pilot earned adjustment program for agriculture
      workers to ease the severe worker shortage being experienced
      by frustrated farmers across the country.
• Securing a fair share of funding for California’s specialty crop
      farmers.
• Providing federal support to ensure our farmers’ continued
      competitiveness in a global marketplace.
• Securing federal dollars for efforts to contain and control pest
      infestations, and support pest control research.
• Providing incentives to encourage farmers to plant bio-fuel crops and
      produce alternative sources of energy.

Accomplishments
• Authored legislation to close a loophole in federal dairy policy and
      eliminate unfair competition for California producers and
      processors.
• Helped pass the Specialty Crop Competitiveness Act, which improves
      access to foreign markets for U.S. specialty crops and creates a
      safer and more secure domestic food supply.
• Authored the CALFED legislation, which authorized $395 million for a
      program designed to provide additional water supply and move
      forward on creating more storage facilities for all water users.
      (booklet)


Energy
There is no question that we need a long-term strategy to deal with


	
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the intertwined problem of high gas prices, energy consumption and
global warming. But there is no quick or easy fix.

Energy markets are global, complex, and vulnerable to excessive
speculation, fraud and manipulation. And when you factor in a weak
dollar – you wind up with record oil and gas prices that only continue
to escalate.

And it’s clear that opening up the coastline of California and the
protected areas of the Outer Continental Shelf to new drilling is not the
answer. That wouldn’t produce lower gas prices any time in the near
future.

Instead, we need a real, long-term strategy to address our nation’s
addiction to fossil fuels. We need to make the shift towards renewable
energy and invest in clean technology. And we need to get serious
about the problem of excessive speculation in our energy futures
markets – and protect these critical markets from fraud and
manipulation.

Priorities
• Ensuring federal oversight of U.S. energy futures traded on domestic
      and foreign exchanges to prevent manipulation, fraud or
      excessive speculation.
• Curbing speculation by large institutional investors, who are
      currently exempt from federal regulation when they trade energy
      futures through brokers or dealers via “swaps.”
• Investing in renewable and low-carbon energy alternatives like bio-
      diesel, E85, and other low-carbon fuels in our motor vehicle fuel
      supply.
• Extending energy efficiency and renewable energy incentives.
• Comprehensive action on global warming.


Accomplishments
• Increasing fuel economy by 10 miles per gallon over 10 years, or
      from a fleetwide average of 25 miles per gallon to 35 miles per
      gallon over 10 years.
• Closing the “Enron Loophole” to prevent manipulation, fraud and
      excessive speculation in electronic energy markets. It will
      restore transparency by requiring traders to provide an audit
      trail and record-keeping. And it places limits on speculation.




	
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The Environment

Senator Feinstein discusses the importance of public-private restoration
efforts at a news conference overlooking the scenic Lake Tahoe basin.
California is home to some of the most striking vistas and significant
environmental resources in the world – from the incomparable beauty
of Lake Tahoe to the rugged landscapes of the Mojave Desert.

During my time in the Senate, I have worked to preserve these and
other natural resources in California and across the country for the
enjoyment of future generations.

And today, global warming is my number one environmental priority.
That is why I am working on a comprehensive package of legislation to
reduce greenhouse gas emissions from all sectors of the economy.

       I am also working hard to promote a balanced energy policy that
       will meet the needs of California, while ensuring that our
       Nation’s natural treasures are protected.

Priorities
• Combating global warming by reducing greenhouse gas emissions –
      the primary cause of climate change – from across all sectors of
      the economy.
• Cleaning up perchlorate in our food and water supply.
• Restoring our most cherished national parks to prepare for the
      National Park Service’s Centennial in 2016.

Accomplishments
• The California Desert Protection Act: Preserving over 7 million acres
      of pristine California desert.
• A new CALFED framework to improve water supply in the West.
• Protecting our nation's endangered forests with funding for
      hazardous fuels reduction and other preventive measures.
• Enacting the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act.
• Raising substantial private funds to supplement public monies to
      purchase the San Francisco Bay Salt Ponds and begin their
      restoration as natural wetlands
• Protecting the Redwoods of the Headwaters Forest .

Legislation:

1. [111st] S.RES.360 : A resolution honoring the Prime Minister of

	
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India, Dr. Manmohan Singh, for his service to the people of India and
to the world, and welcoming the Prime Minister to the United
States. Sponsor: Sen Dodd, Christopher J. [CT] (introduced
11/21/2009)      Cosponsors (18) Latest Major Action: 11/21/2009
Passed/agreed to in Senate. Status: Submitted in the Senate,
considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by
Unanimous Consent.

2. [111st] S.RES.370 : A resolution relative to the death of Paula F.
Hawkins, former United States Senator for the State of
Florida. Sponsor: Sen McConnell, Mitch [KY] (introduced 12/4/2009)
    Cosponsors (99) Latest Major Action: 12/4/2009 Passed/agreed
to in Senate. Status: Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed
to without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.

3. [111st] S.RES.382 : A resolution supporting the goals and ideals of
observing the National Slavery and Trafficking Prevention Month from
January 1 through February 1, 2010, to raise awareness of, and
opposition to, modern slavery. Sponsor: Sen Feinstein, Dianne [CA]
(introduced 12/21/2009)      Cosponsors (3) Latest Major Action:
12/21/2009 Passed/agreed to in Senate. Status: Submitted in the
Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a
preamble by Unanimous Consent.

4. [111st] S.RES.392 : A resolution expressing the Sense of the
Senate on the humanitarian catastrophe caused by the January 12,
2010 earthquake in Haiti. Sponsor: Sen Kerry, John F. [MA]
(introduced 1/21/2010)     Cosponsors (46) Latest Major Action:
1/21/2010 Passed/agreed to in Senate. Status: Submitted in the
Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a
preamble by Unanimous Consent.

5. [111st] S.RES.397 : A resolution relative to the death of Charles
McCurdy ("Mac") Mathias, Jr., former United States Senator for the
State of Maryland. Sponsor: Sen Reid, Harry [NV] (introduced
1/26/2010)     Cosponsors (99) Latest Major Action: 1/26/2010
Passed/agreed to in Senate. Status: Submitted in the Senate,
considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by
Unanimous Consent.

6. [111st] S.RES.400 : A resolution urging the implementation of a
comprehensive strategy to address instability in Yemen. Sponsor: Sen
Kerry, John F. [MA] (introduced 1/28/2010)      Cosponsors (2)
 Committees: Senate Foreign Relations Latest Major Action:


	
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1/28/2010 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Referred to the
Committee on Foreign Relations.

7. [111st] S.RES.402 : A resolution expressing support for the
designation of January 28, 2010 as National Data Privacy
Day. Sponsor: Sen Dorgan, Byron L. [ND] (introduced 1/29/2010)
    Cosponsors (9) Latest Major Action: 1/29/2010 Passed/agreed
to in Senate. Status: Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed
to without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.

8. [111st] S.2819 : A bill to amend the Poultry Products Inspection
Act, the Federal Meat Inspection Act, and the Federal Food, Drug, and
Cosmetic Act to require processors of food products to certify to the
applicable Secretary that the processed food products are not
adulterated. Sponsor: Sen Feinstein, Dianne [CA] (introduced
11/30/2009)       Cosponsors (None) Committees: Senate
Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Latest Major Action:
11/30/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and
referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.

9. [111st] S.2820 : A bill to prevent the destruction of terrorist and
criminal national instant criminal background check system
records. Sponsor: Sen Lautenberg, Frank R. [NJ] (introduced
12/1/2009)      Cosponsors (6) Committees: Senate Judiciary
 Latest Major Action: 12/1/2009 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

10. [111st] S.2844 : A bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to
improve the terrorist hoax statute. Sponsor: Sen Schumer, Charles E.
[NY] (introduced 12/7/2009)      Cosponsors (3) Committees: Senate
Judiciary Latest Major Action: 12/7/2009 Referred to Senate
committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the
Judiciary.

11. [111st] S.2845 : A bill to amend section 1028 of title 18, United
States Code, to prohibit the possession, transfer, or use of fraudulent
documents. Sponsor: Sen Schumer, Charles E. [NY] (introduced
12/7/2009)     Cosponsors (3) Committees: Senate Judiciary
 Latest Major Action: 12/7/2009 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

12. [111st] S.2853 : A bill to establish a Bipartisan Task Force for
Responsible Fiscal Action, to assure the long-term fiscal stability and
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to expand future prosperity growth for all Americans. Sponsor: Sen
Conrad, Kent [ND] (introduced 12/9/2009)       Cosponsors (27)
 Committees: Senate Budget Latest Major Action: 12/9/2009
Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the
Committee on the Budget.

13. [111st] S.2869 : A bill to increase loan limits for small business
concerns, to provide for low interest refinancing for small business
concerns, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen Landrieu, Mary L.
[LA] (introduced 12/10/2009)       Cosponsors (18) Committees:
Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Latest Major Action:
12/17/2009 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status:
Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Ordered to be
reported with an amendment favorably.

14. [111st] S.2891 : A bill to further allocate and expand the
availability of hydroelectric power generated at Hoover Dam, and for
other purposes. Sponsor: Sen Reid, Harry [NV] (introduced
12/16/2009)       Cosponsors (3) Committees: Senate Energy and
Natural Resources Latest Major Action: 12/16/2009 Referred to
Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee
on Energy and Natural Resources.

15. [111st] S.2899 : A bill to amend the American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act of 2009 and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to
provide incentives for the development of solar energy. Sponsor: Sen
Feinstein, Dianne [CA] (introduced 12/17/2009)      Cosponsors (1)
 Committees: Senate Finance Latest Major Action: 12/17/2009
Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the
Committee on Finance.

16. [111st] S.2904 : A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to
require emergency contraception to be available at all military health
care treatment facilities. Sponsor: Sen Franken, Al [MN] (introduced
12/17/2009)      Cosponsors (12) Committees: Senate Armed
Services Latest Major Action: 12/17/2009 Referred to Senate
committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on
Armed Services.

17. [111st] S.2921 : A bill to provide for the conservation, enhanced
recreation opportunities, and development of renewable energy in the
California Desert Conservation Area, to require the Secretary of the
Interior to designate certain offices to serve as Renewable Energy
Coordination Offices for coordination of Federal permits for renewable


	
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energy projects and transmission lines to integrate renewable energy
development, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen Feinstein, Dianne
[CA] (introduced 12/21/2009)      Cosponsors (None) Committees:
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Latest Major Action:
12/21/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and
referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

18. [111st] S.2931 : A bill to accelerate the income tax benefits for
charitable cash contributions for the relief of victims of the earthquake
in Haiti. Sponsor: Sen Nelson, Bill [FL] (introduced 1/20/2010)
    Cosponsors (11) Committees: Senate Finance Latest Major
Action: 1/20/2010 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice
and referred to the Committee on Finance.

19. [111st] S.2936 : A bill to accelerate the income tax benefits for
charitable cash contributions for the relief of victims of the earthquake
in Haiti. Sponsor: Sen Baucus, Max [MT] (introduced 1/20/2010)
    Cosponsors (40) Committees: Senate Finance Latest Major
Action: 1/20/2010 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice
and referred to the Committee on Finance.

20. [111st] S.2956 : A bill to authorize the Pechanga Band of Luiseno
Mission Indians Water Rights Settlement, and for other
purposes. Sponsor: Sen Boxer, Barbara [CA] (introduced 1/26/2010)
   Cosponsors (1) Committees: Senate Indian Affairs Latest Major
Action: 1/26/2010 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice
and referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs.

	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  


	
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Florida District 2
Rep. Allen Boyd (D)
1227 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
202-225-5235


Elected: 1996, 7th term.
Born: June 6, 1945, Valdosta, GA .
Home: Monticello.
Education: N. FL Jr. Col., A.A. 1966, FL St. U., B.S. 1969.
Religion: Methodist.
Family: Married (Cissy); 3 children.
Military career: Army 1969–71 (Vietnam).
Elected office: FL House of Reps., 1989–96.
Professional Career: Farmer.


    The congressman from the 2nd District is Allen Boyd, a Democrat
first elected in 1996. A lifelong farmer, Boyd grew up in Monticello in
Jefferson County just east of Tallahassee. He graduated from Florida
State University and served in the Army during the Vietnam War. His
political career began when he won a special election to the state
House in 1989. He won his seat in Congress after Rep. Pete Peterson,
a moderate Democrat and Vietnam prisoner of war, retired after three
terms, saying he believed in term limits. In the Democratic primary,
Boyd took 48% of the vote to 26% for Leon County Commissioner
Anita Davis. Boyd easily won the runoff 64%-36%. In the general
election, Boyd campaigned with Blue Dog conservative Democrats
and outspent the Republican by 2-to-1 to win a solid 59%-40%
victory.
    In the House, Boyd has worked as a behind-the-scenes consensus


	
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builder. With one of the chamber’s most centrist voting records, he
called himself a “moderate Democrat with a social conscience.” Soon
after Democrats won control of Congress in 2006, Boyd and other
Blue Dog leaders met with President Bush to explore possible areas of
agreement. “The Blue Dogs believe in partnership, not partisanship,”
he said. Since then, Boyd has been a leader of the Blue Dogs efforts to
impose “pay-go” restrictions on new spending and tax cuts. They had
little immediate success, but planned to renew the effort in President
Obama’s first term. In January 2009, Boyd was one of 11 House
Democrats to vote against the initial $787 billion economic-stimulus
bill, but he voted in favor of the final version, after a bipartisan Senate
group made changes to produce what he called a “smarter” stimulus.
     In December 2004, Boyd caused a stir among Democrats when he
co-sponsored a bipartisan bill that created private retirement
accounts in Social Security and lowered benefits. He said that he
would seek additional Democratic supporters, but he ultimately
found none in the House. His goal, he said, was “a fair balance
between preserving the basic benefit of Social Security while also
encouraging individual responsibility.” He opposed President Bush’s
2001 tax cuts but voted to repeal the Clinton administration’s
ergonomics regulation. Later, he opposed giving the president more
powers to negotiate free-trade agreements, but voted to authorize the
use of force in Iraq. In 2003, he was one of 16 House Democrats who
voted for the Republicans’ bill to create a prescription-drug benefit
under Medicare and was taken to the woodshed by Minority Leader
Nancy Pelosi as a result. As a member of the defense and agriculture
subcommittees of the Appropriations Committee, Boyd has delivered
largess to local universities, farmers and military facilities.
     He has been easily re-elected. In 2004, he was challenged by
Republican state Rep. Bev Kilmer, who raised substantial funds and
said she would support Bush’s agenda on defense, terrorism, health
care and the economy. Boyd countered that he sometimes supported


	
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Bush, but said that voters wanted somebody who would be
independent. He won handily, 62%-38%. He has been sometimes
mentioned as a possible Senate candidate, including when Sen. Mel
Martinez, R-Fla., said that he would not seek re-election in 2010. But
Boyd said in January 2009 that he would not run because he would
have “an even stronger voice” on policy decisions in the House.

