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K. Michael 'Mike' Conaway

Mike Conaway's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: K. Michael 'Mike' Conaway
Office: U.S. House (TX) - District 11, Republican
First Elected: 11/02/2004
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 11
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary March 4, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Suzanne; 4 Children: Brian, Erin, Kara, Stephanie
Birth Date: 06/11/1948
Birth Place: Borger, TX
Home City: Midland, TX
Religion: Baptist
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Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Mike Conaway supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Conaway. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Mike Conaway voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Conaway. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Mike Conaway voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Mike Conaway supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Mike Conaway supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Conaway. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial-birth" abortion."
  • Mike Conaway. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Mike Conaway voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Conaway. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Mike Conaway. Conaway: Senate Health Care Plan Not What Americans Want. 21 December 2009. "Last night, the Democrats in the US Senate moved one step closer to making their 2,700 page government-run health care plan a reality for Americans. Never in my time in Congress have I seen the people of West and Central Texas so emotional and passionate about an issue, and rightfully so. Over the past months, concerned citizens from across the country have voiced their concerns at town hall meetings, fought to protect their rights on the steps of the Capitol, written to their local papers and news stations, and called their Representatives and Senators in Washington voicing their concerns about this bad legislation. Yet now, during the week of Christmas, the President, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid are putting coal in the stockings of every single hard-working American in this country in the form of a costly, government-run plan that rises costs, funds abortion coverage, cuts Medicare and creates hundreds of billions in new taxes. This $2.5 trillion bill is not what the American people want." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Conaway. 20 Simple Reasons to Oppose the Democrat SCHIP Bill. 1 August 2007. "Allows Planned Parenthood to Determine Eligibility for Medicaid. The Democrats' bill allows pro-abortion groups like Planned Parenthood to determine eligibility for Medicaid services and provide Medicaid services. Why would anyone, Republican or Democrat, vote for this bill?" (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Conaway. Conaway Slams Use of Taxpayer Dollars for ObamaCare Abortions. 14 July 2010. "Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX-11) issued the following statement in response to reports that surfaced today that the Obama Administration spent $160 million in taxpayer money for an ObamaCare insurance program that will include coverage for abortions: 'This is yet another broken promise by the Obama Administration. After repeatedly saying that the President's Executive Order would prevent the use of taxpayer-funded abortions, it is clear that was just another tactic to pass their government takeover of our nation's health care system.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Conaway. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Mike Conaway. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Mike Conaway voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Conaway. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Mike Conaway voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (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 Mike Conaway a rating of 6 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Conaway. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Mike Conaway. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Mike Conaway voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Mike Conaway supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Conaway. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Mike Conaway voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Conaway. Issue Position: Values. 7 November 2011. "Our nation was built on the principle that we are all endowed by our Creator with a right to life and liberty. I believe that life begins with fertilization. I am adamantly opposed to abortion, except in extreme cases which action could prevent the death of the mother. As a Member of Congress and Republican Study Committee Values Action Team member, I support efforts to protect this right." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mike Conaway. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Mike Conaway voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Mike Conaway supported the interests of Peace Action West 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Mike Conaway supported the interests of the Peace Action 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Conaway. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "e) Should the United States increase military support to Afghanistan?"
