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Rick Boucher's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Frederick Boucher. 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: Frederick Boucher voted NO on 7 November 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Frederick Boucher. HR 3660. 106th Congress. To amend title 18, United States Code, to ban partial-birth abortions. Project Vote Smart Summary: Frederick Boucher voted NO on 4 May 2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Frederick Boucher. HR 760. 108th Congress. To prohibit the procedure commonly known as partial-birth abortion. Project Vote Smart Summary: Frederick Boucher voted NO on 4 June 2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Frederick Boucher. S 3. 108th Congress. A bill to prohibit the procedure commonly known as partial-birth abortion. Project Vote Smart Summary: Frederick Boucher voted NO on 2 October 2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Frederick Boucher. 1996. Project Vote Smart: National Political Awareness Test. Abortion Issues: g) other: "Available within the confines of Roe v. Wade."
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Frederick Boucher supported the interests of NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Frederick Boucher supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Frederick Boucher supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Frederick Boucher. 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: Frederick Boucher voted YES on 25 May 2005. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Taxpayers Union. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Frederick Boucher supported the interests of the National Taxpayers Union 10 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Frederick Boucher. 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: Frederick Boucher voted YES on 22 June 2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Frederick Boucher. HR 8. 108th Congress. To make the repeal of the estate tax permanent. Project Vote Smart Summary: Frederick Boucher voted YES 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. Frederick Boucher supported the interests of the Club for Growth 4 percent in 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Frederick Boucher. 1996. Project Vote Smart. National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for "c) Increase funding for public works projects such as the repair of roads and bridges."
  • Frederick Boucher. 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: Frederick Boucher voted YES on 13 February 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Frederick Boucher. 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: Frederick Boucher voted YES on 10 March 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Frederick Boucher. Boucher Priorities For 9th Included In Stimulus Legislation. 13 February 2009. "In December, Boucher originated a letter to the House leadership and the Obama transition team signed by 23 of his Colleagues in the House outlining the importance of funding for rural infrastructure in the stimulus package. "In December I urged that the needs of rural communities be addressed in the stimulus legislation, and the measure that was approved by the House today includes robust grant funding for broadband deployment, school improvement and water and wastewater projects," Boucher noted. [...] The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act includes a total of $10.2 billion to assist local communities construct new water and wastewater systems. The measure includes $6.4 billion for the Environmental Protection Agency's water and wastewater programs including the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund and the State Assistance Grant programs, which provide grants and loans to local communities to construct new water and wastewater systems. Additionally, the measure includes funding to support nearly $3.8 billion in grants and loans through the Rural Water and Waste Disposal Program, which also assists communities in constructing new water and wastewater systems. "Adequate and reliable water and wastewater systems are essential to maintaining Southwest Virginia's excellent quality of life and to achieving our economic development goals for the region. The funds in the stimulus for water and wastewater development will assist our ongoing work to expand water and wastewater systems throughout Southwest Virginia," Boucher continued. The legislation also provides $8.8 billion to states for high priority needs such as improving public safety, and assisting communities with modernization, renovation and repairs of public school facilities and institutions of higher learning. "By meeting the infrastructure needs of our communities, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will create jobs in the short term in our region as well as provide a solid foundation for long term economic growth in Southwest Virginia," Boucher concluded." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Business and Employment Issues: Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Frederick Boucher. Issue Position: Seniors. "The federal government must strengthen Social Security in order to ensure that the program is adequately funded and that seniors receive the benefits they have earned. The Social Security Trust Fund presently has sufficient funds to pay for full benefits for all Social Security beneficiaries through 2037. The Social Security program is not in need of radical restructuring. Rick supports taking steps to ensure the long-term solvency of the Social Security program without raising the retirement age or reducing benefits. Social Security is a moral contract between the federal government and the American people. This contract must never be violated. [...] While steps must be taken to impose fiscal discipline on federal spending and address our currently large budget deficits, we must not balance the budget on the backs of senior citizens. Our current budget problems were not caused by the Social Security program, and we cannot cut funding from the Social Security program to address the budget deficit. Congressman Boucher strongly opposed to reducing Social Security funding, reducing benefits, or raising the retirement age." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Crime Issues: Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants. 2005-2006. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Frederick Boucher supported the interests of the Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants 80 percent in 2005-2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Frederick Boucher. 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 defendant actually committed the offense. Project Vote Smart Summary: Frederick Boucher voted NO on 25 February 1998. (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education Issues: Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Frederick Boucher. 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: Frederick Boucher voted YES on 23 May 2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Home School Legal Defense Association. 1999-2000. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Frederick Boucher supported the interests of the Home School Legal Defense Association 40 percent in 1999-2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Frederick Boucher. Issue Position: Education. "Assuring that our students have the education and training needed for employment in the 21st Century is key to improving the quality of life of the citizens of our region. During his service in Congress, Rick has worked to bring federal funding directly to our school systems, community colleges and four-year institutions of higher learning in order to institute programs specifically designed to meet the needs of our students." (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

