Frank Lautenberg – Biographical Profile and Positions on the Issues

Previous Candidate for U.S. Senate, New Jersey

New Jersey Democratic Party
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Biographical
General (political statement of goals, objectives, views, philosophies)

The phrase "only in America" has a special meaning for Senator Frank R. Lautenberg. Lautenberg began his life as the son of poor but hard-working immigrant parents. Following their example, he rolled up his sleeves and pursued the American Dream.

He succeeded in spectacular fashion, first as a businessman and founder of a major computing services firm, and then as a U.S. Senator with a number of major legislative accomplishments.

Lautenberg retired from the Senate in 2000 after 18 years of service, but returned in 2002 to once again serve the state and nation that have given him so much.

An American Journey

Senator Lautenberg was born in Paterson, New Jersey, the son of Polish and Russian immigrants who came to the United States through Ellis Island. His early life was unsettled as his parents moved about

a dozen times while struggling to support the family.

Lautenberg's father, Sam, worked in the silk mills, sold coal, farmed and once ran a tavern. When Lautenberg was 19, his father died of cancer. To help his family, he worked nights and weekends until

he graduated from Nutley High School.

After graduating from Nutley, Lautenberg enlisted and served in the Army Signal Corps in Europe during World War II. Following the war, he attended Columbia University on the G.I. Bill and graduated with a degree in economics in 1949.

With his military service completed and his education secured, Lautenberg set out to build a career. He joined with two boyhood friends from his old neighborhood to found the nation's first payroll services company, Automatic Data Processing. Lautenberg served as chairman and CEO, and along with his partners developed ADP into one of the largest computing services company in the world.

From CEO to Senator: A new career, another success

Sen. Lautenberg always knew that his success was a uniquely American story. He wanted to give something back to the nation that had given him so many opportunities. He decided to launch a [Response was truncated to maximum response length of 2000 characters.]

Personal (gender, age, marital status, spouse's name and age, children's name and ages, home town, current residence)

Senator Lautenberg, born in Paterson, NJ on January 23, 1924, resides in Secausus with his wife Bonnie. He has four children and ten grandchildren.

Education (times and places of schools, colleges, major, degrees, activities, sports)

Following the war, he attended Columbia University on the G.I. Bill and graduated with a degree in economics in 1949.

Profession (professional and work experience outside politics)

Commissioner, New York/New Jersey Port Authority, 1978-1982

Chairman/CEO, Automatic Data Processing, 1952-1982

Commissioner, New Jersey Economic Development Authority.

Military (branch, years of service, active duty experience, highest rank, medals, honors, type and date of discharge)

Lautenberg enlisted and served in the Army Signal Corps in Europe during World War II.

Civic (past and present organizations, charities involvement)

Advisory Council, Columbia University Graduate School of Business

US Holocaust Memorial Council.

Political (dates and titles of previously held political offices)

Sen. Lautenberg always knew that his success was a uniquely American story. He wanted to give something back to the nation that had given him so many opportunities. He decided to launch a new career in politics and - running for his first public office - was elected to the Senate in 1982. He was re-elected in 1988 and 1994, and returned to win a fourth term in 2002 after two years away.

Over his first three terms in the U.S. Senate, Sen. Lautenberg built a solid record of accomplishment on a broad range of issues that touch the lives of New Jerseyans: helping to balance the federal budget, stopping aid to nations that support terrorism, keeping guns out of the hands of convicted domestic abusers, banning smoking on airplanes, getting drunk drivers off our roads, protecting our oceans and environment, and improving our transportation system.

Since returning to the Senate in 2003, Senator Lautenberg has picked up where he left off, fighting to improve the lives of New Jersey families. He is the ranking Democrat on the subcommittee on global warming. He has introduced legislation to provide more Homeland Security resources for New Jersey and keep weapons out of the hands of terrorists. And he is working tirelessly to strengthen security in our ports and our national passenger rail system.

Religion (current and past religious affiliations, beliefs)

Jewish.

Accomplishments (significant accomplishments, awards, achievements)

Over his first three terms in the U.S. Senate, Sen. Lautenberg built a solid record of accomplishment on a broad range of issues that touch the lives of New Jerseyans: helping to balance the federal budget, stopping aid to nations that support terrorism, keeping guns out of the hands of convicted domestic abusers, banning smoking on airplanes, getting drunk drivers off our roads, protecting our oceans and environment, and improving our transportation system.

