Representative Jerry McNerney's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 9, Democratic
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Jerry McNerney has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads.

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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.

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  • "I support a woman's right to choose, and I will vote to protect it. Let's face it, no one likes abortions." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/186875/reproductive-freedom#.VahNOHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/29474/jerry-mcnerney#.VahNpHUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • Voted in favor of H.R.8 "Job Protection and Recession Prevention Act of 2012" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/42053 (votesmart.org)
  • "More and more middle class Californians are getting caught up in the Alternative Minimum Tax – a measure that was originally meant to target the extremely wealthy. Forcing hard-working citizens to pay more taxes because of an error in the tax code doesn’t make sense." http://mcnerney.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/mcnerney-acts-to-prevent-tax-hike-for-77000-11th-district-residents (mcnerney.house.gov)
  • "I urge my colleagues to help real people before leaving for the holidays, instead of continuing to provide benefits and loopholes for corporations and the wealthiest people at the expense of the middle class." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/660520/congressman-mcnerney-fights-for-the-middle-class#.VahOKHUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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

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  • "We need to focus on creating jobs in California. Investing in our infrastructure will create thousands of good-paying jobs and give businesses the access they need to prosper […]" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/691970/letter-to-speaker-boehner-and-leader-pelosi/?search=keystone#.VnBLuWwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "We'll face tough decisions in the coming weeks, months, and years, and it's appropriate that Congress demonstrate its commitment to fiscal responsibility by reducing its operating budget. I was proud to join a bipartisan group of my colleagues and vote for a five percent cut in Congressional office budgets." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/579489/mcnerney-supports-bipartisan-effort-to-reduce-spending#.VahRQXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Increasing the federal debt by a record $1.9 trillion is spending money we don't have. American families have to balance their household budgets and they rightly expect their government to do the same." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/483916/mcnerney-opposes-nearly-2-trillion-increase-in-federal-government-debt#.VahRCXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "A modern, well-maintained, and highly efficient infrastructure, be it transportation, telecommunications, or other public works, will boost our productivity, giving us economic strength and national security." http://jerrymcnerney.org/issues/infrastructure/ (jerrymcnerney.org)

