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Mark Dayton on Welfare & Poverty
Democratic Governor; previously Senator: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Mark Dayton on other issues.
  • No 5-year limit on cash benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Establish a National Affordable Housing Trust Fund. (Jul 2003)
  • Tax credits to promote home ownership in distressed areas. (Apr 2003)
  • Fully fund AmeriCorps. (Jun 2003)

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Jim Abeler on Welfare & Poverty
Republican challenger: Click here for Jim Abeler on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Al Franken on Welfare & Poverty
DFL Jr Senator (MN): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Al Franken on other issues.
  • Guarantee the retirement benefits our workers have earned. (May 2008)
Amy Klobuchar on Welfare & Poverty
DFL Sr Senator (MN): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Amy Klobuchar on other issues.
  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
Dan Severson on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Challenger: Click here for Dan Severson on other issues.
    No stance on record.

House:


Michele Bachmann on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Representative (MN-6); 2011 GOP frontrunner: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Michele Bachmann on other issues.
  • Government subsidizes idleness, dependency, and delinquency. (Nov 2011)
  • Liability shield to allow charities to provide healthcare. (Oct 2011)
  • Voted YES on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Voted NO on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
Chip Cravaack on Welfare & Poverty
Republican (District 8): Click here for Chip Cravaack on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Keith Ellison on Welfare & Poverty
Democrat: Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Keith Ellison on other issues.
  • Voted NO on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Grants for faith-based groups to teach English. (Apr 2011)
  • Sponsored funding re-development of abandoned & foreclosed properties. (Mar 2013)
  • Sponsored maintaining SNAP nutrition assistance program. (Mar 2013)
  • Develop a strategy to eliminate extreme global poverty. (Dec 2007)
  • Public jobs on community-based public interest projects. (Dec 2009)
  • Reduce the concentration of wealth & wage inequality. (Nov 1999)
John Kline on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Representative (MN-2): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for John Kline on other issues.
  • Voted YES on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Voted NO on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted NO on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
Betty McCollum on Welfare & Poverty
Democratic Representative (MN-4): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Betty McCollum on other issues.
  • Voted NO on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted NO on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Sponsored maintaining SNAP nutrition assistance program. (Mar 2013)
  • Develop a strategy to eliminate extreme global poverty. (Dec 2007)
Rick Nolan on Welfare & Poverty
Democrat (District 8): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Rick Nolan on other issues.
  • Voted NO on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Sponsored maintaining SNAP nutrition assistance program. (Apr 2013)
Erik Paulsen on Welfare & Poverty
Republican (District 3): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Erik Paulsen on other issues.
  • Voted YES on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Voted NO on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
Collin Peterson on Welfare & Poverty
Democrat/Farmer/Labor Representative (MN-7): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Collin Peterson on other issues.
  • Voted YES on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted NO on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted NO on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Increase the earned income tax credit. (Jan 1993)
Tim Walz on Welfare & Poverty
Democrat: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Tim Walz on other issues.
  • Voted NO on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)

Former candidates & officeholders:


Mike Hatch on Welfare & Poverty
Former DFL Challenger for Governor (2006): Click here for Mike Hatch on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Tim Pawlenty on Welfare & Poverty
Republican MN Governor: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Tim Pawlenty on other issues.
  • Government growth displaces faith community & charities. (Jan 2011)
  • Metropolitan poverty bill: Express to Success Transit System. (May 2010)
  • 2005: Established state council on faith-based initiatives. (May 2010)
  • Rural poverty JOBZ program: Job Opportunity Building Zones. (May 2010)
Joe Arwood on Welfare & Poverty
Former Republican Primary Challenger (2012): Click here for Joe Arwood on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Anthony Hernandez on Welfare & Poverty
Former Republican Primary Challenger (2012): Click here for Anthony Hernandez on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Jesse Ventura on Welfare & Poverty
Former Independent Governor (1999-2002): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Jesse Ventura on other issues.
  • Transition from Welfare to Self-Sufficiency. (Dec 2000)
  • Social programs should be a safety net, not a hammock. (Jul 2000)
  • Focus welfare on jobs & training. (Jul 2000)
  • Believes in private charity, not government charity. (Jan 1999)
  • Support LIHEAP, low-income heating assistance. (May 2000)
  • Maintain federal Social Services Block Grant funding. (Sep 2001)
  • Maintain flexibility & funding levels for TANF block grants. (Sep 2001)
Mike Ciresi on Welfare & Poverty
Former DFL Senate Challenger (2008): Click here for Mike Ciresi on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Rod Grams on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Senator (Former): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Rod Grams on other issues.
  • 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)
Mark Kennedy on Welfare & Poverty
Republican (until 2006) (District 2): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Mark Kennedy on other issues.
  • Voted YES on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted YES on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
Mark Kennedy on Welfare & Poverty
Republican challenger (2006), U.S. Rep: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Mark Kennedy on other issues.
  • Voted YES on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted YES on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
Walter Mondale on Welfare & Poverty
Former Democratic Challenger (2002) & Vice President (1981): Click here for Walter Mondale on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Jesse Ventura on Welfare & Poverty
Independent Senate challenger (2008): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Jesse Ventura on other issues.
  • Transition from Welfare to Self-Sufficiency. (Dec 2000)
  • Social programs should be a safety net, not a hammock. (Jul 2000)
  • Focus welfare on jobs & training. (Jul 2000)
  • Believes in private charity, not government charity. (Jan 1999)
  • Support LIHEAP, low-income heating assistance. (May 2000)
  • Maintain federal Social Services Block Grant funding. (Sep 2001)
  • Maintain flexibility & funding levels for TANF block grants. (Sep 2001)
Paul Wellstone on Welfare & Poverty
Democratic Senator (Former): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Paul Wellstone on other issues.
  • Voted NO on welfare block grants. (Aug 1996)
  • Voted YES on eliminating block grants for food stamps. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted NO on allowing state welfare waivers. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted NO on welfare overhaul. (Sep 1995)
  • Reduce the concentration of wealth & wage inequality. (Nov 1999)
Dean Barkley on Welfare & Poverty
Independent Senate challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Dean Barkley on other issues.
  • Allow churches to provide welfare services. (Aug 2008)
  • Give private charities vouchers for welfare recipients. (Nov 1996)
Ford Bell on Welfare & Poverty
DFL challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Ford Bell on other issues.
  • Donít trade Medicare benefits for food stamps. (Dec 2005)
Michael Cavlan on Welfare & Poverty
Green Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Michael Cavlan on other issues.
  • Churches donít serve all; so let government run welfare. (Aug 2006)
Norm Coleman on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Sr Senator (MN): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Norm Coleman on other issues.
  • Create jobs and thereís no need for welfare. (Aug 1998)
  • Create safety net; not a web you get stuck in. (Aug 1998)
Mark Dayton on Welfare & Poverty
Democratic Governor; previously Senator: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Mark Dayton on other issues.
  • No 5-year limit on cash benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Establish a National Affordable Housing Trust Fund. (Jul 2003)
  • Tax credits to promote home ownership in distressed areas. (Apr 2003)
  • Fully fund AmeriCorps. (Jun 2003)
Robert Fitzgerald on Welfare & Poverty
Independence Party Challenger: Click here for Robert Fitzgerald on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Gil Gutknecht on Welfare & Poverty
Republican (District 1): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Gil Gutknecht on other issues.
  • Voted NO on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted YES on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Limit welfare to 2 years & cut welfare spending. (Sep 1994)
Bill Luther on Welfare & Poverty
Democrat/Farmer/Labor (District 6): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Bill Luther on other issues.
  • Voted NO on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
David Minge on Welfare & Poverty
Democrat/Farmer/Labor (District 2): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for David Minge on other issues.
  • Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Increase the earned income tax credit. (Jan 1993)
Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer on Welfare & Poverty
Democratic Senate challenger: Click here for Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer on other issues.
    No stance on record.
James Niemackl on Welfare & Poverty
Libertarian Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for James Niemackl on other issues.
  • Allow churches to provide welfare services. (Aug 2008)
James Oberstar on Welfare & Poverty
Democrat/Farmer/Labor Representative (MN-8): Click here for 9 full quotes OR click here for James Oberstar on other issues.
  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted NO on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Increase the earned income tax credit. (Jan 1993)
  • Fully fund Head Start; Job Corps; and WIC food program. (Apr 1993)
  • Develop a strategy to eliminate extreme global poverty. (Dec 2007)
  • Public jobs on community-based public interest projects. (Dec 2009)
Tim Penny on Welfare & Poverty
Democrat (1982-1995) (District 1): Click here for Tim Penny on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Jim Ramstad on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Representative (MN-3): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Jim Ramstad on other issues.
  • Voted YES on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted YES on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Limit welfare to 2 years & cut welfare spending. (Sep 1994)
Martin Sabo on Welfare & Poverty
Democrat/Farmer/Labor (District 5): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Martin Sabo on other issues.
  • Voted YES on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted NO on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Increase the earned income tax credit. (Jan 1993)
Bruce Vento on Welfare & Poverty
Democrat/Farmer/Labor (District 4): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Bruce Vento on other issues.
  • Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Increase the earned income tax credit. (Jan 1993)
Patty Wetterling on Welfare & Poverty
Former DFL challenger, 2004 Congressional nominee: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Patty Wetterling on other issues.
  • Republican cuts to social programs is morally wrong. (Nov 2005)
Michael Cummins on Welfare & Poverty
Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Michael Cummins on other issues.
  • Allow churches to provide welfare services. (Jul 2008)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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