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Orrin Hatch on Abortion
Click here for 21 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Benefit of saving lives outweighs destroying stem cells. (Nov 2010)
  • Both pro-life and pro-stem cell research. (Jul 2001)
  • Abortions cause a societal insensitivity to life. (Dec 1999)
  • No litmus tests: no one issue should define appointments. (Jul 1999)
  • Appoint conservative judges without litmus tests. (Jun 1999)
  • Voted YES on restricting UN funding for population control policies. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on defining unborn child as eligible for SCHIP. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting minors crossing state lines for abortion. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on barring HHS grants to organizations that perform abortions. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted NO on $100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on criminal penalty for harming unborn fetus during other crime. (Mar 2004)
  • Voted YES on banning partial birth abortions except for maternal life. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted YES on maintaining ban on Military Base Abortions. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on banning human cloning. (Feb 1998)
  • Rated 0% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Expand embryonic stem cell research. (Jun 2004)
  • Rated 75% by the NRLC, indicating a mixed record on abortion. (Dec 2006)
  • Prohibit transporting minors across state lines for abortion. (Jan 2008)
  • Prohibit federal funding for abortion. (May 2011)
Orrin Hatch on Budget & Economy
Click here for 22 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • Re-elect me and I'll chair the Senate Finance Committee. (Jun 2012)
  • Accused of "fiscal child abuse" by leaving debt for future. (Jun 2012)
  • My 36 years in Senate could make me Finance Committee chair. (May 2012)
  • My balanced budget bill failed by only one vote. (May 2012)
  • OpEd: Federal debt increased rapidly on his watch. (Apr 2012)
  • More $ for defense, research, Ag, Education, police. (Jan 2000)
  • Balance the budget; but high priority to all spending. (Jan 2000)
  • Prosperity based on Reagan’s tax cuts plus balanced budget. (Oct 1999)
  • Bankruptcy has too many loopholes & costs society. (Apr 1999)
  • No Chapter 7 bankruptcy for people with assets & income. (Apr 1999)
  • Voted NO on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures. (May 2009)
  • Voted NO on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package. (Feb 2009)
  • Voted NO on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted YES on paying down federal debt by rating programs' effectiveness. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on $40B in reduced federal overall spending. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on prioritizing national debt reduction below tax cuts. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted YES on 1998 GOP budget. (May 1997)
  • Voted YES on Balanced-budget constitutional amendment. (Mar 1997)
  • Supports the Cut-Cap-and-Balance Pledge. (Jan 2012)
  • Disapprove of increasing the debt limit. (Jan 2012)
  • Audit the Federal Reserve & its actions on mortgage loans. (Feb 2013)
Orrin Hatch on Civil Rights
Click here for 27 full quotes on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Founders avoided “national church,” not Ten Commandments. (Jan 2000)
  • Amendments for school prayer & flag protection. (Jan 2000)
  • Merit and outreach are the bases for helping minorities. (Jan 2000)
  • Gays support Democrats, but no intolerance. (Aug 1999)
  • Homosexuality is contrary to the Bible, but no intolerance. (Aug 1999)
  • Filth should not be banned; only youth exposure should be. (May 1999)
  • Hollywood should do more to change culture for good. (May 1999)
  • Rating system is ignored for mature movies, games, & music. (May 1999)
  • Crime Bill “reforms” Miranda Rights and Habeas Corpus. (Apr 1999)
  • Draw line between free speech and desecration of the flag. (Mar 1999)
  • We owe a Flag Protection Amendment to veterans & to America. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted NO on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • Voted YES on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (Jun 2002)
  • Voted YES on loosening restrictions on cell phone wiretapping. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on setting aside 10% of highway funds for minorities & women. (Mar 1998)
  • Voted YES on ending special funding for minority & women-owned business. (Oct 1997)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted YES on Amendment to prohibit flag burning. (Dec 1995)
  • Voted YES on banning affirmative action hiring with federal funds. (Jul 1995)
  • Supports anti-flag desecration amendment. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 20% by the ACLU, indicating an anti-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Rated 0% by the HRC, indicating an anti-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 14% by the NAACP, indicating an anti-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
Orrin Hatch on Corporations
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  • Voted NO on repealing tax subsidy for companies which move US jobs offshore. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on reforming bankruptcy to include means-testing & restrictions. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on restricting rules on personal bankruptcy. (Jul 2001)
  • Rated 100% by the US COC, indicating a pro-business voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 14% by UFCW, indicating a pro-management voting record. (May 2012)
Orrin Hatch on Crime
Click here for 25 full quotes on Crime OR background on Crime.
  • 1992: Supported COPS program and Violence Against Women Act. (Oct 2010)
  • Strict penalties; more prisons; status quo on death penalty. (Jan 2000)
  • Appointing conservative judges is more critical than Miranda. (Jan 2000)
  • 10-20-Life plan: harsh penalties for gun use. (Aug 1999)
  • More funding & prosecution of Hate Crimes. (Jul 1999)
  • Fight crime by fighting drugs and gangs. (Jul 1999)
  • Punish minor juvenile crimes to prevent later serious crimes. (May 1999)
  • Allow 14-year-olds to be tried & punished as adults. (May 1999)
  • Prosecute drugs & gun crimes; protect victims’ rights. (Apr 1999)
  • Restore & expand block grants to local law enforcement. (Apr 1999)
  • Fund truth-in-sentencing & longer sentences. (Apr 1999)
  • Victims’ Rights: hearings & notification. (Apr 1999)
  • Supports community-oriented policing. (Mar 1999)
  • Proper federal role is seed money, not running programs. (Mar 1997)
  • Voted YES on reinstating $1.15 billion funding for the COPS Program. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on $1.15 billion per year to continue the COPS program. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on limiting death penalty appeals. (Apr 1996)
  • 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)
  • Voted YES on mandatory prison terms for crimes involving firearms. (May 1994)
  • Voted YES on rejecting racial statistics in death penalty appeals. (May 1994)
  • Rated 25% by CURE, indicating anti-rehabilitation crime votes. (Dec 2000)
  • Reduce recidivism by giving offenders a Second Chance. (Mar 2007)
  • Easier access to rape kits, and more rape kit analysis. (Nov 2009)
Orrin Hatch on Drugs
Click here for 7 full quotes on Drugs OR background on Drugs.
