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Bennie G. Thompson

Bennie Thompson's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Bennie G. Thompson
Office: U.S. House (MS) - District 2, Democratic
First Elected: 04/13/1993
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 2
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary June 3, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: London; 1 Child: BendaLonne
Birth Date: 01/28/1948
Birth Place: Bolton, MS
Home City: Bolton, MS
Religion: Methodist
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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2014, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Unknown Position Unknown Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

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  • Bennie Thompson. Video: Congressman Bennie Thompson supports abortion. 7 July 2010. "A woman's right to choose. I voted that way from day one and I will continue...I think in this country people have a choice. And when adults make adult decisions they're the ones that have to live by it." (www.youtube.com)
No Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

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  • Bennie Thompson. CNN "The Situation Room" “ Transcript. 1 December 2009. "BLITZER: All right, I'm going to just ask you one quick question on Afghanistan, because I have spoken with a lot of members of the Congressional Black Caucus who aren't very happy with President Obama right now for deciding to send another 30,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan [¦] You're with him on this, or you're not? THOMPSON: Well, I'm with him, but I reserve the right to listen to his presentation." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

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  • Bennie Thompson. Letter to The Honorable Peter T. King, Chairman, Committee on Homeland Security. 24 May 2011. "It is imperative that our State, local and tribal first responders maintain a heightened state of readiness and vigilance towards man-made and natural threats. This requires that they have a full partner at the Federal level through grant programs such as UASI, SHSGP, and TSGP. Yet the grant guidance for FY 2011, as recently released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, would reduce the number of eligible jurisdictions to participate in UASI significantly, even as al-Qaida recently vowed to carry out attacks in retaliation in the killing of Osama Bin Laden. In closing, while we all agree on the need to be fiscally responsible, we cannot afford to shortchange the Nation's preparedness by making arbitrary funding cuts." (votesmart.org)
  • Bennie Thompson. Letter to the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. 13 October 2010. "Given the size of our deficit and debt problems as well as the political challenges and policy controversies involved in implementing any solutions to them, it is clear to us that cutting the military budget must be a part of any visible proposal. The Department of Defense currently takes up almost 56% of all discretionary federal spending, and accounts for nearly 65% of the increase in annual discretionary spending levels since 2001. Much of this increase, of course, is attributable to direct war costs, but nearly 37% of discretionary spending growth falls under the "base" or "peacetime" military budget. Applying the adage that is necessary to "go where the money is" requires that rigorous scrutiny be applied to military spending. We believe that such an analysis will show that substantial spending cuts can be made without threatening our national security, without cutting essential funds for fighting terrorism, and without shirking our obligations as a nation to our brave troops currently in the field, our veterans, and our military retirees." (votesmart.org)
  • Bennie Thompson. Letter to Mr. Speaker and Chairs of the Committees. 25 July 2012. "As the senior Democratic Members of the Committees of the House, we call upon the Republican Leadership and the Chairs of our respective committees to begin immediate negotiations with Democrats on replacing the scheduled 2013 sequester with a balanced deficit reduction plan. We all agree that a sequester starting in January, 2013 is not in the country's best interest and is not the best way to assure responsible deficit reduction. The American people want us to work together to avoid unnecessary economic uncertainty at this crucial time in our recovery. Failure to reach an agreement would have devastating consequences for our economy, small business and the middle class...The looming possibility of a January, 2013 sequester is already creating uncertainty in our economy. Working together and in good faith, Democrats and Republicans can negotiate an alternative to the defense and non-defense discretionary sequester as well as the mandatory sequester for fiscal year 2013. We are confident that we can identify revenue sources and prioritize investments in a bipartisan fashion to avoid the sequester while achieving our deficit reduction goals." (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

