Representative George Miller's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 11, Democratic
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George Miller refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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Issue Positions

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • George Miller. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. George Miller voted Yea on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. George Miller voted Yea on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. George Miller voted Nay on 07/15/1998. (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 George Miller a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. H Amdt 185. 103th Congress. Hyde Amendment. George Miller voted Nay on 06/30/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. George Miller voted Nay on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. George Miller voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. George Miller voted Yea on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "George Miller supported the interests of the Family Research Council 6 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "George Miller supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "George Miller supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. H Amdt 436. 104th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. George Miller voted Yea on 06/15/1995. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed George Miller in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. George Miller voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. George Miller voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. George Miller voted Did Not Vote on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. George Miller voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. George Miller voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should be illegal when the fetus is viable, with or without life support."
  • George Miller. 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."
  • George Miller. 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."
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial birth" abortion."
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • George Miller. Misplaced Priorities of the Tea Party Republicans. 3 May 2011. "Mr. Speaker, they [Republicans] are also bringing up a third bill, a sweeping measure that would, in effect, make abortion inaccessible to most women, despite the fact that the Supreme Court has ruled that women in the United States of America have a constitutional right to receive an abortion if they so choose. With sky-high gas prices and continued high unemployment, the Republicans must wake up in the morning and think the most important thing to do today is to take away health care from kids and hardworking Americans and trample on women's rights. Really? Time out, America. Time out." (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • George Miller. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. George Miller voted Yea on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "George Miller supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. George Miller voted Yea on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. HR 670. 103th Congress. Abortion Counseling Bill. George Miller voted Yea on 03/25/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. George Miller voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. House Democrats Release Historic Catholic Statement of Principles. 28 February 2006. "We envision a world in which every child belongs to a loving family and agree with the Catholic Church about the value of human life and the undesirability of abortion-we do not celebrate its practice. Each of us is committed to reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies and creating an environment with policies that encourage pregnancies to be carried to term. We believe this includes promoting alternatives to abortion, such as adoption, and improving access to children's healthcare and child care, as well as policies that encourage paternal and maternal responsibility." (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. George Miller voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • George Miller. Bring Our Troops Home from Afghanistan. 10 May 2011. "'This week, all of us should honor the tremendous sacrifices our men and women in uniform made for their country in Afghanistan. And our objective in Afghanistan has been achieved--Osama bin Laden has been killed, and few al Qaeda members remain in the country. Yet, unfortunately, our troops in Afghanistan are now bogged down in an unending and deadly war with the Taliban and defending the corrupt Afghan Government. To this day, the government in Kabul, led by President Karzai, has not been able to take charge of its country, even as it has been able to provide enormous favors for the President's cronies and family. In these difficult times, we cannot afford to spend tens of billions of dollars per month defending a corrupt regime. We cannot afford to continue to provide payments to contractors who turn around and use those payments to pay off the very same Taliban who are killing our troops in Afghanistan. But above all, our soldiers cannot be asked to continue to risk their lives for years and years to come. Instead, it is time to bring all of our troops home and to invest in America instead. By doing so, we can honor the enormous sacrifice that our troops have made, and at the same time ensure that they have a strong and prosperous country to come home to.'" (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. Letter to Co-Chairs and Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 21 September 2011. "To generate much-needed savings, we strongly urged you to examine the costs of the ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. To date, the wars have cost our taxpayers at least $2.3 trillion, with an additional $884 billion in future costs for veterans and their families. This adds up to a total of at least $3.2 trillion. By ending the wars and paying for a safe, orderly, and responsible redeployment of troops from both Afghanistan and Iraq, we can go a long way toward meeting our fiscal challenges." (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. George Miller voted Yea on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "George Miller supported the interests of Peace Action West 88 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "George Miller supported the interests of the Peace Action 88 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. Letter to The Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 21 June 2011. "We urge a significant and sizable reduction of U.S. military forces in Afghanistan beginning July 2011," the bipartisan group of Members of Congress wrote. "With Osama bin Laden killed and Al Qaeda largely driven from Afghanistan, it is time to accelerate the transfer of security responsibilities to the Government of Afghanistan and to reduce the U.S. military footprint there. Congress must send a strong message that a token withdrawal is unacceptable," Congressman John Garamendi said. "Maintaining anywhere near 100,000 troops in Afghanistan, at a cost of $10 billion per month, is an ineffective strategy for fighting terrorism and an unjustified drain on our budget. Our brave troops have largely succeeded in driving out Al Qaeda from Afghanistan. Our troops in Afghanistan continue to fight valiantly, but they are now on the wrong mission. Bringing home a limited number of troops will continue to prolong this war which is already the longest in America's history," said Congressman Walter Jones. "Bin Laden is gone, Al Qaeda is gone -- it is time to declare victory and bring our brave men and women home. Almost three out of four Americans want to bring our troops home from Afghanistan, and we can no longer afford to spend over $100 billion a year on this war that has no military solution. That why I believe a complete withdrawal from Afghanistan should begin immediately," said Representative Barbara Lee. "A modest reduction of 30,000 troops should not be considered significant since it would merely return us to 2009 and pre-escalation troop levels. A more "significant' and reasonable goal would be the withdrawal of 50,000 combat troops by the end of this year which is only half of the roughly 100,000 troops currently on the ground. A token drawdown of a few thousand troops is not acceptable. The American people -- and, increasingly, the Congress -- are demanding more fundamental change in our policy," said Congressman Jim McGovern. "We will continue to make the point that instead of nation-building in Afghanistan, we need to do some more nation-building right here at home." (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. Letter to the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. 13 October 2010. "Given the size of our deficit and debt problems as well as the political challenges and policy controversies involved in implementing any solutions to them, it is clear to us that cutting the military budget must be a part of any visible proposal. The Department of Defense currently takes up almost 56% of all discretionary federal spending, and accounts for nearly 65% of the increase in annual discretionary spending levels since 2001. Much of this increase, of course, is attributable to direct war costs, but nearly 37% of discretionary spending growth falls under the "base" or "peacetime" military budget. Applying the adage that is necessary to "go where the money is" requires that rigorous scrutiny be applied to military spending. We believe that such an analysis will show that substantial spending cuts can be made without threatening our national security, without cutting essential funds for fighting terrorism, and without shirking our obligations as a nation to our brave troops currently in the field, our veterans, and our military retirees." (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. House Narrowly Misses Key Opportunity to Force Planning for Afghanistan Withdrawal. 26 May 2011. "'It is essential that the U.S. starts planning now for the orderly, safe and expeditious withdrawal of our forces from Afghanistan. The U.S. planned carefully for its withdrawal from Iraq but has no similarly detailed plans to meet the deadlines for withdrawing from Afghanistan and turning control of the country over to the Afghans. U.S. forces were sent to Afghanistan ten years ago in response to 9/11 to stop al Qaeda and get Osama Bin Laden. Today, Bin Laden is dead and American forces are no longer fighting al Qaeda, but are instead bogged down in an unending war with the Taliban. After a decade of war, thousands of American casualties, countless innocent civilian victims, and hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars lost, it is time to leave Afghanistan.'" (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. Issue Position: Foreign Affairs. 01 January 2011. "George has consistently been a vocal critic of President Bush's war in Iraq and he voted against the war resolution in 2002. He supports efforts to redeploy our troops from Iraq and Afghanistan in a way that is swift, safe, and secure and protects both America's soldiers and our long-term interests. He has repeatedly voted for legislation that would bring the wars to a close." (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. Miller Meets with U.S. troops, Top Officials in Iraq, Israel. 11 May 2011. "'The troops we met with expressed a huge sense of pride over the daring mission that resulted in the killing of Osama bin Laden. Clearly, even the troops that were not directly involved in the raid were proud to be members of the military forces that accomplished it. And they have every right to feel that way. The mission was a huge victory for our country's security efforts and for President Obama, U.S. military forces and the American intelligence community. And hopefully the death of bin Laden will hasten the return of American troops from the war in Afghanistan.'" (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. Miller Votes Against Additional Afghanistan War Funding. 01 July 2010. "'The war in Afghanistan is now the longest war in American history -- longer than the Vietnam War. President Obama put a great deal of effort into reevaluating U.S. strategy in Afghanistan when he came into office, for which I applaud him. And I was pleased that he set forth a timeline for beginning to draw down American forces there. Yet, I still believe that we are on the wrong course there and that it is time to end American involvement in the morass in Afghanistan and put Afghans in charge of their own country. This war has taken too many American service men and women's lives and has cost the taxpayers an unconscionable and unaffordable amount. And still, the policy is not working.'" (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. Miller statement on Afghanistan Announcement. 22 June 2011. "'President Obama's redeployment announcement is a welcome beginning, but it is insufficient. It is good news that tens of thousands of our men and women in uniform will be coming home out of harm's way, but the President's announced withdrawal is too small and the timetable is too long. "It is clear that what our nation truly needs is to bring all of our troops home from Afghanistan as soon as possible and concentrate on counter-intelligence operations in the region, not boots on the ground. The President's plan will leave approximately 70,000 American troops in Afghanistan for an undetermined period of time. And his plan does not indicate a fundamental change in strategy, which I and many others believe is needed. Our troops went to Afghanistan to stop al Qaeda and get Osama bin Laden. Today, bin Laden is dead and our troops are no longer fighting al Qaeda but are instead bogged down in an unending war with the Taliban. American taxpayers are spending over $10 billion per month on operations in Afghanistan, where we are funding a corrupt government and often funding the very same warlords and Taliban that our troops are fighting against. This approach is not sustainable. It leaves our troops in danger and it does not make Americans safer. It is time for our troops to come home from Afghanistan, so that we can fund development in California, not corruption in Kandahar.'" (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • George Miller. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. George Miller voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. George Miller voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. HR 2561. 106th Congress. Defense Department Appropriations bill, FY2000. George Miller voted Nay on 07/22/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. George Miller voted Nay on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. George Miller voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. George Miller voted Nay on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. George Miller voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. George Miller voted Nay on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. George Miller voted Yea on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. George Miller voted Nay on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. George Miller voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Not a Priority" for: "Indicate your priorities for spending any anticipated federal budget surplus. a) Defense"
  • George Miller. Democratic Leaders Outline Plan to Secure Peace in Iraq Letter to the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. 25 July 2003. "The combination of heavy domestic spending, increasing defense spending, and huge tax cuts and deficits is not sustainable. The cost will not only be substantial but ongoing well into the future." (georgemiller.house.gov)
  • George Miller. Letter to the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. 13 October 2010. "In a letter sent Wednesday to members of the Commission, they call on the Commission to look closely at excessive defense spending in an effort to reduce the Federal deficit and national debt. Specifically, the group of 57 members of Congress urges 'in the strongest terms that any final Commission report include among its recommendations substantial reductions in projected levels of future spending by the Department of Defense.'" (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. Miller Says No Increase in Iraq War Spending Without Agreement on Internationalization of Forces Through the United Nations. 28 August 2003. "Every day, another American soldier is killed in Iraq and American taxpayers are footing the bill for one of the most expensive post-war undertakings in history. Meanwhile, the President says we cannot afford basic priorities in this country, like fulfilling our commitment to education reform or additional funds for homeland security. The war in Iraq is taking an enormous toll on Americans and there is no end in sight. Before Americans are asked to make any further sacrifices or spend any more money on operations in Iraq, the President must go to the United Nations and win approval of a new international force to manage post-war military and reconstruction operations in Iraq. That new force should be under American direction, as has been discussed, but there must be an internationalization of responsibility in Iraq through the United Nations and a sharing of the multi-billion dollar cost as quickly as possible. The death toll and the financial cost to American taxpayers are a crushing burden." (georgemiller.house.gov)