Office Information
State Offices Panama City, 850-785-0812;
Tallahassee, 850-561-3979.
DC Office 1227 LHOB, 20515, 202-225-5235
Fax 202-225-5615
Web site http://www.house.gov/boyd


Committees
House Appropriations Committee (21st of 37 D):
Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA & Related
Agencies; Defense; Financial Services & General
Government.
House Budget Committee (8th of 24 D).


Group Ratings
                  2007                     2008
ADA               80                       75
ACLU              --                       73
AFS               82                       71
LCV               65                       85
ITIC              --                       100
NTU               8                        13
COC               74                       67
ACU               12                       12
CFG               14                       21


	
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FRC                --                       5


NJ Ratings
                 2007 Lib.-Con.             2008 Lib.-Con.
Economic                49 - 50                 48 - 52
Social                  54 - 45                 62 - 34
Foreign                 54 - 46                 50 - 48
Composite               53 - 47                 54 - 46


Key Votes
Increase minimum wage                              Y      2007
Expand SCHIP                                       Y      2007
Raise CAFE standards                               N      2007
Bail out financial markets                         Y      2008
Share immigration data                             N      2007
Foreign aid abortion ban                           N      2007
Ban gay bias in workplace                          *      2007
Repeal D.C. gun law                                Y      2008
Withdraw troops 8/08                               Y      2007
No operations in Iran                              N      2007
Free trade with Peru                               Y      2007
Overhaul FISA                                      Y      2008


Issues: N/A

Legislation:

1. [111st] H.CON.RES.206 : Commending the soldiers and civilian
personnel stationed at Fort Gordon and their families for their service
and dedication to the United States and recognizing the contributions
of Fort Gordon to Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring
Freedom and its role as a pivotal communications training
installation. Sponsor: Rep Broun, Paul C. [GA-10] (introduced
10/28/2009)      Cosponsors (59) Committees: House Armed
Services; Senate Armed Services Latest Major Action: 12/22/2009


	
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Passed/agreed to in Senate. Status: Resolution agreed to in Senate
without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.

2. [111st] H.RES.686 : Recommending that the United States
Constitution be taught to high school students throughout the Nation
in September of their senior year. Sponsor: Rep Grayson, Alan [FL-8]
(introduced 7/28/2009)      Cosponsors (222) Committees: House
Education and Labor Latest Major Action: 9/14/2009 Passed/agreed
to in House. Status: On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the
resolution, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.

3. [111st] H.RES.710 : Supporting the goals and ideals of "National
Estuaries Day". Sponsor: Rep Castor, Kathy [FL-11] (introduced
7/31/2009)      Cosponsors (58) Committees: House Natural
Resources Latest Major Action: 10/6/2009 Passed/agreed to in
House. Status: On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the
resolution Agreed to by voice vote.

4. [111st] H.RES.765 : Expressing condolences to the families of the
individuals killed during unusual storms and floods in the State of
Georgia between September 18 and 21, 2009, and expressing
gratitude to all of the emergency personnel who continue to work with
unyielding determination to meet the needs of Georgia's
residents. Sponsor: Rep Lewis, John [GA-5] (introduced 9/23/2009)
    Cosponsors (49) Committees: House Transportation and
Infrastructure Latest Major Action: 9/23/2009 Passed/agreed to in
House. Status: On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the
resolution Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 421 - 0
(Roll no. 724).

5. [111st] H.RES.864 : Congratulating President Obama for winning
of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. Sponsor: Rep Grayson, Alan [FL-8]
(introduced 10/23/2009)     Cosponsors (220) Committees: House
Foreign Affairs Latest Major Action: 10/23/2009 Referred to House
committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Foreign
Affairs.

6. [111st] H.RES.879 : Supporting the goals and ideals of American
Education Week. Sponsor: Rep Minnick, Walter [ID-1] (introduced
10/29/2009)     Cosponsors (74) Committees: House Oversight and
Government Reform Latest Major Action: 10/29/2009 Referred to
House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on
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7. [111st] H.RES.917 : Recognizing the Florida Keys Scenic Highway
on the occasion of its designation as an All-American Road by the U.S.
Department of Transportation. Sponsor: Rep Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana
[FL-18] (introduced 11/18/2009)       Cosponsors (23) Committees:
House Transportation and Infrastructure Latest Major Action:
1/27/2010 House committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Ordered
to be Reported (Amended) by Voice Vote.

8. [111st] H.RES.940 : Recognizing and honoring the National Guard
on the occasion of its 373rd anniversary. Sponsor: Rep Latta, Robert
E. [OH-5] (introduced 12/1/2009)      Cosponsors (85) Committees:
House Armed Services Latest Major Action: 12/8/2009
Passed/agreed to in House. Status: On motion to suspend the rules
and agree to the resolution Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3
required): 401 - 0 (Roll no. 934).

9. [111st] H.RES.942 : Commending the Real Salt Lake soccer club
for winning the 2009 Major League Soccer Cup. Sponsor: Rep
Matheson, Jim [UT-2] (introduced 12/2/2009)       Cosponsors (55)
 Committees: House Oversight and Government Reform Latest
Major Action: 12/14/2009 Passed/agreed to in House. Status: On
motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution Agreed to by
the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 347 - 0 (Roll no. 970).

10. [111st] H.RES.971 : Expressing the sense of the House of
Representatives regarding guidelines for breast cancer screening for
women ages 40 to 49. Sponsor: Rep Wasserman Schultz, Debbie [FL-
20] (introduced 12/15/2009)       Cosponsors (136) Committees:
House Energy and Commerce Latest Major Action: 12/15/2009
Passed/agreed to in House. Status: On motion to suspend the rules
and agree to the resolution Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3
required): 426 - 0 (Roll no. 974).

11. [111st] H.R.3393 : To amend the Improper Payments
Information Act of 2002 (31 U.S.C. 3321 note) in order to prevent the
loss of billions in taxpayer dollars. Sponsor: Rep Murphy, Patrick J.
[PA-8] (introduced 7/29/2009)         Cosponsors (12) Committees:
House Oversight and Government Reform Latest Major Action:
10/23/2009 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the
Subcommittee on Government Management, Organization, and
Procurement.

12. [111st] H.R.3411 : To exempt certain coastal barrier areas in
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assistance under the Coastal Barriers Resources Act, and limitations on
flood insurance coverage under the National Flood Insurance Act of
1968. Sponsor: Rep Boyd, Allen [FL-2] (introduced 7/30/2009)
    Cosponsors (None) Committees: House Natural Resources;
House Financial Services Latest Major Action: 8/7/2009 Referred to
House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on
Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife.

13. [111st] H.R.3650 : To establish a National Harmful Algal Bloom
and Hypoxia Program, to develop and coordinate a comprehensive and
integrated strategy to address harmful algal blooms and hypoxia, and
to provide for the development and implementation of comprehensive
regional action plans to reduce harmful algal blooms and
hypoxia. Sponsor: Rep Baird, Brian [WA-3] (introduced 9/25/2009)
    Cosponsors (38) Committees: House Science and Technology;
House Natural Resources House Reports: 111-396 Part 1 Latest
Major Action: 1/13/2010 Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No.
233.

14. [111st] H.R.3667 : To designate the facility of the United States
Postal Service located at 16555 Springs Street in White Springs,
Florida, as the "Clyde L. Hillhouse Post Office Building". Sponsor: Rep
Crenshaw, Ander [FL-4] (introduced 9/29/2009)          Cosponsors (24)
 Committees: House Oversight and Government Reform; Senate
Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Latest Major Action:
1/20/2010 Presented to President.

15. [111st] H.R.3678 : To amend title 49, United States Code, to
modify the authority of the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security
(Transportation Security Administration) to issue regulations and
security directives using emergency procedures. Sponsor: Rep Mica,
John L. [FL-7] (introduced 9/30/2009)      Cosponsors (4)
 Committees: House Homeland Security Latest Major Action:
10/6/2009 House committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Provisions
of measure incorporated into H.R. 2200 as an amendment during
House consideration on and adopted by a recorded vote of 219 yeas
and 211 noes (Roll Call Vote No. 304)..

16. [111st] H.R.3954 : To release Federal reversionary interests
retained on certain lands acquired in the State of Florida under the
Bankhead-Jones Farm Tenant Act, to authorize the interchange of
National Forest System land and State land in Florida, to authorize an
additional conveyance under the Florida National Forest Land
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Boyd, Allen [FL-2] (introduced 10/28/2009)    Cosponsors (2)
 Committees: House Agriculture Latest Major Action: 10/28/2009
Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House
Committee on Agriculture.

17. [111st] H.R.4022 : To prohibit additional requirements for the
control of Vibrio vulnificus applicable to the post-harvest processing of
oysters. Sponsor: Rep Boyd, Allen [FL-2] (introduced 11/4/2009)
   Cosponsors (9) Committees: House Energy and Commerce
 Latest Major Action: 11/4/2009 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

18. [111st] H.R.4199 : To ensure patient choice in pharmacies by
regulating pharmacy benefit managers and to establish a program to
improve access to prescription drugs for certain individuals. Sponsor:
Rep Butterfield, G. K. [NC-1] (introduced 12/3/2009)         Cosponsors
(22) Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and
Means Latest Major Action: 12/3/2009 Referred to House
committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and
Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for
a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case
for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the
committee concerned.

19. [111st] H.R.4288 : To prohibit the provision of Federal economic
development assistance for any State or locality that uses the power of
eminent domain power to obtain property for private commercial
development or that fails to pay relocation costs to persons displaced
by use of the power of eminent domain for economic development
purposes. Sponsor: Rep Herseth Sandlin, Stephanie [SD] (introduced
12/11/2009)     Cosponsors (6) Committees: House Agriculture;
House Transportation and Infrastructure; House Financial Services;
House Natural Resources; House Education and Labor Latest Major
Action: 1/4/2010 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred
to the Subcommittee on Healthy Families and Communities.

20. [111st] H.R.4396 : To amend the Clean Air Act to provide that
greenhouse gases are not subject to the Act, and for other
purposes. Sponsor: Rep Pomeroy, Earl [ND] (introduced 12/16/2009)
   Cosponsors (5) Committees: House Energy and Commerce
 Latest Major Action: 12/16/2009 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.




	
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Florida
Sen. George LeMieux (R)
356 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
202-224-3041


Elected: Appointed Sept. 2009, 1st term.
Born: May 21, 1969, Fort Lauderdale.
Home: Tallahassee.
Education: Emory U., B.A. 1991; Georgetown U., J.D. 1994.
Religion: Catholic.
Family: Married (Meike); 3 children.
Professional Career: Practicing atty., 1994-2009; FL deputy atty.
gen., 2003-05; Chief of staff, Crist for Governor, 2006; Chief of staff,
Gov. Charlie Crist; Chmn., Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart, 2008-09.


   Republican George LeMieux became the new junior senator from
Florida in September 2009 following the resignation of Republican
Mel Martinez, who had announced in August that he would resign
rather than finish out his first term. LeMieux (luh-MYOO) was
appointed by Republican Gov. Charlie Crist, who plans to run for the
seat in 2010 and chose LeMieux, his chief of staff, as a placeholder.
   A moderate, LeMieux calls himself a “Charlie Crist Republican.”
He grew up in Coral Springs in Broward County and got involved in
politics early in life. As an undergraduate student at Emory
University, he interned for Republican Sen. Connie Mack and GOP
Rep. E. Clay Shaw. LeMieux received his law degree from Georgetown
University, and then returned to Florida to practice law in Fort
Lauderdale, about 20 miles from his hometown. He got active in local
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Republicans. In 1998, he launched an uphill challenge to longtime
Democratic state Rep. Tracy Stafford in Broward County, one of the
state’s most liberal areas. LeMieux surpassed Stafford in fundraising,
and knocked on thousands of doors in the district, asking, “When was
the last time your state representative knocked on your door?”
Positioning himself as a moderate on social issues, he endorsed
health benefits and adoption rights for same-sex couples. He lost the
election, but the defeat had a silver lining, the friendship he made
with then-state Sen. Crist during the campaign.
    When Crist was elected the state’s attorney general, he hired
LeMieux as one of his deputies. LeMieux became one of Crist’s closest
confidants, and when Crist launched his 2006 campaign for governor,
he made him his chief of staff. LeMieux oversaw most of the day-to-
day operations of the campaign and helped Crist roll to a 31-
percentage-point primary win. During the general election, LeMieux
encouraged Crist to stick to a moderate message, and urged him to
decline an appearance by then-unpopular President George W. Bush
at a rally the night before the election. Crist called LeMieux “the
maestro” of his winning campaign and made him his chief of staff as
governor.
    LeMieux left the job in late 2007 to return to the private sector,
becoming chairman of Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart, one of the largest
law firms in Florida. He also began publishing the online “The
LeMieux Report,” offering his analysis of Florida political and
economic issues.
    Crist’s pick of LeMieux, who has never held elective office, met
with mixed reviews. The choice was panned by the other candidates
for the Senate seat, but some Democrats, including the U.S. House
representative from Broward County, Rep. Robert Wexler, called
LeMieux a wise choice. Since his appointment, LeMieux has
emphasized his moderate positions on issues, similar to Crist’s, telling
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family.” At age 40, he is the youngest member in the Senate. He is
expected to stay in the job for 16 months, until the new Senate is
seated in January 2011. Although there have been murmurs LeMieux
may run against the state’s senior senator, Democrat Bill Nelson, in
2012, LeMieux has said that that is not his intention.
   LeMieux took the place of Martinez, a Republican, who was
elected Florida’s junior senator in 2004. In December 2008, after just
four years in the Senate, Martinez surprised many in his party by
announcing that he would not seek re-election to a second term in
2010. “My decision is not based on re-election prospects, but on what
I want to do with the next eight years of my life,” he told the Sarasota
Herald-Tribune, and said he wanted to spend more time with his
family. The announcement came after several polls showed him with
some of the lowest approval ratings among senators, a result of
positions he has taken that angered both conservatives and
moderates in the party and possibly also because of his close
association with former President Bush. Then in August, Martinez
announced he was stepping down immediately.
   A wealthy personal-injury attorney, Martinez started a successful
law practice after college, was elected chairman of the Orange County
government in 1998, and co-chaired George W. Bush’s Florida
campaign in 2000. After the election, he became Bush’s secretary of
Housing and Urban Development. When Democratic Sen. Bob
Graham announced plans to run for president in 2004, Martinez first
won the GOP primary against Rep. Bill McCollum, and then won the
general election in a contest with Democrat Betty Castor, a former
state legislator from Tampa and former Florida education
commissioner.
   As the Senate’s only immigrant, Martinez took a lead role on
immigration legislation. In 2006, he and Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb.,
worked out a compromise that established requirements for illegal
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they had been in the United States. Martinez warned fellow
Republicans that they would alienate Hispanic voters with anti-
immigrant rhetoric, but conservatives harshly criticized Martinez’s
proposals. Backers of a proposal to erect a fence along the U.S.-
Mexican border to keep immigrants out sent bricks to his office. The
Senate passed the immigration bill in 2007, but the legislation died in
the House. Later that year, Martinez and other senators tried
unsuccessfully to pass a comprehensive bill that would include
tougher enforcement of immigration laws, but also provisions for
guest workers and a path to citizenship for illegal workers.
Throughout the debate, Martinez came under fire from fierce
opponents of the bill. Florida polls showed his approval rating
hovering between 42% and 37%—not reassuring numbers for an
incumbent.
    In January 2007, Bush chose Martinez to chair the Republican
National Committee. As chairman, he spoke frequently for
Republican positions on Spanish-language media, but he drew
repeated criticism on talk radio for his stand on immigration, which
opponents derided as amnesty for illegal aliens. He also found it
difficult to stay in touch with the voters in his large, multi-media-
market state. In October 2007, he abruptly resigned the
chairmanship. All the while, Martinez continued to raise money for
his re-election campaign and in August 2008 published a book, A
Sense of Belonging: From Castro’s Cuba to the U.S. Senate: One
Man’s Pursuit of the American Dream. His poll numbers remained
low, however. In February 2009, Crist entered the contest for Senate.