  • Mike Conaway. George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush United States Courthouse and George Mahon Federal Building. 2 May 2011. "From the dissolution of the Soviet Union to the liberation of Kuwait, and from the first shoots of democratic order in Afghanistan to the parliamentary elections in Iraq, both father and son have helped to lift the crushing burdens of tyranny from millions of people. In each effort, the nations liberated have embarked on the difficult path of making laws and holding one another accountable. These are not easy steps; but in the end, with the continued support of the United States, these efforts will prove to be an enduring and lasting legacy for both these men and our Nation." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Conaway. Conoway Opposes Hurried Troop Withdrawal. 22 June 2011. "I remain steadfast in my support for our troops in Afghanistan and the progress they have made on the ground. The 2009 surge was successful in halting the Taliban and increasing stability in the region. We should listen to Secretary Gates and General Petraeus and maintain a strong combat presence until such a time as we can turn over security to the government of Afghanistan." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Conaway. Statement on Death of Osama bin Laden. 2 May 2011. "While we celebrate this victory, we must remember to stay vigilant and focused on succeeding in the ongoing war on terror. Despite the elimination of an influential leader, domestic and international threats persist. Defeating al Qaeda and the Taliban remain paramount to creating a stable environment in Afghanistan, so we can turn security over and bring our military home." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Conaway. Conaway Fights Withdrawal from Afghanistan. 17 March 2011. "'We must learn from our mistakes, not repeat them,' said Conaway, 'This measure is misguided and will only guarantee our return to fight the same terrorists tomorrow.' The resolution offered by Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) would direct the president to remove the U.S. Armed Forces from Afghanistan within 30 days of adoption. The resolution failed 321-93-1. 'We owe it to Americans and Afghanis to get the transition to a stable government right the first time,' Conaway continued. 'We are there to deny this region a sanctuary for Al-Qaeda and its affiliates. We need to stay until this mission is complete.'" (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mike Conaway. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Mike Conaway voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Conaway. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. c) Defense"
  • Mike Conaway. About. "As a fiscal conservative, he knows that no federal agency will be immune from tight budgets in the coming years and DOD must continue to find efficiencies where available. Mike has championed the audit issue since coming to Congress so that policy makers can better oversee the Department and so that taxpayers know exactly what they are getting for their money." (www.mikeconaway.com)
  • Mike Conaway. Blog: Roll Call Op-Ed: A Sound Economy is Our Mightiest Weapon. 27 May 2010. "As the economy continues to struggle to recover from the great recession and voters begin to realize the immense financial burden that awaits their children and grandchildren, I believe the American people will demand more responsibility in how growing government spends their tax dollars. Defense is by far the largest portion of discretionary spending in the national budget and should receive scrutiny equal to that of the rest of the government. For that reason conventional wisdom anticipates a relative freeze in our defense budget, making it increasingly important that available money is spent wisely and accounted for completely." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Conaway. Congressman Conaway, Yes for 2012 Defense Appropriations Act. 8 July 2011. "In this time of economic hardship, I applaud the Appropriations Committee for making tough budgeting decisions regarding cuts to Defense budget, whilst ensuring our military members are adequately provided for, thus preserving our national security." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Conaway. Conaway: DOD Needs to Get Its Fiscal House in Order. 15 March 2011, "I applaud Defense Secretary Robert Gates' goal to find efficiencies in lower-priority missions so we can reinvest those dollars in future initiatives at the Defense Department. Earlier this year, we read headlines of defense budget initiatives and efforts to correct the bloated DOD budget. However, these high-flying cuts failed to address the fundamentals of financial management that any small-business owner understands." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Conaway. Issue Position: Defense & the Military. 7 November 2011. "How we fight the threats against our freedoms will change, but the need for a strong military will not. This is why I will work with my colleagues to provide our armed forces with the resources they need to grow a force that can fight the unconventional enemy we see today but not leave us vulnerable to conventional threats that may surface tomorrow." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Conaway. Letter to the Honorable Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense, U.S. Department of Defense. 30 September 2010. "Recently Secretary Gates announced broad plans to reduce costs in the Department of Defense and re-appropriate those savings throughout the Department. As part of this plan, the Secretary announced three longer term projects and eight initiatives that he plans to begin implementing immediately. These eight initiatives have the ability to affect the Department, its ability to effectively fulfill its mission, and the security of the nation. A decision of this magnitude should not be made without careful reflection, supported by rigorous analysis. We have been told by the Department that the Secretary had several meetings and reviewed these decisions carefully. However, it seems clear that this decision did not carefully consider the national defense implications of such a change, nor is the decision substantiated with any sort of calculation of the direct and indirect costs to our national defense structure. In addition, no information has been provided by the Department to demonstrate any level of analysis, either financial or strategic, to determine what risks are being introduced into our national security strategy and how we are to mitigate these new risks." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Conaway. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Mike Conaway voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Conaway. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Mike Conaway voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Conaway. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Mike Conaway voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Conaway. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Mike Conaway voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Conaway. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Mike Conaway voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Conaway. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Mike Conaway voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Conaway. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Mike Conaway voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (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

  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Mike Conaway supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Conaway signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I, Mike Conaway, pledge to the taxpayers of the 11th district of the state of Texas 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)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Mike Conaway supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 100 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Mike Conaway supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 90 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mike Conaway. Rush To Judgment On Stimulus Bill Vote. 13 February 2009. "Earlier this afternoon, this House passed the single largest spending bill that has ever come across the work activity of this body. There was tepid applause on the other side of the aisle for the passage of this bill, I think in recognition that none of us really know if it will work. Most of us on our side of the aisle don't believe it will work, believe it was the wrong issue to do, the wrong way to address a very serious issue." (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 Mike Conaway a rating of 95 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Conaway. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Mike Conaway voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Conaway. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Mike Conaway voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Conaway. The Conaway Chronicle: A Pledge to America. 28 September 2010. "Another issue that continues to be hot on people's minds is job creation. I believe that Washington cannot magically make jobs appear for people back in West Texas, as our President seems to think. However, there are things that can be done to help aid in job growth, such as stopping the tax hikes on working families and small businesses and cutting government red tape. We need to provide incentives for small business growth and reduce unnecessary paperwork. We need spending cuts instead of more stimulus spending." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Conaway. Conaway Comments On Passage Of Stimulus II In House Of Representatives. 17 December 2009. "If the past year has proven one thing about the Majority in Congress, it is that they are good at spending hard-earned taxpayer money. House Democrats have found yet another way to put this nation even further into debt by passing a second "stimulus' bill, which creates over $150 billion in new federal spending. Their plan will pour billions into the very same programs that received funding in the original stimulus. In many cases, money from the first stimulus has not yet been spent. If spending money really was the answer, then shouldn't we spend the money we have already borrowed before we borrow another $150 billion?" (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Conaway. Government Spending. 26 January 2010. "This fallacy that the stimulus bill worked is based on the premise that government spending will solve the economic problems of this country." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Mike Conaway supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 100 percent in 2010." (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

  • Mike Conaway. The Conaway Chronicle: A Pledge to America. 28 September 2010. "Another issue that continues to be hot on people's minds is job creation. I believe that Washington cannot magically make jobs appear for people back in West Texas, as our President seems to think. However, there are things that can be done to help aid in job growth, such as stopping the tax hikes on working families and small businesses and cutting government red tape. We need to provide incentives for small business growth and reduce unnecessary paperwork." (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

  • Mike Conaway. Issue Position: Education. 7 November 2011. "This year marks the sixth anniversary of No Child Left Behind (NCLB). While I am a strong supporter of the foundation of the law, I believe that we can do a better job of its implementation. Achieving benchmarks for students is a necessary and important feature of NCLB; however, I believe that our school systems should be given more flexibility to work to ensure that the goals we set for all of our students are met. I am a strong supporter of educational standards and rewarding those who meet those standards. However, not all children are the same and I believe we must provide some alternative ways to test children with special needs so we will truly have a system in which no child is left behind." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Conaway. Issue Position: Education. 7 November 2011. "Congress may soon reauthorize NCLB, and I will work to see that the federal government gives more freedom to the states, school systems, and parents so that they can find the best ways to meet the standards set forth in NCLB and ensure the best education for their children." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Conaway. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Providing education is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Mike Conaway. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Education"
  • Mike Conaway. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mike Conaway. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)."
