Representative Peter 'Pete' A. Sessions's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Peter 'Pete' A. Sessions
Current Office: U.S. House - District 32, Republican
First Elected: 1996
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 32
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary March 4, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Karen; 5 Children: Alex, Bill, Conor, Liam, Nicholas
Birth Date: 03/22/1955
Birth Place: Waco, TX
Home City: Dallas, TX
Religion: Methodist
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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

  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Pete Sessions. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Pete Sessions voted Nay on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Sessions. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Pete Sessions voted Nay on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Sessions. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Pete Sessions voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Sessions. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Pete Sessions voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Sessions. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Pete Sessions voted Nay on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Sessions. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Pete Sessions voted Nay on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Sessions. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Pete Sessions voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should be illegal when the fetus is viable, with or without life support."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Congress should eliminate abortion services from any federally funded health care plan."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Congress should eliminate federal funding for clinics and medical facilities that provide abortion services."
  • Pete Sessions. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Pete Sessions voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Sessions. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Pete Sessions voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Sessions. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Pete Sessions voted Nay on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Sessions. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Pete Sessions voted Nay on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Sessions. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Pete Sessions voted Yea on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Sessions. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Pete Sessions voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (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 Pete Sessions a rating of 13 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Pete Sessions supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Pete Sessions supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Sessions. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Pete Sessions voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Pete Sessions supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Sessions. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Pete Sessions voted Yea on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Pete Sessions supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Pete Sessions supported the interests of the Peace Action 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Sessions. Sessions Comments on Iraq Policy. 1 September 2010. "We owe our troops serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and around the world our unequivocal support, every resource to succeed, and a commitment to ending politically-motivated withdrawal dates that undercut their work, discourage our allies, and embolden our enemies." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Sessions. Issue Position: Homeland Security. 8 November 2011. "Congressman Sessions supported President Obama's decision to send additional troops to Afghanistan because he believes that disrupting and defeating the Taliban is not only possible but critical to our mission to stabilize the region." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Sessions. Sessions Supports Additional Troops To Afghanistan. 2 December 2009. "I support President Obama's decision to send additional troops, but I am very concerned that the moderate resources and short-sighted exit strategy will undercut our troops' ability to succeed in the end." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Pete Sessions supported the interests of Peace Action West 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Sessions. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Pete Sessions voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Pete Sessions. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Pete Sessions voted Did Not Vote on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Sessions. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Pete Sessions voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Sessions. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Pete Sessions voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Sessions. HR 2561. 106th Congress. Defense Department Appropriations bill, FY2000. Pete Sessions voted Yea on 07/22/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Sessions. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Pete Sessions voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1. Please indicate the changes you will support (if any) concerning the level of funding for each of the listed issue areas. National Defense"
  • Pete Sessions. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Pete Sessions voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "High Priority" for: "Indicate your priorities for spending any anticipated federal budget surplus. a) Defense"
  • Peter Sessions. Pete Sessions Statement on the House's Action to Prevent Devastating Cuts & Provide Transparency. 18 July 2012. "Earlier this year, House Republicans passed a common-sense package of spending reductions and reforms to replace the dangerous cuts to our national defense and key domestic priorities.  Although the House has acted on a responsible plan to prevent sequestration, the Democrat-led Senate and White House continually neglect to offer a credible proposal to replace these arbitrary cuts that will threaten our national security, deprive our nation's troops of critical resources and cause massive layoffs." (sessions.house.gov)
  • Pete Sessions. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Pete Sessions voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Sessions. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Pete Sessions voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Sessions. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Pete Sessions voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Sessions. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Pete Sessions voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Sessions. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Pete Sessions voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Pete Sessions supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 95 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Pete Sessions supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 91 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Sessions. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Pete Sessions voted Yea on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Pete Sessions supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Sessions signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "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)
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "3) Do you support eliminating the Internal Revenue Service?"
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "6) Do you support requiring a super-majority vote in both houses of Congress to raise taxes?"

