Heather A. Wilson's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Heather A. Wilson
Gender: Female
Family: Husband: Jay; 3 Children: Scott, Joshua, Caitlin
Birth Date: 12/30/1960
Birth Place: Keene, NH
Home City: Albuquerque, NM
Religion: Methodist
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Heather Wilson refused to tell citizens where she stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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Issue Positions

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Kyle Trygstad. Running to the Right in N.M. 5 July 2011. "Primaries are a family fight," Wilson told Roll Call during a recent interview in Washington, D.C. "I'm a pro-free enterprise, pro-Second Amendment, pro-life Republican." (www.rollcall.com)
  • Heather Wilson. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Heather Wilson voted Yea on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Heather Wilson. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Heather Wilson voted Nay on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Heather Wilson. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Heather Wilson voted Nay on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Heather Wilson. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Heather Wilson voted Nay on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Heather Wilson. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Heather Wilson voted Nay on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Heather Wilson. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Heather Wilson voted NA on 11/07/2009. (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 Heather Wilson a rating of 60 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Heather Wilson. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Heather Wilson voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Heather Wilson. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Heather Wilson voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Heather Wilson. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Heather Wilson voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Heather Wilson. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Heather Wilson voted Did Not Vote on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Heather Wilson. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Heather Wilson voted Yea on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Heather Wilson. ABQTrib 2006 Voter Guide. 7 March 2012. "I believe abortion is morally wrong almost all of the time. The exceptions are in the case of rape, incest and the life of the mother. I am opposed to public funding of abortion and late term or partial birth abortion. I do not believe this should be a constitutional issue and I would oppose a constitutional amendment banning abortion." (www.abqtrib.com)
  • Heather Wilson. Capitol Report New Mexico: Heather Wilson Interview Transcript. 25 October 2011. "Wilson: I'm a free-trade, free-enterprise, pro-life, pro-Second Amendment person. I also believe that the things that government has a responsibility to do, it should do exceptionally well. I think that we should have Medicare. There should be a safety net for the elderly and the poor. Maybe for some people that's just not good enough. But 12 of 15 sitting Senators in the Legislature and almost two-thirds of the state representatives and an overwhelming third of the elected and local officials from around the state who've endorsed my candidacy, basically think I'm okay." (capitolreportnm.blogspot.com)
  • Heather Wilson. Ex-Rep. Heather Wilson (R): "I think the President has not served us well over the last several weeks in Libya." 25 March 2011. "I am a pro-life, pro-second amendment, free-enterprise republican and I am very proud of it." (abcnews.go.com)
  • Heather Wilson. Issues: Values. 7 March 2012. "I believe America is best when it respects the centrality of family in our society, and promotes a culture of life. I am pro-life and believe that marriage “ the union of one man and one woman as husband and wife “ is the best institution for raising children. In the Senate, I will oppose any effort to undermine these values in our nation." (heatherwilson.com)

Vote Smart's Research

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Vote Smart's Research

  • Heather Wilson. Heather Wilson talks election issues. 28 June 2012. "Cutting the military budget won't and can't solve our deficit problem." (us-senators.com)
  • Heather Wilson. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Heather Wilson voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Heather Wilson. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Heather Wilson voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Heather Wilson. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Heather Wilson voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Heather Wilson. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Heather Wilson voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Heather Wilson. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Heather Wilson voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Jennifer Rubin. WP Opinions: Can Heather Wilson pick up a Senate seat in New Mexico? 19 April 2012. "'I opposed [the BCA] for three or four reasons. One of them was the devastating impact [in the event the supercommittee failed] on national defense,' she told me. She calls it 'confounding' that Democrats and the president would insist on going forward with cuts that the defense secretary opposes. 'Excuse me, your secretary of defense says this will be ˜devastating' to our national security, and you're not going to do anything?' she rhetorically quizzed the president in absentia. She explained that she is in favor of 'scrubbing' the defense budget to get rid of wasteful spending, but the meat-ax approach is foolish and dangerous, she argued." (www.washingtonpost.com)
