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Robert 'Bob' Menendez

Bob Menendez's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Robert 'Bob' Menendez
Office: U.S. Senate (NJ) - Sr, Democratic
First Elected: 01/18/2006
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2018
Gender: Male
Family: Divorced; 2 Children: Alicia, Robert
Birth Date: 01/01/1954
Birth Place: New York, NY
Home City: Hoboken, NJ
Religion: Roman Catholic
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Bob Menendez refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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Issue Positions

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bob Menendez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Robert Menendez. Senator Menendez is fighting back against the assault on the values and rights so many of us have taken for granted. 9 July 2012. "Bob has stood up for Planned Parenthood against the extremists who would cut off their funding. He is committed to preserving a woman's right to choose, and access to affordable, safe contraception." (menendezfornj.com)
  • Robert Menendez. Menendez Defends Women's Reproductive Rights, Helps Defeat Anti-Choice Amendment to Health Insurance Reform Bill. 8 December 2009. "This amendment would roll back the clock on a woman's right to choose. It unfairly singles women out and takes away benefits they already have. It singles out our daughters and legislates limits on their reproductive health “ their reproductive rights. If we were to do the same to men “ if we were to single out men's reproductive health in this legislation “ imagine the outcry. Imagine if men were denied access to procedures. Imagine if they were denied access to prescription drugs. But that is exactly what we are doing to our daughters with this amendment “ rolling back the hands of time. I personally find that offensive, as do women across this country. The language of this bill has been carefully negotiated to ensure that we are preserving a woman's right to choose, but doing so without federal funding. To claim otherwise is hypocritical and misleading." (menendez.senate.gov)
  • Bob Menendez. H Amdt 436. 104th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Bob Menendez voted Yea on 06/15/1995. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Bob Menendez supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Menendez. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Bob Menendez voted Nay on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Menendez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Bob Menendez. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Bob Menendez voted Yea on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Menendez. S Amdt 3896. 110th Congress. Prohibiting the Funds in S 1200 from Being Used for Abortions. Bob Menendez voted Nay on 02/26/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Menendez. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Bob Menendez voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Bob Menendez supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Menendez. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Bob Menendez voted Yea on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Menendez. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Bob Menendez voted Yea on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Menendez. H Amdt 185. 103th Congress. Hyde Amendment. Bob Menendez voted Nay on 06/30/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Menendez. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Bob Menendez voted Yea on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Menendez. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Congress should eliminate abortion services from any federally funded health care plan."
  • Bob Menendez. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Bob Menendez voted Yea on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Menendez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit the late-term abortion procedure known as "partial-birth" abortion."
  • Bob Menendez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Bob Menendez. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Bob Menendez voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Menendez. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Bob Menendez voted Yea on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Bob Menendez supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Menendez. HR 670. 103th Congress. Abortion Counseling Bill. Bob Menendez voted Yea on 03/25/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. NARAL Pro-Choice America endorsed Bob Menendez in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Bob Menendez in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Bob Menendez supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Menendez. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Bob Menendez voted Nay on 04/05/2000. (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 Bob Menendez a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez. Issue Position: Women's Issues - Women's Reproductive Rights. 23 June 2011. "While women still enjoy the freedoms established in Roe v. Wade, those rights are under continuous assault from anti-choice forces in Congress. They have tried to criminalize abortion aid to minors and limit minors' access to contraception. They have tried banning certain preventative prescription drugs. They have banned federal funding for abortions and denied federal employees coverage for abortions. It's interesting to see just how far some are willing to go to limit a woman's reproductive choice. I will continue to fight these forces, to ensure women's reproductive rights are secure." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Menendez. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Congress should eliminate federal funding for clinics and medical facilities that provide abortion services."
No Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bob Menendez. S Amdt 4204. 112th Congress. Requiring Afghanistan Troop Redeployment Plan and Timetable. Bob Menendez voted Nay on 05/27/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Bob Menendez supported the interests of the Peace Action 79 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Bob Menendez supported the interests of Peace Action West 79 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Dana Milbank. Washington Post: Low hopes for Afghanistan. 8 June 2011. "When I see the reports, both public and private, about where our money has gone here, where the corruption is at, and when I see [Afghan President Hamid] Karzai talk about the United States as an occupying force, I have real problems having American lives shed and having American treasure continuing to be shed." (www.washingtonpost.com)
  • Robert Menendez. SenatorMenedez. 20 June 2011. "It's clear to me that the present course is unsustainable, creates dependency, breeds corruption, & ignores the fact that at some point Afghanistan will have to stand on its own, on its trillions of dollars in mineral deposits, & build its own future. It is time, Mr. President." (www.tweetdeck.com)
  • Robert Menendez. Afghanistan. 20 June 2011. "Mr. President, I have come to the floor to speak about something that I very passionately believe in, and that is my view in support of a significant and sustained reduction of American combat forces in Afghanistan beginning this July. In short, I believe the time has come to move from a strategy of counterinsurgency to one of counterterrorism--a strategy that would rely on our specialized military forces to continue to engage those who present a real and continued threat to the national security of the United States and one that would allow us to bring home a majority of troops serving in Afghanistan." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez. Menendez Statement On New Afghanistan Plan. 1 December 2009. "In seeking a range of informed and varied opinions and taking the time to carefully work through them, it is clear that President Obama understands the meaning of war, the lives that are at stake and the impact it has on thousands of families here at home. I know that he thought deeply about those risks and weighed them against the risk posed by threats to our homeland that remain in Afghanistan before coming to his decision. I will not make a final judgment on this plan until I have had a chance to reflect upon it fully and, just as importantly, draw critical information from Admiral Mullen, Secretary Gates and Secretary Clinton, who we will have in front of the Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday. From the time I voted against authorizing the Iraq War, I have said that our focus should have instead remained on the base of operations for Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda -- the terrorists who killed 3,000 people on our homeland in 2001 and are eager to kill more innocent Americans. That base is now the area along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. I believe if we had not lost our focus by diverting troops and resources to Iraq, we could have captured or killed bin Laden and exterminated al Qaeda by now. Though we lost precious strategic advantages and international support in the years since, I still believe today that we must finish the job by capturing or killing bin Laden and dismantling al Qaeda. I do not, however, believe that acting as a national police force for Afghanistan on an indefinite basis is worthwhile -- American troops will be killed unnecessarily and it will further drain our national budget during an economic recession. Therefore, my preference has been toward a targeted military operation that emphas counter-terrorism and focuses on routing al Qaeda, rather than engaging in other flare-ups around Afghanistan. This strategy goes hand-in-hand with what I have insisted upon in our Pakistan policy, which is more pressure on the Pakistanis to go after the terrorists on their side of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez. Menendez Statement on Obama's Presidential Address Regarding Iraq. 1 September 2010. "The lessons of our engagement in Iraq, however, cannot be forgotten in our ongoing efforts to combat terrorist organizations and I still believe today that we must finish the job by capturing bin Laden and dismantling al Qaeda. That is why I support a forceful, targeted military offensive to attack and destroy Taliban and al Qaeda groups along the Afghanistan and Pakistan border. But it is also why I believe that we should resist engaging our troops in a broader, indefinite effort to act as Afghanistan's de facto national police force." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez. Menendez on President Obama's Announcement on the Redeployment of American forces from Afghanistan. 22 June 2011. "This is welcome news for our troops and their families and a significant step in the right direction that reflects the progress we have made toward meeting our original goals of disrupting and dismantling the Al Qaeda terrorist threat to the United States. However, we now need to begin the conversation about when to bring home our remaining 66,000 troops and about whether we will make fundamental changes to our operating strategy to reflect a more narrow counter-terrorism focus before 2014. We need an immediate change in strategy so that we can bring all of our troops home to their families and turn off the $10 billion a month faucet that is draining resources from pressing domestic needs. By reforming our mission, targeting our unique military resources, and refining our assistance mission to focus on sustainable and achievable outcomes, we can achieve our goals with fewer troops and less money." (menendez.senate.gov)
  • Robert Menendez wrote a letter to The Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States. 15 June 2011. "We write to express our strong support for a shift in strategy and the beginning of a sizable and sustained reduction of U.S. military forces in Afghanistan, beginning in July 2011. In 2001 the United States rightfully and successfully intervened in Afghanistan with the goals of destroying al Qaeda's safe haven, removing the Taliban government that sheltered al Qaeda, and pursuing those who planned the September 11 attacks on the United States. Those original goals have been largely met and today, as CIA Director Leon Panetta noted last June, "I think at most, we're looking at maybe 50 to 100, maybe less" al Qaeda members remaining in Afghanistan." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez. PBS Newshour: Afghan Stability Still Elusive as U.S. Grapples With Exit Strategy. 8 June 2011. "SEN. ROBERT MENENDEZ: Well, I'm extremely skeptical -- $19 billion over the last eight years, very little to show for it. I'm not sure that we have a reliable partner in the Karzai government, especially when what we're in is a counterinsurgency effort, which means that we are fighting insurgents to try to give the government of Afghanistan the ability to stand up on its own, defend itself, governor itself, and that counterinsurgency effort is costing us $10 billion a month. I have to be honest with you. When I look at the statistics of a 50 to 100 al-Qaida fighters that may exist in Afghanistan, it seems to me that we have the wrong mission at this time with a government that even calls us an occupying force. So, I have a much different vision as to what we should be doing there."" (www.pbs.org)
  • Robert Menendez. Senator Menendez. 20 June 2011. "The costs of our current Afghanistan strategy are too high “ in lives lost, futures unraveled by injury, and in real $ spent. 1,500 brave men & women have lost their lives in Afghanistan, almost 12,000 wounded in action, at a cost of $10 billion a month!" (www.tweetdeck.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bob Menendez. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Bob Menendez voted Did Not Vote on 01/22/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Menendez. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "1. Please indicate the changes you will support (if any) concerning the level of funding for each of the listed issue areas. National Defense" 1. Please indicate the changes you will support (if any) concerning the level of funding for each of the listed issue areas. Other or expanded principles: "Advanced liquid metal reactor"
  • Bob Menendez. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "1. Please indicate the changes you will support (if any) concerning the level of funding for each of the listed issue areas. National Defense" 1. Please indicate the changes you will support (if any) concerning the level of funding for each of the listed issue areas. Other or expanded principles: "Space station"
  • Robert Menendez. The Federal Deficit. 8 March, 2011. "In my view, we can preserve our values and invest in the future, invest in out-educating, out-innovating, out-greening, and out-growing the world and still cut the deficit. To begin with, Secretary Gates of the Department of Defense has identified $78 billion in defense spending cuts alone. He has identified $178 billion in program reductions over 5 years, including delaying or terminating high-profile weapon systems. I agree with Secretary Gates that we can live without the Marine Corps variant of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter as well as the Marine Corps Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle. The Secretary has identified $54 billion in cuts in overhead costs and improved efficiency across defense agencies and the civilian bureaucracy by reducing the number of defense contractors and wholly redundant intelligence organizations, among other improvements. Again, these are smart decisions that do not burden military families or affect our defensive capabilities. I would add to that list of smart defense cuts the elimination of $1.75 billion for the F-22 aircraft and $439 million for an alternative engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program, a cut for which I voted. These, among others, are smart cuts. But I think it is a mistake to pursue a budget-cutting strategy that costs this Nation 700,000 jobs through 2012, as the Republican plan will do--20,000 of those jobs from my home State of New Jersey, including more than 3,000 community health center jobs and 3,400 transportation and infrastructure jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez. The Budget. 25 May, 2011. "It is skewed to those who have the most and have already benefited the most. A balanced long-term deficit reduction plan would have to include discretionary spending cuts, including defense, as well as entitlement changes. It would have to reduce revenue expenditures by closing tax loopholes. That is what fairness demands; it is what balance would demand. And it is what makes sense." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez. National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007. 21 June 2006. "President Bush's war has also hurt us here at home. The fact is that because of the cost of President Bush's war at almost $319 billion, we cannot afford to take care of some of the basic needs of our citizens here at home. This administration is cutting funds for firefighters, for education, for our seniors, for healthcare, and for homeland security funding in New Jersey and New York to protect our ports and our transit systems. They are underfunding the very veterans who are securing our country and who come back from war wounded or traumatized. The Bush administration is cutting funding to all of these people--our nurses, teachers, and seniors--while spending billions in Iraq every month." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez. National Defense Authorization Act For Fiscal Year 2008. 11 July, 2007. "Finally, I cannot close without discussing the cost of the war in Iraq. Our expenditures in Iraq saddle our Nation's finances and our children's future. We spend approximately $10 billion a month in Iraq. We spend $2.5 billion a week in Iraq. We spend more than $328 million every day in Iraq. And we spend more than $13.5 million an hour--an hour--in Iraq [...] For what we spend in just over 2 months in Iraq, we could pay the $21 billion cost of implementing the remaining 9/11 Commission recommendations to secure our homeland, implementations that would truly make our country, its communities, and its families far more secure." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez signed a letter to Hilary Clinton, Secretary of State, Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense. 18 May 2011. "At a time when we are contemplating cutbacks to foreign assistance programs and scrutinizing every domestic program to ensure maximum effectiveness, it is incongruous to be providing enormous sums to the Pakistani military unless we are certain that it is meeting its commitment to locate, disrupt and dismantle terrorist threats inside its borders. Prior to the provision of any additional security assistance, including Coalition Support Funds and Pakistan Counterinsurgency/Counterinsurgency Capability Funds, we urge you to assess Pakistan's commitment to and efforts toward: (A) ceasing support to extremist and terrorist groups; (B) preventing Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and associated terrorist groups from operating on the territory of Pakistan; and (C) strengthening counterterrorism and anti-money laundering laws. We believe that conducting this assessment will be crucial for the Congress to determine whether to provide the full range of security assistance called for in the FY 11 Continuing Resolution and the FY 12 budget." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Menendez. S Amdt 4818. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Bob Menendez voted Nay on 05/22/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Menendez. HR 2561. 106th Congress. Defense Department Appropriations bill, FY2000. Bob Menendez voted Yea on 07/22/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Menendez. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Bob Menendez voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Menendez. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Bob Menendez voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Menendez. HR 2206. 110th Congress. Emergency Departmental Supplemental Appropriations Bill of 2007. Bob Menendez voted Yea on 05/24/2007. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bob Menendez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" 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: "Marriage penalty -- Eliminate"
