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Trent Franks' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (AZ) - District 8, Republican
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Trent Franks has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Trent Franks is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2014, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Trent Franks supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. Congressman Trent Franks Clarifies "Enemy of Humanity" Comment. September 29, 2009. "While I absolutely should have made the meaning of my statement more clear, the facts remain that these radical pro-abortion policies do not have place in a government founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights," and chief among those rights is the right to life. Without that right, no others matter." (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. Congressman Trent Franks: Obama Science Advisor's Views are Extreme and Inhumane. July 29, 2009. "President Obama's selection for this post confirms what many in the pro-life community have warned all along -- not only is President Obama pro-abortion, but he is, by far, the single most pro-abortion President in our nation's history. Not only has he filled his administration with those who favor abortion, but he has seemingly gone out of his way to recruit the most radical abortion proponents imaginable, as he has once again done in appointing Mr. Holdren as his science advisor." (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. Franks Blasts Democrats For Holding Troop Funding Hostage To Promote Abortion-On-Demand. September 23, 2010. "Senate Democrats are demonstrating that there is absolutely no low to which they will stoop in order to shove their radical agenda down the throats of the American people. Even as men and women in uniform are dying in Iraq and Afghanistan, Senator Roland Burris has introduced an amendment to this year's National Defense Authorization Act that would allow abortions to be performed at military hospitals, including those on foreign battlefields." (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. Health Care. November 6, 2009. "The cost of the Pelosi government takeover of health care and new taxes it would impose alone are a disaster of the first magnitude for America. But the monstrosity of the Pelosi health care plan doesn't even end there. On September 9, during his address to the joint session of Congress, President Obama stated verbatim the following quote: 'One more misunderstanding I want to clear up--under our plan, no Federal dollars will be used to fund abortions.' But despite promises and statements made by the President to the contrary, Mr. Speaker, this bill explicitly allows Federal funding of abortion and permits Federal subsidies to go to private insurance plans that cover abortion, making this bill potentially the largest expansion of abortion on demand in America since Roe v. Wade." (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. Issue Position: Sanctity of Life. June 27, 2011. "On November 5, 2003, I was deeply honored to stand by the President as he signed the Partial Birth Abortion Ban into law. The Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act is the most significant pro-life legislation since 1973, and makes it illegal in the United States for a physician to perform this barbaric, nightmarish procedure." (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. May 4, 2011. "Madam Speaker, protecting the lives and constitutional rights of our fellow Americans is why we are all here, and forcing taxpayers to pay for the indiscriminate killing of helpless little baby Americans is not good government and it should be ended once and for all." (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. Op-Ed: Courage In The House. January 22, 2010. "For me, that experience was watching a movie over 30 years ago called Assignment: Life, a film which revealed to me the horror and tragedy of abortion, both for unborn babies and their mothers. From that moment my soul was indelibly marked by the conviction that I would give my life to the cause of protecting innocent unborn children." (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. Issue Position: Abortion. June 27, 2011. "While there are many sincere people on both sides of this issue, all of us must ask the central question. Does abortion kill a baby? If it does not, then it is a non-issue. If abortion does kill a child, then you and I are living in the midst of the greatest human holocaust in the history of mankind. Ultimately, if we as a society cannot find the will or the courage to protect mothers and their unborn children, in the final analysis, we will never truly find the courage to protect any kind of liberty for anyone." (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Trent Franks voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Trent Franks supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Trent Franks supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Trent Franks in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Trent Franks in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Trent Franks voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Trent Franks supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 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 Trent Franks a rating of 6 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Trent Franks voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Trent Franks voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Trent Franks voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Trent Franks voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Trent Franks voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Trent Franks supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. Congressman Trent Franks Clarifies "Enemy of Humanity" Comment. September 29, 2009. "While I absolutely should have made the meaning of my statement more clear, the facts remain that these radical pro-abortion policies do not have place in a government founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights," and chief among those rights is the right to life. Without that right, no others matter." (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. Congressman Trent Franks: Obama Science Advisor's Views are Extreme and Inhumane. July 