Senator Richard M. Burr's Political Positions

Office: U.S. Senate (NC) - Sr, Republican
On The Ballot: Announced, Republican for U.S. Senate
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Issue Positions

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Vote Smart's Research

  • Richard Burr. 2004. Project Vote Smart: North Carolina Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape;" "e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered;" "f) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as 'partial-birth' abortion;" "g) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Richard Burr supported the interests of NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Richard Burr supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Richard Burr supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Burr. HR 3660. 106th Congress. To amend title 18, United States Code, to ban partial-birth abortions. Project Vote Smart Summary: Richard Burr voted YES on 4 May 2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Burr. HR 760. 108th Congress. To prohibit the procedure commonly known as partial-birth abortion. Project Vote Smart Summary: Richard Burr voted YES on 4 June 2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Burr. S 3. 108th Congress. A bill to prohibit the procedure commonly known as partial-birth abortion. Project Vote Smart Summary: Richard Burr voted YES on 2 October 2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Burr. S Amdt 3330 to S Amdt 3325 to HR 3043. 110th Congress. To prohibit the provision of funds to grantees who perform abortions. Project Vote Smart Summary: Richard Burr voted YES on 18 October 2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Burr. S Amdt 3896 to S Amdt 3899 to S 1200. 110th Congress. To modify a section relating to limitation on use of funds appropriated to the Service. Project Vote Smart Summary: Richard Burr voted YES on 26 February 2008. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Richard Burr. 2004. Project Vote Smart: North Carolina Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Selected YES for: "4) Do you support permanent repeal of the federal estate tax?"
  • National Taxpayers Union. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Richard Burr supported the interests of the National Taxpayers Union 92 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Club for Growth. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Richard Burr supported the interests of the Club for Growth 80 percent in 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Burr. HR 1. 111th Congress. Making supplemental appropriations for job preservation and creation, infrastructure investment, energy efficiency and science, assistance to the unemployed, and State and local fiscal stabilization, for fiscal year ending September 30, 2009, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Richard Burr voted NO on 13 February 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Burr. Blog: Thune Alternative Would Extend Programs, Reduce Deficit. 17 June 2010. "Senator John Thune (R-SD) today offered the Senate a path forward on this issue, and I was proud to support it. Senator Thune's alternative accomplishes the same primary goals as the Democrats' proposal, such as extending unemployment benefits and stopping cuts to Medicare doctor reimbursements, but does so without adding a dime to our budget deficit. In fact, according to the Congressional Budget Office, the Thune alternative actually reduces the deficit by $55 billion. In order to pay for the extensions, the Thune alternative returns $38 billion in unobligated stimulus funds, cuts wasteful and unnecessary government spending, and collects unpaid taxes of federal employees. Also, it further tightens the federal government's belt by freezing federal employee salaries and cuts government spending for all federal agencies, except Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense. I voted in favor of the Thune alternative because it uses smart, common-sense approaches to save money, and requires that the savings be used to pay down the federal debt. Only through basic, responsible accounting -- saving and paying off debt -- can America return to the economic and fiscal vitality that we once enjoyed." (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Burr. Budget Fact of the Day #6. 