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John Kline's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (MN) - District 2, Republican
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John Kline has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. John Kline is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Kline. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. John Kline voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. John Kline voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • John Kline. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. John Kline voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • John Kline. About John. "John Has Been Representing The Best Interests Of Minnesotans By: [¦] Protecting the unborn and promoting the respect for life; John proudly holds a 100 percent rating from the National Right to Life Committee." (www.klineforcongress.com)
  • John Kline. John Kline Joins Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life. "I was honored to join thousands of Minnesotans at the Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life rally to recognize this solemn moment in our history and reiterate our commitment to protecting the unborn [¦] In Washington, I am proud to champion legislation and initiatives to make respect for life the law of the land [¦] Thanks to the support and hard work of men and women like you here in Minnesota “ and across the nation “ leaders from the state house to the U.S. House of Representatives continue to be elected [¦] And these Representatives are working hard to advance policies that protect those who cannot protect themselves." (www.klineforcongress.com)
  • John Kline. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. John Kline voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (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 John Kline a rating of 13 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "John Kline supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. John Kline voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "John Kline supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "John Kline supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. John Kline voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "John Kline supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. John Kline voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. John Kline voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. John Kline voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • John Kline. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. John Kline voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • John Kline. About John. "John Has Been Representing The Best Interests Of Minnesotans By: [¦] Protecting the unborn and promoting the respect for life; John proudly holds a 100 percent rating from the National Right to Life Committee." (www.klineforcongress.com)
  • John Kline. John Kline Joins Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life. "I was honored to join thousands of Minnesotans at the Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life rally to recognize this solemn moment in our history and reiterate our commitment to protecting the unborn [¦] In Washington, I am proud to champion legislation and initiatives to make respect for life the law of the land [¦] Thanks to the support and hard work of men and women like you here in Minnesota “ and across the nation “ leaders from the state house to the U.S. House of Representatives continue to be elected [¦] And these Representatives are working hard to advance policies that protect those who cannot protect themselves." (www.klineforcongress.com)
  • John Kline. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. John Kline voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (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 John Kline a rating of 13 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "John Kline supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. John Kline voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "John Kline supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "John Kline supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. John Kline voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "John Kline supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. John Kline voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "John Kline supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "John Kline supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "3) Do you support eliminating the Internal Revenue Service?"
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "6) Do you support requiring a super-majority vote in both houses of Congress to raise taxes?"
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "John Kline supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 100 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "John Kline supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 88 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I, John Kline, pledge to the taxpayers of the 2nd district of the state of Minnesota and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (atr.org)
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "3) Do you support eliminating the Internal Revenue Service?"
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "6) Do you support requiring a super-majority vote in both houses of Congress to raise taxes?"
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "John Kline supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 100 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "John Kline supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 88 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I, John Kline, pledge to the taxpayers of the 2nd district of the state of Minnesota and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (atr.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Kline. Kline Statement on President's Address to Congress. 8 September 2011. "At its core, education is a jobs issue, and we must encourage policies that help prepare today's students to join tomorrow's workforce. More stimulus spending is not the right solution to our nation's jobs crisis. Common sense tells us that putting the federal government in the business of school construction will only lead to higher costs and more regulations. It also tells us that another teacher union bailout will not ensure a quality education for our children." (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. Nevada News & Views - Helping Workers And Protecting Taxpayers. 31 August 2011. "Washington tried to spend its way to a strong economy and the results are devastating: A failed stimulus bill pushed our national debt to new heights and unemployment across the country above 9%. Instead of repeating mistakes, the federal government should help foster an environment in which entrepreneurs and small business owners have the confidence they need to create jobs for workers. Spending taxpayer money wisely and ensuring government programs run efficiently and effectively are important pieces of the pro-growth strategy our nation desperately needs." (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. Washington Needs To Reduce Wasteful Spending. 11 March 2010. "In these challenging and uncertain times, no amount of economic stimulus or reform will solve our economy's ills without action to address out-of-control government spending. Over the years, the congressional earmarking process has evolved into a corrupt and broken system with no regard for merit. While both political parties share the blame for this wasteful practice that has eroded public confidence in our ability to marshal our nation's financial resources, House Republicans should lead the way by imposing an immediate ban on earmarking. Washington needs to end pork-barrel spending, and this would be a good first step toward wiping the slate clean and allowing us to get spending under control." (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. Seventh Months After The Stimulus - 'Where Are The Jobs?'. 