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Tim Murphy's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (PA) - District 18, Republican
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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.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Tim Murphy. Issue Position: Pro-Life. 8 November 2011. "There is nothing he values more than the sanctity of human life and defending young children. This is evident by his perfect record on pro-life issues in Congress [¦] Congressman Murphy believes life begins at conception." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Murphy. House Fails to Protect the Rights of the Unborn. 6 December 2006. "It is a moral disappointment that Congress failed in its duty to stand up for the most vulnerable. An unborn child does not have the ability to defend itself. And as a Congress, we did not live up to our duty to protect them." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Murphy. E-News From Congressman Murphy. 22 January 2010. "The struggle to preserve the sanctity of life has gone on for generations, and will continue until the rights of every unborn child are guaranteed [¦] Our voices will not be silenced until every child is protected." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Murphy. Court Ruling Defies Sanctity of Life. 8 July 2005. "There is simply nothing more precious than the gift of life [¦] Congress will continue work endlessly to protect the lives of unborn children, and will not stop until this goal is accomplished." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Tim Murphy supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Murphy. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Tim Murphy voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Murphy. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Tim Murphy voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Tim Murphy supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Tim Murphy supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Murphy. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Tim Murphy voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Tim Murphy supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Murphy. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Tim Murphy voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Murphy. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Tim Murphy voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (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 Tim Murphy a rating of 44 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Murphy. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Tim Murphy voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Murphy. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Tim Murphy voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Medicare, Medicaid, and federal subsidies should be prohibited from being used on abortion procedures." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion. Other or expanded principles: "Further, I oppose legalization of partial birth abortion and late term abortion of viable infant"
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion. Other or expanded principles: "I oppose abortion with the exception of rape, incest, or if the life of the mother is endangered."
  • Tim Murphy. Twitter: RepTimMurphy. 27 June 2010. "Spoke at Nat RightToLife Convention Sat: Children deserve the chance to grow up to make choices for future. No life, no chances, no choices." (twitter.com)
  • Tim Murphy. Murphy Salutes Pro-Life Heroes. 22 January 2007. "Thirty-four years ago the Supreme Court ruled against the sanctity of life and against the rights of the unborn. Three decades later we are still fighting to reverse the decision [¦] Together we can continue to spread this hope and let families know that choosing life is the right choice and the only choice because every child is wanted." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial-birth" abortion."
Yes Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

