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Democratic Sr Senator (CT):
Chris Dodd on the Issues

Chris Dodd on Abortion

  • Partial birth abortion ban needs maternal health exception. (Nov 2007)
  • Conduct stem cell research to help Alzheimers and diabetes. (Jul 2007)
  • Courts should decide abortion cases based on woman's health. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted NO on defining unborn child as eligible for SCHIP. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting minors crossing state lines for abortion. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on $100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted NO on criminal penalty for harming unborn fetus during other crime. (Mar 2004)
  • Voted NO on banning partial birth abortions except for maternal life. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted NO on maintaining ban on Military Base Abortions. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on banning partial birth abortions. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on banning human cloning. (Feb 1998)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL, indicating a pro-choice voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Expand embryonic stem cell research. (Jun 2004)
  • Rated 0% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-choice stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Ensure access to and funding for contraception. (Feb 2007)

Chris Dodd on Budget & Economy

  • Federal budget much more complicated & diverse than states'. (Dec 2007)
  • Freeze rates on subprime mortgages to avoid foreclosures. (Dec 2007)
  • People of color lured into sub prime lending. (Dec 2007)
  • Chairs Banking Committee; hedge fund managers donated $727K. (Oct 2007)
  • Mortgage market has seized up; provide more market liquidity. (Aug 2007)
  • The next generation may be less well-off than us. (Oct 2004)
  • Voted NO on paying down federal debt by rating programs' effectiveness. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on $40B in reduced federal overall spending. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on prioritizing national debt reduction below tax cuts. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted YES on 1998 GOP budget. (May 1997)
  • Voted NO on Balanced-budget constitutional amendment. (Mar 1997)
  • Require full disclosure about subprime mortgages. (Dec 2007)

Chris Dodd on Civil Rights

  • Apply Family & Medical Leave Act to same sex couples. (Aug 2007)
  • Treat same-sex couples equally in all rights except marriage. (Jul 2007)
  • Bury "N" word along with "neglect", "silence", "bigotry". (Jul 2007)
  • Supports civil unions but opposes gay marriage. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted NO on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (Jun 2002)
  • Voted YES on loosening restrictions on cell phone wiretapping. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on setting aside 10% of highway funds for minorities & women. (Mar 1998)
  • Voted NO on ending special funding for minority & women-owned business. (Oct 1997)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted NO on Amendment to prohibit flag burning. (Dec 1995)
  • Voted NO on banning affirmative action hiring with federal funds. (Jul 1995)
  • Rated 60% by the ACLU, indicating a mixed civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Issue a commemorative postage stamp of Rosa Parks. (Dec 2005)
  • Rated 100% by the HRC, indicating a pro-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 93% by the NAACP, indicating a pro-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Recognize Juneteenth as historical end of slavery. (Jun 2008)
  • Provide benefits to domestic partners of Federal employees. (Dec 2007)
  • Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment. (Mar 2007)

Chris Dodd on Corporations

  • Bankruptcy Reform Act hurt working class families. (Dec 2007)
  • Reliable vote for banking & insurance industries. (Nov 2007)
  • Co-sponsored bill to make suing corporations harder. (Nov 2007)
  • Advocated against extreme predatory lending practices. (Nov 2007)
  • We need Justice Department to deal with antitrust issues. (Aug 2007)
  • Stop rewarding companies who create jobs offshore. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on repealing tax subsidy for companies which move US jobs offshore. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted NO on reforming bankruptcy to include means-testing & restrictions. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted NO on restricting rules on personal bankruptcy. (Jul 2001)
  • Rated 32% by the US COC, indicating an anti-business voting record. (Dec 2003)

