Representative Sheila Jackson Lee's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (TX) - District 18, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 18
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Sheila Jackson Lee has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Sheila Jackson Lee is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

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Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1016/rating/7720 (votesmart.org)
  • "Madam Speaker, I rise today in strong opposition to H.R. 358, The Protect Life Act. This bill will have a detrimental impact on women's health, and moreover, attacks a woman's constitutionally protected right to choose." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/645249/protect-life-act#.VZQvEXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1016/rating/7720 (votesmart.org)
  • "Madam Speaker, I rise today in strong opposition to H.R. 358, The Protect Life Act. This bill will have a detrimental impact on women's health, and moreover, attacks a woman's constitutionally protected right to choose." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/645249/protect-life-act#.VZQvEXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1016/rating/7720 (votesmart.org)
  • "Madam Speaker, I rise today in strong opposition to H.R. 358, The Protect Life Act. This bill will have a detrimental impact on women's health, and moreover, attacks a woman's constitutionally protected right to choose." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/645249/protect-life-act#.VZQvEXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1016/rating/7720 (votesmart.org)
  • "Madam Speaker, I rise today in strong opposition to H.R. 358, The Protect Life Act. This bill will have a detrimental impact on women's health, and moreover, attacks a woman's constitutionally protected right to choose." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/645249/protect-life-act#.VZQvEXUVhHw (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I have consistently supported and voted for middle class tax cuts, as I did two years ago when I voted for the Middle Class Tax Relief Act of 2010, and the extension of unemployment benefits." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/734151/job-protection-and-recession-prevention-act-of-2012#.VZQv5nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Democrats and the President have always fought for an extension of the tax cuts for middle-income families to offer greater relief and economic certainty to all working Americans." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/721589/congresswoman-jackson-lee-reacts-to-president-obamas-call-to-extend-the-middle-class-tax-cuts#.VbZieXV3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • "I have consistently supported and voted for middle class tax cuts, as I did two years ago when I voted for the Middle Class Tax Relief Act of 2010, and the extension of unemployment benefits." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/734151/job-protection-and-recession-prevention-act-of-2012#.VZQv5nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Democrats and the President have always fought for an extension of the tax cuts for middle-income families to offer greater relief and economic certainty to all working Americans." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/721589/congresswoman-jackson-lee-reacts-to-president-obamas-call-to-extend-the-middle-class-tax-cuts#.VbZieXV3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • "I have consistently supported and voted for middle class tax cuts, as I did two years ago when I voted for the Middle Class Tax Relief Act of 2010, and the extension of unemployment benefits." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/734151/job-protection-and-recession-prevention-act-of-2012#.VZQv5nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Democrats and the President have always fought for an extension of the tax cuts for middle-income families to offer greater relief and economic certainty to all working Americans." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/721589/congresswoman-jackson-lee-reacts-to-president-obamas-call-to-extend-the-middle-class-tax-cuts#.VbZieXV3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • "I have consistently supported and voted for middle class tax cuts, as I did two years ago when I voted for the Middle Class Tax Relief Act of 2010, and the extension of unemployment benefits." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/734151/job-protection-and-recession-prevention-act-of-2012#.VZQv5nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Democrats and the President have always fought for an extension of the tax cuts for middle-income families to offer greater relief and economic certainty to all working Americans." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/721589/congresswoman-jackson-lee-reacts-to-president-obamas-call-to-extend-the-middle-class-tax-cuts#.VbZieXV3k1M (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Our reliance on mandatory minimums has been a great mistake. I am not convinced it has reduced crime, but I am convinced it has imprisoned people, particularly non-violent offenders, for far longer than is just or beneficial." http://jacksonlee.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/congresswoman-sheila-jackson-lee-applauds-attorney-general-s-smart (jacksonlee.house.gov)
  • "Further, it eliminated the five-year mandatory minimum prison term for first-time possession of crack cocaine. My bill was aimed at the major drug trafficker and not the low level drug dealer in the neighborhood. Consequently, H.R. 265 increased monetary penalties for drug trafficking and for the importation and exportation of controlled substances." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/540457/congresswoman-sheila-jackson-lee-joins-president-obama-for-the-bill-signing-of-the-fair-sentencing-act-s1789/?search=mandatory%20minimum#.VbZjJXV3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • "Our reliance on mandatory minimums has been a great mistake. I am not convinced it has reduced crime, but I am convinced it has imprisoned people, particularly non-violent offenders, for far longer than is just or beneficial." http://jacksonlee.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/congresswoman-sheila-jackson-lee-applauds-attorney-general-s-smart (jacksonlee.house.gov)
  • "Further, it eliminated the five-year mandatory minimum prison term for first-time possession of crack cocaine. My bill was aimed at the major drug trafficker and not the low level drug dealer in the neighborhood. Consequently, H.R. 265 increased monetary penalties for drug trafficking and for the importation and exportation of controlled substances." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/540457/congresswoman-sheila-jackson-lee-joins-president-obama-for-the-bill-signing-of-the-fair-sentencing-act-s1789/?search=mandatory%20minimum#.VbZjJXV3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • "Our reliance on mandatory minimums has been a great mistake. I am not convinced it has reduced crime, but I am convinced it has imprisoned people, particularly non-violent offenders, for far longer than is just or beneficial." http://jacksonlee.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/congresswoman-sheila-jackson-lee-applauds-attorney-general-s-smart (jacksonlee.house.gov)