Vote Smart's Research

  • George Miller. Facebook: Wall. 10 April 2012. "I completely agree with President Obama"given how much middle-class families have sacrificed, it makes no sense to allow the super-wealthy to shirk paying their fair share of taxes as we work to reduce the deficit." (www.facebook.com)
  • George Miller. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. George Miller voted Nay on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "George Miller supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 0 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "George Miller supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 6 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "George Miller supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "3) Do you support eliminating the Internal Revenue Service?"
  • George Miller. 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"
  • George Miller. 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?"
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key below, indicate what levels you support concerning taxes, deductions, and tax credits in the following categories. Select one number per tax. d) Over $150,000"
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "3) Do you support eliminating the Internal Revenue Service?" Other Tax Issues: Other or expanded principles: "You cannot answer without knowing the purpose of making a change."
  • George Miller. 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?" Other Tax Issues: Other or expanded principles: "You cannot answer without knowing the purpose of making a change."
  • George Miller. Facebook: Wall. 17 April 2012. "I just cosponsored the Buffett Rule to restore fairness to the tax system." (www.facebook.com)
  • George Miller. Congress Approves Middle Class Tax Relief; Bill Heads to the White House. 19 December 2007. "This bill comes as a huge relief to thousands of middle class Americans in my district and millions throughout the state who were never intended to be caught up in the alternative minimum tax," Miller said. "This bill provides welcome relief. I must say, however, that it is very unfortunate that the White House and Senate Republicans would not allow us to pay for this bill now, charging it instead against the nation's credit card and adding to the debt of future generations. Because the Senate and the White House refused to pay for this bill, I voted against the bill to make clear my position that the federal government must adhere to the pay-as-you-go rules we adopted earlier."