  • Mike Conaway. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Mike Conaway voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Mike Conaway supported the interests of Environment America 7 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Conaway. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Mike Conaway voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Conaway. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
  • Mike Conaway. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Mike Conaway voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Mike Conaway supported the interests of Environment America 7 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Conaway. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Support the U.S. re-entering the Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • Mike Conaway. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "k) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Mike Conaway. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Mike Conaway supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Conaway. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Mike Conaway voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Conaway. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Mike Conaway voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mike Conaway. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Mike Conaway. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Mike Conaway voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Mike Conaway in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Conaway. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Mike Conaway voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Conaway. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Mike Conaway. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Mike Conaway. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Mike Conaway. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Renew the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Mike Conaway. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Mike Conaway. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Mike Conaway. Conaway Applauds Supreme Court Decision to Overturn Ban on DC Handguns. 26 June 2008. "Today's Supreme Court ruling is a monumental victory for not only citizens of the District of Columbia, but for all Americans. Specifically, the Supreme Court determined that the second amendment is intended as an individual right, and not a collective right of the state. Under the second amendment of the U.S. Constitution, every citizen has the right to defend themselves; yet for more than thirty years, this right has been denied to the citizens of Washington, D.C. For years, lawmakers have been working to overturn this ban, and I am pleased to be a part of this victorious event that is sure to go down in the history books." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Conaway. Conaway Votes to Support Second Amendment Rights. 17 September 2008. "Under the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, every citizen has the right to bear arms; yet for more than thirty years, this right has been denied to the citizens of Washington, D.C. I am pleased that Second Amendment rights for citizens of the District of Colombia have finally been defended and that D.C. residents are now able to keep and bear firearms to protect themselves and their property." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Conaway. Congress Passes Common Sense Reforms To Prevent Reckless Lawsuits. 20 October 2005. "'These are common-sense reforms,' said Conaway. 'This gun legislation will prevent lawsuits that stem from the unlawful acts of people who misuse firearms and whose victims turn around and sue the gun manufacturers. While the so-called "cheeseburger bill" will reduce the amount of ridiculous claims being filed against those businesses that sell fattening foods. These important legislative reforms will prevent reckless lawsuits from bankrupting gun manufacturers and small business owners.' S. 397, The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act takes an important step forward in protecting every American's fundamental constitutionally protected right to bear arms. Through this legislation, Congress will prevent a few liberal state courts from bankrupting an industry vital to our national security. Over the past several years, lawsuits have been filed against the firearms industry that would hold the manufacturers liable for the actions of an individual who uses their products in an unlawful manner. The bill has already been passed in the Senate and is expected to be signed by the President soon." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Conaway. Right-Wing Extremists. 30 April 2009. "I rise today to reassure my constituent Dottie from Andrews that while Secretary Napolitano may be guilty of bad judgment bordering on negligence, she does not really consider her to be a domestic terrorist, nor do I believe the Secretary has unleashed the multitude of resources, assets, tools, and weapons of the Department of Homeland Security against her or me. Dottie, like many individuals across my district and throughout the Nation, was at first surprised and then angered to learn that the Department of Homeland Security's new definition of a right-wing terrorist sounded a lot like her. To quote the recently released Homeland Security memo: 'Many right-wing extremists are antagonistic toward the new Presidential administration and its perceived stance on a range of issues, including immigration and citizenship, the expansion of social programs to minorities, and restrictions on firearms ownership and use.' In a ham-handed fashion, the memo further defines the Department's view of right-wing extremists to include the great many Americans who believe that gun owners have constitutional rights protected by the second amendment, that our national values are not something to be bartered with for international agreements, that the immigration policy in our Nation is a failure, and that we are mortgaging the future to fund today's spending spree that we can never repay." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Conaway. The Conaway Chronicle - Volume 3, Issue 21. 19 June 2007. "Last week, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2640, a bill supported by the National Rifle Association that improves the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). NICS is a federal database for conducting background checks on firearm purchases. There are a number of factors that would prohibit individuals from owning firearms under this law, including: anyone who has been convicted in any court for a crime punishable with jail time exceeding one year, someone who is an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance, anyone who is illegally or unlawfully in the United States, persons who have been committed to a mental institution, anyone who has been dishonorably discharged fro the Armed Forces, and anyone who has been convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence. States that do not comply with this system will be penalized. I am pleased that this responsible legislation passed the House, and I will continue to support the rights of all law-abiding individuals to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Conaway. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Mike Conaway voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Mike Conaway a grade of 91." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Mike Conaway supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Conaway. Project Vote Smart: 2004 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."
