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Patty Murray's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. Senate (WA) - Sr, Democratic Majority Conference Secretary
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Patty Murray refused to tell citizens where she stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2010 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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Issue Positions

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

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Patty Murray supported the interests of NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Patty Murray. S Amdt 3330 to S Amdt 3325 to HR 3043. 110th Congress. To prohibit the provision of funds to grantees who perform abortions. Project Vote Smart Summary: Patty Murray voted NO on 18 October 2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Patty Murray. S 3. 108th Congress. A bill to prohibit the procedure commonly known as partial-birth abortion. Project Vote Smart Summary: Patty Murray voted NO on 21 October 2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Patty Murray. S Amdt 2321 to S 1692. 106th Congress. To express the sense of Congress in support of the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade. Project Vote Smart Summary: Patty Murray voted YES on 10/21/99. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Patty Murray supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Patty Murray. S Amdt 3896 to S Amdt 3899 to S 1200. 110th Congress. To modify a section relating to limitation on use of funds appropriated to the Service. Project Vote Smart Summary: Patty Murray voted NO on 26 February 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Patty Murray supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Patty Murray. Issue Position: Women's Rights. "Every issue is a women's issue. However, there are several challenges that especially affect women, such as: women's health, reproductive health, reproductive rights, domestic violence, pay equity, child care, retirement, and equality in athletic opportunities. Since being elected as the first woman to represent Washington state in the U.S. Senate, Patty Murray has been a champion for women and their families. She has spearheaded efforts to invest in women's health, protect reproductive rights, close the pay gap, and increase access to child care. She helped write and pass the historic Violence Against Women Act of 1994 and was a key proponent of its reauthorization in 2000 and 2005." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Taxpayers Union. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Patty Murray supported the interests of the National Taxpayers Union 7 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Patty Murray. Murray Votes Against Republican "Trifecta" Bill. 3 August 2006. "The estate tax needs to be reformed?.I'm especially disappointed in this cynical Republican ploy because I believe this bill could have met a different fate. Many of my Democratic colleagues, like me, want to see real progress made on many of the provisions contained in this bill. We stand ready to pass these popular tax provisions, a fair increase in the minimum wage, and even some form of estate tax reform that protects our long-term fiscal outlook, but the Republicans chose politics over good policy this week." (votesmart.org)
  • Patty Murray. Statement by Senator Murray on the Estate Tax. 8 June 2006. "We need to reform the estate tax in a responsible way long before it expires in 2011. Unfortunately, today the Senate Leadership showed it cares more about playing political games than developing a real solution. Family farmers and business owners deserve better. During my time in the Senate, I've worked hard to reform the estate tax for small businesses and family farms. In 1995, I introduced legislation to reform the estate tax. In 1997, I voted for a tax bill that made it easier for family farms and small businesses to transfer their assets to the next generation. And in 2000, I cosponsored legislation to repeal the estate tax and voted for similar legislation later that year. However, our financial situation has changed dramatically since that time. That means any reform must also be fiscally responsible. Our nation now faces staggering deficits and rising debt. American children born today come into the world already burdened by a "birth tax" of nearly $30,000 - the amount of money each American owes as a share of the national debt. That burden is only going to increase. We need to move forward in a fiscally responsible way because our nation faces pressing unmet needs here at home. We are borrowing from our children's future to pay for the war in Iraq. We are not adequately funding veterans healthcare. And we are making barebones investments in the areas that we know will help the vast majority of Americans like healthcare, education and security. Because we need a reform plan that is fiscally responsible, we need a process devoid of politics that would allow us to craft such a bill. I am confident that a compromise is out there, and I will continue working with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to find a fiscally responsible road to estate tax reform before 2011." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Patty Murray. HR 1. 111th Congress. Making supplemental appropriations for job preservation and creation, infrastructure investment, energy efficiency and science, assistance to the unemployed, and State and local fiscal stabilization, for fiscal year ending September 30, 2009, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Patty Murray voted YES on 13 February 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Club for Growth. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Patty Murray supported the interests of the Club for Growth 3 percent in 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Patty Murray. Kitsap Sun. Election Guide: Candidate - Patty Murray - U.S. Senate. Responded: "I have voted to extend unemployment benefits because I believe in tough times we should be helping Washington state families who are out of work through no fault of their own. We also need to focus on getting people back to work and creating the private sector jobs of the future. I believe that means wise investments in sectors that we know will make our country strong in the future: clean energy , transportation and education and worker training. I also believe we need to put more of your money back in your pockets, that's why I've voted to cut taxes for the middle class and provide tax credits for new homebuyers and families to send their kids to college. The best way we can get our economy moving again is to rein in Wall Street and invest in our local communities again." to the question: "Do you favor extending unemployment benefits? Do you favor another round of federal economic stimulus? In what form?" (elections.kitsapsun.com)
  • Patty Murray. Economic Stimulus. 31 January 2008. "Experts are telling us that taking action now to stimulate the economy by giving millions of taxpayers a rebate could help increase production and lift employment. Businesses--especially American manufacturers--need people to buy their products, and Americans need money to spend on those. I believe a quick stimulus bill that gives Americans some of their tax money back could make a real difference. But we also have to ensure that whatever action we take, it is temporary and targeted to where it can do the most good, and I am optimistic we can do that. I wish to thank our House colleagues for coming to a quick agreement with the President on an economic stimulus package. Their proposal was a very good start, and I wish to thank Chairman Baucus and Ranking Member Grassley for getting to work immediately on a Senate plan. I hope we can all agree to get a bill to the President by February 15 and get this economy moving again. In the last few days, I have talked with several economists who have appeared before our Budget Committee. They have shared their analysis of what Congress can do to prevent our economy from a full recession, and I think the legislation that was passed by the Senate Finance Committee largely meets their recommendations." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Business and Employment Issues: Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Patty Murray. Issue Position: Social Security. 3 September 2005. "Last week, I joined with 41 of my colleagues to ask President Bush to take this risky scheme off the table before moving forward with any Social Security reform. The letter said, in part, funding privatized accounts with Social Security dollars would not only make the program's long-term problems worse, but many believe it represents a first step towards undermining the program's fundamental goals. Therefore, so long as this proposal is on the table, we believe it will be impossible to establish the kind of cooperative bipartisan process we need to truly address the challenges facing the program many decades in the future." (votesmart.org)
  • Patty Murray. Issue Position: Social Security. "Social Security is a basic American value. It's a promise that if you work hard, you'll have some security when you retire or if you become disabled. It's a promise that seniors won't have to live in poverty. And it's a promise that if your spouse passes on, you will continue to have the support and security you need.However, this basic American value is coming under increasing attack from President Bush, who has made irresponsible tax cuts a higher priority than the solvency of Social Security....I share the President's belief that we must work to strengthen Social Security. However, the President's plan creates new problems for future generations to handle and does nothing to solve the current ones. Specifically, the president's proposal: * Ends guaranteed benefits. * Does nothing to fix the long-term issues the system faces. * Adds trillions of dollars to our national debt. * Is dangerous. There is a better alternative. I believe we must: * Preserve Social Security's guaranteed benefit * Preserve Social Security's protections for workers when they are disabled * Protect against benefit reductions for women, minorities and all others * Protect our budget from ever growing deficits" (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime Issues: Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Patty Murray. 1992. Project Vote Smart: Congressional Election National Political Awareness Test. Strongly Oppose: "Expansion of the number of federal crimes punishable by death."
  • Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants. 2005-2006. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Patty Murray supported the interests of the Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants 80 percent in 2005-2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Patty Murray. S Amdt 1204 to S 1607. 103rd Congress. To provide for imposition of the penalty of life imprisonment without the possibility of release rather than imposition of the death penalty. Project Vote Smart Summary: Patty Murray voted YES on 17 November 1993. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Education Issues: Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Home School Legal Defense Association. 1999-2000. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Patty Murray supported the interests of the Home School Legal Defense Association 20 percent in 1999-2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Patty Murray. HR 1. 107th Congress. To close the achievement gap with accountability, flexibility, and choice, so that no child is left behind. Project Vote Smart Summary: Patty Murray voted YES on 18 December 2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Patty Murray. Issue Position: Education. "My Education Principles * Invest in what works. Things like smaller classes, qualified teachers, and pre-school programs. * Protect disadvantaged students. Make sure they get the extra help and support they need. * Keep taxpayer dollars in public schools which serve all students. * Give local schools, educators and parents the federal funding and support they need to educate our children. * Set high standards and provide the resources so all students can meet them. It's not enough to just set goals. We need to give schools the resources they need to meet those goals." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment and Energy Issues: Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Environment America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Patty Murray supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Patty Murray. S Amdt 4825 to S 3036. 110th Congress. In the nature of a substitute. Project Vote Smart Summary: Patty Murray voted YES for cloture on 6 June 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Patty Murray. Senator Patty Murray Statement on Obstruction of Climate Change Legislation in U.S. Senate. 6 June 2008. "Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following statement after the Boxer-Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act of 2008 was blocked in the U.S. Senate. The vote on the bill was 48-36. The legislation required 60 votes to move forward. 'It's unfortunate that when we attempted to address one of the most difficult challenges facing our country, Republicans again chose to play political games and block us from making progress. This global warming bill was not perfect, but the American people expect us to take on big problems, to work together, and to find solutions for our future. Senate Republicans have chosen time and again to ignore the wishes of the American people and put obstruction and the status quo ahead of change and progress. I remain committed to passing climate change legislation that will bring about real, achievable reductions in greenhouse gases. We owe that much to our children, our grandchildren, and our planet.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Patty Murray. Issue Position: Environment. "Washington residents take great pride in the natural beauty of our state. Senator Murray has joined with local leaders to protect Washington's environment. Murray believes that environmental protection and healthy natural resources are compatible with long-term economic growth. Senator Murray has worked to bring stakeholders together, to fund environmental protection and resource management, and to promote innovative, locally-based solutions. In the U.S. Senate, Murray has worked to increase funding for environmental programs, she has repeatedly opposed harmful, anti-environmental riders to appropriations bills, and she has sponsored several pieces of environmental legislation." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Gun Issues: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Patty Murray. S Amdt 1152 to S Amdt 1151 to S 1607. 103rd Congress. To restrict the manufacture, transfer, and possession of certain semiautomatic assault weapons and large capacity ammunition feeding devices. Project Vote Smart Summary: Patty Murray voted YES on 17 November 1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Patty Murray. S Amdt 362 to S 254. 106th Congress. To regulate the sale of firearms at guns shows. Project Vote Smart Summary: Patty Murray voted YES on 05/20/99. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 2003. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Patty Murray supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 90 percent from 1988 and 2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Patty Murray a grade of F. (votesmart.org)
  • Patty Murray. HR 1025. 103rd Congress. To provide for a waiting period before the purchase of a handgun, and for the establishment of a national instant criminal background check system to be contacted by firearms dealers before the transfer of any firearm. Project Vote Smart Summary: Patty Murray voted YES on 11/20/93. (votesmart.org)
