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Democratic Sr Senator, retiring 2004 (GA):
Zell Miller on the Issues

Zell Miller on Abortion

  • Abortion is a moral issue, not a political issue. (Oct 2003)
  • Both pro-life and pro-stem cell research. (Jul 2001)
  • Promote and fund sexual abstinence programs. (Jan 1997)
  • Voted YES on criminal penalty for harming unborn fetus during other crime. (Mar 2004)
  • Voted YES on banning partial birth abortions except for maternal life. (Mar 2003)
  • by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record. (Dec 2003)

Zell Miller on Budget & Economy

  • Vetoes 104 line items, $37M, of “wrong priorities”. (Apr 1997)

Zell Miller on Civil Rights

  • Voted YES on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (Jun 2002)
  • Voted YES on loosening restrictions on cell phone wiretapping. (Oct 2001)
  • Supports anti-flag desecration amendment. (Mar 2001)
  • by the ACLU, indicating an anti-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)

Zell Miller on Corporations

  • Voted YES on restricting rules on personal bankruptcy. (Jul 2001)
  • by the US COC, indicating a pro-business voting record. (Dec 2003)

Zell Miller on Crime

  • Implemented two strikes law for violent felons. (Oct 2003)
  • Strengthen “Two Strikes” law with longer sentences. (Feb 1998)
  • Drunk drivers are criminals and deserve tough punishment. (Jan 1998)
  • Two-strikes law got 1,710 ciminals behind bars. (Jan 1998)
  • If teens commit adult crimes, give them adult punishments. (Oct 1993)
  • For violent crime: no parole, no exceptions. (Jan 1993)
  • Two strikes and you’re gone: Life without parole. (Jan 1993)
  • More funding and stricter sentencing for hate crimes. (Apr 2001)

Zell Miller on Drugs

  • Supports DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education). (Feb 1998)
  • Allow people harmed by drugs to sue drug dealers. (Jan 1997)
  • Put drunk drivers behind bars on first offense. (Dec 1996)

Zell Miller on Education

  • Voluntary prayer at school football games is ok. (Oct 2000)
  • Make college tuition deductible. (Oct 2000)
  • Lottery & high tech for pre-K thru college. (Jun 1998)
  • All children should have the opportunity to attend pre-K. (Jan 1998)
  • Good schools mean money for teachers, books, reading. (Jan 1998)
  • Future depends on a better educated workforce. (Dec 1996)
  • $1B more for education. (Dec 1995)
  • More HOPE scholarships for college and potential teachers. (Nov 1994)
  • Supports teacher pay-for-performance. (Jan 1991)
  • Voted NO on funding student testing instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction. (Apr 2001)
  • More foreign languages courses and exchange students. (Feb 2001)
  • by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)

Zell Miller on Energy & Oil

  • Electric vehicles for Olympic Park. (Feb 1998)
  • Voted YES on Bush Administration Energy Policy. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted NO on targeting 100,000 hydrogen-powered vehicles by 2010. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted NO on removing consideration of drilling ANWR from budget bill. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted YES on drilling ANWR on national security grounds. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted YES on terminating CAFE standards within 15 months. (Mar 2002)

Zell Miller on Environment

  • Protection of 100,000 Georgia acres is great achievement. (Jan 1998)
  • River Care 2000: protect 5,700 acres of habitat. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted YES on confirming Gale Norton as Secretary of Interior. (Jan 2001)
  • by the LCV, indicating anti-environment votes. (Dec 2003)

Zell Miller on Families & Children

  • Minimum mandatory jail sentences for family violence. (Dec 1997)
  • Enforce child support with criminal prosecution. (May 1997)
  • For juvenile crime, nothing helps like good parenting. (Oct 1993)
  • by the Christian Coalition: a pro-family voting record. (Dec 2003)

Zell Miller on Foreign Policy

  • Voted YES on killing a bill for trade sanctions if China sells weapons. (Sep 2000)

Zell Miller on Free Trade

  • The key to economic success is new markets & competition. (May 1995)
  • Voted NO on establishing a free trade agreement between US & Singapore. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on establishing a free trade agreement between the US and Chile. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES 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)
  • by CATO, indicating a mixed record on trade issues. (Dec 2002)

