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Spencer Abraham on Abortion
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  • Voted YES on maintaining ban on Military Base Abortions. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on banning human cloning. (Feb 1998)
Spencer Abraham on Budget & Economy
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  • No price caps on electricity; focus on reducing demand. (Feb 2001)
  • Voted YES on prioritizing national debt reduction below tax cuts. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted YES on 1998 GOP budget. (May 1997)
  • Voted YES on Balanced-budget constitutional amendment. (Mar 1997)
Spencer Abraham on Civil Rights
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  • Voted NO on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on setting aside 10% of highway funds for minorities & women. (Mar 1998)
  • Voted YES on ending special funding for minority & women-owned business. (Oct 1997)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted YES on Amendment to prohibit flag burning. (Dec 1995)
  • Voted YES on banning affirmative action hiring with federal funds. (Jul 1995)
Spencer Abraham on Corporations
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Spencer Abraham on Crime
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  • Voted YES on $1.15 billion per year to continue the COPS program. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on limiting death penalty appeals. (Apr 1996)
  • Voted YES on limiting product liability punitive damage awards. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted YES on restricting class-action lawsuits. (Dec 1995)
  • Voted YES on repealing federal speed limits. (Jun 1995)
Spencer Abraham on Drugs
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  • Voted YES on increasing penalties for drug offenses. (Nov 1999)
  • Voted YES on spending international development funds on drug control. (Jul 1996)
Spencer Abraham on Education
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  • Voted YES on Educational Savings Accounts. (Mar 2000)
  • Voted YES on declaring memorial prayers and religious symbols OK at schools. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on allowing more flexibility in federal school rules. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted YES on education savings accounts. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted YES on school vouchers in DC. (Sep 1997)
  • Voted YES on $75M for abstinence education. (Jul 1996)
Spencer Abraham on Energy & Oil
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  • 2003 FutureGen initiative: coal with carbon capture. (Nov 2009)
  • Voted YES on preserving budget for ANWR oil drilling. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted NO on ending discussion of CAFE fuel efficiency standards. (Sep 1999)
  • Voted YES on defunding renewable and solar energy. (Jun 1999)
  • Voted YES on approving a nuclear waste repository. (Apr 1997)
  • Member of Bush’s National Energy Policy Development Group. (May 2001)
  • Tax credits & more funding for renewable energy research. (May 2001)
  • Open small fraction of ANWR for regulated production . (May 2001)
  • Long-term energy stability avoids high-polluting emergencies. (May 2001)
Spencer Abraham on Environment
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  • Voted YES on more funding for forest roads and fish habitat. (Sep 1999)
  • Voted YES on transportation demo projects. (Mar 1998)
  • Voted NO on reducing funds for road-building in National Forests. (Sep 1997)
  • Fund studies of invasive species and algal blooms. (Mar 1998)
Spencer Abraham on Families & Children
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  • Voted NO on killing restrictions on violent videos to minors. (May 1999)
Spencer Abraham on Foreign Policy
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  • Voted NO on killing a bill for trade sanctions if China sells weapons. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted YES on capping foreign aid at only $12.7 billion. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES 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 NO on $17.9 billion to IMF. (Mar 1998)
  • Voted YES on Strengthening of the trade embargo against Cuba. (Mar 1996)
Spencer Abraham on Free Trade
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  • 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)
  • Voted YES on imposing trade sanctions on Japan for closed market. (May 1995)
Spencer Abraham on Government Reform
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  • Defend constitutional thinking of America's founders. (Jun 2009)
  • Oversaw Enron’s role in California energy crisis. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted YES on funding for National Endowment for the Arts. (Aug 1999)
  • Voted NO on favoring 1997 McCain-Feingold overhaul of campaign finance. (Oct 1997)
  • Voted YES on Approving the presidential line-item veto. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted NO on banning more types of Congressional gifts. (Jul 1995)
Spencer Abraham on Gun Control
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  • Close the “gun show loophole” with 24-hour background check. (May 1999)
  • No heavy regulatory schemes; focus on misuse. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on background checks at gun shows. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on more penalties for gun & drug violations. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on loosening license & background checks at gun shows. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on maintaining current law: guns sold without trigger locks. (Jul 1998)
Spencer Abraham on Health Care
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  • Voted NO on including prescription drugs under Medicare. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on limiting self-employment health deduction. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on increasing tobacco restrictions. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted NO on Medicare means-testing. (Jun 1997)
  • Voted NO on blocking medical savings acounts. (Apr 1996)
  • Collect data on birth defects and present to the public. (Apr 1998)
Spencer Abraham on Homeland Security
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  • Voted NO on adopting the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on allowing another round of military base closures. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES 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 YES 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)
  • Voted YES on considering deploying NMD, and amending ABM Treaty. (Jun 1996)
  • Voted YES on 1996 Defense Appropriations. (Sep 1995)
Spencer Abraham on Immigration
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  • Pro-immigrant; treat legals & illegals separately. (Jan 2001)
  • Against Anti-Terrorism Law; too hard on immigrants. (Jan 2001)
  • Voted YES on allowing more foreign workers into the US for farm work. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted YES on visas for skilled workers. (May 1998)
  • Voted YES on limit welfare for immigrants. (Jun 1997)
Spencer Abraham on Jobs
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  • Bipartisanship needed to assist farm exports & migrants. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on killing an increase in the minimum wage. (Nov 1999)
  • Voted YES on allowing workers to choose between overtime & comp-time. (May 1997)
  • Voted YES on replacing farm price supports. (Feb 1996)
