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Chris Dodd on Abortion
Click here for 17 full quotes on Abortion OR other candidates on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Partial birth abortion ban needs maternal health exception. (Nov 2007)
  • Conduct stem cell research to help Alzheimers and diabetes. (Jul 2007)
  • Courts should decide abortion cases based on woman’s health. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted NO on restricting UN funding for population control policies. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted NO on defining unborn child as eligible for SCHIP. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting minors crossing state lines for abortion. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on $100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted NO on criminal penalty for harming unborn fetus during other crime. (Mar 2004)
  • Voted NO on banning partial birth abortions except for maternal life. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted NO on maintaining ban on Military Base Abortions. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on banning partial birth abortions. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on banning human cloning. (Feb 1998)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL, indicating a pro-choice voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Expand embryonic stem cell research. (Jun 2004)
  • Rated 0% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-choice stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Ensure access to and funding for contraception. (Feb 2007)
Chris Dodd on Budget & Economy
Click here for 18 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR other candidates on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • Federal budget much more complicated & diverse than states’. (Dec 2007)
  • Freeze rates on subprime mortgages to avoid foreclosures. (Dec 2007)
  • People of color lured into sub prime lending. (Dec 2007)
  • Chairs Banking Committee; hedge fund managers donated $727K. (Oct 2007)
  • Mortgage market has seized up; provide more market liquidity. (Aug 2007)
  • The next generation may be less well-off than us. (Oct 2004)
  • Voted YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures. (May 2009)
  • Voted YES on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package. (Feb 2009)
  • Voted YES on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted NO on paying down federal debt by rating programs' effectiveness. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on $40B in reduced federal overall spending. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on prioritizing national debt reduction below tax cuts. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted YES on 1998 GOP budget. (May 1997)
  • Voted NO on Balanced-budget constitutional amendment. (Mar 1997)
  • Require full disclosure about subprime mortgages. (Dec 2007)
  • More enforcement of mortgage fraud and TARP fraud. (May 2009)
  • Sponsored bill banning abusive credit & enhancing disclosure. (Feb 2009)
Chris Dodd on Civil Rights
Click here for 22 full quotes on Civil Rights OR other candidates on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Apply Family & Medical Leave Act to same sex couples. (Aug 2007)
  • Treat same-sex couples equally in all rights except marriage. (Jul 2007)
  • Bury “N” word along with “neglect”, “silence”, “bigotry”. (Jul 2007)
  • Supports civil unions but opposes gay marriage. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted NO on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (Jun 2002)
  • Voted YES on loosening restrictions on cell phone wiretapping. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on setting aside 10% of highway funds for minorities & women. (Mar 1998)
  • Voted NO on ending special funding for minority & women-owned business. (Oct 1997)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted NO on Amendment to prohibit flag burning. (Dec 1995)
  • Voted NO on banning affirmative action hiring with federal funds. (Jul 1995)
  • Rated 60% by the ACLU, indicating a mixed civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Issue a commemorative postage stamp of Rosa Parks. (Dec 2005)
  • Rated 100% by the HRC, indicating a pro-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 93% by the NAACP, indicating a pro-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Recognize Juneteenth as historical end of slavery. (Jun 2008)
  • Provide benefits to domestic partners of Federal employees. (Dec 2007)
  • Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment. (Mar 2007)
  • Sponsored bill honoring the 100th anniversary of the NAACP. (Jan 2009)
Chris Dodd on Corporations
Click here for 10 full quotes on Corporations OR other candidates on Corporations OR background on Corporations.
  • Bankruptcy Reform Act hurt working class families. (Dec 2007)
  • Reliable vote for banking & insurance industries. (Nov 2007)
  • Co-sponsored bill to make suing corporations harder. (Nov 2007)
  • Advocated against extreme predatory lending practices. (Nov 2007)
  • We need Justice Department to deal with antitrust issues. (Aug 2007)
  • Stop rewarding companies who create jobs offshore. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on repealing tax subsidy for companies which move US jobs offshore. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted NO on reforming bankruptcy to include means-testing & restrictions. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted NO on restricting rules on personal bankruptcy. (Jul 2001)
  • Rated 32% by the US COC, indicating an anti-business voting record. (Dec 2003)
Chris Dodd on Crime
Click here for 16 full quotes on Crime OR other candidates on Crime OR background on Crime.
  • Mandatory minimum sentencing has been a disaster. (Jun 2007)
  • Eliminate distinction between crack cocaine & powder cocaine. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on reinstating $1.15 billion funding for the COPS Program. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on $1.15 billion per year to continue the COPS program. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO 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 NO on repealing federal speed limits. (Jun 1995)
  • Voted YES on mandatory prison terms for crimes involving firearms. (May 1994)
  • Voted NO on rejecting racial statistics in death penalty appeals. (May 1994)
  • Rated 75% by CURE, indicating pro-rehabilitation crime votes. (Dec 2000)
  • Moratorium on death penalty; more DNA testing. (Mar 2001)
  • More funding and stricter sentencing for hate crimes. (Apr 2001)
  • Require DNA testing for all federal executions. (Mar 2001)
  • Increase funding for "COPS ON THE BEAT" program. (Jan 2007)
  • Reduce recidivism by giving offenders a Second Chance. (Mar 2007)
Chris Dodd on Drugs
Click here for 8 full quotes on Drugs OR other candidates on Drugs OR background on Drugs.