  • Stricter sentencing; death penalty for drug traffickers. (Jan 2000)
  • Fight methamphetamine, smarter & harder. (Aug 1999)
  • Fight crime by fighting drugs and gangs. (Jul 1999)
  • More penalties & more spending on drug interdiction. (Apr 1999)
  • More juvenile jails & drug-testing, via block grants. (Apr 1999)
  • Voted YES on increasing penalties for drug offenses. (Nov 1999)
  • Voted YES on spending international development funds on drug control. (Jul 1996)
Orrin Hatch on Education
Click here for 23 full quotes on Education OR background on Education.
  • More block grants; more student loans; school prayer OK. (Jan 2000)
  • Tax & savings reforms have helped make education affordable. (Mar 1999)
  • Fed help for school infrastructure, but no direct spending. (Mar 1999)

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  • More vouchers; more charter schools. (Jan 2000)
  • Vouchers will cover costs under most circumstances. (Dec 1999)
  • Let parents walk away from failing schools. (Dec 1999)
  • Voted for vouchers for violent schools & crime victims. (May 1997)
  • Voted for school choice for low-income kids. (Feb 1994)
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted NO on $52M for "21st century community learning centers". (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on $5B for grants to local educational agencies. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on shifting $11B from corporate tax loopholes to education. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted NO on funding smaller classes instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on funding student testing instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on Educational Savings Accounts. (Mar 2000)
  • Voted YES on allowing more flexibility in federal school rules. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted YES on education savings accounts. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted YES on school vouchers in DC. (Sep 1997)
  • Voted YES on $75M for abstinence education. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on requiring schools to allow voluntary prayer. (Jul 1994)
  • Voted NO on national education standards. (Feb 1994)
  • Rated 27% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
Orrin Hatch on Energy & Oil
Click here for 32 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • Eliminate Kyoto Accords and implement more local control. (Jan 2000)
  • Revoke Kyoto Accords as environmental extremism. (Dec 1999)
  • Supports alternative fuels to meet EPA air standards. (May 1999)
  • Focus on market incentives to foster alternative fuels. (May 1999)
  • Tax credits for electric cars, alternative fuels & stations. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted YES on protecting middle-income taxpayers from a national energy tax. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on requiring full Senate debate and vote on cap-and-trade. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted NO on tax incentives for energy production and conservation. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on addressing CO2 emissions without considering India & China. (May 2008)
  • Voted NO on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on making oil-producing and exporting cartels illegal. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted NO on factoring global warming into federal project planning. (May 2007)
  • Voted NO on disallowing an oil leasing program in Alaska's ANWR. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted NO on $3.1B for emergency oil assistance for hurricane-hit areas. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on reducing oil usage by 40% by 2025 (instead of 5%). (Jun 2005)
  • Voted NO on banning drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on Bush Administration Energy Policy. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted NO on targeting 100,000 hydrogen-powered vehicles by 2010. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted NO on removing consideration of drilling ANWR from budget bill. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted YES on drilling ANWR on national security grounds. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted YES on terminating CAFE standards within 15 months. (Mar 2002)
  • Voted YES on preserving budget for ANWR oil drilling. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted NO on ending discussion of CAFE fuel efficiency standards. (Sep 1999)
  • Voted YES on defunding renewable and solar energy. (Jun 1999)
  • Voted YES on approving a nuclear waste repository. (Apr 1997)
  • Voted NO on do not require ethanol in gasoline. (Aug 1994)
  • Rated 17% by the CAF, indicating opposition to energy independence. (Dec 2006)
  • Develop technology for carbon dioxide sequestration. (Feb 2008)
  • Open the Outer Continental Shelf for oil & gas leasing. (Jun 2008)
  • Signed the No Climate Tax Pledge by AFP. (Aug 2012)
  • Let states lease energy rights on federal lands. (Jun 2013)
Orrin Hatch on Environment
Click here for 13 full quotes on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • Limit National Monuments to 50,000 acres. (Feb 1998)
  • Voted NO on protecting ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems. (May 2013)
  • Voted NO on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program. (Aug 2009)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting eminent domain for use as parks or grazing land. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted YES on confirming Gale Norton as Secretary of Interior. (Jan 2001)
  • Voted YES on more funding for forest roads and fish habitat. (Sep 1999)
  • Voted YES on transportation demo projects. (Mar 1998)
  • Voted NO on reducing funds for road-building in National Forests. (Sep 1997)
  • Voted NO on continuing desert protection in California. (Oct 1994)
  • Voted YES on requiring EPA risk assessments. (May 1994)
  • Rated 5% by the LCV, indicating anti-environment votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 20% by HSLF, indicating an anti-animal welfare voting record. (Jan 2012)
  • Congress should decide land use, not DOI. (Sep 1979)
Orrin Hatch on Families & Children
Click here for 16 full quotes on Families & Children OR background on Families & Children.
