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Jay Nixon on Budget & Economy
Missouri Democratic Governor: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Jay Nixon on other issues.
  • Missouri has earned its triple-A credit rating. (Jan 2011)

Senate:

MO 2012: 2012 Missouri Senate Debates


Todd Akin on Budget & Economy
Republican Representative (MO-2); Senate Challenger 2012: Click here for 15 full quotes OR click here for Todd Akin on other issues.
  • Voted YES on terminating the Home Affordable mortgage Program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted NO on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted NO on modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted NO on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted NO on monitoring TARP funds to ensure more mortgage relief. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted NO on $15B bailout for GM and Chrysler. (Dec 2008)
  • Voted NO on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted NO on defining "energy emergency" on federal gas prices. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on revitalizing severely distressed public housing. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted NO on regulating the subprime mortgage industry. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on restricting bankruptcy rules. (Jan 2004)
  • Balanced Budget Amendment with 3/5 vote to override. (Jan 2009)
  • Member of House Budget Committee. (Mar 2011)
  • Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the US Constitution. (Jan 2011)
  • Disapprove of increasing the debt limit. (Jan 2012)
Roy Blunt on Budget & Economy
Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative (MO-7): Click here for 15 full quotes OR click here for Roy Blunt on other issues.
  • Bailout ok; stimulus package a huge mistake. (Oct 2010)
  • TARP was a plan that worked. (Oct 2010)
  • Spending freeze; balanced budget amendment; & line-item veto. (Aug 2010)
  • Voted YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted NO on modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted NO on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted NO on monitoring TARP funds to ensure more mortgage relief. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted NO on $15B bailout for GM and Chrysler. (Dec 2008)
  • Voted NO on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted NO on defining "energy emergency" on federal gas prices. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on revitalizing severely distressed public housing. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted NO on regulating the subprime mortgage industry. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on restricting bankruptcy rules. (Jan 2004)
  • Balanced Budget Amendment with 3/5 vote to override. (Jan 2009)
  • Disapprove of increasing the debt limit. (Jan 2012)
John Brunner on Budget & Economy
Republican Challenger: Click here for John Brunner on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Claire McCaskill on Budget & Economy
Democratic Sr Senator; previously state Auditor: Click here for 9 full quotes OR click here for Claire McCaskill on other issues.
  • Take on sacred cows that gave us $8 trillion debt. (Oct 2006)
  • $300 billion in Iraq is a lot of money. (Oct 2006)
  • 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 NO on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted NO on paying down federal debt by rating programs' effectiveness. (Mar 2007)
  • Require full disclosure about subprime mortgages. (Dec 2007)
  • Ban abusive credit practices & enhance consumer disclosure. (Feb 2009)
Sarah Steelman on Budget & Economy
Republican Challenger: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Sarah Steelman on other issues.
  • Demand a Balanced Budget amendment. (Jul 2010)
  • Limit federal spending growth to per-capita inflation rate. (Jul 2010)
  • Supports the Cut-Cap-and-Balance Pledge. (Jan 2012)

House:


Russ Carnahan on Budget & Economy
Democratic Representative (MO-3): Click here for 13 full quotes OR click here for Russ Carnahan on other issues.
  • Voted NO on terminating the Home Affordable mortgage Program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on monitoring TARP funds to ensure more mortgage relief. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on $15B bailout for GM and Chrysler. (Dec 2008)
  • Voted YES on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted YES on defining "energy emergency" on federal gas prices. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on revitalizing severely distressed public housing. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted YES on regulating the subprime mortgage industry. (Nov 2007)
  • Increase debt limit from $14.3 trillion to $16.7 trillion. (Jul 2011)
  • Establish a usury limit of 16% for consumer credit cards. (Dec 2009)
  • Ban abusive credit practices & enhance consumer disclosure. (Feb 2009)
William Lacy Clay on Budget & Economy
Democratic Representative (MO-1): Click here for 14 full quotes OR click here for William Lacy Clay on other issues.
  • Voted NO on prioritizing spending in case debt limit is reached. (May 2013)
  • Voted NO on terminating the Home Affordable mortgage Program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on monitoring TARP funds to ensure more mortgage relief. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on $15B bailout for GM and Chrysler. (Dec 2008)
  • Voted YES on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted YES on defining "energy emergency" on federal gas prices. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on revitalizing severely distressed public housing. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted YES on regulating the subprime mortgage industry. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted NO on restricting bankruptcy rules. (Jan 2004)
  • Get minorities into home ownership & global marketplace. (Jan 2001)
  • Increase debt limit from $14.3 trillion to $16.7 trillion. (Jul 2011)
Emmanuel Cleaver on Budget & Economy
Democratic Representative (MO-5): Click here for 14 full quotes OR click here for Emmanuel Cleaver on other issues.
  • Voted NO on prioritizing spending in case debt limit is reached. (May 2013)
  • Voted NO on terminating the Home Affordable mortgage Program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on monitoring TARP funds to ensure more mortgage relief. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on $15B bailout for GM and Chrysler. (Dec 2008)
  • Voted YES on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted YES on defining "energy emergency" on federal gas prices. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on revitalizing severely distressed public housing. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted YES on regulating the subprime mortgage industry. (Nov 2007)
  • Get minorities into home ownership & global marketplace. (Jan 2001)
  • Increase debt limit from $14.3 trillion to $16.7 trillion. (Jul 2011)
  • Ban abusive credit practices & enhance consumer disclosure. (Feb 2009)
Samuel Graves on Budget & Economy
Republican Representative (MO-6): Click here for 16 full quotes OR click here for Samuel Graves on other issues.
  • Voted YES on prioritizing spending in case debt limit is reached. (May 2013)
  • Voted YES on terminating the Home Affordable mortgage Program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted NO on modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted NO on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted NO on monitoring TARP funds to ensure more mortgage relief. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted NO on $15B bailout for GM and Chrysler. (Dec 2008)
  • Voted YES on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted YES on defining "energy emergency" on federal gas prices. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on revitalizing severely distressed public housing. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted YES on regulating the subprime mortgage industry. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on restricting bankruptcy rules. (Jan 2004)
  • Balanced Budget Amendment with 3/5 vote to override. (Jan 2009)
  • Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the US Constitution. (Jan 2011)
  • Audit the Federal Reserve & its actions on mortgage loans. (Jan 2013)
  • Reclaim all bonuses paid to AIG executives & employees. (Mar 2009)
Vicky Hartzler on Budget & Economy
Republican (District 4): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Vicky Hartzler on other issues.
  • Voted YES on prioritizing spending in case debt limit is reached. (May 2013)
  • Voted YES on terminating the Home Affordable mortgage Program. (Mar 2011)
  • Require a balanced budget, by Constitutional amendment. (Jan 2011)
  • Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the US Constitution. (Jan 2011)
  • Audit the Federal Reserve & its actions on mortgage loans. (Jan 2013)
  • Prioritize critical spending in case debt limit reached. (Jan 2013)
Billy Long on Budget & Economy
Republican (District 7): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Billy Long on other issues.
  • Voted YES on prioritizing spending in case debt limit is reached. (May 2013)
  • Voted YES on terminating the Home Affordable mortgage Program. (Mar 2011)
  • Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the US Constitution. (Jan 2011)
  • Ban roadway signs indicating Recovery Act funding. (Jan 2011)
  • Audit the Federal Reserve & its actions on mortgage loans. (Jan 2013)
  • Prioritize critical spending in case debt limit reached. (Jan 2013)
Blaine Luetkemeyer on Budget & Economy
Republican (District 3): Click here for 15 full quotes OR click here for Blaine Luetkemeyer on other issues.
  • Voted YES on prioritizing spending in case debt limit is reached. (May 2013)
  • Voted YES on terminating the Home Affordable mortgage Program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted NO on modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted NO on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted NO on monitoring TARP funds to ensure more mortgage relief. (Jan 2009)
  • Balanced Budget Amendment with 3/5 vote to override. (Jan 2009)
  • Member of House Banking Committee. (Mar 2011)
  • Require a balanced budget, by Constitutional amendment. (Jan 2011)
  • Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the US Constitution. (Jan 2011)
  • Disapprove of increasing the debt limit. (Jan 2012)
  • Audit the Federal Reserve & its actions on mortgage loans. (Jan 2013)
  • Prioritize critical spending in case debt limit reached. (Jan 2013)
  • Reclaim all bonuses paid to AIG executives & employees. (Mar 2009)
  • Raise small business depreciation to $125,000. (Jul 2009)
Jason Smith on Budget & Economy
Republican (District 8): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Jason Smith on other issues.
  • Support Balanced Budget Amendment, like 49 states out of 50. (Jun 2013)
Ann Wagner on Budget & Economy
Republican (District 2): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Ann Wagner on other issues.
  • Voted YES on prioritizing spending in case debt limit is reached. (May 2013)
  • Demand a Balanced Budget amendment. (Jul 2010)
  • Limit federal spending growth to per-capita inflation rate. (Jul 2010)
  • Supports the Cut-Cap-and-Balance Pledge. (Aug 2012)
  • Opposes federal stimulus spending. (Sep 2012)

