Representative Jeb Hensarling's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (TX) - District 5, Republican
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 5
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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

  • Jeb Hensarling. Issue Position: Constitutional Issues. 3 October 2011. "I have been working since I came to Congress to protect the rights of all Americans -- including the rights of the unborn. Human life is a precious commodity that in today's society is often taken for granted. I believe in my heart and mind that life begins at conception, and as a Member of Congress, I am working to make abortion more rare in America. I believe that all unborn children have a right to life, which is why I have cosponsored several bills in the 111th Congress to support those rights. In addition to changing our nation's laws to make them more family-friendly and ensuring the dignity of human life, we must work to change hearts and minds as well. You may be assured that I will continue to promote pro-life legislation to affirm the fundamental right to life." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Jeb Hensarling supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeb Hensarling. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Jeb Hensarling voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Jeb Hensarling. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Jeb Hensarling voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Jeb Hensarling supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeb Hensarling. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Jeb Hensarling voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Jeb Hensarling. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Jeb Hensarling voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Jeb Hensarling. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Jeb Hensarling. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas 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 am a pro-life candidate. In my heart and in my head I believe that life begins at conception and deserves protection. I oppose partial birth abortions, abortions for sex selections and favor parental notification."
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Jeb Hensarling supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Jeb Hensarling supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeb Hensarling. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Jeb Hensarling voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Jeb Hensarling a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeb Hensarling. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Jeb Hensarling. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Jeb Hensarling voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Jeb Hensarling. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Jeb Hensarling voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Jeb Hensarling. The Department Of State, Foreign Operations And Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2008"Continued. 21 June 2007. "Human life is a precious commodity and around the globe it is still too often taken for granted. Like millions, in my heart and in my mind, I believe that life begins at conception. And as a Member of this body, I feel I have an obligation to protect the right to life wherever I can. The most effective way to do that now, today, is to support the Mexico City Policy which would prevent our international aid from going to foreign organizations that support or promote abortions." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jeb Hensarling. Issue Position: Keeping America Safe. 3 October 2011. "I believe there is no more important challenge we face today than securing our families and our homeland from radical Islam. We all know that fighting the war against terror is costly, and, like many members of Congress, I have met with the mothers of fallen soldiers. Their burden and sacrifice is solemn and profound. But as costly as it is to fight wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, I believe losing those wars would be even more costly, and I never want to meet with the mothers whose children may perish in the next 9/11 if we accept defeat in Afghanistan. Stabilizing Afghanistan makes America safer and more secure, and you may be certain that I will remain steadfastly committed to supporting our brave men and women who are fighting terrorists and making the world a safer place to live. Because of the patriotism and sacrifice of our soldiers, future generations of Americans will be able to enjoy freedom, peace, prosperity, and many other blessings that God has bestowed upon our great land. As our troops return home, we must not forget the hardship or dangers they endured to answer their country's call of duty." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Jeb Hensarling supported the interests of the Peace Action 14 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeb Hensarling. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Jeb Hensarling voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Jeb Hensarling. Weekly Washington Update. 4 July 2008. "This 4th of July, let us also remember the brave men and women in uniform that are serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, and around the world, protecting our freedoms, our liberties and our homeland. It is through their service and sacrifice that future generations of Americans and others will secure the many blessings God has bestowed upon the United States of America." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Jeb Hensarling supported the interests of Peace Action West 14 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jeb Hensarling. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Jeb Hensarling voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Jeb Hensarling. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Jeb Hensarling voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Jeb Hensarling. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Jeb Hensarling voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Jeb Hensarling. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Jeb Hensarling voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Jeb Hensarling. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Jeb Hensarling voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Jeb Hensarling. Funding For Our Troops. 23 January 2007. "Madam Speaker, efforts to cut off funding for our troops in harm's way is simply unacceptable. It would be a devastating message to the brave men and women who serve in our Armed Forces, their families and the families of our Nation's fallen heroes. No one knows this better than SAM JOHNSON, a true American hero, and I commend him on introducing H.R. 511. It is time for the Democrats to say what they mean and mean what they say. They can't have it both ways. To vote to support troops in the field and then vote not to give them the resources needed to win can be deceptive, dangerous, and could put the lives of American servicemen and -women at even greater risk. If the Democrat majority does not support the President's plan, they are in the majority, they need to put forth their plan that is in the interest of the American people, and they must also reflect upon the cost of failure. They must understand how high the stakes are in Iraq, both in terms of human life and global stability. Our failure in Iraq could cause the nation to become what Afghanistan once was, a breeding ground for terrorists. Let's work together and find freedom and security in Iraq." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeb Hensarling. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Jeb Hensarling voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Jeb Hensarling. Hensarling Statement in Support of the National Defense Authorization Act. 18 May 2012. "Congress has a constitutional duty to ˜provide for the common defense' and House Republicans have always been proud to meet that duty in order to safeguard our homeland and the freedoms we cherish. The United States has an exceptional responsibility to stand strong and ready in a world where freedom's enemies do not rest and threats to our security do not relent. This act recognizes the full reality of the world's dangers and restores the strength of history's mightiest military to properly face them. Furthermore, this bill guarantees that in defense of our nation and our interests, the individual liberties of American citizens are not infringed. With today's critical legislation, our national defenses will be given the full support they need to carry out their missions." (hensarling.house.gov)
  • Jeb Hensarling. Hensarling Statement on Enactment of Sequestration Transparency Act. 7 August 2012. "The American people deserve to know how their commander-in-chief intends to implement half a trillion dollars in cuts to our national security which his own Secretary of Defense compared to ˜shooting ourselves in the head.' While House Republicans remain committed to achieving the full spending reduction required by the Budget Control Act, we believe that we cannot solve our national debt crisis by deliberately permitting a national defense crisis, which is why we have a plan to replace those arbitrary cuts with other spending cuts and reforms. With the sunlight provided by this new law, I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress to replace these damaging defense cuts and expect the president to work with us." (hensarling.house.gov)
  • Jeb Hensarling. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Jeb Hensarling voted Nay on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Jeb Hensarling. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Jeb Hensarling voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Jeb Hensarling. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Jeb Hensarling voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jeb Hensarling signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "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)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Jeb Hensarling supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 94 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Jeb Hensarling supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 95 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Jeb Hensarling supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jeb Hensarling. Issue Position: Reining in Washington Spending. 3 October 2011. "We are on course to be the first generation in America's history to leave the next generation with less freedom and a lower standard of living. Without reform, over the course of the next generation, federal spending is set to grow from its post-World War II historic average of 20% of the economy to 40%. Our nation finds itself on the verge of national bankruptcy as a result of Washington politicians borrowing from future generations to pay for constituencies today through policies that have attempted to spend, borrow, and bailout our way to economic prosperity. I have been a leader in the fight against Washington's spending spree in order to save the American Dream as it drowns in a sea of red ink. I am fighting to protect the family budget from the federal budget to ensure we do not allow the torch of liberty to be mortgaged as a result of reckless Washington spending and so the American Dream will be bigger and brighter for the next generation." (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 Jeb Hensarling a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeb Hensarling. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Jeb Hensarling voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Jeb Hensarling. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Jeb Hensarling voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Jeb Hensarling. Cut, Cap, and Balance Plan. 19 July 2011. "The American people are saying to Washington, quit spending money we don't have. So today, House Republicans will bring to the floor the Cut, Cap, and Balance plan. Cut Federal spending at least back to its 2008 levels. Who is going around saying government wasn't big enough before Barack Obama came here? Cap it. Let's make sure government doesn't grow beyond our ability to pay for it. And then balance. Small businesses, families, States, everyone has to balance their budget except for the Federal Government. Is there any mystery why we have $14 trillion of debt? There is no other credible plan on the table that avoids default and solves the problem." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeb Hensarling. Issue Position: Spending & National Debt. 3 October 2011. "Quite simply, our federal government taxes too much, borrows too much, and spends too much. The budget passed by Congress in 2009 will incur more debt in the next ten years than the nation incurred in all previous Administrations combined -- from George Washington to George Bush. I have seen no example of any nation that has ever borrowed and spent its way into prosperity, and without serious curbs in federal spending, and fundamental reforms in entitlement programs, our nation is headed for a fiscal train wreck. I have introduced the Spending, Deficit, and Debt Control Act, which would enact comprehensive budget enforcement and spending discipline aimed at protecting the family budget from the explosive growth of the federal budget." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeb Hensarling. Weekly Washington Update. 25 September 2009. "This week in Washington, I continued my fight against the wasteful borrow and spend policies that have led to our nation's first-ever $1 trillion deficit by opposing a bill that will enact a backdoor increase in federal spending, The Democrat majority in Congress passed into law a $1.1 trillion stimulus plan. Since it was passed, we've had almost three million more Americans join the unemployment ranks. We also have the highest unemployment in almost a quarter century. The stimulus plan weighed in at $9,746 per household. Next, the Democrat majority in Congress passed and the President signed into law a spending bill costing $410 billion, or $3,511 per household. The bailouts continue. Another $30 billion for A.I.G., almost $30 billion for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, not to mention $60 billion for G.M. and Chrysler and the serial bailouts continue. What has all this spending brought us? It's brought us the nation's first trillion-dollar deficit, a deficit that's increased ten-fold in just two years. On top of this, the President and the Congress want a $3.6 trillion budget and a trillion-dollar nationalized health care plan that we cannot afford, meaning that the national debt will triple in the next ten years. Under this spending plan, we're borrowing 43 cents on the dollar, mainly from the Chinese and sending the bill to our children. If the spending, the borrowing, and the deficits do not stop, this will be a Congress that will assure it's just a matter of time before the Chinese initiate foreclosure proceedings on our nation. We cannot let that stand." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeb Hensarling. Weekly Washington Update. 8 May 2006. "I believe the best way to reduce the deficit is by continuing America's strong economic growth, making government limited and more accountable, and by reducing wasteful federal spending. I say no more Bridges to Nowhere and no more FEMA trailers rotting in Arkansas. Congress does not need to raise taxes on families, but we do need to balance the budget. We can find more than enough savings through reform, without raising taxes and without passing a legacy of debt to our children and grandchildren." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Jeb Hensarling supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jeb Hensarling. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Jeb Hensarling voted Yea on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jeb Hensarling. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas 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." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning education. Other or expanded principles: "Education decisions are best left to parents and local school boards. The federal government should provide no mandates, but instead promote accountability, highlight best practices and incent innovation."
  • Jeb Hensarling. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Jeb Hensarling. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2012. "Our public schools should be able to provide our children with a quality education that allows them to be successful in life. While funding for public education is primary the job of state and local government, support from the federal government has increased significantly in recent years. Unfortunately, this increase in funding has resulted in increased federal control of our public education system. I believe that when it comes to our children's education, decisions should be made by parents, teachers, and school board members “ not Washington bureaucrats. Parents ought to have a choice for how they can improve the quality of education their kids receive. As a parent, I want to ensure that parents have the flexibility to choose the school that they feel is best for their child." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jeb Hensarling. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Jeb Hensarling voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Jeb Hensarling. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Jeb Hensarling voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Jeb Hensarling supported the interests of Environment America 13 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeb Hensarling. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Jeb Hensarling voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Jeb Hensarling. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources. Other or expanded principles: "In a dangerous world, we must become less dependant upon foreign oil. Environmental protection is best promoted through development of new technologies, ensuring pollutors pay, using objective science, respecting private property and promoting economic growth."