2 October 2009. "Today's jobs report prompts a very important question: Where are the jobs? Nearly seven months ago, Americans were asked to spend nearly a trillion dollars to finance the so-called stimulus, the Administration's risky scheme to expand the size of government in the hopes that it would spur economic recovery. Since then, approximately 3 million more Americans have lost their jobs, including tens of thousands of Minnesotans, and more spend each day worrying about the next round of pink slips. To say the stimulus has not worked is an understatement. Yet in the face of failed policies, majority leadership in Congress is pushing for more of the same. More government control over health care. New entitlement spending and federal meddling in our schools. A national energy tax that would overwhelm family budgets and cripple job-creating American businesses. I've called for pressing the ‘reset' button on health care and bringing both parties together to find commonsense solutions that will bring down health care costs, expand access to quality coverage, and keep medical decisions between patients and their doctors. With job losses continuing to mount, it's clear we need to press the ‘reset' button on majority leadership's failed economic schemes as well. I stand ready to develop pro-growth policies that recognize it is American enterprise and ingenuity -- and not the federal government -- that creates jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. John Kline voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. John Kline voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (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 John Kline a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "John Kline supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 95 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. John Kline: 'Mr. President, Please Join Us in Supporting Our Plan for America's Job Creators'. 15 August 2011. "When our country needed a jobs plan, the President instead offered a spending plan that cost $1 trillion and created debt, not jobs. Unlike the President, Minnesotans know that small businesses, hard-working families, and entrepreneurs -- not the federal government -- are the key to job creation. Earlier this year, I was joined by House Republican colleagues in rolling out a broad agenda for America's job creators that is based on the belief that free markets are the foundation to economic growth and job creation and will help create jobs and get our economy back on track. Minnesotans keep asking "Where are the jobs?' Mr. President, please join us in supporting this plan for America's job creators. For the first time in your presidency, let's work together to put Minnesotans and Americans from around our great nation back to work." (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. Kline Statement on President's Address to Congress. 8 September 2011. "At its core, education is a jobs issue, and we must encourage policies that help prepare today's students to join tomorrow's workforce. More stimulus spending is not the right solution to our nation's jobs crisis. Common sense tells us that putting the federal government in the business of school construction will only lead to higher costs and more regulations. It also tells us that another teacher union bailout will not ensure a quality education for our children." (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. Nevada News & Views - Helping Workers And Protecting Taxpayers. 31 August 2011. "Washington tried to spend its way to a strong economy and the results are devastating: A failed stimulus bill pushed our national debt to new heights and unemployment across the country above 9%. Instead of repeating mistakes, the federal government should help foster an environment in which entrepreneurs and small business owners have the confidence they need to create jobs for workers. Spending taxpayer money wisely and ensuring government programs run efficiently and effectively are important pieces of the pro-growth strategy our nation desperately needs." (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. Washington Needs To Reduce Wasteful Spending. 11 March 2010. "In these challenging and uncertain times, no amount of economic stimulus or reform will solve our economy's ills without action to address out-of-control government spending. Over the years, the congressional earmarking process has evolved into a corrupt and broken system with no regard for merit. While both political parties share the blame for this wasteful practice that has eroded public confidence in our ability to marshal our nation's financial resources, House Republicans should lead the way by imposing an immediate ban on earmarking. Washington needs to end pork-barrel spending, and this would be a good first step toward wiping the slate clean and allowing us to get spending under control." (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. Seventh Months After The Stimulus - 'Where Are The Jobs?'. 2 October 2009. "Today's jobs report prompts a very important question: Where are the jobs? Nearly seven months ago, Americans were asked to spend nearly a trillion dollars to finance the so-called stimulus, the Administration's risky scheme to expand the size of government in the hopes that it would spur economic recovery. Since then, approximately 3 million more Americans have lost their jobs, including tens of thousands of Minnesotans, and more spend each day worrying about the next round of pink slips. To say the stimulus has not worked is an understatement. Yet in the face of failed policies, majority leadership in Congress is pushing for more of the same. More government control over health care. New entitlement spending and federal meddling in our schools. A national energy tax that would overwhelm family budgets and cripple job-creating American businesses. I've called for pressing the ‘reset' button on health care and bringing both parties together to find commonsense solutions that will bring down health care costs, expand access to quality coverage, and keep medical decisions between patients and their doctors. With job losses continuing to mount, it's clear we need to press the ‘reset' button on majority leadership's failed economic schemes as well. I stand ready to develop pro-growth policies that recognize it is American enterprise and ingenuity -- and not the federal government -- that creates jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. John Kline voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. John Kline voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (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 John Kline a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "John Kline supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 95 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. John Kline: 'Mr. President, Please Join Us in Supporting Our Plan for America's Job Creators'. 15 August 2011. "When our country needed a jobs plan, the President instead offered a spending plan that cost $1 trillion and created debt, not jobs. Unlike the President, Minnesotans know that small businesses, hard-working families, and entrepreneurs -- not the federal government -- are the key to job creation. Earlier this year, I was joined by House Republican colleagues in rolling out a broad agenda for America's job creators that is based on the belief that free markets are the foundation to economic growth and job creation and will help create jobs and get our economy back on track. Minnesotans keep asking "Where are the jobs?' Mr. President, please join us in supporting this plan for America's job creators. For the first time in your presidency, let's work together to put Minnesotans and Americans from around our great nation back to work." (votesmart.org)
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

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. c) Education (K-12)"
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • John Kline. Hearing of the House Education and The Workforce Committee - "The Budget and Policy Proposals of the U.S. Department of Education". 9 March 2011. "During a recent hearing in this Committee, we learned from school officials and local leaders that the regulatory burden created by federal spending often outweighs any potential benefits. Race to the Top, while well intended, has exacerbated this tension, leaving schools and states even more frustrated with federal intervention in our classrooms [¦] As we work to answer the question about the appropriate role for the federal government in education, one thing is for sure: it must be less costly and less intrusive." (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. State Of The Union: President Should Listen To The American People. 27 January 2010. " While I welcome responsible investments in programs that improve educational opportunity, this Administration has demonstrated a troubling pattern of new federal mandates and intrusions in exchange for new education dollars. We don't know how much money will go to special education and other existing, unmet needs -- what we do know is that they're putting more than $1 billion more into federal programs that haven't been tested. With an eye toward educational innovation and flexibility, we must understand that the road to reform does not begin or end in Washington." (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Give all federal education funding to states in the form of block grants and allow them to spend it as they see fit."
