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Bill Pascrell on Abortion
Click here for 11 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Voted YES on allowing human embryonic stem cell research. (May 2005)
  • Voted NO on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions. (Apr 2005)
  • Voted NO 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 NO on funding for health providers who don't provide abortion info. (Sep 2002)
  • Voted NO on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO 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 30% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record. (Dec 2003)
Bill Pascrell on Budget & Economy
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  • Voted YES on restricting bankruptcy rules. (Jan 2004)
Bill Pascrell on Civil Rights
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  • Voted NO on making the PATRIOT Act permanent. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted NO 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 60% by the ACLU, indicating a mixed civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
Bill Pascrell on Corporations
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  • 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 33% by the US COC, indicating an anti-business voting record. (Dec 2003)
Bill Pascrell on Crime
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  • Voted YES on funding for alternative sentencing instead of more prisons. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime. (Jun 1999)
  • Rated 22% by CURE, indicating anti-rehabilitation crime votes. (Dec 2000)
  • More funding and stricter sentencing for hate crimes. (Apr 2001)
  • Require DNA testing for all federal executions. (Mar 2001)
Bill Pascrell on Drugs
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  • 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)
Bill Pascrell on Education
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  • Voted YES on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted NO 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)
  • Reduce class size to 18 children in grades 1 to 3. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 91% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
Bill Pascrell on Energy & Oil
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  • Voted NO on scheduling permitting for new oil refinieries. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on authorizing construction of new oil refineries. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on implementing Bush-Cheney national energy policy. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted YES 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)
Bill Pascrell on Environment
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  • Voted YES on increasing AMTRAK funding by adding $214M to $900M. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on barring website promoting Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump. (May 2006)
  • Voted NO on deauthorizing "critical habitat" for endangered species. (Sep 2005)
  • Voted NO on speeding up approval of forest thinning projects. (Nov 2003)
  • Remove PCBs from Hudson River by dredging 200 miles. (Apr 2001)
  • Reduce liability for hazardous waste cleanup. (May 2001)
  • Rated 90% by the LCV, indicating pro-environment votes. (Dec 2003)
Bill Pascrell on Families & Children
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  • Voted YES on establishing nationwide AMBER alert system for missing kids. (Apr 2003)
  • Voted NO on reducing Marriage Tax by $399B over 10 years. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 38% by the Christian Coalition: mixed voting record on families. (Dec 2003)
Bill Pascrell on Foreign Policy
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  • Voted YES on deterring foreign arms transfers to China. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on reforming the UN by restricting US funding. (Jun 2005)
  • Voted NO on keeping Cuba travel ban until political prisoners released. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted NO 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)
  • Multi-year commitment to Africa for food & medicine. (Apr 2001)
  • Urge China to respect religious freedom. (Mar 2001)
Bill Pascrell on Free Trade
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  • 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)
  • Rated 28% by CATO, indicating a pro-fair trade voting record. (Dec 2002)
Bill Pascrell on Government Reform
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  • Voted NO on restricting independent grassroots political committees. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits about obesity against food providers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO 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)
Bill Pascrell on Gun Control
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  • Voted NO on prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO 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 F by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record. (Dec 2003)
Bill Pascrell on Health Care
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  • 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 NO on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted NO on small business associations for buying health insurance. (Jun 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 subsidize privat 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 75% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record. (Dec 2003)
  • Collect data on birth defects and present to the public. (Apr 1998)
Bill Pascrell on Homeland Security
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  • Voted NO on continuing intelligence gathering without civil oversight. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted NO on federalizing rules for driver licenses to hinder terrorists. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted NO 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 NO on permitting commercial airline pilots to carry guns. (Jul 2002)
  • Voted YES on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on deploying SDI. (Mar 1999)
  • End the use of anti-personnel mines. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 78% by SANE, indicating a pro-peace voting record. (Dec 2003)
Bill Pascrell on Immigration
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  • Voted NO on preventing tipping off Mexicans about Minuteman Project. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment. (May 2004)
  • Voted NO on more immigrant visas for skilled workers. (Sep 1998)
  • Rated 0% by FAIR, indicating a voting record loosening immigration. (Dec 2003)
Bill Pascrell on Jobs
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  • 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)
  • Rated 100% by the AFL-CIO, indicating a pro-union voting record. (Dec 2003)
Bill Pascrell on Principles & Values
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  • Religious affiliation: Catholic. (Nov 2000)
Bill Pascrell on Social Security
Click here for 4 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 90% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
Bill Pascrell on Tax Reform
Click here for 11 full quotes on Tax Reform OR background on Tax Reform.
  • Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted NO 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 NO 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)
  • Rated 20% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
Bill Pascrell on Technology
Click here for 5 full quotes on Technology OR background on Technology.
  • Voted YES on establishing "network neutrality" (non-tiered Internet). (Jun 2006)
  • 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 YES on allowing telephone monopolies to offer Internet access. (Feb 2002)
Bill Pascrell on War & Peace
Click here for 6 full quotes on War & Peace OR background on War & Peace.