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jeb Hensarling. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Jeb Hensarling voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Jeb Hensarling. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Jeb Hensarling voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Jeb Hensarling. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas 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."
  • Jeb Hensarling. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas 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."
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Jeb Hensarling supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Jeb Hensarling supported the interests of Environment America 13 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jeb Hensarling. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Jeb Hensarling voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Jeb Hensarling. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Jeb Hensarling. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Jeb Hensarling voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Jeb Hensarling supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 0 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeb Hensarling. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Jeb Hensarling. Issue Position: Constitutional Issues. 3 October 2011. "I oppose gun control and want to ensure that our nation's current gun laws are enforced so that firearms are kept out of the hands of criminals. I assure you that I will work to support the rights of gun owners who use firearms responsibly, while working to punish those who break the law. Whether one uses a firearm for hunting, sport shooting, personal protection, or another lawful reason, I believe the Second Amendment clearly protects our individual right to keep and bear arms. As a gun owner, a hunter, and an advocate of our Constitutional rights, I will be vigilant in monitoring the process of bills that may be harmful to the rights of law-abiding gun owners. I believe gun control policies fail to recognize that criminals, not guns, are the root cause of crime and violence in America. Criminals, by definition, violate laws. Gun control restrictions punish honest, law-abiding citizens who want to protect themselves and their families." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeb Hensarling. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Jeb Hensarling. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Jeb Hensarling. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Jeb Hensarling. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Jeb Hensarling. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Jeb Hensarling. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "I support 2nd Amendment rights as guaranteed in the Constitution. I believe with over 20,000 gun control laws on the books, we should concentrate on enforcement, not the creation of new laws. We should focus resources on crime prevention and allow every woman and man to protect themselves."
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Jeb Hensarling a grade of 91." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeb Hensarling. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Jeb Hensarling voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Jeb Hensarling in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jeb Hensarling. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Jeb Hensarling supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeb Hensarling. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas 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."
  • Jeb Hensarling. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Jeb Hensarling voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jeb Hensarling. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Jeb Hensarling voted Yea on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Jeb Hensarling supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeb Hensarling. Issue Position: Keeping America Safe. 3 October 2011. "Fixing our broken immigration system and securing our nation's borders remains one of the most important issues before Congress. For far too long, our government has turned a blind eye to the border, allowing millions to enter this country illegally. However, in the post- 9/11 world, border security is synonymous with homeland security, and we can no longer afford to ignore who is coming across our borders. That is a recipe for disaster which shows how important it is that we gain control over our borders. Instead of passing a bill to give amnesty to those who have violated our laws, we need to focus on legislation to give our law enforcement and border control officials the tools they need to do their jobs effectively. America is well known as a land of freedom, prosperity and opportunity, so it is understandable why so many people would do anything they can to come here. But respect for the law is fundamental to the future of our Republic. Any nation that cannot or will not enforce its laws is simply inviting further abuse. Illegal immigration is a flagrant violation of our law that drives up the cost of schools, emergency rooms, and jails, hurting our economy and resulting in higher taxes for American families. America is a nation of immigrants, and I intend to make sure it remains so. Many immigrants have come to America legally, earned their citizenship the right way and have made great contributions to our nation's history and culture. We should never take away the ability for people to come to America legally, work hard, and fulfill the American dream. I am a cosponsor of former Rep. Nathan Deal's the Birthright Citizenship Act, H.R. 1868, which would limit automatic citizenship at birth to children born in the US who have at least one parent that is a US citizen, national, or lawfully admitted alien." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeb Hensarling. Issue Positition: Immigration. 3 October 2011. "Ours is a nation of immigrants, and I strongly favor legal immigration that adds to our cultural and economic strength. But illegal immigration presents a threat to both our national security and our economic security. We must first secure our nation's borders, and then I would support a properly structured guest worker program. I oppose any form of amnesty, as there are people that have waited 5, 10, or even 15 years to come here legally. American citizenship should be a great privilege and ought to be open to everybody in the world who is willing to learn about our history, learn about our culture, learn the English language, everyone who loves freedom and wants to roll up their sleeves and work hard." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeb Hensarling. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Allow legalization for certain illegal immigrants working in the U.S."
  • Jeb Hensarling. Weekly Washington Update. 7 April 2006. "I have sympathy for those who do not live in lands of opportunity and simply want to feed their families. Although America is a nation of immigrants, we are also a nation of laws. We cannot grant amnesty to those who break our laws. American citizenship is a great honor and we must ensure that it remains so." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeb Hensarling. Weekly Washington Update. 7 April 2006. "H.R. 4437, the Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act, which I strongly supported, passed the House of Representatives in December. When signed into law, as I hope it will be, it will work to strengthen our border security and crack down on illegal immigration [¦] This bill would help eliminate the so-called practice of "catch and release" by requiring mandatory detention and deportation, and reimbursing border sheriffs for detaining illegal aliens s until they can be transferred to federal custody." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeb Hensarling. Hensarling Outlines Opposition to Senate Amnesty Proposal. 2 June 2007. "Granting amnesty for illegal immigrants who entered the United States by breaking our laws is absolutely unacceptable. This will only encourage further illegal entry into our nation and is a slap in the face to immigrants who came to America legally and worked hard to earn their citizenship." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeb Hensarling. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Jeb Hensarling voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Jeb Hensarling supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Jeb Hensarling supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 9 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeb Hensarling. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Jeb Hensarling voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Jeb Hensarling. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Jeb Hensarling voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Jeb Hensarling supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Jeb Hensarling supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 85 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Jeb Hensarling supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeb Hensarling. Hensarling's Statement on the Federal Marraige Ammendment. 27 February 2004. "I fully support the Defense of Marriage Act's definition of marriage as a legal and spiritual union between one man and one woman, period. As such, the federal government should not confer marital rights or benefits to individuals outside of that definition. Although we live in a free society and people are free to cohabitate, contract, and bequeath property as they see fit, marriage deserves special protection. Marriage between one man and one woman is an institution dating back thousands of years and serves as a critical part of the foundation of our civil society." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeb Hensarling. Issue Position: Constitutional Issues. 3 October 2011. "I have always believed in the sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman. For the sake of our society, our children and our democracy, marriage must be protected from unelected, activist judges who seek to redefine it. I am a cosponsor of the Marriage Protection Act (H.R. 1269), which would act as a firewall against challenges to the Defense of Marriage Act by limiting the ability of federal courts to interpret certain portions of the Defense of Marriage Act. I am a cosponsor of the Marriage Protection Act to remove the jurisdiction of all federal courts and the Supreme Court from reviewing challenges to DOMA. This would prevent states from being forced to alter their definition of marriage to include a union between persons of the same sex as recognized under the laws of any other state." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeb Hensarling. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Jeb Hensarling voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Jeb Hensarling supported the interests of the American Family Association 94 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