  • Filth should not be banned; only youth exposure should be. (May 1999)
  • 4-point Youth Violence Plan to combat juvenile crime. (May 1999)
  • Prohibit marketing & renting violent music & games to kids. (May 1999)
  • Hollywood should do more to change culture for good. (May 1999)
  • Prohibit marketing & renting violent music & games to kids. (May 1999)
  • More funding to help missing, lost, & runaway children. (Apr 1999)
  • Block grants and tax credits for stay-at-home parents. (Mar 1999)
  • Prohibit alcohol sales to minors via phone & Internet. (Mar 1999)
  • Block Grants keep decision-making in local communities. (Feb 1998)
  • More funding for Boys and Girls Clubs. (Mar 1997)
  • Media supports moral poverty; Boys & Girls Clubs fight it. (Mar 1997)
  • Media supports moral poverty; Boys & Girls Clubs fight it. (Mar 1997)
  • Voted YES on killing restrictions on violent videos to minors. (May 1999)
  • Rated 100% by the Christian Coalition: a pro-Family-Value voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Permanent crime database for volunteers with kids. (Jul 2008)
  • Fund 2,500 Boys and Girls Clubs in underserved areas. (Dec 1997)
Orrin Hatch on Foreign Policy
Click here for 20 full quotes on Foreign Policy OR background on Foreign Policy.
  • Africa: Helping with AIDS is our duty as a great nation. (Jan 2000)
  • US should not police the world; but should police Europe. (Jun 1999)
  • Sudan: civil war not a US threat; terrorism is. (Jun 1999)
  • Support self-determination morally, not militarily. (Jun 1999)
  • Russia should focus on their economy, not on US. (Jun 1999)
  • Russia is acting as aggressively as Serbia. (Jun 1999)
  • Push Japanese reforms to keep rest of Asia stable. (Jul 1998)
  • Relations with China; limited with Taiwan. (Jan 2000)
  • Voted YES on cooperating with India as a nuclear power. (Oct 2008)
  • Voted YES on enlarging NATO to include Eastern Europe. (May 2002)
  • Voted YES on killing a bill for trade sanctions if China sells weapons. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted YES on capping 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 YES on $17.9 billion to IMF. (Mar 1998)
  • Voted YES on Strengthening of the trade embargo against Cuba. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted NO on ending Vietnam embargo. (Jan 1994)
  • 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)
  • Condemn Iran for state-sponsored persecution of Baha'i. (Feb 2009)
Orrin Hatch on Free Trade
Click here for 19 full quotes on Free Trade OR background on Free Trade.
  • Supports NAFTA, GATT, WTO, Fast-Track. (Jan 2000)
  • Stop suspending import restrictions on steel. (Jun 1999)
  • Enforce anti-dumping laws consistently. (Jun 1999)
  • IMF encourages open markets despite imperfections. (Feb 1998)
  • China’s WTO admission will undermine police state. (Dec 1999)
  • Supports bilateral trade agreement & China admission to WTO. (Apr 1999)
  • Voted YES on promoting free trade with Peru. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted YES on free trade agreement with Oman. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on implementing CAFTA for Central America free-trade. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted YES on establishing free trade between US & Singapore. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on establishing free trade between the US and Chile. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on extending free trade to Andean nations. (May 2002)
  • Voted NO on granting normal trade relations status to Vietnam. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on removing common goods from national security export rules. (Sep 2001)
  • Voted YES on permanent normal trade relations with China. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted YES on expanding trade to the third world. (May 2000)
  • Voted YES on renewing 'fast track' presidential trade authority. (Nov 1997)
  • Voted YES on imposing trade sanctions on Japan for closed market. (May 1995)
  • Rated 83% by CATO, indicating a pro-free trade voting record. (Dec 2002)
Orrin Hatch on Government Reform
Click here for 22 full quotes on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform is unconstitutional. (Jan 2000)
  • Real campaign finance reform is disclosure & more disclosure. (Dec 1999)
  • Opposes judicial activism; stick to interpreting laws. (Oct 1999)
  • Campaign reform by example: $36 donations instead of $1000. (Oct 1999)
  • Soft money gets out the vote; against banning it. (Oct 1999)
  • Soft money is free speech; daily disclosure is better. (Oct 1999)
  • For lobbyist reporting; but unlimited $ and tax deductions. (Jul 1995)
  • Voted YES on Congressional pay raise. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on providing a US House seat for the District of Columbia. (Feb 2009)
  • Voted YES on granting the District of Columbia a seat in Congress. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring photo ID to vote in federal elections. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted YES on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted NO on establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted NO on banning "soft money" contributions and restricting issue ads. (Mar 2002)
  • Voted NO on banning campaign donations from unions & corporations. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on funding for National Endowment for the Arts. (Aug 1999)
  • Voted NO on favoring 1997 McCain-Feingold overhaul of campaign finance. (Oct 1997)
  • Voted YES on Approving the presidential line-item veto. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted YES on banning more types of Congressional gifts. (Jul 1995)
  • Require Internet disclosure of all earmarks. (May 2010)
  • Prohibit IRS audits targeting Tea Party political groups. (Feb 2014)
  • Ban paid voter registration. (May 2009)
Orrin Hatch on Gun Control
Click here for 23 full quotes on Gun Control OR background on Gun Control.