  • "Further, it eliminated the five-year mandatory minimum prison term for first-time possession of crack cocaine. My bill was aimed at the major drug trafficker and not the low level drug dealer in the neighborhood. Consequently, H.R. 265 increased monetary penalties for drug trafficking and for the importation and exportation of controlled substances." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/540457/congresswoman-sheila-jackson-lee-joins-president-obama-for-the-bill-signing-of-the-fair-sentencing-act-s1789/?search=mandatory%20minimum#.VbZjJXV3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • "Our reliance on mandatory minimums has been a great mistake. I am not convinced it has reduced crime, but I am convinced it has imprisoned people, particularly non-violent offenders, for far longer than is just or beneficial." http://jacksonlee.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/congresswoman-sheila-jackson-lee-applauds-attorney-general-s-smart (jacksonlee.house.gov)
  • "Further, it eliminated the five-year mandatory minimum prison term for first-time possession of crack cocaine. My bill was aimed at the major drug trafficker and not the low level drug dealer in the neighborhood. Consequently, H.R. 265 increased monetary penalties for drug trafficking and for the importation and exportation of controlled substances." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/540457/congresswoman-sheila-jackson-lee-joins-president-obama-for-the-bill-signing-of-the-fair-sentencing-act-s1789/?search=mandatory%20minimum#.VbZjJXV3k1M (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "When are we going to get a long-term infrastructure bill? When are we going to stand up as Americans and not Republicans and Democrats? Democrats want to stand up with Americans to pass a long-term infrastructure bill." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/973829/issues-of-the-day#.Vl9xA2wVikp (votesmart.org)
  • "The People's Budget will usher in a new era of broad-based and shared prosperity by: 1. repealing the draconian sequester and all Budget Control Act spending caps; 2. increasing discretionary funding to invest in working families; 3. reversing harmful cuts to social safety net; and 4. investing in veterans, women, and working families." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/969150/concurrent-resolution-on-the-budget-for-fiscal-year-2016#.VZQwrnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "According to the Congressional Research Service, in FY2010, the Federal Government awarded contracts valued at $12.7 billion to HUBZone certified businesses, with about $3.6 billion of that amount awarded through the HUBZone program. Mr. Chair, that's the gist of my amendment - job creation - because that's what we should be talking about in this Committee today." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/862203/pro-growth-budgeting-act-of-2013#.VZQxMHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "When are we going to get a long-term infrastructure bill? When are we going to stand up as Americans and not Republicans and Democrats? Democrats want to stand up with Americans to pass a long-term infrastructure bill." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/973829/issues-of-the-day#.Vl9xA2wVikp (votesmart.org)
  • "The People's Budget will usher in a new era of broad-based and shared prosperity by: 1. repealing the draconian sequester and all Budget Control Act spending caps; 2. increasing discretionary funding to invest in working families; 3. reversing harmful cuts to social safety net; and 4. investing in veterans, women, and working families." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/969150/concurrent-resolution-on-the-budget-for-fiscal-year-2016#.VZQwrnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "According to the Congressional Research Service, in FY2010, the Federal Government awarded contracts valued at $12.7 billion to HUBZone certified businesses, with about $3.6 billion of that amount awarded through the HUBZone program. Mr. Chair, that's the gist of my amendment - job creation - because that's what we should be talking about in this Committee today." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/862203/pro-growth-budgeting-act-of-2013#.VZQxMHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "When are we going to get a long-term infrastructure bill? When are we going to stand up as Americans and not Republicans and Democrats? Democrats want to stand up with Americans to pass a long-term infrastructure bill." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/973829/issues-of-the-day#.Vl9xA2wVikp (votesmart.org)
  • "The People's Budget will usher in a new era of broad-based and shared prosperity by: 1. repealing the draconian sequester and all Budget Control Act spending caps; 2. increasing discretionary funding to invest in working families; 3. reversing harmful cuts to social safety net; and 4. investing in veterans, women, and working families." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/969150/concurrent-resolution-on-the-budget-for-fiscal-year-2016#.VZQwrnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "According to the Congressional Research Service, in FY2010, the Federal Government awarded contracts valued at $12.7 billion to HUBZone certified businesses, with about $3.6 billion of that amount awarded through the HUBZone program. Mr. Chair, that's the gist of my amendment - job creation - because that's what we should be talking about in this Committee today." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/862203/pro-growth-budgeting-act-of-2013#.VZQxMHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "When are we going to get a long-term infrastructure bill? When are we going to stand up as Americans and not Republicans and Democrats? Democrats want to stand up with Americans to pass a long-term infrastructure bill." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/973829/issues-of-the-day#.Vl9xA2wVikp (votesmart.org)
