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Jeff Merkley on Abortion
Click here for 6 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • 100 percent ratings from NARAL and Planned Parenthood. (Jul 2008)
  • Led the fight to pass the Access to Birth Control Act. (Jul 2008)
  • Public funding for stem cell research. (Jun 2007)
  • Abortions should always be legally available. (Nov 1998)
  • Voted NO on restricting UN funding for population control policies. (Mar 2009)
  • Let military perform abortions in cases of rape or incest. (Jun 2011)
Jeff Merkley on Budget & Economy
Click here for 7 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • Oppose bailout bill; more oversight needed. (Oct 2008)
  • Bailout bill is a $700-million blank check. (Oct 2008)
  • Our children have to repay debt from deregulated Wall Street. (Oct 2008)
  • Voted YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures. (May 2009)
  • Voted YES on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package. (Feb 2009)
  • Ban abusive credit practices & enhance consumer disclosure. (Feb 2009)
Jeff Merkley on Civil Rights
Click here for 9 full quotes on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Co-sponsored Equality & Family Fairness Act for gay equality. (Sep 2008)
  • Ok to define marriage against polygamy or same-sex. (Jun 2008)
  • Oregon Equality Act: sexual orientation is a civil right. (Dec 2007)
  • Apply affirmative action to state hiring. (Nov 1998)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • Sponsored the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. (Jun 2009)
  • Prohibit sexual-identity discrimination at schools. (Mar 2011)
  • Enforce against wage discrimination based on gender. (Jan 2013)
  • Enforce against anti-gay discrimination in public schools. (Jun 2013)
Jeff Merkley on Corporations
Click here for 8 full quotes on Corporations OR background on Corporations.
  • Hard look at abusive practices in the credit card industry. (Jun 2008)
  • Ban the predatory practices of the mortgage lenders. (Jun 2008)
  • Capped payday loan rates. (Jun 2008)
  • Capped the amount check cashers can charge. (Jun 2008)
  • No approval if a borrower can’t afford the loan. (Jun 2008)
  • End billion dollar giveaways to oil companies. (Jun 2008)
  • Stop companies from setting up offshore tax shelters. (Jun 2008)
  • Rated 86% by UFCW, indicating an anti-management/pro-labor record. (May 2012)
Jeff Merkley on Crime
Click here for 5 full quotes on Crime OR background on Crime.
  • Worked hard to get better laws to deal with criminals. (Oct 2008)
  • More state troopers; more crime labs; more funding. (Jul 2008)
  • Mandatory minimum sentence for some 1st-degree sex offenders. (Apr 2006)
  • Opposes the death penalty. (Nov 1998)
  • Increase rehabilitation & alternatives to incarceration. (Nov 1998)
Jeff Merkley on Drugs
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  • Step up enforcement to combat meth. (Jul 2008)
  • Toughen laws against meth traffickers. (Jul 2008)
  • Exclude industrial hemp from definition of marijuana. (Aug 2012)
Jeff Merkley on Education
Click here for 10 full quotes on Education OR background on Education.
  • History making efforts that improved education in Oregon. (Jun 2008)
  • Completely overhaul No Child Left Behind. (Jun 2008)
  • Fully fund public schools. (Jun 2008)
  • Head Start Programs must be fully funded. (Jun 2008)
  • Increase the size and number of Pell Grants available. (Jun 2008)
  • Create a broad-based college tuition tax break. (Jun 2008)
  • Let parents get involved in their child’s education. (Jun 2008)
  • Fully fund Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. (Jun 2008)
  • $25B to renovate or repair elementary schools. (Sep 2011)
  • Sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015. (Apr 2013)
Jeff Merkley on Energy & Oil
Click here for 8 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • Cap greenhouse gases with international collaboration. (Sep 2008)
  • Set a 25 percent renewable energy national standard by 2025. (Jun 2008)
  • Invest in research for conservation, alternative energy. (Jun 2008)
  • Sustainable, renewable energy to combat global warming. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted NO on protecting middle-income taxpayers from a national energy tax. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted NO on requiring full Senate debate and vote on cap-and-trade. (Apr 2009)
  • $5 billion in tax credits for alternative energy projects. (Mar 2011)
Jeff Merkley on Environment
Click here for 9 full quotes on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • Sustainable forest harvest important for economy. (Oct 2008)
  • Son of a timber family; will fight for timber payments. (Oct 2008)
  • Supports 80% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050. (Jun 2008)
  • Incentives to cities for the reduction of emissions. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on protecting ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems. (May 2013)
  • Voted YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program. (Aug 2009)
  • Regulate all dog breeders down to kennels of 50 dogs. (Feb 2011)
  • Rated 100% by HSLF, indicating a pro-animal welfare voting record. (Jan 2012)
  • Sponsored enforcing against illegal ocean fishing. (Feb 2013)
Jeff Merkley on Families & Children
Click here for 2 full quotes on Families & Children OR background on Families & Children.