Since returning to the Senate in 2003, Senator Lautenberg has picked up where he left off, fighting to improve the lives of New Jersey families. He is the ranking Democrat on the subcommittee on global warming. He has introduced legislation to provide more Homeland Security resources for New Jersey and keep weapons out of the hands of terrorists. And he is working tirelessly to strengthen security in our ports and our national passenger rail system.

Abortion, Stem Cell & Cloning
Abortion, a General Statement

Roe v. Wade was one of the most important decisions handed down by the Supreme Court giving every woman in the country the right to make private health decisions. As we mark the 32nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we must also recognize that the forces against a woman's right to choose have grown stronger, and it is critical we do all we can to see that these rights are protected. Right now, President Bush and his Republican allies in Congress are determined to chip away at this fundamental right. I pledge to do all I can in the U.S. Senate to stop the extreme anti-choice forces and protect a woman's right to choose.

Source: lautenberg.senate.gov/newsroom (06/30/2008)

Partial-birth Abortions

United States Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) issued the following statement following the decision by a U.S. District Judge in San Francisco that the so called partial birth abortion law signed by President Bush earlier this year is unconstitutional. "The Bush Administration knew all along that the courts would rule this law unconstitutional, because it is nothing more than a broad ban on legal abortions. This court ruling proves that this law is as unconstitutional as it is offensive."

Source: lautenberg.senate.gov/newsroom (06/30/2008)

Business
Intellectual Property Protection

He's promoted technology and investment by writing tough laws that punish foreign companies that steal American inventions.

Source: lautenberg.senate.gov (05/04/2008)

Business, a General Statement

Beyond restoring fiscal discipline and supporting middle class tax relief, Senator Lautenberg has focused on promoting economic development in New Jersey. He's done it town-by-town, rolling up his sleeves to secure federal help for renewing local business districts like Pennsgrove and Paterson, or upgrading critical local transportation links from Cape May to Paramus.

Senator Lautenberg has fought to preserve or expand federal installations like McGuire Air Force Base, and win federal projects that create jobs from Moorestown to Princeton. Nationally, he's promoted technology and investment by backing tax credits for research and for investments in new businesses; by writing tough laws that punish foreign companies that steal American inventions; and by promoting federal defense conversion programs that put defense technology to work creating non-defense jobs.

He's fought for trade laws that are fair, protecting jobs at home and opening markets abroad. To prepare workers, he's backed programs for apprentices to smooth the transition from school to work.

Source: lautenberg.senate.gov (05/04/2008)

Civil Rights
Civil Rights, a General Statement

Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) joined with Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA), Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), and more than a dozen Senate colleagues, to introduce the Civil Rights Act of 2008, to strengthen accountability when civil rights and workers' rights are violated. "We need to put teeth back in our civil rights laws," Lautenberg said. "This bill would reaffirm the basic American value that everyone--regardless of race, gender or age--should have the same opportunities to succeed."

Source: lautenberg.senate.gov/newsroom (06/30/2008)

Crime
Hate Crime

Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) issued the following statement on the Senate passage of legislation strengthening the ability of federal and local law enforcement officials to prosecute hate crimes:

"This legislation sends a powerful message that America does not tolerate violent acts of hatred. It is long overdue and brings us closer to a day when everyone in our country can live without fear of hate-based violence."

Source: lautenberg.senate.gov/newsroom (06/30/2008)

Crime, a General Statement

He cosponsored legislation to abolish parole and toughen penalties for violent criminals.

Source: lautenberg.senate.gov (05/04/2008)

Economy
Stimulating the Economy

Beyond restoring fiscal discipline and supporting middle class tax relief, Senator Lautenberg has focused on promoting economic development in New Jersey. He's done it town-by-town, rolling up his sleeves to secure federal help for renewing local business districts like Pennsgrove and Paterson, or upgrading critical local transportation links from Cape May to Paramus.

Senator Lautenberg has fought to preserve or expand federal installations like McGuire Air Force Base, and win federal projects that create jobs from Moorestown to Princeton. Nationally, he's promoted technology and investment by backing tax credits for research and for investments in new businesses; by writing tough laws that punish foreign companies that steal American inventions; and by promoting federal defense conversion programs that put defense technology to work creating non-defense jobs.

