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Tim Johnson on Abortion
Click here for 15 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Voted NO on restricting UN funding for population control policies. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted NO on defining unborn child as eligible for SCHIP. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting minors crossing state lines for abortion. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on barring HHS grants to organizations that perform abortions. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted YES 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 YES on banning partial birth abortions except for maternal life. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted NO on maintaining ban on Military Base Abortions. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on banning human cloning. (Feb 1998)
  • Rated 50% by NARAL, indicating a mixed voting record on abortion. (Dec 2003)
  • Expand embryonic stem cell research. (Jun 2004)
  • Expand contraceptive services for low-income women. (May 2006)
  • Rated 50% by the NRLC, indicating a mixed record on abortion. (Dec 2006)
  • Provide emergency contraception at military facilities. (Apr 2007)
Tim Johnson on Budget & Economy
Click here for 10 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • Called for banking oversight, but opposed by Bush & GOP. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package. (Feb 2009)
  • Voted YES on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted NO on $40B in reduced federal overall spending. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on prioritizing national debt reduction below tax cuts. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted YES on 1998 GOP budget. (May 1997)
  • Voted NO on Balanced-budget constitutional amendment. (Mar 1997)
  • Balance debt reduction, tax relief, & policy investment. (Jan 2001)
  • Maintain & enforce existing spending caps in the future. (Sep 1998)
Tim Johnson on Civil Rights
Click here for 18 full quotes on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Base affirmative action on income, not race. (Jan 1996)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • Voted YES 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)
  • Voted YES on setting aside 10% of highway funds for minorities & women. (Mar 1998)
  • Voted NO on ending special funding for minority & women-owned business. (Oct 1997)
  • Shift from group preferences to economic empowerment of all. (Aug 2000)
  • Supports anti-flag desecration amendment. (Mar 2001)
  • Require 90 day delay for compliance before ADA lawsuits. (May 2002)
  • Limit interstate class-action lawsuits to federal courts . (May 2002)
  • Rated 40% by the ACLU, indicating a mixed civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Rated 78% by the HRC, indicating a pro-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 86% by the NAACP, indicating a pro-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Prohibit sexual-identity discrimination at schools. (Mar 2011)
  • Enforce against anti-gay discrimination in public schools. (Jun 2013)
Tim Johnson on Corporations
Click here for 7 full quotes on Corporations OR background on Corporations.
  • Don’t subsidize bloated compensation of failing firms’ CEOs. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted YES 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)
  • Expand microloans to small businesses. (Apr 2002)
  • Rated 39% by the US COC, indicating a mixed business voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 86% by UFCW, indicating an anti-management/pro-labor record. (May 2012)
Tim Johnson on Crime
Click here for 12 full quotes on Crime OR background on Crime.
  • Broaden use of death penalty. (Jan 1996)
  • Truth in sentencing for violent criminals. (Jan 1996)
  • Voted YES on $1.15 billion per year to continue the COPS program. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on maintaining right of habeas corpus in Death Penalty Appeals. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted YES on making federal death penalty appeals harder. (Feb 1995)
  • Voted NO on replacing death penalty with life imprisonment. (Apr 1994)
  • Rated 38% by CURE, indicating mixed votes on rehabilitation. (Dec 2000)
  • More funding and stricter sentencing for hate crimes. (Apr 2001)
  • Establish a domestic violence volunteer attorney network. (May 2007)
  • Increase funding for "COPS ON THE BEAT" program. (Jan 2007)
  • More prison cells; more truth in sentencing. (Nov 1993)
  • Life imprisonment for repeat sexual predators. (Mar 1994)
Tim Johnson on Drugs
Click here for 4 full quotes on Drugs OR background on Drugs.
  • Voted NO on increasing penalties for drug offenses. (Nov 1999)
  • Rated D by VOTE-HEMP, indicating an anti-hemp voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Federal grants to Indian tribes to fight methamphetamine. (Dec 2006)
  • Require chemical resellers to certify against meth use. (Sep 2007)
Tim Johnson on Education
Click here for 19 full quotes on Education OR background on Education.
