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Paul E. Kanjorski

Paul Kanjorski's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Paul E. Kanjorski
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Nancy; 1 Child
Birth Date: 04/02/1937
Birth Place: Nanticoke, PA
Home City: Nanticoke, PA
Religion: Roman Catholic
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Paul Kanjorski refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2010 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2010, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Planned Parenthood. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Paul Kanjorski supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 31 percent in 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Kanjorski. H Amdt 209 to HR 1815. 109th Congress. An amendment numbered 12 printed in House Report 109-96 to lift the current ban on privately funded abortions at U.S. military facilities overseas. Project Vote Smart Summary: Paul Kanjorski voted NO on 25 May 2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Kanjorski. S 3. 108th Congress. A bill to prohibit the procedure commonly known as partial-birth abortion. Project Vote Smart Summary: Paul Kanjorski voted YES on 2 October 2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Kanjorski. HR 760. 108th Congress. To prohibit the procedure commonly known as partial-birth abortion. Project Vote Smart Summary: Paul Kanjorski voted YES on 4 June 2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Kanjorski. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered;" "g) Medicare, Medicaid, and federal subsidies should be prohibited from being used on abortion procedures;" "Other: Provide funding for family planning programs as a means to decrease the number of abortions."
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Paul Kanjorski supported the interests of NARAL Pro-Choice America 50 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Paul Kanjorski supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 25 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Kanjorski. H Amdt 509 to HR 3962. 111th Congress. An amendment printed in Part C of House Report 111-330 to codify the Hyde Amendment in H.R. 3962. The amendment prohibits federal funds for abortion services in the public option. It also prohibits individuals who receive affordability credits from purchasing a plan that provides elective abortions. However, it allows individuals, both who receive affordability credits and who do not, to separately purchase with their own funds plans that cover elective abortions. It also clarifies that private plans may still offer elective abortions. Project Vote Smart Summary: Paul Kanjorski voted YES on 7 November 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Kanjorski. HR 3660. 106th Congress. To amend title 18, United States Code, to ban partial-birth abortions. Project Vote Smart Summary: Paul Kanjorski voted YES on 4 May 2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Kanjorski. Issue Position: Promoting a Culture of Life. "Protecting human life should be the guiding tenet of any civilization. Paul opposes abortion on demand and voted to ban partial birth abortion and human cloning." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Paul Kanjorski. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected NO for: "4) Do you support the permanent repeal of the federal estate tax?" Responded YES to: "5) Do you support requiring the federal budget to be balanced each year?;" "Other: Use tax policy to encourage individuals and families to save more for retirement. Greatly increase the tax rates of hedge fund and private equity managers by treating their earnings as ordinary income like all other working Americans."
  • National Taxpayers Union. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Paul Kanjorski supported the interests of the National Taxpayers Union 6 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Kanjorski. HR 5638. 109th Congress. To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the unified credit against the estate tax to an exclusion equivalent of $5,000,000 and to repeal the sunset provision for the estate and generation-skipping taxes, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Paul Kanjorski voted NO on 22 June 2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Kanjorski. HR 8. 108th Congress. To make the repeal of the estate tax permanent. Project Vote Smart Summary: Paul Kanjorski voted NO on 13 April 2005. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Club for Growth. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Paul Kanjorski supported the interests of the Club for Growth 0 percent in 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Kanjorski. HR 1. 111th Congress. Making supplemental appropriations for job preservation and creation, infrastructure investment, energy efficiency and science, assistance to the unemployed, and State and local fiscal stabilization, for fiscal year ending September 30, 2009, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Paul Kanjorski voted YES on 13 February 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Kanjorski. HR 1424. 111th Congress. To provide authority for the Federal Government to purchase and insure certain types of troubled assets for the purposes of providing stability to and preventing disruption in the economy and financial system and protecting taxpayers, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide incentives for energy production and conservation, to extend certain expiring provisions, to provide individual income tax relief, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Paul Kanjorski voted YES on 10 March 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Kanjorski. Fighting for American Taxpayers, Paychecks and Pensions in the Economic Rescue Bill. 3 August 2010. "In working to negotiate a revised plan, Congressman Kanjorski and his colleagues consulted many reputable, world-class economists who agreed about the need for a large-scale government intervention and advised the Congress to act on the Treasury's plan. [. . .] By requiring the government, as the holder of mortgages and mortgage-backed securities, to do all that it reasonably can to prevent foreclosures through loss mitigation efforts, the new law will also help to keep people in their homes and spur economic recovery by preventing real estate prices from falling further and perhaps even helping home prices to rise." (kanjorski.house.gov)
