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Scott Howell's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Scott Howell refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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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 2012, 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

  • Scott Howell. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Scott Howell. Protecting Life. 12 July 2012. "Scott supports the First Presidency position on abortion. Scott believes that the procedure should only be performed in the event of rape, incest, and health and life of the mother." (votescotthowell.com)
  • Scott Howell. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Scott Howell. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Scott Howell. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should be illegal when the fetus is viable, with or without life support."
  • Scott Howell. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial birth" abortion."
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Brittany Green-Miner and Aaron Vaughn. Fox 13 News: Utah Dems face off during debate. "Howell declared education his number one goal. He criticized defense spending over public education." (fox13now.com)
  • Scott Howell. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Lowest Priority" for: "Indicate your priorities for spending any anticipated federal budget surplus. a) Defense"
Yes 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

  • Scott Howell. Lower Taxes for Utah Families. 12 July 2012. "Scott believes that a simpler, fairer tax code can help substantially cut the national debt. Scott also believes the wealthiest individuals and corporations in America must pay their fair share [¦] Scott will continue fighting to keep taxes low for middle-class Utahns." (votescotthowell.com)
  • Scott Howell. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Indicate what levels you support concerning taxes, deductions, and tax credits in the following categories. c) $75,000 - $150,000"
  • Scott Howell. The Salt Lake Tribune - Howell: In need of statesmen. 14 July 2012. "While there is no magic formula to strengthen our economy, cutting taxes in a responsible way for working Utahns will help to rebuild the economy and put more people back to work. I support continued tax relief for middle-class Utahns." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Howell. Howell Fires Back at Hatch. 30 July 2012. "Howell also criticized Hatch's proposal to expire tax breaks for 13 million working families and 26 million children. "In Utah, that's nearly 121,000 families and over 288,000 children," said Howell. 'Orrin Hatch is the architect of a tax plan that would take hundreds of thousands of dollars out of the pockets of working class Utah families. It is unconscionable. We are still in a recession. Working class families need these tax cuts that the Senator opposes. It is clear that special interests are driving the Senator's agenda.'" (www.deseretnews.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Scott Howell. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Utah 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?"
  • Scott Howell. Issue Position: Jobs for Utah. 1 January 2012. "To continue creating jobs for Utahns, Scott knows: [...] Investments are needed in our state's physical infrastructure, public safety, and research and development." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Scott Howell. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."
  • Scott Howell. Jobs for Utah. 11 July 2012. "Utah small businesses must compete on a level playing field against out-of-state corporations. Red tape must be cut, and Utah's employers must have all the tools they need to keep creating jobs." (votescotthowell.com)
  • Scott Howell. Issue Position: Lower Taxes for Utah Families. 1 January 2012. "As America's economy continues to strengthen, Scott understands that many hardworking families across Utah are struggling to make ends meet. That's why he supports continued tax relief for middle-class Utahns. Scott believes that cutting taxes in a responsible way for working Utahns will help rebuild the economy and put more folks back to work." (votesmart.org)
No 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