  • "The People's Budget will usher in a new era of broad-based and shared prosperity by: 1. repealing the draconian sequester and all Budget Control Act spending caps; 2. increasing discretionary funding to invest in working families; 3. reversing harmful cuts to social safety net; and 4. investing in veterans, women, and working families." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/969150/concurrent-resolution-on-the-budget-for-fiscal-year-2016#.VZQwrnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "According to the Congressional Research Service, in FY2010, the Federal Government awarded contracts valued at $12.7 billion to HUBZone certified businesses, with about $3.6 billion of that amount awarded through the HUBZone program. Mr. Chair, that's the gist of my amendment - job creation - because that's what we should be talking about in this Committee today." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/862203/pro-growth-budgeting-act-of-2013#.VZQxMHUVhHw (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I have consistently supported and voted for middle class tax cuts, as I did two years ago when I voted for the Middle Class Tax Relief Act of 2010, and the extension of unemployment benefits." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/734151/job-protection-and-recession-prevention-act-of-2012#.VZQv5nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Democrats and the President have always fought for an extension of the tax cuts for middle-income families to offer greater relief and economic certainty to all working Americans." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/721589/congresswoman-jackson-lee-reacts-to-president-obamas-call-to-extend-the-middle-class-tax-cuts#.VbZieXV3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • "I have consistently supported and voted for middle class tax cuts, as I did two years ago when I voted for the Middle Class Tax Relief Act of 2010, and the extension of unemployment benefits." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/734151/job-protection-and-recession-prevention-act-of-2012#.VZQv5nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Democrats and the President have always fought for an extension of the tax cuts for middle-income families to offer greater relief and economic certainty to all working Americans." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/721589/congresswoman-jackson-lee-reacts-to-president-obamas-call-to-extend-the-middle-class-tax-cuts#.VbZieXV3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • "I have consistently supported and voted for middle class tax cuts, as I did two years ago when I voted for the Middle Class Tax Relief Act of 2010, and the extension of unemployment benefits." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/734151/job-protection-and-recession-prevention-act-of-2012#.VZQv5nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Democrats and the President have always fought for an extension of the tax cuts for middle-income families to offer greater relief and economic certainty to all working Americans." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/721589/congresswoman-jackson-lee-reacts-to-president-obamas-call-to-extend-the-middle-class-tax-cuts#.VbZieXV3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • "I have consistently supported and voted for middle class tax cuts, as I did two years ago when I voted for the Middle Class Tax Relief Act of 2010, and the extension of unemployment benefits." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/734151/job-protection-and-recession-prevention-act-of-2012#.VZQv5nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Democrats and the President have always fought for an extension of the tax cuts for middle-income families to offer greater relief and economic certainty to all working Americans." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/721589/congresswoman-jackson-lee-reacts-to-president-obamas-call-to-extend-the-middle-class-tax-cuts#.VbZieXV3k1M (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "In 2009, Jackson Lee voted for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act which brought over $2.1 billion in federal education funding to public schools across Texas. These funds supported teacher quality, reading programs, preschool, special education reducing the drop-out rate and more." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/485966/issue-position-district-education#.Vl9_fmwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "In 2009, Jackson Lee voted for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act which brought over $2.1 billion in federal education funding to public schools across Texas. These funds supported teacher quality, reading programs, preschool, special education reducing the drop-out rate and more." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/485966/issue-position-district-education#.Vl9_fmwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "In 2009, Jackson Lee voted for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act which brought over $2.1 billion in federal education funding to public schools across Texas. These funds supported teacher quality, reading programs, preschool, special education reducing the drop-out rate and more." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/485966/issue-position-district-education#.Vl9_fmwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "In 2009, Jackson Lee voted for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act which brought over $2.1 billion in federal education funding to public schools across Texas. These funds supported teacher quality, reading programs, preschool, special education reducing the drop-out rate and more." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/485966/issue-position-district-education#.Vl9_fmwViko (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted against S. 1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VbZuenV3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • "I favor the job creation potential of the Keystone XL Pipeline project, and voted accordingly less than a month and a half ago, on November 14, which was H.R. 5682." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/951875/keystone-xl-pipeline-act/?search=xl#.VZRJoXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against S. 1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VbZuenV3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • "I favor the job creation potential of the Keystone XL Pipeline project, and voted accordingly less than a month and a half ago, on November 14, which was H.R. 5682." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/951875/keystone-xl-pipeline-act/?search=xl#.VZRJoXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against S. 1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VbZuenV3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • "I favor the job creation potential of the Keystone XL Pipeline project, and voted accordingly less than a month and a half ago, on November 14, which was H.R. 5682." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/951875/keystone-xl-pipeline-act/?search=xl#.VZRJoXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against S. 1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VbZuenV3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • "I favor the job creation potential of the Keystone XL Pipeline project, and voted accordingly less than a month and a half ago, on November 14, which was H.R. 5682." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/951875/keystone-xl-pipeline-act/?search=xl#.VZRJoXUVhHw (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of H.R. 441, "The Kantishna Hills Renewable Energy Act of 2011,'' which authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to issue permits for microhydro projects in the Kantishna Hills area within the Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/648555/kantishna-hills-renewable-energy-act-of-2011#.VZRJ-3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "In the alternative energy field, the Congresswoman helped win local grants for the National Offshore Wind Energy Center ($1 million) and high Efficiency Solar Energy Generation and Storage ($1 million)." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/485969/issue-position-energy-science-based-economy#.VbZvY3V3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • "Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of H.R. 441, "The Kantishna Hills Renewable Energy Act of 2011,'' which authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to issue permits for microhydro projects in the Kantishna Hills area within the Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/648555/kantishna-hills-renewable-energy-act-of-2011#.VZRJ-3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "In the alternative energy field, the Congresswoman helped win local grants for the National Offshore Wind Energy Center ($1 million) and high Efficiency Solar Energy Generation and Storage ($1 million)." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/485969/issue-position-energy-science-based-economy#.VbZvY3V3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • "Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of H.R. 441, "The Kantishna Hills Renewable Energy Act of 2011,'' which authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to issue permits for microhydro projects in the Kantishna Hills area within the Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/648555/kantishna-hills-renewable-energy-act-of-2011#.VZRJ-3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "In the alternative energy field, the Congresswoman helped win local grants for the National Offshore Wind Energy Center ($1 million) and high Efficiency Solar Energy Generation and Storage ($1 million)." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/485969/issue-position-energy-science-based-economy#.VbZvY3V3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • "Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of H.R. 441, "The Kantishna Hills Renewable Energy Act of 2011,'' which authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to issue permits for microhydro projects in the Kantishna Hills area within the Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/648555/kantishna-hills-renewable-energy-act-of-2011#.VZRJ-3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "In the alternative energy field, the Congresswoman helped win local grants for the National Offshore Wind Energy Center ($1 million) and high Efficiency Solar Energy Generation and Storage ($1 million)." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/485969/issue-position-energy-science-based-economy#.VbZvY3V3k1M (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The present bill that will come before the House wants to totally eliminate the responsibility of the EPA to regulate greenhouse gases, and I cannot imagine any American living in a polluted area wanting to support it." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/604070/congresswoman-sheila-jackson-lee-seeks-to-strike-a-reasonable-compromise-with-regards-to-the-environmental-protection-agencys-responsibility-for-regulating-greenhouse-gases/?search=greenhouse%20gas#.VbZw5nV3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • "My amendment would also ensure the Environmental Protection Agency retains its ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the authority provided by the Clean House Act." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/604088/energy-tax-prevention-act-of-2011#.VZRLjXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "The present bill that will come before the House wants to totally eliminate the responsibility of the EPA to regulate greenhouse gases, and I cannot imagine any American living in a polluted area wanting to support it." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/604070/congresswoman-sheila-jackson-lee-seeks-to-strike-a-reasonable-compromise-with-regards-to-the-environmental-protection-agencys-responsibility-for-regulating-greenhouse-gases/?search=greenhouse%20gas#.VbZw5nV3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • "My amendment would also ensure the Environmental Protection Agency retains its ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the authority provided by the Clean House Act." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/604088/energy-tax-prevention-act-of-2011#.VZRLjXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "The present bill that will come before the House wants to totally eliminate the responsibility of the EPA to regulate greenhouse gases, and I cannot imagine any American living in a polluted area wanting to support it." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/604070/congresswoman-sheila-jackson-lee-seeks-to-strike-a-reasonable-compromise-with-regards-to-the-environmental-protection-agencys-responsibility-for-regulating-greenhouse-gases/?search=greenhouse%20gas#.VbZw5nV3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • "My amendment would also ensure the Environmental Protection Agency retains its ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the authority provided by the Clean House Act." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/604088/energy-tax-prevention-act-of-2011#.VZRLjXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "The present bill that will come before the House wants to totally eliminate the responsibility of the EPA to regulate greenhouse gases, and I cannot imagine any American living in a polluted area wanting to support it." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/604070/congresswoman-sheila-jackson-lee-seeks-to-strike-a-reasonable-compromise-with-regards-to-the-environmental-protection-agencys-responsibility-for-regulating-greenhouse-gases/?search=greenhouse%20gas#.VbZw5nV3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • "My amendment would also ensure the Environmental Protection Agency retains its ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the authority provided by the Clean House Act." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/604088/energy-tax-prevention-act-of-2011#.VZRLjXUVhHw (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We need to reform current gun laws [?] We respect the Second Amendment, but we understand that supporting universal background checks for all gun sales is not inconsistent with supporting responsible gun ownership. With rights come responsibilities." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/987569/progressive-caucus-addressing-gun-violence#.Vl985WwViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by the Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence http://votesmart.org/interest-group/122/rating/7712 (votesmart.org)
