Representative Howard 'Buck' P. McKeon's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 25, Republican
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Buck McKeon 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

  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Buck McKeon supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Buck McKeon voted Nay on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Buck McKeon voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Buck McKeon voted Nay on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. H Amdt 185. 103th Congress. Hyde Amendment. Buck McKeon voted Yea on 06/30/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Buck McKeon supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Buck McKeon voted Nay on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. HR 670. 103th Congress. Abortion Counseling Bill. Buck McKeon voted Nay on 03/25/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Buck McKeon voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Buck McKeon voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (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 Buck McKeon a rating of 19 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Buck McKeon voted Nay on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Buck McKeon voted Yea on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Buck McKeon voted Yea on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Buck McKeon voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Buck McKeon voted Nay on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Buck McKeon voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Buck McKeon supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. H Amdt 436. 104th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Buck McKeon voted Nay on 06/15/1995. (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Buck McKeon voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. McKeon on No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. 4 May 2011. "Americans have strongly voiced the need for Congress to rein in federal spending of taxpayer dollars. Today, I voted to keep that promise with the constituents of the 25th Congressional District by supporting the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, which ensures that hard-earned taxpayer dollars are not used to fund abortions. Not only was this the right fiscal vote for the country, it was also a vote to help protect the sanctity of life." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. McKeon Statement On March For Life. 22 January 2010. "There is no more precious gift than human life. Since the Supreme Court's fateful decision on Roe v. Wade in 1973, millions of innocent children have lost their lives to the appalling policy making it legal to perform abortions. [¦] Abortion in America will go down as one of the greatest human tragedies of our lifetimes." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Buck McKeon voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. McKeon Statement Following Today's March for Life. 22 January 2008. "While we have seen much progress over the past 35 years, most recently by passing a ban on partial birth abortion, there is still much to do. Until we see a reversal of the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion on demand, the fight must continue and the horrific effects of abortion must be mitigated." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Buck McKeon. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Buck McKeon supported the interests of the Family Research Council 93 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Buck McKeon voted Nay on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Buck McKeon supported the interests of Peace Action West 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. Obama's Drawdown is Cause for Concern. 14 July 2011. "Now is not the time to give our enemies a breather but rather to knock them to the mat. If we are able to consolidate the gains in southern Afghanistan through this fighting season and the next, major population centers in the south will enjoy meaningful security for the first time in decades." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. Issue position: War on terror. 8 February 2012. "The Administration's response to the attacks has been strong and I praise President Bush's leadership during this time of crisis. Operation Enduring Freedom has so far driven the Taliban from power in Afghanistan and led to the capture of hundreds of suspected terrorists. But, the mission is far from over. [¦] I am extremely proud or our military and I will continue to support the brave men and women who are valiantly fighting to defend our way of life." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. Issue Position: Defense and National Security. 1 January 2011. "I am committed to providing the President and our military with all the resources needed to win both the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and to protect our nation's homeland from terrorism and other violent threats." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. Hearing of the House Armed Services Committee - President Obama's Troop Withdrawal Plan. 23 June 2011. "My position on the war effort has remained consistent. Afghanistan's stability is vital to our national security. [¦] With the Taliban stumbling, we need a strategy designed to knock the enemy to the mat, not give them a breather. I wish I had heard the President forcefully renew his commitment to winning in Afghanistan. We need our Commander in Chief to remind the American people why this fight must be won and to reassure our military service members and their families that their sacrifices are not in vain." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. Afghanistan War Powers Resolution. 17 March 2011. "Like most Republicans, I supported the President's decision to surge in Afghanistan. I believe that with additional forces, combined with giving General Petraeus the time, space and resources he needs, we can win this conflict." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Buck McKeon voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Buck McKeon supported the interests of the Peace Action 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. McKeon Statement on National Security Leadership Changes within the Administration. 28 April 2011. "I wish Lt. Gen John Allen and Ambassador Ryan Crocker great success as they take the lead at a critical time in the war in Afghanistan. I pledge my full support to their efforts to secure victory for the United States and lasting peace for the Afghan people." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Buck McKeon. USA Today - McKeon: Obama Cuts Would Gut U.S. Defense. 28 April 2011. "President Obama's announcement earlier this month on Pentagon cuts was nothing short of shocking. It came after little consultation with his Defense Department. There appears to have been no consideration of threats, of deterrence, of logistics, or capabilities -- or even the effect such cuts would have on our three wars, our troops, or our national security. If implemented, this plan would intensify the stresses on our troops while eliminating the resources available to them to accomplish their missions." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Buck McKeon voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Buck McKeon voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Buck McKeon voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Buck McKeon voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. HR 2561. 106th Congress. Defense Department Appropriations bill, FY2000. Buck McKeon voted Yea on 07/22/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Buck McKeon voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Buck McKeon voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Buck McKeon voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Buck McKeon voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Buck McKeon voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Buck McKeon voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. McKeon Statement on Reid Plan and Defense Cuts. 30 July 2011. "This President and Senate allies have, for three straight years, tried to pay for massive and irresponsible increases in domestic spending on the shoulders of our troops, severing funding for our military by nearly half a trillion dollars. That policy has failed. Our debt has exploded, while our military has withered." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. The Washington Post - Obama's Damaging Blow to Our Military. 13 January 2012. "Advocates often claim that a smaller military is a "smarter" military. This is fallacious. A smarter military is a force tailored to threats." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. McKeon Introduces Legislation to Address Defense Cuts. 14 December 2011. "In addressing the perilous cuts facing the military, McKeon said, "America's military commanders have warned us that these cuts will cripple our ability to defend the nation. After cutting almost $500 billion from defense, we are clearing a lot of waste, fat, and even muscle out of the military." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. Hearing of the House Armed Services Committee - The Future of the Military Services and Consequences of Defense Sequestration. 2 November 2011. "But as we heard from witnesses again last week, defense spending did not cause the current fiscal crisis. Nevertheless, defense can and will be a part of the solution. The problem is that to date, defense has contributed more than half of the deficit reduction measures we've taken and there are some who want to use the military to pay for the rest, to protect the sacred cow that is entitlement spending." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Buck McKeon. McKeon: "The President continues pushing for tax increases on the American people". 13 April 2011. "In the President's first "debt reduction' speech this week, he underscored a glaring philosophical and economic difference between Republicans and Democrats by highlighting a tax and spend agenda and advocating for an increase in taxes on the American people and small businesses. This second attempt at a budget by the President still spends too much, taxes too much, and borrows too much." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Buck McKeon supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Buck McKeon supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 100 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Buck McKeon voted Yea on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Buck McKeon supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 85 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. Congressman McKeon Votes for Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act. 13 December 2001. "The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act is a reasonable and responsible bill that will help provide relief to our hard-working middle class and our country's job creators, both of whom are struggling in these tough economic times. [¦] I urge the Senate to take up this bill [¦] and send them to the President for his signature. As the President himself has said, America can't wait." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. Facebook: Wall. 14 October 2011. "What principles should guide the congressional super committee as it prepares to cut over $1 trillion from the federal budget by Thanksgiving? Priority No. 1 should be: not a penny more out of defense. A staggering level of defense spending is already on the butcher's block." (www.facebook.com)
  • Buck McKeon. McKeon Blasts Democrats' FY 2009 Tax and Spend Budget. 5 March 2008. "Democrats have once again proposed a budget that calls for tax increases on the middle class to fund billions in wasteful Washington spending. Their FY 2009 budget is the epitome of fiscal irresponsibility; [¦] its embrace of big government spending; and its infliction of the largest tax increase in American history. Democrats have chosen to ignore the inevitable entitlement crisis while imposing an enormous tax hike on Americans who are already struggling to afford cost of living increases, higher college tuitions, increased gas prices, and rising healthcare costs." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. McKeon Blasts House Democrat Budget Resolution. 28 March 2007. "The budget [¦] imposes the largest tax increase in history by allowing the Bush tax cuts of 2001 and 2003 to expire. In practical terms, that means an increased tax bill for more than 12.5 million California families. [¦] The Democrat budget assumes a balanced budget on the backs of American workers and at the expense of America's competitive edge in the global marketplace. It will not achieve balance, but it will be harmful to America's families and I intend to vote against it." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. Facebook: Wall. 18 November 2011. "If the special committee fails to find at least $1.2 trillion in federal cuts, defense spending would be slashed by at least $500 billion the next 10 years. Unless we act today, the dismantling of the greatest armed forces in history could begin tomorrow." (www.facebook.com)
  • Buck McKeon. Democrats' 2011 Tax Hikes to Strike Small Businesses & Working Families. 29 July 2010. "The Majority has been running up historic levels of spending and national debt, and to pay for it, is primed to raise taxes on hardworking American families and small businesses. The Democrats' tax increases will mean higher taxes for married couples and anyone paying income taxes, in addition to new, stricter mandates and increases on small business owner. [¦] What we need are lower taxes to promote increased spending and growth driven by the private-sector." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. McKeon Responds to State of the Union Address. 28 January 2008. "Tonight, we heard President Bush call on Congress to act quickly and thoughtfully on matters important to the American people, and I look forward to working with him in the days ahead. [¦] President Bush spoke at length about the state of our economy and the need for Congress to promptly pass an economic growth plan without tax hikes on the low- and middle-income families. In fact, he insisted he will veto any bill that increases taxes." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Buck McKeon. McKeon Praises Latest Vote by House Republicans to Cut Federal Spending. 16 June 2011. "Today the House of Representatives made significant cuts to wasteful discretionary government spending with passage of the Agriculture Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2012, which cut over $2.7 billion from last year's level or over $5 billion below the Presidents' budget request for these programs. [¦] Today marked yet another area where significant overspending was pared down to save taxpayer dollars help get America back on steady financial ground." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. Facebook: Wall. 8 July 2011."The June unemployment numbers are alarming. It is time to cut, cut, cut spending! Until we reach an agreement to rein in government spending and get our fiscal house in order, we will continue to see instability in the job market, production & manufacturing, business growth, and more." (www.facebook.com)
  • Buck McKeon. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Buck McKeon voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Buck McKeon voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. McKeon Statement On State Of The Union Address. 28 January 2010. "My Republican colleagues and I welcome the President's call for a spending freeze, but it is a modest first step -- and one that has already received pushback from Speaker Pelosi. To really make a difference, Congress should pass budget caps that limit federal spending each year." (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 Buck McKeon a rating of 86 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Buck McKeon supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 90 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. McKeon Statement on House Passage of Bill to Reduce Spending. 19 February 2011. "House Republicans took a significant step forward this week to rein in out-of-control spending in Washington and to get our fiscal house in order by making one of the largest reductions in non-security, discretionary spending in the history of the nation. [¦] Washington has been trying to tax and spend the country's way back to prosperity, which has only lead to economic uncertainty and volatility." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. Statement on U.S. Debt Surpassing $15 Trillion. 16 November 2011. "It is time for real solutions that will guide our country out from this crushing avalanche of debt and back to a growing and prosperous economy. [¦] I will continue to fight for real answers to cutting spending, reducing our dangerous national debt, growing our economy and getting America back to work." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. McKeon Applauds House Passage of "Path to Prosperity" Republican Budget Plan. 15 April 2011. "Cutting spending is about making the tough choices today on behalf of our children and grandchildren. By reining in spending, we are making our government more efficient and showing respect to hardworking taxpayers." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Buck McKeon. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."
