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Mary Bono Mack's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Mary Bono Mack refused to tell citizens where she stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 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 2012, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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

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  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Mary Bono Mack supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 29 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Mary Bono Mack supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Mary Bono Mack supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Mary Bono Mack voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Mary Bono Mack voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Mary Bono Mack voted Yea on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Mary Bono Mack voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Mary Bono Mack voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Mary Bono Mack voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Mary Bono Mack voted Yea on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Carolyn Lochhead. San Francisco Chronicle: House Republican women insist it's not about abortion. 8 April 2011. "Rep. Mary Bono Mack, R-Palm Springs, calling herself 'a pro-choice Republican from California,' said the shutdown fight is 'about three things: spending, more spending and too much spending.'" (blog.sfgate.com)
  • Mary Bono Mack. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Mary Bono Mack voted Nay on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Mary Bono Mack voted Yea on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Mary Bono Mack voted Yea on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Mary Bono Mack voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Mary Bono Mack voted Yea on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Mary Bono Mack voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (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 Mary Bono Mack a rating of 64 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Mary Bono Mack supported the interests of the Family Research Council 81 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Mary Bono Mack voted Nay on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

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  • Mary Bono Mack. Bono Mack Statement On President's Speech On Afghanistan. 1 December 2009. "Our troops are fighting to protect and preserve freedom across the world and deserve our full support -- these brave men and women must have the resources they need to do their jobs and succeed in their mission [¦] Our nation is facing threats from around the world. Al-Qaeda terrorists and the Taliban have made it clear that they will stop at nothing to destroy our freedom and have proven their blatant disregard for the principles of democracy and basic human rights. Ensuring stability in Afghanistan will keep these terrorists from using this volatile region as a haven from which to launch their attacks on the Afghan people, Afghanistan's neighbors, the U.S. and our allies. I am encouraged by the President's recognition of this serious threat and remain hopeful that we can help foster stability in Afghanistan and provide opportunities and advancement for the Afghan people." (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack. Bono Mack Says President Should Listen Carefully to Military Advisors. 22 June 2011. "Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack (CA-45) today released the following statement after President Obama announced his intention to recall 33,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2012: 'In the final analysis, the President should avoid taking the political 'path of least resistance' and lean heavily on the expert opinions of his military advisors. While all Americans want the war in Afghanistan to be over soon, I would trust the advice of General Petraeus and other senior military leaders as to how many troops should come home and how soon.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Mary Bono Mack supported the interests of the Peace Action 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Mary Bono Mack voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Mary Bono Mack supported the interests of Peace Action West 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

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  • Mary Bono Mack. Twitter: Rep_BonoMack. 30 June 2011. "Can debt deal be reached? When it comes to cuts, everything must be on the table, including defense and subsidies." (twitter.com)
  • Mary Bono Mack. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Mary Bono Mack voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Mary Bono Mack voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Mary Bono Mack voted Yea on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Mary Bono Mack voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack. HR 2561. 106th Congress. Defense Department Appropriations bill, FY2000. Mary Bono Mack voted Yea on 07/22/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Mary Bono Mack voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Mary Bono Mack voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Mary Bono Mack voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Mary Bono Mack voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Mary Bono Mack voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Mary Bono Mack voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack. Issue Position: National Security. 13 February 2012. "The security of our nation is under constant threat. America's enemies are still at large and plotting to attack our citizens and intimidate us into abandoning the course of freedom. I believe protecting our homeland is the most important function of our federal government. We must be vigilant in our defense and never waver in our commitment to the security of this country. As a mother of two children, I understand that every parent wants their children to grow-up in a safe environment. As a Member of Congress, it is my #1 priority to work towards a secure America for my children as well as every generation of this country's citizens." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

