Representative Ken Calvert's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 42, Republican
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Ken Calvert has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads.

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Issue Positions

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

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  • Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions. "Support" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26777/ken-calvert/#.VbJvB3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 7 "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50973 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26777/ken-calvert#.VbJunHUVhHw (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Everyone who works hard deserves to keep the money they earn and, in turn, spend or save as they see fit. By letting the people keep more of their income, they are able to spend more on goods and services thereby contributing to a robust national economy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/580924/issue-position-taxes#.VbJvbHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a pledge stating "I, Ken Calvert, pledge to the taxpayers of the state of California, and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/813534/americans-for-prosperity-federal-taxpayer-protection-pledge#.VbJwpXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.8 "Job Protection and Recession Prevention Act of 2012" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/42053 (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/26777/ken-calvert/ (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "When taxes are raised, people are inclined to spend less and our economy suffers. That is why, since my first term in office, I have consistently worked for lower taxes and less government spending." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/580924/issue-position-taxes#.VbJvbHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Our national debt continues to pose a serious threat to our future economic growth and national security. If we fail to act, these threats will grow and the risk to our country will be far greater. President Obama's budget plan leads to more spending, more debt, and more kicking the can down the road." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/961071/rep-calvert-votes-for-balanced-budget#.VbJwU3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470 (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "When taxes are raised, people are inclined to spend less and our economy suffers. That is why, since my first term in office, I have consistently worked for lower taxes and less government spending." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/580924/issue-position-taxes#.VbJvbHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R.1105 "Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54353 (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a pledge stating "I, Ken Calvert, pledge to the taxpayers of the state of California, and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/813534/americans-for-prosperity-federal-taxpayer-protection-pledge#.VbJwpXUVhHw (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I support the reevaluation of the federal role in education and believe that federal policy must always balance the need for standards and accountability with the rights of students, families and teachers while preserving local control of K-12 education." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/983735/issue-position-education#.VbJx5XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "As a strong believer in local control of education – and a limited federal role – I voted against a proposal by the majority Democrats during the last session to add more than $10 billion to the president's education budget. I also opposed an additional $84 million in federal grants for minority colleges in 2006." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/345745/issue-position-education#.VbJxPHUVhHw (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S. 1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.Va0_uXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Mr. Speaker, I rise today in strong support of H.R. 3, the Keystone XL Pipeline Act. The legislation would immediately authorize the construction, connection, operation, and maintenance of the Keystone XL pipeline." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/946435/keystone-xl-pipeline-act/?search=xl#.VbJycnUVhHw (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Federal incentives and coordinated research in developing energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies are a critical component of solving our energy problems." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/557485/issue-position-energy#.VbJyp3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "In the long term, we must make significant investments that will help our country lead the world in the development and production of energy efficient and renewable energy technologies." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/826866/issue-position-energy-and-the-environment#.VbJzMnUVhHw (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I have and will continue to oppose efforts to impose harmful regulations, taxes and fines that will kill jobs in America and raise energy prices for hard working families. Economists across the board agree that cap-and-trade regulations would result in significant job losses and dramatic increases in gasoline prices. I will not place these additional burdens on my constituents." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/557485/issue-position-energy#.VbJyp3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S.j.Res.23 "A Joint Resolution Providing for Congressional Disapproval Under Chapter 8 of Title 5, United States Code, of a Rule Submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency Relating to "Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New, Modified, and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54616 (votesmart.org)