  • Buck McKeon. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Buck McKeon voted Yea on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. Buck McKeon voted Yea on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. Issue position: Economy and Jobs. 1 January 2011. "Rather than spending money we don't have for government programs, a job-killing government-run health care system, and a national energy tax, it's time for policies that empower small businesses, restore consumer confidence, and create private-sector jobs. [¦] We must also lower the tax burden for working families, small businesses, and family farms." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. McKeon Statement on House Passage of 1099 Repeal. 3 March 2011. "Seven out of every ten new jobs in America are created by our nation's small businesses, making them the leading source for America's prosperity and economic recovery. With these considerations in mind, the federal government should be making it easier, not harder, for our nation's small business to grow by removing barriers and obstacles in the way of our job creators." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. McKeon: Stop the Job-Killing Tax Hikes. 6 December 2010. "Republicans are listening to the American people who want Congress to focus on creating jobs by cutting spending and stopping all the tax hikes. Republicans have made a Pledge to America to help create jobs by stopping all the tax hikes to give small business owners the freedom and certainty they need to grow and hire new workers, and they will keep that commitment." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. The Forgotten 15: The 15 House-Passed Jobs Bills Stuck in the Senate. 26 October 2011. "The federal government should have to pay its bills in full just like Americans do. Extra taxes [¦] will only lead to higher prices, lower wages and lost jobs. Repealing this tax will let job creators keep more of their money to create jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. Democrats' 2011 Tax Hikes to Strike Small Businesses & Working Families. 29 July 2010. "Small businesses account for the greatest number of jobs in America, and yet, they are taking the brunt of Democrats' overspending and government expansion. What we need are lower taxes to promote increased spending and growth driven by the private-sector." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. Issue position: Competitive workforce. 1 January 2011. "Creating conditions that allow businesses to thrive and create jobs should be one of the highest priorities of the federal government. That is why I fight for policies that give small businesses maximum autonomy. [¦] The federal government should not be imposing onerous laws, regulations, and taxes on businesses at any time. That's why my colleagues and I are fighting to repeal burdensome laws and regulations, and lower the taxes on our nation's job producers." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. Let the Tea Parties Continue; Voters Should Reject Prop. 1A. 23 April 2009. "Small businesses employ more than half the U.S. workforce. Increasing their taxes kills jobs and will only continue to slow economic growth." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Buck McKeon. Hearing of House Education and Labor Committee - The Obama Administration's Education Agenda. 20 May 2009. "So here's where Republicans stand. Our basic philosophy is this, education decisions should be left to those who make them best -- parents, local school districts, and the states. The federal government should play a limited but helpful role in making those decisions." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Eliminate the Department of Education, thereby giving state and local government greater control over educational issues."
  • Buck McKeon. Issue position: No child left behind. 10 February 2012. "The most comprehensive education reform overhaul ever enacted, No Child Left Behind represents the first real, bipartisan effort to bring true accountability and flexibility to federal education programs. It reflects four essential pillars of education reform: accountability, flexibility and local control, funding for what works, and expanded parental options." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "State" for: "Indicate which level of government should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. 3) Education"
  • Buck McKeon. McKeon Cosponsors Education Reform Bill to Increase Flexibility in Local Spending of Federal Education Dollars. 7 July 2011. "The State and Local Funding Flexibility Act empowers states and local communities to direct funds in a targeted manner, allowing them to align funding to areas of greatest need rather than having "big-brother' dictating where every dollar should be spent." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "2) Do you support the use of block grants given to states, rather than federal spending, in the following areas? b) Education"
  • Buck McKeon. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Buck McKeon voted Yea on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. HR 1804. 104th Congress. Goals 2000: Educate America Act. Buck McKeon voted Yea on 03/23/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. Issue position: Education. 1 January 2011. "I believe that parents and local communities can make the best educational decisions, especially when they are freed from the shackles of federal bureaucracy and entrenched special interests. That's why I will continue to promote parental choices and local control." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Buck McKeon. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Buck McKeon voted Did Not Vote on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States. 1 March 2011. "In light of continuing instability in the Middle East and in North Africa, we write today to urge your Administration's immediate action to ensure America's energy security by expediting the permitting process for safe offshore energy exploration and development without further delay." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. Democrats Cave to GOP Push for Off-Shore Drilling. 24 September 2008. "The fact that Democrats are allowing the prohibition of offshore drilling to expire on October 1st is a real victory for the American people, who have been paying soaring gas prices at the pump. For years, Republicans have been working on ways to reduce America's dependence on foreign oil, and this would bring us one step closer to [¦] increase the supply of domestic fuel and oil." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Buck McKeon voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. The Toll of Rising Gas Prices. 5 May 2011. "We are considering legislation to increase domestic energy production and lower the cost of gasoline. [¦] America has an abundance of energy resources. Unfortunately, the U.S. Department of Interior has legally obstructed access to much of what is available to us. [¦] This week in Congress, we may be taking up two bills that I have co-sponsored to expand domestic energy production and combat the skyrocketing gasoline prices Americans are facing at the pump. [¦] Reliance on foreign energy is not an option." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. McKeon Votes for Greater Domestic Oil Production, Job Creation. 12 May 2011. "I also co-sponsored H.R. 1231, the Reversing President Obama's Offshore Moratorium Act to lift the President's ban on new offshore drilling by requiring the Administration to move forward on American energy production in areas containing the most oil and natural gas resources in a safe and responsible way." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. McKeon Lauds Expiration of 27-Year Offshore Drilling Ban. 1 October 2008. "Today is a day to celebrate as America moves closer to being independent of foreign oil with the expiration of the domestic offshore drilling ban. While the country is clearly focused on the current state of our financial markets, it's important to remember that energy independence will help restore our long-term economic security, making the expiration of this wrongheaded ban a key economic victory as well." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. Issue position: Energy security. 1 January 2011. "More than ever, we must be focused on increasing our energy independence. I believe that increasing our energy production here at home and encouraging alternative and renewable energy will not only increase our energy security but can help create jobs and economic growth." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. Facebook:Wall. 20 April 2011. "Thank you for sharing how gas prices are impacting your family. Thanks to my GOP colleagues at House Committee on Natural Resources, the House is poised to act to open domestic energy production, which will take the ease off you at the pump." (www.facebook.com)
  • Buck McKeon. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Buck McKeon voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Buck McKeon supported the interests of Environment America 27 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Buck McKeon. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Buck McKeon voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Buck McKeon supported the interests of Environment America 27 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Buck McKeon supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Buck McKeon voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. 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."
  • Buck McKeon. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks."
  • Buck McKeon. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Eliminate government regulations of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • Buck McKeon. Amendment No. 10 Offered by Mr. Kratovil. 25 June 2009. "The Department is aggressively seeking alternative fuel sources for their aircraft, vehicles, and naval vessels, and section 526 poses a serious barrier to these efforts. We need to encourage the Department to continue these efforts, not shackle them with greenhouse gas emission limits that are set from arbitrary and ambiguous standards." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. Let the Tea Parties Continue; Voters Should Reject Prop. 1A. 23 April 2009. "The president's cap and trade energy plan, otherwise known as cap and tax, will only cause further job losses. Designed to limit carbon emissions, the plan will saddle the average household with more than $3,100 a year in added energy costs. [¦] Furthermore, a number of independent analyses for similar proposals suggest that anywhere between two million and five million jobs could be lost, affecting virtually every individual across our country." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. Letter to The Honorable Hillary Clinton. 10 December 2010. "Many members of the House are also on record in supporting legislation, such as H.Res.945, which states that the Untied States should not sign any climate change agreement that would harm our economy. [¦] We oppose artificially increasing utility and energy prices on our constituents. [¦] We recognize cap-and-trade would kill more jobs through higher energy costs, send jobs overseas, stifle economic growth and harm our competitiveness." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. McKeon Statement on June Unemployment Numbers. 2 July 2009. "We must put a stop to the radical agenda that is rapidly making its way through Washington in the form of a Cap & Tax climate change bill, federal free-market takeovers, and government run health care systems. There is a reason forty-four Democrats voted against last week's Cap & Tax bill; perhaps the reality is setting in that we cannot tax and spend our way into prosperity." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Buck McKeon. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Buck McKeon voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. HR 1025. 103th Congress. Brady Handgun Bill. Buck McKeon voted Nay on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Buck McKeon supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 6 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. H Amdt 390. 103th Congress. Instant Background Checks for Gun Purchase Amendment. Buck McKeon voted Yea on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. HR 125. 104th Congress. Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995. Buck McKeon voted Did Not Vote on 03/22/1996. (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Buck McKeon in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Buck McKeon voted Yea on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. HR 4296. 104th Congress. Regulation of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons. Buck McKeon voted Nay on 05/05/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Buck McKeon voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Buck McKeon a grade of 82." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Buck McKeon voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Increase restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Buck McKeon. 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."
  • Buck McKeon. 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."
  • Buck McKeon. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Ease procedures on the purchase and registration of firearms."
  • Buck McKeon. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal all bans and measures that restrict law-abiding citizens from owning legally-obtained firearms."
  • Buck McKeon. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain all federal registration procedures and restrictions on possessing firearms."
  • Buck McKeon. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Implement tighter restrictions on firearm sales in an effort to hinder terrorist groups from stockpiling weapon arsenals."
  • Buck McKeon. Facebook: Wall. 16 November 2011. "Today we are voting on H.R. 822, National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011. The bill would allow individuals with valid state-issued concealed firearm permits or licenses to carry a concealed firearm in any other state that also issues concealed firearm permits or licenses, or in any other state that does not generally prohibit the carrying of concealed firearms. As a co-sponsor of this bill, I will continue to advocate for 2nd amendment rights for law abiding citizens." (www.facebook.com)
  • Buck McKeon. McKeon Statement Following U.S. Supreme Court Decision that Second Amendment Applies to State & Local Governments. 28 June 2010. "Today's Supreme Court decision should be applauded for strictly adhering to the words of the Constitution by securing the Second Amendment right to bear arms. The Constitution guarantees American citizens the basic individual right to protect themselves, their families, and their property, and this should be guarded at every turn." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. McKeon Statement on Supreme Court Decision to Overturn Longstanding D.C. Gun Ban. 26 June 2008. "Today's decision by the Supreme Court affirms that the Founders established the Second Amendment as an individual right to bear arms, and declares the thirty-year D.C. handgun ban unconstitutional. The Court ruling guarantees every law-abiding American the right to self defense and is a major victory for gun owners, liberty, and individual freedom." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. McKeon: Co-Signer of Congressional Amicus Brief on Second Amendment Case Argued before Supreme Court Today. 18 March 2008. "I believe first and foremost the cardinal principles set forth in the Second Amendment should not be stripped. That's why I signed onto the amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to uphold the individual right to bear arms in the District of Columbia." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. Video: McKeon responds to constituent letters. 1 December 2011. "I've been a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights. I think that people constitutionally have a right to have weapons and to use them for self protection, for hunting, for recreational shooting and for whatever they desire to do." (youtu.be)

