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Nancy Pelosi's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 12, Democratic Minority Leader
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Nancy Pelosi has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Nancy Pelosi 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

  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit the late-term abortion procedure known as "partial-birth" abortion."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Statement on Bush Administration Effort to Redefine Contraception as Abortion. 16 July 2008. "The majority of Americans oppose this out of touch position that redefines contraception as abortion and represents a sustained pattern of the Bush Administration to reject medical and sound science in favor of a misguided ideology that has no place in our government. I urge the President to reject this policy and join with Democrats to focus on preventing unintended pregnancies and reducing the need for abortion through increasing access to family planning services and access to affordable birth control." (pelosi.house.gov)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Nancy Pelosi supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Statement on Supreme Court's Decision on Late-Term Abortions. 18 April 2007. "'I am disappointed. Criminalizing doctors for performing medically necessary procedures to save a woman's life or protect her health is wrong. The Court's decision is a significant step backwards.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Statement on the 34th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade. 22 January 2007. "'Today, we observe the 34th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that affirmed a woman's right to make her own reproductive health care decisions. Roe v. Wade is based on a woman's fundamental right to privacy, a value that all Americans cherish. It established that decisions about whether to have a child do not and should not rest with the government. A woman - in consultation with her family, her physician, and her faith - is best qualified to make that decision. The 110th Congress signals an end to 12 years of destructive debate putting politics above science and restricting women's rights afforded by the Constitution. In this new Congress, we will work together in a bipartisan way to reduce the number of abortions by preventing unintended pregnancies through comprehensive sexuality education and access to family planning in the U.S. and abroad. As I have throughout my time in Congress, I will continue to work to ensure a woman's right to choose. We must preserve the right to privacy while promoting a comprehensive approach to reproductive health care, including planning for healthy families.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi's Remarks at the March for Women's Lives Rally. 25 April 2004. "'For us, this is personal! I am not only a leader in Congress. I am a mother of five, and a grandmother of five. And we are here to say that a woman's right to make her own reproductive decisions is not only pro-choice...it's pro-children! It's pro-family! It's pro-Constitution! It's pro-freedom!'" (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. H Amdt 185. 103th Congress. Hyde Amendment. Nancy Pelosi voted Nay on 06/30/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Nancy Pelosi supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Women's Political Caucus. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Women's Political Caucus endorsed Nancy Pelosi in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Nancy Pelosi voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Nancy Pelosi voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. NARAL Pro-Choice America endorsed Nancy Pelosi in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Nancy Pelosi voted Yea on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Nancy Pelosi voted Yea on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. H Amdt 436. 104th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Nancy Pelosi voted Yea on 06/15/1995. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Nancy Pelosi supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Nancy Pelosi voted Nay on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Nancy Pelosi in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Nancy Pelosi voted Yea on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Nancy Pelosi voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • National Women's Political Caucus. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Women's Political Caucus endorsed Nancy Pelosi in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Nancy Pelosi voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Nancy Pelosi voted Yea on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. HR 670. 103th Congress. Abortion Counseling Bill. Nancy Pelosi voted Yea on 03/25/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Nancy Pelosi voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. NARAL Pro-Choice America endorsed Nancy Pelosi in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Nancy Pelosi voted Yea on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • National Women's Political Caucus. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Women's Political Caucus endorsed Nancy Pelosi in the 2002 general election. (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 Nancy Pelosi a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Nancy Pelosi voted Yea on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Nancy Pelosi voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Nancy Pelosi voted Nay on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Nancy Pelosi supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available." Indicate all principles you support concerning abortion. Other or expanded principles: "I support the provisions of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision. "
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Nancy Pelosi. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Nancy Pelosi voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Statement on Federal Court Ruling That Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Is Unconstitutional. 2 June 2004. "'Today the District Court confirmed what we have known and have been saying since this legislation was introduced. The federal ban on abortion procedures is extreme, it violates a woman's right to make private medical decisions, and it endangers women's health. When President Bush signed the so-called 'Partial-Birth Abortion Ban' into law, he became the first President in history to ban a safe and medically-accepted medical procedure. It was a deliberate attack on reproductive health care and a violation of women's privacy and their right to make their own decisions. This misguided law puts women's health in serious danger because it fails to contain an exception for what is best for the health of a woman, a principle that was established by the Supreme Court in Carhart v. Stenberg. Clearly, President Bush and politicians should not be making medical decisions. A woman, in consultation with her family, her doctor, and her clergy, is best qualified to make those decisions. Instead of banning medically-safe procedures, Congress should focus on providing a broad range of reproductive options for women, including family planning, contraception, and healthy childbearing.'" (pelosi.house.gov)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Statement on President Signing Criminal Abortion Procedure Ban. 5 November 2003. "'Today, President Bush became the first President in history to sign a law banning a safe and medically-accepted medical procedure. By signing this bill, President Bush continues his assault on a woman's right to make private medical decisions. He is putting women's health in serious danger by signing a bill that fails to contain an exception for what is best for the health of a woman -- even though the Supreme Court said in Stenberg v. Carhart that a health exception is constitutionally required. Politicians should not be making medical decisions. This is an excruciating decision for a woman, but she, in consultation with her family, her doctor, and her clergy, is the best qualified to make it. This law goes beyond policy and into medical procedures. Instead of banning medically-safe procedures, Congress should focus on providing a broad range of reproductive options for women, including family planning, contraception, and healthy childbearing. I am disappointed by this attack on reproductive health care and this violation of women's privacy. I will continue to fight in Congress for a woman's right to choose.'" (pelosi.house.gov)
  • Nancy Pelosi. CNN "State Of The Union With Candy Crowley" “ Transcript. 28 February 2010. "'I don't like the Senate language because I am pro- choice, and -- but it meets the test, and the test is our law says there is no federal funding of abortion, and we will not have it in this bill. Any representation to the contrary is not a fact. Secondly, that we will not diminish or increase the opportunity for abortion, and this bill does not do that. And third, we are going to pass a health care bill. So the compromise language -- the language in the Senate bill I don't think makes everybody happy, but the fact is, it honors those principles of no federal funding of abortion, no expansion or diminution of abortion rights, and it moves us toward passing a bill.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Statement on the 38th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade. 21 January 2011. "'On Saturday, as we commemorate the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we reaffirm our commitment to protecting a woman's right to make her own reproductive health care decisions. As I have throughout my time in Congress, I will fight in the 112th Congress to ensure a woman's right to choose and oppose threats to Roe v. Wade that would depart from the status quo of no taxpayer funding for abortions, and threaten women's reproductive rights. That is because decisions about whether to have a child do not and should not rest with the government. We believe a woman -- in consultation with her family, her physician, and her faith -- is best qualified to make that decision. I will continue to work to preserve the right to privacy while promoting a comprehensive approach to reproductive health care, including planning for healthy families, reducing the number of abortions and unintended pregnancies, and providing full and medically-accurate sexuality education.'" (votesmart.org)
  • "This past week we observed the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. As I have for nearly 25 years in Congress, I will continue to work on behalf of reproductive freedoms and a comprehensive approach to reproductive health care, which will reduce the number of unintended pregnancies, at home and around the world. Unfortunately, this Congress has been marked by the relentless efforts of House Republicans to undermine the right to choose. Time after time, they have voted in favor of legislation that reduces a woman's access to legal reproductive health services, chipping away at freedoms that were hard-won for American women. We must continue to protect the right to choose; ensuring that every woman has the right to decide what is best for herself and her family." (votesmart.org)
  • "I do not believe the government should be involved in making a woman's private medical decision, and I will continue to work to ensure a woman's right to choose. We must preserve the right to privacy while promoting a comprehensive approach to reproductive health care, including planning for healthy families and ensuring comprehensive, medically accurate sex education. As a former ranking Democrat on the Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, I have been a leader in the fight to ensure funding for international family planning efforts to provide basic services to the poorest women and children around the world." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit the late-term abortion procedure known as "partial-birth" abortion."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Statement on Bush Administration Effort to Redefine Contraception as Abortion. 16 July 2008. "The majority of Americans oppose this out of touch position that redefines contraception as abortion and represents a sustained pattern of the Bush Administration to reject medical and sound science in favor of a misguided ideology that has no place in our government. I urge the President to reject this policy and join with Democrats to focus on preventing unintended pregnancies and reducing the need for abortion through increasing access to family planning services and access to affordable birth control." (pelosi.house.gov)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Nancy Pelosi supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Statement on Supreme Court's Decision on Late-Term Abortions. 18 April 2007. "'I am disappointed. Criminalizing doctors for performing medically necessary procedures to save a woman's life or protect her health is wrong. The Court's decision is a significant step backwards.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Statement on the 34th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade. 22 January 2007. "'Today, we observe the 34th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that affirmed a woman's right to make her own reproductive health care decisions. Roe v. Wade is based on a woman's fundamental right to privacy, a value that all Americans cherish. It established that decisions about whether to have a child do not and should not rest with the government. A woman - in consultation with her family, her physician, and her faith - is best qualified to make that decision. The 110th Congress signals an end to 12 years of destructive debate putting politics above science and restricting women's rights afforded by the Constitution. In this new Congress, we will work together in a bipartisan way to reduce the number of abortions by preventing unintended pregnancies through comprehensive sexuality education and access to family planning in the U.S. and abroad. As I have throughout my time in Congress, I will continue to work to ensure a woman's right to choose. We must preserve the right to privacy while promoting a comprehensive approach to reproductive health care, including planning for healthy families.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi's Remarks at the March for Women's Lives Rally. 25 April 2004. "'For us, this is personal! I am not only a leader in Congress. I am a mother of five, and a grandmother of five. And we are here to say that a woman's right to make her own reproductive decisions is not only pro-choice...it's pro-children! It's pro-family! It's pro-Constitution! It's pro-freedom!'" (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. H Amdt 185. 103th Congress. Hyde Amendment. Nancy Pelosi voted Nay on 06/30/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Nancy Pelosi supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Women's Political Caucus. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Women's Political Caucus endorsed Nancy Pelosi in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Nancy Pelosi voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Nancy Pelosi voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. NARAL Pro-Choice America endorsed Nancy Pelosi in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Nancy Pelosi voted Yea on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Nancy Pelosi voted Yea on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. H Amdt 436. 104th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Nancy Pelosi voted Yea on 06/15/1995. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Nancy Pelosi in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Nancy Pelosi supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Nancy Pelosi voted Nay on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Nancy Pelosi voted Yea on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Nancy Pelosi voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • National Women's Political Caucus. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Women's Political Caucus endorsed Nancy Pelosi in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Nancy Pelosi voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Nancy Pelosi voted Yea on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. HR 670. 103th Congress. Abortion Counseling Bill. Nancy Pelosi voted Yea on 03/25/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Nancy Pelosi voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. NARAL Pro-Choice America endorsed Nancy Pelosi in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Nancy Pelosi voted Yea on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • National Women's Political Caucus. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Women's Political Caucus endorsed Nancy Pelosi in the 2002 general election. (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 Nancy Pelosi a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Nancy Pelosi voted Yea on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Nancy Pelosi voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Nancy Pelosi voted Nay on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Nancy Pelosi supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available." Indicate all principles you support concerning abortion. Other or expanded principles: "I support the provisions of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision. "
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Nancy Pelosi. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Nancy Pelosi voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Statement on Federal Court Ruling That Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Is Unconstitutional. 2 June 2004. "'Today the District Court confirmed what we have known and have been saying since this legislation was introduced. The federal ban on abortion procedures is extreme, it violates a woman's right to make private medical decisions, and it endangers women's health. When President Bush signed the so-called 'Partial-Birth Abortion Ban' into law, he became the first President in history to ban a safe and medically-accepted medical procedure. It was a deliberate attack on reproductive health care and a violation of women's privacy and their right to make their own decisions. This misguided law puts women's health in serious danger because it fails to contain an exception for what is best for the health of a woman, a principle that was established by the Supreme Court in Carhart v. Stenberg. Clearly, President Bush and politicians should not be making medical decisions. A woman, in consultation with her family, her doctor, and her clergy, is best qualified to make those decisions. Instead of banning medically-safe procedures, Congress should focus on providing a broad range of reproductive options for women, including family planning, contraception, and healthy childbearing.'" (pelosi.house.gov)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Statement on President Signing Criminal Abortion Procedure Ban. 5 November 2003. "'Today, President Bush became the first President in history to sign a law banning a safe and medically-accepted medical procedure. By signing this bill, President Bush continues his assault on a woman's right to make private medical decisions. He is putting women's health in serious danger by signing a bill that fails to contain an exception for what is best for the health of a woman -- even though the Supreme Court said in Stenberg v. Carhart that a health exception is constitutionally required. Politicians should not be making medical decisions. This is an excruciating decision for a woman, but she, in consultation with her family, her doctor, and her clergy, is the best qualified to make it. This law goes beyond policy and into medical procedures. Instead of banning medically-safe procedures, Congress should focus on providing a broad range of reproductive options for women, including family planning, contraception, and healthy childbearing. I am disappointed by this attack on reproductive health care and this violation of women's privacy. I will continue to fight in Congress for a woman's right to choose.'" (pelosi.house.gov)
  • Nancy Pelosi. CNN "State Of The Union With Candy Crowley" “ Transcript. 28 February 2010. "'I don't like the Senate language because I am pro- choice, and -- but it meets the test, and the test is our law says there is no federal funding of abortion, and we will not have it in this bill. Any representation to the contrary is not a fact. Secondly, that we will not diminish or increase the opportunity for abortion, and this bill does not do that. And third, we are going to pass a health care bill. So the compromise language -- the language in the Senate bill I don't think makes everybody happy, but the fact is, it honors those principles of no federal funding of abortion, no expansion or diminution of abortion rights, and it moves us toward passing a bill.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Statement on the 38th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade. 21 January 2011. "'On Saturday, as we commemorate the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we reaffirm our commitment to protecting a woman's right to make her own reproductive health care decisions. As I have throughout my time in Congress, I will fight in the 112th Congress to ensure a woman's right to choose and oppose threats to Roe v. Wade that would depart from the status quo of no taxpayer funding for abortions, and threaten women's reproductive rights. That is because decisions about whether to have a child do not and should not rest with the government. We believe a woman -- in consultation with her family, her physician, and her faith -- is best qualified to make that decision. I will continue to work to preserve the right to privacy while promoting a comprehensive approach to reproductive health care, including planning for healthy families, reducing the number of abortions and unintended pregnancies, and providing full and medically-accurate sexuality education.'" (votesmart.org)
  • "I do not believe the government should be involved in making a woman's private medical decision, and I will continue to work to ensure a woman's right to choose. We must preserve the right to privacy while promoting a comprehensive approach to reproductive health care, including planning for healthy families and ensuring comprehensive, medically accurate sex education. As a former ranking Democrat on the Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, I have been a leader in the fight to ensure funding for international family planning efforts to provide basic services to the poorest women and children around the world." (votesmart.org)
  • "This past week we observed the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. As I have for nearly 25 years in Congress, I will continue to work on behalf of reproductive freedoms and a comprehensive approach to reproductive health care, which will reduce the number of unintended pregnancies, at home and around the world. Unfortunately, this Congress has been marked by the relentless efforts of House Republicans to undermine the right to choose. Time after time, they have voted in favor of legislation that reduces a woman's access to legal reproductive health services, chipping away at freedoms that were hard-won for American women. We must continue to protect the right to choose; ensuring that every woman has the right to decide what is best for herself and her family." (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

  • Nancy Pelosi. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Nancy Pelosi voted Nay on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Nancy Pelosi supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 5 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Nancy Pelosi supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "1) Indicate the changes you support (if any) concerning the tax levels for the following categories. Select one number only. e) Family income over $150,000"
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate the changes you support (if any) concerning the tax levels for the following categories. Select one number only. j) Corporate income taxes"
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "6) Do you support requiring a super-majority vote in both houses of Congress to raise taxes?"
