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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
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November 6, 2018 —California General Election

United States Senate — ” Dianne Feinstein, Candidate for Senator

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Dianne Feinstein

Democratic
United States Senator
5,193,974 votes (54.5%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Universal health care
  • Ending gun violence
  • DACA and immigration reform

Experience

Experience

Profession:United States Senator
United State Senator, United States Senate — Elected position (1993–current)
Senator, United States Senate — Elected position (1993–current)
Mayor, San Francisco — Elected position (1978–1988)
Mayor, San Francisco Mayor — Elected position (1978–1988)
Supervisor, San Francisco Board of Supervisors — Elected position (1970–1978)
Supervisor, San Francisco Board of Supervisors — Elected position (1970–1978)

Education

Stanford University Bachelors of Arts, History (1955)

Biography

As California's senior Senator, Dianne Feinstein has focused on solving problems facing California and our nation. In June, she carried every county and won the 2018 California Primary by more than 2 million votes for reelection to the US Senate.

Her accomplishments in the Senate include legislation increasing vehicle fuel economy standards; protecting amateur athletes from sexual abuse; preserving the Mojave Desert, Lake Tahoe and our forests; consumer protection, food safety and cyber security; drought relief; securing funding for critical projects; and commonsense gun laws, including the landmark assault weapons ban.

In June, she authored the Senate's Keep Families Together Act, which was cosponsored by every Democratic Senator, to stop Trump's policy of separating children from their families at the border.

In 2017, Senator Feinstein became ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and oversees judicial nominations and its investigation of Russia's interference in the 2016 election and obstruction of justice. She also currently is a senior member of the Intelligence and Appropriations Committees.

Her career has been one of firsts - she was the first woman President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, the first woman Mayor of San Francisco, the first woman elected Senator of California, the first woman member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and the first woman to be ranking member of the Committee. Dianne also was the first woman to chair the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Rules and Administration Committee.

Prior to her election to the Senate, Dianne was elected to the San Francisco County Board of Supervisors and served 2 1/2 terms as President of the Board. She became Mayor of San Francisco in November 1978 following the assassination of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk.

The following year she was elected to the first of two four-year terms. In 1987, City and State Magazine named her the nation's "Most Effective Mayor."

Today she continues to work on critical issues and fight for California's values.

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California Education Fund (5)

What financing method(s) would you support to repair or improve roads, rails, ports, airports, the electrical grid and other infrastructure in the U.S.?
Answer from Dianne Feinstein:

I support the Senate Democrats’ Blueprint to Rebuild America’s Infrastructure, which would make key investments to improve America’s crumbling infrastructure including:

  • $210 billion to repair crumbling roads and bridges.
  • $180 billion to replace and expand transit and commuter rail systems.
  • $65 billion to modernize ports, airports and waterways.
  • $100 billion for 21st century energy infrastructure.
  • $110 billion to modernize water and sewer systems.
What programs or legislation, if any, would you support to help Americans of all ages secure affordable health care?
Answer from Dianne Feinstein:

I am a strong advocate for universal health care, and with my colleagues in the Senate, stopped the Republican attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

In 2009, when we were considering the Affordable Care Act, I sponsored legislation to create a public option to compete with private health insurance, which I continue to support. I also support lowering the age for Medicare eligibility to 55, mandating that Medicare negotiates for drug prices, which it currently does not, allowing HHS to reject unreasonable premium increases and requiring 85% of all premium dollars to go to patients, instead of 80%.

Describe an immigration policy that you would support if presented to the Senate.
Answer from Dianne Feinstein:

We are a state and a nation of immigrants, and I strongly oppose Donald Trump’s attacks on our immigrant communities and believe we must have comprehensive immigration reform.

I support the DREAM Act and DACA which is why I opposed the recent omnibus spending package that did not include protections for Dreamers. I also strongly oppose President Trump’s unjust and unconstitutional travel ban and have authored legislation to rescind the President's executive orders.

I was proud to work closely with Dolores Huerta and the United Farm Workers to author the Agricultural Worker Program Act to put farmworkers on a path to earned legal status and citizenship.

We must come together to pass comprehensive immigration reform, that includes a pathway to citizenship for immigrants, assistance for immigrant members of the armed services and their families, visa reform, backlog reduction, and family humanitarian relief.

What programs or legislation would you support to meet the water needs of Californians and the federal water project infrastructure in California?
Answer from Dianne Feinstein:

In the Senate, I secured passage of $558 million in federal funding in response to California’s five-year historic drought.