Vote Smart's Research

  • George Miller. Letter to Speaker Boehner and Leader Pelosi. 10 May 2012. "'House Republicans continue to stand in the way of new jobs for middle class Americans,' Rep. George Miller (CA-7) added. 'Instead of supporting a bipartisan transportation bill that will create hundreds of thousands of construction jobs rebuilding roads, bridges and highways, House Republicans leave American companies and workers idling while doling out more tax breaks to the rich and famous' [¦] Our top priority, and the top priority of the American public, is job creation. It is therefore incomprehensible to us that the House leadership has not even brought up a long-term transportation bill up for a vote, when this indecision has unnecessarily put so many Americans out work; 17,000 people last month alone. With Federal funding for transportation projects set to run out on June 30, 2012, we urge that the House either immediately consider the long term transportation bill that was overwhelmingly agreed to in the Senate, or instruct House Conferees to cede to the Senate language in its entirety so that a transportation jobs bill can be signed into law as soon as possible." (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. Commerce Under Secretary Sánchez & Reps. Garamendi, Miller, McNerney Discuss Export Strategy with Regional Business Owners. 25 August 2011. "When we invest in our schools, our infrastructure, our research and development, and make it in America, we not only create jobs but our kids will be able to 'make it' in America. Today's forum represents the next steps we can take to create good jobs at home and support small businesses, entrepreneurs, and the middle class." (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. George Miller voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. George Miller voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "George Miller supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave George Miller a rating of 97 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "2) Would you support enforcing the spending limits agreed to in 1997 by the President and Congress to balance the budget?"
  • George Miller. Facebook: Wall. 29 March 2012. "Traffic jam and unemployed construction workers. That's all House Republicans have to offer. They're blocking the bipartisan Senate Transportation bill, hoping to stall the economic recovery and hurt President Obama by delaying infrastructure improvements. But it is the American people who are paying the price. I favor investing in infrastructure now." (www.facebook.com)
  • George Miller. Facebook: Wall. 31 August2011. "Job creation is my #1 priority. I have introduced the Local Jobs for America Act to save and create public and private sector jobs quickly, restore vital services, and spur consumer demand. This investment now will help reduce deficits later." (www.facebook.com)
  • George Miller. Facebook: Wall. 6 June 2012. "No recess for Congress? Fine by me. We've got to pass a highway bill to create jobs, stop student loan rates from doubling, and have the wealthy pay their fair share. Wouldn't you tell Speaker Boehner the same?" (www.facebook.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • George Miller. Employment Report Shows Need to Pass American Jobs Act Now. 07 October 2011. "'Today's jobs report makes it clear once again that we must do more to create jobs now. Congress should pass the American Jobs Act now. This plan answers Americans' most pressing need -- jobs. There is no other comprehensive plan before Congress that will both create jobs now and lay the foundation for future economic growth that will help our nation's small businesses survive and grow. Those who oppose action on jobs are standing in the way of millions of Americans who want to work and build a better future for their families.'" (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. For Small Businesses, Miller Votes to Increase Lending and Cut Taxes. 23 September 2010. "'This bill will help small businesses in our community. Everyone knows the important role small businesses play in our economy and creating jobs. We've counted on small businesses to drive our economy for decades. During the past year and a half, Congress has approved numerous bills to lower taxes for small businesses, to help them better afford health care for their employees, to reduce their business and increase their access to loans. But Democrats had to do all of this on our own in the face of constant obstructionism by the House and Senate Republicans who have voted no on every bill. That's been a shame because it has held up desperately needed aid. Until now. Increased access to loans and new tax cuts will both help keep jobs in America and allow small businesses to make it in America.'" (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. Miller Statement on House Passage of Trade Deals. 12 October 2011. "'Trade is a very important part of the American economy. Small businesses in my district and across the country, for example, are eager for new opportunities to sell their products and services overseas, help their businesses grow, and create more jobs here at home. However, when trade provides a cover for exporting American jobs and undermining our nation's democratic values and the rights of working people in other countries, it likewise undermines the American economy and our opportunity to create more jobs here at home.'" (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. George Miller voted Nay on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. Twitter: askgeorge. 4 October 2011. "It's time to guide this Congress to get on the side of our #smallbiz who are ready to do their part to help our economy recover." (twitter.com)
  • George Miller. Small Business. 16 July 2012. "George supports making it easier for small businesses to get access to capital. He supported the Small Business Jobs Act, which expanded access to Small Business Administration loans by increasing loan guarantees, provided tax incentives for investors to invest in small businesses, and created a State Small Business Credit Initiative to make it easier for states to support small business lending. He has also pushed to make it easier for small businesses to register when they are making initial public offerings by allowing more small businesses to use streamlined registration procedures that are simpler than the standard SEC requirements. President Obama recently backed this proposal under his American Jobs Act." (georgemiller.house.gov)
  • George Miller. Letter to Steven Spears, Executive Director of California Housing Finance Agency. 29 October 2010. "'I will not rest until my constituents are back on their feet. I'm committed to working with CalHFA to ensure that this program accomplishes all that it has set out to achieve. It's especially important that the Keep Your Home California program works for communities like those in the East Bay that are most in need of assistance. Hopefully, working together, we can help tens of thousands of Californians stay in their homes. But this is just one step--I'm going to keep working on innovative ways to help struggling homeowners in my district, and to help small businesses in our community to create jobs, since a growing economy is the best way to help homeowners and move our community forward.'" (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."
  • George Miller. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. George Miller voted Nay on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • George Miller. California in running for new federal education dollars. 25 May 2011. "I am very excited about California's opportunity to compete for Race to the Top funds. Race to the Top has changed the conversation about education in this country. Before a dime was event spent through this program, states were thinking beyond traditional school reform, implementing better data systems, committing to better assessments and using technology in new, innovative ways. The states who received funds in the first round of Race to the Top have already seen results in their schools through reforms that will help students to achieve at higher levels and compete in this global economy. California's students deserve the chance to see this type of innovation in their classrooms. Now is California's time to end the status quo in our classrooms and let our teachers and school leaders use exciting, effective approaches to transform our schools. I am very grateful California has this opportunity for real and significant school reform." (georgemiller.house.gov)
  • George Miller. Miller Statement on New Republican Education Proposal. 13 May 2011. "'The Republican education bill introduced today will not help move our education system to the 21st century and it won't mean better outcomes for our students. It does nothing to address the concerns with accountability, it does nothing to support better data usage in schools, it does nothing to empower parents in their children's education and it does nothing to help bring our schools and our students to the future. And, this proposal doesn't address any of the needs raised to me by students, by teachers and by communities across the country. This bill won't ensure our students are ready for college or for a career. I believe we have to do better.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Pear. The New York Times: Democrats Criticizing Bush Budget On Education. 13 February 2002. ''The proposed education budget is totally inadequate. It breaks the promise of education reform. It calls for the smallest spending increase in education in seven years. If we start to renege on the money in the first year, what kind of message are we sending to school districts that we are serious about these reforms?'' (www.nytimes.com)
  • George Miller. Miller Statement on Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge. 9 April 2012. "U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-CA), the senior Democrat on the Education and the Workforce Committee, released the following statement after the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services announced today that $133 million from the Race to the Top fund will be available for continued investments in state-level, comprehensive early education reform. [¦] 'I applaud Secretaries Duncan and Sebelius for their continued commitment to improving the quality of early learning opportunities for young children across the country. To win the future, our children need a strong start. This competition brings new ideas and new opportunities to our nation's youngest learners. It's a bold and strategic investment with long-term benefits for America's future, strengthening our global competitiveness and improving the economic prospects of the next generation.'" (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. HR 1804. 104th Congress. Goals 2000: Educate America Act. George Miller voted Yea on 03/23/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. George Miller voted Nay on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
  • George Miller. 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."
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Promote education flexibility by giving federal funds, in the form of block grants, to the states to spend it as they see fit."
  • George Miller. 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: "Military spending "
  • George Miller. 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: "Natural Resource subsidies "
  • George Miller. 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)"
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "State" for: "Indicate which level of government that should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. c) Education"
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning education. Other or expanded principles: "Ensure all teachers are fully qualified in their subject areas. Fund education reforms."
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
  • George Miller. 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)"
  • George Miller. 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"
  • George Miller. 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."
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Local" for: "Indicate which level of government should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. 3) Education"
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing in reading and math." 1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning education. Other or expanded principles: "Hold teacher training schools accountable; Fund school construction."
  • Diana Jean Schemo. The New York Times: Democrats Push for Changes to No Child Left Behind Law. 9 January 2007. "The No Child Left Behind Act has brought important changes to our public education system, for example, by shining a spotlight on the persistent achievement gap that exists among different groups of students in our country. But if we are going to fulfill our original commitment to children and parents, then the law, its implementation and its funding must be improved." (www.nytimes.com)