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "3) Do you support eliminating the Internal Revenue Service?"
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Statement on Passage of 1099 Legislation. 3 October 2011. "Today, the Republican majority brought a bill to the floor that will raise taxes on the middle class in order to pay for the repeal of the 1099 legislation. America's middle-class families must not bear the brunt of the Republican tax hikes, especially at a time they can least afford it. Democrats will work to get a bill to the President to repeal the expanded 1099 that he will sign, while continuing to focus on creating jobs, responsibly reducing the deficit, and strengthening the middle class.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Statement on September Jobs Report. 8 October 2011. "'The American people face a clear choice: Democrats fighting for the middle class or Republicans standing up for special interests. They know Democrats want to 'Make It in America,' cut taxes for small business, and create good-paying jobs here at home. Republicans want to protect Wall Street and corporations that ship jobs overseas. Democrats want to cut taxes for the middle class, and Republicans want to give a break to millionaires and billionaires, and blow an even larger hole in our deficit. Democrats will preserve Social Security and Medicare; Republicans promise to privatize and cut benefits.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Transcript of Pelosi Press Conference Today. 12 July 2012. "And we see strong Republican opposition to our proposal to extend tax relief to middle income Americans unless they also get continuations of tax breaks for the very wealthy, instead of asking the wealthiest to help contribute to reducing our deficit so that we don't have to reduce the deficit at the expense of middle income taxpayers and seniors." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Transcript of Pelosi Press Conference Today. 15 September 2011. "'How do you reduce the deficit in terms of tax reform if you are saying that we are just going to have reforms that lower the corporate rate but we are not changing any of the other rates on anything else? We are putting too much of a burden on the cut side. I think that every dollar we spend should be subjected to scrutiny, and that includes the entitlements as well. But I don't think any of us should go in there with any lines in the sand about taxes or entitlements. I think our only sacred cow has to be the creation of jobs for the American people and creation of jobs now.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Transcript of Pelosi, Democratic Leaders' Press Conference Today. 13 October 2011. "'We need to create jobs now. We need to increase a revenue stream because we have people working, not because we raise taxes, but because we have people working. Its immediate focus may be reining in the deficit--"its" being the committee's--but the effects on the committee's recommendations will be felt across the economy.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Nancy Pelosi voted Nay on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Nancy Pelosi supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 5 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Nancy Pelosi supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "1) Indicate the changes you support (if any) concerning the tax levels for the following categories. Select one number only. e) Family income over $150,000"
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate the changes you support (if any) concerning the tax levels for the following categories. Select one number only. j) Corporate income taxes"
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "6) Do you support requiring a super-majority vote in both houses of Congress to raise taxes?"
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "3) Do you support eliminating the Internal Revenue Service?"
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Statement on Passage of 1099 Legislation. 3 October 2011. "Today, the Republican majority brought a bill to the floor that will raise taxes on the middle class in order to pay for the repeal of the 1099 legislation. America's middle-class families must not bear the brunt of the Republican tax hikes, especially at a time they can least afford it. Democrats will work to get a bill to the President to repeal the expanded 1099 that he will sign, while continuing to focus on creating jobs, responsibly reducing the deficit, and strengthening the middle class.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Statement on September Jobs Report. 8 October 2011. "'The American people face a clear choice: Democrats fighting for the middle class or Republicans standing up for special interests. They know Democrats want to 'Make It in America,' cut taxes for small business, and create good-paying jobs here at home. Republicans want to protect Wall Street and corporations that ship jobs overseas. Democrats want to cut taxes for the middle class, and Republicans want to give a break to millionaires and billionaires, and blow an even larger hole in our deficit. Democrats will preserve Social Security and Medicare; Republicans promise to privatize and cut benefits.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Transcript of Pelosi Press Conference Today. 12 July 2012. "And we see strong Republican opposition to our proposal to extend tax relief to middle income Americans unless they also get continuations of tax breaks for the very wealthy, instead of asking the wealthiest to help contribute to reducing our deficit so that we don't have to reduce the deficit at the expense of middle income taxpayers and seniors." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Transcript of Pelosi Press Conference Today. 15 September 2011. "'How do you reduce the deficit in terms of tax reform if you are saying that we are just going to have reforms that lower the corporate rate but we are not changing any of the other rates on anything else? We are putting too much of a burden on the cut side. I think that every dollar we spend should be subjected to scrutiny, and that includes the entitlements as well. But I don't think any of us should go in there with any lines in the sand about taxes or entitlements. I think our only sacred cow has to be the creation of jobs for the American people and creation of jobs now.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Transcript of Pelosi, Democratic Leaders' Press Conference Today. 13 October 2011. "'We need to create jobs now. We need to increase a revenue stream because we have people working, not because we raise taxes, but because we have people working. Its immediate focus may be reining in the deficit--"its" being the committee's--but the effects on the committee's recommendations will be felt across the economy.'" (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • Nancy Pelosi. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Nancy Pelosi voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (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 Nancy Pelosi a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Nancy Pelosi voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Nancy Pelosi supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Today's Jobs Report Confirms that Republican Economic Policies are Failing. 22 October 2004. "It's time for a new commitment to creating jobs for our people. We should provide tax cuts for working families and for businesses that create jobs in America, not overseas. We should make smart investments in education, transportation, and the research and development we need to create the jobs of the future. And we should put federal spending on a pay-as-you-go system, to be sure we bring down the deficit and keep interest rates low for small businesses. We can do better." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Fiscal 2011 Budget Another Key Step by New Direction Congress in Restoring Fiscal Responsibility. 1 July 2010. "'Today's 2011 budget is another key step by the New Direction Congress in restoring fiscal responsibility. It will require cuts below the President's budget. It is also a statement of our values as a Congress and as a nation, recognizing that job creation and economic growth are prerequisites to lower deficits. It demands that we live within our means, complies with proven deficit-reducing PAYGO, and works to eliminate waste and inefficiency in our spending. And it sets us on-course to balanced budgets in the future. This builds on a record of responsibility in the 111th Congress. We reinstated 'pay-as-you-go' budgeting as a rule of the House; now, it is the law of the land. The House has passed bipartisan measures to clean up defense acquisition spending, rein in improper federal payments, and cut government waste by shining a light on ineffective programs." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Floor Speech on Short-Term Continuing Resolution. 15 March 2011. "'And so, we are at a place where we have, again, 11 weeks. Not by my measure, just look to some of the, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said the Republican spending bill would cost not a trivial amount of jobs. Mark Zandi, the Republican economist, said the Republican spending bill would destroy 700,000 jobs. Goldman Sachs said the Republican spending bill would reduce U.S. economic growth by 1.5 to 2 percent. 320 economists sent a letter calling Republican threats a threat to our economy's long-term economic competitiveness and strength and the strength of our current economic recovery. They all agree, to one extent or another, that the Republican agenda is taking us in the wrong direction. And that agenda is manifested in the Continuing Resolution, H.R. 1 and the budget approach that they are taking. In fact, in addition to not creating jobs, the Republican initiative is making matters worse.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Remarks on Job Creation at the Port of San Francisco. 5 March 2011. "'Mark Zandi, the economist who had been an adviser to John McCain, said that spending cuts to ports and across the budget could cost us 700,000 jobs, just in the short-term. So we cannot go to that place. Our first priority is to create jobs. So what that means, to the personal aspirations of America's workers and the respect for them to create jobs, for what it means to the competitiveness of our country to keep America number one. As all of our speakers have said, we are in a place where, Willie said it so well, our workers are waiting to see are we making decisions in favor of a strong economy that recognizes the role that our workers play. Good paying jobs for our workers. As Monique kept pointing out, that this is how we started. We stand on others' shoulders she said, but others will stand on ours and we have to make sure they're strong. Omar talked about some of the challenges we face and the pride we take being the largest dry dock in all of the Americas. But there is something to be very, very proud of and Hugh, this is a public-private partnership. About the private sector and the public sector working closely together in a way to create good-paying jobs for the future.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Transcript of Pelosi, Democratic Leaders' Press Conference Today. 13 October 2011. "'There are already plans in place to shrink the size of government. But this proposal, which passed in August and created the joint committee, will result in at least $2.1 trillion in spending cuts over the next 10 years. This will decrease government spending and ease the burden on taxpayers. But while these savings are in place, we are here to say we go big, bold and balanced. Yes, deficit reduction is essential. But it cannot be the end goal. We cannot so shortsighted that we just cut spending but fail to strengthen our economy or put people back to work. And this is where small businesses come in. They are the cornerstone of our Nation's economy. They are the innovators creating 64 percent of new jobs. Any legislative package reported out of the Supercommittee must prioritize their role in the economic recovery. The committee should look at different areas that will be a win win for the economy and taxpayers.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Nancy Pelosi voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (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 Nancy Pelosi a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Nancy Pelosi voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Nancy Pelosi supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Today's Jobs Report Confirms that Republican Economic Policies are Failing. 22 October 2004. "It's time for a new commitment to creating jobs for our people. We should provide tax cuts for working families and for businesses that create jobs in America, not overseas. We should make smart investments in education, transportation, and the research and development we need to create the jobs of the future. And we should put federal spending on a pay-as-you-go system, to be sure we bring down the deficit and keep interest rates low for small businesses. We can do better." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Fiscal 2011 Budget Another Key Step by New Direction Congress in Restoring Fiscal Responsibility. 1 July 2010. "'Today's 2011 budget is another key step by the New Direction Congress in restoring fiscal responsibility. It will require cuts below the President's budget. It is also a statement of our values as a Congress and as a nation, recognizing that job creation and economic growth are prerequisites to lower deficits. It demands that we live within our means, complies with proven deficit-reducing PAYGO, and works to eliminate waste and inefficiency in our spending. And it sets us on-course to balanced budgets in the future. This builds on a record of responsibility in the 111th Congress. We reinstated 'pay-as-you-go' budgeting as a rule of the House; now, it is the law of the land. The House has passed bipartisan measures to clean up defense acquisition spending, rein in improper federal payments, and cut government waste by shining a light on ineffective programs." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Floor Speech on Short-Term Continuing Resolution. 15 March 2011. "'And so, we are at a place where we have, again, 11 weeks. Not by my measure, just look to some of the, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said the Republican spending bill would cost not a trivial amount of jobs. Mark Zandi, the Republican economist, said the Republican spending bill would destroy 700,000 jobs. Goldman Sachs said the Republican spending bill would reduce U.S. economic growth by 1.5 to 2 percent. 320 economists sent a letter calling Republican threats a threat to our economy's long-term economic competitiveness and strength and the strength of our current economic recovery. They all agree, to one extent or another, that the Republican agenda is taking us in the wrong direction. And that agenda is manifested in the Continuing Resolution, H.R. 1 and the budget approach that they are taking. In fact, in addition to not creating jobs, the Republican initiative is making matters worse.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Remarks on Job Creation at the Port of San Francisco. 5 March 2011. "'Mark Zandi, the economist who had been an adviser to John McCain, said that spending cuts to ports and across the budget could cost us 700,000 jobs, just in the short-term. So we cannot go to that place. Our first priority is to create jobs. So what that means, to the personal aspirations of America's workers and the respect for them to create jobs, for what it means to the competitiveness of our country to keep America number one. As all of our speakers have said, we are in a place where, Willie said it so well, our workers are waiting to see are we making decisions in favor of a strong economy that recognizes the role that our workers play. Good paying jobs for our workers. As Monique kept pointing out, that this is how we started. We stand on others' shoulders she said, but others will stand on ours and we have to make sure they're strong. Omar talked about some of the challenges we face and the pride we take being the largest dry dock in all of the Americas. But there is something to be very, very proud of and Hugh, this is a public-private partnership. About the private sector and the public sector working closely together in a way to create good-paying jobs for the future.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Transcript of Pelosi, Democratic Leaders' Press Conference Today. 13 October 2011. "'There are already plans in place to shrink the size of government. But this proposal, which passed in August and created the joint committee, will result in at least $2.1 trillion in spending cuts over the next 10 years. This will decrease government spending and ease the burden on taxpayers. But while these savings are in place, we are here to say we go big, bold and balanced. Yes, deficit reduction is essential. But it cannot be the end goal. We cannot so shortsighted that we just cut spending but fail to strengthen our economy or put people back to work. And this is where small businesses come in. They are the cornerstone of our Nation's economy. They are the innovators creating 64 percent of new jobs. Any legislative package reported out of the Supercommittee must prioritize their role in the economic recovery. The committee should look at different areas that will be a win win for the economy and taxpayers.'" (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

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  • Nancy Pelosi. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Nancy Pelosi voted Nay on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. HR 1804. 104th Congress. Goals 2000: Educate America Act. Nancy Pelosi voted Yea on 03/23/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing in reading and math."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "2) Do you support the use of block grants given to states, rather than federal spending, in the following areas? b) Education"
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. c) Education (K-12)" 1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. Other or expanded principles: "Nutrition "
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Give all federal education funding to states in the form of block grants and allow them to spend it as they see fit."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. c) Education (K-12)"
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. c) Education (K-12)"
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Eliminate the Department of Education, thereby giving state and local government greater control over educational issues."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. c) Education (K-12)" 1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. Other or expanded principles: "Juvenile justice programs "
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "State" for: "Indicate which level of government should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. 3) Education" Indicate which level of government should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. Other or expanded principles: "Relieve hunger "
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Local" for: "Indicate which level of government that should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. c) Education"
