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Mike Thompson's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 5, Democratic
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Mike Thompson has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Mike Thompson is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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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 issue positions, from the year 2014, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-choice Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Derek J Moore. Press Democrat: Yes votes from Woolsey, Thompson on health care. 7 November 2009. "Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, held out similar concerns, saying he supports doctors and their patients making decisions regarding health care and that he is 'pro-choice.'" (www.pressdemocrat.com)
  • Mike Thompson. Facebook: Wall Photo Comment. 5 February 2012. "It was an honor to receive the Claire Courtney Award from Six Rivers Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood provides health care services to both men and women. Without it, many would have no other option for health care. Millions of people, especially women, in California and across our country depend on Planned Parenthood for basic primary and preventive health care, including lifesaving cancer screenings, family planning, contraception, disease testing and treatment and annual exams. Thank you Planned Parenthood for the important health services you provide." (www.facebook.com)
  • Mike Thompson. Facebook: Wall. 8 March 2012. "From state houses across our county, to our nation's capitol, we've seen shocking attacks on women's access to healthcare. Together, we must fight back any attempts to undermine women's health rights." (www.facebook.com)
  • Mike Thompson. Protect Life Act. 31 October 2011. "I rise in strong opposition to this bill. A new poll today suggests that the 9-9-9 campaign theme of the new Republican Presidential front-runner is starting to gain traction. And it appears that the majority has taken a page from the Cain playbook with their 10-10-10 program, because this is the 10th month without a jobs bill on the floor, the 10th time we've put polarizing social issues and attacks on women's health before job creation and economic security, and the 10th attempt at repealing parts or all of the Affordable Care Act. This bill creates no jobs, it doesn't help the economy, and it inserts the government smack in the middle of people's health care decisions." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Mike Thompson voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Mike Thompson voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Mike Thompson voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Mike Thompson voted Yea on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Mike Thompson voted Nay on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Mike Thompson supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Mike Thompson voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Mike Thompson voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Mike Thompson supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Mike Thompson voted Yea on 07/20/2000. (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 Mike Thompson a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Mike Thompson voted Yea on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Mike Thompson voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Mike Thompson voted Yea on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Mike Thompson supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Mike Thompson in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Mike Thompson supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Mike Thompson voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Medicare, Medicaid, and federal subsidies should be prohibited from being used on abortion procedures."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Mike Thompson was rated 100% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund (Positions (June 27, 2014)) (votesmart.org)
  • Derek J Moore. Press Democrat: Yes votes from Woolsey, Thompson on health care. 7 November 2009. "Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, held out similar concerns, saying he supports doctors and their patients making decisions regarding health care and that he is 'pro-choice.'" (www.pressdemocrat.com)
  • Mike Thompson. Facebook: Wall Photo Comment. 5 February 2012. "It was an honor to receive the Claire Courtney Award from Six Rivers Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood provides health care services to both men and women. Without it, many would have no other option for health care. Millions of people, especially women, in California and across our country depend on Planned Parenthood for basic primary and preventive health care, including lifesaving cancer screenings, family planning, contraception, disease testing and treatment and annual exams. Thank you Planned Parenthood for the important health services you provide." (www.facebook.com)
  • Mike Thompson. Facebook: Wall. 8 March 2012. "From state houses across our county, to our nation's capitol, we've seen shocking attacks on women's access to healthcare. Together, we must fight back any attempts to undermine women's health rights." (www.facebook.com)
  • Mike Thompson. Protect Life Act. 31 October 2011. "I rise in strong opposition to this bill. A new poll today suggests that the 9-9-9 campaign theme of the new Republican Presidential front-runner is starting to gain traction. And it appears that the majority has taken a page from the Cain playbook with their 10-10-10 program, because this is the 10th month without a jobs bill on the floor, the 10th time we've put polarizing social issues and attacks on women's health before job creation and economic security, and the 10th attempt at repealing parts or all of the Affordable Care Act. This bill creates no jobs, it doesn't help the economy, and it inserts the government smack in the middle of people's health care decisions." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Mike Thompson voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Mike Thompson voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Mike Thompson voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Mike Thompson voted Yea on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Mike Thompson voted Nay on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Mike Thompson supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Mike Thompson voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Mike Thompson voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Mike Thompson supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Mike Thompson voted Yea on 07/20/2000. (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 Mike Thompson a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Mike Thompson voted Yea on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Mike Thompson voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Mike Thompson voted Yea on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Mike Thompson supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Mike Thompson in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Mike Thompson supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Mike Thompson voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Medicare, Medicaid, and federal subsidies should be prohibited from being used on abortion procedures."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Mike Thompson was rated 100% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund (Positions (June 27, 2014)) (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Mike Thompson supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 9 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Mike Thompson supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 83 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Mike Thompson supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 5 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Mike Thompson voted Nay on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. f) $350,001 and above"
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?" Budgetary, Spending, and Taxes, Part 3: Taxes (B) Other or expanded principles: "I have been a vocal advocate for the return of budget enforcement tools, which the Republican Majority allowed to expire in 2002. At the same time that this Majority has been raising the debt limit, they have been refusing to reinstate budget tools such as Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGO). PAYGO would require Congress to pay for all of the bills we pass, rather than just keep adding to the national deficit."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?"
  • Mike Thompson. AMT Relief Act of 2007. 12 December 2007. "From day one, this Democratic majority has pledged our commitment to budget enforcement. One of our first acts as a new majority was to implement PAYGO rules. The position of this House and this majority has not changed. Congress must pay as we go, and we pay for this tax relief today by closing loopholes which allows tax avoidance for wealthy folks who move their money offshore, and we take what we gain from closing that loophole and in turn we pay for middle-class tax relief. Twenty-three million people will be hit with a tax increase if we don't pass this." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. Lake County News -- Thompson and Community Members Talk about Federal Budget Challenges. 23 February 2011. "Moving through a slide presentation, Thompson reported that the national debt is $14 trillion, and the federal budget for the 2010 fiscal year had a $1.3 trillion deficit, with the nation taking in $2.2 trillion in revenues but spending $3.5 trillion¦ Thompson showed a chart illustrating the nation's spending with an area that showed what he called "a pretty precipitous drop," which he attributed to $1.5 trillion in tax cuts¦ In 2001, the nation had a $236 billion budget surplus, which has now turned into a $14 trillion deficit. ˜It's pretty obvious how we got here,' said Thompson. He showed a list of huge national costs -- including $1.15 trillion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, $380 billion for Medicare Part D, more than $2 trillion in tax cuts between 2001 and 2010, the $291 billion bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and $479 billion in fallout from the economy downturn -- including less tax dollars costs related to the high unemployment." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson signed Letter to the Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives. 9 December 2010. "We oppose acceding to Republican demands to extend the Bush tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires for two reasons. First, it is fiscally irresponsible. Adding more than $900 billion to our national debt, as this proposal would do, handcuffs our ability to offer a balanced plan to achieve fiscal stability without a punishing effect on our current commitments, including Social Security and Medicare." . (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Mike Thompson supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 9 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Mike Thompson supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 5 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Mike Thompson supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 83 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Mike Thompson voted Nay on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. f) $350,001 and above"
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?" Budgetary, Spending, and Taxes, Part 3: Taxes (B) Other or expanded principles: "I have been a vocal advocate for the return of budget enforcement tools, which the Republican Majority allowed to expire in 2002. At the same time that this Majority has been raising the debt limit, they have been refusing to reinstate budget tools such as Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGO). PAYGO would require Congress to pay for all of the bills we pass, rather than just keep adding to the national deficit."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?"
  • Mike Thompson. AMT Relief Act of 2007. 12 December 2007. "From day one, this Democratic majority has pledged our commitment to budget enforcement. One of our first acts as a new majority was to implement PAYGO rules. The position of this House and this majority has not changed. Congress must pay as we go, and we pay for this tax relief today by closing loopholes which allows tax avoidance for wealthy folks who move their money offshore, and we take what we gain from closing that loophole and in turn we pay for middle-class tax relief. Twenty-three million people will be hit with a tax increase if we don't pass this." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. Lake County News -- Thompson and Community Members Talk about Federal Budget Challenges. 23 February 2011. "Moving through a slide presentation, Thompson reported that the national debt is $14 trillion, and the federal budget for the 2010 fiscal year had a $1.3 trillion deficit, with the nation taking in $2.2 trillion in revenues but spending $3.5 trillion¦ Thompson showed a chart illustrating the nation's spending with an area that showed what he called "a pretty precipitous drop," which he attributed to $1.5 trillion in tax cuts¦ In 2001, the nation had a $236 billion budget surplus, which has now turned into a $14 trillion deficit. ˜It's pretty obvious how we got here,' said Thompson. He showed a list of huge national costs -- including $1.15 trillion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, $380 billion for Medicare Part D, more than $2 trillion in tax cuts between 2001 and 2010, the $291 billion bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and $479 billion in fallout from the economy downturn -- including less tax dollars costs related to the high unemployment." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson signed Letter to the Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives. 9 December 2010. "We oppose acceding to Republican demands to extend the Bush tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires for two reasons. First, it is fiscally irresponsible. Adding more than $900 billion to our national debt, as this proposal would do, handcuffs our ability to offer a balanced plan to achieve fiscal stability without a punishing effect on our current commitments, including Social Security and Medicare." . (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Mike Thompson supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 5 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. Letter to Speaker Boehner and Leader Pelosi. 10 May 2012. "'We need to put politics aside and work across the aisle to put folks back to work,' said Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-1). 'A bipartisan group of seventy seven U.S. Senators worked together and passed a transportation bill that will create or save more 177,000 California jobs. The American people need the House to do the same. I urge the House Majority pass the bipartisan Senate bill and send it to the President to be signed into law so we can get folks back to work rebuilding our roads, bridges, highways and railways' [¦] Our top priority, and the top priority of the American public, is job creation. It is therefore incomprehensible to us that the House leadership has not even brought up a long-term transportation bill up for a vote, when this indecision has unnecessarily put so many Americans out work; 17,000 people last month alone. With Federal funding for transportation projects set to run out on June 30, 2012, we urge that the House either immediately consider the long term transportation bill that was overwhelmingly agreed to in the Senate, or instruct House Conferees to cede to the Senate language in its entirety so that a transportation jobs bill can be signed into law as soon as possible." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Mike Thompson voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Mike Thompson voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (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 Mike Thompson a rating of 10 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. American Recovery And Reinvestment Act Of 2009. 27 January 2009. "Mr. Chairman, the green stimulus provisions in this bill will generate tens of thousands of jobs and result in billions of dollars in economic investment. Solar tax provisions that I authored will allow State and local governments, like Sonoma County in my district, to help homeowners and businesses more easily finance the purchase of solar. We are also making other critical investments in solar by creating a grant program to incentivize businesses to invest in renewable technology today, instead of waiting until the economy improves. An additional $4 billion in bonds for use in renewable energy projects will be available for State and local governments as well. These are just a few of the green stimulus provisions. Not only will this bill create green jobs that our economy needs today, but it will also enhance the long-term security and sustainability of our economy by investing in a smart-energy future that helps free us from our dependency on foreign oil. I encourage everyone to vote 'aye' on this bill." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. Comprehensive Economic Recovery Package Passed By House. 13 February 2009. "Congressman Thompson was able to secure several key provisions in the final stimulus bill that will make crucial investments in green energy technology and led efforts to provide critical funding for the Corps of Engineers. Under provisions authored by Congressman Thompson, state and local governments will be able to more easily finance the purchase of solar systems and will have access to $2.4 billion in new energy conservation bonds to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Congressman Thompson also authored key provisions to establish a new investment tax credit for facilities to manufacture green technologies in America rather than shipping those manufacturing jobs overseas. Additionally, the Thompson provisions will provide grants to incentivize businesses to invest in renewable technology today, rather than waiting until the economy improves. 'Creating good jobs here at home that will also help shift our country towards energy independence is one of the best investments we can make,' said Congressman Thompson. 'By encouraging the manufacturing of alternative energy technology and making it easier for consumers to use it, we are not only putting our economy back on track but we are also positioning ourselves to be a world leader in innovation and green energy.' The Senate is expected to pass the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act later today, and President Obama has indicated he will sign it into law as soon as possible." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. Rep. Thompson's Statement on Financial Bailout. 29 September 2008. "The pressure to act quickly on this matter would not necessarily bring us the best policy solution. President Bush, Vice President Cheney, Secretary of the Treasury Paulson, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Cox, and Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke showed up at 6pm on Thursday night to tell Congress we have until Monday to give them $700 billion or the sky is going to fall. Monday has come and gone and the sky is still in place, but I agree on the essential principle that we need to take action. However, I am not willing to rush into action nor am I interested in saddling American taxpayers with this incredible debt. In the coming days I will continue to work to see if we can find a solution that is best for our economy and the taxpayer. That solution must come with strong reforms, oversight and accountability that ensure this doesn't happen again. These reforms must be tough and well thought out. As I continue to work on this, I am asking the Congressional leadership to take the time to do this right- that's more important than doing it fast." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. Facebook: Wall Photo Comment. 7 June 2012. "Last week I met with leaders of the United Contractors from our district to discuss ways we can get folks working again by investing in infrastructure. The best way to create jobs is to put people back to work fixing our roads, railways and bridges. That's why I have co-authored a transportation bill that would put more than 177,000 people to work in California alone. This exact bill passed the Senate with 77 bipartisan votes, but despite the fact that federal funds for infrastructure projects run out at the end of the month, the House Majority won't bring this bipartisan legislation up for a vote. This inaction is inexcusable. It's time to put politics aside and work together to put Americans back to work." (www.facebook.com)
  • Mike Thompson. Issue Position: Jobs & Economy. 24 June 2011. "We've come a long way since the recession took hold, but we still need to do more. To reach full recovery, we have to build on the progress we've made and do more of what's working to keep our economy growing. That's why we have to keep supporting additional measures to rebuild our economy -- investments in infrastructure, tax benefits for small businesses, and incentives to spur American innovation." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Mike Thompson supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 5 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. Letter to Speaker Boehner and Leader Pelosi. 10 May 2012. "'We need to put politics aside and work across the aisle to put folks back to work,' said Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-1). 'A bipartisan group of seventy seven U.S. Senators worked together and passed a transportation bill that will create or save more 177,000 California jobs. The American people need the House to do the same. I urge the House Majority pass the bipartisan Senate bill and send it to the President to be signed into law so we can get folks back to work rebuilding our roads, bridges, highways and railways' [¦] Our top priority, and the top priority of the American public, is job creation. It is therefore incomprehensible to us that the House leadership has not even brought up a long-term transportation bill up for a vote, when this indecision has unnecessarily put so many Americans out work; 17,000 people last month alone. With Federal funding for transportation projects set to run out on June 30, 2012, we urge that the House either immediately consider the long term transportation bill that was overwhelmingly agreed to in the Senate, or instruct House Conferees to cede to the Senate language in its entirety so that a transportation jobs bill can be signed into law as soon as possible." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Mike Thompson voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Mike Thompson voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (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 Mike Thompson a rating of 10 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. American Recovery And Reinvestment Act Of 2009. 27 January 2009. "Mr. Chairman, the green stimulus provisions in this bill will generate tens of thousands of jobs and result in billions of dollars in economic investment. Solar tax provisions that I authored will allow State and local governments, like Sonoma County in my district, to help homeowners and businesses more easily finance the purchase of solar. We are also making other critical investments in solar by creating a grant program to incentivize businesses to invest in renewable technology today, instead of waiting until the economy improves. An additional $4 billion in bonds for use in renewable energy projects will be available for State and local governments as well. These are just a few of the green stimulus provisions. Not only will this bill create green jobs that our economy needs today, but it will also enhance the long-term security and sustainability of our economy by investing in a smart-energy future that helps free us from our dependency on foreign oil. I encourage everyone to vote 'aye' on this bill." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. Comprehensive Economic Recovery Package Passed By House. 13 February 2009. "Congressman Thompson was able to secure several key provisions in the final stimulus bill that will make crucial investments in green energy technology and led efforts to provide critical funding for the Corps of Engineers. Under provisions authored by Congressman Thompson, state and local governments will be able to more easily finance the purchase of solar systems and will have access to $2.4 billion in new energy conservation bonds to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Congressman Thompson also authored key provisions to establish a new investment tax credit for facilities to manufacture green technologies in America rather than shipping those manufacturing jobs overseas. Additionally, the Thompson provisions will provide grants to incentivize businesses to invest in renewable technology today, rather than waiting until the economy improves. 'Creating good jobs here at home that will also help shift our country towards energy independence is one of the best investments we can make,' said Congressman Thompson. 'By encouraging the manufacturing of alternative energy technology and making it easier for consumers to use it, we are not only putting our economy back on track but we are also positioning ourselves to be a world leader in innovation and green energy.' The Senate is expected to pass the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act later today, and President Obama has indicated he will sign it into law as soon as possible." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. Rep. Thompson's Statement on Financial Bailout. 29 September 2008. "The pressure to act quickly on this matter would not necessarily bring us the best policy solution. President Bush, Vice President Cheney, Secretary of the Treasury Paulson, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Cox, and Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke showed up at 6pm on Thursday night to tell Congress we have until Monday to give them $700 billion or the sky is going to fall. Monday has come and gone and the sky is still in place, but I agree on the essential principle that we need to take action. However, I am not willing to rush into action nor am I interested in saddling American taxpayers with this incredible debt. In the coming days I will continue to work to see if we can find a solution that is best for our economy and the taxpayer. That solution must come with strong reforms, oversight and accountability that ensure this doesn't happen again. These reforms must be tough and well thought out. As I continue to work on this, I am asking the Congressional leadership to take the time to do this right- that's more important than doing it fast." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. Facebook: Wall Photo Comment. 7 June 2012. "Last week I met with leaders of the United Contractors from our district to discuss ways we can get folks working again by investing in infrastructure. The best way to create jobs is to put people back to work fixing our roads, railways and bridges. That's why I have co-authored a transportation bill that would put more than 177,000 people to work in California alone. This exact bill passed the Senate with 77 bipartisan votes, but despite the fact that federal funds for infrastructure projects run out at the end of the month, the House Majority won't bring this bipartisan legislation up for a vote. This inaction is inexcusable. It's time to put politics aside and work together to put Americans back to work." (www.facebook.com)
  • Mike Thompson. Issue Position: Jobs & Economy. 24 June 2011. "We've come a long way since the recession took hold, but we still need to do more. To reach full recovery, we have to build on the progress we've made and do more of what's working to keep our economy growing. That's why we have to keep supporting additional measures to rebuild our economy -- investments in infrastructure, tax benefits for small businesses, and incentives to spur American innovation." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

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  • Mike Thompson. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Mike Thompson voted Nay on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support the federal government funding universal pre-K programs." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education. Other or expanded principles: "I believe No Child Left Behind needs to be significantly reformed and fully funded."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Eliminate all federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind)."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. [?] d) Education" Budget Priorities Other or expanded principles: "The federal government needs to rein in unnecessary spending before cutting funds important public services. Examples of this are: 1) Closing the tax gap. If the IRS collected all taxes that were owed the government, we would have an additional $345 billion in revenue. 2) Require federal agencies to pass audits before they receive annual spending increases. 3) Implement discretionary spending caps. Congress should be limited in total spending and have to make choices to fit within those limits."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. d) Education"
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind)." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education. Other or expanded principles: "I believe No Child Left Behind needs to be significantly reformed and fully funded."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Education"
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Providing education is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
  • Mike Thompson. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2012. "We must continue to ensure all of our students have equal access to education, while supporting our hard working teachers. [¦] This session, Congress will again work toward reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, better known as No Child Left Behind. The current system has done little to close the achievement gaps between urban and rural schools, while low-income and minority students are still struggling. Throughout the reauthorization process, I will be working closely with parents and our local education leaders as well as my colleagues in the House to make sure any changes to this important education law are appropriate for Northern California's students, teachers, and schools." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. The Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act. 12 February 2007. "This program was enacted by this Congress to compensate local governments for the tax exempt status of these public lands. The law authorizing these payments, as you have heard tonight, expired at the end of fiscal year 2006. And all of the counties that are touched by this issue received their last payment on December 2 of 2006. If we do not reauthorize this funding by the 15th of March, county school districts will have to fire teachers, and reduce critical education programs. [¦] I urge this Congress to reauthorize and to fund this very important program as soon as possible. It is unconscionable for the Federal Government to walk away from our obligation to help these rural counties. Rural counties depend on these funds. They have no other option. We made a commitment, and it is up to us to follow through on that commitment." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Mike Thompson voted Nay on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support the federal government funding universal pre-K programs." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education. Other or expanded principles: "I believe No Child Left Behind needs to be significantly reformed and fully funded."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Eliminate all federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind)."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. [?] d) Education" Budget Priorities Other or expanded principles: "The federal government needs to rein in unnecessary spending before cutting funds important public services. Examples of this are: 1) Closing the tax gap. If the IRS collected all taxes that were owed the government, we would have an additional $345 billion in revenue. 2) Require federal agencies to pass audits before they receive annual spending increases. 3) Implement discretionary spending caps. Congress should be limited in total spending and have to make choices to fit within those limits."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. d) Education"
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind)." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education. Other or expanded principles: "I believe No Child Left Behind needs to be significantly reformed and fully funded."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Education"
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Providing education is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
  • Mike Thompson. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2012. "We must continue to ensure all of our students have equal access to education, while supporting our hard working teachers. [¦] This session, Congress will again work toward reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, better known as No Child Left Behind. The current system has done little to close the achievement gaps between urban and rural schools, while low-income and minority students are still struggling. Throughout the reauthorization process, I will be working closely with parents and our local education leaders as well as my colleagues in the House to make sure any changes to this important education law are appropriate for Northern California's students, teachers, and schools." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. The Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act. 12 February 2007. "This program was enacted by this Congress to compensate local governments for the tax exempt status of these public lands. The law authorizing these payments, as you have heard tonight, expired at the end of fiscal year 2006. And all of the counties that are touched by this issue received their last payment on December 2 of 2006. If we do not reauthorize this funding by the 15th of March, county school districts will have to fire teachers, and reduce critical education programs. [¦] I urge this Congress to reauthorize and to fund this very important program as soon as possible. It is unconscionable for the Federal Government to walk away from our obligation to help these rural counties. Rural counties depend on these funds. They have no other option. We made a commitment, and it is up to us to follow through on that commitment." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

