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Peter 'Pete' J. Visclosky

Pete Visclosky's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Peter 'Pete' J. Visclosky
Office: U.S. House (IN) - District 1, Democratic
First Elected: 11/06/1984
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 1
Primary May 6, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Joanne; 2 Children: John, Timothy
Birth Date: 08/13/1949
Birth Place: Gary, IN
Home City: Merrillville, IN
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

  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Pete Visclosky supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Visclosky. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Pete Visclosky voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Pete Visclosky supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Visclosky. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Pete Visclosky voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Visclosky. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Pete Visclosky voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Pete Visclosky supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (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 Pete Visclosky a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Pete Visclosky. HR 670. 103th Congress. Abortion Counseling Bill. Pete Visclosky voted Yea on 03/25/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Visclosky. H Amdt 185. 103th Congress. Hyde Amendment. Pete Visclosky voted Yea on 06/30/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Visclosky. H Amdt 436. 104th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Pete Visclosky voted Yea on 06/15/1995. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Visclosky. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Pete Visclosky voted Yea on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Visclosky. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Pete Visclosky voted Nay on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Visclosky. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Pete Visclosky voted Did Not Vote on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Visclosky. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Pete Visclosky voted Yea on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Visclosky. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Pete Visclosky voted Nay on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Visclosky. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Pete Visclosky voted Yea on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Visclosky. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Pete Visclosky voted Yea on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Visclosky. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Pete Visclosky voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Visclosky. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Pete Visclosky voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Visclosky. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Pete Visclosky voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Pete Visclosky supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Visclosky. NPR: AP Election Guide. "Visclosky supports a woman's right to abortion but opposes federal funding for abortions except in the case of rape, incest or threat to the life of the mother." (hosted.ap.org)
  • Pete Visclosky. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Pete Visclosky voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Medicare, Medicaid, and federal subsidies should be prohibited from being used on abortion procedures."
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial-birth" abortion."
  • Pete Visclosky. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Pete Visclosky voted Yea on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Pete Nickeas. Northwest Indiana Times: Visclosky debunks 2% 'tax holiday' agreement. 10 January 2011. "Visclosky's prepared remarks focused largely on the state of America's two ongoing wars before he transitioned to the economy. [¦] He also praised Obama's pledge to begin drawing down troop levels in Afghanistan later this year but does not support leaving American troops in the country through 2014. 'I do not support that,' he said. 'I'm in no way committed to keeping troops in that country for an indefinite period.'" (www.nwitimes.com)
  • Peter Visclosky. Chesterton Tribune - Healthcare and Federal Budget Again Hot Items at Visclosky Forum. 14 January 2011. "Visclosky said he does not support President Obama's current plan to place troops in Afghanistan until 2014. He stressed the need to pull troops out sooner and said that more members of Al-Qaeda are living in Pakistan than Afghanistan." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "j) Should the United States increase military support for Afghanistan?"
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "j) Should the United States increase military support for Afghanistan?" Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international policy. Other or expanded principles: "1. Begin the redeployment of our troops from Iraq while taking measures along the way to keep our soldiers safe; 2. Maintain a rapid reaction force in the region; and 3. Pursue more aggressive diplomatic means to achieve security and stability in Iraq."
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "e) Should the United States increase military support to Afghanistan?"
  • Pete Visclosky. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Pete Visclosky voted Yea on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Pete Visclosky supported the interests of the Peace Action 43 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Pete Visclosky supported the interests of Peace Action West 43 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Nickeas. Northwest Indiana Times: Visclosky debunks 2% 'tax holiday' agreement. 10 January 2011. "Visclosky's prepared remarks focused largely on the state of America's two ongoing wars before he transitioned to the economy [¦] He also praised Obama's pledge to begin drawing down troop levels in Afghanistan later this year but does not support leaving American troops in the country through 2014. 'I do not support that,' he said. 'I'm in no way committed to keeping troops in that country for an indefinite period.'" (www.nwitimes.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Peter Visclosky. Northwest Indiana Times - Visclosky Holds Town Hall in Valpo. 14 January 2011. "Visclosky said the country needed to bring down its $14 trillion debt, but said he reserved the right to vote to raise the debt ceiling, depending on what's included in the bill. [¦] In budgeting, Visclosky said 'a healthy change' had arrived in which every item, including defense, was on the table." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Visclosky. Northwest Indiana Times - Visclosky Holds Town Hall in Valpo. 14 January 2011. "Visclosky said the country needed to bring down its $14 trillion debt, but said he reserved the right to vote to raise the debt ceiling, depending on what's included in the bill [¦] In budgeting, Visclosky said 'a healthy change' had arrived in which every item, including defense, was on the table." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Visclosky. Chesterton Tribune -- Visclosky Votes Against House Debt Bill. 2 August 2011. "Given the massive deficit our country faces, this bill is abjectly inadequate. It defers decisions we should make today until tomorrow [¦] At a time when our economy is again faltering, it eliminates vital investments in our economic infrastructure due to our inability to address long-term problems. It provides continued funding for two wars leaving the defense industrial complex untouched." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Visclosky. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Pete Visclosky voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Visclosky. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Pete Visclosky voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Visclosky. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Pete Visclosky voted Did Not Vote on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Visclosky. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Pete Visclosky voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Visclosky. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Pete Visclosky voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Visclosky. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Pete Visclosky voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Visclosky. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Pete Visclosky voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Visclosky. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Pete Visclosky voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Visclosky. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Pete Visclosky voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Visclosky. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Pete Visclosky voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Visclosky. HR 2561. 106th Congress. Defense Department Appropriations bill, FY2000. Pete Visclosky voted Yea on 07/22/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Indiana 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. c) Defense"
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. c) Defense"
  • Peter Visclosky. Budget Control Act of 2011. 1 August 2011. "Mr. Speaker, I rise today in opposition to S. 365, the Budget Control Act of 2011. It defers decisions we should make today until tomorrow. It is abjectly inadequate. It eliminates dollars from our economic infrastructure at a time when our economy is again faltering. It provides continued funding for two wars leaving the defense industrial complex untouched. It is unjust to the next generation by not taking action now to ensure the long term continued solvency of Social Security and Medicare." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Visclosky. Chesterton Tribune -- Visclosky Votes Against House Debt Bill. 2 August 2011. "Given the massive deficit our country faces, this bill is abjectly inadequate. It defers decisions we should make today until tomorrow," Visclosky said. "At a time when our economy is again faltering, it eliminates vital investments in our economic infrastructure due to our inability to address long-term problems. It provides continued funding for two wars leaving the defense industrial complex untouched." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Visclosky. The Budget. 31 May 2012. "Any serious proposal to reduce the deficit must be comprehensive, and address all spending programs, including domestic discretionary spending, defense spending, as well as entitlement spending, such as Social Security and Medicare, and taxes and inequalities in the tax code." (visclosky.house.gov)
  • Peter Visclosky. Biography. 31 May 2012. "During these difficult budget times, Pete believes that tough decisions must be made for the future of our country and the next generation. All spending programs, including defense and entitlement programs, need to be put on the table, and at the same time, we must assess the fairness of our tax code." (www.viscloskyforcongress.us)
  • Peter Visclosky. Post Tribune -- Visclosky: Debt Deal "Inadequate'. 2 August 2011. "Visclosky criticized the bill for putting off tough decisions, and he called it 'inadequate.' 'At a time when our economy is again faltering, it eliminates vital investments in our economic infrastructure due to our inability to address long-term problems,' Visclosky said in a statement. 'It provides continued funding for two wars leaving the defense industrial complex untouched.'" (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

