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Bankrupt Bankruptcy Bill
  • Voted for Bankruptcy Bill [S.256]

The New York Times said this about the bill:  "Unamended, the bill is a gift to the credit industry and deserves defeat. It needs a fairer balance, including clearer credit information for consumers, who are barraged by credit card offers from companies that make little attempt to ensure that their targets can handle such debt. Consumers are voters, too. They can see the double standard of a crackdown on ordinary people by lawmakers who tolerate corporate bankruptcies that cost workers their jobs, pensions and health benefits."

[It passed virtually unamended. SA23 allows being called to active duty in the Armed Forces to count as a 'special circumstance' and allows some protection for veterans, but not reservists, and does not go as far as the defeated SA16 Democratic alternative would have.  SA112 allows some protection for disabled veterans who incurred debt while on active duty or 'perfoming a homeland defense activity'.]

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Tax Holiday for American Companies
  • Voted for the "American Jobs Creation Act" of 2004

Here's what the New York Times said about the act in a Jan 30, 2005 editorial:

Corporate Welfare Runs Amok         "...a government-sponsored opportunity for American multinationals to bring their foreign profits back to the United States at a puny tax rate of 5.25 percent, compared with the normal corporate rate of 35 percent.  Johnson & Johnson intends to repatriate $11 billion. And that is just the beginning of what is shaping up to be an unprecedented government giveaway.  The drug giant Schering-Plough has announced a coming $9.4 billion repatriation... Pfizer is considering whether to repatriate $29 billion in untaxed foreign profits; Intel has $6 billion [eligible for repatriation]...

The Homeland Investment Coalition, a roster of dozens of America's largest corporations, lobbied vigorously -- and successfully -- for a tax holiday before deigning to repatriate their overseas profits.

Congress's ostensible purpose for allowing the holiday is to unleash a flood of money for job creation, hence the name of the law that includes the holiday -- the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004. But few of the approved uses for the repatriated funds -- such as debt redemption, advertising and a catchall category of ''financial stabilization'' -- will lead directly, if at all, to more jobs. One approved use -- the ability to spend the money to buy other companies -- would be more likely to create layoffs, as corporate acquisitions usually do.

Companies can also use the money to help pay legal liabilities, which could prove to be a big boon for companies like the drug maker Merck, which is sitting on some $15 billion in untaxed foreign profits and faces an estimated $18 billion in potential claims arising from the Vioxx debacle."

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On the defeated Federal Marriage Amendment

After the judicial ruling striking down California laws that ban gay marriage, Santorum "said the ruling strengthened the case for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would take away the authority of states to set their own rules on marriage.  "Today's lower court ruling in California, and other court rulings, further support the need for a constitutional amendment to protect marriage from activist judges for the good of families, children and society," he said."   By Lee Romney and Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times, Mar 15, 2005

"...To provide moms and dads for the next generation of our children. Isn't that important? Isn't that the ultimate homeland security, standing up and defending marriage ...

I ask my colleagues who come here and rail against those of us who would simply like to protect children, those of us who would simply like to give them the best chance to survive in a very ugly, hostile, polluted world that we live in-with respect to culture-I would ask them this question: What harm would this amendment do? What harm would it do?"

Rick Santorum, July 14, 2004

Congressional Record  
FEDERAL MARRIAGE AMENDMENT-MOTION TO PROCEED
 
Environmental Record
 
 
Ranking:  0%  (2004)
  • Voted to allow drilling in the Artic National Wildlife Refuge
  • In favor of Bush's National Energy Policy
  • Against re-funding of superfund cleanups
  • In favor of reclassifying South Carolina's high-level nuclear waste as "waste incidental to reprocessing," allowing it to remain in leaking holding tanks in South Carolina
  • In favor of anti-environment William G. Myers III nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeal for the 9th Circuit, which oversees nine western states
  • Against allowing the 'pay as you go' funding plan to be restored, which allows environmental commitments to be paid for
  • In favor of budget that allowed funding cuts for environmental projects

Civil liberties

Voted with the American Civil Liberties Union once out of 9 endorsements the Aclu made, 11%

NAACP  ranking:  F  (4%) for the 1st session of the 108th Congress.

  • Martin Luther King Day quote, "It is my hope that we all take this day to reflect and appreciate the life and work of Dr. King, and continue efforts he made to end racial discrimination in our society.”  Santorum website statement,     Jan 14, 2005

LGBT Issues
 
Human Rights Campaign Ranking:  0%
  • Voted against expanding Medicaid for people living with HIV
  • Voted against hate crimes prevention
  • Voted against employment non-discrimination act
  • Voted against Domestic Partner Health Benefits Equity Act

Independent commission following Katrina
 
 
Global Gag Rule
 
Santorum votes against Boxer amendment, which passed 52-46 [vote #83], allowing foreign non-profits to receive US aid even if they seek to overturn their own countries restrictions on women's rights.  Specter voted with Boxer.
 
“We are a country that believes in fairness, democracy, free speech, and improving the health and lives of people all over the world,” Boxer said. “But instead of promoting these values, the Global Gag Rule enforces a dangerous code of silence.”

The Boxer-Snowe Amendment repeals the Global Gag Rule, which President Bush established by executive order on his first working day in office in 2001. Also known as the Mexico City Policy, the Global Gag Rule denies U.S. international family planning assistance to organizations that use their own privately raised funds to counsel women on the availability of abortion, advocate for changes to abortion laws, or provide abortion services.

