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Jim Risch on SenateMatch


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Strongly Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(-5 points on Social scale)
I oppose abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Recognize the sanctity of life in public policy: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Prohibit federal funding for abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
No family planning assistance that includes abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on restricting UN funding for population control policies: Opposes topic 1
Strongly Opposes topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Opposes mandates for affirmative action: Strongly Opposes topic 2
NO on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act: Opposes topic 2
Strongly Opposes topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(-5 points on Social scale)
Opposes sexual orientation as a protected civil right: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Strongly Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-5 points on Social scale)
Call on Iran to release those imprisoned for Christianity: Strongly Favors topic 4
Teach traditional family values in public schools: Strongly Favors topic 4
Allow churches to provide welfare services: Strongly Favors topic 4
Rated 100% by the AU, indicating opposition to separation of church & state: Strongly Favors topic 4
Constitutionally prohibit flag desecration: Favors topic 4
Opposes topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(+2 points on Economic scale)
ObamaCare is a regulatory quagmire: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Private sector is best suited to manage health care: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Establishment of Office of Health Care Fraud Prevention: Opposes topic 5
YES on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts: Opposes topic 5
NO on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program: Opposes topic 5
YES on regulating tobacco as a drug: Favors topic 5
Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Reform Social Security without privatization: Opposes topic 6
Rated 4% by ARA, indicating a pro-privatization stance: Strongly Favors topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Supports choosing schools via vouchers: Strongly Favors topic 7
Favors topic 8:
EPA regulations are too restrictive
(-3 points on Social scale)
Wolf population has recovered; delist as Endangered Species: Favors topic 8
Make tax deduction permanent for conservation easements: Opposes topic 8
Stop considering manure as pollutant or hazardous: Favors topic 8
No EPA permits required for forest road runoff: Strongly Favors topic 8
Sponsored no permits for legal pesticide runoff into lakes & streams: Strongly Favors topic 8
NO on protecting ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems: Favors topic 8
Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-3 points on Social scale)
Eliminate epidemic of domestic violence from our society: Favors topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Gun ownership is a constitutional right: Strongly Favors topic 10
Rated A+ by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun rights voting record: Strongly Favors topic 10
National cross-state standard for concealed carry: Strongly Favors topic 10
Apply concealed carry permit to all other states where legal: Strongly Favors topic 10
Dangerousness, not mental incompetence, limits gun rights: Strongly Favors topic 10
NO on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets: Strongly Favors topic 10
YES on allowing firearms in checked baggage on Amtrak trains: Favors topic 10
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Reduce corporate tax; eliminate corporate capital gains tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
High priority on keeping lower individual tax rates: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Eliminate capital gains tax & estate tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Top priority: make Bush tax cuts permanent: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Earned nickname “taxpayers friend” by fighting tax increases: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Phase out sales tax on groceries & food: Favors topic 11
Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Keep reduction of capital gains tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Opposes topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(-3 points on Social scale)
Don’t allow illegal immigrants to earn citizenship: Favors topic 12
I oppose amnesty in any form: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Ensure that only legal immigrants receive state benefits: Opposes topic 12
Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+2 points on Economic scale)
No tax incentive for repatriation of overseas jobs: Favors topic 13
Re-establish Fast Track; re-negotiate NAFTA: Opposes topic 13
Insist on access to post-mad-cow Japanese beef markets: Favors topic 13
Strongly Favors topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Sponsored opposing the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty: Strongly Favors topic 14
Oppose the United Nations' Arms Trade Treaty: Favors topic 14
Strongly Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-5 points on Social scale)
Do everything to maintain a fully-equipped military: Strongly Favors topic 15
We all agree that the military and NSA should be funded: Favors topic 15
Opposes topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(-3 points on Social scale)
Opposes stricter limits on political campaign funds: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Ban paid voter registration: Opposes topic 16
Military spouses don't lose voting residency while abroad: Favors topic 16
Opposes topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(-3 points on Social scale)
No open-ended funding for Iraq but no precipitous withdrawal: Favors topic 17
Iranian nuclear weapons: prevention instead of containment: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Sanctions on Iran to end nuclear program: Opposes topic 17
Opposes topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Yucca Mountain is the proper site for nuclear waste: Opposes topic 18
Drill offshore; drill ANWR; drill for oil shale: Strongly Opposes topic 18
No cap-&-trade; include India & China in carbon restrictions: Opposes topic 18
We’re running out of oil; we must drill our way through this: Strongly Opposes topic 18
25x25 policy: reduce fossil fuel use 25% over 25 years: Strongly Favors topic 18
Tap domestic potential in ANWR and continental shelf: Opposes topic 18
Comprehensive policy with nuclear, clean coal & alternatives: Opposes topic 18
Opt out of EPA mercury program; no coal plants in Idaho: Strongly Favors topic 18
Let states lease energy rights on federal lands: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025: Strongly Favors topic 18
Allow horizontal drilling into Alaska's Coastal Plain: Strongly Opposes topic 18
YES on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases: Opposes topic 18
YES on requiring full Senate debate and vote on cap-and-trade: Opposes topic 18
YES on protecting middle-income taxpayers from a national energy tax: Opposes topic 18
NO on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program: Opposes topic 18
Strongly Favors topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(-5 points on Social scale)
Enforce laws against drug use: Strongly Favors topic 19
Appointed first state Drug Czar; fight Rx drug abuse & more: Strongly Favors topic 19
TV ads to prevent teenage meth use: Strongly Favors topic 19
Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Jobs are created by private sector and not by government: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Disapprove of increasing the debt limit: Opposes topic 20
Rated 14% by UFCW, indicating a pro-management voting record: Opposes topic 20
Audit the Federal Reserve & its actions on mortgage loans: Opposes topic 20
NO on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package: Strongly Opposes topic 20
YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending: Strongly Favors topic 20

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