Zell Miller on Government Reform

  • Soft money from special interests is bribery. (Oct 2003)
  • Civil service is corrupt and must be reformed. (Oct 2003)
  • Democratic Party does not represent the values of the South. (Oct 2003)
  • 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 and corporations. (Apr 2001)

Zell Miller on Gun Control

  • Southerners don't want to hear about gun control. (Oct 2003)
  • Ban hand guns for those under 18; ban guns at school. (Oct 1993)
  • Voted NO on banning lawsuits against gun manufacturers for gun violence. (Mar 2004)

Zell Miller on Health Care

  • Medicaid must be managed for fraud and abuse. (Oct 2003)
  • Use budget surplus to fund senior prescription drugs. (Nov 2000)
  • Tax credits for seniors’ assisted living. (Nov 2000)
  • Patient Bill of Rights: allow suing HMOs. (Nov 2000)
  • Guarantee Rx drug for all seniors under Medicare. (Oct 2000)
  • Provide classical music for all newborns. (Jun 1998)
  • Providing insurance for children is a top priority. (Jan 1998)
  • Fraud Control Unit for Medicare fraud. (May 1997)
  • Voted YES on $40 billion per year for limited Medicare prescription drug benefit. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing importation of Rx drugs from Canada. (Jul 2002)
  • Voted YES on allowing patients to sue HMOs & collect punitive damages. (Jun 2001)
  • Voted YES on funding GOP version of Medicare prescription drug benefit. (Apr 2001)
  • Invest funds to alleviate the nursing shortage. (Apr 2001)
  • by APHA, indicating a anti-public health voting record. (Dec 2003)

Zell Miller on Homeland Security

  • Soldiers make freedom of the press, not reporters. (Sep 2004)
  • Kerry voted against weapons needed for War on Terror. (Sep 2004)
  • Establish Maritime Security grants for ports and vessels. (Nov 2002)
  • by SANE, indicating a pro-military voting record. (Dec 2003)

Zell Miller on Immigration

No stance on record.

Zell Miller on Jobs

  • Freedom to Farm Bill provided opportunity to fail. (Jan 2001)
  • Voted YES on repealing Clinton's ergonomic rules on repetitive stress. (Mar 2001)
  • by the AFL-CIO, indicating an anti-labor voting record. (Dec 2003)

Zell Miller on Principles & Values

  • For Bush because "my family is more important than my party". (Sep 2004)
  • We need bipartisanship in times of war. (Sep 2004)
  • Democratic party is value-neutral and misguided on issues. (Oct 2003)
  • The Democrats in power don't care about the South. (Oct 2003)
  • Democratic party leaders too liberal for the South. (Oct 2003)
  • Member of the Senate’s “Centrist Coalition”. (Jan 2001)
  • Member of Democratic Leadership Council. (Nov 2000)
  • New Democrat: "Third Way" instead of left-right debate. (Nov 2000)
  • Member of the Senate New Democrat Coalition. (Jan 2001)

Zell Miller on Social Security

  • Do not tax Social Security. (Oct 2003)
  • Strengthen Soc. Sec. system; trust fund in lockbox. (Nov 2000)
  • Keep our promises: no privatization, keep retirement age. (Oct 2000)
  • by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)

Zell Miller on Tax Reform

  • Once, Democrats believed in cutting taxes. (Oct 2003)
  • Supports Bush’s $1.3 trillion tax cut. (Jan 2001)
  • Was a tax-cutting governor; will be a tax-cutting senator. (Oct 2000)
  • Eliminate the marriage penalty. (Oct 2000)
  • Tax cuts of $334M in 1999. (Jan 1998)
  • Voted YES on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years. (May 2003)
  • Voted YES on cutting taxes by $1.35 trillion over 11 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on reducing marriage penalty instead of cutting top tax rates. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on increasing tax deductions for college tuition. (May 2001)
  • Abolish IRS--replace income tax with national sales tax. (Jul 2003)
  • by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)

Zell Miller on War & Peace

  • Democrats see America as an occupier, not a liberator. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on $86.5 billion for military operations in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Oct 2003)
  • Voted YES on authorizing use of military force against Iraq. (Oct 2002)

Zell Miller on Welfare & Poverty

  • Supports “charitable choice” via faith-based organizations. (Oct 2000)
  • Supports welfare reform and welfare to work. (Jan 1998)
  • Welfare has become a snare, not a safety net. (Apr 1997)
  • End welfare entitlement; make it work-based. (Apr 1997)