Representative Chellie M. Pingree's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (ME) - District 1, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 1
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Chellie Pingree has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. 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

  • Chellie Pingree. Official Biography. 19 July 2012. "She led successful efforts to protect Maine's environment, for corporate accountability, to protect workers, to promote a women's right to choose, and in support of Maine's small businesses." (votesmart.org)
  • Chellie Pingree. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Chellie Pingree voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Chellie Pingree. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Chellie Pingree voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Chellie Pingree supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Women's Political Caucus. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Women's Political Caucus endorsed Chellie Pingree in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Chellie Pingree supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Chellie Pingree. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Maine Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion. 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. "
  • Chellie Pingree. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Maine Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Dilation and extraction or "partial-birth" abortion procedures should be legal." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion. 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. "
  • Chellie Pingree. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Maine Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Chellie Pingree. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Maine Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Medicare, Medicaid, and federal subsidies should be prohibited from being used on abortion procedures."
  • Chellie Pingree. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Maine Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Chellie Pingree. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Maine Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Chellie Pingree. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Maine Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Chellie Pingree. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Maine State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Chellie Pingree. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Maine State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Chellie Pingree. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Maine State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit the late-term abortion procedure known as "partial-birth" abortion."
  • Chellie Pingree. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Maine State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Chellie Pingree supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Chellie Pingree. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Chellie Pingree voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Chellie Pingree supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Chellie Pingree in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Chellie Pingree. Issue Position: Standing Up for Women. 19 July 2012. "And I remain strongly opposed to any attempts to limit a woman's right to choose or reproductive health choices." (votesmart.org)
  • Chellie Pingree. How I Got Here. 19 July 2012. "I stood up and fought for equal pay and protecting a woman's right to choose." (votesmart.org)
  • Chellie Pingree. Pingree to Oppose Bill that Bans Women from Buying Reproductive Health Insurance Coverage. 4 May 2011. "Congresswoman Chellie Pingree said she would vote against a bill in the House today to that would dramatically limit the rights of women to buy insurance that covers a full range of reproductive health care including abortion services. 'Republicans say government shouldn't be involved in people's personal lives, but it's hard to imagine anything more intrusive than telling a woman or a small business that they can't use their own money to buy certain kinds of health insurance,' Pingree said. Under the bill, a low-income woman who gets Medicaid or a member of the Armed Services would be banned from spending their own money to purchase insurance coverage that covers abortion services. It also bans businesses that take a tax deduction for providing health insurance for employees from offering coverage that includes abortion." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Chellie Pingree supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 7 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Chellie Pingree. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Maine Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key below, indicate what levels you support concerning taxes, deductions, and tax credits in the following categories. Select one number per tax. d) Over $150,000"
  • Chellie Pingree. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Maine Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "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. e) $180,001-$350,000"
  • Chellie Pingree. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Maine Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "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. f) $350,001 and above"
  • Chellie Pingree. Tax Relief For Middle Class Families, Small Businesses, And Students. 10 December 2009. "This is about fundamental fairness and getting our economic priorities straight. Today we voted to extend tax cuts for hard working families and paid for those tax breaks by cracking down on offshore tax shelters and closing the loophole that has let private equity and hedge fund managers get a tax break they don't deserve and certainly don't need. These are exactly the kind of changes I've long argued for." (votesmart.org)
  • Chellie Pingree. 10th Anniversary of Bush Tax Cuts. 10 June 2011. "American families are living paycheck to paycheck while the average millionaire is getting over $100,000 a year in tax breaks. Meanwhile, Republicans are calling for massive cuts in Medicare and Medicaid. You can't keep asking middle-class families and seniors to make sacrifices to balance the budget while giving massive tax breaks to millionaires and big corporations. The Bush tax cuts that went into effect ten years ago today are part of the reason for massive budget deficits, and now average Americans are being asked to make sacrifices to pay for those giveaways." (votesmart.org)
  • Chellie Pingree. Issue Position: Tax Policy. 10 November 2011. "There is a lot that needs to be done -- 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, 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." (votesmart.org)