Office Information
State Offices Fort Myers, 239-332-3898; Jacksonville,
904-398-8586; Miami, 305-444-8332; Orlando, 407-
254-2573; Palm Beach Gardens, 561-842-8300;
Pensacola, 850-433-2603 ; Tampa, 813-977-6450 .


	
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DC Office 356 RSOB, 20510, 202-224-3041
Fax 202-228-5171
Web site http://lemieux.senate.gov


Committees
Senate Aging Committee (4th of 8 R).
Senate Armed Services Committee (8th of 11 R):
Emerging Threats & Capabilities (Ranking minority
member); Personnel; Seapower.


Issues: N/A

Legislation:

1. [111st] S.RES.354 : A resolution commending Robert C. Byrd,
Senator from West Virginia. Sponsor: Sen Reid, Harry [NV]
(introduced 11/18/2009)     Cosponsors (98) Latest Major Action:
11/18/2009 Passed/agreed to in Senate. Status: Submitted in the
Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a
preamble by Unanimous Consent.

2. [111st] S.RES.362 : A resolution expressing the sense of the
Senate that the Secretary of the Treasury should direct the United
States Executive Directors to the International Monetary Fund and the
World Bank to use the voice and vote of the United States to oppose
making any loans to the Government of Antigua and Barbuda until that
Government cooperates with the United States and compensates the
victims of the Stanford Financial Group fraud. Sponsor: Sen Shelby,
Richard C. [AL] (introduced 11/30/2009)      Cosponsors (8)
 Committees: Senate Foreign Relations Latest Major Action:
11/30/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Referred to the
Committee on Foreign Relations.

3. [111st] S.RES.368 : A resolution expressing the sense of the
Senate commending coach Bobby Bowden. Sponsor: Sen Nelson, Bill
[FL] (introduced 12/3/2009)     Cosponsors (1) Committees: Senate
Judiciary Latest Major Action: 12/3/2009 Referred to Senate
committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

4. [111st] S.RES.370 : A resolution relative to the death of Paula F.


	
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Hawkins, former United States Senator for the State of
Florida. Sponsor: Sen McConnell, Mitch [KY] (introduced 12/4/2009)
    Cosponsors (99) Latest Major Action: 12/4/2009 Passed/agreed
to in Senate. Status: Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed
to without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.

5. [111st] S.RES.397 : A resolution relative to the death of Charles
McCurdy ("Mac") Mathias, Jr., former United States Senator for the
State of Maryland. Sponsor: Sen Reid, Harry [NV] (introduced
1/26/2010)     Cosponsors (99) Latest Major Action: 1/26/2010
Passed/agreed to in Senate. Status: Submitted in the Senate,
considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by
Unanimous Consent.

6. [111st] S.RES.401 : A resolution expressing the sense of the
Senate recognizing coach Bobby Bowden for his accomplishments in
college football upon his retirement. Sponsor: Sen Nelson, Bill [FL]
(introduced 1/28/2010)       Cosponsors (1) Committees: Senate
Judiciary Latest Major Action: 1/28/2010 Referred to Senate
committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

7. [111st] S.J.RES.22 : A joint resolution proposing an amendment to
the Constitution of the United States relative to requiring a balanced
budget and granting the President of the United States the power of
line-item veto. Sponsor: Sen LeMieux, George S. [FL] (introduced
12/15/2009)      Cosponsors (1) Committees: Senate Judiciary
 Latest Major Action: 12/15/2009 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

8. [111st] S.J.RES.24 : A joint resolution providing for congressional
disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule
submitted by the Department of Labor relating to financial disclosure
and transparency by labor union management. Sponsor: Sen Cornyn,
John [TX] (introduced 12/18/2009)        Cosponsors (32)
 Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Latest
Major Action: 12/18/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status:
Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor,
and Pensions.

9. [111st] S.J.RES.26 : A joint resolution disapproving a rule
submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency relating to the
endangerment finding and the cause or contribute findings for
greenhouse gases under section 202(a) of the Clean Air Act. Sponsor:
Sen Murkowski, Lisa [AK] (introduced 1/21/2010)       Cosponsors (40)


	
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 Committees: Senate Environment and Public Works Latest Major
Action: 1/21/2010 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice
and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

10. [111st] S.2818 : A bill to amend the Energy Conservation and
Production Act to improve weatherization for low-income persons, and
for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen LeMieux, George S. [FL] (introduced
11/30/2009)      Cosponsors (None) Committees: Senate Energy
and Natural Resources Latest Major Action: 11/30/2009 Referred to
Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee
on Energy and Natural Resources.

11. [111st] S.2853 : A bill to establish a Bipartisan Task Force for
Responsible Fiscal Action, to assure the long-term fiscal stability and
economic security of the Federal Government of the United States, and
to expand future prosperity growth for all Americans. Sponsor: Sen
Conrad, Kent [ND] (introduced 12/9/2009)        Cosponsors (27)
 Committees: Senate Budget Latest Major Action: 12/9/2009
Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the
Committee on the Budget.

12. [111st] S.2859 : A bill to reauthorize the Coral Reef Conservation
Act of 2000, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen Inouye, Daniel K.
[HI] (introduced 12/9/2009)      Cosponsors (5) Committees: Senate
Commerce, Science, and Transportation Latest Major Action:
12/17/2009 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status:
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Ordered to be
reported without amendment favorably.

13. [111st] S.2911 : A bill to reduce the deficit by establishing 5-year
discretionary spending caps and strengthened Pay-As-You-Go
procedures. Sponsor: Sen Sessions, Jeff [AL] (introduced
12/18/2009)      Cosponsors (7) Committees: Senate Budget Latest
Major Action: 12/18/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status:
Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Budget.

14. [111st] S.2931 : A bill to accelerate the income tax benefits for
charitable cash contributions for the relief of victims of the earthquake
in Haiti. Sponsor: Sen Nelson, Bill [FL] (introduced 1/20/2010)
    Cosponsors (11) Committees: Senate Finance Latest Major
Action: 1/20/2010 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice
and referred to the Committee on Finance.

15. [111st] S.2936 : A bill to accelerate the income tax benefits for


	
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charitable cash contributions for the relief of victims of the earthquake
in Haiti. Sponsor: Sen Baucus, Max [MT] (introduced 1/20/2010)
    Cosponsors (40) Committees: Senate Finance Latest Major
Action: 1/20/2010 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice
and referred to the Committee on Finance.

16. [111st] S.2937 : A bill to provide a temporary suspension of
limitation on charitable contributions and to amend the Internal
Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the enhanced charitable deduction
for contributions of food inventory. Sponsor: Sen Schumer, Charles E.
[NY] (introduced 1/20/2010)        Cosponsors (4) Committees: Senate
Finance Latest Major Action: 1/20/2010 Referred to Senate
committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on
Finance.

17. [111st] S.2938 : A bill to terminate authority under the Troubled
Asset Relief Program, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen Thune,
John [SD] (introduced 1/20/2010)      Cosponsors (28) Committees:
Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Latest Major Action:
1/20/2010 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and
referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

18. [111st] S.2944 : A bill to authorize the Secretary of Homeland
Security and the Secretary of State to refuse or revoke visas to aliens
if in the security or foreign policy interests of the United States, to
require the Secretary of Homeland Security to review all visa
applications before adjudication, and to provide for the immediate
dissemination of visa revocation information. Sponsor: Sen Cornyn,
John [TX] (introduced 1/21/2010)          Cosponsors (6) Committees:
Senate Judiciary Latest Major Action: 1/21/2010 Referred to Senate
committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the
Judiciary.

19. [111st] S.2949 : A bill to amend section 1113 of the Social
Security Act to provide authority for increased fiscal year 2010
payments for temporary assistance to United States citizens returned
from foreign countries, to provide necessary funding to avoid shortfalls
in the Medicare cost-sharing program for low-income qualifying
individuals, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen Baucus, Max [MT]
(introduced 1/25/2010)       Cosponsors (4) Latest Major Action:
Became Public Law No: 111-127 [GPO: Text, PDF]

20. [111st] S.2957 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of
1986 to temporarily reduce payroll taxes of employees and employers


	
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by one-half, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen LeMieux, George
S. [FL] (introduced 1/26/2010)     Cosponsors (None) Committees:
Senate Finance Latest Major Action: 1/26/2010 Referred to Senate
committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on
Finance.




	
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Florida
Sen. Bill Nelson (D)
716 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
202-224-5274


Elected: 2000, term expires 2012, 2nd term.
Born: Sept. 29, 1942, Miami .
Home: Orlando.
Education: Yale U., B.A. 1965; U. of VA, J.D. 1968.
Religion: Protestant.
Family: Married (Grace Cavert); 2 children.
Military career: U.S. Army, 1968-70; U.S. Army Reserves, 1965-71.
Elected office: FL House of Reps., 1972-78; U.S. House of Reps.,
1978-90; FL treasurer, insurance comm. & fire marshal, 1994-2000.
Professional Career: Practicing atty., 1970-79, 1991-94; Legis.
asst., FL Gov. Reubin Askew, 1971; Crew member, Space Shuttle
Columbia, 1986.


    Bill Nelson was first elected to the Senate in 2000. He grew up in
Melbourne, Fla. His mother was a schoolteacher, and his father was a
lawyer and real estate investor who died when he was 14. Nelson likes
to recall that his great-grandfather arrived in Florida from Denmark
as a stowaway on a ship. From his family home in Rock Point, Nelson
could see rockets blast off in the 1950s and 1960s from what is now
the Kennedy Space Center. He was active in student government and
has always been something of a straight arrow; he doesn’t drink,
smoke or swear. He attended the University of Florida for two years,
and then graduated from Yale and the University of Virginia law
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and briefly practiced law and worked on the staff of Democratic Gov.
Reubin Askew. In 1972, at age 30, he was elected to the state House of
Representatives.
    In 1978, when Republican Rep. Louis Frey retired, Nelson ran for
the U.S. House in a district that then included the Space Coast’s
Brevard County and most of Orlando’s Orange County. His religious
faith and traditional values, his indefatigable campaigning and folksy
manner made him popular in an area that was trending Republican.
He won the seat 61%-39%; in five succeeding elections, he captured
61% to 73% of the ballots in a district that voted just 29% for
Democrat Michael Dukakis in the 1988 presidential race. In the
House, he became chairman of the Science Committee’s Space
Subcommittee, obviously of prime importance to the district. Nelson
not only boosted the space program in every possible way but also
rode the space shuttle Columbia himself, spending six days orbiting
the Earth in early 1986. Less than two weeks later, space shuttle
Challenger exploded as it took off. After the Columbia was lost in
February 2003, he called for continued manned space flight despite
the risks.
    In 1989, with the support of leading Florida Democrats, Nelson set
out to run against Republican Gov. Bob Martinez, who was not faring
well in polls. But in early 1990, some Democrats became antsy about
Nelson’s prospects and persuaded Lawton Chiles, who had retired
from the Senate in 1988 after three terms, to run. Chiles was always
far ahead in their race and won the September primary 69%-31%.
Nelson returned to his 77-acre oceanfront home in Melbourne, his
political career seemingly over. But in 1994, he found an opening
when state Insurance Commissioner Tom Gallagher, a Republican,
ran for governor. Nelson was elected in November to an office whose
full title was treasurer, insurance commissioner, and state fire
marshal, and proceeded to compile an activist record.
    Nelson was obviously setting himself up to run for higher


	
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statewide office, and his chance came in March 1999, when
Republican Sen. Connie Mack said he would not run for re-election in
2000. Mack’s retirement left a seat up for grabs in a state that, as
Election Night 2000 returns would show, was closely divided between
the parties. Republicans nominated 20-year, Orlando-based Rep. Bill
McCollum, one of the House managers of the impeachment of
President Clinton.
    Washington observers considered the race a contest about the
wisdom of impeachment but mostly it was a battle of competing
styles. Running his fourth statewide race in 10 years, Nelson
consistently led in polls. His easygoing manner contrasted favorably
with McCollum’s stiff, often aggressive demeanor. With a long
conservative record on abortion rights and gun control, McCollum
attempted to moderate his positions but only succeeded in
antagonizing his base supporters. His charges that Nelson was a
“liberal” and a proponent of “class warfare” proved unconvincing.
This was the most expensive Florida Senate race to that point, with
the two candidates spending more than $15 million between them.
Nelson won 51%-46%. He prevailed 60%-37% in the Gold Coast. In
the Interstate 4 corridor, which included McCollum’s congressional
district and most of the district that Nelson had represented in the
House, Nelson won 51%-46%. In the rest of the state, Nelson lost by
only 52%-46%, compared with the 55%-42% ratio by which
Democratic presidential nominee Al Gore lost there that year.
Folksiness and Florida roots counted.
    In the Senate, Nelson has been active on national security issues.
In October 2002, he sided with President Bush on the Iraq war
resolution. But in defiance of the Bush White House, Nelson in
December 2006 traveled to Damascus to meet with Syrian President
Bashar Assad. He called for aggressive diplomacy with Syria and
perhaps Iran, saying: “The costs of failure in Iraq will be
catastrophic—in growing threats to us and our allies and in more


