Representative Alcee L. Hastings, Sr.'s Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (FL) - District 20, Democratic
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Alcee Hastings, Sr. has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Alcee Hastings, Sr. is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Alcee Hastings. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Alcee Hastings voted Yea on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. H Amdt 436. 104th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Alcee Hastings voted Yea on 06/15/1995. (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Alcee Hastings voted Nay on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should be illegal when the fetus is viable, with or without life support."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial birth" abortion."
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Alcee Hastings supported the interests of the Family Research Council 6 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. HR 670. 103th Congress. Abortion Counseling Bill. Alcee Hastings voted Yea on 03/25/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Alcee Hastings voted Did Not Vote on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Alcee Hastings voted Yea on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Alcee Hastings voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Alcee Hastings voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Alcee Hastings voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Alcee Hastings supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Alcee Hastings voted Yea on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Alcee Hastings voted Yea on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Alcee Hastings voted Yea on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Alcee Hastings voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Alcee Hastings voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (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 Alcee Hastings a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Alcee Hastings supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Alcee Hastings voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Alcee Hastings voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Alcee Hastings voted Nay on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Alcee Hastings in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Alcee Hastings supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 16 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. H Amdt 185. 103th Congress. Hyde Amendment. Alcee Hastings voted Nay on 06/30/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Hastings Blasts GOP's Continued Attack on Women's Rights. 13 October 2011. "My Republican colleagues should be absolutely ashamed of themselves. Instead of working to create jobs for the millions of Americans struggling all across this nation, they have decided they would rather spend time considering a bill that is a direct attack on a woman's constitutionally protected right to choose and that does not create one single job." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Issue Position: Judiciary Issues “ A Woman's Right to Choose. 23 January 2012. "I have been committed to protecting the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade by maintaining a 100 percent pro-choice voting record. I believe that the decision to have an abortion is between a woman and her doctor, not the government. I support abortions that are rare, safe, and legal." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Letter to Democratic Members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. 13 September 2011. "By failing to permit the District of Columbia to spend local government funds on abortion, we are sending the message that low-income women should not have access to the same medical services that middle- and upper-income women can access. Ultimately, this prohibition may threaten the health of medically vulnerable women and deny patients the right to access constitutionally protected medical services." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Providing for Consideration of H.R. 358, Protect Life Act. 13 October 2011. "Regardless of the facts, however, House Republicans continue their assault on a woman's right to choose. Contrary to popular belief, the Protect Life Act is not the Stupak-Pitts amendment of the 2009-2010 health care reform debate. It goes far beyond Stupak-Pitts to impose unprecedented limitations on abortion coverage and restricts access to abortion services for all women." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. H Amdt 436. 104th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Alcee Hastings voted Yea on 06/15/1995. (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Alcee Hastings voted Nay on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should be illegal when the fetus is viable, with or without life support."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial birth" abortion."
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Alcee Hastings supported the interests of the Family Research Council 6 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. HR 670. 103th Congress. Abortion Counseling Bill. Alcee Hastings voted Yea on 03/25/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Alcee Hastings voted Did Not Vote on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Alcee Hastings voted Yea on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Alcee Hastings voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Alcee Hastings voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Alcee Hastings voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Alcee Hastings supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Alcee Hastings voted Yea on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Alcee Hastings voted Yea on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Alcee Hastings voted Yea on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Alcee Hastings voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Alcee Hastings voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (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 Alcee Hastings a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Alcee Hastings supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Alcee Hastings voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Alcee Hastings voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Alcee Hastings voted Nay on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Alcee Hastings in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Alcee Hastings supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 16 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. H Amdt 185. 103th Congress. Hyde Amendment. Alcee Hastings voted Nay on 06/30/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Alcee Hastings voted Yea on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Hastings Blasts GOP's Continued Attack on Women's Rights. 13 October 2011. "My Republican colleagues should be absolutely ashamed of themselves. Instead of working to create jobs for the millions of Americans struggling all across this nation, they have decided they would rather spend time considering a bill that is a direct attack on a woman's constitutionally protected right to choose and that does not create one single job." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Issue Position: Judiciary Issues “ A Woman's Right to Choose. 23 January 2012. "I have been committed to protecting the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade by maintaining a 100 percent pro-choice voting record. I believe that the decision to have an abortion is between a woman and her doctor, not the government. I support abortions that are rare, safe, and legal." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Letter to Democratic Members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. 13 September 2011. "By failing to permit the District of Columbia to spend local government funds on abortion, we are sending the message that low-income women should not have access to the same medical services that middle- and upper-income women can access. Ultimately, this prohibition may threaten the health of medically vulnerable women and deny patients the right to access constitutionally protected medical services." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Providing for Consideration of H.R. 358, Protect Life Act. 13 October 2011. "Regardless of the facts, however, House Republicans continue their assault on a woman's right to choose. Contrary to popular belief, the Protect Life Act is not the Stupak-Pitts amendment of the 2009-2010 health care reform debate. It goes far beyond Stupak-Pitts to impose unprecedented limitations on abortion coverage and restricts access to abortion services for all women." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Alcee Hastings. Hastings on President Obama's State of the Union Address. 24 January 2012. "In order to tackle these challenges, we must ensure that everyone is paying their fair share. No more tax breaks for the wealthiest few while those struggling to make ends meet continue to be demonized and have the programs that provide invaluable services for their well-being slashed." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key above, indicate what federal tax levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Over $150,000"
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Indicate what levels you support concerning taxes, deductions, and tax credits in the following categories. d) Over $150,000"
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?"
  • Alcee Hastings. Introduction of the Fairness in the American Tax Code Act of 2011. 5 October 2011. "Americans in the highest tax bracket are supposed to pay 35 percent of their income in taxes. However, since President Bush slashed the capital gains rate to 15 percent, the top 400 wealthiest Americans, for example, pay only 15 percent in taxes on 80 percent of their income. As the law is currently written, any wealthy American paying the full 35 percent needs to get a new accountant." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Alcee Hastings voted Nay on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Alcee Hastings supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 0 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Alcee Hastings supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 6 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Alcee Hastings supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Issue Position: Budget and Tax Policy. 30 January 2012. "I oppose the Bush Tax Cuts to the wealthy, as well as Republican efforts to create tax havens for businesses and corporations who relocate offshore to avoid paying U.S. Taxes." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Hastings Urges Senate to Pass Jobs Bill and Extend Unemployment Benefits Immediately. "It is far past time for the Senate to act on creating jobs by passing the necessary legislation to boost economic growth. Too many Americans are out of work, too many are waiting around for this Congress to act, and too many are fed up with a Senate that has been more interested in preserving tax loopholes for the ultra-wealthy than with ensuring that millions of Americans receive the unemployment compensation they need to feed their families and keep their homes." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Hastings on President Obama's State of the Union Address. 24 January 2012. "In order to tackle these challenges, we must ensure that everyone is paying their fair share. No more tax breaks for the wealthiest few while those struggling to make ends meet continue to be demonized and have the programs that provide invaluable services for their well-being slashed." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Providing for Consideration of H.R. 5893, Investing in American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act. 29 June 2010. "Madam Speaker, H.R. 5893, the Investing in American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010, creates and protects American jobs through increased investment in infrastructure and by closing tax loopholes that enable companies to move their operations offshore." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key above, indicate what federal tax levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Over $150,000"
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Indicate what levels you support concerning taxes, deductions, and tax credits in the following categories. d) Over $150,000"
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?"
  • Alcee Hastings. Introduction of the Fairness in the American Tax Code Act of 2011. 5 October 2011. "Americans in the highest tax bracket are supposed to pay 35 percent of their income in taxes. However, since President Bush slashed the capital gains rate to 15 percent, the top 400 wealthiest Americans, for example, pay only 15 percent in taxes on 80 percent of their income. As the law is currently written, any wealthy American paying the full 35 percent needs to get a new accountant." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Alcee Hastings voted Nay on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Alcee Hastings supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 0 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Alcee Hastings supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 6 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Alcee Hastings supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Issue Position: Budget and Tax Policy. 30 January 2012. "I oppose the Bush Tax Cuts to the wealthy, as well as Republican efforts to create tax havens for businesses and corporations who relocate offshore to avoid paying U.S. Taxes." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Hastings Urges Senate to Pass Jobs Bill and Extend Unemployment Benefits Immediately. "It is far past time for the Senate to act on creating jobs by passing the necessary legislation to boost economic growth. Too many Americans are out of work, too many are waiting around for this Congress to act, and too many are fed up with a Senate that has been more interested in preserving tax loopholes for the ultra-wealthy than with ensuring that millions of Americans receive the unemployment compensation they need to feed their families and keep their homes." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Providing for Consideration of H.R. 5893, Investing in American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act. 29 June 2010. "Madam Speaker, H.R. 5893, the Investing in American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010, creates and protects American jobs through increased investment in infrastructure and by closing tax loopholes that enable companies to move their operations offshore." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Alcee Hastings. Issue Position: Budget and Tax Policy. 23 January 2012. "Federal spending must be used to help stimulate the economy in ways that will benefit Americans of all ages, backgrounds, and income levels." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Alcee Hastings voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Alcee Hastings voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Alcee Hastings a rating of 3 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Alcee Hastings supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Issue Position: Budget and Tax Policy. 23 January 2012. "Federal spending must be used to help stimulate the economy in ways that will benefit Americans of all ages, backgrounds, and income levels." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Hastings To Deliver Weekly CBC "Message To America". 23 April 2010. "The CBC has secured over $2.5 billion this year for direct job creation and to help people transition out of poverty through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. The House of Representatives also recently approved over $600 million to create over 300,000 jobs. The CBC is advocating that those funds be doubled, and concentrated specifically on the creation of summer jobs, which directly benefit local communities and provide critical work experience for young people." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Issue Position: Financial Services and the Economy. 23 January 2011. "Some have criticized the measures Congress has taken in its efforts to keep our nation from economic catastrophe, oftentimes stating that we are helping the very institutions that put us in this precarious financial situation in the first place. While I contend that no action we have taken is perfect, the financial rescue package passed in October 2008 helped to unclog dangerously tightening credit markets, stabilize financial institutions with ties throughout our economy, and served as an important signal to global markets that the American economy is pro-actively working toward recovery." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Providing for Consideration of H.R. 5893, Investing in American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010. 