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Luis V. Gutierrez

Luis Gutierrez's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Luis V. Gutierrez
Office: U.S. House (IL) - District 4, Democratic
First Elected: 11/03/1992
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 4
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary March 18, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Soraida; 2 Children: Omaira, Jessica
Birth Date: 12/10/1953
Birth Place: Chicago, IL
Home City: Chicago, IL
Religion: Roman Catholic
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Pro-choice Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Luis Gutierrez. H Amdt 436. 104th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Luis Gutierrez voted Yea on 06/15/1995. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Luis Gutierrez in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Luis Gutierrez. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Luis Gutierrez voted Nay on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Luis Gutierrez. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Luis Gutierrez voted Yea on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Luis Gutierrez. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Luis Gutierrez voted Yea on 06/09/1999. (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 Luis Gutierrez a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Luis Gutierrez. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Luis Gutierrez voted Yea on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • Luis Gutierrez. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Luis Gutierrez voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Luis Gutierrez supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Luis Gutierrez. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Luis Gutierrez voted Yea on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Luis Gutierrez. H Amdt 185. 103th Congress. Hyde Amendment. Luis Gutierrez voted Nay on 06/30/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Luis Gutierrez. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Luis Gutierrez voted Did Not Vote on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Luis Gutierrez. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Luis Gutierrez voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Luis Gutierrez. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Luis Gutierrez voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Luis Gutierrez. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Luis Gutierrez voted Yea on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Luis Gutierrez supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Luis Gutierrez. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Luis Gutierrez voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Luis Gutierrez. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Luis Gutierrez voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Luis Gutierrez supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Luis Gutierrez. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Luis Gutierrez voted Yea on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Luis Gutierrez in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Luis Gutierrez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit the late-term abortion procedure known as "partial-birth" abortion."
  • Luis Gutierrez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Luis Gutierrez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Luis Gutierrez. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Luis Gutierrez. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Luis Gutierrez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Luis Gutierrez. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Luis Gutierrez voted Nay on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Luis Gutierrez. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Luis Gutierrez voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Luis Gutierrez. HR 670. 103th Congress. Abortion Counseling Bill. Luis Gutierrez voted Yea on 03/25/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Luis Gutierrez supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Luis Gutierrez. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Luis Gutierrez voted Yea on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Luis Gutierrez supported the interests of Peace Action West 71 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Luis Gutierrez supported the interests of the Peace Action 71 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Luis Gutierrez. Letter to the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. 13 October 2010. "As the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform continues its work of reviewing and recommending an appropriate set of responses to our nation's mid- and long-term fiscal challenges, we write to urge in the strongest terms that the final Commission report include among its recommendations substantial reductions in projected levels of future spending by the Department of Defense." (votesmart.org)
  • Luis Gutierrez. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Luis Gutierrez voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Luis Gutierrez. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Luis Gutierrez voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Luis Gutierrez. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Luis Gutierrez voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Luis Gutierrez. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Luis Gutierrez voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Luis Gutierrez. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Luis Gutierrez voted Nay on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Luis Gutierrez. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Luis Gutierrez voted Nay on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Luis Gutierrez. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Luis Gutierrez voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Luis Gutierrez. HR 2561. 106th Congress. Defense Department Appropriations bill, FY2000. Luis Gutierrez voted Nay on 07/22/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Luis Gutierrez. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Luis Gutierrez voted Nay on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Luis Gutierrez. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Luis Gutierrez voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • Luis Gutierrez. Issue Position: FY09 Budget Priorities. "This administration has driven our nation into debt by funding the Department of Defense, but has neglected the concerns of Americans at home. We must support our troops while making sure that all the needs of our citizens at home are being met." (votesmart.org)
  • Luis Gutierrez. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Luis Gutierrez voted Yea on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Luis Gutierrez. Letter to Co-Chairs and Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 21 September 2011. "To generate much-needed savings, we strongly urged you to examine the costs of the ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. To date, the wars have cost our taxpayers at least $2.3 trillion, with an additional $884 billion in future costs for veterans and their families. This adds up to a total of at least $ 3.2 trillion. By ending the wars and paying for a safe, orderly, and responsible redeployment of troops from both Afghanistan and Iraq, we can go a long way toward meeting our fiscal challenges." (votesmart.org)