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  • Mary Bono Mack. Bono Mack Introduces Tax Relief Bill For Those Left Without Work. 2 March 2010. "In an effort to help provide tax relief for Americans facing extreme financial pressure in these tough economic times, Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack (CA-45) today introduced legislation (H.R. 4718) to suspend federal income taxes on those Americans who have been forced to collect unemployment compensation due to the loss of jobs and/or inability to find a new job as a result of the current tough economic climate. Bono Mack issued the following statement: 'This legislation offers tax relief to individuals and families who have been hardest hit by this economic crisis and helps them with additional resources to make ends meet during these tough times,' said Bono Mack. 'Over 10% of Americans are currently unemployed and over 14% of local residents in Riverside County. This bill will provide help at a time when individuals and families need it the most. Relieving the tax burden is an important part of the pro-growth policies that will help get our economy running again and get more Americans back to work.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack. Bono Votes to Raise CAFE Standards. 10 May 2006. "The AMT was created to ensure that all taxpayers, especially high-income taxpayers, paid at least a minimum amount of federal taxes [¦] However, while income tax brackets, exemptions and standard deductions are adjusted annually for inflation, the AMT is not. This disparity has greatly expanded the impact of the AMT to middle-income taxpayers. As many people's incomes have grown in pace with the economy, this stealth tax unexpectedly hits an increased number of families each year. This patch is an important protection for taxpayers in 2006; however it is only a temporary fix. Congress will need to achieve a sensible long-term solution to the inequality created by the AMT problem to spare the middle class unjust AMT taxation in the future." (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Mary Bono Mack voted Yea on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Mary Bono Mack supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 82 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Mary Bono Mack supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 80 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Mary Bono Mack supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack. Twitter: @MaryBonoMack. 24 January 2012. "Washington has a spending problem. Raising taxes won't fix anything. Spending cuts and a balanced budget will." (twitter.com)
  • Mary Bono Mack. Bono Mack Says America Cannot Afford 'Business as Usual.' 21 November 2011. "We need to cut wasteful spending, not raise taxes." (bono.house.gov)
  • Mary Bono Mack. Facebook: Timeline. 16 April 2012. "And while on the subject of taxes, there are a lot of people in Washington, including the President, who are working hard to raise them, but I believe we should be cutting taxes whenever possible “ especially when it comes to small businesses." (www.facebook.com)
  • Mary Bono Mack. Issue Position: Taxes. 1 January 2012. "I am a firm believer that the American people can spend their money more wisely than the government can. I support responsible tax relief and a fairer and simpler tax code to foster American economic growth and prosperity." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • 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 Mary Bono Mack a rating of 91 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Mary Bono Mack supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 75 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Mary Bono Mack voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack. Bono Mack Votes for Cut, Cap and Balance Act to Reduce Federal Spending. 19 July 2011. "With our national debt approaching a staggering $15 trillion -- higher than at any time in American history -- we need to dramatically cut non-essential federal spending. Washington has three problems: spending, too much spending and way too much spending. At the rate we're going, interest on the national debt and spending on entitlements will surpass all federal revenues within 25 years, jeopardizing the futures of our children and their children. The Cut, Cap and Balance Act will force Washington to live within its means, just like American families have to do." (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack. Bono Votes for Increased Fiscal Discipline. 22 June 2006. "In an effort to control federal spending, Congresswoman Mary Bono (CA-45) voted today to approve the Legislative Line Item Veto Act of 2006. The measure gives the president increased authority to remove unnecessary or wasteful earmarks from spending bills. 'Congress must stand for fiscal discipline and reform,' said Congresswoman Bono. 'This measure is necessary to increase transparency and accountability in federal spending and discourage wasteful and unnecessary spending.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack. Bono Mack: President's Budget Proposal Borrows, Spends Too Much. 1 February 2010. "Despite recent calls for fiscal responsibility, the Administration's budget proposal represents more of the same -- reckless spending that piles on more debt and more taxes on every day Americans [¦] It is past time for Washington to get its budget under control -- we cannot afford this aggressive expansion of government programs that only adds to our unsustainable budget outlook. [¦] I support an alternative to this budget plan that sets strict budget caps, enforceable by the President, to limit federal spending annually. This plan would spend $4.8 trillion less than the President's budget over ten years, address out-of-control entitlement spending, and ensure pro-growth policies that encourage investment and job growth into the future." (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack. Bono Mack Statement on President's Speech to Joint Session of Congress. 