  • Heather Wilson. Wilson Whirls Through Full Agenda. 7 March 2012. "We must stand strong on missile defense, fully funding those programs that protect America." (votesmart.org)
  • Heather Wilson. Wilson Says Heinrich Sudden Conversion to Defense Hawk Won't Fly. 22 May 2012. "Wilson said she would have voted for the fiscal years 2012 and 2013 House defense authorization bills because, 'I stand for a strong national defense and I will support New Mexico's unique role in helping protect our nation.'" (heatherwilson.com)
  • Heather Wilson. Heather Wilson talks election issues. 7 March 2012. "The Secretary of Defense has proposed another round of base realignment and closures. I don't think it will happen this year, but if we do have another round of BRAC, we'll need a very strong delegation. I think BRAC is a terrible thing and I voted against it every single time. Cutting the military budget won't and can't solve our deficit problem." (www.cnjonline.com)
  • Heather Wilson. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Heather Wilson voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Jennifer Rubin. WP Opinions: Can Heather Wilson pick up a Senate seat in New Mexico? 19 April 2012. "'I opposed [the BCA] for three or four reasons. One of them was the devastating impact [in the event the supercommittee failed] on national defense,' she told me. She calls it 'confounding' that Democrats and the president would insist on going forward with cuts that the defense secretary opposes. 'Excuse me, your secretary of defense says this will be 'devastating' to our national security, and you're not going to do anything?' she rhetorically quizzed the president in absentia. She explained that she is in favor of 'scrubbing' the defense budget to get rid of wasteful spending, but the meat-ax approach is foolish and dangerous, she argued." (www.washingtonpost.com)
  • Heather Wilson. HR 2561. 106th Congress. Defense Department Appropriations bill, FY2000. Heather Wilson voted Yea on 07/22/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Heather Wilson. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Heather Wilson voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • Heather Wilson. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Heather Wilson voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Heather Wilson. Wilson Praises Plan That Provides Rebates Without Raising Taxes. 31 January 2008. "The economic package before us does not raise taxes or contain frivolous spending, and I strongly supported it. However, I still believe the tax cuts in 2001 and 2003 must be made permanent to further strengthen the economy and allow American taxpayers to keep more of their hard-earned money." (votesmart.org)
  • Heather Wilson. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. Heather Wilson voted Yea on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Heather Wilson. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Heather Wilson voted Yea on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Heather Wilson supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 17 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Heather Wilson supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 70 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Heather Wilson. Wilson Resists Democrats' Attempt to Raise Taxes. 13 December 2007. "The Democrats continue to attempt to raise taxes on the American people [¦] Americans deserve an AMT fix, not tax increases." (votesmart.org)
  • Heather Wilson. Heather Wilson (R-N.M.) signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. 14 March 2008."Rep. Heather Wilson, a Republican running to replace retiring Senator Pete Domenici, recently signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). The Pledge commits signers to 'oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses and oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Heather Wilson. The Collapsing Defecit. 7 March 2012. "The way to balance the budget is through policies that encourage economic growth and controlling the growth of government. Raising taxes is the wrong way to go." (votesmart.org)
  • Heather Wilson. Wilson Opposes Largest Tax Increase in American History. 5 June 2008. "The budget proposed by the Democrats will increase taxes for Americans at all income levels. With a soft economy, we should focus on lowering taxes and allowing Americans to keep more of their hard earned money." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Heather Wilson. Heinrich Doing No One Any Favors by Hiding From Reality. 28 August 2011. "The stimulus was a bad idea, and here's why: It mostly went to keeping government workers employed at the expense of private sector job growth. Government cannot create wealth; it can create the conditions for small businesses and entrepreneurs to invest and create jobs. That means pro-growth tax policies, and fair, predictable regulations [...] This year alone, scores of different pro-growth job creating bills have been passed by the House. They range from legislation to reduce the regulatory burden on small businesses so they can create more jobs, to reforming the tax code in order to encourage job creation, and increasing domestic energy production in order to create jobs and wean us off foreign oil." (www.abqjournal.com)
