Senator Joe Donnelly, Sr.'s Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Joe Donnelly, Sr.
Current Office: U.S. Senate - Jr, Democratic
First Elected: 11/06/2012
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2018
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Jill; 2 Children: Molly, Joseph Jr.
Birth Date: 09/29/1955
Birth Place: Queens, NY
Home City: Granger, IN
Religion: Roman Catholic
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Joe Donnelly, Sr. refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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Issue Positions

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Joe Donnelly. Issue Positions: Values. 18 October 2011. "My family and faith are very important to me. I also believe that family values are more than just a phrase. They can serve as a guide in making excellent decisions. Our leaders must be partners with parents in ensuring that adult or inappropriate material on the Internet, television and the radio are not available to children. I believe human life is sacred and I value it in all its forms. That is why I oppose abortion and believe that government policies should encourage life and make it easier for parents to adopt children." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Donnelly. Statement on H.R. 3. 25 May 2011. "I am opposed to abortion. I understand that this issue, more than almost any other, is deeply personal and gives rise to very strong thoughts and feelings. My position is informed by my personal faith and, like you, I feel strongly about the issue. However, even though I know we may never agree on this particular issue, I sincerely believe that people on both sides can find common ground toward the betterment of our communities." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Donnelly. Issue Positions: Values. 18 October 2011. "In keeping with my personal faith and family values, I have consistently opposed abortion and will continue to do so in Congress. I believe that being pro-life means promoting life at every stage, from conception until natural death. I will always vote according to my faith and my conscience on life issues." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Joe Donnelly supported the interests of the Family Research Council 75 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Joe Donnelly supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Donnelly. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Joe Donnelly voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Donnelly. Issue Positions: Values. 18 October 2011. "In keeping with my personal faith and family values, I oppose abortion and believe that government policies should encourage life at all times. I believe that being pro-life means promoting life at every stage, from conception until natural death. I have always and will continue to vote according to my faith and my conscience on life issues." (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 Joe Donnelly a rating of 63 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Joe Donnelly supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 20 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Donnelly. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Joe Donnelly voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Donnelly. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Joe Donnelly voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Donnelly. Congressman Donnelly Calls For Bipartisan Amendment To Prohibit Government Funding Of Abortion. 29 September 2009. "As a pro-life congressman, I am committed to protecting life at all stages," said Donnelly. "I signed onto this letter because, as we consider healthcare reform legislation, I want to see an amendment passed that would prohibit federal funds from paying for abortions. This issue is so important that members of the House deserve the chance to cast an up or down vote on it." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Joe Donnelly supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 83 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Donnelly. Congressman Donnelly Will Support Health Insurance Reform. 21 March 2010. "I expressed opposition to the Senate bill over the past few months because it did not meet my standard for prohibiting the use of federal funds for abortion-related services. Unfortunately, the Senate has refused to pass language I helped pass through the House last year to maintain traditional prohibitions against federal funding for abortions. Today, the president will sign an executive order that increases the protections in this bill to make sure that the Hyde Amendment, our current law, is upheld throughout the entire health insurance reform bill. The executive order will ensure that no tax credits or cost-sharing reduction payments will be used for abortion-related services in the insurance exchange and ensures that federal community health center funding is subject to the Hyde Amendment. As a pro-life congressman, I will continue to act according to my deeply-held beliefs and those of my constituents. I believe that means opposition to abortion as well as improving access to health care for all people." (votesmart.org)

