Representative Nick Joe Rahall II's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Nick Joe Rahall II
Current Office: U.S. House - District 3, Democratic
First Elected: 11/02/1976
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 3
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary May 13, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Melinda; 3 Children: Rebecca, Nick Joe III, Suzanne Nicole
Birth Date: 05/20/1949
Birth Place: Beckley, WV
Home City: Beckley, WV
Religion: Presbyterian
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Issue Positions

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Vote Smart's Research

  • James Johnson. Indy Posted. Health Care Reform One Step Closer With Abortion Deal In Place. 21 March 2010. "The vote for Health Care is teetering on the edge of a decision and The Huffington Post is now reporting that a deal has been struck in the final hours of the reform act that would keep abortion funding off the table. According to their report, Rep. Bart Stupak released the following statement about the abortion agreement: 'I'm pleased to announce that we have an agreement¦to protect the sanctity of life in health care reform.' The executive order will make clear that federal funds will not go to abortion services [¦] Rep. Nick Rahall (D-Va.) went on to call health care reform the 'most pro-life legislation I will vote upon in my 34 years in Congress.'" (www.indyposted.com)
  • Jared Allen, Jeffrey Young. The Hill. Anti-abortion rights Democrats working on a vote deal with Senate on bill. 19 March 2010. "Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.), one of Rep. Bart Stupak's (D-Mich.) gang of staunch opponents of the Senate abortion language, said they are in discussions with senators and House leaders to secure such a commitment. 'There could be some kind of commitment from the other body to act on this later ¦ to ensure that the Senate language does not remain law,' he said. Rahall said that securing such an agreement could open up six to 10 members, including himself, to voting for the Senate bill and reconciliation language. He told the Charleston Daily Mail he will vote no unless abortion language is changed." (thehill.com)
  • Nick Rahall. Senate Amendments To H.R. 3590, Service Members Home Ownership Tax Act Of 2009, And H.R. 4872, Health Care And Education Reconciliation Act Of 2010"Continued. 21 March 2010. "Throughout my years of hard work for the people of West Virginia, I have worked with Republicans, Democrats, and Independents alike, always focused on the needs of southern West Virginia and the Nation. In all that time, I have used my experience, honesty, and integrity to sustain jobs for our coal miners, to ensure their health and safety and that of their homes and their families. I have fought to expand our job base and to build improved infrastructure, to advance technology, ensure veterans care, improve education, and protect our God-given natural resources, including the unborn." (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Statement From Representative Rahall Regarding H.R. 3962: The Affordable Health Care For America Act. 4 November 2009. "This week the House is planning to consider a new healthcare reform bill. It's not perfect. As a pro-life Member of Congress, I am working to strengthen the bill's prolife guarantees and we are making progress. Some of the bill improvements include requiring health plans to allow young people to remain on their parents' insurance policy up to their 27th birthday, and exempting 86% of businesses from the shared responsibility requirement." (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. U.S. Rep Rahall's Statement In Anticipation Of House Passage Of Health Care Insurance Reform. 21 March 2010. "I have consistently stood against the use of federal funds to pay for abortions -- a stand I took again when I worked to have anti-abortion language included in the original House-passed health care bill. That was, in fact, one of many issues that I heard a lot about from West Virginians in recent months, and that I successfully pressed to have addressed in the House bill. With the Executive Order strengthening the life protections in this bill, we have achieved a firm anchor for the protection of life in this country, reflecting the principles of the Hyde Amendment, no federal funding for abortions." (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. H Amdt 436. 104th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Nick Rahall voted Nay on 06/15/1995. (votesmart.org)
  • Jared Allen, Jeffrey Young. The Hill. Anti-abortion rights Democrats working on a vote deal with Senate on bill. 19 March 2010. “Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.), one of Rep. Bart Stupak’s (D-Mich.) gang of staunch opponents of the Senate abortion language, said they are in discussions with senators and House leaders to secure such a commitment. 'There could be some kind of commitment from the other body to act on this later … to ensure that the Senate language does not remain law,' he said. Rahall said that securing such an agreement could open up six to 10 members, including himself, to voting for the Senate bill and reconciliation language. He told the Charleston Daily Mail he will vote no unless abortion language is changed.” (thehill.com)
  • James Johnson. Indy Posted. Health Care Reform One Step Closer With Abortion Deal In Place. 21 March 2010. “The vote for Health Care is teetering on the edge of a decision and The Huffington Post is now reporting that a deal has been struck in the final hours of the reform act that would keep abortion funding off the table. According to their report, Rep. Bart Stupak released the following statement about the abortion agreement: 'I’m pleased to announce that we have an agreement…to protect the sanctity of life in health care reform.' The executive order will make clear that federal funds will not go to abortion services […] Rep. Nick Rahall (D-Va.) went on to call health care reform the 'most pro-life legislation I will vote upon in my 34 years in Congress.'” (www.indyposted.com)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Nick Rahall supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Nick Rahall voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Nick Rahall supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 66 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Nick Rahall voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Nick Rahall voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Right to Life Committee endorsed Nick Rahall in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Nick Rahall supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 14 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Nick Rahall a rating of 75 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Nick Rahall voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Nick Rahall supported the interests of the Family Research Council 37 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Nick Rahall voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Nick Rahall voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. U.S. Rep Rahall's Statement In Anticipation Of House Passage Of Health Care Insurance Reform. 21 March 2010. “I have consistently stood against the use of federal funds to pay for abortions -- a stand I took again when I worked to have anti-abortion language included in the original House-passed health care bill. That was, in fact, one of many issues that I heard a lot about from West Virginians in recent months, and that I successfully pressed to have addressed in the House bill. With the Executive Order strengthening the life protections in this bill, we have achieved a firm anchor for the protection of life in this country, reflecting the principles of the Hyde Amendment, no federal funding for abortions.” (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Project Vote Smart: 1996 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Nick Rahall. Project Vote Smart: 1996 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Nick Rahall. Project Vote Smart: 1994 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Congress should eliminate federal funding for clinics and medical facilities that provide abortion services."
  • Nick Rahall. Project Vote Smart: 1994 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Congress should eliminate abortion services from any federally funded health care plan."
  • Nick Rahall. HR 670. 103th Congress. Abortion Counseling Bill. Nick Rahall voted Nay on 03/25/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. H Amdt 185. 103th Congress. Hyde Amendment. Nick Rahall voted Yea on 06/30/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Nick Rahall voted Nay on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Nick Rahall voted Nay on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Nick Rahall voted Yea on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Nick Rahall voted Nay on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Nick Rahall voted Nay on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Nick Rahall voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Nick Rahall voted Nay on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Nick Rahall voted Nay on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Nick Rahall voted Yea on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Senate Amendments To H.R. 3590, Service Members Home Ownership Tax Act Of 2009, And H.R. 4872, Health Care And Education Reconciliation Act Of 2010—Continued. 21 March 2010. “Throughout my years of hard work for the people of West Virginia, I have worked with Republicans, Democrats, and Independents alike, always focused on the needs of southern West Virginia and the Nation. In all that time, I have used my experience, honesty, and integrity to sustain jobs for our coal miners, to ensure their health and safety and that of their homes and their families. I have fought to expand our job base and to build improved infrastructure, to advance technology, ensure veterans care, improve education, and protect our God-given natural resources, including the unborn.” (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Statement From Representative Rahall Regarding H.R. 3962: The Affordable Health Care For America Act. 4 November 2009. “This week the House is planning to consider a new healthcare reform bill. It's not perfect. As a pro-life Member of Congress, I am working to strengthen the bill's prolife guarantees and we are making progress. Some of the bill improvements include requiring health plans to allow young people to remain on their parents' insurance policy up to their 27th birthday, and exempting 86% of businesses from the shared responsibility requirement.” (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Nick Rahall. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Nick Rahall voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Nick Rahall supported the interests of the Peace Action 25 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Nick Rahall supported the interests of Peace Action West 25 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Delinda Hanley. Washington Report on Middle East Affairs. Congressman Nick Rahall Assesses Impact Of Iraq and Israel on U.S. Elections. June 2004. “'This war in Iraq is George W. Bush’s war of choice, not a war of necessity. I supported the war against al-Qaeda in Afghanistan,' Rahall said. 'That was necessary. I firmly believe the war in Iraq weakened the war against al-Qaeda—troop-wise as well as financially.' Rahall shook his head, 'We had allies in fighting the war on terrorism—but we lost them in Iraq.'” (www.washington-report.org)
  • Nick Rahall. West Virginia Metro News: Congressman Rahall On Afghanistan Plans. 2 December 2009. “We do need to end the ongoing threat from Afghanistan as I have said all along. We need to do it as quickly as possible and with enough support to maximize the safety of our troops. This new effort is grounded in our best military advice, and as always, our troops have my full support. The President was on the money, literally, when he said the nation building he cared for most was ours. I second that and will keep working toward that goal.” (www.wvmetronews.com)
  • Nick Rahall. West Virginia Metro News: Congressman Rahall On Afghanistan Plans. 2 December 2009. "We do need to end the ongoing threat from Afghanistan as I have said all along. We need to do it as quickly as possible and with enough support to maximize the safety of our troops. This new effort is grounded in our best military advice, and as always, our troops have my full support. The President was on the money, literally, when he said the nation building he cared for most was ours. I second that and will keep working toward that goal." (www.wvmetronews.com)
  • Delinda Hanley. Washington Report on Middle East Affairs. Congressman Nick Rahall Assesses Impact Of Iraq and Israel on U.S. Elections. June 2004. "'This war in Iraq is George W. Bush's war of choice, not a war of necessity. I supported the war against al-Qaeda in Afghanistan,' Rahall said. 'That was necessary. I firmly believe the war in Iraq weakened the war against al-Qaeda"troop-wise as well as financially.' Rahall shook his head, 'We had allies in fighting the war on terrorism"but we lost them in Iraq.'" (www.washington-report.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Nick Rahall. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Nick Rahall voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013. 18 May 2012. "Mr. Chair, today, I voted in favor of Representatives Barbara Lee's and Barney Frank's Amendment that would limit Defense spending in the coming fiscal year to the amount authorized in the Budget Control Act of 2011. I am opposed to House Republican efforts to rewrite last summer's budget agreement, unfairly shifting the burden for deficit reduction to domestic programs while threatening yet another calamitous downgrade in the our Nation's credit rating." (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Five Years in Iraq. 20 March 2008. "The entire cost to run the state of West Virginia from July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2009 is only $10.38 billion, roughly what we spend each month in Iraq. Equally amazing is the more than $330 million that is spent in Iraq every day [¦] The $330 million is spent each day could reverse these cuts and reinvest in our Nations domestic infrastructure. With this money, we could: -Provide 270,000 children or 50,000 veterans with healthcare care coverage for a year; -Fund more than 900 additional National Institutes of Health research grants to study deadly and debilitating diseases [¦] or -Help nearly 800,000 families keep their heat on this winter through the LIHEAP program [¦] As we enter the sixth year of the war, it is clearly time for a change. The cost of the war has simply become too high." (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Nick Rahall voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013. 18 May 2012. “Mr. Chair, today, I voted in favor of Representatives Barbara Lee's and Barney Frank's Amendment that would limit Defense spending in the coming fiscal year to the amount authorized in the Budget Control Act of 2011. I am opposed to House Republican efforts to rewrite last summer's budget agreement, unfairly shifting the burden for deficit reduction to domestic programs while threatening yet another calamitous downgrade in the our Nation's credit rating.” (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Nick Rahall voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Nick Rahall voted Yea on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Nick Rahall voted Nay on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Nick Rahall voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Nick Rahall voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Nick Rahall voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Nick Rahall voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Nick Rahall voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. HR 2561. 106th Congress. Defense Department Appropriations bill, FY2000. Nick Rahall voted Yea on 07/22/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Project Vote Smart: 1994 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly 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"
  • Nick Rahall. Five Years in Iraq. 20 March 2008. “The entire cost to run the state of West Virginia from July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2009 is only $10.38 billion, roughly what we spend each month in Iraq. Equally amazing is the more than $330 million that is spent in Iraq every day […] The $330 million is spent each day could reverse these cuts and reinvest in our Nations domestic infrastructure. With this money, we could: -Provide 270,000 children or 50,000 veterans with healthcare care coverage for a year; -Fund more than 900 additional National Institutes of Health research grants to study deadly and debilitating diseases […] or -Help nearly 800,000 families keep their heat on this winter through the LIHEAP program […] As we enter the sixth year of the war, it is clearly time for a change. The cost of the war has simply become too high.” (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Nick Rahall. Rahall Calls Passage Of Budget Bill A Blow To W.Va. Families. 6 February 2006. “Rahall urged the Republican leadership to restore adequate funding and cease its slash-and-burn policies as the President prepares to submit his FY 2007 budget request to Congress on Feb.6. 'I am hoping to see a budget proposal that is more in line with the priorities of West Virginians, not in line with the priorities of the wealthy few. Hard-working Americans deserve better and we can do better.'” (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. 'Tis the Season for Taking Action. 16 December 2005. “The spirit of Christmas is-and hopefully always will be-about goodwill and generosity to others and peace on earth. Yet the Republican leadership in Congress in the past weeks has passed a budget bill that literally takes food from the tables of our neediest citizens while cutting taxes for the rich-most recently a $95 billion cut for the wealthiest Americans. The Republican-written budget will force states to make up a $53 billion shortfall over the next five years and guts a number of essential programs that will negatively affect West Virginia families and their pocketbooks.” (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Nick Rahall supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 0 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Nick Rahall supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 83 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Nick Rahall supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 9 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Nick Rahall voted Nay on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Project Vote Smart: 1996 West Virginia 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"
  • Nick Rahall. Project Vote Smart: 1996 West Virginia 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. d) Family income $75-150,000"
  • Nick Rahall. Project Vote Smart: 1996 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly 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"
