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Following are the bill sponsorships, open letters, and public writings used to indicate candidates' stances on the issues. Votes which include "VoteMatch Usage" are scored as VoteMatch quiz responses. Those without a VoteMatch usage are included only on each candidate's main issues page.
Abortion
Public NoteVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageParticipants
16_CC12
on Nov 8, 2016
(1) Supports additional border infrastructure or (2) Opposes additional border infrastructure Participating counts on VoteMatch question 12. Democrats: 3
Republicans: 12
Independents: 1
16_CC1a
on Nov 8, 2016
(1) Supports public funding for abortion services or (2) Opposes public funding for abortion services Participating counts on VoteMatch question 1. Democrats: 25
Republicans: 25
Independents: 1
16_CC1b
on Nov 8, 2016
(1) Supports parental notification for abortions by minors or (2) Opposes parental notification for abortions by minors Participating counts on VoteMatch question 1. Democrats: 8
Republicans: 18
Independents: 1
16_CC1c
on Nov 8, 2016
(1) Supports judges who strictly interpret Constitution or (2) Opposes judges who strictly interpret Constitution Participating counts on VoteMatch question 1. Democrats: 2
Republicans: 11
Independents: 1
16AFA_Q1A
on Nov 8, 2016
(1) Supports human life begins at conception or (2) Supports some legal protection from conception or (3) Opposes legal protections starting at conception Participating counts on VoteMatch question 1. Democrats: 1
Republicans: 18
Independents: 3
16AFA_Q1B
on Nov 8, 2016
(1) Supports defunding Planned Parenthood federally & locally or (2) Supports defunding Planned Parenthood or (3) Opposes defunding Planned Parenthood Participating counts on VoteMatch question 1. Democrats: 1
Republicans: 18
Independents: 2
16PVS_Q1
on Nov 8, 2016
(1) Supports pro-choice legislation or (2) Supports pro-life legislation Participating counts on VoteMatch question 1. Democrats: 15
Republicans: 19
Independents: 0
14-F2A-q1
on Sep 30, 2014
(1) Supports abortion rights or (2) Opposes abortion rights Participating counts on VoteMatch question 1. Democrats: 12
Republicans: 31
Independents: 0
14-PVS-q1
on Sep 30, 2014
(1) Supports abortion rights or (2) Opposes abortion rights Participating counts on VoteMatch question 1. Democrats: 13
Republicans: 33
Independents: 0
14-CC-q1a
on Aug 15, 2014
(1) Supports public funding of abortions or (2) Opposes public funding of abortions Participating counts on VoteMatch question 1. Democrats: 5
Republicans: 14
Independents: 0
14-CC-q1b
on Aug 15, 2014
(1) Supports parental notification or (2) Opposes parental notification Participating counts on VoteMatch question 1. Democrats: 3
Republicans: 12
Independents: 0
14-CC-q1c
on Aug 15, 2014
(1) Supports barring stem cell research or (2) Opposes barring stem cell research Participating counts on VoteMatch question 1. Democrats: 3
Republicans: 14
Independents: 0

Budget & Economy
Public NoteVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageParticipants
16_CC20
on Nov 8, 2016
(1) Supports constitutional amendment for balanced budget or (2) Opposes constitutional amendment for balanced budget Participating counts on VoteMatch question 20. Democrats: 4
Republicans: 21
Independents: 1
16PVS_Q20
on Nov 8, 2016
(1) Supports federal spending to promote economic growth or (2) Opposes federal spending to promote economic growth Participating counts on VoteMatch question 20. Democrats: 17
Republicans: 19
Independents: 0
14-F2A-q20
on Sep 30, 2014
(1) Supports stimulus spending or (2) Opposes stimulus spending Participating counts on VoteMatch question 20. Democrats: 8
Republicans: 30
Independents: 0
14-PVS-q20
on Sep 30, 2014
(1) Supports stimulus spending or (2) Opposes stimulus spending Participating counts on VoteMatch question 20. Democrats: 8
Republicans: 31
Independents: 0
14-CC-q20
on Aug 15, 2014
(1) Supports a Balanced Budget Amendment or (2) Opposes a Balanced Budget Amendment Participating counts on VoteMatch question 20. Democrats: 2
Republicans: 11
Independents: 0