Vote Smart's Research

  • Peter Sessions. Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2007. 4 August 2007. "In this time of stretched budgets and bloated Federal spending, Congress should be looking to use all of the tools it can to find taxpayer savings and to reduce the cost of services that are already being provided by thousands of hardworking companies nationwide." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Sessions. The Hill Report: Week of June 23 “ 27, 2008. 27 June, 2008. "Simply put, Washington does not have a revenue problem - it has a spending problem." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "2) Would you support enforcing the spending limits agreed to in 1997 by the President and Congress to balance the budget?"
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Pete Sessions supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Sessions. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Pete Sessions voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (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 Pete Sessions a rating of 97 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Sessions. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Pete Sessions voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Sessions. Sessions Statement on American Taxation. 15 April 2010. "If the American people behaved like their government, they would be bankrupt and prosecuted long ago. Yet today the American people dutifully fill the treasury of a shamefully fiscally-irresponsible government. Along with the American people, I will continue to stand up to Democrats' policies for fiscal ruin." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Sessions. Sessions Statement on One-year Anniversary Of "Stimulus" Bill Signing. 17 February 2010. "During this continued period of historic economic distress, American taxpayers deserve solutions that reduce wasteful government spending -- not a unilateral spending spree intended to grow the size of government." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Sessions. Sessions Applauds Passage of Responsible Plan to Cut Spending. 29 July 2011. "House Republicans have once again passed a responsible plan to change Washington's culture of spending money we don't have [¦] House Republicans refused to write a blank check that will allow Washington to continue its unrestricted spending spree." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Sessions. Pete Sessions on Two-Year Anniversary of "Stimulus" Bill Signing. 17 February 2011. "Clearly, our nation cannot borrow and spend our way to economic prosperity. The two-year anniversary of the 'stimulus' should serve as a strong reminder to the Administration that it is past time to end its reckless spending sprees." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Sessions. Pete Sessions Statement on Third Anniversary of "Stimulus." 16 February 2012. "Tomorrow's anniversary of the so-called 'stimulus' serves as a reminder that President Obama's policies have failed to fix our broken economy and are making it worse. Three years later, the American people are struggling to make ends meet and are still waiting for the promised results of the massive $1.2 trillion spending binge." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Sessions. Pete Sessions Statement in Support of a Balanced Budget Amendment. 17 August 2011. "Hardworking Americans balance their budgets and I strongly believe that Washington should do the same. While spending cuts and caps are steps in the right direction, a permanent solution will save the next generation from paying down the debt created by our government's out-of-control spending." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Create "empowerment zones" in urban areas with high unemployment by providing government grants and federal assistance, in addition to tax credits, to new and expanding businesses."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Create "enterprise zones" in urban areas with high unemployment by providing tax credits for new and expanding businesses."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas 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."
  • Pete Sessions. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. Pete Sessions voted Yea on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Sessions. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Pete Sessions voted Yea on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. c) Education (K-12)"
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Establish "National Standards" for K-12 schools and encourage states to adopt them."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Eliminate the Department of Education, thereby giving state and local government greater control over educational issues."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing in reading and math."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Eliminate the U.S. Department of Education."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Local" for: "Indicate which level of government that should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. c) Education"
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Give all federal education funding to states in the form of block grants and allow them to spend it as they see fit."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Decrease" for: "1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. c) Education (K-12)" 1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. Other or expanded principles: "IRS "
  • Peter Sessions. Issue Position: Education & Special Education. 1 January 2011. "Congressman Sessions believes that the federal government should get out of the education business and give the power to the state and local authorities who best know the curriculum. Congressman Sessions is a national leader on the effort to return educational decision-making to parents, teachers, and local school administrators. Congressman Sessions has strongly supported legislation to requires that 95% of all federal education dollars be spent in the classroom--not on regulation and bureaucracy in Washington, DC." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Local" for: "Indicate which level of government should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. 3) Education"
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Decrease" for: "1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. c) Education (K-12)" 1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. Other or expanded principles: "Energy "
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Decrease" for: "1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. c) Education (K-12)" 1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. Other or expanded principles: "Commerce "
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Promote education flexibility by giving federal funds, in the form of block grants, to the states to spend it as they see fit."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Pete Sessions. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Pete Sessions voted Yea on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Establish a nationwide competency test for teachers and encourage states to adopt it."

