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Lou Barletta's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (PA) - District 11, Republican
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Lou Barletta has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads.

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Issue Positions

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

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1016/rating/7720 (votesmart.org)
  • "I am pro-life, so receiving this endorsement from the National Right to Life Political Action Committee makes me extremely proud. Innocent life should be protected at every stage of development.” http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/47143/lou-barletta/#.VagSDnV3nfY (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1016/rating/7720 (votesmart.org)
  • "I am pro-life, so receiving this endorsement from the National Right to Life Political Action Committee makes me extremely proud. Innocent life should be protected at every stage of development.” http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/47143/lou-barletta/#.VagSDnV3nfY (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

  • Signed a pledge stating, "I, Lou Barletta, pledge to the taxpayers of the 11th 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." http://www.atr.org/current-list-taxpayer-protection-pledge-signers-a5597 (www.atr.org)
  • “All that said, I disagree with the president's premise that raising taxes on anyone will stimulate the economy. To increase taxes on capital gains would be to discourage private investment in enterprise and entrepreneurship. And without investment, there will be a drag on job creation.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/971787/barletta-statement-on-obama-budget-proposal/?search=taxes#.VagYWnV3nfY (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a pledge stating, "I, Lou Barletta, pledge to the taxpayers of the 11th 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." http://www.atr.org/current-list-taxpayer-protection-pledge-signers-a5597 (www.atr.org)
  • “All that said, I disagree with the president's premise that raising taxes on anyone will stimulate the economy. To increase taxes on capital gains would be to discourage private investment in enterprise and entrepreneurship. And without investment, there will be a drag on job creation.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/971787/barletta-statement-on-obama-budget-proposal/?search=taxes#.VagYWnV3nfY (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “President Obama says Congress isn't doing anything to help create jobs, but the fact that 22 House-passed job-creating bills sit in the Senate prove that he's incorrect. This is the same president who told the American people that his $1 trillion stimulus plan would keep unemployment under 8 percent. We can't wait for the president to call on the Senate to act […]” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/651794/rep-barletta-statement-on-todays-jobs-report/?search=Stimulus#.VjovRmwViko (votesmart.org)
  • “But Congress looted the fund to pay for their extravagant spending bills. And its continuing everyday. An astonishing $4 trillion so far. It's time to give that money back.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/368718/issue-position-social-security/?search=spending#.VageaHV3nfY (votesmart.org)
  • “President Obama says Congress isn't doing anything to help create jobs, but the fact that 22 House-passed job-creating bills sit in the Senate prove that he's incorrect. This is the same president who told the American people that his $1 trillion stimulus plan would keep unemployment under 8 percent. We can't wait for the president to call on the Senate to act […]” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/651794/rep-barletta-statement-on-todays-jobs-report/?search=Stimulus#.VjovRmwViko (votesmart.org)
  • “There is no way to sugarcoat it -- Congress and the President are spending our country into servitude, piling up a debt we may never be able to repay.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/506665/issue-position-spending#.VagXRHV3nfY (votesmart.org)
  • “But Congress looted the fund to pay for their extravagant spending bills. And its continuing everyday. An astonishing $4 trillion so far. It's time to give that money back.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/368718/issue-position-social-security/?search=spending#.VageaHV3nfY (votesmart.org)
  • “There is no way to sugarcoat it -- Congress and the President are spending our country into servitude, piling up a debt we may never be able to repay.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/506665/issue-position-spending#.VagXRHV3nfY (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "So many times people ask me, 'Why can't the government create more jobs?' Most often, the best answer is that the most important thing that government can do to create jobs is to get out of the way. Small business owners and entrepreneurs know better how to spend their resources, grow their own companies, and create jobs in the private sector. If we can make it easier for them to invest and grow, we ought to make those decisions every time." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/971769/barletta-supports-tax-relief-for-small-businesses/?search=tax#.Vagh_XV3nfY (votesmart.org)
  • “We should have a detailed discussion about dedicated funding mechanisms for much-needed improvements to our transportation infrastructure systems. Additionally, I also believe that the middle class desperately needs tax relief, as many families are still finding it difficult to raise families in an economy that continues to sputter, particularly in my part of Pennsylvania. These are among the areas where we can find common ground.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/971787/barletta-statement-on-obama-budget-proposal/?search=tax#.VagiynV3nfY (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.1105 “Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015” http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54353#.V3wrinVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "So many times people ask me, 'Why can't the government create more jobs?' Most often, the best answer is that the most important thing that government can do to create jobs is to get out of the way. Small business owners and entrepreneurs know better how to spend their resources, grow their own companies, and create jobs in the private sector. If we can make it easier for them to invest and grow, we ought to make those decisions every time." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/971769/barletta-supports-tax-relief-for-small-businesses/?search=tax#.Vagh_XV3nfY (votesmart.org)
  • “We should have a detailed discussion about dedicated funding mechanisms for much-needed improvements to our transportation infrastructure systems. Additionally, I also believe that the middle class desperately needs tax relief, as many families are still finding it difficult to raise families in an economy that continues to sputter, particularly in my part of Pennsylvania. These are among the areas where we can find common ground.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/971787/barletta-statement-on-obama-budget-proposal/?search=tax#.VagiynV3nfY (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.1105 “Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015” http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54353#.V3wrinVTQfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The Keystone XL pipeline is shovel-ready and means jobs, specifically in the Pennsylvania manufacturing industry. It's an important step toward energy independence and lower prices for consumers. The environmental impact of the project has been studied to death. There is really no reason -- other than politics -- to oppose the construction. At long last, common sense should prevail. My hope is that when the president sees the support the pipeline enjoys across the country, he will drop his threat of a veto." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/971837/barletta-statement-on-keystone-xl-pipeline/?search=Keystone#.Vagji3V3nfY (votesmart.org)
  • “[…] the Obama Administration rejected the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would have imported oil from Canada (our largest foreign trading partner) and created 20,000 jobs.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/852888/issue-position-energy/?search=Keystone#.VagjLHV3nfY (votesmart.org)
  • "The Keystone XL pipeline is shovel-ready and means jobs, specifically in the Pennsylvania manufacturing industry. It's an important step toward energy independence and lower prices for consumers. The environmental impact of the project has been studied to death. There is really no reason -- other than politics -- to oppose the construction. At long last, common sense should prevail. My hope is that when the president sees the support the pipeline enjoys across the country, he will drop his threat of a veto." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/971837/barletta-statement-on-keystone-xl-pipeline/?search=Keystone#.Vagji3V3nfY (votesmart.org)
  • “[…] the Obama Administration rejected the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would have imported oil from Canada (our largest foreign trading partner) and created 20,000 jobs.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/852888/issue-position-energy/?search=Keystone#.VagjLHV3nfY (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Even before the announcement of the NSPS greenhouse gas rules, the harm inflicted by recent regulatory attacks on jobs and coal were clear. Rules such as Mercury and Air Toxics Standards have raised the cost of doing business in the electric utility industry by billions of dollars annually and mandated pollution control technologies that either do not exist or are commercially unviable.” http://simpson.house.gov/uploadedfiles/signed_congressional_letter_to_obama_on_nsps_ghg_proposals_07222013.pdf (simpson.house.gov)
  • “The EPA is an unelected bureaucracy which is trying to set standards that are simply impossible for the coal industry to reach. This legislation offers a more reasonable, more likely solution to reducing greenhouse gas, while also sparing the coal industry and the thousands of Pennsylvanians it employs from a potential shutdown." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/854828/barletta-defends-coal-industry-from-epa-overreach/?search=greenhouse%20gas#.VaglQXV3nfY (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