24 February 2009. ""I was pleased to hear the President's concern for fiscal responsibility. It is time to put a stop to out-of-control federal spending and take serious steps to reduce our federal deficit. Future generations should not be asked to shoulder such enormous debt. It is our responsibility to deal with this issue here and now. [¦]" (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Mary Bono Mack voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack. Issue Position: Budget and the Economy. 13 February 2012. "Congress must stand for fiscal discipline and reform. I am very concerned about the level of federal spending. One of my top priorities is to reduce unnecessary and wasteful federal spending. It is clear that Congress must work to achieve some balance between the costs that continue to place pressure upon mandatory spending programs and the actual effectiveness of these programs. As we advance in areas like health care, defense, and education, continual changes must be considered that ensure money is spent more efficiently and effectively." (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack. Republican Budget Blueprint Cuts Spending, Reduces Deficit. 5 April 2011. "I look forward to carefully reviewing the House Budget Committee's proposal and commend Chairman Ryan for his willingness to begin a long overdue and critically important debate over ways -- some controversial and many painful -- to end runaway deficits, reduce our staggering national debt and ensure prosperity for future generations of Americans. It's time to stop kicking the can down the road. By 2040, it's now estimated that interest on the national debt, as well as entitlement spending on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, will surpass all federal revenues. That sobering projection should serve as a wakeup call for everyone and demands a look at all federal spending -- from entitlements to national defense." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

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  • Mary Bono Mack. Congress Passes Bono Mack Bill to Protect American Consumers, American Jobs. 1 August 2011. "With overwhelming bipartisan support, the U.S. House of Representatives today approved legislation by Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack (CA-45) to protect American consumers and American jobs and reduce onerous regulations on U.S. businesses. The House voted 419-2 to adopt H.R. 2715, a bill giving the Consumer Product Safety Commission greater authority and discretion in enforcing consumer product safety laws. Shortly afterward, the Senate unanimously approved the legislation as well. It now goes to President Obama for his signature. 'For thousands of American businesses, which strive to be responsible, 'let's do what's best for consumers,' CPSIA has taken an inordinate amount of their time trying to understand how each new regulation and standard will affect them. Unfortunately, many have gone out of business, attributing their demise to the burdens of compliance,' said Bono Mack. 'Today, we are striking a very careful balance. As a nation, we simply cannot afford to lose jobs or stifle innovation because of questionable regulations. But we also have an obligation to make certain that our children's toys remain safe. This bill is a win for everyone. It's good for American consumers and American businesses and will save American jobs. I urge the President to sign this important and time-sensitive legislation into law.' [¦]" (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack. Bono Mack: Raising Taxes Could Hurt Economic Growth. 2 December 2010. "The Democratic majority has decided to play politics instead of working to prevent a tax hike on all Americans. This is exactly the wrong approach during these difficult and uncertain economic times, and shows an arrogant disregard for the message the American people sent Washington in November," stated Bono Mack. "Now is not the time to raise taxes on anyone, especially small businesses and working families. Raising any taxes right now could negatively impact the nation's economic growth." (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack. Bono Mack Encouraged by Plans to Stimulate Economy. 22 June 2008. "We should keep in mind that a stimulus package is only a short-term solution; we must be committed to enacting pro-growth policies that will allow more Americans to keep their hard-earned money, empower them to invest in the economy and create more jobs. A step in the right direction would be to make permanent critical tax relief measures that are set to expire in 2010, so that Americans can be confident that more of their money will be in their wallets instead of in the hands of the federal government. Empowering Americans with tax relief that they deserve - combined with responsible restraints on federal spending - will help our businesses and economy stay competitive in the global markets." (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Mary Bono Mack voted Yea on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. Mary Bono Mack voted Yea on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack. Facebook: Timeline. 15 February 2012. "If we want to bring jobs back to America, we must first remove the roadblocks that are crippling American businesses. Embracing tax reform, regulatory reform and tort reform are some important things that Washington can do NOW to help promote job growth in America." (www.facebook.com)
