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Jim Cooper on Abortion
Click here for 10 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Voted NO on banning federal health coverage that includes abortion. (May 2011)
  • Voted YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted YES on allowing human embryonic stem cell research. (May 2005)
  • Voted YES on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions. (Apr 2005)
  • Voted NO on making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime. (Feb 2004)
  • Voted YES on banning partial-birth abortion except to save motherís life. (Oct 2003)
  • Voted NO on forbidding human cloning for reproduction & medical research. (Feb 2003)
  • Rated 30% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 20% by the NRLC, indicating a mixed record on abortion. (Dec 2006)
  • Focus on preventing pregnancy, plus emergency contraception. (Jan 2009)
Jim Cooper on Budget & Economy
Click here for 16 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • Voted NO on prioritizing spending in case debt limit is reached. (May 2013)
  • Voted YES on terminating the Home Affordable mortgage Program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted NO on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on monitoring TARP funds to ensure more mortgage relief. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted NO on $15B bailout for GM and Chrysler. (Dec 2008)
  • Voted NO on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted YES on defining "energy emergency" on federal gas prices. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on revitalizing severely distressed public housing. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted YES on regulating the subprime mortgage industry. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted NO on restricting bankruptcy rules. (Jan 2004)
  • Retire half the public debt by 2006. (May 2001)
  • Balanced Budget Amendment with 3/5 vote to override. (Jan 2009)
  • Truth in Spending: show actual costs vs. planned costs. (Jul 2010)
  • Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the US Constitution. (Jan 2011)
Jim Cooper on Civil Rights
Click here for 14 full quotes on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on making the PATRIOT Act permanent. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration. (Jun 2003)
  • Rated 38% by the HRC, indicating a mixed record on gay rights. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 75% by NAACP, indicating a mixed record on affirmative-action. (Dec 2006)
  • Recognize Juneteenth as historical end of slavery. (Jun 2008)
  • ENDA: prohibit employment discrimination for gays. (Jun 2009)
  • Constitutional Amendment for women's equal rights. (Jun 2011)
  • Enforce against wage discrimination based on gender. (Jan 2013)
  • Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment. (Mar 2007)
Jim Cooper on Corporations
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  • Voted NO on workforce training by state block grants & industry partners. (Mar 2013)
  • Voted YES on letting shareholders vote on executive compensation. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on more funding for nanotechnology R&D and commercialization. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on allowing stockholder voting on executive compensation. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on replacing illegal export tax breaks with $140B in new breaks. (Jun 2004)
  • Rated 53% by the US COC, indicating a mixed business voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 71% by UFCW, indicating a mixed management/labor voting record. (May 2012)
Jim Cooper on Crime
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  • Voted YES on enforcing against anti-gay hate crimes. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on expanding services for offenders' re-entry into society. (Nov 2007)
  • Harsher sentencing for "pill mill" operators. (Mar 2011)
Jim Cooper on Drugs
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  • Voted YES on more funding for Mexico to fight drugs. (Jun 2008)
  • Rated -20 by NORML, indicating a "hard-on-drugs" stance. (Dec 2006)
Jim Cooper on Education
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  • Voted NO on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted YES on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges. (Mar 2006)
  • Rated 75% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
Jim Cooper on Energy & Oil
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  • Voted NO on opening Outer Continental Shelf to oil drilling. (May 2011)
  • Voted NO on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted YES on enforcing limits on CO2 global warming pollution. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on tax credits for renewable electricity, with PAYGO offsets. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted YES on tax incentives for energy production and conservation. (May 2008)
  • Voted YES on tax incentives for renewable energy. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted YES on investing in homegrown biofuel. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted YES on criminalizing oil cartels like OPEC. (May 2007)
  • Voted NO on keeping moratorium on drilling for oil offshore. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on scheduling permitting for new oil refinieries. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on authorizing construction of new oil refineries. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on passage of the Bush Administration national energy policy. (Jun 2004)
  • Voted NO on implementing Bush-Cheney national energy policy. (Nov 2003)
  • Balance fossil fuels and viable renewable energy. (Jul 2001)
  • Rated 100% by the CAF, indicating support for energy independence. (Dec 2006)
Jim Cooper on Environment
Click here for 11 full quotes on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • Voted YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on protecting free-roaming horses and burros. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on environmental education grants for outdoor experiences. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted YES on $9.7B for Amtrak improvements and operation thru 2013. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on increasing AMTRAK funding by adding $214M to $900M. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on barring website promoting Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump. (May 2006)
  • Voted NO on deauthorizing "critical habitat" for endangered species. (Sep 2005)
  • Voted NO on speeding up approval of forest thinning projects. (Nov 2003)
  • Rated 100% by the LCV, indicating pro-environment votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 50% by HSLF, indicating a mixed voting record on animal welfare. (Jan 2012)
  • Regulating 15 more contaminants under Clean Water Act. (Oct 1993)
Jim Cooper on Families & Children
Click here for 6 full quotes on Families & Children OR background on Families & Children.