  • Pete Visclosky. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Pete Visclosky voted Nay on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Visclosky. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. Pete Visclosky voted Nay on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. e) $180,001-$350,000"
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key below, indicate what levels you support concerning taxes, deductions, and tax credits in the following categories. Select one number per tax. d) Over $150,000"
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Indiana 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"
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. f) $350,001 and above"
  • Peter Visclosky. Post-Tribune - Extension of Tax Cuts Holds Unemployed Hostage, Leaves Social Security at Risk. 16 December 2010. "I oppose borrowing nearly $1 trillion over the next two years for an agreement that fundamentally weakens Social Security through a payroll tax "holiday." The holiday means we will be paying less money than anticipated into Social Security, thus reducing its solvency. In fairness, we're told that the government will "find" the money to make up the loss. Where? But what's the big deal if this is only temporary? If the debate around the expiration of the Bush tax cuts has taught us anything, it is that, fair or not, a so-called "temporary" tax cut can be quickly re-characterized as an impending tax hike." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Visclosky. Providing for Consideration of H.R. 5427, Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2007. 23 May 2006. "Our country needs this $1 billion increase to this year's investments to ensure our future safety and prosperity. Given that there will be additional needs in the future, I would not borrow the money for these investments from our children and grandchildren. So they must be paid for now, and to do that, the amendment would provide that those making in excess of $1 million in 2007 give up 2.42 percent of the tax cuts provided to them since 2000. I think the country will miss these investments in our common good more than the most prosperous among us will miss two-tenths of their ample income." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Visclosky. Post Tribune -- Visclosky: Debt Deal "Inadequate'. 2 August 2011. "Visclosky remarked that any comprehensive plan must take into account all spending programs as well as taxes and inequalities in the tax code." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Visclosky. Chesterton Tribune - Healthcare and Federal Budget Again Hot Items at Visclosky Forum. 14 January 2011. "Visclosky reported for this past year the feds are spending 24.7 percent of the nation's gross domestic product while only collecting 14.8 percent of the GDP through taxes, or simply spending $1.3 trillion more than its revenue. The gap between spending and revenues is so wide that if the Congress decided to eliminate all federal government programs -- prisons, homeland security, veteran care, or security for nuclear weapons -- while keeping the Department of Defense and entitlement programs, the spending would still outdo the amount of federal revenue for 2011, Visclosky said. [¦] Visclosky said the easiest way to balance the budget would be to cut spending and raise taxes, but what should be done is to have 'careful conversations' from everyone at the table meeting somewhere in the middle. He stressed the need to put aside party differences." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Visclosky. Chesterton Tribune - Healthcare and Federal Budget Again Hot Items at Visclosky Forum. 14 January 2011. "Visclosky reported for this past year the feds are spending 24.7 percent of the nation's gross domestic product while only collecting 14.8 percent of the GDP through taxes, or simply spending $1.3 trillion more than its revenue. The gap between spending and revenues is so wide that if the Congress decided to eliminate all federal government programs -- prisons, homeland security, veteran care, or security for nuclear weapons -- while keeping the Department of Defense and entitlement programs, the spending would still outdo the amount of federal revenue for 2011, Visclosky said [¦] Visclosky said the easiest way to balance the budget would be to cut spending and raise taxes, but what should be done is to have 'careful conversations' from everyone at the table meeting somewhere in the middle. He stressed the need to put aside party differences." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Visclosky. Budget Control Act of 2011. 1 August 2011. "Unmistakably, the economic recession played a role in leading us to our current predicament but I want to emphasize that this unprecedented and vast expansion in our debt has largely been the result of a series of decisions made by this body. A study conducted by the Pew Charitable Trusts, an independent, non-profit organization, concluded that new legislation enacted since January 2001 has been responsible for over two-thirds of the growth in our debt. The majority of the contributing legislation was enacted by President Bush, including his tax cuts of 2001 and 2003 and the war in Iraq, measures which I vehemently opposed." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Visclosky. NWI - I Oppose U.S. Borrowing Nearly $1 trillion. 15 December 2010. "I oppose the agreement between the White House and congressional Republican leaders that calls for borrowing nearly $1 trillion over the next two years. Further, I am appalled that the unemployed are being held hostage in order to ram the agreement through Congress. And I have yet to find the equity in extending tax cuts for 24 months, but the solvency of the unemployment fund for 13 months." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Visclosky. NWI - Visclosky 'Angry' About Obama's Tax Cuts Compromise. 13 December 2010. "U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky said he has concerns with the compromise reached between congressional Republicans and President Barack Obama. The plan calls for extending Bush-era tax cuts to all taxpayers for two years, renewing a program of jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed for 13 months and putting in place a one-year cut in Social Security taxes. Many Democrats want to see the tax cuts expire for the country's top earners. "I'm very angry that those who need help are being held hostage, and that while the tax proposals last for 24 months, the provisions for unemployment are only for 13 months," Visclosky said Sunday after a meeting with the Jewish Federation of Northwest Indiana. the Merrillville Democrat said the compromise will result in $1 trillion worth of borrowing over the next two years and warned against the reduction in revenue to Social Security. The package would cost about $855 billion, according to a preliminary congressional estimate. "My concern is that 12 months from now we'll have a replay of the debate we're having today -- that we're 'raising' the Social Security tax because we're letting the tax holiday expire, potentially further reducing Social Security's solvency," he said." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Pete Visclosky supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 0 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Pete Visclosky supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Pete Visclosky supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 8 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Pete Visclosky. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Pete Visclosky voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Pete Visclosky supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 85 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Pete Visclosky a rating of 7 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Visclosky. Visclosky Responds to State of the Union Address. 25 January 2011. "President Obama made clear tonight, and I agree, that our nation's economic security is a critical component of ensuring our broader national security. As we rebuild our nation's economy, we must defend our existing industries, invest in our public infrastructure, and address the problem of our massive federal debt. Meeting these worthy goals can help ensure access to solid employment, expanded economic opportunities, and a good quality of life for residents of Northwest Indiana." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Visclosky. Chesterton Tribune: Visclosky Joins Unions in Gary to Tout 21st Century Jobs Plan. 19 October 2011. "We absolutely cannot wait any longer to pass legislation and make the type of investments that would put millions of Americans--and thousands here in Indiana--back to work in the industries and on the projects that will keep America competitive in the 21st century," Visclosky said. "We have an opportunity right now to both create millions of jobs and lay a path for America's future by making necessary reforms, building up our national infrastructure, and investing in tomorrow's industries." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Visclosky. Congressional Steel Caucus Hearing Concentrates On Jobs. 25 March 2010. "It goes without saying that the last year was a very difficult one for steelworkers and the domestic steel industry," said Visclosky. "However, most indicators suggest that times are changing and, while I do not want to overstate the consequence of any action taken by this Caucus or by Congress, I believe that the Buy American provision we added to the Recovery Act, coupled with the investments in infrastructure made by the Recovery Act, have helped increase demand for American steel, increased production in American steel mills, and improved the employment picture for American steelworkers." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Visclosky. Visclosky Calls On ITC To Protect American Jobs By Enforcing U.S. Trade Laws. 1 December 2009. "These are desperately difficult times for steelworkers in Northwest Indiana and across the country, and they deserve to know that their government is doing everything possible to protect their jobs. I offered the Buy American Amendment to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to ensure that their tax dollars are going to stimulate American jobs, and not buy unfairly subsidized Chinese steel. As you may know, this Amendment requires that American steel be used in all stimulus projects, ensuring that American steel is used to strengthen our infrastructure and our economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Visclosky. NWI.com - Labor, Environmental Groups Push for Clean-Energy Job Creation. 18 October 2011. "Politicians and local union leaders called for spending state and federal dollars to help create jobs and vowed to rebuff attempts to erode the strength of unions from legislation such as right-to-work [¦] Speaking at McBride Hall, U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, said he's dismayed at the lack of consideration his colleagues have given to the American Jobs Act that the Obama administration is pushing." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Visclosky. Post Tribune - House Dist 1 Visclosky. 11 October 2010. "Jobs and the economy remain the top priorities for many individuals and families in our region, which is why I would continue to work every day to bring jobs and economic recovery back to Indiana's First District. I wrote the Buy America Amendment to the 2009 stimulus package that required public infrastructure projects to use iron and steel made in America, and I have testified before the International Trade Commission and lobbied the Administration to oppose unfair trade practices and Chinese currency manipulation. As Chairman of the Congressional Steel Caucus and a senior Member of the Appropriations Committee, I have fought and will keep fighting to enact Buy America requirements, keep steelworker jobs in Northwest Indiana, and ensure that American workers are able to compete on a level playing field." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Visclosky. NWI.com - Labor, Environmental Groups Push for Clean-Energy Job Creation. 18 October 2011. "Politicians and local union leaders called for spending state and federal dollars to help create jobs and vowed to rebuff attempts to erode the strength of unions from legislation such as right-to-work [¦] Speaking at McBride Hall, U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, said he's dismayed at the lack of consideration his colleagues have given to the American Jobs Act that the Obama administration is pushing." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Visclosky. Issue Position: Economic Recovery. 14 October 2011. "The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is designed to jumpstart our economy and transform it for the 21st century while creating and saving as many as 3.5 million jobs. Specifically, the Recovery Act gives 95% of American workers one of the fastest and broadest tax cuts in history and makes key investments in areas such as energy efficiency and renewable energy, science innovation, education, and transportation infrastructure to retain and create jobs while addressing some of the nation's greatest challenges." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Visclosky. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Pete Visclosky voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (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

  • Pete Visclosky. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. Pete Visclosky voted Nay on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Visclosky. Visclosky Votes to Create Small Business Jobs, Spur Economic Growth. 8 June 2009. "With small businesses creating a large majority of new jobs, programs that invest in novel research and development and support new business ventures can play an important role in getting Northwest Indiana's economy back on track. By encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship we will diversify our local economy and bring new, good-paying jobs to the region." (www.house.gov)
  • Pete Visclosky. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Pete Visclosky voted Nay on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Visclosky. Visclosky Applauds Signing Of Small Business Tax Cuts. 27 September 2010. "Today, Congressman Pete Visclosky applauded the signing of legislation to provide much-needed tax relief to small businesses. House passage of the Small Business Jobs Act last week by a vote of 237 to 187, with Visclosky voting "yea," sent the measure to the White House, where it was signed into law by President Obama today. This measure offers eight new tax incentives to help small businesses grow, hire, and fuel the economy. The tax cuts included will enable businesses to immediately write off 50 percent of the cost of new equipment investments in 2010; allow for 100% exclusion of capital gains on investments in small businesses; double the deduction for start-up expenditures; and allow self-employed taxpayers to deduct health costs for payroll taxes." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Visclosky. Visclosky Backs Renewable Energy and Job Creation Act. 21 May 2008. "The Renewable Energy and Job Creation Act would increase the production of renewable fuels and renewable electricity and encourage greater energy efficiency in order to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and protect the environment. It extends and expands tax incentives for renewable electricity, energy, and fuel from domestic sources, as well as for plug-in hybrid cars and energy efficient homes, buildings, and appliances. These provisions will help preserve and create many good-paying jobs in the renewable energy industry." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Visclosky. Letter to the Honorable Sander Levin, Chairman Committee on Ways and Means. 25 May 2010. "There is a vast potential for American manufacturing to revitalize our economy through renewable energy tax credits. For example, there are 204 tons of steel in a single wind turbine, and tax incentives for wind energy can immediately start up our idling American steel factories." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Visclosky. Facebook: Wall. 27 September 2010. "I'm pleased that the Small Business Jobs Act was signed into law today. The title says it all! This law will provide much needed tax relief to small businesses so they can create jobs, and it also expands lending opportunities to small businesses. Always happy to help Main Street and not Wall Street." (www.facebook.com)
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