29, 2009. "President Obama's selection for this post confirms what many in the pro-life community have warned all along -- not only is President Obama pro-abortion, but he is, by far, the single most pro-abortion President in our nation's history. Not only has he filled his administration with those who favor abortion, but he has seemingly gone out of his way to recruit the most radical abortion proponents imaginable, as he has once again done in appointing Mr. Holdren as his science advisor." (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. Franks Blasts Democrats For Holding Troop Funding Hostage To Promote Abortion-On-Demand. September 23, 2010. "Senate Democrats are demonstrating that there is absolutely no low to which they will stoop in order to shove their radical agenda down the throats of the American people. Even as men and women in uniform are dying in Iraq and Afghanistan, Senator Roland Burris has introduced an amendment to this year's National Defense Authorization Act that would allow abortions to be performed at military hospitals, including those on foreign battlefields." (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. Health Care. November 6, 2009. "The cost of the Pelosi government takeover of health care and new taxes it would impose alone are a disaster of the first magnitude for America. But the monstrosity of the Pelosi health care plan doesn't even end there. On September 9, during his address to the joint session of Congress, President Obama stated verbatim the following quote: 'One more misunderstanding I want to clear up--under our plan, no Federal dollars will be used to fund abortions.' But despite promises and statements made by the President to the contrary, Mr. Speaker, this bill explicitly allows Federal funding of abortion and permits Federal subsidies to go to private insurance plans that cover abortion, making this bill potentially the largest expansion of abortion on demand in America since Roe v. Wade." (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. Issue Position: Sanctity of Life. June 27, 2011. "On November 5, 2003, I was deeply honored to stand by the President as he signed the Partial Birth Abortion Ban into law. The Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act is the most significant pro-life legislation since 1973, and makes it illegal in the United States for a physician to perform this barbaric, nightmarish procedure." (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. May 4, 2011. "Madam Speaker, protecting the lives and constitutional rights of our fellow Americans is why we are all here, and forcing taxpayers to pay for the indiscriminate killing of helpless little baby Americans is not good government and it should be ended once and for all." (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. Op-Ed: Courage In The House. January 22, 2010. "For me, that experience was watching a movie over 30 years ago called Assignment: Life, a film which revealed to me the horror and tragedy of abortion, both for unborn babies and their mothers. From that moment my soul was indelibly marked by the conviction that I would give my life to the cause of protecting innocent unborn children." (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. Issue Position: Abortion. June 27, 2011. "While there are many sincere people on both sides of this issue, all of us must ask the central question. Does abortion kill a baby? If it does not, then it is a non-issue. If abortion does kill a child, then you and I are living in the midst of the greatest human holocaust in the history of mankind. Ultimately, if we as a society cannot find the will or the courage to protect mothers and their unborn children, in the final analysis, we will never truly find the courage to protect any kind of liberty for anyone." (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Trent Franks voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Trent Franks supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Trent Franks supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Trent Franks in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Trent Franks in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Trent Franks voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Trent Franks supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 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 Trent Franks a rating of 6 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Trent Franks voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Trent Franks voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Trent Franks voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Trent Franks voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Trent Franks voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Trent Franks supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Trent Franks supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 90 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Trent Franks supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 100 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks signed Americans for Americans for Tax Reform: The Taxpayer Protection Pledge. "I pledge to the taxpayers of the state of Arizona 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." (s3.amazonaws.com)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Trent Franks supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Trent Franks supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 90 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Trent Franks supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 100 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks signed Americans for Americans for Tax Reform: The Taxpayer Protection Pledge. "I pledge to the taxpayers of the state of Arizona 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." (s3.amazonaws.com)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Trent Franks. Letter To The Honorable Barack Obama, President Of The United States Of America. February 4, 2010. "As private sector payrolls continue to shrink, it is important to recognize the difference between taxpayer funded jobs in government and deficit spending on temporary employment, versus wealth generation which creates long-term private industry jobs. For private industry to create jobs and generate wealth (and thus more tax revenue without raising taxes) the