	
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American and Iraqi lives lost—if we do not awaken to the fact that an
aggressive diplomatic effort, not military might, is what is needed to
end the sectarian violence in Iraq.” In 2007, Nelson voted in the
Foreign Relations Committee for the resolution opposing Bush’s
troop “surge” strategy in Iraq. But he looked with favor on military
involvement elsewhere, calling in May 2007 for United Nations
peacekeeping troops on both sides of the Sudan-Chad border and a
no-fly zone over the area. With two Senate colleagues, he met in 2005
with Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez, who told him he would
cooperate in keeping Colombian FARC guerrillas from reaching
sanctuary in Venezuela.
    Since January 2007, Nelson has been chairman of the Commerce
subcommittee with jurisdiction over the space program. After the loss
of Columbia, he called for accelerated development of a reusable
space vehicle to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station. In
2004, Nelson won passage of an amendment calling on NASA to
report to Congress on the costs of extending the space shuttle
program beyond 2010, but he did not get approval of another
amendment requiring NASA to find laid-off shuttle workers similar
jobs in the agency. In 2008, he secured an amendment mandating
that the agency take no action that would preclude continuing the
shuttle program past 2010, in order to leave the decision to the next
administration.
    After hurricanes hit Florida in August and September 2004,
Nelson successfully pushed to get $1 billion for agricultural assistance
in the Homeland Security appropriation. Starting in 2005, Nelson
worked with Republican colleague Mel Martinez of Florida to block
oil and gas exploration in the eastern part of the Gulf of Mexico. In
2007, he and Martinez threatened to block the energy bill unless it
barred further seismic exploration off the Florida coast. After
Republican Gov. Charlie Crist came out in favor of offshore drilling in
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Nelson said he would back a bipartisan deal allowing some offshore
drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, provided it was limited to 125 miles,
rather than 50 miles, from the Florida coast.
    On other issues important to Florida, Nelson sought a 25% tax
credit for home improvements designed to withstand hurricanes. But
the bill never gained much traction; neither did one he sponsored to
set up a national catastrophe fund to lower insurance costs. In May
2007, his amendment to oppose a $25 per flight surcharge on both
commercial airlines and general aviation was defeated 12-11 in
committee.
    Florida seems to have more than its share of disputes over
elections. After the 2006 balloting in Florida’s 13th District raised
questions about the dependability of electronic voting machines,
Nelson introduced a bill requiring voting equipment to produce a
paper record. During the 2008 presidential campaign, Nelson
objected vigorously when the Democratic National Committee
stripped Florida of its national delegates and urged presidential
candidates to boycott the state after the Legislature set the state’s
primary for January 29 rather than the earliest date permitted by
party rules, February 5. He and Democratic Rep. Alcee Hastings sued
the DNC, but a judge ruled against them. Nelson then pressed for a
second primary or a mail-in vote, which the committee refused to pay
for, and he tried to have half of the delegates seated, which the DNC
resisted. The committee ultimately decided to seat about half of
Florida’s delegates.
    As a Democratic senator from the nation’s largest politically
marginal state, Nelson was mentioned as a possible vice presidential
nominee in 2004 and 2008 but was not on either short list. He was
re-elected in 2006 by a margin that was anything but marginal. He
positioned himself well, stoutly opposing Bush’s plan to partially
privatize Social Security. After the Pentagon limited access to military
bases for the Boy Scouts, he introduced a resolution supporting the


	
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Scouts and embarked on a tour of Florida on their behalf.
    In June 2005, two-term Republican Rep. Katherine Harris
announced she would challenge Nelson. Polling data indicated that
Harris’s prominent role as Florida secretary of state during the
disputed 2000 presidential election had left her too unpopular to win,
but she enjoyed celebrity status among many rank-and-file
Republican voters. Efforts to persuade Gov. Jeb Bush, former House
Speaker Allen Bense, and former Rep. Joe Scarborough to run failed,
and Harris became the nominee. In February 2006, she accumulated
additional baggage when a defense contractor who had illegally
contributed $32,000 to Harris’s 2004 House campaign and had
asked her for legislative favors pleaded guilty to bribing former Rep.
Randy (Duke) Cunningham, a California Republican. The next
month, Harris announced she would use $10 million of her own
money on her campaign; she ended up spending a third of that
amount. Staff resignations followed, and Harris was notably absent
from a Republican “unity tour” after the September primary. Nelson
won in a landslide, 60%-38%. He lost in the Panhandle but carried 57
of 67 counties, including Harris’s home county of Sarasota.

Office Information
State Offices Coral Gables, 305-536-5999; Davie,
954-693-4851; Fort Myers, 239-334-7760;
Jacksonville, 904-346-4500; Orlando, 407-872-7161;
Tallahassee, 850-942-8415; Tampa, 813-225-7040;
West Palm Beach, 561-514-0189.
DC Office 716 HSOB, 20510, 202-224-5274
Fax 202-228-2183
Web site http://billnelson.senate.gov


Committees
Senate Aging Committee (5th of 13 D).


	
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Senate Armed Services Committee (6th of 15 D):
Emerging Threats & Capabilities (Chairman); Seapower;
Strategic Forces.
Senate Budget Committee (6th of 13 D).
Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation
Committee (6th of 14 D): Aviation Operations, Safety &
Security; Communications, Technology & the Internet;
Consumer Protection, Product Safety & Insurance;
Science & Space (Chairman).
Senate Finance Committee (11th of 13 D): Energy,
Natural Resources & Infrastructure; Health Care; Social
Security, Pensions & Family Policy.
Senate Intelligence Committee (7th of 8 D).


Group Ratings
                     2007                     2008
ADA                  90                       95
ACLU                 --                       43
AFS                  100                      100
LCV                  100                      91
ITIC                 --                       80
NTU                  11                       15
COC                  45                       50
ACU                  4                        8
CFG                  14                       10


NJ Ratings
                    2007 Lib.-Con.            2008 Lib.-Con.
Economic                  79 - 13                    91 - 0
Social                    73 - 25                   62 - 36
Foreign                   52 - 47                    65 - 6
Composite                 70 - 30                   79 - 21


	
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Key Votes
Raise CAFE standards                          Y    2007
Expand SCHIP                                  Y    2007
Cap greenhouse gases                          Y    2008
Bail out financial markets                    N    2008
Make English official language                Y    2007
Path to citizenship                           Y    2007
Fetus is unborn child                         N    2007
Prosecute hate crimes                         Y    2007
Withdraw troops 3/08                          Y    2007
Iran guard is terrorist group                 Y    2007
Increase missile defense $                    N    2008
Overhaul FISA                                 Y    2008


Issues: N/A

Legislation:

1. [111st] S.RES.352 : A resolution encouraging banks and mortgage
servicers to work with families affected by contaminated drywall to
allow temporary forbearance without penalty on payments on their
home mortgages. Sponsor: Sen Warner, Mark R. [VA] (introduced
11/10/2009)      Cosponsors (5) Latest Major Action: 11/10/2009
Passed/agreed to in Senate. Status: Submitted in the Senate,
considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by
Unanimous Consent.

2. [111st] S.RES.354 : A resolution commending Robert C. Byrd,
Senator from West Virginia. Sponsor: Sen Reid, Harry [NV]
(introduced 11/18/2009)     Cosponsors (98) Latest Major Action:
11/18/2009 Passed/agreed to in Senate. Status: Submitted in the
Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a
preamble by Unanimous Consent.

3. [111st] S.RES.355 : A resolution expressing the sense of the
Senate that the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran has
systematically violated its obligations to uphold human rights provided


	
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for under its constitution and international law. Sponsor: Sen Levin,
Carl [MI] (introduced 11/19/2009)        Cosponsors (6) Latest Major
Action: 11/19/2009 Passed/agreed to in Senate. Status: Submitted in
the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a
preamble by Unanimous Consent.

4. [111st] S.RES.368 : A resolution expressing the sense of the
Senate commending coach Bobby Bowden. Sponsor: Sen Nelson, Bill
[FL] (introduced 12/3/2009)     Cosponsors (1) Committees: Senate
Judiciary Latest Major Action: 12/3/2009 Referred to Senate
committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

5. [111st] S.RES.370 : A resolution relative to the death of Paula F.
Hawkins, former United States Senator for the State of
Florida. Sponsor: Sen McConnell, Mitch [KY] (introduced 12/4/2009)
    Cosponsors (99) Latest Major Action: 12/4/2009 Passed/agreed
to in Senate. Status: Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed
to without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.

6. [111st] S.RES.392 : A resolution expressing the Sense of the
Senate on the humanitarian catastrophe caused by the January 12,
2010 earthquake in Haiti. Sponsor: Sen Kerry, John F. [MA]
(introduced 1/21/2010)     Cosponsors (46) Latest Major Action:
1/21/2010 Passed/agreed to in Senate. Status: Submitted in the
Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a
preamble by Unanimous Consent.

7. [111st] S.RES.397 : A resolution relative to the death of Charles
McCurdy ("Mac") Mathias, Jr., former United States Senator for the
State of Maryland. Sponsor: Sen Reid, Harry [NV] (introduced
1/26/2010)     Cosponsors (99) Latest Major Action: 1/26/2010
Passed/agreed to in Senate. Status: Submitted in the Senate,
considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by
Unanimous Consent.

8. [111st] S.RES.401 : A resolution expressing the sense of the
Senate recognizing coach Bobby Bowden for his accomplishments in
college football upon his retirement. Sponsor: Sen Nelson, Bill [FL]
(introduced 1/28/2010)       Cosponsors (1) Committees: Senate
Judiciary Latest Major Action: 1/28/2010 Referred to Senate
committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

9. [111st] S.2752 : A bill to ensure the sale and consumption of raw
oysters and to direct the Food and Drug Administration to conduct an


	
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education campaign regarding the risks associated with consuming raw
oysters, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen Vitter, David [LA]
(introduced 11/9/2009)      Cosponsors (8) Committees: Senate
Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Latest Major Action:
11/9/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and
referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

10. [111st] S.2782 : A bill to provide personal jurisdiction in causes
of action against contractors of the United States performing contracts
abroad with respect to members of the Armed Forces, civilian
employees of the United States, and United States citizen employees
of companies performing work for the United States in connection with
contractor activities, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen McCaskill,
Claire [MO] (introduced 11/17/2009)        Cosponsors (7)
 Committees: Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
 Latest Major Action: 11/17/2009 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland
Security and Governmental Affairs.

11. [111st] S.2843 : A bill to provide for a program of research,
development, demonstration, and commercial application in vehicle
technologies at the Department of Energy. Sponsor: Sen Stabenow,
Debbie [MI] (introduced 12/7/2009)      Cosponsors (5) Committees:
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Latest Major Action:
12/7/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and
referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

12. [111st] S.2847 : A bill to regulate the volume of audio on
commercials. Sponsor: Sen Whitehouse, Sheldon [RI] (introduced
12/8/2009)     Cosponsors (5) Committees: Senate Commerce,
Science, and Transportation Latest Major Action: 12/8/2009
Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

13. [111st] S.2852 : A bill to establish, within the National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration, an integrated and comprehensive
ocean, coastal, Great Lakes, and atmospheric research, prediction, and
environmental information program to support renewable
energy. Sponsor: Sen Begich, Mark [AK] (introduced 12/9/2009)
   Cosponsors (3) Committees: Senate Commerce, Science, and
Transportation Latest Major Action: 12/9/2009 Referred to Senate
committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on
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14. [111st] S.2853 : A bill to establish a Bipartisan Task Force for
Responsible Fiscal Action, to assure the long-term fiscal stability and
economic security of the Federal Government of the United States, and
to expand future prosperity growth for all Americans. Sponsor: Sen
Conrad, Kent [ND] (introduced 12/9/2009)        Cosponsors (27)
 Committees: Senate Budget Latest Major Action: 12/9/2009
Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the
Committee on the Budget.

15. [111st] S.2859 : A bill to reauthorize the Coral Reef Conservation
Act of 2000, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen Inouye, Daniel K.
[HI] (introduced 12/9/2009)      Cosponsors (5) Committees: Senate
Commerce, Science, and Transportation Latest Major Action:
12/17/2009 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status:
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Ordered to be
reported without amendment favorably.

16. [111st] S.2912 : A bill to require lenders of loans with Federal
guarantees or Federal insurance to consent to mandatory
mediation. Sponsor: Sen Nelson, Bill [FL] (introduced 12/18/2009)
   Cosponsors (None) Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and
Urban Affairs Latest Major Action: 12/18/2009 Referred to Senate
committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on
Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

17. [111st] S.2931 : A bill to accelerate the income tax benefits for
charitable cash contributions for the relief of victims of the earthquake
in Haiti. Sponsor: Sen Nelson, Bill [FL] (introduced 1/20/2010)
    Cosponsors (11) Committees: Senate Finance Latest Major
Action: 1/20/2010 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice
and referred to the Committee on Finance.

18. [111st] S.2936 : A bill to accelerate the income tax benefits for
charitable cash contributions for the relief of victims of the earthquake
in Haiti. Sponsor: Sen Baucus, Max [MT] (introduced 1/20/2010)
    Cosponsors (40) Committees: Senate Finance Latest Major
Action: 1/20/2010 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice
and referred to the Committee on Finance.

19. [111st] S.2937 : A bill to provide a temporary suspension of
limitation on charitable contributions and to amend the Internal
Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the enhanced charitable deduction
for contributions of food inventory. Sponsor: Sen Schumer, Charles E.
[NY] (introduced 1/20/2010)        Cosponsors (4) Committees: Senate


	
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Finance Latest Major Action: 1/20/2010 Referred to Senate
committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on
Finance.

20. [111st] S.2949 : A bill to amend section 1113 of the Social
Security Act to provide authority for increased fiscal year 2010
payments for temporary assistance to United States citizens returned
from foreign countries, to provide necessary funding to avoid shortfalls
in the Medicare cost-sharing program for low-income qualifying
individuals, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen Baucus, Max [MT]
(introduced 1/25/2010)       Cosponsors (4) Latest Major Action:
Became Public Law No: 111-127 [GPO: Text, PDF]

	
  




	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  


	
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Georgia District 10
Rep. Paul Broun (R)
325 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
202-225-4101


Elected: July 2007, 1st full term.
Born: May 14, 1946, Atlanta .
Home: Athens.
Education: U. of GA, B.S.1967; Medical Col. of GA, M.D. 1971.
Religion: Baptist.
Family: Married (Niki Bronson); 3 children.
Military career: Marine Corps Reserves, 1964-1967; Naval Reserves,
1967-1973; GA Air Natl. Guard, 1972-1973; Air Force Reserves, 1973-
1988.
Professional Career: Owner, Travel and Adventure, 1985-92;
Practicing physician, 1971-present.


