Representative Chellie Pingree's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (ME) - District 1, Democratic
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Chellie Pingree has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads. Chellie Pingree is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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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

  • Abortions should always be legal "Support" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/6586/chellie-pingree/#.VYwjN3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/6586/chellie-pingree/2 (votesmart.org)
  • "I have always firmly believed in a woman's right to choose and during my career have had a number of opportunities to protect and expand a woman's right to make her own healthcare decisions." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/6586/chellie-pingree/#.VYwjN3UViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "Working families have been asked over and over again to sacrifice in this economy, so now it's time for the rich to start paying their fair share." https://pingree.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/pingree-says-jobs-bill-would-support-thousands-jobs-maine-0 (pingree.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.8 "Job Protection and Recession Prevention Act of 2012" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/42053 (votesmart.org)
  • "Much needs to be done to our tax structure – including a repeal of the Bush tax cuts for the highest- income Americans, higher capital gains taxes on investment income, and closing tax loopholes for private equity and hedge funds." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/6586/chellie-pingree/#.VYwjN3UViko (votesmart.org)

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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  • "Some of the projected effect on the American Jobs Act in Maine: Cut the payroll tax in half to 3.1% for employers on the first $5 million in wages, providing broad tax relief to all businesses but targeting it to the 98 percent of firms with wages below this level. In Maine, 30,000 firms will receive a payroll tax cut." https://pingree.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/pingree-says-jobs-bill-would-support-thousands-jobs-maine-0 (pingree.house.gov)
  • "The $500 billion that has been squandered in Iraq could have been used to make investments that would contribute to our country's growth." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/334381/issue-position-economy#.VYwz8HUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470 (votesmart.org)

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  • Voted in favor of H.B.4853 "Temporary Extension of Tax Relief" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/32941 (votesmart.org)
  • "At the same time, our tax cuts should be focused on areas that will help working families – with credits that support access to higher education, child care costs, and tax policies that do not punish wage earners." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/334424/issue-position-tax-policy#.VYw0rnUViko (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bangor Daily News "The House has passed an amendment sponsored by Rep. Lee M. Zeldin, R-New York, to the Student Success Act. The amendment would allow a state to withdraw from the federal government’s Common Core State Standards for primary education or any other education standards set out by the federal government […] Pingree gave a nay vote." http://bangordailynews.com/2015/07/10/politics/the-yeas-and-nays-how-maines-congressional-representatives-voted-this-week-19/ (bangordailynews.com)
  • "Maine has had a standard of evaluation that was appropriate for us and allowed realistic assessment of school performance. Maine should be allowed to create our own standards and test and not be required to adopt the NCLB standards." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/334387/issue-position-education#.VY3Jw3UVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • Voted in opposition of S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944 (votesmart.org)
  • "Pingree, a vice chair of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition, is a long-time opponent of the Keystone proposal and says the project would contribute to global warming pollution." https://pingree.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/pingree-opposes-bill-would-put-keystone-pipeline-fast-track (pingree.house.gov)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Offshore wind presents an incredible opportunity for Maine. It has the potential of creating many good-paying jobs in our state to manufacture the turbines and the components that go with them." https://pingree.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/secretary-energy-steven-chu-visits-university-maine (pingree.house.gov)
  • "Maine has the natural resources to produce affordable energy here at home while producing jobs and being good for the environment." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1068138/issue-position-clean-affordable-energy (votesmart.org)
  • "Congresswoman Chellie Pingree announced today that Portland-based Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC) is receiving a $150,000 Department of Energy grant to develop tidal power in Maine. The grant is aimed at small firms developing innovative clean-energy technologies." https://pingree.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/maine-company-wins-small-business-clean-energy-grant (pingree.house.gov)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.2454 "Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ('Cap and Trade')" http://votesmart.org/bill/9738/26496/6586/energy-and-environmental-law-amendments-cap-and-trade#.VYw39HUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "Thank you for your leadership in responding to the serious challenge of climate change. We applaud and support your Climate Action Plan, the joint announcement with China establishing ambitious carbon pollution reduction targets, and the national commitment to the Green Climate Fund. These actions are critical to protect Americans from the most dangerous effects of climate change." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/966103/letter-to-barack-obama-president-of-the-united-states-bicameral-task-force-on-climate-change#.VY3Ku3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I applaud President Obama for taking bold action to address climate change. Maine communities are already dealing with the effects of climate change and carbon emissions, including rising sea levels, more extreme weather, and ocean acidification. By reducing these emissions at their greatest source--power plants--we can not only head off future impacts and protect public health, but drive toward utilizing clean energy sources." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1008863/statement-on-presidents-clean-power-plan (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "But we have to stop justifying killing by cowering to the notion that it is a 'sacred' right for anyone to bring any gun into any place whenever and whenever they want, no matter whose lives are endangered, and who is gunned down. Or in this case, how sacred the dwelling was." https://pingree.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/pingree-speaks-hundreds-interfaith-gathering-honor-charleston-shooting (pingree.house.gov)
  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/6586/chellie-pingree/37 (votesmart.org)
  • "Americans agree--violent criminals and terrorists shouldn't be able to buy firearms. And it makes sense to close the loophole that lets them avoid background checks by purchasing their guns online or at gun shows. Unfortunately, Congress has repeatedly failed to act to close the loophole, so I'm glad the President is taking action." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1066517/pingree-statement-on-president-obamas-executive-action-on-gun-sales (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.3590 "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/29181 (votesmart.org)
  • "This law was thoroughly debated, passed by Congress, signed by the President, has already been ruled on by the Supreme Court once, and, most importantly, is making health care affordable for millions of Americans. The time for political attacks on this law has passed and it's time for opponents to stop trying to take away health care for these families." https://pingree.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/politically-motivated-lawsuit-threatens-health-care-coverage-67000 (pingree.house.gov)
  • "The goal of the ACA, as well as the result we’ve seen in the last year, is making health insurance available and affordable for as many people as possible regardless of where they live." https://pingree.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/statement-affordable-care-act-court-rulings (pingree.house.gov)
  • "Everyone deserves access to quality, affordable health care. The healthcare reform package Congress passed took great steps toward improving that access, but there’s more to be done." https://pingree.house.gov/issues (pingree.house.gov)