  • Voted YES on four weeks of paid parental leave for federal employees. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on establishing nationwide AMBER alert system for missing kids. (Apr 2003)
  • Rated 25% by the Christian Coalition: an anti-Family-Value voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Call for a White House Conference on Children and Youth. (Mar 2008)
  • Encourage adoption of children in foster care. (Nov 2012)
  • More funding & services for victims of domestic violence. (Feb 2013)
Jim Cooper on Foreign Policy
Click here for 8 full quotes on Foreign Policy OR background on Foreign Policy.
  • Voted YES on supporting democratic institutions in Pakistan. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on cooperating with India as a nuclear power. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted YES on deterring foreign arms transfers to China. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on reforming the UN by restricting US funding. (Jun 2005)
  • Rated -2 by AAI, indicating a anti-Arab anti-Palestine voting record. (May 2012)
  • Let Ukraine & Georgia enter NATO. (Jan 2008)
  • Allow travel between the United States and Cuba. (Feb 2009)
  • Commitment to unbreakable U.S.-Israel bond. (Mar 2010)
Jim Cooper on Free Trade
Click here for 7 full quotes on Free Trade OR background on Free Trade.
  • Voted YES on promoting free trade with Peru. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on assisting workers who lose jobs due to globalization. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted YES on implementing CAFTA, Central America Free Trade. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted YES on implementing US-Australia Free Trade Agreement. (Jul 2004)
  • Voted YES on implementing US-Singapore free trade agreement. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on implementing free trade agreement with Chile. (Jul 2003)
  • Impose tariffs against countries which manipulate currency. (Feb 2011)
Jim Cooper on Government Reform
Click here for 13 full quotes on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • Voted YES on Senate pay raise. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on protecting whistleblowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring photo ID for voting in federal elections. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on restricting independent grassroots political committees. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting lawsuits about obesity against food providers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on limiting attorney's fees in class action lawsuits. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted NO on restricting frivolous lawsuits. (Sep 2004)
  • Supports Shays-Meehan Campaign Finance Reform. (Jul 2001)
  • Prohibit non-legislated earmarks. (Jul 2005)
  • Member of House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform. (Mar 2011)
  • Ban stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge. (Nov 2011)
Jim Cooper on Gun Control
Click here for 5 full quotes on Gun Control OR background on Gun Control.
  • Voted YES on prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting suing gunmakers & sellers for gun misuse. (Apr 2003)
  • Rated B- by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun rights voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Teach kids Eddie Eagle GunSafe's lifesaving message. (May 2010)
  • Ban gun registration & trigger lock law in Washington DC. (Mar 2007)
Jim Cooper on Health Care
Click here for 20 full quotes on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • Voted NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted NO on repealing the "Prevention and Public Health" slush fund. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted YES on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare. (Jul 2008)
  • Voted YES on giving mental health full equity with physical health. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted NO on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on limiting medical malpractice lawsuits to $250,000 damages. (May 2004)
  • Voted NO on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on small business associations for buying health insurance. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted NO on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits. (Mar 2003)
  • Better and immediate funding for Medicare & Medicaid. (Dec 2000)
  • Prescription drug benefit within Medicare. (Jun 2000)
  • Rated 89% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record. (Dec 2003)
  • Remove restrictions on estriol (menopause medication). (Jun 2008)
  • Expand the National Health Service Corps. (Mar 2009)
Jim Cooper on Homeland Security
Click here for 15 full quotes on Homeland Security OR background on Homeland Security.
