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John Howard Coble

Howard Coble's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: John Howard Coble
Office: U.S. House (NC) - District 6, Republican
First Elected: 11/06/1984
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Single
Birth Date: 03/18/1931
Birth Place: Greensboro, NC
Home City: Greensboro, NC
Religion: Presbyterian
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Howard Coble 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

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2012, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Howard Coble. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Howard Coble voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Howard Coble supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Howard Coble voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Howard Coble supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Howard Coble a rating of 25 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Howard Coble voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Howard Coble supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Howard Coble voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Howard Coble voted Nay on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Howard Coble voted Nay on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Howard Coble voted Yea on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Howard Coble voted Nay on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Howard Coble voted Nay on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Howard Coble voted Nay on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Howard Coble voted Nay on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Howard Coble voted Yea on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Howard Coble voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. Issue Position: First Amendment. 31 October 2011. "I have voted in favor of legislation to protect religious practice from burdensome and unnecessary governmental interference and proposals to allow the Ten Commandments to be displayed in schools and other public areas. In addition, I recently supported a constitutional Amendment that would define traditional marriage as a union between one man and one woman and have consistently opposed federal funding for abortion." (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Howard Coble voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. Issue Position: Abortion. 31 October 2011. "I oppose abortion on demand, and I have consistently voted to eliminate any federal funding for abortion in legislation such as the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense appropriations, and in U.S. aid to foreign countries, which is commonly referred to as "Mexico City Policy." I also support the ban on partial-birth abortion, the Unborn Victims Protection Act, the Child Custody Protection Act, and other pro-life legislation." (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. Project Vote Smart: 1994 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Congress should eliminate federal funding for clinics and medical facilities that provide abortion services."
  • Howard Coble. Project Vote Smart: 1994 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Congress should eliminate abortion services from any federally funded health care plan."
  • Howard Coble. HR 670. 103th Congress. Abortion Counseling Bill. Howard Coble voted Nay on 03/25/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. H Amdt 185. 103th Congress. Hyde Amendment. Howard Coble voted Yea on 06/30/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. H Amdt 436. 104th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Howard Coble voted Nay on 06/15/1995. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Howard Coble supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Howard Coble voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Howard Coble. Coble Votes to End Funding for Libyan Military Action. 24 June 2011. "I voted to cut off funding because we are now playing war games. We are in Iraq, we are in Afghanistan, and our presence in Libya could, at least, leave that door ajar, which would lead to millions and millions of more dollars being spent while seeing more troops coming home in body bags or permanently disabled. I think it is time to call our troops home." (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. Coble Statement On Afghan Speech. 1 December 2009. "While everyone now knows that President Obama will call for additional troops to supplement our efforts in Afghanistan, I am more interested in hearing what he has to say about our long-term commitment in that long-troubled country. The more time I spend talking to constituents in the 6th District, the more I hear a growing concern for how much this war has cost us in terms of blood and treasure. I also hear additional concern for what our ultimate goal is in Afghanistan. I have these same concerns. Do we remain the lead in the military effort to battle the Taliban and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan? Do we become an occupying or police force that is attempting to keep the peace in a violent country? I do know for sure that I want us to begin turning the reins over to the Afghans to rule their own country sooner rather than later. I will be listening closely to see which direction President Obama hopes to pursue. As someone who voted against the troop surge in Iraq in 2007, I have also always voted to fund our military's efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Congress will most likely vote on the future funding of our efforts in Afghanistan and not the actual increase in troop numbers. There is already talk on Capitol Hill of raising taxes to pay for our war efforts. I eagerly wait to see what the plan is to pay for the war in Afghanistan." (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Howard Coble voted Yea on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Howard Coble supported the interests of the Peace Action 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Howard Coble supported the interests of Peace Action West 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Howard Coble. HR 2561. 106th Congress. Defense Department Appropriations bill, FY2000. Howard Coble voted Yea on 07/22/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Howard Coble voted Nay on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Howard Coble voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Howard Coble voted Yea on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Howard Coble voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Howard Coble voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Howard Coble voted Did Not Vote on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Howard Coble voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Howard Coble voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Howard Coble voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Howard Coble voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. Project Vote Smart: 1994 North Carolina 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"
No 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