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  • "Now more than ever, our nation needs an energy policy that will enhance our national security by reducing our dependence on foreign oil. To do this, we must reduce our reliance on fossil fuels with increased conservation, fuel efficiency and development of alternative energy sources. We have only three percent of the world's petroleum reserves and consume twenty five percent of the world's oil. It will take more than an increase in domestic oil production to move our nation to energy independence.It makes good economic sense to use our energy resources more wisely and efficiently. Stronger energy efficiency standards for buildings and appliances can lower our energy costs and extend the life of our current energy supply. Also, stronger Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards, the fuel efficiency standards for vehicles, will save millions of barrels of oil a year. We have the technology to do this. The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) found that existing technology can improve automobile and light truck fuel economy with net savings to consumers. Moreover, NAS stated that technologies not considered in their study, such as diesels and hybrids, could provide a 20-40 percent improvement in fuel economy in existing models.We should also encourage the development of alternative energy sources. As a member of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus, I support policies that encourage the development of clean and renewable energy sources such as solar, geothermal, biodiesel and wind power through tax credits and funding for research and development. The federal government has made some notable efforts to encourage the use of these energy alternatives, but more work needs to be done.Our need for a balanced and effective energy policy has never been greater. Our national security as well as the health of our economy can no longer be dependent on costly foreign oil. You may be certain that I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress to bring about fundamental changes in our nation's energy policy." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mike Thompson. House Passes Bill to Boost Energy Independence and Combat Climate Change. 6 December 2007. "Our dependence on foreign oil has serious consequences for our economy and national security. And our dependence on greenhouse-gas-emitting energy sources is putting the health of the entire planet at risk. This Congress has made an historic commitment to redefining American energy consumption, and this legislation is a large step toward achieving that goal." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. House Passes Bill to Boost Energy Independence and Combat Climate Change. 6 December 2007. "Today, the House of Representatives passed landmark legislation to decrease the nation's dependence on foreign oil and reduce our emission of greenhouse gases. [¦] One of the bill's most groundbreaking provisions would increase fuel economy standards (also known as CAFE standards) to 35 miles per gallon by 2020 for new cars and trucks, which will save Americans money at the pump. In addition, it will reduce oil consumption by 1.1 million gallons per day in 2020 (one-half of what we currently import from the Persian Gulf) and reduce greenhouse gases equal to taking 28 million of today's average cars and trucks off the road. This is the first increase in CAFE standards by Congress since 1975." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Mike Thompson supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Mike Thompson in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Mike Thompson in the 2002 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Mike Thompson in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Mike Thompson voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Mike Thompson supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 90 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Mike Thompson in the 2004 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Mike Thompson voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Mike Thompson in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. Congressman Thompson Responds to State of the Union Address. 29 January 2008. "Like many of my fellow Americans, I am looking for a president who offers bold solutions to problems like climate change, our dependency on foreign oil and the millions of Americans without health care. We especially need a president who will bring our troops home as quickly and safely as possible and will implement a diplomatic strategy for quelling and containing violence in Iraq. But most important, we need a president who values bipartisanship and problem-solving over political rhetoric and pandering." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "m) Support the Kyoto Protocol to limit global warming."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits under "cap and trade" laws."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Support Clear Skies Act to reduce power plant emissions by setting a national cap on pollutants."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Support the U.S. re-entering the current Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Support the U.S. re-entering the Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • Mike Thompson. Issue Position: Environment “ Oceans. 24 June 2011. "Northern California's coastline is a natural treasure and is world renowned for its beauty. Keeping our coasts healthy is vital to our regions multimillion-dollar tourism and fishery industries. They provide important economic and social benefits to Northern Californians, including high quality seafood and recreation. Congressman Thompson will continue to support all legislation that will meaningfully advance renewable energy policies, anti-pollution initiatives and will oppose drilling for oil off of California's coast which could harm its resources and economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. House Passes Bill to Boost Energy Independence and Combat Climate Change. 6 December 2007. "Our dependence on foreign oil has serious consequences for our economy and national security. And our dependence on greenhouse-gas-emitting energy sources is putting the health of the entire planet at risk. This Congress has made an historic commitment to redefining American energy consumption, and this legislation is a large step toward achieving that goal." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. House Passes Bill to Boost Energy Independence and Combat Climate Change. 6 December 2007. "Today, the House of Representatives passed landmark legislation to decrease the nation's dependence on foreign oil and reduce our emission of greenhouse gases. [¦] One of the bill's most groundbreaking provisions would increase fuel economy standards (also known as CAFE standards) to 35 miles per gallon by 2020 for new cars and trucks, which will save Americans money at the pump. In addition, it will reduce oil consumption by 1.1 million gallons per day in 2020 (one-half of what we currently import from the Persian Gulf) and reduce greenhouse gases equal to taking 28 million of today's average cars and trucks off the road. This is the first increase in CAFE standards by Congress since 1975." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Mike Thompson supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Mike Thompson in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Mike Thompson in the 2002 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Mike Thompson in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Mike Thompson voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Mike Thompson supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 90 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Mike Thompson in the 2004 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Mike Thompson voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Mike Thompson in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. Congressman Thompson Responds to State of the Union Address. 29 January 2008. "Like many of my fellow Americans, I am looking for a president who offers bold solutions to problems like climate change, our dependency on foreign oil and the millions of Americans without health care. We especially need a president who will bring our troops home as quickly and safely as possible and will implement a diplomatic strategy for quelling and containing violence in Iraq. But most important, we need a president who values bipartisanship and problem-solving over political rhetoric and pandering." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits under "cap and trade" laws."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "m) Support the Kyoto Protocol to limit global warming."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Support Clear Skies Act to reduce power plant emissions by setting a national cap on pollutants."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Support the U.S. re-entering the current Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Support the U.S. re-entering the Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • Mike Thompson. Issue Position: Environment “ Oceans. 24 June 2011. "Northern California's coastline is a natural treasure and is world renowned for its beauty. Keeping our coasts healthy is vital to our regions multimillion-dollar tourism and fishery industries. They provide important economic and social benefits to Northern Californians, including high quality seafood and recreation. Congressman Thompson will continue to support all legislation that will meaningfully advance renewable energy policies, anti-pollution initiatives and will oppose drilling for oil off of California's coast which could harm its resources and economy." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Mike Thompson. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Mike Thompson voted Nay on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Mike Thompson voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Mike Thompson a grade of 36." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Mike Thompson supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 66 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Mike Thompson voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Mike Thompson voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories. d) Restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns." On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories. Other or expanded principles: "I am a gun owner, sportsman and support our 2nd amendment right to bear arms. I also believe that we must do everything in our power to end gun violence and am committed to keeping firearms out of the hands of felons, violent offenders and mentally-ill individuals. I have always opposed military types of assault weapons, ?Saturday Night Specials? and support reauthorizing the assault weapons ban. These weapons have no useful purpose in our neighborhoods. Additionally, I support closing the gun show loophole which currently allows individuals to purchase guns at gun shows without having to submit a background check."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Renew the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories. c) Enforcement of existing restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns." On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories. Other or expanded principles: "I am a gun owner, sportsman and support our 2nd amendment right to bear arms. I also believe that we must do everything in our power to end gun violence and am committed to keeping firearms out of the hands of felons, violent offenders and mentally-ill individuals. I have always opposed military types of assault weapons, ?Saturday Night Specials? and support reauthorizing the assault weapons ban. These weapons have no useful purpose in our neighborhoods. Additionally, I support closing the gun show loophole which currently allows individuals to purchase guns at gun shows without having to submit a background check."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Ban the sale, ownership or possession of handguns except by law enforcement and other government officials."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow individuals to carry concealed guns."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Reauthorize the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Mike Thompson a grade of 36." (votesmart.org)
  • "Of those recommendations, the single most important thing Congress can do is pass H.R. 1565, the bipartisan legislation that I co-authored with Peter King of New York to strengthen and expand our background check system. This bill bolsters the Second Amendment rights of lawful gun owners and helps keep guns from criminals, terrorists and the dangerously mentally ill.H.R. 1565 requires comprehensive and enforceable background checks on all commercial gun sales, including those at gun shows, over the internet or through classified ads while providing reasonable exceptions for family and friends. Background checks would be conducted though a licensed dealer in the same manner as they have for more than 40 years.H.R. 1565 is pro-lawful gun owner, pro-Second Amendment, and anti-criminal.Right now, a criminal in many states can buy a firearm at a gun show, over the internet, or through a newspaper ad -- because those sales don't require a background check. Last year, the background check system identified and denied 88,000 gun sales to criminals, domestic abusers, those with dangerous mental illnesses, and other prohibited purchasers. However, those same criminals could buy those same guns at a gun show or over the Internet without any questions asked. H.R. 1565 closes this huge loophole, greatly reducing the number of places a criminal can buy a gun.H.R. 1565 supports the Second Amendment. It provides reasonable exceptions for firearm transfers between family and friends. You won't have to get a background check when you inherit the family rifle, borrow a friend's shotgun for a hunting trip, or purchase a gun from a buddy or neighbor.It bans the creation of a federal registry and makes the misuse of records a felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison; it allows active duty military to buy firearms in their home states and the state in which they are stationed; it authorizes the use of a state concealed carry permit in lieu of a background check to purchase a firearm; and, it allows interstate handgun sales from licensed dealers.H.R. 1565 is consistent with Heller and will help keep our communities safe. This debate on background checks isn't a choice between either protecting the Second Amendment or reducing gun violence. It's about the willingness of a responsible majority to do both." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Mike Thompson voted Nay on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Mike Thompson voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Mike Thompson supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 66 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Mike Thompson voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Mike Thompson voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories. d) Restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns." On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories. Other or expanded principles: "I am a gun owner, sportsman and support our 2nd amendment right to bear arms. I also believe that we must do everything in our power to end gun violence and am committed to keeping firearms out of the hands of felons, violent offenders and mentally-ill individuals. I have always opposed military types of assault weapons, ?Saturday Night Specials? and support reauthorizing the assault weapons ban. These weapons have no useful purpose in our neighborhoods. Additionally, I support closing the gun show loophole which currently allows individuals to purchase guns at gun shows without having to submit a background check."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Renew the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories. c) Enforcement of existing restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns." On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories. Other or expanded principles: "I am a gun owner, sportsman and support our 2nd amendment right to bear arms. I also believe that we must do everything in our power to end gun violence and am committed to keeping firearms out of the hands of felons, violent offenders and mentally-ill individuals. I have always opposed military types of assault weapons, ?Saturday Night Specials? and support reauthorizing the assault weapons ban. These weapons have no useful purpose in our neighborhoods. Additionally, I support closing the gun show loophole which currently allows individuals to purchase guns at gun shows without having to submit a background check."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Ban the sale, ownership or possession of handguns except by law enforcement and other government officials."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow individuals to carry concealed guns."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Reauthorize the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • "Of those recommendations, the single most important thing Congress can do is pass H.R. 1565, the bipartisan legislation that I co-authored with Peter King of New York to strengthen and expand our background check system. This bill bolsters the Second Amendment rights of lawful gun owners and helps keep guns from criminals, terrorists and the dangerously mentally ill.H.R. 1565 requires comprehensive and enforceable background checks on all commercial gun sales, including those at gun shows, over the internet or through classified ads while providing reasonable exceptions for family and friends. Background checks would be conducted though a licensed dealer in the same manner as they have for more than 40 years.H.R. 1565 is pro-lawful gun owner, pro-Second Amendment, and anti-criminal.Right now, a criminal in many states can buy a firearm at a gun show, over the internet, or through a newspaper ad -- because those sales don't require a background check. Last year, the background check system identified and denied 88,000 gun sales to criminals, domestic abusers, those with dangerous mental illnesses, and other prohibited purchasers. However, those same criminals could buy those same guns at a gun show or over the Internet without any questions asked. H.R. 1565 closes this huge loophole, greatly reducing the number of places a criminal can buy a gun.H.R. 1565 supports the Second Amendment. It provides reasonable exceptions for firearm transfers between family and friends. You won't have to get a background check when you inherit the family rifle, borrow a friend's shotgun for a hunting trip, or purchase a gun from a buddy or neighbor.It bans the creation of a federal registry and makes the misuse of records a felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison; it allows active duty military to buy firearms in their home states and the state in which they are stationed; it authorizes the use of a state concealed carry permit in lieu of a background check to purchase a firearm; and, it allows interstate handgun sales from licensed dealers.H.R. 1565 is consistent with Heller and will help keep our communities safe. This debate on background checks isn't a choice between either protecting the Second Amendment or reducing gun violence. It's about the willingness of a responsible majority to do both." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Mike Thompson. Rep. Mike Thompson Statement on Supreme Court Decision Upholding Health Care Reform. 