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  • Voted in favor of H.R.5281 "DREAM Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/32955#.VYw_B3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "This law is a good first step to help individuals caught in the terrible situation of being forced to leave what they know as their home years after being brought here as children. These young men and women have worked hard, supported their communities, and want to contribute. Making it possible for them to succeed, and for our country to share in that success, is the good and right thing to do." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/578222/congresswoman-chellie-pingree-votes-to-support-dream-act#.VYw-TXUViko (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Mary did a great job today making the case that if a loving, committed couple wants to marry, the government should not stand in their way." https://pingree.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/congratulations-maine-lawyer-mary-bonauto-arguing-case-marriage-equality (pingree.house.gov)
  • "As voters and legislatures in Maine and states throughout the country have shown, the government has no business telling two people in a loving, committed relationship that they can't get married." https://pingree.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/supreme-court-overturns-defense-marriage-act (pingree.house.gov)
  • Rated 100% by Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/6586/chellie-pingree/76 (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Maine Public "Maine's two Democratic U.S. House members Wednesday voted against providing money to train Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State terrorists. But 1st District Rep. Chellie Pingree and 2nd District Rep. Mike Michaud were on the losing side. The House passed the measure on a vote of 273 to 156." http://mainepublic.org/post/maine-reps-reject-isis-measure-while-sen-king-presses-arming-rebels (mainepublic.org)
  • Bangor Daily News "Pingree said that she would categorically oppose any effort to expand President Barack Obama’s campaign of airstrikes against Islamic State, or ISIS, to include a ground troop campaign." http://bangordailynews.com/2014/10/06/politics/cd1-debate-highlights-differences-in-isis-strategy-tar-sands-through-maine/ (bangordailynews.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Until Social Security and Medicare came along, over half of all seniors lived in poverty. In Congress, I would vigorously oppose any effort to weaken or privatize these vital programs." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/334423/issue-position-retirement-security#.VYxAonUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 99% by Alliance for Retired Americans http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/6586/chellie-pingree/53 (votesmart.org)

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Maine Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test

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

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

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

a) Abortions should always be illegal.
Xb) Abortions should always be legal.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester.
Xd) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
Xe) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
Xf) Dilation and extraction or "partial-birth" abortion procedures should be legal.
g) Medicare, Medicaid, and federal subsidies should be prohibited from being used on abortion procedures.
h) Other or expanded principles.