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  • George Miller. Rep. Garamendi Introduces His First Bill, Would End New Oil And Natural Gas Leases On West Coast. 5 May 2010. "Californians have long supported a ban on offshore oil drilling and we should reinstate it now. And in offshore areas where drilling is currently allowed, there should not be one new test well or offshore oil drilling permit issued until the American people can be assured that drilling is safe and the cleanup capabilities modern and adequate for the risks associated with this type of activity. Clearly such assurances cannot be given today." (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. Prohibit Dangerous Oil Companies. 30 July 2010. "'Today, the House voted to hold oil and gas drilling companies accountable for their actions and to make offshore drilling safer for the environment, safer for workers, and safer for coastal communities,' said Miller, chair of the Education and Labor Committee and former chair of the Committee on Natural Resources. "The fact is, British Petroleum does not fit Americans' expectations of a how a responsible company should act. BP or any other company that fails to adhere to worker safety and environmental laws and that fails to learn from its errors and clean up its operations will be denied the right to new leasing and drilling off American waters. Actions should have consequences, and, until now, BP clearly has not been held accountable for its actions.'" (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. Problems with House Offshore Drilling Bill. 18 July 2006. "'The offshore oil drilling legislation that passed the House last month has a lot of problems. One of its biggest failings is that the bill overrides and ignores the long-standing, bipartisan objection to new drilling off the California coast. The people of California have repeatedly made it clear that they oppose this wrong-headed approach. In fact, opposition to this legislation is unanimous in California that even in the middle of a highly charged race for Governor, the Democrats and Republicans are on the same page on this one issue. State Treasurer Phil Angelides, a Democrat, opposes the House bill, pointing out that it would remove the critical protections for California's coastline and also financially punish States that decide to protect their environment and coastal economies by continuing to oppose offshore oil drilling." (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. Off Shore Oil Drilling. 17 May 2004. "'Time and again, local, State and Federal officials in both parties have supported a moratorium on offshore oil drilling. Yet, despite the campaign rhetoric claiming to oppose offshore drilling, this administration has attempted every backdoor route to weaken coastal protections. All we have to do is look at the energy bill and find numerous provisions supported by the administration that paved the way to drilling off the coast of California.'" (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. Miller Urges Passage Of Comprehensive Energy Bill. 08 September 2008. "'Under our bill, the federal government would allow additional offshore drilling in a responsible and safe manner in waters that are 100 miles or further from our coastlines. States will have the right to say 'yes or no' to responsible offshore drilling in waters between 50 miles and 100 miles from their coastlines. The new legislation would protect states' coastlines out to 50 miles, and would permanently protect sensitive areas such as national marine monuments and sanctuaries.'" (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. George Miller voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
  • George Miller. Miller, Democrats Unveil Oil Spill Legislation. 26 January 2011. "'Now we've heard from the independent oil spill commission that the reforms we tried to enact last year are greatly needed. There is no reason that oil and gas drilling companies, like BP, should not be held accountable for their actions in order to make offshore drilling safer for the environment, safer for workers, and safer for coastal communities. That is what my legislation would accomplish, and I would hope that the Committee Chairman give our bill immediate consideration.'" (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. George Miller voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "George Miller supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. George Miller voted Nay on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)