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  • Joe Donnelly. Tribune - Donnelly Returns from Mideast. 3 September 2008. "We don't have enough troops in Afghanistan. It was said to me that we can in effect battle it out to a stalemate, but we don't have enough to get over the top." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Donnelly. Issue Position: Iraq and Afghanistan. 18 October 2011. "We can never forget that Al-Qaeda struck us from the remote safety of Afghanistan, aided by the Islamist Taliban regime which provided Osama bin Laden safe haven. The United States and our allies must not give up the fight there or let Afghanistan again become a terrorist base of operations. That is why I support the president's plan to send an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan and increase American aid to that country's struggling government. It will not be easy, but it is an effort we must make for the security of our country." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Donnelly. Congressman Donnelly Leads Congressional Delegation to Iraq, Afghanistan and Georgia. 3 September 2008. "Afghanistan presents a different set of challenges for our country. The U.S. military is fighting the Taliban and Al Qaeda, while also rebuilding the Afghan Army, police and nation almost from scratch. Our goal is to increase the size and skill of the Afghan Army and police so they can protect their nation on their own." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Joe Donnelly supported the interests of the Peace Action 25 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Joe Donnelly supported the interests of Peace Action West 25 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Donnelly. Congressman Donnelly Opposes Call For Immediate Troop Withdrawal. 10 March 2010. "I recently visited our troops in Afghanistan, and we're making progress. Our marines and soldiers are in the middle of a major campaign against Taliban strongholds now and we have seen some important apprehensions of Taliban and al-Qaeda operatives on both sides of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. We will not be in Afghanistan forever, and I know that the fight is not easy and not without a price. But I strongly disagree with Rep. Kucinich's call to remove all our forces right now. It's the wrong call for our efforts to combat terrorism and to establish some stability in Afghanistan." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Donnelly. Congressman Donnelly Travels To Afghanistan And Pakistan. 3 February 2010. "My first responsibility as north central Indiana's Congressman is the protection of our country, and the information I gathered while overseas better informs the decisions I make in Washington. I was pleased to see our men and women in uniform doing well, and to learn that we are making progress on our mission. We are facing many challenges in Afghanistan, but our troops are working hard to stabilize the country and protect us from future terrorist threats." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Donnelly. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Joe Donnelly voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Joe Donnelly. Issue Position: National Security. 18 October 2011. "America must remain vigilant and prepared to deal decisively with any threat. Toward that goal, I support maintaining a strong and well-equipped military. Further we must also work with our allies and like-minded democracies to share intelligence and cooperate militarily whenever possible." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Donnelly. Expressing the Sense of Congress that Basic Pay for Members of Armed Forces Should Be Increased. 6 November 2007. "This administration insisted in its defense budget request that military servicemembers should get no more than a 3 percent increase. However, in May, the House passed a needed 3.5 percent across-the-board increase in pay for our brave men and women. Unfortunately, the administration has deemed this extra half point unnecessary." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Donnelly. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Joe Donnelly voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Donnelly. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Joe Donnelly voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Donnelly. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Joe Donnelly voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Donnelly. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Joe Donnelly voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Donnelly. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Joe Donnelly voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Donnelly. Joe's Jobs Plan: ADDRESS THE DEBT CRISIS, LIVE WITHIN OUR MEANS. 2 July 2012. "Cut what isn't working. I support a sunset commission, which would periodically look at every federal program to see whether or not it is meeting its objectives, is cost-effective, or if it duplicates services found elsewhere. If a program isn't working for taxpayers, let's eliminate it." (www.joeforindiana.com)
  • Joe Donnelly. Issue Position: National Security. 18 October 2011. "As a country we must be prepared to deal decisively with any threat that may arise. An important part of that readiness is maintaining a strong and well-equipped military. I have voted consistently to give our troops the funding and supplies they need to do their jobs. Further, we must also work with our allies and like-minded democracies to share intelligence and cooperate militarily whenever possible." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Joe Donnelly supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 17 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Donnelly. South Bend Tribune - 2nd District Race Heats Up. 2 June 2006. "I have consistently supported making tax cuts that provide relief to our middle-class families, farm families, small businesses and seniors," (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Donnelly. Donnelly Announces Vote Against Republican Budget. 