  • Patty Murray. S Amdt 1067 to S Amdt 1058 to HR 627. 111th Congress. To protect innocent Americans from violent crime in national parks and refuges. Project Vote Smart Summary: Patty Murray voted NO on 12 May 2009. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Issues: Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • American Public Health Association. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Patty Murray supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Green, Adam. Public Option Garners Avalanche of Support in Senate. The Huffington Post. 1 March 2010. "Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Patty Murray (D-WA), Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) are the latest to announce their support, raising the number of senators on record from 0 to 30 in under 2 weeks. PATTY MURRAY (D-WA): I've been consistently supportive of a public option so that Washington's families and businesses have choices in their health care options and so insurance companies are finally forced to compete for the business of the American people. Nothing has changed that support. I don't know whether the votes exist in the Senate right now, but if the public option came up for a vote as we move ahead with reform, including under reconciliation, I would vote yes." (www.huffingtonpost.com)
  • Patty Murray. Murray, Kennedy, HELP Democrats Announce "Affordable Health Choices Act" Bipartisan Talks Continue on Outstanding Key Issues. 9 June 2009. "For the past year, Chairman Edward M. Kennedy and Democratic Members and staff of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) have been working to develop legislation that reduces health care costs, allows Americans to keep the coverage they have if they want it, and makes health insurance affordable to those who do not have it today. Last year, Kennedy asked Senator Christopher J. Dodd, vice chair of the HELP Committee, to be his chief deputy on health reform to help lead the overall effort. In addition, Senators Tom Harkin, Barbara A. Mikulski, Jeff Bingaman and Patty Murray have also assumed leadership roles on key aspects of reform within the Committee. Since January, the Committee has held over a dozen public hearings on improving the quality of care, prevention and wellness, and expanding insurance coverage.... 'Our health care reform bill is a step toward ensuring all Americans can see a doctor when they need one and that our long term economic strength is not held captive by the skyrocketing cost of care,' Senator Murray said." (votesmart.org)
  • Patty Murray. Press Conference With Senator Chris Dodd; Senator Barbara Mikulski; Senator Tom Harkin; Senator Jeff Bingaman; Senator Patty Murray. 16 June 2009. "Thanks to the president's directive and the tremendous work of the senators you see up here, Senator Dodd and Senator Kennedy, as well as the Finance Committee, we are working hard because we know we have an historic opportunity to make health care work and to take on the challenge of providing quality affordable health care for everyone." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration Issues: Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 2007-2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Patty Murray supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 31 percent in 2007-2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Patty Murray. S Amdt 4087 to S 2611. 109th Congress. To modify the conditions under which aliens who are unlawfully present in the United States are granted legal status. Project Vote Smart Summary: Patty Murray voted YES on 23 May 2006. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso. 2007-2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Patty Murray supported the interests of the National Latino Congreso 100 percent in 2007-2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Patty Murray. Kitsap Sun. Election Guide: Candidate - Patty Murray - U.S. Senate. Responded: "I believe it's time to move forward with Comprehensive Immigration Reform now. And I've sent a letter to President Obama urging him to move forward on this critical priority. This can't be a piecemeal approach and we can't put the entire burden on our law enforcement officers. Though there have been attempts to move forward smaller individual piece of immigration legislation, such as those relating to nurses, high-tech workers, and agricultural jobs, it will be very difficult to pass anything that is not part of a comprehensive package. My priorities for Comprehensive Immigration Reform are: * Improving enforcement. This means more border patrol agents with better technology, more equipment, and facilities. * Treating the Northern border fairly. We cannot protect America's security if the Northern Border is shortchanged, as it has been in the past. * Providing a lawful, stable agricultural labor supply and ensuring that both farmers and farmworkers are treated fairly. * Creating a real guest worker plan that includes a path to citizenship for those willing to work for it. * Providing a path for those who are here now to become citizens, get educated, and realize the American Dream." to the question: What kind of immigration reform would you favor and why is a political solution so difficult to come by?" (elections.kitsapsun.com)
