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Bob Brady's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (PA) - District 1, Democratic
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Bob Brady has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads. Bob Brady is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2016, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/2519/bob-brady#.VZ7W-nUViko (votesmart.org)
  • “I believe that there exists a fundamental constitutional right to choose whether or not to have a child, and have worked throughout my career to protect the right to choose.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/627792/issue-position-womens-issues#.VjebUGwViko (votesmart.org)
  • “H.R. 3 reaches much further than existing law, placing restrictions on how women with private insurance can spend private dollars in purchasing health insurance.I adamantly oppose this gross overreach of legislative authority into the lives of millions of Americans who have private insurance coverage, fully purchased with their own money. H.R. 3 is a dangerous attempt at destroying healthcare systems that enable women to receive comprehensive health coverage.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/607341/the-brady-brief-fighting-for-womens-health-care#.VZ7XmHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/2519/bob-brady#.VZ7W-nUViko (votesmart.org)
  • “I believe that there exists a fundamental constitutional right to choose whether or not to have a child, and have worked throughout my career to protect the right to choose.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/627792/issue-position-womens-issues#.VjebUGwViko (votesmart.org)
  • “H.R. 3 reaches much further than existing law, placing restrictions on how women with private insurance can spend private dollars in purchasing health insurance.I adamantly oppose this gross overreach of legislative authority into the lives of millions of Americans who have private insurance coverage, fully purchased with their own money. H.R. 3 is a dangerous attempt at destroying healthcare systems that enable women to receive comprehensive health coverage.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/607341/the-brady-brief-fighting-for-womens-health-care#.VZ7XmHUViko (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

