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Ed Perlmutter's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (CO) - District 7, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 7
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Ed Perlmutter has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Ed Perlmutter is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2014, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ed Perlmutter. Ed Perlmutter Disappointed With Gov. Owens Decision To Veto Emergency Contraception Bill. 20 April 2006. "Today, Ed Perlmutter, Democratic candidate for the 7th Congressional District, expressed his disappointment with Gov. Owens' decision to veto HB 06-1212, concerning the authorization of pharmacies to prescribe emergency contraception. I am disappointed that Gov. Owens chose to pander to his political base at the expense of a woman's right to make her own basic healthcare choices," said Perlmutter. "I believe that we must work to reduce abortions in this country and the sad irony is that this bill had the potential to safely reduce the number of abortions that do take place." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Perlmutter. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Ed Perlmutter. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Ed Perlmutter. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Ed Perlmutter voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Perlmutter. Perlmutter: Women Should Make Their Own Medical. 29 August 2012. "Government should not be involved in a woman's reproductive health decisions. We have real work we need to do to build our economy and put people back to work here in this country. These medical decisions should be between a woman and her doctor." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Ed Perlmutter supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Ed Perlmutter a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Perlmutter. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Ed Perlmutter voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Ed Perlmutter supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Perlmutter. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Ed Perlmutter voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Ed Perlmutter in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Ed Perlmutter supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Ed Perlmutter supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (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

  • Ed Perlmutter. Perlmutter Votes No On Tax Package. 17 December 2010. "Thursday evening the House passed the Senate Amendment to H.R. 4853 -- Middle Class Tax Relief Act of 2010. Perlmutter stated, 'I appreciate the President's work to ensure tax relief for the hardworking people in the middle. There were many good things in the bill, but I voted against this bill because our country cannot afford more unfunded giveaways to millionaires and billionaires. The bill negotiated between President Obama and Senate Republicans extends expiring unfunded Bush-era tax cuts for the top two percent of income earners in order to also extend much needed tax relief to middle income earners, small businesses and provide critical unemployment benefits for thousands of Coloradans looking for work. I support and voted repeatedly to extend tax relief for middle income earners, families and small businesses, as well as to extend unemployment benefits and extend estate tax relief. I simply believed extending tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires was too expensive for our country.' " (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Ed Perlmutter supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 4 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Ed Perlmutter supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 5 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Perlmutter. Perlmutter Votes for $1.5 Trillion in Tax Relief for Hardworking People in the Middle. 2 December 2010. "Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter voted to give $1.5 trillion in important tax relief for 98% of all Americans including the hardworking people and businesses in the 7th Congressional District. 'I am going to continue fighting hard to make sure there are tax cuts for everyone up to the first $250,000 in income for those filing jointly. It is important for our middle income earners, families and small businesses to have the certainty that they are protected and will have this tax relief. This tax relief will ensure we can focus on adding good jobs here in our country and get people back to work so we can have a strong and stable economy again. "I urge the Senate to reject a Republican plan to give a $700 billion, deficit busting gift to millionaires and billionaires and leave our kids the bill. The Senate needs to act quickly to provide critical tax relief needed by individuals, families and small businesses throughout the country.' " (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ed Perlmutter. Perlmutter Calls for Swift Passage of Economic Stimulus Package. 24 January 2008. "Today, bipartisan Congressional leadership announced an agreement with the White House to push forward an economic stimulus package to jumpstart the slowing economy. Following is a statement from U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter concerning the terms of the agreement. Two nights ago, I heard first hand from people in my district about the tough economic times many of them are facing. From foreclosures and credit issues to the value of the dollar and outsourcing of jobs, people across the board are feeling the squeeze. It is time we provide real, timely, temporary and targeted relief to the hardworking people of this country. I urge my colleagues to swiftly approve this stimulus package. I believe it is a good step in the right direction. I still think we need to provide more relief to lower income Americans as well as invest in critical infrastructure. I will continue to work with my colleagues in the House and Senate toward these goals in a timely manner. The American people can't afford to wait any longer." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Perlmutter. The Colorado Independant - Polis, Bennet and Perlmutter Weigh in on Obama Budget. 14 February 2011. "President Obama today released his proposed budget, calling for investment in infrastructure and education but also pledging spending cuts and tax increases over the next decade [¦] U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter released the following statement: [¦] 'The President's blueprint maintains some important investments which will help the 7th Congressional District and the state of Colorado maintain and create jobs. However, it also reminds us we got into this budget mess because we prosecuted two wars without paying for them and gave budget-busting tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires [¦] Some of the priorities that are maintained which will help put people in the 7th CD back to work are: [¦] Continued support for research and development of energy efficiency and renewable energy programs led by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden. As we recover from the recession and oil prices continue to rise, this is a critical investment we have to make for job growth here in the United States and for our energy security and independence [¦] To move our country forward and ensure long-term economic stability, security and sustained job growth here in our country, we have to both cut our spending and reduce our debt, as well as make the critical necessary investments in education for our children and rebuilding our aging transportation and energy infrastructure.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Perlmutter. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Ed Perlmutter voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Perlmutter. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Ed Perlmutter voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Ed Perlmutter supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (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 Ed Perlmutter a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Perlmutter. Fiscal Issues Affecting The Country. 29 April 2009. "The Obama administration has inherited a $1.3 trillion deficit; that's where they start. That is where this administration starts. And it starts with a banking crisis, a $1.3 trillion deficit, loss of jobs, and a housing crisis. What we are doing is to provide some funding so that people can buy homes at an interest rate that is reasonable. We are trying to stop the foreclosures that are occurring. So we are trying to stabilize the housing market and we are trying to stabilize the financial market. Now, much of what we did to try and stop the crisis or the fall of the financial markets was done last fall, really under a bipartisan effort of the Democratic Congress and the Bush administration, but it was in free fall. So the Obama administration is trying to get the financial markets on the right path again. It appears that that is going on. And then we really, this Congress and that administration, also under the leadership of BARNEY FRANK, we came up with a stimulus bill, which is going to spur more jobs, creation of jobs, as well as a new energy economy, revamping education, and dealing with health care costs." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Perlmutter. The State of the Economy. 16 January 2008. "It's great to be standing on the floor with gentlemen who have been elected by the people in 2006 to change the way this Nation is being run, and to provide the hope that we need to deal with the problems you've outlined. And we can do this, we know we can do this. This is a time where we change the focus from the wealthiest 1 percent to the hardworking people of middle America. This is the time for hardworking Americans. And we're going to provide, based on this stimulus package, a package of different approaches to help middle Americans, hardworking Americans, we're going to provide them with refunds so that there will be some money in their pocket, not just in the pocket of the wealthiest 1 percent, but in the pockets of everyone across America. Ronald Reagan used to talk about trickle down. Well, that's not how the economy works, it works trickle up. It's a flood up. If people in the middle have money, they spend it, and that will generate all sorts of new business in America." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • Ed Perlmutter. Issue Position: Education. "For our schools, this funding is critical to ensure our children receive the highest quality education and to keep dedicated and hard working teachers and staff employed. Our nation's primary source of federal aid to K-12 education is the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The ESEA was most recently amended and reauthorized by the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001. As Congress works on the reauthorization of ESEA, our nation's educational system and schools continue to undergo changes. With the input of of a number of state and educational leaders across America, the U.S. Department of Education agreed to give waivers from NCLB to qualified states as we await the reauthorization of ESEA. Colorado, among other states was chosen for this waiver. This gives our state the flexibility it needs to move education reform forward. Colorado schools can provide the resources our students need to meet ever growing educational standards." (perlmutter.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ed Perlmutter. Environment. 24 July 2012. "I am concerned about the potential effects on our climate resulting from global warming. Additionally, Americans recognize that one of our greatest threats to national security is dependency on foreign energy. The House of Representatives passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act in June of 2009, which contained key provisions toward curbing greenhouse emissions, promoting clean domestic energy production, and providing key environmental protection to our communities. This historic legislation represents a comprehensive strategy benefiting our economy, our environment, and our national security. I was a proud supporter of this legislation." (perlmutter.house.gov)