I have also coauthored the bipartisan Securing Required Funding for Water Infrastructure Now Act to further modernize investments in water infrastructure while protecting our environment. The legislation would authorize an additional $200 million annually over five years to support state revolving fund projects, encourage states to bundle their projects by waiving the $100,000 application fee and preserve the successful state revolving funds and the Water Infrastructure and Innovation Act loan program.

According to a "Civility In America” survey, 75% of Americans believe that the U.S. has a major civility problem. If you are elected what will do to address this?
Answer from Dianne Feinstein:

I agree that the lack of civility is serious problem in our country right now.  And as leaders in Washington, we must set a positive example for how we can overcome political division and work respectfully with a common purpose to improve the lives of all Americans.

I’m not a name caller. Throughout my career, I’ve always been willing to work with my colleagues in both parties to enact pragmatic solutions to the problems facing our state and our nation. If re-elected to the Senate, I will continue to work in a bipartisan manner on behalf of the American people.

Who gave money to this candidate?

Contributions

Total money raised: $22,054,767

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

1
Dianne Feinstein
$14,500,000
2
Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) and employees
$51,900
3
Employees of Estee Lauder Companies
$34,400
4
Akin Gump and employees
$27,652
5
J.P. Morgan and employees
$27,500

More information about contributions

By State:

District of Columbia 48.65%
California 43.80%
New York 2.11%
Virginia 1.05%
Other 4.40%
48.65%43.80%

By Size:

Large contributions (95.27%)
Small contributions (4.73%)
95.27%

By Type:

From organizations (5.62%)
From individuals (94.38%)
94.38%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

Political Beliefs

Health Care

Summary

Universal health care.

 

Senator Feinstein strongly supports universal health care for all Americans, and with her colleagues in the Senate, stopped Republicans attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

In 2009, when the Senate was considering the Affordable Care Act, she sponsored legislation to create a public option to compete with private health insurance, which she continues to support. She also supports lowering the age for Medicare eligibility to 55, mandating that Medicare negotiates for drug prices (which it currently does not), allowing HHS to reject unreasonable premium increases and requiring 85 percent of all premium dollars to go to patients, instead of 80 percent.

Senator Feinstein has committed to protecting a woman’s right to choose and has earned a 100 percent rating from Planned Parenthood for standing up for women’s reproductive health choices.

As co-chair of the Senate Cancer Coalition, Senator Feinstein has also been a leader in increasing funding for disease research. She helped stop Donald Trump's plan to cut funding from the National Institutes of Health and introduced bipartisan legislation to improve breast cancer detection.

 

She also sponsored the Lung Cancer Mortality Reduction Act, which led to an improved emphasis and strategy for research of top deadly cancers.

Immigration

Summary

Comprehensive immigration reform

We are a state and a nation of immigrants, and Senator Feinstein strongly opposes Donald Trump’s attacks on our immigrant communities and believes we must have comprehensive immigration reform.

She supports the DREAM Act and DACA, which is why she opposed the recent omnibus spending package that did not include protections for Dreamers. She also strongly opposes President Trump’s unjust and unconstitutional travel ban and has authored legislation to rescind the President's executive orders that created those bans.

She is also the author of the Keep Families Together Act, which will end the inhumane practice of separating children from their parents at our border.

Senator Feinstein was proud to work closely with Dolores Huerta and the United Farm Workers to author the Agricultural Worker Program Act to put farmworkers on a path to earned legal status and citizenship.

Senator Feinstein believes we must come together to pass comprehensive immigration reform legislation that includes a pathway to citizenship for immigrants, backlog reduction, assistance for immigrant members of the armed services and their families, visa reform, and humanitarian relief for families.

Jobs and the Economy

Summary

Creating an economy that works for all.

Senator Feinstein is committed to creating an economy that works for all Americans, not just those at the very top. She is a staunch supporter of a living wage and is a cosponsor of the RAISE the Wage Act, which would raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.

She opposed Donald Trump’s tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations that will add more than $1 trillion to our debt and force cuts in Medicare and Social Security. This legislation further harms Californians by eliminating the deduction for state and local taxes claimed by more than six million California households.

Instead, Senator Feinstein has championed expanding economic access for working and middle class Californians. That’s why she supported the Working Families Tax Relief Act to expand access to and the value of the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit.

She joined Senator Elizabeth Warren to coauthor legislation that would allow individuals with existing student loan debt to refinance at much lower interest rates. And she authored the Small Business Lending and Inequality Reduction Act, which would increase resources available for small businesses in traditionally underserved communities.