  • Robert Menendez. The Budget. 25 May 2011. "Once again, our Republican colleagues have shown that they are out of touch with the American people and are on the wrong side of history when it comes to what Americans think is fair--what they think is right. Americans don't think it's right to give subsidies to big oil companies, tax breaks to millionaires, and take Medicare away from seniors. They are saying that it is time to abandon the tired refrain of privatization and ending Medicare as we know it. It is time to abandon their ideological agenda that leaves seniors to fend for themselves." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez. The Budget. 14 April, 2011. "Our friends on the other side tell us tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires create jobs and benefit middle-class families. They told us, when we passed the Bush tax cuts a little over a decade ago, it would create millions of jobs for every American, and what happened? Jobs were eliminated or sent overseas, and the wage gap increased. This tax policy may benefit some, but it doesn't create jobs and it doesn't reduce our deficit. For some reason, we seem to think the wealthiest Americans are clamoring for more tax cuts, but I find no basis in fact for that. I have spoken to many CEOs and leading corporate executives in my State and around the country, and never have I heard a word about how badly they need another tax cut. I believe the wealthiest Americans are as patriotic as any one of us and are willing to step up to the plate and pay their fair share if we simply ask them to support a rational tax reform program that emphasizes shared fiscal responsibility and shared prosperity." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez. Tax Relief. 2 December 2010. "It happens to be a fact that the wealthiest in the country still see a tax cut under this bill, and it will be bigger than a middle-class family's tax cut. We are simply asking not to extend additional tax cuts on top of the tax cuts they will already receive. So everybody in America gets a tax cut under our proposal. As a matter of fact, that tax cut, instead of expiring a few years down the road, stays permanent. But, no, they want to give an additional tax cut to those who are millionaires, multimillionaires, and billionaires. Simply put, Republicans believe it is more important to deliver massive tax breaks to CEOs than to the people who work for them. They argue that millionaires paying tax rates at the levels they paid in 2000 would decimate the economy. The problem is, that position is simply not supported by the facts or the experience of the last decade." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez. Press Conference with Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Bernard Sanders (I-VT) - Employment Situation Summary, Bureau of Labor Statistics, March 2008. 4 April 2008. "Look, the economy, in my view, has two major consequences to it. One is long-term. But this president, fueled by Republican majorities until this Congress, has racked up the greatest debt the nation has ever known. And that has long-term economic consequences. And that has been fueled largely not by what the administration would have us believe, i.e., the war in Iraq or September 11th. It's been fueled by the tax cuts, to the wealthiest people in the country, that obviously haven't produced the economic paradigm that they suggested would, that we would have a robust economy where middle class families would achieve employment and opportunity. So you know, that's the first problem. That's a longer-term problem. And that's why, as a member of the Senate Budget Committee, I'm proud that our budget moves us back to balanced budgets and begin to reduce deficits." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez. Middle Class Tax Relief Package Signed into Law; Menendez Says it Will Make a "Real Difference for Middle Class Families, Laid-Off Workers." 17 December 2010. "The decision of Republicans to prioritize millionaires and undertake shameful tactics in the process of getting to the compromise package stands in stark contrast to the Democrats prioritizing middle class families. In the end, enacting this package was not about tax breaks for millionaires, it was about guaranteeing tax relief for the middle class on January 1 and ensuring that laid off workers can keep food on the table. Debate about the future of our tax code will continue, and Democrats will continue to stand on the side of middle class families." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez. Letter to The Honorable Mitch McConnell, Minority Leader United States Senate. 19 October 2010. "As you also know, Congress will soon be debating the extension of the Bush tax cuts and whether or not we should be providing $700 billion in tax breaks over the next ten years to the top two percent of income earners. We should note that the estimated $13 billion cost of emergency relief this year to our seniors is only a fraction of the $70 billion in average annual tax breaks over the next decade that would go to the wealthiest two percent of Americans if all of these tax breaks are extended. We hope that you will agree with us that it is far more important to provide $250 in emergency relief to senior citizens and disabled veterans than it is to provide an average tax break of over $100,000 a year to taxpayers earning more than $1 million a year." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez. Economic Policy. 13 June 2011. "Mr. President, to the millions of Americans who are struggling to find jobs or make ends meet, this is simply stating the obvious, but I rise, a decade after we were told the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy would stimulate the economy and create jobs, to say they have done neither. A decade of the Bush tax cuts have proven what we knew from the beginning; that they disproportionately benefited the wealthy, shifted wealth, did nothing for the middle class, and nothing trickled down. The tax cuts exploded the debt and continue to be an economic burden that has been twisted into a Republican mantra, an ironic rallying cry for what clearly is a failed economic policy. Yet adherence to the tax cuts for the wealthy is a Republican political litmus test, no matter how clear the evidence is that they have failed to deliver on the promise." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez. CNN "State of the Union with Candy Crowley" - Transcript. 3 October 2010. "You held -- you held us hostage to the fact that the Republican leader of the Senate, Mitch McConnell, wants a permanent extension of all the Bush tax cuts, including the top tier, the wealthiest people. That's a $4 trillion expenditure -- fiscally irresponsible. So I don't think it's fair to say that Democrats didn't move forward on that issue when, in fact, you all said we wouldn't move forward on what we -- I thought we agreed on, which is at least the middle class tax cuts, unless you hold them hostage to the wealthiest. That's a $4 trillion expenditure. That's fiscally irresponsible." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez. Budget Negotiations. 7 April 2011. "The Republican proposal talks about cutting taxes, but in reading it, I find only two groups whose taxes would be cut: the rich and those who are even richer. Corporations and millionaires and those soon-to-be millionaires will keep all of their recent tax giveaways and would actually see their tax rates slashed by 30 percent. This proposal loses $700 billion on the revenue side over the next 10 years by extending the Bush tax cuts, particularly to the wealthiest in the country, and trillions more by slashing tax rates for corporations and millionaires. Those making more than $1 million a year will see tax cuts of $125,000 each from the tax cuts and tens of thousands of dollars more from proposed rate cuts, while people in my State would lose $34 billion in health benefits, and 400,000 New Jerseyans end up without health coverage at all." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Menendez. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Bob Menendez voted Nay on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Bob Menendez supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 7 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Bob Menendez supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 0 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Bob Menendez supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez. Federal Lawmakers, Governor Blast Bush Homeland Security Budget. 12 February 2007. "Just months after the passage of historic ports security legislation, the president's budget proposes just half of what the new law says is necessary to protect our ports," Menendez said. "The president refuses to scale back his tax cuts for multi-millionaires at all - yet he has no compunction with slashing by half the funding needed to properly secure our ports. I look forward to working with my colleagues to reject this ill-conceived and ill-advised budget. There is too much at stake for us to sit silently while the security of our state is threatened by the President's misguided priorities and values." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Menendez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" 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: "Tax loopholes -- Eliminate "
  • Bob Menendez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "3) Do you support eliminating the Internal Revenue Service?"
  • Bob Menendez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "6) Do you support requiring a super-majority vote in both houses of Congress to raise taxes?"
  • Bob Menendez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "3) Do you support eliminating the Internal Revenue Service?" Other Tax Issues: Other or expanded principles: "Marriage penalty -- Eliminate"
  • Bob Menendez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "3) Do you support eliminating the Internal Revenue Service?" Other Tax Issues: Other or expanded principles: "Tax loopholes -- Eliminate "
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Robert Menendez. Issue Position: Economy & The Middle Class. 23 June 2011. "New Jerseyans from all walks of life are working hard to provide for their families, save for retirement and build a better life for their children. In these tough times, many families are struggling despite their willingness to work hard and reduce their own spending. I am working to help foster an economic recovery, with investments that create jobs and lay the foundation for long-term economic security, and tax relief for the middle class." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez. MSNBC "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue" - Transcript. 12 February 2009. "Well, I think the well -- having seen how our Republican colleagues have taken opposition to the president's economic recovery package and investment package, which will save three and a half million or create three and a half million jobs, that will ultimately put the nation back to work, that will give $230 billion in tax cuts to middle-class and working families, it seems to me that their almost unified opposition to it is a bet against economic recovery. In essence it's a bet against the American people." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez. As 111th Congress Begin, Sen. Menendez Says Stimulus is Pressing Need for Local, National Economy. 5 January 2009. "As we get to business in Congress, we do so with the full understanding that, above everything else, the economic crisis is hitting people hard, here in New Jersey, across the country and the world. This crisis is taking away people's jobs, their homes and their life savings. So addressing the economy is not just our first order of business - it's our first, second and third orders of business. We are working to craft and quickly pass an economic stimulus bill that invests money in the most effective way possible - with 'effective' being the key word. We're not talking about spending money just for the sake of it to create the appearance that we're taking action. What we're talking about is smart investment in the types of local projects and programs that actually create jobs, fuel our economy and help create the conditions necessary for a turnaround." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez signed a letter to the Honorable John Boehner, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. 8 February 2011. "There is broad, bipartisan agreement on the need to rein in spending, make government more efficient and bring down the deficit. We believe that the question before us is not whether we should do any cutting, but what exactly should be cut. So, as you consider spending-cut ideas for the remainder of this fiscal year, we ask that you focus on cutting programs that are wasteful and inefficient, as opposed to those that help create jobs and spur economic growth." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Bob Menendez supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Menendez. S Amdt 3301. 112th Congress. Ending the Troubled Asset Relief Program. Bob Menendez voted Nay on 01/21/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Menendez. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Bob Menendez voted Yea on 10/01/2008. (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 Bob Menendez a rating of 1 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez. Economic Rescue Plan Passed Into Law, Sen. Menendez Reacts. 3 October 2008. "We must now look toward the policies that will prevent another meltdown and help spur the economy. Those will include new regulations to institute accountability in our financial systems. We also need a new economic stimulus package, which I believe should include support for small businesses, ready-to-go infrastructure projects and an unemployment insurance extension, to help create new jobs and give a hand to those who have recently lost jobs. I will continue to pressure for these additional and necessary actions." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez. MSNBC "The Ed Show" - Transcript. 13 November 2009. "Well, Ed, I think, you know, and if your readers--if your viewers, I should say, go to the DSCC.org, where we have a lot more information about next year's races and what we're doing, the reality is that, look, we've had already a tremendous record. We passed a major stimulus package to get this country moving in the right direction, an omnibus bill that changes our energy paradigm, so we stop sending money abroad, greatest expansion of children's health care, consumer credit card legislation, landmark legislation, FDA control of tobacco, equal pay for equal work." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez. Sen. Menendez: As Grim Economic News Piles Up, So Does the Need for Further Economic Recovery Measures. 7 March, 2008. "This barrage of bad news on the economy only reiterates the struggles that so many Americans are living with every day. Just because the administration was asleep at the switch when the first signs of trouble were mounting doesn't mean we can sit idly by now as more and more Americans begin to feel the squeeze. Though there are no magic answers to all of our economic problems, the economic stimulus we passed will give a needed push in the months ahead, and now we have the potential to give an even bigger boost with other recovery measures that were omitted from the first package." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez. Senator Menendez Statement on Possible Economic Stimulus Package. 18 January 2008. "With the effects of the mounting economic troubles hitting Americans in their pockets, now is the time for an immediate, temporary and bipartisan package to stimulate the economy. The details of such a package are still developing, but the final product must be immediately effective and must be primarily geared toward working Americans. Such a package should include tax cuts targeted toward the working men and women of this country instead of toward big businesses. Working Americans are the ones feeling the brunt of this downturn, and they have basic needs to take care of." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez. Stimulus Package Signed Into Law, Sen. Menendez Reacts. 13 February 2008. "It is important that this package is targeted toward 3.8 million New Jerseyans who will likely use their rebates quickly to cover basic needs, which is the goal of stimulus. It is also important that seniors living on a fixed Social Security income and disabled veterans will receive much-needed rebates. I would have preferred the Senate's stronger original plan, which Republicans obstructed - it would have included more residents of high-cost of living states like ours, coverage for those who have lost their jobs, and assistance with the high costs of energy. Nevertheless, because of our efforts in the Senate, more than a million New Jersey seniors and 250,000 disabled veterans across the country will have access to rebates. The bottom line is that, though there are no magic remedies for these hard times, this plan has the potential to help millions who are struggling and give a boost to the economy. Certainly, this won't wash away all our problems, and I am committed to continuing to work to pass other important items to give our economy additional support, such as a second stimulus that better addresses the housing crisis, unemployment and shortfalls in the low-income heating program." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez. In Major Economic Speech, Sen. Menendez Reacts to Paulson Announcement, Outlines Proposals to Address Economic Crisis. 19 September, 2008. "Third, it's time for a second economic stimulus package, targeted to create hundreds of thousands of good-paying jobs and prevent cuts in critical services for millions of Americans. The Democratic package currently being discussed would fund infrastructure projects, an energy aid program, as well as some form of unemployment insurance extension." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

