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Lincoln Chafee on Abortion
Click here for 13 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Embryonic stem cell research could help with many diseases. (Sep 2006)
  • Leaving abortion to states means only wealthy have choice. (Sep 2006)
  • The real potential for cures is in the embryonic stem cells. (Aug 2006)
  • Opposed the Alito nomination on 3 issues, not litmus test. (Aug 2006)
  • Strongly supports “Abortion is a woman’s right”. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted NO on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on $100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted NO on criminal penalty for harming unborn fetus during other crime. (Mar 2004)
  • Voted NO on banning partial birth abortions except for maternal life. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted NO on maintaining ban on Military Base Abortions. (Jun 2000)
  • Rated 90% by NARAL, indicating a pro-choice voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Expand embryonic stem cell research. (Jun 2004)
  • Sponsored bill for emergency contraception for rape victims. (Sep 2006)
Lincoln Chafee on Budget & Economy
Click here for 5 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • Reinstitute pay-as-you-go: match tax cuts & spending cuts. (Sep 2006)
  • Pork barrel accounts for 1% of the budget, and is requested. (Aug 2006)
  • Voted NO on $40B in reduced federal overall spending. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on prioritizing national debt reduction below tax cuts. (Apr 2000)
  • Maintain & enforce existing spending caps in the future. (Sep 1998)
Lincoln Chafee on Civil Rights
Click here for 11 full quotes on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Gay marriage is a state issue, not for federal constitution. (Sep 2006)
  • Supports “Sexual orientation protected by civil rights laws”. (Sep 2000)
  • Continue affirmative action programs. (Jan 2000)
  • Voted NO on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (Jun 2002)
  • Voted YES on loosening restrictions on cell phone wiretapping. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation. (Jun 2000)
  • Require 90 day delay for compliance before ADA lawsuits. (May 2002)
  • Limit interstate class-action lawsuits to federal courts . (May 2002)
  • Rated 60% by the ACLU, indicating a mixed civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
Lincoln Chafee on Corporations
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  • Voted NO on repealing tax subsidy for companies which move US jobs offshore. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on reforming bankruptcy to include means-testing & restrictions. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on restricting rules on personal bankruptcy. (Jul 2001)
  • Rated 57% by the US COC, indicating a mixed business voting record. (Dec 2003)
Lincoln Chafee on Crime
Click here for 4 full quotes on Crime OR background on Crime.
  • Focus on inmate skills & treatment. (Jan 2000)
  • Rated 63% by CURE, indicating mixed votes on rehabilitation. (Dec 2000)
  • More funding and stricter sentencing for hate crimes. (Apr 2001)
  • Require DNA testing for all federal executions. (Mar 2001)
Lincoln Chafee on Drugs
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  • Neutral on “Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it”. (Sep 2000)
Lincoln Chafee on Education
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  • Supports NCLB’s standardized testing, if federally funded. (Sep 2006)
  • Fund special education before tax cuts for the wealthy. (Aug 2006)
  • Supports parents choosing schools via vouchers. (Sep 2000)
  • Supports vouchers & charters, plus more public funding. (Jan 2000)
  • Voted NO on $52M for "21st century community learning centers". (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on $5B for grants to local educational agencies. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on shifting $11B from corporate tax loopholes to education. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted NO on funding smaller classes instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on funding student testing instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted NO on Educational Savings Accounts. (Mar 2000)
  • Focus educational resources to help those with greatest need. (Jul 2001)
  • Require state standards, regular assessments, and sanctions. (Jul 2001)
  • Support Ed-Flex: more flexibility if more accountable. (Jul 2001)
  • Rated 55% by the NEA, indicating a mixed record on public education. (Dec 2003)
Lincoln Chafee on Energy & Oil
Click here for 14 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • Supports spending resources to stop Global Warming. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted YES on disallowing an oil leasing program in Alaska's ANWR. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on $3.1B for emergency oil assistance for hurricane-hit areas. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on reducing oil usage by 40% by 2025 (instead of 5%). (Jun 2005)
  • Voted YES on banning drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on Bush Administration Energy Policy. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on targeting 100,000 hydrogen-powered vehicles by 2010. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on removing consideration of drilling ANWR from budget bill. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted NO on drilling ANWR on national security grounds. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted NO on terminating CAFE standards within 15 months. (Mar 2002)
  • Voted NO on preserving budget for ANWR oil drilling. (Apr 2000)
  • Keep efficient air conditioner rule to conserve energy. (Mar 2004)
  • Establish greenhouse gas tradeable allowances. (Feb 2005)