  • Paul Kanjorski. American Recovery and Reinvestmant Act of 2009. 28 January 2009. "In addition to Members of Congress fully understanding what we are trying to do and why, it is vitally important in a representative democracy for the American people to understand both the problem and the proposed solution. We rushed through the so-called TARP program without educating the American people, and they are convinced it was a bailout of Wall Street. I helped to draft the TARP program and voted for it because I believed that it was absolutely essential that we act immediately, despite the suspicions voiced by my constituents. The need for an economic stimulus is indeed urgent, but it is not so much of an emergency that we cannot afford to take the time to think so that we can do it right." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Kanjorski. Issue Position: Creating and Maintaining Good Paying Jobs. "During these difficult economic times, Paul has made job creation a top priority. Paul voted for the Recovery Act which was a mixture of targeted government spending and tax cuts designed to stimulate our economy and create or save millions of jobs. In addition, Paul supports investing in infrastructure projects, providing incentives to businesses to hire employees and promoting lending to small businesses. Paul has been a champion for increasing the minimum wage and strengthening the ability of unions to fight for workers. He opposed unfair trade deals like NAFTA which disadvantaged American workers. He has worked to improve federal programs to retrain workers who have lost their jobs because of foreign competition. Paul believes in investing in American workers and American technologies, two keys to long-term economic security for our country." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Business and Employment Issues: Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Paul Kanjorski. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Support proportional increases of Social Security benefits based on the cost of living index;" "Other: Protect Social Security surpluses with a lockbox. Retain the defined benefit structure of Social Security. Increase widows' benefits. Increase benefits for seniors affected by the 'notch' issue. Use a 'seniors-only' to more accurately reflect seniors' expenses & increase cost of living adjustments."
  • Representative Paul Kanjorski. Issue Position: Protecting Social Security. "Nearly 50 million Americans depend on Social Security, and Paul is committed to ensuring that they and future generations can continue to depend on it. Social Security is the foundation of our nation's retirement system because it offers retirees a guaranteed, predictable income source for as long as they live. Paul strongly opposes any effort to privatize Social Security, and he led the fight to stop President Bush's effort to establish personal accounts." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Crime Issues: Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Paul Kanjorski. H Amdt 497 to HR 2181. 105th Congress. An amendment to add a new section which provides that in further consideration of death sentence recommendations, life imprisonment shall be imposed instead, if the court has any doubt that a defendent actually committed the offense. Project Vote Smart Summary: Paul Kanjorski voted NO on 25 February 1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Kanjorski. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support the use of the death penalty for federal crimes."
  • Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants. 2005-2006. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Paul Kanjorski supported the interests of the Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants 60 percent in 2005-2006. (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education Issues: Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Home School Legal Defense Association. 1999-2000. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Paul Kanjorski supported the interests of the Home School Legal Defense Association 0 percent in 1999-2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Kanjorski. HR 1. 107th Congress. To close the achievement gap with accountability, flexibility, and choice, so that no child is left behind. Project Vote Smart Summary: Paul Kanjorski voted YES on 23 May 2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Kanjorski. Issue Position: Improving Our Schools. "The most important investment we can make is in our children. Paul believes in the importance of holding our educators accountable but recognizes that there are deep flaws in the No Child Left Behind Act which must be fixed. Learning should be about more than 'teaching to the test.' A strong supporter of Head Start, Paul understands that reaching children at a young age can change the course of their lives forever." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment and Energy Issues: Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Paul Kanjorski. HR 2454. 111th Congress. To create clean energy jobs, achieve energy independence, reduce global warming pollution and transition to a clean energy economy. Project Vote Smart Summary: Paul Kanjorski voted YES on 26 June 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Kanjorski. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil);" "e) Strengthen fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles;" "f) Support domestic oil exploration in areas that are currently restricted;" "g) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels;" "i) Support research and development of nuclear reactors as an alternative energy source;" "Other: Accelerate and enhance federal efforts to restore mine-scarred lands."
