Senator Mark Steven Kirk's Political Positions

Office: U.S. Senate (IL) - Jr, Republican
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Mark Kirk refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2010 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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Issue Positions

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Mark Kirk supported the interests of NARAL Pro-Choice America 25 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Mark Kirk supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 50 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Mark Kirk supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Mark Kirk. H Amdt 209 to HR 1815. 109th Congress. An amendment numbered 12 printed in House Report 109-96 to lift the current ban on privately funded abortions at U.S. military facilities overseas. Project Vote Smart Summary: Mark Kirk voted YES on 25 May 2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Mark Kirk. H Amdt 509 to HR 3962. 111th Congress. An amendment printed in Part C of House Report 111-330 to codify the Hyde Amendment in H.R. 3962. The amendment prohibits federal funds for abortion services in the public option. It also prohibits individuals who receive affordability credits from purchasing a plan that provides elective abortions. However, it allows individuals, both who receive affordability credits and who do not, to separately purchase with their own funds plans that cover elective abortions. It also clarifies that private plans may still offer elective abortions. Project Vote Smart Summary: Mark Kirk voted YES on 7 November 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Mark Kirk. HR 760. 108th Congress. To prohibit the procedure commonly known as partial-birth abortion. Project Vote Smart Summary: Mark Kirk voted NO on 4 June 2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Mark Kirk. 2000. Project Vote Smart: Illinois Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Abortions should always be legally available;" "j) Support "buffer-zones" by requiring demonstrators to stay at least five feet from abortion clinic doorways and driveways;" "k) Provide funding for family planning programs as a means to decrease the number of abortions."

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mark Kirk. 2000. Project Vote Smart: Illinois Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Selected SLIGHTLY DECREASE for: "f) Inheritance taxes."
  • National Taxpayers Union. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Mark Kirk supported the interests of the National Taxpayers Union 60 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Mark Kirk. HR 5638. 109th Congress. To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the unified credit against the estate tax to an exclusion equivalent of $5,000,000 and to repeal the sunset provision for the estate and generation-skipping taxes, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Mark Kirk voted YES on 22 June 2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Mark Kirk. HR 8. 108th Congress. To make the repeal of the estate tax permanent. Project Vote Smart Summary: Mark Kirk voted YES on 13 April 2005. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Club for Growth. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Mark Kirk supported the interests of the Club for Growth 42 percent in 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Mark Kirk. 2010. Politics Daily: Transcript of Alexi Giannoulias-Mark Kirk Debate on NBC's 'Meet the Press'. 10 September 2010. "First of all, we recognized that the stimulus has largely failed. The very small part of it even went to infrastructure development projects. It didn't answer the question, what happens when all the borrowed money runs out? Secondly, this Congress has been very, very viciously anti- business, new taxes, new regulations. We need senators and congressmen that will back up pro-growth agenda. For example, my small business Bill of Rights, ten new policies to help out the number one employers in Illinois and the United States, small business, half of all of the jobs, 80 percent of the job losses in the great recession. They can't afford a Washington lobbyist to go find stimulus money or a Washington lawyer to wade through the latest 1,000-page bill that Congressional leaders haven't even read." (www.politicsdaily.com)