  • Nancy Pelosi. Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012. 14 June 2011. "'Food, price at the pump, Medicare, these are assaults on the middle class that are hard to withstand. In fact, they are hard to understand. It's hard to understand why we'd say to seniors, `You're going to pay more for Medicare, and for fewer benefits as we abolish Medicare, while we give subsidies to Big Oil.' We are going to say to seniors in nursing homes, `You're going to go home and live with your families, who can probably ill-afford for you to do so, so we can give tax breaks to corporations to send jobs overseas.'' We are going to say to children whom we are not feeding that we are cutting education funding as well as making college more expensive for nearly 10 million students in our country and, for some, making it unaffordable to go to college while we give tax breaks to the wealthiest people in our country.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Statement on Fourth Anniversary of No Child Left Behind. 6 January 2005. "Unfortunately, President Bush and Republicans in Congress have failed to live up to their part of the bargain. Over the last four years, they have shortchanged No Child Left Behind by $40 billion, leaving states with new mandates, but not enough funding, and leaving children without the necessary resources. Failing to provide a quality education undermines our responsibility to protect our values of fairness and opportunity for all. Underfunding No Child Left Behind is one in a long line of Republican attacks on our country€„¢s education system. Proposed Republican budget cuts reduce opportunities for young people by cutting funding for student aid by more than $12 billion and heaping more debt on students. [¦] Together, America can do better for our children and for their future." (pelosi.house.gov)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Statement on the Effect of Bush Budget on Women. 17 March 2004. "As you said when speaking at a school in Maryland last month, Republicans and Democrats came together and agreed that we need to invest more money in education, so that children get the help they need with reading and math. But you did not mention that your budget fails to provide $9.4 billion in promised funding for education reforms - meaning that 2.4 million children will not get the help with reading and math that they were promised." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Issue Position: Education. 28 October 2011. "Education is the cornerstone to building America's future. We must make a national commitment to education by strengthening our schools, fully funding special education, and modernizing our classrooms. At the same time, we must work to reduce class size, put in place the means for students to attain higher education, and make sure that we have the best trained, most qualified teachers in the world. Democrats are committed to providing high quality education to all of America's students, creating a nation ready for the challenges of the 21st century. In September 2009, the House passed the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act -- the single largest investment in aid to help students and families pay for college in history -- at no cost to taxpayers. The President signed the bill into law on March 30, 2010. Among its many provisions, it increases the maximum Pell Grant from $5,350 in 2009 to $5,550 in 2010 and $6,900 in 2019 and keeps interest rates low on subsidized federal student loans." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. HR 1804. 104th Congress. Goals 2000: Educate America Act. Nancy Pelosi voted Yea on 03/23/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Nancy Pelosi voted Nay on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing in reading and math."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "2) Do you support the use of block grants given to states, rather than federal spending, in the following areas? b) Education"
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. c) Education (K-12)" 1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. Other or expanded principles: "Nutrition "
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Give all federal education funding to states in the form of block grants and allow them to spend it as they see fit."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. c) Education (K-12)"
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. c) Education (K-12)"
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Eliminate the Department of Education, thereby giving state and local government greater control over educational issues."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. c) Education (K-12)" 1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. Other or expanded principles: "Juvenile justice programs "
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "State" for: "Indicate which level of government should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. 3) Education" Indicate which level of government should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. Other or expanded principles: "Relieve hunger "
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Local" for: "Indicate which level of government that should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. c) Education"
  • Nancy Pelosi. Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012. 14 June 2011. "'Food, price at the pump, Medicare, these are assaults on the middle class that are hard to withstand. In fact, they are hard to understand. It's hard to understand why we'd say to seniors, `You're going to pay more for Medicare, and for fewer benefits as we abolish Medicare, while we give subsidies to Big Oil.' We are going to say to seniors in nursing homes, `You're going to go home and live with your families, who can probably ill-afford for you to do so, so we can give tax breaks to corporations to send jobs overseas.'' We are going to say to children whom we are not feeding that we are cutting education funding as well as making college more expensive for nearly 10 million students in our country and, for some, making it unaffordable to go to college while we give tax breaks to the wealthiest people in our country.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Statement on Fourth Anniversary of No Child Left Behind. 6 January 2005. "Unfortunately, President Bush and Republicans in Congress have failed to live up to their part of the bargain. Over the last four years, they have shortchanged No Child Left Behind by $40 billion, leaving states with new mandates, but not enough funding, and leaving children without the necessary resources. Failing to provide a quality education undermines our responsibility to protect our values of fairness and opportunity for all. Underfunding No Child Left Behind is one in a long line of Republican attacks on our country€„¢s education system. Proposed Republican budget cuts reduce opportunities for young people by cutting funding for student aid by more than $12 billion and heaping more debt on students. [¦] Together, America can do better for our children and for their future." (pelosi.house.gov)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Statement on the Effect of Bush Budget on Women. 17 March 2004. "As you said when speaking at a school in Maryland last month, Republicans and Democrats came together and agreed that we need to invest more money in education, so that children get the help they need with reading and math. But you did not mention that your budget fails to provide $9.4 billion in promised funding for education reforms - meaning that 2.4 million children will not get the help with reading and math that they were promised." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Issue Position: Education. 28 October 2011. "Education is the cornerstone to building America's future. We must make a national commitment to education by strengthening our schools, fully funding special education, and modernizing our classrooms. At the same time, we must work to reduce class size, put in place the means for students to attain higher education, and make sure that we have the best trained, most qualified teachers in the world. Democrats are committed to providing high quality education to all of America's students, creating a nation ready for the challenges of the 21st century. In September 2009, the House passed the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act -- the single largest investment in aid to help students and families pay for college in history -- at no cost to taxpayers. The President signed the bill into law on March 30, 2010. Among its many provisions, it increases the maximum Pell Grant from $5,350 in 2009 to $5,550 in 2010 and $6,900 in 2019 and keeps interest rates low on subsidized federal student loans." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

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

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  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Nancy Pelosi in the 2002 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Nancy Pelosi voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Nancy Pelosi voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Nancy Pelosi in the 2004 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Nancy Pelosi in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Nancy Pelosi in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Nancy Pelosi in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Statement On President's Announcement Of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Target. 29 January 2010. "The effort to build a future founded on sustainability, clean energy, and conservation begins in homes and offices nationwide. The federal government is no exception. Our 'Green the Capitol' initiative is a symbol of Congress' commitment to the future. We've reduced our reliance on fossil fuels with wind power and conservation, started printing the Congressional Record on 100 percent recycled paper, replaced traditional light bulbs with energy-efficient alternatives, and increased recycling across all Members' offices. So far, we have already reduced our carbon footprint by 74 percent. These steps save money for our nation's taxpayers, create good-paying jobs, and cut pollution caused by global warming. President Obama's announcement marks a critical step forward in our effort to reduce the carbon footprint of the federal government -- the largest consumer of energy in the U.S. economy. This measure will spur investment in clean energy jobs, place innovation at the center of our economic agenda, and decrease the emissions that harm our environment. With the President's renewed call to complete work on a clean energy bill this year, we look forward to putting people to work building up the industries of tomorrow, reducing our dangerous dependence on foreign oil, and preserving our natural resources for generations to come.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Remarks Before Hearing on Creating Jobs Now in America. 2 February 2011. "Rebuilding America is an environmental issue: creating clean energy solutions that ensure cleaner air and water, reduce sprawl and congestion, and cut greenhouse gases." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Remarks to American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai. 25 May 2009. "The timing of our visit to China coincides with the House Energy and Commerce Committee passing legislation last week to establish a clean energy policy with mandatory reductions in harmful greenhouse gas emissions and national standards for renewable electricity. The bill, sponsored by Chairman Henry Waxman and Ed Markey, who is with us this morning, will reduce U.S. carbon emissions by 17 percent in 2020, 42 percent by 2030, and by 83 percent in 2050. In addition, the bill will achieve further emissions reductions by setting aside 5 percent of the total value of the pollution allowances to be used for forest protection around the world.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Solar Technology Act Lays Foundation For A Future Of Renewable Energy, Sustainability, And Clean Energy Jobs. 22 October 2009. "'More solar technology means better energy security, more home-grown energy, and lower greenhouse gas emissions. It returns the United States to the forefront of cutting-edge research and places the next generation of American workers on the frontlines of a clean energy future. This bipartisan legislation embraces what's possible when our best minds in the public and private sector come together; when innovation becomes a centerpiece of public policy; and when we harness the potential of our most precious natural resources for the greater good. "Today's vote marks a significant step forward for our nation's economy and environment. I applaud my colleagues for supporting this bill and adding their voices to the chorus calling for cleaner energy jobs nationwide.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Promote the selling of pollution credits to encourage industries to decrease amount of pollution."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Impose stricter national air quality standards."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "k) Adhere to the United Nations treaty regarding global climate change."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Eliminate government regulations of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save Act. 9 June 2009. "...CARS bill is quite a remarkable piece of legislation, and the timing is perfect. And when they trade in these cars, they will strengthen America's auto industry, creating jobs and reducing layoffs, and save more than 250 million gallons of gas. This has been tried and true around the world in recent months with great success. In Germany, for example, it boosted auto sales by 20 percent. Because this legislation will deliver consumer savings, increase vehicle demand, help save American jobs while cutting greenhouse gas emissions and reducing our dependence on foreign oil, it is supported by a broad coalition. That coalition includes the Big Three automakers, the United Auto Workers, car dealers, business groups such as the National Association of Manufacturers, the Chamber of Commerce, and, in the lead, the Obama administration. Today, with this legislation, we will ensure a strong American manufacturing base. As much as anything that we can do in terms of addressing the issue of the auto industry in our country, this is a national security issue. The auto industry's success is essential to ensuring that we have a strong manufacturing base. This legislation today will ensure that we have a strong manufacturing base and get more fuel-efficient vehicles on the road, which is essential to our economy, to our national security, and a clean, green future.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Keynote Address at American Public Transportation Association Rail Conference in SF. 2 June 2008. "Rebuilding America is an environmental issue. Making greener choices will bring us cleaner air and water, reduce sprawl and congestion, and cut greenhouse gases, to the benefit of the American people and our planet. Last year, Congress took major steps to reduce global warming pollution, passing sweeping legislation to increase vehicle fuel efficiency to 35 miles per gallon by the year 2020. The reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in the year 2020 alone will be the equivalent of taking 28 million of today's cars and trucks off the road. Right now, both the House and Senate are at work on legislation that has the greatest potential to address climate change yet: a cap-and-trade system. The cap' refers to an overall limit on annual greenhouse gas emissions from the United States. Trade' refers to the trading of greenhouse gas allowances, to ensure greater economic efficiency and generate revenues for public purposes, such as developing new low-carbon technologies. Some of these revenues could be used for investments such as public transit that further reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It is essential that the environmental and economic development benefits of rail transit become fundamental criteria in the decision-making process for New Starts. We see with each new light rail system - whether the location is Dallas, Minneapolis, or Portland - a tremendous upsurge in transit-oriented development around rail lines and stations. Transit and the high-density development that accompanies it both have tremendous value in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and putting us on the path to a low-carbon economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Statement Celebrating Earth Day. 24 April 2008. "'That is why I made achieving energy independence and reducing global warming flagship issues of the New Direction Congress. We enacted bipartisan legislation that increases the efficiency of appliances and lighting and boosts fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks for the first time in 32 years. This increase in fuel efficiency alone will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an amount equivalent to taking 28 million cars off the road in the year 2020 alone. We also established a Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming to raise the visibility of this crucial issue and are committed to considering carbon cap-and-trade legislation, which is critical to combating the climate crisis.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Statement on Largest Ever One-Day Increase in Oil Prices. 6 June 2008. "The bipartisan Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, now law, includes an increase in vehicle fuel efficiency to 35 miles per gallon in 2020 - the first congressionally-mandated increase in more than three decades - and promotes the use of more advanced American biofuels. This legislation is a critical first step toward addressing our nation's energy independence and reducing greenhouse gas emissions." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Statement on Lights Out San Francisco. 19 October 2007. "Climate change presents a challenge to the survival of our planet. While there is an urgent need for decisive action to address climate change and greenhouse gas reduction nationally and globally, we must act locally as well. Solutions to the climate crisis must be as local as our neighborhoods and as global as the planet. By taking part in Lights Out San Francisco, each resident will be taking a positive step toward reducing green house gases emissions on a local level." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Statement on President Bush's Remarks at Conference on Global Warming. 28 September 2007. "As the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, the United States must lead by example and take the necessary steps to reduce greenhouse gases. An effective initiative must be based on mandatory standards to protect our planet, not the voluntary goals and incremental approach supported by the Administration." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Nancy Pelosi in the 2002 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Nancy Pelosi voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Nancy Pelosi voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Nancy Pelosi in the 2004 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Nancy Pelosi in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Nancy Pelosi in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Nancy Pelosi in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Statement On President's Announcement Of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Target. 29 January 2010. "The effort to build a future founded on sustainability, clean energy, and conservation begins in homes and offices nationwide. The federal government is no exception. Our 'Green the Capitol' initiative is a symbol of Congress' commitment to the future. We've reduced our reliance on fossil fuels with wind power and conservation, started printing the Congressional Record on 100 percent recycled paper, replaced traditional light bulbs with energy-efficient alternatives, and increased recycling across all Members' offices. So far, we have already reduced our carbon footprint by 74 percent. These steps save money for our nation's taxpayers, create good-paying jobs, and cut pollution caused by global warming. President Obama's announcement marks a critical step forward in our effort to reduce the carbon footprint of the federal government -- the largest consumer of energy in the U.S. economy. This measure will spur investment in clean energy jobs, place innovation at the center of our economic agenda, and decrease the emissions that harm our environment. With the President's renewed call to complete work on a clean energy bill this year, we look forward to putting people to work building up the industries of tomorrow, reducing our dangerous dependence on foreign oil, and preserving our natural resources for generations to come.