  • Nick Rahall. Rahall Statement on House Passage of Continuing Resolution. 19 February 2011. “In a $4 trillion budget, I refuse to believe that we have exhausted all other budget-saving options, and that the only thing left to reduce the deficit is to close Social Security offices and to reduce food inspections. There are $1 trillion in tax expenditures and special interest tax breaks given away each year. Certainly we can fund savings somewhere else before we cut back on the essentials.” (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Rahall Calls Passage Of Budget Bill A Blow To W.Va. Families. 6 February 2006. "Rahall urged the Republican leadership to restore adequate funding and cease its slash-and-burn policies as the President prepares to submit his FY 2007 budget request to Congress on Feb.6. 'I am hoping to see a budget proposal that is more in line with the priorities of West Virginians, not in line with the priorities of the wealthy few. Hard-working Americans deserve better and we can do better.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. 'Tis the Season for Taking Action. 16 December 2005. "The spirit of Christmas is-and hopefully always will be-about goodwill and generosity to others and peace on earth. Yet the Republican leadership in Congress in the past weeks has passed a budget bill that literally takes food from the tables of our neediest citizens while cutting taxes for the rich-most recently a $95 billion cut for the wealthiest Americans. The Republican-written budget will force states to make up a $53 billion shortfall over the next five years and guts a number of essential programs that will negatively affect West Virginia families and their pocketbooks." (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Blog: Honoring Our Obligations. 5 August 2011. "The budget cannot be balanced by relying solely on spending cuts. The numbers simply do not add up. We must ensure that everybody, including the wealthiest of Americans, pay their fair share in taxes. We must close the tax loopholes for the wealthy multinational conglomerates and corporate America." (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Rebuilding New Orleans. 13 December 2005. "Billions of dollars will be needed to rebuild New Orleans [¦] Many in Washington are balking at the price tag. My question is this: Can't we afford America? We have spent more than $300 billion in Iraq and Afghanistan, yet this Republican Congress doesn't have a concrete plan to rebuild New Orleans, or the budget blueprint to do it. We are investing billions of American taxpayer dollars for bridges, levees and infrastructure in Baghdad, yet we can't get a commitment from our leaders to rebuild the levees in New Orleans for Americans. We have enacted tax cut after tax cut--most recently a $95 billion cut for the wealthiest Americans--yet 78,000 American families displaced by the hurricane are still waiting for FEMA trailers in Louisiana." (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Veterans Benefits Cut and Budget Proposal. 8 Feburary 2005. "Thomas P. Cadmus, the National Commander of the American Legion [¦] said, and I quote: 'It is incomprehensible that our veterans will pay for the shortfall in VA health-care funding from their own pockets as tax dollars flow out the back door of America.' And these tax dollars aren't just flowing out the back door of America in additional foreign aid funding, they are also flowing out the front door in the form of tax cuts for the wealthiest one percent of our Nation. We have the money to keep our promise to our veterans and I urge the White House to reevaluate the budget and make the changes needed to reinforce the promise to our veterans." (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. West Virginia Gas Prices Shattering Records. 16 August 2005. "We now find ourselves in an escalating crisis that, had it been dealt with quickly and sensibly, could have perhaps been resolved months ago. The same administration that cut taxes for the wealthy is now lining the corporate coffers of gas companies already making billions at the expense of hard-working West Virginians." (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Blog: Honoring Our Obligations. 5 August 2011. “The budget cannot be balanced by relying solely on spending cuts. The numbers simply do not add up. We must ensure that everybody, including the wealthiest of Americans, pay their fair share in taxes. We must close the tax loopholes for the wealthy multinational conglomerates and corporate America.” (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Rahall Statement on House Passage of Continuing Resolution. 19 February 2011. "In a $4 trillion budget, I refuse to believe that we have exhausted all other budget-saving options, and that the only thing left to reduce the deficit is to close Social Security offices and to reduce food inspections. There are $1 trillion in tax expenditures and special interest tax breaks given away each year. Certainly we can fund savings somewhere else before we cut back on the essentials." (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. West Virginia Gas Prices Shattering Records. 16 August 2005. “We now find ourselves in an escalating crisis that, had it been dealt with quickly and sensibly, could have perhaps been resolved months ago. The same administration that cut taxes for the wealthy is now lining the corporate coffers of gas companies already making billions at the expense of hard-working West Virginians.” (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Veterans Benefits Cut and Budget Proposal. 8 Feburary 2005. “Thomas P. Cadmus, the National Commander of the American Legion […] said, and I quote: 'It is incomprehensible that our veterans will pay for the shortfall in VA health-care funding from their own pockets as tax dollars flow out the back door of America.' And these tax dollars aren't just flowing out the back door of America in additional foreign aid funding, they are also flowing out the front door in the form of tax cuts for the wealthiest one percent of our Nation. We have the money to keep our promise to our veterans and I urge the White House to reevaluate the budget and make the changes needed to reinforce the promise to our veterans.” (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Rebuilding New Orleans. 13 December 2005. “Billions of dollars will be needed to rebuild New Orleans […] Many in Washington are balking at the price tag. My question is this: Can't we afford America? We have spent more than $300 billion in Iraq and Afghanistan, yet this Republican Congress doesn't have a concrete plan to rebuild New Orleans, or the budget blueprint to do it. We are investing billions of American taxpayer dollars for bridges, levees and infrastructure in Baghdad, yet we can't get a commitment from our leaders to rebuild the levees in New Orleans for Americans. We have enacted tax cut after tax cut--most recently a $95 billion cut for the wealthiest Americans--yet 78,000 American families displaced by the hurricane are still waiting for FEMA trailers in Louisiana.” (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Nick Rahall. West Virginia Gas Prices Shattering Records. 16 August 2005. “We now find ourselves in an escalating crisis that, had it been dealt with quickly and sensibly, could have perhaps been resolved months ago. The same administration that cut taxes for the wealthy is now lining the corporate coffers of gas companies already making billions at the expense of hard-working West Virginians.” (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Rahall Calls for Swift Infrastructure Investment to Keep Economy Moving. 26 September 2008. “Nick Rahall (D-WV) joined a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives in approving a second economic stimulus package that would provide a much-needed investment in our Nation's infrastructure to help hasten an economic recovery […] 'As a long-time member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, I have led the fight to use infrastructure investment to revitalize the economy. By building upon the air, road, and rail transportation systems that literally keep the economy moving, this package would help create jobs and spark economic growth - especially here in West Virginia […]' The House Stimulus Package includes: -Highway Infrastructure: $12.8 billion […] -Transit: $3.6 […] -Airport Improvement Grants: $600 million […] -AMTRAK: $500 million […] -Corps of Engineers: $5 billion […] -Fixing Crumbling Schools: $3 billion.” (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Jobs Bill Drives Economic Growth. 17 December 2009. “Nick Rahall (W.Va.) is working for more federal transportation and infrastructure dollars for West Virginia to spur job growth. A major funding measure passed the House yesterday, which will provide public works construction dollars through extending current programs and increasing funding levels […] 'As a result of Recovery Act funding, there were 7,900 highway and transit projects that broke ground nationwide and 210,000 direct and indirect jobs were created' […] Rahall reports that the new Jobs for Main Street Act will invest $75-billion nationwide to create or retain jobs.” (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. House Passes American Recovery And Reinvestment Act. 28 January 2009. “Voting to pass the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV) Wednesday helped to advance a package of badly needed investment aimed at creating and saving jobs in West Virginia and throughout the Nation and boosting America's flagging economy. 'The national wave of job loss is spilling into West Virginia, where over 2,000 jobs have disappeared in the last year, making the need for relief urgent. This bill will help to build infrastructure -- things like highways and bridges, water and sewer systems, dams and airports -- that create jobs and invite private-sector growth.” (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Hearing of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee - "Stimulus Status: Two Years and Counting”. 4 May 2011. “Thank you, Chairman Mica, for holding this important hearing today to discuss the millions of American jobs that have been created or saved as a result of the Recovery Act. […] On the other hand, probably the only things we have spent more time on this Congress is whether we are going to end Medicare as we know it, continue the ill conceived witch hunt for President Obama's birth certificate or talk about the need for creating jobs while bringing a budget to the floor that destroys hundreds of thousands of American transportation jobs -- jobs lost in every single state of the Union […] Is the unemployment rate still too high? Absolutely. Do we have more work to do to create more American jobs? You bet. But, would we be worse off today without the Recovery Act? Without a doubt.” (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 Nick Rahall a rating of 9 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Nick Rahall supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 5 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Nick Rahall voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Nick Rahall voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Stimulus Package Recalls Success of Social Security. 25 January 2008. “When the government fails to invest in things such as roads and bridges, schools and health care facilities, we weaken the foundation that is so important to private-sector growth. That is why we should not buy into any arguments that infrastructure investment has to suffer in the name of tax relief. Both are important to our economic well-being. The US Department of Transportation tells us, for example, that for every $1 billion of investment in our infrastructure, 47,500 jobs will be created […] It is my hope that, working together, the Congress and the President can enact a stimulus package quickly.” (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. House Passes American Recovery And Reinvestment Act. 28 January 2009. "Voting to pass the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV) Wednesday helped to advance a package of badly needed investment aimed at creating and saving jobs in West Virginia and throughout the Nation and boosting America's flagging economy. 'The national wave of job loss is spilling into West Virginia, where over 2,000 jobs have disappeared in the last year, making the need for relief urgent. This bill will help to build infrastructure -- things like highways and bridges, water and sewer systems, dams and airports -- that create jobs and invite private-sector growth." (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Jobs Bill Drives Economic Growth. 17 December 2009. "Nick Rahall (W.Va.) is working for more federal transportation and infrastructure dollars for West Virginia to spur job growth. A major funding measure passed the House yesterday, which will provide public works construction dollars through extending current programs and increasing funding levels [¦] 'As a result of Recovery Act funding, there were 7,900 highway and transit projects that broke ground nationwide and 210,000 direct and indirect jobs were created' [¦] Rahall reports that the new Jobs for Main Street Act will invest $75-billion nationwide to create or retain jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Rahall Calls for Swift Infrastructure Investment to Keep Economy Moving. 26 September 2008. "Nick Rahall (D-WV) joined a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives in approving a second economic stimulus package that would provide a much-needed investment in our Nation's infrastructure to help hasten an economic recovery [¦] 'As a long-time member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, I have led the fight to use infrastructure investment to revitalize the economy. By building upon the air, road, and rail transportation systems that literally keep the economy moving, this package would help create jobs and spark economic growth - especially here in West Virginia [¦]' The House Stimulus Package includes: -Highway Infrastructure: $12.8 billion [¦] -Transit: $3.6 [¦] -Airport Improvement Grants: $600 million [¦] -AMTRAK: $500 million [¦] -Corps of Engineers: $5 billion [¦] -Fixing Crumbling Schools: $3 billion." (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Rahall: Government Should Invest in Infrastructure to Get Economy Cooking. 18 January 2008. "An economic stimulus package is high on Washington's priority list-so high, in fact, that it appears to be garnering the strong support of BOTH parties. Inside the beltway, that says a lot. Tax cuts for individuals, as are being proposed, can help to buoy our economic ship, but near-term Federal investment in transportation infrastructure-something that has been cut to the bone in recent years-is also important to providing a much-needed infusion of money into our economy. The US Department of Transportation tells us that for every $1 billion of investment in our infrastructure, 47,500 jobs will be created." (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. West Virginia Gas Prices Shattering Records. 16 August 2005. "We now find ourselves in an escalating crisis that, had it been dealt with quickly and sensibly, could have perhaps been resolved months ago. The same administration that cut taxes for the wealthy is now lining the corporate coffers of gas companies already making billions at the expense of hard-working West Virginians." (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Hearing of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee - "Stimulus Status: Two Years and Counting". 4 May 2011. "Thank you, Chairman Mica, for holding this important hearing today to discuss the millions of American jobs that have been created or saved as a result of the Recovery Act. [¦] On the other hand, probably the only things we have spent more time on this Congress is whether we are going to end Medicare as we know it, continue the ill conceived witch hunt for President Obama's birth certificate or talk about the need for creating jobs while bringing a budget to the floor that destroys hundreds of thousands of American transportation jobs -- jobs lost in every single state of the Union [¦] Is the unemployment rate still too high? Absolutely. Do we have more work to do to create more American jobs? You bet. But, would we be worse off today without the Recovery Act? Without a doubt." (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Stimulus Package Recalls Success of Social Security. 25 January 2008. "When the government fails to invest in things such as roads and bridges, schools and health care facilities, we weaken the foundation that is so important to private-sector growth. That is why we should not buy into any arguments that infrastructure investment has to suffer in the name of tax relief. Both are important to our economic well-being. The US Department of Transportation tells us, for example, that for every $1 billion of investment in our infrastructure, 47,500 jobs will be created [¦] It is my hope that, working together, the Congress and the President can enact a stimulus package quickly." (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Rahall: Government Should Invest in Infrastructure to Get Economy Cooking. 18 January 2008. “An economic stimulus package is high on Washington's priority list-so high, in fact, that it appears to be garnering the strong support of BOTH parties. Inside the beltway, that says a lot. Tax cuts for individuals, as are being proposed, can help to buoy our economic ship, but near-term Federal investment in transportation infrastructure-something that has been cut to the bone in recent years-is also important to providing a much-needed infusion of money into our economy. The US Department of Transportation tells us that for every $1 billion of investment in our infrastructure, 47,500 jobs will be created.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Nick Rahall. Rahall Votes to Expand Lending and Tax Credits for Small Businesses. 21 June 2010. “Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) voted in favor of the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act to create a $30 billion lending fund for small businesses and create jobs by expanding much-needed lending to small businesses and offering tax incentives to help America's small businesses grow. 'Small businesses are the engine of our economy, creating two-thirds of the new jobs over the last 15 years, yet they continue to face a lack of credit and tight lending standards. This bill works to tackle these lending issues and help small businesses get the credit that they need.'” (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Rahall Votes To Pass Bill To Create Jobs And Support Small Business. 24 March 2010. “U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (W.Va.) voted today to pass the Small Business and Infrastructure Jobs Tax Act (H.R. 4849) to create jobs and support small business in southern West Virginia […] The HIRE Act makes critical investments in highways; is estimated to create up to 300,000 jobs; and, includes tax incentives for businesses to hire out of work Americans and spur small business investments.” (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. Nick Rahall voted Nay on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Project Vote Smart: 1994 West Virginia 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." 5. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support to address the problem of unemployment? Other or expanded principles: "I would stress rural application of [enterprise zones] and [empowerment zones]; I support reasonable regulatory relief."
  • Nick Rahall. Project Vote Smart: 1994 West Virginia 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." 5. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support to address the problem of unemployment? Other or expanded principles: "I would stress rural application of [enterprise zones] and [empowerment zones]; I support reasonable regulatory relief."
  • Nick Rahall. Project Vote Smart: 1996 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."
  • Nick Rahall. Letter to the Honorable Sander Levin, Chairman Committee on Ways and Means. 25 May 2010. “There is a vast potential for American manufacturing to revitalize our economy through renewable energy tax credits. For example, there are 204 tons of steel in a single wind turbine, and tax incentives for wind energy can immediately start up our idling American steel factories.” (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Rahall Votes to Extend Jobs Benefits. 2 June 2010. “Tax relief for American families includes deductions for state and local taxes and business tax relief through the research and development tax credit. College will be more affordable for 4.4 million families who claim a deduction for qualified tuition expenses. Teachers' out-of-pocket classroom expenses are eligible for tax deduction through $200 million in tax relief assistance, including $4.5 million for West Virginia alone. Finally, the bill includes a provision to provide $1.5 billion in property tax relief for up to 30 million homeowners.” (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Rahall and Wilson Call for Renewed Investment in Huntington Empowerment Zone. 22 January 2009. “During the 110th Congress, Congressman Rahall co-sponsored HR 2578, the Empowerment Zone and Renewal Community Enhancement Act, to expand incentives for economic activity and job creation in existing empowerment zones, renewal communities, and enterprise communities […] From 2004 through 2006, total Empowerment Zone and RC-influenced jobs jumped almost 300% from 83,721 to 240,419. At that rate of growth, over 690,000 jobs could be directly or indirectly related to these programs in 2008.” (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Nick Rahall voted Nay on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Letter to the Honorable Sander Levin, Chairman Committee on Ways and Means. 25 May 2010. "There is a vast potential for American manufacturing to revitalize our economy through renewable energy tax credits. For example, there are 204 tons of steel in a single wind turbine, and tax incentives for wind energy can immediately start up our idling American steel factories." (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Rahall and Wilson Call for Renewed Investment in Huntington Empowerment Zone. 22 January 2009. "During the 110th Congress, Congressman Rahall co-sponsored HR 2578, the Empowerment Zone and Renewal Community Enhancement Act, to expand incentives for economic activity and job creation in existing empowerment zones, renewal communities, and enterprise communities [¦] From 2004 through 2006, total Empowerment Zone and RC-influenced jobs jumped almost 300% from 83,721 to 240,419. At that rate of growth, over 690,000 jobs could be directly or indirectly related to these programs in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Rahall Votes to Extend Jobs Benefits. 2 June 2010. "Tax relief for American families includes deductions for state and local taxes and business tax relief through the research and development tax credit. College will be more affordable for 4.4 million families who claim a deduction for qualified tuition expenses. Teachers' out-of-pocket classroom expenses are eligible for tax deduction through $200 million in tax relief assistance, including $4.5 million for West Virginia alone. Finally, the bill includes a provision to provide $1.5 billion in property tax relief for up to 30 million homeowners." (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Rahall Votes to Expand Lending and Tax Credits for Small Businesses. 21 June 2010. "Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) voted in favor of the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act to create a $30 billion lending fund for small businesses and create jobs by expanding much-needed lending to small businesses and offering tax incentives to help America's small businesses grow. 'Small businesses are the engine of our economy, creating two-thirds of the new jobs over the last 15 years, yet they continue to face a lack of credit and tight lending standards. This bill works to tackle these lending issues and help small businesses get the credit that they need.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Rahall Votes To Pass Bill To Create Jobs And Support Small Business. 24 March 2010. "U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (W.Va.) voted today to pass the Small Business and Infrastructure Jobs Tax Act (H.R. 4849) to create jobs and support small business in southern West Virginia [¦] The HIRE Act makes critical investments in highways; is estimated to create up to 300,000 jobs; and, includes tax incentives for businesses to hire out of work Americans and spur small business investments." (votesmart.org)