Senator Feinstein is also a proud cosponsor of the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act,which would at long last institute paid family leave, including maternity leave. She is also a cosponsor of the Healthy Families Act which would allow employees to take paid sick days.

Finally, Senator Feinstein knows that creating an economy for all also means reducing the influence of special interests in Washington. She is a staunch opponent of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision which has opened the flood gates to unregulated dark money in our politics. She is a proud cosponsor of the DISCLOSE Act, which would help end secret campaign spending by strengthening disclosure and disclaimer requirements. And she also coauthored a proposed constitutional amendment that would overturn Citizens United once and for all.

Videos (7)

— May 25, 2018 Feinstein for Senate 2018

"I’m Dianne Feinstein and I approve this message. I support the affordable care act, and voted against all of Trump’s attempts to repeal it. But we need to do more. I believe in universal healthcare. In a public health option to compete with private insurance companies. And expanding Medicare to everyone over 55. And I believe Medicare must be empowered to negotiate the price of drugs. California Values Senator Dianne Feinstein"

— May 25, 2018 Feinstein for Senate 2018

"I'm Dianne Feinstein and I approve this message. I thought after Sandy Hook, where 20 six and seven year olds were slain, this would never happen again. It has happened more than 200 times in 5 years. Dianne Feinstein and a new generation are leading the fight to pass a new Assault Weapons Ban. Say NO to the NRA and YES to common-sense gun laws. California Values Senator Dianne Feinstein" www.FeinsteinForCA.com

— May 25, 2018 Feinstein For Senate 2018

Dianne Feinstein: “I’m Dianne Feinstein and I approve this message.” Announcer: “Senator Feinstein’s original Desert Protection Act protects 7 million acres in Death Valley and Joshua Tree. Working with President Obama, Senator Feinstein protected 1.8 Million more acres. Now President Trump and corporate special interests want to extract water from the desert aquifer and threaten the entire desert ecosystem. Join Senator Feinstein, say no to Donald Trump and corporate greed. California Values. Senator Dianne Feinstein.”

— August 6, 2018 Feinstein For Senate 2018

"I’m Dianne Feinstein and I approve this message. I support the affordable care act, and voted against all of Trump’s attempts to repeal it. But we need to do more. I believe in universal healthcare. In a public health option to compete with private insurance companies. And expanding Medicare to everyone over 55. And I believe Medicare must be empowered to negotiate the price of drugs. California Values Senator Dianne Feinstein"

— August 6, 2018 Feinstein For Senate 2018

Dianne Feinstein: “I’m Dianne Feinstein and I approve this message.” Announcer: “Senator Feinstein’s original Desert Protection Act protects 7 million acres in Death Valley and Joshua Tree. Working with President Obama, Senator Feinstein protected 1.8 Million more acres. Now President Trump and corporate special interests want to extract water from the desert aquifer and threaten the entire desert ecosystem. Join Senator Feinstein, say no to Donald Trump and corporate greed. California Values. Senator Dianne Feinstein.”

— August 6, 2018 Feinstein for Senate 2018

Dianne Feinstein: "Soy Dianne Feinstein y apruebo este mensaje." [I’m Dianne Feinstein and I approve this message.] Donald Trump: "Senator, would you like to say something, Dianne?" Dianne Feinstein: "I would, What about a clean DACA bill now? Locutor: "La Senadora Dianne Feinstein apoyo nuestros Dreamers y DACA contra Trump. La Senadora Feinstein votó contra todos los intentos de Trump de rechazar 'Obamacare' y esta apoyada por Presidente Barack Obama. Además Dianne Feinstein apoya ampliamente el pago igualitario a las mujeres.Valores de California. Senadora Dianne Feinstein." [Senator Dianne Feinstein voted for our Dreamers and DACA and against Trump. Senator Feinstein voted against all of Trump’s attempts to repeal 'Obamacare,' and she is endorsed by President Barack Obama. And, Senator Dianne Feinstein strongly supports equal pay for all women. California Values. Senator Dianne Feinstein.]

— August 6, 2018 Feinstein for Senate 2018

"I'm Dianne Feinstein and I approve this message. I thought after Sandy Hook, where 20 six and seven year olds were slain, this would never happen again. It has happened more than 200 times in 5 years. Dianne Feinstein and a new generation are leading the fight to pass a new Assault Weapons Ban. Say NO to the NRA and YES to common-sense gun laws. California Values Senator Dianne Feinstein"

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