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Walter 'Walt' C. Minnick

Walt Minnick's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Walter 'Walt' C. Minnick
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: A.K. Lienhart-Minnick; 4 Children
Birth Date: 09/20/1942
Birth Place: Walla Walla, WA
Home City: Boise, ID
Religion: Unitarian/Universalist
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Walt Minnick refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2010 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2010, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-choice Inferred Answer Abortion Issues: Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Walter Minnick. 1996. Idaho Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should be legal in all circumstances as long as the procedure is completed within the first trimester of pregnancy."
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Walter Minnick supported the interests of NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Walter Minnick supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Taxpayers Union. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Walter Minnick supported the interests of the National Taxpayers Union 51 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Walter Minnick. HR 1. 111th Congress. Making supplemental appropriations for job preservation and creation, infrastructure investment, energy efficiency and science, assistance to the unemployed, and State and local fiscal stabilization, for fiscal year ending September 30, 2009, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Walter Minnick voted NO on 13 February 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Minnick. Why I Voted Against The Stimulus Bill. 3 February 2009. "Our nation is in trouble. Unemployment rates are climbing, people are watching their savings disappear and all of us are worried about what comes next. That's why Idaho families, workers, businesses and local governments should get what they have asked for from the U.S. Congress: smart investments to create new jobs and put people back to work. I do not believe that the largest spending bill in U.S. history is the most effective way to do that. That's why I voted against the American Recovery and Investment Act, otherwise known as the stimulus bill. What began with a tight focus on job creation and infrastructure improvements ballooned into a 'something for everything' spending proposal. And it will saddle our nation with economic burdens which could be just as onerous as the one we are wearing now." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Minnick. Minnick Calls For A 'Focused, Strategic' Approach To Stimulus. 15 January 2009. "The stimulus proposal released today does provide us with a starting point for discussion, but I look forward to examining the details with a skeptical eye. If we must increase the deficit and spend to get our nation moving again, we should spend in a focused, strategic way on programs we know will create jobs and jump-start our economy. Otherwise Congress needs to go back to the drawing board." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Minnick. Minnick Statement on Passage of Bailout Bill. 3 October 2008. "It's been two weeks since Congress was asked to take responsible and immediate action to save Main Street and prevent a global depression. They were asked and advised to pass a bill with strong regulatory reforms and loans to shore up our struggling financial system. However, in yet another sign that the system in Washington is broken, the House today approved a bill that is simply not the answer. This bill is a giveaway to Wall Street. It does not do enough to protect the American taxpayer, and it adds far too much debt to our record deficit. This is fiscal recklessness, and so I continue to oppose this bill. I am strongly supportive of reducing taxes by offering credits for renewable energy, and I have been one of this state's strongest advocates for extension of the Secure Rural Schools program. But the addition of those measures to a broken bill is yet another example of the failed system in Washington." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Minnick. Issue Position: Economic Stability and Prosperity. "Our nation is going through our toughest time since the Great Depression. It is more important than ever that we do everything possible to give entrepreneurs, businesses and workers every opportunity to succeed. Prosperity comes when people are given freedom, both to do well and to fail. The path out of our economic downturn is not Wall Street, but Main Street. The values and lessons we all share are the very things we must hold onto and put to use as we strive to put Idahoans and Americans back to work." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Business and Employment Issues: Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Walter Minnick. Minnick Challenges Sali on Ethics Issues. 19 October 2008. "Minnick challenged Sali on his opposition to legislation on bridge safety, on Sali's push to privatize Social Security and on his ineffectiveness as a member of Congress. Sali tried to defend his inability to get things done as a freshman member of the minority party." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Crime Issues: Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Walter Minnick. 1996. Idaho Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Broaden use of the death penalty for federal crimes."
No Inferred Answer Education Issues: Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Walter Minnick. Issue Position: Education. "We need less interference from Federal government in our local schools. As the father of two children in public school, I know that No Child Left Behind is nothing more than a one-size-fits-all unfunded mandate from Washington that measures too few things and makes failures out of too many teachers and students. It must be reformed to give back more local control to states and school districts. I think it's fine for the federal government to want to help local school districts establish standards and to finance incentives, but decisions must remain local." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Minnick. Issue Position: Putting Children and Education First. "Every child deserves a quality education. That is one of the fundamental beliefs we all share, and it is one of the most important values in my own life. I have spent decades working to ensure that Idaho children have the best educational opportunities they can get, from pre-Kindergarten through college. The key to a successful future is a good education, and I want to make sure every Idaho student has an opportunity for both." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment and Energy Issues: Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Walter Minnick. 1996. Idaho Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Strengthen the Clean Water Act;" "h) Encourage development of alternative fuels and electric cars to reduce pollution;" "i) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks;" "l) Promote the selling of pollution credits to encourage industries to decrease amount of pollution."