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  • Nick Rahall. Project Vote Smart: 1994 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Eliminate the U.S. Department of Education."
  • Nick Rahall. Rahall Announces Release Of $44B Funding For States Education. 2 April 2009. "Nick J. Rahall (D-W.Va.), today announced that $44 billion for states and schools has been released to the Department of Education under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 [¦] 'Investing in education for our children is critically important to our Nation's future. This funding will provide fiscal relief to the States to prevent tax increases and cutbacks in critical education and other services [¦] The monies we commit to education must have measures for success and work to improve our classrooms. Every state is being challenged in these economic times, and particularly in regions like southern West Virginia, but we must push harder and do as much as we can for our children to ensure their success' [¦] To receive State Stabilization Funds, states must also meet maintenance-of-effort requirements of the law by showing that 2009 state education budgets at least meet 2006 state education budget levels. If they cannot meet the maintenance-of-effort requirements, states can receive a waiver if they can show that their education budgets are not being disproportionally reduced." (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Rahall Applauds Long-Overdue Reauthorization Of Head Start Program. 3 May 2007. "'Head Start is providing an educational leg up to more than 7,000 young children in West Virginia, helping them to be better prepared for school. This bill, a priority for the new Democratic Congress, will greatly assist the Head Start program in its mission to give young children a solid head start on the educational road to success' [¦] The bill aims to improve classroom and teacher quality, by requiring 50 percent of Head Start teachers across the country to have a minimum of a baccalaureate degree in early childhood education or a related field by 2013. It also provides for increased teacher salaries, an incentive for more talented educators to join, and remain in, the Head Start ranks. In addition, the bill requires all Head Start programs to use research-based practices to support pre-literacy and vocabulary skills, and it improves professional development and classroom practices to better support children's cognitive, social, and emotional development. It also requires HHS to consult with experts to update the program's early learning standards, as necessary, by using the best available science." (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Rahall Report: Standing on the Horizon of a New Tomorrow. 5 November 2008. "The No Child Left Behind legislation needs to be strengthened and adequately funded so that our schools and our teachers can guarantee that the students of southern West Virginia are given every opportunity to advance and succeed academically in the Mountain State. An investment in our children and their education is an investment in the future of West Virginia and the future of the United States of America." (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Thank a Teacher. 29 April 2011. "I am a proud to be a staunch supporter of West Virginia's teachers and fighting for a high-quality education for West Virginia children. In a time of severe budget cutbacks, I continue to support legislation to fully fund education programs that benefit West Virginia students -- such as Head Start, No Child Left Behind, and the Individuals with Disabilities Act -- in order to provide local schools with more of the resources they need to provide our students with a top-notch education." (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2011. "If we want to continue to produce a highly competitive American workforce, we must do more to ensure that tomorrow's leaders are prepared with the knowledge they need to guide America wisely. To this end, Congressman Rahall has supported legislation to fully fund the No Child Left Behind Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Act, so that local school districts have the resources they need to provide West Virginia's students with a top-notch education." (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Thank a Teacher. 29 April 2011. “I am a proud to be a staunch supporter of West Virginia's teachers and fighting for a high-quality education for West Virginia children. In a time of severe budget cutbacks, I continue to support legislation to fully fund education programs that benefit West Virginia students -- such as Head Start, No Child Left Behind, and the Individuals with Disabilities Act -- in order to provide local schools with more of the resources they need to provide our students with a top-notch education.” (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Rahall Report: Standing on the Horizon of a New Tomorrow. 5 November 2008. “The No Child Left Behind legislation needs to be strengthened and adequately funded so that our schools and our teachers can guarantee that the students of southern West Virginia are given every opportunity to advance and succeed academically in the Mountain State. An investment in our children and their education is an investment in the future of West Virginia and the future of the United States of America.” (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Rahall Applauds Long-Overdue Reauthorization Of Head Start Program. 3 May 2007. “'Head Start is providing an educational leg up to more than 7,000 young children in West Virginia, helping them to be better prepared for school. This bill, a priority for the new Democratic Congress, will greatly assist the Head Start program in its mission to give young children a solid head start on the educational road to success' […] The bill aims to improve classroom and teacher quality, by requiring 50 percent of Head Start teachers across the country to have a minimum of a baccalaureate degree in early childhood education or a related field by 2013. It also provides for increased teacher salaries, an incentive for more talented educators to join, and remain in, the Head Start ranks. In addition, the bill requires all Head Start programs to use research-based practices to support pre-literacy and vocabulary skills, and it improves professional development and classroom practices to better support children's cognitive, social, and emotional development. It also requires HHS to consult with experts to update the program's early learning standards, as necessary, by using the best available science.” (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Rahall Announces Release Of $44B Funding For States Education. 2 April 2009. “Nick J. Rahall (D-W.Va.), today announced that $44 billion for states and schools has been released to the Department of Education under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 […] 'Investing in education for our children is critically important to our Nation's future. This funding will provide fiscal relief to the States to prevent tax increases and cutbacks in critical education and other services […] The monies we commit to education must have measures for success and work to improve our classrooms. Every state is being challenged in these economic times, and particularly in regions like southern West Virginia, but we must push harder and do as much as we can for our children to ensure their success' […] To receive State Stabilization Funds, states must also meet maintenance-of-effort requirements of the law by showing that 2009 state education budgets at least meet 2006 state education budget levels. If they cannot meet the maintenance-of-effort requirements, states can receive a waiver if they can show that their education budgets are not being disproportionally reduced.” (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Nick Rahall voted Nay on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. HR 1804. 104th Congress. Goals 2000: Educate America Act. Nick Rahall voted Yea on 03/23/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Project Vote Smart: 1996 West Virginia 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."
  • Nick Rahall. Project Vote Smart: 1994 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Establish a nationwide competency test for teachers and encourage states to adopt it."
  • Nick Rahall. Project Vote Smart: 1994 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Establish "National Standards" for K-12 schools and encourage states to adopt them."
  • Nick Rahall. Project Vote Smart: 1996 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "State" for: "Indicate which level of government should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. 3) Education"
  • Nick Rahall. Project Vote Smart: 1996 West Virginia 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: "Infrastructure "
  • Nick Rahall. Project Vote Smart: 1996 West Virginia 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)"
  • Nick Rahall. Project Vote Smart: 1996 West Virginia 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"
  • Nick Rahall. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2011. “If we want to continue to produce a highly competitive American workforce, we must do more to ensure that tomorrow's leaders are prepared with the knowledge they need to guide America wisely. To this end, Congressman Rahall has supported legislation to fully fund the No Child Left Behind Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Act, so that local school districts have the resources they need to provide West Virginia's students with a top-notch education.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Nick Rahall. Hearing Of The House Committee On Natural Resources - 'Full Committee Legislative Hearing On H.R. 3534, The CLEAR Act. 16 September 2009. "To those who argue that we need an 'all of the above' energy policy, I wholeheartedly agree [¦] This bill creates a more comprehensive framework for siting and developing energy projects while taking into consideration the other uses and needs of the offshore environment [¦] In addition to ensuring that fragile ecosystems and crucial fishing grounds remain protected, the CLEAR Act will give industry more predictability. When it comes to offshore energy development, the costs of doing it right are negligible, but the consequences of doing it wrong are disastrous." (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Hearing Of The House Committee On Natural Resources - 'Full Committee Legislative Hearing On H.R. 3534, The CLEAR Act. 16 September 2009. “To those who argue that we need an 'all of the above' energy policy, I wholeheartedly agree […] This bill creates a more comprehensive framework for siting and developing energy projects while taking into consideration the other uses and needs of the offshore environment […] In addition to ensuring that fragile ecosystems and crucial fishing grounds remain protected, the CLEAR Act will give industry more predictability. When it comes to offshore energy development, the costs of doing it right are negligible, but the consequences of doing it wrong are disastrous.” (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. House Democrats Boost Coal's Role in America's Energy Future. 17 September 2008. “'The clarion call has been heeded, and today represents a resounding victory for the future of coal, coalfield economies, and jobs,' said Rahall […] The measure would also open to offshore drilling parts of the country's Atlantic and Pacific Coasts - up to an additional 400 million acres. It would expand the availability of oil by at least 2 billion barrels, enough to power one million cars for 60 years.” (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. MSNBC "Hardball with Chris Matthews" – Transcript. 25 May 2010. “The MMS (Mineral Management Service) is a deeply dysfunctional agency. If this Deepwater Horizon crisis is a game-changer in terms of the way in which we manage our offshore energy resources, then this inspector general's report about alleged misbehavior at MMS has put MMS in the penalty box indefinitely. And it"s our duty now to help pull MMS out of this penalty box, to try to sort out just what went wrong not only in this disaster, going up to it, in the policing functions of MMS, but as far as the American people, as well.” (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Peaks and Valleys of Oil Prices. 13 May 2011. “You can be sure that I will continue to support legislation that expands the availability of domestic energy resources -- including measures that provide for safe, efficient, and environmentally responsible onshore and offshore oil and gas drilling -- to help diversify our Nation's energy portfolio away from the dangerous peaks and valleys of foreign oil that have been hitting Americans for far too long.” (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Rahall Hails House Passage of Comprehensive Energy Measure. 16 September 2008. “House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Nick J. Rahall (D-WV) today heralded passage of House Democrats' landmark comprehensive energy package that will facilitate oil and gas development off America's shorelines, making roughly 85 percent of all oil in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) available for production […] Under the measure, the Congressional moratorium that has been in place since 1982 on offshore oil and gas leasing in federal waters, with the exception of portions of the Gulf of Mexico, will be no more.” (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Rahall Urges More Oil and Gas Production in Areas Already Open to Drilling. 18 June 2008. “At present, 81 percent of estimated oil and gas resources on federal lands both onshore and offshore are available for development or will be pending the completion of land-use planning or environmental reviews […] We have found that the oil industry is sitting on 68 million acres of federal oil and gas leases, the size of Colorado. They are stockpiling them. Opening up even more areas only gives them an opportunity to speculate even further. It is like your children trying to eat their dessert before the main course. The oil industry needs to drill what they have now, drill in those areas available to them, and then we will talk about giving them dessert.” (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Responsible Federal Oil and Gas Lease Act. 26 June 2008. “Over 80 percent of estimated oil and gas resources on Federal lands, both onshore and offshore, are available for development or will be shortly, pending the completion of planning documents. The amount of oil which could be produced from these areas represents 14 years of current domestic oil consumption. Think about that, 14 years; yet President Bush and his Republican allies continue to rally behind the oil industry's political agenda, advocating opening more of America's Federal land, including coastal areas and pristine environmental areas, to drilling. In response to this scheme I say to Big Oil and its allies, 'You've got 'em. Use 'em.'” (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Nick Rahall voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Nick Rahall voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Nick Rahall voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Nick Rahall supported the interests of Environment America 93 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Responsible Federal Oil and Gas Lease Act. 26 June 2008. "Over 80 percent of estimated oil and gas resources on Federal lands, both onshore and offshore, are available for development or will be shortly, pending the completion of planning documents. The amount of oil which could be produced from these areas represents 14 years of current domestic oil consumption. Think about that, 14 years; yet President Bush and his Republican allies continue to rally behind the oil industry's political agenda, advocating opening more of America's Federal land, including coastal areas and pristine environmental areas, to drilling. In response to this scheme I say to Big Oil and its allies, 'You've got 'em. Use 'em.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Rahall Urges More Oil and Gas Production in Areas Already Open to Drilling. 18 June 2008. "At present, 81 percent of estimated oil and gas resources on federal lands both onshore and offshore are available for development or will be pending the completion of land-use planning or environmental reviews [¦] We have found that the oil industry is sitting on 68 million acres of federal oil and gas leases, the size of Colorado. They are stockpiling them. Opening up even more areas only gives them an opportunity to speculate even further. It is like your children trying to eat their dessert before the main course. The oil industry needs to drill what they have now, drill in those areas available to them, and then we will talk about giving them dessert." (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Rahall Hails House Passage of Comprehensive Energy Measure. 16 September 2008. "House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Nick J. Rahall (D-WV) today heralded passage of House Democrats' landmark comprehensive energy package that will facilitate oil and gas development off America's shorelines, making roughly 85 percent of all oil in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) available for production [¦] Under the measure, the Congressional moratorium that has been in place since 1982 on offshore oil and gas leasing in federal waters, with the exception of portions of the Gulf of Mexico, will be no more." (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Peaks and Valleys of Oil Prices. 13 May 2011. "You can be sure that I will continue to support legislation that expands the availability of domestic energy resources -- including measures that provide for safe, efficient, and environmentally responsible onshore and offshore oil and gas drilling -- to help diversify our Nation's energy portfolio away from the dangerous peaks and valleys of foreign oil that have been hitting Americans for far too long." (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. MSNBC "Hardball with Chris Matthews" “ Transcript. 25 May 2010. "The MMS (Mineral Management Service) is a deeply dysfunctional agency. If this Deepwater Horizon crisis is a game-changer in terms of the way in which we manage our offshore energy resources, then this inspector general's report about alleged misbehavior at MMS has put MMS in the penalty box indefinitely. And it"s our duty now to help pull MMS out of this penalty box, to try to sort out just what went wrong not only in this disaster, going up to it, in the policing functions of MMS, but as far as the American people, as well." (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. House Democrats Boost Coal's Role in America's Energy Future. 17 September 2008. "'The clarion call has been heeded, and today represents a resounding victory for the future of coal, coalfield economies, and jobs,' said Rahall [¦] The measure would also open to offshore drilling parts of the country's Atlantic and Pacific Coasts - up to an additional 400 million acres. It would expand the availability of oil by at least 2 billion barrels, enough to power one million cars for 60 years." (votesmart.org)

