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Walter Beaman Jones, Jr.

Walter Jones, Jr.'s Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Walter Beaman Jones, Jr.
Office: U.S. House (NC) - District 3, Republican
First Elected: 11/08/1994
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 3
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary May 6, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Joe Anne; 1 Child: Ashley
Birth Date: 02/10/1943
Birth Place: Farmville, NC
Home City: Farmville, NC
Religion: Roman Catholic
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Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

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  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Walter Jones supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Walter Jones voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Walter Jones supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (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 Walter Jones a rating of 44 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Walter Jones voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Walter Jones supported the interests of the Family Research Council 93 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Walter Jones voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Walter Jones voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Jones Cosponsors Legislation to Prevent Federal Funding of Abortion. 3 August 2010. "I am proud to join Chris Smith, Daniel Lipinski and other members of the Pro-Life Caucus in supporting this important legislation," said Jones. "Regardless of ones' thoughts on abortion, the vast majority of Americans do not want their hard earned tax dollars used to end the lives of the most innocent among us--the unborn." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Jones Asks President Obama to Withdraw Pledge to Sign so-called "Freedom of Choice" Act . 22 January 2011. "On January 22, our nation will mark the 36th anniversary of the tragic Roe v. Wade decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. Since Roe v. Wade, many laws - including laws to prevent federal taxpayer funding for abortion - have been enacted to mitigate the effects of the decision on unborn babies and their mothers. We hope that you would support the continuation of these laws and would oppose initiatives such as FOCA, which is more radical than the Roe v. Wade decision." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Project Vote Smart: 1996 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Walter Jones. Project Vote Smart: 1996 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Walter Jones. H Amdt 436. 104th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Walter Jones voted Nay on 06/15/1995. (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Walter Jones voted Nay on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Walter Jones voted Nay on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Walter Jones voted Yea on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Walter Jones voted Nay on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Walter Jones voted Nay on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Walter Jones voted Nay on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Walter Jones voted Nay on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Walter Jones voted Yea on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Jones Statement on March for Life. 23 January 2012. "This year, hundreds of thousands of Americans will again come to Washington, D.C. to participate in the March for Life and give a voice to the innocent unborn. Thirty-nine years have passed since the Supreme Court made one of the worst decisions in our nation's history when it ruled on Roe v. Wade. Since that ruling, over 54 million innocent unborn children have been killed by the hands of abortionists. I thank those who have come from all over the nation to attend this year's march and I stand alongside you for those who cannot stand for themselves." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Jones Disgusted by Obama Contraception Mandate. 8 February 2012. "This week Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) joined many of his colleagues in his outrage over a mandate that will force religious-affiliated organizations that offer health insurance to cover contraceptives, sterilizations and abortifacients -- all imposed by the Obama Administration. Jones joined over 150 other pro-life Members of Congress in sending a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius stating that this mandate is an unprecedented overreach by the federal government that infringes upon rights guaranteed by the First Amendment." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Jones Asks President Obama to Withdraw Pledge to Sign so-called "Freedom of Choice" Act . 22 January 2009. "On January 22, our nation will mark the 36th anniversary of the tragic Roe v. Wade decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. Since Roe v. Wade, many laws - including laws to prevent federal taxpayer funding for abortion - have been enacted to mitigate the effects of the decision on unborn babies and their mothers. We hope that you would support the continuation of these laws and would oppose initiatives such as FOCA, which is more radical than the Roe v. Wade decision." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Jones' Letter To Constituents Outlining Why He Opposes The Pelosi Health Care Bill. 5 November 2011. "As you know, Speaker Pelosi and the current majority in the House of Representatives recently introduced H.R. 3962, legislation that attempts to take over one-sixth of the American economy by creating a government run health care system. While I support common sense efforts to reform health care, I strongly oppose the Pelosi bill because it includes more than $700 billion in tax increases on small businesses and others, nearly $400 billion in Medicare cuts, and would provide coverage for abortions and illegal immigrants." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Jones Votes to Protect Life. 14 October 2011. "Americans should not be forced to have their tax dollars used to fund the taking of innocent lives. This legislation will protect the rights of those who oppose taxpayer funded abortions and the medical professionals who refuse to take part in them." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Walter Jones voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Jones Votes Against Half Trillion Dollar Deficit Spending Package. 11 December 2009. "I strongly oppose the majority's insistence on removing a long-standing provision that prohibited all government funds from being used to provide abortions in the District of Columbia, as well as their inclusion of a large $103 million increase in funding for international family planning programs which can be used by organizations that promote and perform abortions." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Jones Votes Against Government Takeover Of Health Care. 22 March 2010. "I cannot support a bill that includes an unconstitutional mandate that requires every citizen to have insurance, increases taxes on small businesses and does not have adequate protections to ensure that federal dollars will not be used to pay for abortions. This is not the way to reform the health care system in this country." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Walter Jones voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Walter Jones supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Walter Jones voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Twitter: WalterJones2012. 31 March 2012. "Very proud of my 100% rating w/ National Right to Life. [...] Abortion is a scourge on our nation. #NC3 #consnc." (twitter.com)
  • Walter Jones. Jones Votes to Protect Life. 14 October 2011. "Yesterday Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) voted for H.R. 358, the Protect Life Act. The legislation would amend the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, to guarantee that no tax subsidies can flow to plans that cover elective abortion. [¦] The Protect Life Act also protects health care professionals who are discriminated against for acting in accordance with their beliefs and who refuse to participate in providing abortions. 'Americans should not be forced to have their tax dollars used to fund the taking of innocent lives,' said Jones. 'This legislation will protect the rights of those who oppose taxpayer funded abortions and the medical professionals who refuse to take part in them.' (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Jones Cosponsors Legislation to Prevent Federal Funding of Abortion. 3 August 2010. "Last week, U.S. Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) cosponsored H.R. 5939, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. The legislation, introduced by Congressman Christopher Smith (NJ-4) and Daniel Lipinski (IL-3), would institute a government-wide ban on the funding of abortion. [¦] 'I am proud to join Chris Smith, Daniel Lipinski and other members of the Pro-Life Caucus in supporting this important legislation,' said Jones. 'Regardless of ones' thoughts on abortion, the vast majority of Americans do not want their hard earned tax dollars used to end the lives of the most innocent among us--the unborn.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Jones Cosponsors Pro-Life Bill. 25 January 2008. "Earlier this week, on January 22nd, our nation marked a grim milestone - the 35th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion for any reason and has resulted in nearly 50 million deaths." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

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  • Walter Jones. Afghanistan Situation. 24 January 2012. "As we listen to the President tonight and he talks about the state of affairs, I hope he will mention that he intends to bring our troops home now, not in 2014. In 2014, I do not know how many young men and women have to lose their legs, their arms, and die. So I hope both parties will come together this spring and talk about bringing our troops home now, not 2014." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Fund FEMA Not Afghanistan. 22 September 2011. "You know, Madam Speaker, it is so ironic that the American people are hurting in many, many ways, including those in my district from Hurricane Irene which did damage all of the way up to Vermont, the fires in Texas, and tornadoes, and yet we can't come together as two different parties to find agreement to increase the funding for FEMA so they can help victims of these disasters, and yet we can find $10 billion a month to send to a corrupt leader in Afghanistan so that he can wear his robes and his caps and American kids can die and lose their legs and arms. I do not understand why this Congress and the President of the United States do not understand that it's time to bring our troops home." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. U.S. Strategy In Afghanistan. 21 May 2009. "Madam Speaker, last week, Congressman Jim McGovern introduced H.R. 2404, legislation to require the Secretary of Defense to submit a report to Congress, outlining the exit strategy for our United States military forces in Afghanistan. I am an original cosponsor of this bill, which now has 78 cosponsors. I became a cosponsor of this bill because it has been nearly 8 years since the United States began its military operation in Afghanistan, and I am concerned that there is no clear strategy for victory or end point to our efforts in that country. Without focused and targeted objectives, adding more manpower to an effort in Afghanistan could cause the United States to go the way of many great armies and leave our troops in a never-ending, no-win situation." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Why Are We Still In Afghanistan?. 