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  • Jeb Hensarling. Terrorism Risk Insurance Revision and Extension Act of 2007. 19 September 2007. "We have to remember when we are hearing debate on the floor about how critical it is in the fight against terror that we have terrorism reinsurance. I believe terrorism reinsurance is important, but I think even more important in fighting terror is prevention, ensuring it doesn't happen in the first place. And yet we have Member after Member after Member on the other side of the aisle that would make it more difficult for our government to monitor the conversations of suspected terrorists. We have Member after Member on the other side of the aisle voting to assure that a portion of our intelligence budget, to paraphrase the former Director of the CIA, goes to spying on bugs and bunnies instead of terrorists. Prevention is what is key in the fight against this terror." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeb Hensarling. Weekly Washington Update. 29 October 2004. "Our country has come a long way in improving our homeland security since September 11. Working with President Bush, we have made America safer. Today our homeland is more prepared and more protected. As a member of the House Budget Committee, I am pleased to report that we were able to secure record levels of funding for Homeland Security. This funding is helping America screen 100% of commercial air passengers and bags, stockpile drugs and vaccines to battle biological and chemical attacks, implement new threat prevention programs such as the Terrorist Threat Integration Center and BioWatch, and has also helped us deport more than 77,000 criminal aliens in one year. Being prepared is important, but in order to win the War on Terror, we must root out terrorist organizations where they plot and plan, before they can attack us again here at home. Across the globe, we are taking the battle to our terrorist enemies. Today, more than 2/3rds of al-Queda's known operatives have been killed or captured. Afghanistan is no longer a breeding ground for terrorists. Iraq is no longer pursuing weapons of mass destruction, and Libya has voluntarily disarmed." (votesmart.org)