Vote Smart's Research

  • Pete Sessions. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Pete Sessions voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
  • Pete Sessions. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Pete Sessions voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Sessions. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Pete Sessions voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Pete Sessions supported the interests of Environment America 13 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks."
  • Pete Sessions. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Pete Sessions voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Sessions. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Pete Sessions voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Consider further increasing federal taxes on gasoline and diesel fuels."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Adhere to the United Nations treaty regarding global climate change."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Impose stricter national air quality standards."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Pass stronger clean water and clean air legislation."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Tax high-level energy users (businesses and individuals) to discourage excessive energy use and pay for environmental cleanup."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Reduce current federal regulations on the environment."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Encourage further market based strategies to clean up the environment such as pollution credits."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Eliminate government regulations to encourage investment and economic expansion of the private sector."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Eliminate government regulations of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Promote the selling of pollution credits to encourage industries to decrease amount of pollution."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Phase in a prohibition of pollution causing products such as gas powered autos and lawn mowers."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Support the U.S. re-entering the current Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Pete Sessions supported the interests of Environment America 13 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Pete Sessions supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 10 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Pete Sessions supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 0 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms by law-abiding citizens."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Increase restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Impose a national ban on the public sale of assault weapons."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Ease procedures on the purchase and registration of firearms."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Increase federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "INCREASE PROSECUTION OF FIRE ARM OFFENDERS USING MODELS LIKE PROJECT EXCILE"
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "INCREASE PROSECUTION OF FIRE ARM OFFENDERS USING MODELS LIKE PROJECT EXCILE"
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal all bans and measures that restrict law-abiding citizens from owning legally-obtained firearms." Indicate which principles you support concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "I am a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights. "
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "Increase prosecution of firearm offenses using models like Project Exile"
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas 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."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas 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."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms that are legally owned and registered."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "Increase prosecution of firearm offenses using models like Project Exile"
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain all federal registration procedures and restrictions on possessing firearms."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Impose a national ban on the sale of handguns to minors."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Peter Sessions. Issue Position: Second Amendment. 1 January 2011. "Congressman Sessions is a [¦] strong supporter of the constitutional right to keep and bear arms [¦] The U.S. Constitution states very plainly, 'the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.' Congressman Sessions remains fully committed to protecting this right." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Sessions. Letter to President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. 25 July 2011. "As defenders of the right of Americans to keep and bear arms, we write to express our grave concern about the dangers posed by the United Nations' Arms Trade Treaty. Our country's sovereignty and the constitutional protection of these individual freedoms must not be infringed." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Sessions. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Pete Sessions voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Pete Sessions a grade of 91." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Sessions. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Pete Sessions voted Yea on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Sessions. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Pete Sessions voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Sessions. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Pete Sessions voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Pete Sessions in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)

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  • Pete Sessions. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Pete Sessions voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Pete Sessions supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas 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."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Support President Clinton's position for a "comprehensive health care plan for all Americans.""
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Pete Sessions supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Sessions. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Pete Sessions voted Yea on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Pete Sessions supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Pete Sessions in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Sessions. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Pete Sessions voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Grant U.S. citizenship to children born in the US only if their parents immigrated legally."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas 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."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Allow legalization for certain illegal immigrants working in the U.S."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive US citizenship."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive U.S. citizenship."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children."
  • Peter Sessions. Sessions Responds to State of the Union Address. 24 January 2007. "While I fully support his border security initiatives and interior enforcement policies, I remain concerned with providing illegal immigrants with any path to citizenship." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Sessions. The $26.1 Billion State Bailout. 16 August 2010. "Unfortunately, the Majority failed to bring forward the annual Homeland Security appropriations bill, which would have funded border security through the regular order. The Majority's insistence that emergency border security legislation pass during August recess, feels like political gamesmanship -- giving the Majority the opportunity to go back home to their congressional districts and claim that they are strong on border security, while additionally giving them license to move forward with an amnesty bill. It is my hope that when Congress reconvenes in September, the Majority will finally produce a budget and an appropriations bill to adequately fund all efforts to increase borders security and enforce immigration law." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Sessions. Issue Position: Immigration. 1 January 2011. "Congressman Sessions believes that an effective immigration plan must be straightforward, concise, and thorough, and in the best interest of American citizens. Key provisions of this plan must secure the entire U.S. Border, document the estimated 12 million undocumented persons, establish a true Guest Worker Program, safeguard social programs, and strengthen interior enforcement. We must work to ensure that illegal immigration stops, and that legal immigration is controlled in a reasonable manner." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Pete Sessions in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)

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  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Pete Sessions supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 83 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Sessions. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Pete Sessions voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Sessions. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Pete Sessions voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Pete Sessions supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Pete Sessions supported the interests of the American Family Association 94 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Pete Sessions supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Sessions. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Pete Sessions voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Pete Sessions supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 3 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

