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Following are the bill sponsorships, open letters, and public writings used to indicate candidates' stances on the issues. Votes which include "VoteMatch Usage" are scored as VoteMatch quiz responses. Those without a VoteMatch usage are included only on each candidate's main issues page.
Abortion
Public NoteVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageParticipants
04-SEN8
on Jun 4, 2004
Expand embryonic stem cell research Participating counts on VoteMatch question 1. Democrats: 42
Republicans: 13
Independents: 3

Budget & Economy
Public NoteVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageParticipants
01-BDC2
on May 9, 2001
Retire half the public debt by 2006 (Not used in VoteMatch) Democrats: 56
Republicans: 0
Independents: 4
01-SNDC2
on Jan 11, 2001
Balance debt reduction, tax relief, & policy investment (Not used in VoteMatch) Democrats: 9
Republicans: 0
Independents: 1
00-NGA25
on Feb 3, 2000
More federal funding for FAA and air traffic control (Not used in VoteMatch) Democrats: 3
Republicans: 1
Independents: 0

Civil Rights
Public NoteVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageParticipants
00-NGA22
on Mar 14, 2000
More federal funding of IDEA for disabled education Participating counts on VoteMatch question 20. Democrats: 2
Republicans: 0
Independents: 2
99-NGA26
on Jul 27, 1999
Decide Indian gaming rules at state level, not DOI (Not used in VoteMatch) Democrats: 2
Republicans: 1
Independents: 1

Corporations
Public NoteVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageParticipants
99-NGA30
on May 5, 1999
Bankruptcy reform: prevent inappropriate Chapter 7 filings (Not used in VoteMatch) Democrats: 2
Republicans: 1
Independents: 1

Crime
Public NoteVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageParticipants
99-NGA24
on Aug 5, 1999
Tougher juvenile crime penalties; but let states set them Participating counts on VoteMatch question 9. Democrats: 2
Republicans: 0
Independents: 2

Education
Public NoteVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageParticipants
100316-Gov
on Mar 16, 2010
Participate in federal program Race to the Top Participating counts on VoteMatch question 7. Democrats: 5
Republicans: 4
Independents: 0
01-SNDC1
on Jan 11, 2001
Firmly opposed to Bush’s voucher proposal Participating counts on VoteMatch question 7. Democrats: 9
Republicans: 0
Independents: 1

Energy & Oil
Public NoteVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageParticipants
100310-Gov
on Mar 10, 2010
Stop harmful EPA regulation of greenhouse gas emissions Participating counts on VoteMatch question 18. Democrats: 2
Republicans: 14
Independents: 2
04-SEN2
on Mar 19, 2004
Keep efficient air conditioner rule to conserve energy Participating counts on VoteMatch question 18. Democrats: 40
Republicans: 9
Independents: 4
03-SEN7
on Jun 19, 2003
Keep climate change in EPA "State of the Environment" report Participating counts on VoteMatch question 18. Democrats: 5
Republicans: 0
Independents: 2
99-NGA27
on Jul 2, 1999
Maintain federal funds for transit funding above 12.5% cap (Not used in VoteMatch) Democrats: 2
Republicans: 1
Independents: 1

Environment
Public NoteVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageParticipants
04-SEN1
on Apr 1, 2004
EPA must do better on mercury clean-up (Not used in VoteMatch) Democrats: 35
Republicans: 7
Independents: 3
01-EPA1
on Apr 6, 2001
Remove PCBs from Hudson River by dredging 200 miles (Not used in VoteMatch) Democrats: 27
Republicans: 3
Independents: 0
99-NGA22
on Oct 21, 1999
Maintain joint EPA-state authority over nuclear waste (Not used in VoteMatch) Democrats: 2
Republicans: 1
Independents: 1

Families & Children
Public NoteVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageParticipants
99-NGA28
on Jun 24, 1999
Maintain federal welfare funding for child support Participating counts on VoteMatch question 20. Democrats: 1
Republicans: 0
Independents: 1
99-NGA32
on Mar 24, 1999
Keep TANF program focused on family welfare, not other tasks Participating counts on VoteMatch question 20. Democrats: 2
Republicans: 0
Independents: 2

Foreign Policy
Public NoteVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageParticipants
2010-LT-AP
on Aug 4, 2010
Afghanistan-Pakistan study group to assess exit strategy (Not used in VoteMatch) Democrats: 11
Republicans: 0
Independents: 0
2010-LT-UB
on Mar 25, 2010
Commitment to unbreakable U.S.-Israel bond (Not used in VoteMatch) Democrats: 142
Republicans: 150
Independents: 9
2010-LT-IP
on Jan 27, 2010
Ease the Israeli blockade on Gaza (Not used in VoteMatch) Democrats: 51
Republicans: 0
Independents: 1
2010-LT-AR
on Oct 2, 2007
Pressure friendly Arab states to end Israeli boycott (Not used in VoteMatch) Democrats: 40
Republicans: 26
Independents: 3

