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Sheldon Whitehouse on SenateMatch


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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Firmly believes family planning decisions should be private: Strongly Favors topic 1
Deeply committed to protecting a woman’s right to choose: Strongly Favors topic 1
Expand federal support for Stem Cell research: Favors topic 1
Opposes Alito on grounds of woman’s right to choose: Favors topic 1
Require pharmacies to fulfill contraceptive prescriptions: Favors topic 1
Ban anti-abortion limitations on abortion services: Strongly Favors topic 1
Ensure access to and funding for contraception: Favors topic 1
Focus on preventing pregnancy, plus emergency contraception: Favors topic 1
NO on prohibiting minors crossing state lines for abortion: Strongly Favors topic 1
NO on defining unborn child as eligible for SCHIP: Favors topic 1
YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines: Favors topic 1
NO on barring HHS grants to organizations that perform abortions: Favors topic 1
NO on restricting UN funding for population control policies: Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Worked entire career for civil rights: Favors topic 2
I support gay marriage: Strongly Favors topic 2
Increase funding for occupational & physical therapy: Favors topic 2
Constitutional Amendment for women's equal rights: Strongly Favors topic 2
Endorsed as "preferred" by The Feminist Majority indicating pro-women's rights: Strongly Favors topic 2
More funding & services for victims of domestic violence: Strongly Favors topic 2
Enforce against wage discrimination based on gender: Strongly Favors topic 2
Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment: Strongly Favors topic 2
Ban discriminatory compensation; allow 2 years to sue: Favors topic 2
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)
Regulation of marriage has always been a state issue: Strongly Favors topic 3
Don’t use Constitution to divide gay people from others: Strongly Favors topic 3
Fight a constitutional ban on gay marriage: Strongly Favors topic 3
Fight a constitutional ban on gay marriage: Strongly Favors topic 3
Repeal the ban on gays serving openly in the military: Strongly Favors topic 3
ENDA: prohibit employment discrimination for gays: Favors topic 3
Repeal Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell, and reinstate discharged gays: Favors topic 3
Prohibit sexual-identity discrimination at schools: Strongly Favors topic 3
Enforce against anti-gay discrimination in public schools: Strongly Favors topic 3
Provide benefits to domestic partners of Federal employees: Strongly Favors topic 3
Strongly Opposes topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(+5 points on Social scale)
Rated 0% by the AU, indicating support of separation of church & state: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Provide all families with insurance: Strongly Favors topic 5
Scrap Medicare Rx plan, and negotiate for drug prices: Favors topic 5
Preserve access to Medicaid & SCHIP during economic downturn: Strongly Favors topic 5
Disclose payments from manufacturers to physicians: Favors topic 5
Expand the National Health Service Corps: Strongly Favors topic 5
Expand health services for women veterans: Favors topic 5
NO on allowing tribal Indians to opt out of federal healthcare: Strongly Favors topic 5
NO on means-testing to determine Medicare Part D premium: Favors topic 5
NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts: Favors topic 5
YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D: Favors topic 5
YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility: Favors topic 5
YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare: Favors topic 5
YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program: Favors topic 5
YES on regulating tobacco as a drug: Favors topic 5
Strongly Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Protect and defend Social Security: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Life without Social Security would be unimaginably worse: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Don’t put Soc. Sec. benefits at risk: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Pro-privatization crowd wants to cut benefits: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Lift limit on withholding from $90,000 to $120,000: Opposes topic 6
Reject privatization; don't raise the retirement age: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Sponsored keeping CPI for benefits instead of lower "Chained CPI": Strongly Opposes topic 6
Rated 99% by ARA, indicating a pro-Trust Fund stance: Strongly Opposes topic 6
NO on establishing reserve funds & pre-funding for Social Security: Opposes topic 6
Strongly Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Extend "Race to the Top" to middle school: Strongly Opposes topic 7
NCLB’s teaching-to-the-test hurts children’s learning: Opposes topic 7
Vouchers are a poor use of scarce federal dollars: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Fully fund No Child Left Behind: Opposes topic 7
$25B to renovate or repair elementary schools: Opposes topic 7
Sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015: Opposes topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
EPA regulations are too restrictive
(+5 points on Social scale)
Protect our public wetlands from development: 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
Regulate all dog breeders down to kennels of 50 dogs: Opposes topic 8
Establish an International Conservation Strategy: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Sponsored enforcing against illegal ocean fishing: Opposes topic 8
Sponsored matching grants for wetlands conservation projects: Strongly Opposes topic 8
YES on protecting ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems: Opposes topic 8
NO on prohibiting eminent domain for use as parks or grazing land: Opposes topic 8
Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+2 points on Social scale)
Firm believer in prison re-entry programs upon release: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Rules out death penalty for juveniles: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Strengthened penalties for armed criminals: Favors topic 9
Federal death penalty ok; but not at state level: Favors topic 9
Reduce recidivism by giving offenders a Second Chance: Strongly Opposes topic 9
