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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
Prohibit transporting minors across state lines for abortion: Opposes topic 1
Grant the pre-born equal protection under 14th Amendment: Opposes topic 1
Declare preborn as persons under 14th amendment: 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
NO on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines: Opposes topic 1
Opposes topic 2:
Require hiring more women & minorities
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Issue a commemorative postage stamp of Rosa Parks: Favors topic 2
Rated 25% by the NAACP, indicating an anti-affirmative-action stance: Strongly Opposes topic 2
NO on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions: Favors topic 2
NO on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Strongly Opposes topic 3:
Same-sex domestic partnership benefits
(-5 points on Social scale)
Rated 0% by the HRC, indicating an anti-gay-rights stance: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Amend Constitution to define traditional marriage: Strongly Opposes 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 Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman: Strongly Opposes topic 3
NO on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation: Strongly Opposes topic 3
NO on enforcing against anti-gay hate crimes: Opposes topic 3
Strongly Favors topic 4:
Teacher-led prayer in public schools
(-5 points on Social scale)
Supports anti-flag desecration amendment: Favors topic 4
Supports requiring schools to allow prayer: Favors topic 4
Rated 100% by the Christian Coalition: a pro-Family-Value voting record: Strongly Favors topic 4
Rated 0% by the AU, indicating opposition to church-state separation: Strongly Favors topic 4
Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer: Strongly Favors 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
NO on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in 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
More prisons, more enforcement, effective death penalty: 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 20% by CURE, indicating anti-rehabilitation crime votes: Strongly Favors topic 9
Increase penalties for child sexual slavery: Strongly Favors topic 9
YES on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime: Favors topic 9
YES on funding for alternative sentencing instead of more prisons.: Strongly 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)
No lawsuits against gun manufacturers: Strongly Favors topic 10
Rated A by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun rights voting record: Strongly Favors topic 10
No United Nations taxation on firearms: Strongly Favors topic 10
National cross-state standard for concealed carry: Strongly Favors topic 10
Teach kids Eddie Eagle GunSafe's lifesaving message: Favors topic 10
Individual right to self-defense at home and as self-defense: 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 Opposes topic 5:
More federal funding for health coverage
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Rated 0% by APHA, indicating a anti-public health voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Repeal any federal health care takeover: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Expand medical savings accounts for employers & individuals: Opposes topic 5
Establishment of Office of Health Care Fraud Prevention: Opposes topic 5
NO on giving mental health full equity with physical health: Opposes topic 5
NO on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids: Strongly Opposes topic 5
YES on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts: Opposes topic 5
YES on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage: Opposes topic 5
NO on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs: Opposes topic 5
YES on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits: Opposes topic 5
YES on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients: Opposes topic 5
YES on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay: Strongly Opposes topic 5
NO on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D: Opposes topic 5
NO on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility: Opposes topic 5
YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare: Favors topic 5
NO on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program: Opposes topic 5
NO on regulating tobacco as a drug: Opposes topic 5
Strongly Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Rated 0% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record: Strongly Favors topic 6
Reduce taxes on Social Security earnings: Favors topic 6
NO on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox: Favors topic 6
YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits: Favors topic 6
YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable: Favors topic 6
Favors topic 7:
Parents choose schools via vouchers
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Rated 18% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes: Strongly Favors topic 7
YES on vouchers for private & parochial schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
YES on allowing vouchers in DC schools: Favors topic 7
YES on environmental education grants for outdoor experiences: Opposes topic 7
NO on $40B for green public schools: Favors topic 7
Opposes topic 18:
Replace coal & oil with alternatives
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Rated 5% by the LCV, indicating anti-environment votes: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Rated 0% by the CAF, indicating opposition to energy independence: Opposes topic 18
Establish a Carbon Storage Research Corporation: Favors topic 18
Bar greenhouse gases from Clean Air Act rules: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on tax incentives for renewable energy: Strongly Opposes topic 18
NO on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol: Strongly Opposes topic 18
NO on raising CAFE standards; incentives for alternative fuels: Strongly Opposes topic 18
NO on prohibiting oil drilling & development in ANWR: Strongly Opposes topic 18
YES on authorizing construction of new oil refineries: Strongly Opposes topic 18
YES on scheduling permitting for new oil refinieries: Strongly Opposes topic 18
NO on keeping moratorium on drilling for oil offshore: Strongly Opposes topic 18
NO on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies: Strongly Opposes topic 18