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  • Bennie Thompson. Letter to Democratic Leader Pelosi. 25 July 2011. "Our Republican colleagues should be embarrassed by their insistence that unless Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits are cut, the nation will default on its debts. Middle-class families have sacrificed enough, and a deal that pushes the American Dream further out of reach, in order to pay for extending tax breaks for the rich and corporations, is simply unacceptable." (votesmart.org)
  • Bennie Thompson. 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." (votesmart.org)
  • Bennie Thompson. Letter to the Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives. 9 December 2010. "We oppose acceding to Republican demands to extend the Bush tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires for two reasons. First, it is fiscally irresponsible. Adding more than $900 billion to our national debt, as this proposal would do, handcuffs our ability to offer a balanced plan to achieve fiscal stability without a punishing effect on our current commitments, including Social Security and Medicare. Second, it is grossly unfair. This proposal will hurt, not help, the majority of Americans in the middle class and those working hard to get there. Even as Republicans seek to add billions more to our national debt in tax cuts to the wealthy, they oppose extending unemployment benefits to workers and resist COLA increases to seniors." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • Bennie Thompson. Congressman Thompson Votes to Pass the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. 13 February 2009. "This stimulus package is a first step towards addressing our national economic woes and in Mississippi, an unemployment that has climbed to more than 8 percent. This bill is specifically designed to help workers train and find jobs, and help struggling families make ends meet. Like any bill, it is imperfect - but it is desperately needed to pull America out of this recession." (votesmart.org)
  • Bennie Thompson. Congressman Thompson Commends Proposed Stimulus Package. 25 January 2008. "I am pleased that Congress and the President reached an agreement on a stimulus package to immediately jumpstart the slowing economy. Our goals are to provide working Americans who are struggling in this difficult economic period with timely, targeted, and temporary relief and to quickly give our economy a shot in the arm. With this agreement we accomplished our goals." (votesmart.org)
  • Bennie Thompson. Letter to Chairman Camp. 9 September 2011. "During the last Congress, the President and the then-Democratic Majority took needed steps to stabilize the economy. According to Congressional Budget Office, the Recovery Act resulted in up to 4 million additional full-time jobs in the economy during the second quarter of 2011. Since the recovery began, the private sector has created more than 2 million private sector jobs. But we still have a long way to go before we make up the nearly nine million jobs destroyed by the financial crisis and recession, and we simply must do more to accelerate economic growth and job creation." (votesmart.org)
  • Bennie Thompson. Issue Position: Jobs and Economy. 1 January 2011. "Congressman Thompson has been an advocate and supporter of the economic stimulus package legislation to help hardworking Americans, jumpstart our slowing economy, and help create 500,000 American jobs. The plan is timely, targeted, and temporary; later this spring, recovery rebates will put hundreds of dollars (up to $600 per individual and $1,200 per married couple, plus $300 per child) into the hands of more than 130 million Americans, expand financing opportunities for Americans in danger of losing their homes, and promote small business investment in plants and equipment." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

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  • Bennie Thompson. Bipartisan Letter Urges Renewable Energy Incentives for Non-Profits. 23 June 2011. "Extending CREBs or providing comparable tax incentives for renewable energy would ensure that not-for profit utilities are provided the tools to help solve the nation's energy problems, simultaneously creating thousands of jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Bennie Thompson. Issue Position: Economic Development. 12 October 2011. "With Congressman Thompson's leadership and insistence, Mississippi was awarded one rural empowerment zone, one rural enterprise community and one urban enterprise community. These efforts, along with other tax incentives, stand to increase the income of Mississippians - $16,822 (50 of 50 states) per capita - by educating and training the citizens of the region, creating more jobs and improving wages; ultimately, improving the overall economic condition of Mississippians." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

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  • Bennie Thompson. Education. 8 August 2012. "While Congressman Thompson supports the ideal of high standards for measuring students and teachers, he believes it is imperative that public school districts receive the necessary funding that would provide innovative and educational tools to teachers, parents and students in their efforts to close the achievement gaps and raise achievement for all children." (www.benniethompson.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

