Russ Feingold

(Russell Dana Feingold)

Russ Feingold
Russ Feingold
  • Born: March 2, 1953
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Politician









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I will be blunt: This program is breaking the law, and this President is breaking the law. Not only that, he is misleading the American people in his efforts to justify this program. Privacy, Abortion & Family Planning
Our political system is little more than a high stakes poker game where only the wealthy can afford to ante up. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The President has the power to wage war but not against U. S. laws…. He is a President; not a king. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
The problem is that every single person here was elected under this system. It is not typical of human nature to change what works. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
There is no doubt that if we lived in a police state, it would be easier to catch terrorists. If we lived in a country that allowed the police to search your home at any time for any reason; if we lived in a country that allowed the government to open your mail, eavesdrop on your phone conversations, or intercept your email communications; if we lived in a country that allowed the government to hold people in jail indefinitely based on what they write or think, or based on mere suspicion that they are up to no good, then the government would no doubt discover and arrest more terrorists. But that probably would not be a country in which we would want to live. And that would not be a country for which we could, in good conscience, ask our young people to fight and die. In short, that would not be America. Terrorism
This administration has made the worst assault on the Constitution perhaps in the history of America…. It has weakened America at a time that we have to be strong. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
We cannot allow the spectacle of constant executions to be swept under the rug. We know that already over 100 individuals who were put on death row have been released. And we should shudder to think how many people have been sent to their deaths that were innocent. Capital Punishment, Dealth Penalty & State Execution
We, as a Congress, have to stand up to a president who acts like the Bill of Rights and the Constitution were repealed on September 11. Intergovernmental Relations
When the President of the United States breaks the law he must be held accountable. That is why I am introducing today a resolution to censure George W. Bush…. At the very heart of our constitution is the assumption that some members of the government will do wrong, and when they do, others in the government must do right…. The President has broken the law. Congress must act…. Our job is not to stand up and cheer when the President breaks the law. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Health care for all Americans is the most pressing domestic issue today. It's far past time for the President and Congress to deliver health care to everyone. Time ;Health, Healthcare & Medicine
I believe in local control of education. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
I don't know how it could be more stark or clear: this entire society is being dominated by corporate power in a way that may exceed what happened in the late nineteenth century, early twentieth century. Society ;Power
I don't want to hear again from the attorney general or anyone on this floor that this government has shown it can be trusted to use the power we give it with restraint and care. Power ;Government
I was one of 14 senators to vote against the Defense of Marriage Act. I thought it was a harsh and unnecessary thing to do to people across this country who care enough about each other to want to be married. Families, Children & Parenting
If a trip is worth taking, members of Congress should be prepared to justify paying for it out of their office accounts.
I'm one of the only members of the U.S. Senate who isn't a millionaire. And there's absolutely nothing wrong with being a millionaire. But there ought to be a little economic diversity in the Senate and I try to provide it.
I'm proud to be a Democrat.
Instead of taking a very high-paying type of law job or something that I might be able to do, I have been a legislator. That's what I do. I think it's an honorable profession - if you're honest and have integrity and work hard. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
It is not only all right but necessary to stand up to George Bush.
It is not patriotic to decide to destroy a new president who was duly elected by an overwhelming margin. It is un-patriotic to resolve to destroy that presidency.
I've been outspent by my opponents every time I've run for U.S. Senate. Time
Money in politics is a huge issue. Money, Coins & Minting ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Most of my town hall meetings had always been love fests, and some of my guys used to complain: 'I'd like for somebody to yell at you a bit.' Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Occupy Wall Street is a real movement.
Tea Party people know that I stood against the Wall Street scam from Day One, that I voted against TARP, that I voted against repealing Glass-Steagall Act that kept these guys under some control.
The administration has a disturbing pattern of behavior when it comes to budgeting not only for the ongoing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan but also for military requirements not directly related to these conflicts.
The conservative version of American exceptionalism has become a password of sorts for candidates who want to prove their credentials to a right-wing America.
The idea of allowing corporations to have unlimited influence on our democracy is very dangerous, obviously.
The notion of American exceptionalism is effective in part because there is little on the face of it that is offensive.
The Tea Party ended up being a shill for corporate America.
There is nothing more American than peaceful protest.
There's a tendency on the part of Americans, all of us, to say, 'Hey, the Cold War is over, the Soviet Union is gone, we don't have to worry about these guys again.' We always have to be worried about them, we always have to be concerned about them, and we have to be well-informed. War & Peace
This has not been a legislative process worthy of the Senate. Members of the Judiciary Committee, as I just said, were implored to save their amendments for the floor. Then, when we got here, we were told no amendments could be accepted.
Unfair trade agreements, passed by both Republicans and Democrats, have sent millions of jobs to other countries. We need to stop this hemorrhaging and find ways for American workers to compete in the new market.
We need to get rid of the Federal Elections Commission. It's a joke. It doesn't enforce the law.
We should not use special budget procedures to jam through legislation to drill in the Arctic Refuge. This topic is too important to the public to address it in such a back-door manner. We should be having a full, open discussion of the issue during an energy debate.
Well, my view is that the insurance companies have done awfully well and spent a lot of money on a lot of things that don't have anything to do with health care. Health, Healthcare & Medicine ;Money, Coins & Minting
What is the harm of doing the right thing? What is the harm of doing our job as legislators and making sure we do not stick the entire bankruptcy community with these provisions that do not make any sense?
When you buy toothpaste or detergent or gas, that is now used for the first time in your lifetime or my lifetime to support candidates in so-called 'independent ads.' Same thing for unions. Time