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Thomas 'Tom' P. Latham

Tom Latham's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Thomas 'Tom' P. Latham
Office: U.S. House (IA) - District 3, Republican
First Elected: 11/08/1994
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Kathy; 3 Children: Justin, Jennifer, Jill
Birth Date: 07/14/1948
Birth Place: Alexander, IA
Home City: Ames, IA
Religion: Lutheran (ELCA)
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Tom Latham 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 issue positions, from the year 2012, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Tom Latham. H Amdt 436. 104th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Tom Latham voted Nay on 06/15/1995. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Tom Latham voted Nay on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Tom Latham voted Nay on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Tom Latham voted Yea on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Tom Latham voted Nay on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Tom Latham voted Nay on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Tom Latham voted Nay on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Tom Latham voted Nay on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Tom Latham voted Yea on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Tom Latham voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Tom Latham voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Tom Latham voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Tom Latham supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Tom Latham voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (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 Tom Latham a rating of 38 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Tom Latham supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Tom Latham voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Tom Latham voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Tom Latham supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Tom Latham voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Tom Latham supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "e) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?"
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Pro-life" for: "a) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?"
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Medicare, Medicaid, and federal subsidies should be prohibited from being used on abortion procedures."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial-birth" abortion."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should be illegal when the fetus is viable, with or without life support."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Congress should eliminate federal funding for clinics and medical facilities that provide abortion services."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Congress should eliminate abortion services from any federally funded health care plan."
Yes Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan?"
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "e) Should the United States increase military support to Afghanistan?"
  • Tom Latham. Latham Statement on President's Afghanistan Speech. 1 December 2009.”I understand the difficulty of the mission and the sacrifice our country is asking of our men and women in uniform, including the 3,500 members of the Iowa National Guard currently preparing for deployments in Afghanistan. But I also understand the danger of allowing the country to become a safe haven for the Taliban and Al-Qaeda. I applaud President Obama's increased commitment to training Afghan forces to provide peace and security for the country's population. The Afghan national army will have to play an increasingly prominent role to ensure the long-term stability of the country. Additionally, I remain opposed to setting an arbitrary withdrawal date that would allow the enemy to simply wait for us to go home before reasserting its presence in the region.” (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Tom Latham voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Tom Latham supported the interests of the Peace Action 25 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Tom Latham supported the interests of Peace Action West 25 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan?"
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tom Latham. Twitter: @TomLatham. 22 July 2011. “Introduced legislation to prioritize military and seniors if debt ceiling agreement isn’t reached. HR 2605.” (twitter.com)
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" 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"
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Highest Priority" for: "Indicate your priorities for spending any anticipated federal budget surplus. a) Defense"
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. c) Defense"
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. [?] c) Defense"
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. c) Defense"
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. c) Defense"
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "c) Defense"
  • Tom Latham. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Tom Latham voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Tom Latham voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Tom Latham voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Tom Latham voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Tom Latham voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Tom Latham voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Tom Latham voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Tom Latham voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Tom Latham voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Tom Latham voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. HR 2561. 106th Congress. Defense Department Appropriations bill, FY2000. Tom Latham voted Yea on 07/22/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Staff Writer. WHO-TV: Boswell, Latham Speak at VFW Convention. 15 June 2012. “Latham also discussed his effort to fight the Department of Defense spending cuts. The cuts include a Des Moines-based F-16 unit. He says it shows our troops are paying the price of bad politics.” (whotv.com)