  • Environment America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Paul Kanjorski supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Kanjorski. Issue Position: Achieving Energy Independence. "Until alternatives to fossil fuels are cost-effective and readily available, Paul believes that the United States must fully utilize its existing supply of oil, natural gas, and coal. He also supports the careful expansion of nuclear energy." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Kanjorski. Kanjorski Supports Energy Bill To Reduce Dependence On Foreign Oil . 29 June 2009. "By no means is this energy bill perfect, but today, refusing to act was not an option. We need to begin the process of decreasing greenhouse gas emissions, creating clean energy jobs in America, and reducing our dependence on foreign oil. Change in our energy economy will not happen overnight, but it is clear that in this situation, the positives outweigh the negatives. The University of Massachusetts estimates that 1.7 million jobs will be created by transitioning to a clean energy economy. I deeply understand the real concerns regarding the additional costs for consumers and businesses that are essential to the economy, especially during these difficult economic times, and I hope that the bill which emerges in consultation with the Senate will further address these concerns. I believe that the small incremental costs associated with this bill are a small sacrifice that we can all make to ensure the well being of this country in the long-term. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that subsidies for low-income families included in the bill will result in annual savings in energy costs of about $40. Furthermore, according to a recent study released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as a result of energy efficiency measures in this legislation, all consumers' utility bills will decrease about 7 percent in 2020. I commend President Obama for taking on this ambitious effort to move our country toward greater energy self-sufficiency and environmental sustainability, and I believe this bill is a reasonable first step toward reaching a goal that I think we all share." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Kanjorski. Issue Position: Achieving Energy Independence. "It has never been more imperative to decrease our dependence on foreign sources of oil, increase energy efficiency, and lower energy prices. Paul supports investing in alternative energy technologies and creating green energy jobs. Until alternatives to fossil fuels are cost-effective and readily available, Paul believes that the United States must fully utilize its existing supply of oil, natural gas, and coal. He also supports the careful expansion of nuclear energy. Paul is supportive of the natural gas development taking place in the Marcellus Shale in Northeastern Pennsylvania but believes that we must work to ensure that any natural gas drilling occurs in the safest way possible and with the least impact on our environment. Paul also feels that we should ensure that gas companies hire local employees whenever possible and believes that the revenues from the natural gas should remain in local areas and in Pennsylvania." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Gun Issues: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Paul Kanjorski. HR 1025. 103rd Congress. To provide for a waiting period before the purchase of a handgun, and for the establishment of a national instant criminal background check system to be contacted by firearms dealers before the transfer of any firearm. Project Vote Smart Summary: Paul Kanjorski voted NO on 10 November 1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Kanjorski. HR 2122. 106th Congress. To require background checks at gun shows, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Paul Kanjorski voted NO on 18 June 1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Kanjorski. HR 4296. 103rd Congress. To make unlawful the transfer or possession of assault weapons. Project Vote Smart Summary: Paul Kanjorski voted NO on 5 May 1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Kanjorski. HR 6842. 111th Congress. To restore Second Amendment rights in the District of Columbia. Project Vote Smart Summary: Paul Kanjorski voted YES on 17 September 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Kanjorski. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Allow individuals to carry concealed guns;" "Other: Maintain the ability of law-abiding citizens to purchase and own guns. Increase penalties for the possession of any illegal guns. Require immediate background checks on sales at gun shows."
  • Paul Kanjorski. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Responded MAINTAIN STATUS for: "c) Enforcement of existing restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns. d) Restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 2003. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Paul Kanjorski supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 20 percent from 1991 and 2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Paul Kanjorski a grade of D. (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. 7 July 2010. "In 2010 National Rifle Association gave Representative Kanjorski a grade of A, in its scorecard for candidates seeking office in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Issues: Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • American Public Health Association. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Paul Kanjorski supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 89 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Kanjorski. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal healthcare program to guarantee coverage to all Americans, regardless of income;" "c) Allow the importation of prescription drugs into the United States;" "d) Support expanding prescription drug coverage under Medicare;" "e) Offer tax credits to individuals and small businesses to offset the cost of insurance coverage;" "f) Support expanding child healthcare programs;" "Other: Extend Medicare reimbursement formulas to protect the viability of health care infrastructure in places like Northeastern Pennsylvania. Modify Medicare to provide seniors with voluntary, affordable and guaranteed prescription drug coverage through Medicare."
  • Paul Kanjorski. HR 3962. 111th Congress. To provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Paul Kanjorski voted YES on 7 November 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Kanjorski. Kanjorski Supports Health Care Reform Bill To Reduce Costs For All Americans. 7 November 2009. "While there are many detailed provisions in this complex legislation, it is important to note what the bill does not do. The only effect it will have on senior citizens who rely on Medicare is it will reduce their out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs, as noted by AARP in its recent endorsement of the bill. The bill does not use tax dollars to pay for abortions. It does not require our smallest businesses to pay for insurance coverage for their employees. It will not result in the federal government controlling the delivery of health care; in fact, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that only six million Americans will choose to enroll in the government-sponsored insurance plan, the so-called "public option." It does not add to the federal deficit. CBO estimates that the bill will reduce the deficit by $109 billion over the first ten years." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Kanjorski. Issue Position: Making Health Care Affordable for Everyone. "Every American should have access to affordable, quality health care. Paul supported the health care reform legislation that was recently signed by the President. This law begins reducing insurance costs and providing access to millions of uninsured individuals. It provides tax incentives to small businesses that provide health insurance and will assist individuals in purchasing health insurance. It also works to eliminate discrimination based on pre-existing conditions, allows young adults to remain on their parents' insurance until age 26 and begins closing the Medicare Part D coverage gap or 'donut hole.'" (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration Issues: Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Paul Kanjorski. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Establish English as the official national language;" "d) Support harsher financial punishments for those who knowingly employ illegal immigrants;" "f) Illegal immigrants should have to return to their countries of origin before being considered for citizenship;" "Other: Achieve strategic control of our borders before considering any worthy immigration reform proposals. Penalize corporate wrongdoers that break existing illegal immigration laws. Require legal immigrants to support themselves."
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 2007-2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Paul Kanjorski supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 15 percent in 2007-2008. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso. 2007-2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Paul Kanjorski supported the interests of the National Latino Congreso 50 percent in 2007-2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Kanjorski. Issue Position: Curbing Illegal Immigration. "Paul believes that we need secure borders and strong enforcement of laws already on the books to prevent illegal immigration. He opposes amnesty for illegal immigrants, and is a cosponsor of the Secure America through Verification and Enforcement (SAVE) Act. This bill would combat illegal immigration through stronger worksite enforcement, increased border security, and improved interior enforcement. Paul has long been a supporter of making English the official language of the United States government because the use of English as a common language remains vital to our nation's prosperity. As a land of immigrants, America has prospered by attracting talented and ambitious people from around the world. Paul supports streamlining the process by which those who aspire to become Americans can immigrate to our country legally." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer International Policy Issues: Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Paul Kanjorski. HR 4899. 111th Congress. Supplemental Appropriations Act. Project Vote Smart Summary: Paul Kanjorski voted NO on Limiting Afghanistan Military Funding to Withdrawal and Other Specified Purposes on 1 July 2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Kanjorski. HR 4899. 111th Congress. Supplemental Appropriations Act. Project Vote Smart Summary: Paul Kanjorski voted YES on Requiring Timetable for Withdrawal from Afghanistan on 1 July 2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Paul Kanjorski supported the interests of Peace Action West 54 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Kanjorski. Issue Position: Ending the War in Iraq and Fighting Terrorism in Afghanistan. "More than 4,000 American service members have lost their lives in Iraq, and more than 31,000 have been injured. It is time for the Iraqis to take care of Iraq. Paul believes that America has fulfilled its commitment to help the Iraqi people form a new government and that we should begin the process of removing our troops from Iraq. He has supported legislation to require the redeployment of U.S. forces from Iraq and supports the President Obama's plan to remove troops this year. Paul also believes that we should work towards bringing American service members home from Afghanistan. Last year, President Obama announced his plan to begin drawing down troops from Afghanistan in July 2011. Paul supports requiring the President to present a plan to Congress by April 4, 2011 on the safe, orderly, and expeditious redeployment of U.S. troops from Afghanistan." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Social Issues: Should marriage only be between one man and one woman? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Paul Kanjorski. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected NO for: "a) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?;" "b) Do you support a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman?;" "Other: The federal government should always be working to change special preferences as society changes."
  • Paul Kanjorski. H J Res 88. 109th Congress. Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to marriage. Project Vote Smart Summary: Paul Kanjorski voted NO on 18 July 2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Kanjorski. HR 3396. 103rd Congress. To define and protect the institution of marriage. Project Vote Smart Summary: Paul Kanjorski voted YES on 12 July 1996. (votesmart.org)

