Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Richard Durbin

Senate Assistant Majority Leader and Whip
Gang of Eight - member
     Bi-partisan members attempting to negotiate deficit reduction deal in order to avoid the
     Fiscal Cliff

Richard Durbin

Senator                               Illinois               Democrat
Elected 1996

Foreign Relations
Rules and Administration


ADA    Americans for Democratic Action                                               95
            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                    98                   
            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                                                             6
            Pro-taxpayer rights

COC    US Chamber of Commerce                                                        18

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      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

2008                Richard Durbin (D)       3,615,844  68%                       11,317,550
                        Steve Sauerberg (R)     1,520,621  29                            1,117,161
                        Kathy Cummings (G)       119,135    2

                        G         Green Party

2002                Richard Durbin (D)       2,103,766  60%                         4,979,865
                        Jim Durkin (R)                1,325,703  38                               794,634

1996                Richard Durbin (D)       2,384,028  56%                         4,966,804
                        Al Salvi (R)                  1,728,824  41                             4,696,065

Population 2010:                      12,830,632
State Rank:                               5th
Change since 2000:                  up 3.3%

Urban:                                      87%
Rural:                                       13

Chicago                                    2,695,598
Aurora                                        197,899
Rockford                                     152,871
Joliet                                           147,433

Median Income:                          55,095
Median Home Value:                207,300

Private Employment:                 82%
Government Employment:         13
Self-Employed:                              5
Poverty:                                    13
Blue Collar:                              22
White Collar:                            61

Median Age:                             36
Over 65:                                   12%
Under 18:                                 25

High School Graduates:            86%
College Graduates:                   30
Graduate Degree:                     11

Veterans:                                    8%

Registered Voters 2010:
No Party Registration
Voter Turnout -                        3,792,770
Turnout, Voting Age -              39%

White:                                        64%
Black:                                        14
Hispanic:                                  16
Asian:                                         5

2008 Presidential Vote:
Barack Obama (D) -                3,419,348        62%
John McCain (R) -                    2,031,179        37

2004 Presidential Vote:
John Kerry (D) -                      2,891,550        55%
George W. Bush (R) -            2,345,946        44

Richard Durbin's Voting History:

Votes in the 110th Congress:  2007 – 2008

Yes      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
Yes      Bailout Financial Markets
            $700 billion dollar bailout of financial industry
No       Make English Official Language
            English the official language of the US
Yes      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 – 06

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
Yes      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     

Votes in the 106th Congress:  1999 – 2000

No       Education Savings Accounts
            Tax free education savings accounts for children in public, private schools
Yes      Prescription Drug Benefit
            Establish prescription drug Medicare benefits
No       Delay Ergonomic Standards
            Delay federal standards for ergonomic protection for one year
No       Phase Out Estate Tax
            Phase out estate and gift taxes
No       Review Movie Violence
            Federal review of violence in entertainment produced on federal property
Yes      Gun Show Background Checks
            Background checks on persons purchasing guns at gun shows
No       Ban Partial Birth Abortion
            Ban late-term procedures known as partial birth abortion
Yes      Broaden Hate Crimes List
            Broaden coverage of federal hate crimes
Yes      NATO War in Serbia
            Authorize US operations as part of NATO campaign against Yugoslavia
No       Table Cuba Travel Ban
            Table proposal to bar US citizens’ travel to Cuba
Yes      Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty
            Ratify comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty
Yes      Permanent Trade with China
            Enable permanent trade relations with China

Votes in the 105th Congress:  1997 – 1998

No       Balanced Budget Amendment
            Amend Constitution requiring a balanced budget
No       Clinton Budget Deal
            Implements entitlement spending cuts per budget agreement
Yes      Cloture on Tobacco
            Invoke cloture on tobacco settlement
No       Education IRAs
            Expand education savings accounts to include private schools
Yes      Satcher for Surgeon General
            Confirm David Satcher as US Surgeon General
Yes      Highway Set-asides
            Table proposal to end minority set-aside funding benefits
No       Table Child Gun Locks
            Table proposal requiring gun dealers sell child safety locks on handguns
No       Override Partial Birth Veto
            Override Clinton veto of partial birth abortion ban
Yes      Chemical Weapons Treaty
            ratify treaty barring chemical weapons
Yes      Cuban Humanitarian Aid
            Provide humanitarian assistance to Cuban citizens
No       Table Bosnia Troops
            Table proposal requiring legislation to continue US forces in Bosnia
Yes      Funds for Test Ban Treaty
            Increase funding for expenses related to nuclear test-ban treaty

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