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Matt Salmon's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (AZ) - District 5, Republican
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Matt Salmon has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Matt Salmon is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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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 2014, 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

  • Matt Salmon. Protecting Life and Liberty. 19 September 2012. " As a member of Congress, I earned a 100% rating by the National Right to Life for my firm commitment to fight for the lives of the unborn." (www.salmonforcongress.com)
  • Matthew Salmon. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Arizona Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Congress should eliminate federal funding for clinics and medical facilities that provide abortion services."
  • Matthew Salmon. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Arizona Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Congress should eliminate abortion services from any federally funded health care plan."
  • Matt Salmon. Twitter:salmoncongress. 30 July 2012. "I'm very pleased to see that Arizona's law to ban abortion after 20 weeks was upheld by the federal courts this morning." (twitter.com)
  • Matthew Salmon. H Amdt 436. 104th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Matthew Salmon voted Nay on 06/15/1995. (votesmart.org)
  • Matthew Salmon. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Matthew Salmon voted Did Not Vote on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Matthew Salmon. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Matthew Salmon voted Yea on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Matthew Salmon. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Matthew Salmon voted Nay on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Matthew Salmon. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Matthew Salmon voted Nay on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Matthew Salmon. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Matthew Salmon voted Yea on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Matthew Salmon. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Matthew Salmon voted Nay on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Matthew Salmon. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Matthew Salmon voted Nay on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • Matthew Salmon. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Matthew Salmon voted Nay on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Matt Salmon. Facebook: Wall. 30 July 2012. "Defending the lives of the unborn was the biggest reason I joined the Republican Party when I turned 18 years old and I'm proud to have earned a 100% rating by the National Right to Life for my record in Congress. I will be a strong champion for the pro-life movement once again when I return to Congress." (www.facebook.com)
  • Matt Salmon. Facebook: Wall. 5 September 2012. "I have always stood on the side of protecting the unborn and this will remain one of my highest priorities when I return to Congress." (www.facebook.com)
  • Matt Salmon. Protecting Life and Liberty. 19 September 2012. " As a member of Congress, I earned a 100% rating by the National Right to Life for my firm commitment to fight for the lives of the unborn." (www.salmonforcongress.com)
  • Matthew Salmon. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Arizona Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Congress should eliminate federal funding for clinics and medical facilities that provide abortion services."
  • Matthew Salmon. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Arizona Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Congress should eliminate abortion services from any federally funded health care plan."
  • Matt Salmon. Twitter:salmoncongress. 30 July 2012. "I'm very pleased to see that Arizona's law to ban abortion after 20 weeks was upheld by the federal courts this morning." (twitter.com)
  • Matthew Salmon. H Amdt 436. 104th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Matthew Salmon voted Nay on 06/15/1995. (votesmart.org)
  • Matthew Salmon. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Matthew Salmon voted Did Not Vote on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Matthew Salmon. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Matthew Salmon voted Yea on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Matthew Salmon. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Matthew Salmon voted Nay on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Matthew Salmon. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Matthew Salmon voted Nay on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Matthew Salmon. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Matthew Salmon voted Yea on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Matthew Salmon. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Matthew Salmon voted Nay on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Matthew Salmon. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Matthew Salmon voted Nay on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • Matthew Salmon. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Matthew Salmon voted Nay on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Matt Salmon. Facebook: Wall. 30 July 2012. "Defending the lives of the unborn was the biggest reason I joined the Republican Party when I turned 18 years old and I'm proud to have earned a 100% rating by the National Right to Life for my record in Congress. I will be a strong champion for the pro-life movement once again when I return to Congress." (www.facebook.com)
  • Matt Salmon. Facebook: Wall. 5 September 2012. "I have always stood on the side of protecting the unborn and this will remain one of my highest priorities when I return to Congress." (www.facebook.com)
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

