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Frank D. Lucas

Frank Lucas' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Frank D. Lucas
Office: U.S. House (OK) - District 3, Republican
First Elected: 05/10/1994
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Announced, Republican for U.S. House - District 3
Primary June 24, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Lynda; 3 Children: Jessica, Ashlea, Grant
Birth Date: 01/06/1960
Birth Place: Cheyenne, OK
Religion: Baptist
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Frank Lucas 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

  • Frank Lucas. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Frank Lucas voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Frank Lucas supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Frank Lucas supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Frank Lucas voted Yea on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Frank Lucas voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Congress should eliminate federal funding for clinics and medical facilities that provide abortion services."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Congress should eliminate abortion services from any federally funded health care plan."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Frank Lucas. The American People Deserve Better Than Costly Government Takeover Of Health Care. 22 March 2010. "In a last minute effort to assuage pro-life Democrats to abandon their constituency and their core beliefs, President Obama vowed to issue an executive order that would reinforce a ban on the use of federal funds for abortions. However, an executive order cannot change statutory law, no matter how much the president may want to believe it can. The only way to truly prevent taxpayer funding of abortions is to enact a law that prevents taxpayer funding of abortions -- and this health care legislation does the exact opposite." (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. Executive Orders Can't Change Statutory Law. 24 March 2010. "Any legal scholar will tell you that an executive order cannot change statutory law, no matter how much the president may want to believe it can. The only way to truly prevent taxpayer funding for abortions is to enact a law that prevents taxpayer funding of abortions -- and this health care legislation does the exact opposite." (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Frank Lucas voted Nay on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Frank Lucas voted Yea on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Frank Lucas supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Frank Lucas voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Frank Lucas voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Frank Lucas voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Frank Lucas voted Nay on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Frank Lucas voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Frank Lucas voted Nay on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Frank Lucas voted Nay on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Frank Lucas voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Frank Lucas supported the interests of the Family Research Council 87 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 Frank Lucas a rating of 19 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Frank Lucas voted Nay on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. H Amdt 436. 104th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Frank Lucas voted Nay on 06/15/1995. (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Frank Lucas voted Nay on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Frank Lucas supported the interests of Peace Action West 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Frank Lucas voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. Lucas Reacts To President Obama's Afghanistan Strategy Announcement. 1 December 2009. "After almost three months of waiting, I was pleased to hear that President Obama has finally made a decision on the recommendation of General McChrystal to send additional troops to Afghanistan. And while his decision to send 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan does not fully reflect General McChrystal's request for 40,000 troops, it does show a willingness to listen to the recommendations of his commanders in the field. I agree with General McChrystal when he said, 'while the situation is serious, success is still achievable.' We must not allow the Taliban, al Qaeda, or any other terrorist organization to continue to use this region as a safe haven. The disruption of terrorist activities is essential to ensuring stability in the region, global security, and the safety of every American." (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. Issue Position: Defense and Homeland Security. 1 January 2010. "In addition, during the Congress, President Obama announced that he would send an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan by 2011. This followed recommendations by General McChrystal, head of operations in Afghanistan and appointed by President Obama in June 2009, for a troop surge similar to President Bush's strategy with Iraq. General McChrystal requested more troops than the president agreed to send, however it appears as though his commitment to sending additional troops is a step in the right direction." (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. A Disconnected Congress. 11 March 2010. "The House of Representatives spent much of yesterday discussing H.ConRes. 248, the Afghanistan War Powers Resolution, sponsored by Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH). The resolution would have required the president to remove all U.S. troops in Afghanistan within 30 days of the resolution being signed into law unless the president felt it would not be safe to do so. In that case, the president would then have until December 31, 2010 to withdraw all troops from the country. The resolution went directly against General McChrystal's recommendation for the region and against President Obama's own strategy. It lost by an overwhelming vote of 356-65. Not only would this resolution have sent a bad message to our troops overseas, it would also have sent a message to our enemies that we are not committed to winning the war on terror. I was strongly opposed to this resolution and will continue to be opposed to any resolution like this one that does not give our full support to our men and women in uniform." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Frank Lucas supported the interests of the Peace Action 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Frank Lucas. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Frank Lucas voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Frank Lucas voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Frank Lucas voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. BRAC May Be Back. 2 February 2012. "With our men and women oversees in Afghanistan and facing a number of growing threats from abroad that will require continued investments in our national security. [...] I do not believe this is the time to make unprecedented spending cuts to our nation's defense budget. Reducing the salaries of our men and women in uniform, increasing their health care fees, and dismantling our force structure will only further jeopardize our national security." (lucas.house.gov)
  • Issue Position: Strong Defense and a Secure Homeland. 15 December 2011. "But taking the fight to the terrorists is only half the goal: the other half is bringing democracy to a part of the world that has known only tyranny. Afghanistan will soon have a democratic constitution, and Iraq's first free elections are on track for next year. Part of fighting terrorism is eliminating the conditions - despotism and oppression - that allow terrorism to flourish. To equip our troops to do this job, we have increased the defense budget by over 20% since President Bush took office, and raised military salaries by 25%." (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Frank Lucas voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Frank Lucas voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Frank Lucas voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. HR 2561. 106th Congress. Defense Department Appropriations bill, FY2000. Frank Lucas voted Yea on 07/22/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Frank Lucas voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Frank Lucas voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. Issue Position: Defense and Homeland Security. 1 January 2012. "I will continue to work diligently to ensure that our government focuses on strengthening our national defense, provides the necessary resources to our armed forces, and provides Americans with freedom and security at home and throughout the world." (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. [?] c) Defense"
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Oklahoma 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"
  • Frank Lucas. BRAC May Be Back. 2 February 2012. "With our men and women oversees in Afghanistan and facing a number of growing threats from abroad that will require continued investments in our national security [...] I do not believe this is the time to make unprecedented spending cuts to our nation's defense budget. Reducing the salaries of our men and women in uniform, increasing their health care fees, and dismantling our force structure will only further jeopardize our national security." (lucas.house.gov)
  • Frank Lucas. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Frank Lucas voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Frank Lucas voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
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

  • Frank Lucas. Issue Position: Lower Taxes. 15 December 2011. "I have long been a supporter of tax reform and was proud to cast my vote for the third-largest tax cut in history, the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003. The law accelerated the tax relief Congress passed in 2001, including marriage penalty relief, an increase in the child tax credit, tax rate reductions for every family that pays income taxes, and also lowering the tax rate on dividends and capital gains. These tax cuts that the President proposed and the Congress passed have been an important stimulator for the economy. The child tax credit gave tax refunds to those most likely to reinvest in the economy - parents. The capital gains tax cut spurred investment. And the across-the-board tax rate cuts ensured the tax cuts went to all taxpayers, so that all taxpayers could reinvest into the economy, further driving economic growth. I have supported and will continue to fight to make all of the 2001 tax relief provisions permanent." (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "3) Do you support eliminating the Internal Revenue Service?"