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Local" for: "Indicate which level of government that should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. c) Education"
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Providing education is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing in reading and math."
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. c) Education (K-12)"
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • John Kline. Hearing of the House Education and The Workforce Committee - "Reviewing the President's Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Proposal for the U.S. Department of Education". 28 March 2012. "Despite ramping up funding for pet projects and unauthorized programs, such as Race to the Top, school improvement grants, Investing in Innovation, and others, I am disappointed the president's budget proposal once again neglects to increase support for Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act." (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. CNN - We Need to Fix No Child Left Behind. 6 January 2012. "Ten years ago, 'No Child Left Behind' became the law of the land [¦] As it turns out, the 'Adequate Yearly Progress' measurement, which requires all schools to meet targets for student proficiency or face the same federal interventions, is unrealistic and restricts states' and school districts' ability to effectively gauge student learning and tailor curriculum accordingly. The law's "Highly Qualified Teacher" requirements value tenure and credentials over an educator's ability to motivate students in the classroom. Strict mandates and funding restrictions stunt the development of innovative local education programs [¦] We must revamp K-12 education law to ensure Washington does not stand in the way of meaningful reforms. After months of hearings and bipartisan discussions, the House Education and the Workforce Committee will soon consider legislation that will enhance accountability, improve flexibility and support more effective teachers in the classroom [¦] Enhanced accountability: No Child Left Behind taught us that parents, teachers and state and local leaders are more suited to address students' needs than a one-size-fits-all accountability system developed by Washington bureaucrats [¦] Improved flexibility: The Department of Education operates about 80 programs tied to K-12 classrooms, each with its own set of burdensome rules and reporting requirements. According to Virginia's Loudoun County Public Schools Superintendent Edgar Hatrick, navigating this complicated system often results in 'resources being diverted from the mission of teaching and learning.' Worse, the strict regulations for some federal education funds can prevent eligible schools from applying the money to the initiatives that best serve their students [¦] By combining most of these programs into one flexible grant, our legislation will cut through red tape and enable states to dedicate federal funds to a range of local education priorities, from acquiring new technology to supporting additional literacy programs." (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. Hearing of the Education and The Workforce Committee - H.R. 3989, the Student Success Act and H.R. 3990, the Encouraging Innovation and Effective Teachers Act. 16 February 2012. "Last January, we began a discussion on the importance of rewriting elementary and secondary education law. We acknowledged No Child Left Behind's shortcomings, and convened a series of hearings in which dozens of witnesses described the challenges facing our nation's education system. We discussed the overly prescriptive accountability system that has labeled half our schools as failures, explored the inadequacies of federal teacher policies, and examined the regulatory burdens confronting states and school districts [¦] We can all see the value of parental engagement and support the development of more high quality charter schools. We also agree student progress should be a larger factor in teacher evaluations, and we support the continued use of disaggregated data to help protect vulnerable student populations and ensure all students have access to quality education opportunities [¦] The Student Success Act will restore each state's authority and responsibility to meet the needs of its students and schools. Instead of a one-size-fits-all federal accountability system, our bill directs each state to develop its own system that takes into account the unique needs of students and communities, with the flexibility to use multiple measures of student achievement. Each state will also implement its own methods for identifying low-performing schools and implementing successful strategies for turning failing schools around. Most notably, the legislation recognizes the need to preserve a high bar for student success. The bill maintains important requirements that states and school districts continue to make and meet high benchmarks for student learning. States must administer annual reading and math assessments and report the results disaggregated by student population, providing parents important information about their child's school [¦] Additionally, these proposals strike a more appropriate balance between the need for a limited federal role to ensure transparency and the demand for state and local control." (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. Hearing of the House Education and The Workforce Committee - "The Budget and Policy Proposals of the U.S. Department of Education". 9 March 2011. "During a recent hearing in this Committee, we learned from school officials and local leaders that the regulatory burden created by federal spending often outweighs any potential benefits. Race to the Top, while well intended, has exacerbated this tension, leaving schools and states even more frustrated with federal intervention in our classrooms [¦] As we work to answer the question about the appropriate role for the federal government in education, one thing is for sure: it must be less costly and less intrusive." (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. The Hill - House GOP Point Man on Education to Obama: Don't Rush Me on 'No Child'. 16 March 2011. "Unlike healthcare and other highly polarized issues Obama has tackled, the seeds of bipartisanship on education have already been planted. The president has won praise from the GOP for some of his reform efforts, including the Race to the Top program, and his Education secretary, Arne Duncan, has forged solid relationships with top Republicans on Capitol Hill [¦] 'We all agree that we need to fix No Child Left Behind,' Kline said. 'It's our common recognition that that status quo is unacceptable, which is pushing us to work in as bipartisan a way as we can to replace that law.'" (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. State Of The Union: President Should Listen To The American People. 27 January 2010. " While I welcome responsible investments in programs that improve educational opportunity, this Administration has demonstrated a troubling pattern of new federal mandates and intrusions in exchange for new education dollars. We don't know how much money will go to special education and other existing, unmet needs -- what we do know is that they're putting more than $1 billion more into federal programs that haven't been tested. With an eye toward educational innovation and flexibility, we must understand that the road to reform does not begin or end in Washington." (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Give all federal education funding to states in the form of block grants and allow them to spend it as they see fit."
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Local" for: "Indicate which level of government that should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. c) Education"
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Providing education is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing in reading and math."
