Representative Yvette Diane Clarke's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (NY) - District 9, Democratic
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Yvette Clarke has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Yvette Clarke is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Yvette Clarke supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Yvette Clarke. Project Vote Smart: 2010 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Pro-choice" for: "a) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?"
  • Yvette Clarke. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Yvette Clarke voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Yvette Clarke supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Yvette Clarke. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Yvette Clarke voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Yvette Clarke. Issue Position: Issues Significant To Women. 27 October 2011. "Clarke believes in a woman's right to choose her reproductive options as guaranteed in Roe v. Wade. We must do all we can in 2008 to elected a pro-choice Democratic president to ensure the Supreme Court does not overturn a women's reproductive right to choose." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Yvette Clarke supported the interests of the Family Research Council 6 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Yvette Clarke supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 16 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Yvette Clarke in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Yvette Clarke. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Yvette Clarke voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Yvette Clarke. Project Vote Smart: 2010 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "e) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?"
  • 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 Yvette Clarke a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Yvette Clarke supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 5 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Yvette Clarke supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 6 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Yvette Clarke. Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke's Statement on May's Job Report. 3 June 2011. "It is time for this Republican Majority Congress to stop recognizing that tax cuts for the rich as any sort of solution to addressing the deficit and economic growth." (votesmart.org)
  • Yvette Clarke. Rep. Clarke's Statement on the House Passing the Senate Tax Proposal. 17 December 2010. "It a time when our nation is facing a 9.8% unemployment rate, with social security recipients being denied a cost of living adjustment for the second year in a row, and the most obstinate economic down turn in a generation, I could not in good conscious vote to provide an estate tax give-away and extend the Bush era tax cuts to the wealthiest individuals in our nation." (votesmart.org)
  • Yvette Clarke. Project Vote Smart: 2010 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "h) Income taxes (high-income families)"
  • Yvette Clarke. Project Vote Smart: 2010 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. h) Income taxes (high-income families)"
  • Yvette Clarke. Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012. 14 June 2011. "In the words of a prolific, poetic philosopher, Kanye West, 'How could you be so heartless?' Republicans shouldn't destroy programs upon which citizens depend on the most in exchange to pay for $45 billion in tax breaks for multimillionaires. Shame." (votesmart.org)
  • Yvette Clarke. Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke's Statement on President Obama's Deficit Plan. 13 April 2011. "Today, President Barack Obama presented his deficit reduction plan which acknowledges that we cannot sacrifice the programs and resources for the poor, working poor, aspiring middle class and middle class while protecting tax cuts for the rich. We can no longer cut taxes for the rich and large corporations and expect the rest of the nation to foot the bill." (votesmart.org)
  • Yvette Clarke. Letter to Democratic Leader Pelosi. 25 July 2011. "Middle-class families have sacrificed enough, and a deal that pushes the American Dream further out of reach, in order to pay for extending tax breaks for the rich and corporations, is simply unacceptable." (votesmart.org)
  • Yvette Clarke. Letter to The Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 11 July 2011. "Tax breaks benefiting the very richest Americans should be eliminated as part of this deal. Republican insistence on protecting these tax breaks will force middle-class families to shoulder the burden of even deeper budget cuts, and this is unacceptable." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Yvette Clarke. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Yvette Clarke voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Yvette Clarke supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Yvette Clarke a rating of 3 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Yvette Clarke. Project Vote Smart: 2010 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?"
  • Yvette Clarke. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Yvette Clarke voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Yvette Clarke. Project Vote Smart: 2010 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?"
  • Yvette Clarke. Issue Position: Education. 27 October 2011. "Finally, none of this will be possible without fully funding the federal mandates established by NCLB. With appropriate levels of funding we will be able to hire more teachers, pay competitive wages and provide them with high-quality training. This in turn will result in better educational outcomes for our children and help to ensure that every child receives the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully compete in the 21st century." (votesmart.org)
  • Yvette Clarke. Project Vote Smart: 2010 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?"
  • Yvette Clarke. Project Vote Smart: 2010 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?"
  • Yvette Clarke. Project Vote Smart: 2010 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "c) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?"
  • Yvette Clarke. Clarke: Every Child Must Receive an Excellent Education. 12 October 2011. "The federal mandates of the No Child Left Behind Act have not been supported by federal dollars. We must ensure that every American child receives an excellent education. I will work in Congress to ensure this and every education program is fully funded and I will also work to find new ways to evaluate our childrens' educational abilities, besides just testing alone." (votesmart.org)
  • Yvette Clarke. Rep. Clarke's Statement on Race to the Top Awardees. 25 August 2010. "As a Member of the House Education and Labor Committee, one of my top priorities is to ensure that our children have access to quality education. That is why I am very pleased that New York State was awarded $696,646,000 in the second round of the Race to the Top Competition. Investing in our children's education is crucial to moving this nation forward. We need to ensure that our children have the resources they need to compete on a global scale." (votesmart.org)
  • Yvette Clarke. Project Vote Smart: 2010 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. d) Education"
  • Yvette Clarke. Project Vote Smart: 2010 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "d) Education"