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "6) Do you support requiring a super-majority vote in both houses of Congress to raise taxes?"
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?"
  • Frank Lucas. Issue Position: Job Creating and the Economy. 1 January 2010. "We need to put money back in the pockets of the American people by cutting taxes on American families and small businesses. This will raise the standard of living and encourage economic growth by lowering the cost to do business. As we have learned from history, increased taxes do nothing but grow the size of government and stifle economic growth." (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Frank Lucas voted Yea on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Frank Lucas supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 86 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Frank Lucas supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Frank Lucas supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 90 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. Issue Position: Lower Taxes and Government Spending. 1 January 2010. "As our country continues to suffer through this economic recession, we should not dramatically increase the size and scope of the federal government with more taxes on American families and small businesses. I will continue to fight against increases in taxes and federal spending." (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. Lucas Statement on November Unemployment Numbers. 4 December 2009. "It's time for this Congress to get serious about developing real solutions to our unemployment rate. Raising taxes, increasing federal spending to unprecedented levels, and borrowing against our children's and grandchildren's futures is not the answer. We need to work together to encourage economic growth by providing incentives for small businesses, by lowering taxes for American families, and by returning Washington to fiscally responsible behavior." (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. Lucas Statement on President's State of the Union Address. 28 January 2008. "But more important to the economy would be making the across-the-board tax cuts permanent that we passed in 2001 and 2003. If we don't, then Congress will effectively be raising taxes on the American people at the worst possible time - during an economic downturn." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Frank Lucas. Lucas Statement on President's State of the Union Address. 28 January 2008. "I will support a stimulus package only if it can be implemented quickly enough to have a positive impact, and as long as it provides incentives for both businesses and consumers." (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. Lucas Votes Against Massive Spending Bill Disguised as Stimulus Package. 28 January 2009. "The federal government does not create wealth. It simply takes money from one person's pocket and transfers it to another person's pocket. Spending hundreds of billions of dollars this country does not have on government projects that are unnecessary will not stimulate the economy and does not help my constituents." (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. Rep. Lucas Statement on Opposition to Massive Spending Package. 13 February 2009. "A responsible stimulus package should use tax cuts and targeted spending to encourage economic activity and create jobs. Instead, Speaker Pelosi and her leadership team have used the American public's need for an economic stimulus package to cram a bill filled with pet spending projects across the House floor. One of the most irresponsible examples is $30 million to restore the wetlands in San Francisco Bay and protect the salt marsh harvest mouse. While this may be beneficial to the mice in Speaker Pelosi's district, I am not quite sure how she thinks it will stimulate the economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. Rep. Frank Lucas Statement on Senate's Passage of the So-Called Stimulus Bill. 10 February 2009. "I am disappointed by the Senate's passage of the so-called 'stimulus' package today. While I was encouraged by the bipartisan work being done in the Senate, this bill is still filled with too many pork projects and there is not enough job creation for the huge cost. The American people deserve a stimulus package that will actually stimulate the economy, not a trillion dollar spending bill crammed with unnecessary projects. House Republicans proposed a plan that will do just that: create twice 6.2 million jobs over the next two years at half the cost of Speaker Pelosi's spending package. In fact, in Oklahoma alone, the Republican plan will create 73,000 jobs as opposed to 42,000 jobs in Speaker Pelosi's plan. This responsible stimulus plan focuses on cutting taxes and creating jobs without excessive spending measures that will do nothing to stimulate our economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. Issue Position: Lower Taxes and Government Spending. 1 January 2010. "Spending in Congress has reached historic levels in the 111th Congress. For fiscal year 2010, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) anticipates that the federal government will run a $1.5 trillion deficit and, if President Obama's FY11 budget proposal is passed, another $1.3 trillion deficit for 2011. As we continue to amass trillions upon trillions of dollars of debt, Speaker Pelosi and President Obama continue to push for more government spending and higher taxes. Their fiscally irresponsible behavior has driven our national debt level to the point that it is almost equal to the size of our entire economy. This is unacceptable and it must stop. Throughout the 111th Congress, I have opposed -- and will continue to oppose -- spending initiatives that dramatically increase the size and scope of the federal government while adding to our already massive national debt. I opposed President Obama's so-called "stimulus bill" and also opposed the controversial bailout bill from the 110th Congress." (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. Issue Position: Job Creation and the Economy. 1 January 2010. "We need to put money back in the pockets of the American people by cutting taxes on American families and small businesses. This will raise the standard of living and encourage economic growth by lowering the cost to do business. As we have learned from history, increased taxes do nothing but grow the size of government and stifle economic growth. Second, just as families across this country are doing right now, the federal government must begin to tighten their proverbial belt and cut back on spending. For the 2009 fiscal year, almost half the money allocated by Congress was borrowed and similar numbers are expected for 2010 and 2011." (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. Blog “ Drowning in Red Ink. 11 June 2010. "The good news is I truly believe that if we can get a grip on spending in Washington, we can maintain prosperity for future generations. The first step is to put a stop to the ridiculous idea that spending borrowed government money will somehow grow our economy. It's simply not true." (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. Op-Ed: Fiscal Responsibility The Best Policy. 