Senator Amy Klobuchar's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Amy Klobuchar
Current Office: U.S. Senate - Sr, Democratic/Farmer/Labor
First Elected: 11/07/2006
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2018
Gender: Female
Family: Husband: John; 1 Child: Abigail
Birth Date: 05/25/1960
Birth Place: Plymouth, MN
Home City: Minneapolis, MN
Religion: Congregationalist
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Amy Klobuchar 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.

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Amy Klobuchar a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Amy Klobuchar supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Amy Klobuchar supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Amy Klobuchar supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Amy Klobuchar supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Amy Klobuchar. S Amdt 3896. 110th Congress. Prohibiting the Funds in S 1200 from Being Used for Abortions. Amy Klobuchar voted Nay on 02/26/2008. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Amy Klobuchar supported the interests of the Peace Action 79 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Amy Klobuchar. Issue Position: National Security. 13 January 2012. "I believe that the U.S. and NATO missions in Afghanistan have reached a critical juncture. We have a vital interest in ensuring that Afghanistan is not used as a base for terrorism. Yet at the same time we must implement a responsible and realistic strategy that emphasizes increased security and economic development for the Afghan people, with the Afghan government and security forces taking the lead. [¦] In the meantime, our troops fighting in Afghanistan deserve our full support, the full resources they need to carry out their mission, and a clear strategy that allows them to begin returning home under a responsible timeframe. With the death of Osama bin Laden, I believe we have an opportunity for a new momentum that will empower the Afghan people to stand on their own and allow our troops to come home." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Amy Klobuchar. Issue Position - Securing our Nation and Changing Course in Iraq. 13 January 2012. "While I support the invasion of Afghanistan, I disagreed with the decision to invade Iraq." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Jessica Mador. MPRNews: Klobuchar Meets Minn. Troops In Afghanistan. 3 January 2010. "When I visited Iraq, some of our military leaders said that the timelines were helpful because it made it very clear to some of the Iraqi leadership that they had to get their act together, and people had to come back to the towns. The same thing, I believe, can work in Afghanistan. It's up to the Afghan people, it's up to the government there, whether they are going to be strong enough. You don't want to send the message that we are going to be there forever." (minnesota.publicradio.org)
  • Amy Klobuchar. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States. 15 June 2011. "Mr. President, according to our own intelligence officials, al Qaeda no longer has a large presence in Afghanistan, and, as the strike against bin Laden demonstrated, we have the capacity to confront our terrorist enemies with a dramatically smaller footprint. The costs of prolonging the war far outweigh the benefits. It is time for the United States to shift course in Afghanistan." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Amy Klobuchar supported the interests of Peace Action West 79 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Amy Klobuchar. S Amdt 4204. 112th Congress. Requiring Afghanistan Troop Redeployment Plan and Timetable. Amy Klobuchar voted Nay on 05/27/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Amy Klobuchar. MSNBC Interview “ Transcript. 30 April 2009. "I think it's a very good thing that the president is focused on more troops there in Afghanistan and much more diplomacy with some high-level diplomats there, as well as the work that's already going on with the Defense Secretary and others in working with these countries." (www.votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Amy Klobuchar. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Amy Klobuchar voted Yea on 01/22/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Amy Klobuchar. S Amdt 4818. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Amy Klobuchar voted Nay on 05/22/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Amy Klobuchar. Daunting Fiscal Challenges. 12 March 2011. "Putting an end to waste, fraud, and abuse is a critical step to save taxpayer dollars as we look for ways to make our health care system more efficient. But we need to continue to look for other ways to make our government and the way Washington works more efficient as well. I mentioned efforts to reduce duplicative programs in our government, but we should also take a close look at the different agencies. For example, we could cut $75 billion from our defense spending by restructuring our budget and increasing efficiency. Whether it is holding civilian workforce levels where they were in fiscal year 2010, which would save $13 billion, or making targeted changes to Pentagon missions and priorities, which would save $11 billion, or even just doing away with unnecessary studies and internal reports, which would save $1 billion, these cuts all add up." (votesmart.org)