    The congressman from the 10th District is Paul Broun, a
Republican who was the surprise winner of a special election in 2007
after the death of GOP incumbent Charlie Norwood. Born in Atlanta,
Broun is a lifelong Georgia resident who got his bachelor’s degree
from the University of Georgia and his medical degree from the
Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. His father, Paul Broun Sr.,
served as a moderate Democratic state senator from Athens for 38
years.. The younger Broun was also active in politics, though he has
said that he was “far, far apart on the issues” from his father. He
served as president of the Georgia Sport Shooting Association, an
affiliate of the National Rifle Association, and as vice president of
political action for Safari Club International, a national advocacy


	
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group for hunters. He first ran for the House in 1990 against
Democratic incumbent Richard Ray in the old 3rd District, which was
then based in west-central Georgia. Ray won 63%-37%. After
redistricting two years later, Broun ran in the revamped and more
Republican 3rd District south of Atlanta, and lost the primary 55%-
45% to Mac Collins, who held the seat for 12 years. In 1996, Broun
closed his medical practice to campaign full-time for a year for
Georgia’s open Senate seat. He was vastly outspent, and finished a
distant fourth in the primary with an anemic 3%.
    There was little doubt that a Republican would succeed Norwood
in this conservative district, but few predicted it would be Broun.
State Sen. Jim Whitehead was the early front-runner. Whitehead
attended the University of Georgia, where he was a star offensive
lineman on the football team. He later opened a tire and auto shop in
the Augusta area, served seven years on the Columbia County
Commission—the final two as chairman—and won a state Senate seat
in 2004. He was a close friend of Norwood’s, a fact he highlighted
while campaigning, and he was endorsed by Norwood’s widow,
Gloria.
    The seat seemed to be his to lose, which is exactly what he did. He
avoided debates and committed several gaffes, including remarking,
“Iraq has not been a big thing in our district.” He also was forced to
explain a 2004 comment that dismissed the University of Georgia as
a “bunch of liberals” who, except for the football team, ought to be
bombed. In the June 19 special election, he won 44%, ahead of
Broun’s 21%, but not enough to avoid a runoff. Broun finished 198
votes ahead of Democrat James Marlow, a former Yahoo executive,
who came in third with 20%. Whitehead got 69% in Columbia
County, the district’s second-largest county, but he won barely 10% in
the largest county, Democratic-leaning Clarke County. This was a sign
of trouble for Whitehead in the July 17 runoff as the race turned into a
contest between candidates representing the district’s two population


	
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centers, Augusta, Whitehead’s turf, and Athens, Broun’s home base.
    Broun touted his medical background, claiming he was perhaps
the only physician in Georgia who regularly made house calls. “I’ve
got an old-fashioned medical bag,” he said. “My office is my GMC
Yukon.” Broun said he opposed any steps to permit illegal immigrants
to gain legal status, highlighted his connections to Christian
conservatives on social issues, and also reached out to African-
Americans and other Democrats, especially in Athens. Whitehead
talked up his Augusta-area roots and complained about his Athens-
based opposition. Whitehead had a considerable advantage in
campaign dollars. Still, Broun won with 50.4%, just 394 votes ahead
of Whitehead, with 49.6%. Broun carried Athens’s Clarke County with
a remarkable 90%, while holding Whitehead to 73% in Columbia
County. He also won 12 other counties.
    Hours after he was sworn into the House, Broun expressed his
libertarian instincts by voting for an amendment to bar the Justice
Department from prosecuting the use of marijuana for medicinal
purposes. He called the vote “a constitutional issue pertaining to
‘restraining’ the federal government from interfering with the rights
of the states,” and joined 14 other Republicans backing the proposal,
which was defeated, 165-262.
    In the House, he catered to his religious conservative base. “I
wasn’t supposed to be here,” he told anti-abortion protesters in
January 2008. “I believe in my heart the Holy Spirit called me to run
for Congress.” The first bill he introduced would ban all abortions,
and he called for a national sales tax to replace the income tax. He
also called for a ban on the sales of Playboy and Penthouse magazines
at military installments, no doubt getting thousands of soldiers
stationed at Georgia’s bases to snap to attention. With a flourish for
colorful quotes, he said this of his opposition to the financial market
bailout bill in 2008: “This is a huge cow patty with a piece of
marshmallow stuck in the middle of it, and I am not going to eat that


	
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cow patty.”
    After Democrat Barack Obama’s historic election as the first
African-American president, Broun described Obama’s agenda as
“Marxist” and criticized Republican nominee John McCain’s
campaign as “inept.” He ultimately backed away from those remarks.
But his management of his office seemed to be no smoother than his
political discourse. Broun spent almost all of the annual allotment
that lawmakers receive to run their offices in the first half of 2008,
prompting staff members to quit, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
reported.
    Broun had another competitive primary in 2008, this time against
former state House Majority Whip Barry Fleming, who was Augusta-
based and sought to play down tensions with Athens. Fleming
criticized Broun’s opposition to federal spending for economic
development and law enforcement, and he had an early fundraising
advantage. But Broun was helped by the endorsement of the anti-tax
group Club for Growth and by other Republicans in the Georgia
delegation. Fleming made a late-campaign attack against Broun’s
financial problems, but it had little impact. Broun won the primary
with unexpected ease, 71%-29, and leading in every county. In the
general election against Bobby Saxon, an Iraq war veteran and gun-
rights advocate, Broun won 61%-39%.
Related
Office Information
State Offices Athens, 706-549-9588; Augusta/Evans,
706-447-3857; Toccoa, 706-886-1008.
DC Office 325 CHOB, 20515, 202-225-4101
Fax 202-226-0776
Web site http://broun.house.gov


Committees
House Homeland Security Committee (9th of 13 R):


	
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Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity & Science and
Technology; Intelligence, Information Sharing &
Terrorism Risk Assessment.
House Natural Resources Committee (14th of 20 R):
National Parks, Forests & Public Lands.
House Science and Technology Committee (16th of 17
R): Investigations & Oversight (Ranking minority
member); Technology & Innovation.


Group Ratings
                   2007                    2008
ITIC               --                      29
NTU                92                      93
COC                64                      67
CFG                99                      100
FRC                --                      100


NJ Ratings
                 2007 Lib.-Con.            2008 Lib.-Con.
Economic                  -                       0 - 98
Social                    -                       0 - 91
Foreign                   -                       0 - 95
Composite                 -                       3 - 97


Key Votes
Expand SCHIP                                        N      2007
Raise CAFE standards                                N      2007
Bail out financial markets                          N      2008
Ban gay bias in workplace                           N      2007
Repeal D.C. gun law                                 Y      2008
Free trade with Peru                                Y      2007
Overhaul FISA                                       Y      2008


	
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Issues:

Water Management

As you know, Lakes Hartwell, Thurmond, and Russell are at record low water
levels, and many of our communities face water shortages that could
challenge their ability to meet water supply needs in the near and distant
future. I was greatly pleased that in November of 2008, the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) allowed the Army Corps of
Engineers (ACOE) to temporarily reduce the outflow rate of Lakes Hartwell,
Thurmond, and Russell from 3600cfs to 3100cfs. Unfortunately, in February
of 2009 NOAA and the ACOE decided to increase the flow back to 3600cfs
due to the possible effect on the habitat of the short-nosed sturgeon. This
decision was made without any conclusive evidence that the short-nosed
sturgeon would be adversely affected. This action jeopardizes the health of
our lakes and the economies of the surrounding communities. On February
17, 2009, I sent a letter to NOAA and the ACOE asking that they reconsider
this decision and return the outflow rate to 3100cfs at Lakes Hartwell,
Thurmond, and Russell. The water needs of the constituents of Georgia
should take precedent over the questionable needs of the short-nosed
sturgeon during the current drought. Since I was elected to the House of
Representatives in 2007, I have been tirelessly working with my fellow
delegation members in a truly bipartisan effort to come up with to a solution
to Georgia’s water crisis. Rest assured that I will continue to work on
solutions for our region and state until, by God’s grace, water levels return to
acceptable levels.

Legislation:

1. [111st] H.CON.RES.217 : Expressing the sense of Congress that
the President, in negotiating any new bilateral strategic arms
agreement with the Russian Federation, shall ensure the continued
deterrence capability of the United States strategic arsenal and
flexibility in the allocation of its components in the event that third
countries may pursue the deployment of significant and technologically
advanced nuclear strategic forces not covered by such a United States-
Russian arms agreement. Sponsor: Rep Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana [FL-18]
(introduced 12/3/2009)          Cosponsors (57) Committees: House
Foreign Affairs Latest Major Action: 12/3/2009 Referred to House
committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Foreign
Affairs.

2. [111st] H.RES.911 : Requesting the Attorney General to appoint a
special counsel to investigate allegations regarding the organization
ACORN. Sponsor: Rep Ehlers, Vernon J. [MI-3] (introduced
11/18/2009)      Cosponsors (81) Committees: House Judiciary


	
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 Latest Major Action: 1/4/2010 Referred to House subcommittee.
Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and
Homeland Security.

3. [111st] H.RES.922 : Directing the Secretary of Homeland Security
to transmit to the House of Representatives all information in the
possession of the Department of Homeland Security relating to the
Department's planning, information sharing, and coordination with any
state or locality receiving detainees held at Naval Station, Guantanamo
Bay, Cuba on or after January 20, 2009. Sponsor: Rep King, Peter T.
[NY-3] (introduced 11/19/2009)        Cosponsors (14) Committees:
House Homeland Security House Reports: 111-377 Latest Major
Action: 12/15/2009 Placed on the House Calendar, Calendar No. 143.

4. [111st] H.RES.945 : Expressing the sense of the House of
Representatives regarding the conditions for the United States
becoming a signatory to or negotiating any international agreement on
greenhouse gas emissions under the United Nations Framework
Convention on Climate Change. Sponsor: Rep Lamborn, Doug [CO-5]
(introduced 12/3/2009)     Cosponsors (48) Committees: House
Foreign Affairs Latest Major Action: 12/3/2009 Referred to House
committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Foreign
Affairs.

5. [111st] H.RES.949 : Amending the Rules of the House of
Representatives to require a two-thirds vote on a stand-alone bill to
increase the statutory limit on the public debt. Sponsor: Rep
Neugebauer, Randy [TX-19] (introduced 12/3/2009)         Cosponsors
(51) Committees: House Rules Latest Major Action: 12/3/2009
Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House
Committee on Rules.

6. [111st] H.RES.954 : Expressing the sense of the House of
Representatives regarding the scientific protocols, data collection
methods, and peer review standards for climate change research
which are necessary to preclude future infringements of the public
trust. Sponsor: Rep Hall, Ralph M. [TX-4] (introduced 12/8/2009)
    Cosponsors (17) Committees: House Science and Technology
 Latest Major Action: 12/8/2009 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the House Committee on Science and Technology.

7. [111st] H.RES.957 : Honoring Jimmie Johnson, 2009 NASCAR
Sprint Cup Champion. Sponsor: Rep McHenry, Patrick T. [NC-10]
(introduced 12/8/2009)   Cosponsors (61) Committees: House


	
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Oversight and Government Reform Latest Major Action: 1/27/2010
House committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Ordered to be
Reported by Unanimous Consent.

8. [111st] H.RES.960 : Expressing support for designation of January
2010 as "National Stalking Awareness Month" to raise awareness and
encourage prevention of stalking. Sponsor: Rep Poe, Ted [TX-2]
(introduced 12/9/2009)     Cosponsors (34) Committees: House
Judiciary Latest Major Action: 12/9/2009 Referred to House
committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

9. [111st] H.RES.977 : Honoring Navy SEALs Petty Officer 2nd Class
Matthew McCabe, Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Keefe, and Petty
Officer 1st Class Julio Huertas for their heroic actions in the capture of
Ahmed Hashim Abed, the mastermind behind of one of the most
notorious crimes against Americans in Iraq. Sponsor: Rep Poe, Ted
[TX-2] (introduced 12/16/2009)        Cosponsors (72) Committees:
House Armed Services Latest Major Action: 1/21/2010 Referred to
House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on
Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities.

10. [111st] H.RES.988 : Recognizing the exemplarily service,
devotion to country, and selfless sacrifice of Special Warfare Operators
2nd Class Matthew McCabe and Jonathan Keefe and Special Warfare
Operator 1st Class Julio Huertas in capturing Ahmed Hashim Abed, one
of the most-wanted terrorists in Iraq, and pledging to continue to
support members of the United States Armed Forces serving in harm's
way. Sponsor: Rep Hunter, Duncan D. [CA-52] (introduced
12/16/2009)      Cosponsors (43) Committees: House Armed
Services Latest Major Action: 1/21/2010 Referred to House
subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Terrorism,
Unconventional Threats and Capabilities.

11. [111st] H.RES.1006 : Reaffirming the commitment of the House
of Representatives to safeguard and uphold the 10th Amendment to
the Constitution of the United States. Sponsor: Rep Rooney, Thomas
J. [FL-16] (introduced 1/12/2010)      Cosponsors (35) Committees:
House Judiciary Latest Major Action: 1/12/2010 Referred to House
committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

12. [111st] H.RES.1025 : Expressing the support of the House of
Representatives for members of the Armed Forces who fight terrorism
and the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States
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Armed Forces who are accused of committing crimes related to the
treatment of a suspected terrorist, if the member is acquitted or the
charges are dropped. Sponsor: Rep Granger, Kay [TX-12] (introduced
1/21/2010)      Cosponsors (15) Committees: House Armed Services
 Latest Major Action: 1/21/2010 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the House Committee on Armed Services.

13. [111st] H.J.RES.73 : Proposing an amendment to the
Constitution of the United States to balance the Federal
budget. Sponsor: Rep Broun, Paul C. [GA-10] (introduced 1/27/2010)
   Cosponsors (9) Committees: House Judiciary Latest Major
Action: 1/27/2010 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to
the House Committee on the Judiciary.

14. [111st] H.R.4100 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986
to provide individual and corporate income tax relief, to reduce the
employee share of payroll taxes, and to rescind unobligated stimulus
funds, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Rep Broun, Paul C. [GA-10]
(introduced 11/18/2009)       Cosponsors (37) Committees: House
Ways and Means; House Appropriations Latest Major Action:
11/18/2009 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the
Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on
Appropriations, for a period to be subsequently determined by the
Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within
the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

15. [111st] H.R.4127 : To amend title 10, United States Code, to
provide that alien unprivileged enemy belligerents may only be tried
by military commissions if tried for alleged conduct for which a term of
incarceration or the death penalty may be sought. Sponsor: Rep
Gohmert, Louie [TX-1] (introduced 11/19/2009)         Cosponsors (57)
 Committees: House Armed Services Latest Major Action:
11/19/2009 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the
House Committee on Armed Services.

16. [111st] H.R.4219 : To establish a National Commission on
American Recovery and Reinvestment. Sponsor: Rep Wilson, Joe [SC-
2] (introduced 12/8/2009)   Cosponsors (24) Committees: House
Education and Labor Latest Major Action: 1/4/2010 Referred to
House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on
Workforce Protections.

17. [111st] H.R.4262 : To amend the Congressional Budget Act of
1974 to require a two-thirds recorded vote in the House of


	
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Representatives and in the Senate to increase the statutory limit on
the public debt, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Rep Scalise, Steve
[LA-1] (introduced 12/10/2009)       Cosponsors (79) Committees:
House Rules; House Budget Latest Major Action: 12/10/2009
Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on
Rules, and in addition to the Committee on the Budget, for a period to
be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for
consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the
committee concerned.