  • Howard Coble. Issue Position: Taxes. 31 October 2011. "It is my opinion that stimulating the economy through tax relief restores consumer confidence, spurs capital investment, and creates new jobs, which are critical components of economic growth. I supported both the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, which lowered taxes on all Americans, including families in the Sixth District. I believe it is important for these tax cuts to be made permanent so families and small businesses are allowed to keep more of their hard-earned money." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Howard Coble supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 90 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Howard Coble supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Howard Coble supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 88 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Howard Coble voted Yea on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. Howard Coble voted Yea on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. Issue Position: Economy. 31 October 2011. "I realize Congress must do more to sustain and grow our economy. I believe we should do this by prioritizing government spending, making responsible decisions, paying down our debt, and implementing policies that embolden the marketplace, such as tax cuts. I do not believe we can spend our way out of our economic troubles, but unfortunately the Jobs for Main Street Act, much like the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, continues this misguided approach." (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. Health Care Reform. 16 March 2010. "Madam Speaker, this past weekend I visited with four of my six counties in North Carolina--Moore, Guilford, Davidson, and Rowan counties--hundreds of people, and without exception, no one spoke in favor of this bill. Increased taxes, they said to me, increased costs. The heavy-handed way in which it's been administered, as if to say, By golly, this is the bill you're going to get whether you like it or not." (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. Coble Votes for Debt Ceiling Bill. 1 August 2011. "I voted for the bill because it cuts government spending at a greater amount than it increases the debt ceiling. We did that without raising taxes, without harming Social Security and Medicare, while at the same time, putting us on the path to enact a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution." (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I, _____, pledge to the taxpayers of the (____ district of the) state of ______ 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." (atr.org)
  • Howard Coble signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "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." (atr.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Howard Coble. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Howard Coble voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Howard Coble supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. Issue Position: Economy. 31 October 2011. "The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (H.R. 1), commonly referred to as the stimulus, was signed into law by President Obama on February 17, 2009. I opposed passage of the measure because I concur with the many established economists who felt H.R. 1 was too light on economic incentives and infrastructure investment and too heavy on long-term social programs. While the measure purported to create a stimulus for our economy, in reality it created unprecedented federal spending financed by future generations. Unfortunately, implementation of the stimulus has been less than successful. Dollars have been spent on questionable priorities, the jobs promised have not materialized, and accountability has been lacking. This has led the House leadership to consider a subsequent measure in their attempt to stimulate the economy, the Jobs for Main Street Act." (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 Howard Coble a rating of 88 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. Issue Position: Economic Stimulus. 31 October 2011. "While I am pleased that the stimulus package extends relief to low-income seniors and disabled veterans, I did not support it because rebates alone are not a strong, long-term plan to strengthen our economy. With our national debt in excess of $9.2 trillion, I do not believe that deficit spending on short-term fixes will have any long-term impact on our economy. We must approach our economic problem with a broader outlook. Our economy is driven by job growth and spending. Too much taxation can stymie growth and reduce spending. Considering the historic low lending rates which also stimulate the economy, I would support a tax-based stimulus package that provides long-term relief for individuals and incentives for businesses, particularly for industries that are bearing the brunt of our ballooning trade deficit - another area of enormous concern." (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. Coble to Vote Against Stimulus Bill . 28 January 2009. "I oppose the bill because the most effective and efficient means of jumpstarting our economy, without wasteful spending, is providing tax incentives to working families and small businesses. There are more than 778,000 small businesses in North Carolina with 500 or fewer employees. These businesses represent more than 98% of all of the firms doing business in our state, and they create more than 54% of the new jobs in North Carolina. We know tax incentives are effective stimulants, and we also know they will generate revenues that will minimize the cost to taxpayers." (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. Coble Votes Against Stimulus Package. 29 January 2008. "When I first ran for this office. I said I wanted to apply a sharp pencil to age-old ways of deficit spending in Washington. Well, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Some time ago, the catch phrase was, ‘It's the economy, stupid.' It is still about the economy, but I think there is a smarter way to stimulate growth than by piling on additional debt. That is why I voted no today." (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Howard Coble voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. Coble Statement On New Jobless Numbers. 6 November 2009. "On the eve of a House vote calling for a $1.3 trillion government takeover of our health care system, the new unemployment figure of 10.2% proves that Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid have the wrong priorities. Some 190,000 more jobs were lost in September and more than 2.8 million jobs since the stimulus package was rammed through Congress by Democratic leaders and signed by President Obama. We were told that unemployment would not rise above 8% and today's depressing figure of 10.2% proves that we have borrowed another trillion dollars on wasteful government spending that has not created or saved any jobs." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Howard Coble. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. Howard Coble voted Yea on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. Issue Position: Economy. 31 October 2011. "The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (H.R. 1), commonly referred to as the stimulus, was signed into law by President Obama on February 17, 2009. I opposed passage of the measure because I concur with the many established economists who felt H.R. 1 was too light on economic incentives and infrastructure investment and too heavy on long-term social programs. While the measure purported to create a stimulus for our economy, in reality it created unprecedented federal spending financed by future generations." (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Howard Coble voted Yea on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. Project Vote Smart: 1994 North Carolina 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."