  • Matt Salmon signed Americans for Americans for Tax Reform: The Taxpayer Protection Pledge. "I pledge to the taxpayers of the state of Arizona 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." (s3.amazonaws.com)
  • Matt Salmon signed Americans for Americans for Tax Reform: The Taxpayer Protection Pledge. "I pledge to the taxpayers of the state of Arizona 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." (s3.amazonaws.com)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Matt Salmon. Issue Position: Growth and Prosperity. 1 January 2012. "I believe America's economy thrives when our lawmakers advance policies that encourage, not discourage, entrepreneurship, investment and free enterprise. Wall Street bailouts and government takeovers will never stimulate our economy and do nothing but increase the size and cost of our federal government. A real stimulus program starts by reforming our tax and regulatory systems, so we can untie the hands of businesses looking to expand, invest or hire additional workers." (votesmart.org)
  • Matt Salmon. Facebook: Wall. 8 May 2012. "If leaders from both parties can't make the tough decisions necessary to cut spending then our massive debt will almost certainly cause long-term and extraordinary damage to our country, just as we saw with Greece." www.facebook.com/salmonforcongress/posts/372919209421995
  • Matt Salmon. Issue Position: Growth and Prosperity. 1 January 2012. "I believe America's economy thrives when our lawmakers advance policies that encourage, not discourage, entrepreneurship, investment and free enterprise. Wall Street bailouts and government takeovers will never stimulate our economy and do nothing but increase the size and cost of our federal government. A real stimulus program starts by reforming our tax and regulatory systems, so we can untie the hands of businesses looking to expand, invest or hire additional workers." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Walsh. The Arizona Republic: Matt Salmon Seeks to Replace Jeff Flake in U.S. House. 19 April 2011. "'Government debt and Congressional inability to control spending is the greatest crisis facing America today." (www.azcentral.com)
  • Matt Salmon. Facebook: Wall. 8 May 2012. "If leaders from both parties can't make the tough decisions necessary to cut spending then our massive debt will almost certainly cause long-term and extraordinary damage to our country, just as we saw with Greece." www.facebook.com/salmonforcongress/posts/372919209421995
  • Jim Walsh. The Arizona Republic: Matt Salmon Seeks to Replace Jeff Flake in U.S. House. 19 April 2011. "'Government debt and Congressional inability to control spending is the greatest crisis facing America today." (www.azcentral.com)
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

  • Matthew Salmon. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Arizona Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Establish a nationwide competency test for teachers and encourage states to adopt it."
  • Matt Salmon. Educating our Future. 19 September 2012. "I believe the solution to improving our education begins by removing the federal government regulation and bureaucratic standards held on our public schools, and returning control and funding authority to the state and local levels." (www.salmonforcongress.com)
  • Matt Salmon. 2012 Phoenix Arizona Congressional Questionnaire. Responded "None. Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution does not list education as a responsibility of the federal government and I will co-sponsor legislation to eliminate the Department of Education and block grant funds back to the states. I believe parents and local administrators in Arizona can make better education choices for our children than Washington bureaucrats." to the question: "What should the federal government's role in education be?" (www.azcentral.com)
  • Matthew Salmon. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Matthew Salmon voted Yea on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Matthew Salmon. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Arizona Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Establish "National Standards" for K-12 schools and encourage states to adopt them."
  • Matthew Salmon. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Arizona Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Eliminate the U.S. Department of Education."
  • Matt Salmon. Educating our Future. 19 September 2012. "I believe the solution to improving our education begins by removing the federal government regulation and bureaucratic standards held on our public schools, and returning control and funding authority to the state and local levels." (www.salmonforcongress.com)
  • Matt Salmon. 2012 Phoenix Arizona Congressional Questionnaire. Responded "None. Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution does not list education as a responsibility of the federal government and I will co-sponsor legislation to eliminate the Department of Education and block grant funds back to the states. I believe parents and local administrators in Arizona can make better education choices for our children than Washington bureaucrats." to the question: "What should the federal government's role in education be?" (www.azcentral.com)
  • Matthew Salmon. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Matthew Salmon voted Yea on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Matthew Salmon. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Arizona Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Establish "National Standards" for K-12 schools and encourage states to adopt them."
  • Matthew Salmon. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Arizona Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Establish a nationwide competency test for teachers and encourage states to adopt it."
  • Matthew Salmon. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Arizona Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Eliminate the U.S. Department of Education."
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

