Michele Bachmann's Political Positions

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Michele Bachmann refused to tell citizens where she stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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Issue Positions

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

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  • Michele Bachmann. CNN Republican Debate - Transcript. 13 June 2011. "I am 100 percent pro-life. I've given birth to five babies, and I've taken 23 foster children into my home. I believe in the dignity of life from conception until natural death. I believe in the sanctity of human life. And I think the most eloquent words ever written were those in our Declaration of Independence that said it's a creator who endowed us with inalienable rights given to us from God, not from government. And the beauty of that is that government cannot take those rights away. Only God can give, and only God can take. And the first of those rights is life. And I stand for that right. I stand for the right to life." (votesmart.org)
  • Susan B. Anthony List. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Susan B. Anthony List endorsed Michele Bachmann in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Michele Bachmann voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Michele Bachmann in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Michele Bachmann supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Michele Bachmann supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (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 Michele Bachmann a rating of 13 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Michele Bachmann supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Michele Bachmann supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Michele Bachmann voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Michele Bachmann voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Michele Bachmann in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Right to Life. 22 January 2008. "It's easy when your child is suffering with an unplanned pregnancy to say it's okay, I'll support you, I'll take you to that abortion clinic, I will pay for that abortion. But they don't always recognize that there is a price that that young woman will pay for the rest of her life in her emotion because her arms will be forever empty, and she'll know that there is a baby that could have been hers and yet was not, or a young man who knows he could have been a father to that baby. Parents, think again." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Issue Position: Minnesota Values. 15 March 2011. "I firmly believe the right to life extends to all people - including the born and unborn." (votesmart.org)

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  • Michele Bachmann. Bachmann Calls on Obama to Define Afghanistan Mission and Hold Afghanistan Accountable for the Death of Four Soldiers over the Burning of the Koran. 25 February 2012. "Our mission must remain to provide a stable Afghanistan, to defeat the Taliban and all violent Islamist terrorists, and to keep America free, safe and sovereign. I call on the President to reaffirm that mission and demand an apology for the deaths of the four soldiers killed over this incident." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Fox 'Hannity' “ Transcript. 24 June 2010. "We all want to make sure that the terrorists are defeated and that Al Qaeda does not gain a foothold in Afghanistan." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Michele Bachmann supported the interests of Peace Action West 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Michele Bachmann voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Michele Bachmann supported the interests of the Peace Action 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Bachmann Reacts To President's Speech On Afghanistan. 1 December 2009. "While it's important to acknowledge that U.S. forces will not be in Afghanistan forever, we must not have a concrete time line for withdrawal as it will ultimately hurt our effort and energize our enemies. Clearly, it's in the vital interests of the United States to defeat the Taliban, destroy Al Qaeda, and establish a free, sovereign Afghanistan that can govern and look after its own people. Anything less and we're guaranteeing almost certain instability and chaos in the region. But going forward, we must be in it to win it because if we engage in this effort halfheartedly, then the war is already lost." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Bachmann Responds to Administration's Claim that the War on Terror is Over. 27 April 2012. "It is completely absurd for the administration to declare the War on Terror is over. However, if the President believes that the War on Terror is truly over, then he should be consistent with that pronouncement. As a Member of Congress, I intend to hold the President accountable for his declaration [¦] I can assure you Mr. President; the War on Terror is not over. On a recent trip to Afghanistan, I personally met one of our brave young soldiers who had, just hours before our meeting, lost both of his legs to an enemy explosive. Our brave men and women are fighting to defeat a real enemy. The War on Terror is not over. The administration's declaration that the War on Terror has ended follows its ever-softening stance toward Islamic extremists. I believe the recent statement by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, General Martin Dempsey, directing the Defense Department to purge its training materials of any reference to Islamic terrorism and Islamists could weaken our national security. The FBI took a similar stance on its training materials in the last few months. These statements and actions by the Obama administration demonstrate a woeful blindness to the threat of terrorists both inside and outside our own borders." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Bachmann Statement on One-Year Anniversary of Osama bin Laden's Death. 1 May 2012. "One year ago today, a nearly ten-year mission ended with the assassination of Osama bin Laden. The world breathed a collective sigh of relief, and while we will never forget the devastation and grief caused by the attacks on September 11, there seemed to be a shared optimism that his death would bring closure in Afghanistan. One year later, the President's mission in the war-torn nation remains unclear. He apologizes for America's actions, and we are left with no clear mission for our troops. Our troops are one of America's greatest resources. The men and women in uniform -- and their loved ones -- step up and bravely make sacrifices to serve their country. We cannot let their sacrifices be in vain. We need to have an end goal; we need to remove politics from military decisions; and we must not let another American die for a cause undefined. I remain proud and grateful for the President, the U.S. military and the intelligence community's decisive action last year. Violent Islamic terrorists remain a threat going forward, and our mission must remain to provide a stable Afghanistan. I call on President Obama to reaffirm that mission." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Michele Bachmann. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Michele Bachmann voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Michele Bachmann voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Support H.R. 511. 23 January 2007. "Eliminating or cutting funding for our men and women who wear the uniform of the United States is not a recipe for ensuring stability in the Middle East; in fact, it is a recipe for demoralization, and it is irresponsible in its proposal. I urge all Members to support our troops and oppose any effort to cut off or restrict funding for American troops in harm's way, whether in Iraq, in Afghanistan, or elsewhere in the global war on terror. It is imperative that we fully support those who are on the front lines fighting the war on terror. America thanks you, our brave men and women in uniform." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. The Defense for Defense Spending. 4 May 2011. "Our government is in a fiscal crisis. As debt skyrockets, the spending decisions before us in the coming months and years will have a deep impact on the future of our nation. Lawmakers and the American public must debate the merits and faults of each category of spending. But, as we work to reverse the tide of deficit spending, I urge that we exercise great caution before anyone takes a scalpel to the defense budget. Adequate funding is critical for our military, intelligence, and security agencies to fulfill their Constitutional duty to provide for the common defense." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Michele Bachmann voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Michele Bachmann voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Michele Bachmann voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Michele Bachmann signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I, Michele Bachmann, pledge to the taxpayers of the 3rd district of the state of Minnesota 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)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Michele Bachmann supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 95 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Michele Bachmann supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 87 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)