Source: Candidate Website (10/04/2008)

Education
Improving Education

Unfortunately, too many schools are in poor condition and lack sufficient access to modern technology. To help our local school districts pay for crucial school building modernization, Sen. Lautenberg sponsored the Public School Modernization Act, to provide $25-billion in zero-interest bonding authority. New Jersey's share, estimated at $545 million, could have translated into about four million square feet of school renovation and construction.

But Senator Lautenberg knows that some of our at-risk children need special one-on-one help. That's why he sponsored the Juvenile Mentoring Program Act -- or JUMP -- in 1992. One study showed mentoring produced dramatic results at a cost of just $1,000 a match. Compare that to the roughly $25,000 a year we're forced to spend to put someone in jail once they've dropped out of school and turned to crime or drugs.

Source: lautenberg.senate.gov (05/04/2008)

Dropouts

Senator Lautenberg knows that some of our at-risk children need special one-on-one help. That's why he sponsored the Juvenile Mentoring Program Act -- or JUMP -- in 1992. One study showed mentoring produced dramatic results at a cost of just $1,000 a match. Compare that to the roughly $25,000 a year we're forced to spend to put someone in jail once they've dropped out of school and turned to crime or drugs.

Source: lautenberg.senate.gov (05/04/2008)

Education, a General Statement

Senator Lautenberg firmly believes that the key to his success was a quality public education that allowed him to take advantage of the GI Bill and succeed in college. He is committed to ensuring that today's children have the same opportunity.

Unfortunately, too many schools are in poor condition and lack sufficient access to modern technology. To help our local school districts pay for crucial school building modernization, Sen. Lautenberg sponsored the Public School Modernization Act, to provide $25-billion in zero-interest bonding authority. New Jersey's share, estimated at $545 million, could have translated into about four million square feet of school renovation and construction.

But Senator Lautenberg knows that some of our at-risk children need special one-on-one help. That's why he sponsored the Juvenile Mentoring Program Act -- or JUMP -- in 1992. One study showed mentoring produced dramatic results at a cost of just $1,000 a match. Compare that to the roughly $25,000 a year we're forced to spend to put someone in jail once they've dropped out of school and turned to crime or drugs.

Source: Candidate Website (10/04/2008)

Energy, Gas, Oil & Autos
Gas Prices

FORT LEE, N.J. -- During a news conference today at a gas station in Fort Lee, United States Senators Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) laid out steps President Bush can take to lower gas prices for New Jersey drivers. The two lawmakers were joined by Fort Lee Mayor Jack Alter and Bergen County Executive Dennis McNerney.

In a letter sent today, Senators Lautenberg and Menendez accused the President of ignoring the dramatic rise in gas prices and its impact on families in New Jersey and across the country. "Under your leadership, a gallon of gasoline has risen from $1.16 per gallon to $2.73 since the end of 2001. This enormous price increase is hitting millions of American families and businesses very hard," wrote the lawmakers.

Lautenberg and Menendez called on the President to address the issue of skyrocketing gas prices by taking a series of steps at his disposal. First, take action against OPEC. This year, President Bush refused to make reform of OPEC a condition of Saudi Arabia's accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) despite the OPEC cartel violating WTO's prohibition on export quotas. Lautenberg and Menendez urged the President to file an official complaint with the WTO against OPEC's illegal actions.

Last year, Senator Lautenberg introduced the OPEC Accountability Act (S.752), which requires the President to initiate consultations with OPEC nations that are also members of WTO to seek their elimination of any action that limits the production or distribution of oil, natural gas, or any other petroleum products. If the consultations fail, the legislation requires the U.S. Trade Representative to initiate World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute proceedings.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is currently conducting an investigation into possible price gouging by big oil companies. If the FTC concludes there were potentially unfair business practices, including price gouging, there are actions that can and must be taken. T [Response was truncated to maximum response length of 2000 characters.]

Source: Candidate Website (10/04/2008)

Environment
Clean Drinking Water

He worked to pass the Safe Drinking Water Act and fought for extra treatment of drinking water to prevent vulnerable children from being poisoned by contaminants.

Source: lautenberg.senate.gov (05/04/2008)

Oceans

U.S. Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works (EPW) approved two bills introduced by Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) to improve the health and safety of our nation's beaches, and protect the environment by encouraging the use of more double-hull tankers instead of single-hull tankers.