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  • Buck McKeon. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Buck McKeon voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Buck McKeon supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. 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."
  • Buck McKeon. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Buck McKeon. Health Care Reform. 16 March 2010. "I rise today to voice my strong opposition to the majority's attempt to have the Federal Government take over the national health care system. This has been a yearlong debate, and it is clear that the American public does not want this bill." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. Issue position: Health care. 1 January 2011. "Since the Democrat's new health law was signed by the President last year, it has failed to lower costs of rising health care premiums. [¦] Because of this, the first item of business for the new Republican Majority in the 112th Congress was repealing PPACA by way of H.R. 2. [¦] By repealing the President's bill, we can begin from a clean slate to create new health care legislation that protects seniors, improves access of care, and does not bankrupt the country." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. McKeon Statement on December Job Report. 7 January 2011. "In fact, one of our first actions of the 112th Congress is to vote on a repeal of ObamaCare, the new health care law that if implemented would cost taxpayers and employers $2.6 trillion and add $701 billion to the deficit." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. McKeon Statement on House Passage of 1099 Repeal. 3 March 2011. "Keeping another promise we made to our constituents in the Pledge to America, House Republicans voted today to repeal the overpowering, burdensome 1099 paperwork mandate to be placed on small business owners under the current health care law passed by Democrats last year. [¦] Today's vote to repeal the 1099 requirement in the health care law achieves just that. Rather than tie the hands of our job-creators, Republicans are fighting to let them harness their entrepreneurial spirit to develop a positive economic environment for our communities and country." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. McKeon Votes to Repeal ObamaCare. 19 January 2011. "I joined House Republicans to fulfill the promise we made to our constituents last year through the Pledge to America to vote on a repeal of ObamaCare, the new health care law that if implemented would cost taxpayers and employers $2.6 trillion and add $701 billion to the deficit." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. McKeon Statement on One-Year Anniversary of "ObamaCare". 23 March 2011. "What we need instead is a more efficient and effective health care law that allows Americans to cross state lines for competitive health insurance coverage, that maintains a strong patient-doctor relationship, that lowers -- not raises -- costs. [¦] It is my hope that Senate Democrats will join us in recognizing the hit ObamaCare will cause the economy and to our nation's health care system. [¦] I will continue to push for a revised health care bill that will provide the country with a more common-sense and improved healthcare plan."

