Representative Gerald '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 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Jerry McNerney is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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*Note: This percentage is calculated based on the number of issue areas addressed by the candidate on the Political Courage Test at the conclusion of the testing period. It does not indicate support or lack of support by Project Vote Smart.

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

  • "I support a woman's right to choose, and I will vote to protect it. Let's face it, no one likes abortions. The best thing we can do is provide meaningful education and prevention, and to ensure that working families make living wages and have access to affordable health care and affordable child care so that women and young families do not have to choose between poverty and abortion." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Jerry McNerney supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Jerry McNerney supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Jerry McNerney supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Jerry McNerney in the 2012 general election. (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 Jerry McNerney a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Jerry McNerney supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Jerry McNerney voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Jerry McNerney voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Jerry McNerney in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Jerry McNerney voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion. Other or expanded principles: "I am willing to consider late term abortion limitations when the life of the mother is not in danger."
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Jerry McNerney. Letter to Democratic Members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. 13 September 2011. "By failing to permit the District of Columbia to spend local government funds on abortion, we are sending the message that low-income women should not have access to the same medical services that middle- and upper-income women can access. Ultimately, this prohibition may threaten the health of medically vulnerable women and deny patients the right to access constitutionally protected medical services. We must strive to expand health care services for Americans throughout the nation -- not place barriers in the road of a woman seeking medical care simply because of the state, city, or district that she lives in. The District does not have a vote in the House or Senate. But other Democrats do. We urge you to stand strong and to protect the democratic self-government of the District of Columbia." (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. Reproductive Freedom. 1 January 2011. 'I support a woman's right to choose, and I will vote to protect it. Let's face it, no one likes abortions. The best thing we can do is provide meaningful education and prevention, and to ensure that working families make living wages and have access to affordable health care and affordable child care so that women and young families do not have to choose between poverty and abortion." (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. Twitter: jerrymcnerney. 4 May 2011. "I voted against legislation offered today by House Republicans that attacks women's rights, including the right to choose." (twitter.com)
  • "I support a woman's right to choose, and I will vote to protect it. Let's face it, no one likes abortions. The best thing we can do is provide meaningful education and prevention, and to ensure that working families make living wages and have access to affordable health care and affordable child care so that women and young families do not have to choose between poverty and abortion." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Jerry McNerney supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Jerry McNerney supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Jerry McNerney supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Jerry McNerney in the 2012 general election. (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 Jerry McNerney a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Jerry McNerney supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Jerry McNerney voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Jerry McNerney voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Jerry McNerney in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Jerry McNerney voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion. Other or expanded principles: "I am willing to consider late term abortion limitations when the life of the mother is not in danger."
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Jerry McNerney. Letter to Democratic Members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. 13 September 2011. "By failing to permit the District of Columbia to spend local government funds on abortion, we are sending the message that low-income women should not have access to the same medical services that middle- and upper-income women can access. Ultimately, this prohibition may threaten the health of medically vulnerable women and deny patients the right to access constitutionally protected medical services. We must strive to expand health care services for Americans throughout the nation -- not place barriers in the road of a woman seeking medical care simply because of the state, city, or district that she lives in. The District does not have a vote in the House or Senate. But other Democrats do. We urge you to stand strong and to protect the democratic self-government of the District of Columbia." (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. Reproductive Freedom. 1 January 2011. 'I support a woman's right to choose, and I will vote to protect it. Let's face it, no one likes abortions. The best thing we can do is provide meaningful education and prevention, and to ensure that working families make living wages and have access to affordable health care and affordable child care so that women and young families do not have to choose between poverty and abortion." (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. Twitter: jerrymcnerney. 4 May 2011. "I voted against legislation offered today by House Republicans that attacks women's rights, including the right to choose." (twitter.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jerry McNerney: Twitter: jerrymcnerney. 1 February 2012. "We need to make sure the wealthiest Americans contribute their fair share." (twitter.com)
  • Jerry McNerney. McNerney Proposes Tax Cuts For Family Farms And Small Businesses. 4 November 2009. "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." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Jerry McNerney supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 11 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Jerry McNerney supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 0 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key above, indicate what federal tax levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. c) $75,000-$150,000"
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Using the key above, indicate what federal tax levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Over $150,000"
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?"
  • Jerry McNerney. Issue Position: The Economy. 20 July 2012. "The greatest source of this shift comes from recent changes in our tax codes. A series of income tax cuts benefiting the wealthiest 2%, corporate tax cuts, reduction of taxes on capital gains and dividend incomes have shifted the federal tax burden to the working and middle class. In 1944, payroll taxes provided 7.9% of Federal tax revenues, while corporate taxes provided 33.9%. In 2003, payroll taxes contributed 40% and corporate taxes 7.4%. Until the 1970's, wage earners paid a small portion their earnings in income and payroll taxes. Today, 30.3% of the income of the average wage earner is withheld for Federal taxes. This is a higher percentage than people making over $400,000 pay. They pay just 21% in income and payroll taxes. That's not fair, and it's not smart. The prosperity of the average American, the consumer is a pillar of our economy. If the incomes of working people decline, markets will shrink. Everyone will suffer." (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. The Economy. 1 January 2011. "The ballooning federal debt is largely the result of fiscal irresponsibility. The government spends much more than it takes in. 2004 saw a deficit of $413 billion dollars, the highest ever. The Bush administration has cut taxes by almost $2 trillion - tax cuts that primarily went to benefit America's wealthiest families and largest corporations - at a time when the nation is carrying on two wars and trying to provide for homeland security." (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney: Twitter: jerrymcnerney. 1 February 2012. "We need to make sure the wealthiest Americans contribute their fair share." (twitter.com)
  • Jerry McNerney. McNerney Proposes Tax Cuts For Family Farms And Small Businesses. 4 November 2009. "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." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Jerry McNerney supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 11 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Jerry McNerney supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 0 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key above, indicate what federal tax levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. c) $75,000-$150,000"
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Using the key above, indicate what federal tax levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Over $150,000"
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?"
