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Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.
|a) Abortions should always be illegal.|
|b) Abortions should always be legally available.|
|c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.|
|X||d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.|
|X||e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.|
|f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.|
|g) Other or expanded principles|
Using the key below, indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category.
|Slightly Increase Funding||a) Agricultural|
|Slightly Decrease Funding||b) Arts|
|Slightly Increase Funding||c) Defense|
|Slightly Increase Funding||d) Education|
|Maintain Funding Status||e) Environmental|
|Slightly Decrease Funding||f) International Aid|
|Slightly Increase Funding||g) Law Enforcement|
|Maintain Funding Status||h) Medical Research|
|Maintain Funding Status||i) National Aeronautical Space Administration (NASA)|
|Maintain Funding Status||j) National Parks|
|Slightly Increase Funding||k) Public Health Services|
|Maintain Funding Status||l) Scientific Research|
|Slightly Increase Funding||m) Terrorism Prevention|
|Slightly Increase Funding||n) Transportation and Highway Infrastructure|
|Maintain Funding Status||o) Welfare|
|Greatly Decrease Funding||p) Other or expanded categories|
Unauthorized pork-barrel spending in Appropriation bills
Using the key below, indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number per category.
|Slightly Increase Funding||a) Armed Forces personnel training|
|Slightly Increase Funding||b) Covert intelligence operations|
|Maintain Funding Status||c) Military hardware|
|Slightly Increase Funding||d) Pay for active duty personnel|
|Maintain Funding Status||e) National Missile Defense Program|
|Maintain Funding Status||f) Programs to improve military retention rates|
|Maintain Funding Status||g) Research and development of new weapons|
|Slightly Increase Funding||h) Troop and equipment readiness|
|i) Other or expanded categories|
Using the key below, indicate what levels you support concerning taxes, deductions, and tax credits in the following categories. Select one number per tax.
Income Taxes - Family Income
|Slightly Decrease||a) Less than $25,000|
|Slightly Decrease||b) $25,000 - $75,000|
|Slightly Decrease||c) $75,000 - $150,000|
|Maintain Status||d) Over $150,000|
|e) Other or expanded categories|
Income Taxes - Retiree Income
|Slightly Decrease||f) Over $40, 000|
|g) Other or expanded categories|
|Maintain Status||a) Alcohol taxes|
|Maintain Status||b) Capital gains taxes|
|Maintain Status||c) Cigarette taxes|
|Maintain Status||d) Corporate taxes|
|Maintain Status||e) Gasoline taxes|
|Greatly Decrease||f) Inheritance taxes|
|g) Other or expanded categories|
I support modernizing the tax code to close corporate loopholes.
|Maintain Status||a) Charitable deductions|
|Slightly Increase||b) Medical expense deductions|
|Maintain Status||c) Mortgage deductions|
|Maintain Status||d) Child tax credit|
|Maintain Status||e) Earned income tax credit|
|Slightly Increase||f) Student loan tax credit|
|g) Other or expanded categories|
|Yes||2) Should a married couple filing jointly pay the same taxes as if they were an unmarried couple filing separately?|
|No||3) Would you use Social Security surpluses to balance the budget?|
|4) Other or expanded principles|
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and governmental reform issues.
|a) Support public taxpayer funding for congressional candidates who comply with campaign spending limits.|
|b) Increase the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns.|
|c) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.|
|d) Provide free or low-cost television advertising to candidates who agree to voluntary campaign spending limits.|
|X||e) Ban unregulated soft money campaign contributions to political parties or committees.|
|X||f) Prohibit non-U.S. citizens from making soft money contributions to national parties or party committees.|
|X||g) Require full disclosure of funding sources of issue advocacy commercials which appear within 60 days of an election.|
|h) Remove all contribution limits to federal candidates and parties.|
|i) Require congressional candidates to raise over half of their campaign money from their home state.|
|j) Require that unions give members the option of not having membership dues used for political purposes.|
|Yes||k) Support the federal government mandate that creates national voting system standards.|
|No||l) Do you support amending the Constitution to limit the number of terms that members of Congress can serve?|
|No||m) Do you support voting on-line?|
|n) Other or expanded principles|
Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.
|a) Eliminate the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.|
|b) Increase spending to build more federal prisons.|
|X||c) Impose "truth in sentencing" for violent criminals so they serve full sentences with no chance of parole.|
|X||d) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.|
|X||e) Support programs to provide prison inmates with drug and alcohol addiction treatment.|
|X||f) Increase funding for community policing programs.|
|g) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.|
|h) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, and disability be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.|
|i) Enforcement of civil rights should primarily be the responsibility of the federal government.|
|j) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.|
|X||k) Support programs that provide job training and placement services for at-risk youth.|
|l) Other or expanded principles|
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning illegal drugs.