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Remarks Before Hearing on Creating Jobs Now in America. 2 February 2011. "Rebuilding America is an environmental issue: creating clean energy solutions that ensure cleaner air and water, reduce sprawl and congestion, and cut greenhouse gases." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Remarks to American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai. 25 May 2009. "The timing of our visit to China coincides with the House Energy and Commerce Committee passing legislation last week to establish a clean energy policy with mandatory reductions in harmful greenhouse gas emissions and national standards for renewable electricity. The bill, sponsored by Chairman Henry Waxman and Ed Markey, who is with us this morning, will reduce U.S. carbon emissions by 17 percent in 2020, 42 percent by 2030, and by 83 percent in 2050. In addition, the bill will achieve further emissions reductions by setting aside 5 percent of the total value of the pollution allowances to be used for forest protection around the world.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Solar Technology Act Lays Foundation For A Future Of Renewable Energy, Sustainability, And Clean Energy Jobs. 22 October 2009. "'More solar technology means better energy security, more home-grown energy, and lower greenhouse gas emissions. It returns the United States to the forefront of cutting-edge research and places the next generation of American workers on the frontlines of a clean energy future. This bipartisan legislation embraces what's possible when our best minds in the public and private sector come together; when innovation becomes a centerpiece of public policy; and when we harness the potential of our most precious natural resources for the greater good. "Today's vote marks a significant step forward for our nation's economy and environment. I applaud my colleagues for supporting this bill and adding their voices to the chorus calling for cleaner energy jobs nationwide.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Promote the selling of pollution credits to encourage industries to decrease amount of pollution."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Impose stricter national air quality standards."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "k) Adhere to the United Nations treaty regarding global climate change."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Eliminate government regulations of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save Act. 9 June 2009. "...CARS bill is quite a remarkable piece of legislation, and the timing is perfect. And when they trade in these cars, they will strengthen America's auto industry, creating jobs and reducing layoffs, and save more than 250 million gallons of gas. This has been tried and true around the world in recent months with great success. In Germany, for example, it boosted auto sales by 20 percent. Because this legislation will deliver consumer savings, increase vehicle demand, help save American jobs while cutting greenhouse gas emissions and reducing our dependence on foreign oil, it is supported by a broad coalition. That coalition includes the Big Three automakers, the United Auto Workers, car dealers, business groups such as the National Association of Manufacturers, the Chamber of Commerce, and, in the lead, the Obama administration. Today, with this legislation, we will ensure a strong American manufacturing base. As much as anything that we can do in terms of addressing the issue of the auto industry in our country, this is a national security issue. The auto industry's success is essential to ensuring that we have a strong manufacturing base. This legislation today will ensure that we have a strong manufacturing base and get more fuel-efficient vehicles on the road, which is essential to our economy, to our national security, and a clean, green future.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Keynote Address at American Public Transportation Association Rail Conference in SF. 2 June 2008. "Rebuilding America is an environmental issue. Making greener choices will bring us cleaner air and water, reduce sprawl and congestion, and cut greenhouse gases, to the benefit of the American people and our planet. Last year, Congress took major steps to reduce global warming pollution, passing sweeping legislation to increase vehicle fuel efficiency to 35 miles per gallon by the year 2020. The reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in the year 2020 alone will be the equivalent of taking 28 million of today's cars and trucks off the road. Right now, both the House and Senate are at work on legislation that has the greatest potential to address climate change yet: a cap-and-trade system. The cap' refers to an overall limit on annual greenhouse gas emissions from the United States. Trade' refers to the trading of greenhouse gas allowances, to ensure greater economic efficiency and generate revenues for public purposes, such as developing new low-carbon technologies. Some of these revenues could be used for investments such as public transit that further reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It is essential that the environmental and economic development benefits of rail transit become fundamental criteria in the decision-making process for New Starts. We see with each new light rail system - whether the location is Dallas, Minneapolis, or Portland - a tremendous upsurge in transit-oriented development around rail lines and stations. Transit and the high-density development that accompanies it both have tremendous value in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and putting us on the path to a low-carbon economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Statement Celebrating Earth Day. 24 April 2008. "'That is why I made achieving energy independence and reducing global warming flagship issues of the New Direction Congress. We enacted bipartisan legislation that increases the efficiency of appliances and lighting and boosts fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks for the first time in 32 years. This increase in fuel efficiency alone will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an amount equivalent to taking 28 million cars off the road in the year 2020 alone. We also established a Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming to raise the visibility of this crucial issue and are committed to considering carbon cap-and-trade legislation, which is critical to combating the climate crisis.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Statement on Largest Ever One-Day Increase in Oil Prices. 6 June 2008. "The bipartisan Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, now law, includes an increase in vehicle fuel efficiency to 35 miles per gallon in 2020 - the first congressionally-mandated increase in more than three decades - and promotes the use of more advanced American biofuels. This legislation is a critical first step toward addressing our nation's energy independence and reducing greenhouse gas emissions." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Statement on Lights Out San Francisco. 19 October 2007. "Climate change presents a challenge to the survival of our planet. While there is an urgent need for decisive action to address climate change and greenhouse gas reduction nationally and globally, we must act locally as well. Solutions to the climate crisis must be as local as our neighborhoods and as global as the planet. By taking part in Lights Out San Francisco, each resident will be taking a positive step toward reducing green house gases emissions on a local level." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Statement on President Bush's Remarks at Conference on Global Warming. 28 September 2007. "As the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, the United States must lead by example and take the necessary steps to reduce greenhouse gases. An effective initiative must be based on mandatory standards to protect our planet, not the voluntary goals and incremental approach supported by the Administration." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Nancy Pelosi. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Nancy Pelosi voted Nay on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Increase federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Nancy Pelosi. ABC "Good Morning America" “ Transcript. 7 April 2009. "Yes, it is and we are just going to have to work together to come to some resolution because the court in the meantime, in recent months, the Supreme Court has ruled in a direction that gives more opportunity for people to have guns. We've never denied that right. We don't want to take their guns away. We want them registered. We don't want them crossing state lines as this legislation would do in the District of Columbia." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. HR 1025. 103th Congress. Brady Handgun Bill. Nancy Pelosi voted Yea on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Nancy Pelosi in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. HR 125. 104th Congress. Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995. Nancy Pelosi voted Nay on 03/22/1996. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Nancy Pelosi a grade of 9." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Nancy Pelosi supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 100 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Nancy Pelosi voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. HR 4296. 104th Congress. Regulation of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons. Nancy Pelosi voted Yea on 05/05/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. H Amdt 390. 103th Congress. Instant Background Checks for Gun Purchase Amendment. Nancy Pelosi voted Nay on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Nancy Pelosi voted Did Not Vote on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Nancy Pelosi voted Nay on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Ease procedures on the purchase and registration of firearms."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal all bans and measures that restrict law-abiding citizens from owning legally-obtained firearms."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Statement on Expiration of Assault Weapons Ban. 13 September 2004. "While allowing more guns on the street, President Bush is cutting the number of cops on the beat by reducing funds for hiring additional police officers. Democrats are working to strengthen law enforcement and to keep our communities safe by supporting the reauthorization and increased funding for the COPS program and supporting the immediate implementation of the 9/11 Commission recommendations." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Increase restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms by law-abiding citizens."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain all federal registration procedures and restrictions on possessing firearms."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms that are legally owned and registered."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Implement tighter restrictions on firearm sales in an effort to hinder terrorist groups from stockpiling weapon arsenals."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Expand the nationwide ban on the sale or transfer of assault weapons to include all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Congress Takes Step Forward in Improving Gun Background Check System and Making Our Nation Safer. 19 December 2007. "The legislation Congress passed today with strong bipartisan support is a step forward in improving the gun buyer background check system and making our nation safer. It authorizes funding and provides practical steps to encourage states to provide timely and accurate information on individuals who are barred under current law from acquiring guns." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. MSNBC "The Rachel Maddow Show" “ Transcript. 18 January 2011. "'One initiative that I think deserves some attention is the magazine - why would somebody be able to have a magazine that has 30 cartridges that has the capacity to shoot 30 times? And does that put our law enforcement at a disadvantage? I think we have to look into that. I don"t think we can do very much beyond that. But I do think what Carolyn - Congressman McCarthy, in her own grief - the Long Island Railroad killer killed her husband and wounded her son very seriously. And she is very pragmatic about this, about what can be done. And so it is worth a look. I think it is important to hear from law enforcement on this and to see why (UNINTELLIGIBLE) need a 30-cartridge magazine. Let's have that debate in a respectful way. So we really have to balance all of this out. I know people are concerned about their Second Amendment rights. Is it infringement on that if you can do 10 shots rather than 30 shots? And what does it mean to law enforcement? So I think that when you ask about any piece of it before, I think, at this time, there might be some opportunity to talk about that. We"ll see, but it is very hard. I"ll be honest with you, it is very hard. And it is - we just don"t have the votes. '" (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Weekly Press Conference with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. 6 December 2007. "Well first of all, we want to enforce the laws that are on the books. We have to make sure that that is happening. And as you know, following Virginia Tech, we had the McCarthy bill, which hopefully will be signed into law. I don't know what the status of it is in terms of the White House. But that is legislation that we have had agreement on and that, in fact, the National Rifle Association is not opposed to. It is sensible and [restricting access to guns] is hopefully going to be law soon." (votesmart.org)
  • "Today, a bipartisan coalition of Members of the House voted to uphold our oath of office to protect and defend the American people. Expanding our investments in the national background check system is essential to the effort to prevent gun violence. But it is only one step. Now, it is time to build on this success with further action.We must act now to pass the bipartisan King-Thompson bill to strengthen background checks nationwide. We must invest in prevention and intervention and a stronger mental health strategy. We must do everything in our power to keep dangerous firearms out of the hands of those at-risk of hurting themselves and others." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Increase federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Nancy Pelosi. ABC "Good Morning America" “ Transcript. 7 April 2009. "Yes, it is and we are just going to have to work together to come to some resolution because the court in the meantime, in recent months, the Supreme Court has ruled in a direction that gives more opportunity for people to have guns. We've never denied that right. We don't want to take their guns away. We want them registered. We don't want them crossing state lines as this legislation would do in the District of Columbia." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. HR 1025. 103th Congress. Brady Handgun Bill. Nancy Pelosi voted Yea on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Nancy Pelosi in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. HR 125. 104th Congress. Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995. Nancy Pelosi voted Nay on 03/22/1996. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Nancy Pelosi a grade of 9." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Nancy Pelosi supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 100 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Nancy Pelosi voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. HR 4296. 104th Congress. Regulation of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons. Nancy Pelosi voted Yea on 05/05/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. H Amdt 390. 103th Congress. Instant Background Checks for Gun Purchase Amendment. Nancy Pelosi voted Nay on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Nancy Pelosi voted Nay on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Nancy Pelosi voted Did Not Vote on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Nancy Pelosi voted Nay on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Ease procedures on the purchase and registration of firearms."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal all bans and measures that restrict law-abiding citizens from owning legally-obtained firearms."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Statement on Expiration of Assault Weapons Ban. 13 September 2004. "While allowing more guns on the street, President Bush is cutting the number of cops on the beat by reducing funds for hiring additional police officers. Democrats are working to strengthen law enforcement and to keep our communities safe by supporting the reauthorization and increased funding for the COPS program and supporting the immediate implementation of the 9/11 Commission recommendations." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Increase restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms by law-abiding citizens."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain all federal registration procedures and restrictions on possessing firearms."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms that are legally owned and registered."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Implement tighter restrictions on firearm sales in an effort to hinder terrorist groups from stockpiling weapon arsenals."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Expand the nationwide ban on the sale or transfer of assault weapons to include all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Congress Takes Step Forward in Improving Gun Background Check System and Making Our Nation Safer. 19 December 2007. "The legislation Congress passed today with strong bipartisan support is a step forward in improving the gun buyer background check system and making our nation safer. It authorizes funding and provides practical steps to encourage states to provide timely and accurate information on individuals who are barred under current law from acquiring guns." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. MSNBC "The Rachel Maddow Show" “ Transcript. 18 January 2011. "'One initiative that I think deserves some attention is the magazine - why would somebody be able to have a magazine that has 30 cartridges that has the capacity to shoot 30 times? And does that put our law enforcement at a disadvantage? I think we have to look into that. I don"t think we can do very much beyond that. But I do think what Carolyn - Congressman McCarthy, in her own grief - the Long Island Railroad killer killed her husband and wounded her son very seriously. And she is very pragmatic about this, about what can be done. And so it is worth a look. I think it is important to hear from law enforcement on this and to see why (UNINTELLIGIBLE) need a 30-cartridge magazine. Let's have that debate in a respectful way. So we really have to balance all of this out. I know people are concerned about their Second Amendment rights. Is it infringement on that if you can do 10 shots rather than 30 shots? And what does it mean to law enforcement? So I think that when you ask about any piece of it before, I think, at this time, there might be some opportunity to talk about that. We"ll see, but it is very hard. I"ll be honest with you, it is very hard. And it is - we just don"t have the votes. '" (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Weekly Press Conference with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. 6 December 2007. "Well first of all, we want to enforce the laws that are on the books. We have to make sure that that is happening. And as you know, following Virginia Tech, we had the McCarthy bill, which hopefully will be signed into law. I don't know what the status of it is in terms of the White House. But that is legislation that we have had agreement on and that, in fact, the National Rifle Association is not opposed to. It is sensible and [restricting access to guns] is hopefully going to be law soon." (votesmart.org)