  • Frederick Boucher. 1996. Project Vote Smart. National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Encourage development of alternative fuels and electric cars to reduce pollution."
  • Environment America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Frederick Boucher supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Frederick Boucher. 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: Frederick Boucher voted YES on 26 June 2009. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Gun Issues: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Frederick Boucher. HR 4296. 103rd Congress. To make unlawful the transfer or possession of assault weapons. Project Vote Smart Summary: Frederick Boucher voted NO on 5 May 1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Frederick Boucher. 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: Frederick Boucher voted NO on 10 November 1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Frederick Boucher. 1996. Project Vote Smart. National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Ease procedures on the purchase and registration of firearms;" "e) Repeal all bans and measures that restrict law-abiding citizen."
  • Frederick Boucher. HR 6842. 111th Congress. To restore Second Amendment rights in the District of Columbia. Project Vote Smart Summary: Frederick Boucher voted YES on 17 September 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 2003. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Frederick Boucher supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 10 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 Frederick Boucher a grade of B-. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Issues: Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Frederick Boucher. 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: Frederick Boucher voted NO on 7 November 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Frederick Boucher supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 88 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Sluss. 22 March 2010. Boucher stays a 'no'; Perriello backs party in historic health care bill. "Boucher was one of 34 House Democrats to vote against a Senate version of the health care bill. The veteran congressman said he objected to $450 billion in Medicare cuts over the next 10 years, declaring they would have a disproportionate effect on residents and health providers in his Southwest Virginia district." (www.roanoke.com)
  • Sarah Bruyn Jones. 2009. The Roanoke Times: Boucher unconvinced on 'government option' for health care. 19 August 2009. "Boucher, D-Abingdon, said he would not endorse or condemn any legislation during the three-hour town hall meeting, but he did offer insight into his thoughts on some key components of the latest proposals. A senior Democrat and early supporter of Barack Obama for president, Boucher voiced support for considering a plan to create nonprofit co-operatives as a strong alternative to a new government insurance plan. 'I have a problem with this government option plan,' Boucher said. 'I'm troubled that the government option plan could become very popular and if it became sufficiently popular it could begin to crowd out the other' private insurance companies." (www.roanoke.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration Issues: Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Frederick Boucher. 1996. Project Vote Smart. National Political Awareness Test. "g) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive US citizenship."
  • Frederick Boucher. Boucher Urges that Lawsuit Challenging Arizona Law be Withdrawn. July 2010. "The State of Arizona recently enacted legislation permitting law enforcement officials in Arizona to determine the legal status of individuals who are detained for other reasons, such as traffic violations when they have a reasonable ground to believe that the person is in the country illegally. I support the Arizona law which provides an important tool for state and local law enforcement officials in Arizona to combat illegal immigration. "Unfortunately, the US Department of Justice is now challenging the constitutionality of the Arizona law in federal court. I am strongly opposed to this lawsuit, and I have expressed to the Attorney General a formal request that the lawsuit be withdrawn. "In my view, the Arizona law is entirely appropriate and follows legal guidance issued by the Department of Justice several years ago indicating that law enforcement officials at the state and local levels have the legal authority to determine the immigration status of individuals who are detained for other reasons. "I am hopeful that the ill-advised lawsuit will be dismissed . I will also strongly oppose any legislative effort to repeal or otherwise overturn the recently enacted Arizona law," Boucher said. (www.boucher.house.gov)
  • National Latino Congreso. 2007-2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Frederick Boucher supported the interests of the National Latino Congreso 29 percent in 2007-2010. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer International Policy Issues: Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Frederick Boucher. HR 4899. 111th Congress. Supplemental Appropriations Act. Project Vote Smart Summary: Frederick Boucher voted NO on Limiting Afghanistan Military Funding to Withdrawal and Other Specified Purposes on 1 July 2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Frederick Boucher. HR 4899. 111th Congress. Supplemental Appropriations Act. Project Vote Smart Summary: Frederick Boucher voted NO on Requiring Timetable for Withdrawal from Afghanistan on 1 July 2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Frederick Boucher supported the interests of Peace Action West 55 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Social Issues: Should marriage only be between one man and one woman? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Frederick Boucher. H J Res 88. 109th Congress. Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to marriage. Project Vote Smart Summary: Frederick Boucher voted YES on 18 July 2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Frederick Boucher. HR 3396. 103rd Congress. To define and protect the institution of marriage. Project Vote Smart Summary: Frederick Boucher voted YES on 12 July 1996. (votesmart.org)