  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Eliminate all federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind)."
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. d) Education"
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support the federal government funding universal pre-K programs."
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind)."
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Indiana 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. d) Education"
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Providing education is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
  • Pete Visclosky. HR 1804. 104th Congress. Goals 2000: Educate America Act. Pete Visclosky voted Yea on 03/23/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Visclosky. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Pete Visclosky voted Nay on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Visclosky. Facebook: Wall. 27 September 2010. "I'm pleased that the Small Business Jobs Act was signed into law today. The title says it all! This law will provide much needed tax relief to small businesses so they can create jobs, and it also expands lending opportunities to small businesses. Always happy to help Main Street and not Wall Street." (www.facebook.com)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Pete Visclosky. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Pete Visclosky voted Nay on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Pete Visclosky supported the interests of Environment America 93 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
  • Peter Visclosky. Visclosky Pushes for More Energy Research and Technology Funding. 30 January 2007. ""Our nation's dependence on foreign oil hampers our economic potential and exposes us to international instability. While this additional funding won't make us energy independent overnight, it is a step toward developing the technologies needed to make us less reliant on foreign oil." (visclosky.house.gov)
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)."
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Support domestic oil exploration in areas that are currently restricted."
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)."
  • Peter Visclosky. Visclosky Pushes for More Energy Research and Technology Funding. 30 January 2007. "Our nation's dependence on foreign oil hampers our economic potential and exposes us to international instability. While this additional funding won't make us energy independent overnight, it is a step toward developing the technologies needed to make us less reliant on foreign oil." (visclosky.house.gov)
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
  • Pete Visclosky. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Pete Visclosky voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Visclosky. Energy. "While Pete believes that renewable energy will play a large role in a more secure energy future for the United States, given the fact that fossil fuels meet around 83 percent of U.S. energy demand, Pete is committed to increasing domestic fossil fuel supplies and to supporting technologies that can provide cleaner, low-carbon electricity generation using domestic resources of coal and natural gas." (visclosky.house.gov)
  • Peter Visclosky. Energy. "Pete looks forward to an independent and clean energy future, for the nation and for Northwest Indiana. He knows that finding clean sources of energy that can be produced and used here in America is key to our security and to creating jobs. That is why he has consistently lent his voice to the call to wean the United States' economy off of fossil fuels, highlighting security concerns about powering the American economy with fuels from unstable and hostile trading partners." (visclosky.house.gov)
  • Pamela Brogan. House GOP calls for offshore drilling vote, end to vacation. 7 August 2008. "He [Visclosky] does think we should have a vote on drilling as part of a larger energy policy. The Republicans are doing a disservice to the country by focusing on drilling. We can't drill our way out of this. The sooner we get to alternative energy and raising fuel efficiency standards is when we will start to work our way out of this problem." (www.usatoday.com)
  • Pete Visclosky. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Pete Visclosky voted Yea 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