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  • Dina Capiello. Huffington Post. Nick Rahall, Collin Peterson Join GOP Fight To Restrict EPA. 3 March 2011. "Rep. Nick Rahall of West Virginia, Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota, Rep. Dan Boren of Oklahoma and Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia will sponsor a bill supported by 43 Senate and seven House Republicans that would bar the EPA from using federal law to control greenhouse gases from power plants, refineries and other industrial facilities [¦] 'I am dead set against the EPA's plowing ahead on its own with new regulations to limit greenhouse gases,' Rahall said in a statement. Rahall, who worries regulation will harm coal producers in his district, said that Congress should set policy governing global warming gases." (www.huffingtonpost.com)
  • Nick Rahall. American Clean Energy And Security Act Of 2009. 25 June 2009. "Congress would be unwise to sit by and simply allow the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions [¦] While the emissions target in the early years of this program has been lowered from the 20% cap initially contained in this bill, there remains widespread concern that even the reduced cap--17% in 2020--is still too high and too soon to incentivize rapid development and deployment of carbon capture and sequestration technologies." (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Rahall Addresses Coal. 29 May 2009. "I have heard the unpleasant-sounding terms 'carbon tax,' and 'national energy tax,' used pretty loosely recently. The bill in the House does not impose a carbon tax, as many of the bill's detractors who want to scare us half to death claim. Instead, it would create a market-based cap and trade system. This is the kind of approach usually advocated by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. It is designed to encourage the private-sector to use its talents to reduce emissions. This is the very same approach used successfully in the 1990's to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions and address acid rain." (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Rahall Statement on House Passage of Continuing Resolution. 19 February 2011. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement following the House passage of the Fiscal Year 2011 Continuing Resolution [¦] 'I support the language in the bill to prohibit funding for EPA regulation of greenhouse gases, and the amendment adopted to prohibit the EPA from revoking previously approved permits through 404(c) process.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Rahall and Bouncher Respond to Senate Vote on Murkowski Measure to Stip EPA Authority to Regulate Greenhouse Emissions. 10 June 2010. "Nick J.Rahall (WV) and Rick Boucher (VA) today reiterated their strong support for legislation they introduced in March to suspend for two years action by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate greenhouse gas emissions [¦] 'The brakes need to be put on the EPA's headlong rush to regulate carbon emissions from coal-powered plants. Today's defeat of the Murkowski disapproval resolution should not be the end of Congressional efforts to rein in EPA and secure the future of coal and the affordable energy it provides to American families.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Time Out On EPA Regulation Of Global Warming. 4 March 2010. "U.S. Reps. Nick J. Rahall and Alan B. Mollohan, both (WV), and U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher, (D-VA), Wednesday introduced legislation to block the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from stationary sources, including coal-burning power plants [¦] 'I am dead-set against the EPA's plowing ahead on its own with new regulations to limit greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants. This is reasonable and responsible legislation that will protect a vital industry -- coal -- and essential jobs for West Virginia and the Nation.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Nick Rahall in the 2002 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Time Out On EPA Regulation Of Global Warming. 4 March 2010. “U.S. Reps. Nick J. Rahall and Alan B. Mollohan, both (WV), and U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher, (D-VA), Wednesday introduced legislation to block the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from stationary sources, including coal-burning power plants […] 'I am dead-set against the EPA's plowing ahead on its own with new regulations to limit greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants. This is reasonable and responsible legislation that will protect a vital industry -- coal -- and essential jobs for West Virginia and the Nation.'” (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Rahall and Bouncher Respond to Senate Vote on Murkowski Measure to Stip EPA Authority to Regulate Greenhouse Emissions. 10 June 2010. “Nick J.Rahall (WV) and Rick Boucher (VA) today reiterated their strong support for legislation they introduced in March to suspend for two years action by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate greenhouse gas emissions […] 'The brakes need to be put on the EPA's headlong rush to regulate carbon emissions from coal-powered plants. Today's defeat of the Murkowski disapproval resolution should not be the end of Congressional efforts to rein in EPA and secure the future of coal and the affordable energy it provides to American families.'” (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Rahall Statement on House Passage of Continuing Resolution. 19 February 2011. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement following the House passage of the Fiscal Year 2011 Continuing Resolution […] 'I support the language in the bill to prohibit funding for EPA regulation of greenhouse gases, and the amendment adopted to prohibit the EPA from revoking previously approved permits through 404(c) process.'” (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Rahall Addresses Coal. 29 May 2009. “I have heard the unpleasant-sounding terms 'carbon tax,' and 'national energy tax,' used pretty loosely recently. The bill in the House does not impose a carbon tax, as many of the bill's detractors who want to scare us half to death claim. Instead, it would create a market-based cap and trade system. This is the kind of approach usually advocated by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. It is designed to encourage the private-sector to use its talents to reduce emissions. This is the very same approach used successfully in the 1990's to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions and address acid rain.” (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. American Clean Energy And Security Act Of 2009. 25 June 2009. “Congress would be unwise to sit by and simply allow the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions […] While the emissions target in the early years of this program has been lowered from the 20% cap initially contained in this bill, there remains widespread concern that even the reduced cap--17% in 2020--is still too high and too soon to incentivize rapid development and deployment of carbon capture and sequestration technologies.” (votesmart.org)
  • Dina Capiello. Huffington Post. Nick Rahall, Collin Peterson Join GOP Fight To Restrict EPA. 3 March 2011. “Rep. Nick Rahall of West Virginia, Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota, Rep. Dan Boren of Oklahoma and Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia will sponsor a bill supported by 43 Senate and seven House Republicans that would bar the EPA from using federal law to control greenhouse gases from power plants, refineries and other industrial facilities […] 'I am dead set against the EPA's plowing ahead on its own with new regulations to limit greenhouse gases,' Rahall said in a statement. Rahall, who worries regulation will harm coal producers in his district, said that Congress should set policy governing global warming gases.” (www.huffingtonpost.com)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Nick Rahall in the 2004 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Nick Rahall in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Nick Rahall supported the interests of Environment America 93 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Nick Rahall supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 80 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Nick Rahall voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Nick Rahall voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Project Vote Smart: 1994 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Pass stronger clean water and clean air legislation."
  • Nick Rahall. Project Vote Smart: 1994 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Eliminate government regulations to encourage investment and economic expansion of the private sector."
  • Nick Rahall. Project Vote Smart: 1994 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Consider further increasing federal taxes on gasoline and diesel fuels."
  • Nick Rahall. Project Vote Smart: 1994 West Virginia 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."
  • Nick Rahall. Project Vote Smart: 1994 West Virginia 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."
  • Nick Rahall. Project Vote Smart: 1994 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Encourage further market based strategies to clean up the environment such as pollution credits."
  • Nick Rahall. Project Vote Smart: 1996 West Virginia 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."
  • Nick Rahall. Project Vote Smart: 1996 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks."
  • Nick Rahall. Project Vote Smart: 1996 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Promote the selling of pollution credits to encourage industries to decrease amount of pollution."