  • Scott Howell. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Utah 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."
  • Scott Howell. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Scott Howell. The Salt Lake Tribune - Howell: In need of statesmen. 14 July 2012. "When it comes to education, I have been a longtime critic of the No Child Left Behind Act and believe it urgently needs reform. Certainly, government can play a limited role in education. There is a need for smart investments in education and accountability in schools, but the one-size-fits-all approach has not worked in Utah." (votesmart.org)
  • Scott Howell. Education. 11 July 2012. "Scott believes that the federal government must play a limited role in the education of our children. He is a longtime critic of the No Child Left Act and believes that it must be reformed. Scott strongly believes that education decisions should be made by local school boards, school districts, and parents." (votescotthowell.com)
  • Scott Howell. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Utah 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."
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Scott Howell. Twitter: @VoteScottHowell. 31 July 2012. "@iMatterMarchUT WE hope to strike a balance between fossil fuels and renewable energy alternatives by making ALL options accessible." (twitter.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Scott Howell. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Scott Howell. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • Scott Howell. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Reduce current federal regulations on the environment."
  • Scott Howell. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act."
  • Scott Howell. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Utah 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."
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Scott Howell. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Scott Howell. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Scott Howell. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Scott Howell. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Scott Howell. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Scott Howell. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Scott Howell. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Scott Howell. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns."
  • Scott Howell. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows."
  • Scott Howell. Guns and Public Safety. 12 July 2012. "Scott has always supported the Second Amendment, and strongly believes that the rights of gun ownership to Americans apply regardless of where in the country they live [¦] Scott supports the rights of all citizens to protect themselves, their families and their property." (votescotthowell.com)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Scott Howell. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Scott Howell. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Utah 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."
  • Scott Howell. Health Care. 12 July 2012. "Scott supports elements of the Affordable Care Act that eliminate pre-existing condition barriers from insurance coverage [¦] and measures that allow parents to keep their children on their insurance plans longer." (votescotthowell.com)
  • Scott Howell. Scott Howell Responds to the ACA Ruling. 29 June 2012. "While the Affordable Care Act has largely been upheld as the law of the land, it does not mean that our work with health care is finished. There are still other issues that need attention that the law did not deal with -- namely how we continue to deal with the rising costs of health care." (votescotthowell.com)
No 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

  • Scott Howell. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Grant U.S. citizenship to children born in the US only if their parents immigrated legally."
  • Scott Howell. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Utah 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."
  • Jennie Christensen. Cache Valley Daily: Howell: Hatch out of touch with the people of Utah. 18 August 2012. "I believe that kids that are born here to illegal parents, if they will commit to give service back to the community either through the military or through education, they deserve a pathway to citizenship," Howell said. "I support the Utah Compact. I support it 100% and in fact when I get to Washington I want to sit down with President Romney or President Obama and say, 'we have got to fix this immigration. It's not fair.'" (www.cachevalleydaily.com)
  • Brianna Hintze. The Universe: DREAMers have their chance in America. 20 June 2012. "Scott Howell [...] also supports President Obama's action to improve the immigration policy. "Those serving in our military, gaining an education or brought to the States as young children, clearly showing they pose no present risk to national security or public safety ought to be given the chance to contribute," said Howell [...]" (universe.byu.edu)
  • David Montero. Undocumented Utah activists push for Dream Act. 10 May 2012. "But attempts at passing the Dream Act in Congress have been futile, most recently when the Senate rejected it in 2010. Hatch wasn't present for that vote, and he had complained before it that the proposal had been politicized by Democrats [...] Scott Howell, the Democratic nominee running for Hatch's seat, disagreed and characterized his changing view as 'etchy-sketching' his position 'This is not a Republican issue or a Democratic issue,' he said. 'It's a human being issue.'" (www.sltrib.com)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Scott Howell. Traditional Families. 12 July 2012. "Scott supports the Utah constitution which states that marriage is between one man and one woman." (votescotthowell.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

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

  • Scott Howell. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Utah Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Scott Howell. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Utah 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."

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Congressional Election 2000 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 be illegal when the fetus is viable, with or without life support.
c) Abortions should always be legally available.
d) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
Xe) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
Xf) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
Xg) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and notification requirements as decided by each state government.
h) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial birth" abortion.
i) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
j) Support "buffer-zones" by requiring demonstrators to stay at least five feet from abortion clinic doorways and driveways.
k) Provide funding for family planning programs as a means to decrease the number of abortions.
Xl) Other

Legal when health of mother endangered.