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  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "j) Should the United States increase military support for Afghanistan?" Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international policy. Other or expanded principles: "The primary interest of the United States should be to take care of our own citizens first on economic, educational and healthcare needs. Following that, the role the United States plays in other countries must be determine on the best interest and impact international action would have on the welfare of American citizens first."
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Tim Murphy supported the interests of Peace Action West 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "e) Should the United States increase military support to Afghanistan?" 2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Central and East Asia. Other or expanded principles: "Responses to items B & C depend on the circumstances and level of threat."
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "j) Should the United States increase military support for Afghanistan?" Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international policy. Other or expanded principles: "Congress approved military action in Iraq before I began serving as Congressman. I am unhappy with certain decisions made leading up to the war and those made since it began; both politically and strategically. Policy errors followed which negatively impacted our military strategies and communications not only in Iraq but back here at home. I support a full transition of control over to the Iraqi military, coupled with a measured redeployment of our troops out of Iraq. A redeployment and draw down of American troops must occur under circumstances maintaining safety and not require more troops to return to Iraq."
  • Tim Murphy. Issue Position: Homeland Security. 1 January 2011. "The U.S. approach to Afghanistan has changed substantially since we first invaded after 9/11. Securing the long term peace means we have to work on all of these complex issues. And it has to be done in cooperation with other nations, but primarily, Afghanistan success will depend on the Afghans themselves. It will be difficult, but clearly the alternative of allowing the Taliban and Al-Qaeda to grow again in Afghanistan and expand their terrorism throughout the world is unacceptable." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Tim Murphy supported the interests of the Peace Action 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Murphy. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Tim Murphy voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Murphy. President Announces U.S. to Begin Withdrawal from Afghanistan. 24 June 2011. "'We need to give our troops a clear picture of what the mission is and what victory looks like, and as goals are met by all means let's bring them back home,' said Murphy. 'But to let al Qaeda and the Taliban know we're working on a timeline puts success in question and allows them to simply wait us out.' Given that the President also discussed unrelated matters like Libya and the need to invest in renewable energy, Rep. Murphy asked whether the President's decision was based on factors unrelated to the conditions in Afghanistan and America's long-term national security [¦] 'Our goal was to stop al Qaeda so it wasn't a threat to American citizens, and our mission then grew to stop the Taliban because they would not help us and fought against us. Deciding whether to staying or go is not a choice of interventionism versus isolationism, otherwise what are we doing in Libya ? The President owes it to the American people and our Armed Forces to lead, and leadership means making choices based upon the conditions in the battlefield, not on arbitrary timelines.'" (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tim Murphy. E-News From Congressman Murphy. 8 July 2011. "We can have a strong national defense and find savings at the Department of Defense when our federal government is borrowing forty cents of every dollar it spends." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Murphy. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Tim Murphy voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Murphy. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Tim Murphy voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Murphy. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Tim Murphy voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Murphy. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Tim Murphy voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Murphy. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Tim Murphy voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Murphy. Information on the 911th. 8 October 2012. "I am committed to reducing federal spending, but not on the backs of our troops and veterans. While we need to be cutting waste " like the massive number of contractors who work at the Pentagon " we should not take away vital resources and equipment from our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines. It is unconscionable to make cuts at the expense of service members and their families, who are being asked to sacrifice so much for our country. Please take a moment and review the timeline, documents, and interview I have listed below." (murphy.house.gov)
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. [?] c) Defense"
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. c) Defense"
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" 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. c) Defense"
  • Tim Murphy. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Tim Murphy voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Murphy. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Tim Murphy voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Murphy. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Tim Murphy voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Murphy. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Tim Murphy voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (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