  • John Kline. The Hill - House GOP Point Man on Education to Obama: Don't Rush Me on 'No Child'. 16 March 2011. "Unlike healthcare and other highly polarized issues Obama has tackled, the seeds of bipartisanship on education have already been planted. The president has won praise from the GOP for some of his reform efforts, including the Race to the Top program, and his Education secretary, Arne Duncan, has forged solid relationships with top Republicans on Capitol Hill [¦] 'We all agree that we need to fix No Child Left Behind,' Kline said. 'It's our common recognition that that status quo is unacceptable, which is pushing us to work in as bipartisan a way as we can to replace that law.'" (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. Hearing of the House Education and The Workforce Committee - "Reviewing the President's Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Proposal for the U.S. Department of Education". 28 March 2012. "Despite ramping up funding for pet projects and unauthorized programs, such as Race to the Top, school improvement grants, Investing in Innovation, and others, I am disappointed the president's budget proposal once again neglects to increase support for Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act." (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. CNN - We Need to Fix No Child Left Behind. 6 January 2012. "Ten years ago, 'No Child Left Behind' became the law of the land [¦] As it turns out, the 'Adequate Yearly Progress' measurement, which requires all schools to meet targets for student proficiency or face the same federal interventions, is unrealistic and restricts states' and school districts' ability to effectively gauge student learning and tailor curriculum accordingly. The law's "Highly Qualified Teacher" requirements value tenure and credentials over an educator's ability to motivate students in the classroom. Strict mandates and funding restrictions stunt the development of innovative local education programs [¦] We must revamp K-12 education law to ensure Washington does not stand in the way of meaningful reforms. After months of hearings and bipartisan discussions, the House Education and the Workforce Committee will soon consider legislation that will enhance accountability, improve flexibility and support more effective teachers in the classroom [¦] Enhanced accountability: No Child Left Behind taught us that parents, teachers and state and local leaders are more suited to address students' needs than a one-size-fits-all accountability system developed by Washington bureaucrats [¦] Improved flexibility: The Department of Education operates about 80 programs tied to K-12 classrooms, each with its own set of burdensome rules and reporting requirements. According to Virginia's Loudoun County Public Schools Superintendent Edgar Hatrick, navigating this complicated system often results in 'resources being diverted from the mission of teaching and learning.' Worse, the strict regulations for some federal education funds can prevent eligible schools from applying the money to the initiatives that best serve their students [¦] By combining most of these programs into one flexible grant, our legislation will cut through red tape and enable states to dedicate federal funds to a range of local education priorities, from acquiring new technology to supporting additional literacy programs." (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. Hearing of the Education and The Workforce Committee - H.R. 3989, the Student Success Act and H.R. 3990, the Encouraging Innovation and Effective Teachers Act. 16 February 2012. "Last January, we began a discussion on the importance of rewriting elementary and secondary education law. We acknowledged No Child Left Behind's shortcomings, and convened a series of hearings in which dozens of witnesses described the challenges facing our nation's education system. We discussed the overly prescriptive accountability system that has labeled half our schools as failures, explored the inadequacies of federal teacher policies, and examined the regulatory burdens confronting states and school districts [¦] We can all see the value of parental engagement and support the development of more high quality charter schools. We also agree student progress should be a larger factor in teacher evaluations, and we support the continued use of disaggregated data to help protect vulnerable student populations and ensure all students have access to quality education opportunities [¦] The Student Success Act will restore each state's authority and responsibility to meet the needs of its students and schools. Instead of a one-size-fits-all federal accountability system, our bill directs each state to develop its own system that takes into account the unique needs of students and communities, with the flexibility to use multiple measures of student achievement. Each state will also implement its own methods for identifying low-performing schools and implementing successful strategies for turning failing schools around. Most notably, the legislation recognizes the need to preserve a high bar for student success. The bill maintains important requirements that states and school districts continue to make and meet high benchmarks for student learning. States must administer annual reading and math assessments and report the results disaggregated by student population, providing parents important information about their child's school [¦] Additionally, these proposals strike a more appropriate balance between the need for a limited federal role to ensure transparency and the demand for state and local control." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

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No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • John Kline. The President And Congressional Democrats Should Heed The Calls Of The American People. 20 January 2010. "Unfortunately, over the past 12 months, we have seen the President and Congressional Democrats continually embrace the age-old Washington culture of taxing, borrowing, and spending that has only exacerbated this recession. Like most Americans, Minnesotans know that we can't borrow and spend our way back to a growing economy. Yet in Washington, majority leadership continues to work in concert with the President to shut Republicans out of the debate, wheel and deal behind closed doors, and ram reckless bill after reckless bill through Congress. We have seen a trillion-dollar so-called stimulus fail to create jobs as promised. We have seen a job-killing 2,700-page cap-and-trade bill that taxes anyone who dares turn on a light. And the Senate continues to reach for a government takeover of health care that includes economy-slowing tax increases, federal funds for abortions, and massive cuts to Medicare." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "John Kline supported the interests of Environment America 20 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). John Kline voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "John Kline supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 20 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed John Kline in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. John Kline voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Adhere to the United Nations treaty regarding global climate change."
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Impose stricter national air quality standards."
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels."