  • Amy Klobuchar. National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 - Continued. 14 July 2009. "Mr. President, I come to the floor today to voice my support for the Levin-McCain amendment to strike $1.75 billion added to the bill that is on the Senate floor to purchase additional F-22 aircraft that have not been requested by the Pentagon. I believe this amendment presents us with an important choice of what our national security priorities will be going forward: Will we continue to pour billions and billions of dollars into weapon systems despite the fact they are not requested and despite cost overruns and program delays, or will we make the hard choices necessary to ensure that our troops in the field have what they need to fight present and future conflicts?" (votesmart.org)
  • Amy Klobuchar. Klobuchar Speaks on Importance of Protecting Medicare. 12 July 2011. "At the same time the House Republican budget is disproportionately targeting seniors and the middle class, it leaves the Pentagon--which makes up 20 percent of the budget--virtually untouched. Defense Secretary Gates himself has mapped out several smart cuts and alternatives we can make to the Defense budget to save a net $78 billion over the next 5 years. In the spirit of shared sacrifice, I agree we should include commonsense cuts to defense spending to reduce the Federal budget." (klobuchar.senate.gov)
  • Amy Klobuchar. Sen. Klobuchar Hopeful About Debt Deal. 7 November 2011. "Klobuchar believes billions could be cut just in areas such as defense spending. She says Minnesota residents want to see 'shared sacrifice' at the federal level." (www.1410wizm.com)
  • Amy Klobuchar. HR 2206. 110th Congress. Emergency Departmental Supplemental Appropriations Bill of 2007. Amy Klobuchar voted Yea on 05/24/2007. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Amy Klobuchar. Press Release: Klobuchar Calls For New Priorities, Outlines Deficit Reduction Plan. 29 August 2006. "Finally, we need to roll back the tax cuts for the wealthiest. We need to return to the tax levels on the wealthiest Americans that were in place during the Clinton Administration, when we had a budget surplus and our economy prospered. We need to roll back the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest among us." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Amy Klobuchar. Recovery Rebates and Economic Stimulus for the American People Act of 2008--Motion to Proceed. 4 February 2008. "When I went around our State in January, people were willing to talk about reform. They are willing to talk about rolling back some of these Bush tax cuts on the wealthiest people--people making over $200,000, $250,000 a year--so we can actually pay for some of the investments we need in our State. People out in rural Minnesota said: Fine by me. Roll back those tax cuts on people making over $200,000 a year. That is not me. Meanwhile, I have a road that I can't even go on because it has so many potholes and that has a shoulder that is going downhill where four people were killed in the last few months. I am happy if you can put some money into infrastructure. Here are a few examples in Minnesota of how the President got the budget wrong." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Amy Klobuchar. Klobuchar Calls For New Priorities, Outlines Deficit Reduction. 29 August 2006. "We should provide tax cuts for the middle class; not provide tax cuts in a way where the wealthiest people are getting $111 in tax cuts for every $1 that the middle class gets. We should be investing in our energy future instead of giving tax breaks to energy CEOs and oil companies. People in our country are working hard and they deserve policies that help them prosper - instead of wasting money on tax giveaways for wealthy companies and pork projects because Washington's values are wrong." (votesmart.org)
  • Amy Klobuchar. Speech to the Democratic Party Convention. 9 June 2006. "What's right is snapping Washington out of its fiscal insanity, returning to the pay-as-you-go rules that brought us record surpluses, rolling back the tax cuts on the millionaires, and reining in the earmarks and the pork." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Amy Klobuchar supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 0 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Amy Klobuchar supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 15 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Amy Klobuchar. CBS "Face the Nation" “ Transcript. 31 October 2010. "We just can't keep this policy of having the wealthiest get the biggest chunk of these tax cuts. So extending the tax cuts for the middle class, then looking at what we should do with the wealthiest when we have trillionsome-dollar budget deficit. There's two proposals out there, Bob. One is that we could continue the two hundred fifty thousand and above tax cuts for-- the Bush tax cuts, for another year or two and then phase them out, or we could immediately say for people making over a million dollars, your tax cuts are done. You get them up to a million and then you go back to the Clinton levels." (www.votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Amy Klobuchar. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Amy Klobuchar voted Yea on 10/01/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Amy Klobuchar a rating of 2 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Amy Klobuchar supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 4 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Amy Klobuchar. S Amdt 3301. 112th Congress. Ending the Troubled Asset Relief Program. Amy Klobuchar voted Nay on 01/21/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Amy Klobuchar. Klobuchar Speaks Up For Middle-Class Families. 19 March 2009. "The recovery plan can be summed up in three words: jobs, jobs and jobs. It's already happening. Minnesota has just announced the first 11 transportation projects made possible by the new federal funds - $40 million and 1,000 new jobs. There's a lot more still to come." (votesmart.org)