  • Mary Bono Mack. Bono Mack Emphasizes Importance of Responsible Federal Budget. 30 April 2009. "Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack (CA-45) today issued the following statement on Congress' passage of the Democratic budget plan, noting that the irresponsible plan spends over $3.5 trillion in fiscal year 2010, increasing national debt by $2 trillion this year and raising taxes by $1.5 trillion over 10 years: 'Washington's out-of-control cycle of borrowing and spending must stop,' said Bono Mack. 'We're facing tough economic times; the last thing that America's hardworking men and women need is more debt and more burdensome taxes. This budget increases spending by an unprecedented amount, exceeding 22 percent of our gross domestic product (GDP); raises taxes on virtually every family, small business and worker; and fails to take action to address unsustainable growth in entitlement spending.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack. Facebook: Timeline. 16 April 2012. "Later this week, the House will be considering the Small Business Tax Cut Act (H.R. 9), which will give small businesses with fewer than 500 employees a 20 percent tax cut “ a reprieve from the exorbitant tax rates many small businesses currently face. I'm in strong support of this legislation because it will help 22 million hard-working small businesses create more jobs and grow the economy." (www.facebook.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

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  • Mary Bono Mack. Issue Position: Education. 13 February 2012. "There are few issues that Congress addresses that have the importance and far reaching impact of education. I have worked hard in Congress to pass legislation that will hold public schools more accountable for the education provided to our children and to ensure that everyone has access to the best education. No Child Left Behind continues to play an important role in this process of bettering public education. In my view, the best thing that the federal government can do is send our local education authorities the resources they need to make changes and get results. While the problems in our education system are very real and run very deep within the educational establishment, the solutions need to come from the local level. We must get federal education dollars out of the hands of Washington bureaucrats and into the classrooms. I want to return control of our schools to the parents and get them more involved in the teaching process. This is essential for restoring our commitment to basic academics and to making sure that every child is given the same opportunity to thrive and succeed." (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Mary Bono Mack voted Yea on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

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  • Mary BonoMack. Bono Votes to Protect California's Coasts. 29 June 2006. "In an effort to protect California's coastlines from potential environmental damage, Congresswoman Mary Bono (CA-45) today voted against H.R. 4761, the Deep Ocean Energy Resources Act of 2006. This legislation would allow increased oil drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), which includes the coastline of California. 'In order to become energy independent, we need to both conserve the resources we have and support research into developing alternative fuel technology,' said Congresswoman Mary Bono. 'Drilling off California's coastlines should not be our priority at this time. America is a country of innovation, and I strongly believe we should focus our efforts on the development of more efficient, cleaner sources of energy.' [¦]" (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack. Congressional Update. 8 May 2011. "This week, the House of Representatives took a major first step to increase domestic oil and gas production, a move that will put us on a safer and more secure path to energy security. The Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act (H.R. 1230) would require the Secretary of the Interior to conduct oil and natural gas lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and off the coast of Virginia, where state governments say they would welcome the increased economic activity. If approved by the Senate and signed into law by the President, this legislation would create American jobs and help revitalize the economy, while raising revenues we can use to help address our staggering deficit. According to the non-partisan U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), production from the Gulf of Mexico is expected to fall by 240,000 barrels per day in 2011. The bill we passed on Thursday would free up American energy from the cumbersome delays and cancellations that have come to characterize the Obama Administration's tentative approach to energy policy. [¦]" (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States. 1 March 2011. "In light of continuing instability in the Middle East and in North Africa, we write today to urge your Administration's immediate action to ensure America's energy security by expediting the permitting process for safe offshore energy exploration and development without further delay." (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack. Bono Mack Says Decision to Release Oil From Reserve Ingores Larger Problem. 23 June 2011. "With gasoline prices doubling since President Obama took office, America needs a comprehensive national energy plan, not a politically expedient 'the election-is-just-around-the-corner' plan. How else can you explain the White House's latest head-scratching decision? Why would you release oil from America's emergency stockpiles, yet oppose drilling off the coast of Alaska? Politics aside, it makes absolutely no sense. [¦] We need to dramatically increase energy production here at home. It's time for an 'all-of-the-above' approach to energy that includes more American-produced oil, natural gas, coal and nuclear, along with alternative energy sources such as wind, solar, hydropower and geothermal. This will drive down prices, create new American jobs, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, strengthen our national security and maintain the strategic petroleum reserve for real national emergencies -- not imagined ones." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Mary Bono Mack supported the interests of Environment America 53 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Mary Bono Mack voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Mary Bono Mack voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Mary Bono Mack voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Mary Bono Mack supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 30 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Mary Bono Mack voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Mary Bono Mack supported the interests of Environment America 53 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Mary Bono Mack voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack.. Bono Mack Denounces EPA Announcement To Regulate Greenhouse Gases. 7 December 2009. "Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack (CA-45), Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that six greenhouse gases (GHGs) threaten public health and the environment, which paves the way for the Administration to implement unilateral regulations on various sectors of our economy: 'Today's announcement by the EPA represents the worst path to a clean energy economy, one toward more bureaucratic solutions to our Nation's challenges. Pressing this effort shortly before the Copenhagen summit ignores the state of our economy and the detrimental effects of a government Agency acting alone in regulating our lives. I also have concerns that this announcement, coming shortly after controversial emails on climate change, leaves questions that still need to be answered. The EPA's decision, coupled with reckless spending and the email scandal, raises serious questions about where we are heading. The Senate has an opportunity to right this debate and improve this flawed approach, as Americans deserve - and demand “ better.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack.. Bono Mack Seeks Reversal of EPA Decision. 6 March 2008. "Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack (CA-45) today joined several of her colleagues in introducing the Right to Clean Vehicles Act, which would reverse the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) decision to deny California's request for a waiver, allowing the state to regulate greenhouse-gas emissions from motor vehicles. Bono Mack issued the following statement: 'Californians should have the right to set standards that will protect them from air pollution and environmental hazards,' said Bono Mack. 'California has long been on the forefront of clean environment policy, and other states have benefited from our State's leadership. I urge the Administration to reconsider its position and allow California to once again take forward-looking action that will foster a cleaner environment into the future.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack.. Bono Mack: Climate Change Bill Not Perfect, But Step in the Right Direction. 21 May 2009. "A recognized leader on protecting the environment, Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack (CA-45) today voted in favor of broad legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and develop a green economy. Noting significant improvements made to the bill during Committee proceedings, Bono Mack emphasized the importance of setting national standards that will reduce dependence on foreign oil and take significant steps toward protecting the environment. The climate change legislation passed in the Energy and Commerce Committee, on which Bono Mack sits, by a vote of 33-25. [¦] 'As we look at the global environmental situation, in addition to the need to reduce our heavy reliance on foreign oil, it is clear that we must provide certainty to those who want to invest in research and development of new green technologies. We cannot afford to wait to make needed changes to our energy policy that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce our dependence on foreign oil and expand our nation's clean energy portfolio.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack.. Letter to The Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States. 26 January 2011. "So what should be our very first step? Permit me, Mr. President, to offer a suggestion. While Congress shoulders some of the blame for too often passing the buck to regulators, U.S. agencies certainly are not bashful about overstepping their statutory authority. As you know, the Environmental Protection Agency made a unilateral decision recently to regulate greenhouse gases. These reckless new rules will unfairly punish American businesses and lead to even more job losses across our nation. We need an immediate moratorium on the regulations until the cost to our economy can be calculated. [¦]" (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack.. Representatives Doyle and Bono Promote Energy Conservation with "Green Building" Bill. 31 July 2006. "'With energy costs reaching epic levels, developing clean energy solutions is critical,' said Representative Bono. 'The federal government should lead efforts to promote the construction of safe and environmentally sound buildings. This bipartisan legislation will not only save taxpayers' money but also encourage designs proven to have significant health and environmental benefits.' According to the U.S. Department of Energy, buildings in the United States account for 39 percent of total energy use, 70 percent of electricity consumption, 38.1 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, and 30 percent of raw material use. The Doyle-Bono legislation would require all new federal building construction to comply with the most up-to-date green building technology. This bill would also expand existing federal research on green building technology and create a green building clearinghouse to provide all interested parties with the latest green building research. [¦]" (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack.. The Hill - What Happened to 'Recovery Summer'?. 