OnTheIssues.org
Home Issues Leaders Recent Grid Archive Senate House VoteMatch_Quiz FAQs
 On the issues:   Jerry Costello   House   Match    |   IL Governor:  Pat Quinn   Illinois Senators:  Mark Kirk  Richard Durbin 

The Web
OnTheIssues.org
Illinois House
Jerry Costello
(Democrat (Retiring 2012), district 12)
On the issues>>

Contact Jerry Costello

HouseMatch

Take the Quiz!

IL politicians


Profile

AmericansElect

Senate races

SpeakOut!
Use a SpeakOut selector to define the choices on the causes and issues you care about.
Use a Selector
Read about the issues.
The Issues


2012 Senate Races

AZ:Flake(R)
vs.Carmona(D)
vs.Hackbarth(R)
vs.Ruben(D)
CA:Feinstein(D)
vs.Emken(R)
vs.Lightfoot(G)
vs.Taitz(R)
vs.Holbrook(R)
CT:Murphy(D)
vs.McMahon(R)
vs.Bysiewicz(D)
vs.Shays(R)
DE:Carper(D)
vs.Wade(R)
vs.Pires(I)
FL:Nelson(D)
vs.Mack(R)
vs.Weldon(R)
vs.LeMieux(R)
HI:Hirono(D)
vs.Case(D)
vs.Lingle(R)
vs.Pirkowski(R)
IN:Lugar(R)
vs.Mourdock(R)
vs.Donnelly(D)
MA:Brown(R)
vs.Warren(D)
vs.Khazei(D)
MD:Cardin(D)
vs.Bongino(R)
vs.Sobhani(I)
vs.Wargotz(R)
vs.Capps(R)
vs.Vaughn(R)
ME:Dill(D)
vs.King(I)
vs.Summers(R)
vs.D`Amboise(R)
vs.Dunlap(D)
MI:Stabenow(D)
vs.Hoekstra(R)
vs.Boman(L)
vs.Hekman(R)
vs.Konetchy(R)
MN:Klobuchar(D)
vs.Bills(R)
vs.Arwood(R)
vs.Hernandez(R)
vs.Severson(R)
MO:McCaskill(D)
vs.Akin(R)
vs.Steelman(R)
vs.Brunner(R)
MS:Wicker(R)
vs.Gore(D)
MT:Tester(D)
vs.Rehberg(R)
ND:Heitkamp(D)
vs.Berg(R)
vs.Sand(R)
NE:Kerrey(D)
vs.Fischer(R)
vs.Flynn(R)
vs.Stenberg(R)
vs.Bruning(R)
NJ:Menendez(D)
vs.Kyrillos(R)
vs.Diakos(I)
vs.Booker(D)
vs.Linker(R)
NM:Heinrich(D)
vs.Wilson(R)
vs.Balderas(D)
vs.Sanchez(R)
NV:Heller(R)
vs.Berkley(D)
vs.Angle(R)
NY:Gillibrand(D)
vs.Long(R)
vs.Noren(I)
vs.Clark(G)
vs.Maragos(R)
vs.Turner(R)
OH:Brown(D)
vs.Mandel(R)
vs.Coughlin(R)
vs.Pryce(R)
PA:Casey(D)
vs.Smith(R)
vs.Scaringi(R)
vs.Welch(R)
vs.Rohrer(R)
RI:Whitehouse(D)
vs.Hinckley(R)
TN:Corker(R)
vs.Clayton(D)
vs.Poskevich(R)
TX:Cruz(R)
vs.Sadler(D)
vs.Roland(L)
vs.Dewhurst(R)
vs.Leppert(R)
UT:Hatch(R)
vs.Howell(D)
vs.Liljenquist(R)
vs.Ashdown(D)
vs.Chaffetz(R)
VA:Kaine(D)
vs.Allen(R)
vs.Radtke(R)
vs.Marshall(R)
vs.Donner(R)
VT:Sanders(I)
vs.MacGovern(R)
WA:Cantwell(D)
vs.Baumgartner(R)
WI:Thompson(R)
vs.Baldwin(D)
vs.Neumann(R)
vs.Schiess(R)
vs.Kagen(D)
WV:Manchin(D)
vs.Raese(R)
WY:Barrasso(R)
vs.Chesnut(D)
Senate incumbents