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  • Nick Rahall. Ranking Member Nick J. Rahall, II (D-WV). 1 November 2011. "A 33rd degree Mason, Rahall is a life member of the National Rifle Association, Elks, Moose, and the NAACP, and was made an honorary member of the United Mine Workers of America in 2003. Before his election to Congress, Rahall served as staff assistant to U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd, and also made a career as a businessman." (democrats.transportation.house.gov)
  • Stephen Clark. Fox News. Obama Administration's New Proposed Gun Regulation for Border States Met With Bipartisan Dissent. 15 January 2011. "In a letter to President Obama last month, House members, including Reps. Dan Boren, D-Okla, Nick Rahall, D-W. Va., Mike Ross, D-Ark., Denny Rehberg, R-Mont., and Ron Paul, R-Texas, said the regulation should be reviewed by Congress first. 'While Congress has authorized multiple sales reporting for handguns, we have never extended this authority to other types of firearms," they wrote. "Expanding this power by executive decree would be an end run around Congress.'" (www.foxnews.com)
  • Nick Rahall. Charlton Heston: A Legendary American. 11 April 2008. "Later in life, as President of the National Rifle Association, Heston was a stalwart defender of our Second Amendment right to bear arms and an active and effective promoter of wildlife management through hunting. This bold leadership is what made him such a rare figure and a legendary American." (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Nick Rahall voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen Clark. Fox News. Obama Administration's New Proposed Gun Regulation for Border States Met With Bipartisan Dissent. 15 January 2011. “In a letter to President Obama last month, House members, including Reps. Dan Boren, D-Okla, Nick Rahall, D-W. Va., Mike Ross, D-Ark., Denny Rehberg, R-Mont., and Ron Paul, R-Texas, said the regulation should be reviewed by Congress first. 'While Congress has authorized multiple sales reporting for handguns, we have never extended this authority to other types of firearms," they wrote. "Expanding this power by executive decree would be an end run around Congress.'” (www.foxnews.com)
  • Nick Rahall. Ranking Member Nick J. Rahall, II (D-WV). 1 November 2011. “A 33rd degree Mason, Rahall is a life member of the National Rifle Association, Elks, Moose, and the NAACP, and was made an honorary member of the United Mine Workers of America in 2003. Before his election to Congress, Rahall served as staff assistant to U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd, and also made a career as a businessman.” (democrats.transportation.house.gov)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Nick Rahall supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 0 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Nick Rahall a grade of 36." (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Nick Rahall in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Nick Rahall voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Nick Rahall voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Nick Rahall voted Yea on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. HR 125. 104th Congress. Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995. Nick Rahall voted Yea on 03/22/1996. (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. HR 4296. 104th Congress. Regulation of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons. Nick Rahall voted Nay on 05/05/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. HR 1025. 103th Congress. Brady Handgun Bill. Nick Rahall voted Nay on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. H Amdt 390. 103th Congress. Instant Background Checks for Gun Purchase Amendment. Nick Rahall voted Yea on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Project Vote Smart: 1994 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Impose a national ban on the sale of handguns to minors." 1. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support to address the problem of crime? Other or expanded principles: "Alternative sentencing for non-violent youth crimes."
  • Nick Rahall. Project Vote Smart: 1994 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Impose a national ban on the public sale of assault weapons."
  • Nick Rahall. Project Vote Smart: 1996 West Virginia 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."
  • Nick Rahall. Project Vote Smart: 1996 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain all federal registration procedures and restrictions on possessing firearms."
  • Nick Rahall. Project Vote Smart: 1996 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal all bans and measures that restrict law-abiding citizens from owning legally-obtained firearms."
  • Nick Rahall. Project Vote Smart: 1996 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms that are legally owned and registered."
  • Nick Rahall. Project Vote Smart: 1996 West Virginia 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."
  • Nick Rahall. Project Vote Smart: 1996 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Increase restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Nick Rahall. Project Vote Smart: 1996 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Ease procedures on the purchase and registration of firearms."
  • Nick Rahall. Charlton Heston: A Legendary American. 11 April 2008. “Later in life, as President of the National Rifle Association, Heston was a stalwart defender of our Second Amendment right to bear arms and an active and effective promoter of wildlife management through hunting. This bold leadership is what made him such a rare figure and a legendary American.” (votesmart.org)

