Saturday, October 13, 2012

Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Chair:  Democratic National Committee

Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Congresswoman           Florida             Democrat
Elected 2004


Ratings for 2010:

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

ACLU  American Civil Liberties Union                                                       88
            Protect individuals from legal infringements on rights

AFS     American Federation of Government Employees                       100       
            Liberal labor

LCV    League of Conservation Voters                                                       90      
            Pro-environmental protection

ITIC     Information Technology Industry Council                                       100
            Promote electronic commerce and innovation

NTU    National Taxpayers Union                                                                  4
            Pro-taxpayer rights

COC    US Chamber of Commerce                                                           14

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

CFG    Club for Growth                                                                                 0
            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      $820 billion stimulus   
            Funds to revive U.S. economy
No       Let guns in national parks
            Permit people carrying guns in parks
Yes      Cap and Trade
            Industry measure to reduce greenhouse gases               
No       Bar federal abortion funds
            No federal funds for health plans covering abortion
Yes      Health Care Bill
            Provides insurance for people without health insurance              
Yes      Financial Firm Regulation
            Regulations on financial services firms
Yes      Pass tax cuts for some
            Bush era tax cuts to continue for incomes under $250,000
No       Stop detainee transfers
            Prohibit defense funds used to transfer detainees to U.S. facilities                      
Yes      Legalize Immigrants’ Kids
            Give children of illegal parents path to legal status
Yes      Repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
            Lift ban on openly gay people in military           
Yes      Limit Campaign Funds
            Requires sponsors of campaign ads to identify themselves

Year                 Candidate                                             Vote                 Campaign Chest

2010                Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D)            100,787  60%  1,930,111
                         Karen Harrington (R)                             63,845  38        376,835

2008                Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D)            202,832  77%  1,475,441
                         Margaret Hostetter (NPA)                         58,958  23             8,621

2006                Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D)            unopposed          828,658

2004                Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D)            191,195  70%  1,468,898
                         Margaret Hostetter (R)                           81,213  30          35,045

NPA                No Party Affiliation

Population 2010:                      691,727
Change since 2000:                  up 8.2%

Urban:                                      100%
Rural:                                           0

Median Income:                          55,775
Median Home Value:                278,900

Private Employment:                 82%
Government Employment:         12
Self-Employed:                             6
Blue Collar:                                 14
White Collar:                               71

Median Age:                             40
Over 65:                                   15%
Under 18:                                 22

High School Graduates:            90%
College Graduates:                   36
Graduate Degree:                     14

Veterans:                                    8%

White:                                        52%
Black:                                        12
Hispanic:                                   31
Asian:                                          3         

2008 Presidential Vote:
Barack Obama (D) -                187,054           63%
John McCain (R) -                    106,455           36

2004 Presidential Vote:
John Kerry (D) -                        183,510           64%
George W. Bush (R) -              104,039           36

Debbie Wasserman Schultz's Voting History:

Votes in 110th Congress:           2007 – 2008

Yes      Increase Minimum Wage
            Raise minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25 an hour
Yes      Expand SCHIP
            Expand State Children’s Health Insurance Program
Yes      Raise CAFE Standards
            Increase fuel efficiency to 35 mpg by 2020
Yes      Bail Out Financial Markets
            $700 billion to bail out financial industry
No       Share Immigration Data
            Bar funds to governments refusing to share immigration information
No       Foreign Aid Abortion Ban
            Bar funds for abortions in foreign aid programs
Yes      Ban Gay Bias in Workplace
            Prohibit job discrimination based on sexual orientation
No       Repeal DC Gun Law
            Repeal local prohibition of firearms
Yes      Withdraw Troops 8/08
            Requires withdrawal of troops by August, 2008
Yes      No Operations in Iraq
            Bar military funds for contingency operations in Iraq
Yes      Free Trade with Peru
            Implement free trade agreement with Peru
No       Overhaul FISA
            Overhaul Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act

Votes in 109th Congress:           2005 – 06

No       Estate Tax Repeal
            Permanently repeal federal estate and gift taxes
No       Limit CAFE standards
            Less stringent auto fuel efficiency standards
No       FY06 Spending Curb
            Curb federal entitlement spending
No       Drilling in ANWR
            Oil and gas leases for Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
No       Limit Interstate Abortion
            No minors across state lines for abortions without parental consent
No       Extend Patriot Act
            Reauthorize USA Patriot Act expanding law enforcement authority
No       Bar Same Sex Marriage
            Amend Constitution to define marriage as between man and woman
Yes      Stem Cell Research Funds
            Override veto to fund embryonic stem cell research
No       Build Border Fence
            700 miles of fencing along border with Mexico
No       CAFTA
            Approve Central American Free Trade Agreement
No       Oppose Iraq Withdrawal
            Oppose setting date for withdrawal of US forces from Iraq
No       Detainee Tribunals
            Create military tribunals to try detainees

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