Civil Rights
Public NoteVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageParticipants
16_CC3
on Nov 8, 2016
(1) Supports sexual preference as a protected minority status or (2) Opposes sexual preference as a protected minority status Participating counts on VoteMatch question 3. Democrats: 7
Republicans: 6
Independents: 0
16AFA_Q3B
on Nov 8, 2016
(1) Supports defining marriage as one-man-one-woman or (2) Supports defining marriage or (3) Opposes defining marriage as one-man-one-woman Participating counts on VoteMatch question 3. Democrats: 1
Republicans: 16
Independents: 2
16PVS_Q3
on Nov 8, 2016
(1) Supports same-sex marriage or (2) Opposes same-sex marriage Participating counts on VoteMatch question 3. Democrats: 12
Republicans: 9
Independents: 0
14-F2A-q3
on Sep 30, 2014
(1) Supports same-sex marriage or (2) Opposes same-sex marriage Participating counts on VoteMatch question 3. Democrats: 11
Republicans: 16
Independents: 0
14-PVS-q3
on Sep 30, 2014
(1) Supports same-sex marriage or (2) Opposes same-sex marriage Participating counts on VoteMatch question 3. Democrats: 12
Republicans: 17
Independents: 0
14-CC-q3a
on Aug 15, 2014
(1) Supports barring same sex marriage or (2) Opposes barring same sex marriage Participating counts on VoteMatch question 3. Democrats: 5
Republicans: 13
Independents: 0
14-CC-q3b
on Aug 15, 2014
(1) Supports homosexual civil rights or (2) Opposes homosexual civil rights Participating counts on VoteMatch question 3. Democrats: 5
Republicans: 12
Independents: 0
14-CC-q3c
on Aug 15, 2014
(1) Supports forcing military gay marriages or (2) Opposes forcing military gay marriages Participating counts on VoteMatch question 3. Democrats: 0
Republicans: 6
Independents: 0

Corporations
Public NoteVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageParticipants
16AFA_Q3A
on Nov 8, 2016
(1) Supports letting businesses disagree with same-sex marriage or (2) Supports First Amendment disagreement with same-sex marriage or (3) Opposes require businesses to serve gays equally Participating counts on VoteMatch question 3. Democrats: 1
Republicans: 18
Independents: 3

Drugs
Public NoteVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageParticipants
16AFA_Q19
on Nov 8, 2016
(1) Supports legalizing and regulating marijuana or (2) Opposes legalizing and regulating marijuana or (3) Strongly opposes legalizing marijuana Participating counts on VoteMatch question 19. Democrats: 1
Republicans: 18
Independents: 3
16PVS_Q9
on Nov 8, 2016
(1) Supports mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenders or (2) Opposes jail sentences for non-violent drug offenders Participating counts on VoteMatch question 19. Democrats: 8
Republicans: 4
Independents: 0

Education
Public NoteVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageParticipants
16_CC7
on Nov 8, 2016
(1) Supports vouchers to let parents choose public or private school or (2) Opposes vouchers to let parents choose public or private school Participating counts on VoteMatch question 7. Democrats: 3
Republicans: 11
Independents: 0
16AFA_Q7
on Nov 8, 2016
(1) Supports common core as a nationwide academic standard or (2) Opposes Common Core for high school graduation or (3) Opposes Common Core as a nationwide academic standard Participating counts on VoteMatch question 7. Democrats: 1
Republicans: 18
Independents: 4
16PVS_Q7
on Nov 8, 2016
(1) Supports states adopting federal education standards or (2) Opposes states adopting federal education standards Participating counts on VoteMatch question 7. Democrats: 7
Republicans: 16
Independents: 0
14-F2A-q7
on Sep 30, 2014
(1) Supports Common Core or (2) Opposes Common Core Participating counts on VoteMatch question 7. Democrats: 3
Republicans: 21
Independents: 0
14-PVS-q7
on Sep 30, 2014
(1) Supports Common Core or (2) Opposes Common Core Participating counts on VoteMatch question 7. Democrats: 3
Republicans: 21
Independents: 0
14-CC-q7
on Aug 15, 2014
(1) Supports education vouchers or (2) Opposes education vouchers Participating counts on VoteMatch question 7. Democrats: 2
Republicans: 13
Independents: 0

