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Chris Murphy on Abortion
Click here for 8 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • I'm more pro-choice than opponent; but no late-term abortion. (Oct 2012)
  • Authored state's Stem Cell Investment Act. (Jul 2011)
  • Voted NO on banning federal health coverage that includes abortion. (May 2011)
  • Voted YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Jan 2007)
  • Require pharmacies to fulfill contraceptive prescriptions. (Jul 2011)
  • Ban anti-abortion limitations on abortion services. (Nov 2013)
  • Ensure access to and funding for contraception. (Feb 2007)
  • Focus on preventing pregnancy, plus emergency contraception. (Jan 2009)
Chris Murphy 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 YES on regulating the subprime mortgage industry. (Nov 2007)
  • Increase debt limit from $14.3 trillion to $16.7 trillion. (Jul 2011)
Chris Murphy on Civil Rights
Click here for 8 full quotes on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Nov 2007)
  • 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)
  • Endorsed as "preferred" by The Feminist Majority indicating pro-women's rights. (Aug 2012)
  • Enforce against wage discrimination based on gender. (Jan 2013)
  • Enforce against anti-gay discrimination in public schools. (Jun 2013)
Chris Murphy on Corporations
Click here for 6 full quotes on Corporations OR background on Corporations.
  • OpEd: Campaign coffers overflow with Wall Street donations. (Apr 2012)
  • Keep preferential tax for hedge funds; costs too much to cut. (Mar 2012)
  • Voted YES on letting shareholders vote on executive compensation. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted NO on more funding for nanotechnology R&D and commercialization. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on allowing stockholder voting on executive compensation. (Apr 2007)
  • Screen imports & ban lead in children's products. (Feb 2008)
Chris Murphy on Crime
Click here for 3 full quotes on Crime OR background on Crime.
  • Voted YES on enforcing against anti-gay hate crimes. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on expanding services for offenders' re-entry into society. (Nov 2007)
  • Increase funding for "COPS ON THE BEAT" program. (Jan 2007)
Chris Murphy on Drugs
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  • Admits past marijuana usage. (Apr 2012)
  • Voted YES on more funding for Mexico to fight drugs. (Jun 2008)
Chris Murphy on Education
Click here for 5 full quotes on Education OR background on Education.
  • Keep student loan rates at 3.4% instead of 6%. (Apr 2012)
  • Strengthen our country's public school system. (Jul 2011)
  • Voted NO on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted YES on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Nov 2007)
Chris Murphy on Energy & Oil
Click here for 14 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • Cap oil prices; let market decide green technology. (May 2012)
  • Energy reform is my holy grail. (May 2012)
  • End oil speculation to drive down gas prices. (Apr 2012)
  • Oil & gas companies are prevent renewable energy development. (Jul 2011)
  • 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)
  • 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 YES on investing in homegrown biofuel. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted YES on criminalizing oil cartels like OPEC. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies. (Jan 2007)
  • Let states define stricter-than-federal emission standards. (Jan 2008)
Chris Murphy on Environment
Click here for 8 full quotes on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • First political battle: protect fragile wetlands. (Jul 2011)
  • Voted YES on protecting ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems. (May 2013)
  • 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)
  • Make tax deduction permanent for conservation easements. (Mar 2009)
  • Prohibit invasive research on great apes. (Apr 2011)
Chris Murphy on Families & Children
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  • Voted YES on four weeks of paid parental leave for federal employees. (Jun 2009)
  • More funding & services for victims of domestic violence. (Jan 2013)
Chris Murphy on Foreign Policy
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  • US support of Israel is in our national security interest. (Apr 2012)
  • Voted YES on cooperating with India as a nuclear power. (Sep 2008)
  • Member of House Foreign Affairs Committee. (Mar 2011)
  • Acknowledge the Armenian Genocide of the early 1900s. (Mar 2007)
  • Acknowledge the Armenian Genocide, as official US policy. (Mar 2009)
Chris Murphy on Free Trade
Click here for 7 full quotes on Free Trade OR background on Free Trade.
  • Buy American Act for government purchasing. (Mar 2012)
  • Rebuild manufacturing with Buy-American laws. (Jul 2011)
  • Voted NO on promoting free trade with Peru. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on assisting workers who lose jobs due to globalization. (Oct 2007)
  • Tariffs against countries undervaluing their currency. (May 2009)
  • Impose tariffs against countries which manipulate currency. (Feb 2011)
  • Require open markets for US goods in all trade agreements. (May 2011)
Chris Murphy on Government Reform
Click here for 6 full quotes on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • Voted YES on Senate pay raise. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on protecting whistleblowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 2007)
  • Member of House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform. (Mar 2011)
  • Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures. (Feb 2012)
Chris Murphy on Gun Control
Click here for 4 full quotes on Gun Control OR background on Gun Control.