  • Tom Latham. Department of Defense and Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011. 7 April 2011. “Now, many in the Senate would like to see the Department of Defense budget used as an offset to continue the spending binge we're on here in Washington. But we cannot allow our troops to be used as a bargaining chip in negotiation. It's time to take the Department of Defense off the table and fund our troops for the rest of this year.” (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. Hearing of the House Armed Services Committee - National Defense Priorities from Members for the FY 2013 National Defense Authorization Act. 17 April 2012. “There are alternatives to eliminating the 132nd Fighter Wing and to carrying out many of the other proposed reductions in the Guard. As you may know, the Council of Governors has suggested a series of detailed alternatives to the Air Force that would achieve the same cost savings through a more equitable distribution of reductions, and others have suggested alternatives such as reassigning more active duty fighters to the Guard. As we face a very challenging defense budget, let's work to minimize cuts to capabilities we need in the long term.” (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. House Appropriations Legislation Would Spare 32nd F-16s Until Cost-Benefit Analysis can be Carried Out. 7 May 2012. "The 132nd Fighter Wing has served our country time and again with distinction and honor, but a misguided Air Force proposal would summarily eliminate the fighter wing without a proper cost-benefit analysis. As we look for savings in the defense budget, we have to make sure the process remains accountable and based on facts, solid data and a commitment to strengthening our national security." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. Latham Statement on White House Budget. 13 February 2012. “With this budget the White House would close the Iowa National Guard's 132nd F-16 Fighter Wing, eliminating hundreds of jobs in central Iowa and with it a huge economic hit. It is clear that the decision to close the fighter wing was not based on a proper cost-benefit analysis or true defense readiness review. There are reasonable ways to cut waste in the defense budget, but this "lead from behind" defense strategy would hollow out critical capabilities in the force and weaken our national security in exchange for more failed domestic programs and irresponsible spending. I cannot support a plan that recklessly cuts jobs out of the heart of Iowa during one of the most painful economic downturns in memory." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. U.S. House Republicans Approve Measure to Prevent Shutdown While Protecting America's Troops. 7 April 2011. "Funding our troops with short-term stopgap bills is irresponsible, especially at a time when U.S. forces have been entered into yet another conflict in Libya," Congressman Latham said after the vote. "It's imperative that we give our men and women in uniform the certainty that their government will provide them the resources they need to carry out their missions. This legislation takes on even greater significance for my home state after 2,800 members of the Iowa National Guard were deployed to Afghanistan last year. Many in the Senate would like to see the Department of Defense budget used as an offset to continue the spending binge here in Washington. We cannot allow our troops to continue to be used as a bargaining chip in budget negotiations. We simply have to take care of the men and women who are risking their lives for our country across the globe." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?"
  • Tom Latham. Latham Statement in Response to President's Speech on National Debt. 13 April 2011. “I'm glad President Obama has joined the debate on how we can repair our country's fiscal standing. We simply cannot continue to spend money we don't have, and it will take a truly bipartisan effort to cut spending, reduce the debt and improve the environment for job creation. But raising taxes on anyone while the economy is in such a fragile condition will put us in an even deeper hole. Congress must realize that the government doesn't have a revenue problem. It has a spending problem.” (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. Latham Calls For Federal Fiscal Discipline Before Tax Day. 14 April 2009. "To the American taxpayers who will be left to foot the bill for Washington's spending spree, I want you to know that I stand with you and share your demands for fiscal responsibility. Raising taxes is never the answer to an economic recession. I've heard your message loud and clear, and I hope my colleagues in Congress and the congressional leadership are paying attention as well." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. Iowa Congressman Tom Latham Responds To President's Address Before Congress. 24 February 2009. “Raising taxes on any Americans in the midst of this recession will only deepen the economic crisis. And I have a duty to fight against any legislation that would put our troops in harm's way without the funding, support and equipment they need to complete their mission quickly, safely and with honor.” (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. Iowa Congressman Latham Votes for Extension of Payroll Tax Cut. 17 February 2012. "'Numerous economists have said the worst thing we can do right now is raise taxes on hardworking Americans,' said Iowa Congressman Tom Latham after his vote to pass the extension and the Medicare fix. 'As I've said since the beginning of this debate, a full-year extension of the payroll tax holiday will give the American people more certainty and peace of mind for the future. The legislation approved by the House today will protect American families, farmers and small businesses from a job-destroying tax hike and allow them to keep more of their hard-earned money while also giving seniors certainty and relief to know they will have continued access to their doctors through Medicare.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. “I, _____, pledge to the taxpayers of the (____ district of the) state of ______ and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.” (atr.org)
  • Tom Latham. Twitter: @TomLatham. 13 April 2011. “Raising taxes on anyone right now will put us in a deeper hole. The government doesn’t have a revenue problem. It has a spending problem.” (twitter.com)
