Representative Zoe Lofgren's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 19, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 19
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Issue Positions

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Vote Smart's Research

  • Zoe Lofgren. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Zoe Lofgren voted Yea on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. Lofgren Amendment Deters and Punishes Violent Acts Against Pregnant Women Without Interjecting the Abortion Debate. 26 February 2004. "While I support legislation that has the goal of protecting pregnant women from violence, I cannot do so through legislation that could also undermine other extremely important rights of women - like the right to choose. That is antithetical to the protection and safety of women." (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. Letter to Democratic Members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. 13 September 2011. "By failing to permit the District of Columbia to spend local government funds on abortion, we are sending the message that low-income women should not have access to the same medical services that middle- and upper-income women can access. Ultimately, this prohibition may threaten the health of medically vulnerable women and deny patients the right to access constitutionally protected medical services. We must strive to expand health care services for Americans throughout the nation -- not place barriers in the road of a woman seeking medical care simply because of the state, city, or district that she lives in." (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit the late-term abortion procedure known as "partial-birth" abortion."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should be illegal when the fetus is viable, with or without life support."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial birth" abortion."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • National Women's Political Caucus. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Women's Political Caucus endorsed Zoe Lofgren in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Zoe Lofgren voted Yea on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Zoe Lofgren in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Zoe Lofgren voted Yea on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Zoe Lofgren voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Zoe Lofgren voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Zoe Lofgren supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Zoe Lofgren supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Zoe Lofgren voted Nay on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Zoe Lofgren voted Yea on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Zoe Lofgren supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Women's Political Caucus. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Women's Political Caucus endorsed Zoe Lofgren in the 2002 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Zoe Lofgren voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Zoe Lofgren voted Yea on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Zoe Lofgren voted Yea on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Zoe Lofgren voted Nay on 04/05/2000. (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 Zoe Lofgren a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • National Women's Political Caucus. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Women's Political Caucus endorsed Zoe Lofgren in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Zoe Lofgren supported the interests of the Family Research Council 6 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Zoe Lofgren voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. H Amdt 436. 104th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Zoe Lofgren voted Yea on 06/15/1995. (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Zoe Lofgren voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. Protect Life Act. 13 October 2011. "The Protect Life Act would prohibit all individuals who receive federal subsidies from purchasing a plan that includes abortion coverage (even if they are using their own private dollars to purchase the portion of coverage relating to abortions), and would also prohibit insurance plans from offering abortion services if they accept even one individual who receives a subsidy. Health care plans will likely be deterred from covering abortion, and since most insurance plans currently cover abortion, the Protect Life Act would result in millions of women losing the coverage they currently have. I urge my colleagues to oppose the Republican assault on women's health and to oppose the Protect Life Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Zoe Lofgren voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Zoe Lofgren voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Zoe Lofgren supported the interests of the Peace Action 75 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Zoe Lofgren supported the interests of Peace Action West 75 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Zoe Lofgren voted Yea on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. Issue Position: The War in Iraq and Afghanistan. 30 January 2012. "We should all be proud of our troops and their admirable service in Iraq. After more than five years they have completed their mission. It is time to bring our soldiers home from Iraq and I support President Obama's plan to do so in a responsible manner. The focus is now on stabilizing the situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Economic development, regional diplomacy, and effective political and legal institutions are the true keys to success in the region. But these efforts cannot succeed amidst the pervasive violence and insecurity." (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. Afghanistan Drawdown. 7 July 2011. "Mr. Speaker, in October, our troops will have been in Afghanistan for ten years. It is the longest war in our country's history. I am concerned that the mission has become more ambitious and our exit strategy has become increasingly vague. [¦] I urge President Obama to reconsider his Afghanistan policy and commit to a meaningful drawdown of our troops." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Zoe Lofgren. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Zoe Lofgren voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Zoe Lofgren voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Zoe Lofgren voted Yea on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Zoe Lofgren voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Zoe Lofgren voted Nay on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Zoe Lofgren voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Zoe Lofgren voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. HR 2561. 106th Congress. Defense Department Appropriations bill, FY2000. Zoe Lofgren voted Nay on 07/22/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Zoe Lofgren voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Zoe Lofgren voted Nay on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Zoe Lofgren voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Medium Priority" for: "Indicate your priorities for spending any anticipated federal budget surplus. a) Defense"
  • Zoe Lofgren. Bipartisan Delegation Fights to Prevent Futire Military Base Closures in California. 18 December 2003. "As we have seen in previous years, California runs the risk of losing a disproportionate amount of military bases across our state..."Our delegation has come together in a strong bipartisan effort with the leadership of Representatives Farr, Calvert and Harman to prevent these closures and continue to fight so our bases stay open...fense industry has fostered the growth of a highly skilled and highly paid labor force that cannot be readily replaced or easily moved. Nearly 75 percent of the jobs lost through previous rounds of military downsizing are precisely those jobs most critical to a modern defense establishment." (lofgren.house.gov)
  • Zoe Lofgren. Lofgren Opposes $87 Billion Supplemental Budget Request. 16 October 2003. "I cannot support this supplemental bill to give the President a huge blank check to continue the occupation of Iraq and risk the lives of our troops...we won't spend another penny in Iraq until our President gives the American people a plan on how he intends to win the war, minimize costs, and most importantly, bring home our troops as safely and as quickly as possible." (lofgren.house.gov)

