Dole Rejected Minimum Wage Hike Three Times. Dole voted three times against raising the minimum wage. Because of the lack of action by a Republican Congress, the real value of the minimum wage fell to a 51-year low. [Vote 179, 6/21/06; Vote 26, 3/7/05; Vote 257, 10/19/05]
Dole Voted to Keep Tax Incentives for Offshore Companies. In 2005, Dole voted against an amendment that would repeal tax incentives for domestic companies that move their manufacturing plants to offshore locations and use the resulting revenue to reduce the federal deficit and debt by $3.2 billion from 2006 to 2010. [Vote 63, 3/17/05]
Dole Voted for CAFTA. In July 2005, Dole voted for the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA). The vote came after a long day that saw President Bush, Vice President Cheney and members of the Bush Cabinet pressuring Republicans to support the President and vote “Yes.” [Vote #209, 7/28/05; Star-Tribune, 7/28/05]
American Manufacturing Trade Coalition Spokesman Said CAFTA Would Allow Big Textile Producers to Out Source Jobs. During the debate over passage of CAFTA American Manufacturing Trade Coalition spokesman, Lloyd Wood, criticized the agreement. Wood said that the agreement would encourage firms to outsource production jobs to Central America. Wood added that, "[The Bush's administration's promise to pursue side agreements] is just a fig leaf, political cover, that won't mean anything to people in North Carolina who lose their jobs." [Charlotte Observer, 7/1/05]
Dole Said Saddam Was Trying to Get Nuclear Weapons. “We know they are trying to get nuclear weapons and he has used chemical weapons on his own people, for goodness sake. … Now, I think the President of the United States is going to have to make a decision and he is trying to do everything that he has at his disposal: economic tools, diplomatic tools, intelligence, working with opposition in Iraq. But ultimately it may need military action. And I for one would support him on that. I think he has the accurate information to decide what to do and when.” [Caldwell County, 8/17/02]
Dole Emphasized Need to “Stay the Course” in Iraq. In 2005, Dole issued a statement stressing “the need to stay the course in Iraq.” Dole said of Iraq, “We have known from day one that this will be a long fight. This is a war unlike any we have ever seen… The progress of our efforts is evident… I strongly support our mission, and I am confident that we will prevail.” [Dole Press Release, 6/22/05]
Dole Twice Voted Against Creating A Commission To Investigate Prewar Intelligence. In 2003, Dole twice voted to protect the Bush administration from questions about its handling of prewar intelligence. He voted twice against creating an independent 12-member commission to investigate the role of policymakers in the development and use of intelligence leading to the Iraq war. [Vote 284, 7/16/03; Vote 395, 10/17/03]
Dole Opposed Creation of Truman Commission to Investigate Fraud and Waste in Iraq. Dole has voted FOUR times against establishing a commission to investigate waste, fraud and abuse in Iraq and Afghanistan. The special committee would consist of 7 members – four appointed by the majority party, three appointed by the minority party. The committee would hold hearings, and hold subpoena authority. The work of the special committee would terminate on February 28, 2007, unless its authority was extended. [Vote 228, 9/14/05; Vote 259, 10/19/05; Vote 316, 11/10/05, Vote 176, 6/20/06]
Dole Voted Twice Against Cracking Down on Corporate War Profiteers. On June 14, 2006, Dole voted against an amendment cracking down on war profiteers. The amendment would have banned monopoly contracts, debarred unethical contractors, strengthened penalties against war profiteers, made public the audits of unjustified spending and provided protection for whistleblowers. In 2004 Dole voted against an amendment that would have made war profiteering on contracts with the military or to rebuild Iraq punishable by up to 20 years in federal prison and $1 million in fines. [Vote 169, 6/14/06; Vote 120, 6/16/04]
Dole Was One of Nine to Vote Against Including War Funding in Annual Budget. In 2004, Dole was one of only nine Senators to vote against expressing the sense of the Senate that any funds for ongoing military operations overseas, including those in Iraq and Afghanistan, should be included in the president’s annual budget request. [Vote 147, 6/24/04]
Dole Voted For Budget Resolution That Cut Medicare by $6.4 Billion and Medicaid by $4.8 Billion. In December 2005, Dole cast the deciding vote for the budget reconciliation. The final bill contained several deep program cuts. The bill cut Medicare by $6.4 Billion, and increased Medicare beneficiaries' premiums for coverage of doctor visits. The bill also cut Medicaid by $4.8 Billion, reducing payments for prescription drugs and tightening rules for funds that could be used for nursing home eligibility and allowed states to reduce benefits and increase co-payments paid by beneficiaries. [Vote #363, 12/21/05; Boston Globe, 12/22/05]
Dole Voted For Increased Premiums for Medicare Beneficiaries. In November 2005 Dole voted against an amendment that would have made Medicare beneficiaries harmless for the increase in the 2007 Medicare monthly part B premium that would otherwise occur because of the 2006 increase in payments under the physician fee schedule. [Vote 287, 11/3/05]
Prescription Drugs: Dole voted NO to allowing the federal government to negotiate for lower prescription drug prices. (Prescription Drug Amendment; Bill S.Amdt. 214 to S.Con.Res. 18 ; vote number 2005-60 on Mar 17, 2005)
Rated 0 percent by American Public Health Association, the oldest, largest and most diverse group of health professionals, indicating a anti-public health voting record.
