If you got a glimpse of Elizabeth Dole this year, count yourself among the lucky few.
When it came to protecting North Carolina communities against an unwanted outlying landing field, providing health insurance for children, and taking a stand against Big Oil, Dole was missing in action.
The one place she could be found was among the thickets of Bush Republicans who sided with special interests and blocked Congress from moving forward on our top priorities.
Maybe in 2008 Dole will stop obstructing and actually deliver. Or maybe she’ll keep finding excuses for her obstruction.
Here’s a holiday list of what North Carolina families were looking for this year, and what they’ll keep demanding in the New Year.
A New Direction in Iraq - OBSTRUCTED
Dole Blocked A Change of Course in Iraq Seven Times This Year. In all this year, Dole has blocked seven separate attempts to start bringing U.S. troops home from Iraq. [Vote 411, 11/16/07; Vote 346, 9/21/07; Vote 252, 7/18/07; Vote 147, 4/26/07; Vote 126, 3/29/07,Vote 116, 3/27/07; Vote 75, 3/15/07; Vote 51, 2/17/07; Vote 44, 2/5/07; Congressional Record, 2/5/07; Denver Post, 2/6/07; New York Times, 2/6/07]
Responsible Deployment Limits for our Troops - OBSTRUCTED
Dole Blocked Responsible Troop Deployment Limits. This year, Dole voted twice against Reagan Navy Secretary and Sen. Jim Webb’s bipartisan proposal to specify minimum periods between deployments of U.S. troops in Iraq. Specifically, the Webb amendment would extend home stays for troops for periods at least as long as their last combat tours before they can be redeployed. [Vote 341, 9/19/07; Vote 241, 7/11/07; Washington Post, 9/19/07]
Health Care for America’s Neediest Children - OBSTRUCTED
Dole Repeatedly Voted Against Health Care for 3.8 Million Uninsured Children. Since the beginning of 2007, Dole has voted against bipartisan legislation extending health insurance to 3.8 million uninsured children six times, denying health insurance to 3.8 million uninsured children. [Vote 307, 8/2/07; Vote 352, 9/27/07; Vote 353, 9/27/07; Vote 401, 10/31/07; Vote 402, 11/1/07; Vote 403, 11/1/07]
Lower Drugs Prices for Senior Citizens - OBSTRUCTED
Dole Blocked Lower Drug Prices for Seniors. In April, a majority of Senate Republicans voted against a bipartisan proposal to allow Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices for millions of older Americans. A 2005 report found that the drug prices offered by the Medicare prescription drug plan are over 80% higher than prices that could be achieved if the federal government could negotiate with drug companies for lower prices. [Vote 132, 4/18/07; House Committee on Government Reform, Minority Staff, November 2005; New York Times, 4/12/07]
Stem-Cell Research - OBSTRUCTED
Dole Voted Against Bill to Expand Life-Saving Stem-Cell Research. In April, a majority of Senate Republicans voted against the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007. The bill would have reversed Bush’s 2001 directive limiting federal funding of embryonic stem-cell research. If just one more Republican stood up in support of stem cell research, the Senate would have had enough votes to override President Bush’s veto. [AP, 4/5/07; Vote 127, 4/11/07]
Invest in Clean Energy by Rolling Back Breaks for Big Oil - OBSTRUCTED
Dole Twice Blocked Attempts to Roll Back Big Oil Tax Breaks In Order to Help Consumers. Over the course of one week, Dole twice voted to block the bipartisan energy bill that would have saved consumers millions and provided tax breaks to consumers and businesses for using clean energy and improving efficiency and rolled back over $9 billion in tax breaks for big oil companies. [Vote 425, 12/13/07; Vote 416, 12/7/07; Union of Concerned Scientists, 12/6/07]
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