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Stephen 'Steve' Ira Cohen

Steve Cohen's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Stephen 'Steve' Ira Cohen
Office: U.S. House (TN) - District 9, Democratic
First Elected: 11/07/2006
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 9
Primary Aug. 7, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Single
Birth Date: 05/24/1949
Birth Place: Memphis, TN
Home City: Memphis, TN
Religion: Jewish
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Issue Positions

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Steve Cohen. Letter to Democratic Members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. 13 September 2011. “By failing to permit the District of Columbia to spend local government funds on abortion, we are sending the message that low-income women should not have access to the same medical services that middle- and upper-income women can access.” (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Steve Cohen supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Steve Cohen supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Steve Cohen supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Cohen. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Steve Cohen voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Cohen. Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke Reintroduces H.R. 1319, the Global Sexual & Reproductive Health Act.1 April 2011. “This comprehensive legislation would support voluntary family planning, education and outreach, reduction of unsafe abortion, STI and HIV prevention, contraceptive development, training of healthcare professionals, and various other initiatives.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Cohen. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Tennessee State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Steve Cohen. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Tennessee State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • 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 Steve Cohen a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Cohen. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Steve Cohen voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Cohen. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Steve Cohen voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Steve Cohen supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Steve Cohen in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Steve Cohen. Letter to The Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 21 June 2011. “We urge a significant and sizable reduction of U.S. military forces in Afghanistan beginning July 2011. With Osama bin Laden killed and Al Qaeda largely driven from Afghanistan, it is time to accelerate the transfer of security responsibilities to the Government of Afghanistan and to reduce the U.S. military footprint there.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Cohen. Reaction To President Obama's State Of The Union Address. 28 January 2010. "I applaud the President for his efforts to wind down the war in Iraq and bring our troops home. However, I am concerned about the path forward in Afghanistan. I believe the President deserves an opportunity to implement his plan, which includes an exit strategy for our troops. The fight in Afghanistan can not be won by sheer military force alone. We must offer humanitarian and diplomatic assistance to create the foundation for a stable and long-lasting Afghan society that will be free from the Taliban's influence." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Steve Cohen supported the interests of the Peace Action 75 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Cohen. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Steve Cohen voted Did Not Vote on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Steve Cohen supported the interests of Peace Action West 75 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Cohen. Cohen Offers Amendment to Reduce Funding in Afghanistan. 18 July 2012. “It's well past time to bring our troops home from Afghanistan and invest in America's infrastructure […] My amendment would reduce the Afghanistan Infrastructure Fund by $175 million so we can invest in rebuilding America's deteriorating roads, bridges and infrastructure.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Cohen. House Passes Cohen Amendment to Reduce Infrastructure Funding in Afghanistan. 19 July 2012. “This was a momentous vote for reducing the U.S. role in Afghanistan as it was the first successful vote ever to reduce funding for infrastructure in Afghanistan […] Members of both parties recognize that it is time for us to bring our troops home and for Afghanistan to invest in their infrastructure.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Cohen. Issue Position: Defense & Military. 1 January 2011. “I believe that the best way to protect our troops is to bring them home. My votes for strict timelines for withdrawal from Iraq corresponded with the hundreds of responses I heard from the people in the 9th Congressional District. I opposed the war supplemental in May 2009 because it did not include timelines for withdrawal from Afghanistan.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Cohen. Letter to Co-Chairs and Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 21 September 2011. “Congress and the American people have entrusted you with a great responsibility - ensuring the economic well-being of our nation and the creation of jobs. This is no simple task and will require both bold decisions and fair compromises. We understand that you will consider many options when it comes to reaching the benchmarks set by Congress. But too often, when it has come time to reduce spending, the most vulnerable - the working poor and the middle class - have been asked to bear most of the sacrifice. Fortunately, there are other alternatives. To generate much-needed savings, we strongly urged you to examine the costs of the ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. To date, the wars have cost our taxpayers at least $2.3 trillion, with an additional $884 billion in future costs for veterans and their families. This adds up to a total of at least $3.2 trillion. By ending the wars and paying for a safe, orderly, and responsible redeployment of troops from both Afghanistan and Iraq, we can go a long way toward meeting our fiscal challenges.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Cohen. Letter to The Honorable Barack Obama, President of The United States of America. 24 June 2011. “But now, especially considering the recent death of Osama bin Laden, we believe the time has come to dramatically accelerate the reduction of our military presence in Afghanistan. We respectfully request that you accelerate your Administration's withdrawal plan so that the so-called 'surge troops' who were deployed in 2009 be redeployed by the end of this calendar year; with the additional goal of developing a plan to bring all of our remaining troops home safely and honorably by the end of next year.” (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Steve Cohen. Rep. Steve Cohen on MSNBC’s “Up with Chris Hayes”. 21 November 2011. “We need to do more with electric cars and we should take it out of the defense budget because defense is about oil.” (www.cohenforcongress.com)
  • Steve Cohen. Cohen Voted to Reduce Federal Deficit by $66 Billion in Defense Spending Bill. 12 July 2011. "One of the best ways to reduce the deficit and balance the national budget is by responsibly cutting back on defense spending. We spend billions every month in Iraq and Afghanistan. We are spending a fortune and our futures on those wars when we should be focusing more on creating jobs and growing our economy. I will continue to support responsible initiatives that reduce our deficit and create jobs in our country at a time when people need them the most." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Cohen. Letter to the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. 13 October 2010. “Given the size of our deficit and debt problems as well as the political challenges and policy controversies involved in implementing any solutions to them, it is clear to us that cutting the military budget must be a part of any visible proposal. The Department of Defense currently takes up almost 56% of all discretionary federal spending, and accounts for nearly 65% of the increase in annual discretionary spending levels since 2001. Much of this increase, of course, is attributable to direct war costs, but nearly 37% of discretionary spending growth falls under the "base" or "peacetime" military budget. Applying the adage that is necessary to "go where the money is" requires that rigorous scrutiny be applied to military spending.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Cohen. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Steve Cohen voted Nay on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Cohen. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Steve Cohen voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Cohen. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Steve Cohen voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Cohen. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Steve Cohen voted Yea on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Cohen. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Steve Cohen voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
Yes 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