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  • George Miller. Historic Energy Bill Will Increase Fuel Efficiency Standards"For the first time in 32 years, Congress has approved an increase in automobile fuel efficiency standards. 18 December 2007. This critical step is part of a larger historic energy bill that will help cut greenhouse gas emissions, save consumers money, and make America more secure. Rep. George Miller (D-CA) called the measure a major achievement for consumers, the environment and the economy and said it was 'Exhibit A' in the difference an election makes. [¦] Among other things, the legislation: Will increase fuel economy standards to 35 miles per gallon by 2020 for new cars and trucks, a historic fuel economy compromise that is supported by labor, the environmental community, and the automobile industry. This is the first increase by Congress since 1975, and is projected to save American families $700 to $1000 per year at the pump, with $22 billion in net consumer savings in 2020 alone. The current average is 25 mpg. Requires improved Federal and commercial building energy efficiency, with green building standards for new federal buildings and an initiative to develop technologies, practice and policies to reduce the amount of energy commercial buildings use. Contains numerous provisions to improve energy efficiency, promote the use of renewable energy, including biofuels, and increase mass transit use -- all of which will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from American homes, offices, industries, vehicles, and federal facilities." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed George Miller in the 2004 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed George Miller in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). George Miller voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "George Miller supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. League of Conservation Voters endorsed George Miller in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. George Miller voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "George Miller supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed George Miller in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed George Miller in the 2002 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed George Miller in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. Miller Calls for Passage of Historic Climate Change Legislation. 26 June 2009. "Passage will represent a monumental step forward in our effort to build a vibrant and green economy based on clean energy, less foreign oil, and a reduction in greenhouse gases. Californians have led the nation in breaking our dependence on fossil fuels and have always known that the future belongs to clean energy technology jobs. It is long past time for us to stop sending our national treasure to pay for foreign oil. This bill gives us the opportunity to follow California's lead and move America in a new energy direction." (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Promote the selling of pollution credits to encourage industries to decrease amount of pollution."
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "k) Adhere to the United Nations treaty regarding global climate change." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources. Other or expanded principles: "Protect California water for environment and all users."
  • George Miller. 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."
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels."
  • George Miller. 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." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources. Other or expanded principles: "Protect California water for environment and all users."
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Reduce current federal regulations on the environment."
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • George Miller. 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."
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act."
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Impose stricter national air quality standards." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources. Other or expanded principles: "Protect California water for environment and all users."
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Support the U.S. re-entering the current Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • George Miller. 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."

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  • George Miller. HR 125. 104th Congress. Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995. George Miller voted Nay on 03/22/1996. (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. H Amdt 390. 103th Congress. Instant Background Checks for Gun Purchase Amendment. George Miller voted Nay on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. George Miller voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave George Miller a grade of 18." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed George Miller in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "George Miller supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 100 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed George Miller in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. HR 4296. 104th Congress. Regulation of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons. George Miller voted Yea on 05/05/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. George Miller voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. George Miller voted Nay on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. HR 1025. 103th Congress. Brady Handgun Bill. George Miller voted Yea on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. George Miller voted Nay on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. 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."
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Ease procedures on the purchase and registration of firearms."
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns."
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Increase federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Expand the nationwide ban on the sale or transfer of assault weapons to include all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • George Miller. 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."
  • George Miller. 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."
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain all federal registration procedures and restrictions on possessing firearms."
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Increase restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows."
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • George Miller. 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."
  • George Miller. 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."
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • George Miller. 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."
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms."
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "k) Require a license for gun possession."
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • George Miller. 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."
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."

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  • George Miller. One year later “ health reform law is working, improving coverage for Bay Area residents. 21 October 2011. "'We see right here with us today the very real and very positive impact that health reforms have had on people in our community. Regardless of your political views, there is no denying the fact that the law is benefiting people right now and will continue to benefit millions more over the next few years. There's no denying it, when young adults stand up and say “ ˜if it wasn't for health reform, I wouldn't have insurance.' You can't deny that the law is benefiting people when tens of thousands of small business employees have been offered health insurance thanks to the small business tax credits in the bill. You can't deny that this law is a sigh of relief for parents who don't have to worry about lifetime caps on care for their kids. And you can't deny the law is helping seniors who have received help with the high cost of prescription drugs and are getting free preventive screening under Medicare thanks to this law.'" (georgemiller.house.gov)
  • George Miller. Twitter: askgeorge. 23 September 2011. "Thanks to #AffordableCareAct 19 million seniors have already received one or more free preventive services #howsthatforseniordiscount." (twitter.com)
  • George Miller. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. George Miller voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "George Miller supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. Chairman Miller Statement on Republican Judge's Ruling against Part of Health Reform. 10 December 2010. "'It is clear that opponents of this historic law are working overtime to take affordable health care away from our nation's families and put insurance companies back in control. But just as challenges against Social Security and Civil Rights Act failed, I am confident that the law to guarantee that all Americans have access quality and affordable care will stand up to the legal attacks from special interests.'" (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. Letter to The Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 8 July 2011. "We made a commitment to states to support them as a part of the Affordable Care Act in the expansion of healthcare to all Americans. This includes expansion of Medicaid to nearly 17 million new individuals over the next decade. We established incentives for states to find the uninsured made newly eligible for the program by covering their full cost initially and 90% permanently. This proposal would retreat on that promise and undermine the health reform effort that we together worked so hard to achieve."
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • George Miller. 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."
  • George Miller. 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."
  • George Miller. 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."
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • George Miller. Health Care Victory. 28 June 2012. "The Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act that I co-wrote and that President Obama signed into law. The ruling is a substantial victory for seniors, women, children, workers, small business owners and our economy." (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. California Seniors Savings Millions under Obama's Health Care Law. 28 June 2011. "'Seniors are catching a big break on the cost of their prescription drugs thanks to the health reforms that we passed last year,' Miller said. 'As more and more people reach the feared donut hole this year, we'll see even more seniors directly benefiting from this law. The health reform law is having a positive impact on more and more people each and every day, seniors and non-seniors alike, but Republicans in Congress continue fight it. First they voted to repeal the health care law, which would wipe out these new drug cost savings. Then they voted to end Medicare and add thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket expenses to people who enroll in Medicare. Their votes are bad for seniors and bad for the country.'" (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. Historic Health Reform Approved. 21 March 2010. "'History has been made today. We promised health reform and we have delivered it. Approval of this legislation marks a major moment in America's march toward greater equality and opportunity - a journey that has been interrupted and delayed far too many times in my lifetime. This bill will create millions of jobs, reduce the federal budget deficit, and finally hold accountable the insurance companies that have caused so much panic and pain in the lives of hard-working Americans.'" (votesmart.org)