  • Voted YES on extending the PATRIOT Act's roving wiretaps. (Feb 2011)
  • Voted NO on requiring FISA warrants for wiretaps in US, but not abroad. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on Veto override: Congressional oversight of CIA interrogations. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted YES on restricting no-bid defense contracts. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on allowing electronic surveillance without a warrant. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on continuing intelligence gathering without civil oversight. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted YES on federalizing rules for driver licenses to hinder terrorists. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted YES on continuing military recruitment on college campuses. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted YES on supporting new position of Director of National Intelligence. (Dec 2004)
  • Voted NO on adopting the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. (Oct 2004)
  • Voted YES on emergency $78B for war in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Apr 2003)
  • Rated 67% by SANE, indicating a mixed record on military issues. (Dec 2003)
  • Member of House Committee on Armed Services. (Mar 2011)
  • Address abuses of electronic monitoring in the workplace. (Apr 1993)
Jim Cooper on Immigration
Click here for 5 full quotes on Immigration OR background on Immigration.
  • Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on preventing tipping off Mexicans about Minuteman Project. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment. (May 2004)
  • Rated 0% by FAIR, indicating a voting record loosening immigration. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 50% by USBC, indicating a mixed record on open borders. (Dec 2006)
Jim Cooper on Jobs
Click here for 10 full quotes on Jobs OR background on Jobs.
  • Voted NO on allowing compensatory time off for working overtime. (Apr 2013)
  • Voted NO on overriding presidential veto of Farm Bill. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on restricting employer interference in union organizing. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on increasing minimum wage to $7.25. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted YES on end offshore tax havens and promote small business. (Oct 2004)
  • Rated 87% by the AFL-CIO, indicating a pro-union voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Allow an Air Traffic Controller's Union. (Jan 2006)
  • Rated 17% by CEI, indicating a pro-worker rights voting record. (May 2012)
  • Ban discriminatory compensation; allow 2 years to sue. (Jan 2009)
  • Stronger enforcement against gender-based pay discrimination. (Jan 2009)
Jim Cooper on Principles & Values
Click here for 2 full quotes on Principles & Values OR background on Principles & Values.
  • Rated 67% by the AU, a mixed record on church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
  • Member of the "Blue Dog" Coalition of conservative Democrats. (Nov 2007)
Jim Cooper on Social Security
Click here for 2 full quotes on Social Security OR background on Social Security.
  • Strengthen Trust Funds and take them off-budget. (May 2001)
  • Rated 100% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
Jim Cooper on Tax Reform
Click here for 9 full quotes on Tax Reform OR background on Tax Reform.
  • Voted YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted NO on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • 50-25-25 budget formula for debt-tax cuts-spending. (Feb 2001)
  • Rated 28% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 75% by CTJ, indicating a mixed record on progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
Jim Cooper on Technology
Click here for 13 full quotes on Technology OR background on Technology.
  • Voted YES on protecting cyber security by sharing data with government. (Apr 2013)
  • Voted NO on terminating funding for National Public Radio. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted YES on delaying digital TV conversion by four months. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on retroactive immunity for telecoms' warrantless surveillance. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on $23B instead of $4.9B for waterway infrastructure. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on establishing "network neutrality" (non-tiered Internet). (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on increasing fines for indecent broadcasting. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted NO on promoting commercial human space flight industry. (Nov 2004)
  • Voted YES on banning Internet gambling by credit card. (Jun 2003)
  • Require text on TV for visually-impaired viewers. (Apr 2005)
  • Facilitate nationwide 2-1-1 phone line for human services. (Jan 2007)
  • Popularize Electronic Signatures with ESIGN Day. (Jun 2010)
  • Require websites to police for copyrighted materials. (Oct 2011)
Jim Cooper on War & Peace
Click here for 8 full quotes on War & Peace OR background on War & Peace.
