Sunday, April 20, 2014

Critical Notes on Tammy Baldwin

Written on August 6th, 2011
Edited in April 2014

- Supported TARP / TALF, and nearly $¾T in 2009 stimulus

- Opposed Cut, Cap, and Balance

- Supported Obamacare

- Supported gun control measures

- Supported federal public funding for presidential elections

- Supported ineligible voters making campaign contributions

- Supported federal public funding for Planned Parenthood and ACORN

- Supported Cap-and-Trade; Supported Cash-for-Clunkers; supported energy efficiency tax credits; supported maintaining energy efficiency standards for incandescent lightbulbs; supported the non-renewable-resource-management bureaucratization of the Department of Interior; supported giving permission to the EPA to regulate greenhouse-gas emissions; and supported raising income taxes on ethanol producers

- Supported granting $2.46 B in 2006 military and economic aid to Israel

- Supported granting $2.48 B in 2006 military and economic aid to Middle-Eastern countries

- Supported granting $465 M to Mexico and Central America to combat drug trafficking

- Procured $200 M in pork to Wisconsin’s 2nd district over 7 two-year terms

- Supported expansion and financing of hate-crime legislation and prosecution; supported increased punishment of gender-based hate-crimes; and supported expansion of hate-crime legislation to include sexual orientation

- Supported granting $84 million to improve educational opportunities for blacks, Hispanics, and low-income students; supported the criminalization of unequal payment based on race, religion, sex, national origin, age, and disability; supported the expansion of unequal-payment criminalization to include sexual orientation; and supported funding for salary-negotiation skills-training for women

- Supported granting $5.8 B for Louisiana (and $2.7 B for other states) for natural disaster relief and recovery; granted $1.5 B to states to support small business; and supported aid to states for Medicaid, teacher employment, and other purposes

- Supported establishing an Office of Congressional Ethics

- Supported the FDA imposing more stringent tobacco labeling and bans on additives

- Supported funding to discourage the use of the word “Islamist” and other words in the intelligence community

- Opposed the appropriation of funds to transfer prisoners out of Guantanamo Bay

- Supported the extension of unemployment benefits at least three times

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