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Joe Sestak on Abortion
Click here for 4 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Right to choose is part of securing future for women. (Dec 2009)
  • Supports Roe v. Wade. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Jan 2007)
  • Ensure access to and funding for contraception. (Feb 2007)
Joe Sestak on Budget & Economy
Click here for 13 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • Auto & bank bailouts were to clean up Bush's mess. (Oct 2010)
  • Deregulation of banks led to the economic meltdown. (Apr 2010)
  • State revenue has declined due to lower employment. (Dec 2009)
  • 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)
  • Supports the stimulus bill. (Sep 2010)
Joe Sestak on Civil Rights
Click here for 6 full quotes on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Equal LGBT rights. (Dec 2009)
  • Create new contract opportunities for MWOB small businesses. (Dec 2009)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Nov 2007)
  • ENDA: prohibit employment discrimination for gays. (Jun 2009)
  • Opposes Amendment to prevent same sex marriage. (Aug 2010)
  • Honor the 100th anniversary of the NAACP. (Jan 2009)
Joe Sestak on Corporations
Click here for 5 full quotes on Corporations OR background on Corporations.
  • Small manufacturing is on cusp of a comeback, if helped. (May 2015)
  • The plaque says 'We the People,' not 'We the Corporations'. (Oct 2010)
  • Voted YES on letting shareholders vote on executive compensation. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on allowing stockholder voting on executive compensation. (Apr 2007)
  • Screen imports & ban lead in children's products. (Feb 2008)
Joe Sestak on Crime
Click here for 4 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)
  • Supports more severe penalties for Hate Crimes. (Aug 2010)
Joe Sestak on Drugs
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  • Voted YES on more funding for Mexico to fight drugs. (Jun 2008)
  • Rated 75% by NORML, indicating a pro-legalization stance. (Jan 2014)
Joe Sestak on Education
Click here for 5 full quotes on Education OR background on Education.
  • Improve our nation's schools and make college accessible. (Dec 2009)
  • Invest more in our public schools, and demand more. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted YES on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Nov 2007)
  • Opposes less federal or more local control of education. (Sep 2010)
Joe Sestak on Energy & Oil
Click here for 13 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • Offshore drilling moratorium; oversight of Marcellus Shale. (Jun 2010)
  • Championed cap-and-trade; market forces to reduce emissions. (Jun 2010)
  • Global warming is principally man-made; regulate CO2. (Jun 2010)
  • Reduce greenhouse emissions & stop global warming. (Dec 2009)
  • Create an advanced alternative energy research project. (Nov 2006)
  • 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)
  • Supports renewable energy tax credits. (Aug 2010)
Joe Sestak on Environment
Click here for 10 full quotes on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • 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 $9.7B for Amtrak improvements and operation thru 2013. (Jun 2008)
  • Promote conservation of rare felids & canids. (Mar 2007)
  • Grants for beach water pollution under Clean Water Act. (Apr 2008)
  • Make tax deduction permanent for conservation easements. (Mar 2009)
  • Add polar bear & bluefin tuna to endangered species list. (May 2010)
  • Endorsed Endorsed by LCV; supports conservation efforts. (Aug 2010)
  • Strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting. (Jan 2007)
  • Fund projects for international conservation of cranes. (Jan 2009)
Joe Sestak on Families & Children
Click here for 4 full quotes on Families & Children OR background on Families & Children.
  • Voted YES on four weeks of paid parental leave for federal employees. (Jun 2009)
  • Call for a White House Conference on Children and Youth. (Mar 2008)
  • Sex Ed including both abstinence and contraception. (Mar 2009)
  • Teach teens about both abstinence & contraception. (Mar 2009)
Joe Sestak on Foreign Policy
Click here for 7 full quotes on Foreign Policy OR background on Foreign Policy.
  • China is a threat by holding so much of our reserves. (Oct 2010)
  • Voted YES on supporting democratic institutions in Pakistan. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted NO on cooperating with India as a nuclear power. (Sep 2008)
  • Keep sanctions against Syria until WMDs are dismantled. (May 2007)
  • Condemns Russia for provocative statements to Georgia. (May 2008)
  • Allow travel between the United States and Cuba. (Feb 2009)
  • Ease the Israeli blockade on Gaza. (Jan 2010)
Joe Sestak on Free Trade
Click here for 6 full quotes on Free Trade OR background on Free Trade.