  • Howard Coble. Project Vote Smart: 1994 North Carolina 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."
  • Howard Coble. Coble to Vote Against Stimulus Bill. 28 January 2009. "I oppose the bill because the most effective and efficient means of jumpstarting our economy, without wasteful spending, is providing tax incentives to working families and small businesses. There are more than 778,000 small businesses in North Carolina with 500 or fewer employees. These businesses represent more than 98% of all of the firms doing business in our state, and they create more than 54% of the new jobs in North Carolina. We know tax incentives are effective stimulants, and we also know they will generate revenues that will minimize the cost to taxpayers." (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. Issue Position: Economic Stimulus. 31 October 2011. "Considering the historic low lending rates which also stimulate the economy, I would support a tax-based stimulus package that provides long-term relief for individuals and incentives for businesses, particularly for industries that are bearing the brunt of our ballooning trade deficit - another area of enormous concern." (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. Issue Position: Taxes. 31 October 2011. "It is my opinion that stimulating the economy through tax relief restores consumer confidence, spurs capital investment, and creates new jobs, which are critical components of economic growth." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Howard Coble. Issue Position: Education. 31 October 2011. "NCLB represents a significant investment on behalf of the federal government in our nation's education system. The law aims to build on principles of accountability for results, local control and flexibility, expanded parental choice, and increased funding resources. Simply stated, NCLB holds schools accountable for educating our nation's children and providing results. NCLB has been the subject of much debate, misinterpretation, and frustration since enactment. Having said that, the measure has also increased test scores and narrowed achievement gaps in education. Many have contacted our office to express their concerns with the funding of NCLB, however it continues to be a priority of Congress and the Bush Administration, despite dramatically different funding priorities as a result of the September 11th terrorist attacks. I look forward to floor consideration of the reauthorization and hope that core principles are maintained while also addressing the overwhelming concerns voiced by schools administrators, teachers, parents and students." (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. Project Vote Smart: 1994 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Establish a nationwide competency test for teachers and encourage states to adopt it."
  • Howard Coble. Project Vote Smart: 1994 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Establish "National Standards" for K-12 schools and encourage states to adopt them."
  • Howard Coble. Project Vote Smart: 1994 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Eliminate the U.S. Department of Education."
  • Howard Coble. HR 1804. 104th Congress. Goals 2000: Educate America Act. Howard Coble voted Nay on 03/23/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Howard Coble voted Yea on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2012. "My view on education has always been to keep it local. If the issue can be solved by the city, county or state then it should be. The last resort should to be to rely on the federal government to tell our N.C. families how to educate their children. Education is such an important and vital issue to our state and country. It makes us not only more successful, but a more competitive country." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Howard Coble. COBLE TAKES PART IN GOP ENERGY DEBATE. 17 September 2008. "In speaking on the House floor today. I told those gathered there that the House and Senate should suspend our August district work period, officially return to Washington, and pass serious and comprehensive energy reform legislation now. This is not a political stunt. By taking the House floor every day, we Republicans are stating that we are serious about making America energy independent. We must expand our domestic oil and natural gas production, increase the use of nuclear energy, while at the same time expand alternative energy sources and promote conservation. We can and should do it all." (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. Letter to the Honorable Kenneth L. Salazar, Secretary of the Department of Interior. 31 August 2010. "We are writing to request your urgent attention to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement's (BOEM) pace of issuance of permits for new shallow water wells in the Gulf of Mexico. While the moratorium on shallow water drilling was lifted on May 28, 2010, since that time, BOEM has only issued 4 permits for new shallow water wells. Additionally, we continue to hear from companies that the BOEM has not provided adequate guidance and information for the shallow water drilling industry to comply with new drilling application requirements imposed by NTL-06." (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. Issue Position: Gas Prices. 31 October 2011. "Generally, I believe that it is important for Congress to enact policies to deter the effect of climate change and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. That said, I also support these policies being coupled with increased authority to permit exploration within our borders, promote alternative fuels, expand refinery capacity, and create incentives to actually deter harmful emissions. Many are unaware that our top trading partners for oil and natural gas are Canada and Mexico, whose governments permit exploration. It is my belief that exploration of oil in places such as Alaska, the outer continental shelf, and even the mid- W est can be done in an environmentally friendly manner." (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. Issue Position: Energy/Climate Change. 31 October 2011. "Many are unaware that almost 50% of the crude oil we import is generated from the Western Hemisphere. In fact, our largest trading partners for oil and natural gas are Canada and Mexico. It is my strong belief that similar untapped opportunities exist within our borders, and we should utilize them to their maximum extent. Furthermore, it is my belief that this effort can be achieved in an environmentally-sound manner." (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. Consolidated Land, Energy, and Aquatic Resources Act Of 2010. 