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Congressional Election 1996 National Political Awareness Test

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

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.
Indicate all principles you support concerning abortion.
a) Abortions should always be legally available.
b) Abortions should be legal in all circumstances as long as the procedure is completed within the first trimester of pregnancy.
c) Abortions should be legal only when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape or when the life of the woman is endangered.
d) Abortions should be legal only when the life of the woman is endangered.
e) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and notification requirements as decided by each state government.
f) Abortions should always be illegal.
Xg) Other

Available within the confines of Roe v. Wade.

Indicate your position concerning affirmative action programs.
a) The federal government should consider preferences to minority-owned businesses in granting government contracts.
b) The federal government should prosecute cases of discrimination in the public sector.
c) The federal government should prosecute cases of discrimination in the private sector.
Xd) The federal government should provide affirmative actions programs as long as such programs do not include quotas.
e) The federal government should not provide any affirmative action programs.
f) Other
YesDo you support amending the US Constitution to require an annual balanced federal budget?
1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only.
Maintain Statusa) AIDS Programs
Maintain Statusb) Arts funding
Slightly Increasec) Education (K-12)
Maintain Statusd) Environmental programs
Maintain Statuse) Housing projects
Greatly Increasef) Job training programs
Maintain Statusg) Law enforcement
Maintain Statush) Medicaid
Maintain Statusi) Medicare
Maintain Statusj) NASA
Greatly Increasek) Student loan programs
Slightly Decreasel) Welfare (AFDC)
m) Other
n) Other
o) Other
2) Do you support the use of block grants given to states, rather than federal spending, in the following areas?
Noa) Agriculture
Nob) Education
Noc) Farm subsidies
Nod) Food stamps
Yese) Law enforcement
Nof) Medicaid
Nog) Medicare
Noh) School lunches
Yesi) Welfare
j) Other
Indicate which principles you support regarding campaign finance reform.
a) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
b) Establish spending limits on congressional campaigns and provide public funding for complying candidates.
c) Support legislation that would increase the federal limits on individual contributions.
Xd) Pass legislation that would encourage full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information.
e) Remove all legislative limits on campaign financing.
f) Other
Indicate which principles you support to address crime.
a) Broaden use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
Xb) Increase spending to build more federal prisons.
c) Impose "truth in sentencing" for violent criminals so they serve full sentences with no chance of parole.
d) Support the use of "boot camps" as alternative sentencing for adult first-time felons.
e) Limit the number of appeals allowed to inmates on death row.
Xf) Fund programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xg) Expand funding for community policing programs.
h) Increase penalties for the possession of any illegal firearms.
Xi) Prosecute youths accused of murder as adults.
j) Increase funding for local Boys & Girls Clubs and other independent organizations in communities with at-risk youth.
Xk) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
l) Deport all permanent resident aliens convicted of a felony.
m) Other
Indicate what changes you support (if any) regarding funding for the following categories. Select one number only.
Slightly Decrease1) CIA appropriations
Slightly Increase2) Defense plant conversion
Maintain Status3) Military hardware
Maintain Status4) Military space shuttle missions