  • "The cap and tax bill will increase the price of fossil fuels, with the cost passed on to consumers. The point of the bill is to force Americans to use less energy and force energy providers to create new, alternative sources. The result is that millions of Americans will lose their jobs as more and more companies leave an unfriendly business environment in the U.S." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/438510/rep-calvert-blasts-dangerous-cap-and-tax-bill#.VbJzb3UVhHw (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 93% by the National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26777/ken-calvert/37#.VbJzwHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Americans are understandably concerned by any source of violence that may threaten them or their loved ones. I am once again disappointed that rather than having a meaningful conversation about the root causes of violence, President Obama is once again trying to restrict a fundamental, constitutionally-protected right." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1041853/rep-calvert-statement-on-obamas-executive-action-to-restrict-2nd-amendment-rights (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H Amdt 1098 "Prohibits District of Columbia from Implementing Certain Firearm Laws" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/49464#.Va6IlHUVhHw (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provision in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51284#.VbJ03nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Today's decision by the Supreme Court is clearly disappointing to me and my constituents who overwhelmingly believe ObamaCare is a deeply flawed law." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/986510/rep-calvert-statement-on-the-supreme-court-obamacare-ruling#.VbJ1BnUVhHw (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Today, the House sent President Obama a message that his attempt to grant amnesty through unconstitutional executive actions is an affront to the democratic process that has served our nation well for more than two hundred years." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/953880/rep-calvert-votes-to-block-obamas-unconstitutional-executive-amnesty-plan#.VbJ1nHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe that people have a right to be upset about the slow response of the government and to expect that the president and Congress will now get deadly serious about stopping further illegal immigration and finding humane ways to make it clear to those already in this country illegally that they need to go back to their own countries if they want to apply for U.S. citizenship." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/345743/issue-position-illegal-immigration#.VbJ1SnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50625 (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26777/ken-calvert/76#.VbJ3CHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "On November 4, 2008, a majority of Californians voted to define marriage as between a man and woman in our state. There is no higher authority in our government than the will of the people. I understand this cause is an emotional one, but emotion should not be used to trample the voice of the majority. I strongly urge the California Supreme Court not undo such a clear statement of public will." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/419638/rep-calvert-urges-california-supreme-court-to-reaffirm-the-will-of-the-people-uphold-proposition-eight (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe that marriage should be defined as the union between one man and one woman and that our public policies should foster strong, traditional families." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/419638/rep-calvert-urges-california-supreme-court-to-reaffirm-the-will-of-the-people-uphold-proposition-eight#.VbJ14XUVhHw (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "On September 11th, the lives of over three thousand innocent people were taken in senseless acts of terror. The Armed Forces of the United States of America are on the forefront of this fight and they need the support necessary to both deter aggression and defeat our adversaries." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/342769/issue-position-defense-and-homeland-security#.VbJ3NnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Along with our coalition partners, our military should enforce a no-fly zone over Syria and help establish safe zones that would allow Syrians to remain in their country. American special operations forces can and should play a larger role in the fight without having our troops 'lead the fight.' In addition, we must work with our coalition partners to provide those fighting on the ground and our allies in the region with intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assets, as well as appropriate weapons." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1041895/the-press-enterprise-ken-calvert-war-on-terror-comes-to-the-inland-empire (votesmart.org)
  • "The U.S. must support our allies and hold our adversaries accountable for their actions and defend against rogue states with nuclear ambitions, such as Iran and North Korea . America must defend itself from a position of strength, not weakness and keep all options on the table to protect our homeland from attack." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1067550/issue-position-national-security/?search=Iraq (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I have always been, and will continue to be, dedicated to working toward a solution so that all who have paid into the Social Security system will benefit fairly." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/342808/issue-position-social-security#.VbJ4K3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 8% by Alliance for Retired Americans http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/26777/ken-calvert/53 (votesmart.org)
  • "Some plans seek to create voluntary individual retirement accounts to replace the current system, and others would retain part of the current system while adding individual accounts. I believe that younger Americans who want to move towards higher yield investments should have that option as long as today's seniors and near seniors will not be affected by such a transition." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/569282/issue-position-social-security-and-medicare#.VbJ39XUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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Congressional Election 2002 National Political Awareness 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) concerning abortion.

a) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legally available.
Xc) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
Xd) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
Xe) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
Xf) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
g) Other or expanded principles

Budgetary Priorities

Using the key below, indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category.

Maintain Funding Statusa) Agricultural
Eliminate Fundingb) Arts
Greatly Increase Fundingc) Defense
Slightly Increase Fundingd) Education
Maintain Funding Statuse) Environmental
Slightly Decrease Fundingf) International Aid
Greatly Increase Fundingg) Law Enforcement
Greatly Increase Fundingh) Medical Research
Slightly Increase Fundingi) National Aeronautical Space Administration (NASA)
Maintain Funding Statusj) National Parks
Slightly Increase Fundingk) Public Health Services
Greatly Increase Fundingl) Scientific Research
Greatly Increase Fundingm) Terrorism Prevention
Greatly Increase Fundingn) Transportation and Highway Infrastructure
Greatly Decrease Fundingo) Welfare
p) Other or expanded categories

Defense Spending

Using the key below, indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number per category.

Slightly Increase Fundinga) Armed Forces personnel training
Greatly Increase Fundingb) Covert intelligence operations
Slightly Increase Fundingc) Military hardware
Slightly Increase Fundingd) Pay for active duty personnel
Greatly Increase Fundinge) National Missile Defense Program
Slightly Increase Fundingf) Programs to improve military retention rates
Slightly Increase Fundingg) Research and development of new weapons
Greatly Increase Fundingh) Troop and equipment readiness
i) Other or expanded categories

Taxes

Using the key below, indicate what levels you support concerning taxes, deductions, and tax credits in the following categories. Select one number per tax.

Income Taxes - Family Income

Eliminatea) Less than $25,000
Slightly Decreaseb) $25,000 - $75,000
Slightly Decreasec) $75,000 - $150,000
Slightly Decreased) Over $150,000
e) Other or expanded categories

Income Taxes - Retiree Income

Slightly Decreasef) Over $40, 000
g) Other or expanded categories

Other Taxes

Slightly Decreasea) Alcohol taxes
Eliminateb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Decreased) Corporate taxes
Slightly Decreasee) Gasoline taxes
Eliminatef) Inheritance taxes
g) Other or expanded categories

Deductions/Credits

Maintain Statusa) Charitable deductions
Slightly Increaseb) Medical expense deductions
Maintain Statusc) Mortgage deductions
Slightly Increased) Child tax credit
Slightly Increasee) Earned income tax credit
Maintain Statusf) Student loan tax credit
g) Other or expanded categories

Taxes

Yes2) Should a married couple filing jointly pay the same taxes as if they were an unmarried couple filing separately?
No3) Would you use Social Security surpluses to balance the budget?
4) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and governmental reform issues.

a) Support public taxpayer funding for congressional candidates who comply with campaign spending limits.
Xb) Increase the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns.
c) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
d) Provide free or low-cost television advertising to candidates who agree to voluntary campaign spending limits.
e) Ban unregulated soft money campaign contributions to political parties or committees.
Xf) Prohibit non-U.S. citizens from making soft money contributions to national parties or party committees.
Xg) Require full disclosure of funding sources of issue advocacy commercials which appear within 60 days of an election.
Xh) Remove all contribution limits to federal candidates and parties.
Xi) Require congressional candidates to raise over half of their campaign money from their home state.
Xj) Require that unions give members the option of not having membership dues used for political purposes.
Yesk) Support the federal government mandate that creates national voting system standards.
Nol) Do you support amending the Constitution to limit the number of terms that members of Congress can serve?
Yesm) Do you support voting on-line?
Xn) Other or expanded principles

50% in district for House of Representatives.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.

a) Eliminate the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
Xb) Increase spending to build more federal prisons.
Xc) Impose "truth in sentencing" for violent criminals so they serve full sentences with no chance of parole.
Xd) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xe) Support programs to provide prison inmates with drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
Xf) Increase funding for community policing programs.
g) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
h) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, and disability be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
i) Enforcement of civil rights should primarily be the responsibility of the federal government.
Xj) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
k) Support programs that provide job training and placement services for at-risk youth.
Xl) Other or expanded principles

Deport all resident aliens convicted of a felony.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning illegal drugs.