  • Reduce sentencing disparity for crack cocaine retroactively. (Dec 2007)
  • Allow medical marijuana; and allow decriminalization too. (Sep 2007)
  • Decriminalize marijuana but don’t legalize it. (Sep 2007)
  • Supports national ban on smoking in public places. (Sep 2007)
  • Alcohol problems significant; keep drinking age at 21. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted NO on increasing penalties for drug offenses. (Nov 1999)
  • Voted NO on spending international development funds on drug control. (Jul 1996)
  • End harsher sentencing for crack vs. powder cocaine. (Jun 2007)
Chris Dodd on Education
Click here for 26 full quotes on Education OR other candidates on Education OR background on Education.
  • Parents are the first teachers. (Dec 2007)
  • Education is the heart of who we are. (Dec 2007)
  • Merit pay for poor areas ok; not for better neighborhoods. (Nov 2007)
  • Named “Senator of the Decade” by the Head Start Association. (Oct 2007)
  • Advocate for free community-college education. (Sep 2007)
  • Incentive pay for tougher schools, but not performance pay. (Aug 2007)
  • Daughter attends public school. (Jul 2007)
  • Reform No Child Left Behind to invest in failing schools. (Jul 2007)
  • Tragedy that Supreme Court overturns Brown desegregation. (Jul 2007)
  • Shame of resegregation has been occurring in our schools. (Jun 2007)
  • Highest priority is equal educational opportunity. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on $52M for "21st century community learning centers". (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on $5B for grants to local educational agencies. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on shifting $11B from corporate tax loopholes to education. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on funding smaller classes instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on funding student testing instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted NO on Educational Savings Accounts. (Mar 2000)
  • Voted NO on allowing more flexibility in federal school rules. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted NO on education savings accounts. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted NO on school vouchers in DC. (Sep 1997)
  • Voted NO on $75M for abstinence education. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted NO on requiring schools to allow voluntary prayer. (Jul 1994)
  • Voted YES on national education standards. (Feb 1994)
  • More foreign languages courses and exchange students. (Feb 2001)
  • Rated 82% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
Chris Dodd on Energy & Oil
Click here for 32 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR other candidates on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • Propose a gasoline rebate and move to energy independence. (Oct 2007)
  • 80% reduction in CO2 by the year 2080. (Aug 2007)
  • Tax polluters & invest funds in alternative tech. (Aug 2007)
  • Raise standard to 50 mpg by 2017; make federal fleet hybrids. (Jul 2007)
  • Impose corporate carbon tax; need price incentives for GHGs. (Jul 2007)
  • FactCheck: Two other candidates also call for carbon taxes. (Jul 2007)
  • Carbon tax of $50B/year to make alternatives competitive. (May 2007)
  • Gas tax its consumers too directly; tax carbon instead. (May 2007)
  • Voted NO on protecting middle-income taxpayers from a national energy tax. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted NO on requiring full Senate debate and vote on cap-and-trade. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on tax incentives for energy production and conservation. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on addressing CO2 emissions without considering India & China. (May 2008)
  • Voted YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on factoring global warming into federal project planning. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on disallowing an oil leasing program in Alaska's ANWR. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on $3.1B for emergency oil assistance for hurricane-hit areas. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on reducing oil usage by 40% by 2025 (instead of 5%). (Jun 2005)
  • Voted YES on banning drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on Bush Administration Energy Policy. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on targeting 100,000 hydrogen-powered vehicles by 2010. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on removing consideration of drilling ANWR from budget bill. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted NO on drilling ANWR on national security grounds. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted NO on terminating CAFE standards within 15 months. (Mar 2002)
  • Voted NO on preserving budget for ANWR oil drilling. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted YES on ending discussion of CAFE fuel efficiency standards. (Sep 1999)
  • Voted NO on defunding renewable and solar energy. (Jun 1999)
  • Voted NO on approving a nuclear waste repository. (Apr 1997)
  • Voted YES on do not require ethanol in gasoline. (Aug 1994)
  • Keep efficient air conditioner rule to conserve energy. (Mar 2004)
  • Rated 100% by the CAF, indicating support for energy independence. (Dec 2006)
  • Sign on to UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. (Jan 2007)
  • Designate sensitive ANWR area as protected wilderness. (Nov 2007)
Chris Dodd on Environment
Click here for 18 full quotes on Environment OR other candidates on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • Advocate a corporate carbon tax. (Dec 2007)
  • Country-of-origin & ingredient labeling for food imports. (Dec 2007)
  • Bush’s lack of Katrina response was shameful. (Jul 2007)
  • Make Katrina recovery a symbol of what we can do right. (Jun 2007)
  • Support a carbon tax and a 50-miles-per-gallon CAFE standard. (Jun 2007)
  • Spend oil profits on research of alternative energy sources. (Jun 2007)
  • Scored 100% on Humane Society Scorecard on animal protection. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program. (Aug 2009)
  • Voted YES on including oil & gas smokestacks in mercury regulations. (Sep 2005)
  • Voted YES on confirming Gale Norton as Secretary of Interior. (Jan 2001)
  • Voted NO on more funding for forest roads and fish habitat. (Sep 1999)
  • Voted YES on transportation demo projects. (Mar 1998)
  • Voted YES on reducing funds for road-building in National Forests. (Sep 1997)
  • Voted YES on continuing desert protection in California. (Oct 1994)
  • Voted YES on requiring EPA risk assessments. (May 1994)
  • Rated 84% by the LCV, indicating pro-environment votes. (Dec 2003)
  • EPA must do better on mercury clean-up. (Apr 2004)
  • Strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting. (Jan 2007)
Chris Dodd on Families & Children
Click here for 7 full quotes on Families & Children OR other candidates on Families & Children OR background on Families & Children.