  • Voted NO on declaring Iraq part of War on Terror with no exit date. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on approving removal of Saddam & valiant service of US troops. (Mar 2004)
  • Voted YES on authorizing military force in Iraq. (Oct 2002)
  • Voted NO on disallowing the invasion of Kosovo. (May 1999)
  • Condemns anti-Muslim bigotry in name of anti-terrorism. (Oct 2001)
  • Solidarity with Israel in its fight against terrorism. (Apr 2002)
Bill Pascrell on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Voted YES on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)


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Neutral on topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's right
(5 points on Social scale)
Rated 30% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record: 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
NO on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad: Favors topic 1
NO on federal crime to harm fetus while committing other crimes: Favors topic 1
NO on funding for health providers who don't provide abortion info: Favors topic 1
YES on banning partial-birth abortion except to save motherís life: Strongly Opposes 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:
Require companies to hire more women & minorities
(0 points on Economic scale)
Constitutional Amendment for equal rights by gender: Strongly Favors topic 2
NO on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions: Favors topic 2
YES on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges: Strongly Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Sexual orientation protected by civil rights laws
(10 points on Social scale)
More funding and stricter sentencing for hate crimes: 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
Opposes topic 4:
Teach family values in public schools
(7 points on Social scale)
Supports anti-flag desecration amendment: Favors topic 4
Rated 38% by the Christian Coalition: mixed voting record on families: Neutral on topic 4
NO on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror: Strongly Opposes topic 4
YES on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration: Favors topic 4
NO on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance: Opposes topic 4
Favors topic 5:
More federal funding for health coverage
(2 points on Economic scale)
Rated 75% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record: Strongly Favors topic 5
NO on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts: Favors topic 5
NO on subsidize privat 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
Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(2 points on Economic scale)
Rated 90% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record: 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
(0 points on Social scale)
Reduce class size to 18 children in grades 1 to 3: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Rated 91% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes: 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
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
Death Penalty
(10 points on Social scale)
Require DNA testing for all federal executions: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Favors topic 9:
Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws
(2 points on Social scale)
Rated 22% by CURE, indicating anti-rehabilitation crime votes: 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
Strongly Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(0 points on Social scale)
Rated F by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record: 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
Opposes topic 11:
Decrease overall taxation of the wealthy
(2 points on Economic scale)
Rated 20% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty": Favors topic 11
NO on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business: Opposes topic 11
NO on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years: Opposes topic 11
NO on reducing Marriage Tax by $399B over 10 years: Opposes topic 11
NO on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"): Opposes topic 11
NO on making the Bush tax cuts permanent: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on providing tax relief and simplification: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Illegal immigrants earn citizenship
(10 points on Economic scale)
Rated 0% by FAIR, indicating a voting record loosening immigration: Strongly Favors topic 12
NO on more immigrant visas for skilled workers: Opposes topic 12
NO on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment: Strongly Favors topic 12
NO on preventing tipping off Mexicans about Minuteman Project: Strongly Favors topic 12
Strongly Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(0 points on Economic scale)
Rated 28% by CATO, indicating a pro-fair trade voting record: Strongly 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
Strongly Favors topic 14:
The Patriot Act harms civil liberties
(0 points on Social scale)
NO on making the PATRIOT Act permanent: Strongly Favors topic 14
NO on continuing intelligence gathering without civil oversight: Strongly Favors topic 14
Favors topic 15:
More spending on armed forces
(2 points on Economic scale)
Rated 78% by SANE, indicating a pro-peace voting record: Strongly Opposes 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
NO on continuing military recruitment on college campuses: Opposes topic 15
Favors topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(2 points on Economic scale)
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
NO on restricting independent grassroots political committees: Favors topic 16
Favors topic 17:
Replace US troops with UN in Iraq
(2 points on Economic scale)
Multi-year commitment to Africa for food & medicine: Strongly Favors topic 17
NO on disallowing the invasion of Kosovo: Favors topic 17
YES on $15.2 billion for foreign operations: Favors topic 17
YES on $156M to IMF for 3rd-world debt reduction: Favors topic 17
NO on withholding $244M in UN Back Payments until US seat restored: Favors topic 17
YES on authorizing military force in Iraq: Strongly Opposes topic 17
NO on reforming the UN by restricting US funding: Strongly Favors topic 17
NO on declaring Iraq part of War on Terror with no exit date: Strongly Favors topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Replace coal & oil with alternatives
(0 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 90% by the LCV, indicating pro-environment votes: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on raising CAFE standards; incentives for alternative fuels: Strongly Favors 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
NO on scheduling permitting for new oil refinieries: Strongly Favors topic 18
Opposes topic 19:
Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it
(7 points on Social scale)
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
Strongly Opposes topic 20:
Allow churches to provide welfare services
(10 points on Social scale)
NO on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks: Strongly Opposes topic 20

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