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  • Michele Bachmann. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Michele Bachmann voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Spending Showdown. 9 October 2007. "Our shrinking deficit reflects the strong and ongoing economic growth since Congress lowered taxes. But, this progress could be reversed if Congressional leaders continue pushing for higher taxes and higher spending." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Investor's Business Daily - Our Refusal To Cut Corporate Tax Rates Places U.S. Economic Leadership At Risk. 23 December 2010. "The era of bailouts, takeovers and failed 'stimulus' spending must not continue into the future. Congress can put a stop to it immediately in January. Then we can work to bring down our $13.8 trillion national debt, much of which is owned by China and Japan, and take on the enormous problem of unfunded liabilities." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Issue Position: Taxes and the Economy. 15 March 2011. "I am a cosponsor of the REBOUND Act to reduce the deficit and promote real economic recovery. This fiscally responsible measure will recall the $460 billion in unspent 'stimulus' moneys while leaving intact the package's tax relief and unemployment benefits. Furthermore, instead of recycling money repaid from the Wall Street bailout into a new spending slush fund -- as the Democrats proposed, the REBOUND Act will require all Wall Street repayments to go exclusively to debt reduction. Every responsible American family knows that you pay back your loans before you take out new ones. Unfortunately, Washington needs to be reminded. It's time Congress stop talking about tough decisions and start making them." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Budget Proposes Largest Tax Increase in History. 29 March 2007. "As a former federal tax attorney, small-business owner and mother of five, I know that higher taxes and increased government spending is not the path to continued economic success. Instead of proposing a massive tax increase of $392.5 billion, Washington should be learning to live within a budget just like Minnesota families and small business owners." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Bachmann Calls for Real Stimulus that Creates Jobs and Supports Small. 28 January 2009. "Unfortunately, our nation has seen the mistakes of tax-and-spend government policies in the past and knows that they will not lead to long-term economic growth and recovery. It is imperative that Congress implements real, permanent tax relief for American families and stop this Washington spending spree that will burden many generations to come." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Michele Bachmann voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • One Nation PAC. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. One Nation PAC endorsed Michele Bachmann in the 2010 general election. (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 Michele Bachmann a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Michele Bachmann supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