  • Environment America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Walter Minnick supported the interests of Environment America 33 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Minnick. This is Too Important to Get Wrong. 26 June 2009. "After several weeks of very serious consideration, I have decided to vote against the American Clean Energy and Security Act. 'Cap and trade' is not the best way to control greenhouse gas emissions, nor is it the right solution for Idaho. It will raise prices, make it harder to invest and is bad for business at a time when we must be focused on creating jobs. This bill raises many concerns. Idaho farmers are worried about increased fertilizer and power costs. Idaho energy companies believe it lacks proper consideration for hydro power and nuclear technology. Idaho businesses are frustrated with giveaways that rig the system in favor of pollution-heavy industry in the Midwest and California. Idaho investors are concerned that the price of carbon credits - which virtually all businesses would be required to buy - will be controlled by Wall Street speculators. And Idaho citizens struggling to meet expenses are worried that gasoline and electric bills will go up during this time of economic recession and high unemployment." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Gun Issues: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Walter Minnick. Minnick Statement on Supreme Court Decision. 26 June 2008. "It's about damn time. As a gun owner, outdoors enthusiast and sportsman, I applaud the court's protection of our 2nd Amendment rights." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Minnick. Issue Position: Protecting the 2nd Amendment. "Growing up on my family farm in a rural community meant that guns were part of everyday life, as they are for so many people who grow up in the West. Like you, I believe that the right to keep and bear arms is a fundamental part of who we are in Idaho, and I pledge to always protect and defend the the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution as an individual right, free from law or statute designed to diminish that right in any way." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Issues: Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • American Public Health Association. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Walter Minnick supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 44 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Minnick. Minnick Says Health Reforms Must be Fiscally Sound. 22 July 2009. "Minnick also said he opposed the "public option" measure, which he said is a flawed approach that would make "big government" the nation's dominant insurance company." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Minnick. Minnick Statement Following President's Healthcare Address. 9 September 2009. "These reforms will not help our nation if they bankrupt our government and burden taxpayers. I also believe that a so called 'public option' is not the best way to hold insurance companies accountable, and would only create a new, expensive government bureaucracy. I hope these concerns can be addressed, and I hope we can move forward in a bipartisan manner toward a bill all Americans will support." (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Minnick. Issue Position: Health Care. "Every American should know that their illnesses or injuries will be treated without debt or bankruptcy. That's one reason my company maintained drastically reduced deductible and reasonable co-payment costs for all of our employees. We wanted to make sure everyone - even cashiers and janitors -had reasonable and affordable health care." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration Issues: Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Latino Congreso. 2007-2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Walter Minnick supported the interests of the National Latino Congreso 0 percent in 2007-2010. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer International Policy Issues: Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Peace Action West. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Walter Minnick supported the interests of Peace Action West 25 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Minnick. HR 4899. 111th Congress. Supplemental Appropriations Act. Project Vote Smart Summary: Walter Minnick voted NO on Limiting Afghanistan Military Funding to Withdrawal and Other Specified Purposes on 1 July 2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Minnick. HR 4899. 111th Congress. Supplemental Appropriations Act. Project Vote Smart Summary: Walter Minnick voted NO on Requiring Timetable for Withdrawal from Afghanistan on 1 July 2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Walter Minnick. Letter to President on Afghanistan. 28 October 2009. "Afghanistan and Pakistan remains the most critical arena for our country's national security....Thus, I strongly support the White House declaration that withdrawal is not an option under consideration." (minnick.house.gov)
  • Walter Minnick. Minnick urges Idahoans to support efforts in Afghanistan. 2 December 2009. "I commend the president for making the wise choice of listening to his generals on the ground. As he said tonight, our national security is closely tied to our ability to bring stability and security to Afghanistan and Pakistan." (minnick.house.gov)
  • Walter Minnick. Issue Position: National Security. "These are troubling and uncertain times, with discord around the world and new enemies who would do this nation harm. It is more important than ever that we have a strong and modern system of national defense to protect the hard-won freedoms we enjoy. Our nation cannot prosper if we are under attack, which is why we must carefully but forcefully engage our enemies, while striving to spread the message of democracy as we seek new friends in our cause of freedom." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Social Issues: Should marriage only be between one man and one woman? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

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

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Congressional Election 1996 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 all principles you support concerning abortion.
a) Abortions should always be legally available.
Xb) Abortions should be legal in all circumstances as long as the procedure is completed within the first trimester of pregnancy.
c) Abortions should be legal only when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape or when the life of the woman is endangered.
d) Abortions should be legal only when the life of the woman is endangered.
e) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and notification requirements as decided by each state government.
f) Abortions should always be illegal.
g) Other
Indicate your position concerning affirmative action programs.
a) The federal government should consider preferences to minority-owned businesses in granting government contracts.
Xb) The federal government should prosecute cases of discrimination in the public sector.
Xc) The federal government should prosecute cases of discrimination in the private sector.
Xd) The federal government should provide affirmative actions programs as long as such programs do not include quotas.
e) The federal government should not provide any affirmative action programs.
f) Other
YesDo you support amending the US Constitution to require an annual balanced federal budget?
1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only.
Maintain Statusa) AIDS Programs
Maintain Statusb) Arts funding
Maintain Statusc) Education (K-12)
Maintain Statusd) Environmental programs
Slightly Decreasee) Housing projects
Maintain Statusf) Job training programs
Maintain Statusg) Law enforcement
Maintain Statush) Medicaid
Maintain Statusi) Medicare
Maintain Statusj) NASA
Slightly Increasek) Student loan programs
Slightly Decreasel) Welfare (AFDC)
m) Other
n) Other
o) Other
2) Do you support the use of block grants given to states, rather than federal spending, in the following areas?
Noa) Agriculture
Yesb) Education
Noc) Farm subsidies
Nod) Food stamps
Yese) Law enforcement
Yesf) Medicaid
Yesg) Medicare
Yesh) School lunches
Yesi) Welfare
j) Other
Indicate which principles you support regarding campaign finance reform.
Xa) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
Xb) Establish spending limits on congressional campaigns and provide public funding for complying candidates.
c) Support legislation that would increase the federal limits on individual contributions.
Xd) Pass legislation that would encourage full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information.
e) Remove all legislative limits on campaign financing.
f) Other
Indicate which principles you support to address crime.
Xa) Broaden use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
Xb) Increase spending to build more federal prisons.
c) Impose "truth in sentencing" for violent criminals so they serve full sentences with no chance of parole.
Xd) Support the use of "boot camps" as alternative sentencing for adult first-time felons.
e) Limit the number of appeals allowed to inmates on death row.
Xf) Fund programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xg) Expand funding for community policing programs.
Xh) Increase penalties for the possession of any illegal firearms.
Xi) Prosecute youths accused of murder as adults.
Xj) Increase funding for local Boys & Girls Clubs and other independent organizations in communities with at-risk youth.
k) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
Xl) Deport all permanent resident aliens convicted of a felony.
m) Other
Indicate what changes you support (if any) regarding funding for the following categories. Select one number only.
Greatly Decrease1) CIA appropriations
Maintain Status2) Defense plant conversion
Greatly Decrease3) Military hardware
Maintain Status4) Military space shuttle missions
Maintain Status5) Pay for active duty personnel
Slightly Decrease6) Development of new weapons
Slightly Decrease7) Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI)
Maintain Status8) Armed Forces personnel training
9) Other
No1) Do you support amending the United States Constitution to allow voluntary prayer and/or moment of silence in public schools?
Yes2) Do you support funding the National Service Program (Ameri-Corps) in which young people receive money from the federal government for college in return for performing community service?
3) Indicate which principles you support concerning education.
Xa) Maintain the national standards and goals set forth in "Goals 2000".
b) Provide parents with vouchers to send their children to any publicly funded school.
c) Provide parents with vouchers to send their children to any participating school: public, private or religious.
Xd) Implement charter schools where teachers and professionals receive authorization and funding to establish new schools.
e) Eliminate the Department of Education, thereby giving state and local government greater control over educational issues.
f) Other
Indicate which principles or programs you support regarding America's environment and natural resources.
a) Transfer public lands, such as federal forests and range lands, to the jurisdiction of state and local governments.
Xb) Require the federal government to reimburse citizens when environmental regulations limit use of privately owned lands.
Xc) Strengthen the Clean Water Act.
d) Change the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to limit the number of habitats eligible to be designated as endangered.
Xe) Utilize cost-benefit analysis to determine economic impacts of proposed environmental protection and cleanup legislation.
f) Increase fees charged to ranchers who graze cattle on federal lands.
Xg) Revise the 1872 mining law to increase the amounts charged to mining companies using federal lands.
Xh) Encourage development of alternative fuels and electric cars to reduce pollution.
Xi) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks.
