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Joe Biden MyOcracy topics and responses

    Criminal Justice

    Use of treatment centers for violators of criminal laws targeting drug-use

  • 2010-10-05: 1990 crime bill: tougher penalties for drug offenders
  • 2007-06-28: Divert drug offenders out of prison system
  • 2007-03-28: Rename Drug Abuse institute as Diseases of Addiction
  • 1999-11-10: Voted NO on increasing penalties for drug offenses

    Increase the number of police officers working in high-crime communities

  • 2007-03-23: Voted YES on reinstating $1.15 billion funding for the COPS Program
  • 2007-01-23: Increase funding for COPS ON THE BEAT program
  • 1999-05-20: Voted YES on $1.15 billion per year to continue the COPS program

    Civil Rights

    Support marriage rights between same-sex individuals

  • 2013-05-09: I supported gay marriage and got criticized for saying so
  • 2012-05-07: I'm absolutely comfortable with same-sex marriage
  • 2010-10-05: Inalienable rights cannot be denied by any majority
  • 2007-06-03: Nobody asks if you`re gay in a foxhole
  • 2006-12-31: by the HRC, indicating a pro-gay-rights stance
  • 2006-06-07: Voted NO on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage

    Support for gun control measures

  • 2013-05-09: Public supports gun control; Congress has not caught up
  • 2013-01-16: Moral obligation to diminish senseless gun violence
  • 2007-04-26: Keep assault weapons ban; close gun show loophole
  • 2005-07-29: Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers
  • 2004-03-02: Voted NO on banning lawsuits against gun manufacturers for gun violence
  • 1999-05-20: Voted YES on background checks at gun shows
  • 1999-05-11: Voted NO on loosening license & background checks at gun shows

    Abortion rights: Women should choose

  • 2008-03-14: Voted NO on defining unborn child as eligible for SCHIP
  • 2008-03-13: Voted NO on prohibiting minors crossing state lines for abortion
  • 2006-07-25: Voted NO on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions
  • 2004-03-25: Voted NO on criminal penalty for harming unborn fetus during other crime
  • 2000-06-20: Voted NO on maintaining ban on Military Base Abortions

    Ban abortions except in limited cases

  • 2007-04-29: No public funding for abortion; it imposes a view

    Prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation

  • 2002-06-11: Voted YES on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes
  • 2000-06-20: Voted YES on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation
  • 1996-09-10: Voted YES on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation

    Support marriage rights between a man and a woman only

  • 1996-09-10: Voted YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage

    Economic Issues

    Taxes for wealthier tax payers: More

  • 2011-11-05: Surtax on earnings over $1 million seems fair to us
  • 2010-04-20: Economic inequity worsened by tax cuts for the wealthy
  • 2008-03-13: Voted YES on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million
  • 2008-03-13: Voted NO on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset
  • 2008-02-13: Voted NO on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M
  • 2007-07-23: Take away $85B in annual tax cuts for 1% of top earners
  • 2007-03-23: Voted NO on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax
  • 2007-03-21: Voted NO on raising estate tax exemption to $5 million
  • 2006-12-31: by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation
  • 2006-08-03: Voted NO on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts
  • 2006-06-08: Voted NO on permanently repealing the `death tax`
  • 2006-02-02: Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends
  • 2005-11-18: Voted NO on extending the tax cuts on capital gains and dividends
  • 2003-05-23: Voted NO on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years
  • 1998-04-02: Voted NO on requiring super-majority for raising taxes

    Increase taxes for all tax payers

  • 2003-12-31: by NTU, indicating a Big Spender on tax votes

    Reduce taxes for middle class tax payers

  • 2012-10-11: Millionaires pay more; middle class pays less

    Education Issues

    Increase per pupil funding

  • 2007-07-23: Voting for No Child Left Behind was a mistake
  • 2003-12-31: by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes
  • 2001-04-04: Voted YES on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction

    Increase college financing options for students who pursue majors in high-need careers

  • 2012-02-24: $500M for businesses partnerships at community colleges
  • 2007-09-13: $3000 tax credit for college for anyone earning under $150K