  • "Our thoughts and prayers today remain with the parents and loved ones of the victims of the Santa Barbara shooting, with the wounded still fighting to recover, with the students and the entire campus community. Such violence has no place in our society, and this horrific tragedy is simply the latest reminder that action is needed, and needed now, to prevent gun violence." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/877493/congresswoman-sheila-jackson-lee-says-lets-act-now-to-prevent-gun-violence#.VZRMrXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "We need to reform current gun laws [?] We respect the Second Amendment, but we understand that supporting universal background checks for all gun sales is not inconsistent with supporting responsible gun ownership. With rights come responsibilities." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/987569/progressive-caucus-addressing-gun-violence#.Vl985WwViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by the Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence http://votesmart.org/interest-group/122/rating/7712 (votesmart.org)
  • "Our thoughts and prayers today remain with the parents and loved ones of the victims of the Santa Barbara shooting, with the wounded still fighting to recover, with the students and the entire campus community. Such violence has no place in our society, and this horrific tragedy is simply the latest reminder that action is needed, and needed now, to prevent gun violence." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/877493/congresswoman-sheila-jackson-lee-says-lets-act-now-to-prevent-gun-violence#.VZRMrXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "We need to reform current gun laws [?] We respect the Second Amendment, but we understand that supporting universal background checks for all gun sales is not inconsistent with supporting responsible gun ownership. With rights come responsibilities." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/987569/progressive-caucus-addressing-gun-violence#.Vl985WwViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by the Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence http://votesmart.org/interest-group/122/rating/7712 (votesmart.org)
  • "Our thoughts and prayers today remain with the parents and loved ones of the victims of the Santa Barbara shooting, with the wounded still fighting to recover, with the students and the entire campus community. Such violence has no place in our society, and this horrific tragedy is simply the latest reminder that action is needed, and needed now, to prevent gun violence." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/877493/congresswoman-sheila-jackson-lee-says-lets-act-now-to-prevent-gun-violence#.VZRMrXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "We need to reform current gun laws [?] We respect the Second Amendment, but we understand that supporting universal background checks for all gun sales is not inconsistent with supporting responsible gun ownership. With rights come responsibilities." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/987569/progressive-caucus-addressing-gun-violence#.Vl985WwViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by the Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence http://votesmart.org/interest-group/122/rating/7712 (votesmart.org)
  • "Our thoughts and prayers today remain with the parents and loved ones of the victims of the Santa Barbara shooting, with the wounded still fighting to recover, with the students and the entire campus community. Such violence has no place in our society, and this horrific tragedy is simply the latest reminder that action is needed, and needed now, to prevent gun violence." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/877493/congresswoman-sheila-jackson-lee-says-lets-act-now-to-prevent-gun-violence#.VZRMrXUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • "The Affordable Care Act was driven by a simple premise: that citizens of the most prosperous nation on earth should not be forced to choose between their health and their financial security." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/969139/commemorating-the-5th-anniversary-of-the-affordable-care-act#.VZRNPXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I ask my colleagues to continue to push forward on good health care in America and to help physician-owned hospitals in the way that they should be under the Affordable Care Act." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/969154/health-care-in-american/?search=Affordable%20Care%20Act#.Vl-AhWwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "The Affordable Care Act was driven by a simple premise: that citizens of the most prosperous nation on earth should not be forced to choose between their health and their financial security." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/969139/commemorating-the-5th-anniversary-of-the-affordable-care-act#.VZRNPXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I ask my colleagues to continue to push forward on good health care in America and to help physician-owned hospitals in the way that they should be under the Affordable Care Act." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/969154/health-care-in-american/?search=Affordable%20Care%20Act#.Vl-AhWwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "The Affordable Care Act was driven by a simple premise: that citizens of the most prosperous nation on earth should not be forced to choose between their health and their financial security." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/969139/commemorating-the-5th-anniversary-of-the-affordable-care-act#.VZRNPXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I ask my colleagues to continue to push forward on good health care in America and to help physician-owned hospitals in the way that they should be under the Affordable Care Act." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/969154/health-care-in-american/?search=Affordable%20Care%20Act#.Vl-AhWwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "The Affordable Care Act was driven by a simple premise: that citizens of the most prosperous nation on earth should not be forced to choose between their health and their financial security." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/969139/commemorating-the-5th-anniversary-of-the-affordable-care-act#.VZRNPXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I ask my colleagues to continue to push forward on good health care in America and to help physician-owned hospitals in the way that they should be under the Affordable Care Act." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/969154/health-care-in-american/?search=Affordable%20Care%20Act#.Vl-AhWwViko (votesmart.org)

