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Sheldon Whitehouse on Abortion
Click here for 14 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Vetoing stem cell research shows GOP ideology over science. (Sep 2006)
  • Firmly believes family planning decisions should be private. (Sep 2006)
  • Deeply committed to protecting a womanís right to choose. (Sep 2006)
  • Expand federal support for Stem Cell research. (Jul 2006)
  • Opposes Alito on grounds of womanís right to choose. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted NO on restricting UN funding for population control policies. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted NO on defining unborn child as eligible for SCHIP. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting minors crossing state lines for abortion. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on barring HHS grants to organizations that perform abortions. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Apr 2007)
  • Require pharmacies to fulfill contraceptive prescriptions. (Jul 2011)
  • Ban anti-abortion limitations on abortion services. (Nov 2013)
  • Ensure access to and funding for contraception. (Feb 2007)
  • Focus on preventing pregnancy, plus emergency contraception. (Jan 2009)
Sheldon Whitehouse on Budget & Economy
Click here for 13 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • Grow the economy from the middle class out. (Oct 2012)
  • We owe $1 trillion to China to fund Bush tax cuts. (Sep 2006)
  • Return to pay-as-you-go budgeting. (Sep 2006)
  • $300 tax rebate a bad deal if it means $150,000 future debt. (Aug 2005)
  • Voted YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures. (May 2009)
  • Voted YES on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package. (Feb 2009)
  • Voted YES on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted NO on paying down federal debt by rating programs' effectiveness. (Mar 2007)
  • Require full disclosure about subprime mortgages. (Dec 2007)
  • Reform mortgage rules to prevent foreclosure & bankruptcy. (Feb 2008)
  • More enforcement of mortgage fraud and TARP fraud. (May 2009)
  • Ban abusive credit practices & enhance consumer disclosure. (Feb 2009)
Sheldon Whitehouse on Civil Rights
Click here for 15 full quotes on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Worked entire career for civil rights. (Oct 2006)
  • Regulation of marriage has always been a state issue. (Sep 2006)
  • Donít use Constitution to divide gay people from others. (Sep 2006)
  • I support gay marriage. (Sep 2006)
  • Fight a constitutional ban on gay marriage. (Apr 2006)
  • Repeal the ban on gays serving openly in the military. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • ENDA: prohibit employment discrimination for gays. (Jun 2009)
  • Prohibit sexual-identity discrimination at schools. (Mar 2011)
  • Constitutional Amendment for women's equal rights. (Jun 2011)
  • Endorsed as "preferred" by The Feminist Majority indicating pro-women's rights. (Aug 2012)
  • Enforce against wage discrimination based on gender. (Jan 2013)
  • Enforce against anti-gay discrimination in public schools. (Jun 2013)
  • Provide benefits to domestic partners of Federal employees. (Dec 2007)
  • Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment. (Mar 2007)
Sheldon Whitehouse on Corporations
Click here for 5 full quotes on Corporations OR background on Corporations.
  • Cap credit card interest rates. (Sep 2010)
  • Small businesses keep our economy growing. (Nov 2005)
  • Expand lending caps for credit unions to small business. (Mar 2012)
  • Rated 86% by UFCW, indicating an anti-management/pro-labor record. (May 2012)
  • Sponsored enforcing against corporate offshore tax haven banking. (Feb 2013)
Sheldon Whitehouse on Crime
Click here for 8 full quotes on Crime OR background on Crime.
  • Firm believer in prison re-entry programs upon release. (Sep 2006)
  • Rules out death penalty for juveniles. (Jan 2006)
  • Prosecuted gang members as U.S. Attorney. (Dec 2005)
  • Evidence to exonerate trumps journalistic privacy. (Aug 2005)
  • Federal death penalty ok; but not at state level. (Mar 2002)
  • Voted YES on reinstating $1.15 billion funding for the COPS Program. (Mar 2007)
  • Establish a domestic violence volunteer attorney network. (May 2007)
  • Reduce recidivism by giving offenders a Second Chance. (Mar 2007)
Sheldon Whitehouse on Drugs
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  • Supports drug treatment and alternative drug courts. (Sep 2006)
Sheldon Whitehouse on Education
Click here for 7 full quotes on Education OR background on Education.