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  • HNN Staff. Huntington News. Statement by U.S. Representative Nick Rahall on Health Care Repeal. 7 Janauary 2011. Nick Rahall. "I intend to vote against an outright repeal of the health care reform law. Even the law's most vehement critics must acknowledge its benefits in West Virginia. More than 30,000 seniors in West Virginia have received additional assistance in paying costly Medicare prescription drug bills [¦] However, these benefits must not blind us to the need for additional “ and, in some cases “ significant changes [¦] I have already cosponsored legislation to remove overly burdensome reporting requirements for small businesses, the so-called 1099 requirement." (www.huntingtonnews.net)
  • Nick Rahall. Keeping Kids Healthy In West Virginia. 2 October 2009. "I think we can all agree that health insurance should not be treated as a luxury that some families cannot afford. It should be both accessible and affordable for everyone, especially for our children, who by no fault of their own are often unable to receive the care that they need. That is why, as we move forward with the debate surrounding health care reform, I will continue to reinforce my five principles of health care and work towards fixing our broken health care system. My five main healthcare principles are 1) Access for everyone- regardless of age or preexisting conditions 2) If you have insurance and you like it then you keep it 3) Health Insurance must be affordable to everyone 4) Preventative healthcare is key to keeping down costs and saving lives and 5) Healthcare must be portable- so if you lose your job you don't have to lose your insurance or your doctor." (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Letter to The Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 15 July 2011. "Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, we took measures to lower health care costs without cutting benefits or increasing cost-sharing requirement. While we can make more improvements, we must not abandon that commitment. Proposals to raise out-of-pocket costs, cut benefits, or reduce federal Medicaid spending would have a negative impact on current enrollees, their families, and our economy as a whole." (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Statement From Representative Rahall Regarding H.R. 3962: The Affordable Health Care For America Act. 4 November 2009. "This week the House is planning to consider a new healthcare reform bill. It's not perfect. As a pro-life Member of Congress, I am working to strengthen the bill's prolife guarantees and we are making progress [¦] The stark reality is that many of us already have or will face a time in our lives when our health needs will outpace our means of insurance. People should not have to live with the fear that an illness could bankrupt their family." (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Statement From Representative Rahall Regarding The Passage Of H.R. 3962: The Affordable Health Care For America Act. 12 November 2009. "I believe in the sanctity of life for those of all ages -- young and old, and I believe that every life deserves to be saved, which is why I voted in favor of H.R., 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act [¦] The clearest message I received from southern West Virginia is that healthcare and its insurance costs are out of whack. Healthcare has gone up 131% while incomes have only risen 38%. It's time to turn the tide." (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. The Facts You Need To Know About Healthcare Reform. 18 September 2009. "Many people with whom I have met acknowledge that our healthcare system is broken, but some fear the cost will be too high; I assure you the cost of doing nothing will be much greater [¦] Myth: We can't afford healthcare reform at this time. Fact: Another myth is that we can't afford healthcare- when in reality we can't afford not to fix it [¦] Myth: The House bill contains a government-run public option that would force employers to drop their more expensive coverage and force everyone onto a public plan. Fact: Under the House bill, no one can ever be forced onto the public option." (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. The Facts You Need To Know About Healthcare Reform. 18 September 2009. “Many people with whom I have met acknowledge that our healthcare system is broken, but some fear the cost will be too high; I assure you the cost of doing nothing will be much greater […] Myth: We can't afford healthcare reform at this time. Fact: Another myth is that we can't afford healthcare- when in reality we can't afford not to fix it […] Myth: The House bill contains a government-run public option that would force employers to drop their more expensive coverage and force everyone onto a public plan. Fact: Under the House bill, no one can ever be forced onto the public option.” (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Statement From Representative Rahall Regarding The Passage Of H.R. 3962: The Affordable Health Care For America Act. 12 November 2009. “I believe in the sanctity of life for those of all ages -- young and old, and I believe that every life deserves to be saved, which is why I voted in favor of H.R., 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act […] The clearest message I received from southern West Virginia is that healthcare and its insurance costs are out of whack. Healthcare has gone up 131% while incomes have only risen 38%. It's time to turn the tide.” (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Statement From Representative Rahall Regarding H.R. 3962: The Affordable Health Care For America Act. 4 November 2009. “This week the House is planning to consider a new healthcare reform bill. It's not perfect. As a pro-life Member of Congress, I am working to strengthen the bill's prolife guarantees and we are making progress […] The stark reality is that many of us already have or will face a time in our lives when our health needs will outpace our means of insurance. People should not have to live with the fear that an illness could bankrupt their family.” (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Letter to The Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 15 July 2011. “Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, we took measures to lower health care costs without cutting benefits or increasing cost-sharing requirement. While we can make more improvements, we must not abandon that commitment. Proposals to raise out-of-pocket costs, cut benefits, or reduce federal Medicaid spending would have a negative impact on current enrollees, their families, and our economy as a whole.” (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Keeping Kids Healthy In West Virginia. 2 October 2009. “I think we can all agree that health insurance should not be treated as a luxury that some families cannot afford. It should be both accessible and affordable for everyone, especially for our children, who by no fault of their own are often unable to receive the care that they need. That is why, as we move forward with the debate surrounding health care reform, I will continue to reinforce my five principles of health care and work towards fixing our broken health care system. My five main healthcare principles are 1) Access for everyone- regardless of age or preexisting conditions 2) If you have insurance and you like it then you keep it 3) Health Insurance must be affordable to everyone 4) Preventative healthcare is key to keeping down costs and saving lives and 5) Healthcare must be portable- so if you lose your job you don't have to lose your insurance or your doctor.” (votesmart.org)
  • HNN Staff. Huntington News. Statement by U.S. Representative Nick Rahall on Health Care Repeal. 7 Janauary 2011. Nick Rahall. “I intend to vote against an outright repeal of the health care reform law. Even the law’s most vehement critics must acknowledge its benefits in West Virginia. More than 30,000 seniors in West Virginia have received additional assistance in paying costly Medicare prescription drug bills […] However, these benefits must not blind us to the need for additional – and, in some cases – significant changes […] I have already cosponsored legislation to remove overly burdensome reporting requirements for small businesses, the so-called 1099 requirement.” (www.huntingtonnews.net)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Nick Rahall supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Nick Rahall voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Project Vote Smart: 1994 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Support President Clinton's position for a "comprehensive health care plan for all Americans."" 3. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support concerning the American health care system? Other or expanded principles: "Give states option to implement single-payer plans."
  • Nick Rahall. Project Vote Smart: 1996 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Nick Rahall. Project Vote Smart: 1996 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."