SenateMatch (matching quiz)
Senate Votes (analysis)

2011-12 House special elections

AZ-8:Giffords(D)
Jun.2012: Barber(D)
CA-36:Harman(D)
Jul.2011: Hahn(D)
KY-4:Davis(R)
Nov.2012(vacancy)
MI-11:McCotter(R)
Nov.2012(vacancy)
NV-2:Heller(R)
Sep.2011: Amodei(R)
NJ-10:Payne(D)
Nov.2012(vacancy)
NY-9:Weiner(D)
Sep.2011: Turner(R)
NY-26:Lee(R)
Sep.2011: Hochul(D)
OR-1:Wu(D)
Jan.2012: Bonamici(D)
WA-1:Inslee(D)
Nov.2012(vacancy)

House incumbents

HouseMatch
House Votes

Book Excerpts
(Candidate quotations organized by topic)

Fun Stuff
Social Networking sites for OnTheIssues:
FaceBook
YouTube
MySpace
On The Issues

Promote Your Page Too
Prez-Veep-Senator
Our associated Yahoo discussion group

Site Map
Home
(Main page)
Issues
(Organized by topic)
Candidates
(Organized by candidate)
Recent
(Most recent quotations)
Issue Grid
(Summary by topic)
Archives
(Debate and book excerpts)
VoteMatch
(Presidential Selector and Political Affiliation 20-question quiz)
The Forum
(Your views on the candidates and the issues)
Letters
(Other viewers' letters)
Write Us
(Your feedback to us)
  
