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Collin C. Peterson

Collin Peterson's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Collin C. Peterson
Office: U.S. House (MN) - District 7, Democratic/Farmer/Labor
First Elected: 11/06/1990
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic/Farmer/Labor for U.S. House - District 7
Primary Aug. 12, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Divorced; 3 Children: Sean, Jason, Elliot
Birth Date: 06/29/1944
Birth Place: Fargo, ND
Home City: Detroit Lakes, MN
Religion: Lutheran
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Issue Positions

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Pro-life 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. "Collin Peterson supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Collin Peterson supported the interests of the Family Research Council 93 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Collin Peterson. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Collin Peterson voted Nay on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Collin Peterson. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Collin Peterson voted Yea on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Collin Peterson. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Collin Peterson voted Nay on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Collin Peterson. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Collin Peterson voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Collin Peterson a rating of 69 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Collin Peterson. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Collin Peterson voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Collin Peterson. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Collin Peterson voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Collin Peterson supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Collin Peterson. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Collin Peterson voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Collin Peterson. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Collin Peterson voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Collin Peterson. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Collin Peterson voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Collin Peterson. Week in Review & Look Ahead. 29 January 2012. "Last Sunday in St. Paul, Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life convened for its annual March for Life rally on the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions, which legalized abortion-on-demand. There are so many people who say we can subjectify the sacred inalienable rights to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." Being pro-life, we must do all we can to protect the unborn. It was an honor to offer my remarks on this special day." (votesmart.org)
  • Collin Peterson. The Minnesota Independent. Peterson joins Bachmann, Kline in asking D.C. to stop abortion funding. 21 April 2011. "We trust you will act immediately to respect and faithfully implement the law by ensuring that no further taxpayer funds are expended for elective abortion. We further request detailed information about abortion funding in the District during the period in which the D.C. Hyde amendment was not in place. With reinstatement of the D.C. Hyde amendment public funding for the destruction of innocent human life will no longer be permitted in D.C. However, history has shown that the District has not always complied with this policy when it has been in place in the past. When this policy was reinstated for FY96, the District continued to fund abortions in violation of the law until the violation was uncovered in FY98. We do not anticipate that this situation will occur again, but in light of this history, we ask that you provide detailed information outlining what steps you are taking to ensure that no more public funds are used to pay for elective abortion in D.C." (minnesotaindependent.com)
  • Collin Peterson. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Collin Peterson voted Nay on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Collin Peterson. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Collin Peterson voted Nay on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Collin Peterson. HR 670. 103th Congress. Abortion Counseling Bill. Collin Peterson voted Nay on 03/25/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Collin Peterson. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Collin Peterson voted Nay on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Collin Peterson. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Collin Peterson voted Nay on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • Collin Peterson. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Congress should eliminate abortion services from any federally funded health care plan."
  • Collin Peterson. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Congress should eliminate federal funding for clinics and medical facilities that provide abortion services."
  • Collin Peterson. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Collin Peterson voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Collin Peterson. H Amdt 185. 103th Congress. Hyde Amendment. Collin Peterson voted Yea on 06/30/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Collin Peterson supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Collin Peterson. H Amdt 436. 104th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Collin Peterson voted Nay on 06/15/1995. (votesmart.org)
  • Collin Peterson. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Collin Peterson voted Yea on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Collin Peterson supported the interests of Peace Action West 38 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Collin Peterson supported the interests of the Peace Action 38 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Collin Peterson. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Collin Peterson voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Collin Peterson. E-Newsletter 5/25/12. 25 May 2012. "We continue to have troops deployed in Afghanistan, while our soldiers in Iraq have returned home. For over a decade this country has been at war. In the pursuit of those who wish to harm us, many have paid the ultimate price by giving their lives to preserve the freedoms we all cherish." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Collin Peterson. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Collin Peterson voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Collin Peterson. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Collin Peterson voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • Collin Peterson. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Collin Peterson voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Collin Peterson. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Collin Peterson voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Collin Peterson. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Collin Peterson voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Collin Peterson. HR 2561. 106th Congress. Defense Department Appropriations bill, FY2000. Collin Peterson voted Yea on 07/22/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Collin Peterson. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Collin Peterson voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Collin Peterson. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Collin Peterson voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Collin Peterson. H.R. 8, Job Protection and Recession Prevention Act of 2012. 3 August 2012. " I support comprehensive budget reform that puts everything on the table including tax reform, defense spending, entitlements, and domestic spending." (votesmart.org)