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  • Signed a letter stating "We hope that your actions will prevent the separation of undocumented family members of U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and DACA beneficiaries and offer protection to others who have long worked in the United States and have established strong ties with our communities." http://gutierrez.house.gov/sites/gutierrez.house.gov/files/documents/11.13.14%20Gutierrez-Lofgren%20Letter%20to%20POTUS%20on%20Exec%20Action%20Post%20Election%20%28FINAL%29.pdf (gutierrez.house.gov)
  • "But, more importantly, I'd ask my colleagues to walk amongst the many immigrant families that I have done, touch them and understand that they're not here to be criminals, they're not here to do wrong, of which none of those will be allowed in under this process, they're simply here to be good Americans. Let's get them started in the right way." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/939796/cnn-wolf-transcript-michael-brown-shooting-and-executive-order-on-immigration#.VZROJ3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "We hope that your actions will prevent the separation of undocumented family members of U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and DACA beneficiaries and offer protection to others who have long worked in the United States and have established strong ties with our communities." http://gutierrez.house.gov/sites/gutierrez.house.gov/files/documents/11.13.14%20Gutierrez-Lofgren%20Letter%20to%20POTUS%20on%20Exec%20Action%20Post%20Election%20%28FINAL%29.pdf (gutierrez.house.gov)
  • "But, more importantly, I'd ask my colleagues to walk amongst the many immigrant families that I have done, touch them and understand that they're not here to be criminals, they're not here to do wrong, of which none of those will be allowed in under this process, they're simply here to be good Americans. Let's get them started in the right way." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/939796/cnn-wolf-transcript-michael-brown-shooting-and-executive-order-on-immigration#.VZROJ3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "We hope that your actions will prevent the separation of undocumented family members of U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and DACA beneficiaries and offer protection to others who have long worked in the United States and have established strong ties with our communities." http://gutierrez.house.gov/sites/gutierrez.house.gov/files/documents/11.13.14%20Gutierrez-Lofgren%20Letter%20to%20POTUS%20on%20Exec%20Action%20Post%20Election%20%28FINAL%29.pdf (gutierrez.house.gov)
  • "But, more importantly, I'd ask my colleagues to walk amongst the many immigrant families that I have done, touch them and understand that they're not here to be criminals, they're not here to do wrong, of which none of those will be allowed in under this process, they're simply here to be good Americans. Let's get them started in the right way." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/939796/cnn-wolf-transcript-michael-brown-shooting-and-executive-order-on-immigration#.VZROJ3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "We hope that your actions will prevent the separation of undocumented family members of U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and DACA beneficiaries and offer protection to others who have long worked in the United States and have established strong ties with our communities." http://gutierrez.house.gov/sites/gutierrez.house.gov/files/documents/11.13.14%20Gutierrez-Lofgren%20Letter%20to%20POTUS%20on%20Exec%20Action%20Post%20Election%20%28FINAL%29.pdf (gutierrez.house.gov)
  • "But, more importantly, I'd ask my colleagues to walk amongst the many immigrant families that I have done, touch them and understand that they're not here to be criminals, they're not here to do wrong, of which none of those will be allowed in under this process, they're simply here to be good Americans. Let's get them started in the right way." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/939796/cnn-wolf-transcript-michael-brown-shooting-and-executive-order-on-immigration#.VZROJ3UVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • "This historic decision affirms all American families equal rights under the law. I applaud the Supreme Court for acting to recognize an individual's right to enjoy the same federal benefits regardless of the sexual orientation of their marriage. I am proud to defend the civil rights of all American's including the LGBT community." https://jacksonlee.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/congresswoman-sheila-jackson-lee-applauds-supreme-court-decision (jacksonlee.house.gov)
  • Signed a letter stating "DOMA imposes a sweeping and unjustifiable federal disability on married same-sex couples." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/767739/212-members-of-congress-file-historic-amicus-brief-on-doma-case-before-us-supreme-court#.VZRPInUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "This historic decision affirms all American families equal rights under the law. I applaud the Supreme Court for acting to recognize an individual's right to enjoy the same federal benefits regardless of the sexual orientation of their marriage. I am proud to defend the civil rights of all American's including the LGBT community." https://jacksonlee.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/congresswoman-sheila-jackson-lee-applauds-supreme-court-decision (jacksonlee.house.gov)
  • Signed a letter stating "DOMA imposes a sweeping and unjustifiable federal disability on married same-sex couples." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/767739/212-members-of-congress-file-historic-amicus-brief-on-doma-case-before-us-supreme-court#.VZRPInUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "This historic decision affirms all American families equal rights under the law. I applaud the Supreme Court for acting to recognize an individual's right to enjoy the same federal benefits regardless of the sexual orientation of their marriage. I am proud to defend the civil rights of all American's including the LGBT community." https://jacksonlee.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/congresswoman-sheila-jackson-lee-applauds-supreme-court-decision (jacksonlee.house.gov)
  • Signed a letter stating "DOMA imposes a sweeping and unjustifiable federal disability on married same-sex couples." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/767739/212-members-of-congress-file-historic-amicus-brief-on-doma-case-before-us-supreme-court#.VZRPInUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "This historic decision affirms all American families equal rights under the law. I applaud the Supreme Court for acting to recognize an individual's right to enjoy the same federal benefits regardless of the sexual orientation of their marriage. I am proud to defend the civil rights of all American's including the LGBT community." https://jacksonlee.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/congresswoman-sheila-jackson-lee-applauds-supreme-court-decision (jacksonlee.house.gov)
  • Signed a letter stating "DOMA imposes a sweeping and unjustifiable federal disability on married same-sex couples." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/767739/212-members-of-congress-file-historic-amicus-brief-on-doma-case-before-us-supreme-court#.VZRPInUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • "Jackson Lee believes that we must fight the War on Terror not only with the military and weapons but we must also continue to improve our intelligence gathering and promote information sharing with our allies." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/485990/issue-position-war-on-terror#.VZRQAHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "First, I would like to congratulate President Obama and his Administration on his successful policies regarding Homeland Security and the war on terror. I would also like to thank all of the men and women of the armed forces and intelligence agencies that lent their services to planning the drone attack that killed Al Qaeda leader Abu Yahya al-Libi." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/700204/congresswoman-jackson-lee-addresses-the-death-of-al-qaeda-leader-abu-yahya-al-libi/?search=drone#.VbaVx3V3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • "Jackson Lee believes that we must fight the War on Terror not only with the military and weapons but we must also continue to improve our intelligence gathering and promote information sharing with our allies." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/485990/issue-position-war-on-terror#.VZRQAHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "First, I would like to congratulate President Obama and his Administration on his successful policies regarding Homeland Security and the war on terror. I would also like to thank all of the men and women of the armed forces and intelligence agencies that lent their services to planning the drone attack that killed Al Qaeda leader Abu Yahya al-Libi." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/700204/congresswoman-jackson-lee-addresses-the-death-of-al-qaeda-leader-abu-yahya-al-libi/?search=drone#.VbaVx3V3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • "Jackson Lee believes that we must fight the War on Terror not only with the military and weapons but we must also continue to improve our intelligence gathering and promote information sharing with our allies." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/485990/issue-position-war-on-terror#.VZRQAHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "First, I would like to congratulate President Obama and his Administration on his successful policies regarding Homeland Security and the war on terror. I would also like to thank all of the men and women of the armed forces and intelligence agencies that lent their services to planning the drone attack that killed Al Qaeda leader Abu Yahya al-Libi." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/700204/congresswoman-jackson-lee-addresses-the-death-of-al-qaeda-leader-abu-yahya-al-libi/?search=drone#.VbaVx3V3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • "Jackson Lee believes that we must fight the War on Terror not only with the military and weapons but we must also continue to improve our intelligence gathering and promote information sharing with our allies." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/485990/issue-position-war-on-terror#.VZRQAHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "First, I would like to congratulate President Obama and his Administration on his successful policies regarding Homeland Security and the war on terror. I would also like to thank all of the men and women of the armed forces and intelligence agencies that lent their services to planning the drone attack that killed Al Qaeda leader Abu Yahya al-Libi." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/700204/congresswoman-jackson-lee-addresses-the-death-of-al-qaeda-leader-abu-yahya-al-libi/?search=drone#.VbaVx3V3k1M (votesmart.org)

