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Betty McCollum

Betty McCollum's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Betty McCollum
Office: U.S. House (MN) - District 4, Democratic/Farmer/Labor
First Elected: 11/07/2000
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic/Farmer/Labor for U.S. House - District 4
Primary Aug. 12, 2014
Gender: Female
Family: Divorced; 2 Children: Katie, Sean
Birth Date: 07/12/1954
Birth Place: Saint Paul, MN
Home City: Saint Paul, MN
Religion: Roman Catholic
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Pro-choice Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Betty McCollum supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Minnesota State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit the late-term abortion procedure known as "partial-birth" abortion."
  • Betty McCollum. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Minnesota State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Betty McCollum. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Betty McCollum. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Minnesota 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."
  • Betty McCollum. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Betty McCollum. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Minnesota State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Betty McCollum. McCollum Questions HHS Sec. Sebelius At Appropriations Hearing. 3 June 2009. "I support a woman's right to make her own health care decisions and the work of courageous health care providers to meet women's health care needs. What America witnessed on Sunday was a Taliban like tactic to prevent abortions by murdering a doctor. It is terrorism and I urge the administration to extend protection to women's clinics all across our country. Madam Secretary, I support comprehensive sex education, evidence based science, full access to family planning and reproductive health care for all women, and counseling to ensure women of all ages have the best information to make good choices about when they decide to have children. This is how we reduce abortions. This is how we empower individuals to prevent the need for abortions." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Betty McCollum voted Did Not Vote on 02/18/2011. (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 Betty McCollum a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. NARAL Pro-Choice America endorsed Betty McCollum in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Betty McCollum voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Betty McCollum voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Betty McCollum 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 Betty McCollum in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Betty McCollum voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Betty McCollum voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Betty McCollum supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act of 2006. 8 December 2008. "Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong opposition to H.R. 6099. H.R. 6099 is an extreme intrusion into the relationship between a woman and her doctor. Rather than improving informed consent as the authors claim, this legislation would put into federal law inflammatory rhetoric that has not been proven to be fact. In 2004 a federal district court found that there is ``no consensus of medical opinion'' on the issue of fetal pain. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, it is highly improbable that a fetus could feel pain before the third trimester. In addition, studies conducted by JAMA on this issue showed that additional anesthesia, as is proposed in this bill, poses increased risk to a woman's health. Yet this bill would force health care providers to tell patients seeking an abortion that there is ``substantial evidence'' regarding fetal pain and force them to offer anesthesia for the fetus. It would also force the patient to sign a statement to prove she understood that information. H.R. 6099, if passed, would actually require a medical professional, under federal law, to give women inaccurate and potentially harmful information. This law makes no exceptions for individual patient circumstances or a doctor's judgment of medical necessity. And if a doctor does not provide this information, he or she will face civil sanctions. Our health care system--the best in the world by many measures--depends on the quality of our health care providers and their ability to communicate with and care for their patients. It is outrageous for Congress to remove the discretion of doctors and instead, rely on politics to make medical decisions. This legislation is based on inaccurate information and political motivation and should be rejected. I urge my colleagues to join me in opposing H.R. 6099 today and in working to improve health care for all Americans in the 110th Congress." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. Protect Life Act. 13 October 2011. "Madam Speaker, I rise today in strong opposition to H.R. 358 and the on-going Republican war against women's health in America. This bill continues Congressional Republicans' extreme social agenda that jeopardizes women's health care. This Congress has already debated similar legislation to prevent women from accessing their legal health care. H.R. 358 does nothing to create jobs, reduce our federal deficits, or make America safer. Instead, this legislation furthers a divisive agenda to impose unprecedented restrictions on a woman's ability to access and purchase health care for a legal medical procedure. Contrary to what my colleagues have said today, H.R. 358 is not needed to ensure federal funding does not pay for abortions. Current federal law, including provisions included in the Affordable Care Act, already prohibits federal money from being used to pay for abortion services, except in the cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother. Instead this bill is another attempt by the Republican majority to legislatively intimidate women with respect to their constitutional right to abortion services. The unprecedented restrictions included in this bill would effectively end coverage of abortion-related services. Beginning in 2014, women and their families receiving federal subsidies would be prohibited from purchasing a health plan that includes abortion coverage within the Health Exchanges. This provision would leave millions of women without affordable health care options that meet all their health care needs. Even more concerning is that this bill could jeopardize a woman's ability to receive emergency medical care as required under Emergency Medicare Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA; P.L. 99-272). This bill could allow a hospital to deny a woman abortion-care even when this legal medical procedure would save her life. H.R. 358 does not protect life; rather it endangers the lives of American women. Instead of this radical agenda, we should be focusing on policies that will improve the lives of women and girls, put Americans back to work, and advance our nation's economy. I encourage my colleagues to vote against this bill and keep safe, comprehensive reproductive care accessible to all Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Betty McCollum supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Betty McCollum voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Betty McCollum voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • National Women's Political Caucus. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Women's Political Caucus endorsed Betty McCollum in the 2002 general election. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Betty McCollum supported the interests of Peace Action West 75 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. Congresswoman Betty McCollum Responds to President Obama's Plan to Withdraw U.S. Troops From Afghanistan. 23 July 2011. "President Obama's decision to start the withdrawal of 30,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan is welcome news, but it is only a start. It is time for the U.S. to bring our troops home and limit the more than $2 billion per week being spent on this war while we face a serious fiscal crisis at home. After ten years of service and sacrifice from American troops and a $400 billion investment by U.S. taxpayer dollars, the people of Afghanistan need to take control of their destiny and demonstrate to the world they can stand on their own." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. Congresswoman McCollum Votes "No" on War Funding for Afghanistan. 