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Mark Kirk on Abortion
Click here for 13 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Support woman’s right to choose; along with family planning. (Sep 2000)
  • 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 NO 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 forbidding human cloning for reproduction & medical research. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted NO on funding for health providers who don't provide abortion info. (Sep 2002)
  • Voted NO on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad. (May 2001)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL, indicating a pro-choice voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Emergency contraception for rape victims at all hospitals. (Sep 2006)
  • Rated 9% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-choice stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Opposes prohibiting human embryonic stem cell research. (Aug 2010)
  • Opposes federal abortion funding. (Aug 2010)
Mark Kirk on Budget & Economy
Click here for 18 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • No bailout for irresponsible decisions by state of Illinois. (Oct 2010)
  • Proudly voted for TARP; but against stimulus funds. (Oct 2010)
  • Obama has brought $43,000 debt to every American. (Oct 2010)
  • Create bipartisan oversight panel for stimulus trillion. (Dec 2009)
  • Pay down the national debt; reduce wasteful spending. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted NO on modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted NO on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted NO 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 NO on regulating the subprime mortgage industry. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on restricting bankruptcy rules. (Jan 2004)
  • Balanced Budget Amendment with 3/5 vote to override. (Jan 2009)
  • Disapprove of increasing the debt limit. (Jan 2012)
  • Maintain & enforce existing spending caps in the future. (Sep 1998)
Mark Kirk on Civil Rights
Click here for 17 full quotes on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Government has no place in defining who you should love. (Apr 2013)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted NO on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on making the PATRIOT Act permanent. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration. (Jun 2003)
  • Supports anti-flag desecration amendment. (Mar 2001)
  • Require 90 day delay for compliance before ADA lawsuits. (May 2002)
  • Limit interstate class-action lawsuits to federal courts . (May 2002)
  • Rated 47% by the ACLU, indicating a mixed civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Issue a commemorative postage stamp of Rosa Parks. (Dec 2005)
  • Rated 75% by the HRC, indicating a pro-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 53% by NAACP, indicating a mixed record on affirmative-action. (Dec 2006)
  • ENDA: prohibit employment discrimination for gays. (Jun 2009)
  • Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment. (Mar 2007)
Mark Kirk on Corporations
Click here for 8 full quotes on Corporations OR background on Corporations.
  • Small business Bill of Rights: 10-point pro-growth agenda. (Oct 2010)
  • Voted NO 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 NO on replacing illegal export tax breaks with $140B in new breaks. (Jun 2004)
  • Voted YES on Bankruptcy Overhaul requiring partial debt repayment. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 89% by the US COC, indicating a pro-business voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 14% by UFCW, indicating a pro-management voting record. (May 2012)
Mark Kirk on Crime
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  • Mandatory sentences for gun crimes. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted YES on enforcing against anti-gay hate crimes. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on expanding services for offenders' re-entry into society. (Nov 2007)
  • More funding and stricter sentencing for hate crimes. (Apr 2001)
  • Supports more severe penalties for Hate Crimes. (Aug 2010)
Mark Kirk on Drugs
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  • Voted YES on more funding for Mexico to fight drugs. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism. (Sep 2001)
  • Rated -20 by NORML, indicating a "hard-on-drugs" stance. (Dec 2006)
Mark Kirk on Education
Click here for 12 full quotes on Education OR background on Education.