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  • Jeb Hensarling. Hensarling Applauds Bush's State of the Union Speech. 2 February 2005. "We must be fair to future generations and act now to save Social Security. The best way to guarantee the retirement security of all Americans is through voluntary, secure, personal retirement accounts that people own and Washington cannot squander. Democrats and Republicans all need to look beyond the next election and begin to focus the next generation." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeb Hensarling. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security. Other or expanded principles: "I support guaranteeing Seniors all the benefits promised to them by Social Security. To do this, the rate of return must be increased through the power of investments."
  • Jeb Hensarling. Social Security. 6 April 2005. "I have a personal stake in Social Security. My parents are in their 70s. They depend upon Social Security as part of their retirement. But I am also the father of two small children, and I owe them no less retirement security tomorrow than my parents enjoy today. Unfortunately, fewer workers, more retirees, and longer life spans will bankrupt Social Security. We must work together to save the system, which can be done without changing benefits or raising taxes on current and near retirees. Instead, we can give younger workers the opportunity to voluntarily invest some of their payroll taxes in personal retirement accounts that they can own, which will grow over time and which Washington cannot take away. By allowing them to do this and build their own nest eggs, and by protecting the Social Security surpluses from being raided in Washington, we can keep the promise of Social Security for the next generation of Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeb Hensarling. Weekly Washington Update. 8 July 2005. "Social Security has worked well for many years, but it was designed for 1935, not 2005. Unfortunately, due to changing demographics, Social Security as we know it will not be there for future generations. Fewer workers, more retirees, longer life spans, and rampant government spending are bankrupting the Social Security system. Without reforms, today's younger workers will face either a 30% benefit cut or a 43% tax increase by the time they retire. Under the Growing Real Ownership for Workers (GROW) plan, all reaming surpluses would be immediately dedicated to Social Security. Your money would be placed in personal retirement accounts in your name and invested in government guaranteed Treasury securities - backed by the full faith and credit of the federal government. These accounts would provide real assets, that workers own, and the government cannot take away. The program would be voluntary. GROW accounts would be created for workers under the age of 55, but no one would be required to participate. And there would be absolutely no change for current or near retirees. Americans over 55 would be able to rely on the same program and benefits they have been promised. Upon retirement, GROW accounts would be used to help pay each worker's Social Security benefit. Best of all, these accounts would be inheritable, which would allow Americans to build a nest egg and pass their retirement savings on to their spouse or children after they are gone. By protecting the remaining Social Security surplus from Washington bureaucrats, Republicans and Democrats have the opportunity to save Social Security as we know it - for this generation and the next." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeb Hensarling. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Texas 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."
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Jeb Hensarling supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 0 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)

