Press Releases

June 26, 2007

Chairman Feinstein Urges Smithsonian to Move Rapidly on Reforms

Washington, DC - Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairman of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, today urged the Smithsonian Institution's Board of Regents to move rapidly on a reform package recommended by an independent investigative committee. She expressed her concern that the top positions at the Smithsonian need to be filled without delay. Senator Feinstein also urged the Board to conduct a top to bottom audit of the expenses of former Smithsonian Secretary Lawrence … Continue Reading


May 25, 2007

Senator Feinstein Introduces Comprehensive Reform Legislation to Ensure Accurate Counts in Federal Elections

Washington, DC - Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Christopher Dodd (D-CT) have introduced legislation to help ensure the accuracy of vote counts in federal elections and institute important new reforms in the administration of elections. Other cosponsors include Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY), Barack Obama (D-IL), Patrick J. Leahy (D-VT), Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA), Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Bernard Sanders (I-VT). The Ballot … Continue Reading


April 22, 2007

Feinstein Special to Sacramento Bee: Ensuring every vote counts for elections

The 2006 vote count in Sarasota County, Fla., exposed major weaknesses in our nation's voting system. Nearly 240,000 voters cast ballots on Nov. 7. But when their votes were tallied, things didn't square up: There were 18,000 fewer votes in the 13th Congressional District than were recorded in other contests on the same ballot. So-called undervotes occur in every election. But the rate of undervotes on Sarasota County's touch-screen machines was five times the rate seen on absentee ballots … Continue Reading


April 17, 2007

Senator Feinstein Urges Senate Passage of Campaign Electronic Filing Bill

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, today spoke on the Senate Floor to urge passage of legislation that would require Senate campaign finance reports to be filed electronically. Senator Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) joined Senator Feinstein today in urging the Senate to pass the legislation by unanimous consent. However, passage was blocked by the opposition of one Republican Senator. "I am urging the Senate to … Continue Reading


March 28, 2007

Senate Rules Committee Approves Campaign Electronic Filing Bill

Washington, DC - The Senate Committee on Rules and Administration today approved legislation to require that Senate campaign finance reports be filed electronically, U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Chairman of the Committee, announced. The bill was approved by voice vote. "This is a major stop forward in bringing the Senate into the modern era," Chairman Feinstein said. "This is a common sense measure, and I hope we can pass this bill out of the Senate without burdening it with … Continue Reading


March 28, 2007

Bennett Gets Agreement From Feinstein To Hold April Hearing On His Amendment

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today Senate Rules Committee Ranking Member Bob Bennett (R-Utah) gave the following statement after he and Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) agreed to hold a hearing next month on his amendment to repeal the limit on coordinated expenditures between candidates and parties. Below is the full text of Bennett's opening statement: Thank you Madame Chairman. I do hope we don't take a full three months to schedule a hearing. I hope we can find sometime within three weeks or … Continue Reading


March 22, 2007

Senate Rules Committee Moves Up Smithsonian Oversight Hearing

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) Chairman of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, today announced plans to move up an oversight hearing on the Smithsonian Institution to April 11. The hearing had earlier been scheduled for April 18, but in the wake of ongoing disclosures about management and spending practices at the Smithsonian, Chairman Feinstein chose to schedule the hearing earlier. Date: April 11, 2007 Time: 10:00 a.m. … Continue Reading


March 14, 2007

Chairman Feinstein Calls for Passage of Senate Campaign Electronic Filing Bill at Rules Committee Hearing

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, today called for passage of legislation to require that Senate campaign finance reports be filed electronically. The following is the prepared text of Chairman Feinstein's opening remarks for today's Rules Committee hearing: "Good morning. I'd like to welcome Ranking Member Bennett and the other members of the Committee to this hearing today. In the coming months, our … Continue Reading


March 11, 2007

Senate Rules Committee to Hold Smithsonian Oversight Hearing

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Robert Bennett (R-Utah), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, today announced plans to hold an oversight hearing on April 18, 2007, on the Smithsonian Institution. Date: Wednesday, April 18 Time: 10:00 a.m. Location: Committee on Rules and Administration; 301 Russell Senate Office Building "The Smithsonian is one of the premier institutions in the world. Our committee is committed to … Continue Reading


February 07, 2007

Statement of Chairman Feinstein at Rules Committee Hearing to Evaluate Electronic Voting Systems

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, today convened a hearing to evaluate the security of electronic voting systems used in federal elections and the ability to perform audits on these systems. The following is the prepared text of Chairman Feinstein?s opening remarks for today?s hearing, ?The Hazards of Electronic Voting ? Focus on the Machinery of Democracy: I'd like to thank my Ranking Member, Senator … Continue Reading


February 01, 2007

Senator Feinstein Announces Support for Legislation to OUtlaw Voter Deception and Intimidation Practices

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), today announced her support of legislation to outlaw voter deception and intimidation practices. Senator Feinstein serves as Chairman of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, which has oversight authority over election reform issues. Last year, roughly 14,000 Democratic voters with Spanish surnames in California's 47th District, (which includes parts of Orange County), received letters before the Nov. 7 election falsely … Continue Reading


January 18, 2007

Senate Approves Landmark Ethics Reform

Washington, DC - The U.S. Senate tonight approved a landmark ethics reform package, the strongest such legislation since the Watergate-era. The bill ((S.1 - The Legislative Transparency and Accountability Act) will next be the subject of a Conference Committee with the House, before being returned to each Chamber for final passage. The following is a comment from Senator Feinstein, who as chairman of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, managed the bill on the Senate floor, followed … Continue Reading


January 16, 2007

Senate Approves Feinstein-Rockefeller Amendment to Require Accountability and Transparency for Classified Earmarks

Washington, DC - The U.S. Senate today approved the amendment to the comprehensive ethics reform bill filed by U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and John Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) that seeks to bring accountability and transparency to classified earmarks. "This amendment provides the public with the assurance that the classified parts of the defense and intelligence budgets are subjected to the same scrutiny and openness as everything else," Senator Feinstein said. The following is the … Continue Reading

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