  • Luis Gutierrez. Rep. Gutierrez Introduces V-22 Defense Cut Amendment to H.R. 1. 15 February 2011. "The Republicans say their proposal makes 'tough choices,' but this turkey should be a no-brainer...Cutting health care for women and children and slashing Head Start and community health centers should be the last cuts we make, not the first, especially when we are buying multi-million dollar airplanes that don't fly like they're supposed to." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Luis Gutierrez supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Luis Gutierrez supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 0 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Luis Gutierrez. Letter to The Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 11 July 2011. "Second, revenue increases must be a meaningful part of any agreement [on the debt ceiling]. Tax breaks benefiting the very richest Americans should be eliminated as part of this deal. Republican insistence on protecting these tax breaks will force middle-class families to shoulder the burden of even deeper budget cuts, and this is unacceptable." (votesmart.org)
  • Luis Gutierrez. Chicago Tribune: Editorial Board Questionnaire. 31 October 2011. "I support extending the tax relief for middle income Americans. I support allowing the tax rates to revert to their previous rates for higher income Americans." (general2010.elections.chicagotribune.com)
  • Luis Gutierrez. Letter to the Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives. 9 December 2010. "We oppose acceding to Republican demands to extend the Bush tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires for two reasons. First, it is fiscally irresponsible. Adding more than $900 billion to our national debt, as this proposal would do, handcuffs our ability to offer a balanced plan to achieve fiscal stability without a punishing effect on our current commitments, including Social Security and Medicare. Second, it is grossly unfair. This proposal will hurt, not help, the majority of Americans in the middle class and those working hard to get there. Even as Republicans seek to add billions more to our national debt in tax cuts to the wealthy, they oppose extending unemployment benefits to workers and resist COLA increases to seniors [¦] We support extending tax cuts in full to 98 percent of American taxpayers, as the President initially proposed. He should not back down. Nor should we." (votesmart.org)
  • Luis Gutierrez. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate the changes you support (if any) concerning the tax levels for the following categories. Select one number only. j) Corporate income taxes"
  • Luis Gutierrez. Chicago Tribune: Editorial Board Questionnaire. 31 October 2011. "I have supported asking wealthier Americans to contribute more toward our Social Security system by raising the cap on the amount of income that is subject to Social Security payroll taxes." (general2010.elections.chicagotribune.com)
  • Luis Gutierrez. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Luis Gutierrez voted Nay on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Luis Gutierrez supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 7 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Luis Gutierrez. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate the changes you support (if any) concerning the tax levels for the following categories. Select one number only. e) Family income over $150,000"
  • Luis Gutierrez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "6) Do you support requiring a super-majority vote in both houses of Congress to raise taxes?"
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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 Luis Gutierrez a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Luis Gutierrez. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Luis Gutierrez voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Luis Gutierrez. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Luis Gutierrez voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Luis Gutierrez supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Luis Gutierrez. Chicago Tribune: Editorial Board Questionnaire. 31 October 2011. "I have supported President Obama in a number of his initiatives to create jobs, and have been active in a number of other policy proposals in my leadership role on the Financial Services Committee. Among my priorities are: [¦] Tax and investment incentives for small businesses. Small business are essential to our economy and to our recovery. I support tax credits to encourage and reward small business that hire new employees. I also support reductions in capital gains taxes for small businesses." (general2010.elections.chicagotribune.com)
  • Luis Gutierrez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."
  • Luis Gutierrez. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."
  • Luis Gutierrez. Letter to Speaker Boehner. 21 September 2011. "The ATVM program has a demonstrated record of success and job creation. $3.5 billion of credit subsidy has been used to make six loans totaling $9.2 billion that created or saved 41,000 jobs in Tennessee, California, Indiana, Michigan, Delaware, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, and Ohio. It is expected that before the end of the year $2.5 billion will be awarded to eleven more companies in Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, and Louisiana creating or saving an additional 35,000 to 40,000 jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Luis Gutierrez. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Luis Gutierrez voted Nay on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Luis Gutierrez. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. Luis Gutierrez voted Did Not Vote on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Luis Gutierrez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. c) Education (K-12)"
  • Luis Gutierrez. HR 1804. 104th Congress. Goals 2000: Educate America Act. Luis Gutierrez voted Yea on 03/23/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Luis Gutierrez. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Luis Gutierrez voted Nay on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Luis Gutierrez. Issue Position: Public Education. "As your Representative in Congress, I have worked consistently to improve and increase funding for public education and new school construction. Research has demonstrated that reducing class size, particularly in the early grades, leads to improved student achievement. I consider the allocation of funding for this goal to be a substantial victory for our children and our community. It is also essential that, as the No Child Left Behind Act comes up for reauthorization, Congress is committed to fully funding this legislation that our schools and educational programs are equipped with the resources they need to provide the highest quality education for our children." (votesmart.org)
  • Luis Gutierrez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing in reading and math."