  • NRA has more control over Congress than any other group. (Apr 2012)
  • Voted YES on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets. (Apr 2013)
  • Close the Gun Show Loophole; restrict show sales. (May 2009)
  • Ban large-capacity ammunition. (Jan 2013)
Chris Murphy on Health Care
Click here for 15 full quotes on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • I'm a huge supporter of the public option. (Apr 2012)
  • Right to health care, not just sick care. (Jul 2011)
  • 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 YES on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Jan 2007)
  • Improve services for people with autism & their families. (Apr 2007)
  • Establish a national childhood cancer database. (Mar 2007)
  • Increase funding for occupational & physical therapy. (Apr 2011)
  • Merge Alzheimers diagnosis and care benefit. (Jul 2013)
Chris Murphy on Homeland Security
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  • Concerned about Patriot Act's impact on citizens' rights. (May 2012)
  • Impose a war tax to give citizens a stake in battle. (May 2012)
  • US aid to Israel had nothing to do with 9/11. (Apr 2012)
  • Keep Groton submarine base open. (Mar 2012)
  • Voted YES 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 NO on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted YES on restricting no-bid defense contracts. (Mar 2007)
  • Repeal Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell, and reinstate discharged gays. (Mar 2010)
Chris Murphy on Immigration
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Chris Murphy on Jobs
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  • 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 YES on restricting employer interference in union organizing. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on increasing minimum wage to $7.25. (Jan 2007)
  • Form unions by card-check instead of secret ballot. (Mar 2009)
  • Raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2016. (Jan 2014)
  • Ban discriminatory compensation; allow 2 years to sue. (Jan 2009)
  • Stronger enforcement against gender-based pay discrimination. (Jan 2009)
Chris Murphy on Principles & Values
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Chris Murphy on Social Security
Click here for 4 full quotes on Social Security OR background on Social Security.
  • To do nothing about entitlements is irresponsible. (Oct 2012)
  • Earnings cap for Soc.Sec.; and means-testing for Medicare. (Oct 2012)
  • Raise debt ceiling instead of privatizing Social Security. (Mar 2012)
  • Sponsored keeping CPI for benefits instead of lower "Chained CPI". (Apr 2013)
Chris Murphy on Tax Reform
Click here for 3 full quotes on Tax Reform OR background on Tax Reform.
  • Voted YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
  • Minimum tax rate of 30% for those earning over $1 million. (Apr 2012)
Chris Murphy on Technology
Click here for 8 full quotes on Technology OR background on Technology.
  • Invest in local infrastructure & stronger Buy American laws. (May 2012)
  • Massive infrastructure spending; great deals now. (May 2012)
  • Voted YES on authorizing states to collect Internet sales taxes. (May 2013)
  • 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 $23B instead of $4.9B for waterway infrastructure. (Nov 2007)
  • Permanent ban on state & local taxation of Internet access. (Oct 2007)
Chris Murphy on War & Peace
Click here for 8 full quotes on War & Peace OR background on War & Peace.
