Brian P. Bilbray's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Brian P. Bilbray
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Karen; 5 Children: Briana, Kristen, Patrick, Scott, Shannon
Birth Date: 01/28/1951
Birth Place: Coronado, CA
Home City: San Diego, CA
Religion: Catholic
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Brian Bilbray refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Vote Smart's Research

  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Brian Bilbray supported the interests of the Family Research Council 93 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Brian Bilbray supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Brian Bilbray voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Brian Bilbray voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (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 Brian Bilbray a rating of 31 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Brian Bilbray voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Brian Bilbray voted Nay on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Brian Bilbray. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Brian Bilbray. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Brian Bilbray. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Brian Bilbray. H Amdt 436. 104th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Brian Bilbray voted Nay on 06/15/1995. (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Brian Bilbray voted Nay on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Brian Bilbray voted Nay on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Brian Bilbray voted Nay on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Brian Bilbray supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Brian Bilbray voted Did Not Vote on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Brian Bilbray voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Brian Bilbray supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Brian Bilbray voted Yea on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Brian Bilbray voted Nay on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Brian Bilbray voted Yea on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • ArchiveAdmin. University of California, San Diego The Guardian. Speaking With 49th District Congressman Brian Bilbray. 25 October 2000. "I am absolutely pro-choice," Bilbray said. "I think anyone who believes in the Constitution has to look at the fact that a woman's right to choose her reproductive choices is not only a right, but a responsibility that she bears alone, and no one, especially big government, can supercede that." (www.ucsdguardian.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Brian Bilbray voted Nay on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Congress should eliminate abortion services from any federally funded health care plan."
  • Brian Bilbray. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Congress should eliminate federal funding for clinics and medical facilities that provide abortion services."
  • Brian Bilbray. 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."
  • Brian Bilbray. 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."
  • Brian Bilbray. 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."
  • Brian Bilbray. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Brian Bilbray. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Abortions should always be legally available."

Vote Smart's Research

  • Brian Bilbray. Issue Position: Afghanistan. 27 January 2012. "Since October 2001, our men and women in uniform have fought bravely to bring peace and stability to Afghanistan. We cannot forget that in eight years, United States Forces and her allies have removed the Taliban from power, helped develop a new democratic Afghan government, and formed an Afghan National Security Force that is increasingly tasked with military operations. Unfortunately, a resurgence of the Taliban in Southern Afghan provinces and along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border highlights the amount of work that needs to be done if we are to remain victorious in Afghanistan. We must find solutions to the complex issues and the still-increasing violence the country faces. In July, 2008, I traveled with a bipartisan delegation to Afghanistan where we listened to then-Commander, U.S. Forces Afghanistan, General David McKiernan, who emphasized that increased troop numbers and technological resources in the form of unmanned aerial vehicle "Predators" are needed to proceed in Afghanistan." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Brian Bilbray supported the interests of the Peace Action 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Brian Bilbray supported the interests of Peace Action West 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. Statement by Congressman Bilbray on the President's Announcement on Afghanistan. 23 June 2011. "I respect President Obama's authority as Commander in Chief of our armed forces. Yet I remain concerned that the progress our brave men and women in uniform have made in Afghanistan over the last eighteen months is fragile and reversible and that we leave U.S. government civilians working across the country vulnerable in the absence of troop support. As long as the Taliban and al-Qaeda use Afghanistan as a safe-haven there are real threats to our national security. My advice for the President is to focus more on America's war in Afghanistan rather than devoting American resources to the conflict in Libya." (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Brian Bilbray voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Brian Bilbray. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "1. Please indicate the changes you will support (if any) concerning the level of funding for each of the listed issue areas. National Defense" 1. Please indicate the changes you will support (if any) concerning the level of funding for each of the listed issue areas. Other or expanded principles: "Subsidies; Administrative Bureaucracy"
  • Brian Bilbray. San Diego Union-Tribune: For San Diego's Delegation, A Tough Decision On Debt Deal. 3 August 2011. "If the super committee cannot agree on how to achieve the required $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction or if Congress fails to approve the committee's recommendations by December 23, an automatic across-the-board spending cuts of $1.2 trillion, equally split between defense and non-defense spending, would be triggered [¦] 'I see one big positive [side] of this whole process, which is that it has wakened everybody to the fact that the old way of doing business is just not sustainable,' Bilbray [¦] 'When you are spending 42 percent more than you can afford, there's going to be a lot of problems.' Bilbray, who sits on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, doesn't think cutting back on spending will adversely impact the economy. 'Rather than having to inject borrowed money, we need to look at the huge resource overseas that could come back and stimulate the economy [¦] Rather than doing that, we've been borrowing from China and stealing from our grandchildren.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. Video: Congressman Brian Bilbray on San Diego Fox 5 delivering Washington DC July update. 7 August 2012. "Let's talk about defense spending cuts. Where exactly do we stand on those?' 'Well, where we stand is that the chairman over in the House of Representatives - in fact, both the Democrat and Republican over at what's called HASC, the Armed Services Committee for the House “ they have passed an alternative to the across-the-board cut to sequestration. So they've actually worked it out about a better way to be able to stay within the budget and still maintain the military mission." (www.youtube.com)
  • Brian Bilbray. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Brian Bilbray voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Brian Bilbray voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Brian Bilbray voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Brian Bilbray voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Brian Bilbray voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Brian Bilbray voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. HR 2561. 106th Congress. Defense Department Appropriations bill, FY2000. Brian Bilbray voted Yea on 07/22/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Brian Bilbray voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Brian Bilbray voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "High Priority" for: "Indicate your priorities for spending any anticipated federal budget surplus. a) Defense"
  • Brian Bilbray. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "1. Please indicate the changes you will support (if any) concerning the level of funding for each of the listed issue areas. National Defense" 1. Please indicate the changes you will support (if any) concerning the level of funding for each of the listed issue areas. Other or expanded principles: "Welfare"

