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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Rated 100% by NARAL, indicating a pro-choice voting record: Strongly Favors topic 1
Rated 0% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-choice stance: Strongly Favors topic 1
Access safe, legal abortion without restrictions: Strongly Favors topic 1
Protect the reproductive rights of women: Strongly Favors topic 1
Ensure access to and funding for contraception: Favors topic 1
Focus on preventing pregnancy, plus emergency contraception: Favors topic 1
Teach teens about both abstinence & contraception: Favors topic 1
NO on banning federal health coverage that includes abortion: Strongly Favors topic 1
NO on barring transporting minors to get an abortion: Strongly Favors topic 1
NO on banning partial-birth abortions: Favors topic 1
NO on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad: Favors topic 1
NO on funding for health providers who don't provide abortion info: Favors topic 1
NO on banning partial-birth abortion except to save mother’s life: Strongly Favors topic 1
NO on making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime: Favors topic 1
NO on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions: Strongly Favors topic 1
YES on allowing human embryonic stem cell research: Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Get minorities into home ownership & global marketplace: Favors topic 2
Ending racial profiling is part of fight for justice: Favors topic 2
Constitutional Amendment for equal rights by gender: Strongly Favors topic 2
Sponsored bill for a Rosa Parks commemorative postage stamp: Favors topic 2
Rated 97% by the NAACP, indicating a pro-affirmative-action stance: Strongly Favors topic 2
Recognize Juneteenth as historical end of slavery: Strongly Favors topic 2
Constitutional Amendment for women's equal rights: Strongly Favors topic 2
Investigate mortgage discrimination in veterans & disabled: Favors topic 2
Ratify CEDAW (Discrimination Against Women): 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
Recognize 1961 Freedom Riders against segregated buses: Strongly Favors topic 2
Stricter sentencing for hate crimes: 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
Honor the 100th anniversary of the NAACP: Favors topic 2
Supported funding for women's and disadvantaged businesses: Favors topic 2
YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act: Favors topic 2
NO on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions: Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
Increase funding for AIDS treatment & prevention: Favors topic 3
More funding and stricter sentencing for hate crimes: Strongly Favors topic 3
Rated 63% by the HRC, indicating a mixed record on gay rights: Neutral on topic 3
ENDA: prohibit employment discrimination for gays: Favors topic 3
Repeal Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell, and reinstate discharged gays: Favors topic 3
Prohibit sexual-identity discrimination at schools: Strongly Favors topic 3
Enforce against anti-gay discrimination in public schools: Strongly Favors topic 3
NO on banning gay adoptions in DC: Favors topic 3
NO on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage: Strongly Favors topic 3
YES on enforcing against anti-gay hate crimes: Favors topic 3
Opposes topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(+2 points on Social scale)
Opposes requiring schools to allow school prayer: Opposes topic 4
Rated 15% by the Christian Coalition: an anti-Family-Value voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Sex Ed including both abstinence and contraception: Opposes topic 4
NO on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer: Strongly Opposes topic 4
YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations: Favors topic 4
NO on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks: Strongly Opposes topic 4
YES on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror: Strongly Favors topic 4
NO on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration: Opposes topic 4
NO on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance: Opposes topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
More funding for Rx benefits, community health, CHIPs: Favors topic 5
MEDS Plan: Cover senior Rx under Medicare: Favors topic 5
Rated 88% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record: Strongly Favors topic 5
Require insurers to cover breast cancer treatment: Strongly Favors topic 5
Religious exemption from ObamaCare individual mandate: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Expand the National Health Service Corps: Strongly Favors topic 5
Make health care a right, not a privilege: 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
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 allowing reimportation of prescription drugs: Opposes 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
NO on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay: Strongly 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)
Changing Social Security disproportionately affects women: Opposes topic 6
Reject proposals for private saving accounts: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Rated 90% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Reject privatization; don't raise the retirement age: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Exclude Medicare and Social Security from deficit reduction: Opposes topic 6