28 June 2012. "Reforming our health care system is an ongoing process that began with the passage of this bill. It is an important first step towards making quality, affordable health care a reality for all Americans. In the months and years ahead, we need to put politics aside, focus on the facts and work together to further improve our nation's health care system. By building on the reforms made in the Affordable Care Act, we can make sure every American can afford to go to the doctor." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Mike Thompson voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Mike Thompson supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. Referring to the Affordable Care Act. 23 September 2010. "When I voted for this health care legislation, it was to make sure that all Americans had access to quality affordable health care," said Congressman Thompson. "As of today, young Californians will be able to stay on their parents' insurance until their 26th birthday. This is very important, because young people are the biggest group of uninsured Americans. And, people will no longer be subject to lifetime caps on what health insurance will pay, or risk losing their coverage when they get sick. This will also make a big difference, because over 60 percent of people who declared bankruptcy in 2007 did so because of medical costs." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. Heinrich Testifies During Rules Committee Hearing On Health Reform Repeal. 6 January 2011. "House Republicans' plan to repeal the health care reform law would increase the deficit by $230 billion by 2021, according to a preliminary analysis from the Congressional Budget Office. Additionally, repealing the Affordable Care Act would roll back what the bill already has done to help millions of Americans -- from young people now able to join their parents' policies to women with breast cancer who are no longer denied health insurance coverage because they have a ˜preexisting condition.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. Times-Standard -Thousands Call in to Thompson Town Hall; Congressman Discusses Medicare, Health Care and Senior Issues. 2 June 2011. "With the national debt crisis dominating headlines, North Coast Congressman Mike Thompson held a telephone town hall meeting on senior issues with his constituents Wednesday and pledged to protect Medicare and Social Security. ˜These programs have helped generations of seniors take charge of their health care and their lives, and I'm committed to keeping them strong for future generations,' Thompson said. During the town hall meeting -- which spanned more than an hour -- Thompson fielded questions from constituents throughout his 1st Congressional District, touching on a wide variety of topics of interest to seniors. However, much of the conversation centered around Medicare and health care costs, with Thompson repeatedly touting the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act -- the health care reform bill -- signed into law last year." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Providing healthcare is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal healthcare program to guarantee coverage to all Americans, regardless of income."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Mike Thompson. Bill to Provide Quality, Affordable Health Care For All Americans. 29 October 2009. "This is an historic day for our country. For too long, too many Americans have not had access to quality, affordable health care. This bill will ensure that the millions of Americans who don't have health care or are struggling to pay their health care bills will be able to get the care they need when they need it, without bankrupting them or adding to our national debt ¦ No woman should be denied coverage because they have given birth or other ridiculous ˜pre-existing conditions' that some insurance companies currently use to deny coverage to Americans. The average family currently pays over $1,000 per year to cover the costs of uninsured folks getting emergency care. By increasing the number of people who have health care, we'll actually bring down costs for everyone." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. Congressman Thompson: Health Care Can't Wait. 16 June 2009. "Congress must act quickly to pass health care reform- the bottom line is- we can't wait any longer. Across our country, 14,000 Americans are losing their health care coverage every day, joining the 46 million who aren't covered by health insurance. I'm as worried as anyone about how we're going to pay for this overhaul. But the cost of doing nothing is even greater. We must address the lack of access, and the crippling cost of health care that is hurting our families and our economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. Issue Position: Health Care. 27 June 2011. "Across our country, 14,000 Americans lose their health care coverage every day, joining the 46 million who aren't covered by health insurance. As a country, we spend twice as much per capita on health care than almost any other nation, and our outcomes are worse. Spending on doctors, hospitals, drugs, and other health care costs now consumes more than one of every six dollars we earn- that's approaching 20 percent of our country's GDP. The growing costs to employers, estimated at 5 percent in 2008, have forced many businesses to cut back on benefits. It is even worse now during tough economic times. Before the economic downturn, 62 percent of all personal bankruptcies in 2007 were the result of unaffordable medical bills. What's astounding is that three-fourths of those debtors had health insurance, including many of the 800 bankruptcies that occurred in my district in 2008. This year Congress passed a historic health care reform to address these issues. It was a long and complicated process, but Americans are finally going to see improved quality and affordability of health care for those who have it and coverage available to the millions who are without. It's an historic, important step forward for our country that will have an immediate impact for all Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. 19 January 2011. "Repealing the health care reform law would remove new protections for 57 million Americans with preexisting conditions. That includes over 8,000 children in my district. It will end the chance for 2.5 million young adults to remain on their parents' plans until they are 26 years of age. In my district, over 4,000 young people will lose this coverage. It will increase prescription drug costs for more than 10,000 seniors in my district who hit the Medicare part D doughnut hole. These seniors will pay another $500 this year and, between now and 2020, another $3,000. Some 16,000 small businesses in my district alone will pay higher taxes. Repeal will increase the deficit by $230 billion over the next 10 years and more than $1.2 trillion over the following decade. Repeal will shorten the life of the Medicare program by 12 years, putting Medicare benefits and the seniors who depend on it at great risk. So when you consider these facts, it is clear that repealing the health care reform law is bad for families, bad for small businesses, and bad for seniors in my district and across our great country. I urge a 'no' vote." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. Senate Amendments To H.R. 3590, Service Members Home Ownership Tax Act Of 2009, And H.R. 4872, Health Care And Education Reconciliation Act Of 2010. 21 March 2010. Referring to healthcare reform bill. "I have worked for access to quality, affordable health care from day one of my very first campaign, and every day since. Today, with passage of this bill, we will be closer to that important goal than ever before. When the President signs this bill into law, insurance companies won't be able to drop your coverage if you get sick. Kids won't be denied coverage because of preexisting conditions. Young adults will be able to stay on their parents' policy until they are 26. Small business owners will be eligible for a tax credit. Seniors will see the Medicare doughnut hole start to close, and preventive care will be covered without copay. The bill is paid for and will reduce our debt. In my district, 63,000 uninsured residents will have access to coverage, and it will save my district $70 million in uncompensated care costs. This bill is a great start toward health care reform and will help millions of Americans afford quality health care." (votesmart.org)
  • "SIXTH, REPEAL OBAMACARE AND REPLACE IT WITH PATIENT-CENTERED DELIVERY SYSTEMS.This measure covers one sixth of the economy and was sold on three promises, all of which were false.First, we were told it would bend the cost-curve down. Now we learn from the Medicare actuary that it will actually add $300 billion more to our healthcare costs than what we would have spent without Obamacare.Second we were told that it would be good for the economy. Now the Congressional Budget Office estimates that Obamacare will cost the economy a net loss of 800,000 jobs.Third, we were told that if you like your plan you can keep it, but now we learn that fully one third of businesses that had been providing health insurance will be dropping it as a result of the increased costs imposed by Obamacare.It is one of the top reasons that small business owners report when asked of their reluctance to expand their work forces.But it's not enough to repeal Obamacare if we don't address the failings of the current system that spawned it. I think it is vital that we extend to employees the same tax advantages we currently give to employers so that they can afford to purchase their own health plans. We need to restore to consumers the freedom to shop across state lines for the best plan that meets their needs, and restore freedom to tailor their plans to their individual needs. We have to address artificial cost-drivers in the system like out of control malpractice costs, which brings me to the seventh point." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. Rep. Mike Thompson Statement on Supreme Court Decision Upholding Health Care Reform. 28 June 2012. "Reforming our health care system is an ongoing process that began with the passage of this bill. It is an important first step towards making quality, affordable health care a reality for all Americans. In the months and years ahead, we need to put politics aside, focus on the facts and work together to further improve our nation's health care system. By building on the reforms made in the Affordable Care Act, we can make sure every American can afford to go to the doctor." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Mike Thompson voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Mike Thompson supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. Referring to the Affordable Care Act. 23 September 2010. "When I voted for this health care legislation, it was to make sure that all Americans had access to quality affordable health care," said Congressman Thompson. "As of today, young Californians will be able to stay on their parents' insurance until their 26th birthday. This is very important, because young people are the biggest group of uninsured Americans. And, people will no longer be subject to lifetime caps on what health insurance will pay, or risk losing their coverage when they get sick. This will also make a big difference, because over 60 percent of people who declared bankruptcy in 2007 did so because of medical costs." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. Heinrich Testifies During Rules Committee Hearing On Health Reform Repeal. 6 January 2011. "House Republicans' plan to repeal the health care reform law would increase the deficit by $230 billion by 2021, according to a preliminary analysis from the Congressional Budget Office. Additionally, repealing the Affordable Care Act would roll back what the bill already has done to help millions of Americans -- from young people now able to join their parents' policies to women with breast cancer who are no longer denied health insurance coverage because they have a ˜preexisting condition.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. Times-Standard -Thousands Call in to Thompson Town Hall; Congressman Discusses Medicare, Health Care and Senior Issues. 2 June 2011. "With the national debt crisis dominating headlines, North Coast Congressman Mike Thompson held a telephone town hall meeting on senior issues with his constituents Wednesday and pledged to protect Medicare and Social Security. ˜These programs have helped generations of seniors take charge of their health care and their lives, and I'm committed to keeping them strong for future generations,' Thompson said. During the town hall meeting -- which spanned more than an hour -- Thompson fielded questions from constituents throughout his 1st Congressional District, touching on a wide variety of topics of interest to seniors. However, much of the conversation centered around Medicare and health care costs, with Thompson repeatedly touting the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act -- the health care reform bill -- signed into law last year." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Providing healthcare is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal healthcare program to guarantee coverage to all Americans, regardless of income."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Mike Thompson. Bill to Provide Quality, Affordable Health Care For All Americans. 29 October 2009. "This is an historic day for our country. For too long, too many Americans have not had access to quality, affordable health care. This bill will ensure that the millions of Americans who don't have health care or are struggling to pay their health care bills will be able to get the care they need when they need it, without bankrupting them or adding to our national debt ¦ No woman should be denied coverage because they have given birth or other ridiculous ˜pre-existing conditions' that some insurance companies currently use to deny coverage to Americans. The average family currently pays over $1,000 per year to cover the costs of uninsured folks getting emergency care. By increasing the number of people who have health care, we'll actually bring down costs for everyone." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. Congressman Thompson: Health Care Can't Wait. 16 June 2009. "Congress must act quickly to pass health care reform- the bottom line is- we can't wait any longer. Across our country, 14,000 Americans are losing their health care coverage every day, joining the 46 million who aren't covered by health insurance. I'm as worried as anyone about how we're going to pay for this overhaul. But the cost of doing nothing is even greater. We must address the lack of access, and the crippling cost of health care that is hurting our families and our economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. Issue Position: Health Care. 27 June 2011. "Across our country, 14,000 Americans lose their health care coverage every day, joining the 46 million who aren't covered by health insurance. As a country, we spend twice as much per capita on health care than almost any other nation, and our outcomes are worse. Spending on doctors, hospitals, drugs, and other health care costs now consumes more than one of every six dollars we earn- that's approaching 20 percent of our country's GDP. The growing costs to employers, estimated at 5 percent in 2008, have forced many businesses to cut back on benefits. It is even worse now during tough economic times. Before the economic downturn, 62 percent of all personal bankruptcies in 2007 were the result of unaffordable medical bills. What's astounding is that three-fourths of those debtors had health insurance, including many of the 800 bankruptcies that occurred in my district in 2008. This year Congress passed a historic health care reform to address these issues. It was a long and complicated process, but Americans are finally going to see improved quality and affordability of health care for those who have it and coverage available to the millions who are without. It's an historic, important step forward for our country that will have an immediate impact for all Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. 19 January 2011. "Repealing the health care reform law would remove new protections for 57 million Americans with preexisting conditions. That includes over 8,000 children in my district. It will end the chance for 2.5 million young adults to remain on their parents' plans until they are 26 years of age. In my district, over 4,000 young people will lose this coverage. It will increase prescription drug costs for more than 10,000 seniors in my district who hit the Medicare part D doughnut hole. These seniors will pay another $500 this year and, between now and 2020, another $3,000. Some 16,000 small businesses in my district alone will pay higher taxes. Repeal will increase the deficit by $230 billion over the next 10 years and more than $1.2 trillion over the following decade. Repeal will shorten the life of the Medicare program by 12 years, putting Medicare benefits and the seniors who depend on it at great risk. So when you consider these facts, it is clear that repealing the health care reform law is bad for families, bad for small businesses, and bad for seniors in my district and across our great country. I urge a 'no' vote." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. Senate Amendments To H.R. 3590, Service Members Home Ownership Tax Act Of 2009, And H.R. 4872, Health Care And Education Reconciliation Act Of 2010. 21 March 2010. Referring to healthcare reform bill. "I have worked for access to quality, affordable health care from day one of my very first campaign, and every day since. Today, with passage of this bill, we will be closer to that important goal than ever before. When the President signs this bill into law, insurance companies won't be able to drop your coverage if you get sick. Kids won't be denied coverage because of preexisting conditions. Young adults will be able to stay on their parents' policy until they are 26. Small business owners will be eligible for a tax credit. Seniors will see the Medicare doughnut hole start to close, and preventive care will be covered without copay. The bill is paid for and will reduce our debt. In my district, 63,000 uninsured residents will have access to coverage, and it will save my district $70 million in uncompensated care costs. This bill is a great start toward health care reform and will help millions of Americans afford quality health care." (votesmart.org)
  • "SIXTH, REPEAL OBAMACARE AND REPLACE IT WITH PATIENT-CENTERED DELIVERY SYSTEMS.This measure covers one sixth of the economy and was sold on three promises, all of which were false.First, we were told it would bend the cost-curve down. Now we learn from the Medicare actuary that it will actually add $300 billion more to our healthcare costs than what we would have spent without Obamacare.Second we were told that it would be good for the economy. Now the Congressional Budget Office estimates that Obamacare will cost the economy a net loss of 800,000 jobs.Third, we were told that if you like your plan you can keep it, but now we learn that fully one third of businesses that had been providing health insurance will be dropping it as a result of the increased costs imposed by Obamacare.It is one of the top reasons that small business owners report when asked of their reluctance to expand their work forces.But it's not enough to repeal Obamacare if we don't address the failings of the current system that spawned it. I think it is vital that we extend to employees the same tax advantages we currently give to employers so that they can afford to purchase their own health plans. We need to restore to consumers the freedom to shop across state lines for the best plan that meets their needs, and restore freedom to tailor their plans to their individual needs. We have to address artificial cost-drivers in the system like out of control malpractice costs, which brings me to the seventh point." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

