3rd Discussion Paper - Hannan Merritt Discussion Day 3...

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Hannan Merritt Discussion Day 3 4/21/08 As the son of two long-time Democratic voters I have evolved into a fairly liberal  Democrat.  Another reason that I am a Democrat is that I am from a liberal part of Vermont that  has always voted Democratic during my lifetime.  Therefore my stance on social, economic, and  political issues is on the left side of the spectrum. First of all I am going to start with the most important representative from Vermont,  longtime Senator Patrick J. Leahy who in the current Congress is the Chairman of the Senate  Judiciary Committee among other postings. On the issue of stem cells both Leahy and I agree that funding and support for stem cell  research should be increased.  Previously Senator Leahy has cosponsored a bill called S.5, the  Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007 which would, “increase the number of stem cell  lines available for research and the amount of funding that is available for this work”  (Leahy.senate.gov). On the issue of the environment Senator Leahy believes that we should adopt a  comprehensive sustainable energy plan including increasing efficiency by weatherizing, greater  utilization of renewable resources like wind and biomass, and limiting or abolishing subsidies for  the gas and oil industry.  I agree with Senator Leahy because I believe that Vermont is a very  beautiful and special environment that all Vermonters need to have a hand in keeping clean.
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Thirdly, as a college student I am concerned with the costs associated with college.  Senator Leahy supports higher funding for programs like federal Pell Grants, federal work-study  and other financial aid mechanisms.  In the past Senator Leahy has supported the Taxpayer  Relief Act of 1997 which provided the biggest investment in higher education since the G.I. Bill.  From my perspective this is a great thing for someone who has so much power in the Senate to  be concerned with the cost of education and higher education in particular. The other Senator from Vermont is Bernie Sanders an extremely liberal first term 
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