  • No school prayer amendment. (Jan 1996)
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted YES on $52M for "21st century community learning centers". (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on $5B for grants to local educational agencies. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on shifting $11B from corporate tax loopholes to education. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on funding smaller classes instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES 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)
  • Voted YES on declaring memorial prayers and religious symbols OK at schools. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on allowing more flexibility in federal school rules. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted NO on education savings accounts. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted NO on school vouchers in DC. (Sep 1997)
  • Voted NO on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer. (Mar 1994)
  • Voted NO on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer. (Mar 1994)
  • Offer every parent Charter Schools and public school choice. (Aug 2000)
  • Firmly opposed to Bush’s voucher proposal. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 100% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Make employee educational assistance tax-deductible. (Jan 1993)
Tim Johnson on Energy & Oil
Click here for 23 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • Voted NO on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted YES 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)
  • Voted YES on tax incentives for energy production and conservation. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on addressing CO2 emissions without considering India & China. (May 2008)
  • 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 YES on terminating CAFE standards within 15 months. (Mar 2002)
  • Voted NO on preserving budget for ANWR oil drilling. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted YES on ending discussion of CAFE fuel efficiency standards. (Sep 1999)
  • Voted NO on defunding renewable and solar energy. (Jun 1999)
  • Voted YES on approving a nuclear waste repository. (Apr 1997)
  • Supports tradable emissions permits for greenhouse gases. (Aug 2000)
  • Keep efficient air conditioner rule to conserve energy. (Mar 2004)
  • Rated 100% by the CAF, indicating support for energy independence. (Dec 2006)
  • Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025. (Jan 2007)
  • Supports immediate reductions in greenhouse gases. (Sep 1998)
Tim Johnson on Environment
Click here for 20 full quotes on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • Doubled the Renewable Fuel Standard. (Aug 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)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting eminent domain for use as parks or grazing land. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted YES on including oil & gas smokestacks in mercury regulations. (Sep 2005)
  • Voted YES on confirming Gale Norton as Secretary of Interior. (Jan 2001)
  • Voted YES on more funding for forest roads and fish habitat. (Sep 1999)
  • Voted YES on transportation demo projects. (Mar 1998)
  • Voted YES on reducing funds for road-building in National Forests. (Sep 1997)
  • Supports grants for brownfields remediation. (May 2002)
  • Make EPA into a Cabinet department. (May 2002)
  • Rated 58% by the LCV, indicating a mixed record on environment. (Dec 2003)
  • Establish commission to examine Katrina response. (Sep 2005)
  • Make tax deduction permanent for conservation easements. (Mar 2009)
  • Rated 63% by HSLF, indicating a mixed voting record on animal welfare. (Jan 2012)
  • Rated 40% by HSLF, indicating a mixed voting record on animal welfare. (Jan 2012)
  • Sponsored matching grants for wetlands conservation projects. (Apr 2013)
  • Strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting. (Jan 2007)
  • Regulating 15 more contaminants under Clean Water Act. (Oct 1993)
  • Focus on results, not regulation. (Sep 1998)
Tim Johnson on Families & Children
Click here for 9 full quotes on Families & Children OR background on Families & Children.
  • Voted NO on killing restrictions on violent videos to minors. (May 1999)
  • Give parents tools to balance work and family. (Aug 2000)
  • Small Business loans for child care businesses. (Apr 2003)
  • Rated 16% by the Christian Coalition: an anti-Family-Value voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Disallow renting violent-rated video games to children. (Dec 2005)
  • Permanent crime database for volunteers with kids. (Jul 2008)
  • Call for a White House Conference on Children and Youth. (Mar 2008)
  • More funding & services for victims of domestic violence. (Jan 2013)
  • TV shows should have explicit viewer advisories. (Jun 1993)
Tim Johnson on Foreign Policy
Click here for 18 full quotes on Foreign Policy OR background on Foreign Policy.
