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Bernie Sanders' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. Senate (VT) - Jr, Independent
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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-choice Candidate Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bernie Sanders. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Bernie Sanders voted Yea on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Strongly Support" for: "Federally funded abortions should be permitted."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Strongly Oppose" for: "Abortion should be illegal in all circumstances."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Congress should eliminate federal funding for clinics and medical facilities that provide abortion services."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Congress should eliminate abortion services from any federally funded health care plan."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial birth" abortion."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Bernie Sanders supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bernie Sanders. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Bernie Sanders voted Yea on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • Bernie Sanders. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Bernie Sanders voted Yea on 06/09/1999. (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 Bernie Sanders a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Bernie Sanders. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Bernie Sanders voted Nay on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Bernie Sanders. HR 670. 103th Congress. Abortion Counseling Bill. Bernie Sanders voted Yea on 03/25/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Bernie Sanders supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bernie Sanders. H Amdt 436. 104th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Bernie Sanders voted Yea on 06/15/1995. (votesmart.org)
  • Bernie Sanders. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Bernie Sanders voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Bernie Sanders. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Bernie Sanders voted Nay on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Bernie Sanders. H Amdt 185. 103th Congress. Hyde Amendment. Bernie Sanders voted Nay on 06/30/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Bernie Sanders. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Bernie Sanders voted Yea on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should be illegal when the fetus is viable, with or without life support."
  • Bernie Sanders. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Bernie Sanders voted Yea on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Bernie Sanders supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bernie Sanders. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Bernie Sanders voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Bernie Sanders. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Bernie Sanders voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Strongly Support" for: "Women should be able to get abortions if they want no matter what the reason."
  • Bernie Sanders. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Bernie Sanders voted Yea on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Bernie Sanders. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Bernie Sanders voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. NARAL Pro-Choice America endorsed Bernie Sanders in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Bernie Sanders supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bernie Sanders. S Amdt 3896. 110th Congress. Prohibiting the Funds in S 1200 from Being Used for Abortions. Bernie Sanders voted Nay on 02/26/2008. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bernard Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 2012 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected NO ANSWER for: "Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan?" Afghanistan: other or expanded principles: "I support a timetable for quick and complete US withdrawal from Afghanistan. We went to war against Afghanistan to capture Osama bin Laden. He is now dead, and our reason for being there no longer pertains/."
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Bernie Sanders supported the interests of the Peace Action 86 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bernie Sanders. S Amdt 4204. 112th Congress. Requiring Afghanistan Troop Redeployment Plan and Timetable. Bernie Sanders voted Yea on 05/27/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Bernie Sanders supported the interests of Peace Action West 86 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Yes Candidate Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bernie Sanders. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Bernie Sanders voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Bernard Sanders. Fixing the Deficit. 12 May 2011. "When we spend over $1 trillion on wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and we forget to pay for those wars, we run up a deficit. When we provide over $700 billion in tax breaks to the wealthiest people in this country and we forget to pay for those tax breaks, we run up a deficit. When we pass a Medicare Part D prescription drug program written by the drug companies and the insurance companies that does not allow Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices and ends up costing us far more than it should--$400 billion over a 10-year period--and we don't pay for that, we run up the deficit. If we more than double military spending since 1997, excluding the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and we don't pay for that, we drive up the deficit." (votesmart.org)
  • Bernard Sanders. Letter to the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. 13 October 2010. "Given the size of our deficit and debt problems as well as the political challenges and policy controversies involved in implementing any solutions to them, it is clear to us that cutting the military budget must be a part of any visible proposal. The Department of Defense currently takes up almost 56% of all discretionary federal spending, and accounts for nearly 65% of the increase in annual discretionary spending levels since 2001. Much of this increase, of course, is attributable to direct war costs, but nearly 37% of discretionary spending growth falls under the "base" or "peacetime" military budget. Applying the adage that is necessary to "go where the money is" requires that rigorous scrutiny be applied to military spending. We believe that such an analysis will show that substantial spending cuts can be made without threatening our national security, without cutting essential funds for fighting terrorism, and without shirking our obligations as a nation to our brave troops currently in the field, our veterans, and our military retirees." (votesmart.org)
  • Bernard Sanders. Defense Authorization Bill. 10 September 2008. "I hear many of my colleagues come to the floor and speak about waste and fraud in all kinds of agencies and, frankly, that is appropriate. Our job as Members of Congress is to make sure we do our best to see that not one nickel--not one nickel--is spent in waste or in fraud or unwisely. But just as we should do that with the Department of Agriculture or with Human Services, we should also do it with the Defense Department; in fact, even more so with the Defense Department, because their budget is so huge--$500 billion at a time of massive amounts of unmet needs in this country. It appears that not a week goes by when one doesn't open a newspaper or see a television program which deals with another example of horrendous waste, fraud, or abuse which takes place within the Department of Defense." (votesmart.org)
  • Bernard Sanders. Statements on Introduced Bills and Joint Resolutions. 8 March 2007. "I think we can find billions of dollars in savings when we look at the military budget as well. The bill I am introducing today, the National Priorities Act, will in fact accomplish these goals." (votesmart.org)
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt? Reduce governmental defense spending."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Not a Priority" for: "Indicate your priorities for spending any anticipated federal budget surplus. a) Defense"
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Decrease" 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"
  • Bernard Sanders. Defense Spending. 12 September 2008. "Eisenhower, who became President in 1952--though it is not widely known--was extremely vocal in taking on not only Democrats--he was a Republican--but Republicans as well in saying that every nickel we spent on excess and wasteful military spending--something which he knew something about as a former five-star general--was simply taking money away from the needs of the American people." (votesmart.org)
  • Bernard Sanders. MSNBC "The Ed Show" - Transcript. 25 May 2011. "In my view, as I've just said, we can and should move toward deficit reduction very boldly. But you've got to do it by asking the wealthiest people in this country and the largest corporations who are making huge profits to start paying their fair share of taxes. You have to start cutting back on military spending, ending the war in Afghanistan." (votesmart.org)
  • Bernie Sanders. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Bernie Sanders voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • Bernie Sanders. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Bernie Sanders voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Bernie Sanders. HR 2561. 106th Congress. Defense Department Appropriations bill, FY2000. Bernie Sanders voted Nay on 07/22/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Bernie Sanders. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Bernie Sanders voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Bernie Sanders. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Bernie Sanders voted Nay on 01/22/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Bernie Sanders. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Bernie Sanders voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Bernie Sanders. HR 2206. 110th Congress. Emergency Departmental Supplemental Appropriations Bill of 2007. Bernie Sanders voted Nay on 05/24/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Bernie Sanders. S Amdt 4818. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Bernie Sanders voted Nay on 05/22/2008. (votesmart.org)
Yes Candidate 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