  • "Today, a bipartisan coalition of Members of the House voted to uphold our oath of office to protect and defend the American people. Expanding our investments in the national background check system is essential to the effort to prevent gun violence. But it is only one step. Now, it is time to build on this success with further action.We must act now to pass the bipartisan King-Thompson bill to strengthen background checks nationwide. We must invest in prevention and intervention and a stronger mental health strategy. We must do everything in our power to keep dangerous firearms out of the hands of those at-risk of hurting themselves and others." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Nancy Pelosi. Making Health Care a Right. 13 July 2012. "Today, I was pleased to host a panel and press conference at Saint Mary's Medical Center in San Francisco to discuss the benefits of the Affordable Care Act. This landmark legislation, in the same league as Social Security and Medicare, will ensure that all Americans have access to quality, affordable health care and significantly reduce long-term health care costs. My Democratic colleagues and I will continue to work to protect health care reform -- and to make health care a right, not a privilege, for all Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Nancy Pelosi voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Nancy Pelosi supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Statement on $91.5 million in Funding for Community Health Centers in California. 8 October 2010. "In my district of San Francisco, more than $11 million in Affordable Care Act and Recovery Act funds to South of Market Health Center, Mission Neighborhood Health Centers, Community Access HCCN, North East Medical Services and the San Francisco Community Clinic Consortium will ensure that these outstanding providers can continue to offer culturally-competent care for thousands of San Franciscans who would not otherwise be served." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Statement on Medicare Part B Premiums. "Today's announcement makes it clear: the Affordable Care Act is helping make Medicare more affordable. And it is making Medicare more cost-effective. With lower premiums and lower costs, America's seniors will be able to access the care they need at a price they can afford. With new tools provided by the Affordable Care Act, Medicare is improving how it pays providers, enhancing patient care, and achieving critical cost savings. Health reform is also improving Medicare benefits -- ensuring free preventive services for seniors and providing a 50 percent discount on covered prescription drugs when beneficiaries enter the 'donut hole.' This announcement helps fulfill a fundamental promise of the Affordable Care Act: putting health insurance and medical care in reach for every American. Thanks to health care reform, Medicare is stronger and our seniors are better off." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Statement on New Measures to Protect Consumers from Insurer Abuses. 1 September 2011. "Today's announcement reflects some of the key goals of the Affordable Care Act: more transparency for consumers, greater accountability for the insurance industry, and lower health costs for families and businesses. For too long, in many cases, insurance companies could raise their rates at will -- without explaining their actions and without any regard for their impact on the pocketbooks of America's patients. That ends today. No longer will consumers be kept in the dark about unfair rate hikes; no longer will Americans be left at the whims of insurance company profits. With health reform, we tilted the balance toward our workers and our middle class; we empowered the American people; we put consumers' interests first and put coverage in reach of every family. And with today's changes, we are holding insurance companies accountable and ensuring that all Americans can access the information they need to make informed decisions about their insurance and their medical care." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Statement on Report of the Social Security and Medicare Board of Trustees. 13 May 2011. "Unlike the Republicans who voted to end Medicare as we know it, we must build on the reforms in the Affordable Care Act, which strengthened Medicare and extended its solvency without reducing benefits to our seniors." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Statement on Republican Bill to Repeal Health Reform. 3 January 2011. "As we begin the 112th Congress, the number one priority of House Democrats will continue to be putting Americans to work. Each new proposal will be measured by a simple test: does it create jobs? Does it strengthen America's middle class? And does it reduce the deficit? When our Republican colleagues put forward solutions to the problems facing Americans that meet these tests, they will find in Democrats a willing partner. Instead of joining Democrats in our efforts for job creation, Republicans are planning to put insurance companies back in charge by repealing patient's rights. House Democrats will fight to ensure that children with pre-existing conditions continue to get coverage; that young people can stay on their parents' plans until age 26; that pregnant women and breast cancer survivors can no longer be thrown off the rolls; and that seniors do not pay higher drug prices." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Statement on Anniversary of Affordable Care Act. 22 March 2011. "One year ago, President Barack Obama signed into law the Affordable Care Act; with the power of his pen, we made history for our country and progress for the American people. We enacted legislation that extends health care coverage to 32 million more Americans and lowers health care costs, while creating jobs, strengthening the middle class and reducing the deficit. This law is about innovation and patient safety, Americans' economic security and our entrepreneurial spirit. With this legislation health care will be a right, not a privilege, for all Americans. Americans are already benefitting from this law, with a strong Patients' Bill of Rights that puts an end to the worst of the insurance industry's abuses. Young people can now stay on their parents' plan until they are 26 years old; no longer can insurers place a lifetime cap on health coverage or deny coverage to children with pre-existing conditions; seniors are getting help paying for prescription drugs; small businesses get tax credits to provide coverage to their employees. What a difference a year makes. The benefits of health care reform will continue to grow for the American people: in a couple of years, insurers will not be able to discriminate against any of the 129 million Americans with pre-existing conditions, and there will be state-based competitive marketplaces where millions of Americans without access to job-based health coverage will have access to affordable, quality coverage. Others before us gave our nation Social Security and Medicare. With the Affordable Care Act, we built on that same tradition -- adding access to health coverage for all Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Today, We Take a Major Step Forward to Ensure Consumers More Value for Their Health Care Dollars. 22 November 2010. "Today, we take a major step forward to ensure consumers more value for their health care dollars, increasing transparency and requiring health insurers to spend 80 to 85 percent of consumers' premiums on direct care for patients and efforts to improve care quality. If they don't, the insurance companies will be required to provide a rebate to their customers starting in 2012. This action builds on the Patient's Bill of Rights, an essential component of health insurance reform, which breaks the stranglehold insurance companies have had over our health care decisions and puts power into the hands of the American people, where it belongs. Democrats will always protect the progress we have made for our nation, especially health care reform." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Making Health Care a Right. 13 July 2012. "Today, I was pleased to host a panel and press conference at Saint Mary's Medical Center in San Francisco to discuss the benefits of the Affordable Care Act. This landmark legislation, in the same league as Social Security and Medicare, will ensure that all Americans have access to quality, affordable health care and significantly reduce long-term health care costs. My Democratic colleagues and I will continue to work to protect health care reform -- and to make health care a right, not a privilege, for all Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Nancy Pelosi voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Nancy Pelosi supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Statement on $91.5 million in Funding for Community Health Centers in California. 8 October 2010. "In my district of San Francisco, more than $11 million in Affordable Care Act and Recovery Act funds to South of Market Health Center, Mission Neighborhood Health Centers, Community Access HCCN, North East Medical Services and the San Francisco Community Clinic Consortium will ensure that these outstanding providers can continue to offer culturally-competent care for thousands of San Franciscans who would not otherwise be served." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Statement on Medicare Part B Premiums. "Today's announcement makes it clear: the Affordable Care Act is helping make Medicare more affordable. And it is making Medicare more cost-effective. With lower premiums and lower costs, America's seniors will be able to access the care they need at a price they can afford. With new tools provided by the Affordable Care Act, Medicare is improving how it pays providers, enhancing patient care, and achieving critical cost savings. Health reform is also improving Medicare benefits -- ensuring free preventive services for seniors and providing a 50 percent discount on covered prescription drugs when beneficiaries enter the 'donut hole.' This announcement helps fulfill a fundamental promise of the Affordable Care Act: putting health insurance and medical care in reach for every American. Thanks to health care reform, Medicare is stronger and our seniors are better off." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Statement on New Measures to Protect Consumers from Insurer Abuses. 1 September 2011. "Today's announcement reflects some of the key goals of the Affordable Care Act: more transparency for consumers, greater accountability for the insurance industry, and lower health costs for families and businesses. For too long, in many cases, insurance companies could raise their rates at will -- without explaining their actions and without any regard for their impact on the pocketbooks of America's patients. That ends today. No longer will consumers be kept in the dark about unfair rate hikes; no longer will Americans be left at the whims of insurance company profits. With health reform, we tilted the balance toward our workers and our middle class; we empowered the American people; we put consumers' interests first and put coverage in reach of every family. And with today's changes, we are holding insurance companies accountable and ensuring that all Americans can access the information they need to make informed decisions about their insurance and their medical care." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Statement on Report of the Social Security and Medicare Board of Trustees. 13 May 2011. "Unlike the Republicans who voted to end Medicare as we know it, we must build on the reforms in the Affordable Care Act, which strengthened Medicare and extended its solvency without reducing benefits to our seniors." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Statement on Republican Bill to Repeal Health Reform. 3 January 2011. "As we begin the 112th Congress, the number one priority of House Democrats will continue to be putting Americans to work. Each new proposal will be measured by a simple test: does it create jobs? Does it strengthen America's middle class? And does it reduce the deficit? When our Republican colleagues put forward solutions to the problems facing Americans that meet these tests, they will find in Democrats a willing partner. Instead of joining Democrats in our efforts for job creation, Republicans are planning to put insurance companies back in charge by repealing patient's rights. House Democrats will fight to ensure that children with pre-existing conditions continue to get coverage; that young people can stay on their parents' plans until age 26; that pregnant women and breast cancer survivors can no longer be thrown off the rolls; and that seniors do not pay higher drug prices." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Statement on Anniversary of Affordable Care Act. 22 March 2011. "One year ago, President Barack Obama signed into law the Affordable Care Act; with the power of his pen, we made history for our country and progress for the American people. We enacted legislation that extends health care coverage to 32 million more Americans and lowers health care costs, while creating jobs, strengthening the middle class and reducing the deficit. This law is about innovation and patient safety, Americans' economic security and our entrepreneurial spirit. With this legislation health care will be a right, not a privilege, for all Americans. Americans are already benefitting from this law, with a strong Patients' Bill of Rights that puts an end to the worst of the insurance industry's abuses. Young people can now stay on their parents' plan until they are 26 years old; no longer can insurers place a lifetime cap on health coverage or deny coverage to children with pre-existing conditions; seniors are getting help paying for prescription drugs; small businesses get tax credits to provide coverage to their employees. What a difference a year makes. The benefits of health care reform will continue to grow for the American people: in a couple of years, insurers will not be able to discriminate against any of the 129 million Americans with pre-existing conditions, and there will be state-based competitive marketplaces where millions of Americans without access to job-based health coverage will have access to affordable, quality coverage. Others before us gave our nation Social Security and Medicare. With the Affordable Care Act, we built on that same tradition -- adding access to health coverage for all Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Today, We Take a Major Step Forward to Ensure Consumers More Value for Their Health Care Dollars. 22 November 2010. "Today, we take a major step forward to ensure consumers more value for their health care dollars, increasing transparency and requiring health insurers to spend 80 to 85 percent of consumers' premiums on direct care for patients and efforts to improve care quality. If they don't, the insurance companies will be required to provide a rebate to their customers starting in 2012. This action builds on the Patient's Bill of Rights, an essential component of health insurance reform, which breaks the stranglehold insurance companies have had over our health care decisions and puts power into the hands of the American people, where it belongs. Democrats will always protect the progress we have made for our nation, especially health care reform." (votesmart.org)
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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  • Nancy Pelosi. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Nancy Pelosi voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Nancy Pelosi supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Nancy Pelosi voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease citizenship requirements in order to make it easier for immigrants to become United States citizens."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Statement on President Obama's Speech on Immigration Reform. 10 May 2011. "In his speech today, President Obama reminded the nation of the contributions immigrants have made to this country; since our nation's founding, those who have come to our shores to be part of the American dream have brought their hopes, aspirations, and optimism for a better future. President Obama outlined his Administration's efforts to secure our nation's borders. Republicans have called this progress a prerequisite before addressing the larger challenge; we continue to take strong action to address the security of our borders and now we must take strong action on behalf of comprehensive immigration reform. Last year, the Democratic House passed the DREAM Act with a bipartisan vote; it faced Republican obstruction in the Senate, but would have given hundreds of thousands of young people brought to our country without a choice the chance to earn legal status. We must heed the President's call and join the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the Tri-Caucus, Members on both sides of the Capitol, the business community, faith leaders, educators, public safety officials to enact comprehensive immigration reform. The challenge of reforming America's immigration laws is too great to be ignored." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive U.S. citizenship."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive US citizenship."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Statement on Senate Failure to Advance the DREAM Act. 18 December 2008. "The DREAM Act is about our nation's cherished values of equality and opportunity. The DREAM Act would have strengthened our military readiness and national competitiveness. And it is the right thing to do. That is why this legislation passed the House with bipartisan support. Though disappointed by the result of today's DREAM Act vote in the Senate, we are not deterred in our determination to continue advocating for this critical legislation. We will keep fighting to fulfill our pledge to the hundreds of thousands of young people who call our nation home and strive to take part in the American dream.¬ We will continue to work to advance comprehensive immigration reform that includes the DREAM Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Press Conference with Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). 19 March 2009. "We have to enforce our laws. We have to -- we have to control our border. We have to enforce our laws. We have to protect our workers. We have to, I believe, have a path to legalization for people who are in our country who are not fully documented. But we don't have to kick in doors in the middle of the night and take fathers out of their homes and think that we are solving the issue, when we really need comprehensive immigration reform." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. CNN Lou Dobbs Tonight “ Transcript. 21 January 2004. 'Well, I believe that, first of all, some of the principles of immigration policy, about family unification and having a pathway to citizenship in our immigration policy also include more security at our borders. I don't know what the extent to what you want to go on it. We certainly don't want to use the U.S. Army to do it, but we certainly should strengthen our border security. I don't know that there's a resistance to that, I guess it's just a question of degree." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Democrats Want Real Immigration Reform to Enhance Security, Promote Family Unity, Fairness, and Economic Opportunity. 