  • Tom Latham. Facebook: About. 18 April 2012. “Responsible and successful Iowa families, farmers and small businesses set a great example by operating within their means, and Tom believes we should expect and demand Washington to do the same. Washington is in debt because it has a spending problem, not a taxing problem. Tom knows that taxes are a drag on our economy and that raising tax rates on hardworking American families, farmers and businesses, particularly during a recession, would be irresponsible and further stifle job creation and economic growth. He consistently has fought for comprehensive tax reform that would simplify the tax code, lower tax rates for individuals, family farms and small businesses, and eliminate loopholes that allow corporations to avoid paying their fair share of income taxes. […]” (www.facebook.com)
  • Tom Latham. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. Tom Latham voted Yea on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Tom Latham supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 84 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Tom Latham supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Tom Latham supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 100 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Tom Latham voted Yea on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tom Latham. Facebook: About. 18 April 2012. “He supports a Balanced Budget Amendment that takes away Washington’s blank-check mentality and he is known for cutting the spending he controls. Tom has authored bold legislation that identifies and targets government waste using the same methods that successful companies all over America to provide a savings of at least one in every four dollars currently spent by the federal government. […]” (www.facebook.com)
  • Tom Latham. Latham Statement on Spending Cuts Included in Continuing Resolution. 11 February 2011. “Together with my colleagues on the House Appropriations Committee, we've put together a plan to weed out unnecessary, wasteful and excessive spending across the federal budget. This process has produced legislation that contains the largest series of spending reductions in the history of Congress, returning spending levels to their pre-stimulus and pre-bailout non-security funding levels and cutting $100 billion from the White House's budget request, as was outlined in the Republican Pledge to America last year.” (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. Latham Report: Congress Finally Starts Down the Road Less Traveled. 21 February 2011. “I joined a majority of my colleagues in the House of Representatives early Saturday morning to vote in favor of cutting $100 billion in federal spending over the president's funding request for the current fiscal year. This measure, known as a continuing resolution, contains some of the biggest spending cuts in the history of Congress.” (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. Issue Position: Government Spending & Debt. 28 September 2011. “I fought against and voted against the 2008 Wall Street bailout, the ineffective stimulus legislation of 2009, and the numerous bailouts and debt-piling budgets and spending schemes over the past any months. And, I will continue to vote against legislation that further endangers our nation's financial solvency and free-enterprise based economy. Out of concern for our nation's future, I am fighting for unused stimulus funds and reclaimed bailout funds to be dedicated solely to reducing our deficit rather than become revolving slush funds for the federal government to continue prying into private companies and waste U.S. taxpayer dollars on ineffective government projects.” (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?"
  • 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 Tom Latham a rating of 90 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Tom Latham supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Tom Latham voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Tom Latham voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "2) Would you support enforcing the spending limits agreed to in 1997 by the President and Congress to balance the budget?"
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked 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."
  • Tom Latham. Issue Position: Jobs and the Economy. 30 September 2011. “Small business and investment is the driving force behind job creation in Iowa and in America. 65% to 70% of the nation's new jobs are created by small businesses -- and almost 98% of employers in Iowa are small businesses. Unfortunately, the policies enacted and proposed by this Congress and the White House over the past twenty months has created an environment of uncertainty for many Americans and for America's small businesses that has paralyzed job creation. We need to cut government regulation and red tape, stop looming tax hikes, and provide incentives to small businesses to invest, grow and hire new employees that will be the kick start to a true long term economic recovery.” (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. Tom Latham voted Yea on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Tom Latham voted Yea on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. Iowa Small Businesses Will Grow & Hire New Employees Under U.S. House Tax Relief Measure. 19 April 2012. “Iowa Congressman Latham will vote on Thursday for a proposal to spark job creation by extending much needed tax relief to America's small businesses. 'Small businesses are the heartbeat of our economy,' Congressman Latham said. 'This legislation is a critical step toward a healthier environment for businesses to grow and expand in Iowa and across the country. I'm voting for a better path to a healthy economy that restores economic security and opportunity for the American people.' The Small Business Tax Cut Act of 2012, which is expected to be voted on by the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday, would extend a tax cut of 20 percent to all businesses with fewer than 500 employees. With a reduced tax burden, small businesses will be able to invest, expand and create new jobs.” (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. Facebook: About. 18 April 2012. “Tom knows what it takes to make a payroll, grow a business and keep a farming operation productive because he has done it. His number one priority is fighting for policies that promote job growth and a strong economy. Tom’s comprehensive regulation reform legislation eliminates outdated, costly regulations and makes Washington bureaucrats listen to the voices of the people, bringing certainty back to America’s workplace and opening the door for massive job creation. […]” (www.facebook.com)
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Iowa 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."