30 July 2010. "Mr. Chairman, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill is a horrific tragedy, as we all know; and I want to make certain the responsible parties are held accountable. I also want to ensure that we understand what went wrong to prevent future tragedies. Although I support domestic energy exploration, we need legislation that is focused and implements lessons learned, and the CLEAR Act, in my opinion, does not meet these principles. [¦] Finally, this legislation will create new impediments for tapping into our domestic energy supply, make us more reliant upon foreign sources of energy, and compromise jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Howard Coble voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Howard Coble voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Howard Coble voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Howard Coble supported the interests of Environment America 13 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. 04/18/2012. "Howard Coble supported the interests of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. 04/18/2012. "Howard Coble supported the interests of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Howard Coble supported the interests of Environment America 13 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Howard Coble supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Howard Coble voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Howard Coble voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. Project Vote Smart: 1994 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Consider further increasing federal taxes on gasoline and diesel fuels."
  • Howard Coble. Project Vote Smart: 1994 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Pass stronger clean water and clean air legislation."
  • Howard Coble. Project Vote Smart: 1994 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Encourage further market based strategies to clean up the environment such as pollution credits."
  • Howard Coble. Project Vote Smart: 1994 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Eliminate government regulations to encourage investment and economic expansion of the private sector."
  • Howard Coble. Project Vote Smart: 1994 North Carolina 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."
  • Howard Coble. Project Vote Smart: 1994 North Carolina 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."
  • Howard Coble. Issue Position: Energy/Climate Change. 31 October 2011. "I opposed H.R. 2454 due to the broad ramifications it could have upon our economy. For example, the clean energy title omits certain renewable resources, such as nuclear power, when creating a renewable electricity standard. In my opinion, this provision is unworkable because it takes a one-size fits all approach as opposed to permitting a variety of alternatives to reflect different regions of the country. Another item that caused me concern was the proposed cap and trade program created by H.R. 2454. Specifically, the proposal would impose controls on emissions of greenhouse gases. This would affect all users, including industry, agriculture and residential consumers. Many, including myself, have questioned the financial ramifications of this requirement on the overall economy and individual ratepayers." (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. Americans for Prosperity: No Climate Tax. 4 March 2010. "I, Howard Coble, pledge to the taxpayers of the State of North Carolina and to the American people that I will oppose any legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue." (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. Issue Position: Gas Prices. 6 July 2012. "Generally, I believe that it is important for Congress to enact policies to deter the effect of climate change and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. That said, I also support these policies being coupled with increased authority to permit exploration within our borders, promote alternative fuels, expand refinery capacity, and create incentives to actually deter harmful emissions." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Howard Coble. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Howard Coble voted Yea on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Howard Coble a grade of 82." (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. Issue Position: Gun Control. 31 October 2011. "As you may know, I strongly support the right to keep and bear arms. Gun control issues can be very emotional, and while I recognize the need to ensure public safety, the Second Amendment clearly provides a constitutional right to keep and bear arms. Simply creating new gun regulation does little to curb violent crime in our country. Criminals will still have access to guns, while responsible citizens may be put in harm's way without the ability to defend themselves. At the same time, I also believe that the right to bear arms must be exercised responsibly." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Howard Coble supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 0 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Howard Coble in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Howard Coble voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Howard Coble voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Howard Coble voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. HR 125. 104th Congress. Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995. Howard Coble voted Yea on 03/22/1996. (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. HR 4296. 104th Congress. Regulation of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons. Howard Coble voted Nay on 05/05/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. HR 1025. 103th Congress. Brady Handgun Bill. Howard Coble voted Nay on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. H Amdt 390. 103th Congress. Instant Background Checks for Gun Purchase Amendment. Howard Coble voted Yea on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. Project Vote Smart: 1994 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Impose a national ban on the sale of handguns to minors."