  • Peter Visclosky. Letter to President of the United States George W. Bush. "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)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Pete Visclosky in the 2002 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Pete Visclosky in the 2004 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Pete Visclosky supported the interests of Environment America 93 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Pete Visclosky supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Visclosky. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Pete Visclosky voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Visclosky. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Pete Visclosky voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "k) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Support the U.S. re-entering the current Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Support the U.S. re-entering the Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits under "cap and trade" laws."
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Peter Visclosky. Congressional Steel Caucus Seeks Equitable Climate Change Legislation For Steelworkers. 27 April 2009. "Dealing with the competitiveness issue is essential to both the environmental goals of climate legislation, and to ensuring the health and viability of American manufacturing, and is of great importance to the members of the Steel Caucus. We are proud of the domestic steel industry's ability to reduce total energy consumption by more than 33 percent since 1990 and believe the direction of this trend will continue because it makes good business sense. However, placing additional costs on American producers and workers without ensuring commensurate treatment of their international competitors will result in disastrous consequences to the American economy. American production will simply be displaced by production in foreign countries without similar environmental requirements, and often with far greater per-unit emissions of greenhouse gases. In other words, U.S. industries and jobs will be lost and global greenhouse gas emissions will rise." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Visclosky. Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2007. 24 May 2006. "Last year, in an effort to move the country forward in developing nuclear power as a domestic source of energy that does not emit greenhouse gases, the Congress provided funds to pursue a competitive process for choosing sites for the integrated reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel, including interim storage. We as a subcommittee also worked to accelerate the opening of the Yucca Mountain permanent high-level radioactive waste repository, but without success. The administration has responded with a Global Nuclear Energy Partnership, or GNEP, and I would like to emphasize the concerns about GNEP expressed in our committee's report." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Visclosky. Further Continuing Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2007. 31 Jnaurary. 2007. "Mr. Speaker, most importantly, this bill provides $300 million to improve the Department of Energy's ability to proceed with vital renewable energy and conservation research and development. This will allow the Department of Energy to pursue more technologies that would hold promise for reducing the emission of greenhouse gases and the importation of foreign oil while supporting the growth of our economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Visclosky. Statement of Chairman Peter J. Visclosky. 17 June 2008. "The Fiscal Year 2009 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act provides an opportunity to address critical issues that affect our economic vitality, environment, and national security. The lack of a coherent energy policy in years past has led to record-high gas prices that hurt every American, to copious amounts of environmentally-destructive greenhouse gas emissions, and to dependence on foreign oil that puts our national security at risk. Similar failures to make adequate investments in infrastructure in years past have led to devastating floods and slowed our shipping network. The bill that is before us today addresses high fuel prices and climate change, sets us on a path toward energy independence, makes a major investment in critical infrastructure, advances our nonproliferation efforts, and supports funding to secure our nation's nuclear weapons stockpile." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Visclosky. Visclosky Backs Legislation to Bring Down Gas Prices, Reduce Dependence on Foreign Oil. 5 December 2007. "The high price of gas demands groundbreaking provisions to increase fuel economy standard to 35 miles per gallon by 2020 for new cars and trucks. These provisions will save American families $700 to $1000 per year at the pump, with $22 billion in net consumer savings in 2020 alone. This is the first increase by Congress since 1975 - marking a significant advancement in our efforts to address our energy security. The bill ensures that fuel economy standard will be reached while offering flexibility to automakers, and ensuring that we keep American manufacturing jobs and continue domestic production of smaller vehicles. It will reduce oil consumption by 1.1 million gallons per day in 2020 (one-half of what we currently import from the Persian Gulf), and reduce greenhouse gases equal to taking 28 million of today's average cars and trucks off the road. This fuel efficiency standard is supported by environmentalists and the automobile industry." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Pete Visclosky supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 100 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Pete Visclosky in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Pete Visclosky a grade of 18." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Visclosky. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Pete Visclosky voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Visclosky. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Pete Visclosky voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Visclosky. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Pete Visclosky voted Nay on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Visclosky. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Pete Visclosky voted Nay on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Visclosky. HR 125. 104th Congress. Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995. Pete Visclosky voted Nay on 03/22/1996. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Visclosky. HR 4296. 104th Congress. Regulation of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons. Pete Visclosky voted Yea on 05/05/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Visclosky. HR 1025. 103th Congress. Brady Handgun Bill. Pete Visclosky voted Yea on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Visclosky. H Amdt 390. 103th Congress. Instant Background Checks for Gun Purchase Amendment. Pete Visclosky voted Nay on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Renew the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories. d) Restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow individuals to carry concealed guns."
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Ban the sale, ownership or possession of handguns except by law enforcement and other government officials."
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories. c) Enforcement of existing restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Peter Visclosky. Visclosky Responds to Healthcare Vote. 19 January 2011. "Last year at this time, an insurance company could deny healthcare coverage to a child with a pre-existing condition or rescind coverage because a person got sick. Today, those practices are prohibited. Additionally, insurance companies must spend at least 80% of premiums on the delivery of healthcare, and the solvency of the Medicare program has been extended 12 years from 2017 through 2029. I voted against the repeal of these protections." (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Pete Visclosky supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Visclosky. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Pete Visclosky voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Providing healthcare is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal healthcare program to guarantee coverage to all Americans, regardless of income."