"With the start of summer approaching, Americans expect our nation's beaches to be clean and safe," said Sen. Lautenberg, a member of the EPW Committee. "We must protect New Jersey's environment and economy from the threat of contaminated water or a major oil spill. These bills build on our efforts to protect our environment and give beachgoers the confidence they deserve."

The first bill, the Beach Protection Act of 2008, requires the EPA to approve and use rapid testing methods that detect water contamination in two hours, so the public can be quickly notified of any health risks the water may pose. Current water quality monitoring tests take one or two days, during which time beachgoers can be exposed to harmful pathogens.

The bill also doubles from $30 million to $60 million the amount of grant money available annually to states through 2012, which will allow states to track the sources of pollution and work to prevent its impacts.

Lautenberg's second bill would phase out all federal limitations on liability for polluters using single-hull tankers after 2010. Currently, federal laws cap clean up and damage costs for oil spills from single-hull tankers at a maximum of $3,000 per gross ton. Additional clean-up costs and damages are paid through a federal trust fund financed by a five-cent tax on each barrel of oil imported to the U.S.

Source: lautenberg.senate.gov/newsroom (06/30/2008)

National Parks

He helped create and expand federal parks and refuges, like the Sterling Forest, the Forsythe and Cape May refuges, and the Coastal Heritage Trail in South Jersey.

Source: lautenberg.senate.gov (05/04/2008)

Global Warming, Climate Change

WASHINGTON, DC -- In an effort to prevent future government reports dealing with the issue of climate change from being altered by White House political aides, several members of the United States Senate called for all future reports to be audited by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS).

Senators Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI) and John F. Kerry (D-MA) in a letter sent today, urged the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Deputy Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration James R. Mahoney, Ph.D, to put in place procedures that would give the NAS oversight for future scientific reports, including the annual "Our Changing Planet" report.

Political appointees in the Bush administration have altered the robust scientific findings of several Climate Change Science Program (CCSP) reports. Those alterations have injected expressions of uncertainty about aspects of climate change where none was intended by the authors. The lawmakers took this action today because the CCSP will begin the task of preparing the "Our Changing Planet" reports for Fiscal Year 2007 and Fiscal Year 2008.

"We are writing specifically to request that you empower the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) with an oversight and auditing role in the preparation of the upcoming "Our Changing Planet" report..Global warming is one of the most serious challenges we face, and Congress mandated reports summarizing the results of federal climate research to provide a solid scientific basis for public policy. Political interference has now tainted these reports and diminished their usefulness to Congress and the American people," the lawmakers wrote.

A copy of the letter is attached to the release:

The Honorable James R. Mahoney, Ph.D. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere & Deputy Administrator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration U.S. Department of Commerce Washington, DC 20230

Dear Dr. Mahon [Response was truncated to maximum response length of 2000 characters.]

Source: Candidate Website (10/04/2008)

Environment, a General Statement

As the grandfather of 10 children, Senator Lautenberg believes that a healthy environment is one of the most important legacies we can bequeath to future generations. He worked to pass the Safe Drinking Water Act and fought for extra treatment of drinking water to prevent vulnerable children from being poisoned by contaminants. He has also worked to preserve open spaces and keep our beaches and oceans clean and swimmable.

Clean beaches are crucial to New Jersey, which depends on the billions of dollars that Shore tourism pumps into our economy. To protect this resource, Senator Lautenberg wrote laws to require testing of beach water so our children don't get sick, to ban ocean dumping of sewage, to get garbage off our beaches, to control medical waste, to prevent oil spills and to stop oil drilling off our Shore.

The Senator has also worked to renew and improve the cleanup of Superfund toxic waste sites. He wrote the federal law to give citizens the right to know about the toxic emissions that companies spew into the air, water and ground. He drafted "brownfields" legislation, now law, to clean up abandoned industrial sites and promote economic development. He established a program to prevent pollution before it becomes a problem. And he helped create and expand federal parks and refuges, like the Sterling Forest, the Forsythe and Cape May refuges, and the Coastal Heritage Trail in South Jersey. He currently serves as the ranking Democratic member of the subcommittee on global warming.

Source: Candidate Website (10/04/2008)

Polluter-Pays Superfund Fees

The Senator has also worked to renew and improve the cleanup of Superfund toxic waste sites. He wrote the federal law to give citizens the right to know about the toxic emissions that companies spew into the air, water and ground. He drafted "brownfields" legislation, now law, to clean up abandoned industrial sites and promote economic development. He established a program to prevent pollution before it becomes a problem.