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Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Matthew Salmon. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Arizona Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Encourage further market based strategies to clean up the environment such as pollution credits."
  • Matthew Salmon. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Arizona Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Pass stronger clean water and clean air legislation."
  • Matthew Salmon. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Arizona 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."
  • Matthew Salmon. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Arizona Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Eliminate government regulations to encourage investment and economic expansion of the private sector."
  • Matthew Salmon. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Arizona Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Consider further increasing federal taxes on gasoline and diesel fuels."
  • Matthew Salmon. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Arizona 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."
  • Matt Salmon. Salmon Commits to No Climate Tax Pledge. 11 August 2011. "I proudly support the efforts by Americans for Prosperity to protect taxpayers from tax increases due to climate change legislation. As I learned during my previous tenure in Congress, politicians are always looking for excuses to raise revenue through tax hikes and the climate change issue has become another bad argument for doing so. I pledge to oppose any efforts by these tax-and-spend lawmakers to increase the tax burden on citizens and businesses when I go back to Washington." (www.salmonforcongress.com)
  • Matt Salmon. 2012 Phoenix Arizona Congressional Questionnaire. Responded "No." to the question: "Would you support a cap-and-trade-style measure to address climate change?" (www.azcentral.com)
  • Matthew Salmon. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Arizona Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Encourage further market based strategies to clean up the environment such as pollution credits."
  • Matthew Salmon. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Arizona Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Pass stronger clean water and clean air legislation."
  • Matthew Salmon. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Arizona 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."
  • Matthew Salmon. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Arizona Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Eliminate government regulations to encourage investment and economic expansion of the private sector."
  • Matthew Salmon. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Arizona Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Consider further increasing federal taxes on gasoline and diesel fuels."
  • Matthew Salmon. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Arizona 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."
  • Matt Salmon. 2012 Phoenix Arizona Congressional Questionnaire. Responded "No." to the question: "Would you support a cap-and-trade-style measure to address climate change?" (www.azcentral.com)
  • Matt Salmon. Salmon Commits to No Climate Tax Pledge. 11 August 2011. "I proudly support the efforts by Americans for Prosperity to protect taxpayers from tax increases due to climate change legislation. As I learned during my previous tenure in Congress, politicians are always looking for excuses to raise revenue through tax hikes and the climate change issue has become another bad argument for doing so. I pledge to oppose any efforts by these tax-and-spend lawmakers to increase the tax burden on citizens and businesses when I go back to Washington." (www.salmonforcongress.com)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Matthew Salmon. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Matthew Salmon voted Did Not Vote on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Matthew Salmon. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Arizona Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Impose a national ban on the public sale of assault weapons."
  • Matthew Salmon. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Arizona Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Impose a national ban on the sale of handguns to minors."
  • Matthew Salmon. HR 125. 104th Congress. Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995. Matthew Salmon voted Yea on 03/22/1996. (votesmart.org)
  • Matthew Salmon. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Matthew Salmon voted Did Not Vote on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Matt Salmon. Protecting Life and Liberty. 19 September 2012. " I am a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association and received an A+ rating for my strong support of 2nd Amendment rights during my time in Congress." (www.salmonforcongress.com)
  • Matthew Salmon. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Arizona Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Impose a national ban on the public sale of assault weapons."
  • Matthew Salmon. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Arizona Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Impose a national ban on the sale of handguns to minors."
  • Matthew Salmon. HR 125. 104th Congress. Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995. Matthew Salmon voted Yea on 03/22/1996. (votesmart.org)
  • Matt Salmon. Protecting Life and Liberty. 19 September 2012. " I am a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association and received an A+ rating for my strong support of 2nd Amendment rights during my time in Congress." (www.salmonforcongress.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Matthew Salmon. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Arizona Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Support President Clinton's position for a "comprehensive health care plan for all Americans.""
  • Matt Salmon signed Independent Women's Voice: Obamacare Repeal Pledge. "I pledge, if elected, to vote for all bills which seek to REPEAL the health care bill, HR 3590, signed into law on March 23, 2010.* To that end, I would now and will in the next Congress endorse and vote for all measures, including discharge petitions, leading to its defunding, deauthorization, and repeal. I shall do so whether those measures are taken for the whole of the bill or those component parts that impose mandates, restrict patient and doctor choice and access, violate individual freedom and privacy, reduce healthy competition, increase costs, or raise taxes. *The healthcare bill is defined as consisting of: 1) The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590), signed into law on March 23, 2010; and 2) The Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act (H.R. 4872), signed into law on March 30, 2010." (www.therepealpledge.com)
  • Matthew Salmon. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Arizona Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Support President Clinton's position for a "comprehensive health care plan for all Americans.""
  • Matt Salmon signed Independent Women's Voice: Obamacare Repeal Pledge. "I pledge, if elected, to vote for all bills which seek to REPEAL the health care bill, HR 3590, signed into law on March 23, 2010.* To that end, I would now and will in the next Congress endorse and vote for all measures, including discharge petitions, leading to its defunding, deauthorization, and repeal. I shall do so whether those measures are taken for the whole of the bill or those component parts that impose mandates, restrict patient and doctor choice and access, violate individual freedom and privacy, reduce healthy competition, increase costs, or raise taxes. *The healthcare bill is defined as consisting of: 1) The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590), signed into law on March 23, 2010; and 2) The Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act (H.R. 4872), signed into law on March 30, 2010." (www.therepealpledge.com)
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

