Representative Gwendolynne 'Gwen' S. Moore's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Gwendolynne 'Gwen' S. Moore
Current Office: U.S. House - District 4, Democratic
First Elected: 11/02/2004
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 4
Primary Aug. 12, 2014
Gender: Female
Family: 3 Children: Jessalynne, Ade, Sowande
Birth Date: 04/18/1951
Birth Place: Racine, WI
Home City: Milwaukee, WI
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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

  • Gwen Moore. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Gwen Moore voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Gwen Moore supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Women's Political Caucus. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Women's Political Caucus endorsed Gwen Moore in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Gwen Moore in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. NARAL Pro-Choice America endorsed Gwen Moore in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Gwen Moore supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Gwen Moore. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Gwen Moore voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Gwen Moore. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Gwen Moore voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Gwen Moore supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (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 Gwen Moore a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Gwendolynne Moore. 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." (votesmart.org)
  • Gwendolynne Moore. Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011. 17 February 2011. "I would beg my colleagues, I would beg them to not defund Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood is healthy for women, it's healthy for children, and it's healthy for our society." (votesmart.org)
  • Gwen Moore. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Gwen Moore voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Gwen Moore supported the interests of the Family Research Council 6 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Gwen Moore. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Gwen Moore voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Gwen Moore. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Gwen Moore voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Gwen Moore. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Gwen Moore voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Gwendolynne Moore. Letter to President of the United States of America George W. Bush. 16 May 2006. "We are concerned that those who seek to restrict or eliminate safe, legal abortions are expanding their goals and now also seek to restrict access to emergency contraception and other forms of prescription birth control." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Gwen Moore supported the interests of the Peace Action 75 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Gwen Moore supported the interests of Peace Action West 75 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Gwen Moore. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Gwen Moore voted Yea on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Gwendolynne Moore. Moore Response to State of the Union. 25 January 2011. "Secretary of Defense Robert Gates is calling on Congress to consider about $80 billion in cuts to defense spending. He gets that any solution to our fiscal mess needs to address unneeded defense spending. We need to consider those cuts." (votesmart.org)
  • Gwendolynne Moore. Moore, Bipartisan Lawmakers Fought to Cut $8.5 Billion of Defense Spending. 8 July 2011. "Defense spending accounts for as much as Medicare and Medicaid combined. With many of my colleagues slashing those programs, we must also take a strong look at cutting defense spending. I'm disappointed that this amendment failed and that we now may be forced to make deeper and more painful cuts elsewhere." (votesmart.org)
  • Gwendolynne Moore. Letter to the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. 13 October 2010. "Given the size of our deficit and debt problems as well as the political challenges and policy controversies involved in implementing any solutions to them, it is clear to us that cutting the military budget must be a part of any visible proposal. The Department of Defense currently takes up almost 56% of all discretionary federal spending, and accounts for nearly 65% of the increase in annual discretionary spending levels since 2001. Much of this increase, of course, is attributable to direct war costs, but nearly 37% of discretionary spending growth falls under the "base" or "peacetime" military budget. Applying the adage that is necessary to "go where the money is" requires that rigorous scrutiny be applied to military spending. We believe that such an analysis will show that substantial spending cuts can be made without threatening our national security, without cutting essential funds for fighting terrorism, and without shirking our obligations as a nation to our brave troops currently in the field, our veterans, and our military retirees." (votesmart.org)
  • Gwendolynne Moore. Letter to the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. 13 October 2010. "We strongly believe this to be the case, and we strongly believe that any deficit reduction package must contain significant cuts to the military budget." (votesmart.org)
  • Gwen Moore. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Gwen Moore voted Nay on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Gwendolynne Moore. Letter to Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 13 October 2011. "You have a unique opportunity to bring our defense spending in line with our legitimate national defense needs while getting our nation on the path to a balanced budget free of deficit. As former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates noted last year, paraphrasing President Dwight D. Eisenhower, "The United States should spend as much as necessary on national defense, but not one penny more. [...] The June 2010 report of the Sustainable Defense Task Force detailed proposals to reduce our nuclear stockpile substantially, realizing savings of over $100 billion without compromising our national security.[1] The report proposed over $960 billion in defense department savings over the next decade. [...] Bringing our defense spending in line with our legitimate security needs must be considered along with other measures to regain our economic footing." (votesmart.org)
