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Conrad Burns on Drugs

Former Republican Senator (MT, 1989-2007)


Repealing Patriot Act would cost us the Meth Control Act

Q: What do you think about Executive Authority with regards to warrantless wiretapping?

TESTER: If we want to get serious about the War on Terror, we need to make the investments to fight the war on terror. We ought not be taking rights away from honest citizens. By the time they figure out thereís a terror cell, they can get a warrant. The Senator wants to let them have Carte Blanche.

BURNS: Clinton set the record for Executive Orders. And they too pushed the envelope as far as the Constitution is concerned. But let me go back on this Patriot Act. It is a tool that is in place now for drug kingpins and organized crime. Why donít you want that extended to terrorists? If you repeal it, as Mr. Tester wants to do, there goes the Meth Control Act, and the ability to monitor international phone calls from known numbers of people who want to kill us.

TESTER: Letís not put this under the War on Drugs--thatís baloney.

Source: 2006 Montana 3-way Senate Debate at MSU Oct 9, 2006

Voted YES on increasing penalties for drug offenses.

Vote to increase penalties on certain drug-related crimes. The amendment would specifically target the manufacturing or trafficking of amphetamines & methamphetamines and possession of powder cocaine, and set stronger penalties for dealing drugs
Reference: Bill S.625 ; vote number 1999-360 on Nov 10, 1999

Voted YES on spending international development funds on drug control.

Vote to add an additional $53 million (raising the total to $213 million) to international narcotics control funding, and pay for it by taking $25 million from international operations funding and $28 million from development assistance.
Reference: Bill HR 3540 ; vote number 1996-244 on Jul 25, 1996

Other candidates on Drugs: Conrad Burns on other issues:
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Brian Schweitzer
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