Energy & Oil
Public NoteVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageParticipants
16AFA_Q18A
on Nov 8, 2016
(1) Supports deregulating domestic oil exploration and drilling or (2) Supports deregulating domestic oil drilling or (3) Opposes restricting domestic oil exploration and drilling Participating counts on VoteMatch question 18. Democrats: 2
Republicans: 17
Independents: 3
16AFA_Q18B
on Nov 8, 2016
(1) Supports developing wind and solar energy or (2) Opposes wind and solar until economically feasible or (3) Opposes government developing wind and solar energy Participating counts on VoteMatch question 18. Democrats: 1
Republicans: 16
Independents: 3
16PVS_Q18A
on Nov 8, 2016
(1) Supports building the Keystone XL pipeline or (2) Opposes building the Keystone XL pipeline Participating counts on VoteMatch question 18. Democrats: 1
Republicans: 6
Independents: 0
16PVS_Q18B
on Nov 8, 2016
(1) Supports federally developing renewable energy or (2) Opposes federally developing renewable energy Participating counts on VoteMatch question 18. Democrats: 15
Republicans: 6
Independents: 0
16PVS_Q18C
on Nov 8, 2016
(1) Supports regulation of greenhouse gas emission or (2) Opposes regulation of greenhouse gas emission Participating counts on VoteMatch question 18. Democrats: 15
Republicans: 13
Independents: 0
14-F2A-q18
on Sep 30, 2014
(1) Supports Keystone XL or (2) Opposes Keystone XL Participating counts on VoteMatch question 18. Democrats: 5
Republicans: 22
Independents: 0
14-F2A-q8
on Sep 30, 2014
(1) Supports regulating CO2 or (2) Opposes regulating CO2 Participating counts on VoteMatch question 18. Democrats: 9
Republicans: 20
Independents: 0
14-PVS-q18
on Sep 30, 2014
(1) Supports Keystone XL or (2) Opposes Keystone XL Participating counts on VoteMatch question 18. Democrats: 6
Republicans: 22
Independents: 0
14-PVS-q8
on Sep 30, 2014
(1) Supports regulating CO2 or (2) Opposes regulating CO2 Participating counts on VoteMatch question 18. Democrats: 10
Republicans: 21
Independents: 0
14-CC-q18
on Aug 15, 2014
(1) Supports energy independence or (2) Opposes energy independence Participating counts on VoteMatch question 18. Democrats: 0
Republicans: 14
Independents: 0

Foreign Policy
Public NoteVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageParticipants
16_CC14
on Nov 8, 2016
(1) Supports standing with the nation of israel or (2) Opposes unquestioningly standing with israel Participating counts on VoteMatch question 14. Democrats: 7
Republicans: 22
Independents: 1
16AFA_Q17B
on Nov 8, 2016
(1) Supports seeing Islamic Sharia as no threat to the US or (2) Opposes Islamic Sharia as threat to the US or (3) Strongly opposes Islamic Sharia as threat to the US Participating counts on VoteMatch question 17. Democrats: 1
Republicans: 18
Independents: 1

Government Refom
Public NoteVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageParticipants
16AFA_Q16
on Nov 8, 2016
(1) Supports voting without photo id requirement or (2) Opposes voting without photo id or (3) Strongly opposes voting without photo id Participating counts on VoteMatch question 16. Democrats: 1
Republicans: 18
Independents: 3

Government Reform
Public NoteVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageParticipants
16_CC16
on Nov 8, 2016
(1) Supports same campaign finance rules to all organizations or (2) Opposes same campaign finance rules to all organizations Participating counts on VoteMatch question 16. Democrats: 2
Republicans: 5
Independents: 0

Gun Control
Public NoteVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageParticipants
16_CC10
on Nov 8, 2016
(1) Supports restrictions on right to bear arms or (2) Opposes restrictions on right to bear arms Participating counts on VoteMatch question 10. Democrats: 24
Republicans: 26
Independents: 1
16AFA_Q10
on Nov 8, 2016
(1) Supports more restrictive gun control laws or (2) Opposes more restrictive gun control laws or (3) Strongly opposes restrictive gun laws Participating counts on VoteMatch question 10. Democrats: 1
Republicans: 18
Independents: 4
16PVS_Q10
on Nov 8, 2016
(1) Supports gun-control legislation or (2) Opposes gun-control legislation Participating counts on VoteMatch question 10. Democrats: 17
Republicans: 23
Independents: 0
14-F2A-q10
on Sep 30, 2014
(1) Supports restricting guns or (2) Opposes restricting guns Participating counts on VoteMatch question 10. Democrats: 11
Republicans: 30
Independents: 0
14-PVS-q10
on Sep 30, 2014
(1) Supports restricting guns or (2) Opposes restricting guns Participating counts on VoteMatch question 10. Democrats: 12
Republicans: 32
Independents: 0
14-CC-q10
on Aug 15, 2014
(1) Supports restricting right to bear arms or (2) Opposes restricting right to bear arms Participating counts on VoteMatch question 10. Democrats: 5
Republicans: 14
Independents: 0

