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Ken S. Calvert

Ken Calvert's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Ken S. Calvert
Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 42, Republican
First Elected: 11/03/1992
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 42
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary June 3, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Divorced
Birth Date: 06/08/1953
Birth Place: Corona, CA
Home City: Riverside, CA
Religion: Protestant
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Unknown Position Unknown Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ken Calvert. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Ken Calvert voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Ken Calvert voted Nay on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Ken Calvert voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Ken Calvert voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Ken Calvert voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Ken Calvert voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Ken Calvert voted Yea on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Ken Calvert supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Ken Calvert voted Nay on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. H Amdt 436. 104th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Ken Calvert voted Nay on 06/15/1995. (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Ken Calvert voted Nay on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Ken Calvert supported the interests of the Family Research Council 93 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Ken Calvert voted Yea on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. H Amdt 185. 103th Congress. Hyde Amendment. Ken Calvert voted Yea on 06/30/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Ken Calvert supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. HR 670. 103th Congress. Abortion Counseling Bill. Ken Calvert voted Nay on 03/25/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Ken Calvert voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Ken Calvert voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (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 Ken Calvert a rating of 25 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Ken Calvert voted Nay on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. Rep. Calvert Votes Against Pelosi Government Takeover Of U.S. Health Care System. 7 Noember 2009. "Congressman Calvert voted in favor of the Stupak-Pitts Amendment, which maintains the current federal government policy of preventing federal funding for abortion and for benefits packages that include abortion. This amendment ensures that federal taxpayers will not be coerced into funding elective abortions and is supported by US Conference of Catholic Bishops, Democrats for Life, National Right to Life, Americans United for Life, Family Research Council, Concerned Women for America and many other pro-life groups. 'I look forward to continuing to work to ensure taxpayer funds are not used to fund abortions and to provide the broadest possible conscience protections for physicians, health professionals, hospitals, insurers, and all those in the business of caring for the health of Americans,' said Rep. Calvert." (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. Affordable Health Care For America Act. 7 November 2009. "However, I look forward to voting in favor of the Stupak-Pitts Amendment, which maintains the current federal government policy of preventing federal funding for abortion and for benefits packages that include abortion. This amendment ensures that federal taxpayers will not be coerced into funding elective abortions and is supported by U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Democrats for Life, National Right to Life, Americans United for Life, Family Research Council, Concerned Women for America and many other pro-life groups. I look forward to continuing to work to ensure taxpayer funds are not used to fund abortions and to provide the broadest possible conscience protections for physicians, health professionals, hospitals, insurers, and all those in the business of caring for the health of Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Ken Calvert. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Ken Calvert voted Nay on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Ken Calvert. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Ken Calvert. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Ken Calvert. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Ken Calvert. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Ken Calvert supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Ken Calvert voted Nay on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ken Calvert. The Final Fight For Afghanistan. 11 December 2009. "President Obama has laid out his case for the United States plan to increase troop commitment in Afghanistan. I support his decision to deploy an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan to decisively end the threat of a reemerging Taliban and al Qaeda. However, I would have preferred to send at least the minimum number of troops (40,000) that General McCrystal requested. We will be working with our allies and NATO to bring the troop levels up to face the challenges in Afghanistan. While I support the President's decision to deploy more troops, I am disappointed he set a timeline for withdrawal. I have every confidence that we can achieve our goals and leave Afghanistan, but war does not conform to tidy end dates. If we leave before the mission is complete it will most likely mean that we will have to once again return to the country sometime in the future. Like the surge in Iraq, we must gauge our decisions as the situation develops on the ground. It is also my duty to ensure that our troops and their families receive all the support they need and I will be working with my colleagues to provide those resources." (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. Rep. Calvert Supports Funding for Global War on Terror, Border Security, and Hurricane Relief. 13 June 2006. "This bill funds critical programs to fight the Global War on Terror [¦] It is vital that Congress and the American people support our troops and their efforts in Afghanistan, Iraq, and around the world. This bill provides support for our troops, increased border security funds, and relief for communities affected by last year's hurricane season in a fiscally responsible manner." (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. Issue Position: National Security. 14 February 2012. "Our country continues to face national security threats and challenges around the world. The U.S. military is and will continue to be a force for good in the world, and I will continue to ensure that our troops have the time and resources they need to win in Iraq and Afghanistan . It is imperative that the U.S. keeps terrorists off U.S. soil, and that Guantanamo detainees are not sent to countries where they can easily rejoin the fight against our service members. As the Ranking Republican on the House Appropriations Select Intelligence Oversight Panel, I am constantly reminded about he tremendous challenges presented to us in the long war against terrorism, at home and abroad. I believe terrorists should not be read their Miranda rights, nor be identified as "foreign soldiers" with equal rights to American troops or afforded he privileges U.S. citizens are granted under the U.S. Constitution." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Ken Calvert supported the interests of the Peace Action 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Ken Calvert voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Ken Calvert supported the interests of Peace Action West 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ken Calvert. Calvert Applauds House Passage of Defense Authorization and Appropriations Bills. 19 December 2005. "DC - Representative Ken Calvert (R-Corona) was pleased to announce that his local priorities were included in the Fiscal Year 2006 (FY06) Department of Defense Appropriations Act, H.R. 2863, as well as H.R. 1815, the FY06 Defense Authorization Act; both of which were passed by the House of Representatives early this morning. 'As our nation continues to address current and future threats to our security, it is imperative that our Armed Forces are equipped with the resources they need to achieve their objectives,' said Rep. Calvert. 'By raising military pay across-the-board and increasing funds for other personnel programs, our troops will be provided the assets they need now and when they return home from the battlefield.' he FY06 Defense Appropriations Act provides $403.5 billion for military spending, which represents an increase of just over $12 billion from FY 2005. The bill also fully funds the 3.1% military pay raise, effective January 1, 2006, as well as an increase of $71 million for Family Advocacy, childcare programs, and assistance to military families." (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Ken Calvert voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Ken Calvert voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Ken Calvert voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Ken Calvert voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Ken Calvert voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Ken Calvert voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Ken Calvert voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Ken Calvert voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. HR 2561. 106th Congress. Defense Department Appropriations bill, FY2000. Ken Calvert voted Yea on 07/22/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Ken Calvert voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Ken Calvert voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Ben Goad. The Press-Enterprise: MILITARY: Calvert sees progress, lingering threats in Afghanistan. 15 November 2011. "The 2009 U.S. troop surge in Afghanistan has helped military forces wrest large areas from Taliban control, Inland Rep. Ken Calvert said Tuesday following a trip to the war-torn country. But the Corona Republican remains wary of the effects of potential deep cuts to national defense spending and a planned troop drawdown on the Middle East's stability, he said [¦] Calvert also raised concerns over the looming defense spending cuts that would be triggered automatically if the House-Senate 'supercommittee' fails in its task to identify by Nov. 23 $1.2 trillion in federal spending reductions over the next decade. Calvert called the automatic cuts, known as sequestration, unacceptable. 'The (potential) cuts within defense expenditures are way too deep and would cause a significant harm to the U.S. Military,' he said. 'It would hollow out the military worse than after the Vietnam War.'" (www.pe.com)