Former candidates & officeholders:


Matt Blunt on Budget & Economy
Republican MO Governor: Click here for Matt Blunt on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Todd Akin on Budget & Economy
Republican Representative (MO-2); Senate Challenger 2012: Click here for 15 full quotes OR click here for Todd Akin on other issues.
  • Voted YES on terminating the Home Affordable mortgage Program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted NO on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted NO on modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted NO on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted NO on monitoring TARP funds to ensure more mortgage relief. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted NO on $15B bailout for GM and Chrysler. (Dec 2008)
  • Voted NO on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted NO on defining "energy emergency" on federal gas prices. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on revitalizing severely distressed public housing. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted NO on regulating the subprime mortgage industry. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on restricting bankruptcy rules. (Jan 2004)
  • Balanced Budget Amendment with 3/5 vote to override. (Jan 2009)
  • Member of House Budget Committee. (Mar 2011)
  • Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the US Constitution. (Jan 2011)
  • Disapprove of increasing the debt limit. (Jan 2012)
Jo Ann Emerson on Budget & Economy
Republican Representative (MO-8): Click here for 14 full quotes OR click here for Jo Ann Emerson on other issues.
  • Voted YES on terminating the Home Affordable mortgage Program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted NO on modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted NO on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted NO on monitoring TARP funds to ensure more mortgage relief. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on $15B bailout for GM and Chrysler. (Dec 2008)
  • Voted YES on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted YES on defining "energy emergency" on federal gas prices. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on revitalizing severely distressed public housing. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted YES on regulating the subprime mortgage industry. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on restricting bankruptcy rules. (Jan 2004)
  • Balanced Budget Amendment with 3/5 vote to override. (Jan 2009)
  • Member of House Committee on Appropriations. (Mar 2011)
  • Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the US Constitution. (Jan 2011)
Bob Holden on Budget & Economy
Former Democratic Governor (2001-2004): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Bob Holden on other issues.
  • Missouri is and should be fiscally conservative. (Jan 2001)
  • Bankruptcy reform: limit Chapter 7; protect states' role. (Feb 2001)
  • Uphold commitments to states before other spending. (Sep 2001)
  • Protect local milk supplies with Southern Dairy Compact. (Sep 2001)
John Ashcroft on Budget & Economy
Republican Senator (Former): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for John Ashcroft on other issues.
  • Helped balance budget; now pay down national debt. (Nov 2000)
  • Pay off the national debt. (Oct 1998)
  • Voted YES on prioritizing national debt reduction below tax cuts. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted NO on 1998 GOP budget. (May 1997)
  • Voted YES on Balanced-budget constitutional amendment. (Mar 1997)
Jean Carnahan on Budget & Economy
Democratic Senator (Former): Click here for Jean Carnahan on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Mel Carnahan on Budget & Economy
Governor & 2000 Democratic Challenger for Senate (MO)-Deceased 2000: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Mel Carnahan on other issues.
  • Let state meat inspection suffice for interstate shipments. (Jul 2000)
  • Foster dairy production that is market driven. (Feb 1998)
Bill Emerson on Budget & Economy
Republican Former (1994-) (District 8): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Bill Emerson on other issues.
  • Supports balanced budget amendment & line item veto. (Sep 1994)
Nancy Farmer on Budget & Economy
2004 former Democratic challenger; state Treasurer: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Nancy Farmer on other issues.
  • Fiscal responsibility & social responsibility go together. (Aug 2004)
Dick Gephardt on Budget & Economy
Democrat (Until 2004) (District 3): Click here for 11 full quotes OR click here for Dick Gephardt on other issues.
  • Opposed bipartisan 1998 balanced budget. (Jun 2004)
  • Return to Clinton economic policy from Bush’s failed policy. (Sep 2003)
  • Healthcare reform is critical to economy. (Sep 2003)
  • I led 1990s boom-I can get economy moving again. (Sep 2003)
  • Push a bold plan for health care and jobs creation. (Jun 2003)
  • Repeal the Bush tax cuts and invest in people. (Jun 2003)
  • 1993 tax increase & sound economics caused budget surplus. (May 2003)
  • Stakeholder economics: Balance for everyone’s benefit. (Jul 1999)
  • Top 1% have benefited much more than average worker. (Jul 1999)
  • People are working harder for same wages. (Aug 1995)
  • To Clinton: Inform Congress about plans but also priorities. (Jun 1994)
Mel Hancock on Budget & Economy
Republican Former (1994-) (District 7): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Mel Hancock on other issues.
  • Supports balanced budget amendment & line item veto. (Sep 1994)
Karen McCarthy on Budget & Economy
Democrat (Until 2004) (District 5): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Karen McCarthy on other issues.
  • Voted NO on restricting bankruptcy rules. (Jan 2004)
  • Allow $3 on 1040 form to pay off National Debt. (Sep 2000)
Roy Blunt on Budget & Economy
Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative (MO-7): Click here for 15 full quotes OR click here for Roy Blunt on other issues.
  • Bailout ok; stimulus package a huge mistake. (Oct 2010)
  • TARP was a plan that worked. (Oct 2010)
  • Spending freeze; balanced budget amendment; & line-item veto. (Aug 2010)
  • Voted YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted NO on modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted NO on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted NO on monitoring TARP funds to ensure more mortgage relief. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted NO on $15B bailout for GM and Chrysler. (Dec 2008)
  • Voted NO on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted NO on defining "energy emergency" on federal gas prices. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on revitalizing severely distressed public housing. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted NO on regulating the subprime mortgage industry. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on restricting bankruptcy rules. (Jan 2004)
  • Balanced Budget Amendment with 3/5 vote to override. (Jan 2009)
  • Disapprove of increasing the debt limit. (Jan 2012)
Kit Bond on Budget & Economy
Republican Sr Senator (MO): Click here for 9 full quotes OR click here for Kit Bond on other issues.
  • Voted YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures. (May 2009)
  • Voted NO on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package. (Feb 2009)
  • Voted NO on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted NO on paying down federal debt by rating programs' effectiveness. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on $40B in reduced federal overall spending. (Dec 2005)
  • 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)
Robin Carnahan on Budget & Economy
2010 Democratic Senate Challenger; Secretary of State: Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Robin Carnahan on other issues.
  • 2008 bank bailout helped Wall Street, not ordinary people. (Oct 2010)
  • TARP financial bailout let banks run wild. (Oct 2010)
  • Ban earmarks; end corporate giveaways; enact pay-as-you go. (Aug 2010)
  • Heart of our economy is Main Street--not Wall Street. (Dec 2009)
  • Supports the stimulus bill. (Sep 2010)
Bill Clay Sr. on Budget & Economy
Democrat (retired 2000) (District 1): Click here for Bill Clay Sr. on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Pat Danner on Budget & Economy
Democrat (District 6): Click here for Pat Danner on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Kenny Hulshof on Budget & Economy
Republican Representative (MO-9): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Kenny Hulshof on other issues.
  • Voted NO on $15B bailout for GM and Chrysler. (Dec 2008)
  • Voted YES on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted YES on defining "energy emergency" on federal gas prices. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on revitalizing severely distressed public housing. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted NO on regulating the subprime mortgage industry. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on restricting bankruptcy rules. (Jan 2004)
  • Supports balanced budget amendment & line item veto. (Sep 1994)
Mike Parker on Budget & Economy
Republican (retired 1998) (District 4): Click here for Mike Parker on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Ike Skelton on Budget & Economy
Democratic Representative (MO-4): Click here for 10 full quotes OR click here for Ike Skelton on other issues.
  • Voted YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on monitoring TARP funds to ensure more mortgage relief. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on $15B bailout for GM and Chrysler. (Dec 2008)
  • Voted YES on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted YES on defining "energy emergency" on federal gas prices. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on revitalizing severely distressed public housing. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted YES on regulating the subprime mortgage industry. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on restricting bankruptcy rules. (Jan 2004)
Jim Talent on Budget & Economy
Republican Senator; previously Representative (MO-2): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Jim Talent on other issues.
  • The $300 billion spent on Iraq is 1 percent of the GDP. (Oct 2006)
  • Voted YES on $40B in reduced federal overall spending. (Dec 2005)
  • Supports balanced budget amendment & line item veto. (Sep 1994)
Jim Talent on Budget & Economy
Republican Senator; previously Representative (MO-2): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Jim Talent on other issues.
  • The $300 billion spent on Iraq is 1 percent of the GDP. (Oct 2006)
  • Voted YES on $40B in reduced federal overall spending. (Dec 2005)
  • Supports balanced budget amendment & line item veto. (Sep 1994)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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