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Russell Feingold on Abortion
Click here for 19 full quotes on Abortion OR other political leaders on Abortion.
  • Supports public funding for Planned Parenthood. (Oct 2016)
  • Voted NO on restricting UN funding for population control policies. (Mar 2009)
  • 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 barring HHS grants to organizations that perform abortions. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Apr 2007)
  • 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 human cloning. (Feb 1998)
  • Rated 93% 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)
  • Provide emergency contraception at military facilities. (Apr 2007)
  • Supports both federal abortion funding & judicial activism. (Aug 2010)
  • Protect the reproductive rights of women. (Jan 1993)
  • Emergency contraception at all military health facilities. (Dec 2009)
Russell Feingold on Budget & Economy
Click here for 12 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR other political leaders on Budget & Economy.
  • Balanced budgets with Clinton; stood up to deficit with Bush. (Oct 2010)
  • 41-point plan to help control federal spending. (Oct 2010)
  • 41-point plan to help control federal spending. (Oct 2010)
  • Voted YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures. (May 2009)
  • Voted YES on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package. (Feb 2009)
  • Voted YES on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy. (Sep 2008)
  • 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)
Russell Feingold on Civil Rights
Click here for 23 full quotes on Civil Rights OR other political leaders on Civil Rights.
  • The Patriot Act allows people to monitor your computer usage. (Oct 2004)
  • Shouldnít change the Constitution to ban gay marriage. (Oct 2004)
  • Voted NO on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (Jun 2002)
  • Voted NO 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 NO 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 80% by the ACLU, indicating a pro-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Sponsored bill for special-needs evacuation plans. (Sep 2005)
  • Rated 89% by the HRC, indicating a pro-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 96% by the NAACP, indicating a pro-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Recognize Juneteenth as historical end of slavery. (Jun 2008)
  • ENDA: prohibit employment discrimination for gays. (Jun 2009)
  • Provide benefits to domestic partners of Federal employees. (Dec 2007)
  • Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment. (Mar 2007)
  • Reinforce anti-discrimination and equal-pay requirements. (Jan 2008)
  • Investigate deportation of Japanese during WWII. (Jan 2009)
Russell Feingold on Corporations
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  • 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 26% by the US COC, indicating an anti-business voting record. (Dec 2003)
Russell Feingold on Crime
Click here for 13 full quotes on Crime OR other political leaders on Crime.
  • Death penalty defendants often donít get adequate counsel. (Jan 2006)
  • Alito votes more pro-death penalty than most GOP judges. (Jan 2006)
  • 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 NO on limiting product liability punitive damage awards. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted NO on restricting class-action lawsuits. (Dec 1995)
  • Voted YES on repealing federal speed limits. (Jun 1995)
  • Voted NO on mandatory prison terms for crimes involving firearms. (May 1994)
  • Voted NO on rejecting racial statistics in death penalty appeals. (May 1994)
  • Rated 100% by CURE, indicating pro-rehabilitation crime votes. (Dec 2000)
  • Moratorium on death penalty; more DNA testing. (Mar 2001)
  • Require DNA testing for all federal executions. (Mar 2001)
Russell Feingold on Drugs
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  • Voted NO on increasing penalties for drug offenses. (Nov 1999)
  • Voted NO on spending international development funds on drug control. (Jul 1996)
  • Federal grants to Indian tribes to fight methamphetamine. (Dec 2006)
  • End harsher sentencing for crack vs. powder cocaine. (Jun 2007)
Russell Feingold on Education
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  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Oct 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)
  • Rated 91% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Opposes voluntary prayer in public schools. (Aug 2010)
  • Opposes less federal or more local control of education. (Sep 2010)
  • Don't count combat pay against free school lunch. (Mar 2009)
Russell Feingold on Energy & Oil
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  • Climate change is real and we need to address it. (Sep 2016)
  • 2003 "4P": use Clean Air Act to reduce coal plant pollutants. (May 2015)
  • Voted YES on protecting middle-income taxpayers from a national energy tax. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on requiring full Senate debate and vote on cap-and-trade. (Apr 2009)
  • 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 making oil-producing and exporting cartels illegal. (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 NO 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 YES 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)
  • Opposes passage of Cap-and-Trade energy legislation. (Sep 2010)
  • Designate sensitive ANWR area as protected wilderness. (Nov 2007)
  • Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025. (Jan 2007)
Russell Feingold on Environment
Click here for 18 full quotes on Environment OR other political leaders on Environment.
