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In the early 1990s, Alito was the lone dissenter in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, a case in which the 3rd Circuit struck down a Pennsylvania law that included a provision requiring women seeking abortions to notify their spouses.
 
 
 
Senators refused, 51-44, to increase spending by $5 billion, or nearly 40 percent, for Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act in fiscal 2006. This was a bid to raise funding for the No Child Left Behind Act. [Vote #269] The underlying bill (HR 3010, later passed) appropriates $12.8 billion for Title I in 2006, about $10 billion less than Congress authorized.
 
In similar votes, the Senate rejected proposals to raise spending for the Head Start preschool program [Vote #272], Pell Grants for needy college students [Vote #268], special education for students with disabilities [Vote #273], and after-school programs[Vote #279][
 
Santorum voted against all of the above proposals.
 
 
"Like all Americans, I have confidence that our legal system will provide a thorough review of the facts and evidence and render a fair and deliberative decision in this case."  -  Santorum, Oct 29, 2005
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
That chamber's Finance Committee, voting along party lines, approved legislation that would trim overall spending on Medicare and Medicaid by about $10 billion over five years... Democrats cited what they believed was inadequate assistance for victims of Hurricane Katrina. In particular, Democrats wanted to temporarily extend Medicaid coverage to thousands of people currently ineligible for the program, even though they have lost their jobs and their home... Republicans said they weren't thrilled with the bill either... 
 
Separately, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Robert Goodlatte, R-Va., has drafted a plan to cut the food stamp program by $1.1 billion over five years. It would tighten eligibility requirements, leading to a drop of perhaps 300,000 working families from food stamp rolls. It also would make legal immigrants wait 10 years instead of five to be eligible for the program and limit benefits for able-bodied beneficiaries without children.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Santorum still not speaking out about the battery lawsuit by Sherwood's former mistress, in spite of Santorum's blanket condemnation of permissiveness in his book
 
 
 
 
 

''Santorum should take this opportunity to ask Cheney what really happened with the CIA leak.'' -- Jay Reiff
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
In a speech this week to the George Washington University College Republicans, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said of the 2006 elections, “It’s OK if the Republicans lose control, for our country in the long run, because one cycle won’t make a difference, two cycles won’t make a difference,” ...  Of the current debate over spending and the budget, he said, “Republican politicians are the same as Democratic politicians in that they like to spend money. Democrats want to raise taxes to pay for it, and Republicans allow the next generation to pay for it.”  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other states prohibit gambling regulators from raising money for political campaigns to avoid appearance of conflict of interest when a gambling company contributes to a gambling regulator's favorite candidate or cause.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
"The Bush administration wants to hold a fire sale on Amtrak and dump its best asset, the Northeast Corridor," Mr. Lautenberg (D, NJ) said in a statement. "Selling the Northeast corridor is the first step in President Bush's plan to destroy Amtrak and intercity rail service in America."
 
After voting against funding Amtrak, Santorum wrote, "Keeping the rail lines open and the trains running should be one of Congress' priorities in the upcoming budget discussion."  Mar 25, 2005
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
He is probably in a worse position now than almost any other incumbent running for re-election," said Norman J. Ornstein, a resident scholar at the conservative American Enterprise Institute.
 
 
 
 
Washington Post 'Politics Hour' Q&A:  While it is still too early to tell how well the Dems will do in '06, I think it is incredible how well Casey is doing against Santorum. The latest poll is 52-34 percent. Am I wrong, or would it be a miracle for Santorum to make up that much ground -- even with just over a year left?  Dana Milbank: Not a miracle; remember that statewide polls this far out from an election are not particularly reliable. That said, Santorum seems to be doing himself more harm than Casey is doing him, with his remarks about the Catholic church and fining hurricane victims who don't evacuate.  An interesting thing to watch will be Santorum's handling of Miers. As a presidential candidate in '08, he would love to lead conservative opposition to her and win favor with the Republican base. But as a Pennsylvania senate candidate in '06, he can't afford to take that position. It explains why he's keeping out of view this week.
 
Budget cuts following Katrina and Iraq war  Oct 7, 2005
 
The accumulating costs of both hurricane relief and the war have prompted House GOP leaders to unveil a new bid to squeeze the federal budget to pay the bill. Their plan would cut another $15 billion from federal benefit programs such as Medicaid, food stamps and farm subsidies already slated for $35 billion in spending cuts...  The challenge was vividly illustrated Thursday by a Republican battle over farm subsidies. The Senate Agriculture Committee, slated to trim farm and food programs by $3 billion over five years, called off a vote as midwestern Republicans such as Pat Roberts, R-Kan., balked at boosting payments to dairy farmers at the expense of other commodity producers.  Senators from traditional dairy states, such as Rick Santorum, R-Pa., and Pat Leahy, D-Vt., were the losers in the first round, but the battle is hardly over. Still, comparable fights promise to break out all over Capitol Hill when Congress turns in earnest to the budget after a weeklong recess that begins Friday.  By Andrew Taylor, AP
 
Heating aid program needs funds, study warns  Oct 7, 2005
 
It could be a very cold winter for Pennsylvanians needing help heating their homes unless Congress more than doubles funding for energy assistance, according to a new study. The study estimates that $5.2 billion — an increase of $3.1 billion over last year — is needed to insulate beneficiaries of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program from the sharpest jump in home heating costs since 1974...
According to the study, Pennsylvania received $145 million in LIHEAP funding last year but would need about $355 million this year to cover added enrollment and increased fuel costs... It's unclear whether Congress, which is already straining for ways to pay for disaster relief and the costs of the war in Iraq, is prepared to meet the challenge. An amendment to increase LIHEAP funding by $3.1 billion received 50 votes in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday but failed to overcome a procedural hurdle.  Republicans Rick Santorum and Arlen Specter supported the amendment.  By Jeff Miller, Morning Call
 
 
 
We've lost track of the number of times President Bush has told Americans to ignore their own eyes and ears and pretend everything is going just fine in Iraq. Yesterday, when Mr. Bush added a ringing endorsement of his own policy to his speech on terrorism, it was that same old formula: the wrong questions, the wrong answers and no new direction.
 
Bush's speech on Iraq   Oct 6, 2005
 
Sen. Rick Santorum ... said the speech was "one he should've made a few years ago. I'm glad he made it now."
 
 
 
 
An attempt by Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) to race past reporters was thwarted when a correspondent for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette leaped into his path. Santorum said he was "trying to get more comfortable with the nomination" and then continued past the roadblock.  From 'The Sales Calls Begin on Capitol Hill, but Some Aren't Buying,' Washington Post, Oct 6, 2005
 
 
 
 
 
Republicans voting no:   Allard, CO; Bond, MO; Coburn, OK; Cochran, MS; Cornyn, TX; Inhofe, OK; Roberts, KS; Sessions, AL; Stevens, AK
 
 
 
 
 
Santorum distributes K Street lobbying job listings in regularly scheduled meetings
 
 
 
 
 
 
Santorum's America  Oct, 2005
 
 
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