International Issues  Domestic Issues   Economic Issues  Social Issues 
Foreign Policy Gun Control Budget & Economy Education
Homeland Security Crime Government Reform   Civil Rights
War & Peace Drugs Tax Reform Abortion
Free Trade Health Care Social Security Families & Children
Immigration  Technology Corporations Welfare & Poverty
Energy & Oil  Environment Jobs Principles & Values
Jerry Costello on Abortion
Click here for 15 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Voted YES on banning federal health coverage that includes abortion. (May 2011)
  • Voted NO on allowing human embryonic stem cell research. (May 2005)
  • Voted YES on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions. (Apr 2005)
  • Voted YES on making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime. (Feb 2004)
  • Voted YES on banning partial-birth abortion except to save motherís life. (Oct 2003)
  • Voted YES on forbidding human cloning for reproduction & medical research. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted YES on funding for health providers who don't provide abortion info. (Sep 2002)
  • Voted YES on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on federal crime to harm fetus while committing other crimes. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on banning partial-birth abortions. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted YES on barring transporting minors to get an abortion. (Jun 1999)
  • Rated 0% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 100% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-life stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Bar funding for abortion under federal Obamacare plans. (Jul 2010)
  • Prohibit federal funding for abortion. (May 2011)
Jerry Costello on Budget & Economy
Click here for 11 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • 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 YES 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 NO on restricting bankruptcy rules. (Jan 2004)
  • Establish a usury limit of 16% for consumer credit cards. (Dec 2009)
Jerry Costello on Civil Rights
Click here for 14 full quotes on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Voted NO on making the PATRIOT Act permanent. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)
  • Supports anti-flag desecration amendment. (Mar 2001)
  • Constitutional Amendment for equal rights by gender. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 47% by the ACLU, indicating a mixed civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Issue a commemorative postage stamp of Rosa Parks. (Dec 2005)
  • Rated 25% by the HRC, indicating a mixed record on gay rights. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 86% by the NAACP, indicating a pro-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Constitutional Amendment for women's equal rights. (Jun 2011)
  • Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment. (Mar 2007)
Jerry Costello on Corporations
Click here for 6 full quotes on Corporations OR background on Corporations.
  • 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 NO on replacing illegal export tax breaks with $140B in new breaks. (Jun 2004)
  • Voted YES on Bankruptcy Overhaul requiring partial debt repayment. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 38% by the US COC, indicating a mixed business voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 100% by UFCW, indicating an anti-management/pro-labor record. (May 2012)
Jerry Costello on Crime
Click here for 9 full quotes on Crime OR background on Crime.
  • Voted YES on enforcing against anti-gay hate crimes. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted NO on funding for alternative sentencing instead of more prisons. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime. (Jun 1999)
  • Voted NO on maintaining right of habeas corpus in Death Penalty Appeals. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted YES on making federal death penalty appeals harder. (Feb 1995)
  • Voted NO on replacing death penalty with life imprisonment. (Apr 1994)
  • Rated 14% by CURE, indicating anti-rehabilitation crime votes. (Dec 2000)
  • Require DNA testing for all federal executions. (Mar 2001)
  • Reduce recidivism by giving offenders a Second Chance. (Mar 2007)
Jerry Costello on Drugs
Click here for 4 full quotes on Drugs OR background on Drugs.
  • Voted YES on military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism. (Sep 2001)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on subjecting federal employees to random drug tests. (Sep 1998)
  • Rated -30 by NORML, indicating a "hard-on-drugs" stance. (Dec 2006)
Jerry Costello on Education
Click here for 8 full quotes on Education OR background on Education.
  • Voted NO on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted YES on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
  • Voted YES on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror. (Nov 2001)
  • Voted YES on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted NO on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Voted NO on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer. (Mar 1994)
  • Rated 92% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
Jerry Costello on Energy & Oil
Click here for 16 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • Voted NO on opening Outer Continental Shelf to oil drilling. (May 2011)
  • Voted YES on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted NO 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 NO on authorizing construction of new oil refineries. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on passage of the Bush Administration national energy policy. (Jun 2004)
  • Voted YES on implementing Bush-Cheney national energy policy. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted NO on raising CAFE standards; incentives for alternative fuels. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting oil drilling & development in ANWR. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted YES on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol. (Jun 2000)