  • Howard Coble. Project Vote Smart: 1994 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Impose a national ban on the public sale of assault weapons."
  • Howard Coble. NRA-PVF Endorses Howard Coble for Reelection to U.S. House of Representatives. 6 July 2012. "Rep. Coble voted for legislation enacted to prohibit gun confiscation during states of emergency and prevent bogus lawsuits aimed and bankrupting the firearms industry. He is also a cosponsor of the national Right-to-Carry reciprocity bill which would allow any person with a valid concealed firearm carrying license or permit, issued by a state, to carry a concealed firearm in any state. Rep. Coble helped restore self-defense rights in Washington, D.C. by voting for the D.C. Personal Protection Act, as well as signing the pro-gun congressional amicus brief to the Supreme Court in the historic Heller case. Most recently, he signed the pro-gun congressional amicus brief supporting the Second Amendment's application to state and local governments in the McDonald v. City of Chicago case now before the Supreme Court. Finally, Rep. Coble cosponsored legislation to force reform at the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives." (www.cobleforcongress.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Howard Coble. Coble Statement On Democratic Health Plan. 29 October 2009. "After weeks of meeting behind closed doors, Speaker Pelosi today unveiled another government-run health care plan. The Pelosi health care bill will raise taxes and add to our national debt, while doing nothing to rein in the rising costs of health care. Their plan will hurt America's seniors, families and small businesses. I am afraid that this so-called reform will cost jobs and worsen our unemployment situation. With the jobless rate at 10% nationally, I wish the Democratic leadership in Congress would focus on creating new job opportunities for those out of work. I remain committed to improving the delivery of health care in the United States, but a government takeover of one-sixth of our national economy is not the way to do it." (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. 18 January 2011. "Mr. Speaker, when we debated health care reform during the 111th Congress, I made the statement that we need to fine-tune the engine, not overhaul it. I reiterate that theory today. President Obama, in my opinion, elevated health care to the number one issue facing America, mistakenly so, in my opinion. I think the number one issue facing America then and now involves jobs, or more precisely lack of jobs, and reckless spending. There is agreement from both sides of the aisle that we need to improve our health care system. I believe these improvements must enhance the quality and accessibility of care in a fiscally responsible manner. The law implemented last year failed to meet these criteria, particularly in the onerous 1099 tax increase on small businesses. That is just one glaring example. By repealing ObamaCare, we will have the opportunity to take the more prudent approach of fine-tuning our health care law to ensure that it encompasses sound principles." (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Howard Coble supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Howard Coble voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. Project Vote Smart: 1994 North Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Support President Clinton's position for a "comprehensive health care plan for all Americans.""
  • Howard Coble. Coble Remains Opposed To Obamacare. 3 March 2010. "U.S. Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC) said today that President Obama's latest health care plan is more of the same and he remains opposed to it. "I have been urging President Obama and congressional leaders Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid to scrap the whole package and start over," Rep. Coble stated. "It is obvious by today's speech, President Obama and congressional leaders do not want to listen to the American people. They plan to ram this wrong-headed approach through Congress by using the controversial provision known as reconciliation. I remain opposed to the Democrats' plans to have the government take over one-sixth of our nation's economy."" (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. Health Care Reform. 16 March 2010. "Madam Speaker, this past weekend I visited with four of my six counties in North Carolina--Moore, Guilford, Davidson, and Rowan counties--hundreds of people, and without exception, no one spoke in favor of this bill. Increased taxes, they said to me, increased costs. The heavy-handed way in which it's been administered, as if to say, By golly, this is the bill you're going to get whether you like it or not." (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. Letter To The Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Speaker, U.S. House Of Representatives. 19 January 2010. "As the final health care reform bill is being negotiated between the two chambers, we wanted to express our concern as to how some of the proposed changes will affect the state of North Carolina. Both the House and Senate versions mandate that the states raise their Medicaid enrollment and pay for a portion of that cost. According to the Congressional Budget Office, this proposed Medicaid expansion will cost states $26 billion over the first ten years. Just last month, Lanier Cansler, Secretary of the NC Department of Health and Human Services, announced that current Medicaid spending is expected to exceed the state budget projections by $150 million to $300 million. It is apparent that the estimated costs of this additional expansion of Medicaid would further drain our state coffers, forcing our legislature to make even greater reductions in current services." (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. Letter to the Honorable Roy Cooper, Attorney General of the State of North Carolina. 24 March 2010. "In the wake of President Obama's new health care law, we strongly urge you to join other Attorneys General from around the country in challenging its constitutionality. The Constitution gives the Federal Government the authority to regulate interstate commerce, but this legislation goes far beyond that power. An individual is not engaged in interstate commerce if he decides not to purchase insurance, and compelling him to make such a purchase is beyond the bounds of the interstate commerce clause. Florida, Texas, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, North Dakota, South Dakota, Alabama, Nebraska, Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia, Missouri, Idaho, and Washington are all challenging the constitutionality of this unprecedented new mandate on the American people. The state of North Carolina should be a part of that effort. This new law will kill jobs. It hurts small businesses, hurts families and will drive up the cost of health care in this country. It is an imposition on North Carolinians' freedom and will do real harm to the people of our state. We urge you to stand up for the people of North Carolina and challenge this new law in court. Thank you in advance for your consideration." (votesmart.org)