  • Improve public education with local Education Advisory Board. (Dec 2009)
  • Encourage flexible federal funding & local control. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted YES on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted NO on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted NO on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted NO on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror. (Nov 2001)
  • Voted YES on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
  • Focus educational resources to help those with greatest need. (Jul 2001)
  • Require state standards, regular assessments, and sanctions. (Jul 2001)
  • Support Ed-Flex: more flexibility if more accountable. (Jul 2001)
  • Rated 27% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
Mark Kirk on Energy & Oil
Click here for 20 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • Supports nuclear energy, Yucca Mountain, and new refineries. (Dec 2009)
  • Voted YES 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 NO 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 removing oil & gas exploration subsidies. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted YES on keeping moratorium on drilling for oil offshore. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on scheduling permitting for new oil refinieries. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES 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)
  • Voted YES on raising CAFE standards; incentives for alternative fuels. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting oil drilling & development in ANWR. (Aug 2001)
  • Rated 67% by CAF, indicating a mixed record on energy independence. (Dec 2006)
  • Sign on to UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. (Jan 2007)
  • Signed the No Climate Tax Pledge by AFP. (Nov 2010)
  • Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025. (Jan 2007)
  • Supports immediate reductions in greenhouse gases. (Sep 1998)
Mark Kirk on Environment
Click here for 25 full quotes on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • Stimulus should've funded Mississippi dams & O'Hare projects. (Oct 2010)
  • Upgrade river & rail systems to expand agricultural exports. (Dec 2009)
  • Clean up PCBs & nuclear waste. (Sep 2000)
  • Improve open space; improve mass transit & roads. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted YES on protecting ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems. (May 2013)
  • 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 YES 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)
  • Supports grants for brownfields remediation. (May 2002)
  • Make EPA into a Cabinet department. (May 2002)
  • Rated 80% by the LCV, indicating pro-environment votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Promote conservation of rare felids & canids. (Mar 2007)
  • Grants for beach water pollution under Clean Water Act. (Apr 2008)
  • Inter-state compact for Great Lakes water resources. (Jul 2008)
  • Make tax deduction permanent for conservation easements. (Mar 2009)
  • Add polar bear & bluefin tuna to endangered species list. (May 2010)
  • Regulate all dog breeders down to kennels of 50 dogs. (Feb 2011)
  • Rated 80% by HSLF, indicating a pro-animal welfare voting record. (Jan 2012)
  • Strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting. (Jan 2007)
  • Focus on results, not regulation. (Sep 1998)
Mark Kirk 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)
  • Voted YES on reducing Marriage Tax by $399B over 10 years. (Mar 2001)
  • Member of the Missing & Exploited Children's Caucus. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 69% by the Christian Coalition: a pro-Family-Value voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • More funding & services for victims of domestic violence. (Jan 2013)
Mark Kirk on Foreign Policy
Click here for 18 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 NO on deterring foreign arms transfers to China. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted YES on reforming the UN by restricting US funding. (Jun 2005)
  • Voted NO on keeping Cuba travel ban until political prisoners released. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on withholding $244M in UN Back Payments until US seat restored. (May 2001)
  • Member of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus. (Jan 2001)
  • Keep sanctions against Syria until WMDs are dismantled. (May 2007)
  • Member of the Silk Road Congressional Caucus. (Nov 2007)
  • Rated -2 by AAI, indicating a anti-Arab anti-Palestine voting record. (May 2012)
  • Vigorous support for State of Israel against Hamas in Gaza. (Nov 2012)
  • Sponsored funding and supplying the Syrian rebels. (Apr 2013)
  • Acknowledge the Armenian Genocide of the early 1900s. (Mar 2007)
  • Acknowledge the Armenian Genocide, as official US policy. (Mar 2009)
  • Afghan laws violate women's human rights on sex & divorce. (Apr 2009)
  • Support Iranian demonstrators against Iranian government. (Jun 2009)
  • Sponsored bill condemning Iran for persecution of Baha'i. (Feb 2009)
  • Commitment to unbreakable U.S.-Israel bond. (Mar 2010)
Mark Kirk on Free Trade
Click here for 10 full quotes on Free Trade OR background on Free Trade.
  • Develop ability to export goods to foreign markets. (Dec 2009)
  • Voted YES on promoting free trade with Peru. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted NO 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)
  • Promote the Andean Free Trade Agreement. (May 2002)
  • Rated 50% by CATO, indicating a mixed record on trade issues. (Dec 2002)
  • Extend trade restrictions on Burma to promote democracy. (Jun 2007)
  • Sponsored sugar quotas & import tariffs to stabilize prices. (Feb 2013)
Mark Kirk on Government Reform
Click here for 17 full quotes on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • Support a line item veto; cut spending across the board. (Oct 2010)
  • Apply campaign finance reform to corporations. (Aug 2010)
  • End pay-to-play: no contributions from earmark recipients. (Dec 2009)
  • Ban soft money; increase campaign donation accountablity. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted YES on Senate pay raise. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)
  • Voted NO on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on protecting whistleblowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring photo ID for voting in federal elections. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES 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 YES on restricting frivolous lawsuits. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted YES on banning soft money donations to national political parties. (Jul 2001)
  • Ban stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge. (Nov 2011)
  • Reduce federal government size & scope, including military. (Sep 1998)
Mark Kirk on Gun Control
Click here for 7 full quotes on Gun Control OR background on Gun Control.