27 April 2009. "If Congress enacted the President's proposed 10-year budget, our budget deficit - the annual difference between government spending and tax revenues - in 2009 would be the highest ever on record. With the passage of the President's Economic Stimulus Bill and other spending bills, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects that we will have a budget deficit of $1.85 trillion in this year alone. Instead of reducing our debt, the deficit spending proposed in the President's budget would triple our publicly-held debt in just 10 years. In fact, over the next decade, our National Debt will grow to the size of our entire economy, which makes it almost impossible to comprehend how we will ever pay it off. North Carolina families and families across the country are tightening their belts and looking for every opportunity to save money, and the federal government should be doing the same." (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Burr. Burr Statement on Economic Stimulus Legislation. 28 January 2009. "President Obama and Congress are currently working on a stimulus bill in the hopes of jumpstarting our economy. The legislation currently being debated in Congress would spend almost a trillion dollars of borrowed money on projects and programs that are unlikely to produce any real broad-based stimulus or create jobs that will still be here two years from now. This spending would be on top of the $1.2 trillion budget shortfall that the federal government is already projected to have in this year alone. If the bill the Democrats have proposed in the Senate does not change drastically, then I will not be able to support it. Instead, I believe our first priority should be to help stabilize the housing crisis, which was the spark of this economic downturn. By guaranteeing low-interest, fixed mortgage rates, we can help homeowners stay in their homes and entice prospective home buyers to get off the sidelines. This would get to the root cause of what's harming our economy and light the path toward recovery. At the same time, we should let taxpayers be the drivers of economic growth by allowing them to keep more of their hard-earned money through lower income tax rates. If the president and Congress want to stimulate the economy, we better get it right. If we don't, we will not only prolong this economic recession, but Americans for generations will also be faced with either massive tax increases or severe cuts in federal programs to pay off the enormous debt we have accumulated." (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Burr. Economic Stimulus Alternative That Provides Real Stimulus. 5 February 2009. "Currently, America's economy is facing immense challenges, and all Americans agree that we need to get our economy back on track. We need to make sure we do the right thing, and not act only for the sake of saying we did something or, worse, use the bill to pay back political supporters. Sadly, the current "stimulus" bill is nothing more than a $1.2 trillion dollar spending bill that funds pet projects and will not provide any real broad-based stimulus for our economy. My good friend and colleague Senator John McCain introduced an alternative package, and I am proud to support it. This alternative proposal would help us stabilize our financial markets and get the American economy growing again. It would leave $275 billion in the pockets of the American people so that they can act as consumers to stimulate the economy and will help those most affected by job loss by funding programs aimed at helping them. Perhaps most importantly, it will work to correct the housing market, which has been the root cause of so many of our problems and continues to weigh down our financial system. However, the key difference between this bill, and the one currently being debated in Congress, is that after two quarters of positive growth, an amazing thing would happen in Washington: we would stop the spending. Once our economy begins to experience growth again, we would pull back the new money we committed and we would use it to pay down the debt. Senator McCain's alternative also has a three-year sunset on the money appropriated by Congress. It says that in three years, everything goes away. This sunset provision will help ensure that new spending ends after the economy recovers and prevents a permanent expansion of government. The way Congress is suggesting we spend trillions of dollars is very, very troubling. That is why we have taken up debate on this issue in an attempt to bring responsibility and accountability to federal spending. Our economic situation requires a response, but our response must be targeted, it must be temporary, and it must be timely. We must get this right." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Richard Burr. 2004. Project Vote Smart: North Carolina Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."