29 June 2010. "I'll remind this body that the Republicans were against the largest stimulus in history, which was not large enough for me and some of us in this body. But they were against this stimulus, an effort that demonstrably has saved American jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Alcee Hastings voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Alcee Hastings voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Alcee Hastings a rating of 3 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Alcee Hastings supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Hastings To Deliver Weekly CBC "Message To America". 23 April 2010. "The CBC has secured over $2.5 billion this year for direct job creation and to help people transition out of poverty through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. The House of Representatives also recently approved over $600 million to create over 300,000 jobs. The CBC is advocating that those funds be doubled, and concentrated specifically on the creation of summer jobs, which directly benefit local communities and provide critical work experience for young people." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Issue Position: Financial Services and the Economy. 23 January 2011. "Some have criticized the measures Congress has taken in its efforts to keep our nation from economic catastrophe, oftentimes stating that we are helping the very institutions that put us in this precarious financial situation in the first place. While I contend that no action we have taken is perfect, the financial rescue package passed in October 2008 helped to unclog dangerously tightening credit markets, stabilize financial institutions with ties throughout our economy, and served as an important signal to global markets that the American economy is pro-actively working toward recovery." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Providing for Consideration of H.R. 5893, Investing in American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010. 29 June 2010. "I'll remind this body that the Republicans were against the largest stimulus in history, which was not large enough for me and some of us in this body. But they were against this stimulus, an effort that demonstrably has saved American jobs." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Alcee Hastings. Issue Position: Education. 30 January 2012. "America's quality of public education is not up to par. We are the most advanced nation in the world, yet in many areas of our great nation the quality of education mirrors that of some third world countries. While there have certainly been gains in education over the past decade, America's education system still falls short of guaranteeing all children an education equal in quality." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Providing for Consideration of H.R. 3293, Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010. 24 July 2009. "This bill provides $64.7 billion for the Department of Education to prepare America's youth for an increasingly competitive global economy and to ensure that all Americans have access to the education needed to succeed. Funds in this bill, combined with the funds in the Recovery Act, will provide States with $4 billion in grants under the School Improvement Fund which will target assistance to approximately 13,000 low-performing schools." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. [?] d) Education"
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Promote education flexibility by giving federal funds, in the form of block grants, to the states to spend it as they see fit."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • Alcee Hastings. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Alcee Hastings voted Nay on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Issue Position: Education. 30 January 2012. "We must fully fund and effectively amend the No Child Left Behind Act. This well-intentioned legislation challenges our students and our schools to raise their standards and set the demanding goals necessary for our future leaders to succeed in the 21st Century. However, we cannot expect higher achievement if we do not give our students, schools, and teachers the extensive resources required to meet these challenges. Moreover, as we strive for higher standards, Congress must ensure that it does not place test scores above a quality, well-rounded education and that we do not settle for uniform mediocrity." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. HR 1804. 104th Congress. Goals 2000: Educate America Act. Alcee Hastings voted Yea on 03/23/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Issue Position: Education. 30 January 2012. "America's quality of public education is not up to par. We are the most advanced nation in the world, yet in many areas of our great nation the quality of education mirrors that of some third world countries. While there have certainly been gains in education over the past decade, America's education system still falls short of guaranteeing all children an education equal in quality." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Issue Position: Education. 30 January 2012. "We must fully fund and effectively amend the No Child Left Behind Act. This well-intentioned legislation challenges our students and our schools to raise their standards and set the demanding goals necessary for our future leaders to succeed in the 21st Century. However, we cannot expect higher achievement if we do not give our students, schools, and teachers the extensive resources required to meet these challenges. Moreover, as we strive for higher standards, Congress must ensure that it does not place test scores above a quality, well-rounded education and that we do not settle for uniform mediocrity." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Providing for Consideration of H.R. 3293, Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010. 24 July 2009. "This bill provides $64.7 billion for the Department of Education to prepare America's youth for an increasingly competitive global economy and to ensure that all Americans have access to the education needed to succeed. Funds in this bill, combined with the funds in the Recovery Act, will provide States with $4 billion in grants under the School Improvement Fund which will target assistance to approximately 13,000 low-performing schools." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. U.S. Representative Alcee L. Hastings Applauds Department of Education's Selection of Florida's Differentiated Accountability Proposal. 1 July 2008. ""Florida's inclusion in the pilot program will allow the State to intensively target our neediest schools while providing appropriate, specialized assistance to schools that have, by most accounts, performed relatively well but must still improve in a few remaining areas. Without this pilot program, approximately 450 Florida schools would have had to implement costly, and oftentimes disruptive, restructuring sanctions, regardless of the extent to which they are failing to make AYP. I hope that this is only the first step toward comprehensively reforming our nation's educational policies so that every child in Florida, and across our nation, has access to the quality education necessary to succeed in the 21st Century." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. [?] d) Education"
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Promote education flexibility by giving federal funds, in the form of block grants, to the states to spend it as they see fit."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • Alcee Hastings. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Alcee Hastings voted Nay on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. HR 1804. 104th Congress. Goals 2000: Educate America Act. Alcee Hastings voted Yea on 03/23/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. U.S. Representative Alcee L. Hastings Applauds Department of Education's Selection of Florida's Differentiated Accountability Proposal. 1 July 2008. ""Florida's inclusion in the pilot program will allow the State to intensively target our neediest schools while providing appropriate, specialized assistance to schools that have, by most accounts, performed relatively well but must still improve in a few remaining areas. Without this pilot program, approximately 450 Florida schools would have had to implement costly, and oftentimes disruptive, restructuring sanctions, regardless of the extent to which they are failing to make AYP. I hope that this is only the first step toward comprehensively reforming our nation's educational policies so that every child in Florida, and across our nation, has access to the quality education necessary to succeed in the 21st Century." (votesmart.org)