  • Mike Conaway. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Mike Conaway. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Mike Conaway voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • Mike Conaway. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Mike Conaway voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Conaway. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Mike Conaway voted Yea on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Conaway. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States."
  • Mike Conaway. The Conaway Chronicle. 27 September 2005. "On Wednesday, I joined 22 members of the Texas Delegation in sending a letter to President Bush, urging him to take immediate action on the immigration problem along the Texas-Mexico border. I signed this letter, because I believe it is critical that the federal government secure our countries borders for the safety of all Americans. We cannot differentiate between border security and homeland security. This letter underlines the point that we need significant immigration reform that strengthens our borders and that does not include amnesty." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Conaway. Accomplishments of the 109th Congress. 3 May 2005. "We also passed the REAL ID Border Security Act. There again 42 Democrats joined the Republican colleagues in passage of this very important first step. As my colleague, the gentleman from Georgia (Mr. Kingston) mentioned about immigration reform, which is something that this body ought to be taking up in serious ways, but this is a great first step in that instance by requiring that States, if they want their citizens to use their driver's license to get on to airplanes and get into Federal facilities, that they will have to have certain standards by which they issue those driver's licenses to their citizens and to others in their State. It also closes some loopholes in the asylum laws as well as strengthening our deportation laws." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Conaway. Issue Position: Immigration Reform and Border Security. 7 November 2011. "Any long-term solution to illegal immigration must include a temporary worker programs. These programs allow domestic employers, in industries such as agriculture and hospitality, to hire temporary foreign workers only if they are unable to find U.S. workers to meet demand. Employers interested in participating in the program would first apply to the U.S. Department of Labor for a certification that U.S. workers capable of performing the work are not available and that employment of alien workers will not adversely affect the pay and working conditions of similarly employed U.S. workers. The temporary guest workers would be required to return home to their country of origin once their temporary guest worker privileges expires. However, I am opposed to any guest worker proposal which grants amnesty to illegal immigrants that leads to citizenship. Guest worker proposals, such as President Bush's plan, are not amnesty programs. Under his proposal, illegal aliens will not be granted automatic and immediate legal status. They would only be eligible to receive a temporary worker permit, and the ability to apply later on for permanent legal status, where they will not get to "cut in line" in front of existing applicants. There is no guarantee that they would ever obtain permanent legal status in the U.S. Additionally, his proposal requires that a specific job be lined up for any incoming immigrant worker before they enter the country, and would create a new electronic database system to track temporary migrants, to ensure that they return to their home country as scheduled." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Conaway. Issue Position: Immigration and Border Security. 7 November 2011. "We are a nation of laws, and we should not set a precedent by rewarding people for entering the country illegally. We need to send a clear message to every foreign citizen considering entering this country illegally: there will be no job for you. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released tools to help employers verify the immigration status of their employees. Universally implementing this program will remove an important motive for illegal immigrants. However, it is imperative that we consider the consequences of an overly restrictive immigration proposal. Proposals that seek to severely constrict legal immigration or summarily purge 12 million people from our economy fail to consider the substantial consequences of such actions. I believe that the U.S. would suffer tremendously, both economically and socially from such a policy." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Conaway. The Conaway Chronicle. 12 December 2005. "While I was in Texas over the Thanksgiving recess, I had the opportunity to visit the Texas-Mexico border near El Paso with President Bush. During the visit, we met with border patrol agents and participated in a driving tour of the border. Border security is an essential step in reforming our immigration system. Meaningful immigration reform must consist of more than just added border patrol agents, taller fences and improved technology. I support the President's proposal for comprehensive immigration reform that includes a rational temporary worker program that does not include amnesty. H.R. 4437 calls for mandatory verification of all employees' legal status and tightens enforcement along the Mexican border. This bill contains language requiring the Social Security Administration, Treasury Department and Department of Justice to study the concept of a machine-readable Social Security card with a photo ID." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Conaway. The Conaway Chronicle. 18 October 2005. "One of the main issues we will be working on during the next couple of months is Immigration reform. It is critical that the federal government take action in securing America's borders from illegal immigrants. We need meaningful immigration reform that strengthens our borders and provides adequate resources to our border control, including more control of agents and utilizing advanced technology. I believe equally imperative is a non-amnesty temporary laborer program. This will help us reduce the number of illegal immigrants that attempt to enter our country and will make the law nforcement efforts more effective." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Mike Conaway supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Mike Conaway supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Mike Conaway. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "k) Should marriage be restricted to a union only between a man and a woman?"