  • Steve Cohen. Jobs. 12 October 2011. “We need to create jobs. It's the main issue in my district and in this Nation. We need to work together to create jobs in America, and the millionaires need to pay their fair share.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Cohen. Letter to the Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives. 9 December 2010. “We support extending tax cuts in full to 98 percent of American taxpayers, as the President initially proposed. He should not back down. Nor should we.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Cohen. Middle Class Tax Cuts. 1 August 2012. “Madam Speaker, today the House will take up a bill on the Bush tax cuts. The Republicans want to extend the Bush tax cuts to everybody, but tax 25 million Americans by not extending certain credits that they get right now. The Democratic proposal, which I will support and which I'm here for today, despite the fact that my election is tomorrow, will extend tax cuts to everybody and raise taxes somewhat on people who make over $200,000 individual and $250,000 married. Those people still get a tax cut, but just not as much.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Cohen. Two Americas. 8 April 2011. “One gentleman said the Democrats want everybody to pay more taxes. No, not everybody; just the millionaires. And they wouldn't go along with that, because the millionaires are the party that control the Republicans. That's what they're about. They won't fund--put a tax proposal on that will tax millionaires because they want the middle class to pay more. Their budget blueprint that's going to come out lowers the overall rate to 25 percent--even more for millionaires.” (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Steve Cohen supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 8 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Steve Cohen supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 10 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Cohen. Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012. 14 June 2011. “It's equivalent to kicking 475,000 eligible mothers, infants, and children off one of the most cost-effective programs in our country. It will cost Tennessee over $1 million. If we get rid of tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires for 1 week, we could pay for the entire WIC program for a year.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Cohen. Congressman Cohen Backs Plan to Prevent Tax Hike on Middle Income Families. 25 June 2008. “Additionally, the bill we passed today is fiscally responsible and helps bring some fairness back to the tax code. This legislation will not add to the deficit because it's fully paid-for by closing tax loopholes that allow Wall Street hedge fund billionaires to avoid paying their fair share, cracking down on tax cheats and ending massive government subsidies for oil companies earning record profits.” (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • Steve Cohen. Celebrating the 111th Congress. 22 December 2010. “I am proud to have been a Member of this 111th Congress that gave us health care, which this country yearned for for over 100 years; that saved us from the precipice of economic decline with the stimulus act that has done much good for this country and saved us from a great depression; that gave us the Lilly Ledbetter law for women who were discriminated against in the workplace; that gave us Don't Ask, Don't Tell; that also gave us credit card reform, student loan reform, additional Pell Grants, tobacco regulations, and food safety legislation.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Cohen. Congressman Cohen's Statement on the Passage of the Economic Stimulus Package. 8 February 2008. "I am pleased that Democrats and Republicans in the House and the Senate worked together in a bipartisan fashion to pass this legislation which is hoped to be a stimulus for the American economy. Most economists feel that this action will ward off a recession and it is in that spirit that I voted for the bill.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Cohen. Issue Position: Economics – Economic Stimulus. “The Bipartisan Economic Stimulus Package was a difficult situation. Everyone with a solid grounding in economics knows that it will not have the desired effect. The people that need it will not purchase the kind of consumer goods that actually drive the American economy. They are going to use it to pay their bills, and rightfully so, as household budgeting is difficult for many in America today. The cost of fuel has risen sharply, which drives up the cost of food because of transportation costs for the manufacturers. A cold winter has left citizens paying utility bills driven sky-high by the ever-increasing cost of natural gas. But no Congressman is going to go on record as voting against putting extra money into the pockets of their constituents, so while its effectiveness is questionable, there was little doubt that it would actually pass. And I'm glad to have played my part in putting a little extra money in the pockets of my friends and constituents in the Ninth District.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Cohen. YOU CAN'T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS. 29 September 2010. “The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, called the stimulus bill, has been maligned. But it has been responsible for at least 3 million jobs: firemen, policemen and teachers being kept on public payrolls and keeping taxes down and public employees hired.” (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Steve Cohen a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Cohen. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Steve Cohen voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Cohen. Congressman Cohen Urges President Obama To Transfer Funds To Cash For Clunkers Program. 31 July 2009. "I encourage the President to support the measure by increasing funding for Cash for Clunkers and to transfer the money into the program upon passage by Congress. This is one of the most successful components of the Stimulus program because it helps American families, the environment, and boosts the economy. Consumers receive an immediate benefit when the cost of their new car is significantly reduced." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Cohen. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Steve Cohen voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Steve Cohen supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Steve Cohen. Cohen Votes to Support Legislation to Help Small Businesses Grow and Create Jobs. 17 June 2010. “Under a special rule, this bill will be joined with H.R. 5486, which contains tax incentives aimed at small businesses, including a provision to exclude from taxation 100 percent of the capital gains from the sales of certain small business stock held for at least five years.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Cohen. House Votes To Extend Tax Relief To Families, Teachers, Homeowners, Military Families. 9 December 2009. "By extending tax incentives and credits aimed at spurring economic development we have the chance to create jobs throughout the Ninth District." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Cohen. Letter To Sander Levin, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and David Lee 'Dave' Camp, Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Committee. 10 December 2010. “I urge you to include a two year renewal of tax incentives, which would promptly help provide a strong stimulus for our economy while preserving the jobs and economic development work of these existing zones and communities.” (votesmart.org)
Yes 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