  • Require trigger locks; enforce Brady Bill. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted YES on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets. (Apr 2013)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting suing gunmakers & sellers for gun misuse. (Apr 2003)
  • Rated D by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Close the Gun Show Loophole; restrict show sales. (May 2009)
  • Rated F by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record. (Aug 2010)
Mark Kirk on Health Care
Click here for 25 full quotes on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • Repeal Obamacare, then offer a better alternative. (Oct 2010)
  • Cut waste & fraud; don't raise taxes; don't cut Medicare. (Dec 2009)
  • Effective affordable senior prescription plans. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted YES on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (May 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 denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on limiting medical malpractice lawsuits to $250,000 damages. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted NO on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on small business associations for buying health insurance. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing suing HMOs, but under federal rules & limited award. (Aug 2001)
  • Tax credits for those without employee health insurance. (May 2002)
  • Tax deduction for long-term care insurance. (May 2002)
  • Support telemedicine for underserved areas. (May 2002)
  • $350 billion for prescriptions for poor seniors. (May 2002)
  • Rated 12% by APHA, indicating a anti-public health voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Establish a national childhood cancer database. (Mar 2007)
  • Repeal any federal health care takeover. (Jul 2010)
  • Repeal any federal health care takeover. (Jul 2010)
Mark Kirk on Homeland Security
Click here for 19 full quotes on Homeland Security OR background on Homeland Security.
  • No F-25 engine; no joint forces command. (Oct 2010)
  • Don't bring terrorists from Guantanamo Bay to the US. (Dec 2009)
  • Increase military pay; improve equipment. (Sep 2000)
  • New menace: weapons of mass destruction by rogue states. (Sep 2000)
  • 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 NO 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 YES 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 YES on adopting the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. (Oct 2004)
  • Voted YES on emergency $78B for war in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Apr 2003)
  • Voted YES on permitting commercial airline pilots to carry guns. (Jul 2002)
  • Rated 33% by SANE, indicating a mixed record on military issues. (Dec 2003)
  • Supports banning homosexuals in the military. (Aug 2010)
Mark Kirk on Immigration
Click here for 8 full quotes on Immigration OR background on Immigration.
  • Upgrade our nation's border security. (Dec 2009)
  • 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)
  • Voted YES on extending Immigrant Residency rules. (May 2001)
  • English immersion over bilingual education. (Jul 2001)
  • Rated 0% by FAIR, indicating a voting record loosening immigration. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 67% by USBC, indicating a mixed record on open borders. (Dec 2006)
Mark Kirk on Jobs
Click here for 9 full quotes on Jobs OR background on Jobs.
  • Voted YES on extending unemployment benefits from 39 weeks to 59 weeks. (Oct 2008)
  • Voted NO on overriding presidential veto of Farm Bill. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on restricting employer interference in union organizing. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on increasing minimum wage to $7.25. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted NO on end offshore tax havens and promote small business. (Oct 2004)
  • Voted YES on $167B over 10 years for farm price supports. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on zero-funding OSHA's Ergonomics Rules instead of $4.5B. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 7% by the AFL-CIO, indicating an anti-union voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Allow an Air Traffic Controller's Union. (Jan 2006)
Mark Kirk on Principles & Values
Click here for 7 full quotes on Principles & Values OR background on Principles & Values.
  • Raised $6,000 from 12 U.S. citizen businessmen in China. (Oct 2010)
  • I've owned up to my mistakes; my opponent has not. (Oct 2010)
  • Takes responsibility for carelessness about military record. (Oct 2010)
  • Forced to apologize for exaggerating his biography. (Oct 2010)
  • Member of the Republican Main Street Partnership . (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 27% by the AU, a mixed record on church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
  • Member of the House Republican Young Guns. (Sep 2010)
Mark Kirk on Social Security
Click here for 4 full quotes on Social Security OR background on Social Security.