16 July 2009. "The American people are hurting right now. Many are having to make tough choices and are finding it difficult to provide for their families. Rather than spending another trillion dollars of their hard earned money on pet spending projects and calling it a stimulus package, Congress needs to get back to the economic basic: fiscal responsibility is the best policy. First, we need to put money back in the pockets of the American people by cutting taxes on American families and small businesses. This will raise the standard of living and encourage economic growth by lowering the cost to do business. As we have learned from history, increased taxes do nothing but grow the size of government and stifle economic growth. Second, just as families across this country are doing right now, the federal government must begin to tighten their proverbial belt and cut back on spending." (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. Associated Press “ Oklahoma Delegation Split on Automaker Aid. 16 November 2008. "Throwing money at our waning economy though a second stimulus package alone will not solve anything." (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Frank Lucas voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Frank Lucas voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Frank Lucas supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 100 percent in 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 Frank Lucas a rating of 86 percent." (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

  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."
  • Frank Lucas. The Oklahoman “ Time to Look Ahead. 6 December 2008. "I promise to continue to push for legislation that will encourage economic growth through tax incentives and tax breaks for small businesses and American corporations." (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. Lucas Statement On November Unemployment Numbers. 4 December 2009. "We need to work together to encourage economic growth by providing incentives for small businesses, by lowering taxes for American families, and by returning Washington to fiscally responsible behavior." (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. Frank Lucas voted Yea on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Frank Lucas voted Yea on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. Blog “ Drowning in Red Ink. 11 June 2010. "Instead, we should focus on growing private sector jobs through tax cuts for small businesses and incentives to companies for new hires. These have proven time and time again to result in real, long-term success." (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Oklahoma 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."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Oklahoma 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."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."
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

  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. c) Education (K-12)"
  • Frank Lucas. Issue Position: Education Priorities. 15 December 2011. "No Child Left Behind (NCLB), the comprehensive overhaul of the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act, recognizes that money alone cannot guarantee every American child the chance to learn and succeed. High standards, accountability for results, local control, and parental involvement are essential." (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Frank Lucas voted Yea on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. c) Education (K-12)"
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Give all federal education funding to states in the form of block grants and allow them to spend it as they see fit."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. [?] d) Education"
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Establish "National Standards" for K-12 schools and encourage states to adopt them."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Oklahoma 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"
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "State" for: "Indicate which level of government should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. 3) Education"
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Eliminate the U.S. Department of Education."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Establish a nationwide competency test for teachers and encourage states to adopt it."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Eliminate the Department of Education, thereby giving state and local government greater control over educational issues."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "State" for: "Indicate which level of government that should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. c) Education"
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing in reading and math."
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
  • Frank Lucas. Lucas Supports "All of the Above" Energy Legislation. 30 July 2008. "It is time for Congress to do something to help the pain at the pump that the American people are feeling and the American Energy Act is the best way to do that. Not only does it expand American-made energy, it also encourages research and development of alternative and renewable energy sources. It is time that we took our place at the forefront of energy development and utilize the vast natural resources we have in this country." (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. Lucas Applauds Decision to Lift Executive Ban on Offshore Drilling. 15 July 2008. "The president has made a big step forward towards decreasing that pain at the pump that all Americans are feeling. Now it's time for Congress to do the same by lifting the congressional restrictions on offshore drilling." (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. Issue Position: Real Energy Solutions. 14 December 2011. "The answer to this energy crisis is clear: We need to increase production of American-made energy in order to decrease the cost passed on to the American people. This can be accomplished through the construction of new oil refineries and nuclear power plants, through research and development of alternative fuels, such as those derived from oil shale, algae, and switchgrass, and through an increase in oil production, such as offshore drilling and exploration of the Arctic Energy Slope. Increased American-made energy will not only work to lower gas prices nationwide, it will also decrease our dependency on foreign oil and create jobs, boosting our waning economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. Congressman Lucas Hails Passage of H.R. 2021, Jobs and Energy Permitting Act. 23 June 2011. "Drilling in the outer-continental shelf will not only decrease the cost Americans pay for energy, it will also help us break our dangerous reliance on foreign oil." (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. Congressional Offshore Drilling Ban Lifted after Republicans, American People Demand an All of the Above Energy Policy. 24 September 2008. "I applaud the majority party for finally listening to the American people and effectively lifting the Congressional ban on offshore drilling. This is a first step in putting this country on the path of energy independence." (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)."