  • Luis Gutierrez. Chicago Sun-Times: Illinois House, Dist. 4: Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez. 31 October 2011. Responded: "Generally, I believe President Obama and Secretary Duncan are moving our education policy in a positive direction. I strongly support continued efforts to raise standards and heighten teacher accountability. I will also continue to support investment in early childhood education, a proven component of student success" to the question "Please comment on the president's education agenda, specifically on the Race to the Top competition that emphasizes core national standards and tests and the use of student test data to evaluate and reward teachers." (www.suntimes.com)
  • Luis Gutierrez. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Local" for: "Indicate which level of government should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. 3) Education"
  • Luis Gutierrez. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Eliminate the Department of Education, thereby giving state and local government greater control over educational issues."
  • Luis Gutierrez. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "2) Do you support the use of block grants given to states, rather than federal spending, in the following areas? b) Education"
  • Luis Gutierrez. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. c) Education (K-12)"
  • Luis Gutierrez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Give all federal education funding to states in the form of block grants and allow them to spend it as they see fit."
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Luis Gutierrez supported the interests of Environment America 87 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Luis Gutierrez. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Luis Gutierrez voted Nay on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Luis Gutierrez. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Luis Gutierrez voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Luis Gutierrez. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Luis Gutierrez voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Luis Gutierrez. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Eliminate government regulations of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • Luis Gutierrez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks."
  • Luis Gutierrez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "k) Adhere to the United Nations treaty regarding global climate change."
  • Luis Gutierrez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Impose stricter national air quality standards."
  • Luis Gutierrez. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks."
  • Luis Gutierrez. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Promote the selling of pollution credits to encourage industries to decrease amount of pollution."
  • Luis Gutierrez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels."
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Luis Gutierrez supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 70 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Luis Gutierrez in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Luis Gutierrez in the 2002 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Luis Gutierrez supported the interests of Environment America 87 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Luis Gutierrez in the 2004 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Luis Gutierrez. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Luis Gutierrez voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Luis Gutierrez. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Luis Gutierrez voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Luis Gutierrez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms."
  • Luis Gutierrez. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain all federal registration procedures and restrictions on possessing firearms."
  • Luis Gutierrez. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms that are legally owned and registered."
  • Luis Gutierrez. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Implement tighter restrictions on firearm sales in an effort to hinder terrorist groups from stockpiling weapon arsenals."
  • Luis Gutierrez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Increase federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Luis Gutierrez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Luis Gutierrez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Luis Gutierrez. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Ease procedures on the purchase and registration of firearms."
  • Luis Gutierrez. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Increase restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Luis Gutierrez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Luis Gutierrez. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Expand the nationwide ban on the sale or transfer of assault weapons to include all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Luis Gutierrez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms by law-abiding citizens."
  • Luis Gutierrez. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal all bans and measures that restrict law-abiding citizens from owning legally-obtained firearms."