Chris Dodd on Crime

  • Mandatory minimum sentencing has been a disaster. (Jun 2007)
  • Eliminate distinction between crack cocaine & powder cocaine. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on reinstating $1.15 billion funding for the COPS Program. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on $1.15 billion per year to continue the COPS program. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on limiting death penalty appeals. (Apr 1996)
  • Voted YES on limiting product liability punitive damage awards. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted YES on restricting class-action lawsuits. (Dec 1995)
  • Voted NO on repealing federal speed limits. (Jun 1995)
  • Voted YES on mandatory prison terms for crimes involving firearms. (May 1994)
  • Voted NO on rejecting racial statistics in death penalty appeals. (May 1994)
  • Rated 75% by CURE, indicating pro-rehabilitation crime votes. (Dec 2000)
  • Moratorium on death penalty; more DNA testing. (Mar 2001)
  • More funding and stricter sentencing for hate crimes. (Apr 2001)
  • Require DNA testing for all federal executions. (Mar 2001)
  • Increase funding for "COPS ON THE BEAT" program. (Jan 2007)
  • Reduce recidivism by giving offenders a Second Chance. (Mar 2007)

Chris Dodd on Drugs

  • Reduce sentencing disparity for crack cocaine retroactively. (Dec 2007)
  • Allow medical marijuana; and allow decriminalization too. (Sep 2007)
  • Decriminalize marijuana but don't legalize it. (Sep 2007)
  • Supports national ban on smoking in public places. (Sep 2007)
  • Alcohol problems significant; keep drinking age at 21. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted NO on increasing penalties for drug offenses. (Nov 1999)
  • Voted NO on spending international development funds on drug control. (Jul 1996)
  • End harsher sentencing for crack vs. powder cocaine. (Jun 2007)

Chris Dodd on Education

  • Parents are the first teachers. (Dec 2007)
  • Education is the heart of who we are. (Dec 2007)
  • Merit pay for poor areas ok; not for better neighborhoods. (Nov 2007)
  • Named "Senator of the Decade" by the Head Start Association. (Oct 2007)
  • Advocate for free community-college education. (Sep 2007)
  • Incentive pay for tougher schools, but not performance pay. (Aug 2007)
  • Daughter attends public school. (Jul 2007)
  • Reform No Child Left Behind to invest in failing schools. (Jul 2007)
  • Tragedy that Supreme Court overturns Brown desegregation. (Jul 2007)
  • Shame of resegregation has been occurring in our schools. (Jun 2007)
  • Highest priority is equal educational opportunity. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on $52M for "21st century community learning centers". (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on $5B for grants to local educational agencies. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on shifting $11B from corporate tax loopholes to education. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on funding smaller classes instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on funding student testing instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted NO on Educational Savings Accounts. (Mar 2000)
  • Voted NO on allowing more flexibility in federal school rules. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted NO on education savings accounts. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted NO on school vouchers in DC. (Sep 1997)
  • Voted NO on $75M for abstinence education. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted NO on requiring schools to allow voluntary prayer. (Jul 1994)
  • Voted YES on national education standards. (Feb 1994)
  • More foreign languages courses and exchange students. (Feb 2001)
  • Rated 82% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)

Chris Dodd on Energy & Oil

  • Propose a gasoline rebate and move to energy independence. (Oct 2007)
  • 80% reduction in CO2 by the year 2080. (Aug 2007)
  • Tax polluters & invest funds in alternative tech. (Aug 2007)
  • Raise standard to 50 mpg by 2017; make federal fleet hybrids. (Jul 2007)
  • Impose corporate carbon tax; need price incentives for GHGs. (Jul 2007)
  • FactCheck: Two other candidates also call for carbon taxes. (Jul 2007)
  • Carbon tax of $50B/year to make alternatives competitive. (May 2007)
  • Gas tax its consumers too directly; tax carbon instead. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on tax incentives for energy production and conservation. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on addressing CO2 emissions without considering India & China. (May 2008)
  • Voted YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on factoring global warming into federal project planning. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on disallowing an oil leasing program in Alaska's ANWR. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on $3.1B for emergency oil assistance for hurricane-hit areas. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on reducing oil usage by 40% by 2025 (instead of 5%). (Jun 2005)
  • Voted YES on banning drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on Bush Administration Energy Policy. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on targeting 100,000 hydrogen-powered vehicles by 2010. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on removing consideration of drilling ANWR from budget bill. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted NO on drilling ANWR on national security grounds. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted NO on terminating CAFE standards within 15 months. (Mar 2002)
  • Voted NO on preserving budget for ANWR oil drilling. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted YES on ending discussion of CAFE fuel efficiency standards. (Sep 1999)
  • Voted NO on defunding renewable and solar energy. (Jun 1999)
  • Voted NO on approving a nuclear waste repository. (Apr 1997)
  • Voted YES on do not require ethanol in gasoline. (Aug 1994)
  • Keep efficient air conditioner rule to conserve energy. (Mar 2004)
  • Rated 100% by the CAF, indicating support for energy independence. (Dec 2006)
  • Sign on to UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. (Jan 2007)
  • Designate sensitive ANWR area as protected wilderness. (Nov 2007)

