Representative Peter 'Pete' T. King's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Peter 'Pete' T. King
Current Office: U.S. House - District 2, Republican
First Elected: 11/03/1992
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Rosemary; 2 Children: Sean, Erin
Birth Date: 04/05/1944
Birth Place: Manhattan, NY
Home City: Seaford, NY
Religion: Roman Catholic
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Due to a later filing deadline or other circumstances delaying entry into our database, Pete King did not receive the 2012 Political Courage Test.

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Issue Positions

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Pete King. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Pete King voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Pete King supported the interests of the Family Research Council 87 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete King. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Pete King voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete King. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Pete King voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Pete King supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete King. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Pete King voted Nay on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete King. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Pete King voted Yea on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter King. MSNBC - Interview with Rep. Peter King (R-NY) “ Transcript. 26 March 2009. "No, I don't believe Catholic schools should be giving honorary degrees to people in elective office or in public life who are pro-choice or pursue policies regarding abortion. Having said that, Rudy Giuliani's position is far more moderate and far more nuanced than President Obama's. For instance, Rudy Giuliani was opposed to partial-birth abortion." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter King. MSNBC - Interview with Rep. Peter King (R-NY) “ Transcript. 1 October 2007. "I'm supporting Rudy Giuliani for a number of reasons, one of which is that on the life issue, the judges he would appoint to the Supreme Court, judges like Alito and Scalia and Roberts, they are strict constructionists. And that is where the battle is going to be fought. It's going to be fought in the courts. And on federal funding of abortion, he supports the Hyde Amendment, would not allow federal funding of abortion." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter King. Newsday- Lawmakers Divided On Abortion Compromise. 20 December 2009. "'The so-called abortion compromise is deficient and the overall bill is still horrendous,' Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) said Saturday. The compromise, which will let states opt out of allowing abortion to be covered in new insurance exchanges created by the legislation, won the support of many Senate liberals." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete King. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Pete King. Project Vote Smart: 1992 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Strongly Oppose" for: "Federally funded abortions should be permitted."
  • Pete King. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Congress should eliminate federal funding for clinics and medical facilities that provide abortion services."
  • Pete King. Project Vote Smart: 1992 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Oppose" for: "Abortion should be illegal in all circumstances."
  • Pete King. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Congress should eliminate abortion services from any federally funded health care plan."
  • Pete King. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Pete King. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Pete King voted Nay on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Pete King supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Pete King supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete King. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Pete King voted Nay on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete King. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Pete King voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete King. H Amdt 436. 104th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Pete King voted Nay on 06/15/1995. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete King. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Pete King voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete King. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Pete King voted Nay on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete King. Project Vote Smart: 1992 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Strongly Oppose" for: "Women should be able to get abortions if they want no matter what the reason."
  • Pete King. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Pete King voted Nay on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete King. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Pete King voted Yea on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete King. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Pete King voted Nay on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete King. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Pete King voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete King. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Pete King voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete King. H Amdt 185. 103th Congress. Hyde Amendment. Pete King voted Yea on 06/30/1993. (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 Pete King a rating of 33 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete King. HR 670. 103th Congress. Abortion Counseling Bill. Pete King voted Nay on 03/25/1993. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Pete King supported the interests of the Peace Action 25 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Pete King supported the interests of Peace Action West 25 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete King. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Pete King voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter King. Afghanistan. 22 September 2011. "This is a new mission. It's a counterinsurgency strategy along the lines of what we did in Iraq. We must deny safe haven to those Islamic extremists who seek shelter in these border regions. And that is why I supported President Obama's decision to increase our troop strength. In addition, I feel we must continue to pressure President Karzai to fight corruption and fraud within the civilian government as well as the opium trade which funds much of the insurgency. I have visited Afghanistan and know this mission will not be easy. I have great faith, however, in our troops and in our commander, General David Petraeus, whom I have met with both in Iraq and here in the States in his role as head of U.S. Central Command [¦] With support from Congress, I believe Gen. Petraeus and our troops on the ground will get the job done in Afghanistan. I assure you I will stand by them and will continue to support legislation to give our troops the vital funding they need." (peteking.house.gov)
  • Peter King. NBC "Meet the Press" “ Transcript. 16 September 2012. "President Obama's policy has been confusing. It's been apologetic, and it's been misguided. From the day he started his apology tour back in 2009 where he was, no matter what people say, apologizing for America, somehow suggesting that we've been anti-Islam until he became the president throughout-- the fact that-- even talking about Iraq, the way he took our troops out of Iraq without even getting the status of forces agreement. He was given a glide path in Iraq. And yet he pulled the troops out, brags about the fact that troops are out, gives a definite date for getting out in Afghanistan. What he is doing by that is telling our allies they can't trust us and he's also telling unaligned that the U.S. is not a reliable ally." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Pete King. HR 2561. 106th Congress. Defense Department Appropriations bill, FY2000. Pete King voted Yea on 07/22/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete King. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Pete King voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete King. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Pete King voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete King. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Pete King voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete King. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" 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"
  • Pete King. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Pete King voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete King. Project Vote Smart: 1992 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt? Reduce governmental defense spending." If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt? Other or expanded principles: "Cap spending (domestic)."
  • Peter King. Washington Post - Rep. Peter King Interview (Part 1). 8 December 2010. "King also told me that congressional Republicans are serious about deficit control. But he contends that 'defense spending shouldn't be subject to across-the-board cuts. We shouldn't spend a penny more or a penny less than we need on defense. But we ask people to put their lives on the line. Fighting a war has to be our main focus.' He therefore rejects that cutting defense is equivalent to cutting domestic programs, although he says we should go after all the fraud and waste we can find in the Pentagon." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter King. CNN "State of the Union with Candy Crowley" “ Transcript. 10 June 2012. "I live in New York. I lost over 150 constituents on 9/11. And if we can save the next 150 by killing Al Qaida terrorists with drones, then kill them. I have no compunctions about that whatsoever. And we have to assume there's always going to be an increase in weapons. This has been the history of mankind. That's why we have to make sure our defense budget is not weakened and that we stay ahead of the enemy and that we're in a position to provide leadership." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter King. Video: Rep. King Talks Politics, Sports. 6 January 2012. Answered: "To me it doesn't. Listen, you can always talk about waste in the Pentagon and defense contracts and all that; there could be weapons systems that are outmoded. Having said that, for the president somehow to be suggesting that ground wars are going to be over. We don't know that [¦] I hope we never have to use the troops and use the weapons systems, but once we start pulling back, what it does is, not only does it embolden potential enemies but it also causes countries that want to be our allies is either lose faith in us or doubt us [¦] I just think it's potentially wrong." to the question: "The president's gonna cut defense spending, wants to, by $500 billion dollars over ten years, trim down the Army and Marines. Well, that doesn't seem like a good idea, does it or doesn't it?" [Time: 1:20] (video.foxbusiness.com)
  • Pete King. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Pete King voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete King. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Pete King voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete King. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Pete King voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete King. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Pete King voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete King. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Pete King voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete King. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Pete King voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Pete King supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 81 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Pete King supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 90 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete King. Project Vote Smart: 1992 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt? Raise personal income taxes for all citizens."
  • Pete King. Project Vote Smart: 1992 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt? Raise personal income taxes for citizens with incomes over $100,000."
  • Pete King. Project Vote Smart: 1992 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Increasing the income taxes of those with incomes over $100,000."
  • Pete King. Project Vote Smart: 1992 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt? Raise corporate taxes."
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Pete King supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter King signed Americans for Tax Reform: Taxpayer Protection Pledge. "I pledge to the taxpayers of the state of New York and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (www.atr.org)
  • Pete King. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Pete King voted Yea on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Peter King. CBS "Face the Nation" “ Transcript. 31 October 2010. "Yeah, the first, year 1995 was a tough year and-- but I think the Republicans, if-- if we do win, we will have a mandate though to start cutting back on spending. If we just come in and just start splitting the difference with the President, then to me, it will be turning our back on the voters that elect. We have a mandate to start reducing spending, getting spending under control. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter King. MSNBC- Transcript. 28 January 2009. "MR. WATSON: So Congressman King, we know that the stimulus package is likely to pass in the House. Republican response right now, is that really about politics instead of policy? Is it really a reaction to Rush Limbaugh that we're seeing, instead of a genuine belief that they can alter the substance of the bill? REP. KING: No. I think, certainly, in my own case and I will probably vote no is that we know this is coming back again, there's going to be a bill passing the House tonight. There will be another one passing the Senate and there will be a conference and the president pretty much indicated that there is room for improvement and that during the conference period, he urged us to meet with Larry Summers, with ideas we have. My concern with this is that, even as Alice Rivlin said, there's really not enough for the short-term stimulus, you know, to affect unemployment right now and, to me, that is a real factor. There's good in there, to me, the Medicaid increases are very important for a state such as New York." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete King. Project Vote Smart: 1992 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt? Reduce governmental domestic spending." If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt? Other or expanded principles: "Cap spending (domestic)."