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Zoe Lofgren supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 7 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "3) Do you support eliminating the Internal Revenue Service?"
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "6) Do you support requiring a super-majority vote in both houses of Congress to raise taxes?"
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate the changes you support (if any) concerning the tax levels for the following categories. Select one number only. j) Corporate income taxes"
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Zoe Lofgren supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 5 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Zoe Lofgren supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Zoe Lofgren voted Nay on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Zoe Lofgren supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. U.S. Must Enhance Investment in Research and Education. 14 September 2008. "Given our nation's current economic uncertainty, some policy-makers are calling for across-the-board federal spending cuts to improve our nation's economy. To achieve real economic improvement and maintain our competitive global standing, we would be better served by adopting a far different approach. What our nation truly needs is a recommitment to enhancing our investment in research and education. Without this recommitment, the United States stands to lose the innovative leadership upon which the most powerful and successful economy on earth has been built." (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 Zoe Lofgren a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Zoe Lofgren voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Zoe Lofgren voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. Rep. Lofgren Releases Statement on Mortgage Bankruptcy Agreement. 9 January 2009. "This compromise agreement will go a long way in helping many American families stay in their homes during these difficult economic times," noted Rep. Zoe Lofgren. "After spending considerable time and effort working with my colleagues in the House to secure these changes in the law, I'm delighted that we are one step closer to making it a reality. These modifications to bankruptcy law will be a major and welcomed addition to the upcoming stimulus package. Tens of thousands of working Americans will benefit from these changes, and in the long run so will our economy." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Zoe Lofgren. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. Zoe Lofgren voted Nay on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. Statement on the President's American Jobs Act. 8 September 2011. "I welcome and support the President's call for an American Jobs Act, and I urge my Republican colleagues to work with the administration and Democrats in Congress to put America back to work. The American Jobs Act, as proposed by the President would: cut taxes for small businesses, the engines of job creation, to help them hire and grow; put more money in the pockets of working and middle class Americans; put more people back to work --teachers laid off from state budget cuts, veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, first responders, and constructions workers rebuilding our roads and bridges, and schools; and help the long term unemployed, by helping them support their families while they look for work and reforming the system to better connect them to real jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. Op-Ed: Tax Cuts On Tax Day. 27 April 2010. "More than one-third of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was tax relief for middle class families, including the Making Work Pay credit -- one of the most widely accessible tax cuts in history. The Recovery Act was also contained significant tax cuts to help businesses start hiring again. Included in the Recovery Act were: [¦] Small Business Investment: Spurs investments in small businesses by cutting the capital gains tax on investors in small businesses who buy stock (in the next two years) and hold it for more than 5 years. Small Business Expensing: Spurs small business investment by extending small business expensing, doubling the amount small businesses can immediately write off their taxes for capital investments and purchases of new equipment made in 2009 ($125,000 to $250,000). This write-off phases out completely for investments over $800,000 (up from $500,000). [¦] We have aided small businesses with critical tax credits so they can expand, add more employees, and thrive into the future." (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. Issue Position: Economy. 30 January 2012. "With a Democratic White House and a strong Democratic Congress, we can begin the process of rebuilding our nation's prosperity. On the path to economic security and growth, we must take the following steps: [¦] Cut taxes for middle-class Americans; Invest in our nation's infrastructure; Introduce sensible regulations and safeguards into our financial sector; Help companies keep jobs in America with directed incentives and tax breaks; and spur renewable energy development and green-collar jobs with tax incentives." (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment." Indicate which principles you support regarding unemployment. Other or expanded principles: "What is meant by (d) "
  • Zoe Lofgren. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Zoe Lofgren voted Nay on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" 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)" 1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. Other or expanded principles: "Agriculture "
  • Zoe Lofgren. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2012. "I have had the great privilege of serving on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, the San Jose Evergreen Community College District Board, and as a member of Congress. As a result, I've been part of both the local and national conversation on education. My commitment has remained the same -- to ensure that our schools have every resource at their disposal to give every student a chance to succeed and grow. Educating our nation's youth is the single best investment we can make in the future. With that in mind, I've worked to improve our nation's educational system and access to higher learning. Over the last year, I joined my fellow Democrats in Congress in voting for legislation to increase federal loan limits for college students, increase Pell Grants, cut the interest rates on subsidized student loans in half, and provide loan forgiveness for public servants, including first responders, law enforcement officers, firefighters, nurses, public defenders, prosecutors, early childhood educators, librarians and others. Looking forward, I am committed to reforming the so-called "No Child Left Behind" program and seeing that it is fully funded. By investing in education, we can prepare young Americans to compete in the interconnected global marketplace of the future. Our economy and national security depend on our ability to continue expanding educational opportunities for all Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. Representatives Miller and Lofgren Urge Governor-Elect to Seek Federal Funding Aid During Meeting wi. 15 October 2003. "California is being shortchanged by the federal government approximately $700 million for elementary and secondary education, including the No Child Left Behind Act. Title I, which helps high poverty schools improve reading and math skills of disadvantaged children, is shortchanged $900 million in FY04." (lofgren.house.gov)