  • Mark Kirk. HR 1. 111th Congress. Making supplemental appropriations for job preservation and creation, infrastructure investment, energy efficiency and science, assistance to the unemployed, and State and local fiscal stabilization, for fiscal year ending September 30, 2009, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Mark Kirk voted NO on 13 February 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Mark Kirk. HR 1424. 111th Congress. To provide authority for the Federal Government to purchase and insure certain types of troubled assets for the purposes of providing stability to and preventing disruption in the economy and financial system and protecting taxpayers, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide incentives for energy production and conservation, to extend certain expiring provisions, to provide individual income tax relief, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Mark Kirk voted YES on 10 March 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Mark Kirk. Demand Accountability in the Bailout Package. 23 September 2008. "Mr. Speaker, let me strike a more bipartisan tone. Given the dire economic warnings that we see, Republicans and Democrats in this House must pull together to save the jobs and the economy for working Americans. But if there is to be a bailout, it must be a bailout with consequences." (votesmart.org)
  • Mark Kirk. Issue Position: The Economy and Retirement Security. "Congressman Kirk believes that in a time of war and economic recovery, we must set priorities and cut spending in lower priority accounts. To assure the federal government spends within its means, Congressman Kirk led efforts to enact a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution, change federal accounting standards by introducing the Good Government Accounting Act (H.R. 5094), and strengthen budget rules using his "12 Consensus Principles to Limit Federal Spending." Among these principles: automatic spending reductions; accounts for emergency spending; and a line-item veto. As a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, Congressman Kirk led efforts to fight government waste by voting against ten amendments to increase government spending by $24.4 billion, voting against the $274 billion Farm Bill (H.R. 2646), and offering legislation to reform the wasteful sugar subsidy program (H.R. 2081) that costs taxpayers over $500 million annually. Congressman Kirk will continue to support meaningful federal investments in infrastructure, defense, education, and job creation. He will also work to curtail wasteful spending that takes money away from investment in new jobs and economic growth and threatens to increase the federal deficit." (votesmart.org)
  • Mark Kirk. Kirk And Roskam: Federal Government Must Set A Timetable For Withdrawal From Private Business. 2 November 2009. "Last year, the Congress followed the recommendation of the Fed and Treasury to avert a financial crisis with the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act,' said Congressman Kirk, a member of the House Appropriations Financial Services Subcommittee. 'Once approved, Treasury officials expanded funding beyond anything Congress intended, taking control of companies whose losses accelerated under government management. Last night, CIT Group went bankrupt after its taxpayer bailout, costing $2.3 billion. These government investments lost taxpayers more than $70 billion. Congress should set a timetable for a withdrawal from private company ownership before even more money is lost. The government is a very poor manager of private companies." (votesmart.org)
  • Mark Kirk. What The Stimulus Bill Doesn't Mention. 22 January 2009. "The economy is hurting and we should act. A stimulus bill that backed improving highways and airports would blunt the recession. If you look at the stimulus bill the Appropriations Committee approved, you would find 11 appropriations totaling $65 billion that would put 2 million Americans to work, but the bill spends hundreds of millions more. It spends more money than the entire GDP of Australia. Of the 151 appropriations, only 34 even have claims of reporting jobs. The bill claims to save 3.7 million jobs, but does so at a cost of $222,000 each. Private sector jobs only cost $50,000 each. The bill quotes one economist, Mark Zandi, six times, but doesn't mention the Congressional Budget Office. CBO reports that only $26 billion of this trillion dollar bill can be spent in 2009. CBO says over $70 billion of the spending will not be spent during the entire 4 years of the Obama administration. And one last thing, there is no mention of the $2 trillion congressional leaders plan to borrow or how our kids will pay it back." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mark Kirk. 2000. Project Vote Smart: Illinois Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."

