Elizabeth Dole on Technology

Republican Sr Senator

Remove NASA’s monopoly on space

[As Secretary of DOT in the 1980s] I argued loudly against NASA’s space monopoly and its 40% subsidy to users of the space shuttle, an incentive which effectively crippled the development of a private industry. I argued for three years that America could not afford to put all her eggs in one basket by relying on the shuttle alone. Instead of launching satellites for private businesses, NASA should be free to perform more exotic missions like a space station, the Strategic Defense Initiative, and planetary exploration. I emphasized that private industry, eager to tap a growing market, was far better equipped than government to build and launch satellites at competitive prices.

In the aftermath of the Challenger disaster in 1986, officials saw with new eyes the wisdom of space diversification. In 1987, I witnessed the initial signing of contracts and gave preliminary government approval for the first private-sector launch in the nation’s history.

Source: The Doles: Unlimited Partners, p. 262-63 Jan 1, 1987

Require porn filters on library computers for adults, too

[The proposal requiring libraries to use filtering software] does not go far enough. This bill contains a loophole: computers used by adults don’t have to use blocking software. In other words, pornography is off limits to children, but it’s readily accessible to adults. That’s wrong. That’s not what libraries are for. I propose denying federal funds to any library or school that doesn’t filter out pornographic information on all its computers.whether they’re used by children, or adults.
Source: www.edole2000.org/ “Campaign News” Jul 26, 1999

Protect Children from Sexual Material on the Internet

In today’s world where the Internet and chat rooms have become second nature to second graders, parents need help. When a child visits a library they should not be able to pull up pornographic information on the web. It simply should not be an option. It’s comforting for parents and teachers to know that children can surf the web without running into pornographic waters. That’s the way it should be. The technology exists for filters to be installed on computers to block easy access to pornography.
Source: www.edole2000.org/ “Campaign News” Jul 26, 1999

Protect taxpayers from tax-funded free Internet porn

Libraries shouldn’t put pornography on their shelves [nor] on their laptops! This isn’t about 1st amendment protections. It’s about protecting our children and the taxpayers! Adults should have access to whatever they wish in the privacy of their homes. But federal tax dollars should never provide free pornography for adults! The ACLU called my proposal “Big Brother in the Classroom.” Big brother? I say that while we’re putting computers in every classroom, let’s put parents back in those classrooms too
Source: www.edole2000.org/ “Campaign News” Jul 26, 1999

5-point tech plan: R&D credit; encryption; more immigrants

    Dole announced a five-point high-technology initiative that includes:
  1. Legislation to protect the use of encryption technology;
  2. Support for the just-enacted Y2K liability legislation;
  3. Making permanent the Research and Development Tax Credit which expired on June 30th;
  4. Support for an increase in the number of immigrants to ensure that the high-tech industry has a skilled workforce;
  5. Opposition to any new taxes on the Internet.
Source: www.edole2000.org/ “Campaign News” Jul 23, 1999

Dole Calls for No New Taxes on the Internet

Declaring that “Washington’s biggest technology challenge is to stay out of your way,” Elizabeth Dole today announced there will be no new Internet taxes in a Dole Administration and she proposed a permanent R&D tax credit to help foster technological breakthroughs and innovations. “I took a pledge not to raise taxes and that includes new taxes on the Internet,” Dole said. “Raising taxes on the Internet would violate my pledge. I won’t do it.”
Source: www.edole2000.org/ “Campaign News” Jul 23, 1999

Voted YES on $23B instead of $4.9B for waterway infrastructure.

Vote on overriding Pres. Bush's veto. The bill reauthorizes the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA): to provide for the conservation and development of water and related resources, to authorize the Secretary of the Army to construct various projects for improvements to rivers and harbors of the United States. The bill authorizes flood control, navigation, and environmental projects and studies by the Army Corps of Engineers. Also authorizes projects for navigation, ecosystem or environmental restoration, and hurricane, flood, or storm damage reduction in 23 states including Louisiana.