Vote Smart's Research

  • Richard Burr. 2004. Project Vote Smart: North Carolina Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support the use of the death penalty for federal crimes."
  • Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants. 2005-2006. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Richard Burr supported the interests of the Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants 9 percent in 2005-2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Burr. H Amdt 497 to HR 2181. 105th Congress. An amendment to add a new section which provides that in further consideration of death sentence recommendations, life imprisonment shall be imposed instead, if the court has any doubt that a defendent actually committed the offense. Project Vote Smart Summary: Richard Burr voted NO on 25 February 1998. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Richard Burr. 2004. Project Vote Smart: North Carolina Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students;" "f) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay;" "i) Support changing the mission of Head Start to emphasize improving the math and reading skills of disadvantaged children;" "m) Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college."
  • Home School Legal Defense Association. 1999-2000. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Richard Burr supported the interests of the Home School Legal Defense Association 60 percent in 1999-2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Burr. HR 1. 107th Congress. To close the achievement gap with accountability, flexibility, and choice, so that no child is left behind. Project Vote Smart Summary: Richard Burr voted YES on 23 May 2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Burr. Statements On Introduced Bills And Joint Resolutions. 12 July 2007. "Progress is slow under Bush's 2001 education reform, but No Child Left Behind is worth improving. To be sure there has been lots of gnashing of teeth and grimacing in the K-12 field since NCLB was passed. But as many of us in Congress and across the country recognized when NCLB was passed in 2001, the point of No Child Left Behind wasn't, in the words of Kati Haycock of the Education Trust, 'to make people happy.'... In particular, the No Child Left Behind Act of 2007 preserves the foundational principles of NCLB. It maintains the goal that all children will reach grade-level proficiency in reading in math by 2013-2014; keeps in place annual testing in grades 3-8 and at the high school level; and keeps in place an accountability system rooted in State standards and State assessments. Further, our bill does not water down accountability with the addition of multiple measures; rather, it keeps a laser-like focus on grade-level achievement in math and reading. While maintaining the fundamentals of NCLB, the No Child Left Behind Act of 2007 rightly responds to legitimate concerns parents, teachers, and principals, have raised regarding the original legislation. In response to concerns raised about impracticable accountability timeframes, the No Child Left Behind Act of 2007 streamlines the accountability timeline to make it easier for schools to develop and implement plans to improve student achievement and to focus on what matters most teaching and learning. Additionally, recognizing that schools and their needs vary, the No Child Left Behind Act of 2007 allows for differentiated interventions for schools in restructuring to allow districts and schools to target resources to students and schools most in need of assistance. Further, in response to calls for the use of a growth model to measure individual student progress and to positively recognize schools and educators who are making tremendous strides in improving the achievement of all children, the bill expands the Department's seven State growth model demonstration to all 50 States." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Richard Burr. 2004. Project Vote Smart: North Carolina Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Require states to compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses of privately-owned land;" "e) Relax standards on federal lands to allow increased recreational usage;" "h) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration;" "i) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels to reduce pollution;" "j) Support the use of ethanol as an alternative fuel. k) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Richard Burr. S Amdt 4825 to S 3036. 110th Congress. In the nature of a substitute. Project Vote Smart Summary: Richard Burr voted NO for cloture on 6 June 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Richard Burr supported the interests of Environment America 0 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. 2007. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Richard Burr supported the interests of Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund 17 percent in 2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Burr. Cap and Trade or Cap and Tax? 1 July 2009. "Friday night, the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (H.R.2454) narrowly passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 219-212. The bill, which will be taken up by the Senate next, establishes a new 'cap and trade' system to regulate carbon dioxide emissions. While the figures vary, it is clear this massive new federal bureaucracy would lead to higher energy costs for North Carolina families and businesses with little measurable benefit for the environment. The new costs on business under the bill would also hurt our nation's manufacturing sector, threatening jobs and economic growth. This would be devastating to families, especially now when our economy is already experiencing a severe recession. As we have seen in Europe, a unilateral approach to greenhouse gas emissions – which does not include countries like China and India -- would not only jeopardize American competitiveness and send more of our jobs overseas, but it would also relocate greenhouse gas emissions to other countries. So rather than reducing global emissions, we would only be punishing ourselves under this cap and trade bill while China and India continue to pollute with reckless abandon. " (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Burr. Hearing of the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on Nomination of Sameul W. Bodman to be Secretaryof Energy. 19 January 2005. "It is becoming evident that in one way or another, our country will be entertaining the idea of international global climate change agreements in the foreseeable future. I am of the opinion that in order for us to negotiate any agreements, we must have a viable and robust nuclear generation sector. Nuclear power has allowed us to avoid more than 2 billion tons in carbon emissions since the 1970's. In 1999, nuclear power plants provided about half of the total carbon reductions achieved by U.S. industry under the federal voluntary reporting program. Without this component of electric generation, our manufacturing industry and other energy-intensive businesses will be at a stark disadvantage to businesses in countries that might not have the stringent emissions reduction levels we can expect here in the United States." (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Burr. Week in Review. 10 July 2009. "Following the passage of the Waxman-Markey climate change bill in the House of Representatives two weeks ago, there continues to be a lot of talk about when this "cap and trade" legislation will be considered in the Senate. I do not support this legislation. I have heard from many North Carolinians who are concerned about how quickly this legislation is moving through Congress, and what it would mean for their family budgets and our economy. Yesterday, the Chair of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), said that her committee will not begin consideration of this massive bill until September at the earliest." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Richard Burr. 2004. Project Vote Smart: North Carolina Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns;" "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns;" "j) Support legislation that would protect manufacturers, distributors, dealers, and importers of firearms from civil lawsuits by crime victims."