27 July 2010. "After nine years of war and more than $300 billion of war funds added to our national debt, it is clear that an open ended U.S. military presence in Afghanistan is not acceptable to Afghans or Americans. I believe now is the time for a movement away from an expanded military presence in Afghanistan towards a strategic drawdown of U.S. troops and a refocus on a counter-terrorism strategy to prevent al-Qaeda from again taking root. U.S. troops deserve a mission that is clear and achievable so they can return safely home with the knowledge that they have helped to keep America secure and allowed the Afghan people to make their own future. It is now time for the Afghan people to make that future." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. McCollum Votes to End Debt Limit Crisis; Reduce Deficits. 30 July 2011. "Today, I voted for Majority Leader Reid's plan because I am committed to preventing a debt default that would harm every single family and business in America. This legislation protected Social Security and Medicare and it cuts $1 trillion from future deficits by guaranteeing an end to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. Statement on the Tenth Anniversary of the War in Afghanistan. 7 October 2011. "After ten years of war, U.S. forces have crippled the al Qaeda operations that launched the 9-11 attacks, diminished the Taliban, and given the Afghan people a chance to determine their own future. But during that time, so many sacrifices have been made by the 1,796 Americans who have given their lives in service and the thousands more who have endured injury. Another very real cost is that future American taxpayers will be paying for the nearly $450 billion borrowed for this war. The people of Afghanistan and their leaders must be prepared to take on the task of providing security, governance, and economic opportunity for their own fellow citizens. I would like to see the 90,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan come home and new Afghan leadership building their own country's future. Ten years is enough -- it is time to end the war in Afghanistan." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Betty McCollum supported the interests of the Peace Action 75 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Betty McCollum voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States of America. 24 June 2011. "We write to you with serious concerns about the pace of withdrawal of our American troops from Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. We applaud your announcement Wednesday of an initial withdrawal of 10,000 troops this year, but believe withdrawal should be dramatically accelerated. Like all Americans, we are deeply proud of the hard work and incredible sacrifice of our brave men and women in uniform, and we know they are carrying out the mission in Afghanistan with dedication and extraordinary competence. Throughout this nearly ten-year military campaign, they have done all we have asked of them, and represented our nation's very best values and ideals. But now, especially considering the recent death of Osama bin Laden, we believe the time has come to dramatically accelerate the reduction of our military presence in Afghanistan. We respectfully request that you accelerate your Administration's withdrawal plan so that the so-called "surge troops" who were deployed in 2009 be redeployed by the end of this calendar year; with the additional goal of developing a plan to bring all of our remaining troops home safely and honorably by the end of next year." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Betty McCollum. National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013. 18 May 2012. "If House Republicans are asking low income families, seniors, and disabled Americans to go without the services they rely on, it's time the Pentagon makes do with $200 million for military bands. It's time we ask the Army to do with fewer than 100 bands. It's time we ask the Air Force to scale back its Country Western band. It's time we ask the Pentagon to share some of the sacrifice that American families are being asked to bear. And with $200 million, the military music will surely continue to grace our nation's parades and ceremonies, and provide comfort to our military families at funerals. Mr. Chair, this exact amendment was adopted unanimously by voice vote and passed by the full House of Representatives in last year's National Defense Authorization bill, H.R. 1540. Why? Because in this time of fiscal crisis and deep cuts to discretionary spending, it makes no sense to borrow nearly $400 million from Communist China to pay for military bands." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Betty McCollum voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Betty McCollum voted Nay on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Betty McCollum voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Betty McCollum voted Yea on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Betty McCollum voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Betty McCollum voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Betty McCollum voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Betty McCollum voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Betty McCollum voted Nay on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Betty McCollum voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. Defense Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2012, H.R. 2219. 18 July 2011. "Since 2001, the Pentagon's budget has increased by seventy percent. The enormous size and rapid growth of the defense budget means that any Member of Congress who is not working to cut the defense budget is not serious about deficit reduction. Mr. Speaker, I am serious about confronting the fiscal crisis facing America. And, as an appropriator, I take seriously my job of eliminating unnecessary spending and ineffective programs in every appropriations bill and every Federal agency--including the Department of Defense [¦] America finds itself confronting a strange reality of needing to cut the Pentagon to secure the country. Without Republican support for cuts to defense spending, it will be almost impossible to put the country back on a sustainable fiscal course." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. Letter to the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. 13 October 2010. "Given the size of our deficit and debt problems as well as the political challenges and policy controversies involved in implementing any solutions to them, it is clear to us that cutting the military budget must be a part of any visible proposal. The Department of Defense currently takes up almost 56% of all discretionary federal spending, and accounts for nearly 65% of the increase in annual discretionary spending levels since 2001. Much of this increase, of course, is attributable to direct war costs, but nearly 37% of discretionary spending growth falls under the "base" or "peacetime" military budget. Applying the adage that is necessary to "go where the money is" requires that rigorous scrutiny be applied to military spending. We believe that such an analysis will show that substantial spending cuts can be made without threatening our national security, without cutting essential funds for fighting terrorism, and without shirking our obligations as a nation to our brave troops currently in the field, our veterans, and our military retirees." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. MinnPost -- Defense Spending Fuels the Debt Crisis. 16 July 2011. "The numbers tell this expensive story. The Tea Party Republican majority passed a $17 billion increase to the defense budget while slashing funding for everything else. At $649 billion, the Pentagon's budget amounts to more government spending than all other federal agencies combined. This price tag also accounts for over 50 percent of all unrestricted spending in the federal budget. In fact, this level of spending approaches 45 percent of global defense spending, almost as much as every other country on the planet combined. Tea Party Republicans talk endlessly about deficit reduction, cutting government spending, shrinking government, and cutting investments benefiting middle and low income families, but defense spending continues to grow [¦] Since 2001, the Pentagon's budget increased by 70 percent. The enormous size and rapid growth of the defense budget means that any Member of Congress who is not working to slow defense budget is not serious about deficit reduction. The fiscal crisis facing America makes eliminating unnecessary spending, ineffective programs, and wasteful tax breaks essential. There can no longer be sacred fiscal cows -- including the Department of Defense." (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. "Betty McCollum supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 6 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Betty McCollum supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Betty McCollum voted Nay on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Betty McCollum supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 5 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. Middle Class Tax Cuts. 1 August 2012. "Madam Speaker, House Democrats and President Obama are fighting for families by working to extend middle class tax cuts that will benefit 98 percent of Americans. Our plan will put $2,200 in the pockets of an average family next year. That's money that can be spent by your family on your family's needs. That money will help Minnesota businesses grow and hire employees in St. Paul, Roseville, and Oakdale. But House Republicans refuse to extend tax cuts for the middle class unless millionaires and billionaires get an extra tax cut. It's wrong to borrow $50 billion from China so millionaires and billionaires can get an extra tax cut of $160,000. The Bush tax cuts for the superwealthy built a mountain of debt and failed to strengthen the economy. The Bush years proved that the Republican love affair with tax cuts for the superwealthy are a wasteful handout. They failed to create jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2011. 