people and businesses of this country need more than access to raw materials, labor, and markets for the material goods produced." (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. Trent Franks Condemns Liberal Democrats for Yet Another Bailout. December 11, 2009. "From the so-called "stimulus,' which has been a demonstrable failure, to the "Cash for Clunkers" program, which ran out of money within a week, to cap-and-tax, which amounts to the largest tax increase in American history, to a government takeover of the American health care system, to government takeovers of private banks and automotive companies, Democrats have clearly made it their mission to drastically extend the reach of the federal government in ways never before seen in our nation -- the land of the free." (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. Where are the Jobs. July 21, 2009. "This Congress and this administration must be reminded by the American people that what comprises true economic growth are jobs and economic productivity by the people. Higher taxes, increased regulation, reckless spending, bureaucratic selection of economic winners and losers and out-of-control deficit spending, these are the Democrat policies of the last five months, and they diminish productivity instead of encouraging it. They will kill jobs. And unless we change course, Mr. Speaker, this country faces an unprecedented economic failure." (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. Congressman Trent Franks Calls National Tea Party An Encouraging Success. September 12, 2009. "Having spent much of this year fighting inconceivably bad policies like Cap-and-Tax, ObamaCare, Cash for Clunkers, and a seemingly countless number of efforts to expand the reach of government into private industries, it is so encouraging to see freedom-loving Americans from all over the country go to so much trouble to exercise one of their most basic rights, that of petitioning our government, and make their voices heard. Americans realize that the current Administration and Democrat-controlled Congress have put us on a slippery-slope toward socialism. These patriotic citizens have had enough of being told to listen to Washington; it's time for Washington to listen to them." (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. Congressman Franks Opposes Democrats' Permanent Death Tax Bill. December 3, 2009. "Unfortunately, despite their bailouts and stimulus package resulting in a more than 10% unemployment rate, the Democrats in Congress continue to believe that government is the answer to getting our economy back on solid footing. H.R. 4154 is a fundamentally flawed piece of legislation that makes permanent an unfair tax while neither setting a reasonable rate, providing an appropriate exemption amount, or indexing that amount to inflation." (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. Congressman Franks Statement on House Stimulus Package. January 27, 2008. "Given the environment that our negotiators had to work with, I believe the swift House agreement reached on the stimulus package to be a positive one. The primary component of the plan which I take issue with is the idea of giving 'tax relief' to those who do not pay taxes. Overall, however, I am pleased that not only will this package provide a direct, quick infusion into taxpayers' pockets and an immediate boost to the economy, but that no unrelated spending or tax increases were included in the plan. It is our hope that the Senate will refrain from adding wasteful and unrelated spending to the bill." (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. Franks Statement On Democrats' Trillion Dollar Spending Bill. January 28, 2009. "If there is any proof that Washington cannot borrow-and-spend money it doesn't have to create prosperity and reinvigorate a lagging economy, it is in the failure of each bailout package it has passed thus far to do anything more than increase the debt burden we are handing to our children. Any true economic stimulus must place the emphasis on spurring the development of small business through tax relief and the regulatory reform necessary to unleash the creativity, determination, and resourcefulness of the American people." (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. Business and the Economy. 18 September 2012. "Congressman Franks has been working hard to ensure government is part of the solution and not part of the problem when it comes to our economy. This is why he opposed every government bailout and so-called "stimulus" package." (www.trentfranks.com)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Trent Franks supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 100 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 Trent Franks a rating of 97 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Trent Franks voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Trent Franks voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. Letter To The Honorable Barack Obama, President Of The United States Of America. February 4, 2010. "As private sector payrolls continue to shrink, it is important to recognize the difference between taxpayer funded jobs in government and deficit spending on temporary employment, versus wealth generation which creates long-term private industry jobs. For private industry to create jobs and generate wealth (and thus more tax revenue without raising taxes) the people and businesses of this country need more than access to raw materials, labor, and markets for the material goods produced." (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. Trent Franks Condemns Liberal Democrats for Yet Another Bailout. December 11, 2009. "From the so-called "stimulus,' which has been a demonstrable failure, to the "Cash for Clunkers" program, which ran out of money within a week, to cap-and-tax, which amounts to the largest tax increase in American history, to a government takeover of the American health care system, to government takeovers of private banks and automotive companies, Democrats have clearly made it their mission to drastically extend the reach of the federal government in ways never before seen in our nation -- the land of the free." (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. Where are the Jobs. July 21, 2009. "This Congress and this administration must be reminded by the American people that what comprises true economic growth are jobs and economic