  • Matt Salmon. Twitter:salmoncongress. 15 August 2012. "@GovBrewer is defending the rule of law & saying no to @barackobama amnesty plan." (twitter.com)
  • Matt Salmon. 2012 Phoenix Arizona Congressional Questionnaire. Responded "I am opposed to amnesty in all forms." to the question: "Would you support some sort of a pathway to legal status for illegal immigrants who are already in the country and in many cases have been here for years?" (www.azcentral.com)
  • Matt Salmon. 2012 Phoenix Arizona Congressional Questionnaire. Responded "I am opposed to amnesty in all forms." to the question: "Would you support some sort of a pathway to legal status for illegal immigrants who are already in the country and in many cases have been here for years?" (www.azcentral.com)
  • Matt Salmon. Twitter:salmoncongress. 15 August 2012. "@GovBrewer is defending the rule of law & saying no to @barackobama amnesty plan." (twitter.com)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Matt Salmon. 2012 Phoenix Arizona Congressional Questionnaire. Responded "I oppose gay marriage and I believe the federal government should not repeal DOMA." to the question: "Do you support or oppose gay marriage? And should the federal government maintain or repeal the Defense of Marriage Act?" (www.azcentral.com)
  • Matt Salmon. 2012 Phoenix Arizona Congressional Questionnaire. Responded "I oppose gay marriage and I believe the federal government should not repeal DOMA." to the question: "Do you support or oppose gay marriage? And should the federal government maintain or repeal the Defense of Marriage Act?" (www.azcentral.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

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  • Matt Salmon. Facebook: Wall. 7 August 2012. "Congress must stop the federal government from plundering the funds in our Social Security trust. I'll fight hard in Congress to find solutions that protect benefits for those who are retired or close to retirement, and work tirelessly to get Social Security on a solvent path for our younger generations." (www.facebook.com)
  • Matt Salmon. Facebook: Wall. 7 August 2012. "Congress must stop the federal government from plundering the funds in our Social Security trust. I'll fight hard in Congress to find solutions that protect benefits for those who are retired or close to retirement, and work tirelessly to get Social Security on a solvent path for our younger generations." (www.facebook.com)
  • Matt Salmon. 2012 Phoenix Arizona Congressional Questionnaire. Responded "Yes, I strongly support entitlement reform. I believe serious reform is needed in order to preserve Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, such as exploring options to incrementally increasing the retirement age for those currently under the age of 55." to the question: "Do you support entitlement reform and, if so, what kind?" (www.azcentral.com)
  • Matt Salmon. 2012 Phoenix Arizona Congressional Questionnaire. Responded "Yes, I strongly support entitlement reform. I believe serious reform is needed in order to preserve Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, such as exploring options to incrementally increasing the retirement age for those currently under the age of 55." to the question: "Do you support entitlement reform and, if so, what kind?" (www.azcentral.com)

