Representative Michele Bachmann's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (MN) - District 6, Republican
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Michele Bachmann refused to tell citizens where she stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 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 are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • Michele Bachmann signed the Susan B. Anthony List: Pro-life Leadership Presidential Pledge. 15 June 2011. (www.sba-list.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Right to Life. 22 January 2008. "It's easy when your child is suffering with an unplanned pregnancy to say it's okay, I'll support you, I'll take you to that abortion clinic, I will pay for that abortion. But they don't always recognize that there is a price that that young woman will pay for the rest of her life in her emotion because her arms will be forever empty, and she'll know that there is a baby that could have been hers and yet was not, or a young man who knows he could have been a father to that baby. Parents, think again." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. CNN Republican Debate - Transcript. 13 June 2011. "I am 100 percent pro-life. I've given birth to five babies, and I've taken 23 foster children into my home. I believe in the dignity of life from conception until natural death. I believe in the sanctity of human life. And I think the most eloquent words ever written were those in our Declaration of Independence that said it's a creator who endowed us with inalienable rights given to us from God, not from government. And the beauty of that is that government cannot take those rights away. Only God can give, and only God can take. And the first of those rights is life. And I stand for that right. I stand for the right to life." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Right to Life. 22 January 2008. “It's easy when your child is suffering with an unplanned pregnancy to say it's okay, I'll support you, I'll take you to that abortion clinic, I will pay for that abortion. But they don't always recognize that there is a price that that young woman will pay for the rest of her life in her emotion because her arms will be forever empty, and she'll know that there is a baby that could have been hers and yet was not, or a young man who knows he could have been a father to that baby. Parents, think again.” (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. CNN Republican Debate - Transcript. 13 June 2011. "I am 100 percent pro-life. I've given birth to five babies, and I've taken 23 foster children into my home. I believe in the dignity of life from conception until natural death. I believe in the sanctity of human life. And I think the most eloquent words ever written were those in our Declaration of Independence that said it's a creator who endowed us with inalienable rights given to us from God, not from government. And the beauty of that is that government cannot take those rights away. Only God can give, and only God can take. And the first of those rights is life. And I stand for that right. I stand for the right to life.” (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 2010. Project Vote Smart Interest Group Ratings. 28 July 2011. “Representative Bachmann supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010.” (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 2010. Project Vote Smart Interest Group Ratings. 28 July 2011. “Representative Bachmann supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010.” (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. NBC "Meet the Press" – Transcript. 13 November 2011. “Well, there's certainly a sharp contrast between myself and Governor Romney. He has been pro-choice, I am pro-life. He has been for marriage between people of the same sex. I am for marriage between one man and one woman.” (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Issue Position: Minnesota Values. 15 March 2011. "I firmly believe the right to life extends to all people - including the born and unborn." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. H Amdt 509 to HR 3962. 111th Congress. An amendment printed in Part C of House Report 111-330 to codify the Hyde Amendment in H.R. 3962. Michele Bachmann voted YES on 7 November 2009. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Michele Bachmann supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2009." http://www.votesmart.org/issue_rating_detail.php?r_id=4758 (votesmart.org)

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  • Michele Bachmann. HR 4899. 111th Congress. Limiting Afghanistan Military Funding to Withdrawal and Other Specified Purposes. Michele Bachmann voted NO on 1 July 2010. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. The Defense for Defense Spending. 4 May 2011. "Our government is in a fiscal crisis. As debt skyrockets, the spending decisions before us in the coming months and years will have a deep impact on the future of our nation. Lawmakers and the American public must debate the merits and faults of each category of spending. But, as we work to reverse the tide of deficit spending, I urge that we exercise great caution before anyone takes a scalpel to the defense budget. Adequate funding is critical for our military, intelligence, and security agencies to fulfill their Constitutional duty to provide for the common defense." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Support H.R. 511. 23 January 2007. "Eliminating or cutting funding for our men and women who wear the uniform of the United States is not a recipe for ensuring stability in the Middle East; in fact, it is a recipe for demoralization, and it is irresponsible in its proposal. I urge all Members to support our troops and oppose any effort to cut off or restrict funding for American troops in harm's way, whether in Iraq, in Afghanistan, or elsewhere in the global war on terror. It is imperative that we fully support those who are on the front lines fighting the war on terror. America thanks you, our brave men and women in uniform." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Fox News "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren" – Transcript. 17 November 2011. “This Super Committee is giving us one of two very bad choices. One says, Let's raise taxes. Bad decision. I signed a pledge, and I think that means something, not to raise taxes. I said, Let's not raise taxes on the American people. It will hurt the economy. But the other choice for the Super Committee is cutting $600 billion out of national defense. That's a terrible disaster. When the president has engaged our military in more venues than ever, Libya, Uganda, and now he's just made a decision to have 2,500 troops in Australia in addition to the work that we're doing in Iraq and Afghanistan, and in light of the report that came out from the IEA that Iran could be a nuclear power very quickly. In light of that, to cut $600 billion out of our military in addition to the $400 billion, we're gutting the military. And according to Secretary of Defense Panetta, we're looking at shooting ourselves in the head when it comes to the military. That's a very bad decision.” (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Support H.R. 511. 23 January 2007. “Eliminating or cutting funding for our men and women who wear the uniform of the United States is not a recipe for ensuring stability in the Middle East; in fact, it is a recipe for demoralization, and it is irresponsible in its proposal. I urge all Members to support our troops and oppose any effort to cut off or restrict funding for American troops in harm's way, whether in Iraq, in Afghanistan, or elsewhere in the global war on terror. It is imperative that we fully support those who are on the front lines fighting the war on terror. America thanks you, our brave men and women in uniform.” (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. The Defense for Defense Spending. 4 May 2011. "Our government is in a fiscal crisis. As debt skyrockets, the spending decisions before us in the coming months and years will have a deep impact on the future of our nation. Lawmakers and the American public must debate the merits and faults of each category of spending. But, as we work to reverse the tide of deficit spending, I urge that we exercise great caution before anyone takes a scalpel to the defense budget. Adequate funding is critical for our military, intelligence, and security agencies to fulfill their Constitutional duty to provide for the common defense.” (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Michele Bachmann voted YES on 19 June 2008. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Tax Limitation Committee. 2007-2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. 21 June 2011. "Representative Bachmann supported the interests of the National Tax Limitation Committee 92 percent in 2007-2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I, Michele Bachmann, pledge to the taxpayers of the 3rd district of the state of Minnesota 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)
  • Michele Bachmann. CNN "American Morning" – Transcript. 22 November 2011. “COSTELLO: Would you have said something like, hey, Republicans on the supercommittee, maybe you should think about maybe raising some taxes, and, hey, Democrats, maybe you should think about cutting some entitlement programs? Maybe if you're both open to those ideas, maybe you can come to some sort of compromise. Would you have said something like that? BACHMANN: Well, isn't it interesting that Republicans offered tax increases? I didn't -- wouldn't have gone with tax increases, but the Republicans on the committee offered that.” (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Missouri News Horizon – Bachmann: Current Tax Code “Job-Killing” Mess. 20 September 2011. “If Warren Buffett believes he doesn't pay enough taxes, then he should write a check today to the Treasury, but he and the president shouldn't enact warfare on the millions of small businesses, on charities and on middle-class America with increased tax burdens.” (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Issue Position: Taxes. 8 June 2011. "Taxes are simply too high, and American families have less money to spend on their priorities. Rather than taking money from the hands of the middle class to pay for a large, overbearing federal government, I believe in letting hard-working taxpayers keep more of what they earn. This would help strengthen our economy, stimulate job growth and force the government to make wiser spending decisions – all of which would benefit American families. I have cosponsored several bills to provide tax relief to hard-working Americans, including bills to repeal the estate tax, reduce capital gains taxes, repeal the alternative minimum tax (AMT), extend the adoption tax credit, and, make permanent other important tax relief passed by Congress in 2001 and 2003." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Iowa Republican Debate. 11 August 2011. "BAIER: Well, I'm going to ask a question to everyone here on the stage. Say you had a deal, a real spending cuts deal, 10 to one, as -- as Byron said, spending cuts to tax increases. […] Can you raise your hand if you feel so strongly about not raising taxes, you'd walk away on the 10 to one deal? […] OK. Just making sure everyone at home and everyone here knows that they all raised their hands. They’re all saying that they feel so strongly about not raising taxes that a 10 to one deal, they would walk away from. Confirming that." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. You Can Spend Your Own Income Better Than Washington. 28 April 2011. "Wealth creation is what allows businesses to hire, and in turn, for an economy to prosper. In Obama's proposal, couples making $250,000 a year are considered wealthy. In reality, couples with that income are often the small business owners in our communities. They are the job creators who Obama wants to tax more heavily. I cannot stand idly by while he tries to put this leftist agenda on the American people. One of the first pieces of legislation I introduced in the 112th Congress is called the End Tax Uncertainty Act of 2011." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. 21 June 2011. "Representative Bachmann supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 87 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. HR 4853. 112th Congress. Temporary Extension of Tax Relief. Michele Bachmann voted No on 2 December 2010. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 2007. Project Vote Smart Interest Group Ratings. 29 July 2011. "Representative Bachmann supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 95 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)

