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Kendrick B. Meek, Sr.

Kendrick Meek, Sr.'s Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Kendrick B. Meek, Sr.
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Leslie; 2 Children: Lauren, Kendrick
Birth Date: 09/06/1966
Birth Place: Miami, FL
Home City: Miami, FL
Religion: Baptist
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Kendrick Meek, Sr. refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2010 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2010, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-choice Inferred Answer Abortion Issues: Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Kendrick Meek. S 3. 108th Congress. A bill to prohibit the procedure commonly known as partial-birth abortion. Project Vote Smart Summary: Kendrick Meek voted NO on 2 October 2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Kendrick Meek. H Amdt 209 to HR 1815. 109th Congress. An amendment numbered 12 printed in House Report 109-96 to lift the current ban on privately funded abortions at U.S. military facilities overseas. Project Vote Smart Summary: Kendrick Meek voted YES on 25 May 2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Kendrick Meek. H Amdt 509 to HR 3962. 111th Congress. An amendment printed in Part C of House Report 111-330 to codify the Hyde Amendment in H.R. 3962. The amendment prohibits federal funds for abortion services in the public option. It also prohibits individuals who receive affordability credits from purchasing a plan that provides elective abortions. However, it allows individuals, both who receive affordability credits and who do not, to separately purchase with their own funds plans that cover elective abortions. It also clarifies that private plans may still offer elective abortions. Project Vote Smart Summary: Kendrick Meek voted NO on 7 November 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Kendrick Meek. HR 760. 108th Congress. To prohibit the procedure commonly known as partial-birth abortion. Project Vote Smart Summary: Kendrick Meek voted NO on 4 June 2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 29 September 2010. Planned Parenthood endorsed Kendrick Meek in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Kendrick Meek. Issue Position: Women's Rights."Throughout his life, Kendrick's character was shaped in large part by his mother, former Congresswoman Carrie Meek and his two sisters, Lucia and Sheila. All are strong, independent and successful professional women and mothers who instilled in Kendrick a deep and profound understanding of gender equality. In addition to being the only pro-choice candidate on the ballot, he supports efforts to reduce the need for abortion by reducing the number of unintended pregnancies. He has a 100% rating on pro-choice issues and is endorsed by Planned Parenthood and NARAL." (votesmart.org)
  • Naral Pro-Choice America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Representative Meek supported the interests of NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 2007-2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Representative Meek supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2007-2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Representative Meek supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Kendrick Meek. HR 5638. 109th Congress. To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the unified credit against the estate tax to an exclusion equivalent of $5,000,000 and to repeal the sunset provision for the estate and generation-skipping taxes, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Kendrick Meek voted NO on 22 June 2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Kendrick Meek. HR 8. 108th Congress. To make the repeal of the estate tax permanent. Project Vote Smart Summary: Kendrick Meek voted NO on 13 April 2005. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Kendrick Meek. HR 1. 111th Congress. Making supplemental appropriations for job preservation and creation, infrastructure investment, energy efficiency and science, assistance to the unemployed, and State and local fiscal stabilization, for fiscal year ending September 30, 2009, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Kendrick Meek voted YES on 13 February 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Kendrick Meek. HR 1424. 111th Congress. To provide authority for the Federal Government to purchase and insure certain types of troubled assets for the purposes of providing stability to and preventing disruption in the economy and financial system and protecting taxpayers, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide incentives for energy production and conservation, to extend certain expiring provisions, to provide individual income tax relief, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Kendrick Meek voted YES on 10 March 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Kendrick Meek. Issue Position: Economy. "Florida families are clearly struggling. High rates of unemployment and foreclosure mean that education and social services face deep budget cuts. This is why Kendrick Meek voted for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Nearly $800 billion is being directed to schools, unemployment benefits and healthcare for the needy, among other programs. Transportation and infrastructure projects also will get a boost, putting Floridians to work on roads, bridges, mass transit and water projects. Additionally, the legislation will help transform our nation's economy for long-term growth and stability by investing in clean, renewable energy. The Act also provides an historic level of transparency, oversight and strong accountability measures that will help guarantee taxpayer dollars are spent wisely." (votesmart.org)