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  • Robert Menendez.Legislation to Spur Solar Power Manufacturing Create 21st Century Jobs Introduced by Sens Menendez, Stabenow, and Bennet. 9 November, 2009. "U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) today introduced legislation to boost the manufacturing of solar power equipment and the job creation that accompanies it. Currently, a 30 percent Solar Investment Tax Credit (SITC) exists for the purchase or installation of solar power technology. Under the Solar Manufacturing Jobs Creation Act, equipment and facilities used to manufacture solar power technology would be added to the eligible property list for the SITC. Senators Menendez and Stabenow are members of the Senate Finance Committee. 'By embracing and investing in promising clean energy technology, we have a golden opportunity to simultaneously address three of our biggest needs: job creation, lower energy costs and cleaner air," said Senator Menendez. "This is the type of initiative that helps our economic recovery by creating new jobs, while laying the foundation for economic security in the long term. Right now, plenty of other nations, including China, are ahead of us in manufacturing solar power technology, which better positions them for economic strength in the 21st Century. We have always been a world leader in innovation, and it's time that we grab this economic opportunity.'" (menendez.senate.gov)
  • Bob Menendez. S 3816. 112th Congress. Tax Law Amendments. Bob Menendez voted Yea on 09/28/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Menendez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."
  • Bob Menendez. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Create "empowerment zones" in urban areas with high unemployment by providing government grants and federal assistance, in addition to tax credits, to new and expanding businesses."
  • Bob Menendez. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Create "enterprise zones" in urban areas with high unemployment by providing tax credits for new and expanding businesses."
  • Robert Menendez. Tax Relief. 3 December, 2010. "The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office--the one entity both Democrats and Republicans depend upon for the scoring of our efforts, for thinking about what are the best job-producing initiatives and whatnot--has found the most effective way--this is them, through their studies--to create jobs. They say the "biggest bang for the buck'' is extending jobless benefits, and ranking right behind in terms of effectiveness are payroll tax cuts and small business tax incentives. The chairman's bill contains all of that--all that the Congressional Budget Office has said are the biggest creators of jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez. Menendez Introduces Bill to Spur Housing Sector and Create More Livable Communities. 16 April 2010. "Part of rebuilding America for the 21st Century is helping people save money on energy and cleaning the air we breathe. By providing tax incentives for the construction of green buildings, we can create jobs through construction while also increasing energy-efficiency and create healthier communities." (menendez.senate.gov)
  • Robert Menendez. NBC "Meet the Press" - Transcript. 18 July, 2010. " No, November's a--is a, a choice election. And the reality is, is I listen to, to John talk about the agenda in the Senate, the Republicans have been the job killers in the Senate. In essence, they have used the filibuster in an unprecedented way in the nation's history to stop progress on everything that we have tried to do. So, as we're trying to help the private sector grow jobs by giving them tax incentives, net operating loss, bonus depreciation, giving them incentives to small businesses to hire people, they have said no, no, no, no. Now, the problem is, is that in this choice election it will be far less than the president. It will be about whether or not we go back to the Bush economic policies that they espouse, the policies that John Kyl, the number two Republican in the Senate, said..." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez. Menendez Hails Senate Passage of Small Business Jobs Bill After Months of Republican Obstruction. 16 September, 2010. "This legislation could been have approved much earlier if Republicans had not stood in the way, but I am pleased we were able to ensure passage and continue moving forward with our economic recovery. Giving small businesses tax relief and increased access to credit is critical to our job creation and economic recovery efforts. With this assistance, small business entrepreneurs will be able to continue recovering, growing, and hiring, leading the way to a full economic recovery. I'm pleased that the bill included my legislation to get more investment flowing to Main Street and communities hit hardest by the economic downturn. By investing in these communities, we will create jobs, help small businesses, and improve communities." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez. Menendez Hails Final Passage of First Piece to Jobs Agenda. 17 March 2010. "This first piece of our Jobs Agenda brings the type of tax relief and incentives that small businesses and local governments need to create jobs and ease their budget strains. It targets sectors where jobs can be created quickly -- small businesses and local infrastructure construction -- and it does so in a way that is cost-effective to taxpayers. We understand the economic concerns that families throughout New Jersey and the nation are saddled with, and this is only the beginning of the job-creation legislation that we intend to champion this the year." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Menendez. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. Bob Menendez voted Nay on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Menendez. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Bob Menendez voted Nay on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

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  • Robert Menendez. Issues: Education. "As local budget cuts force teacher layoffs and threaten to increase class sizes, he believes it is more critical now than ever that our schools and teachers have the resources needed to ensure that our children learn in a safe environment that is adequately equipped to prepare them for the global marketplace. That means good teachers, safe schools, and manageable classroom sizes, to give our children every opportunity to reach their potential." (www.menendez.senate.gov)
  • Robert Menendez. Statement From Menendez Regarding Announcement of Nearly $38 Million in Race to the Top Funding For New Jersey Schools. 23 December 2011. "The U.S. Department of Education today announced that New Jersey was one of seven states that will receive a share of the $200 million in Race to the Top Round 3 (RTT3) funds to advance targeted K-12 reforms aimed at improving student achievement. U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) who is a strong advocate for investing federal dollars in New Jersey public schools released the following statement: 'There is nothing more important to our long-term economic prosperity than the quality of our public schools. This funding will hopefully be used to enact commonsense reforms that engage with teachers as partners and above all else, serve our students. Effective education reform can only be achieved through cooperation and productive dialogue amongst all stakeholders including, parents, teachers, students and elected officials. I am proud to having helped secure this funding and I look forward to the positive impact it will have on New Jersey's world-class public school system.'" (www.menendez.senate.gov)
  • Bob Menendez. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Bob Menendez voted Nay on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Menendez. HR 1804. 104th Congress. Goals 2000: Educate America Act. Bob Menendez voted Yea on 03/23/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Menendez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. c) Education (K-12)"
  • Bob Menendez. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Establish a nationwide competency test for teachers and encourage states to adopt it."
  • Bob Menendez. 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"
  • Bob Menendez. 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."
  • Bob Menendez. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Establish "National Standards" for K-12 schools and encourage states to adopt them." 8. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support to change America's public education system? Other or expanded principles: "I will support programs to foster the development of free public charter schools created and run by teachers, parents, and community leaders. ..."
  • Bob Menendez. 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."
  • Bob Menendez. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Eliminate the U.S. Department of Education."
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