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  • Michele Bachmann. Issue Position: Economy and Taxes. 10 March 2011. "Cutting taxes across the board creates an opportunity for all Americans and fosters an atmosphere of innovation to help spur investment, economic growth and job creation." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. While the World Cuts Taxes, America Looks the Other Way. 17 February 2009. "If we want to create jobs and stimulate the economy, one of the best ways we can do that is by cutting the corporate tax rate, not by spending hundreds of billions to stimulate government and creating more and more debt for our children." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Washington Times Op-Ed: The Road To Prosperity. 7 January 2009. "Cutting taxes and empowering small businesses to flourish is a surefire way to stimulate economic growth. Letting taxpayers keep more of their hard-earned money for the purchases of their choice is what makes the economy thrive." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Budget Proposes Largest Tax Increase in History. 29 March 2007. "Under the current proposal, nearly 2 million Minnesotans would see their taxes rise and more than 480,000 business owners would have less money to invest in equipment, hire new employees or offer health benefits for current employees [...] I am committed to making sure that Congress spends taxpayer dollars wisely and continues to pass policies that will promote, not stifle, job creation and competitiveness." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. America's Energy Future. 21 August 2008. "Recently, I introduced legislation in the House that would provide tax incentives for renewable energy sources to help encourage production and research into ground-breaking energy technologies [...] Tax incentives for renewable plants would help equalize the financial burden, creating more energy production and a number of new domestic jobs." (votesmart.org)

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  • Michele Bachmann. Issue Position: Education Reform. 9 June 2011. "While well-intended, the No Child Left Behind Act has created a classroom environment of 'teaching to the test,' a one-size-fits-all approach to learning that does not work well for every student. That's why I'm an original cosponsor of H.R. 1539, the A-Plus Act, which would allow states to develop their own curriculums under the guidance of the U.S. Department of Education. This would give local school administrators, teachers and parents the flexibility to determine what teaching strategies are most effective for their students while improving accountability in the classroom." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. No Child Left Behind Misses the Mark. 11 August 2009. "The fact of the matter is that when you accept federal funding for education, you open the door to federal control. I entered politics because I wanted to give my children the incredible educational experience I received from public schools as a student. However, NCLB makes it nearly impossible for local schools to tailor their educational programs and curricula to meet their students' needs and give our children the education they deserve." (votesmart.org)

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  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Michele Bachmann supported the interests of Environment America 20 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Issue Position: Energy Independence. 9 June 2011. "I believe it is imperative we look for real solutions to lower gas prices for American families and increase domestic energy production to break our dependency on foreign sources of oil. We can achieve these goals by cutting federal regulations that drive up energy production and processing costs, increasing U.S. capacity to refine crude oil and exploring areas that are currently off limits to domestic production like the Alaskan Energy Slope, the oil shale areas of Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming, and the outer-continental shelf." (votesmart.org)
  • Consumer Alliance for Energy Security. 2007. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. 21 June 2011. "Representative Bachmann supported the interests of the Consumer Alliance for Energy Security 100 percent in 2007." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Issue Position: Energy and Gas Prices. 9 June 2011. "Congress must open up domestic supplies of energy to exploration if we are to reduce your pain at the pump. From reserves in the mountain West to ANWR to the outer-continental shelf, we have untapped resources that can increase energy supply and reduce prices." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Michele Bachmann voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Michele Bachmann voted Did Not Vote on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Issue Position: 'All-of-The Above' Approach to Energy Development. 10 March 2011. "At a time when the American economy is experiencing the worst recession in decades, the last thing Washington should do is continue to restrict the development of cheaper energy or increase taxes on energy consumers. From reserves in the mountain West to ANWR to the outer-continental shelf, we have untapped resources that can increase energy supply and reduce prices. And, constantly improving technology gives us the ability to explore while preserving our natural heritage for generations." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Michele Bachmann voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)

