Representative Christopher 'Chris' H. Smith's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (NJ) - District 4, Republican
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Chris Smith has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Chris Smith is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Chris Smith. The Sanctity Of Human Life. 31 March 2009. "Abortion is violence against children. It dismembers and chemically poisons a child to death. It hurts women physically, psychologically, and spiritually. There is nothing whatsoever compassionate, benevolent, ennobling, benign, or empowering about abortion. It is a violation of a child's fundamental human rights." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. H Amdt 185. 103th Congress. Hyde Amendment. Chris Smith voted Yea on 06/30/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Chris Smith voted Nay on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Chris Smith voted Yea on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Chris Smith voted Yea on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Chris Smith voted Nay on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion. Other or expanded principles: "Abortion takes the life of an unborn child and harms the mother physically & emotionally. Women deserve better."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial-birth" abortion." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion. Other or expanded principles: "Abortion takes the life of an unborn child and harms the mother physically & emotionally. Women deserve better."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion. Other or expanded principles: "Defund UNFPA because of its complicity in human rights violations in China."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion. Other or expanded principles: "Abortions takes the life of an unborn child and harms the mother emotionally and physically. Women deserve better. "
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion. Other or expanded principles: "Defund UNFPA because of its complicity in human rights violations in China."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion. Other or expanded principles: "Abortion takes the life of an unborn child and harms the mother physically & emotionally. Women deserve better."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should be illegal when the fetus is viable, with or without life support." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion. Other or expanded principles: "support abstinence education, crisis pregnancy centers, adoption counselling, and prenatal care to expectant mothers."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion. Other or expanded principles: "Abortions takes the life of an unborn child and harms the mother emotionally and physically. Women deserve better. "
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion. Other or expanded principles: "support abstinence education, crisis pregnancy centers, adoption counselling, and prenatal care to expectant mothers."
  • Chris Smith. Silent No More. 22 January 2004. "According to every responsible nationwide poll, the indisputable fact that abortion is violence against children and the ugly fact that abortion methods dismember, mutilate, decapitate, or chemically poison innocent babies is at long last shocking the public out of its slumber." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Chris Smith voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Chris Smith voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Chris Smith voted Nay on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Chris Smith supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Chris Smith voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Chris Smith voted Nay on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Chris Smith voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Chris Smith voted Nay on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Chris Smith supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 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 Chris Smith a rating of 56 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Chris Smith supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. H Amdt 436. 104th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Chris Smith voted Nay on 06/15/1995. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. HR 670. 103th Congress. Abortion Counseling Bill. Chris Smith voted Nay on 03/25/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Chris Smith voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Chris Smith supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Chris Smith voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Chris Smith voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Chris Smith voted Nay on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. Smith Reintroduces Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act . 3 August 2007. "My bill is a modest, but necessary expansion of informed consent that seeks to ensure that before a child is killed by abortion at least the facts about pain are conveyed. My hopes are, of course, that she will reconsider when these facts are presented." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. 27 April 2005. "Mr. Chairman, abortion mills in my home State of New Jersey go so far as to buy ads, especially in the yellow pages, to promote abortion for minors residing in Pennsylvania, where parental consent is required for abortion, to come to my State, where no parental involvement of any kind is needed. The marketing of teenage abortions in this way, Mr. Chairman, or in any way, for that matter, is morally indefensible. The abortion industry's engraved invitation to vulnerable young girls to procure a secret abortion means it becomes more likely and that more abortions will indeed occur. That means, Mr. Chairman, more dead babies; that means more wounded moms." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. Abortion. 9 July 2008. "We need to, again, Madam Speaker, respect all human life. In the life of an unborn child, birth is just part of a process. It's an event in a child's life; it is not the beginning of life. These children deserve their fundamental human rights." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. Abortion Excruciatingly Painful to Unborn. 20 May 2004. "It takes about 30 minutes for this act of violence, again perfectly legal, allowed by Roe v. Wade, to occur. During those 30 minutes, this child suffers immensely. I would remind my colleagues that Congress requires that pain be mitigated when livestock are slaughtered, not so when an unborn child is slaughtered. I would ask Members to take a good, strong look at this legislation and hopefully cosponsor it and get this bill to the floor so that we can vote on it." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. Abortion Clinics: Not Only Killing Mills But Toture Centers as Well. 25 January 2005. "We are a movement with deep hope and expectation, that with God's all-powerful grace, and through that all-powerful grace, the culture of death will soon be vanquished by the culture of life, where all human life is cherished and respected. We pray for the day when branding an unborn child as unwanted will no longer mean a death sentence in America." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. H Amdt 185. 103th Congress. Hyde Amendment. Chris Smith voted Yea on 06/30/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Chris Smith voted Nay on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Chris Smith voted Yea on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Chris Smith voted Yea on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Chris Smith voted Nay on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion. Other or expanded principles: "Abortion takes the life of an unborn child and harms the mother physically & emotionally. Women deserve better."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial-birth" abortion." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion. Other or expanded principles: "Abortion takes the life of an unborn child and harms the mother physically & emotionally. Women deserve better."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion. Other or expanded principles: "Defund UNFPA because of its complicity in human rights violations in China."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion. Other or expanded principles: "Abortions takes the life of an unborn child and harms the mother emotionally and physically. Women deserve better. "
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion. Other or expanded principles: "Defund UNFPA because of its complicity in human rights violations in China."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion. Other or expanded principles: "Abortion takes the life of an unborn child and harms the mother physically & emotionally. Women deserve better."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should be illegal when the fetus is viable, with or without life support." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion. Other or expanded principles: "support abstinence education, crisis pregnancy centers, adoption counselling, and prenatal care to expectant mothers."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion. Other or expanded principles: "Abortions takes the life of an unborn child and harms the mother emotionally and physically. Women deserve better. "
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion. Other or expanded principles: "support abstinence education, crisis pregnancy centers, adoption counselling, and prenatal care to expectant mothers."
