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07-HR211 on Jan 9, 2007

Legislation by 2008 Presidential Candidates: facilitating nationwide 2-1-1 phone line for human services
Source: Calling for 2-1-1 Act (S.211 and H.R.211)
A bill to facilitate nationwide availability of 2-1-1 telephone service for information and referral on human services & volunteer services. Congress makes the following findings:
  1. The FCC has assigned 2-1-1 as the national telephone number for information and referral on human services.
  2. 2-1-1 facilitates critical connections between families seeking services, including community-based and faith-based organizations.
  3. There are approximately 1,500,000 nonprofit organizations in the US [which would be listed in the 2-1-1 service].
  4. Government funding supports well-intentioned programs that are not fully utilized because of a lack of access to such programs.
  5. A national cost-benefit analysis estimates a net value to society of a national 2-1-1 system approaching $130,000,000 in the first year alone.
  6. While 69% of the population has access to 2-1-1 telephone service from a land line in 41 States, inadequate funding prevents access to that telephone service throughout each of the States.
  7. 2-1-1 telephone service facilitates the availability of a single repository where comprehensive data on all community services is collected & maintained.

Introductory statement by Sponsor:

Sen. CLINTON: In the immediate aftermath of the devastation of September 11, most people did not know where to turn for information about their loved ones. Fortunately for those who knew about it, 2-1-1 was already operating in Connecticut, and it was critical in helping identify the whereabouts of victims, connecting frightened children with their parents, providing information on terrorist suspects, and linking ready volunteers with victims.

Every single American should have a number they can call to cut through the chaos of an emergency. That number is 2-1-1. It's time to make our citizens and our country safer by making this resource available nationwide.


  • Topic: Technology
  • Headline: Facilitate nationwide 2-1-1 phone line for human services

  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
  • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 07-HR211

Daniel Akaka s1oHI Democratic Jr Senator (Retiring) 
Tom Allen s1oMaine Democrat (Retiring 2008) 
Jason Altmire s1oPennsylvania Democrat (Lost 2012 Primary) 
Michael Arcuri s1oNew York Democrat (until 2010) 
Tammy Baldwin s1oWI Democratic Challenger 
Evan Bayh s1oIN Former Democratic Senator 
Earl Blumenauer s1oOregon Democrat 
Leonard Boswell s1oIowa Democrat 
Rick Boucher s1oVirginia Democrat (until 2010) 
Barbara Boxer s1oCA Democratic Jr Senator 
Allen Boyd s1oFlorida Former Democrat (until 2010) 
Robert Brady s1oPennsylvania Democrat 
Sherrod Brown s1oOH Democratic Sr Senator 
Maria Cantwell s1oWA Democratic Jr Senator 
Lois Capps s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Chris Carney s1oPennsylvania Democrat (Retired 2010) 
Bob Casey s1oPA Democratic Sr Senator; previously state treasurer 
Ben Chandler s1oKentucky Democrat 
Hillary Clinton s1pNY Former Democratic Senator (NY); now Secretary of State 
Steve Cohen s1oTennessee Democrat 
Jim Cooper s1oTennessee Democrat 
Henry Cuellar s1oTexas Democrat 
Elijah Cummings s1oMaryland Democrat 
Danny Davis s1oIllinois Democrat 
Susan Davis s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Peter Defazio s1oOregon Democrat 
Diana DeGette s1oColorado Democrat 
Norm Dicks s1oWashington Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Chris Dodd s1oCT Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2010) 
Joe Donnelly s1oIN Democratic Challenger 
Keith Ellison s1oMinnesota Democrat 
Eliot Engel s1oNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Anna Eshoo s1pCalifornia Democrat 
Sam Farr s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Chaka Fattah s1oPennsylvania Democrat 
Bob Filner s1oCalifornia Democrat (Mayoral run 2011) 
Charles Gonzalez s1oTexas Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Bart Gordon s1oTennessee Democrat (until 2010) 
Gene Green s1oTexas Democrat 
Raul Grijalva s1oArizona Democrat 
Tom Harkin s1oIA Democratic Jr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Jane Harman s1oCalifornia Democrat (Resigned 2011) 
Brian Higgins s1oNew York Democrat 
Tim Holden s1oPennsylvania Democrat (Lost 2012 Primary) 
Mike Honda s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Darlene Hooley s1oOregon Democrat (Retiring 2008) 
Daniel Inouye s1oHI Democratic Sr Senator 
Jay Inslee s1oWA Democratic Governor 
Steve Israel s1oNew York Democrat 
William Jefferson s1oLouisiana Democrat 
Patrick Kennedy s1oRhode Island Democrat (until 2010) 
Ted Kennedy s1oMA Democratic Senator (until 2009) 
John Kerry s1oMA Democratic Sr Senator 
Dale Kildee s1oMichigan Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Carolyn Kilpatrick s1oMichigan Democrat (until 2010) 
Amy Klobuchar s1oMN Democrat/DFL Sr Senator 
Dennis Kucinich s1oOhio Democrat (Lost 2012 Primary) 
Mary Landrieu s1oLA Democratic Sr Senator 
Tom Lantos s1oCalifornia Former Democrat (until 2008) 
Rick Larsen s1oWashington Democrat 
John Larson s1oConnecticut Democrat 
Frank Lautenberg s1oNJ Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Barbara Lee s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Carl Levin s1oMI Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Sander Levin s1oMichigan Democrat 
John Lewis s1oGeorgia Democrat 
Blanche Lambert Lincoln s1oAR Former Democratic Senator 
Zoe Lofgren s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Nita Lowey s1oNew York Democrat 
Ed Markey s1oMA Democratic Challenger 
Doris Matsui s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Carolyn McCarthy s1oNew York Dem./Ind./Working-Families 
Betty McCollum s1oMinnesota Democrat 
Jim McDermott s1oWashington Democrat 
Jim McGovern s1oMassachusetts Democrat 
Mike McIntyre s1oNorth Carolina Democrat 
Jerry McNerney s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Robert Menendez s1oNew Jersey Democrat 
Michael Michaud s1oMaine Democratic Governor Challenger 
Barbara Mikulski s1oMD Democratic Sr Senator 
George Miller s1oCalifornia Democrat 
James Moran s1oVirginia Democrat 
Patrick Joseph Murphy s1oPennsylvania Democrat (until 2010) 
Patty Murray s1oWA Democratic Sr Senator 
John Murtha s1oPennsylvania Democrat (Deceased Feb. 2010) 
Bill Nelson s1oFL Democratic Sr Senator 
James Oberstar s1oMinnesota Dem./Farmer/Labor (until 2010) 
Ed Pastor s1oArizona Democrat 
Collin Peterson s1oMinnesota Democrat/Farmer/Labor 
David Eugene Price s1oNorth Carolina Democrat 
Mike Ross s1oArkansas Democratic Governor Challenger 
Dutch Ruppersberger s1oMaryland Democrat 
Ken Salazar s1oCO Former Democratic Senator (entered Cabinet, 2009) 
Loretta Sanchez s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Adam Schiff s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Carol Shea-Porter s1oNew Hampshire Democrat 
Hilda Solis s1oCA Democratic Gubernatorial Challenger 
Arlen Specter s1oPA Former Democratic incumbent (elected as Republican) 
Debbie Stabenow s1oMI Democratic Jr Senator 
Bart Stupak s1oMichigan Democrat (until 2010) 
Ellen Tauscher s1oCalifornia Former Democrat (until 2009) 
Ed Towns s1oNew York Democrat/Liberal (Retiring) 
Henry Waxman s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Anthony Weiner s1oNew York Former Democrat(Resigned 2011) 
Robert Wexler s1oFlorida Democrat (resigned Jan. 2010) 
Sheldon Whitehouse s1oRI Democratic Jr Senator, previously attorney general 
David Wu s1oOregon Democrat (Resigned 2011) 
John Yarmuth s1oKentucky Democrat 