  • Mike Conaway. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Mike Conaway voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Mike Conaway supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Mike Conaway supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Conaway. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "j) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?"
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Mike Conaway supported the interests of the American Family Association 94 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Mike Conaway supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 85 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Conaway. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Mike Conaway voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Conaway. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Mike Conaway voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Mike Conaway supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Mike Conaway. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "f) Do you support a policy of pre-emptive strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to national security?"
  • Mike Conaway. National Security. 14 February 2006. "I remind my colleagues and others that we are in a global war on terror, no place in this world is safe, and while it is counterintuitive to talk about playing an away game, it is clearly in our best interests that we continue to fight this war in Iraq and around the world so that we don't fight it in the streets of America." (votesmart.org)
Yes 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

  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Mike Conaway supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 10 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Conaway. Project Vote Smart: 2004 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."
  • Mike Conaway. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Mike Conaway. Social Security Reform. 11 May 2005. "Two things, and then I will close and yield back. In my mind, personal savings accounts ought to be an integral part of whatever solutions we come up with. They are not a panacea. They do not in and of themselves fix this issue, but what they do address is a way to improve Social Security, to add an element of ownership to Social Security that we do not currently have." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Conaway. Hearing of House Committee on the Budget: The President's Budget for Fiscal Year 2006. 8 February 2005. "My colleague, Mr. Moore, talked about using the Social Security surpluses. I understand that it is taking money out of one pocket and put into the other when we use Social Security surpluses to fund current operations. Everyone on our side of the aisle thinks that we ought to be doing something about Social Security, and personalizing those accounts is one of those ideas." (votesmart.org)

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Congressional Election 2004 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) regarding abortion.
a) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legal.
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) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial-birth" abortion.
Xg) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
h) Other or expanded principles
Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category.
Budget Priorities
Slightly Increasea) Agriculture
Slightly Decreaseb) Arts
Slightly Increasec) Defense
Slightly Increased) Education
Maintain Statuse) Environment
Slightly Increasef) Homeland security
Slightly Decreaseg) International aid
Maintain Statush) Law enforcement
Maintain Statusi) Medical research
Maintain Statusj) National parks
Slightly Increasek) Public health services
Maintain Statusl) Scientific research
Maintain Statusm) Space exploration programs
Slightly Increasen) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Maintain Statuso) Welfare
p) Other or expanded categories
Defense Spending
Slightly Increasea) Armed Forces personnel training
Maintain Statusb) Intelligence operations
Greatly Increasec) Military hardware
Slightly Increased) Modernization of weaponry and equipment
Slightly Increasee) National missile defense
Slightly Increasef) Pay for active duty personnel
Slightly Increaseg) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Maintain Statush) Research and development of new weapons
Maintain Statusi) Troop and equipment readiness
j) Other or expanded categories
Using the key above, indicate what federal tax levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category.
Taxes
Income Taxes:
Family Income
Eliminatea) Less than $25,000
Greatly Decreaseb) $25,000-$75,000
Slightly Decreasec) $75,000-$150,000
Slightly Decreased) Over $150,000
Slightly Decreasee) Other or expanded categories
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
Greatly Decreased) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Eliminatef) Inheritance taxes
g) Other or expanded categories
Deductions/Credits:
Maintain Statusa) Charitable contributions
Maintain Statusb) Child tax credit
Maintain Statusc) Earned income tax credit
Slightly Increased) Medical expense deduction
Maintain Statuse) Mortgage deduction
Slightly Increasef) Student loan credit
g) Other or expanded categories
Yes4) Do you support permanent repeal of the federal estate tax?
Yes5) Do you support eliminating taxes on dividends paid to individual investors?