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Iowa 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."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Establish a nationwide competency test for teachers and encourage states to adopt it."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Eliminate the U.S. Department of Education."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Establish "National Standards" for K-12 schools and encourage states to adopt them."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support the federal government funding universal pre-K programs."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • Tom Latham. Issue Position: Education. 28 September 2011. “Because a quality education is one of the best investments we can make in our future generations of leaders I support policies that will provide federal assistance to state and local governments but limit the federal role in our local education. I firmly believe that local communities and parents know best when it comes to the educational needs of their children.” (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Tom Latham voted Yea on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "c) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?"
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?"
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?"
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. d) Education"
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "d) Education"
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?"
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. d) Education"
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "k) Eliminate all federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind)."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind)."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. [?] d) Education"
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Education"
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Iowa 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."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Providing education is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Support opening a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Support domestic oil exploration in areas that are currently restricted."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "e) Do you support domestic oil exploration in federally-protected areas?"
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Tom Latham supported the interests of Environment America 40 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Tom Latham voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Tom Latham voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Tom Latham voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. My Protest Speech. 14 August 2008. “So we have got to go after the resources we have in such abundance, and we can do it. We're smart enough as Americans to do it in an environmentally conservationist way that will help us become independent, but also do it in the right way. We have tremendous reserves up in Alaska; we have offshore that we can go after today if we were just allowed to have a vote. And this is about American oil, this is about American natural gas, I don't know how many people are aware that we can only drill for gas on about 3 percent of the offshore. 97% of the gas there is prohibited from drilling. When we look at the oil around the world ... and everybody talks about big oil companies and how they control the market, 94 percent of the oil in the world today is controlled by other nations.” (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. U.S. House Energy Action Team Pushes Energy Initiatives to Lower Costs for Hardworking Taxpayers. 28 March 2012. “Iowa Congressman Tom Latham on Wednesday continued his calls on Congress to consider and enact several common-sense energy initiatives to responsibly develop vast U.S. energy resources and lower costs for American families. Latham was named to the group that is tasked with leading the charge to advance a true all-of-the-above approach to address the energy challenges facing our country. […] The House Energy Action Team congressional energy task force unveiled the next phase of its energy strategy at a Capitol Hill press conference Wednesday with four specific proposals to ease America's energy crunch. The action team is calling for the following policies: [...] -- Expedited responsible permitting of domestic oil and natural gas production on federal lands.” (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. Issue Position: Energy and Gas Prices. 28 September 2011. “Currently, federal prohibitions, driven by special interests in Washington, are in place preventing commonsense access to oil and natural gas reserves in land and offshore located in and near our own country. By lifting these prohibitions and accessing these valuable resources in a safe and environmentally responsible manner we can begin reducing the costs of family energy bills from electricity to the price we pay at the pump.” (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. LATHAM REPORT: Yet Another Labor Day When Americans Are Rightfully Asking Where the Jobs Are. 28 August 2011. “In May, the House passed multiple bills aimed at jumpstarting offshore leasing for domestic energy exploration. In addition, I have been working with some of my House colleagues as part of a legislative action team to develop a comprehensive national energy policy. The price of gasoline continues to cause financial pain for families across the country, and I have long supported an all-of-the-above approach to make energy costs more affordable. That not only means expanded domestic energy exploration, but better conservation practices, development of renewable energy sources and greater use of nuclear energy -- which also means American jobs.” (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Eliminate government regulations to encourage investment and economic expansion of the private sector."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Iowa 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."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Consider further increasing federal taxes on gasoline and diesel fuels."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Encourage further market based strategies to clean up the environment such as pollution credits."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Iowa 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."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Pass stronger clean water and clean air legislation."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Reduce current federal regulations on the environment."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Support the U.S. re-entering the current Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Support the U.S. re-entering the Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "m) Support the Kyoto Protocol to limit global warming."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Support Clear Skies Act to reduce power plant emissions by setting a national cap on pollutants."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits under "cap and trade" laws."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?"
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?"
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "c) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?"
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "b) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?"