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  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Buck McKeon supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Buck McKeon in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Buck McKeon in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Buck McKeon voted Yea on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Buck McKeon voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Buck McKeon supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. 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."
  • Buck McKeon. Project Vote Smart: 1996 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive US citizenship." Indicate which principles you support regarding issues relating to immigration. Other or expanded principles: "Deny illegal immigrants public benefits (i.e. AFDC, housing, etc). "
  • Buck McKeon. Issue position: immigration. 8 February 2012. "The United States must, before addressing any other issue, reassert control of its borders and enforce existing immigration laws. [¦] In this connection, the United States must not grant illegal immigrants a pathway to citizenship - amnesty by whatever name." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. 72 Members Tell Senate: Enforcement First, No Amnesty. 16 March 2006. "We are concerned that some of these proposals are fundamentally incompatible with the desire of the American public for real immigration reform - and their clear opposition to reform proposals that amount to little more than thinly disguised attempts to provide amnesty. [¦] No Amnesty: Rewarding persons who have broken the law with an advantage that they would not otherwise have had encourages more illegal behavior and is unjust to immigrants who came to the U.S. Legally." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. Issue position: Immigration and border security. 1 January 2011. "I do not support amnesty for those that entered the country illegally. I strongly believe that individuals who came here illegally should be punished to the fullest extent of the law, not rewarded for their actions." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. McKeon Opening Statement: Guest Worker Programs / Committee Hearing. 7 June 2007. "I am not convinced that we can find a workable solution to our illegal immigration crisis without addressing border security first. While some see such an expansion as a pathway to citizenship, I instead see it as a slippery slope toward amnesty. And I believe history - in particular, the ramifications of the 1986 immigration law - bears that out." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. McKeon Statement on Failed Senate Immigration Bil. 28 June 2007."The citizens of the 25th Congressional District made their views against amnesty pointedly clear to me, and obviously, this was a call made around the nation and to members of the U.S. Senate. The failure of this legislation is marked by the public's disapproval of providing illegal immigrants a path to citizenship. [¦] We must start fresh and work even harder in the House and the Senate to pass a bill that secures our borders, enforces our laws and meets our country's economic needs - without amnesty." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. McKeon Statement on President's Immigration Speech. 1 July 2010. "In his immigration reform speech, the President unfortunately outlined a path to citizenship for the over20 million illegal immigrants currently living in our country, when the majority of Americans -- including me -- oppose any form of amnesty. It only creates an incentive for illegal immigrants to hold out within our borders until they are no longer considered illegal. For what other criminal acts do we grant such immunity?" (votesmart.org)