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  • Signed a pledge stating "Social Security belongs to the people who have worked hard all their lives and contributed to it. Social Security is a promise that must not be broken. We need to strengthen Social Security, not cut it. That is why I oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including increasing the retirement age. I also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/739243/progressive-change-campaign-committee-social-security-protectors/?search=social%20security#.VbaWmHV3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "We write today to express our strong support for Social Security and our view that it should be strengthened. We oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including raising the retirement age. We also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/566228/letter-to-barack-obama-president-of-the-united-states-social-security/?search=social%20security#.VbaW9XV3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a pledge stating "Social Security belongs to the people who have worked hard all their lives and contributed to it. Social Security is a promise that must not be broken. We need to strengthen Social Security, not cut it. That is why I oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including increasing the retirement age. I also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/739243/progressive-change-campaign-committee-social-security-protectors/?search=social%20security#.VbaWmHV3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "We write today to express our strong support for Social Security and our view that it should be strengthened. We oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including raising the retirement age. We also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/566228/letter-to-barack-obama-president-of-the-united-states-social-security/?search=social%20security#.VbaW9XV3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a pledge stating "Social Security belongs to the people who have worked hard all their lives and contributed to it. Social Security is a promise that must not be broken. We need to strengthen Social Security, not cut it. That is why I oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including increasing the retirement age. I also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/739243/progressive-change-campaign-committee-social-security-protectors/?search=social%20security#.VbaWmHV3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "We write today to express our strong support for Social Security and our view that it should be strengthened. We oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including raising the retirement age. We also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/566228/letter-to-barack-obama-president-of-the-united-states-social-security/?search=social%20security#.VbaW9XV3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a pledge stating "Social Security belongs to the people who have worked hard all their lives and contributed to it. Social Security is a promise that must not be broken. We need to strengthen Social Security, not cut it. That is why I oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including increasing the retirement age. I also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/739243/progressive-change-campaign-committee-social-security-protectors/?search=social%20security#.VbaWmHV3k1M (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "We write today to express our strong support for Social Security and our view that it should be strengthened. We oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including raising the retirement age. We also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/566228/letter-to-barack-obama-president-of-the-united-states-social-security/?search=social%20security#.VbaW9XV3k1M (votesmart.org)