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Tom Latham supported the interests of Environment America 40 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Tom Latham supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 30 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Tom Latham voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Tom Latham voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. Americans for Prosperity: No Climate Tax. 10 August 2010. “I, Tom Latham, pledge to the taxpayers of the State of Iowa and to the American people that I will oppose any legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue.” (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. EPA Proposal Would Raise Costs Without Benefiting The Environment. 22 June 2009. “I introduced the amendment, which passed by a 31-27 vote during a full committee markup, to stop the EPA from imposing upon animal producers a federal mandate that would require them to monitor and report greenhouse gas emissions in manure management systems. In all likelihood, such a rule would force producers to foot the bill for the equipment and personnel to monitor the emissions, adding a significant expense to an industry that's already dealing with struggling markets and the economic downturn. […] Farmers have a duty to protect the environment. After all, their livelihood depends on a healthy ecosystem. But this regulation does nothing to impact the environment or improve manure management procedures. It contains no mechanism or incentive to encourage farmers to adopt environmentally friendly agricultural practices. This is regulation for its own sake, and it will drive up the cost of doing business in one of the most important sectors of our economy.” (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. Jobs, Economy on the Menu for House. 14 January 2012. “Latham is also concerned over the Environmental Protection Agency’s move to reduce mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants. Latham said if new emission standards are enacted, between two and three coal-fired plants in Iowa would close.'It could make electricity more expensive and less reliable which is exactly what we don’t need now,' he said. 'Since the EPA was not able to pass Cap and Trade, they will do it by regulation rather than legislation.'” (www.tomlatham.com)
  • Tom Latham. Latham Works To Protect Consumers From Cap & Trade-Induced Energy Price Hike. 24 June 2009. “Under the cap-and-trade energy proposal, the government would limit carbon emissions and require businesses to buy emissions permits, which they could then use or sell to other businesses. Latham's amendment would cancel the cap-and-trade policy if it is determined that the average price of electricity sold to users in one or more Census Divisions in the United States has increased as a result of implementation of the legislation. This legislation is considered by many to be a national energy tax that has the potential to cause American jobs to be shipped overseas in the middle of one of the deepest recessions in decades. […] 'Experts across the country are predicting that cap-and-trade will financially hurt American families and small businesses by driving up their energy bills,' Congressman Latham said. 'My amendment would establish a shut-off valve to protect Americans if those predictions come true. I urge my colleagues to consider this common-sense proposal.'” (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Impose a national ban on the sale of handguns to minors."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Impose a national ban on the public sale of assault weapons."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Renew the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Reauthorize the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories. c) Enforcement of existing restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Allow individuals to carry concealed guns."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories. d) Restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Ban the sale, ownership or possession of handguns except by law enforcement and other government officials."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "c) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?"
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?"
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?"
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?"
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Tom Latham supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 10 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Tom Latham a grade of 82." (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Tom Latham in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Tom Latham voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Tom Latham voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Tom Latham voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Tom Latham voted Yea on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. HR 125. 104th Congress. Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995. Tom Latham voted Yea on 03/22/1996. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. Tom Latham on the Critical Issues. “Mr. Latham supports the 2nd Amendment and the right for U.S. citizens to bear arms. Throughout the past decade Tom has voted in support of the 2nd Amendment and gun owner rights. In 2007, Tom voted against the registration and trigger lock law proposed by Washington. Mr. Latham also voted in support of teaching children gun safety and lifesaving tactics. Going into 2012, Tom will continue to protect the 2nd Amendment.” (www.vote4tom.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Support President Clinton's position for a "comprehensive health care plan for all Americans.""
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Iowa 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."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Iowa 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."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Iowa 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."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Iowa 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."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Providing healthcare is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal healthcare program to guarantee coverage to all Americans, regardless of income."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?"
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?"
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Tom Latham supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 20 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Tom Latham voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. Facebook: About. 18 April 2012. “Healthcare decisions should always be between patients and their doctors and not decided by a faceless Washington bureaucrat. Tom has authored common-sense legislation that lowers insurance and health care costs for Iowans, expands their access to health care, protects patients through insurance reforms and removes government intrusion into our personal health care decisions. Tom’s work addresses the flaws and inadequacies in our health care system without destroying what works well, without increasing our deficits, and without resorting to the big-government approach at the heart of the nation’s new health care law. […]” (www.facebook.com)
  • Tom. Facebook: Wall. 10 April 2012. “President Obama’s landmark health-care initiative, long touted as a means to control costs, will actually add more than $340 billion to the nation’s budget woes over the next decade, according to a new study by a Republican member of the board that oversees Medicare financing.” (www.facebook.com)
  • Tom Latham. Issue Position: Healthcare. 28 September 2011. “I am fighting to repeal this new health care law that increases costs of coverage, kills jobs, raises taxes, threatens seniors' access to care and will cause millions of Americans to lose the coverage they have and like and replace it with better solutions.” (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. Latham Report: Two Years Later, Those Who Voted For New Health Care Law Are Seeing "What Is In It". 19 March 2012. “The American people were making it very clear from the outset of the heath care debate that they wanted reform legislation to make health care more affordable and accessible in this country. And, while Nancy Pelosi and those who voted for the health care law passed it to "find out what is in it," the bill that finally made its way to President Obama's desk will actually increase premiums for millions of Americans, destroy jobs and increase the deficit. The legislation missed the mark so widely that it has become necessary to repeal the bill and replace it with common-sense reforms the majority of Americans have called for. […] Two years later, we're discovering all of the broken promises, budgeting gimmicks and accounting tricks that were included in the president's new health care law. Now that we really know "what is in it," we need to repeal the law and replace it with better solutions based on common sense ideas that will produce better results for the health care quality and access of all Americans.” (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Iowa 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."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Grant U.S. citizenship to children born in the US only if their parents immigrated legally."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Allow legalization for certain illegal immigrants working in the U.S."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Illegal immigrants should have to return to their countries of origin before being considered for citizenship."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Illegal immigrants should be given a pathway to citizenship."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?"