  • Preserve Alaska's ANWR instead of drilling it. (Feb 2001)
  • Tax credit for gas stations providing 85% ethanol fuel. (Apr 2005)
  • Rated 83% by the CAF, indicating support for energy independence. (Dec 2006)
  • Establish a Carbon Storage Research Corporation. (Mar 2009)
Jerry Costello on Environment
Click here for 12 full quotes on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • Voted YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES 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)
  • Voted YES on deauthorizing "critical habitat" for endangered species. (Sep 2005)
  • Voted NO on speeding up approval of forest thinning projects. (Nov 2003)
  • Reduce liability for hazardous waste cleanup. (May 2001)
  • Rated 70% by the LCV, indicating pro-environment votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Inter-state compact for Great Lakes water resources. (Jul 2008)
  • Regulate all dog breeders down to kennels of 50 dogs. (Feb 2011)
  • Rated 50% by HSLF, indicating a mixed voting record on animal welfare. (Jan 2012)
  • Strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting. (Jan 2007)
Jerry Costello on Families & Children
Click here for 5 full quotes on Families & Children OR background on Families & Children.
  • Voted YES on four weeks of paid parental leave for federal employees. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on establishing nationwide AMBER alert system for missing kids. (Apr 2003)
  • Voted YES on reducing Marriage Tax by $399B over 10 years. (Mar 2001)
  • Member of the Missing & Exploited Children's Caucus. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 61% by the Christian Coalition: mixed voting record on Family Values. (Dec 2003)
Jerry Costello on Foreign Policy
Click here for 15 full quotes on Foreign Policy OR background on Foreign Policy.
  • Voted NO on supporting democratic institutions in Pakistan. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted NO on cooperating with India as a nuclear power. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted NO on deterring foreign arms transfers to China. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted YES on reforming the UN by restricting US funding. (Jun 2005)
  • Voted YES on keeping Cuba travel ban until political prisoners released. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on withholding $244M in UN Back Payments until US seat restored. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on $156M to IMF for 3rd-world debt reduction. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China. (May 2000)
  • Voted YES on $15.2 billion for foreign operations. (Nov 1999)
  • Member of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus. (Jan 2001)
  • Multi-year commitment to Africa for food & medicine. (Apr 2001)
  • Rated 0 by AAI, indicating a mixed Arab/Palestine voting record. (May 2012)
  • 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)
Jerry Costello on Free Trade
Click here for 11 full quotes on Free Trade OR background on Free Trade.
  • Voted NO on implementing CAFTA, Central America Free Trade. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on implementing US-Australia Free Trade Agreement. (Jul 2004)
  • Voted NO on implementing US-Singapore free trade agreement. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted NO on implementing free trade agreement with Chile. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted NO on withdrawing from the WTO. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements. (Sep 1998)
  • End economic protectionism: let dairy compacts expire . (Aug 2001)
  • Rated 28% by CATO, indicating a pro-fair trade voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Tariffs against countries undervaluing their currency. (May 2009)
  • Review free trade agreements biennially for rights violation. (Jun 2009)
  • Impose tariffs against countries which manipulate currency. (Feb 2011)
Jerry Costello on Government Reform
Click here for 8 full quotes on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • Voted NO on Senate pay raise. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits about obesity against food providers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on limiting attorney's fees in class action lawsuits. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted NO on restricting frivolous lawsuits. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted NO on banning soft money donations to national political parties. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
  • Ban stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge. (Nov 2011)
Jerry Costello on Gun Control
Click here for 7 full quotes on Gun Control OR background on Gun Control.
  • Voted YES on prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting suing gunmakers & sellers for gun misuse. (Apr 2003)
  • Voted NO on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1. (Jun 1999)
  • Rated A by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun rights voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • National cross-state standard for concealed carry. (Jan 2009)
  • Loosen restrictions on interstate gun purchases. (Oct 2011)
  • Ban gun registration & trigger lock law in Washington DC. (Mar 2007)
Jerry Costello on Health Care
Click here for 17 full quotes on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • 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 NO on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on limiting medical malpractice lawsuits to $250,000 damages. (May 2004)
  • Voted NO on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted NO on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted NO on allowing suing HMOs, but under federal rules & limited award. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted NO on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999)