    Support school vouchers

  • 2000-03-02: Voted YES on Educational Savings Accounts
  • 1998-06-24: Voted YES on education savings accounts

    Increase instructional time in school

  • 2007-12-13: Hire more teachers and pay them for smaller classes
  • 2007-10-30: For longer school day & school year, & 16-year minimum

    Reduce federal government involvement with public education

  • 2005-10-26: Voted YES on $5B for grants to local educational agencies

    Oppose school vouchers

  • 1997-09-30: Voted NO on school vouchers in DC

    Environmental Issues

    Support cap-and-trade programs to address industrial emissions

  • 2013-05-09: Pushed cap-and-trade early; but $90B tax credits passed
  • 2007-01-16: Sign on to UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
  • 2005-06-16: Voted YES on reducing oil usage by 40% by 2025 (instead of 5%)
  • 2005-02-10: Establish greenhouse gas tradeable allowances

    Oppose domestic continental drilling to tap new oil sources

  • 2007-11-07: Designate sensitive ANWR area as protected wilderness
  • 2005-11-03: Voted YES on disallowing an oil leasing program in Alaska's ANWR
  • 2005-03-16: Voted YES on banning drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
  • 2000-04-06: Voted NO on preserving budget for ANWR oil drilling

    Regulate average miles-per-gallon production for consumer vehicles

  • 2006-07-19: Sponsored bill raising CAFE by a 4% per year until 2018
  • 2002-03-13: Voted NO on terminating CAFE standards within 15 months
  • 1999-09-15: Voted NO on ending discussion of CAFE fuel efficiency standards

    Use tax incentives to promote efficient energy production and conservation

  • 2004-03-19: Keep efficient air conditioner rule to conserve energy

    Oppose off-shore drilling to tap new oil sources

  • 2007-06-21: Voted YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies

    Eliminate tax incentives and/or subsidies to the fossil fuel industry

  • 2007-04-26: Make every automobile sold be a flex-fuel automobile

    Increase tax incentives for solar energy development and use

  • 1999-06-16: Voted NO on defunding renewable and solar energy

    Consumer tax credits for the purchase of hybrid or electric vehicles

  • 2007-03-29: Fund nanomaterial research project for car batteries

    Healthcare Issues

    Establish government-assisted non-profit organizations from which all taxpayers would obtain health insurance

  • 2003-12-31: by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record
  • 1996-04-18: Voted YES on blocking medical savings acounts

    Lower eligibility age for Medicare to increase coverage of older taxpayers

  • 2008-07-15: Voted YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare
  • 2006-02-02: Voted YES on expanding enrollment period for Medicare Part D

    Require all taxpayers to obtain full-coverage health insurance

  • 2007-09-13: Start paying for universal coverage with $100B in redundancy

    Increase amount of children covered by Medicaid reimbursements for health costs

  • 2007-11-01: Voted YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility


    Provide amnesty for undocumented individuals

  • 2008-03-13: Voted YES on continuing federal funds for declared sanctuary cities
  • 2007-11-11: Supported Bush plan: both border fence & path to citizenship
  • 2007-06-28: Voted YES on comprehensive immigration reform
  • 2007-06-03: It`s impractical to deport 14 million illegal immigrants
  • 2006-05-18: Voted YES on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship

    Increase the number of work visas granted to foreign workers each year

  • 2007-05-22: Voted YES on eliminating the Y nonimmigrant guestworker program
  • 2006-05-25: Voted YES on establishing a Guest Worker program
  • 1998-07-23: Voted YES on allowing more foreign workers into the US for farm work

    Oppose amnesty for undocumented individuals

  • 2007-12-04: H1-B visas only for jobs Americans can`t do
  • 2007-11-15: Oppose granting driver`s licenses to illegal immigrants

    Allow in-state tuition at public universities and colleges for undocumented students

  • 2006-05-18: Voted YES on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security
  • 1997-06-24: Voted NO on limit welfare for immigrants

    Increase border security between U.S. and Mexico

  • 2006-09-29: Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border


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