  • Steve Cohen. Letter to Secretary Duncan. 29 July 2011. “We request that you review Tennessee's waiver request in an expedited manner, especially as the 2011-2012 school year rapidly approaches and decisions about the future of Tennessee schools cannot wait. We share your concern about the need and opportunity for Washington to support state-led innovation, rather than present a barrier or seek to codify a single 'right' answer for education reform, and hope that you will consider Tennessee's waiver request in that light.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Cohen. Cohen Introduces Education Funding Equity Act. 8 June 2012. “'Children in high poverty school districts are not receiving the funds they need to excel," said Congressman Cohen. "It is important that states and local school districts pay their fair share of educational funds so our children can get the education they need to compete in a 21st Century global economy' […] The Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) requires that school districts use state and local funds to provide services to higher-poverty, Title I schools that are comparable to services in lower-poverty, non-Title I schools. Federal assistance provided through Title I is meant to provide additional resources to high poverty schools -- not to compensate for an inequitable distribution of state and local funds that benefits more affluent schools. However, the current Title I comparability requirement allows school districts to demonstrate compliance in various ways and does not require comparability of actual school-level expenditures. In November 2011, the U.S. Department of Education released a report revealing that many state and local school districts across the country are not paying their fair share in educational funds that are to be allotted to Title I schools. The Cohen measure would close this loophole and require school districts to provide equitable state and local funds for all schools. Specifically, the bill would require school districts to show comparability through per pupil expenditures, including teacher salaries. A school district may only receive federal Title I funds if the per pupil expenditures for high poverty schools is not less than the expenditures for its low poverty schools." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Cohen. Education. 17 January 2012. “There are several other pieces of legislation that I have co-sponsored regarding the improvement of education. These include: H.R.2272, the Literacy Education for All, Results for the Nation (LEARN) Act, which would authorize the Secretary of Education to award grants to states for comprehensive planning to improve the literacy of children from birth through grade 12.” (cohen.house.gov)
  • Steve Cohen. Issues: Education Cohen Announces Tennessee to Receive $67 Million to Help Low Achieving Schools. 17 January 2012. “Our children deserve the best education possible,” said Congressman Cohen. “We live in a rapidly changing, highly competitive world. These new federal funds will give our schools the tools they need to help our children succeed.” The $67,766,991 in new federal funds will be distributed under DOE’s School Improvement Grants (SIG) program. In order for a school district to apply for these funds, it must have a state-identified “persistently lowest achieving” or a Tier III school -- a school that has failed to meet adequate yearly progress for two years and is not identified as a persistently lowest achieving school. However, Tier III schools can only receive funds once all of the state's persistently lowest achieving schools have received federal funding.  School districts can apply to the state for the new federal funds this spring.  When school districts apply, they must indicate that they will implement one of the following four models in their persistently lowest achieving schools:” (cohen.house.gov)
  • Steve Cohen. Issues: Education Congressman Cohen Announces $443,936 Grant for Memphis City Schools for Literacy Programs. “This grant aims to improve the literacy level and academic achievement of 29,123 K-12 students in 39 MCS schools (7 elementary schools, 15 middle schools, 15 high schools, and 2 schools serving grades 7 through 12) that have been designated by Tennessee as 'high-priority' based on their failure to meet 'No Child Left Behind' guidelines.” (cohen.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