17 June 2011. "According to the Wall Street Journal, many economists consider increasing oil prices to be the biggest risk to the economy. And yet, the Obama administration continues to ram through its anti-energy agenda. Just last week, American Electric Power Co. announced plans to prematurely shut down five of its power plants as a result of EPA's proposed regulations. House Republicans are considering numerous legislative proposals to rein in the administration's regulatory overreach and stave off these devastating consequences. For example, the House passed the Energy Tax Prevention Act to stop EPA from unilaterally imposing costly greenhouse gas regulations. And the committee is currently considering legislation to require a cumulative economic analysis of EPA's rules to shed greater light on the damaging impacts of these regulations onjobs and energy prices. [¦]" (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Mary Bono Mack. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Mary Bono Mack voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Mary Bono Mack voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Mary Bono Mack supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 33 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Mary Bono Mack voted Yea on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Mary Bono Mack a grade of 55." (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Mary Bono Mack in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Mary Bono Mack voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Mary Bono Mack.. Meaningful Health Care Reform. 9 September 2009. "Over a month after the prescribed deadline on health care reform, the Majority in Congress and the Administration are scrambling to pick up the pieces and patch together their flawed plan to establish government-run health care - an approach that has been roundly and loudly rejected by many Americans. The political stakes are high, but it's my hope that those in Washington will do the right thing and put the needs of American citizens first, above Party-line interests, by working toward meaningful health care reform that will benefit everyday Americans. [¦]" (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack.. Bono Mack Calls for Meaningful Health Care Reform, Not Government Takeover. 11 August 2011. "Americans are rightly concerned about health care reform - it's clear we need meaningful changes that will make health care more affordable and more accessible for all Americans, but what we don't need is a government takeover of health care. Such a flawed approach will do more to expand bureaucracy and unsustainable spending levels than help every day Americans in need of better health care [¦] We can - and must - do more to improve our nation's health care without putting layers of bureaucrats between patients and their doctors and without threatening people's ability to choose a plan that best meets their needs." (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Mary Bono Mack voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Mary Bono Mack supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack.. Bono Mack Stands with Majority of Americans. 19 January 2011. "Delivering on a promise, Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack (CA-45), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, voted today to repeal the federal government's takeover of health care and vowed to try and replace it with common-sense reforms which respect the doctor-patient relationship, improve access to health care without raising taxes and achieve cost savings by expanding consumer choices in the insurance marketplace. 'When it comes to health care, Americans want advice from their doctor -- not mandates from Washington,' said Bono Mack. 'Everyone in America deserves access to high-quality, affordable health care. But no one deserves being told, 'sign up for insurance coverage or else'. That's not the way we do things in America. It's time to start over. Let's take the best ideas of both parties and do what's best for patients. Let's give them the kind of common-sense reforms that enjoy wide-spread support in California and across the nation.' [¦]" (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack.. Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. 20 January 2011. "Mr. Speaker, I rise today to reject the notion that Big Government Knows Best. Call me old fashioned, but I still believe Father Knows Best. My dad was a physician who cared deeply about his patients. Working together, they decided what treatment options made the most sense--not some bureaucrat who has a degree in political science or philosophy and punches a time clock. [¦]" (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack.. Twitter: Rep_BonoMack. 19 December 2011. "Supreme Court to hear oral arguments on President's healthcare reform law early next year. Strike it down!" (twitter.com)
  • Mary Bono Mack.. Twitter: Rep_BonoMack. 6 January 2012. "First Supreme Court brief filed by White House defending health care reform law. I believe individual mandate is unconstitutional." (twitter.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