Budgetary Priorities
Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following general categories.
Greatly Increase Fundinga) Agricultural
Maintain Funding Statusb) Arts
Slightly Increase Fundingc) Defense
Greatly Increase Fundingd) Education
Slightly Increase Fundinge) Environmental
Maintain Funding Statusf) International aid
Slightly Increase Fundingg) Law enforcement
Greatly Increase Fundingh) Medical Research
Slightly Increase Fundingi) National Aeronautical Space Administration (NASA)
Maintain Funding Statusj) National Parks
Slightly Increase Fundingk) Scientific Research
Slightly Increase Fundingl) Transportation and Highway Infrastructure
Maintain Funding Statusm) Welfare
n) Other
Yes2) Would you support enforcing the spending limits agreed to in 1997 by the President and Congress to balance the budget?
Defense Spending
Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories.
Slightly Increase Fundinga) Armed Forces personnel training
Maintain Funding Statusb) Covert intelligence operations
Slightly Increase Fundingc) Defense plant conversion
Slightly Increase Fundingd) Military hardware
Slightly Increase Fundinge) Military space shuttle missions
Slightly Increase Fundingf) Pay for active duty personnel
Maintain Funding Statusg) National Missile Defense Program
Slightly Increase Fundingh) Modernization of weaponry and equipment
Greatly Increase Fundingi) Programs to improve military retention rates
Slightly Increase Fundingj) Research and development of new weapons
Slightly Increase Fundingk) Troop and equipment readiness
l) Other
Budget Surplus
Indicate your priorities for spending any anticipated federal budget surplus.
Lowest Prioritya) Defense
Low Priorityb) Education
Highest Priorityc) Federal debt reduction
High Priorityd) Medicare
Medium Prioritye) Social Security
f) Tax cuts
g) Other
Taxes
Indicate what levels you support concerning taxes, deductions, and tax credits in the following categories.
Income Taxes - Family Income
Slightly Decreasea) Less than $25,000
Slightly Decreaseb) $25,000 - $75,000
Slightly Increasec) $75,000 - $150,000
d) Over $150,000
e) Other
Income Taxes - Retiree Income
f) Over $40, 000
g) Other
Other Taxes
a) Alcohol taxes
b) Capital gains taxes
c) Cigarette taxes
d) Corporate taxes
e) Gasoline taxes
f) Inheritance taxes
g) Other

Need more information (facts, figures, and data to make decision)