  • Honor our commitment to America’s seniors. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Rated 0% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Supports individual savings accounts and work incentives. (Sep 1998)
Mark Kirk on Tax Reform
Click here for 20 full quotes on Tax Reform OR background on Tax Reform.
  • Ending Bush tax cuts may cause double-dip recession. (Oct 2010)
  • Tax increase is surest way to turn recession into depression. (Dec 2009)
  • End marriage penalty & death tax; simplify tax code. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted YES on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted YES on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 58% by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 17% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes. (Aug 2010)
  • Opposes both marriage penalty & federal tax increases. (Aug 2010)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
  • Implement socially fair, broad-based tax cuts. (Sep 1998)
Mark Kirk on Technology
Click here for 12 full quotes on Technology OR background on Technology.
  • Enhance Internet privacy. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted NO on authorizing states to collect Internet sales taxes. (May 2013)
  • Voted NO 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 NO on establishing "network neutrality" (non-tiered Internet). (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on increasing fines for indecent broadcasting. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted YES on banning Internet gambling by credit card. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing telephone monopolies to offer Internet access. (Feb 2002)
  • Promote internet via Congressional Internet Caucus. (Jan 2001)
  • Prohibit the return of the Fairness Doctrine. (Jan 2009)
  • No performance royalties for radio music. (Mar 2009)
Mark Kirk on War & Peace
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  • Win the Global War on Terror. (Dec 2009)
  • Stop Iran's nuclear & ballistic missile programs. (Dec 2009)
  • Foreign policy matters, like for gas prices. (Sep 2000)
  • More aid for Israel to foster Palestinian peace. (Sep 2000)
  • Maintain sanctions against Iran & other rogue states. (Sep 2000)
  • Move US embassy to Jerusalem. (Sep 2000)
  • US aid for Arabs who are peace partners with Israel. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted NO 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)
  • Voted YES on authorizing military force in Iraq. (Oct 2002)
  • Condemns anti-Muslim bigotry in name of anti-terrorism. (Oct 2001)
  • Supports $48 billion in new spending for anti-terrorism. (Jan 2002)
  • Solidarity with Israel in its fight against terrorism. (Apr 2002)
  • Strengthen sanctions on Syria & assist democratic transition. (Apr 2008)
  • Iranian nuclear weapons: prevention instead of containment. (May 2012)
  • Shut down Iranian foreign reserves, to tighten sanctions. (May 2013)
  • Sanctions on Iran to end nuclear program. (Apr 2009)
Mark Kirk on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted NO on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted YES on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)


VoteMatch Responses
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VoteMatch Question & Answer
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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Support woman’s right to choose; along with family planning: Favors topic 1
Rated 100% by NARAL, indicating a pro-choice voting record: Strongly Favors topic 1
Emergency contraception for rape victims at all hospitals: Favors topic 1
Rated 9% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-choice stance: Strongly Favors topic 1
Opposes prohibiting human embryonic stem cell research: Favors topic 1
Opposes federal abortion funding: Opposes topic 1
NO on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad: Favors topic 1
NO on Unknown roll call for 2001-89: Favors topic 1
NO on funding for health providers who don't provide abortion info: Favors topic 1
NO on making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime: Favors topic 1
NO on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions: Strongly Favors 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
Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Issue a commemorative postage stamp of Rosa Parks: Favors topic 2
Rated 53% by NAACP, indicating a mixed record on affirmative-action: Neutral on topic 2
More funding & services for victims of domestic violence: Strongly Favors topic 2
Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment: Strongly Favors topic 2
Afghan laws violate women's human rights on sex & divorce: Favors topic 2
NO on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges: Strongly Opposes topic 2
YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act: Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
Government has no place in defining who you should love: Strongly Favors topic 3
More funding and stricter sentencing for hate crimes: Strongly Favors topic 3
Rated 75% by the HRC, indicating a pro-gay-rights stance: Strongly Favors topic 3
ENDA: prohibit employment discrimination for gays: Favors topic 3
Supports banning homosexuals in the military: Strongly Opposes topic 3
NO on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage: Strongly Favors topic 3
NO on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman: Strongly Favors 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
Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-3 points on Social scale)
Supports anti-flag desecration amendment: Favors topic 4
Rated 69% by the Christian Coalition: a pro-Family-Value voting record: Strongly Favors topic 4