Vote Smart's Research

Vote Smart's Research

  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Yvette Clarke in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Yvette Clarke supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Yvette Clarke. Project Vote Smart: 2010 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?"
  • Yvette Clarke. Project Vote Smart: 2010 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "c) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?"
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Yvette Clarke supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Yvette Clarke. Project Vote Smart: 2010 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?"
  • Yvette Clarke. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Yvette Clarke voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Yvette Clarke. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Yvette Clarke voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Yvette Clarke. Project Vote Smart: 2010 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?"

Vote Smart's Research

  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Yvette Clarke in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Yvette Clarke. Project Vote Smart: 2010 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "c) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?"
  • Yvette Clarke. Project Vote Smart: 2010 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?"
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Yvette Clarke 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 Yvette Clarke in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Yvette Clarke. Project Vote Smart: 2010 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "b) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?"
  • Yvette Clarke. Project Vote Smart: 2010 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?"
  • Yvette Clarke. Expressing Sense of House Regarding Arizona Shooting. 12 January 2011. "Finally, this shooting has many of us thinking about the security and safety of our constituents when we are back home holding town hall meetings, meeting with constituents and doing the people's work. Many people die or are wounded daily from gun violence and many suffer from mental illnesses that are either not properly diagnosed or treated. This tragedy provides the opportunity to further discuss mental health and gun control legislation." (votesmart.org)
  • Yvette Clarke. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Yvette Clarke voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Yvette Clarke. U.S. Rep. Yvette D. Clarke Fights To Save HealthCare Reform. 19 January 2011. "Today, a Republican controlled House of Representatives passed H.R. 2 the Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act with a vote of 245 to 189. Rep. Yvette D. Clarke voted against this legislation which would add $230 billion to the deficit and undo all of the positive gains that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has accomplished for those seeking health insurance. Rather than focusing on job creation, it is unfortunate that the first order of business from the Republican lead Congress is to repeal the healthcare reform law, which protects Americans from insurance company abuses and gives Americans more freedom and control over their health care choices." (votesmart.org)
  • Yvette Clarke. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Yvette Clarke voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Yvette Clarke. The Repeal of Health Care. 19 January 2011. "Every American has a human right to adequate physical and mental health care, and I believe that government has a responsibility to assist its citizens in securing quality health care. That's why I've been such a fervent supporter of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act which passed the 111th Congress, because it does just that. It ensures that Americans have access to quality health care, and it makes sure that we begin an enlightened process of preventive care, which is the least expensive way of our being able to meet our health care needs." (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Yvette Clarke supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Yvette Clarke. Project Vote Smart: 2010 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?"
  • Yvette Clarke. Issue Position: Healthcare Reform. 27 October 2011. "I have worked with my colleagues to ensure that the bill that passed the House of Representatives, H.R. 3962 The Affordable Health Care for America Act, includes provisions that were key priorities for me. Specifically, H.R. 3269 will provide coverage for 96% of Americans and includes a public health plan option. In fact, the bill contains a number of important provisions that are essential for an effective nationwide healthcare system. Finally, I am committed to ensuring that any reform effort does not place additional burdens on the poor or middle class, which is why the Affordable Health Care for America Act does tax employee health insurance benefits. Despite the well-publicized rancor of some attendees at town-hall meetings, roadblocks created by opponents of reform, and a concerted effort by some corporate and conservative interests, true healthcare reform is no longer a pipe dream, but a reality that is finally within our reach." (votesmart.org)
  • Yvette Clarke. Rep. Yvette D. Clarke's Statement of the One Year Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act. 23 March 2011. "It was one year ago today that history was made. President Barack Obama signed into law the Affordable Care Act, which expanded health insurance coverage for 32 million Americans. This legislation put Americans back in control of their health care choices, holds insurance companies accountable, and makes coverage more affordable. Its enactment meant that small businesses, seniors, young people, and Americans who have been discriminated against by insurance companies will get the relief they need. Within the 11th Congressional District of New York, the Affordable Care Act improves coverage for 367,000 residents who already have health insurance; extends coverage to 53,500 uninsured residents; gives premium assistance and tax credits to up to 160,000 families and 11,400 small businesses to help them afford coverage." (votesmart.org)
  • Yvette Clarke. Project Vote Smart: 2010 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?"