28 January 2004. "President Bush's recent immigration proposal, unfortunately, falls far short of that. The President's policy does not create a meaningful pathway for citizenship and permanent residency. It does nothing about the backlog of millions of family-based immigration requests. It lacks basic labor protections for current and future workers. And it ignores one of our highest bipartisan priorities: to provide opportunities to immigrant students, so that America will sustain an educated workforce. The President's proposal, unfortunately, looks like a political ploy, and does have a solid foundation on which we can build an improved immigration policy. Democrats have a better way. Our principles address the realities of immigration policy." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Issue Position: Immigration. 25 October 2011. "Speaker Pelosi congratulates a new citizen. The United States is a country made up of immigrants, and it is part of what makes us so strong and vibrant. And while immigration reform remains an unsolved challenge for our nation, the Democratic-led House is leading the way towards comprehensive reform. In July of 2007, Speaker Pelosi hosted a citizenship workshop in San Francisco, providing free assistance to individuals who are eligible to apply for American citizenship. These newest Americans exemplify what our nation is all about. We gain strength from our newest citizens, and passing comprehensive immigration reform will ensure that America keeps growing stronger. Speaker Pelosi greets new citizens. In March of 2007, the House began the critical work of immigration reform when a group of bipartisan members introduced the Security Through Regularized Immigration and a Vibrant Economy Act of 2007 (STRIVE). The bill would overhaul the current immigration system in a way that better protects and enforces our borders, while respecting the hard work and contributions of immigrants to our country and reflecting the realities of our workforce and the needs of our communities. The STRIVE Act would ensure that we have an immigration system in place that meets the security and economic needs of our nation by creating laws that are tough, enforceable and realistic. Unfortunately, it was blocked by Republicans in the Senate." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Statement on National Immigration Policy. 22 December 2005. "For the first time in our history, this bill will make it a federal crime, instead of a civil offense, to be in the United States in violation of an immigration law or regulation. This provision could turn millions of immigrants currently here into criminals, hindering their ability to acquire any legal status - and would effectively frustrate the proposals that would provide real immigration reform." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. President Bush's Latest Immigration Plan Falls Short. 28 November 2005. "What we need is not another photo-op, but real leadership. Democrats have worked hard, over the opposition of Republicans, to provide additional resources to the vital task of keeping America safe. Real border security, however, cannot be accomplished in isolation; it must be accompanied by bipartisan and comprehensive immigration reform. As we have learned from the President's previous forays to Jackson Square and the Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier, photo-ops cannot substitute for action or the President's inability to keep promises due to his weakened political standing. The latest plan by the President falls short by providing an unrealistic approach to temporary workers. It will not provide the reform that he promised. Democrats support comprehensive, bipartisan, and realistic immigration reform that will keep us safe, protect American workers, and reunite families." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Nancy Pelosi voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Nancy Pelosi supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Nancy Pelosi voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease citizenship requirements in order to make it easier for immigrants to become United States citizens."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Statement on President Obama's Speech on Immigration Reform. 10 May 2011. "In his speech today, President Obama reminded the nation of the contributions immigrants have made to this country; since our nation's founding, those who have come to our shores to be part of the American dream have brought their hopes, aspirations, and optimism for a better future. President Obama outlined his Administration's efforts to secure our nation's borders. Republicans have called this progress a prerequisite before addressing the larger challenge; we continue to take strong action to address the security of our borders and now we must take strong action on behalf of comprehensive immigration reform. Last year, the Democratic House passed the DREAM Act with a bipartisan vote; it faced Republican obstruction in the Senate, but would have given hundreds of thousands of young people brought to our country without a choice the chance to earn legal status. We must heed the President's call and join the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the Tri-Caucus, Members on both sides of the Capitol, the business community, faith leaders, educators, public safety officials to enact comprehensive immigration reform. The challenge of reforming America's immigration laws is too great to be ignored." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive U.S. citizenship."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive US citizenship."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Statement on Senate Failure to Advance the DREAM Act. 18 December 2008. "The DREAM Act is about our nation's cherished values of equality and opportunity. The DREAM Act would have strengthened our military readiness and national competitiveness. And it is the right thing to do. That is why this legislation passed the House with bipartisan support. Though disappointed by the result of today's DREAM Act vote in the Senate, we are not deterred in our determination to continue advocating for this critical legislation. We will keep fighting to fulfill our pledge to the hundreds of thousands of young people who call our nation home and strive to take part in the American dream.¬ We will continue to work to advance comprehensive immigration reform that includes the DREAM Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Press Conference with Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). 19 March 2009. "We have to enforce our laws. We have to -- we have to control our border. We have to enforce our laws. We have to protect our workers. We have to, I believe, have a path to legalization for people who are in our country who are not fully documented. But we don't have to kick in doors in the middle of the night and take fathers out of their homes and think that we are solving the issue, when we really need comprehensive immigration reform." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. CNN Lou Dobbs Tonight “ Transcript. 21 January 2004. 'Well, I believe that, first of all, some of the principles of immigration policy, about family unification and having a pathway to citizenship in our immigration policy also include more security at our borders. I don't know what the extent to what you want to go on it. We certainly don't want to use the U.S. Army to do it, but we certainly should strengthen our border security. I don't know that there's a resistance to that, I guess it's just a question of degree." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Democrats Want Real Immigration Reform to Enhance Security, Promote Family Unity, Fairness, and Economic Opportunity. 28 January 2004. "President Bush's recent immigration proposal, unfortunately, falls far short of that. The President's policy does not create a meaningful pathway for citizenship and permanent residency. It does nothing about the backlog of millions of family-based immigration requests. It lacks basic labor protections for current and future workers. And it ignores one of our highest bipartisan priorities: to provide opportunities to immigrant students, so that America will sustain an educated workforce. The President's proposal, unfortunately, looks like a political ploy, and does have a solid foundation on which we can build an improved immigration policy. Democrats have a better way. Our principles address the realities of immigration policy." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Issue Position: Immigration. 25 October 2011. "Speaker Pelosi congratulates a new citizen. The United States is a country made up of immigrants, and it is part of what makes us so strong and vibrant. And while immigration reform remains an unsolved challenge for our nation, the Democratic-led House is leading the way towards comprehensive reform. In July of 2007, Speaker Pelosi hosted a citizenship workshop in San Francisco, providing free assistance to individuals who are eligible to apply for American citizenship. These newest Americans exemplify what our nation is all about. We gain strength from our newest citizens, and passing comprehensive immigration reform will ensure that America keeps growing stronger. Speaker Pelosi greets new citizens. In March of 2007, the House began the critical work of immigration reform when a group of bipartisan members introduced the Security Through Regularized Immigration and a Vibrant Economy Act of 2007 (STRIVE). The bill would overhaul the current immigration system in a way that better protects and enforces our borders, while respecting the hard work and contributions of immigrants to our country and reflecting the realities of our workforce and the needs of our communities. The STRIVE Act would ensure that we have an immigration system in place that meets the security and economic needs of our nation by creating laws that are tough, enforceable and realistic. Unfortunately, it was blocked by Republicans in the Senate." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Statement on National Immigration Policy. 22 December 2005. "For the first time in our history, this bill will make it a federal crime, instead of a civil offense, to be in the United States in violation of an immigration law or regulation. This provision could turn millions of immigrants currently here into criminals, hindering their ability to acquire any legal status - and would effectively frustrate the proposals that would provide real immigration reform." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. President Bush's Latest Immigration Plan Falls Short. 28 November 2005. "What we need is not another photo-op, but real leadership. Democrats have worked hard, over the opposition of Republicans, to provide additional resources to the vital task of keeping America safe. Real border security, however, cannot be accomplished in isolation; it must be accompanied by bipartisan and comprehensive immigration reform. As we have learned from the President's previous forays to Jackson Square and the Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier, photo-ops cannot substitute for action or the President's inability to keep promises due to his weakened political standing. The latest plan by the President falls short by providing an unrealistic approach to temporary workers. It will not provide the reform that he promised. Democrats support comprehensive, bipartisan, and realistic immigration reform that will keep us safe, protect American workers, and reunite families." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Statement on President's Endorsement of Gay Marriage Ban. 24 February 2004. "I strongly oppose this amendment and will work to defeat it. The United States Constitution is not a place for political wedge issues. The Constitution is about freedom, not about limiting freedoms. Never before has a Constitutional amendment been used to discriminate against a group of people, and we must not start now. This is a classic case of the President trying to distract from his failures. Whether the issue is Iraq, the economy and jobs or health care, the President and the Republicans are in disarray and in desperate need of a distraction. The American people deserve better." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Statement on California State Supreme Court Ruling on Gay Marriage. 15 May 2008. "I welcome the California Supreme Court's historic decision. I have long fought against discrimination and believe that the State Constitution provides for equal treatment for all of California's citizens and families, which today's decision recognizes. I commend the plaintiffs from San Francisco for their courage and commitment. I encourage California citizens to respect the Court's decision, and I continue to strongly oppose any ballot measure that would write discrimination into the State Constitution. Today is a significant milestone for which all Californians can take pride.'" (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Nancy Pelosi supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Nancy Pelosi supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Nancy Pelosi supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Nancy Pelosi voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Nancy Pelosi voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Nancy Pelosi supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Nancy Pelosi voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Nancy Pelosi supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 14 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Issue Position: LGBT. 1 January 2011. "San Francisco is blessed with a large and vibrant LGBT community and a strong history of advocacy for equal rights for all. Since my first day in Congress, ending discrimination against gays and lesbians has been a top priority. I was proud to join Stuart Milk, Harvey Milk's nephew, to celebrate the first Harvey Milk Day in California - a time for both reflection and recommitment to the fundamentally American value of equality. We have made great strides toward achieving equal rights for every American: protecting against violence by passing the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act and passing in the House of Representatives the repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.' We will continue to fight until we finish ending discrimination in the military and the workplace by repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and enacting the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). I will continue to fight against discrimination and for policies that reflect the ideals of fairness, equality and justice, so that our laws reflect the diverse society in which we live." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Marriage Protection Amendment. 18 July 2006. "Though the Federal marriage amendment claims to protect marriage, it benefits no one and actually limits the rights of millions of Americans. In September, I am happy to say, my husband and I will be celebrating our 43rd wedding anniversary. I am a mother of five, we have five children and five grandchildren, expecting our sixth grandchild in October. And we certainly appreciate the value of family. We see family in our community as a source of strength and a source of comfort to people. What constitutes that family is an individual and personal decision. But for all, it is a place where people find love, comfort and support. As we consider this amendment, we must understand we are talking about our fellow citizens, equal under the law, who are lesbian and gay, and what it means to them. They are members of our communities with dreams and aspirations, including their right to find comfort, love and support on equal terms. Why should Phyllis and Del and millions of gay and lesbian citizens not be treated equally and not be afforded the legal protections conferred by marriage? I will again vote against this amendment, as I have in the past, because it is counter to the noble ideas of liberty, freedom and equality for which this Nation stands." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Marriage Protection Amendment. 30 September 2004. "Throughout our careers, many of us in Congress on both sides of the aisle have fought against discrimination in every form and sought to bring people together. I will vote again against this amendment because again it is counter to the noble ideals of our Nation and of the principle of ending discrimination and unifying our country. Whatever one's view of same-sex marriage, and I know that that is a difficult issue for some, I understand that, amending the Constitution is not the place to address this issue. Let us not defile our Constitution with an amendment designed to demean a group of American citizens. Let us not use our Constitution as a political tool to divide us. We are a better country than that and that is why this amendment will fail today." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Honors San Francisco Pride 2005. 23 June 2005. "Just last week, President Bush renewed his unwise support for injecting discrimination into the Constitution through an amendment to ban same-sex marriage. This malicious amendment is counter to the noble ideals of our nation, counter to our dedication to making 'from many, one.' It is motivated by an animus toward lesbians and gays, and it is a partisan exercise to distract the American people from the Republicans' record of failure." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Remarks at Reception to Celebrate First Annual Harvey Milk Day. 21 May 2010. "If you ask most people in America, 'Do you support discrimination?' they would say no. They would think that that was a terrible thing if anybody thought they supported discrimination. And so when people ask me: 'Do you support gay marriage? Why do you support gay marriage?' Because I do not believe in discrimination in any way. And you don't either, so you should be supporting gay marriage too. Why is it even an issue that we're talking-- about discrimination in the workplace in this day, in this age, in this century? Let's get this over with. Barney Frank, Tammy Baldwin, and Jared Polis--three openly gay, elected openly gay, I don't know how, I don't know and I couldn't even guess. [Laughter.] But I know that these three people are working hard for everybody in America, not just people in the community. But the blessing that this community is to our country--and working for 16 years, we've had ENDA as a bill, we've had it as an idea for much longer, but as a bill, 16 years, long overdue. 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' I feel quite certain will be a memory come Christmas. So to with these other issues, the gays in the military, the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' issue, the ENDA issue, the marriage issue and we'll come right back to Harvey Milk when he said his victory gave a green light to all who were disenfranchised, a green light to move forward, and this is the part I love, and that the doors are open to everyone." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi: As We Celebrate Gay and Lesbian Pride Month, Let Us Reaffirm Our Commitment to Equality. 23 June 2006. "At this time every year, we celebrate the contributions of the LGBT community in San Francisco and our victories in securing basic rights for all. But is also an opportunity to remember the battles we still have to fight, and honor those we have lost. Through the effective advocacy of the LGBT community, California has made enormous strides in equality and advancing the rights for everyone. Last year, the California legislature became the first in the nation to pass legislation supporting equal rights for lesbian and gay couples who want to enter into the civil institution of marriage, while reaffirming that no religious institution would ever be required to solemnize marriages contrary to its fundamental beliefs. Unfortunately, on the national level, we are facing an assault on our Constitution. Serious work remains to achieve equality for LGBT individuals and protect the rights of all Americans. The Republican leadership in Washington is taking America in the wrong direction, trying to distract and divide with the mean-spirited and politically-motivated Federal Marriage Amendment that would enshrine discrimination into our Constitution. Congress should be debating the urgent priorities of the American people that today remain unmet. Earlier this month, the U.S. Senate voted to reject the Federal Marriage Amendment. Once again, I will make it my personal responsibility to defeat it when it comes to the House floor." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Weekly Media Availability with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. 15 June 2004. "Well, I am very proud to say that my constituents have a respect for the Constitution of the United States. And regardless of how people feel about gay marriage, and I know that that's a controversial issue and I respect the discomfort that some people have with it, there aren't-I don't run into many people who think we should defile the Constitution of the United States by enshrining discrimination in it, which would be the first time in our history that we would do that." (votesmart.org)
