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Bill Foster

Bill Foster's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Bill Foster
Office: U.S. House (IL) - District 11, Democratic
First Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 11
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary March 18, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Aesook; 2 Children: Billy, Christine
Birth Date: 10/07/1955
Birth Place: Madison, WI
Home City: Batavia, IL
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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2014, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-choice Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bill Foster. Daily Herald: 2012 Candidate Profile Questions and Answers. Responded "And I believe that abortion should be safe, legal, and rare. Many clinics provide a wide array of women's reproductive health services and they should be eligible for and receive the same treatment as other facilities that look to get government funding." to the question: "What is your position on abortion? What, if any, abortion exceptions do you support? Should abortion clinics receive government funding?" (www.dailyherald.com)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. NARAL Pro-Choice America endorsed Bill Foster in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Bill Foster a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Foster. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Bill Foster voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Bill Foster supported the interests of the Family Research Council 6 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. NARAL Pro-Choice America endorsed Bill Foster in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Bill Foster supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Bill Foster supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Bill Foster supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

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  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Bill Foster supported the interests of the Peace Action 25 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Foster. Rep. Bill Foster Responds to Gen. Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker. 9 April 2008. "I strongly encourage the General to reaffirm our true mission in the Middle East to hunt down and destroy Osama Bin Laden and the al-Qaida network in Afghanistan." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Bill Foster supported the interests of Peace Action West 25 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Foster. ABC Local: Bill Foster, Candidate for Congress (11th District). 27 September 2012. "We must continue to work to prevent Afghanistan from again becoming a haven for terrorists to use to launch attacks against the United States and our allies. Our nation-building ambitions should be very limited in this area. Although flexibility will be needed, and a residual presence will be needed for drone capability and diplomatic protection, the 2014 military withdrawal date is a reasonable goal." (abclocal.go.com)
  • Bill Foster. Daily Herald: 2012 Candidate Profile Questions and Answers. Responded "As hard as it is to define success in this region, we must continue to work to prevent Afghanistan from again becoming a haven for terrorists to use to launch attacks against the United States and our allies" to the question: "What steps should the country now be taking in the war on terrorism?" (www.dailyherald.com)
  • Bill Foster. NBC Chicago: 2010 SunTimes Questionnaire. Responded "Our efforts in Afghanistan must be guided by our initial reason for sending troops there: eliminating terrorist groups like Al Qaeda that want to harm innocent civilians, bringing Osama Bin Laden to justice, and preventing Afghanistan from again becoming a staging ground for launching terrorist attacks. I am reassured that General Petraeus is now leading our efforts and I have a great deal of confidence in his ability to achieve our goals there. We cannot leave Afghanistan in the hands of those seeking to cause terror around the globe and we can only begin to withdrawal our forces when we are certain it is no longer a haven for terrorists" to the question: "What should the American military and political strategy be in Afghanistan?" (www.suntimes.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bill Foster. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Bill Foster voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bill Foster. Progress Illinois: Democratic Congressional Candidates Speak Out In Favor of Buffett Rule. 16 April 2012. "We are asking those who make over $1 million to at least pay the same rate middle-class families pay." (progressillinois.com)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Bill Foster supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 10 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Foster. Daily Herald: 2012 Candidate Profile Questions and Answers. Responded "Congress in the last year voted to protect tax breaks for billionaires [¦] Washington is squandering the opportunity to rebuild our country to last and for the better. Federal policies must understand the linkages between economic growth, social mobility, and a strong middle class. Countries with very unequal distributions of income suffer from low rates of growth, due to the low return-on-investment for investments made by the wealthy compared to investments by the middle class. An aggravating problem for the United States is that wealthy people tend to make an increasing fraction of their investments offshore -- so that the net effect of the Bush tax cuts with benefits skewed towards the wealthy was to simply speed up the flight of investment capital and the deindustrialization of the United States." to the question: "Should tax breaks be extended? Why or why not? If so, for whom? What should Congress do to improve unemployment? " (www.dailyherald.com)