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Support the U.S. re-entering the Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • John Kline. National Energy Tax Would Strain Budgets of Minnesotans. 26 June 2009. "Minnesotans and all Americans should be bracing themselves for a crippling cost increase in the form of a national energy tax that threatens the budgets of families and small businesses. In an attempt to raise federal revenue and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the President has proposed this ‘cap and trade' scheme that would be more accurately titled ‘cap and tax.' I am opposing this irresponsible proposal because it will drive up the price of everyday goods, strain the economy, reduce jobs, and impose a significant cost increase on every American who dares to turn on a light." (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks."
  • John Kline. The President And Congressional Democrats Should Heed The Calls Of The American People. 20 January 2010. "Unfortunately, over the past 12 months, we have seen the President and Congressional Democrats continually embrace the age-old Washington culture of taxing, borrowing, and spending that has only exacerbated this recession. Like most Americans, Minnesotans know that we can't borrow and spend our way back to a growing economy. Yet in Washington, majority leadership continues to work in concert with the President to shut Republicans out of the debate, wheel and deal behind closed doors, and ram reckless bill after reckless bill through Congress. We have seen a trillion-dollar so-called stimulus fail to create jobs as promised. We have seen a job-killing 2,700-page cap-and-trade bill that taxes anyone who dares turn on a light. And the Senate continues to reach for a government takeover of health care that includes economy-slowing tax increases, federal funds for abortions, and massive cuts to Medicare." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "John Kline supported the interests of Environment America 20 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). John Kline voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "John Kline supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 20 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed John Kline in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. John Kline voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Adhere to the United Nations treaty regarding global climate change."
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Impose stricter national air quality standards."
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels."
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Support the U.S. re-entering the Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • John Kline. National Energy Tax Would Strain Budgets of Minnesotans. 26 June 2009. "Minnesotans and all Americans should be bracing themselves for a crippling cost increase in the form of a national energy tax that threatens the budgets of families and small businesses. In an attempt to raise federal revenue and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the President has proposed this ‘cap and trade' scheme that would be more accurately titled ‘cap and tax.' I am opposing this irresponsible proposal because it will drive up the price of everyday goods, strain the economy, reduce jobs, and impose a significant cost increase on every American who dares to turn on a light." (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks."
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • John Kline. About John. "John Has Been Representing The Best Interests Of Minnesotans By: [¦] Strongly supporting the Constitutional right of individuals to keep and bear arms. John is a life member of the NRA which annually issues him the highest marks for his legislative efforts to protect and preserve Second Amendment rights." (www.klineforcongress.com)
  • John Kline. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. John Kline voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Increase federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms by law-abiding citizens."
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms."
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns. Other or expanded principles: "Regarding concealed carry laws that should be a matter for state legislatures"
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Renew the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "John Kline supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 0 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. John Kline voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. John Kline voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed John Kline in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave John Kline a grade of 91." (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. A Letter from Congressman John Kline. 7 October 2011. "I am a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights. As a former Marine and avid outdoorsman, I am an experienced firearms owner and user and believe individuals should have the right to keep and bear arms for the protection of one's home, property, family, and person. I am especially proud of my "A" rating from the National Rifle Association and will do all I can to protect Second Amendment rights. You may be interested to know that I am a cosponsor of the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act (H.R. 822), which allows a person who has a valid permit to carry a concealed firearm in their home state to carry a concealed firearm in another state [¦] As I serve you in Congress I will continue to support all efforts that secure a person's right to own firearms and promote efforts that encourage gun owners to engage in gun safety and responsible firearm practices." (maddmedic.wordpress.com)
  • John Kline. About John. "John Has Been Representing The Best Interests Of Minnesotans By: [¦] Strongly supporting the Constitutional right of individuals to keep and bear arms. John is a life member of the NRA which annually issues him the highest marks for his legislative efforts to protect and preserve Second Amendment rights." (www.klineforcongress.com)
  • John Kline. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. John Kline voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Increase federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms by law-abiding citizens."
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms."
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns. Other or expanded principles: "Regarding concealed carry laws that should be a matter for state legislatures"
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Renew the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "John Kline supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 0 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. John Kline voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. John Kline voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed John Kline in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave John Kline a grade of 91." (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. A Letter from Congressman John Kline. 7 October 2011. "I am a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights. As a former Marine and avid outdoorsman, I am an experienced firearms owner and user and believe individuals should have the right to keep and bear arms for the protection of one's home, property, family, and person. I am especially proud of my "A" rating from the National Rifle Association and will do all I can to protect Second Amendment rights. You may be interested to know that I am a cosponsor of the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act (H.R. 822), which allows a person who has a valid permit to carry a concealed firearm in their home state to carry a concealed firearm in another state [¦] As I serve you in Congress I will continue to support all efforts that secure a person's right to own firearms and promote efforts that encourage gun owners to engage in gun safety and responsible firearm practices." (maddmedic.wordpress.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • John Kline. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. John Kline voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "John Kline supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • John Kline. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. John Kline voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "John Kline supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred 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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  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "John Kline supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. Amnesty Not the Answer to Immigration. 25 May 2007. "I am disappointed and concerned with the current immigration bill being debated by the U.S. Senate (S. 1348). This flawed legislation does not focus on border security but instead grants "probationary status" - amnesty - to almost all of the 12 million illegal immigrants currently living in the United States. Illegal immigration threatens the safety and prosperity of all Americans and makes it more difficult for those who want to come to this country legally. Our current guest worker program should be simplified and adjusted to allow adequate numbers of seasonal and highly-skilled guest workers to contribute to the U.S. economy, but mixing such a proposal with amnesty is the wrong course of action. Our nation has long benefited culturally and economically by accepting legal immigrants, but unregulated, illegal immigration threatens to destroy this carefully constructed system of immigration and assimilation. I will continue to strongly oppose amnesty if for no other reason than the principle of fairness and respect for the rule of law. The first action of those who would live in our country and contribute to our society should not be to break our laws. We send the wrong message to reward those who have broken our laws." (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive U.S. citizenship."