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Vote Smart's Research

  • Alcee Hastings. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Alcee Hastings voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Waiving Points of Order Against Conference Report on H.R. 2361, Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2006. 28 July 2005. "Mr. Speaker, individuals on their own are not going to conduct major environmental restoration, force power companies to reduce toxic emissions from their smokestacks, or clean up our Nation's drinking water. But collectively, collectively, we can all make this happen. Enforcement is not free, and neither is environmental restoration." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Report on Resolution Providing for Consideration of HR 6, Clean Energy Act of 2007. 19 January 2007. "At this juncture, we must move beyond the obvious motivations for responsible energy policies. As my colleagues have acknowledged, scarcity of resources, national security, greenhouse gas emissions, and the impact of oil exploration top the list of concerns addressed by this legislation. However, we must also acknowledge the true impact of these challenges on our nation's most vulnerable populations. In this sense, progressive energy policy is inextricably linked with the pursuit of true environmental justice." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Letter to President of the United States George W. Bush. 15 May 2006. "Reduce our dependence on fossil fuel through investments in renewable energy and energy conservation. By moving toward energy conservation and investing in renewable and alternative energy sources such as biofuels, hydrogen fuel cells, ethanol, solar and wind we can eliminate our reliance on Middle East oil by 2020, and move away from polluting fossil fuels in general. For example, by increasing CAFE standards for cars to 45 miles per gallon and SUVs and light trucks to 34 miles per gallon over the next decade we could save consumers about $80 billion per year at the pump, 3 billion gallons of oil a year, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 1.5 trillion pounds a year." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Hastings Lauds Passage Of The Advanced Vehicle Technology Act. 16 September 2009. "I am also pleased that this legislation focuses on improving fuel efficiency in heavy trucks. In my home state of Florida, many trucking companies utilize thousands of trucks on the road, improvement in fuel efficiency and emissions reduction will greatly help our environment." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Alcee Hastings supported the interests of Environment America 73 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. 04/18/2012. "Alcee Hastings supported the interests of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Alcee Hastings in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Alcee Hastings supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 90 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Alcee Hastings voted Did Not Vote on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Alcee Hastings in the 2002 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Alcee Hastings in the 2004 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund endorsed Alcee Hastings in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "m) Support the Kyoto Protocol to limit global warming."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Reduce current federal regulations on the environment."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Support Clear Skies Act to reduce power plant emissions by setting a national cap on pollutants."
  • Alcee Hastings. Waiving Points of Order Against Conference Report on H.R. 2361, Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2006. 28 July 2005. "Mr. Speaker, individuals on their own are not going to conduct major environmental restoration, force power companies to reduce toxic emissions from their smokestacks, or clean up our Nation's drinking water. But collectively, collectively, we can all make this happen. Enforcement is not free, and neither is environmental restoration." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Report on Resolution Providing for Consideration of HR 6, Clean Energy Act of 2007. 19 January 2007. "At this juncture, we must move beyond the obvious motivations for responsible energy policies. As my colleagues have acknowledged, scarcity of resources, national security, greenhouse gas emissions, and the impact of oil exploration top the list of concerns addressed by this legislation. However, we must also acknowledge the true impact of these challenges on our nation's most vulnerable populations. In this sense, progressive energy policy is inextricably linked with the pursuit of true environmental justice." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Letter to President of the United States George W. Bush. 15 May 2006. "Reduce our dependence on fossil fuel through investments in renewable energy and energy conservation. By moving toward energy conservation and investing in renewable and alternative energy sources such as biofuels, hydrogen fuel cells, ethanol, solar and wind we can eliminate our reliance on Middle East oil by 2020, and move away from polluting fossil fuels in general. For example, by increasing CAFE standards for cars to 45 miles per gallon and SUVs and light trucks to 34 miles per gallon over the next decade we could save consumers about $80 billion per year at the pump, 3 billion gallons of oil a year, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 1.5 trillion pounds a year." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Hastings Lauds Passage Of The Advanced Vehicle Technology Act. 16 September 2009. "I am also pleased that this legislation focuses on improving fuel efficiency in heavy trucks. In my home state of Florida, many trucking companies utilize thousands of trucks on the road, improvement in fuel efficiency and emissions reduction will greatly help our environment." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Alcee Hastings supported the interests of Environment America 73 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. 04/18/2012. "Alcee Hastings supported the interests of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Alcee Hastings in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Alcee Hastings supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 90 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Alcee Hastings voted Did Not Vote on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Alcee Hastings voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Alcee Hastings in the 2002 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Alcee Hastings in the 2004 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund endorsed Alcee Hastings in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "m) Support the Kyoto Protocol to limit global warming."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Reduce current federal regulations on the environment."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Support Clear Skies Act to reduce power plant emissions by setting a national cap on pollutants."

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  • Alcee Hastings. Regarding the Reinstitution of the Assault Weapons Act. 15 September 2004. "Mr. Speaker, the 1994 assault weapons ban has expired and our nation is again vulnerable to guns known to most in the law enforcement community as "the weapons of choice for criminals." My bill would reinstate the repealed criminal provisions relating to assault weapons and large capacity ammunition feeding devices, and make America safer." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "k) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Reauthorize the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Alcee Hastings. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Alcee Hastings voted Nay on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Alcee Hastings a grade of 9." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Alcee Hastings in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. H Amdt 390. 103th Congress. Instant Background Checks for Gun Purchase Amendment. Alcee Hastings voted Nay on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Alcee Hastings in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. HR 125. 104th Congress. Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995. Alcee Hastings voted Nay on 03/22/1996. (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. HR 1025. 103th Congress. Brady Handgun Bill. Alcee Hastings voted Yea on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. HR 4296. 104th Congress. Regulation of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons. Alcee Hastings voted Yea on 05/05/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Alcee Hastings voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Alcee Hastings voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Alcee Hastings supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 93 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Alcee Hastings voted Nay on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Hastings Blasts House Passage of Concealed Carry Bill. 16 November 2011. "I think it is absolutely absurd that this institution voted to let just about anybody carry a concealed weapon anywhere across this nation. States have put forward a considerable amount of time trying to determine just what is best for their citizenry with reference to safety. State legislatures have intensely debated and ultimately decided their own standards for who can carry a loaded concealed weapon in their communities. This legislation eliminates many of those standards, reducing concealed-carry permitting to a lowest common denominator imposed by Congress as a Federal mandate." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Issue Position: Judiciary Issues “ Gun Control. 30 January 2012. "Rest assured, as gun control legislation is considered before the full House of Representatives, I will continue working to reduce the number of firearms in our communities and will continue to support mandating thorough backgrounds checks on those citizens who choose to possess guns." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. National Right-To-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011. 16 November 2011. "Mr. Chairman, the last thing we need is to tell sovereign States that they are no longer free to make the decision to require an in-person interview when making a gun permit determination. At least 10 States grant law enforcement broad discretion to deny permits to carry concealed, loaded guns based on an applicant's record or other factors." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Providing for Consideration of S. 397, Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. 18 October 2005. "The underlying legislation, which dismisses existing lawsuits against gun manufacturers and dealers and prohibits the filing of future suits, is not sound public policy. On the contrary, it is outright political grandstanding." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Regarding the Reinstitution of the Assault Weapons Act. 15 September 2004. "Mr. Speaker, the 1994 assault weapons ban has expired and our nation is again vulnerable to guns known to most in the law enforcement community as "the weapons of choice for criminals." My bill would reinstate the repealed criminal provisions relating to assault weapons and large capacity ammunition feeding devices, and make America safer." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "k) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Reauthorize the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Alcee Hastings. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Alcee Hastings voted Nay on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Alcee Hastings a grade of 9." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Alcee Hastings in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. H Amdt 390. 103th Congress. Instant Background Checks for Gun Purchase Amendment. Alcee Hastings voted Nay on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Alcee Hastings in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. HR 125. 104th Congress. Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995. Alcee Hastings voted Nay on 03/22/1996. (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. HR 1025. 103th Congress. Brady Handgun Bill. Alcee Hastings voted Yea on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. HR 4296. 104th Congress. Regulation of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons. Alcee Hastings voted Yea on 05/05/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Alcee Hastings voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Alcee Hastings voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Alcee Hastings supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 93 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Alcee Hastings voted Nay on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Hastings Blasts House Passage of Concealed Carry Bill. 16 November 2011. "I think it is absolutely absurd that this institution voted to let just about anybody carry a concealed weapon anywhere across this nation. States have put forward a considerable amount of time trying to determine just what is best for their citizenry with reference to safety. State legislatures have intensely debated and ultimately decided their own standards for who can carry a loaded concealed weapon in their communities. This legislation eliminates many of those standards, reducing concealed-carry permitting to a lowest common denominator imposed by Congress as a Federal mandate." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Issue Position: Judiciary Issues “ Gun Control. 30 January 2012. "Rest assured, as gun control legislation is considered before the full House of Representatives, I will continue working to reduce the number of firearms in our communities and will continue to support mandating thorough backgrounds checks on those citizens who choose to possess guns." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. National Right-To-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011. 16 November 2011. "Mr. Chairman, the last thing we need is to tell sovereign States that they are no longer free to make the decision to require an in-person interview when making a gun permit determination. At least 10 States grant law enforcement broad discretion to deny permits to carry concealed, loaded guns based on an applicant's record or other factors." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Providing for Consideration of S. 397, Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. 18 October 2005. "The underlying legislation, which dismisses existing lawsuits against gun manufacturers and dealers and prohibits the filing of future suits, is not sound public policy. On the contrary, it is outright political grandstanding." (votesmart.org)