  • Extend "Race to the Top" to middle school. (Oct 2012)
  • NCLBís teaching-to-the-test hurts childrenís learning. (Sep 2006)
  • Vouchers are a poor use of scarce federal dollars. (Sep 2006)
  • Fully fund No Child Left Behind. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Oct 2007)
  • $25B to renovate or repair elementary schools. (Sep 2011)
  • Sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015. (Apr 2013)
Sheldon Whitehouse on Energy & Oil
Click here for 13 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • Replace oil lobby with entirely new energy strategy. (Sep 2006)
  • Push for tougher CAFE standards. (Sep 2006)
  • New technologies for environmentally-friendly energy. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted NO on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted NO on protecting middle-income taxpayers from a national energy tax. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted NO on requiring full Senate debate and vote on cap-and-trade. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on tax incentives for energy production and conservation. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on addressing CO2 emissions without considering India & China. (May 2008)
  • Voted YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on making oil-producing and exporting cartels illegal. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on factoring global warming into federal project planning. (May 2007)
  • Designate sensitive ANWR area as protected wilderness. (Nov 2007)
  • Let states define stricter-than-federal emission standards. (Jan 2008)
Sheldon Whitehouse on Environment
Click here for 11 full quotes on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • Protect our public wetlands from development. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on protecting ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems. (May 2013)
  • Voted YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program. (Aug 2009)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting eminent domain for use as parks or grazing land. (Dec 2007)
  • Grants for beach water pollution under Clean Water Act. (Apr 2008)
  • Make tax deduction permanent for conservation easements. (Mar 2009)
  • Regulate all dog breeders down to kennels of 50 dogs. (Feb 2011)
  • Establish an International Conservation Strategy. (Jun 2012)
  • Rated 80% by HSLF, indicating a pro-animal welfare voting record. (Jan 2012)
  • Sponsored enforcing against illegal ocean fishing. (Feb 2013)
  • Sponsored matching grants for wetlands conservation projects. (Apr 2013)
Sheldon Whitehouse on Families & Children
Click here for 2 full quotes on Families & Children OR background on Families & Children.
  • Call for a White House Conference on Children and Youth. (Mar 2008)
  • More funding & services for victims of domestic violence. (Jan 2013)
Sheldon Whitehouse on Foreign Policy
Click here for 9 full quotes on Foreign Policy OR background on Foreign Policy.
  • Traditional internationalist and support of Israel. (Oct 2012)
  • Voted NO on cooperating with India as a nuclear power. (Oct 2008)
  • Remove African National Congress from terrorist list. (May 2008)
  • Implement Darfur Peace Agreement with UN peacekeeping force. (Feb 2008)
  • Rated +1 by AAI, indicating a mixed Arab/Palestine voting record. (May 2012)
  • Vigorous support for State of Israel against Hamas in Gaza. (Nov 2012)
  • Acknowledge the Armenian Genocide of the early 1900s. (Mar 2007)
  • Condemn Iran for state-sponsored persecution of Baha'i. (Feb 2009)
  • Pressure friendly Arab states to end Israeli boycott. (Oct 2007)
Sheldon Whitehouse on Free Trade
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  • Opposes NAFTA and CAFTA; supports fair trade. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on promoting free trade with Peru. (Dec 2007)
  • Extend trade restrictions on Burma to promote democracy. (Jun 2007)
  • Review free trade agreements biennially for rights violation. (Jun 2009)
  • Impose tariffs against countries which manipulate currency. (Feb 2011)
Sheldon Whitehouse on Government Reform
Click here for 12 full quotes on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • Overturn Citizens United; it undid 100 years of regulations. (Oct 2012)
  • Total ban on gifts from lobbyists. (Sep 2006)
  • Stricter rules for lobbyists and ethics. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on Congressional pay raise. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on providing a US House seat for the District of Columbia. (Feb 2009)
  • Voted YES on granting the District of Columbia a seat in Congress. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring photo ID to vote in federal elections. (Jul 2007)
  • Prohibit voter intimidation in federal elections. (Mar 2007)
  • Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures. (Jul 2012)
  • No photo IDs to vote; they suppress the vote. (Jun 2014)
  • Matching fund for small donors, with debate requirements. (Feb 2013)
  • Prohibit 'voter caging' which intimidates minority voting. (Nov 2007)
Sheldon Whitehouse on Gun Control
Click here for 8 full quotes on Gun Control OR background on Gun Control.