  • Voted YES on cooperating with India as a nuclear power. (Oct 2008)
  • 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)
  • Voted NO on capping foreign aid at only $12.7 billion. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on limiting the President's power to impose economic sanctions. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted NO on limiting NATO expansion to only Poland, Hungary & Czech. (Apr 1998)
  • Voted YES on $17.9 billion to IMF. (Mar 1998)
  • Progressive Internationalism: globalize with US pre-eminence. (Aug 2000)
  • Multi-year commitment to Africa for food & medicine. (Apr 2001)
  • Increase aid to avert humanitarian crisis in Congo. (Dec 2005)
  • Impose sanctions and an import ban on Burma. (Oct 2007)
  • Implement Darfur Peace Agreement with UN peacekeeping force. (Feb 2008)
  • Rated 0 by AAI, indicating a mixed Arab/Palestine voting record. (May 2012)
  • Vigorous support for State of Israel against Hamas in Gaza. (Nov 2012)
  • Acknowledge the Armenian Genocide of the early 1900s. (Mar 2007)
  • Allow travel between the United States and Cuba. (Feb 2009)
  • Pressure friendly Arab states to end Israeli boycott. (Oct 2007)
  • Commitment to unbreakable U.S.-Israel bond. (Mar 2010)
Tim Johnson on Free Trade
Click here for 19 full quotes on Free Trade OR background on Free Trade.
  • Voted YES on promoting free trade with Peru. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted NO on free trade agreement with Oman. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on implementing CAFTA for Central America free-trade. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on establishing free trade between US & Singapore. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted NO on establishing free trade between the US and Chile. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted NO 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)
  • Voted YES on renewing 'fast track' presidential trade authority. (Nov 1997)
  • Build a rule-based global trading system. (Aug 2000)
  • Free & fair trade is key to economic growth . (Jan 2001)
  • Quick vote on PNTR; China into WTO. (Jun 2000)
  • Promote the Andean Free Trade Agreement. (May 2002)
  • Rated 17% by CATO, indicating a pro-fair trade voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Ban Argentine meat imports to avoid foot & mouth disease. (Jul 2008)
  • Insist on access to post-mad-cow Japanese beef markets. (Mar 2010)
  • Promote fair trade restricting Canadian wheat. (Oct 1993)
Tim Johnson on Government Reform
Click here for 14 full quotes on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • Voted YES on Congressional pay raise. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on providing a US House seat for the District of Columbia. (Feb 2009)
  • Voted YES on granting the District of Columbia a seat in Congress. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted YES on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted NO on establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on banning "soft money" contributions and restricting issue ads. (Mar 2002)
  • Voted NO on require photo ID (not just signature) for voter registration. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted YES on banning campaign donations from unions & corporations. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on funding for National Endowment for the Arts. (Aug 1999)
  • Voted YES on favoring 1997 McCain-Feingold overhaul of campaign finance. (Oct 1997)
  • Voluntary public financing for all general elections. (Aug 2000)
  • Prohibit voter intimidation in federal elections. (Mar 2007)
  • Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures. (Jul 2012)
  • Reduce federal government size & scope, including military. (Sep 1998)
Tim Johnson on Gun Control
Click here for 10 full quotes on Gun Control OR background on Gun Control.
