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Thomas Coburn's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. Senate (OK) - Jr, Republican
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Thomas Coburn refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2010 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 issue positions, from the year 2010, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion Issues: Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Thomas Coburn. S AMDT 3330. 110th Congress. Prohibiting Funds for Groups that Perform Abortions. Project Vote Smart Summary: Thomas Coburn voted YES on 18 October 2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Coburn. S AMDT 3896. 110th Congress. Prohibiting the Funds in S 1200 from Being Used for Abortions. Project Vote Smart Summary: Thomas Coburn voted YES on 26 February 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Coburn. 1998. Project Vote Smart: Oklahoma Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Abortions should be legal only when the life of the woman is endangered;" "g) Prohibit the late-term abortion procedure known as 'partial-birth' abortion;" "h) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Senator Coburn supported the interests of NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 2007-2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Senator Coburn supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2007-2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Senator Coburn supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Coburn. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Project Vote Smart Summary: Thomas Coburn voted YES on 5 April 2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Coburn. Issue Position: Sanctity of Life. "My experience as a physician has affirmed my conviction that all human life is sacred and that life begins at conception. I oppose abortion in all cases, with the lone and rare exception of when the life of the mother is endangered." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Thomas Coburn. 1998. Project Vote Smart: Oklahoma Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Selected ELIMINATE for: "m) Estate taxes."
  • Thomas Coburn. HR 8. 108th Congress. Estate Tax Elimination Act of 2000. Project Vote Smart Summary: Thomas Coburn voted YES on 7 September 2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Coburn. Issue Position: Agriculture. "Finally, I am committed to the elimination of the death (estate) tax." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Senator Coburn supported the interests of the National Taxpayers Union 97 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Thomas Coburn. The Stimulus Package Is More Debt We Don't Need. 4 February 2009. "As the Senate considers a massive $1.1 trillion stimulus bill, it is vital that the American people ask hard questions of their elected officials. When they do, it will become very clear that the bill will not only fail to stimulate the economy, but could seriously delay economic recovery. As a nation, we got into this mess by spending and investing money that didn't exist. We won't get out of it by doing more of the same. Yet this is precisely what this bill proposes we do. Less than 10% of the bill could be considered true stimulus, if one assumes tax credits and infrastructure spending will jolt the economy. The other 90% of the bill represents one of the most egregious acts of generational theft in our nation's history, with taxpayer money going to special-interest earmarks, an ill-conceived bailout to states, and permanent spending increases that expand government's reach in areas like health care and education...One of the more egregious provisions in the Senate bill is a $166 billion bailout plan for the states that rewards bad budgeting at the state level. Simply sending cash to states without asking for appropriate sacrifices is grossly irresponsible. States will no longer have the incentive to live within their means, because they'll assume the federal government will be there to bail them out. Instead of a bailout, Congress could offer states an emergency loan that could be repaid at a low interest rate. This approach apparently wasn't considered because the members who wrote the bill aren't simply interested in saving jobs -- they want to push their agenda along the way...It's time for government to quit masking the symptoms and deal with this crisis at its source: toxic assets in the mortgage market and a federal government that continues to pollute our economy with pork and failed interventionist policies." (online.wsj.com)
  • The Club for Growth. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. Club for Growth endorsed Thomas Coburn in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Coburn HR 1424. 111th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Project Vote Smart Summary: Voted YES on 1 October 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Coburn. HR 1. 111th Congress. Appropriations, Tax Law Amendments, and Unemployment Benefit Amendments ("Stimulus Bill"). Project Vote Smart Summary: Thomas Coburn voted NO on 10 February 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Coburn. American Recovery And Reinvestment Act Of 2009. 5 February 2009. "I think we need some stimulus--I don't disagree with that--but I don't think we need to do it right now. I think we need to fix the mortgage market and the housing market and the credit market before we touch any kind of stimulus. If we do a stimulus, the best stimulus we could do would be to give the money back to the American people and let them allocate it in ways they know are best for them individually. That proposal was rejected out of hand. Now, why would that be rejected? Because we have this false sense that Washington knows better. Well, I will tell my colleagues the predicament we are in proves we don't. We don't know better, we don't have a clue, when we bring a $900 billion spending bill to the floor and we have accepted one amendment to cut $246 million out of it and we have had votes--both voice votes and recorded votes--on less than 20 amendments, and we are told by the majority leader we have to finish so we can get to conference. This bill ought to have 1,000 amendments on it, if we are truly going to do the work of the American people. We ought to debate this bill line by line. I will not agree to any unanimous consent until the next 15 amendments I have, have a scheduled time to be brought up so the American people can hear about all the stinky stuff that is in this bill." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Coburn. Dr. Coburn Statement Opposing Passage of Stimulus Bill. 10 February 2009. "U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) released the following statement today after voting against the so-called stimulus bill. 'Instead of writing a bill that will work, Congress passed a bill that puts the ideological interests of one party ahead of the economic interests of the nation. The foundational principles behind this bill were tried and failed in the 1930's. This bill represents the worst act of generational theft in our history. This bill will add $10,800 of debt to every American family with little hope of a return on our investment. If the economy improves it will be in spite of, not because of, this bill, Dr. Coburn said, citing a CBO report that predicts the stimulus bill will cause our GDP to shrink over the long term." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Business and Employment Issues: Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Thomas Coburn. 1998. Project Vote Smart: Oklahoma Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage;" "j) Other: Fully replenish the Social Security Trust Fund."
  • Thomas Coburn. Issue Position: Social Security. "Personal retirement accounts should be an option for workers. With a personal retirement account, a worker's money will be invested in safe, low-cost, broad-based funds that will allow the individual to earn an expected return of 6.5 percent after inflation, which is four times the average rate of return in the current system. These accounts would be totally voluntary. No one would be required to participate." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Crime Issues: Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Leibovich, Mark. 2009. The New Tork Times: A Senate Naysayer, Spoiling for Health Care Fight. 29 October 2009. "Mr. Coburn was elected to the Senate with a reputation for outspoken social conservatism. He had denounced the "homosexual agenda" and said he favored the death penalty "for abortionists and other people who take life." (www.nytimes.com)
  • Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants. 2005-2006. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Senator Coburn supported the interests of the Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants 20 percent in 2005-2006." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education Issues: Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Thomas Coburn. Issues. 6 September 2010. "Our Constitution does not authorize the federal government to play any formal part in local education and our Founders clearly never envisioned the overbearing role it now plays. As the federal government has increased its role in key classroom decision, students have not benefited. Federal education bureaucrats in Washington-many of whom have never set foot in a classroom as a teacher or parent-are increasingly setting the course in our communities. Our nation would be better served by returning resources and decisions to the state and community, and ultimately to parents, where they belong...In the interim, I believe federal education funds should limited directed away from federal bureaucracies and the US Department of Education should be barred from making curriculum decisions for local educators. As a member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee, I will continue to play an active role in reviewing key federal education programs like No Child Left Behind." (www.coburnforsenate.com)
  • Thomas Coburn. Issue Position: Education. "The federal government's role in education today is far too intrusive and counterproductive. I believe our Constitution empowers parents, teachers and local communities - not federal bureaucrats - to manage our children's education. Congress should do everything in its power to limit the federal role in education and return education dollars and decisions to local communities." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment and Energy Issues: Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Thomas Coburn signed Americans for Prosperity: No Climate Tax. 1 June 2009. (www.noclimatetax.com)
  • Thomas Coburn signed the Contract from America. "Stop costly new regulations that would increase unemployment, raise consumer prices, and weaken the nation's global competitiveness with virtually no impact on global temperatures." (www.thecontract.org)
  • Thomas Coburn. S AMDT 4825. 110th Congress. Carbon Emissions Cap and Trade Plan. Project Vote Smart Summary: Thomas Coburn voted NO on 6 June 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Coburn. Issue Position: Environment. "All federal environmental policies must be based on irrefutable science and not on politics. I have been disappointed in the politicization of several important environmental issues which has degraded the ability for Americans and legislators to make informed decisions. The policies we set as a nation will have a great impact on our lives and our economy and must be made based solely on scientific fact. I will work to make sure that federal policies are enforced adequately, fairly, and according to the intent of Congress. However, current federal policies that take a one-size-fits-all approach should be thoroughly reviewed by Congress for their impact on consumers, our economy, and the environment. The vast majority of Americans are working to improve our shared environment and should not be subject of onerous and inflexible federal regulation. Instead more aggressive oversight should be reserved for the bad actors in our society. We must understand the economic well-being of Americans and the well-being of our environment are tied together and policies that do not recognize this fact are neither sustainable nor effective." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Senator Coburn supported the interests of Environment America 0 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Gun Issues: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Thomas Coburn. 1998. Project Vote Smart: Oklahoma Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms;" "e) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms by law-abiding citizens;" "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms."