  • Bill Foster. NBC Chicago: 2011 Chicago Tribune Editorial Board Questionnaire. Responded "On the revenue side, I do not support raising taxes on middle class families. I am willing to see the tax rates for the very wealthiest among us go back to the rates they were under President Clinton, a time when both the very wealthy and the middle class prospered. I believe we should end subsidies to the oil companies. I believe we should simplify the tax code, and am generally supportive of most types of tax reforms proposed by the Simpson-Bowles committee. I am also very concerned about the effect on economic growth of the distributional effects of proposed tax changes. One of the lessons of recent decades is that economic growth is highest in countries with a thriving middle class, due to the higher return on investments made by the middle class compared to investments made by the wealthy, as well as the increasing propensity of the wealthy to move their investments offshore." to the question: "Should Congress rewrite the U.S. tax code? If so, what would your priorities be?" (elections.chicagotribune.com)
  • Bill Foster. Rep. Foster Votes Against Democratic Budget. 14 May 2008. "The Democratic budget unfairly places a hefty tax burden on the backs of hard-working middle-class families, raising marginal rates for all workers. This misguided budget reinstates the marriage penalty and also eliminates the 10-percent tax bracket for low-income earners. I cannot and will not vote for a budget that is not in the best interest of the families of the 14th Congressional District of Illinois." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Bill Foster supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 15 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Bill Foster a rating of 2 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Foster. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Bill Foster voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Foster. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Bill Foster voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Foster. Issue Position: Fiscal Responsibility. 9 February 2012. "Bill Foster believes that restoring fiscal balance to the federal government is fundamental to the long-term health of our economy. So, Bill voted against his party's budget every time it has come up because it did not offer an adequate plan to begin paying down our national debt [¦] To solve this, we must have honest discussions and bipartisan solutions. Americans make hard financial decisions every day and government must do the same. All parties must be adult enough to move us forward, and must refrain from partisan posturing and signing unrealistic pledges that make compromise impossible. As the second most centrist member of Congress, Bill intends to be one of those in the middle, hammering out a workable compromise that reproduces the successes of the 1990's at paying down our debts." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Foster. Issue Position: Moving the Economy Forward. 9 February 2012. "As a businessman, Bill Foster supported three crucial steps for economic recovery: 1) An emergency intervention to prevent our economy from spiraling into another Great Depression. This intervention included cutting taxes to their lowest point in 60 years and making targeted investments in our economy. As a result, a depression has been avoided, retirement funds are recovering, business profits recently surpassed pre-crisis levels, and jobs are starting to be created for the first time in years. Unfortunately nearly ten years of bad economic leadership and misplaced priorities created this recession, and it will take us years to get out of it. 2) Restoring balance to our economy by reversing the economic mismanagement of the last decade. This includes returning to fiscally responsible practices with government finances, reforming broken trade policies, improving the business climate, and reviving the health of U.S. manufacturing. As a businessman who started a company that now provides hundreds of good manufacturing jobs here in the Midwest, Bill Foster knows what it takes for businesses to grow. 3) Reforming Wall Street to make sure we never again face a preventable crisis like economic disaster of 2008. As a member of the Financial Services Committee, Bill played a strong role in crafting legislation that will prevent the irresponsible practices that led to this crisis while ensuring a stable and efficient Financial Services industry for decades to come [...] In all aspects, the condition of our economy today is better than if we had followed those advocating to continue the same failed and "do-nothing" policies that created this mess." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Foster. NBC Chicago: 2010 SunTimes Questionnaire. Responded "This massive intervention, including stimulus spending, was both necessary and effective to avoid having our economy drop into a depression. It is notable that this spending actually reduced our deficit: Best estimates (for example by Mark Zandi, a Republican economist who was John McCain's financial advisor) indicate that without this intervention, the FY10 deficit would be over 2 Trillion dollars, unemployment would be over 16%, and household net worth would be lower by 7 Trillion dollars. Considering that the total cost of the intervention will be approximately 1-1.5 trillion dollars, this represents a fairly good return on investment" to the question: "Do you favor more federal "stimulus" spending to create more jobs?" (www.suntimes.