12 October 2011. "My question to the leadership of the House: Why don't you speak out, both parties, and call on Mr. Obama to bring our troops home before 2015? It's kind of ironic. I represent the Third District of North Carolina and we got hit pretty hard, like most of the States all of the way up to Vermont, by the hurricane. It was so ironic last week that we passed a continuing resolution that had $2.65 billion for FEMA to help those who have experienced disasters like wildfires in Texas to tornadoes to hurricanes--$2.65 billion--but yet we found $118 billion to spend in Afghanistan and Iraq. Where does that equal itself out? The American people get shortchanged while we send $118 billion to Afghanistan and Iraq. It makes no sense." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Afghanistan. 29 March 2012. "Mr. Speaker, I have put together a resolution that I have asked the speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives, Thom Tillis, who is a great gentleman, to introduce in the May session of the North Carolina House asking the Congress to bring our troops home out of Afghanistan before the 2014 deadline. And I'm pleased to say that the Tea Party in my district, who doesn't agree with me on everything, does agree with me on Afghanistan. They have passed this resolution at their meeting a month ago. We need to start bringing our troops home now, not later." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Afghanistan. 31 January 2012. "Mr. Speaker, over the weekend, I read an article by the Associated Press that the French have made a decision to fast-track their withdrawal from Afghanistan and bring troops home by the end of 2013 instead of the end of 2014. If France follows through with this accelerated drawdown, they will join other countries like Canada and the Netherlands, who have also drawn down their forces in recent years. I believe these countries are on the right track. [¦] It simply is common sense to bring our troops home now and not wait." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Walter Jones supported the interests of Peace Action West 75 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Walter Jones supported the interests of the Peace Action 75 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Walter Jones voted Yea on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Afghanistan. 28 February 2012. "Attempting to find a true military and political answer to the problems in Afghanistan would take decades, not years, and drain our Nation of precious resources--with the most precious being our sons and daughters. [¦] If you ask me if it's worth a single American life to build governance here in Afghanistan, I would have to say no." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Jones Reacts to Obama's Plan for Troop Withdrawal from Afghanistan. 23 June 2011. "I would like to thank President Obama for his consideration of a strategy to bring our troops home from Afghanistan. It is crucial to reduce the size of the U.S. footprint and get our troops out of harm's way. However, by removing only a possible 33,000 by the end of next summer, that still leaves 70,000 more of our young men and women at tremendous risk. We are cutting programs for our seniors and our children here in America, while spending $10 billion a month to prop up a corrupt leader in a country that is not going to change. How many more families are going to have to lose loved ones? How many more young men and women need to suffer life-altering injuries before we put a stop to this war and bring our troops home? Our goal was to find Osama bin Laden and we did. Our goal was to rid Afghanistan of al Qaeda and we did. To continue to spend American blood and treasure on a country that will not change simply does not make sense." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Afghanistan. 5 October 2010. "Madam Speaker, I think you will note today that from both sides, the Democratic side and Republican side, there will be those of us who come to the floor to speak about bringing our troops home from Afghanistan. Friday of this week will be 10 years since we committed our troops to Afghanistan. I would like to quote from Andrew Bacevich, in an article 2 years ago, and the title, ``To Die for a Mystique": "To apply to the Long War, the plaintive query that General David Petraeus once posed with regard to Iraq--`Tell me how this ends'--the answer is clear: No one has the foggiest idea. War has become like the changing phases of the moon. It's part of everyday existence. For American soldiers there is no end in sight. Madam Speaker, that also applies to Afghanistan. Ten years later, so many have died, so many have been wounded. I say to the House with humility and regret that I have signed over 10,400 letters to the immediate and extended families of the fallen from both Iraq and Afghanistan. Obviously, the majority of letters now are to the families of those who have been killed in Afghanistan. Poll after poll has shown that the American people in large percentages want our troops home now. This number of people continues to grow as the number of dead and wounded increases. Madam Speaker, beside me is a poster of a young Army couple where the husband has lost both legs and an arm. How many more have to give their lives, their minds, and their bodies for a corrupt Afghan leader named Karzai?" (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Its' Time to Bring our Troops Home. 5 April 2011. "Mr. Speaker, last Tuesday, Congresswoman Sue Myrick and I went to visit the wounded at Walter Reed. These trips are always a vivid reminder of the true cost of war. Seeing the men and women who have lost limbs for this country make we wonder how many more are going to be in that hospital, both at Walter Reed and Bethesda, with severe wounds. After hearing Secretary Gates, and I have great respect for Secretary Gates, but he has made it clear that we will be in Afghanistan until 2014. He said it will be 2014 or 2015 before we can start substantially bringing down the number of troops in that country. Here we are in Washington battling right now about the 2011 budget, what should we do or not do and cut this and cut that, yet we seem to find $8 billion a month for a corrupt leader in Afghanistan named Karzai. He's corrupt and his government is corrupt. Yet we're saying to the American people, if you're a senior, we can't be sure that you can get a sandwich at the senior citizen center in your county. We're saying to the children that cannot afford milk at home, there will be no programs for you. But yet we can find $8 billion a month for a corrupt leader in a country in a war that we cannot win." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Afghanistan. 16 February 2012. "So I want to thank my colleagues on the Democratic side who have joined me and the few Republicans who have joined me on the Republican side. Let's bring our troops home. Let's spend the money here in America, and let's save the lives of our soldiers and marines and of all those who serve in the military." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Afghanistan. 13 October 2011. "Mr. Speaker, I'm back on the floor again to talk about bringing our troops home from Afghanistan. I had the privilege and the honor to be at Walter Reed in Bethesda on Tuesday, and I talked to so many of our young men and women who have lost legs and other parts of their body and just continue to wonder why in the world the leadership of the House does not join together and call on Mr. Obama to bring our troops home before 2014-2015." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Afghanistan. 6 March 2012. "Well, I'd like to say it's real fragile. No, it's even worse than that. You cannot predict what is going to happen in the country of Afghanistan. We had two marines from my district, Camp Lejeune, the Marine base in the Third District that I represent, that were over there [¦] This is not fair to the American soldier, marine, sailor, airman, Navy, whatever, to continue to be in Afghanistan 11 years after it started. The money that we're going to cut here in America of the senior citizens and the children who need programs to have a better quality of life, we are going to cut their programs, but we are going to keep spending $10 billion a month in Afghanistan. It makes no sense." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Letter To The President. 2 December 2009. "We write to express our opposition to your decision to expand our involvement in the war in Afghanistan, which may well undermine our ability to address the threat to our country posed by al Qaeda's global network. We appreciate your thoughtful deliberation on this topic and commend you for saying when you will begin to reduce our large-scale military presence in Afghanistan. But we cannot support your decision to prolong and expand a risky and unsustainable strategy in the region. While we support ongoing civilian engagement in Afghanistan and counterterrorism efforts in the region, we do not believe more American lives should be risked to support an illegitimate, corrupt government fighting what is largely a civil war." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Walter Jones. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Walter Jones voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Walter Jones voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Walter Jones voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Walter Jones voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Walter Jones voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Walter Jones voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Walter Jones voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Walter Jones voted Nay on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Walter Jones voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Walter Jones voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. HR 2561. 106th Congress. Defense Department Appropriations bill, FY2000. Walter Jones voted Yea on 07/22/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Letter to President Barack Obama, Speaker of the House John Boenher, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Chairmens of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, Congressman Hal Rogers and Senator Daniel Inouye. 9 June 2011. "First, it is essential for our economic future that we adopt a binding plan for substantial deficit reduction over the next several years. Second, we do not believe that this can be done in an acceptable manner if we do not include substantial reductions in the plans for military spending during that period, and this requires a reevaluation of the mismatch between our current national security structure and overseas commitments, and the genuine security needs of the American People." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Getting Control of Military Spending. 6 June 2010. "Frank, D-Newton; Paul, R-Texas; Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C.; and Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., have formed a task force to find areas to reduce military spending. It will recommend the cuts to a bipartisan deficit commission appointed by President Barack Obama. The foursome said they wanted to make it clear they support a strong military, but believe there are areas that can be reduced. Frank said he is concerned that when action is taken to reduce spending to address the deficit it will include only domestic programs. [¦] Jones said: 'We are asking that a closer look be taken at our national security. If we do not need the 652 overseas bases that we have currently, then we should take that money and put it back into our own country,' he said. 'We should take that money and use it to take care of our wounded men and women returning from war.