  • Jerry McNerney. Issue Position: The Economy. 20 July 2012. "The greatest source of this shift comes from recent changes in our tax codes. A series of income tax cuts benefiting the wealthiest 2%, corporate tax cuts, reduction of taxes on capital gains and dividend incomes have shifted the federal tax burden to the working and middle class. In 1944, payroll taxes provided 7.9% of Federal tax revenues, while corporate taxes provided 33.9%. In 2003, payroll taxes contributed 40% and corporate taxes 7.4%. Until the 1970's, wage earners paid a small portion their earnings in income and payroll taxes. Today, 30.3% of the income of the average wage earner is withheld for Federal taxes. This is a higher percentage than people making over $400,000 pay. They pay just 21% in income and payroll taxes. That's not fair, and it's not smart. The prosperity of the average American, the consumer is a pillar of our economy. If the incomes of working people decline, markets will shrink. Everyone will suffer." (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. The Economy. 1 January 2011. "The ballooning federal debt is largely the result of fiscal irresponsibility. The government spends much more than it takes in. 2004 saw a deficit of $413 billion dollars, the highest ever. The Bush administration has cut taxes by almost $2 trillion - tax cuts that primarily went to benefit America's wealthiest families and largest corporations - at a time when the nation is carrying on two wars and trying to provide for homeland security." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jerry McNerney: Twitter: jerrymcnerney. 1 February 2012. "I am committed to creating #jobs and building our #economy. Investing in our #infrastructure will do that." (twitter.com)
  • 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 Jerry McNerney a rating of 9 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Jerry McNerney voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Jerry McNerney voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Jerry McNerney supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 15 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Allen Payton. Antioch Herald: McNerney Takes Heat at Town Hall Meeting. July 2012. "I supported the Stimulus. It put $200 billion into infrastructure. It also gave a $250 billion in tax refund “ people didn't notice it." "The House is proposing $200 billion for the next five years. That's way underfunded," he added. "I'm going to advocate for more."
  • Jerry McNerney. Issue Position: The Economy. 20 July 2012. "One of my first priorities will be to get the government to shift tax incentives away from the old fossil fuel-based economy and invest in science, education, and infrastructure to help bring these changes about. While we must invest in capital goods, we must also invest in our people. Besides higher paying jobs, we need to address our out-of-control health care costs, our struggling public education system, and our troubled retirement system. America has always prospered best when it spread the benefits widely. That's how a nation creates common purpose. That is what America needs now." (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. Letter to Speaker Boehner and Leader Pelosi. 10 May 2012. "'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 - jobs that people will be able to support their families on. We need to pass a comprehensive transportation bill and put people back to work. It's long past time to put partisanship aside and put people back to work,' said Rep. Jerry McNerney (CA-11) [¦] Our top priority, and the top priority of the American public, is job creation. It is therefore incomprehensible to us that the House leadership has not even brought up a long-term transportation bill up for a vote, when this indecision has unnecessarily put so many Americans out work; 17,000 people last month alone. With Federal funding for transportation projects set to run out on June 30, 2012, we urge that the House either immediately consider the long term transportation bill that was overwhelmingly agreed to in the Senate, or instruct House Conferees to cede to the Senate language in its entirety so that a transportation jobs bill can be signed into law as soon as possible." (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. McNerney Statement on House Republicans' Spending Bill. 22 February 2011. "The Republican spending bill also makes huge cuts to education and infrastructure initiatives -- two pillars of our nation's economic growth. This bill will kick hundreds of thousands of children out of Head Start programs, cost thousands of teachers their jobs, and make it more difficult for middle class families to send their kids to college. It also eliminates support for critical transportation projects and will make it tougher to crack down on big corporations that pollute our air and water." (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. McNerney Supports the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. 28 January 2009. "'Today, the House took a necessary step to help stimulate our economy by voting in support of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act,' Rep. McNerney said. 'This bill will help us create critically needed new jobs by investing in shovel-ready infrastructure, transportation and energy projects that are ready to go, putting people to work immediately, while providing substantial funding to our education system, improving health care delivery and providing a tax cut to 95 percent of the hard working families in this country' [¦] 'Taking action on this economic recovery package will create American jobs now, and will lay a foundation for long-term growth,' Rep. McNerney said. 'I know it will take time to turn this economy around, but I am confident that this package will make our economy stronger,' Rep. McNerney said." (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney: Twitter: jerrymcnerney. 1 February 2012. "I am committed to creating #jobs and building our #economy. Investing in our #infrastructure will do that." (twitter.com)
  • 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 Jerry McNerney a rating of 9 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Jerry McNerney voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Jerry McNerney voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Jerry McNerney supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 15 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Allen Payton. Antioch Herald: McNerney Takes Heat at Town Hall Meeting. July 2012. "I supported the Stimulus. It put $200 billion into infrastructure. It also gave a $250 billion in tax refund “ people didn't notice it." "The House is proposing $200 billion for the next five years. That's way underfunded," he added. "I'm going to advocate for more."
  • Jerry McNerney. Issue Position: The Economy. 20 July 2012. "One of my first priorities will be to get the government to shift tax incentives away from the old fossil fuel-based economy and invest in science, education, and infrastructure to help bring these changes about. While we must invest in capital goods, we must also invest in our people. Besides higher paying jobs, we need to address our out-of-control health care costs, our struggling public education system, and our troubled retirement system. America has always prospered best when it spread the benefits widely. That's how a nation creates common purpose. That is what America needs now." (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. Letter to Speaker Boehner and Leader Pelosi. 10 May 2012. "'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 - jobs that people will be able to support their families on. We need to pass a comprehensive transportation bill and put people back to work. It's long past time to put partisanship aside and put people back to work,' said Rep. Jerry McNerney (CA-11) [¦] Our top priority, and the top priority of the American public, is job creation. It is therefore incomprehensible to us that the House leadership has not even brought up a long-term transportation bill up for a vote, when this indecision has unnecessarily put so many Americans out work; 17,000 people last month alone. With Federal funding for transportation projects set to run out on June 30, 2012, we urge that the House either immediately consider the long term transportation bill that was overwhelmingly agreed to in the Senate, or instruct House Conferees to cede to the Senate language in its entirety so that a transportation jobs bill can be signed into law as soon as possible." (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. McNerney Statement on House Republicans' Spending Bill. 22 February 2011. "The Republican spending bill also makes huge cuts to education and infrastructure initiatives -- two pillars of our nation's economic growth. This bill will kick hundreds of thousands of children out of Head Start programs, cost thousands of teachers their jobs, and make it more difficult for middle class families to send their kids to college. It also eliminates support for critical transportation projects and will make it tougher to crack down on big corporations that pollute our air and water." (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. McNerney Supports the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. 28 January 2009. "'Today, the House took a necessary step to help stimulate our economy by voting in support of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act,' Rep. McNerney said. 'This bill will help us create critically needed new jobs by investing in shovel-ready infrastructure, transportation and energy projects that are ready to go, putting people to work immediately, while providing substantial funding to our education system, improving health care delivery and providing a tax cut to 95 percent of the hard working families in this country' [¦] 'Taking action on this economic recovery package will create American jobs now, and will lay a foundation for long-term growth,' Rep. McNerney said. 'I know it will take time to turn this economy around, but I am confident that this package will make our economy stronger,' Rep. McNerney said." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jerry McNerney. McNerney Announces $1 Million Grant for San Joaquin County Office of Education. 7 July 2009. "Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-11) announced today that the San Joaquin County Office of Education will receive a $1 million grant from the Department of Education. The funds are being made available from the Department of Education for programs that improve teachers' knowledge of and curriculum on the history of the United States. 'It is great news that San Joaquin County will be receiving a $1 million grant from the Department of Education,' said Rep. McNerney. 'Because of these funds, teachers from our area will be able to participate in informative training programs and develop improved curriculum on the history of the United States.'" (mcnerney.house.gov)