  • Tax credits to families to make child care affordable. (Jun 2008)
  • More funding & services for victims of domestic violence. (Jan 2013)
Jeff Merkley on Foreign Policy
Click here for 4 full quotes on Foreign Policy OR background on Foreign Policy.
  • Bush Administration has damaged America’s reputation. (Sep 2008)
  • Support US payments to UN & show leadership. (Sep 2008)
  • De-emphasize military; focus on international collaboration. (Sep 2008)
  • Rated +2 by AAI, indicating pro-Arab pro-Palestine voting record. (May 2012)
Jeff Merkley on Free Trade
Click here for 7 full quotes on Free Trade OR background on Free Trade.
  • Oppose trade agreements that use NAFTA as a model. (Jun 2008)
  • Cancel or fix unfair trade deals. (Jun 2008)
  • End federal giveaways to companies that ship jobs overseas. (Jun 2008)
  • Strengthen the Buy American Act. (Jun 2008)
  • Oppose giving the President fast track trade authority. (Jun 2008)
  • Include real & enforceable labor & environmental standards. (Mar 2008)
  • Review free trade agreements biennially for rights violation. (Jun 2009)
Jeff Merkley on Government Reform
Click here for 6 full quotes on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • Nuclear option: Allow confirmation of Obama's appointees. (Nov 2013)
  • Oppose FISA: no immunity for telecomm surveillance. (Jun 2008)
  • Spending limits on campaigns, plus full disclosure. (Nov 1998)
  • Voted YES on Congressional pay raise. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on providing a US House seat for the District of Columbia. (Feb 2009)
  • Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures. (Jul 2012)
Jeff Merkley on Gun Control
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  • Maintain restrictions on purchase & possession of firearms. (Nov 1998)
  • Voted YES on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets. (Apr 2013)
  • Voted NO on allowing firearms in checked baggage on Amtrak trains. (Apr 2009)
Jeff Merkley on Health Care
Click here for 13 full quotes on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • AdWatch: Targeted by RNC robocalls for support of ObamaCare. (Nov 2013)
  • Address the nursing shortage. (Jun 2008)
  • Support Healthy Americans Act: universal comprehensive care. (Jun 2008)
  • Take on insurance & pharmaceutical companies. (Jun 2008)
  • Provide affordable quality health care to all Americans. (Jun 2008)
  • Fully fund the VA health care system. (Jun 2008)
  • Provide children with the health care they need. (Jun 2008)
  • Health care for all Americans. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (May 2011)
  • Voted YES on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
  • Merge Alzheimers diagnosis and care benefit. (Jun 2013)
  • Expand the National Health Service Corps. (Mar 2009)
Jeff Merkley on Homeland Security
Click here for 14 full quotes on Homeland Security OR background on Homeland Security.