13 December 2011. "The House Republican majority had other options for offsetting the costs of H.R. 3630. Among those options was a small and temporary increase on the amount of taxes paid by those Americans least affected by the Great Recession. House Democrats will attempt to improve H.R. 3630 today during floor debate by replacing cuts to health care and unemployment insurance with a 3.6 percent surcharge on incomes over $1 million a year. At a time when income inequality in America is at an all-time high, this is a necessary step to restore economic fairness and opportunity. I will support this motion when it comes to a vote this afternoon." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. Tax cuts in limbo as Congress goes home. 29 September 2010. "We shouldn't be racking up another $700 billion in debt to give a small percent of Americans an extra tax cut." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Betty McCollum. McCollum Supports Bill to Help Minnesota's Unemployed Workers. 12 June 2008. "As Minnesotans and Americans across the country feel the brunt of the rising costs of living, we need a comprehensive and long-term approach to restore the strength of our economy, address health care costs and invest in education and training to prepare our workers to compete in the global economy.' Congresswoman McCollum voted for the bill that enacted an economic stimulus plan in the form of tax rebate checks and for several measures to begin to address gas prices. She also supported legislation to help homeowners avoid foreclosure and a federal budget that would reinvest in Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Betty McCollum voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (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 Betty McCollum a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Betty McCollum voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Betty McCollum supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. McCollum Introduces Bill to Raise Debt Ceiling and Save the U.S. Economy from Tea Party Republican Inflicted Catastrophe. 15 July 2011. "The Don't Default on America's Debts and Destroy American Jobs Act of 2011 (H.R. 2544) also calls for cancelling the traditional August Congressional recess so that Congress can pass legislation to increase job creation, reduce unemployment, and address the longterm deficit crisis. This legislation does not authorize any new federal spending. 'This debt limit crisis is a political game manufactured by the Tea Party Republicans who seem willing to allow the U.S. to default on our debts and destroy the economy. This is an insane brand of Armageddon economics that must be stopped. It is time for Democrats and reasonable Republicans to stand together and prevent an economic catastrophe [¦] McCollum's legislation also calls on Congress to forgo its regular month-long August recess so Members can pass legislation to reduce unemployment, create jobs, and advance longterm deficit reduction options. 'With 14 million Americans out of work, Congress should be in session working to strengthen the economy, create jobs, and move forward with a long-term deficit reduction strategy. Congress needs to be working this August, not out on vacation. The Republican-led House has been in charge for seven months and still hasn't proposed a single bill to create jobs or even rolled out a clear job creation plan." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. Over $220 Million in Additional Recovery Funds to Minnesota for Education. 13 May 2010. "Today, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that Minnesota will receive $220,403,088 in additional funds as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-5). Welcoming the announcement, Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN-04) emphasized the difference that these funds will make in Minnesota's education system by improving the quality of education in our schools. 'This announcement could not have come at a better time. Our public schools are struggling with round after round of state and local cuts. These additional federal funds will protect the quality of our students' education by helping to keep teachers in our classrooms while the state of Minnesota makes difficult decisions on school funding [¦] This funding is another example of how the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act - passed without one Republican vote - is both saving and creating jobs in Minnesota and meeting the needs of our children,' said Congresswoman McCollum. 'Giving a boost to Minnesota's education system, these funds created over 6,000 jobs in the education sector." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. Recovery Rebates and Economic Stimulus for the American People Act of 2008. 7 February 2008. "Madam Speaker, I rise in support of the Recovery Rebates and Economic Stimulus for the American People Act, and to commend Speaker PELOSI and Minority Leader BOEHNER for their bipartisan, timely action to get our economy moving [¦] This bill provides a recovery rebate check for 117 million families to help with rising costs and reinvigorate the economy. These rebates are targeted to middle-income Americans and additional assistance is provided for families with children. In Minnesota, the average rebate will be $952 and over 2 million families will benefit from this tax relief. H.R. 5140 also provides tax incentives to small businesses to help create jobs, and it increases access to affordable refinancing opportunities to help families keep their homes. H.R. 5140 is timely, targeted and temporary. While enactment of this package will give the economy a needed boost, it is not the end of our efforts. Congress needs to have a serious discussion about unemployment benefits, food stamps and aid to states facing deficits. And in order to truly grow our economy we need to invest in our infrastructure, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, educate our children, address the health care crisis and end the war in Iraq." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Betty McCollum. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Betty McCollum voted Nay on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. Recovery Rebates and Economic Stimulus for the American People Act of 2008. 7 February 2008. "Madam Speaker, I rise in support of the Recovery Rebates and Economic Stimulus for the American People Act, and to commend Speaker PELOSI and Minority Leader BOEHNER for their bipartisan, timely action to get our economy moving [¦] H.R. 5140 also provides tax incentives to small businesses to help create jobs, and it increases access to affordable refinancing opportunities to help families keep their homes." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Betty McCollum. Issue Position: Education - K 12 Education."A strong proponent of public education, McCollum supports keeping our schools accountable to parents and local officials. She is also a vocal critic of the federal government's failure to fully fund No Child Left Behind. Our nation's democracy and prosperity are built upon a foundation of public education and every American's ability to access quality public schools." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. Hearing Of The Labor, Health And Human Services, Education, And Related Agencies Subcommittee Of The House Appropriations Committee - Fiscal Year 2010 Department Of Education Budget Request. 