  • Luis Gutierrez. HR 1025. 103th Congress. Brady Handgun Bill. Luis Gutierrez voted Yea on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Luis Gutierrez in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Luis Gutierrez. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Luis Gutierrez voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Luis Gutierrez in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Luis Gutierrez supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 93 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Luis Gutierrez. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Luis Gutierrez voted Nay on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Luis Gutierrez a grade of 18." (votesmart.org)
  • Luis Gutierrez. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Luis Gutierrez voted Nay on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Luis Gutierrez. H Amdt 390. 103th Congress. Instant Background Checks for Gun Purchase Amendment. Luis Gutierrez voted Nay on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Luis Gutierrez. HR 125. 104th Congress. Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995. Luis Gutierrez voted Nay on 03/22/1996. (votesmart.org)
  • Luis Gutierrez. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Luis Gutierrez voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Luis Gutierrez. HR 4296. 104th Congress. Regulation of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons. Luis Gutierrez voted Yea on 05/05/1994. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Luis Gutierrez. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • Luis Gutierrez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • Luis Gutierrez. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Luis Gutierrez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Luis Gutierrez. Gutierrez To Vote "Yes" For Health Care Legislation. 18 March 2010. "I've spent the past week speaking at length with the President and his staff. In fact, I spoke with him again just this morning. I shared with him that I believed that we could have a victory for every American who deserves affordable, high-quality health care and for the immigrants of our nation. I told President Obama I would not sacrifice either goal. After extensive discussions with the President, I believe we have a health care bill I can vote 'yes' for, and I believe we have a commitment to move forward on a comprehensive immigration reform package as soon as possible." (votesmart.org)
  • Luis Gutierrez. Issue Position: Health Care. 1 January 2011. "Today, more than 46 million Americans find themselves uninsured or underinsured. This is an unacceptable situation. I believe that every American has a right to quality, affordable health care regardless of age, income, job status, health condition or where they live [¦] Our trajectory was unsustainable for both our families and our government....For this reason, I voted for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or H.R. 3590, a historic piece of legislation which was passed in the House of Representatives on March 21, 2010. This bill was signed by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010 and is now Public Law 111-148 (P.L. 111-148). (votesmart.org)
  • Luis Gutierrez. Chicago Tribune: Editorial Board Questionnaire. 31 October 2011. "I was a strong supporter of President Obama's health care initiative, and have consistently fought for comprehensive health care reform that guarantees access to high-quality health care for all Americans [¦] I believe our actions this year will help us to begin to improve the quality of care, increase access and control costs." (general2010.elections.chicagotribune.com)
  • Luis Gutierrez. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Luis Gutierrez voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Luis Gutierrez supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

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  • Luis Gutierrez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive U.S. citizenship."
  • Luis Gutierrez. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Ease citizenship requirements in order to make it easier for immigrants to become United States citizens."
  • Luis Gutierrez. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive US citizenship."
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Luis Gutierrez supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Luis Gutierrez. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Luis Gutierrez voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Luis Gutierrez. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Luis Gutierrez voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Luis Gutierrez supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Luis Gutierrez. Quigley, Gutierrez, Schakowsky Hold Hearing on Same-Sex Marriage. 17 October 2011. "The main thing marriage needs defense from is an out-dated definition of marriage in American society [¦] We need laws that reflect the many varieties and shades and circumstances of the American family as it really exists and not as some narrow or archaic definition constrains it. I have worked throughout my career for more inclusive policies, since before I was even a Congressman, so I see the Respect for Marriage Act as an important part of my work on civil and human rights issues in Washington." (votesmart.org)
  • Luis Gutierrez. Letter To The Honorable President Obama, Majority Leader Reid, Speaker Pelosi, Chairman Schumer, And Chairwoman Lofgren. 9 February 2010. "Currently, U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents may sponsor their spouses (and other immediate family members) for immigration purposes. But, same-sex partners committed to spending their lives together are not recognized as "families" under U.S. immigration law and thus do not have this same right. As a result, tens of thousands of binational families are either already living separately, face imminent separation, or have left the U.S. entirely in order to remain together. This is unacceptable, and we believe comprehensive immigration reform legislation must include a strong family reunification component inclusive of LGBT families." (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Luis Gutierrez supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Luis Gutierrez. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Luis Gutierrez voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Luis Gutierrez supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Luis Gutierrez supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 25 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Luis Gutierrez. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Luis Gutierrez voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Luis Gutierrez supported the interests of the American Family Association 5 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Luis Gutierrez. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Luis Gutierrez voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Luis Gutierrez supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Luis Gutierrez. Pelosi, Nadler, 130 House Members File Amicus Brief on Federal Case Against DOMA. 10 July 2012. "Heightened scrutiny applies: the brief agrees with Justice Department's position that lesbians and gay men are an identifiable minority group that lack sufficient political power to obtain the consistent and favorable treatment of lawmakers; as a result, they need the protection that heightened judicial review provides. Congress's treatment of gay men and lesbians illustrates that this group has been unable to prevent harmful laws or achieve desired policy results that directly impact their lives. Gay men and lesbians are a historically disfavored minority that has often been targeted for legislative action based on stereotypes and bias, making it inappropriate for courts to grant laws like DOMA the same presumption of validity afforded to most acts of Congress. Instead, laws that single out gay men and lesbians for harm warrant judicial skepticism and heightened review. This requires the government to show that Section 3 serves a significant federal interest, and even BLAG seems to concede that it loses under this standard. Even under rational basis as applied by the Supreme Court in cases where the rights of a minority are at stake, Section 3 is unconstitutional. Section 3 does not achieve, but undermines, the actual interests served by the programs that take marital status into account, and denying recognition to couples who already are married under state law does not rationally serve any of the reasons relied upon by Congress in 1996 or created in response to this litigation." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Luis Gutierrez. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama. 12 June 2012. "This new authority is in stark contrast to what your Administration has previously claimed regarding its drone campaign: that they are targeted strikes against suspected terrorists on lists maintained by the CIA and JSOC. We are concerned that the use of such "signature" strikes could raise the risk of killing innocent civilians or individuals who may have no relationship to attacks on the United States. Our drone campaign already have virtually no transparency, accountability or oversight. We are further concerned about the legal grounds for such strikes under the 2011 Authorization for the Use of Military Force. The implications of the use of drones for our national security are profound. They are faceless ambassadors that cause civilian deaths, and are frequently the only direct contact with Americans that the targeted communities have. They can generate powerful and enduring anti-American sentiment." (kucinich.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

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  • Luis Gutierrez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Illinois 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."
  • Luis Gutierrez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which are managed by the government."
  • Luis Gutierrez. Chicago Tribune: Editorial Board Questionnaire. 31 October 2011. "I have supported asking wealthier Americans to contribute more toward our Social Security system by raising the cap on the amount of income that is subject to Social Security payroll taxes." (general2010.elections.chicagotribune.com)
  • Luis Gutierrez. Letter To The Honorable Barack Obama, President, The United States of America. 15 October 2010. "We write today to express our strong support for Social Security and our view that it should be strengthened. We oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including raising the retirement age. We also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part." (votesmart.org)
  • Luis Gutierrez signed Progressive Change Campaign Committee: Social Security Protectors. "Social Security belongs to the people who have worked hard all their lives and contributed to it. Social Security is a promise that must not be broken. We need to strengthen Social Security, not cut it. That is why I oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including increasing the retirement age. I also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part." (socialsecurityprotectors.com)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Luis Gutierrez supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Luis Gutierrez. Letter to Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 13 October 2011. "We are writing to request that you protect vital programs that comprise our social safety net, including but not limited to Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security, as well as the programs that provide economic security and opportunity to millions of Americans. Vital safety net services and programs support those people hit the hardest by the Great Recession. These services help people and families maintain housing or find shelter, keep food on the table, assist in access to health care, and support those looking for employment, including the long-term unemployed. Examples of federal programs that provide such services include programs which assist disabled veterans to find an accessible home, ensure seniors receive food to eat, help people access our health care system, connect people seeking jobs with employment, give shelter to homeless families, and ensure that children get meals in school." (votesmart.org)
  • Luis Gutierrez Letter to Democratic Leader Pelosi. 25 July 2011. "We write in strong agreement with your unwavering defense of the Democratic programs that form the bedrock of America's middle and working classes, and which are overwhelmingly popular. On July 7, you made very clear that "We are not going to balance the budget on the backs of America's seniors, women and people with disabilities" and that "we do not support cuts in benefits" for vital safety-net programs. We agree completely. Especially in these tough economic times, we should not be cutting Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid benefits that millions of our constituents paid into and depend on. Such benefit cuts should be off the table in current debt discussions. Our Republican colleagues should be embarrassed by their insistence that unless Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits are cut, the nation will default on its debts. Middle-class families have sacrificed enough, and a deal that pushes the American Dream further out of reach, in order to pay for extending tax breaks for the rich and corporations, is simply unacceptable. We are united as Democrats in saying that it's time to stand up to the Republican hostage-taking. We will not be forced to vote for a "final agreement" that we do not agree to -- and that the American people do not agree to. We stand united with you in insisting that benefit cuts for working families, our seniors, children, and people with disabilities must be off the table, and we stand united with you in fighting for millions of Americans who need Democrats to be firmly on their side." (votesmart.org)
  • Luis Gutierrez. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama. 21 July 2011. "As recovery efforts subside and unacceptably high unemployment continues to devastate our communities, we are pleased that the debt ceiling negotiations seem to be considering jobs as well as how to responsibly reduce spending. However, we remain gravely concerned that yet another, unacceptable cut to Social Security's revenue stream appears to be on the table. Enemies of Social Security reject valid proposals to give the same level of tax relief to the same Americans or American businesses without using the Social Security revenue stream and resultant general fund transfers. As alternative measures would have the same net effect on deficits and the economy, there is simply no need to negotiate cuts to Social Security taxes." (votesmart.org)

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Congressional Election 1998 National Political Awareness Test

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The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.