  • Be slow to go to war and be fast to take care of veterans. (Oct 2008)
  • Persuasive evidence & clear objectives before military force. (Sep 2008)
  • End nuclear testing; end nuclear development. (Sep 2008)
  • End nuclear testing; end nuclear development. (Sep 2008)
  • Honor America’s veterans and take good care of them. (Jun 2008)
  • Extend full VA and other benefits to National Guard members. (Jun 2008)
  • A tragic shortfall in recent years in veterans’ health care. (Jun 2008)
  • Allow disabled veterans to collect their full retirement pay. (Jun 2008)
  • Increase funding for mental health services to veterans. (Jun 2008)
  • Expand educational opportunities for veterans. (Jun 2008)
  • Create a GI Bill for the 21st Century. (Jun 2008)
  • 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)
  • Expand health services for women veterans. (Mar 2009)
Jeff Merkley on Immigration
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  • Rated 90% by Oregonians for Immigration Reform. (Jan 2003)
Jeff Merkley on Jobs
Click here for 6 full quotes on Jobs OR background on Jobs.
  • Support an Employee Free Choice Act. (Jun 2008)
  • Fight for inflation-indexed minimum and prevailing wage laws. (Jun 2008)
  • Assist workers and communities get training and education. (Jun 2008)
  • Form unions by card-check instead of secret ballot. (Mar 2009)
  • Ban discriminatory compensation; allow 2 years to sue. (Jan 2009)
  • Stronger enforcement against gender-based pay discrimination. (Jan 2009)
Jeff Merkley on Principles & Values
Click here for 4 full quotes on Principles & Values OR background on Principles & Values.
  • Endorsed by Sen. Wyden; I’ll be his partner. (Oct 2008)
  • I’ve lived a pretty unconventional life. (May 2008)
  • Change direction and put America back on track. (Aug 2006)
  • Voted YES on confirming of Sonia Sotomayor to Supreme Court. (Aug 2009)
Jeff Merkley on Social Security
Click here for 2 full quotes on Social Security OR background on Social Security.
  • Privatization would melt away retirement in stock crash. (Oct 2008)
  • Sponsored keeping CPI for benefits instead of lower "Chained CPI". (Apr 2013)
Jeff Merkley on Tax Reform
Click here for 4 full quotes on Tax Reform OR background on Tax Reform.
  • Supports raising taxes on earnings over $250,000 per year. (Oct 2008)
  • Repeal $18 billion in tax breaks given to big oil companies. (Jul 2008)
  • No state sales tax. (Nov 1998)
  • Minimum tax rate of 30% for those earning over $1 million. (Apr 2012)
Jeff Merkley on Technology
Click here for 2 full quotes on Technology OR background on Technology.
  • Invest in public transportation infrastructure. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on authorizing states to collect Internet sales taxes. (May 2013)
Jeff Merkley on War & Peace
Click here for 6 full quotes on War & Peace OR background on War & Peace.
  • Opposed Iraq war from the very beginning, against Party. (Oct 2008)
  • Signed onto “A Responsible Plan to End the War in Iraq”. (Jun 2008)
  • Opposed the war from the start. (Jun 2008)
  • Redeploy American combat troops out of Iraq. (Mar 2008)
  • Iranian nuclear weapons: prevention instead of containment. (May 2012)
  • Sponsored shutting down Iranian foreign reserves. (Jun 2013)
Jeff Merkley on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Supports workfare and 2-year welfare limits. (Nov 1998)
  • 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)
100 percent ratings from NARAL and Planned Parenthood: Strongly Favors topic 1
Led the fight to pass the Access to Birth Control Act: Favors topic 1
Public funding for stem cell research: Favors topic 1
Abortions should always be legally available: Strongly Favors topic 1
Let military perform abortions in cases of rape or incest: Favors topic 1
NO on restricting UN funding for population control policies: Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Apply affirmative action to state hiring: 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
Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+2 points on Social scale)
Co-sponsored Equality & Family Fairness Act for gay equality: Strongly Favors topic 3
Ok to define marriage against polygamy or same-sex: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Ok to define marriage against polygamy or same-sex: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Oregon Equality Act: sexual orientation is a civil right: Strongly Favors topic 3
Sponsored the Employment Non-Discrimination Act: Strongly 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
Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-3 points on Social scale)
Supports workfare and 2-year welfare limits: Favors topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Support Healthy Americans Act: universal comprehensive care: Strongly Favors topic 5
Health care for all Americans: Strongly Favors topic 5
Merge Alzheimers diagnosis and care benefit: Favors topic 5
Expand the National Health Service Corps: Strongly Favors topic 5
Expand health services for women veterans: 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)