Vote Smart's Research

  • Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants. 2005-2006. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Mark Kirk supported the interests of the Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants 20 percent in 2005-2006. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mark Kirk. 2000. Project Vote Smart: Illinois Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Promote education flexibility by giving federal funds, in the form of block grants, to the states to spend it as they see fit;" "l) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs;"
  • Mark Kirk. HR 1. 107th Congress. To close the achievement gap with accountability, flexibility, and choice, so that no child is left behind. Project Vote Smart Summary: Mark Kirk voted YES on 23 May 2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Mark Kirk. Issue Position: Education. "No Child Left Behind (NCLB) provides a crucial level of accountability in the classroom". (votesmart.org)
  • Mark Kirk. Issue Position: Education Excellence. "Congressman Kirk formed an Education Advisory Board led by local education leaders to get expert advice on our community's needs. With recommendations from this Board, the Congressman introduced legislation to reform aspect of the No Child Left Behind law to better serve our kids and local schools." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mark Kirk. 2000. Project Vote Smart: Illinois Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels to reduce pollution;" "k) Give states added flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding federal environment regulations."
  • Environment America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Mark Kirk supported the interests of Environment America 73 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Mark Kirk. 2010. Dekalb Daily Chronicle: Election Central. Responded: "I support policies that end our dependence on foreign oil and improve our environment. But as a senator fighting for jobs throughout the state of Illinois, I cannot support legislation that would directly harm jobs in our state's agriculture, manufacturing and coal sectors. I support permanent tax incentives for wind, solar, geothermal, fuel cell, ethanol, biodiesel and other alternative energy research, development and deployment to reduce America's dependence on Middle East oil and protect the environment. We should build 50 new nuclear power plants in America and complete the trans-Canada natural gas pipeline. We should back innovators like FutureGen, Argonne and Fermilab. These are ideas that would 1.) lower our dependence on foreign oil; 2.) create jobs, not wipe them out, and; 3.) receive bipartisan support in both the House and Senate." to the question "What is your position on the cap-and-trade bill? If you oppose the bill, what should Congress do, if anything, about carbon emissions and climate change?" (ssm.daily-chronicle.com)
  • Mark Kirk. 2010. Illinois Family Institute: 2010 Voter Guide. Responded "SUPPORT" to the question "Tax Increase/ Cap and Trade-will tax energy consumption to combat "global warming (American Clean Energy and Security Act 2009)" (www.iviipo.org)
  • Mark Kirk. HR 2454. 111th Congress. To create clean energy jobs, achieve energy independence, reduce global warming pollution and transition to a clean energy economy. Project Vote Smart Summary: Mark Kirk voted YES on 26 June 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Mark Kirk. Issue Position: Environment. "Congressman Kirk also cosponsored H.R. 6203 which promotes the development and widespread use of advanced technologies in all energy sectors, including solar, wind, hydro, and geothermal power, and clean coal and hydrogen technologies. This legislation recently passed the House of Representatives by unanimous consent. He is also working to advance ethanol based gasoline (E-85). Congressman Kirk is a member of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mark Kirk. 2000. Project Vote Smart: Illinois Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns;" "f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns;" "g) Increase penalties for the possession of any illegal guns;" "h) Hold gun owners responsible for crimes committed with their guns by children age 16 and under;" "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21;" "j) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows;" "k) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 2003. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Mark Kirk supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 75 percent from 1988 and 2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Mark Kirk a grade of F-. (votesmart.org)
  • Mark Kirk. HR 6842. 111th Congress. To restore Second Amendment rights in the District of Columbia. Project Vote Smart Summary: Mark Kirk voted NO on 17 September 2008. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mark Kirk. HR 3962. 111th Congress. To provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Mark Kirk voted NO on 7 November 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Mark Kirk. 2000. Project Vote Smart: Illinois Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts, which would be taxed if used for purposes other than medical costs."
  • Mark Kirk. 2010. DeKalb Daily Chronicle: Election Central. Responded: "After listening to thousands of people across Illinois in dozens of live and telephone town hall meetings, I heard clearly what we need: lower health care costs, lower taxes and more jobs. That is why I authored the Medical Rights and Reform Act to lower costs, help insure those with pre-existing conditions and protect seniors on Medicare without raising taxes. Unfortunately, Speaker Pelosi rejected these centrist reforms. Instead, Congressional leaders adopted a new trillion-dollar spending program that will burden our children with tremendous debts while raising taxes, cutting Medicare services and putting thousands of Illinois jobs at risk. I support efforts to protect Illinois families and employers from the new taxes and cuts to Medicare contained in the health care bill while still expanding coverage and lowering costs." to the question "With parts of the health care reform law starting to take effect, should any part of the reform of the reform package be amended or repealed? Explain." (ssm.daily-chronicle.com)
