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Bill Nelson on Abortion
Click here for 12 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Voted NO on restricting UN funding for population control policies. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted NO on defining unborn child as eligible for SCHIP. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting minors crossing state lines for abortion. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on barring HHS grants to organizations that perform abortions. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on $100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted NO on criminal penalty for harming unborn fetus during other crime. (Mar 2004)
  • Voted NO on banning partial birth abortions except for maternal life. (Mar 2003)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL, indicating a pro-choice voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Expand embryonic stem cell research. (Jun 2004)
  • Rated 25% by the NRLC, indicating a mixed record on abortion. (Dec 2006)
Bill Nelson on Budget & Economy
Click here for 8 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • Budget sequestration avoided national default. (Oct 2012)
  • 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 YES on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted NO on paying down federal debt by rating programs' effectiveness. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on $40B in reduced federal overall spending. (Dec 2005)
  • Reform mortgage rules to prevent foreclosure & bankruptcy. (Feb 2008)
Bill Nelson on Civil Rights
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  • Favors requiring companies to hire more women & minorities. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • Voted YES on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (Jun 2002)
  • Voted YES on loosening restrictions on cell phone wiretapping. (Oct 2001)
  • Shift from group preferences to economic empowerment of all. (Aug 2000)
  • Rated 60% by the ACLU, indicating a mixed civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Issue a commemorative postage stamp of Rosa Parks. (Dec 2005)
  • Rated 89% by the HRC, indicating a pro-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 86% by the NAACP, indicating a pro-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Endorsed as "preferred" by The Feminist Majority indicating pro-women's rights. (Aug 2012)
Bill Nelson on Corporations
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  • Voted YES on repealing tax subsidy for companies which move US jobs offshore. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on reforming bankruptcy to include means-testing & restrictions. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted NO on restricting rules on personal bankruptcy. (Jul 2001)
  • Rated 48% by the US COC, indicating a mixed business voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Screen imports & ban lead in children's products. (Feb 2008)
  • Expand lending caps for credit unions to small business. (Mar 2012)
  • Rated 71% by UFCW, indicating a mixed management/labor voting record. (May 2012)
Bill Nelson on Crime
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  • Voted YES on reinstating $1.15 billion funding for the COPS Program. (Mar 2007)
  • More funding and stricter sentencing for hate crimes. (Apr 2001)
  • Increase funding for "COPS ON THE BEAT" program. (Jan 2007)
Bill Nelson on Drugs
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Bill Nelson on Education
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  • Opposes parents choosing schools via vouchers. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted YES on $52M for "21st century community learning centers". (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on shifting $11B from corporate tax loopholes to education. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on funding smaller classes instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on funding student testing instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction. (Apr 2001)
  • Offer every parent Charter Schools and public school choice. (Aug 2000)
  • Rated 91% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015. (Apr 2013)
Bill Nelson on Energy & Oil
Click here for 27 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • Federal MMS was asleep at the wheel with BP oil spill. (Sep 2010)
  • We canít drill, drill, drill our way to oil independence. (Oct 2006)
  • Supports spending resources to stop Global Warming. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted NO on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted YES on protecting middle-income taxpayers from a national energy tax. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted NO on requiring full Senate debate and vote on cap-and-trade. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on tax incentives for energy production and conservation. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on addressing CO2 emissions without considering India & China. (May 2008)