18. [111st] H.R.4275 : To designate the annex building under
construction for the Elbert P. Tuttle United States Court of Appeals
Building in Atlanta, Georgia, as the "John C. Godbold United States
Judicial Administration Building". Sponsor: Rep Lewis, John [GA-5]
(introduced 12/10/2009)        Cosponsors (12) Committees: House
Transportation and Infrastructure Latest Major Action: 12/11/2009
Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the
Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and
Emergency Management.

19. [111st] H.R.4415 : To amend title 10, United States Code, to
authorize the President to determine that certain individuals are
unlawful enemy combatants subject to trial by military commissions,
and for other purposes. Sponsor: Rep Miller, Candice S. [MI-10]
(introduced 1/12/2010)      Cosponsors (14) Committees: House
Armed Services Latest Major Action: 1/12/2010 Referred to House
committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Armed
Services.

20. [111st] H.R.4464 : To prohibit the release or transfer of an
individual detained at Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, into or to
the custody of any country or region that is recognized by the
Department of State or the Department of Defense as a haven for
terrorist activity or that has been classified as a state sponsor of
terrorism. Sponsor: Rep Gingrey, Phil [GA-11] (introduced
1/19/2010)        Cosponsors (30) Committees: House Armed Services
 Latest Major Action: 1/19/2010 Referred to House committee.
Status: Referred to the House Committee on Armed Services.

21. [111st] H.R.4542 : To prohibit the use of funds made available to
the Department of Justice to prosecute individuals detained at Naval
Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in the United States. Sponsor: Rep
King, Peter T. [NY-3] (introduced 1/27/2010)     Cosponsors (12)
 Committees: House Judiciary Latest Major Action: 1/27/2010


	
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Georgia
Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R)
416 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
202-224-3521


Elected: 2002, term expires 2014, 2nd term.
Born: Nov. 10, 1943, Warrenton, NC.
Home: Moultrie.
Education: U. of GA, B.A. 1966, U. of TN, J.D. 1968.
Religion: Episcopalian.
Family: Married (Julianne); 2 children.
Elected office: U.S. House of Reps., 1994-2002.
Professional Career: Practicing atty., 1968–94.


    Saxby Chambliss, the senior senator from Georgia, was elected in
2002 and won his first re-election to the Senate in 2008. He earlier
served four terms in the House. Chambliss grew up in Shreveport,
La., the son of an Episcopalian minister, and graduated from the
University of Georgia. He practiced business and agricultural law in
Moultrie starting in 1968. In 1992, he ran for the U.S. House and lost
the Republican primary. In 1994, he ran again and was the sole
Republican candidate, while Democrats had a multicandidate contest.
The winner was Craig Mathis, the 32-year-old son of Rep. Dawson
Mathis (1971-81). Chambliss won 63%-37%. Speaker Newt Gingrich
of Georgia saw that Chambliss got the committee assignments he
needed most—Armed Services, to look after Robins Air Force Base,
and Agriculture, to protect subsidies for peanut farmers.
    When then-Budget Chairman John Kasich, R-Ohio, announced his
retirement in July 1999, Chambliss started a campaign for the post.


	
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In July 2000, after Republican Sen. Paul Coverdell died suddenly,
Chambliss considered running in the November election to replace
him. House Speaker Dennis Hastert persuaded him to stay in the
House, and Chambliss came away feeling he would get the Budget
chairmanship. But he had competition from Jim Nussle of Iowa. The
Republican leadership ultimately picked Nussle, and as consolation,
Chambliss got an Agriculture subcommittee chairmanship. Hastert
also made him chairman of the Intelligence Subcommittee on
Terrorism and Homeland Security.
    Chambliss got a second chance to run for the Senate in 2002.
Democratic incumbent Max Cleland had won the seat only narrowly,
49%-48%, in 1996, and Georgia was trending Republican, evident in
George W. Bush’s 55%-43% victory there in 2000. Chambliss was not
an early favorite to win. Cleland had a compelling biography. After
college he volunteered for the Army and in 1967 went to Vietnam,
where he lost both legs and his right arm in a grenade explosion. He
served on the Armed Services Committee and had a moderate voting
record. But in 2001 and 2002, he tended to stick with the close-knit
Democratic Caucus while his new colleague, Georgia Democratic Sen.
Zell Miller, dissented vociferously on issues from the tax cut to the
Department of Homeland Security personnel rules. On the
Republican side, Chambliss won the August 2002 primary 61%-27%.
He set out to convince voters that Cleland was “too liberal for
Georgia.”
    Cleland’s two major strengths—his sacrifice in Vietnam and
support from the highly popular Miller—seemed formidable. Cleland
backers noted that Chambliss had received four student deferments
in the 1960s and then was found ineligible for service because of a
bad knee. Miller, in ads, told voters of Cleland’s “rock-solid Georgia
values.” But that did not deter Chambliss from sharp attacks. He ran
a series of ads mentioning Cleland’s opposition to an amendment
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the “partial-birth” abortion ban, and his support of school clinics
passing out morning-after pills without parental permission—all
ending with an astounded announcer asking, “Why would he do
that?”
    But probably the most important issue was homeland security.
Cleland stood with other Senate Democrats in opposing flexibility in
work rules in the new department. The dispute occupied the Senate
for much of October 2002 and prevented passage of the bill to create
the department. Chambliss ran an ad showing pictures of Al Qaeda
leader Osama bin Laden, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, and
Cleland, and saying that Cleland “voted against the president’s vital
homeland security efforts 11 times.” Against this, Cleland’s ads
attacking Chambliss for opposing an increase in the minimum wage
and for cutting student loans were weak stuff. Plus, Cleland’s
impressive record in Vietnam did not inoculate him against charges
that he had given short shrift to homeland security. The tide of
opinion, as measured by very late polls, was moving toward
Chambliss. Bush visited the state three times on his behalf. Chambliss
won 53%-46%, a much bigger victory than just about anyone
expected. Chambliss carried metro Atlanta 52%-46%, running ahead
of Republican gubernatorial candidate Sonny Perdue, and he carried
the rest of Georgia 54%-46%.
    In the Senate, Chambliss established a mostly conservative voting
record. (He also garnered a reputation for a great golf game. He has
been rated the second-best golfer in the Senate behind Nevada
Republican John Ensign, with a 6.5 handicap.)
    When Republicans were in power, he was the chairman of the
immigration subcommittee of Judiciary, and in 2003 succeeded in
passing a law modifying some visas so that international companies
who bring in foreign employees cannot shop them out to other
employers. He continued to be favorable to firms seeking more visas
for high-tech foreign employees. Initially, he was favorable to Bush’s


	
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proposal for a guest-worker program, at least for farmworkers, but he
opposed a controversial provision to give illegal workers a process to
achieve citizenship.
    In the spring of 2007 he and his Georgia GOP colleague Johnny
Isakson—who had known each other since their days as classmates at
the University of Georgia—worked together in a bipartisan coalition
to fashion a comprehensive immigration bill. For that they were
booed at the May 2007 Republican state convention. Chambliss
argued that Georgia was the No. 1 destination for illegal border
crossers and that the state’s agricultural industry needed a guest
worker program. They got a provision sponsored by Isakson requiring
that the border be secured before the guest worker program could
begin. When Majority Leader Harry Reid brought the bill to the floor
in late June, Chambliss and Isakson opposed allowing the legislation
to move forward unless a separate appropriation bill for border
security was passed.
    On the Armed Services Committee, Chambliss has paid close
attention to the needs of Georgia military bases and defense
contractors. In 2006, he moved successfully to reverse plans to cut
back on procurement of the F-22 Raptor, produced by Lockheed
Martin. He worked with Democratic Rep. Jim Marshall of Georgia to
get new software facilities for Robins Air Force Base. He also
sponsored legislation that reduced the retirement age for National
Guard members in proportion with overseas deployments. Chambliss
supported the Bush administration on Iraq, but in 2007 he showed
his frustration, telling the Macon Telegraph there were “a lot of bad
decisions” in the war in Iraq. He was one of 14 senators who voted
against the nomination of George Casey as Army chief of staff.
However, he consistently voted against cutting off funding of Bush’s
troop surge.
    In 2005, Chambliss became chairman of the Agriculture
Committee—a remarkable feat considering he’d been in the Senate


	
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such a short time. He resisted demands to impose income caps on
wealthy farmers and budget cuts in cotton and other commodity
programs important to Georgia. When Republicans lost the majority
in 2006, he became the ranking Republican on the committee. He
worked on the 2008 farm bill with Democratic Chairman Tom Harkin
of Iowa, striving to keep programs at existing levels. In bipartisan
negotiations in 2006 and 2007, he added incentives to the bill for
cellulosic ethanol, made from switchgrass and pine trees that are
plentiful in south Georgia. He supported the legislation that passed
the Senate in December 2007, and later voted to override Bush’s veto
of the bill.
    In July 2008, as Congress was responding to high gas prices,
Chambliss and Democratic Sen. Kent Conrad of North Dakota
assembled a group of 10 senators to put together a bipartisan energy
bill. Their legislation, unveiled as Congress adjourned in August,
included offshore oil drilling from Virginia to Georgia, measures to
encourage building of additional nuclear power plants, and more tax
credits for biofuels and wind and solar energy. It was attacked by
influential conservative radio talk host Rush Limbaugh, but
Chambliss persisted.
    Georgia Republicans’ success this decade convinced many that
Chambliss was a shoo-in for re-election in 2008, but he insisted
throughout the campaign cycle that he expected a close race. In 2007,
DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer Vernon Jones, an African-
American Democrat, announced he would run for the seat, as did
WSB-TV investigative reporter Dale Cardwell. Democrat Barack
Obama’s smashing 66%-31% victory in the state’s Feb. 5, 2008,
presidential primary and the high black turnout convinced many
Democratic leaders that they had a chance to win the seat.
Conservatives were also disgruntled with Chambliss’s stands on
immigration and the farm bill. In March 2008, Democrat Jim Martin
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freshman class president at the University of Georgia, a stint as a
military intelligence officer in Vietnam, a member of the state House
in the 1980s and 1990s, and head of the state human resources
department. He was promptly endorsed by former first lady Rosalynn
Carter, former Gov. Roy Barnes, Agriculture Commissioner Tommy
Irvin, and state House Minority Leader DuBose Porter. He also raised
substantially more money than Jones or Cardwell.
    Chambliss was unopposed in the GOP primary. In the July 15
Democratic primary, Jones led with 40% of the vote, but he failed to
get 50% to avoid a runoff. Martin was second with 34%, while
Cardwell got 16%. In the August 5 runoff, without the presidential
contest in play, there was a huge drop-off in turnout, and Martin won
60%-40%. Jones failed to carry his base of DeKalb County. Martin’s
victory gave national Democrats a plausible nominee, and the Obama
campaign’s registration and turnout efforts gave Democrats the
confidence that African-Americans would be a higher percentage of
the electorate than in the past. Martin pounded away at Bush, and
linked Chambliss to the by-then-unpopular president’s policies.
Chambliss took pains to point out that he differed with Bush on
immigration, the Medicare prescription drug bill, and the farm bill.
    After the financial crisis hit in mid-September, some polls showed
the race to be very close, with Chambliss well under 50%. When
Chambliss and Sen. Isakson, operating as usual in tandem, voted for
the $700 billion bailout of the financial market on October 1, Martin
responded with ads denouncing their votes. Chambliss campaigned
hard and ultimately outspent Martin, $16 million to $7.5 million, but
the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and other
Democratic groups made up much of the difference. Georgia law
requires a candidate to get 50% of the vote to avoid a runoff. In 1992,
the stipulation had prevented incumbent Democratic Sen. Wyche
Fowler from winning in November, and he was beaten in the
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to unfold again as the votes were counted in November. Chambliss
led Martin by 110,000 votes, but won just 49.8% of the vote to
Martin’s 46.8%, falling 9,146 votes short of winning without a runoff.
    Some dissatisfaction among conservatives may be inferred from
the results: Chambliss ran 182,000 votes behind Republican
presidential nominee John McCain; Martin ran 87,000 votes behind
Obama. African-Americans, who were 28% of voters (and nearly two-
thirds of whom were women) voted 93%-4% for Martin. Whites voted
70%-26% for Chambliss. Chambliss carried young voters 47%-46%,
winning young whites by a wide margin. He carried the elderly 50%-
48%. The biggest drop-offs in Chambliss’s percentages from 2002
were in metro Atlanta counties with rising black populations—
Rockdale, Douglas, Clayton, Henry, and Newton—or a growing Latino
population, as in Gwinnett County. Chambliss actually increased his
percentages in north Georgia, perhaps because former governor and
senator Zell Miller, a north Georgia native who supported Cleland in
2002, this time loudly backed Chambliss.
    The runoff came four weeks later, on December 2. The national
parties and allied groups pumped in at least $5 million. The Obama
campaign kept open its 25 field offices and sent 75 more organizers to
help Martin. National Republicans sent in operatives to work for
Chambliss. National political figures streamed in: McCain, vice
presidential nominee Sarah Palin, Arkansas’s Mike Huckabee,
Massachusetts’ Mitt Romney on the Republican side, and former
President Clinton, former Vice President Gore, and Democratic
television commentator Donna Brazile on the Democratic side.
Obama taped a radio ad and robo-calls.
    This was a battle of turnout, and the signs for Democrats were
ominous. While 35% of early voters before the November election
were black, only 23% of early voters for the December runoff were.
Overall, turnout in the runoff was only 57% of that for the general
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average among African-Americans, left-leaning students, and other
typically Democratic constituencies. Only 2.1 million Georgians voted,
far behind the 3.7 million in November, and not much more than the
2 million who voted in the off-year 2002 election. Chambliss won
57%-43%, with percentages 8% to 12% higher than in November in
the outer Atlanta suburbs and in north Georgia.

Office Information
State Offices Atlanta, 770-763-9090; Augusta, 706-
738-0302; Macon, 478-741-1417; Moultrie, 229-985-
2112.
DC Office 416 RSOB, 20510, 202-224-3521
Fax 202-224-0103
Web site http://chambliss.senate.gov


Committees
Senate Aging Committee (8th of 8 R).
Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee
(1st of 9 R) (Ranking minority member).
Senate Armed Services Committee (4th of 11 R):
Airland; Personnel; Readiness & Management Support.
Senate Intelligence Committee (4th of 7 R).
Senate Rules & Administration Committee (5th of 8 R).


