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Jim Risch on Abortion
Click here for 4 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • I oppose abortion. (Jun 2008)
  • Recognize the sanctity of life in public policy. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on restricting UN funding for population control policies. (Mar 2009)
  • Prohibit federal funding for abortion. (May 2011)
Jim Risch on Budget & Economy
Click here for 4 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • Bailout plan needs more protection for taxpayers. (Oct 2008)
  • Voted YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures. (May 2009)
  • Voted NO on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package. (Feb 2009)
Jim Risch on Civil Rights
Click here for 3 full quotes on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Opposes mandates for affirmative action. (Jun 2008)
  • Opposes sexual orientation as a protected civil right. (Jun 2008)
  • Constitutionally prohibit flag desecration. (May 2009)
Jim Risch on Corporations
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  • Reduce corporate tax; eliminate corporate capital gains tax. (Nov 2008)
Jim Risch on Crime
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  • Eliminate epidemic of domestic violence from our society. (Oct 2003)
Jim Risch on Drugs
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  • Enforce laws against drug use. (Jun 2008)
  • Appointed first state Drug Czar; fight Rx drug abuse & more. (Oct 2006)
Jim Risch on Education
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  • Supports choosing schools via vouchers. (Jun 2008)
Jim Risch on Energy & Oil
Click here for 14 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • Yucca Mountain is the proper site for nuclear waste. (Nov 2008)
  • Drill offshore; drill ANWR; drill for oil shale. (Nov 2008)
  • No cap-&-trade; include India & China in carbon restrictions. (Nov 2008)
  • We’re running out of oil; we must drill our way through this. (Oct 2008)
  • 25x25 policy: reduce fossil fuel use 25% over 25 years. (Sep 2008)
  • Increase supply for short-term; alternatives for long-term. (Sep 2008)
  • Tap domestic potential in ANWR and continental shelf. (Sep 2008)
  • Comprehensive policy with nuclear, clean coal & alternatives. (Jun 2008)
  • Opt out of EPA mercury program; no coal plants in Idaho. (Aug 2006)
  • Voted YES on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted YES on protecting middle-income taxpayers from a national energy tax. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on requiring full Senate debate and vote on cap-and-trade. (Apr 2009)
  • Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025. (Jan 2007)
  • Allow horizontal drilling into Alaska's Coastal Plain. (Feb 2009)
Jim Risch on Environment
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  • Supports first-in-time first-in-right water usage. (Sep 2008)
  • Wolf population has recovered; delist as Endangered Species. (Dec 2006)
  • Voted NO on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program. (Aug 2009)
Jim Risch on Families & Children
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  • Teach traditional family values in public schools. (Jun 2008)
Jim Risch on Foreign Policy
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  • Don't police the world, but do engage appropriately. (Oct 2011)
Jim Risch on Free Trade
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  • Re-establish Fast Track; re-negotiate NAFTA. (Nov 2008)
Jim Risch on Government Reform
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  • Authored Idaho’s current tort reform law. (Nov 2008)
  • Opposes stricter limits on political campaign funds. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on Congressional pay raise. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted NO on providing a US House seat for the District of Columbia. (Feb 2009)
  • Ban paid voter registration. (May 2009)
  • Require all laws to cite Constitutional authorization. (Jun 2009)
Jim Risch on Gun Control
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  • Gun ownership is a constitutional right. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on allowing firearms in checked baggage on Amtrak trains. (Apr 2009)
  • Rated A+ by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun rights voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Apply concealed carry permit to all other states where legal. (Feb 2009)
  • Dangerousness, not mental incompetence, limits gun rights. (Mar 2009)
Jim Risch on Health Care
Click here for 6 full quotes on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • Private sector is best suited to manage health care. (Nov 2008)
  • Innovation and technology make health care high quality. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted YES on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (May 2011)
  • Voted YES on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted NO on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
  • Establishment of Office of Health Care Fraud Prevention. (Oct 2009)
Jim Risch on Homeland Security
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  • Supports the Patriot Act. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on extending the PATRIOT Act's roving wiretaps. (Feb 2011)
  • Military spouses don't lose voting residency while abroad. (Feb 2009)
Jim Risch on Immigration
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  • No comprehensive legislation; no amnesty. (Nov 2008)
  • Don’t allow illegal immigrants to earn citizenship. (Jun 2008)
  • I oppose amnesty in any form. (May 2008)
  • Ensure that only legal immigrants receive state benefits. (Dec 2006)
Jim Risch on Jobs
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  • Keep secret ballot process for union elections. (Nov 2008)
  • Stronger workforce education; overturn ergonomic standards. (Nov 2008)
Jim Risch on Local Issues
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Jim Risch on Principles & Values
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  • Voted NO on confirming of Sonia Sotomayor to Supreme Court. (Aug 2009)
Jim Risch on Social Security
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  • Reform Social Security without privatization. (Oct 2008)
Jim Risch on Tax Reform
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  • High priority on keeping lower individual tax rates. (Nov 2008)
  • Eliminate capital gains tax & estate tax. (Nov 2008)
  • I’ll drop out if I got $53,000 in undisclosed tax relief. (Oct 2008)
  • Top priority: make Bush tax cuts permanent. (Jun 2008)
  • Earned nickname “taxpayers friend” by fighting tax increases. (May 2008)
  • Phase out sales tax on groceries & food. (Dec 2006)
  • Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes. (Aug 2010)
  • Keep reduction of capital gains tax. (Mar 2009)
Jim Risch on Technology
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  • Federally fund state infrastructure projects with no strings. (Nov 2008)