  • Clean Water Restoration Act to protect streams and wetlands. (May 2015)
  • Voted YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program. (Aug 2009)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting eminent domain for use as parks or grazing land. (Dec 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 NO on requiring EPA risk assessments. (May 1994)
  • End commercial whaling and illegal trade in whale meat. (Jun 2001)
  • Support UNCED Rio Declaration at 2002 conference. (Jul 2002)
  • Rated 89% by the LCV, indicating pro-environment votes. (Dec 2003)
  • EPA must do better on mercury clean-up. (Apr 2004)
  • Establish commission to examine Katrina response. (Sep 2005)
  • Inter-state compact for Great Lakes water resources. (Jul 2008)
  • Strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting. (Jan 2007)
  • Sponsored bill funding international crane conservation. (Jan 2009)
Russell Feingold on Families & Children
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  • Voted YES on killing restrictions on violent videos to minors. (May 1999)
  • Rated 0% by the Christian Coalition: an anti-Family-Value voting record. (Dec 2003)
Russell Feingold on Foreign Policy
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  • Supports Iran nuclear deal. (Oct 2016)
  • As special envoy to Congo, cajoled both sides of civil war. (Mar 2014)
  • Voted NO on cooperating with India as a nuclear power. (Oct 2008)
  • Voted YES on enlarging NATO to include Eastern Europe. (May 2002)
  • Voted NO on killing a bill for trade sanctions if China sells weapons. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted NO on capping foreign aid at only $12.7 billion. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES 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 NO on $17.9 billion to IMF. (Mar 1998)
  • Voted NO on Strengthening of the trade embargo against Cuba. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted NO on ending Vietnam embargo. (Jan 1994)
  • Multi-year commitment to Africa for food & medicine. (Apr 2001)
  • Monitor human rights in Uganda-Sudan crisis. (Aug 2004)
  • Remove African National Congress from terrorist list. (May 2008)
  • Implement Darfur Peace Agreement with UN peacekeeping force. (Feb 2008)
  • Acknowledge the Armenian Genocide of the early 1900s. (Mar 2007)
  • Develop a strategy to protect civilians in Darfur. (Feb 2007)
  • Condemn violence by Chinese government in Tibet. (Apr 2008)
  • Sanction Mugabe until Zimbabwe transitions to democracy. (Apr 2008)
  • Allow travel between the United States and Cuba. (Feb 2009)
Russell Feingold on Free Trade
Click here for 18 full quotes on Free Trade OR other political leaders on Free Trade.
  • Opposes lousy trade deals. (Aug 2015)
  • Protect jobs from being shipped abroad via free trade. (Oct 2010)
  • Voted NO on promoting free trade with Peru. (Dec 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 NO on granting normal trade relations status to Vietnam. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO on removing common goods from national security export rules. (Sep 2001)
  • Voted NO on permanent normal trade relations with China. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted NO on expanding trade to the third world. (May 2000)
  • Voted NO on renewing 'fast track' presidential trade authority. (Nov 1997)
  • Voted YES on imposing trade sanctions on Japan for closed market. (May 1995)
  • Rated 25% by CATO, indicating a pro-fair trade voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Extend trade restrictions on Burma to promote democracy. (Jun 2007)
  • Tariffs against countries undervaluing their currency. (May 2009)
  • Review free trade agreements biennially for rights violation. (Jun 2009)
Russell Feingold on Government Reform
Click here for 31 full quotes on Government Reform OR other political leaders on Government Reform.