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Pennsylvania Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage 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.
d) 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) Dilation and extraction or "partial-birth" abortion procedures should be legal.
Xg) Medicare, Medicaid, and federal subsidies should be prohibited from being used on abortion procedures.
h) Other or expanded principles.

Provide funding for family planning programs as a means to decrease the number of abortions.

Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once.
1) Budget Priorities
Maintain Statusa) Agriculture
Maintain Statusb) Arts
Maintain Statusc) Defense
Slightly Increased) Education
Slightly Increasee) Environment
Slightly Increasef) FEMA
Slightly Increaseg) Homeland security
Slightly Decreaseh) International aid
Slightly Increasei) Law enforcement (Federal)
Slightly Increasej) Law enforcement (State)
Slightly Increasek) Medical research
Slightly Increasel) National parks
Slightly Increasem) Public health services
Slightly Increasen) Scientific research
Slightly Decreaseo) Space exploration programs
Slightly Increasep) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Maintain Statusq) United Nations
Maintain Statusr) Welfare
s) Other or expanded categories

Greatly Increase - Job creation - economic development

2) Defense Spending
Maintain Statusa) Armed forces personnel training
Maintain Statusb) Intelligence operations
Slightly Decreasec) Military hardware
Slightly Increased) Modernization of weaponry and equipment
Slightly Decreasee) National missile defense
Slightly Increasef) Pay for active duty personnel
Slightly Increaseg) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Maintain Statush) Research and development of new weapons
Slightly Increasei) Troop and equipment readiness
j) Other or expanded categories

Slightly Increase - troop recruitment

3) Taxes
Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once.
Family Income Taxes
Slightly Decreasea) Less than $12,000
Slightly Decreaseb) $12,001-$40,000
Slightly Decreasec) $40,001-$100,000
Maintain Statusd) $100,001-$180,000
Slightly Increasee) $180,001-$350,000
Slightly Increasef) $350,001 and above
g) Other or expanded categories
Other Taxes
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increasec) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Decreasef) Inheritance taxes
g) Other or expanded categories

Slightly Increase - companies moving overseas

Deductions/Credits
Maintain Statusa) Charitable contribution deduction
Maintain Statusb) Child tax credit
Slightly Increasec) Earned income tax credit
Maintain Statusd) Medical expense deduction
Maintain Statuse) Mortgage deduction
Slightly Increasef) Student loan credit
g) Other or expanded categories

Greatly Increase - environmental clean up credits

No4) Do you support the permanent repeal of the federal estate tax?
Yes5) Do you support requiring the federal budget to be balanced each year?
6) Other or expanded principles

Use tax policy to encourage individuals and families to save more for retirement. Greatly increase the tax rates of hedge fund and private equity managers by treating their earnings as ordinary income like all other working Americans

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
a) Support increasing the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns.
b) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
c) Allow unregulated soft money campaign contributions to political parties or committees.
d) Remove all contribution limits on federal campaigns and parties.
e) Support prohibiting ads containing candidates' name that are paid for by third parties from airing 60 days before a primary and 30 days before a general federal election.
f) Support instant run-off voting (IRV).
g) Support designating Election Day as a national holiday.
h) Support giving the President the power of the line item veto for items concerning appropriations.
Xi) Support limiting the President's use of signing statements in order to prevent an alternative interpretation of the bill.
j) Support a federal shield law to protect reporter-source privilege.
k) Other or expanded principles

Provide free or low-cost television advertising to candidates who agree to voluntary campaign spending limits. Create a paper trail to ensure accurate elections.