  • Jerry McNerney. Twitter: jerrymcnerney. 21 April 2011. "Our 3 kids went to #Pleasanton schools. I'm supporting Measure E. Let's make sure our schools stay among the best & keep teachers on the job." (twitter.com)
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "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. [?] d) Education"
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Education"
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Providing education is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Jerry McNerney. Issue Position: Education. 14 November 2011. "Times are tough, and school districts are facing unprecedented challenges. I travel home to California every weekend, and I frequently visit local schools to meet with students, teachers, and parents. I hear from many people who are worried about teacher layoffs, budget cuts, and the future of education in our state. Teachers are the foundation of a good education, and I've helped pass bills to prevent layoffs and provide teachers and school districts with the resources they need. We must make a national commitment to education by strengthening our schools; making sure our teachers are qualified, rewarded and supported; reducing class size; modernizing our classrooms; and providing vocational and technical educational opportunities. 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. " (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. McNerney Announces $1 Million Grant for San Joaquin County Office of Education. 7 July 2009. "Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-11) announced today that the San Joaquin County Office of Education will receive a $1 million grant from the Department of Education. The funds are being made available from the Department of Education for programs that improve teachers' knowledge of and curriculum on the history of the United States. 'It is great news that San Joaquin County will be receiving a $1 million grant from the Department of Education,' said Rep. McNerney. 'Because of these funds, teachers from our area will be able to participate in informative training programs and develop improved curriculum on the history of the United States.'" (mcnerney.house.gov)
  • Jerry McNerney. Twitter: jerrymcnerney. 21 April 2011. "Our 3 kids went to #Pleasanton schools. I'm supporting Measure E. Let's make sure our schools stay among the best & keep teachers on the job." (twitter.com)
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "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. [?] d) Education"
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Education"
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Providing education is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Jerry McNerney. Issue Position: Education. 14 November 2011. "Times are tough, and school districts are facing unprecedented challenges. I travel home to California every weekend, and I frequently visit local schools to meet with students, teachers, and parents. I hear from many people who are worried about teacher layoffs, budget cuts, and the future of education in our state. Teachers are the foundation of a good education, and I've helped pass bills to prevent layoffs and provide teachers and school districts with the resources they need. We must make a national commitment to education by strengthening our schools; making sure our teachers are qualified, rewarded and supported; reducing class size; modernizing our classrooms; and providing vocational and technical educational opportunities. 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. " (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The good news is that if we do take action now, the cost is affordable and the benefits are significant. 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. On the other hand, if we wait until a global or regional climate catastrophe forces desperate action, the consequences will be expensive and possibly deadly." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jerry McNerney. Mcnerney Pushes for Green, Sustainable Future with Vote on Energy Bill. 18 December 2007. "'This energy bill represents a significant step forward in reducing our nation's dependence on foreign oil, reducing global warming, and lowering energy costs,' Rep. McNerney said. 'Particularly at a time of rising gas prices, raising the fuel efficiency standards is a common sense step that will mean American vehicles can travel further while using less gas. The technology is there, we just have to put it into practice.' The signature feature of the initiative approved by the House today raises vehicle fuel efficiency standards for the first time in 32 years, requiring 35 miles per gallon by 2020. In addition, the bill strengthens national security by reducing dependence on foreign oil, supports cutting edge-research and the development of new technologies that will bring down energy costs and help create new jobs. 'This compromise legislation unfortunately does not include a national renewable electricity standard which, as former wind energy engineer, I know would kickstart the renewable energy industry - leading to massive job creation and allowing the U.S. to reduce the burning of fossil fuels that contribute to climate change and air pollution,' Rep. McNerney continued. 'I will continue to fight for a renewable energy standard as well as production tax credits and other incentives to encourage renewable energy job growth, use and production.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. McNerney Introduces Major Renewable Energy Initiatives. 29 March 2009. "This bill is part of the foundation of a more sustainable energy plan for our nation. Smart grid technologies will both save consumers money and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions." (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. McNerney Fights Against Reckless Pro-Pollution Efforts. 7 April 2011. "Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-11) offered two amendments on the floor of the House of Representatives in the last two days aimed at combating initiatives to lower air quality and harm the environment. Language authored by Rep. McNerney would amend H.R. 910, legislation offered by House Republicans that prohibits the EPA from taking action to control greenhouse gas emissions. "I'm deeply concerned by this "Dirty Air Act' because of the negative effect it will have on American families," said Rep. McNerney. "Every credible expert agrees that climate change is happening, and that it has harmful consequences. Stopping efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is dangerous and hurts our economic position at home and abroad." (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. McNerney Fights Against Reckless Pro-Pollution Efforts. 7 April 2011. "'Every credible expert agrees that climate change is happening, and that it has harmful consequences. Stopping efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is dangerous and hurts our economic position at home and abroad.' The first of Congressman McNerney's amendments, which passed with bipartisan support, ensures that voluntary programs that control climate change are exempt from the bill's prohibitions. An example of such an initiative is the SmartWay program, which allows for collaboration between the federal government and transportation sector companies that want to do their part to reduce pollution. 'My amendment is a pro-environment, pro-consumer, and pro-business proposal to make sure that our country can continue to administer voluntary programs to reduce pollution, improve public health, and address climate change,' said Rep. McNerney. 'It will ensure that companies that want to do the right thing and help reduce pollution can continue to do so.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. Home Star Energy Retrofit Act Of 2010. 6 May 2010. "I rise today as a proud cosponsor of H.R. 5019, the Home Star Energy Retrofit Act of 2010. And I want to offer a warm congratulations for my good friend and colleague, PETER WELCH, who has shown a tremendous amount of leadership on this issue. Basically, what H.R. 5019 does is provide incentives for consumers to invest in energy efficiency upgrades to their homes. This is going to create many, many jobs, it's going to create new businesses, it's going to save greenhouse gas emissions, it's going to help homeowners on their energy bills. I am pleased that an amendment that I offered in the committee to H.R. 5019 was accepted. Basically, what that does is it allows the business community to have confidence that they will get their reimbursement within 30 days, that the DOE will handle that reimbursement within 10 days. So I urge my colleagues to support the Home Star bill." (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Support the U.S. re-entering the Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "In c) above this should not burden states. k) Some pollution credits can be traded if they pertain to global pollution such as CO2, but not to local pollution such as Mercury"
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "In c) above this should not burden states. k) Some pollution credits can be traded if they pertain to global pollution such as CO2, but not to local pollution such as Mercury"
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "m) Support the Kyoto Protocol to limit global warming."