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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.
Xb) Abortions should always be legal.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
Xd) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
Xe) 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

Maintain Statusa) Agriculture
Maintain Statusb) Arts
Maintain Statusc) Defense
Greatly Increased) Education
Maintain Statuse) Environment
Slightly Increasef) Homeland security
Slightly Increaseg) International aid
Greatly Increaseh) Law enforcement
Slightly Increasei) Medical research
Maintain Statusj) National parks
Slightly Increasek) Public health services
Slightly Increasel) Scientific research
Slightly Increasem) Space exploration programs
Maintain Statusn) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Slightly Increaseo) Welfare
p) Other or expanded categories

Defense Spending

Maintain Statusa) Armed Forces personnel training
Slightly Increaseb) Intelligence operations
Maintain Statusc) Military hardware
Slightly Increased) Modernization of weaponry and equipment
Slightly Increasee) National missile defense
Maintain Statusf) Pay for active duty personnel
Maintain Statusg) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Maintain Statush) Research and development of new weapons
Maintain Statusi) 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

Greatly Decreasea) Less than $25,000
Slightly Decreaseb) $25,000-$75,000
Slightly Decreasec) $75,000-$150,000
Maintain Statusd) Over $150,000
e) Other or expanded categories

Retiree Income

Maintain Statusf) Over $40,000
g) Other or expanded categories

Other Taxes:

Slightly Increasea) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Increaseb) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increasec) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Increased) Corporate taxes
Slightly Increasee) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Increasef) Inheritance taxes
g) Other or expanded categories

Deductions/Credits:

Maintain Statusa) Charitable contributions
Slightly Increaseb) Child tax credit
Slightly Increasec) Earned income tax credit
Maintain Statusd) Medical expense deduction
Maintain Statuse) Mortgage deduction
Slightly Increasef) Student loan credit
g) Other or expanded categories
Yes4) Do you support permanent repeal of the federal estate tax?
Undecided5) Do you support eliminating taxes on dividends paid to individual investors?
No6) 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.

Xa) 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.
Xf) 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?
k) 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.

Xa) 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.
Xf) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
g) 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.
Xi) Support programs that provide job training and placement services for at-risk youth.
j) Impose stricter penalties for those convicted of white-collar crimes.
Xk) 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.
Xc) Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
Xd) 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.

Xa) Support national standards for and testing of public school students.
b) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any public school.
c) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any private or religious school.
d) Allow teachers and professionals to receive authorization and funding to establish charter schools.
e) 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.
i) 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.
Xk) 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.
m) 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.

a) Increase funding for national job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
b) 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.
Xf) Increase the federal minimum wage.
Xg) 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.
b) The federal government should discontinue affirmative action programs.
Xc) The federal government should continue affirmative action programs.
Xd) 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.

Xa) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Water Act.
Xb) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act.
c) Require states to compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses of privately-owned land.
d) Relax logging restrictions on federal lands.
e) Relax standards on federal lands to allow increased recreational usage.
Xf) 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.
h) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration.
i) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels to reduce pollution.
j) 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.

Xa) Renew the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
b) 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.
Xd) 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.
Xg) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
Xh) Require a license for gun possession.
i) Establish a national database of ballistic "fingerprints" to track guns used in criminal activities.
j) Support legislation that would protect manufacturers, distributors, dealers, and importers of firearms from civil lawsuits by crime victims.
k) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health care.

a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government.
Xb) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income.
Xc) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes appeal mechanisms when claims are denied.
Xd) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes the right to sue when claims are denied.
e) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts.
f) Establish limits on the amount of punitive damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xg) Support expanding prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
h) Support expanding prescription drug coverage under private managed care plans.
i) Offer tax credits to individuals and small businesses to offset the cost of insurance coverage.
Xj) 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.
l) 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.
b) Establish English as the official national language.
Xc) Increase the number of visas issued for agricultural workers.
Xd) Relax restrictions barring legal immigrants from using social programs (e.g. public housing, food stamps).
Xe) 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.

Xa) 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?
Yesc) 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?
Yesd) Should the United States increase financial support to Afghanistan?
Yese) 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.

Yesa) Should the United States maintain its financial support of the United Nations?
Nob) 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"?
Yes6) 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.

Yes1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
Yes2) Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
Yes3) Do you support continued U.S. membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
Undecided4) Should a nation's human rights record affect its normal trade relations (most favored nation) status with the United States?
Undecided5) Do you support the trade embargo against Cuba?
Yes6) 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.

Noa) Do you support using military tribunals to try suspected terrorists when ordinary civilian courts are deemed inappropriate or impractical?
Yesb) Should the United States adopt stricter rules for student visa applications from nations known to sponsor terrorism?
Undecidedc) 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?
Yesd) Should the United States hold foreign states accountable for terrorists who operate in their country?
Undecidede) Should the federal government increase funding to states and cities for homeland security?
Nof) 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.
Xe) Lower the annual cost-of-living increases.
f) Raise the retirement age for when individuals are eligible to receive full Social Security benefits.
g) Other of expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding technology and communication.

Xa) Collect taxes on commercial Internet transactions.
Xb) Continue the moratorium on Internet taxation.
Xc) Implement regulation of Internet content.
Xd) 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).
Xf) 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.
Xb) 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.
d) Direct federal poverty aid through religious, community-based, or other non-profit organizations.
e) Abolish all federal welfare programs.
Xf) 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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