  • Bernard Sanders. The Budget. 25 May 2011. "Here is the kicker of this whole thing: The House Republican budget does not ask the wealthiest people in this country, whose tax rates are now the lowest on record, to contribute one dime more for deficit reduction--not one dime more. Yet we can voucherize Medicare, slash Medicaid, education, infrastructure, and environmental protection, but to ask the wealthiest people in this country to pay one penny more in taxes after they receive hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks, my goodness, we can't do that." (votesmart.org)
  • Bernard Sanders. The Economy. 10 December 2010. "Here is one of the interesting ironies. There are lists of many very wealthy people who have come forward and said: Sure, I want a tax break. Everybody wants a tax break. But you know what, there are other priorities in this country, and I don't need it. Two of the wealthiest people in the world--and these are billionaires--Bill Gates of Microsoft and Warren Buffett of Berkshire, say: It is absurd. We don't need a tax break." (votesmart.org)
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "2. Please indicate the changes you will support (if any) concerning the tax levels for each of the listed categories. Income Taxes on Families Earning $140,000 or More"
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate the changes you support (if any) concerning the tax levels for the following categories. Select one number only. e) Family income over $150,000"
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt? Raise personal income taxes for all citizens."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Increasing the income taxes of those with incomes over $100,000."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Indicate what levels you support concerning taxes, deductions, and tax credits in the following categories. d) Over $150,000" Income Taxes - Family Income Other or expanded principles: "$300,000"
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt? Raise corporate taxes."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate the changes you support (if any) concerning the tax levels for the following categories. Select one number only. j) Corporate income taxes" Other Tax Issues Other or expanded principles: "corporate welfare "
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt? Raise personal income taxes for citizens with incomes over $100,000."
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Bernie Sanders supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 0 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Bernie Sanders. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Bernie Sanders voted Nay on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Bernie Sanders supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 3 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Bernie Sanders supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Bernard Sanders. Help Middle-Class Children, End Bush Tax Breaks for Millionaires. 6 March 2008. "Households with earnings of more than $1 million are projected to receive $51 billion next year thanks to Bush-backed tax breaks enacted in 2001 and 2003. My amendment would use $41 billion to increase funding for special education; Head Start; child care; school construction; home heating assistance, and nutrition programs." (votesmart.org)
  • Bernard Sanders. Letter to Chairman Hensarling and Chairwoman Murray, Co-Chairs of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 8 November 2011. "As you work to craft a comprehensive deficit reduction plan, we believe you should incorporate reasonable spending cuts and ask the wealthiest Americans and most profitable corporations to pay their fair share. However, we understand through media reports and talking to our colleagues that revenue options remain the largest challenge in your negotiations to obtain significant deficit reduction. We believe we have a viable revenue option that deserves serious consideration. S. 1787 / H.R. 3313, the Wall Street Trading and Speculators Tax Act, is forecasted by the Joint Committee on Taxation to raise $353 billion over ten years, and $218 billion in years 6-10 [¦] The tax would also cover all derivative contracts, options, puts, forward contracts, swaps and other complex instruments at their actual cost." (votesmart.org)
  • Bernard Sanders. Court Security Improvement Act of 2007. 19 April 2007. "One of the reasons the gap between the rich and the poor is growing wider and why we now have by far the most unequal distribution of income and wealth of any major country is due to the passage of massive tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires since President Bush has been in office. Now, you stop and you take a look at the needs of the people of our country in the most basic sense. Hunger is increasing. Well, what do we think? Should we eliminate hunger in America or do you give tax breaks to billionaires? I don't think too many people would disagree with what we should be doing." (votesmart.org)
  • Bernard Sanders. Dealing with the deficit. 2 March 2011. "The issue is pretty clear: The top 1 percent in America earns 23 percent of all income, more than the bottom 50 percent. The wealthiest people in this country over the last 20 years have seen a reduction--a reduction--in the tax rates they pay. Today, at 16 percent, the wealthiest people in this country are paying the lowest tax rates that the rich have paid in many decades." (votesmart.org)
  • Bernard Sanders. FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act. 16 February 2011. "The second area: As a result of President Bush's tax policies, which have recently been extended, against my vote, in the Obama administration, we provided many hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires. The wealthiest people in this country are doing phenomenally well. The effective tax rate for the wealthiest people in this country is lower than at any time on record, in many cases lower than what working people are paying. Yet we decided, against my vote, to give them hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks, driving up the deficit." (votesmart.org)
  • Bernard Sanders. Fixing the Deficit. 12 May 2010. "No. 1, I want everybody to hear this: If we imposed a 5.4 percent surtax on millionaires who have been doing phenomenally well, over a 10-year period we can raise $383 billion. What do you think? We can throw millions of people off of Medicaid, we can end nutrition programs for low-income kids, or we can ask the wealthiest people to pay a little bit more. The cause of this recession we are in right now has to do with the greed, the recklessness, and illegal behavior on Wall Street. The crooks on Wall Street who made huge sums of money ended up driving this country into a terrible recession. If we passed a speculation fee, a fee on Wall Street speculators, we could raise as much as $100 billion a year, and, by the way, have the added benefit of cutting back on speculation." (votesmart.org)
  • Bernard Sanders. MSNBC "The Ed Show" - Transcript. 20 March 2011. "SCHULTZ: What would it do if they were paying, say, one or two or three percent? What would it do? Have you run the numbers on this? On just what kind of an impact and how it would affect--because right now, what we're having in this country, on a state level--and, of course, just in the last segment of the show on the federal level--we"re going through some cuts that we've never seen before, because we have not a tax problem. We have a revenue problem. If we were to fix the tax code, all of that would change. SANDERS: Absolutely. Look, you know, as Bob Reich just mentioned a moment ago, it is insane to be extending tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires. It is equally insane that large profitable corporations not only pay no taxes, but get a rebate from the IRS." (votesmart.org)