  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?" Budgetary, Spending, and Taxes, Part 3: Taxes (B) Other or expanded principles: "I believe that in order to balance our federal budget we need to reduce taxes, continue to spur economic growth, reduce our nation's energy costs, and institute reforms in health care to increase federal revenue while reducing federal spending."
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?" Budgetary, Spending, and Taxes, Part 3: Taxes (B) Other or expanded principles: "Instituting health care reforms would drastically reduce the amount of money our country spends on health care by $500 billion per year. Because the federal government is the largest purchaser of healthcare, we have the oppurtunity and the respsonsibility to lead by example and use the power of the federal government to transform health care to lower costs, improve efficiency and not just give people what they want but give them the healthcare they need."
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Tim Murphy supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Tim Murphy supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 80 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Tim Murphy supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 69 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Murphy signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I, Tim Murphy, pledge to the taxpayers of the 18th 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." (atr.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tim Murphy. Rep. Murphy's Response to the State of the Union Address. 25 January 2011. "You can dress it up and call it a different name, but at the end of the day, greater 'government investment' is just a creative way to describe spending the public's money [¦] The era of 'spend today, pay tomorrow' is over and we now begin the task of cutting up the government credit card and begin scaling back from past years' spending." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Murphy. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Tim Murphy voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Murphy. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Tim Murphy voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Tim Murphy supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 90 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 Tim Murphy a rating of 61 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Murphy. Issue Position: Reducing Taxes & Spending. 8 November 2011. "Leaving behind mountainous debt should not be the legacy we leave to future generations. For that reason, Tim has been a strong supporter of reducing government spending." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Murphy. America Must Seek Long Term Economic Solutions. 28 January 2008. "Ultimately, the best economic stimulus package is a job. We must move beyond short-term government spending initiatives and focus on long-term solutions to create jobs. Otherwise, the effect the stimulus package will be short lived and ineffective." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Murphy. E-News From Congressman Murphy. 11 December 2009. "Congress simply cannot continue spending at this rate. Small businesses and families will be handed the bill to pay for nearly half trillion in spending [¦] This legislation continues the trend of the government spending more than we can afford." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Murphy. E-News from Congressman Murphy. 21 May 2010. "Throwing money around and hoping that jobs are created is not sound economic recovery policy. Just because Congress holds the checkbook doesn't mean there's money in the bank, and we should not spend money we do not have." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Murphy. House Passes Bill Cutting the Line on Spending. 22 June 2006. "Everyone talks about reducing government spending, but every years we find outrageous projects such as an indoor rainforest being paid for with our tax dollars. Today's legislation will curb such wasteful spending, and bring more accountability and transparency to the federal budget process." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Murphy. Murphy Responds to Latest News on Breakdown of Debt Ceiling Negotiations. 9 July 2011. "The evidence is clear from every direction that the policies of this Administration of more government spending, a miserably failed stimulus package (costing taxpayers $278,000 plus dollars per job) [¦] and the increase in our national debt of $58,000 per second, is suffocating our jobs and economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Murphy. Twitter: RepTimMurphy. 30 January 2011. "Need to cut govt spending. Will be on Fox News at 5PM to discuss bal. budget amdt." (twitter.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tim Murphy. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Tim Murphy voted Yea on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Murphy. Issue Position: Reducing Taxes & Spending. "Tim understands that the best way to get our economy moving is by letting families and job creators keep more of their hard-earned money. To that end he has consistently supported middle class tax relief and tax incentives for job creators to help reinvest in their own companies to hire more employees. The bottom line is, taxing families and job creators in the middle of an economic downturn will not get our economy moving again." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Murphy. Murphy Announces Formation of Bipartisan Energy Working Group. 30 March 2011. "The legislation puts America directly on the path to energy independence by encouraging the development of our own resources. The Group will introduce legislation dedicating an estimated $2.2 to $3.7 trillion in royalty and lease payments from offshore energy production for investments in alternative energy and energy efficiency, lower emissions at power plants, clean water and rebuilding America's infrastructure. The bill also extends tax incentives for clean energy production and conservation to foster new, long-term investments in clean energy technology. "America has vast reserves of domestic energy that can harness our transition to a new energy economy that will lead us closer to independence from our dangerous reliance on foreign oil," said Shuster. "I am pleased to have the opportunity to work with my colleagues on these important issues. It is past time that we invest in domestic energy to create American jobs and power our nation with American energy."" (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