  • Voted NO on banning armed forces in Libya without Congressional approval. (Jun 2011)
  • Voted NO on removing US armed forces from Afghanistan. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted YES on investigating Bush impeachment for lying about Iraq. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on redeploying US troops out of Iraq starting in 90 days. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on declaring Iraq part of War on Terror with no exit date. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on approving removal of Saddam & valiant service of US troops. (Mar 2004)
  • Iranian nuclear weapons: prevention instead of containment. (Apr 2012)
  • Sanctions on Iran to end nuclear program. (Apr 2009)
Jim Cooper on Welfare & Poverty
Click here for 4 full quotes on Welfare & Poverty OR background on Welfare & Poverty.
  • Voted NO on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)


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Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(-3 points on Social scale)
Rated 30% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Rated 20% by the NRLC, indicating a mixed record on abortion: Neutral on topic 1
Encourage adoption of children in foster care: Opposes topic 1
Focus on preventing pregnancy, plus emergency contraception: Favors topic 1
NO on banning federal health coverage that includes abortion: Strongly Favors topic 1
YES on banning partial-birth abortion except to save motherís life: Strongly Opposes topic 1
NO on making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime: Favors topic 1
YES on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on allowing human embryonic stem cell research: Favors topic 1
YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines: Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Rated 75% by NAACP, indicating a mixed record on affirmative-action: Neutral on topic 2
Recognize Juneteenth as historical end of slavery: Strongly Favors topic 2
Constitutional Amendment for women's equal rights: Strongly Favors topic 2
More funding & services for victims of domestic violence: Strongly Favors topic 2
Enforce against wage discrimination based on gender: Strongly Favors topic 2
Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment: Strongly Favors topic 2
Ban discriminatory compensation; allow 2 years to sue: Favors topic 2
Stronger enforcement against gender-based pay discrimination: Favors topic 2
YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act: Favors topic 2
YES on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges: Strongly Favors topic 2
Neutral on topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(0 points on Social scale)
Rated 38% by the HRC, indicating a mixed record on gay rights: Neutral on topic 3
ENDA: prohibit employment discrimination for gays: Favors topic 3
YES on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
YES on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman: Strongly Opposes topic 3
YES on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation: Strongly Favors topic 3
YES on enforcing against anti-gay hate crimes: Favors topic 3
Opposes topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(+2 points on Social scale)
Rated 25% by the Christian Coalition: an anti-Family-Value voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Rated 67% by the AU, a mixed record on church-state separation: Neutral on topic 4
NO on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration: Opposes topic 4
NO on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance: Opposes topic 4
YES on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance: Opposes topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Better and immediate funding for Medicare & Medicaid: Favors topic 5
Rated 89% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record: Strongly Favors topic 5
Expand the National Health Service Corps: Strongly Favors topic 5
YES on giving mental health full equity with physical health: Favors topic 5
YES on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids: Strongly Favors topic 5
NO on repealing the "Prevention and Public Health" slush fund: Strongly Favors topic 5
NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts: Favors topic 5
YES on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs: Favors topic 5
NO on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits: Favors topic 5
NO on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients: Favors topic 5
NO on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay: Strongly Favors topic 5
YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D: Favors topic 5
YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility: Favors topic 5
YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare: Favors topic 5
YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program: Favors topic 5
YES on regulating tobacco as a drug: Favors topic 5
Strongly Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Rated 100% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Strongly Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Rated 75% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes: Strongly Opposes topic 7
NO on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program: Strongly Opposes topic 7
YES on $40B for green public schools: Opposes topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
Human needs over animal rights
(+5 points on Social scale)
Rated 100% by the LCV, indicating pro-environment votes: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Regulating 15 more contaminants under Clean Water Act: Strongly Opposes topic 8
NO on deauthorizing "critical habitat" for endangered species: Strongly Opposes topic 8
YES on environmental education grants for outdoor experiences: Opposes topic 8
YES on protecting free-roaming horses and burros: Opposes topic 8
Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+2 points on Social scale)