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Pete King supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 90 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter King. Economy. 22 September 2011. "Long Island is going through challenging economic times. Our biggest priorities should be job creation and economic recovery. Unfortunately, the President's tax-and-spend policies continue to have the opposite effect. Since the $787 billion stimulus legislation was signed into law in 2009, 1.8 million private sector jobs have been lost. [¦] The first step in strengthening our economy is getting control of federal spending. This past year, Congress cut over $60 billion in spending for fiscal 2011. We also reduced spending for fiscal 2012, and succeeded in cutting discretionary spending for two years in a row for the first time since World War II. I have always fought for policies that are pro-jobs, provide meaningful tax relief, and reduce unnecessary government spending - and I will continue to do so with even greater urgency as we take on this debt crisis. There must be a change in policy to restore economic growth and create jobs. Federal spending must be brought under control." (peteking.house.gov)
  • Pete King. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Pete King voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Pete King a rating of 89 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete King. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Pete King voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Pete King. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."
  • Pete King. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. Pete King voted Yea on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter King. CNN Wolf Blitzer Reports-Transcript. 10 February 2004. "Absolutely. The way to bring jobs back is to have tax incentives, to cut marginal tax rates. It worked under President Kennedy. It worked under President Reagan. It's working right now. And let's keep in mind, this recession began when Bill Clinton was still the president. We lost many hundreds of thousands jobs before President Bush had the opportunity to take any action whatsoever. Then we had September 11. We, right now, have the fastest growing economy in 20 years. More people own homes than ever before in our nation's history. The housing construction is at record highs, also." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete King. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Create "empowerment zones" in urban areas with high unemployment by providing government grants and federal assistance, in addition to tax credits, to new and expanding businesses."
  • Pete King. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New York 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."
  • Pete King. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Pete King voted Yea on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Pete King. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Pete King voted Yea on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete King. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Eliminate the Department of Education, thereby giving state and local government greater control over educational issues."
  • Pete King. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Establish "National Standards" for K-12 schools and encourage states to adopt them."
  • Pete King. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Establish a nationwide competency test for teachers and encourage states to adopt it."
  • Pete King. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "2) Do you support the use of block grants given to states, rather than federal spending, in the following areas? b) Education"
  • Pete King. Project Vote Smart: 1992 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "If elected to Congress, which of the following proposals designed to change our nations' public education system will you support? Increased national testing."
  • Pete King. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Eliminate the U.S. Department of Education."
  • Pete King. Project Vote Smart: 1992 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "If elected to Congress, which of the following proposals designed to change our nations' public education system will you support? National curricula and standards."
  • Pete King. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Local" for: "Indicate which level of government should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. 3) Education"
  • Pete King. HR 1804. 104th Congress. Goals 2000: Educate America Act. Pete King voted Nay on 03/23/1994. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Peter King. Energy. 22 September 2011. "I strongly support offshore oil drilling and drilling in the ANWR section of Alaska. This is environmentally safe and will significantly increase our domestic oil production. We must also reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens which have prevented us from building a new oil refinery in more than 25 years." (peteking.house.gov)
  • Pete King. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Pete King voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete King. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Pete King voted Did Not Vote on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete King. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Pete King voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter King. Letter TO The Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States. 1 March 2011. "The Gulf of Mexico produces nearly one-third of our domestically produced oil, and offshore natural gas production in the Gulf accounts for 13 percent of total U.S. production. While your Administration's official moratoria on drilling permits were lifted on May 28, 2010 and October 12, 2010 for shallow and deepwater drilling permits respectively, a de facto moratorium ('permitorium') still exists and must be lifted without delay. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has issued only one deepwater drilling permit and only 32 permits for new shallow water wells since the official moratoria were lifted, which is far below the 10 permits per week that were averaged before the Macondo well spill." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter King. Offshore Drilling Gains an LI ally. 19 June 2008. "Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola) is breaking with House leadership - and other Long Island Democrats - in saying she would consider lifting a ban on offshore oil drilling as proposed by President George W. Bush yesterday. Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) said the ban gives America's economic rivals an unfair advantage. 'I don't know of any country in the world that doesn't use its own energy sources,' he said. 'China is going to be drilling 50 or 60 miles off of Florida in Cuban waters.'" (peteking.house.gov)
  • Pete King. Project Vote Smart: 1992 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Support" for: "Opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration."
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Pete King supported the interests of Environment America 33 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Pete King. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks."
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Pete King supported the interests of Environment America 33 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete King. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Eliminate government regulations of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Pete King supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 10 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete King. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Pete King voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete King. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Promote the selling of pollution credits to encourage industries to decrease amount of pollution."
  • Pete King. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Eliminate government regulations to encourage investment and economic expansion of the private sector."
  • Pete King. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Pass stronger clean water and clean air legislation."
  • Pete King. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New York 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."
  • Pete King. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Consider further increasing federal taxes on gasoline and diesel fuels."
  • Pete King. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New York 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."
  • Pete King. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Encourage further market based strategies to clean up the environment such as pollution credits."
  • Pete King. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Pete King voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Pete King in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete King. H Amdt 390. 103th Congress. Instant Background Checks for Gun Purchase Amendment. Pete King voted Yea on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete King. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Pete King voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter King. Closing the 'Terror Gap' On Gun Purchases. 27 June 2009. "'Common-sense laws that protect us from terrorism must be put in place,' King said in a statement. 'Our role in Congress is to create laws that protect the American people, not to uphold those that give terrorists the right to bear arms.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Peter King. Police Chiefs Endorse Lautenberg, King Bill to Close "Terror Gap". 12 March 2008. "The safety of the American people should always come before giving terrorists access to guns, and that is why the terror loophole must be closed [¦] The IACP understands that our bill is the logical next step in protecting America from dangerous individuals. They are an honorable organization and I am proud to have their support." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete King. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Pete King voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete King. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Expand the nationwide ban on the sale or transfer of assault weapons to include all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Pete King. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms that are legally owned and registered."
  • Peter King. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE) Modernization and Reform Act of 2006. 25 September 2006. "We have been granted the right to bear arms; however, this right is granted to those who can operate safely and responsibly within the auspices of the law. Those who cannot operate within the law should not be given greater opportunities to obtain weapons. Rather than address this problem, this legislation actually weakens our current law, and makes it easier for dangerous weapons to get into the hands of criminals. Instead of weakening current law, we should be giving law enforcement better tools to combat gun trafficking." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete King. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Impose a national ban on the sale of handguns to minors."
  • Pete King. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Increase restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Pete King. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain all federal registration procedures and restrictions on possessing firearms."
  • Pete King. Project Vote Smart: 1992 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Oppose" for: "A mandatory waiting period before the purchase of a handgun."
  • Pete King. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal all bans and measures that restrict law-abiding citizens from owning legally-obtained firearms."
  • Pete King. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Ease procedures on the purchase and registration of firearms."
  • Pete King. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Impose a national ban on the public sale of assault weapons."
  • Pete King. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Implement tighter restrictions on firearm sales in an effort to hinder terrorist groups from stockpiling weapon arsenals."
  • Pete King. Project Vote Smart: 1992 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Oppose" for: "A ban on the sale and possession of assault-style semiautomatic weapons."
  • Pete King. HR 1025. 103th Congress. Brady Handgun Bill. Pete King voted Nay on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete King. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Pete King voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Pete King a grade of 18." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Pete King supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 66 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete King. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Pete King voted Yea on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete King. HR 4296. 104th Congress. Regulation of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons. Pete King voted Yea on 05/05/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete King. HR 125. 104th Congress. Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995. Pete King voted Nay on 03/22/1996. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Pete King in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)