  • Patty Murray. Immigration: Remarks by Senator Patty Murray on the floor of the U.S. Senate on Her Principles for Immigration Reform. 3 March 2006. "*It should include a guest worker plan, which includes a path to citizenship. * It should provide a path forward so that people who are here have an opportunity to become citizens and realize the American Dream." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer International Policy Issues: Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Patty Murray. Murray Statement on Supplemental Aid for Iraq and Afghanistan. 1 December 2009. "Our long focus on Iraq has come at the price of our goals in Afghanistan. While I still have many questions about the specifics, the President made a compelling and responsible case for redoubling the fight against terrorism in Afghanistan in order to protect the American people and bring our troops home." (murray.senate.gov)
  • Peace Action West. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Patty Murray supported the interests of Peace Action West 67 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Patty Murray. Kitsap Sun. Election Guide: Candidate - Patty Murray - U.S. Senate. Responded: "Right now we have troops from Washington state and across the country who are sacrificing so much in Afghanistan to keep us safe and defeat terrorism. As long as we have troops overseas I will work to ensure they have the supplies and equipment needed to their jobs safely and effectively. But with our brave men and women in harm's way, and our tax dollars at stake, I want to hear a clear plan from the Administration about our strategy and objectives in Afghanistan. I also believe the Afghan government needs to demonstrate that it is a committed, effective partner. I am going to continue asking questions, demanding answers, and insisting on a clear plan for a path forward to withdraw our troops from Afghanistan. And as we chart that path forward we must also work to care for our military families and our veterans when they return home from serving our nation." to the question: "How is the U.S. policy in Afghanistan working, and what direction would you like to see in the military strategy in the near future there?" (elections.kitsapsun.com)
  • Patty Murray. Murray Statement on Obama Afghanistan Announcement. 1 December 2009. "Like all Americans who experienced that terrible day, I will never forget the horrendous attacks of September 11th and the fear and destruction our nation experienced. And I will always remember the way we came together -- across regions and political lines -- with purpose, commitment and courage to support our President and our troops in their efforts to root out terrorism in Afghanistan. But as President Obama made clear this evening, there is more work to be done. A growing insurgency presents a danger to Americans and our interests around the globe. And the Afghan people are still not prepared to secure their own nation and government. "The President laid out a clear goal tonight. His timeline to bring this war to an end is now known. He has engaged our allies and vowed to bring American troops home while holding Afghanistan's government accountable for their own future. I still have many questions about the cost of this effort. I am concerned about the toll of this war in lives and in dollars. Brave troops from Washington state and around the country have long been serving and sacrificing in Afghanistan. As we step up our efforts there, we must provide the equipment and resources our troops need to do their jobs safely and effectively. And, just as importantly, we must be ready with the care and benefits our veterans need when they return home. Our long focus on Iraq has come at the price of our goals in Afghanistan. While I still have many questions about the specifics, the President made a compelling and responsible case for redoubling the fight against terrorism in Afghanistan in order to protect the American people and bring our troops home." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Social Issues: Should marriage only be between one man and one woman? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Patty Murray. HR 3396. 103rd Congress. To define and protect the institution of marriage. Project Vote Smart Summary: Patty Murray voted YES on 10 September 1996. (votesmart.org)
  • Patty Murray. Federal Marriage Amendment. 14 July 2004. "Since this side of the aisle is not in control, we have to take what the majority brings to this floor, so we should address the basic question in this debate, which is, Should we amend the Constitution on this matter? I say we should not. Our Founding fathers made the constitutional amendment process a difficult one. Two-thirds of both Houses of Congress, along with three-quarters of the State legislatures, must approve an amendment. Although it has never occurred, a convention can also be called by the States to amend the Constitution....States can choose how they want to define marriage, something they have traditionally done, and DOMA allows one State to reject another State's recognition of same-sex marriage." (votesmart.org)