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  • Bob Menendez. S 953. 112th Congress. Offshore Production and Safety Act. Bob Menendez voted Nay on 05/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Bob Menendez supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez. Free Flow of Information Act of 2007--Motion to Proceed--Continued. 30 July 2008. "So how does the Bush-McCain drilling plan compare to these recent events? Well, based upon the Bush administration Energy Information Agency's own analysis, if we open all our shores to oil production, the first drop of oil would not be seen for almost a decade, and offshore oil production would peak in the year 2030. Then it would peak at only 200,000 barrels a day. So, in fact, if 800,000 barrels a day in reduced consumption combined with an increase of 500,000 barrels a day in extra production hasn't lowered gas prices one bit, it is clear that the production of 200,000 versus a combination of 1.3 million barrels in reduced demand or increased production--200,000 barrels in the year 2030--is going to do absolutely nothing about gas prices. In fact, the Energy Information Agency says that adding those 200,000 barrels per day in production in 2030 will lower the price of gasoline by less than a penny per gallon. Let me repeat that. The Republican production plan to open all our shores to drilling and risk the environmental consequences we saw, for example, in the Gulf of Mexico during Katrina and Rita, with 700,000 gallons of oil spilled and 7 million spilled on land by the facilities that bring that oil to the marketplace, would not lower gas prices but about a penny in 2030." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez. Letter to Majority Leader Reid. 22 July 2010. "We need to pass legislation to ensure that BP and its contractors, not the American people, pay the full cost of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, and that oil spill liability laws work to deter future spills. We also need to prevent future oil spills with provisions that reform regulation of offshore oil and gas production, increase penalties for violations of environmental and worker safety standards on the outer continental shelf, and prohibit drilling in certain coastal areas." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez. Letter to President Barack Obama. 20 May 2010. "We are writing to urge you to abandon plans for any offshore oil and gas development within proposed Virginia Lease Sale 220 because, not only would it pose enormous environmental and economic risks to our states, but it would also jeopardize our military readiness in a time of war. As you know, the coast of Virginia is a critical operational and testing area for the United States Navy." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez. Letter to President Barack Obama. 20 April 2010. "We write to exhort you to reconsider the policy you announced on March 31 with regard to opening certain Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) "frontier areas" to oil and gas exploration and development. Specifically, we are asking you to keep the Mid-Atlantic, South Atlantic, and Straits of Florida Planning Areas off-limits to such activity. The tragic accident last week involving the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico makes it abundantly clear that the costs and benefits of offshore drilling need to be reassessed. We were pleased to hear that no additional drilling would be authorized until the cause of the accident is determined, but that seems to be only a temporary suspension. In our estimation, offshore drilling in the three Atlantic Planning Areas you propose to open presents an unacceptable risk to our coastal areas, fisheries, critical habitat, marine life, recreation, and tourism and other industries, especially given the relatively paltry reward in terms of potentially recoverable oil and gas resources." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez. Letter to The Honorable Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior, United States Department Of The Interior. 18 November 2009. "I am writing to inquire about the domestic offshore energy production activities of the Norwegian-based multinational drilling company called Seadrill Limited ("Seadrill"). As you are aware, Seadrill is the operator of the Australian oil rig that blew out, spilled millions of gallons of oil for over 10 weeks, and then caught fire before finally being plugged on November 3. This spill in the Timor Sea was one of Australia's worst environmental disasters in history. We know that Seadrill is operating at least one rig in the Gulf of Mexico and therefore I am requesting a full investigation of Seadrill and its activities in American waters, so that a similar accident is not repeated here at home. We have heard much conjecture by industry that oil drilling accidents cannot happen here in the United Sates because the technology is too advanced. As a firm that is considered an international leader in drilling, with what is considered one of the "most modern fleets in the world" -- Seadrill has proven that accidents do, in fact, happen. It remains unclear exactly what caused the accident in the Timor Sea, and pending a comprehensive investigation being conducted by Australian authorities, it is clear that we must do all we can to ensure that this kind of tragedy is not repeated on our coasts." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez. Menendez Responds to President's Coastline Drilling Plan. 31 March 2010. "I have let the administration know that if they do not protect New Jersey from the effects of coastal drilling in the climate change bill, then my vote is in question. I am deeply concerned about the threat coastline drilling poses to the Jersey Shore's economy and to the potential for new jobs and energy savings that can be harnessed in a clean energy economy. If issues like coastline drilling are being promoted to gain Republican votes and support from oil companies, then we need to know exactly how much support it will actually deliver -- this can't be a case of giving up something for nothing." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez. Menendez Vows Opposition to Drilling off Atlantic Coast. 8 February 2006. "The Bush administration's decision to support gas drilling in the mid-Atlantic is an unacceptable threat to New Jersey's coastline. The area that the administration is interested in opening to drilling is less than 100 miles from Cape May, more than close enough for spills to pollute New Jersey's beaches. Furthermore, any drilling in the mid-Atlantic puts us on a slippery slope towards a day when oil rigs dot the view from the Jersey shore. I will oppose this plan and am looking at legislative alternatives to protect our coastline. If this is how the president plans to end the country's addiction to oil, I suggest that he find a new twelve-step program." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez. Menendez, Lautenberg Denounce Shortsighted House Drilling Legislation. 6 May 2011. "It is disturbing that many members of the House of Representatives seem to have already forgotten the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf that happened just last year. That is the only explanation for this legislation to weaken drilling safety standards and expedite oil leasing less than 100 miles from Cape May. These House proposals are dead on arrival in the U.S. Senate. To underscore that point, we will reintroduce legislation to permanently ban coastal drilling from North Carolina to Maine. We cannot afford the risks oil drilling would pose to New Jersey's beautiful shoreline and its multi-billion dollar tourism and fishing industries, especially when the experts tell us that new offshore drilling will do nothing to reduce gas prices." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez. Offshore Drilling. 29 April 2010. "Now we are debating the wisdom of expanding oil production on the Outer Continental Shelf; in essence, all along the coastlines of our country. Some think the way to expand offshore drilling reasonably is simply to create some type of a buffer zone off the coast as if a little more room can protect our shores; as if the ocean is in neat, little boxes that could somehow be confined. Frankly, I think this graphic of the IXTOC spill shows that oilspills don't respect State borders or buffer zones. In the wake of what we are seeing in the gulf, I am deeply concerned that the current 5-year plan recently announced by the administration would allow oil drilling less than 100 miles from Cape May, NJ. Cape May is a great historical place in New Jersey with beautiful beaches--some of the greatest beaches in the Nation. Cape May, where Delaware Bay meets the Atlantic, is the epicenter of bird migration on the entire East Coast and one of New Jersey's most significant seaside resort communities; the fourth most lucrative fishing port in the entire Nation, rich with scallop beds. It is less than 10 miles from Delaware waters--waters that the administration announced they are studying for possible future drilling." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez. With BP Official Admitting He Resigned Due to Clear Safety Issues, Menendez Reiterates Call for Full Accountability of Big Oil. 15 February 2011. "Here's a simple rule when it comes to coastal drilling -- there is no such thing as 'Too Safe To Spill.' And today's news proves that point again. This accident was not a fluke. The best -- and perhaps only -- way we are going to prevent major oil spills in the future is if oil companies know they will pay for every cent of the damages they create. It's time to stop coddling oil companies. It's time to hold them to the same standard that average citizens -- you make the mess, you clean it up." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Bob Menendez. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Pass stronger clean water and clean air legislation."
  • Bob Menendez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Impose stricter national air quality standards."
  • Bob Menendez. 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."
  • Bob Menendez. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Consider further increasing federal taxes on gasoline and diesel fuels."
  • Bob Menendez. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Encourage further market based strategies to clean up the environment such as pollution credits."
  • Bob Menendez. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Phase in a prohibition of pollution causing products such as gas powered autos and lawn mowers."
  • Bob Menendez. 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."
  • Bob Menendez. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Eliminate government regulations to encourage investment and economic expansion of the private sector."
  • Bob Menendez. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Tax high-level energy users (businesses and individuals) to discourage excessive energy use and pay for environmental cleanup."
  • Bob Menendez. 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."
  • Robert Menendez signed a letter to Majority Leader Reid. 22 July 2010. "In the wake of the disastrous and ongoing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, it is even more essential that the Senate act quickly to reform our nation's energy policy to end our dependence on foreign oil, make a significant commitment to clean, renewable energy, and ensure that polluters pay for the cost of these investments by establishing a price on pollution from traditional fossil fuels. A strong bill that includes these priorities will sufficiently drive the necessary investment in clean energy technology to create the well-paid jobs that will revitalize our economy and sustain it for generations to come. This will also give American businesses the certainty they need to make investment decisions that will allow them to compete in and win the global race for clean energy technology leadership." (menendez.senate.gov)
  • Robert Menendez. On Earth Day, Sen Menendez says US Must Be a World Leader for the Environment. 22 April 2008. "The type of leadership it will take to solve our planetary emergency and bring about energy independence can be seen every day in neighborhoods, towns and cities across this country. To encourage and support those efforts, I worked to pass legislation that gives grants to cities for energy efficiency programs. But the good work on the local level must be matched by a federal government that leads with bold proposals to save our planet, not just lip service. It will take big leaps, like embracing mandatory emissions cuts domestically and using diplomacy to craft a strong international climate change pact in the next few years. I am focused on steering our nation in that direction through my work as Chairman of the Senate subcommittee that deals with international environmental protection, and I hope the next administration will recognize the need for American leadership and make it a national priority." (menendez.senate.gov)
  • Robert Menendez. During Debate of Climate Change Bill, Sen Menendez Expresses Disappointment with Republican Obstruction, Hopes for a Stronger Bill. 5 June 2008. "I'd like to thank my colleagues who have worked so hard to get this legislation to the floor. The mere fact we are having this debate gets us closer to actually enacting a policy to cap greenhouse gas emissions. But I do hope that in time we can support much stronger legislation. I have concerns about whether this bill speeds our transition to a carbon free economy quickly enough. Because of the cost containment mechanism and the large number of offsets in the bill I'm worried that some companies might be able to delay cutting back their emissions for over a decade. I also believe we can go even farther in supporting renewable sources and energy efficiency." (menendez.senate.gov)
  • Robert Menendez. The Federal Deficit. 8 March 2011. "Because of the emissions of dirty, old out of state coal plants, every county in my State is deemed to be out of compliance with the Clean Air Act. One of these coal powerplants is the Portland Generation Station just across the Delaware River in Pennsylvania. It emitted 30,000 tons of sulfur dioxide in 2009--almost three times the amount of all seven of New Jersey's coal plants combined. This sulfur dioxide wafts into Warren, Sussex, Hunterdon and Morris counties and acts to cause and exacerbate a whole host of respiratory illnesses from asthma to heart disease. We simply cannot gut the one piece of legislation that protects the very air we breathe and makes it safe for our children to go out and play without fear of being sick. This Republican plan that guts the Clean Air Act does not reflect our values as a Nation. It is simply not reflective of who we are, what we want this Nation to be, or what we want for our children's future." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez. Menendez Hails Federal Action to Stop Pennsylvania Coal Plant from Polluting New Jersey Air. 31 March 2011. "New Jersey residents can breathe a little easier today. If not for the Clean Air Act, New Jersey would have no recourse for stopping the sickening pollution this plant spews into New Jersey's air. At a time when the Clean Air Act is under attack by Republicans, this shows that any attack on the Clean Air Act is an attack on New Jersey. We simply cannot gut the one piece of federal legislation that protects the air we breathe." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez. Letter to The Honorable Ray LaHood, Secretary of the Department of Transportation, and The Honorable Lisa Jackson, Administrator of the Environamental Protection Agency. 4 April 2011. "Your initial joint rule setting new Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for cars, light-trucks, and sport utility vehicles will raise fleetwide fuel economy to the equivalent of more than 35 miles per gallon by 2016. These harmonized standards demonstrate the success of the Ten-in-Ten Fuel Economy Act, and they reinforce how cost-effective national standards can improve our economy and reduce our reliance on foreign oil. The final rule -- the first fleetwide increase in CAFE standards in 25 years -- will save about 1.8 billion barrels of oil and reduce nearly a billion tons of greenhouse gas emissions over the lives of the vehicles covered. As a result, American consumers will have more efficient vehicle choices in the market just as the price of oil is rising rapidly. The final CAFE rule demonstrates that a single program to reduce oil consumption and greenhouse gas emissions under the Ten-in-Ten Fuel Economy Act and the Clean Air Act results in an aggressive policy to advance the goals of both laws. The regulation also demonstrates that strong Federal standards are the best means to ensure that California and other states are not legally obligated to enforce more aggressive standards to protect the health of their citizens -- a right California has had under the Clean Air Act since 1970. " (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez. Letter to The Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States, and Joe Biden, Vice President of the United States. 30 March 2011. "As you know, the Environmental Protection Agency was a primary target of H.R. 1. The Republican proposal drastically cut funding for the Environmental Protection Agency and included backdoor efforts to undermine the nation's landmark environmental laws. We stand with a wide range of the nation's leading public health organizations in opposing efforts to undermine the Clean Air Act, including the American Lung Association, the American Public Health Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Thoracic Society, the American Nurses Association, the National Medical Association, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and the Trust for America's Health." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez. Kerry, Colleagues Respond to GOP Assault on Environmental Protections. 31 January 2011. "This bill is about tying EPA's hands to help polluters. Allowing polluters to set clean air policy would mean more asthma attacks for our children, higher lung cancer rates, more sick days, more premature deaths, and lower productivity. The health of our children must come before the interests of polluters." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez signed a letter to Santa Claus. 23 December 2010. "Dear Santa Claus, I am writing out of concern, because you may have to move from the North Pole due to the dramatic melting of Arctic sea ice. The Navy's chief oceanographer says that by the summer of 2020 the North Pole may not have summer ice and other scientists project that an ice-free Arctic is possible as soon as 2012! Scientists overwhelmingly agree that polar ice is melting because of greenhouse gas pollution and I am working hard to reduce these emissions. But there is probably nothing we can do in time to save the North Pole. I am worried about your safety and your ability to deliver billions of Christmas gifts if the ice cap on the North Pole no longer stays frozen all year. What will happen to your house, your workshop, the elves' houses and your reindeer barns? I want you to know that if you want to relocate to the beautiful state of New Jersey, I would be proud to assist you. But given the climate you are accustomed to, I will understand if you would like to relocate to the South Pole. Just be sure not to move to the Antarctic Peninsula or West Antarctic ice sheet, areas that are also experiencing rapid ice melt. Please know that I will work to mobilize the U.S. federal government to assist when you relocate. I am sure we can both agree that on a warming planet, we need to do all we can to save Christmas." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. League of Conservation Voters endorsed Bob Menendez in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Bob Menendez in the 2002 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Bob Menendez supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Bob Menendez in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Bob Menendez in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Bob Menendez in the 2004 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Menendez. S J Res 26. 112th Congress. Statement of Opposition to EPA Greenhouse Gas Rule. Bob Menendez voted Nay on 06/10/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Bob Menendez supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Robert Menendez. Firearms Information Use Act of 2007. 13 March, 2008. "Far too often in this country, innocent Americans, including children, are tragically caught in the crossfire of gun violence. Far too often these crimes may have been prevented with stricter gun control regulations. As a Senator, it is my solemn duty to do everything within my power to protect the American people from the ravages of gun violence. Addressing this grave issue should not be hampered by divisive, partisan bickering. We must undertake a bipartisan approach to reach an effective solution to this problem that is concerned solely with the welfare and safety of the public." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez. US Senate Announcement On Gun Tracking Signals Boost For NJ Crime Fighting. 7 June 2007. "With better access to gun data, we can work to shut down the iron pipeline between states with lax gun laws into states with strong regulations, like New Jersey. Information is a powerful tool in the battle against crime. We should be doing everything in our power to combat violent crimes, yet the Tiahrt amendment has tied the hands of law enforcement and lawmakers for years. I am thankful that the subcommittee has heeded our calls to strike this dangerous provision from the bill so that we can put our full efforts behind cracking down on this problem." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez. Statistics On Guns Used In Crimes Must Be Restored, Urge Senators. 19 April 2009. "Right now, law enforcement and lawmakers are essentially trying to combat this problem blindfolded. We know that criminals are doing an end-around of states with tough gun laws, but we don't have access to the specifics. States where it's far easier to buy a gun than to get a driver's license are major sources of weapons used to kill people in states like New Jersey. We need access to all available information to help shut down this iron pipeline." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez. Senators, NJ Governor Denounce Dangerous Amendment that Would Put Communities at Risk for More Gun Violence. 21 July 2009. "Too many times, for too long we have seen blood in our streets from senseless, pointless, lethal gun violence. Our charge is to end that violence, not add to it. There are too many guns on the street as it is, but there are also too many people too willing to use them. Let's not make it easier for those who feel the need to conceal a weapon to carry it across state lines and into your neighborhood or my neighborhood." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez. Senator Denounces Setback In Tracking Guns Used In Crimes. 17 July 2007. "Without this law enforcement tool, we are at a major disadvantage as we try to shut down the iron pipeline. Gun related crimes are a major concern for families and communities throughout New Jersey and the nation. Law enforcement and lawmakers should have all the tools necessary to fight gun trafficking and illegal guns, yet this legislation continues to resurface, stripping down our ability to combat this problem. I am disappointed with the developments in the House today, and pledge to continue to work to get rid of this hazardous ban on information." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Menendez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Bob Menendez. 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."