  • Chellie Pingree. Letter to the Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives. 9 December 2010. "We oppose acceding to Republican demands to extend the Bush tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires for two reasons. First, it is fiscally irresponsible. Adding more than $900 billion to our national debt, as this proposal would do, handcuffs our ability to offer a balanced plan to achieve fiscal stability without a punishing effect on our current commitments, including Social Security and Medicare. Second, it is grossly unfair. This proposal will hurt, not help, the majority of Americans in the middle class and those working hard to get there. Even as Republicans seek to add billions more to our national debt in tax cuts to the wealthy, they oppose extending unemployment benefits to workers and resist COLA increases to seniors [¦] We support extending tax cuts in full to 98 percent of American taxpayers, as the President initially proposed. He should not back down. Nor should we." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Chellie Pingree. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Chellie Pingree voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Chellie Pingree supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (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 Chellie Pingree a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Chellie Pingree. President Bush's Misplaced Priorities. 28 January 2008. "The stimulus package that the President and the House have agreed to has some big holes in it. I'm encouraged to see that Democratic Senators say they'll stand up to the President and include extended unemployment benefits and rebates for seniors living on Social Security. What Congress has proposed is a start but election year rebate checks aren't going to solve our long-term economic problems. We need to put more resources into making healthcare available for everyone, embracing renewable energy and the 'green jobs' it will produce and most of all we must end a war that costs us $275 million a day." (votesmart.org)
  • Chellie Pingree. Maine receives job-saving education grant. 2 July 2012. "Congresswoman Chellie Pingree announced today that Maine is receiving over $52 million in additional stimulus funds to save teachers' jobs, prevent program cuts, and save local taxpayers money. 'As our economy continues to struggle, these funds will immediately help our towns by preventing more job cuts and helping stabilizing local budgets,' said Pingree."
  • Chellie Pingree. The Revised Financial Rescue Plan -- Ownership Would Benefit Taxpayers, not Just Bankers and Brokers. 14 October 2008. "In the short term, Congress needs to pass a second stimulus package that includes investments in infrastructure and increased aid to states to help ease the severe budget problems that we're facing. I also think Senator Obama's proposal today to institute a 90-day moratorium on foreclosures is a good idea. The country needs some breathing space to recover from the punch in the stomach it's received in the past few weeks." (votesmart.org)
  • Chellie Pingree. Providing for Consideration of Motions to Suspend the Rules. 19 March 2009. "Mr. Speaker, just in a quick answer to my good colleague from the Rules Committee, Mr. DIAZ-BALART, I was proud to vote in favor of this stimulus bill and very happy to vote for things that are helping my district at this very moment around health care and jobs and road construction and things that are desperately needed in my State." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Chellie Pingree. Maine receives job-saving education grant - Congresswoman Chellie Pingree said funds will help retain teachers and prevent program cuts. 24 July 2012. "Congresswoman Chellie Pingree announced today that Maine is receiving over $52 million in additional stimulus funds to save teachers' jobs, prevent program cuts, and save local taxpayers money. 'As our economy continues to struggle, these funds will immediately help our towns by preventing more job cuts and helping stabilizing local budgets,' said Pingree. 'But it's critical that we keep supporting our schools and communities when they need it most. Our students and their future success shouldn't fall victim to the economic downturn.' To become eligible for the funding, Maine filed an application that showed how low-performing schools are implementing plans to improve, provided data on teacher and principal evaluations, and demonstrated that local schools provide the right reports on academic progress for teachers to judge how to analyze their curriculum." (pingree.house.gov)
  • Chellie Pingree. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Maine Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Eliminate all federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind)."
  • Chellie Pingree. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Maine Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Chellie Pingree. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Maine Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
  • Chellie Pingree. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Maine Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "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. d) Education" 1) Budget Priorities Other or expanded principles: "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."
  • Chellie Pingree. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Maine Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support the federal government funding universal pre-K programs."
  • Chellie Pingree. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Maine Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind)."
  • Chellie Pingree. Issue Position: Education. 10 November 2011. "As a mother and former school board member, I understand firsthand the problems associated with adequately funding our education system. And, as a business owner and co-chair of the Maine Economic Growth Council, I know how critically important good education is to economic development. Education funding is one area where the federal government is not meeting its obligation to a rural state like Maine; I support full funding of mandates like special education. By funding those programs adequately, Washington can help ease the burden of local property tax." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Chellie Pingree. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Maine Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Support the U.S. re-entering the current Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • Chellie Pingree. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Maine Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Chellie Pingree. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Maine Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits under "cap and trade" laws."
