Senator Diane Feinstein
United States Senate CA
Next Election: 5 June 2018 (primary), 6 November 2018 (general)
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Voted against many of them, but for Pompeo for CIA, whose "record shows "enthusiasm for sweeping new surveillance programs targeting Americans" and openness to torture."
She talks a good game on this, but then does things like supporting Lieberman. "Some of this is self-inflicted, like repeatedly helping elect Joe Lieberman who would caucus with Democrats and subsequently vote against them. Democrats like Senator Feinstein of California campaigned for Lieberman — even when he formally left the party — fully aware that his election would weaken the Democrats and undermine her own vote in the future."
On domestic policy, she supported the Bush tax cuts, permanent normal trade relations with China, and the bill that repealed Glass-Steagall’s financial reforms.
Perhaps no Democrat in the past two decades has been as committed to expanding the national security state than Feinstein (again, like Lieberman).
Voted for the Iraq war in 2002, despite major conflicts of interest.
Dianne Feinstein—the ninth wealthiest member of congress—has been beset by monumental ethical conflicts of interest. As a member of the Military Construction Appropriations Subcommittee (MILCON) from 2001 to the end of 2005, Senator Feinstein voted for appropriations worth billions of dollars to her husband’s firms. From 1997 through the end of 2005, Feinstein’s husband Richard C. Blum was a majority shareholder in both URS Corp. and Perini Corp. She lobbied Pentagon officials in public hearings to support defense projects that she favored, some of which already were, or subsequently became, URS or Perini contracts. From 2001 to 2005, URS earned $792 million from military construction and environmental cleanup projects approved by MILCON; Perini earned $759 million from such projects."" projectcensored.org
"The draft shows how out of touch Senate Intelligence Committee leaders Sens. Burr and Feinstein are with the needs of the American people. Millions of Americans suffer the loss, theft, or compromise of intimate communications, trade secrets, and identities each year. We desperately need more security, not less. Yet this bill would strongly discourage companies from providing it. The draft should never be introduced in a bill and should never advance in the Senate."
"Pompeo, in his public testimony, did not put to rest questions about positions on torture that he himself has professed in the past, or about what he might encourage Trump to do, if Trump should turn to him in private. Pompeo, in past statements, has defended the use of waterboarding under the Bush Administration, with the bankrupt argument that, although torture was illegal, waterboarding was not torture, and nor were other “techniques” that lawyers in the Administration signed off on."
There is no legitimate reason to ban refugees, the vast majority of whom are women and children who have experienced absolute horror. I very much regret that the president has chosen this dark path for our country.