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Philip Lawler on Abortion
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    No stance on record.
Philip Lawler on Budget & Economy
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  • Voted YES on 1998 GOP budget. (May 1997)
  • Voted YES on Balanced-budget constitutional amendment. (Mar 1997)
Philip Lawler on Civil Rights
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  • Voted YES on ending special funding for minority & women-owned business. (Oct 1997)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation. (Sep 1996)
Philip Lawler on Corporations
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    No stance on record.
Philip Lawler on Crime
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  • Voted NO on requiring DNA testing in every death penalty case. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on Three Strikes law. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on limiting product liability punitive damage awards. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted YES on restricting class-action lawsuits. (Dec 1995)
  • Voted YES on repealing federal speed limits. (Jun 1995)
Philip Lawler on Drugs
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    No stance on record.
Philip Lawler on Education
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  • Voted YES on allowing School Prayer. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on education savings accounts. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted YES on school vouchers in DC. (Sep 1997)
  • Voted NO on national education standards. (Feb 1994)
Philip Lawler on Energy & Oil
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  • Voted YES on ending discussion of CAFE fuel efficiency standards. (Sep 1999)
  • Voted NO on defunding renewable and solar energy. (Jun 1999)
  • Voted NO on do not require ethanol in gasoline. (Aug 1994)
Philip Lawler on Environment
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  • Voted NO on more funding for forest roads and fish habitat. (Sep 1999)
  • Voted YES on continuing desert protection in California. (Oct 1994)
Philip Lawler on Families & Children
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    No stance on record.
Philip Lawler on Foreign Policy
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  • Voted NO on cap foreign aid at only $12.7 billion. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on limiting the President's power to impose economic sanctions. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted NO on limiting NATO expansion to only Poland, Hungary & Czech. (Apr 1998)
  • Voted NO on $17.9 billion to IMF. (Mar 1998)
  • Voted NO on Strengthening of the trade embargo against Cuba. (Mar 1996)
Philip Lawler on Free Trade
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    No stance on record.
Philip Lawler on Government Reform
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  • Voted YES on continuing funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. (Aug 1999)
  • Voted NO on favoring 1997 McCain-Feingold overhaul of campaign finance. (Oct 1997)
Philip Lawler on Gun Control
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  • Voted NO on background checks at gun shows. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on more penalties for gun & drug violations. (May 1999)
Philip Lawler on Health Care
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  • Voted YES on banning human cloning. (Feb 1998)
  • Voted YES on Medicare means-testing. (Jun 1997)
  • Voted YES on medical savings acounts. (Apr 1996)
Philip Lawler on Homeland Security
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  • Voted NO on adopting the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting same-sex basic training. (Jun 1998)
Philip Lawler on Immigration
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  • Voted YES on visas for skilled workers. (May 1998)
  • Voted NO on limit welfare for immigrants. (Jun 1997)
Philip Lawler on Jobs
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  • Voted NO on killing an increase in the minimum wage. (Nov 1999)
Philip Lawler on Principles & Values
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    No stance on record.
Philip Lawler on Social Security
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  • Voted YES on Social Security Lockbox & limiting national debt. (Apr 1999)
  • Voted YES on allowing Roth IRAs for retirees. (May 1998)
Philip Lawler on Tax Reform
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  • Voted YES on across-the-board spending cut. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on $792B tax cuts. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on requiring super-majority for raising taxes. (Apr 1998)
  • Voted YES on FY99 tax cuts. (Apr 1998)
Philip Lawler on Technology
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  • Voted YES on telecomm deregulation. (Feb 1996)
Philip Lawler on War & Peace
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  • Voted NO on allowing all necessary forces and other means in Kosovo. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on ending the Bosnian arms embargo. (Jul 1995)
Philip Lawler on Welfare & Poverty
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VoteMatch Responses
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No opinion on topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's right
(5 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Opposes topic 2:
Require companies to hire more women & minorities
(10 points on Economic scale)
NO on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation: Strongly Opposes topic 2
YES on ending special funding for minority & women-owned business: Strongly Opposes topic 2
YES on prohibiting same-sex basic training: Opposes topic 2
Strongly Opposes topic 3:
Sexual orientation protected by civil rights laws
(0 points on Social scale)
NO on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Strongly Favors topic 4:
Permit prayer in public schools
(0 points on Social scale)
YES on allowing School Prayer: Strongly Favors topic 4
No opinion on topic 5:
More federal funding for health coverage
(5 points on Economic scale)
YES on medical savings acounts: Favors topic 5
YES on Medicare means-testing: Opposes topic 5
Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(7 points on Economic scale)
YES on allowing Roth IRAs for retirees: Favors topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Parents choose schools via vouchers
(10 points on Social scale)
YES on school vouchers in DC: Strongly Favors topic 7
YES on education savings accounts: Favors topic 7
Strongly Favors topic 8:
Death Penalty
(0 points on Social scale)
NO on requiring DNA testing in every death penalty case: Strongly Favors topic 8
Strongly Favors topic 9:
Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws
(0 points on Social scale)
YES on more penalties for gun & drug violations: Favors topic 9
YES on Three Strikes law: Strongly Favors topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(10 points on Social scale)
NO on background checks at gun shows: Strongly Favors topic 10
Strongly Favors topic 11:
Decrease overall taxation of the wealthy
(10 points on Economic scale)
YES on FY99 tax cuts: Strongly Favors topic 11
YES on requiring super-majority for raising taxes: Favors topic 11
YES on $792B tax cuts: Favors topic 11
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Immigration helps our economy-encourage it
(10 points on Economic scale)
NO on limit welfare for immigrants: Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on visas for skilled workers: Favors topic 12
Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(2 points on Economic scale)
NO on Unknown roll call for 1997-292: Opposes topic 13
No opinion on topic 14:
Link human rights to trade with China
(5 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
No opinion on topic 15:
More spending on armed forces
(5 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Opposes topic 16:
Reduce spending on missile defense (Star Wars)
(7 points on Economic scale)
NO on adopting the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty: Opposes topic 16
Favors topic 17:
Seek UN approval for military action
(2 points on Economic scale)
NO on limiting NATO expansion to only Poland, Hungary & Czech: Favors topic 17
NO on $17.9 billion to IMF: Opposes topic 17
NO on cap foreign aid at only $12.7 billion: Favors topic 17
NO on allowing all necessary forces and other means in Kosovo: Neutral topic 17
Favors topic 18:
Reduce use of coal, oil, & nuclear energy
(2 points on Economic scale)
NO on do not require ethanol in gasoline: Favors topic 18
NO on defunding renewable and solar energy: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on ending discussion of CAFE fuel efficiency standards: Opposes topic 18
Favors topic 19:
Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it
(2 points on Social scale)
YES on more penalties for gun & drug violations: Favors topic 19
No opinion on topic 20:
Allow churches to provide welfare services
(5 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)

Philip Lawler is a Moderate Conservative.
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