YES on reinstating $1.15 billion funding for the COPS Program: Opposes topic 9
Strongly Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Common-sense solutions to fight gun crime: Opposes topic 10
Fight to keep guns off our streets: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Close the Gun Show Loophole; restrict show sales: Opposes topic 10
Ban large-capacity ammunition: Opposes topic 10
YES on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets: Strongly Opposes topic 10
NO on prohibiting foreign & UN aid that restricts US gun ownership: Opposes topic 10
NO on allowing firearms in checked baggage on Amtrak trains: Opposes topic 10
Strongly Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Tax code is broken, but flat tax is a lousy idea: Favors topic 11
$2T in new revenues, and $2T in cuts, to balance budget: Strongly Favors topic 11
We owe $1 trillion to China to fund Bush tax cuts: Favors topic 11
Bush tax cuts are improvident & unfair--repeal them: Strongly Favors topic 11
$300 tax rebate a bad deal if it means $150,000 future debt: Favors topic 11
Roll back the tax reductions to America’s wealthiest: Strongly Favors topic 11
Sponsored minimum tax rate of 30% for those earning over $1M: Strongly Favors topic 11
Sponsored enforcing against corporate offshore tax haven banking: Favors topic 11
NO on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset: Favors topic 11
NO on raising estate tax exemption to $5 million: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax: Strongly Favors topic 11
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+5 points on Social scale)
Path to citizenship after illegal aliens have paid dues: Strongly Favors topic 12
Path to citizenship after illegal aliens have paid dues: Strongly Favors topic 12
Immigrants should be able to realize dream of citizenship: Strongly Favors topic 12
Allow more visas for STEM college graduates: Favors topic 12
YES on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities": Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on eliminating the "Y" nonimmigrant guestworker program: Neutral topic 12
NO on declaring English as the official language of the US government: Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on comprehensive immigration reform: Strongly Favors topic 12
Strongly Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Opposes NAFTA and CAFTA; supports fair trade: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Review free trade agreements biennially for rights violation: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Impose tariffs against countries which manipulate currency: Opposes topic 13
NO on promoting free trade with Peru: Opposes topic 13
Strongly Opposes topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Restore habeas corpus for detainees in the War on Terror: Opposes topic 14
YES on requiring FISA court warrant to monitor US-to-foreign calls: Opposes topic 14
NO on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Opposes topic 15:
Expand the military
(+2 points on Social scale)
Our presence in Iraq worsens situation in Israel: Opposes topic 15
Extend reserve retirement pay parity back to 9/11: Favors topic 15
YES on limiting soldiers' deployment to 12 months: Opposes topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(+5 points on Social scale)
Overturn Citizens United; it undid 100 years of regulations: Strongly Favors topic 16
Total ban on gifts from lobbyists: Strongly Favors topic 16
Stricter rules for lobbyists and ethics: Favors topic 16
Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures: Strongly Favors topic 16
No photo IDs to vote; they suppress the vote: Favors topic 16
Matching fund for small donors, with debate requirements: Favors topic 16
Prohibit 'voter caging' which intimidates minority voting: Favors topic 16
Favors topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(+2 points on Social scale)
Announce irrevocable schedule to withdraw from Iraq: Strongly Favors topic 17
Iraq war was premature and a mistake: Strongly Favors topic 17
Responsibly extricate ourselves from Iraq: Strongly Favors topic 17
Iranian nuclear weapons: prevention instead of containment: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Sponsored shutting down Iranian foreign reserves: Opposes topic 17
Require Congress' approval before military action in Iran: Favors topic 17
Sanctions on Iran to end nuclear program: Opposes topic 17
YES on redeploying US troops out of Iraq by March 2008: Strongly Favors topic 17
YES on redeploying non-essential US troops out of Iraq in 9 months: Favors topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Replace oil lobby with entirely new energy strategy: Strongly Favors topic 18
Push for tougher CAFE standards: Strongly Favors topic 18
New technologies for environmentally-friendly energy: Strongly Favors topic 18
Designate sensitive ANWR area as protected wilderness: Favors topic 18
Let states define stricter-than-federal emission standards: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases: Favors topic 18
YES on factoring global warming into federal project planning: Favors topic 18
YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on addressing CO2 emissions without considering India & China: Favors topic 18
YES on tax incentives for energy production and conservation: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on requiring full Senate debate and vote on cap-and-trade: Favors topic 18
NO on protecting middle-income taxpayers from a national energy tax: Favors topic 18
YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program: Favors topic 18
Strongly Opposes topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(+5 points on Social scale)
Supports drug treatment and alternative drug courts: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Strongly Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Grow the economy from the middle class out: Favors topic 20
Expand lending caps for credit unions to small business: Favors topic 20
Rated 86% by UFCW, indicating an anti-management/pro-labor record: Favors topic 20
Raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2016: Favors topic 20
YES on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million: Strongly Favors topic 20
YES on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package: Strongly Favors topic 20
YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending: Strongly Favors topic 20

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