  • Bob Menendez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Bob Menendez. 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."
  • Bob Menendez. Project Vote Smart: 1998 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms."
  • Bob Menendez. 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."
  • Bob Menendez. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Impose a national ban on the public sale of assault weapons." 1. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support to address the problem of crime? Other or expanded principles: "Increase penalties for bias crimes, gang-related and domestic violence."
  • Bob Menendez. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Impose a national ban on the sale of handguns to minors." 1. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support to address the problem of crime? Other or expanded principles: "Increase penalties for bias crimes, gang-related and domestic violence."
  • Robert Menendez. National Defense Authorization Act For Fiscal Year 2010. 22 July 2009. "I think about what this amendment does, whom it affects, and I cannot help but ask who is it who feels the need to carry a concealed weapon and for what purpose? One must ask how we would ever want to permit, as a matter not of State but Federal law, those whose motives may not be pure to walk into a playground, school, crowded stadium in any State licensed under Federal law to carry a concealed weapon in their coat pocket or bag. Do we honestly believe that person will be the priest or the rabbi? Do we think it will be the mother taking her child to a school, saying: Let me think, I have the house keys, the cell phone--oh yes, the permit for the gun in my bag." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez. Menendez Hails Senate Defeat of Hidden Guns Amendment. 22 July, 2009. "This is one of those times when the defeat of legislation is actually a victory. For families who don't want to have to worry about who might be hiding a gun every time they take their kids to school, go to the supermarket or go to work, this is a big victory in the name of safety. In a country where the second leading cause of death for our youth is gun violence, this amendment would have been doubly dangerous. It would have benefitted criminals, not their victims, by making it easier for people hiding a gun to stroll into a school, a playground or a crowded stadium. And it would have trampled the rights of the people in our state to make our own safety laws, which are based on a different and unique experience from states where gun laws are lax. We don't expect this to be the last attempt to weaken gun safety laws where they are strong, but each and every time, we will stand up for the safety of our families." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez. Issue Position: Crime - Keeping Guns Out of the Hands of Criminals. 23 June 2011. "Tens of thousands of Americans are senselessly murdered every year by criminals armed with guns. Gun violence does not discriminate; it affects rich and poor, young and old, and the innocent and guilty alike. Nor is it a red or blue state issue, but an American crisis that concerns our nation as a whole. Every person's life can be touched by the tragically extensive reach of gun violence. Far too often these crimes may have been prevented with stricter gun control regulations. As your United States Senator, you can be assured that I will do everything within my power to protect New Jersey families from senseless gun violence." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez. Departments of Commerce and Justice, and Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2008--Continued. 4 October 2007. "I want to mention the one difference I have with this bill, one that has to do with a policy known around here as the Tiahrt Amendment. No matter how many great programs we fund in this bill, no matter that we doubled funding for the Juvenile Mentoring Program, we will never successfully stop violence unless we work to combat the illegal use of guns. Gun violence is one of the most serious problems facing our Nation. Every day on average, 81 more Americans will be shot dead--many of them innocent victims, including children. This is unacceptable. But, it is even more unacceptable for us, as legislators, to allow it to continue. But that is exactly what a provision in this bill does with its Tiahrt provision. This provision could prevent the sharing of gun trace data among law enforcement agencies. It will prevent the ATF from providing trustworthy national data about the flow of crime guns. It will make it harder to figure out where illegal gun activity is most prevalent and what we can do to stop it. Without this data, our state and local law enforcement will have a much harder time combating violence in our communities and making us safe. It should be a priority for all of us to better understand gun crime, so we can better prevent it. But with the Tiahrt provision, data that is essential to understanding gun trafficking and violence will be concealed from law enforcement, concealed from lawmakers, and concealed from the public. There is simply no way to make good policy without having good information, good data to base it on." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menedez. Issue Position: Crime. 23 June 2011. "One of the government's most basic responsibilities is to protect the public from violence and other criminal offenses. As your Senator, I take this responsibility very seriously and have worked tirelessly to make our streets safer and our communities more secure. From providing law enforcement with the resources they need to fight crime, to keeping guns out of the hands of criminals, I am committed to making every effort to protect New Jersey families from the ravages of crime." (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Bob Menendez a grade of 9." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Menendez. S Amdt 1618. 111th Congress. Authorizing Concealed Firearms Across State Lines. Bob Menendez voted Nay on 07/22/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Menendez. HR 125. 104th Congress. Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995. Bob Menendez voted Nay on 03/22/1996. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Menendez. HR 1025. 103th Congress. Brady Handgun Bill. Bob Menendez voted Yea on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Menendez. S Amdt 4615. 110th Congress. Firearm Confiscation Prohibition Amendment. Bob Menendez voted Nay on 07/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Menendez. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Bob Menendez voted Nay on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Menendez. S Amdt 1067. 111th Congress. Allowing Loaded Guns in National Parks. Bob Menendez voted Nay on 05/12/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Bob Menendez supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 93 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Menendez. S Amdt 4070. 110th Congress. Prohibiting Funds in the Bill S 1200 from Being Used to Decrease Gun Ownership. Bob Menendez voted Nay on 02/25/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Menendez. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Bob Menendez voted Nay on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Menendez. H Amdt 390. 103th Congress. Instant Background Checks for Gun Purchase Amendment. Bob Menendez voted Nay on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Menendez. HR 4296. 104th Congress. Regulation of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons. Bob Menendez voted Yea on 05/05/1994. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Bob Menendez. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New Jersey Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Support President Clinton's position for a "comprehensive health care plan for all Americans."" 3. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support concerning the American health care system? Other or expanded principles: "Preserve the safety net of essential community providers and increase access to these providers."
  • Bob Menendez. 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."
  • Bob Menendez. 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."
  • Robert Menendez. Senate Democrats Join Senior Advocates to Discuss How Health Reform Supports America's Seniors. 24 March, 2010. "With a simple up-or-down vote this week, we will have improved on the historic new health insurance law to deliver full prescription drug coverage to seniors, among other important benefits.Our colleagues on the other side of the aisle want to take that away from seniors, and we are fighting to ensure seniors will be able to keep it." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez. Senate Completes Work on Health Insurance Reform; Menendez Hails Protections for N.J. Families, Seniors, Small Businesses, State Gov't and Federal Budget. 25 March 2010. "What was already an important and historic new law to establish common sense in the health insurance system has been made even better by lowering costs further for families, seniors and the nation. New Jersey families should know that the new protections will ensure that their insurance will be there when they need it most. New Jersey seniors should know that the prescription drug coverage shortfall will be filled and that preventative care will be free. Small businesses should know that tax credits will be available for them to provide relief for the cost of insuring their employees. We will fight tooth and nail to ensure that these new rights, protections and cost-savings will not be taken away from middle class families, seniors and small businesses." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez. Menendez To Vote In Favor Of Health Insurance Reform Bill In Finance Committee. 13 October 2009. "At this stage, to vote against the bill before us is to do nothing. It would be a vote to stay the course and let insurance companies continue to treat the health of the American people as an investment, minimizing risk and maximizing profitability. To vote yes is to do what's right. That being said, more work will need to be done to pass what I consider to be comprehensive health care reform that is consumer-friendly, affordable, and provides a real choice for every American." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez. Menendez Hails Launch of New Health Care Website, Urges New Jerseyans Concerned About Their Insurance to Visit. 1 July 2010. "For too long, it has been far too complicated for families to figure out all of their health insurance options. Families have a right to learn about and access all of their health insurance options in one easy-to-navigate, easy-to-understand location, and the health insurance reform law has made this a reality. With a few clicks on this website, families will receive information that is local and tailored to their particular circumstances. Healthcare.gov empowers families to take full control of their health insurance situation by providing them with the tools and information they need to make fully-informed decisions about their health care coverage. Created by the Affordable Care Act, HealthCare.gov will be the first website to provide individuals and private businesses with both public and private health insurance options tailored specifically for their needs in a single, easy-to-use insurance finder tool -- including options available specifically in New Jersey. Among the public insurance options will be the new Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP), which offers affordable coverage to uninsured individuals who have been denied health coverage because of a pre-existing condition and which will serve as a program bridge until 2014 when significant market reforms take place. The website's insurance finder tool sorts through the catalog of options available, from Medicaid to the more than 1,000 private insurance plans available, to identify the options for which the consumer qualifies. In addition, the website provides extensive information about the new Patient's Bill of Rights to protect consumers in the health insurance market, guidelines to easily navigate the complex health insurance and care system, tips on preventive practices to stay healthy, and information about how the Affordable Care Act will benefit Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez. Menendez Celebrates Implementation of Key Health Care Provisions on Six Month Anniversary of Health Care Reform. 23 September 2010. "Implementation of the healthcare insurance reform law is still in its infancy, yet on this six month anniversary we are already seeing major changes begin to take place as New Jersey families take back control of their healthcare decisions. During my listening sessions in New Jersey last year, I heard from families across the state who felt that they needed more consumer protections and that is exactly what I did as part of this Patients' Bill of Rights. The key provisions announced today will help us continue moving in this direction by extending coverage and preventive services, ending lifetime limits and arbitrary coverage decisions, and allowing young adults to access their parent's healthcare plans." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama. 5 May 2011. "The Republican budget proposal would not keep pace with the rate of inflation for health care, meaning seniors would pay ever higher out-of-pocket costs. Under the proposal, the annual increase for the vouchers will fall short of the actual rate of inflation for health care -- meaning out-of-pocket expenses for seniors will continue to soar. And to make matters worse, the Republican budget would repeal the only credible means of restraining health care costs -- the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez. Letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid, Finance Chairman Max Baucus, HELP Chairman Tom Harkin, and Senator Chris Dodd. 23 October 2009. "As the Senate continues consideration of health care reform legislation and you work to merge the health care reform bills, we strongly encourage you to adopt provisions which would apply critical insurance market reforms, such as the elimination of gender rating, to all fully-insured and self-insured group plans, regardless of their size, and apply these reforms in a timely manner. Failing to adopt these market reforms in the group market will leave some women and men without any protection from harmful insurance industry practices. We support including critical insurance market reforms, such as the elimination of gender rating and ending discrimination based on pre-existing conditions. Gender rating unfairly charges women higher premiums than men and discrimination based on pre-existing conditions allows insurers to deny coverage to victims of domestic violence or women who have had cesarean sections. We ask that these market reforms are extended to the entire market -- individual and group, without regard to the size of the group. Additionally, we urge that all of these reforms be implemented no later than 2013. If these reforms are not applied to the group market, women working for some employers with majority female workforces, such as child care providers or home health agencies, will never be protected from the harmful insurance industry practices of gender rating. Additionally these reforms should be applied to the individual, moderate, and group markets at the same time. No one should be denied timely protection from this unfair discrimination based solely on the size of their workforce." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez. Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010. 23 March 2010. "Mr. President, the time has come--historic health care has passed this Congress, the President has signed it into law, and the American people will live healthier, safer, more secure lives because of it. Now we come to the floor again, called upon once more, to finalize this historic legislation and make it even better. Once again I ask my colleagues on the other side of the aisle to take their place on the right side of history and end the obstructionism, stop the fear mongering, the apocalyptic predictions, and think about what they are about to do through the long lens of history." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez. Fox News "Fox News Sunday" - Transcript. 1 March 2010. "Chris, you know, the numbers I see -- I see the Washington Post poll just the other day that said 66 percent of Americans want to us move forward on comprehensive health care reform. I see the numbers of 40 percent premium increases in California and other parts of the country. I see Americans and New Jerseyans who tell me, in fact, that they can't afford health insurance. And this bill is the biggest tax cut for health insurance that we have seen. $500 billion goes to tax cuts to help individuals and small businesses be able to afford health insurance. And it does it in a way by eliminating the waste, fraud and abuse and stop overpayments to insurance companies." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez signed a letter to the Honorable Eric Cantor, Leader, Office of the House Majority. 24 January 2011. "As members of the Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over the Medicare program, we write today to express concern about the significant harms to Medicare beneficiaries that will result from repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Since it was enacted in 1965, the Medicare program has provided security and healthcare to America's seniors. The ACA continues that commitment by protecting the guaranteed benefits of all Medicare beneficiaries, modernizing the program, adding new free benefits, fighting waste, fraud, and abuse, and increasing access to higher quality care. Repeal of this modernization means pushing Medicare back in time and robbing seniors of valuable advances in medicine. We are particularly concerned that repeal would reverse the course of making prescription drugs more affordable for seniors. The legislation approved by the House could require seniors to repay the government. As a first step to reducing the cost of prescription drugs, the ACA provided a $250 rebate check to seniors who fell into the "donut hole" -- or gap in prescription drug coverage - in 2010. Repeal could force 3 million seniors to repay the government the $250 that they received last year." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Menendez. S Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Repealing the Federal Health Care Law. Bob Menendez voted Nay on 02/02/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Bob Menendez supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