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  • Alcee Hastings. Issue Position: Health Care “ The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. 30 January 2012. "Every single day, we see the benefits of health care reform in action in Florida's 23rd Congressional district and across our nation. Having received hundreds of letters and calls from my constituents, it is clear that the Affordable Care Act is a step in the right direction, increasing access to affordable, quality health care for millions of individuals and families." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Alcee Hastings. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Alcee Hastings voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Alcee Hastings supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Blog: Republicans' Health Care Bill Will Increase Our Nation's Deficit. 18 January 2011. "According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the Republicans' legislation (H.R. 2) to repeal the Affordable Care Act would actually add $230 billion to the deficit through 2021 and billions more in the following decade. Conversely, the CBO found that the Affordable Care Act cuts the deficit by $143 billion in the first 10 years (2010-2019) and by over $1 trillion in the second 10 years." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Blog: The Republican's Repeal of Health Care and Its Impact on Florida. 7 January 2011. "I need to look no further than my own district and state to see the benefits of health care reform in action. These figures speak to the positive impact the Affordable Care Act has already had on people's everyday lives. I will continue to support health care reform and continue to fight against the repeal of this important piece of legislation by House Republicans who would rather vote to strip middle class, working poor, and other vulnerable Americans of their access to affordable, quality health care now and worry about the details later." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Blog: What House Republicans Are Really Doing by Repealing Health Care. 6 January 2011. "Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, 32 million Americans who did not have access to affordable, quality health care prior to its passage now do, and it helps guarantee that 95 percent of Americans will have coverage in the near future." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Hastings Blasts Passage of Republicans' Health Care Repeal Bill. 19 January 2011. "It is indeed a sad day for our nation when my Republican colleagues would vote to help themselves over helping the American people. Rather than focus on the true task before us -- putting more Americans back to work --, House Republicans have set the tone for the beginning of the 112th Congress by pursuing this fruitless repeal effort for their own political gain instead of measures to create jobs and grow our economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Hastings Celebrates 45th Anniversary of Medicare. 1 July 2011. "My fellow Democrats and I remain committed to the future of Medicare. In fact, the Affordable Care Act increases the solvency of the program by eight years. As stewards of this bedrock promise, we cannot allow shortsighted priorities to shortchange our seniors." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Hastings Commemorates One-Year Anniversary of Affordable Care Act. 23 March 2011. "Unfortunately, my Republican colleagues continue their efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act at the expense of the middle class." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Hastings Refutes Florida Judge's Ruling on Health Care Reform Law. 1 February 2011. "Try as some may to repeal the Affordable Care Act, I strongly believe that making prescription drugs more affordable for seniors, helping small businesses provide health insurance to their employees through tax credits, and preventing insurance companies from denying or limiting care is what the American people need and deserve." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Issue Position: Health Care. 30 January 2012. "The passage of H.R.3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act by the House is a historic event for our nation, and an important step in insuring that health care is not simply a privilege for some, but a guaranteed right for all." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Alcee Hastings. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Alcee Hastings voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Alcee Hastings supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Blog: Republicans' Health Care Bill Will Increase Our Nation's Deficit. 18 January 2011. "According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the Republicans' legislation (H.R. 2) to repeal the Affordable Care Act would actually add $230 billion to the deficit through 2021 and billions more in the following decade. Conversely, the CBO found that the Affordable Care Act cuts the deficit by $143 billion in the first 10 years (2010-2019) and by over $1 trillion in the second 10 years." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Blog: The Republican's Repeal of Health Care and Its Impact on Florida. 7 January 2011. "I need to look no further than my own district and state to see the benefits of health care reform in action. These figures speak to the positive impact the Affordable Care Act has already had on people's everyday lives. I will continue to support health care reform and continue to fight against the repeal of this important piece of legislation by House Republicans who would rather vote to strip middle class, working poor, and other vulnerable Americans of their access to affordable, quality health care now and worry about the details later." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Blog: What House Republicans Are Really Doing by Repealing Health Care. 6 January 2011. "Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, 32 million Americans who did not have access to affordable, quality health care prior to its passage now do, and it helps guarantee that 95 percent of Americans will have coverage in the near future." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Hastings Blasts Passage of Republicans' Health Care Repeal Bill. 19 January 2011. "It is indeed a sad day for our nation when my Republican colleagues would vote to help themselves over helping the American people. Rather than focus on the true task before us -- putting more Americans back to work --, House Republicans have set the tone for the beginning of the 112th Congress by pursuing this fruitless repeal effort for their own political gain instead of measures to create jobs and grow our economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Hastings Celebrates 45th Anniversary of Medicare. 1 July 2011. "My fellow Democrats and I remain committed to the future of Medicare. In fact, the Affordable Care Act increases the solvency of the program by eight years. As stewards of this bedrock promise, we cannot allow shortsighted priorities to shortchange our seniors." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Hastings Commemorates One-Year Anniversary of Affordable Care Act. 23 March 2011. "Unfortunately, my Republican colleagues continue their efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act at the expense of the middle class." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Hastings Refutes Florida Judge's Ruling on Health Care Reform Law. 1 February 2011. "Try as some may to repeal the Affordable Care Act, I strongly believe that making prescription drugs more affordable for seniors, helping small businesses provide health insurance to their employees through tax credits, and preventing insurance companies from denying or limiting care is what the American people need and deserve." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Issue Position: Health Care “ The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. 30 January 2012. "Every single day, we see the benefits of health care reform in action in Florida's 23rd Congressional district and across our nation. Having received hundreds of letters and calls from my constituents, it is clear that the Affordable Care Act is a step in the right direction, increasing access to affordable, quality health care for millions of individuals and families." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Issue Position: Health Care. 30 January 2012. "The passage of H.R.3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act by the House is a historic event for our nation, and an important step in insuring that health care is not simply a privilege for some, but a guaranteed right for all." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Alcee Hastings supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Grant U.S. citizenship to children born in the US only if their parents immigrated legally."
  • Alcee Hastings. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Alcee Hastings voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Alcee Hastings supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Alcee Hastings voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Alcee Hastings supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Grant U.S. citizenship to children born in the US only if their parents immigrated legally."
  • Alcee Hastings. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Alcee Hastings voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Alcee Hastings supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Alcee Hastings voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Alcee Hastings supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 14 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Alcee Hastings voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Hastings Recognizes LGBT Pride Month. 3 June 2011. "I am proud to join our nation's LGBT community and its allies in recognizing June as LGBT Pride Month. Thanks to the courage, leadership, and sacrifices of countless individuals, we have made great strides in the ongoing struggle for LGBT equality. And, while we continue to face both old and new challenges to equal rights for all Americans, we know that real progress is not only achievable when we work together, but unstoppable." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "i) Do you support a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between a man and woman?"
  • Alcee Hastings. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Alcee Hastings voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Alcee Hastings supported the interests of the American Family Association 6 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Alcee Hastings supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Marriage Protection Act of 2004. 22 July 2004. "Recognizing that they lack the votes to pass the discriminatory Federal Marriage Amendment, the Republican House leadership is now focusing on slamming shut federal courthouse doors to gay and lesbian Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Alcee Hastings supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Alcee Hastings voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Alcee Hastings supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 95 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Issue Position: GLBT Equality. 30 January 2012. "Through DOMA, the federal government selectively withholds critical protections and obligations that otherwise would be afforded to legally married gay and lesbian couples. DOMA is unconstitutional, unconscionable, and illogical. In the 111th Congress, I was a proud original co-sponsor of H.R. 3567, the Respect for Marriage Act of 2009*, which repeals DOMA and would ensure that all married couples are treated equally under federal law." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Hastings Expresses Support For Marriage And Domestic Partnership Equality. 2 November 2009. "We must not let the pages of history turn backwards on equality for all Americans by allowing Proposition 1 and Referendum 71 to strip our gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer (GLBTQ) family and friends of their hard-fought rights," said Hastings." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Hastings Recognizes LGBT Pride Month. 3 June 2011. "I am proud to join our nation's LGBT community and its allies in recognizing June as LGBT Pride Month. Thanks to the courage, leadership, and sacrifices of countless individuals, we have made great strides in the ongoing struggle for LGBT equality. And, while we continue to face both old and new challenges to equal rights for all Americans, we know that real progress is not only achievable when we work together, but unstoppable." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Issue Position: GLBT Equality. 30 January 2012. "Through DOMA, the federal government selectively withholds critical protections and obligations that otherwise would be afforded to legally married gay and lesbian couples. DOMA is unconstitutional, unconscionable, and illogical. In the 111th Congress, I was a proud original co-sponsor of H.R. 3567, the Respect for Marriage Act of 2009*, which repeals DOMA and would ensure that all married couples are treated equally under federal law." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Marriage Protection Act of 2004. 22 July 2004. "Recognizing that they lack the votes to pass the discriminatory Federal Marriage Amendment, the Republican House leadership is now focusing on slamming shut federal courthouse doors to gay and lesbian Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Alcee Hastings voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Alcee Hastings supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 14 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "i) Do you support a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between a man and woman?"
  • Alcee Hastings. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Alcee Hastings voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Alcee Hastings supported the interests of the American Family Association 6 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Alcee Hastings supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Alcee Hastings supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Alcee Hastings voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Alcee Hastings supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 95 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Hastings Expresses Support For Marriage And Domestic Partnership Equality. 2 November 2009. "We must not let the pages of history turn backwards on equality for all Americans by allowing Proposition 1 and Referendum 71 to strip our gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer (GLBTQ) family and friends of their hard-fought rights," said Hastings." (votesmart.org)