Chris Dodd on Environment

  • Advocate a corporate carbon tax. (Dec 2007)
  • Country-of-origin & ingredient labeling for food imports. (Dec 2007)
  • Bush's lack of Katrina response was shameful. (Jul 2007)
  • Make Katrina recovery a symbol of what we can do right. (Jun 2007)
  • Support a carbon tax and a 50-miles-per-gallon CAFE standard. (Jun 2007)
  • Spend oil profits on research of alternative energy sources. (Jun 2007)
  • Scored 100% on Humane Society Scorecard on animal protection. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted YES on including oil & gas smokestacks in mercury regulations. (Sep 2005)
  • Voted YES on confirming Gale Norton as Secretary of Interior. (Jan 2001)
  • Voted NO on more funding for forest roads and fish habitat. (Sep 1999)
  • Voted YES on transportation demo projects. (Mar 1998)
  • Voted YES on reducing funds for road-building in National Forests. (Sep 1997)
  • Voted YES on continuing desert protection in California. (Oct 1994)
  • Voted YES on requiring EPA risk assessments. (May 1994)
  • Rated 84% by the LCV, indicating pro-environment votes. (Dec 2003)
  • EPA must do better on mercury clean-up. (Apr 2004)
  • Strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting. (Jan 2007)

Chris Dodd on Families & Children

  • Authored the Family Medical Leave Act. (Aug 2007)
  • Allow same sex couples to adopt & immigrate. (Aug 2007)
  • Proudest of authoring the Family and Medical Leave Act. (Jul 2007)
  • Add illness leave to Family and Medical Leave Act. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on killing restrictions on violent videos to minors. (May 1999)
  • Rated 0% by the Christian Coalition: an anti-family voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Call for a White House Conference on Children and Youth. (Mar 2008)

Chris Dodd on Foreign Policy

  • FactCheck: No, Chinese government prosecutes slavery. (Dec 2007)
  • Stay engaged; US has been AWOL on Israel for 6 years. (Dec 2007)
  • Human rights and security are not opposing interests. (Dec 2007)
  • Gold medal to Tibetan Dalai Lama sends strong message. (Dec 2007)
  • Ideal goal is Israeli security plus a Palestinian state. (Dec 2007)
  • Accommodating with Cuba, Sandanistas, & Hugo Chavez. (Nov 2007)
  • Condemned Musharraf declaring state of emergency in Pakistan. (Nov 2007)
  • Pakistan is a more immediate problem than Iran. (Oct 2007)
  • Iran: focus on sanctions & diplomacy, not military. (Oct 2007)
  • We spend $500B in Iraq; add some to $1.6B in Latin America. (Sep 2007)
  • Expand the Peace Corps. (Sep 2007)
  • We've neglected Latin America; need to re-engage. (Sep 2007)
  • Cuba embargo hasn't worked for 50 years; unravel the embargo. (Sep 2007)
  • No time to get new Pres. ready; need experience in advance. (Aug 2007)
  • Pakistan's dictator is only thing preventing fundamentalism. (Aug 2007)
  • China is a competitor, but getting close to adversary. (Aug 2007)
  • Iraq lost US moral leadership to deal with Darfur. (Jul 2007)
  • We neglect the Caribbean; I will pay attention. (Jul 2007)
  • US unilateral action to end Darfur genocide. (Jun 2007)
  • Constructive engagement to rebuild international relations. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on enlarging NATO to include Eastern Europe. (May 2002)
  • Voted YES on killing a bill for trade sanctions if China sells weapons. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted NO on cap foreign aid at only $12.7 billion. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on limiting the President's power to impose economic sanctions. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted NO on limiting NATO expansion to only Poland, Hungary & Czech. (Apr 1998)
  • Voted YES on $17.9 billion to IMF. (Mar 1998)
  • Voted NO on Strengthening of the trade embargo against Cuba. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted YES on ending Vietnam embargo. (Jan 1994)
  • Impose sanctions and an import ban on Burma. (Oct 2007)
  • Acknowledge the Armenian Genocide of the early 1900s. (Mar 2007)
  • Urge Venezuela to re-open dissident radio & TV stations. (May 2007)
  • Develop a strategy to protect civilians in Darfur. (Feb 2007)