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  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Buck McKeon supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Buck McKeon supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 5 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Buck McKeon supported the interests of the Family Research Council 85 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Buck McKeon voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Buck McKeon voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Buck McKeon supported the interests of the American Family Association 94 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Buck McKeon supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 71 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Buck McKeon voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. McKeon Statement on CA Supreme Court Prop 8 Decision. 26 May 2009. "I applaud the Court's ruling to uphold the decision made by California voters to define marriage as between a man and a woman. This is an important victory for traditional marriage and the democratic process in California." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. Statement on California Supreme Court Ruling on Proposition 22. 15 May 2008. "The people spoke when they democratically voted in support of Proposition 22. I, too, define marriage as being between a man and a woman and will work in support of a constitutional fix to reverse this court decision." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Buck McKeon. Pakistan War Powers Resolution. 27 July 2010. "In Pakistan, the government and people are increasingly seeing the insurgency operating from the tribal border areas as the most existential threat to their country. [¦] Despite Pakistan's increased military operations, the scale, nature, and frequency of violence in Pakistan makes it a nation more appropriately comparable to a combat zone, such as that found in Afghanistan, and it should be treated as such rather than as a central European country seeking foreign military financing." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. Afghanistan War Powers Resolution. 10 March 2010. "We do not have a choice. We must defeat al Qaeda and the Taliban. This means taking all necessary steps to ensure al Qaeda does not have a sanctuary in Afghanistan or Pakistan." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. McKeon Statement For Hearing On Security And Stability In Afghanistan. 5 May 2010. "Our Marines and soldiers are working side-by-side with their Afghan and coalition partners--facing snipers, improvised explosive devices, and a skeptical Afghan population--to defeat the Taliban insurgency. [¦] In my view, this body--no matter on which side of the aisle you reside--and this committee in particular--has the moral responsibility to ensure that this war is not fought with a minimalist mind-set, or with an eye toward the Washington political clock." (votesmart.org)