Group Ratings
                  2007                 2008
ADA               10                   25
ACLU              --                   15
AFS               --                   11
LCV               7                    9
ITIC              --                   100
NTU               75                   53


	
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COC                   82                   100
ACU                   92                   76
CFG                   81                   66
FRC                   --                   100


NJ Ratings
                  2007 Lib.-Con.               2008 Lib.-Con.
Economic                   14 - 85                19 - 79
Social                     9 - 87                  0 - 79
Foreign                    21 - 73                16 - 79
Composite                  17 - 84                16 - 84


Key Votes
Raise CAFE standards                                 N      2007
Expand SCHIP                                         N      2007
Cap greenhouse gases                                 N      2008
Bail out financial markets                           Y      2008
Make English official language                       Y      2007
Path to citizenship                                  N      2007
Fetus is unborn child                                Y      2007
Prosecute hate crimes                                N      2007
Withdraw troops 3/08                                 N      2007
Iran guard is terrorist group                        Y      2007
Increase missile defense $                           Y      2008
Overhaul FISA                                        Y      2008


Issues:

Energy/Gas prices

For the United States to have national security and economic
independence we need to reduce our dependence upon foreign
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diversification of energy sources and to develop domestic sources of
energy, including drilling for oil, mining coal, and developing
hydroelectric, wind, and alternative energy sources.

Legislation:

1. [111st] S.RES.335 : A resolution designating November 29, 2009,
as "Drive Safer Sunday". Sponsor: Sen Isakson, Johnny [GA]
(introduced 11/4/2009)     Cosponsors (1) Committees: Senate
Judiciary Latest Major Action: 11/16/2009 Passed/agreed to in
Senate. Status: Resolution agreed to in Senate without amendment
and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.

2. [111st] S.RES.344 : A resolution expressing the sense of the
Senate regarding the tragic shooting at Fort Hood, Texas on November
5, 2009. Sponsor: Sen Hutchison, Kay Bailey [TX] (introduced
11/6/2009)     Cosponsors (99) Latest Major Action: 11/6/2009
Passed/agreed to in Senate. Status: Submitted in the Senate,
considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by
Unanimous Consent.

3. [111st] S.RES.354 : A resolution commending Robert C. Byrd,
Senator from West Virginia. Sponsor: Sen Reid, Harry [NV]
(introduced 11/18/2009)     Cosponsors (98) Latest Major Action:
11/18/2009 Passed/agreed to in Senate. Status: Submitted in the
Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a
preamble by Unanimous Consent.

4. [111st] S.RES.370 : A resolution relative to the death of Paula F.
Hawkins, former United States Senator for the State of
Florida. Sponsor: Sen McConnell, Mitch [KY] (introduced 12/4/2009)
    Cosponsors (99) Latest Major Action: 12/4/2009 Passed/agreed
to in Senate. Status: Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed
to without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.

5. [111st] S.RES.374 : A resolution recognizing the cooperative
efforts of hunters, sportsmen's associations, meat processors, hunger
relief organizations, and State wildlife, health, and food safety
agencies to establish programs that provide game meat to feed the
hungry. Sponsor: Sen Lincoln, Blanche L. [AR] (introduced
12/14/2009)       Cosponsors (3) Committees: Senate Agriculture,
Nutrition, and Forestry Latest Major Action: 12/18/2009
Passed/agreed to in Senate. Status: Resolution agreed to in Senate
without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.


	
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6. [111st] S.RES.397 : A resolution relative to the death of Charles
McCurdy ("Mac") Mathias, Jr., former United States Senator for the
State of Maryland. Sponsor: Sen Reid, Harry [NV] (introduced
1/26/2010)     Cosponsors (99) Latest Major Action: 1/26/2010
Passed/agreed to in Senate. Status: Submitted in the Senate,
considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by
Unanimous Consent.

7. [111st] S.J.RES.24 : A joint resolution providing for congressional
disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule
submitted by the Department of Labor relating to financial disclosure
and transparency by labor union management. Sponsor: Sen Cornyn,
John [TX] (introduced 12/18/2009)        Cosponsors (32)
 Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Latest
Major Action: 12/18/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status:
Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor,
and Pensions.

8. [111st] S.J.RES.26 : A joint resolution disapproving a rule
submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency relating to the
endangerment finding and the cause or contribute findings for
greenhouse gases under section 202(a) of the Clean Air Act. Sponsor:
Sen Murkowski, Lisa [AK] (introduced 1/21/2010)       Cosponsors (40)
 Committees: Senate Environment and Public Works Latest Major
Action: 1/21/2010 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice
and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

9. [111st] S.1997 : A bill to extend the temporary suspension of duty
on Propargite. Sponsor: Sen Chambliss, Saxby [GA] (introduced
10/28/2009)      Cosponsors (None) Committees: Senate Finance
 Latest Major Action: 10/28/2009 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

10. [111st] S.1998 : A bill to extend temporarily the suspension of
duty on cerium sulfide pigments. Sponsor: Sen Chambliss, Saxby
[GA] (introduced 10/28/2009)      Cosponsors (None) Committees:
Senate Finance Latest Major Action: 10/28/2009 Referred to Senate
committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on
Finance.

11. [111st] S.1999 : A bill to extend temporarily the suspension of
duty on certain high tenacity rayon filament yarn. Sponsor: Sen
Chambliss, Saxby [GA] (introduced 10/28/2009)        Cosponsors
(None) Committees: Senate Finance Latest Major Action:


	
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10/28/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and
referred to the Committee on Finance.

12. [111st] S.2000 : A bill to suspend temporarily the duty on 3-
Bromo-N-[4-chloro-2-methyl-6-[(methylamino)carbonyl]phenyl]-1 H-
pyrazole-5-carboxamide (Chlorantraniliprole). Sponsor: Sen
Chambliss, Saxby [GA] (introduced 10/28/2009)       Cosponsors
(None) Committees: Senate Finance Latest Major Action:
10/28/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and
referred to the Committee on Finance.

13. [111st] S.2001 : A bill to extend temporarily the suspension of
duty on certain high tenacity rayon filament yarn. Sponsor: Sen
Chambliss, Saxby [GA] (introduced 10/28/2009)        Cosponsors
(None) Committees: Senate Finance Latest Major Action:
10/28/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and
referred to the Committee on Finance.

14. [111st] S.2002 : A bill to reduce temporarily the rate of duty on
2-chloro-N-(4'-chloro-biphenyl-2-yl)-nicotinamide. Sponsor: Sen
Chambliss, Saxby [GA] (introduced 10/28/2009)       Cosponsors
(None) Committees: Senate Finance Latest Major Action:
10/28/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and
referred to the Committee on Finance.

15. [111st] S.2003 : A bill to reduce temporarily the rate of duty on
Methyl N-(2-[[1-(4-chlorophenyl)-1H-pyrazol-3-yl]-oxymethyl]
phenyl)-N-methoxycarbanose. Sponsor: Sen Chambliss, Saxby [GA]
(introduced 10/28/2009)      Cosponsors (None) Committees:
Senate Finance Latest Major Action: 10/28/2009 Referred to Senate
committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on
Finance.

16. [111st] S.2004 : A bill to suspend temporarily the duty on certain
acrylic synthetic staple fiber. Sponsor: Sen Chambliss, Saxby [GA]
(introduced 10/28/2009)         Cosponsors (None) Committees:
Senate Finance Latest Major Action: 10/28/2009 Referred to Senate
committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on
Finance.

17. [111st] S.2005 : A bill to suspend temporarily the duty on certain
acrylic synthetic staple fiber. Sponsor: Sen Chambliss, Saxby [GA]
(introduced 10/28/2009)         Cosponsors (None) Committees:
Senate Finance Latest Major Action: 10/28/2009 Referred to Senate


	
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committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on
Finance.

18. [111st] S.2006 : A bill to reduce temporarily the duty on certain
acrylic synthetic staple fiber. Sponsor: Sen Chambliss, Saxby [GA]
(introduced 10/28/2009)         Cosponsors (None) Committees:
Senate Finance Latest Major Action: 10/28/2009 Referred to Senate
committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on
Finance.

19. [111st] S.2007 : A bill to suspend temporarily the duty on 2-
butyne-1,4-diol, polymer with (chloromethyl)oxirane, brominated,
dehydrochlorinated, methoxylated and triethyl phosphate. Sponsor:
Sen Chambliss, Saxby [GA] (introduced 10/28/2009)       Cosponsors
(None) Committees: Senate Finance Latest Major Action:
10/28/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and
referred to the Committee on Finance.

20. [111st] S.2008 : A bill to extend temporarily the suspension of
duty on 4,4N-Oxydiphthalic anhydride. Sponsor: Sen Chambliss,
Saxby [GA] (introduced 10/28/2009)      Cosponsors (None)
 Committees: Senate Finance Latest Major Action: 10/28/2009
Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the
Committee on Finance.

21. [111st] S.2009 : A bill to extend temporarily the suspension of
duty on 3,3',4,4'-Biphenyltetracarboxylic dianhydride. Sponsor: Sen
Chambliss, Saxby [GA] (introduced 10/28/2009)        Cosponsors
(None) Committees: Senate Finance Latest Major Action:
10/28/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and
referred to the Committee on Finance.

22. [111st] S.2010 : A bill to suspend temporarily the duty on
Daminozide. Sponsor: Sen Chambliss, Saxby [GA] (introduced
10/28/2009)     Cosponsors (None) Committees: Senate Finance
 Latest Major Action: 10/28/2009 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

23. [111st] S.2128 : A bill to provide for the establishment of the
Office of Deputy Secretary for Health Care Fraud Prevention. Sponsor:
Sen LeMieux, George S. [FL] (introduced 10/29/2009)       Cosponsors
(13) Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
 Latest Major Action: 10/29/2009 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health,


	
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Education, Labor, and Pensions.

24. [111st] S.2662 : A bill to establish Federal standards for the
resolution of health care malpractice claims, and for other
purposes. Sponsor: Sen Graham, Lindsey [SC] (introduced
11/2/2009)      Cosponsors (1) Committees: Senate Judiciary
 Latest Major Action: 11/2/2009 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

25. [111st] S.2816 : A bill to repeal the sunset of the Economic
Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 with respect to the
expansion of the adoption credit and adoption assistance programs
and to allow the adoption credit to be claimed in the year expenses are
incurred, regardless of when the adoption becomes final. Sponsor:
Sen Bunning, Jim [KY] (introduced 11/21/2009)        Cosponsors (15)
 Committees: Senate Finance Latest Major Action: 11/21/2009
Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the
Committee on Finance.

26. [111st] S.2853 : A bill to establish a Bipartisan Task Force for
Responsible Fiscal Action, to assure the long-term fiscal stability and
economic security of the Federal Government of the United States, and
to expand future prosperity growth for all Americans. Sponsor: Sen
Conrad, Kent [ND] (introduced 12/9/2009)        Cosponsors (27)
 Committees: Senate Budget Latest Major Action: 12/9/2009
Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the
Committee on the Budget.

27. [111st] S.2938 : A bill to terminate authority under the Troubled
Asset Relief Program, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen Thune,
John [SD] (introduced 1/20/2010)      Cosponsors (28) Committees:
Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Latest Major Action:
1/20/2010 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and
referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

28. [111st] S.2944 : A bill to authorize the Secretary of Homeland
Security and the Secretary of State to refuse or revoke visas to aliens
if in the security or foreign policy interests of the United States, to
require the Secretary of Homeland Security to review all visa
applications before adjudication, and to provide for the immediate
dissemination of visa revocation information. Sponsor: Sen Cornyn,
John [TX] (introduced 1/21/2010)          Cosponsors (6) Committees:
Senate Judiciary Latest Major Action: 1/21/2010 Referred to Senate
committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the


	
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Georgia
Sen. Johnny Isakson (R)
120 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
202-224-3643

Elected: 2004, term expires 2010, 1st term.
Born: Dec. 28, 1944, Atlanta .
Home: Marietta.
Education: U. of GA, B.B.A. 1966.
Religion: Methodist.
Family: Married (Dianne); 3 children.
Military career: GA Air Natl. Guard, 1966-72.
Elected office: GA House of Reps., 1976-90, Repub. ldr., 1983-90;
GA Senate, 1993-96; U.S. House of Reps., 1999-2004.
Professional Career: Northside Realty, 1967-99, Pres., 1979-99; Co-
chair, Dole GA presidential campaign, 1988, 1996; Chmn., GA Board
of Ed., 1997.


   Johnny Isakson, a Republican, was elected Georgia’s junior
senator in 2004. Isakson grew up outside Atlanta, in south Fulton
County. His father drove a Greyhound bus, and his parents bought
old houses, renovated them, and sold them for a profit. Isakson
graduated from the University of Georgia and served in the Air
National Guard. He went to work for Northside Realty in 1967 and
eventually became president of the firm. He volunteered for
Republican Barry Goldwater’s presidential campaign in 1964 and for
President Nixon’s in 1972. In 1974, he ran for the state House and
lost. In 1976, he ran again and won, and in 1983 became minority
leader. He ran for governor in 1990, losing 53%-45% to Democrat Zell
Miller. Two years later, he was elected to the state Senate. In 1996, he
ran statewide again and lost the Republican runoff for U.S. senator to


	
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self-financing businessman Guy Millner, who lost in November to
Democrat Max Cleland 49%-48%. In December 1996, Gov. Miller
appointed Isakson head of the state board of education. His partisan
political career seemed over, but it was revived by two timely
retirements.
    In November 1998, Newt Gingrich of Georgia announced that he
was stepping down as speaker of the U.S. House and that he would
resign his seat in Congress. That opened up a vacancy in the heavily
Republican 6th District, which included much of Atlanta’s northern
suburbs plus the affluent Buckhead neighborhood. Isakson was by far
the best-known of the six candidates in the February 1999
nonpartisan election. He raised $1 million and spent $500,000 of his
own money. He won the seat with 65% of the vote. In the House,
Isakson served on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee,
where he pushed for a rapid-transit line for the overburdened Georgia
400 corridor. On the Education and the Workforce Committee, he
took a leading role in negotiations on President Bush’s signature
education law, the No Child Left Behind Act, which tied federal funds
for schools to test performance. He added a provision requiring that
25% of technology funds be used for teacher classroom training.
    Isakson passed up a chance to run against Cleland in 2002. But
the state’s other Senate seat came open in 2004 when Zell Miller, who
by then had moved from governor to senator, announced he would
retire after just one term. Isakson decided to run for the seat. He had
two serious competitors in the Republican primary: Herman Cain,
who grew up in a black neighborhood in Atlanta and, starting from
low-level jobs, became the owner of Omaha-based Godfather’s Pizza;
and Rep. Mac Collins, whose district included the southern edge of
metro Atlanta. Cain and Collins were both solid conservatives and
abortion-rights opponents, and they made abortion a major issue.
Isakson also was an opponent of abortion, but he had voted against a
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overseas and had voted for allowing servicewomen to have abortions
at their own expense in military hospitals. In the 1996 Senate
primary, he had irked religious conservatives by saying, “I will not
vote to amend the Constitution to make criminals of women and their
doctors. I trust my wife, my daughter, and the women of Georgia to
make the right choices.” Collins called him “a certified moderate,” and
Cain, in a television spot, said, “There’s a big difference between me
and Johnny Isakson. And it’s not just the color of our eyes.” Cain also
backed a consumption tax and private investment accounts in Social
Security; Collins criticized Isakson for favoring an extension of the
date for the turnover of sovereignty in Iraq. Isakson called for staying
the course in Iraq and for tax reform. With his business contacts,
Isakson raised $5.5 million for the primary; Cain spent $3 million,
much of it his own money, and Collins $1.9 million. Many observers
thought the race would end with a runoff. But Isakson got 53% of the
vote to 26% for Cain and 21% for Collins. He won 55% in metro
Atlanta and 52% in the rest of the state.
    This was the first state primary in which more Georgians chose the
Republican ballot (650,000) than the Democratic (625,000) one.
Democrats had a hard time finding a candidate for a seat held by a
Democrat, Miller, albeit one who usually voted with Senate
Republicans and supported Bush for re-election. The Democratic race
came down to two late-entering candidates, 4th District Rep. Denise
Majette and businessman Cliff Oxford. In the primary, Majette had
served just one term after her upset victory over Cynthia McKinney in
the 2002 primary, and she had a solidly liberal voting record. Oxford
was accused of spousal abuse by a former wife. He spent $1 million of
his own money. Majette led 41%-21%, and in the August runoff, she
won 59%-41%. In both contests, she had big leads in metro Atlanta
but ran behind in the rest of the state, not a good harbinger for
November.
    In the general election campaign, Isakson ran positive ads. In the