  • Bernard Sanders. SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act of 2011. 16 March 2011. "Do we have to address the deficit crisis? Yes, we do. But my friend from Oklahoma did not respond to the issue of why, if he and his friends are so concerned about our deficit crisis, they vote year after year for hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks for the wealthiest people or why they want to repeal the estate tax, which will provide $1 trillion dollars in tax breaks to the top three-tenths of 1 percent." (votesmart.org)
Yes Candidate Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "2) Would you support enforcing the spending limits agreed to in 1997 by the President and Congress to balance the budget?"
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt? Reduce governmental domestic spending."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Strongly Support" for: "Which of the following measures designed to address the issue of unemployment do you support or oppose? Federal investment in America's infrastructure."
  • Bernard Sanders. American Jobs And Closing Tax Loopholes Act Of 2010. 9 June 2010. "But that is not all this amendment would do. This amendment would also invest $10 billion into the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provided $3.2 billion for this highly successful program. It is already having a very positive impact in creating jobs, in saving energy in all 50 States of our country." (votesmart.org)
  • Bernard Sanders. Sanders Op-Ed: A Revolution in Primary Health Care. 19 January 2010. "As we work to address both our economic and health care crises in America, putting significantly more resources into community health centers is a smart way to help millions of Americans stay healthy while saving taxpayers' money and creating jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Bernie Sanders. S Amdt 3301. 112th Congress. Ending the Troubled Asset Relief Program. Bernie Sanders voted Nay on 01/21/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Bernie Sanders. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Bernie Sanders voted Nay on 10/01/2008. (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 Bernie Sanders a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Bernie Sanders supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bernard Sanders. Energy Efficiency. 31 March 2010. "From an economic perspective, and as chairman of the green jobs subcommittee, I happen to believe that, over a long-term period, breaking our dependency on fossil fuels and moving to energy efficiency and such sustainable energies as wind, solar, biomass and geothermal can create millions of good paying jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Bernard Sanders. Special Report: Impact of the Stimulus on Vermont. 28 July 2010. "A lot of people are wondering what the stimulus package did. How does my family benefit? Where are the jobs? That's why we did this study. The answer is that federal taxes were cut for almost all Vermonters and thousands of jobs have been created or saved. Formally known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the ongoing $862 billion bill that Congress passed 18 months ago already has saved or created at least 2.5 million jobs nationally and, according to the White House Council of Economic Advisors, at least 7,000 in Vermont." (votesmart.org)
  • Bernard Sanders. Delegation Welcomes Release of Funds for "Vermonter' High-Speed Rail Project. 29 September 2010. "In the near future, this investment will create much-needed employment for Vermont workers. In the long term, it will strengthen our economy as we improve Vermont's transportation infrastructure for both cargo and passengers." (votesmart.org)
  • Bernard Sanders. CBS "Face the Nation" - Transcript. 3 October 2010. "Well, what's happened is, I think that people understand-- the President and the Democratic Congress have made very significant accomplishments, which-- which can't be dismissed: a health care reform, thirty million more people getting health insurance; the stimulus package which has changed national priorities created and saved two and a half to three million jobs; financial reform. That's nothing to sneeze at." (votesmart.org)
  • Bernard Sanders. The Economic Recovery. 17 February 2010. "The stimulus will go a long way in Vermont and throughout the country to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure, move us to energy independence and sustainable energy, protect working families hurt by the recession and, most importantly, create millions of good-paying jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Bernard Sanders. Issue Position: Education. 22 June 2011. "In 2009, through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (aka the stimulus package) Senator Sanders was able to reinvest in Vermont's teachers and schools and put money in programs that helped fuel the economy. Vermont received over $70 million in the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund, $12 million for Title I funds, and over $25 million in Individuals with Disabilities Education Act funds. All of this was used to help Vermont's classrooms and schools thrive despite difficult economic times, and allowed many Vermont teachers to stay in their jobs. It is estimated that over 900 Vermont teachers saved their jobs because of ARRA funding." (votesmart.org)
Yes Candidate Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bernard Sanders. Letter to The Honorable Harry Reid, The Honorable Mitch McConnell, The Honorable Max Baucus, The Honorable Charles E. Grassley. 29 November 2010. "Given its proven track record, and the importance of diversifying our nation's energy sources, we reiterate the call made by our colleagues in April to extend this program. We believe that any tax package should be designed to stimulate economic growth and job creation, and should include an extension of the Treasury Grant Program with an appropriate offset." (votesmart.org)
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Vermont 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."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Vermont 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."
  • Bernard Sanders. The Economy. 10 December 2010. "Economists on both ends of the political spectrum believe that if we are serious about addressing the horrendous economic crisis we are in now, 9.8 percent unemployment, there are far more effective ways of creating the jobs we have to create than those tax proposals. With corporate America already sitting on close to $2 trillion cash on hand, it is not that our friends in corporate America don't have any money, we have to help them. They have $2 trillion cash on hand. The problem is not in my view that corporate taxes are too high; it is that the middle class simply doesn't have the money to purchase the goods and products that make our economy go and create jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Bernard Sanders. The Week in Review: Small Business Tax Credit. 13 July 2012. "Yet another filibuster by Senate Republicans blocked consideration of a proposed tax credit intended to encourage employers to hire new workers. Sanders was in the 53-44 majority on Thursday, but backers still fell seven votes short of the 60 needed under Senate rules to advance the bill." (www.sanders.senate.gov)
  • Bernie Sanders. S 3816. 112th Congress. Tax Law Amendments. Bernie Sanders voted Yea on 09/28/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Bernie Sanders. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. Bernie Sanders voted Nay on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Bernie Sanders. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Bernie Sanders voted Nay on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Housing Vermont: VERMONT RURAL VENTURES AWARDED $35 MILLION IN NEW MARKETS TAX CREDITS. 21 September 2012. "Economic development and job creation will get a welcome shot in the arm through the recent award of $35 million in federal New Markets Tax Credits to Vermont Rural Ventures (VRV), an affiliate of Housing Vermont [¦] Senator Bernie Sanders noted that the tax credits are especially valuable as the state recovers from the effects of Tropical Storm Irene. "These funds will be used to create good-paying jobs where we need them most," Sanders said." (www.hvt.org)
No Candidate 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