  • Gwen Moore. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Gwen Moore voted Nay on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Gwen Moore. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Gwen Moore voted Yea on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Gwen Moore. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Gwen Moore voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Gwen Moore. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Gwen Moore voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Gwen Moore. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Gwen Moore voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Gwen Moore. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Gwen Moore voted Nay on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Gwen Moore. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Gwen Moore voted Nay on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Gwendolynne Moore. Letter to President Barack Obama, Speaker of the House John Boenher, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Chairmens of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, Congressman Hal Rogers and Senator Daniel Inouye. 9 June 2011. "First, it is essential for our economic future that we adopt a binding plan for substantial deficit reduction over the next several years. Second, we do not believe that this can be done in an acceptable manner if we do not include substantial reductions in the plans for military spending during that period, and this requires a reevaluation of the mismatch between our current national security structure and overseas commitments, and the genuine security needs of the American People." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Gwendolynne Moore. Job Creation & Economic Recovery. 4 September 2012. "Repeal Costly Tax Cuts for the Rich: The Bush tax cuts for the rich have put the nation in economic crisis. We are currently facing record deficits and huge job losses. In Congress, Gwen will support rolling back the Bush tax cuts that benefited the wealthiest one percent of taxpayers while doing very little to help the millions of working people in this country." (www.gwenmooreforcongress.com)
  • Gwendolynne Moore. Gwen Moore Opposes Republican Tax Plan Which Favors Millionaires over Middle Class. 15 August 2012. "It is shameful that my Republican colleagues would seek to give huge tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans on the back of the middle class and poor of this country. And though Republicans are constantly saying that we should not increase our debt, their plan would add an addition $50 billion to the deficit in 2013 alone. In contrast, under the Democratic alternative 98 percent of Americans and 97 percent of small businesses will see no tax increase. It will extend for one year expiring marginal tax rates for income as well as rates on capital gains and dividends for taxable income of $200,000 or less for single filers and $250,000 or less for joint filers." (votesmart.org)
  • Gwendolynne Moore. Balancing the Budget. 22 June 2011. "What we've seen over the past 30 years is that lower marginal tax rates have not led to particularly impressive economic growth, labor markets or revenues. Growth was actually more impressive back when marginal tax rates were higher. The verdict is in. We need to reform our tax code now, for the sake of fairness, and for the sake of our economy [¦] We cannot protect the wealthy few at the expense of tens of millions of low-income and working-class families." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Gwen Moore supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 0 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Gwen Moore supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 8 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Gwen Moore supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Gwen Moore supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 5 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Gwendolynne Moore. Congresswoman Gwen Moore Calls on Conferees to Fund Pell Grants. 11 February 2009. "This is a stimulus package, and it's a package about jobs. Funding for school modernization and repairs is a direct pipeline to job creation, because someone has to build these improvements." (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 Gwen Moore a rating of 7 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Gwen Moore. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Gwen Moore voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Gwen Moore. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Gwen Moore voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Gwendolynne Moore. Milwaukee Perfect Choice for New Ingeteam Factory. 16 February 2010. "Manufacturing helped build Milwaukee and bringing clean-energy manufacturing jobs here is crucial to helping our area compete in the 21st century global economy. This is exactly the type of investment we planned when the stimulus became law one year ago. This tax credit will help create good, new jobs in high-tech manufacturing and clean-energy now and help build the foundation for long-term economic growth." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Gwendolynne Moore. Milwaukee Perfect Choice for New Ingeteam Factory. 16 February 2010. "Manufacturing helped build Milwaukee and bringing clean-energy manufacturing jobs here is crucial to helping our area compete in the 21st century global economy. This is exactly the type of investment we planned when the stimulus became law one year ago. This tax credit will help create good, new jobs in high-tech manufacturing and clean-energy now and help build the foundation for long-term economic growth." (votesmart.org)