3 June 2009. "I want to talk to you a second about what I consider becoming near a national security issue, and that's the economy and the role of education in the economy, and as the economy has worsened, I'm afraid we're seeing opportunities for education for many of things that you want to do and President Obama, and I and the parents in my district slip through our fingers [¦] Minnesota alone has a 654 million mid year budget deficit. So what I'm concerned about is the Recovery Funds are really supplanting regular education funds. This Congress made a decision not to do matching funds to give the states some flexibility. We gave governors and their Departments of Education the dollars without going through the legislative branches. Assuming that these funds would be used, yes, to maybe supplant a little, but they're being supplanted for everything. So how do we move forward and I agree with Chairman Obey, with all the goals, all the wonderful goals in this budget and with the money that you have planned to achieve these goals, if we send the money to the states and they just use it to provide basic education and still cut basic education, then we're set up for failure, President Obama is set up for failure, but most importantly our children are set up for failure, so how are we going to hold these school districts accountable?" (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. Education. "Federal policy and funding can either be a barrier or a bridge to ensure success. With No Child Left Behind, we've seen how the federal government can create obstacles in K-12 education. We've seen states lower their standards to comply, punishing high-standard states, including Minnesota. That's why we must get it right this time and do better without imposing anymore unfunded mandates. The federal government has a responsibility to address the needs of underserved students and provide educational equality for all students." (mccollum.house.gov)
  • Betty McCollum. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Betty McCollum. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
  • Betty McCollum. Over $220 Million in Additional Recovery Funds to Minnesota for Education. 13 May 2010. "Today, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that Minnesota will receive $220,403,088 in additional funds as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-5). Welcoming the announcement, Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN-04) emphasized the difference that these funds will make in Minnesota's education system by improving the quality of education in our schools. 'This announcement could not have come at a better time. Our public schools are struggling with round after round of state and local cuts. These additional federal funds will protect the quality of our students' education by helping to keep teachers in our classrooms while the state of Minnesota makes difficult decisions on school funding [¦] This funding is another example of how the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act - passed without one Republican vote - is both saving and creating jobs in Minnesota and meeting the needs of our children,' said Congresswoman McCollum. 'Giving a boost to Minnesota's education system, these funds created over 6,000 jobs in the education sector." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Betty McCollum supported the interests of Environment America 93 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. Letter to President of the United States George W. Bush. 15 May 2006. "The skyrocketing price of gas poses a crisis not only to commuters going to work, especially in rural areas, but family farmers, small businesses, truckers, airlines, and indeed our entire economy. Recently, oil prices topped $72 a barrel -- higher than during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, even though oil inventories in the U.S. reached the highest level in eight years. In fact, the last time we saw oil inventories this high, the price of oil plunged below $11 a barrel. There is no good reason for gas prices to be this high, especially when oil companies continue to receive record-breaking profits, OPEC continues to receive increased revenue, and oil executives continue to receive obscene levels of compensation. Therefore, we urge you to convene an Emergency Energy Summit with Congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle, leaders in the oil industry and consumer advocates to implement solutions which will immediately lower the price of gas at the pump, reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, and prohibit price gouging. Without real leadership at the top, there is no question but that oil executives will continue to ignore the needs of ordinary Americans while they reap record-breaking profits." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. Letter to Interior Secretary Salazar. 8 February 2012. "On behalf of the undersigned members of Congress, we write to comment on your administration's proposed 2012-2017 Outer Continental Shelf Oil (OCS) and Gas Leasing Program. Our comments focus specifically on three geographic regions: the Atlantic, the Pacific and the Arctic Oceans. While we are pleased to see that no oil and gas development will occur in the Atlantic or Pacific, we urge caution against too quickly moving forward with additional leasing in the Arctic, which this plan in its current form will do [¦] To conclude, before any new leasing activity is scheduled for the Arctic, all agencies involved in the planning process must develop adequate science to understand the implications of drilling in the Arctic Ocean, put in place a plan that guarantees protection of the Arctic Ocean and ecosystem, and guarantee that companies bidding on leases in the Arctic Ocean and applying for permits to drill wells in this unique, intact ecosystem, are fully prepared to handle a disaster like Deepwater Horizon." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. McCollum Announces Support For Comprehensive American Energy Security & Consumer Protection Package. 12 Sptember 2008. "This is absolutely the right response and a strong contrast to the drill-only Republican bill, which is more of the same Bush-Cheney energy policy written by and for the oil companies. The Comprehensive American Energy Security & Consumer Protection Act will roll back oil industry tax breaks in a time of record oil company profits and require oil companies to pay royalties already owed to taxpayers; invest in wind, solar and natural gas, 21st century energy sources to create Minnesota jobs; responsibly open up additional offshore areas for drilling with oil companies footing the bill instead of taxpayers; and release oil from the government's stockpile to bring down gas prices." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. Comprehensive American Energy Security and Consumer Protection Act. 25 September 2008. "The American people need to know that government estimates state that if drilling was allowed in all restricted offshore sites and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (a policy I strongly oppose) it would pump only one million extra barrels of oil per day onto the global market by 2025, less than 1 percent of projected global output. For consumers this would translate into a 2 cent reduction in price in the year 2025. The ``drill, baby, drill'' crowd appears to be committed to advancing the interests of the oil companies while leaving the American people with a potentially miniscule price reduction seventeen years from now. Their proposal is not a policy solution, but rather a political gimmick." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Betty McCollum voted Nay on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Betty McCollum voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Betty McCollum voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Betty McCollum. Speech of Hon. Betty McCollum of Minnesota. 6 April 2011. "Mr. Chair, I rise today to oppose H.R. 910, the so-called Energy Tax Prevention Act. H.R. 910 would permanently ban the Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, from protecting human health and the environment by enforcing the Clean Air Act and confronting the threat of climate change. This radical, anti-environmental legislation is a distraction from the number one issue facing Congress: promoting job creation and economic growth. Instead of focusing on the economy, the House Republican majority is trying to legislate science by overriding the established scientific consensus on climate change and the threat posed by greenhouse gases. H.R. 910 endangers public health and will cost American jobs by slowing our economy's transition to cleaner, more secure energy sources. A recent EPA report revealed that reducing greenhouse gas emissions will prevent the early deaths of 230,000 Americans in 2020 and produce $2 trillion in economic benefits by that same year." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Minnesota 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."