Vote Smart's Research

  • Brian Bilbray. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "3) Do you support eliminating the Internal Revenue Service?"
  • Brian Bilbray. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "6) Do you support requiring a super-majority vote in both houses of Congress to raise taxes?"
  • Brian Bilbray. Congressman Brian Bilbray Votes in Favor of Amended Budget Control Act of 2011. 4 August 2011. "This legislation is a critical step in helping Americans who are in desperate need of work because it focuses on creating a more confident atmosphere for small businesses to hire and prevents further burdening families with job-destroying tax increases." (bilbray.house.gov)
  • Brian Bilbray. Congressman Brian Bilbray's Statement On The Recent Congressional Stimulus Plan. 12 February 2009. "In addition, this plan includes provisions to assist our small businesses, unemployed Americans and the housing industry. The plan would aid small businesses, which employ half of all Americans, by allowing them to take a tax deduction equal to 20 percent of their income, enabling these companies to retain and hire new employees. It would help the unemployed by eliminating Federal Income Tax on unemployment benefits, which averages 11 percent, giving them more take home money so that they are better able to search for employment. Finally, the plan will aid our housing industry by creating a $7,500 tax deduction for home buyers who can make a minimum down payment of 5 percent. This will encourage Americans who are interested in purchasing a home to do so now. Altogether, these provisions are designed to put money into the hands of the Americans that most need it and that are in the best position to grow our economy at half the cost of the proposed stimulus bill." (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. Letter to Speaker Boehner. 6 December 2011. "Earlier this year, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) published a report projecting the number of households that will be affected in 2012 if Congress fails to address the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT). The projections are quite startling. According to CRS, without a patch or permanent fix, the number of taxpayers affected by the AMT in 2012 will increase 8-fold over the 2011 level. In the absence of an AMT fix, 34.4 million taxpayers will find their tax bill skyrocket. Given our nation's economic health, and the millions of small businesses, individuals, and families struggling to make ends meet, Congress must address the AMT extension to prevent a catastrophic tax hike [¦] As you are undoubtedly aware, while the AMT was originally created to be a backstop for the federal income tax that affected only a small number of high-income taxpayers, it was not indexed for inflation. In previous years, Congress has enacted short-term "patches" to reduce the impact of the AMT on the middle class. The most recent patch, enacted as part of the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010, will expire at the end of 2011. As Congress debates whether to extend the current tax rates before the end of the year, we formally request that AMT relief be included in any tax legislation considered by the House of Representatives." (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. Video: Jim Moran vs Brian Bilbray Over the Bush Tax Cuts. 2 August 2010. "The fact is I think it's the worst time to be talking about kicking in a new tax increase anywhere along the board and you know that basically the biggest problem here is the fact that we can't continue to take money out of the economy and keep the economy strong." (youtu.be)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Brian Bilbray supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 78 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Brian Bilbray supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 100 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. Congressman Brian Bilbray Votes to Support San Diego's Job Creators by Maintaining Tax Cuts for All Americans. 1 August 2012. "With San Diego's unemployment rate once again climbing to 9.2 percent, the last thing we should be doing is raising taxes, particularly on small businesses that create jobs."