  • Rated 56% by APHA, indicating a mixed record on public health issues. (Dec 2003)
  • Collect data on birth defects and present to the public. (Apr 1998)
Jerry Costello on Homeland Security
Click here for 14 full quotes on Homeland Security OR background on Homeland Security.
  • 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 federalizing rules for driver licenses to hinder terrorists. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted YES on continuing military recruitment on college campuses. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted YES on supporting new position of Director of National Intelligence. (Dec 2004)
  • Voted NO on adopting the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. (Oct 2004)
  • Voted YES on emergency $78B for war in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Apr 2003)
  • Voted YES on permitting commercial airline pilots to carry guns. (Jul 2002)
  • Voted YES on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO on deploying SDI. (Mar 1999)
  • Rated 67% by SANE, indicating a mixed record on military issues. (Dec 2003)
  • Include post-traumatic stress disorder in vet's disability. (Feb 2008)
  • Address abuses of electronic monitoring in the workplace. (Apr 1993)
Jerry Costello on Immigration
Click here for 5 full quotes on Immigration OR background on Immigration.
  • Voted NO on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on extending Immigrant Residency rules. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on more immigrant visas for skilled workers. (Sep 1998)
  • Rated 0% by FAIR, indicating a voting record loosening immigration. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 42% by USBC, indicating a mixed record on open borders. (Dec 2006)
Jerry Costello on Jobs
Click here for 12 full quotes on Jobs OR background on Jobs.
  • 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 NO on end offshore tax havens and promote small business. (Oct 2004)
  • Voted YES on $167B over 10 years for farm price supports. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO on zero-funding OSHA's Ergonomics Rules instead of $4.5B. (Mar 2001)
  • Member of the Congressional Rural Caucus. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 93% by the AFL-CIO, indicating a pro-union voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Allow an Air Traffic Controller's Union. (Jan 2006)
  • Form unions by card-check instead of secret ballot. (Mar 2009)
  • Rated 0% by CEI, indicating a pro-worker rights voting record. (May 2012)
  • Ban discriminatory compensation; allow 2 years to sue. (Jan 2009)
  • Stronger enforcement against gender-based pay discrimination. (Jan 2009)
Jerry Costello on Principles & Values
Click here for 2 full quotes on Principles & Values OR background on Principles & Values.
  • Religious affiliation: Catholic. (Nov 2000)
  • Rated 33% by the AU, a mixed record on church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
Jerry Costello on Social Security
Click here for 5 full quotes on Social Security OR background on Social Security.
  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Rated 80% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Reject privatization; don't raise the retirement age. (Aug 2010)
Jerry Costello on Tax Reform
Click here for 14 full quotes on Tax Reform OR background on Tax Reform.
  • Voted YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted NO on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted NO on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 34% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 83% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
Jerry Costello on Technology
Click here for 10 full quotes on Technology OR background on Technology.
  • Voted NO on terminating funding for National Public Radio. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted YES on delaying digital TV conversion by four months. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted NO on retroactive immunity for telecoms' warrantless surveillance. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on increasing fines for indecent broadcasting. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted NO on promoting commercial human space flight industry. (Nov 2004)
  • Voted YES on banning Internet gambling by credit card. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted NO on allowing telephone monopolies to offer Internet access. (Feb 2002)
  • Member of House Committee on Science, Space & Technology. (Mar 2011)
  • Member of House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure. (Mar 2011)
  • No performance royalties for radio music. (Mar 2009)
Jerry Costello on War & Peace
Click here for 10 full quotes on War & Peace OR background on War & Peace.
  • Voted NO on banning armed forces in Libya without Congressional approval. (Jun 2011)
  • Voted YES on removing US armed forces from Afghanistan. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted YES on investigating Bush impeachment for lying about Iraq. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on approving removal of Saddam & valiant service of US troops. (Mar 2004)
  • Voted NO on authorizing military force in Iraq. (Oct 2002)
  • Voted NO on disallowing the invasion of Kosovo. (May 1999)
  • Solidarity with Israel in its fight against terrorism. (Apr 2002)
  • No contact & enforce sanctions on Iran until threat is gone. (May 2011)
  • Boycott & sanctions against Iran for terrorism & nukes. (May 2011)
  • Terminate funding for Iraq War on Dec. 31, 2011. (Aug 2011)
Jerry Costello on Welfare & Poverty
Click here for 5 full quotes on Welfare & Poverty OR background on Welfare & Poverty.
  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted NO on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted NO on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Increase the earned income tax credit. (Jan 1993)