  • Betty McCollum. Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2008. 11 March 2008. "Madam Speaker, I rise today to urge my colleagues to join me in supporting the long overdue Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act. The American people have demanded that Congress change our national energy policy; we must prioritize clean energy over greenhouse gas emitting fuels, and support entrepreneurial American energy producers over oil companies posting record profits. H.R. 5351 extends tax credits for renewable energy production and pays for them by repealing large subsidies for oil and gas corporations. The domestic green energy sector creates thousands of high-paying jobs each year and has seen tremendous growth recently except when Congress has let these incentives expire. Congress must provide this industry the support and consistency it needs to become a major supplier of both energy and jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. McCollum Commemorates Earth Day and Applauds EPA Ruling that Greenhouse Gas Poses a Danger to Public Health. 22 April 2009. "We face a new generation of environmental challenges, like greenhouse gases and global climate change, which have emerged as serious and urgent health, economic and political issues facing the world community. It is important to talk about the problem, but more importantly, the U.S. need to act in a responsible and purposeful manner to do something about it. I commend President Obama for working with Congress to start to decrease our nation's greenhouse gas emissions and establish the U.S. as a leader on addressing global climate change. We have both a moral responsibility and self-interest in protecting our environment. Working together we must invest and act to take on the polluters and protect our air, water and open spaces for generations to come." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Betty McCollum supported the interests of Environment America 93 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Betty McCollum in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Betty McCollum voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Betty McCollum voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Betty McCollum in the 2004 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Betty McCollum supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Betty McCollum in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Betty McCollum in the 2002 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012. 27 July 2011. "More Deer Ticks, Fewer Loons: Climate Change on the Great Lakes. Isle Royale in Lake Superior used to be too cold for deer ticks. But not anymore. The ticks, which carry Lyme disease, have been found for the first time on the island off the coast of northern Minnesota. And by the end of the century, nesting loons may disappear altogether from most of the Great Lakes. Those are some of the findings of a report on the effects of climate change on the Great Lakes' five largest national parks. It was the latest in a series of studies they have conducted on the current and future effects of a warming global climate on national parks from California to Virginia. The report, the authors said, provides an early look at what's to come if the Republican-led Congress continues to thwart federal efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions. Republicans this week tried and failed to repeal new standards for more energy efficient lightbulbs, and are resisting the new federal rules regulating greenhouse gas emissions expected later this summer. They say the rules are unnecessary intrusions on freedom, and job-killers." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Support the U.S. re-entering the current Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Betty McCollum supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 100 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "Requirement for a license for hand guns should be enforced as well."
  • Betty McCollum. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "Requirement for a license for hand guns should be enforced as well."
  • Betty McCollum. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "Requirement for a license for hand guns should be enforced as well."
  • Betty McCollum. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Betty McCollum. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Betty McCollum. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Minnesota State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Betty McCollum. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Minnesota State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms."
  • Betty McCollum. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Betty McCollum. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "Requirement for a license for hand guns should be enforced as well."
  • Betty McCollum. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "Requirement for a license for hand guns should be enforced as well."
  • Betty McCollum. McCollum Opposes NRA & Supports Common Sense Gun Safety Laws. 17 September 2008. "H.R. 6842, offered by Congresswoman Norton, is a common sense bill. This bill puts the District of Colombia on notice that it must comply with the Supreme Court's decision and directs the men and women elected by the citizens of our nation's capital, along with the District's law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line everyday, to do their jobs and determine how best to comply with the court. Our own Capitol Police Chief Morse and D.C. Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier testified before our committee and I trust them when they express their grave concern about more guns and more powerful guns on DC's streets. But rather than listen to Chief Lanier and Chief Morse, there will a substitute amendment offered on behalf of the National Rifle Association with complete disregard for the American families that live in Washington, DC. The substitute amendment would allow more guns designed solely to kill people on D.C. streets and surely result in more money in the pockets of gun profiteers and more possibly fundraising dollars for pro-gun candidates. To all the brave hunters on floor tonight fighting to protect the rights of hunters - there are no bucks, bears, or boars to shoot on the streets of DC. But innocent kids, women and men will be shot as they are caught in the crossfire of a city loaded with guns designed to kill. In our Nation's capital, with all the special homeland security considerations, I simply cannot understand why we would deny elected local officials from taking common sense measures to comply with the court and at the same time ensure the safety of residents, dignitaries, and guests. We talk a great deal about listening to the military leaders on the ground in Iraq. Why aren't we taking our own advice and listening to our law enforcement leaders on the streets in DC? As a supporter of the Second Amendment to Constitution, I proudly stand with law enforcement for safety, security and sensible gun laws." (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Betty McCollum a grade of 9." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Betty McCollum in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Betty McCollum voted Nay on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Betty McCollum in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Betty McCollum voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Betty McCollum voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. McCollum Calls on White House to Rigorously Enforce Ban on Imported Assault Weapons. 13 February 2009. "Properly and rigorously enforcing the ban on imported assault weapons is vital to ensuring public safety and protecting law enforcement officials in the field [¦] Allowing more guns in our communities is irresponsible, especially as our nation struggles with homeland security, terrorism and crime. Yes, I am a supporter of the Second Amendment to the Constitution, but I also support sensible gun laws. Far too many people are the victims of gun violence in our nation." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Betty McCollum. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Minnesota 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."