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  • "We must pursue responsible measures like this legislation that will lift the burden of the estate tax. Our local economy will be stronger when farms and small businesses are open, operating and creating jobs." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/468130/mcnerney-proposes-tax-cuts-for-family-farms-and-small-businesses#.VahOmnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "This tax cut would benefit millions of Americans by putting an average of $1,500 back in middle class families' pockets. During these tough economic times, people need relief. I'm disappointed that Washington Republicans blocked this commonsense proposal to help working families who are struggling to make ends meet." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/660520/congressman-mcnerney-fights-for-the-middle-class#.VahOKHUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • "One of the ways we can start is by reforming federal education policy to provide accountability and flexibility. Our policies should take advantage of America's true creative spirit to equip our youth with the tools they need to succeed in a competitive international environment." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/880667/issue-position-education#.VahUCHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I'll keep working to support the best education reforms that improve public schools, make a college education more affordable, and give our teachers high quality pay." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/557282/issue-position-education#.VahUPnUVhHw (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted against S. 1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VablTHUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • Signed a letter stating "We are writing on behalf of the 80,000 Americans employed by the U.S. wind industry – representing jobs in all fifty states – to ask that you promptly extend the current law Production Tax Credit (PTC) and the Investment Tax Credit (ITC). Wind now provides power to over 15 million American homes, as well as to many thousands of farms and businesses." http://loebsack.house.gov/uploadedfiles/wind_ptc-itc_extension_letter_final_3.21.2014.pdf (loebsack.house.gov)
  • "Even if climate change were not a threat, reducing our consumption of fossil fuels will make the environment cleaner and energy costs less volatile. Increasing energy efficiency will greatly reduce family utility bills while making our homes more comfortable. Using renewable energy creates stable jobs." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/796065/climate-change#.VahXKXUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • Voted for H.Amdt.507 "Specifies the Authority of the Secretary of Interior on the Regulation of Methane Emissions." http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/46345 (votesmart.org)
  • "So what will it take for this Nation to greatly reduce carbon we are adding to the atmosphere and begin the process of preparing for the changes that are coming? Will it take a global weather catastrophe?" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/796065/climate-change#.VahXXXUVhHx (votesmart.org)
  • "Climate change is one of the most important national issues we face right now, and the evidence for climate change is overwhelming […] So now, when we have the opportunity when technology is being developed, there is money being spent by the Federal Government and by private industry to develop carbon-capture sequestration, let's go ahead and take advantage of that, implement it in our power plants on a limited basis now so when the need is there, it will be available." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/857869/electricity-security-and-affordability-act#.VahWBHUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • Signed a letter stating "Our nation has suffered at least 74 school shootings since the Sandy Hook massacre. The factors allowing these rampages are no mystery: loopholes in the background check laws, straw purchases, restrictions on law enforcement, and gaps in our mental health system." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/888676/letter-to-john-boehner-speaker-of-the-house-163-members-of-congress-demand-a-vote-not-silence-to-prevent-gun-violence#.VahXsXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I am a gun owner and enjoy sport shooting, but weapons that fall into the assault category, when in the wrong hands, can result in destruction." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/758572/lodi-news-sentinel-gun-control-isnt-only-way-to-stop-shootings-local-leaders-say#.VnBQzGwViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/29474/jerry-mcnerney/37#.VahX23UVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • Voted in favor for H.R.3590 "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/29181 (votesmart.org)
  • "It’s been nearly four years since Congress passed the Affordable Care Act. In that time, we’ve already seen some of its positive effects – young adults able to stay on their parents’ insurance longer, a reduction in waste and fraud in Medicare, the elimination of discrimination against pre-existing conditions, and more affordable prescription drugs for seniors." http://mcnerney.house.gov/what-does-the-affordable-care-act-mean-for-you (mcnerney.house.gov)
  • "In California, and in my district, we are seeing that the Affordable Care Act works. Hardworking families are receiving quality health care coverage through the state exchange." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/992428/rep-mcnerney-applauds-supreme-court-affordable-care-act-ruling#.VahYfXUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • Voted in favor of H.R.5281 "DREAM Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/32955 (votesmart.org)
  • "We need to create a system to given legal status to the immigrants already in our country and establish a tough but clear and humanitarian path to citizenship with a goal of keeping families together." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/880644/issue-position-immigration#.VahaC3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "The President's policy is both responsible and compassionate. Americans who believe that immigrants actually help strengthen our nation and believe that families should not be ripped apart should rally around our President and support his policy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/940214/rep-mcnerneys-statement-on-the-presidents-actions-to-address-our-broken-immigration-system#.VahaN3UVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • Signed a letter stating "As federal legislators who represent families across this nation, we believe that—like DOMA—state marriage bans deny our citizens the equal protection that the Constitution guarantees." http://www.democraticleader.gov/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/258055-Brief-Appx.pdf (www.democraticleader.gov)
  • "This country was founded on the principle that all people are treated equally under the law, and with this Supreme Court decision we take another step toward realizing that equality for the LGBT community." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/992442/rep-mcnerney-applauds-supreme-court-ruling-on-marriage-equality#.VahauXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/29474/jerry-mcnerney/76 (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We also must make certain our nation's intelligence services are able to conduct the surveillance work necessary to ferret out new threats before they are realized. That need must be balanced against the Constitutional rights and freedoms of American citizens whose private communications should be protected." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/350561/issue-position-homeland-security#.Vahb53UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Vigilantly guarding against future terrorist attacks is a critical priority, and I am committed to keeping our country safe. After much consideration, I have come to the determination that we can best achieve this goal by ending large-scale military operations in Afghanistan, which will allow us to more effectively concentrate our resources on protecting our national security and fighting terrorism." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/597811/mcnerney-statement-on-afghanistan-war-resolution#.VahbnXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I do not support the involvement of American ground troops beyond their training mission, or the excessive use of American air power." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/922098/blog-rep-mcnerneys-thoughts-on-isil-and-us-military-involvement/?search=syria#.VnBSBmwViko (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I will strongly oppose any plan to privatize Social Security or reduce benefits and will work to protect the program for today's seniors and the coming generations of beneficiaries." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/880641/issue-position-social-security-and-medicare#.VahcQHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "From working to protect social security to fighting for quality health care, affordable housing and low-cost prescription medications, I am committed to making sure that seniors have the financial and medical resources to enjoy their golden years." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/583885/issue-position-seniors#.VahcZHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 95% by the Alliance for Retired Americans http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/29474/jerry-mcnerney/53 (votesmart.org)

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Congressional Election 2006 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) regarding abortion.

a) Abortions should always be illegal.
Xb) Abortions should always be legal.
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.
f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
g) Other or expanded principles

I am willing to consider late term abortion limitations when the life of the mother is not in danger.

Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once.

