Saturday, October 20, 2012

Debbie Stabenow

Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee Chairman

Debbie Stabenow

Senator                        Michigan                      Democrat
Elected 2000

Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry – Chairman
Budget, Energy and Natural Resources


ADA    Americans for Democratic Action                                               90
            Liberal:             less defense spending   
                                    protect civil liberties, human rights

ACLU  American Civil Liberties Union                                                   93
            Protect individuals from legal infringements on rights

AFS     American Federation of Government Employees                    99       
            Liberal labor

LCV    League of Conservation Voters                                                100
            Pro-environmental protection

ITIC     Information Technology Industry Council                                     67
            Promote electronic commerce and innovation

NTU    National Taxpayers Union                                                             7
            Pro-taxpayer rights

COC    US Chamber of Commerce                                                       36

ACU    American Conservative Union                                                      0
            Conservative:    foreign policy
                                       social and budget issues

CFG    Club for Growth                                                                               1
            Pro-tax limitation

FRC     Family Research Council                                                              0
            Conservative:    promotes marriage and family
                                       oppose abortion

Votes in 111th Congress:  2009 – 2010

Yes      Overturn Ledbetter
            Extend statute of limitations in pay discrimination
Yes      Pass $787 Billion Stimulus
            Funds to revive U.S. economy
No       Repeal DC Gun Laws
            Repeal DC firearms limits and semiautomatic weapons ban
Yes      Confirm Sonia Sotomayor
            Confirm Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court
Yes      Pass Health Care Bill
            Provides insurance for people without health insurance
Yes      Regulate Financial Firms
            Regulations on financial services firms
Yes      Pass Tax Cuts for Some
            Bush era tax cuts to continue for incomes under $250,000
Yes      Legalize Immigrants’ Kids
            Give children of illegal parents path to legal status
Yes      Ratify New START
            Ratify Strategic Arms Treaty with Russia
Yes      Confirm Elena Kagan
            Confirm Elena Kagan to Supreme Court
No       Stop EPA Climate Regulations
            Oppose EPA regulations of greenhouse gases under Clean Air Act
Yes      Repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
            Lift ban on openly gay people in military

Year                 Candidate                     Vote                                         Campaign Chest

2006                Debbie Stabenow (D)   2,151,278  57%                       12,361,789
                        Mike Bouchard  (R)      1,559,597  41                            5,763,160

2000                Debbie Stabenow (D)   2,061,952  49%                         7,892,518
                        Spencer Abraham (R)   1,994,693  48                          13,028,636

Population 2010:                      9,883,640
State Rank:                               8th
Change since 2000:                Down 0.8%

Urban:                                      73%
Rural:                                       27

Detroit                                      713,777
Grand Rapids                          188,040
Warren                                     134,056
Sterling Heights                      129,699

Median Income:                          47,461
Median Home Value:                145,400

Private Employment:                 83%
Government Employment:         12
Self-Employed:                             5
Poverty:                                    15
Blue Collar:                              23
White Collar:                            58

Median Age:                             38
Over 65:                                   13%
Under 18:                                 24

High School Graduates:            88%
College Graduates:                   25
Graduate Degree:                       9

Veterans:                                  10%

White:                                      77%
Black:                                       14
Hispanic:                                    4
Asian:                                         2

Registered Voters 2010:
No Party Registration
Voter Turnout -                        3,268,217
Turnout, Voting Age -              43%

2008 Presidential Vote:
Barack Obama (D) -                2,872,579        57%
John McCain (R) -                    2,048,639        41

2004 Presidential Vote:
John Kerry (D) -                      2,479,183        51%
George W. Bush (R) -            2,313,746        48

Debbie Stabenow Voting History:

Votes in the 110th Congress:  2007 – 2008

No       Raise CAFE standards
            Limit debate on setting higher fuel standards for vehicles
Yes      Expand SCHIP
            Expand State Children’s Health Insurance Program
Yes      Cap Greenhouse Gases
            Limit debate on setting Cap and Trade system to curb climate change
No       Bailout Financial Markets
            $700 billion dollar bailout of financial industry
No       Make English Official Language
            English the official language of the US
No       Path to Citizenship
            Limit debate on immigration reform bill
No       Fetus is Unborn Child
            Define fetus as an unborn child
Yes      Prosecute Hate Crimes
            Limit debate on measure funding prosecution of hate crimes
Yes      Withdraw Troops March, 2008
            Withdrawal of most US troops in Iraq by March, 2008
Yes      Iran Guard is Terrorist Group
            Iranian Revolutionary Guard is terrorist group
No       Increase Missile Defense Funding
            Increase funding for missile defense
No       Overhaul FISA
            Overhaul Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act

Votes in the 109th Congress:  2005 – 2006

Yes      Bar ANWR Drilling
            Bar oil and gas leasing in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
No       FY06 Spending Curb
            Curb federal entitlement spending
No       Estate Tax Repeal
            Limit debate on proposal to permanently repeal estate tax
Yes      Raise Minimum Wage
            Increase minimum wage to $7.25
No       Confirm Samuel Alito
            Confirm Samuel Alito as Associate Justice, Supreme Court
No       Path to Citizenship
            Path to citizenship for illegal immigrants
No       Bar Same Sex Marriage
            Limit debate on Constitutional amendment for marriage to man, woman
Yes      Stem Cell Research Funding
            Federal funds for embryonic stem cell research
No       Limit Interstate Abortion
            Prohibit minors crossing borders for abortion without parental consent
No       CAFTA
            Central American Free Trade Agreement
Yes      Urge Iraq Withdrawal
            Start withdrawing US troops from Iraq in 2006
Yes      Provide Detainee Rights
            Habeas Corpus rights for military detainees

Votes in the 108th Congress:  2003 – 2004

Yes      Ban Drilling in ANWR
            Block drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
No       Approve Bush Tax Cut
            Reduce taxes by $350 billion through 2013
No       Medicare/Rx Bill
            Medicare prescription drug benefit legislation
Yes      Bar Overtime Pay Regulations
            Block funds for federal regulations of overtime pay
No       Energy Bill
            Cloture motion to end debate on comprehensive energy bill
Yes      Support Roe v. Wade
            Senate support for Roe v. Wade decision
No       Ban Partial Birth Abortion
            Ban procedure opponents describe as “partial-birth” abortion
Yes      Assault Weapons Ban
            Extend for 10 years ban on assault weapons sale and possession
No       Ban Same Sex Marriage
            Cloture motion to end debate on Constitutional amendment to ban same-sex      
Yes      Ban Bunker Buster Bomb
            Prohibit Energy Department funding of “bunker-buster” program
Yes      Fund Iraq War
            Provides $87 billion for US operations in Iraq and Afghanistan
Yes      Restrict Missile Defense
            Restrict deployment of national missile defense system

Votes in the 107th Congress:     2001 – 2002

No       Approve Bush Tax Cuts
            Cut taxes $1.35 trillion over 10 years
Yes      Expand Patients’ Rights
            Expand patients’ rights dealing with insurers, health organizations
Yes      Campaign Finance Reform
            Eliminate use of “soft money”, raise contribution limits
No       Permit ANWR Development
            Cloture motion to end debate on allowing energy development of Arctic National 
            Wildlife Refuge
No       Confirm Ashcroft as AG
            Confirm John Ashcroft as Attorney General
No       Bar Gays in the Boy Scouts
            Withhold education funds from schools prohibiting Boy Scout use
Yes      Funds for Hate Crime Prosecution
            Cloture motion to end debate on funding to prosecute hate crimes
Yes      Overseas Military Abortions
            Abortion services for military personnel and dependents overseas
Yes      Bar Cooperation with International Court
            Prohibit US cooperation with International Criminal Court
No       Trade Promotion Authority
            Authority for president to negotiate trade agreements
No       Authorize Force in Iraq
            Authorize US military force in Iraq
Yes      Homeland Security Department Union
            Cloture motion to limit debate on excluding presidential authority to bar union     

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