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Louis 'Lou' J. Barletta

Lou Barletta's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Louis 'Lou' J. Barletta
Office: U.S. House (PA) - District 11, Republican
First Elected: 11/02/2010
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 11
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary May 20, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Mary Grace; 4 Children: Kelly, April, Lindsey, Grace
Birth Date: 01/28/1956
Birth Place: Hazleton, PA
Home City: Hazleton, PA
Religion: Catholic
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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2014, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Lou Barletta. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Lou Barletta voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Lou Barletta. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Lou Barletta voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Lou Barletta. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Lou Barletta. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion. Other or expanded principles: "I support the prohibition of partial birth abortion. I support incentives that encourage adoption as an alternative to abortion."
  • Lou Barletta. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Louis Barletta. Issue Position: Right to Life. 27 October 2011. "Simply stated, I am Pro-Life. I believe that innocent life should be protected at every stage of development. I support the restoration of legal protection for innocent human life." (votesmart.org)
  • Louis Barletta. Lou Barletta Endorsed by National Right to Life Commitee. 27 September 2010. "I am pro-life, so receiving this endorsement from the National Right to Life Political Action Committee makes me extremely proud. Innocent life should be protected at every stage of development. I support the restoration of legal protection for innocent human life." (votesmart.org)
  • Louis Barletta. Rep. Barletta Commends President Obama on his Change of Position on Abortion. 8 May 2012. "U.S. Representative Lou Barletta, PA-11, congratulated the White House of President Obama -- who supports partial-birth abortions and voted against born-alive failed abortion infant protection legislation on the grounds that a fetus is not a viable life -- for finally recognizing that life begins at conception. Tuesday, it was reported that the White House is now asking pregnant mothers to identify their unborn babies when requesting tours of the president's house." (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Lou Barletta in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Lou Barletta in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jonathan Riskind. Times Leader: Casey, Marino, Barletta eye plan with skepticism. 23 June 2011. "Barletta said that, 'Obviously, I'd like to see American troops come home. But the generals on the ground know more about the situation in Afghanistan than anyone in Washington. In a statement after the speech, Barletta said that, 'The president needs to listen to what they say they need in terms of troop levels in order to do the job. I have faith in our commanders in Afghanistan, so if Gen. (David) Petreaus and the others agree with this decision, then I believe it's the right decision.'" (timesleader.com)
  • Lou Barletta. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Lou Barletta voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Louis Barletta. Issue Position: Iraq and Afghanistan. "The situation in Afghanistan is turning more serious by the week. It seems as if the oppressive Taliban regime still has a grasp on parts of the country. Terrorist groups like al-Qaida are hiding in the wilds of Afghanistan and the mountains of Pakistan. They're plotting new attacks on the United States. Our military is the greatest fighting force ever deployed on Earth, and we need to remain committed to the global war on terror by making sure our troops are properly equipped, properly armed, and supported. We need to work with our allies to keep rooting out terrorists, and we need to make sure those who would attack us are neutralized." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Lou Barletta. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Lou Barletta voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Louis Barletta. Representative Barletta Supports Budget that Cuts Federal Spending, Streamlines Tax Code, Repeals Obamacare, Preserves Seniors' Benefits. 29 March 2012. "Rep. Lou Barletta (PA-11) voted for a Fiscal Year 2013 budget that balances the budget in as little as a decade, repeals President Obama's healthcare law, reforms the tax code, prevents devastating cuts to our national defense, preserves Medicare for future generations, and cuts trillions in federal spending over the next 10 years [¦] The budget Rep. Barletta voted for [¦] Prevents deep, indiscriminate "sequestration" cuts to defense and keeps America safe by providing $554 billion for the next fiscal year for national defense spending." (votesmart.org)
  • Lou Barletta. Issues: Defense. Access 1 October 2012. "Rep. Barletta adamantly opposes the sequestration of the Department of Defense. Our nation needs a strong and prepared military. Sequestration would damage our nation's defense because it would cut defense spending by about $1 trillion between now and 2021 “ a 20-percent reduction in Department of Defense funding. These cuts would greatly impact troop levels, troop readiness, equipment procurement, research and development, military construction, and basic military infrastructure, including communications and intelligence. [¦] Basically, such a move would irreparably harm the national security of the United States of America. National defense must remain a top priority, and Rep. Barletta is working to make sure our troops and their support systems are funded. Rep. Barletta voted in support of Department of Defense and Further Continuing Appropriations Act for FY 2011, H.R. 1363, which included a full Defense appropriations bill, providing $515.8 billion for the Department of Defense, including $157.8 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan." (barletta.house.gov)
  • Lou Barletta. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Lou Barletta voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
No 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