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  • Mike Thompson. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Mike Thompson voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. Rep. Mike Thompson Releases Statement on Administration Decision Regarding Young Immigrants. 15 June 2012. "Starting immediately, people who were brought to the U.S. as young immigrant children through no choice of their own, and who don't present a risk to national security or public safety, will no longer be subject to deportation, and will be able to pursue educational and employment opportunities in the United States. The people we're talking about are young, productive, law-abiding individuals. They go to school with our kids, work in our communities, and some even serve in our military. They are our friends and neighbors. They want to go to college and contribute to our country, and today's decision will give them the opportunity to do so." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Mike Thompson supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 83 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Mike Thompson supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Mike Thompson voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Allow legalization for certain illegal immigrants working in the U.S."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Illegal immigrants should be given a pathway to citizenship."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Illegal immigrants should have to return to their countries of origin before being considered for citizenship."
  • Mike Thompson. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Mike Thompson voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. Rep. Mike Thompson Releases Statement on Administration Decision Regarding Young Immigrants. 15 June 2012. "Starting immediately, people who were brought to the U.S. as young immigrant children through no choice of their own, and who don't present a risk to national security or public safety, will no longer be subject to deportation, and will be able to pursue educational and employment opportunities in the United States. The people we're talking about are young, productive, law-abiding individuals. They go to school with our kids, work in our communities, and some even serve in our military. They are our friends and neighbors. They want to go to college and contribute to our country, and today's decision will give them the opportunity to do so." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Mike Thompson supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 83 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Mike Thompson supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Allow legalization for certain illegal immigrants working in the U.S."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Illegal immigrants should be given a pathway to citizenship."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Illegal immigrants should have to return to their countries of origin before being considered for citizenship."
  • Mike Thompson. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Mike Thompson voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Mike Thompson. Rep. Mike Thompson Releases Statement on Proposition 8 Ruling. 7 February 2012. "Today's ruling on Proposition 8 is a win for California and a win for equality. Laws that deny equality are not only immoral and unjust, but unconstitutional and against our most basic principles. Should they hear this case, I hope the United States Supreme Court follows the 9th Circuit's example and comes down on the side of marriage equality. [¦] I thank all those who fought so hard to make today's ruling possible, and as we move forward I will continue to do everything I can to fight discrimination and send Prop 8 to the history books once and for all." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. Representative Mike Thompson Releases Statement on Marriage Equality. 9 May 2012. "Today, the President took an historic stand for love, equality and civil rights. All couples -- gay or straight -- should have the right to marry who they love, and I commend the President for his public support of same-sex marriage." (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Mike Thompson supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 95 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Mike Thompson supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Mike Thompson supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 88 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Mike Thompson voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Mike Thompson voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Mike Thompson voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Mike Thompson supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 14 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Mike Thompson supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "b) Do you support a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman?"
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "j) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?"
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "i) Do you support a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between a man and woman?"
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?"
  • "All couples -- gay or straight -- should have the right to marry who they love. And, every couple should have the right to receive the benefits that come along with marriage.Laws that deny marriage equality are immoral, unjust and unfair. That is why I was pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court overruled the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which denied federal benefits to same sex couples, and issued a decision on California's Proposition 8 that cleared the way for same sex marriage to resume in California." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. Rep. Mike Thompson Releases Statement on Proposition 8 Ruling. 7 February 2012. "Today's ruling on Proposition 8 is a win for California and a win for equality. Laws that deny equality are not only immoral and unjust, but unconstitutional and against our most basic principles. Should they hear this case, I hope the United States Supreme Court follows the 9th Circuit's example and comes down on the side of marriage equality. [¦] I thank all those who fought so hard to make today's ruling possible, and as we move forward I will continue to do everything I can to fight discrimination and send Prop 8 to the history books once and for all." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. Representative Mike Thompson Releases Statement on Marriage Equality. 9 May 2012. "Today, the President took an historic stand for love, equality and civil rights. All couples -- gay or straight -- should have the right to marry who they love, and I commend the President for his public support of same-sex marriage." (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Mike Thompson supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 95 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Mike Thompson supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Mike Thompson supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 88 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Mike Thompson voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Mike Thompson voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Mike Thompson voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Mike Thompson supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 14 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Mike Thompson supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "b) Do you support a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman?"
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "j) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?"
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "i) Do you support a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between a man and woman?"
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?"
  • "All couples -- gay or straight -- should have the right to marry who they love. And, every couple should have the right to receive the benefits that come along with marriage.Laws that deny marriage equality are immoral, unjust and unfair. That is why I was pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court overruled the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which denied federal benefits to same sex couples, and issued a decision on California's Proposition 8 that cleared the way for same sex marriage to resume in California." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Ted Appal. Watch Sonoma County: Thompson: Anti-terrorist strategy better than nation-building. 30 September 2011. "Applauding the killing of an al-Qaida leader in Yemen on Friday, North Coast Rep. Mike Thompson said it represents the anti-terrorist strategy he advocates as an alternative to open warfare in Afghanistan. 'This is a much smarter way of doing things,' said Thompson, D-St.­Helena, a Vietnam War combat veteran who serves on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. 'We figure out where they are and go get them,' he said, whether the terrorists are in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen or the United States." (www.watchsonomacounty.com)
  • Mike Thompson. Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011. 12 May 2011. "Specifically the additional funds authorized by this bill to hire more counterterrorism analysts will make our country safer and more secure. It was, after all, counterterrorism analysts that located Osama bin Laden after he had disappeared for nearly 10 years and that are now tracking senior al Qaeda leadership around the globe. By providing more resources to this critical effort, our intelligence community will be able to confront head-on the threat posed by al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations throughout the world. In fact, given the recent success of our counterterrorism effort, this is the strategy we should pursue over our counterinsurgency campaign in Afghanistan, which has not shown the results Congress expected or that the American people demand. This tactical change would significantly reduce our military footprint in countries around the world while allowing our military and intelligence assets to confront terrorism threats wherever they're developed." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "f) Do you support a policy of pre-emptive strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to national security?" Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding national security. Other or expanded principles: "I would consider giving law enforcement greater discretion if current law is found to be inadequate. A careful balance between protecting civil rights and preventing terrorist attacks needs to be found."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "e) Do you support pre-emptive military strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to United States national security?"
  • Ted Appal. Watch Sonoma County: Thompson: Anti-terrorist strategy better than nation-building. 30 September 2011. "Applauding the killing of an al-Qaida leader in Yemen on Friday, North Coast Rep. Mike Thompson said it represents the anti-terrorist strategy he advocates as an alternative to open warfare in Afghanistan. 'This is a much smarter way of doing things,' said Thompson, D-St.­Helena, a Vietnam War combat veteran who serves on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. 'We figure out where they are and go get them,' he said, whether the terrorists are in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen or the United States." (www.watchsonomacounty.com)
  • Mike Thompson. Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011. 12 May 2011. "Specifically the additional funds authorized by this bill to hire more counterterrorism analysts will make our country safer and more secure. It was, after all, counterterrorism analysts that located Osama bin Laden after he had disappeared for nearly 10 years and that are now tracking senior al Qaeda leadership around the globe. By providing more resources to this critical effort, our intelligence community will be able to confront head-on the threat posed by al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations throughout the world. In fact, given the recent success of our counterterrorism effort, this is the strategy we should pursue over our counterinsurgency campaign in Afghanistan, which has not shown the results Congress expected or that the American people demand. This tactical change would significantly reduce our military footprint in countries around the world while allowing our military and intelligence assets to confront terrorism threats wherever they're developed." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "f) Do you support a policy of pre-emptive strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to national security?" Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding national security. Other or expanded principles: "I would consider giving law enforcement greater discretion if current law is found to be inadequate. A careful balance between protecting civil rights and preventing terrorist attacks needs to be found."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "e) Do you support pre-emptive military strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to United States national security?"
No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