Budget Priorities

Maintain Statusa) Agriculture
Maintain Statusb) Arts
Maintain Statusc) Defense
Greatly Increased) Education
Maintain Statuse) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Homeland security
Maintain Statusg) International aid
Maintain Statush) Law enforcement
Maintain Statusi) Medical research
Maintain Statusj) National parks
Maintain Statusk) Public health services
Maintain Statusl) Scientific research
Maintain Statusm) Space exploration programs
Greatly Increasen) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Maintain Statuso) Welfare
Slightly Increasep) Emergency preparedness
q) Other or expanded categories

Defense Spending

Maintain Statusa) Armed forces personnel training
Maintain Statusb) Intelligence operations
Maintain Statusc) Military hardware
Maintain Statusd) Modernization of weaponry and equipment
Maintain Statuse) National missile defense
Greatly Increasef) Pay for active duty personnel
Maintain Statusg) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Maintain Statush) Research and development of new weapons
Maintain Statusi) Troop and equipment readiness
j) Other or expanded categories

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

Taxes

Income Taxes:

Family Income

Greatly Decreasea) Less than $25,000
Greatly Decreaseb) $25,000-$75,000
Maintain Statusc) $75,000-$150,000
Maintain Statusd) Over $150,000
e) Other or expanded categories

Retiree Income

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

Other Taxes:

Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Maintain Statusf) Inheritance taxes
g) Other or expanded categories

oil companies need to start paying their share!

Deductions/Credits:

Maintain Statusa) Charitable contributions
Maintain Statusb) Child tax credit
Maintain Statusc) Earned income tax credit
Maintain Statusd) Medical expense deduction
Maintain Statuse) Mortgage deduction
Maintain Statusf) Student loan credit
g) Other or expanded categories
No4) Do you support the permanent repeal of the federal estate tax?
No5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?
6) Discuss your proposals for balancing the federal budget. (75 words or less. Please use an attached page if the space below is not adequate.)
7) Other or expanded principles

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

a) Support public taxpayer funding for federal 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.
d) Allow unregulated soft money campaign contributions to political parties or committees.
e) Remove all contribution limits on federal campaigns and parties.
f) Require Section 527 organizations to register with the Federal Election Commission as Political Action Committees.
g) Do you support instant run-off voting?
h) Should Election Day be a national holiday?
i) Do you support a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between a man and woman?
j) Other or expanded principles

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

a) Support the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
Xb) Eliminate the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
Xc) Support programs to provide prison inmates with educational, vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xd) Support programs to provide prison inmates with drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
e) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
f) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, and disability be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
g) Impose stricter penalties for those convicted of corporate crimes.
h) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
i) Other or expanded principles

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

Xa) Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
Xb) Expand federally sponsored drug education and drug treatment programs.
c) Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
d) Allow doctors to recommend marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
e) Increase border security to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the United States.
f) Eliminate federal funding for programs associated with the "war on drugs."
g) Support a federal law to standardize testing and penalties for steroid use in professional sports.
h) Other or expanded principles

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

a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students.
b) Allow parents to use vouchers, (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any public school.
c) Allow parents to use vouchers, (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any private or religious school.
d) Allow teachers and professionals to receive authorization and funding to establish charter schools.
Xe) Reward teachers with merit pay for working in low-income schools.
Xf) Increase funding for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings, infrastructure, technology).
Xg) Support affirmative action in public college admissions.
Xh) Increase funding of programs such as Pell grants and Stafford loans to help students pay for college.
Xi) Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college.
j) Other or expanded principles

1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.

Xa) 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) Provide tax credits or grants to businesses that offer child care services to employees.
Xd) Encourage employers to offer flex-time scheduling, comp-time, and unpaid leave for family emergencies.
e) Eliminate all federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
Xf) Increase the federal minimum wage.
Xg) Support the right of workers to strike without fear of being permanently replaced.
Xh) Include sexual orientation in federal anti-discrimination laws.
i) Other or expanded principles

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

a) The federal government should consider race and gender in government contracting decisions.
b) The federal government should discontinue affirmative action programs.
c) The federal government should continue affirmative action programs.
d) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.

Xa) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Water Act.
Xb) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act.
c) Support Clear Skies Act to reduce power plant emissions by setting a national cap on pollutants.
d) Require states to compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses of privately-owned land.
e) Relax logging restrictions on federal lands.
f) Relax standards on federal lands to allow increased recreational usage.
g) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil).
Xh) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
i) Support opening a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration.
Xj) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels to reduce pollution.
Xk) Support the use of ethanol as an alternative fuel.
Xl) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits.
Xm) Support the Kyoto Protocol to limit global warming.
n) Other or expanded principles

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

a) Reauthorize the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
Xb) Maintain and strengthen the current level of 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.
e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
f) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
g) Require a license for gun possession.
h) Other or expanded principles