  • Amy Klobuchar. Klobuchar Votes for Economic Recovery Plan that Will Create Jobs, Provide Relief to Middle-Class Families and Get Our Economy Moving. 7 November 2006. "The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will jumpstart our economy in the near term while also building the foundation for longer-term prosperity. It will create millions of jobs and make critical investments in our roads, bridges and highways, in renewable, homegrown sources of energy and in our high-speed Internet infrastructure." (votesmart.org)
  • Amy Klobuchar. Small Business Lending Act of 2010. 28 July 2010. "We have gotten this economy off the cliff. We worked with our banks and our financial institutions 2 years ago. We also worked with the stimulus bill, with the Recovery Act. But we know the answer cannot just be government jobs. We know that. What we are looking at is how do we work with small businesses that create 65 percent of the jobs in this country? How do we work with the private sector to create jobs?" (www.votesmart.org)
  • Amy Klobuchar. Stimulus Package. 13 February 2009. "This recovery plan offers an economic one-two punch, including tax cuts that will promote more consumer and business spending by providing relief to middle-class families, small businesses, and seniors. Second, Federal spending that will create jobs and strengthen the economy with investments in transportation, renewable energy, and high-speed Internet. [¦] As President Obama recently said, the time for talk is over. The time for action is now. If we don't act, a bad situation will become dramatically worse. This is our time. This is our opportunity. Let's get this passed today." (www.votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Amy Klobuchar. Klobuchar Pushes for Swift Passage of Small Business Jobs Act. 14 September 2010. "U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar today renewed her call for Senate passage of the Small Business Jobs Act, which would help small businesses access capital, stimulate investment through tax incentives, and promote entrepreneurship. The small business package also includes the Export Promotion Act, legislation introduced by Klobuchar and Senator George LeMieux (R-FL) in March to help small- and medium-sized businesses promote their products overseas. 'Small businesses are the engines of job creation in Minnesota and across the nation, and they can lead the way to economic recovery,' Klobuchar said. 'In an increasingly competitive global economy, it is important that small businesses have access to the information and tools that will help them capitalize on potential opportunities in foreign markets. Exporting is literally a world of opportunity.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Amy Klobuchar. Issue Position: Jobs and the Economy. 13 April 2012. "Providing support for Small Business. Small businesses are America's job creators, generating 65% of new American jobs, and they will be the key to our economic recovery. It is critical that they have the capital they need to start up and grow. That is why I supported the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act, which became law in March 2010. This legislation helps small businesses by allowing broader deductions to increase their ability to invest in the future growth of their businesses, and provides tax credits to help them hire workers as they grow. I have also cosponsored legislation to provide small business with much needed access to capital by extending and enhancing proven Small Business Administration lending programs such as the 7(a) and 504 Loan programs." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Amy Klobuchar. Klobuchar Announces Support for Legislation to Strengthen Small Businesses and Boost Job Creation. 15 April 2010. "U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar announced today she will cosponsor a package of small business initiatives as she continues her focus on supporting small businesses in creating jobs and driving U.S. economic recovery. [¦] 'Small businesses have always been the cornerstone of our economic strength. We must ensure small businesses in Minnesota and across the nation have the tools they need to create jobs and to continue to lead us towards economic recovery.'" (www.votesmart.org)