Maintain Status5) Pay for active duty personnel
Maintain Status6) Development of new weapons
Eliminate7) Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI)
Maintain Status8) Armed Forces personnel training
9) Other
No1) Do you support amending the United States Constitution to allow voluntary prayer and/or moment of silence in public schools?
Yes2) Do you support funding the National Service Program (Ameri-Corps) in which young people receive money from the federal government for college in return for performing community service?
3) Indicate which principles you support concerning education.
Xa) Maintain the national standards and goals set forth in "Goals 2000".
b) Provide parents with vouchers to send their children to any publicly funded school.
c) Provide parents with vouchers to send their children to any participating school: public, private or religious.
d) Implement charter schools where teachers and professionals receive authorization and funding to establish new schools.
e) Eliminate the Department of Education, thereby giving state and local government greater control over educational issues.
f) Other
Indicate which principles or programs you support regarding America's environment and natural resources.
a) Transfer public lands, such as federal forests and range lands, to the jurisdiction of state and local governments.
b) Require the federal government to reimburse citizens when environmental regulations limit use of privately owned lands.
Xc) Strengthen the Clean Water Act.
d) Change the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to limit the number of habitats eligible to be designated as endangered.
e) Utilize cost-benefit analysis to determine economic impacts of proposed environmental protection and cleanup legislation.
Xf) Increase fees charged to ranchers who graze cattle on federal lands.
Xg) Revise the 1872 mining law to increase the amounts charged to mining companies using federal lands.
Xh) Encourage development of alternative fuels and electric cars to reduce pollution.
i) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks.
j) Increase federal taxes on gasoline and diesel fuels to promote conservation and alternative fuel development.
Xk) Require that a percentage of purchases made by federal agencies include recycled components.
Xl) Promote the selling of pollution credits to encourage industries to decrease amount of pollution.
m) Other
Indicate which level of government should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only.
Federal1) Border security
Federal2) Civil rights enforcement
State3) Education
Federal4) Environmental cleanup
State5) Job training
State6) Law enforcement
Federal7) Low-income housing
State8) Medicaid
Federal9) Medicare
State10) Welfare (AFDC)
11) Other
No1) Should the US have diplomatic relations with the government of Cuba?
Yes2) Should the US have diplomatic relations with the government of Vietnam?
No3) Should the US recognize and extend full diplomatic relations to Taiwan?
Yes4) Should the US continue funding for Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty?
No5) Should the US continue funding for Radio Marti and TV Marti?
Yes6) Should the US continue funding for Radio Free Asia?
No7) Do you support the deployment of US troops to the former Yugoslavia?
8) Indicate your position concerning economic aid to Russia and the former Soviet republics.
a) Economic aid to Russia and the former republics should be increased to facilitate democracy and market reforms.
Xb) Economic aid to Russia and the former republics should be continued unless Russia exports nuclear weapons or related technology.
c) Economic aid to Russia and the former republics should be decreased and/or eliminated.
d) Other
9) Indicate which principles you support regarding US economic aid to foreign countries.
a) Foreign aid should only be given when extraordinary circumstances and disaster threaten the lives of civilian populations.
Xb) Foreign aid should be given to countries only when it is in the security interests of the United States.
c) Foreign aid should be eliminated from any nation with documented human rights abuses.
d) Foreign aid should be maintained at current levels.
e) Other
10) Indicate which principles you support regarding the United States - United Nations relationship.
a) The US should contribute more funding and troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions.
b) The US should participate in UN peacekeeping missions only when vital US interests are directly threatened.
Xc) The US should use military force only when the US border or territories are attacked or American citizens are in danger.
Xd) The US should pay the money it owes to the United Nations.
e) The US should withdraw from the UN completely.
f) Other
Indicate which principles you support concerning gun issues.
a) Expand the nationwide ban on the sale or transfer of assault weapons to include all forms of semi-automatic weapons.
b) Increase restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
c) Maintain all federal registration procedures and restrictions on possessing firearms.
Xd) Ease procedures on the purchase and registration of firearms.
Xe) Repeal all bans and measures that restrict law-abiding citizens from owning legally-obtained firearms.
Xf) Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms that are legally owned and registered.
g) Other
Indicate which principles you support regarding America's health care system.
a) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income.
b) Provide vouchers to the working poor so they can buy into a private health care plan.
c) Implement a government-financed, single-payer national health care system similar to that of Canada.
Xd) Support a "managed competition" health care plan to contain costs and improve access that does not include mandated health alliances, government cost control powers, or employer/employee mandates.
Xe) Provide tax incentives for small businesses to help provide health care to their employees.
f) Allow middle and low income families to deduct yearly health care costs from their taxable income.
Xg) Establish limits on the amount of damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
h) Encourage tax-free medical savings accounts, which would be taxed if used for any purpose other than medical costs.
i) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care.
j) Other
Indicate which principles you support concerning illegal drugs.
a) Increase penalties for selling illegal drugs.
b) Impose mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
c) Impose capital punishment for convicted international drug traffickers.
d) Require drug testing for federal employees in sensitive positions (Air Traffic Control, National Park Police, Secret Service, etc.).
e) Strengthen current laws dealing with non-controlled substances, including inhalants and commercially available pills.
Xf) Increase funding of federally-sponsored drug education and drug treatment programs.
g) Decriminalize the possession and private use of marijuana.
h) Other
Indicate which principles you support regarding issues relating to immigration.
a) Further limit the number of immigrants allowed into the country.
b) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children.
c) Ease citizenship requirements in order to make it easier for immigrants to become United States citizens.
d) Establish English as the official and recognized language of the United States.
e) Provide extra federal aid to states with higher numbers of immigrants for necessary medical and social services.
f) Restrict the eligibility of legal immigrants for certain social programs (i.e. AFDC, HUD housing, food stamps, etc.).
Xg) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive US citizenship.
h) Other
NoShould the President be allowed to veto certain items of legislation while signing spending or tax bills into law?
The American people have consistently mentioned the decline of morals and ethics in America as a major problem facing the country. Explain what you will do as a member of Congress to address this concern.