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  • Mike Thompson. Making and Selling a Crisis. 18 February 2005. "The president's plan would allow younger workers to divert a percentage of their social security payroll tax into Wall Street accounts. So far so good. Private investment among Americans has dropped over the past several decades ranking us in the basement of developed nations for personal savings. But here is the rub. There is a cost to the president's private accounts beyond the obvious risk. First, the administration has said that our federal government would have to borrow $2 trillion that we don't have in order to pay Wall Street firms the start-up costs for these accounts. [¦] Second, private accounts alone will not support full benefit levels that have been promised to recipients. To ensure there is enough incoming payroll to match benefit levels, the administration has said that Social Security benefits guaranteed under the current system would have to be cut slightly for each dollar diverted to Wall Street accounts. More important, future benefits would be cut for all recipients, whether or not they choose private accounts, by indexing them to the rate of inflation rather than the rate of wage increases. [¦] There are reasonable ways to shore up Social Security. Creating a phony crisis to destroy it in order to save it isn't one of them. Neither is burying our heads in the sand and pretending that it is meeting the same challenges as it did a generation ago when we made the last improvements." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. President's Budget Harms Middle-Class, Neglects Seniors & Kids. 6 February 2007. "The president is failing to address the issues that matter most to middle-class families. His call to cut Medicare by more than $75 billion and Medicaid by $25 billion will put millions of seniors and low-income kids at risk. He cuts funding for California's hospitals by a devastating $3 billion at a time when our hospitals are already struggling to provide services. He also puts future generations at risk by once again calling for the privatization of Social Security." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. Rep. Thompson Responds to State of the Union Address. 2 February 2005. "Tonight, the President told us that Social Security is headed toward bankruptcy and that Congress must act to save it, when in fact his own administration tells us that the program will be able to pay full benefits until at least 2042. Private accounts are not the solution to the long-term challenges facing Social Security. In reality, they will destroy the program. The President's plan will cut Social Security benefits by up to 50% for individuals under 55 and require $2 trillion in immediate borrowing from foreign governments to cover the costs of privatization. Unfortunately, the fiscal policies outlined by the President will leave a legacy of debt for our children and grandchildren. Freezing government spending will not reduce the deficit when it is coupled with permanent tax cuts and $2 trillion in borrowing for Social Security privatization. In the coming year I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to find solutions to the challenges facing Social Security and the growing deficit. Tomorrow when the President begins traveling the country to promote Social Security privatization, I encourage him to provide a concrete plan. Right now the country needs leadership not rhetoric." (votesmart.org)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Mike Thompson supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "" for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts that they manage themselves."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Mike Thompson. Making and Selling a Crisis. 18 February 2005. "The president's plan would allow younger workers to divert a percentage of their social security payroll tax into Wall Street accounts. So far so good. Private investment among Americans has dropped over the past several decades ranking us in the basement of developed nations for personal savings. But here is the rub. There is a cost to the president's private accounts beyond the obvious risk. First, the administration has said that our federal government would have to borrow $2 trillion that we don't have in order to pay Wall Street firms the start-up costs for these accounts. [¦] Second, private accounts alone will not support full benefit levels that have been promised to recipients. To ensure there is enough incoming payroll to match benefit levels, the administration has said that Social Security benefits guaranteed under the current system would have to be cut slightly for each dollar diverted to Wall Street accounts. More important, future benefits would be cut for all recipients, whether or not they choose private accounts, by indexing them to the rate of inflation rather than the rate of wage increases. [¦] There are reasonable ways to shore up Social Security. Creating a phony crisis to destroy it in order to save it isn't one of them. Neither is burying our heads in the sand and pretending that it is meeting the same challenges as it did a generation ago when we made the last improvements." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. President's Budget Harms Middle-Class, Neglects Seniors & Kids. 6 February 2007. "The president is failing to address the issues that matter most to middle-class families. His call to cut Medicare by more than $75 billion and Medicaid by $25 billion will put millions of seniors and low-income kids at risk. He cuts funding for California's hospitals by a devastating $3 billion at a time when our hospitals are already struggling to provide services. He also puts future generations at risk by once again calling for the privatization of Social Security." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. Rep. Thompson Responds to State of the Union Address. 2 February 2005. "Tonight, the President told us that Social Security is headed toward bankruptcy and that Congress must act to save it, when in fact his own administration tells us that the program will be able to pay full benefits until at least 2042. Private accounts are not the solution to the long-term challenges facing Social Security. In reality, they will destroy the program. The President's plan will cut Social Security benefits by up to 50% for individuals under 55 and require $2 trillion in immediate borrowing from foreign governments to cover the costs of privatization. Unfortunately, the fiscal policies outlined by the President will leave a legacy of debt for our children and grandchildren. Freezing government spending will not reduce the deficit when it is coupled with permanent tax cuts and $2 trillion in borrowing for Social Security privatization. In the coming year I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to find solutions to the challenges facing Social Security and the growing deficit. Tomorrow when the President begins traveling the country to promote Social Security privatization, I encourage him to provide a concrete plan. Right now the country needs leadership not rhetoric." (votesmart.org)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Mike Thompson supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "" for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts that they manage themselves."
  • Mike Thompson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."