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Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Bennie Thompson. Issue Position: Criminal Justice. 12 October 2011. "Congressman Thompson has advocated and supported gun law reform. He supports the Brady Bill and believes that background checks and the prevention of gun sales to convicted felons reduce the occurrence of gun-related fatalities. He also advocates child safety locks and gun buyback programs. Congressman Thompson believes that excise taxes on firearms can divert gun sales and that the tax revenues should fund programs for juvenile delinquents - prevention and treatment. He has also supported provisions that set penalties for dealers who violate firearms law." (votesmart.org)
  • Bennie Thompson. The Appropriations Package And Amtrak. 10 December 2009. "Madam Speaker, today, the House will consider the end of year appropriations package. In that package, is a one-page provision that risk undermining nearly a decade of rail security efforts by Amtrak. It requires Amtrak to allow passengers at stations that accept checked baggage to check their guns [¦] This provision is bad security of policy and puts Amtrak passengers and staff and anyone else in rail stations at risk." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Bennie Thompson. Affordable Health Care For America Act. 16 November 2009. "Mr. Speaker, this bill is an investment and an exciting opportunity to create the kind of jobs we so desperately need in this United States while at the same time improving the lives of all Americans. This bill will improve health care, create jobs, and grow our economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Bennie Thompson. Congressman Thompson Votes To Reform Health Care. 10 November 2011. "Nearly forty-five years ago, Congress enacted a comprehensive Medicare and Medicaid plan which, to date, provides poor and low income families in Mississippi with health care coverage. Passage of The Affordable Health Care for America Act will have the same monumental significance that Medicare and Medicaid has provided for many Americans. It is my hope that the Senate will move swiftly to pass a similar version of the House bill to provide quality and affordable health care for all Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Bennie Thompson. Issue Position: Health Care Reform. 1 January 2011. "A major goal of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 -- the health insurance reform legislation President Obama signed into law on March 23, 2010 -- is to put American consumers back in charge of their health coverage and care [¦] Congressman Thompson and Democrats believe that too often, insurance companies put insurance company bureaucrats between you and your doctor. The Affordable Care Act cracks down on some of the most egregious practices of the insurance industry while providing the stability and the flexibility that families and businesses need to make the choices that work best for them." (votesmart.org)
  • Bennie Thompson. Issue Position: Health Care. 1 January 2011. "In the first few days of the 112th Congress, with less than eight hours of debate, The House of Representatives voted to chip away at a concrete policy that took more than eighteen months to put together. With the people of the Second District in mind, Congressman Thompson cast a vote against a repeal of the Affordable Care Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Bennie Thompson. Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. 19 January 2011. "Mr. Speaker now is the time to protect American families--uphold the Affordable Care Act and oppose H.R. 2, the Republican repeal of health care. A vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act will leave millions of Americans at risk of losing their health coverage; children will face discrimination because of pre-existing conditions and seniors will be left scrambling to pay full price for prescription drugs." (votesmart.org)
  • Bennie Thompson. Thompson Opposes Repeal of the Affordable Care Act. 19 January 2011. "Today with the American people in mind, I cast a vote against a repeal of the The Affordable Care Act. All twenty-three counties in the Second Congressional District have been designated as Medically Underserved by the Health Resources and Services Administration and many of my constituents are unable to afford the rising cost of health coverage. To combat these challenges, in my district alone The Affordable Care Act improves coverage to 315,000 individuals with health insurance, enhances Medicare for 106,000 beneficiaries, and provides funding for dozens of community health centers which greatly benefits my constituents." (votesmart.org)
  • Bennie Thompson. Thompson Supports Health Insurance Reform. 21 March 2010. "Today, with the American people in mind, I voted to reform our nation's broken health care system. This historic legislation expands health insurance coverage to 32 million Americans and helps guarantee that 95 percent of Americans will be covered. Essentially, this legislation will put Americans back in control of their health care choices, hold insurance companies accountable, and make coverage more affordable." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