  • Voted YES on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets. (Apr 2013)
  • Voted YES on allowing firearms in checked baggage on Amtrak trains. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting foreign & UN aid that restricts US gun ownership. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted YES on background checks at gun shows. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on more penalties for gun & drug violations. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on loosening license & background checks at gun shows. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on maintaining current law: guns sold without trigger locks. (Jul 1998)
  • Prevent unauthorized firearm use with "smart gun" technology. (Aug 2000)
  • Rated C+ by the NRA, indicating a mixed voting record on gun rights. (Dec 2003)
Tim Johnson on Health Care
Click here for 32 full quotes on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • Co-sponsored legislation to reduce the cost of health care. (Aug 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)
  • Voted YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare. (Jul 2008)
  • Voted NO on means-testing to determine Medicare Part D premium. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on allowing tribal Indians to opt out of federal healthcare. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted NO on limiting medical liability lawsuits to $250,000. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on expanding enrollment period for Medicare Part D. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES 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)
  • Voted NO on limiting self-employment health deduction. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on increasing tobacco restrictions. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted NO on Medicare means-testing. (Jun 1997)
  • Establish "report cards" on HMO quality of care. (Aug 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)
  • Let states make bulk Rx purchases, and other innovations. (May 2003)
  • Rated 88% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record. (Dec 2003)
  • Establish a national childhood cancer database. (Mar 2007)
  • Increase funding for occupational & physical therapy. (Apr 2011)
  • Preserve access to Medicaid & SCHIP during economic downturn. (Apr 2008)
  • Expand the National Health Service Corps. (Mar 2009)
Tim Johnson on Homeland Security
Click here for 25 full quotes on Homeland Security OR background on Homeland Security.
  • Support full and mandatory VA funding and the new GI bill. (Aug 2008)
  • Voted YES on extending the PATRIOT Act's roving wiretaps. (Feb 2011)
  • Voted NO on cutting $221M in benefits to Filipinos who served in WWII US Army. (Apr 2008)
  • Voted NO on requiring FISA court warrant to monitor US-to-foreign calls. (Feb 2008)
  • 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 YES on restricting business with entities linked to terrorism. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted YES on restoring $565M for states' and ports' first responders. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on adopting the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on allowing another round of military base closures. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on cutting nuclear weapons below START levels. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on deploying National Missile Defense ASAP. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted YES on military pay raise of 4.8%. (Feb 1999)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting same-sex basic training. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted NO on favoring 36 vetoed military projects. (Oct 1997)
  • Voted YES on banning chemical weapons. (Apr 1997)
  • Small business in developing homeland security technologies. (Jul 2002)
  • Rated 100% by SANE, indicating a pro-peace voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Extend reserve retirement pay parity back to 9/11. (Dec 2007)
  • Appoint chiropractors as commissioned officers. (Apr 2008)
  • Repeal Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell, and reinstate discharged gays. (Mar 2010)
  • Military spouses don't lose voting residency while abroad. (Feb 2009)
  • Expand health services for women veterans. (Mar 2009)
Tim Johnson on Immigration
Click here for 13 full quotes on Immigration OR background on Immigration.
  • For official English; against illegal immigrant citizenship. (Jan 1996)
  • Voted YES on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities". (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES 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)
  • Voted NO on allowing more foreign workers into the US for farm work. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted YES on visas for skilled workers. (May 1998)
  • Voted NO on limit welfare for immigrants. (Jun 1997)
  • Voted YES on limiting immigrant benefits & controlling borders more tightly. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting illegal immigrants from receiving FEMA benefits. (Jul 1994)
  • Rated 25% by USBC, indicating an open-border stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated B+ by the ALI, indicating an acceptably anti-amnesty stance. (Nov 2010)
Tim Johnson on Jobs
Click here for 16 full quotes on Jobs OR background on Jobs.
  • Voted YES on extending unemployment benefits from 39 weeks to 59 weeks. (Nov 2008)
  • Voted YES on overriding presidential veto of Farm Bill. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on terminating legal challenges to English-only job rules. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on limiting farm subsidies to people earning under $750,000. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted YES on raising the minimum wage to $7.25 rather than $6.25. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted NO on repealing Clinton's ergonomic rules on repetitive stress. (Mar 2001)
  • Voted NO on killing an increase in the minimum wage. (Nov 1999)
  • Voted NO on allowing workers to choose between overtime & comp-time. (May 1997)
  • Member of the Congressional Rural Caucus. (Jan 2001)
  • Protect overtime pay protections. (Jun 2003)
  • Rated 100% by the AFL-CIO, indicating a pro-union voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Allow an Air Traffic Controller's Union. (Jan 2006)
  • Match minimum wage increases to Congressional pay raises. (May 2006)
  • Form unions by card-check instead of secret ballot. (Mar 2009)
  • Raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2016. (Feb 2014)
  • Ban discriminatory compensation; allow 2 years to sue. (Jan 2009)
Tim Johnson on Principles & Values
Click here for 12 full quotes on Principles & Values OR background on Principles & Values.
