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Dick Gephardt on VoteMatch


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Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's right
(+2 points on Social scale)
Overturn the ban on new stem cell research: Strongly Favors topic 1
Voted 7 times against partial birth abortion: Opposes topic 1
Rated 30% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 1
NO on barring transporting minors to get an abortion: Strongly Favors topic 1
YES on banning partial-birth abortions: Opposes topic 1
NO on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad: Favors topic 1
NO on federal crime to harm fetus while committing other crimes: Favors topic 1
NO on funding for health providers who don't provide abortion info: Favors topic 1
NO on making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime: Favors topic 1
Favors topic 2:
Require hiring more women & minorities
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Democrats need to earn the vote of African-Americans: Favors topic 2
Shift from group preferences to economic empowerment of all: Neutral on topic 2
Constitutional Amendment for equal rights by gender: Strongly Favors topic 2
NO on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions: Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Same-sex domestic partnership benefits
(+5 points on Social scale)
More funding and stricter sentencing for hate crimes: Strongly Favors topic 3
NO on banning gay adoptions in DC.: Favors topic 3
NO on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage: Strongly Favors topic 3
Opposes topic 4:
Teacher-led prayer in public schools
(+2 points on Social scale)
Keep “under God” in Pledge of Allegiance: Favors topic 4
Address school violence via character ed & counselors: Favors topic 4
Christian Coalition’s intolerance has no place in politics: Opposes topic 4
Rated 0% by the Christian Coalition: an anti-family voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 4
NO on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer: Strongly Opposes topic 4
YES on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror: Strongly Favors topic 4
NO on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance: Opposes topic 4
Opposes topic 8:
Death Penalty
(+2 points on Social scale)
Require DNA testing for all federal executions: Opposes topic 8
NO on replacing death penalty with life imprisonment: Strongly Favors topic 8
NO on making federal death penalty appeals harder: Strongly Opposes topic 8
YES on maintaining right of habeas corpus in Death Penalty Appeals: Opposes topic 8
Favors topic 9:
Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws
(-3 points on Social scale)
Rated 56% by CURE, indicating mixed votes on rehabilitation: Neutral on topic 9
NO on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime: Opposes topic 9
NO on funding for alternative sentencing instead of more prisons.: Strongly Favors topic 9
Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Against protectionism and for trade treaties: Favors topic 10
Sensible gun safety legislation & right to possess firearms: Opposes topic 10
No additional authority for federal gun agency: Favors topic 10
NRA opposes gun rules that vast majority support: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Prevent unauthorized firearm use with "smart gun" technology: Opposes topic 10
Rated F by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 10
NO on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Strongly Favors topic 5:
More federal funding for health coverage
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Lay aside Bush tax cut to fund healthcare package: Strongly Favors topic 5
Push a bold plan for health care and jobs creation: Favors topic 5
Subsidize 60% of health costs for all employees: Strongly Favors topic 5
Sharing health costs reduces overall costs & reduces worries: Favors topic 5
Get everybody covered with health insurance: Strongly Favors topic 5
$172B over 3 years for state employee health care: Strongly Favors topic 5
Help corporations give people needed health insurance: Opposes topic 5
Ensure that all seniors get the care they deserve: Strongly Favors topic 5
More funding for Meaningful Prescription Drug Coverage: Favors topic 5
Focus on seniors; no blank checks to insurance companies: Neutral on topic 5
Federal tax breaks for small business health coverage: Favors topic 5
Supports R&D funding for medical and health research: Favors topic 5
Health care reform: no selective insurance: Favors topic 5
Establish "report cards" on HMO quality of care: Favors topic 5
Rated 100% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record: Strongly Favors topic 5
NO on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts: Favors topic 5
NO on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage: Favors topic 5
NO on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits: Favors topic 5
NO on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients: Favors topic 5
Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Treat Social Security like insurance; no stock market: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Social Security is most successful peacetime program: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Create Retirement Savings Accounts: Favors topic 6
Rated 100% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 6
YES on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox: Opposes topic 6
NO on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits: Opposes topic 6
YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable: Favors topic 6
Strongly Opposes topic 7:
Parents choose schools via vouchers