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  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Michele Bachmann supported the interests of Environment America 20 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. EPA Makes A Power Grab. 21 October 2008. "As a result of the Supreme Court's ruling on April 2, 2007 in Massachusetts vs. EPA, greenhouse gases are now considered an air pollutant under the Clean Air Act. The problem with this is that the EPA now has a vast swath of power in which they can implement and regulate emissions standards, a power that has been long reserved to the United States Congress. Essentially, the EPA can now make overly broad regulatory pronouncements that could devastate our current fragile economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Michele Bachmann voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Carbon Tax And The President's Budget. 17 March 2009. "What will cap-and-trade do? It will increase the price of almost every product and service in the United States. Why? Because think of any commodity that somehow doesn't have energy attached to it. There isn't one." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Statement on the Democrats' Cap-and-Tax Energy Proposal. 5 May 2009. "At a time when the American economy is experiencing a serious recession, the last thing Washington should do is restrict the development of cheaper energy and increase taxes to pay for retro energy ideas. Our government needs to slow down and think twice about enacting an energy policy that will clearly hurt our already struggling economy and financially impact in the negative—every single American. And that's exactly what cap and trade will do." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. So Much Money To Give Away And So Much Time. 26 March 2009. "This cap and trade isn't going to solve our energy problem. It will add to our energy problem because, again, it's going to take out of the pockets of the middle class of this country to put into the pocket of the Federal Government." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Michele Bachmann supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 10 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Michele Bachmann voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)

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  • Michele Bachmann. Issue Position: 2nd Amendment. 15 March 2011. "Growing up in a home that valued hunting and fishing, the 2nd Amendment is of equal importance as the other nine Amendments in our Bill of Rights. Since the age of twelve, when I passed my first gun safety class, I've enjoyed the privilege afforded us by the right to bear arms. While serving in the Minnesota State Senate I supported and helped pass the Minnesota Personal Protection Act and legislation to protect local shooting ranges. I will fight to uphold our 2nd Amendment rights as a member of Congress." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Issue Position: Minnesota Values. 15 March 2011. "Minnesota has its own unique way of life, traditions, and culture. I am a strong advocate of Minnesota's hunting and fishing heritage, and I firmly support the right of law-abiding citizens to own and bear arms. Our Founding Fathers considered this right so fundamental that they protected it in the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The Second Amendment states that the people's right to keep and bear arms may not be infringed, and I believe that citizens who are in compliance with the law should not have that guaranteed right taken away." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Bachmann Applauds Supreme Court for Upholding D.C. Residents' Second Amendment Rights. 26 June 2008. "I was pleased to see the Supreme Court uphold our nation's greatest document, the Constitution, today restoring Second Amendment rights long denied to D.C residents by their extraordinarily restrictive firearm ban." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachman. Big Win Today for the Second Amendment. 28 June 2010. "Today, the Supreme Court handed down a decision that says that Second Amendment is still the law of the land. While Second Amendment advocates celebrate a victory, I have to point out what's so shocking about the ruling: it had to come from the Supreme Court. Contrary to what local and appellate courts ruled previously in this case, the Supreme Court today affirmed that the Constitution of the United States is a document that covers every citizen regardless of gender, age or hometown and as such, the Second Amendment is a right of every American citizen. The United States Constitution was written to be timeless and universal in its application and as the Senate begins hearings today to confirm the nomination of Elena Kagan to the highest court in our Nation, it's important to remember that judicial activism has no place in America's courts. It's my sincere hope that with today's ruling, we will see a renewed trust and implementation of the Constitutional rights our forefathers designated to be the eternal rule of the land." (townhall.com)
  • Michele Bachmann. Issue Position: 2nd Amendment. 1 January 2012. "I have always supported the right of law-abiding citizens to own guns because self-protection is a vital aspect of freedom. Our founders, recognizing the importance of this, codified it directly into our Bill of Rights. It is my view that our Second Amendment must be protected and preserved for our children and grandchildren. In the 111th Congress, I cosponsored the Second Amendment Enforcement Act, to restore Second Amendment rights to the citizens of Washington D.C. I am also a proud member of the bipartisan Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus, a group committed to fish and wildlife conservation and the preservation of opportunities to hunt, fish and trap. I also recently supported the 'National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Michele Bachmann voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Michele Bachmann in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Michele Bachmann a grade of 82." (votesmart.org)