  • Outraged by Shelby County v. Holder; enforce voting rights. (Sep 2016)
  • Created "Progressives United" PAC as soon as he left office. (Aug 2015)
  • Create a constitutional version of the line-item veto. (Jan 2010)
  • Profile in Courage award for preserving integrity of system. (Apr 2003)
  • Loner in Dem caucus because heís a campaign finance purist. (May 2002)
  • McCain-Feingold is latest in line of 200 years of CFR. (Oct 2001)
  • 1998: "Unilaterally disarmed" by forgoing soft money. (Oct 2001)
  • Viewed as moralizer by Senate colleagues, for pushing reform. (Oct 2001)
  • Call the Bank Roll: List donations prior to Senate votes. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on Congressional pay raise. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on providing a US House seat for the District of Columbia. (Feb 2009)
  • 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 NO on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES 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 YES on Approving the presidential line-item veto. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted NO on banning more types of Congressional gifts. (Jul 1995)
  • Supports Shays-Meehan Campaign Finance Reform. (Jul 2001)
  • Sponsored bill subjecting 527s to political committee rules. (Feb 2005)
  • Criminalize false or deceptive info about elections. (Nov 2005)
  • Reject photo ID requirements for voting. (Sep 2005)
  • Sponsored bill allowing individual votes on each earmark. (Feb 2006)
  • Prohibit voter intimidation in federal elections. (Mar 2007)
  • Require Internet disclosure of all earmarks. (May 2010)
  • Prohibit 'voter caging' which intimidates minority voting. (Nov 2007)
  • Repeal automatic Congressional pay raises. (Jan 2009)
Russell Feingold on Gun Control
Click here for 10 full quotes on Gun Control OR other political leaders on Gun Control.
  • Universal background checks plus waiting periods. (Sep 2016)
  • Voted YES on allowing firearms in checked baggage on Amtrak trains. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting foreign & UN aid that restricts US gun ownership. (Sep 2007)
  • 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 more penalties for gun & drug violations. (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)
  • Supports restrictions on the right to bear arms. (Aug 2010)
Russell Feingold on Health Care
Click here for 24 full quotes on Health Care OR other political leaders on Health Care.
  • 2010: I knew that over time, ObamaCare would work out. (Aug 2015)
  • Healthcare reform is a good compromise. (Oct 2010)
  • Brags about having voted for Obamacare. (Oct 2010)
  • Voted YES on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare. (Jul 2008)
  • 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 adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Nov 2007)
  • 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)
  • Rated 100% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record. (Dec 2003)
Russell Feingold on Homeland Security
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  • Supports a fully integrated military, including gays. (Oct 2010)
  • Leader against Bush's use of extra-constitutional doctrines. (Aug 2008)
  • Sole Senate vote against Patriot Act. (Mar 2008)
  • Censure Bush for illegal wiretapping program. (Jun 2006)
  • Al-Qaeda is a priority, not Iraq. (Oct 2004)
  • Privatizing screening at the airports allowed 9/11 to happen. (Oct 2004)
  • We are not any safer with Saddam gone. (Oct 2004)
  • 1994: Led unsuccessful fight to cut aircraft carrier funding. (Oct 2001)
  • 2001: Sole senate vote opposing anti-terrorist legislation. (Oct 2001)
  • 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 NO on reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted NO on extending the PATRIOT Act's wiretap provision. (Dec 2005)
  • 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 YES 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)
  • Rated 100% by SANE, indicating a pro-peace voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Study & address suicides among veterans. (Apr 2008)
  • Repeal Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell, and reinstate discharged gays. (Mar 2010)
  • Restore habeas corpus for detainees in the War on Terror. (Jun 2007)
  • Establish global strategy to defeat al Qaeda. (Feb 2008)
Russell Feingold on Immigration
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  • Voted YES on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities". (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on comprehensive immigration reform. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted NO on declaring English as the official language of the US government. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "Y" nonimmigrant guestworker program. (May 2007)