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?"
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Tom Latham supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Tom Latham supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Tom Latham voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Tom Latham voted Yea on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. Granting Driver's License Opens Dangerous Gateway for Illegal Immigrants (Rep. Tom Latham). 7 November 2011. “By providing an official government-issued ID to individuals who are illegally in this country, New York and the other three states are giving a level of credibility and a reward to those who show disrespect and disregard for our nation’s immigration laws. […] From its founding, America has consistently applied equal protection under the law to citizens and legal visitors. The very act of entering this country illegally shows disrespect for this important principle and I believe that it should not be rewarded in any way.” (thehill.com)
  • Meghan Malloy. Latham: No immigration reform this year. 23 August 2010. “There likely won’t be any immigration reform legislation passed by Congress until President Barack Obama gives up on amnesty, U.S. Rep. Tom Latham, R-Ames, said during a town hall meeting in Webster City Thursday. […] 'Nothing will done on it this year, I’m sure of that,” Latham said. “It will be difficult to get anything signed by [the president] that doesn’t involve amnesty.'” (iowaindependent.com)
  • Tom Latham. Issue Position: Immigration. 30 September 2011. “I am a strong proponent of giving access to the American Dream to those around the world through legal immigration. From its founding America have established laws for its citizens and visitors. We live in a land ruled by law, and no man, woman, illegal immigrant or employer is above the law. Those who wish to ignore or break these laws by entering America illegally should be held accountable and should not receive preferential treatment. I will always remain opposed to illegal immigration.” (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "k) Should marriage be restricted to a union only between a man and a woman?"
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "j) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?"
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "i) Do you support a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between a man and woman?"
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman?"
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?"
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?"
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Tom Latham supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 14 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Tom Latham supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 3 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Tom Latham supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 85 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Tom Latham supported the interests of the American Family Association 94 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Tom Latham supported the interests of the Family Research Council 85 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Tom Latham voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Tom Latham voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Tom Latham voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Timothy J. Alberta. The Wall Street Journal: Iowa Becomes First Midwest State to Allow Same-Sex Marriage. 3 April 2009. “The Iowa Supreme Court ruled unanimously Friday that the state’s 11-year-old law limiting marriages to a man and a woman runs counter to the state constitution, making Iowa the third state in the nation—and first in the Midwest—to legalize gay marriage … U.S. Rep. Tom Latham, whose district stretches across north and central Iowa, said was 'disappointed' in the courts ruling, adding, 'I expect the Iowa Legislature to address this issue before they adjourn for the year.'” (blogs.wsj.com)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "f) Do you support a policy of pre-emptive strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to national security?"
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?"
No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Iowa 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."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Iowa 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."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Iowa 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."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Iowa 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."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Iowa 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."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "" for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts that they manage themselves."
  • Tom Latham. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Iowa Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?"