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  • Nick Rahall. NumbersUSA: 2010 NumbersUSA Congressional Candidate Survey. 23 February 2010. Responded: "No" to the question: "Do you OPPOSE offering the officially estimated 11 million people illegally in the US long-term work permits and/or a path to citizenship (whether through a blanket amnesty or an 'earned legalization' or other form)?" (www.numbersusa.com)
  • Nick Rahall. Rahall: America's Seniors, Not Illegal Aliens, Deserve Amnesty. 15 May 2006. "The president will talk to the Nation tonight about immigration. He wants an amnesty program for illegal aliens. I wish those in Washington were as quick to give our seniors amnesty from this ridiculous Medicare tax as some are in rewarding illegal aliens with citizenship." (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. NumbersUSA: 2010 NumbersUSA Congressional Candidate Survey. 23 February 2010. Responded: “No” to the question: “Do you OPPOSE offering the officially estimated 11 million people illegally in the US long-term work permits and/or a path to citizenship (whether through a blanket amnesty or an 'earned legalization' or other form)?” (www.numbersusa.com)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Nick Rahall supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 33 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Nick Rahall supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Nick Rahall voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Nick Rahall voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Project Vote Smart: 1996 West Virginia 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."
  • Nick Rahall. Project Vote Smart: 1996 West Virginia Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Ease citizenship requirements in order to make it easier for immigrants to become United States citizens."
  • Nick Rahall. Rahall: America's Seniors, Not Illegal Aliens, Deserve Amnesty. 15 May 2006. “The president will talk to the Nation tonight about immigration. He wants an amnesty program for illegal aliens. I wish those in Washington were as quick to give our seniors amnesty from this ridiculous Medicare tax as some are in rewarding illegal aliens with citizenship.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Mannix Porterfield. The Register Herald: Snuffer attempting to link Rahall to Obama. 10 May 2012. "In Tuesday's primary, a Texas inmate, Keith Judd, pulled 41 percent of the vote in the Democratic race for president, and in socially conservative West Virginia, the incumbent president likely didn't help his status by endorsing same-sex marriages. Asked about this latest development, Rahall said he opposes same-sex marriages "and my record will back that up." (www.register-herald.com)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Nick Rahall supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 68 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Mannix Porterfield. The Register Herald: Snuffer attempting to link Rahall to Obama. 10 May 2012. “In Tuesday’s primary, a Texas inmate, Keith Judd, pulled 41 percent of the vote in the Democratic race for president, and in socially conservative West Virginia, the incumbent president likely didn’t help his status by endorsing same-sex marriages. Asked about this latest development, Rahall said he opposes same-sex marriages “and my record will back that up.” (www.register-herald.com)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Nick Rahall supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 40 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Nick Rahall supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 71 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Nick Rahall supported the interests of the American Family Association 33 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Nick Rahall supported the interests of the Family Research Council 85 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Nick Rahall voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Nick Rahall voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Nick Rahall voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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  • Nick Rahall. Letter To The Honorable Barack Obama, President, The United States of America. 15 October 2010. "Dear President Obama: We write today to express our strong support for Social Security and our view that it should be strengthened. We oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including raising the retirement age. We also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part." (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Celebrating a Milestone: The 75th Anniversary of Social Security. 28 July 2010. "Some have pushed plans to privatize Social Security to the brink that frankly would reduce Social Security retirement and survivor benefits for a large number of hardworking Americans. Privatization would divert trillions of dollars from the Social Security Trust Fund into private accounts and put every worker's basic retirement security at risk. Eventually, under some schemes, four out of every ten dollars of Social Security payroll contributions would be diverted to private accounts -- threatening the ability of the Trust Fund to pay benefits to seniors today. I believe we should not allow that to happen." (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Issue Position: Seniors. 1 January 2011. "Congressman Rahall knows that Social Security and Medicare have done more for seniors' independence, health and financial security than any other federal initiatives. He strongly opposes privatization of Social Security and any cut in funding to Medicare, both of which would endanger critical services for some of West Virginia's most vulnerable citizens." (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Letter to The Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 15 July 2011. "As older Americans rely on Social Security, they also rely on Medicare and Medicaid for their health and long-term care needs. Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, we took measures to lower health care costs without cutting benefits or increasing cost-sharing requirement. While we can make more improvements, we must not abandon that commitment. Proposals to raise out-of-pocket costs, cut benefits, or reduce federal Medicaid spending would have a negative impact on current enrollees, their families, and our economy as a whole." (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Protecting our Seniors. 5 April 2011. "Mr. Speaker, Social Security and Medicare bring economic security within reach of working American families, regardless of income. Workers deserve the benefits they are owed after a lifetime of paying into these programs. And, yet, there are some, driven by blind ideology and partisanship, who aim to chip away at those guarantees, bit by bit. There are budget proposals--reducing the operating expenses for the Social Security program, and curtailing the ability of Social Security to pay benefits--that hint of a radical restructuring of the program. There are budget proposals that are unabashed in their radicalism toward Medicare." (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Rahall Stands Up for Social Security. 16 March 2011. "'There are those in Washington who believe the Social Security program should be done away with,' said Rahall. 'They are hoping to privatize it, to defund it, to chip away at it any way they can. You better believe I am going to be fighting against them' [¦] Rahall also joined his colleagues in petitioning the Speaker of the House to reject a $1.7 billion cut in the operating budget for the Social Security Administration." (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Rahall: New Republican Budget Cuts American Values. 7 February 2005. "Rep. Nick J. Rahall (D-WV) expressed concerns with the newly released Republican budget from the White House today [¦] 'This budget cuts into the heart of American values, such as honoring our veterans, educating our kids, protecting our families, and building for our futures, while evidently rebuilding the rest of the world. The budget is silent on the expected cost of the war in Iraq or the cost of the President's plan to privatize social security, which Vice President Cheney estimated would cost trillions of dollars.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Nick Rahall supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 90 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Rahall: New Republican Budget Cuts American Values. 7 February 2005. “Rep. Nick J. Rahall (D-WV) expressed concerns with the newly released Republican budget from the White House today […] 'This budget cuts into the heart of American values, such as honoring our veterans, educating our kids, protecting our families, and building for our futures, while evidently rebuilding the rest of the world. The budget is silent on the expected cost of the war in Iraq or the cost of the President's plan to privatize social security, which Vice President Cheney estimated would cost trillions of dollars.'” (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Rahall Stands Up for Social Security. 16 March 2011. “'There are those in Washington who believe the Social Security program should be done away with,' said Rahall. 'They are hoping to privatize it, to defund it, to chip away at it any way they can. You better believe I am going to be fighting against them' […] Rahall also joined his colleagues in petitioning the Speaker of the House to reject a $1.7 billion cut in the operating budget for the Social Security Administration.” (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Protecting our Seniors. 5 April 2011. “Mr. Speaker, Social Security and Medicare bring economic security within reach of working American families, regardless of income. Workers deserve the benefits they are owed after a lifetime of paying into these programs. And, yet, there are some, driven by blind ideology and partisanship, who aim to chip away at those guarantees, bit by bit. There are budget proposals--reducing the operating expenses for the Social Security program, and curtailing the ability of Social Security to pay benefits--that hint of a radical restructuring of the program. There are budget proposals that are unabashed in their radicalism toward Medicare.” (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Letter to The Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 15 July 2011. “As older Americans rely on Social Security, they also rely on Medicare and Medicaid for their health and long-term care needs. Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, we took measures to lower health care costs without cutting benefits or increasing cost-sharing requirement. While we can make more improvements, we must not abandon that commitment. Proposals to raise out-of-pocket costs, cut benefits, or reduce federal Medicaid spending would have a negative impact on current enrollees, their families, and our economy as a whole.” (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Letter To The Honorable Barack Obama, President, The United States of America. 15 October 2010. “Dear President Obama: We write today to express our strong support for Social Security and our view that it should be strengthened. We oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including raising the retirement age. We also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part.” (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Issue Position: Seniors. 1 January 2011. “Congressman Rahall knows that Social Security and Medicare have done more for seniors' independence, health and financial security than any other federal initiatives. He strongly opposes privatization of Social Security and any cut in funding to Medicare, both of which would endanger critical services for some of West Virginia's most vulnerable citizens.” (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Rahall. Celebrating a Milestone: The 75th Anniversary of Social Security. 28 July 2010. “Some have pushed plans to privatize Social Security to the brink that frankly would reduce Social Security retirement and survivor benefits for a large number of hardworking Americans. Privatization would divert trillions of dollars from the Social Security Trust Fund into private accounts and put every worker's basic retirement security at risk. Eventually, under some schemes, four out of every ten dollars of Social Security payroll contributions would be diverted to private accounts -- threatening the ability of the Trust Fund to pay benefits to seniors today. I believe we should not allow that to happen.” (votesmart.org)