  • Voted YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on making oil-producing and exporting cartels illegal. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on factoring global warming into federal project planning. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on disallowing an oil leasing program in Alaska's ANWR. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on $3.1B for emergency oil assistance for hurricane-hit areas. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on reducing oil usage by 40% by 2025 (instead of 5%). (Jun 2005)
  • Voted YES on banning drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on Bush Administration Energy Policy. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on targeting 100,000 hydrogen-powered vehicles by 2010. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on removing consideration of drilling ANWR from budget bill. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted NO on drilling ANWR on national security grounds. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted NO on terminating CAFE standards within 15 months. (Mar 2002)
  • Supports tradable emissions permits for greenhouse gases. (Aug 2000)
  • Include pickup trucks in CAFE; include hybrids in HOV lanes. (Feb 2002)
  • Keep efficient air conditioner rule to conserve energy. (Mar 2004)
  • Establish greenhouse gas tradeable allowances. (Feb 2005)
  • Rated 100% by the CAF, indicating support for energy independence. (Dec 2006)
  • Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025. (Jan 2007)
  • Let states define stricter-than-federal emission standards. (Jan 2008)
Bill Nelson on Environment
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  • Voted YES on protecting ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems. (May 2013)
  • Voted YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program. (Aug 2009)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting eminent domain for use as parks or grazing land. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted YES on including oil & gas smokestacks in mercury regulations. (Sep 2005)
  • Voted YES on confirming Gale Norton as Secretary of Interior. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 79% by the LCV, indicating pro-environment votes. (Dec 2003)
  • EPA must do better on mercury clean-up. (Apr 2004)
  • Regulate all dog breeders down to kennels of 50 dogs. (Feb 2011)
  • Rated 60% by HSLF, indicating a mixed voting record on animal welfare. (Jan 2012)
  • Sponsored enforcing against illegal ocean fishing. (Feb 2013)
  • Strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting. (Jan 2007)
  • Fund projects for international conservation of cranes. (Jan 2009)
Bill Nelson on Families & Children
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  • Give parents tools to balance work and family. (Aug 2000)
  • Rated 16% by the Christian Coalition: an anti-Family-Value voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • More funding & services for victims of domestic violence. (Jan 2013)
Bill Nelson on Foreign Policy
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  • Keep the Cuban embargo, but let family members travel. (Oct 2012)
  • Diplomacy first with N.Korea; keep military option on table. (Oct 2006)
  • Get State Dept. to do more for Holocaust victims. (Jan 2001)
  • Voted YES on cooperating with India as a nuclear power. (Oct 2008)
  • Voted YES on enlarging NATO to include Eastern Europe. (May 2002)
  • Progressive Internationalism: globalize with US pre-eminence. (Aug 2000)
  • Impose sanctions and an import ban on Burma. (Oct 2007)
  • Rated 0 by AAI, indicating a mixed Arab/Palestine voting record. (May 2012)
  • Vigorous support for State of Israel against Hamas in Gaza. (Nov 2012)
  • Sponsored funding and supplying the Syrian rebels. (May 2013)
  • Urge Venezuela to re-open dissident radio & TV stations. (May 2007)
  • Pressure friendly Arab states to end Israeli boycott. (Oct 2007)
Bill Nelson on Free Trade
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  • Pressure China on trade, coupled with North Korea resolution. (Oct 2006)
  • Voted YES on promoting free trade with Peru. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted YES on free trade agreement with Oman. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on implementing CAFTA for Central America free-trade. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted YES on establishing free trade between US & Singapore. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on establishing free trade between the US and Chile. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on extending free trade to Andean nations. (May 2002)
  • Voted YES on granting normal trade relations status to Vietnam. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on removing common goods from national security export rules. (Sep 2001)
  • Build a rule-based global trading system. (Aug 2000)
  • Rated 33% by CATO, indicating a mixed record on trade issues. (Dec 2002)
  • Insist on access to post-mad-cow Japanese beef markets. (Mar 2010)
Bill Nelson on Government Reform
Click here for 16 full quotes on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • Supports McCain/Feingold campaign finance reform. (Oct 2000)
  • Voted YES on Congressional pay raise. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on providing a US House seat for the District of Columbia. (Feb 2009)