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  • Michele Bachmann. Op-Ed: 2,000 Pages Of Mandates, Taxes, And Bureaucracy. 30 October 2009. "Social Security is broke, Medicare is broke, Medicaid is broke -- and all of them were created with the best intentions. But we have to face reality. Our deficit is at an all-time high. Our debt is nearing $12 TRILLION with no signs of slowing. We're on a crash course for financial ruin. This isn't conjecture, it's basic economics." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Protecting the Medicaid Safety Net Act of 2008. 24 April 2008. "To be sure, the Medicaid program has been abused. For instance, a CMS [Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services] Inspector General report found $3.8 million in undocumented services in the targeted case management program, one which is impacted by these very rules. And CMS's regulations would certainly combat instances of waste and fraud. However, implementing a 1-year moratorium will give CMS an opportunity to review the regulations and give States and local providers an opportunity to prepare for pending implementation, each knowing that real reform is on the horizon. While I believe it is important to rein in entitlement spending, these rules, as currently formulated and immediately imposed, would jeopardize needed care for some of the most vulnerable populations of Americans. (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Fox News 'Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace' - Transcript. 1 May 2011. "WALLACE: Let start with the budget, because you want to go even farther than House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan. You voted for the Republican Study Committee plan which would cut spending by $3 trillion more over the next 10 years and balance the budget by 2020, not 2040, as Paul Ryan does. Let's take a look, though, at some of the big differences. You want to cut $700 billion more than Ryan from Medicaid. You want to raise the Social Security retirement age for people who are now 59. And you would change Medicare to a voucher system for those who are now 59. Question -- Paul Ryan doesn't go far enough? [...] BACHMANN: Well, remember again, what both of those bills are. They aren't pieces of legislation. They're aspirational documents, which means these are goals that we're trying to come toward. [...] WALLACE: But would you support all of those things we just talked about? BACHMANN: What I'm saying with that vote is that we have to make decisions. We aren't saying that every single decision that's in that bill, or aspirational document, will be the final result. But what we are saying is we have a conviction, those of us in the Republican Study Committee, those of us who supported Paul Ryan that we thank them and applaud them, that they want to get in the game and they want to make sure that we don't go down in flames with our economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Bachmann: Governor Dayton Pushing Minnesota into ObamaCare. 4 January 2011. "I am urging Governor Dayton not to sign this executive order that will expand medical assistance at a cost of $384 million dollars to Minnesota taxpayers between now and 2014. The same voters who elected our new Governor also elected legislators willing to work in a bipartisan way to accomplish the goals of healthcare reform without worsening our $6 billion state budget deficit. States like Massachusetts and New York are the latest to face severe budget troubles from unsustainable Medicaid programs. By rushing to enmesh Minnesota in medical assistance provisions that are part of ObamaCare, Governor Dayton is adding a burden to our state that will take us down the same untenable path." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. HR 1586. 111th Congress. Aid To States for Medicaid, Teacher Employment, and Other Purposes. Michele Bachmann voted NO on 10 August 2010. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)

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  • Michele Bachmann. HR 3590. 111th Congress. Health Care and Insurance Law Amendments. Michele Bachmann voted NO on 21 March 2010. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. You Can Spend Your Own Income Better Than Washington. 28 April 2011. "The House of Representatives recently signified their support of the Republican's 2012 budget proposal which will reduce the federal budget by $4.4 trillion […] I supported that budget blueprint, though I've expressed caution about how we approach the issue of Medicare. We must keep our promises to those who receive Medicare benefits, and those who are nearing the age of Medicare eligibility. Our challenge is to reduce the soaring amounts that government spends on health care, without burdening those who are most vulnerable." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Health Care. 27 October 2009. "Mr. Speaker, the Republicans were just castigated for being the party of 'no,' and I would submit that it is just the opposite, and this is why […] The party of 'no' is the party that locks the door on Republicans to even prevent them from coming into a committee room to offer our positive alternatives. We have them. What has the majority offered? They've offered to cut Medicare to senior citizens by $500 billion. Is that a positive alternative? We have loads of them. We're the party of 'yes.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Op-Ed: Medicare Is Going Broke, So Let's Give It To Everyone. 22 October 2009. "So let me ask you this: When we can't afford the public health plan we have already, does it make sense to expand it? That's exactly what the Democrats want to do with their health care overhaul. The public option by another name is just 'Medicare for All.' The system is already broken, yet they want to compound the problem. With math like this, it's no wonder we have a debt nearing $12 trillion and our country is running record deficits. This is real money we're talking about here, and real people's futures. Let's get serious." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Health Care For Women In America. 2 November 2009. "Women are tired, we're burdened, we have so many things on our plate. And I think especially women who are senior citizens, because they're watching this debate, and they get that $500 billion is going to be cut out of Medicare. That's what we know--cut out, gone. So what that means is scarcity, and that means less. So we are all going to be paying a lot more, but we are all going to be getting a lot less. The simple fact is we can do so much better." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Fox News 'Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace' - Transcript. 1 May 2011. "WALLACE: Let start with the budget, because you want to go even farther than House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan. You voted for the Republican Study Committee plan which would cut spending by $3 trillion more over the next 10 years and balance the budget by 2020, not 2040, as Paul Ryan does. Let's take a look, though, at some of the big differences. You want to cut $700 billion more than Ryan from Medicaid. You want to raise the Social Security retirement age for people who are now 59. And you would change Medicare to a voucher system for those who are now 59. Question -- Paul Ryan doesn't go far enough? [...] BACHMANN: Well, remember again, what both of those bills are. They aren't pieces of legislation. They're aspirational documents, which means these are goals that we're trying to come toward. [...] WALLACE: But would you support all of those things we just talked about? BACHMANN: What I'm saying with that vote is that we have to make decisions. We aren't saying that every single decision that's in that bill, or aspirational document, will be the final result. But what we are saying is we have a conviction, those of us in the Republican Study Committee, those of us who supported Paul Ryan that we thank them and applaud them, that they want to get in the game and they want to make sure that we don't go down in flames with our economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. HR 6331. 110th Congress. Medicare Bill. Michele Bachmann voted NO on 24 June 2008. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)