  • Supports 2nd Amendment, with stricter gun law enforcement. (Oct 1999)
  • Mental health check as part of background check. (Sep 1999)
  • Gun violence problems can be solved by more enforcement. (Sep 1999)
  • Trigger locks, gun show restrictions, import restrictions. (Aug 1999)
  • Guns should be sold with safety devices. (May 1999)
  • Enforce existing gun laws & extend them to juveniles. (May 1999)
  • Enforce existing gun laws & extend them to juveniles. (May 1999)
  • Prosecute gun crimes federally & severely. (Apr 1999)
  • Voted NO on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets. (Apr 2013)
  • Voted YES on allowing firearms in checked baggage on Amtrak trains. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting foreign & UN aid that restricts US gun ownership. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on banning lawsuits against gun manufacturers for gun violence. (Mar 2004)
  • Voted NO on background checks at gun shows. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on more penalties for gun & drug violations. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on loosening license & background checks at gun shows. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on maintaining current law: guns sold without trigger locks. (Jul 1998)
  • National cross-state standard for concealed carry. (Jan 2009)
  • Loosen restrictions on interstate gun purchases. (Oct 2011)
  • Oppose the United Nations' Arms Trade Treaty. (Sep 2013)
  • Ban gun registration & trigger lock law in Washington DC. (Mar 2007)
  • Allow firearms in National Parks. (Feb 2008)
  • Apply concealed carry permit to all other states where legal. (Feb 2009)
Orrin Hatch on Health Care
Click here for 32 full quotes on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • ObamaCare is an "atrocious" act; repeal & replace. (Oct 2012)
  • Home health and nursing homes should be more affordable. (Jan 2000)
  • Spent most of career solving health-care problems. (Oct 1999)
  • His CHIP program insures 7-10 million kids of working poor. (Oct 1999)
  • Reform Medicare by medical experts; more tax incentives. (Oct 1999)
  • More funds for Medicare “skilled nursing facilities”. (Aug 1999)
  • Supported federal Tobacco Settlement based on State deal. (Mar 1998)
  • $398B Tobacco deal: $186B to states; $95B to research. (Nov 1997)
  • Supports tax credit for “orphan drugs”. (Feb 1997)
  • Voted YES on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (May 2011)
  • Voted NO on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted NO on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted NO on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare. (Jul 2008)
  • Voted YES on means-testing to determine Medicare Part D premium. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on allowing tribal Indians to opt out of federal healthcare. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on limiting medical liability lawsuits to $250,000. (May 2006)
  • Voted NO on expanding enrollment period for Medicare Part D. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on increasing Medicaid rebate for producing generics. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted NO on negotiating bulk purchases for Medicare prescription drug. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on $40 billion per year for limited Medicare prescription drug benefit. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted NO on allowing reimportation of Rx drugs from Canada. (Jul 2002)
  • Voted NO on allowing patients to sue HMOs & collect punitive damages. (Jun 2001)
  • Voted YES on funding GOP version of Medicare prescription drug benefit. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted NO on including prescription drugs under Medicare. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on limiting self-employment health deduction. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO on increasing tobacco restrictions. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted YES on Medicare means-testing. (Jun 1997)
  • Voted NO on blocking medical savings acounts. (Apr 1996)
  • Rated 0% by APHA, indicating a anti-public health voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Repeal any federal health care takeover. (Aug 2012)
Orrin Hatch on Homeland Security
Click here for 37 full quotes on Homeland Security OR background on Homeland Security.
  • I fight every year to save Hill Air Force Base. (Jun 2012)
  • Increase defense spending greatly. (Jan 2000)
  • Reverse low military readiness via leadership. (Jan 2000)
  • Voted for SDI; for nuke tests; chem-bio ban. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted for military pay raise; no to military abortions. (Feb 1999)
  • Voted against base closings; require Congress in future. (Jun 1998)
  • Votes: ban landmines; more F-18s; secret CIA $. (Jun 1997)
  • Voted YES on extending the PATRIOT Act's roving wiretaps. (Feb 2011)
  • Voted YES on cutting $221M in benefits to Filipinos who served in WWII US Army. (Apr 2008)
  • Voted NO on requiring FISA court warrant to monitor US-to-foreign calls. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted YES on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted NO on limiting soldiers' deployment to 12 months. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted NO on implementing the 9/11 Commission report. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on preserving habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on requiring CIA reports on detainees & interrogation methods. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on extending the PATRIOT Act's wiretap provision. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on restricting business with entities linked to terrorism. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on restoring $565M for states' and ports' first responders. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted NO on adopting the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on allowing another round of military base closures. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on cutting nuclear weapons below START levels. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on deploying National Missile Defense ASAP. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted YES on military pay raise of 4.8%. (Feb 1999)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting same-sex basic training. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted YES on favoring 36 vetoed military projects. (Oct 1997)
  • Voted YES on banning chemical weapons. (Apr 1997)
  • Voted YES on considering deploying NMD, and amending ABM Treaty. (Jun 1996)
  • Voted YES on 1996 Defense Appropriations. (Sep 1995)
  • Small business in developing homeland security technologies. (Jul 2002)
  • Rated 0% by SANE, indicating a pro-military voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Hiding sources made post-9-11 analysis impossible. (Jul 2004)
  • CIA depends too heavily on defectors & not enough on HUMINT. (Jul 2004)
  • Administration did not pressure CIA on WMD conclusions. (Jul 2004)
  • Sponsored opposing the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty. (Mar 2013)
  • Military spouses don't lose voting residency while abroad. (Feb 2009)
  • School assistance to survivors of injured federal police. (Oct 1996)
Orrin Hatch on Immigration
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  • Introduced bipartisan DREAM Act. (Oct 2012)
  • Supports more enforcement by INS of immigration laws. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted NO on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities". (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on comprehensive immigration reform. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on declaring English as the official language of the US government. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the "Y" nonimmigrant guestworker program. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on establishing a Guest Worker program. (May 2006)
  • Voted NO on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security. (May 2006)
  • Voted NO on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on allowing more foreign workers into the US for farm work. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted YES on visas for skilled workers. (May 1998)
  • Voted YES on limit welfare for immigrants. (Jun 1997)
  • Rated 91% by USBC, indicating a sealed-border stance. (Dec 2006)
Orrin Hatch on Jobs
Click here for 19 full quotes on Jobs OR background on Jobs.