  • Supports immediate reductions in greenhouse gases. (Sep 1998)
Lincoln Chafee on Environment
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  • Voted YES on including oil & gas smokestacks in mercury regulations. (Sep 2005)
  • Voted YES on confirming Gale Norton as Secretary of Interior. (Jan 2001)
  • Reduce liability for hazardous waste cleanup. (May 2001)
  • Supports grants for brownfields remediation. (May 2002)
  • Make EPA into a Cabinet department. (May 2002)
  • Rated 79% by the LCV, indicating pro-environment votes. (Dec 2003)
  • EPA must do better on mercury clean-up. (Apr 2004)
  • Focus on results, not regulation. (Sep 1998)
Lincoln Chafee on Families & Children
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Lincoln Chafee on Foreign Policy
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  • Opposes linking Human Rights to trade with China. (Sep 2000)
  • Supports continuing Foreign Aid to Russia, Israel, & others. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted YES on enlarging NATO to include Eastern Europe. (May 2002)
  • Voted YES on killing a bill for trade sanctions if China sells weapons. (Sep 2000)
Lincoln Chafee on Free Trade
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  • Voted YES on implementing CAFTA for Central America free-trade. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted YES on establishing free trade between US & Singapore. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on establishing free trade between the US and Chile. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on extending free trade to Andean nations. (May 2002)
  • Voted YES on granting normal trade relations status to Vietnam. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on removing common goods from national security export rules. (Sep 2001)
  • Voted YES on permanent normal trade relations with China. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted YES on expanding trade to the third world. (May 2000)
  • Promote the Andean Free Trade Agreement. (May 2002)
  • Rated 92% by CATO, indicating a pro-free trade voting record. (Dec 2002)
Lincoln Chafee on Government Reform
Click here for 9 full quotes on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • Vindicated for opposing Alito, by Alito?s bad votes. (Aug 2006)
  • Has concerns about Bush?s expansion of executive power. (Aug 2006)
  • Voted YES on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on banning "soft money" contributions and restricting issue ads. (Mar 2002)
  • Voted YES on require photo ID (not just signature) for voter registration. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted YES on banning campaign donations from unions & corporations. (Apr 2001)
  • Restrict lobbyist gifts & disclose lobbyist info on Internet. (Dec 2005)
  • Reduce federal government size & scope, including military. (Sep 1998)
Lincoln Chafee on Gun Control
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  • Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on banning lawsuits against gun manufacturers for gun violence. (Mar 2004)
Lincoln Chafee on Health Care
Click here for 19 full quotes on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • Watch Mass’ individual mandates as possible national model. (Sep 2006)
  • Bipartisanship is the key to reform Medicare. (Aug 2006)
  • Support Canadian drug importation that Laffey opposes. (Aug 2006)
  • Supports More Federal Funding for Health Coverage. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted YES on limiting medical liability lawsuits to $250,000. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on expanding enrollment period for Medicare Part D. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on increasing Medicaid rebate for producing generics. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on negotiating bulk purchases for Medicare prescription drug. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on $40 billion per year for limited Medicare prescription drug benefit. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing reimportation of Rx drugs from Canada. (Jul 2002)
  • Voted YES on allowing patients to sue HMOs & collect punitive damages. (Jun 2001)
  • Voted NO on funding GOP version of Medicare prescription drug benefit. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on including prescription drugs under Medicare. (Jun 2000)
  • Invest funds to alleviate the nursing shortage. (Apr 2001)
  • Tax credits for those without employee health insurance. (May 2002)
  • Tax deduction for long-term care insurance. (May 2002)
  • Support telemedicine for underserved areas. (May 2002)
  • $350 billion for prescriptions for poor seniors. (May 2002)
  • Rated 75% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record. (Dec 2003)
Lincoln Chafee on Homeland Security
Click here for 12 full quotes on Homeland Security OR background on Homeland Security.
  • Replace unilateral pre-emption with Mideast alliances. (Sep 2006)
  • Keep Rhode Island?s military installations thriving. (Aug 2006)
  • Supports more spending on Armed Forces personnel. (Sep 2000)
  • Decrease funding for missile defense. (Jan 2000)
  • Voted YES on preserving habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on requiring CIA reports on detainees & interrogation methods. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on extending the PATRIOT Act's wiretap provision. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on restricting business with entities linked to terrorism. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted YES on restoring $565M for states' and ports' first responders. (Mar 2005)
  • Rated 40% by SANE, indicating a mixed record on military issues. (Dec 2003)
  • Prohibit torture of terrorists in US custody. (Jul 2005)
Lincoln Chafee on Immigration
Click here for 10 full quotes on Immigration OR background on Immigration.