  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania 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)."
  • Tim Murphy. Congressman Murphy Pushes for Improvements to No Child Left Behind. 28 June 2005. "The No Child Left Behind Act has been a big step forward in bringing accountability to our nation's schools, but much of it hinges on an assessment system that does not give us all the information parents and teachers need." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. [?] d) Education"
  • Tim Murphy. Issue Position: Education. 27 September 2012. "To ensure our money is being spent wisely, Tim has long supported increased accountability from our students and teachers. He wants No Child Left Behind to be reformed so that student achievement is measured fairly and accurately. Accountability is a must, but teachers deserve to know that they will be given a fair shake." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania 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)."
  • Tim Murphy. School Accountability Critical to Education Reform. 24 June 2011. "As Congress prepares for reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) -- the primary source of federal aid to school districts -- Congressman Murphy is advocating that the new law incorporate changes on how student success is measured so taxpayers can be assured that their money is being well spent." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly 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"
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education. Other or expanded principles: "States should set educational standards to measure and assess student progress using growth models. States must also focus on increasing support for failing schools."
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support the federal government funding universal pre-K programs."
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Education"
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Providing education is not a responsibility of the federal government."
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)."
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Tim Murphy supported the interests of Environment America 53 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Murphy. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Tim Murphy voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Murphy. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Tim Murphy voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Murphy. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Tim Murphy voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Support domestic oil exploration in areas that are currently restricted." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "We must invest in clean coal technology; efficient highway/road systems; efficient public transit. We must also lift the US self-imposed imbargo of our own energy resources."
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Support opening a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "Incentives are a vital tool in encouraging the development of energy efficient cars and buildings. Our country must explore domestically for sources of oil and natural gas. The United States should set a national goal to cut foreign dependence by 50 percent within 10 years."
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "We must invest in clean coal technology; efficient highway/road systems; efficient public transit. We must also lift the US self-imposed imbargo of our own energy resources."
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "Incentives are a vital tool in encouraging the development of energy efficient cars and buildings. Our country must explore domestically for sources of oil and natural gas. The United States should set a national goal to cut foreign dependence by 50 percent within 10 years."
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "Incentives are a vital tool in encouraging the development of energy efficient cars and buildings. Our country must explore domestically for sources of oil and natural gas. The United States should set a national goal to cut foreign dependence by 50 percent within 10 years."
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "m) Support the Kyoto Protocol to limit global warming."
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania 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." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "We must invest in clean coal technology; efficient highway/road systems; efficient public transit. We must also lift the US self-imposed imbargo of our own energy resources."
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits under "cap and trade" laws."
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Support the U.S. re-entering the Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "Incentives are a vital tool in encouraging the development of energy efficient cars and buildings. Our country must explore domestically for sources of oil and natural gas. The United States should set a national goal to cut foreign dependence by 50 percent within 10 years."
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Support Clear Skies Act to reduce power plant emissions by setting a national cap on pollutants." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "Incentives are a vital tool in encouraging the development of energy efficient cars and buildings. Our country must explore domestically for sources of oil and natural gas. The United States should set a national goal to cut foreign dependence by 50 percent within 10 years."
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Tim Murphy. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Tim Murphy voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Murphy. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Tim Murphy voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Tim Murphy supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Tim Murphy supported the interests of Environment America 53 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Renew the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" 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." On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories. Other or expanded principles: "I support improvement of national instant background checks"
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania 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."
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns. Other or expanded principles: "We need to maintain a ban on felons possessing guns and increase prosecution of felons found in possession guns."
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow individuals to carry concealed guns."
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns. Other or expanded principles: "Increase enforcement of federal laws regarding the illegal purchase & possession of guns by criminals."
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Reauthorize the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Tim Murphy. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Tim Murphy voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Murphy. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Tim Murphy voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Murphy. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Tim Murphy voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Tim Murphy in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Tim Murphy supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 0 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Tim Murphy a grade of 91." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Murphy. Issue Position: Protecting the Second Amendment. 8 November 2011. "While some believe that the government should have the right to confiscate guns during times of emergency or to limit the Second Amendment right of Americans, Tim firmly believes in the individual right to keep and bear arms. As a fundamental constitutional right not to be infringed upon, Tim has supported legislation that confirms these rights and also believes federal dollars should be spent enforcing the laws already on the books designed to hold criminals accountable and not on the creation of new laws that further infringe upon the rights of responsible gun owners." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Providing healthcare is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal healthcare program to guarantee coverage to all Americans, regardless of income."
  • Tim Murphy. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Tim Murphy voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Tim Murphy supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 20 percent in 2010." (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