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States."
  • John Kline. Letter to President Obama. 9 September 2011. "Over the last several years, with the support of the American public, Congress has consistently defeated amnesty proposals for illegal aliens. This recent effort appears to be nothing more than an attempt to avoid public review and unilaterally impose amnesty by picking and choosing which laws to enforce; or in this case, not to enforce, thereby enabling illegal aliens to remain in the country [¦] Also, this policy has the added affect of further encouraging illegal immigration. Frankly put, if we don't take our own laws seriously enough to enforce, why should we expect anyone to follow them? This policy will introduce a new wave a illegal immigrants emboldened with the knowledge that not only is it okay to break the law, but they will likely be rewarded for it with de facto amnesty statues, thereby exacerbating an already vicious cycle we as a nation try been trying to address for over two decades. This attempt to satisfy the narrow interests for the pro-amnesty lobby has ultimately earned the distrust of the greater American public. Our fear is that this policy will irreparably harm the prospects of true immigration reform for many years to come. Mr President, our request is simple: enforce our immigration laws evenly without passion, prejudice or preference." (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. John Kline voted Yea on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. John Kline voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "John Kline 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. "John Kline supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. Amnesty Not the Answer to Immigration. 25 May 2007. "I am disappointed and concerned with the current immigration bill being debated by the U.S. Senate (S. 1348). This flawed legislation does not focus on border security but instead grants "probationary status" - amnesty - to almost all of the 12 million illegal immigrants currently living in the United States. Illegal immigration threatens the safety and prosperity of all Americans and makes it more difficult for those who want to come to this country legally. Our current guest worker program should be simplified and adjusted to allow adequate numbers of seasonal and highly-skilled guest workers to contribute to the U.S. economy, but mixing such a proposal with amnesty is the wrong course of action. Our nation has long benefited culturally and economically by accepting legal immigrants, but unregulated, illegal immigration threatens to destroy this carefully constructed system of immigration and assimilation. I will continue to strongly oppose amnesty if for no other reason than the principle of fairness and respect for the rule of law. The first action of those who would live in our country and contribute to our society should not be to break our laws. We send the wrong message to reward those who have broken our laws." (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive U.S. citizenship."
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States."
  • John Kline. Letter to President Obama. 9 September 2011. "Over the last several years, with the support of the American public, Congress has consistently defeated amnesty proposals for illegal aliens. This recent effort appears to be nothing more than an attempt to avoid public review and unilaterally impose amnesty by picking and choosing which laws to enforce; or in this case, not to enforce, thereby enabling illegal aliens to remain in the country [¦] Also, this policy has the added affect of further encouraging illegal immigration. Frankly put, if we don't take our own laws seriously enough to enforce, why should we expect anyone to follow them? This policy will introduce a new wave a illegal immigrants emboldened with the knowledge that not only is it okay to break the law, but they will likely be rewarded for it with de facto amnesty statues, thereby exacerbating an already vicious cycle we as a nation try been trying to address for over two decades. This attempt to satisfy the narrow interests for the pro-amnesty lobby has ultimately earned the distrust of the greater American public. Our fear is that this policy will irreparably harm the prospects of true immigration reform for many years to come. Mr President, our request is simple: enforce our immigration laws evenly without passion, prejudice or preference." (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. John Kline voted Yea on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. John Kline voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "John Kline supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "John Kline supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 9 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "k) Should marriage be restricted to a union only between a man and a woman?"
  • John Kline. Letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. 2 November 2011. "As you know, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was passed by Congress with bipartisan support and signed into law by President Clinton in 1996. The law of the land is the federal government defines marriage as between one man and one woman. Unfortunately, the Department of Defense seems intent on circumventing this law [¦] This clear and deliberate violation of established U.S. law sets a dangerous precedent. DOMA makes clear that for purposes of the federal government, marriage is defined as between one man and one woman. The use of federal property or federal employees to perform anything but opposite-sex ceremonies is a clear contravention of the law [¦] We recognize the National Defense Authorization Act is well underway and needed funds for our troops should be expedited without delay. However, we respectfully request that an amendment similar to that passed by the House be included to ensure that this administration follow the law as written and comply with DOMA. It is not the place of any citizen of this country to pick and choose which laws will be obeyed. We expect citizens sworn to defend those laws to set the example in their application." (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "k) Should marriage be restricted to a union only between a man and a woman?"
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "John Kline supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 9 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). John Kline voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. John Kline voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "John Kline supported the interests of the American Family Association 94 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "John Kline supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 85 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. John Kline voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "John Kline supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "John Kline supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. Letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. 2 November 2011. "As you know, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was passed by Congress with bipartisan support and signed into law by President Clinton in 1996. The law of the land is the federal government defines marriage as between one man and one woman. Unfortunately, the Department of Defense seems intent on circumventing this law [¦] This clear and deliberate violation of established U.S. law sets a dangerous precedent. DOMA makes clear that for purposes of the federal government, marriage is defined as between one man and one woman. The use of federal property or federal employees to perform anything but opposite-sex ceremonies is a clear contravention of the law [¦] We recognize the National Defense Authorization Act is well underway and needed funds for our troops should be expedited without delay. However, we respectfully request that an amendment similar to that passed by the House be included to ensure that this administration follow the law as written and comply with DOMA. It is not the place of any citizen of this country to pick and choose which laws will be obeyed. We expect citizens sworn to defend those laws to set the example in their application." (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). John Kline voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. John Kline voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "John Kline supported the interests of the American Family Association 94 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "John Kline supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 85 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. John Kline voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "John Kline supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "John Kline supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
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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

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage."
