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Bob Etheridge's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Bob Etheridge refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2010 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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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 2010, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-choice Inferred Answer Abortion Issues: Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bob Etheridge. HR 3660. 106th Congress. To amend title 18, United States Code, to ban partial-birth abortions. Project Vote Smart Summary: Bob Etheridge voted YES on 4 May 2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Etheridge. HR 760. 108th Congress. To prohibit the procedure commonly known as partial-birth abortion. Project Vote Smart Summary: Bob Etheridge voted YES on 4 June 2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Etheridge. S 3. 108th Congress. A bill to prohibit the procedure commonly known as partial-birth abortion. Project Vote Smart Summary: Bob Etheridge voted YES on 2 October 2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Etheridge. H Amdt 209 to HR 1815. 109th Congress. An amendment numbered 12 printed in House Report 109-96 to lift the current ban on privately funded abortions at U.S. military facilities overseas. Project Vote Smart Summary: Bob Etheridge voted YES on 25 May 2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Etheridge. H Amdt 509 to HR 3962. 111th Congress. An amendment printed in Part C of House Report 111-330 to codify the Hyde Amendment in H.R. 3962. The amendment prohibits federal funds for abortion services in the public option. It also prohibits individuals who receive affordability credits from purchasing a plan that provides elective abortions. However, it allows individuals, both who receive affordability credits and who do not, to separately purchase with their own funds plans that cover elective abortions. It also clarifies that private plans may still offer elective abortions. Project Vote Smart Summary: Bob Etheridge voted YES on 7 November 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Bob Etheridge supported the interests of NARAL Pro-Choice America 50 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Bob Etheridge supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 25 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Bob Etheridge supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 75 percent in 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Etheridge. Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act of 2006. 6 December 2006. "Mr. Speaker, I rise today in opposition to H.R. 6099, the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act. H.R. 6099 is another heavy-handed attempt by the majority to intrude into the doctor-patient relationship. This legislation would proscribe a consent form that states as medical fact unsubstantiated studies which have no consensus in the medical community. This legislation is meant to further undermine the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe vs. Wade decision regarding a woman's right to privacy and her ability to make personal medical decisions. Once again, instead of allowing a controversial bill such as this one full and clear debate, the House leadership is trying to sneak one by the American people on one of the last days of a lame-duck session in a desperate attempt to score political points with those factions who wish to deprive women of their rights. And by putting it on the Suspension Calendar, they have denied Members the opportunity to offer substantive amendments on these important issues. I urge my colleagues to vote against this legislation so that we may consider it, as well as substantive amendments that could improve it, in the 110th Congress." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Taxpayers Union. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Bob Etheridge supported the interests of the National Taxpayers Union 4 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Etheridge. HR 5638. 109th Congress. To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the unified credit against the estate tax to an exclusion equivalent of $5,000,000 and to repeal the sunset provision for the estate and generation-skipping taxes, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Bob Etheridge voted NO on 22 June 2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Etheridge. HR 8. 108th Congress. To make the repeal of the estate tax permanent. Project Vote Smart Summary: Bob Etheridge voted NO on 13 April 2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Etheridge. Death Tax Repeal Permanency Act of 2005. 13 April 2005. "Mr. ETHERIDGE. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to voice my opposition to H.R. 8. As a part-time farmer and former small business owner, I have long supported responsible legislation to provide estate tax relief for family-owned businesses. Unfortunately, this bill will not accomplish that goal. Throughout my service in the U.S. House, I have been a strong supporter of estate tax relief for family farmers and small business owners. The first bill I introduced as a Member of Congress was a bill to raise the inheritance tax exemption from $600,000 to $1.5 million and for the first time indexed it to inflation. But H.R. 8 is an extremely irresponsible bill that will add billions to our national debt for our children and grandchildren to pay and will harm more taxpayers than it helps.... Instead of adopting a bill that would increase the burden on our children and grandchildren, we need a common-sense solution that would exempt the vast majority of Americans from an estate tax while maintaining a degree of fiscal integrity. That is why I am supporting the Democratic substitute authored by Representative EARL POMEROY. This substitute provides an estate tax exemption of $3 million for individuals and $6 million for couples beginning in 2006, and the exemption would increase to $3.5 million and $7 million respectively in 2009. Furthermore, this plan would instantly repeal the estate tax on a vast majority of farms and small businesses, as well as shield heirs from dramatic capital gains tax liabilities that are part of the Republican plan. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has estimated that more farm estates would have an increased tax liability from the Republican plan's carry-over basis rules than would ever benefit from the repeal of the estate tax. I support estate tax relief, but not at the expense of our senior citizens who benefit from Social Security and Medicare. The only way to pay for the Republican bill is by taking more money out of the Social Security an Medicare Trust Funds and replacing it with IOUs. H.R. 8 will compound the fiscal mistakes Congress has made the last 2 years with its policy of tax cuts at any cost, including our children's education and our Nation's future." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bob Etheridge. HR 1424. 111th Congress. To provide authority for the Federal Government to purchase and insure certain types of troubled assets for the purposes of providing stability to and preventing disruption in the economy and financial system and protecting taxpayers, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide incentives for energy production and conservation, to extend certain expiring provisions, to provide individual income tax relief, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Bob Etheridge voted YES on 10 March 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Club for Growth. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Bob Etheridge supported the interests of the Club for Growth 0 percent in 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Etheridge. HR 1. 111th Congress. Making supplemental appropriations for job preservation and creation, infrastructure investment, energy efficiency and science, assistance to the unemployed, and State and local fiscal stabilization, for fiscal year ending September 30, 2009, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Bob Etheridge voted YES on 13 February 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Etheridge. Media General - All N.C. House Republicans Say 'No' to Bailout. 29 September 2008. "REP. BOB ETHERIDGE: 'The situation on Wall Street is affecting workers and businesses on Main Street and will only worsen without intervention.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Etheridge. Recovery Rebates and Economic Stimulus for the American People Act of 2008. 29 January 2008. "Mr. ETHERIDGE. Madam Speaker, I rise today in strong support for this needed economic stimulus legislation. This bipartisan bill will provide timely, targeted and temporary relief to American families suffering from the national economic downturn and provide a shot in the arm to boost growth and avert a recession." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Etheridge. Etheridge Votes To Reform Nation's Financial Regulatory System. 11 December 2009. "H.R. 4173 is a critical step to create jobs and grow the economy. Last year's financial collapse had ripple effects in cities and small towns across the nation as small businesses, cut off from lending and investment capital, shed workers, decreased production, and many were forced to close their doors. 'We know from experience that financial institutions are not going to police themselves,' Etheridge said. 'The cost of doing nothing, and the cost of not having a referee in the market, ends up on the back of the American people.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Etheridge. Issue Position: Economy. "Moving Forward, Congressman Etheridge is committed to seeing our tax policy reward working families. He will continue to advocate for middle class tax cuts to put money back in the hands of American consumers. He is also working with his House colleagues on a second economic recovery package to create jobs, improve infrastructure and strengthen our economy for the long term." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Etheridge. Issue Position: Job Creation. "Bob Etheridge works every day to support policies that help North Carolinians get good jobs and benefit the industrious families that run our small businesses and drive our economy. Bob knows that Americans are hard-working, that the U.S. economy has always led the world, and that North Carolina has the greatest opportunities to build a bright future fueled by private-sector growth and a strong middle class. Congressman Etheridge has helped cut taxes and increase lending to small businesses to encourage them to create more jobs. He was a leader in passing legislation, the HIRE Act, that helps all businesses get people out of unemployment and into good-paying jobs. He has helped put North Carolinians to work building schools, roads, and other key infrastructure designed to improve our communities and our quality of life. He led the effort to protect teaching jobs and keep cops on the beat by supporting North Carolina's state budget. And he has and will continue to work to close corporate loopholes to keep jobs from going overseas. Bob Etheridge supports policies that protect Main Street and preserve North Carolina values. He sponsored legislation to strengthen local communities, cut taxes for 95 percent of Americans, protect middle-class families from abusive Wall Street practices, and improve our Main Street economies. The Congressman has consistently voted to extend unemployment benefits, to increase funding for job retraining programs, and to raise the minimum wage. And he has worked hard to strengthen farming families by seeing that North Carolina agricultural producers can get their goods in markets across the globe. Moving forward, Congressman Etheridge will continue working for North Carolina families. He knows what it means to balance a family budget, and he supports middle-class tax cuts that put money in your hands. And he will continue to lead the effort to restore budget discipline and reduce the deficit." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Business and Employment Issues: Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bob Etheridge. Issue Position: Social Security. "I strongly oppose any plan to privatize Social Security. Social Security is an American success story. It is the foundation of all our retirement security. It is a guarantee, not a gamble. Now more than ever, as Americans face job losses, failing pension plans, and rising health care costs, we need the security of Social Security. I am willing to work hand in hand with anyone who wants to start a genuine, bipartisan, honest debate on saving Social Security. But I strongly oppose plans that take the security out of Social Security." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Etheridge. Issue Position: Health Care. "For more than 75 years, Medicare has been a sacred promise to our seniors that we will not abandon them in their old age. Bob Etheridge has been a defender of Social Security and Medicare throughout his time in Congress, fighting risky schemes to privatize this vital safety net that keeps seniors secure in their old age. [...]" (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Crime Issues: Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants. 2005-2006. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Bob Etheridge supported the interests of the Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants 50 percent in 2005-2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Etheridge. H Amdt 497 to HR 2181. 105th Congress. An amendment to add a new section which provides that in further consideration of death sentence recommendations, life imprisonment shall be imposed instead, if the court has any doubt that a defendent actually committed the offense. Project Vote Smart Summary: Bob Etheridge voted NO on 25 February 1998. (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education Issues: Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Home School Legal Defense Association. 1999-2000. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Bob Etheridge supported the interests of the Home School Legal Defense Association 20 percent in 1999-2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Etheridge. HR 1. 107th Congress. To close the achievement gap with accountability, flexibility, and choice, so that no child is left behind. Project Vote Smart Summary: Bob Etheridge voted YES on 23 May 2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Etheridge. Living Up to the Promise of Education Funding. 12 May 2004. "Despite the White House's media event this week, the administration's own budget request for next year would cut $9.4 billion from the President's own No Child Left Behind Act. in the first 3 years under this new law, this administration has shorted America's schools by $27 billion. That is a pretty poor record and a failure of leadership. This week, the White House claimed that the States have billions of dollars of unspent Federal education funds, as if there is a stack of money sitting on some bureaucrat's shelf. As the only former State school chief serving in this Congress, I can tell my colleagues that nothing could be farther from the truth. School officials are struggling to fill countless unmet needs for funding, and this administration's failure to provide our needed education funds is a crushing burden. Democrats have a better way. I have introduced legislation to require full funding for No Child Left Behind. Democrats support school construction and helping local leaders build new schools, relieve overcrowding, reduce class sizes, and improve security. We must make sure every public school works to educate our children to meet the needs of the 21st century." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Etheridge. Issue Position: Education. "Education is the key to the future, and will drive prosperity and success for our children and grandchildren. We must build better schools where highly qualified teachers provide effective instruction to all of our children. Congressman Etheridge led the effort to provide funding so that school districts can keep teachers in the classroom educating our children and keep class sizes small. We must ensure every child in America -- regardless of race, gender, religion, ethnic background or family income -- receives a quality education in order to fulfill his or her God-given potential. As the only former state schools chief serving in Congress, Bob Etheridge knows firsthand about the importance of quality educational facilities. His school construction bonds initiative provides hundreds of millions for K-12 building projects throughout North Carolina. Every student also needs an equal opportunity to get an education after high school. Congressman Etheridge has supported initiatives to increase the amount of federal college student loans and reduce the cost of tuition. He has also supported tax breaks for hard-working North Carolinians who pursue an education to improve their skills or earn a degree." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment and Energy Issues: Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Environment America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Bob Etheridge supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. 2007. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Bob Etheridge supported the interests of Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund 88 percent in 2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Etheridge. HR 2454. 111th Congress. To create clean energy jobs, achieve energy independence, reduce global warming pollution and transition to a clean energy economy. Project Vote Smart Summary: Bob Etheridge voted YES on 26 June 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Etheridge. Congressman Votes To Reform Nation's Energy Policy, Create New Energy Jobs In 21st Century. 26 June 2009. "U.S. Representative Bob Etheridge, the only N.C. member of the House Ways and Means Committee, voted for H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act, which passed the House of Representatives today by a vote of 219-212. The legislation will revitalize our economy, protect consumers, create millions of jobs, increase U.S. competitiveness and increase national security by reducing our dependence on foreign oil. "I have long supported clean energy to create jobs and build a new economy," said Etheridge. "This legislation is not a perfect bill, but I supported this legislation because we need to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and position our country as a leader in clean energy." H.R. 2454 establishes a "cap and trade" system in which emissions of greenhouse gases would be capped overall, and allowances for such emissions either given away to polluters or sold. Initially, three-quarters of the allowances would be distributed free of charge, but by 2030, 75% of the allowances would have to be purchased. According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the net economy-wide cost of H.R. 2454 would be about .48 cents per day, per household." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Etheridge. New Direction for Energy Independence, National Security, and Consumer Protection Act. 4 September 2007. "Madam Chairman, I rise today in support of H.R. 3221, the New Direction for Energy Independence, National Security, and Consumer Protection Act; and H.R. 2776, the Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2007? These two pieces of legislation truly represent a new direction in our nation's energy policy. This legislation will move the United States toward greater energy independence and security by developing innovative new technologies, reducing carbon emissions, creating green jobs, protecting consumers, increasing clean renewable energy production, and modernizing our energy infrastructure." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Gun Issues: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 2003. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Bob Etheridge supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 66 percent from 1991 and 2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Bob Etheridge a grade of F. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Etheridge. HR 6842. 111th Congress. To restore Second Amendment rights in the District of Columbia. Project Vote Smart Summary: Bob Etheridge voted YES on 17 September 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Etheridge. Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. 27 October 2005. "As a lifelong gun owner, I take seriously my commitment to upholding the Constitution and our Second Amendment right to bear arms. I am also committed to the right of individuals to freedom and safety, as well as their day in court, and this bill would subvert those rights." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Issues: Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • American Public Health Association. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Bob Etheridge supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 88 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Etheridge. HR 3962. 111th Congress. To provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Bob Etheridge voted YES on 7 November 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Etheridge. Etheridge Announces Statement On Health Care Reform Vote. 19 March 2010. "The working families of the 2nd District need solutions, not more fear, neither the real fears of rising cost nor the false fears spread by special interests. We cannot continue to allow the current system to kill jobs and bust the budgets of our families and our nation. After reading the bill carefully, I have concluded that it will save lives and save money. I have listened to North Carolinians from all points of view and after prayerful consideration, I will vote "yes' for these needed reforms. This is the best chance we have to reduce sky-rocketing health care cost for North Carolina families." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Etheridge. Etheridge Casts Historic Health Care Vote. 27 March 2010. "The working families of the 2nd District need solutions, not more fear, neither the real fears of rising cost nor the false fears spread by special interests. I have listened to North Carolinians from all points of view and after prayerful consideration, I voted for these needed reforms because this is the best chance we have to reduce sky-rocketing health care costs for North Carolina families." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Etheridge. Issue Position: Health Care. "'Healthcare is one of the most expensive items in the family budget and the one that families can least afford to be without. We must make healthcare more affordable for working families.' ...We need real solutions to reduce the number of uninsured children and families, and to improve access to health care for all Americans. Congressman Etheridge voted to expand the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), which provides health care to 120,000 young North Carolinians through North Carolina's Health Choice....On October 3, 2008, Congress passed, and the President signed into law the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act. This requires those insurers or group health plans that do choose to cover mental health to do so on an equal basis with other covered health needs. This will ensure that those in need can get the treatment that is medically necessary, without creating an undue hardship on employers or insurers.With the cost of healthcare rising faster than our wages, health insurance remains a luxury for too many Americans. We need to reform managed care, both private and government plans, to ensure that working families and seniors receive affordable, high-quality care and that doctors can make the best medical decisions. Financial considerations should not keep individuals from receiving the health care they need, or prevent doctors from providing it." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Etheridge. Statement On Draft Health Care Reform Discussions In Ways & Means. 19 June 2009. "At 1:00 pm today, the chairmen of the three House panels with jurisdiction over health care reform unveiled their discussion draft for national health care reform in the House of Representatives. Congressman Bob Etheridge, the only North Carolina Member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, has been involved in the development of legislation to reduce health care costs, protect and increase consumers' choices, and guarantee access to quality, affordable health care for all Americans. 'This bill is only a draft, and I look forward to continuing my dialogue with the people of the Second District to improve their health care. In the coming days and weeks I will work hard to ensure that we shape a plan which reflects North Carolina values, makes coverage more affordable to everyone, gets long-term costs under control and preserves patient choice. If you like your health plan and your doctor you can keep them. It's that simple." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Etheridge. Issue Position: Health Care. "For more than 75 years, Medicare has been a sacred promise to our seniors that we will not abandon them in their old age. Bob Etheridge has been a defender of Social Security and Medicare throughout his time in Congress, fighting risky schemes to privatize this vital safety net that keeps seniors secure in their old age. He has worked to make sure that doctors are available to see Medicare patients across the Second District of North Carolina, and to make sure that no one has to go broke to afford their medications in old age. His votes have extended Medicare's solvency for another several decades. He will never support putting Wall Street in charge of our retirement, and will fight any efforts that would erode these benefits for seniors today or in future generations. That same promise of accessible and affordable health care should be available to all Americans through the private sector. Bob Etheridge has supported reforms to end insurance company abuses that bar coverage to people who are ill or have a pre-existing condition or allow them to jack up rates when you get sick. He supports reforms that will reduce health care costs for working people, and save taxpayers money, while improving access to health care for all Americans. Congressman Etheridge supported increased funding for community health centers, which provide medical services to residents in rural and underserved areas. He believes that people should not be on their own if they get sick or injured." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration Issues: Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 2007-2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Bob Etheridge supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 8 percent in 2007-2008. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso. 2007-2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Bob Etheridge supported the interests of the National Latino Congreso 60 percent in 2007-2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Etheridge. Border Protection, Anti-Terrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005. 18 December 2005. "We need to reform the broken immigration system in America, but this bill is harsh, punitive and anti-family and does not fix the many problems with the current system. Rather than pass new laws that make innocent children Federal criminals, we should vigorously enforce the laws against illegal immigration that are already on the books, hire the thousands of additional security personnel that have already been authorized to guard our borders and work for a fair, balanced immigration plan that encourages lawfulness, rewards hard work and safeguards families." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer International Policy Issues: Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bob Etheridge. HR 4899. 111th Congress. Supplemental Appropriations Act. Project Vote Smart Summary: Bob Etheridge voted NO on Limiting Afghanistan Military Funding to Withdrawal and Other Specified Purposes on 1 July 2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Etheridge. HR 4899. 111th Congress. Supplemental Appropriations Act. Project Vote Smart Summary: Bob Etheridge voted NO on Requiring Timetable for Withdrawal from Afghanistan on 1 July 2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Bob Etheridge supported the interests of Peace Action West 46 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Etheridge. Afghanistan War Powers Resolution. 16 March 2010. "I recently traveled to Afghanistan to visit our troops and get a firsthand view of the situation on the ground. I met with 82nd Airborne troops as well as those from the North Carolina National Guard. They are doing a great job under the most trying of circumstances, and they make us all proud. After the end of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, the United States simply walked away from a failed state. We know the impact that that decision has had on our history. We cannot simply walk away again. We must empower the Afghan army, security forces and the Afghan people themselves to tend to their security needs and build functioning civil institutions. We must not allow the Taliban to return to power in Afghanistan and once again use that country to become a staging ground for Al Qaeda terrorists targeting America and our allies. And we must stabilize this fragile region that includes the nuclear armed republic in next door Pakistan. These are daunting challenges, but our military men and women and their civilian counterparts are making progress and deserve our support. Mr. Speaker, we should give our troops all of the resources they need, and make sure that we keep them in our prayers and appreciation. I am sure that my colleagues will join me in expressing our thanks. I thank first and foremost the Americans serving in Afghanistan. I thank their families for their tremendous sacrifice at home. I thank our allies, who would be left with an overwhelming task should we neglect our national commitments and suddenly depart. I thank the vast majority of the Afghanis, who are working with us for their own futures in a functioning state. It is for their efforts, and all of their reasons for continuing to work tomorrow, that we should reject this resolution." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Etheridge. National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011. 27 May 2010. "H.R. 5136 strengthens protection for our troops at home and abroad, and increases support for our soldiers and their families. It honors our covenant with the Guard and Reserve by raising their pay and by investing in new equipment. It strenthens our compact with the citizen soldier, so that when Guard and Reserve are called to active duty that they have the equipment and training they need to be effective." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Social Issues: Should marriage only be between one man and one woman? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bob Etheridge. H J Res 88. 109th Congress. Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to marriage. Project Vote Smart Summary: Bob Etheridge voted YES on 18 July 2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Etheridge. Etheridge Statement on Federal Marriage Amendment. 30 September 2004. "WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge (D-Lillington) issued this statement today in response to the U.S. House's vote today on House Joint Resolution 106, a constitutional amendment on same-sex marriage. The legislation failed to garner the necessary two-thirds vote. 'I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. Today I voted for this amendment to protect North Carolina laws and North Carolina values.'" (votesmart.org)

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