  • Chris Smith. Silent No More. 22 January 2004. "According to every responsible nationwide poll, the indisputable fact that abortion is violence against children and the ugly fact that abortion methods dismember, mutilate, decapitate, or chemically poison innocent babies is at long last shocking the public out of its slumber." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Chris Smith voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Chris Smith voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Chris Smith voted Nay on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Chris Smith supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Chris Smith voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Chris Smith voted Nay on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Chris Smith voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Chris Smith voted Nay on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Chris Smith supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 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 Chris Smith a rating of 56 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Chris Smith supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. H Amdt 436. 104th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Chris Smith voted Nay on 06/15/1995. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. HR 670. 103th Congress. Abortion Counseling Bill. Chris Smith voted Nay on 03/25/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Chris Smith voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Chris Smith supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Chris Smith voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Chris Smith voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Chris Smith voted Nay on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. The Sanctity Of Human Life. 31 March 2009. "Abortion is violence against children. It dismembers and chemically poisons a child to death. It hurts women physically, psychologically, and spiritually. There is nothing whatsoever compassionate, benevolent, ennobling, benign, or empowering about abortion. It is a violation of a child's fundamental human rights." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. Smith Reintroduces Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act . 3 August 2007. "My bill is a modest, but necessary expansion of informed consent that seeks to ensure that before a child is killed by abortion at least the facts about pain are conveyed. My hopes are, of course, that she will reconsider when these facts are presented." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. 27 April 2005. "Mr. Chairman, abortion mills in my home State of New Jersey go so far as to buy ads, especially in the yellow pages, to promote abortion for minors residing in Pennsylvania, where parental consent is required for abortion, to come to my State, where no parental involvement of any kind is needed. The marketing of teenage abortions in this way, Mr. Chairman, or in any way, for that matter, is morally indefensible. The abortion industry's engraved invitation to vulnerable young girls to procure a secret abortion means it becomes more likely and that more abortions will indeed occur. That means, Mr. Chairman, more dead babies; that means more wounded moms." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. Abortion. 9 July 2008. "We need to, again, Madam Speaker, respect all human life. In the life of an unborn child, birth is just part of a process. It's an event in a child's life; it is not the beginning of life. These children deserve their fundamental human rights." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. Abortion Excruciatingly Painful to Unborn. 20 May 2004. "It takes about 30 minutes for this act of violence, again perfectly legal, allowed by Roe v. Wade, to occur. During those 30 minutes, this child suffers immensely. I would remind my colleagues that Congress requires that pain be mitigated when livestock are slaughtered, not so when an unborn child is slaughtered. I would ask Members to take a good, strong look at this legislation and hopefully cosponsor it and get this bill to the floor so that we can vote on it." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. Abortion Clinics: Not Only Killing Mills But Toture Centers as Well. 25 January 2005. "We are a movement with deep hope and expectation, that with God's all-powerful grace, and through that all-powerful grace, the culture of death will soon be vanquished by the culture of life, where all human life is cherished and respected. We pray for the day when branding an unborn child as unwanted will no longer mean a death sentence in America." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Chris Smith. Excerpts: General Statement. 26 June 2012. "I know that tax relief is essential to spur economic growth, create jobs, assist families, and ensure that people retain more of their hard earned pay. Thus, when it comes to fighting tax increases and pushing legislative proposals to boost the economy and private sector job creation, my record is long and deep. For instance: I voted to create the Bush tax cuts and voted an additional 32 times to extend them or make them permanent I have voted well over 100 times for a federal balanced budget amendment, a line item veto, and/or legislation to lower tax rates, expand credits and cut capital gains taxes to encourage job creation, growth and investment. I voted for the historic Reagan Economic Recovery Act of 1981, and the 1986 Tax Reform Act. I voted no on the 1990 Bush I tax increase and the 1993 record-breaking Clinton tax hike." (www.smith4nj.com)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Chris Smith supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 45 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "6) Do you support requiring a super-majority vote in both houses of Congress to raise taxes?" Other Tax Issues: Other or expanded principles: "I support eliminating marriage tax penalty."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?"
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?" Budgetary, Spending, and Taxes, Part 3: Taxes (B) Other or expanded principles: "Support economic growth to increase the tax base and increase revenues flowing into the US Treasury. Eliminate tax fraud and unfair tax aviodance gimmicks - both on and off shore - so everyone pays their fair share. Strengthen oversight of government spending and reduce fraud and waste by holding accountable both government and private sector officials who betray the trust given them. "
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "6) Do you support requiring a super-majority vote in both houses of Congress to raise taxes?"
  • Chris Smith. Rep. Chris Smith Responds to President Bush's State of the Union Address. 31 January 2006. "The people of New Jersey are oppressed enough by excessive property taxes and I will provide as much relief to those families as I possibly can. Cutting taxes allows families to hold on to more of their own hard earned dollars so they can better afford the growing costs of healthcare, gas and education." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Chris Smith supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 70 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Chris Smith voted Yea on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Chris Smith supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. Smith Speaks at Chamber's 100th Anniversary. 27 January 2011. "At the end of last year the White House and Congress came together in a bipartisan manner to extend the Bush tax cuts, at least for a while, averting what would have been the largest tax increase ever which could have smothered any chance of recovery." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. Cong. Smith Sworn In for New Term. 5 January 2011. "The Democratic minority, however, must come to terms with the decision of the American people, who voted in an historic election to step back from trillions of dollars in runaway spending with money we don't have, raising taxes on already struggling businesses, and the prospects of bigger and bigger government controlling our lives." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. Excerpts: General Statement. 26 June 2012. "I know that tax relief is essential to spur economic growth, create jobs, assist families, and ensure that people retain more of their hard earned pay. Thus, when it comes to fighting tax increases and pushing legislative proposals to boost the economy and private sector job creation, my record is long and deep. For instance: I voted to create the Bush tax cuts and voted an additional 32 times to extend them or make them permanent I have voted well over 100 times for a federal balanced budget amendment, a line item veto, and/or legislation to lower tax rates, expand credits and cut capital gains taxes to encourage job creation, growth and investment. I voted for the historic Reagan Economic Recovery Act of 1981, and the 1986 Tax Reform Act. I voted no on the 1990 Bush I tax increase and the 1993 record-breaking Clinton tax hike." (www.smith4nj.com)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Chris Smith supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 45 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "6) Do you support requiring a super-majority vote in both houses of Congress to raise taxes?" Other Tax Issues: Other or expanded principles: "I support eliminating marriage tax penalty."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?"
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?" Budgetary, Spending, and Taxes, Part 3: Taxes (B) Other or expanded principles: "Support economic growth to increase the tax base and increase revenues flowing into the US Treasury. Eliminate tax fraud and unfair tax aviodance gimmicks - both on and off shore - so everyone pays their fair share. Strengthen oversight of government spending and reduce fraud and waste by holding accountable both government and private sector officials who betray the trust given them. "
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "6) Do you support requiring a super-majority vote in both houses of Congress to raise taxes?"