  • Peter Visclosky. Visclosky Statement On The Affordable Health Care For America Act. 7 November 2009. "I am proud to support the Affordable Health Care for America Act, a bill that will significantly improve our healthcare system." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Visclosky. Issue Position: Healthcare Reform. 14 October 2011. "The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act goes a long way toward improving a broken system by enacting reforms to protect those who have health insurance now and expanding access to quality, affordable coverage to nearly all Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Visclosky. Northwest Indiana Times - Visclosky Holds Town Hall in Valpo. 14 January 2011. "In response to a question about "Obamacare," Visclosky objected to what he called the personification of the new health care law. Medicare, he said, was not called "Johnsoncare" in reference to that program's sponsor, President Lyndon Johnson. Visclosky said he would vote no on repeal of the law, although he would like to repeal the so-called "1099" provision he said has produced "breathtaking" paperwork for small businesses." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Visclosky. Post-Tribune - Visclosky Upbeat on Region, Dems. 5 October 2010. "Visclosky defended his votes in favor of the controversial health care and stimulus bills. He said the nation's health care system couldn't continue on its former path, and he said the stimulus gave the economy a boost." (votesmart.org)
  • Kathleen Quilligan. The Times of Northwest Indiana: Effects of Health Care on the Upcoming Elections. 10 October 2010. "That's a totally different position from the one taken by U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Ind. who voted in favor of the legislation in March and stands by his vote as he runs for re-election. Before the bill, he said constituents were regularly coming into his Merrillville office asking for assistance with their health care." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Christine Kraly. Northwest Indiana Times: Could Visclosky DREAM vote threaten Hispanic vote? 10 December 2010. "'I opposed the DREAM Act because, ultimately, this legislation would provide a benefit for those who have come to our country illegally,' Visclosky said in a statement [¦] 'I appreciate the intent of the legislation,' Visclosky said. 'However, every child also deserves to be raised in an environment that demonstrates respect for the rule of law. The notion that our immigration laws apply to some and not others is fundamentally unacceptable to me.'" (www.nwitimes.com)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Pete Visclosky supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 33 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Pete Visclosky supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 71 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Visclosky. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Pete Visclosky voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Visclosky. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Pete Visclosky voted Yea on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Allow legalization for certain illegal immigrants working in the U.S."
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States."
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Illegal immigrants should have to return to their countries of origin before being considered for citizenship."
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Illegal immigrants should be given a pathway to citizenship."
  • Christine Kraly. Northwest Indiana Times: Could Visclosky DREAM vote threaten Hispanic vote? 10 December 2010. "'I opposed the DREAM Act because, ultimately, this legislation would provide a benefit for those who have come to our country illegally,' Visclosky said in a statement. [¦] 'I appreciate the intent of the legislation,' Visclosky said. 'However, every child also deserves to be raised in an environment that demonstrates respect for the rule of law. The notion that our immigration laws apply to some and not others is fundamentally unacceptable to me.'" (www.nwitimes.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Pete Visclosky supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 82 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Pete Visclosky supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 80 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Pete Visclosky supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 14 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Pete Visclosky supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Pete Visclosky supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Visclosky. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Pete Visclosky voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Visclosky. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Pete Visclosky voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Visclosky. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Pete Visclosky voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "j) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?"
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "b) Do you support a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman?" Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues. Other or expanded principles: "I believe laws regarding same-sex marriage should be decided at the state level, not by the federal government."
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "f) Do you support a policy of pre-emptive strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to national security?"
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "e) Do you support pre-emptive military strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to United States national security?"
Unknown Position Unknown 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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  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Pete Visclosky supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Indiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "" for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts that they manage themselves."
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Indiana 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."
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Indiana 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."
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Indiana 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."
  • Pete Visclosky. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Indiana 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."
  • Pete Visclosky. Visclosky To Hold Social Security Town Hall Forum. 3 February 2005. "Now is the time to strengthen Social Security for our children, and before any action is taken, I want to hear what Northwest Indianans think about this important issue. The best way to address Social Security is to work in a bipartisan, common-sense fashion that will ensure seniors and future generations have guaranteed economic security for the foreseeable future." (visclosky.house.gov)
  • Pete Visclosky. Issues: Pensions and Social Security. "Growing up in the Glen Park section of Gary, Pete remembers a time when people worked hard everyday with the knowledge that they had a promise of a pension and a secure retirement. Pete believes our future generations should have the same stability. That is why Pete favors acting now to strengthen Social Security for the future. Unfortunately, too many companies have backed out of the pensions that have been promised their workforce. Too many hard-working people and retirees have been left to scramble to make ends meet. Pete believes that in order to improve the private pension system, we must make it more open and accountable, we must make it more difficult for employers to dump the pension promises that they have made, and that employers should remain responsible for any pension losses a retiree or beneficiary has experienced, even after the company uses the bankruptcy process to get rid of its pension responsibilities." (www.viscloskyforcongress.us)
  • Pete Visclosky. Letter to the Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 21 July 2011. "The current cut in Social Security contributions must be allowed to expire as scheduled. History instructs that any tax cut is politically difficult to terminate. As you know, although the Bush tax cuts were only supposed to last ten years, the debate of today is centered on whether to permanently extend most or permanently extend all of the Bush tax cuts. We are greatly concerned that a permanent extension of the 2011 payroll tax cut would double Social Security's long-range shortfall and make long-term solutions nearly impossible. Americans' contributions to Social Security should be used for Americans' Social Security benefits. To do otherwise flies in the face of the time-tested wisdom of this program, which was established with an independent revenue stream to protect the retirement earnings of America's workers from budgetary politics. We respectfully request that you reject any proposal that includes an extension or expansion of the payroll tax cut." (votesmart.org)