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  • Michele Bachmann. Iowa Republican Debate. 11 August 2011. "We should not have raised the debt ceiling. And instead, we should have cut government spending, which was not done. And then we needed to get — get our spending priorities in order." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Response to State of the Union. 25 January 2011. "For two years President Obama made promises just like the ones we heard him make tonight. Yet still we have high unemployment, devalued housing prices and the cost of gasoline is skyrocketing. Here are a few suggestions for fixing our economy: The President could stop the EPA from imposing a job-destroying cap-and-trade system. The President could support a Balanced Budget Amendment." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Issue Position: Taxes and the Economy. 9 June 2011. "Every responsible American family knows that you pay back your loans before you take out new ones. Unfortunately, Washington needs to be reminded. It's time Congress stop talking about tough decisions and start making them." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. CNN 'American Morning' - Transcript. 20 April 2011. "If you look at any person's budget in their own family or in a business, if you're over extended as a family or as a business, you cut out the credit card, you sell the boat, you sell the second vacation home, you stop buying and you certainly stop borrowing. In the United States, we need to take some similar advice. We just can't keep on the party that we've been on. Everyone knows that. Only Washington hasn't figured that out. I will tell you -- going around the country, people tell me, when are you guys going to learn? You can't keep spending money you don't have. That resonates with the American people. We really need to listen to them." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Bachmann Votes for Balanced Budget Amendment. 18 November 2011. “I was proud to vote yes on H. J. Res 2, the Balanced Budget Amendment. With America now $15 trillion dollars in debt, our nation is in desperate need of a permanent solution, not another temporary spending pledge. This amendment would have put an end to out-of-control government spending by holding both the President and Congress accountable for creating and maintaining a balanced budget for our nation. Our government's reckless spending is slowly killing any possibility of an economic recovery for our nation and piling debt onto the next generation of Americans. This is simply not acceptable. I am convinced a Balanced Budget Amendment could have provided a first step toward fiscal responsibility." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Issue Position: Wasteful Spending. 9 June 2011. "Congress simply must show the American people it is serious about protecting their hard-earned tax dollars and should adhere to more responsible budgeting that millions of Minnesota’s families practice every month." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Bachmann Reacts To The State Of The Union. 28 January 2010. "President Obama finally got the message- stop spending! But he's a day late and a dollar short. Freezing non-security discretionary funding now will freeze it at the highest funding levels we've ever seen. This 'freeze' only applies to 12% of the budget, disregards massive new spending programs enacted in the last year and ignores mandatory funding, which is where most of the changes need to be made. […] The bottom line is that we cannot borrow, spend and bail our way back to a growing economy." (votesmart.org)

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  • Michele Bachmann. Budget Proposes Largest Tax Increase in History. 29 March 2007. "As a former federal tax attorney, small-business owner and mother of five, I know that higher taxes and increased government spending is not the path to continued economic success. Instead of proposing a massive tax increase of $392.5 billion, Washington should be learning to live within a budget just like Minnesota families and small business owners." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Bachmann Calls for Real Stimulus that Creates Jobs and Supports Small. 28 January 2009. "Unfortunately, our nation has seen the mistakes of tax-and-spend government policies in the past and knows that they will not lead to long-term economic growth and recovery. It is imperative that Congress implements real, permanent tax relief for American families and stop this Washington spending spree that will burden many generations to come." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. HR 1. 111th Congress. Appropriations, Tax Law Amendments, and Unemployment Benefit Amendments ("Stimulus Bill"). Michele Bachmann voted NO on 13 February 2009. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. HR 1424. 111th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Michele Bachmann voted NO on 10 March 2008. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. HR 5140. 110th Congress. Economic Stimulus Plan. Michele Bachmann voted YES on 7 February 2008. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Spending Showdown. 9 October 2007. "Our shrinking deficit reflects the strong and ongoing economic growth since Congress lowered taxes. But, this progress could be reversed if Congressional leaders continue pushing for higher taxes and higher spending." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Investor's Business Daily - Our Refusal To Cut Corporate Tax Rates Places U.S. Economic Leadership At Risk. 23 December 2010. "The era of bailouts, takeovers and failed 'stimulus' spending must not continue into the future. Congress can put a stop to it immediately in January. Then we can work to bring down our $13.8 trillion national debt, much of which is owned by China and Japan, and take on the enormous problem of unfunded liabilities." (votesmart.org)
  • Club for Growth. 2010. Project Vote Smart Interest Group Ratings. 29 July 2011. “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 Representative Bachmann a rating of 100 percent.” (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Spending Showdown. 9 October 2007. “Our shrinking deficit reflects the strong and ongoing economic growth since Congress lowered taxes. But, this progress could be reversed if Congressional leaders continue pushing for higher taxes and higher spending.” (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Investor's Business Daily - Our Refusal To Cut Corporate Tax Rates Places U.S. Economic Leadership At Risk. 23 December 2010. “The era of bailouts, takeovers and failed 'stimulus' spending must not continue into the future. Congress can put a stop to it immediately in January. Then we can work to bring down our $13.8 trillion national debt, much of which is owned by China and Japan, and take on the enormous problem of unfunded liabilities.” (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Issue Position: Taxes and the Economy. 15 March 2011. "I am a cosponsor of the REBOUND Act to reduce the deficit and promote real economic recovery. This fiscally responsible measure will recall the $460 billion in unspent 'stimulus' moneys while leaving intact the package's tax relief and unemployment benefits. Furthermore, instead of recycling money repaid from the Wall Street bailout into a new spending slush fund -- as the Democrats proposed, the REBOUND Act will require all Wall Street repayments to go exclusively to debt reduction. Every responsible American family knows that you pay back your loans before you take out new ones. Unfortunately, Washington needs to be reminded. It's time Congress stop talking about tough decisions and start making them." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Michele Bachmann. HR 1424. 111th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Michele Bachmann voted NO on 13 February 2009. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Budget Proposes Largest Tax Increase in History. 29 March 2007. "Under the current proposal, nearly 2 million Minnesotans would see their taxes rise and more than 480,000 business owners would have less money to invest in equipment, hire new employees or offer health benefits for current employees [...] I am committed to making sure that Congress spends taxpayer dollars wisely and continues to pass policies that will promote, not stifle, job creation and competitiveness." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. America's Energy Future. 21 August 2008. "Recently, I introduced legislation in the House that would provide tax incentives for renewable energy sources to help encourage production and research into ground-breaking energy technologies [...] Tax incentives for renewable plants would help equalize the financial burden, creating more energy production and a number of new domestic jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. While the World Cuts Taxes, America Looks the Other Way. 17 February 2009. "If we want to create jobs and stimulate the economy, one of the best ways we can do that is by cutting the corporate tax rate, not by spending hundreds of billions to stimulate government and creating more and more debt for our children." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Washington Times Op-Ed: The Road To Prosperity. 7 January 2009. "Cutting taxes and empowering small businesses to flourish is a surefire way to stimulate economic growth. Letting taxpayers keep more of their hard-earned money for the purchases of their choice is what makes the economy thrive." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Issue Position: Economy and Taxes. 10 March 2011. "Cutting taxes across the board creates an opportunity for all Americans and fosters an atmosphere of innovation to help spur investment, economic growth and job creation." (votesmart.org)
  • Club for Growth. 2010. Project Vote Smart Interest Group Ratings. 1 August 2011. "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 Representative Bachmann a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Full Transcript: ABC News Iowa Republican Debate. 10 December 2011. “I'm a former federal tax lawyer. And that literally, we will create millions of dollars if we abolish the tax code and embrace a pro-growth policy not only by lowering the rates for businesses, but by individuals as well. And making it a tax code that applies fairly and the same to all Americans. That's very important. And something else I wanna do with my tax code policy is make sure that everyone pays something. Because today, 47% of the American people pay nothing in federal income tax. Everyone benefits by the country, they need to pay.” (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. While the World Cuts Taxes, America Looks the Other Way. 17 February 2009. “If we want to create jobs and stimulate the economy, one of the best ways we can do that is by cutting the corporate tax rate, not by spending hundreds of billions to stimulate government and creating more and more debt for our children.” (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Washington Times Op-Ed: The Road To Prosperity. 7 January 2009. “Cutting taxes and empowering small businesses to flourish is a surefire way to stimulate economic growth. Letting taxpayers keep more of their hard-earned money for the purchases of their choice is what makes the economy thrive.” (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Issue Position: Economy and Taxes. 10 March 2011. “Cutting taxes across the board creates an opportunity for all Americans and fosters an atmosphere of innovation to help spur investment, economic growth and job creation.” (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Fox News “Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace” - Transcript. 14 August 2011. “What we need to do is have someone who is very serious about cutting back on government spending. I am. And with my background as a tax lawyer, I see that we have got to reform the tax code. It is the job-killing center of the United States, and we have to lower tax rates considerably on job creators. And with everything from the death tax to alternative minimum tax to 100 percent expensing immediately for small businesses.” (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. CBS “Face the Nation” - Transcript. 14 August 2011. “We need a tax code that is job friendly. This is not a job-friendly tax code. When you have one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world at thirty-four percent, that's not going to incentivize people to start new businesses. We need to make sure we lower our tax rate and there's a number of things in the tax code that I would change and that would help job creation.” (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Budget Proposes Largest Tax Increase in History. 29 March 2007. "Under the current proposal, nearly 2 million Minnesotans would see their taxes rise and more than 480,000 business owners would have less money to invest in equipment, hire new employees or offer health benefits for current employees. [...] I am committed to making sure that Congress spends taxpayer dollars wisely and continues to pass policies that will promote, not stifle, job creation and competitiveness." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. HR 1. 111th Congress. Appropriations, Tax Law Amendments, and Unemployment Benefit Amendments ("Stimulus Bill"). Michele Bachmann voted NO on 13 February 2009. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)