Boxer said, "At a time when we are trying to promote the best of our democracy abroad, the last thing we need is to export unconstitutional restrictions on free speech. It is not only hypocritical, but it is bad foreign policy."

Voted against broad protections for veterans and reservists in bankruptcy bill [SA16]
 
Santorum voted against an amendment that "sought to exempt military families from the bill's new means test on bankruptcy filers. It proposed a $75,000 minimum exemption for homes in bankruptcy courts in the 50 states. Also, the amendment sought to deny predatory "payday" lenders any claim on assets and to exempt debt incurred after military service begins from the reach of creditors during bankruptcy." 
 

Missed vote for "Class Action Fairness" Act  Feb 10, 2005

 
Santorum voted to confirm Alberto Gonzales for Attorney General, without asking for release of documents on torture and in spite of questions about whether in 1996, Gonzales met with a judge to argue that Bush shouldn't do jury duty as governor of Texas, thereby keeping Bush's drunk driving record quiet.  See Michael Isikoff story in Newsweek.

Education
 
Out of 11 votes that the National Education Association endorsed in the first session of the last congress, Santorum only voted with the NEA 3 times.
  • Voted against providing "an additional $8 billion to fully fund Elementary and Secondary Education Act programs at the $32 billion level authorized in No Child Left Behind for the 2003 and 2004 budgets. "
  • Voted for a 2004 budget that failed to provide for "any increase in the Pell Grant maximum award (freezing the award at $4,050), required $7.6 billion in unspecified cuts to other critical programs, and eliminated funding for 46 education programs."
  • Voted against "waiving procedural budget rules and allowing passage of amendments to:   provide funding for rural education, provide additional funding for education for the disadvantaged,  increase student financial aid by an amount that matches the increase in low- and middle-income family college costs."
  • Voted against "suspending sanctions for schools that failed to make "Adequate Yearly Progress" under the No Child Left Behind Act for the 2004-05 school year unless Congress fully funds Title I at the levels authorized in No Child Left Behind ($18.5 billion)."
  • Voted against protecting "the rights of employees to receive overtime compensation."

Minimum Wage
 
Offerred a smaller increase than Democrats in amendment to the bankruptcy bill:  two 55 cent increases to $6.25.  Included in amendment pro-business provisions ending 40 hour work week and limiting state's ability to raise minimum wage for restaurant workers.
 
Senator Kennedy stated in the debate,  "The senator from Pennsylvania has a record of opposing increases in the minimum wage.  He has voted against it at least 17 times in the last 10 years."
 
Of Kennedy and his own amendments, Santorum said, "I would hope candidly that we didn't pass either of these at this time."   The minimum wage has not changed in 9 years since 1996.
 
 
"In addition to forcing senators to go on record on yet another wage-hike vote, Kennedy forced Republicans to tip their hand on their own wage-hike legislation, which was kept under wraps for more than a year. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), now the majority whip, assembled the package to head off the last Kennedy attempt. Republicans said the Santorum package closely parallels McConnell’s original plan.   “The McConnell effort was done last year to provide a viable alternative to an amendment by [Kennedy] on a must-pass vehicle,” said one industry lobbyist opposing the Kennedy wage increase. "
 
By Geoff Earle, The Hill, Mar 8, 2005

Tort Reform 

"After voting to limit suits over medical malpractice and put ceilings on jury awards, Sen. Rick Santorum found himself supporting one such claim: His wife sued for malpractice and won $350,000.  Santorum (R., Pa.) told a Fairfax, Va., jury that he supported his wife's decision to go to court... the jurors awarded Karen Santorum $350,000 for back injuries she said were caused by a Virginia chiropractor."

Claude R. Marx, AP,  Philadelphia Inquirer,  Dec 15, 1999
 

Gun Violence
 
Voted against amending the Gun Industry Immunity Bill with a 10 year extension of the assault weapons ban.  The amendment was successfully added to the bill, but inaction, including by the senate leadership led to it not being passed into law.   The Assault Weapons Ban expired on September 13, 2004. 
 
 
Reproductive Rights
 
Planned Parenthood states, "Congress has used its funding powers to single out certain classes of women (low-income, federal employees, military personnel serving overseas, residents of the District of Columbia, and women in federal prisons) and restrict their access to legal abortion because their health care is funded in part by the federal government. As part of the relentless attack on access to abortion services, Congress continues to bar military service members and their dependents from obtaining abortions in U.S. military hospitals overseas - even if they use their own money. Senators voted on tabling the amendment to overturn the ban, which contains exceptions only for cases of life endangerment, rape, or incest, and is especially harmful to those women stationed overseas in countries where abortion is illegal and/or unsafe (5/22/03, Murray/Snowe Amendment to S. 1050, amendment rejected, roll call 192)."
 
Santorum did not vote to give medical rights to women in the military.
 
 
Chief sponsor of Partial Birth Abortion Ban of 2003
 
Planned Parenthood Ranking0%
  • Cosponsored bill increasing penalties for assault and murder of pregnant women, but only when it included the language "unborn victim of violence"
  • Voted against affirming that Roe v. Wade was an appropriate decision, secures an important constitutional right, and should not be overturned or narrowed
  • In favor of the global gag rule, which is oppopses family planning education and restricts access to contraceptive and abortion services and information in developing countries
  • Voted to reduce international family planning funding by 85% through funding cuts and delays in distribution
  • In favor of abstinence-only sex education