  • Collin Peterson. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Decrease" for: "1. Please indicate the changes you will support (if any) concerning the level of funding for each of the listed issue areas. National Defense"
  • Collin Peterson. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Collin Peterson voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Collin Peterson. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Collin Peterson voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Collin Peterson. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Collin Peterson voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Devin Henry. Minnesota Post: Peterson: Ryan budget means no farm bill in 2012. 20 March 2012. "'The Ryan budget proposes significant cuts in the farm safety net and conservation programs, and slashes spending on nutrition programs that provide food for millions of Americans," Peterson said in a statement. "It is appalling that in an attempt to avoid defense cuts the Republican leadership has elected to leave farmers and hungry families hurting.' The Republican budget, introduced by Republican Rep. Paul Ryan, would offset $55 billion in future Defense Department cuts by asking six committees, including Agriculture, to cut spending instead. He proposed reducing direct payments to farmers and reforming the crop insurance program, and if enacted, the bill would cut $33.2 billion in agriculture spending over the next 10 years." (www.minnpost.com)
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Collin Peterson supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 41 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Collin Peterson supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 50 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Collin Peterson. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Collin Peterson voted Nay on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Collin Peterson. H.R. 8, Job Protection and Recession Prevention Act of 2012. 3 August 2012. "Extending the current lower tax rates for all Americans for one year will provide time for Congress to complete comprehensive tax reform." (votesmart.org)
  • Russell Berman and Bernie Becker. The Hill: Vulnerable House members face tough votes on competing tax bills. 28 July 2012. "Peterson, the top Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee, told The Hill that he would likely vote for both plans even though his preference would be to extend all Bush-era rates and then do tax reform in 2013. "I just am in the camp that we shouldn't be raising taxes right now, with the economy where it is," Peterson said. 'I don't want to get into the fight between the groups.'" (thehill.com)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Collin Peterson supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 5 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Collin Peterson. Thief River Falls Regional Airport receives a $2.2 million FAA Grant. 31 August 2012. "Thief River Falls Regional Airport Authority received a $2,214,001.00 grant from FAA to continue their taxiway improvements. Thief River Falls Regional Airport has been working for years to improve and expand their airport to meet the needs of their growing economy [¦] I congratulate the Thief River Falls Airport as well as these vital industries whose growth is dependent upon these improvements. I firmly believe that the best way to improve the economy is to invest in our public infrastructure and the Thief River Falls region is a good example of that." (collinpeterson.house.gov)
  • Collin Peterson. Statement of Congressman Collin C. Peterson on President Bush's 2007 Budget Proposal. 6 February 2006. "The President's budget proposed today is full of gimmicks and runs low on common sense. The plan does nothing to address escalating federal spending or this Administration's unending record of deficits. For agriculture, at best, this budget is a rehash of the President's strategy of sacrificing farm support for a sell at any cost international trade policy. At worst, this budget shows no commitment on the part of the President to the needs of our nation's farmers. America 's farmers and ranchers cannot afford the uncertainty that these proposals would create, and Congress should quickly reject them." (votesmart.org)
  • Collin Peterson. Peterson Statement on Stimulus Package. 29 January 2009. "In this difficult economy, many in Congress are rushing to write and pass another massive federal spending bill. In my view, what we're considering will not solve our problems, and may in fact make matters worse. Had this stimulus bill been limited only to programs directly resulting in job creation and infrastructure projects, and for unemployment compensation and food stamps, I might have felt comfortable voting for it. However, increasing the price tag on this massive package to include tax giveaways and additional spending on programs that have little or nothing to do with economic development is the wrong way to do this. Every dollar added to this bill will have to be borrowed from countries like China and Japan , because we don't have the money to pay for it ourselves. We will increase the national debt and send the bill to our children and grandchildren. This is what we've been doing for the last eight years and it's got to stop [¦] While I understand the desire for a quick fix, I cannot support those in Congress who are rushing to meet an artificial deadline that will result in more unrestrained spending in the hope that it will solve all our problems. We should be taking time to ensure thoughtful and carefully targeted allocation of the public's money." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Collin Peterson supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 45 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Collin Peterson. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Collin Peterson voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Collin Peterson a rating of 44 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Collin Peterson. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Collin Peterson voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Collin Peterson. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. Collin Peterson voted Nay on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Collin Peterson. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Collin Peterson voted Nay on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Collin Peterson. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Create "empowerment zones" in urban areas with high unemployment by providing government grants and federal assistance, in addition to tax credits, to new and expanding businesses."