Chris Dodd on Free Trade

  • China gains advantage by slavery & currency manipulation. (Dec 2007)
  • We need to get fair with China. (Dec 2007)
  • Ban Chinese imports until safety & security is guaranteed. (Sep 2007)
  • Include labor, environmental & health in trade deals. (Aug 2007)
  • Prohibit Defense Department from outsourcing contracts. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted NO on free trade agreement with Oman. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on implementing CAFTA for Central America free-trade. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on establishing free trade between US & Singapore. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted NO on establishing free trade between the US and Chile. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted NO on extending free trade to Andean nations. (May 2002)
  • Voted YES on granting normal trade relations status to Vietnam. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on removing common goods from national security export rules. (Sep 2001)
  • Voted YES on permanent normal trade relations with China. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted YES on expanding trade to the third world. (May 2000)
  • Voted YES on renewing 'fast track' presidential trade authority. (Nov 1997)
  • Voted YES on imposing trade sanctions on Japan for closed market. (May 1995)
  • Rated 17% by CATO, indicating a pro-fair trade voting record. (Dec 2002)

Chris Dodd on Government Reform

  • Reform the current system that locks up two million in jail. (Oct 2007)
  • It's not who funds you, but how you vote that matters. (Aug 2007)
  • Creation of DHS was not a good idea; it's far too large. (Aug 2007)
  • Proud to have introduced the "Help America Vote Act". (Jul 2007)
  • Supports public campaign finance, despite personal history. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on granting the District of Columbia a seat in Congress. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring photo ID to vote in federal elections. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted YES on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted NO on establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on banning "soft money" contributions and restricting issue ads. (Mar 2002)
  • Voted NO on require photo ID (not just signature) for voter registration. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted YES on banning campaign donations from unions & corporations. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on funding for National Endowment for the Arts. (Aug 1999)
  • Voted YES on favoring 1997 McCain-Feingold overhaul of campaign finance. (Oct 1997)
  • Voted NO on Approving the presidential line-item veto. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted YES on banning more types of Congressional gifts. (Jul 1995)
  • Sponsored resolution rejecting photo ID for voting. (Sep 2005)
  • Prohibit 'voter caging' which intimidates minority voting. (Nov 2007)

Chris Dodd on Gun Control

  • Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on banning lawsuits against gun manufacturers for gun violence. (Mar 2004)
  • Voted YES on background checks at gun shows. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on loosening license & background checks at gun shows. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on maintaining current law: guns sold without trigger locks. (Jul 1998)