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Jones Statement on Defense Cuts. 27 January 2012. "I have long led the fight to cut federal spending, but devastating our military is not the way to do it. Before this Administration even thinks about taking jobs and benefits away from our courageous service members, they need to cut the waste, fraud and abuse in the Pentagon. [¦] Finally, it's no secret that I disagree with the President's decision to keep our troops in Afghanistan through 2014. The reality is that America is spending $10 billion a month -- over $120 billion a year -- on that operation. At a time when this nation is over $15 trillion in debt, we simply can't afford it. If the President weren't spending that money in Afghanistan, the depth of reductions in military spending here at home would be far less necessary." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Getting Control of Military Spending. 6 June 2010. "From opposite sides, congressmen agree on the need for cuts. By most accounts, U.S. Rep. Barney Frank is one of the most liberal members of Congress. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas is so conservative he is often called a Libertarian and his son is a leading tea party candidate. But Frank and Paul agree on at least two issues: The federal deficit needs to be trimmed, and the spending cuts should include the defense budget." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Letter to the Honorable Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense, U.S. Department of Defense. 30 September 2010. "Recently Secretary Gates announced broad plans to reduce costs in the Department of Defense and re-appropriate those savings throughout the Department. As part of this plan, the Secretary announced three longer term projects and eight initiatives that he plans to begin implementing immediately. These eight initiatives have the ability to affect the Department, its ability to effectively fulfill its mission, and the security of the nation. A decision of this magnitude should not be made without careful reflection, supported by rigorous analysis. We have been told by the Department that the Secretary had several meetings and reviewed these decisions carefully. However, it seems clear that this decision did not carefully consider the national defense implications of such a change, nor is the decision substantiated with any sort of calculation of the direct and indirect costs to our national defense structure. In addition, no information has been provided by the Department to demonstrate any level of analysis, either financial or strategic, to determine what risks are being introduced into our national security strategy and how we are to mitigate these new risks." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Jones Votes Against Largest Debt Limit Increase in History. 3 August 2011. "Cutting funding for Eastern North Carolina bases and our veterans while expanding funding for overseas wars is an unacceptable proposition. Allowing increases in spending on discretionary programs at the same time you are cutting medical benefits just makes no common sense. There is no doubt that federal spending must be cut dramatically if this nation hopes to get back on its feet. But under this legislation total spending and debt continue to rise, and the cuts that actually are made are unbalanced. This bill unfortunately missed the mark." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

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  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Walter Jones supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 55 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Walter Jones supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Walter Jones supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 71 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Walter Jones voted Yea on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. Walter Jones voted Yea on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Jones Blasts Big-Spending Budget. 2 April 2009. "While our nation continues to suffer amid a faltering economy - this budget resolution raises income taxes, harming many small businesses that pay taxes at the top two individual rates. It also includes a new energy tax that will cost every household up to $3,128 each year, and a new tax on charitable giving that could cost American charities at least $9 billion per year. Raising taxes during an economic downturn will only hurt small businesses and cost American jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Jones Votes to Stop Tax Increases. 17 December 2010. "The last thing the American economy needs is a huge tax increase on each and every taxpayer in this country. Preventing a tax increase on all Americans is an essential element of getting this country back on track." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. National Public Radio Tavis Smiley “ Transcript. 10 March 2004. "COX: 'No new taxes'-that is the White House mantra this year, but facing the deficit that we do, is Congress likely to go along with that? Rep. JONES: Well, Tony, I'm a conservative, and there's not a problem with taxes-I mean, tax relief, meaning returning money to the people who work hard to earn that money. The problem is that we in Washington need to do a better job of reducing the size of the federal government. And I will say that as a Republican, because I came to Washington in 1994 with Newt Gingrich to reduce the size of the federal government, eliminate such programs as the federal Department of Education, which we do not need. It does not help one child in the classroom. And there are other agencies that I think should be debated. But again, I do believe that we should help the American people. Like, for an example, a family that has children under 18, they get a $1,000 tax credit. We need to help enhance and strengthen families, and that's one way you can do it." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. On the Issues. 11 April 2012. "I believe the federal tax code is stifling economic growth. It's way past time to scrap the code and start over with a low, flat tax that is fair for all." (www.walterjonescommittee.com)
  • Walter Jones signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I, _____, pledge to the taxpayers of the (____ district of the) state of ______ 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)
  • Walter Jones signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I, Walter Jones, pledge to the taxpayers of the (3rd district of the) state of North Carolina 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)
  • Walter Jones. Jones Votes to Stop Tax Increases. 17 December 2010. "Yesterday on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) voted for H.R. 4853, which would extend the Bush tax cuts for all Americans. 'The last thing the American economy needs is a huge tax increase on each and every taxpayer in this country,' said Congressman Jones. 'Preventing a tax increase on all Americans is an essential element of getting this country back on track.'" (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • Walter Jones. Jones Cosponsors Bill To Repeal Obama's "Stimulus", Prevent Further Bank Bailout Spending. 7 October 2009. "This administration is spending our great nation into the poor house, and the problems we now face simply cannot be solved by an explosion of government spending and even more federal debt. The consequences of massive government spending leave a frightening future for our children, grandchildren, and our country as a whole. My office receives calls every day from worried citizens. They want to know where their money is going and why the so-called "stimulus" package is not reducing unemployment and creating jobs like the President promised. This bill is urgently needed to reduce this year's projected deficit and ensure that no more taxpayer money is wasted." (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 Walter Jones a rating of 55 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Twitter: RepWalterJones. 18 January 2012. "Just voted to oppose President Obama's request for a $1.2 trillion increase in the national debt. The reckless spending must stop." (twitter.com)
  • Walter Jones. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Walter Jones voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Jones Votes Against Out Of Control Spending In Continuing Resolution. 10 December 2010. "This week U.S. Representative Walter B. Jones (NC-3) voted against the continuing resolution (CR) legislation that will fund the U.S. government through September 2011. [¦] 'This country cannot afford more unnecessary spending,' said Jones. 'We are a debtor nation that just keeps throwing away money, both at home and overseas. The out of control spending must stop and we need to focus on reducing our debt and deficits if we want to return this nation to a stable fiscal situation.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. JONES AND GOP COLLEAGUES CALL ON PELOSI TO STOP THE SPENDING. 17 September 2010. "Today U.S. Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) and dozens of his fellow House Republicans sent a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi outlining the need to stop the avalanche of federal deficit spending. The letter comes in response to the Obama Administration's recent announcement of a new proposal to "stimulate" the economy by borrowing an additional $50 billion from foreign creditors like China to fund a new highway, rail and aviation infrastructure improvement program. Jones and his colleagues oppose this initiative as another step down the path in to national bankruptcy, and pledge to vote against it if brought up for a vote on the House floor." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Jones Statement on "Stimulus" Legislation. 13 February 2009. "Problems that have been caused by too much spending and too much debt simply can't be solved by more government spending and more federal debt. While there is no doubt that our nation's economy is suffering a severe downturn, this so-called economic 'stimulus' bill is a borrow-and-spend plan with no guaranteed benefits for our economy. According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), this legislation will increase the federal budget deficit by more than $800 billion, with additional interest costs of $347 billion. This brings the total cost of the package to an astounding $1.2 trillion." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Walter Jones voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Twitter: RepWalterJones. 17 February 2012. "Three years ago the failed "stimulus" was signed into law. I'm proud to have voted against this failure of government." (twitter.com)
  • Walter Jones. Jones Votes for Balanced Budget Amendment. 18 November 2011. "Today Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) voted for H. J. Res. 2, an amendment to the U.S. Constitution requiring the federal government to have a balanced budget. [¦] Years of out-of-control spending have put our country at great risk. With a national debt of roughly $15 trillion, this measure was backed by a strong majority of the American people. It is unfortunate that members of the House can't come together to solve the major problems of this country and get America back on the right fiscal track." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Walter Jones supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 84 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

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  • Walter Jones. On the Issues. 11 April 2012. "I believe this Administration's activist regulatory agenda is suffocating job creation and our economic recovery. The Obama Administration has imposed 75 new major regulations that will cost more than $380 billion over ten years. The federal government needs to get off the backs of small businesses so they can start creating jobs." (www.walterjonescommittee.com)
  • Walter Jones. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. Walter Jones voted Yea on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Walter Jones voted Yea on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Project Vote Smart: 1996 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."