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  • George Miller. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. George Miller voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Allow legalization for certain illegal immigrants working in the U.S."
  • George Miller. King Introduces Bill Closing "Anchor Baby" Loophole. 06 January 2011. "'It is unfair to grant birthright citizenship to children of illegal immigrants because it undermines the intention of the Fourteenth Amendment, rewards those that have recklessly broken our nation's immigration laws, and costs American taxpayers billions annually. By simply closing this loophole, we will save taxpayers billions and reduce the appeal of entering the United States illegally. This bill simply makes sense.'" (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. Facebook: Wall. 15 June 2012. "Great news today for DREAMers. President Obama just announced that hundreds of thousands of students who were brought to this country will no longer face the threat of deportation “ these are young people who go to school or join the military, and don't pose a threat to public safety. These kids have worked hard, and we should give them the chance to pursue the American Dream. I've long supported the DREAM Act and am glad to see President Obama taking this step." (www.facebook.com)
  • George Miller. Rep. Miller Statement at House Education and the Workforce Committee Hearing on Guest Worker Programs. 19 July 2006. "We cannot let globalization or immigration become a race to the bottom. Our labor laws must be strengthened and vigorously enforced to ensure that all workers - old and new - benefit from the strength of our economy. The violation of one worker's rights hurts all workers, regardless of whether that worker is documented or not or U.S.-born or not. I look forward to the testimony of today's witnesses. I hope we can have an honest and open discussion about our economic and employment needs and how we would need to structure a guest worker or any other program to ensure that it treats all workers fairly and makes our country stronger for all." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "George Miller supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 83 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. George Miller voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "George Miller supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. Miller Statement on Alabama Immigration Law. 05 October 2011. "America's public education system was built on principles of access and equity. Alabama's immigration law is simply anti-child and a blatant attack on students who want nothing but to do well in school. Instead of using the education system as a back-door attempt to scare children out of communities, Alabama should be focused on providing all students with a quality education. Immigration politics are a distraction from what should be happening in the classroom: teachers teaching and students learning." (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Grant U.S. citizenship to children born in the US only if their parents immigrated legally."
  • George Miller. 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."
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children."
  • George Miller. 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."
  • George Miller. 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."
  • George Miller. Northern Mariana Islands Covenant Implementation Act. 11 December 2007. "'Today, my friend and committee colleague from the Virgin Islands has brought this legislation to the floor to fix the other long-standing problem in the CNMI. The broken local immigration program in the CNMI has allowed unscrupulous recruiters to exploit and abuse thousands of workers and their families, and it helped the CNMI's sweatshop-based economy to persist for decades.'" (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. Rep. Miller Statement at House Education and the Workforce Committee Hearing on Guest Worker Programs. 19 July 2006. "Congress has not comprehensively considered our immigration laws since 1986. At that time, it was estimated that the number of illegal immigrants inside the country was between 2 and 3 million. The Congress acted, on a bipartisan basis, to create an amnesty program for immigrants in the U.S. who met certain conditions, establish new visa programs for legal immigration, and impose sanctions on employers who continued to hire illegal immigrants. Regrettably, the employer sanctions were never seriously enforced. Illegal immigration started to explode again in the late 1990's as demographic and economic changes, including globalization, NAFTA, and the creation of the World Trade Organization, forced additional immigrants to seek employment and economic opportunities in the U.S. In recent years, the number of illegal immigrants entering the U.S. each year has approached 500,000. Today, it is estimated that 12 million people are in the U.S. illegally, either without a visa or after having overstayed a visa. Most of these immigrants of working age are employed." (votesmart.org)

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  • George Miller. Facebook: Wall. 7 February 2012. "Prop 8 is unconstitutional. This is an important step toward marriage equality for everyone. But the fight's not over." (www.facebook.com)
  • George Miller. Facebook; Wall. 9 May 2012. "Wanted to make sure you saw that President Obama today said that he believes 'same sex couples should be able to get married.' I couldn't agree more." (www.facebook.com)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "George Miller supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "George Miller supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "George Miller supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "George Miller supported the interests of the American Family Association 5 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "George Miller supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 14 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. George Miller voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. George Miller voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). George Miller voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. Pelosi, Nadler, 130 House Members File Amicus Brief on Federal Case Against DOMA. 10 July 2012. "But a clearly stated purpose and effect of this law was to disapprove of and disadvantage lesbians and gay men; this distinguishes DOMA from a routine act of Congress. Where, as here, Congress classifies persons, denying an entire class of citizens the rights that are afforded others, the Supreme Court has applied rational basis review to invalidate those laws. None of the reasons provided by Congress in 1996 or created in response to litigation rationally serve a legitimate federal interest." (votesmart.org)

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  • George Miller. Statement by Rep. George Miller on the killing of Osama Bin Laden. 2 May 2011. "The death of Osama Bin Laden is a very significant and positive development in the United States' counter-terrorism effort. I applaud President Obama for having made it a top national security priority to find Bin Laden and I applaud him for having made the final decision to act on the intelligence his security team gathered. And I join the President and my colleagues in Congress in praising the men and women in the U.S. military, the U.S. intelligence community, and in particular the Navy SEALs, for their success in carrying out this operation." (georgemiller.house.gov)
  • George Miller. To the Honorable Barack Obama. 12 June 2012. "We are concerned that the use of such 'signature' strikes could raise the risk of killing innocent civilians or individuals who may have no relationship to attacks on the United States. Our drone campaigns have virtually no transparency, accountability or oversight. We are further concerned about the legal grounds for strikes under the 2001 Authorization for the Use Military Force. The implications of the use of drones for our national security are profound. They can generate powerful and enduring anti-American sentiment. They are faceless ambassadors that cause civilian deaths, and are frequently the only direct contact with Americans that the targeted communities have. As members of Congress, we are deeply concerned about the full impact of drone strikes." (kucinich.house.gov)
  • George Miller. Miller Calls for Special Counsel Investigation of Alleged Domestic Spying by Bush Administration. 16 December 2005. "Fighting terrorists is essential. No one disagrees with that. But allowing anyone to eviscerate America's freedoms and liberties undermines our security and greatness as a nation. In the battle against international terrorism, America has faced a terrifying and deadly enemy, but it has also suffered a great loss in its stature as a result of the use of torture and degrading treatment against foreign prisoners and the use of unapproved espionage. We must not lose ourselves as a nation as we fight to protect ourselves." (georgemiller.house.gov)

