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Tom Carper on Abortion
Click here for 15 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Fund Planned Parenthood; contraception reduces abortion. (Oct 2012)
  • 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 NO 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 expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Apr 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 YES 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)
  • Rated 50% by NARAL, indicating a mixed voting record on abortion. (Dec 2003)
  • Expand embryonic stem cell research. (Jun 2004)
  • Rated 25% by the NRLC, indicating a mixed record on abortion. (Dec 2006)
  • Ensure access to and funding for contraception. (Feb 2007)
  • Focus on preventing pregnancy, plus emergency contraception. (Jan 2009)
Tom Carper on Budget & Economy
Click here for 7 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • Criticizes ‘Splurging Away’ Surplus. (Aug 2000)
  • Voted YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures. (May 2009)
  • Voted YES on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package. (Feb 2009)
  • Voted YES on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted NO on paying down federal debt by rating programs' effectiveness. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on $40B in reduced federal overall spending. (Dec 2005)
Tom Carper on Civil Rights
Click here for 18 full quotes on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Let state legislatures decide who can get married. (Oct 2012)
  • Repeal DOMA; it's unconstitutional. (Oct 2012)
  • Repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. (Oct 2012)
  • Favors requiring companies to hire more women & minorities. (Sep 2000)
  • Supports “Sexual orientation protected by civil rights laws”. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • 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)
  • Shift from group preferences to economic empowerment of all. (Aug 2000)
  • Rated 40% by the ACLU, indicating a mixed civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Rated 67% by the HRC, indicating a mixed record on gay rights. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 79% by NAACP, indicating a mixed record on affirmative-action. (Dec 2006)
  • Endorsed as "preferred" by The Feminist Majority indicating pro-women's rights. (Aug 2012)
  • Enforce against anti-gay discrimination in public schools. (Jun 2013)
  • Investigate deportation of Japanese during WWII. (Jan 2009)
  • Decide Indian gaming rules at state level, not DOI. (Jul 1999)
Tom Carper on Corporations
Click here for 7 full quotes on Corporations OR background on Corporations.
  • Roadmap for deficit reduction should raise corporate taxes. (Oct 2012)
  • 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)
  • Rated 70% by the US COC, indicating a pro-business voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 71% by UFCW, indicating a mixed management/labor voting record. (May 2012)
  • Bankruptcy reform: prevent inappropriate Chapter 7 filings. (May 1999)
Tom Carper on Crime
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  • Supports mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws. (Sep 2000)
  • Agressively clean up criminal “hot spots”. (Jun 2000)
  • Keep violent offendors behind bars. (Jan 2000)
  • Voted YES on reinstating $1.15 billion funding for the COPS Program. (Mar 2007)
  • More funding and stricter sentencing for hate crimes. (Apr 2001)
  • Facilitate recovering crime victim restitution fees. (Apr 2011)
  • Tougher juvenile crime penalties; but let states set them. (Aug 1999)
Tom Carper on Drugs
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  • Supports “Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it”. (Sep 2000)
  • Monitor hot spots and parolees to ensure “Safe Streets”. (Jun 2000)
  • More federal funding for all aspects of Drug War. (Aug 2000)
Tom Carper on Education
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  • Introduce market forces into our schools. (Oct 2006)
  • Opposes parents choosing schools via vouchers. (Sep 2000)
  • Focus on discipline in schools. (Jan 1999)
  • Public school choice OK. (Aug 2000)
  • 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)
  • Offer every parent Charter Schools and public school choice. (Aug 2000)
  • Three R’s: $35B for Reinvestment,Reinvention,Responsibility. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 82% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Support the goals and ideals of Charter Schools. (May 2007)
Tom Carper on Energy & Oil
Click here for 25 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • Supports spending resources to stop Global Warming. (Sep 2000)
  • More funding for Amtrak’s high-speed rail. (May 2000)
  • Voted NO on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted NO on protecting middle-income taxpayers from a national energy tax. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted NO on requiring full Senate debate and vote on cap-and-trade. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on tax incentives for energy production and conservation. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on addressing CO2 emissions without considering India & China. (May 2008)
  • Voted YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on making oil-producing and exporting cartels illegal. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on factoring global warming into federal project planning. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on disallowing an oil leasing program in Alaska's ANWR. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted NO 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)
  • Supports tradable emissions permits for greenhouse gases. (Aug 2000)
  • Voluntary partnerships reduce greenhouse gases economically. (Aug 2000)
  • Kyoto Treaty must include reductions by all countries. (Aug 2000)
  • Keep efficient air conditioner rule to conserve energy. (Mar 2004)
  • Rated 67% by CAF, indicating a mixed record on energy independence. (Dec 2006)
  • Maintain federal funds for transit funding above 12.5% cap. (Jul 1999)
Tom Carper on Environment
Click here for 11 full quotes on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • 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)
  • Rated 89% by the LCV, indicating pro-environment votes. (Dec 2003)
  • EPA must do better on mercury clean-up. (Apr 2004)
  • Establish commission to examine Katrina response. (Sep 2005)
  • Regulate all dog breeders down to kennels of 50 dogs. (Feb 2011)
  • Rated 80% by HSLF, indicating a pro-animal welfare voting record. (Jan 2012)
  • Sponsored no permits for legal pesticide runoff into lakes & streams. (Apr 2013)
Tom Carper on Families & Children
Click here for 4 full quotes on Families & Children OR background on Families & Children.