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  • Steve Cohen. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Steve Cohen voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Steve Cohen supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Cohen. Letter to Interior Secretary Salazar. 8 February 2012. “On behalf of the undersigned members of Congress, we write to comment on your administration's proposed 2012-2017 Outer Continental Shelf Oil (OCS) and Gas Leasing Program. Our comments focus specifically on three geographic regions: the Atlantic, the Pacific and the Arctic Oceans. While we are pleased to see that no oil and gas development will occur in the Atlantic or Pacific, we urge caution against too quickly moving forward with additional leasing in the Arctic, which this plan in its current form will do […] To conclude, before any new leasing activity is scheduled for the Arctic, all agencies involved in the planning process must develop adequate science to understand the implications of drilling in the Arctic Ocean, put in place a plan that guarantees protection of the Arctic Ocean and ecosystem, and guarantee that companies bidding on leases in the Arctic Ocean and applying for permits to drill wells in this unique, intact ecosystem, are fully prepared to handle a disaster like Deepwater Horizon.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Cohen. The Warmest January to April Ever. 16 June 2010. “They go out and hold a press conference and ask for more offshore drilling. Rather than that, they should call for more solar investment, rebates for Americans to have solar technology, and get us away from fossil fuels that are ruining the gulf and causing the greatest disaster we have known in the Gulf of Mexico and ecological disaster we have known on this Earth.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Cohen. E-Newsletter - My Bill Goes to President Obama. 2 August 2010. “The House passed a bill introduced by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Jim Oberstar to addresses many of the concerns surrounding the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The measure was based on legislation I crafted. My American Coastal Waters and Shorelines Protection Act would enhance offshore drilling safety by allowing only American flagged vessels to drill in U.S. coastal waters. In doing so, we ensure that offshore drilling is conducted with the highest level of safety and oversight. The legislation also creates jobs since American flagged vessels must be owned and crewed by Americans.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Cohen. Cohen Reintroduces Bill to Create U.S. Maritime Jobs and Protect American Workers & Waters. 15 September 2011. "The BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico last year might have been prevented if the Deepwater Horizon had been subject to the same safety standards required by vessels flying the U.S. Flag. Because the Deepwater Horizon was flagged in the Marshall Islands, it was subject to limited safety examinations and minimal oversight, levels that pale in comparison to U.S. vessels. I am reintroducing this bill to not only strengthen the U.S maritime industry but also to ensure that companies performing risky drilling in our waters meet American safety standards." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Cohen. Cohen Authors Bill to Enhance Offshore Drilling Safety. 28 June 2010. "My bill would ensure that only American flagged vessels, all of which meet the highest safety standards in the world, can conduct offshore drilling in U.S. Waters." (votesmart.org)
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. 04/18/2012. "Steve Cohen supported the interests of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Cohen. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Steve Cohen voted Nay on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Cohen. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Steve Cohen voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Steve Cohen. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Steve Cohen voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. League of Conservation Voters endorsed Steve Cohen in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Steve Cohen supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 90 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund endorsed Steve Cohen in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. 04/18/2012. "Steve Cohen supported the interests of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Cohen. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Steve Cohen voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Steve Cohen supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Cohen. Dirty Air. 10 March 2011. “In 2007, the Supreme Court issued the Massachusetts v. EPA decision, directing the EPA to examine greenhouse gas emissions and their impact on the public health. EPA conducted a highly credible, peer-reviewed scientific analysis under the Bush EPA and the Obama EPA, both concluding that greenhouse gases harm our health.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Cohen. Issue Position: Environment. 12 January 2012. “I've cosponsored several pieces of legislation that are designed to address climate change, clean up the environment, and move us along the path to renewable energy sources.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Cohen. U.S. House Endorses Congressman Cohen Plan To Increase Investment In Alternative Fuel Research. 16 September 2009. "Reducing our reliance on foreign sources of energy is part of the broad economic strategy this Congress and President Obama are working to enact. By passing short-term boosts to our economy like Cash for Clunkers, as well as long-term solutions like the Advanced Vehicle Technology Act and our clean energy jobs bill, we are creating jobs here at home and spurring American innovation." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Steve Cohen in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Steve Cohen in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Steve Cohen a grade of 18." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Cohen. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Steve Cohen voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Steve Cohen in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Cohen. Issue Position: Crime - The Second Chance Act. 12 January 2012. “The records would only be required to be disclosed if the person in question tries to buy a gun, applies for a job with a law enforcement agency, or to law enforcement if they are conducting an investigation into another crime.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Cohen. National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011. 16 November 2011. “I always felt that people who could take a gun and have enough vision and calmness of hand and hit a target at some pace, not have a criminal record, and pass a written test of limited challenge, should have a right to carry a gun. In fact in Tennessee, very few people with the right to carry a gun have committed crimes and used their guns improperly.” (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Steve Cohen supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Cohen. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Steve Cohen voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Cohen. Affordable Care Act Repeal Efforts. 11 July 2012. “My colleagues know that these initiatives are fruitless. They know that voting over and over and over again--more than 30 times total--on measures to repeal the Affordable Care Act is a waste of time, but they keep calling for these votes. Do you want to know why? Because they want to distract the American public from the fact that they are so committed to unseating our President, Barack Obama, that they haven't passed any effective jobs-creating legislation since they took over the majority in this House in 2010 […] The Affordable Care Act is the law of the land. As a result, millions of Americans who were previously uninsured or underinsured have access to affordable, high-quality health care. In fact, the number of Americans uninsured is equal to the population of 25 of the 50 States.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Cohen. Cohen Statement on Supreme Court Affordable Care Act Ruling. 28 June 2012. “After a two-year legal battle that divided the country, the Supreme Court has confirmed that the reforms contained within the Affordable Care Act are constitutional and will continue to provide millions of Americans with the health care they need to live healthy, prosperous lives. This Supreme Court ruling is a victory for the American people and ensures that millions of Americans will have access to quality, affordable health care for generations to come.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Cohen. Cohen: Health Care Reforms Start Today. 23 September 2010. "The health care reforms that begin today will help end the most egregious practices made by the insurance industry. Now young Memphians can stay on their parents' insurance until their 26th birthday. Also, Memphians will no longer be subject to lifetime caps on what health insurance will pay, or risk losing their coverage when they get sick. These new provisions are the next step toward a healthier nation and more sustainable health care costs. These changes mean the difference between life and death or security and bankruptcy for millions of families across the country." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Cohen. Congressman Cohen Votes In Favor Of Health Care Reform. 22 March 2010. "The bills that we passed today will forever change the landscape of America's health care delivery system for the better. The House has passed legislation that will extend health insurance to millions of Americans who don't have it now, and will cover more than 95 percent of our country's citizens with affordable, quality health plans. I am proud to have lent my support and input for this legislation.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Cohen. Congressman Cohen's Statement On The Enactment Of Health Care Reform. 23 March 2010. "I was pleased to attend President Obama's signing ceremony of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act today at the White House. Today is the culmination of an American political journey that started 98 years ago with Teddy Roosevelt in 1912 with the Bull Moose Party, and was picked up years later by Harry Truman to John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, and Richard Nixon to Bill Clinton. Finally, we have brought the United States into line with the rest of the industrialized world by ensuring nearly universal health care.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Cohen. Issue Position: Health. 1 January 2011. “I voted in favor of Congress' health care reform legislation, H.R. 3590, The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and H.R. 4872, The Health Care & Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010. Both of these bills were signed into law by the President in 2010.These laws will forever change the landscape of America's health care delivery system for the better. These new laws extend health insurance to millions of Americans who don't have it now, and will cover more than 95 percent of our country's citizens with affordable, quality health plans. The passage of these bills will help.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Cohen. Repeal of the Affordable Health Care Act. 6 January 2011. “My Republican colleagues have decided their first priority as the new majority will be repealing the Affordable Care Act; and when they vote to do this, they will be voting for the following: denying Mr. Hopkins the ability to enroll in a health insurance plan that doesn't discriminate against him for daring to be diagnosed with cancer again. They will deny John Hopkins the ability to enroll in a health plan that will actually continue to cover his treatment after he exhausts the current annual cap of $250,000, an amount that many cancer patients meet in a matter of weeks upon diagnosis, let alone those who are fighting two cancers over a number of years.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Cohen. Today Is a Great Day. 28 June 2012. “Justice Roberts rightfully ruled that this was appropriate and constitutional. Let us not forget Justices Ginsburg and Sotomayor and Kagan and Breyer, the five Justices who upheld the Supreme Court belief that the American people have that it is a rule of law and that the Court is not political.” (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