  • Won re-election with overwhelming Native Americans vote. (Apr 2008)
  • Voted with Democratic Party 100% of 15 votes. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted YES on confirming of Sonia Sotomayor to Supreme Court. (Aug 2009)
  • Voted YES 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)
  • Religious affiliation: Lutheran. (Nov 2000)
  • Supports Hyde Park Declaration of "Third Way" centrism. (Aug 2000)
  • New Democrat: "Third Way" instead of left-right debate. (Nov 2000)
  • Member of the Senate New Democrat Coalition. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 33% by the AU, a mixed record on church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
  • Member of Democratic Leadership Council. (Nov 2007)
  • Fund the 50 States Commemorative Coin Program. (Dec 1997)
Tim Johnson on Social Security
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  • Voted NO on using the Social Security Surplus to fund tax reductions. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO on Social Security Lockbox & limiting national debt. (Apr 1999)
  • Voted NO on allowing Roth IRAs for retirees. (May 1998)
  • Voted NO on allowing personal retirement accounts. (Apr 1998)
  • Create Retirement Savings Accounts. (Aug 2000)
  • Rated 90% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Supports individual savings accounts and work incentives. (Sep 1998)
Tim Johnson on Tax Reform
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  • Voted YES on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M. (Feb 2008)
  • 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 YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES 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 YES on increasing tax deductions for college tuition. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the 'marriage penalty'. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on phasing out the estate tax ("death tax"). (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on across-the-board spending cut. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on requiring super-majority for raising taxes. (Apr 1998)
  • Rated 16% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 60% by CTJ, indicating a mixed record on progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes. (Aug 2010)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
  • Implement socially fair, broad-based tax cuts. (Sep 1998)
Tim Johnson on Technology
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  • Supports V-Chip & Internet porn & gambling bans. (Jan 1996)
  • Voted YES on authorizing states to collect Internet sales taxes. (May 2013)
  • Voted YES on $23B instead of $4.9B for waterway infrastructure. (Nov 2007)
  • 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)
  • Voted NO on Internet sales tax moratorium. (Oct 1998)
  • Chief information officer to digitize federal government. (Aug 2000)
  • Promote internet via Congressional Internet Caucus. (Jan 2001)
  • Require telecomms to transfer VOIP calls from other carriers. (Apr 2008)
  • Require websites to police for copyrighted materials. (May 2011)
  • Create online database of science & math scholarships. (Dec 2007)
  • No performance royalties for radio music. (Mar 2009)
Tim Johnson on War & Peace
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  • Voted NO on redeploying non-essential US troops out of Iraq in 9 months. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted YES on designating Iran's Revolutionary Guards as terrorists. (Sep 2007)
  • 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 YES on authorizing use of military force against Iraq. (Oct 2002)
  • Voted YES on allowing all necessary force in Kosovo. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on authorizing air strikes in Kosovo. (Mar 1999)
  • Condemns anti-Muslim bigotry in name of anti-terrorism. (Oct 2001)
  • Require Congress' approval before military action in Iran. (Oct 2007)
  • Sanctions on Iran to end nuclear program. (Apr 2009)
  • Move the US Embassy to Jerusalem. (Nov 1995)
Tim Johnson on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Put all welfare recipients to work. (Jan 1996)
  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Finish welfare reform by moving able recipients into jobs. (Aug 2000)
  • Establish a National Affordable Housing Trust Fund. (Jul 2003)
  • Tax credits to promote home ownership in distressed areas. (Apr 2003)
  • Increase the earned income tax credit. (Jan 1993)
  • Fully fund Head Start; Job Corps; and WIC food program. (Apr 1993)


VoteMatch Responses
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Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+2 points on Social scale)
Rated 50% by NARAL, indicating a mixed voting record on abortion: Neutral on topic 1
Expand embryonic stem cell research: Favors topic 1
Expand contraceptive services for low-income women: Favors topic 1
Rated 50% by the NRLC, indicating a mixed record on abortion: Neutral on topic 1
Provide emergency contraception at military facilities: Favors topic 1