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  • Peter Sessions. Pete Sessions on Commemorating 9/11. 9 September 2011. "We must never fail to recognize that hate-filled extremism is still ever-present in today's world, and we should remain vigilant in defending the freedoms that so many have selflessly and courageously fought to protect. Today the House unanimously passed a resolution honoring the victims of 9/11 and reaffirming our deep commitment to taking every necessary and appropriate action to defend our nation and identify, intercept and defeat future terrorist threats." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Sessions. Sessions Responds to State of the Union Address. 28 January 2008. "The President's speech reiterated the importance of our long-term commitment to the winning the War on Terror. Whether in Iraq, Afghanistan, or another country, terrorist organizations must be defeated, and tonight the President once again called on Congress to renew the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which is critical to our nation's ability to track terrorists in foreign countries." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter Sessions. Statement on Death of Osama bin Laden. 2 May 2011. "While a new day has dawned without Osama bin Laden, his hate-filled extremism still poisons minds and destroys lives around the world. Eliminating a terrorist leader is a victory -- not an end -- in the war against terror, and we must always remain vigilant in defending the freedom, security, and prosperity of America for generations to come." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage."
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Pete Sessions supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 30 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which are managed by the government."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Pete Sessions. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Pete Kasperowicz. The Hill: House Republicans propose Social Security opt-out. 6 June 2011. "Rep. Pete Sessions [¦] introduced the Savings Account for Every American (SAFE) Act. Under the bill, workers would immediately have 6.2 percent of their wages sent to a 'SAFE' account each year. That would take the place of the 6.2 percent the workers now contributed to Social Security [¦] Sessions said this transition to a private retirement savings option is needed because Social Security last year began paying out more money than it took in [¦] Under the bill, employees would be able to make tax free contributions to their SAFE account, and take tax-free distributions at retirement age. The bill would also allow employees to stay with the Social Security program if they wish." (thehill.com)
  • Peter Sessions. Issue Position: Social Security. 1 January 2011. "Regardless of the changes we make to the Social Security system, Congressman Sessions believes that we must adhere to five principles: First, no tax increases; second, no benefit cuts; third, no increase in the retirement age; fourth, current and future beneficiaries must have guaranteed benefits and receive back every dollar they put in; and finally, Social Security must continue to be administered by the Social Security Administration." (votesmart.org)

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Congressional Election 2002 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 which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.

a) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legally available.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
Xf) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
g) Other or expanded principles

Budgetary Priorities

Using the key below, indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category.

Maintain Funding Statusa) Agricultural
Slightly Decrease Fundingb) Arts
Greatly Increase Fundingc) Defense
Maintain Funding Statusd) Education
Maintain Funding Statuse) Environmental
Maintain Funding Statusf) International Aid
Slightly Increase Fundingg) Law Enforcement
Greatly Increase Fundingh) Medical Research
Maintain Funding Statusi) National Aeronautical Space Administration (NASA)
Slightly Increase Fundingj) National Parks
k) Public Health Services
Greatly Increase Fundingl) Scientific Research
Greatly Increase Fundingm) Terrorism Prevention
Maintain Funding Statusn) Transportation and Highway Infrastructure
Slightly Decrease Fundingo) Welfare
p) Other or expanded categories

Defense Spending

Using the key below, indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number per category.

Greatly Increase Fundinga) Armed Forces personnel training
Greatly Increase Fundingb) Covert intelligence operations
Greatly Increase Fundingc) Military hardware
Greatly Increase Fundingd) Pay for active duty personnel
Greatly Increase Fundinge) National Missile Defense Program
Greatly Increase Fundingf) Programs to improve military retention rates
Greatly Increase Fundingg) Research and development of new weapons
Greatly Increase Fundingh) Troop and equipment readiness
i) Other or expanded categories

Taxes

Using the key below, indicate what levels you support concerning taxes, deductions, and tax credits in the following categories. Select one number per tax.

Income Taxes - Family Income

Eliminatea) Less than $25,000
Greatly Decreaseb) $25,000 - $75,000
Greatly Decreasec) $75,000 - $150,000
Greatly Decreased) Over $150,000
e) Other or expanded categories

Income Taxes - Retiree Income

Greatly Decreasef) Over $40, 000
g) Other or expanded categories

Other Taxes

Slightly Decreasea) Alcohol taxes
Eliminateb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Slightly Decreasee) Gasoline taxes
Eliminatef) Inheritance taxes
Eliminateg) Other or expanded categories

MARRIAGE penalty

Deductions/Credits

Slightly Increasea) Charitable deductions
Greatly Increaseb) Medical expense deductions
Maintain Statusc) Mortgage deductions
Slightly Increased) Child tax credit
Maintain Statuse) Earned income tax credit
Maintain Statusf) Student loan tax credit
g) Other or expanded categories