Yes 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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  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Howard Coble in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Howard Coble supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Howard Coble supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Howard Coble voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Howard Coble voted Yea on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Howard Coble in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. Issue Position: Immigration Reform. 31 October 2011. "I have long stated that we must secure our borders because, until we do that, we will never fully solve our immigration crisis. In addition to gaining full control of our borders, which I view as the basic requirement in any immigration reform measure, I favor mandatory verification of fraud-proof documents for all employees. I am opposed to amnesty, but I remain mindful that industries, whether large or small, must have a seasonal and unseasonal workforce that American labor is not filling. This workforce, of course, includes those who labor in industries such as agriculture, landscaping, fisheries, meat processing, hospitality, restaurants, and construction. For many years, this nation has not had a temporary visa program capable of keeping pace with the escalating demand for workers, and, therefore, such a program must be created. That said, we must be able to track where the workers go, how long they stay, and whether they leave the U.S. in accordance with the terms of their visa. Tracking technology exists now. Before making these jobs available for foreign workers, however, U.S. workers must get first choice." (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. Coble Statement On Senate Immigration Proposal. 24 May 2007. "I am opposed to amnesty, but I remain mindful that industries, whether large or small, must have a seasonal and nonseasonal workforce that American labor is not filling. In addition, highly skilled business sectors are struggling to find qualified scientists, engineers, researchers, nurses, and educators to meet the needs of our society. While we may decide to accommodate these needs because they help improve our lives and the lives of our children, we simply cannot afford to offer permanent legal status to people who are here illegally. We cannot reward those who entered our country illegally by giving them a head start above those who are playing by the rules and trying to become American citizens through proper and legal channels." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Howard Coble supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 5 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Howard Coble supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Howard Coble supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 71 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Howard Coble supported the interests of the American Family Association 94 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Howard Coble supported the interests of the Family Research Council 71 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Howard Coble voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Howard Coble voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Howard Coble voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. Issue Position: First Amendment. 31 October 2011. "I have voted in favor of legislation to protect religious practice from burdensome and unnecessary governmental interference and proposals to allow the Ten Commandments to be displayed in schools and other public areas. In addition, I recently supported a constitutional Amendment that would define traditional marriage as a union between one man and one woman and have consistently opposed federal funding for abortion. Finally, in response to court decisions, I voted in favor of legislation that would limit the authority of federal courts by prohibiting them from hearing cases to decide the constitutionality of the acknowledgement of God by state and local governments, officials and/or individuals." (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. Issue Position: Marriage. 31 October 2011. "As you may know, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which was signed into law by President Clinton in 1996, prohibits federal recognition of same-sex marriages and allows other states to refuse to recognize such marriages. This law, however, has been undermined by same-sex couples who travel to jurisdictions that ignore DOMA and approve same-sex marriages. These same-sex couples now expect their home jurisdictions to recognize their marriages. In response, several bills were introduced and considered during the 108th Congress to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman and preserve the rights of states to implement and enforce marriage laws, which I supported but were not enacted. In the 109th Congress, I, along with a majority of members, voted in favor of a constitutional amendment, H.J. Res 88, defining marriage as between a man and a woman, but the amendment failed to garner the two-thirds majority that is required to amend the Constitution. Another bill, H.R. 1100, the Marriage Protection Act of 2005, would reserve the rights of states to implement and enforce marriage laws, has not been considered. I voted in favor of a similar bill during the 108th Congress. I believe the authority of states to determine, implement and protect their own marriage laws should be preserved. I also do not believe that defining traditional marriages as being a union between one man and one woman does anything to discriminate against homosexuals. Several bills have been introduced to achieve these goals but have not been considered." (votesmart.