Health Care
Public NoteVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageParticipants
16_CC5
on Nov 8, 2016
(1) Supports repealing mandated health insurance or (2) Opposes repealing mandated health insurance Participating counts on VoteMatch question 5. Democrats: 25
Republicans: 26
Independents: 1
16AFA_Q5
on Nov 8, 2016
(1) Supports Congressionally repealing Affordable Care Act or (2) Opposes Congressionally reforming Affordable Care Act or (3) Opposes keeping the Affordable Care Act Participating counts on VoteMatch question 5. Democrats: 2
Republicans: 18
Independents: 4
16PVS_Q5
on Nov 8, 2016
(1) Supports repealing the 2010 affordable care act or (2) Opposes repealing the 2010 affordable care act Participating counts on VoteMatch question 5. Democrats: 16
Republicans: 21
Independents: 0
14-F2A-q5
on Sep 30, 2014
(1) Supports repealing Obamacare or (2) Opposes repealing Obamacare Participating counts on VoteMatch question 5. Democrats: 9
Republicans: 32
Independents: 0
14-PVS-q5
on Sep 30, 2014
(1) Supports repealing Obamacare or (2) Opposes repealing Obamacare Participating counts on VoteMatch question 5. Democrats: 9
Republicans: 33
Independents: 0
14-CC-q5
on Aug 15, 2014
(1) Supports repealing Obamacare or (2) Opposes repealing Obamacare Participating counts on VoteMatch question 5. Democrats: 5
Republicans: 15
Independents: 0

Homeland Security
Public NoteVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageParticipants
16AFA_Q17A
on Nov 8, 2016
(1) Supports maintaining a numerically superior nuclear arsenal or (2) Supports maintaining our nuclear arsenal or (3) Opposes a numerically superior nuclear arsenal Participating counts on VoteMatch question 15. Democrats: 1
Republicans: 17
Independents: 3
14-F2A-q17
on Sep 30, 2014
(1) Supports targeting terrorists or (2) Opposes targeting terrorists Participating counts on VoteMatch question 17. Democrats: 1
Republicans: 16
Independents: 0
14-PVS-q17
on Sep 30, 2014
(1) Supports targeting terrorists or (2) Opposes targeting terrorists Participating counts on VoteMatch question 17. Democrats: 1
Republicans: 16
Independents: 0

Immigration
Public NoteVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageParticipants
16AFA_Q12
on Nov 8, 2016
(1) Supports constructing a wall to control our border or (2) Supports controlling border with necessary infrastructure or (3) Opposes constructing a wall on our southern border Participating counts on VoteMatch question 12. Democrats: 1
Republicans: 17
Independents: 3
16AFA_Q14
on Nov 8, 2016
(1) Supports ban on resettlement of Syrian refugees or (2) Supports proper vetting for Syrian refugees or (3) Opposes ban on resettlement of Syrian refugees Participating counts on VoteMatch question 14. Democrats: 1
Republicans: 18
Independents: 3
16PVS_Q12
on Nov 8, 2016
(1) Supports illegals returning to country of origin or (2) Opposes requiring illegals to return to country of origin Participating counts on VoteMatch question 12. Democrats: 17
Republicans: 18
Independents: 0
14-F2A-q12
on Sep 30, 2014
(1) Supports deportation of illlegals or (2) Opposes deportation of illlegals Participating counts on VoteMatch question 12. Democrats: 7
Republicans: 27
Independents: 0
14-PVS-q12
on Sep 30, 2014
(1) Supports deportation of illlegals or (2) Opposes deportation of illlegals Participating counts on VoteMatch question 12. Democrats: 7
Republicans: 28
Independents: 0

