2. The Bush tax reform, which largely benefited the rich, should be reversed with the major portion of the tax relief going to the middle class. (Families making less than $200,000 per year).
3. Government should be allowed to negotiate drug prices to obtain the lowest possible prices for its citizens.
4. Importation of drugs from foreign countries should be permitted provided they are safe.
5. Congress was misled by the administration on the cost of the Medicare drug program to the tune of $100 million dollars in order to obtain passage.
6. The Bush administration misled Congress and the American people on the need for war in Iraq and its cost.
7. Allies are important.
8. The United States should serve as an inspiration and an example for the rest of the world.
9. The reputation of the United States has suffered under the Bush Administration.
10. Automatic weapons should be outlawed.
11. Treaties are to be honored not broken.
12. Stem cell research should be encouraged and supported by the government.
13. State rights and individual rights should be respected.
14. "No child shall be left behind" should be properly funded.
15. Government should be open.
16. Decent should be tolerated and alternative views considered.
17. Sending manned missions to the moon and mars is an unwarned expenditure that should be defrayed until a later date.
18. The environment is important.
19. The United States must embark on a program to make American less dependent on foreign oil. That in order to accomplish this goal we must become more efficient and develop alternative sources of energy including solar, wind, biomass, and nuclear.
20. Social Security and Medicare are in financial trouble and action musts be taken now to solve the problem.
21. The war in Iraq has increased the threat of terror in the world and stiffened the resolve of terrorist.
22. Terror must be dealt with swiftly and actions taken to reduce the root cause of terrorism.
For Immediate Release: Wednesday, January 8, 2003 Contact: Andy Davis (202) 224-6654
Hollings Sponsors Bill to Reinstate Military Draft Senator cites current heavy use of reserves and national guard, need for shared sacrifice
WASHINGTON, D.C. � U.S. Sen. Fritz Hollings last night introduced the Universal National Service Act of 2003, a bill to reinstate the military draft and mandate either military or civilian service for all Americans, aged 18-26. The Hollings legislation is the Senate companion to a bill recently introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) and Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.).
Specifically, the bill mandates a national service obligation for every U.S. citizen and permanent resident, aged 18-26. To that end, the legislation authorizes the President to establish both the number of people to be selected for military service and the means of selection. Additionally, the measure requires those not selected specifically for military service to perform their national service obligation in a civilian capacity for at least two years. Under the bill, deferments for education will be permitted only through high school graduation.
Sen. Hollings stressed that the national service mandated by his legislation would not mirror that of the Vietnam era, nor would it replicate the inequitable deferment and exemption standards associated with the military draft of the past:
"We all share the benefits of life in America, and under this plan, we all help shoulder the burden of defending our freedoms," continued Hollings. "Our proposal ensures that all Americans answer the call of duty. High school students could be deferred until they graduate, but in no case will that deferment extend beyond the age of twenty. As we fight this war on terrorism and protect our way of life, we must once again listen to the words of President John F. Kennedy, who implored us to, 'Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.'"
Citing the increased and extended number of deployments of the nation's reserve and national guard forces as well as the increased number of operational rotations for our active forces, Sen. Hollings expressed his concern about the military's ability to fight two wars at once, a capability to which the Department of Defense has attested.
"In the event of a prolonged engagement, it is clear that we will have to call up our National Guard and Reserve forces which have unfortunately already been heavily used in the war on terrorism and in endless peacekeeping operations," said Sen. Hollings, a World War II veteran and senior member of the Defense Appropriations subcommittee. "Our active duty forces have experienced a high operations tempo since the beginning of our air war in Kosovo and throughout the war on terrorism, often keeping soldiers away from their families for long periods of time. Our proposal would provide the additional manpower our armed forces need to carry out their missions and to defend the freedoms we fought so hard to obtain. As Americans, we must share in the sacrifice when Washington sends troops into harm's way."
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