  • Collin Peterson. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Create "enterprise zones" in urban areas with high unemployment by providing tax credits for new and expanding businesses."
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

  • Collin Peterson. HR 1804. 104th Congress. Goals 2000: Educate America Act. Collin Peterson voted Yea on 03/23/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Collin Peterson. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Collin Peterson voted Nay on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Collin Peterson. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Eliminate the U.S. Department of Education."
  • Collin Peterson. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Establish a nationwide competency test for teachers and encourage states to adopt it."
  • Collin Peterson. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Establish "National Standards" for K-12 schools and encourage states to adopt them."
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Collin Peterson. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Eliminate government regulations to encourage investment and economic expansion of the private sector."
  • Collin Peterson. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Phase in a prohibition of pollution causing products such as gas powered autos and lawn mowers."
  • Collin Peterson. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Pass stronger clean water and clean air legislation."
  • Collin Peterson. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Tax high-level energy users (businesses and individuals) to discourage excessive energy use and pay for environmental cleanup."
  • Collin Peterson. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Encourage further market based strategies to clean up the environment such as pollution credits."
  • Collin Peterson. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Consider further increasing federal taxes on gasoline and diesel fuels."
  • Collin Peterson. Peterson Introduces "Disapproval Resolution" In The House. 26 February 2010. "The EPA is trying to use unwarranted regulatory action to go after greenhouse gas emissions without seeking Congressional approval. The Clean Air Act was never meant to be used for this but they're trying to do it anyway so Congress needs to act. Most everyone I've heard from about this thinks that elected officials -- not EPA bureaucrats -- should decide how to address our energy problems. The EPA shouldn't start regulating greenhouse gas emissions under a decades old law that was never intended for that purpose. We need to stop the EPA in its tracks on this and prevent them from simply imposing these over-reaching regulations on all of us. A few weeks ago, Chairman Skelton, Congresswoman Emerson and I introduced H.R. 4572, a bill that will change the underlying law, but we've also introduced this new Joint Resolution because it's the most immediate legislative tool we have for stopping the EPA's unilateral regulatory actions." (votesmart.org)
  • Collin Peterson. Peterson Sponsors Legislation To Restrict The EPA. 2 February 2010. "I have no confidence that the EPA can regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act without doing serious damage to our economy. Americans know we're way too dependent on foreign oil and fossil fuels in this country -- and I've worked hard to develop practical solutions to that problem -- but Congress should be making these types of decisions, not unelected bureaucrats at the EPA. The Clean Air Act was not meant for this. It was meant to clean up the air, to get lead out of the air. It was not meant to fight global warming." (votesmart.org)
  • Collin Peterson. Skelton, Peterson, Emerson Introduce Bipartisan Joint Resolution To Halt Epa's Planned Regulation Of Greenhouse Gases. 25 February 2010. "A few weeks ago, we introduced a bill to change the underlying law and today's bill is intended to stop the EPA's regulatory actions. We all agree that elected officials -- not bureaucrats at the EPA -- should be making the decisions about how to address our country's energy problems. The Clean Air Act was never meant to allow the EPA to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, but that's what they're trying to do. The bottom line is that Congress needs to act -- we need to stop the EPA in its tracks on this and prevent them from imposing these unwarranted regulations on all of us." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Collin Peterson supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 80 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Collin Peterson supported the interests of Environment America 87 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Collin Peterson. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Collin Peterson voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Collin Peterson. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Collin Peterson voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Collin Peterson. Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011. 