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  • Steve Cohen. Immigration. 1 January 2011. “Immigrants now in the United States illegally should be treated humanely. Issues of illegal immigration should be clearly distinguished from issues of national security. The solutions are very different. The U.S. has two very long and often lightly populated seacoasts and thousands of miles of land borders. While sporadic physical fences might have a limited deterrent effect on illegal immigration, they would be useless in accomplishing anti-terrorism objectives. Proposed solutions should keep in mind the impact on Americans who compete with immigrants for low-wage jobs.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Cohen. Video: Congressman Cohen and Congressman Lungren discuss immigration reform efforts in Congress. 25 April 2011. “And they killed the DREAM Act. Young people coming here not because of any fault of their own, coming here at a young age graduating high school, wanting to go to college or the military to serve our country and getting the opportunity to participate in this great country. […] The agricultural industry cannot survive without the immigrant workers that they have. It is so valuable in California and is a large part of our economy and we need to make sure that agricultural agents have employees and those are jobs that immigrants do and others do not do […] I've got a simple bill on visas that simply lets people who come here – like my famous St. Jude's Children's Hospital here in Memphis, Tennessee – bring their children here for medical care, to let those people, if they're here for at least six months to get their child here for medical care, to get a visa to work. And we can't even get that moved along.” (www.youtube.com)
  • Steve Cohen. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Steve Cohen voted Did Not Vote on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Steve Cohen supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 67 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Steve Cohen supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Steve Cohen supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 91 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Cohen. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Steve Cohen voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Steve Cohen supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jason Plank. WMCTV: 9th District Congressional Debate Blog. 7 September 2012. “First question from Jonathan Lindberg, asking if the comparison of the civil rights movement and gay marriage is a valid one in terms of legal protections. Steve Cohen says civil unions are appropriate.” (www.wmctv.com)
  • Mary Ann Akers. Washington Post. Jewish Rep. Cohen Battles Antisemitism and Racism In Re-Election. 13 February 2008. “The editorial also noted that last summer Cohen came under attack from black ministers who challenged the congressman's support for federal hate crimes legislation to protect gay rights.” (voices.washingtonpost.com)
  • Steve Cohen. Blog Entry. “American history is a study in the expansion of human freedoms. What began as equality for white, male landowners has over these centuries blossomed into a guarantee of civil rights for the poor, for women, for all races, creeds, and colors. It is the natural progression of this great expansion of freedom that equal rights now, without any further delay, are extended to the LGBT community.” (www.bilerico.com)
  • Steve Cohen. Pelosi, Nadler, 143 House Members File New Amicus Brief on Federal Case Against DOMA. 7 September 2012. “Congress's treatment of gay men and lesbians illustrates that this group has been unable to prevent harmful laws or achieve desired policy results that directly impact their lives. Gay men and lesbians are a historically disfavored minority that has often been targeted for legislative action based on stereotypes and bias, making it inappropriate for courts to grant laws like DOMA the same presumption of validity afforded to most acts of Congress. Instead, laws that single out gay men and lesbians for harm warrant judicial skepticism and heightened review. This requires the government to show that Section 3 serves a significant federal interest, and even BLAG seems to concede that it loses under this standard […] Ensuring "consistency" or "uniformity" in federal treatment of marital status cannot justify treating this class of married citizens as unmarried for all federal purposes. There have been non-trivial differences in state marriage laws throughout our nation's history, and the federal government has proven capable of handling those differences. It is not credible or sufficient for equal protection purposes to claim that this is now an interest only when it comes to the treatment of married same-sex couples. Married same-sex and different-sex couples are similarly situated with regard to federal marriage-based benefits, and the Constitution requires Congress to treat them with equal regard […] In 1996 when DOMA was enacted, lesbians and gay men could not marry anywhere in the world. At that time, Congress acted with regrettable haste and without respect for its longstanding practice of respecting state marriages for purposes of federal law. That practice had served Congress's interests in promoting stability and security for American families; it was a mistake to abandon it. Congress has no legitimate federal interest that is rationally served by treating married gay and lesbian couples as unmarried for all federal purposes. Section 3 is unconstitutional and should be struck down.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Cohen. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Steve Cohen voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Cohen. Pelosi, Nadler, 130 House Members File Amicus Brief on Federal Case Against DOMA. 10 July 2012. “Heightened scrutiny applies: the brief agrees with Justice Department's position that lesbians and gay men are an identifiable minority group that lack sufficient political power to obtain the consistent and favorable treatment of lawmakers; as a result, they need the protection that heightened judicial review provides. Congress's treatment of gay men and lesbians illustrates that this group has been unable to prevent harmful laws or achieve desired policy results that directly impact their lives. Gay men and lesbians are a historically disfavored minority that has often been targeted for legislative action based on stereotypes and bias, making it inappropriate for courts to grant laws like DOMA the same presumption of validity afforded to most acts of Congress. Instead, laws that single out gay men and lesbians for harm warrant judicial skepticism and heightened review. This requires the government to show that Section 3 serves a significant federal interest, and even BLAG seems to concede that it loses under this standard. Even under rational basis as applied by the Supreme Court in cases where the rights of a minority are at stake, Section 3 is unconstitutional. Section 3 does not achieve, but undermines, the actual interests served by the programs that take marital status into account, and denying recognition to couples who already are married under state law does not rationally serve any of the reasons relied upon by Congress in 1996 or created in response to this litigation.” (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Steve Cohen. Letter to Chairman McKeon. 10 May 2011. "Among the many troubling aspects of the Detainee Security Act are provisions that expand the war against terrorist organizations on a global basis. The Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) of 2001 was widely thought to provide authorization for the war in Afghanistan to root out al Qaeda, the Taliban, and others responsible for the 9/11 attacks. That war has dragged on for almost ten years, and after the demise of Osama Bin Laden, as the United States prepares for withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Detainee Security Act purports to expand the 'armed conflict' against the Taliban, al Qaeda, and "associated forces" without limit. By declaring a global war against nameless individuals, organizations, and nations "associated" with the Taliban and al Qaeda, as well as those playing a supporting role in their efforts, the Detainee Security Act would appear to grant the President near unfettered authority to initiate military action around the world without further congressional approval. Such authority must not be ceded to the President without careful deliberation from Congress." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Cohen. Letter to The Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 21 June 2011. “International terrorist networks remain a grave threat to the United States, as Al Qaeda affiliates now have a significant presence in countries like Yemen, Somalia, and Pakistan. But maintaining anywhere near 100,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan is not an effective means of combating a global and decentralized enemy. Our economic vitality is a crucial component of our national security. The nearly decade-long war in Afghanistan drains our resources, even as we face serious economic challenges at home. To date, we have spent nearly half a trillion dollars on the Afghan war, and that price tag increases by $10 billion every month we remain. When we calculate the long-term costs of this war, including servicing our debt and caring for our veterans, the dollar figures are almost inconceivable. These funds are needed for rebuilding our own economy, reducing the deficit and generating jobs for Americans.” (votesmart.org)
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