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  • Michele Bachmann. King, Bachmann Introduce ObamaCare Repeal Bill. 7 January 2011. "Since ObamaCare was passed, the cost of healthcare has gone up for the private sector and the government. Employers who are facing skyrocketing health insurance premiums are waiting to hire, dropping health coverage and even laying off workers [...] It is important to the repeal effort that we jointly introduced a stand-alone, 100% repeal of ObamaCare on the opening day of the new Republican majority to keep faith with those who share our call to uproot ObamaCare from the U.S. Code." (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Michele Bachmann supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Michele Bachmann voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Bachmann Support for House GOP Legislation. 3 May 2011. "I am proud to stand with my colleagues in the House Republican Conference as we vote this week on measures to cripple ObamaCare, cut off taxpayer funding of abortion and expand American energy production." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. The Hill: Cutting Taxes and Cutting the Deficit. 13 December 2010. "The American people are ready for us to look at dramatic changes to our way of doing business. They expect us to act like adults and start cutting the deficit. One item to put on the table is Obamacare. I introduced the first repeal bill in the House the morning after the monstrosity passed." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Iowa Republican Debate. 11 August 2011. "I think that the government is without authority to compel a citizen to purchase a product or a service against their will, because effectively when the federal government does that, what they're doing is they are saying to the individual, they are going to set the price of what that product is. If the federal government can force American citizens or if a state can force their citizens to purchase health insurance, there is nothing that the state cannot do. This is clearly an unconstitutional action, whether it's done at the federal level or whether it's the state level. And I will not rest, as the president of the United States, until we repeal Obamacare." (votesmart.org)