  • Voted YES on granting the District of Columbia a seat in Congress. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring photo ID to vote in federal elections. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted NO on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on banning "soft money" contributions and restricting issue ads. (Mar 2002)
  • Voted NO on require photo ID (not just signature) for voter registration. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted YES on banning campaign donations from unions & corporations. (Apr 2001)
  • Voluntary public financing for all general elections. (Aug 2000)
  • Restrict lobbyist gifts & disclose lobbyist info on Internet. (Dec 2005)
  • Post earmarks on the Internet before voting on them. (Jan 2006)
  • Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures. (Jul 2012)
  • Prohibit 'voter caging' which intimidates minority voting. (Nov 2007)
  • Repeal automatic Congressional pay raises. (Jan 2009)
Bill Nelson on Gun Control
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  • Opposes absolute right to gun ownership. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted YES on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets. (Apr 2013)
  • Voted NO on allowing firearms in checked baggage on Amtrak trains. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting foreign & UN aid that restricts US gun ownership. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on banning lawsuits against gun manufacturers for gun violence. (Mar 2004)
  • Prevent unauthorized firearm use with "smart gun" technology. (Aug 2000)
Bill Nelson on Health Care
Click here for 24 full quotes on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • "Gator Aid": $2.5B Medicare funding in ObamaCare. (May 2010)
  • Supports More Federal Funding for Health Coverage. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (May 2011)
  • Voted YES on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare. (Jul 2008)
  • Voted NO on means-testing to determine Medicare Part D premium. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on allowing tribal Indians to opt out of federal healthcare. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted NO on limiting medical liability lawsuits to $250,000. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on expanding enrollment period for Medicare Part D. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on increasing Medicaid rebate for producing generics. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on negotiating bulk purchases for Medicare prescription drug. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on $40 billion per year for limited Medicare prescription drug benefit. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing reimportation of Rx drugs from Canada. (Jul 2002)
  • Voted YES on allowing patients to sue HMOs & collect punitive damages. (Jun 2001)
  • Voted NO on funding GOP version of Medicare prescription drug benefit. (Apr 2001)
  • Establish "report cards" on HMO quality of care. (Aug 2000)
  • Rated 100% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record. (Dec 2003)
  • Merge Alzheimers diagnosis and care benefit. (May 2013)
  • Preserve access to Medicaid & SCHIP during economic downturn. (Apr 2008)
  • Establishment of Office of Health Care Fraud Prevention. (Oct 2009)
  • Expedited licensing for biosimilar products. (Mar 2009)
Bill Nelson on Homeland Security
Click here for 21 full quotes on Homeland Security OR background on Homeland Security.
  • Let all military overseas vote via Internet. (Jan 2001)
  • Upgrade the military. (Oct 2000)
  • Deploy limited missile defense shield. (Oct 2000)
  • Voted YES on extending the PATRIOT Act's roving wiretaps. (Feb 2011)
  • Voted NO on cutting $221M in benefits to Filipinos who served in WWII US Army. (Apr 2008)
  • Voted YES on requiring FISA court warrant to monitor US-to-foreign calls. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted YES on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted YES on limiting soldiers' deployment to 12 months. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted YES on implementing the 9/11 Commission report. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on preserving habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on requiring CIA reports on detainees & interrogation methods. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted NO on extending the PATRIOT Act's wiretap provision. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on restricting business with entities linked to terrorism. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted YES on restoring $565M for states' and ports' first responders. (Mar 2005)
  • Establish Maritime Security grants for ports and vessels. (Nov 2002)
  • Federalize aviation security. (Nov 2001)
  • Rated 70% by SANE, indicating a pro-peace voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Extend reserve retirement pay parity back to 9/11. (Dec 2007)
  • Repeal Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell, and reinstate discharged gays. (Mar 2010)
  • Restore habeas corpus for detainees in the War on Terror. (Jun 2007)
Bill Nelson on Immigration
Click here for 11 full quotes on Immigration OR background on Immigration.