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

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) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts.
d) Establish limits on the amount of punitive damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xe) Support expanding prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
Xf) Offer tax credits to individuals and small businesses to offset the cost of insurance coverage.
Xg) Support automatic enrollment of children in federal health care programs such as CHIP and Medicaid.
Xh) Support stem cell research on existing lines of stem cells.
Xi) Allow laboratories to create new lines of stem cells for additional research.
j) Other or expanded principles

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

a) Decrease the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country.
b) Establish English as the official national language.
c) Support a temporary worker program that would enable illegal immigrants to work in the United States legally.
d) Relax restrictions barring legal immigrants from using government funded social programs (e.g. public housing, food stamps).
e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States.
f) Other or expanded principles

International Aid

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding United States economic assistance.

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 United States.
c) Aid should be eliminated for any nation with documented human rights abuses.
d) International Aid programs should be scaled back and eventually eliminated.
e) Other or expanded principles

International Policy

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

Yesa) Should the United States continue to provide leadership in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process?
b) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
Yesc) Should the United States withdraw its troops from Iraq?
d) Should the United States send more troops to Iraq?
e) Discuss your proposals for an exit strategy in Iraq. (75 words or less. Please use an attached page if the space below is not adequate.)
f) Other or expanded principles

On Israel I support the 2 state solution.

2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Central and East Asia.

Yesa) Should the United States use diplomatic and economic pressure to encourage North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program?
b) Should the United States use military force to dismantle the North Korean nuclear weapons program?
c) Should the United States remove the North Korean government from power?
Yesd) Should the United States increase financial support to Afghanistan?
Yese) Should the United States increase military support to Afghanistan?
f) Other or expanded principles

3) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the United Nations.

Yesa) Should the United States maintain its financial support of the United Nations?
Nob) Should the United States decrease its financial support of the United Nations?
Yesc) Should the United States commit troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions?
d) Other or expanded principles
Yes4) Should the United States lift the travel ban to Cuba?
5) Should the United States increase its financial support to Colombia to combat "the war on drugs?"
Yes6) Should aid to African nations for AIDS prevention programs fund distribution of contraceptives?
Yes7) Should aid to African nations for AIDS prevention programs fund abstinence education?
8) Other or expanded principles

International Trade

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international trade.

No1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
No2) Do you support the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA)?
No3) Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
Yes4) Do you support continued U.S. membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
Yes5) Should a nation's human rights record affect its normal trade relations (most favored nation) status with the United States?
No6) Do you support the trade embargo against Cuba?
Yes7) Should trade agreements include provisions to address environmental concerns and to protect workers' rights?
8) Other or expanded principles

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

a) Do you support using military tribunals to try suspected terrorists when ordinary civilian courts are deemed inappropriate or impractical?
b) Should the United States grant law enforcement agencies greater discretion to read mail and email, tap phones, and conduct random searches to prevent future terrorist attacks?
Yesc) Should the United States hold foreign states accountable for terrorists who operate in their country?
Yesd) Should the federal government increase funding to states and cities for homeland security?
Yese) Do you support the prohibition of torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment of prisoners in U.S. custody?
Yesf) Do you support a policy of pre-emptive military strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to U.S. national security?
g) Other or expanded principles

Under congressional approval I would support part A.

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

a) 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 assets collectively in stocks and bonds instead of United States Treasury securities.
d) Increase the payroll tax to better finance Social Security in its current form.
e) Lower the annual cost-of-living increases.
f) Raise the retirement age for individual eligibility to receive full Social Security benefits.
g) Other of expanded principles

Raise the cap on SS taxable income.

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

a) Collect taxes on commercial Internet transactions.
b) Continue the moratorium on Internet taxation.
c) Implement government regulation of Internet content.
Xd) Support government mandates to curtail violent and sexual content on television.
Xe) Support strict penalties for Internet crimes (e.g. hacking, identity theft, worms/viruses).
Xf) Support legislation to detail how personal information can be collected and used on the Internet.
g) Regulating the Internet is not a responsibility of the federal government.
h) Other or expanded principles

I support legislation for internet neutrality

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

Xa) Require welfare recipients to spend at least 40 hours a week in a combination of work and training programs.
Xb) Increase funding for child care programs.
Xc) Continue to give states and local governments flexibility in and responsibility for welfare programs through federal block grants.
d) Direct federal poverty aid through religious, community-based, or other non-profit organizations.
e) Abolish all federal welfare programs.
Xf) Support housing assistance for welfare recipients.
g) Other or expanded principles
On an attached page, disk, or via email, please explain in a total of 75 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

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