  • Co-sponsored McCain-Kennedy immigration bill. (Aug 2006)
  • Laffey supported then opposed ID cards for illegal aliens. (Aug 2006)
  • More programs for legal immigrants. (Jan 2000)
  • Voted NO on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on establishing a Guest Worker program. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship. (May 2006)
  • English immersion over bilingual education. (Jul 2001)
  • Comprehensive immigration reform without amnesty. (May 2005)
  • Sponsored bill covering child resident aliens under Medicaid. (May 2005)
Lincoln Chafee on Jobs
Click here for 4 full quotes on Jobs OR background on Jobs.
  • Increase the minimum wage. (Jan 2000)
  • Voted YES on raising the minimum wage to $7.25 rather than $6.25. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on repealing Clinton's ergonomic rules on repetitive stress. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 31% by the AFL-CIO, indicating an anti-union voting record. (Dec 2003)
Lincoln Chafee on Principles & Values
Click here for 8 full quotes on Principles & Values OR background on Principles & Values.
  • The Club for Growth is pouring the money for Laffey. (Aug 2006)
  • Being deliberate and responsible is not indecisive. (Aug 2006)
  • Vote my conscience while keeping good relations with GOP. (Aug 2006)
  • #1 on Human Events’ list of Top Ten RINOs. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on confirming Samuel Alito as Supreme Court Justice. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted YES on confirming John Roberts for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. (Sep 2005)
  • Endorsed by Log Cabin Republicans; supports gay rights. (Nov 2000)
  • Member of the Republican Main Street Partnership . (Jan 2001)
Lincoln Chafee on Social Security
Click here for 4 full quotes on Social Security OR background on Social Security.
  • Don’t put Soc. Sec. benefits at risk. (Sep 2006)
  • Supports privatizing Social Security. (Sep 2000)
  • Rated 30% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Supports individual savings accounts and work incentives. (Sep 1998)
Lincoln Chafee on Tax Reform
Click here for 13 full quotes on Tax Reform OR background on Tax Reform.
  • Opposes making income tax flatter & lower. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted NO on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts. (Aug 2006)
  • Voted NO on permanently repealing the `death tax`. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on $47B for military by repealing capital gains tax cut. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on extending the tax cuts on capital gains and dividends. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted NO on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years. (May 2003)
  • Voted YES on reducing marriage penalty instead of cutting top tax rates. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on increasing tax deductions for college tuition. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the 'marriage penalty'. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on phasing out the estate tax ("death tax"). (Jul 2000)
  • Rated 46% by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Implement socially fair, broad-based tax cuts. (Sep 1998)
Lincoln Chafee on Technology
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  • Voted YES on restoring $550M in funding for Amtrak for 2007. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on disallowing FCC approval of larger media conglomerates. (Sep 2003)
Lincoln Chafee on War & Peace
Click here for 9 full quotes on War & Peace OR background on War & Peace.
  • Support a timetable if diplomacy does not work. (Aug 2006)
  • Only Republican to vote against Iraq war?but keep Rumsfeld. (Aug 2006)
  • Pressure Israel firmly, even when it looks like non-support. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted NO on redeploying troops out of Iraq by July 2007. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on investigating contract awards in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on requiring on-budget funding for Iraq, not emergency funding. (Apr 2005)
  • Voted YES on $86 billion for military operations in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Oct 2003)
  • Voted NO on authorizing use of military force against Iraq. (Oct 2002)
  • Supports $48 billion in new spending for anti-terrorism. (Jan 2002)
Lincoln Chafee on Welfare & Poverty
Click here for 4 full quotes on Welfare & Poverty OR background on Welfare & Poverty.