  • Common-sense solutions to fight gun crime. (Jul 2006)
  • Fight to keep guns off our streets. (Jul 2006)
  • Strengthened penalties for armed criminals. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets. (Apr 2013)
  • Voted NO on allowing firearms in checked baggage on Amtrak trains. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting foreign & UN aid that restricts US gun ownership. (Sep 2007)
  • Close the Gun Show Loophole; restrict show sales. (May 2009)
  • Ban large-capacity ammunition. (Jan 2013)
Sheldon Whitehouse on Health Care
Click here for 17 full quotes on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • Provide all families with insurance. (May 2006)
  • Scrap Medicare Rx plan, and negotiate for drug prices. (May 2006)
  • Focus on quality to address healthcare crisis. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (May 2011)
  • Voted YES on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare. (Jul 2008)
  • Voted NO on means-testing to determine Medicare Part D premium. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on allowing tribal Indians to opt out of federal healthcare. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Apr 2007)
  • Improve services for people with autism & their families. (Apr 2007)
  • Establish a national childhood cancer database. (Mar 2007)
  • Increase funding for occupational & physical therapy. (Apr 2011)
  • Preserve access to Medicaid & SCHIP during economic downturn. (Apr 2008)
  • Disclose payments from manufacturers to physicians. (Jan 2009)
  • Expand the National Health Service Corps. (Mar 2009)
Sheldon Whitehouse on Homeland Security
Click here for 15 full quotes on Homeland Security OR background on Homeland Security.
  • Our presence in Iraq worsens situation in Israel. (Sep 2006)
  • No legitimate reason to bypass the FISA courts. (Sep 2006)
  • Protect our rights AND protect our country. (May 2006)
  • Donít cut services for veterans. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on extending the PATRIOT Act's roving wiretaps. (Feb 2011)
  • Voted NO on cutting $221M in benefits to Filipinos who served in WWII US Army. (Apr 2008)
  • Voted YES on requiring FISA court warrant to monitor US-to-foreign calls. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted NO on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted YES on limiting soldiers' deployment to 12 months. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted YES on implementing the 9/11 Commission report. (Mar 2007)
  • Extend reserve retirement pay parity back to 9/11. (Dec 2007)
  • Repeal Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell, and reinstate discharged gays. (Mar 2010)
  • Restore habeas corpus for detainees in the War on Terror. (Jun 2007)
  • Establish global strategy to defeat al Qaeda. (Feb 2008)
  • Expand health services for women veterans. (Mar 2009)
Sheldon Whitehouse on Immigration
Click here for 7 full quotes on Immigration OR background on Immigration.
  • Path to citizenship after illegal aliens have paid dues. (Sep 2006)
  • Immigrants should be able to realize dream of citizenship. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities". (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on comprehensive immigration reform. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted NO on declaring English as the official language of the US government. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "Y" nonimmigrant guestworker program. (May 2007)
  • Allow more visas for STEM college graduates. (Sep 2012)
Sheldon Whitehouse on Jobs
Click here for 11 full quotes on Jobs OR background on Jobs.
  • Raise minimum wage to a living wage. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on extending unemployment benefits from 39 weeks to 59 weeks. (Nov 2008)
  • Voted NO on overriding presidential veto of Farm Bill. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on terminating legal challenges to English-only job rules. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on limiting farm subsidies to people earning under $750,000. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted YES on restricting employer interference in union organizing. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on increasing minimum wage to $7.25. (Feb 2007)
  • Form unions by card-check instead of secret ballot. (Mar 2009)
  • Raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2016. (Jan 2014)
  • Extend unemployment compensation during recession. (Jan 2008)
  • Ban discriminatory compensation; allow 2 years to sue. (Jan 2009)
Sheldon Whitehouse on Principles & Values
Click here for 5 full quotes on Principles & Values OR background on Principles & Values.
  • OpEd 2006: Ran against President Bush, not Sen. Chafee. (Apr 2008)
  • Voted with Democratic Party 96.6% of 325 votes. (Sep 2007)
  • Brings 20 years of public experience to change Washington. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on confirming of Sonia Sotomayor to Supreme Court. (Aug 2009)
  • Rated 0% by the AU, indicating support of separation of church & state. (Jan 2013)
Sheldon Whitehouse on Social Security
Click here for 9 full quotes on Social Security OR background on Social Security.