  • Zoe Lofgren. Issue Position: Education. 6 February 2012. "Education is one of the most important issues I deal with as a Member of Congress. The stakes are enormous and I take seriously my responsibility to ensure that the federal government plans and positions well in making resources available to local school districts to help educate our children. I remain committed to making sure that the needed resources are made available for elementary and secondary education so we can ensure that we are truly leaving no child behind." (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" 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)"
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Eliminate the Department of Education, thereby giving state and local government greater control over educational issues."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing in reading and math."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Give all federal education funding to states in the form of block grants and allow them to spend it as they see fit."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Promote education flexibility by giving federal funds, in the form of block grants, to the states to spend it as they see fit."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" 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)" 1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. Other or expanded principles: "Defense "
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning education (K-12). Other or expanded principles: "Gear Up."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "2) Do you support the use of block grants given to states, rather than federal spending, in the following areas? b) Education" 2) Do you support the use of block grants given to states, rather than federal spending, in the following areas? Other or expanded principles: "not to states, but in some cases to local government. "
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. c) Education (K-12)"
  • Zoe Lofgren. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Zoe Lofgren voted Nay on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Zoe Lofgren. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Zoe Lofgren voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. Working to Address High Gas and Energy Prices. 29 August 2008. "Some in Congress have forcefully advocated for offshore drilling. Even though it is a fact that we cannot drill our way out of our current energy crisis, I believe that it may be necessary to compromise with Congressional offshore drilling proponents to secure their support for efforts that would actually have a positive impact on our energy situation. I expect that Speaker Pelosi will propose a comprehensive plan that includes a compromise on offshore drilling soon. Now is not the time to insist on just one approach; it is a time for working together in the best interests of our nation and our people." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Zoe Lofgren supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. Working to Address High Gas and Energy Prices. 29 August 2008. "I voted for the DRILL Act, but it failed to receive the two-thirds vote required to pass under suspension rules. Encouraging drilling in these areas will bring oil to the market sooner than the proposed offshore oil drilling. However, even in the face of these realities, some in Congress have forcefully advocated for offshore drilling. Even though it is a fact that we cannot drill our way out of our current energy crisis, I believe that it may be necessary to compromise with Congressional offshore drilling proponents to secure their support for efforts that would actually have a positive impact on our energy situation. I expect that Speaker Pelosi will propose a comprehensive plan that includes a compromise on offshore drilling soon. Now is not the time to insist on just one approach; it is a time for working together in the best interests of our nation and our people." (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Zoe Lofgren voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. Rep. Lofgren Issues Statement on House Passage of Energy Bill. 16 September 2008. "Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) today hailed the House's passage of H.R. 6899, Comprehensive American Energy Security and Consumer Protection Act. [¦] It would prevent offshore drilling within 50 miles of the coast, but would allow states to determine drilling for themselves. Without this measure, drilling would be permitted as close as 3 miles from shore over the objection of states. Our current energy situation needs to be dealt with, but it must be handled in a responsible and comprehensive fashion." (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. Issue Position: Environment and Energy “ Environment. 6 February 2012. "One area that Zoe has particular interest in is our Oceans. Our oceans are continually threatened by pollution, habitat destruction and the impact of overfishing. We must commit to preserving and restoring the vast diversity of ocean life and to protect the quality of our coastal waters. Zoe does not support offshore drilling in coastal waters." (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Zoe Lofgren voted Nay on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. Issue Position: Environment and Energy “ Energy. 6 Fenruary 2012. "I have supported the development of renewable and sustainable energy sources, such as biofuels, fusion, solar and wind power. We must move away from the failed policies of the past -- the expansion of offshore drilling and drilling in environmentally sensitive lands. Instead, we must focus on new and innovative approaches." (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."