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  • Pete King. Project Vote Smart: 1994 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Support President Clinton's position for a "comprehensive health care plan for all Americans.""
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Pete King supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 25 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter King. Newsday-LI's King Rejects Obama's Health Care Overhaul Plan. 23 February 2010. "The health care overhaul plan proposed Monday by President Barack Obama to lure Republican support ran into a quick rejection by Long Island's lone Republican representative. Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) condemned Obama's proposal - the first he has offered - as 'just a recycled version of government run health care.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Peter King. Newsday: How Long Island's Delegation Stands On Health Plan. 15 July 2009. 'Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) OPPOSED: "He said the bill would 'create a government-sponsored plan which will cause Americans to lose their private coverage and lead to government control of our health care system.' He said he is against the plan because it will 'increase taxes on individuals and small businesses.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Pete King. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Pete King. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • Pete King. Project Vote Smart: 1992 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Elimination of private insurance in favor of a program administered and paid for by the federal government and run by the states, similar to the health care system in Canada."
  • Pete King. Project Vote Smart: 1992 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Implementation of a "play or pay" program where employers must enroll their employees and families in a basic health plan or contribute to a public fund that will provide health care for everyone without coverage."
  • Pete King. Project Vote Smart: 1992 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Do you consider the fact that many Americans do not have health insurance to be a problem, and if so, please note which of the following proposals you favor? No reform necessary at this time."
  • Peter King. Health Care Reform. 22 September 2011. "Americans have the leading doctors, the most advanced medical technology and the best hospitals in the world. It is not uncommon for major government officials from other countries to come to the United States for their medical procedures. 85% of Americans have health insurance. While certain reforms are needed, we should have done this by working within and adding to the system we now have - - not radically restructuring 17% of the nation's economy which is what President Obama's healthcare legislation did. Although our healthcare system isn't perfect, it is still the best in the world. I have already heard from numerous constituents that this law is having an adverse impact"insurance premiums are rising exponentially and are killing the middle class." (peteking.house.gov)
  • Pete King. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Pete King voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)