Vote Smart's Research

  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Brian Bilbray supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 95 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Brian Bilbray voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. Representative Bilbray Votes to Oppose Bailout Plan. 3 October 2008. "Rep. Brian Bilbray today voted to oppose House passage of the $811.9 billion Wall Street bailout proposal expressing strong opposition to the pork-barrel spending provisions added to the Senate package that was voted on earlier in the week. 'It is absolutely mind-boggling that people in Washington who claim to care about stabilizing our financial markets believe the best way to do that is to load up an already bad proposal with egregious pork-barrel spending," Rep. Bilbray said. "Someone needs to be looking out for the interests of the American taxpayers and there is no way you can tell me that providing $148 million for wool fabric producers, $128 million for auto-racing tracks, or $192 million for Puerto Rican and Virgin Island rum producers is responsible action to address our economic crisis to name a few.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. Support for a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution. 18 November 2011. "This week, our national debt reached an unprecedented $15 trillion, which is the equivalent of $127,900 owed by every U.S. household. Forty-Three cents of every dollar is borrowed. This kind of government spending is unsustainable and diminishes the future of our grandchildren. If we want to make permanent cuts to federal spending--cuts that cannot be undone by future Congresses--a constitutional amendment is the only answer. That is why I strongly supported the balanced budget amendment today, to take the first step toward putting in place a framework to end wasteful Washington spending once and for all." (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. Congressman Brian Bilbray's Statement On The Recent Congressional Stimulus Plan. 12 February 2009. "Quite simply, we cannot to be so wasteful in our spending. In the five months since our government began actively addressing our economic problems we have already increased the national debt by more than $1 trillion (an increase of more than 11 percent on the total debt). Additionally, the Federal Reserve and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation have already offered more than $8.7 trillion dollars in loans to private companies. These gargantuan sums are money our government is ill-equipped to pay back over the long-term and we are running a very real risk of saddling future generations with suffocating debt that will prove catastrophic for our economy. In fact, this tremendous debt may lead us to inflation far in excess of the Carter era's nearly 14 percent yearly inflation, crippling our economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. San Diego Union-Tribune: For San Diego's Delegation, A Tough Decision On Debt Deal. 3 August 2011. "Bilbray said we have about $2 trillion American capital overseas, and imposing a 35 percent repatriation tax is a 'well intention,' but have put us in an 'absurd situation.' We should not be outlying the importation of American capital to create jobs in America. Overseas money should be held harmless to taxations, as long as it's focused on research and development, construction, or manufacturing expansion, all of which can help stimulate the economy, Bilbray said. 'Washington has been willing to borrow to stimulate the economy, and we can do it without borrowing,' Bilbray said." (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. Why I Voted In Favor of the Budget Control Act of 2011. 9 August 2011. "According to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the federal government has nearly doubled over the last decade from $1.86 trillion in government spending in 2001 to $3.82 trillion in 2011. In 2007, we had the same tax code, our country was involved in military missions in both Iraq and Afghanistan, the prescription drug benefit program was being implemented and yet our budget deficit was $160.7 billion versus the expected deficit of $1.65 trillion for FY2011. The facts are clear, the U.S. government spends too much money and we must take strong steps to restore fiscal sanity." (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 Brian Bilbray a rating of 77 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Brian Bilbray voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Brian Bilbray. Congressman Brian Bilbray Votes to Extend Middle Class Tax Relief. 13 December 2011. "With nearly one in ten San Diegans out of work and a private sector struggling to create jobs in an environment plagued by uncertainty and unnecessary regulations, Washington must focus on what it can achieve now to provide much needed relief to the American tax payer. That is why I voted in support of the Middle Class Tax Relief & Job Creation Act, to protect workers from a tax increase in January and to help American families struggling to make ends meet in our difficult economy. This legislation extends current payroll tax relief, protects Social Security, reforms and extends unemployment insurance, and extends pro-growth tax relief for small businesses." (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. Statement From Congressman Brian P. Bilbray On Health Care Vote. 6 November 2009. "This bill will cost taxpayers more than $1 trillion. This is the wrong prescription when unemployment is at 10.2 percent in San Diego and Congress has already spent trillions of dollars on the Wall Street Bailout, the AIG bailouts, the auto bailout and the stimulus bill. The last thing we should be doing is burdening our small businesses with additional taxes and forcing every American taxpayer to fund free health care for illegal immigrants. In addition, this bill cuts Medicare Advantage for seniors. That is something I cannot support." (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. Brian Bilbray voted Did Not Vote on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. 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."
  • Brian Bilbray. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Create "empowerment zones" in urban areas with high unemployment by providing government grants and federal assistance, in addition to tax credits, to new and expanding businesses."
  • Brian Bilbray. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Create "enterprise zones" in urban areas with high unemployment by providing tax credits for new and expanding businesses."
  • Brian Bilbray. 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."
  • Brian Bilbray. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."
  • Brian Bilbray. Congressman Brian Bilbray's Statement On The Recent Congressional Stimulus Plan. 12 February 2009. "In addition, this plan includes provisions to assist our small businesses, unemployed Americans and the housing industry. The plan would aid small businesses, which employ half of all Americans, by allowing them to take a tax deduction equal to 20 percent of their income, enabling these companies to retain and hire new employees. It would help the unemployed by eliminating Federal Income Tax on unemployment benefits, which averages 11 percent, giving them more take home money so that they are better able to search for employment. Finally, the plan will aid our housing industry by creating a $7,500 tax deduction for home buyers who can make a minimum down payment of 5 percent. This will encourage Americans who are interested in purchasing a home to do so now. Altogether, these provisions are designed to put money into the hands of the Americans that most need it and that are in the best position to grow our economy at half the cost of the proposed stimulus bill." (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. Issue Position: The Economy and Jobs. 30 January 2012. "First and most important, government does not create jobs - small business owners and entrepreneurs do. The best way for the government to encourage small business owners and entrepreneurs to start hiring again is to create growth and hiring incentives by reducing the burden of government on their activities - not to increase taxes on them, as Washington is currently planning." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Brian Bilbray. Letter to The Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States. 27 April 2011. "We write to express our disappointment that language was not included in the final, compromise funding measure for fiscal year 2011 prohibiting the Department of Education from implementing its misguided regulation defining 'gainful employment' [¦] While the regulations attempt to address real problems, they miss the target. Instead, the implementation of these new rules will be so burdensome and the projected impact so broad that many reputable schools, particularly those serving the most at-risk students, will be adversely impacted. These rules will limit student access to higher education while failing to effectively address problem schools and rising student debt [¦] Though we are disappointed this language was not included in the final legislation, we hope that as we move forward, you will encourage the Department to jettison its current rule and work with us to enact meaningful reforms to our higher education system that preserve access to postsecondary education and expand career choices for all Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Establish a nationwide competency test for teachers and encourage states to adopt it."
  • Brian Bilbray. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "2) Do you support the use of block grants given to states, rather than federal spending, in the following areas? b) Education"
  • Brian Bilbray. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing in reading and math."
  • Brian Bilbray. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Local" for: "Indicate which level of government should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. 3) Education"
  • Brian Bilbray. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Local" for: "Indicate which level of government that should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. c) Education"
  • Brian Bilbray. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. c) Education (K-12)"
  • Brian Bilbray. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Brian Bilbray voted Yea on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Eliminate the U.S. Department of Education."
  • Brian Bilbray. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Brian Bilbray. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Give all federal education funding to states in the form of block grants and allow them to spend it as they see fit."
  • Brian Bilbray. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
  • Brian Bilbray. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked 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."
  • Brian Bilbray. 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."
  • Brian Bilbray. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. c) Education (K-12)"
  • Brian Bilbray. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Establish "National Standards" for K-12 schools and encourage states to adopt them."