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  • Alcee Hastings. Issue Position: War on Terrorism. 30 January 2012. "To win this war, we must refocus our efforts and recognize the impact that Iraq is having on the entire region. The U.S. must also take responsibility for the almost 3 million displaced Iraqi refugees in Syria, Jordan, and Iran and along the Iraqi borders. Refugee camps are ripe for extremists who are trying to break into these camps to win over refugees by feeding, clothing, and educating them. I have introduced the lead legislation providing aid to Iraqi refugees and combat extremists who are trying to turn refugees into terrorists." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Issue Position: International Relations “ Israel. 30 January 2012. "Over the past few years, we have watched violence in Israel and the Palestinian territories spiral out of control. Clearly, the current situation in the Middle East has gotten out of hand, and the time for the United States to become more actively engaged in the region is now." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Issue Position: War on Terrorism. 30 January 2012. "To win this war, we must refocus our efforts and recognize the impact that Iraq is having on the entire region. The U.S. must also take responsibility for the almost 3 million displaced Iraqi refugees in Syria, Jordan, and Iran and along the Iraqi borders. Refugee camps are ripe for extremists who are trying to break into these camps to win over refugees by feeding, clothing, and educating them. I have introduced the lead legislation providing aid to Iraqi refugees and combat extremists who are trying to turn refugees into terrorists." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Issue Position: International Relations “ Israel. 30 January 2012. "Over the past few years, we have watched violence in Israel and the Palestinian territories spiral out of control. Clearly, the current situation in the Middle East has gotten out of hand, and the time for the United States to become more actively engaged in the region is now." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Alcee Hastings. Representative Hastings to President Bush: "We've had enough rhetoric. We want the details!" 2 February 2005. "The President can call it anything he wants, but personal accounts means privatization. And privatizing Social Security will place the future of the most successful social program in American history at the mercy of a volatile market. Social Security was never intended to be a money maker. It's a safety net ensuring that the majority of America's seniors do not find themselves living in poverty." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Issue Position: Social Security. 30 January 2012. "Republicans want us to believe that the only way to save Social Security is through the creation of private accounts. I have received thousands of letters from constituents urging me not to support the privatization of Social Security. I agree with and share the concerns of these citizens." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Issue Position: Social Security. 30 January 2012. "Privatization will neither protect nor improve the Social Security system. Privatization would mean less retirement income for all American workers and would drain trillions from the Social Security Trust Fund, exhausting reserves almost 20 years before current projections." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Blog: Hastings on Older Americans Month. 11 May 2011. "As we honor older Americans and reflect on their contributions to our communities and nation, let us also remember our commitment to them. We can help give our seniors a more secure and healthier future by ensuring the preservation and continued improvement of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. That is why I will continue working hard to oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, efforts to raise the retirement age, and privatization, as well as plans to convert Medicare and Medicaid to a voucher program and block grant, respectively." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Blog: Hastings Commemorates 76th Anniversary of Social Security. 14 August 2011. "As we celebrate the 76th anniversary of Social Security, I pledge to continue doing everything in my power to protect and improve this vital program for this and future generations to come. I will continue working hard to oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, efforts to raise the retirement age, and privatization." (votesmart.org)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Alcee Hastings supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida 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."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Florida 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."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Alcee Hastings. Representative Hastings to President Bush: "We've had enough rhetoric. We want the details!" 2 February 2005. "The President can call it anything he wants, but personal accounts means privatization. And privatizing Social Security will place the future of the most successful social program in American history at the mercy of a volatile market. Social Security was never intended to be a money maker. It's a safety net ensuring that the majority of America's seniors do not find themselves living in poverty." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Issue Position: Social Security. 30 January 2012. "Republicans want us to believe that the only way to save Social Security is through the creation of private accounts. I have received thousands of letters from constituents urging me not to support the privatization of Social Security. I agree with and share the concerns of these citizens." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Issue Position: Social Security. 30 January 2012. "Privatization will neither protect nor improve the Social Security system. Privatization would mean less retirement income for all American workers and would drain trillions from the Social Security Trust Fund, exhausting reserves almost 20 years before current projections." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Blog: Hastings on Older Americans Month. 11 May 2011. "As we honor older Americans and reflect on their contributions to our communities and nation, let us also remember our commitment to them. We can help give our seniors a more secure and healthier future by ensuring the preservation and continued improvement of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. That is why I will continue working hard to oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, efforts to raise the retirement age, and privatization, as well as plans to convert Medicare and Medicaid to a voucher program and block grant, respectively." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Blog: Hastings Commemorates 76th Anniversary of Social Security. 14 August 2011. "As we celebrate the 76th anniversary of Social Security, I pledge to continue doing everything in my power to protect and improve this vital program for this and future generations to come. I will continue working hard to oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, efforts to raise the retirement age, and privatization." (votesmart.org)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Alcee Hastings supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida 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."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Florida 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."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Alcee Hastings. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."