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  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Steve Cohen supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Cohen signed Social Security Protectors Pledge. "Social Security belongs to the people who have worked hard all their lives and contributed to it. Social Security is a promise that must not be broken. We need to strengthen Social Security, not cut it. That is why I oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including increasing the retirement age. I also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part." (socialsecurityprotectors.com)
  • Steve Cohen. Issue Position: Social Security. 1 January 2011. “I am proud to work in a Congress where, under Democratic leadership, ideas jeopardizing federal Social Security benefits through any sort of privatization effort are off the table.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Cohen. Letter To The Honorable Barack Obama, President, The United States of America. 15 October 2010. “We write today to express our strong support for Social Security and our view that it should be strengthened. We oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including raising the retirement age. We also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Cohen. Letter to Democratic Leader Pelosi. 25 July 2011. “We write in strong agreement with your unwavering defense of the Democratic programs that form the bedrock of America's middle and working classes, and which are overwhelmingly popular. On July 7, you made very clear that "We are not going to balance the budget on the backs of America's seniors, women and people with disabilities" and that "we do not support cuts in benefits" for vital safety-net programs. We agree completely. Especially in these tough economic times, we should not be cutting Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid benefits that millions of our constituents paid into and depend on. Such benefit cuts should be off the table in current debt discussions. Our Republican colleagues should be embarrassed by their insistence that unless Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits are cut, the nation will default on its debts. Middle-class families have sacrificed enough, and a deal that pushes the American Dream further out of reach, in order to pay for extending tax breaks for the rich and corporations, is simply unacceptable. We are united as Democrats in saying that it's time to stand up to the Republican hostage-taking. We will not be forced to vote for a "final agreement" that we do not agree to -- and that the American people do not agree to. We stand united with you in insisting that benefit cuts for working families, our seniors, children, and people with disabilities must be off the table, and we stand united with you in fighting for millions of Americans who need Democrats to be firmly on their side.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Cohen. Letter to Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 13 October 2011. “We are writing to request that you protect vital programs that comprise our social safety net, including but not limited to Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security, as well as the programs that provide economic security and opportunity to millions of Americans […] It is imperative that we protect vital safety net programs and programs that provide economic security and opportunity to millions of Americans, including those facing or living in poverty. The Census Bureau released data on September 13, 2011, revealing that 15 percent of Americans -- 46.2 million people across this country -- lived in poverty in 2010. This is the largest number of Americans living in poverty since the Census started collecting this data 52 years ago. For our nation's children under 18, 22 percent lived in poverty in 2010. That is 16.4 million children who do not know where their next meal is coming from, where they might be sleeping that night, and who are anxious overall about their well being and that of their parents.” (votesmart.org)
  • Steve Cohen. Letter to the Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 21 July 2011. “The current cut in Social Security contributions must be allowed to expire as scheduled. History instructs that any tax cut is politically difficult to terminate. As you know, although the Bush tax cuts were only supposed to last ten years, the debate of today is centered on whether to permanently extend most or permanently extend all of the Bush tax cuts. We are greatly concerned that a permanent extension of the 2011 payroll tax cut would double Social Security's long-range shortfall and make long-term solutions nearly impossible. Americans' contributions to Social Security should be used for Americans' Social Security benefits. To do otherwise flies in the face of the time-tested wisdom of this program, which was established with an independent revenue stream to protect the retirement earnings of America's workers from budgetary politics. We respectfully request that you reject any proposal that includes an extension or expansion of the payroll tax cut.” (votesmart.org)