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  • Pete King. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive US citizenship."
  • Pete King. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Pete King voted Yea on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter King. Issue Position: Illegal Immigration. 27 October 2011. "Pete opposes amnesty for the 12 million illegal immigrants living in our country." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Pete King supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Pete King in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter King. CNN Lou Dobbs Tonight-Transcript. 4 April 2006. "KING: I hope that's the case, because no matter what they call it, I'm a good friend of John McCain, but this is amnesty, and the American people won't stand for it. We have to show we can secure the borders. We have to secure the borders. We have to dry up the job market that's going to illegals. We do that by having strict employer sanctions." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter King. Fox News Channel "Your World"-Transcript. 14 November 2007. MR. CAVUTO: But you know, Congressman, what I worry about? In these eight states now, the genie's kind of out of the bottle, and the genie's not even legal. So now you've got potentially tens of thousands of folks running around with licenses who shouldn't have them. So let's say you succeed at stopping this. The reality is that they've already left the barn, right, and illegally at that. REP. KING: No, you're right. I mean, there's a real problem out there. That's why I'm trying to move this as quickly as I can. That's why illegal immigration is such a major issue. And that's why this last summer we were able to defeat and knock back this attempt to legalize the 12 million who are here, because that would just encourage more to come just as when you give drivers licenses, especially in a large state like New York. It encourages more illegal immigrants to come in because it provides almost like a tone of hospitality to them. But no, if you're saying that there's a dangerous situation out there right now, absolutely. My legislation, when it's passed, will go a significant way toward stopping that. But we still have to go after those who have them now, and we have to make it clear, you know, the clock has run out on illegal immigration." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete King. Project Vote Smart: 1996 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease citizenship requirements in order to make it easier for immigrants to become United States citizens."
  • Peter King. King Statement on President Obama's El Paso Speech. 10 May 2011. "The President has again called for amnesty for illegal immigrants without offering a single proposal to actually improve the security of our borders. After nearly two-and-a-half years in office, President Obama has yet to present the American people with a comprehensive plan for securing the border against illegal immigration. The President implying, we've done enough, the border is secure, does not make it so. Our border is definitely not secure. The Government Accountability Office has determined that only 15 percent of the border is under operational control. The time has come for real action, not words." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter King. Immigration. 22 September 2011. "To establish operational control of our borders. I introduced the Border Security and Terrorism Protection Act of 2005 (H.R. 4312) [¦] This legislation did not allow amnesty for illegal immigrants." (peteking.house.gov)
  • Peter King. CNN Lou Dobbs Tonight-Transcript. 26 June 2007. "No matter how anyone feels about immigration, quite frankly, I'm a supporter of immigration. But we have to stop illegal immigration. We can't be giving amnesty. The Senate bill is a hoax and a charade, and it has to be stopped." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter King. MSNBC Scarborough Country-Transcript. 20 May 2006. "No matter how they define it, it's amnesty. They can call it legalization. They can call it a pathway to citizenship. But it allows people who are here illegally to remain legally, and that is, that's amnesty. That's, that's rewarding people who broke the law." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete King. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Pete King voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Pete King supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Pete King in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)