  • Chris Smith. Rep. Chris Smith Responds to President Bush's State of the Union Address. 31 January 2006. "The people of New Jersey are oppressed enough by excessive property taxes and I will provide as much relief to those families as I possibly can. Cutting taxes allows families to hold on to more of their own hard earned dollars so they can better afford the growing costs of healthcare, gas and education." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Chris Smith supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 70 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Chris Smith voted Yea on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Chris Smith supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. Smith Speaks at Chamber's 100th Anniversary. 27 January 2011. "At the end of last year the White House and Congress came together in a bipartisan manner to extend the Bush tax cuts, at least for a while, averting what would have been the largest tax increase ever which could have smothered any chance of recovery." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. Cong. Smith Sworn In for New Term. 5 January 2011. "The Democratic minority, however, must come to terms with the decision of the American people, who voted in an historic election to step back from trillions of dollars in runaway spending with money we don't have, raising taxes on already struggling businesses, and the prospects of bigger and bigger government controlling our lives." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Chris Smith. Smith Praises Opening Kidsbridge Cultural Center at The College of New Jersey. 29 March 2006. "Smith noted that 'the Kidsbridge project is a perfect example of the proper federal role in providing the needed economic stimulus to spur revitalization and growth in local communities.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Chris Smith supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 80 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. Smith Speaks at Chamber's 100th Anniversary. 27 January 2010. "We've got to ask the hard questions: Is our tax code not only fair but pro-growth? Are regulations undermining business? Has the stimulus worked? Where are the jobs?" (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "2) Would you support enforcing the spending limits agreed to in 1997 by the President and Congress to balance the budget?"
  • Chris Smith. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Chris Smith voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Chris Smith 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 Chris Smith a rating of 67 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. Smith Hails Drop in Jobless Claims. 22 July 2005. "Our strategy of tax relief and market-based solutions is clearly paying dividends and the current economic environment, which fosters expansion and job creation, reflects that." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. Excerpts: Announcement Statement. 1 December 2011. "Even before passage of the budget busting spending unleashed in Obamacare, the President's own analysis projected a more than doubling of publicly owned debt to a record $19 trillion by 2020. This exponential expansion of U.S. debt is absolutely unnecessary, unsustainable and unconscionable, and it seriously threatens our future. We need to put a tourniquet on Obama's reckless spending and reverse this course." (www.smith4nj.com)
  • Michael Covin. Examiner.com: Midterm Elections 2010: Analyzing NJ's 4th District. 21 October 2010. "Economically he has constantly voted for cutting taxes, controlling spending, and further economic and job opportunities." (www.examiner.com)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Chris Smith supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 80 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. Smith Speaks at Chamber's 100th Anniversary. 27 January 2010. "We've got to ask the hard questions: Is our tax code not only fair but pro-growth? Are regulations undermining business? Has the stimulus worked? Where are the jobs?" (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "2) Would you support enforcing the spending limits agreed to in 1997 by the President and Congress to balance the budget?"
  • Chris Smith. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Chris Smith voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Chris Smith 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 Chris Smith a rating of 67 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. Smith Praises Opening Kidsbridge Cultural Center at The College of New Jersey. 29 March 2006. "Smith noted that 'the Kidsbridge project is a perfect example of the proper federal role in providing the needed economic stimulus to spur revitalization and growth in local communities.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. Smith Hails Drop in Jobless Claims. 22 July 2005. "Our strategy of tax relief and market-based solutions is clearly paying dividends and the current economic environment, which fosters expansion and job creation, reflects that." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. Excerpts: Announcement Statement. 1 December 2011. "Even before passage of the budget busting spending unleashed in Obamacare, the President's own analysis projected a more than doubling of publicly owned debt to a record $19 trillion by 2020. This exponential expansion of U.S. debt is absolutely unnecessary, unsustainable and unconscionable, and it seriously threatens our future. We need to put a tourniquet on Obama's reckless spending and reverse this course." (www.smith4nj.com)
  • Michael Covin. Examiner.com: Midterm Elections 2010: Analyzing NJ's 4th District. 21 October 2010. "Economically he has constantly voted for cutting taxes, controlling spending, and further economic and job opportunities." (www.examiner.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "State" for: "Indicate which level of government that should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. c) Education"
  • Chris Smith. HR 1804. 104th Congress. Goals 2000: Educate America Act. Chris Smith voted Nay on 03/23/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Give all federal education funding to states in the form of block grants and allow them to spend it as they see fit."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing in reading and math."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. c) Education (K-12)"
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. [?] d) Education" Budget Priorities Other or expanded principles: "Greatly increase Veteran's healthcare and benefits"
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Providing education is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education. Other or expanded principles: "I voted for a demonstration pilot voucher program to assess its application nationwide."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Local" for: "Indicate which level of government should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. 3) Education"
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Jersey 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."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education. Other or expanded principles: "I supported a demonstration pilot voucher program to assess its application nationwide"
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. c) Education (K-12)"
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Eliminate the Department of Education, thereby giving state and local government greater control over educational issues."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey 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" Budget Priorities Other or expanded principles: "Veterans healthcare and benefits programs."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Promote education flexibility by giving federal funds, in the form of block grants, to the states to spend it as they see fit."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "State" for: "Indicate which level of government that should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. c) Education"
  • Chris Smith. The Education, Achievement and Opportunity Act. 2 February 2005. "And make no mistake: the public school system will and must continue to remain the backbone of our nation's education system. However, we must never forget that the public school system was created to serve students-not the other way around. If a student is performing poorly in a school for one reason or another, parents should have the opportunity to move their child to what may be a better setting. And the federal government should help-not stand in the way." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. HR 1804. 104th Congress. Goals 2000: Educate America Act. Chris Smith voted Nay on 03/23/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Chris Smith voted Yea on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Give all federal education funding to states in the form of block grants and allow them to spend it as they see fit."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing in reading and math."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. c) Education (K-12)"
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. [?] d) Education" Budget Priorities Other or expanded principles: "Greatly increase Veteran's healthcare and benefits"
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Chris Smith. The Education, Achievement and Opportunity Act. 2 February 2005. "And make no mistake: the public school system will and must continue to remain the backbone of our nation's education system. However, we must never forget that the public school system was created to serve students-not the other way around. If a student is performing poorly in a school for one reason or another, parents should have the opportunity to move their child to what may be a better setting. And the federal government should help-not stand in the way." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Chris Smith voted Yea on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Providing education is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education. Other or expanded principles: "I voted for a demonstration pilot voucher program to assess its application nationwide."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Local" for: "Indicate which level of government should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. 3) Education"
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Jersey 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."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education. Other or expanded principles: "I supported a demonstration pilot voucher program to assess its application nationwide"
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. c) Education (K-12)"
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Eliminate the Department of Education, thereby giving state and local government greater control over educational issues."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey 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" Budget Priorities Other or expanded principles: "Veterans healthcare and benefits programs."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Promote education flexibility by giving federal funds, in the form of block grants, to the states to spend it as they see fit."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."