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage."
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which are managed by the government."
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "John Kline supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 50 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "John Kline supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 50 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which are managed by the government."
  • John Kline. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."

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Congressional Election 2004 National Political Awareness Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion.
a) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legal.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
f) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial-birth" abortion.
g) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
h) Other or expanded principles
Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category.
Budget Priorities
a) Agriculture
b) Arts
c) Defense
d) Education
e) Environment
f) Homeland security
g) International aid
h) Law enforcement
i) Medical research
j) National parks
k) Public health services
l) Scientific research
m) Space exploration programs
n) Transportation and highway infrastructure
o) Welfare
p) Other or expanded categories
Defense Spending
a) Armed Forces personnel training
b) Intelligence operations
c) Military hardware
d) Modernization of weaponry and equipment
e) National missile defense
f) Pay for active duty personnel
g) Programs to improve troop retention rates
h) Research and development of new weapons
i) Troop and equipment readiness
j) Other or expanded categories
Using the key above, indicate what federal tax levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category.
Taxes
Income Taxes:
Family Income
a) Less than $25,000
b) $25,000-$75,000
c) $75,000-$150,000
d) Over $150,000
e) Other or expanded categories
Retiree Income
f) Over $40,000
g) Other or expanded categories
Other Taxes:
a) Alcohol taxes
b) Capital gains taxes
c) Cigarette taxes
d) Corporate taxes
e) Gasoline taxes
f) Inheritance taxes
g) Other or expanded categories
Deductions/Credits:
a) Charitable contributions
b) Child tax credit
c) Earned income tax credit
d) Medical expense deduction
e) Mortgage deduction
f) Student loan credit
g) Other or expanded categories
4) Do you support permanent repeal of the federal estate tax?
5) Do you support eliminating taxes on dividends paid to individual investors?
6) Should a married couple filing jointly pay the same taxes as if they were an unmarried couple filing separately?
7) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
a) Support public taxpayer funding for federal candidates who comply with campaign spending limits.
b) Increase the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns.
c) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
d) Allow unregulated soft money campaign contributions to political parties or committees.
e) Allow ads paid for by soft money that support or attack a candidate for federal office.
f) Allow issue advocacy commercials by corporations, labor unions, and non-profit groups which appear within 60 days of a general election and within 30 days of a primary election.
g) Remove all contribution limits on federal campaigns and parties.
h) Do you support instant run-off voting (IRV)?
i) Should Election Day be a national holiday?
j) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?
Yesk) Should marriage be restricted to a union only between a man and a woman?
l) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.
a) Support the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
b) Eliminate the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
Xc) Impose "truth in sentencing" for violent criminals so they serve full sentences with no chance of parole.
Xd) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xe) Support programs to provide prison inmates with drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
f) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
Xg) Support additional criminal penalties if a fetus is killed in the commission of a federal crime against a pregnant woman.
h) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, and disability be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
i) Support programs that provide job training and placement services for at-risk youth.
j) Impose stricter penalties for those convicted of white-collar crimes.
k) Enforcement of civil rights should primarily be the responsibility of the federal government.
l) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
m) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding drugs.
Xa) Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
Xb) Expand federally sponsored drug education and drug treatment programs.
c) Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
d) Allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
Xe) Increase border security to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the United States.
f) Eliminate federal funding for programs associated with the "war on drugs."
g) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students.
Xb) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any public school.
Xc) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any private or religious school.
Xd) Allow teachers and professionals to receive authorization and funding to establish charter schools.
Xe) Increase funding for block grants to states to aid in the hiring of additional teachers.
f) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
g) Increase funding for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings, infrastructure, technology).
h) Support granting states limited control over Head Start programs.
Xi) Support changing the mission of Head Start to emphasize improving the math and reading skills of disadvantaged children.
j) Providing education is not a responsibility of the federal government.
k) Support affirmative action in public college admissions.
Xl) Increase funding of programs such as Pell grants and Stafford loans to help students pay for college.
Xm) Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college.
n) Other or expanded principles
1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.
Xa) Increase funding for national job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
Xb) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
c) Provide tax credits or grants to businesses that offer child care services to employees.
Xd) Encourage employers to offer flex-time scheduling, comp-time, and unpaid leave for family emergencies.
e) Eliminate all federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
f) Increase the federal minimum wage.
g) Support the right of workers to strike without fear of being permanently replaced.
h) Allow workers to sell company stock and to diversify their company retirement funds into other investment options.
i) Other or expanded principles
2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding affirmative action.
a) The federal government should consider race and gender in government contracting decisions.
Xb) The federal government should discontinue affirmative action programs.
c) The federal government should continue affirmative action programs.
d) Include sexual orientation in federal anti-discrimination laws.
e) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
a) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Water Act.
b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act.
Xc) Require states to compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses of privately-owned land.
d) Relax logging restrictions on federal lands.