Spencer Abraham on Principles & Values
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  • Consistent conservative in Senate votes. (Jan 2001)
  • Religious affiliation: Eastern Orthodox. (Nov 2000)
Spencer Abraham on Social Security
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  • Voted YES on Social Security Lockbox & limiting national debt. (Apr 1999)
  • Voted YES on allowing Roth IRAs for retirees. (May 1998)
  • Voted YES on allowing personal retirement accounts. (Apr 1998)
  • Voted YES on deducting Social Security payments on income taxes. (May 1996)
Spencer Abraham on Tax Reform
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  • Voted YES on eliminating the 'marriage penalty'. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on across-the-board spending cut. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on requiring super-majority for raising taxes. (Apr 1998)
Spencer Abraham on Technology
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  • Voted YES on Internet sales tax moratorium. (Oct 1998)
  • Voted YES on telecomm deregulation. (Feb 1996)
Spencer Abraham on War & Peace
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  • Voted YES on allowing all necessary force in Kosovo. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on authorizing air strikes in Kosovo. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted YES on ending the Bosnian arms embargo. (Jul 1995)
Spencer Abraham on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Voted YES on welfare block grants. (Aug 1996)
  • Voted NO on eliminating block grants for food stamps. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on allowing state welfare waivers. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on welfare overhaul. (Sep 1995)
  • Promote energy security with more LIHEAP spending. (May 2001)


VoteMatch Responses
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VoteMatch Question & Answer
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Based on these stances:
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Strongly Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(-5 points on Social scale)
YES on Unknown roll call for 1999-340: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on maintaining ban on Military Base Abortions: Opposes topic 1
Strongly Opposes topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(+5 points on Economic scale)
YES on banning affirmative action hiring with federal funds: Strongly Opposes topic 2
YES on ending special funding for minority & women-owned business: Strongly Opposes topic 2
YES on prohibiting same-sex basic training: Opposes topic 2
NO on setting aside 10% of highway funds for minorities & women: Opposes topic 2
Strongly Opposes topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(-5 points on Social scale)
YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
NO on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation: Strongly Opposes topic 3
NO on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation: Opposes topic 3
Strongly Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-5 points on Social scale)
YES on $75M for abstinence education: Strongly Favors 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
Opposes topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(+2 points on Economic scale)
NO on blocking medical savings acounts: Opposes topic 5
NO on Medicare means-testing: Favors topic 5
YES on limiting self-employment health deduction: Opposes topic 5
NO on including prescription drugs under Medicare: Opposes topic 5
Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+2 points on Economic scale)
YES on deducting Social Security payments on income taxes: Favors topic 6
YES on allowing Roth IRAs for retirees: Favors topic 6
YES on allowing personal retirement accounts: Favors topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+5 points on Economic scale)
YES on school vouchers in DC: Strongly Favors topic 7
YES on education savings accounts: Favors topic 7
YES on allowing more flexibility in federal school rules: Strongly Favors topic 7
YES on Educational Savings Accounts: Favors topic 7
Opposes topic 8:
No 'rights' to clean air and water
(+2 points on Social scale)
Fund studies of invasive species and algal blooms: Opposes topic 8
NO on reducing funds for road-building in National Forests: Opposes topic 8
Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-3 points on Social scale)
YES on limiting death penalty appeals: Favors topic 9
YES on more penalties for gun & drug violations: Favors topic 9
YES on $1.15 billion per year to continue the COPS program: Opposes topic 9
Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Close the “gun show loophole” with 24-hour background check: Opposes topic 10
No heavy regulatory schemes; focus on misuse: Favors topic 10
YES on maintaining current law: guns sold without trigger locks: Strongly Favors topic 10
YES on loosening license & background checks at gun shows: Favors topic 10
NO on background checks at gun shows: Strongly Favors topic 10
Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
YES on Internet sales tax moratorium: Opposes topic 11
YES on requiring super-majority for raising taxes: Opposes topic 11
YES on eliminating the 'marriage penalty': Opposes topic 11
YES on prioritizing national debt reduction below tax cuts: Opposes topic 11
Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+2 points on Social scale)
Pro-immigrant; treat legals & illegals separately: Favors topic 12
Pro-immigrant; treat legals & illegals separately: Opposes topic 12
Against Anti-Terrorism Law; too hard on immigrants: Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on limit welfare for immigrants: Strongly Opposes topic 12
YES on visas for skilled workers: Favors topic 12
YES on allowing more foreign workers into the US for farm work: Favors topic 12
Strongly Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+5 points on Economic scale)
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
Strongly Favors topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(+5 points on Economic scale)
NO on $17.9 billion to IMF: Favors topic 14
YES on capping foreign aid at only $12.7 billion: Strongly Favors topic 14
Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-3 points on Social scale)
YES on 1996 Defense Appropriations: Favors topic 15
YES on considering deploying NMD, and amending ABM Treaty: Favors 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
Opposes topic 16:
More enforcement of the right to vote
(-3 points on Social scale)
NO on favoring 1997 McCain-Feingold overhaul of campaign finance: Opposes topic 16
No opinion on topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Opposes topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Tax credits & more funding for renewable energy research: Favors topic 18
Open small fraction of ANWR for regulated production : Strongly Opposes topic 18
YES on defunding renewable and solar energy: Strongly Opposes topic 18
NO on ending discussion of CAFE fuel efficiency standards: Favors topic 18
YES on preserving budget for ANWR oil drilling: Opposes topic 18
Strongly Favors topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(-5 points on Social scale)
YES on spending international development funds on drug control: Strongly Favors topic 19
YES on more penalties for gun & drug violations: Favors topic 19
YES on increasing penalties for drug offenses: Favors topic 19
No opinion on topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)

Spencer Abraham is a Libertarian-Leaning Conservative.
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