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Tom Latham supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 50 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. Facebook: About. 18 April 2012. “Generations of Americans rely on Social Security and Medicare as the foundation of their retirement planning and safety net. Tom has always voted to uphold Social Security and Medicare as contracts between Americans and the federal government that must be honored without question. He has fought for solutions that would preserve, strengthen and improve these programs without cutting benefits by a single penny, raising payroll taxes, increasing the retirement age or privatizing the system. Tom is dedicated to making sure that these important programs are safe and accessible for current and near retirees and for many generations to come. […]” (www.facebook.com)
  • Tom Latham. Social Security – It is Time to sit Down and Talk. 21 February 2005. “President Bush has clearly stated, as far as he is concerned, all ideas are on the table. Rest assured that, while I look forward to a bipartisan, common sense solution to the long term problems of the program, I will continue to fight for reforms that protect the current benefits and needs of current retirees and those nearing retirement. This includes absolutely opposing any plan that would privatize Social Security.” (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Latham. Issue Position: Social Security & Retirement Security. 30 September 2011. “One of the proposals Congressman Latham has always supported is that of allowing younger workers the ability to have a list of options, provided by the Social Security Administration, in how a portion of their mandatory Social Security contributions could be saved. One option that Congressman Latham supports is allowing voluntary participation in Social Security investment options that have traditionally received a higher percentage return in the long run … For the record, Congressman Latham will never vote to privatize Social Security or Medicare.” (votesmart.org)

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Iowa Congressional Election 2010 Political Courage Test

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

Pro-lifeCandidate Answera) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?
b) Should abortion be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy?
Yesc) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
Yesd) Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?
Yese) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?
f) Other or expanded principles
1) Spending
Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once.
Maintain Statusa) Agriculture
Slightly Decreaseb) Arts
Maintain Statusc) Defense
Maintain Status1) Intelligence operations
Maintain Status2) Military hardware
Maintain Status3) National missile defense
Maintain Status4) Salary and benefits for active duty personnel
Maintain Status5) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Maintain Status6) Research and development of new weapons
Maintain Statusd) Education
Slightly Decreasee) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Homeland security
Greatly Decreaseg) International aid
Maintain Statush) Medical research
Maintain Statusi) Scientific research
Slightly Decreasej) Space exploration
Greatly Decreasek) United Nations
Slightly Decreasel) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories
2) Taxes
Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Decreaseb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Decreased) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Decreasef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Decreaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
i) Other or expanded categories
YesCandidate Answer3) Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax?
Yes4) Do you support requiring the federal budget to be balanced each year?
NoCandidate Answer5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?
6) Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate Answera) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?
Yesb) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Noc) Do you support increasing the federal minimum wage?
Yesd) Do you support the ability of workers to unionize?
Yese) Do you support federal funding for job-training programs that retrain displaced workers?
f) Other or expanded principles
Yesa) Do you support increasing the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns?
Nob) Should Congress regulate indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Yesc) Do you support removing all contribution limits on federal campaigns?
Nod) Should candidates for federal office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Yese) Do you support giving the President the power of the line item veto for items concerning appropriations?
Yesf) Do you support limiting the President's ability to define how legislation is applied through the use of signing statements?
g) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Yesb) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related training and job-placement assistance when released?
Yesc) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with substance abuse treatment?
Yesd) Do you support reduced prison sentences for non-violent offenders?
Yese) Do you support mandatory prison sentences for selling illegal drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate Answera) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?
Yesb) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?
Yesc) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?
Yesd) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?
Yese) Do you support the federal government providing college students with financial aid?
f) Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate Answera) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Nob) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Noc) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?
Yesd) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?
Yese) Do you support domestic oil exploration in federally-protected areas?
Yesf) Do you support federal funding for the development of alternative energy?
Yesg) Do you support the development of nuclear reactors?
h) Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate Answera) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Yesb) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?
Yesc) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
Nod) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?
e) Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate Answera) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?
Yesb) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
Yesc) Should the federal government expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts?
Yesd) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Noe) Do you support relaxing regulations on the importation of prescription drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate Answera) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?
Nob) Do you support decreasing the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country?
Yesc) Do you support establishing English as the official national language?
Yesd) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
e) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan?
Yesb) Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan?
Yesc) Do you support increasing economic development assistance for Afghanistan?
Yesd) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?
Yese) Do you support granting aid to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States?
Yesf) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
Yesg) Do you support increasing sanctions on Iran if it continues to defy United Nations mandates?
Yesh) Do you support the withdrawal of United States troops from Iraq?
Yesi) Do you support the United States' involvement in free trade agreements?
j) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Nob) Do you support allowing openly-gay men and women to serve in the United States military?
Noc) Do you support federal funding for embryonic stem cell research?
Yesd) Should the federal government end affirmative action programs?
e) Other or expanded principles
Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

1 - Growing the nation's economy and job opportunities for Americans
2 - Reducing government waste, debt and spending

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