  • Bernard Sanders. An Update on Overhauling No Child Left Behind. 25 October 2011. "The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP) passed the Elementary and Secondary Education Reauthorization Act on Oct. 20 by a bipartisan vote of 15 to 7. This legislation, which overhauls the No Child Left Behind Act, will now be sent to the full Senate for consideration. Sen. Bernie Sanders voted in favor of moving this bill out of committee and believes there are significant provisions in the bill which are an improvement on the current law [¦] The most punitive and restrictive requirements of No Child Left Behind are removed from this bill. This new legislation eliminates the "adequate yearly progress" requirement so that there is less pressure to "teach to the test." It supports states, like Vermont, that have adopted the Common Core Standards so students are taught the skills they need to be in college and career ready. This bill also allows for greater state and local flexibility, allowing many of the most important decisions affecting our schools to be made by Vermonters and not the federal government. Federal involvement is instead focused on the schools with the greatest needs." (www.sanders.senate.gov)
  • Bernard Sanders. Sanders: U.S. Education Dept. Must Cooperate with Vermont. 6 June 2012. "'It is unacceptable that nearly $5 billion of federal "Race to the Top" funding has been distributed while Vermont and many other states have not received a penny,' Sanders said after meeting with Duncan in the senator's office on Capitol Hill [¦] Sanders also said he was pleased to hear from Duncan that there will be a special "carve out" for rural states in a new, $350 million round of funding for "Race to the Top." Also during the meeting, the senator said he was "extremely disappointed" that Vermont could not obtain a waiver from the "No Child Left Behind" law. He said requirements of the Bush-era law are 'fundamentally incompatible with the state's education model.' Sanders said he was delighted that Secretary Duncan promised to personally discuss the waiver issue with Vermont education officials to explore how a resolution could be reached." (www.sanders.senate.gov)
  • Bernie Sanders. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Bernie Sanders voted Nay on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Bernie Sanders. HR 1804. 104th Congress. Goals 2000: Educate America Act. Bernie Sanders voted Yea on 03/23/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Promote education flexibility by giving federal funds, in the form of block grants, to the states to spend it as they see fit."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "If elected to Congress, which of the following proposals designed to change our nations' public education system will you support? Increased national testing."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "2) Do you support the use of block grants given to states, rather than federal spending, in the following areas? b) Education"
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Local" for: "Indicate which level of government should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. 3) Education"
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Eliminate the Department of Education, thereby giving state and local government greater control over educational issues."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" 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)"
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Eliminate the U.S. Department of Education."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Establish a nationwide competency test for teachers and encourage states to adopt it."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" 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)" 1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. Other or expanded principles: "corporate welfare "
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "If elected to Congress, which of the following proposals designed to change our nations' public education system will you support? National curricula and standards."
  • Bernard Sanders. Issue Position: Education. 23 June 2011. "In 2007 and 2008, the HELP Committee considered the question of whether to reauthorize the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. Senator Sanders strongly opposes the testing regimen NCLB has put in place, because it greatly narrows school and classroom curricula and makes "teaching to the test" the basis of many courses in public schools. He believes that the federal government should be helping schools, not punishing them with penalties by deeming them "failing" and by withholding funds from the schools which need them most, as NCLB requires. Likewise, he opposes the unfunded mandates in NCLB which obligate that local schools do things without providing funds to pay for what the federal government requires." (votesmart.org)
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Establish "National Standards" for K-12 schools and encourage states to adopt them."
No Candidate Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