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  • Michele Bachmann. Washington Times Op-Ed: The Road To Prosperity. 7 January 2009. "In this stimulus, Mr. Obama is also calling for the largest new investment in our national infrastructure since the creation of the federal highway system in the 1950s. The need for rebuilding and refurbishing infrastructure, like bridges and highways, is real. And a smart and targeted investment in infrastructure would help to shore up the construction industry with jobs, at least in the short-term. While this may seem like a silver bullet creating jobs and rebuilding roads all at the same time, in the long-run, this is more like the perfect storm than the perfect answer." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. St. Cloud Times Op-Ed: Pet Projects Bog Down Stimulus. 8 February 2009. "Projects like widening Interstate 94 or building the Stillwater Bridge could be a big boon to our economy and make a significant improvement in the quality of life for Minnesotans. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials reported last year that there are more than 3,000 highway projects nationwide that could be ready for construction within 60 to 90 days […] Regrettably, the so-called "stimulus" package that was passed by the House last week without my vote paid only lip service to transportation and infrastructure investments." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Bachmann Introduces St. Croix Bridge Legislation. 1 March 2011. "I urge my colleagues to support this bill so that the citizens of Minnesota and Wisconsin can safely cross the St. Croix River. These citizens count on their elected officials to recognize the need for infrastructure and my bill responds to their pleas for a new crossing. I look forward to the groundbreaking of the new bridge, and the jobs and positive economic impact it will bring to the region." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. The Bachmann Bulletin. 29 July 2008. "This week, I joined my colleagues in supporting two bills to help shore up our nation's transportation infrastructure. [...] The first bill I supported is the National Highway Bridge Reconstruction and Inspection Act, HR 3999. This bill authorizes $1 billion in Fiscal Year 2009 specifically for the purpose of replacing and rehabilitating structurally deficient bridges on the National Highway System." (votesmart.org)

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  • Michele Bachmann. No Child Left Behind Misses the Mark. 11 August 2009. "The fact of the matter is that when you accept federal funding for education, you open the door to federal control. I entered politics because I wanted to give my children the incredible educational experience I received from public schools as a student. However, NCLB makes it nearly impossible for local schools to tailor their educational programs and curricula to meet their students’ needs and give our children the education they deserve." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. No Child Left Behind Misses the Mark. 11 August 2009. "The fact of the matter is that when you accept federal funding for education, you open the door to federal control. I entered politics because I wanted to give my children the incredible educational experience I received from public schools as a student. However, NCLB makes it nearly impossible for local schools to tailor their educational programs and curricula to meet their students' needs and give our children the education they deserve." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Issue Position: Education Reform. 9 June 2011. "While well-intended, the No Child Left Behind Act has created a classroom environment of 'teaching to the test,' a one-size-fits-all approach to learning that does not work well for every student. That's why I'm an original cosponsor of H.R. 1539, the A-Plus Act, which would allow states to develop their own curriculums under the guidance of the U.S. Department of Education. This would give local school administrators, teachers and parents the flexibility to determine what teaching strategies are most effective for their students while improving accountability in the classroom." (votesmart.org)

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  • Michele Bachmann. So Much Money To Give Away And So Much Time. 26 March 2009. "This cap and trade isn't going to solve our energy problem. It will add to our energy problem because, again, it's going to take out of the pockets of the middle class of this country to put into the pocket of the Federal Government." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Michele Bachmann supported the interests of Environment America 20 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Michele Bachmann voted NO on 26 June 2009. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Michele Bachmann voted YES on 7 April 2011. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. HR 2454. 111th Congress. To create clean energy jobs, achieve energy independence, reduce global warming pollution and transition to a clean energy economy. Michele Bachmann voted NO on 26 June 2009. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Carbon Tax And The President's Budget. 17 March 2009. “What will cap-and-trade do? It will increase the price of almost every product and service in the United States. Why? Because think of any commodity that somehow doesn't have energy attached to it. There isn't one.” (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. EPA Makes A Power Grab. 21 October 2008. “As a result of the Supreme Court's ruling on April 2, 2007 in Massachusetts vs. EPA, greenhouse gases are now considered an air pollutant under the Clean Air Act. The problem with this is that the EPA now has a vast swath of power in which they can implement and regulate emissions standards, a power that has been long reserved to the United States Congress. Essentially, the EPA can now make overly broad regulatory pronouncements that could devastate our current fragile economy.” (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Statement on the Democrats' Cap-and-Tax Energy Proposal. 5 May 2009. "At a time when the American economy is experiencing a serious recession, the last thing Washington should do is restrict the development of cheaper energy and increase taxes to pay for retro energy ideas. Our government needs to slow down and think twice about enacting an energy policy that will clearly hurt our already struggling economy and financially impact in the negative – every single American. And that's exactly what cap and trade will do.” (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. CBS "Face the Nation" – Transcript. 11 December 2011. “Barack Obama knows me in Washington D.C. because I've taken him on. I've been on the tip of the spear fighting him on Obamacare, on cap-and-trade, on issue after issue. There's a clear distinction in the candidates. And I'm the proven candidate who has been tested by fire in the lion's den of Washington D.C.” (votesmart.org)
  • Republicans for Environmental Protection. 2009. Project Vote Smart Interest Group Ratings. 29 July 2011. "Representative Bachmann supported the interests of the Republicans for Environmental Protection 14 percent in 2009. Points for significant non-voting actions were added to or subtracted from percentages calculated from voting records. Thus, the rating may be less than 0 or greater than 100." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Carbon Tax And The President's Budget. 17 March 2009. "What will cap-and-trade do? It will increase the price of almost every product and service in the United States. Why? Because think of any commodity that somehow doesn't have energy attached to it. There isn't one." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. EPA Makes A Power Grab. 21 October 2008. "As a result of the Supreme Court's ruling on April 2, 2007 in Massachusetts vs. EPA, greenhouse gases are now considered an air pollutant under the Clean Air Act. The problem with this is that the EPA now has a vast swath of power in which they can implement and regulate emissions standards, a power that has been long reserved to the United States Congress. Essentially, the EPA can now make overly broad regulatory pronouncements that could devastate our current fragile economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Statement on the Democrats' Cap-and-Tax Energy Proposal. 5 May 2009. "At a time when the American economy is experiencing a serious recession, the last thing Washington should do is restrict the development of cheaper energy and increase taxes to pay for retro energy ideas. Our government needs to slow down and think twice about enacting an energy policy that will clearly hurt our already struggling economy and financially impact in the negative—every single American. And that's exactly what cap and trade will do." (votesmart.org)