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.
Xc) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xd) Support programs to provide prison inmates with drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
e) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
Xf) Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
Xg) Support strict penalties for internet crime (e.g. hacking, identity theft, worms/viruses).
h) Require that crimes based on sexual orientation be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
i) Other or expanded principles

Reauthorize and increase funding for the COPS program that provides federal grants to localities to hire new police officers. Increase funding for bulletproof vest programs. Support programs that provide job training and placement services for at-risk youth.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
a) Support the federal government funding universal pre-K programs.
b) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any public school.
c) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any private or religious school.
Xd) Allow teachers and professionals to receive federal funding to establish charter or magnet schools.
Xe) Increase funding for the Pell Grant program.
Xf) Decrease interest rates of Stafford Loans.
Xg) Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college.
Xh) Ban university financial aid officers from owning stock in or accepting gifts from student loan lenders.
Xi) Require universities to disclose financial relationships with lenders.
j) Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind).
k) Eliminate all federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind).
l) Other or expanded principles

Promote discipline, order and safety in classrooms. Increase funding for Head Start and other early education programs. Enhance educational opportunities for the gifted and disabled. Increase funding to the states to hire and retain teachers in math and science.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.
Xa) Increase funding for national job-training programs that retrain displaced workers or teach skills needed in today’s job market.
Xb) Reduce government regulation of the private sector.
Xc) Encourage employers to offer child care services, flex-time scheduling, comp-time, and unpaid leave for family emergencies.
Xd) Increase the federal minimum wage.
Xe) Support the right of workers to unionize.
f) Eliminate all federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
g) Include sexual orientation in federal anti-discrimination laws.
h) Include gender identity in federal anti-discrimination laws.
i) Other or expanded principles

Provide additional tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries to economically-distressed areas.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
a) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Water Act.
b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act.
Xc) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil).
d) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
Xe) Strengthen fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
Xf) Support domestic oil exploration in areas that are currently restricted.
Xg) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels.
h) Support the use of ethanol as an alternative fuel.
Xi) Support research and development of nuclear reactors as an alternative energy source.
j) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits under "cap and trade" laws.
k) Support international mandatory emission targets to limit global warming.
l) Support international voluntary emission targets to limit global warming.
m) Other or expanded principles

Accelerate and enhance federal efforts to restore mine-scarred lands.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.
Xa) Allow individuals to carry concealed guns.
b) Ban the sale, ownership or possession of handguns except by law enforcement and other government officials.
On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories.
Maintain Statusc) Enforcement of existing restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Maintain Statusd) Restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
e) Other or expanded principles

Maintain the ability of law-abiding citizens to purchase and own guns. Increase penalties for the possession of any illegal guns. Require immediate background checks on sales at gun shows.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health.
Xa) Implement a universal healthcare program to guarantee coverage to all Americans, regardless of income.
b) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts.
Xc) Allow the importation of prescription drugs into the United States.
Xd) Support expanding prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
Xe) Offer tax credits to individuals and small businesses to offset the cost of insurance coverage.
Xf) Support expanding child healthcare programs.
g) Providing healthcare is not a responsibility of the federal government.
h) Other or expanded principles

Extend Medicare reimbursement formulas to protect the viability of health care infrastructure in places like Northeastern Pennsylvania. Modify Medicare to provide seniors with voluntary, affordable and guaranteed prescription drug coverage through Medicare.

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.
Xd) Support harsher financial punishments for those who knowingly employ illegal immigrants.
e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States.
Xf) Illegal immigrants should have to return to their countries of origin before being considered for citizenship.
g) Illegal immigrants should be given a pathway to citizenship.
h) Support merit-based visas over family-based visas.
i) Other or expanded principles

Achieve strategic control of our borders before considering any worthy immigration reform proposals. Penalize corporate wrongdoers that break existing illegal immigration laws. Require legal immigrants to support themselves.

International Aid
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international aid.
Xa) Support the United States granting aid to countries when extraordinary circumstances cause disaster and threaten civilian lives.
Xb) Support the United States granting aid to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States.
c) Eliminate United States aid for any nation with documented human rights abuses.
d) Aid granted by the United States should be scaled back and eventually eliminated.
e) Other or expanded principles
International Policy
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international policy.
Yesa) Should the United States continue to provide leadership in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process?
Yesb) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
Yesc) Should the United States impose greater international sanctions on Iran if it continues to defy United Nations mandates?
Undecidedd) Should the United States support the Lebanese government against insurgent forces?
Noe) Should the United States maintain its troop levels in Iraq?
Yesf) Should the United States withdraw its troops from Iraq?
g) Discuss your proposals for Iraq.

