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Earl Pomeroy

Earl Pomeroy's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Earl Pomeroy
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Mary; 2 Children: Kathryn, Scott
Birth Date: 09/02/1952
Birth Place: Valley City, ND
Home City: Bismarck, ND
Religion: Presbyterian
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Earl Pomeroy refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2010 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 2010, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Unknown Position Unknown Answer Abortion Issues: Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Earl Pomeroy. H Amdt 209 to HR 1815. 109th Congress. An amendment numbered 12 printed in House Report 109-96 to lift the current ban on privately funded abortions at U.S. military facilities overseas. Project Vote Smart Summary: Earl Pomeroy voted YES on 25 May 2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Pomeroy. H Amdt 509 to HR 3962. 111th Congress. An amendment printed in Part C of House Report 111-330 to codify the Hyde Amendment in H.R. 3962. The amendment prohibits federal funds for abortion services in the public option. It also prohibits individuals who receive affordability credits from purchasing a plan that provides elective abortions. However, it allows individuals, both who receive affordability credits and who do not, to separately purchase with their own funds plans that cover elective abortions. It also clarifies that private plans may still offer elective abortions. Project Vote Smart Summary: Earl Pomeroy voted YES on 7 November 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Pomeroy. HR 3660. 106th Congress. To amend title 18, United States Code, to ban partial-birth abortions. Project Vote Smart Summary: Earl Pomeroy voted YES on 4 May 2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Pomeroy. S 3. 108th Congress. A bill to prohibit the procedure commonly known as partial-birth abortion. Project Vote Smart Summary: Earl Pomeroy voted YES on 2 October 2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Pomeroy. HR 760. 108th Congress. To prohibit the procedure commonly known as partial-birth abortion. Project Vote Smart Summary: Earl Pomeroy voted YES on 4 June 2003. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Earl Pomeroy supported the interests of NARAL Pro-Choice America 50 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Earl Pomeroy supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 25 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Earl Pomeroy supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 69 percent in 2008. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Earl Pomeroy. HR 5638. 109th Congress. To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the unified credit against the estate tax to an exclusion equivalent of $5,000,000 and to repeal the sunset provision for the estate and generation-skipping taxes, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Earl Pomeroy voted NO on 22 June 2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Pomeroy. HR 8. 108th Congress. To make the repeal of the estate tax permanent. Project Vote Smart Summary: Earl Pomeroy voted NO on 13 April 2005. (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Earl Pomeroy supported the interests of the National Taxpayers Union 9 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Pomeroy. Permanent Estate Tax Relief For Families, Farmers, And Small Businesses Act Of 2009. 3 December 2009. "I do believe that he begins with a curious point. He attacks the Democrats for budget deficits while advocating a bill that would cost twice as much as the bill on the floor. Repeal of the estate tax would lose roughly half a trillion dollars over the next decade. That is well over double the cost of the bill before the House. Another thing about that bill that you did not hear one speck of discussion on from the Republicans in the debate today is this capital gains tax issue. Let me briefly recount it." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Pomeroy. Pomeroy Leads Fight for Estate Tax Relief. 19 November 2007. "Full repeal of the estate tax would deepen the deficit at a time when our country faces the retirement of Baby Boomers, creating increased pressure on entitlements. Passing this amount of debt onto our children is irresponsible." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Club for Growth. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Earl Pomeroy supported the interests of the Club for Growth 0 percent in 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Pomeroy. HR 1. 111th Congress. Making supplemental appropriations for job preservation and creation, infrastructure investment, energy efficiency and science, assistance to the unemployed, and State and local fiscal stabilization, for fiscal year ending September 30, 2009, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Earl Pomeroy voted YES on 13 February 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Pomeroy. HR 1424. 111th Congress. To provide authority for the Federal Government to purchase and insure certain types of troubled assets for the purposes of providing stability to and preventing disruption in the economy and financial system and protecting taxpayers, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide incentives for energy production and conservation, to extend certain expiring provisions, to provide individual income tax relief, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Earl Pomeroy voted YES on 10 March 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Pomeroy. Acceleration Recession. 9 February 2009. "Madam Speaker, last month the employment of George W. Bush came to an end. Unfortunately, so did the jobs of nearly 600,000 Americans, hardworking men and women hit in every sector of our economy, thrown out of work in the toughest recession to hit our Nation in decades. The job losses of January show that this is an accelerating recession. We lost 1.7 million jobs in the first 10 months of 2008, then almost 600,000 in the month of November, again in December, again in January. Look at this chart. This shows how this recession compares to the other two. No easing of job loss, no end in sight. We must pass a stimulus responding to this crisis. This is the worst rate of job loss ever recorded. We must help Barack Obama, our new President, respond to this economic crisis facing our Nation." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Pomeroy. Pomeroy Praises Bipartisan Economic Stimulus Package as Good for North Dakota. 24 January 2008. "Congressman Earl Pomeroy praised the bipartisan agreement reached today between Congressional leaders and the president on a package of rebates to individuals and families and tax incentives to businesses aimed at stimulating the economy. 'The beginning of this week brought a sharp downtown in world financial markets as fears have been growing about a slowdown in the U.S. economy. Now, week's end has brought a bipartisan agreement between Congress and the president on a package of rebates and tax incentives to stimulate the economy,' Congressman Pomeroy said. 'I'm pleased that we've been able to come together and quickly develop a plan that will put extra money in pockets of working families that need it, and tax incentives for businesses that help drive our economy. These direct rebates will be welcome news to moderate-income and middle-class families in North Dakota who are finding it harder to make ends meet. And the increase in tax incentives will help businesses in our state make equipment purchases this year and allow them to deduct more of the investments they make.'" (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Business and Employment Issues: Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Earl Pomeroy. Issue Position: Social Security. "In Congress, Earl has led the fight from his seat on the Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee against the Administration's proposals to 'privatize' the system." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Pomeroy. Issue Position: Social Security. "Earl understands the importance of Social Security firsthand. While Earl was still in high school, his father passed away. Social Security survivor benefits helped Earl's family make ends meet. Today, Earl is one of the nation's staunchest defenders of this important program as Chairman of the House Social Security Subcommittee. It is now more important than ever to protect Social Security and to keep it strong for the thousands of North Dakotans who depend on this vital program. While the average benefit payment of just under $1,000 per month is modest, Earl, as much as anyone, knows it makes a world of difference to recipients and their families. Earl's top priorities as Chairman include finding ways to reduce the backlog of Social Security disability claims, ensuring the program is serving beneficiaries as effectively as possible, and defending Social Security from those who seek to dismantle this important safety net for our seniors. Earl, as he was during the Bush Administration, remains opposed to privatizing Social Security because it would add trillions of dollars to the already ballooned federal debt and endanger the financial security of millions of Americans, including the one in six North Dakotans who depend on Social Security payments." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Crime Issues: Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants. 2005-2006. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Earl Pomeroy supported the interests of the Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants 30 percent in 2005-2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Pomeroy. H Amdt 497 to HR 2181. 105th Congress. An amendment to add a new section which provides that in further consideration of death sentence recommendations, life imprisonment shall be imposed instead, if the court has any doubt that a defendent actually committed the offense. Project Vote Smart Summary: Earl Pomeroy voted NO on 25 February 1998. (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education Issues: Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Home School Legal Defense Association. 1999-2000. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Earl Pomeroy supported the interests of the Home School Legal Defense Association 0 percent in 1999-2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Pomeroy. HR 1. 107th Congress. To close the achievement gap with accountability, flexibility, and choice, so that no child is left behind. Project Vote Smart Summary: Earl Pomeroy voted YES on 23 May 2001. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment and Energy Issues: Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Environment America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Earl Pomeroy supported the interests of Environment America 93 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Pomeroy. HR 2454. 111th Congress. To create clean energy jobs, achieve energy independence, reduce global warming pollution and transition to a clean energy economy. Project Vote Smart Summary: Earl Pomeroy voted NO on 26 June 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Pomeroy. Pomeroy Announces Introduction Of Legislation To Prohibit EPA Regulation Of Greenhouse Gases. 8 January 2010. "Regulation of greenhouse gas emissions under the current provisions of the Clean Air Act is irresponsible and just plain wrong. That is why I introduced the Save Our Energy Jobs Act which would stop the EPA from moving forward with its proposal. I am not about to let some Washington bureaucrat dictate new public policy that will raise our electricity rates and put at risk the thousands of coal-related jobs in our state." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Pomeroy. Pomeroy Statement On EPA Announcement Regarding Greenhouse Gas Emissions. 8 December 2009. "Now, in the absence of Congressional action on climate change, the Environmental Protection Agency is moving forward on a plan to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. I believe this is exactly the wrong way to go, and I am against it. The last thing we need is government bureaucrats in Washington writing the rules when it comes to acceptable levels of greenhouse gas emissions. This will end up costing North Dakota jobs, and I will do everything in my power to fight this wrongheaded proposal." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Pomeroy. Issue Position: "North Dakota is positioned to become one of America's leaders in energy production. With a near-limitless supply of coal, booming oil fields in the Bakken Formation, and incredible potential for wind, ethanol and biodiesel production, the future possibilities for the state's economy are plentiful. That means good-paying jobs for our state and major steps toward energy independence for our nation. Earl is a fierce advocate for North Dakota's growing renewable energy sector. In Congress, Earl has sponsored legislation that benefits the state's wind, ethanol, and biodiesel industries. Additionally, with the help of the federal renewable energy production tax credit, Earl is leading the charge to harness North Dakota's tremendous wind power capacity, which ranks No. 1 in the country. When the President and Speaker Pelosi proposed "cap and trade" legislation that could have hurt North Dakota's energy industry, Earl stood up against his party and voted against the bill. He has continued to lead the fight by advocating legislation that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from unilaterally imposing burdensome regulations on our state's coal industry. Earl understands the need for policies that will grow North Dakota's energy industry and bring good-paying jobs home to North Dakota. Earl also believes that making good use of the variety of North Dakota's energy sources will put our state at the forefront of the march to American energy independence." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Gun Issues: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Gun Owners of America. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Earl Pomeroy a grade of D. (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Pomeroy. HR 1025. 103rd Congress. To provide for a waiting period before the purchase of a handgun, and for the establishment of a national instant criminal background check system to be contacted by firearms dealers before the transfer of any firearm. Project Vote Smart Summary: Earl Pomeroy voted NO on 10 November 1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Pomeroy. HR 4296. 103rd Congress. To make unlawful the transfer or possession of assault weapons. Project Vote Smart Summary: Earl Pomeroy voted YES on 5 May 1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Pomeroy. HR 6842. 111th Congress. To restore Second Amendment rights in the District of Columbia. Project Vote Smart Summary: Earl Pomeroy voted YES on 17 September 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 2003. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Earl Pomeroy supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 73 percent from 1991 and 2003. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Issues: Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • American Public Health Association. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Earl Pomeroy supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 78 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Pomeroy. HR 3962. 111th Congress. To provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Earl Pomeroy voted YES on 7 November 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Pomeroy. MSNBC "The Ed Show" - Transcript. 29 October 2009. "But look, I think the winners are the American people. We want health care reform that works all across the country, not just in the cities, but the country, too. We're all in this together, and I believe that the changes in the bill preserve the public option, but will provide a reimbursement rate that doesn't short-sell rural America to where our hospitals are closing and our specialists are leaving." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration Issues: Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 2007-2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Earl Pomeroy supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 38 percent in 2007-2008. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso. 2007-2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Earl Pomeroy supported the interests of the National Latino Congreso 20 percent in 2007-2010. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer International Policy Issues: Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Earl Pomeroy. HR 4899. 111th Congress. Supplemental Appropriations Act. Project Vote Smart Summary: Earl Pomeroy voted NO on Limiting Afghanistan Military Funding to Withdrawal and Other Specified Purposes on 1 July 2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Pomeroy. HR 4899. 111th Congress. Supplemental Appropriations Act. Project Vote Smart Summary: Earl Pomeroy voted NO on Requiring Timetable for Withdrawal from Afghanistan on 1 July 2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Earl Pomeroy supported the interests of Peace Action West 46 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Pomeroy. INFORUM: Pomeroy: Afghanistan Conditions Worsening. 5 September 2009. "Pomeroy said he doesn't favor a strict timetable to withdraw troops, but said guidelines are needed to check progress in the war. We need clear benchmarks so we know we're on the right path, he said." (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Pomeroy. Pomeroy Statement On President Obama's Strategy For The War In Afghanistan. 1 December 2009. "President Obama's Afghanistan plan provides military commanders the troop strength they said was required while placing clear time limits on maintaining this higher level of commitment. Over the last few years the Taliban insurgency has grown much more serious and threatens the return to power of the type of extremists who hosted Osama bin Laden's terrorist training camps 10 years ago. Based on the briefings I have had on Afghanistan -- including the meetings with our senior commanders and diplomats during a Congressional fact finding trip to the region in August -- I believe pulling out at this time would be disastrous to the stability of the region and to U.S. interests and security." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Social Issues: Should marriage only be between one man and one woman? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Earl Pomeroy. HR 3396. 103rd Congress. To define and protect the institution of marriage. Project Vote Smart Summary: Earl Pomeroy voted YES on 12 July 1996. (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Pomeroy. H J Res 88. 109th Congress. Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to marriage. Project Vote Smart Summary: Earl Pomeroy voted NO on 18 July 2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Earl Pomeroy. Bismarck Tribune - Pomeroy says he represents mainstream. 10 September 2006. "I believe marriage is between a man and a woman." (votesmart.org)

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