  • Family farms: Crop insurance; no capital gains on land. (Jan 2000)
  • Assist farmers in transition to free market. (Dec 1999)
  • Ethanol subsidies OK, but no federal gasohol requirements. (Sep 1999)
  • Alternative fuels important to our energy security. (Sep 1999)
  • Raising the minimum wage causes “disemployment”. (Sep 1998)
  • Minimum wage jobs are first jobs; workers go on to others. (Sep 1998)
  • Replace minimum wage increases with cut taxes & education. (Sep 1998)
  • Voted NO on extending unemployment benefits from 39 weeks to 59 weeks. (Nov 2008)
  • Voted YES on overriding presidential veto of Farm Bill. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on terminating legal challenges to English-only job rules. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on limiting farm subsidies to people earning under $750,000. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted NO on restricting employer interference in union organizing. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on increasing minimum wage to $7.25. (Feb 2007)
  • Voted NO on raising the minimum wage to $7.25 rather than $6.25. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on repealing Clinton's ergonomic rules on repetitive stress. (Mar 2001)
  • Voted YES on killing an increase in the minimum wage. (Nov 1999)
  • Voted YES on allowing workers to choose between overtime & comp-time. (May 1997)
  • Voted YES on replacing farm price supports. (Feb 1996)
  • Rated 0% by the AFL-CIO, indicating an anti-union voting record. (Dec 2003)
Orrin Hatch on Principles & Values
Click here for 19 full quotes on Principles & Values OR background on Principles & Values.
  • 2012 will be my last election, after 6 terms. (Oct 2012)
  • I work with both Republicans and Democrats, out of necessity. (Oct 2012)
  • 36 years of seniority means I can finally enact change. (Oct 2012)
  • I'm running to help Mitt Romney and to be Committee Chairman. (Oct 2012)
  • AdWatch: Touts leadership and experience. (May 2012)
  • Debates are a time-worn campaign tactic for free press. (May 2012)
  • 1976: What do you call 2-term incumbents? Call him home!. (Apr 2012)
  • Voted with Republican Party 87.1% of 319 votes. (Sep 2007)
  • Withdraws, citing too-late entry & anti-Mormon bias. (Jan 2000)
  • President should set a moral example. (Dec 1999)
  • 23 years of experience fighting for you. (Dec 1999)
  • $36 donations from skinny-cats, not $1000 from fat-cats. (Oct 1999)
  • Legislative record of bipartisan accomplishment. (Sep 1999)
  • Voted NO on confirming of Sonia Sotomayor to Supreme Court. (Aug 2009)
  • Voted YES on confirming Samuel Alito as Supreme Court Justice. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted YES on confirming John Roberts for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. (Sep 2005)
  • Religious affiliation: Latter-day Saint. (Nov 2000)
  • Rated 0% by the AU, indicating opposition to church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 100% by the AU, indicating opposition to separation of church & state. (Jan 2013)
Orrin Hatch on Social Security
Click here for 11 full quotes on Social Security OR background on Social Security.
  • Consider raising retirement age. (Nov 1999)
  • $792B tax cut does not affect Medicare or Social Security. (Jul 1999)
  • Simplify tax code on retirement & end savings disincentives. (Jun 1999)
  • Preserve Social Security fund in “Lockbox” until needed. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on establishing reserve funds & pre-funding for Social Security. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on Social Security Lockbox & limiting national debt. (Apr 1999)
  • Voted YES on allowing Roth IRAs for retirees. (May 1998)
  • Voted YES on allowing personal retirement accounts. (Apr 1998)
  • Voted YES on deducting Social Security payments on income taxes. (May 1996)
  • Rated 0% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 4% by ARA, indicating a pro-privatization stance. (Jan 2013)
Orrin Hatch on Tax Reform
Click here for 32 full quotes on Tax Reform OR 5 older headlines OR background on Tax Reform.
  • It will take political experience to reform the tax code. (Jan 2000)
  • Leaving money in Washington means bigger budget spending. (Jan 2000)
  • Day Two Agenda: Tax Reform. (Dec 1999)
  • High taxes protect government bureaucracy. (Dec 1999)
  • Tax sales instead of income & savings. (Dec 1999)
  • Supports flat tax, but prefers “starting over”. (Oct 1999)
  • Get rid of the entire IRS code and the IRS itself. (Oct 1999)
  • Surplus means taxpayers paid too much -- so give it back. (Jul 1999)
  • Estate tax hurts Great Aunt Edna, not the wealthy. (Jul 1999)
  • Cutting capital gains helps most Americans, not just rich. (Jul 1999)
  • $792B is about Congress being a kid in a candy store. (Jul 1999)
  • Supports permanent research tax credit. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted NO on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted YES on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on raising estate tax exemption to $5 million. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts. (Aug 2006)
  • Voted YES on permanently repealing the `death tax`. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on $47B for military by repealing capital gains tax cut. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on extending the tax cuts on capital gains and dividends. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years. (May 2003)
  • Voted NO on reducing marriage penalty instead of cutting top tax rates. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on increasing tax deductions for college tuition. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the 'marriage penalty'. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on across-the-board spending cut. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on requiring super-majority for raising taxes. (Apr 1998)
  • Rated 72% by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 0% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes. (Aug 2010)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
Orrin Hatch on Technology
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  • Internet will not replace touching in stores. (Jan 2000)
  • No toll booths on the information superhighway. (Jan 2000)
  • Keep government’s mitts off the Internet. (Dec 1999)
  • Provide trademark protection against “cybersquatting”. (Jul 1999)
  • Limit Y2K lawsuits’ speed, liability, & punitive damages. (Apr 1999)
  • Address Internet concerns as we have with other tech. (Apr 1999)
  • Promote Internet privacy without hindering growth. (Apr 1999)
  • Supports permanent research tax credit. (Mar 1999)
  • Prohibit alcohol sales to minors via phone & Internet. (Mar 1999)
  • Antitrust applies when monopolist thwarts paradigm shift. (Sep 1998)
  • Distinguish between fair competition & predatory monopoly. (Sep 1998)
  • Microsoft’s pattern leads to a proprietary Internet. (Sep 1998)
  • Antitrust today, or Internet regulation tomorrow. (Sep 1998)
  • Voted NO on authorizing states to collect Internet sales taxes. (May 2013)
  • Voted YES on $23B instead of $4.9B for waterway infrastructure. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on restoring $550M in funding for Amtrak for 2007. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted NO on disallowing FCC approval of larger media conglomerates. (Sep 2003)
  • Voted YES on Internet sales tax moratorium. (Oct 1998)
  • Voted YES on telecomm deregulation. (Feb 1996)
  • Withdrew support for policing websites for copyright. (May 2011)
Orrin Hatch on War & Peace
Click here for 34 full quotes on War & Peace OR 3 older headlines OR background on War & Peace.