  • Lou Barletta signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I, Lou Barletta, pledge to the taxpayers of the 11th district of the state of Pennsylvania and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (atr.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Louis Barletta. The Times Leader “ Promoting Local Ideas for Education and Jobs. 21 March 2011. "Rising national debt and runaway federal spending creates uncertainty for entrepreneurs, undermines economic confidence and destroys jobs. The culture of borrowing and spending must end." (votesmart.org)
  • Louis Barletta. As Unemployment Data is Released, Lou Barletta Offers Jobs Plan. 22 October 2010. "Lou Barletta proposed the following steps to create new jobs: [...] Reduce the spending spree in Washington that has wildly expanded government growth at the expense of small business job creation." (votesmart.org)
  • Louis Barletta. Issue Position: Spending. 1 January 2012. "Sadly, our elected officials in Washington just don't get it. They're addicted to spending. They're hooked on it [¦] It's not too late to take control of our future. Like you, the federal government must tighten its belt and live within its means." (votesmart.org)
  • Louis Barletta. Changing the Direction of this Country. 28 July 2011. "We can either continue on the path that we've been on, a path of reckless spending, of increasing taxes, of mounting debts and deficits; or we can change our direction. We can put the brakes on the out-of-control spending. We can forge a new direction, one of fiscal responsibility, one of capped spending, one of balanced budgets." (votesmart.org)
  • Louis Barletta. Letter to The Honorable John Boehner, Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives, and The Honorable Eric Cantor, Majority Leader, U.S. House of Representatives. 21 July 2011. "American families have been working through a recession for the past three years by spending less and saving more, yet the federal government continues to spend more money it simply does not have." (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

  • Louis Barletta. As Unemployment Data is Released, Lou Barletta Offers Jobs Plan. 22 October 2010. "Small businesses should not be paying higher taxes at a time we need them to be expanding. Give small businesses a deduction equal to 20 percent of their income so they have the money to start hiring." (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