j) Increase federal taxes on gasoline and diesel fuels to promote conservation and alternative fuel development.
k) Require that a percentage of purchases made by federal agencies include recycled components.
Xl) Promote the selling of pollution credits to encourage industries to decrease amount of pollution.
m) Other
Indicate which level of government should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only.
Federal1) Border security
Federal2) Civil rights enforcement
Local3) Education
State4) Environmental cleanup
State5) Job training
State6) Law enforcement
Local7) Low-income housing
State8) Medicaid
State9) Medicare
State10) Welfare (AFDC)
11) Other
Yes1) Should the US have diplomatic relations with the government of Cuba?
Yes2) Should the US have diplomatic relations with the government of Vietnam?
Yes3) Should the US recognize and extend full diplomatic relations to Taiwan?
Yes4) Should the US continue funding for Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty?
Yes5) Should the US continue funding for Radio Marti and TV Marti?
Yes6) Should the US continue funding for Radio Free Asia?
7) Do you support the deployment of US troops to the former Yugoslavia?
8) Indicate your position concerning economic aid to Russia and the former Soviet republics.
a) Economic aid to Russia and the former republics should be increased to facilitate democracy and market reforms.
Xb) Economic aid to Russia and the former republics should be continued unless Russia exports nuclear weapons or related technology.
c) Economic aid to Russia and the former republics should be decreased and/or eliminated.
d) Other
9) Indicate which principles you support regarding US economic aid to foreign countries.
a) Foreign aid should only be given when extraordinary circumstances and disaster threaten the lives of civilian populations.
Xb) Foreign aid should be given to countries only when it is in the security interests of the United States.
Xc) Foreign aid should be eliminated from any nation with documented human rights abuses.
d) Foreign aid should be maintained at current levels.
e) Other
10) Indicate which principles you support regarding the United States - United Nations relationship.
a) The US should contribute more funding and troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions.
Xb) The US should participate in UN peacekeeping missions only when vital US interests are directly threatened.
c) The US should use military force only when the US border or territories are attacked or American citizens are in danger.
Xd) The US should pay the money it owes to the United Nations.
e) The US should withdraw from the UN completely.
f) Other
Indicate which principles you support concerning gun issues.
a) Expand the nationwide ban on the sale or transfer of assault weapons to include all forms of semi-automatic weapons.
b) Increase restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
c) Maintain all federal registration procedures and restrictions on possessing firearms.
d) Ease procedures on the purchase and registration of firearms.
e) Repeal all bans and measures that restrict law-abiding citizens from owning legally-obtained firearms.
Xf) Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms that are legally owned and registered.
g) Other
Indicate which principles you support regarding America's health care system.
a) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income.
Xb) Provide vouchers to the working poor so they can buy into a private health care plan.
c) Implement a government-financed, single-payer national health care system similar to that of Canada.
Xd) Support a "managed competition" health care plan to contain costs and improve access that does not include mandated health alliances, government cost control powers, or employer/employee mandates.
Xe) Provide tax incentives for small businesses to help provide health care to their employees.
Xf) Allow middle and low income families to deduct yearly health care costs from their taxable income.
g) Establish limits on the amount of damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xh) Encourage tax-free medical savings accounts, which would be taxed if used for any purpose other than medical costs.
i) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care.
j) Other
Indicate which principles you support concerning illegal drugs.
Xa) Increase penalties for selling illegal drugs.
Xb) Impose mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
Xc) Impose capital punishment for convicted international drug traffickers.
Xd) Require drug testing for federal employees in sensitive positions (Air Traffic Control, National Park Police, Secret Service, etc.).
Xe) Strengthen current laws dealing with non-controlled substances, including inhalants and commercially available pills.
Xf) Increase funding of federally-sponsored drug education and drug treatment programs.
g) Decriminalize the possession and private use of marijuana.
h) Other
Indicate which principles you support regarding issues relating to immigration.
Xa) Further limit the number of immigrants allowed into the country.
b) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children.
c) Ease citizenship requirements in order to make it easier for immigrants to become United States citizens.
d) Establish English as the official and recognized language of the United States.
e) Provide extra federal aid to states with higher numbers of immigrants for necessary medical and social services.
f) Restrict the eligibility of legal immigrants for certain social programs (i.e. AFDC, HUD housing, food stamps, etc.).
Xg) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive US citizenship.
h) Other
YesShould the President be allowed to veto certain items of legislation while signing spending or tax bills into law?
The American people have consistently mentioned the decline of morals and ethics in America as a major problem facing the country. Explain what you will do as a member of Congress to address this concern.