  • Supports air strikes to destroy Serbian military. (Jun 1999)
  • Supported arming Bosnians in 1992 & bombing Milosevic then. (Jun 1999)
  • No limits once engaged; but need a clear mission. (Jun 1999)
  • NATO actions did not cause refugees; we should respond. (Jun 1999)
  • If we continue air strikes, no need for ground troops. (Jun 1999)
  • Rambouillet is irrelevant: finish destroying Serb military. (Jun 1999)
  • Sanctions on Serbia until Milosevic falls. (Jun 1999)
  • Serbs should lose at least a part of Kosovo. (Jun 1999)
  • Air power should destroy military, not change regime. (Jun 1999)
  • No US peacekeepers unless goals are clear. (Jun 1999)
  • Voted NO on redeploying non-essential US troops out of Iraq in 9 months. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted YES on designating Iran's Revolutionary Guards as terrorists. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted NO on redeploying US troops out of Iraq by March 2008. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on redeploying troops out of Iraq by July 2007. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on investigating contract awards in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on requiring on-budget funding for Iraq, not emergency funding. (Apr 2005)
  • Voted YES on $86 billion for military operations in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Oct 2003)
  • Voted YES on authorizing use of military force against Iraq. (Oct 2002)
  • Voted NO on allowing all necessary force in Kosovo. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on authorizing air strikes in Kosovo. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted YES on ending the Bosnian arms embargo. (Jul 1995)
  • CIA mischaracterized Iraq WMD & abused intelligence position. (Jul 2004)
  • Iraq-al-Qaida contacts, but no complicity or assistance. (Jul 2004)
  • CIA knew State of the Union Iraq-Niger connection was false. (Jul 2004)
  • Iraq was not reconstituting its nuclear program. (Jul 2004)
  • Iraq was not developing its biological weapons program. (Jul 2004)
  • Iraq was not developing its chemical weapons program. (Jul 2004)
  • Iraq was developing missiles, but not to reach the US. (Jul 2004)
  • Deploy UN multinational peacekeeping force in Darfur. (Jul 2007)
  • Iranian nuclear weapons: prevention instead of containment. (May 2012)
  • Sponsored shutting down Iranian foreign reserves. (Jun 2013)
  • Support the completion of the US mission in Iraq. (Feb 2007)
  • Sanctions on Iran to end nuclear program. (Apr 2009)
  • Move the US Embassy to Jerusalem. (Nov 1995)
Orrin Hatch on Welfare & Poverty
Click here for 9 full quotes on Welfare & Poverty OR background on Welfare & Poverty.
  • Supports welfare reform from dependency to self-sufficiency. (Mar 1997)
  • Welfare should be a transitional program, not permanent. (Mar 1997)
  • Replace hand outs with hand up via job training. (Mar 1997)
  • Block grants let local programs work; fed programs do not. (Mar 1997)
  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on welfare block grants. (Aug 1996)
  • Voted NO on eliminating block grants for food stamps. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on allowing state welfare waivers. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on welfare overhaul. (Sep 1995)


VoteMatch Responses
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VoteMatch Question & Answer
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Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(-3 points on Social scale)
Both pro-life and pro-stem cell research: Neutral on topic 1
Abortions cause a societal insensitivity to life: Opposes topic 1
No litmus tests: no one issue should define appointments: Neutral on topic 1
Appoint conservative judges without litmus tests: Opposes 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
Prohibit federal funding for abortion: Strongly 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 Unknown roll call for 1999-340: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on maintaining ban on Military Base Abortions: 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
Strongly Opposes topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Merit and outreach are the bases for helping minorities: Favors topic 2
Rated 14% by the NAACP, indicating an anti-affirmative-action stance: Strongly Opposes topic 2
NO on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act: Opposes topic 2
YES on banning affirmative action hiring with federal funds: 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
NO on setting aside 10% of highway funds for minorities & women: Opposes topic 2
Strongly Opposes topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(-5 points on Social scale)
Gays support Democrats, but no intolerance: Neutral on topic 3
Homosexuality is contrary to the Bible, but no intolerance: Opposes topic 3
Rated 0% by the HRC, indicating an anti-gay-rights stance: Strongly Opposes topic 3
YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
NO on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation: Strongly Opposes topic 3
NO on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation: Opposes topic 3
NO on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes: 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)
Founders avoided “national church,” not Ten Commandments: Favors topic 4
Amendments for school prayer & flag protection: Strongly Favors topic 4
More block grants; more student loans; school prayer OK: Strongly Favors topic 4
Hollywood should do more to change culture for good: Favors topic 4
Media supports moral poverty; Boys & Girls Clubs fight it: Favors topic 4
Supports welfare reform from dependency to self-sufficiency: Favors topic 4
Block grants let local programs work; fed programs do not: Strongly Favors topic 4
Supports anti-flag desecration amendment: 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 requiring schools to allow voluntary prayer: Favors topic 4
YES on $75M for abstinence education: Strongly Favors topic 4
YES on killing restrictions on violent videos to minors: Opposes topic 4
YES on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration: Favors topic 4
Opposes topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(+2 points on Economic scale)
ObamaCare is an "atrocious" act; repeal & replace: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Spent most of career solving health-care problems: Favors topic 5
His CHIP program insures 7-10 million kids of working poor: Strongly Favors topic 5
Supported federal Tobacco Settlement based on State deal: Favors topic 5
Supports tax credit for “orphan drugs”: Favors topic 5
Rated 0% by APHA, indicating a anti-public health voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Repeal any federal health care takeover: Strongly Opposes topic 5