  • Walter Jones. Jones to Congress: "No More Bailouts." 24 March 2009. "Without a doubt, our country is in serious economic turmoil. But passing massive government bailouts at the expense of the American taxpayer and future generations is not the proper solution. Applying bailout band-aids merely rewards the executives and companies who have broken their promises and helped put our economy in its current sorry state - it doesn't address the root of our nation's economic problems. For this reason, I'm proud to join Congressman Tiahrt in his call for Congress to help American workers and businesses achieve long-term prosperity through incentives for private-sector solutions instead of government bailouts. I hope many more of our congressional colleagues will join us in saying, ‘No more bailouts!'" (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Jones Votes to Repeal Job-Killing 3% Withholding Tax. 27 October 2011. "With the unemployment rate over 9%, the federal government should be doing everything it can to help employers expand their businesses and hire more Americans," said Jones. "This three percent withholding tax would hamstring job creation and economic growth, and I hope the Senate and the President will quickly follow through on the House's action to help get this economy moving." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Jones Cosponsors Tax Increase Prevention Act. 15 June 2007. "'I came to Congress to help create more jobs, and to get the federal government off the backs of the working men and women in Eastern North Carolina,' Congressman Jones said. "I am a firm believer that money is best left in the people's wallets and out of the hands of big government... The tax relief packages that Congress passed in 2001 and 2003 were good for America's working families, and good for our economy. By making this tax relief permanent, this legislation would provide American families and small businesses the certainty they need to plan for the future,' Jones said." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Jones Votes To Cut Taxes, Create Jobs. 9 May 2003. "Third district Congressman Walter B. Jones today voted in favor of H.R. 2, the Jobs and Growth Tax Cut Act of 2003, a bill to grow the U.S. economy and create jobs by providing tax relief to Americans. [¦] 'I came to Congress to help create more jobs and get the federal government off the backs of working men and women in Eastern North Carolina,' Congressman Jones said today. 'The tax relief package I voted for today takes a needed step in that direction by lowering the burden of excessive taxation on families and small businesses.' Economists project the legislation will provide a significant boost to the economy. For example, in the next five years it is expected to create over 80,000 jobs in North Carolina, and over 2.8 million jobs in the United States." (jones.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

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  • Walter Jones. Twitter: RepWalterJones. 29 February 2012. "Yesterday I voted to repeal two onerous Department of Education rules. The feds have no business meddling in education." (twitter.com)
  • Walter Jones. Project Vote Smart: 1996 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "2) Do you support the use of block grants given to states, rather than federal spending, in the following areas? b) Education"
  • Walter Jones. Project Vote Smart: 1996 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "State" for: "Indicate which level of government should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. 3) Education"
  • Walter Jones. Project Vote Smart: 1996 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Eliminate the Department of Education, thereby giving state and local government greater control over educational issues."
  • Walter Jones. Project Vote Smart: 1996 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. c) Education (K-12)"
  • Walter Jones. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Walter Jones voted Yea on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Twitter: RepWalterJones. 18 January 2012. "It's been 10 years since No Child Left Behind became law. I was proud to vote no then and continue to support local control over education." (twitter.com)
  • Walter Jones. On The Issues. 14 June 2012. "I believe the federal government should NOT be involved in education. The Department of Education should be eliminated and the decisions on how best to educate our kids should be given back to states and local communities. I opposed, and am proud to have voted against, the No Child Left Behind Act." (www.walterjonescommittee.com)
  • Walter Jones. Jones Cosponsors Legislation To Reform No Child Left Behind, Give States Flexibility. 16 March 2007. "As the husband of a career public school teacher, I voted against No Child Left Behind because I believe in the effectiveness of local control and local accountability in the education of America's children. Our current federal education system wastes resources on bureaucracy, regulations, and paperwork. This legislation is a step toward getting unelected, unaccountable federal bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. out of our nation's classrooms, and giving control back to principals, teachers, and parents." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

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  • Walter Jones. Jones Votes to Give North Carolina Authority Over Offshore Drilling Decisions. 26 October 2005. "'Any decision about drilling off North Carolina's coast should be made in North Carolina, not Washington.' WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today in the House Resources Committee Third District Congressman Walter B. Jones voted for bill language that would give North Carolina the power to decide whether to allow oil or natural gas development off its coast. The Committee approved the bill language, which now moves to the House Budget Committee where it will be combined into a budget reconciliation package. That package is expected to be considered on the House Floor in two weeks.'Since I came to Congress, I have argued strongly that any decision about drilling off North Carolina's coast should be made in North Carolina, not Washington. This bill language will finally give North Carolina the authority to decide what's in our best interests,' said Congressman Jones." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Jones Votes to Expand Domestic Drilling, Lower Gas Prices. 23 February 2012. "Last week Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) voted for H.R. 3408, legislation that would expand oil and gas drilling in the United States, approve the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada, reduce dependence on Middle Eastern oil and lower gas prices. The bill passed by a vote of 237 to 187 and now moves to the Senate for further consideration. Meanwhile, the Obama Administration has announced its opposition to the provisions in H.R. 3408. Among other things, H.R. 3408 would: ¢ open up Alaska's Arctic Refuge (ANWR) for oil and gas exploration; ¢ require the federal government to issue a permit for construction of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada within 30 days; ¢ require new oil and gas lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico, and off the coasts of Virginia, California and Alaska; and, ¢ require up to 37.5% of revenues from federal offshore oil and gas leases to be shared with coastal states within 200 miles of the leased land." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Press Release. 23 February 2012. "Last week Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) voted for H.R. 3408, legislation that would expand oil and gas drilling in the United States, approve the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada, reduce dependence on Middle Eastern oil and lower gas prices. [¦] Congressman Jones said, 'The bottom line is that this Administration cannot continue to stand by and do nothing while Americans are getting hurt at the pump. This is about jobs. It's about getting our economy moving again. By approving the Keystone XL pipeline, opening ANWR and several offshore areas, and allowing revenue sharing with the states, the House bill is a step in the right direction and this Administration ought to support it.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Twitter: WalterJones2012. 3 March 2012. "To lower gas prices we need drilling, Keystone, no more Fed Reserve $ printing, & CFTC to reign in market manipulation." (twitter.com)
  • Walter Jones. Twitter: WalterJones2012. 24 February 2012. "I support domestic drilling & Keystone XL to lower gas prices.Time for the President to stop the excuses" (twitter.com)
  • Walter Jones. Jones Votes to Give North Carolina Authority Over Offshore Drilling Decisions. 23 October 2005. "Since I came to Congress, I have argued strongly that any decision about drilling off North Carolina's coast should be made in North Carolina, not Washington. This bill language will finally give North Carolina the authority to decide what's in our best interests." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Jones Cosponsors Bill to Lower Gas Prices by Opening Alaska's Arctic Refuge to Oil Drilling. 23 May 2008. "With today's soaring oil and gasoline prices, it has never been more obvious that our nation needs to act now to bring down the high cost of energy and work to ensure abundant and affordable supplies of energy for the future. The U.S. must realize that energy security is national security. Demand for energy supplies is increasing around the globe, especially in China and India. We need to do more to develop the energy supplies we have here at home, and that's why I have long supported opening ANWR. This legislation is a much-needed step on the road to American energy independence, and it comes at no cost to the American taxpayer." (votesmart.org)
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. 04/18/2012. "Walter Jones supported the interests of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Walter Jones voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Walter Jones voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Walter Jones voted Nay on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Walter Jones supported the interests of Environment America 40 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Walter Jones. Energy, Environment and Public Lands. 11 June 2012. "Sponsored and Cosponsored Bills [¦] H.R. 750 “ Defending America's Affordable Energy and Jobs Act “ To preempt regulation of, action relating to, or consideration of greenhouse gases under Federal and common law on enactment of a Federal policy to mitigate climate change." (jones.house.gov)
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. 04/18/2012. "Walter Jones supported the interests of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Walter Jones supported the interests of Environment America 40 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Walter Jones supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 40 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Walter Jones voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Walter Jones voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Project Vote Smart: 1996 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Promote the selling of pollution credits to encourage industries to decrease amount of pollution."
  • Walter Jones. Project Vote Smart: 1996 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks."
  • Walter Jones. Project Vote Smart: 1996 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Eliminate government regulations of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • Walter Jones. Jones Votes No On Cap-And-Tax Bill. 26 June 2009. "I've heard from many Eastern North Carolina residents who are worried about the impact a carbon tax would have on already expensive electrical bills, and I share those concerns," Congressman Jones said. "Economists at the Heritage Foundation have estimated that H.R. 2454 would cause North Carolina's 3rd Congressional District to lose 3,456 jobs and $399.6 million in personal income in 2012 - the first year of the cap-and-trade regime. It's also been estimated that a cap-and-trade system would deal a significant blow to manufacturing - with some jobs being wiped out completely and others being shipped overseas to countries that don't implement cap-and-trade. North Carolina was even ranked among the 20 states that would be hit hardest by cap-and-trade. Adding insult to injury, this bill irresponsibly sends billions of American taxpayer dollars overseas to fund environmental projects that foreign governments refuse to finance for themselves." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Issues: Energy, Environment, and Public Land. 14 June 2012. "I believe we must balance the needs of a healthy environment with the needs of a vibrant economy. In recent years the federal government has in too many instances veered away from common-sense environmental protection and instead pursued an ideological agenda. These policies destroy jobs and do little, if anything, to help the people, wildlife or plants they purport to protect." (jones.house.gov)
  • Walter Jones. Jones Votes No On Cap-And-Tax Bill. 26 June 2009. "'I've heard from many Eastern North Carolina residents who are worried about the impact a carbon tax would have on already expensive electrical bills, and I share those concerns,' Congressman Jones said. 'Economists at the Heritage Foundation have estimated that H.R. 2454 would cause North Carolina's 3rd Congressional District to lose 3,456 jobs and $399.6 million in personal income in 2012 - the first year of the cap-and-trade regime. It's also been estimated that a cap-and-trade system would deal a significant blow to manufacturing - with some jobs being wiped out completely and others being shipped overseas to countries that don't implement cap-and-trade. North Carolina was even ranked among the 20 states that would be hit hardest by cap-and-trade. Adding insult to injury, this bill irresponsibly sends billions of American taxpayer dollars overseas to fund environmental projects that foreign governments refuse to finance for themselves.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. 12 Reasons for Walter Jones in 2012. 6 May 2012. "1. Because Stopping Barack Obama and Creating Jobs Matter -- Since President Obama took office, the federal debt has spiked to over $15 trillion. Annual deficits consistently top $1 trillion. Big government has exploded, choking economic growth and eroding our constitutional rights. Meanwhile, unemployment has soared, the price of gas has more than doubled and food stamp usage has never been higher. President Obama's liberal policies have failed, and Congressman Jones has steadfastly opposed them every step of the way. [¦] * Walter Jones voted against Obama's "Cap-and-Trade" green scheme." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Walter Jones. Jones Applauds Supreme Court Ruling in Favor of Individuals' Second Amendment Rights. 26 June 2008. "The District of Columbia consistently has one of the highest murder rates in the nation. Not only has the District's gun ban been unconstitutional, but it has clearly been a policy failure as well. The Supreme Court's ruling today sets a powerful precedent that I hope will be used by judges throughout America to safeguard individual citizens' Second Amendment rights." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Walter Jones supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 10 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Walter Jones a grade of 91." (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Walter Jones in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Walter Jones voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Walter Jones voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Walter Jones voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Walter Jones voted Nay on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. HR 125. 104th Congress. Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995. Walter Jones voted Yea on 03/22/1996. (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Project Vote Smart: 1996 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Ease procedures on the purchase and registration of firearms."