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  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Pete King supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 9 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete King. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Pete King voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Pete King supported the interests of the Family Research Council 85 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete King. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Pete King voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete King. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Pete King voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Pete King supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 85 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Pete King supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 3 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter King. CNN Paula Zahn Now-Transcript. 15 October 2004. "I mean, any Republican I know feels this is a matter of private choice. The issue comes down to the constitutional issue or the legal issue of whether or not gay or lesbian relationships should be sanctioned in a legal marriage. But as far as what a person's choice is, I think all of us have come far enough to know that this is a situation in society where any number of people who we work with day by day who are in sports or in politics, in business, can be gays or lesbians. And that's life." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter King. Representative Peter King Discusses Presidential Campaign Politics, Gay Marriage, and "The Passion of the Christ." 7 March 2004. "Yeah. I-I don't believe that the-it's-first of all, I don't-I don't believe there is a civil right guaranteeing a marriage to everyone. I think that the state has the right to determine what a marriage is, that it's between a man and a woman. If a state decides not to, I think they should have that prerogative also, but that shouldn't be imposed on other states. I think the whole idea of what a civil right is is also something that should be debated. But I don't think that 200 years of tradition-I don't see a bias in saying that a marriage should be between a man and a woman-that to me is a legitimate question of civil order and civil structure." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Pete King supported the interests of the American Family Association 88 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

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  • Peter King. CNN "State of the Union with Candy Crowley" “ Transcript. 10 June 2012. Answered: "Because I'm on the Intelligence Committee, I can't officially acknowledge that we have a drone program. But assuming that we do [¦] My belief is that, when you're in war, and we are in war, the idea is to kill as many of the enemy as you can with minimal risk of life to your own people [¦] As far as the civilian casualties, every one of them is tragic, but the fact is, in every war, there's a large amount of collateral damage, of civilian casualties, whether it's World War II, whether it's the Korean War, and if we were using ordinary explosives, we would also have those type of civilian deaths [¦] To me, American lives are being saved; the enemy is being killed, we have managed -- and I give the president credit for this -- to devastate core Al Qaida [¦] I'm not saying these are easy decisions to make, but life isn't easy; war isn't easy. I believe it's essential that we do complete the mission against Al Qaida, and these drones are obviously a very effective way to do it with a minimal loss of American life" to the question: "I want to, kind of, set the stage for this discussion by showing our viewers a couple of statistics. Since the second half of the Bush administration into the Obama administration, there have been a reported 302 drone strikes into northwest Pakistan, about 2,800 people killed, we are told, about 17 percent of them civilians [¦] Are you worried about this at all?" (votesmart.org)