29 Mamrch 2012. "As I've said before, I believe that the budget should put in place a serious plan that reduces our deficit and improves our long-term fiscal health. I stand ready to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle on a plan that reduces spending yet does not unfairly burden working- and middle-class families, seniors, and those most in need while millionaires receive even more tax cuts." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Donnelly. South Bend Tribune - Donnelly-Chocola Slugfest Continues. 24 June 2006. "I am a common-sense Democrat, and I reaffirm my continued support for increasing the estate tax exemption and making permanent all of the Bush tax cuts except those that go to the top 1 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Suzannah Couch. The Statehouse File - Donnelly Said He'll Support Extension of All Bush-Era Tax Cuts. 24 July 2012. "Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Joe Donnelly said Tuesday he supports a temporary extension of all Bush-era tax cuts, taking a stand on the issue that is opposite of President Barack Obama's. U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly, the Democrat running for U.S. Senate, said Tuesday that he will support an extension of Bush-era tax cuts for one year, including those for wealthier Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Joe Donnelly supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 15 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)

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  • Joe Donnelly. Congressman Donnelly Calls for Economic Recovery Package. 18 August 2008. "Hoosiers are hurting as our economy continues to struggle," Donnelly said. "We need to give our economy another shot in the arm and provide immediate relief to working families while maximizing the benefit to the economy. I urge Congress to act quickly to pass an economic recovery package." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Donnelly. Congressman Donnelly Lauds Passage of Recovery and Reinvestment Plan. 13 February 2009. "I was pleased that The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act passed in the House of Representatives today," Donnelly said. "I voted for this legislation because it will create and save much-needed jobs and help get our economy back on track. Our current economic situation is too dire to do nothing, and I believe this stimulus plan is one of the answers to getting our economy back on the path to recovery." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Joe Donnelly supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 20 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Donnelly. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Joe Donnelly voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Donnelly. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Joe Donnelly voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Donnelly. Donnelly Continues to Press for More Stimulus Funds for Communities Hardest Hit by Economy. 16 Januray 2009. "Today, Congressman Joe Donnelly continued his efforts to direct stimulus relief to those communities that are suffering the most. In a letter written by Congressman Donnelly and co-signed by 38 members of Congress, Donnelly urged Congressional leaders of both parties to give special consideration in the economic stimulus package to those communities that have been disproportionately impacted by high unemployment and foreclosure rates, loss of tax base, and municipal revenue shortfalls." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Donnelly. Congressman Donnelly Supports Passage of Economic Stimulus Package. 29 January 2008. "I'm proud to support this bi-partisan, broad-based stimulus package," said Donnelly. "This is a necessary first step to jumpstart our economy and to provide immediate tax relief to working families while maximizing the benefit to the economy. I urge the Senate to act quickly in their passage of this legislation so we can get the rebate checks to folks as soon as possible." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Donnelly. Congressman Donnelly Votes Against FY 2010 House Budget. 2 April 2009. "America is fighting an economic emergency. I support the government responding aggressively to get our economy back on track, and I voted for the Recovery Act to provide tax cuts for Hoosiers, huge new investments in education and our transportation infrastructure, and extra assistance to those folks who have been hit especially hard by record job losses." (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Joe Donnelly a rating of 8 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Donnelly. Congressman Donnelly Asks Transportation Secretary To Direct Funds To The City Of Elkhart. 12 May 2009. "The City of Elkhart has been hit especially hard in these difficult economic times," Donnelly said. "Helping the city to finance these two transportation projects would not only create jobs locally, but it would also help local businesses. I believe these projects align themselves perfectly with the goals and objectives of the recovery act." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Joe Donnelly. Northwest Indiana Times: 2012 Joe Donnelly. Responded "My focus is job creation. I have a plan to help Indiana businesses create jobs. I support leveling the playing field because our manufacturers face unfair competition. We should cut taxes for job creators and give workers the tools they need to compete." to the question: "[no question]" (www.nwitimes.com)