  • Signed a letter stating, “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.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/626838/letter-to-barack-h-obama-president-of-the-united-states-cuts-to-social-security-revenue/?search=bush%20tax%20cut#.V3vHonVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Here are just some of the other harmful proposals included in this budget: […] Protects tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans. Makes the Bush tax cuts permanent for the wealthy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/607372/#.VZ7c2nUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating, “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.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/626838/letter-to-barack-h-obama-president-of-the-united-states-cuts-to-social-security-revenue/?search=bush%20tax%20cut#.V3vHonVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Here are just some of the other harmful proposals included in this budget: […] Protects tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans. Makes the Bush tax cuts permanent for the wealthy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/607372/#.VZ7c2nUViko (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted for H.R.22 “Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST Act)” http://votesmart.org/bill/20486/54470/2519/fixing-americas-surface-transportation-fast-act#.V3vHG3VTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • “Recently we celebrated the one year anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Also known as the stimulus package, the provisions in this act have contributed to the growing of our economy, worked to create more jobs across the nation, and funded vital investments for our future.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/547682/the-brady-brief-the-stimulus-working-for-you/?search=stimulus#.VZ7lhXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted for H.R.22 “Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST Act)” http://votesmart.org/bill/20486/54470/2519/fixing-americas-surface-transportation-fast-act#.V3vHG3VTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • “Recently we celebrated the one year anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Also known as the stimulus package, the provisions in this act have contributed to the growing of our economy, worked to create more jobs across the nation, and funded vital investments for our future.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/547682/the-brady-brief-the-stimulus-working-for-you/?search=stimulus#.VZ7lhXUViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “I also supported H.R. 106, the American Opportunity Tax Credit Act, which aims to make higher education more affordable for all Americans by providing a tax credit for higher education expenses.” http://brady.house.gov/issue/education (brady.house.gov)
  • “Death tax supporters will tell you this is all about income inequality, but it turns out, according to a former Federal Reserve Vice Chairman, with regard to income inequality only 2 percent is related to what people inherit. […] That is why, today, we rise to bury the death tax once and for all.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/966015/death-tax-repeal-act-of-2015#.V3vFAnVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • “But this year, millions of families will find their tax burden lighter and bigger refund checks in their mailboxes. That's because the Recovery Act, which I supported, passed last year, reducing taxes by almost $100 billion last year and by $220 billion this year.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/547660/the-brady-brief-tax-cuts/?search=tax%20cuts#.Vjee3GwViko (votesmart.org)
  • “I also supported H.R. 106, the American Opportunity Tax Credit Act, which aims to make higher education more affordable for all Americans by providing a tax credit for higher education expenses.” http://brady.house.gov/issue/education (brady.house.gov)
  • “Death tax supporters will tell you this is all about income inequality, but it turns out, according to a former Federal Reserve Vice Chairman, with regard to income inequality only 2 percent is related to what people inherit. […] That is why, today, we rise to bury the death tax once and for all.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/966015/death-tax-repeal-act-of-2015#.V3vFAnVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • “But this year, millions of families will find their tax burden lighter and bigger refund checks in their mailboxes. That's because the Recovery Act, which I supported, passed last year, reducing taxes by almost $100 billion last year and by $220 billion this year.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/547660/the-brady-brief-tax-cuts/?search=tax%20cuts#.Vjee3GwViko (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S 1 “A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline” http://votesmart.org/bill/19390/50944/2519/a-bill-to-approve-the-keystone-xl-pipeline#.VZ7upnUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: “We are writing to express our deep frustration over news that a decision on the Keystone XL Project will be further delayed until after n1xt year's presidential election.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/652642/letter-to-president-obama/?search=Keystone#.VZ7s4XUVikp (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S 1 “A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline” http://votesmart.org/bill/19390/50944/2519/a-bill-to-approve-the-keystone-xl-pipeline#.VZ7upnUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: “We are writing to express our deep frustration over news that a decision on the Keystone XL Project will be further delayed until after n1xt year's presidential election.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/652642/letter-to-president-obama/?search=Keystone#.VZ7s4XUVikp (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “Under the Democratic majority, we put in place requirements that only vehicles meeting lower greenhouse emissions standards were eligible for MRA-funded lease payments.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/582273/resolution-to-cut-congress-budget/?search=greenhouse#.VjemrmwViko (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating, “We write today to encourage the Environmental Protection Agency to finalize standards to limit methane emissions in the oil and gas sector from new and modified sources.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1071440/letter-to-the-honorable-gina-mccarthy-administrator-of-the-environmental-protection-agency-call-to-take-action-on-sources-of-methane-emissions/?search=emissions#.V3vJ7nVTQfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating “We urge you to once again fully enforce a ban on the import of military-style firearms and to expand the ban to include newly developed AK-type pistols that combine the firepower of a rifle with the concealability of a pistol. This new breed of pistol has absolutely no 'sporting purpose' and presents a clear threat to public safety.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/862906/letter-to-barack-obama-president-of-the-united-states-stop-import-of-military-style-firearms/?search=gun%20control#.VZ72WXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/2519/bob-brady/37#.V3vKY3VTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "How much more bloodshed are we willing to tolerate? There is no need for assault weapons and high capacity ammunition clips to be a part of the American civilian stockpile. I wholeheartedly support a ban on assault weapons and high capacity ammunition clips and I also support universal background checks for all those lining up to buy weapons of what should be termed weapons of mass destruction." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/763716/congressman-bradys-statement-on-president-obamas-gun-control-proposals/?search=gun%20control#.VZ73g3UViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted for H.R.3590 “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/29181#.V3vLYnVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • “It has only been two years since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, but millions of Americans are already seeing lower costs and better coverage. Special attention has been paid to improve the lives and health care coverage of Seniors and those on Medicare.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/743150/the-brady-brief-the-affordable-care-act-working-for-seniors/?search=Affordable%20Care%20Act#.VZ74MXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • “I believe this fiscal plan is simply an exercise in contradictions. It repeals the Affordable Care Act while counting on the law's savings and revenues to balance the budget. It claims to protect Medicare while ending for future seniors. It tries to balance the books without a balanced plan for deficit reduction.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/772466/the-brady-brief-fighting-for-budget-priorities/?search=Affordable%20Care%20Act#.VZ739nUViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating: “We appreciate the significant steps that SSA has taken to ensure that same-sex couples receive their earned benefits. Social Security benefits are especially important for same-sex couples. Elderly gay couples have higher poverty rates than their heterosexual counterparts, and elderly lesbians are twice as likely to be poor as heterosexual married couples.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/929251/letter-to-carolyn-colvin-commisioner-of-the-social-security-administration-same-sex-couples-and-social-security-benefits/?search=Same-sex#.VZ76JnUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by the Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/2519/bob-brady/76#.V3vMc3VTQfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
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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  • “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.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/739243/progressive-change-campaign-committee-social-security-protectors/?search=privatize#.VZ78NnUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Alliance of Retired Americans http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/2519/bob-brady/53#.V3vNRXVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • “I believe that a balanced, bipartisan agreement to reduce the deficit can exist without cutting the Social Security and Medicare benefits that are so desperately needed. Medicare is a vital necessity for our seniors and Social Security is an independent program that contributes nothing to the budget deficit. I have consistently stood up against Republican attempts to weaken Medicare and Social Security and most recently:* Voted against Rep. Ryan's FY2012 budget which aimed to privatize Medicare.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/624497/the-brady-brief-protecting-medicare-and-social-security/?search=privatize#.VZ78enUViko (votesmart.org)