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Vouchers take needed funds away from public schools: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Education agenda to improve public schools for 21st century: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Offer every parent Charter Schools and public school choice: Opposes topic 7
Rated 67% by the NEA, indicating a mixed record on public education: Neutral on topic 7
NO on vouchers for private & parochial schools: Strongly Opposes topic 7
NO on allowing vouchers in DC schools: Opposes topic 7
Favors topic 18:
Replace coal & oil with alternatives
(-3 points on Economic scale)
End dangerous addiction to foreign oil: Strongly Favors topic 18
10-year plan to develop hybrid cars then hydrogen fuel cells: Strongly Favors topic 18
Use gas tax for highway infrastructure: Favors topic 18
Supports tradable emissions permits for greenhouse gases: Favors topic 18
Preserve Alaska's ANWR instead of drilling it: Favors topic 18
Rated 5% by the LCV, indicating anti-environment votes: Strongly Opposes topic 18
YES on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on raising CAFE standards; incentives for alternative fuels: Strongly Opposes topic 18
YES on prohibiting oil drilling & development in ANWR: Strongly Favors topic 18
Opposes topic 19:
Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it
(+2 points on Social scale)
NO on subjecting federal employees to random drug tests: Strongly Opposes topic 19
NO on prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC: Strongly Opposes topic 19
YES on military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism: Strongly Favors topic 19
Neutral on topic 20:
Allow churches to provide welfare services
(0 points on Economic scale)
Finish welfare reform by moving able recipients into jobs: Favors topic 20
YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations: Favors topic 20
NO on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Favors topic 11:
Make taxes more progressive
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Repeal the Bush tax cuts and invest in people: Strongly Favors topic 11
1993 tax increase & sound economics caused budget surplus: Strongly Favors topic 11
Bush tax cuts hurt economy; same $ for health helps economy: Strongly Favors topic 11
No Bush Lite: get rid of tax cut and get health care done: Strongly Favors topic 11
$900B tax cut protects other important interests: Opposes topic 11
Targeted tax cuts for middle-class families: Favors topic 11
$36B in tax relief for small businesses: Opposes topic 11
Require national referendum to raise federal income tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
10% Tax Plan: end loopholes, lower rates: Opposes topic 11
Remove special interests from tax code: Opposes topic 11
NO on eliminating the "marriage penalty": Favors topic 11
NO on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business: Favors topic 11
NO on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years: Favors topic 11
NO on reducing Marriage Tax by $399B over 10 years: Favors topic 11
NO on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"): Favors topic 11
NO on making the Bush tax cuts permanent: Strongly Favors topic 11
YES on providing tax relief and simplification: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Favors topic 12:
Illegal immigrants earn citizenship
(+2 points on Social scale)
Celebrate diversity and welcome hard-working immigrants: Favors topic 12
Nothing wrong with immigrants, but Americans in jobs better: Opposes topic 12
YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers: Favors topic 12
YES on extending Immigrant Residency rules: Favors topic 12
NO on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment: Strongly Favors topic 12
Strongly Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Enact international minimum wage through WTO: Opposes topic 13
Trade agreements must protect labor & environment: Opposes topic 13
Fair trade saves jobs-globalization with fairness: Opposes topic 13
NAFTA and China PNTR cause a race to the bottom in wages: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Rejected NAFTA: needed more for labor & environment: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Fair trade on an equal playing field: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Build a rule-based global trading system: Favors topic 13
Rated 22% by CATO, indicating a pro-fair trade voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NO on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NO on Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NO on withdrawing from the WTO: Strongly Favors topic 13
NO on implementing US-Singapore free trade agreement: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NO on implementing free trade agreement with Chile: Strongly Opposes topic 13
YES on implementing US-Australia Free Trade Agreement: Favors topic 13
Favors topic 15:
Expand the armed forces
(-3 points on Social scale)
Yes on $87B for Iraq, but also for homeland security: Strongly Favors topic 15
Rated 11% by SANE, indicating a pro-military voting record: Strongly Favors topic 15
YES on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill: Favors topic 15
NO on deploying SDI: Opposes topic 15
Favors topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(-3 points on Economic scale)
YES on banning soft money and issue ads: Favors topic 16
NO on banning soft money donations to national political parties: Opposes topic 16
YES on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions: Favors topic 16
Strongly Favors topic 14:
The Patriot Act harms civil liberties
(+5 points on Social scale)
It is not unpatriotic to criticize the president: Strongly Favors topic 14
Neutral on topic 17:
US out of Iraq & Afghanistan
(0 points on Social scale)
We need allies and the UN to rebuild Iraq: Favors topic 17
Progressive Internationalism: globalize with US pre-eminence: Favors topic 17
YES on authorizing military force in Iraq: Strongly Opposes topic 17