  • Mark Kirk. 2010. Illinois Family Institute: 2010 Voter Guide. Responded "OPPOSE" to the question "Government Health Care - A government managed insurance plan that includes a "Public Option" similar to Medicare. (H.R. 3200, H.R. 3962 or U.S. Senator Max Baucus' plan - 2009)" (www.iviipo.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Mark Kirk supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 56 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Mark Kirk. Health Care Around the Globe. 18 May 2009. "In my view, our country should work towards providing a universal access to health care. While a nationalized government HMO could prompt tax increases, inflation, and a decline in quality, I think this Congress can enact policies to dramatically expand health care access for Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Mark Kirk. Issue Position: Health Care for All. "'No medical relationship is more important than the one between you and your doctor.' - Congressman Mark Kirk. He shares a passion to bolster our nation's health care system and believes that enhanced biomedical research, a fair medical liability system, incentives for employers to provide health insurance, commitment to advances in health care technology, and preventive health care initiatives are all critical elements in achieving that goal." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Latino Congreso. 2007-2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Mark Kirk supported the interests of the National Latino Congreso 17 percent in 2007-2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Mark Kirk. Issues. 8 October 2010. "Mark Kirk voted consistently to upgrade our nation's border security. Last Congress, he voted to fund 3,000 additional border patrol agents, along with additional border security fencing, infrastructure, technology and facility construction (H.R. 2764). Congressman Kirk voted for the Secure Fence Act and the Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act." www.kirkforsenate.com.
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 2007-2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Mark Kirk supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 67 percent in 2007-2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Mark Kirk. 2010. Dekalb Daily Chronicle: Election Central. Responded: "One of the primary duties of the federal government is to control the border and know who is entering our country. Border security equals homeland security. Most illegal drugs and nearly all foreign drug gang members illegally cross our borders. With Mexican drug cartel violence continuing to threaten our border, the urgency for comprehensive border security has never been greater. I will continue to fight for stronger security until the federal government and our border states can certify that we are in control of the border. With such a certification, I believe other reforms are possible. But until we control our border, hold employers accountable and properly engage Mexico, no immigration reforms will work." to the question "Immigration reform has taken a back seat to other priorities. Should immigration reform be more of a priority? What do you propose?" (ssm.daily-chronicle.com)
  • Elliot, Phil. 2010. Associated Press: Mark Kirk Dodges Military Record, Policy Issues In AP Interview. 21 September 2010. "Kirk said he doesn't think this is the right time for legislation known as the DREAM Act to offer legal residency to young people in the country illegally, but he wouldn't take a position on the basic concept." (www.huffingtonpost.com)
  • Mark Kirk. Blog: My View on Immigration Reform. 18 May 2010. "I believe that immigration reforms cannot succeed without border security first. Given the 20,000 Mexican citizens already killed in cartel-related violence, I understand the decision made by the people of Arizona. I support the completion of the wall, doubling the number of border police and increased surveillance technology on our borders. One state cannot solve this problem alone and that is why we need leaders in Washington that will back an effective federal policy to control our border." (votesmart.org)
  • Mark Kirk. The Suburban Agenda. 11 June 2007. "I'm particularly worried because in the recent failed Senate immigration bill there was an amendment put forward to deny documented members of international drug gangs the chance to enter the pathway to citizenship that the legislation proposed. That amendment failed... The proposed amendment would have denied any documented member of an international drug gang from the chance to apply for the pathway to citizenship that it proposed, and that amendment was defeated 51-46. When we came together and proposed the Gang Elimination Act, we at least looked at the several hundred thousand documented gang members in the United States and said how do we deal with this problem. Sometimes I have to have the concern that this Congress may take action in which that number would increase, making the problem even worse by action of the Federal Government. That's why I think refocusing our work for actions beyond naming of post offices to looking at how small suburban communities are being overwhelmed by large gangs with international links, some of whom may add to members if the wrong legislation should pass the Congress, that is an issue that should be squarely put before this Congress." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mark Kirk. HR 4899. 111th Congress. Supplemental Appropriations Act. Project Vote Smart Summary: Mark Kirk voted NO on Limiting Afghanistan Military Funding to Withdrawal and Other Specified Purposes on 1 July 2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Mark Kirk. HR 4899. 111th Congress. Supplemental Appropriations Act. Project Vote Smart Summary: Mark Kirk voted NO on Requiring Timetable for Withdrawal from Afghanistan on 1 July 2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Mark Kirk supported the interests of Peace Action West 0 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Mark Kirk. 2010. Dekalb Daily Chronicle: Election Central. Responded: "Failure in Afghanistan is not an option. We tried to ignore Afghanistan in the 1990s. According to the 9/11 Commission, this led to the attack on our homeland. I supported President Obama's decision to surge to Afghanistan. To succeed in Afghanistan, we must train the Afghan police and army to provide for its own security and deny the narco-Taliban its primary source of funding - heroin. Our goal should be a stable and secure Afghanistan, which provides for its own security and cannot again become a base for launching attacks against the United States. In my view, this goal is achievable. However, I do not believe the administration's 2011 deadline is realistic to fully train and equip the Afghan army and police. I have great confidence in General Petraeus and the courageous men and women who serve under his command." to the question "What should the U.S. do in Afghanistan?" (ssm.daily-chronicle.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mark Kirk. H J Res 88. 109th Congress. Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to marriage. Project Vote Smart Summary: Mark Kirk voted NO on 18 July 2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Mark Kirk. The Chicago Sun Times Candidate Questionnaire. Responded: "I oppose gay marriage and support the Defense of Marriage Act." to the question: "What is your position on gay marriage and the federal Defense of Marriage Act?" (media.suntimes.com)