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bill Foster. Issue Position: Reviving American Manufacturing. 1 January 2012. "Although overall U.S. income tax rates are the lowest in 60 years, the tax code is still littered with misguided and indefensible incentives that encourage companies to ship American-jobs offshore. Many of these were enacted due to lobbying by large corporations whose business plans were to move manufacturing operations offshore, and paid high-powered lobbyists to obtain beneficial tax breaks for doing so. These tax incentives to move jobs offshore have to be dismantled -- carefully and quickly -- and Bill was proud to vote for legislation to begin this process." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Foster. Rep. Foster Votes to Close Offshore Tax Shelters to Provide for Renewable Energy in America. 22 May 2008. "Rep. Bill Foster (IL-14) yesterday voted for legislation that closes a loophole allowing U.S. corporations and executives to avoid U.S. taxes by shipping jobs and investment overseas, providing for an investment in clean and renewable energy here in America. "Creating common-sense solutions, like closing tax loopholes to invest in renewable energy, is why I came to Washington," Foster said. "I am pleased to have voted for legislation that will stop U.S. corporations from using offshore tax shelters to evade their taxes." [...] H.R. 6049 extends and expands tax incentives for renewable energy, retains and creates hundreds of thousands of green jobs and spurs American innovation and business investment." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bill Foster. NBC Chicago: 2011 Chicago Tribune Editorial Board Questionnaire. Responded "As a father whose children attended public schools, I know how important having a good public education system is. I also believe the federal government's role is to support good local schools and to have high standards and accountability as a condition on the funds that they distribute. My father was a civil rights lawyer who drafted the federal regulations behind Chapter VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which was successful at using the carrot of federal funding to produce more school desegregation in the one year after passage of the Civil Rights Act than had occurred in the decade following Brown vs. Board of Education. So I believe that federal involvement, properly administered, can have a powerful beneficial effect on the quality of our nation's schools. I favor many of the reforms that the Obama administration has begun to initiate, including the Race to the Top program. My priority for American education is to make sure that we are preparing our children for the competitive global marketplace of the future. To that end, I see no reason why schools cannot partner with federal, state, and local governments to figure out which jobs will be there for our children when they graduate, so that our schools can make sure that our kids are prepared for the economy that will exist. " to the question: "What role should the federal government play in public education? Do you favor or oppose the Obama administration's Race To The Top program? How can public school systems enhance the accountability of educators and provide more education options for students? Tell us your priorities for American education." (elections.chicagotribune.com)
  • Bill Foster. NBC Chicago: 2010 SunTimes Questionnaire. Responded "I am proud to say that both my children are products of public schools in the 14th District, and I have a deep commitment to public education. The future of our nation's economic competitiveness depends on a well-educated workforce, and that success is dependent on our public schools. We need to make sure every child receives the education he or she deserves and expand access to higher education by making it more affordable. Race to the Top is a promising initiative because it represents a significant new investment in education, injects more accountability into the system, and specifically focuses on underperforming schools. In relying on a wide variety of measurements and data--instead of an over-reliance on test scores-- it offers a way of actually evaluating what works and understanding what areas need improvement" to the question: "Please comment on the president's education agenda, specifically on the Race to the Top competition." (www.suntimes.com)
  • Bill Foster. Issue Position: Education. 10 February 2012. "Wise investments in our children's education are crucial to our long-term economic health. Bill is proud of and grateful for the education that his children received in the public schools of Illinos “ and Bill is committed to preserving and strengthening the quality of our schools, community colleges, and universities." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bill Foster. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Bill Foster voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Bill Foster supported the interests of Environment America 87 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Foster. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Bill Foster voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bill Foster. NBC Chicago: 2011 Chicago Tribune Editorial Board Questionnaire. Responded "For economic, national security, and environmental reasons we must begin to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and begin to increase renewable fuel options. To that end, I think we should continue to promote wind, solar, and geothermal options, and reduce subsidies to big oil companies. I favor more domestic energy production where it can be done in an environmentally friendly way that does not harm the air and water of our families. Specifically, hydrofracking is a relatively new industry that will prove safe to our water supplies in many places and drilling depths, and unsafe in other places; and that many hydrofracking agents may prove unsafe to pump underground due their toxicity to our water supplies. Sensible regulation, driven by science and not by lobbying and campaign dollars, is essential" to the question: "What are your priorities for U.S. energy production and conservation? How can the U.S. reduce its reliance on foreign oil? Do you favor or oppose expanded domestic drilling for oil, shale oil and natural gas?" (elections.chicagotribune.com)
  • Bill Foster. Illinois Family Institute: 2010 Voter Guide. Responded "OPPOSE" to the question "Tax Increase/ Cap and Trade-will tax energy consumption to combat "global warming (American Clean Energy and Security Act 2009)" (www.iviipo.org)
  • Bill Foster. On Earth Day, Foster Pushes to Reduce Government's Carbon Footprint. 22 April 2008. "I'm working to make sure we help solve the problem of global warming by enabling government offices to be environmentally friendly. Allowing an office the opportunity to diminish its impact on global warming sends a signal that we are serious about solutions to fighting climate change. On Earth Day, I recognize that global warming is a problem we must solve together, and my co-sponsorship of the Carbon Neutrality Act is a small and important part of that solution. Global warming is an issue that everyone can help solve whether it's by using energy efficient light bulbs, or riding a bicycle to work. Every step forward in moving closer to carbon neutrality is a step in the right direction. Only continued inaction will cause harm." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Foster. Foster Statement on Energy Legislation. 26 June 2009. "As a scientist, I believe that climate change is real and that action is necessary. It is also crucial that we restructure our energy systems to increase efficiency and reduce our dependence on imported sources. However, I have always believed we have a responsibility to act in a way that comes with the lowest possible cost to the economy. A more thoughtful and measured bill could have mitigated significantly more greenhouse gas per dollar of expenditure. It is my hope that the Senate will make significant improvements to this legislation." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Bill Foster supported the interests of Environment America 87 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Foster. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Bill Foster voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Bill Foster in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Bill Foster supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 90 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Foster. NBC Chicago: 2010 SunTimes Questionnaire. Responded "As a scientist, I believe that global warming is real and that action is necessary. Developing an energy policy that increases efficiency and reduces our dependence on foreign oil is crucial to our long-term prosperity. That said, I broke with my own party and voted against Cap-And-Trade legislation because when I looked at the specifics of that bill it would not have reduced carbon emissions in a cost-effective manner and would have put a huge new burden on the cost of energy for families in my district, without making the necessary investments in efficiency and long-term research and development. I have always believed we have a responsibility to act in a way that comes with the lowest possible cost to the economy. That is why I introduced bipartisan legislation (H.R. 5423) designed to determine the most viable alternative energy sources so that we can invest in the energy forms that make the most economic sense" to the question: "Is global warming real? Is it man-made? What, if anything, should be done about it? And do you favor a national cap-and-trade program to put a price on carbon emissions?" (www.suntimes.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bill Foster. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Bill Foster voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Bill Foster a grade of 73." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Foster. Daily Herald: 2012 Candidate Profile Questions and Answers. Responded "While I support the second amendment, I believe in sensible restrictions on the possession of firearms, and do not believe concealed carry gun laws are a good idea in Illinois" to the question: "What is your position on concealed carry gun laws?" (www.dailyherald.com)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Bill Foster supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Foster. Illinois Family Institute: 2010 Voter Guide. Responded "SUPPORT" to the question "Government Health Care - A government managed insurance plan that includes a "Public Option" similar to Medicare. (H.R. 3200, H.R. 3962 or U.S. Senator Max Baucus' plan “ 2009)" (www.iviipo.org)