  • Gwendolynne Moore. Letter to Sander Levin, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and David Lee 'Dave' Camp, Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Committee. 10 December 2010. "I urge you to include a two year renewal of tax incentives, which would promptly help provide a strong stimulus for our economy while preserving the jobs and economic development work of these existing zones and communities." (votesmart.org)
  • Gwendolynne Moore. Gwen Moore Opposes Republican Tax Plan Which Favors Millionaires over Middle Class. 15 August 2012. "It is shameful that my Republican colleagues would seek to give huge tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans on the back of the middle class and poor of this country. And though Republicans are constantly saying that we should not increase our debt, their plan would add an addition $50 billion to the deficit in 2013 alone. In contrast, under the Democratic alternative 98 percent of Americans and 97 percent of small businesses will see no tax increase. It will extend for one year expiring marginal tax rates for income as well as rates on capital gains and dividends for taxable income of $200,000 or less for single filers and $250,000 or less for joint filers. It also extends various other tax provisions, including marriage penalty relief, expanded child and earned income tax credits, education tax incentives, and small business expensing all for one year, through 2013, and a patch for the Alternative Minimum Tax for 2012." (votesmart.org)
  • Gwendolynne Moore. Congresswoman Gwen Moore's Statement on the House Passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. 13 February 2009. "In addition, because of the efforts by Sen. Kohl and myself, motorcycle buyers will benefit from the tax incentives in [the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act] -- which will help motorcycle manufacturers like Harley-Davidson-- save jobs in my district." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Gwendolynne Moore. Issue Position: Education. 31 August 2012. "Repeal No Child Left Behind Act : The No Child Left Behind Act has turned out to be more hype than help. The law created unfair new mandates that overburden our schools and the Bush Administration has failed to adequately fund the programs under the Act. In Congress, Gwen Moore will support the repeal of No Child Left Behind and will work to provide adequate funding for education programs including Title I, Head Start, and Special Education [¦] Fully Fund Education Promises : Gwen Moore knows that schools cannot be held accountable unless they are given the resources they need. Under President Bush's 2005 Budget, the Fourth Congressional District faces a $169 million shortfall in promised federal funding. In Congress, Gwen will fight for full funding of the federal government's promises in education spending." (votesmart.org)
  • Gwendolynne Moore. Moore Dismayed State is Withholding Funds from MPS. 5 February 2010. " Today, U.S. Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-Milwaukee) wrote to Tony Evers, State Superintendent of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, asking him to immediately stop the process to withhold $175 million in Federal education funding from Milwaukee Public Schools. Congresswoman Moore wrote that Superintendent Evers' action is¦ 'especially troubling given that Congress and the Obama Administration are working to change the one-size-fits-all approach of No Child Left Behind that was designed to punish schools, not students [¦] punishing our children is no solution [¦] If our schools are not meeting expectations today “ they sure won't be able to meet expectations tomorrow with even fewer resources' and wrote that halting this process to withhold funding is necessary to give the newly-hired superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools 'a chance to succeed.'" (www.house.gov)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Gwen Moore. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Gwen Moore voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Gwen Moore. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Gwen Moore voted Nay on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Gwen Moore supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Gwen Moore. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Gwen Moore voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Gwen Moore. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Gwen Moore voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Gwen Moore. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Gwen Moore voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Gwen Moore supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Gwen Moore in the 2004 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Gwen Moore in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Gwen Moore supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. League of Conservation Voters endorsed Gwen Moore in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Gwen Moore in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)

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  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Gwen Moore in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Gwendolynne Moore. Protecting Gun Owners in Bankruptcy Act of 2010. 29 July 2010. "Within the last few years, six police officers were shot in my district using guns that were traced back to a single store. How did this one store seemingly sell so many guns to straw buyers--people purchasing the guns not for themselves, but on behalf of other people who are prohibited from buying, like convicted domestic abusers, felons, and people with outstanding warrants? Had Federal gun laws been adequate to properly regulate stores like this, and others around the country, I sincerely believe that much of the gun violence could be prevented." (votesmart.org)