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 2003. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Richard Burr supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 10 percent from 1988 and 2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Richard Burr a grade of A. (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. 6 July 2010. "In 2010 National Rifle Association gave Senator Burr a grade of A, in its scorecard for candidates seeking office in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Burr. S Amdt 1067 to S Amdt 1058 to HR 627. 111th Congress. To protect innocent Americans from violent crime in national parks and refuges. Project Vote Smart Summary: Richard Burr voted YES on 12 May 2009. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Richard Burr. 2004. Project Vote Smart: North Carolina Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes appeal mechanisms when claims are denied;" "d) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes the right to sue when claims are denied;" "e) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts;" "f) Establish limits on the amount of punitive damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits;" "i) Offer tax credits to individuals and small businesses to offset the cost of insurance coverage. l) Support stem cell research on existing lines of stem cells;" "n) Other or expanded principles: Allow federal funding of stem cell research using stem cells from embryos that would otherwise be discarded by fertility clinics."
  • American Public Health Association. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Richard Burr supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Burr. Health Care Reform Update. 3 November 2009. "I agree with the President and the American people that health care reform is needed, but a Washington takeover of the system is not the right reform. As we wait for Senate Democrats to emerge from behind closed doors and unveil the latest health care reform bill, it is important to take a closer look at what a "government-run public option" would mean. In addition to breaching the sacred doctor/patient relationship that is the foundation of our health care system, preliminary analysis of the House health reform bill (H.R. 3962) by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) concluded that a "public option" would have higher premiums than private plans. Americans have been promised lower health care costs, but more and more analysis is reaching the same conclusion about the Democrats' plan: it will raise costs, not lower them. So the question remains, why would Congress implement a plan that makes health care more expensive? I believe there is a better approach to health care reform, including portability, changes to our tort process, and incentivizing wellness, prevention, and disease management to provide greater access and lower health care costs for Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Burr. Press Conference With Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK); Senator Richard Burr (R-NC); Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN); Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA); Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI). 20 May 2009. "We're here to, I guess, be the first to launch the specifics of health care reform. I think what you will hear today is the boldest approach to health care in decades in the United States.In simplistic terms, our plan will transform health care from a U.S. health care system that triggers when people get sick, to a health care system that embraces and incentives prevention, wellness and disease management. Those are three words you're going to hear when anybody discusses health care reform this year. But few will meet the test of actually constructing a health care model that puts the incentives in prevention, wellness and disease management....We provide incentives through private insurance that allow individuals to make healthy choices, to get the treatments when they need them and where they want them. It embraces employer-based health care. It embraces private marketplaces and it allows individuals to not be discriminated as they are today with large group pools." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 2007-2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Richard Burr supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 63 percent in 2007-2008. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso. 2007-2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Richard Burr supported the interests of the National Latino Congreso 13 percent in 2007-2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Burr. S Amdt 4087 to S 2611. 109th Congress. To modify the conditions under which aliens who are unlawfully present in the United States are granted legal status. Project Vote Smart Summary: Richard Burr voted NO on 23 May 2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Burr. Burr Votes NO on Immigration Reform Bill. 25 May 2006. "Senator Richard Burr today voted against the Senate immigration reform bill citing the fiscal impact it will have on the nation and taxpayers wallets, and the blanket amnesty it provides to over ten million illegal immigrants by putting them on a direct path to citizenship. 'I believe strengthened border security and comprehensive immigration reform are very important. As a nation, we have welcomed generations of legal immigrants over the course of our history--immigrants who respect the law and contribute a great deal to our country. The immigration reform package in the Senate addresses increased border security, but also rewards those who have broken the law by granting them a direct path to citizenship. It allows current illegal immigrants to receive the full array of federal benefits, but fails to reform our current immigration policy for those who want to come to America legally,' Burr said." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Peace Action West. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Richard Burr supported the interests of Peace Action West 0 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Burr. Burr Statement on President Obama's Announcement on Afghanistan Strategy. 2 December 2009. "I am encouraged that President Obama supports an increase in American troop levels in Afghanistan, in accordance with the requests of our highest-ranking military officials on the ground there. What is even more important than the overall number committed, however, is that they be the right blend of troops with the appropriate training and skills to accomplish our mission so that we can place the future of Afghanistan back into the hands of the Afghan people. On a trip to Afghanistan last month, I had the opportunity to meet with our military commanders, as well as the troops in the field, and heard firsthand their desire to win and come home quickly. The President's decision is a step in the right direction." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Richard Burr. HR 3396. 103rd Congress. To define and protect the institution of marriage. Project Vote Smart Summary: Richard Burr voted YES on 12 July 1996. (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Burr. 2004. Project Vote Smart: North Carolina Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Selected NO for: "j) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?"
  • Richard Burr. 2004. Project Vote Smart: North Carolina Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Selected YES for: "k) Should marriage be restricted to a union only between a man and a woman?"