Chris Dodd on Health Care

  • Focus on government support for private insurance. (Nov 2007)
  • Address medical malpractice with universality. (Oct 2007)
  • Universal health mart: shop for best plan to suit your needs. (Sep 2007)
  • Require at age 55 a physical exam to qualify for Medicare. (Sep 2007)
  • Make people pay high price for voluntary choice of smoking. (Sep 2007)
  • Include undocumented workers in healthcare plan. (Sep 2007)
  • Cover undocumented workers & their kids under health plan. (Jul 2007)
  • Democrats agree about universality; but not getting job done. (Jun 2007)
  • Extend Medicaid to poorer families. (Mar 2007)
  • All Americans need same coverage as members of Congress. (Mar 2007)
  • Examine healthcare in context of income, education, & jobs. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on means-testing to determine Medicare Part D premium. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on allowing tribal Indians to opt out of federal healthcare. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted NO on limiting medical liability lawsuits to $250,000. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on expanding enrollment period for Medicare Part D. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on increasing Medicaid rebate for producing generics. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on negotiating bulk purchases for Medicare prescription drug. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on $40 billion per year for limited Medicare prescription drug benefit. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing reimportation of Rx drugs from Canada. (Jul 2002)
  • Voted YES on allowing patients to sue HMOs & collect punitive damages. (Jun 2001)
  • Voted NO on funding GOP version of Medicare prescription drug benefit. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on including prescription drugs under Medicare. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on limiting self-employment health deduction. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on increasing tobacco restrictions. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted YES on Medicare means-testing. (Jun 1997)
  • Voted YES on blocking medical savings acounts. (Apr 1996)
  • Let states make bulk Rx purchases, and other innovations. (May 2003)
  • Rated 100% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record. (Dec 2003)
  • Establish a national childhood cancer database. (Mar 2007)
  • Collect data on birth defects and present to the public. (Apr 1998)

Chris Dodd on Homeland Security

  • Strong advocate of universal national service. (Dec 2007)
  • National security is more important than human rights. (Nov 2007)
  • Co-sponsored "Restoring the Constitution Act" to ban torture. (Nov 2007)
  • Deeply troubling to legalize secret interrogation. (Sep 2007)
  • Maintain Geneva Conventions; keep restrictions on torture. (Sep 2007)
  • Should have filibustered vote to abandon habeas corpus. (Aug 2007)
  • Supports repealing Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell. (Aug 2007)
  • Star Wars program is wrong priority for 21st century. (Aug 2007)
  • We're not safer than after 9/11; we're still vulnerable. (Aug 2007)
  • Opposed to draft, but advocates universal nation service. (Jul 2007)
  • Served in National Guard; several family members in Navy. (Jul 2007)
  • Reassess military priorities and systems from the Cold War. (Jun 2007)
  • Stateless terrorism requires a multinational response. (Apr 2007)
  • Give troops & first responders everything they need. (Mar 2007)
  • We've known Walter Reed was disgraceful for over a year. (Mar 2007)
  • Transfer funds from $2B weekly in Iraq, to helping veterans. (Mar 2007)

    Voting Record

  • Voted for 20 pay increases for the military. (Oct 2004)
  • Voted NO on cutting $221M in benefits to Filipinos who served in WWII US Army. (Apr 2008)
  • Voted YES on requiring FISA court warrant to monitor US-to-foreign calls. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted NO on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted YES on limiting soldiers' deployment to 12 months. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted YES on implementing the 9/11 Commission report. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on preserving habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on requiring CIA reports on detainees & interrogation methods. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on restricting business with entities linked to terrorism. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted YES on restoring $565M for states' and ports' first responders. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on adopting the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on allowing another round of military base closures. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on cutting nuclear weapons below START levels. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on deploying National Missile Defense ASAP. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted NO on military pay raise of 4.8%. (Feb 1999)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting same-sex basic training. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted NO on favoring 36 vetoed military projects. (Oct 1997)
  • Voted YES on banning chemical weapons. (Apr 1997)
  • Voted NO on considering deploying NMD, and amending ABM Treaty. (Jun 1996)
  • Voted NO on 1996 Defense Appropriations. (Sep 1995)
  • Small business in developing homeland security technologies. (Jul 2002)
  • Rated 100% by SANE, indicating a pro-peace voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Sponsored bill for Iraq budget to be part of defense budget. (Jun 2006)
  • Restore habeas corpus for detainees in the War on Terror. (Jun 2007)