  • Voted NO 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 NO on visas for skilled workers. (May 1998)
  • Voted NO on limit welfare for immigrants. (Jun 1997)
  • Rated 0% by USBC, indicating an open-border stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Supports granting amnesty to illegal immigrants. (Sep 2010)
  • Opposes full implementation of current border security laws. (Sep 2010)
Russell Feingold on Jobs
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  • $184B stimulus created jobs, especially highway construction. (Oct 2010)
  • Voted YES on extending unemployment benefits from 39 weeks to 59 weeks. (Nov 2008)
  • 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 limiting farm subsidies to people earning under $750,000. (Dec 2007)
  • 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)
  • Form unions by card-check instead of secret ballot. (Mar 2009)
  • Ban discriminatory compensation; allow 2 years to sue. (Jan 2009)
  • Stronger enforcement against gender-based pay discrimination. (Jan 2009)
Russell Feingold on Principles & Values
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  • Endorsed by Our Revolution national progressive group. (Nov 2016)
  • Badger Pledge: keep outside groups out of state race. (Aug 2015)
  • E4 Initiative: economy, employment, energy and education. (Aug 2010)
  • Voted with Democratic Party 91.7% of 326 votes. (Sep 2007)
  • Launched presidential PAC, the Progressive Patriots Fund. (Jun 2006)
  • Dems will win majority by taking strong stands. (Jun 2006)
  • Declines congressional pay raise. (May 2006)
  • 1999: Only Dem to vote against dismissing impeaching Clinton. (Feb 2004)
  • Voted YES on confirming of Sonia Sotomayor to Supreme Court. (Aug 2009)
  • 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: Jewish. (Nov 2000)
  • Profiled in "Jews in American Politics". (Jan 2001)
Russell Feingold on Social Security
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  • 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)
Russell Feingold on Tax Reform
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  • 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 raising estate tax exemption to $5 million. (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 17% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 80% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Supports more federal taxes & keeping marriage penalty. (Aug 2010)
Russell Feingold on Technology
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  • Voted NO on $23B instead of $4.9B for waterway infrastructure. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on restoring $550M in funding for Amtrak for 2007. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on disallowing FCC approval of larger media conglomerates. (Sep 2003)
  • Voted YES on Internet sales tax moratorium. (Oct 1998)
  • Voted NO on telecomm deregulation. (Feb 1996)
  • Require telecomms to transfer VOIP calls from other carriers. (Apr 2008)
  • Overturn FCC approval of media consolidation. (Mar 2008)
  • Televise proceedings of the Supreme Court. (Feb 2009)
Russell Feingold on War & Peace
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  • State Dept website in 2001 said al Qaeda was not in Iraq. (Jun 2006)
  • Canít blame Iraq on the media. (Oct 2004)
  • Voted YES on redeploying non-essential US troops out of Iraq in 9 months. (Dec 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 YES 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 NO on authorizing use of military force against Iraq. (Oct 2002)
  • Voted YES on allowing all necessary force in Kosovo. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on authorizing air strikes in Kosovo. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted YES on ending the Bosnian arms embargo. (Jul 1995)
  • Condemns anti-Muslim bigotry in name of anti-terrorism. (Oct 2001)
  • Deploy UN multinational peacekeeping force in Darfur. (Jul 2007)
  • Supports timetable for troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. (Sep 2010)
  • Sanctions on Iran to end nuclear program. (Apr 2009)
  • Move the US Embassy to Jerusalem. (Nov 1995)
Russell Feingold on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES 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)
  • Fully fund AmeriCorps. (Jun 2003)
  • Develop a strategy to eliminate extreme global poverty. (Dec 2007)
  • Sponsored bill favoring school breakfast for low-income kids. (Mar 2009)
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