  • Gun Owners of America. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. Gun Owners of America endorsed Thomas Coburn in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Coburn. S AMDT 1067. 111th Congress. Allowing Loaded Guns in National Parks. Project Vote Smart Summary: Thomas Coburn voted YES on 12 May 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Coburn. Issue Position: Second Amendment. "I oppose any and all efforts to mandate gun control on law-abiding citizens. I staunchly support gun ownership and, as a gun owner myself, I believe we have a constitutional right to do so. The Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual, law-abiding citizens to own and use firearms. I was a co-sponsor of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act which was signed into law in 2005 and will shield gun manufacturers from frivolous lawsuits intended to limit gun ownership. Congress does not have the authority to decide what firearms Americans should be able to possess for lawful purposes. I support allowing national concealed carry reciprocity, shielding gun manufacturers from frivolous lawsuits, repealing the unconstitutional gun ban in our nation's Capital and other measures designed to preserve the right of innocent Americans to protect themselves and their families." (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America - April Ratings gave Senator Coburn a grade of A+." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 1991-2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Senator Coburn supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 0 percent between 1991-2009." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Issues: Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Thomas Coburn signed the Contract from America. "Defund, repeal and replace the recently passed government-run health care with a system that actually makes health care and insurance more affordable by enabling a competitive, open, and transparent free-market health care and health insurance system that isn't restricted by state boundaries." (www.thecontract.org)
  • Thomas Coburn. CBS "Face The Nation" - Transcript. 28 February 2010. "Well, I think it could change if we start it over and we actually worked and treated the disease that is plaguing American health care. The disease is cost. And until we put in the incentives to change the dynamics--the market dynamics, the fraud dynamics, the defensive medicine, that's two hundred and fifty billion dollars a year in defensive medicine costs. What we need is not more government; we need more market-oriented, patient-centered health care rather than government-centered health care." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Coburn. Discussion on Cost Containment at Bipartisan Meeting on Health Care Reform. 25 February 2010. "And whether you go to Harvard or whether you go to Thomson Reuters, there are some facts we know about health care in America. And the facts we know is one out of every three dollars that gets spent doesn't help anybody get well and doesn't prevent anybody from getting sick. The second thing we know is, from the Congressional Research Service, that most of the mal drivers today in health care come from government rules and regulations. The government now directs over 60 percent of the health care in this country. And if throwing money at it and creating new government programs could solve it, we wouldn't be sitting here today because we've done all that, it hasn't worked." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Coburn. Dr. Coburn Encourages Americans to Listen to Reading of Plan to Establish Government-run Single Payer Health Care. 16 December 2009. "U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) released the following statement today after forcing the Clerk of the Senate to read the 767 page Sanders amendment which would establish a single payer, government-run health care system in the United States. "I admire Senator Sanders for his willingness to fight for publicly what many advocate only privately -- a single payer health care system funded and controlled by bureaucrats and politicians in Washington. Every American should listen to the reading of this amendment and pay careful attention to its vote tally," Dr. Coburn said. Dr. Coburn, a practicing physician with 25 years of experience, has introduced a health care reform bill, the Patients' Choice Act, which, unlike the Sanders amendment and the Reid bill, puts patients, not politicians, at the center of our health care system." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Coburn. Health Care. 22 March 2010. "As Congress continues to engage in a national debate on health care, I have consistently been offering patient-centered solutions that would allow individuals to access care tailored to their individual needs. Consumer choice, not government coercion, has made goods and services that were once scarce affordable and accessible." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Coburn. Health Care. 4 June 2009. "If you think about the government-run health care programs today, talk about Indian health care, a government-run program that is so substandard nobody would embrace it. If you think about VA health care--although it is improving through the years--it is still far below the standards of health care in this country." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Coburn. Health Care. 9 June 2009. "The first is that individuals ought to be in charge of their health care. Nothing should stand between you as a patient and your physician. No bureaucrat, no government-run program should get in between that relationship." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration Issues: Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Thomas Coburn. S AMDT 4087. 109th Congress. Orange Card Program Amendment. Project Vote Smart Summary: Thomas Coburn voted NO on 23 May 2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 2007-2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Senator Coburn supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 80 percent in 2007-2008." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso. 2007-2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Senator Coburn supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute - March Progress Report 7 percent in 2007-2010." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer International Policy Issues: Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Thomas Coburn. HR 4899. 111th Congress. Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Supplemental Appropriations. Project Vote Smart Summary: Voted NO on 27 May 2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Coburn. S AMDT 4204. 111th Congress. Requiring Afghanistan Troop Redeployment Plan and Timetable. Project Vote Smart Summary: Voted NO on 27 May 2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Coburn. Issue Position: Iraq and the War on Terror. "It is vitally important for us, when considering Iraq and the War on Terror, to remember who we are fighting and what is at stake. We have an obligation to future generations of Americans that we achieve victory in the War on Terror. The terrorists we are confronting today in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere would be on our doorstep if we retreat. It is better to confront and disrupt terrorists in far away lands rather than allowing them to once again launch attacks on us in our own cities." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Senator Coburn supported the interests of Peace Action West 40 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Social Issues: Should marriage only be between one man and one woman? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Eagle Forum PAC. 2010. Eagle Forum PAC endorsed Thomas Coburn in the 2010 general election. (www.eagleforum.org)
  • Thomas Coburn. HR 3396. 104th Congress. Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Project Vote Smart Summary: Voted YES on 12 July 1996. (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Coburn. Issue Position: Traditional Marriage. "In order to protect the traditional definition of marriage from being rewritten by judges I support a constitutional amendment to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman." (votesmart.org)

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Congressional Election 1998 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 legally available.
b) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
c) Abortions should be legal only when the pregnancy resulted from incest, rape, or when the life of the woman is endangered.
Xd) Abortions should be legal only when the life of the woman is endangered.
e) Abortions should always be illegal.
f) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and notification requirements as decided by each state government.
Xg) Prohibit the late-term abortion procedure known as "partial-birth" abortion.
Xh) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
i) Other
1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only.
Slightly Increasea) AIDS programs
Eliminateb) Arts funding
Eliminatec) Education (K-12)
Maintain Statusd) Environmental programs
Greatly Decreasee) Foreign aid
Slightly Decreasef) Housing projects
Slightly Decreaseg) Job training programs
Slightly Increaseh) Law enforcement
Slightly Increasei) Medicaid
Slightly Increasej) Medicare
Slightly Decreasek) NASA
Maintain Statusl) Student loan programs
Slightly Decreasem) Welfare
n) Other
o) Other
p) Other
2) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following defense-related categories. Select one number (level) only.
Greatly Increasea) Armed Forces personnel training
Maintain Statusb) CIA appropriations
Maintain Statusc) Defense plant conversion
Slightly Increased) Development of new weapons
Slightly Increasee) Military hardware
Maintain Statusf) Military space shuttle missions
Greatly Increaseg) National Missile Defense Program
Slightly Increaseh) Pay for active duty personnel
i) Other
Yes3) Do you support amending the U.S. Constitution to require an annual balanced federal budget?
4) Indicate how you would apply the expected federal budget surplus.
Xa) Social Security
b) Medicare
Xc) Tax cuts
Xd) Federal debt reduction
e) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance reform.
a) Remove all legislative limits on campaign financing.
b) Establish spending limits on congressional campaigns.
c) Provide public funding for federal candidates who comply with campaign spending limits.
Xd) Support legislation that would increase the federal limits on individual contributions.
Xe) Strengthen and enforce legislation that encourages full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information.
Xf) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
g) Provide free or low-cost television advertising to candidates who agree to voluntary campaign spending limits.
Xh) Ban the unregulated campaign contributions known as soft money.
i) Pass legislation banning issue advocacy commercials by outside groups within 60 days of an election.
Xj) Prohibit non-U.S. citizens from making contributions to federal campaigns.
Xk) Other

Require 50+% of contributions be raised within the district

Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.
a) Broaden use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
Xb) Increase spending to build more federal prisons.
Xc) Impose "truth in sentencing" for violent criminals so they serve full sentences with no chance of parole.
Xd) Fund programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
e) Expand funding for community policing programs.
f) Increase penalties for the possession of any illegal firearms.
Xg) Prosecute youths accused of a felony as adults.
Xh) Increase funding for local Boys & Girls Clubs and other independent organizations in communities with at-risk youth.
i) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
j) Deport all permanent resident aliens convicted of a felony.
k) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning illegal drugs.
Xa) Increase penalties for selling illegal drugs.
Xb) Impose mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
c) Impose capital punishment for convicted international drug traffickers.