productivity by the people. Higher taxes, increased regulation, reckless spending, bureaucratic selection of economic winners and losers and out-of-control deficit spending, these are the Democrat policies of the last five months, and they diminish productivity instead of encouraging it. They will kill jobs. And unless we change course, Mr. Speaker, this country faces an unprecedented economic failure." (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. Congressman Trent Franks Calls National Tea Party An Encouraging Success. September 12, 2009. "Having spent much of this year fighting inconceivably bad policies like Cap-and-Tax, ObamaCare, Cash for Clunkers, and a seemingly countless number of efforts to expand the reach of government into private industries, it is so encouraging to see freedom-loving Americans from all over the country go to so much trouble to exercise one of their most basic rights, that of petitioning our government, and make their voices heard. Americans realize that the current Administration and Democrat-controlled Congress have put us on a slippery-slope toward socialism. These patriotic citizens have had enough of being told to listen to Washington; it's time for Washington to listen to them." (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. Congressman Franks Opposes Democrats' Permanent Death Tax Bill. December 3, 2009. "Unfortunately, despite their bailouts and stimulus package resulting in a more than 10% unemployment rate, the Democrats in Congress continue to believe that government is the answer to getting our economy back on solid footing. H.R. 4154 is a fundamentally flawed piece of legislation that makes permanent an unfair tax while neither setting a reasonable rate, providing an appropriate exemption amount, or indexing that amount to inflation." (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. Congressman Franks Statement on House Stimulus Package. January 27, 2008. "Given the environment that our negotiators had to work with, I believe the swift House agreement reached on the stimulus package to be a positive one. The primary component of the plan which I take issue with is the idea of giving 'tax relief' to those who do not pay taxes. Overall, however, I am pleased that not only will this package provide a direct, quick infusion into taxpayers' pockets and an immediate boost to the economy, but that no unrelated spending or tax increases were included in the plan. It is our hope that the Senate will refrain from adding wasteful and unrelated spending to the bill." (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. Franks Statement On Democrats' Trillion Dollar Spending Bill. January 28, 2009. "If there is any proof that Washington cannot borrow-and-spend money it doesn't have to create prosperity and reinvigorate a lagging economy, it is in the failure of each bailout package it has passed thus far to do anything more than increase the debt burden we are handing to our children. Any true economic stimulus must place the emphasis on spurring the development of small business through tax relief and the regulatory reform necessary to unleash the creativity, determination, and resourcefulness of the American people." (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. Business and the Economy. 18 September 2012. "Congressman Franks has been working hard to ensure government is part of the solution and not part of the problem when it comes to our economy. This is why he opposed every government bailout and so-called "stimulus" package." (www.trentfranks.com)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Trent Franks supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 100 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 Trent Franks a rating of 97 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Trent Franks voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Trent Franks voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Trent Franks. Letter to the Honorable Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education. 18 June 2010. "I have been passionate about education my entire career, which is why I write in support of Arizona's Race to the Top Round 2 application [¦] Arizona has demonstrated its strong commitment to these policy initiatives. Race to the Top funds will most certainly help with their implementation. I am confident that this plan will propel necessary education reform in Arizona." (www.azrecovery.gov)
  • Trent Franks. Issue Position: Education. "We are fortunate in this country to have some of the finest teachers and administrators we could ever hope for, but our educational system itself is fatally flawed. It is time we commit to giving our children the best by empowering parents to choose the schools their children will attend, whether they be public, private, parochial, or home schools. I believe one of the best ways to do this is Scholarship Tax Credits. This approach will improve the entire public and private educational system, across the board and will finally place children and the quality of their education at the very top of the system's priority list." (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. World “ Signs and Wonders 06.11. 11 June 2012. "Huge move. Rep. Trent Franks and Sen. Jim DeMint last Tuesday introduced a measure seeking to amend the U.S. Constitution to allow parents to raise children in the way they see fit. The Parental Rights Amendment would impose a "compelling interest" test on government entities before they interfere with parents' rights to direct their children's education or other aspects of their upbringing. 'In my three decades of public service, I have consistently focused on protecting the right of parents to make decisions for their children,' Franks said. 'Put simply, there are really only two options when it comes to who will determine the substance of a child's education: It will either be a bureaucrat who doesn't know the child's name, or a parent who would pour out their last drop of blood for the child.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. Issue Position: Education. "We are fortunate in this country to have some of the finest teachers and administrators we could ever hope for, but our educational system itself is fatally flawed. It is time we commit to giving our children the best by empowering parents to choose the schools their children will attend, whether they be public, private, parochial, or home schools. I believe one of the best ways to do this is Scholarship Tax Credits. This approach will improve the entire public and private educational system, across the board and will finally place children and the quality of their education at the very top of the system's priority list." (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. Letter to the Honorable Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education. 18 June 2010. "I have been passionate about education my entire career, which is why I write in support of Arizona's Race to the Top Round 2 application [¦] Arizona has demonstrated its strong commitment to these policy initiatives. Race to the Top funds will most certainly help with their implementation. I am confident that this plan will propel necessary education reform in Arizona." (www.azrecovery.gov)