  • Supports allowing churches to provide welfare services. (Sep 2000)
  • Establish a National Affordable Housing Trust Fund. (Jul 2003)
  • Tax credits to promite home ownership in distressed areas. (Apr 2003)
  • Fully fund AmeriCorps. (Jun 2003)


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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Leaving abortion to states means only wealthy have choice: Strongly Favors topic 1
The real potential for cures is in the embryonic stem cells: Favors topic 1
Strongly supports “Abortion is a woman’s right”: Strongly Favors topic 1
Rated 90% by NARAL, indicating a pro-choice voting record: Strongly Favors topic 1
Expand embryonic stem cell research: Favors topic 1
Sponsored bill for emergency contraception for rape victims: Favors topic 1
NO on maintaining ban on Military Base Abortions: Favors topic 1
NO on banning partial birth abortions except for maternal life: Strongly Favors topic 1
NO on criminal penalty for harming unborn fetus during other crime: Favors topic 1
YES on $100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives: Favors topic 1
NO on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions: Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Require hiring more women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Continue affirmative action programs: Strongly Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Same-sex domestic partnership benefits
(+5 points on Social scale)
Gay marriage is a state issue, not for federal constitution: Strongly Favors topic 3
Supports “Sexual orientation protected by civil rights laws”: Strongly Favors topic 3
Endorsed by Log Cabin Republicans; supports gay rights: Favors topic 3
More funding and stricter sentencing for hate crimes: Strongly Favors topic 3
YES on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation: Favors topic 3
YES on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes: Strongly Favors topic 3
NO on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage: Strongly Favors topic 3
Opposes topic 4:
Teacher-led prayer in public schools
(+2 points on Social scale)
Rated 50% by the Christian Coalition: mixed voting record on families: Neutral on topic 4
NO on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration: Opposes topic 4
Opposes topic 8:
Death Penalty
(+2 points on Social scale)
Require DNA testing for all federal executions: Opposes topic 8
Opposes topic 9:
Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws
(+2 points on Social scale)
Focus on inmate skills & treatment: Opposes topic 9
Rated 63% by CURE, indicating mixed votes on rehabilitation: Neutral on topic 9
Strongly Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-5 points on Economic scale)
NO on banning lawsuits against gun manufacturers for gun violence: Strongly Opposes topic 10
NO on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Strongly Favors topic 5:
More federal funding for health coverage
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Watch Mass’ individual mandates as possible national model: Strongly Favors topic 5
Supports More Federal Funding for Health Coverage: Strongly Favors topic 5
Invest funds to alleviate the nursing shortage: Favors topic 5
Tax credits for those without employee health insurance: Strongly Favors topic 5
$350 billion for prescriptions for poor seniors: Favors topic 5
Rated 75% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record: Strongly Favors topic 5
YES on including prescription drugs under Medicare: Favors topic 5
NO on funding GOP version of Medicare prescription drug benefit: Favors topic 5
YES on $40 billion per year for limited Medicare prescription drug benefit: Favors topic 5
NO on increasing Medicaid rebate for producing generics: Opposes topic 5
YES on negotiating bulk purchases for Medicare prescription drug: Strongly Favors topic 5
YES on expanding enrollment period for Medicare Part D: Favors topic 5
YES on limiting medical liability lawsuits to $250,000: Favors topic 5
Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Don’t put Soc. Sec. benefits at risk: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Supports privatizing Social Security: Strongly Favors topic 6
Rated 30% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record: Strongly Favors topic 6
Supports individual savings accounts and work incentives: Favors topic 6
Favors topic 7:
Parents choose schools via vouchers
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Supports NCLB’s standardized testing, if federally funded: Favors topic 7
Supports parents choosing schools via vouchers: Favors topic 7
Supports vouchers & charters, plus more public funding: Strongly Favors topic 7
Support Ed-Flex: more flexibility if more accountable: Favors topic 7
Rated 55% by the NEA, indicating a mixed record on public education: Neutral on topic 7
NO on Educational Savings Accounts: Opposes topic 7
NO on funding smaller classes instead of private tutors: Favors topic 7
NO on funding student testing instead of private tutors: Favors topic 7
NO on $5B for grants to local educational agencies: Favors topic 7
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Replace coal & oil with alternatives
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Supports spending resources to stop Global Warming: Strongly Favors topic 18
Reduce liability for hazardous waste cleanup: Opposes topic 18
Make EPA into a Cabinet department: Strongly Favors topic 18
Rated 79% by the LCV, indicating pro-environment votes: Strongly Favors topic 18
Keep efficient air conditioner rule to conserve energy: Strongly Favors topic 18
Establish greenhouse gas tradeable allowances: Strongly Favors topic 18