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  • “Gun control advocates believe that the best way to stop crime is to limit your rights. I could not disagree more.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/368695/issue-position-2nd-amendment#.VagmnXV3nfY (votesmart.org)
  • “As your Congressman, I will fight to protect the rights of law-abiding citizens on every front. I will always vote to protect and support your right to own and use firearms, including the protection of gun shows, hunting, and other conservation efforts; reciprocity for concealed-carry permit holders; range protection; and the ability to defend yourself, your family, and your property.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/506672/issue-position-second-amendment#.VagmRHV3nfY (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/47143/lou-barletta/37#.V3wsJnVTQfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "To be clear, forcing volunteer fire companies to comply with Obamacare will not extend health insurance to the uninsured. Rather, it will close firehouses, placing people at risk." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/971829/house-unanimously-passes-barletta-bill-protecting-volunteer-firefighters-from-obamacare/?search=obamacare#.VagqpXV3nfY (votesmart.org)
  • "It's not good enough to simply get rid of Obamacare, we must replace it with something that works […]” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/971784/barletta-votes-to-repeal-obamacare-paves-way-for-market-based-replacement/?search=obamacare#.VagpdXV3nfY (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.3762 “Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015” http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/55150#.V3wsvnVTQfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Rated 0% by the Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/47143/lou-barletta/76#.V3wuDHVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens Voice "Rep. Barletta strongly believes that marriage is between one man and one woman. The question of civil unions should be decided at the state level.” http://citizensvoice.com/news/where-local-lawmakers-stand-on-gay-marriage-1.1321308 (citizensvoice.com)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I'm against personal savings accounts. How much clearer could I be? The public has said it's against personal accounts, so let's take that idea off the table."http://votesmart.org/public-statement/344839/#.VagurHV3nfY (votesmart.org)
  • "I am against privatization. I am against personal accounts." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/47143/lou-barletta/#.VagVJnV3nfY (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.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
d) 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.
Xg) Other or expanded principles

I support the prohibition of partial birth abortion. I support incentives that encourage adoption as an alternative to abortion.