  • Lou Barletta. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Louis Barletta. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2012. "A few years ago, Congress passed the No Child Left Behind legislation. While the intentions behind NCLB were good, the bill itself is not working." (votesmart.org)
  • Lou Barletta. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Lou Barletta. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Lou Barletta voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Lou Barletta. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Lou Barletta. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Lou Barletta. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Support the U.S. re-entering the current Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • Lou Barletta. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Lou Barletta voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Louis Barletta. 1 January 2012. "I believe that the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees an absolute individual right to keep, own, and use firearms. If I am fortunate enough to represent you in Washington as your Congressman, I give you my word that I will fight every attempt to register, ban, or limit the purchase of firearms, magazines, or ammunition." (votesmart.org)
  • Lou Barletta. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Lou Barletta. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Lou Barletta. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Lou Barletta. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "Child safety locks should be recommended options, not mandated, to promote safety. Existing licensing and background check requirements should be maintained."
  • Lou Barletta. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Lou Barletta. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Lou Barletta. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Lou Barletta. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Gun Owners of America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Gun Owners of America endorsed Lou Barletta in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Louis Barletta. Issue Position: 2nd Amendment. 27 October 2011. "I believe in an individual right to keep, own, and use firearms. This is incredibly important issue to me. It is my belief that our forefathers were very clear in their intentions when they framed the Second Amendment [¦] Gun control advocates believe that the best way to stop crime is to limit your rights. I could not disagree more." (votesmart.org)
  • Louis Barletta. Lou Barletta's Statement About the Supreme Court Decision on the Second Amendment. 28 June 2010. "As a gun owner and member of the NRA, I'm pleased at today's Supreme Court ruling in the case of McDonald v. Chicago. This decision affirms that the Second Amendment right to bear arms is a protected right that state and local governments cannot infringe upon." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Lou Barletta. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Lou Barletta. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Pennsylvania 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."
  • Lou Barletta. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Lou Barletta voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Lou Barletta. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Allow legalization for certain illegal immigrants working in the U.S."
  • Louis Barletta. Rep. Barletta Taking Steps to Halt De Facto Amnesty, Calls for Investigations. 2 July 2012. "U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, PA-11, a national leader in the fight to stop illegal immigration, unveiled steps he is taking to halt the Obama Administration's unprecedented push to grant de facto amnesty to between 800,000 and 1.4 million illegal aliens." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Lou Barletta in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Lou Barletta in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Louis Barletta. Fighting Illegal Immigration. 27 April 2012. "The millions of illegal aliens in this country right now impose a huge burden on America's cities. One of them was my city, Hazleton, Pennsylvania. That's why, as mayor, I was the first in the country to enact a local law cracking down on illegal immigration. Now other municipalities and States have taken up that fight. Seeing Arizona defend its law this week, I'm reminded how the Federal Government has failed to stop illegal immigration. States like Arizona and cities like Hazleton are forced to act because this administration--and prior administrations--refuse to enforce immigration laws." (votesmart.org)
  • Louis Barletta. Issue Position: Illegal Immigration. 1 January 2012. "Speaking from years of experience, I can say that illegal immigration and the problems caused by it hurt small cities and towns. Illegal aliens use services provided by communities but they do not pay their fair share in taxes. We need to stop the flow of illegal aliens across our borders and through our airports and seaports. We need to crack down on fraudulent documents and the criminals who make them." (votesmart.org)
  • Louis Barletta. Letter to President Obama. 9 September 2011. "Members of the bipartisan Immigration Reform Caucus along with member of the House vehemently oppose your August 18 2011 announcement to bypass Congress and use prosecutorial discretion to achieve amnesty to individuals who are illegally residing in the US. The manner with which your administration has introduced this policy not only robs the public of a thorough betting, but it also fails to appreciate the negative consequences of this policy shift...Also, this policy has the added affect of further encouraging illegal immigration. Frankly put, if we don't take our own laws seriously enough to enforce, why should we expect anyone to follow them? This policy will introduce a new wave a illegal immigrants emboldened with the knowledge that not only is it okay to break the law, but they will likely be rewarded for it with de facto amnesty statues, thereby exacerbating an already vicious cycle we as a nation try been trying to address for over two decades.This attempt to satisfy the narrow interests for the pro-amnesty lobby has ultimately earned the distrust of the greater American public. Our fear is that this policy will irreparably harm the prospects of true immigration reform for many years to come. Mr President, our request is simple: enforce our immigration laws evenly without passion, prejudice or preference." (votesmart.org)
  • Louis Barletta. The Morning Call - Barletta: Immigration Law Ruling is a Win for Arizona. 26 June 2012. "Q: Should there be a path to citizenship for children of illegal immigrants? A: That is for Congress to debate. Those that want to provide amnesty to illegal immigrants want to make that the first step, but you can't put the cart before the horse. We have to secure our borders and stop people from coming here illegally. We were taught at a young age, first things first. The first thing here is to stop people from coming here illegally, enforce the laws we already have and then we can deal with the millions of illegal immigrants who are already here. We shouldn't simply give amnesty and assist illegal immigrants to take American jobs. It's bizarre." (votesmart.org)
  • Louis Barletta. USA Today - "Anti-illegal immigration mayor running for Congress". 7 February 2008. "Premising his campaign on opposition to illegal immigration, Barletta told the Associated Press he wants to secure the nation's borders, airports and seaports; target criminals who supply fraudulent documents to illegal immigrants; go after 'sanctuary cities' that shelter them; and 'crack down on businesses that are hiring illegal immigrants, who are profiting from cheap labor and depressing the wages of the American worker.'" (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bill Wellock. Citizensvoice.com: Where local lawmakers stand on gay marriage. 28 May 2012. "Rep. Barletta strongly believes that marriage is between one man and one woman. The question of civil unions should be decided at the state level. The president made his recent announcement to distract the public from his failed economic policies - policies that have more than 15 percent of Americans unemployed, underemployed, and discouraged. One in three 18- to 29-year-olds in the United States workforce is underemployed, so the president is using social issues to hide his horrendous economic record," said spokesman Shawn Kelly." (citizensvoice.com)
  • David Pierce. Pocono Record: Barletta says he'll change Washington. 20 October 2010. "Barletta told one teenaged questioner that he is against gay marriage. He told another teen the government shouldn't repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" policy governing gays serving in the military until a pending government study on the issue is released." (www.poconorecord.com)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Lou Barletta in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Lou Barletta in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Louis Barletta. Issue Position: Iraq and Afghanistan. 27 October 2011. "We need to work with our allies to keep rooting out terrorists, and we need to make sure those who would attack us are neutralized." (votesmart.org)
  • Louis Barletta. Representative Barletta's Statement Regarding the Reported Death of Osama bin Laden. 2 May 2011. "This is a remarkable victory in the war against terror, but we must remain vigilant and cautious. Bin Laden was the most visible face of international terror, but he is not the only one who wishes to harm American citizens and interests both here and abroad. While Osama bin Laden's death is a great victory for the United States, it is not the end of the war against terror." (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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Lou Barletta. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Pennsylvania 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."
  • Lou Barletta. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Pennsylvania 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."
  • Louis Barletta. Standard-Speaker - "Barletta takes new stance on Social Security." 28 May 2008. "I'm against personal savings accounts. How much clearer could I be? The public has said it's against personal accounts, so let's take that idea off the table." (votesmart.org)
  • Louis Barletta. Barletta Tells Congress to Save Social Security by Giving Back $4 Trillion It Raided from Surplus. 27 May 2008. "I am against privatization. I am against personal accounts." (votesmart.org)
  • Louis Barletta. Issue Position: Seniors. 27 October 2011. "I oppose any attempt to privatize Social Security. Anyone who says I do is lying. I want to make it absolutely clear: I am against privatizing Social Security. I am against personal Social Security savings accounts." (loubarletta.com)

