Jim Jeffords

(James Merrill Jeffords)

Jim Jeffords
Jim Jeffords
  • Born: May 11, 1934
  • Died: August 18, 2014
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Politician

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James Merrill Jeffords was an American politician who served as a U.S. Senator from Vermont. Sworn into the Senate in 1989, he served as a Republican until 2001, when he left the party to become an independent and began caucusing with the Democrats. Jeffords retired from the Senate in 2007. Prior to serving in the Senate, he served as the U.S. Representative for Vermont's at-large congressional district from 1975 to 1989.

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There are those who say that climate change is a hoax, a concoction of radical environmentalists and a liberal media. That is simply hogwash.... To ignore and dismiss the threat of climate change to the economy and the environment is like insisting the earth is flat. Environment & Environmentalism
I don't know anyone in the public eye who has not made a mistake and said something in a manner that does not truly reflect their intentions.
Looking ahead, I can see more and more instances where I will disagree with the president on very fundamental issues. The largest, for me, is education. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Since the day he came into office, President Bush has worked to gut more than 34 years of hard work by weakening many of our Nation's standing environmental laws, some of which were signed into law by his father. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The budget does not adequately fund important domestic programs, promotes tax cuts to the detriment of other priorities and does little to put our nation's fiscal house in order.
There is nothing more important to our Nation's future, to our homeland security, and to our economy than ensuring we have a top-notch educational system that is the envy of the world. Future
This Bush administration has a growing credibility gap, maybe even a credibility chasm, on environmental policy. The President has lost the trust of the American people when it comes to the environment. Trust
We have a responsibility to ensure that every individual has the opportunity to receive a high-quality education, from prekindergarten to elementary and secondary, to special education, to technical and higher education and beyond. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training