NO on allowing tribal Indians to opt out of federal healthcare: Strongly Favors 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
NO on blocking medical savings acounts: Opposes topic 5
YES on Medicare means-testing: Opposes topic 5
YES on limiting self-employment health deduction: Opposes topic 5
NO on including prescription drugs under Medicare: Opposes topic 5
YES on funding GOP version of Medicare prescription drug benefit: 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
NO on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare: Opposes topic 5
NO on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program: Opposes topic 5
NO on regulating tobacco as a drug: Opposes topic 5
Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Consider raising retirement age: Opposes topic 6
$792B tax cut does not affect Medicare or Social Security: Neutral on topic 6
Simplify tax code on retirement & end savings disincentives: Favors topic 6
Preserve Social Security fund in “Lockbox” until needed: Opposes topic 6
Rated 0% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record: Strongly Favors topic 6
Rated 4% by ARA, indicating a pro-privatization stance: Strongly Favors topic 6
YES on deducting Social Security payments on income taxes: Favors topic 6
YES on allowing Roth IRAs for retirees: Favors topic 6
YES on allowing personal retirement accounts: 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)
Fed help for school infrastructure, but no direct spending: Strongly Favors topic 7
More vouchers; more charter schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
Vouchers will cover costs under most circumstances: Strongly Favors topic 7
Voted for vouchers for violent schools & crime victims: Strongly Favors topic 7
Rated 27% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes: Strongly Favors topic 7
YES on school vouchers in DC: Strongly Favors topic 7
YES on education savings accounts: Favors topic 7
YES on allowing more flexibility in federal school rules: Strongly Favors topic 7
YES on Educational Savings Accounts: Favors topic 7
NO on funding smaller classes instead of private tutors: Favors topic 7
NO on funding student testing instead of private tutors: Favors topic 7
NO on $5B for grants to local educational agencies: Favors topic 7
Favors topic 8:
No 'rights' to clean air and water
(-3 points on Social scale)
Rated 5% by the LCV, indicating anti-environment votes: Strongly Favors topic 8
NO on protecting ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems: Favors topic 8
NO on continuing desert protection in California: Strongly Favors topic 8
NO on reducing funds for road-building in National Forests: Opposes topic 8
YES on prohibiting eminent domain for use as parks or grazing land: Favors topic 8
Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-3 points on Social scale)
1992: Supported COPS program and Violence Against Women Act: Strongly Favors topic 9
Strict penalties; more prisons; status quo on death penalty: Favors topic 9
10-20-Life plan: harsh penalties for gun use: Strongly Favors topic 9
Punish minor juvenile crimes to prevent later serious crimes: Favors topic 9
Allow 14-year-olds to be tried & punished as adults: Favors topic 9
Prosecute drugs & gun crimes; protect victims’ rights: Favors topic 9
Fund truth-in-sentencing & longer sentences: Favors topic 9
Victims’ Rights: hearings & notification: Favors topic 9
Rated 25% by CURE, indicating anti-rehabilitation crime votes: Strongly Favors topic 9
Reduce recidivism by giving offenders a Second Chance: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Permanent crime database for volunteers with kids: Favors topic 9
YES on rejecting racial statistics in death penalty appeals: Favors topic 9
YES on mandatory prison terms for crimes involving firearms: Strongly Favors topic 9
YES on limiting death penalty appeals: Favors topic 9
YES on more penalties for gun & drug violations: Favors topic 9
NO on $1.15 billion per year to continue the COPS program: Favors topic 9
YES on reinstating $1.15 billion funding for the COPS Program: Opposes topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Supports 2nd Amendment, with stricter gun law enforcement: Strongly Favors topic 10
Guns should be sold with safety devices: Opposes topic 10
Enforce existing gun laws & extend them to juveniles: Opposes topic 10
Prosecute gun crimes federally & severely: Neutral on topic 10
National cross-state standard for concealed carry: Strongly Favors topic 10
Loosen restrictions on interstate gun purchases: Strongly Favors topic 10
Ban gun registration & trigger lock law in Washington DC: Strongly Favors topic 10
Allow firearms in National Parks: Strongly Favors topic 10
Apply concealed carry permit to all other states where legal: Strongly Favors topic 10
NO on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets: Strongly Favors topic 10
YES on maintaining current law: guns sold without trigger locks: Strongly Favors topic 10
YES on loosening license & background checks at gun shows: Favors topic 10
NO on background checks at gun shows: 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)
Get rid of the entire IRS code and the IRS itself: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Surplus means taxpayers paid too much -- so give it back: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Cutting capital gains helps most Americans, not just rich: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Rated 72% 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
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 Internet sales tax moratorium: Opposes topic 11
YES on requiring super-majority for raising taxes: Opposes topic 11
YES on eliminating the 'marriage penalty': Opposes topic 11
YES on prioritizing national debt reduction below tax cuts: Opposes topic 11
NO on reducing marriage penalty instead of cutting top tax rates: Opposes topic 11
NO on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction: 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)
Introduced bipartisan DREAM Act: Favors topic 12
Introduced bipartisan DREAM Act: Strongly Favors topic 12
Supports more enforcement by INS of immigration laws: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Rated 91% by USBC, indicating a sealed-border stance: Strongly Opposes topic 12
NO on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities": Strongly Opposes topic 12
YES on limit welfare for immigrants: Strongly Opposes topic 12
YES on visas for skilled workers: Favors topic 12
YES on allowing more foreign workers into the US for farm work: Favors topic 12
NO on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security: Strongly Opposes topic 12
NO on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship: Strongly Opposes 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
Strongly Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Supports NAFTA, GATT, WTO, Fast-Track: Favors topic 13
