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What’s the Fuss? Senator Joe Lieberman – A Comparison

What’s the fuss?

Voting

With all the fuss over Senator Lieberman’s behavior with the Democrats I decided to do a bit of a comparison to see what his politics looks like and what influences him. To do this I looked at a moderate Republican (Senator Olympia Snowe), which many are comparing him to. Turns out that since Obama has been President, Lieberman and Snowe have voted unanimously on all issues relating to health care except for one vote where Lieberman didn’t vote. In fact, they have only differed on health care votes 11 times since 2000. Below you’ll find a table going over their records in this area.

Where’s the money?

Something else interesting to look at is where Lieberman and Snowe are getting their campaign money. Thanks to Opensecrets.org we can follow campaign money pretty easily 🙂

Lieberman’s top five donors include: United Technologies, Sempra Energy, Purdue Pharma, UBS AG, and Bear Stearns.He received a total of $427,894 from insurance companies and another $359,370 from health professionals. For more details go here.

Snowe’s top five donors include include: O’Hara Corp, Aetna Inc, General Dynamics, Applied Thermal Sciences Inc, and New York Life Insurance. She received $164,585 from insurance companies and $175,074 from health professionals. For more details go here.

Looks like there’s a lot of money from the health care industry going into these two (not to mention banking). Below is a table comparison of Snowe’s and Lieberman’s votes on Health Care bills since 2000. Again, it’s a bit weird that they have been unanimous since Obama’s been President.

Voting Record Since 2000 Senator Lieberman vs Snowe on Health Issues (differences in voting are in bold and italics)…. (Thank you Project Vote Smart)

What are your thoughts?

Bill Sen. Lieberman Sen. Snowe
12/03/2009 Preventive Services Coverage Requirements
S Amdt 2791
Y Y
10/21/2009 Eliminating Adjustments to Medicare Rates of Payment
S 1776
N N
06/11/2009 FDA Oversight of Tobacco Products
HR 1256
Y Y
02/13/2009 2009 Economic Package
HR 1
Y Y
02/10/2009 2009 Economic Package
HR 1
Y Y
01/29/2009 CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2009
HR 2
Y Y
07/31/2008Consumer Product Safety Commission Bill
HR 4040
Y Y
07/16/2008Funding Amendment to AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Bill
S Amdt 5077
N N
07/16/2008Funding to Combat AIDS, Malaria, and Tuberculosis
HR 5501
Y Y
07/15/2008Limiting Countries for HIV/Aids, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Funding
S Amdt 5078
Y Y
07/15/2008Medicare Bill
HR 6331
Y Y
07/09/2008Medicare Bill
HR 6331
Y Y
06/18/2008Second Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill)
HR 6124
Y Y
05/22/2008Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill)
HR 2419
Y Y
05/15/2008Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill)
HR 2419
Y Y
03/14/2008Concurrent Budget Resolution
S Con Res 70
Y Y
03/14/2008Expressing the Sense of the Senate on the Legalization of Importing Certain Prescription Drugs
S Amdt 4299
Y Y
03/14/2008Codifying the Definition of a Child Eligible for SCHIP
S Amdt 4233
N N
03/06/2008Consumer Product Safety Commission Bill
HR 4040
Y Y
02/26/2008Health Care for Indigenous Peoples
S 1200
No vote Y
12/18/2007Inclusion of Consolidated Appropriations
HR 2764
Y Y
12/14/2007Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (Farm Bill)
HR 2419
Y Y
12/11/2007Government Sponsored Farm Insurance Policies
S Amdt 3711
Y Y
11/07/2007Appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
HR 3043
Y Y
11/01/2007Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007 (CHIP)
HR 3963
Y Y
10/23/2007Appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
HR 3043
Y Y
10/18/2007Prohibiting Funds for Groups that Perform Abortions
S Amdt 3330
N N
10/01/2007National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008
HR 1585
Y Y
09/27/2007State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization
HR 976
Y Y
08/02/2007State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization
HR 976
Y Y
05/07/2007FDA Drug Import Certification Amendment
S Amdt 1010
Y N
12/07/2006Andrew von Eschenbach, Commissioner of Food and Drugs
PN 1396
Y N
09/13/2006National Security Amendment
S Amdt 4936
Y N
07/25/2006Teen Pregnancy Education Amendment
S AMDT 4689
Y Y
06/15/2006Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006
HR 4939
Y Y
05/18/2006“State Criminal Alien Assistance Program” Amendment
S AMDT 4072
Y N
05/04/2006Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006
HR 4939
Y Y
05/03/2006Influenza Vaccine Injury Compensation Amendment
S AMDT 3688
Y Y
03/16/20062007 Budget Resolution
S Con Res 83
N Y
02/02/2006Medicare Part D Amendment
S AMDT 2730
Y Y
11/03/2005Medicaid Generic Drug Amendment
S AMDT 2348
Y Y
11/03/2005Medical Assistance and Prescription Drug Amendment
S AMDT 2365
Y Y
11/03/2005Medicare Premiums Amendment
S AMDT 2357
Y Y
1/03/2005Hurricane Health Care for Survivors Amendment
S AMDT 2356
Y Y
10/27/2005AIDS Drug Assistance Program Amendment
S AMDT 2259
Y N
03/17/2005Medicaid Amendment
S AMDT 229
N N
06/27/2003Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit bill
S 1
No vote Y
08/01/2002Andean Trade Preference Act Extension
HR 3009
Y Y
07/31/2002Greater Access to Affordable Pharmaceuticals Act
S 812
Y Y
11/06/2001Labor, HHS and Education Appropriations Act, 2002
HR 3061
Y Y
06/29/2001Patients’ Bill of Rights
S 1052
Y Y
06/29/2000Health Care Amendment
S Amdt 3694
N Y
06/29/2000Off-budget Lockbox Amendment
S Amdt 3690
Y Y
06/29/2000Social Security and Medicare Surplus Amendment
S Amdt 3689
N Y
06/22/2000Outpatient Prescription Drugs Amendment
S Amdt 3598
Y N

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