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  • George Miller. Privatizing Social Security. 24 June 2005. "I do not know what it is about the Republicans, but despite overwhelming opposition by the American people across the board against the privatization of Social Security, they bring out yet another plan to privatize Social Security. They bring out another plan to privatize Social Security, to raid the Social Security trust fund, and to undermine the solvency of Social Security." (votesmart.org)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "George Miller supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2000 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • George Miller. 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."
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2002 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 themselves."
  • George Miller. 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."
  • George Miller. Project Vote Smart: 2000 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 themselves."
  • George Miller. Letter to The Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 21 July 2011. "Despite their strong support for the program itself, the American people are cynical when it comes to politicians' handling of Social Security. They have been told that the program is going bankrupt and that the only way to save the country from the debt crisis is to slash promised benefits. Whether the calculations are economic, political, or simply out of a sincere effort to make a deal, the price paid in breaking faith with the American people is too high. Making it easier for enemies of Social Security to attack the program will surely outweigh any short term political or economic benefit of a deal that includes extending the current payroll tax cut or expanding it to include employers. The current cut in Social Security contributions must be allowed to expire as scheduled. [¦] We are greatly concerned that a permanent extension of the 2011 payroll tax cut would double Social Security's long-range shortfall and make long-term solutions nearly impossible. Americans' contributions to Social Security should be used for Americans' Social Security benefits. To do otherwise flies in the face of the time-tested wisdom of this program, which was established with an independent revenue stream to protect the retirement earnings of America's workers from budgetary politics. We respectfully request that you reject any proposal that includes an extension or expansion of the payroll tax cut." (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. Rep. Miller Holds Telephone Town Hall to Update Seniors on the Debt Ceiling Bill. 5 August 2011. "Congress has been taken over by the right wing of the Republican Party, the Tea Party wing that has a radical agenda to end Medicare, cut Social Security and slash health care for the elderly and the poor. Their goal is not deficit reduction. But deficit reduction is being used as the weapon to cut these critical commitments that are so fundamental to our society. In the end, they did not get their way, because we have protected Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid -- for now. But they have done great damage by holding the economy hostage this long, and they are doing long-term damage by having negotiated this bill today. We were not able to prevent them from extracting draconian cuts to critical services that help our economy. This bill was never about deficit reduction. This bill was about pursuing a radical agenda. And as long as the Republicans control Congress, this radical agenda to end Medicare and Social Security and withdraw critical government services that create jobs will remain a threat to the American people." (votesmart.org)
  • George Miller. Miller and Area Seniors Pledge to Protect Social Security at 75th Anniversary Celebration. 24 August 2010. "Miller and many of his Democratic colleagues in Congress are holding events this week across the country to celebrate the success of Social Security over the last three quarters of a century and also to warn against the reemergence of plans in Congress to privatize it and cut is benefits. 'On this 75th anniversary, we are renewing our commitment to defend Social Security, a program that has kept so many seniors out of poverty," Miller said. "We must do everything we can to ensure that Social Security is available to future generations. And make no mistake -- if Republicans had succeeded before at privatizing Social Security, seniors would have lost trillions of dollars in retirement income when the markets crashed in 2008. This Republican plan was under George W. Bush and it remains dangerous today.'" (votesmart.org)

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Congressional Election 2002 National Political Awareness Test

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

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.

a) Abortions should always be illegal.
Xb) Abortions should always be legally available.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
g) Other or expanded principles

Budgetary Priorities

Using the key below, indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category.

Slightly Decrease Fundinga) Agricultural
Maintain Funding Statusb) Arts
Greatly Decrease Fundingc) Defense
Greatly Increase Fundingd) Education
Slightly Increase Fundinge) Environmental
Slightly Increase Fundingf) International Aid
Maintain Funding Statusg) Law Enforcement
Slightly Increase Fundingh) Medical Research
Slightly Decrease Fundingi) National Aeronautical Space Administration (NASA)
Slightly Increase Fundingj) National Parks
Slightly Increase Fundingk) Public Health Services
Maintain Funding Statusl) Scientific Research
Slightly Increase Fundingm) Terrorism Prevention
Slightly Increase Fundingn) Transportation and Highway Infrastructure
Slightly Increase Fundingo) Welfare
p) Other or expanded categories

see tax policy.

Defense Spending

Using the key below, indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number per category.

Slightly Increase Fundinga) Armed Forces personnel training
Maintain Funding Statusb) Covert intelligence operations
Slightly Decrease Fundingc) Military hardware
Greatly Increase Fundingd) Pay for active duty personnel
Eliminate Fundinge) National Missile Defense Program
Slightly Increase Fundingf) Programs to improve military retention rates
Greatly Decrease Fundingg) Research and development of new weapons
Maintain Funding Statush) Troop and equipment readiness
i) Other or expanded categories

Taxes

Using the key below, indicate what levels you support concerning taxes, deductions, and tax credits in the following categories. Select one number per tax.

Income Taxes - Family Income

Slightly Decreasea) Less than $25,000
Maintain Statusb) $25,000 - $75,000
Maintain Statusc) $75,000 - $150,000
Slightly Increased) Over $150,000
e) Other or expanded categories

Income Taxes - Retiree Income

Maintain Statusf) Over $40, 000
g) Other or expanded categories

Other Taxes

Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Increased) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Maintain Statusf) Inheritance taxes
g) Other or expanded categories

Deductions/Credits

Maintain Statusa) Charitable deductions
Maintain Statusb) Medical expense deductions
Maintain Statusc) Mortgage deductions
Maintain Statusd) Child tax credit
Slightly Increasee) Earned income tax credit
Slightly Increasef) Student loan tax credit
g) Other or expanded categories

Taxes

Undecided2) Should a married couple filing jointly pay the same taxes as if they were an unmarried couple filing separately?
No3) Would you use Social Security surpluses to balance the budget?
4) Other or expanded principles

Postpone President Bush's tax cuts.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and governmental reform issues.

Xa) Support public taxpayer funding for congressional candidates who comply with campaign spending limits.
b) Increase the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns.
c) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
d) Provide free or low-cost television advertising to candidates who agree to voluntary campaign spending limits.
Xe) Ban unregulated soft money campaign contributions to political parties or committees.
f) Prohibit non-U.S. citizens from making soft money contributions to national parties or party committees.
Xg) Require full disclosure of funding sources of issue advocacy commercials which appear within 60 days of an election.
h) Remove all contribution limits to federal candidates and parties.
i) Require congressional candidates to raise over half of their campaign money from their home state.
j) Require that unions give members the option of not having membership dues used for political purposes.
Undecidedk) Support the federal government mandate that creates national voting system standards.
Nol) Do you support amending the Constitution to limit the number of terms that members of Congress can serve?
Undecidedm) Do you support voting on-line?
n) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.

a) Eliminate the 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) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xe) Support programs to provide prison inmates with drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
Xf) Increase funding for community policing programs.
Xg) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
h) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, and disability be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
i) Enforcement of civil rights should primarily be the responsibility of the federal government.
j) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
Xk) Support programs that provide job training and placement services for at-risk youth.
l) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning illegal drugs.

a) Increase penalties for selling illegal drugs.
b) Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
Xc) Expand federally sponsored drug education and drug treatment programs.
Xd) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
e) Increase border security to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the U.S.
f) Eliminate federal funding for programs associated with the "war on drugs."
Xg) Other or expanded principles

Have a better balance between efforts to reduce demand and efforts to stop supply.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning education.

Xa) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
b) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any publicly-funded school.
c) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any participating school: public, private or religious.
Xd) Support charter schools where teachers and professionals receive authorization and funding to establish new schools.
e) Increase funding for block grants to states to help them hire additional teachers.
f) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
Xg) Increase funding for computers and computer training in public schools.
Xh) Increase funding for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
i) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs.
Xj) Increase funding of programs such as Pell grants and Stafford loans to help students pay for college.
Xk) Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college.
Xl) Other or expanded principles

Ensure all teachers are fully qualified in their subject areas. Fund education reforms.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment and affirmative action.