  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Illegal immigrants should be given a pathway to citizenship."
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Illegal immigrants should have to return to their countries of origin before being considered for citizenship." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration. Other or expanded principles: "First we must secure the borders, enforce the current immigration laws on the books and hold employers who knowingly hire illegals to be held accountable. I oppose automatic amnesty for those who entered this country illegally. I support programs that assist legal documented aliens/residents become naturalized citizens. Those who have not followed the rules of immigration should not be rewarded at the expense of those who did follow our nation?s immigration laws."
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States."
  • Tim Murphy. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Tim Murphy voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Murphy. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Tim Murphy voted Yea on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Tim Murphy supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Tim Murphy 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 Tim Murphy in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Tim Murphy supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Murphy. DREAM Act Delivers Amnesty for Millions of Illegal Immigrants. 8 December 2010. "The House of Representatives passed this evening H.R. 5281, the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act of 2010, by a vote of 216-198. Congressman Tim Murphy (PA-18) opposed the legislation [¦] 'The outgoing Democrat majority in Congress is DREAMing if they believe a majority of Americans support granting amnesty and giving federal benefits to illegal immigrants. When will they wake up? States right now cannot pay for Medicaid. With this act, Congress burdens states with millions of more recipients that they cannot afford,' said Rep. Murphy [¦] 'The DREAM Act is not immigration reform. In fact, it is the antithesis of reform because once an individual files an application for DREAM Act benefits, no matter how fraudulent, the federal government is prohibited from deporting that person.' (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Murphy. Issue Position: Immigration. 1 January 2011. "Congressman Murphy opposes amnesty because it will only encourage more illegal immigrants to enter. Our nation is in need of an immigration policy overhaul to prevent illegal immigration, yet welcome those who choose to come to the U.S. legally. Those who have entered the country unlawfully should not be allowed to go to the front of the line and be permitted to stay here." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Murphy. Press Releases “ Murphy Backs Border Enforcement Legislation Trifecta. 21 September 2006. "It will now be easier for law enforcement to arrest, detain, and deport illegal aliens, especially those who are extremely dangerous to our communities. Our government is sending a clear signal to anyone thinking about trying to cross into the country illegally that they will be caught and sent home." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Murphy. The Almanac “ Congressman Murphy Discusses Deficit At Town Meeting. 11 August 2010. "I don't think we should be any shortcut to citizenship. I am okay with expanding visas, but if you don't have one, you can't stay here. I do not like the idea of blanket amnesty." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?"
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "j) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?"
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "k) Should marriage be restricted to a union only between a man and a woman?"
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "i) Do you support a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between a man and woman?"
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman?"
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Tim Murphy supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 85 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Murphy. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Tim Murphy voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Tim Murphy supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Tim Murphy supported the interests of the American Family Association 88 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Murphy. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Tim Murphy voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Tim Murphy supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Tim Murphy supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 18 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Murphy. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Tim Murphy voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (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

  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "f) Do you support a policy of pre-emptive strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to national security?"
  • Tim Murphy. Special Message from Congressman Murphy on Recent Events in the War on Terror. 3 May 2011. "We must continue to be vigilant and unwavering in our commitment to hunting down and stopping terrorists wherever they may hide, not just in Afghanistan and Pakistan but in Syria, Yemen and any other countries that harbor and fund mass murderers." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Murphy. Murphy's Statement on the Death of Osama bin Laden. 2 May 2011. "The death of Osama bin Laden at the hands of the United States military sends an unmistakable message to terrorists everywhere: America will not stop until the mission is complete. And we will continue this effort so long as terrorism remains a threat to freedom-loving people around the globe." (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

  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania 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."
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania 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."
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "" for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts that they manage themselves."
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania 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."
  • Tim Murphy. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania 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."
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Tim Murphy supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 90 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Tim Murphy. E-News from Congressman Murphy. 20 August 2010. "The monthly Social Security check provides retirees with a stable retirement income and a level of protection against poverty [¦] I will continue to fight any proposals which seek to privatize social security benefits, increase the retirement age, or reduce benefits. First and foremost, Congress must end the raid on the Trust Fund and get our fiscal house in order." (votesmart.org)

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Pennsylvania 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.
Xd) 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.
Xg) Medicare, Medicaid, and federal subsidies should be prohibited from being used on abortion procedures.
h) Other or expanded principles.