Privatization would melt away retirement in stock crash: 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)
History making efforts that improved education in Oregon: Opposes topic 7
Fully fund public schools: Strongly Opposes topic 7
$25B to renovate or repair elementary schools: Opposes topic 7
Sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015: Opposes topic 7
Opposes topic 8:
Human needs over animal rights
(+2 points on Social scale)
Sustainable forest harvest important for economy: Opposes topic 8
Regulate all dog breeders down to kennels of 50 dogs: Opposes topic 8
Sponsored enforcing against illegal ocean fishing: Opposes topic 8
YES on protecting ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems: Opposes topic 8
Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-3 points on Social scale)
Worked hard to get better laws to deal with criminals: Favors topic 9
More state troopers; more crime labs; more funding: Favors topic 9
Mandatory minimum sentence for some 1st-degree sex offenders: Strongly Favors topic 9
Opposes the death penalty: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Increase rehabilitation & alternatives to incarceration: Opposes topic 9
Strongly Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Maintain restrictions on purchase & possession of firearms: Strongly Opposes topic 10
YES on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets: Strongly Opposes topic 10
NO on allowing firearms in checked baggage on Amtrak trains: Opposes topic 10
Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Supports raising taxes on earnings over $250,000 per year: Strongly Favors topic 11
Repeal $18 billion in tax breaks given to big oil companies: Favors topic 11
Tax credits to families to make child care affordable: Favors topic 11
No state sales tax: Opposes topic 11
Minimum tax rate of 30% for those earning over $1 million: Strongly Favors topic 11
No opinion on topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(0 points on Social scale)
Rated 90% by Oregonians for Immigration Reform: Opposes topic 12
Rated 90% by Oregonians for Immigration Reform: Favors topic 12
Strongly Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Cancel or fix unfair trade deals: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Strengthen the Buy American Act: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Include real & enforceable labor & environmental standards: Opposes topic 13
Review free trade agreements biennially for rights violation: Strongly Opposes topic 13
No opinion on topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
No opinion on topic 15:
Expand the military
(0 points on Social scale)
Persuasive evidence & clear objectives before military force: Opposes topic 15
Honor America’s veterans and take good care of them: Favors topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Spending limits on campaigns, plus full disclosure: Strongly Favors topic 16
Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures: Strongly Favors topic 16
Opposes topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(-3 points on Social scale)
Signed onto “A Responsible Plan to End the War in Iraq”: Strongly Favors topic 17
Opposed the war from the start: Strongly Favors topic 17
Redeploy American combat troops out of Iraq: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Iranian nuclear weapons: prevention instead of containment: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Sponsored shutting down Iranian foreign reserves: Opposes topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Cap greenhouse gases with international collaboration: Strongly Favors topic 18
Set a 25 percent renewable energy national standard by 2025: Strongly Favors topic 18
Supports 80% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050: Strongly Favors topic 18
Incentives to cities for the reduction of emissions: Favors topic 18
Sustainable, renewable energy to combat global warming: Strongly Favors topic 18
$5 billion in tax credits for alternative energy projects: Favors topic 18
NO on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases: Favors topic 18
NO on requiring full Senate debate and vote on cap-and-trade: Favors topic 18
NO on protecting middle-income taxpayers from a national energy tax: Favors topic 18
YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program: Favors topic 18
Favors topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(-3 points on Social scale)
Step up enforcement to combat meth: Strongly Favors topic 19
Toughen laws against meth traffickers: Favors topic 19
Exclude industrial hemp from definition of marijuana: Opposes topic 19
Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Bailout bill is a $700-million blank check: Opposes topic 20
Supports raising taxes on earnings over $250,000 per year: Favors topic 20
Rated 86% by UFCW, indicating an anti-management/pro-labor record: Favors topic 20
YES on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package: Strongly Favors topic 20
YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending: Strongly Favors topic 20

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