  • Trent Franks. World “ Signs and Wonders 06.11. 11 June 2012. "Huge move. Rep. Trent Franks and Sen. Jim DeMint last Tuesday introduced a measure seeking to amend the U.S. Constitution to allow parents to raise children in the way they see fit. The Parental Rights Amendment would impose a "compelling interest" test on government entities before they interfere with parents' rights to direct their children's education or other aspects of their upbringing. 'In my three decades of public service, I have consistently focused on protecting the right of parents to make decisions for their children,' Franks said. 'Put simply, there are really only two options when it comes to who will determine the substance of a child's education: It will either be a bureaucrat who doesn't know the child's name, or a parent who would pour out their last drop of blood for the child.'" (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Trent Franks. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Trent Franks voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Trent Franks voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Trent Franks supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Trent Franks supported the interests of Environment America 7 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Trent Franks voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Trent Franks voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Trent Franks supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Trent Franks supported the interests of Environment America 7 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Trent Franks. Issue Position. Second Amendment. June 27, 2011. "As a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, I strongly believe in the Second Amendment to the constitution, which guarantees law-abiding citizens the right to own and bear arms. Criminals have always preferred and will continue to prefer unarmed victims. Prison surveys indicate when a criminal considers breaking into a home, the greatest deterrent, in his mind, is the fear that his intended victims might be armed. My steadfast commitment to protect American law-abiding citizens' right to own and bear arms will not waver." (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. Advice for Citizen Activists: What You Can Do To Prevent The Reinstatement Of The Assault Weapons. June 1, 2009. "Many individuals have voiced a sense of helplessness over what the ordinary citizen can do to effect change, and specifically, to prevent a reinstatement of the unconstitutional federal ban on the possession, transfer, or domestic manufacture of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons. Despite the traditional trend of a left-leaning Democratic government to inhibit Second Amendment freedoms, the Democratic leaders in the House and Senate are not unified with the Obama Administration in their position on the Assault Weapons Ban. Both Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid have stated in recent weeks that they would oppose a reinstatement of the ban." (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. Franks Implores Senate to Consider Sotomayor's Questionable Constitutional Record. July 28, 2009. "Her hostility to the United States Constitution; her undermining of Second Amendment rights; her support of radical racial preferences like the one exhibited in the Ricci case; her opposition to parental notification laws for abortions for minors; and her work for PRLDF all suggest that she would only worsen the national trend of judicial activism and use her post to promote her own political ideology." (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. Issue Position: Gun Control. June 27, 2011. "I join those who are unable to understand how taking guns away from honest citizens makes them safer. I strongly believe in the second amendment to the constitution, which guarantees law-abiding citizens the right to own and bear arms. Criminals have always preferred unarmed victims. Prison surveys indicate when a criminal considers breaking into a home, the greatest deterrent, in his mind, is the fear that his intended victims might be armed. While I was in the Legislature, I was given an A+ rating for my voting record protecting the second amendment rights of Arizona citizens to own and bear arms. I will never waver in that commitment." (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Trent Franks voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Trent Franks a grade of 91." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Trent Franks supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 0 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Trent Franks in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Trent Franks voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Trent Franks voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. Issue Position. Second Amendment. June 27, 2011. "As a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, I strongly believe in the Second Amendment to the constitution, which guarantees law-abiding citizens the right to own and bear arms. Criminals have always preferred and will continue to prefer unarmed victims. Prison surveys indicate when a criminal considers breaking into a home, the greatest deterrent, in his mind, is the fear that his intended victims might be armed. My steadfast commitment to protect American law-abiding citizens' right to own and bear arms will not waver." (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. Advice for Citizen Activists: What