Vote Smart's Research

  • Brian Bilbray. Congressman Brian Bilbray Statement on President Bush's State of the Union Address. 23 January 2007. "Our reliance on foreign sources of oil is a major security threat. We must explore untapped domestic sources of oil while searching for alternatives to fossil fuels. As a newly appointed Member of the House Committee on Science and Technology one of my priorities will be to explore ways to develop alternative sources of energy such as biofuels, hydrogen power and solar power." (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. Bilbray Votes to Protect California's Shores from Drilling. 16 September. 2008. "Rep. Brian Bilbray voted against legislation tonight that would have opened up California's and San Diego's coasts to additional drilling and offensively denied California access to the royalties produced from drilling. The 290-page bill was not made available to members of Congress until 10:00 p.m. yesterday night and brought it to the House floor without the ability to offer any amendments. 'This bill was bad for California, bad for our overall national energy policy and there is no way I could have supported it,' said Rep. Bilbray, a former lifeguard, Coastal Commissioner and member of the Air Resources Board. 'This bill asks our state to allow more drilling with nothing in return - the royalties produced from California shores would instead go to the federal government.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Brian Bilbray voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Brian Bilbray voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Brian Bilbray voted Did Not Vote on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Brian Bilbray supported the interests of Environment America 27 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. Congressman Brian Bilbray Supports Amendment to Protect Southern California Beaches from Oil Rigs. 15 February 2012. "Southern California beaches must be protected at all costs. Our multi-billion dollar tourism industry is supported by thousands of jobs that are dependent on clean beaches. Because of our extensive history with offshore oil drilling, the California Coastal Commission is the only agency with the authority to permit this activity offshore. Representative Lois Capps' amendment keeps Californians in control of what happens off California's shores. The federal government should not have the authority to either bypass or override what a state determines is in its environmental and economic best interest." (bilbray.house.gov)
  • Brian Bilbray. Issue Position: Renewable Energy and the Environment. 30 January 2012. "I strongly believe that we must match this commitment to green energy with a commitment to protect our environment. During my time in Congress, I have spearheaded efforts to protect our local shorelines from erosion and to reduce water pollution across the nation, and I will continue to strongly supported other efforts to protect our environment and preserve it's clean and natural beauty for the next generation." (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. Congressman Bilbray's Statement on President Obama's Address to the Nation. 15 June 2010. "The Gulf oil spill tragedy once again proves that we must become less dependent on fossil fuels [¦] With new technologies such as algae fuel, we have the keys to unlock sustainable clean energy right here in San Diego. We need to work on cutting government regulations that choke the life out of our economy." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Brian Bilbray. Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2008. 20 June 2007. "Mr. Chairman, as a former member of the Clean Air Resources Board in California, as I think a lot of people in this town know, one of the premier air pollution agencies in the world, the one thing that we have got to send a message out there is 'do no harm.' Even though the chairman may think that there isn't a need to send a message, I think we need to say very clearly that climate change is a threat, something we need to address. We have to be willing to make sure we do the right things now [¦] I strongly support the amendment of the gentleman from Arizona (Mr. Shadegg) because I think we should say right off, our first step at reducing greenhouse gas emissions is to make sure we do not decommission any zero generators from this point forward unless it is part of a comprehensive plan to reduce greenhouse gases. So please, here is a motion at least we can stand up and say, we did no harm; we made sure that a mistake wasn't made." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Brian Bilbray supported the interests of Environment America 27 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Brian Bilbray voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Brian Bilbray voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Brian Bilbray supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 30 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Phase in a prohibition of pollution causing products such as gas powered autos and lawn mowers."
  • Brian Bilbray. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks."
  • Brian Bilbray. 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."
  • Brian Bilbray. 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." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources. Other or expanded principles: "Stop polluting foreign commuter vehicles from entering U.S; National beach water quality standards"
  • Brian Bilbray. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Reduce current federal regulations on the environment."
  • Brian Bilbray. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Tax high-level energy users (businesses and individuals) to discourage excessive energy use and pay for environmental cleanup."
  • Brian Bilbray. 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."
  • Brian Bilbray. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Impose stricter national air quality standards." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources. Other or expanded principles: "Stop polluting foreign commuter vehicles from entering U.S; National beach water quality standards"
  • Brian Bilbray. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Encourage further market based strategies to clean up the environment such as pollution credits."
  • Brian Bilbray. 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." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources. Other or expanded principles: "Stop polluting foreign commuter vehicles from entering U.S; National beach water quality standards"
  • Brian Bilbray. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • Brian Bilbray. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Pass stronger clean water and clean air legislation."
  • Brian Bilbray. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Adhere to the United Nations treaty regarding global climate change."
  • Brian Bilbray. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act."
  • Brian Bilbray. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Eliminate government regulations to encourage investment and economic expansion of the private sector."
  • Brian Bilbray. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Consider further increasing federal taxes on gasoline and diesel fuels."
  • Brian Bilbray. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Eliminate government regulations of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • Brian Bilbray. 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."
  • Brian Bilbray. Bilbray Touts the Benefits of Nuclear Energy. 23 April 2008. "While the pain here at home is bad, the worldwide problems associated with increased population growth and energy consumption in developing nations will be catastrophic. EIA notes that 'total electricity demand in the non-OECD nations is expected to grow from 2004 to 2030 at an annual rate that is nearly triple the rate of growth for electricity demand in the OECD.' This increased energy demand will most likely result in increased greenhouse gas emissions and widespread global warming damage. If we are to combat this looming crisis we will need a mixed bag of solutions. These will need to include command and control techniques including the use of renewable fuels such as wind and solar power, sequestration of fossil fuels, and most importantly the use of nuclear technology." (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011. 6 April 2011. "Let's talk science, ladies and gentlemen. Everyone wants to talk about the threat of climate change, but no one wants to address the fact that what EPA has proposed, by the admission of the administrator, cannot even indicate what percentage of greenhouse gases those regulations could reduce. And not one scientist, not one expert in our committee, or I have seen anywhere else, has ever said what is being proposed by EPA, that is going to cost at least $200 million, will not avoid the problem of climate change. So the question is this, what are the American people getting for their $200 million [¦] What we are actually talking about here is not allowing EPA to go out and implement programs that the administrator admits that she cannot tell us what the American people are going to get for their dollars." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Brian Bilbray. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Implement tighter restrictions on firearm sales in an effort to hinder terrorist groups from stockpiling weapon arsenals."
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Brian Bilbray a grade of 91." (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. CNN: Transcript of Bilbray Interview with CNN's John King. 20 May 2012. "John, I think we got to say the fact is the president needs to read the laws, get the facts but the thing is with -- to blame the drug violence down south on the fact that semiautomatic weapons are being sold legally in the United States, absurd. We all know these are illegal drug activity and illegal immigration activity and illegal gun activity and that's where Mexico and America should focus on." (bilbray.house.gov)
  • Brian Bilbray. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Brian Bilbray voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. HR 125. 104th Congress. Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995. Brian Bilbray voted Nay on 03/22/1996. (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Brian Bilbray voted Nay on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Brian Bilbray voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Brian Bilbray in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Brian Bilbray. 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."
  • Brian Bilbray. 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."
  • Brian Bilbray. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Impose a national ban on the sale of handguns to minors."
  • Brian Bilbray. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Ease procedures on the purchase and registration of firearms."
  • Brian Bilbray. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows."
  • Brian Bilbray. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms that are legally owned and registered."
  • Brian Bilbray. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns."
  • Brian Bilbray. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Increase restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Brian Bilbray. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Brian Bilbray. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Increase federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Brian Bilbray. 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."
  • Brian Bilbray. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain all federal registration procedures and restrictions on possessing firearms."
  • Brian Bilbray. 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."
  • Brian Bilbray. 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."
  • Brian Bilbray. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Brian Bilbray. Project Vote Smart: 2000 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."
  • Brian Bilbray. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Brian Bilbray. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Brian Bilbray. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms."
  • Brian Bilbray. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Impose a national ban on the public sale of assault weapons."
  • Brian Bilbray. 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."
  • Brian Bilbray. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Expand the nationwide ban on the sale or transfer of assault weapons to include all forms of semi-automatic weapons."