  • Supports Ex-Im Bank & supports trade agreements in principle. (May 2015)
  • Supports TPP in principle, but verify openly before we trust. (May 2015)
  • Tax companies who fire US workers & import goods from China. (Oct 2010)
  • Voted YES 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)
Joe Sestak on Government Reform
Click here for 4 full quotes on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • 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)
  • Establish the United States Public Service Academy. (Mar 2007)
Joe Sestak on Gun Control
Click here for 3 full quotes on Gun Control OR background on Gun Control.
  • Extend the ban on assault weapons. (May 2010)
  • Close the Gun Show Loophole; restrict show sales. (May 2009)
  • Rated F by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record. (Aug 2010)
Joe Sestak on Health Care
Click here for 13 full quotes on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • Ban denying coverage due to pre-existing conditions. (Apr 2010)
  • Shift away from fee-for-service programs. (Dec 2009)
  • 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)
  • Sponsored bill providing for autism treatment under TRICARE. (Jun 2009)
  • Expand the National Health Service Corps. (Mar 2009)
Joe Sestak on Homeland Security
Click here for 9 full quotes on Homeland Security OR background on Homeland Security.
  • 2005 Navy reassignment: personnel change or morale issue? (May 2010)
  • 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)
  • Free postage for soldiers serving abroad. (Jan 2009)
  • Opposes banning homosexuals in the military. (Aug 2010)
  • Repeal Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell, and reinstate discharged gays. (Mar 2010)
  • Restore habeas corpus for detainees in the War on Terror. (Jun 2007)
Joe Sestak on Immigration
Click here for 2 full quotes on Immigration OR background on Immigration.
  • Supports continued funding of sanctuary cities. (Sep 2010)
  • Supports granting amnesty to illegal immigrants. (Sep 2010)
Joe Sestak on Jobs
Click here for 8 full quotes on Jobs OR background on Jobs.
  • Ensure that women are provided fair wages. (Dec 2009)
  • 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)
  • Ban discriminatory compensation; allow 2 years to sue. (Jan 2009)
  • Stronger enforcement against gender-based pay discrimination. (Jan 2009)
Joe Sestak on Principles & Values
Click here for the full quote on Principles & Values OR background on Principles & Values.
  • TV ad: Toomey's record is same as Sen. Rick Santorum's. (Oct 2010)
Joe Sestak on Social Security
Click here for 3 full quotes on Social Security OR background on Social Security.
  • Co-sponsored the Social Security Fairness Act. (Aug 2010)
  • Oppose privatization; would have lost income in recession. (Aug 2010)
  • Opposes private retirement accounts. (Aug 2010)
Joe Sestak on Tax Reform
Click here for 4 full quotes on Tax Reform OR background on Tax Reform.
  • No flat tax; focus on the working family, not Wall Street. (Apr 2010)
  • Bush tax oplicies shift burden to middle class & future. (Nov 2006)
  • 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)
Joe Sestak on Technology
Click here for 5 full quotes on Technology OR background on Technology.
  • Faster path through patent-approval process. (May 2015)
  • Voted YES on delaying digital TV conversion by four months. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on retroactive immunity for telecoms' warrantless surveillance. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on $23B instead of $4.9B for waterway infrastructure. (Nov 2007)
  • Facilitate nationwide 2-1-1 phone line for human services. (Jan 2007)
Joe Sestak on War & Peace
Click here for 7 full quotes on War & Peace OR background on War & Peace.