  • Path to citizenship with fines & English proficiency. (Oct 2012)
  • Voted YES on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities". (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on comprehensive immigration reform. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on declaring English as the official language of the US government. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the "Y" nonimmigrant guestworker program. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on establishing a Guest Worker program. (May 2006)
  • Voted NO on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship. (May 2006)
  • Cover child resident aliens under Medicaid and SCHIP. (May 2005)
  • Rated 33% by USBC, indicating a mixed record on open borders. (Dec 2006)
Bill Nelson on Jobs
Click here for 13 full quotes on Jobs OR background on Jobs.
  • Voted YES on extending unemployment benefits from 39 weeks to 59 weeks. (Nov 2008)
  • Voted YES on overriding presidential veto of Farm Bill. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on terminating legal challenges to English-only job rules. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on limiting farm subsidies to people earning under $750,000. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted YES on restricting employer interference in union organizing. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on increasing minimum wage to $7.25. (Feb 2007)
  • Voted YES on raising the minimum wage to $7.25 rather than $6.25. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted NO on repealing Clinton's ergonomic rules on repetitive stress. (Mar 2001)
  • Protect overtime pay protections. (Jun 2003)
  • Rated 77% by the AFL-CIO, indicating a pro-union voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Allow an Air Traffic Controller's Union. (Jan 2006)
  • Form unions by card-check instead of secret ballot. (Mar 2009)
  • Ban discriminatory compensation; allow 2 years to sue. (Jan 2009)
Bill Nelson on Principles & Values
Click here for 10 full quotes on Principles & Values OR background on Principles & Values.
  • Voted with Democratic Party 93.4% of 320 votes. (Sep 2007)
  • Focus on issues & doing our jobs, and we can get a lot done. (Oct 2006)
  • Voted YES on confirming of Sonia Sotomayor to Supreme Court. (Aug 2009)
  • Voted NO on confirming Samuel Alito as Supreme Court Justice. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted YES on confirming John Roberts for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. (Sep 2005)
  • Supports Hyde Park Declaration of "Third Way" centrism. (Aug 2000)
  • New Democrat: "Third Way" instead of left-right debate. (Nov 2000)
  • Member of the Senate New Democrat Coalition. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 67% by the AU, a mixed record on church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
  • Member of Democratic Leadership Council. (Nov 2007)
Bill Nelson on Social Security
Click here for 5 full quotes on Social Security OR background on Social Security.
  • Opposes efforts to partially privatize. (Oct 2000)
  • Opposes privatizing Social Security. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted NO on establishing reserve funds & pre-funding for Social Security. (Mar 2007)
  • Create Retirement Savings Accounts. (Aug 2000)
  • Rated 90% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
Bill Nelson on Tax Reform
Click here for 17 full quotes on Tax Reform OR background on Tax Reform.
  • National sales tax raises taxes $4,500 versus income tax. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted against repealing estate tax; but now supports it. (Oct 2000)
  • Voted YES on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted NO on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on raising estate tax exemption to $5 million. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts. (Aug 2006)
  • Voted YES on permanently repealing the `death tax`. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on $47B for military by repealing capital gains tax cut. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on extending the tax cuts on capital gains and dividends. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted NO on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years. (May 2003)
  • Voted YES on reducing marriage penalty instead of cutting top tax rates. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on increasing tax deductions for college tuition. (May 2001)
  • Rated 14% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 40% by CTJ, indicating a mixed record on progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
Bill Nelson on Technology
Click here for 11 full quotes on Technology OR background on Technology.