  • Authored the Family Medical Leave Act. (Aug 2007)
  • Allow same sex couples to adopt & immigrate. (Aug 2007)
  • Proudest of authoring the Family and Medical Leave Act. (Jul 2007)
  • Add illness leave to Family and Medical Leave Act. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on killing restrictions on violent videos to minors. (May 1999)
  • Rated 0% by the Christian Coalition: an anti-family voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Call for a White House Conference on Children and Youth. (Mar 2008)
Chris Dodd on Foreign Policy
Click here for 35 full quotes on Foreign Policy OR other candidates on Foreign Policy OR background on Foreign Policy.
  • FactCheck: No, Chinese government prosecutes slavery. (Dec 2007)
  • Stay engaged; US has been AWOL on Israel for 6 years. (Dec 2007)
  • Human rights and security are not opposing interests. (Dec 2007)
  • Gold medal to Tibetan Dalai Lama sends strong message. (Dec 2007)
  • Ideal goal is Israeli security plus a Palestinian state. (Dec 2007)
  • Accommodating with Cuba, Sandanistas, & Hugo Chavez. (Nov 2007)
  • Condemned Musharraf declaring state of emergency in Pakistan. (Nov 2007)
  • Pakistan is a more immediate problem than Iran. (Oct 2007)
  • Iran: focus on sanctions & diplomacy, not military. (Oct 2007)
  • We spend $500B in Iraq; add some to $1.6B in Latin America. (Sep 2007)
  • Expand the Peace Corps. (Sep 2007)
  • We’ve neglected Latin America; need to re-engage. (Sep 2007)
  • Cuba embargo hasn’t worked for 50 years; unravel the embargo. (Sep 2007)
  • No time to get new Pres. ready; need experience in advance. (Aug 2007)
  • Pakistan’s dictator is only thing preventing fundamentalism. (Aug 2007)
  • China is a competitor, but getting close to adversary. (Aug 2007)
  • Iraq lost US moral leadership to deal with Darfur. (Jul 2007)
  • We neglect the Caribbean; I will pay attention. (Jul 2007)
  • US unilateral action to end Darfur genocide. (Jun 2007)
  • Constructive engagement to rebuild international relations. (Apr 2007)
  • 1994: Supported $25B Mexico bailout. (Jun 2004)
  • 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 NO on cap foreign aid at only $12.7 billion. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO 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 NO on Strengthening of the trade embargo against Cuba. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted YES on ending Vietnam embargo. (Jan 1994)
  • Impose sanctions and an import ban on Burma. (Oct 2007)
  • Acknowledge the Armenian Genocide of the early 1900s. (Mar 2007)
  • Urge Venezuela to re-open dissident radio & TV stations. (May 2007)
  • Develop a strategy to protect civilians in Darfur. (Feb 2007)
  • Allow travel between the United States and Cuba. (Feb 2009)
Chris Dodd on Free Trade
Click here for 17 full quotes on Free Trade OR other candidates on Free Trade OR background on Free Trade.
  • China gains advantage by slavery & currency manipulation. (Dec 2007)
  • We need to get fair with China. (Dec 2007)
  • Ban Chinese imports until safety & security is guaranteed. (Sep 2007)
  • Include labor, environmental & health in trade deals. (Aug 2007)
  • Prohibit Defense Department from outsourcing contracts. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted NO on free trade agreement with Oman. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on implementing CAFTA for Central America free-trade. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on establishing free trade between US & Singapore. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted NO on establishing free trade between the US and Chile. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted NO on extending free trade to Andean nations. (May 2002)
  • Voted YES 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 17% by CATO, indicating a pro-fair trade voting record. (Dec 2002)
Chris Dodd on Government Reform
Click here for 21 full quotes on Government Reform OR other candidates on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • Reform the current system that locks up two million in jail. (Oct 2007)
  • It’s not who funds you, but how you vote that matters. (Aug 2007)
  • Creation of DHS was not a good idea; it’s far too large. (Aug 2007)
  • Proud to have introduced the “Help America Vote Act”. (Jul 2007)
  • Supports public campaign finance, despite personal history. (Apr 2007)
  • 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 NO 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 YES on banning "soft money" contributions and restricting issue ads. (Mar 2002)
  • Voted NO on require photo ID (not just signature) for voter registration. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted YES on banning campaign donations from unions & corporations. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on funding for National Endowment for the Arts. (Aug 1999)
  • Voted YES on favoring 1997 McCain-Feingold overhaul of campaign finance. (Oct 1997)
  • Voted NO on Approving the presidential line-item veto. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted YES on banning more types of Congressional gifts. (Jul 1995)
  • Sponsored resolution rejecting photo ID for voting. (Sep 2005)
  • Prohibit 'voter caging' which intimidates minority voting. (Nov 2007)
  • Repeal automatic Congressional pay raises. (Jan 2009)
Chris Dodd on Gun Control
Click here for 6 full quotes on Gun Control OR other candidates on Gun Control OR background on Gun Control.