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  • Mary Bono Mack. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Mary Bono Mack voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Mary Bono Mack supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 20 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Mary Bono Mack supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Mary Bono Mack voted Yea on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack.. Bono Mack Helps States Deal With Criminal Illegal Aliens. 9 May 2008. "Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack (CA-45) today praised House passage of H.R. 1512, which would amend the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP) to authorize reimbursements to States and local governments for costs associated with the incarceration of illegal aliens charged - rather than convicted - with a felony or two or more misdemeanors. Bono Mack joined Representative Linda Sanchez (CA-39) and other members of the California Delegation in introducing this legislation in May of 2007. The measure passed by a voice vote yesterday and now awaits consideration in the Senate. 'Our state and local governments depend on SCAAP funding to deal with the burgeoning costs associated with incarcerating criminal aliens,' said Bono Mack. 'At a time when our State is facing such economic challenges, we must ensure that crucial SCAAP funding continues so that our law enforcement officials can effectively deal with those who enter our country illegally and commit crimes.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack.. Bono Mack Supports Funding for Incarcerating Criminal Illegal Aliens. 19 May 2009. "Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack (CA-45) today called for restored funding for the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP), which helps state and local governments offset the costs associated with incarcerating criminal illegal aliens. In a letter sent to House appropriators, Bono Mack and several of her colleagues expressed their deep concern about the elimination of SCAAP in the President's Fiscal Year 2010 budget request. 'Already facing significant economic challenges, our state and local governments depend on SCAAP funding to deal with the rising costs of incarcerating criminal illegal aliens," said Bono Mack. "California alone spends nearly $1 billion dollars each year to incarcerate undocumented criminals, who are the responsibility of the federal government. We cannot afford to eliminate this vital funding that supports our local law enforcement and helps keep criminal illegal aliens behind bars.' [¦]" (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack.. Bono Mack: Securing Northern and Southern Borders is a Matter of National Security. 10 August 2010. "Congresswoman Bono Mack (CA-45) applauds the passage of H.R. 6080 in the House of Representatives on Tuesday. If enacted into law this bill would beef-up efforts to secure our borders by providing $600 million in emergency funding for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Congresswoman Bono Mack has long supported efforts to secure the northern and southern borders of the U.S., believing secured borders are of utmost importance for national and economic security. 'Congress' most important job is to enact policies that keep Americans safe. I applaud Speaker Pelosi and the Democrat majority for finally focusing on America's safety and to begin addressing securing our nation's borders. The passage of H.R. 6080 is a step in the right direction, but much more needs to be done to secure our northern and southern borders--this is a matter of national security,' stated Congresswoman Bono Mack. 'I am relieved the Democratic majority is finally focusing on America's safety and is addressing securing our nation's borders.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack.. Bono Votes For Immigration Reform. 2 May 2005. "'An essential part of strengthening our national security is ensuring that our borders are protected,' said Congresswoman Bono. 'The REAL ID Act included important provisions recommended by the 9/11 Commission to help secure our borders and more effectively combat terrorism. I am pleased that these measures were adopted into legislation that will be signed into law,' added Bono. The REAL ID Act contained border security provisions approved by the House in February of this year. These provisions were originally passed by the House last fall in the 9/11 Recommendations Implementations Act (H.R.10) but not included in the final version of the bill that was enacted in December of 2004. Congresswoman Bono, along with several of her colleagues, voted against H.R. 10 because the immigration provisions were not included in the final bill. Bono fought to ensure that the provisions were signed into law at the beginning of this year." (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack.. Issue Position: Immigration. 13 February 2012. "The 9/11 Commission Report, which included recommendations designed to guard against future attacks, focused a great deal of attention to increasing security along the northern and southern border. Tightening our porous borders is necessary so that no terrorist can enter without our knowledge. In addition to securing our borders, I believe that comprehensive immigration legislation must include a temporary legal employment document program." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Mary Bono Mack.. Statement of Congresswoman Bono. 26 August 2004. "I am pleased that the convention will feature moderate voices of the Republican Party, such as Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, that are more reflective of the modern and mainstream GOP. I commend vice-president Cheney for his statements on the gay marriage issue and I also believe that this is a matter best left to the state rather than meriting a constitutional amendment. Although I do not support gay marriage, I do believe that our party's focus should be on issues of greater concern to most Americans such as national security and improving our economy. It is my hope that the convention, and the Republican Party as a whole, will not focus on divisive issues, but rather on those that unite us. [¦]" (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Mary Bono Mack supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 57 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Mary Bono Mack voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Mary Bono Mack supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 29 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Mary Bono Mack supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 53 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Mary Bono Mack supported the interests of the American Family Association 76 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Mary Bono Mack voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Mary Bono Mack supported the interests of the Family Research Council 42 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Mary Bono Mack voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack.. Marriage Protection Act of 2004. 