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Dave Loebsack's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (IA) - District 2, Democratic
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Dave Loebsack 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.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2016, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-choice Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Abortions must remain safe, legal, and rare. A woman's right to choose must never be taken away, Roe v. Wade must never be overturned." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/68964/dave-loebsack/#.VXio_XUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/68964/dave-loebsack#.V1CPfXUrIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I do not support many of the provisions in the House passed bill and prefer the proposal that would provide a larger payroll tax cut." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/661705/loebsack-five-others-stand-up-for-compromise-over-politics-on-tax-cuts-for-working-families#.VYRxWXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Congress must end these games and support middle class families. This holiday season, the American people cannot afford a $1000 tax increase and I have called on Speaker Boehner to keep the House in session until this crisis is averted." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/661704/loebsack-brinksmanship-leads-to-tax-increase-for-iowans#.VYRwrnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I am supportive of bipartisan comprehensive criminal justice reform legislation that has been introduced and would put more emphasis on violent crime while changing the way sentencing for nonviolent crimes is treated in the courts." http://onyourballot.vote411.org/race-detail.do?id=14495441&party=Dem (onyourballot.vote411.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "[...] Congressman Loebsack has supported: The Recovery Rebates and Economic Stimulus for the American People Act, H.R. 5140, provides 117 million working families, 20 million seniors, and 250,000 disabled veterans cash up front to help with everyday expenses. In Iowa, the average family received $917.00 and helped build confidence in our state's economy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/389684/issue-position-economic-recovery#.VYRyuHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Already, the Congressman has worked with his colleagues to bring tax relief to middle class Iowans by supporting [...] Recovery Rebates and Economic Stimulus for the American People Act, H.R. 5140, provides 117 million working families, 20 million seniors, and 250,000 disabled veterans cash up-front to help with everyday expenses." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/389696/issue-position-tax-relief/?search=Stimulus#.VgV7bHUViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "To that end, I have worked on numerous measures that provide tax relief and assistance to small businesses and working families. I have helped provide tax relief for small businesses that hire and retain new employees; expand financing opportunities for small businesses; and crack down on offshore accounts for corporations that ship jobs overseas." http://loebsackforcongress.org/issues/jobs/ (loebsackforcongress.org)
  • "In these tough economic times, I worked to cut taxes for working families. I know that saving the average family $1,000 can mean the difference between putting food on the table, buying gas, and making mortgage payments or falling even further behind. I know that more must be done to help families and employers, and I will continue to fight for middle-class families and small businesses." http://loebsackforcongress.org/issues/tax-relief/ (loebsackforcongress.org)
  • "I believe we must do all that we can to lower the tax burden on Iowa families and businesses. Many steps have been taken to lessen the burden on the drivers of our econmy - small businesses and consumers -- through tax incentives and reductions." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/558903/issue-position-tax-relief#.VXiqdXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Already, the Congressman has worked with his colleagues to bring tax relief to middle class Iowans by supporting […] Property Tax Relief Act of 2007, H.R. 3726, reduces the overall tax burden on Iowans by allowing all homeowners, not just those who itemize their deductions, to receive a property tax offset on their federal income taxes." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/389696/issue-position-tax-relief/?search=Stimulus#.VgV7bHUViko (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "What they want is for us to work together to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and to fix the things that we know are wrong with No Child Left Behind. If we care about improving their education, we should be working to make our system more flexible and less punitive, which is something that both sides of the aisle agree needs to happen." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/598963/scholarships-for-opportunity-and-results-act/?search=no%20child%20left%20behind#.VgWCsXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "As we face increased competition in the global economy, we need to continue to set the highest standards for our children. At the same time, many aspects of the 'No Child Left Behind' legislation need reform." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/215937/issue-position-education#.VYR0C3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "As the husband of a retired teacher, I am committed to increasing state and local flexibility balanced with strategic federal support and safeguards so that all Iowa students receive a top-quality education." http://loebsackforcongress.org/issues/education/ (loebsackforcongress.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VXil03UViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Technology, tax incentives and private investment work to strengthen the renewable energy sector's position in the free marketplace and power America's carbon-free energy policies forward." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/860964/real-clear-energy-dont-pull-the-plug-wind-energy-empowers-america/?search=renewable#.VgWJwHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Iowa has always been a leader when it comes to renewable energy, and this ruling recognizes the contributions of Iowa's ethanol, biodiesel, and advanced biofuels industries. The RFS2 rule is a workable program that will help advance economic opportunities in our state." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/484066/congressman-loebsack-issues-the-following-statement-on-new-renewable-fuel-standard#.VYR1PXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Increased development of alternative energy sources will promote economic development and job creation, help to revitalize our economy, and create new industries. " http://loebsackforcongress.org/issues/energy/ (loebsackforcongress.org)
  • "As your Congressman I will vote to [...] Invest in alternative fuels and renewable energy - Iowan's deserve a national energy policy that benefits the Midwest, not the Middle East." .http://votesmart.org/public-statement/215940/issue-position-protecting-our-environment#.VXirkHUViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 2454 "Energy and Environmental Law Amendments" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/26496 (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "I strongly believe the RFS is working and is the right policy for Iowa, our country, our farmers, our rural communities, energy security and independence, advancing the biofuels industry, giving consumers choices, and reducing our greenhouse gas emissions." http://loebsack.house.gov/uploadedfiles/epa_rfs_comments_final_1.28.2014.pdf (loebsack.house.gov)
  • "Congress should remember the simple adage 'you break it, you buy it', when corporations hurt the environment and make people sick they - not the victims - should pay." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/215940/issue-position-protecting-our-environment#.VXirkHUViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The Congressman has supported the following legislation to help give local law enforcement the resources necessary to protect us and take drugs off our streets and out of our schools: […] NICS Improvement Act, H.R. 2640, improves the accuracy of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) by giving grants to states for automating and sharing with NICS the records of those barred from purchasing a firearm under the 1968 Gun Control Act. http://votesmart.org/public-statement/389695/issue-position-fighting-crime/?search=gun#.VXi2qHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/68964/dave-loebsack/37#.VXi1l3UViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We are the richest people on earth and there is simply no excuse for the sad state of health care coverage today. It's time to work towards truly universal coverage in America." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/215935/issue-position-health-care#.VXi4JHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "As a result of health care reform, insurers can no longer drop Iowans’ coverage when they get sick or deny coverage to children because of a preexisting condition. One million young adults ages 19-25 now have health insurance through their parents’ plans. Seniors are also benefitting from reduced prescription drug costs, free preventive care, and lower Medicare and Medicare Advantage premiums." http://loebsackforcongress.org/issues/health-care/ (loebsackforcongress.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 5281 "DREAM Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/32984#.VYR4QXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Today is a great day for equality and marriage. I am pleased the Supreme Court took two important steps toward ending discrimination. The decision today reaffirms nationwide what we already know – that love knows no bounds and all couples should have the same rights as their neighbors." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/795585/loebsack-statement-on-supreme-court-marriage-equality-rulings#.VYR4jXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I also believe it is important that we guarantee full civil rights and equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/215941/issue-position-civil-rights-and-civil-liberties#.VXirGXUViko (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I will never vote to privatize Social Security." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/215938/issue-position-retirement-security#.VXi4y3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "In these tough economic times, it is absolutely unacceptable to pull the rug out from under our seniors by reducing benefits that they planned on having in retirement or ending Medicare as we know it by converting it into a voucher program that will greatly increase out-of-pocket costs." http://loebsackforcongress.org/issues/seniors/ (loebsackforcongress.org)