  • Heather Wilson. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Heather Wilson voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Heather Wilson. Capitol Report New Mexico: Heather Wilson Interview Transcript. 25 October 2011. "Government cannot create wealth. Sometimes there's a short-term sugar high, but it doesn't do much more than that, because that's not where the wealth and jobs come from." (capitolreportnm.blogspot.com)
  • Heather Wilson. Heather Wilson talks election issues. 28 June 2012. "I'm particularly concerned about the financial management of the country and the role of the federal government. [¦] "Our debt is now larger than the size of the economy. This is not a good situation. It's not sustainable. We have to get back to strong economic roles and job creation," said Wilson, who noted the U.S. economy is in the same condition as Greece in 2008 when its economy began collapsing." (us-senators.com)
  • Heather Wilson. Issues: Jobs. 7 March 2012. "Government cannot create wealth. Government can create the conditions for small businesses and entrepreneurs to take risks, invest, and create jobs. That means low taxes, getting our government debt under control, and fair, predictable regulations. We need expanded free trade opportunities, and an all-of-the-above energy policy that will increase domestic energy production while creating tens of thousands of jobs. It is the free enterprise system that gave America the strongest economy in the world. In the Senate, I will work to strengthen free enterprise so that we can get back to strong growth and job creation." (heatherwilson.com)
  • Heather Wilson. Heinrich Doing No One Any Favors by Hiding From Reality. 28 August 2011. "The stimulus was a bad idea, and here's why: It mostly went to keeping government workers employed at the expense of private sector job growth. Government cannot create wealth; it can create the conditions for small businesses and entrepreneurs to invest and create jobs. That means pro-growth tax policies, and fair, predictable regulations.[...] This year alone, scores of different pro-growth job creating bills have been passed by the House. They range from legislation to reduce the regulatory burden on small businesses so they can create more jobs, to reforming the tax code in order to encourage job creation, and increasing domestic energy production in order to create jobs and wean us off foreign oil." (www.abqjournal.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Heather Wilson. Heinrich Doing No One Any Favors by Hiding From Reality. 28 August 2011. "The stimulus was a bad idea, and here's why: It mostly went to keeping government workers employed at the expense of private sector job growth. Government cannot create wealth; it can create the conditions for small businesses and entrepreneurs to invest and create jobs. That means pro-growth tax policies, and fair, predictable regulations.[...] This year alone, scores of different pro-growth job creating bills have been passed by the House. They range from legislation to reduce the regulatory burden on small businesses so they can create more jobs, to reforming the tax code in order to encourage job creation, and increasing domestic energy production in order to create jobs and wean us off foreign oil." (www.abqjournal.com)
  • Heather Wilson. Issues: Regulations. 7 March 2012. "The red tape factory in Washington has been working overtime and it is strangling small business " the engine of job growth in America. The federal government is required to identify all new regulations that would cost $100 million or more. In 2011 alone the Obama Administration proposed 219 of them. Regulatory uncertainty keeps employers from hiring new workers. Burdensome regulations increase the cost of doing business, which then increases costs for the consumer. In the Senate, I will fight for a moratorium on new regulations, and to simplify or rescind ones we already have." (heatherwilson.com)
  • Heather Wilson. Issues: Jobs. 7 March 2012. "Government cannot create wealth. Government can create the conditions for small businesses and entrepreneurs to take risks, invest, and create jobs. That means low taxes, getting our government debt under control, and fair, predictable regulations. We need expanded free trade opportunities, and an all-of-the-above energy policy that will increase domestic energy production while creating tens of thousands of jobs. It is the free enterprise system that gave America the strongest economy in the world. In the Senate, I will work to strengthen free enterprise so that we can get back to strong growth and job creation." (heatherwilson.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Heather Wilson. Wilson Opposes Funding Bill After Urging More Investment in Schools . 14 December 2005. "Throughout the process, I've also called for more investment in our schools. That concern was not adequately addressed." (votesmart.org)