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  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Pete King supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 60 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter King. Social Security and Medicare. 22 September 2011. "Social Security and Medicare are vital and essential programs which must be strengthened and put on a sound fiscal basis. Demographic shifts are having a profound impact on the solvency of these programs. To make sure that senior citizens continue to receive their benefits in the future, there must be comprehensive reform which should be done in a bipartisan manner and without affecting anyone currently receiving Social Security or Medicare. This issue is too important for partisan politics. Social Security is an essential program that must be strengthened and maintained." (peteking.house.gov)

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Congressional Election 1996 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 all principles you support concerning abortion.

a) Abortions should always be legally available.
b) Abortions should be legal in all circumstances as long as the procedure is completed within the first trimester of pregnancy.
c) Abortions should be legal only when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape or when the life of the woman is endangered.
Xd) Abortions should be legal only when the life of the woman is endangered.
e) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and notification requirements as decided by each state government.
f) Abortions should always be illegal.
g) Other

Indicate your position concerning affirmative action programs.

a) The federal government should consider preferences to minority-owned businesses in granting government contracts.
b) The federal government should prosecute cases of discrimination in the public sector.
c) The federal government should prosecute cases of discrimination in the private sector.
d) The federal government should provide affirmative actions programs as long as such programs do not include quotas.
Xe) The federal government should not provide any affirmative action programs.
f) Other
YesDo you support amending the US Constitution to require an annual balanced federal budget?

1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only.

Maintain Statusa) AIDS Programs
Eliminateb) Arts funding
c) Education (K-12)
d) Environmental programs
Slightly Decreasee) Housing projects
f) Job training programs
Maintain Statusg) Law enforcement
Maintain Statush) Medicaid
Maintain Statusi) Medicare
Maintain Statusj) NASA
Maintain Statusk) Student loan programs
Maintain Statusl) Welfare (AFDC)
m) Other
n) Other
o) Other

2) Do you support the use of block grants given to states, rather than federal spending, in the following areas?

Yesa) Agriculture
Yesb) Education
Yesc) Farm subsidies
Yesd) Food stamps
Yese) Law enforcement
Yesf) Medicaid
Yesg) Medicare
Yesh) School lunches
Yesi) Welfare
j) Other

Indicate which principles you support regarding campaign finance reform.

a) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
b) Establish spending limits on congressional campaigns and provide public funding for complying candidates.
c) Support legislation that would increase the federal limits on individual contributions.
d) Pass legislation that would encourage full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information.
Xe) Remove all legislative limits on campaign financing.
f) Other

Indicate which principles you support to address crime.

Xa) Broaden use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
Xb) 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.
Xd) Support the use of "boot camps" as alternative sentencing for adult first-time felons.
Xe) Limit the number of appeals allowed to inmates on death row.
f) Fund programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
g) Expand funding for community policing programs.
Xh) Increase penalties for the possession of any illegal firearms.
Xi) Prosecute youths accused of murder as adults.
j) Increase funding for local Boys & Girls Clubs and other independent organizations in communities with at-risk youth.
k) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
l) Deport all permanent resident aliens convicted of a felony.
m) Other

Indicate what changes you support (if any) regarding funding for the following categories. Select one number only.

Greatly Increase1) CIA appropriations
Greatly Increase2) Defense plant conversion
Greatly Increase3) Military hardware
Maintain Status4) Military space shuttle missions
Greatly Increase5) Pay for active duty personnel
Greatly Increase6) Development of new weapons
Greatly Increase7) Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI)
Greatly Increase8) Armed Forces personnel training
9) Other
Yes1) Do you support amending the United States Constitution to allow voluntary prayer and/or moment of silence in public schools?
No2) Do you support funding the National Service Program (Ameri-Corps) in which young people receive money from the federal government for college in return for performing community service?