Free Trade
Public NoteVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageParticipants
NGA-0709FT
on Sep 7, 2007
Reauthorize the federal Trade Adjustment Assistance program Participating counts on VoteMatch question 13. Democrats: 2
Republicans: 1
Independents: 0
01-SNDC3
on Jan 11, 2001
Free & fair trade is key to economic growth Participating counts on VoteMatch question 13. Democrats: 9
Republicans: 0
Independents: 1
01-SNDC4
on Jun 6, 2000
Quick vote on PNTR; China into WTO Participating counts on VoteMatch question 13. Democrats: 8
Republicans: 0
Independents: 1

Government Reform
Public NoteVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageParticipants
99-NGA25
on Jul 27, 1999
More federal funding for FAA and air traffic control (Not used in VoteMatch) Democrats: 4
Republicans: 1
Independents: 1

Health Care
Public NoteVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageParticipants
110107-Gov
on Jan 7, 2011
Loosen "one-size-fits-all" approach to Medicaid Participating counts on VoteMatch question 5. Democrats: 1
Republicans: 29
Independents: 0
100413-Gov
on Apr 13, 2010
3.2% funding increase for National Institutes of Health Participating counts on VoteMatch question 5. Democrats: 17
Republicans: 6
Independents: 0
10-GOV1
on Oct 1, 2009
Adopt national health reform legislation before the end of the year Participating counts on VoteMatch question 5. Democrats: 21
Republicans: 0
Independents: 0
NGA-0804HC
on Apr 2, 2008
Delay Medicaid changes that shift costs from feds to states Participating counts on VoteMatch question 5. Democrats: 2
Republicans: 2
Independents: 0
NGA-0712HC
on Dec 17, 2007
Extend SCHIP with full funding, plus $12B for Medicaid Participating counts on VoteMatch question 5. Democrats: 2
Republicans: 2
Independents: 0
04-SEN3
on Mar 15, 2004
End government propaganda on Medicare bill (Not used in VoteMatch) Democrats: 6
Republicans: 0
Independents: 0
03-SEN6
on May 20, 2003
Let states make bulk Rx purchases, and other innovations Participating counts on VoteMatch question 5. Democrats: 27
Republicans: 2
Independents: 0
00-BDC1
on Dec 5, 2000
Better and immediate funding for Medicare & Medicaid Participating counts on VoteMatch question 5. Democrats: 57
Republicans: 0
Independents: 4
99-NGA31
on Apr 14, 1999
Protect state tobacco settlement funds from federal seizure Participating counts on VoteMatch question 5. Democrats: 18
Republicans: 23
Independents: 10

Jobs
Public NoteVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageParticipants
100519-Gov
on May 19, 2010
Increase small business access to credit (Not used in VoteMatch) Democrats: 10
Republicans: 1
Independents: 0
03-SEN4
on Jun 30, 2003
Protect overtime pay protections (Not used in VoteMatch) Democrats: 41
Republicans: 0
Independents: 2
01-NGA20
on May 25, 2001
Full review of farm policy; more state flexibility (Not used in VoteMatch) Democrats: 2
Republicans: 2
Independents: 0
99-MGC5
on Sep 14, 1999
Immediate federal assistance for farm crisis (Not used in VoteMatch) Democrats: 4
Republicans: 5
Independents: 1

Social Security
Public NoteVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageParticipants
01-BDC5
on May 9, 2001
Strengthen Trust Funds and take them off-budget (Not used in VoteMatch) Democrats: 56
Republicans: 0
Independents: 4
99-NGA23
on Sep 29, 1999
Maintain federal funding of Social Services Block Grants Participating counts on VoteMatch question 6. Democrats: 2
Republicans: 0
Independents: 2

Tax Reform
Public NoteVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageParticipants
NGA-0801TX
on Jan 28, 2008
$12B in federal economic stimulus as state block grants Participating counts on VoteMatch question 11. Democrats: 23
Republicans: 9
Independents: 3
01-NGA19
on May 23, 2001
Let states independently determine estate taxes (Not used in VoteMatch) Democrats: 14
Republicans: 17
Independents: 6

Technology
Public NoteVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageParticipants
01-NGA18
on Aug 20, 2001
Level playing field for Main Street vs. Internet sales tax (Not used in VoteMatch) Democrats: 15
Republicans: 22
Independents: 7

Welfare & Poverty
Public NoteVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageParticipants
03-SEN5
on Jun 17, 2003
Fully fund AmeriCorps (Not used in VoteMatch) Democrats: 32
Republicans: 9
Independents: 2
00-NGA21
on Apr 27, 2000
Maintain TANF block grants (Not used in VoteMatch) Democrats: 2
Republicans: 0
Independents: 2


                                                                                                                                                                               
  

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