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Congressional Election 1996 National Political Awareness Test

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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.
Xc) 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.
g) Other

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
NoDo 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.

Slightly Increasea) AIDS Programs
Maintain Statusb) Arts funding
Greatly Increasec) Education (K-12)
Slightly Increased) Environmental programs
Slightly Increasee) Housing projects
Greatly Increasef) Job training programs
Slightly Increaseg) Law enforcement
Slightly Increaseh) Medicaid
Slightly Increasei) Medicare
Maintain Statusj) NASA
Slightly Increasek) Student loan programs
Maintain Statusl) Welfare (AFDC)
Greatly Increasem) Other

Infrastructure

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
Noe) Law enforcement
Nof) Medicaid
Nog) Medicare
Noh) School lunches
Noi) 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.
Xf) Other

Comprehensive campaign reform

Indicate which principles you support to address crime.

Xa) Broaden use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
b) Increase spending to build more federal prisons.
Xc) 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.
f) 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.
i) Prosecute youths accused of murder as adults.
Xj) Increase funding for local Boys & Girls Clubs and other independent organizations in communities with at-risk youth.
k) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
Xl) 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.

Maintain Status1) CIA appropriations
Maintain Status2) Defense plant conversion
Maintain Status3) Military hardware
Maintain Status4) Military space shuttle missions
Greatly Increase5) Pay for active duty personnel
Greatly Decrease6) Development of new weapons
Eliminate7) Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI)
Greatly Increase8) Armed Forces personnel training
9) Other
Yes1) 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
4) Environmental cleanup
Federal5) Job training
State6) Law enforcement
Federal7) Low-income housing
Federal8) Medicaid
Federal9) Medicare
Federal10) 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?
Yes3) Should the US recognize and extend full diplomatic relations to Taiwan?
4) Should the US continue funding for Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty?
5) Should the US continue funding for Radio Marti and TV Marti?
6) 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.
b) Economic aid to Russia and the former republics should be continued unless Russia exports nuclear weapons or related technology.
Xc) 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.

Xa) Foreign aid should only be given when extraordinary circumstances and disaster threaten the lives of civilian populations.
b) 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.
Xe) Other

Foreign Aid should be reduced.

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.
Xb) The US should participate in UN peacekeeping missions only when vital US interests are directly threatened.
c) The US should use military force only when the US border or territories are attacked or American citizens are in danger.
d) 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.
d) 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.

Xa) 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.
Xc) Implement a government-financed, single-payer national health care system similar to that of Canada.
d) 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.
Xf) Allow middle and low income families to deduct yearly health care costs from their taxable income.
g) 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.

Xa) Increase penalties for selling illegal drugs.
Xb) Impose mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
Xc) 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.
Xb) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children.
Xc) 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.).
g) 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.

By supporting programs that assist families to improve/enhance their quality of life, especially by creating good-paying jobs; by educating, feeding and clothing our children; by calling upon parents and entire communities, including local business and industry to involve themselves more fully in the activities and needs of children, youths and families.

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.
Xc) Increase funding of programs that help alcoholics and drug addicts recover and find steady work.
Xd) Increase the minimum wage.
Xe) Provide homeless families with apartment vouchers they can use to supplement the cost of an apartment.
Xf) 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

Slightly Decreasea) Retiree income over $40,000
Greatly Decreaseb) Family income less than $25,000
Slightly Decreasec) Family income $25-75,000
Slightly Increased) Family income $75-150,000
Slightly Increasee) Family income over $150,000

Other Tax Issues

Greatly Decreasef) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Decreaseg) Capital gains taxes
Greatly Increaseh) Charitable deductions
Maintain Statusi) Cigarette taxes
Greatly Increasej) Corporate income taxes
Greatly Increasek) Earned income tax credit
Greatly Decreasel) Estate taxes
Greatly Increasem) Medical expense deductions
Maintain Statusn) Mortgage deductions
o) Other
Undecided2) 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.

a) Relax current guidelines that forbid the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) from investigating terrorist groups when there is a "reasonable indication" of terrorist activities.
b) 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.
e) Grant broader authority to the US Immigration and Naturalization Service to deny entrance visas to terrorist suspects.
Xf) 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)?
No2) Do you support broadening NAFTA to include other countries?
No3) Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
No4) Do you support the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
No5) 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.
d) 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.
f) 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.
b) 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.
e) 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.
Xg) Provide rent or housing supplement vouchers for low-income families.
h) Make no substantial changes at this time.
i) 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.
k) Other
1) Explain your two main legislative priorities if elected to Congress.
2) Should your priorities require additional government funding, please explain how you intend to obtain the additional funding.