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Charles 'Charlie' W. Dent

Charlie Dent's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Charles 'Charlie' W. Dent
Office: U.S. House (PA) - District 15, Republican
First Elected: 11/02/2004
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 15
Primary May 20, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Pamela; 3 Children: Kathryn, William, Jack
Birth Date: 05/24/1960
Birth Place: Allentown, PA
Home City: Allentown, PA
Religion: Presbyterian
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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 2014, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Charlie Dent. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Charlie Dent voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Charlie Dent supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 66 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Charlie Dent supported the interests of the Family Research Council 62 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Charlie Dent in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Dent. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Charlie Dent voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Charlie Dent supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Dent. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Charlie Dent voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Dent. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Charlie Dent voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Dent. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Charlie Dent voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Charlie Dent a rating of 88 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Charlie Dent supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 57 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Dent. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Charlie Dent voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Dent. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Charlie Dent voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Charles Dent. Issue Position: Homeland Security & National Defense. 3 November 2011. "We must succeed in Afghanistan, leaving al Qaeda and the Taliban with nowhere to populate and gain strength [¦] We cannot rest in our efforts to prevent any future attacks." (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Dent. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Charlie Dent voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Charlie Dent supported the interests of Peace Action West 38 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Charlie Dent supported the interests of the Peace Action 38 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Dent. Afghanistan War Powers Resolution. 10 March 2010. "I rise in strong opposition to this House Concurrent Resolution 248 that directs the President to remove U.S. Armed Forces from Afghanistan within 30 days of adoption of this resolution unless the President determines that it is not safe to remove U.S. forces before the end of the 30-day timeline. But even if there is an identified danger, U.S. forces would still have to be removed by December 31 [¦] There is a clear and present danger in removing our men and women from the field while they are engaged in the first major assault of President Obama's reaffirmed counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan." (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Dent. Congressman Dent Encouraged By Capture Of Senior Taliban Military Leader. 16 February 2010. "The capture of a Taliban leader [¦] highlights the importance of our military surge in Afghanistan announced by the Administration last fall with my support." (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Dent. Congressman Dent's Statement On The President's Plan For Afghanistan. 2 December 2009. "I support the President's decision to increase our force presence in Afghanistan to resist the resurgent Taliban and al Qaeda forces in that country and along the Pakistani border. President Obama has referred to the war in Afghanistan as a 'war of necessity,' and I agree." (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Dent. Declaring that the United States Will Prevail in the Global War on Terror. 16 June 2006. "In Afghanistan, a resurgent Taliban is attempting to undermine the efforts of the United states and our NATO allies. The threat from these murderous extremist terrorists remains real [¦] The United States and our NATO allies must remain resolute in Afghanistan." (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Dent. Dent Objects to Steele's Comments. 6 July 2010. "American and allied troops are engaged in an ongoing struggle to ensure that radical, Islamist extremists may never launch future attacks on our homeland or find aid, comfort and sanctuary in Afghanistan." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Charlie Dent. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Charlie Dent voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Dent. Dent Votes For Bill To Strengthen National Defense. 15 December 2011. "I am pleased the current spell of political wrangling in Washington has not impacted Congress's ability to pass critical national security legislation like H.R. 1450 [¦] This bill ensures members of our armed forces, especially those stationed in Afghanistan and remaining in Iraq, possess the training, resources, and equipment they need to win the global war on terror. It also guarantees our military remains the most powerful and modern force in the world, fully capable of defending the American people from potential foreign aggressors and international terrorist networks." (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Dent. Issue Position: National Defense. 1 January 2012. "My greatest responsibility as an elected official is to ensure that our homeland is protected, that our troops on the frontlines in Afghanistan, Iraq and across the globe have the resources they need to get the job done. For generations, service men and women, as well as their families selflessly dedicated their lives to serve in our Armed Forces, striving each day to protect our Homeland and the freedoms that we cherish. Today is no different. With our troops stationed all over the world I am committed to providing them with the resources and support they need to complete their tasks and missions." (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Dent. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Charlie Dent voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Dent. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Charlie Dent voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Dent. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Charlie Dent voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Dent. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Charlie Dent voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Dent. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Charlie Dent voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Dent. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Charlie Dent voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Dent. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Charlie Dent voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (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

  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Charlie Dent supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 68 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Charlie Dent supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 65 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Charlie Dent supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Dent signed Americans for Tax Reform: The Taxpayer Protection Pledge. "I Charles Dent pledge to the taxpayers of the 15th district of the state of Pennsylvania and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (www.atr.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Charles Dent. Dent Statement on June Jobs Report. 8 July 2011. "The first step we must take to create an environment that encourages productive and sustained job growth is fundamentally addressing our nation's unsustainable spending habits and crushing debt burden." (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Dent. Twitter: DentforCongress. 15 April 2011. "Just voted for the House Republican's budget. We preserve Medicare, cut $6T in spending and create a pro-growth economic environment." (twitter.com)