Xa) Abortions should always be legally available.
b) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
c) Abortions should be legal only when the pregnancy resulted from incest, rape, or when the life of the woman is endangered.
d) Abortions should be legal only when the life of the woman is endangered.
e) Abortions should always be illegal.
f) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and notification requirements as decided by each state government.
g) Prohibit the late-term abortion procedure known as "partial-birth" abortion.
h) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
i) Other
1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only.
Greatly Increasea) AIDS programs
b) Arts funding
Greatly Increasec) Education (K-12)
Greatly Increased) Environmental programs
Maintain Statuse) Foreign aid
f) Housing projects
Greatly Increaseg) Job training programs
Greatly Increaseh) Law enforcement
Slightly Increasei) Medicaid
Slightly Increasej) Medicare
Slightly Decreasek) NASA
Slightly Increasel) Student loan programs
Maintain Statusm) Welfare
n) Other
o) Other
p) Other
2) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following defense-related categories. Select one number (level) only.
Maintain Statusa) Armed Forces personnel training
Slightly Decreaseb) CIA appropriations
Maintain Statusc) Defense plant conversion
Slightly Decreased) Development of new weapons
Slightly Decreasee) Military hardware
Maintain Statusf) Military space shuttle missions
Eliminateg) National Missile Defense Program
Maintain Statush) Pay for active duty personnel
i) Other
No3) Do you support amending the U.S. Constitution to require an annual balanced federal budget?
4) Indicate how you would apply the expected federal budget surplus.
a) Social Security
b) Medicare
c) Tax cuts
d) Federal debt reduction
e) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance reform.
a) Remove all legislative limits on campaign financing.
b) Establish spending limits on congressional campaigns.
Xc) Provide public funding for federal candidates who comply with campaign spending limits.
d) Support legislation that would increase the federal limits on individual contributions.
Xe) Strengthen and enforce legislation that encourages full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information.
f) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
Xg) Provide free or low-cost television advertising to candidates who agree to voluntary campaign spending limits.
Xh) Ban the unregulated campaign contributions known as soft money.
i) Pass legislation banning issue advocacy commercials by outside groups within 60 days of an election.
j) Prohibit non-U.S. citizens from making contributions to federal campaigns.
k) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.
a) Broaden use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
b) Increase spending to build more federal prisons.
Xc) Impose "truth in sentencing" for violent criminals so they serve full sentences with no chance of parole.
d) Fund programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xe) Expand funding for community policing programs.
Xf) Increase penalties for the possession of any illegal firearms.
g) Prosecute youths accused of a felony as adults.
Xh) Increase funding for local Boys & Girls Clubs and other independent organizations in communities with at-risk youth.
i) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
j) Deport all permanent resident aliens convicted of a felony.
k) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning illegal drugs.
Xa) Increase penalties for selling illegal drugs.
Xb) Impose mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
c) Impose capital punishment for convicted international drug traffickers.
Xd) Strengthen current laws dealing with non-controlled substances, including inhalants and commercially available pills.
Xe) Increase funding of federally-sponsored drug education and drug treatment programs.
f) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Xg) Increase funding for border security to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the U.S.
h) Other
1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the economy and employment.
Xa) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment.
Xb) Increase funding for national job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
Xc) Reduce government regulations on the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xd) Establish empowerment zones in areas with large numbers of unemployed people.
e) Eliminate any federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
Xf) Increase the minimum wage.
