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Lamar Alexander on SenateMatch


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Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(-3 points on Social scale)
Ban partial birth abortion; 3-day waiting period: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Supreme Court should interpret Constitution literally: Opposes topic 1
Abortion is wrong - let states restrict it.: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Opposed to Abortion, but VP need not be.: Neutral on topic 1
Rated 0% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Expand embryonic stem cell research: Favors topic 1
Rated 75% by the NRLC, indicating a mixed record on abortion: Neutral on topic 1
Prohibit transporting minors across state lines for abortion: Opposes topic 1
YES on prohibiting minors crossing state lines for abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on defining unborn child as eligible for SCHIP: Opposes topic 1
YES on banning partial birth abortions except for maternal life: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on criminal penalty for harming unborn fetus during other crime: Opposes topic 1
NO on $100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives: Opposes topic 1
YES on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions: Opposes topic 1
YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines: Favors topic 1
YES on barring HHS grants to organizations that perform abortions: Opposes topic 1
YES on restricting UN funding for population control policies: Opposes topic 1
No opinion on topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(0 points on Economic scale)
Racial preference is just as wrong as racial discrimination: Opposes topic 2
Conversation on Race should focus on common principles: Neutral on topic 2
Passionately advocates equal opportunity: Favors topic 2
Issue a commemorative postage stamp of Rosa Parks: Favors topic 2
Rated 11% by the NAACP, indicating an anti-affirmative-action stance: Strongly Opposes topic 2
YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act: Favors topic 2
Strongly Opposes topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(-5 points on Social scale)
Rated 0% by the HRC, indicating an anti-gay-rights stance: Strongly Opposes topic 3
YES on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Strongly Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-5 points on Social scale)
Pledge Plus Three: daily patriotic affirmation in schools: Strongly Favors topic 4
Allow organized voluntary prayer in public schools: Favors topic 4
Rated 100% by the Christian Coalition: a pro-Family-Value voting record: Strongly Favors topic 4
Rated 0% by the AU, indicating opposition to church-state separation: Strongly Favors topic 4
Rated 100% by the AU, indicating opposition to separation of church & state: Strongly Favors topic 4
YES on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration: Favors topic 4
Opposes topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Patient’s bill of rights with four principles; but not suing: Opposes topic 5
For uninsured: church-based Health Care Networks: Opposes topic 5
Medicare provides a menu of plans, some with add-on costs: Favors topic 5
Rated 0% by APHA, indicating a anti-public health voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Establishment of Office of Health Care Fraud Prevention: Opposes topic 5
YES on allowing tribal Indians to opt out of federal healthcare: Strongly Opposes topic 5
YES on means-testing to determine Medicare Part D premium: Opposes topic 5
YES on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts: Opposes topic 5
YES on $40 billion per year for limited Medicare prescription drug benefit: Favors topic 5
NO on increasing Medicaid rebate for producing generics: Opposes topic 5
NO on negotiating bulk purchases for Medicare prescription drug: Strongly Opposes topic 5
NO on expanding enrollment period for Medicare Part D: Opposes topic 5
YES on limiting medical liability lawsuits to $250,000: Favors topic 5
NO on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D: Opposes 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
NO on regulating tobacco as a drug: Opposes topic 5
Strongly Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Allow workers to manage their own retirement funds: Strongly Favors topic 6
Create Individual Security Accounts: Strongly Favors topic 6
Fund IRA’s that individuals control themselves: Strongly Favors topic 6
Rated 0% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record: Strongly Favors topic 6
Rated 6% by ARA, indicating a pro-privatization stance: Strongly Favors topic 6
YES on establishing reserve funds & pre-funding for Social Security: Favors topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Create Education Savings Accounts: Favors topic 7
Regulate all public schools like charter schools: Neutral on topic 7
$1,500 scholarship for poor kids to attend any school: Strongly Favors topic 7
Pass Model Charter School Laws in all 50 states: Favors topic 7
Give school decisions back to families: Strongly Favors topic 7
Rated 27% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes: Strongly Favors topic 7
Support the goals and ideals of Charter Schools: Favors topic 7
NO on $5B for grants to local educational agencies: Favors topic 7
Opposes topic 8:
EPA regulations are too restrictive
(+2 points on Social scale)
Bipartisan wetland protection & pollution clean-up: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Rated 5% by the LCV, indicating anti-environment votes: Strongly Favors topic 8
EPA must do better on mercury clean-up: Opposes topic 8
Celebrate the recovery of the bald eagle: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Allow importing ivory from controlled sources: Strongly Favors topic 8
NO on protecting ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems: Favors topic 8
NO on prohibiting eminent domain for use as parks or grazing land: Opposes topic 8
Strongly Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-5 points on Social scale)
Class X: Armed robbery means mandatory sentence, no parole: Strongly Favors topic 9
Supports Capital Punishment.: Favors topic 9
NO on reinstating $1.15 billion funding for the COPS Program: Favors topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Repeal assault weapon ban; enforce existing laws.: Favors topic 10
Criminals--not guns--cause crimes: Favors topic 10
Strictly enforce gun laws instead of making new ones: Favors topic 10
More gun laws won’t prevent another Littleton: Favors topic 10
Rated A by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun rights voting record: Strongly Favors topic 10
Ban gun registration & trigger lock law in Washington DC: Strongly Favors topic 10
NO on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets: Strongly Favors topic 10
NO on banning lawsuits against gun manufacturers for gun violence: Strongly Opposes topic 10
YES on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers: Strongly Favors topic 10
YES on prohibiting foreign & UN aid that restricts US gun ownership: Favors topic 10
YES on allowing firearms in checked baggage on Amtrak trains: Favors topic 10
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
1985: Raised state taxes to improve education: Favors topic 11