  • Amy Klobuchar. Klobuchar-LeMieux Export Promotion Bill Included in Small Business Jobs Package. 22 July 2010. "'Small businesses are the engines of job creation in Minnesota and across the nation, and by increasing exports, they can lead the way to economic recovery. Exporting is literally a world of opportunity.' [...] The Export Promotion Act, introduced by Klobuchar and LeMieux in March, has been incorporated into the Senate's substitute amendment to the Small Business Jobs Act, which would provide tax incentives and increase access to credit for small businesses." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Amy Klobuchar. S 3816. 112th Congress. Tax Law Amendments. Amy Klobuchar voted Yea on 09/28/2010. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Amy Klobuchar. Klobuchar Statement on Minnesota's No Child Left Behind Waiver. 9 February 2012. "U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar today made the following statements on the U.S. Department of Education's decision to grant Minnesota a waiver from certain No Child Left Behind requirements. The waiver gives Minnesota more flexibility to implement its own plan for raising student achievement. Klobuchar worked closely with the Minnesota Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Education to secure the waiver [¦] This waiver will give Minnesota the flexibility it needs to implement its own plan for raising student achievement that focuses on our state's specific needs,' Klobuchar said." (votesmart.org)
  • Amy Klobuchar. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2011. "A good education should be the basic right of every child. It is certainly one of the very best investments we can make in our future as a nation. Minnesotans have always had the greatest respect for education, and this respect is reflected in the strong support we have given our schools and higher education institutions. We have always believed that investing in education pays extraordinary dividends. Not only does it pay off for the individual, but it pays off for the rest of us by giving us a more productive workforce and better-informed citizens. That is why I am committed to strengthening the commitment of Congress to provide adequate funding for our schools [¦] My priorities include: Giving our schools and teachers real support, not empty promises. I believe in setting high expectations for our students and our schools, but those expectations have to be matched by the resources to get the job done. The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 was intended to improve the performance of our schools by increasing accountability for states, school districts and schools. In exchange for their commitment to reform, states were promised funding necessary to fulfill these new requirements. Instead, this law has turned into another underfunded federal mandate. Our schools and teachers need real support, not empty promises [¦] Guaranteeing high standards and accountability in education in a way that reflects students' real talents and real progress. Schools need to be held to the highest criteria, and I support national testing standards, but measuring progress must also be realistic and fair. I am committed to finding ways to measure Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) under federal law based on more than one single statewide test. I will fight to find ways for schools to display a comprehensive portfolio of student achievement, rather than assessing a student at a single point in time [¦] Making sure the federal government lives up to its promise to support education for those with disabilities." (votesmart.org)
  • Amy Klobuchar. Issue Position - Supporting Education: Opening the Door to Opportunity. "Minnesotans have always believed that investing in education -- from early childhood education to the University of Minnesota and our State Colleges and Universities -- pays extraordinary dividends. It pays off for the individual and it pays off for the state. And our past investment has resulted in our high school students having some of the highest test scores in the nation. Minnesotans are proud of our reputation as a brainpower state, but we also know that we can't rest on our laurels. At a time when our global economy demands more from our workforce, we must not allow the current administration in Washington to turn its back on the foundation of our future prosperity: education [¦] here's what I'll fight for: I will fight for high standards and accountability in education -- but in a way that provides local schools and teachers with the support they need to fulfill these standards. The current administration in Washington deserves a failing grade -- an "F" -- for failing to make good on its promise of funding when it proposed the No Child Left Behind law. Nearly $27 billion has been withheld from America's schools, including over $91 million for Minnesota alone. Washington has also created unfunded mandates and failed to meet its commitment to support special education. Our schools and teachers need real support, not empty promises, from the politicians in Washington." (votesmart.org)

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  • Amy Klobuchar. Klobuchar Urges Changes to Liability Caps on Oil Industry at Judiciary Hearing. 8 June 2010. "The oil industry should be held to account for the safety, economic, and environmental consequences of their actions," Klobuchar said. "'Most industries do not face caps on their liabilities, so why do oil companies get special treatment? These caps only encourage the risky behavior that caused the disaster in the first place.' [¦] Klobuchar is a cosponsor of The Big Oil Bailout Prevention Liability Act, which would lift the liability cap for offshore drilling accidents and ensure that workers, coastal residents, fishermen, and taxpayers do not shoulder the burden of oil companies' risky behavior." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Amy Klobuchar. Issue Position: National Security. 