  • Ed Perlmutter. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Ed Perlmutter voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Ed Perlmutter supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Ed Perlmutter supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 60 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Perlmutter. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Ed Perlmutter voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Ed Perlmutter in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Perlmutter. EPA Gives Initial Approval to Colorado's Plan -- Backed by Delegation -- to Reduce Regional Haze Pollution. 9 March 2012. "The Colorado Congressional delegation today applauded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) preliminary approval of Colorado's State Implementation Plan (SIP) to reduce regional haze pollution in Colorado's national parks and wilderness areas. The EPA's proposal to adopt the plan would approve the Colorado strategy through 2018. The SIP is designed to significantly reduce harmful emissions of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide and other pollutants in Class I areas in Colorado, which are national parks and wilderness areas protected under the Regional Haze Program. The SIP was reviewed and endorsed by a broad, bipartisan coalition of stakeholder groups and elected officials in Colorado before Governor John Hickenlooper submitted it to the EPA [¦] 'Every year pollution costs Coloradans millions of dollars in healthcare costs," said Representative Ed Perlmutter. "I am pleased to work with the EPA to find innovative ways to reduce pollution in our state.'" (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Ed Perlmutter. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Ed Perlmutter a grade of 18." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Perlmutter. Colo. Rep.: Congress can't avoid gun issue. 22 July 2012. "You know, should we reinstate the assault weapons ban? I think we should, and I think that's where it starts." (www.cbsnews.com)
  • Ed Perlmutter. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Ed Perlmutter 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 Ed Perlmutter in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Perlmutter. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms."
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Ed Perlmutter. Issue Position: Healthcare. 7 October 2011. "This year marks a historic time for our country with the passage of H.R. 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. We are taking the necessary first steps in making quality, reasonably priced health insurance accessible to more people. I've talked to my constituents in the 7th congressional district in one-on-one meetings, telephone town halls, radio town halls, Government in the Grocery meetings, and meetings with healthcare providers. More and more families and businesses can no longer bear the burden of a broken health care system. This doesn't just affect uninsured Americans, but the millions more who are underinsured or face losing their coverage because of the skyrocketing premiums and unfair insurance company practices. This issue touches every person in a unique way, and because of this we must keep moving forward, untangle the knots and try to find cost effective ways for Americans to live healthy lives so our economy can grow and our nation can prosper again. There is still work to be done and I am committed to continuing this work." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Perlmutter. Rep. Perlmutter Supports Interstate Portability Provision In Healthcare Bill. 29 October 2009. "Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) announced his support for a provision allowing for interstate portability of healthcare included within H.R. 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act. Yesterday, Rep. Perlmutter, along with 19 other Representatives successfully influenced House Leadership to include the ability for states to create regional healthcare choice compacts to help individuals purchase insurance across state lines. Additionally, the group successfully included a provision to allow private insurance companies to offer new products with uniform benefits and prices to consumers in multiple states, which serves to enhance competition of the private insurance market. 'There has to be real change to the way the system operates -- for those with preexisting conditions, for our seniors, for small businesses, and to the nation as a whole as we continue to see costs go through the roof. We can't allow failure to reign. We must act. These provisions will increase the number of people with healthcare coverage at a lower price. The increased competition will allow insurance companies to offer new products with uniform benefits in multiple states. Additionally, this bill provides security for our seniors and meets the cost guidelines set forth by the President without expanding the deficit.' " (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Perlmutter. Issue Position: Healthcare. 7 October 2011. "Today, too many Americans, especially seniors and children, are either uninsured or underinsured, many lack the essential access to basic healthcare. I believe healthcare must be accessible and affordable for all Americans, which is why one of the first votes I made as your Congressman was to lower the cost of prescription drugs by using the federal buying power to do so. As I travel my district meeting with constituents, healthcare providers, nurses, and doctors, I hear a similar theme: our current healthcare system is not working for anyone. We must increase transparency in the medical billing process and lower the patient to nurse ratio. There is no easy or quick fix, but it is the responsibility of elected officials to find solutions to complicated problems." (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Ed Perlmutter supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Perlmutter. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Ed Perlmutter voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Perlmutter. Perlmutter Statement On Passage Of Health Insurance Reform Bill. 7 November 2009. "Today, the House did what we've been unable to do for several decades by passing responsible health insurance reform that will provide the American people with affordable, quality healthcare for thier families regardless of their health condition and without discrimination. The legislation provides help to seniors by immediately closing the donut hole upon the President signing this bill into law. Additionally it offers better, more affordable primary care options, provides access to affordable group rates to small business owners, and strengthens Medicare for the future without adding to our deficit. I call on my colleagues in the Senate to act now and pass responsible, affordable health insurance reform." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Perlmutter. Perlmutter Statement on Supreme Court Affordable Care Act. 28 June 2012. "I supported the Affordable Care Act because it guaranteed the Constitutional rights for people with preexisting medical conditions so they cannot be discriminated against and denied health insurance coverage. The Supreme Court's decision upholds these Constitutional rights and provides certainty to folks that they do not have to worry their pre-existing medical condition or age will prevent them from receiving quality, affordable medical care. The ACA also gives new rights to middle class Americans so their insurance company cannot change the rules of the game at their convenience." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Perlmutter. Perlmutter Votes to Protect Individual Freedom. "We are here again to begin debate on the repeal of the health care bill passed last year. In that bill Democrats provided freedom. It ensured freedom from discrimination for pre-existing conditions and freedom to move from job to job without losing your insurance. Those freedoms are now the law of the land in America. They're all based on the equal protection laws of the 14th Amendment. The Republicans, in a very radical and extreme move, want to have Americans forfeit these freedoms. [¦] We can't allow this repeal to take place. I urge a no vote." (perlmutter.house.gov)
No Inferred 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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  • Ed Perlmutter. Issue Position: Immigration Reform. 3 October 2011. "We must use our criminal justice system to crack down on the organized crime element that forge documents and traffic and exploit people without proper documentation. This too will reduce illegal immigration. Next, for those that are paying taxes, learning English and not committing crimes we should allow them an earned path to eventual legal status and potential citizenship. Critics of this approach call it 'Amnesty' but I am not in favor of a blanket amnesty. I believe strongly that the English language is what binds our Country, it is how we communicate and do business and it should be the official language of the U.S. We must give people the opportunity to learn English so we can continue to prosper as a nation. The reality is there are 8-12 million people in the U.S. without proper documents, many of whom are providing services and paying taxes. In some cases families are here with children who are U.S. born citizens, and in other cases people have immigrated legally but have overstayed their visas and work permits. We must find a fair process for identifying these people and resolving their immigration status--this must be a part of a comprehensive immigration reform package." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Perlmutter. "DREAM Act is The Right Thing To Do “ Both Economically For Our Country and Morally." 9 December 2010. "This allows students who know no other home to pursue the American Dream and contribute to our country's well-being by serving in the U.S. Armed Forces or pursuing a higher education [¦] The DREAM Act is the right thing to do -- both economically for our country and morally." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Ed Perlmutter supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 57 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Ed Perlmutter supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Perlmutter. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Ed Perlmutter voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Perlmutter. "DREAM Act is The Right Thing To Do “ Both Economically For Our Country and Morally." 9 December 2010. "This allows students who know no other home to pursue the American Dream and contribute to our country's well-being by serving in the U.S. Armed Forces or pursuing a higher education. [¦] The DREAM Act is the right thing to do -- both economically for our country and morally." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Perlmutter. Immigration Reform. 1 January 2001. "My grandparents emigrated to the U.S. in the early 1900's from Eastern Europe. They worked hard, paid taxes and learned English (although even in their 80's their English wasn't great the point is they knew the importance of learning the language). My grandfather built the foundation of success that has helped my family prosper. Times have changed and we must remember how our nation came to be so great, at the same time we must be vigilant at protecting our homeland, securing our borders, cracking down on employers who ignore the law, using our criminal justice system to crack down on forgers and traffickers and create a path to earned citizenship which includes learning English." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Perlmutter. Issue Position: Immigration. 3 October 2011. "Our current immigration system is broken. That is why I support comprehensive immigration reform. We can balance enacting tough laws with the need for businesses to hire legal seasonal help. My position on this important issue is straightforward: Secure America's borders -- this includes enhancing barriers on our borders and ports and utilizing technology where appropriate; Enforce existing laws in the workplace -- this requires cracking down on the organized crime element and human trafficking and penalizing employers who break the law by hiring undocumented workers; Streamline and modernize the visa process -- farms and small businesses that need temporary workers should be able to hire seasonal help legally and efficiently; * Establish a path to citizenship -- people who have not committed any crimes, are paying taxes, are learning English and want to become citizens can start at the back of the line but should be allowed a path to legal residency and citizenship." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Ed Perlmutter. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Ed Perlmutter voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Perlmutter. Issue Position: Civil Rights / Human Rights. 3 October 2011. "It is without reservation that I am proud to endorse the Colorado Domestic Partnership Benefits and Responsibilities Act. My friends in the GLBT community deserve the dignity to be able to make their own decisions concerning matters such as hospital visitation, inheritance, health care decisions, and end-of-life decisions. I commend Senator Joan Fitz-Gerald and Representative Tom Plant for working to give our state's voters an opportunity to remedy the disparities that exist in our laws today. I believe that our state's citizens will embrace the values of fairness and equality that this ballot initiative represents." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Perlmutter. Statement on Civil Union Measures. 13 August 2012. "I support same sex marriage and civil unions, that's why I'm disappointed Colorado Tea Party Republicans are following in the steps of their Washington counterparts and playing partisan political games by not even allowing a vote on the civil union bill. What played out last night in the Colorado House of Representatives is the type of ideological brinkmanship that I along with most Americans and hardworking Coloradans are fed up with." (www.perlmutterforcolorado.com)
  • Ed Perlmutter. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Ed Perlmutter voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Ed Perlmutter supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 88 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Ed Perlmutter supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (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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  • 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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  • Ed Perlmutter. Issue Position: Social Security. 3 October 2001. "We need to provide long-term solvency for Social Security, but unlike my opponent, I will never advocate abolishing Social Security as "un-American", nor will I advocate privatizing it. Draining funds out of the Social Security Trust Fund in order to pay for so-called 'private accounts' as President Bush has called for, will only make the long-term solvency problem worse. So what should be done? First of all, we need to restore a sense of fiscal discipline to the federal government because the huge deficits we are running threaten the Social Security Trust Fund. The Bush Administration's reckless fiscal policies have made it impossible to restore what Vice President Gore once proposed as a 'lock box' to keep Social Security off limits for masking the federal deficit, but we can regain some of that lost ground with pay-as-you-go rules for managing federal spending. We should also enact the single-subject rule in Congress like what we have in the Colorado Legislature. This give the Representatives the ability to see exactly what they are voting for or against and helps to create transparency in the legislative process." (votesmart.org)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Ed Perlmutter supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Perlmutter. Issue Position: Social Security. "We need to provide long-term solvency for Social Security, but unlike my opponent, I will never advocate abolishing Social Security as "un-American", nor will I advocate privatizing it. Draining funds out of the Social Security Trust Fund in order to pay for so-called 'private accounts' as President Bush has called for, will only make the long-term solvency problem worse. So what should be done? First of all, we need to restore a sense of fiscal discipline to the federal government because the huge deficits we are running threaten the Social Security Trust Fund. The Bush Administration's reckless fiscal policies have made it impossible to restore what Vice President Gore once proposed as a 'lock box' to keep Social Security off limits for masking the federal deficit, but we can regain some of that lost ground with pay-as-you-go rules for managing federal spending. We should also enact the single-subject rule in Congress like what we have in the Colorado Legislature. This give the Representatives the ability to see exactly what they are voting for or against and helps to create transparency in the legislative process." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Perlmutter. Issue Position: Social Security. 3 October 2011. "There has been much debate about the safety and solvency of Social Security. I strongly believe we need to keep our promise to our senior citizens and to our children to maintain Social Security. I oppose "privatization" or private accounts for Social Security payroll contributions. Social Security is too important to be subjected to the risk and volatility of the stock market. With the aging baby boomer generation the time will come where the fund will pay out more benefits than are coming in. The Social Security Board of Trustees released a report in May 2006 that laid out Social Security trust fund projections. According to the report the Social Security trust fund will have a cash flow deficit in 2017. Additionally, estimates indicate the Social Security Trust Fund will no longer have a surplus in 2040 and will be running a deficit. The question is what to do to preserve America's promise of Social Security for our senior citizens and disabled. Further Congressional oversight and investigation on identifying ways to keep Social Security solvent must be explored. I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress in maintaining this important and necessary program for our nation." (votesmart.org)

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Colorado State Legislative Election 1998 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) concerning abortion.