6 April 2011. "Mr. Chairman, I rise today in support of H.R. 910. We recently held a hearing in the Agriculture Committee with folks from the EPA and from people in agriculture, and the message that we heard was pretty clear from agriculture that they believe the EPA needs to be reined in, not only as regards this bill, but other measures that are being considered within the EPA as well. What this bill will do is hit a pause button on the EPA's current efforts to regulate greenhouse gases, and that's exactly what people in agriculture think we need. I have traveled the country, all over the country, talking to agriculture producers both in my district and other places, and they are concerned about what they see coming out of this agency, the regulations that they are seeing. And what really concerns them is that the agency does not seem to understand agriculture and, frankly, doesn't seem to want to understand agriculture. These proposed regulations we're seeing from EPA could potentially get in the way of what agriculture producers are already doing when it comes to conservation of our natural resources. American farmers and ranchers rely on these resources to provide the world's food supply and are committed to preserving them for the next generation. The EPA claims to be operating in an open and transparent manner, but the agency is sending mixed messages. At the recent hearing that I mentioned earlier, we were told that agriculture is currently exempt from proposed regulations, yet press reports have quoted the administrator since as saying the EPA will begin looking at regulating greenhouse gases from farms as soon as 2013. If Congress doesn't do something about the regulations being imposed on our farmers, ranchers and rural communities, the economic effects are going to affect everybody in America. We are being asked to feed more and more people not only in this country, but around the world. This kind of legislation, the effect is going to be to make it harder to do that and also to raise the cost on all of the consumers in this country at a time when that's the last thing that we need. I encourage my colleagues to support H.R. 910." (votesmart.org)
  • Collin Peterson. Leading Bipartisan Voices on Energy Policy Introduce Energy Tax Prevention Act. 4 March 2011. "The EPA needs to be reined in. If Congress does not do something about the regulations being imposed on our farmers, ranchers and rural communities, the economic effects could be devastating. This is the last thing we need when our economy is beginning to show signs of recovery." (votesmart.org)
  • Collin Peterson. Letter to Colleague. 5 April 2011. "Dear Colleague, The Environmental Protection Agency is out of control, especially when it comes to proposed regulations that would affect our farmers and ranchers. EPA's regulatory approach shows a lack of understanding for American agriculture. The agency claims to be committed to operating in an open and transparent manner but producers don't see it. Mainly because in its Endangerment Finding, the EPA has concluded that carbon dioxide and methane are dangerous pollutants and should be regulated under the Clean Air Act. During a recent Agriculture Committee hearing, the EPA Administrator said agriculture is currently exempt from proposed regulations because EPA has targeted only the largest greenhouse gas emitters. Unfortunately this does not provide any certainty to our farmers and ranchers. It does not help that EPA is sending mixed messages. In a recent interview Lisa Jackson was quoted as saying that the EPA will begin looking at regulating greenhouse gases from farms as soon as 2013, which seems counter to her remarks at the hearing. Even if farmers and ranchers are exempt from additional regulations they will still pay a price from the higher energy and operating costs they'll face from other industries hit by these regulations or from further regulations down the road. Whether it's the fuel in the tractor, the fertilizer for the crops or the delivery of food to the grocery store, the cost of providing safe, affordable and reliable food and fiber will increase. This is the last thing our economy needs. That is why we cosponsored H.R. 910, the Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011 which is slated for a vote in the House of Representatives this week. The bill would prevent the EPA from subjecting our producers to more burdensome regulations that threaten to put them out of business. We urge our colleagues to join us in passing H.R. 910, the Energy Tax Prevention Act and protect agriculture from EPA overreach." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Collin Peterson. HR 4296. 104th Congress. Regulation of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons. Collin Peterson voted Nay on 05/05/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Collin Peterson. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Impose a national ban on the public sale of assault weapons."
  • Collin Peterson. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Impose a national ban on the sale of handguns to minors."