Yes6) Should a married couple filing jointly pay the same taxes as if they were an unmarried couple filing separately?
7) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
a) Support public taxpayer funding for federal candidates who comply with campaign spending limits.
b) Increase the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns.
c) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
d) Allow unregulated soft money campaign contributions to political parties or committees.
e) Allow ads paid for by soft money that support or attack a candidate for federal office.
f) Allow issue advocacy commercials by corporations, labor unions, and non-profit groups which appear within 60 days of a general election and within 30 days of a primary election.
g) Remove all contribution limits on federal campaigns and parties.
Noh) Do you support instant run-off voting (IRV)?
Yesi) Should Election Day be a national holiday?
Noj) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?
Yesk) Should marriage be restricted to a union only between a man and a woman?
l) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.
Xa) Support the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
b) Eliminate the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
c) 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.
f) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
Xg) Support additional criminal penalties if a fetus is killed in the commission of a federal crime against a pregnant woman.
h) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, and disability be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
Xi) Support programs that provide job training and placement services for at-risk youth.
j) Impose stricter penalties for those convicted of white-collar crimes.
k) Enforcement of civil rights should primarily be the responsibility of the federal government.
Xl) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
m) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding drugs.
Xa) Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
b) Expand federally sponsored drug education and drug treatment programs.
c) Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
d) Allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
Xe) Increase border security to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the United States.
f) Eliminate federal funding for programs associated with the "war on drugs."
g) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
Xa) Support national standards for and testing of public school students.
b) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any public school.
c) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any private or religious school.
d) Allow teachers and professionals to receive authorization and funding to establish charter schools.
Xe) Increase funding for block grants to states to aid in the hiring of additional teachers.
Xf) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
g) Increase funding for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings, infrastructure, technology).
Xh) Support granting states limited control over Head Start programs.
Xi) Support changing the mission of Head Start to emphasize improving the math and reading skills of disadvantaged children.
j) Providing education is not a responsibility of the federal government.
k) Support affirmative action in public college admissions.
Xl) Increase funding of programs such as Pell grants and Stafford loans to help students pay for college.
Xm) Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college.
n) Other or expanded principles
1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.
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.
c) Provide tax credits or grants to businesses that offer child care services to employees.
Xd) Encourage employers to offer flex-time scheduling, comp-time, and unpaid leave for family emergencies.
e) Eliminate all federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
f) Increase the federal minimum wage.
g) Support the right of workers to strike without fear of being permanently replaced.
Xh) Allow workers to sell company stock and to diversify their company retirement funds into other investment options.
i) Other or expanded principles
2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding affirmative action.
a) The federal government should consider race and gender in government contracting decisions.
Xb) The federal government should discontinue affirmative action programs.
c) The federal government should continue affirmative action programs.
d) Include sexual orientation in federal anti-discrimination laws.
e) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
a) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Water Act.
b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act.
Xc) Require states to compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses of privately-owned land.
d) Relax logging restrictions on federal lands.
Xe) Relax standards on federal lands to allow increased recreational usage.
Xf) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil).
g) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
Xh) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration.
Xi) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels to reduce pollution.
Xj) Support the use of ethanol as an alternative fuel.
Xk) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits.
l) Support the U.S. re-entering the Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming.
m) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.
a) Renew the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of 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) Establish a national database of ballistic "fingerprints" to track guns used in criminal activities.
Xj) Support legislation that would protect manufacturers, distributors, dealers, and importers of firearms from civil lawsuits by crime victims.
k) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health care.
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 which includes 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) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts.
Xf) Establish limits on the amount of punitive damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
g) Support expanding prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
h) Support expanding prescription drug coverage under private managed care plans.
Xi) Offer tax credits to individuals and small businesses to offset the cost of insurance coverage.
Xj) Support automatic enrollment of children in federal health care programs such as CHIP and Medicaid.
Xk) Allow 55-65 year-olds to buy into Medicare.
l) Support stem cell research on existing lines of stem cells.
m) Allow laboratories to create new lines of stem cells for additional research.
n) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration.
Xa) Decrease the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country.
b) Establish English as the official national language.