Chris Dodd on Immigration

  • Hold employers accountable for knowingly hiring illegals. (Dec 2007)
  • Oppose granting driver's licenses to illegal immigrants. (Nov 2007)
  • Driver's licenses ought not be given to illegal immigrants. (Oct 2007)
  • Teach more Spanish, but not as a second national language. (Sep 2007)
  • Mexico is a neighbor and ally, but supported border wall. (Sep 2007)
  • Sanctuary cities ok to deal with millions here already. (Sep 2007)
  • More language training is needed in a global economy. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities". (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on comprehensive immigration reform. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on establishing a Guest Worker program. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship. (May 2006)
  • Voted NO on allowing more foreign workers into the US for farm work. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted YES on visas for skilled workers. (May 1998)
  • Voted NO on limit welfare for immigrants. (Jun 1997)
  • Rated 8% by USBC, indicating an open-border stance. (Dec 2006)

Chris Dodd on Jobs

  • Preserve and protect the farms in Iowa. (Dec 2007)
  • Ban the outsourcing of jobs. (Aug 2007)
  • Couldn't afford living at minimum wage; advocates raising it. (Jul 2007)
  • Vibrant labor movement built the American middle class. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on overriding presidential veto of Farm Bill. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on terminating legal challenges to English-only job rules. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on restricting employer interference in union organizing. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on increasing minimum wage to $7.25. (Feb 2007)
  • Voted YES on raising the minimum wage to $7.25 rather than $6.25. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted NO on repealing Clinton's ergonomic rules on repetitive stress. (Mar 2001)
  • Voted NO on killing an increase in the minimum wage. (Nov 1999)
  • Voted NO on allowing workers to choose between overtime & comp-time. (May 1997)
  • Voted NO on replacing farm price supports. (Feb 1996)
  • Protect overtime pay protections. (Jun 2003)
  • Rated 100% by the AFL-CIO, indicating a pro-union voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Allow an Air Traffic Controller's Union. (Jan 2006)
  • Match minimum wage increases to Congressional pay raises. (May 2006)

Chris Dodd on Principles & Values

  • Focus on the Constitution, Iraq, and the Middle East. (Dec 2007)
  • Father, Thomas Dodd, was Senator too. (Nov 2007)
  • Served as DNC chair from 1995 to 1997. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted with Democratic Party 95.8% of 238 votes. (Sep 2007)
  • Decisive moments: joining Peace Corps; & loss of father. (Aug 2007)
  • Americans aren't divided; our political establishment is. (May 2007)
  • Biggest professional mistake was the Iraq War. (Apr 2007)
  • We can't survive as a nation 51-49; end partisanship. (Feb 2007)
  • We've squandered years of building world alliances. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted NO on confirming Samuel Alito as Supreme Court Justice. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted YES on confirming John Roberts for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. (Sep 2005)
  • Religious affiliation: Catholic. (Nov 2000)
  • Rated 100% by the AU, indicating support of church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
  • Fund the 50 States Commemorative Coin Program. (Dec 1997)

Chris Dodd on Social Security

  • Achieve solvency but don't go so far as to raise the cap. (Sep 2007)
  • Readjust the Social Security tax including raising the cap. (Sep 2007)
  • No privatization; but raise earning cap over $97,000. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted NO on establishing reserve funds & pre-funding for Social Security. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on Social Security Lockbox & limiting national debt. (Apr 1999)
  • Voted NO on allowing Roth IRAs for retirees. (May 1998)
  • Voted NO on allowing personal retirement accounts. (Apr 1998)
  • Voted NO on deducting Social Security payments on income taxes. (May 1996)
  • Rated 90% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)