Sponsored keeping CPI for benefits instead of lower "Chained CPI": Strongly Opposes topic 6
Rated 98% by ARA, indicating a pro-Trust Fund stance: 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
NO on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable: Opposes topic 6
Strongly Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Teacher development grants to improve math & science classes: Opposes topic 7
Rated 92% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Sponsored 10/10 Loan Forgiveness: cancel college loans after 10 years: Opposes topic 7
Sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015: Opposes topic 7
NO on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program: Strongly Opposes topic 7
NO on vouchers for private & parochial schools: Strongly Opposes topic 7
NO on allowing vouchers in DC schools: Opposes topic 7
YES on $40B for green public schools: Opposes topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
Society bears cost of pollution
(+5 points on Social scale)
Prohibits commercial logging on Federal public lands: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Rated 85% by the LCV, indicating pro-environment votes: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Add polar bear & bluefin tuna to endangered species list: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Regulate all dog breeders down to kennels of 50 dogs: Opposes topic 8
Require labeling genetically engineered food: Opposes topic 8
Strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting: Strongly Opposes topic 8
NO on deauthorizing "critical habitat" for endangered species: Strongly Opposes topic 8
YES on environmental education grants for outdoor experiences: Opposes topic 8
YES on protecting free-roaming horses and burros: Opposes topic 8
Strongly Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+5 points on Social scale)
Rated 89% by CURE, indicating pro-rehabilitation crime votes: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Require DNA testing for all federal executions: Opposes topic 9
Reduce recidivism by giving offenders a Second Chance: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Sponsored evidence-based & proven prevention for street gangs: Opposes topic 9
Rated 54% by the NAPO, indicating a moderate stance on police issues: Neutral on topic 9
YES on replacing death penalty with life imprisonment: Strongly Opposes topic 9
NO on making federal death penalty appeals harder: Strongly Opposes topic 9
YES on maintaining right of habeas corpus in Death Penalty Appeals: Opposes topic 9
NO on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime: Opposes topic 9
YES on funding for alternative sentencing instead of more prisons.: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Strongly Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Rated F by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Close the Gun Show Loophole; restrict show sales: Opposes topic 10
Repeal "stand-your-ground" laws: Strongly Opposes topic 10
NO on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1: Strongly Opposes topic 10
NO on prohibiting suing gunmakers & sellers for gun misuse: Strongly Opposes topic 10
NO on prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Strongly Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
American People's Dividend: Give $300 to every person: Favors topic 11
Rated 23% 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
Sponsored enforcing against corporate offshore tax haven banking: Favors topic 11
Reduce the concentration of wealth & wage inequality: Favors 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
NO on providing tax relief and simplification: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends: Strongly Favors topic 11
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+5 points on Social scale)
Rated 0% by FAIR, indicating a voting record loosening immigration: Strongly Favors topic 12
Rated 0% by USBC, indicating an open-border stance: Strongly Favors topic 12
NO on more immigrant visas for skilled workers: Opposes topic 12
YES on extending Immigrant Residency rules: Favors topic 12
NO on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment: Strongly Favors topic 12
Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-3 points on Economic scale)
End economic protectionism: let dairy compacts expire : Strongly Favors topic 13
Rated 33% by CATO, indicating a mixed record on trade issues: Neutral on topic 13
Review free trade agreements biennially for rights violation: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Impose tariffs against countries which manipulate currency: Opposes topic 13
Sponsored sugar quotas & import tariffs to stabilize prices: Strongly Opposes topic 13
$25B more loans from Export-Import Bank: Strongly Favors topic 13
Rated 38% by the USAE, indicating support for trade sanctions: Opposes topic 13
No MFN for China; condition trade on human rights: Neutral on 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
NO on implementing US-Australia Free Trade Agreement: Opposes topic 13
NO on end offshore tax havens and promote small business: Favors topic 13