Deductions/Credits
a) Charitable deductions
Slightly Increaseb) Medical expense deductions
c) Mortgage deductions
d) Child tax credit
e) Earned income tax credit
f) Student loan tax credit
g) Other
Taxes
Undecided2) Do you support replacing the current U.S. income tax structure with a flat income tax?
Yes3) Should a married couple filing jointly pay the same taxes as if they were an unmarried couple filing separately?
Undecided4) Would you cut taxes if there were an operating surplus?
No5) Would you cut taxes and use Social Security surpluses to supplement the difference?
6) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance issues.
Xa) Support public taxpayer funding for Congressional candidates who comply with campaign spending limits.
b) Increase the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns.
c) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
Xd) Provide free or low-cost television advertising to candidates who agree to voluntary campaign spending limits.
Xe) 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.
Xg) Require full disclosure of funding sources of issue advocacy commercials which appear within 60 days of an election.
h) Make campaign spending limits mandatory for all federal candidates.
i) Remove all contribution limits on federal candidates and parties, but require complete and immediate disclosure via the Internet.
j) Require Congressional candidates to raise over half of their campaign money from their home state.
k) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.
Xa) Broaden the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
b) Increase spending to build more federal prisons.
Xc) Impose "truth in sentencing" for violent criminals so they serve full sentences with no chance of parole.
Xd) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xe) Support programs to provide prison inmates with drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
Xf) Increase penalties for crimes committed on school grounds.
Xg) Increase funding for community policing programs.
Xh) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
Xi) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, and disability be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
j) Enforcement of civil rights should primarily be the responsibility of the federal government.
k) Prosecute as adults, youths accused of a felony.
Xl) Provide block grants to states for implementation of programs to combat juvenile crime.
Xm) Impose harsher penalties for youths convicted of violent offenses.
Xn) Support the use of "boot camps" as alternative sentencing for juvenile offenders.
Xo) Support programs that provide job training and placement services for at-risk youth.
p) Other
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) Support capital punishment for convicted international drug traffickers.
Xd) Expand federally sponsored drug education and drug treatment programs.
Xe) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Xf) Increase border security to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the U.S.
g) Eliminate federal funding for programs associated with the "war on drugs."
h) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning education (K-12).
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.
c) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any participating school: public, private or religious.
d) Allow parents to use tax-free savings accounts to send their children to any publicly-funded school.
e) Allow parents to use tax-free savings accounts to send their children to any participating school: public, private or religious.
Xf) Support charter schools where teachers and professionals receive authorization and funding to establish new schools.
Xg) Promote education flexibility by giving federal funds, in the form of block grants, to the states to spend it as they see fit.
Xh) Increase funding for block grants to states to help them hire additional teachers.
i) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
Xj) Increase funding for computers and computer training in public schools.
Xk) Increase funding for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
Xl) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs.
m) Support affirmative action in public college admissions.
n) Eliminate federal financial aid for individuals convicted of drug offenses.
Xo) Increase funding of programs such as Pell grants and Stafford loans to help students pay for college.
Xp) Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college.
q) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment and affirmative action.
Xa) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment.
Xb) Increase funding for national job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
Xc) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xd) Establish empowerment zones in areas with large numbers of unemployed people.
e) Eliminate any federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
f) Increase the federal minimum wage.
Xg) Encourage employers to offer flex-time scheduling, comp-time, and unpaid leave for family emergencies.
Xh) Provide tax credits for businesses that offer on-site child care.
Xi) The federal government should consider race and sex in making government contracting decisions.
Xj) The federal government should continue affirmative action programs.
k) The federal government should discontinue affirmative action programs.
Xl) The federal government should utilize merit and qualifications in making government contracting decisions.
m) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources.
Xa) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Water Act.
Xb) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act.
c) Waive environmental review requirements for grazing permits.
d) Revise the 1872 mining law to increase the fees charged to mining companies using federal lands.
Xe) Require states to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses of privately owned land.
Xf) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels to reduce pollution.
Xg) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
h) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels.
i) Strengthen logging restrictions on federal lands.
j) Reduce current federal regulations on the environment.
Xk) Give states added flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding federal environment regulations.
l) Other
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.
Xb) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) 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.
Xg) Increase penalties for the possession of any illegal guns.
h) Hold gun owners responsible for crimes committed with their guns by children age 16 and under.
i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21.
Xj) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows.
k) Require a license for gun possession.
l) Other
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.
c) Support health care strategies focused on prevention, including health education, and natural medicines and remedies.
Xd) 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.
e) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes the right to sue when claims are denied.
Xf) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes the right to appeal to an administrative board of specialists when services are denied.
Xg) Provide tax incentives to small businesses that provide health care to their employees.
Xh) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts, which would be taxed if used for purposes other than medical costs.
i) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
j) Allow states and local communities to use federal funds for needle-exchange programs to combat the spread of HIV.
Xk) Provide citizens age 55-65 the option of purchasing Medicare health coverage.
Xl) Support legislation to provide prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
Xm) Increase funding for AIDS programs.
n) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration.
a) Decrease the number of immigrants allowed into the country.
b) Increase the eligibility of legal immigrants for certain social programs (e.g. public housing, food stamps).
c) Require the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) to reduce the time between applying for citizenship and taking the oath of allegiance to six months.
Xd) Provide extra federal aid to states with higher numbers of immigrants for necessary medical and social services.
e) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children.
f) Grant U.S. citizenship to children born in the US only if their parents immigrated legally.
Xg) Increase the immigration quota for computer scientists and other information technology workers.
h) Establish English as the official national language.
i) Support the separation of the INS into two bureaus: one administering naturalization and one administering border patrol.
Xj) Increase state autonomy in handling immigration issues.
k) Reimburse states for providing services to illegal aliens.
l) Other
International Aid
Indicate which principles (if any) you support regarding U.S. International Aid.
Xa) 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
International Policy
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the Middle East.
a) The U.S. should resolve future disputes with Iraq only through diplomatic means.
b) The U.S. should take unilateral military action if Iraq does not comply with all accepted United Nations resolutions.
Xc) The U.S. should take military action against Iraq only as part of an international effort.
d) The U.S. should end the economic embargo against Iraq.
e) The U.S. should not continue to play a prominent leadership role in the peace process between Israel and the Palestine Authority.
Xf) The U.S. should continue to play a prominent leadership role in the peace process between Israel and the Palestine Authority.
g) Other
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.
c) The U.S. should withdraw completely from the United Nations.
Xd) The U.S. should pay its debt to the United Nations.
Xe) Other