  • Heather Wilson. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Heather Wilson voted Yea on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Heather Wilson. Back to School. 9 August 2004. "Federal funding for public schools in New Mexico has nearly doubled since 1998. New Mexico received $532 million for education in 2004, a boost of more than $244 million since 1998. Last year, when the House version of the education spending bill did not do enough for education, I was one of a handful of Republicans that voted against the bill and worked to get it fixed in negotiations with the Senate. It ultimately was fixed." (votesmart.org)
  • Heather Wilson. Department of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2006. 24 June 2005. "Mr. Chairman, the bill would decrease funding for disadvantaged children in low income schools by $115.2 million from FY 2005 levels. The bill also included $258.5 million less for the Bureau of Health Professions in the Health Resources and Services Administration that administers important health professions training, scholarship, and loan repayment programs, including programs encouraging diversity in the health workforce. The legislation included $84.6 million less for rural health programs than was provided in FY 2005. Because I believe this bill would have inadequately funded important education and health programs, I would have voted against the legislation." (votesmart.org)
  • Heather Wilson. Issue Position: Education. 28 June 2012. "Heather supports increased funds for education, better teacher training, high standards and accountability for results. We are investing more in elementary and secondary education than any point in history. Heather has worked to improve teacher training, particularly in math, science and reading, so that our future leaders will be prepared for the jobs and challenges of the 21st century." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Heather Wilson. Wilson Offers Solutions to Increase American-Made Energy. 7 March 2012. "We need to increase the supply of American-made energy. That means opening up the outer- continental shelf and Alaska as well as producing nuclear, biomass and clean coal." (votesmart.org)
  • Heather Wilson. ABQTrib 2006 Voter Guide. 7 March 2012. "We need to increase access to our current energy supplies. With my support, the House passed bills to expand refinery capacity, increase exploration in our coastal waters, and to expand infrastructure for alternative fuels." (www.abqtrib.com)
  • Heather Wilson. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Heather Wilson voted NA on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Heather Wilson. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Heather Wilson voted NA on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Heather Wilson. Heinrich's Extreme Environmental Agenda Trumps Job Creation. 22 June 2012. "While Heather Wilson toured New Mexico's oil patch today, she was reminded once again that Congressman Martin Heinrich's extreme environmental agenda would kill jobs and decimate the economy in southeast New Mexico. 'Congressman Heinrich is an environmental extremist who supports a radical agenda that would cause electric bills to skyrocket and put thousands of New Mexico jobs on the chopping block,' Wilson said. 'If he had it his way, southeast New Mexico would be a sea of unemployment. We cannot afford to send Congressman Heinrich to the United States Senate when his liberal agenda trumps job creation. I support a balanced, long-term energy policies that will create jobs here at home and reduce energy prices.' In 2009, Heinrich voted for the Cap and Trade Bill that would kill an estimated 11,000 jobs in New Mexico." (votesmart.org)
  • Heather Wilson. The Washington Post - Interview: Heather Wilson, Senate Candidate. 5 April 2012. "Former congresswoman Heather Wilson of New Mexico may be the most important Republican Senate candidate you never heard of [¦] . She talks about the EPA's 'haze' regulations, which concern how blue the sky appears. New Mexico proposed a $70 million plant retrofit to comply with the regulations; the EPA is insisting on a $700 million one. She says deliberately, 'The difference between the two is not visible to the human eye,' adding, 'This has to do with an ideological agenda.' To support her view, she points to the administration's budget, saying, 'Their policy is to reduce consumption of fossil fuels.' To that end the goal is to make Americans and businesses pay more for energy, she contends. Of the $1.5 trillion in new taxes, she says, 'There are 14 taxes. Ten of them are on oil and gas.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Heather Wilson. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Heather Wilson voted NA on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Heather Wilson. News: Wilson Lays out NM Jobs Plan to Business Owners. 23 July 2012. "He voted for cap and trade, which even senior Democrats describe as a huge tax on energy. He voted against the Keystone Pipeline, and I think we should build it. He even said recently that the price of natural gas needs to go up in order for wind and solar to be more attractive for investors. I want to keep energy costs low so that we can grow and employ people. Congressman Heinrich is too extreme for New Mexico." (heatherwilson.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Heather Wilson. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Heather Wilson voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Heather Wilson. Capitol Report New Mexico: Heather Wilson Interview Transcript. 25 October 2011. "Wilson: I'm a free-trade, free-enterprise, pro-life, pro-Second Amendment person." (capitolreportnm.blogspot.com)