We must pursue a realistic, responsible redeployment of U.S. forces in Iraq at the earliest practicable date. We must, however, still maintain a quick-reaction U.S. force in the region to protect our national security interests. To promote internal and regional stability, technical assistance to the Iraqi government should continue. A reduction in the number of troops in Iraq would allow us to refocus and enhance our efforts to defeat al-Qaeda and stop a resurgent Taliban.

Yesh) Should the United States apply greater economic and diplomatic sanctions against North Korea if it fails to abide by its agreement to suspend its nuclear program?
Yesi) Should the United States increase financial support for Afghanistan?
Yesj) Should the United States increase military support for Afghanistan?
Yesk) Should the United States trade nuclear fuel to India for civilian purposes?
Nol) Should the United States decrease financial support for Pakistan?
Undecidedm) Should the United States decrease military support for Pakistan?
Yesn) Should the United States be involved in bringing an end to the violence in Darfur, Sudan?
Undecidedo) Should the United States be involved in bringing an end to the violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo?
Undecidedp) Should the United States provide economic and military support to the Transitional Government of Somalia?
Undecidedq) Should the United States use sanctions to encourage the government of Zimbabwe to end its human rights abuses?
Undecidedr) Should the United States support the creation of an independent nation of Kosovo?
s) Other or expanded principles

On several of the above questions the potential circumstances are too varied to give definitive answers.

International Trade
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international trade.
Undecideda) Do you support the United States imposing economic sanctions on China?
Undecidedb) Do you support the United States imposing trade sanctions on Venezuela?
Noc) Do you support the United States involvement in free trade agreements?
Yesd) Do you support the United States involvement in intergovernmental organizations dedicated to trade?
e) Other or expanded principles

In questions a - b, the potential circumstances are too varied to give a definitive answer.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding national security.
Undecideda) Do you support using military tribunals to try suspected terrorists when ordinary civilian courts are deemed inappropriate or impractical?
Nob) Should law enforcement agencies have greater discretion to monitor domestic communications, to prevent future terrorist attacks?
Undecidedc) 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?
Noe) Do you support pre-emptive military strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to United States national security?
Nof) Do you support the creation of a federal identification card system?
Nog) Do you support long-term use of National Guard troops to supplement the armed forces in assignments overseas?
Noh) Should the United States expand its missile defense shield?
i) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.
Noa) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?
Nob) Do you support a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman?
Yesc) Do you support federal funding for research on existing embryonic stem cell lines?
Yesd) Do you support federal funding to create lines of stem cells from new embryos?
Undecidede) Should the federal government consider race and gender in government contracting decisions?
Undecidedf) Should the federal government continue affirmative action programs?
Yesg) Should the federal government regulate internet gambling?
h) Other or expanded principles

The federal government should always be working to change special preferences as society changes.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security.
a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts that they manage themselves.
b) Ensure the viability of Social Security by increasing the payroll tax.
c) Decrease benefits paid to retirees.
Xd) Support proportional increases of Social Security benefits based on the cost of living index.
e) Raise the retirement age for individual eligibility to receive full Social Security benefits.
f) Other or expanded principles

Protect Social Security surpluses with a lockbox. Retain the defined benefit structure of Social Security. Increase widows' benefits. Increase benefits for seniors affected by the "notch" issue. Use a "seniors-only" to more accurately reflect seniors' expenses & increase cost of living adjustments.

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.
Xb) Continue to give states and local governments flexibility in and responsibility for welfare programs through federal block grants.
c) Support housing assistance for welfare recipients.
d) Abolish all federal welfare programs.
e) Other or expanded principles

Maintain state flexibility to choose the appropriate mix of services and activities to move welfare recipients to self-sufficiency. Increase access to education and vocational training for welfare recipients. Increase access to safe, decent & affordable shelter for seniors, homeless, disabled and low-income working families.

Please explain in a total of 100 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.

My priorities are:

- improving the infrastructure of Northeastern Pennsylvania to attract high-quality jobs with tax incentives, public-private partnerships, federally guaranteed loans, grants and worker training;

- preserving Social Security and strengthening Medicare; and

- as Chairman of the Capital Markets Subcommittee, establishing more effective regulation of Wall Street businesses to protect Main Street taxpayers.

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