  • "Ever since the Supreme Court struck down the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act last year, the Administration has worked tirelessly to implement that landmark decision in a way that extends the full range of marriage benefits to same-sex couples across the country. Today's actions take us ever closer to the day when all American families enjoy full and equal justice under law."We must continue to take steps forward. Too many states still refuse to recognize the commitment of same-sex families. Despite the dedication of the Administration, several key benefits most Americans take for granted still exclude married same-sex couples."Fairness for same-sex families should not have to wait for the courts -- it is time for Congress to pass the Respect For Marriage Act and make marriage equality the law of the land." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Statement on President's Endorsement of Gay Marriage Ban. 24 February 2004. "I strongly oppose this amendment and will work to defeat it. The United States Constitution is not a place for political wedge issues. The Constitution is about freedom, not about limiting freedoms. Never before has a Constitutional amendment been used to discriminate against a group of people, and we must not start now. This is a classic case of the President trying to distract from his failures. Whether the issue is Iraq, the economy and jobs or health care, the President and the Republicans are in disarray and in desperate need of a distraction. The American people deserve better." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Statement on California State Supreme Court Ruling on Gay Marriage. 15 May 2008. "I welcome the California Supreme Court's historic decision. I have long fought against discrimination and believe that the State Constitution provides for equal treatment for all of California's citizens and families, which today's decision recognizes. I commend the plaintiffs from San Francisco for their courage and commitment. I encourage California citizens to respect the Court's decision, and I continue to strongly oppose any ballot measure that would write discrimination into the State Constitution. Today is a significant milestone for which all Californians can take pride.'" (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Nancy Pelosi supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Nancy Pelosi supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Nancy Pelosi supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Nancy Pelosi voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Nancy Pelosi voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Nancy Pelosi supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Nancy Pelosi voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Nancy Pelosi supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 14 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Issue Position: LGBT. 1 January 2011. "San Francisco is blessed with a large and vibrant LGBT community and a strong history of advocacy for equal rights for all. Since my first day in Congress, ending discrimination against gays and lesbians has been a top priority. I was proud to join Stuart Milk, Harvey Milk's nephew, to celebrate the first Harvey Milk Day in California - a time for both reflection and recommitment to the fundamentally American value of equality. We have made great strides toward achieving equal rights for every American: protecting against violence by passing the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act and passing in the House of Representatives the repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.' We will continue to fight until we finish ending discrimination in the military and the workplace by repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and enacting the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). I will continue to fight against discrimination and for policies that reflect the ideals of fairness, equality and justice, so that our laws reflect the diverse society in which we live." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Marriage Protection Amendment. 18 July 2006. "Though the Federal marriage amendment claims to protect marriage, it benefits no one and actually limits the rights of millions of Americans. In September, I am happy to say, my husband and I will be celebrating our 43rd wedding anniversary. I am a mother of five, we have five children and five grandchildren, expecting our sixth grandchild in October. And we certainly appreciate the value of family. We see family in our community as a source of strength and a source of comfort to people. What constitutes that family is an individual and personal decision. But for all, it is a place where people find love, comfort and support. As we consider this amendment, we must understand we are talking about our fellow citizens, equal under the law, who are lesbian and gay, and what it means to them. They are members of our communities with dreams and aspirations, including their right to find comfort, love and support on equal terms. Why should Phyllis and Del and millions of gay and lesbian citizens not be treated equally and not be afforded the legal protections conferred by marriage? I will again vote against this amendment, as I have in the past, because it is counter to the noble ideas of liberty, freedom and equality for which this Nation stands." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Marriage Protection Amendment. 30 September 2004. "Throughout our careers, many of us in Congress on both sides of the aisle have fought against discrimination in every form and sought to bring people together. I will vote again against this amendment because again it is counter to the noble ideals of our Nation and of the principle of ending discrimination and unifying our country. Whatever one's view of same-sex marriage, and I know that that is a difficult issue for some, I understand that, amending the Constitution is not the place to address this issue. Let us not defile our Constitution with an amendment designed to demean a group of American citizens. Let us not use our Constitution as a political tool to divide us. We are a better country than that and that is why this amendment will fail today." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Honors San Francisco Pride 2005. 23 June 2005. "Just last week, President Bush renewed his unwise support for injecting discrimination into the Constitution through an amendment to ban same-sex marriage. This malicious amendment is counter to the noble ideals of our nation, counter to our dedication to making 'from many, one.' It is motivated by an animus toward lesbians and gays, and it is a partisan exercise to distract the American people from the Republicans' record of failure." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Remarks at Reception to Celebrate First Annual Harvey Milk Day. 21 May 2010. "If you ask most people in America, 'Do you support discrimination?' they would say no. They would think that that was a terrible thing if anybody thought they supported discrimination. And so when people ask me: 'Do you support gay marriage? Why do you support gay marriage?' Because I do not believe in discrimination in any way. And you don't either, so you should be supporting gay marriage too. Why is it even an issue that we're talking-- about discrimination in the workplace in this day, in this age, in this century? Let's get this over with. Barney Frank, Tammy Baldwin, and Jared Polis--three openly gay, elected openly gay, I don't know how, I don't know and I couldn't even guess. [Laughter.] But I know that these three people are working hard for everybody in America, not just people in the community. But the blessing that this community is to our country--and working for 16 years, we've had ENDA as a bill, we've had it as an idea for much longer, but as a bill, 16 years, long overdue. 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' I feel quite certain will be a memory come Christmas. So to with these other issues, the gays in the military, the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' issue, the ENDA issue, the marriage issue and we'll come right back to Harvey Milk when he said his victory gave a green light to all who were disenfranchised, a green light to move forward, and this is the part I love, and that the doors are open to everyone." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi: As We Celebrate Gay and Lesbian Pride Month, Let Us Reaffirm Our Commitment to Equality. 23 June 2006. "At this time every year, we celebrate the contributions of the LGBT community in San Francisco and our victories in securing basic rights for all. But is also an opportunity to remember the battles we still have to fight, and honor those we have lost. Through the effective advocacy of the LGBT community, California has made enormous strides in equality and advancing the rights for everyone. Last year, the California legislature became the first in the nation to pass legislation supporting equal rights for lesbian and gay couples who want to enter into the civil institution of marriage, while reaffirming that no religious institution would ever be required to solemnize marriages contrary to its fundamental beliefs. Unfortunately, on the national level, we are facing an assault on our Constitution. Serious work remains to achieve equality for LGBT individuals and protect the rights of all Americans. The Republican leadership in Washington is taking America in the wrong direction, trying to distract and divide with the mean-spirited and politically-motivated Federal Marriage Amendment that would enshrine discrimination into our Constitution. Congress should be debating the urgent priorities of the American people that today remain unmet. Earlier this month, the U.S. Senate voted to reject the Federal Marriage Amendment. Once again, I will make it my personal responsibility to defeat it when it comes to the House floor." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Weekly Media Availability with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. 15 June 2004. "Well, I am very proud to say that my constituents have a respect for the Constitution of the United States. And regardless of how people feel about gay marriage, and I know that that's a controversial issue and I respect the discomfort that some people have with it, there aren't-I don't run into many people who think we should defile the Constitution of the United States by enshrining discrimination in it, which would be the first time in our history that we would do that." (votesmart.org)
  • "Ever since the Supreme Court struck down the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act last year, the Administration has worked tirelessly to implement that landmark decision in a way that extends the full range of marriage benefits to same-sex couples across the country. Today's actions take us ever closer to the day when all American families enjoy full and equal justice under law."We must continue to take steps forward. Too many states still refuse to recognize the commitment of same-sex families. Despite the dedication of the Administration, several key benefits most Americans take for granted still exclude married same-sex couples."Fairness for same-sex families should not have to wait for the courts -- it is time for Congress to pass the Respect For Marriage Act and make marriage equality the law of the land." (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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  • Nancy Pelosi. National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011. 27 May 2010. "'As you all know, protecting American people is our first responsibility. Their security is what we take an oath to uphold, protect, and defend. In order to do that, we recognize the importance of intelligence gathering to preventing violence and to protecting the American people, especially in this age when we're fighting terrorism at home and abroad.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Floor Statement on FISA. "In addition to that, we have the fight on the war on terrorism. The fight against terrorism wherever it may exist. Good intelligence is necessary for us to know the plans of the terrorist and to defeat those plans. So we can't go without a bill. That's just simply not an option. But to have a bill we must have a bill that does not violate the Constitution of the United States and this bill does not." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Remarks at Press Availability Today on Death of Osama bin Laden. 2 May 2011. "We have more work to do. He is one person. Terrorism is still out there. We have a commitment to honor our oath of office, to protect and defend. President Obama has done that--with this building on the work of President Bush before him and before that, President Clinton, even before 9/11 made Osama bin Laden public enemy number one in the United States." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011. 27 May 2010. "'As you all know, protecting American people is our first responsibility. Their security is what we take an oath to uphold, protect, and defend. In order to do that, we recognize the importance of intelligence gathering to preventing violence and to protecting the American people, especially in this age when we're fighting terrorism at home and abroad.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Floor Statement on FISA. "In addition to that, we have the fight on the war on terrorism. The fight against terrorism wherever it may exist. Good intelligence is necessary for us to know the plans of the terrorist and to defeat those plans. So we can't go without a bill. That's just simply not an option. But to have a bill we must have a bill that does not violate the Constitution of the United States and this bill does not." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Remarks at Press Availability Today on Death of Osama bin Laden. 2 May 2011. "We have more work to do. He is one person. Terrorism is still out there. We have a commitment to honor our oath of office, to protect and defend. President Obama has done that--with this building on the work of President Bush before him and before that, President Clinton, even before 9/11 made Osama bin Laden public enemy number one in the United States." (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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  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Statement on 71st Anniversary of Social Security. 14 August 2006. "Democrats will continue to fight any effort to privatize Social Security. By taking our country in a new direction, we will strengthen Social Security." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Statement on Social Security COLA. 19 October 2011. "Social Security is a bedrock promise to our seniors: that after a lifetime of work, Americans would know some small measure of protection in retirement. Increases in the Social Security COLA are central to keeping that promise -- helping seniors face the rising costs of basic necessities like food and housing. With today's announcement, America's seniors will once again receive this critical assistance. For today's seniors and for generations to come, we must reaffirm our fundamental commitment: to preserve and strengthen Social Security, not privatize it; to maintain this pillar of economic security, not undermine it. Democrats created Social Security, and we will protect it.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi: American Seniors Can Continue to Rely on the Rock Solid Promise of Social Security. 16 October 2008. "In light of the recent record losses on Wall Street, America's seniors are grateful that Congress rejected President Bush's risky Social Security privatization scheme. Seniors and those nearing retirement should not be forced to gamble their Social Security safety net on risky privatization plans when Wall Street operators are dealing the cards. Thankfully, America's seniors can continue to rely on the rock solid promise of Social Security even in the most difficult economic times." (votesmart.org)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Nancy Pelosi supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which are managed by the government."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Transcript of Pelosi Press Conference Today. 27 October 2011. "What I have said to you before, and I will say it again, is that it is no use asking me about specific things until we see the whole package. It is not fair to say to a senior, 'You are going to pay more for Social Security, and we are not going to touch a hair on the head of the wealthiest people in our country.' It's not fair to say to that senior, 'By the way, that increased premium that you are paying is now going to be considered revenue is now going to be considered revenue.' So let's just see a package. Let's not, again, exclude anything. Let's just see how they come everybody recognizes the balance that we need to have. And I will." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Statement on 71st Anniversary of Social Security. 14 August 2006. "Democrats will continue to fight any effort to privatize Social Security. By taking our country in a new direction, we will strengthen Social Security." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Statement on Social Security COLA. 19 October 2011. "Social Security is a bedrock promise to our seniors: that after a lifetime of work, Americans would know some small measure of protection in retirement. Increases in the Social Security COLA are central to keeping that promise -- helping seniors face the rising costs of basic necessities like food and housing. With today's announcement, America's seniors will once again receive this critical assistance. For today's seniors and for generations to come, we must reaffirm our fundamental commitment: to preserve and strengthen Social Security, not privatize it; to maintain this pillar of economic security, not undermine it. Democrats created Social Security, and we will protect it.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi: American Seniors Can Continue to Rely on the Rock Solid Promise of Social Security. 16 October 2008. "In light of the recent record losses on Wall Street, America's seniors are grateful that Congress rejected President Bush's risky Social Security privatization scheme. Seniors and those nearing retirement should not be forced to gamble their Social Security safety net on risky privatization plans when Wall Street operators are dealing the cards. Thankfully, America's seniors can continue to rely on the rock solid promise of Social Security even in the most difficult economic times." (votesmart.org)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Nancy Pelosi supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which are managed by the government."