  • Betty McCollum. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Betty McCollum. Major Health Insurance Reform for the American People; Health care in America will be transformed to the benefit of patients and taxpayers. 22 March 2010. "Tonight Democrats had courage to stand up for the real needs of America's families. The real winners tonight are patients and taxpayers because their health care will become more affordable and accessible. When we pass this bill lives will be saved, families will be protected, and millions of Americans will no longer live in fear. Today I will vote to end discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions. Today I will vote to extend health care to 32 million Americans. And when this bill becomes law health care security will finally become a reality for the American people." (www.allamericanpatriots.com)
  • Betty McCollum. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Betty McCollum voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Betty McCollum supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. Repeal of Obamacare Act. 10 July 2012. "This Republican Tea Party Congress is wasting America's time promoting the only issue they care about--their reelection. Today's vote is not about health care. It's a gimmick that panders to the Tea Party. This bill shows the Republican vision for health care is deny coverage, deny care, and deny the law of the land [¦] The Affordable Care Act is the constitutional law of the land, and it is a good law because Obama does care. President Obama and Democrats must continue to work to implement the law and extend quality, affordable health care to millions of Americans. And this Congress must get back to work putting America back to work." (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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  • Betty McCollum. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Minnesota Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Allow legalization for certain illegal immigrants working in the U.S."
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Betty McCollum supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Betty McCollum voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Betty McCollum voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Betty McCollum supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Betty McCollum. Minnesota Independent - McCollum and Ellison Urge IRS to Assist LGBT Couples on Tax Issues. 16 September 2011. "The LGBT community still faces discrimination in this country and that is unacceptable. In this case, it's even more disturbing when this discrimination comes from our federal government. The IRS has the ability to provide federal tax guidance to same-sex couples, and it should have done so years ago. The LGBT community deserves to be treated fairly and equally by the U.S. government not only for federal tax purposes but in any other situation. The IRS has the ability to provide specific guidance to ease the complexity and uncertainty surrounding these couples," the letter states. "While full equality cannot be achieved without repealing DOMA, this guidance will provide significant relief to hundreds of thousands of taxpayers, and save critical resources by avoiding unnecessary audits and inappropriate enforcement actions." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. Pelosi, Nadler, 130 House Members File Amicus Brief on Federal Case Against DOMA. 10 July 2012. "But a clearly stated purpose and effect of this law was to disapprove of and disadvantage lesbians and gay men; this distinguishes DOMA from a routine act of Congress. Where, as here, Congress classifies persons, denying an entire class of citizens the rights that are afforded others, the Supreme Court has applied rational basis review to invalidate those laws. None of the reasons provided by Congress in 1996 or created in response to litigation rationally serve a legitimate federal interest." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Betty McCollum supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 14 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Betty McCollum supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Betty McCollum supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Betty McCollum voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Betty McCollum voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Betty McCollum supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 95 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Betty McCollum supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Betty McCollum voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. Marriage Protection Act of 2004. 22 July 2004. "Mr. Speaker, I rise today in strong opposition to H.R. 3313, the Marriage Protection Act. This dangerous bill would severely undermine our constitutional checks and balances and set a precedent that undermines the independence of the federal judiciary. Republicans in Congress and the Bush Administration know their domestic and foreign policies are failing-so they are changing the subject [¦] The Marriage Protection Act is just another example of a power grab that extends Republican control from the White House to Congress to the federal judiciary. This attack on the Judicial Branch's authority to hear cases based on Legislative and Executive actions is in fundamental contrast to the spirit of our democracy and the U.S. Constitution. Appropriately, most legal scholars have agreed that even if this bill was to become law, it would be unconstitutional. The fact that this legislation has advanced far enough to warrant a vote in the full U.S. House should raise alarm to the extent the Republican Majority will go to advance their right wing agenda. This legislation should be defeated. The House must send a strong message that we reaffirm our constitutional system of checks and balances between the three branches of government, and we support the basic, civil rights of all Americans-regardless of age, gender, race or sexual orientation. We have a responsibility to protect the Constitution, not render it unnecessary." (votesmart.org)
  • Betty McCollum. Marriage Protection Amendment. 19 July 2006. "Mr. Speaker, once again this Republican led Congress is exercising an election year ploy with their attempt today to demonize gay and lesbian Americans. H.J. Res. 88 is an attempt to write hate and discrimination into our Nation's Constitution and disgracefully use this House to advance a cynical and cruel political agenda. While my Republican colleagues are actively working to transform the Constitution into a document of discrimination by passing H.J. Res. 88, the rest of America is concerned about very real and serious issues that this Congress is ignoring [¦] The American people are not threatened by men and women in loving and committed relationships. They are threatened and at risk by a do-nothing Congress that ignores the real challenges facing America. President Bush and his followers seek to permanently enshrine discrimination and hate as part of our Constitution. Nothing could be more disgraceful and fundamentally un-American. I am committed to defeat this intolerance and work tirelessly for equal rights, justice and respect for all Americans. Gay and lesbian Americans are citizens who must never be treated as second class citizens, as H.J. Res. 88 proposes. They must be guaranteed what America's founding fathers called for in the Declaration of Independence when they stated, ``all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. I urge my colleagues to reject discrimination and hate by voting against H.J. Res. 88." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Betty McCollum. Congresswoman McCollum's Statement on President Obama's Announcement on Osama bin Laden. 2 May 2011. "The death of Osama Bin Laden is the most significant blow to al Qaeda in the nearly ten years since the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001. This is a just end to a mass murderer who targeted innocents and destroyed so many lives. President Obama, his national security team and our courageous military personnel are to be commended for their leadership in achieving this accomplishment. I hope that today's action provides some comfort to the families who lost loved ones in the attacks as well as families of our military personnel who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the pursuit of terrorists who threaten our country. There is much more work ahead to keep our nation safe." (votesmart.org)
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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  • Betty McCollum. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Minnesota 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."