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  • Michele Bachmann. Issue Position: Immigration. 10 March 2011. "We need to welcome new immigrants to our country, but our immigration policy can not come at the expense of securing our borders or our basic principles such as upholding the rule of law, the assimilation of new citizens and government accountability. I support legislation that first addresses our most urgent problem: securing America's borders. We must start by using new technologies such as electronic surveillance where most effective. We need to enforce current laws by holding responsible those who willfully violate our nation's immigration laws. Also, reforming the current system for processing legal applicants for immigration must occur before attempting to add new programs to an already overburdened system." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. 4 December 2011. "Newt Gingrich signed a letter in The Wall Street Journal where he was in full support of George Bush's immigration program which was commonly referred to as amnesty. It makes 11 million illegal workers legal overnight. And he was in support of the federal DREAM Act, which is federal taxpayer subsidies for the children of illegal aliens for their college tuition. This is not where the American people are at. I have opposed these measures. And there's a clear line of distinction when it comes to immigration. Newt Gingrich has the lowest grade of a D-minus on immigration. I have the highest grade of anyone in the field. I will build a fence. I will secure the border. And I'll make English the official language of the United States government." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Obama's Blatant Disregard for the Constitution is Appalling. 20 June 2012. "Last week Obama threw the Constitution out the window again. Even through Congress disagreed, the President was happy to circumvent the Constitution in order to protect younger illegal immigrants from deportation and hand them work permits. He stands resolute in this position despite the fact that, a year prior, the President said this about immigration [¦] Mr. President, I urge you, stop your autocratic reign; drop everything you are doing and read the Constitution. You will be well-served to remember the document that you swore to preserve, protect and defend." (votesmart.org)
  • Michel Bachmann. Video: Bachmann: Gingrich's Immigration Stance 'Most Liberal' in GOP Race. 23 November 2011. " BACHMANN: we need to uphold the laws of the land [¦] Gringrich has said [¦] and I think that's why he has a D- on his report card, he has said we should make the 11 million illegal workers that are in this country legal, and he has also said that he is a backer of the DREAM act [¦] those are powerful magnets. QUESTION: you would not draw a distinction between these 11 million? [¦] BACHMANN: [¦] no other candidate goes that extreme." (youtu.be)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Michele Bachmann 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 Michele Bachmann 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 Michele Bachmann in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Michele Bachmann supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Issue Position: Immigration. 9 March 2011. "The United States is a nation founded by immigrants and prides itself on the principles of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Obtaining the 'American Dream' is an inherent part of our nation's spirit and we should encourage those who enter our country legally to achieve it. However, we are also a nation founded on the rule of law and we must ensure U.S. immigration laws are respected and enforced to preserve our national security; protect federal, state, and local budgets; and curb unfair strain on our country's job markets." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. Immigration Reform. 21 June 2007. "Once our borders are secure, we can address the greater issue of reform. Those who approach our immigration system legally and work through the established process should be welcomed. However, any proposal for reform must not reward those who choose to break our laws by entering the country illegally. Instead, strong enforcement of current laws, at the border and in the workplace, as well as improved efficiency in our application system, should be the first steps in any reform plan." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Michele Bachmann voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)

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  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Michele Bachmann supported the interests of the American Family Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Michele Bachmann voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Michelle Bachmann signed National Organization for Marriage: Marriage Pledge. "I pledge to the American people that if elected I will: One, support sending a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman to the states for ratification. Two, nominate to the U.S. Supreme Court and federal bench judges who are committed to restraint and to applying the original meaning of the Constitution, appoint an attorney general similarly committed, and thus reject the idea our Founding fathers inserted a right to gay marriage into our Constitution. Three, defend the federal Defense of Marriage Act vigorously in court. Four, establish a presidential commission on religious liberty to investigate and document reports of Americans who have been harassed or threatened for exercising key civil rights to organize, to speak, to donate or to vote for marriage and to propose new protections, if needed. Five, advance legislation to return to the people of the District of Columbia their right to vote on marriage." (www.nationformarriage.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Michele Bachmann in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Michele Bachmann in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Michele Bachmann voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Michele Bachmann supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

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  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Michele Bachmann supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 40 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. CNN 'Anderson Cooper 360 Degrees' “ Transcript. 3 November 2010. "BACHMANN: Well, what -- what we need -- what we need to do is reform the system, because, this year, we're spending more on Social Security than what we're taking in, six years ahead of the projects on when that would occur. So, we -- for the sake of the most vulnerable people in this country, we have to reform Social Security, so it's solvent. COOPER: So, you are willing to look at cuts in Medicare, cuts in Social Security? BACHMANN: Well, for cuts, we need to begin with the general budget. We need to reform Social Security, so that it can stand on his own -- on its own, and so that it can stand on its own with Medicare." (votesmart.org)
  • Michele Bachmann. The State Senate's Republican Assistant Leader for Policy Says That She Wants to be a 'Part of Positive Change in Washington.' 14 February 2010. "Clearly a major overhaul is needed. As the mother of five children, I find very frustrating that some members of Congress believe that nothing needs to be done to reform this system. I want to ensure that those 55 and older continue to receive social security benefits as well provide hope to younger workers that they will enjoy retirement security. Achieving both goals means that we need to get to work today.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Michelle Bachmann. Bachmann Targeted in Social Security Anti-privatization Ad. 19 August 2010. "I believe that we should ensure that those currently receiving Social Security should continue to do so in its current form, but also give a new generation of workers the right to invest some of their money into accounts of their own." (votesmart.org)

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