a) Abortions should always be legally available.
b) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
c) Abortions should be legal only when pregnancy resulted from incest, rape, or when the life of the woman is endangered.
d) Abortions should be legal only when the life of the woman is endangered.
e) Abortions should always be illegal.
f) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and parental notification requirements.
Xg) Prohibit the late-term abortion procedure known as "partial-birth" abortion.
Xh) Support "buffer zones" by requiring demonstrators to stay at least 15 feet away from abortion clinic doorways and driveways.
Xi) Other

Parental notificatation for girls 15 and under with judicial bypass.

Undecidedj) Should Colorado government funding be provided to clinics and medical facilities that provide abortion services?
Indicate the principles you support (if any) concerning affirmative action. State government agencies should take race and sex into account in the following sectors:
Yesa) College and university admissions
Nob) Public employment
Noc) State contracting
d) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.
a) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
b) Support contracting with private sector firms to build and/or manage state prisons.
c) End parole for repeat violent felons.
Xd) Support the use of the death penalty.
e) Oppose the death penalty.
Xf) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
g) Inform communities when a convicted sex offender moves into the community.
Xh) Increase state funds for programs which rehabilitate and educate inmates during and after their prison sentences.
i) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
j) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
k) Strengthen penalties and sentences for sex offenders.
Xl) Support the blood-alcohol-content limit defining drunk driving.
m) Prosecute juveniles who commit murder or other serious violent crimes as adults.
n) Other
Undecidedo) Do you support mandatory HIV testing for accused sex offenders?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning the economy and employment.
Xa) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
Xb) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xc) Support limits on cash damages in lawsuits against businesses and professionals for product liability or malpractice.
Xd) Increase funding for state job-training programs that retrain displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
e) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
Xa) Increase state funds for professional development of public school teachers and administrators.
Xb) Encourage private or corporate investment in public school programs.
c) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious).
d) Favor charter schools where independent groups receive state authorization and funding to establish new schools.
Xe) Support sex education programs which stress abstinence.
f) Support sex education programs which stress safe sexual practices.
Xg) Increase state funds for school construction and facility maintenance.
Xh) Increase state funds for hiring of additional teachers.
i) Endorse teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools.
j) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
Xa) Require the use of cleaner burning fuels in order to prevent pollution.
Xb) Support "self-audit" legislation which creates incentives for industries to audit themselves and clean up pollution.
Xc) Require a cost/benefit analysis to determine the economic impact of proposed environmental regulations before they are implemented.
d) Require the state to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses on privately owned land.
e) Provide funding for recycling programs in Colorado.
Xf) Request added flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding federal environmental regulations.
g) Suspend participation in unfunded, federally mandated environmental protection legislation.
h) Restructure the electric utility industry to allow consumers to choose their power company.
Xi) Allow certain trucks to use the car pool lane if they have electric or natural gas engines that do not pollute.
j) Other
Nok) State environmental regulations should not be stricter than federal law.