  • Kendrick Meek. Meek Renews Call For Florida Legislature To Change Unemployment System To Secure More Federal Unemployment Assistance. 3 November 2009. "'Florida is not in a position to leave hard to come by Recovery Act dollars in Washington when they are needed in the state's 67 counties,' said Congressman Meek. 'The economic realities do not permit the Legislature to select a policy of inaction, when Floridians require action to jumpstart the stalling economy.'" (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Business and Employment Issues: Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Kendrick Meek. CNN "State Of The Union with Candy Crowley" - Transcript. 29 August 2010. "I also have a record, but my record is more in line with the middle class and being able to fight for the issues that are important to Floridians, smaller class sizes, always being against the privatization of Social Security, standing up for our environment." (votesmart.org)
  • Kendrick Meek. Issue Position: Seniors. "Seniors depend on Social Security, and Kendrick appreciates the importance of this popular and successful program. While Social Security faces long-term financial problems, it is not going broke. Kendrick believes that Congress should shore up Social Security's finances, which can be done through relatively modest adjustments. Recent Wall Street losses prove that privatizing Social Security would be a dangerous gamble." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime Issues: Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Citizens United for the Rehabilitations of Errants. 2005-2006. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Representative Meek supported the interests of the Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants 70 percent in 2005-2006." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education Issues: Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Kendrick Meek. Letter To The Honorable Charlie Crist, Governor Of The State Of Florida. 13 April 2010. "Now, SB 6 says that a teacher's salary will be based partly on the learning gains of their students based on yet another set of time-consuming and stressful standardized tests. Yet, there are few if any researchers who believe that standardized tests are accurate indicators of whether a child is learning. Further, the bill eliminates due process and places all new teachers on annual contracts which may be non-renewed for any reason, including those which have nothing to do with classroom performance, and without recourse. The bill prohibits recognition for years of service or advanced degrees in determining teachers' salaries, and all incentives for teachers to receive advanced degrees or advanced certification are eliminated."
Yes Inferred Answer Environment and Energy Issues: Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Kendrick Meek. HR 2454. 111th Congress. To create clean energy jobs, achieve energy independence, reduce global warming pollution and transition to a clean energy economy. Project Vote Smart Summary: Kendrick Meek voted YES on 26 June 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Kendrick Meek. Issue Position: Energy and the Environment. "Recent events in the Gulf have shown that offshore oil drilling is dangerous for Florida's beaches, economy and military. Kendrick has been consistent in his opposition to new offshore drilling, particularly drilling closer to our beaches, even when President Obama said in March that he would open up new areas for drilling in the Atlantic and in the Gulf of Mexico. Kendrick recently launched a petition and proposed legislation calling for a moratorium on any new offshore drilling. In 2007, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) declared that evidence of global warming was "unequivocal" and that human activities have markedly increased atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases. Unless we make changes, experts uniformly expect that greenhouse-gas emissions will continue to grow and lead to uneven precipitation, more extreme weather events, and rising levels and temperature of ocean waters. This has already begun to effect Florida's fishing and agriculture industries, and Kendrick Meek believes we must do all we can to stem this tide." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Gun Issues: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Kendrick Meek. HR 6842. 111th Congress. To restore Second Amendment rights in the District of Columbia. Project Vote Smart Summary: Kendrick Meek voted YES on 17 September 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America - April Ratings gave Representative Meek a grade of F-." (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "In 2008 National Rifle Association gave Representative Meek a grade of D+, in its scorecard for candidates seeking office in 2008." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Issues: Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Kendrick Meek. HR 3962. 111th Congress. To provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Kendrick Meek voted YES on 7 November 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Kendrick Meek. Issue Position: Health Care. "Kendrick Meek believes that every American deserves access to affordable, quality health care. In the U.S. House, Kendrick has been a strong voice for increasing coverage for society's most vulnerable members, especially children and pregnant women. While moving to universal coverage will require a significant investment, it will cut costs and improve outcomes in the long run by reducing the use of emergency rooms for basic health care, encouraging the development of relationships with primary care physicians and change our focus to preventing disease. It will also help our economy by using technology to increase efficiency and reducing the burden small businesses bear in ensuring their employees have coverage." (votesmart.org)