  • Bernie Lubell. Chicago Tonight: 11th District. 15 January 2012. "Those who would repeal the bill have yet to explain how they would cover the millions of people who were uninsured before this bill passed “ including the forty thousand who die every year because of a lack of health insurance. Those who would repeal this bill would be giving back to big insurance companies the power to deny insurance to children with pre-existing conditions, and to drop people's coverage when they get sick. Now is not a time to go back. What we must do is to bend the cost curve or we will be drowned in an avalanche of health care related spending. Many provisions in the health care reform bill “ such as electronic medical records and bundled care payments “ are already starting to bend the cost curve in ways that will benefit both the Medicare program and health care costs for younger Americans, and must be allowed to continue." (chicagotonight.wttw.com)
  • Bill Foster. Issue Position: Affordable and Comprehensive Health Care for America. 9 February 2012. "Bill Foster believes that it is long overdue for all Americans to have guaranteed access to a basic level of health care at a reasonable cost. Most developed and many developing countries around the world already have systems for universal health care that have been in place for many years. It is appalling that ensuring affordable and comprehensive health care for all Americans is still a hot political issue. It is time to change that. A comprehensive and affordable basic level of health care can and should be provided to all Americans. It can be achieved with a universal health care system which is efficient, proactive, and makes economic sense. Rep. Bill Foster supports fiscally responsible proposals similar to those discussed by the major Democratic candidates for President during this year's primaries to extend a basic level of health care to all Americans - while retaining the right of an individual or employer to choose the type of health care that is satisfactory for them." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Foster. Issue Position: Health Care. 9 February 2012. " Bill voted for health insurance reform to make sure those with pre-existing conditions get the care they deserve at a price they can afford, preserve the guaranteed benefits of Medicare, help prevent medical bankruptcies, lower overall health care costs, and raise the quality of medical care in the United States [¦] In the year of debate leading up to the vote on health insurance reform, Bill Foster held more than 150 meetings on health care -- with patients, area doctors, nurses, small businessmen, insurance representatives, and most of all with citizens from all over the District. In the days and weeks before the legislation was voted on, Bill spent countless hours reading the bills, listening to constituents, meeting with experts who had spent their careers studying health care issues, and studying the figures by Congressional Budget Office, Department of Health and Human Services, and US Census. In the end, despite the fact that the legislation was far from perfect, Bill voted for it because it was a first step in the right direction. Bill recognizes that further improvements are needed, such as transparency requirements on pricing of medical services, more cooperation on Electronic Medical Records, eliminating the 1099 requirement, and not taxing employee benefits. This is a complex issue affecting a large proportion of our nation's economy and there will have to be a long and continuing series of improvements required as our health care system adapts to future changes in medical technology and economic conditions." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Foster. NBC Chicago: 2011 Chicago Tribune Editorial Board Questionnaire. Responded "Absolutely not. Those who would repeal the bill have yet to explain how they would cover the millions of people who were uninsured before this bill passed “ including the forty thousand who die every year because of a lack of health insurance. Those who would repeal this bill would be giving back to big insurance companies the power to deny insurance to children with pre-existing conditions, and to drop people's coverage when they get sick. Now is not a time to go back" to the question: "Do you favor repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which President Obama signed into law in 2010?" (elections.chicagotribune.com)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Bill Foster supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Bill Foster supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 50 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Foster. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Bill Foster voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Bill Foster supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 68 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Bill Foster supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Foster. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Bill Foster voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Foster. Daily Herald: 2012 Candidate Profile Questions and Answers. Responded "I believe marriage is between a man and a woman but that gay couples should be able to receive all of the rights and benefits of marriage in the form of civil unions" to the question: "How do you believe marriage should be defined legally?" (www.dailyherald.com)