US troops committed depend on cause

Yes3) Should the U.S. have full diplomatic relations with Cuba?
Yes4) Should the U.S. have full diplomatic relations with China?
Undecided5) Should the U.S. recognize and extend full diplomatic relations to Taiwan?
Yes6) Should the US maintain ground troops in Kosovo?
Yes7) Do you support the cooperative threat reduction programs with Russia to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons to unfriendly nations?
Undecided8) Do you support modifying the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty in order to deploy the National Missile Defense System?
Other
International Trade
Yes1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
Yes2) 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?
Undecided5) Do you support imposing tariffs on products imported from nations that maintain restrictive trade barriers on American products?
Yes6) Should a nation's human rights record affect its normal trade relations (most favored nation status) with the United States?
Undecided7) Do you support normal trade relations (most favored nation status) with Vietnam?
Yes8) Do you support granting the President "fast-track" authority in trade negotiations?
No9) Do you support the trade embargo against Cuba?
YesDo you believe there has been a decline in moral and ethical standards in America over the last four decades?
If Yes, please explain what you would do as a member of Congress to address this concern.

As a state senator, I utilized my powers to promote parental responsibility and societal concern towards the entertainment impact upon Utah's children. Through a resolution I passed, I was able to motivate local theaters to enforce restrictive ratings on movies. Another resolution I passed urges television networks to air violent programs only late at night. I also passed SB 243 (Minor's Access to Harmful Material on the Internet) amending provisions defining "material harmful to minors" to include material available through the Internet.

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.
b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government.
c) 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.
f) Limit Social Security benefits based on recipients' other income and assets.
Xg) Require individuals to pay the Social Security tax on incomes above $68,400 (which is currently exempt).
Xh) 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.
i) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding technology.
Xa) Continuing the moratorium on Internet sales taxes.
b) Implement regulation of Internet content by the federal government.
Xc) Support on-line voter registration.
Xd) Support voting on-line.
Xe) Support government mandates to curtail violent and sexual content on television.
Xf) Support strict penalties for Internet crimes such as hacking and Internet violence.
Xg) Support strong Internet privacy laws.
h) Regulating the Internet should not in any way be controlled by the federal government.
i) Other
YesDo you support amending the Constitution to limit the number of terms which members of Congress can serve?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding poverty and the welfare system.
a) Support housing assistance for welfare recipients.
Xb) Provide homeless families with apartment vouchers they can use to supplement 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) Other
Please explain what your top two or three priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional government funding needed to implement these priorities.

... As a United States Senator, I will be committed to make the New Economy work for all Americans. The government must promote innovation and entrepreneurship, an activity I aggressively pursued in passing important legislation to promote high-technology development in our state. Quality education is a primary component of our new society and I will continue the personal emphasis I placed on our schools by working to ensure greater resources for teachers in the classroom, kindergarten for all Utah children and enabling districts to provide technology to students. ...

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