YES on prohibiting minors crossing state lines for abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
NO on defining unborn child as eligible for SCHIP: Favors topic 1
YES on Unknown roll call for 1999-340: Strongly Opposes topic 1
NO on maintaining ban on Military Base Abortions: Favors topic 1
YES on banning partial birth abortions except for maternal life: Strongly Opposes 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
YES on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions: Opposes topic 1
NO on barring HHS grants to organizations that perform abortions: 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)
Base affirmative action on income, not race: Favors topic 2
Shift from group preferences to economic empowerment of all: Neutral on topic 2
Rated 86% by the NAACP, indicating a pro-affirmative-action stance: Strongly Favors topic 2
Increase funding for occupational & physical therapy: Favors topic 2
More funding & services for victims of domestic violence: Strongly Favors topic 2
Ban discriminatory compensation; allow 2 years to sue: Favors topic 2
YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act: Favors topic 2
NO on ending special funding for minority & women-owned business: Strongly Favors topic 2
NO on prohibiting same-sex basic training: Favors topic 2
YES on setting aside 10% of highway funds for minorities & women: Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
More funding and stricter sentencing for hate crimes: Strongly Favors topic 3
Rated 78% by the HRC, indicating a pro-gay-rights stance: 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
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
Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-3 points on Social scale)
No school prayer amendment: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Supports V-Chip & Internet porn & gambling bans: Favors topic 4
Put all welfare recipients to work: Favors topic 4
Supports anti-flag desecration amendment: Favors topic 4
Rated 16% by the Christian Coalition: an anti-Family-Value voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Rated 33% by the AU, a mixed record on church-state separation: Neutral on topic 4
TV shows should have explicit viewer advisories: Strongly Favors topic 4
NO on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer: Strongly Opposes topic 4
NO on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer: Opposes topic 4
NO on killing restrictions on violent videos to minors: Favors topic 4
YES on declaring memorial prayers and religious symbols OK at schools: Favors topic 4
YES on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration: Favors topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Establish "report cards" on HMO quality of care: 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
Let states make bulk Rx purchases, and other innovations: Opposes topic 5
Rated 88% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record: Strongly Favors topic 5
Preserve access to Medicaid & SCHIP during economic downturn: Strongly Favors topic 5
Expand the National Health Service Corps: Strongly Favors topic 5
Expand health services for women veterans: Favors topic 5
NO on allowing tribal Indians to opt out of federal healthcare: Strongly Favors topic 5
NO on means-testing to determine Medicare Part D premium: Favors topic 5
NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts: Favors topic 5
NO on Medicare means-testing: Favors topic 5
NO on limiting self-employment health deduction: 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
YES on increasing Medicaid rebate for producing generics: Favors 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
NO on limiting medical liability lawsuits to $250,000: Opposes 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
Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Create Retirement Savings Accounts: Favors topic 6
Rated 90% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Supports individual savings accounts and work incentives: Favors topic 6
NO on allowing Roth IRAs for retirees: Opposes topic 6
NO on allowing personal retirement accounts: Opposes topic 6
NO on using the Social Security Surplus to fund tax reductions: Opposes topic 6
Strongly Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Offer every parent Charter Schools and public school choice: Opposes topic 7
Firmly opposed to Bush’s voucher proposal: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Rated 100% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes: Strongly Opposes topic 7
NO on school vouchers in DC: Strongly Opposes topic 7
NO on education savings accounts: Opposes topic 7
NO on allowing more flexibility in federal school rules: Strongly Opposes topic 7
NO on Educational Savings Accounts: Opposes topic 7
YES on funding smaller classes instead of private tutors: Opposes topic 7
YES on funding student testing instead of private tutors: Opposes topic 7
YES on $5B for grants to local educational agencies: Opposes topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
Human needs over animal rights