Veto message from President Bush:

This bill lacks fiscal discipline. I fully support funding for water resources projects that will yield high economic and environmental returns. Each year my budget has proposed reasonable and responsible funding, including $4.9 billion for 2008, to support the Army Corps of Engineers' main missions. However, this authorization bill costs over $23 billion. This is not fiscally responsible, particularly when local communities have been waiting for funding for projects already in the pipeline. The bill's excessive authorization for over 900 projects and programs exacerbates the massive backlog of ongoing Corps construction projects, which will require an additional $38 billion in future appropriations to complete. This bill does not set priorities. I urge the Congress to send me a fiscally responsible bill that sets priorities.

Reference: Veto override on Water Resources Development Act; Bill Veto override on H.R. 1495 ; vote number 2007-406 on Nov 8, 2007

Voted YES on restoring $550M in funding for Amtrak for 2007.

An amendment to provide an additional $550,000,000 for Amtrak for fiscal year 2007. Voting YEA would increase Amtrak funding from $900 million to $1.45 billion. Voting NAY would keep Amtrak funding at $900 million.
Reference: Santorum amendment to Transportation funding bill; Bill S.Amdt.3015 to S.Con.Res.83 ; vote number 2006-052 on Mar 15, 2006

Voted YES on disallowing FCC approval of larger media conglomerates.

Vote to pass a joint resolution expressing congressional disapproval of the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission. The rule would therefore have no force or effect. The rule in question deals with broadcast media ownership and would allow media conglomerates to own more television stations and newspapers.
Reference: FCC Media Ownership bill; Bill S J Res 17/H.J.RES.72 ; vote number 2003-348 on Sep 16, 2003

Facilitate nationwide 2-1-1 phone line for human services.

Dole co-sponsored facilitating nationwide 2-1-1 phone line for human services

A bill to facilitate nationwide availability of 2-1-1 telephone service for information and referral on human services & volunteer services. Congress makes the following findings:

  1. The FCC has assigned 2-1-1 as the national telephone number for information and referral on human services.
  2. 2-1-1 facilitates critical connections between families seeking services, including community-based and faith-based organizations.
  3. There are approximately 1,500,000 nonprofit organizations in the US [which would be listed in the 2-1-1 service].
  4. Government funding supports well-intentioned programs that are not fully utilized because of a lack of access to such programs.
  5. A national cost-benefit analysis estimates a net value to society of a national 2-1-1 system approaching $130,000,000 in the first year alone.
  6. While 69% of the population has access to 2-1-1 telephone service from a land line in 41 States, inadequate funding prevents access to that telephone service throughout each of the States.
  7. 2-1-1 telephone service facilitates the availability of a single repository where comprehensive data on all community services is collected & maintained.

Introductory statement by Sponsor:

Sen. CLINTON: In the immediate aftermath of the devastation of September 11, most people did not know where to turn for information about their loved ones. Fortunately for those who knew about it, 2-1-1 was already operating in Connecticut, and it was critical in helping identify the whereabouts of victims, connecting frightened children with their parents, providing information on terrorist suspects, and linking ready volunteers with victims.

Every single American should have a number they can call to cut through the chaos of an emergency. That number is 2-1-1. It's time to make our citizens and our country safer by making this resource available nationwide.

Source: Calling for 2-1-1 Act (S.211 and H.R.211) 07-HR211 on Jan 9, 2007

Permanent ban on state & local taxation of Internet access.

Dole co-sponsored permanently banning state & local taxation of Internet access

Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act of 2007 - Amends the Internet Tax Freedom Act to make permanent the ban on state and local taxation of Internet access and on multiple or discriminatory taxes on electronic commerce.

Related bills: H.R.743, H.R.1077, H.R.3678, S.156.

Source: Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (S.2128) 07-S2128 on Oct 2, 2007

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