YES on expanding services for offenders' re-entry into society: Opposes topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Rated B- by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun rights voting record: Strongly Favors topic 10
Teach kids Eddie Eagle GunSafe's lifesaving message: Favors topic 10
Ban gun registration & trigger lock law in Washington DC: Strongly Favors topic 10
YES on prohibiting suing gunmakers & sellers for gun misuse: Strongly Favors topic 10
YES on prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers: Strongly Favors topic 10
Strongly Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Rated 28% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes: Strongly Favors topic 11
Rated 75% by CTJ, indicating a mixed record on progressive taxation: Neutral on topic 11
NO on providing tax relief and simplification: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends: Strongly Favors topic 11
YES on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes: Strongly Favors topic 11
YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income: Opposes topic 11
Neutral on topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(0 points on Social scale)
Rated 0% by FAIR, indicating a voting record loosening immigration: Strongly Favors topic 12
Rated 50% by USBC, indicating a mixed record on open borders: Neutral on topic 12
NO on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment: Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on preventing tipping off Mexicans about Minuteman Project: Strongly Opposes topic 12
YES on building a fence along the Mexican border: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Impose tariffs against countries which manipulate currency: Opposes topic 13
YES on implementing US-Singapore free trade agreement: Strongly Favors topic 13
YES on implementing free trade agreement with Chile: Strongly Favors topic 13
YES on implementing US-Australia Free Trade Agreement: Favors topic 13
YES on end offshore tax havens and promote small business: Opposes topic 13
YES on implementing CAFTA, Central America Free Trade: Strongly Favors topic 13
YES on assisting workers who lose jobs due to globalization: Opposes topic 13
YES on promoting free trade with Peru: Favors topic 13
Favors topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(+2 points on Social scale)
Allow travel between the United States and Cuba: Opposes topic 14
YES on Veto override: Congressional oversight of CIA interrogations: Opposes topic 14
NO on requiring FISA warrants for wiretaps in US, but not abroad: Strongly Favors topic 14
NO on reforming the UN by restricting US funding: Strongly Opposes topic 14
YES on continuing intelligence gathering without civil oversight: Favors topic 14
YES on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad: Strongly Favors topic 14
Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-3 points on Social scale)
Rated 67% by SANE, indicating a mixed record on military issues: Neutral on topic 15
YES on emergency $78B for war in Iraq & Afghanistan: Strongly Favors topic 15
YES on continuing military recruitment on college campuses: Favors topic 15
YES on restricting no-bid defense contracts: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Supports Shays-Meehan Campaign Finance Reform: Favors topic 16
Ban stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge: Strongly Favors topic 16
NO on restricting independent grassroots political committees: Favors topic 16
YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations: Strongly Favors topic 16
Strongly Opposes topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(-5 points on Social scale)
Iranian nuclear weapons: prevention instead of containment: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Sanctions on Iran to end nuclear program: Opposes topic 17
NO on removing US armed forces from Afghanistan: Strongly Opposes topic 17
NO on banning armed forces in Libya without Congressional approval: Opposes topic 17
YES on declaring Iraq part of War on Terror with no exit date: Strongly Opposes topic 17
NO on redeploying US troops out of Iraq starting in 90 days: Strongly Opposes topic 17
YES on investigating Bush impeachment for lying about Iraq: Favors topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Balance fossil fuels and viable renewable energy: Favors topic 18
Rated 100% by the CAF, indicating support for energy independence: Favors topic 18
YES on tax incentives for renewable energy: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases: Favors topic 18
NO on opening Outer Continental Shelf to oil drilling: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on authorizing construction of new oil refineries: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on scheduling permitting for new oil refinieries: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on keeping moratorium on drilling for oil offshore: Strongly Opposes topic 18
YES on investing in homegrown biofuel: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on criminalizing oil cartels like OPEC: Favors topic 18
YES on tax incentives for energy production and conservation: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on tax credits for renewable electricity, with PAYGO offsets: Favors topic 18
YES on enforcing limits on CO2 global warming pollution: Favors topic 18
YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program: Favors topic 18
Strongly Favors topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(-5 points on Social scale)
Rated -20 by NORML, indicating a "hard-on-drugs" stance: Strongly Favors topic 19
Harsher sentencing for "pill mill" operators: Strongly Favors topic 19
YES on more funding for Mexico to fight drugs: Favors topic 19
Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+2 points on Economic scale)
NO on prioritizing spending in case debt limit is reached: Favors topic 20
NO on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy: Strongly Opposes topic 20
YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending: Strongly Favors topic 20

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