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  • Bennie Thompson. Bennie Thompson questioned on Illegal Immigration stance. 10 July 2010. "I think what we have to do is give people what's called a pathway to citizenship. What does pathway mean? That means that you'll have an opportunity, if you're illegal, to go sign up. You can either get your green card, or you can get your citizenship papers within prerequisite time." (youtu.be)
  • Bennie Thompson. Homeland Security and Immigration. 11 February 2005. "We need an immigration system that demonstrates a respect for our nation's borders, deals with the reality of those illegal living in the U. S., respects human rights and safeguards our labor laws." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Bennie Thompson. Letter To The Honorable Barack H. Obama, President Of The United States 22 June 2009. "As you know, Don't Ask, Don't Tell was signed into law in 1993 by former President Bill Clinton as a compromise to allow gay and lesbian service members to serve in the military - so long as they did not disclose their sexual orientations. Fifteen years later, Don't Ask Don't Tell is instead negatively impacting the lives and livelihoods of these military professionals and depriving our Armed Forces of their honorable service. Since you took office on January 20, 2009, more than 250 gay and lesbian service members have been discharged under this law, which continues to undermine and demoralize the more than 65,000 gay and lesbian Americans currently serving on active duty...Mr. President, we cannot afford to lose any more of our dedicated and talented service members to Don't Ask, Don't Tell. On behalf of First Lieutenant Choi, Lieutenant Colonel Fehrenbach, and the more than 12,500 gay and lesbian service members who have been discharged since Don't Ask, Don't Tell was implemented in 1994, we stand ready to assist you in repealing this dishonorable and debilitating law as soon as possible, and in restoring justice and equality in our Armed Forces." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Bennie Thompson. Hearing of the House Homeland Security Committee - "Threats to the American Homeland after Killing Bin Laden: An Assessment". 25 May 2011. "For many, the elimination of Bin Laden will require a dramatic shift in thinking about and analyzing the terrorist threat. In the last 10 years, we have seen the migration and mutation of the terrorist network and the terrorist threat. The terrorist network has moved beyond familiar borders and operatives have become decentralized. At the time of his death, Bin Laden remained a dangerous charismatic figure, but his control was not absolute and his authority was not singular. We cannot ignore the new challenge presented by his death. In every group, the death of a leader causes disarray and confusion among the followers. These periods of transition can last for weeks or years. When we consider the safety of our country, the question that matters most is--- what will we do while the terrorist are in the throes of transition? For fiscal year 2012, the answer is not encouraging. The DHS appropriations bill, recently approved by the Republican-controlled Appropriations Committee, cuts the Department's budget by more than $1 billion. Since Bin Laden's death, we have learned that Al Qaeda was targeting our cities and critical infrastructure. We also know that AQAP is actively targeting our aviation sector. Last week, the Pakistani Taliban, an al-Qaida-allied group struck an American armored vehicle transporting American government personnel. They claimed the attack was in retaliation for Bin Laden's death. At a time when our adversaries are seeking opportunities to attack us, cuts to homeland security funding put us in harm's way. Bin Laden's death does not end the threat to this nation. In many ways, the picture has become more complex. Our focus must remain steady. And our funding must match our focus." (votesmart.org)
  • Bennie Thompson. Letter to Chairman McKeon. 10 May 2011 "Among the many troubling aspects of the Detainee Security Act are provisions that expand the war against terrorist organizations on a global basis. The Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) of 2001 was widely thought to provide authorization for the war in Afghanistan to root out al Qaeda, the Taliban, and others responsible for the 9/11 attacks. That war has dragged on for almost ten years, and after the demise of Osama Bin Laden, as the United States prepares for withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Detainee Security Act purports to expand the 'armed conflict' against the Taliban, al Qaeda, and "associated forces" without limit. By declaring a global war against nameless individuals, organizations, and nations "associated" with the Taliban and al Qaeda, as well as those playing a supporting role in their efforts, the Detainee Security Act would appear to grant the President near unfettered authority to initiate military action around the world without further congressional approval. Such authority must not be ceded to the President without careful deliberation from Congress." (votesmart.org)
  • Bennie Thomspon. 30 September 2011. Thompson Statement on the Killing of al Qaeda Leader Anwar al-Awlaki. "Less than six months after the killing of Osama bin Laden, we have scored another strategic counterterrorism victory with the death of Anwar al-Awlaki. As an American born al Qaeda leader, al-Awlaki was one of the most dangerous terrorists in the world. He was linked to numerous recent terrorist attacks against the U.S. - the failed Christmas Day bomber, the attempted Times Square bombing, the attempted printer toner explosive bombings, and the Fort Hood shooting...Although the death of al-Awlaki will further hamper the already crippled al Qaeda -- and the world will certainly be safer without him -- we must continue our fight against terrorism and stop the radical ideology he espoused." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