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  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Buck McKeon supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 40 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. Issue position: Retirement security. 8 February 2012. "We need to consider options that allow young workers the ability to save and invest on their own so that they can take advantage of higher rates of return than the traditional program offers." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. McKeon Urges Closer Look at Workers' Retirement Security, Cautions Against Scare Tactics that Could Jeopardize Workers' Long-Term Savings. 24 February 2009. "While our defined contribution system could be improved, it would be a real mistake to dismantle it, or nationalize it, as has been suggested in this Committee in the past. [¦] I would make clear that now is not the time to frighten people out of the market. Triggering a widespread exodus from the system would only exacerbate the market's downward trend, while cementing these deep losses. [¦] Going forward, Republicans will continue to focus on reforming and strengthening the private sector-based retirement system, making it easier for workers to save and encouraging employers to participate in the system." (votesmart.org)
  • Buck McKeon. Pension Protection Technical Corrections Act of 2008. 12 March 2008. "Mr. Speaker, in 2006, the Republican-led Congress passed, and President Bush signed into law, the Pension Protection Act of 2006, which represented the most comprehensive reform of our Nation's private pension system in a generation. [¦] Thanks to those reforms, today's retirement security laws match the new realities of the 21st century economy, meaning that more U.S. workers will be able to count on their retirement savings being there for them when they need it." (votesmart.org)

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Congressional Election 1996 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 all principles you support concerning abortion.

a) Abortions should always be legally available.
b) Abortions should be legal in all circumstances as long as the procedure is completed within the first trimester of pregnancy.
Xc) Abortions should be legal only when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape or when the life of the woman is endangered.
d) Abortions should be legal only when the life of the woman is endangered.
e) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and notification requirements as decided by each state government.
f) Abortions should always be illegal.
g) Other

Indicate your position concerning affirmative action programs.

a) The federal government should consider preferences to minority-owned businesses in granting government contracts.
b) The federal government should prosecute cases of discrimination in the public sector.
c) The federal government should prosecute cases of discrimination in the private sector.
d) The federal government should provide affirmative actions programs as long as such programs do not include quotas.
Xe) The federal government should not provide any affirmative action programs.
f) Other
YesDo you support amending the US Constitution to require an annual balanced federal budget?

1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only.

Slightly Increasea) AIDS Programs
Greatly Decreaseb) Arts funding
c) Education (K-12)
Slightly Decreased) Environmental programs
Greatly Decreasee) Housing projects
Maintain Statusf) Job training programs
Slightly Increaseg) Law enforcement
Maintain Statush) Medicaid
Slightly Increasei) Medicare
Maintain Statusj) NASA
Maintain Statusk) Student loan programs
Slightly Decreasel) Welfare (AFDC)
m) Other
n) Other
o) Other

2) Do you support the use of block grants given to states, rather than federal spending, in the following areas?

Yesa) Agriculture
Yesb) Education
Yesc) Farm subsidies
Yesd) Food stamps
Yese) Law enforcement
Yesf) Medicaid
Nog) Medicare
Yesh) School lunches
Yesi) Welfare
j) Other

Indicate which principles you support regarding campaign finance reform.

Xa) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
b) Establish spending limits on congressional campaigns and provide public funding for complying candidates.
c) Support legislation that would increase the federal limits on individual contributions.
Xd) Pass legislation that would encourage full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information.
e) Remove all legislative limits on campaign financing.
Xf) Other

Require that 51% of contributions come from inside district.

Indicate which principles you support to address crime.

Xa) Broaden use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
Xb) Increase spending to build more federal prisons.
Xc) Impose "truth in sentencing" for violent criminals so they serve full sentences with no chance of parole.
Xd) Support the use of "boot camps" as alternative sentencing for adult first-time felons.
Xe) Limit the number of appeals allowed to inmates on death row.
f) Fund programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xg) Expand funding for community policing programs.
h) Increase penalties for the possession of any illegal firearms.
Xi) Prosecute youths accused of murder as adults.
j) Increase funding for local Boys & Girls Clubs and other independent organizations in communities with at-risk youth.
k) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
l) Deport all permanent resident aliens convicted of a felony.
m) Other

Indicate what changes you support (if any) regarding funding for the following categories. Select one number only.