You Can Do To Prevent The Reinstatement Of The Assault Weapons. June 1, 2009. "Many individuals have voiced a sense of helplessness over what the ordinary citizen can do to effect change, and specifically, to prevent a reinstatement of the unconstitutional federal ban on the possession, transfer, or domestic manufacture of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons. Despite the traditional trend of a left-leaning Democratic government to inhibit Second Amendment freedoms, the Democratic leaders in the House and Senate are not unified with the Obama Administration in their position on the Assault Weapons Ban. Both Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid have stated in recent weeks that they would oppose a reinstatement of the ban." (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. Franks Implores Senate to Consider Sotomayor's Questionable Constitutional Record. July 28, 2009. "Her hostility to the United States Constitution; her undermining of Second Amendment rights; her support of radical racial preferences like the one exhibited in the Ricci case; her opposition to parental notification laws for abortions for minors; and her work for PRLDF all suggest that she would only worsen the national trend of judicial activism and use her post to promote her own political ideology." (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. Issue Position: Gun Control. June 27, 2011. "I join those who are unable to understand how taking guns away from honest citizens makes them safer. I strongly believe in the second amendment to the constitution, which guarantees law-abiding citizens the right to own and bear arms. Criminals have always preferred unarmed victims. Prison surveys indicate when a criminal considers breaking into a home, the greatest deterrent, in his mind, is the fear that his intended victims might be armed. While I was in the Legislature, I was given an A+ rating for my voting record protecting the second amendment rights of Arizona citizens to own and bear arms. I will never waver in that commitment." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Trent Franks supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 0 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Trent Franks voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Trent Franks a grade of 91." (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Trent Franks in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Trent Franks voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Trent Franks voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Trent Franks. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Trent Franks voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Trent Franks supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Trent Franks supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Trent Franks voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Trent Franks in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Trent Franks supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Trent Franks in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. CNN "State of the Union with Candy Crowley" - Transcript. July 11, 2010. "Well, Candy, I am sympathetic to the humanitarian aspects of this. My own wife is from the Philippines and came here legally to this country, and there are a lot of people that want to be part of this nation, and I want them to be part of this nation. But if we ignore the law completely, then those who are trying to come here legally get pushed aside and it just changes everything." (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. Issue Position: Immigration. June 27, 2011. "America has a great tradition of welcoming immigrants of all ethnicities, cultures, and backgrounds, however there has always been limitations on immigration and especially on achieving the desired status of American citizenship. Citizenship should be given only to those who treasure the United States and that means those who have upheld America law, and the United States Constitution. I do not support legislation that would grant citizenship or any other privilege to those who have broken the law ahead of those who are undergoing our established legal process." (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. Letter to the Honorable Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security. May 26, 2010. "According to the Chicago Tribune, John Morton, Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), said, "his agency will not necessarily process illegal immigrants referred to them by Arizona officials." Whether Secretary Morton agrees with the actions taken in Arizona is irrelevant, he has a solemn obligation to enforce the rule of law. We are writing to express our outrage and request that you publicly condemn these comments as quickly as possible." (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Trent Franks voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Trent Franks voted Yea on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Trent Franks supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. Letter to President Obama. 9 September 2011. "Members of the bipartisan Immigration Reform Caucus along with member of the House vehemently oppose your August 18 2011 announcement to bypass Congress and use prosecutorial discretion to achieve amnesty to individuals who are illegally residing in the US. The manner with which your administration has introduced this policy not only robs the public of a thorough betting, but it also fails to appreciate the negative consequences of this policy shift...Also, this policy has the added affect of further encouraging illegal immigration. Frankly put, if we don't take our own laws seriously enough to enforce, why should we expect anyone to follow them? This policy will introduce a new wave a illegal immigrants emboldened with the knowledge that not only is it okay to break the law, but they will likely be rewarded for it with de facto amnesty statues, thereby exacerbating an already vicious cycle we as a nation try been trying to address for over two decades.This attempt to satisfy the narrow interests for the pro-amnesty lobby has ultimately earned the distrust of the greater American public. Our fear is that this policy will irreparably harm the prospects of true immigration reform for many years to come. Mr President, our request is simple: enforce our immigration laws evenly without passion, prejudice or preference." (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. CNN "State of the Union with Candy Crowley" - Transcript. July 11, 2010. "Well, Candy, I am sympathetic to the humanitarian aspects of this. My own wife is from the Philippines and came here legally to this country, and there are a lot of people that want to be part of this nation, and I want them to be part of this nation. But if we ignore the law completely, then those who are trying to come here legally get pushed aside and it just changes everything." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Trent Franks in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. Issue Position: Immigration. June 27, 2011. "America has a great tradition of welcoming immigrants of all ethnicities, cultures, and backgrounds, however there has always been limitations on immigration and especially on achieving the desired status of American citizenship. Citizenship should be given only to those who treasure the United States and that means those who have upheld America law, and the United States Constitution. I do not support legislation that would grant citizenship or any other privilege to those who have broken the law ahead of those who are undergoing our established legal process." (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. Letter to the Honorable Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security. May 26, 2010. "According to the Chicago Tribune, John Morton, Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), said, "his agency will not necessarily process illegal immigrants referred to them by Arizona officials." Whether Secretary Morton agrees with the actions taken in Arizona is irrelevant, he has a solemn obligation to enforce the rule of law. We are writing to express our outrage and request that you publicly condemn these comments as quickly as possible." (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Trent Franks voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Trent Franks supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Trent Franks in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Trent Franks voted Yea on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Trent Franks supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. Letter to President Obama. 9 September 2011. "Members of the bipartisan Immigration Reform Caucus along with member of the House vehemently oppose your August 18 2011 announcement to bypass Congress and use prosecutorial discretion to achieve amnesty to individuals who are illegally residing in the US. The manner with which your administration has introduced this policy not only robs the public of a thorough betting, but it also fails to appreciate the negative consequences of this policy shift...Also, this policy has the added affect of further encouraging illegal immigration. Frankly put, if we don't take our own laws seriously enough to enforce, why should we expect anyone to follow them? This policy will introduce a new wave a illegal immigrants emboldened with the knowledge that not only is it okay to break the law, but they will likely be rewarded for it with de facto amnesty statues, thereby exacerbating an already vicious cycle we as a nation try been trying to address for over two decades.This attempt to satisfy the narrow interests for the pro-amnesty lobby has ultimately earned the distrust of the greater American public. Our fear is that this policy will irreparably harm the prospects of true immigration reform for many years to come. Mr President, our request is simple: enforce our immigration laws evenly without passion, prejudice or preference." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Trent Franks. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Trent Franks voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Trent Franks supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 5 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Trent Franks voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Trent Franks supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Trent Franks supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 85 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Trent Franks voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Trent Franks supported the interests of the American Family Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Trent Franks supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Trent Franks in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Trent Franks in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Trent Franks voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Trent Franks supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 5 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Trent Franks voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Trent Franks supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Trent Franks supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 85 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Trent Franks voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Trent Franks supported the interests of the American Family Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Trent Franks supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Trent Franks in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Trent Franks in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Trent Franks. Franks Praises U.S. Forces for Bringing Osama Bin Laden to Justice. 2 May 2011. "The announcement that Osama Bin Laden has been killed by U.S. special forces is a testament to the dedication of our men and women in uniform, who yesterday struck a victory for justice and freedom by destroying the leader of the most notorious terrorist group in the world -- an organization that has accounted for the deaths of thousands of innocent civilians. As we move forward from this momentous day, let us not forget that, while the death of Osama Bin Laden is unquestionably a battle won, we will not have truly won the greater war against radical jihad until the violent, hateful ideology that marked bin Laden's life -- the same ideology still espoused by rogue nations like Iran -- is rejected across humanity and the world. But, in the fitting words of Ronald Reagan, I believe that, in the final analysis, 'the march of freedom and democracy' will leave jihadist terrorism 'on the ash-heap of history as it has left other tyrannies which stifle the freedom and muzzle the self-expression of the people.