Taxes

Yes2) Should a married couple filing jointly pay the same taxes as if they were an unmarried couple filing separately?
No3) Would you use Social Security surpluses to balance the budget?
4) Other or expanded principles

EXCEPTION FOR WAR OR ARMED CONFLICT

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and governmental reform issues.

a) Support public taxpayer funding for congressional candidates who comply with campaign spending limits.
Xb) Increase the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns.
c) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
d) Provide free or low-cost television advertising to candidates who agree to voluntary campaign spending limits.
e) Ban unregulated soft money campaign contributions to political parties or committees.
Xf) Prohibit non-U.S. citizens from making soft money contributions to national parties or party committees.
g) Require full disclosure of funding sources of issue advocacy commercials which appear within 60 days of an election.
h) Remove all contribution limits to federal candidates and parties.
Xi) Require congressional candidates to raise over half of their campaign money from their home state.
Xj) Require that unions give members the option of not having membership dues used for political purposes.
k) Support the federal government mandate that creates national voting system standards.
l) Do you support amending the Constitution to limit the number of terms that members of Congress can serve?
m) Do you support voting on-line?
n) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.

a) Eliminate the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
Xb) Increase spending to build more federal prisons.
Xc) Impose "truth in sentencing" for violent criminals so they serve full sentences with no chance of parole.
d) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
e) Support programs to provide prison inmates with drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
Xf) Increase funding for community policing programs.
g) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
h) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, and disability be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
i) Enforcement of civil rights should primarily be the responsibility of the federal government.
Xj) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
Xk) Support programs that provide job training and placement services for at-risk youth.
l) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning illegal drugs.

Xa) Increase penalties for selling illegal drugs.
Xb) Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
c) Expand federally sponsored drug education and drug treatment programs.
d) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Xe) Increase border security to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the U.S.
f) Eliminate federal funding for programs associated with the "war on drugs."
g) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning education.

a) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
b) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any publicly-funded school.
Xc) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any participating school: public, private or religious.
Xd) Support charter schools where teachers and professionals receive authorization and funding to establish new schools.
Xe) Increase funding for block grants to states to help them hire additional teachers.
Xf) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
g) Increase funding for computers and computer training in public schools.
h) Increase funding for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
Xi) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs.
Xj) Increase funding of programs such as Pell grants and Stafford loans to help students pay for college.
Xk) Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college.
l) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment and affirmative action.

a) Increase funding for national job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
Xb) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xc) Establish empowerment zones in areas with large numbers of unemployed people.
d) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
Xe) Encourage employers to offer flex-time scheduling, comp-time, and unpaid leave for family emergencies.
f) Eliminate any federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
g) Increase the federal minimum wage.
h) Considering race and gender in government contracting decisions is appropriate for the federal government.
i) Include sexual orientation in federal anti-discrimination laws.
j) Continue federal affirmative action programs.
Xk) Discontinue federal affirmative action programs.
l) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources.

a) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Water Act.
b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act.
Xc) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration.
d) Support the U.S. re-entering the current Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming.
Xe) Require states to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses of privately owned land.
Xf) Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
h) Provide tax credits for state and local bonds to preserve open spaces, build parks, improve water quality and redevelop brownfields.
i) Support the National Forest Protection and Restoration Act prohibiting commercial logging in our national forests.
Xj) Provide states and local communities with more flexibility to address their respective environmental problems.
k) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.

a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Xc) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Xe) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
h) Require a license for gun possession.
i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21.
Xj) Other or expanded principles

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Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues.

a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government.
b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income.
Xc) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights to define and enforce the rights of insured patients, including greater access to specialists and emergency rooms, wider choice of health care providers, and appeal mechanisms when claims are denied.
Xd) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes the right to sue when claims are denied.
Xe) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes the right to appeal to an administrative board of specialists when services are denied.
Xf) Support legislation to provide prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
g) Increase research funding of the human genome to find cures for diseases such as cancer, AIDS/HIV, Alzheimer's, and heart disease.
h) Increase federal funding for training health workers to recognize and respond to the release of biological agents.
i) Prohibit the procedure of cloning human embryos.
Xj) Other or expanded principles

X = up to $2000 HEALTHCARE TAX CREDIT TO PURCHASE PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration.