Xa) Increase penalties for selling illegal drugs.
Xb) Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
c) Expand federally sponsored drug education and drug treatment programs.
d) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Xe) Increase border security to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the U.S.
f) Eliminate federal funding for programs associated with the "war on drugs."
g) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning education.

a) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
Xb) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any publicly-funded school.
Xc) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any participating school: public, private or religious.
Xd) Support charter schools where teachers and professionals receive authorization and funding to establish new schools.
e) Increase funding for block grants to states to help them hire additional teachers.
Xf) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
g) Increase funding for computers and computer training in public schools.
h) Increase funding for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
i) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs.
Xj) Increase funding of programs such as Pell grants and Stafford loans to help students pay for college.
Xk) Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college.
Xl) Other or expanded principles

Allow prayer in school. Eliminate bilingual education.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment and affirmative action.

a) Increase funding for national job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
Xb) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xc) Establish empowerment zones in areas with large numbers of unemployed people.
Xd) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
Xe) Encourage employers to offer flex-time scheduling, comp-time, and unpaid leave for family emergencies.
f) Eliminate any federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
g) Increase the federal minimum wage.
h) Considering race and gender in government contracting decisions is appropriate for the federal government.
i) Include sexual orientation in federal anti-discrimination laws.
j) Continue federal affirmative action programs.
Xk) Discontinue federal affirmative action programs.
l) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources.

a) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Water Act.
b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act.
Xc) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration.
d) Support the U.S. re-entering the current Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming.
Xe) Require states to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses of privately owned land.
Xf) Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
h) Provide tax credits for state and local bonds to preserve open spaces, build parks, improve water quality and redevelop brownfields.
i) Support the National Forest Protection and Restoration Act prohibiting commercial logging in our national forests.
Xj) Provide states and local communities with more flexibility to address their respective environmental problems.
Xk) Other or expanded principles

Use peer-reviewed science in all regulations. Invest federal dollars in hi-tech pollution research.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.

a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Xc) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Xd) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Xe) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
Xg) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
h) Require a license for gun possession.
i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21.
Xj) Other or expanded principles

No federal database of gunowners. Instant-check only.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues.

a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government.
b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income.
Xc) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights to define and enforce the rights of insured patients, including greater access to specialists and emergency rooms, wider choice of health care providers, and appeal mechanisms when claims are denied.
Xd) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes the right to sue when claims are denied.
Xe) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes the right to appeal to an administrative board of specialists when services are denied.
Xf) Support legislation to provide prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
Xg) Increase research funding of the human genome to find cures for diseases such as cancer, AIDS/HIV, Alzheimer's, and heart disease.
Xh) Increase federal funding for training health workers to recognize and respond to the release of biological agents.
Xi) Prohibit the procedure of cloning human embryos.
Xj) Other or expanded principles

Patients Bill of Rights must include limitations on punitive damages.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration.

Xa) Decrease the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country.
Xb) Provide extra federal aid to states with higher numbers of immigrants for necessary medical and social services.
c) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children.
d) Increase the immigration quota for computer scientists and other information technology workers.
Xe) Establish English as the official U.S. language.
Xf) Collect fingerprint data from all U.S. visa applicants which would be accessible to all federal immigration-related agencies.
g) Allow legalization for certain illegal immigrants working in the U.S.
Xh) Other or expanded principles

No general amnesty for illegal aliens.

International Aid

Indicate which principles (if any) you support regarding U. S. economic assistance.

Xa) Aid should be granted to countries when extraordinary circumstances cause disaster and threaten civilian lives.
Xb) Aid should be granted to countries when it is in the security interests of the U. S.
Xc) Aid should be granted to countries that are close allies of the U. S. and in need of financial/military assistance.
d) Aid should be eliminated for any nation with documented human rights abuses.
e) Aid programs should be scaled back and eventually eliminated except for extraordinary circumstances.
f) Other or expanded principles

International Policy

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the Middle East.

a) The U.S. should take military action against Iraq only as part of an international effort.
b) The U.S. should end the economic embargo against Iraq.
c) The U.S. should not continue to play a prominent leadership role in the peace process between Israel and the Palestine Authority.
d) The U.S. should support the formation of a Palestinian state.
Xe) Other or expanded principles

The U.S.should support Israel's right to exist as a free and secure state.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the United States-United Nations relationship.