Vote Smart's Research

  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Zoe Lofgren in the 2004 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Zoe Lofgren voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Zoe Lofgren in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Zoe Lofgren in the 2002 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Zoe Lofgren supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Zoe Lofgren voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Zoe Lofgren in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Zoe Lofgren in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Zoe Lofgren supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 70 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Promote the selling of pollution credits to encourage industries to decrease amount of pollution."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Impose stricter national air quality standards."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Support the U.S. re-entering the current Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "k) Adhere to the United Nations treaty regarding global climate change."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Reduce current federal regulations on the environment."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Eliminate government regulations of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • Zoe Lofgren, Honda. Reps. Lofgren and Honda Send Green Report to House Leadership. No Date. "...Companies have also improved efficiency and lowered costs. Applied Materials estimates that by installing solar panels it will create 900 jobs. Adobe installed 23,000 sensors, on their office towers and was able to monitor and control electricity consumption, allowing the sensors to pay for themselves in 8 weeks. Adobe also made the switch to green nontoxic cleaning products which have saved money, kept the cleaning crew healthier, and spared Adobe employees from the harmful effects of being exposed to noxious fumes. If we were to make changes like these here at the Capitol it would translate to significant savings for taxpayers." (lofgren.house.gov)
  • Zoe Lofgren. Introduction of the Team (to encourage alternative-fueled vehicle manufacturing) up for Energy Independent Act. 28 July 2006. "Ms. ZOE LOFGREN of California. Mr. Speaker, climate change threatens the security and stability of our planet. The temperature of the earth is increasing at a rate unseen in modern times. Climate forecasters predict that if greenhouse gases continue to accumulate in the atmosphere at the current rate, temperatures may rise dramatically, weather patterns sharply shift, ice sheets shrink, and seas rise [...] My bill will encourage the production of more alternatively fueled vehicles by phasing in a tax penalty on the manufacture or import of new, non-flex fuel vehicles. However, since the cost to manufacture fleets that are flex fuel capable as compared to gasoline powered vehicles is nearly nil, it will be easy for manufacturers or importers to avoid these costs completely. Any revenues generated would be used to help independent gas station owners install alternative fuel equipment. This bill is a good first step towards securing our energy independence, and I hope that Congress will move quickly to pass this important legislation and help America move towards a more secure and sustainable future." (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. Members of Science Committee Urge Commitment to ITER. No Date. "Investments in alternative energy sources are vital to the future economic and environmental interests of the United States. We must lead the effort to develop fusion as source of energy...U.S. participation in ITER will demonstrate to the world that we understand there are limited sources of energy in the world, and investments are needed now to help develop energy alternatives for our future...With the our increasing reliance on imported fossil fuels, and growing concern about greenhouse gas emissions, other potential sources of power must be aggressively pursued." (lofgren.house.gov)
  • Zoe Lofgren. Twitter: @RepZoeLofgren. 19 July 2012. "Congratulations @VTA on $3.75 million grant for new zero emission buses in the Valley." (twitter.com)
  • Zoe Lofgren. Letter to The Honorable Nancy Pelosi and The Honorable Steny Hoyer. 14 December 2010. "While it is encouraging that the Senate tax extenders package includes a number of renewable energy and energy efficiency incentives, , we are concerned that it neglects other important renewable energy incentives and includes measures that would move us further away from a clean energy economy. As the House considers this package, we ask that any bill that is brought to a vote include provisions that will:...Continue the 48C Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credit and provide an additional $1 billion for important domestic renewable energy projects, including wind and solar...Continue the 48C Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credit and provide an additional $1 billion for important domestic renewable energy projects, including wind and solar..."

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  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Zoe Lofgren supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 100 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. CONTROLLING GUNS. 11 May 1999. "I think we ought to have -- instead of letting the manufacturers get around the ban on assault weapons, we ought to have a pre-clearance by the Secretary of the Treasury so that these models, if they're assault weapons, if they're banned by law, they can't then be sold just by making minor changes to avoid the law [¦] The President's proposed that teenagers shouldn't be allowed to possess assault weapons. And I agree with that [¦] Well, I'm hopeful we can go to the sensible middle on gun measures. I mean, no one is saying that people who like to hunt shouldn't be able to go out and hunt. But I do think there are some reasonable, sensible things that we can do that will diminish the ability of kids to have access to guns when they shouldn't have them." (www.pbs.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Zoe Lofgren in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Zoe Lofgren in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Zoe Lofgren voted Nay on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. HR 125. 104th Congress. Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995. Zoe Lofgren voted Nay on 03/22/1996. (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Zoe Lofgren voted Nay on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Zoe Lofgren a grade of 9." (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Zoe Lofgren voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Zoe Lofgren voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Expand the nationwide ban on the sale or transfer of assault weapons to include all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "k) Require a license for gun possession." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: ""Smart guns.""
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: ""Smart guns.""
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms that are legally owned and registered."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal all bans and measures that restrict law-abiding citizens from owning legally-obtained firearms."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: ""Smart guns.""
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: ""Smart guns.""
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: ""Smart guns.""
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Implement tighter restrictions on firearm sales in an effort to hinder terrorist groups from stockpiling weapon arsenals."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: ""Smart guns.""
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Increase restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain all federal registration procedures and restrictions on possessing firearms."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms by law-abiding citizens."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Ease procedures on the purchase and registration of firearms."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Increase federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Zoe Lofgren. USA PATRIOT and Terrorism Prevention Reauthorization Act of 2005. 21 July 2005. "In committee, I offered an amendment that would punish those who sell dangerous 50 caliber sniper rifles to known terrorists. Unfortunately, some in the majority viewed this as a gun control measure, but it is not. This is a national security issue. [¦] That amendment was defeated, and I think it is a shame. We should have passed my amendment and made it more difficult for terrorists to get ahold of these weapons." (votesmart.org)

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  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Zoe Lofgren supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Zoe Lofgren voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California 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."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Letter to The Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 8 July 2011. "We made a commitment to states to support them as a part of the Affordable Care Act in the expansion of healthcare to all Americans. This includes expansion of Medicaid to nearly 17 million new individuals over the next decade. We established incentives for states to find the uninsured made newly eligible for the program by covering their full cost initially and 90% permanently. This proposal would retreat on that promise and undermine the health reform effort that we together worked so hard to achieve." (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. Rep. Zoe Lofgren Reacts to Supreme Court Decision on Healthcare Reform. 28 June 2012. "Today's ruling is a victory for the millions of Americans who are the true beneficiaries of the Affordable Care Act's expanded, affordable coverage that can't be denied because of pre-existing conditions. I was proud to vote for this bill when it passed the House of Representatives in March 2010. Because of this law more than 440,000 children, adults and seniors of the16th congressional district have been shielded from excessive rate increases, health coverage rescissions, and lifetime coverage limits. 'Healthcare reform is already working to bring relief to our community. It is already expanding coverage for children and young adults, allowing businesses to expand coverage through tax credits, and helping Santa Clara County seniors afford the prescriptions they need.'" (votesmart.org)