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Congressional Election 2006 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) regarding abortion.

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

Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once.

Budget Priorities

Maintain Statusa) Agriculture
Maintain Statusb) Arts
Maintain Statusc) Defense
Greatly Increased) Education
Slightly Increasee) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Homeland security
Slightly Increaseg) International aid
Maintain Statush) Law enforcement
Greatly Increasei) Medical research
Maintain Statusj) National parks
Slightly Increasek) Public health services
Slightly Increasel) Scientific research
Slightly Decreasem) Space exploration programs
Slightly Increasen) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Maintain Statuso) Welfare
Maintain Statusp) Emergency preparedness
q) Other or expanded categories

Defense Spending

Maintain Statusa) Armed forces personnel training
Greatly Increaseb) Intelligence operations
Maintain Statusc) Military hardware
Maintain Statusd) Modernization of weaponry and equipment
Slightly Decreasee) National missile defense
Greatly Increasef) Pay for active duty personnel
Slightly Increaseg) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Maintain Statush) Research and development of new weapons
Maintain Statusi) Troop and equipment readiness
j) Other or expanded categories

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

Taxes

Income Taxes:

Family Income

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

Retiree Income

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

Other Taxes:

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

Deductions/Credits:

Maintain Statusa) Charitable contributions
Slightly Increaseb) Child tax credit
Slightly Increasec) Earned income tax credit
Slightly Increased) Medical expense deduction
Maintain Statuse) Mortgage deduction
Slightly Increasef) Student loan credit
g) Other or expanded categories
No4) Do you support the permanent repeal of the federal estate tax?
No5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?
6) Discuss your proposals for balancing the federal budget. (75 words or less. Please use an attached page if the space below is not adequate.)
7) Other or expanded principles

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

Xa) Support public taxpayer funding for federal candidates who comply with campaign spending limits.
Xb) Increase the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns.
Xc) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
d) Allow unregulated soft money campaign contributions to political parties or committees.
e) Remove all contribution limits on federal campaigns and parties.
f) Require Section 527 organizations to register with the Federal Election Commission as Political Action Committees.
Yesg) Do you support instant run-off voting?
Yesh) Should Election Day be a national holiday?
Noi) Do you support a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between a man and woman?
j) Other or expanded principles

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

Xa) Support the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
b) Eliminate the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
Xc) Support programs to provide prison inmates with educational, vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xd) Support programs to provide prison inmates with drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
e) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
Xf) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, and disability be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
g) Impose stricter penalties for those convicted of corporate crimes.
h) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
i) Other or expanded principles

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

a) Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
Xb) Expand federally sponsored drug education and drug treatment programs.
c) Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
Xd) Allow doctors to recommend marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
Xe) Increase border security to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the United States.
f) Eliminate federal funding for programs associated with the "war on drugs."
g) Support a federal law to standardize testing and penalties for steroid use in professional sports.
h) Other or expanded principles

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

a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students.
b) Allow parents to use vouchers, (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any public school.
c) Allow parents to use vouchers, (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any private or religious school.
d) Allow teachers and professionals to receive authorization and funding to establish charter schools.
Xe) Reward teachers with merit pay for working in low-income schools.
Xf) Increase funding for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings, infrastructure, technology).
Xg) Support affirmative action in public college admissions.
Xh) Increase funding of programs such as Pell grants and Stafford loans to help students pay for college.
Xi) Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college.
j) Other or expanded principles

1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.

