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    This is from Majority Whip Roy Blunt’s office. It’s a Who Would Be Who in a Democratic majority Congress. It’s intended to scare Republican voters into showing up at the polls on November 7. It sure scares me.


Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey (D-Wis.)

Elected 1969, 18th term

Rep. Obey voted with the AFL-CIO 100% of the time.  Obey voted against the Deficit Reduction Act, against Defense Funding (FY06), against the Legislative Line Item Veto, and against funding the Global War on Terror (FY04).


“Mr. Obey was one of those Democrats who ripped Mr. Clinton for endorsing a balanced budget in 1995.  Rather than cut spending, his goal would be to spend less on defense and more on domestic programs and entitlements.” (WSJ, 08/31/06)


Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.)

Elected 1970, 18th term

Rep. Rangel voted with the ACLU 94% of the time.  Rangel consistently voted against free trade agreements, against the Bush tax cuts, against Pension Reform, and against Welfare Reform.


Rep. Rangel “opposed the Bush tax cuts and recently voted against free trade with tiny Oman. His committee’s crucial health care subcommittee would be run by California’s Pete Stark (1972), who in 1993 criticized Hillary Clinton’s health care proposal because the government wasn’t dominant enough.” (WSJ, 08/31/06)


“No question about it.” -Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY), when asked whether tax increases across the spectrum would be considered should Democrats take control of Congress. (CongressDaily, 09/26/06)


Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-Mich.)

Elected 1964, 21st term

Rep. Conyers voted with the AFL-CIO 100% and the ACLU 100% of the time.  Conyers consistently voted against any liability reform, against the USA PATRIOT Act Reauthorization, against REAL ID, against the Child Interstate Abortion Notification bill, and against Border Protection and Immigration Reform.


“He recently made his plans clear in a 370-page report… the report accuses the Administration of violating no fewer than 26 laws and regulations, and is a road map of Mr. Conyers’s explicit intention to investigate grounds for impeaching President Bush.” (WSJ, 08/31/06)


Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman John Dingell (D-Mich.)

Elected 1955, 25th term

Rep. Dingell voted with the AFL-CIO 100% of the time.  Dingell voted against exploring for American-made energy in ANWR and OCS, against reforming the Endangered Species Act, and against the Telecom Reauthorization bill.


“The Michigan Congressman would do his best to provide taxpayer help to GM and Ford. But telecom companies would probably get more regulation in the form of Net neutrality rules, and a windfall profits tax on oil would be a real possibility.” (WSJ, 08/31/06)

Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman George Miller (D-Calif.)

Elected 1974, 16th term

Rep. Miller voted with the ACLU 95% of the time. Miller voted against Higher Education Reauthorization, against Head Start Reauthorization, and against Pension Reform.


Rep. Miller is “the chief sponsor of the ‘Employee Free Choice Act,’ which would make it much easier for unions to organize by largely banning secret elections… The Californian also wants to raise the minimum wage and fulfill the National Education Association wish to spend more federal dollars on local school construction.” (WSJ, 08/31/06)


Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank (D-Mass.)

Elected 1980, 13th term

Rep. Frank voted with the AFL-CIO 100% and the ACLU 95% of the time.  Frank voted against the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention Act, against Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement, and against Credit Rating Reform.


“…the ascension of Barney Frank (1980) would mean a reprieve for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, despite $16 billion in accounting scandals. His main reform priority has been to carve out a new affordable housing fund from the two companies’ profits. And forget about any major review of Sarbanes-Oxley.” (WSJ, 08/31/06)

Government Reform Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.)

Elected 1974, 16th term

Rep. Waxman voted with the AFL-CIO 100% and the ACLU 95% of the time.  Waxman voted against the 9/11 Recommendations Implementation Act, against the formation of the Bipartisan Katrina Committee, and against 527 Reform.


Rep. Waxman “would compete with Mr. Conyers to see who could issue the most subpoenas to the Bush Administration.” (WSJ, 08/31/06)


Intelligence Committee Chairman Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.)

Elected 1992, 7th term

Rep. Hastings voted with the AFL-CIO 92% of the time.  Hastings voted against declaring that the U.S. will prevail in the Global War on Terror, against the 9/11 Recommendations Implementation Act, against Supporting Terrorist Finance Tracking, against the USA PATRIOT Act Reauthorization, and against Border Protection and Immigration Reform.         


Rep. Hastings “who, should Ms. Pelosi succeed in pushing aside current ranking Member Jane Harman, would take over the House Intelligence Committee. Before he won his Florida seat in 1992, Mr. Hastings had been a federal judge who was impeached and convicted by a Democratic Congress for lying to beat a bribery rap. He would handle America’s most vital national secrets.” (WSJ, 08/31/06)


*Group ratings are from 2004.  Key votes are from the 108th and 109th Congress.  Wall Street Journal quotes are extracted from “Back to the Congressional Future” editorial, August 31, 2006.



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