Source: lautenberg.senate.gov (05/04/2008)

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

WASHINGTON, DC -- In a letter sent today to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), a bipartisan group of Senators called for an investigation into the proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) to weaken regulations that require polluters to inform the public about toxic releases.

Signing the letter sent to GAO Administrator David M. Walker were United States Senators Jim Jeffords, Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (I-VT), Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), and Olympia Snowe (R-ME).

The Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) program, part of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, makes information about toxic releases publicly available on a neighborhood-by-neighborhood basis each year. Since the TRI disclosure requirement went into effect in 1988, the volume of toxic material released annually in the United States has fallen by an estimated 59 percent. Many experts believe the requirements to annually disclose the levels of released toxins into the environment were the main factor in this dramatic reduction.

In September of last year, the EPA notified Congress of its intent reduce the frequency of toxics reporting from every year to every two years. At the same time, EPA initiated two additional changes that will allow thousands of facilities to withhold details about pollution volumes, waste management and treatment if they generate less than 5,000 pounds of toxic chemicals per year.

"The TRI program was established on the principle that the public has a right to know about chemicals that are being stored and released in their communities. The agency's proposal would curtail that right, leaving families uninformed. This is wrong. The health and safety of the American people must trump the interests of the chemical industry," said Lautenberg.

Jeffords said, "We know that more information leads to better decision-making. Perhaps if the Bush Administration had better information about how this propos [Response was truncated to maximum response length of 2000 characters.]

Source: Candidate Website (10/04/2008)

Federal Budget & Fiscal Policy
Federal Budget & Debt

As the top Democratic member of the Senate Budget Committee, Senator Lautenberg helped negotiate the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, which restored fiscal discipline to the Federal government, ended years of deficits and raids on Social Security, and actually created large budget surpluses. This helped keep interest rates low, increased business investment, and contributed to the greatest period of economic growth in our nation's history.

WASHINGTON, DC -- The Republican controlled Senate today voted to kill a motion by United States Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) that would have instructed negotiators on a tax bill not to increase the nation's already staggering debt.

"It is astounding that Republicans would vote to stick our kids and grandkids with yet more debt," said Lautenberg, "The nation's credit card bill is already maxed out, but the Republicans just voted to increase President Bush's spending limit."

Senator Lautenberg's motion would have instructed conferees "to report a final conference report that does not increase the national debt of the United States." The Conference Committee that will handle final negotiations over the so-called "Tax Relief Act" is expected to meet as early as this week.

Earlier, a Democratic amendment (offered by Sen. Kent Conrad, D-ND) that would have prevented the package from increasing the deficit was defeated on a party-line vote as Republicans refused to stop companies from using foreign tax havens to evade U.S. taxes. Other provisions of the Democratic amendment would have imposed tax withholding on contractors like Halliburton and reinstated the Superfund polluters pay tax to help clean up polluted sites.

The Bush Administration is predicting a $423 billion deficit this year, the largest in history. President Bush has presided over the largest fiscal reversal of our country, from a ten-year surplus of $5.6 trillion to a ten-year deficit of $3.9 trillion.

Source: lautenberg.senate.gov (05/03/2008)

Fiscal Policy, a General Statement

As the top Democratic member of the Senate Budget Committee, Senator Lautenberg helped negotiate the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, which restored fiscal discipline to the Federal government, ended years of deficits and raids on Social Security, and actually created large budget surpluses. This helped keep interest rates low, increased business investment, and contributed to the greatest period of economic growth in our nation's history.

Source: lautenberg.senate.gov/issues/ (06/30/2008)

Government
Government Agencies

WASHINGTON, DC -- During a news conference today, lawmakers announced landmark whistleblower protection legislation for federal workers and contractors. The legislation authored by Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) in the Senate and Representatives Edward Markey (D-MA) and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) in the House will give protection for whistleblowers who risk their careers to stand up for the American people.

The lawmakers were joined by a number of government whistleblowers from the C.I.A., the the Air Force and the FAA. -- As well as representatives from several organizations working to strengthen the laws to protect whistleblowers.

"Whistlebowers should be protected under the law, however the Bush administration seeks time and again to punish them for speaking out. Those who uncover waste, fraud and abuse should not be fired -- they should be applauded," said Senator Lautenberg.