  • Chellie Pingree. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Maine Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Chellie Pingree. Issue Position: Chellie Pingree on the Environment. 10 November 2011. "Fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas regulation for new cars and trucks is the single most effective policy option available. [¦] Maine has been in the forefront of lowering GHG emissions, having created the Maine Greenhouse Gas Initiative in 2003 ( The California GHG emission standards, which Maine and 15 other states have adopted “ about half of the national market “ would reduce greenhouse gases from the transportation sector by 18% by 2020. These reductions are more than twice as large as those that would be achieved under the CAFÉ standards in the recent Energy Bill." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/334407/issue-position-chellie-pingree-on-the-environment. (maineghg.org))
  • Chellie Pingree. Issue Position: Chellie Pingree on the Environment. 10 November 2011. "Fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas regulation for new cars and trucks is the single most effective policy option available [¦] Maine has been in the forefront of lowering GHG emissions, having created the Maine Greenhouse Gas Initiative in 2003 ( The California GHG emission standards, which Maine and 15 other states have adopted “ about half of the national market “ would reduce greenhouse gases from the transportation sector by 18% by 2020. These reductions are more than twice as large as those that would be achieved under the CAFÉ standards in the recent Energy Bill." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/334407/issue-position-chellie-pingree-on-the-environment. (maineghg.org))
  • Chellie Pingree. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Chellie Pingree voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Chellie Pingree. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Chellie Pingree voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Chellie Pingree supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Chellie Pingree supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Chellie Pingree in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Chellie Pingree. Issue Position: Chellie Pingree's Record on the Environment. 10 November 2011. "Chellie also voted for vehicle emissions testing supporting a bill that would have created a statewide vehicle emissions inspection program to comply with the Clean Air Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Chellie Pingree. Issue Position:A Clean Energy Future. 10 November 2011. "H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act, which passed the House on June 26, 2009, makes a strong commitment to halting climate change and reducing carbon emissions, increases our electricity standards and invests significant resources in clean energy job growth. I am proud to have supported this important bill, which will help us break our dependence on foreign oil and make us energy self-sufficient, and will create new jobs in Maine." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Chellie Pingree. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Maine State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Chellie Pingree. MSNBC "Hardball with Chris Matthews" “ Transcript. 10 January 2011. "And I agree. I come from a hunting state. It"s the state of Maine. People enjoy owning firearms. They like to go hunting. That"s one thing. But to combine it with politics, to allow people to bring guns into events--you know, I got asked a question today by a newspaper, whether members of Congress should be allowed to carry concealed weapons. Well, it"s bizarre, A, if we were going to carry a concealed weapon, we ought to get a permit like everybody else. But even the notion that we should now carry weapons, heighten the level of violence ..." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Chellie Pingree in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Chellie Pingree in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Chellie Pingree. MSNBC "Hardball with Chris Matthews" “ Transcript. 10 January 2011. "And I agree. I come from a hunting state. It's the state of Maine. People enjoy owning firearms. They like to go hunting. That's one thing. But to combine it with politics, to allow people to bring guns into events--you know, I got asked a question today by a newspaper, whether members of Congress should be allowed to carry concealed weapons. Well, it's bizarre, A, if we were going to carry a concealed weapon, we ought to get a permit like everybody else. But even the notion that we should now carry weapons, heighten the level of violence..." (votesmart.org)
  • Chellie Pingree. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Maine Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow individuals to carry concealed guns."
  • Chellie Pingree. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Maine Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Ban the sale, ownership or possession of handguns except by law enforcement and other government officials."
  • Chellie Pingree. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Maine Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories. d) Restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Chellie Pingree. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Maine Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories. c) Enforcement of existing restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Chellie Pingree. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Maine Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Chellie Pingree. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Maine Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Chellie Pingree. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Maine Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Chellie Pingree. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Maine Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Chellie Pingree. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Maine Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Chellie Pingree. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Maine Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Chellie Pingree. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Maine Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Chellie Pingree. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Maine Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Chellie Pingree. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Maine State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms."

Vote Smart's Research

  • Chellie Pingree. Maine's Congressional Delegation Reacts to ACA Ruling. 28 June 2012. "The Court made the right decision in preserving the basic consumer protections in the health care reform law--like letting young people stay on their parents' policies or preventing insurance companies from cancelling your coverage when you get sick." (www.mpbn.net)
  • Chellie Pingree. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Maine Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Chellie Pingree. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Maine Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Chellie Pingree. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Maine Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Providing healthcare is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Chellie Pingree. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Maine Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal healthcare program to guarantee coverage to all Americans, regardless of income."