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Congressional Election 2006 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.
d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
g) Other or expanded principles
Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once.
Budget Priorities
Maintain Statusa) Agriculture
Greatly Increaseb) Arts
Maintain Statusc) Defense
Greatly Increased) Education
Greatly Increasee) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Homeland security
Maintain Statusg) International aid
Greatly Increaseh) Law enforcement
Greatly Increasei) Medical research
Slightly Increasej) National parks
Greatly Increasek) Public health services
Greatly Increasel) Scientific research
Maintain Statusm) Space exploration programs
Greatly Increasen) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Greatly Increaseo) Welfare
Greatly Increasep) Emergency preparedness
q) Other or expanded categories
Defense Spending
Greatly Increasea) Armed forces personnel training
Slightly Increaseb) Intelligence operations
Maintain Statusc) Military hardware
Maintain Statusd) Modernization of weaponry and equipment
Greatly Decreasee) National missile defense
Greatly Increasef) Pay for active duty personnel
Slightly Increaseg) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Slightly Increaseh) Research and development of new weapons
Slightly Increasei) Troop and equipment readiness
j) Other or expanded categories
Using the key above, indicate what federal tax levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category.
Taxes
Income Taxes:
Family Income
Eliminatea) Less than $25,000
Greatly Decreaseb) $25,000-$75,000
Slightly Decreasec) $75,000-$150,000
Slightly Increased) Over $150,000
e) Other or expanded categories
Retiree Income
Slightly Decreasef) Over $40,000
g) Other or expanded categories
Other Taxes:
Slightly Increasea) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Increaseb) Capital gains taxes
Greatly Increasec) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Increased) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Increasef) Inheritance taxes
g) Other or expanded categories
Deductions/Credits:
Slightly Increasea) Charitable contributions
Slightly Increaseb) Child tax credit
Greatly Increasec) Earned income tax credit
Slightly Increased) Medical expense deduction
Slightly Increasee) Mortgage deduction
Slightly Increasef) Student loan credit
g) Other or expanded categories
No4) Do you support the permanent repeal of the federal estate tax?
No5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?
6) Discuss your proposals for balancing the federal budget. (75 words or less. Please use an attached page if the space below is not adequate.)

Roll back GOP tax cuts for billionaire; pay for Iraq War in regular budget order.

7) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
Xa) Support public taxpayer funding for federal candidates who comply with campaign spending limits.
b) Increase the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns.
c) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
d) Allow unregulated soft money campaign contributions to political parties or committees.
e) Remove all contribution limits on federal campaigns and parties.
f) Require Section 527 organizations to register with the Federal Election Commission as Political Action Committees.
Nog) Do you support instant run-off voting?
Yesh) Should Election Day be a national holiday?
Noi) Do you support a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between a man and woman?
j) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.
a) Support the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
b) Eliminate the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
Xc) Support programs to provide prison inmates with educational, vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xd) Support programs to provide prison inmates with drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
e) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
Xf) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, and disability be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
Xg) Impose stricter penalties for those convicted of corporate crimes.
h) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
i) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding drugs.
Xa) Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
Xb) Expand federally sponsored drug education and drug treatment programs.
c) Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
Xd) Allow doctors to recommend marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
Xe) Increase border security to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the United States.
f) Eliminate federal funding for programs associated with the "war on drugs."
Xg) Support a federal law to standardize testing and penalties for steroid use in professional sports.
h) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
Xa) Support national standards for and testing of public school students.
b) Allow parents to use vouchers, (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any public school.
c) Allow parents to use vouchers, (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any private or religious school.
Xd) Allow teachers and professionals to receive authorization and funding to establish charter schools.
Xe) Reward teachers with merit pay for working in low-income schools.
Xf) Increase funding for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings, infrastructure, technology).
Xg) Support affirmative action in public college admissions.
Xh) Increase funding of programs such as Pell grants and Stafford loans to help students pay for college.
Xi) Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college.
j) Other or expanded principles
1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.
Xa) Increase funding for national job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
b) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xc) Provide tax credits or grants to businesses that offer child care services to employees.
Xd) Encourage employers to offer flex-time scheduling, comp-time, and unpaid leave for family emergencies.
e) Eliminate all federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
Xf) Increase the federal minimum wage.
Xg) Support the right of workers to strike without fear of being permanently replaced.
Xh) Include sexual orientation in federal anti-discrimination laws.
i) Other or expanded principles
2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding affirmative action.
Xa) The federal government should consider race and gender in government contracting decisions.
b) The federal government should discontinue affirmative action programs.
Xc) The federal government should continue affirmative action programs.
d) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
Xa) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Water Act.
Xb) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act.
c) Support Clear Skies Act to reduce power plant emissions by setting a national cap on pollutants.
d) Require states to compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses of privately-owned land.
e) Relax logging restrictions on federal lands.
f) Relax standards on federal lands to allow increased recreational usage.
Xg) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil).
h) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
Xi) Support opening a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration.
Xj) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels to reduce pollution.
Xk) Support the use of ethanol as an alternative fuel.
l) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits.
Xm) Support the Kyoto Protocol to limit global warming.
n) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.
Xa) Reauthorize the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
Xb) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
Xf) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
Xg) Require a license for gun possession.
h) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health care.
a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government.
Xb) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income.
c) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts.
d) Establish limits on the amount of punitive damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xe) Support expanding prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
Xf) Offer tax credits to individuals and small businesses to offset the cost of insurance coverage.
Xg) Support automatic enrollment of children in federal health care programs such as CHIP and Medicaid.
Xh) Support stem cell research on existing lines of stem cells.
Xi) Allow laboratories to create new lines of stem cells for additional research.
j) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration.
a) Decrease the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country.
b) Establish English as the official national language.
c) Support a temporary worker program that would enable illegal immigrants to work in the United States legally.
d) Relax restrictions barring legal immigrants from using government funded social programs (e.g. public housing, food stamps).
e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States.
f) Other or expanded principles
International Aid
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding United States economic assistance.
Xa) Aid should be granted to countries when extraordinary circumstances cause disaster and threaten civilian lives.
Xb) Aid should be granted to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States.
c) Aid should be eliminated for any nation with documented human rights abuses.
d) International Aid programs should be scaled back and eventually eliminated.
e) Other or expanded principles
International Policy
1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the Middle East.
Yesa) Should the United States continue to provide leadership in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process?
Yesb) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
Yesc) Should the United States withdraw its troops from Iraq?
Nod) Should the United States send more troops to Iraq?
e) Discuss your proposals for an exit strategy in Iraq. (75 words or less. Please use an attached page if the space below is not adequate.)
f) Other or expanded principles