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Yvette Clarke supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Yvette Clarke. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Yvette Clarke voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Yvette Clarke. Project Vote Smart: 2010 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?"
  • Yvette Clarke. Project Vote Smart: 2010 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?"
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Yvette Clarke supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Yvette Clarke. Project Vote Smart: 2010 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?"
  • Yvette Clarke. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Yvette Clarke voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Yvette Clarke supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Yvette Clarke. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Yvette Clarke voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Yvette Clarke. Clarke Supports New York's Efforts Recognizing Same Sex Marriage. 14 June 2007. "My position on same sex marriage has been consistent throughout my career in public service to the people of Central Brooklyn. I remain committed to work to ensure that all of our citizens have equal economic, civil and legal rights regardless of sexuality, gender or gender preference." (votesmart.org)
  • Yvette Clarke. Issue Position: LGBT Rights. 27 October 2011. "Clarke was proud to support the mayor of New Paltz, who bravely performed gay marriages until stopped by court order. Clarke also supports Judge Doris Ling-Cohan's ruling in favor of gay marriage; and fully supports legislative action to legalize gay marriage and repeal The Defense of Marriage Act in congress. Clarke will oppose all so-called 'protection of marriage' bills or ballot initiatives that would seek to deny the validity of same-sex unions." (votesmart.org)
  • Yvette Clarke. Rep. Yvette D. Clarke's Statement on New York Legalizing Gay Marriage. 25 June 2011. "Today New York became the sixth state in the United States to legalize gay marriage. I want to congratulate the LGBT community for continuing their fight for marriage rights and achieving this goal. The Stonewall Uprising here in New York City marked the beginning of the gay rights movement in America. It is more than fitting that New York, the birthplace of the gay rights movement, finally has extended the right to marry to all of its citizens. This is long overdue." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Yvette Clarke supported the interests of the American Family Association 11 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Yvette Clarke. Project Vote Smart: 2010 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?"
  • Yvette Clarke. Letter to President Obama. 12 June 2012. "During a recent speech, top White House conterterrorism advisor John Brennan stated that the United States only authorizes 'a particular operation against a specific individual if we have a high degree of confidence that the individual being targeted is indeed the terrorist we are pursuing.' Yet according to The Washington Post, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) has been given new authority that allows them 'to fire on targets based solely on their intelligence 'signatures' - patterns of behavior that are detected through signals intercepts, human sources and aerial surveillance, and that indicated presence of an important operative or plot against U.S. Interests.' This ne authority is in stark contrast to what your Administration has previously claimed regarding its drone campaign: that they are targeted strikes against suspected terrorists on lists maintained by the CIA and JSOC. We are concerned that the use of such 'signature' strikes could raise the risk of killing innocent civilians or individuals who may have no relationship to attacks on the United States. Our drone campaign already have virtually no transparency, accountability or oversight. We are further concerned about the legal grounds for such strikes under the 2011 Authorization for the Use of Military Force. The implications of the use of drones for our national security are profound. They are faceless ambassadors that cause civilian deaths, and are frequently the only direct contact with Americans that the targeted communities have. They can generate powerful and enduring anti-American sentiment." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Yvette Clarke supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Yvette Clarke. Project Vote Smart: 2010 New York Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?"
  • Yvette Clarke 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)

