Representative Chris 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 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads. Chris Smith is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

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  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26952/chris-smith/2 (votesmart.org)
  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R.1797 "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" https://www.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/1797 (www.congress.gov)

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  • "First, H.R. 8:extends the Bush-era and other income tax cuts for taxpayers who earn less than $400,000 for individuals and $450,000 for couples […]." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/761181/bush-tax-cuts-permanently-extended-resulting-in-a-39-trillion-tax-cut-over-10-years#.VZr_GXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Signed the ATR pledge stating to "oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses […]." http://s3.amazonaws.com/atrfiles/files/files/Federal%20Pledge.pdf (s3.amazonaws.com)

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  • "The taxiway improvements will allow safer and more efficient operations at the Lakewood Airport, which is an important complement to the Lakewood Office Industrial Park and helps foster economic activity in the area." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/984666/lakewood-airport-awarded-faa-grant (votesmart.org)
  • "In June alone, the deficit rose by over $220 billion, a year's worth of deficits in 1 month! Now CBO says that the number, the total debt to the United States, will double in the next 10 years. It took 180 years for us to get to that $11.5 trillion. Under President Obama's massive spending it will double in just 10 years." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/443774/unsustainable-debt#.VZsAUXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470 (votesmart.org)

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  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R.1105 "Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54353 (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a pledge stating, "to oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses […]." http://s3.amazonaws.com/atrfiles/files/files/Federal%20Pledge.pdf (s3.amazonaws.com)
  • "While far from perfect and long overdue, this legislation does accomplish several long sought after initiatives permanently cutting taxes for most Americans, including over four million New Jersey taxpayers." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/761181/bush-tax-cuts-permanently-extended-resulting-in-a-39-trillion-tax-cut-over-10-years#.VZsBaXUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • Voted in favor of S.1. "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/19390/50944/26952/a-bill-to-approve-the-keystone-xl-pipeline#.VZMXK3UViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "We must also reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. As we move further into the 21st century, we must continue to invest in modern clean energy solutions—including wind, solar and fuel cell technology. I will continue to work with my colleagues to promote a comprehensive, multi-faceted approach to achieve our goal of clean energy reliance." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/387517/issue-position-environment/?search=renewable%20energy#.VZMZYXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Additionally, I have teamed up with Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) to introduce a bill to create an International Renewable Energy Agency (H.R. 5529), a global effort to help further the use of renewable energy technologies." http://chrissmith.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=3744 (chrissmith.house.gov)

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  • Voted in favor of S.J.Res.23 "A Joint Resolution Providing for Congressional Disapproval Under Chapter 8 of Title 5, United States Code, of a Rule Submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency Relating to 'Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New, Modified, and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units' " http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54616 (votesmart.org)
  • "Mr. Chairman, global warming continues to be one of the most pressing environmental concerns in the world today. Given sea level rise, the increasing severity of storm surges and continued warming temperatures, the impact of global climate change is undeniable. Unless we act now – the future posseses an even greater threat to our way of life on this planet." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/283498/new-direction-for-energy-independence-national-security-and-consumer-protection-act/?search=greenhouse%20gas#.VZP3TXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Climate change is a global challenge that must be addressed with a global solution." http://theweek.com/articles/532638/republicans-want-fight-climate-change (theweek.com)

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  • "Support the Brady Bill and support state licensing of firearms." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26952/chris-smith/#.VZP5KXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.1098 "Prohibits District of Columbia from Implementing Certain Firearm Laws" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/49464 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 7% by Gun Owners of America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26952/chris-smith/37#.VZP4O3UViko (votesmart.org)

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  • Voted in favor of H.R. 596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51284#.VZsDs3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Obamacare must be suspended and replaced. Suspending and replacing Obamacare would fulfill the President's promise: If you like your insurance plan, you can keep it. Then we can work on real reform that puts patients first, lowers costs and advances solutions rather than creates new problems." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/828681/a-bad-deal-for-americans/?search=affordable%20care%20act#.VZP6V3UViko (votesmart.org)

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  • Voted in favor of H.R.5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50625 (votesmart.org)
  • "Smith also stated that he has consistently supported a additional efforts to increase border security and enforcement including the use of National Guard troops to enforce our borders, the hiring of one thousand new border agents and enhancements to the Department of Justice's ability to better process violations of immigration law." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/209039/rep-smith-votes-for-immediate-border-security/?search=immigration#.VZQBxHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "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." http://chrissmith.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=55703 (chrissmith.house.gov)

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  • "I am a strong believer in traditional marriage and do not construe homosexual rights as human rights." http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/02/nj_rep_smiths_comments_on_gay_rights_draw_rebuke_f.html (www.nj.com)
  • Rated 0% by the Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26952/chris-smith#.VZQFqXUViko (votesmart.org)

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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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.

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