  • Prohibit the return of the Fairness Doctrine. (Jan 2009)
Jim Risch on War & Peace
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  • No open-ended funding for Iraq but no precipitous withdrawal. (Jun 2008)
  • Sanctions on Iran to end nuclear program. (Apr 2009)
Jim Risch on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Allow churches to provide welfare services. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)


VoteMatch Responses
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Strongly Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's right
(-5 points on Social scale)
I oppose abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Recognize the sanctity of life in public policy: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Prohibit federal funding for abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on restricting UN funding for population control policies: Opposes topic 1
Strongly Opposes topic 2:
Require hiring more women & minorities
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Opposes mandates for affirmative action: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Strongly Opposes topic 3:
Same-sex domestic partnership benefits
(-5 points on Social scale)
Opposes sexual orientation as a protected civil right: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Strongly Favors topic 4:
Teacher-led prayer in public schools
(-5 points on Social scale)
Teach traditional family values in public schools: Strongly Favors topic 4
Constitutionally prohibit flag desecration: Favors topic 4
No opinion on topic 8:
Death Penalty
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Favors topic 9:
Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws
(-3 points on Social scale)
Eliminate epidemic of domestic violence from our society: Favors topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Gun ownership is a constitutional right: Strongly Favors topic 10
Rated A+ by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun rights voting record: Strongly Favors topic 10
Apply concealed carry permit to all other states where legal: Strongly Favors topic 10
Dangerousness, not mental incompetence, limits gun rights: Strongly Favors topic 10
YES on allowing firearms in checked baggage on Amtrak trains: Favors topic 10
Opposes topic 5:
More federal funding for health coverage
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Private sector is best suited to manage health care: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Establishment of Office of Health Care Fraud Prevention: Opposes topic 5
YES on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts: Opposes topic 5
NO on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program: Opposes topic 5
YES on regulating tobacco as a drug: Favors topic 5
Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Reform Social Security without privatization: Opposes topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Parents choose schools via vouchers
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Supports choosing schools via vouchers: Strongly Favors topic 7
Opposes topic 18:
Replace coal & oil with alternatives
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Yucca Mountain is the proper site for nuclear waste: Opposes topic 18
Drill offshore; drill ANWR; drill for oil shale: Strongly Opposes topic 18
No cap-&-trade; include India & China in carbon restrictions: Opposes topic 18
We’re running out of oil; we must drill our way through this: Strongly Opposes topic 18
25x25 policy: reduce fossil fuel use 25% over 25 years: Strongly Favors topic 18
Tap domestic potential in ANWR and continental shelf: Opposes topic 18
Comprehensive policy with nuclear, clean coal & alternatives: Opposes topic 18
Opt out of EPA mercury program; no coal plants in Idaho: Strongly Favors topic 18
Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025: Strongly Favors topic 18
Allow horizontal drilling into Alaska's Coastal Plain: Strongly Opposes topic 18
YES on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases: Opposes topic 18
YES on requiring full Senate debate and vote on cap-and-trade: Opposes topic 18
YES on protecting middle-income taxpayers from a national energy tax: Opposes topic 18
NO on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program: Opposes topic 18
Strongly Favors topic 19:
Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it
(-5 points on Social scale)
Enforce laws against drug use: Strongly Favors topic 19
Appointed first state Drug Czar; fight Rx drug abuse & more: Strongly Favors topic 19
Strongly Favors topic 20:
Allow churches to provide welfare services
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Allow churches to provide welfare services: Strongly Favors topic 20
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Make taxes more progressive
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Reduce corporate tax; eliminate corporate capital gains tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
High priority on keeping lower individual tax rates: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Eliminate capital gains tax & estate tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Top priority: make Bush tax cuts permanent: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Earned nickname “taxpayers friend” by fighting tax increases: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Phase out sales tax on groceries & food: Favors topic 11
Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Keep reduction of capital gains tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Opposes topic 12:
Illegal immigrants earn citizenship
(-3 points on Social scale)
Don’t allow illegal immigrants to earn citizenship: Favors topic 12
I oppose amnesty in any form: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Ensure that only legal immigrants receive state benefits: Opposes topic 12
Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Re-establish Fast Track; re-negotiate NAFTA: Opposes topic 13
No opinion on topic 15:
Expand the armed forces
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Opposes topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Opposes stricter limits on political campaign funds: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Ban paid voter registration: Opposes topic 16
Military spouses don't lose voting residency while abroad: Favors topic 16
Strongly Opposes topic 14:
The Patriot Act harms civil liberties
(-5 points on Social scale)
Supports the Patriot Act: Strongly Opposes topic 14
YES on extending the PATRIOT Act's roving wiretaps: Strongly Opposes topic 14
No opinion on topic 17:
US out of Iraq & Afghanistan
(0 points on Social scale)
No open-ended funding for Iraq but no precipitous withdrawal: Favors topic 17
Sanctions on Iran to end nuclear program: Opposes topic 17

Jim Risch is a Hard-Core Conservative.
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