  • Voted NO on allowing firearms in checked baggage on Amtrak trains. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on banning lawsuits against gun manufacturers for gun violence. (Mar 2004)
  • Voted YES on background checks at gun shows. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on loosening license & background checks at gun shows. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on maintaining current law: guns sold without trigger locks. (Jul 1998)
Chris Dodd on Health Care
Click here for 35 full quotes on Health Care OR other candidates on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • Focus on government support for private insurance. (Nov 2007)
  • Address medical malpractice with universality. (Oct 2007)
  • Universal health mart: shop for best plan to suit your needs. (Sep 2007)
  • Require at age 55 a physical exam to qualify for Medicare. (Sep 2007)
  • Make people pay high price for voluntary choice of smoking. (Sep 2007)
  • Include undocumented workers in healthcare plan. (Sep 2007)
  • Cover undocumented workers & their kids under health plan. (Jul 2007)
  • Democrats agree about universality; but not getting job done. (Jun 2007)
  • Extend Medicaid to poorer families. (Mar 2007)
  • All Americans need same coverage as members of Congress. (Mar 2007)
  • Examine healthcare in context of income, education, & jobs. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Jun 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 NO 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 requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted NO on limiting medical liability lawsuits to $250,000. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on expanding enrollment period for Medicare Part D. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on increasing Medicaid rebate for producing generics. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES 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 YES on allowing reimportation of Rx drugs from Canada. (Jul 2002)
  • Voted YES on allowing patients to sue HMOs & collect punitive damages. (Jun 2001)
  • Voted NO on funding GOP version of Medicare prescription drug benefit. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on including prescription drugs under Medicare. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on limiting self-employment health deduction. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on increasing tobacco restrictions. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted YES on Medicare means-testing. (Jun 1997)
  • Voted YES on blocking medical savings acounts. (Apr 1996)
  • Let states make bulk Rx purchases, and other innovations. (May 2003)
  • Rated 100% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record. (Dec 2003)
  • Establish a national childhood cancer database. (Mar 2007)
  • Expand the National Health Service Corps. (Mar 2009)
  • Collect data on birth defects and present to the public. (Apr 1998)
Chris Dodd on Homeland Security
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  • Strong advocate of universal national service. (Dec 2007)
  • National security is more important than human rights. (Nov 2007)
  • Co-sponsored “Restoring the Constitution Act” to ban torture. (Nov 2007)
  • Deeply troubling to legalize secret interrogation. (Sep 2007)
  • Maintain Geneva Conventions; keep restrictions on torture. (Sep 2007)
  • Should have filibustered vote to abandon habeas corpus. (Aug 2007)
  • Supports repealing Don’t-Ask-Don’t-Tell. (Aug 2007)
  • Star Wars program is wrong priority for 21st century. (Aug 2007)
  • We’re not safer than after 9/11; we’re still vulnerable. (Aug 2007)
  • Opposed to draft, but advocates universal nation service. (Jul 2007)
  • Served in National Guard; several family members in Navy. (Jul 2007)
  • Reassess military priorities and systems from the Cold War. (Jun 2007)
  • Stateless terrorism requires a multinational response. (Apr 2007)
  • Give troops & first responders everything they need. (Mar 2007)
  • We’ve known Walter Reed was disgraceful for over a year. (Mar 2007)
  • Transfer funds from $2B weekly in Iraq, to helping veterans. (Mar 2007)

    Voting Record

  • Voted for 20 pay increases for the military. (Oct 2004)
  • Voted NO on cutting $221M in benefits to Filipinos who served in WWII US Army. (Apr 2008)
  • Voted YES on requiring FISA court warrant to monitor US-to-foreign calls. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted NO on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted YES on limiting soldiers' deployment to 12 months. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted YES on implementing the 9/11 Commission report. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on preserving habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on requiring CIA reports on detainees & interrogation methods. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on restricting business with entities linked to terrorism. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted YES on restoring $565M for states' and ports' first responders. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on adopting the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on allowing another round of military base closures. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on cutting nuclear weapons below START levels. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on deploying National Missile Defense ASAP. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted NO on military pay raise of 4.8%. (Feb 1999)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting same-sex basic training. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted NO on favoring 36 vetoed military projects. (Oct 1997)
  • Voted YES on banning chemical weapons. (Apr 1997)
  • Voted NO on considering deploying NMD, and amending ABM Treaty. (Jun 1996)
  • Voted NO on 1996 Defense Appropriations. (Sep 1995)
  • Small business in developing homeland security technologies. (Jul 2002)
  • Rated 100% by SANE, indicating a pro-peace voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Sponsored bill for Iraq budget to be part of defense budget. (Jun 2006)
  • Restore habeas corpus for detainees in the War on Terror. (Jun 2007)
Chris Dodd on Immigration
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  • Hold employers accountable for knowingly hiring illegals. (Dec 2007)
  • Oppose granting driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. (Nov 2007)
  • Driver’s licenses ought not be given to illegal immigrants. (Oct 2007)
  • Teach more Spanish, but not as a second national language. (Sep 2007)
  • Mexico is a neighbor and ally, but supported border wall. (Sep 2007)
  • Sanctuary cities ok to deal with millions here already. (Sep 2007)
  • More language training is needed in a global economy. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities". (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on comprehensive immigration reform. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on establishing a Guest Worker program. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship. (May 2006)
  • Voted NO on allowing more foreign workers into the US for farm work. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted YES on visas for skilled workers. (May 1998)
  • Voted NO on limit welfare for immigrants. (Jun 1997)
  • Rated 8% by USBC, indicating an open-border stance. (Dec 2006)
Chris Dodd on Jobs
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  • Preserve and protect the farms in Iowa. (Dec 2007)
  • Ban the outsourcing of jobs. (Aug 2007)
  • Couldn’t afford living at minimum wage; advocates raising it. (Jul 2007)
  • Vibrant labor movement built the American middle class. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on extending unemployment benefits from 39 weeks to 59 weeks. (Nov 2008)
  • Voted YES on overriding presidential veto of Farm Bill. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on terminating legal challenges to English-only job rules. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on restricting employer interference in union organizing. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on increasing minimum wage to $7.25. (Feb 2007)
  • Voted YES on raising the minimum wage to $7.25 rather than $6.25. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted NO on repealing Clinton's ergonomic rules on repetitive stress. (Mar 2001)
  • Voted NO on killing an increase in the minimum wage. (Nov 1999)
  • Voted NO on allowing workers to choose between overtime & comp-time. (May 1997)
  • Voted NO on replacing farm price supports. (Feb 1996)
  • Protect overtime pay protections. (Jun 2003)
  • Rated 100% by the AFL-CIO, indicating a pro-union voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Allow an Air Traffic Controller's Union. (Jan 2006)
  • Match minimum wage increases to Congressional pay raises. (May 2006)
  • Ban discriminatory compensation; allow 2 years to sue. (Jan 2009)
  • Stronger enforcement against gender-based pay discrimination. (Jan 2009)
Chris Dodd on Principles & Values
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  • Focus on the Constitution, Iraq, and the Middle East. (Dec 2007)
  • Father, Thomas Dodd, was Senator too. (Nov 2007)
  • Served as DNC chair from 1995 to 1997. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted with Democratic Party 95.8% of 238 votes. (Sep 2007)
  • Decisive moments: joining Peace Corps; & loss of father. (Aug 2007)
  • Americans aren’t divided; our political establishment is. (May 2007)
  • Biggest professional mistake was the Iraq War. (Apr 2007)
  • We can’t survive as a nation 51-49; end partisanship. (Feb 2007)
  • We’ve squandered years of building world alliances. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted YES on confirming of Sonia Sotomayor to Supreme Court. (Aug 2009)
  • Voted NO 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: Catholic. (Nov 2000)
  • Rated 100% by the AU, indicating support of church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
  • Fund the 50 States Commemorative Coin Program. (Dec 1997)
Chris Dodd on Social Security
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  • Achieve solvency but don’t go so far as to raise the cap. (Sep 2007)
  • Readjust the Social Security tax including raising the cap. (Sep 2007)
  • No privatization; but raise earning cap over $97,000. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted NO on establishing reserve funds & pre-funding for Social Security. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on Social Security Lockbox & limiting national debt. (Apr 1999)
  • Voted NO on allowing Roth IRAs for retirees. (May 1998)
  • Voted NO on allowing personal retirement accounts. (Apr 1998)
  • Voted NO on deducting Social Security payments on income taxes. (May 1996)
  • Rated 90% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
Chris Dodd on Tax Reform
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  • Make taxes fair but also pro-growth. (Jun 2007)
  • Moderate but keep the estate tax; incentivize middle class. (Feb 2007)
  • Voted YES on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted NO on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts. (Aug 2006)
  • Voted NO on permanently repealing the `death tax`. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on $47B for military by repealing capital gains tax cut. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on extending the tax cuts on capital gains and dividends. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted NO on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years. (May 2003)
  • Voted YES on reducing marriage penalty instead of cutting top tax rates. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on increasing tax deductions for college tuition. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the 'marriage penalty'. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on across-the-board spending cut. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on requiring super-majority for raising taxes. (Apr 1998)
  • Rated 15% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 100% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
Chris Dodd on Technology
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  • Extend broadband access to our rural communities. (Aug 2007)
  • Each $1B invested in infrastructure creates 40,000 jobs. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted NO on restoring $550M in funding for Amtrak for 2007. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on disallowing FCC approval of larger media conglomerates. (Sep 2003)
  • Voted YES on Internet sales tax moratorium. (Oct 1998)
  • Facilitate nationwide 2-1-1 phone line for human services. (Jan 2007)
  • Ensure net neutrality: no corporate-tiered Internet. (Jan 2007)
  • Let companies share Y2K plans with no risk of lawsuits. (Oct 1998)
Chris Dodd on War & Peace
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  • Exercise caution but pursuing diplomacy with Iran. (Dec 2007)
  • Keep all options on the table for Iran. (Dec 2007)
  • Surge is working, but misplaces priorities from Afghanistan. (Dec 2007)
  • A military action resolution on Iran is dangerous. (Oct 2007)
  • Military in Iraq is counterproductive: all out before 2013. (Sep 2007)
  • Surge has not made us safer, more secure, or less vulnerable. (Sep 2007)
  • Terminate funding for Iraq; compare Vietnam & persuade GOP. (Sep 2007)
  • Having troops in Iraq makes US less safe. (Sep 2007)
  • Any unilateral military action in Pakistan is a mistake. (Aug 2007)
  • Pushed the issue of having a date certain for withdrawal. (Jun 2007)
  • Help Iraqi government, but exit Iraq by April 1 2008. (May 2007)
  • 80% of Iraqi people & 50% of parliament want US out of Iraq. (May 2007)
  • We need willingness to consider different mission in Iraq. (May 2007)
  • Military solution in Iraq has been disproven and discredited. (May 2007)
  • Iraq civil war is Shia vs. Sunni, not US versus Al Qaida. (May 2007)
  • Al Qaida wants us bogged down in Iraq; go after bin Laden. (May 2007)
  • Cut off the funding spigot for Iraq in one year. (Apr 2007)
  • No military solution at all to Iraq; redeploy troops now. (Apr 2007)
  • Surge in politics and diplomacy, then end energy dependency. (Apr 2007)
  • Require Congressional authorization before attacking Iran. (Apr 2007)
  • Regrets new strategy in Baghdad and Anbar; get Iraqis in. (Mar 2007)
  • 10,000 terrorist attacks: they’ve ALREADY followed us home. (Mar 2007)
  • Re-deploy out of refereeing a civil war. (Feb 2007)
  • How much more chaos could we be creating in Baghdad? (Feb 2007)
  • Switch to diplomacy; don’t inject 17,000 more soldiers. (Jan 2007)
  • Withdraw troops; more troops do not bring more security. (Jan 2007)

    Voting Record

  • I made mistake in authorizing war; do not continue mistake. (Feb 2007)
  • Voted NO on designating Iran's Revolutionary Guards as terrorists. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted YES 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 YES 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 NO on ending the Bosnian arms embargo. (Jul 1995)
  • Deploy UN multinational peacekeeping force in Darfur. (Jul 2007)
  • Require Congress' approval before military action in Iran. (Oct 2007)
Chris Dodd on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Help lift people out of poverty and give them opportunities. (Dec 2007)
  • Talk more about faith in the public sector. (Oct 2007)
  • No drug tests for welfare recipients. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted NO on welfare block grants. (Aug 1996)
  • Voted YES on eliminating block grants for food stamps. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted NO on allowing state welfare waivers. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on welfare overhaul. (Sep 1995)
  • Establish a National Affordable Housing Trust Fund. (Jul 2003)
  • Tax credits to promite home ownership in distressed areas. (Apr 2003)
  • Fully fund AmeriCorps. (Jun 2003)
  • Develop a strategy to eliminate extreme global poverty. (Dec 2007)
  • Support school breakfast for low-income children. (Mar 2009)


VoteMatch Responses
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VoteMatch Question & Answer
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Based on these stances:
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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Partial birth abortion ban needs maternal health exception: Strongly Favors topic 1
Conduct stem cell research to help Alzheimers and diabetes: Favors topic 1
Rated 100% by NARAL, indicating a pro-choice voting record: Strongly Favors topic 1
Expand embryonic stem cell research: Favors topic 1
Rated 0% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-choice stance: Strongly Favors topic 1
Ensure access to and funding for 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
NO on banning partial birth abortions: Strongly Favors topic 1
NO on maintaining ban on Military Base Abortions: Favors topic 1
NO on banning partial birth abortions except for maternal life: Strongly Favors topic 1
NO on criminal penalty for harming unborn fetus during other crime: Favors topic 1
YES on $100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives: Favors topic 1
NO on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions: Favors topic 1
NO on restricting UN funding for population control policies: Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Require hiring more women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Shame of resegregation has been occurring in our schools: Favors topic 2
Issue a commemorative postage stamp of Rosa Parks: Favors topic 2
Rated 93% by the NAACP, indicating a pro-affirmative-action stance: Strongly Favors topic 2
Recognize Juneteenth as historical end of slavery: Strongly Favors topic 2
Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment: Strongly Favors topic 2
Ban discriminatory compensation; allow 2 years to sue: Favors topic 2
Stronger enforcement against gender-based pay discrimination: Favors topic 2
Sponsored bill honoring the 100th anniversary of the NAACP: Favors topic 2
NO on banning affirmative action hiring with federal funds: Strongly Favors topic 2
NO on ending special funding for minority & women-owned business: Strongly Favors topic 2
NO on prohibiting same-sex basic training: Favors topic 2
YES on setting aside 10% of highway funds for minorities & women: Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Same-sex domestic partnership benefits
(+5 points on Social scale)
Apply Family & Medical Leave Act to same sex couples: Strongly Favors topic 3
Treat same-sex couples equally in all rights except marriage: Favors topic 3
Supports civil unions but opposes gay marriage: Favors topic 3
More funding and stricter sentencing for hate crimes: Strongly Favors topic 3
Rated 100% by the HRC, indicating a pro-gay-rights stance: Strongly Favors topic 3
Provide benefits to domestic partners of Federal employees: Strongly Favors topic 3
YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
YES on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation: Strongly Favors topic 3
YES on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation: Favors topic 3
YES on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes: Strongly Favors topic 3
Strongly Opposes topic 4:
Teacher-led prayer in public schools
(+5 points on Social scale)
Rated 0% by the Christian Coalition: an anti-family voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Rated 100% by the AU, indicating support of church-state separation: Strongly Opposes topic 4