  • Ken Calvert. Rep. Calvert Votes for Debt Deal to Avoid Default. 1 August 2011. "As the Joint Committee moves forward in identifying cuts, I hope they first answer a vital question: what is the first responsibility of government? In short, it is the defense of our nation and the safety of our citizens. Steep cuts to defense spending would be disastrous for our country. I realize that everything must be on the table: including tax reform that does not raise taxes and entitlement reform that ensures that Medicare and Social Security are solvent for future generations. Like any budget, it is a question of priorities and I will be watching the progress of the Committee closely to ensure that the core principles of smaller government, strong national defense and low taxes are part of the end product." (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. Rep. Calvert to Serve on Appropriations Subcommittees on Defense, Interior and Legislative Branch. 7 January 2011. "I look forward to applying my experience as the most recent Ranking Member of the Select Intelligence Oversight Panel and as a former member of the Armed Services Committee to the Defense Subcommittee [¦] These experiences will be particularly helpful in light of the recently announced cuts to defense by Secretary Robert Gates. Our first priority must be to ensure that our troops receive the tools they need to perform their missions as well as planning for the reset of our military force. The process of finding savings must not come at the expense of our national security. I look forward to hearing from the Department of Defense and working with my colleagues to pass a thoughtful and responsible Fiscal Year 2012 Defense Appropriations bill." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Ken Calvert supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 90 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Ken Calvert voted Yea on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Ken Calvert supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "3) Do you support eliminating the Internal Revenue Service?"
  • Ken Calvert. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "6) Do you support requiring a super-majority vote in both houses of Congress to raise taxes?"
  • Ken Calvert. Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2012. 14 April 2011. "President Obama and my friends on the other side of the aisle lament the lack of tax increases in our budget. First, let's remember that we already have a deeply progressive tax structure. The top 5 percent of earners pay 60 percent of Federal income taxes collected. Yet our President and my friends on the left want to tax them even more [¦] Thankfully, there is a better way, the only way. The Republican budget recognizes that we must end the relentless drive to seize wealth and redistribute it. This is an alternative to the class warfare tactics of the left that pits one American against another. The Republican budget is a fair, pro-growth plan rather than a punitive tax plan. Make no mistake, the budget includes tax reforms to simplify our Tax Code, broaden the tax base, create a more fair and equitable system that will provide certainty." (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. How Many Days A Year Do You Work In Order To Pay Your Taxes? 15 April 2010. "As millions of hard-working Americans file their income taxes by today, April 15th, we are all reminded of the burdensome and complicated national and state tax structures. Federal, state and local taxes claim almost 27 percent of the average American's income, and the income taxes that Americans pay today are only part of the exploding cost of government [¦] The solution is not taking more taxes from the American people who are more efficient and know better how to spend their hard-earned money. As California suffers from a 12.5 percent unemployment rate, we simply cannot afford it. The answer is fiscal discipline in Washington, D.C., and tax relief for working Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. Rep. Calvert Votes to Prevent Crushing Tax Increase on Working Americans. 17 December 2010. "'The last thing our economy needs right now is crushing tax increases, and I was pleased to see that these tax hikes will not be added to the backs of hard-working Americans,' Rep. Calvert said. 'Stopping all the job-killing tax hikes scheduled for January 1, 2011 is an important first step to help our economy. The strength of our economy can be measured by the ability of private businesses to grow, invest and hire. As a former small business owner, I fully understand the crucial role small businesses play in the district and throughout the country, and I will be doing everything I can to see to it that these low tax rates are extended permanently.'" (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Ken Calvert supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 86 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ken Calvert. Democrats End Year With Spending Binge. 16 December 2009. "It is absolutely astounding that at a time when Americans are struggling to keep their jobs and pay the bills, the Nancy Pelosi liberal Congress is ending the year with even more spending [¦] The federal government, under the leadership of spend-happy Democrats has produced a record-high deficit and a record-high budget all on the backs of future generations." (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Ken Calvert voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. Rep. Calvert: Why I Voted Againist the Debt Limit Increase. 3 June 2011. "This week the House voted on a "clean" debt limit increase -- a bill that would have increased the debt limit by $2.4 trillion without any conditions. I voted against the bill because any increase in the debt limit must be accompanied by significant spending reductions. The bill failed by a vote of 318-97, with many Democrats and all Republicans voting against it." (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 Ken Calvert a rating of 85 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. Rep. Calvert "The Stimulus Spending Bill Was an Epic Failure; It Is Time to Show the American People That We Are Serious About Cutting Spending". 18 November 2010. "The stimulus spending bill was an epic failure; it is time to show the American people that we are serious about cutting spending [¦] The $12 billion in unobligated stimulus funds is just the beginning and I call on the Democratic Leadership to join us in passing this bill before the end of the year. In January, Republicans stand ready to bring about change when it comes to the size, scope and spending of the federal government. The days of wanton spending are over." (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Ken Calvert voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Ken Calvert supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 95 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. Issue Position: Economy and Federal Spending. 13 February 2012. "The American economy, and the global economy, continues to struggle for various reasons including the tightening of both commercial and consumer credit, and an increasing budget deficit. More government spending is not the answer. Tax cuts that stimulate small businesses and help families with rising costs are policies that I support during difficult economic times." (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. Rep. Calvert Opposes Irresponsible Democrat Funding Priorities. 20 July 2007. "'Once again, Democrats can't help themselves when it comes to spending the American people's money,' said Rep. Calvert. 'This is a dangerous trend which will undoubtedly lead to an assertion by the Majority Party that it will be necessary to raise taxes [¦] Although my congressional district would benefit from both of the appropriations bills, I could not in good conscience support reckless spending which hurts all taxpayers,' said Rep. Calvert. 'If the President vetoes the spending bills I will vote to sustain the veto.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. Rep. Calvert Supports Deficit Reduction Act. 18 November 2005. "'I have been struck by the hypocritical rhetoric being used by some of my colleagues who deride the budget deficit yet oppose every effort to rein in spending,' continued Rep. Calvert. 'Every time someone claims to support reducing the deficit, you should look no further than today's vote.' This is the first time in almost a decade - since 1997 - that Congress used the reconciliation process to reduce the deficit through reforms in the mandatory spending programs." (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. Rep. Calvert: "President Obama's Budget Shows Big Government, Not the People, Are the Priority". 