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Tim Walz on Abortion
Click here for 4 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Abortions should always be legal. (Nov 2006)
  • Supports embryonic stem cell research. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted NO on banning federal health coverage that includes abortion. (May 2011)
  • Voted YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Jan 2007)
Tim Walz on Budget & Economy
Click here for 14 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • Voted NO on prioritizing spending in case debt limit is reached. (May 2013)
  • Voted NO on terminating the Home Affordable mortgage Program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on monitoring TARP funds to ensure more mortgage relief. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted NO on $15B bailout for GM and Chrysler. (Dec 2008)
  • Voted YES on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted YES on defining "energy emergency" on federal gas prices. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on revitalizing severely distressed public housing. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted YES on regulating the subprime mortgage industry. (Nov 2007)
  • Increase debt limit from $14.3 trillion to $16.7 trillion. (Jul 2011)
  • More enforcement of mortgage fraud and TARP fraud. (May 2009)
  • Ban abusive credit practices & enhance consumer disclosure. (Feb 2009)
Tim Walz on Civil Rights
Click here for 7 full quotes on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Continue Affirmative Action against unequal representation. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Nov 2007)
  • Prohibit sexual-identity discrimination at schools. (Mar 2011)
  • Endorsed as "preferred" by The Feminist Majority indicating pro-women's rights. (Aug 2012)
  • Enforce against wage discrimination based on gender. (Jan 2013)
  • Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment. (Mar 2007)
Tim Walz on Corporations
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  • Voted NO on workforce training by state block grants & industry partners. (Mar 2013)
  • Voted YES on letting shareholders vote on executive compensation. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on more funding for nanotechnology R&D and commercialization. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on allowing stockholder voting on executive compensation. (Apr 2007)
  • Rated 86% by UFCW, indicating an anti-management/pro-labor record. (May 2012)
Tim Walz on Crime
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  • Eliminate the death penalty. (Nov 2006)
  • Supports prison rehabilitation & job training. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted YES on enforcing against anti-gay hate crimes. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on expanding services for offenders' re-entry into society. (Nov 2007)
  • Increase funding for "COPS ON THE BEAT" program. (Jan 2007)
Tim Walz on Drugs
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  • Supports medical marijuana. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted YES on more funding for Mexico to fight drugs. (Jun 2008)
Tim Walz on Education
Click here for 4 full quotes on Education OR background on Education.
  • Vouchers for public schools; tax incentives for college. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted NO on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted YES on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Nov 2007)
Tim Walz on Energy & Oil
Click here for 11 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • Reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted YES on opening Outer Continental Shelf to oil drilling. (May 2011)
  • Voted NO on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted YES on enforcing limits on CO2 global warming pollution. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on tax credits for renewable electricity, with PAYGO offsets. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted YES on tax incentives for energy production and conservation. (May 2008)
  • Voted YES on tax incentives for renewable energy. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted YES on investing in homegrown biofuel. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted YES on criminalizing oil cartels like OPEC. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies. (Jan 2007)
  • Include agricultural products in renewable fuels. (May 2009)
Tim Walz on Environment
Click here for 6 full quotes on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • Voted YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted NO on protecting free-roaming horses and burros. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on environmental education grants for outdoor experiences. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted YES on $9.7B for Amtrak improvements and operation thru 2013. (Jun 2008)
  • Rated 25% by HSLF, indicating an anti-animal welfare voting record. (Jan 2012)
  • Strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting. (Jan 2007)
Tim Walz on Families & Children
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  • Voted YES on four weeks of paid parental leave for federal employees. (Jun 2009)
  • More funding & services for victims of domestic violence. (Feb 2013)
Tim Walz on Foreign Policy
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  • Voted YES on supporting democratic institutions in Pakistan. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted NO on cooperating with India as a nuclear power. (Sep 2008)
  • Acknowledge the Armenian Genocide of the early 1900s. (Mar 2007)
  • Acknowledge the Armenian Genocide, as official US policy. (Mar 2009)
  • Allow travel between the United States and Cuba. (Feb 2009)
Tim Walz on Free Trade
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  • Opposes NAFTA and CAFTA, but stay in WTO. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted NO on promoting free trade with Peru. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on assisting workers who lose jobs due to globalization. (Oct 2007)
  • Impose tariffs against countries which manipulate currency. (Feb 2011)
Tim Walz on Government Reform
Click here for 8 full quotes on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • Ban all privately funded congressional trips. (Nov 2006)
  • Public funding for political campaigns. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted YES on Senate pay raise. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on protecting whistleblowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 2007)
  • Establish the United States Public Service Academy. (Mar 2007)
  • Repeal automatic Congressional pay raises. (Jan 2009)
Tim Walz on Gun Control
Click here for 3 full quotes on Gun Control OR background on Gun Control.