	
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last two weeks, he attacked Majette’s liberal voting record, including
her vote against an $87 billion spending bill for Iraq. Majette
criticized Isakson for undercutting Bush’s education reforms by not
voting to fully fund them. Isakson won 58%-40%, almost the same
margin by which Bush beat John Kerry in the state. Majette carried
only 19 of 159 counties, including Atlanta’s Fulton County and two
black-majority counties in metro Atlanta.
    Isakson has a conservative voting record in the Senate. On the
Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, he worked
actively on pension reform, with the chief goal of advocating the
interests of Delta Airlines, which was bankrupt and had huge pension
obligations to its workers. Isakson sponsored a proposal to give the
airlines additional time beyond the limits set in the bill to make
payments to cover the liabilities of their defined-benefit plans. In
2005, the Senate passed a pension-reform measure that included
Isakson’s amendment to give the airlines 20 additional years to meet
their obligations. House Education Committee Chairman John
Boehner, R-Ohio, who had been Isakson’s ally, countered that he
opposed “any industry-specific relief.” Negotiations between the
House and Senate dragged on until August 2006. The final version
gave Delta and Northwest 17 years to amortize their pension
payments, while American and Continental got only 10 years. “The
winners are tens of thousands of employees in the airline industry,”
Isakson said, and he received much of the credit for the final deal.
    On many issues, Isakson works closely with Georgia colleague Sen.
Saxby Chambliss, a Republican whom he has known since their days
as classmates at the University of Georgia. Although Isakson opposed
the McCain-Kennedy immigration bill in 2006, he and Chambliss
worked with a bipartisan group of senators in 2007 on a bill including
a path to legalization for illegal workers, a guest worker program, and
tougher enforcement. Isakson sponsored a “trigger” provision that
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Nonetheless, he and Chambliss were booed by anti-illegal-
immigration hardliners at the May 2007 Republican state convention.
In June, when Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid brought the
bill to the floor, Isakson and Chambliss said they would vote against
allowing it to go forward unless a separate appropriation boosting
border security was passed.
    Isakson supported the Bush administration on Iraq war policy. He
voted against the Democrats’ proposed expansion of the State
Children’s Health Insurance Program in August 2007, despite
Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue’s support because, he said, some
states were using the program to insure adults and some planned to
extend eligibility up to the $80,000 annual income level. He and
Chambliss stood together in September 2008 in supporting the “Gang
of 10” bipartisan energy bill that was opposed by many conservatives.
    With Massachusetts Democrat John Kerry, he co-sponsored a bill
to finance interstate high-speed rail projects, specifically supporting
such connections on the route from Birmingham to Washington,
which runs through Atlanta. When housing prices sagged in 2007, he
recalled the stimulative effect of a $2,000 homebuyers’ tax credit in
1975 and proposed a $15,000 tax credit for buyers of homes within a
one-year time period. In February 2009, the Senate unanimously
passed his $15,000 credit as part of the economic stimulus bill. Also
in early 2009, he and Democrat Kent Conrad of North Dakota called
for setting up a commission like the 9/11 commission to examine the
collapse of the financial system.
    In 2008, it was widely reported that Isakson was thinking about
running for governor in 2010, when Perdue would be term-limited.
But in May 2008, he told his staff that he would seek re-election to
the Senate.

Office Information
State Offices Atlanta, 770-661-0999.


	
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DC Office 120 RSOB, 20510, 202-224-3643
Fax 202-228-0724
Web site http://isakson.senate.gov


Committees
Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation
Committee (7th of 11 R): Aviation Operations, Safety &
Security; Communications, Technology & the Internet;
Consumer Protection, Product Safety & Insurance;
Oceans, Atmosphere & Coast Guard; Science & Space;
Surface Transportation & Merchant Marine
Infrastructure, Safety & Security.
Senate Ethics Committee (1st of 3 R) (Ranking minority
member).
Senate Foreign Relations Committee (3rd of 8 R):
African Affairs (Ranking minority member); East Asian
& Pacific Affairs (Ranking minority member); Near
Eastern & South & Central Asian Affairs; Western
Hemisphere, Peace Corps & Global Narcotics Affairs.
Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
Committee (5th of 10 R): Employment & Workplace
Safety (Ranking minority member); Retirement &
Aging.
Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Committee (6th of 7 R).
Senate Veterans Affairs Committee (2nd of 5 R).


Group Ratings
                   2007                    2008
ADA                10                      25
ACLU               --                      14
LCV                7                       9


	
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ITIC                  --                   100
NTU                   75                   50
COC                   82                   88
ACU                   96                   76
CFG                   79                   63
FRC                   --                   100


NJ Ratings
                  2007 Lib.-Con.               2008 Lib.-Con.
Economic                   7 - 91                 22 - 77
Social                     9 - 87                 21 - 73
Foreign                    16 - 79                16 - 79
Composite                  13 - 88                22 - 78


Key Votes
Raise CAFE standards                                 N      2007
Expand SCHIP                                         N      2007
Cap greenhouse gases                                 N      2008
Bail out financial markets                           Y      2008
Make English official language                       Y      2007
Path to citizenship                                  N      2007
Fetus is unborn child                                Y      2007
Prosecute hate crimes                                N      2007
Withdraw troops 3/08                                 N      2007
Iran guard is terrorist group                        Y      2007
Increase missile defense $                           Y      2008
Overhaul FISA                                        Y      2008

Issues: N/A

Legislation:

1. [111st] S.RES.333 : A resolution designating each of Saturday,
November 7, 2009, and Saturday, November 6, 2010, as "National


	
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Wounded Warrior Day". Sponsor: Sen Isakson, Johnny [GA]
(introduced 11/4/2009)    Cosponsors (None) Committees:
Senate Judiciary Latest Major Action: 11/4/2009 Referred to Senate
committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

2. [111st] S.RES.334 : A resolution designating Thursday, November
19, 2009, as "Feed America Day". Sponsor: Sen Hatch, Orrin G. [UT]
(introduced 11/4/2009)     Cosponsors (9) Committees: Senate
Judiciary Latest Major Action: 11/16/2009 Passed/agreed to in
Senate. Status: Resolution agreed to in Senate without amendment
and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.

3. [111st] S.RES.335 : A resolution designating November 29, 2009,
as "Drive Safer Sunday". Sponsor: Sen Isakson, Johnny [GA]
(introduced 11/4/2009)     Cosponsors (1) Committees: Senate
Judiciary Latest Major Action: 11/16/2009 Passed/agreed to in
Senate. Status: Resolution agreed to in Senate without amendment
and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.

4. [111st] S.RES.344 : A resolution expressing the sense of the
Senate regarding the tragic shooting at Fort Hood, Texas on November
5, 2009. Sponsor: Sen Hutchison, Kay Bailey [TX] (introduced
11/6/2009)     Cosponsors (99) Latest Major Action: 11/6/2009
Passed/agreed to in Senate. Status: Submitted in the Senate,
considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by
Unanimous Consent.

5. [111st] S.RES.349 : A resolution supporting and encouraging
greater support for Veterans Day. Sponsor: Sen Burr, Richard [NC]
(introduced 11/10/2009)      Cosponsors (3) Latest Major Action:
11/10/2009 Passed/agreed to in Senate. Status: Submitted in the
Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a
preamble by Unanimous Consent.

6. [111st] S.RES.354 : A resolution commending Robert C. Byrd,
Senator from West Virginia. Sponsor: Sen Reid, Harry [NV]
(introduced 11/18/2009)     Cosponsors (98) Latest Major Action:
11/18/2009 Passed/agreed to in Senate. Status: Submitted in the
Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a
preamble by Unanimous Consent.

7. [111st] S.RES.360 : A resolution honoring the Prime Minister of
India, Dr. Manmohan Singh, for his service to the people of India and
to the world, and welcoming the Prime Minister to the United


	
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States. Sponsor: Sen Dodd, Christopher J. [CT] (introduced
11/21/2009)     Cosponsors (18) Latest Major Action: 11/21/2009
Passed/agreed to in Senate. Status: Submitted in the Senate,
considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by
Unanimous Consent.

8. [111st] S.RES.362 : A resolution expressing the sense of the
Senate that the Secretary of the Treasury should direct the United
States Executive Directors to the International Monetary Fund and the
World Bank to use the voice and vote of the United States to oppose
making any loans to the Government of Antigua and Barbuda until that
Government cooperates with the United States and compensates the
victims of the Stanford Financial Group fraud. Sponsor: Sen Shelby,
Richard C. [AL] (introduced 11/30/2009)      Cosponsors (8)
 Committees: Senate Foreign Relations Latest Major Action:
11/30/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Referred to the
Committee on Foreign Relations.

9. [111st] S.RES.370 : A resolution relative to the death of Paula F.
Hawkins, former United States Senator for the State of
Florida. Sponsor: Sen McConnell, Mitch [KY] (introduced 12/4/2009)
    Cosponsors (99) Latest Major Action: 12/4/2009 Passed/agreed
to in Senate. Status: Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed
to without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.

10. [111st] S.RES.392 : A resolution expressing the Sense of the
Senate on the humanitarian catastrophe caused by the January 12,
2010 earthquake in Haiti. Sponsor: Sen Kerry, John F. [MA]
(introduced 1/21/2010)     Cosponsors (46) Latest Major Action:
1/21/2010 Passed/agreed to in Senate. Status: Submitted in the
Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a
preamble by Unanimous Consent.

11. [111st] S.RES.397 : A resolution relative to the death of Charles
McCurdy ("Mac") Mathias, Jr., former United States Senator for the
State of Maryland. Sponsor: Sen Reid, Harry [NV] (introduced
1/26/2010)     Cosponsors (99) Latest Major Action: 1/26/2010
Passed/agreed to in Senate. Status: Submitted in the Senate,
considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by
Unanimous Consent.

12. [111st] S.J.RES.22 : A joint resolution proposing an amendment
to the Constitution of the United States relative to requiring a balanced
budget and granting the President of the United States the power of


	
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line-item veto. Sponsor: Sen LeMieux, George S. [FL] (introduced
12/15/2009)      Cosponsors (1) Committees: Senate Judiciary
 Latest Major Action: 12/15/2009 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

13. [111st] S.J.RES.24 : A joint resolution providing for congressional
disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule
submitted by the Department of Labor relating to financial disclosure
and transparency by labor union management. Sponsor: Sen Cornyn,
John [TX] (introduced 12/18/2009)        Cosponsors (32)
 Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Latest
Major Action: 12/18/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status:
Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor,
and Pensions.

14. [111st] S.J.RES.26 : A joint resolution disapproving a rule
submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency relating to the
endangerment finding and the cause or contribute findings for
greenhouse gases under section 202(a) of the Clean Air Act. Sponsor:
Sen Murkowski, Lisa [AK] (introduced 1/21/2010)      Cosponsors (40)
 Committees: Senate Environment and Public Works Latest Major
Action: 1/21/2010 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice
and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

15. [111st] S.2796 : A bill to extend the authority of the Secretary of
Education to purchase guaranteed student loans for an additional year,
and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen Enzi, Michael B. [WY]
(introduced 11/18/2009)      Cosponsors (17) Committees: Senate
Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Latest Major Action:
11/18/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and
referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

16. [111st] S.2816 : A bill to repeal the sunset of the Economic
Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 with respect to the
expansion of the adoption credit and adoption assistance programs
and to allow the adoption credit to be claimed in the year expenses are
incurred, regardless of when the adoption becomes final. Sponsor:
Sen Bunning, Jim [KY] (introduced 11/21/2009)        Cosponsors (15)
 Committees: Senate Finance Latest Major Action: 11/21/2009
Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the
Committee on Finance.

17. [111st] S.2832 : A bill to amend the Employee Retirement
Income Security Act of 1974 to require a lifetime income


	
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disclosure. Sponsor: Sen Bingaman, Jeff [NM] (introduced 12/3/2009)
    Cosponsors (2) Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor,
and Pensions Latest Major Action: 12/3/2009 Referred to Senate
committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on
Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

18. [111st] S.2853 : A bill to establish a Bipartisan Task Force for
Responsible Fiscal Action, to assure the long-term fiscal stability and
economic security of the Federal Government of the United States, and
to expand future prosperity growth for all Americans. Sponsor: Sen
Conrad, Kent [ND] (introduced 12/9/2009)        Cosponsors (27)
 Committees: Senate Budget Latest Major Action: 12/9/2009
Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the
Committee on the Budget.

19. [111st] S.2869 : A bill to increase loan limits for small business
concerns, to provide for low interest refinancing for small business
concerns, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen Landrieu, Mary L.
[LA] (introduced 12/10/2009)       Cosponsors (18) Committees:
Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Latest Major Action:
12/17/2009 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status:
Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Ordered to be
reported with an amendment favorably.

20. [111st] S.2938 : A bill to terminate authority under the Troubled
Asset Relief Program, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen Thune,
John [SD] (introduced 1/20/2010)      Cosponsors (28) Committees:
Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Latest Major Action:
1/20/2010 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and
referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

21. [111st] S.2944 : A bill to authorize the Secretary of Homeland
Security and the Secretary of State to refuse or revoke visas to aliens
if in the security or foreign policy interests of the United States, to
require the Secretary of Homeland Security to review all visa
applications before adjudication, and to provide for the immediate
dissemination of visa revocation information. Sponsor: Sen Cornyn,
John [TX] (introduced 1/21/2010)          Cosponsors (6) Committees:
Senate Judiciary Latest Major Action: 1/21/2010 Referred to Senate
committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the
Judiciary.

	
  




	
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