22 July 2004. "Mr. Speaker, I rise against H.R. 3313, the Marriage Protection Act, not because I seek to promote gay marriage but because I believe this bill fails to pass constitutional muster. [¦] I understand there are strong feelings on the issue of gay marriage on either side of the debate. I, for one, strongly believe in the sanctity of marriage and that marriage is between one man and one woman. But what this bill does is preclude even the ultimate arbiter of the United States legal system, the Supreme Court, from reviewing a constitutional matter. In fact, under this bill, even those who would seek to overturn a state's gay marriage law would not be able to appeal to the Supreme Court." (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack.. Marriage Protection Amendment. 30 September 2004. "Mr. Speaker, I rise today in opposition of H.J. Res. 106, "the Marriage Protection Amendment," which would amend the United States Constitution, regarding the issue of gay marriage. As someone who has consistently revered the United States Constitution, I am very cautious of any efforts to amend this precious document and hold a high standard on what is worthy of this extensive process. H.J. Res. 106 defines marriage within the United States as "the union of a man and a woman," and I believe in this core philosophy. However, it is imperative that we preserve the integrity of the United States Constitution and do not dilute it with our political agendas and preferences. Although I do not support gay marriage, I do not feel that this issue renders the need to amend the United States Constitution. Neither would I support an amendment to the constitution that would give gay couples the right to be married. [¦]" (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Mary Bono Mack. Bono Mack Statement on the Death of Osama Bin Laden. 2 May 2011. "Justice has been delivered to America's public enemy number one and the face of evil. Tonight's announcement of the death of Osama Bin Laden means our nation has achieved a critical victory against terrorism. [¦] This should send a clear message to terrorists around the world that no one is beyond the reach of justice and our great nation. While we must remain vigilant against terrorists and extremists wherever they lurk, it is my hope that the world is a safer place as a result of tonight's news." (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack. Bono Mack Says Anniversary of 9/11 Time to Reflect on Importance of Freedom. 11 September 2011. "But we do know that there are millions of extremists -- from all corners of the world -- who hate the United States, our way of life and the freedoms we enjoy as individuals and as a nation. We must recognize that we are involved in a generation-long war, and this isn't the time to let down our guard." (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack. Bono Mack: Failure to Pass 'Protect America Act' is Irresponsible. 14 February 2008. "Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack (CA-45) today condemned Democratic House leadership for failing to extend the Protect America Act before its expiration on Friday. While the Senate passed a long-term extension earlier this week, Democratic leadership decided to ignore this important measure and allow the provisions of the Protect America Act that helps ensure our national security to lapse. 'Before leaving Washington this week, Congress should give the intelligence community the important tools they need to keep Americans safe. Failing to do so hampers intelligence officials' ability to monitor terrorists and jeopardizes our national security,' Bono Mack said." (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack. Congressional Update. 8 May 2011. "The success of Navy Seal Team Six in Abbottabad, Pakistan last week was a victory for America and brought an evil and cowardly terrorist to justice. This flawless operation sent a clear message to the rest of the world: If you attack the United States, there is no place on earth where you can hide. In the end, justice will prevail." (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack. Congresswoman Mary Bono Reacts to Terrorist Plot. 10 August 2006. "This alarming incident emphasizes the need to safeguard our national security and protect our borders. The detention of these terrorists does not eliminate the situation or the threat. I applaud the work of our British allies and commend the communication and cooperative efforts between the British Intelligence organizations and the US Department of Homeland Security. Terrorist organizations run extensive networks, and we must continue to effectively work with our global allies to fight the ongoing threat posed by these groups." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

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  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Mary Bono Mack supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 50 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Mary Bono Mack.. Issue Position: Retirement Security. 1 January 2012. "I feel strongly that it is the duty of each member of Congress to ensure the future viability of Social Security. The Social Security program is one of the most ambitious social programs this country has ever undertaken. It provides income security for millions of Americans. The future health of this system is of great interest to all our citizens and must be ensured. We must move forward in a manner that will protect and preserve this program, while safeguarding the benefits of those that currently, or will soon, rely on Social Security. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the upcoming Congress and constituents to give full consideration to the options available to us." (votesmart.org)

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