  • Joe Donnelly. Congressman Donnelly Votes for Tax Relief and Renewable Energy. 21 May 2008. "Congressman Joe Donnelly joined a bipartisan majority in the House of Representatives in support of legislation that would provide tax incentives for investment in renewable energy and create thousands of jobs. 'This legislation invests in the renewable energy sources of the future, protects our environment and would help create good-paying American jobs.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Donnelly. Letter to the Honorable Sander Levin, Chairman Committee on Ways and Means. 25 May 2010. "There is a vast potential for American manufacturing to revitalize our economy through renewable energy tax credits. For example, there are 204 tons of steel in a single wind turbine, and tax incentives for wind energy can immediately start up our idling American steel factories." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Donnelly. In Support of H. R. 3221 and H. R. 2776. "My provision would prohibit an oil company from restricting the right of a franchisee to install E-85 pumps or sell or advertise E-85 fuel. In addition, it would also expand the Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Tax Credit to allow gas station owners to claim a credit on 50 percent of the costs associated with installing or converting equipment to sell E-85 up to $50,000. In short, this bill will provide tax incentives for gas station owners who want to--and should--do the right thing. These important changes will not only improve consumer access to alternative fuels, but will also make it easier for local businessmen and women to invest in our energy security, environment, and our communities. Alternative energy sources, like E-85, are critical for ending our dependence on foreign oil, reducing the impact of climate change, and creating jobs across this country. And I greatly appreciate the Committee's inclusion of my E-85 PUMP Act in today's legislation." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Donnelly. Congressman Donnelly Supports Tax Relief for Hoosier Families and Businesses. 16 December 2010. "No legislation is perfect, but I believe [Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010] will best provide continued tax relief for all working Americans and will continue to move our economy forward by providing important tax incentives for businesses. Additionally, this bill provides much-needed assistance to our friends and neighbors still looking for work. I trust the president will sign this bill into law quickly so every American family and business can look to the future with confidence." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Donnelly. Congressman Donnelly Delivers Democratic Radio Address. 3 March 2008. "Specifically, the legislation would invest more than $8 billion in clean, renewable energy incentives for electricity produced from sources such as wind, solar, biomass, and hydropower. In addition, the bill includes $2 billion for clean, renewable energy bonds to assist electric cooperatives and public electric providers to utilize renewable energy sources. Equally important, these technologies will lead to a demand for newly manufactured products and a growth of a quickly emerging green industry, creating hundreds of thousands of highly-skilled, well-paying jobs. The bill also provides tax incentives to help homeowners and businesses cut energy costs by investing in energy efficient products and properties, and it encourages American manufacturers to develop affordable appliances that would promote energy efficiency improvements in our homes and businesses. For rural communities, like those in my Indiana district, this bill contains tax incentives for the production of biodiesel and a new generation of biofuels—including fuels produced from domestic, non-food products such as switch grass and corn stover. And in order to bring these fuels to market, the bill included tax credits for the installation of new E-85 ethanol pumps." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Joe Donnelly. Chocola, Donnelly speak on funding, testing, intelligent design. 3 October 2006. "I support setting goals for schools. With No Child Left Behind, we can make significant improvements. We can provide the funding levels that were promised when the legislation was passed. In 2005, we fell $13.5 billion behind the original promised funding for that calendar year. What's happened, we've in effect created an underfunded federal mandate that has put an additional burden on our teachers and schools." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Donnelly. Issue Position: Education. 18 October 2011. "I support performance measures to ensure quality in our schools. However, the federal government must be a partner with, not a burden on, our schools. To that end, I support fully funding The No Child Left Behind Act to ensure that our educators have the resources they need to meet the expectations that we have set for them." (votesmart.org)

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  • Joe Donnelly. Issue Position: Energy. 18 October 2011. "While all Americans agree about the need for our country to end its dependence on foreign sources of energy, there are many opinions on the best way to achieve this goal. Some argue we can drill our way to energy security; others argue that conservation is the best strategy for realizing long-term energy independence. I think the best approach is to incorporate solutions from all sides of this important debate." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Donnelly. Congressman Donnelly Applauds Proposal For Additional Offshore Drilling. 31 March 2010. "I welcome today's announcement, because I've been calling for expanded offshore drilling for years. We need an all-in energy policy, and I've been a part of a bipartisan group of lawmakers calling for expanded drilling, increased use of safe nuclear power, and other American energy initiatives since the last Congress. By exploring the energy resources we have here at home, we will create American jobs and reduce our reliance on Middle Eastern oil dictators." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Donnelly. Issue Position: Addressing Rising Gas Prices. 18 October 2011. "We need to adopt an all-in approach to solving our nation's energy crisis. While this won't drop prices in the near term, we must find a way to stop sending billions of American dollars overseas each year. Lasting relief at the pump will only come when we invest in energy production here at home. From wind to nuclear, oil drilling to solar, natural gas to hydrogen, we need to responsibly pursue every resource in order to be energy independent. This is not only good for long-term prices at the pump--it is essential for our national security." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Donnelly. Issue Position: Energy and Climate Change. 18 October 2011. "Today it is clearer than ever that our country needs a comprehensive energy policy that aims to lower gas prices and lessen our dependence on foreign sources of energy. While there are many opinions on the exact strategy our nation should take, I believe the best approach to achieve a comprehensive policy will require members of both parties in Congress to cooperate and compromise. With this in mind, I have co-authored and voted for several pieces of legislation in Congress that would expand access to new oil and gas supplies that had been off limits due to federal moratoria on exploration in our Outer Continental Shelf and on certain federal lands." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Donnelly. Letter to Co-Chair Hensarling and Co-Chair Murray. 21 September 2011. "All-in American energy policy. To further ensure we are investing in America and not foreign countries, we must update our country's energy policies The current rate at which we are sending billions of dollars annually overseas in exchange for oil from global actors who do not have our best interests in mind is unwise and unsustainable. We should be encouraging investment in clean and renewable sources like wind and solar that can be produced here by American workers. We should expand the search for natural resources like oil and natural gas available on American territory, and we can use the revenue generated from lease sales for further energy investment and even reducing our deficit." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Donnelly. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Joe Donnelly voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Donnelly. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Joe Donnelly voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Donnelly. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Joe Donnelly voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Joe Donnelly supported the interests of Environment America 67 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)

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  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Joe Donnelly supported the interests of Environment America 67 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Joe Donnelly supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 70 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Donnelly. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Joe Donnelly voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Donnelly. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Joe Donnelly voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Donnelly. Evansville Courier and Press - Community Comment: Voters only need Hoosier common sense at the polls. 3 June 2012. "In my experience, no party has it 100 percent right all the time. That is why I'm so independent: why I voted against cap and trade and why I voted for the Keystone oil pipeline. That is why I support a balanced-budget amendment and why I want to end the tax breaks companies use to export jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Donnelly. Issue Position: Energy and Climate Change. 25 October 2011. "While I believe that climate change is real and should be addressed as part of a comprehensive reform of our nation's energy policy, I do not believe an approach that asks Indiana's economy to bear unduly high costs to cut our nation's carbon emissions is the right way to go. That is why I voted against The American Clean Energy and Security Act in June 2009. Indiana gets 94 percent of its electricity from coal, and we have the most manufacturing-intensive sate in the country. This legislation has too many uncertainties in terms of the effect it would have on Hoosier manufacturers, other businesses, and the folks they employ. As a result, Indiana would have the farthest to go in order to meet the bill's carbon reduction goals, and we would be the most vulnerable to price increases, putting Hoosiers at a competitive disadvantage." (votesmart.org)

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  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Joe Donnelly a grade of 73." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Donnelly. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Joe Donnelly voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Donnelly. Issue Position: Gun Rights. 18 October 2011. "I believe in and support the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, which guarantees us the right to possess guns." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Donnelly. Issue Position: Gun Rights. 18 October 2011. "I strongly believe in and support the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, which guarantees us the right to keep and bear arms. In 2008, the National Rifle Association endorsed me as their candidate in the Indiana Second Congressional District election because of my proven voting record on Second Amendment issues." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Donnelly. Gun Owners for Donnelly Announced. 26 April 2012. "Our constitutional right to bear arms is one of the essential freedoms we enjoy as Americans, so I am honored to receive the support of these Hoosier gun owners," said Donnelly. "I am proud to be a strong believer in Americans' right to bear arms and pledge to continue my work to protect and defend that right in the United States Senate." (www.joeforindiana.com)