  • Nancy Pelosi. Transcript of Pelosi Press Conference Today. 27 October 2011. "What I have said to you before, and I will say it again, is that it is no use asking me about specific things until we see the whole package. It is not fair to say to a senior, 'You are going to pay more for Social Security, and we are not going to touch a hair on the head of the wealthiest people in our country.' It's not fair to say to that senior, 'By the way, that increased premium that you are paying is now going to be considered revenue is now going to be considered revenue.' So let's just see a package. Let's not, again, exclude anything. Let's just see how they come everybody recognizes the balance that we need to have. And I will." (votesmart.org)

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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.
Xa) 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 the 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 notification requirements as decided by each state government.
g) Prohibit the late-term abortion procedure known as "partial-birth" abortion.
h) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
i) Other
1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only.
Greatly Increasea) AIDS programs
b) Arts funding
Greatly Increasec) Education (K-12)
d) Environmental programs
e) Foreign aid
Greatly Increasef) Housing projects
Greatly Increaseg) Job training programs
h) Law enforcement
Greatly Increasei) Medicaid
Greatly Increasej) Medicare
k) NASA
l) Student loan programs
Greatly Increasem) Welfare
n) Other
o) Other
p) Other
2) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following defense-related categories. Select one number (level) only.
a) Armed Forces personnel training
b) CIA appropriations
c) Defense plant conversion
d) Development of new weapons
e) Military hardware
f) Military space shuttle missions
g) National Missile Defense Program
h) Pay for active duty personnel
i) Other
No3) Do you support amending the U.S. Constitution to require an annual balanced federal budget?
4) Indicate how you would apply the expected federal budget surplus.
Xa) Social Security
Xb) Medicare
c) Tax cuts
d) Federal debt reduction
e) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance reform.
a) Remove all legislative limits on campaign financing.
b) Establish spending limits on congressional campaigns.
c) Provide public funding for federal candidates who comply with campaign spending limits.
d) Support legislation that would increase the federal limits on individual contributions.
Xe) Strengthen and enforce legislation that encourages full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information.
Xf) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
Xg) Provide free or low-cost television advertising to candidates who agree to voluntary campaign spending limits.
Xh) Ban the unregulated campaign contributions known as soft money.
Xi) Pass legislation banning issue advocacy commercials by outside groups within 60 days of an election.
j) Prohibit non-U.S. citizens from making contributions to federal campaigns.
k) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.
a) Broaden use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
b) Increase spending to build more federal prisons.
c) Impose "truth in sentencing" for violent criminals so they serve full sentences with no chance of parole.
Xd) Fund programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xe) Expand funding for community policing programs.
Xf) Increase penalties for the possession of any illegal firearms.
g) Prosecute youths accused of a felony as adults.
Xh) Increase funding for local Boys & Girls Clubs and other independent organizations in communities with at-risk youth.
i) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
j) Deport all permanent resident aliens convicted of a felony.
k) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning illegal drugs.
a) Increase penalties for selling illegal drugs.
b) Impose mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
c) Impose capital punishment for convicted international drug traffickers.
d) Strengthen current laws dealing with non-controlled substances, including inhalants and commercially available pills.
Xe) Increase funding of federally-sponsored drug education and drug treatment programs.
Xf) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
g) Increase funding for border security to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the U.S.
h) Other
1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the economy and employment.
Xa) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment.
Xb) Increase funding for national job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
c) Reduce government regulations on the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xd) Establish empowerment zones in areas with large numbers of unemployed people.
e) Eliminate any federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
Xf) Increase the minimum wage.
Xg) Pass legislation that encourages employers to offer their employees the options of flex-time scheduling, comp-time and unpaid leave to attend to their family responsibilities.
Xh) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide on-site child care.
2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding affirmative action and discrimination.
a) The federal government should consider race and sex in making government contracting decisions.
b) The federal government should continue affirmative action programs only if such programs do not include quotas.
c) The federal government should discontinue affirmative action programs.
Xd) The federal government should prosecute cases of discrimination in the public sector.
Xe) The federal government should prosecute cases of discrimination in the private sector.
Xf) The federal government should include sexual orientation in its anti-discrimination laws.
g) Other
1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning education.
Xa) Support national standards and testing in reading and math.
b) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any publicly funded school.
c) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any participating school: public, private or religious.
d) Allow parents to use tax-free savings accounts to send their children to any publicly funded school.
e) Allow parents to use tax-free savings accounts to send their children to any participating school: public, private or religious.
Xf) Support creation of more charter schools where teachers and professionals receive authorization and funding to establish new schools.
g) Give all federal education funding to states in the form of block grants and allow them to spend it as they see fit.
h) Support voluntary teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
i) Increase funding for block grants to states to help them hire additional teachers.
j) Other
No2) Do you support amending the U.S. Constitution to guarantee the right to religious expression and voluntary prayer in public places, including schools?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources.
Xa) Require the state to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses on privately owned land.
Xb) Strengthen the Clean Water Act.
c) Change the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to limit the number of habitats eligible to be designated as endangered.
Xd) Increase fees charged to ranchers who graze cattle on federal lands.
Xe) Revise the 1872 mining law to increase the fees charged to mining companies using federal lands.
Xf) Encourage development of alternative fuels to reduce pollution.
Xg) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks.
h) Increase federal taxes on gasoline and diesel fuels to promote conservation and alternative fuel development.
i) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels.
Xj) Impose stricter national air quality standards.
Xk) Adhere to the United Nations treaty regarding global climate change.
Xl) Strengthen the restrictions on clear-cutting on federal lands.
m) Other
Indicate which level of government that should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only.
Federala) Border security
Federalb) Civil rights enforcement
Localc) Education
Federald) Environmental cleanup
Locale) Job training
Localf) Law enforcement
Localg) Low-income housing
Stateh) Medicaid
Federali) Medicare
Statej) Transportation infrastructure (highways, roads, bridges)
Statek) Welfare
l) Other
1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Bosnia/former Yugoslavia.
a) The U.S. should lift the arms embargo against Bosnia-Herzegovina.
b) The U.S. should maintain a military presence in Bosnia-Herzegovina with a certain deadline for withdrawal.
c) The U.S. should maintain a military presence in Bosnia-Herzegovina without a certain deadline for withdrawal.
Xd) Other

Maintain military presence in Bosnia-Herzegovina as long as necessary to foster climate of peace

2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the Middle East.
Xa) The U.S. should resolve future disputes with Iraq through diplomatic means.
b) The U.S. should take unilateral military action if Iraq does not comply with all accepted UN resolutions.
c) The U.S. should take military action against Iraq only as part of an international effort.
d) The U.S. should not continue to play a prominent leadership role in the peace process between Israel and Palestine.
e) Other
3) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the United States-United Nations relationship.
a) The U.S. should contribute more funding and troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions.
b) The U.S. should contribute less funding and troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions.
c) The U.S. should participate in UN peacekeeping missions only when vital U.S. interests are involved.
d) The U.S. should not commit military troops to UN peacekeeping missions.
e) The U.S. should withdraw from the UN completely.
Xf) The U.S. should pay its debt to the United Nations.
g) Other
Yes4) Should the U.S. have diplomatic and trade relations with Cuba?
5) Should the U.S. recognize and extend full diplomatic relations to Taiwan?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.
Xa) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons.
Xb) Increase federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
c) Maintain federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
d) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
e) Repeal federal 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
1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues in America.
a) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care.
Xb) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income.
Xc) Implement a government-financed, single-payer national health care system similar to that of Canada.
Xd) Support health care strategies focused on prevention, including health education and natural medicines and remedies.
Xe) Support legislation to define and enforce the rights of insured patients, including greater access to specialists and emergency rooms, wider choice of health care providers, and appeal mechanisms when claims are denied.
Xf) Allow small business owners, the self-employed and workers whose employers do not provide health insurance to have the same deductibility for health costs as corporations and large employers.
g) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts, which would be taxed if used for any purpose other than medical costs.
h) Establish limits on the amount of damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xi) Allow states and local communities to use federal funds for needle-exchange programs to combat the spread of HIV.
j) Classify nicotine as a drug and cigarettes as drug delivery devices, which should be regulated by the Federal Food and Drug Administration.
Xk) Provide citizens age 55-65 the option of purchasing Medicare health coverage.
Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration.
a) Decrease the number of immigrants allowed into the country.
Xb) Increase the eligibility of legal immigrants for certain social programs (i.e. HUD housing, food stamps).
Xc) Require the Immigration and Naturalization Service to reduce to six months the time between applying for citizenship and taking the oath of allegiance.
Xd) Provide extra federal aid to states with higher numbers of immigrants for necessary medical and social services.
Xe) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children.
f) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive U.S. citizenship.
g) Increase the immigration quota for computer scientists and other information technology workers.
h) Establish English as the official and recognized language of the United States government.
i) Other
The American people have consistently mentioned the decline of morals and ethics in America as a major problem facing the country. On an attached page, in fifty words or less, explain what you will do as a member of Congress to address this concern.
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.
b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which are managed by the government.
c) Invest Social Security's assets collectively in stocks and bonds instead of U.S. Treasury securities.
d) Increase the payroll tax to finance the program in its current form.
Xe) Invest a portion of the budget surplus into the Social Security trust fund.
f) Increase the minimum age that determines when retirees are able to receive full Social Security benefits.
g) Lower Social Security's annual cost-of-living increases.
h) Limit Social Security benefits based on recipients' other income and assets.
i) Require individuals to pay the Social Security tax on income above $68,400, which is currently exempt.
j) Other
1) Indicate the levels you support concerning taxes in the following categories. Select one number (level) only.
Income Taxes:
a) Retiree income over $40,000
b) Family income less than $25,000
c) Family income $25-75,000
d) Family income $75-150,000
e) Family income over $150,000
Other Tax Issues:
f) Alcohol taxes
g) Capital gains taxes
h) Charitable deductions
i) Child tax credit
Greatly Increasej) Cigarette taxes
k) Corporate income taxes
Greatly Increasel) Earned Income Tax Credit
m) Estate taxes
n) Medical expense deductions
o) Mortgage deductions
p) Other
q) Other
No2) Do you support replacing the U.S. income tax structure with a flat income tax?
No3) Do you support eliminating the Internal Revenue Service?
No4) Do you support instituting a national sales tax?
No5) Should a married couple filing jointly pay the same taxes as if they were an unmarried couple filing separately?
No6) Do you support requiring a super-majority vote in both houses of Congress to raise taxes?
7) Other
No1) Do you support amending the Constitution to limit the number of terms which members of Congress can serve?
If you support term limits, how many terms should each serve?
Senator (# of 6 yr. terms)
Representatives (# of 2 yr. terms)
Yes1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
2) Do you support broadening NAFTA to include other countries in the western hemisphere?
Yes3) Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
Yes4) Do you support the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
5) Do you support imposing tariffs on products imported from nations that maintain restrictive trade barriers on American products?
Yes6) Should a nation's human rights record affect its "most favored nation" trading status with the United States?
No7) Do you support granting the President "fast-track" authority?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding poverty and the welfare system.
Xa) Provide tax incentives for companies to hire and train homeless people who want to work.
Xb) Increase funding of homeless shelters and low income housing projects.
Xc) Increase funds for housing assistance for welfare recipients who need housing to get or keep a job.
Xd) Provide homeless families with apartment vouchers they can use to supplement the cost of an apartment.
e) Continue to give states and local governments responsibility for welfare programs through block grants.
f) Eliminate federal funds for welfare programs at the federal, state or local levels.
g) Maintain current welfare-to-work requirements in order for states to qualify for block grants.
h) Convert government-funded low-income housing projects into private housing, managed and owned by the residents.
i) Require that unwed teenage mothers live with a parent or guardian (if possible) and attend school to receive benefits.
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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