  • Walter Jones. Project Vote Smart: 1996 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Increase restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Walter Jones. Project Vote Smart: 1996 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain all federal registration procedures and restrictions on possessing firearms."
  • Walter Jones. Project Vote Smart: 1996 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Expand the nationwide ban on the sale or transfer of assault weapons to include all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Walter Jones. Project Vote Smart: 1996 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms that are legally owned and registered."
  • Walter Jones. Project Vote Smart: 1996 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Implement tighter restrictions on firearm sales in an effort to hinder terrorist groups from stockpiling weapon arsenals."
  • Walter Jones. Project Vote Smart: 1996 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal all bans and measures that restrict law-abiding citizens from owning legally-obtained firearms."
  • Walter Jones. Jones Joins Amicus Brief in Supreme Court Case on D.C. Gun Ban. 10 January 2008. "Law-abiding residents of the District are being deprived of their rights - as Americans - to keep handguns, rifles and shotguns that are commonly kept by citizens throughout our nation for sporting use or defense of their homes, businesses, and families. The Supreme Court must ensure that law-abiding citizens are not denied their Constitutional right to keep and bear arms." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Jones Cosponsors Legislation To Restore 2nd Amendment Rights To D.C. Residents. 12 March 2007. "Despite its gun control laws, the District of Columbia consistently has one of the highest murder rates in the nation. Not only is the District's gun ban unconstitutional, but it has clearly been a policy failure as well." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Walter Jones. Letter to the Honorable Roy Cooper, Attorney General of the State of North Carolina. 24 March 2010. "In the wake of President Obama's new health care law, we strongly urge you to join other Attorneys General from around the country in challenging its constitutionality. The Constitution gives the Federal Government the authority to regulate interstate commerce, but this legislation goes far beyond that power. An individual is not engaged in interstate commerce if he decides not to purchase insurance, and compelling him to make such a purchase is beyond the bounds of the interstate commerce clause. Florida, Texas, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, North Dakota, South Dakota, Alabama, Nebraska, Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia, Missouri, Idaho, and Washington are all challenging the constitutionality of this unprecedented new mandate on the American people. The state of North Carolina should be a part of that effort. This new law will kill jobs. It hurts small businesses, hurts families and will drive up the cost of health care in this country. It is an imposition on North Carolinians' freedom and will do real harm to the people of our state. We urge you to stand up for the people of North Carolina and challenge this new law in court. Thank you in advance for your consideration." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Jones Cosponsors Bill To Give Small Businesses Relief From Hidden Obamacare Tax Regulation. 28 April 2010. "When many of us questioned having limited time to read this massive 2,000 page bill, Speaker Pelosi said "we have to pass the bill to see what is in it'," said Jones. "The bill passed. And, unfortunately, suffocating regulations such as these are what is in it." This provision is expected to force millions of small businesses across America to have to issue tens of millions of additional 1099 forms every year. It is also expected to cause sharp increases in the cost of doing business for small businesses, costs that may force many small businesses to go close their doors or to pass these costs onto customers. "This simply cannot be tolerated," said Jones. "Small businesses are the backbone of this nation. They are responsible for creating 65% of new job growth. Adding more tax burdens on small business owners is the last thing America should be doing during these economic times." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Jones Joins Legal Effort To Repeal Obamacare. 19 November 2010. "The American people have spoken and they oppose this massive expansion of the federal government. Their rights are being violated and we simply cannot sit back and watch it happen. We need affordable health care in this country -- not a big government takeover." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Jones Continues Fight Against Obamacare. 26 October 2011. "This week Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) continued his fight against Obamacare by cosponsoring two bills to repeal provisions of the recently enacted health care law. [¦] 'This health care law is accelerating our already unsustainable rate of government spending,' said Jones, 'and it puts an additional tax burden on the American people. This country simply cannot afford Obamacare, and I remain committed to doing everything I can to repeal it.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Jones Applauds Congressional Repeal. 5 April 2011. "Today U.S. Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) cheered Senate passage of H.R. 4, the Small Business Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act of 2011, which will repeal the Obamacare 1099 reporting requirements on small businesses and rental property. The 1099 reporting requirements would require small businesses to report any expense over $600 to the IRS. H.R. 4 -- which Congressman Jones strongly supported, cosponsored and voted for when it passed the House by a vote of 314 -- 112 on March 3, 2011 -- now goes to the President's desk to be signed into law. "This is the first step in a larger effort to repeal and defund Obamacare in its entirety," said Jones. "This is a big win for small businesses and taxpayers across the nation."" (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Jones Votes to Repeal Obamacare. 20 January 2011. "Yesterday U.S. Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) and all of his Republican colleagues voted for H.R. 2 -- a bill which Congressman Jones cosponsored that would repeal President Obama's recently enacted government health care takeover. 'It is time we listen to what the American people want and take action,' said Jones. 'This vote symbolizes the distaste the citizens of this country have for a massive government takeover of the health care system. There is no doubt we need reform, but we need to take each issue individually, like pre-existing conditions, affordability and accessibility, and make sure we get it right.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Twitter: RepWalterJones. 6 January 2012. "I'm happy to join the fight against #ObamaCare by signing onto the ACLJ's amicus brief to the Supreme Court." (twitter.com)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Walter Jones supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 50 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Walter Jones voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Project Vote Smart: 1996 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • Walter Jones. Project Vote Smart: 1996 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Walter Jones. Jones Backs Bill Declaring Obama's Individual Government Health Insurance Mandate Unconstitutional. 2 March 2010. "To force people to buy health insurance is completely unprecedented and unconstitutional. I voted against ObamaCare last year and I will continue to oppose any new proposal that contains individual mandates. I will not support the Democrats' effort to shove government run healthcare down the throats of the American people. The states are revolting against this proposal and rightfully so. The citizens of this country need to be protected and not be forced to participate in a federal health care policy that goes against the United States Constitution." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Jones Fights To Roll Back ObamaCare. 26 March 2010. "America cannot afford this bill. The Democrats have not listened to the American people and have now strapped future generations with the burden of paying off this tremendous piece of legislation, which will cost at least $1.2 trillion by 2020. The bill includes an unconstitutional mandate that requires every citizen to have insurance, increases taxes on small businesses and does not have adequate protections to ensure that federal dollars will not be used to pay for abortions. This is not the way to reform the health care system in this country. The bill needs to be repealed as soon as possible." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Jones Votes To Block Democrats' Push To Enact Obamacare Without Actually Voting On It. 18 March 2010. "The tactics being used to ram government run health care down the throats of the American people are as ugly as the bill itself. Frankly, they could be unconstitutional as well. This administration and this Congress need to get outside the Beltway and listen to the American people. They strongly oppose this bill. They know this country can't afford a trillion health care takeover, and they know this bill will compromise care for millions of Americans. It's time to kill the bill and get on to the real business of reigning in out of control federal spending and boosting this economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Twitter: WalterJones2012. 21 March 2012. "2 years ago today,Congress passed Obamacare. I voted NO!! & I support full repeal." (twitter.com)
  • Walter Jones. Jones Votes to Repeal Obamacare Rationing Board. 22 March 2012. "The Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) is the perfect example of why Obamacare is the wrong prescription for America," said Jones. "The Board of 15 unelected bureaucrats--a de facto rationing board--would be given extraordinary power to make decisions that would drastically affect seniors' access to the health care they need. Health care decisions are best made between patients and health care professionals, not unaccountable Washington bureaucrats." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Twitter: RepWalterJones. 9 February 2012. "The Obama Administration's contraception mandate is yet another example of why #ObamaCare is wrong and must be repealed." (twitter.com)
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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  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Walter Jones in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Walter Jones in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Walter Jones supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Walter Jones supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Walter Jones voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Walter Jones voted Yea on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Project Vote Smart: 1996 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive US citizenship."