NO on investing in homegrown biofuel: Strongly Opposes 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
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
Strongly Favors topic 19:
Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it
(-5 points on Social scale)
Rated D by VOTE-HEMP, indicating an anti-hemp voting record: Strongly Favors topic 19
Rated -30 by NORML, indicating a "hard-on-drugs" stance: Strongly Favors topic 19
Enhance interdiction by criminalizing unflagged submarines: Strongly Favors topic 19
YES on subjecting federal employees to random drug tests: Strongly Favors topic 19
YES on prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC: Strongly Favors topic 19
YES on military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism: Strongly Favors topic 19
YES on more funding for Mexico to fight drugs: Favors topic 19
Favors topic 20:
Allow churches to provide welfare services
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Limit welfare to 2 years & cut welfare spending: Favors topic 20
YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations: Favors topic 20
YES on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks: Strongly Favors topic 20
YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention: Opposes topic 20
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Make taxes more progressive
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Phaseout the death tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Rated 62% by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes: Neutral on topic 11
Rated 0% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Member of the Congressional Flat Tax Caucus: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Repeal the Death Tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Replace income tax & employment tax with FairTax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes: Opposes topic 11
YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty": Opposes topic 11
YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business: Opposes topic 11
YES on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years: Opposes 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
YES on making the Bush tax cuts permanent: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on providing tax relief and simplification: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends: Strongly Opposes topic 11
NO on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
NO on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income: Favors topic 11
Opposes topic 12:
Illegal immigrants earn citizenship
(-3 points on Social scale)
Rated 0% by FAIR, indicating a voting record loosening immigration: Strongly Favors topic 12
Rated 100% by USBC, indicating a sealed-border stance: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Government services in English only: Strongly Opposes topic 12
End Birthright Citizenship; no more anchor babies: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Declare English as the official language of the US: Opposes topic 12
Declared English the official language of the US: 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
YES on preventing tipping off Mexicans about Minuteman Project: Strongly Opposes topic 12
YES on building a fence along the Mexican border: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+2 points on Economic scale)
End economic protectionism: let dairy compacts expire : Strongly Favors topic 13
Rated 39% by CATO, indicating a mixed record on trade issues: Neutral on topic 13
Tariffs against countries undervaluing their 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
YES on implementing US-Singapore free trade agreement: Strongly Favors topic 13
YES on implementing free trade agreement with Chile: Strongly Favors topic 13
YES on implementing US-Australia Free Trade Agreement: Favors topic 13
YES on end offshore tax havens and promote small business: Opposes topic 13
YES on implementing CAFTA, Central America Free Trade: Strongly Favors topic 13
YES on assisting workers who lose jobs due to globalization: Opposes topic 13
YES on promoting free trade with Peru: Favors topic 13
Strongly Favors topic 15:
Expand the armed forces
(-5 points on Social scale)
Rated 11% by SANE, indicating a pro-military voting record: Strongly Favors topic 15
Extend reserve retirement pay parity back to 9/11: Favors topic 15
No US troops under UN command; more defense spending: Favors topic 15
YES on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill: Favors topic 15
YES on deploying SDI: Favors 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
NO on restricting no-bid defense contracts: Strongly Favors topic 15
Opposes topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Restrict campaign donations from foreigners or 3rd parties: Favors topic 16
NO on banning soft money and issue ads: Opposes topic 16
NO on banning soft money donations to national political parties: Opposes topic 16
NO on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions: Opposes topic 16
YES on restricting independent grassroots political committees: Opposes topic 16
YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations: Strongly Favors topic 16
Strongly Opposes topic 14:
The Patriot Act harms civil liberties
(-5 points on Social scale)
NO on Veto override: Congressional oversight of CIA interrogations: Strongly Opposes topic 14
NO on requiring FISA warrants for wiretaps in US, but not abroad: Strongly Opposes topic 14
YES on making the PATRIOT Act permanent: Strongly Opposes topic 14
YES on continuing intelligence gathering without civil oversight: Strongly Opposes topic 14
YES on allowing electronic surveillance without a warrant: Strongly Opposes topic 14
YES on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad: Strongly Opposes topic 14
YES on retroactive immunity for telecoms' warrantless surveillance: Opposes topic 14
Strongly Opposes topic 17:
US out of Iraq & Afghanistan
(-5 points on Social scale)
Ban foreign aid to oil-producers who restrict production: Opposes topic 17
Strengthen sanctions on Syria & assist democratic transition: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Sanctions on Iran to end nuclear program: Opposes topic 17
YES on authorizing military force in Iraq: Strongly Opposes topic 17
YES on declaring Iraq part of War on Terror with no exit date: Strongly Opposes topic 17
NO on investigating Bush impeachment for lying about Iraq: Opposes topic 17

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