Maintain Status1) CIA appropriations
Slightly Increase2) Defense plant conversion
Greatly Increase3) Military hardware
Slightly Increase4) Military space shuttle missions
Slightly Increase5) Pay for active duty personnel
Greatly Increase6) Development of new weapons
Maintain Status7) Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI)
Greatly Increase8) Armed Forces personnel training
9) Other
Yes1) Do you support amending the United States Constitution to allow voluntary prayer and/or moment of silence in public schools?
No2) Do you support funding the National Service Program (Ameri-Corps) in which young people receive money from the federal government for college in return for performing community service?

3) Indicate which principles you support concerning education.

a) Maintain the national standards and goals set forth in "Goals 2000".
Xb) Provide parents with vouchers to send their children to any publicly funded school.
c) Provide parents with vouchers to send their children to any participating school: public, private or religious.
Xd) Implement charter schools where teachers and professionals receive authorization and funding to establish new schools.
Xe) Eliminate the Department of Education, thereby giving state and local government greater control over educational issues.
f) Other

Indicate which principles or programs you support regarding America's environment and natural resources.

a) Transfer public lands, such as federal forests and range lands, to the jurisdiction of state and local governments.
Xb) Require the federal government to reimburse citizens when environmental regulations limit use of privately owned lands.
c) Strengthen the Clean Water Act.
Xd) Change the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to limit the number of habitats eligible to be designated as endangered.
Xe) Utilize cost-benefit analysis to determine economic impacts of proposed environmental protection and cleanup legislation.
f) Increase fees charged to ranchers who graze cattle on federal lands.
g) Revise the 1872 mining law to increase the amounts charged to mining companies using federal lands.
h) Encourage development of alternative fuels and electric cars to reduce pollution.
i) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks.
j) Increase federal taxes on gasoline and diesel fuels to promote conservation and alternative fuel development.
Xk) Require that a percentage of purchases made by federal agencies include recycled components.
Xl) Promote the selling of pollution credits to encourage industries to decrease amount of pollution.
m) Other

Indicate which level of government should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only.

Federal1) Border security
State2) Civil rights enforcement
State3) Education
4) Environmental cleanup
State5) Job training
Local6) Law enforcement
Local7) Low-income housing
State8) Medicaid
Federal9) Medicare
State10) Welfare (AFDC)
11) Other
No1) Should the US have diplomatic relations with the government of Cuba?
Yes2) Should the US have diplomatic relations with the government of Vietnam?
Undecided3) Should the US recognize and extend full diplomatic relations to Taiwan?
Yes4) Should the US continue funding for Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty?
Yes5) Should the US continue funding for Radio Marti and TV Marti?
Yes6) Should the US continue funding for Radio Free Asia?
No7) Do you support the deployment of US troops to the former Yugoslavia?

8) Indicate your position concerning economic aid to Russia and the former Soviet republics.

a) Economic aid to Russia and the former republics should be increased to facilitate democracy and market reforms.
b) Economic aid to Russia and the former republics should be continued unless Russia exports nuclear weapons or related technology.
c) Economic aid to Russia and the former republics should be decreased and/or eliminated.
Xd) Other

Economic aid must be tied to market reforms.

9) Indicate which principles you support regarding US economic aid to foreign countries.

a) Foreign aid should only be given when extraordinary circumstances and disaster threaten the lives of civilian populations.
Xb) Foreign aid should be given to countries only when it is in the security interests of the United States.
c) Foreign aid should be eliminated from any nation with documented human rights abuses.
d) Foreign aid should be maintained at current levels.
e) Other

10) Indicate which principles you support regarding the United States - United Nations relationship.

a) The US should contribute more funding and troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions.
Xb) The US should participate in UN peacekeeping missions only when vital US interests are directly threatened.
c) The US should use military force only when the US border or territories are attacked or American citizens are in danger.
d) The US should pay the money it owes to the United Nations.
e) The US should withdraw from the UN completely.
f) Other

Indicate which principles you support concerning gun issues.

a) Expand the nationwide ban on the sale or transfer of assault weapons to include all forms of semi-automatic weapons.
b) Increase restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
c) Maintain all federal registration procedures and restrictions on possessing firearms.
Xd) Ease procedures on the purchase and registration of firearms.
Xe) Repeal all bans and measures that restrict law-abiding citizens from owning legally-obtained firearms.
f) Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms that are legally owned and registered.
g) Other

Indicate which principles you support regarding America's health care system.

a) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income.
Xb) Provide vouchers to the working poor so they can buy into a private health care plan.
c) Implement a government-financed, single-payer national health care system similar to that of Canada.
d) Support a "managed competition" health care plan to contain costs and improve access that does not include mandated health alliances, government cost control powers, or employer/employee mandates.
Xe) Provide tax incentives for small businesses to help provide health care to their employees.
Xf) Allow middle and low income families to deduct yearly health care costs from their taxable income.
Xg) Establish limits on the amount of damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xh) Encourage tax-free medical savings accounts, which would be taxed if used for any purpose other than medical costs.
i) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care.
j) Other

Indicate which principles you support concerning illegal drugs.