  • Walter Jones. Project Vote Smart: 1996 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease citizenship requirements in order to make it easier for immigrants to become United States citizens."
  • Walter Jones. Jones Applauds Supreme Court Decision to Uphold Arizona Immigration Law. 26 May 2011. "Today U.S. Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) applauded the U.S. Supreme Court for its decision to uphold a significant portion of the Arizona immigration law requiring businesses to use the federal E-Verify system to check the immigration status of employees. In a 5-3 decision, the court also ruled that states can revoke the business licenses of businesses who knowingly hire illegal immigrants. "This is an important step in our country's fight against illegal immigration," said Jones. "We must stop rewarding those who break the law and enter this country illegally. This is especially true at a time when unemployment for U.S. citizens is unacceptably high."" (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Jones Denounces Senate Amnesty Bill. 17 May 2007. "I am outraged that Senator Kennedy's 'compromise' bill means compromising our nation's respect for the rule of law and embracing illegal aliens with open arms. Instead of pushing amnesty to reward lawbreakers, this Congress needs to take a responsible step toward meaningful immigration reform by passing legislation - as the Republican House did last Congress - that reestablishes respect for immigration laws, demands accountability by cracking down on employers hiring illegal workers and smugglers trafficking in human beings, and confronts the emerging problem of alien gangs." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. JONES AND GOP COLLEAGUES CONDEMN NEW ADMINISTRATION POLICY ON RELEASING ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS. 16 September 2010. "It is extremely troubling that this administration is so blatant in its disregard for enforcing our immigration laws," said Jones. "Illegal immigration is a threat to our national security and a tremendous drain on our taxpayers. It is unconscionable for this administration to continue to turn its back on the American people who are crying out for this issue to be addressed." [¦] "'We must enforce our laws," said Jones. "When illegal aliens are apprehended, they must face the consequences, not be rewarded.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Jones Opposes Obama's Pro-Amnesty Policy. 16 September 2011. "'The President's new pro-amnesty policy simply rewards those who break the law,' said Jones. 'This Administration should be focused on securing our borders, not finding ways to undermine that goal.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Jones Votes No On Granting Amnesty To Illegal Aliens Through The "Dream Act". 9 December 2010. "Yesterday U.S. Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) and 159 of his Republican colleagues voted against H.R. 5281 -- the so-called DREAM Act. The bill would grant amnesty to people who illegally entered this country before the age of 16 and have lived in the U.S. for five years. [¦] In addition to immediately placing an estimated 1--2 million illegal aliens on a path to citizenship (a number expected to grow since the bill has neither a cap nor a sunset), the DREAM Act will give them access to federal student loans and federal work-study programs. The bill allows illegal aliens to get legal status indefinitely without attending college or joining the military. 'We must get control of our borders,' said Jones. 'We simply cannot allow people to continue to enter this country illegally and reward them for breaking the law.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Jones: No Amnesty, No Welfare For Illegals. 19 June 2007. "As the Senate renewed its push for an immigration bill that would offer amnesty to illegal immigrants in the United States, Third District Representative Walter B. Jones (R-NC) responded this week by highlighting the true cost of amnesty and its history of broken promises. 'The much-exulted Senate compromise on immigration is a compromise alright: a compromise of our laws and a compromise of our sovereignty,' Jones said. 'The record is clear: If we give amnesty to millions who came here illegally, inevitably, millions more will follow suit. Ten years from now we will be in the same position, with a whole new generation of lawbreakers seeking amnesty.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Letter to President Obama. 9 September 2011. "Members of the bipartisan Immigration Reform Caucus along with member of the House vehemently oppose your August 18 2011 announcement to bypass Congress and use prosecutorial discretion to achieve amnesty to individuals who are illegally residing in the US. [¦] 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. [¦] 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)
  • Walter Jones. Letter to the Honorable Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security and John Morton, Director, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. 2 December 2010. "Jones and his colleagues demand that all illegal immigrants face deportation, not just the ones who have committed dangerous crimes. Any person who enters this country illegally has broken the law and Congressman Jones believes they should face the full legal repercussions for doing so." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Walter Jones. On the Issues. 11 April 2012. "I believe marriage should be between one man and one woman." (www.walterjonescommittee.com)
  • Walter Jones. National Public Radio Tavis Smiley “ Transcript. 10 March 2004. "COX: Congressman Jones, on the Hill, is the party in support of the president's proposed constitutional amendment on gay marriage? And to follow that, do you think that the two-thirds requirement for that is something that is a realistic expectation? JONES: Tony, I think it will be a very close vote, but I am a strong supporter of protecting the sanctity of marriage between man and woman. And the federal marriage amendment, I think, introduced by Marilyn Musgrave of Colorado-I'm hoping that we will at least have a debate on that issue on the floor. Whether it would pass or not, I could not say at this time." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Twitter: WalterJones2012. 27 March 2012. "I strongly support the North Carolina Marriage Amendment to make marriage between 1 man&1 woman." (twitter.com)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Walter Jones supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 36 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Walter Jones supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Walter Jones supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 85 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Walter Jones supported the interests of the American Family Association 87 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Walter Jones supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Walter Jones voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Walter Jones voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Walter Jones voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Jones Calls On Schools Superintendent To Remove Book Promoting Gay Marriage From Elementary Schools. 25 April 2004. "Washington, D.C.- Third District Representative Walter B. Jones today called on North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Ward to take the steps necessary remove a book promoting homosexual marriage from elementary schools. The book, "King and King", an illustrated children's book by Linda de Haan and Stern Nijland, has been available in some North Carolina elementary schools and presents one man marrying another man as a valid lifestyle choice. "Since local boards of education may not adopt library book procurement rules that are inconsistent with policies of the State Board of Education", wrote Jones in a letter to Ward, "the fact that this book - aimed at validating a view of marriage that is inconsistent with North Carolina law - is in an elementary school library is indicative of a larger problem. Namely, either the State Board of Education has inadequate policies surrounding the selection and procurement of library books, or it is inadequately enforcing whatever rules it does have."" (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Jones Cosponsors Marriage Protection Amendment. 28 May 2008. "The recent decision by the California Supreme Court to overturn the state's ban on homosexual marriage is an assault on the Judeo-Christian values of America. Protecting the family is critical to our survival as a nation, and I am deeply concerned about activist judges using their power to overturn the will of the people and redefine marriage in non-traditional terms. While North Carolina and numerous other states are fortunate to have strong marriage laws in place, these state laws are not immune from legal efforts to redefine marriage. To ensure the sanctity of marriage as a union between a man and a woman, Congress needs to pass an amendment to our Constitution that no activist judge can overturn." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Jones Warns Massachusetts Same-Sex Marriage Law May Soon Be Forced On North Carolina. 17 May 2004. "Liberal activists have made it no secret that they intend to use the Massachusetts court decision to overthrow the North Carolina Defense of Marriage Act, and to force gay and lesbian marriage on our state. Their game plan is simple: a homosexual couple will get a marriage license in Massachusetts and then come to North Carolina and file suit to have their marriage recognized here. All it takes is one liberal judge to rule in their favor and our state will be forced to allow gay marriage. The sad fact is that without legislative action, traditional marriage is in jeopardy. The only way to stop this is to pass an amendment to the United States Constitution that protects each state's right to define marriage as being between a man and a woman only. That is why I am an original cosponsor of H.J. Res. 56 - The Federal Marriage Amendment." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. National Public Radio Tavis Smiley “ Transcript. 10 March 2004. "COX: Congressman Jones, on the Hill, is the party in support of the president's proposed constitutional amendment on gay marriage? And to follow that, do you think that the two-thirds requirement for that is something that is a realistic expectation? ep. JONES: Tony, I think it will be a very close vote, but I am a strong supporter of protecting the sanctity of marriage between man and woman. And the federal marriage amendment, I think, introduced by Marilyn Musgrave of Colorado-I'm hoping that we will at least have a debate on that issue on the floor. Whether it would pass or not, I could not say at this time." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Jones Denounces Judge's Ruling Overturning California's Same-Sex Marriage Ban. 6 August 2010. "This week, U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker overruled California's Proposition 8 which had banned same-sex marriages in the state. Proposition 8 was approved by California voters in November of 2008 after localities such as San Francisco began issuing same-sex marriage licenses. 