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Tennessee State Legislative Election 2004 National Political Awareness Test

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

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion.
a) Abortions should always be illegal.
Xb) Abortions should always be legal.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
Xd) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
Xe) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
g) Other or expanded principles
State Budget: Indicate the funding levels (#1-6) you will support for the following general categories. Select one level per category.
Greatly Increasea) Education (Higher)
Greatly Increaseb) Education (K-12)
Greatly Increasec) Environment
Slightly Increased) Health care
Slightly Increasee) Law enforcement
Maintain Statusf) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Maintain Statusg) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories
State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels (#1-6) you will support. Select one level per tax.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
b) Capital gains taxes
Greatly Increasec) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Decreased) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Eliminatef) Inheritance taxes
g) Property taxes
Greatly Decreaseh) Sales taxes
Maintain Statusi) Vehicle taxes
j) Other or expanded categories
Yesk) Should Internet sales be taxed?
l) Should Tennessee implement a flat tax on income?
m) Should Tennessee implement a graduated income tax?
n) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
Yesa) Do you support the current limit of two consecutive four-year terms for Tennessee governors?
Nob) Do you support limiting the number of terms for Tennessee state senators and representatives?
c) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative and gubernatorial candidates?
Yes1) Individual
Yes2) PAC
Yes3) Corporate
Yes4) Political Parties
Yesd) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Yese) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
Yesf) Do you support adopting statewide standards for counting, verifying, and ensuring accuracy of votes?
Yesg) Do you support prohibiting the reporting of media exit polling results until all polling locations in Tennessee are closed?
Yesh) Should Tennessee provide property tax relief for seniors?
Yesi) Should Tennessee recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
Noj) Should Tennessee restrict marriage to a union only between a man and a woman?
k) Other or expanded principles

Be tolerant, don't discriminate, don't hate, be bipartisan.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.
a) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
Xb) Support the death penalty in Tennessee.
Xc) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xd) End parole for repeat violent offenders.
Xe) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
Xf) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
Xg) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
h) Increase funding for state and local emergency agencies to prevent and to respond to terrorist attacks.
Xi) Other or expanded principles

g) 16 years of age
No mandatory minimum; Re-categorize offenses so violent spend more time and victimless less.

Drug Issues: Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding drugs.
Xa) Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
b) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
Xc) Create a separate crime of "severe child abuse" for parents who make methamphetamine with their children present.
Xd) Limit purchases of over-the-counter ingredients that are used to make methamphetamine.
Xe) Quarantine all methamphetamine labs until they are cleaned up by state-approved contractors.
Xf) Other or expanded principles

No mandatory minimum; Re-categorize offenses so violent spend more time and victimless less.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
a) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
b) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any public school.
c) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any private or religious school.
d) Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
e) Increase state funds for hiring additional teachers.
f) Support teacher testing and reward with merit pay.
g) Endorse voluntary prayer in public schools.
Xh) Require public schools to administer high school exit exams.
Xi) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
Xj) Increase funding for Head Start programs.
Xk) Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.
Xl) Support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods.
m) Support abstinence-only sexual education programs.
Xn) Other or expanded principles

Lottery Scholarship Standards should be high so there is excess money for pre-K and after school programs.

Employment: Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.
Xa) Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers and teach skills needed in today’s job market.
b) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xc) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
Xd) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for children in low-income working families.
Xe) Increase state funds to provide child care for children in low-income working families.
Xf) Include sexual orientation in Tennessee’s anti-discrimination laws.
g) Increase the state minimum wage.
h) Other or expanded principles
Affirmative Action: Should race, ethnicity, or gender be taken into account in state agencies’ decisions on:
a) Public employment
b) State college and university admissions
c) State contracting
d) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
Xa) Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
b) Support increased production of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, and oil).
Xc) Use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused, or abandoned.
Xd) Support funding for open space preservation.
Xe) Enact environmental regulations even if they are stricter than federal law.
Xf) Other or expanded principles

Protect our parkland-especially Shelby Farms and Overton and Audubon Park

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.
a) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
b) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Xd) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
e) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
f) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
g) Require a license for gun possession.
Xh) Other or expanded principles

Sponsored (Passed) original carry bill which has been very successful.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health.
Xa) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state-funded care where necessary.
Xb) Transfer more existing Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
c) Limit the amount of punitive damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xd) Support patients' right to sue their HMOs.
Xe) Support patients' right to appeal to an administrative board of specialists when services are denied.
f) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
Xg) Legalize physician assisted suicide in Tennessee.
Xh) Allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
Xi) Other or expanded principles

Maintain Tenn Care - but eliminate fraud & administrative expenses.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare and poverty.
Xa) Support increased work requirements for able-bodied welfare recipients.
Xb) Increase funding for employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
Xc) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
Xd) Support current limits on benefits given to recipients if they have additional children while on welfare.
e) Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and community-based private organizations.
Xf) Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to extend health and child care subsidies to the working poor.
g) Support marriage promotion programs for welfare recipients.
h) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
Xi) Other or expanded principles

Co-sponsored Families First Law - Welfare to Work.

Please explain in a total of 75 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) Vigilant oversight of lottery; maintain standards for scholarships and provide for pre-K funding and after school funding - allow scholarships for transfer students.
2) Protect arts funding by keeping special license plates.

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