I have always firmly believed in a woman?s right to choose and during my career have had a number of opportunities to protect and expand a woman?s right to make her own healthcare decisions. My votes in the Maine Senate make my convictions clear, but I also was a leader both in the dialogue and fight on this issue, including sponsoring the ?contraceptive equity? bill in Maine ? one of the first to pass in the country and cosponsoring successful legislation to codify Roe v. Wade.

Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once.

1) Budget Priorities

a) Agriculture
Slightly Increaseb) Arts
c) Defense
Greatly Increased) Education
Greatly Increasee) Environment
Slightly Increasef) FEMA
Slightly Increaseg) Homeland security
h) International aid
i) Law enforcement (Federal)
j) Law enforcement (State)
Greatly Increasek) Medical research
Slightly Increasel) National parks
Greatly Increasem) Public health services
Slightly Increasen) Scientific research
Slightly Increaseo) Space exploration programs
Slightly Increasep) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Maintain Statusq) United Nations
r) Welfare
s) Other or expanded categories

The categories that are blank are very broad and include some areas where I would support cuts and some areas where I would support increases.

2) Defense Spending

Slightly Increasea) Armed forces personnel training
Maintain Statusb) Intelligence operations
c) Military hardware
d) Modernization of weaponry and equipment
Eliminatee) National missile defense
f) Pay for active duty personnel
g) Programs to improve troop retention rates
h) Research and development of new weapons
Slightly Increasei) Troop and equipment readiness
j) Other or expanded categories

I believe that we should devote more resources to taking care of veterans once they've returned home. Veterans should be able get the care they need without having to fight for it.

3) Taxes

Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once.

Family Income Taxes

Slightly Decreasea) Less than $12,000
Slightly Decreaseb) $12,001-$40,000
Slightly Decreasec) $40,001-$100,000
Maintain Statusd) $100,001-$180,000
Slightly Increasee) $180,001-$350,000
Greatly Increasef) $350,001 and above
g) Other or expanded categories

Other Taxes

Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Increaseb) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increasec) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Increased) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Increasef) Inheritance taxes
g) Other or expanded categories

Much needs to be done to our tax structure -- including a repeal of the Bush tax cuts for the highest income Americans, higher capital gains taxes on investment income, and closing tax loopholes for private equity and hedge funds. We should restrict government contracts to American-based corporations and clarify rules on tax shelters so they cannot be used strictly for tax avoidance.

At the same time, tax cuts should be focused on areas that will help working families -- with credits that support access to higher education, child care costs, and tax policies that do not punish wage earner.

Deductions/Credits

Slightly Increasea) Charitable contribution deduction
Slightly Increaseb) Child tax credit
Slightly Increasec) Earned income tax credit
Slightly Increased) Medical expense deduction
Maintain Statuse) Mortgage deduction
Slightly Increasef) Student loan credit
g) Other or expanded categories
No4) Do you support the permanent repeal of the federal estate tax?
No5) Do you support requiring the federal budget to be balanced each year?
6) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.

a) Support increasing the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns.
b) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
c) Allow unregulated soft money campaign contributions to political parties or committees.
d) Remove all contribution limits on federal campaigns and parties.
e) Support prohibiting ads containing candidates' name that are paid for by third parties from airing 60 days before a primary and 30 days before a general federal election.
Xf) Support instant run-off voting (IRV).
Xg) Support designating Election Day as a national holiday.
h) Support giving the President the power of the line item veto for items concerning appropriations.
Xi) Support limiting the President's use of signing statements in order to prevent an alternative interpretation of the bill.
Xj) Support a federal shield law to protect reporter-source privilege.
k) Other or expanded principles

I support public financing of elections ? known as ?Clean Elections? here in Maine ? as they best way to develop and alternative way to finance campaigns for state and federal office and finally get big money out of politics.