Xg) Pass legislation that encourages employers to offer their employees the options of flex-time scheduling, comp-time and unpaid leave to attend to their family responsibilities.
Xh) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide on-site child care.
2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding affirmative action and discrimination.
Xa) The federal government should consider race and sex in making government contracting decisions.
b) The federal government should continue affirmative action programs only if such programs do not include quotas.
c) The federal government should discontinue affirmative action programs.
Xd) The federal government should prosecute cases of discrimination in the public sector.
Xe) The federal government should prosecute cases of discrimination in the private sector.
Xf) The federal government should include sexual orientation in its anti-discrimination laws.
g) Other
1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning education.
Xa) Support national standards and testing in reading and math.
Xb) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any publicly funded school.
c) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any participating school: public, private or religious.
d) Allow parents to use tax-free savings accounts to send their children to any publicly funded school.
e) Allow parents to use tax-free savings accounts to send their children to any participating school: public, private or religious.
Xf) Support creation of more charter schools where teachers and professionals receive authorization and funding to establish new schools.
g) Give all federal education funding to states in the form of block grants and allow them to spend it as they see fit.
h) Support voluntary teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
i) Increase funding for block grants to states to help them hire additional teachers.
j) Other
No2) Do you support amending the U.S. Constitution to guarantee the right to religious expression and voluntary prayer in public places, including schools?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources.
a) Require the state to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses on privately owned land.
Xb) Strengthen the Clean Water Act.
c) Change the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to limit the number of habitats eligible to be designated as endangered.
Xd) Increase fees charged to ranchers who graze cattle on federal lands.
Xe) Revise the 1872 mining law to increase the fees charged to mining companies using federal lands.
Xf) Encourage development of alternative fuels to reduce pollution.
Xg) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks.
h) Increase federal taxes on gasoline and diesel fuels to promote conservation and alternative fuel development.
i) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels.
Xj) Impose stricter national air quality standards.
Xk) Adhere to the United Nations treaty regarding global climate change.
Xl) Strengthen the restrictions on clear-cutting on federal lands.
m) Other
Indicate which level of government that should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only.
a) Border security
b) Civil rights enforcement
c) Education
d) Environmental cleanup
e) Job training
f) Law enforcement
g) Low-income housing
h) Medicaid
i) Medicare
j) Transportation infrastructure (highways, roads, bridges)
k) Welfare
l) Other
1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Bosnia/former Yugoslavia.
a) The U.S. should lift the arms embargo against Bosnia-Herzegovina.
b) The U.S. should maintain a military presence in Bosnia-Herzegovina with a certain deadline for withdrawal.
c) The U.S. should maintain a military presence in Bosnia-Herzegovina without a certain deadline for withdrawal.
d) Other
2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the Middle East.
a) The U.S. should resolve future disputes with Iraq through diplomatic means.
b) The U.S. should take unilateral military action if Iraq does not comply with all accepted UN resolutions.
c) The U.S. should take military action against Iraq only as part of an international effort.
d) The U.S. should not continue to play a prominent leadership role in the peace process between Israel and Palestine.
e) Other
3) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the United States-United Nations relationship.
a) The U.S. should contribute more funding and troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions.
b) The U.S. should contribute less funding and troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions.
c) The U.S. should participate in UN peacekeeping missions only when vital U.S. interests are involved.
d) The U.S. should not commit military troops to UN peacekeeping missions.
e) The U.S. should withdraw from the UN completely.
Xf) The U.S. should pay its debt to the United Nations.
g) Other
4) Should the U.S. have diplomatic and trade relations with Cuba?
5) Should the U.S. recognize and extend full diplomatic relations to Taiwan?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.
Xa) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons.
Xb) Increase federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
c) Maintain federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
d) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
e) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms by law-abiding citizens.
f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms.
Xg) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks with firearms.
h) Other
1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues in America.
a) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care.
Xb) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income.
c) Implement a government-financed, single-payer national health care system similar to that of Canada.
Xd) Support health care strategies focused on prevention, including health education and natural medicines and remedies.
Xe) Support legislation to define and enforce the rights of insured patients, including greater access to specialists and emergency rooms, wider choice of health care providers, and appeal mechanisms when claims are denied.