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  • Robert Menendez. Issue Position: Immigration. 23 June, 2011. "Whether your family was part of the voyage on the Mayflower, part of the millions who stepped off a ship at Ellis Island, part of those who were brought for this nation against their own will, or if, like my own parents, you came to this country fleeing tyranny and searching for freedom, we all have a connection to immigration. Unfortunately, our current immigration laws have failed us. That is why I support fair and humane immigration reform that will enforce our laws, secure our borders, and protect our national security, while also reflecting current economic realities and respecting the core values of family unity and fundamental fairness. We must find a way to address the 12 million undocumented workers in this country, but we must do so in a sensible and humane manner." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Menendez. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Bob Menendez voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Menendez. 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."
  • Robert Menendez. Today, the DREAM Act was Blocked in the U.S. Senate – a Motion to Proceed to a Full Debate on the Bill Received 52 Votes, but 60 Were Needed. 24 October 2007. "The opponents of this reasonable, bipartisan measure cried ‘amnesty', as they always do. But this was not amnesty. No child would receive a free ticket to legalization. They would have had to meet a number of qualifications and jump through a series of significant hoops on their six-year path to legalization. And, along the way, they would receive the kind of education that would bolster the American workforce or they would serve the United States military, which badly needs highly-qualified, dedicated volunteers. If the United States Senate cannot even agree to move forward with legislation that is good for our children, good for our economy, and good for our military, I see no way that we will be able to move forward with immigration initiatives that benefit only the business community." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez. Today, the DREAM Act was Blocked in the U.S. Senate a Motion to Proceed to a Full Debate on the Bill Received 52 Votes, but 60 Were Needed. 24 October 2007. "The students this legislation would help love the United States, which might be the only home they've ever known - so they've followed the rules, worked hard in school and now they want to serve this country in the military or get a higher education," said Sen. Menendez. "They did not make the decision to enter this country in an undocumented fashion, their parents made that decision. We should not punish children for the sins of their parents. Those children that would qualify for the DREAM Act should be permitted to continue their pursuit of the American Dream. The opponents of this reasonable, bipartisan measure cried ‘amnesty', as they always do. But this was not amnesty. No child would receive a free ticket to legalization. They would have had to meet a number of qualifications and jump through a series of significant hoops on their six-year path to legalization. And, along the way, they would receive the kind of education that would bolster the American workforce or they would serve the United States military, which badly needs highly-qualified, dedicated volunteers. If the United States Senate cannot even agree to move forward with legislation that is good for our children, good for our economy, and good for our military, I see no way that we will be able to move forward with immigration initiatives that benefit only the business community." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez. The Dream Act. 24 October 2007. "What the DREAM Act said was if you had no choice, you made no choice in coming to this country--your parents brought you here, you grew up here and you have been a good citizen, you have lived the type of life we want all our young people to live in terms of being good citizens, being of exemplary character, being individuals who have the intellectual capacity on their own to get into college--we want to give them the opportunity to have the status to do that. I would rather have our kids going to school than hanging out on the streets, but I guess we would rather have them hanging out on the streets rather than having them get an education and serving our Nation. I don't understand how a military that is straining, in terms of the volunteer Armed Forces that we have, that has now downgraded whom they are willing to accept in the Armed Forces to include people who have criminal records and those who are high school dropouts, we will have those people serve, but we will not have young people who are incredibly talented, have no criminal record whatsoever, exemplary individuals, and some of them, some very smart ones, but who want to serve America because they believe themselves to be Americans--oh, no, let's not have them serve in the Armed forces of the United States. By virtue of that service, including the possibility that they could die on behalf of their adopted country, no, let's not give them that opportunity either. We would rather take people who have criminal records. We would rather take people who have not even finished high school." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez. Menendez Introduces Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill. 1 October 2010. "U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today introduced comprehensive immigration reform legislation aimed at finally addressing the broken immigration system with tough, smart and fair measures. The bill, co-sponsored by Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT), addresses long-standing, wide-ranging flaws in the immigration system that have been priorities of groups on each side of the immigration reform debate. Measures include strengthening border security, enhancing worksite enforcement of immigration laws and requiring the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants present in the U.S. to register with the government, pay their taxes, learn English, pay a fine, pass a background check and wait in line for permanent residence. "The American people are united in their understanding that our immigration system is broken," said Menendez. "They don't want partisan bickering and demonizing, they want a commonsense solution that addresses the realities of the situation, stops the flow across our borders and protects our economy. If we can put political grandstanding aside and work together on a comprehensive, middle-of-the-road bill like this one, we can bring all sides to the table. We can finally take action on a problem that has generated a lot of talk over the past decade but few results."" (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez. Issue Position: Immigration - Creating Opportunities for All. 23 June 2011. "Each year, an estimated 65,000 students graduate from high school with a strong academic background and sound moral character. However, these students are denied the path to success available to their classmates due to the fact that they were brought to the United States as undocumented children. It was not their decision to immigrate, and they should not be penalized for working hard to create a better future for themselves. To that end, I have co-sponsored the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM Act) which would give hard-working high school graduates with no criminal record the legitimate means to reach their potential." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez. Issue Position: Immigration - Fixing our Broken Immigration System. 23 June 2011. "The struggle for realistic and comprehensive immigration reform continues to this day, but real progress has been made in the past year. I have been working with my colleagues to create and pass legislation that would enhance border security, while also providing a legitimate way for the estimated 12 million undocumented workers to come out of the shadows and earn United States citizenship. These undocumented workers must pass a series of strict and critical benchmarks, such as paying fines, learning English, and waiting at the back of the citizenship line, behind those who have pursued legal means of attaining citizenship." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez. Durbin, Reid, Menendez, 30 Others Introduce the DREAM Act. 11 May 2011. "We should not punish children for their parents' past decisions. The students who would be helped by the DREAM Act did not make the decision to enter this country in an undocumented fashion. They've followed the rules, worked hard in school and now they want to serve this country in the military or get a higher education. Equally important, they love the United States, the only home many of them have known, and should be permitted to continue here in pursuit of the American Dream." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez. Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act of 2010. 9 December 2009. "The DREAM Act says if you are willing to wear the uniform and serve in the Armed Forces of the United States, and you serve honorably for 2 years, we will give you a pathway toward permanent residency. If you go to college--assuming that you ultimately qualify, that you are accepted, and that you do well--we will give you a pathway to permanent residency. We will adjust your status and permit that dream to take place. This is not amnesty. Amnesty--which I have heard some of my colleagues use, and they will use it on anything that is immigration related. Right away they roll out the word ``amnesty.'' Amnesty is when you get something for nothing; when you did something wrong and you have to pay no consequence. In this case I believe wearing the uniform of the U.S. Armed Forces, risking your life for your country, maybe losing that life before you achieve your goal and your dream, is not amnesty. I believe working hard and being educated so you can help fuel the Nation's prosperity and meet its economic challenge, that is not amnesty. That is paying your dues on behalf of the country. For if you do all of that, you still have to wait a decade before your status can be adjusted to permanent residency. So you have to be an exemplary citizen, you have to do everything that is right, everything we cherish in America. That is what the DREAM Act is all about and that is why the Secretary of Defense has come out in strong support of the DREAM Act. That is why Colin Powell came out in support of the DREAM Act. That is why the Under Secretary, Personnel and Readiness at the Department of Defense during the Bush administration, David Chu, came out and said this is, in essence, the very effort we would like to see." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez signed a letter to President Barack Obama. 28 April 2010. "Comprehensive immigration reform means a return to the rule of law, increased border and homeland security, cracking down on unscrupulous employers, and preventing future flows of illegal immigrants by removing incentives to enter the country illegally. Reform proposals must protect American workers, end the shadow economy, provide certainty to American agriculture, and increase American competitiveness in all areas of the economy. Comprehensive immigration reform also means reuniting families, modernizing existing immigration programs, and giving immigrant college-aged students a chance at the American dream. It also must include a pathway to earned citizenship that requires undocumented immigrants to pay taxes and fines, pass background checks, learn English and go to the back of the line for the opportunity to become eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Menendez. S Amdt 3117. 110th Congress. Border Fence and Customs Appropriations. Bob Menendez voted Yea on 10/03/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Menendez. S Amdt 4231. 110th Congress. Immigration Enforcement and Border Fence Amendment. Bob Menendez voted Nay on 03/13/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Bob Menendez supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Bob Menendez supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Menendez. S 2611. 110th Congress. Immigration Reform Bill. Bob Menendez voted Yea on 05/25/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Menendez. S AMDT 4087. 110th Congress. Orange Card Program Amendment. Bob Menendez voted Yea on 05/23/2006. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Bob Menendez supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 67 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Bob Menendez supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Bob Menendez supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Bob Menendez supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 20 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Bob Menendez supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez. Discrimination Against Same-Sex Marriage Cannot Be Tolerated in Our Society as a Matter of Law. 18 December 2011. "So today, I am announcing my support for the Respect for Marriage Act, which repeals DOMA and ensures that all lawfully married couples " including same-sex couples " receive the benefits of marriage under federal law. [¦] For many years, these millions of committed couples have argued that the freedom to marry " their freedom to marry " is a core civil rights issue. I now believe they are right. In affirming marriage equality for individuals, it is important to remember that no church, no faith, no religion will be required " nor would I support requiring them " to perform marriages that are not consistent with the tenets of their religion. (blog.nj.com)
  • Robert Menendez signed the Freedom to Marry: Democrats Say I Do Pledge. "The Democratic Party supports the full inclusion of all families in the life of our nation, with equal respect, responsibility, and protection under the law, including the freedom to marry. Government has no business putting barriers in the path of people seeking to care for their family members, particularly in challenging economic times. We support the Respect for Marriage Act and the overturning of the federal so-called "Defense of Marriage Act," and oppose discriminatory constitutional amendments and other attempts to deny the freedom to marry to loving and committed same-sex couples." (www.freedomtomarry.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Robert Menendez. Issues: National Security. "In our state, we are home to the highest population density of any state, the largest seaport on the East Coast, a major international airport, critical chemical plants and a key network of highways, bridges, and tunnels. We know the challenges of protecting our high-profile communities. Since September 11th, those challenges have become even more complex and more critical. Senator Menendez has been a leading voice to strengthen security at our ports, on our mass transit, and around our chemical plants, as well as ensuring homeland security funds are distributed based on the highest risk." (www.menendez.senate.gov)
  • Robert Menendez. OnTheIssues: Homeland Security. 24 September 2006. "We must protect innocent people from terrorists, punish those who attack Americans, and do both in a humane manner consistent with the Geneva Convention." (www.ontheissues.org)
  • Robert Menendez. Fighting Back and Getting Results: National Security. "Bob has fought to keep our communities safe and to support those on the front lines of crime and potential terror attacks. He led the fight in the Senate to increase federal funding for hiring local police officers, resulting in $166 million nationwide just last year. In 2011 New Jersey was able to hire 78 police officers in local communities as a result of receiving over $20 million in COPS funding. Bob has also been a staunch supporter of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants, which have delivered more than $133 million to New Jersey's firefighters for the purchase of much-needed equipment. He has also fought to protect SAFER grants, which have provided $74 million to local communities for hiring and retaining firefighters." (menendezfornj.com)
No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