NO on implementing CAFTA, Central America Free Trade: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Strongly Opposes topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Part of delegation to Cuba that met with Fidel Castro: Opposes topic 14
Condemn China's organ harvesting from Falun Gong prisoners: Opposes topic 14
$500M and 3,000 troops to Africa to fight Ebola: Opposes topic 14
Allow travel between the United States and Cuba: Opposes topic 14
NO on withholding $244M in UN Back Payments until US seat restored: Strongly Opposes topic 14
NO on reforming the UN by restricting US funding: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Opposes topic 15:
Expand the military
(+2 points on Social scale)
Rated 100% by SANE, indicating a pro-peace voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 15
NO on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill: Opposes topic 15
NO on deploying SDI: Opposes topic 15
YES on emergency $78B for war in Iraq & Afghanistan: Strongly Favors topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(+5 points on Social scale)
Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures: Strongly Favors topic 16
No photo IDs to vote; they suppress the vote: Favors topic 16
Corporate political spending is not free speech: Favors topic 16
Establish "My Voice Voucher" small campaign contributions: Strongly Favors topic 16
Public financing of federal campaigns by voter vouchers: Favors topic 16
Statehood for the District of Columbia: Favors topic 16
Automatic voter registration for all citizens: Strongly Favors topic 16
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
Favors topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(+2 points on Social scale)
Multi-year commitment to Africa for food & medicine: Strongly Favors topic 17
Member of the Out-of-Iraq Congressional Caucus: Strongly Favors topic 17
Iranian nuclear weapons: prevention instead of containment: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Intervene in Iraq to protect persecuted Christians: Opposes topic 17
Work with Iraqi government to fight ISIL: Opposes topic 17
Sanctions on Iran to end nuclear program: Opposes topic 17
YES on removing US armed forces from Afghanistan: Strongly Favors topic 17
NO on authorizing military force in Iraq: Strongly Favors topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Preserve Alaska's ANWR instead of drilling it: Favors topic 18
Rated 100% by the CAF, indicating support for energy independence: 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
NO on opening Outer Continental Shelf to oil drilling: 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
NO on authorizing construction of new oil refineries: 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
Strongly Opposes topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(+5 points on Social scale)
Rated +25 by NORML, indicating a pro-drug-reform stance: Strongly Opposes topic 19
End harsher sentencing for crack vs. powder cocaine: Opposes topic 19
Allow rehabilitated drug convicts get student loans: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Rated 75% by NORML, indicating a pro-legalization stance: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Rated B by NORML, indicating a pro-drug-reform stance: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Distribute sterile syringes to reduce AIDS and hepatitis: Opposes topic 19
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
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
Expand lending caps for credit unions to small business: Favors topic 20
Sponsored investing $1 billion in transportation projects: Favors topic 20
Sponsored funding re-development of abandoned & foreclosed properties: 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
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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Left 114th Congress, 2015-2016:
AZ-1: Kirkpatrick(D,ran for Senate)
CA-4: Hahn(D,ran for County)
CA-46:Sanchez(D,ran for Senate)
DE-0: Carney(D,ran for Governor)
HI-1: Takai(D,deceased)
IL-8: Duckworth(D,ran for Senate)
IL-18:Aaron Schock(R,resigned)
IN-3: Stutzman(R,ran for Senate)
IN-9: Young(R,ran for Senate)
LA-3: Boustany(R,ran for Senate)
LA-4: Fleming(R,ran for Senate)
MD-4: Edwards(D,ran for Senate)
MD-8: Van Hollen(D,ran for Senate)
MS-1: Nunnelee(R,deceased)
NV-3: Heck(R,ran for Senate)
NY-11:Grimm(R,resigned)
OH-8: Boehner(R,resigned)
Newly-elected Democrats taking office Jan.2017:
AZ-1:O`Halleran(D)
CA-17:Khanna(D)
CA-20:Panetta(D)
CA-24:Carbajal(D)
CA-44:Barragan(D)
CA-46:Correa(D)
DE-0:Rochester(D)
FL-5:Lawson(D)
FL-7:Murphy(D)
FL-9:Soto(D)
FL-10:Demings(D)
FL-13:Crist(D)
HI-1:Hanabusa(D)
IL-10:Schneider(D)
IL-8:Krishnamoorthi(D)
MD-4:Brown(D)
MD-8:Raskin(D)
NH-1:Shea-Porter(D)
NJ-5:Gottheimer(D)
NV-3:Rosen(D)
NV-4:Kihuen(D)
NY-3:Suozzi(D)
NY-13:Espaillat(D)
PA-2:Evans(D)
TX-15:Gonzalez(D)
VA-4:McEachin(D)
WA-7:Jayapal(D)
Newly-elected Republicans taking office Jan.2017:
AZ-5:Biggs(R)
FL-1:Gaetz(R)
FL-2:Dunn(R)
FL-18:Mast(R)
FL-19:Rooney(R)
FL-4:Rutherford(R)
GA-3:Ferguson(R)
IN-3:Banks(R)
IN-9:Hollingsworth(R)
KS-1:Marshall(R)
KY-1:Comer(R)
MI-1:Bergman(R)
MI-10:Mitchell(R)
MN-2:Lewis(R)
NC-13:Budd(R)
NE-2:Bacon(R)
NY-19:Faso(R)
NY-22:Tenney(R)
PA-8:Fitzpatrick(R)
TN-8:Kustoff(R)
TX-19:Arrington(R)
VA-2:Taylor(R)
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