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  • Bennie Thompson. Issue Position: Social Security. 1 January 2011. "Congressman Thompson believes that protecting the promise of Social Security is an absolute. He feels that the hard working people of this nation deserve the right to a retirement which lends to a sense of dignity. Pension reform should support the best interest of laborers, saving incentives should offer room for expansion and social security should not be made susceptible to the "income over individual" pitfalls of the private industry." (votesmart.org)
  • Bennie Thompson. Issue Position: Social Security. 12 October 2011. "Mississippi's Second Congressional District currently has a total of 122,168 beneficiaries that receive Social Security. Also, our district has the second highest number of children receiving social security benefits. Privatization is a proposal that takes the hard earned money of hard-working people and puts that money into risky private stock accounts. Such uncertainty takes the security out of this social program." (votesmart.org)
  • Bennie Thompson. Letter To The Honorable Barack Obama, President, The United States of America. 15 October 2010. "We write today to express our strong support for Social Security and our view that it should be strengthened. We oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including raising the retirement age. We also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part." (votesmart.org)
  • Bennie Thompson signed Progressive Change Campaign Committee: Social Security Protectors. "Social Security belongs to the people who have worked hard all their lives and contributed to it. Social Security is a promise that must not be broken. We need to strengthen Social Security, not cut it. That is why I oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including increasing the retirement age. I also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part." (socialsecurityprotectors.com)
  • Bennie Thompson. Letter to Democratic Leader Pelosi. 25 July 2011. "We write in strong agreement with your unwavering defense of the Democratic programs that form the bedrock of America's middle and working classes, and which are overwhelmingly popular. On July 7, you made very clear that "We are not going to balance the budget on the backs of America's seniors, women and people with disabilities" and that "we do not support cuts in benefits" for vital safety-net programs. We agree completely. Especially in these tough economic times, we should not be cutting Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid benefits that millions of our constituents paid into and depend on. Such benefit cuts should be off the table in current debt discussions. Our Republican colleagues should be embarrassed by their insistence that unless Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits are cut, the nation will default on its debts. Middle-class families have sacrificed enough, and a deal that pushes the American Dream further out of reach, in order to pay for extending tax breaks for the rich and corporations, is simply unacceptable. We are united as Democrats in saying that it's time to stand up to the Republican hostage-taking. We will not be forced to vote for a "final agreement" that we do not agree to -- and that the American people do not agree to. We stand united with you in insisting that benefit cuts for working families, our seniors, children, and people with disabilities must be off the table, and we stand united with you in fighting for millions of Americans who need Democrats to be firmly on their side." (votesmart.org)
  • Bennie Thompson. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama. 21 July 2011. "As recovery efforts subside and unacceptably high unemployment continues to devastate our communities, we are pleased that the debt ceiling negotiations seem to be considering jobs as well as how to responsibly reduce spending. However, we remain gravely concerned that yet another, unacceptable cut to Social Security's revenue stream appears to be on the table. Enemies of Social Security reject valid proposals to give the same level of tax relief to the same Americans or American businesses without using the Social Security revenue stream and resultant general fund transfers. As alternative measures would have the same net effect on deficits and the economy, there is simply no need to negotiate cuts to Social Security taxes." (votesmart.org)

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Mississippi Congressional Election 2010 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.