Xf) Allow small business owners, the self-employed and workers whose employers do not provide health insurance to have the same deductibility for health costs as corporations and large employers.
g) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts, which would be taxed if used for any purpose other than medical costs.
h) Establish limits on the amount of damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xi) Allow states and local communities to use federal funds for needle-exchange programs to combat the spread of HIV.
Xj) Classify nicotine as a drug and cigarettes as drug delivery devices, which should be regulated by the Federal Food and Drug Administration.
Xk) Provide citizens age 55-65 the option of purchasing Medicare health coverage.
Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration.
a) Decrease the number of immigrants allowed into the country.
Xb) Increase the eligibility of legal immigrants for certain social programs (i.e. HUD housing, food stamps).
Xc) Require the Immigration and Naturalization Service to reduce to six months the time between applying for citizenship and taking the oath of allegiance.
Xd) Provide extra federal aid to states with higher numbers of immigrants for necessary medical and social services.
Xe) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children.
f) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive U.S. citizenship.
Xg) Increase the immigration quota for computer scientists and other information technology workers.
h) Establish English as the official and recognized language of the United States government.
i) Other
The American people have consistently mentioned the decline of morals and ethics in America as a major problem facing the country. On an attached page, in fifty words or less, explain what you will do as a member of Congress to address this concern.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security.
a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage.
b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which are managed by the government.
c) Invest Social Security's assets collectively in stocks and bonds instead of U.S. Treasury securities.
d) Increase the payroll tax to finance the program in its current form.
Xe) Invest a portion of the budget surplus into the Social Security trust fund.
f) Increase the minimum age that determines when retirees are able to receive full Social Security benefits.
g) Lower Social Security's annual cost-of-living increases.
h) Limit Social Security benefits based on recipients' other income and assets.
Xi) Require individuals to pay the Social Security tax on income above $68,400, which is currently exempt.
j) Other
1) Indicate the levels you support concerning taxes in the following categories. Select one number (level) only.
Income Taxes:
a) Retiree income over $40,000
b) Family income less than $25,000
c) Family income $25-75,000
d) Family income $75-150,000
e) Family income over $150,000
Other Tax Issues:
f) Alcohol taxes
g) Capital gains taxes
h) Charitable deductions
i) Child tax credit
j) Cigarette taxes
k) Corporate income taxes
l) Earned Income Tax Credit
m) Estate taxes
n) Medical expense deductions
o) Mortgage deductions
p) Other
q) Other
No2) Do you support replacing the U.S. income tax structure with a flat income tax?
3) Do you support eliminating the Internal Revenue Service?
No4) Do you support instituting a national sales tax?
Yes5) Should a married couple filing jointly pay the same taxes as if they were an unmarried couple filing separately?
No6) Do you support requiring a super-majority vote in both houses of Congress to raise taxes?
7) Other
No1) Do you support amending the Constitution to limit the number of terms which members of Congress can serve?
If you support term limits, how many terms should each serve?
Senator (# of 6 yr. terms)
Representatives (# of 2 yr. terms)
No1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
No2) Do you support broadening NAFTA to include other countries in the western hemisphere?
No3) Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
4) Do you support the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
Yes5) Do you support imposing tariffs on products imported from nations that maintain restrictive trade barriers on American products?
Yes6) Should a nation's human rights record affect its "most favored nation" trading status with the United States?
No7) Do you support granting the President "fast-track" authority?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding poverty and the welfare system.
Xa) Provide tax incentives for companies to hire and train homeless people who want to work.
Xb) Increase funding of homeless shelters and low income housing projects.
Xc) Increase funds for housing assistance for welfare recipients who need housing to get or keep a job.
Xd) Provide homeless families with apartment vouchers they can use to supplement the cost of an apartment.
e) Continue to give states and local governments responsibility for welfare programs through block grants.
f) Eliminate federal funds for welfare programs at the federal, state or local levels.
g) Maintain current welfare-to-work requirements in order for states to qualify for block grants.
Xh) Convert government-funded low-income housing projects into private housing, managed and owned by the residents.
i) Require that unwed teenage mothers live with a parent or guardian (if possible) and attend school to receive benefits.
j) Other
Please explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional government funding needed to implement these priorities.
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