Supports immediate reductions in greenhouse gases: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on preserving budget for ANWR oil drilling: Favors topic 18
NO on terminating CAFE standards within 15 months: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on targeting 100,000 hydrogen-powered vehicles by 2010: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on removing consideration of drilling ANWR from budget bill: Favors topic 18
YES on reducing oil usage by 40% by 2025 (instead of 5%): Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on disallowing an oil leasing program in Alaska's ANWR: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on banning drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Favors topic 18
No opinion on topic 19:
Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it
(0 points on Social scale)
Neutral on “Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it”: Neutral on topic 19
Favors topic 20:
Allow churches to provide welfare services
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Supports allowing churches to provide welfare services: Favors topic 20
Strongly Favors topic 11:
Make taxes more progressive
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Reinstitute pay-as-you-go: match tax cuts & spending cuts: Favors topic 11
Fund special education before tax cuts for the wealthy: Strongly Favors topic 11
Opposes making income tax flatter & lower: Favors topic 11
Rated 46% by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes: Neutral on topic 11
Implement socially fair, broad-based tax cuts: Favors topic 11
NO on phasing out the estate tax ("death tax"): Favors topic 11
YES on eliminating the 'marriage penalty': Opposes topic 11
NO on prioritizing national debt reduction below tax cuts: Favors topic 11
YES on reducing marriage penalty instead of cutting top tax rates: Favors topic 11
YES on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction: Favors topic 11
NO on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on extending the tax cuts on capital gains and dividends: Strongly Favors topic 11
YES on $47B for military by repealing capital gains tax cut: Favors topic 11
NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on permanently repealing the `death tax`: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts: Strongly Favors topic 11
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Illegal immigrants earn citizenship
(+5 points on Social scale)
Co-sponsored McCain-Kennedy immigration bill: Favors topic 12
More programs for legal immigrants: Strongly Favors topic 12
English immersion over bilingual education: Opposes topic 12
Comprehensive immigration reform without amnesty: Strongly Favors topic 12
Sponsored bill covering child resident aliens under Medicaid: Favors topic 12
YES on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security: Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship: Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on establishing a Guest Worker program: Favors topic 12
NO on building a fence along the Mexican border: Strongly Favors topic 12
Strongly Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Promote the Andean Free Trade Agreement: Strongly Favors topic 13
Rated 92% by CATO, indicating a pro-free trade voting record: Strongly Favors topic 13
YES on permanent normal trade relations with China: Strongly Favors topic 13
YES on expanding trade to the third world: Favors topic 13
YES on removing common goods from national security export rules: Favors topic 13
YES on granting normal trade relations status to Vietnam: Favors topic 13
YES on extending free trade to Andean nations: Strongly Favors topic 13
YES on establishing free trade between US & Singapore: Favors topic 13
YES on establishing free trade between the US and Chile: Favors topic 13
YES on implementing CAFTA for Central America free-trade: Strongly Favors topic 13
Favors topic 15:
Expand the armed forces
(-3 points on Social scale)
Keep Rhode Island?s military installations thriving: Favors topic 15
Supports more spending on Armed Forces personnel: Favors topic 15
Supports $48 billion in new spending for anti-terrorism: Favors topic 15
Rated 40% by SANE, indicating a mixed record on military issues: Neutral on topic 15
Reduce federal government size & scope, including military: Opposes topic 15
YES on requiring on-budget funding for Iraq, not emergency funding: Opposes topic 15
Favors topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(-3 points on Economic scale)
YES on banning campaign donations from unions & corporations: Favors topic 16
YES on banning "soft money" contributions and restricting issue ads: Favors topic 16
YES on establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity: Favors topic 16
YES on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Favors topic 14:
The Patriot Act harms civil liberties
(+2 points on Social scale)
Prohibit torture of terrorists in US custody: Favors topic 14
YES on extending the PATRIOT Act's wiretap provision: Strongly Opposes topic 14
YES on reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act: Opposes topic 14
YES on preserving habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees: Strongly Favors topic 14
YES on requiring CIA reports on detainees & interrogation methods: Strongly Favors topic 14
Favors topic 17:
US out of Iraq
(+2 points on Social scale)
Replace unilateral pre-emption with Mideast alliances: Favors topic 17
Support a timetable if diplomacy does not work: Favors topic 17
Only Republican to vote against Iraq war?but keep Rumsfeld: Strongly Favors topic 17
Supports continuing Foreign Aid to Russia, Israel, & others: Strongly Favors topic 17
NO on redeploying troops out of Iraq by July 2007: Strongly Opposes topic 17

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