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  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Bernie Sanders supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Bernie Sanders. S 953. 112th Congress. Offshore Production and Safety Act. Bernie Sanders voted Nay on 05/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Strongly Oppose" for: "Opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration."
  • Bernard Sanders. MSNBC "The Ed Show" “ Transcript. 27 May 2010. "Thirdly, Ed, what I would say, if there"s a silver lining in this terrible, terrible ecological disaster, it should be that we wake up and understand that right now, we have got to transform our energy system away from fossil fuel, away from offshore drilling, and into energy efficiency and sustainable energy. Let me give you one example. When I called for a ban, permanent ban on offshore drilling in the Atlantic and Pacific Coast, if the oil companies had their way and done all of the drilling in those areas that they wanted, do you know how much we would save on a gallon of gas in the year 2030?" (votesmart.org)
  • Bernard Sanders. Sanders Op-Ed: Disaster Should Accelerate Switch to Cleaner Energy. 9 May 2010. "If, as a nation, we are prepared to take bold action in energy efficiency, public transportation, advanced vehicle technologies, solar, wind, biomass, and geothermal, we can transform our energy system, clean up our environment, and create millions of new jobs in the process. This direction, and not more offshore drilling, is where we have got to go." (votesmart.org)
  • Bernard Sanders. Op-Ed: Oil Spill Shows Drilling is Not The Answer. 28 May 2010. "Offshore drilling simply does not achieve the goals that its advocates claim, and it is not worth the risk. If we are serious about wanting to break our dependence on foreign oil and move to energy independence; if we want to lower the cost of energy; if we want to combat climate change and cut greenhouse gas emissions; if we want to create millions of new jobs -- then more offshore drilling is not the way to go." (votesmart.org)
Yes Candidate Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Bernard Sanders. Issue Position: Global Warming/ Energy and Environment. 23 June 2011. "Sanders' Global Warming Pollution Reduction Act (which he introduced with Senator Barbara Boxer, chair of the Environment and Public Works Committee as well as others) would implement aggressive policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and avert the most catastrophic changes associated with global warming. In addition, the bill would make the United States a leader in energy efficient technologies and create millions of good paying jobs in the process. Sustainable energy sources, like solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, as well as energy efficient technologies, including compact fluorescent light bulbs and efficient appliances are vital and cost-effective tools in the battle against global warming. Sanders is committed to promoting these technologies and continuing to find new opportunities to promote clean energy." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Bernie Sanders supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Bernard Sanders. Kerry, Colleagues Respond to GOP Assault on Environmental Protections. 31 January 2011. "Voters last November did not vote for more pollution, but Republicans want to put the EPA out of business in order to roll back clean air protections, make us even more dependent on fossil fuels, and stop the United States from reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This bill must be stopped in its Big Oil tracks." (votesmart.org)
  • Bernard Sanders. Op-Ed: Oil Spill Shows Drilling is Not The Answer. 28 May 2010. "Offshore drilling simply does not achieve the goals that its advocates claim, and it is not worth the risk. If we are serious about wanting to break our dependence on foreign oil and move to energy independence; if we want to lower the cost of energy; if we want to combat climate change and cut greenhouse gas emissions; if we want to create millions of new jobs -- then more offshore drilling is not the way to go." (votesmart.org)
  • Bernard Sanders. Sanders Announces Vermont Energy Grants. 4 December 2010. "We need to be more energy independent, less reliant on fossil fuel, and more reliant on local sustainable energy sources. Our vision for Vermont is to be a leader and a model for the rest of the nation in terms of reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and creating jobs in energy efficiency and sustainable energy." (votesmart.org)
  • Bernard Sanders. Senators Stand Up For Clean Air Act. 31 March 2011. "It is absolutely unconscionable that in the year 2011 the Congress is debating amendments to gut the Clean Air Act and I am going to fight back. I also think that at a time when House Republicans might force a government shutdown unless the EPA backs down from protecting public health, we must not let the budget process be used to deregulate polluters." (votesmart.org)
  • Bernard Sanders. Spill Bill a Bust. 3 August 2010. "The good news is that we have the capability to reverse greenhouse gas emissions and create millions of good-paying jobs. Transforming our energy system is good for our economy as we move away from spending $350 billion every single year importing oil from Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and other foreign countries. What we have got to do is begin to invest that money here, create energy here, create jobs here. So am I disappointed that we're not moving in that direction? Absolutely." (votesmart.org)
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Pass stronger clean water and clean air legislation."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Vermont 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."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Consider further increasing federal taxes on gasoline and diesel fuels."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Promote the selling of pollution credits to encourage industries to decrease amount of pollution."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Reduce current federal regulations on the environment."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Encourage further market based strategies to clean up the environment such as pollution credits."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Eliminate government regulations of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Eliminate government regulations to encourage investment and economic expansion of the private sector."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Vermont 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."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks."
  • League of Conservation Voters. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. League of Conservation Voters endorsed Bernie Sanders in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Bernie Sanders supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Bernie Sanders in the 2004 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Bernie Sanders. S J Res 26. 112th Congress. Statement of Opposition to EPA Greenhouse Gas Rule. Bernie Sanders voted Nay on 06/10/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Bernard Sanders. A Statement From Sen. Bernie Sanders. 18 April 2011. "So today I am proud that our Vermont National Guard is meeting the challenge of reducing our dependence on fossil fuels, meeting the challenge of reducing our greenhouse gas emissions, and serving as a model of innovation for other military facilities around the nation. Today we break ground on a project that will put in place approximately 1.45 megawatts of clean solar energy, fueled by the Sun." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Bernie Sanders. S Amdt 4070. 110th Congress. Prohibiting Funds in the Bill S 1200 from Being Used to Decrease Gun Ownership. Bernie Sanders voted Yea on 02/25/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Impose a national ban on the public sale of assault weapons."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Strongly Oppose" for: "A mandatory waiting period before the purchase of a handgun." Which of the following anti-crime measures do you support or oppose? Other or expanded principles: "A ban on specified assault-style semiautomatic weapons."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal all bans and measures that restrict law-abiding citizens from owning legally-obtained firearms."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "Maintain Ban on Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons"
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain all federal registration procedures and restrictions on possessing firearms."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms that are legally owned and registered."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "Maintain Ban on Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons"
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Impose a national ban on the sale of handguns to minors."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Vermont 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."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "Maintain Ban on Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons"
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Vermont 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."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Ease procedures on the purchase and registration of firearms."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Increase restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Bernie Sanders. HR 4296. 104th Congress. Regulation of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons. Bernie Sanders voted Yea on 05/05/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Bernie Sanders. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Bernie Sanders voted Nay on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Bernie Sanders supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 66 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Bernie Sanders. H Amdt 390. 103th Congress. Instant Background Checks for Gun Purchase Amendment. Bernie Sanders voted Yea on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Bernie Sanders. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Bernie Sanders voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Bernie Sanders. HR 1025. 103th Congress. Brady Handgun Bill. Bernie Sanders voted Nay on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Bernie Sanders. S Amdt 1067. 111th Congress. Allowing Loaded Guns in National Parks. Bernie Sanders voted Yea on 05/12/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Bernie Sanders a grade of 18." (votesmart.org)
  • Bernie Sanders. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Bernie Sanders voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Bernie Sanders. S Amdt 1618. 111th Congress. Authorizing Concealed Firearms Across State Lines. Bernie Sanders voted Nay on 07/22/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Bernie Sanders. HR 125. 104th Congress. Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995. Bernie Sanders voted Nay on 03/22/1996. (votesmart.org)
  • Bernard Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 2012 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected NO ANSWER for: "Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?" Guns other or expanded principles: "I believe that most concerns about owndership, purchase and possession of guns is best addressed at the state level. As a senator, I believe in deferring this question to the states."
  • Bernard Sanders. News August 3. 3 August 2012. "With the debate over gun control simmering in the wake of the shooting in Aurora, Colo., the members of Vermont's congressional delegation reiterated their beliefs that individual states should maintain their ability to shape their own firearm laws. "In my view, decisions about gun control should be made as close to home as possible," Sen. Sanders told the Addison County Independent." (www.sanders.senate.gov)
Yes Candidate Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Bernard Sanders. Letter To The Honorable Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader. 4 March 2010. "This reform is long overdue, and we are pleased that the House voted in such an overwhelming manner to bring antitrust scrutiny to the health insurance industry. Last year, we cosponsored similar legislation in the Senate to repeal this Federal antitrust exemption for health insurers. We filed that legislation as an amendment to the Senate health insurance reform bill, but it was never called up for a vote. Now the time to act is upon us." (votesmart.org)
  • Bernard Sanders. Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States of America. 14 May 2011. "The Republican budget proposal would not keep pace with the rate of inflation for health care, meaning seniors would pay ever higher out-of-pocket costs. Under the proposal, the annual increase for the vouchers will fall short of the actual rate of inflation for health care -- meaning out-of-pocket expenses for seniors will continue to soar. And to make matters worse, the Republican budget would repeal the only credible means of restraining health care costs -- the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Bernard Sanders. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States, The Honorable Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader and The Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House. 13 January 2010. "We write to reiterate our call for inclusion of language that repeals the Federal antitrust exemption for health insurers and medical malpractice insurers in the final Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that is signed into law. There is simply no reason for health insurance and medical malpractice insurance companies to be exempt from Federal laws prohibiting price fixing, bid rigging, and market allocation. These acts hurt consumers, drive up health care costs, and should be prohibited in the health insurance industry, as they are in virtually every other industry." (votesmart.org)
  • Bernard Sanders. Vermont Delegation and Governor Shumlin Hail Obama Endorsement of State Health Reform Waiver Legislation. 28 February 2011. "At a time when 50 million Americans lack health insurance and when the cost of health care continues to soar, it is my strong hope that Vermont will lead the nation in a new direction through a Medicare-for-all, single-payer approach. I am delighted that President Obama announced today that he will, in fact, support allowing states to innovate with health coverage models sooner rather than later. I worked hard to draft and secure the waiver provision in the health reform law and I am very pleased the president now agrees that we should make it available in 2014 as originally intended. While there is a lot of work to be done, I look forward to working with Sens. Leahy, Wyden, Inouye, Brown and others in the Senate and Rep. Welch and others in the House to get this done as soon as possible." (votesmart.org)
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues. Other or expanded principles: "Permit Reimportation of Lower Priced Medicines from Canada/Other Countries"
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Implementation of a "play or pay" program where employers must enroll their employees and families in a basic health plan or contribute to a public fund that will provide health care for everyone without coverage."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Do you consider the fact that many Americans do not have health insurance to be a problem, and if so, please note which of the following proposals you favor? No reform necessary at this time."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Support President Clinton's position for a "comprehensive health care plan for all Americans.""
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Elimination of private insurance in favor of a program administered and paid for by the federal government and run by the states, similar to the health care system in Canada."
  • Bernie Sanders. S Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Repealing the Federal Health Care Law. Bernie Sanders voted Nay on 02/02/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Bernie Sanders supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bernard Sanders. News July 10. 10 July 2012. "Progressives see the Supreme Court's decision on Obamacare as a stepping stone to the single-payer utopia they've long dreamed of, a Forbes contributor disapprovingly blogged. Sally Pipes cited Sen. Sanders' assertion that the Affordable Care Act is 'an important step in the right direction [but] the real solution to America's health care crisis is a Medicare-for-all, single-payer system.'" (www.sanders.senate.gov)
No Candidate Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