  • Supports concealed carry. (Nov 2006)
  • Ban gun registration & trigger lock law in Washington DC. (Mar 2007)
  • Dangerousness, not mental incompetence, limits gun rights. (Mar 2009)
Tim Walz on Health Care
Click here for 13 full quotes on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • Supports universal health care. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted NO on repealing the "Prevention and Public Health" slush fund. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted YES on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Apr 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 YES on giving mental health full equity with physical health. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Jan 2007)
  • Improve services for people with autism & their families. (Apr 2007)
  • Establish a national childhood cancer database. (Mar 2007)
  • Increase funding for occupational & physical therapy. (Apr 2011)
Tim Walz on Homeland Security
Click here for 9 full quotes on Homeland Security OR background on Homeland Security.
  • Supports military tribunals to try suspected terrorists. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted NO on extending the PATRIOT Act's roving wiretaps. (Feb 2011)
  • Voted YES on requiring FISA warrants for wiretaps in US, but not abroad. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on Veto override: Congressional oversight of CIA interrogations. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted YES on restricting no-bid defense contracts. (Mar 2007)
  • Study & address suicides among veterans. (Apr 2008)
  • Member of House Committee on Veterans' Affairs. (Mar 2011)
  • Endorsed by VoteVets.org; against wasteful defense spending. (Nov 2012)
Tim Walz on Immigration
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  • Supports path to citizenship for undocumented workers. (Nov 2006)
Tim Walz on Jobs
Click here for 8 full quotes on Jobs OR background on Jobs.
  • Voted NO on allowing compensatory time off for working overtime. (Apr 2013)
  • Voted YES on extending unemployment benefits from 39 weeks to 59 weeks. (Oct 2008)
  • Voted YES on overriding presidential veto of Farm Bill. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on restricting employer interference in union organizing. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on increasing minimum wage to $7.25. (Jan 2007)
  • Member of House Committee on Agriculture. (Mar 2011)
  • Ban discriminatory compensation; allow 2 years to sue. (Jan 2009)
  • Stronger enforcement against gender-based pay discrimination. (Jan 2009)
Tim Walz on Principles & Values
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Tim Walz on Social Security
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  • Increase the payroll tax. (Nov 2006)
Tim Walz on Tax Reform
Click here for 4 full quotes on Tax Reform OR background on Tax Reform.
  • The wealthy are not the engine of our economy. (Nov 2006)
  • Donít repeal the estate tax; do repeal Bush tax cuts. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
Tim Walz on Technology
Click here for 7 full quotes on Technology OR background on Technology.
  • Voted NO on protecting cyber security by sharing data with government. (Apr 2013)
  • Voted NO on terminating funding for National Public Radio. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted NO on delaying digital TV conversion by four months. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted NO on retroactive immunity for telecoms' warrantless surveillance. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on $23B instead of $4.9B for waterway infrastructure. (Nov 2007)
  • Member of House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure. (Mar 2011)
  • No performance royalties for radio music. (Mar 2009)
Tim Walz on War & Peace
Click here for 7 full quotes on War & Peace OR background on War & Peace.
  • Change the currnet course of action; need Iraq exit plan. (Nov 2006)
  • Stabilize Iraq, if possible, before withdrawing. (Nov 2006)
  • Ensure an achievable mission in Iraq. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted NO on banning armed forces in Libya without Congressional approval. (Jun 2011)
  • Voted NO on removing US armed forces from Afghanistan. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted YES on investigating Bush impeachment for lying about Iraq. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on redeploying US troops out of Iraq starting in 90 days. (May 2007)
Tim Walz on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Voted NO on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)


VoteMatch Responses
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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Abortions should always be legal: Strongly Favors topic 1
Supports embryonic stem cell research: Favors topic 1
NO on banning federal health coverage that includes abortion: Strongly Favors topic 1
YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines: Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Continue Affirmative Action against unequal representation: Strongly Favors topic 2
Increase funding for occupational & physical therapy: 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
Stronger enforcement against gender-based pay discrimination: 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)
Prohibit sexual-identity discrimination at schools: Strongly Favors topic 3
YES on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation: Strongly Favors topic 3
YES on enforcing against anti-gay hate crimes: Favors topic 3
Neutral on topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Supports universal health care: Strongly Favors topic 5
YES on giving mental health full equity with physical health: Favors topic 5
YES on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids: Strongly Favors topic 5
NO on repealing the "Prevention and Public Health" slush fund: Strongly 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
Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Increase the payroll tax: Opposes topic 6
Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Vouchers for public schools; tax incentives for college: Favors topic 7
NO on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program: Strongly Opposes topic 7
YES on $40B for green public schools: Opposes topic 7
Opposes topic 8:
Human needs over animal rights
(+2 points on Social scale)
Strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting: Strongly Opposes topic 8
YES on environmental education grants for outdoor experiences: Opposes topic 8
NO on protecting free-roaming horses and burros: Favors topic 8
Strongly Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+5 points on Social scale)
Eliminate the death penalty: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Supports prison rehabilitation & job training: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Increase funding for "COPS ON THE BEAT" program: Opposes topic 9
YES on expanding services for offenders' re-entry into society: Opposes topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Supports concealed carry: Favors topic 10
Ban gun registration & trigger lock law in Washington DC: Strongly Favors topic 10
Dangerousness, not mental incompetence, limits gun rights: Strongly Favors topic 10
Strongly Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
The wealthy are not the engine of our economy: Strongly Favors topic 11
Donít repeal the estate tax; do repeal Bush tax cuts: Strongly Favors topic 11
YES on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes: Strongly Favors topic 11
YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income: Opposes topic 11
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+5 points on Social scale)
Supports path to citizenship for undocumented workers: Strongly Favors topic 12
Strongly Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Opposes NAFTA and CAFTA, but stay in WTO: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Impose tariffs against countries which manipulate currency: Opposes topic 13
YES on assisting workers who lose jobs due to globalization: Opposes topic 13
NO on promoting free trade with Peru: Opposes topic 13
Opposes topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(-3 points on Social scale)
Allow travel between the United States and Cuba: Opposes topic 14
YES on Veto override: Congressional oversight of CIA interrogations: Opposes topic 14
YES on requiring FISA warrants for wiretaps in US, but not abroad: Strongly Opposes topic 14
YES on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad: Strongly Favors topic 14
Strongly Opposes topic 15:
Expand the military
(+5 points on Social scale)
Endorsed by VoteVets.org; against wasteful defense spending: Opposes topic 15
YES on restricting no-bid defense contracts: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Ban all privately funded congressional trips: Strongly Favors topic 16
Public funding for political campaigns: Strongly Favors topic 16
Repeal automatic Congressional pay raises: Favors topic 16
YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations: Strongly Favors topic 16
Favors topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(+2 points on Social scale)
Change the currnet course of action; need Iraq exit plan: Strongly Favors topic 17
Stabilize Iraq, if possible, before withdrawing: Opposes topic 17
Ensure an achievable mission in Iraq: Favors topic 17
NO on removing US armed forces from Afghanistan: Strongly Opposes topic 17
NO on banning armed forces in Libya without Congressional approval: Opposes topic 17
YES on redeploying US troops out of Iraq starting in 90 days: Strongly Favors topic 17
YES on investigating Bush impeachment for lying about Iraq: Favors topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Reduce our reliance on fossil fuels: Strongly Favors topic 18
Include agricultural products in renewable fuels: Favors topic 18
YES on tax incentives for renewable energy: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases: Favors topic 18
YES on opening Outer Continental Shelf to oil drilling: Strongly Opposes topic 18
YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on investing in homegrown biofuel: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on criminalizing oil cartels like OPEC: Favors topic 18
YES on tax incentives for energy production and conservation: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on tax credits for renewable electricity, with PAYGO offsets: Favors topic 18
YES on enforcing limits on CO2 global warming pollution: Favors topic 18
YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program: Favors topic 18
Opposes topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(+2 points on Social scale)
Supports medical marijuana: Strongly Opposes topic 19
YES on more funding for Mexico to fight drugs: Favors topic 19
Strongly Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Increase debt limit from $14.3 trillion to $16.7 trillion: Favors topic 20
NO on prioritizing spending in case debt limit is reached: Favors topic 20
YES on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy: Strongly Favors topic 20
YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending: Strongly Favors topic 20

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