Yesl) Do you support Colorado's "Blueprint for Clean Air" program?
Yesm) Do you support regulating large-scale hog farms in Colorado?
Undecidedn) Do you support the U.S. Fish and Wildlife proposal to reduce the amount of water diverted from the Colorado River for future use by municipalities?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding government reform.
a) Do you support limits on the number of terms of the following Colorado officials?
No1) State Senators and Representatives
No2) Governor
No3) Judges and Justices
b) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?
No1) Individual
Undecided2) PAC
Yes3) Corporate
Yesc) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Nod) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
Noe) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
Undecidedf) Would you vote to ratify an amendment to the U.S. Constitution requiring an annual balanced federal budget?
Undecidedg) Do you support Colorado's Amendment 15 as an effective means of limiting corporate contributions to political parties?
h) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.
Xa) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons.
b) Increase state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
c) Maintain state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
d) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
e) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms by law-abiding citizens.
f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms.
Xg) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks with firearms.
h) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues.
Xa) Provide tax incentives to small businesses that provide health care to their employees.
Xb) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care, through managed care, insurance reforms, or state funded care where necessary.
c) Provide health care to uninsured children by expanding Medicaid.
d) Transfer more existing Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
e) Use state funds to continue some Medicaid coverage for legal immigrants.
f) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
g) Guaranteeing medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
h) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.
a) Increase state funding for programs to prevent teen pregnancy.
Xb) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
c) Increase state funds to provide child care to children in low-income working families.
Xd) Deny or suspend state-issued permits and licenses to parents who are delinquent in paying court-ordered child support.
e) Favor banning smoking in public places.
f) Increase state funding for Head Start in order to serve additional children and/or increase services from a half to a full day.
g) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
h) Support state funding of programs for at-risk youth such as guaranteed college loans and job training and placement.
i) Increase the regulation of paramilitary organizations in Colorado.
j) Other
Undecidedk) Do you believe that the Colorado government should include sexual orientation in Colorado's anti-discrimination laws?
Nol) Do you believe that the Colorado government should recognize same-sex marriages?
Yesm) Should unmarried same-sex couples in Colorado have the same legal rights and benefits as married heterosexual couples?
Indicate the funding levels you will support for the following general categories. Select one level only.
Greatly Increasea) Education (K-12)
Maintain Statusb) Education (Higher)
Maintain Statusc) Environment
Slightly Increased) Health care
Maintain Statuse) Law enforcement
Slightly Increasef) Transportation infrastructure (highways, roads, bridges)
Maintain Statusg) Welfare
h) Other
Indicate the tax levels you will support. Select one level only.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gas taxes
Slightly Decreasef) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Maintain Statush) Property taxes
Maintain Statusi) Sales taxes
j) Other

Personal property taxes -- Greatly Decrease

Nok) Do you support a flat tax structure for state income taxes?
Yesl) Should Colorado grant a tax credit to individuals who donate food and to farmers who allow the needy to glean their land?
Undecidedm) Do you support eliminating the state tax on telephone services?
n) Should public tax funds be used to build a new professional football stadium in Denver?
Indicate options you support regarding Colorado's excess tax revenues.
a) Provide refund checks only to those who paid state income taxes.
Xb) Support broad-based refunds to all Colorado citizens.
c) Provide refunds through a reduction in state income tax rates.
d) Provide refunds through a reduction in sales taxes.
Xe) Allow the state to spend part of the excess revenue.
f) Allow the state to spend all of the excess revenue.
Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.
a) Maintain the five-year limit on welfare benefits.
Xb) Maintain the requirement that able-bodied recipients work within 24 months in order to receive benefits.
Xc) Increase employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
Xd) Provide tax incentives to businesses that hire welfare recipients.
Xe) Provide child care for welfare recipients who work.
Xf) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
g) Allow welfare recipients to remain eligible for benefits while saving money for education, starting a business, or buying a home.
h) Limit benefits given to recipients if they have additional children while on welfare.
i) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
j) Other
Please explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional government funding needed to implement these priorities.
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