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  • Bernard Sanders. Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007--Continued. 27 May 2007. "In my view, this bill is also responsible in how it deals with the very contentious and difficult issue of how we respond to the reality that there are some 12 million illegal immigrants in this country today. This bill carves out a path which eventually leads to citizenship, and that is something I also support." (votesmart.org)
  • Bernard Sanders. Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007. 7 June 2007. "This bill also carves out a path to citizenship which, frankly, is the right thing to do. But also what this bill does not do is analyze effectively the impact of various aspects of this legislation--the guest worker program, H-1B program--on the lives of American workers. The basic premise under which this bill operates in those areas is a false one. What it says is there are jobs out there, large numbers of jobs, that American workers won't take. I think that is true to some degree, but this bill grossly exaggerates that problem. Because the truth is, if employers paid living wages for jobs, we would be very surprised at the number of people in this country who would be delighted to hold those jobs. But if people are going to pay starvation wages and not provide health care or other benefits, yes, it is true American workers may not gravitate to those jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Vermont 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."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Vermont 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."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Grant U.S. citizenship to children born in the US only if their parents immigrated legally."
  • Bernie Sanders. S Amdt 3117. 110th Congress. Border Fence and Customs Appropriations. Bernie Sanders voted Yea on 10/03/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Bernie Sanders. S Amdt 4231. 110th Congress. Immigration Enforcement and Border Fence Amendment. Bernie Sanders voted Nay on 03/13/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Bernie Sanders supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Bernie Sanders supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 94 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bernie Sanders. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Bernie Sanders voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
Yes Candidate Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Bernie Sanders. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Bernie Sanders voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Bernie Sanders supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Bernie Sanders supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Bernie Sanders supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Bernie Sanders supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 14 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Bernie Sanders supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
No Candidate 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.
No Candidate Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