VoteMatch Responses
(Click here for VoteMatch quiz)
VoteMatch Question & Answer
(Click on question for explanation and background)
Based on these stances:
(Click on topic for excerpt & citation)
Strongly Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's right
(-5 points on Social scale)
Rated 0% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Rated 100% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-life stance: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Bar funding for abortion under federal Obamacare plans: Opposes topic 1
Prohibit federal funding for abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on banning federal health coverage that includes abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on barring transporting minors to get an abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on banning partial-birth abortions: Opposes topic 1
YES on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad: Opposes topic 1
YES on federal crime to harm fetus while committing other crimes: Opposes topic 1
YES on funding for health providers who don't provide abortion info: Opposes topic 1
YES on banning partial-birth abortion except to save motherís life: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime: Opposes topic 1
YES on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions: Strongly Opposes topic 1
NO on allowing human embryonic stem cell research: Opposes topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Require hiring more women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Constitutional Amendment for equal rights by gender: Strongly Favors topic 2
Issue a commemorative postage stamp of Rosa Parks: Favors topic 2
Rated 86% by the NAACP, indicating a pro-affirmative-action stance: Strongly Favors topic 2
Constitutional Amendment for women's equal rights: 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
NO on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions: Favors topic 2
Opposes topic 3:
Same-sex domestic partnership benefits
(-3 points on Social scale)
Rated 25% by the HRC, indicating a mixed record on gay rights: Neutral on topic 3
YES on banning gay adoptions in DC: Opposes topic 3
YES on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
YES on enforcing against anti-gay hate crimes: Favors topic 3
Favors topic 4:
Teacher-led prayer in public schools
(-3 points on Social scale)
Supports anti-flag desecration amendment: Favors topic 4
Rated 61% by the Christian Coalition: mixed voting record on Family Values: Neutral on topic 4
Rated 33% by the AU, a mixed record on church-state separation: Neutral on 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
YES on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration: Favors topic 4
YES on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance: Favors topic 4
Favors topic 8:
Death Penalty
(-3 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
YES on making federal death penalty appeals harder: Strongly Favors topic 8
NO on maintaining right of habeas corpus in Death Penalty Appeals: Favors topic 8
Favors topic 9:
Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws
(-3 points on Social scale)
Rated 14% by CURE, indicating anti-rehabilitation crime votes: Strongly Favors topic 9
Reduce recidivism by giving offenders a Second Chance: Strongly Opposes 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
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Rated A by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun rights voting record: Strongly Favors topic 10
National cross-state standard for concealed carry: Strongly Favors topic 10
Loosen restrictions on interstate gun purchases: Strongly Favors topic 10
Ban gun registration & trigger lock law in Washington DC: Strongly Favors topic 10
NO on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1: Strongly Opposes topic 10
YES on prohibiting suing gunmakers & sellers for gun misuse: Strongly Favors topic 10
YES on prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers: Strongly Favors topic 10
Strongly Favors topic 5:
More federal funding for health coverage
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Rated 56% by APHA, indicating a mixed record on public health issues: Neutral on topic 5
YES on giving mental health full equity with physical health: 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
YES on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs: 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
NO on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay: Strongly 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)
Rated 80% 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
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)
Rated 92% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes: Strongly 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 environmental education grants for outdoor experiences: Opposes topic 7
YES on $40B for green public schools: Opposes topic 7
Favors topic 18:
Replace coal & oil with alternatives
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Reduce liability for hazardous waste cleanup: Opposes topic 18
Preserve Alaska's ANWR instead of drilling it: Favors topic 18
Rated 70% by the LCV, indicating pro-environment votes: Strongly Favors topic 18
Tax credit for gas stations providing 85% ethanol fuel: Favors topic 18
Rated 83% by the CAF, indicating support for energy independence: Favors topic 18
Establish a Carbon Storage Research Corporation: Favors topic 18
YES on tax incentives for renewable energy: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases: Opposes topic 18
NO on opening Outer Continental Shelf to oil drilling: Strongly Favors 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
NO on authorizing construction of new oil refineries: Strongly 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
NO on enforcing limits on CO2 global warming pollution: Opposes topic 18
YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program: Favors topic 18
Neutral on topic 19:
Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it
(0 points on Social scale)
Rated -30 by NORML, indicating a "hard-on-drugs" stance: Strongly Favors 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
YES on military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism: Strongly Favors topic 19
Opposes topic 20:
Allow churches to provide welfare services
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Increase the earned income tax credit: Opposes 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
YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention: Opposes topic 20
Favors topic 11:
Make taxes more progressive
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Phaseout the death tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Rated 34% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes: Strongly Favors topic 11
Rated 83% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation: Strongly Favors topic 11
YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty": Opposes 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
YES on reducing Marriage Tax by $399B over 10 years: Opposes topic 11
YES on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"): Opposes 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
NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends: Strongly Favors topic 11
YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income: Opposes topic 11
Favors topic 12:
Illegal immigrants earn citizenship
(+2 points on Social scale)
Rated 0% by FAIR, indicating a voting record loosening immigration: Strongly Favors topic 12
Rated 42% by USBC, indicating a mixed record on open borders: Neutral on 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 28% by CATO, indicating a pro-fair trade voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Tariffs against countries undervaluing their currency: Opposes topic 13
Review free trade agreements biennially for rights violation: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Impose tariffs against countries which manipulate currency: 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
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
Favors topic 15:
Expand the armed forces
(-3 points on Social scale)
Rated 67% by SANE, indicating a mixed record on military issues: Neutral on topic 15
YES on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill: Favors topic 15
NO on deploying SDI: Opposes topic 15
YES on emergency $78B for war in Iraq & Afghanistan: Strongly Favors topic 15
YES on continuing military recruitment on college campuses: Favors topic 15
Favors topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Ban stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge: 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
Strongly Favors topic 14:
The Patriot Act harms civil liberties
(+5 points on Social scale)
Address abuses of electronic monitoring in the workplace: Strongly Favors topic 14
YES on Veto override: Congressional oversight of CIA interrogations: Strongly Favors topic 14
YES on requiring FISA warrants for wiretaps in US, but not abroad: Strongly Favors topic 14
NO on extending the PATRIOT Act's roving wiretaps: Strongly Favors topic 14
NO on making the PATRIOT Act permanent: Strongly Favors topic 14
NO on retroactive immunity for telecoms' warrantless surveillance: Favors topic 14
Favors topic 17:
US out of Iraq & Afghanistan
(+2 points on Social scale)
Multi-year commitment to Africa for food & medicine: Strongly Favors topic 17
No contact & enforce sanctions on Iran until threat is gone: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Boycott & sanctions against Iran for terrorism & nukes: Opposes topic 17
Terminate funding for Iraq War on Dec. 31, 2011: Strongly Favors topic 17
YES on removing US armed forces from Afghanistan: Strongly Favors topic 17
NO on banning armed forces in Libya without Congressional approval: Opposes topic 17
NO on authorizing military force in Iraq: Strongly Favors topic 17
YES on investigating Bush impeachment for lying about Iraq: Favors topic 17