  • Heather Wilson. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Heather Wilson voted Yea on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Heather Wilson. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Heather Wilson voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Heather Wilson. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Heather Wilson voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Heather Wilson supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 0 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Kyle Trygstad. Running to the Right in N.M. 5 July 2011. "Primaries are a family fight," Wilson told Roll Call during a recent interview in Washington, D.C. "I'm a pro-free enterprise, pro-Second Amendment, pro-life Republican." (www.rollcall.com)
  • Heather Wilson. Ex-Rep. Heather Wilson (R): "I think the President has not served us well over the last several weeks in Libya." 25 March 2011. "I am a pro-life, pro-second amendment, free-enterprise republican and I am very proud of it." (abcnews.go.com)
  • Heather Wilson. Capitol Report New Mexico: Heather Wilson Interview Transcript. 25 October 2011. "Wilson: I'm a free-trade, free-enterprise, pro-life, pro-Second Amendment person. I also believe that the things that government has a responsibility to do, it should do exceptionally well. I think that we should have Medicare. There should be a safety net for the elderly and the poor. Maybe for some people that's just not good enough. But 12 of 15 sitting Senators in the Legislature and almost two-thirds of the state representatives and an overwhelming third of the elected and local officials from around the state who've endorsed my candidacy, basically think I'm okay." (capitolreportnm.blogspot.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Heather Wilson. Wilson Rejects Detrimental Change to Medicare Drug Benefit. 7 March 2012. "Government doesn't do a very good job of getting the best price. Competition in the marketplace is much better and responds more quickly than government does." (votesmart.org)
  • Heather Wilson. Issues: Healthcare. 7 March 2012. "I am running for the Senate because I trust people more than I trust government to make the best decisions for themselves and their families. But that is not what we have today with Obamacare. Obamacare does nothing to control the spiraling cost of care. It raises taxes, cuts Medicare, costs more, and gives people less control over their health care decisions. For the first time in American history, every citizen will be required to purchase a government approved product. If Washington can mandate how people must spend their money, there is no limit to government power. The law is unconstitutional and if it is not thrown out by the Supreme Court, I will fight to make sure it is repealed and replaced." (heatherwilson.com)
  • Heather Wilson. Facebook: Notes. 11 February 2012. "The president mandated that despite their moral opposition, Catholic universities and hospitals will be required to cover contraceptive services, including the morning after pill, through their employee health plans. I believe the Patient Protection Act, also known as "Obamacare," is unconstitutional because of its individual mandate. If it is not thrown out by the Supreme Court this spring, it should be repealed and replaced." (www.facebook.com)
  • Heather Wilson. Capitol Report New Mexico: Heather Wilson Interview Transcript. 25 October 2011. "Morgan: Interesting. You have called for the repeal of Obamacare. Wilson: Yes. Morgan: Not just pieces of it -- the whole thing? Wilson: I think it needs to be repealed and replaced. There are challenges that we face in healthcare in America. There (are) a number of things disappointing about Obamacare, but one of them is that the biggest challenge is the escalating cost, and Obamacare does nothing about that. In fact, it's going to exacerbate that problem." (capitolreportnm.blogspot.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Heather Wilson. Rep. Heather Wilson: Holding Strong in the Race of Her Life. 27 October 2006. "We need to secure the border," she said. "There are tens of thousands of people standing in lines in embassies around the world, waiting to come to America legally, and I don't think that the people who came here illegally should get to go to the front of the line. I don't think that's fair." (abcnews.go.com)
  • Heather Wilson. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Heather Wilson voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Coleman. ABQJournal: Congress May Acto On Immigration. 5 September 2005. "Rep. Heather Wilson, a Republican, said any immigration proposal should focus on allowing foreigners to come to the United States on a temporary basis to work, but she said she opposes any effort to relax laws for those who have already broken them. 'I oppose amnesty because I don't think people here illegally should get to go to the front of the line," Wilson said. "But when we have hundreds of thousands of people standing at lines at embassies for the chance to come here and work in this country, laying pavement and picking lettuce in the 120-degree heat, I think we should come up with a system to allow for that.'" (www.abqjournal.com)
  • Heather Wilson. Wilson Whirls Through Full Agenda. 7 March 2012. "We need to make it harder for people to cross the border illegally, make it easier to catch those who try and immediately deport those who get caught." (votesmart.org)