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  • Michele Bachmann. Issue Position: Energy and Gas Prices. 9 June 2011. "Congress must open up domestic supplies of energy to exploration if we are to reduce your pain at the pump. From reserves in the mountain West to ANWR to the outer-continental shelf, we have untapped resources that can increase energy supply and reduce prices." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Issue Position: Energy Independence. 9 June 2011. "I believe it is imperative we look for real solutions to lower gas prices for American families and increase domestic energy production to break our dependency on foreign sources of oil. We can achieve these goals by cutting federal regulations that drive up energy production and processing costs, increasing U.S. capacity to refine crude oil and exploring areas that are currently off limits to domestic production like the Alaskan Energy Slope, the oil shale areas of Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming, and the outer-continental shelf." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Michele Bachmann voted YES on 5 May 2011. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Consumer Alliance for Energy Security. 2007. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. 21 June 2011. "Representative Bachmann supported the interests of the Consumer Alliance for Energy Security 100 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. HR 6899. 110th Congress. Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling and Extending Certain Renewable Energy Tax Credits. Michele Bachmann voted NO on 16 September 2008. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. HR 3534. 111th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Michele Bachmann voted NO on 30 July 2010. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Issue Position: 'All-of-The Above' Approach to Energy Development. 10 March 2011. "At a time when the American economy is experiencing the worst recession in decades, the last thing Washington should do is continue to restrict the development of cheaper energy or increase taxes on energy consumers. From reserves in the mountain West to ANWR to the outer-continental shelf, we have untapped resources that can increase energy supply and reduce prices. And, constantly improving technology gives us the ability to explore while preserving our natural heritage for generations." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Issue Position: 'All-of-The Above' Approach to Energy Development. 10 March 2011. “At a time when the American economy is experiencing the worst recession in decades, the last thing Washington should do is continue to restrict the development of cheaper energy or increase taxes on energy consumers. From reserves in the mountain West to ANWR to the outer-continental shelf, we have untapped resources that can increase energy supply and reduce prices. And, constantly improving technology gives us the ability to explore while preserving our natural heritage for generations.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Peace Action West. 2010. Project Vote Smart Interest Group Ratings. 29 July 2011. “Representative Bachmann supported the interests of Peace Action West 13 percent in 2010.” (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. HR 4899. 111th Congress. Supplemental Appropriations Act. Michele Bachmann voted NO on Requiring Timetable for Withdrawal from Afghanistan on 1 July 2010. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Michele Bachmann voted NO on 17 March 2011. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Michele Bachmann voted YES on 19 June 2008. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Bachmann Statement on One-Year Anniversary of Osama bin Laden's Death. 1 May 2012. "One year ago today, a nearly ten-year mission ended with the assassination of Osama bin Laden. The world breathed a collective sigh of relief, and while we will never forget the devastation and grief caused by the attacks on September 11, there seemed to be a shared optimism that his death would bring closure in Afghanistan. One year later, the President's mission in the war-torn nation remains unclear. He apologizes for America's actions, and we are left with no clear mission for our troops. Our troops are one of America's greatest resources. The men and women in uniform -- and their loved ones -- step up and bravely make sacrifices to serve their country. We cannot let their sacrifices be in vain. We need to have an end goal; we need to remove politics from military decisions; and we must not let another American die for a cause undefined. I remain proud and grateful for the President, the U.S. military and the intelligence community's decisive action last year. Violent Islamic terrorists remain a threat going forward, and our mission must remain to provide a stable Afghanistan. I call on President Obama to reaffirm that mission." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Bachmann Responds to Administration's Claim that the War on Terror is Over. 27 April 2012. "It is completely absurd for the administration to declare the War on Terror is over. However, if the President believes that the War on Terror is truly over, then he should be consistent with that pronouncement. As a Member of Congress, I intend to hold the President accountable for his declaration [¦] I can assure you Mr. President; the War on Terror is not over. On a recent trip to Afghanistan, I personally met one of our brave young soldiers who had, just hours before our meeting, lost both of his legs to an enemy explosive. Our brave men and women are fighting to defeat a real enemy. The War on Terror is not over. The administration's declaration that the War on Terror has ended follows its ever-softening stance toward Islamic extremists. I believe the recent statement by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, General Martin Dempsey, directing the Defense Department to purge its training materials of any reference to Islamic terrorism and Islamists could weaken our national security. The FBI took a similar stance on its training materials in the last few months. These statements and actions by the Obama administration demonstrate a woeful blindness to the threat of terrorists both inside and outside our own borders." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Bachmann Calls on Obama to Define Afghanistan Mission and Hold Afghanistan Accountable for the Death of Four Soldiers over the Burning of the Koran. 25 February 2012. "Our mission must remain to provide a stable Afghanistan, to defeat the Taliban and all violent Islamist terrorists, and to keep America free, safe and sovereign. I call on the President to reaffirm that mission and demand an apology for the deaths of the four soldiers killed over this incident." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Bachmann Reacts To President's Speech On Afghanistan. 1 December 2009. "While it's important to acknowledge that U.S. forces will not be in Afghanistan forever, we must not have a concrete time line for withdrawal as it will ultimately hurt our effort and energize our enemies. Clearly, it's in the vital interests of the United States to defeat the Taliban, destroy Al Qaeda, and establish a free, sovereign Afghanistan that can govern and look after its own people. Anything less and we're guaranteeing almost certain instability and chaos in the region. But going forward, we must be in it to win it because if we engage in this effort halfheartedly, then the war is already lost." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Fox 'Hannity' “ Transcript. 24 June 2010. "We all want to make sure that the terrorists are defeated and that Al Qaeda does not gain a foothold in Afghanistan." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. CBS "CBS News/National Journal Debate" – Transcript. 12 November 2011. “SCOTT PELLEY: Representative Bachmann, do you think the 30,000 surge troops in Afghanistan have made a difference, and if so, where? MICHELE BACHMANN: They absolutely have, but it's unfortunate, the request was made for 40,000 troops. President Obama dithered for approximately two months, when he should have given the full complement of 40,000 troops. […] When 30,000 troops were given, then our troops did the very best that they could by going into the south and dealing in the Helmand Province. We actually have seen improvement down by Kandahar. That's a very good thing. And that's because of the brave actions by our men and women in that area. However, we have to recognize, now President Obama has made a very fatal decision in Afghanistan. He's made the decision that by next September, our troops will be withdrawn. If that is the case, how do we expect any of our allies to continue to work to-- with us? How can we even begin to seek the peace with the Hikani Network that are in the eastern regions.” (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Bachmann Reacts To President's Speech On Afghanistan. 1 December 2009. “While it's important to acknowledge that U.S. forces will not be in Afghanistan forever, we must not have a concrete time line for withdrawal as it will ultimately hurt our effort and energize our enemies. Clearly, it's in the vital interests of the United States to defeat the Taliban, destroy Al Qaeda, and establish a free, sovereign Afghanistan that can govern and look after its own people. Anything less and we're guaranteeing almost certain instability and chaos in the region. But going forward, we must be in it to win it because if we engage in this effort halfheartedly, then the war is already lost." (votesmart.org)