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Indiana Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage 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.
b) Abortions should always be legal.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester.
Xd) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
Xe) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
f) Dilation and extraction or "partial-birth" abortion procedures should be legal.
Xg) Medicare, Medicaid, and federal subsidies should be prohibited from being used on abortion procedures.
h) Other or expanded principles.
Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once.
1) Budget Priorities
Maintain Statusa) Agriculture
Maintain Statusb) Arts
Slightly Increasec) Defense
Greatly Increased) Education
Greatly Increasee) Environment
Slightly Increasef) FEMA
Greatly Increaseg) Homeland security
Greatly Decreaseh) International aid
Greatly Increasei) Law enforcement (Federal)
Greatly Increasej) Law enforcement (State)
Slightly Increasek) Medical research
Slightly Increasel) National parks
Slightly Increasem) Public health services
Greatly Increasen) Scientific research
Maintain Statuso) Space exploration programs
Greatly Increasep) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Maintain Statusq) United Nations
Maintain Statusr) Welfare
s) Other or expanded categories
2) Defense Spending
Greatly Increasea) Armed forces personnel training
Greatly Increaseb) Intelligence operations
Greatly Increasec) Military hardware
Greatly Increased) Modernization of weaponry and equipment
Eliminatee) National missile defense
Greatly Increasef) Pay for active duty personnel
Slightly Increaseg) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Greatly Increaseh) Research and development of new weapons
Greatly Increasei) Troop and equipment readiness
j) Other or expanded categories