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Congressional Election 2000 National Political Awareness Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.

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

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

Budgetary Priorities

Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following general categories.

Maintain Funding Statusa) Agricultural
Maintain Funding Statusb) Arts
Slightly Increase Fundingc) Defense
Slightly Increase Fundingd) Education
Maintain Funding Statuse) Environmental
Slightly Increase Fundingf) International aid
Maintain Funding Statusg) Law enforcement
Slightly Increase Fundingh) Medical Research
Maintain Funding Statusi) National Aeronautical Space Administration (NASA)
Maintain Funding Statusj) National Parks
Slightly Increase Fundingk) Scientific Research
Maintain Funding Statusl) Transportation and Highway Infrastructure
Maintain Funding Statusm) Welfare
n) Other
Yes2) Would you support enforcing the spending limits agreed to in 1997 by the President and Congress to balance the budget?

Defense Spending

Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories.

Maintain Funding Statusa) Armed Forces personnel training
Maintain Funding Statusb) Covert intelligence operations
Slightly Decrease Fundingc) Defense plant conversion
Maintain Funding Statusd) Military hardware
Slightly Decrease Fundinge) Military space shuttle missions
Slightly Increase Fundingf) Pay for active duty personnel
Slightly Increase Fundingg) National Missile Defense Program
Maintain Funding Statush) Modernization of weaponry and equipment
Slightly Increase Fundingi) Programs to improve military retention rates
Slightly Increase Fundingj) Research and development of new weapons
Slightly Increase Fundingk) Troop and equipment readiness
l) Other

Budget Surplus

Indicate your priorities for spending any anticipated federal budget surplus.

Low Prioritya) Defense
High Priorityb) Education
Highest Priorityc) Federal debt reduction
High Priorityd) Medicare
High Prioritye) Social Security
Medium Priorityf) Tax cuts
g) Other

Taxes

Indicate what levels you support concerning taxes, deductions, and tax credits in the following categories.

Income Taxes - Family Income

Greatly Decreasea) Less than $25,000
Slightly Decreaseb) $25,000 - $75,000
Slightly Decreasec) $75,000 - $150,000
Slightly Decreased) Over $150,000
e) Other

Income Taxes - Retiree Income

Slightly Decreasef) Over $40, 000
g) Other

Other Taxes

Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Decreaseb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Decreasef) Inheritance taxes
g) Other

Deductions/Credits

Greatly Increasea) Charitable deductions
Greatly Increaseb) Medical expense deductions
Maintain Statusc) Mortgage deductions
Greatly Increased) Child tax credit
Maintain Statuse) Earned income tax credit
Greatly Increasef) Student loan tax credit
g) Other

Taxes

Undecided2) Do you support replacing the current U.S. income tax structure with a flat income tax?
Yes3) Should a married couple filing jointly pay the same taxes as if they were an unmarried couple filing separately?
Yes4) Would you cut taxes if there were an operating surplus?
No5) Would you cut taxes and use Social Security surpluses to supplement the difference?
6) Other

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

a) Support public taxpayer funding for Congressional candidates who comply with campaign spending limits.
Xb) Increase the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns.
c) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
d) Provide free or low-cost television advertising to candidates who agree to voluntary campaign spending limits.
Xe) Ban unregulated soft money campaign contributions to political parties or committees.
Xf) Prohibit non-U.S. citizens from making soft money contributions to national parties or party committees.
Xg) Require full disclosure of funding sources of issue advocacy commercials which appear within 60 days of an election.
h) Make campaign spending limits mandatory for all federal candidates.
Xi) Remove all contribution limits on federal candidates and parties, but require complete and immediate disclosure via the Internet.
j) Require Congressional candidates to raise over half of their campaign money from their home state.
k) Other

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

a) Broaden the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
b) Increase spending to build more federal prisons.
Xc) Impose "truth in sentencing" for violent criminals so they serve full sentences with no chance of parole.
Xd) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xe) Support programs to provide prison inmates with drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
Xf) Increase penalties for crimes committed on school grounds.
Xg) Increase funding for community policing programs.
Xh) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
Xi) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, and disability be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
j) Enforcement of civil rights should primarily be the responsibility of the federal government.
k) Prosecute as adults, youths accused of a felony.
Xl) Provide block grants to states for implementation of programs to combat juvenile crime.
Xm) Impose harsher penalties for youths convicted of violent offenses.
Xn) Support the use of "boot camps" as alternative sentencing for juvenile offenders.
Xo) Support programs that provide job training and placement services for at-risk youth.
p) Other