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  • Joe Donnelly. Congressman Donnelly Will Support Health Insurance Reform. 21 March 2010. "From the beginning of this debate, I've remained consistent in fighting for the principles I believe should be a part of health insurance reform. We need to prohibit insurance companies from denying coverage to folks who suffer from serious illnesses and we need to extend the life of Medicare. We need to lower the costs of health insurance that are squeezing families and small businesses and we must allow people to keep the insurance they have--if that's what they want to do. We need to ensure that any reforms prohibit the use of federal funds for abortion-related services and do not add to the national debt. The House bill, the America's Affordable Health Choices Act, which I voted for in November, did all of these things." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Donnelly. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Joe Donnelly voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Joe Donnelly supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Donnelly. Issue Position: Healthcare. 18 October 2011. "Our ultimate goal must be to make healthcare available to all who want it. If we are to reduce the number of uninsured and reduce healthcare costs for working families, we will need strong leadership from a president who is willing to take bold steps and a Congress that will set aside partisan differences and work together. President Obama has proposed creative solutions to address the healthcare crisis. I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress to debate the merits of these proposals and hopefully pass bipartisan legislation to provide for overdue comprehensive reform of the healthcare system." (votesmart.org)

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  • Joe Donnelly. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Joe Donnelly voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Donnelly. Chocola and Donnelly Debate. 3 October 2006. "We need secure boarders. We need to enforce employment law. We need to have no amnesty." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Joe Donnelly supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Joe Donnelly in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Joe Donnelly supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 67 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Donnelly. Issue Position: Immigration. 18 October 2011. "I oppose any proposal that amounts to amnesty or rewards illegal behavior. Our country has a rich tradition built upon the hard work of immigrant citizens from all over the world, and we welcome legal immigration. Out of respect for our laws and those who have followed them, I will continue to work hard to ensure that American citizenship is reserved for those who play by the rules." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Donnelly. Donnelly's support growing. 18 October 2006. "On illegal immigration Donnelly said he wants to secure the country's borders, favors fencing between Mexico and the U.S., and opposes amnesty for illegals already in the country. 'We have to have a secure border and tighten up on it. We also have to enforce our employment law - if jobs are not available (for illegal immigrants) than there's no lure to come here,' Donnelly explained. He said illegal immigration is a national security issue and wants to ensure the American people are safe." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Donnelly. Congressman Donnelly Supports Crack Down on Illegal Immigration. 5 Fubruary 2008. "This act would increase the enforcement capacity of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, by employing more agents and training additional state and local law enforcement personnel. The legislation would also expedite the removal of illegal immigrants by expanding detention capacity and increasing the number of Federal District Court judges." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Donnelly. Alien Smuggling and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007. 22 May 2007. "Mr. Speaker, Mr. Hill's bill recognizes that there must be real penalties for people who break our laws. When it comes to our immigration policies, we first need to prove to Americans that we can secure our borders against intruders and provide strong enforcement of existing laws. We need to get law enforcement and Federal agents all the tools they need to do their jobs effectively. We should provide the resources and technology our businesses need to better verify the citizenship of potential employees and crack down on employers who knowingly flout workplace laws. We must not provide amnesty for those who have broken our laws. And, Mr. Speaker, I regret that the recent proposal on comprehensive immigration reform in the Senate does not appear to have passed these tests." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Donnelly. Issue Position: Immigration. 20 June 2012. "As we know, border enforcement alone will not solve the problem. There are many thousands of undocumented workers that enter our country looking for work. Even though it is illegal to knowingly hire workers without documentation, there is an incentive to hire cheap labor with lax enforcement of employment laws. In order to fix this problem we must improve workplace enforcement of our current employment laws. I know this is a huge undertaking that will take support from both sides. I will oppose any proposal that amounts to amnesty or rewards illegal behavior. Our country has a rich tradition built upon the hard work of immigrant citizens from all over the world, and we welcome legal immigration. Out of respect for our laws and those who have followed them, I will continue to work hard to ensure that American citizenship is reserved for those who play by the rules." (votesmart.org)