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  • Michele Bachmann. Issue Position: Homeland Security. 9 March 2011. “Our courageous men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan are on the frontlines in the war on terror, but the horrific attack on 9/11 demonstrated that terrorists can bring the battlefield to our shores. For this reason, we must remain continually vigilant and ready with a broad based strategy that includes military action when necessary but also enhanced overseas intelligence capabilities, strengthened coalitions with willing partners and more effective and efficient homeland security. This great nation faced and met global threats to our peace and security in the past and we will do so again by remaining strong and dedicated to the preservation of liberty.” (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. PBS "NewsHour" – Transcript. 23 November 2011. “Well, I admit -- I agree the president has made tactical -- good -- some good tactical decisions. He made a good decision on the use of drone. He has also made a good decision to take out bin Laden and also Awlaki, who was the chief recruiter of Major Hasan, the Fort Hood shooter.” (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. The Washington Post - Bachmann Touts Her "Titanium Spine” in New Hampshire. 28 June 2011. “I will tell you, every day there are people who wake up thinking about how they can kill Americans today and how they can take down our nation. I am sensitive to how war-weary the nation's been. I am. I'm sick of it, but we need to break the back of the resolve of radical jihadists who seek to do us in. They cannot win." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Department Of Defense Appropriations Act, 2010. 16 December 2009. “Madam Speaker, we are at a critical juncture in our nation's history. However, as we work to bolster a strong national defense, we cannot ignore the ever-present threat posed by those rogue agents who wish to do us harm.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Gun Owners of America. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Michele Bachmann a grade of A-." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Issue Position: 2nd Amendment. 1 January 2012. "I have always supported the right of law-abiding citizens to own guns because self-protection is a vital aspect of freedom. Our founders, recognizing the importance of this, codified it directly into our Bill of Rights. It is my view that our Second Amendment must be protected and preserved for our children and grandchildren. In the 111th Congress, I cosponsored the Second Amendment Enforcement Act, to restore Second Amendment rights to the citizens of Washington D.C. I am also a proud member of the bipartisan Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus, a group committed to fish and wildlife conservation and the preservation of opportunities to hunt, fish and trap. I also recently supported the 'National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachman. Big Win Today for the Second Amendment. 28 June 2010. "Today, the Supreme Court handed down a decision that says that Second Amendment is still the law of the land. While Second Amendment advocates celebrate a victory, I have to point out what's so shocking about the ruling: it had to come from the Supreme Court. Contrary to what local and appellate courts ruled previously in this case, the Supreme Court today affirmed that the Constitution of the United States is a document that covers every citizen regardless of gender, age or hometown and as such, the Second Amendment is a right of every American citizen. The United States Constitution was written to be timeless and universal in its application and as the Senate begins hearings today to confirm the nomination of Elena Kagan to the highest court in our Nation, it's important to remember that judicial activism has no place in America's courts. It's my sincere hope that with today's ruling, we will see a renewed trust and implementation of the Constitutional rights our forefathers designated to be the eternal rule of the land." (townhall.com)
  • Michele Bachmann. Issue Position: 2nd Amendment. 15 March 2011. "Growing up in a home that valued hunting and fishing, the 2nd Amendment is of equal importance as the other nine Amendments in our Bill of Rights. Since the age of twelve, when I passed my first gun safety class, I've enjoyed the privilege afforded us by the right to bear arms. While serving in the Minnesota State Senate I supported and helped pass the Minnesota Personal Protection Act and legislation to protect local shooting ranges. I will fight to uphold our 2nd Amendment rights as a member of Congress." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Bachmann Applauds Supreme Court for Upholding D.C. Residents' Second Amendment Rights. 26 June 2008. "I was pleased to see the Supreme Court uphold our nation's greatest document, the Constitution, today restoring Second Amendment rights long denied to D.C residents by their extraordinarily restrictive firearm ban." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 1991-2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. 9 March 2011. “Representative Bachmann supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 0 percent between 1991-2009.” (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Issue Position: 2nd Amendment. 15 March 2011. “Growing up in a home that valued hunting and fishing, the 2nd Amendment is of equal importance as the other nine Amendments in our Bill of Rights. Since the age of twelve, when I passed my first gun safety class, I've enjoyed the privilege afforded us by the right to bear arms. While serving in the Minnesota State Senate I supported and helped pass the Minnesota Personal Protection Act and legislation to protect local shooting ranges. I will fight to uphold our 2nd Amendment rights as a member of Congress.” (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Bachmann Applauds Supreme Court for Upholding D.C. Residents' Second Amendment Rights. 26 June 2008. “I was pleased to see the Supreme Court uphold our nation's greatest document, the Constitution, today restoring Second Amendment rights long denied to D.C residents by their extraordinarily restrictive firearm ban.” (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. 9 March 2011. “In 2008 National Rifle Association gave Representative Bachmann a grade of A, in its scorecard for candidates seeking office in 2008.” (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Issue Position: Minnesota Values. 15 March 2011. "Minnesota has its own unique way of life, traditions, and culture. I am a strong advocate of Minnesota's hunting and fishing heritage, and I firmly support the right of law-abiding citizens to own and bear arms. Our Founding Fathers considered this right so fundamental that they protected it in the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The Second Amendment states that the people's right to keep and bear arms may not be infringed, and I believe that citizens who are in compliance with the law should not have that guaranteed right taken away." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. HR 6842. 111th Congress. To restore Second Amendment rights in the District of Columbia. Project Vote Smart Summary: Michele Bachmann voted YES on 17 September 2008. (votesmart.org)

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  • Michele Bachmann. Bachmann Support for House GOP Legislation. 3 May 2011. "I am proud to stand with my colleagues in the House Republican Conference as we vote this week on measures to cripple ObamaCare, cut off taxpayer funding of abortion and expand American energy production." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. King, Bachmann Introduce ObamaCare Repeal Bill. 7 January 2011. "Since ObamaCare was passed, the cost of healthcare has gone up for the private sector and the government. Employers who are facing skyrocketing health insurance premiums are waiting to hire, dropping health coverage and even laying off workers [...] It is important to the repeal effort that we jointly introduced a stand-alone, 100% repeal of ObamaCare on the opening day of the new Republican majority to keep faith with those who share our call to uproot ObamaCare from the U.S. Code." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Iowa Republican Debate. 11 August 2011. "I think that the government is without authority to compel a citizen to purchase a product or a service against their will, because effectively when the federal government does that, what they're doing is they are saying to the individual, they are going to set the price of what that product is. If the federal government can force American citizens or if a state can force their citizens to purchase health insurance, there is nothing that the state cannot do. This is clearly an unconstitutional action, whether it's done at the federal level or whether it's the state level. And I will not rest, as the president of the United States, until we repeal Obamacare." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Obamacare Doesn't Belong in the “Land of the Free.” 19 August 2011. “It is my firm belief that Obamacare is one of the most invasive and destructive pieces of legislation in American history and must be defunded and repealed immediately.” (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. King, Bachmann Introduce ObamaCare Repeal Bill. 7 January 2011. “Since ObamaCare was passed, the cost of healthcare has gone up for the private sector and the government. Employers who are facing skyrocketing health insurance premiums are waiting to hire, dropping health coverage and even laying off workers. [...] It is important to the repeal effort that we jointly introduced a stand-alone, 100% repeal of ObamaCare on the opening day of the new Republican majority to keep faith with those who share our call to uproot ObamaCare from the U.S. Code." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Iowa Republican Debate. 11 August 2011. "I think that the government is without authority to compel a citizen to purchase a product or a service against their will, because effectively when the federal government does that, what they’re doing is they are saying to the individual, they are going to set the price of what that product is. If the federal government can force American citizens or if a state can force their citizens to purchase health insurance, there is nothing that the state cannot do. This is clearly an unconstitutional action, whether it’s done at the federal level or whether it’s the state level. And I will not rest, as the president of the United States, until we repeal Obamacare." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Bachmann Brings Voice of American Voters to GOP Debate. 22 September 2011. “This week a study came out from UBS that said the No. 1 reason why employers aren't hiring is because of Obamacare. That's why I introduced the bill to repeal Obamacare, and as President of the United States, that's the very first thing I would do is repeal Obamacare.” (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. The Hill: Cutting Taxes and Cutting the Deficit. 13 December 2010. "The American people are ready for us to look at dramatic changes to our way of doing business. They expect us to act like adults and start cutting the deficit. One item to put on the table is Obamacare. I introduced the first repeal bill in the House the morning after the monstrosity passed." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. HR 3962. 111th Congress. To provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending, and for other purposes. Michele Bachmann voted NO on 7 November 2009. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Michele Bachmann supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 22 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. HR 2872 111th Congress. Health Care Reconciliation Act. Michele Bachmann voted NO on 25 March 2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Michele Bachmann voted YES on 19 January 2011. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)

