Sunday, October 21, 2012

Robert Menendez


Robert Menendez

Senator                        New Jersey                  Democrat
Elected 2006

Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs
Foreign Relations


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                    100  
            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

2010                Robert Menendez (D)   1,200,843  53%                       11,950,586
                        Thomas Kean, Jr. (R)       997,775  44                             7,635,186
New Jersey

Population 2010:                      8,791,894
State Rank:                               11th
Change since 2000:                 up 4.5%

Urban:                                      94%
Rural:                                          6

Newark                                      277,140
Jersey City                                247,597
Paterson                                   146,199
Elizabeth                                   124,969

Median Income:                           69,240
Median Home Value:                361,100

Private Employment:                  81%
Government Employment:         14
Self-Employed:                              5
Poverty:                                      9
Blue Collar:                              18
White Collar:                            66

Median Age:                            39
Over 65:                                   13%
Under 18:                                 24

High School Graduates:            87%
College Graduates:                   34
Graduate Degree:                     13

Veterans:                                    7%

Registered Voters 2010:
Democrats -                             1,755,501
Republicans -                           1,074,364
Independents -                          2,444,228
Voter Turnout -                         2,194,192
Turnout, Voting Age -              33%

White:                                      59%
Black:                                       13
Hispanic:                                  18
Asian:                                         8

2008 Presidential Vote:
Barack Obama (D) -                2,215,422        57%
John McCain (R) -                   1,613,207         42

2004 Presidential Vote:
John Kerry (D) -                      1,911,430        53%
George W. Bush (R) -            1,670,003        46

Robert Menendez'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

*          Bar ANWR Drilling
            Bar oil and gas leasing in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
*          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
*          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

*          Absent

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