Dole's record on crime is a series of flip flops, revealing that she has not allowed any commitment to the public good to interfere with her ambitious political maneuvering.
Dole Said She Supported Concealed Carry. Dole wrote, ‘another common-sense proposal in place: a right-to-carry law that allows citizens to obtain a concealed-handgun permit from the local sheriff after being trained and certified,’ Dole wrote. ‘I have met with North Carolina sheriffs who know the law is working. It works because criminals do not like to prey on those who can defend themselves.’” [News and Observer, 11/20/01]
She Opposed Concealed Weapons. “My view is I just think carrying concealed weapons is wrong,” Dole said. She said the issue should be left up to states to decide. [Associated Press, 5/15/99]
Dole Said She Would Oppose Special Interests like the NRA, Supported Assault Weapons Ban.
- “DOLE: Tough on crime no matter what the special interests say. I think...
- [NPR Reporter] OVERBY: As she went on, it was clear which special interest she was referring to. She defended the assault weapons ban, which gun groups tried to get repealed in Congress, she called for a ban on bullets that can pierce police protective armor, and for full funding for background checks on gun buyers.
- Ms. DOLE: I also favor safety locks. Yes, safety locks on guns to protect our children.” [National Public Radio, 8/11/99]
Dole Said She Would Not Extend Ban On Assault Weapons. When asked if she still, as she had stated in 1999, supported a ban on all assault weapons, Dole said, “Well, you know, first of all, let me say that cop killer bullets have been banned, and that was just a statement that I continue to support that. And as far as assault weapons, the true assault weapons were banned back in the 1930s. Now, the issue to me, it's a rather simple formula. It's a common sense formula. Is it making a difference, in terms of reducing crime or is it inhibiting somehow the legitimate rights of citizens? And I think if the ban is making a difference in terms of criminality, then let's have it. But if it appears not to be having much of an effect, then it should be re-evaluated. And I think the latter is the case, with the law that was passed during the Clinton era.” [CNN, “Wolf Blitzer Reports,” 2/28/02]
Voted NO on targeting 100,000 hydrogen-powered vehicles by 2010. Dorgan Amdt. No. 865; To require that the hydrogen commercialization plan of the Department of Energy include a description of activities to support certain hydrogen technology deployment goals. Part of S 14 Energy Omnibus bill; this vote would pass an amendment that would call for the Department of Energy to set targets and timelines to maintain the production of 100,000 hydrogen-powered vehicles by 2010, and 2.5 million vehicles annually by 2020. It also would call for the department to set targets for the sale of hydrogen at fueling stations. The bill would require the Energy secretary to submit a yearly progress report to Congress.
Voted NO on removing consideration of drilling ANWR from budget bill. Boxer Amdt. No. 272.; To prevent consideration of drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in a fast-track budget reconciliation bill. S Con Res 23 Budget resolution FY2004: Vote to pass an amendment that would strike (remove) language in the resolution that would permit oil drilling and exploration in part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in Alaska. Voting No favors drilling for oil in ANWR.
Given a dismal 11 percent rating by the League of Conservation Voters, indicating an anti-environmental record.
Dole does not prioritize education. During her failed bid for the presidency, Dole's never released an education plan. She has voted against community learning centers, voted against local educational agencies, and voted to deny graduating high school seniors the support needed to attend college. Her record of anti-public education votes has garnered her an F (27%) rating by the National Education Association.
The only time Elizabeth Dole has voted to invest in education is when President Bush instructed her to support his No Child Left Behind act. The organization for which that act takes it's name, the Children's Defense Fund, gives Dole a zero percent (0%) rating.
Elizabeth Dole opposed ethics reform in the senate. She has consistantly voted against a amendments to strengthen ethics laws. In doing so she gave her tacit approval to lobbyist gifts and dead of night deals.
Nine days after 9/11, Elizabeth Dole raised $20,000 at a fundraiser organized for Dole by Enron Chairman Kenneth Lay. According to the Winston Salem Journal, her office then lied about it's activities.
As President of the American Red Cross, Elizabeth Dole ignored typical Red Cross regulations and hired personal friends to high ranking positions. Additionally, she named seven members to the Red Cross Board that had contributed more than $250,000 to Dole campaigns and a jet for at least 24 Dole trips.
Elizabeth Dole has held contradictory stances on Corporate Campaign contributions. As a nominee for President she said, “let’s rule out all soft money for corporations,” but in her 2002 Senate campaign she was cited in violation of FEC regulations by accepting tens of thousands of dollars from corporations.