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Congressional Election 1994 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.
1. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support to address the problem of crime?
Impose a national ban on the public sale of assault weapons.
Impose a national ban on the sale of handguns to minors.
XImpose "truth in sentencing" legislation for violent criminals so they serve a full sentence with no chance of parole.
XCreate "boot camps" for juvenile and adult first-time offenders.
XProsecute as adults youths who are third-time violent felons.
XImpose the death penalty for certain federal crimes, including civil rights murders, rape and child molestation murders, death resulting from drive-by shootings or car-jacking, and murder of court officers or federal witnesses.
XImpose mandatory life sentences for third time violent felons.
XFund programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills.
Increase the availability of college loans for youth in crime-ridden urban areas.
Fund programs which provide job training and employment opportunities for at-risk urban youth.
Other
2. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support concerning illegal drugs?
Increase penalties for selling illegal drugs.
XSupport mandatory drug testing for federal employees.
XExpand efforts to stop the illegal flow of drugs to the United States from other countries.
Expand federal support for education and drug treatment programs.
XMaintain current federal laws.
Decriminalize the possession and private use of certain illegal drugs.
Other
3. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support concerning the American health care system?
Implement a government-financed, single-payer national health care system similar to Canada's.
Support President Clinton's position for a "comprehensive health care plan for all Americans."
Support a managed competition health care plan to contain costs and improve access that does not include mandated health alliances, government cost control powers, or employer/employee mandates.
XProvide tax incentives for small businesses to help provide health care to their employees.
XAllow middle and low income families to deduct yearly health care costs from their taxable income.
XCreate a voucher system for the working poor so they can buy into a health care plan.
XPlace limits on the amount of damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
XAllow Americans to set up a tax-free medical savings account, which would be taxed if used for any purpose other than medical costs.
Deregulate the private health care industry.
XPrivatize Medicare and Medicaid.
Other
4. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support to change America's welfare system?
XStrengthen child support collection procedures and increase penalties for parents who do not pay.
XImpose a two-year limit on welfare benefits for recipients who are able to work.
Require welfare recipients to accept some form of government-sponsored job after two years if unable to find work in the private sector.
XRequire unwed teenage mothers to live with a parent or guardian (if possible) to receive benefits.
XLimit the benefits given to single women if they have additional children.
XProvide child care services to welfare recipients who work or attend school.
Increase spending on programs that help homeless people find shelter and employment.
Make no substantial changes at this time.
Eliminate the current American welfare system.
Other
5. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support to address the problem of unemployment?
XInvest federal dollars in "investment tax credits" for companies who invest in worker training, purchase new equipment, and invest in research and development.
Increase funding for federal and state job-training programs.
XCreate "enterprise zones" in urban areas with high unemployment by providing tax credits for new and expanding businesses.
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.
XEliminate government regulations to encourage investment and economic expansion of the private sector.
XAllow the natural cycle of the market economy to create jobs without government intervention.
Support an overhaul of the current unemployment system by combining current job-training programs within a new comprehensive "re-employment" system.
Other
6. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support concerning trade between America and foreign countries?
The United States should grant "most favored nation" trading status based on the human rights record of each individual nation.
XThe United States should raise tariffs on nations whose trade policies discourage the importation of American products.
The United States should eliminate tax breaks for companies who move American jobs to low-wage countries.
The United States should expand NAFTA into Latin America.
XThe United States should pursue policies that will help open markets on the Pacific Rim.
The United States should stay out of international trade.
Other
7. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support concerning the environment?
Tax high-level energy users (businesses and individuals) to discourage excessive energy use and pay for environmental cleanup.