Xd) Strengthen current laws dealing with non-controlled substances, including inhalants and commercially available pills.
Xe) Increase funding of federally-sponsored drug education and drug treatment programs.
f) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Xg) Increase funding for border security to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the U.S.
h) Other
1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the economy and employment.
Xa) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment.
b) Increase funding for national job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
Xc) Reduce government regulations on the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
d) Establish empowerment zones in areas with large numbers of unemployed people.
e) Eliminate any federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
f) Increase the minimum wage.
Xg) Pass legislation that encourages employers to offer their employees the options of flex-time scheduling, comp-time and unpaid leave to attend to their family responsibilities.
Xh) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide on-site child care.
2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding affirmative action and discrimination.
a) The federal government should consider race and sex in making government contracting decisions.
b) The federal government should continue affirmative action programs only if such programs do not include quotas.
Xc) The federal government should discontinue affirmative action programs.
Xd) The federal government should prosecute cases of discrimination in the public sector.
Xe) The federal government should prosecute cases of discrimination in the private sector.
f) The federal government should include sexual orientation in its anti-discrimination laws.
g) Other
1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning education.
a) Support national standards and testing in reading and math.
Xb) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any publicly funded school.
c) Allow parents to use vouchers 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.
f) Support creation of more charter schools where teachers and professionals receive authorization and funding to establish new schools.
Xg) Give all federal education funding to states in the form of block grants and allow them to spend it as they see fit.
Xh) Support voluntary teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
i) Increase funding for block grants to states to help them hire additional teachers.
j) Other
Yes2) Do you support amending the U.S. Constitution to guarantee the right to religious expression and voluntary prayer in public places, including schools?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources.
a) Require the state to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses on privately owned land.
b) Strengthen the Clean Water Act.
c) Change the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to limit the number of habitats eligible to be designated as endangered.
d) Increase fees charged to ranchers who graze cattle on federal lands.
e) Revise the 1872 mining law to increase the fees charged to mining companies using federal lands.
f) Encourage development of alternative fuels to reduce pollution.
g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks.
h) Increase federal taxes on gasoline and diesel fuels to promote conservation and alternative fuel development.
i) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels.
j) Impose stricter national air quality standards.
k) Adhere to the United Nations treaty regarding global climate change.
l) Strengthen the restrictions on clear-cutting on federal lands.
m) Other
Indicate which level of government that should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only.
Federala) Border security
Stateb) Civil rights enforcement
Localc) Education
Stated) Environmental cleanup
Statee) Job training
Localf) Law enforcement
Stateg) Low-income housing
Stateh) Medicaid
Federali) Medicare
Federalj) Transportation infrastructure (highways, roads, bridges)
Statek) Welfare
l) Other
1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Bosnia/former Yugoslavia.
a) The U.S. should lift the arms embargo against Bosnia-Herzegovina.
b) The U.S. should maintain a military presence in Bosnia-Herzegovina with a certain deadline for withdrawal.
c) The U.S. should maintain a military presence in Bosnia-Herzegovina without a certain deadline for withdrawal.
d) Other
2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the Middle East.
a) The U.S. should resolve future disputes with Iraq through diplomatic means.
b) The U.S. should take unilateral military action if Iraq does not comply with all accepted UN resolutions.
c) The U.S. should take military action against Iraq only as part of an international effort.
d) The U.S. should not continue to play a prominent leadership role in the peace process between Israel and Palestine.
e) Other
3) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the United States-United Nations relationship.
a) The U.S. should contribute more funding and troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions.
b) The U.S. should contribute less funding and troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions.
Xc) The U.S. should participate in UN peacekeeping missions only when vital U.S. interests are involved.
d) The U.S. should not commit military troops to UN peacekeeping missions.
e) The U.S. should withdraw from the UN completely.
f) The U.S. should pay its debt to the United Nations.
Xg) Other

Demand U.N. reforms

No4) Should the U.S. have diplomatic and trade relations with Cuba?
Yes5) Should the U.S. recognize and extend full diplomatic relations to Taiwan?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.
a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons.
b) Increase federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
c) Maintain federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
Xd) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
Xe) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms by law-abiding citizens.
Xf) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms.
g) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks with firearms.
h) Other
1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues in America.
a) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care.
b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income.
c) Implement a government-financed, single-payer national health care system similar to that of Canada.