Vote Smart's Research

Vote Smart's Research

  • League of Conservation Voters. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. League of Conservation Voters endorsed Chris Smith in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. Issue Position: Environment. 26 June 2012. "As a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, I believe it is equally imperative that we address environmental issues--such as climate change--on a global scale. Global warming is a real threat and an increasing danger to our environment. All major greenhouse emitting countries need to cooperate in reducing and stabilizing atmospheric concentrations of these gases, and the United States must play a leadership role in bringing nations together for a global solution to climate change." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. New Direction For Energy Independence, National Security, and Consumer Protection Act. 4 August 2007. "To reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and achieve a healthier environment, we need a multi-faceted approach that addresses broad spectrums of inter-related issues and fosters both energy independence and clean energy reliance...Specifically, these provisions authorize $1 billion over five years to provide U.S. aid to support the overall purpose of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The monies can also be used to increase institutional abilities to provide energy and environmental management services including outreach programs for India and China--two of the world's largest emitters of greenhouse gases. The bill also authorizes trade missions, programs to strengthen energy research and educational exchange, and an interagency working group to support a Clean Energy Technology Exports Initiative. These provisions are an important aspect of creating local, sustainable capacity and will complement well other program goals of our foreign assistance." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. Smith Scores Big on Protecting Environment. 30 May 2008. "Over the past several years we have made great strides to help protect our environment, however, more needs to be done. As I have throughout my tenure in Congress, I will continue to promote legislative solutions to help improve the quality of our air, water and land and its impact on our health and safety." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Chris Smith supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 50 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Chris Smith voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Chris Smith supported the interests of Environment America 80 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. Smith Scores Perfect 100% with Environment. 15 August 2007. "We have made great strides over the past several years to help better preserve and protect our environment. While much has been accomplished, more work needs to be done. As I have throughout my tenure in Congress, I will continue to promote legislative initiatives that will help secure safer and cleaner air and waters, help reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, and advance an overall healthier environment." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. Smith-Backed Climate Change Provision Included in House-Passed Energy Bill . 4 August 2007. "The International Clean Energy Foundation promises to add a particularly effective tool in our arsenal against adverse climate change. By promoting programs that serve as models for significantly reducing global greenhouse gas emissions through clean and efficient energy technologies, processes and services, the Foundation will play a key leadership role in the effort to address climate change on the international stage." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. Bill to Create Ambassador-at-Large for Global Climate Change Passes House Committee. 23 May 2007. "The United States must take the lead on promoting an international response to the threat of global warming." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources. Other or expanded principles: "Fully fund land and water conservation fund so we can preserve open spaces."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Reduce current federal regulations on the environment."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "m) Support the Kyoto Protocol to limit global warming." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "Support initiatives to ban dumping of waste into our oceans"
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey 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."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Jersey 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."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Impose stricter national air quality standards."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources. Other or expanded principles: "Fully fund land and water conservation fund so we can preserve open spaces."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Jersey 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."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Support the U.S. re-entering the Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "Support initiatives to ban pollutes from dumping their waste into our ocean waters."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "Support initiatives to ban dumping of waste into our oceans"
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Promote the selling of pollution credits to encourage industries to decrease amount of pollution."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment and affirmative action. Other or expanded principles: "eliminate use of racial quotas for government contracting decisions"
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Eliminate government regulations of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Adhere to the United Nations treaty regarding global climate change."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Support Clear Skies Act to reduce power plant emissions by setting a national cap on pollutants." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "Support initiatives to ban dumping of waste into our oceans"
  • Chris Smith. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Chris Smith voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. Issue Position: Environment. 26 June 2012. "As a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, I believe it is equally imperative that we address environmental issues--such as climate change--on a global scale. Global warming is a real threat and an increasing danger to our environment. All major greenhouse emitting countries need to cooperate in reducing and stabilizing atmospheric concentrations of these gases, and the United States must play a leadership role in bringing nations together for a global solution to climate change." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. New Direction For Energy Independence, National Security, and Consumer Protection Act. 4 August 2007. "To reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and achieve a healthier environment, we need a multi-faceted approach that addresses broad spectrums of inter-related issues and fosters both energy independence and clean energy reliance...Specifically, these provisions authorize $1 billion over five years to provide U.S. aid to support the overall purpose of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The monies can also be used to increase institutional abilities to provide energy and environmental management services including outreach programs for India and China--two of the world's largest emitters of greenhouse gases. The bill also authorizes trade missions, programs to strengthen energy research and educational exchange, and an interagency working group to support a Clean Energy Technology Exports Initiative. These provisions are an important aspect of creating local, sustainable capacity and will complement well other program goals of our foreign assistance." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. Smith Scores Big on Protecting Environment. 30 May 2008. "Over the past several years we have made great strides to help protect our environment, however, more needs to be done. As I have throughout my tenure in Congress, I will continue to promote legislative solutions to help improve the quality of our air, water and land and its impact on our health and safety." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Chris Smith supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 50 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Chris Smith voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Chris Smith supported the interests of Environment America 80 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. League of Conservation Voters endorsed Chris Smith in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. Smith Scores Perfect 100% with Environment. 15 August 2007. "We have made great strides over the past several years to help better preserve and protect our environment. While much has been accomplished, more work needs to be done. As I have throughout my tenure in Congress, I will continue to promote legislative initiatives that will help secure safer and cleaner air and waters, help reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, and advance an overall healthier environment." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. Smith-Backed Climate Change Provision Included in House-Passed Energy Bill . 4 August 2007. "The International Clean Energy Foundation promises to add a particularly effective tool in our arsenal against adverse climate change. By promoting programs that serve as models for significantly reducing global greenhouse gas emissions through clean and efficient energy technologies, processes and services, the Foundation will play a key leadership role in the effort to address climate change on the international stage." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. Bill to Create Ambassador-at-Large for Global Climate Change Passes House Committee. 23 May 2007. "The United States must take the lead on promoting an international response to the threat of global warming." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources. Other or expanded principles: "Fully fund land and water conservation fund so we can preserve open spaces."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Reduce current federal regulations on the environment."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "m) Support the Kyoto Protocol to limit global warming." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "Support initiatives to ban dumping of waste into our oceans"
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey 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."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Jersey 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."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Impose stricter national air quality standards."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources. Other or expanded principles: "Fully fund land and water conservation fund so we can preserve open spaces."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Jersey 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."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Support the U.S. re-entering the Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "Support initiatives to ban pollutes from dumping their waste into our ocean waters."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "Support initiatives to ban dumping of waste into our oceans"
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Promote the selling of pollution credits to encourage industries to decrease amount of pollution."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment and affirmative action. Other or expanded principles: "eliminate use of racial quotas for government contracting decisions"