Xa) Increase penalties for selling illegal drugs.
b) Impose mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
c) Impose capital punishment for convicted international drug traffickers.
Xd) Require drug testing for federal employees in sensitive positions (Air Traffic Control, National Park Police, Secret Service, etc.).
Xe) Strengthen current laws dealing with non-controlled substances, including inhalants and commercially available pills.
f) Increase funding of federally-sponsored drug education and drug treatment programs.
g) Decriminalize the possession and private use of marijuana.
h) Other

Indicate which principles you support regarding issues relating to immigration.

a) Further limit the number of immigrants allowed into the country.
b) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children.
c) Ease citizenship requirements in order to make it easier for immigrants to become United States citizens.
Xd) Establish English as the official and recognized language of the United States.
Xe) Provide extra federal aid to states with higher numbers of immigrants for necessary medical and social services.
Xf) Restrict the eligibility of legal immigrants for certain social programs (i.e. AFDC, HUD housing, food stamps, etc.).
Xg) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive US citizenship.
Xh) Other

Deny illegal immigrants public benefits (i.e. AFDC, housing, etc).

YesShould the President be allowed to veto certain items of legislation while signing spending or tax bills into law?
The American people have consistently mentioned the decline of morals and ethics in America as a major problem facing the country. Explain what you will do as a member of Congress to address this concern.

Indicate which principles you support regarding the poor and homeless.

a) Provide tax incentives for companies to hire and train homeless people who want to work.
b) Increase funding of homeless shelters and low income housing projects.
c) Increase funding of programs that help alcoholics and drug addicts recover and find steady work.
d) Increase the minimum wage.
e) Provide homeless families with apartment vouchers they can use to supplement the cost of an apartment.
f) Provide government jobs for those who wish to work and cannot find a job in the private sector.
g) Increase the income tax deduction on individual contributions made to charities that help the poor and homeless.
Xh) Implement enterprise zones in communities with high unemployment.
Xi) Other

Privatize federal housing projects.

1) Indicate the changes you support (if any) concerning the tax levels for the following categories. Select one number only.

Income Taxes

Greatly Decreasea) Retiree income over $40,000
Greatly Decreaseb) Family income less than $25,000
Greatly Decreasec) Family income $25-75,000
Greatly Decreased) Family income $75-150,000
Slightly Decreasee) Family income over $150,000

Other Tax Issues

Eliminatef) Alcohol taxes
Greatly Decreaseg) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statush) Charitable deductions
Eliminatei) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusj) Corporate income taxes
Maintain Statusk) Earned income tax credit
Greatly Decreasel) Estate taxes
Slightly Increasem) Medical expense deductions
Maintain Statusn) Mortgage deductions
o) Other
Undecided2) Do you support replacing the US income tax structure with a flat income tax?
Undecided3) Do you support replacing the US income tax structure with a broad-based consumption tax?
Yes1) Do you support amending the Constitution to limit the number of terms which members of Congress can serve?

2) If you support term limits, how many years should each serve?

Senator (years)

12

Representatives (years)

12

Indicate which principles you support concerning terrorism.

a) Relax current guidelines that forbid the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) from investigating terrorist groups when there is a "reasonable indication" of terrorist activities.
b) Relax wiretapping restrictions to give the FBI broader authority to investigate terrorist suspects.
Xc) Require that chemical tracing agents be added to commercially-sold products that can be used to produce explosives.
d) Implement tighter restrictions on firearm sales in an effort to hinder terrorist groups from stockpiling weapon arsenals.
Xe) Grant broader authority to the US Immigration and Naturalization Service to deny entrance visas to terrorist suspects.
f) Maintain limits on the authority of federal agencies investigating suspected terrorists.
g) Restrict the investigative authority of the FBI and other governmental agencies.
Xh) Other

Establish death penalty provisions in all terrorist attacks.

Yes1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
Yes2) Do you support broadening NAFTA to include other countries?
Yes3) Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
Undecided4) Do you support the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
No5) Do you support lifting the trade embargo imposed against Cuba?
Yes6) Do you support imposing tariffs on products imported from nations that maintain restrictive trade barriers on American products?
Yes7) Should a nation's human rights record affect its "most favored nation" trading status with the United States?

Indicate which principles you support regarding unemployment.

Xa) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment.
Xb) Increase funding for national job-training programs.
c) Increase funding for public works projects such as the repair of roads and bridges.
Xd) Eliminate government regulations of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xe) Establish enterprise zones in areas with large numbers of unemployed people.
Xf) Overhaul the current unemployment system by focusing on training and education in skills needed in certain industries.
g) Eliminate any governmental programs designed to reduce unemployment.
h) Other

Indicate which principles you support regarding the US welfare system.

Xa) Strengthen child support collection procedures and increase penalties for parents who do not pay child support.
Xb) Impose a two-year limit on welfare benefits for recipients who are able to work.
c) Require welfare recipients to accept some form of government-sponsored job after two years if unemployed in the private sector.
Xd) Require that unwed teenage mothers live with a parent or guardian (if possible) and attend school to receive benefits.
Xe) Limit the benefits given to single women if they have additional children while receiving welfare benefits.
f) Provide child care services to welfare recipients who work or attend school.
g) Provide rent or housing supplement vouchers for low-income families.
h) Make no substantial changes at this time.
i) Increase funding of programs that prevent teen pregnancy and family break-up.
j) Support programs that give incentives for employers to hire and train welfare recipients.
k) Other
1) Explain your two main legislative priorities if elected to Congress.

1. Continue to work towards reaching a balanced federal buget in six-seven years. 2. Restructure the nation's federal workforce development and job training programs into a system of block grants. District Legislative Priorities 1. Continue to work towards securing support for additional low rate production of the B-2 bomber. 2. Protect the Angeles National Forest from a landfill company that wants to site a 190-million ton urban solid waste landfill in Elsmere Canyon.

2) Should your priorities require additional government funding, please explain how you intend to obtain the additional funding.

Some of my legislative priorities will require government funding but they must be achieved under a balanced budget provision. Additional spending must be offset with cuts in federal spending.