(+5 points on Social scale)
Supports grants for brownfields remediation: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Rated 58% by the LCV, indicating a mixed record on environment: Neutral on topic 8
Make tax deduction permanent for conservation easements: Opposes topic 8
Sponsored matching grants for wetlands conservation projects: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Regulating 15 more contaminants under Clean Water Act: Strongly Opposes topic 8
YES on protecting ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems: Opposes topic 8
YES on reducing funds for road-building in National Forests: Favors topic 8
NO on prohibiting eminent domain for use as parks or grazing land: Opposes topic 8
Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-3 points on Social scale)
Broaden use of death penalty: Strongly Favors topic 9
Truth in sentencing for violent criminals: Strongly Favors topic 9
Rated 38% by CURE, indicating mixed votes on rehabilitation: Neutral on topic 9
Increase funding for "COPS ON THE BEAT" program: Opposes topic 9
Permanent crime database for volunteers with kids: Favors topic 9
More prison cells; more truth in sentencing: Strongly Favors topic 9
Life imprisonment for repeat sexual predators: Strongly Favors topic 9
NO on replacing death penalty with life imprisonment: Strongly Favors topic 9
YES on making federal death penalty appeals harder: Strongly Favors topic 9
NO on maintaining right of habeas corpus in Death Penalty Appeals: Favors topic 9
NO on more penalties for gun & drug violations: Opposes topic 9
YES on $1.15 billion per year to continue the COPS program: Opposes topic 9
Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Prevent unauthorized firearm use with "smart gun" technology: Opposes topic 10
Rated C+ by the NRA, indicating a mixed voting record on gun rights: Neutral on topic 10
YES on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets: Strongly Opposes topic 10
NO on maintaining current law: guns sold without trigger locks: Strongly Opposes topic 10
NO on loosening license & background checks at gun shows: Opposes topic 10
YES on background checks at gun shows: Strongly Opposes topic 10
YES on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers: Strongly Favors topic 10
YES on prohibiting foreign & UN aid that restricts US gun ownership: Favors topic 10
YES on allowing firearms in checked baggage on Amtrak trains: Favors topic 10
Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Rated 16% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes: Strongly Favors topic 11
Rated 60% by CTJ, indicating a mixed record on progressive taxation: Neutral on topic 11
Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Make employee educational assistance tax-deductible: Favors topic 11
Implement socially fair, broad-based tax cuts: Favors topic 11
NO on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset: Favors topic 11
NO on Internet sales tax moratorium: Favors topic 11
NO on requiring super-majority for raising taxes: Favors topic 11
NO on phasing out the estate tax ("death tax"): Favors topic 11
NO on eliminating the 'marriage penalty': Favors 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
YES on extending the tax cuts on capital gains and dividends: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on $47B for military by repealing capital gains tax cut: Favors topic 11
YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends: Strongly Opposes 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
Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+2 points on Social scale)
For official English; against illegal immigrant citizenship: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Rated 25% by USBC, indicating an open-border stance: Strongly Favors topic 12
Rated B+ by the ALI, indicating an acceptably anti-amnesty stance: Opposes topic 12
YES on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities": Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on prohibiting illegal immigrants from receiving FEMA benefits: Opposes topic 12
YES on limiting immigrant benefits & controlling borders more tightly: Opposes topic 12
NO on limit welfare for immigrants: Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on visas for skilled workers: Favors topic 12
NO on allowing more foreign workers into the US for farm work: Opposes 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
YES on building a fence along the Mexican border: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Build a rule-based global trading system: Favors topic 13
Free & fair trade is key to economic growth : Strongly Favors topic 13
Quick vote on PNTR; China into WTO: Neutral on topic 13
Promote the Andean Free Trade Agreement: Strongly Favors topic 13
Rated 17% by CATO, indicating a pro-fair trade voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Insist on access to post-mad-cow Japanese beef markets: Favors topic 13
Promote fair trade restricting Canadian wheat: Opposes topic 13
YES on renewing 'fast track' presidential trade authority: 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