  • Frank Lucas. Comprehensive American Energy Security and Consumer Protection Act. 16 September 2008. "Mr. Speaker, I come before you today to address the majority's so-called energy package. I find the name odd, considering it contains almost no energy provisions. Instead, it serves as political cover, an empty offering to the American people before the November elections. After all, it contains no language to build new nuclear power plants or oil refineries. And while it claims to allow offshore drilling, it actually keeps 88 percent of offshore oil reserves under lock and key." (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Frank Lucas voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Frank Lucas supported the interests of Environment America 20 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Frank Lucas voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Frank Lucas voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Support opening a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Adhere to the United Nations treaty regarding global climate change."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Oklahoma 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."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Support the U.S. re-entering the current Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Promote the selling of pollution credits to encourage industries to decrease amount of pollution."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Consider further increasing federal taxes on gasoline and diesel fuels."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Support Clear Skies Act to reduce power plant emissions by setting a national cap on pollutants."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "m) Support the Kyoto Protocol to limit global warming."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Eliminate government regulations to encourage investment and economic expansion of the private sector."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Oklahoma 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."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Eliminate government regulations of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Encourage further market based strategies to clean up the environment such as pollution credits."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Impose stricter national air quality standards."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Pass stronger clean water and clean air legislation."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks."
  • Frank Lucas. Yankee Press And Dakotan: Climate Legislation Divides Ag Sector. 4 Jun 2009. "The House Energy and Commerce Committee recently passed climate change legislation that will set a national limit on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and create a cap and trade system that will enable the sale of 'carbon credits' [¦] 'As it becomes clearer the extent of damage this bill will cause to agriculture without providing any benefits, more and more farm groups are writing to encourage their members of Congress to oppose this bill,' said Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Okla.), the ranking Republican member on the House Ag Committee, in a press release. 'Cap and trade is nothing more than a national energy tax.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. Video: EE TV: Rep. Frank Lucas weighs in on Congressional climate talks. 29 April 2010. "If you take the approach that the house took, and that is giving the federal government the ability to set up a quota system for emissions, giving the federal government the ability to set up a trade system by which some will win and some will lose, and dramatically increasing the taxes on the consumption of energy to drive down emissions - that's where the $700 billion in new revenue in the President's budget comes from, the taxes on electricity and gasoline and diesel - we've gotta have a positive incentive. Lets drive people towards making the investments to reduce their emissions not using the baseball bat of government regulations and tax to force them to change their style." [3:11]. (www.eenews.net)
  • Frank Lucas. Oklahoma Delegation United Against Obama Backdoor Energy Tax. 3 March 2011. "The EPA's rush to regulate greenhouse gases is nothing more than a national energy tax, and the effects will be far-reaching to businesses, consumers, and even more so to rural America. Whether it's the fuel in the tractor, the fertilizer for the crops, or the delivery of food to the grocery store, agriculture uses a great deal of energy throughout production. I am proud to join my colleagues in this effort." (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Frank Lucas voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Frank Lucas supported the interests of Environment America 20 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Frank Lucas supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 30 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Frank Lucas voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. Lucas Statement on President Obama's First Hundred Days. 28 April 2009. "In addition, the Obama administration has proven to be the most unfriendly administration to our farmers and ranchers in recent history. There have been more efforts to undermine the 2008 Farm Bill, than to fully implement it starting with efforts to eliminate direct payments and to force all farmers to release their tax returns before receiving support payments. Now, the EPA is issuing endangerment findings formally declaring carbon and other greenhouse gases, such as methane, as a pollutant. This paves the way for the EPA to regulate anything and everything that emits carbon or other greenhouse gases including livestock. The very real possibility of this administration proposing a 'cow tax' is why I proposed legislation to protect our livestock producers." (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. The Ag Minute: H.R. 910 Protects Agriculture From EPA Overreach. 5 April 2011. "For more than two years we have watched Obama's Environmental Protection Agency try to expand its authority over American agriculture. It only seems interested in pushing the extreme agenda of environmental groups at the expense of our farmers and ranchers. Most telling of the EPA's irrational regulatory approach is how it has concluded that the breath we exhale and the gas that livestock expels are dangerous pollutants and should be regulated under the Clean Air Act. EPA says agriculture is currently exempt from proposed regulations because it has targeted only the largest greenhouse gas emitters. But this doesn't provide any certainty to our farmers and ranchers. An exemption doesn't insulate them from the higher energy and operating costs they'll face from other industries hit by these regulations or from further regulations down the road." (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. Yankee Press And Dakotan: Climate Legislation Divides Ag Sector. 4 Jun 2009. "The House Energy and Commerce Committee recently passed climate change legislation that will set a national limit on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and create a cap and trade system that will enable the sale of 'carbon credits.' [¦] 'As it becomes clearer the extent of damage this bill will cause to agriculture without providing any benefits, more and more farm groups are writing to encourage their members of Congress to oppose this bill,' said Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Okla.), the ranking Republican member on the House Ag Committee, in a press release. 'Cap and trade is nothing more than a national energy tax.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. Video: EE TV: Rep. Frank Lucas weighs in on Congressional climate talks. 29 April 2010. "If you take the approach that the house took, and that is giving the federal government the ability to set up a quota system for emissions, giving the federal government the ability to set up a trade system by which some will win and some will lose, and dramatically increasing the taxes on the consumption of energy to drive down emissions - that's where the $700 billion in new revenue in the President's budget comes from, the taxes on electricity and gasoline and diesel - we've gotta have a positive incentive. Lets drive people towards making the investments to reduce their emissions not using the baseball bat of government regulations and tax to force them to change their style." Start at 3:11. (www.eenews.net)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms by law-abiding citizens."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal all bans and measures that restrict law-abiding citizens from owning legally-obtained firearms."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Reauthorize the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Increase federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Increase restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Impose a national ban on the public sale of assault weapons."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Ease procedures on the purchase and registration of firearms."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Oklahoma 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."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Impose a national ban on the sale of handguns to minors."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Oklahoma 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."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms that are legally owned and registered."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain all federal registration procedures and restrictions on possessing firearms."