  • Betty McCollum. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Minnesota 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."
  • Betty McCollum signed Progressive Change Campaign Committee: Social Security Protectors. "Social Security belongs to the people who have worked hard all their lives and contributed to it. Social Security is a promise that must not be broken. We need to strengthen Social Security, not cut it. That is why I oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including increasing the retirement age. I also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part." (socialsecurityprotectors.com)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Betty McCollum supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)

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Congressional Election 2002 National Political Awareness Test

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

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.
a) Abortions should always be illegal.
Xb) Abortions should always be legally available.
Xc) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
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) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
g) Other or expanded principles
Budgetary Priorities
Using the key below, indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category.
Slightly Decrease Fundinga) Agricultural
Maintain Funding Statusb) Arts
Maintain Funding Statusc) Defense
Slightly Increase Fundingd) Education
Maintain Funding Statuse) Environmental
Maintain Funding Statusf) International Aid
Maintain Funding Statusg) Law Enforcement
Maintain Funding Statush) Medical Research
Slightly Decrease Fundingi) National Aeronautical Space Administration (NASA)
Maintain Funding Statusj) National Parks
Slightly Increase Fundingk) Public Health Services
Maintain Funding Statusl) Scientific Research
Slightly Increase Fundingm) Terrorism Prevention
Slightly Increase Fundingn) Transportation and Highway Infrastructure
Maintain Funding Statuso) Welfare
p) Other or expanded categories
Defense Spending
Using the key below, indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number per category.
Maintain Funding Statusa) Armed Forces personnel training
Maintain Funding Statusb) Covert intelligence operations
Maintain Funding Statusc) Military hardware
Slightly Increase Fundingd) Pay for active duty personnel
Slightly Decrease Fundinge) National Missile Defense Program
Maintain Funding Statusf) Programs to improve military retention rates
Slightly Decrease Fundingg) Research and development of new weapons
Slightly Increase Fundingh) Troop and equipment readiness
i) Other or expanded categories
Taxes
Using the key below, indicate what levels you support concerning taxes, deductions, and tax credits in the following categories. Select one number per tax.
Income Taxes - Family Income
Maintain Statusa) Less than $25,000
Slightly Decreaseb) $25,000 - $75,000
Slightly Decreasec) $75,000 - $150,000
Maintain Statusd) Over $150,000
e) Other or expanded categories
Income Taxes - Retiree Income
Maintain Statusf) Over $40, 000
g) Other or expanded categories
Other Taxes
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Decreaseb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Decreasef) Inheritance taxes
g) Other or expanded categories
Deductions/Credits
Maintain Statusa) Charitable deductions
Slightly Increaseb) Medical expense deductions
Maintain Statusc) Mortgage deductions
Slightly Increased) Child tax credit
Maintain Statuse) Earned income tax credit
Slightly Increasef) Student loan tax credit
g) Other or expanded categories
Taxes
No2) Should a married couple filing jointly pay the same taxes as if they were an unmarried couple filing separately?
No3) Would you use Social Security surpluses to balance the budget?
4) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and governmental reform issues.
Xa) Support public taxpayer funding for congressional candidates who comply with campaign spending limits.
b) Increase the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns.
c) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
Xd) Provide free or low-cost television advertising to candidates who agree to voluntary campaign spending limits.
Xe) Ban unregulated soft money campaign contributions to political parties or committees.
Xf) Prohibit non-U.S. citizens from making soft money contributions to national parties or party committees.
Xg) Require full disclosure of funding sources of issue advocacy commercials which appear within 60 days of an election.
h) Remove all contribution limits to federal candidates and parties.
Xi) Require congressional candidates to raise over half of their campaign money from their home state.
j) Require that unions give members the option of not having membership dues used for political purposes.
Yesk) Support the federal government mandate that creates national voting system standards.
Nol) Do you support amending the Constitution to limit the number of terms that members of Congress can serve?
Nom) Do you support voting on-line?
n) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.
Xa) Eliminate the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
b) Increase spending to build more federal prisons.
Xc) Impose "truth in sentencing" for violent criminals so they serve full sentences with no chance of parole.
Xd) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xe) Support programs to provide prison inmates with drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
Xf) Increase funding for community policing programs.
Xg) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
Xh) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, and disability be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
Xi) Enforcement of civil rights should primarily be the responsibility of the federal government.
j) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
Xk) Support programs that provide job training and placement services for at-risk youth.
Xl) Other or expanded principles

Enforcement of civil rights should be left to the judge and should be looked at on a case by case basis.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning illegal drugs.
a) Increase penalties for selling illegal drugs.
b) Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
Xc) Expand federally sponsored drug education and drug treatment programs.
Xd) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Xe) Increase border security to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the U.S.
f) Eliminate federal funding for programs associated with the "war on drugs."
g) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning education.
a) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
b) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any publicly-funded school.
c) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any participating school: public, private or religious.
Xd) Support charter schools where teachers and professionals receive authorization and funding to establish new schools.
Xe) Increase funding for block grants to states to help them hire additional teachers.
f) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
Xg) Increase funding for computers and computer training in public schools.
Xh) Increase funding for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
i) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs.
Xj) Increase funding of programs such as Pell grants and Stafford loans to help students pay for college.
Xk) Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college.
l) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment and affirmative action.
Xa) Increase funding for national job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
b) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xc) Establish empowerment zones in areas with large numbers of unemployed people.
Xd) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
Xe) Encourage employers to offer flex-time scheduling, comp-time, and unpaid leave for family emergencies.
f) Eliminate any federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
Xg) Increase the federal minimum wage.
Xh) Considering race and gender in government contracting decisions is appropriate for the federal government.
Xi) Include sexual orientation in federal anti-discrimination laws.
Xj) Continue federal affirmative action programs.
k) Discontinue federal affirmative action programs.
l) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources.
Xa) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Water Act.
Xb) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act.
c) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration.
Xd) Support the U.S. re-entering the current Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming.
Xe) Require states to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses of privately owned land.