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Inferred Answer

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Iowa 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.
b) Abortions should always be legal.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester.
d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
f) 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.

Abortions must remain safe, legal, and rare. A woman's right to choose must never be taken away, Roe v. Wade must never be overturned. However, we must do more to reduce unwanted pregnancies through improved education, increased access to health care services, and enhanced support for new mothers.

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
Maintain Statusa) Agriculture
Maintain Statusb) Arts
Maintain Statusc) Defense
Slightly Increased) Education
Slightly Increasee) Environment
Greatly Increasef) FEMA
Slightly Increaseg) Homeland security
Maintain Statush) International aid
Slightly Increasei) Law enforcement (Federal)
Slightly Increasej) Law enforcement (State)
Slightly Increasek) Medical research
Maintain Statusl) National parks
Slightly Increasem) Public health services
Slightly Increasen) Scientific research
Slightly Decreaseo) Space exploration programs
Slightly Increasep) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Maintain Statusq) United Nations
Maintain Statusr) Welfare
s) Other or expanded categories
2) Defense Spending
Slightly Increasea) Armed forces personnel training
Slightly Increaseb) Intelligence operations
Slightly Increasec) Military hardware
Slightly Increased) Modernization of weaponry and equipment
Greatly Decreasee) National missile defense
Slightly Increasef) Pay for active duty personnel
Slightly Increaseg) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Maintain Statush) Research and development of new weapons
Slightly Increasei) Troop and equipment readiness
j) Other or expanded categories
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
Slightly Increasef) $350,001 and above
g) Other or expanded categories
Other Taxes
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Increaseb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Maintain Statusf) Inheritance taxes
g) Other or expanded categories
Deductions/Credits
Maintain Statusa) 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?
Yes5) 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.
Xb) 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.
Xe) 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.
f) 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
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.
a) Support the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
b) 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.
e) 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.
a) Support the federal government funding universal pre-K programs.
b) 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.
b) 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.
Xh) 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

We are in an energy crisis that is hurting Iowa families, businesses, and farmers. We must work together to find a comprehensive solution that reduces gas prices and our dependence on foreign oil. To change our nation's energy policy we must begin by clamping down on speculation; expediting drilling and pipeline development in Alaska's Energy Reserve; cracking down on price gouging by big oil; expanding the development of energy sources in an environmentally responsible manner; and increasing investment in renewable energy, including homegrown fuels so we can also create new jobs in and bring increased economic development to rural areas.

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.
Maintain Statusc) Enforcement of existing restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Maintain Statusd) 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.
d) 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.
g) Illegal immigrants should be given a pathway to citizenship.
h) Support merit-based visas over family-based visas.
i) Other or expanded principles

Repairing the immigration system in our country is a priority for our national security and our economy. A comprehensive and truly bipartisan debate on immigration is needed in order to move forward with systematic reform that protects American jobs, workers, and wages.

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?
Yesc) Should the United States impose greater international sanctions on Iran if it continues to defy United Nations mandates?
Yesd) 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.
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?
Nok) Should the United States trade nuclear fuel to India for civilian purposes?
Nol) Should the United States decrease financial support for Pakistan?
Yesm) 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?
Yesr) 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.
a) Do you support the United States imposing economic sanctions on China?
b) Do you support the United States imposing trade sanctions on Venezuela?
c) Do you support the United States involvement in free trade agreements?
d) Do you support the United States involvement in intergovernmental organizations dedicated to trade?
e) Other or expanded principles

Responsible trade agreements are essential to our national economy. However, I strongly believe that free trade agreements must not come at the expense of American jobs; must include built-in labor and environmental protections; and must not condone the "offshoring" of American companies that would otherwise pay American taxes. Free trade agreements must benefit America's workers and America's economy.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding national security.
a) 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?
Yesg) 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.
a) 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?
Yesg) 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.
Xb) Ensure the viability of Social Security by increasing the payroll tax.
c) Decrease benefits paid to retirees.
d) 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
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare and poverty.
Xa) 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
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.
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