3) Indicate which principles you support concerning education.

a) Maintain the national standards and goals set forth in "Goals 2000".
b) Provide parents with vouchers to send their children to any publicly funded school.
Xc) Provide parents with vouchers to send their children to any participating school: public, private or religious.
d) Implement charter schools where teachers and professionals receive authorization and funding to establish new schools.
Xe) Eliminate the Department of Education, thereby giving state and local government greater control over educational issues.
f) Other

Indicate which principles or programs you support regarding America's environment and natural resources.

a) Transfer public lands, such as federal forests and range lands, to the jurisdiction of state and local governments.
Xb) Require the federal government to reimburse citizens when environmental regulations limit use of privately owned lands.
Xc) Strengthen the Clean Water Act.
d) Change the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to limit the number of habitats eligible to be designated as endangered.
e) Utilize cost-benefit analysis to determine economic impacts of proposed environmental protection and cleanup legislation.
Xf) Increase fees charged to ranchers who graze cattle on federal lands.
g) Revise the 1872 mining law to increase the amounts charged to mining companies using federal lands.
h) Encourage development of alternative fuels and electric cars to reduce pollution.
i) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks.
j) Increase federal taxes on gasoline and diesel fuels to promote conservation and alternative fuel development.
k) Require that a percentage of purchases made by federal agencies include recycled components.
l) Promote the selling of pollution credits to encourage industries to decrease amount of pollution.
m) Other

Indicate which level of government should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only.

Federal1) Border security
State2) Civil rights enforcement
Local3) Education
State4) Environmental cleanup
Local5) Job training
Local6) Law enforcement
Local7) Low-income housing
State8) Medicaid
State9) Medicare
State10) Welfare (AFDC)
11) Other
No1) Should the US have diplomatic relations with the government of Cuba?
No2) Should the US have diplomatic relations with the government of Vietnam?
Yes3) Should the US recognize and extend full diplomatic relations to Taiwan?
Yes4) Should the US continue funding for Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty?
Yes5) Should the US continue funding for Radio Marti and TV Marti?
Yes6) Should the US continue funding for Radio Free Asia?
Yes7) Do you support the deployment of US troops to the former Yugoslavia?

8) Indicate your position concerning economic aid to Russia and the former Soviet republics.

Xa) Economic aid to Russia and the former republics should be increased to facilitate democracy and market reforms.
b) Economic aid to Russia and the former republics should be continued unless Russia exports nuclear weapons or related technology.
c) Economic aid to Russia and the former republics should be decreased and/or eliminated.
d) Other

9) Indicate which principles you support regarding US economic aid to foreign countries.

a) Foreign aid should only be given when extraordinary circumstances and disaster threaten the lives of civilian populations.
b) Foreign aid should be given to countries only when it is in the security interests of the United States.
c) Foreign aid should be eliminated from any nation with documented human rights abuses.
Xd) Foreign aid should be maintained at current levels.
e) Other

10) Indicate which principles you support regarding the United States - United Nations relationship.

a) The US should contribute more funding and troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions.
b) The US should participate in UN peacekeeping missions only when vital US interests are directly threatened.
c) The US should use military force only when the US border or territories are attacked or American citizens are in danger.
d) The US should pay the money it owes to the United Nations.
e) The US should withdraw from the UN completely.
Xf) Other

US troops should not serve under UN command.

Indicate which principles you support concerning gun issues.

a) Expand the nationwide ban on the sale or transfer of assault weapons to include all forms of semi-automatic weapons.
b) Increase restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
Xc) Maintain all federal registration procedures and restrictions on possessing firearms.
d) Ease procedures on the purchase and registration of firearms.
e) Repeal all bans and measures that restrict law-abiding citizens from owning legally-obtained firearms.
f) Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms that are legally owned and registered.
g) Other

Indicate which principles you support regarding America's health care system.

a) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income.
Xb) Provide vouchers to the working poor so they can buy into a private health care plan.
c) Implement a government-financed, single-payer national health care system similar to that of Canada.
d) Support a "managed competition" health care plan to contain costs and improve access that does not include mandated health alliances, government cost control powers, or employer/employee mandates.
Xe) Provide tax incentives for small businesses to help provide health care to their employees.
Xf) Allow middle and low income families to deduct yearly health care costs from their taxable income.
g) Establish limits on the amount of damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xh) Encourage tax-free medical savings accounts, which would be taxed if used for any purpose other than medical costs.
i) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care.
j) Other

Indicate which principles you support 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.
Xd) Require drug testing for federal employees in sensitive positions (Air Traffic Control, National Park Police, Secret Service, etc.).
Xe) Strengthen current laws dealing with non-controlled substances, including inhalants and commercially available pills.
f) Increase funding of federally-sponsored drug education and drug treatment programs.
g) Decriminalize the possession and private use of marijuana.
Xh) Other

Increase interdiction efforts

Indicate which principles you support regarding issues relating to immigration.

a) Further limit the number of immigrants allowed into the country.
b) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children.
c) Ease citizenship requirements in order to make it easier for immigrants to become United States citizens.
Xd) Establish English as the official and recognized language of the United States.
e) Provide extra federal aid to states with higher numbers of immigrants for necessary medical and social services.
f) Restrict the eligibility of legal immigrants for certain social programs (i.e. AFDC, HUD housing, food stamps, etc.).
g) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive US citizenship.
h) Other
YesShould the President be allowed to veto certain items of legislation while signing spending or tax bills into law?
The American people have consistently mentioned the decline of morals and ethics in America as a major problem facing the country. Explain what you will do as a member of Congress to address this concern.