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  • Michele Bachmann. GOP Presidential Forum. 5 September 2011. “Obamacare is a bill that simply must be repealed. Why? Because, number one, it has the unconstitutional individual mandate. When the federal government can tell any American that they must as a condition of citizenship purchase a product or service, whether it's against their will, effectively, the United States government will be dictating that price, and they will become a dictator over our lives.” (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Blog: A Small Victory for the American People. 3 August 2010. “Obamacare is a vast overstep of the government's role in its citizens' lives as our nation's founders never envisioned Congress enacting legislation which would require an unwilling citizen to purchase something against his or her will. But the insurance mandate isn't the only problem with Obamacare. The bill creates a costly, bureaucratic program that we simply can't afford. In a time when the government should be demonstrating fiscal restraint and easing our debt, it instead launched a new trillion-dollar program. [...] Not only is your health care on the line, but so is our Constitution.” (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Bachmann Reacts to Lawsuit Ruling Obamacare Unconstitutional. 13 December 2010. “For decades the government has grown uninhibitedly, with no visible signs of returning to the limited form of government intended at our nation's founding. The United States is almost $14 trillion in debt and this Congress continues to pass bills vastly expanding the scope and control of the federal government. Such is the case of Obamacare, in which the government goes so far as to mandate individuals purchase health care. [...] The United States was founded on freedom, and requiring citizens to purchase something against their will violates that fundamental value." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Op-Ed: 2,000 Pages Of Mandates, Taxes, And Bureaucracy. 30 October 2009. "This 2,000-page bill includes a job-killing employer mandate, an individual mandate that requires Washington bureaucrats to define what kind of coverage is acceptable, burdensome tax increases, Medicare cuts, and a huge expansion of Medicaid that will break already strained state budgets. [...] As this health care debate plays out, please don't fall for the rhetoric and take a closer look at what the Democrats' bill really means. If you do, you'll realize that it's a prescription for economic disaster." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. HR 3590. 111th Congress. Health Care and Insurance Law Amendments. Michele Bachmann voted NO on 21 March 2010. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Iowa Republican Debate. 11 August 2011. "I think that the government is without authority to compel a citizen to purchase a product or a service against their will, because effectively when the federal government does that, what they’re doing is they are saying to the individual, they are going to set the price of what that product is. If the federal government can force American citizens or if a state can force their citizens to purchase health insurance, there is nothing that the state cannot do. This is clearly an unconstitutional action, whether it’s done at the federal level or whether it’s the state level. And I will not rest, as the president of the United States, until we repeal Obamacare." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Health Care Reform. 17 September 2009. “The centerpiece of the Obama-Baucus plan is a decree that everyone purchase heavily regulated insurance policies or pay a penalty. Now, imagine that. I don't even think this survives a test of constitutionality. The Federal Government would make the American people purchase a product or service that people don't want to buy, and the government would fine them and tax them with penalty of going to jail if they don't buy the product or service that the government tells them they have to buy. Think of how incredible this is. The enforcement of this mandated, brute force health care policy would be enforced by the Internal Revenue Service.” (votesmart.org)

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  • NumbersUSA - 2012 Presidential Hopefuls. 2011. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. 9 March 2011. “As of February 25th, 2011, NumbersUSA - 2012 Presidential Hopefuls gave Representative Bachmann a grade of B- based on what Representative Bachmann says a President should do about immigration.” (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. CNN "CNN National Security Debate" – Transcript. 22 November 2011. “Well, I don't agree that you would make 11 million workers legal, because that, in effect, is amnesty. And I also don't agree that you would give the DREAM Act on a federal level. And those are two things that I believe that the speaker had been for, and he can speak for himself. But those are two areas that I don't agree with. What I do think, though, is what Steve -- what Steve Jobs said to President Obama. He had said to President Obama that he had to move a great deal of his operation over to China because he couldn't find 30,000 engineers to be able to do the work that needed to be done. That's what we want to do. We do want to have people. And I agree with the speaker, people like chemists and engineers, and people who are highly skilled. We think about the United States and what's in the best interests of the United States. If we can utilize these workers, like Steve jobs wanted to, then we need to offer those visas. That will help the United States. But I don't agree that we should make 11 million workers who are here illegally legal.” (votesmart.org)
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association. 2009-2010. Project Vote Smart Interest Group Ratings. 29 July 2011. “Representative Bachmann supported the interests of the American Immigration Lawyers Association - U.S. House 0 percent in 2009-2010.” (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Issue Position: Immigration. 9 March 2011. “The United States is a nation founded by immigrants and prides itself on the principles of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Obtaining the 'American Dream' is an inherent part of our nation's spirit and we should encourage those who enter our country legally to achieve it. However, we are also a nation founded on the rule of law and we must ensure U.S. immigration laws are respected and enforced to preserve our national security; protect federal, state, and local budgets; and curb unfair strain on our country's job markets.” (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Issue Position: Immigration. 10 March 2011. “We need to welcome new immigrants to our country, but our immigration policy can not come at the expense of securing our borders or our basic principles such as upholding the rule of law, the assimilation of new citizens and government accountability. I support legislation that first addresses our most urgent problem: securing America's borders. We must start by using new technologies such as electronic surveillance where most effective. We need to enforce current laws by holding responsible those who willfully violate our nation's immigration laws. Also, reforming the current system for processing legal applicants for immigration must occur before attempting to add new programs to an already overburdened system.” (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Immigration Reform. 21 June 2007. “Once our borders are secure, we can address the greater issue of reform. Those who approach our immigration system legally and work through the established process should be welcomed. However, any proposal for reform must not reward those who choose to break our laws by entering the country illegally. Instead, strong enforcement of current laws, at the border and in the workplace, as well as improved efficiency in our application system, should be the first steps in any reform plan.” (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. HR 5281. 111th Congress. DREAM Act. Michele Bachmann voted NO on 8 December 2010. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 2007-2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Michele Bachmann supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 85 percent in 2007-2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Obama's Blatant Disregard for the Constitution is Appalling. 20 June 2012. "Last week Obama threw the Constitution out the window again. Even through Congress disagreed, the President was happy to circumvent the Constitution in order to protect younger illegal immigrants from deportation and hand them work permits. He stands resolute in this position despite the fact that, a year prior, the President said this about immigration [¦] Mr. President, I urge you, stop your autocratic reign; drop everything you are doing and read the Constitution. You will be well-served to remember the document that you swore to preserve, protect and defend." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. 4 December 2011. "Newt Gingrich signed a letter in The Wall Street Journal where he was in full support of George Bush's immigration program which was commonly referred to as amnesty. It makes 11 million illegal workers legal overnight. And he was in support of the federal DREAM Act, which is federal taxpayer subsidies for the children of illegal aliens for their college tuition. This is not where the American people are at. I have opposed these measures. And there's a clear line of distinction when it comes to immigration. Newt Gingrich has the lowest grade of a D-minus on immigration. I have the highest grade of anyone in the field. I will build a fence. I will secure the border. And I'll make English the official language of the United States government." (votesmart.org)
  • Michel Bachmann. Video: Bachmann: Gingrich's Immigration Stance 'Most Liberal' in GOP Race. 23 November 2011. " BACHMANN: we need to uphold the laws of the land [¦] Gringrich has said [¦] and I think that's why he has a D- on his report card, he has said we should make the 11 million illegal workers that are in this country legal, and he has also said that he is a backer of the DREAM act [¦] those are powerful magnets. QUESTION: you would not draw a distinction between these 11 million? [¦] BACHMANN: [¦] no other candidate goes that extreme." (youtu.be)
  • Michele Bachmann. Immigration Reform. 21 June 2007. "Once our borders are secure, we can address the greater issue of reform. Those who approach our immigration system legally and work through the established process should be welcomed. However, any proposal for reform must not reward those who choose to break our laws by entering the country illegally. Instead, strong enforcement of current laws, at the border and in the workplace, as well as improved efficiency in our application system, should be the first steps in any reform plan." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Issue Position: Immigration. 9 March 2011. "The United States is a nation founded by immigrants and prides itself on the principles of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Obtaining the 'American Dream' is an inherent part of our nation's spirit and we should encourage those who enter our country legally to achieve it. However, we are also a nation founded on the rule of law and we must ensure U.S. immigration laws are respected and enforced to preserve our national security; protect federal, state, and local budgets; and curb unfair strain on our country's job markets." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Issue Position: Immigration. 10 March 2011. "We need to welcome new immigrants to our country, but our immigration policy can not come at the expense of securing our borders or our basic principles such as upholding the rule of law, the assimilation of new citizens and government accountability. I support legislation that first addresses our most urgent problem: securing America's borders. We must start by using new technologies such as electronic surveillance where most effective. We need to enforce current laws by holding responsible those who willfully violate our nation's immigration laws. Also, reforming the current system for processing legal applicants for immigration must occur before attempting to add new programs to an already overburdened system." (votesmart.org)

