Dianne Feinstein

(Dianne Goldman Berman Feinstein)

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'No Child Left Behind' requires states and school districts to ensure that all students are learning and are reaching their highest potential. Special education students should not be left out of these accountability mechanisms. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
The criteria for serving one's country should be competence, courage and willingness to serve. When we deny people the chance to serve because of their sexual orientation, we deprive them of their rights of citizenship, and we deprive our armed forces the service of willing and capable Americans.
America is big enough to admit when it's wrong and confident enough to learn from its mistakes.
We have no regulation of drones in the United States in their commercial use. You can see drones some day hovering over the homes of Hollywood luminaries, violating privacy. This question has to be addressed. And we need rules of operation on the border, by police, by commercial use, and also by military and intelligence use.
Rogue internet pharmacies continue to pose a serious threat to the health and safety of Americans. Simply put, a few unethical physicians and pharmacists have become drug suppliers to a nation. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
The time has come to repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.' It is the right thing to do. Every American should have the opportunity to serve their country, regardless of race, sex, creed, or sexual orientation. Time
Today we have a health insurance industry where the first and foremost goal is to maximize profits for shareholders and CEOs, not to cover patients who have fallen ill or to compensate doctors and hospitals for their services. It is an industry that is increasingly concentrated and where Americans are paying more to receive less. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
For the life of me, I don't understand what honest motive there is in putting this in front of this body to philosophically debate marriage on a constitutional amendment that is not going to happen, and which is enormously divisive in all of our communities. Life ;Families, Children & Parenting
Well, that day is gone, and it will not occur again.
Ninety percent of leadership is the ability to communicate something people want. Leaders & Leadership
Global warming is real. It is happening today. It is being charted by our satellites. It is being charted by our scientists. It is being charted by those of us in this body, and I think the real key is if we are ready to admit that fact and take the action to make the necessary conversion.
Toughness doesn't have to come in a pinstripe suit. Leaders & Leadership
Banning guns addresses a fundamental right of all Americans to feel safe.
Instead of starting a new nuclear arms race, now is the time to reclaim our Nation's position of leadership on nuclear nonproliferation efforts. Time ;Leaders & Leadership
Let me say this: I believe closing Guantanamo is in our Nation's national security interest. Guantanamo is used not only by al-Qaida, but also by other nations, governments, and individuals - people good and bad - as a symbol of America's abuse of Muslims, and it is fanning the flames of anti-Americanism around the world.
Yes, I support the death penalty. It is an issue that cannot be fudged or hedged. Death
Survival is nothing more than recovery.
It is my belief that tax credits only go to people who are making money, and they generally keep it. Money, Coins & Minting
Women have begun to see that if I go through that doorway, I take everybody through it. Women
Ports are the gaping hole in America's homeland security.
I basically believe the medical insurance industry should be nonprofit, not profit-making. There is no way a health reform plan will work when it is implemented by an industry that seeks to return money to shareholders instead of using that money to provide health care. Health, Healthcare & Medicine ;Money, Coins & Minting ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
We have a chance to wind down and expedite the removal of 96 percent of the world's nuclear weapons. What an achievement it would be, if at the end of the next administration, we could say that the nuclear arsenals of both Russia and the United States had been reduced to the barest minimums.
It is my hope that the number of stem cell lines available for federally-funded research will be expanded so that the government can continue to participate in this vital research and provide hope to the millions of Americans with diseases that might be cured. Hope ;Government
Winning may not be everything, but losing has little to recommend it.
What is often said in private may not be said in public. Secrecy & Transparency
Women have not had their rights come easily. Minorities & Women
Home ownership is the cornerstone of the American dream. Housing
Change in leadership does not only come in a pin stripe suit with a bald spot on its head. Leaders & Leadership
Choice is a uniquely female issue. We don't share the same reproductive systems. Privacy, Abortion & Family Planning
Everybody's out there to make a case and sometimes a little hypocrisy gets involved with that case. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Government should regulate the S&L's. Government should not regulate a woman's body. Privacy, Abortion & Family Planning
I don't think any of us ran for the United States Senate to preside over the lowering of the American standard of living. Foreign Trade
If I do nothing else, I'm going to make this a safe state. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
If laws are going to work in this country, there has to be some finality. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Ninety percent of leadership is the ability to communicate something that people want. Leaders & Leadership
It's a terrible commentary on society, but I'm afraid we have reached the point where some people, by their acts, do give up their right to survive. Capital Punishment, Dealth Penalty & State Execution
The day where America can be the welfare system for Mexico is gone. Immigration & Emigration ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
There was a time that you could say the least government was the best—but not in the nation's most populous state. Management & Managing Government ;Miscellaneous
This is an important appointment to a community that has often felt excluded from the decision making process.
Tough and Caring Slogans & Mottoes
Banning guns addresses a fundamental right of all Americans to feel safe Guns & Gun Control
I'm not a sixth grader. Senator, I've been on this committee for 20 years. I was a mayor for nine years. I walked in, I saw people shot. I've looked at bodies that have been shot with these weapons. I've seen the bullets that implode. In Sandy Hook, youngsters were dismembered…. You know, it's fine you want to lecture me on the Constitution. I appreciate it. Just know I've been here for a long time. I've passed on a number of bills. I've studied the Constitution myself. I am reasonably well educated, and I thank you for the lecture. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
If I could have gotten 51 votes in the Senate of the United States for an outright ban, picking up every one of them... Mr. and Mrs. America, turn 'em all in, I would have done it. I could not do that. The votes weren't here.. Guns & Gun Control
Trade creates jobs. Foreign Trade
I have grave concerns that the CIA search may have violated the separation of powers principle embodied in the United States Constitution. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
… a stain on United States values and history. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
… willingness to face an ugly truth and say, “Never Again”. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
Two contractors were paid $80 million to conduct this torture. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations