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Mark Pocan on Abortion
Click here for 3 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • No test before being allowed birth control. (Nov 2012)
  • I consider myself pro-choice. (Sep 2012)
  • Ban anti-abortion limitations on abortion services. (Nov 2013)
Mark Pocan on Budget & Economy
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  • Voted NO on prioritizing spending in case debt limit is reached. (May 2013)
  • Supports federal stimulus spending. (Sep 2012)
Mark Pocan on Civil Rights
Click here for 9 full quotes on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Pass the Equal Right Amendment. (Nov 2012)
  • Repeal the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act. (Nov 2012)
  • Supports affirmative action in state hiring & colleges. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • Endorsed as "preferred" by The Feminist Majority indicating pro-women's rights. (Aug 2012)
  • Supports same-sex marriage. (Sep 2012)
  • Enforce against anti-gay discrimination in public schools. (Apr 2013)
  • Sponsored removing deadline for ratification of the ERA. (Jun 2013)
  • Enforce against wage discrimination based on gender. (Jan 2013)
Mark Pocan on Corporations
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  • Voted NO on workforce training by state block grants & industry partners. (Mar 2013)
  • Supports tax incentives for job creation. (Sep 2012)
Mark Pocan on Crime
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  • Alternative sentencing, plus rehab for criminals. (Nov 2006)
Mark Pocan on Drugs
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  • Decriminalize possession of marijuana. (Nov 2006)
  • Exclude industrial hemp from definition of marijuana. (Feb 2013)
  • Sponsored no federal enforcement against legal state marijuana. (Apr 2013)
Mark Pocan on Education
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  • More funding for public schools and teachers. (Nov 2006)
  • Comprehensive sex ed for sexually-active adolescents. (Mar 2013)
Mark Pocan on Energy & Oil
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  • Supports regulating greenhouse gas emissions. (Sep 2012)
  • Opposes offshore energy production. (Sep 2012)
Mark Pocan on Environment
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  • Sponsored tightening restrictions on hydrogen sulfide emissions. (Mar 2013)
Mark Pocan on Families & Children
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  • Sponsored supporting No Name-Calling Week in schools. (Jan 2013)
  • More funding & services for victims of domestic violence. (Jan 2013)
Mark Pocan on Foreign Policy
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Mark Pocan on Free Trade
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  • Oppose trade deals that hurt US jobs or environment. (Nov 2012)
  • Sponsored imposing import fee on countries with undervalued currency. (Mar 2013)
Mark Pocan on Government Reform
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  • 100% public financing for political campaigns. (Nov 2012)
  • Limit campaign contributions and campaign spending. (Nov 2006)
  • Establish "My Voice Voucher" small campaign contributions. (Feb 2014)
Mark Pocan on Gun Control
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  • Supports restrictions on gun purchases. (Sep 2012)
  • Ban "fire sale" of firearms after delicensing closure. (Jan 2013)
  • Ban large-capacity ammunition. (Jan 2013)
  • Stricter regulation on gun show firearm sales. (Jan 2013)
Mark Pocan on Health Care
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Mark Pocan on Homeland Security
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  • Reduce the size of the defense budget. (Nov 2012)
  • Close the Guantanamo Bay Prison. (Nov 2012)
  • Supports reducing defense spending. (Sep 2012)
  • Sponsored defunding nuclear-armed aircraft and nuclear R&D or testing. (Apr 2013)
  • End bulk data collection under USA PATRIOT Act. (Oct 2013)
Mark Pocan on Immigration
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  • In-state tuition & drivers licensing for foreign-born. (Nov 2012)
  • Opposes exiting US to apply for citizenship. (Sep 2012)
Mark Pocan on Jobs
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  • Voted NO on allowing compensatory time off for working overtime. (Apr 2013)
  • Raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2016. (Mar 2013)
Mark Pocan on Principles & Values
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Mark Pocan on Social Security
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  • Lift the cap on earnings subject to payroll tax. (Nov 2012)
  • Sponsored keeping CPI for benefits instead of lower "Chained CPI". (Apr 2013)
Mark Pocan on Tax Reform
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  • Millionaires and billionaires should pay their fair share. (Nov 2012)
  • Supports an income tax increase. (Sep 2012)
Mark Pocan on Technology
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  • Voted NO on protecting cyber security by sharing data with government. (Apr 2013)
  • Sponsored investing $1 billion in transportation projects. (Mar 2013)
Mark Pocan on War & Peace
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  • Iraq War was "Not in Our Name". (Nov 2012)
  • Opposes combat operations in Afghanistan. (Sep 2012)
Mark Pocan on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Training, transport, and childcare for welfare recipients. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted NO on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Sponsored maintaining SNAP nutrition assistance program. (Apr 2013)


VoteMatch Responses
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Based on these stances:
(Click on topic for excerpt & citation)
Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
No test before being allowed birth control: Strongly Favors topic 1
I consider myself pro-choice: Strongly Favors topic 1
Ban anti-abortion limitations on abortion services: Strongly Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Pass the Equal Right Amendment: Strongly Favors topic 2
Supports affirmative action in state hiring & colleges: Strongly Favors topic 2
Endorsed as "preferred" by The Feminist Majority indicating pro-women's rights: Strongly Favors topic 2
Sponsored removing deadline for ratification of the ERA: 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
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)
Repeal the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act: Strongly Favors topic 3
Supports same-sex marriage: Strongly Favors topic 3
Enforce against anti-gay discrimination in public schools: Strongly Favors topic 3
Sponsored supporting No Name-Calling Week in schools: Favors topic 3
Strongly Opposes topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(+5 points on Social scale)
Training, transport, and childcare for welfare recipients: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Comprehensive sex ed for sexually-active adolescents: Opposes topic 4
Neutral on topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Lift the cap on earnings subject to payroll tax: Opposes topic 6
Sponsored keeping CPI for benefits instead of lower "Chained CPI": Strongly Opposes topic 6
Strongly Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-5 points on Economic scale)
More funding for public schools and teachers: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Favors topic 8:
Clean air and water are property rights
(+2 points on Social scale)
Sponsored tightening restrictions on hydrogen sulfide emissions: Favors topic 8
Strongly Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+5 points on Social scale)
Alternative sentencing, plus rehab for criminals: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Supports restrictions on gun purchases: Opposes topic 10
Ban "fire sale" of firearms after delicensing closure: Opposes topic 10
Ban large-capacity ammunition: Opposes topic 10
Stricter regulation on gun show firearm sales: Opposes topic 10
Strongly Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Millionaires and billionaires should pay their fair share: Strongly Favors topic 11
Supports an income tax increase: Favors topic 11
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+5 points on Social scale)
In-state tuition & drivers licensing for foreign-born: Strongly Favors topic 12
Opposes exiting US to apply for citizenship: Favors topic 12
Strongly Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Oppose trade deals that hurt US jobs or environment: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Sponsored imposing import fee on countries with undervalued currency: Opposes topic 13
Neutral on topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Opposes topic 15:
Expand the military
(+5 points on Social scale)
Reduce the size of the defense budget: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Supports reducing defense spending: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Sponsored defunding nuclear-armed aircraft and nuclear R&D or testing: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Stricter limits on voting rights
(-5 points on Social scale)
100% public financing for political campaigns: Strongly Favors topic 16
Limit campaign contributions and campaign spending: Strongly Favors topic 16
Establish "My Voice Voucher" small campaign contributions: Strongly Favors topic 16
Strongly Favors topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(+5 points on Social scale)
Iraq War was "Not in Our Name": Strongly Favors topic 17
Opposes combat operations in Afghanistan: Strongly Favors topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Supports regulating greenhouse gas emissions: Strongly Favors topic 18
Opposes offshore energy production: Strongly Favors topic 18
Strongly Opposes topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(+5 points on Social scale)
Decriminalize possession of marijuana: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Exclude industrial hemp from definition of marijuana: Opposes topic 19
Sponsored no federal enforcement against legal state marijuana: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Neutral on topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(0 points on Economic scale)
Supports federal stimulus spending: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Supports tax incentives for job creation: Opposes topic 20
Sponsored investing $1 billion in transportation projects: Favors topic 20
Raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2016: Favors topic 20
NO on prioritizing spending in case debt limit is reached: Favors topic 20

Mark Pocan is a Hard-Core Liberal.
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