Pro-lifeCandidate Answera) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?
Yesb) Should abortion be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy?
Yesc) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
Yesd) Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?
Noe) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?
f) Other or expanded principles
1) Spending
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.
Maintain Statusa) Agriculture
Maintain Statusb) Arts
Maintain Statusc) Defense
Slightly Increase1) Intelligence operations
Maintain Status2) Military hardware
Maintain Status3) National missile defense
Slightly Increase4) Salary and benefits for active duty personnel
Maintain Status5) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Maintain Status6) Research and development of new weapons
Greatly Increased) Education
Slightly Increasee) Environment
Greatly Increasef) Homeland security
Maintain Statusg) International aid
Greatly Increaseh) Medical research
Greatly Increasei) Scientific research
Slightly Decreasej) Space exploration
Maintain Statusk) United Nations
Greatly Increasel) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories
2) 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.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Slightly Decreasee) Gasoline taxes
Maintain Statusf) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Increaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
i) Other or expanded categories
NoCandidate Answer3) Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax?
Yes4) Do you support requiring the federal budget to be balanced each year?
YesCandidate Answer5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?
6) Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate Answera) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?
Nob) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Yesc) Do you support increasing the federal minimum wage?
Yesd) Do you support the ability of workers to unionize?
Yese) Do you support federal funding for job-training programs that retrain displaced workers?
f) Other or expanded principles
Yesa) Do you support increasing the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns?
Yesb) Should Congress regulate indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Noc) Do you support removing all contribution limits on federal campaigns?
Yesd) Should candidates for federal office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Noe) Do you support giving the President the power of the line item veto for items concerning appropriations?
Nof) Do you support limiting the President's ability to define how legislation is applied through the use of signing statements?
g) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Yesb) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related training and job-placement assistance when released?
Yesc) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with substance abuse treatment?
Yesd) Do you support reduced prison sentences for non-violent offenders?
Yese) Do you support mandatory prison sentences for selling illegal drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate Answera) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?
Yesb) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?
Noc) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?
Nod) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?
Yese) Do you support the federal government providing college students with financial aid?
f) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Yesb) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Yesc) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?
Yesd) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?
Noe) Do you support domestic oil exploration in federally-protected areas?
Yesf) Do you support federal funding for the development of alternative energy?
Yesg) Do you support the development of nuclear reactors?
h) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Yesb) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?
Noc) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
Yesd) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?
e) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?
Yesb) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
Yesc) Should the federal government expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts?
Nod) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Yese) Do you support relaxing regulations on the importation of prescription drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?
Yesb) Do you support decreasing the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country?
Yesc) Do you support establishing English as the official national language?
Yesd) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
e) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan?
Yesb) Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan?
Yesc) Do you support increasing economic development assistance for Afghanistan?
Yesd) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?
Yese) Do you support granting aid to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States?
Yesf) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
Yesg) Do you support increasing sanctions on Iran if it continues to defy United Nations mandates?
Yesh) Do you support the withdrawal of United States troops from Iraq?
Noi) Do you support the United States' involvement in free trade agreements?
j) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Yesb) Do you support allowing openly-gay men and women to serve in the United States military?
Yesc) Do you support federal funding for embryonic stem cell research?
Nod) Should the federal government end affirmative action 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.

Priorities for emphasis in my next term relate to economic development. I plan to concentrate on measures designed to strengthen the economy, provide economic incentives to stimulate growth in employment opportunities and to propose legislation designed to provide safety nets for employers, as well as employees.

I envision accomplishing these priorities without the need for additional funds. Reevaluating current methodology and refocusing monies already budgeted for economic development should suffice.

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