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  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check 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. "Bernie Sanders supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Bernard Sanders. Signed Progressive Change Campaign Committee: Social Security Protectors. "Social Security belongs to the people who have worked hard all their lives and contributed to it. Social Security is a promise that must not be broken. We need to strengthen Social Security, not cut it. That is why I oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including increasing the retirement age. I also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part." (socialsecurityprotectors.com)

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Vermont Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage Test

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Pro-choiceCandidate AnswerDo you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Other or expanded principles

I support a woman's right to choose.

NoInferred Answer Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations
  • Bernard Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 2012 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected NO ANSWER for: "Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan?" Afghanistan: other or expanded principles: "I support a timetable for quick and complete US withdrawal from Afghanistan. We went to war against Afghanistan to capture Osama bin Laden. He is now dead, and our reason for being there no longer pertains/."
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Bernie Sanders supported the interests of the Peace Action 86 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bernie Sanders. S Amdt 4204. 112th Congress. Requiring Afghanistan Troop Redeployment Plan and Timetable. Bernie Sanders voted Yea on 05/27/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Bernie Sanders supported the interests of Peace Action West 86 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
YesDo you support a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan?
Other or expanded principles

I support a timetable for quick and complete US withdrawal from Afghanistan. We went to war against Afghanistan to capture Osama bin Laden. He is now dead, and our reason for being there no longer pertains/.

Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing the federal budget.
In order to balance the budget,
YesCandidate Answerdo you support reducing defense spending?
YesCandidate Answerdo you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Nodo you support reducing Medicaid spending?
Nodo you support reducing Medicare spending?
YesIs balancing the budget a legislative priority?
Other or expanded principles

We should move toward serious deficit reduction, most importantly by taxing the wealthy, who do not pay their fair share of the tax burden, and by closing tax loopholes for large corporations and corporations which ship jobs abroad to fatten their corporate profits. We should NOT blance the buget on the shoulders of the elderly, children, the poor, veterans or the currently hard-pressed middle class.

YesDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles

Citizens United, which decided that corporations are persons and have an almost unlimited capacity to contribute to political campaigns and the issues which shape political campaigns, is one of the two or three worst decisions in the history of the Supreme Court. I jhave introduced legislation which would, by constitutional amendment, reverse Citizens United.

Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
YesDo you support spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
YesDo you support the temporary extension of unemployment benefits?
Do you support the 2010 temporary extension of tax relief?
Other or expanded principles

[...support the temporary extension of tax relief?] Candidate answered "Yes" and "No".

I support the extention of tax relief for middle class and working families. I do not, emphatically, support the extension of tax breaks for those earning over $250,000 a year.
I believe that federal investment in infrastructure both creates jobs, and makes our nation stronger and more economically competitive. In terms of stimulating our economy and creationg jobs -- as well as sustaining those trapped by this severe economic recession -- I think both unemployment compensation at food stamps are essential to support Americans devastated by the recession.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants?
Other or expanded principles

I believe states, which along with communities have traditionally been the main support for our public schools, should be the entities which decide on reforms. I strongly support both early education (and child care) and extended education (after school programs, summer programs) as ways to strengthen our education of children and youth. I strongly support Pell grants, which help make college more affordable to the children of working families

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Other or expanded principles

Global warming is real, and a threat to not only future generations, but to our very planet itself. I strongly support sustainable energy -- solar, wind, biomass, geothermal -- as a way to reduce carbon emissions, and to reduce our dependence of foreign oil.

YesDo you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Other or expanded principles

Global warming, and climate change, are one of the great challenges we face today. We must act aggressively to reduce carbon emissions. Solar, wind, thermal and biomass can greatly help us to move in tht direction. I ction. So can the development of hybrid-electric and electric vehicles, energy efficiency, and greater investment in mass transit.