  • Give parents tools to balance work and family. (Aug 2000)
  • Rated 16% by the Christian Coalition: an anti-Family-Value voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • More funding & services for victims of domestic violence. (Jan 2013)
  • Keep TANF program focused on family welfare, not other tasks. (Mar 1999)
Tom Carper on Foreign Policy
Click here for 9 full quotes on Foreign Policy OR background on Foreign Policy.
  • Keep lid on North Korea until reunification, like Germany. (Oct 2006)
  • Supports continuing Foreign Aid to Russia, Israel, & others. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted YES on cooperating with India as a nuclear power. (Oct 2008)
  • Voted YES on enlarging NATO to include Eastern Europe. (May 2002)
  • Progressive Internationalism: globalize with US pre-eminence. (Aug 2000)
  • Implement Darfur Peace Agreement with UN peacekeeping force. (Feb 2008)
  • Seeds of Peace: promote coexistence in regions of conflict. (Apr 2008)
  • Rated 0 by AAI, indicating a mixed Arab/Palestine voting record. (May 2012)
  • Pressure friendly Arab states to end Israeli boycott. (Oct 2007)
Tom Carper on Free Trade
Click here for 12 full quotes on Free Trade OR background on Free Trade.
  • Work very, very hard to knock down trade barriers. (Oct 2012)
  • Supports expanding Free Trade. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted YES on promoting free trade with Peru. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted NO on free trade agreement with Oman. (Jun 2006)
  • 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)
  • Build a rule-based global trading system. (Aug 2000)
  • Rated 50% by CATO, indicating a mixed record on trade issues. (Dec 2002)
Tom Carper on Government Reform
Click here for 15 full quotes on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • I never received any money from Jack Abramoff. (Oct 2006)
  • 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 NO on requiring photo ID to vote in federal elections. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted NO 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 NO on require photo ID (not just signature) for voter registration. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted YES on banning campaign donations from unions & corporations. (Apr 2001)
  • Voluntary public financing for all general elections. (Aug 2000)
  • Require Internet disclosure of all earmarks. (May 2010)
  • Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures. (Jul 2012)
  • Repeal automatic Congressional pay raises. (Jan 2009)
  • More federal funding for FAA and air traffic control. (Jul 1999)
Tom Carper on Gun Control
Click here for 9 full quotes on Gun Control OR background on Gun Control.
  • Opposes absolute right to gun ownership. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted YES on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets. (Apr 2013)
  • Voted NO on allowing firearms in checked baggage on Amtrak trains. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting foreign & UN aid that restricts US gun ownership. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on banning lawsuits against gun manufacturers for gun violence. (Mar 2004)
  • Prevent unauthorized firearm use with "smart gun" technology. (Aug 2000)
  • Close the Gun Show Loophole; restrict show sales. (May 2009)
  • Ban large-capacity ammunition. (Jan 2013)
Tom Carper on Health Care
Click here for 25 full quotes on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • Suffers from glaucoma & high blood pressure. (Oct 2012)
  • I don't expect to read confusing ObamaCare bill. (May 2010)
  • Supports More Federal Funding for Health Coverage. (Sep 2000)
  • Universal coverage for children is within our grasp. (Jan 1999)
  • 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 YES 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 YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Apr 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)
  • Establish "report cards" on HMO quality of care. (Aug 2000)
  • Let states make bulk Rx purchases, and other innovations. (May 2003)
  • Rated 71% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record. (Dec 2003)
  • Establish a national childhood cancer database. (Mar 2007)
  • Protect state tobacco settlement funds from federal seizure. (Apr 1999)
Tom Carper on Homeland Security
Click here for 16 full quotes on Homeland Security OR background on Homeland Security.