'The voters of California spoke loud and clear when they stood up for traditional marriage," said Jones. "To have the votes of 7 million people thrown out by one activist judge shows how agenda-driven our federal judiciary has become.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Letter to the Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 22 March 2011. "We are writing to express our great concern and disapproval over your recent announcement to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Your decision casts doubt on the trust the American people place in our government as a whole, and in the authority of the Constitution specifically." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Marriage Protection Act of 2004. 22 July 2004. "Mr. Speaker, I am here today with my colleagues in support of H.R. 3315, the Marriage Protection Act. I represent the people of the 3rd Congressional district of North Carolina, a district that has asked me to support and protect the sanctity of marriage between man and woman. Let me read just a small part of a pastoral letter by Bishop Sheridan of Colorado as he explains the history behind our tradition of marriage: "Every civilization known to mankind has understood marriage as the union of a man and a woman ..... no one can simply redefine marriage to suit a political or social agenda. Once again, we must be clear about this matter. The future of our world depends upon the strength of the family, the basic unit of our society. The future of the family depends on the state of marriage."" (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Walter Jones. Letter To The President. 2 December 2009. "Sending more troops to Afghanistan is unlikely to help, and could hurt, our efforts to address Al Qaeda's safe haven in Pakistan. Moreover, al Qaeda and its affiliates are located in Yemen, Somalia, North Africa and other places around the world. Rather than investing so many of our resources in Afghanistan, we should pursue a comprehensive, global counterterrorism strategy." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Letter To President Barack Obama. 8 April 2010. "The attempted terrorist attack on Christmas Day serves as a reminder that we have not been adequately prioritizing the need to track down al Qaeda, especially in emerging safe havens such as Yemen. Rather than investing a disproportionate amount of our resources in Afghanistan, we need to shift resources to pursuing al Qaeda's global network." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Letter to The Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States, 21 June 2011. "In the wake of the horrific September 11th attacks, the U.S. resolved to eliminate terrorist training camps in Afghanistan and to bring those who would harm innocent civilians to justice. Our troops have fought bravely, and now fewer than 100 Al Qaeda operatives are estimated to remain in Afghanistan. The recent killing of Osama bin Laden, for which you and members of our military and intelligence communities should be commended, is the capstone of that initial mission. International terrorist networks remain a grave threat to the United States, as Al Qaeda affiliates now have a significant presence in countries like Yemen, Somalia, and Pakistan. But maintaining anywhere near 100,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan is not an effective means of combating a global and decentralized enemy." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Letter to Colleague. 25 May 2011. "Today, the House will begin consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act. Section 1034 of this 920-page bill contains perhaps the broadest authorization for use of military force (AUMF) Congress has ever considered. This monumental legislation will affirmatively and preemptively give the president unprecedented power to launch attacks anywhere in the world, even within the United States. The bipartisan Amash-Lee-Conyers-Jones-Nadler-Paul amendment (No. 50) strikes this provision, and we ask that you stand with us and support this amendment on the floor." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama. 12 June 2012. "We are concerned that the use of such "signature strikes" could raise the risk of killing innocent civilians or individuals who may have no relationship to attacks on the United States. We are further concerned about the legal grounds for such strikes under the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force." (kucinich.house.gov)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

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  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Walter Jones supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 60 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Withdrawing Approval of the United States from Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization. 9 June 2005. "Let me quote from Robert Stumberg, a trade law expert at Georgetown University, from Business Week, March 7, 2005. I quote: "If Bush successfully engineers the introduction of private Social Security accounts, WTO rules would require the feds to let foreign money managers and insurers bid to manage them." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Jones. Jones Reacts to the State of the Union. 2 February 2005. "Social Security is a complex issue. Tonight, the president proposed some ideas to reform the system, and I look forward to seeing the details of his proposal. I also look forward to continue hearing from Eastern North Carolinians about their ideas to strengthen the system." (votesmart.org)

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Congressional Election 1996 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 all principles you support concerning abortion.
a) Abortions should always be legally available.
b) Abortions should be legal in all circumstances as long as the procedure is completed within the first trimester of pregnancy.
Xc) Abortions should be legal only when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape or when the life of the woman is endangered.
d) Abortions should be legal only when the life of the woman is endangered.
e) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and notification requirements as decided by each state government.
f) Abortions should always be illegal.
g) Other
Indicate your position concerning affirmative action programs.
a) The federal government should consider preferences to minority-owned businesses in granting government contracts.
b) The federal government should prosecute cases of discrimination in the public sector.
c) The federal government should prosecute cases of discrimination in the private sector.
d) The federal government should provide affirmative actions programs as long as such programs do not include quotas.
Xe) The federal government should not provide any affirmative action programs.
f) Other
YesDo you support amending the US Constitution to require an annual balanced federal budget?
1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only.
Maintain Statusa) AIDS Programs
Greatly Decreaseb) Arts funding
Maintain Statusc) Education (K-12)
Maintain Statusd) Environmental programs
Maintain Statuse) Housing projects
Maintain Statusf) Job training programs
Greatly Increaseg) Law enforcement
Maintain Statush) Medicaid
Maintain Statusi) Medicare
Maintain Statusj) NASA
Maintain Statusk) Student loan programs
Slightly Decreasel) Welfare (AFDC)
m) Other
n) Other
o) Other
2) Do you support the use of block grants given to states, rather than federal spending, in the following areas?
Noa) Agriculture
Yesb) Education
Noc) Farm subsidies
Yesd) Food stamps
Yese) Law enforcement
Yesf) Medicaid
Yesg) Medicare
Yesh) School lunches
Yesi) Welfare
j) Other
Indicate which principles you support regarding campaign finance reform.
a) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
b) Establish spending limits on congressional campaigns and provide public funding for complying candidates.
Xc) Support legislation that would increase the federal limits on individual contributions.
Xd) Pass legislation that would encourage full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information.
Xe) Remove all legislative limits on campaign financing.
f) Other
Indicate which principles you support to address crime.
Xa) Broaden use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
Xb) Increase spending to build more federal prisons.
Xc) Impose "truth in sentencing" for violent criminals so they serve full sentences with no chance of parole.
Xd) Support the use of "boot camps" as alternative sentencing for adult first-time felons.
Xe) Limit the number of appeals allowed to inmates on death row.
f) Fund programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xg) Expand funding for community policing programs.
h) Increase penalties for the possession of any illegal firearms.
Xi) Prosecute youths accused of murder as adults.
j) Increase funding for local Boys & Girls Clubs and other independent organizations in communities with at-risk youth.
k) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
l) Deport all permanent resident aliens convicted of a felony.
m) Other
Indicate what changes you support (if any) regarding funding for the following categories. Select one number only.
Maintain Status1) CIA appropriations
Maintain Status2) Defense plant conversion
Slightly Increase3) Military hardware
Maintain Status4) Military space shuttle missions
Greatly Increase5) Pay for active duty personnel
Slightly Increase6) Development of new weapons
Greatly Increase7) Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI)
Greatly Increase8) Armed Forces personnel training
9) Other
Yes1) Do you support amending the United States Constitution to allow voluntary prayer and/or moment of silence in public schools?
No2) Do you support funding the National Service Program (Ameri-Corps) in which young people receive money from the federal government for college in return for performing community service?
3) Indicate which principles you support concerning education.
a) Maintain the national standards and goals set forth in "Goals 2000".
Xb) Provide parents with vouchers to send their children to any publicly funded school.
Xc) Provide parents with vouchers to send their children to any participating school: public, private or religious.
Xd) Implement charter schools where teachers and professionals receive authorization and funding to establish new schools.
Xe) Eliminate the Department of Education, thereby giving state and local government greater control over educational issues.
f) Other
Indicate which principles or programs you support regarding America's environment and natural resources.
Xa) Transfer public lands, such as federal forests and range lands, to the jurisdiction of state and local governments.
Xb) Require the federal government to reimburse citizens when environmental regulations limit use of privately owned lands.
c) Strengthen the Clean Water Act.
Xd) Change the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to limit the number of habitats eligible to be designated as endangered.