13 April 2012. "Reducing our dependence on foreign oil. Our national security is held hostage by oil-producing nations whose policies and objectives often diverge from our own. Fostering stable and sustainable homegrown energy sources has great potential to increase our national security. Our energy agenda should include expanded incentives for biofuels, wind power, solar, and other sources of renewable energy, as well as domestic drilling, hydropower, nuclear, geothermal, and waste-to-energy technology. From the wind farms of southwestern Minnesota to the biofuels plants across our farming communities, Minnesotans know that these industries can create good jobs and strengthen our economy, in addition to reducing our dependence on foreign oil. We should be investing in the farmers and workers of the Midwest, not the oil cartels of the Middle East." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Amy Klobuchar. 2 Minnesota Democrats join drilling push. 11 May 2011. "Minnesota Democrat Amy Klobuchar joined a bipartisan group in the U.S. Senate to lift a moratorium on drilling in the Gulf and the Southeast as part of a larger energy package. Klobuchar takes what aides call an "all of the above" approach." (www.startribune.com)
  • Amy Klobuchar. Issue Position - Securing Our Energy Future: Promoting Homegrown Resources. 13 April 2012. "In order to meet our nation's energy demands, we need to look at ways to increase our domestic oil production and promote responsible drilling." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Amy Klobuchar. Fox News Channel “ Transcript. 4 November 2008. "Energy: There, I think, we see the most promise in bipartisan work that can be done immediately, with promoting homegrown energy from some more domestic drilling to hydro to wind to geothermal to nuclear to solar." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Amy Klobuchar. S 953. 112th Congress. Offshore Production and Safety Act. Amy Klobuchar voted Nay on 05/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Amy Klobuchar supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Amy Klobuchar. Floor Statement on Gas Prices. 5 May 2011. "I am hopeful the bipartisan spirit of this bill can help advance a serious bipartisan discussion about thoughtful solutions to rising gas prices. The key is that everyone needs to realize that inaction is not an option; that bumper sticker slogans will only result in our kicking the can down the road. This is about putting sensible limits on speculation that doesn't affect legitimate companies that are legitimately hedging their risks. This is about a comprehensive energy plan for the future that includes drilling in Minnesota and other parts of the country but also includes natural gas, includes hydro, includes geothermal and wind and solar and biofuels. That is what this is about." (votesmart.org)

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  • Amy Klobuchar. Issue Position: Conserving Our Air, Water, and Land. 11 July 2011. "I will fight for federal policies that help to conserve our air, water and land for future generations. The current administration in Washington is turning back the clock and reversing the hard-won, bipartisan progress that's been achieved over the past several decades. I oppose this Administration's efforts to weaken the Clean Air Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Amy Klobuchar. Issue Position: Homegrown and Renewable Energy. 22 July 2011. "I have introduced legislation that would create a comprehensive and uniform method of tracking greenhouse gas emissions by major industries. This is necessary to better understand how much greenhouse gas various sectors of our economy emit so we can design effective strategies to address greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming. Currently, reporting of greenhouse gas emissions falls under a number of different federal and state programs. Reporting is largely voluntary, and the criteria and reporting formats are inconsistent. I am proud to have the bill cosponsored by a number of Democrats and four Republicans. I also support a 'cap and trade' system to combat climate change, just as we successfully took on acid rain." (votesmart.org)
  • Amy Klobuchar. Issue Position: Securing Our Energy Future - Promoting Homegrown Resources. 11 July 2011. "I will fight to reduce global warming by adopting legislation to limit greenhouse gas emissions. By 2010, we need to limit greenhouse gas emissions to the 2000 level. By 2017, those emissions should be limited to the 1990 level, and we should allow companies that can't meet the lower cap to purchase credits from other companies that can." (votesmart.org)
  • Amy Klobuchar. Klobuchar Advances Bill Supporting State Action Against Greenhouse Gas Emissions. 21 May 2008. "In my state, fighting global climate change has not been a partisan issue. It's been a bipartisan effort based on science. I'm disappointed that we have to enact federal legislation to get the EPA to do its job.'' (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Amy Klobuchar supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Amy Klobuchar. S J Res 26. 112th Congress. Statement of Opposition to EPA Greenhouse Gas Rule. Amy Klobuchar voted Nay on 06/10/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Amy Klobuchar supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 86 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Amy Klobuchar. Issue Position: Environment and Conservation. 11 July 2011. "The science is clear about what must be done to combat global warming. We need to immediately and significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As a first step, I have introduced legislation to establish a national greenhouse gas registry. I am also fighting for a comprehensive approach that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote the development of homegrown renewable energy resources and clean-energy technologies. This is a good opportunity for our nation and for our state." (votesmart.org)