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  • Zoe Lofgren. Letter to Janet Napolitano, Secretary, Homeland Security and Eric H. Holder, Jr., Attorney General. 27 September 2011. "We applaud the August 18, 2011 announcement that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) plans to close many low-priority immigration deportation proceedings. We especially commend DHS for stating that it will consider the family ties of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people as a factor in determining cases that merit relief from deportation, including for gay and lesbian foreign nationals who are the spouses and partners of U.S. citizens and permanent residents." (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Zoe Lofgren voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Zoe Lofgren supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Zoe Lofgren supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Zoe Lofgren voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Grant U.S. citizenship to children born in the US only if their parents immigrated legally."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive US citizenship."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Allow legalization for certain illegal immigrants working in the U.S."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California 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."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive U.S. citizenship."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Immigration Helps Make America Stronger. 14 July 2006. "Allowing American families to be together is a fundamental goal of modern immigration law. Yet, this policy is not fully accomplished by current law. [¦] If we examine and improve laws to reunite families, experts suggest a substantial percentage of those now simply called "illegals" would be able to comply with pro-family American immigration laws." (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. Introduction of Age - Out Fix for Adopted Foreign Children. 14 June 2004. "Current law allows foreign children adopted by American citizens to attain legal immigration status and citizenship through their adoptive parents. To do so, the adoptions must be finalized by the age of 16 for immigration purposes. However, some adoptions can be very long and difficult processes, especially international adoptions. An adoption initiated at age 14 or even earlier can sometimes only be finalized after age 16. [¦] Today I am introducing a bill to straighten out this problem. By simply changing the current requirement that adoptions be finalized before the adoptee's 16th birthday, to requiring that adoptions by initiated before the 16th birthday, these terrible cases will be avoided. In this way, children whose adoptions have been time-consuming may still obtain U.S. immigration status through their adoptive parents like other adoptees." (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. Issue Position: Immigration. 30 January 2012. "Our current immigration system is broken, and I believe that comprehensive reform is the solution. We need to secure our borders, ensure that our laws are enforced, and promote family values with family unification, as well as regularize the status of those who currently live in the shadows. Any plan must also protect American workers, and provide for the legitimate needs of our economy. [¦] I've introduced legislation to address the problem Amerasian children face in becoming naturalized, to address the immigration needs of soldiers and their families, to ease the adoption process for foreign children adopted by U.S. citizens, improve the way our immigration services handle foreign children who arrive at our borders with no parent or guardian, and to address several problems in attracting the best and brightest to the United States." (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. Statement on President Obama's Immigration Speech. 10 May 2011. "As a long time advocate for immigration reform, I welcome the President's renewed call for action on a bipartisan immigration reform bill. I remain committed to working with my colleagues, on both sides of the aisle, to pass a comprehensive bill that is just, fair, and enforceable. I support a comprehensive approach that secures our borders, ensures that our laws are enforced, promotes family unification, and regularizes the status of those who currently live in the shadows. We must also protect American workers, provide for the legitimate needs of our economy, and bolster our economic growth. We are a country of immigrants, and we should honor those immigrant roots by passing comprehensive immigration reform." (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. Suspending Immigration Status Petition and Interview Time Requirement for Members of Armed Forces. 1 August 2011. "In 2008, as chairwoman of the House Immigration Subcommittee, I convened a hearing on the immigration needs of America's fighting men and women. At the hearing, we heard from members of the Armed Forces about countless challenges that they face because of our rigid and unyielding immigration system. This bill will help to resolve just one of those challenges. It will not excuse military families from the requirements. It will simply allow them to put off those requirements if they choose during overseas deployments." (votesmart.org)