|X||a) Increase penalties for selling illegal drugs.|
|X||b) Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.|
|X||c) Expand federally sponsored drug education and drug treatment programs.|
|d) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.|
|X||e) Increase border security to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the U.S.|
|f) Eliminate federal funding for programs associated with the "war on drugs."|
|X||g) Other or expanded principles|
I support drug laws that are implemented fairly across the board, regardless of race or socio-economic background.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning education.
|X||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.|
|X||d) Support charter schools where teachers and professionals receive authorization and funding to establish new schools.|
|X||e) Increase funding for block grants to states to help them hire additional teachers.|
|f) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.|
|X||g) Increase funding for computers and computer training in public schools.|
|X||h) Increase funding for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).|
|i) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs.|
|X||j) Increase funding of programs such as Pell grants and Stafford loans to help students pay for college.|
|X||k) Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college.|
|X||l) Other or expanded principles|
I support encouraging states to implement teacher testing and reward outstanding educators with merit pay. I believe the federal government must fulfill its commitment to fund Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in its entirety.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment and affirmative action.
|X||a) Increase funding for national job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.|
|b) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.|
|X||c) Establish empowerment zones in areas with large numbers of unemployed people.|
|X||d) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.|
|e) Encourage employers to offer flex-time scheduling, comp-time, and unpaid leave for family emergencies.|
|f) Eliminate any federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.|
|X||g) Increase the federal minimum wage.|
|h) Considering race and gender in government contracting decisions is appropriate for the federal government.|
|i) Include sexual orientation in federal anti-discrimination laws.|
|X||j) Continue federal affirmative action programs.|
|k) Discontinue federal affirmative action programs.|
|X||l) Other or expanded principles|
I support the S. 1284, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2001. I support continuing reasonable affirmative action programs that do not include quotas, reverse discrimination or preferences for unqualified individuals.
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) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration.|
|d) Support the U.S. re-entering the current Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming.|
|e) Require states to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses of privately owned land.|
|X||f) Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.|
|g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.|
|X||h) Provide tax credits for state and local bonds to preserve open spaces, build parks, improve water quality and redevelop brownfields.|
|i) Support the National Forest Protection and Restoration Act prohibiting commercial logging in our national forests.|
|j) Provide states and local communities with more flexibility to address their respective environmental problems.|
|k) Other or expanded principles|
I am a supporter of states rights, I believe states should arrive at a system to compensate farmers and landowners when their property rights are compromised.
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.|
|X||b) 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.|
|X||e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.|
|f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.|
|X||g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.|
|h) Require a license for gun possession.|
|i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21.|
|X||j) Other or expanded principles|
I believe law-abiding Americans have a constitutional right to own and use guns.
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.|
|X||c) 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.|
|X||d) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes the right to sue when claims are denied.|
|X||e) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes the right to appeal to an administrative board of specialists when services are denied.|
|X||f) Support legislation to provide prescription drug coverage under Medicare.|
|X||g) Increase research funding of the human genome to find cures for diseases such as cancer, AIDS/HIV, Alzheimer's, and heart disease.|
|X||h) Increase federal funding for training health workers to recognize and respond to the release of biological agents.|
|X||i) Prohibit the procedure of cloning human embryos.|
|j) Other or expanded principles|
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration.
|a) Decrease the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country.|
|b) Provide extra federal aid to states with higher numbers of immigrants for necessary medical and social services.|
|X||c) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children.|
|d) Increase the immigration quota for computer scientists and other information technology workers.|
|e) Establish English as the official U.S. language.|
|X||f) Collect fingerprint data from all U.S. visa applicants which would be accessible to all federal immigration-related agencies.|
|g) Allow legalization for certain illegal immigrants working in the U.S.|
|X||h) Other or expanded principles|
I am also in favor of enforcing immigration laws and deporting those who are here illegally.