  • Kendrick Meek. Kendrick Meek Reaffirms Support For Ensuring Quality, Affordable Health Care For All Americans. 21 March 2010. "Kendrick Meek today reaffirmed his support for ensuring quality, affordable health care for all Americans by supporting comprehensive health insurance reform legislation to provide needed insurance reforms for Americans with insurance, expand coverage for those who do not have insurance, lower costs for families and businesses, and begin to reduce the deficit." (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Representative Meek supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration Issues: Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Kendrick Meek. Immigration. 28 October 2010. "Kendrick is the only candidate who has consistently supported comprehensive immigration reform to provide a pathway to citizenship, secure our borders, uphold the rule of law, protect workers, and unite families. He firmly opposes the recent Arizona immigration law and would fight against any attempt to bring a similar measure to Florida. It is time to create a pathway to legalization for the nearly 12 million undocumented residents in the U.S. and provide them an opportunity to become tax-paying citizens and step out from the shadows of society. It is morally wrong, fiscally irresponsible, and logistically impossible for the government to pursue mass deportation for undocumented residents. It is unconscionable to have so many families and communities living in the shadows in constant fear of deportation. We need to modernize our current immigration system - including making long-term investments in the technology and resources that protect our borders, ports, and airports - so that it provides alternatives to unauthorized immigration and the lengthy backlogs that harm families and children. There is an urgent need for bipartisan action on this issue at the federal level. Comprehensive immigration reform is one of the few issues that both business and labor agree upon." (www.kendrickmeek.com)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 2007-2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Representative Meek supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 8 percent in 2007-2008." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso. 2007-2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Representative Meek supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute - March Progress Report 88 percent in 2007-2010." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer International Policy Issues: Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Kendrick Meek Sr. HR 4899. 111th Congress. Supplemental Appropriations Act. Project Vote Smart Summary: Kendrick Meek Sr.voted NO on Requiring Timetable for Withdrawal from Afghanistan on 1 July 2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Kendrick Meek Sr. HR 4899. 111th Congress. Supplemental Appropriations Act. Project Vote Smart Summary: Kendrick Meek Sr.voted NO on Limiting Afghanistan Military Funding to Withdrawal and Other Specified Purposes on 1 July 2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Kendrick Meek. Issue Position: Foreign Policy. "Kendrick was among the first to speak out against the Bush Administration's decision to shift attention and resources from al-Qaeda in Afghanistan to Saddam Hussein's Iraq. That diversion caused us to lose ground in Afghanistan. By all estimates, our military will continue to face many dangers as it fights to disrupt the Taliban and al-Qaeda." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Social Issues: Should marriage only be between one man and one woman? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Kendrick Meek. H J Res 88. 109th Congress. Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to marriage. Project Vote Smart Summary: Kendrick Meek voted NO on 18 July 2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Kendrick Meek. LGBT Civil Rights. 28 October 2010. "In 2008, Kendrick was an active supporter of the Say No to Amendment 2 Initiative (the Florida Red to Blue Campaign). This was an effort to fight a proposed amendment to the Constitution of Florida that defined marriage as between only one man and one woman and banned the creation of similar unions, such as civil unions." (www.kendrickmeek.com)
  • Kendrick Meek. Issue Position: Equality and Civil Rights. "In 2008, Kendrick was endorsed by the Human Rights Campaign, and he received an award from the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund in 2007 for his 'courageous leadership on behalf of equality for all Americans.' He supports issues of importance to the GLBT community, including hate crime prevention, employment nondiscrimination, and partner benefits." (votesmart.org)
  • Kendrick Meek. Marriage Protection Act of 2004. "Mr. Speaker, I rise today to voice strong objections to H.R. 3313, the so called Marriage Protection Act. This Act prohibits federal courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States, from hearing cases on the constitutionality of provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act, including those relating to same-sex marriage licenses. This bill is phony, and it is a sham. The title of the bill itself is false advertising. While claiming to 'protect' marriage, all the bill does is strip federal courts of jurisdiction so that they cannot even consider whether laws on same-sex marriages are consistent with our United States Constitution. For over 200 years, our Constitution has defined our nation and protected our rights. It is a document of empowerment, not limitation. But the Republican leadership wants to put a fence around it and padlock the gate, and they are doing it for purely political purposes." (votesmart.org)

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