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  • Joe Donnelly. Indiana's second district debate. 28 October 2006. "Marriage is a traditional union between a man and woman and I support that. I've not said anything on the constitutional or federal level, of supporting it, because we have two layers of protection in place." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Joe Donnelly supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 30 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Joe Donnelly supported the interests of the American Family Association 61 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Donnelly. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Joe Donnelly voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Donnelly. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Joe Donnelly voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Bradner. Courier Press: Top Indiana candidates of both parties oppose same-sex marriage. 13 May 2012. "'Joe believes marriage is between a man and a woman. He believes it is an issue that each state should decide, and his is opposed to an amendment to the U.S. Constitution,' Donnelly spokeswoman Elizabeth Shappell said." (m.courierpress.com)

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  • Joe Donnelly. Donnelly Statement on the Death of Libyan Dictator Qaddafi. 2 October 2011. "The death of Qaddafi is welcome news to the Libyan people who are seeking greater freedoms and an end to brutal oppression. In June, I voted for a resolution granting authorization for the limited use of force in Libya and opposing the use of U.S. ground forces there because I believed ending Qaddafi's regime was in our national security interests. While this resolution unfortunately did not pass, I believe focused, limited support from the United States was the right thing to offer in ending this regime." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Donnelly. Donnelly Statement on the Death of Osama bin Laden. 2 May 2011. "I had said that bin Laden should be given no quarter and that America must be free to act unilaterally whether he was found in Afghanistan, Pakistan, or elsewhere. His death has been a long time coming and our fight since 9/11 has been a difficult one. As we celebrate the justice that was delivered to a mass murderer, let us also remember our sons and daughters stationed overseas in harm's way fighting enemies that remain dangerous. We are a nation proudly in their debt today." (votesmart.org)

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  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Joe Donnelly supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 90 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Donnelly. Issue Position: Social Security. 18 October 2011. "I will not support any plan that tries to privatize Social Security. I will not allow any person, political party, or special interest group to recklessly gamble with your Social Security benefits. I will work tirelessly to insure that Social Security remains financially sound and stable so that all of us, young and old, receive the benefits to which we are entitled." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Donnelly. Issue Position: Social Security and Medicare. 18 October 2011. "Social security is vital to millions of seniors and should be a guaranteed benefit. I will not support any plan that tries to privatize Social Security. I will not allow any person, political party, or special interest group to recklessly gamble with your Social Security benefits. I will work tirelessly to insure that Social Security remains financially sound and stable so that all of us, young and old, receive the benefits to which we are entitled." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Donnelly. Issue Position: Social Security & Medicare. 18 October 2011. "I strongly oppose risky proposals to privatize Social Security. I will adamantly oppose any person's, political party's, or special interest group's effort to recklessly gamble with your Social Security benefits. I will work tirelessly to ensure that Social Security remains financially sound and stable so that all of us, young and old, receive the benefits for which we've worked." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Donnelly. Issue Position: Seniors. 18 October 2011. "We have an obligation to ensure that retirees continue to receive the benefits that they were promised, while also guaranteeing that the program will be there for future generations. That is why I strongly oppose risky proposals to privatize Social Security or gamble with the very funds that are supposed to guarantee that every senior can live in dignity." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Donnelly. Issue Position: Seniors. 18 October 2011. "President Bush has indicated that he wants to privatize Social Security. I oppose that plan because it would increase our national debt and result in benefit cuts for our seniors." (votesmart.org)

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