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California Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test

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

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion.
a) Abortions should always be illegal.
Xb) Abortions should always be legal.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester.
d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
f) Dilation and extraction or "partial-birth" abortion procedures should be legal.
g) Medicare, Medicaid, and federal subsidies should be prohibited from being used on abortion procedures.
h) Other or expanded principles.
Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once.
1) Budget Priorities
Maintain Statusa) Agriculture
Slightly Increaseb) Arts
Maintain Statusc) Defense
Slightly Increased) Education
Slightly Increasee) Environment
Slightly Increasef) FEMA
Slightly Increaseg) Homeland security
Slightly Increaseh) International aid
Slightly Increasei) Law enforcement (Federal)
Slightly Increasej) Law enforcement (State)
Slightly Increasek) Medical research
Slightly Increasel) National parks
Slightly Increasem) Public health services
Maintain Statusn) Scientific research
Slightly Decreaseo) Space exploration programs
Greatly Increasep) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Slightly Increaseq) United Nations
Slightly Increaser) Welfare
s) Other or expanded categories
2) Defense Spending
Greatly Increasea) Armed forces personnel training
Greatly Increaseb) Intelligence operations
Greatly Decreasec) Military hardware
Slightly Increased) Modernization of weaponry and equipment
Eliminatee) National missile defense
Slightly Increasef) Pay for active duty personnel
Slightly Increaseg) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Slightly Decreaseh) Research and development of new weapons
Greatly Increasei) Troop and equipment readiness
j) Other or expanded categories
3) Taxes
Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once.
Family Income Taxes
Greatly Decreasea) Less than $12,000
Slightly Decreaseb) $12,001-$40,000
Slightly Decreasec) $40,001-$100,000
Slightly Decreased) $100,001-$180,000
Maintain Statuse) $180,001-$350,000
Slightly Increasef) $350,001 and above
g) Other or expanded categories
Other Taxes
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increasec) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Maintain Statusf) Inheritance taxes
g) Other or expanded categories
Deductions/Credits
Maintain Statusa) Charitable contribution deduction
Slightly Increaseb) Child tax credit
Slightly Increasec) Earned income tax credit
Maintain Statusd) Medical expense deduction
Maintain Statuse) Mortgage deduction
Slightly Increasef) Student loan credit
g) Other or expanded categories
No4) Do you support the permanent repeal of the federal estate tax?
Yes5) Do you support requiring the federal budget to be balanced each year?
6) Other or expanded principles