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Support Clear Skies Act to reduce power plant emissions by setting a national cap on pollutants."
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Jerry McNerney in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Jerry McNerney in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. League of Conservation Voters endorsed Jerry McNerney in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Jerry McNerney voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Jerry McNerney supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Jerry McNerney voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Jerry McNerney supported the interests of Environment America 87 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. Mcnerney Pushes for Green, Sustainable Future with Vote on Energy Bill. 18 December 2007. "'This energy bill represents a significant step forward in reducing our nation's dependence on foreign oil, reducing global warming, and lowering energy costs,' Rep. McNerney said. 'Particularly at a time of rising gas prices, raising the fuel efficiency standards is a common sense step that will mean American vehicles can travel further while using less gas. The technology is there, we just have to put it into practice.' The signature feature of the initiative approved by the House today raises vehicle fuel efficiency standards for the first time in 32 years, requiring 35 miles per gallon by 2020. In addition, the bill strengthens national security by reducing dependence on foreign oil, supports cutting edge-research and the development of new technologies that will bring down energy costs and help create new jobs. 'This compromise legislation unfortunately does not include a national renewable electricity standard which, as former wind energy engineer, I know would kickstart the renewable energy industry - leading to massive job creation and allowing the U.S. to reduce the burning of fossil fuels that contribute to climate change and air pollution,' Rep. McNerney continued. 'I will continue to fight for a renewable energy standard as well as production tax credits and other incentives to encourage renewable energy job growth, use and production.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. McNerney Pushes For Green Job Training, Smart Energy Initiatives. 16 June 2011. "Making our electrical grid more efficient is a critical step towards a more sustainable energy plan for our nation. Increasing the use of smart grid technologies will help reduce use when demand for power is at its highest. That, in turn, will help save consumers money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. That's a win-win situation." (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. McNerney Introduces Major Renewable Energy Initiatives. 29 March 2009. "This bill is part of the foundation of a more sustainable energy plan for our nation. Smart grid technologies will both save consumers money and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions." (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. McNerney Fights Against Reckless Pro-Pollution Efforts. 7 April 2011. "Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-11) offered two amendments on the floor of the House of Representatives in the last two days aimed at combating initiatives to lower air quality and harm the environment. Language authored by Rep. McNerney would amend H.R. 910, legislation offered by House Republicans that prohibits the EPA from taking action to control greenhouse gas emissions. "I'm deeply concerned by this "Dirty Air Act' because of the negative effect it will have on American families," said Rep. McNerney. "Every credible expert agrees that climate change is happening, and that it has harmful consequences. Stopping efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is dangerous and hurts our economic position at home and abroad." (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. McNerney Fights Against Reckless Pro-Pollution Efforts. 7 April 2011. "'Every credible expert agrees that climate change is happening, and that it has harmful consequences. Stopping efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is dangerous and hurts our economic position at home and abroad.' The first of Congressman McNerney's amendments, which passed with bipartisan support, ensures that voluntary programs that control climate change are exempt from the bill's prohibitions. An example of such an initiative is the SmartWay program, which allows for collaboration between the federal government and transportation sector companies that want to do their part to reduce pollution. 'My amendment is a pro-environment, pro-consumer, and pro-business proposal to make sure that our country can continue to administer voluntary programs to reduce pollution, improve public health, and address climate change,' said Rep. McNerney. 'It will ensure that companies that want to do the right thing and help reduce pollution can continue to do so.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. Home Star Energy Retrofit Act Of 2010. 6 May 2010. "I rise today as a proud cosponsor of H.R. 5019, the Home Star Energy Retrofit Act of 2010. And I want to offer a warm congratulations for my good friend and colleague, PETER WELCH, who has shown a tremendous amount of leadership on this issue. Basically, what H.R. 5019 does is provide incentives for consumers to invest in energy efficiency upgrades to their homes. This is going to create many, many jobs, it's going to create new businesses, it's going to save greenhouse gas emissions, it's going to help homeowners on their energy bills. I am pleased that an amendment that I offered in the committee to H.R. 5019 was accepted. Basically, what that does is it allows the business community to have confidence that they will get their reimbursement within 30 days, that the DOE will handle that reimbursement within 10 days. So I urge my colleagues to support the Home Star bill." (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Support the U.S. re-entering the Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "In c) above this should not burden states. k) Some pollution credits can be traded if they pertain to global pollution such as CO2, but not to local pollution such as Mercury"
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "In c) above this should not burden states. k) Some pollution credits can be traded if they pertain to global pollution such as CO2, but not to local pollution such as Mercury"
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "m) Support the Kyoto Protocol to limit global warming."
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Support Clear Skies Act to reduce power plant emissions by setting a national cap on pollutants."
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Jerry McNerney in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Jerry McNerney in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. League of Conservation Voters endorsed Jerry McNerney in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Jerry McNerney voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Jerry McNerney supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Jerry McNerney voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Jerry McNerney supported the interests of Environment America 87 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. McNerney Pushes For Green Job Training, Smart Energy Initiatives. 16 June 2011. "Making our electrical grid more efficient is a critical step towards a more sustainable energy plan for our nation. Increasing the use of smart grid technologies will help reduce use when demand for power is at its highest. That, in turn, will help save consumers money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. That's a win-win situation." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jerry McNerney was rated 0% by Gun Owners of America (Positions)
  • Ross Farrow. Jerry McNerney proud of his ˜moderate' record. 9 October 2010. "I've stood up to House leadership on issues like taxes, controlling the debt and gun ownership, and I'll continue to fight for what's best for our area." (www.lodinews.com)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Jerry McNerney a grade of 18." (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Jerry McNerney voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Reauthorize the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Renew the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Jerry McNerney was rated 0% by Gun Owners of America (Positions)
  • Ross Farrow. Jerry McNerney proud of his ˜moderate' record. 9 October 2010. "I've stood up to House leadership on issues like taxes, controlling the debt and gun ownership, and I'll continue to fight for what's best for our area." (www.lodinews.com)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Jerry McNerney a grade of 18." (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Jerry McNerney voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Reauthorize the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Renew the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require a license for gun possession."

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California 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."