  • 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 YES on requiring FISA court warrant to monitor US-to-foreign calls. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted YES on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted YES on limiting soldiers' deployment to 12 months. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted YES on implementing the 9/11 Commission report. (Mar 2007)
  • 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 NO 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)
  • Rated 90% by SANE, indicating a pro-peace voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Apply habeas corpus to Guantanamo detainees. (Jul 2007)
  • 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)
Tom Carper on Immigration
Click here for 11 full quotes on Immigration OR background on Immigration.
  • If immigrants stay out of trouble, they can stay. (Oct 2012)
  • No one proposes that illegal aliens receive Social Security. (Oct 2006)
  • Voted YES on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities". (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on comprehensive immigration reform. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on declaring English as the official language of the US government. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the "Y" nonimmigrant guestworker program. (May 2007)
  • 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)
  • Rated 25% by USBC, indicating an open-border stance. (Dec 2006)
Tom Carper on Jobs
Click here for 13 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 NO on limiting farm subsidies to people earning under $750,000. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted YES on restricting employer interference in union organizing. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on increasing minimum wage to $7.25. (Feb 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)
  • Protect overtime pay protections. (Jun 2003)
  • Rated 77% by the AFL-CIO, indicating a pro-union voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Allow an Air Traffic Controller's Union. (Jan 2006)
  • Form unions by card-check instead of secret ballot. (Mar 2009)
  • Ban discriminatory compensation; allow 2 years to sue. (Jan 2009)
Tom Carper on Principles & Values
Click here for 16 full quotes on Principles & Values OR background on Principles & Values.
  • We need bridge-builders in Washington. (Oct 2012)
  • Rumors about my health are "baloney" and "hogwash". (Oct 2012)
  • 2000: Twenty debates are "the Delaware way". (May 2012)
  • I’ve built bipartisan coalitions in the US Senate. (Oct 2006)
  • Voted YES on confirming of Sonia Sotomayor to Supreme Court. (Aug 2009)
  • 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)
  • Religious affiliation: Presbyterian. (Nov 2000)
  • Supports Hyde Park Declaration of "Third Way" centrism. (Aug 2000)
  • Member of National Governors Association. (Jan 2000)
  • Member of Democratic Leadership Council. (Nov 2000)
  • New Democrat: "Third Way" instead of left-right debate. (Nov 2000)
  • Member of the Senate New Democrat Coalition. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 67% by the AU, a mixed record on church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
  • Member of Democratic Leadership Council. (Nov 2007)
  • Rated 0% by the AU, indicating support of separation of church & state. (Jan 2013)
Tom Carper on Social Security
Click here for 6 full quotes on Social Security OR background on Social Security.
  • Private accounts as an add-on, not full privatization. (Oct 2012)
  • Opposes privatizing Social Security. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted NO on establishing reserve funds & pre-funding for Social Security. (Mar 2007)
  • Create Retirement Savings Accounts. (Aug 2000)
  • Rated 60% by the ARA, indicating a mixed record on senior issues. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 82% by ARA, indicating a mixed record on senior issues. (Jan 2013)
Tom Carper on Tax Reform
Click here for 20 full quotes on Tax Reform OR background on Tax Reform.
  • Broaden the base of taxable income by removing deductions. (Oct 2012)
  • Opposes making income tax flatter & lower. (Sep 2000)
  • Likes cutting taxes, but fairly and sustainably. (Aug 2000)
  • Remove marriage tax & estate tax; but no $1.9T tax cut. (Aug 2000)
  • Voted NO 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 repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on raising estate tax exemption to $5 million. (Mar 2007)
  • 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 NO on reducing marriage penalty instead of cutting top tax rates. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on increasing tax deductions for college tuition. (May 2001)
  • No national sales tax or VAT. (Feb 2000)
  • Rated 16% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 100% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
Tom Carper on Technology
Click here for 8 full quotes on Technology OR background on Technology.