Jobs
Public NoteVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageParticipants
16AFA_Q29
on Nov 8, 2016
(1) Supports federal responsbility to assure livable income or (2) Opposes federal responsbility to assure livable income or (3) Opposes federal wage controls & healthcare role Participating counts on VoteMatch question 29. Democrats: 2
Republicans: 18
Independents: 4

Principles & Values
Public NoteVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageParticipants
16AFA_Q4A
on Nov 8, 2016
(1) Supports Judeo-Christian framework of morality or (2) Opposes basing government on Judeo-Christian values or (3) Strogly opposes government based on Judeo-Christian values Participating counts on VoteMatch question 4. Democrats: 1
Republicans: 18
Independents: 2
16AFA_Q4B
on Nov 8, 2016
(1) Supports religious liberty and sees it at risk or (2) Supports religious liberty or (3) Opposes seeing religious liberty at risk Participating counts on VoteMatch question 4. Democrats: 1
Republicans: 18
Independents: 3
14-CC-q4b
on Aug 15, 2014
(1) Supports barring anti-religious art funding or (2) Opposes barring anti-religious art funding Participating counts on VoteMatch question 4. Democrats: 0
Republicans: 6
Independents: 0

Social Security
Public NoteVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageParticipants
16PVS_Q6
on Nov 8, 2016
(1) Supports diverting some FICA into personal accounts or (2) Opposes diverting some FICA into personal accounts Participating counts on VoteMatch question 6. Democrats: 15
Republicans: 3
Independents: 0
14-F2A-q6
on Sep 30, 2014
(1) Supports personal retirement accounts or (2) Opposes personal retirement accounts Participating counts on VoteMatch question 6. Democrats: 10
Republicans: 19
Independents: 0
14-PVS-q6
on Sep 30, 2014
(1) Supports personal retirement accounts or (2) Opposes personal retirement accounts Participating counts on VoteMatch question 6. Democrats: 10
Republicans: 21
Independents: 0

Tax Reform
Public NoteVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageParticipants
16_CC11a
on Nov 8, 2016
(1) Supports increasing income tax rates or (2) Opposes increasing income tax rates Participating counts on VoteMatch question 11. Democrats: 20
Republicans: 26
Independents: 1
16_CC11b
on Nov 8, 2016
(1) Supports eliminating the death tax or (2) Opposes eliminating the death tax Participating counts on VoteMatch question 11. Democrats: 7
Republicans: 18
Independents: 1
16PVS_Q11A
on Nov 8, 2016
(1) Supports tax increases to balance the budget or (2) Opposes tax increases, even to balance the budget Participating counts on VoteMatch question 11. Democrats: 11
Republicans: 20
Independents: 0
16PVS_Q11B
on Nov 8, 2016
(1) Supports lowering taxes to promote economic growth or (2) Opposes lowering taxes to promote economic growth Participating counts on VoteMatch question 11. Democrats: 6
Republicans: 20
Independents: 0
14-F2A-q11
on Sep 30, 2014
(1) Supports tax increases or (2) Opposes tax increases Participating counts on VoteMatch question 11. Democrats: 5
Republicans: 32
Independents: 0
14-PVS-q11
on Sep 30, 2014
(1) Supports tax increases or (2) Opposes tax increases Participating counts on VoteMatch question 11. Democrats: 5
Republicans: 33
Independents: 0
14-CC-q11
on Aug 15, 2014
(1) Supports increasing federal income taxes or (2) Opposes increasing federal income taxes Participating counts on VoteMatch question 11. Democrats: 5
Republicans: 15
Independents: 0
14-CC-q4a
on Aug 15, 2014
(1) Supports barring IRS free speech rules or (2) Opposes barring IRS free speech rules Participating counts on VoteMatch question 4. Democrats: 0
Republicans: 5
Independents: 0

War & Peace
Public NoteVote descriptionVoteMatch UsageParticipants
16AFA_Q17C
on Nov 8, 2016
(1) Supports addressing Islamic militants only if they attack US or (2) Opposes waiting for Islamic attacks within the US or (3) Opposes waiting; go after militant Islam abroad Participating counts on VoteMatch question 17. Democrats: 1
Republicans: 17
Independents: 2
16PVS_Q17
on Nov 8, 2016
(1) Supports American intervention in Mideast beyond air support or (2) Opposes American intervention in Mideast beyond air support Participating counts on VoteMatch question 17. Democrats: 6
Republicans: 13
Independents: 0


                                                                                                                                                                               
  

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