Unknown PositionInferred Answer Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations
  • Bernie Sanders. S Amdt 4070. 110th Congress. Prohibiting Funds in the Bill S 1200 from Being Used to Decrease Gun Ownership. Bernie Sanders voted Yea on 02/25/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Impose a national ban on the public sale of assault weapons."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Strongly Oppose" for: "A mandatory waiting period before the purchase of a handgun." Which of the following anti-crime measures do you support or oppose? Other or expanded principles: "A ban on specified assault-style semiautomatic weapons."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal all bans and measures that restrict law-abiding citizens from owning legally-obtained firearms."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "Maintain Ban on Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons"
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain all federal registration procedures and restrictions on possessing firearms."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms that are legally owned and registered."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "Maintain Ban on Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons"
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Impose a national ban on the sale of handguns to minors."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Vermont 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."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "Maintain Ban on Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons"
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Vermont 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."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Ease procedures on the purchase and registration of firearms."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Increase restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Bernie Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Bernie Sanders. HR 4296. 104th Congress. Regulation of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons. Bernie Sanders voted Yea on 05/05/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Bernie Sanders. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Bernie Sanders voted Nay on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Bernie Sanders supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 66 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Bernie Sanders. H Amdt 390. 103th Congress. Instant Background Checks for Gun Purchase Amendment. Bernie Sanders voted Yea on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Bernie Sanders. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Bernie Sanders voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Bernie Sanders. HR 1025. 103th Congress. Brady Handgun Bill. Bernie Sanders voted Nay on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Bernie Sanders. S Amdt 1067. 111th Congress. Allowing Loaded Guns in National Parks. Bernie Sanders voted Yea on 05/12/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Bernie Sanders a grade of 18." (votesmart.org)
  • Bernie Sanders. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Bernie Sanders voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Bernie Sanders. S Amdt 1618. 111th Congress. Authorizing Concealed Firearms Across State Lines. Bernie Sanders voted Nay on 07/22/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Bernie Sanders. HR 125. 104th Congress. Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995. Bernie Sanders voted Nay on 03/22/1996. (votesmart.org)
  • Bernard Sanders. Project Vote Smart: 2012 Vermont Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected NO ANSWER for: "Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?" Guns other or expanded principles: "I believe that most concerns about owndership, purchase and possession of guns is best addressed at the state level. As a senator, I believe in deferring this question to the states."
  • Bernard Sanders. News August 3. 3 August 2012. "With the debate over gun control simmering in the wake of the shooting in Aurora, Colo., the members of Vermont's congressional delegation reiterated their beliefs that individual states should maintain their ability to shape their own firearm laws. "In my view, decisions about gun control should be made as close to home as possible," Sen. Sanders told the Addison County Independent." (www.sanders.senate.gov)
Other or expanded principles

I believe that most concerns about owndership, purchase and possession of guns is best addressed at the state level. As a senator, I believe in deferring this question to the states.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
YesShould individuals be required to purchase health insurance, as mandated in the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
Other or expanded principles

The Affordable Care Act is a step forward toward universal health care, but it is imperfect, and so I voted for it but without strongly endorsing it. I have long believed that health care is a right of every citizen -- every citizen -- and that the best way to achieve a strong and fair health care system is through a Medicare-for-all, single payer system. I have consistently introduced, and strongly supported, legislation to establish a single-payer approach to health care.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
YesDo you support allowing illegal immigrants, who were brought to the United States as minors, to pursue citizenship without returning to their country of origin?
Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration law by state and local police?
Other or expanded principles

Legal immigration is and should be our practice and our goal. But with 11.5 undocumented immigrants currently residing in the US, we must address that reality. I support the DREAM Act, which would confer citizenship on young people who grew up in the United States if they serve in the military or graduate from high school.
The 14th amendment of the Constitution makes the federal government, not the states, the arbiter of citizenship.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?
NoShould the U.S use military force in order to prevent Iran from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Other or expanded principles

While we must aggressively pursue international terrorists and all of those who would do us harm, we must do it in a way that protects the Constitution and the civil liberties which make us proud to be Americans.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
Other or expanded principles

I am opposed to the privatization of Social Security.

Spending
Indicate what federal spending levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.
Slightly Decreasea) Agriculture
Maintain Statusb) Arts
Greatly Decreasec) Defense
Greatly Increased) Education
Slightly Increasee) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Homeland Security
Maintain Statusg) International aid
Slightly Increaseh) Medical Research
Maintain Statusi) Scientific Research
Slightly Decreasej) Space exploration
Maintain Statusk) United Nations
Maintain Statusl) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories

1 Develop sustainable energy and create green jobs
6 Eliminate corporte welfare

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.
Greatly Increasea) Capital gains taxes
Greatly Increaseb) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusc) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Maintain Statusd) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Maintain Statuse) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Slightly Decreasef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Greatly Increaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
Greatly Increasei) Inheritance taxes
j) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories

Payroll taxes: I favor ending the payroll tax reduction, which was instituted as a short-term measure to stimulate the economy, because over the long term it will weaken the Social Security Trust Fund. I favor removing the cap on payroll taxes for those earning over $250,000 a year, because doing so would guarantee that all Social Security benefits could be paid for the next 75 years. I believe, I stated earlier, that the wealthy and corporations need to pay their fair share of taxes.

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.

REversing the decline of the middle class, which is in good measure due to outsourcing of American jobs and an unfair tax code which has greatly reduced taxes on the wealthy while their share of both the ntion's ealth and its income have soared dramatically,

REducign glob al warming and creating new, good-paying jbos by investing in sustainable energy and eenrgy efficiency.

Bringing transparency to the banking industry, to the Federal Reserve, and to military contracting.

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