  • Protect and defend Social Security. (Oct 2012)
  • Life without Social Security would be unimaginably worse. (Oct 2012)
  • Donít put Soc. Sec. benefits at risk. (Sep 2006)
  • Pro-privatization crowd wants to cut benefits. (May 2006)
  • Lift limit on withholding from $90,000 to $120,000. (May 2006)
  • Voted NO on establishing reserve funds & pre-funding for Social Security. (Mar 2007)
  • Reject privatization; don't raise the retirement age. (Aug 2010)
  • Sponsored keeping CPI for benefits instead of lower "Chained CPI". (Apr 2013)
  • Rated 99% by ARA, indicating a pro-Trust Fund stance. (Jan 2013)
Sheldon Whitehouse on Tax Reform
Click here for 10 full quotes on Tax Reform OR background on Tax Reform.
  • Tax code is broken, but flat tax is a lousy idea. (Oct 2012)
  • $2T in new revenues, and $2T in cuts, to balance budget. (Oct 2012)
  • Bush tax cuts are improvident & unfair--repeal them. (Sep 2006)
  • Roll back the tax reductions to Americaís wealthiest. (Aug 2005)
  • Voted YES on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted NO on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on raising estate tax exemption to $5 million. (Mar 2007)
  • Sponsored minimum tax rate of 30% for those earning over $1M. (Mar 2012)
Sheldon Whitehouse on Technology
Click here for 6 full quotes on Technology OR background on Technology.
  • Create new infrastructure to renew economy. (Oct 2012)
  • Voted YES on authorizing states to collect Internet sales taxes. (May 2013)
  • Voted YES on $23B instead of $4.9B for waterway infrastructure. (Nov 2007)
  • Facilitate nationwide 2-1-1 phone line for human services. (Jan 2007)
  • Require websites to police for copyrighted materials. (May 2011)
  • Overturn FCC approval of media consolidation. (Mar 2008)
Sheldon Whitehouse on War & Peace
Click here for 13 full quotes on War & Peace OR background on War & Peace.
  • Announce irrevocable schedule to withdraw from Iraq. (Sep 2006)
  • Iraq war was premature and a mistake. (May 2006)
  • Responsibly extricate ourselves from Iraq. (May 2006)
  • Iraq war policies have been misguided and flawed. (Nov 2005)
  • Rapid and responsible withdrawal of our troops from Iraq. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on redeploying non-essential US troops out of Iraq in 9 months. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted YES on designating Iran's Revolutionary Guards as terrorists. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted YES on redeploying US troops out of Iraq by March 2008. (Mar 2007)
  • Deploy UN multinational peacekeeping force in Darfur. (Jul 2007)
  • Iranian nuclear weapons: prevention instead of containment. (May 2012)
  • Sponsored shutting down Iranian foreign reserves. (May 2013)
  • Require Congress' approval before military action in Iran. (Oct 2007)
  • Sanctions on Iran to end nuclear program. (Apr 2009)
Sheldon Whitehouse on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)


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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Firmly believes family planning decisions should be private: Strongly Favors topic 1
Deeply committed to protecting a womanís right to choose: Strongly Favors topic 1
Expand federal support for Stem Cell research: Favors topic 1
Opposes Alito on grounds of womanís right to choose: Favors topic 1
Require pharmacies to fulfill contraceptive prescriptions: Favors topic 1
Ban anti-abortion limitations on abortion services: Strongly Favors topic 1
Ensure access to and funding for contraception: Favors topic 1
Focus on preventing pregnancy, plus emergency contraception: Favors topic 1
NO on prohibiting minors crossing state lines for abortion: Strongly Favors topic 1
NO on defining unborn child as eligible for SCHIP: Favors topic 1
YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines: Favors topic 1
NO on barring HHS grants to organizations that perform abortions: Favors topic 1
NO on restricting UN funding for population control policies: Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Worked entire career for civil rights: Favors topic 2
I support gay marriage: Strongly Favors topic 2
Increase funding for occupational & physical therapy: Favors topic 2
Constitutional Amendment for women's equal rights: Strongly Favors topic 2
Endorsed as "preferred" by The Feminist Majority indicating pro-women's rights: Strongly Favors topic 2
More funding & services for victims of domestic violence: Strongly Favors topic 2
Enforce against wage discrimination based on gender: Strongly Favors topic 2
Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment: Strongly Favors topic 2
Ban discriminatory compensation; allow 2 years to sue: Favors topic 2
YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act: Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
Regulation of marriage has always been a state issue: Strongly Favors topic 3
Donít use Constitution to divide gay people from others: Strongly Favors topic 3
Fight a constitutional ban on gay marriage: Strongly Favors topic 3
Fight a constitutional ban on gay marriage: Strongly Favors topic 3
Repeal the ban on gays serving openly in the military: Strongly Favors topic 3
ENDA: prohibit employment discrimination for gays: Favors topic 3
Repeal Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell, and reinstate discharged gays: Favors topic 3