Eliminate the inheritance tax on family farms and family businesses.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
a) Support increasing the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns.
b) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
c) Allow unregulated soft money campaign contributions to political parties or committees.
d) Remove all contribution limits on federal campaigns and parties.
Xe) Support prohibiting ads containing candidates' name that are paid for by third parties from airing 60 days before a primary and 30 days before a general federal election.
f) Support instant run-off voting (IRV).
g) Support designating Election Day as a national holiday.
h) Support giving the President the power of the line item veto for items concerning appropriations.
Xi) Support limiting the President's use of signing statements in order to prevent an alternative interpretation of the bill.
Xj) Support a federal shield law to protect reporter-source privilege.
k) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.
Xa) Support the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
b) Eliminate the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
Xc) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xd) Support programs to provide prison inmates with drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
e) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
f) Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
Xg) Support strict penalties for internet crime (e.g. hacking, identity theft, worms/viruses).
Xh) Require that crimes based on sexual orientation be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
i) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
Xa) Support the federal government funding universal pre-K programs.
b) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any public school.
c) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any private or religious school.
Xd) Allow teachers and professionals to receive federal funding to establish charter or magnet schools.
Xe) Increase funding for the Pell Grant program.
Xf) Decrease interest rates of Stafford Loans.
Xg) Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college.
Xh) Ban university financial aid officers from owning stock in or accepting gifts from student loan lenders.
Xi) Require universities to disclose financial relationships with lenders.
Xj) Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind).
k) Eliminate all federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind).
l) Other or expanded principles

I believe No Child Left Behind needs to be significantly reformed and fully funded.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.
Xa) Increase funding for national job-training programs that retrain displaced workers or teach skills needed in today’s job market.
b) Reduce government regulation of the private sector.
Xc) Encourage employers to offer child care services, flex-time scheduling, comp-time, and unpaid leave for family emergencies.
Xd) Increase the federal minimum wage.
Xe) Support the right of workers to unionize.
f) Eliminate all federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
Xg) Include sexual orientation in federal anti-discrimination laws.
Xh) Include gender identity in federal anti-discrimination laws.
i) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
Xa) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Water Act.
Xb) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act.
c) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil).
Xd) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
Xe) Strengthen fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
f) Support domestic oil exploration in areas that are currently restricted.
Xg) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels.
Xh) Support the use of ethanol as an alternative fuel.
i) Support research and development of nuclear reactors as an alternative energy source.
Xj) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits under "cap and trade" laws.
Xk) Support international mandatory emission targets to limit global warming.
l) Support international voluntary emission targets to limit global warming.
m) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.
a) Allow individuals to carry concealed guns.
b) Ban the sale, ownership or possession of handguns except by law enforcement and other government officials.
On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories.
Maintain Statusc) Enforcement of existing restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Maintain Statusd) Restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
e) Other or expanded principles

I am a gun owner, sportsman and support our 2nd amendment right to bear arms. I also believe that we must do everything in our power to end gun violence and am committed to keeping firearms out of the hands of felons, violent offenders and mentally-ill individuals. I have always opposed military types of assault weapons, ?Saturday Night Specials? and support reauthorizing the assault weapons ban. These weapons have no useful purpose in our neighborhoods. Additionally, I support closing the gun show loophole which currently allows individuals to purchase guns at gun shows without having to submit a background check.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health.
a) Implement a universal healthcare program to guarantee coverage to all Americans, regardless of income.
b) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts.
c) Allow the importation of prescription drugs into the United States.
Xd) Support expanding prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
Xe) Offer tax credits to individuals and small businesses to offset the cost of insurance coverage.
Xf) Support expanding child healthcare programs.
g) Providing healthcare is not a responsibility of the federal government.
h) Other or expanded principles

In the past, I have supported re-importation of prescription drugs from Canada; however, I do not support wholesale importation from all countries for safety reasons.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration.
a) Decrease the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country.
b) Establish English as the official national language.
Xc) Support a temporary worker program.
Xd) Support harsher financial punishments for those who knowingly employ illegal immigrants.
e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States.
f) Illegal immigrants should have to return to their countries of origin before being considered for citizenship.
Xg) Illegal immigrants should be given a pathway to citizenship.
h) Support merit-based visas over family-based visas.
i) Other or expanded principles
International Aid
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international aid.
Xa) Support the United States granting aid to countries when extraordinary circumstances cause disaster and threaten civilian lives.
Xb) Support the United States granting aid to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States.
Xc) Eliminate United States aid for any nation with documented human rights abuses.
d) Aid granted by the United States should be scaled back and eventually eliminated.
e) Other or expanded principles
International Policy
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international policy.
Yesa) Should the United States continue to provide leadership in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process?
Yesb) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
Yesc) Should the United States impose greater international sanctions on Iran if it continues to defy United Nations mandates?
Yesd) Should the United States support the Lebanese government against insurgent forces?
Noe) Should the United States maintain its troop levels in Iraq?
Yesf) Should the United States withdraw its troops from Iraq?
g) Discuss your proposals for Iraq.

The U.S should redeploy our troops out of Iraq as quickly and safely as possible. We must focus our efforts on an international diplomatic strategy for quelling and containing the violence in Iraq. Ending the war in Iraq will allow us to devote additional resources to fighting terrorism worldwide.

Yesh) Should the United States apply greater economic and diplomatic sanctions against North Korea if it fails to abide by its agreement to suspend its nuclear program?
Yesi) Should the United States increase financial support for Afghanistan?
Yesj) Should the United States increase military support for Afghanistan?
Nok) Should the United States trade nuclear fuel to India for civilian purposes?
Nol) Should the United States decrease financial support for Pakistan?
Nom) Should the United States decrease military support for Pakistan?
Yesn) Should the United States be involved in bringing an end to the violence in Darfur, Sudan?
Yeso) Should the United States be involved in bringing an end to the violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo?
Nop) Should the United States provide economic and military support to the Transitional Government of Somalia?
Yesq) Should the United States use sanctions to encourage the government of Zimbabwe to end its human rights abuses?
Yesr) Should the United States support the creation of an independent nation of Kosovo?
s) Other or expanded principles
International Trade
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international trade.
a) Do you support the United States imposing economic sanctions on China?
b) Do you support the United States imposing trade sanctions on Venezuela?
c) Do you support the United States involvement in free trade agreements?
Yesd) Do you support the United States involvement in intergovernmental organizations dedicated to trade?
e) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding national security.
Noa) Do you support using military tribunals to try suspected terrorists when ordinary civilian courts are deemed inappropriate or impractical?
Nob) Should law enforcement agencies have greater discretion to monitor domestic communications, to prevent future terrorist attacks?
Yesc) Should the United States hold foreign states accountable for terrorists who operate in their country?
Yesd) Should the federal government increase funding to states and cities for homeland security?
Noe) Do you support pre-emptive military strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to United States national security?
Nof) Do you support the creation of a federal identification card system?
Nog) Do you support long-term use of National Guard troops to supplement the armed forces in assignments overseas?
Noh) Should the United States expand its missile defense shield?
i) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.
Yesa) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?
Nob) Do you support a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman?
Yesc) Do you support federal funding for research on existing embryonic stem cell lines?
Yesd) Do you support federal funding to create lines of stem cells from new embryos?
Yese) Should the federal government consider race and gender in government contracting decisions?
Yesf) Should the federal government continue affirmative action programs?
Yesg) Should the federal government regulate internet gambling?
h) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security.
a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts that they manage themselves.
b) Ensure the viability of Social Security by increasing the payroll tax.
c) Decrease benefits paid to retirees.
d) Support proportional increases of Social Security benefits based on the cost of living index.
e) Raise the retirement age for individual eligibility to receive full Social Security benefits.
f) Other or expanded principles

The president needs to convene a bipartisan commission to objectively weigh all available options for protecting Social Security.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare and poverty.
Xa) Require welfare recipients to spend at least 40 hours a week in a combination of work and training programs.
Xb) Continue to give states and local governments flexibility in and responsibility for welfare programs through federal block grants.
Xc) Support housing assistance for welfare recipients.
d) Abolish all federal welfare programs.
e) Other or expanded principles
Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

I believe all Americans should have access to quality, affordable healthcare. We need significant action on the federal level to conserve our natural resources and protect our planet from global warming. We must begin redeployment of our troops out of Iraq and refocus our efforts on an international diplomatic strategy for quelling and containing the violence in Iraq. I also strongly believe all federal spending should be fiscally responsible and accountable to the American taxpayer.

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