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
Slightly Decrease Fundingb) Arts
Greatly Increase Fundingc) Defense
Maintain Funding Statusd) Education
Maintain Funding Statuse) Environmental
Slightly Decrease Fundingf) International Aid
Slightly Increase Fundingg) Law Enforcement
Maintain Funding Statush) Medical Research
Maintain Funding Statusi) National Aeronautical Space Administration (NASA)
Maintain Funding Statusj) National Parks
Maintain Funding Statusk) Public Health Services
Maintain Funding Statusl) Scientific Research
Slightly Increase Fundingm) Terrorism Prevention
Slightly Increase Fundingn) Transportation and Highway Infrastructure
Maintain Funding Statuso) 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
Slightly Increase Fundingb) Covert intelligence operations
Slightly Increase Fundingc) Military hardware
Slightly Increase Fundingd) Pay for active duty personnel
Slightly Increase Fundinge) National Missile Defense Program
Maintain Funding Statusf) Programs to improve military retention rates
Maintain Funding Statusg) Research and development of new weapons
Slightly 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
Maintain Statusa) Less than $25,000
Slightly Decreaseb) $25,000 - $75,000
Slightly Decreasec) $75,000 - $150,000
Maintain Statusd) Over $150,000
e) Other or expanded categories
Income Taxes - Retiree Income
Slightly Decreasef) Over $40, 000
g) Other or expanded categories
Other Taxes
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Decreaseb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Decreased) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Eliminatef) Inheritance taxes
g) Other or expanded categories
Deductions/Credits
Slightly Increasea) Charitable deductions
Maintain Statusb) Medical expense deductions
Maintain Statusc) Mortgage deductions
Slightly Increased) Child tax credit
Maintain Statuse) Earned income tax credit
Slightly Decreasef) 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.
Xd) 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.
h) 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?
n) Other or expanded principles
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.
d) 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.
Xi) 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.
Xk) Support programs that provide job training and placement services for at-risk youth.
Xl) Other or expanded principles

Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults if they are at least 12 years old.

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.
Xc) 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.
Xa) 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.
Xg) Increase funding for computers and computer training in public schools.
h) Increase funding for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
Xi) 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.
l) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment and affirmative action.
Xa) 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.
Xj) Continue federal affirmative action programs.
k) Discontinue federal affirmative action programs.
l) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources.
Xa) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Water Act.
Xb) 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.
Xh) 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.
k) Other or expanded principles
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.
c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) 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.
g) 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

Child safety locks should be recommended options, not mandated, to promote safety.
Existing licensing and background check requirements should be maintained.

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.
g) 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

People who are vulnerable and senior citizens should have access to healthcare.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration.
a) Decrease the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country.
b) 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.
h) Other or expanded principles
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.
Xd) 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.
e) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the United States-United Nations relationship.
a) 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.
d) Other or expanded principles
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
No1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
No2) 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)?
No4) Do you support China becoming a member of the World Trade Organization?
Yes5) 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?
Undecided3. 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.
a) 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

I oppose privatization. I would consider allowing individuals the option of investing a portion of their Social Security tax in secured personal accounts under government oversight. I would not allow their investments to be placed in the private sector and invested in the stock market.

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.
Xe) Other or expanded principles

The government should encourage these industries to help monitor and weed out potentially negative influences, particularly for our younger audiences.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding poverty and the welfare system.
Xa) 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.
Xh) 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.
Xk) Other or expanded principles

A safety net should be provided that allows a smooth transition from welfare to work.

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.

Recent economic problems hit Northeastern Pennsylvania hard, so my first priority is to stop the mounting losses and bring new jobs and new hope to the region. I bring a fresh perspective, a cooperative spirit, and successful business background. My other top priorities include homeland security (because our neighborhoods are the first line of defense) and senior issues (because we need to protect the benefits they've worked a lifetime to earn).

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