  • Collin Peterson. Peterson Applauds Supreme Court decision in McDonald v. Chicago. 30 June 2010. "The Court got this one right. The Second Amendment guarantees all Americans should have the same rights no matter where they live. I've always been a strong defender of our gun rights. This ruling makes clear that no government--federal, state or local--can infringe on the right to "keep and bear arms' and I applaud the Court's decision." (votesmart.org)
  • Collin Peterson. Peterson Asks Supreme Court To Uphold Second Amendment Rights. 25 November 2009. "I'm pleased the Supreme Court is going to address this issue. The Court should take this opportunity to make clear what we all already know, that the Second Amendment applies to state and local governments too. No state legislature can take away the freedom to protect yourself. I've always been a defender of the Second Amendment. It seems clear to me that no government--federal, state or local--can infringe on the right to 'keep and bear arms.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Collin Peterson. HR 125. 104th Congress. Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995. Collin Peterson voted Yea on 03/22/1996. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Collin Peterson a grade of 64." (votesmart.org)
  • Collin Peterson. H Amdt 390. 103th Congress. Instant Background Checks for Gun Purchase Amendment. Collin Peterson voted Yea on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Collin Peterson. HR 1025. 103th Congress. Brady Handgun Bill. Collin Peterson voted Nay on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Collin Peterson. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Collin Peterson voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Collin Peterson. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Collin Peterson voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Collin Peterson. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Collin Peterson voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Collin Peterson supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 11 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Collin Peterson in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Collin Peterson. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Collin Peterson voted Nay on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Collin Peterson. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Support President Clinton's position for a "comprehensive health care plan for all Americans.""
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Collin Peterson supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 20 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Collin Peterson. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Collin Peterson voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Collin Peterson. Issue Position: Health Care. 18 November 2011. "Health care reform is an important goal for our country, and I have always supported reform that will bring down the cost of health care without increasing our country's growing debt. Now that President Obama has signed the landmark health care reform bill, I will work hard to make sure that the bill is implemented fairly. I'm proud of the work I've done to enact legislation establishing Critical Access Hospital Medicare Funding at the rate of 101 percent reimbursement which has helped to keep our rural hospitals open. I'm also proud to have worked with the late Senator Paul Wellstone to deliver increased funding for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and promoting Patient Protection legislation. Finally, I worked hard to expand health care coverage for military veterans, expanded prescription drug benefits for Medicare recipients and expanded mental health coverage." (votesmart.org)
  • Collin Peterson. Peterson Statement On Health Care Bill. 7 November 2009. "In my view, the bill that passed the House of Representatives on Saturday fell well short of those objectives and so I voted against it. Don't get me wrong -- I think the bill was trying to tackle the right problems and generally was going in the right direction, so I'm hopeful that as the process goes forward and the Senate does its work we will soon see a bill that Democrats and Republicans will be willing to vote for. But we're not there yet. Although the bill was full of good intentions, our current system is fiscally unsustainable and this bill won't change that [¦] Adding it all up, I don't think our country can afford to add another trillion-plus dollar health care delivery plan. I also voted against the bill House Republicans offered because it was a flawed bill. It did nothing to control costs and offered nothing to expand coverage. In fact, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said that the Republican bill would create even larger numbers of uninsured Americans and that's absolutely the wrong direction for us to be going in. We need to expand coverage, get more people insured and reduce costs [¦] Eventually the final bill has to look different than what was considered today because we have to get costs under control. As I said at the beginning, we need health care reform and most Minnesotans know it. We're going in the right direction, and although the current bill wasn't something I could vote for, I think that if we continue to work together and listen to one another we can write and pass something that will do all of what we need to do -- and that will be something I'll vote for." (votesmart.org)
  • Collin Peterson. Rep. Peterson's Newsletter 7/13: Recent Vote on the Affodable Care Act. 13 July 2012. "I opposed repealing the Affordable Care Act in its entirety because I want to work on real reforms to this law. Most people want to keep provisions like the elimination of pre-existing conditions, allowing young adults stay on their parents' insurance, and filling in the Medicare prescription drug donut-hole, and I believe we can build on these reforms while fixing the other problems with the law." (collinpeterson.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

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  • Collin Peterson. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Collin Peterson voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Collin Peterson supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 33 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Collin Peterson supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 67 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Collin Peterson. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Collin Peterson voted Yea on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Collin Peterson. Issue Position: Immigration. 1 January 2012. "I oppose amnesty for illegal aliens. In Congress, I voted for the "get tough" immigration bill to secure our borders, increase the number of security personnel, and build an extended border fence along our southern border. We need to give law enforcement officials more resources to capture and deport people who are in this country illegally. This is not a comprehensive answer to our security and immigration problems, but it's a step in the right direction." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Collin Peterson supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 10 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Collin Peterson supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Collin Peterson supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 36 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Collin Peterson. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Collin Peterson voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Collin Peterson supported the interests of the American Family Association 77 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Collin Peterson. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Collin Peterson voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Collin Peterson. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Collin Peterson voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Collin Peterson supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 85 percent in 2006" (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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  • Collin Peterson. Peterson Statement on bin Laden Death. 1 May 2011. "After nearly 10 years, the perseverance of our military and intelligence communities has brought justice to Osama bin Laden. I'm grateful to all those men and women in uniform who have sacrificed so much to bring more security to our country in these tough times. We also must remain vigilant against the threat of terrorism still faced by so many around the world." (votesmart.org)
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. "Collin Peterson supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)

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Congressional Election 1994 National Political Awareness Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.
1. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support to address the problem of crime?
Impose a national ban on the public sale of assault weapons.
Impose a national ban on the sale of handguns to minors.
XImpose "truth in sentencing" legislation for violent criminals so they serve a full sentence with no chance of parole.
XCreate "boot camps" for juvenile and adult first-time offenders.
XProsecute as adults youths who are third-time violent felons.
XImpose the death penalty for certain federal crimes, including civil rights murders, rape and child molestation murders, death resulting from drive-by shootings or car-jacking, and murder of court officers or federal witnesses.
XImpose mandatory life sentences for third time violent felons.
Fund programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills.
Increase the availability of college loans for youth in crime-ridden urban areas.
Fund programs which provide job training and employment opportunities for at-risk urban youth.
Other
2. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support concerning illegal drugs?
XIncrease penalties for selling illegal drugs.
Support mandatory drug testing for federal employees.
Expand efforts to stop the illegal flow of drugs to the United States from other countries.
XExpand federal support for education and drug treatment programs.
Maintain current federal laws.
Decriminalize the possession and private use of certain illegal drugs.
Other
3. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support concerning the American health care system?
Implement a government-financed, single-payer national health care system similar to Canada's.
Support President Clinton's position for a "comprehensive health care plan for all Americans."
Support a managed competition health care plan to contain costs and improve access that does not include mandated health alliances, government cost control powers, or employer/employee mandates.
XProvide tax incentives for small businesses to help provide health care to their employees.
XAllow middle and low income families to deduct yearly health care costs from their taxable income.
XCreate a voucher system for the working poor so they can buy into a health care plan.
XPlace limits on the amount of damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
XAllow Americans to set up a tax-free medical savings account, which would be taxed if used for any purpose other than medical costs.
XDeregulate the private health care industry.
XPrivatize Medicare and Medicaid.
Other
4. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support to change America's welfare system?
XStrengthen child support collection procedures and increase penalties for parents who do not pay.
XImpose a two-year limit on welfare benefits for recipients who are able to work.
XRequire welfare recipients to accept some form of government-sponsored job after two years if unable to find work in the private sector.
XRequire unwed teenage mothers to live with a parent or guardian (if possible) to receive benefits.
XLimit the benefits given to single women if they have additional children.
XProvide child care services to welfare recipients who work or attend school.
Increase spending on programs that help homeless people find shelter and employment.
Make no substantial changes at this time.
XEliminate the current American welfare system.
Other
5. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support to address the problem of unemployment?
XInvest federal dollars in "investment tax credits" for companies who invest in worker training, purchase new equipment, and invest in research and development.
Increase funding for federal and state job-training programs.
Create "enterprise zones" in urban areas with high unemployment by providing tax credits for new and expanding businesses.
Create "empowerment zones" in urban areas with high unemployment by providing government grants and federal assistance, in addition to tax credits, to new and expanding businesses.
XEliminate government regulations to encourage investment and economic expansion of the private sector.
Allow the natural cycle of the market economy to create jobs without government intervention.
XSupport an overhaul of the current unemployment system by combining current job-training programs within a new comprehensive "re-employment" system.
Other
6. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support concerning trade between America and foreign countries?
The United States should grant "most favored nation" trading status based on the human rights record of each individual nation.
XThe United States should raise tariffs on nations whose trade policies discourage the importation of American products.
XThe United States should eliminate tax breaks for companies who move American jobs to low-wage countries.
The United States should expand NAFTA into Latin America.
XThe United States should pursue policies that will help open markets on the Pacific Rim.
The United States should stay out of international trade.
