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Immigration  Technology Corporations Welfare & Poverty
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Paul Tonko on Abortion
Click here for 3 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Voted NO on banning federal health coverage that includes abortion. (May 2011)
  • Endorsed by NARAL, indicating a pro-choice stance. (Aug 2012)
  • Focus on preventing pregnancy, plus emergency contraception. (Jan 2009)
Paul Tonko on Budget & Economy
Click here for 11 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)
  • Member of House Budget Committee. (Mar 2011)
  • Increase debt limit from $14.3 trillion to $16.7 trillion. (Jul 2011)
  • Raise small business depreciation to $125,000. (Jul 2009)
  • Establish a usury limit of 16% for consumer credit cards. (Dec 2009)
  • Ban abusive credit practices & enhance consumer disclosure. (Feb 2009)
Paul Tonko on Civil Rights
Click here for 8 full quotes on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Voted for the NY same-sex marriage equality bill. (Nov 2008)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • ENDA: prohibit employment discrimination for gays. (Jun 2009)
  • Constitutional Amendment for women's equal rights. (Jun 2011)
  • Prohibit sexual-identity discrimination at schools. (Mar 2011)
  • Enforce against anti-gay discrimination in public schools. (Apr 2013)
  • Enforce against wage discrimination based on gender. (Jan 2013)
  • Recognize 1961 Freedom Riders against segregated buses. (Feb 2014)
Paul Tonko 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)
  • Expand lending caps for credit unions to small business. (Oct 2011)
  • Rated 100% by UFCW, indicating an anti-management/pro-labor record. (May 2012)
  • Sponsored enforcing against corporate offshore tax haven banking. (Apr 2013)
Paul Tonko on Crime
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  • Voted YES on enforcing against anti-gay hate crimes. (Apr 2009)
Paul Tonko on Drugs
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  • Distribute sterile syringes to reduce AIDS and hepatitis. (Jan 2009)
Paul Tonko on Education
Click here for 4 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)
  • $25B to renovate or repair elementary schools. (Sep 2011)
  • Sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015. (Apr 2013)
Paul Tonko on Energy & Oil
Click here for 4 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • National carbon cap and trade program. (Nov 2008)
  • Voted NO 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)
Paul Tonko on Environment
Click here for 8 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)
  • Make tax deduction permanent for conservation easements. (Mar 2009)
  • Regulate all dog breeders down to kennels of 50 dogs. (Feb 2011)
  • Prohibit invasive research on great apes. (Apr 2011)
  • Prohibits breeding or possessing Big Cat species. (Nov 2012)
  • Rated 100% by HSLF, indicating a pro-animal welfare voting record. (Jan 2012)
  • Sponsored tightening restrictions on hydrogen sulfide emissions. (Mar 2013)
Paul Tonko on Families & Children
Click here for 4 full quotes on Families & Children OR background on Families & Children.
  • Voted YES on four weeks of paid parental leave for federal employees. (Jun 2009)
  • Sex Ed including both abstinence and contraception. (Mar 2009)
  • More funding & services for victims of domestic violence. (Feb 2013)
  • Teach teens about both abstinence & contraception. (Mar 2009)
Paul Tonko on Foreign Policy
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  • Voted YES on supporting democratic institutions in Pakistan. (Jun 2009)
  • Rated +2 by AAI, indicating pro-Arab pro-Palestine voting record. (May 2012)
  • Acknowledge the Armenian Genocide, as official US policy. (Mar 2009)
  • Ease the Israeli blockade on Gaza. (Jan 2010)
  • Commitment to unbreakable U.S.-Israel bond. (Mar 2010)
Paul Tonko on Free Trade
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  • Review free trade agreements biennially for rights violation. (Jun 2009)
  • Impose tariffs against countries which manipulate currency. (Feb 2011)
  • Require open markets for US goods in all trade agreements. (May 2011)
  • Sponsored imposing import fee on countries with undervalued currency. (Apr 2013)
Paul Tonko on Government Reform
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  • Voted YES on Senate pay raise. (Jun 2009)
  • Ban stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge. (Nov 2011)
  • Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures. (Feb 2012)
  • Establish 15 days of early voting in all states. (Nov 2012)
  • Establish "My Voice Voucher" small campaign contributions. (Feb 2014)
Paul Tonko on Gun Control
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  • Close the Gun Show Loophole; restrict show sales. (May 2009)
Paul Tonko on Health Care
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  • Health care is a right, not a privilege. (Nov 2008)
  • 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)
  • Establish a public insurance option via healthcare Exchanges. (Jan 2011)
  • Sponsored merging Alzheimers diagnosis and care benefit. (Apr 2013)
Paul Tonko on Homeland Security
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  • Voted NO on extending the PATRIOT Act's roving wiretaps. (Feb 2011)
  • Repeal Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell, and reinstate discharged gays. (Mar 2010)
Paul Tonko on Immigration
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  • Expand border security on Mexican border. (Apr 2009)
Paul Tonko on Jobs
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  • Voted NO on allowing compensatory time off for working overtime. (Apr 2013)
  • Form unions by card-check instead of secret ballot. (Mar 2009)
  • Rated 0% by CEI, indicating a pro-worker rights voting record. (May 2012)
  • Raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2016. (Mar 2013)
Paul Tonko on Principles & Values
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Paul Tonko on Social Security
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  • Reject privatization; don't raise the retirement age. (Aug 2010)
  • Exclude Medicare and Social Security from deficit reduction. (Aug 2011)
  • Sponsored keeping CPI for benefits instead of lower "Chained CPI". (Apr 2013)
Paul Tonko on Tax Reform
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Paul Tonko on Technology
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  • 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 YES on delaying digital TV conversion by four months. (Mar 2009)
  • Member of House Committee on Science, Space & Technology. (Mar 2011)
  • Sponsored investing $1 billion in transportation projects. (Mar 2013)
Paul Tonko on War & Peace
Click here for 4 full quotes on War & Peace OR background on War & Peace.
  • End the war; bring our troops home safely. (Nov 2008)
  • Voted NO on banning armed forces in Libya without Congressional approval. (Jun 2011)
  • Voted YES on removing US armed forces from Afghanistan. (Mar 2011)
  • Defund US military presence in Afghanistan. (Jan 2013)
Paul Tonko 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)
  • Sponsored maintaining SNAP nutrition assistance program. (Apr 2013)
  • Public jobs on community-based public interest projects. (Dec 2009)


VoteMatch Responses
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VoteMatch Question & Answer
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Based on these stances:
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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Endorsed by NARAL, indicating a pro-choice stance: Strongly 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
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Constitutional Amendment for women's equal 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
Recognize 1961 Freedom Riders against segregated buses: Strongly Favors topic 2
YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act: Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
Voted for the NY same-sex marriage equality bill: Strongly Favors 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
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)
Sex Ed including both abstinence and contraception: Opposes topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Health care is a right, not a privilege: Strongly Favors topic 5
Establish a public insurance option via healthcare Exchanges: Strongly Favors topic 5
Sponsored merging Alzheimers diagnosis and care benefit: 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 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)
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
Strongly Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-5 points on Economic scale)
$25B to renovate or repair elementary schools: 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
YES on $40B for green public schools: Opposes topic 7
Opposes topic 8:
Clean air and water are property rights
(-3 points on Social scale)
Make tax deduction permanent for conservation easements: Opposes topic 8
Regulate all dog breeders down to kennels of 50 dogs: Opposes topic 8
Prohibit invasive research on great apes: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Prohibits breeding or possessing Big Cat species: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Sponsored tightening restrictions on hydrogen sulfide emissions: Favors topic 8
YES on protecting free-roaming horses and burros: Opposes topic 8
Neutral on topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Close the Gun Show Loophole; restrict show sales: Opposes topic 10
Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Sponsored enforcing against corporate offshore tax haven banking: Favors topic 11
Strongly Opposes topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(-5 points on Social scale)
Expand border security on Mexican border: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Strongly Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Review free trade agreements biennially for rights violation: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Impose tariffs against countries which manipulate currency: Opposes topic 13
Require open markets for US goods in all trade agreements: Opposes topic 13
Sponsored imposing import fee on countries with undervalued currency: Opposes topic 13
Neutral on topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Neutral on topic 15:
Expand the military
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Stricter limits on voting rights
(-5 points on Social scale)
Ban stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge: Strongly Favors topic 16
Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures: Strongly Favors topic 16
Establish 15 days of early voting in all states: Favors topic 16
Establish "My Voice Voucher" small campaign contributions: Strongly Favors topic 16
Strongly Favors topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(+5 points on Social scale)
End the war; bring our troops home safely: Strongly Favors topic 17
Defund US military presence in Afghanistan: 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
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
National carbon cap and trade program: 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
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)
Distribute sterile syringes to reduce AIDS and hepatitis: 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
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 $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending: Strongly Favors topic 20

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