NO on extending free trade to Andean nations: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NO on establishing free trade between US & Singapore: Opposes topic 13
NO on establishing free trade between the US and Chile: Opposes topic 13
NO on implementing CAFTA for Central America free-trade: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NO on free trade agreement with Oman: Strongly Opposes topic 13
YES on promoting free trade with Peru: Favors topic 13
Strongly Opposes topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(-5 points on Social scale)
Allow travel between the United States and Cuba: Opposes topic 14
NO on requiring FISA court warrant to monitor US-to-foreign calls: Favors topic 14
YES on $17.9 billion to IMF: Opposes topic 14
NO on capping foreign aid at only $12.7 billion: Strongly Opposes topic 14
YES on preserving habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees: Strongly Opposes topic 14
YES on requiring CIA reports on detainees & interrogation methods: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Neutral on topic 15:
Expand the military
(0 points on Social scale)
Rated 100% by SANE, indicating a pro-peace voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Extend reserve retirement pay parity back to 9/11: Favors topic 15
Reduce federal government size & scope, including military: Opposes topic 15
NO on favoring 36 vetoed military projects: Strongly Opposes topic 15
NO on allowing another round of military base closures: Favors topic 15
YES on military pay raise of 4.8%: Strongly Favors topic 15
YES on deploying National Missile Defense ASAP: Strongly Favors 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)
Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures: Strongly Favors topic 16
Military spouses don't lose voting residency while abroad: Favors topic 16
YES on favoring 1997 McCain-Feingold overhaul of campaign finance: Favors topic 16
YES on banning campaign donations from unions & corporations: Favors topic 16
YES on banning "soft money" contributions and restricting issue ads: Favors topic 16
NO on establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity: Opposes topic 16
YES on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Opposes topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(-3 points on Social scale)
Progressive Internationalism: globalize with US pre-eminence: Favors topic 17
Multi-year commitment to Africa for food & medicine: Strongly Favors topic 17
Require Congress' approval before military action in Iran: Favors topic 17
Sanctions on Iran to end nuclear program: Opposes topic 17
YES on authorizing use of military force against Iraq: Strongly Opposes topic 17
NO on redeploying troops out of Iraq by July 2007: Strongly Opposes topic 17
NO on redeploying non-essential US troops out of Iraq in 9 months: Opposes topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Doubled the Renewable Fuel Standard: Strongly Favors topic 18
Supports tradable emissions permits for greenhouse gases: Favors topic 18
Make EPA into a Cabinet department: Strongly Favors topic 18
Keep efficient air conditioner rule to conserve energy: Strongly Favors topic 18
Rated 100% by the CAF, indicating support for energy independence: Favors topic 18
Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025: Strongly Favors topic 18
Supports immediate reductions in greenhouse gases: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases: Favors topic 18
NO on defunding renewable and solar energy: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on ending discussion of CAFE fuel efficiency standards: Opposes topic 18
NO on preserving budget for ANWR oil drilling: Favors topic 18
YES on terminating CAFE standards within 15 months: Strongly Opposes 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 on addressing CO2 emissions without considering India & China: Opposes topic 18
YES on tax incentives for energy production and conservation: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on requiring full Senate debate and vote on cap-and-trade: Favors topic 18
YES on protecting middle-income taxpayers from a national energy tax: Opposes 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)
Rated D by VOTE-HEMP, indicating an anti-hemp voting record: Strongly Favors topic 19
Federal grants to Indian tribes to fight methamphetamine: Strongly Favors topic 19
Require chemical resellers to certify against meth use: Favors topic 19
NO on more penalties for gun & drug violations: Opposes topic 19
NO on increasing penalties for drug offenses: Opposes topic 19
Strongly Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Expand microloans to small businesses: Favors topic 20
Rated 86% by UFCW, indicating an anti-management/pro-labor record: Favors topic 20
Raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2016: Favors topic 20
YES on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million: Strongly 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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