Prohibit sexual-identity discrimination at schools: Strongly Favors topic 3
Enforce against anti-gay discrimination in public schools: Strongly Favors topic 3
Provide benefits to domestic partners of Federal employees: Strongly Favors topic 3
Strongly Opposes topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(+5 points on Social scale)
Rated 0% by the AU, indicating support of separation of church & state: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Provide all families with insurance: Strongly Favors topic 5
Scrap Medicare Rx plan, and negotiate for drug prices: Favors topic 5
Preserve access to Medicaid & SCHIP during economic downturn: Strongly Favors topic 5
Disclose payments from manufacturers to physicians: Favors topic 5
Expand the National Health Service Corps: Strongly Favors topic 5
Expand health services for women veterans: Favors topic 5
NO on allowing tribal Indians to opt out of federal healthcare: Strongly Favors topic 5
NO on means-testing to determine Medicare Part D premium: Favors topic 5
NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts: Favors topic 5
YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D: Favors topic 5
YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility: Favors topic 5
YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare: Favors topic 5
YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program: Favors topic 5
YES on regulating tobacco as a drug: Favors topic 5
Strongly Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Protect and defend Social Security: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Life without Social Security would be unimaginably worse: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Donít put Soc. Sec. benefits at risk: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Pro-privatization crowd wants to cut benefits: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Lift limit on withholding from $90,000 to $120,000: Opposes topic 6
Reject privatization; don't raise the retirement age: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Sponsored keeping CPI for benefits instead of lower "Chained CPI": Strongly Opposes topic 6
Rated 99% by ARA, indicating a pro-Trust Fund stance: Strongly Opposes topic 6
NO on establishing reserve funds & pre-funding for Social Security: Opposes topic 6
Strongly Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Extend "Race to the Top" to middle school: Strongly Opposes topic 7
NCLBís teaching-to-the-test hurts childrenís learning: Opposes topic 7
Vouchers are a poor use of scarce federal dollars: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Fully fund No Child Left Behind: Opposes topic 7
$25B to renovate or repair elementary schools: Opposes topic 7
Sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015: Opposes topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
No 'rights' to clean air and water
(+5 points on Social scale)
Protect our public wetlands from development: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Grants for beach water pollution under Clean Water Act: Opposes topic 8
Make tax deduction permanent for conservation easements: Opposes topic 8
Regulate all dog breeders down to kennels of 50 dogs: Opposes topic 8
Establish an International Conservation Strategy: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Sponsored enforcing against illegal ocean fishing: Opposes topic 8
Sponsored matching grants for wetlands conservation projects: Strongly Opposes topic 8
YES on protecting ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems: Opposes topic 8
NO on prohibiting eminent domain for use as parks or grazing land: Opposes topic 8
Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+2 points on Social scale)
Firm believer in prison re-entry programs upon release: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Rules out death penalty for juveniles: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Strengthened penalties for armed criminals: Favors topic 9
Federal death penalty ok; but not at state level: Favors topic 9
Reduce recidivism by giving offenders a Second Chance: Strongly Opposes topic 9
YES on reinstating $1.15 billion funding for the COPS Program: Opposes topic 9
Strongly Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Common-sense solutions to fight gun crime: Opposes topic 10
Fight to keep guns off our streets: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Close the Gun Show Loophole; restrict show sales: Opposes topic 10
Ban large-capacity ammunition: Opposes topic 10
YES on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets: Strongly Opposes topic 10
NO on prohibiting foreign & UN aid that restricts US gun ownership: Opposes topic 10
NO on allowing firearms in checked baggage on Amtrak trains: Opposes topic 10
Strongly Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Tax code is broken, but flat tax is a lousy idea: Favors topic 11
$2T in new revenues, and $2T in cuts, to balance budget: Strongly Favors topic 11
We owe $1 trillion to China to fund Bush tax cuts: Favors topic 11
Bush tax cuts are improvident & unfair--repeal them: Strongly Favors topic 11
$300 tax rebate a bad deal if it means $150,000 future debt: Favors topic 11
Roll back the tax reductions to Americaís wealthiest: Strongly Favors topic 11