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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Yes 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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  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Howard Coble supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 50 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. Issue Position: Social Security Reform. 31 October 2011. "The annual Social Security Trustees Report will be updated in April 2010. It is anticipated that the accelerated loss of payroll taxes due to steadily increasing unemployment these past years will reflect an earlier date when the Social Security program costs will exceed revenues. The primary reasons for the projected long-term inadequacy of financing under current law relates to changes in the demographics of the United States: 80 million baby boomers approaching retirement age, retirees living longer, and birth rates well below historical levels. Democratic leaders in both chambers must begin as soon as possible to address these solvency concerns. The committees on which I serve do not have jurisdiction over the Social Security program. Committees, as you know, have the responsibility to craft a legislative measure for consideration by the full House." (votesmart.org)
  • Howard Coble. Statement of the Honorable Howard Coble on the Presidential State of the Union Address. 2 February 2005. "I have previously indicated that President Bush's proposal to encourage individual taxpayers to personalize a portion of their Social Security investment has some merit, and I was pleased to hear him talk about that tonight. In conversations that I have had with members of the younger generation, many have expressed to me their firm belief that they will never realize any benefits from Social Security. I disagree with that assessment, and have told them so. President Bush's speech tonight could offer some hope to our young people that Social Security will be there for them when they retire. Of course, we need to reassure Americans already receiving Social Security or who are at least 55 years old, there will be no impact on them and they will remain in the current system." (votesmart.org)

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Congressional Election 1994 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.
1. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support to address the problem of crime?
Impose a national ban on the public sale of assault weapons.
Impose a national ban on the sale of handguns to minors.
XImpose "truth in sentencing" legislation for violent criminals so they serve a full sentence with no chance of parole.
XCreate "boot camps" for juvenile and adult first-time offenders.
Prosecute as adults youths who are third-time violent felons.
Impose the death penalty for certain federal crimes, including civil rights murders, rape and child molestation murders, death resulting from drive-by shootings or car-jacking, and murder of court officers or federal witnesses.
Impose mandatory life sentences for third time violent felons.
Fund programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills.
Increase the availability of college loans for youth in crime-ridden urban areas.
Fund programs which provide job training and employment opportunities for at-risk urban youth.
Other
2. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support concerning illegal drugs?
XIncrease penalties for selling illegal drugs.
XSupport mandatory drug testing for federal employees.
XExpand efforts to stop the illegal flow of drugs to the United States from other countries.
Expand federal support for education and drug treatment programs.
Maintain current federal laws.
Decriminalize the possession and private use of certain illegal drugs.
Other
3. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support concerning the American health care system?
Implement a government-financed, single-payer national health care system similar to Canada's.
Support President Clinton's position for a "comprehensive health care plan for all Americans."
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.
Provide tax incentives for small businesses to help provide health care to their employees.
Allow middle and low income families to deduct yearly health care costs from their taxable income.
Create a voucher system for the working poor so they can buy into a health care plan.
Place limits on the amount of damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Allow Americans to set up a tax-free medical savings account, which would be taxed if used for any purpose other than medical costs.
Deregulate the private health care industry.
Privatize Medicare and Medicaid.
Other
4. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support to change America's welfare system?
XStrengthen child support collection procedures and increase penalties for parents who do not pay.
XImpose a two-year limit on welfare benefits for recipients who are able to work.
Require welfare recipients to accept some form of government-sponsored job after two years if unable to find work in the private sector.
Require unwed teenage mothers to live with a parent or guardian (if possible) to receive benefits.
Limit the benefits given to single women if they have additional children.
Provide child care services to welfare recipients who work or attend school.
Increase spending on programs that help homeless people find shelter and employment.
Make no substantial changes at this time.
Eliminate the current American welfare system.
Other
5. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support to address the problem of unemployment?
Invest federal dollars in "investment tax credits" for companies who invest in worker training, purchase new equipment, and invest in research and development.
Increase funding for federal and state job-training programs.
XCreate "enterprise zones" in urban areas with high unemployment by providing tax credits for new and expanding businesses.
XCreate "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.
Eliminate government regulations to encourage investment and economic expansion of the private sector.
Allow the natural cycle of the market economy to create jobs without government intervention.
Support an overhaul of the current unemployment system by combining current job-training programs within a new comprehensive "re-employment" system.
Other
6. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support concerning trade between America and foreign countries?
The United States should grant "most favored nation" trading status based on the human rights record of each individual nation.
The United States should raise tariffs on nations whose trade policies discourage the importation of American products.