"Congress has given employees of Enron or WorldCom who reported accounting fraud better whistleblower protections than we give FBI employees, TSA baggage screeners, or port employees who report serious risks to homeland and national security," said Rep. Markey. "Whistleblowers are modern-day Paul Reveres. When they voice concerns over our nation's national security, we should listen to them, not silence them."

"Whistleblowers are true patriots, not enemies of the state," said Maloney. "The American people should know when their government is working for them and when it isn't. They should know when an administration is concealing something not to protect the country, but to protect its political standing. Whistleblowers are often the only way these systemic problems are uncovered. The current laws don't work for whistleblowers, and we need to change that."

This legislation would, for the first time expand whistleblower protections to national security employees and federal contractors, empowering whistleblowers to pursue their case in court instead of having to go through the cu [Response was truncated to maximum response length of 2000 characters.]

Source: Candidate Website (10/04/2008)

Guns
Gun Control Legislation

Senator Lautenberg has worked hard to fight the scourge of gun violence. Over the strong opposition of the National Rifle Association, he won enactment of the law banning wife beaters and child abusers from owning guns. He was the leader in efforts to close the gun show loophole. He successfully blocked a program that gave guns back to convicted felons. He also supported a variety of other measures, such as the assault weapons ban and the Brady Law, to reduce gun violence.

Source: lautenberg.senate.gov (05/04/2008)

Gun Shows

He was the leader in efforts to close the gun show loophole.

Source: lautenberg.senate.gov (05/04/2008)

Guns, a General Statement

To improve the security of Americans here at home, Senator Lautenberg has worked hard to reduce crime and fight the scourge of gun violence. Over the strong opposition of the National Rifle Association, he won enactment of the law banning wife beaters and child abusers from owning guns. He was the leader in efforts to close the gun show loophole. He successfully blocked a program that gave guns back to convicted felons. He also supported a variety of other measures, such as the assault weapons ban and the Brady Law, to reduce gun violence.

Source: lautenberg.senate.gov (05/04/2008)

National Rifle Association (NRA)

Over the strong opposition of the National Rifle Association, he won enactment of the law banning wife beaters and child abusers from owning guns.

Source: lautenberg.senate.gov (05/04/2008)

Renewal of Ban on Assault Weapons Purchases

He supported a variety of measures, such as the assault weapons ban and the Brady Law, to reduce gun violence.

Source: lautenberg.senate.gov (05/04/2008)

National Security & Terrorism
War on Terror, a General Statement

Senator Lautenberg has been a leader against terrorism. He wrote the law banning foreign aid to states that sponsor terrorism. He authored legislation to deny tax breaks to companies that operate in states that actively support terrorism. He led efforts to increase US opposition to Hamas and other violent fundamentalist organizations in the Middle East. And he wrote the law that allows victims of terrorism to collect damages from countries that sponsor terrorist acts.

Source: Candidate Website (10/04/2008)

Immigration
Immigration, a General Statement

United States Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) issued the following statement after the Senate passed the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act (S.2611).

"I voted for the Senate bill because it presents a realistic and comprehensive reform of our nation's immigration laws. It strengthens border security, increases employer oversight and sanctions, establishes a limited guest worker program, and creates a path to earned legalization for undocumented workers."

Included in the final bill was an amendment sponsored by Senator Lautenberg that would allow the spouse or child of a victim who died as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and was a beneficiary of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, to adjust to lawful permanent resident status, no matter if they were legal or undocumented at the time.

Source: lautenberg.senate.gov/newsroom (06/30/2008)

Jobs
Jobs, a General Statement

Beyond restoring fiscal discipline and supporting middle class tax relief, Senator Lautenberg has focused on promoting economic development in New Jersey. He's done it town-by-town, rolling up his sleeves to secure federal help for renewing local business districts like Pennsgrove and Paterson, or upgrading critical local transportation links from Cape May to Paramus.

Senator Lautenberg has fought to preserve or expand federal installations like McGuire Air Force Base, and win federal projects that create jobs from Moorestown to Princeton. Nationally, he's promoted technology and investment by backing tax credits for research and for investments in new businesses; by writing tough laws that punish foreign companies that steal American inventions; and by promoting federal defense conversion programs that put defense technology to work creating non-defense jobs.

He's fought for trade laws that are fair, protecting jobs at home and opening markets abroad. To prepare workers, he's backed programs for apprentices to smooth the transition from school to work. He also has supported efforts to provide workers with the job training they need to succeed in an ever more complex and technological economy.