  • Frank Lucas. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Frank Lucas voted Nay on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Frank Lucas voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. HR 125. 104th Congress. Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995. Frank Lucas voted Yea on 03/22/1996. (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Frank Lucas in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Frank Lucas supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 18 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Frank Lucas voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Frank Lucas voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Frank Lucas a grade of 82." (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. Lucas Proclaims Victory for Gun Rights in Our Nation's Capitol. 26 June 2008. "Today, the Supreme Court stood up for the individual rights of the people living and working in our nation's capitol [¦] The Heller decision has righted a 30 year wrong and I wholeheartedly agree with it." (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. Lucas Votes for Second Amendment Rights for the Nation's Capitol. 17 September 2008. "I have been a long-time supporter of the right to bear arms as established in the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution. Today, the House of Representatives stood up to protect the rights of the citizen's of our nation's capitol by requiring the District of Columbia's government come into compliance with the Heller decision." (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. Oklahoma Delegation Applauds Supreme Court's Decision to Uphold Constitutional Rights of Gun Owners in McDonald v. Chicago. 28 June 2010. "The United States Constitution could not be more clear when it states, 'the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.' As a life-long supporter of the 2nd Amendment, I truly believe this constitutional right should apply in every corner of the country. I applaud the Supreme Court's decision in McDonalds v. Chicago to reaffirm every American citizen's constitutional right to bear arms and I hope the Supreme Court will continue down the path of ensuring strict adherence to the constitutional rights granted to every American citizen." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Support President Clinton's position for a "comprehensive health care plan for all Americans.""
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Oklahoma 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."
  • Frank Lucas. Lucas Votes to Repeal Government Takeover of Health Care. 19 January 2011. "By having a straight up-or-down vote on repealing Obamacare, we have kept our promise to the American people and our commitment to real health reform. This was a promise I made to my constituents after hearing their concern with the trillion dollar government takeover of health care during the 50 town hall meetings I held last year." (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Frank Lucas voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Frank Lucas supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. Blog: Time for Real Reform. 21 January 2011. "As one of the first acts of the 112th Congress, I joined a bipartisan group of my colleagues -- including every member of the Oklahoma delegation -- and voted to repeal the government takeover of health care. Also known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, this bill was signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010 after more than 18 months of heated debate on both sides. And while I'm sure there were people in then-Speaker Pelosi's district in San Francisco that liked this bill, I couldn't find many in the Third District of Oklahoma." (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. Health Care Reform. 16 March 2010. "Madam Speaker, Article I, section 5 of the United States Constitution states, 'the yeas and nays of the Members of either House on any question shall, at the desire of one-fifth of those present, be entered on the Journal.' This is to ensure that important pieces of legislation, like the one before us this week, are given a clear up-or-down vote. Yet here we stand today with the possibility that a massive, trillion-dollar government takeover of our health care system would actually not be voted on in this Chamber. Not only does this violate the spirit of fairness within the rules of the House and the confidence entrusted in us by our constituents, it potentially violates our Constitution. Legislative gymnastics should not be used to pass a bill of this magnitude that will impact the life of every American. Change is needed within our health care system. We can all agree on that. But in an effort to pass a health care bill--any bill--this congressional majority has lost their way." (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. Lucas Will Oppose Government Takeover Of Health Care. 21 March 2010. "This is a flawed bill, and if successful will be a flawed law. As this country continues to suffer through an economic recession, the Speaker and the White House have decided, rather than focusing on creating jobs and easing the American family's tax burden, they should cram a trillion dollar government takeover of health care through Congress that includes $20 billion in unfunded mandates, $500 billion in new taxes, and a variety of fees and taxes on American businesses." (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. Oklahoma Delegation React to CMA Analysis That Health Care Bill Will Mean Higher Premiums, Rationed Care. 23 April 2010. "Rather than taking the time to ensure a full analysis was completed on their government takeover of health care, Speaking Pelosi and President Obama shoved it through Congress on a partisan vote before the American people could truly learn its long-term effects on the cost and standard of health care they would receive under it. The report released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) highlights what I and a majority of my fellow Americans repeatedly pointed out during the health care debate: that the bill would result in higher premiums, rationed health care, and would force many Americans from their current health care plans." (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. Tulsa World “ House Votes to Repeal Health-Care Reform Law. 20 January 2011. "It is time to sit down and start over with reforms that don't scare employers from hiring, reforms that allow the American people to have a choice in their health care and save rather than cost the people of Oklahoma money.'' (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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Oklahoma 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."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Allow legalization for certain illegal immigrants working in the U.S."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive U.S. citizenship."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Oklahoma 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."