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Eliminate government regulations of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Adhere to the United Nations treaty regarding global climate change."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Support Clear Skies Act to reduce power plant emissions by setting a national cap on pollutants." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "Support initiatives to ban dumping of waste into our oceans"
  • Chris Smith. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Chris Smith voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman. Trentonion: Arizona Shooting: NJ Congressman Chris Smith refuses to pack heat. 10 January 2011. "If a particular lawmaker feels he or she wants to procure a weapon, that's their business. Just as any other law-abiding citizen, that is their Second Amendment right and, provided they go through the background check, they are certainly entitled to do that." (www.trentonian.com)
  • Chris Smith. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Chris Smith voted Nay on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Chris Smith voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. HR 4296. 104th Congress. Regulation of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons. Chris Smith voted Yea on 05/05/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. HR 1025. 103th Congress. Brady Handgun Bill. Chris Smith voted Yea on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "strengthen penalties for those who illegally sell or tranfer guns to minors."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Reauthorize the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns. Other or expanded principles: "Regarding (a) support reauthorizationg the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic assualt weapons. Support the Brady Bill and support state licensing of firearms. "
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Expand the nationwide ban on the sale or transfer of assault weapons to include all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms that are legally owned and registered."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns. Other or expanded principles: "Support legislation to reauthorize & expand assault weapons ban, Support the Brady Bill, support state licensing of firearms."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms by law-abiding citizens."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal all bans and measures that restrict law-abiding citizens from owning legally-obtained firearms."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "Support the Brady Law; support banning assault weapons."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "strengthen penalties for those who illegally sell or tranfer guns to minors."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "strengthen penalties for those who illegally sell or tranfer guns to minors."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns. Other or expanded principles: "Regarding (a) support reauthorizationg the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic assualt weapons. Support the Brady Bill and support state licensing of firearms. "
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Increase federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Ease procedures on the purchase and registration of firearms."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Renew the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "Support the Brady Law; support banning assault weapons."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "Support the Brady Law; support banning assault weapons."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "strengthen penalties for those who illegally sell or tranfer guns to minors."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns. Other or expanded principles: "Regarding (a) support reauthorizationg the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic assualt weapons. Support the Brady Bill and support state licensing of firearms. "
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Implement tighter restrictions on firearm sales in an effort to hinder terrorist groups from stockpiling weapon arsenals."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns. Other or expanded principles: "Support legislation to reauthorize & expand assault weapons ban, Support the Brady Bill, support state licensing of firearms."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain all federal registration procedures and restrictions on possessing firearms."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Increase restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Chris Smith. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Chris Smith voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Chris Smith supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 75 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Chris Smith a grade of 18." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Chris Smith in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. H Amdt 390. 103th Congress. Instant Background Checks for Gun Purchase Amendment. Chris Smith voted Nay on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Chris Smith in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. HR 125. 104th Congress. Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995. Chris Smith voted Nay on 03/22/1996. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Chris Smith voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman. Trentonion: Arizona Shooting: NJ Congressman Chris Smith refuses to pack heat. 10 January 2011. "If a particular lawmaker feels he or she wants to procure a weapon, that's their business. Just as any other law-abiding citizen, that is their Second Amendment right and, provided they go through the background check, they are certainly entitled to do that." (www.trentonian.com)
  • Chris Smith. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Chris Smith voted Nay on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Chris Smith voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. HR 4296. 104th Congress. Regulation of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons. Chris Smith voted Yea on 05/05/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. HR 1025. 103th Congress. Brady Handgun Bill. Chris Smith voted Yea on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "strengthen penalties for those who illegally sell or tranfer guns to minors."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Reauthorize the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns. Other or expanded principles: "Regarding (a) support reauthorizationg the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic assualt weapons. Support the Brady Bill and support state licensing of firearms. "
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Expand the nationwide ban on the sale or transfer of assault weapons to include all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms that are legally owned and registered."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns. Other or expanded principles: "Support legislation to reauthorize & expand assault weapons ban, Support the Brady Bill, support state licensing of firearms."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms by law-abiding citizens."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal all bans and measures that restrict law-abiding citizens from owning legally-obtained firearms."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "Support the Brady Law; support banning assault weapons."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "strengthen penalties for those who illegally sell or tranfer guns to minors."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "strengthen penalties for those who illegally sell or tranfer guns to minors."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns. Other or expanded principles: "Regarding (a) support reauthorizationg the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic assualt weapons. Support the Brady Bill and support state licensing of firearms. "
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Increase federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Ease procedures on the purchase and registration of firearms."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Renew the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "Support the Brady Law; support banning assault weapons."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "Support the Brady Law; support banning assault weapons."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "strengthen penalties for those who illegally sell or tranfer guns to minors."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns. Other or expanded principles: "Regarding (a) support reauthorizationg the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic assualt weapons. Support the Brady Bill and support state licensing of firearms. "
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Implement tighter restrictions on firearm sales in an effort to hinder terrorist groups from stockpiling weapon arsenals."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns. Other or expanded principles: "Support legislation to reauthorize & expand assault weapons ban, Support the Brady Bill, support state licensing of firearms."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain all federal registration procedures and restrictions on possessing firearms."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Increase restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Chris Smith. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Chris Smith voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Chris Smith supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 75 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Chris Smith a grade of 18." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Chris Smith in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. H Amdt 390. 103th Congress. Instant Background Checks for Gun Purchase Amendment. Chris Smith voted Nay on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Chris Smith in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. HR 125. 104th Congress. Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995. Chris Smith voted Nay on 03/22/1996. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Chris Smith voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey 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."
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Chris Smith supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey 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."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Jersey 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."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Jersey 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."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey 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."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey 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."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Chris Smith. Smith Votes to Repeal Obamacare Mandate 15 June 2010. "The stakes are too high to quit fighting Obamacare. Obama-Pelosi-Reid have put us on a path toward a healthcare crisis. We are facing the threat of a collision course with government-controlled, rationed healthcare, Medicare cuts and record-breaking deficits. The individual mandate forces people to buy insurance, but it's against the Constitution to be forced by the federal government to buy a product." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. 19 January 2011. "Obamacare, which would create nearly 160 boards, commissions and programs and would vest sweeping powers on bureaucrats to determine what benefits are covered and not and at what cost, is so fundamentally flawed that it needs to be repealed and replaced." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Chris Smith voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Danil Allott. Catholic World Report: Mr. Smith's 30 Years in Washington. 1 May 2011. "Today Obamacare authorizes public funding of abortion. There are at least a half a dozen places in that misguided law where"at the time and place of Obama's choosing, and certainly in 2014 when the exchanges kick in"abortion will be publicly funded. Unless we stop it. " (www.catholicworldreport.com)