Pass stronger clean water and clean air legislation.
Phase in a prohibition of pollution causing products such as gas powered autos and lawn mowers.
Consider further increasing federal taxes on gasoline and diesel fuels.
Consider further increasing fees charged to mining companies who mine on public lands.
Consider further increasing fees charged to livestock owners who graze on federal lands.
XRequire the federal government to reimburse citizens who are required to limit the use of their privately owned lands due to environmental regulation.
XEncourage further market based strategies to clean up the environment such as pollution credits.
XAmend the Endangered Species Act to allow for increased logging.
Other
8. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support to change America's public education system?
Establish a nationwide competency test for teachers and encourage states to adopt it.
Establish "National Standards" for K-12 schools and encourage states to adopt them.
XAdvocate school choice programs so that parents receive vouchers that can be used to send their children to participating schools.
XAllow low and middle income families to deduct college costs from their taxable income.
Provide communities with increased federal aid and low interest loans for public school improvements.
XEliminate the U.S. Department of Education.
Make no substantial changes at this time.
Other
9. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support concerning abortion?
Abortions should be legal in all circumstances as long as the procedure is completed within the first trimester of the pregnancy.
Abortions should be legal only when the life of the mother is endangered.
XAbortions should be legal only when the pregnancy results from incest or rape, or when the life of the mother is endangered.
XA woman under the age of 18 should be required to notify a parent or guardian before having an abortion.
A woman should be required to notify her spouse before having an abortion.
XStates should be allowed to impose mandatory waiting periods before abortions are performed.
XCongress should eliminate federal funding for clinics and medical facilities that provide abortion services.
XCongress should eliminate abortion services from any federally funded health care plan.
Congress should leave legislation on this issue to the states.
Other
10. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support concerning American military and foreign policy?
XCongress should support defense conversion by funding job-placement and job-training programs for displaced military personnel and defense technology workers.
Congress should completely lift the ban on homosexuals in the military.
The United States should use military force only in cooperation with the United Nations unless threatened by a foreign power.
The United States should lift the trade embargo against Cuba.
Congress should increase foreign aid to the former republics of the Soviet Union to help in democratization and economic reform.
XCongress should impose strict sanctions against any nation selling technology or products that aid in the construction of nuclear weapons.
XCongress should impose strict sanctions against any new nation attempting to develop nuclear weapons.
XCongress should invest federal funds in the research and development of new defense technologies.
Other
Yes1. Should the federal government adopt a policy of limiting or banning Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to federal candidates?
Yes2. Do you support the principle of limiting the number of terms U.S. Senators and U.S. Representatives can serve in Congress?
Yes3. Do you support the principle of a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution?
Yes4. Do you support the principle of a Line-Item Veto for the President?
No5. If elected to Congress, will you support an increase in the minimum wage?
1. Please indicate the changes you will support (if any) concerning the level of funding for each of the listed issue areas.
Greatly IncreaseNational Defense
Maintain StatusLaw Enforcement
Maintain StatusInternational Drug Interdiction
Maintain StatusFederal Health Care Programs
Maintain StatusAIDS Research
Maintain StatusJob Re-training Programs
Maintain StatusInfrastructure (roads, bridges, etc.)
Public Education
Maintain StatusForeign Aid
Maintain StatusEnvironmental Clean Up and Enforcement
Other
Other
2. Please indicate the changes you will support (if any) concerning the tax levels for each of the listed categories.
Greatly DecreaseCapital Gains Taxes
Maintain StatusCigarette Taxes
Maintain StatusAlcohol Taxes
Slightly DecreaseTaxes on Social Security Benefits Received by Retirees Earning More than $40,000
Slightly DecreaseIncome Taxes on Families Earning Less than $140,000
Slightly DecreaseIncome Taxes on Families Earning $140,000 or More
Slightly DecreaseValue-Added Taxes on U.S. Businesses
Maintain StatusTaxes on Foreign Companies in the United States
Other
1. If you are elected to Congress, what will be your two main legislative priorities?

a) Reduce the deficit and Federal debt. b) Reduce taxes for middle class.

2. If either of your two main legislative priorities require government spending, where will this money come from?

Spending Cuts.

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