  • Chellie Pingree. Statement on Federal Health-Care Reform Ruling. 31 January 2011. "People in my district don't tell me that government went too far in addressing the problems of unaccountable insurance companies, unfair practices, and the number of uninsured families. They tell me that we didn't go far enough. Passing this law was about giving people more control over their own health--offering coverage to students under 26, closing the donut hole for seniors, ending discriminatory denials, and more. Overturning health care reform would hand that control back to insurance company CEOs so they can once again decide who gets coverage and how much they pay for it. I disagree with this ruling and I hope and expect it will be overturned." (votesmart.org)
  • Chellie Pingree. Repeal of Health-Care Reform to Add $230 Billion to Deficit. 6 January 2011. "Not only does repealing health care take away preventative care coverage for over 250,000 seniors and tax breaks for thousands of small business in Maine, it would also put an even bigger hole in the federal budget. If Republicans were serious about fiscal responsibility, they wouldn't be so serious about repealing health care reform." (votesmart.org)
  • Chellie Pingree. Congresswoman Pingree Blasts Proposed Repeal of Health-Care Reforms. 4 January 2011. "Congress' first priority in the new session should be moving our economy forward, not pushing our health care system backward. Repealing this law means telling the teenager with diabetes that she can't get insurance. It means telling the restaurant owner that he can't get help to provide insurance to his employees. It means telling a grandmother that she's going to have to keep cutting her heart pills in half. As families struggle to make ends meet in the down economy, do we really want to tell them these burdens are back on their shoulders?" (votesmart.org)
  • Chellie Pingree. Health Care Reform. 12 March 2010. "Madam Speaker, I rise today to urge my colleagues to come together and finally pass a health reform bill that provides Americans with the stability, affordability, and access to high quality choice in coverage they so richly deserve." (votesmart.org)
  • Chellie Pingree. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Chellie Pingree voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Chellie Pingree supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Chellie Pingree. Repeal of Preventive Health Program Shortsighted and Unhealthy. 14 April 2011. "It is inconceivable to me why every one of us in this Congress talks about reducing health care costs, but today we are considering ending a proven program that does just that." (votesmart.org)
  • Chellie Pingree. Repeal of Health-Care Reform Would Hurt Maine Families. 7 January 2011. "If the health care reform law is repealed, over 250,000 Maine seniors would suddenly have to start coming up with co-pays for diabetes screening and mammograms. Over 35,000 Maine small businesses would no longer be eligible for a tax break when they provide health insurance to their employees and thousands of young adults could lose health care coverage under their parents' plans." (votesmart.org)
  • Chellie Pingree. Physicians Support Health Care Reform. 17 March 2010. "That doctor is right. That is why I support this bill. There are many provisions in the health care bill that we will be taking up this week that make sure that women are not disproportionately affected by the lack of coverage." (votesmart.org)
  • Chellie Pingree. Issue Position: Health Care Reform. 10 November 2011. "This year Congress passed and the President signed a major reform of our health care system. I don't believe the reform went far enough and we can still do much to improve it--but it's a start. The reform law will prevent insurance companies from cancelling policies when you get sick or refusing coverage because of preexisting conditions and allow children to be covered under their parent's policy until they are 26. The law also requires full coverage of many preventative care procedures." (votesmart.org)
  • Chellie Pingree. Issue Position: Health Care Reform. 10 November 2011. "I was proud to work with my colleagues in the House and Senate to strengthen the health reform package, and ultimately to vote in favor of this landmark legislation. While the bill is not perfect, I am confident that this is the right step forward for Maine. I firmly believe that this is the best opportunity we have had in a generation to lower costs for those who are already insured, improve the quality of care in this country, and finally provide guaranteed access to a choice of affordable coverage for every American family. Health care reform legislation is already starting to make our health care system more transparent, giving consumers new rights and benefits and helping states control costs for families. Because of health care reform legislation, patients will no longer be denied coverage due to preexisting conditions and insurance companies will not be able to cancel policies of people who get sick. Young adults will be able to stay on their family insurance plans until age 26 and seniors on Medicare will pay less for their prescription drugs because the Medicare "donut hole" will be eliminated. Preventative care, including annual check-ups and cancer screenings, will be free under Medicare and all new private insurance plans." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Chellie Pingree. Letter to Janet Napolitano, Secretary, Homeland Security, and Eric H. Holder, Jr., Attorney General. 27 September 2011. "We applaud the August 18, 2011 announcement that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) plans to close many low-priority immigration deportation proceedings. We especially commend DHS for stating that it will consider the family ties of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people as a factor in determining cases that merit relief from deportation, including for gay and lesbian foreign nationals who are the spouses and partners of U.S. citizens and permanent residents. We write to you today with two requests that will further the enforcement of this important mandate [¦] We ask that consideration of LGBT family ties be communicated in the guidance being prepared by the new DHS/DOJ working group [¦] Additionally, we ask that the working group include a member experienced in working with LGBT immigrants and their families to ensure that these factors are recognized and understood in the working group's case-by-case review of all individuals currently in removal proceedings as well as its review of new cases placed in removal proceedings. The vulnerability of LGBT immigrants -- the historical stigmatization of whom both within and outside the U.S. is well-documented -- makes knowledgeable review a necessity. The announcement on August 18 constitutes a major step forward in ensuring that immigration enforcement resources prioritize enhancing border security, national security, and public safety as well as in exercising discretion when warranted." (votesmart.org)
  • Chellie Pingree. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Maine Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Allow legalization for certain illegal immigrants working in the U.S."
