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Bill Haslam on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Governor: Click here for Bill Haslam on other issues.
    No stance on record.

Senate:

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Lamar Alexander on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Sr Senator (TN); previously candidate for President: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Lamar Alexander on other issues.
  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Fully fund AmeriCorps. (Jun 2003)
Joe Carr on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Challenger: Click here for Joe Carr on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Mark Clayton on Welfare & Poverty
Democratic Nominee: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Mark Clayton on other issues.
  • End tax-exempt registration for churches. (Aug 2012)
Bob Corker on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Jr Senator: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Bob Corker on other issues.
  • Voted NO on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
Zach Poskevich on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Senate Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Zach Poskevich on other issues.
  • Give with a glad heart, through community, not government. (Mar 2012)

House:


Diane Black on Welfare & Poverty
Republican (District 6): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Diane Black on other issues.
  • Voted YES on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
Marsha Blackburn on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Representative (TN-7): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Marsha Blackburn 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 YES on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
Steve Cohen on Welfare & Poverty
Democrat: Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Steve Cohen 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)
  • 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)
Jim Cooper on Welfare & Poverty
Democratic Representative (TN-5): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Jim Cooper 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)
Scott DesJarlais on Welfare & Poverty
Republican (District 4): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Scott DesJarlais on other issues.
  • Voted YES on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
Jimmy Duncan on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Representative (TN-2): Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Jimmy Duncan 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)
  • Voted YES on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Abolish federal welfare; leave it all to states. (Dec 2000)
  • Limit welfare to 2 years & cut welfare spending. (Sep 1994)
Stephen Fincher on Welfare & Poverty
Republican (District 8): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Stephen Fincher on other issues.
  • Churches provide charity at 1/3 of government's cost. (Nov 2010)
  • Voted YES on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
Chuck Fleischmann on Welfare & Poverty
Republican (District 3): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Chuck Fleischmann on other issues.
  • Voted YES on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
Phil Roe on Welfare & Poverty
Republican (District 1): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Phil Roe 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)

Former candidates & officeholders:


Phil Bredesen on Welfare & Poverty
Democratic TN Governor: Click here for Phil Bredesen on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Don Sundquist on Welfare & Poverty
Former Republican Governor (1995-2002): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Don Sundquist on other issues.
  • Maintain federal Social Services Block Grant funding. (Sep 2001)
  • Maintain flexibility & funding levels for TANF block grants. (Sep 2001)
  • More federal funding for Low-income energy assistance. (Sep 2001)
  • Supports TANF grants to states. (Aug 2001)
  • Increase the earned income tax credit. (Jan 1993)
Ed Bryant on Welfare & Poverty
Republican challenger (2006), previously U.S. Rep: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Ed Bryant on other issues.
  • 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)
Bob Clement on Welfare & Poverty
Former Democratic Senate Nominee (2002): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Bob Clement on other issues.
  • Voted YES 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)
Bill Frist on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Senate Majority Leader (TN, retiring 2006): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Bill Frist 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)
Tipper Gore on Welfare & Poverty
Democratic Candidate (Former): Click here for Tipper Gore on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Van Hilleary on Welfare & Poverty
Republican challenger (2006), previously U.S. Rep: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Van Hilleary on other issues.
  • 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 Jenkins on Welfare & Poverty
Republican (Retired 2006) (District 1): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Bill Jenkins 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)
Rosalind Kurita on Welfare & Poverty
Former Democratic challenger (2006): Click here for Rosalind Kurita on other issues.
    No stance on record.
James Quillen on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Former (1994-) (District 1): Click here for the full quote OR click here for James Quillen on other issues.
  • Limit welfare to 2 years & cut welfare spending. (Sep 1994)
Fred Thompson on Welfare & Poverty
Former Republican Senator; 2004 candidate for Pres.: Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Fred Thompson on other issues.
  • 1990s welfare reform worked because it empowered states. (Sep 2007)
  • 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)
Ed Bryant on Welfare & Poverty
Republican (District 7): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Ed Bryant on other issues.
  • 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)
Bob Clement on Welfare & Poverty
Democrat (District 5): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Bob Clement on other issues.
  • Voted YES 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)
David Davis on Welfare & Poverty
Republican: Click here for David Davis on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Lincoln Davis on Welfare & Poverty
Democratic Representative (TN-4): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Lincoln Davis 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)
Harold Ford on Welfare & Poverty
Democrat (District 9): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Harold Ford 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)
  • Finish welfare reform by moving able recipients into jobs. (Aug 2000)
Harold Ford-TN on Welfare & Poverty
2006 Democratic challenger, Former U.S. Rep: Click here for Harold Ford-TN on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Bart Gordon on Welfare & Poverty
Democratic Representative (TN-6): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Bart Gordon 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 YES on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
Bo Heyward on Welfare & Poverty
Independent challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Bo Heyward on other issues.
  • Do away with federal welfare, and rely on charities instead. (Jul 2006)
Van Hilleary on Welfare & Poverty
Republican (District 4): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Van Hilleary on other issues.
  • 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)
Chris Lugo on Welfare & Poverty
Green challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Chris Lugo on other issues.
  • Faith Based Initiative breaches church-state separation. (Aug 2006)
  • Donít allow churches to provide welfare services. (Aug 2006)
Mike Padgett on Welfare & Poverty
Democratic Challenger: Click here for Mike Padgett on other issues.
    No stance on record.
John Tanner on Welfare & Poverty
Democratic Representative (TN-8): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for John Tanner on other issues.
  • Voted YES 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 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)
  • Finish welfare reform by moving able recipients into jobs. (Aug 2000)
  • Increase the earned income tax credit. (Jan 1993)
Bob Tuke on Welfare & Poverty
Democratic challenger: Click here for Bob Tuke on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Zach Wamp on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Representative (TN-3): Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Zach Wamp on other issues.
  • 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)
  • Voted YES on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Abolish federal welfare; leave it all to states. (Dec 2000)
  • Strict limits on federal "General Welfare" clause. (Jul 2010)
  • Limit welfare to 2 years & cut welfare spending. (Sep 1994)
Kenneth Eaton on Welfare & Poverty
Democratic Senate challenger: Click here for Kenneth Eaton on other issues.
    No stance on record.

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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