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Jim McDermott topics and responses

    Getting Money Out of Politics

    PRO:

  • 01/15/2013: Matching fund for small donors, with debate requirements
  • 02/05/2014: Establish "My Voice Voucher" small campaign contributions
  • 02/14/2002: Voted YES on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions
  • 04/05/2006: Voted NO on restricting independent grassroots political committees
  • 11/15/2011: Ban stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge
  • 01/16/2014: No photo IDs to vote; they suppress the vote
  • 11/15/2012: Establish 15 days of early voting in all states
  • 11/05/2007: Prohibit 'voter caging' which intimidates minority voting
  • 05/24/2007: Voted YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations
  • 02/09/2012: Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures
  • 09/14/1999: Voted YES on banning soft money and issue ads

    CON:

  • 07/12/2001: Voted NO on banning soft money donations to national political parties

    Renewable Energy

    PRO:

  • 08/04/2007: Voted YES on investing in homegrown biofuel
  • 05/21/2008: Voted YES on tax incentives for energy production and conservation
  • 11/02/2011: Extend through 2016 the renewable energy tax credit
  • 12/31/2006: Ranked by the CAF, indicating support for energy independence
  • 08/01/2001: Voted YES on raising CAFE standards; incentives for alternative fuels
  • 05/03/2011: Require 80% fuel-choice vehicles by 2018
  • 06/07/2006: Voted NO on scheduling permitting for new oil refinieries
  • 02/12/2008: Voted YES on tax incentives for renewable energy
  • 09/26/2008: Voted YES on tax credits for renewable electricity, with PAYGO offsets
  • 06/29/2006: Voted YES on keeping moratorium on drilling for oil offshore
  • 01/18/2007: Voted YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies

    Abortion Rights

    PRO:

  • 05/24/2005: Voted YES on allowing human embryonic stem cell research
  • 04/05/2000: Voted NO on banning partial-birth abortions
  • 02/26/2004: Voted NO on making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime
  • 04/27/2005: Voted NO on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions
  • 01/11/2007: Voted YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines
  • 05/19/2006: Expand contraceptive services for low-income women
  • 02/05/2007: Ensure access to and funding for contraception
  • 12/31/2003: Ranked by NARAL, indicating a pro-choice voting record
  • 12/31/2006: Ranked by the NRLC, indicating a pro-choice stance
  • 03/17/2009: Teach teens about both abstinence & contraception
  • 09/25/2002: Voted NO on funding for health providers who don't provide abortion info
  • 04/26/2007: Provide emergency contraception at military facilities
  • 01/06/2009: Focus on preventing pregnancy, plus emergency contraception
  • 05/16/2001: Voted NO on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad
  • 10/02/2003: Voted NO on banning partial-birth abortion except to save mother`s life
  • 05/04/2011: Voted NO on banning federal health coverage that includes abortion
  • 06/30/1999: Voted NO on barring transporting minors to get an abortion
  • 09/26/2006: Emergency contraception for rape victims at all hospitals
  • 01/05/1993: Protect the reproductive rights of women

    Gay Rights and Gay Marriage

    PRO:

  • 12/19/2007: Provide benefits to domestic partners of Federal employees
  • 06/24/2009: ENDA: prohibit employment discrimination for gays
  • 12/31/2006: Ranked by the HRC, indicating a pro-gay-rights stance
  • 04/02/2009: Voted YES on enforcing against anti-gay hate crimes
  • 05/20/2009: Give domestic partnership benefits to Federal employees
  • 09/30/2004: Voted NO on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage
  • 07/18/2006: Voted NO on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman
  • 04/03/2001: More funding and stricter sentencing for hate crimes
  • 11/13/2007: Voted YES on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation
  • 03/03/2010: Repeal Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell, and reinstate discharged gays
  • 07/08/2013: Enforce against anti-gay discrimination in public schools
  • 03/10/2011: Prohibit sexual-identity discrimination at schools

    Repealing ObamaCare

    CON:

  • 01/31/2001: MEDS Plan: Cover senior Rx under Medicare
  • 04/15/2011: Voted NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts
  • 11/22/2003: Voted NO on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients
  • 06/28/2000: Voted NO on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage
  • 03/13/2003: Voted NO on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits
  • 01/05/2011: Require insurers to cover breast cancer treatment
  • 12/31/2003: Ranked by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record
  • 02/01/2006: Voted NO on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay
  • 10/06/1999: Voted NO on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts
  • 04/02/2009: Voted YES on regulating tobacco as a drug
  • 01/14/2009: Voted YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program
  • 04/13/2011: Voted NO on repealing the "Prevention and Public Health" slush fund
  • 01/12/2007: Voted YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D
  • 01/23/2008: Voted YES on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids
  • 03/05/2008: Voted YES on giving mental health full equity with physical health
  • 07/24/2003: Voted YES on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs
  • 11/11/1999: Make health care a right, not a privilege
  • 10/25/2007: Voted YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility
  • 07/15/2008: Voted YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare

    Addressing and Fighting Income Inequality

    PRO:

  • 03/29/2001: Voted NO on reducing Marriage Tax by $399B over 10 years
  • 12/31/2003: Ranked by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes
  • 02/08/2001: American People's Dividend: Give $300 to every person
  • 12/12/2007: Voted YES on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes
  • 09/23/2004: Voted NO on providing tax relief and simplification
  • 07/12/2000: Voted NO on eliminating the "marriage penalty"
  • 11/11/1999: Reduce the concentration of wealth & wage inequality
  • 03/09/2000: Voted NO on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business
  • 12/08/2005: Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends
  • 04/18/2002: Voted NO on making the Bush tax cuts permanent
  • 12/31/2006: Ranked by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation
  • 04/15/2013: Sponsored enforcing against corporate offshore tax haven banking
  • 04/04/2001: Voted NO on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax")
  • 05/16/2001: Voted NO on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years
  • 04/16/2012: Minimum tax rate of 30% for those earning over $1 million

    CON:

  • 06/25/2008: Voted YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income


                                                                                                                                                                               
  

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