26 February 2009. "The Obama budget is the biggest expansion of federal government programs that I have seen in my lifetime. The President's budget is not an ambitious agenda of new ideas: it is a recycling of past 'Great Society' programs that do not work and that the American people cannot afford. It is wholly irresponsible to expand entitlement spending by $1 trillion over ten years, spending which is essentially on 'auto-pilot' and not subject to congressional approval. Equally egregious is that the budget will require an increase in taxes on families and small businesses and it reverses the 2010 repeal of the death tax. As our economy continues to struggle, the answer to our problems is not more government bureaucracy. The answer lies in the ingenuity and innovative spirit of the American people. Let's give all Americans the freedom and incentive to get our economy back on its feet by lessening the tax burden, truly providing a targeted stimulus, while reigning in entitlement spending for the sake of future generations." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ken Calvert. Calvert Votes to Prevent Tax Increases. 11 May 2006. "Congressman Ken Calvert voted today in support of a bill to prevent tax increases on small business owners, seniors, and families. The Conference Report on H.R. 4297, the Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act of 2005, extends alternative minimum tax relief, the increased limit on small business expensing, and the low rates on capital gains and dividends. House of Representatives voted 244 to 185 to approve the Conference Report. 'This important legislation will help spur continued economic growth. While Republicans are extending tax relief to millions of American small business owners, families, and seniors, Democrats continue to stand for increased taxation and growth-stifling regulation. As America continues to enjoy unparalleled economic growth, it is important to extend the tax relief that helped drive that economic growth in the first place. This tax relief measure will assist seniors living off dividends, small business owners who will be able to write off business expenses, and working families currently burdened by unnecessary taxation' said Calvert." (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Ken Calvert voted Yea on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. Ken Calvert voted Yea on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. 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."
  • Ken Calvert. Issue Position: Economy and Federal Spending. 14 February 2012. "The American economy, and the global economy, continues to struggle for various reasons including the tightening of both commercial and consumer credit, and an increasing budget deficit. More government spending is not the answer. Tax cuts that stimulate small businesses and help families with rising costs are policies that I support during difficult economic times." (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. Issue Position: Economy. 14 February 2012. "Far too many Americans are either unemployed or underemployed. Unfortunately, our government continues to make it harder on small business owners to succeed and hire more workers. We need to help the private sector create jobs by reversing policies that threaten them. Higher taxes, cap-and-trade regulations, health care fines and regulations, out of control spending and huge debt burdens, all give employers a reason to worry before they decide to expand their workforce. I believe we must cut taxes for families and businesses, cut federal spending and focus our limited spending on real infrastructure projects that put people to work today and improve all our lives tomorrow." (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. Issue Position: Small Business. 14 February 2012. "As a former small business owner, I recognize that small business is the engine of job growth in our country and the backbone of our economy. Small businesses employ more than 50 percent of the private work-force, generate half of the nation's gross domestic product and are the principal source of new jobs in the U.S. economy. The federal government's job is not to stifle the prosperity of these businesses through an onerous tax and regulatory system but to stay out of the way so that the transactions of a free market may take place. I continue to support legislation which gives small employers options to deal with the surging cost of health care; strives to keep taxes low; advocates for the SBA; encourages federal agencies to do more business with U.S. small businesses; and continues to fight burdensome and unnecessary federal regulations which hamper small business growth and job creation." (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. No Improvement In Job Market, Unemployement Remains At 9.6%. 8 October 2010. "Republicans stand ready to get back to work and enact policies that will free our economy from crushing uncertainty [¦] Extending the tax cuts, repealing the most onerous provisions of the health care law, and providing small businesses with a 20% tax deduction would go a long way in alleviating the concerns many people and businesses have about our economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. Rep. Calvert Statement Prior to State of the Union Address. 24 January 2012. "Tonight our President has an opportunity to truly end brinkmanship in Washington, D.C. If he wants to talk about jobs, he should call on the Senate to have a vote on the 28 jobs-related bills that the House has passed. If he wants to talk about a level playing field, he should call for tax reform that eliminates tax loopholes but also demands that all Americans are paying into our system. If he wants to talk about helping small business, he should declare that he will not raise taxes and will end the onslaught of burdensome regulations that have inhibited economic growth." (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. Rep. Calvert Votes Against Bill That Allows Devastating Tax Increases To Hit Small Businesses. 2 December 2010. "With national unemployment remaining near 10 percent, and approaching 16 percent in the Inland Empire, and with the economy continuing to struggle, now is the worst possible time for a tax increase on any American [¦] Raising taxes on the very people who create jobs will only result in more unemployment and, ironically, less government revenue. Rather than instituting a punitive tax increase Congress must create an environment where job growth can flourish. A tax hike on business owners will do just the opposite [¦] This bill hurts small businesses, and plays class politics, pitting business owners against the so-called 'middle class.' Unfortunately, H.R. 4853 continues the failed policies of the Pelosi Congress that the American people flat out rejected exactly one month ago." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ken Calvert. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Ken Calvert voted Yea on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Local" for: "Indicate which level of government that should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. c) Education"
  • Ken Calvert. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Ken Calvert. 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."
  • Ken Calvert. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked 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."
  • Ken Calvert. Issue Position: Education. 15 February 2012. "I fully recognize that the future of America is linked to the successful education of our children. I believe in order to prepare the next generation with the responsibility of running our country and continuing the prosperity of our economy, we must provide them with the best teachers, tools, and learning environments. We must always balance the need for standards and accountability with the rights of students and teachers while preserving local control of K-12 education. And in a time of ever more tight budgets, where spending restraint is necessary to decrease the federal deficit, innovative and effective education policy must be the guiding principle. The new Democrat Administration and the committees of jurisdiction in the Congress will be the driving forces in developing federal education policy in the 111th Congress. I look forward to working with my colleagues to address any lapses in federal leadership and aid for our nation's schools, including the elementary, secondary and post-secondary education institutions in the 44th Congressional District of California, and the next generation tasked with maintaining our position in the world." (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. Issue Position: Education. 15 February 2012. "The role of the national government in education is, and should be, limited. State governments provide approximately 47 percent of education revenues while local governments provide 44 percent. That means the Federal contribution to elementary and secondary education is approximately 9 percent, which includes funds not only from the Department of Education (ED) but also from other Federal agencies, such as the Department of Health and Human Services' Head Start program and the Department of Agriculture's School Lunch program [¦] As a strong believer in local control of education, and a limited federal role, I voted against a proposal by the majority Democrats during the last session to add more than $10 billion to the president's education budget. I also opposed an additional $84 million in federal grants for minority colleges in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. c) Education (K-12)"
  • Ken Calvert. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing in reading and math."
  • Ken Calvert. HR 1804. 104th Congress. Goals 2000: Educate America Act. Ken Calvert voted Nay on 03/23/1994. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

