Dodd: Crucial 2 years ahead for Democrats (PAUL HUGHES, 11/10/06, Waterbury Republican-American)
U.S. Sen. Christopher J. Dodd, D-Conn., says the next two years will provide Democrats a chance to shine or give themselves a shiner.
Democrats in Connecticut and across the country campaigned on a promise of change this year, and change is what voters wanted.
“I think we have an opportunity to prove that this wasn’t just talk, but we can actually get things done,” Dodd said Thursday. […]
Within the first 100 hours, he said the new Democratic Congress should pass legislation to raise the federal minimum wage from $5.15 per hour to $7.15.
Dodd also said the Democrats should vote to roll back some of President Bush’s tax cuts. He would only retain ones that benefit the middle class.
Dodd said Democrats need to overhaul the Medicare Part D program, such as allowing the federal government to directly negotiate drug prices with pharmaceutical companies.
He also advocated action on universal health care, trade policy, transportation, housing, job creation, defense production and manufacturing.
Does he really see two-thirds of the Senate over-riding a tax hike veto?