Greatly Decrease - Iraq War

3) Taxes
Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once.
Family Income Taxes
Slightly Decreasea) Less than $12,000
Slightly Decreaseb) $12,001-$40,000
Slightly Decreasec) $40,001-$100,000
Maintain Statusd) $100,001-$180,000
Slightly Increasee) $180,001-$350,000
Greatly Increasef) $350,001 and above
g) Other or expanded categories
Other Taxes
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Capital gains taxes
Greatly Increasec) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Increased) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Decreasef) Inheritance taxes
g) Other or expanded categories
Deductions/Credits
Maintain Statusa) Charitable contribution deduction
Greatly Increaseb) Child tax credit
Maintain Statusc) Earned income tax credit
Maintain Statusd) Medical expense deduction
Maintain Statuse) Mortgage deduction
Maintain Statusf) Student loan credit
g) Other or expanded categories
No4) Do you support the permanent repeal of the federal estate tax?
Yes5) Do you support requiring the federal budget to be balanced each year?
6) Other or expanded principles

I strongly support pay-as-you-go (PAYGO) rules.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
a) Support increasing the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns.
b) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
c) Allow unregulated soft money campaign contributions to political parties or committees.
d) Remove all contribution limits on federal campaigns and parties.
e) Support prohibiting ads containing candidates' name that are paid for by third parties from airing 60 days before a primary and 30 days before a general federal election.
f) Support instant run-off voting (IRV).
Xg) Support designating Election Day as a national holiday.
h) Support giving the President the power of the line item veto for items concerning appropriations.
Xi) Support limiting the President's use of signing statements in order to prevent an alternative interpretation of the bill.
j) Support a federal shield law to protect reporter-source privilege.
k) 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 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) Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
Xg) Support strict penalties for internet crime (e.g. hacking, identity theft, worms/viruses).
Xh) Require that crimes based on sexual orientation be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
i) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
Xa) Support the federal government funding universal pre-K programs.
b) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any public school.
c) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any private or religious school.
d) Allow teachers and professionals to receive federal funding to establish charter or magnet schools.
Xe) Increase funding for the Pell Grant program.
Xf) Decrease interest rates of Stafford Loans.
Xg) Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college.
Xh) Ban university financial aid officers from owning stock in or accepting gifts from student loan lenders.
Xi) Require universities to disclose financial relationships with lenders.
j) Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind).
k) Eliminate all federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind).
l) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.
Xa) Increase funding for national job-training programs that retrain displaced workers or teach skills needed in today’s job market.
b) Reduce government regulation of the private sector.
Xc) Encourage employers to offer child care services, flex-time scheduling, comp-time, and unpaid leave for family emergencies.
Xd) Increase the federal minimum wage.
Xe) Support the right of workers to unionize.
f) Eliminate all federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
Xg) Include sexual orientation in federal anti-discrimination laws.
h) Include gender identity in federal anti-discrimination laws.
i) 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 increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil).
Xd) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
Xe) Strengthen fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
f) Support domestic oil exploration in areas that are currently restricted.
Xg) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels.
Xh) Support the use of ethanol as an alternative fuel.
Xi) Support research and development of nuclear reactors as an alternative energy source.
j) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits under "cap and trade" laws.
Xk) Support international mandatory emission targets to limit global warming.
l) Support international voluntary emission targets to limit global warming.
m) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.
a) Allow individuals to carry concealed guns.
b) Ban the sale, ownership or possession of handguns except by law enforcement and other government officials.
On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories.
Maintain Statusc) Enforcement of existing restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Maintain Statusd) Restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
e) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health.
Xa) Implement a universal healthcare program to guarantee coverage to all Americans, regardless of income.
b) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts.
Xc) Allow the importation of prescription drugs into the United States.
Xd) Support expanding prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
Xe) Offer tax credits to individuals and small businesses to offset the cost of insurance coverage.
Xf) Support expanding child healthcare programs.
g) Providing healthcare is not a responsibility of the federal government.
h) 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.
c) Support a temporary worker program.
Xd) Support harsher financial punishments for those who knowingly employ illegal immigrants.
e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States.
Xf) Illegal immigrants should have to return to their countries of origin before being considered for citizenship.
g) Illegal immigrants should be given a pathway to citizenship.
h) Support merit-based visas over family-based visas.
i) Other or expanded principles
International Aid
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international aid.
Xa) Support the United States granting aid to countries when extraordinary circumstances cause disaster and threaten civilian lives.
Xb) Support the United States granting aid to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States.
c) Eliminate United States aid for any nation with documented human rights abuses.
d) Aid granted by the United States should be scaled back and eventually eliminated.
e) Other or expanded principles
International Policy
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international policy.
Yesa) Should the United States continue to provide leadership in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process?
Undecidedb) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
Yesc) Should the United States impose greater international sanctions on Iran if it continues to defy United Nations mandates?
Yesd) Should the United States support the Lebanese government against insurgent forces?
Noe) Should the United States maintain its troop levels in Iraq?
Yesf) Should the United States withdraw its troops from Iraq?
g) Discuss your proposals for Iraq.

1. Begin the redeployment of our troops from Iraq while taking measures along the way to keep our soldiers safe;
2. Maintain a rapid reaction force in the region; and
3. Pursue more aggressive diplomatic means to achieve security and stability in Iraq.

Yesh) Should the United States apply greater economic and diplomatic sanctions against North Korea if it fails to abide by its agreement to suspend its nuclear program?
Noi) Should the United States increase financial support for Afghanistan?
Noj) Should the United States increase military support for Afghanistan?
Yesk) Should the United States trade nuclear fuel to India for civilian purposes?
Yesl) Should the United States decrease financial support for Pakistan?
Yesm) Should the United States decrease military support for Pakistan?
Yesn) Should the United States be involved in bringing an end to the violence in Darfur, Sudan?
Yeso) Should the United States be involved in bringing an end to the violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo?
Nop) Should the United States provide economic and military support to the Transitional Government of Somalia?
Yesq) Should the United States use sanctions to encourage the government of Zimbabwe to end its human rights abuses?
Nor) Should the United States support the creation of an independent nation of Kosovo?
s) Other or expanded principles
International Trade
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international trade.
Yesa) Do you support the United States imposing economic sanctions on China?
Undecidedb) Do you support the United States imposing trade sanctions on Venezuela?
Noc) Do you support the United States involvement in free trade agreements?
Nod) Do you support the United States involvement in intergovernmental organizations dedicated to trade?
e) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding national security.
Noa) Do you support using military tribunals to try suspected terrorists when ordinary civilian courts are deemed inappropriate or impractical?
Nob) Should law enforcement agencies have greater discretion to monitor domestic communications, to prevent future terrorist attacks?
Undecidedc) 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 pre-emptive military strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to United States national security?
Nof) Do you support the creation of a federal identification card system?
Nog) Do you support long-term use of National Guard troops to supplement the armed forces in assignments overseas?
Noh) Should the United States expand its missile defense shield?
i) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.
a) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?
Nob) Do you support a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman?
Yesc) Do you support federal funding for research on existing embryonic stem cell lines?
Yesd) Do you support federal funding to create lines of stem cells from new embryos?
Yese) Should the federal government consider race and gender in government contracting decisions?
Yesf) Should the federal government continue affirmative action programs?
Yesg) Should the federal government regulate internet gambling?
h) Other or expanded principles

I believe laws regarding same-sex marriage should be decided at the state level, not by the federal government.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security.
a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts that they manage themselves.
b) Ensure the viability of Social Security by increasing the payroll tax.
c) Decrease benefits paid to retirees.
d) Support proportional increases of Social Security benefits based on the cost of living index.
e) Raise the retirement age for individual eligibility to receive full Social Security benefits.
f) Other or expanded principles

I support raising the taxable income limit for social security.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare and poverty.
Xa) Require welfare recipients to spend at least 40 hours a week in a combination of work and training programs.
b) Continue to give states and local governments flexibility in and responsibility for welfare programs through federal block grants.
Xc) Support housing assistance for welfare recipients.
d) Abolish all federal welfare programs.
e) Other or expanded principles
Please explain in a total of 100 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.

Congressman Pete Visclosky opposes shipping American jobs to foreign countries, is working to bring down gas and energy prices by reducing our reliance on foreign oil, is pushing for a responsible redeployment of our troops from Iraq, and is working to make healthcare more affordable and accessible for every American.

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