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  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Ken Calvert supported the interests of Environment America 20 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Ken Calvert voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. Rep. Calvert Reintroduces the MORE ACT, "Now, more than ever, we need energy independence". 3 March 2011. "Now, more than ever, we need energy independence [¦] The price of oil has spiked in recent weeks because of events far from our shores. We must have ways to develop and produce our own fossil fuels while we move towards an economy that is not oil-based. My legislation allows for federally-permitted development of resources beyond 25 miles off the coastline and provides a strong incentive for states to allow federal-lease exploration within 25 miles." (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. Offshore Energy Exploration is Long Overdue. 23 June 2008. "Madam Speaker, the American people recognize that expanding our offshore energy exploration is long overdue. Unfortunately, my Democratic colleagues have failed to reach this obvious conclusion, so let me offer them some help. This is our country. This is our country's Outer Continental Shelf. There is oil and natural gas in the Outer Continental Shelf that belongs to us, the American people. As offshore oil production increases, our domestic oil supply increases. As oil supplies increase, prices will decline." (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources. Other or expanded principles: "Use peer-reviewed science in all regulations. Invest federal dollars in hi-tech pollution research."
  • Ken Calvert. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Ken Calvert voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Ken Calvert voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. Rep. Calvert Commends Decision For Offshore Drilling, Urges President To Consider California. 31 March 2010. "The President's announcement is a step in the right direction but at a time when America, and California in particular, desperately needs job creation, the plan neglects areas that would have the most impact on employment and energy development. While the plan opens up areas along the east coast and northern Alaska, it does not call for any exploration off the coast of California where ample oil and natural gas resources exist for development. Additionally, exploration off of California would provide the state with much-needed royalty revenue that could go towards bridging the deficit gap and putting California back on the road to fiscal responsibility. With new and emerging technologies, offshore energy development can be pursued with little to no visible impact on the coastline and in a way that protects the surrounding environment. That is why I introduced the MORE Act in 2008 to create jobs and increase coastal states' share of royalties. The time has come to open up all of our country's natural resources which will provide a financial boon to our state coffers; wean our country off foreign dependence on oil; put people back to work and utilize our own resources in an environmentally sound way." (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. Rep. Calvert Calls on Secretary Salazar to Utilize Offshore Resources. 15 April 2009. "Offshore energy production is just part of an all-of-the-above energy solution that we need to support in order to increase the production of American-made energy. In addition to the production of traditional energy sources, we must find ways to encourage the production of renewable energy on federal lands on and offshore. I am confident that we can enact real solutions to our country's energy challenges by taking a comprehensive and balanced approach that utilizes America's natural resources as well as our innovative technologies." (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. Rep. Calvert Applauds President's Decision to Lift Ban on Offshore Energy Exploration. 14 July 2008. "I commend President Bush for doing what the Democratic Leadership refuses to do - allow for the domestic development of our own energy resources by lifting the ban on offshore drilling. The biggest concern on my constituents' minds is the high price of gasoline. Hard working American families who are struggling to get by deserve nothing less than a vote in Congress on expanding offshore energy exploration before Congress adjourns for the summer recess in August. Improvements in technology allow for offshore energy exploration and production that is out of sight, protects coral reefs and sensitive environments, and dramatically reduces the risk of oil spills. It's time the Democrats stop stalling on the issue and allow for domestic exploration of energy resources that will have a significant impact on the speculation bubble and help bring down the price of gas." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Ken Calvert. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Ken Calvert voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Ken Calvert supported the interests of Environment America 20 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Ken Calvert supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Ken Calvert voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Impose stricter national air quality standards."
  • Ken Calvert. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Support the U.S. re-entering the current Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • Ken Calvert. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks."
  • Ken Calvert. 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."
  • Ken Calvert. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Adhere to the United Nations treaty regarding global climate change."
  • Ken Calvert. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Ken Calvert. Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012. 25 July 2011. "Mr. Chairman, I rise in strong support of the Fiscal Year 2012 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. I would like to thank Chairman Simpson and Ranking Member Moran for being excellent leaders on the subcommittee. It has been a pleasure to work with both of them. I especially commend the 22 oversight hearings that our subcommittee held this year. The subcommittee works hard, and we have done our due diligence in putting this bill together [¦] The bill also reduces the EPA inflated budget back down to the 2006 level and cuts $46 million in requested funding for burdensome regulation of greenhouse gases, which means control of carbon dioxide, a regulation unilaterally adopted by the administration that is making the U.S. less competitive in the world and sending American jobs overseas." (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. EPA Chief Asserts Burdensome Regulations In California Creates Jobs! 3 March 2010. "One of my many concerns about the EPA's budget is the proposed $56 million, including $43 million in new funding, for regulatory programs to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act. While I strongly support air pollution controls to clean our air, using the Clean Air Act to regulate 'greenhouse gases,' especially CO2, is the wrong way to go especially since Mexico, China and India will not do the same. Similar efforts in California to regulate greenhouse gas emissions have motivated businesses to board up their windows and move to more business-friendly states, such as Nevada and Texas. Surprisingly, the EPA Administrator defended the California policy by saying it has created jobs in California; however, the 12% unemployment rate in California tells a different story. I told Administrator Jackson that my fear is that if we adopt the California model for regulating greenhouse gas emissions on a national basis we will wind up driving millions of jobs overseas to countries like China and India. Unfortunately, at the end of the hearing it became quite clear that the Obama Administration will continue to pursue a regulatory process that threatens our economic security. Clean air and economic growth are not mutually exclusive but the Administration's plans for CO2 and other gases is not the right choice." (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. Rep. Calvert: Independent Study Contradicts EPA Administrator Jackson's Testimony. 9 March 2010. "Recently, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson testified before the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and the Environment and asserted that California has experienced job growth in the form of 'green jobs' because of state mandates on greenhouse gas emissions [¦] I find it troubling that the head of the EPA does not fully understand the real and negative impacts of haphazardly regulating greenhouse gas emissions, especially as the EPA is now moving to enact similar regulations nationwide. Rather than pursuing job killing regulations and expanding government bureaucracies, the Obama Administration must refocus its efforts on eliminating financial burdens on small businesses and get Americans back to work" (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Ken Calvert. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Ken Calvert voted Yea on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Ken Calvert voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. HR 125. 104th Congress. Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995. Ken Calvert voted Did Not Vote on 03/22/1996. (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. HR 4296. 104th Congress. Regulation of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons. Ken Calvert voted Nay on 05/05/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Ken Calvert a grade of 91." (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. HR 1025. 103th Congress. Brady Handgun Bill. Ken Calvert voted Nay on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. H Amdt 390. 103th Congress. Instant Background Checks for Gun Purchase Amendment. Ken Calvert voted Yea on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Ken Calvert in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Ken Calvert voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Ken Calvert supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 0 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Ken Calvert voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. 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."
  • Ken Calvert. 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." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "No federal database of gunowners. Instant-check only."
  • Ken Calvert. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "No federal database of gunowners. Instant-check only."
  • Ken Calvert. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms by law-abiding citizens." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "Initiate an instant-check system."
  • Ken Calvert. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms."
  • Ken Calvert. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Increase federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Ken Calvert. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Ken Calvert. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Ken Calvert. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Ken Calvert. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "No federal database of gunowners. Instant-check only."
  • Ken Calvert. Project Vote Smart: 2002 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."
  • Ken Calvert. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Ken Calvert. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "No federal database of gunowners. Instant-check only."
  • Ken Calvert. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "Initiate an instant-check system."
  • Ken Calvert. Rep. Calvert Praises Supreme Court Decision to Protect Second Amendment Gun Rights. 26 June 2008. "Today Congressman Ken Calvert (R-CA) issued the following statement on the opinion by the U.S. Supreme Court that the Second Amendment is an individual right of all Americans and not reserved only for state militias. The decision overturns the District of Columbia gun ban. 'The Second Amendment is rooted in the integral right of the individual to protect himself or herself from a tyrannical government. Today the Supreme Court reaffirmed that right which will now be extended to the residents of the District of Columbia. I commend the five Justices of the Supreme Court who strictly interpreted the U.S. Constitution and returned the right to bear arms to the Nation's Capital.'" (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Ken Calvert. Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. 18 January 2011. "The bottom line is that we cannot afford this new health care law, no matter how well intentioned. We must repeal ObamaCare and replace it with legislation that decreases health care costs, increases competition in the marketplace, maintains the sanctity of the doctor-patient relationship and truly helps those without insurance." (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. Rep. Calvert Statement Prior to State of the Union Address. 24 January 2012. "Our President can finally become the agent for change he has long talked about. It is glaringly evident that the policies of the last three years -- ObamaCare; the threat of higher taxes; class warfare; government-subsidized green energy; new regulations; bailouts of the auto industry and banks; and rampant government growth and spending -- have not worked. It is time for something new in Washington that does not pit fellow Americans against each other, but unites us through both the glories and challenges of a robust Democracy in which the Republican-controlled House, and the Democratically-controlled Senate and White House are fully engaged in the legislative process and dedicated to improving the lives of everyday Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Ken Calvert supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Ken Calvert voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Ken Calvert. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Ken Calvert. 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."
  • Ken Calvert. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • Ken Calvert. Rep. Calvert Sworn Into 112th Congress, Ready to Work. 5 January 2011. "'I stand ready to work with Speaker Boehner, Majority Leader Cantor and Majority Whip McCarthy to get America back on the path of prosperity,' said Rep. Calvert. 'I am honored and humbled to be a part of the new Congress which is dedicated to returning the House of Representatives back to the American people. My focus is on improving the economy and creating jobs for the American people who continue to struggle under burdensome regulations, taxes, unemployment and underemployment.' Rep. Calvert also signed on to the Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act to be introduced by Majority Leader Cantor (R-VA). The bill would repeal Obamacare and allow Republicans to craft and pass a true health care reform bill that will actually reduce the costs of health care, improve the quality of care and maintain the doctor-patient relationship." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