  • Charles Dent. Twitter: DentforCongress. 31 July 2010. "Stimulus. Cash for Clunkers. Health Care. Wall Street Reform. All equals this: Washington's answers are wrong." (twitter.com)
  • Charlie Dent. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Charlie Dent voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Charlie Dent supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 80 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Dent. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Charlie Dent voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (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 Charlie Dent a rating of 59 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Dent. Congressman Dent Statement On President's State Of The Union. 27 January 2010. "We must take steps to turn this economy and promote job creation. More 'jobs legislation' that just spends money recklessly, like the 'stimulus' bill, isn't the answer. Instead of helping, Washington has been hindering a sustainable recovery." (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Dent. Dent Disappointed by June Jobs Report. 2 July 2010. "Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi continues to push anti-growth legislation that [¦] dramatically inflates government spending. This is certainly not a formula for fostering job creation." (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Dent. Dent Opposes Continuing Resolution. 8 December 2010. "At a time when our national debt continues to increase, it is critical that we work diligently to reduce government spending." (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Dent. Dent Statement on House Passage of Fiscal Year 2012 Budget Resolution. 15 April 2011. "Understanding the record-breaking spending levels of the recent past are simply unsustainable, H.Con.Res. 34 freezes discretionary spending below pre-Stimulus levels for the next five years. I recognize the impact of these cuts will be felt across the country, but difficult steps must be taken today to guarantee a prosperous and secure tomorrow." (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Dent. Rep. Dent Votes Against "Stimulus II," Last-minute Spending Spree That Still Misses The Job-Creation Mark. 16 December 2009. "If the majority wants to create jobs there are a number of ways to restore confidence and boost private-sector hiring. But excessive spending on government growth is the wrong way to go." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Charles Dent. Issue Position: Job Creation and Economic Growth. 3 November 2011. "First and foremost, we should provide small businesses with a tax deduction equal to 20 percent of their income. American companies should also be allowed to recoup reasonable and necessary business expenses in order to foster greater business investment." (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Dent. Congressman Dent Statement On President's State Of The Union. 27 January 2010. "Congress needs to [¦] cut taxes for small businesses and innovators who will invest their money more wisely than Congress." (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Dent. Dent Disappointed by July Jobs Report. 11 August 2010. "Congress clearly has the desire and ability to accelerate our economic recovery, but we must do so by promoting investment and entrepreneurship, providing tax relief to families and businesses, controlling spending while working to reduce the deficit, and resisting the implementation of costly regulations on employers." (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Dent. Dent Disappointed by November Jobs Report. 3 December 2010. "Preventing tax increases from taking effect in the New Year will allow small businesses to devote greater resources to job creation and capital improvements." (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Dent. Dent Opposes Tax Increases. 2 December 2010. "I am especially frustrated that today's legislation fails to prevent tax increases on small businesses -- the very businesses Americans will rely on to create jobs and lead our economic recovery." (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Dent. Issue Position: Economy. 3 November 2011. "By focusing primarily on job-creating, hard infrastructure projects, and providing individuals, small businesses, and manufacturers with targeted tax relief, this alternative would have created twice the jobs at half the cost." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Charles Dent. Rep. Dent Signs Pledge To Support America's Schoolchildren. 25 January 2007. "Rep. Dent signs pledge to support America's schoolchildren [¦] The pledge, signed by almost 70 members of both parties in Congress, asks all co-signers to: Improve the No Child Left Behind Act to give school districts better measures for student and school performance, and the support needed to close the achievement gap." (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Dent. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2011. "I believe the Federal government has an important role to play in supporting state and local governments by setting goals and providing funding that will ensure that all children have the opportunity to thrive in the classroom." (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Dent. Congressman Dent Presents Committee With Suggestions On No Child Left Behind Reauthorization. 16 May 2007. "I think we can all agree that NCLB, legislation which was built on the foundation of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, can help us confront one of our nation's greatest challenges, ensuring that every child receives the academic tools they need to succeed in the future." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Charlie Dent. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Charlie Dent voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Dent. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Charlie Dent voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Charlie Dent supported the interests of Environment America 60 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Dent. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Charlie Dent voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Charlie Dent. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Charlie Dent voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Charlie Dent supported the interests of Environment America 60 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Charlie Dent supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 40 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Dent. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Charlie Dent voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Charlie Dent in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Dent. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Charlie Dent voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Charlie Dent a grade of 91." (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Dent. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Charlie Dent voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Dent. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Charlie Dent voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Dent. Congressman Dent Applauds High Court Ruling for Second Amendment. 26 June 2008. "I believe the right of the people to bear arms is a central tenet in a free society." (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Dent. Issue Position: Justice and Law Enforcement. 3 November 2011. "I firmly believe in the Second Amendment right of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms, and I have been a staunch defender of this freedom." (votesmart.org)