Flatter, fairer, simpler federal income tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
End marriage penalty; raise child deductions; cut rates: Opposes topic 11
Restore flatter 28% and 15% tax rates: Strongly Opposes topic 11
America needs a “family-friendly” tax code: Opposes topic 11
Rated 73% by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes: Neutral on topic 11
Rated 0% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Keep reduction of capital gains tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset: Opposes topic 11
YES on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on extending the tax cuts on capital gains and dividends: Strongly Opposes topic 11
NO on $47B for military by repealing capital gains tax cut: Opposes topic 11
YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on permanently repealing the `death tax`: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on raising estate tax exemption to $5 million: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Opposes topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(-3 points on Social scale)
Replace bilingual education with “English for Children”: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Enforce against illegal immigrants; appreciate legal ones: Neutral on topic 12
Rated 50% by USBC, indicating a mixed record on open borders: Neutral on topic 12
Increase limitations for H-1B, H-2B, and L-visas: Favors topic 12
NO on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities": Strongly Opposes topic 12
NO on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security: Strongly Opposes topic 12
YES on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship: Strongly Favors topic 12
NO on establishing a Guest Worker program: Opposes topic 12
YES on building a fence along the Mexican border: Strongly Opposes topic 12
NO on eliminating the "Y" nonimmigrant guestworker program: Neutral topic 12
YES on declaring English as the official language of the US government: Strongly Opposes topic 12
NO on comprehensive immigration reform: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+2 points on Economic scale)
More export subsidies for farmers: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Fast-track helps farm exports: Favors topic 13
Sponsored sugar quotas & import tariffs to stabilize prices: Strongly Opposes topic 13
YES on establishing free trade between US & Singapore: Favors topic 13
YES on establishing free trade between the US and Chile: Favors topic 13
YES on implementing CAFTA for Central America free-trade: Strongly Favors topic 13
YES on free trade agreement with Oman: Strongly Favors topic 13
YES on promoting free trade with Peru: Favors topic 13
Favors topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(+2 points on Economic scale)
No US military action under UN command: Opposes topic 14
Prohibit torture of terrorists in US custody: Opposes topic 14
Sponsored opposing the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty: Strongly Favors topic 14
Oppose the United Nations' Arms Trade Treaty: Favors topic 14
NO on requiring FISA court warrant to monitor US-to-foreign calls: Favors topic 14
NO on preserving habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees: Strongly Favors topic 14
NO on requiring CIA reports on detainees & interrogation methods: Strongly Favors topic 14
Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-3 points on Social scale)
Stop the free fall in defense spending: Strongly Favors topic 15
Upgrade retirement and health benefits for veterans: Favors topic 15
Rated 0% by SANE, indicating a pro-military voting record: Strongly Favors topic 15
Extend reserve retirement pay parity back to 9/11: Favors topic 15
Non-proliferation includes disposing of nuclear materials: Opposes topic 15
NO on requiring on-budget funding for Iraq, not emergency funding: Favors topic 15
NO on limiting soldiers' deployment to 12 months: Favors topic 15
Opposes topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(-3 points on Social scale)
Two-year budget to reduce pork barrel spending: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Require Internet disclosure of all earmarks: Favors topic 16
NO on establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity: Opposes topic 16
YES on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Opposes topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(-3 points on Social scale)
Supports strategic alliance with Israel: Favors topic 17
NO on redeploying troops out of Iraq by July 2007: Strongly Opposes topic 17
NO on redeploying US troops out of Iraq by March 2008: Strongly Opposes topic 17
NO on redeploying non-essential US troops out of Iraq in 9 months: Opposes topic 17
Opposes topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
We need insurance against climate change: Strongly Favors topic 18
Fund national parks in the tradition of Teddy Roosevelt: Favors topic 18
Supports local land trusts to protect ecology: Favors topic 18
Expand use of corn-based ethanol to create jobs: Strongly Favors topic 18
Substitute Ethanol for MBTE in gasoline: Strongly Favors topic 18
Keep efficient air conditioner rule to conserve energy: Strongly Favors topic 18
Rated 0% by the CAF, indicating opposition to energy independence: Opposes topic 18
Open the Outer Continental Shelf for oil & gas leasing: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Establish energy security strategy with domestic production: Strongly Opposes topic 18
YES on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases: Opposes topic 18
NO on targeting 100,000 hydrogen-powered vehicles by 2010: Strongly Opposes topic 18
NO on removing consideration of drilling ANWR from budget bill: Opposes topic 18
NO on reducing oil usage by 40% by 2025 (instead of 5%): Strongly Opposes topic 18
NO on disallowing an oil leasing program in Alaska's ANWR: Strongly Opposes topic 18
NO on banning drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Opposes topic 18
NO on factoring global warming into federal project planning: Opposes topic 18
YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on tax incentives for energy production and conservation: Strongly 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
YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program: Favors topic 18
Strongly Favors topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(-5 points on Social scale)
New branch of Armed Services to fight drugs: Strongly Favors topic 19
Revive drug war with credo “Just Say No - Because”.: Strongly Favors topic 19
Stricter enforcement at borders and of drug dealers: Strongly Favors topic 19
For intensive treatment; employee “education”; drug testing: Opposes topic 19
Require chemical resellers to certify against meth use: Favors topic 19
Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Reduce government to spur growth: Opposes topic 20
Disapprove of increasing the debt limit: Opposes topic 20
Rated 14% by UFCW, indicating a pro-management voting record: Opposes topic 20
NO on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million: Strongly Opposes topic 20
NO on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package: Strongly Opposes topic 20
YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending: Strongly Favors topic 20

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