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Ken Bentsen on SenateMatch


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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's right
(10 points on Social scale)
NO on barring transporting minors to get an abortion: Strongly Favors topic 1
NO on banning partial-birth abortions: Favors topic 1
NO on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad: Favors topic 1
NO on federal crime to harm fetus while committing other crimes: Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Require companies to hire more women & minorities
(0 points on Economic scale)
Constitutional Amendment for equal rights by gender: Strongly Favors topic 2
NO on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions: Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Sexual orientation protected by civil rights laws
(10 points on Social scale)
More funding and stricter sentencing for hate crimes: Strongly Favors topic 3
NO on banning gay adoptions in DC.: Favors topic 3
Favors topic 4:
Teach family values in public schools
(2 points on Social scale)
Supports anti-flag desecration amendment: Favors topic 4
Favors topic 5:
More federal funding for health coverage
(2 points on Economic scale)
NO on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts: Favors topic 5
NO on subsidize privat insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage: Favors topic 5
Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(2 points on Economic scale)
YES on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox: Opposes topic 6
NO on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits: Opposes topic 6
YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable: Favors topic 6
Strongly Opposes topic 7:
Parents choose schools via vouchers
(0 points on Social scale)
NO on vouchers for private & parochial schools: Strongly Opposes topic 7
NO on allowing vouchers in DC schools: Opposes topic 7
Strongly Favors topic 8:
Death Penalty
(0 points on Social scale)
YES on making federal death penalty appeals harder: Strongly Favors topic 8
NO on maintaining right of habeus corpus in Death Penalty Appeals: Favors topic 8
Opposes topic 9:
Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws
(7 points on Social scale)
YES on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime: Favors topic 9
YES on funding for alternative sentencing instead of more prisons.: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Strongly Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(0 points on Social scale)
NO on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Opposes topic 11:
Decrease overall taxation of the wealthy
(2 points on Economic scale)
NO on eliminating the "marriage penalty": Opposes topic 11
NO on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business: Opposes topic 11
NO on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years: Opposes topic 11
NO on reducing Marriage Tax by $399B over 10 years: Opposes topic 11
NO on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"): Opposes topic 11
Favors topic 12:
Illegal immigrants earn citizenship
(7 points on Economic scale)
YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers: Favors topic 12
YES on extending Immigrant Residency rules: Favors topic 12
Strongly Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(10 points on Economic scale)
YES on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements: Strongly Favors topic 13
YES on Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China: Strongly Favors topic 13
NO on withdrawing from the WTO: Strongly Favors topic 13
Neutral on topic 14:
The Patriot Act harms civil liberties
(5 points on Social scale)
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Favors topic 15:
More spending on armed forces
(2 points on Economic scale)
YES on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill: Favors topic 15
YES on deploying SDI: Favors topic 15
Neutral on topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(5 points on Economic scale)
YES on banning soft money and issue ads: Favors topic 16
NO on banning soft money donations to national political parties: Opposes topic 16
Favors topic 17:
Replace US troops with UN in Iraq
(2 points on Economic scale)
Multi-year commitment to Africa for food & medicine: Strongly Favors topic 17
NO on disallowing the invasion of Kosovo: Favors topic 17
YES on $15.2 billion for foreign operations: Favors topic 17
YES on $156M to IMF for 3rd-world debt reduction: Favors topic 17
YES on withholding $244M in UN Back Payments until US seat restored: Opposes topic 17
Favors topic 18:
Replace coal & oil with alternatives
(2 points on Economic scale)
YES on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on raising CAFE standards; incentives for alternative fuels: Strongly Opposes topic 18
YES on prohibiting oil drilling & development in ANWR: Strongly Favors topic 18
Strongly Opposes topic 19:
Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it
(10 points on Social scale)
NO on prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC: Strongly Opposes topic 19
NO on military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Opposes topic 20:
Allow churches to provide welfare services
(7 points on Social scale)
YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations: Favors topic 20
NO on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks: Strongly Opposes topic 20

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