  • Frank Lucas. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Frank Lucas voted Yea on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Frank Lucas voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Frank Lucas in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Frank Lucas supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Frank Lucas supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. Immigration, Agriculture Concerns Highlight 16-County Tour. 13 August 2006. "We have roughly 12 million illegal immigrants in this country, with more coming in our southern border every day. Constituents in Enid, Kingfisher, and across the district feel our border is not secure, and they want it fixed - now. I agree, and that's why I voted for legislation that passed the U.S. House to strengthen our border through not only the physical barriers, but also by incorporating new technologies such as sensors, radar, cameras, and unmanned aerial vehicles for border monitoring. The legislation also provides for additional inspectors at the borders, and would require that all illegal immigrants apprehended at the border to be detained and sent back to their home country. It increases the penalties for being in the country illegally, for engaging in human trafficking, and for knowingly hiring illegal aliens." (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. Issue Position: Immigration. 1 January 2010. "This is a country founded by immigrants and built on their hard work and dedication to the idea of a country created for the people and by the people. But America's current immigration problems have become a threat to our economy and our national security. We must crack down on illegal immigration and those who employ illegal aliens without threatening the American dream for those who play by the rules. I have long supported legislation to secure the U.S. -- Mexico border, including prohibiting the creation of a NAFTA Superhighway and toughening up immigration laws. Legal immigration is good for our country but we must be watchful of those that try to take advantage of our system in order to keep or families and friends safe. I have also always been a strong proponent of making English the official language of America. People should be proud of and embrace their native tongue but English is the language of commerce and in order to do business we must have one official language. Therefore, I have cosponsored H.R. 997 the English Language Unity Act and H.R. 4464 the Common Sense English Act, both stating that business should be done in English." (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. Issue Position: Immigration. 1 January 2012 "This is a country founded by immigrants and built on their hard work and dedication to the idea of a country created for the people and by the people. But America's current immigration problems have become a threat to our economy and our national security. We must crack down on illegal immigration and those who employ illegal aliens without threatening the American dream for those who play by the rules. I have long supported legislation to secure the U.S. -- Mexico border, including prohibiting the creation of a NAFTA Superhighway and toughening up immigration laws. Legal immigration is good for our country but we must be watchful of those that try to take advantage of our system in order to keep or families and friends safe." (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. Issue Position: Immigration. 1 January 2012. "I am working to see our borders secured and our immigration laws enforced, allowing legal immigration and naturalization." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Frank Lucas. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Frank Lucas voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "i) Do you support a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between a man and woman?"
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Frank Lucas supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. Lucas Statement on Marriage Amendment. 24 February 2004. "I voted for the Defense of Marriage Act, which prevents our state from being forced to legally recognize same-sex marriages of another state. It was signed into law in 1996. But liberal judges continue to try to redefine the institution of marriage. In fact, they could even strike down the Defense of Marriage Act. If it takes a constitutional amendment to keep the courts from imposing their will on Oklahomans and our values, then I will vote for a constitutional amendment protecting marriage, and will work for its passage." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Frank Lucas supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Frank Lucas supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 85 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Frank Lucas voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Frank Lucas supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 9 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Frank Lucas supported the interests of the American Family Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Frank Lucas voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. Rep. Lucas Appreciates Bush for Giving Positive Message of Hope to Americans. 20 January 2004. "I was especially pleased with Bush's call for fiscal restraint, his proposal to bring together America's community colleges and the industries that lack sufficient workers, and his call to protect the sanctity of marriage." (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. Marriage Issue Still Resonates With Oklahoma. 3 September 2006. "Along with issues like restraining wasteful government spending and balancing the federal budget, in Congress we also deal with social issues that speak to the direction of our country's morals. The sanctity of marriage is a moral issue that strongly resonates with Oklahomans, and one that I feel strongly about as well. The majority of Oklahomans believe that the best environment for children to be raised is in a traditional family, that includes both a mother and a father. But some liberal groups want to expand the definition of marriage to include same-sex unions. I believe that marriage should be defined as solely between one man and one woman, and I have supported legislation in Congress to enforce this traditional moral definition of marriage." (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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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which are managed by the government."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Frank Lucas. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Oklahoma Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Frank Lucas supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 67 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. Issue Position: Protecting Social Security. 1 January 2012. "I am a firm believer in the importance of the Social Security program. I am committed to making sure that these programs are there for all Americans - both current beneficiaries and future beneficiaries. Throughout my tenure in Congress, I have opposed proposals that would jeopardize the future viability of these programs. Unfortunately, financial and economic analysts agree that Social Security, as currently structured, is fiscally unsustainable. The annual surplus in the Social Security trust fund dropped sharply in 2009 and is expected to be nearly flat in 2010 because of the recession. The program will begin paying out more in benefits than it takes in from payroll taxes by 2016, a year earlier than estimated last year. Social Security will be insolvent by 2037, according to the report, at which point enrollees would receive about three-fourths of their promised benefits through 2083. This is mainly because of the great advances in health care over the last 30 years: as more Americans are living longer lives, the number of retirees as a percentage of the overall population grows. Consequently, the number of workers paying into the system will be too small to support the retirees who have already paid into the system. Clearly, the impetus for reform is there. Congress is currently debating ideas for Social Security reform that will put the program on a firm, stable footing for the next century. So far, however, no real solution has been offered and the topic continues to be pushed to the background as the president and the majority party in Congress focus on major pieces of their agenda like health care and cap-and-trade. One thing I will promise is that, whatever changes are made to Social Security, current beneficiaries will not see their benefits go down. Social Security is a promise that we made to our seniors, and I will fight to make sure that promise is kept." (votesmart.org)
  • Frank Lucas. Social Security Straight Talk. 19 June 2005. "Congress has addressed this issue in the past, and each time it has decided to either increase the payroll tax or raise the retirement age. Neither of these fixes is a solution at all - it only punts the problem away for future generations to deal with. At the beginning of the Social Security program, the payroll tax was 2 percent on the first $3,000 of income, split between employee and employer. In the 55 years since 1950, social security taxes have been raised 20 times. Today the tax is 12.4 percent on the first $90,000 of income. Clearly, the impetus for reform is there. Congress is currently debating ideas for Social Security reform that will put the program on a firm, stable footing for the next century. One thing I will promise is that, whatever changes are made to Social Security, current beneficiaries will not see their benefits go down. Social Security is a promise that we made to our seniors, and I will fight to make sure that promise is kept." (votesmart.org)

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Congressional Election 2006 National Political Awareness Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion.
a) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legal.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
Xd) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
Xe) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
g) Other or expanded principles
Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once.
Budget Priorities
Slightly Increasea) Agriculture
Maintain Statusb) Arts
Greatly Increasec) Defense
Slightly Increased) Education
Maintain Statuse) Environment
Greatly Increasef) Homeland security
Greatly Decreaseg) International aid
Slightly Increaseh) Law enforcement
Slightly Increasei) Medical research
Slightly Increasej) National parks
Maintain Statusk) Public health services
Slightly Increasel) Scientific research
Slightly Increasem) Space exploration programs
Slightly Increasen) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Slightly Decreaseo) Welfare
Greatly Increasep) Emergency preparedness
q) Other or expanded categories
Defense Spending
Greatly Increasea) Armed forces personnel training
Slightly Increaseb) Intelligence operations
Slightly Increasec) Military hardware
Slightly Increased) Modernization of weaponry and equipment
Slightly Increasee) National missile defense
Greatly Increasef) Pay for active duty personnel
Greatly Increaseg) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Slightly Increaseh) Research and development of new weapons
Slightly Increasei) Troop and equipment readiness
j) Other or expanded categories

Greatly increase veterans benefits

Using the key above, indicate what federal tax levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category.
Taxes
Income Taxes:
Family Income
Eliminatea) Less than $25,000
Greatly Decreaseb) $25,000-$75,000
Slightly Decreasec) $75,000-$150,000
Slightly Decreased) Over $150,000
e) Other or expanded categories
Retiree Income
Slightly Decreasef) Over $40,000
g) Other or expanded categories
Other Taxes:
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Eliminateb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Decreased) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Eliminatef) Inheritance taxes
g) Other or expanded categories
Deductions/Credits:
Slightly Increasea) Charitable contributions
Slightly Increaseb) Child tax credit
Maintain Statusc) Earned income tax credit
Greatly Increased) Medical expense deduction
Maintain Statuse) Mortgage deduction
Slightly Increasef) Student loan credit
g) Other or expanded categories
Yes4) Do you support the permanent repeal of the federal estate tax?
Yes5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?
6) Discuss your proposals for balancing the federal budget. (75 words or less. Please use an attached page if the space below is not adequate.)
7) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
a) Support public taxpayer funding for federal candidates who comply with campaign spending limits.
Xb) Increase the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns.
c) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
d) Allow unregulated soft money campaign contributions to political parties or committees.
e) Remove all contribution limits on federal campaigns and parties.
f) Require Section 527 organizations to register with the Federal Election Commission as Political Action Committees.
g) Do you support instant run-off voting?
h) Should Election Day be a national holiday?
Yesi) Do you support a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between a man and woman?
j) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.
Xa) Support the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
b) Eliminate the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
c) Support programs to provide prison inmates with educational, vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
d) Support programs to provide prison inmates with drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
e) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
f) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, and disability be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
g) Impose stricter penalties for those convicted of corporate crimes.
Xh) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
i) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding drugs.
Xa) Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
b) Expand federally sponsored drug education and drug treatment programs.
c) Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
d) Allow doctors to recommend marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
Xe) Increase border security to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the United States.
f) Eliminate federal funding for programs associated with the "war on drugs."
g) Support a federal law to standardize testing and penalties for steroid use in professional sports.
h) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students.
b) Allow parents to use vouchers, (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any public school.
c) Allow parents to use vouchers, (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any private or religious school.
Xd) Allow teachers and professionals to receive authorization and funding to establish charter schools.
e) Reward teachers with merit pay for working in low-income schools.
f) Increase funding for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings, infrastructure, technology).
g) Support affirmative action in public college admissions.
Xh) Increase funding of programs such as Pell grants and Stafford loans to help students pay for college.
Xi) Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college.
j) Other or expanded principles
1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.
a) Increase funding for national job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
Xb) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xc) Provide tax credits or grants to businesses that offer child care services to employees.
Xd) Encourage employers to offer flex-time scheduling, comp-time, and unpaid leave for family emergencies.
e) Eliminate all federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
f) Increase the federal minimum wage.
g) Support the right of workers to strike without fear of being permanently replaced.
h) Include sexual orientation in federal anti-discrimination laws.
i) Other or expanded principles
2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding affirmative action.
a) The federal government should consider race and gender in government contracting decisions.
b) The federal government should discontinue affirmative action programs.
c) The federal government should continue affirmative action programs.
d) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
Xa) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Water Act.