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Congressional Election 2002 National Political Awareness Test

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

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.

a) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legally available.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
Xd) 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 am a pro-life candidate. In my heart and in my head I believe that life begins at conception and deserves protection. I oppose partial birth abortions, abortions for sex selections and favor parental notification.

Budgetary Priorities

Using the key below, indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category.

a) Agricultural
b) Arts
c) Defense
d) Education
e) Environmental
f) International Aid
g) Law Enforcement
h) Medical Research
i) National Aeronautical Space Administration (NASA)
j) National Parks
k) Public Health Services
l) Scientific Research
m) Terrorism Prevention
n) Transportation and Highway Infrastructure
o) Welfare
p) Other or expanded categories

The budget shouldn't be allowed to grow faster than the family budget. My priorities include national and homeland defense, law enforcement and keeping our promises to seniors (Social Security, Medicare).

Defense Spending

Using the key below, indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number per category.

a) Armed Forces personnel training
b) Covert intelligence operations
c) Military hardware
d) Pay for active duty personnel
e) National Missile Defense Program
f) Programs to improve military retention rates
g) Research and development of new weapons
h) Troop and equipment readiness
i) Other or expanded categories

Relative to the historic norms of the Clinton era, I support greatly increasing defense spending where necessary to win the war on terrorism; thus I support the Bush defense budget.

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

a) Less than $25,000
b) $25,000 - $75,000
c) $75,000 - $150,000
d) Over $150,000
e) Other or expanded categories

Income Taxes - Retiree Income

f) Over $40, 000
g) Other or expanded categories

Other Taxes

a) Alcohol taxes
b) Capital gains taxes
c) Cigarette taxes
d) Corporate taxes
e) Gasoline taxes
f) Inheritance taxes
g) Other or expanded categories

Deductions/Credits

a) Charitable deductions
b) Medical expense deductions
c) Mortgage deductions
d) Child tax credit
e) Earned income tax credit
f) 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?
Yes4) Other or expanded principles

The Bush tax relief for families should be made permanant. We should then move to a flat tax that would be fair, promote economic growth and lower the tax burden on families

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.
d) 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.
g) Require full disclosure of funding sources of issue advocacy commercials which appear within 60 days of an election.
Xh) Remove all contribution limits to federal candidates and parties.
i) 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.
Nok) Support the federal government mandate that creates national voting system standards.
Nol) Do you support amending the Constitution to limit the number of terms that members of Congress can serve?
Nom) Do you support voting on-line?
Xn) Other or expanded principles

I believe in full and instantaneous disclosure of all campaign contributions. Contribution limits should be removed since they provide an unfair advantage to self-funded candidates.

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.
Xd) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xe) Support programs to provide prison inmates with drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
Xf) Increase funding for community policing programs.
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.
j) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
k) Support programs that provide job training and placement services for at-risk youth.
Xl) Other or expanded principles

The best way to combat crime is to target resources against violent, repeat offenders and require them to serve their full sentences. We must then address the root causes of much of our crime: fatherlessness, faithlessness, and lack of educational opportunities.

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.
c) 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."
Xg) Other or expanded principles

You cannot have a free society and a chemically addicted society. We must be vigilant in waging the war on drugs.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning education.

a) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
b) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any publicly-funded school.
c) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any participating school: public, private or religious.
d) 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.
f) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
g) 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.
j) 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.
Xl) Other or expanded principles

Education decisions are best left to parents and local school boards. The federal government should provide no mandates, but instead promote accountability, highlight best practices and incent innovation.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment and affirmative action.

a) 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.
d) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
e) 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.
j) Continue federal affirmative action programs.
k) Discontinue federal affirmative action programs.
Xl) Other or expanded principles

To promote full employment, the government must provide lower tax rates and far fewer regulations. I favor affirmative action programs that root out discrimination and promote equal opportunity. I oppose programs that treat people based on skin color and gender rather than by character.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources.

a) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Water Act.
b) 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.
e) 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.
h) 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.
Xk) Other or expanded principles

In a dangerous world, we must become less dependant upon foreign oil. Environmental protection is best promoted through development of new technologies, ensuring pollutors pay, using objective science, respecting private property and promoting economic growth.

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.
Xb) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
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

I support 2nd Amendment rights as guaranteed in the Constitution. I believe with over 20,000 gun control laws on the books, we should concentrate on enforcement, not the creation of new laws. We should focus resources on crime prevention and allow every woman and man to protect themselves.