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  • Robert Menendez. Menendez: Privatizing Amtrak's Northeast Corridor Would be Devastating for New Jersey. 15 June 2011. "Privatizing Amtrak makes as much sense as privatizing Medicare or Social Security. In other words, no sense at all." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Menendez. 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."
  • Bob Menendez. 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."
  • Robert Menendez. Menendez: "If a Budget Reflects Our Values, The Bush Budget is a Slap in the Face of the American People". 7 February 2005. "President Bush's budget adds more than $4 trillion to the deficit in the next 10 years, while failing to include the cost of the war in Iraq, currently estimated at $5 billion a month. In addition to the conspicuous absence of Iraq funding, the president's budget also fails to address the trillions of dollars needed to follow through on his proposal to privatize Social Security. This budget is just plain wrong for America; it comes at a great cost to America's middle class and does not reflect our nation's values." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez. Issue Position: Seniors-Social Security. 23 June 2011. "I oppose any attempts to privatize Social Security, including taking money out of the Trust Fund for individuals to invest or allowing the federal government to use the Social Security surplus to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy. Current and future beneficiaries simply cannot afford any attempts to weaken the solvency of the program. Instead, I believe we must create incentives to encourage retirement savings and protect the pensions of hard-working Americans. All New Jerseyans deserve a decent nest egg to live on when they retire." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Menendez. Bob's Kickoff Speech: "Stand Up for New Jersey". 1 August 2006. "This administration and its allies in Washington have taken the wrong position time after time. They were wrong on Iraq, wrong on trying to sell our ports to a foreign country, wrong on siding with big oil over consumers, wrong on giving tax breaks to the wealthiest, resulting in record deficits that the students in this room will be paying off for years. They were wrong on their response to Katrina, wrong on trying to privatize Social Security, wrong on cutting aid to put a college education within the reach of kids from working families and wrong on opposing a decent minimum wage." (votesmart.org)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Bob Menendez supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 90 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)