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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.
b) Abortions should always be legally available.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
Xe) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
Xf) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
Xg) Other or expanded principles

I support the prohibition of partial birth abortion. I support incentives that encourage adoption as an alternative to abortion.

Budgetary Priorities
Using the key below, indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category.
Maintain Funding Statusa) Agricultural
Slightly Decrease Fundingb) Arts
Greatly Increase Fundingc) Defense
Maintain Funding Statusd) Education
Maintain Funding Statuse) Environmental
Slightly Decrease Fundingf) International Aid
Slightly Increase Fundingg) Law Enforcement
Maintain Funding Statush) Medical Research
Maintain Funding Statusi) National Aeronautical Space Administration (NASA)
Maintain Funding Statusj) National Parks
Maintain Funding Statusk) 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.
Slightly Increase Fundinga) Armed Forces personnel training
Slightly Increase Fundingb) Covert intelligence operations
Slightly Increase Fundingc) Military hardware
Slightly Increase Fundingd) Pay for active duty personnel
Slightly Increase Fundinge) National Missile Defense Program
Maintain Funding Statusf) Programs to improve military retention rates
Maintain Funding Statusg) 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
Slightly Decreasef) Over $40, 000
g) Other or expanded categories
Other Taxes
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Decreaseb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Decreased) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Eliminatef) Inheritance taxes
g) Other or expanded categories
Deductions/Credits
Slightly Increasea) Charitable deductions
Maintain Statusb) Medical expense deductions
Maintain Statusc) Mortgage deductions
Slightly Increased) Child tax credit
Maintain Statuse) Earned income tax credit
Slightly Decreasef) Student loan tax credit
g) Other or expanded categories
Taxes
Yes2) 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.
a) Support public taxpayer funding for congressional candidates who comply with campaign spending limits.
Xb) 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.
e) 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.
Xj) 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?
Yesm) Do you support voting on-line?
n) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.
a) Eliminate the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
Xb) 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.
d) 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.
g) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
h) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, and disability be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
Xi) Enforcement of civil rights should primarily be the responsibility of the federal government.
Xj) 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

Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults if they are at least 12 years old.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning illegal drugs.
Xa) Increase penalties for selling illegal drugs.
Xb) Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
Xc) Expand federally sponsored drug education and drug treatment programs.
d) 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.
Xa) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
Xb) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any publicly-funded school.
Xc) 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.
e) Increase funding for block grants to states to help them hire additional teachers.
Xf) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
Xg) Increase funding for computers and computer training in public schools.
h) Increase funding for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
Xi) 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.
Xb) 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.
g) Increase the federal minimum wage.
h) Considering race and gender in government contracting decisions is appropriate for the federal government.
i) Include sexual orientation in federal anti-discrimination laws.
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.
Xc) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration.
d) Support the U.S. re-entering the current Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming.
Xe) Require states to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses of privately owned land.
Xf) Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
Xh) Provide tax credits for state and local bonds to preserve open spaces, build parks, improve water quality and redevelop brownfields.
i) Support the National Forest Protection and Restoration Act prohibiting commercial logging in our national forests.
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.
a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Xe) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
h) Require a license for gun possession.
i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21.
Xj) Other or expanded principles

Child safety locks should be recommended options, not mandated, to promote safety.
Existing licensing and background check requirements should be maintained.

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.
g) 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

People who are vulnerable and senior citizens should have access to healthcare.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration.
a) Decrease the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country.
b) Provide extra federal aid to states with higher numbers of immigrants for necessary medical and social services.
c) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children.
d) Increase the immigration quota for computer scientists and other information technology workers.
Xe) 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.
g) 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.
Xd) 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.
a) The U.S. should take military action against Iraq only as part of an international effort.
b) The U.S. should end the economic embargo against Iraq.
c) The U.S. should not continue to play a prominent leadership role in the peace process between Israel and the Palestine Authority.
d) The U.S. should support the formation of a Palestinian state.
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
No3) Should the U.S. have full diplomatic relations with Cuba?
Yes4) Should the U.S. recognize and extend full diplomatic relations to Taiwan?
Yes5) 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
Yes7) 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)?
No2) 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)?
No4) 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
Yes6) Should the President have "fast-track" authority to negotiate trade agreements?
Yes7) Do you support the trade embargo against Cuba?
8) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding national security.
Yes1. 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?
Undecided3. 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.
Xg) Other or expanded principles

I oppose privatization. I would consider allowing individuals the option of investing a portion of their Social Security tax in secured personal accounts under government oversight. I would not allow their investments to be placed in the private sector and invested in the stock market.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding technology.
Xa) Continue the moratorium on Internet sales taxes.
b) Implement regulation of Internet content by the federal government.
Xc) Regulation of the Internet should not be controlled by the federal government.
d) Support government mandates to curtail violent and sexual content on television.
Xe) Other or expanded principles

The government should encourage these industries to help monitor and weed out potentially negative influences, particularly for our younger audiences.

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.
e) Restore food stamp programs to legal immigrants.
Xf) Transfer homeless housing programs to states through block grants.
g) Provide continued Medicaid benefits for those welfare recipients who have moved from welfare to work.
Xh) Require states to return any unused welfare block grant funding to the federal government.
Xi) Direct federal poverty aid through religious, community-based, or other non-profit organizations.
j) Provide states with additional funding for Medicaid programs to alleviate increasing state budget deficits.
Xk) Other or expanded principles

A safety net should be provided that allows a smooth transition from welfare to work.

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.

Recent economic problems hit Northeastern Pennsylvania hard, so my first priority is to stop the mounting losses and bring new jobs and new hope to the region. I bring a fresh perspective, a cooperative spirit, and successful business background. My other top priorities include homeland security (because our neighborhoods are the first line of defense) and senior issues (because we need to protect the benefits they've worked a lifetime to earn).

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