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  • Zoe Lofgren. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Zoe Lofgren voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Zoe Lofgren voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Zoe Lofgren supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 97 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Zoe Lofgren supported the interests of the American Family Association 5 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Zoe Lofgren supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Zoe Lofgren voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Zoe Lofgren supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 14 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Zoe Lofgren supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 95 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. House Administration Democrats Condemn Spending Increase for DOMA Defense. 4 October 2011. "When the Department of Justice decided not to defend the unconstitutional Defense of Marriage Act, House Republican Leadership contracted legal services from Bancroft PLLC to defend discrimination. Despite several letters of objection and repeated questioning, the contract was signed without bipartisan review or thorough vetting. Representatives Robert A. Brady (D-PA), Charles Gonzalez (D-TX), and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) released the following statement upon learning that the Republican Leadership increased the contracted amount from $500,000 to $1.5 Million of taxpayer money. We were disappointed to learn that House Republicans will spend even more money on defending the indefensible and unconstitutional Defense of Marriage Act. The original contract was a misguided promise to waste a half-million dollars of taxpayer money. Further spending to defend DOMA is simply unconscionable." (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. Marriage Protection Amendment. 30 September 2004. "Madam Speaker, the Republican leadership has put us on notice that Congress will probably adjourn next week until after the November elections. We should have done so much more this year. Yet, this week, Republican leaders have decided to bring to the floor a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage and a bill to repeal gun laws in the District of Columbia. Are these really the most important issues facing the Nation? Earlier this month, the Republican leader, the gentleman from Texas (Mr. DeLay), said that he would not allow a vote to continue the assault weapons ban because it did not have the votes. When asked about scheduling a vote, he said the following, "If the President asked me, it would still be no ..... because we don't have the votes to pass an assault weapons ban, and it will expire Monday and that's that." Despite the overwhelming support of Americans everywhere, he let the assault weapons ban expire. Apparently, the gentleman from Texas (Mr. DeLay) only brings things to a vote when he has the votes. But wait, this week the gentleman from Texas (Mr. DeLay) has taken a different position on what he brings to the floor. In Roll Call, he acknowledged he does not have the votes to pass the marriage amendment. This amendment will not pass the House, and it did not even a get a simple majority in the Senate earlier this year. This amendment is going nowhere." (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. Pelosi, 132 House Members File Amicus Brief in Landmark Court Challenge to DOMA. 2 July 2012. Today, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, Assistant Democratic Leader James E. Clyburn, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Congressman John Conyers, Congressman Barney Frank, Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin, Congressman Jared Polis, Congressman David N. Cicilline and other House Democrats filed an Amicus Brief in the consolidated case of Massachusetts v. Dept. of Health and Human Services and Gill vs. Office of Personnel Management. Pelosi and 132 House Members filed the brief today in this landmark case, which has reached the First Circuit Court of Appeals following a federal district court ruling that Section 3 of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. Earlier this year, the President and Attorney General reached the same conclusion and announced that the Department of Justice would no longer defend the law in certain court cases. By a divided 3-2 vote of the House's Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group (BLAG) with Pelosi and Hoyer strongly objecting, Speaker John Boehner hired outside lawyers to defend DOMA in court at considerable taxpayer expense. The Democratic Members' brief, available here, provides a comprehensive explanation of how Section 3 of DOMA undermines Congress's legitimate interests. It rebuts the argument of the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group (BLAG) that Section 3 is a routine and cautious definitional exercise that warrants absolute deference from the courts. The brief argues that Congress did not act with caution, but hastily and without due consideration of the relevant issues. Section 3 cannot be viewed as a benign exercise of Congressional authority as the clear aim and effect of this law was to disapprove and disadvantage lesbians and gay men. As a result, and unlike most Acts of Congress, DOMA cannot be viewed as the rational result of impartial lawmaking. The brief makes it clear that the House is not united on this issue, that the BLAG lawyers do not speak for the entire institution, and that there is no legitimate federal interest in denying married gay and lesbian couples the legal security, rights and responsibilities that federal law provides to couples who are married under state law. Section 3 does not affect married heterosexual couples and their children, who are recognized regardless of DOMA. And this law affirmatively harms married gay and lesbian couples and their children." (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. Rep. Lofgren on Prop 8 Overturn by U.S. Appeals Court. 7 February 2012. "Today Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Chair of the California Democratic Congressional Delegation, released the following statement in response to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that Proposition 8--the 2008 ballot measure limiting marriage between a man and a woman--violated the U.S. Constitution: "There is no doubt today's decision is welcomed by Californians whose dreams of marriage were put on hold by this unconstitutional ban," said Rep. Zoe Lofgren. "But with the architects of Prop 8 vowing an appeal to the Supreme Court, we know the battle for marriage equality is not over. This is a fundamental American civil right, and I am committed to standing with those fighting to make marriage equality a reality." (votesmart.org)

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  • Zoe Lofgren. 14 June 2006. Lofgren Supports Plan Offering a New Direction for America. "ENSURE DIGNIFIED RETIREMENT: Prevent the privatization of Social Security; expand savings incentives; ensure pension fairness." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Zoe Lofgren supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which are managed by the government."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Zoe Lofgren. Lofgren Response to State of the Union Address. 2 February 2005. "Social Security is one of the most successful government programs of the past 70 years. President Roosevelt created this plan to protect America's seniors and it has been a success. President Bush claimed tonight that Social Security is in a crisis. If so, it would be because the President's privatization plan puts Social Security itself at risk. If the President presents a plan to Congress that supplements and strengthens Social Security, I am confident that Democrats will stand with him. If however, his plan diverts money from Social Security, Democrats will not stand idly by as the Republicans destroy this very successful program." (www.votesmart.org)

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Congressional Election 2002 National Political Awareness Test

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

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.

a) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legally available.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
Xg) Other or expanded principles

I support Roe.v. Wade, current law in America which should have been one of your "listed' choices.

Budgetary Priorities

Using the key below, indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category.

Greatly Decrease Fundinga) Agricultural
Slightly Increase Fundingb) Arts
c) Defense
Greatly Increase Fundingd) Education
e) Environmental
f) International Aid
g) Law Enforcement
Greatly Increase Fundingh) Medical Research
Greatly Increase Fundingi) National Aeronautical Space Administration (NASA)
Greatly Increase Fundingj) National Parks
Greatly Increase Fundingk) Public Health Services
Greatly Increase Fundingl) Scientific Research
m) Terrorism Prevention
Slightly Increase Fundingn) Transportation and Highway Infrastructure
o) Welfare
p) Other or expanded categories

Defense Spending

Using the key below, indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number per category.