  • Economic sanctions as main tactic against Iran. (May 2012)
  • Stark differences with Lieberman about the Iraq War. (Apr 2012)
  • Ending Iraq & Afghan wars saves $2B per week. (Mar 2012)
  • Refocus on Afghanistan, not Iraq. (Jul 2011)
  • Voted NO on banning armed forces in Libya without Congressional approval. (Jun 2011)
  • Voted NO on removing US armed forces from Afghanistan. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted YES on investigating Bush impeachment for lying about Iraq. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on redeploying US troops out of Iraq starting in 90 days. (May 2007)
Chris Murphy on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)


VoteMatch Responses
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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
I'm more pro-choice than opponent; but no late-term abortion: Favors topic 1
Authored state's Stem Cell Investment Act: Favors topic 1
Require pharmacies to fulfill contraceptive prescriptions: Favors topic 1
Ban anti-abortion limitations on abortion services: Strongly Favors topic 1
Ensure access to and funding for contraception: Favors topic 1
Focus on preventing pregnancy, plus emergency contraception: Favors topic 1
NO on banning federal health coverage that includes abortion: Strongly Favors topic 1
YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines: 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
Increase funding for occupational & physical therapy: Favors topic 2
Endorsed as "preferred" by The Feminist Majority indicating pro-women's 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
Ban discriminatory compensation; allow 2 years to sue: Favors topic 2
Stronger enforcement against gender-based pay discrimination: 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)
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 prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation: Strongly Favors topic 3
YES on enforcing against anti-gay hate crimes: Favors topic 3
Neutral on topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
I'm a huge supporter of the public option: Strongly Favors topic 5
I'm a huge supporter of the public option: Strongly Favors topic 5
Right to health care, not just sick care: Strongly Favors topic 5
Merge Alzheimers diagnosis and care benefit: Favors topic 5
YES on giving mental health full equity with physical health: Favors topic 5
YES on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids: Strongly 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 requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D: Favors topic 5
YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility: 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
Strongly Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-5 points on Economic scale)
To do nothing about entitlements is irresponsible: Opposes topic 6
Raise debt ceiling instead of privatizing Social Security: Strongly 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)
Strengthen our country's public school system: Strongly 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
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
Clean air and water are property rights
(-5 points on Social scale)
Massive infrastructure spending; great deals now: Opposes topic 8
First political battle: protect fragile wetlands: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Make tax deduction permanent for conservation easements: Opposes topic 8
Prohibit invasive research on great apes: Strongly Opposes topic 8
YES on environmental education grants for outdoor experiences: Opposes topic 8
YES on protecting free-roaming horses and burros: Opposes topic 8
YES on protecting ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems: Opposes topic 8
Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+2 points on Social scale)
Increase funding for "COPS ON THE BEAT" program: Opposes topic 9
YES on expanding services for offenders' re-entry into society: Opposes topic 9
Strongly Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-5 points on Economic scale)
NRA has more control over Congress than any other group: Opposes topic 10
Close the Gun Show Loophole; restrict show sales: Opposes topic 10
Ban large-capacity ammunition: Opposes topic 10
YES on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Keep preferential tax for hedge funds; costs too much to cut: Opposes topic 11
Minimum tax rate of 30% for those earning over $1 million: Strongly Favors topic 11
YES on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes: Strongly Favors topic 11
YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income: Opposes topic 11
Neutral on topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Invest in local infrastructure & stronger Buy American laws: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Buy American Act for government purchasing: Opposes topic 13
Rebuild manufacturing with Buy-American laws: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Tariffs against countries undervaluing their currency: 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
YES on assisting workers who lose jobs due to globalization: Opposes topic 13
NO on promoting free trade with Peru: Opposes topic 13
Strongly Opposes topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(-5 points on Economic scale)
YES on Veto override: Congressional oversight of CIA interrogations: Opposes topic 14
YES on requiring FISA warrants for wiretaps in US, but not abroad: Strongly Opposes topic 14
NO on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Opposes topic 15:
Expand the military
(+2 points on Social scale)
Keep Groton submarine base open: Favors topic 15
YES on restricting no-bid defense contracts: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Stricter limits on voting rights
(-5 points on Social scale)
Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures: Strongly Favors topic 16
YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations: Strongly Favors topic 16
Favors topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(+2 points on Social scale)
Economic sanctions as main tactic against Iran: Favors topic 17
Stark differences with Lieberman about the Iraq War: Strongly Favors topic 17
Ending Iraq & Afghan wars saves $2B per week: Favors topic 17
Refocus on Afghanistan, not Iraq: Opposes topic 17
NO on removing US armed forces from Afghanistan: Strongly Opposes topic 17
NO on banning armed forces in Libya without Congressional approval: Opposes topic 17
YES on redeploying US troops out of Iraq starting in 90 days: Strongly Favors topic 17
YES on investigating Bush impeachment for lying about Iraq: Favors topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Cap oil prices; let market decide green technology: Opposes topic 18
Energy reform is my holy grail: Strongly Favors topic 18
Oil & gas companies are prevent renewable energy development: Strongly Favors topic 18
Let states define stricter-than-federal emission standards: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on tax incentives for renewable energy: Strongly 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 removing oil & gas exploration subsidies: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on investing in homegrown biofuel: Strongly Favors 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
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
Neutral on topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(0 points on Social scale)
Admits past marijuana usage: Opposes topic 19
YES on more funding for Mexico to fight drugs: Favors 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
Raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2016: Favors topic 20
YES on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy: Strongly Favors topic 20
YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending: Strongly Favors topic 20

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