Source: lautenberg.senate.gov (05/04/2008)

Middle East
Hizbullah and Hamas

Senator Lautenberg has led efforts to increase US opposition to Hamas and other violent fundamentalist organizations in the Middle East.

Source: lautenberg.senate.gov (05/04/2008)

Military & Defense
Military Adequacy

Senator Lautenberg's life has been shaped by his Army service, and he has led many efforts to make Americans more secure. As a member of the Intelligence Committee and the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, he worked to keep our military strong.

Source: lautenberg.senate.gov (05/04/2008)

Military Pay, Medical Care and Benefits

Senator Lautenberg's life has been shaped by his Army service, and he has led many efforts to make Americans more secure. As a member of the Intelligence Committee and the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, he worked to keep our military strong, while improving pay and living conditions for our troops.

Source: lautenberg.senate.gov (05/04/2008)

Military, a General Statement

Senator Lautenberg's life has been shaped by his Army service, and he has led many efforts to make Americans more secure. As a member of the Intelligence Committee and the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, he worked to keep our military strong, while improving pay and living conditions for our troops.

Source: Candidate Website (10/04/2008)

Science, Technology & Space
Science and Technology Research and Development

Nationally, he's promoted technology and investment by backing tax credits for research and for investments in new businesses; by writing tough laws that punish foreign companies that steal American inventions; and by promoting federal defense conversion programs that put defense technology to work creating non-defense jobs.

Source: lautenberg.senate.gov (05/04/2008)

Technology, a General Statement

Nationally, he's promoted technology and investment by backing tax credits for research and for investments in new businesses; by writing tough laws that punish foreign companies that steal American inventions; and by promoting federal defense conversion programs that put defense technology to work creating non-defense jobs.

Source: lautenberg.senate.gov (05/04/2008)

Social Security & Pensions
Privatizing Social Security

He has always strongly supported Social Security and Medicare, and opposed privatization plans that would lead to deep cuts in guaranteed benefits.

Source: lautenberg.senate.gov (05/04/2008)

Social Security, a General Statement

He has always strongly supported Social Security and Medicare, and opposed privatization plans that would lead to deep cuts in guaranteed benefits.

Source: lautenberg.senate.gov (05/04/2008)

Taxes
Marriage Penalty

Senator Lautenberg supported abolishment of the so-called "marriage penalty."

Source: lautenberg.senate.gov (05/04/2008)

R&D Tax Credit

Nationally, he's promoted technology and investment by backing tax credits for research.

Source: lautenberg.senate.gov (05/04/2008)

Taxes Policy

Senator Lautenberg has also been a strong proponent of keeping taxes low, especially for middle class families. The 1997 budget law, for example, included significant tax cuts for families with children. Senator Lautenberg also supported tax deductions to offset college costs, and abolishment of the so-called "marriage penalty." And he voted against the two largest tax increases in American history, in 1990 and 1993.

Source: lautenberg.senate.gov (05/04/2008)

Taxes, a General Statement

Senator Lautenberg has been a strong proponent of keeping taxes low, especially for middle class families. The 1997 budget law, for example, included significant tax cuts for families with children. Senator Lautenberg also supported tax deductions to offset college costs, and abolishment of the so-called "marriage penalty." And he voted against the two largest tax increases in American history, in 1990 and 1993.

Source: Candidate Website (10/04/2008)

Business Tax Credits

Nationally, he's promoted technology and investment by backing tax credits for investments in new businesses.

Source: lautenberg.senate.gov (05/04/2008)

Tax Credits for College

Senator Lautenberg supported tax deductions to offset college costs.

Source: lautenberg.senate.gov (05/04/2008)

Trade
Trade, a General Statement

He's fought for trade laws that are fair, protecting jobs at home and opening markets abroad. To prepare workers, he's backed programs for apprentices to smooth the transition from school to work.

Source: lautenberg.senate.gov/issues/ (06/30/2008)

Transportation
Amtrak

Because passenger rail service is a necessity and not a luxury in today's world, Senator Lautenberg is a strong supporter of Amtrak. He has fought to make Amtrak stronger and improve passenger rail service.

Source: lautenberg.senate.gov (05/04/2008)

Air

Before he ran for public office, Senator Lautenberg served as a commissioner on the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He knows that a well-balanced and efficient transportation system is absolutely vital to maintaining a strong economy in New Jersey.