Maintain Funding Statusa) Armed Forces personnel training
b) Covert intelligence operations
c) Military hardware
Greatly Increase Fundingd) Pay for active duty personnel
Eliminate Fundinge) National Missile Defense Program
Greatly Increase Fundingf) Programs to improve military retention rates
Maintain Funding Statusg) Research and development of new weapons
h) Troop and equipment readiness
i) Other or expanded categories

Taxes

Using the key below, indicate what levels you support concerning taxes, deductions, and tax credits in the following categories. Select one number per tax.

Income Taxes - Family Income

a) Less than $25,000
b) $25,000 - $75,000
c) $75,000 - $150,000
d) Over $150,000
e) Other or expanded categories

Income Taxes - Retiree Income

f) Over $40, 000
g) Other or expanded categories

Other Taxes

Slightly Increasea) Alcohol taxes
b) Capital gains taxes
Greatly Increasec) Cigarette taxes
d) Corporate taxes
e) Gasoline taxes
Greatly Decreasef) Inheritance taxes
g) Other or expanded categories

Deductions/Credits

a) Charitable deductions
b) Medical expense deductions
c) Mortgage deductions
Greatly Increased) Child tax credit
Greatly Increasee) Earned income tax credit
Greatly Increasef) Student loan tax credit
g) Other or expanded categories

Taxes

Yes2) Should a married couple filing jointly pay the same taxes as if they were an unmarried couple filing separately?
No3) Would you use Social Security surpluses to balance the budget?
4) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and governmental reform issues.

a) Support public taxpayer funding for congressional candidates who comply with campaign spending limits.
b) Increase the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns.
c) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
Xd) Provide free or low-cost television advertising to candidates who agree to voluntary campaign spending limits.
Xe) Ban unregulated soft money campaign contributions to political parties or committees.
f) Prohibit non-U.S. citizens from making soft money contributions to national parties or party committees.
Xg) Require full disclosure of funding sources of issue advocacy commercials which appear within 60 days of an election.
h) Remove all contribution limits to federal candidates and parties.
i) Require congressional candidates to raise over half of their campaign money from their home state.
Xj) Require that unions give members the option of not having membership dues used for political purposes.
Yesk) Support the federal government mandate that creates national voting system standards.
Nol) Do you support amending the Constitution to limit the number of terms that members of Congress can serve?
Undecidedm) Do you support voting on-line?
Xn) Other or expanded principles

on line voting is not yet secure, but I support it when security is achieved.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.

a) Eliminate the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
b) Increase spending to build more federal prisons.
c) Impose "truth in sentencing" for violent criminals so they serve full sentences with no chance of parole.
Xd) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xe) Support programs to provide prison inmates with drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
Xf) Increase funding for community policing programs.
Xg) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
Xh) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, and disability be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
i) Enforcement of civil rights should primarily be the responsibility of the federal government.
j) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
Xk) Support programs that provide job training and placement services for at-risk youth.
l) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning illegal drugs.

Xa) Increase penalties for selling illegal drugs.
Xb) Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
Xc) Expand federally sponsored drug education and drug treatment programs.
Xd) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Xe) Increase border security to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the U.S.
f) Eliminate federal funding for programs associated with the "war on drugs."
g) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning education.

Xa) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
b) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any publicly-funded school.
c) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any participating school: public, private or religious.
Xd) Support charter schools where teachers and professionals receive authorization and funding to establish new schools.
Xe) Increase funding for block grants to states to help them hire additional teachers.
f) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
Xg) Increase funding for computers and computer training in public schools.
Xh) Increase funding for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
Xi) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs.
Xj) Increase funding of programs such as Pell grants and Stafford loans to help students pay for college.
Xk) Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college.
l) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment and affirmative action.

Xa) Increase funding for national job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
b) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xc) Establish empowerment zones in areas with large numbers of unemployed people.
Xd) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
Xe) Encourage employers to offer flex-time scheduling, comp-time, and unpaid leave for family emergencies.
f) Eliminate any federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
Xg) Increase the federal minimum wage.
Xh) Considering race and gender in government contracting decisions is appropriate for the federal government.
Xi) Include sexual orientation in federal anti-discrimination laws.
Xj) Continue federal affirmative action programs.
k) Discontinue federal affirmative action programs.
l) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources.

Xa) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Water Act.
Xb) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act.
c) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration.
Xd) Support the U.S. re-entering the current Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming.
e) Require states to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses of privately owned land.
Xf) Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
Xg) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
Xh) Provide tax credits for state and local bonds to preserve open spaces, build parks, improve water quality and redevelop brownfields.
Xi) Support the National Forest Protection and Restoration Act prohibiting commercial logging in our national forests.
Xj) Provide states and local communities with more flexibility to address their respective environmental problems.
k) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.

a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
Xb) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
Xf) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
Xg) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
h) Require a license for gun possession.
Xi) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21.
j) Other or expanded principles