  • Gwen Moore. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Gwen Moore voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Gwen Moore. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Gwen Moore voted Nay on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Gwen Moore a grade of 18." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Gwen Moore in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Gwen Moore. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Gwen Moore voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Gwendolynne Moore. Letter to Deputy Director Kenneth Melson, United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. 7 January 2010. "I fully support the second amendment rights of eligible citizens to buy and own guns; however, the second amendment does not protect irresponsible gun dealerships that willingly turn a blind eye when selling weapons to dangerous convicted felons." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Gwen Moore. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Gwen Moore voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Gwen Moore supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Gwendolynne Moore. Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2012. 14 April 2011. "General Motors pays more for health care than for steel. That is why the Affordable Care Act is needed, to bend the health care cost curve downward for all American health care consumers." (votesmart.org)
  • Gwendolynne Moore. Moore Statement on Republican Budget Proposal. 5 April 2011. "The Affordable Care Act stopped over payments to private Medicare Advantage plans saving $130 billion over 10 years. By fully implementing this law we will bend the cost curve downward and extend the life of Medicare for future generations." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Gwen Moore supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Gwen Moore. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Gwen Moore voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Gwen Moore. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Gwen Moore voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Gwen Moore supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Gwendolynne Moore. 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)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Gwen Moore supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Gwen Moore. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Gwen Moore voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Gwen Moore supported the interests of the American Family Association 11 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Gwen Moore. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Gwen Moore voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Gwen Moore supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Gwen Moore supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Gwen Moore supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 14 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Gwen Moore. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Gwen Moore voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Gwendolynne Moore. Rep. Gwen Moore for HRC's Americans for Marriage Equality. 22 August 2012. "I've always fought for equality and justice in America, which is why I think it's wrong to tell two people in love they can't get married, just because they're gay or lesbian." (youtu.be)

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

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  • Gwendolynne Moore. Fiscal Choices. 7 April 2011. "What we have seen from the Republicans [¦] 'path to prosperity,' which ends the entitlement to Medicaid, caps those benefits, which turns Medicare into a voucher--so-called 'premium supports' --and which gives instruction to the Ways and Means Committee to privatize or to fix Social Security." (votesmart.org)
  • Gwendolynne Moore. CNN "CNN Newsroom" “ Transcript. 11 August 2012. Answered: "Well, I mean, he has sought in the past to privatize Social Security. He is basically eviscerating all of the entitlement programs, including Medicare, where he provides a voucher to seniors, which would essentially pass the increasing costs of health care onto seniors, and estimates are that it would be as much as $6,000 a year" to the question: "Congresswoman Moore, what is your reaction to the Paul Ryan pick?" (votesmart.org)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Gwen Moore supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Gwendolynne Moore. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama. 21 July 2011. "As recovery efforts subside and unacceptably high unemployment continues to devastate our communities, we are pleased that the debt ceiling negotiations seem to be considering jobs as well as how to responsibly reduce spending. However, we remain gravely concerned that yet another, unacceptable cut to Social Security's revenue stream appears to be on the table. Enemies of Social Security reject valid proposals to give the same level of tax relief to the same Americans or American businesses without using the Social Security revenue stream and resultant general fund transfers. As alternative measures would have the same net effect on deficits and the economy, there is simply no need to negotiate cuts to Social Security taxes." (votesmart.org)
  • Gwendolynne Moore. Letter to Democratic Leader Pelosi. 25 July 2011. "We write in strong agreement with your unwavering defense of the Democratic programs that form the bedrock of America's middle and working classes, and which are overwhelmingly popular. On July 7, you made very clear that "We are not going to balance the budget on the backs of America's seniors, women and people with disabilities" and that "we do not support cuts in benefits" for vital safety-net programs. We agree completely. Especially in these tough economic times, we should not be cutting Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid benefits that millions of our constituents paid into and depend on. Such benefit cuts should be off the table in current debt discussions. Our Republican colleagues should be embarrassed by their insistence that unless Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits are cut, the nation will default on its debts [¦] We will not be forced to vote for a "final agreement" that we do not agree to -- and that the American people do not agree to. We stand united with you in insisting that benefit cuts for working families, our seniors, children, and people with disabilities must be off the table, and we stand united with you in fighting for millions of Americans who need Democrats to be firmly on their side." (votesmart.org)

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