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  • Ken Calvert. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Ken Calvert voted Yea on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Ken Calvert voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Ken Calvert 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 Ken Calvert in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Ken Calvert supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Ken Calvert in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. 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."
  • Ken Calvert. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive U.S. citizenship." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration. Other or expanded principles: "Increase the border guard."
  • Ken Calvert. Arizona is Right. 7 June 2010. "Like many of you, I support the new law passed by Arizona to allow local law enforcement to check the legal status of an individual if, in the course of their duties, they have 'reasonable suspicion' that the person may be in the U.S. illegally. Arizona has the right to protect their citizens from the wave of violence that has crossed into their state as a result of drug trafficking and human smuggling. The passage of the state law, which 70% of Arizonians supported, is a direct result of the federal government's failure to control and secure the southern border. It does not matter where an individual immigrates from, it only matters that they do it legally." (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. Calvert Hails Passage of the Secure Fence Act. 21 September 2006. "'The Secure Fence Act is the first step towards securing our border,' said Rep. Calvert, a co-sponsor of the bill. 'It reinforces fencing along some of the weakest locations and enhances the ability of DHS to use technology to watch the border [¦] Republicans will not rest on the issue of illegal immigration: it is not only affecting our communities through the degradation of public services from schools to emergency rooms but it is an issue of national security,' stated Rep. Calvert. 'The House is committed to passing focused, enforcement-first legislation. The Senate has no excuse for not taking up these measures that the American people have so consistently demanded [¦] Border security is certainly a crucial aspect in the solution to illegal immigration but until we cut off the magnet of jobs through employment verification, we will never truly have control of the problem.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. Issue Position: Illegal Immigration. 14 February 2012. "Without a doubt, the issue I hear most about from my constituents is illegal immigration. People do not understand how this situation was allowed to get so out of hand by the national government and why more was not done sooner to address the problem. I believe that people have a right to be upset about the slow response of the government and to expect that the president and Congress will now get deadly serious about stopping further illegal immigration and finding humane ways to make it clear to those already in this country illegally that they need to go back to their own countries if they want to apply for U.S. citizenship. There should be no amnesty or special treatment for those who broke our laws." (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. Issue Position: Immigration. 14 February 2012. "The U.S. immigration system is broken. There are an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants currently residing in the U.S. It is vital that Congress take action to secure our borders and stop illegal immigration. The status quo is unacceptable and I share many of your frustrations with this issue. First, I am wholeheartedly against amnesty. I believe it is inherently unfair to give legal status to those whose first actions were to break our laws." (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. Once Again the President Calls for Amnesty Against the Will of the American People and in the Face of Violence on the Border. 1 July 2010. "Once again the President made the call for amnesty against the will of the American people and in the face of violence on the border. The President and I agree that our country is a land of immigrants -- legal immigrants. We should not blur the lines between legal and illegal immigrants. Millions of people around the world have gone through the process to come here legally and they followed the rules that required them to pay a fee, learn English, and learn about American history and government. I'm sure they would have gladly paid more money to obtain immediate legal status, and all the opportunities it affords, rather than wait years in their own country. It is an affront to everyone who has come here legally, and is currently waiting in line, to grant amnesty to people whose first action was to break our laws. We should also remember that legal status for the 11 million will then open up a pathway for their dependents to also come to America -- another 25 to 30 million people. California is running a $20 billion deficit because of the strain on public services, education and incarceration -- we simply cannot afford amnesty." (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. Rep. Calvert Statement on Senate Immigration Bill. 22 May 2007. "My position on illegal immigration remains the same: I will not support a bill that provides amnesty. The Senate 'compromise' attempts to dress amnesty up in colorful language and bury it in the 300 page bill, but make no mistake the legislation as written would provide legal status to the estimated 12 million illegally in our country. This is amnesty and I will not support the Senate bill." (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. Letter to President Obama. 9 September 2011. "Members of the bipartisan Immigration Reform Caucus along with member of the House vehemently oppose your August 18 2011 announcement to bypass Congress and use prosecutorial discretion to achieve amnesty to individuals who are illegally residing in the US. The manner with which your administration has introduced this policy not only robs the public of a thorough betting, but it also fails to appreciate the negative consequences of this policy shift...Also, this policy has the added affect of further encouraging illegal immigration. Frankly put, if we don't take our own laws seriously enough to enforce, why should we expect anyone to follow them? This policy will introduce a new wave a illegal immigrants emboldened with the knowledge that not only is it okay to break the law, but they will likely be rewarded for it with de facto amnesty statues, thereby exacerbating an already vicious cycle we as a nation try been trying to address for over two decades. This attempt to satisfy the narrow interests for the pro-amnesty lobby has ultimately earned the distrust of the greater American public. Our fear is that this policy will irreparably harm the prospects of true immigration reform for many years to come. Mr President, our request is simple: enforce our immigration laws evenly without passion, prejudice or preference." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Ken Calvert. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Ken Calvert voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Ken Calvert voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Ken Calvert supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 71 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Ken Calvert supported the interests of the Family Research Council 85 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Ken Calvert voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Ken Calvert supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Ken Calvert supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 9 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Ken Calvert supported the interests of the American Family Association 88 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. Rep. Calvert Rejects Gay Marriage Decision by Unelected Judges. 16 May 2008. "I do not think that an issue as important as gay marriage should be made by nine unelected judges [¦] I support the people's right to define 'marriage' as only between a man and a woman through a constitutional amendment. I hope the court grants a stay of judgment until after November when the people of California will have an opportunity to vote for the constitutional amendment. Congressman Calvert voted in favor of the Defense of Marriage Act (P.L. 104-199) which became law on September 21, 1996 and supported Proposition 22 in 2000 which declared that 'Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.' The current proposition for the November general election is still in the qualifying process and has not been issued a Proposition number yet. I believe that we can practice tolerance while still holding true to cultural values that protect the institution of marriage as a union between only a man and a woman [¦] I look forward to the November election when the people of California will make the ultimate decision about how the state treats marriage." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Ken Calvert. Rep. Calvert Statement on the Death of Osama bin Laden. 2 May 2011. "Justice has finally been delivered for the 2,977 lives lost on September 11, 2001 and for the over 4,000 combat deaths in the global war on terror. Today is also a testament to the determination and professionalism of our military and the intelligence community: for nearly ten years they have pursued bin Laden and other high value targets in al Qaeda and never once did they waiver in either their faith in the mission or that it would be accomplished. Our deepest gratitude goes out to all those who were involved in this operation and especially the American forces that carried out the raid and killed Osama bin Laden. The celebrations around the nation reflect the deep sense of pride in our military, our country, our way of life and the absolute rejection of the violence and hatred of bin Laden and all terrorist organizations. Today we remember that what binds us together as Americans will always be stronger than our differences and that we will go to any length to protect our inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. Issue Position: National Security. 15 February 2012. "Our country continues to face national security threats and challenges around the world. The U.S. military is and will continue to be a force for good in the world, and I will continue to ensure that our troops have the time and resources they need to win in Iraq and Afghanistan . It is imperative that the U.S. keeps terrorists off U.S. soil, and that Guantanamo detainees are not sent to countries where they can easily rejoin the fight against our service members. As the Ranking Republican on the House Appropriations Select Intelligence Oversight Panel, I am constantly reminded about he tremendous challenges presented to us in the long war against terrorism, at home and abroad. I believe terrorists should not be read their Miranda rights, nor be identified as "foreign soldiers" with equal rights to American troops or afforded he privileges U.S. citizens are granted under the U.S. Constitution." (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. Rep. Calvert Supports Military Commissions Act. 28 September 2008. "Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA) yesterday voted in favor of the Military Commissions Act of 2006, which passed the House by a vote of 253-168. The Military Commissions Act will help create a system of justice for suspected terrorists that will protect our nation's intelligence capabilities while giving the suspected terrorists basic legal protections. 'Our country is at war with terrorists who do not value life and certainly do not honor any part of the Geneva Convention,' stated Rep. Calvert. 'However, our country has always strived for respect of human rights and human dignity, even for those who seek to harm innocent civilians. The Military Commissions Act codifies our basic respect of all mankind and provides a fair process to prosecute terrorists, allow them legal protection while protecting sensitive intelligence.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Ben Goad. The Press-Enterprise: WASHINGTON: Predator drone program seen as valuable weapon against terror. 5 May 2011. "Predator has been invaluable in the war on terror in Iraq, Afghanistan and, obviously, Pakistan," said Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Corona, who sits on the House Select Committee on Intelligence. "They can reach out and touch someone in a very special way." (www.pe.com)
  • Ken Calvert. Justice for the Victims of September 11, 2001. 10 May 2011. "The relieved responses around the nation reflect the deep sense of pride in our military, our country, our way of life and the absolute rejection of the violence and hatred of Bin Laden and all terrorist organizations. We were reminded that what binds us together as Americans will always be stronger than our differences and that we will go to any length to protect our inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. While Osama Bin Laden is dead, al Qaeda and like-minded groups are not. The long struggle to protect our way of life continues. However, the death of Bin Laden is a blow to the organization, and a warning to others: it does not matter how long you run or where you hide, we will hunt down those who have harmed us or intend to harm us." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Ken Calvert supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 50 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Ken Calvert. 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."
  • Ken Calvert. 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."
  • Ken Calvert. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security. Other or expanded principles: "Any changes to Social Security should not harm retirees or near-retirees."
  • Ken Calvert. Project Vote Smart: 1998 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage."
  • Ken Calvert. Issue Position: Social Security. 11 July 2012. "There are a variety of proposals to address the unfunded liability of the Social Security system. Some plans seek to create voluntary individual retirement accounts to replace the current system, and others would retain part of the current system while adding individual accounts. I believe that younger Americans who want to move towards higher yield investments should have that option as long as today's seniors and near seniors will not be affected by such a transition." (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.
b) Abortions should always be legally available.
Xc) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
Xd) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
Xe) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
Xf) 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.
Maintain Funding Statusa) Agricultural
Eliminate Fundingb) Arts
Greatly Increase Fundingc) Defense
Slightly Increase Fundingd) Education
Maintain Funding Statuse) Environmental
Slightly Decrease Fundingf) International Aid
Greatly Increase Fundingg) Law Enforcement
Greatly Increase Fundingh) Medical Research
Slightly Increase Fundingi) National Aeronautical Space Administration (NASA)
Maintain Funding Statusj) National Parks
Slightly Increase Fundingk) Public Health Services
Greatly Increase Fundingl) Scientific Research
Greatly Increase Fundingm) Terrorism Prevention
Greatly Increase Fundingn) Transportation and Highway Infrastructure
Greatly Decrease Fundingo) Welfare
p) Other or expanded categories
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
Greatly Increase Fundingb) Covert intelligence operations
Slightly Increase Fundingc) Military hardware
Slightly Increase Fundingd) Pay for active duty personnel
Greatly Increase Fundinge) National Missile Defense Program
Slightly Increase Fundingf) Programs to improve military retention rates
Slightly Increase Fundingg) Research and development of new weapons
Greatly Increase Fundingh) 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
Eliminatea) Less than $25,000
Slightly Decreaseb) $25,000 - $75,000
Slightly Decreasec) $75,000 - $150,000
Slightly Decreased) Over $150,000
e) Other or expanded categories
Income Taxes - Retiree Income
Slightly Decreasef) Over $40, 000
g) Other or expanded categories
Other Taxes
Slightly Decreasea) Alcohol taxes
Eliminateb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Decreased) Corporate taxes
Slightly Decreasee) Gasoline taxes
Eliminatef) Inheritance taxes
g) Other or expanded categories
Deductions/Credits
Maintain Statusa) Charitable deductions
Slightly Increaseb) Medical expense deductions
Maintain Statusc) Mortgage deductions
Slightly Increased) Child tax credit
Slightly Increasee) Earned income tax credit
Maintain Statusf) Student loan tax credit
g) Other or expanded categories
Taxes
Yes2) 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
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and governmental reform issues.
a) Support public taxpayer funding for congressional candidates who comply with campaign spending limits.
Xb) 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.
e) Ban unregulated soft money campaign contributions to political parties or committees.
Xf) 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.
Xh) Remove all contribution limits to federal candidates and parties.
Xi) Require congressional candidates to raise over half of their campaign money from their home state.
Xj) Require that unions give members the option of not having membership dues used for political purposes.
Yesk) 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?
Yesm) Do you support voting on-line?
Xn) Other or expanded principles