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

Xa) Increase penalties for selling illegal drugs.
b) Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
c) Support capital punishment for convicted international drug traffickers.
Xd) Expand federally sponsored drug education and drug treatment programs.
e) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Xf) Increase border security to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the U.S.
g) Eliminate federal funding for programs associated with the "war on drugs."
h) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning education (K-12).

a) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
b) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any publicly-funded school.
c) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any participating school: public, private or religious.
d) Allow parents to use tax-free savings accounts to send their children to any publicly-funded school.
e) Allow parents to use tax-free savings accounts to send their children to any participating school: public, private or religious.
Xf) Support charter schools where teachers and professionals receive authorization and funding to establish new schools.
Xg) Promote education flexibility by giving federal funds, in the form of block grants, to the states to spend it as they see fit.
h) Increase funding for block grants to states to help them hire additional teachers.
i) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
j) Increase funding for computers and computer training in public schools.
k) Increase funding for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
Xl) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs.
m) Support affirmative action in public college admissions.
n) Eliminate federal financial aid for individuals convicted of drug offenses.
o) Increase funding of programs such as Pell grants and Stafford loans to help students pay for college.
Xp) Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college.
q) Other

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

Xa) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment.
b) Increase funding for national job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
Xc) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xd) Establish empowerment zones in areas with large numbers of unemployed people.
e) Eliminate any federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
f) Increase the federal minimum wage.
Xg) Encourage employers to offer flex-time scheduling, comp-time, and unpaid leave for family emergencies.
Xh) Provide tax credits for businesses that offer on-site child care.
i) The federal government should consider race and sex in making government contracting decisions.
j) The federal government should continue affirmative action programs.
k) The federal government should discontinue affirmative action programs.
l) The federal government should utilize merit and qualifications in making government contracting decisions.
m) Other

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

a) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Water Act.
b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act.
c) Waive environmental review requirements for grazing permits.
Xd) Revise the 1872 mining law to increase the fees charged to mining companies using federal lands.
e) Require states to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses of privately owned land.
Xf) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels to reduce pollution.
g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
h) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels.
Xi) Strengthen logging restrictions on federal lands.
j) Reduce current federal regulations on the environment.
Xk) Give states added flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding federal environment regulations.
l) Other

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

a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
Xb) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
Xf) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
Xg) Increase penalties for the possession of any illegal guns.
Xh) Hold gun owners responsible for crimes committed with their guns by children age 16 and under.
Xi) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21.
Xj) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows.
Xk) Require a license for gun possession.
l) Other

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

a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government.
b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income.
Xc) Support health care strategies focused on prevention, including health education, and natural medicines and remedies.
Xd) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights to define and enforce the rights of insured patients, including greater access to specialists and emergency rooms, wider choice of health care providers, and appeal mechanisms when claims are denied.
e) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes the right to sue when claims are denied.
f) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes the right to appeal to an administrative board of specialists when services are denied.
Xg) Provide tax incentives to small businesses that provide health care to their employees.
Xh) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts, which would be taxed if used for purposes other than medical costs.
Xi) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
j) Allow states and local communities to use federal funds for needle-exchange programs to combat the spread of HIV.
k) Provide citizens age 55-65 the option of purchasing Medicare health coverage.
Xl) Support legislation to provide prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
Xm) Increase funding for AIDS programs.
n) Other

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

a) Decrease the number of immigrants allowed into the country.
b) Increase the eligibility of legal immigrants for certain social programs (e.g. public housing, food stamps).
c) Require the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) to reduce the time between applying for citizenship and taking the oath of allegiance to six months.
d) Provide extra federal aid to states with higher numbers of immigrants for necessary medical and social services.
e) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children.
f) Grant U.S. citizenship to children born in the US only if their parents immigrated legally.
Xg) Increase the immigration quota for computer scientists and other information technology workers.
h) Establish English as the official national language.
i) Support the separation of the INS into two bureaus: one administering naturalization and one administering border patrol.
j) Increase state autonomy in handling immigration issues.
k) Reimburse states for providing services to illegal aliens.
l) Other

International Aid

Indicate which principles (if any) you support regarding U.S. International Aid.