Sponsored minimum tax rate of 30% for those earning over $1M: Strongly Favors topic 11
Sponsored enforcing against corporate offshore tax haven banking: Favors topic 11
NO on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset: Favors topic 11
NO on raising estate tax exemption to $5 million: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax: Strongly Favors topic 11
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+5 points on Social scale)
Path to citizenship after illegal aliens have paid dues: Strongly Favors topic 12
Path to citizenship after illegal aliens have paid dues: Strongly Favors topic 12
Immigrants should be able to realize dream of citizenship: Strongly Favors topic 12
Allow more visas for STEM college graduates: Favors topic 12
YES on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities": Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on eliminating the "Y" nonimmigrant guestworker program: Neutral topic 12
NO on declaring English as the official language of the US government: Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on comprehensive immigration reform: Strongly Favors topic 12
Strongly Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Opposes NAFTA and CAFTA; supports fair trade: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Review free trade agreements biennially for rights violation: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Impose tariffs against countries which manipulate currency: Opposes topic 13
NO on promoting free trade with Peru: Opposes topic 13
Strongly Opposes topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Restore habeas corpus for detainees in the War on Terror: Opposes topic 14
YES on requiring FISA court warrant to monitor US-to-foreign calls: Opposes topic 14
NO on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Opposes topic 15:
Expand the military
(+2 points on Social scale)
Our presence in Iraq worsens situation in Israel: Opposes topic 15
Extend reserve retirement pay parity back to 9/11: Favors topic 15
YES on limiting soldiers' deployment to 12 months: Opposes topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
More enforcement of the right to vote
(+5 points on Social scale)
Overturn Citizens United; it undid 100 years of regulations: Strongly Favors topic 16
Total ban on gifts from lobbyists: Strongly Favors topic 16
Stricter rules for lobbyists and ethics: Favors topic 16
Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures: Strongly Favors topic 16
No photo IDs to vote; they suppress the vote: Favors topic 16
Matching fund for small donors, with debate requirements: Favors topic 16
Prohibit 'voter caging' which intimidates minority voting: Favors topic 16
Favors topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(+2 points on Social scale)
Announce irrevocable schedule to withdraw from Iraq: Strongly Favors topic 17
Iraq war was premature and a mistake: Strongly Favors topic 17
Responsibly extricate ourselves from Iraq: Strongly Favors topic 17
Iranian nuclear weapons: prevention instead of containment: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Sponsored shutting down Iranian foreign reserves: Opposes topic 17
Require Congress' approval before military action in Iran: Favors topic 17
Sanctions on Iran to end nuclear program: Opposes topic 17
YES on redeploying US troops out of Iraq by March 2008: Strongly Favors topic 17
YES on redeploying non-essential US troops out of Iraq in 9 months: Favors topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Replace oil lobby with entirely new energy strategy: Strongly Favors topic 18
Push for tougher CAFE standards: Strongly Favors topic 18
New technologies for environmentally-friendly energy: Strongly Favors topic 18
Designate sensitive ANWR area as protected wilderness: Favors topic 18
Let states define stricter-than-federal emission standards: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases: Favors topic 18
YES on factoring global warming into federal project planning: Favors topic 18
YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on addressing CO2 emissions without considering India & China: Favors topic 18
YES on tax incentives for energy production and conservation: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on requiring full Senate debate and vote on cap-and-trade: Favors topic 18
NO on protecting middle-income taxpayers from a national energy tax: Favors topic 18
YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program: Favors topic 18
Strongly Opposes topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(+5 points on Social scale)
Supports drug treatment and alternative drug courts: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Strongly Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Grow the economy from the middle class out: Favors topic 20
Expand lending caps for credit unions to small business: Favors topic 20
Rated 86% by UFCW, indicating an anti-management/pro-labor record: Favors topic 20
Raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2016: Favors topic 20
YES on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million: Strongly Favors topic 20
YES on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package: Strongly Favors topic 20
YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending: Strongly Favors topic 20

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