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.
d) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes the right to sue when claims are denied.
Xe) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes the right to appeal to an administrative board of specialists when services are denied.
Xf) Support legislation to provide prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
Xg) Increase research funding of the human genome to find cures for diseases such as cancer, AIDS/HIV, Alzheimer's, and heart disease.
Xh) Increase federal funding for training health workers to recognize and respond to the release of biological agents.
Xi) Prohibit the procedure of cloning human embryos.
Xj) Other or expanded principles

I support the promotion of Medical Savings Accounts for all Americans to help ensure affordability, choice, portability, privacy and quality in health care. I am also dedicated to saving and preserving Medicare.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration.

a) Decrease the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country.
Xb) Provide extra federal aid to states with higher numbers of immigrants for necessary medical and social services.
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.
e) Establish English as the official U.S. language.
Xf) Collect fingerprint data from all U.S. visa applicants which would be accessible to all federal immigration-related agencies.
g) Allow legalization for certain illegal immigrants working in the U.S.
Xh) Other or expanded principles

We must gain control of our borders immediately and crack down on illegal immigration. I favor legal immigration for those who love freedom and who want to work.

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.
c) Aid should be granted to countries that are close allies of the U. S. and in need of financial/military assistance.
d) Aid should be eliminated for any nation with documented human rights abuses.
e) Aid programs should be scaled back and eventually eliminated except for extraordinary circumstances.
Xf) Other or expanded principles

International aid should be granted sparingly and only if it serves a vital U.S. interest.

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.
Xe) Other or expanded principles

I believe that Israel has the right to exist in peace within secure borders and it is a vital U.S. interest to help ensure this right.

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.
Xd) Other or expanded principles

We should never surrender one iota of national soverignty to the U.N., nor fund the activity of the U.N. that does not serve our national interests.

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

Yes1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
Yes2) Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
Yes3) Do you support continued U.S. membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
Yes4) Do you support China becoming a member of the World Trade Organization?
Yes5) Should a nation's human rights record affect its normal trade relations (most favored nation) trading status with the United States? ___ Yes ___ No ___ Undecided
Yes6) Should the President have "fast-track" authority to negotiate trade agreements?
Undecided7) Do you support the trade embargo against Cuba?
X8) Other or expanded principles

I support free trade, i.e. the right of all Americans to buy and sell in international markets. The trade embargo on Cuba will depend on Castro's cooperation in our war against terrorism.

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?
Yes3. 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?
X6. Other or expanded principles

I believe our law enforcement officers and intelligence agents will need additional funding, training and tools to effectively pursue the war on terror. The federal government must take the lead in funding these efforts.

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.
Xb) 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 support guaranteeing Seniors all the benefits promised to them by Social Security. To do this, the rate of return must be increased through the power of investments.

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.
e) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding poverty and the welfare system.

Xa) Support housing assistance for welfare recipients.
Xb) Provide homeless families with apartment vouchers they can use to defray the cost of an apartment.
Xc) Continue to give states and local governments responsibility for welfare programs through TANF block grants.
Xd) Maintain current welfare-to-work requirements in order for states to qualify for block grants.
e) Restore food stamp programs to legal immigrants.
Xf) Transfer homeless housing programs to states through block grants.
Xg) Provide continued Medicaid benefits for those welfare recipients who have moved from welfare to work.
h) Require states to return any unused welfare block grant funding to the federal government.
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

Congress should strengthen welfare-to-work requirements. Since major welfare reforms were instituted in 1996, welfare claims have plummeted. Many welfare programs could be better - administered by non-gov't organizations. Our greatest welfare program is a growing economy, world-class education, and a virtuous citizenry.

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.

My priorities in Congress will be to 1) support President Bush in the war on terrorism by strengthening our national defense and homeland security; 2) to get our economy moving again by making the Bush tax relief permanent and controlling federal spending and excess regulation; 3) to guarantee that our Seniors receive all of the benefits promised under Social Security and Medicare; and 4) to improve our nation's health care system.