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Congressional Election 1998 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) concerning abortion.
a) Abortions should always be legally available.
b) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
c) Abortions should be legal only when the pregnancy resulted from incest, rape, or when the life of the woman is endangered.
d) Abortions should be legal only when the life of the woman is endangered.
e) Abortions should always be illegal.
f) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and notification requirements as decided by each state government.
g) Prohibit the late-term abortion procedure known as "partial-birth" abortion.
h) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
Xi) Other

Prohibit "partial birth" abortions except for life and health of mother.

1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only.
Greatly Increasea) AIDS programs
Maintain Statusb) Arts funding
Greatly Increasec) Education (K-12)
Maintain Statusd) Environmental programs
Maintain Statuse) Foreign aid
Maintain Statusf) Housing projects
Maintain Statusg) Job training programs
Maintain Statush) Law enforcement
Maintain Statusi) Medicaid
Maintain Statusj) Medicare
Slightly Decreasek) NASA
Maintain Statusl) Student loan programs
Maintain Statusm) Welfare
n) Other
o) Other
p) Other
2) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following defense-related categories. Select one number (level) only.
Maintain Statusa) Armed Forces personnel training
Maintain Statusb) CIA appropriations
Slightly Increasec) Defense plant conversion
Maintain Statusd) Development of new weapons
Maintain Statuse) Military hardware
Eliminatef) Military space shuttle missions
Greatly Decreaseg) National Missile Defense Program
Greatly Increaseh) Pay for active duty personnel
i) Other
No3) Do you support amending the U.S. Constitution to require an annual balanced federal budget?
4) Indicate how you would apply the expected federal budget surplus.
Xa) Social Security
b) Medicare
c) Tax cuts
d) Federal debt reduction
e) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance reform.
a) Remove all legislative limits on campaign financing.
b) Establish spending limits on congressional campaigns.
Xc) Provide public funding for federal candidates who comply with campaign spending limits.
d) Support legislation that would increase the federal limits on individual contributions.
Xe) Strengthen and enforce legislation that encourages full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information.
f) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
Xg) Provide free or low-cost television advertising to candidates who agree to voluntary campaign spending limits.
Xh) Ban the unregulated campaign contributions known as soft money.
Xi) Pass legislation banning issue advocacy commercials by outside groups within 60 days of an election.
j) Prohibit non-U.S. citizens from making contributions to federal campaigns.
k) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.
a) Broaden use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
b) Increase spending to build more federal prisons.
Xc) Impose "truth in sentencing" for violent criminals so they serve full sentences with no chance of parole.
d) Fund programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xe) Expand funding for community policing programs.
Xf) Increase penalties for the possession of any illegal firearms.
g) Prosecute youths accused of a felony as adults.
Xh) Increase funding for local Boys & Girls Clubs and other independent organizations in communities with at-risk youth.
i) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
j) Deport all permanent resident aliens convicted of a felony.
k) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning illegal drugs.
Xa) Increase penalties for selling illegal drugs.
Xb) Impose mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
Xc) Impose capital punishment for convicted international drug traffickers.
d) Strengthen current laws dealing with non-controlled substances, including inhalants and commercially available pills.
Xe) Increase funding of federally-sponsored drug education and drug treatment programs.
f) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Xg) Increase funding for border security to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the U.S.
h) Other
1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the economy and employment.
Xa) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment.
Xb) Increase funding for national job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
Xc) Reduce government regulations on the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xd) Establish empowerment zones in areas with large numbers of unemployed people.
e) Eliminate any federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
Xf) Increase the minimum wage.
Xg) Pass legislation that encourages employers to offer their employees the options of flex-time scheduling, comp-time and unpaid leave to attend to their family responsibilities.
Xh) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide on-site child care.
2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding affirmative action and discrimination.
a) The federal government should consider race and sex in making government contracting decisions.
Xb) The federal government should continue affirmative action programs only if such programs do not include quotas.
c) The federal government should discontinue affirmative action programs.
Xd) The federal government should prosecute cases of discrimination in the public sector.
Xe) The federal government should prosecute cases of discrimination in the private sector.
Xf) The federal government should include sexual orientation in its anti-discrimination laws.
g) Other
1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning education.
a) Support national standards and testing in reading and math.
b) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any publicly funded school.
c) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any participating school: public, private or religious.
d) Allow parents to use tax-free savings accounts to send their children to any publicly funded school.
e) Allow parents to use tax-free savings accounts to send their children to any participating school: public, private or religious.
Xf) Support creation of more charter schools where teachers and professionals receive authorization and funding to establish new schools.
g) Give all federal education funding to states in the form of block grants and allow them to spend it as they see fit.
h) Support voluntary teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
i) Increase funding for block grants to states to help them hire additional teachers.
Xj) Other

Raise standards; provide resources for those willing to meet these. Reduce class size.

Undecided2) Do you support amending the U.S. Constitution to guarantee the right to religious expression and voluntary prayer in public places, including schools?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources.
a) Require the state to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses on privately owned land.
Xb) Strengthen the Clean Water Act.
c) Change the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to limit the number of habitats eligible to be designated as endangered.
Xd) Increase fees charged to ranchers who graze cattle on federal lands.
Xe) Revise the 1872 mining law to increase the fees charged to mining companies using federal lands.
Xf) Encourage development of alternative fuels to reduce pollution.
g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks.
h) Increase federal taxes on gasoline and diesel fuels to promote conservation and alternative fuel development.
Xi) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels.
j) Impose stricter national air quality standards.
k) Adhere to the United Nations treaty regarding global climate change.
Xl) Strengthen the restrictions on clear-cutting on federal lands.
m) Other
Indicate which level of government that should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only.
Federala) Border security
Federalb) Civil rights enforcement
Statec) Education
Federald) Environmental cleanup
Federale) Job training
Localf) Law enforcement
Federalg) Low-income housing
Federalh) Medicaid
Federali) Medicare
Federalj) Transportation infrastructure (highways, roads, bridges)
Statek) Welfare
l) Other
1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Bosnia/former Yugoslavia.
a) The U.S. should lift the arms embargo against Bosnia-Herzegovina.
b) The U.S. should maintain a military presence in Bosnia-Herzegovina with a certain deadline for withdrawal.
c) The U.S. should maintain a military presence in Bosnia-Herzegovina without a certain deadline for withdrawal.
d) Other
2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the Middle East.
a) The U.S. should resolve future disputes with Iraq through diplomatic means.
b) The U.S. should take unilateral military action if Iraq does not comply with all accepted UN resolutions.
c) The U.S. should take military action against Iraq only as part of an international effort.
d) The U.S. should not continue to play a prominent leadership role in the peace process between Israel and Palestine.
Xe) Other

U.S. should take unilateral military action against Iraq if it can not acquire an internal effort.

3) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the United States-United Nations relationship.
a) The U.S. should contribute more funding and troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions.
b) The U.S. should contribute less funding and troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions.
Xc) The U.S. should participate in UN peacekeeping missions only when vital U.S. interests are involved.
d) The U.S. should not commit military troops to UN peacekeeping missions.
e) The U.S. should withdraw from the UN completely.
Xf) The U.S. should pay its debt to the United Nations.
g) Other
No4) Should the U.S. have diplomatic and trade relations with Cuba?
Yes5) Should the U.S. recognize and extend full diplomatic relations to Taiwan?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.
a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons.
b) Increase federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
Xc) Maintain federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
d) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
e) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms by law-abiding citizens.
f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms.
Xg) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks with firearms.
h) Other
1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues in America.
a) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care.
b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income.
c) Implement a government-financed, single-payer national health care system similar to that of Canada.
d) Support health care strategies focused on prevention, including health education and natural medicines and remedies.
Xe) Support legislation to define and enforce the rights of insured patients, including greater access to specialists and emergency rooms, wider choice of health care providers, and appeal mechanisms when claims are denied.
Xf) Allow small business owners, the self-employed and workers whose employers do not provide health insurance to have the same deductibility for health costs as corporations and large employers.
g) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts, which would be taxed if used for any purpose other than medical costs.
h) Establish limits on the amount of damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
i) Allow states and local communities to use federal funds for needle-exchange programs to combat the spread of HIV.
j) Classify nicotine as a drug and cigarettes as drug delivery devices, which should be regulated by the Federal Food and Drug Administration.
Xk) Provide citizens age 55-65 the option of purchasing Medicare health coverage.
Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration.
a) Decrease the number of immigrants allowed into the country.
b) Increase the eligibility of legal immigrants for certain social programs (i.e. HUD housing, food stamps).
Xc) Require the Immigration and Naturalization Service to reduce to six months the time between applying for citizenship and taking the oath of allegiance.
d) Provide extra federal aid to states with higher numbers of immigrants for necessary medical and social services.
e) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children.
f) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive U.S. citizenship.
g) Increase the immigration quota for computer scientists and other information technology workers.
h) Establish English as the official and recognized language of the United States government.
i) Other
The American people have consistently mentioned the decline of morals and ethics in America as a major problem facing the country. On an attached page, in fifty words or less, explain what you will do as a member of Congress to address this concern.

A strong morality is built on strong families and communities. I work to build these institutions by supporting quality education, fair wages for all workers, economic aid to hard-pressed areas, community policing, and child care. I fight for working families because the family is the basis for sound moral teaching.

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.
b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which are managed by the government.
c) Invest Social Security's assets collectively in stocks and bonds instead of U.S. Treasury securities.
d) Increase the payroll tax to finance the program in its current form.
Xe) Invest a portion of the budget surplus into the Social Security trust fund.
f) Increase the minimum age that determines when retirees are able to receive full Social Security benefits.
g) Lower Social Security's annual cost-of-living increases.
h) Limit Social Security benefits based on recipients' other income and assets.
i) Require individuals to pay the Social Security tax on income above $68,400, which is currently exempt.
Xj) Other

Since Social Security taxes are 98% of the projected Federal surplus- use it for SS.

1) Indicate the levels you support concerning taxes in the following categories. Select one number (level) only.
Income Taxes:
Maintain Statusa) Retiree income over $40,000
Greatly Decreaseb) Family income less than $25,000
Slightly Decreasec) Family income $25-75,000
Maintain Statusd) Family income $75-150,000
Maintain Statuse) Family income over $150,000
Other Tax Issues:
Maintain Statusf) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusg) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statush) Charitable deductions
Slightly Increasei) Child tax credit
Slightly Increasej) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusk) Corporate income taxes
Greatly Increasel) Earned Income Tax Credit
Maintain Statusm) Estate taxes
Maintain Statusn) Medical expense deductions
Maintain Statuso) Mortgage deductions
p) Other

Tax loopholes -- Eliminate

q) Other

Marriage penalty -- Eliminate

Undecided2) Do you support replacing the U.S. income tax structure with a flat income tax?
No3) Do you support eliminating the Internal Revenue Service?
No4) Do you support instituting a national sales tax?
Yes5) Should a married couple filing jointly pay the same taxes as if they were an unmarried couple filing separately?
No6) Do you support requiring a super-majority vote in both houses of Congress to raise taxes?
7) Other
No1) Do you support amending the Constitution to limit the number of terms which members of Congress can serve?
If you support term limits, how many terms should each serve?
Senator (# of 6 yr. terms)
Representatives (# of 2 yr. terms)
No1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
Undecided2) Do you support broadening NAFTA to include other countries in the western hemisphere?
Yes3) Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
Yes4) Do you support the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
Yes5) Do you support imposing tariffs on products imported from nations that maintain restrictive trade barriers on American products?
Yes6) Should a nation's human rights record affect its "most favored nation" trading status with the United States?
Undecided7) Do you support granting the President "fast-track" authority?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding poverty and the welfare system.
a) Provide tax incentives for companies to hire and train homeless people who want to work.
b) Increase funding of homeless shelters and low income housing projects.
c) Increase funds for housing assistance for welfare recipients who need housing to get or keep a job.
d) Provide homeless families with apartment vouchers they can use to supplement the cost of an apartment.
e) Continue to give states and local governments responsibility for welfare programs through block grants.
f) Eliminate federal funds for welfare programs at the federal, state or local levels.
g) Maintain current welfare-to-work requirements in order for states to qualify for block grants.
h) Convert government-funded low-income housing projects into private housing, managed and owned by the residents.
i) Require that unwed teenage mothers live with a parent or guardian (if possible) and attend school to receive benefits.
Xj) Other

Encourage work and personal responsibility, while maintaining a safety net, especially for kids.

Please explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional government funding needed to implement these priorities.

I will continue working to bring economic development funding to my district, as I have already done to modernize our job-supporting Port, fund the Weehawken Ferry and Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, and revitalize Jersey City Waterfront and MLK Drive, as examples. I will continue fighting for our children, working to pass my Drug Elimination and Justice Act to make our schools safer, my School Construction bill to modernize schools, while raising standards and lowering class size.

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