Further, I oppose legalization of partial birth abortion and late term abortion of viable infant

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
Maintain Statuse) Environment
Slightly Increasef) FEMA
Maintain Statusg) Homeland security
Slightly Decreaseh) International aid
Maintain Statusi) 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
Maintain Statuso) Space exploration programs
Slightly Increasep) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Greatly Decreaseq) United Nations
Maintain Statusr) Welfare
s) Other or expanded categories
2) Defense Spending
Maintain Statusa) Armed forces personnel training
Maintain Statusb) Intelligence operations
Maintain Statusc) Military hardware
Maintain Statusd) Modernization of weaponry and equipment
Maintain Statuse) National missile defense
Slightly Increasef) Pay for active duty personnel
Maintain Statusg) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Maintain Statush) Research and development of new weapons
Maintain Statusi) Troop and equipment readiness
j) Other or expanded categories

Defense spending should be based on a careful analysis of current and future defense and security needs, not for political reasons.

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
Maintain Statusa) Less than $12,000
Maintain Statusb) $12,001-$40,000
Maintain Statusc) $40,001-$100,000
Maintain Statusd) $100,001-$180,000
Maintain Statuse) $180,001-$350,000
Maintain Statusf) $350,001 and above
g) Other or expanded categories

I oppose raising taxes.

Other Taxes
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Maintain Statusf) Inheritance taxes
g) Other or expanded categories

I oppose tax increases.

Deductions/Credits
Maintain Statusa) Charitable contribution deduction
Maintain Statusb) Child tax credit
Maintain Statusc) Earned income tax credit
Slightly Increased) Medical expense deduction
Maintain Statuse) Mortgage deduction
Maintain Statusf) Student loan credit
g) Other or expanded categories

I oppose tax increases and support extending current tax credits (ie: child tax credit).

Yes4) 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

Earmark spending should be clearly disclosed and based on a defined local need for funding that cannot be met at the municipal level without a federal match, such as public works projects and infrastructure upgrades. Additionally, the death tax impacts the ability of small businesses to invest in jobs because they must purchase large amounts of life insurance to protect against the inheritance tax burden.

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.
f) Support instant run-off voting (IRV).
g) Support designating Election Day as a national holiday.
h) Support giving the President the power of the line item veto for items concerning appropriations.
i) Support limiting the President's use of signing statements in order to prevent an alternative interpretation of the bill.
j) Support a federal shield law to protect reporter-source privilege.
k) Other or expanded principles

Any and all contributions to candidates (or contributions in direct support of their campaigns) by outside groups should be clearly disclosed, even when that support does not directly go to support the candidates (such as the case with 527 political organizations).

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.
Xa) 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.
Xf) Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
Xg) Support strict penalties for internet crime (e.g. hacking, identity theft, worms/viruses).
h) Require that crimes based on sexual orientation be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
i) Other or expanded principles

I support increasing penalties for crimes against children and all forms of child abuse.

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.
Xc) 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.
Xb) 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.
g) Include sexual orientation in federal anti-discrimination laws.
h) 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.
a) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Water Act.
b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act.
Xc) 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.
Xf) 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.
Xi) Support research and development of nuclear reactors as an alternative energy source.
j) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits under "cap and trade" laws.
Xk) Support international mandatory emission targets to limit global warming.
l) Support international voluntary emission targets to limit global warming.
m) Other or expanded principles

We must invest in clean coal technology; efficient highway/road systems; efficient public transit. We must also lift the US self-imposed imbargo of our own energy resources.

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.
d) Restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
e) Other or expanded principles

I support improvement of national instant background checks

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health.
a) Implement a universal healthcare program to guarantee coverage to all Americans, regardless of income.
b) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts.
c) Allow the importation of prescription drugs into the United States.
d) Support expanding prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
e) Offer tax credits to individuals and small businesses to offset the cost of insurance coverage.
f) Support expanding child healthcare programs.
g) Providing healthcare is not a responsibility of the federal government.
h) Other or expanded principles