Xf) Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
Xg) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
Xh) Provide tax credits for state and local bonds to preserve open spaces, build parks, improve water quality and redevelop brownfields.
Xi) Support the National Forest Protection and Restoration Act prohibiting commercial logging in our national forests.
Xj) Provide states and local communities with more flexibility to address their respective environmental problems.
k) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.
Xa) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
Xb) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
Xf) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
Xg) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
Xh) Require a license for gun possession.
Xi) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21.
Xj) Other or expanded principles

Requirement for a license for hand guns should be enforced as well.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues.
a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government.
b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income.
Xc) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights to define and enforce the rights of insured patients, including greater access to specialists and emergency rooms, wider choice of health care providers, and appeal mechanisms when claims are denied.
Xd) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes the right to sue when claims are denied.
Xe) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes the right to appeal to an administrative board of specialists when services are denied.
Xf) Support legislation to provide prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
Xg) Increase research funding of the human genome to find cures for diseases such as cancer, AIDS/HIV, Alzheimer's, and heart disease.
Xh) Increase federal funding for training health workers to recognize and respond to the release of biological agents.
Xi) Prohibit the procedure of cloning human embryos.
Xj) Other or expanded principles

I support stem cell research

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration.
a) Decrease the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country.
Xb) Provide extra federal aid to states with higher numbers of immigrants for necessary medical and social services.
Xc) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children.
d) Increase the immigration quota for computer scientists and other information technology workers.
e) Establish English as the official U.S. language.
Xf) Collect fingerprint data from all U.S. visa applicants which would be accessible to all federal immigration-related agencies.
Xg) Allow legalization for certain illegal immigrants working in the U.S.
h) Other or expanded principles
International Aid
Indicate which principles (if any) you support regarding U. S. economic assistance.
Xa) Aid should be granted to countries when extraordinary circumstances cause disaster and threaten civilian lives.
Xb) Aid should be granted to countries when it is in the security interests of the U. S.
Xc) Aid should be granted to countries that are close allies of the U. S. and in need of financial/military assistance.
d) Aid should be eliminated for any nation with documented human rights abuses.
e) Aid programs should be scaled back and eventually eliminated except for extraordinary circumstances.
f) Other or expanded principles
International Policy
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the Middle East.
Xa) The U.S. should take military action against Iraq only as part of an international effort.
b) The U.S. should end the economic embargo against Iraq.
c) The U.S. should not continue to play a prominent leadership role in the peace process between Israel and the Palestine Authority.
Xd) The U.S. should support the formation of a Palestinian state.
e) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the United States-United Nations relationship.
a) The U.S. should participate in United Nations peacekeeping missions only when vital U.S. interests are involved.
b) The U.S. should not commit military troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions.
c) The U.S. should withdraw completely from the United Nations.
d) Other or expanded principles
Yes3) Should the U.S. have full diplomatic relations with Cuba?
Yes4) Should the U.S. recognize and extend full diplomatic relations to Taiwan?
No5) Should the U.S. increase its financial support to Colombia for the "war on drugs?"
Yes6) Do you support the cooperative threat reduction programs with Russia to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons? ___ Yes ___ No ___ Undecided
No7) Do you support the recent withdrawal of the U.S. from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) treaty in order to deploy a national missile defense system?
Yes8) Should the U.S. hold nations accountable for terrorists who operate from their country?
9) Other or expanded principles
International Trade
No1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
Yes2) Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
Yes3) Do you support continued U.S. membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
Yes4) Do you support China becoming a member of the World Trade Organization?
Yes5) Should a nation's human rights record affect its normal trade relations (most favored nation) trading status with the United States? ___ Yes ___ No ___ Undecided
No6) Should the President have "fast-track" authority to negotiate trade agreements?
No7) Do you support the trade embargo against Cuba?
8) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding national security.
No1. Do you support the President using military tribunals to try terrorist suspects when the President deems ordinary civil courts to be inappropriate or impractical?
Yes2. Should the U.S. adopt higher qualification rules for student visa applications from nations known to sponsor terrorism?
No3. Should law enforcement agencies be granted greater discretion to read mail and email, tap phones, and conduct random searches to prevent future terrorist attacks?
Yes4. Should federal law enforcement agencies share intelligence data with local law enforcement agencies?
Yes5. Should the federal government provide states with funding for homeland security?
6. 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 which they manage themselves.
b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government.
c) The federal government should invest a portion of Social Security's assets collectively in stocks and bonds instead of U.S. Treasury securities.
d) Increase the payroll tax to better finance Social Security in its current form.
e) Lower Social Security's annual cost-of-living increases.
Xf) Support a "lock box" measure, limiting Congress's ability to spend Social Security and Medicare surpluses on any other federal programs except Social Security and Medicare, until each program's long-term solvency is guaranteed.
g) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding technology.
a) Continue the moratorium on Internet sales taxes.
b) Implement regulation of Internet content by the federal government.
c) Regulation of the Internet should not be controlled by the federal government.
d) Support government mandates to curtail violent and sexual content on television.
e) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding poverty and the welfare system.
Xa) Support housing assistance for welfare recipients.
Xb) Provide homeless families with apartment vouchers they can use to defray the cost of an apartment.
Xc) Continue to give states and local governments responsibility for welfare programs through TANF block grants.
Xd) Maintain current welfare-to-work requirements in order for states to qualify for block grants.
Xe) Restore food stamp programs to legal immigrants.
f) Transfer homeless housing programs to states through block grants.
Xg) Provide continued Medicaid benefits for those welfare recipients who have moved from welfare to work.
h) Require states to return any unused welfare block grant funding to the federal government.
i) Direct federal poverty aid through religious, community-based, or other non-profit organizations.
Xj) Provide states with additional funding for Medicaid programs to alleviate increasing state budget deficits.
k) Other or expanded principles
In a total of seventy-five (75) words or less, please explain what your top two or three priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional funding needed to implement these priorities.
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