Vote Smart's Research

  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Brian Bilbray supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Brian Bilbray voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. 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."
  • Brian Bilbray. 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."
  • Brian Bilbray. Project Vote Smart: 1994 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Support President Clinton's position for a "comprehensive health care plan for all Americans.""
  • Brian Bilbray. 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."
  • Brian Bilbray. 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."
  • Brian Bilbray. 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."
  • Brian Bilbray. 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."
  • Brian Bilbray. Bilbray Statement On Passage Of Health Care Reform Bill. 21 March 2010. "We absolutely need health care reform, but this bill raises taxes on individuals when one in nine San Diegans are out of work. It raises taxes on businesses when California has 13.2 percent unemployment. It is loaded with backroom deals yet California loses out on all of them: we'll be paying for Nebraska's health care, losing out to Louisiana and Florida on extra Medicare money and getting less access to quality health care. To see this bill pass along purely partisan lines, with bipartisan opposition, is, in itself, a massive failure of leadership in Washington." (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. Congressman Brian Bilbray Discusses Health Care Repeal. 19 January 2011. "I think the vote is going to be strongly supporting that we repeal the bill that was passed last year. We go back and we do it right. We do it systematically. We address issues such as pre existing conditions and young people staying on their parents' insurance [¦] And we go back and talk about things like allowing people in California to buy their health insurance in any state they want, break up this monopoly that we've created for the insurance companies. And also talk about a big one, especially one that I learned when I was a County Supervisor working with the health departments -- and that is tort reform. Tort reform is essential for health care, it's too bad Washington wouldn't wake up for that. We should be providing the most cost-effective health care but you can't afford to continue to subsidize the trial lawyers." (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. Health Care And Education Reconciliation Act Of 2010. 25 March 2010. "It is no secret that the health care system is in need of reform. In 2007, the latest year that figures were available, total health expenditures reached $2.2 trillion, which translates to $7,421 for every man, woman and child; millions of Americans are without health insurance and San Diego doctors are finding it increasingly difficult to care for our city's most vulnerable residents. This week's debate was full of passion over many issues and arguments over the proper answer to health reform. While we can argue over many points, there is one issue where there is no debate: we need health care reform [¦] The health care bill that was signed into law will destroy our already fragile economy and lead to government control of health care. Under this new law, there will be more than $520 billion in tax increases, including a $27 billion employer mandate tax and $15 billion individual mandate tax. With 1 in 9 San Diegans out of work, this will exacerbate the problem." (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. Providing for Consideration of House Resolution 38, Reducing Non-Security Spending to Fiscal Year 2008 Levels or Less. 24 January 2011. "But I really want to speak about the opportunities we have to work in a bipartisan effort. When we talk about budget reduction, rather than denying Americans the right to live in the United States unless they buy certain insurance, why aren't we talking about doing cost reductions like California has done, not exactly a right-wing legislature [¦] If we're talking about wanting to reduce costs, why didn't the health bill allow Americans, rather than taking away the rights to live in the country, the freedom to buy across State lines? That is well within our jurisdiction as a Federal body [¦] We have not been talking about health care in the last year. We've been talking about health insurance. And the crisis that's coming down this pike is that in 10 years you may be able to call the health insurance people, but you won't be able to find a doctor unless you call 1-800 and get it over the phone." (votesmart.org)