Xa) The U.S. should participate in United Nations peacekeeping missions only when vital U.S. interests are involved.
b) The U.S. should not commit military troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions.
c) The U.S. should withdraw completely from the United Nations.
Xd) Other or expanded principles

U.S. forces should never be commanded by a foreign commander.

No3) Should the U.S. have full diplomatic relations with Cuba?
Yes4) Should the U.S. recognize and extend full diplomatic relations to Taiwan?
Yes5) Should the U.S. increase its financial support to Colombia for the "war on drugs?"
Yes6) Do you support the cooperative threat reduction programs with Russia to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons? ___ Yes ___ No ___ Undecided
Yes7) Do you support the recent withdrawal of the U.S. from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) treaty in order to deploy a national missile defense system?
Yes8) Should the U.S. hold nations accountable for terrorists who operate from their country?
9) Other or expanded principles

International Trade

Yes1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
Yes2) Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
Yes3) Do you support continued U.S. membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
Yes4) Do you support China becoming a member of the World Trade Organization?
Undecided5) Should a nation's human rights record affect its normal trade relations (most favored nation) trading status with the United States? ___ Yes ___ No ___ Undecided
Yes6) Should the President have "fast-track" authority to negotiate trade agreements?
Yes7) Do you support the trade embargo against Cuba?
8) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding national security.

Yes1. Do you support the President using military tribunals to try terrorist suspects when the President deems ordinary civil courts to be inappropriate or impractical?
Yes2. Should the U.S. adopt higher qualification rules for student visa applications from nations known to sponsor terrorism?
Yes3. Should law enforcement agencies be granted greater discretion to read mail and email, tap phones, and conduct random searches to prevent future terrorist attacks?
Yes4. Should federal law enforcement agencies share intelligence data with local law enforcement agencies?
Yes5. Should the federal government provide states with funding for homeland security?
6. Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security.

Xa) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves.
b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government.
c) The federal government should invest a portion of Social Security's assets collectively in stocks and bonds instead of U.S. Treasury securities.
d) Increase the payroll tax to better finance Social Security in its current form.
e) Lower Social Security's annual cost-of-living increases.
Xf) Support a "lock box" measure, limiting Congress's ability to spend Social Security and Medicare surpluses on any other federal programs except Social Security and Medicare, until each program's long-term solvency is guaranteed.
Xg) Other or expanded principles

Any changes to Social Security should not harm retirees or near-retirees.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding technology.

Xa) Continue the moratorium on Internet sales taxes.
b) Implement regulation of Internet content by the federal government.
Xc) Regulation of the Internet should not be controlled by the federal government.
d) Support government mandates to curtail violent and sexual content on television.
e) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding poverty and the welfare system.

a) Support housing assistance for welfare recipients.
Xb) Provide homeless families with apartment vouchers they can use to defray the cost of an apartment.
Xc) Continue to give states and local governments responsibility for welfare programs through TANF block grants.
Xd) Maintain current welfare-to-work requirements in order for states to qualify for block grants.
e) Restore food stamp programs to legal immigrants.
Xf) Transfer homeless housing programs to states through block grants.
g) Provide continued Medicaid benefits for those welfare recipients who have moved from welfare to work.
h) Require states to return any unused welfare block grant funding to the federal government.
Xi) Direct federal poverty aid through religious, community-based, or other non-profit organizations.
j) Provide states with additional funding for Medicaid programs to alleviate increasing state budget deficits.
k) Other or expanded principles
In a total of seventy-five (75) words or less, please explain what your top two or three priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional funding needed to implement these priorities.

My top three legislative priorities are education, transportation and national/homeland security.

I voted for President Bush's plan that demands schools meet strict standards and gives local districts the tools and flexibility they need to attain those goals.

Southern California needs better, safer roads and I will demand California gets its fair share of available federal transportation dollars.

I support efforts to guard our borders, patrol our streets, and hunt down terrorists and countries harboring terrorists.

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Just $5 from everyone reading this would do it.