  • Jerry McNerney. McNerney Statement on the Supreme Court Ruling on the Affordable Care Act. 28 June 2012. "The health care reform we passed is far from perfect and needs to be improved upon, but it is a big step in the right direction. Folks who are uninsured will now have some peace of mind, knowing that they will have health care. In our area, where unemployment has been much higher than the rest of the country, and where people need access to affordable health care, this is a vital element to our economic recovery." (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. McNerney: "Reform Will Make Health Care More Affordable For Americans". 7 November 2009. "Over the past months, thousands of people have offered me their thoughts and ideas on health care reform. I've held public forums with hundreds of attendees and met with many families, small business owners, seniors, veterans, patients, doctors and nurses in our community. The people who I've met or who have called, written, or emailed me have offered a wide variety of ideas to consider as I read the legislation. I deeply appreciate all of their input, from the personal stories to the tough questions. I've heard again and again from people in our community who are having trouble making ends meet because of the cost of health care. As a former self-employed small business owner, I've personally experienced the effect of rising health care costs and the burden these costs place on our families and small businesses. For decades, people all across our country have struggled to pay for health care. Today, we took an important step towards making health care more affordable for American families and putting our nation back on the path to long-term economic prosperity. Reforming health care is a fiscally responsible course of action that will build on the best of the American system by making sure people can keep their current insurance if they like it and choose what doctors they want see. Our action today will reduce the growth of health care costs by creating a transparent and competitive health insurance market and cracking down on waste, fraud and abuse. It will improve benefits and quality of care for seniors, help small businesses to stay open and operating, and stop insurance companies from denying coverage for pre-existing conditions or kicking sick people off their plans. And, because of a bi-partisan amendment I authored, we will provide immediate economic relief by making it easier for children to access health care if one of their parents loses coverage." (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. Twitter: jerrymcnerney. 23 March 2011. "#Healthcare reform became law one year ago today. Now children can't be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition..." (twitter.com)
  • Jerry McNerney. Twitter: jerrymcnerney. 23 March 2011. "Sign my #healthcare petition to stand strong against repealing reform." (twitter.com)
  • Jerry McNerney. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Jerry McNerney voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Jerry McNerney supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California 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."
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Jerry McNerney. Health Care Reform. 22 April 2010. "Madam Speaker, I rise today to express my proud support for the passage of historic health reform legislation earlier this year. I am glad the Congress, after working for more than nine months, was able to pass comprehensive health care reform that will reduce the growth in health care costs, cut the deficit, and provide affordable health insurance for an additional 32 million Americans. The package passed by Congress, which includes H.R. 3590 and H.R. 4872 as enacted, will reduce the deficit by $143 billion over ten years and by more than $1 trillion over the second decade. Enacting responsible health care reform will provide health care security for individuals, families, and small businesses across the country. This legislation will ensure that individuals can no longer be denied coverage due to a pre-existing condition or kicked off their insurance when they get sick. Health care reform also places caps on annual and lifetime out-of-pocket costs so that individuals and families will no longer go bankrupt due to an illness. Despite the benefits and enhanced Medicare protections that I am confident health reform will bring, I wish to stress the importance of vigorous oversight of the newly created Independent Medicare Advisory Board, IMAB. H.R. 3590 establishes such a board, whose goal is to reduce the per capita rate of growth in Medicare spending. I strongly support the need to control costs, but I believe elected officials who answer to the people should make the key decisions affecting health programs. Medicare beneficiaries expect Congress to take responsibility for shaping Medicare, allowing Americans a voice through their elected representatives in determining the benefits they receive on a daily basis. H.R. 3950 wisely prevents IMAB from recommending measures that would ration health care, increase Medicare beneficiary cost-sharing, or otherwise restrict benefits. However, we must remain vigilant in our oversight of IMAB to ensure that the board serves our constituents' best interests." (votesmart.org)
  • Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Stockton) released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act:"When I am with people, working in our region, I hear how having access to affordable health care is imperative to our families. I have been unemployed and understand what it's like to worry about providing for your family and had to struggle to find health coverage."The health care reform we passed is far from perfect and needs to be improved upon, but it is a big step in the right direction. Folks who are uninsured will now have some peace of mind, knowing that they will have health care. In our area, where unemployment has been much higher than the rest of the country, and where people need access to affordable health care, this is a vital element to our economic recovery." (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. McNerney Statement on the Supreme Court Ruling on the Affordable Care Act. 28 June 2012. "The health care reform we passed is far from perfect and needs to be improved upon, but it is a big step in the right direction. Folks who are uninsured will now have some peace of mind, knowing that they will have health care. In our area, where unemployment has been much higher than the rest of the country, and where people need access to affordable health care, this is a vital element to our economic recovery." (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. McNerney: "Reform Will Make Health Care More Affordable For Americans". 7 November 2009. "Over the past months, thousands of people have offered me their thoughts and ideas on health care reform. I've held public forums with hundreds of attendees and met with many families, small business owners, seniors, veterans, patients, doctors and nurses in our community. The people who I've met or who have called, written, or emailed me have offered a wide variety of ideas to consider as I read the legislation. I deeply appreciate all of their input, from the personal stories to the tough questions. I've heard again and again from people in our community who are having trouble making ends meet because of the cost of health care. As a former self-employed small business owner, I've personally experienced the effect of rising health care costs and the burden these costs place on our families and small businesses. For decades, people all across our country have struggled to pay for health care. Today, we took an important step towards making health care more affordable for American families and putting our nation back on the path to long-term economic prosperity. Reforming health care is a fiscally responsible course of action that will build on the best of the American system by making sure people can keep their current insurance if they like it and choose what doctors they want see. Our action today will reduce the growth of health care costs by creating a transparent and competitive health insurance market and cracking down on waste, fraud and abuse. It will improve benefits and quality of care for seniors, help small businesses to stay open and operating, and stop insurance companies from denying coverage for pre-existing conditions or kicking sick people off their plans. And, because of a bi-partisan amendment I authored, we will provide immediate economic relief by making it easier for children to access health care if one of their parents loses coverage." (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. Twitter: jerrymcnerney. 23 March 2011. "#Healthcare reform became law one year ago today. Now children can't be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition..." (twitter.com)
  • Jerry McNerney. Twitter: jerrymcnerney. 23 March 2011. "Sign my #healthcare petition to stand strong against repealing reform." (twitter.com)
  • Jerry McNerney. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Jerry McNerney voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Jerry McNerney supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California 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."
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California 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."