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

a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government.
b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income.
Xc) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights to define and enforce the rights of insured patients, including greater access to specialists and emergency rooms, wider choice of health care providers, and appeal mechanisms when claims are denied.
Xd) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes the right to sue when claims are denied.
Xe) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes the right to appeal to an administrative board of specialists when services are denied.
Xf) Support legislation to provide prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
Xg) Increase research funding of the human genome to find cures for diseases such as cancer, AIDS/HIV, Alzheimer's, and heart disease.
Xh) Increase federal funding for training health workers to recognize and respond to the release of biological agents.
i) Prohibit the procedure of cloning human embryos.
j) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration.

a) Decrease the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country.
Xb) Provide extra federal aid to states with higher numbers of immigrants for necessary medical and social services.
Xc) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children.
d) Increase the immigration quota for computer scientists and other information technology workers.
e) Establish English as the official U.S. language.
f) Collect fingerprint data from all U.S. visa applicants which would be accessible to all federal immigration-related agencies.
Xg) Allow legalization for certain illegal immigrants working in the U.S.
h) Other or expanded principles

International Aid

Indicate which principles (if any) you support regarding U. S. economic assistance.

Xa) Aid should be granted to countries when extraordinary circumstances cause disaster and threaten civilian lives.
Xb) Aid should be granted to countries when it is in the security interests of the U. S.
Xc) Aid should be granted to countries that are close allies of the U. S. and in need of financial/military assistance.
d) Aid should be eliminated for any nation with documented human rights abuses.
e) Aid programs should be scaled back and eventually eliminated except for extraordinary circumstances.
f) Other or expanded principles

International Policy

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the Middle East.

a) The U.S. should take military action against Iraq only as part of an international effort.
Xb) The U.S. should end the economic embargo against Iraq.
c) The U.S. should not continue to play a prominent leadership role in the peace process between Israel and the Palestine Authority.
Xd) The U.S. should support the formation of a Palestinian state.
e) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the United States-United Nations relationship.

Xa) The U.S. should participate in United Nations peacekeeping missions only when vital U.S. interests are involved.
b) The U.S. should not commit military troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions.
c) The U.S. should withdraw completely from the United Nations.
d) Other or expanded principles
Yes3) Should the U.S. have full diplomatic relations with Cuba?
Undecided4) Should the U.S. recognize and extend full diplomatic relations to Taiwan?
No5) Should the U.S. increase its financial support to Colombia for the "war on drugs?"
Yes6) Do you support the cooperative threat reduction programs with Russia to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons? ___ Yes ___ No ___ Undecided
No7) Do you support the recent withdrawal of the U.S. from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) treaty in order to deploy a national missile defense system?
Yes8) Should the U.S. hold nations accountable for terrorists who operate from their country?
9) Other or expanded principles

International Trade

Undecided1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
Undecided2) Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
Yes3) Do you support continued U.S. membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
Yes4) Do you support China becoming a member of the World Trade Organization?
Undecided5) Should a nation's human rights record affect its normal trade relations (most favored nation) trading status with the United States? ___ Yes ___ No ___ Undecided
Yes6) Should the President have "fast-track" authority to negotiate trade agreements?
No7) Do you support the trade embargo against Cuba?
8) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding national security.

No1. Do you support the President using military tribunals to try terrorist suspects when the President deems ordinary civil courts to be inappropriate or impractical?
No2. Should the U.S. adopt higher qualification rules for student visa applications from nations known to sponsor terrorism?
No3. Should law enforcement agencies be granted greater discretion to read mail and email, tap phones, and conduct random searches to prevent future terrorist attacks?
Undecided4. Should federal law enforcement agencies share intelligence data with local law enforcement agencies?
Yes5. Should the federal government provide states with funding for homeland security?
6. Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security.

a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves.
b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government.
Xc) The federal government should invest a portion of Social Security's assets collectively in stocks and bonds instead of U.S. Treasury securities.
d) Increase the payroll tax to better finance Social Security in its current form.
e) Lower Social Security's annual cost-of-living increases.
Xf) Support a "lock box" measure, limiting Congress's ability to spend Social Security and Medicare surpluses on any other federal programs except Social Security and Medicare, until each program's long-term solvency is guaranteed.
Xg) Other or expanded principles

Balance the budget

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

Xa) Continue the moratorium on Internet sales taxes.
b) Implement regulation of Internet content by the federal government.
Xc) Regulation of the Internet should not be controlled by the federal government.
d) Support government mandates to curtail violent and sexual content on television.
e) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding poverty and the welfare system.

Xa) Support housing assistance for welfare recipients.
Xb) Provide homeless families with apartment vouchers they can use to defray the cost of an apartment.
Xc) Continue to give states and local governments responsibility for welfare programs through TANF block grants.
Xd) Maintain current welfare-to-work requirements in order for states to qualify for block grants.
Xe) Restore food stamp programs to legal immigrants.
Xf) Transfer homeless housing programs to states through block grants.
Xg) Provide continued Medicaid benefits for those welfare recipients who have moved from welfare to work.
h) Require states to return any unused welfare block grant funding to the federal government.
i) Direct federal poverty aid through religious, community-based, or other non-profit organizations.
Xj) Provide states with additional funding for Medicaid programs to alleviate increasing state budget deficits.
k) Other or expanded principles
In a total of seventy-five (75) words or less, please explain what your top two or three priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional funding needed to implement these priorities.