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  • Amy Klobuchar. S Amdt 4070. 110th Congress. Prohibiting Funds in the Bill S 1200 from Being Used to Decrease Gun Ownership. Amy Klobuchar voted Yea on 02/25/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Amy Klobuchar. S Amdt 1618. 111th Congress. Authorizing Concealed Firearms Across State Lines. Amy Klobuchar voted Nay on 07/22/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Amy Klobuchar. S Amdt 1067. 111th Congress. Allowing Loaded Guns in National Parks. Amy Klobuchar voted Yea on 05/12/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Amy Klobuchar. Klobuchar Brings U.S. Senate Campaign to Walker. 15 August 2006. "I'm not going to do anything to your guns. I believe hunting and fishing is such an important part of recreation in Minnesota ... our quality of life." (www.votesmart.org)

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  • Kevin Diaz. Star Tribune: Klobuchar reaches out to Boehner to tweak health care law. 20 January 2011. "She was joined by Sens. Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Maria Cantwell of Washington State. All three are up for reelection in 2012. The focus of the letter is an IRS provision that requires businesses to file 1099 reports on all purchases of $600 or more. The measure has been widely panned in both parties. "Now that you have moved past repeal of the Affordable Care Act, we encourage you to work on efforts to improve the law moving forward," the senators wrote in a letter to Boehner." (www.startribune.com)
  • Amy Klobuchar. S Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Repealing the Federal Health Care Law. Amy Klobuchar voted Nay on 02/02/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Amy Klobuchar supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 80 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Amy Klobuchar. Issue Position: Health Care. 16 April 2012. "To address escalating health care costs, Congress passed and the President signed into law health care reform legislation -- the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. [¦] I fought hard to ensure that the health care reform bill included specific provisions to provide better health care for Minnesotans." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Amy Klobuchar. Klobuchar Statement on Passage of Senate Health Care Bill. 12 July 2011. "The Senate vote this morning was an important step forward to a final vote on health care reform. I will continue to push for a final bill that includes strong Minnesota-model cost reforms, deficit reduction, protections against insurance company abuses, and strong, stable Medicare coverage." (klobuchar.senate.gov)
  • Amy Klobuchar. Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States of America. 5 May 2011. "The Republican budget proposal would not keep pace with the rate of inflation for health care, meaning seniors would pay ever higher out-of-pocket costs. Under the proposal, the annual increase for the vouchers will fall short of the actual rate of inflation for health care -- meaning out-of-pocket expenses for seniors will continue to soar. And to make matters worse, the Republican budget would repeal the only credible means of restraining health care costs -- the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act." (www.votesmart.org)

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  • Amy Klobuchar. Issue Position: National Security. 22 June 2011. "As Minnesota's U.S. Senator, I will continue to focus on these priorities: [¦] Implement comprehensive immigration reform. The current system is broken. We must continue to work to find a bipartisan solution that is tough, fair, and practical. Comprehensive immigration reform needs to include order at the border, including fencing and increased patrols; better enforcement of our immigration laws, including cracking down on employers who hire illegal workers; and earned citizenship for those who obey our laws and who are willing to learn English, pay their taxes, and pay a substantial fine.' (votesmart.org)
  • Amy Klobuchar. Update: Klobuchar, Franken differ on immigration votes. 8 July 2009. "If people have worked in this country, if they pay their taxes and abide by the laws, basically they should be able to earn citizenship in this country [¦] But I don't believe we are going to be able to have the political will to get there until the government is able to show we have made a very good effort, and some changes here, to make it harder to come in illegally." (www.minnpost.com)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Amy Klobuchar supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 73 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Amy Klobuchar. S Amdt 3117. 110th Congress. Border Fence and Customs Appropriations. Amy Klobuchar voted Yea on 10/03/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Amy Klobuchar. S Amdt 4231. 110th Congress. Immigration Enforcement and Border Fence Amendment. Amy Klobuchar voted Yea on 03/13/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Amy Klobuchar supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 36 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