Xb) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act.
c) Support Clear Skies Act to reduce power plant emissions by setting a national cap on pollutants.
Xd) Require states to compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses of privately-owned land.
e) Relax logging restrictions on federal lands.
f) Relax standards on federal lands to allow increased recreational usage.
g) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil).
h) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
Xi) Support opening a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration.
Xj) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels to reduce pollution.
Xk) Support the use of ethanol as an alternative fuel.
l) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits.
m) Support the Kyoto Protocol to limit global warming.
n) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.
a) Reauthorize the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Xc) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Xd) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Xe) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
f) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
g) Require a license for gun possession.
h) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health care.
a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government.
b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income.
Xc) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts.
Xd) Establish limits on the amount of punitive damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
e) Support expanding prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
Xf) Offer tax credits to individuals and small businesses to offset the cost of insurance coverage.
g) Support automatic enrollment of children in federal health care programs such as CHIP and Medicaid.
h) Support stem cell research on existing lines of stem cells.
i) Allow laboratories to create new lines of stem cells for additional research.
j) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration.
a) Decrease the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country.
Xb) Establish English as the official national language.
c) Support a temporary worker program that would enable illegal immigrants to work in the United States legally.
d) Relax restrictions barring legal immigrants from using government funded social programs (e.g. public housing, food stamps).
e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States.
f) Other or expanded principles
International Aid
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding United States economic assistance.
a) Aid should be granted to countries when extraordinary circumstances cause disaster and threaten civilian lives.
Xb) Aid should be granted to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States.
c) Aid should be eliminated for any nation with documented human rights abuses.
Xd) International Aid programs should be scaled back and eventually eliminated.
e) Other or expanded principles
International Policy
1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the Middle East.
Yesa) Should the United States continue to provide leadership in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process?
Undecidedb) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
Noc) Should the United States withdraw its troops from Iraq?
Undecidedd) Should the United States send more troops to Iraq?
e) Discuss your proposals for an exit strategy in Iraq. (75 words or less. Please use an attached page if the space below is not adequate.)

We need to firmly establish democracy in Iraq before withdrawing our troops

f) Other or expanded principles
2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Central and East Asia.
Yesa) Should the United States use diplomatic and economic pressure to encourage North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program?
Undecidedb) Should the United States use military force to dismantle the North Korean nuclear weapons program?
Undecidedc) Should the United States remove the North Korean government from power?
Undecidedd) Should the United States increase financial support to Afghanistan?
Undecidede) Should the United States increase military support to Afghanistan?
f) Other or expanded principles
3) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the United Nations.
Noa) Should the United States maintain its financial support of the United Nations?
Yesb) Should the United States decrease its financial support of the United Nations?
Yesc) Should the United States commit troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions?
d) Other or expanded principles
No4) Should the United States lift the travel ban to Cuba?
Yes5) Should the United States increase its financial support to Colombia to combat "the war on drugs?"
Undecided6) Should aid to African nations for AIDS prevention programs fund distribution of contraceptives?
Yes7) Should aid to African nations for AIDS prevention programs fund abstinence education?
8) Other or expanded principles
International Trade
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international trade.
No1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
Yes2) Do you support the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA)?
No3) Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
Undecided4) Do you support continued U.S. membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
Yes5) Should a nation's human rights record affect its normal trade relations (most favored nation) status with the United States?
Yes6) Do you support the trade embargo against Cuba?
7) Should trade agreements include provisions to address environmental concerns and to protect workers' rights?
8) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding national security.
Yesa) Do you support using military tribunals to try suspected terrorists when ordinary civilian courts are deemed inappropriate or impractical?
Nob) Should the United States grant law enforcement agencies greater discretion to read mail and email, tap phones, and conduct random searches to prevent future terrorist attacks?
Yesc) Should the United States hold foreign states accountable for terrorists who operate in their country?
Yesd) Should the federal government increase funding to states and cities for homeland security?
Yese) Do you support the prohibition of torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment of prisoners in U.S. custody?
f) Do you support a policy of pre-emptive military strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to U.S. national security?
g) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security.
Xa) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves.
Xb) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government.
c) Invest a portion of Social Security assets collectively in stocks and bonds instead of United States Treasury securities.
d) Increase the payroll tax to better finance Social Security in its current form.
e) Lower the annual cost-of-living increases.
f) Raise the retirement age for individual eligibility to receive full Social Security benefits.
g) Other of expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding technology and communication.
a) Collect taxes on commercial Internet transactions.
b) Continue the moratorium on Internet taxation.
c) Implement government regulation of Internet content.
Xd) Support government mandates to curtail violent and sexual content on television.
Xe) Support strict penalties for Internet crimes (e.g. hacking, identity theft, worms/viruses).
f) Support legislation to detail how personal information can be collected and used on the Internet.
g) Regulating the Internet is not a responsibility of the federal government.
h) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare and poverty.
a) Require welfare recipients to spend at least 40 hours a week in a combination of work and training programs.
b) Increase funding for child care programs.
Xc) Continue to give states and local governments flexibility in and responsibility for welfare programs through federal block grants.
d) Direct federal poverty aid through religious, community-based, or other non-profit organizations.
e) Abolish all federal welfare programs.
Xf) Support housing assistance for welfare recipients.
g) Other or expanded principles
On an attached page, disk, or via email, please explain in a total of 75 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.
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