Xd) Support health care strategies focused on prevention, including health education and natural medicines and remedies.
Xe) Support legislation 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.
Xf) Allow small business owners, the self-employed and workers whose employers do not provide health insurance to have the same deductibility for health costs as corporations and large employers.
Xg) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts, which would be taxed if used for any purpose other than medical costs.
Xh) Establish limits on the amount of damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
i) Allow states and local communities to use federal funds for needle-exchange programs to combat the spread of HIV.
j) Classify nicotine as a drug and cigarettes as drug delivery devices, which should be regulated by the Federal Food and Drug Administration.
k) Provide citizens age 55-65 the option of purchasing Medicare health coverage.
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 (i.e. HUD housing, food stamps).
c) Require the Immigration and Naturalization Service to reduce to six months the time between applying for citizenship and taking the oath of allegiance.
d) 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) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive U.S. citizenship.
g) Increase the immigration quota for computer scientists and other information technology workers.
Xh) Establish English as the official and recognized language of the United States government.
i) Other
The American people have consistently mentioned the decline of morals and ethics in America as a major problem facing the country. On an attached page, in fifty words or less, explain what you will do as a member of Congress to address this concern.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security.
Xa) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage.
b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which are managed by the government.
c) Invest Social Security's assets collectively in stocks and bonds instead of U.S. Treasury securities.
d) Increase the payroll tax to finance the program in its current form.
e) Invest a portion of the budget surplus into the Social Security trust fund.
f) Increase the minimum age that determines when retirees are able to receive full Social Security benefits.
g) Lower Social Security's annual cost-of-living increases.
h) Limit Social Security benefits based on recipients' other income and assets.
i) Require individuals to pay the Social Security tax on income above $68,400, which is currently exempt.
Xj) Other

Fully replenish the Social Security Trust Fund

1) Indicate the levels you support concerning taxes in the following categories. Select one number (level) only.
Income Taxes:
Greatly Decreasea) Retiree income over $40,000
Greatly Decreaseb) Family income less than $25,000
Greatly Decreasec) Family income $25-75,000
Greatly Decreased) Family income $75-150,000
Greatly Decreasee) Family income over $150,000
Other Tax Issues:
Maintain Statusf) Alcohol taxes
Eliminateg) Capital gains taxes
Greatly Increaseh) Charitable deductions
Greatly Increasei) Child tax credit
Maintain Statusj) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusk) Corporate income taxes
l) Earned Income Tax Credit
Eliminatem) Estate taxes
Greatly Increasen) Medical expense deductions
Greatly Increaseo) Mortgage deductions
p) Other
q) Other
Undecided2) Do you support replacing the U.S. income tax structure with a flat income tax?
Yes3) Do you support eliminating the Internal Revenue Service?
Undecided4) Do you support instituting a national sales tax?
Yes5) Should a married couple filing jointly pay the same taxes as if they were an unmarried couple filing separately?
Yes6) Do you support requiring a super-majority vote in both houses of Congress to raise taxes?
7) Other
Yes1) Do you support amending the Constitution to limit the number of terms which members of Congress can serve?
If you support term limits, how many terms should each serve?
Senator (# of 6 yr. terms)

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Representatives (# of 2 yr. terms)

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No1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
No2) Do you support broadening NAFTA to include other countries in the western hemisphere?
No3) Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
No4) Do you support the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
Yes5) Do you support imposing tariffs on products imported from nations that maintain restrictive trade barriers on American products?
Yes6) Should a nation's human rights record affect its "most favored nation" trading status with the United States?
No7) Do you support granting the President "fast-track" authority?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding poverty and the welfare system.
a) Provide tax incentives for companies to hire and train homeless people who want to work.
b) Increase funding of homeless shelters and low income housing projects.
c) Increase funds for housing assistance for welfare recipients who need housing to get or keep a job.
d) Provide homeless families with apartment vouchers they can use to supplement the cost of an apartment.
Xe) Continue to give states and local governments responsibility for welfare programs through block grants.
f) Eliminate federal funds for welfare programs at the federal, state or local levels.
Xg) Maintain current welfare-to-work requirements in order for states to qualify for block grants.
Xh) Convert government-funded low-income housing projects into private housing, managed and owned by the residents.
i) Require that unwed teenage mothers live with a parent or guardian (if possible) and attend school to receive benefits.
j) Other
Please explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional government funding needed to implement these priorities.
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