Representative Thomas 'Tom' E. Petri's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Thomas 'Tom' E. Petri
Current Office: U.S. House - District 6, Republican
First Elected: 04/03/1979
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Anne; 1 Child: Alexandra
Birth Date: 05/28/1940
Birth Place: Marinette, WI
Home City: Fond du Lac, WI
Religion: Lutheran
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Tom Petri refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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This candidate has demonstrated 0% courage during the test.

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Issue Positions

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tom Petri. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Tom Petri voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Tom Petri supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Petri. H Amdt 185. 103th Congress. Hyde Amendment. Tom Petri voted Yea on 06/30/1993. (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 Tom Petri a rating of 25 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Petri. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Tom Petri voted Yea on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Petri. H Amdt 436. 104th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Tom Petri voted Nay on 06/15/1995. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Petri. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Tom Petri voted Nay on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Petri. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Tom Petri voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Petri. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Tom Petri voted Nay on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Tom Petri supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Petri. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Tom Petri voted Nay on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Petri. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Tom Petri voted Did Not Vote on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Petri. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Tom Petri voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Petri. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Tom Petri voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Petri. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Tom Petri voted Nay on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Petri. HR 670. 103th Congress. Abortion Counseling Bill. Tom Petri voted Nay on 03/25/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Petri. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Tom Petri voted Nay on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Petri. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Tom Petri. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Tom Petri. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Tom Petri voted Did Not Vote on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Petri. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Tom Petri voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Petri. Affordable Health Care For America Act. 7 November 2009. "I have grave concerns that the legislation will allow for government funding of abortions and threaten current conscience protections for health care providers. I strongly believe that the Hyde Amendment should be codified in this legislation." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Petri. Issue Position: Traditional Values. 4 September 2012. "Voted in support of the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act, against human cloning, and for other bills that recognize the sanctity of all life." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Tom Petri supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Petri. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Tom Petri voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Petri. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Tom Petri voted Nay on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Tom Petri supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Thomas Petri. Issue Position: Defense and National Security. 22 September 2011. " He wants us to leave as soon as possible, but if we leave too soon, we open up opportunities for the Taliban and for Al Qaeda to come back in. In the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2012, Rep. Petri supported amendments that would either reduce or cut entirely funds for Afghanistan, Libya and Pakistan. He also supported amendments to reduce or eliminate the Afghanistan Infrastructure Fund. While Wisconsin suffers from infrastructure budget cuts, Rep. Petri cannot justify spending hundreds of millions of dollars on infrastructure in Afghanistan." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Tom Petri supported the interests of the Peace Action 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Petri. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Tom Petri voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Tom Petri supported the interests of Peace Action West 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Petri. Rep. Petri Returns from Afghanistan/Pakistan Trip. 11 September 2008. "Afghanistan is going to be dependent on foreign assistance for a long time to come. We need to think clearly about what we need to accomplish in Afghanistan, what we would like to accomplish, what this will mean for our troops, how much it's all going to cost, and who's going to pay for it." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Thomas Petri. Petri Statement on War Supplemental Bill. 15 May 2008. "I voted 'yes' on the first amendment, which provides necessary funds for the ongoing military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Our troops deserve all the resources they need, and any moves to withdraw them should be the result of an explicit policy decision - not by denying them arms, food, and medical care in the war zone." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Petri. 2012 Department of Defense Authorization. 30 August 2012. "On May 26, 2011, the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012. This bill authorizes appropriations for military construction and other the Department of the Defense programs. The legislation also reaffirms that the United States is engaged in an armed conflict with Al Qaeda and the Taliban and strengthens policies and procedures used to prosecute and detain terrorists captured under this banner. The legislation also includes a number of provisions to identify and prepare for future threats. The bill does not expand the war on terrorism or authorize force against Libya or Iran. Congressman Petri supported this bill, because he feels it is important to continue to fund our military, even while he supports planning for a responsible and timely withdrawal from Afghanistan." (petri.house.gov)
  • Tom Petri. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Tom Petri voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Petri. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Tom Petri voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Petri. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Tom Petri voted Yea on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Petri. HR 2561. 106th Congress. Defense Department Appropriations bill, FY2000. Tom Petri voted Yea on 07/22/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Petri. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Tom Petri voted Nay on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Petri. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Tom Petri voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Petri. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Tom Petri voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Petri. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Tom Petri voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Petri. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Tom Petri voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Petri. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Tom Petri voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Petri. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Tom Petri voted Nay on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Petri. Issue Position: Defense and National Security. 