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Congressional Election 1992 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.
1. Which of the following tax measures, if any, will you support if elected to the Congress in 1992?
Reducing the capital gains tax rate on profits from the sale of stocks, bonds and real estate.
Permitting tax-free withdrawals from IRAs in limited circumstances.
Providing some kind of middle-class tax break.
Increasing the income taxes of those with incomes over $100,000.
Providing a tax credit for first-time home buyers.
Repealing luxury taxes on limited items.
Providing a temporary investment tax credit.
XOther

Supporting a tax policy that ensures that all levels are paying their fair share of the tax burden.

Please evaluate the following general program areas and indicate the level of federal funding that you will support if you are elected to Congress.
Keep Spending The SameHealth Care
Keep Spending The SameUnemployment
Increase SpendingAIDS Research
Increase SpendingEnvironment
Keep Spending The SameDefense
Increase SpendingEducation
Increase SpendingNational Debt Payments
Keep Spending The SameDrugs
If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt?
XReduce governmental defense spending.
Reduce governmental domestic spending.
Raise personal income taxes for all citizens.
Raise personal income taxes for citizens with incomes over $100,000.
Raise corporate taxes.
Do nothing at the present time.
XOther

Re-examine social programs and fight for a long-term econmic plan that puts people back to work.

Which of the following measures designed to address the issue of unemployment do you support or oppose?
SupportExtending unemployment compensation further.
Strongly SupportFederal support of job retraining programs.
Strongly SupportFederal grants to states for creating jobs in inner cities.
OpposeMandating workfare for welfare recipients.
OpposeMinimizing governmental intervention and letting the market take a more natural course.
Strongly SupportFederal investment in America's infrastructure.
Other
Which of the following policies, if any, should be pursued by the federal government in the area of the United States/Japenese trade?
Restricting the overall volume of goods entering the United States from Japan.
Imposing tariffs on goods entering the United States from Japan.
Requiring Japan to eliminate its trade surplus with the United States over a period of five years.
Requiring reciprocal trade agreements between the United States and Japan based on equal dollar values.
Imposing no restrictions on trade between the United States and Japan.
XOther

Working on breaking down illegal trade barriers in Japan.

Which of the following defense proposals do you support or oppose?
SupportReduction of the number of American military troops.
OpposeContinued funding of the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI).
Do you consider the fact that many Americans do not have health insurance to be a problem, and if so, please note which of the following proposals you favor?
Elimination of private insurance in favor of a program administered and paid for by the federal government and run by the states, similar to the health care system in Canada.
Offering tax incentives to all small employers in return for guaranteed health insurance coverage of all employees and their families.
Implementation of a "play or pay" program where employers must enroll their employees and families in a basic health plan or contribute to a public fund that will provide health care for everyone without coverage.
Creation of a fund designed to provide health insurance to the unemployed and supported by additional tax levies on large employers.
A system of tax credits and vouchers to provide health insurance for the working poor and people of moderate income.
No reform necessary at this time.
XOther

Implement federal oversight of health care system, w/strict cost-containment mechanisms, while increasing access and maintaining choice of...

If elected to Congress, which of the following proposals designed to change our nations' public education system will you support?
XIncreased federal funding.
Increased state and local funding.
XImproved teacher recruitment and training.
National curricula and standards.
XSmaller classes.
Increased national testing.
A "choice" or "vouchers" program.
No major changes are necessary at this time.
XOther

Use the Department of Education as aresource center for local school districts.

If elected to Congress, how will you confront the War on Drugs?"
XProvide federal funds to educate people about the dangers of drugs.
XProvide federal funds to help drug addicts overcome their addictions.
XWork with foreign governments to stop the export of drugs to this country.
Impose mandatory federal jail sentences for drug dealers.
Impose mandatory federal jail sentences for drug users.
Legalize the possession and use of drugs.
Other
What is your opinion on the following environmental proposals?
Strongly OpposeOpening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration.
Strongly OpposeAmending the Clean Water Act's section on wetlands to provide landowners with greater rights.
Strongly SupportReauthorization of The Endangered Species Act in its current form.
Please indicate which of the following positions you support or oppose.
Strongly OpposeParental or spousal notification prior to permitting an abortion.
Strongly OpposeAbortion should be illegal in all circumstances.
Strongly SupportFederally funded abortions should be permitted.
SupportWomen should be able to get abortions if they want no matter what the reason.
Strongly OpposeAbortion should be legal only in limited circumstances, for example, when the life of the mother is endangered or in the case of rape or incest.
Which of the following anti-crime measures do you support or oppose?
Strongly OpposeExpansion of the number of federal crimes punishable by death.
Strongly SupportA mandatory waiting period before the purchase of a handgun.
SupportIncreased federal spending for state and local police programs.
Strongly SupportA ban on the sale and possession of assault-style semiautomatic weapons.
OpposeA limitation on habeas corpus appeals for death row inmates.
Other
Whare are your two top priorities if elected to the Congress?
a. What will you do about each priority?

Implementing a long-term economic strategy to provide jobs and reduce the $4 trillion debt. we must shift R&D funding from military to civilian technologies to stimulate economic growth and investment in infrastructure, manufacturing, and job training. We must finally have a national education policy. I advocate reducing the military budget by at leats an additional $100 billion over the next five years and dividing the funds between the deficit reduction and investment in a long-term economic plan.

b. How will you finance (when necessary) each priority?

THe federal government must implement health care reform. I will work to provide strict cost-containment mechanisms and increase access. At leats $200 billion a year is spent on excessive administrative costs and unnecessary procedures--this must be eliminated. A federal plan must include freedom for consumers to choose their physician, hospital, and other health care providers. Health care decisions must be taken out of the hands of insurance companies and returned to individuals and their health care providers.

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