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Stephen Breyer on Abortion
Click here for 2 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Apply context & history to original Constitution. (Oct 2006)
  • Roe v. Wade is “settled law”. (Jan 1998)
Stephen Breyer on Budget & Economy
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  • Must have well rounded vision to institute change. (Jan 2010)
Stephen Breyer on Civil Rights
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  • Recognize GLBT as a constitutionally-protected class. (Dec 2003)
  • Disabled people can sue states under federal ADA law. (Dec 2000)
  • Disallow all sodomy laws against same-sex activity. (Jun 2003)
  • Anti-gay funeral pickets ok if they follow police directions. (Mar 2011)
  • Women under-represented as managers enough for gender bias. (Jun 2011)
  • State laws can protect gay rights. (May 1996)
  • Hate crimes should allow racial intent to affect sentencing. (Jun 2000)
  • Uphold "Miranda", informing people being arrested of rights. (Jun 2000)
  • Boy Scouts should be required to accept gay scoutmasters. (Jun 2000)
Stephen Breyer on Corporations
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  • Sovereign immunity applies to foreign-controlled companies. (Apr 2003)
  • Ok to sue for corporate direct OR indirect negligence. (Jun 2011)
Stephen Breyer on Crime
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  • Government is responsible for abuses in private prisons. (Jul 2009)
  • Live witness not required for all scientific testing. (Jun 2011)
  • Delay executions if asked by International Court of Justice. (Jul 2011)
  • Fleeing police is not in itself sufficient to allow search. (Jan 2000)
  • No death penalty without considering mitigating evidence. (Apr 2000)
  • OK to lengthen prison sentences retroactively. (Mar 2000)
  • Life-sentence alternative should affect death sentence. (Jun 2000)
Stephen Breyer on Drugs
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  • Sentencing rules change allows crack sentence reductions. (Jun 2011)
  • Tactile inspection for drugs should be legal, like visual. (Apr 2000)
  • No roadblocks with drug-sniffing dogs. (Nov 2000)
Stephen Breyer on Education
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  • Public education needs improvement, and civic lessons. (Apr 2011)
  • Parochial school vouchers violate church-state separation. (Jun 2002)
  • Ok to deny scholarships to divinity students. (Feb 2004)
  • Paying taxes sufficient to oppose religious tax credits. (Apr 2011)
  • Limited public funding OK for parochial school materials. (Jun 2000)
Stephen Breyer on Energy & Oil
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  • Let courts decide what's secret in Cheney energy task force. (Jun 2004)
  • Clean Air Act displaced federal common law on CO2 emissions. (Jun 2011)
Stephen Breyer on Environment
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  • EPA, not Congress, determines when cost-benefit applies. (Jul 2009)
  • Look for alternatives to environmental regulations. (Jul 1994)
  • Migratory birds should extend CWA to isolated waters. (Jan 2001)
  • Eminent domain applies to public economic development. (Jun 2005)
  • Clean Water Act applies to tributaries & wetlands. (Jun 2006)
  • States can request that EPA regulate CO2 greenhouse gases. (Apr 2007)
  • OK to sue polluters for past pollution. (Jan 2000)
  • Extend CWA restrictions to isolated water bodies. (Jan 2001)
Stephen Breyer on Families & Children
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  • 1st Amendment doesn't apply to vague restrictions. (Jun 2011)
  • Grandparents get no visitation rights unless parents agree. (Jun 2000)
  • Let rape victims sue alleged attackers as gender-bias crime. (May 2000)
Stephen Breyer on Foreign Policy
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  • Supreme Court can learn from foreign laws. (Sep 2005)
  • Treaty giving individual rights should bind US courts. (Mar 2008)
Stephen Breyer on Free Trade
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Stephen Breyer on Government Reform
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  • Votes with liberal bloc against states’ rights. (Dec 2000)
  • Public campaign finance can fund based on opponent spending. (Jun 2011)
Stephen Breyer on Gun Control
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  • Congress can regulate guns in school under Commerce clause. (Jan 1995)
  • No right to loaded guns in crime-ridden cities. (Jun 2008)
Stephen Breyer on Health Care
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  • Broad authority for interstate commerce, like ObamaCare. (May 2010)
  • Allow states to restrict cigarette ads beyond federal rules. (Jun 2001)
  • States have authority to protect patient rights. (Jun 2002)
  • Federal government decides insurance issues, not states. (Jun 2006)
  • Congress did not intend disparate result on generic drugs. (Jun 2011)
Stephen Breyer on Homeland Security
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  • All-male military schools like VMI must admit women. (Dec 2003)
  • Congress authorized detaining US citizens as enemy soldiers. (Jun 2004)
  • Guantanamo detainees allowed habeas writ in US courts. (Jun 2004)
Stephen Breyer on Immigration
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  • 6-month limit on detaining illegal immigrants. (Jun 2001)
  • No automatic deportation for aliens convicted of crimes. (Jun 2001)
  • INS may not hold deportation suspects indefinitely. (Apr 2003)
  • AZ law intrudes on federal immigration policy & civil rights. (May 2011)
Stephen Breyer on Jobs
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  • Award back pay to illegal alien fired for union organizing. (Mar 2002)
  • Employers must get employee agreement for comp time rules. (May 2000)
Stephen Breyer on Principles & Values
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  • Cannot rely on original constitution alone. (Sep 2011)
  • Profiled in "Jews in American Politics". (Jan 2001)
Stephen Breyer on Social Security
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Stephen Breyer on Tax Reform