22 September 2011. "In the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2012, Rep. Petri supported amendments that would either reduce or cut entirely funds for Afghanistan, Libya and Pakistan. He also supported amendments to reduce or eliminate the Afghanistan Infrastructure Fund. While Wisconsin suffers from infrastructure budget cuts, Rep. Petri cannot justify spending hundreds of millions of dollars on infrastructure in Afghanistan." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tom Petri. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Tom Petri voted Yea on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Tom Petri supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 70 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Tom Petri supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Tom Petri supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 86 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Petri signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I, Thomas Petri, pledge to the taxpayers of the 6th district of the state of Wisconsin and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (atr.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Thomas Petri. Budget Progress Step by Step. 11 August 2011. "The President and Congress under the leadership of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid quickly responded with an avalanche of economic stimulus - massive deficit spending intended to get the economy moving by using the government to increase the demand for goods and services. Two-and-a-half years later, unemployment nationwide is 9.1 percent, in the 2nd quarter of this year GDP rose just 1.3 percent, 46 million Americans depend on food stamps, the federal debt is $14.6 trillion and growing, and for the first time ever, the U.S. credit rating was downgraded by one of the major bond rating companies. Trying to spend our way to prosperity hasn't worked." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Petri. Issue Position: Economy and Jobs. 22 September 2011. "In the face of this regulatory uncertainty, capital stays on the sidelines and small businesses have not created jobs at the expected pace. In order to reverse this course, Congress needs to cut spending and reduce borrowing to keep both taxes and interest rates low." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Petri. Where Are the Jobs? 9 August 2010. "Last but not least, if we are to fully restore our economic vitality, we need solid, long-term plans to limit the size of government and cut spending to reduce the deficit. The federal government is currently spending about 25 percent of the nation's GDP." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Tom Petri supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 85 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Tom Petri a rating of 69 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Petri. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Tom Petri voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Petri. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Tom Petri voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Petri. Issue Position: Federal Spending. 22 September 2011. "Tom opposed the $787 billion stimulus bill in 2009 which did little to promote real private-sector job creation and reduce unemployment. Instead of targeted short-term spending, there was too much supplementing of existing government programs which will permanently inflate budgets." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Petri. Petri Votes Against Stimulus Bill. 28 January 2009. "I think we need a stimulus bill, but I voted against this one [¦] Since seven percent of the bill would provide vastly more bang for the buck than the other 93 percent, it seems to me that we ought to spend more on crumbling infrastructure and actually get something lasting for the spending, and less on the other things in the bill, if creating jobs is what we are really trying to do. And that's what we need to do to stabilize the economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Petri. Petri Votes Against Stimulus Bill. 13 February 2009. "I hope the emergency stimulus legislation works, and that it helps the economy move forward, but I voted against the bill because I feel it simply was not focused enough on short-term stimulation to keep our economy from falling further and to bring it back [¦] I favor an even larger, focused short-term stimulus bill." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tom Petri. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. Tom Petri voted Yea on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Petri. Petri Calls for Health Care Reboot, Business Incentives and Dialogue. 27 January 2010. "In the past, we have seen things like investment tax credits and accelerated depreciation and some other things like that, that have encouraged companies to make investments. And that creates jobs for the people they are doing business with, and then they are working and can pay taxes, and that helps the government." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Petri. Where Are the Jobs? 9 August 2010. "We should provide incentives for small business growth. Small Business Administration statistics show that small businesses create roughly 70 percent of all new jobs. We should allow businesses with fewer than 500 employees to take a tax deduction equal to 20 percent of their income." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Petri. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."
  • Tom Petri. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Tom Petri voted Yea on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tom Petri. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "2) Do you support the use of block grants given to states, rather than federal spending, in the following areas? b) Education"
  • Thomas Petri. Committee Leaders Voice Support for K-12 Education Reform Bills. 15 February 2012. "The Student Success Act and the Encouraging Innovation and Effective Teachers Act will encourage greater state and local control, support effective teachers in the classroom, and enhance flexibility [¦] Rep. Thomas Petri (R-WI) 'I have heard from many schools in my district, particularly smaller or more rural schools, that they need more flexibility to utilize federal funds in the most effective way possible. These bills will empower those schools to do just that, and I am happy to lend my support.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Petri. HR 1804. 104th Congress. Goals 2000: Educate America Act. Tom Petri voted Yea on 03/23/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Petri. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Tom Petri voted Yea on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Petri. Petri Introduces Legislation to Help Students Succeed in the 21st Century Economy. 21 June 2011. "Sixteen states, as well as local school districts from across the country, have formed a partnership with over thirty leading education organizations and corporate entities to find ways to strengthen 21st century skills in their K-12 classrooms. However, this momentum isn't sustainable unless federal policy gives states and districts the flexibility to innovate in this direction [¦] Rep. Petri has introduced the 21st Century Readiness Act (H.R. 2536). H.R. 2536 does not create any new programs or authorize additional spending; instead, it would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) to emphasize the importance of 21st century skills and give states and districts added flexibility to develop and enhance these skills as part of their own initiatives. A growing coalition of states and school districts has recognized the importance of giving our students the tools they need to succeed in our 21st century workforce. H.R. 2536 will give them the flexibility to succeed in these efforts." (petri.house.gov)
  • Tom Petri. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Wisconsin 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."
  • Tom Petri. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. c) Education (K-12)"
  • Tom Petri. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Wisconsin 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"