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  • Michele Bachmann. Iowa Republican Debate. 11 August 2011. "I support the federal marriage amendment, because I believe that we will see this issue at the Supreme Court someday. And as president, I will not nominate activist judges who legislate from the bench. I also want to say, when I was in Minnesota, I was the chief author of the constitutional amendment to define marriage as one man, one woman. I have an absolutely unblemished record when it comes to this issue of man-woman marriage." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Letter to the Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 22 March 2011. "Dear President Obama: We are writing to express our great concern and disapproval over your recent announcement to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Your decision casts doubt on the trust the American people place in our government as a whole, and in the authority of the Constitution specifically.” (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. CNN Republican Debate - Transcript. 13 June 2011. "I'm running for the presidency of the United States. And I don't see that it's the role of a president to go into states and interfere with their state laws. [...] I do support a constitutional amendment on -- on marriage between a man and a woman, but I would not be going into the states to overturn their state law." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Michele Bachmann at Faith & Freedom Coalition Conference. 4 June 2011. "Though I am no longer in the Minnesota State Senate I am privileged to be able to serve the people of Minnesota's 6th District in the House of Representatives. Others took that torch and carried on, and just a week ago last Saturday evening Minnesota finally passed the constitutional amendment defining marriage as one man, one woman, and so Minnesota is the first state that has decided this issue will be on the ballot in 2012. The state of New Hampshire, I understand, will be taking this issue up as well and other states." (youtu.be)
  • Michelle Bachmann signed National Organization for Marriage: Marriage Pledge. "I pledge to the American people that if elected I will: One, support sending a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman to the states for ratification. Two, nominate to the U.S. Supreme Court and federal bench judges who are committed to restraint and to applying the original meaning of the Constitution, appoint an attorney general similarly committed, and thus reject the idea our Founding fathers inserted a right to gay marriage into our Constitution. Three, defend the federal Defense of Marriage Act vigorously in court. Four, establish a presidential commission on religious liberty to investigate and document reports of Americans who have been harassed or threatened for exercising key civil rights to organize, to speak, to donate or to vote for marriage and to propose new protections, if needed. Five, advance legislation to return to the people of the District of Columbia their right to vote on marriage." (www.nationformarriage.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 2009-2010. Project Vote Smart Interest Group Ratings. 29 July 2011. "Representative Bachmann supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2009-2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 2007-2008. Project Vote Smart Interest Group Ratings. 29 July 2011. "Representative Bachmann supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2007-2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. NBC "Meet the Press" – Transcript. 13 November 2011. “Well, there's certainly a sharp contrast between myself and Governor Romney. He has been pro-choice, I am pro-life. He has been for marriage between people of the same sex. I am for marriage between one man and one woman.” (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Issue Position: Family, Marriage, and Life. 9 March 2011. “I was the chief author of a constitutional amendment in the Minnesota Senate defining marriage as between one man and one woman. I will continue to support traditional marriage as a union between a man and woman.” (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. NBC “Meet the Press” - Transcript. 14 August 2011. “When it comes to marriage and family, my opinion is that marriage is between a man and a woman. And I think that's, that's been my view, and I think that's important.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Michele Bachmann. CNN 'Anderson Cooper 360 Degrees' “ Transcript. 3 November 2010. "BACHMANN: Well, what -- what we need -- what we need to do is reform the system, because, this year, we're spending more on Social Security than what we're taking in, six years ahead of the projects on when that would occur. So, we -- for the sake of the most vulnerable people in this country, we have to reform Social Security, so it's solvent. COOPER: So, you are willing to look at cuts in Medicare, cuts in Social Security? BACHMANN: Well, for cuts, we need to begin with the general budget. We need to reform Social Security, so that it can stand on his own -- on its own, and so that it can stand on its own with Medicare." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. The State Senate's Republican Assistant Leader for Policy Says That She Wants to be a 'Part of Positive Change in Washington.' 14 February 2010. "Clearly a major overhaul is needed. As the mother of five children, I find very frustrating that some members of Congress believe that nothing needs to be done to reform this system. I want to ensure that those 55 and older continue to receive social security benefits as well provide hope to younger workers that they will enjoy retirement security. Achieving both goals means that we need to get to work today.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. CNN 'Anderson Cooper 360 Degrees' – Transcript. 3 November 2010. “BACHMANN: Well, what -- what we need -- what we need to do is reform the system, because, this year, we're spending more on Social Security than what we're taking in, six years ahead of the projects on when that would occur. So, we -- for the sake of the most vulnerable people in this country, we have to reform Social Security, so it's solvent. COOPER: So, you are willing to look at cuts in Medicare, cuts in Social Security? BACHMANN: Well, for cuts, we need to begin with the general budget. We need to reform Social Security, so that it can stand on his own -- on its own, and so that it can stand on its own with Medicare. We -- we can't be about scaring senior citizens right now. What we need to do is lay out the facts on the table and make sure that those who are truly in need, who are vulnerable are taken care of.” (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Open Up the Government Books. 13 May 2009. “Yesterday, the Medicare and Social Security Trustees issued a new report that laid out unequivocally that our current Medicare and Social Security programs are on a path for financial implosion and are in need of serious reform. In fact, the Medicare insolvency date has moved up to 2017. And, that doesn't include the impact of the so-called "stimulus" bill, which could accelerate insolvency by about 6 months. And, we're facing a strain on Social Security like never before, with nearly 80 million retiring Baby Boomers tapping into the funds soon we'll be spending more to pay benefits than what the system receives in payroll taxes. Yet, we continue to carry on with the status quo, every now and then saying that we need to reform it, but not actually doing anything about it. It's crucial that Americans know full well what the government is doing with the government books.” (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Bachmann Targeted in Social Security Anti-privatization Ad. 19 August 2010. "I believe that we should ensure that those currently receiving Social Security should continue to do so in its current form, but also give a new generation of workers the right to invest some of their money into accounts of their own." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Radio Iowa - Bachmann Favors Private Accounts Rather than Social Security for Younger Workers. 14 November 2011. “Under no conditions can we possibly alter the Social Security terms right now for those who are on it, but for those who are not yet at 65, we also have to be very brutally honest and tell people we can't pay out the same level of benefits that we have been for people currently on the program. […] For future retirees, let's change the system so that we are no longer funding big government and the welfare state. Instead, let's fund ourselves, so government can't touch our money. […] We do need to set up a system of ownership where people have title in their Social Security, so that in case something happens to them, their beneficiaries, their loved ones will own their benefits. That isn't the way it is today." (votesmart.org)
  • Michelle Bachmann. Bachmann Targeted in Social Security Anti-privatization Ad. 19 August 2010. "I believe that we should ensure that those currently receiving Social Security should continue to do so in its current form, but also give a new generation of workers the right to invest some of their money into accounts of their own." (votesmart.org)

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