  • Chellie Pingree. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Maine Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Illegal immigrants should have to return to their countries of origin before being considered for citizenship."
  • Chellie Pingree. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Maine Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Chellie Pingree. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Maine Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Illegal immigrants should be given a pathway to citizenship."
  • Chellie Pingree. Pingree praises Obama decision on immigration. 3 July 2012. "Congresswoman Chellie Pingree praised President Obama's announcement today that the government will stop prosecuting young people brought to the United States as children, even if they entered the country illegally. [¦] 'It's not right to punish children who've done nothing wrong because you don't like what their parents did,' Pingree said. [¦] 'If Congress isn't going to act and make this common sense reform, I'm glad the President has stepped up to the plate and put this policy into effect.' (pingree.house.gov)
  • Chellie Pingree. Congresswoman Chellie Pingree Votes to Support DREAM Act. 9 December 2010. "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. This legislation is an important part to comprehensively reforming our immigration system to be more fair and effective. Giving the best and brightest the opportunity to work for their education and citizenship is a crucial first step." (votesmart.org)
  • Chellie Pingree. Pingree praises Obama decision on immigration. 3 July 2012. "Congresswoman Chellie Pingree praised President Obama's announcement today that the government will stop prosecuting young people brought to the United States as children, even if they entered the country illegally [¦] 'It's not right to punish children who've done nothing wrong because you don't like what their parents did,' Pingree said [¦] 'If Congress isn't going to act and make this common sense reform, I'm glad the President has stepped up to the plate and put this policy into effect.' (pingree.house.gov)
  • Chellie Pingree. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Chellie Pingree voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Chellie Pingree supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 50 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Chellie Pingree supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

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  • Chellie Pingree. Bringing Marriage Equality to Maine. 9 February 2012. "Mr. Speaker, in my State of Maine, there are thousands of couples in loving, committed relationships. They share homes and they raise children together. They remain committed to each other through the ups and downs of life, but because they are same-sex couples, they are denied the right to honor their love and commitment to each other through marriage. This fall, Maine will have a chance to change that and to join a growing list of States around the country that are setting aside discrimination and granting all couples the same right to get married. We've made progress here in Congress on ending discriminatory practices like 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,'' but it will be up to us in Maine to bring marriage equality to our State. This is an issue of basic human rights and equal treatment under the law, and I am confident we'll do the right thing." (votesmart.org)
  • Chellie Pingree. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Maine Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "b) Do you support a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman?"
  • Chellie Pingree. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Maine Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?"