50% in district for House of Representatives.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.
a) Eliminate the 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 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.
g) 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.
Xj) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
k) Support programs that provide job training and placement services for at-risk youth.
Xl) Other or expanded principles

Deport all resident aliens convicted of a felony.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning illegal drugs.
Xa) Increase penalties for selling illegal drugs.
Xb) Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
c) Expand federally sponsored drug education and drug treatment programs.
d) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Xe) 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."
g) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning education.
a) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
Xb) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any publicly-funded school.
Xc) 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.
Xf) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
g) Increase funding for computers and computer training in public schools.
h) 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

Allow prayer in school. Eliminate bilingual education.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment and affirmative action.
a) Increase funding for national job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
Xb) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xc) 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.
g) Increase the federal minimum wage.
h) Considering race and gender in government contracting decisions is appropriate for the federal government.
i) Include sexual orientation in federal anti-discrimination laws.
j) Continue federal affirmative action programs.
Xk) Discontinue federal affirmative action programs.
l) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources.
a) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Water Act.
b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act.
Xc) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration.
d) Support the U.S. re-entering the current Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming.
Xe) Require states to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses of privately owned land.
Xf) Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
h) Provide tax credits for state and local bonds to preserve open spaces, build parks, improve water quality and redevelop brownfields.
i) Support the National Forest Protection and Restoration Act prohibiting commercial logging in our national forests.
Xj) Provide states and local communities with more flexibility to address their respective environmental problems.
Xk) Other or expanded principles

