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Larry Craig - Idaho Rests On His Shoulders

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Larry Craig Idaho Rests On His Shoulders PS - 3330R50 Brian L. Hansen Larry Craig was born July 20, 1945, in Midvale, Idaho. The son of Elvin and Dorothy Craig, Larry worked on the family ranch until he went to the University of Idaho where he became student body president. This was his introduction into politics. He pursued graduate studies before returning to the family ranching business in 1971. Just a short three years later he was elected to the Idaho State Senate in 1974 where he served three terms. Then in 1980 he was voted to the U.S. House for the first of five terms. Representing the 1st Congressional District. In 1990 Larry ran for the U.S. Senate seat. He won and has been there ever since. Today he serves in the leadership of the United States Senate as the Republican Policy Chairman. This is chart describing the committees upon which he sits. Republican Policy Committee, Chairman Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development and Related Agencies Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Subcommittee on Military Construction Subcommittee on VA, HUD and Independent Agencies Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests, Ranking Member Subcommittee on Water and Power Committee on Veterans' Affairs Special Committee on Aging, Ranking Member 1 Next, I would like to discuss Senator Larry Craig's financial records and examine in more detail some of the specific ways his money was raised as well as from whom. ...read more.

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* Voted YES on funding GOP version of Medicare prescription drug benefit. (Apr 2001) * Voted NO on including prescription drugs under Medicare. (Jun 2000) * Voted YES on limiting self-employment health deduction. (Jul 1999) * Voted NO on increasing funds for Medicare prescriptions. (Mar 1999) * Voted NO on increasing tobacco restrictions. (Jun 1998) * Voted YES on banning human cloning. (Feb 1998) 4 * Voted YES on Medicare means testing. (Jun 1997) * Voted NO on medical savings accounts. (Apr 1996) Another bill he is currently sponsoring is S.RES.269. This bill expresses the sense of the Senate that legislation should be passed to improve the Medicare system for users by ensuring comprehensive benefits for current and future retirees. This will also include access to a Medicare prescription drug benefit. There is also S.2199, which will amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to permit additional States to enter into long-term care partnerships under the Medicaid Program in order to promote the use of long-term care insurance. He also is a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee (SAC). This committee is one of the most prestigious as well as powerful committees because every government agency depends on the SAC for annual funding. This means that all industries regulated by these agencies care about committee members' actions. A broad range of special interests ranging from defense contractors to bankers to oil and gas companies lobby the committee for government contracts and federally supported programs. ...read more.

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He also received numerous donations from other congressional candidates, out of state committees, and even international groups. Senator Craig, for example, received $6,000 from the Florida Power and Light Company. He received $1,000 from the Senator Mack Mattingly for Senate Committee. I still can't understand that one. He even was given $8,00 from the Free Cuba PAC Inc. This group is the political arm of the Cuban American National Foundation, which was the major institution to pressure for legislation to be passed to make young Elian Gonzalez a U.S. citizen back in 2000. Remarkably though, not everyone supported Larry Craig with his last reelection. Mirant Corporation, which is an energy company, based out of Atlanta, Georgia, posted $2,000 against his campaign. Planned Parenthood Action Fund Inc. even got involved in going against him by donating a massive $2.00. Despite this opposition, he was still able to receive 65.2% of the vote. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee since 1997, he has retained, first and foremost, his commitment to fiscal responsibility, balanced budgets, and limited government. Within those limitations, and working with the whole Idaho Congressional Delegation, he has fought within the Appropriations Committee for Idaho priorities. With all these PACs supporting him and his position on the Appropriation Committee he will most likely be around for a while. . 1 http://craig.senate.gov/fp_cuts4.htm 2 http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.asp?CID=N00002091&Cycle=2002 3 http://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/memberprofile.asp?cid=N00002091&cycle=2002&remove=E08 4 http://www.issues2000.org/Senate/Larry_Craig.htm 5 http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/F?c107:4:./temp/~c107f8vNrd:e945: 6 http://www.agc.org/content/public/PDF/Legislative/Legislative_Bulletin/04-12-02f.pdf Links: http://www.opensecrets.org http://www.larrycraig.com http://www.senate.gov/ http://www.senate.gov/~rpc/ http://www.fec.gov/ http://www.vote-smart.org http://www.commoncause.org/ http://www.cq.com/home/home.jsp http://www.issues2000.org/ http://scorecard.aclu.org ...read more.

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