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Jerry McNerney. Health Care Reform. 22 April 2010. "Madam Speaker, I rise today to express my proud support for the passage of historic health reform legislation earlier this year. I am glad the Congress, after working for more than nine months, was able to pass comprehensive health care reform that will reduce the growth in health care costs, cut the deficit, and provide affordable health insurance for an additional 32 million Americans. The package passed by Congress, which includes H.R. 3590 and H.R. 4872 as enacted, will reduce the deficit by $143 billion over ten years and by more than $1 trillion over the second decade. Enacting responsible health care reform will provide health care security for individuals, families, and small businesses across the country. This legislation will ensure that individuals can no longer be denied coverage due to a pre-existing condition or kicked off their insurance when they get sick. Health care reform also places caps on annual and lifetime out-of-pocket costs so that individuals and families will no longer go bankrupt due to an illness. Despite the benefits and enhanced Medicare protections that I am confident health reform will bring, I wish to stress the importance of vigorous oversight of the newly created Independent Medicare Advisory Board, IMAB. H.R. 3590 establishes such a board, whose goal is to reduce the per capita rate of growth in Medicare spending. I strongly support the need to control costs, but I believe elected officials who answer to the people should make the key decisions affecting health programs. Medicare beneficiaries expect Congress to take responsibility for shaping Medicare, allowing Americans a voice through their elected representatives in determining the benefits they receive on a daily basis. H.R. 3950 wisely prevents IMAB from recommending measures that would ration health care, increase Medicare beneficiary cost-sharing, or otherwise restrict benefits. However, we must remain vigilant in our oversight of IMAB to ensure that the board serves our constituents' best interests." (votesmart.org)
  • Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Stockton) released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act:"When I am with people, working in our region, I hear how having access to affordable health care is imperative to our families. I have been unemployed and understand what it's like to worry about providing for your family and had to struggle to find health coverage."The health care reform we passed is far from perfect and needs to be improved upon, but it is a big step in the right direction. Folks who are uninsured will now have some peace of mind, knowing that they will have health care. In our area, where unemployment has been much higher than the rest of the country, and where people need access to affordable health care, this is a vital element to our economic recovery." (votesmart.org)

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  • Jerry McNerney. McNerney Supports the DREAM Act's Common Sense Reform. 10 December 2010. "Congressman Jerry McNerney supported common sense reform this week to allow students who have grown up in the United States the opportunity to earn lawful status, serve in our Armed Forces and pursue higher education. The DREAM Act, passed by the U.S. House of Representatives with bipartisan support on Wednesday, is targeted legislation with a series of highly rigorous requirements for applicants [¦] 'The DREAM Act will benefit our country by allowing educated young people the opportunity to contribute to our economy and our national defense," said Rep. McNerney. 'This legislation is a common sense step and includes rigorous requirements for all applicants.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Jerry McNerney supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 33 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Jerry McNerney voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Jerry McNerney supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 50 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States."
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Jerry McNerney. Immigration. 1 January 2011. "The problem with our immigration policy is that the Federal government doesn't have one. For too long our government has failed to secure our borders, allowing easy access for illegal immigration, and having little to no enforcement at the workplace. No wonder people are frustrated and demanding action. The problem with our immigration policy is that the Federal government doesn't have one. For too long our government has failed to secure our borders, allowing easy access for illegal immigration, and having little to no enforcement at the workplace. No wonder people are frustrated and demanding action. I support a comprehensive solution to our immigration policy that fixes our country's broken immigration system. That means securing our borders and making America safer while at the same time promoting an earned path to citizenship for hard working immigrants." (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. Issue Position: Immigration. 11 November 2011. "Our nation is made stronger both economically and culturally because of legal immigration. But it's clear today that our immigration system is broken. To reform it, we need a comprehensive, common sense approach that addresses the full range of issues under consideration, beginning with securing our nation's borders. Earlier this year, to better understand the border crisis, I went to San Diego to tour border control operations along the 60-mile San Diego Sector of the U.S.-Mexico border. Our Border Patrol agents are talented, dedicated professionals caught in a challenging and complex environment. But despite their professionalism, they are short-staffed and need more resources. That is why I support increased funding for our border patrol and investment in surveillance and enforcement technology. We need an immigration policy that is tough, fair, and practical. Rather than playing politics with the issue, we need reform that provides greater enforcement and actually seeks to solve the problem. As part of this, we must strengthen penalties for employers and contractors who knowingly hire illegal immigrants. We also need a stronger verification system to monitor and crack down on illegal trafficking at our borders." (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. McNerney Supports the DREAM Act's Common Sense Reform. 10 December 2010. "Congressman Jerry McNerney supported common sense reform this week to allow students who have grown up in the United States the opportunity to earn lawful status, serve in our Armed Forces and pursue higher education. The DREAM Act, passed by the U.S. House of Representatives with bipartisan support on Wednesday, is targeted legislation with a series of highly rigorous requirements for applicants [¦] 'The DREAM Act will benefit our country by allowing educated young people the opportunity to contribute to our economy and our national defense," said Rep. McNerney. 'This legislation is a common sense step and includes rigorous requirements for all applicants.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Jerry McNerney supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 33 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Jerry McNerney voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Jerry McNerney supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 50 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States."