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tom Petri. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Tom Petri voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Tom Petri supported the interests of Environment America 40 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Petri. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Tom Petri voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Petri. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Tom Petri voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Thomas Petri. Petri Statement from Hearing on Aviation Emissions. 6 May 2008. "Realizing that aviation, like all other industries, is a contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, it is important to note that in the last 35 years, the U.S. air transportation system has experienced a six-fold increase in mobility. However, even with that growth in travel, aviation fuel efficiency has seen a 60 percent improvement. Aviation emissions have been and remain a controversial issue. Aviation's contribution to greenhouse gas emissions has recently received growing attention domestically, and even greater scrutiny abroad [¦] While the second phase of the EU's Emissions Trading Scheme is a vast improvement over the first phase, it is important that proposals to regulate aircraft emissions not unfairly burden an industry that has done so much to reduce its impact on the environment - an industry that we rely on to bring together the international community [¦] "The aviation industry has proven that lessening aviation's impact on the environment can be achieved without strict government regulations. As scrutiny over the aviation industry is on the rise around the world, we must be sure not to hamper productive efforts that have proven effective at reducing emissions. We must also continue our work on developing cleaner-burning alternative jet fuels." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Petri. Reps. Petri, Udall Meet With Business, Environmental Leaders On Global Warming. 22 January 2007. "Both the Udall-Petri bill and the framework advanced by USCAP would encourage research and innovation and would establish a mandatory cap-and-trade program with specific limits on greenhouse emissions. Businesses that succeed in reducing emissions would be allowed to sell unused emission allowances to other businesses that are having greater difficulty complying with limits. This system would help limit emissions, create economic opportunities and advance U.S. Competitiveness." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Petri. Support the Keep America Competative Global Warming Act. 29 March 2006. "Mr. Speaker, for the past 30 years there has been a great debate over the true impact of greenhouse gases on global warming. There is now general consensus that they are having a significant impact on our planet, and it is time for us to act. That is why I am cosponsoring Congressman Tom Udall's Keep America Competitive Global Warming Act [¦] The legislation sets a reasonable standard for emissions and allows companies to buy the time they need to meet our reduction requirements without incurring irreparable financial harm. What makes this bill unique and effective is that it is flexible enough to give industry the opportunity to adapt without forcing business to drastically hike prices, lay off workers or move abroad. Greenhouse gas reduction needs to be a higher priority for this Nation. As the biggest producer of emissions, we must be a leader, a leader in demonstrating that we can reduce emissions in a meaningful way while maintaining our global competitiveness." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Petri. Issue Position: Environment. 22 September 2011. "Rep. Petri voted in favor of this bill because he strongly believes that Congress has never given EPA explicit authority to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Petri. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks."
  • Tom Petri. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Promote the selling of pollution credits to encourage industries to decrease amount of pollution."
  • Tom Petri. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Eliminate government regulations of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • Tom Petri. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Tom Petri voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Tom Petri supported the interests of Environment America 40 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Tom Petri supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 20 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Petri. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Tom Petri voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Petri. Issue Position: Energy. 1 January 2011. "On April 7, 2011, the House passed H.R. 910, the Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011, by a vote of 255-172. This legislation would prevent EPA from regulating greenhouse gas emissions for the purpose of addressing climate change. Rep. Petri voted in favor of this bill because he strongly believes that Congress has never given EPA explicit authority to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. Regardless of one's view on climate change or energy policy, he believes the issue should be addressed by Congress and not a federal agency. Additionally, Rep. Petri has serious concerns about EPA's actions and the ability of the agency to regulate GHGs without causing serious harm to the U.S. Economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Petri. Issue Position: Protecting Our Environment. 4 September 2012. "Teaming up with environmental and taxpayer groups, Tom has fought costly, environmentally damaging projects - like the successful 10-year battle to stop the $1 billion American River dam in California, which would have destroyed the pristine Auburn canyon [¦] Cosponsored legislation to reduce number of "boutique" fuels in Wisconsin - which drives up costs for drivers [¦] Teamed up with Democratic member to cosponsor a bill to begin to address global warming in a way that encourages innovation without unduly harming our economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Petri. Issue Position: The Environment. 