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  • Brian Bilbray. Bilbray: "Senate 'Compromise' Rewards Illegal Immigrants with Amnesty". 17 May 2007. "The 'compromise' announced today by Senator Kennedy will reward 12 million illegal immigrants with a path to citizenship - what part of illegal does the Senate not understand? Any plan that rewards illegal behavior is amnesty. You would think that the Senate would have learned their lesson after the 1986 amnesty debacle, but it looks like their idea of a 'compromise' is to repeat the failed policies of the past." (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. San Diego Political Examiner - Bilbray on Obama's Support of Amnesty for Illegal Immigrants. 11 March 2010. "Here we go again 'so-called' comprehensive immigration reform is just a code word for amnesty for our nation's 10-20 million illegal immigrants. What part of the word "illegal' doesn't the President understand?" (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Brian Bilbray supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Brian Bilbray in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Brian Bilbray in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Brian Bilbray voted Did Not Vote on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Brian Bilbray supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive U.S. citizenship." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration. Other or expanded principles: "Employers should have access to a federal 800# to verify employment documents"
  • Brian Bilbray. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children."
  • Brian Bilbray. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Grant U.S. citizenship to children born in the US only if their parents immigrated legally."
  • Brian Bilbray. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive US citizenship."
  • Brian Bilbray. 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."
  • Brian Bilbray. CNN Lou Dobbs Tonight “ Transcript. 7 June 2006. "Absolutely essential. I mean, to the point of my campaign signs had written right across them tough on illegal immigration. I made it very clear the difference between my opponent and myself. She supported the amnesty proposal of the Senate, and I supported Mr. Sensenbrenner, that she supported Social Security benefits for illegals and I totally opposed it. And she supported automatic citizenship for the children of illegal aliens and I was the original sponsor of the birth right citizenship bill to stop that procedure [¦] They react to the issue that the greatest scandal was not about Cunningham but actually about 11 million to 12 million illegal aliens in this country, demanding that law abiding Americans change our laws and that if you really want to talk about a culture of corruption, if you give amnesty to 11 million to 12 million, which we'll end up with 30 million or 40 million people here, because somebody broke the law, that's the way you create a culture of corruption, by rewarding people who have broken our immigration laws." (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. Letter to President Obama. 9 September 2011. "Members of the bipartisan Immigration Reform Caucus along with member of the House vehemently oppose your August 18 2011 announcement to bypass Congress and use prosecutorial discretion to achieve amnesty to individuals who are illegally residing in the US. The manner with which your administration has introduced this policy not only robs the public of a thorough betting, but it also fails to appreciate the negative consequences of this policy shift [¦] Also, this policy has the added affect of further encouraging illegal immigration. Frankly put, if we don't take our own laws seriously enough to enforce, why should we expect anyone to follow them? This policy will introduce a new wave a illegal immigrants emboldened with the knowledge that not only is it okay to break the law, but they will likely be rewarded for it with de facto amnesty statues, thereby exacerbating an already vicious cycle we as a nation try been trying to address for over two decades. This attempt to satisfy the narrow interests for the pro-amnesty lobby has ultimately earned the distrust of the greater American public. Our fear is that this policy will irreparably harm the prospects of true immigration reform for many years to come. Mr President, our request is simple: enforce our immigration laws evenly without passion, prejudice or preference." (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. Politico - Bilbray, 'We Need Immigration Enforcement, Not Rewards for Illegal Immigrants'. 15 July 2010. "Republican leaders, who are pressing the federal government to secure the border before fixing the broken immigration system, said they won't support reform so long as it includes a path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants already in the country. 'They're trying to sweeten the package, but the fact is, it's got a poison pill inside it. They're asking us to swallow amnesty,' said Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-Calif.), chairman of the bipartisan Immigration Reform Caucus. 'This is a special package that rewards illegal behavior instead of enforcing the law.'" (votesmart.org)

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  • Georgia Log Cabin: Log Cabin Confronts Far Right at Texas GOP Convention. 15 June 1998. "'The Republican Party is the Party of Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan, and it must remain the party of the big tent, where all Americans who share our core Republican principles, including gay and lesbian Americans, stand shoulder to shoulder equally with everyone else,' said Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-CA). 'Don't give up, don't stop fighting for a better America and don't stop advancing the cause of equality and liberty that so many Americans from all walks of life share with you and me.'" (www.georgialogcabin.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Brian Bilbray voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Brian Bilbray voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Brian Bilbray supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Brian Bilbray voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Brian Bilbray supported the interests of the American Family Association 94 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Brian Bilbray supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 71 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)

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  • Brian Bilbray. Congressman Brian Bilbray's Statement on the Death Osama Bin Laden. 2 May 2011. "The United States of America has achieved a great victory by killing Osama Bin Laden nearly a decade after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Former President Bush, President Obama, the men and women of the armed forces, and especially the United States special forces should be commended for their bravery and determination to seek justice no matter how long it takes." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Brian Bilbray supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 50 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Bilbray. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage 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."
  • Brian Bilbray. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which are managed by the government."
  • Brian Bilbray. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage."
  • Brian Bilbray. 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."
  • Mark Walker. North County Times: ELECTIONS: Congressman Brian Bilbray says he's a better fit than opponent. 11 August 2012. "He opposes privatization of Social Security, he said, but does favor creation of a different system for younger Americans." (www.nctimes.com)

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Congressional Election 2000 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 be illegal when the fetus is viable, with or without life support.
Xc) Abortions should always be legally available.
d) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
Xe) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
Xf) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
g) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and notification requirements as decided by each state government.
Xh) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial birth" abortion.
i) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
Xj) Support "buffer-zones" by requiring demonstrators to stay at least five feet from abortion clinic doorways and driveways.
Xk) Provide funding for family planning programs as a means to decrease the number of abortions.
l) Other

Budgetary Priorities

Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following general categories.