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Jerry McNerney. Immigration. 1 January 2011. "The problem with our immigration policy is that the Federal government doesn't have one. For too long our government has failed to secure our borders, allowing easy access for illegal immigration, and having little to no enforcement at the workplace. No wonder people are frustrated and demanding action. The problem with our immigration policy is that the Federal government doesn't have one. For too long our government has failed to secure our borders, allowing easy access for illegal immigration, and having little to no enforcement at the workplace. No wonder people are frustrated and demanding action. I support a comprehensive solution to our immigration policy that fixes our country's broken immigration system. That means securing our borders and making America safer while at the same time promoting an earned path to citizenship for hard working immigrants." (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. Issue Position: Immigration. 11 November 2011. "Our nation is made stronger both economically and culturally because of legal immigration. But it's clear today that our immigration system is broken. To reform it, we need a comprehensive, common sense approach that addresses the full range of issues under consideration, beginning with securing our nation's borders. Earlier this year, to better understand the border crisis, I went to San Diego to tour border control operations along the 60-mile San Diego Sector of the U.S.-Mexico border. Our Border Patrol agents are talented, dedicated professionals caught in a challenging and complex environment. But despite their professionalism, they are short-staffed and need more resources. That is why I support increased funding for our border patrol and investment in surveillance and enforcement technology. We need an immigration policy that is tough, fair, and practical. Rather than playing politics with the issue, we need reform that provides greater enforcement and actually seeks to solve the problem. As part of this, we must strengthen penalties for employers and contractors who knowingly hire illegal immigrants. We also need a stronger verification system to monitor and crack down on illegal trafficking at our borders." (votesmart.org)

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  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Jerry McNerney supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. Pelosi, Nadler, 130 House Members File Amicus Brief on Federal Case Against DOMA. 10 July 2012. "But a clearly stated purpose and effect of this law was to disapprove of and disadvantage lesbians and gay men; this distinguishes DOMA from a routine act of Congress. Where, as here, Congress classifies persons, denying an entire class of citizens the rights that are afforded others, the Supreme Court has applied rational basis review to invalidate those laws. None of the reasons provided by Congress in 1996 or created in response to litigation rationally serve a legitimate federal interest." (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. Freedom to Marry Letter. 23 July 2012. "The Democratic Party supports the full inclusion of all families in the life of our nation, with equal respect, responsibility, and protection under the law, including the freedom to marry. Government has no business putting barriers in the path of people seeking to care for their family members, particularly in challenging economic times. We support the Respect for Marriage Act and the overturning of the federal so-called "Defense of Marriage Act," and oppose discriminatory constitutional amendments and other attempts to deny the freedom to marry to loving and committed same-sex couples." (www.freedomtomarry.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Jerry McNerney supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 88 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Jerry McNerney voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • "We write to urge the Social Security Administration (SSA) to take all necessary steps to end the unconstitutional discrimination currently preventing many same-sex couples from obtaining the Social Security spousal benefits they have earned.In United States v. Windsor, the Supreme Court ruled Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act--defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman--unconstitutional under the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment. Following the ruling, the SSA released a statement encouraging individuals in same-sex marriages and other legal same-sex relationships to apply for benefits.While we appreciate that SSA is approving claims for couples and surviving spouses residing in states, at the time of application, that recognize marriage for same-sex couples, this approach leaves out many who have worked to earn benefits for their spouses and families. Same-sex couples in civil unions and registered domestic partnerships, as well as married same-sex couples living in states that do not recognize same-sex marriages, have their applications held, effectively denying them the spouse-based Social Security benefits they have earned.This discrimination is simply unacceptable. Although Social Security benefits are modest--for example, the average survivor's benefit is just $1,221 per month--nearly two-thirds of elderly beneficiaries rely on Social Security for the majority of their income. For more than one-third of elderly beneficiaries, Social Security provides at least 90 percent of their income. This income is especially important for same-sex couples. According to the Williams Institute at UCLA, lesbians who are 65 or older are twice as likely to be poor as heterosexual married couples. The same report indicates that gay male couples over 65 also have higher poverty rates than their heterosexual counterparts.Furthermore, it is also important to note that the harm from this discriminatory policy extends beyond the same-sex couples who are denied the benefits they have earned. For example, for married same-sex couples currently living in states that recognize marriage equality, their fundamental freedom to choose to live anywhere in the United States--to accept a promotion or to be near family--is unfairly restricted by the threat of denied benefits. Should they change their residence before applying for benefits, they risk losing the Social Security protections they have earned." (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "j) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?"
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Jerry McNerney supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Jerry McNerney voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Jerry McNerney voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Jerry McNerney supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 88 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. Freedom to Marry Letter. 23 July 2012. "The Democratic Party supports the full inclusion of all families in the life of our nation, with equal respect, responsibility, and protection under the law, including the freedom to marry. Government has no business putting barriers in the path of people seeking to care for their family members, particularly in challenging economic times. We support the Respect for Marriage Act and the overturning of the federal so-called "Defense of Marriage Act," and oppose discriminatory constitutional amendments and other attempts to deny the freedom to marry to loving and committed same-sex couples." (www.freedomtomarry.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. Pelosi, Nadler, 130 House Members File Amicus Brief on Federal Case Against DOMA. 10 July 2012. "But a clearly stated purpose and effect of this law was to disapprove of and disadvantage lesbians and gay men; this distinguishes DOMA from a routine act of Congress. Where, as here, Congress classifies persons, denying an entire class of citizens the rights that are afforded others, the Supreme Court has applied rational basis review to invalidate those laws. None of the reasons provided by Congress in 1996 or created in response to litigation rationally serve a legitimate federal interest." (votesmart.org)
  • "We write to urge the Social Security Administration (SSA) to take all necessary steps to end the unconstitutional discrimination currently preventing many same-sex couples from obtaining the Social Security spousal benefits they have earned.In United States v. Windsor, the Supreme Court ruled Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act--defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman--unconstitutional under the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment. Following the ruling, the SSA released a statement encouraging individuals in same-sex marriages and other legal same-sex relationships to apply for benefits.While we appreciate that SSA is approving claims for couples and surviving spouses residing in states, at the time of application, that recognize marriage for same-sex couples, this approach leaves out many who have worked to earn benefits for their spouses and families. Same-sex couples in civil unions and registered domestic partnerships, as well as married same-sex couples living in states that do not recognize same-sex marriages, have their applications held, effectively denying them the spouse-based Social Security benefits they have earned.This discrimination is simply unacceptable. Although Social Security benefits are modest--for example, the average survivor's benefit is just $1,221 per month--nearly two-thirds of elderly beneficiaries rely on Social Security for the majority of their income. For more than one-third of elderly beneficiaries, Social Security provides at least 90 percent of their income. This income is especially important for same-sex couples. According to the Williams Institute at UCLA, lesbians who are 65 or older are twice as likely to be poor as heterosexual married couples. The same report indicates that gay male couples over 65 also have higher poverty rates than their heterosexual counterparts.Furthermore, it is also important to note that the harm from this discriminatory policy extends beyond the same-sex couples who are denied the benefits they have earned. For example, for married same-sex couples currently living in states that recognize marriage equality, their fundamental freedom to choose to live anywhere in the United States--to accept a promotion or to be near family--is unfairly restricted by the threat of denied benefits. Should they change their residence before applying for benefits, they risk losing the Social Security protections they have earned." (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "j) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?"