Rated 27% by the AU, a mixed record on church-state separation: Neutral on topic 4
YES on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks: Strongly Favors topic 4
NO on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror: Strongly Opposes topic 4
YES on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration: Favors topic 4
YES on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance: Favors topic 4
NO on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance: Favors topic 4
Opposes topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Repeal Obamacare, then offer a better alternative: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Cut waste & fraud; don't raise taxes; don't cut Medicare: Opposes topic 5
Effective affordable senior prescription plans: Favors topic 5
Tax credits for those without employee health insurance: Strongly Favors topic 5
$350 billion for prescriptions for poor seniors: Favors topic 5
Rated 12% by APHA, indicating a anti-public health voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Repeal any federal health care takeover: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Repeal any federal health care takeover: Strongly Opposes 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 allowing reimportation of prescription drugs: Opposes topic 5
YES on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits: Opposes topic 5
YES on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients: Opposes topic 5
YES on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay: Strongly 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
YES on regulating tobacco as a drug: Favors topic 5
YES on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts: Opposes topic 5
Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Honor our commitment to America’s seniors: Opposes topic 6
Rated 0% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record: Strongly Favors topic 6
Supports individual savings accounts and work incentives: Favors topic 6
YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable: Favors topic 6
Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Improve public education with local Education Advisory Board: Opposes topic 7
Encourage flexible federal funding & local control: Favors topic 7
Support Ed-Flex: more flexibility if more accountable: Favors topic 7
Rated 27% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes: Strongly Favors 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)
Supports grants for brownfields remediation: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Rated 80% by the LCV, indicating pro-environment votes: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Promote conservation of rare felids & canids: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Grants for beach water pollution under Clean Water Act: Opposes topic 8
Make tax deduction permanent for conservation easements: Opposes topic 8
Add polar bear & bluefin tuna to endangered species list: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Regulate all dog breeders down to kennels of 50 dogs: Opposes topic 8
Strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting: 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
YES on protecting ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems: Opposes topic 8
Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-3 points on Social scale)
Mandatory sentences for gun crimes: Strongly Favors topic 9
Supports more severe penalties for Hate Crimes: Favors topic 9
YES on expanding services for offenders' re-entry into society: Opposes topic 9
Strongly Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Require trigger locks; enforce Brady Bill: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Rated D by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Close the Gun Show Loophole; restrict show sales: Opposes topic 10
Rated F by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 10
YES on prohibiting suing gunmakers & sellers for gun misuse: Strongly Favors topic 10
NO on prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers: Strongly Opposes topic 10
YES on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Ending Bush tax cuts may cause double-dip recession: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Tax increase is surest way to turn recession into depression: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Pay down the national debt; reduce wasteful spending: Opposes topic 11
End marriage penalty & death tax; simplify tax code: Opposes topic 11
Phaseout the death tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Rated 58% by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes: Neutral on topic 11
Rated 17% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Opposes both marriage penalty & federal tax increases: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Implement socially fair, broad-based tax cuts: Favors topic 11
YES on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years: Opposes topic 11
YES on reducing Marriage Tax by $399B over 10 years: Opposes topic 11
YES on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"): Opposes topic 11
YES on making the Bush tax cuts permanent: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on providing tax relief and simplification: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends: Strongly Opposes topic 11
NO on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income: Opposes topic 11
Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+2 points on Social scale)
Upgrade our nation's border security: Favors topic 12
English immersion over bilingual education: Opposes topic 12
Rated 0% by FAIR, indicating a voting record loosening immigration: Strongly Favors topic 12
Rated 67% by USBC, indicating a mixed record on open borders: Neutral on topic 12