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New York Congressional Election 2010 Political Courage Test

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

Pro-choiceCandidate Answera) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?
Nob) Should abortion be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy?
Yesc) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
Yesd) Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?
Noe) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?
f) Other or expanded principles

1) Spending

Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once.

Slightly Decreasea) Agriculture
Slightly Increaseb) Arts
Slightly Decreasec) Defense
Slightly Decrease1) Intelligence operations
Slightly Decrease2) Military hardware
Slightly Decrease3) National missile defense
Slightly Decrease4) Salary and benefits for active duty personnel
Slightly Decrease5) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Slightly Decrease6) Research and development of new weapons
Greatly Increased) Education
Slightly Increasee) Environment
Greatly Increasef) Homeland security
Slightly Increaseg) International aid
Slightly Increaseh) Medical research
Slightly Increasei) Scientific research
Slightly Increasej) Space exploration
Slightly Increasek) United Nations
Slightly Increasel) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories

2) Taxes

Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once.

Slightly Increasea) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Increaseb) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increasec) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Increased) Corporate taxes
Slightly Increasee) Gasoline taxes
Greatly Decreasef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Greatly Decreaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Greatly Increaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
i) Other or expanded categories
NoCandidate Answer3) Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax?
No4) Do you support requiring the federal budget to be balanced each year?
YesCandidate Answer5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?
6) Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate Answera) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?
Nob) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Yesc) Do you support increasing the federal minimum wage?
Yesd) Do you support the ability of workers to unionize?
Yese) Do you support federal funding for job-training programs that retrain displaced workers?
f) Other or expanded principles
Noa) Do you support increasing the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns?
Yesb) Should Congress regulate indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Noc) Do you support removing all contribution limits on federal campaigns?
Yesd) Should candidates for federal office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Yese) Do you support giving the President the power of the line item veto for items concerning appropriations?
Nof) Do you support limiting the President's ability to define how legislation is applied through the use of signing statements?
g) Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate Answera) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Yesb) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related training and job-placement assistance when released?
Yesc) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with substance abuse treatment?
Yesd) Do you support reduced prison sentences for non-violent offenders?
Noe) Do you support mandatory prison sentences for selling illegal drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?
Yesb) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?
Yesc) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?
Nod) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?
Yese) Do you support the federal government providing college students with financial aid?
f) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Yesb) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Yesc) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?
Yesd) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?
Noe) Do you support domestic oil exploration in federally-protected areas?
Yesf) Do you support federal funding for the development of alternative energy?
Yesg) Do you support the development of nuclear reactors?
h) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Nob) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?
Noc) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
Yesd) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?
e) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?
Yesb) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
Yesc) Should the federal government expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts?
Nod) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Yese) Do you support relaxing regulations on the importation of prescription drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?
Nob) Do you support decreasing the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country?
Noc) Do you support establishing English as the official national language?
Nod) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
e) Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate Answera) Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan?
Nob) Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan?
Yesc) Do you support increasing economic development assistance for Afghanistan?
Yesd) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?
Yese) Do you support granting aid to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States?
Nof) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
Yesg) Do you support increasing sanctions on Iran if it continues to defy United Nations mandates?
Yesh) Do you support the withdrawal of United States troops from Iraq?
Yesi) Do you support the United States' involvement in free trade agreements?
j) Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate Answera) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Yesb) Do you support allowing openly-gay men and women to serve in the United States military?
Yesc) Do you support federal funding for embryonic stem cell research?
Nod) Should the federal government end affirmative action programs?
e) Other or expanded principles
Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Improving education and preparing students for a 21st century job market
Helping small businesses succeed and thrive