As Senator I would favor legislation that strengthens families and communities. The government cannot legislate morality, as the foundation of a moral society starts at home. Enabling families to have affordable health care, buy their own home, and send their children to good schools are paramount goals.

Indicate which principles you support regarding the poor and homeless.
a) Provide tax incentives for companies to hire and train homeless people who want to work.
b) Increase funding of homeless shelters and low income housing projects.
c) Increase funding of programs that help alcoholics and drug addicts recover and find steady work.
Xd) Increase the minimum wage.
Xe) Provide homeless families with apartment vouchers they can use to supplement the cost of an apartment.
f) Provide government jobs for those who wish to work and cannot find a job in the private sector.
g) Increase the income tax deduction on individual contributions made to charities that help the poor and homeless.
h) Implement enterprise zones in communities with high unemployment.
i) Other
1) Indicate the changes you support (if any) concerning the tax levels for the following categories. Select one number only.
Income Taxes
Maintain Statusa) Retiree income over $40,000
Maintain Statusb) Family income less than $25,000
Maintain Statusc) Family income $25-75,000
Maintain Statusd) Family income $75-150,000
Maintain Statuse) Family income over $150,000
Other Tax Issues
Maintain Statusf) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusg) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statush) Charitable deductions
Maintain Statusi) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusj) Corporate income taxes
Maintain Statusk) Earned income tax credit
Maintain Statusl) Estate taxes
Maintain Statusm) Medical expense deductions
Maintain Statusn) Mortgage deductions
o) Other
No2) Do you support replacing the US income tax structure with a flat income tax?
No3) Do you support replacing the US income tax structure with a broad-based consumption tax?
Yes1) Do you support amending the Constitution to limit the number of terms which members of Congress can serve?
2) If you support term limits, how many years should each serve?
Senator (years)

12

Representatives (years)

12

Indicate which principles you support concerning terrorism.
a) Relax current guidelines that forbid the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) from investigating terrorist groups when there is a "reasonable indication" of terrorist activities.
Xb) Relax wiretapping restrictions to give the FBI broader authority to investigate terrorist suspects.
c) Require that chemical tracing agents be added to commercially-sold products that can be used to produce explosives.
d) Implement tighter restrictions on firearm sales in an effort to hinder terrorist groups from stockpiling weapon arsenals.
Xe) Grant broader authority to the US Immigration and Naturalization Service to deny entrance visas to terrorist suspects.
f) Maintain limits on the authority of federal agencies investigating suspected terrorists.
g) Restrict the investigative authority of the FBI and other governmental agencies.
h) Other
Yes1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
Yes2) Do you support broadening NAFTA to include other countries?
Yes3) Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
Yes4) Do you support the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
No5) Do you support lifting the trade embargo imposed against Cuba?
Yes6) Do you support imposing tariffs on products imported from nations that maintain restrictive trade barriers on American products?
Yes7) Should a nation's human rights record affect its "most favored nation" trading status with the United States?
Indicate which principles you support regarding unemployment.
Xa) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment.
b) Increase funding for national job-training programs.
c) Increase funding for public works projects such as the repair of roads and bridges.
Xd) Eliminate government regulations of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
e) Establish enterprise zones in areas with large numbers of unemployed people.
Xf) Overhaul the current unemployment system by focusing on training and education in skills needed in certain industries.
g) Eliminate any governmental programs designed to reduce unemployment.
h) Other
Indicate which principles you support regarding the US welfare system.
Xa) Strengthen child support collection procedures and increase penalties for parents who do not pay child support.
Xb) Impose a two-year limit on welfare benefits for recipients who are able to work.
Xc) Require welfare recipients to accept some form of government-sponsored job after two years if unemployed in the private sector.
Xd) Require that unwed teenage mothers live with a parent or guardian (if possible) and attend school to receive benefits.
e) Limit the benefits given to single women if they have additional children while receiving welfare benefits.
Xf) Provide child care services to welfare recipients who work or attend school.
g) Provide rent or housing supplement vouchers for low-income families.
h) Make no substantial changes at this time.
Xi) Increase funding of programs that prevent teen pregnancy and family break-up.
Xj) Support programs that give incentives for employers to hire and train welfare recipients.
k) Other
1) Explain your two main legislative priorities if elected to Congress.

One: balance next year's budget. Career politicians of both parties want to put off the hard decisions regarding fiscal matters for another six years. Balancing next year's budget will free the private sector to invest, lower interest rates, and spur growth. Two: campaign finance reform. Ban all PACs, soft money contributions, and establish spending limits so the average citizen can run for office and special interests won't control the political agenda, as they do now.

2) Should your priorities require additional government funding, please explain how you intend to obtain the additional funding.
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