  • Colby Itkowitz, Nicole Radzievich" and Adam Clark. The Morning Call: Candidates take stands on gun control. 27 July 2012. "Republican Congressman Charlie Dent said he would be against reinstating a ban on assault weapons or restrictions on ammunition. He said he and his sons might go through 300 rounds in one afternoon at a sporting club where they shoot clay pigeons. "I believe existing laws give law enforcement the tools they need," he said. Among those he has supported: criminal background and mental health checks on people applying to buy a gun." (articles.mcall.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Charlie Dent supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 40 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Dent. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Charlie Dent voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Charles Dent. Dent Opposes DREAM Act. 9 December 2010. "I am frustrated the only bill brought before the House in the 111th Congress regarding immigration overlooks the serious problems we are experiencing on our borders [¦] 'Instead, the DREAM Act creates a new program for millions of undocumented aliens. I am particularly frustrated that certain conditions in this legislation will permit unauthorized aliens to compete with Americans citizens for federally-subsidized higher education programs [¦] Again, I am concerned Congressional leaders are advancing veiled amnesty bills through the legislative process while our borders remain porous [¦] Rather than focusing our attention on imprudent proposals like the DREAM Act, Congress must be working to restrict illegal entry into the United States." (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Dent. Issue Position: Border Security. 26 September 2012. "Charlie OPPOSES granting amnesty to illegal immigrants and has shown initiative and innovative leadership on this issue." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Charlie Dent supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 17 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Charlie Dent supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Dent. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Charlie Dent voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Charlie Dent in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Charlie Dent in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Dent. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Charlie Dent voted Yea on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Dent. Op-Ed By Rep. Dent: Senate Immigration Bill Was A Failure From The Start. 21 June 2007. "The U.S. Senate recently defeated S. 1348, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007. I glad this bill has failed, but I caution that its supporters will try again. We never considered the bill the House of Representatives, but what I saw of S. 1348, I didn't like. First, the bill would have allowed nearly every illegal immigrant to apply for probationary status and ultimately to seek long-term admission to this country. This is a form of amnesty, and it is very troubling. We are a nation of laws, and we should promote respect for those laws. Amnesty undermines that respect, and I am opposed to it on that basis alone." (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Dent. Senate Immgration Bill. 29 June 2007. "I am disappointed that the Senate continues to maintain a ``Z'' visa program within the text that would reward illegal behavior. Not withstanding how its proponents choose to characterize this plan, it represents de facto amnesty and is unfair to those who have patiently pursued the citizenship process legally." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Charlie Dent. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Charlie Dent voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Dent. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Charlie Dent voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Charlie Dent in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Charlie Dent supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 27 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Charlie Dent supported the interests of the Family Research Council 57 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Charlie Dent supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 43 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Charlie Dent supported the interests of the American Family Association 55 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Charlie Dent. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Charlie Dent voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Charlie Dent supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 57 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Charles Dent. Congressman Dent Calls For Revoking Radical Cleric's Citizenship. 22 April 2010. "As recent reports highlight, the U.S. government views al-Awlaki as a proven threat, and will take him dead or alive [¦] Being a citizen of the United States of America is more than a right; it's a responsibility. By his own actions, al-Awlaki has voluntarily surrendered his citizenship, and we should take the necessary steps to acknowledge that. Further should al-Awlaki be captured, his rights should be limited to those of an alien held abroad in military detention." (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Dent. Dent Response to Death of Osama bin Laden. 2 May 2011. "While the death of Osama Bin Laden is certainly a major step forward in international efforts to dismantle terrorist organizations like Al-Qaeda, it does not signal an end to the global war on terror. We must remain dedicated to combating extremism and vigilant in working to prevent terrorist attacks in the United States and abroad." (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Dent. Dent Statement on Death of Anwar al-Awlaki. 30 September 2011. "The death of Anwar al-Awlaki is another significant victory in the global war on terror. I applaud the American military and intelligence community for eliminating one of the single greatest threats to our nation's security. On the heels of the killing of Osama bin Laden in May, the death of al-Awlaki will add further disorder to the already reeling al-Qaeda network and its affiliates across the globe. I commend President Barack Obama for his commitment to eliminating the threat posed by al-Awlaki." (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Dent. Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011. 12 May 2011. "But the point I want to make about the amendment is that the amendment simply directs the Director of National Intelligence and the CIA that within 90 days of this act to provide the congressional intelligence committees all information possessed by the DNI and the CIA relating to the pursuit and targeting of one Anwar al-Awlaki by the Federal Government as well as an analysis of the legal impediments to pursuing the capture of Anwar al-Awlaki [¦] I simply believe that if an individual takes up arms with al Qaeda or the Taliban or any other terrorist organization, foreign terrorist organization that is intent on killing Americans, that we should treat them just as we would an individual who is an agent of a foreign government or part of a foreign army. That's the whole point." (votesmart.org)
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

  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Charlie Dent supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 90 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Charles Dent. Issue Position: Social Security and Medicare. 1 January 2012. "I DO NOT SUPPORT privatizing Social Security." (votesmart.org)

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