  • Chris Smith. Americans Deserve Better Than ObamaCare. 17 March 2010. "I rise today to respectfully ask that my colleagues reject Obamacare, which if enacted into law, will seriously undermine, erode, damage--and perhaps even destroy--health care in America." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. Affordable Health Care For America Act. 7 November 2009. "It is truly unfortunate that the Democratic leadership did not work to put forth a health care reform bill that addressed these concerns. We need a proposal that advances solutions rather than creates new problems. Let me be clear, I take a back seat to no one when it comes to working to ensure that the federal government accepts its role and is doing its part in helping people and providing a health care safety net for those in desperate need of health care support. I am proud of my record, voting to defeat cuts to and expand existing federal health care programs, while working to protect patient rights and the delivery of quality medical care." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. Excerpts: General Statement. 26 June 2012. "I also voted against Obamacare, I spoke three times in the debate and held five press conferences pointing out that Obamacare slashes Medicare funding for the elderly and disabled, raises taxes, will worsen the deficit, expands taxpayer support for abortion, imposes a large unfunded liability on states with the establishment in 2014 of state health insurance exchanges and will quickly lead to rationing. Regrettably, government takeover of health care in America has indeed arrived but it need not be forever. I am a co“sponsor of legislation to repeal Obamacare and I believe our resolve must be serious and sustainable. We must be in this for the long haul. " (www.smith4nj.com)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Chris Smith supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey 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."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Jersey 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."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Jersey 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."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey 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."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Chris Smith. Smith Votes to Repeal Obamacare Mandate 15 June 2010. "The stakes are too high to quit fighting Obamacare. Obama-Pelosi-Reid have put us on a path toward a healthcare crisis. We are facing the threat of a collision course with government-controlled, rationed healthcare, Medicare cuts and record-breaking deficits. The individual mandate forces people to buy insurance, but it's against the Constitution to be forced by the federal government to buy a product." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. 19 January 2011. "Obamacare, which would create nearly 160 boards, commissions and programs and would vest sweeping powers on bureaucrats to determine what benefits are covered and not and at what cost, is so fundamentally flawed that it needs to be repealed and replaced." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Chris Smith voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Danil Allott. Catholic World Report: Mr. Smith's 30 Years in Washington. 1 May 2011. "Today Obamacare authorizes public funding of abortion. There are at least a half a dozen places in that misguided law where"at the time and place of Obama's choosing, and certainly in 2014 when the exchanges kick in"abortion will be publicly funded. Unless we stop it. " (www.catholicworldreport.com)
  • Chris Smith. Americans Deserve Better Than ObamaCare. 17 March 2010. "I rise today to respectfully ask that my colleagues reject Obamacare, which if enacted into law, will seriously undermine, erode, damage--and perhaps even destroy--health care in America." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. Affordable Health Care For America Act. 7 November 2009. "It is truly unfortunate that the Democratic leadership did not work to put forth a health care reform bill that addressed these concerns. We need a proposal that advances solutions rather than creates new problems. Let me be clear, I take a back seat to no one when it comes to working to ensure that the federal government accepts its role and is doing its part in helping people and providing a health care safety net for those in desperate need of health care support. I am proud of my record, voting to defeat cuts to and expand existing federal health care programs, while working to protect patient rights and the delivery of quality medical care." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. Excerpts: General Statement. 26 June 2012. "I also voted against Obamacare, I spoke three times in the debate and held five press conferences pointing out that Obamacare slashes Medicare funding for the elderly and disabled, raises taxes, will worsen the deficit, expands taxpayer support for abortion, imposes a large unfunded liability on states with the establishment in 2014 of state health insurance exchanges and will quickly lead to rationing. Regrettably, government takeover of health care in America has indeed arrived but it need not be forever. I am a co“sponsor of legislation to repeal Obamacare and I believe our resolve must be serious and sustainable. We must be in this for the long haul. " (www.smith4nj.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Chris Smith. The Times Election Guide: 2010 4th and 12th Congressional districts. Responded "I will continue to support efforts to: enforce penalties for those who hire illegal aliens; expand internal enforcement capabilities; and improve electronic surveillance and deportation programs as important means to secure operational control of our borders. [¦] This can be done while maintaining America's long tradition of welcoming those who legally seek refuge here from tyranny, torture and abuse, and those who abide by U.S. laws and are looking for a better life. I am opposed to amnesty. Immigration reform must include secured borders, penalties for those who break the law, background checks and waiting one's turn" to the question "There are an estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants living and working in the United States. What kind of immigration reform would you support or suggest, and how could it be implemented?" (www.nj.com)
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease citizenship requirements in order to make it easier for immigrants to become United States citizens."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Allow legalization for certain illegal immigrants working in the U.S." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration. Other or expanded principles: "Expand programs to assist political refugees and asylum seekers fleeing tyranny!"
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive US citizenship."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration. Other or expanded principles: "I believe we should enact immigration laws to properly secure our borders & protect our national security while respecting America's tradition of welcoming eligible immigrants."
  • Chris Smith. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Chris Smith voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Grant U.S. citizenship to children born in the US only if their parents immigrated legally."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive U.S. citizenship."
  • Chris Smith. Rep. Smith Votes for Immediate Border Security. 14 September 2006. "Border security is a fundamental and absolutely critical component of our national security and a basic responsibility of the United States as a sovereign nation. Today's vote is a critical step in our renewed efforts to focus on the security deficiencies at our borders and push the Senate to act on security measures. In the coming weeks we will also seek to increase enforcement efforts at the border, crackdown on employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants and enhance state and local efforts to enforce immigration laws." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Chris Smith supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Chris Smith supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 20 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Chris Smith voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. The Times Election Guide: 2010 4th and 12th Congressional districts. Responded "I will continue to support efforts to: enforce penalties for those who hire illegal aliens; expand internal enforcement capabilities; and improve electronic surveillance and deportation programs as important means to secure operational control of our borders. [¦] This can be done while maintaining America's long tradition of welcoming those who legally seek refuge here from tyranny, torture and abuse, and those who abide by U.S. laws and are looking for a better life. I am opposed to amnesty. Immigration reform must include secured borders, penalties for those who break the law, background checks and waiting one's turn" to the question "There are an estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants living and working in the United States. What kind of immigration reform would you support or suggest, and how could it be implemented?" (www.nj.com)
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease citizenship requirements in order to make it easier for immigrants to become United States citizens."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Allow legalization for certain illegal immigrants working in the U.S." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration. Other or expanded principles: "Expand programs to assist political refugees and asylum seekers fleeing tyranny!"
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive US citizenship."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration. Other or expanded principles: "I believe we should enact immigration laws to properly secure our borders & protect our national security while respecting America's tradition of welcoming eligible immigrants."
  • Chris Smith. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Chris Smith voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Grant U.S. citizenship to children born in the US only if their parents immigrated legally."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive U.S. citizenship."
  • Chris Smith. Rep. Smith Votes for Immediate Border Security. 14 September 2006. "Border security is a fundamental and absolutely critical component of our national security and a basic responsibility of the United States as a sovereign nation. Today's vote is a critical step in our renewed efforts to focus on the security deficiencies at our borders and push the Senate to act on security measures. In the coming weeks we will also seek to increase enforcement efforts at the border, crackdown on employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants and enhance state and local efforts to enforce immigration laws." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Chris Smith supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Chris Smith supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 20 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Chris Smith voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)