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  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Amy Klobuchar supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 96 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Amy Klobuchar supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Amy Klobuchar. The Star Tibune: Reactions to Obama's interview. 10 May 2012. "We are a country that was founded on equality of rights and I agree with the President's comments today. Nothing in his statement changes the ability of religious institutions to decide whether or not they perform same-sex marriage." (www.startribune.com)
  • Andy Birkey. The Minnesota Independent: Minnesota Senators Franken and Klobuchar vote to repeal DOMA. 10 November 2011. "Minnesota Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar voted in a Senate committee hearing Thursday to repeal the federal Defense of Marriage Act. [¦] 'They were discriminated against and unfairly harmed. They were denied protections like the ability to take off work to care for a dying partner and denied survivor benefits when a partner died.' (minnesotaindependent.com)

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  • Amy Klobuchar. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States. 15 June 2011. "Mr. President, according to our own intelligence officials, al Qaeda no longer has a large presence in Afghanistan, and, as the strike against bin Laden demonstrated, we have the capacity to confront our terrorist enemies with a dramatically smaller footprint. The costs of prolonging the war far outweigh the benefits. It is time for the United States to shift course in Afghanistan." (votesmart.org)
  • Amy Klobuchar. Issue Position: National Security. 12 July 2011. "We must remain vigilant in deterring hostile nations; pursuing terrorist networks intent on bringing death and destruction to our country; and identifying and eliminating vulnerabilities in our borders, ports and critical infrastructure. In this ever-shrinking global civilization that draws both our friends and enemies closer to us, we must never lose our focus on our commitment to protect our national security." (votesmart.org)
  • Amy Klobuchar. National Security. "Since 9/11, we have made significant improvements to our counterterrorism and intelligence capabilities. However, recent terror attempts have made it all too clear that terrorist foes remain intent on bringing death and destruction to our nation. We must continue to make every effort to research and develop new technology to detect and mitigate threats to our nation by air, land, and sea. We must also strengthen our federal, state, and local intelligence and law enforcement operations and streamline coordination between our national security agencies. By strengthening our security efforts and investing in overseas initiatives that help prevent terrorist ideologies from developing, we can diminish the threat of terrorism to our nation." (www.klobuchar.senate.gov)
  • Amy Klobuchar. Klobuchar Statement on Death of Osama Bin Laden. 1 May 2011. "The killing of Osama Bin Laden brings a measure of justice for the families of all those lost to his senseless terrorism, including Tom Burnett's family in our own state. [¦] Today is also a reminder that we must remain vigilant to protect ourselves from threats around the world and of the incredible courage and sacrifice of our Armed Forces and intelligence agencies who work day in and day out to make sure America remains safe." (www.votesmart.org)

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  • Amy Klobuchar. Issue Position: Preserving the Guarantee of Social Security. 12 July 2011. "I will fight and oppose the current administration's risky scheme to privatize Social Security because it would turn the guarantee of a secure retirement into a gamble. The president's irresponsible proposal would divert billions of dollars out of Social Security and put it at risk in the stock market. And it would require trillions of dollars of borrowing for transition costs. That's no way to fix a system." (votesmart.org)
  • Amy Klobuchar. Issue Position: Seniors. 12 July 2011. "Our seniors depend on Social Security and Medicare as a safety net and as their guarantee that they can continue leading their lives with dignity and security. For generations, Social Security has been a stable and secure retirement guarantee for all Americans. It is our nation's most successful domestic program, providing an essential safety net and ensuring a decent retirement for Americans who've worked hard their whole lives. That's why I oppose privatization schemes that would transform Social Security from a guarantee into a gamble, where the big financial companies on Wall Street would be the only sure winners." (votesmart.org)
  • Amy Klobuchar. Speech to the State Democratic Party Convention. 9 June 2006. "I'll fight to keep Social Security a guarantee and not a gamble." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Amy Klobuchar supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)

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