Use peer-reviewed science in all regulations. Invest federal dollars in hi-tech pollution research.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.
a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Xc) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Xd) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Xe) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
Xg) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
h) Require a license for gun possession.
i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21.
Xj) Other or expanded principles

No federal database of gunowners. Instant-check only.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues.
a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government.
b) 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.
Xe) 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.
Xg) 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.
Xi) Prohibit the procedure of cloning human embryos.
Xj) Other or expanded principles

Patients Bill of Rights must include limitations on punitive damages.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration.
Xa) 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.
c) 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.
Xe) Establish English as the official U.S. language.
Xf) 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.
Xh) Other or expanded principles

No general amnesty for illegal aliens.

International Aid
Indicate which principles (if any) you support regarding U. S. economic assistance.
Xa) Aid should be granted to countries when extraordinary circumstances cause disaster and threaten civilian lives.
Xb) Aid should be granted to countries when it is in the security interests of the U. S.
Xc) 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.
f) Other or expanded principles
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.
Xe) Other or expanded principles

The U.S.should support Israel's right to exist as a free and secure state.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the United States-United Nations relationship.
Xa) 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.
Xd) Other or expanded principles

U.S. forces should never be commanded by a foreign commander.

No3) Should the U.S. have full diplomatic relations with Cuba?
Yes4) Should the U.S. recognize and extend full diplomatic relations to Taiwan?
Yes5) 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
Yes7) 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?
9) Other or expanded principles
International Trade
Yes1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
Yes2) Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
Yes3) Do you support continued U.S. membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
Yes4) Do you support China becoming a member of the World Trade Organization?
Undecided5) Should a nation's human rights record affect its normal trade relations (most favored nation) trading status with the United States? ___ Yes ___ No ___ Undecided
Yes6) Should the President have "fast-track" authority to negotiate trade agreements?
Yes7) Do you support the trade embargo against Cuba?
8) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding national security.
Yes1. 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?
Yes3. 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.
Xa) 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.
Xg) Other or expanded principles

Any changes to Social Security should not harm retirees or near-retirees.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding technology.
Xa) Continue the moratorium on Internet sales taxes.
b) Implement regulation of Internet content by the federal government.
Xc) 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.
a) 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.
Xd) Maintain current welfare-to-work requirements in order for states to qualify for block grants.
e) Restore food stamp programs to legal immigrants.
Xf) Transfer homeless housing programs to states through block grants.
g) 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.
Xi) Direct federal poverty aid through religious, community-based, or other non-profit organizations.
j) Provide states with additional funding for Medicaid programs to alleviate increasing state budget deficits.
k) Other or expanded principles
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.

My top three legislative priorities are education, transportation and national/homeland security.

I voted for President Bush's plan that demands schools meet strict standards and gives local districts the tools and flexibility they need to attain those goals.

Southern California needs better, safer roads and I will demand California gets its fair share of available federal transportation dollars.

I support efforts to guard our borders, patrol our streets, and hunt down terrorists and countries harboring terrorists.

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