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North Carolina Congressional Election 2010 Political Courage 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.

Pro-lifeCandidate Answera) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?
Nob) Should abortion be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy?
Yesc) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
Yesd) Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?
Yese) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?
f) Other or expanded principles

I oppose abortion except in cases of rape, incest, or when the life of the mother is threatened. Taxpayer dollars should not be used to fund abortions.

1) Spending

Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once.

Maintain Statusa) Agriculture
Slightly Decreaseb) Arts
Maintain Statusc) Defense
Slightly Increase1) Intelligence operations
Slightly Increase2) Military hardware
Slightly Increase3) National missile defense
Slightly Increase4) Salary and benefits for active duty personnel
Maintain Status5) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Maintain Status6) Research and development of new weapons
Maintain Statusd) Education
Maintain Statuse) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Homeland security
Greatly Decreaseg) International aid
Slightly Increaseh) Medical research
Maintain Statusi) Scientific research
Maintain Statusj) Space exploration
Greatly Decreasek) United Nations
Slightly Decreasel) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories

I believe we need to end automatic pay raises for members of congress and cut the congressional budget.

2) Taxes

Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once.

Slightly Decreasea) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Decreased) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Decreasef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Decreaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
i) Other or expanded categories

I believe our tax code is in need of fundamental reform.

YesCandidate Answer3) Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax?
Yes4) Do you support requiring the federal budget to be balanced each year?
NoCandidate Answer5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?
6) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?
Yesb) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Noc) Do you support increasing the federal minimum wage?
Yesd) Do you support the ability of workers to unionize?
e) Do you support federal funding for job-training programs that retrain displaced workers?
f) Other or expanded principles

I believe Americans should have the right to choose whether they personally would like to invest a portion of their Social Security taxes in a personal account. This should be voluntary.

I oppose card check legislation.

Noa) Do you support increasing the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns?
Yesb) Should Congress regulate indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Noc) Do you support removing all contribution limits on federal campaigns?
Nod) Should candidates for federal office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Yese) Do you support giving the President the power of the line item veto for items concerning appropriations?
Yesf) Do you support limiting the President's ability to define how legislation is applied through the use of signing statements?
g) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Yesb) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related training and job-placement assistance when released?
Yesc) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with substance abuse treatment?
Nod) Do you support reduced prison sentences for non-violent offenders?
Yese) Do you support mandatory prison sentences for selling illegal drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate Answera) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?
Nob) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?
Yesc) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?
Yesd) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?
Yese) Do you support the federal government providing college students with financial aid?
f) Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate Answera) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Nob) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Noc) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?
Yesd) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?
Yese) Do you support domestic oil exploration in federally-protected areas?
Yesf) Do you support federal funding for the development of alternative energy?
Yesg) Do you support the development of nuclear reactors?
h) Other or expanded principles

I have introduced legislation, the Next Generation Energy Security Act (S.3535), that will move our country forward in using cleaner, domestic energy (natural gas, nuclear, wind, solar, etc.), but without imposing new taxes or "cap and trade" which would make energy more expensive for families and businesses. We need to invest in cleaner energy sources at home to reduce our dependence on foreign sources and end the massive wealth transfers that send so many of our energy dollars overseas.

YesCandidate Answera) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Yesb) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?
Yesc) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
Nod) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?
e) Other or expanded principles

I believe the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms is a fundamental right of law-abiding citizens.

NoCandidate Answera) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?
Yesb) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
Yesc) Should the federal government expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts?
Yesd) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Noe) Do you support relaxing regulations on the importation of prescription drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate Answera) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?
Yesb) Do you support decreasing the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country?
Yesc) Do you support establishing English as the official national language?
Yesd) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
e) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan?
Yesb) Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan?
Yesc) Do you support increasing economic development assistance for Afghanistan?
Yesd) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?
Yese) Do you support granting aid to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States?
Yesf) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
Yesg) Do you support increasing sanctions on Iran if it continues to defy United Nations mandates?
Yesh) Do you support the withdrawal of United States troops from Iraq?
Yesi) Do you support the United States' involvement in free trade agreements?
j) Other or expanded principles

I would oppose any trade agreement that is a raw deal for North Carolina workers and businesses.

YesCandidate Answera) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Nob) Do you support allowing openly-gay men and women to serve in the United States military?
Noc) Do you support federal funding for embryonic stem cell research?
d) Should the federal government end affirmative action programs?
e) Other or expanded principles
Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

I believe there are three issues that are critical to restoring America's prosperity - creating jobs through pro-growth policies, tackling our national debt by cutting government spending, and fighting the threat of terrorism. These three core issues will continue to guide and drive my work in the United States Senate.