Xe) Utilize cost-benefit analysis to determine economic impacts of proposed environmental protection and cleanup legislation.
f) Increase fees charged to ranchers who graze cattle on federal lands.
g) Revise the 1872 mining law to increase the amounts charged to mining companies using federal lands.
h) Encourage development of alternative fuels and electric cars to reduce pollution.
i) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks.
j) Increase federal taxes on gasoline and diesel fuels to promote conservation and alternative fuel development.
k) Require that a percentage of purchases made by federal agencies include recycled components.
l) Promote the selling of pollution credits to encourage industries to decrease amount of pollution.
m) Other
Indicate which level of government should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only.
Federal1) Border security
Federal2) Civil rights enforcement
State3) Education
State4) Environmental cleanup
State5) Job training
State6) Law enforcement
State7) Low-income housing
State8) Medicaid
State9) Medicare
State10) Welfare (AFDC)
11) Other
No1) Should the US have diplomatic relations with the government of Cuba?
No2) Should the US have diplomatic relations with the government of Vietnam?
No3) Should the US recognize and extend full diplomatic relations to Taiwan?
No4) Should the US continue funding for Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty?
No5) Should the US continue funding for Radio Marti and TV Marti?
No6) Should the US continue funding for Radio Free Asia?
No7) Do you support the deployment of US troops to the former Yugoslavia?
8) Indicate your position concerning economic aid to Russia and the former Soviet republics.
a) Economic aid to Russia and the former republics should be increased to facilitate democracy and market reforms.
Xb) Economic aid to Russia and the former republics should be continued unless Russia exports nuclear weapons or related technology.
c) Economic aid to Russia and the former republics should be decreased and/or eliminated.
d) Other
9) Indicate which principles you support regarding US economic aid to foreign countries.
a) Foreign aid should only be given when extraordinary circumstances and disaster threaten the lives of civilian populations.
b) Foreign aid should be given to countries only when it is in the security interests of the United States.
Xc) Foreign aid should be eliminated from any nation with documented human rights abuses.
d) Foreign aid should be maintained at current levels.
e) Other
10) Indicate which principles you support regarding the United States - United Nations relationship.
a) The US should contribute more funding and troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions.
b) The US should participate in UN peacekeeping missions only when vital US interests are directly threatened.
c) The US should use military force only when the US border or territories are attacked or American citizens are in danger.
d) The US should pay the money it owes to the United Nations.
Xe) The US should withdraw from the UN completely.
f) Other
Indicate which principles you support concerning gun issues.
a) Expand the nationwide ban on the sale or transfer of assault weapons to include all forms of semi-automatic weapons.
b) Increase restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
c) Maintain all federal registration procedures and restrictions on possessing firearms.
d) Ease procedures on the purchase and registration of firearms.
Xe) Repeal all bans and measures that restrict law-abiding citizens from owning legally-obtained firearms.
Xf) Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms that are legally owned and registered.
g) Other
Indicate which principles you support regarding America's health care system.
a) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income.
b) Provide vouchers to the working poor so they can buy into a private health care plan.
c) Implement a government-financed, single-payer national health care system similar to that of Canada.
d) Support a "managed competition" health care plan to contain costs and improve access that does not include mandated health alliances, government cost control powers, or employer/employee mandates.
Xe) Provide tax incentives for small businesses to help provide health care to their employees.
f) Allow middle and low income families to deduct yearly health care costs from their taxable income.
Xg) Establish limits on the amount of damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xh) Encourage tax-free medical savings accounts, which would be taxed if used for any purpose other than medical costs.
Xi) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care.
j) Other
Indicate which principles you support concerning illegal drugs.
Xa) Increase penalties for selling illegal drugs.
Xb) Impose mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
Xc) Impose capital punishment for convicted international drug traffickers.
d) Require drug testing for federal employees in sensitive positions (Air Traffic Control, National Park Police, Secret Service, etc.).
e) Strengthen current laws dealing with non-controlled substances, including inhalants and commercially available pills.
f) Increase funding of federally-sponsored drug education and drug treatment programs.
g) Decriminalize the possession and private use of marijuana.
h) Other
Indicate which principles you support regarding issues relating to immigration.
a) Further limit the number of immigrants allowed into the country.
b) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children.
c) Ease citizenship requirements in order to make it easier for immigrants to become United States citizens.
Xd) Establish English as the official and recognized language of the United States.
e) Provide extra federal aid to states with higher numbers of immigrants for necessary medical and social services.
f) Restrict the eligibility of legal immigrants for certain social programs (i.e. AFDC, HUD housing, food stamps, etc.).
Xg) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive US citizenship.
h) Other
YesShould the President be allowed to veto certain items of legislation while signing spending or tax bills into law?
The American people have consistently mentioned the decline of morals and ethics in America as a major problem facing the country. Explain what you will do as a member of Congress to address this concern.
Indicate which principles you support regarding the poor and homeless.
Xa) Provide tax incentives for companies to hire and train homeless people who want to work.
b) Increase funding of homeless shelters and low income housing projects.
c) Increase funding of programs that help alcoholics and drug addicts recover and find steady work.
d) Increase the minimum wage.
e) Provide homeless families with apartment vouchers they can use to supplement the cost of an apartment.
f) Provide government jobs for those who wish to work and cannot find a job in the private sector.
Xg) Increase the income tax deduction on individual contributions made to charities that help the poor and homeless.
Xh) Implement enterprise zones in communities with high unemployment.
i) Other
1) Indicate the changes you support (if any) concerning the tax levels for the following categories. Select one number only.
Income Taxes
Greatly Decreasea) Retiree income over $40,000
Greatly Decreaseb) Family income less than $25,000
Greatly Decreasec) Family income $25-75,000
Slightly Decreased) Family income $75-150,000
Slightly Decreasee) Family income over $150,000
Other Tax Issues
Greatly Decreasef) Alcohol taxes
Greatly Decreaseg) Capital gains taxes
Greatly Increaseh) Charitable deductions
Greatly Decreasei) Cigarette taxes
Greatly Decreasej) Corporate income taxes
Greatly Increasek) Earned income tax credit
Greatly Decreasel) Estate taxes
Slightly Increasem) Medical expense deductions
Greatly Increasen) Mortgage deductions
o) Other
Undecided2) Do you support replacing the US income tax structure with a flat income tax?
Undecided3) Do you support replacing the US income tax structure with a broad-based consumption tax?
Yes1) Do you support amending the Constitution to limit the number of terms which members of Congress can serve?
2) If you support term limits, how many years should each serve?
Senator (years)

12

Representatives (years)

12

Indicate which principles you support concerning terrorism.
a) Relax current guidelines that forbid the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) from investigating terrorist groups when there is a "reasonable indication" of terrorist activities.
b) Relax wiretapping restrictions to give the FBI broader authority to investigate terrorist suspects.
c) Require that chemical tracing agents be added to commercially-sold products that can be used to produce explosives.
d) Implement tighter restrictions on firearm sales in an effort to hinder terrorist groups from stockpiling weapon arsenals.
Xe) Grant broader authority to the US Immigration and Naturalization Service to deny entrance visas to terrorist suspects.
Xf) Maintain limits on the authority of federal agencies investigating suspected terrorists.
g) Restrict the investigative authority of the FBI and other governmental agencies.
h) Other
No1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
No2) Do you support broadening NAFTA to include other countries?
No3) Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
No4) Do you support the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
No5) Do you support lifting the trade embargo imposed against Cuba?
Yes6) Do you support imposing tariffs on products imported from nations that maintain restrictive trade barriers on American products?
Yes7) Should a nation's human rights record affect its "most favored nation" trading status with the United States?
Indicate which principles you support regarding unemployment.
Xa) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment.
b) Increase funding for national job-training programs.
c) Increase funding for public works projects such as the repair of roads and bridges.
Xd) Eliminate government regulations of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xe) Establish enterprise zones in areas with large numbers of unemployed people.
f) Overhaul the current unemployment system by focusing on training and education in skills needed in certain industries.
Xg) Eliminate any governmental programs designed to reduce unemployment.
h) Other
Indicate which principles you support regarding the US welfare system.
Xa) Strengthen child support collection procedures and increase penalties for parents who do not pay child support.
Xb) Impose a two-year limit on welfare benefits for recipients who are able to work.
c) Require welfare recipients to accept some form of government-sponsored job after two years if unemployed in the private sector.
Xd) Require that unwed teenage mothers live with a parent or guardian (if possible) and attend school to receive benefits.
Xe) Limit the benefits given to single women if they have additional children while receiving welfare benefits.
Xf) Provide child care services to welfare recipients who work or attend school.
g) Provide rent or housing supplement vouchers for low-income families.
h) Make no substantial changes at this time.
i) Increase funding of programs that prevent teen pregnancy and family break-up.
j) Support programs that give incentives for employers to hire and train welfare recipients.
k) Other
1) Explain your two main legislative priorities if elected to Congress.
2) Should your priorities require additional government funding, please explain how you intend to obtain the additional funding.
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