Chris Dodd on Tax Reform

  • Make taxes fair but also pro-growth. (Jun 2007)
  • Moderate but keep the estate tax; incentivize middle class. (Feb 2007)
  • Voted YES on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted NO on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts. (Aug 2006)
  • Voted NO on permanently repealing the `death tax`. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on $47B for military by repealing capital gains tax cut. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on extending the tax cuts on capital gains and dividends. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted NO on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years. (May 2003)
  • Voted YES on reducing marriage penalty instead of cutting top tax rates. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on increasing tax deductions for college tuition. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the 'marriage penalty'. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on across-the-board spending cut. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on requiring super-majority for raising taxes. (Apr 1998)
  • Rated 15% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 100% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)

Chris Dodd on War & Peace

  • Exercise caution but pursuing diplomacy with Iran. (Dec 2007)
  • Keep all options on the table for Iran. (Dec 2007)
  • Surge is working, but misplaces priorities from Afghanistan. (Dec 2007)
  • A military action resolution on Iran is dangerous. (Oct 2007)
  • Military in Iraq is counterproductive: all out before 2013. (Sep 2007)
  • Surge has not made us safer, more secure, or less vulnerable. (Sep 2007)
  • Terminate funding for Iraq; compare Vietnam & persuade GOP. (Sep 2007)
  • Having troops in Iraq makes US less safe. (Sep 2007)
  • Any unilateral military action in Pakistan is a mistake. (Aug 2007)
  • Pushed the issue of having a date certain for withdrawal. (Jun 2007)
  • Help Iraqi government, but exit Iraq by April 1 2008. (May 2007)
  • 80% of Iraqi people & 50% of parliament want US out of Iraq. (May 2007)
  • We need willingness to consider different mission in Iraq. (May 2007)
  • Military solution in Iraq has been disproven and discredited. (May 2007)
  • Iraq civil war is Shia vs. Sunni, not US versus Al Qaida. (May 2007)
  • Al Qaida wants us bogged down in Iraq; go after bin Laden. (May 2007)
  • Cut off the funding spigot for Iraq in one year. (Apr 2007)
  • No military solution at all to Iraq; redeploy troops now. (Apr 2007)
  • Surge in politics and diplomacy, then end energy dependency. (Apr 2007)
  • Require Congressional authorization before attacking Iran. (Apr 2007)
  • Regrets new strategy in Baghdad and Anbar; get Iraqis in. (Mar 2007)
  • 10,000 terrorist attacks: they've ALREADY followed us home. (Mar 2007)
  • Re-deploy out of refereeing a civil war. (Feb 2007)
  • How much more chaos could we be creating in Baghdad? (Feb 2007)
  • Switch to diplomacy; don't inject 17,000 more soldiers. (Jan 2007)
  • Withdraw troops; more troops do not bring more security. (Jan 2007)
  • I made mistake in authorizing war; do not continue mistake. (Feb 2007)
  • Voted NO on designating Iran's Revolutionary Guards as terrorists. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted YES on redeploying US troops out of Iraq by March 2008. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on redeploying troops out of Iraq by July 2007. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on investigating contract awards in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on requiring on-budget funding for Iraq, not emergency funding. (Apr 2005)
  • Voted YES on $86 billion for military operations in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Oct 2003)
  • Voted YES on authorizing use of military force against Iraq. (Oct 2002)
  • Voted NO on allowing all necessary force in Kosovo. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on authorizing air strikes in Kosovo. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted NO on ending the Bosnian arms embargo. (Jul 1995)
  • Deploy UN multinational peacekeeping force in Darfur. (Jul 2007)
  • Require Congress' approval before military action in Iran. (Oct 2007)

Chris Dodd on Welfare & Poverty

  • Help lift people out of poverty and give them opportunities. (Dec 2007)
  • Talk more about faith in the public sector. (Oct 2007)
  • No drug tests for welfare recipients. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted NO on welfare block grants. (Aug 1996)
  • Voted YES on eliminating block grants for food stamps. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted NO on allowing state welfare waivers. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on welfare overhaul. (Sep 1995)
  • Establish a National Affordable Housing Trust Fund. (Jul 2003)
  • Tax credits to promite home ownership in distressed areas. (Apr 2003)
  • Fully fund AmeriCorps. (Jun 2003)
  • Develop a strategy to eliminate extreme global poverty. (Dec 2007)