NO on requiring schools to allow voluntary prayer: Opposes topic 4
NO on $75M for abstinence education: Strongly Opposes topic 4
YES on killing restrictions on violent videos to minors: Opposes topic 4
NO on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration: Opposes topic 4
Opposes topic 8:
Death Penalty
(+2 points on Social scale)
Moratorium on death penalty; more DNA testing: Opposes topic 8
Require DNA testing for all federal executions: Opposes topic 8
NO on rejecting racial statistics in death penalty appeals: Opposes topic 8
NO on limiting death penalty appeals: Opposes topic 8
Opposes topic 9:
Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws
(+2 points on Social scale)
Reform the current system that locks up two million in jail: Opposes topic 9
Mandatory minimum sentencing has been a disaster: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Rated 75% by CURE, indicating pro-rehabilitation crime votes: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Increase funding for "COPS ON THE BEAT" program: Opposes topic 9
Reduce recidivism by giving offenders a Second Chance: Strongly Opposes topic 9
YES on mandatory prison terms for crimes involving firearms: Strongly Favors topic 9
YES on $1.15 billion per year to continue the COPS program: 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)
NO on maintaining current law: guns sold without trigger locks: Strongly Opposes topic 10
NO on loosening license & background checks at gun shows: Opposes topic 10
YES on background checks at gun shows: Strongly Opposes topic 10
NO on banning lawsuits against gun manufacturers for gun violence: Strongly Opposes topic 10
NO on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers: Strongly Opposes topic 10
NO on allowing firearms in checked baggage on Amtrak trains: Opposes topic 10
Favors topic 5:
More federal funding for health coverage
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Let states make bulk Rx purchases, and other innovations: Opposes topic 5
Rated 100% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record: Strongly Favors topic 5
Expand the National Health Service Corps: Strongly 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
YES on blocking medical savings acounts: Favors topic 5
YES on Medicare means-testing: Opposes topic 5
NO on limiting self-employment health deduction: Favors topic 5
YES on including prescription drugs under Medicare: Favors topic 5
NO on funding GOP version of Medicare prescription drug benefit: Favors topic 5
YES on $40 billion per year for limited Medicare prescription drug benefit: Favors topic 5
YES on increasing Medicaid rebate for producing generics: Favors topic 5
YES on negotiating bulk purchases for Medicare prescription drug: Strongly Favors topic 5
YES on expanding enrollment period for Medicare Part D: Favors topic 5
NO on limiting medical liability lawsuits to $250,000: Opposes topic 5
YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D: 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)
No privatization; but raise earning cap over $97,000: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Rated 90% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 6
NO on deducting Social Security payments on income taxes: Opposes topic 6
NO on allowing Roth IRAs for retirees: Opposes topic 6
NO on allowing personal retirement accounts: Opposes topic 6
NO on establishing reserve funds & pre-funding for Social Security: Opposes topic 6
Strongly Opposes topic 7:
Parents choose schools via vouchers
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Reform No Child Left Behind to invest in failing schools: Opposes topic 7
Rated 82% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes: Strongly Opposes topic 7
NO on school vouchers in DC: Strongly Opposes topic 7
NO on education savings accounts: Opposes topic 7
NO on allowing more flexibility in federal school rules: Strongly Opposes topic 7
NO on Educational Savings Accounts: Opposes topic 7
YES on funding smaller classes instead of private tutors: Opposes topic 7
YES on funding student testing instead of private tutors: Opposes topic 7
YES on $5B for grants to local educational agencies: Opposes topic 7
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Replace coal & oil with alternatives
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Advocate a corporate carbon tax: Strongly Favors topic 18
80% reduction in CO2 by the year 2080: Strongly Favors topic 18
Raise standard to 50 mpg by 2017; make federal fleet hybrids: Strongly Favors topic 18
Impose corporate carbon tax; need price incentives for GHGs: Strongly Favors topic 18
Carbon tax of $50B/year to make alternatives competitive: Strongly Favors topic 18
Rated 84% by the LCV, indicating pro-environment votes: Strongly Favors topic 18
Keep efficient air conditioner rule to conserve energy: Strongly Favors topic 18
Rated 100% by the CAF, indicating support for energy independence: Favors topic 18
Sign on to UN Framework Convention on Climate Change: Strongly Favors topic 18
Designate sensitive ANWR area as protected wilderness: Favors topic 18
YES on do not require ethanol in gasoline: Opposes topic 18
YES on reducing funds for road-building in National Forests: Favors topic 18
NO on defunding renewable and solar energy: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on ending discussion of CAFE fuel efficiency standards: Opposes topic 18
NO on preserving budget for ANWR oil drilling: Favors topic 18
NO on terminating CAFE standards within 15 months: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on targeting 100,000 hydrogen-powered vehicles by 2010: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on removing consideration of drilling ANWR from budget bill: Favors topic 18
YES on reducing oil usage by 40% by 2025 (instead of 5%): Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on disallowing an oil leasing program in Alaska's ANWR: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on banning drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: 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:
Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it
(+5 points on Social scale)
Reduce sentencing disparity for crack cocaine retroactively: Favors topic 19
Allow medical marijuana; and allow decriminalization too: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Decriminalize marijuana but don’t legalize it: Opposes topic 19
Eliminate distinction between crack cocaine & powder cocaine: Strongly Opposes topic 19
No drug tests for welfare recipients: Opposes topic 19