Jerry Costello is a Moderate Liberal Populist.
Click here for explanation of political philosophy.
Click here for VoteMatch quiz.

                                                                                                                                                                               
  

Home | Issues | Candidates | Most Recent Quote | Books + Debates | Senate | VoteMatch | About Us | Contact OnTheIssues | Contact Jerry_Costello

Contact Jerry_Costello:

* Official Contacts

* Candidate Profile
* Contact OnTheIssues:

submit @ OnTheIssues . org
OnTheIssues reports on issues, and has no contacts with campaigns except as linked above.
Mail
Send donations or submit quotations to:
On The Issues
1770 Massachusetts Ave. #630
Cambridge, MA 02140
Logo
Copyright 1999-2011
by OnTheIssues.org
Reprinting by permission only.




WM_logo Written by
WebMerchants


IWP_logo Powered by
Instant Web Page
Page last updated: Sep 16, 2012

Reproduction of material from any OnTheIssues.org pages without written permission is prohibited.
Copyright © 1999-2012 OnTheIssues.org & the SpeakOut Foundation, all rights reserved.
OnTheIssues.org 1770 Massachusetts Ave. #630, Cambridge MA 02140
E-mail us at:submit at OnTheIssues.org
| Advertising information | About Us
  Newsletter     Signup  
Email:
  
Zip:
    
Or click for More Info.