1 January 2011. "In the 109th Congress, Rep. Petri and Rep. Tom Udall introduced the Keep America Competitive Global Warming Policy Act, which is a mandatory, economy wide, up-stream, cap-and-trade, all greenhouse gas reduction policy. The continuing absence of meaningful, mandatory policy is a significant impediment to global consensus on slowing the growth of greenhouse gas emissions. Rep. Petri believes that any climate change policy ought to start slowly so as not to shock the economy and not cause unnecessary premature capital turnover [¦] There can be no doubt that we urgently need to clean up our environment and protect our natural resources for the future. Although Rep. Petri considers economic development to be very important, he believes that reasonable regulations can provide for both economic growth and high environmental standards." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Tom Petri a grade of 82." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Petri. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain all federal registration procedures and restrictions on possessing firearms."
  • Tom Petri. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms that are legally owned and registered."
  • Tom Petri. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Wisconsin 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."
  • Tom Petri. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Ease procedures on the purchase and registration of firearms."
  • Tom Petri. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal all bans and measures that restrict law-abiding citizens from owning legally-obtained firearms."
  • Tom Petri. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Wisconsin 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."
  • Tom Petri. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Increase restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Tom Petri. H Amdt 390. 103th Congress. Instant Background Checks for Gun Purchase Amendment. Tom Petri voted Yea on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Petri. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Tom Petri voted Yea on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Petri. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Tom Petri voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Petri. HR 125. 104th Congress. Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995. Tom Petri voted Yea on 03/22/1996. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Petri. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Tom Petri voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Petri. HR 4296. 104th Congress. Regulation of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons. Tom Petri voted Nay on 05/05/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Tom Petri supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 15 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Petri. HR 1025. 103th Congress. Brady Handgun Bill. Tom Petri voted Nay on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Petri. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Tom Petri voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Tom Petri in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tom Petri. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • Tom Petri. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Tom Petri. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Tom Petri voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Tom Petri supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tom Petri. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive US citizenship."
  • Tom Petri. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Wisconsin Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease citizenship requirements in order to make it easier for immigrants to become United States citizens."
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Tom Petri supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 17 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Tom Petri supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Petri. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Tom Petri voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Petri. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Tom Petri voted Yea on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Petri. Issue Position: Immigration. 22 September 2011. "We do need to consider the practical realities of the approximately 11 - 12 million illegals that are currently in the country--many with children born in the U.S. Mass deportation is most likely not a realistic possibility." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Tom Petri supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Petri. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Tom Petri voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Tom Petri supported the interests of the Family Research Council 85 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Petri. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Tom Petri voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Petri. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Tom Petri voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Tom Petri supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 27 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Tom Petri supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 85 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Tom Petri supported the interests of the American Family Association 94 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Petri. Issue Position: Traditional Values. 4 September 2012. "Voted to protect traditional marriage and to keep judges from overturning the will of the American people." (votesmart.org)