Enforce anti-dumping laws consistently: Opposes topic 13
IMF encourages open markets despite imperfections: Favors topic 13
Rated 83% by CATO, indicating a pro-free trade voting record: Strongly Favors topic 13
YES on renewing 'fast track' presidential trade authority: Favors topic 13
YES on permanent normal trade relations with China: Strongly Favors topic 13
YES on expanding trade to the third world: Favors topic 13
YES on removing common goods from national security export rules: Favors topic 13
NO on granting normal trade relations status to Vietnam: Opposes topic 13
YES on extending free trade to Andean nations: Strongly Favors 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
Strongly Favors topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(+5 points on Economic scale)
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
YES on $17.9 billion to IMF: Opposes topic 14
YES on capping foreign aid at only $12.7 billion: Strongly 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
YES on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad: Strongly Favors topic 14
Strongly Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-5 points on Social scale)
I fight every year to save Hill Air Force Base: Favors topic 15
Increase defense spending greatly: Strongly Favors topic 15
Reverse low military readiness via leadership: Favors topic 15
Rated 0% by SANE, indicating a pro-military voting record: Strongly Favors topic 15
YES on 1996 Defense Appropriations: Favors topic 15
YES on considering deploying NMD, and amending ABM Treaty: Favors topic 15
YES on favoring 36 vetoed military projects: Strongly Favors topic 15
NO on allowing another round of military base closures: Favors topic 15
YES on military pay raise of 4.8%: Strongly Favors topic 15
YES on deploying National Missile Defense ASAP: Strongly Favors topic 15
YES on requiring on-budget funding for Iraq, not emergency funding: Opposes topic 15
NO on limiting soldiers' deployment to 12 months: Favors topic 15
Opposes topic 16:
More enforcement of the right to vote
(-3 points on Social scale)
McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform is unconstitutional: Strongly Opposes topic 16
McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform is unconstitutional: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Real campaign finance reform is disclosure & more disclosure: Opposes topic 16
Campaign reform by example: $36 donations instead of $1000: Favors topic 16
Soft money gets out the vote; against banning it: Opposes topic 16
Require Internet disclosure of all earmarks: Favors topic 16
Ban paid voter registration: Opposes topic 16
Military spouses don't lose voting residency while abroad: Favors topic 16
NO on favoring 1997 McCain-Feingold overhaul of campaign finance: Opposes topic 16
NO on banning campaign donations from unions & corporations: Opposes topic 16
NO on banning "soft money" contributions and restricting issue ads: Opposes 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
Strongly Opposes topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(-5 points on Social scale)
US should not police the world; but should police Europe: Favors topic 17
Russia should focus on their economy, not on US: Favors topic 17
Iranian nuclear weapons: prevention instead of containment: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Sponsored shutting down Iranian foreign reserves: Opposes topic 17
Support the completion of the US mission in Iraq: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Sanctions on Iran to end nuclear program: Opposes topic 17
YES on authorizing use of military force against Iraq: Strongly Opposes 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
Strongly Opposes topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Eliminate Kyoto Accords and implement more local control: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Revoke Kyoto Accords as environmental extremism: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Focus on market incentives to foster alternative fuels: Favors topic 18
Rated 17% by the CAF, indicating opposition to energy independence: Opposes topic 18
Develop technology for carbon dioxide sequestration: Opposes topic 18
Open the Outer Continental Shelf for oil & gas leasing: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Signed the No Climate Tax Pledge by AFP: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Let states lease energy rights on federal lands: Strongly Opposes topic 18
YES on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases: Opposes topic 18
NO on do not require ethanol in gasoline: Favors topic 18
YES on defunding renewable and solar energy: Strongly Opposes topic 18
NO on ending discussion of CAFE fuel efficiency standards: Favors topic 18
YES on preserving budget for ANWR oil drilling: Opposes topic 18
YES on terminating CAFE standards within 15 months: Strongly 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
NO on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies: Strongly Opposes topic 18
NO on addressing CO2 emissions without considering India & China: Opposes 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
NO on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program: Opposes topic 18
Strongly Favors topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(-5 points on Social scale)
Stricter sentencing; death penalty for drug traffickers: Strongly Favors topic 19
Fight crime by fighting drugs and gangs: Favors topic 19
More penalties & more spending on drug interdiction: Strongly Favors topic 19
YES on spending international development funds on drug control: Strongly Favors topic 19
YES on more penalties for gun & drug violations: Favors topic 19
YES on increasing penalties for drug offenses: Favors topic 19
Strongly Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+5 points on Economic scale)
More $ for defense, research, Ag, Education, police: Strongly Favors topic 20
Day Two Agenda: Tax Reform: Strongly Opposes topic 20
High taxes protect government bureaucracy: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Prosperity based on Reagan’s tax cuts plus balanced budget: Opposes topic 20
Keep promise of fiscal restraint by not spending $792B: Opposes topic 20
Simplify taxes; they’re unfair and stifle economic growth: Opposes topic 20
Supports permanent research tax credit: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Raising the minimum wage causes “disemployment”: Opposes topic 20
Supports the Cut-Cap-and-Balance Pledge: 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
Audit the Federal Reserve & its actions on mortgage loans: 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
NO on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending: Strongly Opposes topic 20

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