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  • Railroads can sue for tax exemptions on other diesel users. (Feb 2011)
Stephen Breyer on Technology
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  • Newspapers may electronically reprint without permission. (Aug 2009)
Stephen Breyer on War & Peace
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Stephen Breyer on Welfare & Poverty
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VoteMatch Responses
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No opinion on topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(0 points on Social scale)
Roe v. Wade is “settled law”: Neutral on topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
All-male military schools like VMI must admit women: Favors topic 2
Disabled people can sue states under federal ADA law: Favors topic 2
Women under-represented as managers enough for gender bias: Strongly Favors topic 2
Hate crimes should allow racial intent to affect sentencing: Favors topic 2
Let rape victims sue alleged attackers as gender-bias crime: Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
Recognize GLBT as a constitutionally-protected class: Strongly Favors topic 3
Recognize GLBT as a constitutionally-protected class: Favors topic 3
Disallow all sodomy laws against same-sex activity: Favors topic 3
Anti-gay funeral pickets ok if they follow police directions: Neutral on topic 3
State laws can protect gay rights: Strongly Favors topic 3
Boy Scouts should be required to accept gay scoutmasters: Strongly Favors topic 3
Strongly Opposes topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(+5 points on Social scale)
Ok to deny scholarships to divinity students: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Paying taxes sufficient to oppose religious tax credits: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Broad authority for interstate commerce, like ObamaCare: Favors topic 5
Allow states to restrict cigarette ads beyond federal rules: Strongly Favors topic 5
States have authority to protect patient rights: Strongly Favors topic 5
Federal government decides insurance issues, not states: Favors topic 5
Congress did not intend disparate result on generic drugs: Strongly Favors topic 5
No opinion on topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Public education needs improvement, and civic lessons: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Parochial school vouchers violate church-state separation: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Limited public funding OK for parochial school materials: Favors topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
Human needs over animal rights
(+5 points on Social scale)
Migratory birds should extend CWA to isolated waters: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Eminent domain applies to public economic development: Opposes topic 8
Clean Water Act applies to tributaries & wetlands: Strongly Opposes topic 8
OK to sue polluters for past pollution: Opposes topic 8
Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+2 points on Social scale)
Live witness not required for all scientific testing: Strongly Favors topic 9
Delay executions if asked by International Court of Justice: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Fleeing police is not in itself sufficient to allow search: Opposes topic 9
No death penalty without considering mitigating evidence: Opposes topic 9
OK to lengthen prison sentences retroactively: Favors topic 9
Uphold "Miranda", informing people being arrested of rights: Opposes topic 9
Life-sentence alternative should affect death sentence: Opposes topic 9
Strongly Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Congress can regulate guns in school under Commerce clause: Opposes topic 10
No right to loaded guns in crime-ridden cities: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Railroads can sue for tax exemptions on other diesel users: Opposes topic 11
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+5 points on Social scale)
6-month limit on detaining illegal immigrants: Favors topic 12
6-month limit on detaining illegal immigrants: Favors topic 12
No automatic deportation for aliens convicted of crimes: Strongly Favors topic 12
Award back pay to illegal alien fired for union organizing: Strongly Favors topic 12
INS may not hold deportation suspects indefinitely: Favors topic 12
AZ law intrudes on federal immigration policy & civil rights: Strongly Favors topic 12
Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Sovereign immunity applies to foreign-controlled companies: Favors topic 13
No opinion on topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(0 points on Social scale)
Supreme Court can learn from foreign laws: Opposes topic 14
Congress authorized detaining US citizens as enemy soldiers: Strongly Favors topic 14
Guantanamo detainees allowed habeas writ in US courts: Opposes topic 14
Treaty giving individual rights should bind US courts: No opin. on topic 14
No opinion on topic 15:
Expand the military
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Public campaign finance can fund based on opponent spending: Strongly Favors topic 16
No opinion on topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Let courts decide what's secret in Cheney energy task force: Opposes topic 18
States can request that EPA regulate CO2 greenhouse gases: Strongly Favors topic 18
Clean Air Act displaced federal common law on CO2 emissions: Strongly Favors topic 18
Extend CWA restrictions to isolated water bodies: Favors topic 18
No opinion on topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(0 points on Social scale)
Sentencing rules change allows crack sentence reductions: Opposes topic 19
Tactile inspection for drugs should be legal, like visual: Strongly Favors topic 19
No roadblocks with drug-sniffing dogs: Opposes topic 19
Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Must have well rounded vision to institute change: Opposes topic 20

Stephen Breyer is a Moderate Liberal.
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