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  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Chris Smith supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 71 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Chris Smith voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Chris Smith supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 27 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. Letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. 2 November 2011. "This clear and deliberate violation of established U.S. law sets a dangerous precedent. DOMA makes clear that for purposes of the federal government, marriage is defined as between one man and one woman. The use of federal property or federal employees to perform anything but opposite-sex ceremonies is a clear contravention of the law." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "j) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?"
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "i) Do you support a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between a man and woman?"
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "k) Should marriage be restricted to a union only between a man and a woman?"
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Chris Smith supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Chris Smith voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Chris Smith supported the interests of the American Family Association 94 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. Letter to the Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 22 March 2011. "We are writing to express our great concern and disapproval over your recent announcement to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Your decision casts doubt on the trust the American people place in our government as a whole, and in the authority of the Constitution specifically." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Chris Smith voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Chris Smith supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Chris Smith supported the interests of the American Family Association 94 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. Letter to the Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 22 March 2011. "We are writing to express our great concern and disapproval over your recent announcement to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Your decision casts doubt on the trust the American people place in our government as a whole, and in the authority of the Constitution specifically." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Chris Smith voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Chris Smith supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 71 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Chris Smith supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Chris Smith voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Chris Smith supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 27 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. Letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. 2 November 2011. "This clear and deliberate violation of established U.S. law sets a dangerous precedent. DOMA makes clear that for purposes of the federal government, marriage is defined as between one man and one woman. The use of federal property or federal employees to perform anything but opposite-sex ceremonies is a clear contravention of the law." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "j) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?"
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "i) Do you support a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between a man and woman?"
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "k) Should marriage be restricted to a union only between a man and a woman?"
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Chris Smith supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Chris Smith voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Chris Smith. Smith Lauds House Passage of SAFE Bill to Strengthen Port Security. 4 May 2006. "The SAFE Act uses a risk based strategy to maximize resources and strengthen security at our nation's ports. The horrific events on 9/11 showed us that we can never underestimate the will of those who want to do America harm. The SAFE Act will add another layer of security to a crucial entry point, making the terrorists' evil agenda much more difficult to achieve." (chrissmith.house.gov)
  • Chris Smith. Conference Report on S. 2845, Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004. 7 December 2004. "When Predator unmanned drones captured video feed of Osama bin Laden himself in the mountains of Afghanistan, the Pentagon and the CIA bickered for months about who should pay for upgrading the drones to carry Hellfire missiles. The opportunity to take out bin Laden before September 11th was thus squandered by bureaucratic infighting." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. Conference Report on S. 2845, Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004. 7 December 2004. "When Predator unmanned drones captured video feed of Osama bin Laden himself in the mountains of Afghanistan, the Pentagon and the CIA bickered for months about who should pay for upgrading the drones to carry Hellfire missiles. The opportunity to take out bin Laden before September 11th was thus squandered by bureaucratic infighting." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. Smith Lauds House Passage of SAFE Bill to Strengthen Port Security. 4 May 2006. "The SAFE Act uses a risk based strategy to maximize resources and strengthen security at our nation's ports. The horrific events on 9/11 showed us that we can never underestimate the will of those who want to do America harm. The SAFE Act will add another layer of security to a crucial entry point, making the terrorists' evil agenda much more difficult to achieve." (chrissmith.house.gov)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Chris Smith supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 80 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which are managed by the government."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey 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."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security. Other or expanded principles: "SS private investment should play a small role in SS reform. Promised benefits MUST be honored."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey 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."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey 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."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Jersey 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."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey 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."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Jersey 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."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey 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."
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Chris Smith supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 80 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey 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."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which are managed by the government."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey 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."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security. Other or expanded principles: "SS private investment should play a small role in SS reform. Promised benefits MUST be honored."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey 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."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2000 New Jersey 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."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Jersey 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."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2006 New Jersey 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."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2002 New Jersey 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."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey 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."
  • Chris Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2004 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."