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  • Thomas Petri. Introduction of Retirement Security Act of 2005. 22 April 2005. "My bill provides the opportunity for Congress to demonstrate that it can implement a system of personal accounts without diverting payroll taxes and that will build retirement savings for future generations without enriching stock brokers or introducing unacceptable investment risk to American workers. As the success of these personal accounts become apparent, growing numbers of Americans will have greater confidence in this avenue of reform, presenting opportunities to expand the use of personal accounts." (votesmart.org)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Tom Petri supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 30 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)

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Congressional Election 1996 National Political Awareness Test

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

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.

Indicate all principles you support concerning abortion.

a) Abortions should always be legally available.
b) Abortions should be legal in all circumstances as long as the procedure is completed within the first trimester of pregnancy.
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
YesDo you support amending the US Constitution to require an annual balanced federal budget?

1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only.

Slightly Decreasea) AIDS Programs
Greatly Decreaseb) Arts funding
Maintain Statusc) Education (K-12)
Slightly Increased) Environmental programs
Greatly Decreasee) Housing projects
Maintain Statusf) Job training programs
Maintain Statusg) Law enforcement
Slightly Decreaseh) Medicaid
Slightly Decreasei) Medicare
Slightly Decreasej) NASA
Maintain Statusk) Student loan programs
Slightly Decreasel) Welfare (AFDC)
m) Other
n) Other
o) Other

2) Do you support the use of block grants given to states, rather than federal spending, in the following areas?

Undecideda) Agriculture
Yesb) Education
Undecidedc) Farm subsidies
Yesd) Food stamps
Yese) Law enforcement
Yesf) Medicaid
Nog) Medicare
Yesh) School lunches
Yesi) Welfare
j) Other

Indicate which principles you support regarding campaign finance reform.

a) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
b) Establish spending limits on congressional campaigns and provide public funding for complying candidates.
c) Support legislation that would increase the federal limits on individual contributions.
Xd) Pass legislation that would encourage full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information.
e) Remove all legislative limits on campaign financing.
f) Other

Indicate which principles you support to address crime.

a) Broaden use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
b) Increase spending to build more federal prisons.
c) Impose "truth in sentencing" for violent criminals so they serve full sentences with no chance of parole.
d) Support the use of "boot camps" as alternative sentencing for adult first-time felons.
Xe) 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.
g) Expand funding for community policing programs.
Xh) Increase penalties for the possession of any illegal firearms.
i) Prosecute youths accused of murder as adults.
j) Increase funding for local Boys & Girls Clubs and other independent organizations in communities with at-risk youth.
k) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
l) Deport all permanent resident aliens convicted of a felony.
m) Other

Indicate what changes you support (if any) regarding funding for the following categories. Select one number only.

Greatly Decrease1) CIA appropriations
Slightly Decrease2) Defense plant conversion
Slightly Decrease3) Military hardware
Maintain Status4) Military space shuttle missions
Slightly Increase5) Pay for active duty personnel
Maintain Status6) Development of new weapons
Slightly Decrease7) Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI)
Maintain Status8) 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?
No2) 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.

a) 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.
Xd) 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.
h) 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.
k) 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
State4) Environmental cleanup
State5) Job training
State6) Law enforcement
Local7) Low-income housing
State8) Medicaid
Federal9) Medicare
State10) Welfare (AFDC)
11) Other
No1) Should the US have diplomatic relations with the government of Cuba?
Undecided2) Should the US have diplomatic relations with the government of Vietnam?
Undecided3) Should the US recognize and extend full diplomatic relations to Taiwan?
Undecided4) Should the US continue funding for Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty?
Yes5) Should the US continue funding for Radio Marti and TV Marti?
Undecided6) Should the US continue funding for Radio Free Asia?
No7) Do you support the deployment of US troops to the former Yugoslavia?

8) Indicate your position concerning economic aid to Russia and the former Soviet republics.

a) Economic aid to Russia and the former republics should be increased to facilitate democracy and market reforms.
Xb) Economic aid to Russia and the former republics should be continued unless Russia exports nuclear weapons or related technology.
c) Economic aid to Russia and the former republics should be decreased and/or eliminated.
d) Other

9) Indicate which principles you support regarding US economic aid to foreign countries.

a) Foreign aid should only be given when extraordinary circumstances and disaster threaten the lives of civilian populations.
Xb) Foreign aid should be given to countries only when it is in the security interests of the United States.
c) Foreign aid should be eliminated from any nation with documented human rights abuses.
d) Foreign aid should be maintained at current levels.
e) Other

10) Indicate which principles you support regarding the United States - United Nations relationship.

a) The US should contribute more funding and troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions.
b) The US should participate in UN peacekeeping missions only when vital US interests are directly threatened.
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.
Xf) Other

US should participate in UN- as our enlightened self-interest dictates

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.
e) Repeal all bans and measures that restrict law-abiding citizens from owning legally-obtained firearms.
f) Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms that are legally owned and registered.
Xg) Other

Initiate verification of gun purchasers.