Republicans participating in 07-HR211

Rodney Alexander s1oLouisiana Republican 
Robert Bennett s1oUT Former Republican Senator 
Gus Bilirakis s1oFlorida Republican 
Jo Bonner s1oAlabama Republican 
Mary Bono s1oCalifornia Republican 
Charles Boustany s1oLouisiana Republican 
Richard Burr s1oNC Republican Sr Senator; previously Representative 
Dave Camp s1oMichigan Republican 
Thad Cochran s1oMS Republican Sr Senator 
Norm Coleman s1oMN Former Republican Senator; lost court battle, 2009 
Susan Collins s1oME Republican Sr Senator 
Mike Conaway s1oTexas Republican 
David Davis s1oTennessee Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Vernon Ehlers s1oMichigan Republican (until 2010) 
Jim Gerlach s1oPennsylvania Republican 
Chuck Hagel s1oNE Former Republican Senator (retired 2008) 
Peter Hoekstra s1oMI Republican Challenger 
Johnny Isakson s1oGA Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 
Bobby Jindal s1oLA Republican Governor 
Peter King s1oNew York Rep./Ind./Cons./Right-To-Life 
Joe Knollenberg s1oMichigan Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Randy Kuhl s1oNew York Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Steven LaTourette s1oOhio Republican 
Ron Lewis s1oKentucky Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Richard Lugar s1oIN Republican Sr Senator 
Kevin McCarthy s1oCalifornia Republican 
Thad McCotter s1oMichigan Republican 
Cathy McMorris-Rodgers s1oWashington Republican 
Charles Pickering s1oMississippi Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Todd Platts s1oPennsylvania Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Deborah Pryce s1oOhio Republican 
Jim Ramstad s1oMinnesota Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Dave Reichert s1oWashington Republican (Governor run 2012) 
Pat Roberts s1oKS Republican Sr Senator 
Mike Rogers s1oMichigan Republican 
Christopher Shays s1oConnecticut Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Olympia Snowe s1oME Republican Sr Senator 
Mark Souder s1oIndiana Republican (until 2010) 
Lee Terry s1oNebraska Republican 
Pat Tiberi s1oOhio Republican 
Mike Turner s1oOhio Republican 
Fred Upton s1oMichigan Republican 
David Vitter s1oLA Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 
Heather Wilson s1oNew Mexico Republican (Senate 2008) 
Frank Wolf s1oVirginia Republican 



Independents participating in 07-HR211

Lincoln Diaz-Balart s1oFlorida Former GOP (until 2010) 
Elizabeth Dole s1oNC Former Cabinet Member (Labor Sec'y) and Senator 
Joseph Lieberman s1oCT Independent Sr Senator; Gore's VP nominee (Retiring) 
Charles Melancon s1oLA 2010 Democratic Senate Challenger; currently US Rep. 
George Radanovich s1oCalifornia Former GOP (until 2010) 
Bernie Sanders s1oVermont Independent 
Joe Sestak s1oPA 2010 Democratic Senate Challenger; currently US Rep. 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 108
Republicans: 45
Independents: 7


















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