  • Put pressure on al-Qaida safe havens in neighboring Pakistan. (May 2010)
  • Ensure stability as we draw down our forces in Iraq. (Dec 2009)
  • We’ve achieved our goals; withdraw from Iraq by end of 2007. (Nov 2006)
  • 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)
  • Strengthen sanctions on Syria & assist democratic transition. (Apr 2008)
  • Opposes timetable for troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. (Sep 2010)
Joe Sestak on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Support school breakfast for low-income children. (Mar 2009)


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Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+2 points on Social scale)
Right to choose is part of securing future for women: Favors topic 1
Supports Roe v. Wade: Favors topic 1
Ensure access to and funding for contraception: Favors topic 1
Teach teens about both abstinence & contraception: 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)
Create new contract opportunities for MWOB small businesses: Strongly Favors topic 2
Ensure that women are provided fair wages: Favors topic 2
Ban discriminatory compensation; allow 2 years to sue: Favors topic 2
Stronger enforcement against gender-based pay discrimination: Favors topic 2
Honor the 100th anniversary of the NAACP: Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
Equal LGBT rights: Strongly Favors topic 3
ENDA: prohibit employment discrimination for gays: Favors topic 3
Opposes Amendment to prevent same sex marriage: Strongly Favors topic 3
Opposes banning homosexuals in the military: Strongly Favors topic 3
Repeal Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell, and reinstate discharged gays: 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
Opposes topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(+2 points on Social scale)
Sex Ed including both abstinence and contraception: Opposes topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Shift away from fee-for-service programs: Strongly Favors topic 5
Sponsored bill providing for autism treatment under TRICARE: Favors topic 5
Expand the National Health Service Corps: Strongly 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
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)
Co-sponsored the Social Security Fairness Act: Opposes topic 6
Oppose privatization; would have lost income in recession: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Opposes private retirement accounts: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Improve our nation's schools and make college accessible: Opposes topic 7
Invest more in our public schools, and demand more: Opposes topic 7
Opposes less federal or more local control of education: Opposes topic 7
YES on $40B for green public schools: Opposes topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
EPA regulations are too restrictive
(+5 points on Social scale)
Promote conservation of rare felids & canids: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Grants for beach water pollution under Clean Water Act: Opposes topic 8
Make tax deduction permanent for conservation easements: Opposes topic 8
Add polar bear & bluefin tuna to endangered species list: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Fund projects for international conservation of cranes: Strongly Opposes topic 8
YES on protecting free-roaming horses and burros: 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
Supports more severe penalties for Hate Crimes: Favors 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)
Close the Gun Show Loophole; restrict show sales: Opposes topic 10
Rated F by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Bush tax oplicies shift burden to middle class & future: 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
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+5 points on Social scale)
Supports continued funding of sanctuary cities: Strongly Favors topic 12
Supports granting amnesty to illegal immigrants: Strongly Favors topic 12
Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Supports Ex-Im Bank & supports trade agreements in principle: Favors topic 13
Supports TPP in principle, but verify openly before we trust: Opposes topic 13
Tariffs against countries undervaluing their currency: Opposes topic 13
YES on assisting workers who lose jobs due to globalization: Opposes topic 13
YES on promoting free trade with Peru: Favors topic 13
Strongly Opposes topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Restore habeas corpus for detainees in the War on Terror: Opposes topic 14
Allow travel between the United States and Cuba: Opposes topic 14
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)
Free postage for soldiers serving abroad: Favors topic 15
YES on restricting no-bid defense contracts: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(+5 points on Social scale)
YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations: Strongly Favors topic 16
Favors topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(+2 points on Social scale)
Ensure stability as we draw down our forces in Iraq: Favors topic 17
We’ve achieved our goals; withdraw from Iraq by end of 2007: Strongly Favors topic 17
Strengthen sanctions on Syria & assist democratic transition: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Opposes timetable for troop withdrawal from Afghanistan: 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)
Offshore drilling moratorium; oversight of Marcellus Shale: Strongly Favors topic 18
Reduce greenhouse emissions & stop global warming: Strongly Favors topic 18
Create an advanced alternative energy research project: Strongly Favors topic 18
Supports renewable energy tax credits: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on tax incentives for renewable energy: 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
Opposes topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(+2 points on Social scale)
Rated 75% by NORML, indicating a pro-legalization stance: Strongly 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)
Auto & bank bailouts were to clean up Bush's mess: Strongly 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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