Xa) Increase funding for national job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
b) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xc) Provide tax credits or grants to businesses that offer child care services to employees.
Xd) Encourage employers to offer flex-time scheduling, comp-time, and unpaid leave for family emergencies.
e) Eliminate all federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
Xf) Increase the federal minimum wage.
Xg) Support the right of workers to strike without fear of being permanently replaced.
Xh) Include sexual orientation in federal anti-discrimination laws.
i) Other or expanded principles

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

Xa) The federal government should consider race and gender in government contracting decisions.
b) The federal government should discontinue affirmative action programs.
Xc) The federal government should continue affirmative action programs.
d) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.

Xa) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Water Act.
Xb) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act.
Xc) Support Clear Skies Act to reduce power plant emissions by setting a national cap on pollutants.
d) Require states to compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses of privately-owned land.
e) Relax logging restrictions on federal lands.
f) Relax standards on federal lands to allow increased recreational usage.
g) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil).
Xh) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
i) Support opening a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration.
Xj) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels to reduce pollution.
Xk) Support the use of ethanol as an alternative fuel.
Xl) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits.
Xm) Support the Kyoto Protocol to limit global warming.
n) Other or expanded principles

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

Xa) Reauthorize the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
Xb) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
Xf) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
Xg) Require a license for gun possession.
h) Other or expanded principles

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

a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government.
Xb) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income.
c) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts.
d) Establish limits on the amount of punitive damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xe) Support expanding prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
Xf) Offer tax credits to individuals and small businesses to offset the cost of insurance coverage.
Xg) Support automatic enrollment of children in federal health care programs such as CHIP and Medicaid.
Xh) Support stem cell research on existing lines of stem cells.
Xi) Allow laboratories to create new lines of stem cells for additional research.
j) Other or expanded principles

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

a) Decrease the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country.
b) Establish English as the official national language.
Xc) Support a temporary worker program that would enable illegal immigrants to work in the United States legally.
Xd) Relax restrictions barring legal immigrants from using government funded social programs (e.g. public housing, food stamps).
e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States.
f) Other or expanded principles

International Aid

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding United States 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 United States.
c) Aid should be eliminated for any nation with documented human rights abuses.
d) International Aid programs should be scaled back and eventually eliminated.
e) Other or expanded principles

International Policy

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

Yesa) Should the United States continue to provide leadership in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process?
Yesb) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
c) Should the United States withdraw its troops from Iraq?
d) Should the United States send more troops to Iraq?
e) Discuss your proposals for an exit strategy in Iraq. (75 words or less. Please use an attached page if the space below is not adequate.)
f) Other or expanded principles

2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Central and East Asia.

Yesa) Should the United States use diplomatic and economic pressure to encourage North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program?
b) Should the United States use military force to dismantle the North Korean nuclear weapons program?
c) Should the United States remove the North Korean government from power?
Yesd) Should the United States increase financial support to Afghanistan?
Yese) Should the United States increase military support to Afghanistan?
f) Other or expanded principles

3) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the United Nations.

Yesa) Should the United States maintain its financial support of the United Nations?
Nob) Should the United States decrease its financial support of the United Nations?
Yesc) Should the United States commit troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions?
d) Other or expanded principles
No4) Should the United States lift the travel ban to Cuba?
Yes5) Should the United States increase its financial support to Colombia to combat "the war on drugs?"
Yes6) Should aid to African nations for AIDS prevention programs fund distribution of contraceptives?
Yes7) Should aid to African nations for AIDS prevention programs fund abstinence education?
8) Other or expanded principles

International Trade

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international trade.

No1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
No2) Do you support the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA)?
Yes3) Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
Yes4) Do you support continued U.S. membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
Yes5) Should a nation's human rights record affect its normal trade relations (most favored nation) status with the United States?
Yes6) Do you support the trade embargo against Cuba?
Yes7) Should trade agreements include provisions to address environmental concerns and to protect workers' rights?
8) Other or expanded principles

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

Yesa) Do you support using military tribunals to try suspected terrorists when ordinary civilian courts are deemed inappropriate or impractical?
Nob) Should the United States grant law enforcement agencies greater discretion to read mail and email, tap phones, and conduct random searches to prevent future terrorist attacks?
Yesc) Should the United States hold foreign states accountable for terrorists who operate in their country?
Yesd) Should the federal government increase funding to states and cities for homeland security?
Yese) Do you support the prohibition of torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment of prisoners in U.S. custody?
f) Do you support a policy of pre-emptive military strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to U.S. national security?
g) Other or expanded principles

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

a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves.
b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government.
c) Invest a portion of Social Security assets collectively in stocks and bonds instead of United States Treasury securities.
d) Increase the payroll tax to better finance Social Security in its current form.
e) Lower the annual cost-of-living increases.
f) Raise the retirement age for individual eligibility to receive full Social Security benefits.
g) Other of expanded principles

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

Xa) Collect taxes on commercial Internet transactions.
b) Continue the moratorium on Internet taxation.
c) Implement government regulation of Internet content.
d) Support government mandates to curtail violent and sexual content on television.
Xe) Support strict penalties for Internet crimes (e.g. hacking, identity theft, worms/viruses).
Xf) Support legislation to detail how personal information can be collected and used on the Internet.
g) Regulating the Internet is not a responsibility of the federal government.
h) Other or expanded principles

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

a) Require welfare recipients to spend at least 40 hours a week in a combination of work and training programs.
Xb) Increase funding for child care programs.
Xc) Continue to give states and local governments flexibility in and responsibility for welfare programs through federal block grants.
Xd) Direct federal poverty aid through religious, community-based, or other non-profit organizations.
e) Abolish all federal welfare programs.
Xf) Support housing assistance for welfare recipients.
g) Other or expanded principles
On an attached page, disk, or via email, please explain in a total of 75 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.