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Dem. Freshmen
in 112th Congress:

AL-7:Terri Sewell
CA-33:Karen Bass
DE-0:John Carney
FL-17:Frederica Wilson
HI-1:Colleen Hanabusa
LA-2:Cedric Richmond
MA-10:Bill Keating
MI-13:Hansen Clarke
RI-1:David Cicilline
GOP Freshmen
in 112th Congress:

AL-2:Martha Roby
AL-5:Mo Brooks
AZ-1:Paul Gosar
AZ-3:Ben Quayle
AZ-5:David Schweikert
AR-1:Rick Crawford
AR-2:Tim Griffin
AR-3:Steve Womack
CA-19:Jeff Denham
CO-3:Scott Tipton
CO-4:Cory Gardner
FL-12:Dennis Ross
FL-2:Steve Southerland
FL-21:Mario Diaz-Balart
FL-22:Allen West
FL-24:Sandy Adams
FL-25:David Rivera
FL-5:Rich Nugent
FL-8:Dan Webster
GA-2:Mike Keown
GA-7:Rob Woodall
GA-8:Austin Scott
ID-1:Raul Labrador
IL-8:Joe Walsh
IL-10:Bob Dold
IL-11:Adam Kinzinger
IL-14:Randy Hultgren
IL-17:Bobby Schilling
IL-8:Joe Walsh
IN-3:Marlin Stutzman
IN-4:Todd Rokita
IN-8:Larry Bucshon
IN-9:Todd Young
KS-1:Tim Huelskamp
KS-3:Kevin Yoder
KS-5:Mike Pompeo
LA-3:Jeff Landry
MD-1:Andy Harris
MI-1:Dan Benishek
MI-2:Bill Huizenga
MI-3:Justin Amash
MI-7:Tim Walberg
MN-8:Chip Cravaack
MO-4:Vicky Hartzler
MO-7:Billy Long
MS-1:Alan Nunnelee
MS-4:Steven Palazzo
GOP Freshmen
in 111th Congress:

NC-2:Renee Ellmers
ND-0:Rick Berg
NH-2:Charlie Bass
NH-1:Frank Guinta
NJ-3:Jon Runyan
NM-2:Steve Pearce
NV-3:Joe Heck
NY-13:Michael Grimm
NY-19:Nan Hayworth
NY-20:Chris Gibson
NY-24:Richard Hanna
NY-25:Ann Marie Buerkle
NY-29:Tom Reed
OH-1:Steve Chabot
OH-15:Steve Stivers
OH-16:Jim Renacci
OH-18:Bob Gibbs
OH-6:Bill Johnson
OK-5:James Lankford
PA-10:Tom Marino
PA-11:Lou Barletta
PA-3:Mike Kelly
PA-7:Patrick Meehan
PA-8:Mike Fitzpatrick
SC-1:Tim Scott
SC-3:Jeff Duncan
SC-4:Trey Gowdy
SC-5:Mick Mulvaney
SD-0:Kristi Noem
TN-3:Chuck Fleischmann
TN-4:Scott DesJarlais
TN-6:Diane Black
TN-8:Stephen Fincher
TX-17:Bill Flores
TX-23:Quico Canseco
TX-27:Blake Farenthold
VA-2:Scott Rigell
VA-5:Robert Hurt
VA-9:Morgan Griffith
WA-3:Jaime Herrera
WI-7:Sean Duffy
WI-8:Reid Ribble
WV-1:David McKinley
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