YES on extending Immigrant Residency rules: Favors 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)
Upgrade river & rail systems to expand agricultural exports: Favors topic 13
Develop ability to export goods to foreign markets: Strongly Favors topic 13
Promote the Andean Free Trade Agreement: Strongly Favors topic 13
Rated 50% by CATO, indicating a mixed record on trade issues: Neutral on topic 13
Sponsored sugar quotas & import tariffs to stabilize prices: Strongly Opposes topic 13
YES on implementing US-Singapore free trade agreement: Strongly Favors topic 13
YES on implementing US-Australia Free Trade Agreement: Favors topic 13
NO on end offshore tax havens and promote small business: Favors topic 13
YES on implementing CAFTA, Central America Free Trade: Strongly Favors topic 13
NO on assisting workers who lose jobs due to globalization: Favors topic 13
YES on promoting free trade with Peru: Favors topic 13
Strongly Favors topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(+5 points on Social scale)
NO on Veto override: Congressional oversight of CIA interrogations: Favors topic 14
NO on requiring FISA warrants for wiretaps in US, but not abroad: Strongly Favors topic 14
YES on withholding $244M in UN Back Payments until US seat restored: Strongly Favors topic 14
YES on reforming the UN by restricting US funding: Strongly Favors 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)
No F-25 engine; no joint forces command: Opposes topic 15
Increase military pay; improve equipment: Strongly Favors topic 15
New menace: weapons of mass destruction by rogue states: Favors topic 15
Supports $48 billion in new spending for anti-terrorism: Favors topic 15
Rated 33% by SANE, indicating a mixed record on military issues: Neutral on topic 15
Reduce federal government size & scope, including military: Opposes 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)
Apply campaign finance reform to corporations: Favors topic 16
End pay-to-play: no contributions from earmark recipients: Strongly Favors topic 16
Ban soft money; increase campaign donation accountablity: Favors topic 16
Ban stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge: Strongly Favors topic 16
YES on banning soft money donations to national political parties: Favors topic 16
YES on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions: Favors topic 16
YES on restricting independent grassroots political committees: Opposes topic 16
YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations: Strongly Favors topic 16
Opposes topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(-3 points on Social scale)
Win the Global War on Terror: Opposes topic 17
Stop Iran's nuclear & ballistic missile programs: Opposes topic 17
Foreign policy matters, like for gas prices: Favors topic 17
More aid for Israel to foster Palestinian peace: Favors topic 17
Maintain sanctions against Iran & other rogue states: Favors topic 17
US aid for Arabs who are peace partners with Israel: Strongly Favors topic 17
Strengthen sanctions on Syria & assist democratic transition: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Iranian nuclear weapons: prevention instead of containment: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Sponsored funding and supplying the Syrian rebels: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Shut down Iranian foreign reserves, to tighten sanctions: Opposes topic 17
Sanctions on Iran to end nuclear program: Opposes topic 17
YES on authorizing military force in Iraq: Strongly 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
NO on investigating Bush impeachment for lying about Iraq: Opposes topic 17
Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Supports nuclear energy, Yucca Mountain, and new refineries: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Clean up PCBs & nuclear waste: Favors topic 18
Improve open space; improve mass transit & roads: Strongly Favors topic 18
Make EPA into a Cabinet department: Strongly Favors topic 18
Rated 67% by CAF, indicating a mixed record on energy independence: Neutral on topic 18
Sign on to UN Framework Convention on Climate Change: Strongly Favors topic 18
Signed the No Climate Tax Pledge by AFP: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025: Strongly Favors topic 18
Supports immediate reductions in greenhouse gases: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on tax incentives for renewable energy: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on raising CAFE standards; incentives for alternative fuels: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on prohibiting oil drilling & development in ANWR: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on authorizing construction of new oil refineries: Strongly Opposes topic 18
YES on scheduling permitting for new oil refinieries: Strongly Opposes topic 18
YES on keeping moratorium on drilling for oil offshore: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on investing in homegrown biofuel: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on tax incentives for energy production and conservation: Strongly Opposes 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
YES on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases: Opposes 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
YES on military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism: Strongly Favors topic 19
YES on more funding for Mexico to fight drugs: Favors topic 19
Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Disapprove of increasing the debt limit: Opposes topic 20
Rated 14% by UFCW, indicating a pro-management voting record: Opposes 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

Mark Kirk is a Centrist.
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