I have dedicated my public service career to ensuring every American has affordable, accessible, patient-centered healthcare. The above questions don't address the crisis in our healthcare system: Over $400 billion dollars is wasted each year from inefficiency and errors, leading to safety and quality concerns. I seek solutions that solve the problem of waste in the system and improving patient safety. The debate on healthcare cannot just be over who pays for healthcare but how we fix it. A broken system is not fixed by shifting payment to families, employers or taxpayers but with fundamental reforms to quality and accessibility.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration.
a) Decrease the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country.
Xb) 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.
Xf) 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

First we must secure the borders, enforce the current immigration laws on the books and hold employers who knowingly hire illegals to be held accountable. I oppose automatic amnesty for those who entered this country illegally. I support programs that assist legal documented aliens/residents become naturalized citizens. Those who have not followed the rules of immigration should not be rewarded at the expense of those who did follow our nation?s immigration laws.

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

Aid should not be provided to countries that actively support terrorists, undermine the economic security or national security of the United States

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?
b) 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?
d) Should the United States support the Lebanese government against insurgent forces?
e) Should the United States maintain its troop levels in Iraq?
f) Should the United States withdraw its troops from Iraq?
g) Discuss your proposals for Iraq.

Congress approved military action in Iraq before I began serving as Congressman. I am unhappy with certain decisions made leading up to the war and those made since it began; both politically and strategically. Policy errors followed which negatively impacted our military strategies and communications not only in Iraq but back here at home. I support a full transition of control over to the Iraqi military, coupled with a measured redeployment of our troops out of Iraq. A redeployment and draw down of American troops must occur under circumstances maintaining safety and not require more troops to return to 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?
k) Should the United States trade nuclear fuel to India for civilian purposes?
l) Should the United States decrease financial support for Pakistan?
m) 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?
Undecidedo) Should the United States be involved in bringing an end to the violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo?
Undecidedp) Should the United States provide economic and military support to the Transitional Government of Somalia?
q) Should the United States use sanctions to encourage the government of Zimbabwe to end its human rights abuses?
r) Should the United States support the creation of an independent nation of Kosovo?
s) Other or expanded principles

The primary interest of the United States should be to take care of our own citizens first on economic, educational and healthcare needs. Following that, the role the United States plays in other countries must be determine on the best interest and impact international action would have on the welfare of American citizens first.

International Trade
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international trade.
Yesa) Do you support the United States imposing economic sanctions on China?
Yesb) 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

Trade agreements must only be entered into under conditions that do not harm the US economy or US workers. Further, the countries we enter into trade agreements with must follow the same envorinmental regulations, work place standards and worker rights that companies located in the United States must follow. Without a level playing field, the United States can't fairly compete with goods produced in foreign nations that have no minimum standards in place.

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?
Yesb) 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?
e) Do you support pre-emptive military strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to United States national security?
f) Do you support the creation of a federal identification card system?
g) Do you support long-term use of National Guard troops to supplement the armed forces in assignments overseas?
h) Should the United States expand its missile defense shield?
i) Other or expanded principles

Issues related to national security and the defense of our nation are are extremely complex; no blanket "yes" or "no" answer can suffice. The circumstances under which the United States exerts military power in other nations must be decided upon individually with all conditions reviewed thoroughly.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.
Noa) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?
Yesb) 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?
Nod) Do you support federal funding to create lines of stem cells from new embryos?
Noe) Should the federal government consider race and gender in government contracting decisions?
f) Should the federal government continue affirmative action programs?
g) 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

The US Government must stop using social security trust fund to pay for other government programs. The money in the trust fund should only be used towards social security benefits.

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.
c) 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.

Our health care system is broken. Simply funding a broken system will not solve the problems that result in rising costs and lives lost. With more than $400 Billion in waste, redundancy, and errors, our health care system must be fixed as well as financed. Government must be a force for change, including improving patient safety, eliminating infections, implementing disease management, electronic prescription and records technology, and integrated care. Additionally, the US must lift the self-imposed emabargo on its own natural resources. Our nation is losing its competitive edge because we are dependent on foreign sources of expensive energy.

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