Indicate which principles you support regarding America's health care system.

a) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income.
b) Provide vouchers to the working poor so they can buy into a private health care plan.
c) Implement a government-financed, single-payer national health care system similar to that of Canada.
Xd) Support a "managed competition" health care plan to contain costs and improve access that does not include mandated health alliances, government cost control powers, or employer/employee mandates.
e) Provide tax incentives for small businesses to help provide health care to their employees.
f) Allow middle and low income families to deduct yearly health care costs from their taxable income.
Xg) Establish limits on the amount of damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
h) Encourage tax-free medical savings accounts, which would be taxed if used for any purpose other than medical costs.
i) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care.
j) Other

Indicate which principles you support concerning illegal drugs.

Xa) Increase penalties for selling illegal drugs.
b) Impose mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
c) Impose capital punishment for convicted international drug traffickers.
d) Require drug testing for federal employees in sensitive positions (Air Traffic Control, National Park Police, Secret Service, etc.).
e) Strengthen current laws dealing with non-controlled substances, including inhalants and commercially available pills.
f) Increase funding of federally-sponsored drug education and drug treatment programs.
g) Decriminalize the possession and private use of marijuana.
h) Other

Indicate which principles you support regarding issues relating to immigration.

a) Further limit the number of immigrants allowed into the country.
b) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children.
c) Ease citizenship requirements in order to make it easier for immigrants to become United States citizens.
Xd) Establish English as the official and recognized language of the United States.
e) Provide extra federal aid to states with higher numbers of immigrants for necessary medical and social services.
f) Restrict the eligibility of legal immigrants for certain social programs (i.e. AFDC, HUD housing, food stamps, etc.).
Xg) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive US citizenship.
h) Other
YesShould 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.

Although the federal government cannot solve this problem by itself, I will try to set a good example, support a moment of silence for voluntary prayer in public schools, support life, oppose drugs, support the family, and oppose depravity in the entertainment industry, among other things.

Indicate which principles you support regarding the poor and homeless.

a) Provide tax incentives for companies to hire and train homeless people who want to work.
b) Increase funding of homeless shelters and low income housing projects.
c) Increase funding of programs that help alcoholics and drug addicts recover and find steady work.
d) Increase the minimum wage.
e) Provide homeless families with apartment vouchers they can use to supplement the cost of an apartment.
f) Provide government jobs for those who wish to work and cannot find a job in the private sector.
g) Increase the income tax deduction on individual contributions made to charities that help the poor and homeless.
h) Implement enterprise zones in communities with high unemployment.
Xi) Other

Co-ordinate benefit program phaseouts so people come out ahead when they work more and reform E.I.T.C.

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
Maintain Statusd) Family income $75-150,000
Maintain Statuse) Family income over $150,000

Other Tax Issues

Maintain Statusf) Alcohol taxes
Greatly Decreaseg) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statush) Charitable deductions
Maintain Statusi) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusj) Corporate income taxes
Slightly Increasek) Earned income tax credit
Greatly Decreasel) Estate taxes
Maintain Statusm) Medical expense deductions
Maintain Statusn) Mortgage deductions
o) Other
Undecided2) Do you support replacing the US income tax structure with a flat income tax?
No3) Do you support replacing the US income tax structure with a broad-based consumption tax?
Yes1) 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.
Xc) Require that chemical tracing agents be added to commercially-sold products that can be used to produce explosives.
d) Implement tighter restrictions on firearm sales in an effort to hinder terrorist groups from stockpiling weapon arsenals.
Xe) Grant broader authority to the US Immigration and Naturalization Service to deny entrance visas to terrorist suspects.
f) Maintain limits on the authority of federal agencies investigating suspected terrorists.
g) Restrict the investigative authority of the FBI and other governmental agencies.
h) Other
Yes1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
Undecided2) Do you support broadening NAFTA to include other countries?
Yes3) Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
Yes4) Do you support the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
No5) Do you support lifting the trade embargo imposed against Cuba?
Undecided6) 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.

a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment.
b) Increase funding for national job-training programs.
Xc) Increase funding for public works projects such as the repair of roads and bridges.
Xd) Eliminate government regulations of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
e) 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.
g) 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.
j) 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.

My IMMEDIATE priorities are shepherding the federal highway program reauthorization next year and finishing the job of student loan reform in the reauthorization of the higher education act, also due next year. My MOST IMPORTANT priority is focussing attention on the 'poverty trap' (the fact that low skilled working parents have no chance to improve their lot because their combined marginal tax rates, including benefit phaseouts, approach or exceed 100%) and my five part solution.

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