  • Supports a tax-free Internet. (Mar 1998)
  • 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)
  • Chief information officer to digitize federal government. (Aug 2000)
  • Fund nanomaterial research project for car batteries. (Mar 2007)
  • Website for competitive federal awards. (Jun 2008)
Tom Carper on War & Peace
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  • Multinational embargo, not unilateral, against North Korea. (Oct 2006)
  • 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 YES on redeploying US troops out of Iraq by March 2008. (Mar 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)
  • Condemns anti-Muslim bigotry in name of anti-terrorism. (Oct 2001)
  • Iranian nuclear weapons: prevention instead of containment. (May 2012)
  • Sanctions on Iran to end nuclear program. (Apr 2009)
Tom Carper on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Opposes allowing churches to provide welfare services. (Sep 2000)
  • $15M in community development grants & loans. (Jan 2000)
  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Finish welfare reform by moving able recipients into jobs. (Aug 2000)


VoteMatch Responses
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VoteMatch Question & Answer
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Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+2 points on Social scale)
Fund Planned Parenthood; contraception reduces abortion: Strongly Favors topic 1
Rated 50% by NARAL, indicating a mixed voting record on abortion: Neutral on topic 1
Expand embryonic stem cell research: Favors topic 1
Rated 25% by the NRLC, indicating a mixed record on abortion: Neutral on topic 1
Ensure access to and funding for contraception: Favors topic 1
Focus on preventing pregnancy, plus emergency contraception: Favors topic 1
NO on prohibiting minors crossing state lines for abortion: Strongly Favors topic 1
NO on defining unborn child as eligible for SCHIP: Favors topic 1
YES on banning partial birth abortions except for maternal life: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on criminal penalty for harming unborn fetus during other crime: Opposes 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
YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines: Favors 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
Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Favors requiring companies to hire more women & minorities: Favors topic 2
Shift from group preferences to economic empowerment of all: Neutral on topic 2
Rated 79% by NAACP, indicating a mixed record on affirmative-action: Neutral on topic 2
Endorsed as "preferred" by The Feminist Majority indicating pro-women's rights: Strongly 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
Investigate deportation of Japanese during WWII: Favors topic 2
YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act: Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
Let state legislatures decide who can get married: Favors topic 3
Repeal DOMA; it's unconstitutional: Strongly Favors topic 3
Repeal the Defense of Marriage Act: Favors topic 3
Supports “Sexual orientation protected by civil rights laws”: Strongly Favors topic 3
More funding and stricter sentencing for hate crimes: Strongly Favors topic 3
Rated 67% by the HRC, indicating a mixed record on gay rights: Neutral on topic 3
Repeal Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell, and reinstate discharged gays: Favors topic 3
Enforce against anti-gay discrimination in public schools: Strongly 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
Strongly Opposes topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(+5 points on Social scale)
Opposes allowing churches to provide welfare services: Opposes topic 4
Rated 16% by the Christian Coalition: an anti-Family-Value voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Rated 67% by the AU, a mixed record on church-state separation: Neutral on topic 4
Rated 0% by the AU, indicating support of separation of church & state: Strongly Opposes topic 4
NO on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration: Opposes topic 4
Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-3 points on Economic scale)
I don't expect to read confusing ObamaCare bill: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Supports More Federal Funding for Health Coverage: Favors topic 5
Universal coverage for children is within our grasp: Strongly Favors topic 5
Establish "report cards" on HMO quality of care: Favors topic 5
Let states make bulk Rx purchases, and other innovations: Opposes topic 5
Rated 71% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record: Strongly Favors topic 5
Protect state tobacco settlement funds from federal seizure: Neutral on topic 5
NO on allowing tribal Indians to opt out of federal healthcare: Strongly Favors topic 5
YES on means-testing to determine Medicare Part D premium: Opposes topic 5
NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts: 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 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
Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Private accounts as an add-on, not full privatization: Favors topic 6
Opposes privatizing Social Security: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Create Retirement Savings Accounts: Favors topic 6
Rated 60% by the ARA, indicating a mixed record on senior issues: Neutral on topic 6
Rated 82% by ARA, indicating a mixed record on senior issues: Neutral on topic 6
NO on establishing reserve funds & pre-funding for Social Security: Opposes topic 6
Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Introduce market forces into our schools: Favors topic 7
Opposes parents choosing schools via vouchers: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Public school choice OK: Opposes topic 7
Offer every parent Charter Schools and public school choice: Opposes topic 7
Rated 82% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Support the goals and ideals of Charter Schools: Favors 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
Opposes topic 8:
No 'rights' to clean air and water
(+2 points on Social scale)
Rated 89% by the LCV, indicating pro-environment votes: Strongly Opposes topic 8
EPA must do better on mercury clean-up: Opposes topic 8
Regulate all dog breeders down to kennels of 50 dogs: Opposes topic 8
Sponsored no permits for legal pesticide runoff into lakes & streams: Strongly Favors topic 8
YES on protecting ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems: Opposes 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)
Supports mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws: Favors topic 9
Agressively clean up criminal “hot spots”: Strongly Favors topic 9
Keep violent offendors behind bars: Strongly Favors topic 9