Morals and ethics have severely declined in America. Perhaps the most telling manifestation of this decline is the popular culture's glorification of 'victimhood' as the ultimate status of the '90s. Whether it be the syndrome-of-the-week as defined by the current liberal psycho-babble or the latest wacko conspiracy theory, everyone has something on which to blame his misfortune, short-comings or bad behavior . . .

Indicate which principles you support regarding the poor and homeless.

Xa) 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 funding of programs that help alcoholics and drug addicts recover and find steady work.
d) Increase the minimum wage.
e) Provide homeless families with apartment vouchers they can use to supplement the cost of an apartment.
f) Provide government jobs for those who wish to work and cannot find a job in the private sector.
Xg) Increase the income tax deduction on individual contributions made to charities that help the poor and homeless.
Xh) Implement enterprise zones in communities with high unemployment.
i) Other

1) Indicate the changes you support (if any) concerning the tax levels for the following categories. Select one number only.

Income Taxes

Greatly Decreasea) Retiree income over $40,000
Greatly Decreaseb) Family income less than $25,000
Greatly Decreasec) Family income $25-75,000
Greatly Decreased) Family income $75-150,000
Greatly Decreasee) Family income over $150,000

Other Tax Issues

Slightly Decreasef) Alcohol taxes
Greatly Decreaseg) Capital gains taxes
Greatly Increaseh) Charitable deductions
Slightly Increasei) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Decreasej) Corporate income taxes
Slightly Increasek) Earned income tax credit
Slightly Decreasel) Estate taxes
m) Medical expense deductions
Maintain Statusn) Mortgage deductions
o) Other
No2) Do you support replacing the US income tax structure with a flat income tax?
No3) Do you support replacing the US income tax structure with a broad-based consumption tax?
No1) Do you support amending the Constitution to limit the number of terms which members of Congress can serve?

2) If you support term limits, how many years should each serve?

Senator (years)
Representatives (years)

Indicate which principles you support concerning terrorism.

Xa) Relax current guidelines that forbid the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) from investigating terrorist groups when there is a "reasonable indication" of terrorist activities.
Xb) Relax wiretapping restrictions to give the FBI broader authority to investigate terrorist suspects.
Xc) Require that chemical tracing agents be added to commercially-sold products that can be used to produce explosives.
d) Implement tighter restrictions on firearm sales in an effort to hinder terrorist groups from stockpiling weapon arsenals.
e) Grant broader authority to the US Immigration and Naturalization Service to deny entrance visas to terrorist suspects.
f) Maintain limits on the authority of federal agencies investigating suspected terrorists.
g) Restrict the investigative authority of the FBI and other governmental agencies.
h) Other
Yes1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
Yes2) Do you support broadening NAFTA to include other countries?
Yes3) Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
Yes4) Do you support the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
No5) Do you support lifting the trade embargo imposed against Cuba?
No6) Do you support imposing tariffs on products imported from nations that maintain restrictive trade barriers on American products?
Yes7) Should a nation's human rights record affect its "most favored nation" trading status with the United States?

Indicate which principles you support regarding unemployment.

Xa) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment.
b) Increase funding for national job-training programs.
c) Increase funding for public works projects such as the repair of roads and bridges.
Xd) Eliminate government regulations of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xe) Establish enterprise zones in areas with large numbers of unemployed people.
f) Overhaul the current unemployment system by focusing on training and education in skills needed in certain industries.
g) Eliminate any governmental programs designed to reduce unemployment.
h) Other

Indicate which principles you support regarding the US welfare system.

Xa) Strengthen child support collection procedures and increase penalties for parents who do not pay child support.
Xb) Impose a two-year limit on welfare benefits for recipients who are able to work.
c) Require welfare recipients to accept some form of government-sponsored job after two years if unemployed in the private sector.
Xd) Require that unwed teenage mothers live with a parent or guardian (if possible) and attend school to receive benefits.
Xe) Limit the benefits given to single women if they have additional children while receiving welfare benefits.
f) Provide child care services to welfare recipients who work or attend school.
g) Provide rent or housing supplement vouchers for low-income families.
h) Make no substantial changes at this time.
i) Increase funding of programs that prevent teen pregnancy and family break-up.
j) Support programs that give incentives for employers to hire and train welfare recipients.
k) Other
1) Explain your two main legislative priorities if elected to Congress.

My two top legislative priorities are 1) continuing my fight to end federal funding of Louis Farrakhan's Nation of Islam (NOI) and investigate Farrakhan's dealings with terrorist dictators in Libya, Iraq and Iran; and 2) continuing my effort to make English our official national language.

2) Should your priorities require additional government funding, please explain how you intend to obtain the additional funding.

These initiatives would save taxpayer dollars by canceling HUD's remaining contracts with NOI and ending spending on wasteful and counter productive government bilingual programs.