Any Palestinian state must be predicated on its acceptance of the right of Israel to exist in peace and security.

2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Central and East Asia.
Yesa) Should the United States use diplomatic and economic pressure to encourage North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program?
Nob) Should the United States use military force to dismantle the North Korean nuclear weapons program?
Undecidedc) Should the United States remove the North Korean government from power?
Yesd) Should the United States increase financial support to Afghanistan?
Yese) Should the United States increase military support to Afghanistan?
f) Other or expanded principles
3) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the United Nations.
Yesa) Should the United States maintain its financial support of the United Nations?
Nob) Should the United States decrease its financial support of the United Nations?
Yesc) Should the United States commit troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions?
d) Other or expanded principles
Yes4) Should the United States lift the travel ban to Cuba?
Undecided5) Should the United States increase its financial support to Colombia to combat "the war on drugs?"
Yes6) Should aid to African nations for AIDS prevention programs fund distribution of contraceptives?
No7) Should aid to African nations for AIDS prevention programs fund abstinence education?
8) Other or expanded principles
International Trade
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international trade.
No1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
No2) Do you support the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA)?
No3) Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
Yes4) Do you support continued U.S. membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
Yes5) Should a nation's human rights record affect its normal trade relations (most favored nation) status with the United States?
No6) Do you support the trade embargo against Cuba?
Yes7) Should trade agreements include provisions to address environmental concerns and to protect workers' rights?
8) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding national security.
a) Do you support using military tribunals to try suspected terrorists when ordinary civilian courts are deemed inappropriate or impractical?
b) Should the United States grant law enforcement agencies greater discretion to read mail and email, tap phones, and conduct random searches to prevent future terrorist attacks?
c) Should the United States hold foreign states accountable for terrorists who operate in their country?
Yesd) Should the federal government increase funding to states and cities for homeland security?
Yese) Do you support the prohibition of torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment of prisoners in U.S. custody?
Yesf) Do you support a policy of pre-emptive military strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to U.S. national security?
g) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security.
a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves.
b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government.
c) Invest a portion of Social Security assets collectively in stocks and bonds instead of United States Treasury securities.
d) Increase the payroll tax to better finance Social Security in its current form.
e) Lower the annual cost-of-living increases.
f) Raise the retirement age for individual eligibility to receive full Social Security benefits.
g) Other of expanded principles

Stop raiding the Trust Fund to pay for tax cuts for billionaries.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding technology and communication.
a) Collect taxes on commercial Internet transactions.
Xb) Continue the moratorium on Internet taxation.
c) Implement government regulation of Internet content.
Xd) Support government mandates to curtail violent and sexual content on television.
Xe) Support strict penalties for Internet crimes (e.g. hacking, identity theft, worms/viruses).
Xf) Support legislation to detail how personal information can be collected and used on the Internet.
g) Regulating the Internet is not a responsibility of the federal government.
h) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare and poverty.
Xa) Require welfare recipients to spend at least 40 hours a week in a combination of work and training programs.
Xb) Increase funding for child care programs.
Xc) Continue to give states and local governments flexibility in and responsibility for welfare programs through federal block grants.
d) Direct federal poverty aid through religious, community-based, or other non-profit organizations.
e) Abolish all federal welfare programs.
Xf) Support housing assistance for welfare recipients.
g) Other or expanded principles
On an attached page, disk, or via email, 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.
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