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Congressional Election 2006 National Political Awareness Test

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

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.

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

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

Abortions takes the life of an unborn child and harms the mother emotionally and physically. Women deserve better.

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

Budget Priorities

Slightly Decreasea) Agriculture
Maintain Statusb) Arts
Slightly Increasec) Defense
Greatly Increased) Education
Slightly Increasee) Environment
Greatly Increasef) Homeland security
Slightly Increaseg) International aid
Slightly Increaseh) Law enforcement
Greatly Increasei) Medical research
Maintain Statusj) National parks
Greatly Increasek) Public health services
Slightly Increasel) Scientific research
Maintain Statusm) Space exploration programs
Slightly Increasen) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Slightly Increaseo) Welfare
Greatly Increasep) Emergency preparedness
q) Other or expanded categories

Greatly increase Veteran's healthcare and benefits

Defense Spending

Slightly Increasea) Armed forces personnel training
Greatly Increaseb) Intelligence operations
Slightly Increasec) Military hardware
Slightly Increased) Modernization of weaponry and equipment
Slightly Increasee) National missile defense
Greatly Increasef) Pay for active duty personnel
Greatly Increaseg) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Slightly Increaseh) Research and development of new weapons
Greatly Increasei) Troop and equipment readiness
j) Other or expanded categories

Greatly increase Veteran's healthcare and benefits

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

Taxes

Income Taxes:

Family Income

Eliminatea) Less than $25,000
Greatly Decreaseb) $25,000-$75,000
Slightly Decreasec) $75,000-$150,000
Maintain Statusd) Over $150,000
e) Other or expanded categories

Retiree Income

f) Over $40,000
g) Other or expanded categories

Other Taxes:

Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increasec) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Eliminatef) Inheritance taxes
g) Other or expanded categories

Deductions/Credits:

Slightly Increasea) Charitable contributions
Greatly Increaseb) Child tax credit
Maintain Statusc) Earned income tax credit
Greatly Increased) Medical expense deduction
Maintain Statuse) Mortgage deduction
Slightly Increasef) Student loan credit
g) Other or expanded categories

Greatly increase Education Expenses Credits

Yes4) Do you support the permanent repeal of the federal estate tax?
Yes5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?
6) Discuss your proposals for balancing the federal budget. (75 words or less. Please use an attached page if the space below is not adequate.)

Support economic growth to increase the tax base and increase revenues flowing into the US Treasury. Eliminate tax fraud and unfair tax aviodance gimmicks - both on and off shore - so everyone pays their fair share. Strengthen oversight of government spending and reduce fraud and waste by holding accountable both government and private sector officials who betray the trust given them.

7) Other or expanded principles

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

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

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

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

Continue my leadership to protect women and children from sex-trafficing and to combat child and slave labor

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

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

Strong action against steroid use in professional sports is needed to discourage younger athletes from that dangerous practice.

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

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

I supported a demonstration pilot voucher program to assess its application nationwide

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

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

As the author of the law to help homeless veterans rebuild their lives, I strongly believe our government must work to improve job-training and related assistance.

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

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

The federal government should continue to reform programs that seek to ensure fairness in employment and contracting.

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

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

Support initiatives to ban dumping of waste into our oceans

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

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

Regarding (a) support reauthorizationg the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic assualt weapons. Support the Brady Bill and support state licensing of firearms.

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

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

Support regotiations of Medicare drug prices and drug importation with protection against fraud. Support multi-pronged approach to providing access to healthcare such as tax incentives to individuals and companies strong veterans healthcare, medicare and a broad safety net, including Community health Centers, Medicaid & SHIPP.

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 that would enable illegal immigrants to work in the United States legally.
d) Relax restrictions barring legal immigrants from using government funded social programs (e.g. public housing, food stamps).
e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States.
f) Other or expanded principles

We should strengthen border security to protect our national security. We should maintain our nation's proud tradition of welcoming legal immigrants

International Aid

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding United States economic assistance.

Xa) Aid should be granted to countries when extraordinary circumstances cause disaster and threaten civilian lives.
Xb) Aid should be granted to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States.
c) Aid should be eliminated for any nation with documented human rights abuses.
d) International Aid programs should be scaled back and eventually eliminated.
e) Other or expanded principles

Regarding c. I support terminating non-humanitarian aid to nations that abuse human rights.

International Policy

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

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

I want our soldiers to come home-and- soon. But that fervent hope must be tempered with realities on the ground. What do our military commanders think? To leave prematurely or pursuant to an arbitrarily arrived at deadline established by members of Congress may unwittingly put more lives at risk and strengthen the fanaticism and hopes of terrorist. Public debate on exit strategy is important, even necessary...

f) Other or expanded principles

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

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

The US must do all it can to fight and eliminate terrorism.

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

Yesa) Should the United States maintain its financial support of the United Nations?
Nob) Should the United States decrease its financial support of the United Nations?
Yesc) Should the United States commit troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions?
d) Other or expanded principles

The US should push the UN to reform; particularly the new Human Rights Council should address major human rights abusers who are not being recognized for their abuses.

No4) Should the United States lift the travel ban to Cuba?
Yes5) Should the United States increase its financial support to Colombia to combat "the war on drugs?"
Yes6) Should aid to African nations for AIDS prevention programs fund distribution of contraceptives?
Yes7) Should aid to African nations for AIDS prevention programs fund abstinence education?
8) Other or expanded principles

I strongly support the scientifically proven ABC method used to combat AIDS in Africa. Uganda is a prime example of this success.

International Trade

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

No1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
No2) Do you support the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA)?
No3) Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
No4) Do you support continued U.S. membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
Yes5) Should a nation's human rights record affect its normal trade relations (most favored nation) status with the United States?
Yes6) Do you support the trade embargo against Cuba?
Yes7) Should trade agreements include provisions to address environmental concerns and to protect workers' rights?
8) Other or expanded principles

I have long opposed entering into unfair trade relationships that do not protect human rights, worker rights, the environment and access to medicines.

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

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

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

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

I have grave concerns about diverting current Social Security payroll taxes into personal accounts. Payroll taxes from today's workers are used primarily to pay benefits to current recipients. To guarantee current promised benefits an estimated $754 billion extra (including added debt interest) would be needed to cover funds reprogrammed into personal accounts.

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

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

Child pornography is not freedom of speech and must be eliminated from the Internet. Means must be developed and available to protect our children from violent and sexual content on the Internet.

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.
Xb) Increase funding for child care programs.
c) Continue to give states and local governments flexibility in and responsibility for welfare programs through federal block grants.
Xd) Direct federal poverty aid through religious, community-based, or other non-profit organizations.
e) Abolish all federal welfare programs.
Xf) Support housing assistance for welfare recipients.
g) Other or expanded principles

Welfare recipients should be supported with the assistance needed to rebuild their lives and care for their families

On an attached page, disk, or via email, please explain in a total of 75 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.