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

a) Support the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
Xb) Eliminate the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
Xc) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xd) Support programs to provide prison inmates with drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
Xe) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
f) Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
Xg) Support strict penalties for internet crime (e.g. hacking, identity theft, worms/viruses).
Xh) Require that crimes based on sexual orientation be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
i) Other or expanded principles

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

Xa) Support the federal government funding universal pre-K programs.
Xb) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any public school.
c) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any private or religious school.
d) Allow teachers and professionals to receive federal funding to establish charter or magnet schools.
Xe) Increase funding for the Pell Grant program.
Xf) Decrease interest rates of Stafford Loans.
Xg) Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college.
Xh) Ban university financial aid officers from owning stock in or accepting gifts from student loan lenders.
Xi) Require universities to disclose financial relationships with lenders.
j) Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind).
k) Eliminate all federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind).
l) Other or expanded principles

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

Xa) Increase funding for national job-training programs that retrain displaced workers or teach skills needed in today’s job market.
b) Reduce government regulation of the private sector.
Xc) Encourage employers to offer child care services, flex-time scheduling, comp-time, and unpaid leave for family emergencies.
Xd) Increase the federal minimum wage.
Xe) Support the right of workers to unionize.
f) Eliminate all federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
Xg) Include sexual orientation in federal anti-discrimination laws.
Xh) Include gender identity in federal anti-discrimination laws.
i) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.

Xa) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Water Act.
Xb) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act.
c) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil).
Xd) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
Xe) Strengthen fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
f) Support domestic oil exploration in areas that are currently restricted.
Xg) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels.
h) Support the use of ethanol as an alternative fuel.
i) Support research and development of nuclear reactors as an alternative energy source.
Xj) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits under "cap and trade" laws.
Xk) Support international mandatory emission targets to limit global warming.
Xl) Support international voluntary emission targets to limit global warming.
m) Other or expanded principles

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

a) Allow individuals to carry concealed guns.
b) Ban the sale, ownership or possession of handguns except by law enforcement and other government officials.

On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories.

Greatly Increasec) Enforcement of existing restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Slightly Increased) Restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
e) Other or expanded principles

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

Xa) Implement a universal healthcare program to guarantee coverage to all Americans, regardless of income.
b) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts.
Xc) Allow the importation of prescription drugs into the United States.
Xd) Support expanding prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
Xe) Offer tax credits to individuals and small businesses to offset the cost of insurance coverage.
Xf) Support expanding child healthcare programs.
g) Providing healthcare is not a responsibility of the federal government.
h) Other or expanded principles

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

a) Decrease the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country.
b) Establish English as the official national language.
c) Support a temporary worker program.
Xd) Support harsher financial punishments for those who knowingly employ illegal immigrants.
e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States.
f) Illegal immigrants should have to return to their countries of origin before being considered for citizenship.
Xg) Illegal immigrants should be given a pathway to citizenship.
h) Support merit-based visas over family-based visas.
i) Other or expanded principles

International Aid

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international aid.

Xa) Support the United States granting aid to countries when extraordinary circumstances cause disaster and threaten civilian lives.
Xb) Support the United States granting aid to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States.
c) Eliminate United States aid for any nation with documented human rights abuses.
d) Aid granted by the United States should be scaled back and eventually eliminated.
e) Other or expanded principles

International Policy

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international policy.

Yesa) Should the United States continue to provide leadership in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process?
Yesb) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
Undecidedc) Should the United States impose greater international sanctions on Iran if it continues to defy United Nations mandates?
Undecidedd) Should the United States support the Lebanese government against insurgent forces?
Noe) Should the United States maintain its troop levels in Iraq?
Yesf) Should the United States withdraw its troops from Iraq?
g) Discuss your proposals for Iraq.

I support a responsible plan to end war in Iraq and have worked with national security and military experts on this plan. We need to end the war responsibly and begin to bring the troops home in a safe and orderly manner.

If the administration refuses to make plans for immediate withdrawal, Congress must stop funding the war. We can't continue to squander resources on the war - leaving will be complicated but staying continues the loss of soldiers, Iraqi citizens, and scarce resources - our presence is an obstacle to the Iraqis progress and an excuse for continued violence.