Greatly Decrease Fundinga) Agricultural
Maintain Funding Statusb) Arts
Slightly Increase Fundingc) Defense
Greatly Increase Fundingd) Education
Slightly Increase Fundinge) Environmental
Greatly Decrease Fundingf) International aid
Slightly Increase Fundingg) Law enforcement
Greatly Increase Fundingh) Medical Research
Maintain Funding Statusi) National Aeronautical Space Administration (NASA)
Slightly Increase Fundingj) National Parks
Maintain Funding Statusk) Scientific Research
Maintain Funding Statusl) Transportation and Highway Infrastructure
Greatly Decrease Fundingm) Welfare
n) Other
2) Would you support enforcing the spending limits agreed to in 1997 by the President and Congress to balance the budget?

Defense Spending

Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories.

Maintain Funding Statusa) Armed Forces personnel training
Maintain Funding Statusb) Covert intelligence operations
Maintain Funding Statusc) Defense plant conversion
Slightly Increase Fundingd) Military hardware
Maintain Funding Statuse) Military space shuttle missions
Greatly Increase Fundingf) Pay for active duty personnel
Maintain Funding Statusg) National Missile Defense Program
Slightly Increase Fundingh) Modernization of weaponry and equipment
Greatly Increase Fundingi) Programs to improve military retention rates
Maintain Funding Statusj) Research and development of new weapons
Slightly Increase Fundingk) Troop and equipment readiness
l) Other

Budget Surplus

Indicate your priorities for spending any anticipated federal budget surplus.

High Prioritya) Defense
High Priorityb) Education
Highest Priorityc) Federal debt reduction
High Priorityd) Medicare
High Prioritye) Social Security
High Priorityf) Tax cuts
g) Other

Taxes

Indicate what levels you support concerning taxes, deductions, and tax credits in the following categories.

Income Taxes - Family Income

Greatly Decreasea) Less than $25,000
Greatly Decreaseb) $25,000 - $75,000
Greatly Decreasec) $75,000 - $150,000
Greatly Decreased) Over $150,000
e) Other

Income Taxes - Retiree Income

Greatly Decreasef) Over $40, 000
g) Other

Other Taxes

Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Greatly Decreaseb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Greatly Decreasee) Gasoline taxes
Eliminatef) Inheritance taxes
g) Other

Deductions/Credits

Slightly Increasea) Charitable deductions
Slightly Increaseb) Medical expense deductions
Slightly Increasec) Mortgage deductions
Slightly Increased) Child tax credit
Slightly Increasee) Earned income tax credit
Slightly Increasef) Student loan tax credit
g) Other

Taxes

Undecided2) Do you support replacing the current U.S. income tax structure with a flat income tax?
Yes3) Should a married couple filing jointly pay the same taxes as if they were an unmarried couple filing separately?
Yes4) Would you cut taxes if there were an operating surplus?
No5) Would you cut taxes and use Social Security surpluses to supplement the difference?
6) Other

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

a) Support public taxpayer funding for Congressional candidates who comply with campaign spending limits.
Xb) Increase the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns.
Xc) 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.
Xf) 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) Make campaign spending limits mandatory for all federal candidates.
i) Remove all contribution limits on federal candidates and parties, but require complete and immediate disclosure via the Internet.
Xj) Require Congressional candidates to raise over half of their campaign money from their home state.
k) Other

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

Xa) Broaden the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
Xb) Increase spending to build more federal prisons.
Xc) Impose "truth in sentencing" for violent criminals so they serve full sentences with no chance of parole.
Xd) Support 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 penalties for crimes committed on school grounds.
Xg) Increase funding for community policing programs.
h) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
Xi) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, and disability be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
Xj) Enforcement of civil rights should primarily be the responsibility of the federal government.
Xk) Prosecute as adults, youths accused of a felony.
Xl) Provide block grants to states for implementation of programs to combat juvenile crime.
Xm) Impose harsher penalties for youths convicted of violent offenses.
Xn) Support the use of "boot camps" as alternative sentencing for juvenile offenders.
Xo) Support programs that provide job training and placement services for at-risk youth.
p) Other

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.
c) Support capital punishment for convicted international drug traffickers.
Xd) Expand federally sponsored drug education and drug treatment programs.
Xe) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Xf) Increase border security to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the U.S.
g) Eliminate federal funding for programs associated with the "war on drugs."
h) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning education (K-12).

a) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
Xb) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any publicly-funded school.
Xc) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any participating school: public, private or religious.
Xd) Allow parents to use tax-free savings accounts to send their children to any publicly-funded school.
Xe) Allow parents to use tax-free savings accounts to send their children to any participating school: public, private or religious.
Xf) Support charter schools where teachers and professionals receive authorization and funding to establish new schools.
Xg) Promote education flexibility by giving federal funds, in the form of block grants, to the states to spend it as they see fit.
Xh) Increase funding for block grants to states to help them hire additional teachers.
Xi) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
Xj) Increase funding for computers and computer training in public schools.
Xk) Increase funding for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
Xl) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs.
Xm) Support affirmative action in public college admissions.
n) Eliminate federal financial aid for individuals convicted of drug offenses.
Xo) Increase funding of programs such as Pell grants and Stafford loans to help students pay for college.
Xp) Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college.
q) Other