Xc) Increase the number of visas issued for agricultural workers.
d) Relax restrictions barring legal immigrants from using social programs (e.g. public housing, food stamps).
e) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States.
f) Support the detention of asylum seekers from countries known to sponsor terrorism.
g) Other or expanded principles
International Aid
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding United States 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 United States.
c) Aid should be eliminated for any nation with documented human rights abuses.
d) Aid programs should be scaled back and eventually eliminated.
e) Other or expanded principles
International Policy
1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the Middle East.
Yesa) Should the United States continue to provide leadership in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process?
Yesb) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
Noc) Should the United States withdraw its troops from Iraq?
d) Discuss your proposals for the reconstruction of Iraq. What funding sources would you use to implement these proposals? (75 words or less. Please use an attached page if the space below is not adequate.)

The initial phase should be paid by the international community with remainder of long term reconstruction paid for or financed using Iraq resources including sale of oil.

e) Other or expanded principles
2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Central and East Asia.
Yesa) Should the United States use diplomatic and economic pressure to encourage North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program?
Nob) Should the United States use military force to destroy the North Korean nuclear weapons program?
Undecidedc) Should the United States remove the North Korean government from power?
Nod) Should the United States increase financial support to Afghanistan?
Noe) Should the United States increase military support to Afghanistan?
f) Other or expanded principles
3) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the United Nations.
Noa) Should the United States maintain its financial support of the United Nations?
Yesb) Should the United States decrease its financial support of the United Nations?
Undecidedc) Should the United States commit troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions?
d) Other or expanded principles
Yes4) Should the United States lift the travel ban to Cuba?
No5) Should the United States increase its financial support to Colombia to combat "the war on drugs"?
Yes6) Should aid to African nations for AIDS prevention programs fund distribution of contraceptives?
Yes7) Should aid to African nations for AIDS prevention fund abstinence education?
8) Other or expanded principles

International Trade
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding 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)?
Undecided4) Should a nation's human rights record affect its normal trade relations (most favored nation) status with the United States?
No5) Do you support the trade embargo against Cuba?
Yes6) Should trade agreements include provisions to address environmental concerns and to protect workers' rights?
7) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding national security.
Yesa) Do you support using military tribunals to try suspected terrorists when ordinary civilian courts are deemed inappropriate or impractical?
Yesb) Should the United States adopt stricter rules for student visa applications from nations known to sponsor terrorism?
Noc) Should the United States grant law enforcement agencies greater discretion to read mail and email, tap phones, and conduct random searches to prevent future terrorist attacks?
Yesd) Should the United States hold foreign states accountable for terrorists who operate in their country?
Yese) Should the federal government increase funding to states and cities for homeland security?
Yesf) Do you support a policy of pre-emptive strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to national security?
g) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security.
Xa) 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) Invest a portion of Social Security assets collectively in stocks and bonds instead of United States Treasury securities.
d) Increase the payroll tax to better finance Social Security in its current form.
e) Lower the annual cost-of-living increases.
f) Raise the retirement age for when individuals are eligible to receive full Social Security benefits.
g) Other of expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding technology and communication.
a) Collect taxes on commercial Internet transactions.
b) Continue the moratorium on Internet taxation.
Xc) Implement regulation of Internet content.
Xd) Support government mandates to curtail violent and sexual content on television.
Xe) Support strict penalties for Internet crimes (e.g. hacking, identity theft, worms/viruses).
Xf) Support legislation to detail how personal information can be collected and used on the Internet.
g) Regulating the Internet is not a responsibility of the federal government.
Xh) Impose regulations on "spam" emails.
i) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare and poverty.
Xa) Require welfare recipients to spend at least 40 hours a week in a combination of work and training programs.
b) Increase funding for child care programs.
Xc) Continue to give states and local governments flexibility in and responsibility for welfare programs through federal block grants.
Xd) Direct federal poverty aid through religious, community-based, or other non-profit organizations.
e) Abolish all federal welfare programs.
Xf) Support housing assistance for low-income families.
g) Other or expanded principles
On an attached page, disk, or via email, please explain in a total of 75 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.
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