Indicate which principles (if any) you support regarding U. S. economic assistance.
|X||a) Aid should be granted to countries when extraordinary circumstances cause disaster and threaten civilian lives.|
|X||b) Aid should be granted to countries when it is in the security interests of the U. S.|
|c) 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 or expanded principles|
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the Middle East.
|a) The U.S. should take military action against Iraq only as part of an international effort.|
|b) The U.S. should end the economic embargo against Iraq.|
|c) The U.S. should not continue to play a prominent leadership role in the peace process between Israel and the Palestine Authority.|
|d) The U.S. should support the formation of a Palestinian state.|
|X||e) Other or expanded principles|
The U.S. should remain engaged in the Middle East. A Palestinian state should only be formed as part of a negotiated settlement which both Palestinians and Israelis agree upon.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the United States-United Nations relationship.
|X||a) 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.|
|d) Other or expanded principles|
|3) Should the U.S. have full diplomatic relations with Cuba?|
|Undecided||4) Should the U.S. recognize and extend full diplomatic relations to Taiwan?|
|Yes||5) Should the U.S. increase its financial support to Colombia for the "war on drugs?"|
|Yes||6) Do you support the cooperative threat reduction programs with Russia to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons? ___ Yes ___ No ___ Undecided|
|No||7) Do you support the recent withdrawal of the U.S. from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) treaty in order to deploy a national missile defense system?|
|Yes||8) Should the U.S. hold nations accountable for terrorists who operate from their country?|
|X||9) Other or expanded principles|
The U.S. should engage the Cuban people and encourage them to replace Castro with the goal of full diplomatic relations and a free and democratic Cuba.
|Yes||1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?|
|Yes||2) Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?|
|Yes||3) Do you support continued U.S. membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO)?|
|Yes||4) Do you support China becoming a member of the World Trade Organization?|
|Yes||5) Should a nation's human rights record affect its normal trade relations (most favored nation) trading status with the United States? ___ Yes ___ No ___ Undecided|
|Yes||6) Should the President have "fast-track" authority to negotiate trade agreements?|
|No||7) Do you support the trade embargo against Cuba?|
|X||8) Other or expanded principles|
I am supportive of free and fair trade. As a senator, I will carefully weigh free trade legislation on its merits, including working standards and environmental concerns.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding national security.
|Yes||1. Do you support the President using military tribunals to try terrorist suspects when the President deems ordinary civil courts to be inappropriate or impractical?|
|Yes||2. Should the U.S. adopt higher qualification rules for student visa applications from nations known to sponsor terrorism?|
|Yes||3. Should law enforcement agencies be granted greater discretion to read mail and email, tap phones, and conduct random searches to prevent future terrorist attacks?|
|Yes||4. Should federal law enforcement agencies share intelligence data with local law enforcement agencies?|
|Yes||5. Should the federal government provide states with funding for homeland security?|
|X||6. Other or expanded principles|
Law enforcement officials should be allowed greater discretion to read mail and email, tap phones and conduct random searches depending upon the legislation. It is important that our national security is protected while not sacrificing American's Constitutional rights.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security.
|a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves.|
|b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government.|
|c) The federal government should 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.|
|X||f) 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.|
|X||g) Other or expanded principles|
Social Security reform should preserve a guaranteed minimum benefit and maintain our commitment to survivors of deceased workers and people with disabilities.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding technology.
|a) Continue the moratorium on Internet sales taxes.|
|b) Implement regulation of Internet content by the federal government.|
|c) Regulation of the Internet should not be controlled by the federal government.|
|X||d) Support government mandates to curtail violent and sexual content on television.|
|X||e) Other or expanded principles|
We should help parents protect their children against exposure to inappropriate media content.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding poverty and the welfare system.
|X||a) Support housing assistance for welfare recipients.|
|X||b) Provide homeless families with apartment vouchers they can use to defray the cost of an apartment.|
|X||c) Continue to give states and local governments responsibility for welfare programs through TANF block grants.|
|X||d) Maintain current welfare-to-work requirements in order for states to qualify for block grants.|
|e) Restore food stamp programs to legal immigrants.|
|f) Transfer homeless housing programs to states through block grants.|
|X||g) 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) Provide states with additional funding for Medicaid programs to alleviate increasing state budget deficits.|
|X||k) Other or expanded principles|
We support providing continued Medicaid benefits for those moving from welfare to work if they are not receiving benefits from their new employer.
|In a total of seventy-five (75) words or less, please explain what your top two or three priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional funding needed to implement these priorities.|
Mark Pryor strongly supports the War on Terrorism. As a United States Senator, he will back our Armed Forces and work to safeguard America by protecting our interests both at home and abroad. Mark Pryor will work to strengthen our economy and create new jobs. He is a strong advocate of improving education and meeting the federal government's commitments to our education system. Mark Pryor is dedicated to preserving and protecting Social Security and Medicare. He supports creating an affordable prescription drug benefit and extending meaningful coverage through Medicare available to seniors and the disabled.