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

Xa) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment.
Xb) Increase funding for national job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
Xc) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xd) Establish empowerment zones in areas with large numbers of unemployed people.
e) Eliminate any federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
Xf) Increase the federal minimum wage.
Xg) Encourage employers to offer flex-time scheduling, comp-time, and unpaid leave for family emergencies.
Xh) Provide tax credits for businesses that offer on-site child care.
i) The federal government should consider race and sex in making government contracting decisions.
Xj) The federal government should continue affirmative action programs.
k) The federal government should discontinue affirmative action programs.
Xl) The federal government should utilize merit and qualifications in making government contracting decisions.
m) Other

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) Waive environmental review requirements for grazing permits.
Xd) Revise the 1872 mining law to increase the fees charged to mining companies using federal lands.
Xe) Require states to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses of privately owned land.
Xf) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels to reduce pollution.
Xg) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
Xh) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels.
Xi) Strengthen logging restrictions on federal lands.
j) Reduce current federal regulations on the environment.
Xk) Give states added flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding federal environment regulations.
l) Other

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) Increase penalties for the possession of any illegal guns.
h) Hold gun owners responsible for crimes committed with their guns by children age 16 and under.
i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21.
Xj) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows.
k) Require a license for gun possession.
l) Other

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 health care strategies focused on prevention, including health education, and natural medicines and remedies.
Xd) 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.
Xe) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes the right to sue when claims are denied.
Xf) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes the right to appeal to an administrative board of specialists when services are denied.
Xg) Provide tax incentives to small businesses that provide health care to their employees.
Xh) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts, which would be taxed if used for purposes other than medical costs.
Xi) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
j) Allow states and local communities to use federal funds for needle-exchange programs to combat the spread of HIV.
k) Provide citizens age 55-65 the option of purchasing Medicare health coverage.
Xl) Support legislation to provide prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
Xm) Increase funding for AIDS programs.
n) Other

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

a) Decrease the number of immigrants allowed into the country.
b) Increase the eligibility of legal immigrants for certain social programs (e.g. public housing, food stamps).
c) Require the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) to reduce the time between applying for citizenship and taking the oath of allegiance to six months.
Xd) Provide extra federal aid to states with higher numbers of immigrants for necessary medical and social services.
e) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children.
Xf) Grant U.S. citizenship to children born in the US only if their parents immigrated legally.
g) Increase the immigration quota for computer scientists and other information technology workers.
Xh) Establish English as the official national language.
Xi) Support the separation of the INS into two bureaus: one administering naturalization and one administering border patrol.
j) Increase state autonomy in handling immigration issues.
Xk) Reimburse states for providing services to illegal aliens.
l) Other

International Aid

Indicate which principles (if any) you support regarding U.S. International Aid.

a) 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.
Xe) Aid programs should be scaled back and eventually eliminated except for extraordinary circumstances.
f) Other

International Policy

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

a) The U.S. should resolve future disputes with Iraq only through diplomatic means.
b) The U.S. should take unilateral military action if Iraq does not comply with all accepted United Nations resolutions.
Xc) The U.S. should take military action against Iraq only as part of an international effort.
d) The U.S. should end the economic embargo against Iraq.
e) The U.S. should not continue to play a prominent leadership role in the peace process between Israel and the Palestine Authority.
Xf) The U.S. should continue to play a prominent leadership role in the peace process between Israel and the Palestine Authority.
g) Other

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.
Xd) The U.S. should pay its debt to the United Nations.
e) Other
Yes3) Should the U.S. have full diplomatic relations with Cuba?
Yes4) Should the U.S. have full diplomatic relations with China?
Yes5) Should the U.S. recognize and extend full diplomatic relations to Taiwan?
No6) Should the US maintain ground troops in Kosovo?
Yes7) Do you support the cooperative threat reduction programs with Russia to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons to unfriendly nations?
Yes8) Do you support modifying the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty in order to deploy the National Missile Defense System?
Other

International Trade

Yes1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
No2) 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?
Yes5) Do you support imposing tariffs on products imported from nations that maintain restrictive trade barriers on American products?
No6) Should a nation's human rights record affect its normal trade relations (most favored nation status) with the United States?
No7) Do you support normal trade relations (most favored nation status) with Vietnam?
Yes8) Do you support granting the President "fast-track" authority in trade negotiations?
No9) Do you support the trade embargo against Cuba?
YesDo you believe there has been a decline in moral and ethical standards in America over the last four decades?
If Yes, please explain what you would do as a member of Congress to address this concern.

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.
Xb) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government.
c) Invest a portion of Social Security'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.
f) Limit Social Security benefits based on recipients' other income and assets.
g) Require individuals to pay the Social Security tax on incomes above $68,400 (which is currently exempt).
Xh) 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.
i) Other

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

Xa) Continuing the moratorium on Internet sales taxes.
b) Implement regulation of Internet content by the federal government.
c) Support on-line voter registration.
d) Support voting on-line.
Xe) Support government mandates to curtail violent and sexual content on television.
Xf) Support strict penalties for Internet crimes such as hacking and Internet violence.
Xg) Support strong Internet privacy laws.
h) Regulating the Internet should not in any way be controlled by the federal government.
i) Other
YesDo you support amending the Constitution to limit the number of terms which members of Congress can serve?

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 supplement 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.
Xi) Direct federal poverty aid through religious, community-based or other non-profit organizations.
j) Other
Please explain what your top two or three priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional government funding needed to implement these priorities.