The United States should eliminate tax breaks for companies who move American jobs to low-wage countries.
The United States should expand NAFTA into Latin America.
The United States should pursue policies that will help open markets on the Pacific Rim.
The United States should stay out of international trade.
Other
7. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support concerning the environment?
Tax high-level energy users (businesses and individuals) to discourage excessive energy use and pay for environmental cleanup.
Pass stronger clean water and clean air legislation.
Phase in a prohibition of pollution causing products such as gas powered autos and lawn mowers.
Consider further increasing federal taxes on gasoline and diesel fuels.
Consider further increasing fees charged to mining companies who mine on public lands.
Consider further increasing fees charged to livestock owners who graze on federal lands.
XRequire the federal government to reimburse citizens who are required to limit the use of their privately owned lands due to environmental regulation.
Encourage further market based strategies to clean up the environment such as pollution credits.
Amend the Endangered Species Act to allow for increased logging.
Other
8. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support to change America's public education system?
Establish a nationwide competency test for teachers and encourage states to adopt it.
Establish "National Standards" for K-12 schools and encourage states to adopt them.
Advocate school choice programs so that parents receive vouchers that can be used to send their children to participating schools.
XAllow low and middle income families to deduct college costs from their taxable income.
Provide communities with increased federal aid and low interest loans for public school improvements.
XEliminate the U.S. Department of Education.
Make no substantial changes at this time.
Other
9. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support concerning abortion?
Abortions should be legal in all circumstances as long as the procedure is completed within the first trimester of the pregnancy.
Abortions should be legal only when the life of the mother is endangered.
Abortions should be legal only when the pregnancy results from incest or rape, or when the life of the mother is endangered.
XA woman under the age of 18 should be required to notify a parent or guardian before having an abortion.
A woman should be required to notify her spouse before having an abortion.
States should be allowed to impose mandatory waiting periods before abortions are performed.
Congress should eliminate federal funding for clinics and medical facilities that provide abortion services.
Congress should eliminate abortion services from any federally funded health care plan.
Congress should leave legislation on this issue to the states.
Other
10. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support concerning American military and foreign policy?
Congress should support defense conversion by funding job-placement and job-training programs for displaced military personnel and defense technology workers.
Congress should completely lift the ban on homosexuals in the military.
The United States should use military force only in cooperation with the United Nations unless threatened by a foreign power.
The United States should lift the trade embargo against Cuba.
Congress should increase foreign aid to the former republics of the Soviet Union to help in democratization and economic reform.
Congress should impose strict sanctions against any nation selling technology or products that aid in the construction of nuclear weapons.
Congress should impose strict sanctions against any new nation attempting to develop nuclear weapons.
Congress should invest federal funds in the research and development of new defense technologies.
Other
Undecided1. Should the federal government adopt a policy of limiting or banning Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to federal candidates?
Yes2. Do you support the principle of limiting the number of terms U.S. Senators and U.S. Representatives can serve in Congress?
Yes3. Do you support the principle of a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution?
Yes4. Do you support the principle of a Line-Item Veto for the President?
No5. If elected to Congress, will you support an increase in the minimum wage?
1. Please indicate the changes you will support (if any) concerning the level of funding for each of the listed issue areas.
Maintain StatusNational Defense
Slightly IncreaseLaw Enforcement
Slightly IncreaseInternational Drug Interdiction
Maintain StatusFederal Health Care Programs
Slightly DecreaseAIDS Research
Slightly DecreaseJob Re-training Programs
Maintain StatusInfrastructure (roads, bridges, etc.)
Maintain StatusPublic Education
Maintain StatusForeign Aid
Maintain StatusEnvironmental Clean Up and Enforcement
Other
Other
2. Please indicate the changes you will support (if any) concerning the tax levels for each of the listed categories.
EliminateCapital Gains Taxes
Maintain StatusCigarette Taxes
Maintain StatusAlcohol Taxes
Taxes on Social Security Benefits Received by Retirees Earning More than $40,000
Income Taxes on Families Earning Less than $140,000
Income Taxes on Families Earning $140,000 or More
Value-Added Taxes on U.S. Businesses
Maintain StatusTaxes on Foreign Companies in the United States
Other
1. If you are elected to Congress, what will be your two main legislative priorities?

a) Reduce wasteful spending. I have refused to participate in the lavish Congressional Pension Programs as an indication that I am willing to personally sacrifice. b) Sensible health and welfare reform that does not create additional government buracracy.

2. If either of your two main legislative priorities require government spending, where will this money come from?

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