$15M in community development grants & loans: Opposes topic 9
Focus on discipline in schools: Favors topic 9
Facilitate recovering crime victim restitution fees: Strongly Favors topic 9
Tougher juvenile crime penalties; but let states set them: Favors topic 9
YES on reinstating $1.15 billion funding for the COPS Program: Opposes topic 9
Strongly Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Opposes absolute right to gun ownership: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Prevent unauthorized firearm use with "smart gun" technology: Opposes topic 10
Close the Gun Show Loophole; restrict show sales: Opposes topic 10
Ban large-capacity ammunition: Opposes topic 10
YES on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets: Strongly Opposes topic 10
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
YES on prohibiting foreign & UN aid that restricts US gun ownership: Favors topic 10
NO on allowing firearms in checked baggage on Amtrak trains: Opposes topic 10
Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Roadmap for deficit reduction should raise corporate taxes: Strongly Favors topic 11
If immigrants stay out of trouble, they can stay: Favors topic 11
Broaden the base of taxable income by removing deductions: Opposes topic 11
Opposes making income tax flatter & lower: Favors topic 11
Criticizes ‘Splurging Away’ Surplus: Favors topic 11
Likes cutting taxes, but fairly and sustainably: Opposes topic 11
Remove marriage tax & estate tax; but no $1.9T tax cut: Favors topic 11
No national sales tax or VAT: Neutral on topic 11
Rated 16% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes: Strongly Favors topic 11
Rated 100% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation: Strongly 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 reducing marriage penalty instead of cutting top tax rates: Opposes 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
NO on raising estate tax exemption to $5 million: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax: Strongly Favors topic 11
Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+2 points on Social scale)
Rated 25% by USBC, indicating an open-border stance: Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities": Strongly 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
YES on building a fence along the Mexican border: Strongly Opposes topic 12
NO on eliminating the "Y" nonimmigrant guestworker program: Neutral topic 12
YES on declaring English as the official language of the US government: Strongly Opposes topic 12
YES on comprehensive immigration reform: Strongly Favors topic 12
Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Work very, very hard to knock down trade barriers: Strongly Favors topic 13
Supports expanding Free Trade: Favors topic 13
Build a rule-based global trading system: Favors topic 13
Rated 50% by CATO, indicating a mixed record on trade issues: Neutral on 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
NO on free trade agreement with Oman: Strongly Opposes topic 13
YES on promoting free trade with Peru: Favors topic 13
Opposes topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Apply habeas corpus to Guantanamo detainees: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Restore habeas corpus for detainees in the War on Terror: Opposes topic 14
YES on requiring FISA court warrant to monitor US-to-foreign calls: 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
YES on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad: Strongly Favors topic 14
Strongly Opposes topic 15:
Expand the military
(+5 points on Social scale)
Rated 90% by SANE, indicating a pro-peace voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 15
YES on requiring on-budget funding for Iraq, not emergency funding: Opposes topic 15
YES on limiting soldiers' deployment to 12 months: Opposes topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
More enforcement of the right to vote
(+5 points on Social scale)
Require Internet disclosure of all earmarks: Favors topic 16
Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures: Strongly Favors topic 16
Repeal automatic Congressional pay raises: 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
YES on establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity: Favors topic 16
NO on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress: Strongly Favors topic 16
Opposes topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(-3 points on Social scale)
Supports continuing Foreign Aid to Russia, Israel, & others: Strongly Favors topic 17
Progressive Internationalism: globalize with US pre-eminence: Favors topic 17
Iranian nuclear weapons: prevention instead of containment: Strongly Opposes 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
YES on redeploying US troops out of Iraq by March 2008: Strongly Favors topic 17
NO on redeploying non-essential US troops out of Iraq in 9 months: Opposes topic 17
Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Supports spending resources to stop Global Warming: Favors topic 18
More funding for Amtrak’s high-speed rail: Strongly Favors topic 18
Supports tradable emissions permits for greenhouse gases: Favors topic 18
Voluntary partnerships reduce greenhouse gases economically: Neutral on topic 18
Kyoto Treaty must include reductions by all countries: Opposes topic 18
Keep efficient air conditioner rule to conserve energy: Strongly Favors topic 18
Rated 67% by CAF, indicating a mixed record on energy independence: Neutral on topic 18
Fund nanomaterial research project for car batteries: Favors topic 18
NO on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases: 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
YES on factoring global warming into federal project planning: Favors topic 18
YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on addressing CO2 emissions without considering India & China: Favors 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
NO on protecting middle-income taxpayers from a national energy tax: Favors topic 18
YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program: Favors topic 18
Favors topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(-3 points on Social scale)
Supports “Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it”: Favors topic 19
Monitor hot spots and parolees to ensure “Safe Streets”: Favors topic 19
More federal funding for all aspects of Drug War: Favors topic 19
Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Rated 71% by UFCW, indicating a mixed management/labor voting record: Neutral on topic 20
NO on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million: Strongly Opposes 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

Tom Carper is a Moderate Liberal.
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