Other
7. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support concerning the environment?
Tax high-level energy users (businesses and individuals) to discourage excessive energy use and pay for environmental cleanup.
Pass stronger clean water and clean air legislation.
Phase in a prohibition of pollution causing products such as gas powered autos and lawn mowers.
Consider further increasing federal taxes on gasoline and diesel fuels.
XConsider further increasing fees charged to mining companies who mine on public lands.
Consider further increasing fees charged to livestock owners who graze on federal lands.
XRequire the federal government to reimburse citizens who are required to limit the use of their privately owned lands due to environmental regulation.
XEncourage further market based strategies to clean up the environment such as pollution credits.
XAmend the Endangered Species Act to allow for increased logging.
Other
8. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support to change America's public education system?
Establish a nationwide competency test for teachers and encourage states to adopt it.
XEstablish "National Standards" for K-12 schools and encourage states to adopt them.
Advocate school choice programs so that parents receive vouchers that can be used to send their children to participating schools.
XAllow low and middle income families to deduct college costs from their taxable income.
XProvide communities with increased federal aid and low interest loans for public school improvements.
Eliminate the U.S. Department of Education.
Make no substantial changes at this time.
Other
9. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support concerning abortion?
Abortions should be legal in all circumstances as long as the procedure is completed within the first trimester of the pregnancy.
Abortions should be legal only when the life of the mother is endangered.
XAbortions should be legal only when the pregnancy results from incest or rape, or when the life of the mother is endangered.
XA woman under the age of 18 should be required to notify a parent or guardian before having an abortion.
XA woman should be required to notify her spouse before having an abortion.
XStates should be allowed to impose mandatory waiting periods before abortions are performed.
XCongress should eliminate federal funding for clinics and medical facilities that provide abortion services.
XCongress should eliminate abortion services from any federally funded health care plan.
Congress should leave legislation on this issue to the states.
Other
10. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support concerning American military and foreign policy?
Congress should support defense conversion by funding job-placement and job-training programs for displaced military personnel and defense technology workers.
Congress should completely lift the ban on homosexuals in the military.
The United States should use military force only in cooperation with the United Nations unless threatened by a foreign power.
The United States should lift the trade embargo against Cuba.
Congress should increase foreign aid to the former republics of the Soviet Union to help in democratization and economic reform.
XCongress should impose strict sanctions against any nation selling technology or products that aid in the construction of nuclear weapons.
XCongress should impose strict sanctions against any new nation attempting to develop nuclear weapons.
Congress should invest federal funds in the research and development of new defense technologies.
Other
Yes1. Should the federal government adopt a policy of limiting or banning Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to federal candidates?
Yes2. Do you support the principle of limiting the number of terms U.S. Senators and U.S. Representatives can serve in Congress?
Yes3. Do you support the principle of a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution?
Yes4. Do you support the principle of a Line-Item Veto for the President?
No5. If elected to Congress, will you support an increase in the minimum wage?
1. Please indicate the changes you will support (if any) concerning the level of funding for each of the listed issue areas.
Slightly DecreaseNational Defense
Slightly IncreaseLaw Enforcement
Greatly DecreaseInternational Drug Interdiction
Maintain StatusFederal Health Care Programs
Maintain StatusAIDS Research
Greatly DecreaseJob Re-training Programs
Maintain StatusInfrastructure (roads, bridges, etc.)
Slightly IncreasePublic Education
Greatly DecreaseForeign Aid
Maintain StatusEnvironmental Clean Up and Enforcement
Other
Other
2. Please indicate the changes you will support (if any) concerning the tax levels for each of the listed categories.
Greatly DecreaseCapital Gains Taxes
Slightly IncreaseCigarette Taxes
Maintain StatusAlcohol Taxes
Maintain StatusTaxes on Social Security Benefits Received by Retirees Earning More than $40,000
Maintain StatusIncome Taxes on Families Earning Less than $140,000
Maintain StatusIncome Taxes on Families Earning $140,000 or More
EliminateValue-Added Taxes on U.S. Businesses
Greatly IncreaseTaxes on Foreign Companies in the United States
Other
1. If you are elected to Congress, what will be your two main legislative priorities?

No answer.

2. If either of your two main legislative priorities require government spending, where will this money come from?

No answer.

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