  • Chellie Pingree. Embrace Marriage Equality. 14 May 2009. "Last week Maine became the fifth State in the country to embrace marriage equality [¦] Maine moved the country one step closer to federally recognizing and protecting the right for two people, regardless of their gender, to be married. Maine has always been an independent State with a forward-looking legislative body and citizens with common sense. I stand here today to congratulate my home State on the passage of this landmark victory." (votesmart.org)
  • Chellie Pingree. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Chellie Pingree voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Chellie Pingree supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Chellie Pingree supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Chellie Pingree. Letter To The Honorable President Obama, Majority Leader Reid, Speaker Pelosi, Chairman Schumer, And Chairwoman Lofgren. 9 February 2010. "Currently, U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents may sponsor their spouses (and other immediate family members) for immigration purposes. But, same-sex partners committed to spending their lives together are not recognized as "families" under U.S. immigration law and thus do not have this same right. As a result, tens of thousands of binational families are either already living separately, face imminent separation, or have left the U.S. entirely in order to remain together. This is unacceptable, and we believe comprehensive immigration reform legislation must include a strong family reunification component inclusive of LGBT families." (votesmart.org)
  • Chellie Pingree. Pelosi, Nadler, 130 House Members File Amicus Brief on Federal Case Against DOMA. 10 July 2012. "Heightened scrutiny applies: the brief agrees with Justice Department's position that lesbians and gay men are an identifiable minority group that lack sufficient political power to obtain the consistent and favorable treatment of lawmakers; as a result, they need the protection that heightened judicial review provides. Congress's treatment of gay men and lesbians illustrates that this group has been unable to prevent harmful laws or achieve desired policy results that directly impact their lives. Gay men and lesbians are a historically disfavored minority that has often been targeted for legislative action based on stereotypes and bias, making it inappropriate for courts to grant laws like DOMA the same presumption of validity afforded to most acts of Congress. Instead, laws that single out gay men and lesbians for harm warrant judicial skepticism and heightened review. This requires the government to show that Section 3 serves a significant federal interest, and even BLAG seems to concede that it loses under this standard. Even under rational basis as applied by the Supreme Court in cases where the rights of a minority are at stake, Section 3 is unconstitutional. Section 3 does not achieve, but undermines, the actual interests served by the programs that take marital status into account, and denying recognition to couples who already are married under state law does not rationally serve any of the reasons relied upon by Congress in 1996 or created in response to this litigation." (votesmart.org)
  • Chellie Pingree. Embrace Marriage Equality. 14 May 2009. "Last week Maine became the fifth State in the country to embrace marriage equality. [¦] Maine moved the country one step closer to federally recognizing and protecting the right for two people, regardless of their gender, to be married. Maine has always been an independent State with a forward-looking legislative body and citizens with common sense. I stand here today to congratulate my home State on the passage of this landmark victory." (votesmart.org)

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  • Chellie Pingree. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Maine Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "e) Do you support pre-emptive military strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to United States national security?"

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  • Chellie Pingree. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama, President, the United States of America. 15 October 2010. "We write today to express our strong support for Social Security and our view that it should be strengthened. We oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including raising the retirement age. We also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part." (votesmart.org)
  • Chellie Pingree. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Maine Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Chellie Pingree. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Maine Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Chellie Pingree. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Maine Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "" for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts that they manage themselves."
  • Chellie Pingree. Issue Position: Retirement Security. 10 November 2011. "One of our country's greatest accomplishments in the 20th Century was the establishment of the social security system. 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." (votesmart.org)
  • Chellie Pingree. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama. 21 July 2011. "As recovery efforts subside and unacceptably high unemployment continues to devastate our communities, we are pleased that the debt ceiling negotiations seem to be considering jobs as well as how to responsibly reduce spending. However, we remain gravely concerned that yet another, unacceptable cut to Social Security's revenue stream appears to be on the table. Enemies of Social Security reject valid proposals to give the same level of tax relief to the same Americans or American businesses without using the Social Security revenue stream and resultant general fund transfers. As alternative measures would have the same net effect on deficits and the economy, there is simply no need to negotiate cuts to Social Security taxes." (votesmart.org)
  • Chellie Pingree. Letter to Democratic Leader Pelosi. 25 July 2011. "We write in strong agreement with your unwavering defense of the Democratic programs that form the bedrock of America's middle and working classes, and which are overwhelmingly popular. On July 7, you made very clear that "We are not going to balance the budget on the backs of America's seniors, women and people with disabilities" and that "we do not support cuts in benefits" for vital safety-net programs. We agree completely. Especially in these tough economic times, we should not be cutting Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid benefits that millions of our constituents paid into and depend on. Such benefit cuts should be off the table in current debt discussions. Our Republican colleagues should be embarrassed by their insistence that unless Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits are cut, the nation will default on its debts. Middle-class families have sacrificed enough, and a deal that pushes the American Dream further out of reach, in order to pay for extending tax breaks for the rich and corporations, is simply unacceptable. We are united as Democrats in saying that it's time to stand up to the Republican hostage-taking. We will not be forced to vote for a "final agreement" that we do not agree to -- and that the American people do not agree to. We stand united with you in insisting that benefit cuts for working families, our seniors, children, and people with disabilities must be off the table, and we stand united with you in fighting for millions of Americans who need Democrats to be firmly on their side." (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.