  • Bill Foster. NBC Chicago: 2010 SunTimes Questionnaire. Responded "I oppose gay marriage, but I support Civil Unions that provide same sex couples with the legal rights and privileges enjoyed by heterosexual married couples" to the question: "What is your position on gay marriage and the federal Defense of Marriage Act?" (www.suntimes.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bill Foster. NBC Chicago: 2010 SunTimes Questionnaire. Responded "Indefinite detention of uncharged "enemy combatants" violates the basic principles of our nation. America was founded on the rule of law and our moral leadership abroad rests upon an unwavering adherence to our own principles at home. Military commissions provide an appropriate forum for trying enemy combatants. Those who commit acts of terrorism must be brought to justice, whether on the battlefield or through the judicial process. Military commissions appear to be the safest and fairest means of protecting civilians and determining the guilt or innocence of those currently being detained at Guantanamo Bay. The U.S. criminal justice system should be reserved for cases in which it will be the most effective means of swift justice." to the question: "Is indefinite detention without charges acceptable?" (www.suntimes.com)
  • Bill Foster. NBC Chicago: 2011 Chicago Tribune Editorial Board Questionnaire. Responded "We must also continue to work with our allies to fight terrorism and the spread of nuclear weapons or fissile material. This is one of the reasons that I agreed to serve on the board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists in the time since the last election. It is also important to understand that working with and through our allies to prevent terrorism is not a sign of weakness, but is the most effective way to achieve our goals. As painful as it seems, this also means that we must continue to engage with Pakistan to the extent possible. The primary U.S. mission in Afghanistan should be to ensure that the country never again becomes a haven for terrorists to use to attack the U.S. or our allies. Allowing Iran to have a nuclear weapon is not an option, and we should continue to work closely with the world community to further isolate the Iranian regime. All options should be on the table but we should do everything we can to work with the global community to deal with this threat" to the question: "What role should the U.S. play in world affairs? In essence: Tell us your foreign policy." (elections.chicagotribune.com)
No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Bill Foster supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 90 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Foster. Kane County Chronicle: Election Central 2012 On the Record. Responded "There are those like my opponent who want to privatize Social Security. She supported President Bush's efforts to do just that. But this would be a gift to Wall Street firms who want to get their hands on that retirement money, and it would put the guaranteed benefit at risk for millions of future seniors." to the question: "What do you think should be done to make Social Security solvent decades into the future? Or are you of the opinion that Social Security should be phased out?" (ssm.kcchronicle.com)
  • Bernie Lubell. Chicago Tonight: 11th District. 15 January 2012. "Lubell: 'Should the federal government cut spending and where?' Foster: 'While I'm willing to compromise on the exact figures, what I'm not willing to do is ask the middle class to do all of the sacrificing and trying to balance the entire budget on the backs of Social Security and Medicare recipients. We must have a shared sacrifice from all if we are going to get this problem under control.'" (chicagotonight.wttw.com)
  • Bernie Lubell. Chicago Tonight: 11th District. 15 January 2012. "The agenda coming from Congressional Republicans that ends Medicare, cuts progress and jeopardizes the American dream can't continue. Our seniors need to know that Medicare and Social Security will be there for them and that their retirement is secure. Illinois families need to have the confidence that their children will enjoy the same success and competitive edge that they did and that our communities will be strong enough to support generations to come." (chicagotonight.wttw.com)
  • Bill Foster. Issue Position: Social Security & Medicare. 9 February 2012. "Social Security and Medicare are vital institutions that we must protect, as millions of Americans have had their lives changed for the better because of these initiatives. With the oldest baby boomers preparing to retire in the next five to ten years, we must work to ensure that Social Security and Medicare remain solvent. We cannot risk the future of Social Security on privatization schemes; instead, we must strengthen its long-term financial foundation." (votesmart.org)
  • Bill Foster. NBC Chicago: 2011 Chicago Tribune Editorial Board Questionnaire. Responded "We must be very careful with Social Security. It is a program that has helped millions of seniors escape poverty in their retirement years, and it is something people have paid into and earned. Also, unlike health care costs, Social Security is not a huge driver of our long-term debt. I believe that if we get the economy growing again, that alone will go a long way toward making the system solvent long beyond 2036. This is a program that seniors have paid into and that promise must be protected [¦] I do not support the proposals backed by President Bush and Congresswoman Biggert to partially privatize social security “ just imagine what the economic crash would have meant to millions of retirees had that been enacted " to the question: "Do you support extension of a cut in payroll taxes, which provides money for Social Security? How would you change revenues or benefits to keep the system financial solvent? Specifically, would you raise the Social Security payroll tax on employers and employees?" (elections.chicagotribune.com)

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