  • Jerry McNerney. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Jerry McNerney voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)

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  • Jerry McNerney. Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2008. 24 April 2008. "Since the terrible events of September 11, 2001, we have relied heavily on the brave men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard to be our eyes and ears against terrorism along our coastal borders and at more than 300 of our Nation's ports. The Coast Guard's homeland security mission isn't new. It began more than 200 years ago when the service was founded. Yet, today, we are more focused on the need to provide maritime security. The Coast Guard has ramped up its efforts to ensure that we don't allow people into this country who intend to do us harm or weapons to unleash upon us." (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. Issue Position: National Security. 20 July 2012. "Our foreign policy has been hijacked by fears resulting from the terrible attacks on 9/11. Terrorists must be dealt with harshly and without compromise or negotiation. However, our foreign policy needs to be guided by a rational assessment of what actions will result in a more secure homeland. Pre-emptive war should never be necessary." . (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. Wexler and 246 Members of Congress Urge EU Not to Provide Aid to New Palestinian Government. 20 March 2007. "We are writing to express our appreciation for the efforts of the European Union (EU) to strengthen transatlantic relations, combat global terrorism and to promote stability and peace in the Middle East. We strongly believe that given our mutual security interests cooperation between the United States and EU in these matters is crucial." (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. McNerney Statement on Afghanistan War Resolution. 17 March 2011. "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." (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. For Our Troops, We Need A New Direction In Iraq. 18 February 2007. "Already our ability to meet future challenges is strained under current operational demands. Deploying additional troops will significantly hinder our ability to effectively wage the global war on terrorism." (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2008. 24 April 2008. "Since the terrible events of September 11, 2001, we have relied heavily on the brave men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard to be our eyes and ears against terrorism along our coastal borders and at more than 300 of our Nation's ports. The Coast Guard's homeland security mission isn't new. It began more than 200 years ago when the service was founded. Yet, today, we are more focused on the need to provide maritime security. The Coast Guard has ramped up its efforts to ensure that we don't allow people into this country who intend to do us harm or weapons to unleash upon us." (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "f) Do you support a policy of pre-emptive strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to national security?" Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding national security. Other or expanded principles: "I support surgical pre-emptive strikes when intellegence is very strong. I will never support pre-emptive wars or wars of choice."
  • Jerry McNerney. Issue Position: National Security. 20 July 2012. "Our foreign policy has been hijacked by fears resulting from the terrible attacks on 9/11. Terrorists must be dealt with harshly and without compromise or negotiation. However, our foreign policy needs to be guided by a rational assessment of what actions will result in a more secure homeland. Pre-emptive war should never be necessary." . (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. Wexler and 246 Members of Congress Urge EU Not to Provide Aid to New Palestinian Government. 20 March 2007. "We are writing to express our appreciation for the efforts of the European Union (EU) to strengthen transatlantic relations, combat global terrorism and to promote stability and peace in the Middle East. We strongly believe that given our mutual security interests cooperation between the United States and EU in these matters is crucial." (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. McNerney Statement on Afghanistan War Resolution. 17 March 2011. "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." (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "f) Do you support a policy of pre-emptive strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to national security?" Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding national security. Other or expanded principles: "I support surgical pre-emptive strikes when intellegence is very strong. I will never support pre-emptive wars or wars of choice."
  • Jerry McNerney. For Our Troops, We Need A New Direction In Iraq. 18 February 2007. "Already our ability to meet future challenges is strained under current operational demands. Deploying additional troops will significantly hinder our ability to effectively wage the global war on terrorism." (votesmart.org)

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  • Jerry McNerney. Twitter: jerrymcnerney. 15 April 2011. "The Republican proposal offers a destructive budget that goes after seniors & middle class. I voted NO. Join me: http://twitter.com/#!/jerrymcnerney. (tinyurl.com)
  • Jerry McNerney. Issue Position: Social Security. 1 January 2008. "The future of Social Security is in danger. Just when we thought the Republicans were backing off, we find that the President included $712 billion for 'private accounts' in the current budget. Social Security, which keeps half of America's seniors from falling into poverty, must not be transformed into a risky personal investment scheme. It is the mainstay of our social 'safety net,' and its health and security must be a top priority [¦] We should all understand that the administration's proposals do not fix Social Security. All the proposals presented so far are aimed at reducing benefits and are designed to turn Social Security into something it was not designed to be. Private investment accounts put no money into the Social Security system, but instead, divert 1/3 of payroll taxes from guaranteed benefits. Because such savings accounts take a lifetime to mature, this proposal would destroy Social Security as a provider of disability insurance for those whose working life was cut short by an injury." (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California 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."
  • Jerry McNerney. Issue Position: Social Security & Medicare. 11 November 2011. "After a lifetime of paying into Social Security and Medicare, America's seniors should be able to count on these programs to provide a stable and secure retirement. It is a sacred pact with seniors that we must protect. Social Security just celebrated its 75th birthday and has provided retirement security to countless people. 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 generation of beneficiaries. I have worked hard to help seniors navigate the Social Security Administration bureaucracy and get the benefits to which they're entitled. I'm also committed to preserving and strengthening Medicare. Although there has been a lot of misinformation circulating about what health reform means for seniors, the new law preserves and improves Medicare benefits. For instance, the law closes the "donut hole' that forces seniors to shoulder heavy costs for prescription drugs and eliminates copays for many services. The law cracks down on fraud and abuse in Medicare and makes sure that Medicare resources are used to provide good care to patients, not pad insurance company profits. I'll keep working to make sure that Medicare benefits are fully protected for every American." (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. Issue Position: Social Security. 1 January 2008. "The future of Social Security is in danger. Just when we thought the Republicans were backing off, we find that the President included $712 billion for 'private accounts' in the current budget. Social Security, which keeps half of America's seniors from falling into poverty, must not be transformed into a risky personal investment scheme. It is the mainstay of our social 'safety net,' and its health and security must be a top priority [¦] We should all understand that the administration's proposals do not fix Social Security. All the proposals presented so far are aimed at reducing benefits and are designed to turn Social Security into something it was not designed to be. Private investment accounts put no money into the Social Security system, but instead, divert 1/3 of payroll taxes from guaranteed benefits. Because such savings accounts take a lifetime to mature, this proposal would destroy Social Security as a provider of disability insurance for those whose working life was cut short by an injury." (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California 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."
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California 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."
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Jerry McNerney supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. Twitter: jerrymcnerney. 15 April 2011. "The Republican proposal offers a destructive budget that goes after seniors & middle class. I voted NO. Join me: http://twitter.com/#!/jerrymcnerney. (tinyurl.com)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Jerry McNerney supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California 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."
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California 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."
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Jerry McNerney. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California 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."
  • Jerry McNerney. Issue Position: Social Security & Medicare. 11 November 2011. "After a lifetime of paying into Social Security and Medicare, America's seniors should be able to count on these programs to provide a stable and secure retirement. It is a sacred pact with seniors that we must protect. Social Security just celebrated its 75th birthday and has provided retirement security to countless people. 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 generation of beneficiaries. I have worked hard to help seniors navigate the Social Security Administration bureaucracy and get the benefits to which they're entitled. I'm also committed to preserving and strengthening Medicare. Although there has been a lot of misinformation circulating about what health reform means for seniors, the new law preserves and improves Medicare benefits. For instance, the law closes the "donut hole' that forces seniors to shoulder heavy costs for prescription drugs and eliminates copays for many services. The law cracks down on fraud and abuse in Medicare and makes sure that Medicare resources are used to provide good care to patients, not pad insurance company profits. I'll keep working to make sure that Medicare benefits are fully protected for every American." (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.