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

International Policy

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

a) The U.S. should resolve future disputes with Iraq only through diplomatic means.
Xb) The U.S. should take unilateral military action if Iraq does not comply with all accepted United Nations resolutions.
c) The U.S. should take military action against Iraq only as part of an international effort.
d) The U.S. should end the economic embargo against Iraq.
e) The U.S. should not continue to play a prominent leadership role in the peace process between Israel and the Palestine Authority.
Xf) The U.S. should continue to play a prominent leadership role in the peace process between Israel and the Palestine Authority.
g) Other

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

Xa) The U.S. should participate in United Nations peacekeeping missions only when vital U.S. interests are involved.
b) The U.S. should not commit military troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions.
c) The U.S. should withdraw completely from the United Nations.
Xd) The U.S. should pay its debt to the United Nations.
e) Other
No3) Should the U.S. have full diplomatic relations with Cuba?
Yes4) Should the U.S. have full diplomatic relations with China?
Yes5) Should the U.S. recognize and extend full diplomatic relations to Taiwan?
Yes6) Should the US maintain ground troops in Kosovo?
Yes7) Do you support the cooperative threat reduction programs with Russia to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons to unfriendly nations?
Yes8) Do you support modifying the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty in order to deploy the National Missile Defense System?
Other

International Trade

Yes1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
Yes2) Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
Yes3) Do you support continued U.S. membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
Yes4) Do you support China becoming a member of the World Trade Organization?
No5) Do you support imposing tariffs on products imported from nations that maintain restrictive trade barriers on American products?
Yes6) Should a nation's human rights record affect its normal trade relations (most favored nation status) with the United States?
Yes7) Do you support normal trade relations (most favored nation status) with Vietnam?
Yes8) Do you support granting the President "fast-track" authority in trade negotiations?
Yes9) Do you support the trade embargo against Cuba?
YesDo you believe there has been a decline in moral and ethical standards in America over the last four decades?
If Yes, please explain what you would do as a member of Congress to address this concern.

Fostering strong families and placing more emphasis on personal responsibility will go a long way toward reversing moral decline in our country. To encourage families we should eliminate the marriage penalty and increase the tax deduction for dependents. Continuing effective welfare programs and curbing frivolous litigation will increase personal responsibility.

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

Xa) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves.
b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government.
c) Invest a portion of Social Security's assets collectively in stocks and bonds instead of U.S. Treasury securities.
d) Increase the payroll tax to better finance Social Security in its current form.
e) Lower Social Security's annual cost-of-living increases.
f) Limit Social Security benefits based on recipients' other income and assets.
g) Require individuals to pay the Social Security tax on incomes above $68,400 (which is currently exempt).
Xh) Support a lock box measure, limiting Congress's ability to spend Social Security and Medicare surpluses on any other federal programs except Social Security and Medicare, until each program's long-term solvency is guaranteed.
i) Other

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

Xa) Continuing the moratorium on Internet sales taxes.
b) Implement regulation of Internet content by the federal government.
c) Support on-line voter registration.
d) Support voting on-line.
e) Support government mandates to curtail violent and sexual content on television.
Xf) Support strict penalties for Internet crimes such as hacking and Internet violence.
Xg) Support strong Internet privacy laws.
h) Regulating the Internet should not in any way be controlled by the federal government.
i) Other
NoDo you support amending the Constitution to limit the number of terms which members of Congress can serve?

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

a) Support housing assistance for welfare recipients.
b) Provide homeless families with apartment vouchers they can use to supplement the cost of an apartment.
Xc) Continue to give states and local governments responsibility for welfare programs through TANF block grants.
Xd) Maintain current welfare-to-work requirements in order for states to qualify for block grants.
e) Restore food stamp programs to legal immigrants.
Xf) Transfer homeless housing programs to states through block grants.
Xg) Provide continued Medicaid benefits for those welfare recipients who have moved from welfare to work.
h) Require states to return any unused welfare block grant funding to the federal government.
i) Direct federal poverty aid through religious, community-based or other non-profit organizations.
j) Other
Please explain what your top two or three priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional government funding needed to implement these priorities.