End harsher sentencing for crack vs. powder cocaine: Opposes topic 19
NO on spending international development funds on drug control: Strongly Opposes topic 19
NO on increasing penalties for drug offenses: Opposes topic 19
Opposes topic 20:
Allow churches to provide welfare services
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Talk more about faith in the public sector: Favors topic 20
YES on welfare overhaul: Favors topic 20
NO on allowing state welfare waivers: Opposes topic 20
YES on eliminating block grants for food stamps: Opposes topic 20
NO on welfare block grants: Opposes topic 20
Strongly Favors topic 11:
Make taxes more progressive
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Rated 15% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes: Strongly Favors topic 11
Rated 100% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M: Strongly Favors topic 11
YES on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset: Favors topic 11
YES on Internet sales tax moratorium: Opposes topic 11
NO on requiring super-majority for raising taxes: Favors topic 11
NO on eliminating the 'marriage penalty': Favors topic 11
NO on prioritizing national debt reduction below tax cuts: Favors topic 11
YES on reducing marriage penalty instead of cutting top tax rates: Favors topic 11
YES on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction: Favors topic 11
NO on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on extending the tax cuts on capital gains and dividends: Strongly Favors topic 11
YES on $47B for military by repealing capital gains tax cut: Favors topic 11
NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on permanently repealing the `death tax`: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax: Strongly Favors topic 11
Favors topic 12:
Illegal immigrants earn citizenship
(+2 points on Social scale)
Oppose granting driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants: Opposes topic 12
Driver’s licenses ought not be given to illegal immigrants: Opposes topic 12
Mexico is a neighbor and ally, but supported border wall: Opposes topic 12
Sanctuary cities ok to deal with millions here already: Strongly Favors topic 12
Rated 8% by USBC, indicating an open-border stance: Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities": Strongly Favors topic 12
NO on limit welfare for immigrants: Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on visas for skilled workers: Favors topic 12
NO on allowing more foreign workers into the US for farm work: Opposes topic 12
YES on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security: Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship: Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on establishing a Guest Worker program: Favors topic 12
YES on building a fence along the Mexican border: Strongly Opposes topic 12
YES on comprehensive immigration reform: Strongly Favors topic 12
Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Include labor, environmental & health in trade deals: Opposes topic 13
Ban the outsourcing of jobs: Opposes topic 13
Rated 17% by CATO, indicating a pro-fair trade voting record: Strongly Opposes 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
YES on granting normal trade relations status to Vietnam: Favors topic 13
NO on extending free trade to Andean nations: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NO on establishing free trade between US & Singapore: Opposes topic 13
NO on establishing free trade between the US and Chile: Opposes topic 13
NO on implementing CAFTA for Central America free-trade: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NO on free trade agreement with Oman: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Opposes topic 15:
Expand the armed forces
(+2 points on Social scale)
Star Wars program is wrong priority for 21st century: Opposes topic 15
Voted for 20 pay increases for the military: Favors topic 15
Rated 100% by SANE, indicating a pro-peace voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Sponsored bill for Iraq budget to be part of defense budget: Opposes topic 15
NO on 1996 Defense Appropriations: Opposes topic 15
NO on considering deploying NMD, and amending ABM Treaty: Opposes topic 15
NO on favoring 36 vetoed military projects: Strongly Opposes topic 15
NO on allowing another round of military base closures: Favors topic 15
NO on military pay raise of 4.8%: Strongly Opposes 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
YES on limiting soldiers' deployment to 12 months: Opposes topic 15
Favors topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Supports public campaign finance, despite personal history: Favors topic 16
Prohibit 'voter caging' which intimidates minority voting: Favors topic 16
Repeal automatic Congressional pay raises: Favors topic 16
YES on favoring 1997 McCain-Feingold overhaul of campaign finance: Favors topic 16
YES on banning campaign donations from unions & corporations: Favors topic 16
YES on banning "soft money" contributions and restricting issue ads: Favors topic 16
NO on establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity: Opposes topic 16
YES on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Strongly Favors topic 14:
The Patriot Act harms civil liberties
(+5 points on Social scale)
National security is more important than human rights: Opposes topic 14
Co-sponsored “Restoring the Constitution Act” to ban torture: Strongly Favors topic 14
Deeply troubling to legalize secret interrogation: Strongly Favors topic 14
Maintain Geneva Conventions; keep restrictions on torture: Strongly Favors topic 14
Restore habeas corpus for detainees in the War on Terror: Favors topic 14
YES on requiring FISA court warrant to monitor US-to-foreign calls: Strongly Favors topic 14
YES on reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act: Opposes topic 14
YES on preserving habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees: Strongly Favors topic 14
YES on requiring CIA reports on detainees & interrogation methods: Strongly Favors topic 14
NO on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad: Strongly Favors topic 14
Favors topic 17:
US out of Iraq
(+2 points on Social scale)
Cut off the funding spigot for Iraq in one year: Strongly Favors topic 17
More foreign languages courses and exchange students: Favors topic 17
Require Congress' approval before military action in Iran: Favors topic 17
NO on redeploying troops out of Iraq by July 2007: Strongly Opposes topic 17
YES on redeploying US troops out of Iraq by March 2008: Strongly Favors topic 17

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