  • Heather Wilson. Wilson Highlights Increase in Border Agents. 7 March 2012. "Wilson said these bills are part of a strategy to secure the border. 'We need enough border agents to stop illegal immigration and human trafficking,' Wilson said. 'But that is not all we need. We must reform the system so that those caught coming here illegally are returned promptly, and there is a workable system for employers to hire people legally.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Heather Wilson. Heather Wilson talks election issues. 7 March 2012. "Border security and immigration are two separate issues. More people, newer technology, better policies and increased resources since 2005 have helped border security, but we need to be concerned about heavily armed cartels and insurgents in northern Mexico coming across the border into New Mexico. I'm opposed to amnesty because I don't think it's fair to people waiting to immigrate legally. I support legal immigration." (www.cnjonline.com)

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  • Heather Wilson. Issues: Values. 7 March 2012. "I believe America is best when it respects the centrality of family in our society, and promotes a culture of life. I am pro-life and believe that marriage “ the union of one man and one woman as husband and wife “ is the best institution for raising children. In the Senate, I will oppose any effort to undermine these values in our nation." (heatherwilson.com)
  • Heather Wilson. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Heather Wilson voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Heather Wilson. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Heather Wilson voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Heather Wilson supported the interests of the Family Research Council 71 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Heather Wilson supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 57 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Heather Wilson supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 24 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Sunlen Miller. Rep. Heather Wilson: Holding Strong in the Race of Her Life. 27 October 2006. "On the issue of gay marriage, Wilson defended her belief that marriage is between a man and a woman. When asked about the recent decision by the New Jersey Supreme Court, which ruled that gay couples are due the same benefits as heterosexuals -- but stopped short of endorsing gay marriage -- Wilson said marriage 'is an institution we should protect and nurture. It is a union between one man and one woman, and it's something we should honor in law and in our communities.' Pushed on her opinion of whether homosexuality is immoral or not, Wilson said, 'There are things I am willing to tolerate that I am not wiling to approve of.'" (abcnews.go.com)

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  • Heather Wilson. N.M. Delegation Backs al-awlaki Killing. 6 October 2011. "Al-Awlaki made it very clear that he was fighting for al-Qaida against America. The use of force against him was authorized and legitimate. He's dead, and America is safer because of it." (www.abqjournal.com)
  • Heather Wilson. Wilson Statement on Unclassified Summary of National Intelligence Estimate on the Terrorist Threat to the US Homeland. 7 March 2012. ""Intelligence is our first line of defense in the war on terror. That is why I continue to call for immediate fixes to our foreign intelligence surveillance law so that we can detect and disrupt terrorist plots before they strike. We have a glaring problem and only Congress can fix it. Our signals intelligence agencies are not listening to foreign communications by foreigners in foreign countries because our electronic surveillance laws have not kept pace with changes in technology. More resources will not solve this problem. Fixing the FISA law must be the top national security priority of the Congress so that we can use all of our intelligence tools against foreign targets overseas and disrupt terrorist attacks." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Zeke Miller. Buzz Feed Politics: Senate Candidate Claims She Never Backed Social Security Privatization. 20 June 2012. "I've always opposed the privatization of social security." (www.buzzfeed.com)
  • Heather Wilson. Capitol Report New Mexico: Heather Wilson Interview Transcript. 25 October 2011. "With respect to other kinds of programs, it seems to me that if Ronald Reagan and Daniel Patrick Moynihan can get together in 1983, '84, and figure out how to extend the solvency of Social Security and protect it for another 30 years, that our generation can meet that challenge too." (capitolreportnm.blogspot.com)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Heather Wilson supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 56 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Heather Wilson. Capitol Report New Mexico: Heather Wilson Interview Transcript. 25 October 2011. "With respect to other kinds of programs, it seems to me that if Ronald Reagan and Daniel Patrick Moynihan can get together in 1983, ˜84, and figure out how to extend the solvency of Social Security and protect it for another 30 years, that our generation can meet that challenge too." (capitolreportnm.blogspot.com)

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