Xa) Decrease the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country.
b) Provide extra federal aid to states with higher numbers of immigrants for necessary medical and social services.
c) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children.
Xd) Increase the immigration quota for computer scientists and other information technology workers.
Xe) Establish English as the official U.S. language.
Xf) Collect fingerprint data from all U.S. visa applicants which would be accessible to all federal immigration-related agencies.
g) Allow legalization for certain illegal immigrants working in the U.S.
h) Other or expanded principles

International Aid

Indicate which principles (if any) you support regarding U. S. economic assistance.

a) Aid should be granted to countries when extraordinary circumstances cause disaster and threaten civilian lives.
Xb) Aid should be granted to countries when it is in the security interests of the U. S.
Xc) Aid should be granted to countries that are close allies of the U. S. and in need of financial/military assistance.
d) Aid should be eliminated for any nation with documented human rights abuses.
e) Aid programs should be scaled back and eventually eliminated except for extraordinary circumstances.
f) Other or expanded principles

International Policy

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the Middle East.

a) The U.S. should take military action against Iraq only as part of an international effort.
b) The U.S. should end the economic embargo against Iraq.
c) The U.S. should not continue to play a prominent leadership role in the peace process between Israel and the Palestine Authority.
d) The U.S. should support the formation of a Palestinian state.
Xe) Other or expanded principles

The U.S. should take military action against Iraq.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the United States-United Nations relationship.

Xa) The U.S. should participate in United Nations peacekeeping missions only when vital U.S. interests are involved.
b) The U.S. should not commit military troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions.
Xc) The U.S. should withdraw completely from the United Nations.
d) Other or expanded principles
3) Should the U.S. have full diplomatic relations with Cuba?
Yes4) Should the U.S. recognize and extend full diplomatic relations to Taiwan?
Yes5) Should the U.S. increase its financial support to Colombia for the "war on drugs?"
Yes6) Do you support the cooperative threat reduction programs with Russia to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons? ___ Yes ___ No ___ Undecided
Yes7) Do you support the recent withdrawal of the U.S. from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) treaty in order to deploy a national missile defense system?
Yes8) Should the U.S. hold nations accountable for terrorists who operate from their country?
9) Other or expanded principles

International Trade

1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
2) Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
Yes3) Do you support continued U.S. membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
Yes4) Do you support China becoming a member of the World Trade Organization?
Yes5) Should a nation's human rights record affect its normal trade relations (most favored nation) trading status with the United States? ___ Yes ___ No ___ Undecided
Yes6) Should the President have "fast-track" authority to negotiate trade agreements?
7) Do you support the trade embargo against Cuba?
8) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding national security.

Yes1. Do you support the President using military tribunals to try terrorist suspects when the President deems ordinary civil courts to be inappropriate or impractical?
Yes2. Should the U.S. adopt higher qualification rules for student visa applications from nations known to sponsor terrorism?
Yes3. Should law enforcement agencies be granted greater discretion to read mail and email, tap phones, and conduct random searches to prevent future terrorist attacks?
Yes4. Should federal law enforcement agencies share intelligence data with local law enforcement agencies?
Yes5. Should the federal government provide states with funding for homeland security?
6. Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security.

Xa) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves.
Xb) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government.
c) The federal government should invest a portion of Social Security's assets collectively in stocks and bonds instead of U.S. Treasury securities.
d) Increase the payroll tax to better finance Social Security in its current form.
e) Lower Social Security's annual cost-of-living increases.
Xf) Support a "lock box" measure, limiting Congress's ability to spend Social Security and Medicare surpluses on any other federal programs except Social Security and Medicare, until each program's long-term solvency is guaranteed.
g) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding technology.

Xa) Continue the moratorium on Internet sales taxes.
b) Implement regulation of Internet content by the federal government.
c) Regulation of the Internet should not be controlled by the federal government.
d) Support government mandates to curtail violent and sexual content on television.
e) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding poverty and the welfare system.

Xa) Support housing assistance for welfare recipients.
Xb) Provide homeless families with apartment vouchers they can use to defray the cost of an apartment.
Xc) Continue to give states and local governments responsibility for welfare programs through TANF block grants.
Xd) Maintain current welfare-to-work requirements in order for states to qualify for block grants.
e) Restore food stamp programs to legal immigrants.
Xf) Transfer homeless housing programs to states through block grants.
Xg) Provide continued Medicaid benefits for those welfare recipients who have moved from welfare to work.
h) Require states to return any unused welfare block grant funding to the federal government.
Xi) Direct federal poverty aid through religious, community-based, or other non-profit organizations.
j) Provide states with additional funding for Medicaid programs to alleviate increasing state budget deficits.
Xk) Other or expanded principles

Also allow families of disabled children to stay employed & accept raises without losing access to Medicaid services.

In a total of seventy-five (75) words or less, please explain what your top two or three priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional funding needed to implement these priorities.