I always encourage constituents to bolster the church and the home as the foundations of moral and ethical instruction.

Indicate which principles you support regarding the poor and homeless.
Xa) Provide tax incentives for companies to hire and train homeless people who want to work.
Xb) Increase funding of homeless shelters and low income housing projects.
c) Increase funding of programs that help alcoholics and drug addicts recover and find steady work.
Xd) Increase the minimum wage.
e) Provide homeless families with apartment vouchers they can use to supplement the cost of an apartment.
f) Provide government jobs for those who wish to work and cannot find a job in the private sector.
Xg) Increase the income tax deduction on individual contributions made to charities that help the poor and homeless.
Xh) Implement enterprise zones in communities with high unemployment.
i) Other
1) Indicate the changes you support (if any) concerning the tax levels for the following categories. Select one number only.
Income Taxes
Maintain Statusa) Retiree income over $40,000
Maintain Statusb) Family income less than $25,000
Maintain Statusc) Family income $25-75,000
Maintain Statusd) Family income $75-150,000
Maintain Statuse) Family income over $150,000
Other Tax Issues
f) Alcohol taxes
g) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increaseh) Charitable deductions
Maintain Statusi) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusj) Corporate income taxes
Slightly Increasek) Earned income tax credit
Greatly Decreasel) Estate taxes
Slightly Increasem) Medical expense deductions
Maintain Statusn) Mortgage deductions
o) Other
No2) Do you support replacing the US income tax structure with a flat income tax?
Undecided3) Do you support replacing the US income tax structure with a broad-based consumption tax?
No1) Do you support amending the Constitution to limit the number of terms which members of Congress can serve?
2) If you support term limits, how many years should each serve?
Senator (years)
Representatives (years)
Indicate which principles you support concerning terrorism.
Xa) Relax current guidelines that forbid the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) from investigating terrorist groups when there is a "reasonable indication" of terrorist activities.
Xb) Relax wiretapping restrictions to give the FBI broader authority to investigate terrorist suspects.
c) Require that chemical tracing agents be added to commercially-sold products that can be used to produce explosives.
d) Implement tighter restrictions on firearm sales in an effort to hinder terrorist groups from stockpiling weapon arsenals.
Xe) Grant broader authority to the US Immigration and Naturalization Service to deny entrance visas to terrorist suspects.
f) Maintain limits on the authority of federal agencies investigating suspected terrorists.
g) Restrict the investigative authority of the FBI and other governmental agencies.
h) Other
No1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
Undecided2) Do you support broadening NAFTA to include other countries?
Yes3) Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
Yes4) Do you support the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
Yes5) Do you support lifting the trade embargo imposed against Cuba?
Yes6) Do you support imposing tariffs on products imported from nations that maintain restrictive trade barriers on American products?
Yes7) Should a nation's human rights record affect its "most favored nation" trading status with the United States?
Indicate which principles you support regarding unemployment.
Xa) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment.
Xb) Increase funding for national job-training programs.
Xc) Increase funding for public works projects such as the repair of roads and bridges.
Xd) Eliminate government regulations of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xe) Establish enterprise zones in areas with large numbers of unemployed people.
Xf) Overhaul the current unemployment system by focusing on training and education in skills needed in certain industries.
g) Eliminate any governmental programs designed to reduce unemployment.
h) Other
Indicate which principles you support regarding the US welfare system.
Xa) Strengthen child support collection procedures and increase penalties for parents who do not pay child support.
Xb) Impose a two-year limit on welfare benefits for recipients who are able to work.
Xc) Require welfare recipients to accept some form of government-sponsored job after two years if unemployed in the private sector.
Xd) Require that unwed teenage mothers live with a parent or guardian (if possible) and attend school to receive benefits.
Xe) Limit the benefits given to single women if they have additional children while receiving welfare benefits.
Xf) Provide child care services to welfare recipients who work or attend school.
g) Provide rent or housing supplement vouchers for low-income families.
h) Make no substantial changes at this time.
Xi) Increase funding of programs that prevent teen pregnancy and family break-up.
Xj) Support programs that give incentives for employers to hire and train welfare recipients.
Xk) Other

Give states greater responsibility for welfare programs.

1) Explain your two main legislative priorities if elected to Congress.

1. We should expand the government's role in promoting economic development by increasing funding for the Appalachian Regional Commission and related agencies (funding to derive from intelligence and defense budgets). 2. We should employ the concepts of the telecommunications reform to encourage competition in other sectors of industry such as electric utilities.

2) Should your priorities require additional government funding, please explain how you intend to obtain the additional funding.
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