Source: lautenberg.senate.gov (05/04/2008)

Drunk Driving

Senator Lautenberg believes we must make our roads, rails and skies safer. Besides cutting into teen drunk driving by encouraging states to make 21 the national drinking age, Senator Lautenberg wrote the law establishing a national .08 blood alcohol standard. Senator Lautenberg also successfully fought attempts to expand the use of dangerous triple trailer trucks and other longer combination vehicles.

Source: lautenberg.senate.gov (05/04/2008)

Federal Infrastructure & Transportation Funding

As a key member of the Senate committee with jurisdiction over the highway program, Senator Lautenberg took an active part in crafting legislation to increase transportation funding. Similarly, as Lead Democrat on the Senate Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator Lautenberg strongly supported sound investment in our nation's infrastructure, and worked hard to secure hundreds of millions of dollars for New Jersey's highways, mass transit systems, airports and ports.

Senator Lautenberg also led the fight to authorize and fund a national Intelligent Transportation Systems program because he believes we are going to need smarter roads and vehicles to move both commuters and commerce efficiently in the next century. These types of initiatives can help reduce traffic and eliminate gridlock.

Source: lautenberg.senate.gov (05/04/2008)

Rail

Because passenger rail service is a necessity and not a luxury in today's world, Senator Lautenberg is a strong supporter of Amtrak. He has fought to make Amtrak stronger and improve passenger rail service.

Source: lautenberg.senate.gov (05/04/2008)

Transportation, a General Statement

Before he ran for public office, Senator Lautenberg ser ved as a commissioner on the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He knows that a well-balanced and efficient transportation system is absolutely vital to maintaining a strong economy in New Jersey.

As a key member of the Senate committee with jurisdiction over the highway program, Senator Lautenberg took an active part in crafting legislation to increase transportation funding. Similarly, as Lead Democrat on the Senate Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator Lautenberg strongly supported sound investment in our nation's infrastructure, and worked hard to secure hundreds of millions of dollars for New Jersey's highways, mass transit systems, airports and ports.

Senator Lautenberg also led the fight to authorize and fund a national Intelligent Transportation Systems program because he believes we are going to need smarter roads and vehicles to move both commuters and commerce efficiently in the next century. These types of initiatives can help reduce traffic and eliminate gridlock.

Besides building new transportation systems, Senator Lautenberg believes we must make our roads, rails and skies safer. Besides cutting into teen drunk driving by encouraging states to make 21 the national drinking age, Senator Lautenberg wrote the law establishing a national .08 blood alcohol standard. Senator Lautenberg also successfully fought attempts to expand the use of dangerous triple trailer trucks and other longer combination vehicles.

Because passenger rail service is a necessity and not a luxury in today's world, Senator Lautenberg is a strong supporter of Amtrak. He has fought to make Amtrak stronger and improve passenger rail service.

Source: Candidate Website (10/04/2008)

Veterans
GI Bill & Veterans' Benefits

War Veterans Lautenberg and Hagel Join Forces to Protect Military Retirees From Healthcare Fee Hike

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, United States Senators and veterans of World War II and Vietnam respectively, Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Chuck Hagel (R-NE), introduced bipartisan legislation to protect military retirees and their families from a proposed increase in healthcare fees.

"Especially in a time of war, it is unthinkable that the Administration would even consider dramatically increasing healthcare costs for those who have sacrificed for our country," said Senator Lautenberg. "Our bill assures today's military retirees and their families that, just as they protected us, we will take care of them when their service ends."

The Military Retirees' Health Care Protection Act will limit increases to TRICARE military health insurance premiums, deductibles, and co-payments for those in the National Guard and Reserves who are enrolled in TRICARE. Under the Lautenberg-Hagel legislation, increases in health care fees cannot exceed the rate of growth in uniformed services beneficiaries' military compensation, thereby protecting beneficiaries from an undue financial burden.

In February 2006, the Administration announced plans to double fees on some enlisted senior retirees and triple them for some officer retirees. If enacted this would mean increases of up to $1,000 annually for some military retirees.

Senators John F. Kerry (D-MA), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) and Mike DeWine (R-OH) are original co-sponsors.

Source: Candidate Website (10/04/2008)

Labor Wages & Unions
Minimum Wage

He also has supported efforts to increase the minimum wage.

Source: lautenberg.senate.gov (05/04/2008)

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