Xe) Relax standards on federal lands to allow increased recreational usage.
f) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil).
g) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
Xh) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration.
Xi) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels to reduce pollution.
Xj) Support the use of ethanol as an alternative fuel.
k) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits.
l) Support the U.S. re-entering the Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming.
m) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.
a) Renew the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
Xb) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
h) Require a license for gun possession.
i) Establish a national database of ballistic "fingerprints" to track guns used in criminal activities.
Xj) Support legislation that would protect manufacturers, distributors, dealers, and importers of firearms from civil lawsuits by crime victims.
Xk) Other or expanded principles

Regarding concealed carry laws that should be a matter for state legislatures

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health care.
a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government.
b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income.
c) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes appeal mechanisms when claims are denied.
d) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes the right to sue when claims are denied.
Xe) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts.
Xf) Establish limits on the amount of punitive damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
g) Support expanding prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
h) Support expanding prescription drug coverage under private managed care plans.
Xi) Offer tax credits to individuals and small businesses to offset the cost of insurance coverage.
j) Support automatic enrollment of children in federal health care programs such as CHIP and Medicaid.
k) Allow 55-65 year-olds to buy into Medicare.
Xl) Support stem cell research on existing lines of stem cells.
m) Allow laboratories to create new lines of stem cells for additional research.
n) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration.
a) Decrease the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country.
Xb) Establish English as the official national language.
c) Increase the number of visas issued for agricultural workers.
d) Relax restrictions barring legal immigrants from using social programs (e.g. public housing, food stamps).
e) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States.
f) Support the detention of asylum seekers from countries known to sponsor terrorism.
g) Other or expanded principles
International Aid
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding United States economic assistance.
a) Aid should be granted to countries when extraordinary circumstances cause disaster and threaten civilian lives.
b) Aid should be granted to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States.
c) Aid should be eliminated for any nation with documented human rights abuses.
d) Aid programs should be scaled back and eventually eliminated.
e) Other or expanded principles
International Policy
1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the Middle East.
a) Should the United States continue to provide leadership in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process?
b) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
c) Should the United States withdraw its troops from Iraq?
d) Discuss your proposals for the reconstruction of Iraq. What funding sources would you use to implement these proposals? (75 words or less. Please use an attached page if the space below is not adequate.)
e) Other or expanded principles
2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Central and East Asia.
a) Should the United States use diplomatic and economic pressure to encourage North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program?
b) Should the United States use military force to destroy the North Korean nuclear weapons program?
c) Should the United States remove the North Korean government from power?
d) Should the United States increase financial support to Afghanistan?
e) Should the United States increase military support to Afghanistan?
f) Other or expanded principles
3) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the United Nations.
a) Should the United States maintain its financial support of the United Nations?
b) Should the United States decrease its financial support of the United Nations?
c) Should the United States commit troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions?
d) Other or expanded principles
4) Should the United States lift the travel ban to Cuba?
5) Should the United States increase its financial support to Colombia to combat "the war on drugs"?
6) Should aid to African nations for AIDS prevention programs fund distribution of contraceptives?
7) Should aid to African nations for AIDS prevention fund abstinence education?
8) Other or expanded principles
International Trade
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international trade.
1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
2) Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
3) Do you support continued U.S. membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
4) Should a nation's human rights record affect its normal trade relations (most favored nation) status with the United States?
5) Do you support the trade embargo against Cuba?
6) Should trade agreements include provisions to address environmental concerns and to protect workers' rights?
7) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding national security.
a) Do you support using military tribunals to try suspected terrorists when ordinary civilian courts are deemed inappropriate or impractical?
b) Should the United States adopt stricter rules for student visa applications from nations known to sponsor terrorism?
c) Should the United States grant law enforcement agencies greater discretion to read mail and email, tap phones, and conduct random searches to prevent future terrorist attacks?
d) Should the United States hold foreign states accountable for terrorists who operate in their country?
Yese) Should the federal government increase funding to states and cities for homeland security?
f) Do you support a policy of pre-emptive strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to national security?
g) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security.
a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves.
b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government.
c) Invest a portion of Social Security assets collectively in stocks and bonds instead of United States Treasury securities.
d) Increase the payroll tax to better finance Social Security in its current form.
e) Lower the annual cost-of-living increases.
f) Raise the retirement age for when individuals are eligible to receive full Social Security benefits.
Xg) Other of expanded principles

Allow younger workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax into individual accounts

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding technology and communication.
a) Collect taxes on commercial Internet transactions.
Xb) Continue the moratorium on Internet taxation.
c) Implement regulation of Internet content.
d) Support government mandates to curtail violent and sexual content on television.
Xe) Support strict penalties for Internet crimes (e.g. hacking, identity theft, worms/viruses).
f) Support legislation to detail how personal information can be collected and used on the Internet.
g) Regulating the Internet is not a responsibility of the federal government.
Xh) Impose regulations on "spam" emails.
i) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare and poverty.
a) Require welfare recipients to spend at least 40 hours a week in a combination of work and training programs.
b) Increase funding for child care programs.
Xc) Continue to give states and local governments flexibility in and responsibility for welfare programs through federal block grants.
Xd) Direct federal poverty aid through religious, community-based, or other non-profit organizations.
e) Abolish all federal welfare programs.
f) Support housing assistance for low-income families.
g) Other or expanded principles
On an attached page, disk, or via email, please explain in a total of 75 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.
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