Yesh) Should the United States apply greater economic and diplomatic sanctions against North Korea if it fails to abide by its agreement to suspend its nuclear program?
Yesi) Should the United States increase financial support for Afghanistan?
Yesj) Should the United States increase military support for Afghanistan?
Yesk) Should the United States trade nuclear fuel to India for civilian purposes?
Nol) Should the United States decrease financial support for Pakistan?
Undecidedm) Should the United States decrease military support for Pakistan?
Yesn) Should the United States be involved in bringing an end to the violence in Darfur, Sudan?
Yeso) Should the United States be involved in bringing an end to the violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo?
Yesp) Should the United States provide economic and military support to the Transitional Government of Somalia?
Yesq) Should the United States use sanctions to encourage the government of Zimbabwe to end its human rights abuses?
Undecidedr) Should the United States support the creation of an independent nation of Kosovo?
s) Other or expanded principles

International Trade

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international trade.

Undecideda) Do you support the United States imposing economic sanctions on China?
Nob) Do you support the United States imposing trade sanctions on Venezuela?
Noc) Do you support the United States involvement in free trade agreements?
Undecidedd) Do you support the United States involvement in intergovernmental organizations dedicated to trade?
e) Other or expanded principles

We need to revisit NAFTA and other international trade agreements. After more than a decade of NAFTA, we have lost millions of manufacturing jobs, we have an ever-increasing trade deficit and wages have stagnated. I am not opposed to international trade agreements, but I don't think we should sacrifice the advances we have made in this country ? in terms of labor rights, environmental and safety standards ? in the name of increased global trade, particularly when the trade agreements when have entered into have had such a negative effect on many local communities and our national economic picture.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding national security.

Noa) Do you support using military tribunals to try suspected terrorists when ordinary civilian courts are deemed inappropriate or impractical?
Nob) Should law enforcement agencies have greater discretion to monitor domestic communications, to prevent future terrorist attacks?
Yesc) Should the United States hold foreign states accountable for terrorists who operate in their country?
Yesd) Should the federal government increase funding to states and cities for homeland security?
Noe) Do you support pre-emptive military strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to United States national security?
Nof) Do you support the creation of a federal identification card system?
Nog) Do you support long-term use of National Guard troops to supplement the armed forces in assignments overseas?
Noh) Should the United States expand its missile defense shield?
i) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.

Yesa) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?
Nob) Do you support a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman?
Yesc) Do you support federal funding for research on existing embryonic stem cell lines?
Yesd) Do you support federal funding to create lines of stem cells from new embryos?
Yese) Should the federal government consider race and gender in government contracting decisions?
Yesf) Should the federal government continue affirmative action programs?
Undecidedg) Should the federal government regulate internet gambling?
h) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security.

a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts that they manage themselves.
b) Ensure the viability of Social Security by increasing the payroll tax.
c) Decrease benefits paid to retirees.
Xd) Support proportional increases of Social Security benefits based on the cost of living index.
e) Raise the retirement age for individual eligibility to receive full Social Security benefits.
f) Other or expanded principles

I support repealing the Government Pension Offset (GPO) and the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) of the Social Security Act. Maine is one of a handful of states impacted, and in Congress I would work with Members of Congress from the other 14 states to make sure this is corrected for the people who are penalized.

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

a) Require welfare recipients to spend at least 40 hours a week in a combination of work and training programs.
Xb) Continue to give states and local governments flexibility in and responsibility for welfare programs through federal block grants.
Xc) Support housing assistance for welfare recipients.
d) Abolish all federal welfare programs.
e) Other or expanded principles

As Senate Majority Leader, I championed Maine?s ?Parents As Scholars? program that allows Maine?s working poor to attend college, get better jobs and change their lives. ?Parents of Scholars? participants are among our best success stories of government empowering women and families and making them a vital part of the economy.

Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

More than anything else over the past year, the conversation in Maine has been about ending the war, expanding access to health care as well as and our increasingly troubled economy and the challenges we face with global warming and our environment. My top priorities are to guarantee healthcare for all, end the war in Iraq and create U.S. jobs with good wages and benefits.

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