Xa) Increase funding for national job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
b) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
c) Establish empowerment zones in areas with large numbers of unemployed people.
Xd) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
Xe) Encourage employers to offer flex-time scheduling, comp-time, and unpaid leave for family emergencies.
f) Eliminate any federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
Xg) Increase the federal minimum wage.
Xh) Considering race and gender in government contracting decisions is appropriate for the federal government.
i) Include sexual orientation in federal anti-discrimination laws.
Xj) Continue federal affirmative action programs.
k) Discontinue federal affirmative action programs.
l) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources.

Xa) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Water Act.
Xb) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act.
c) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration.
Xd) Support the U.S. re-entering the current Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming.
e) Require states to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses of privately owned land.
Xf) Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
Xg) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
Xh) Provide tax credits for state and local bonds to preserve open spaces, build parks, improve water quality and redevelop brownfields.
Xi) Support the National Forest Protection and Restoration Act prohibiting commercial logging in our national forests.
j) Provide states and local communities with more flexibility to address their respective environmental problems.
k) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.

Xa) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
Xb) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
Xf) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
Xg) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
Xh) Require a license for gun possession.
Xi) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21.
j) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues.

a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government.
Xb) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income.
Xc) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights 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.
Xd) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes the right to sue when claims are denied.
e) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes the right to appeal to an administrative board of specialists when services are denied.
Xf) Support legislation to provide prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
g) Increase research funding of the human genome to find cures for diseases such as cancer, AIDS/HIV, Alzheimer's, and heart disease.
Xh) Increase federal funding for training health workers to recognize and respond to the release of biological agents.
i) Prohibit the procedure of cloning human embryos.
j) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration.

a) Decrease the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country.
Xb) Provide extra federal aid to states with higher numbers of immigrants for necessary medical and social services.
Xc) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children.
d) Increase the immigration quota for computer scientists and other information technology workers.
e) Establish English as the official U.S. language.
f) Collect fingerprint data from all U.S. visa applicants which would be accessible to all federal immigration-related agencies.
g) Allow legalization for certain illegal immigrants working in the U.S.
h) Other or expanded principles

International Aid

Indicate which principles (if any) you support regarding U. S. economic assistance.

a) Aid should be granted to countries when extraordinary circumstances cause disaster and threaten civilian lives.
b) Aid should be granted to countries when it is in the security interests of the U. S.
c) Aid should be granted to countries that are close allies of the U. S. and in need of financial/military assistance.
d) Aid should be eliminated for any nation with documented human rights abuses.
e) Aid programs should be scaled back and eventually eliminated except for extraordinary circumstances.
Xf) Other or expanded principles

International aid is an important tool in American diplomacy.

International Policy

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the Middle East.

a) The U.S. should take military action against Iraq only as part of an international effort.
b) The U.S. should end the economic embargo against Iraq.
c) The U.S. should not continue to play a prominent leadership role in the peace process between Israel and the Palestine Authority.
d) The U.S. should support the formation of a Palestinian state.
e) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the United States-United Nations relationship.

a) The U.S. should participate in United Nations peacekeeping missions only when vital U.S. interests are involved.
b) The U.S. should not commit military troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions.
c) The U.S. should withdraw completely from the United Nations.
d) Other or expanded principles
Yes3) Should the U.S. have full diplomatic relations with Cuba?
Undecided4) Should the U.S. recognize and extend full diplomatic relations to Taiwan?
No5) Should the U.S. increase its financial support to Colombia for the "war on drugs?"
Yes6) Do you support the cooperative threat reduction programs with Russia to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons? ___ Yes ___ No ___ Undecided
No7) Do you support the recent withdrawal of the U.S. from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) treaty in order to deploy a national missile defense system?
Yes8) Should the U.S. hold nations accountable for terrorists who operate from their country?
X9) Other or expanded principles

The United States should promote the rule of law and abide by international laws, including human rights law.

International Trade

No1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
No2) Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
No3) Do you support continued U.S. membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
No4) Do you support China becoming a member of the World Trade Organization?
Yes5) Should a nation's human rights record affect its normal trade relations (most favored nation) trading status with the United States? ___ Yes ___ No ___ Undecided
No6) Should the President have "fast-track" authority to negotiate trade agreements?
No7) Do you support the trade embargo against Cuba?
8) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding national security.

Undecided1. Do you support the President using military tribunals to try terrorist suspects when the President deems ordinary civil courts to be inappropriate or impractical?
Yes2. Should the U.S. adopt higher qualification rules for student visa applications from nations known to sponsor terrorism?
Undecided3. Should law enforcement agencies be granted greater discretion to read mail and email, tap phones, and conduct random searches to prevent future terrorist attacks?
Yes4. Should federal law enforcement agencies share intelligence data with local law enforcement agencies?
Yes5. Should the federal government provide states with funding for homeland security?
6. Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security.

a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves.
b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government.
c) The federal government should invest a portion of Social Security's assets collectively in stocks and bonds instead of U.S. Treasury securities.
d) Increase the payroll tax to better finance Social Security in its current form.
e) Lower Social Security's annual cost-of-living increases.
Xf) Support a "lock box" measure, limiting Congress's ability to spend Social Security and Medicare surpluses on any other federal programs except Social Security and Medicare, until each program's long-term solvency is guaranteed.
g) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding technology.

a) Continue the moratorium on Internet sales taxes.
b) Implement regulation of Internet content by the federal government.
c) Regulation of the Internet should not be controlled by the federal government.
d) Support government mandates to curtail violent and sexual content on television.
e) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding poverty and the welfare system.

Xa) Support housing assistance for welfare recipients.
Xb) Provide homeless families with apartment vouchers they can use to defray the cost of an apartment.
Xc) Continue to give states and local governments responsibility for welfare programs through TANF block grants.
d) Maintain current welfare-to-work requirements in order for states to qualify for block grants.
Xe) Restore food stamp programs to legal immigrants.
f) Transfer homeless housing programs to states through block grants.
Xg) Provide continued Medicaid benefits for those welfare recipients who have moved from welfare to work.
h) Require states to return any unused welfare block grant funding to the federal government.
i) Direct federal poverty aid through religious, community-based, or other non-profit organizations.
Xj) Provide states with additional funding for Medicaid programs to alleviate increasing state budget deficits.
Xk) Other or expanded principles

Increase funding for child care and require states to establish quality standards for child care.

In a total of seventy-five (75) words or less, please explain what your top two or three priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional funding needed to implement these priorities.

Increase funding for child care assistance and require states to set aside greater percentage of their child care funds to increase child care quality. Continue to increase federal funding for historic education reforms adopted by Congress this year. Ensure that tax policy is equitable and does not jeopardize Social Security and Medicare. Protect the environment. Promote the creation of new jobs with decent wages and safe workplaces. Protect workers retirement savings.