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. ICYMI: Dold, Colleagues Issue Letter to Sec. of State Hillary Clinton on Yemen. 26 June 2011. "With Yemen hovering on the brink of civil war, the U.S. must take real and serious steps to ensure Yemen does not fall into anarchy, allowing terrorists to pose a greater threat [¦] Yemen is of great importance to the United States, given its geopolitical significance, and it is becoming a primary base of operations for Al Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula (AQAP). It is essential for Yemen to remain a focal point for U.S. anti-terrorism efforts. In 2000, the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Cole was attacked in a terrorist effort planned by Al Qaeda, which killed 17 U.S. servicemen and wounded 39 others. Nearly a decade later, both the Christmas Day bombing plot of 2009 and the November 2010 AQAP plot to use cargo planes to hide parcel bombs to attack the U.S. had roots in Yemen. The radical American-born cleric Anwar al Awlaki, who is linked to these terrorist plots, is currently hiding in Yemen. AQAP continues to be a critical threat to our nation's security, and our policies need to reflect the urgency of this threat." (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. Franks Praises U.S. Forces for Bringing Osama Bin Laden to Justice. 2 May 2011. "The announcement that Osama Bin Laden has been killed by U.S. special forces is a testament to the dedication of our men and women in uniform, who yesterday struck a victory for justice and freedom by destroying the leader of the most notorious terrorist group in the world -- an organization that has accounted for the deaths of thousands of innocent civilians. As we move forward from this momentous day, let us not forget that, while the death of Osama Bin Laden is unquestionably a battle won, we will not have truly won the greater war against radical jihad until the violent, hateful ideology that marked bin Laden's life -- the same ideology still espoused by rogue nations like Iran -- is rejected across humanity and the world. But, in the fitting words of Ronald Reagan, I believe that, in the final analysis, 'the march of freedom and democracy' will leave jihadist terrorism 'on the ash-heap of history as it has left other tyrannies which stifle the freedom and muzzle the self-expression of the people.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. ICYMI: Dold, Colleagues Issue Letter to Sec. of State Hillary Clinton on Yemen. 26 June 2011. "With Yemen hovering on the brink of civil war, the U.S. must take real and serious steps to ensure Yemen does not fall into anarchy, allowing terrorists to pose a greater threat [¦] Yemen is of great importance to the United States, given its geopolitical significance, and it is becoming a primary base of operations for Al Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula (AQAP). It is essential for Yemen to remain a focal point for U.S. anti-terrorism efforts. In 2000, the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Cole was attacked in a terrorist effort planned by Al Qaeda, which killed 17 U.S. servicemen and wounded 39 others. Nearly a decade later, both the Christmas Day bombing plot of 2009 and the November 2010 AQAP plot to use cargo planes to hide parcel bombs to attack the U.S. had roots in Yemen. The radical American-born cleric Anwar al Awlaki, who is linked to these terrorist plots, is currently hiding in Yemen. AQAP continues to be a critical threat to our nation's security, and our policies need to reflect the urgency of this threat." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Trent Franks. Issue Position: Social Security. June 28, 2011. "If we continue on this path, in approximately 20 years we will find Social Security on the verge of bankruptcy. It is critical that we phase in an optional personal investment component to Social Security. We should not reduce benefits to Social Security recipients who want to continue to work. Ultimately, if we do not maintain a balanced federal budget, and begin to phase in these items, we break faith with Americans in their twilight years. The protection of Social Security is vital for America's senior citizens." (votesmart.org)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Trent Franks supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 0 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. Congressman Franks Supports Personal Account Options for Social Security. 20 July 2004. "By allowing for volunteer investment options, every citizen of this nation will possess the opportunity to directly invest in this nation's economy and create an estate for themselves and for their children and grandchildren. It is a monumental concept that could revolutionize a troubled program, while providing retiring generations with the financial security and prosperity they have worked for and deserve." (www.franks.house.gov)
  • Trent Franks. Issue Position: Social Security. June 28, 2011. "If we continue on this path, in approximately 20 years we will find Social Security on the verge of bankruptcy. It is critical that we phase in an optional personal investment component to Social Security. We should not reduce benefits to Social Security recipients who want to continue to work. Ultimately, if we do not maintain a balanced federal budget, and begin to phase in these items, we break faith with Americans in their twilight years. The protection of Social Security is vital for America's senior citizens." (votesmart.org)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Trent Franks supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 0 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Trent Franks. Congressman Franks Supports Personal Account Options for Social Security. 20 July 2004. "By allowing for volunteer investment options, every citizen of this nation will possess the opportunity to directly invest in this nation's economy and create an estate for themselves and for their children and grandchildren. It is a monumental concept that could revolutionize a troubled program, while providing retiring generations with the financial security and prosperity they have worked for and deserve." (www.franks.house.gov)

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