  • Defend NASA moon program & its jobs in Florida. (Jan 2010)
  • Represented Space Coast; flew on Space Shuttle. (Oct 2000)
  • Voted YES on authorizing states to collect Internet sales taxes. (May 2013)
  • Voted YES on $23B instead of $4.9B for waterway infrastructure. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted NO on restoring $550M in funding for Amtrak for 2007. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on disallowing FCC approval of larger media conglomerates. (Sep 2003)
  • Chief information officer to digitize federal government. (Aug 2000)
  • Facilitate nationwide 2-1-1 phone line for human services. (Jan 2007)
  • Require websites to police for copyrighted materials. (May 2011)
  • Create online database of science & math scholarships. (Dec 2007)
  • Overturn FCC approval of media consolidation. (Mar 2008)
Bill Nelson on War & Peace
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  • Political solution for Iraq, of 3-way partition. (Oct 2006)
  • Voted NO on redeploying non-essential US troops out of Iraq in 9 months. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted YES on designating Iran's Revolutionary Guards as terrorists. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted YES on redeploying US troops out of Iraq by March 2008. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on redeploying troops out of Iraq by July 2007. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on investigating contract awards in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on requiring on-budget funding for Iraq, not emergency funding. (Apr 2005)
  • Voted YES on $86 billion for military operations in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Oct 2003)
  • Voted YES on authorizing use of military force against Iraq. (Oct 2002)
  • No troop surge: no military escalation in Iraq. (Jan 2007)
  • Deploy UN multinational peacekeeping force in Darfur. (Jul 2007)
  • Iranian nuclear weapons: prevention instead of containment. (May 2012)
  • Sponsored shutting down Iranian foreign reserves. (May 2013)
  • Sanctions on Iran to end nuclear program. (Apr 2009)
Bill Nelson on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Finish welfare reform by moving able recipients into jobs. (Aug 2000)
  • Establish a National Affordable Housing Trust Fund. (Jul 2003)


VoteMatch Responses
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Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+2 points on Social scale)
Rated 100% by NARAL, indicating a pro-choice voting record: Strongly Favors topic 1
Expand embryonic stem cell research: Favors topic 1
Rated 25% by the NRLC, indicating a mixed record on abortion: Neutral on topic 1
NO on prohibiting minors crossing state lines for abortion: Strongly Favors topic 1
NO on defining unborn child as eligible for SCHIP: Favors topic 1
NO on banning partial birth abortions except for maternal life: Strongly Favors topic 1
NO on criminal penalty for harming unborn fetus during other crime: Favors topic 1
YES on $100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives: Favors topic 1
YES on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions: Opposes topic 1
YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines: Favors topic 1
NO on barring HHS grants to organizations that perform abortions: Favors topic 1
NO on restricting UN funding for population control policies: Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Favors requiring companies to hire more women & minorities: Favors topic 2
Shift from group preferences to economic empowerment of all: Neutral on topic 2
Issue a commemorative postage stamp of Rosa Parks: Favors topic 2
Rated 86% by the NAACP, indicating a pro-affirmative-action stance: Strongly Favors topic 2
Endorsed as "preferred" by The Feminist Majority indicating pro-women's rights: Strongly Favors topic 2
More funding & services for victims of domestic violence: Strongly Favors topic 2
Ban discriminatory compensation; allow 2 years to sue: Favors topic 2
YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act: Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
More funding and stricter sentencing for hate crimes: Strongly Favors topic 3
Rated 89% by the HRC, indicating a pro-gay-rights stance: Strongly Favors topic 3
Repeal Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell, and reinstate discharged gays: Favors topic 3
YES on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes: Strongly Favors topic 3
NO on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage: Strongly Favors topic 3
Opposes topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(+2 points on Social scale)
Rated 16% by the Christian Coalition: an anti-Family-Value voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Rated 67% by the AU, a mixed record on church-state separation: Neutral on topic 4
YES on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration: Favors topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Supports More Federal Funding for Health Coverage: Strongly Favors topic 5
Establish "report cards" on HMO quality of care: Favors topic 5
Rated 100% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record: Strongly Favors topic 5
Merge Alzheimers diagnosis and care benefit: Favors topic 5
Preserve access to Medicaid & SCHIP during economic downturn: Strongly Favors topic 5
Establishment of Office of Health Care Fraud Prevention: Opposes topic 5
NO on allowing tribal Indians to opt out of federal healthcare: Strongly Favors topic 5
NO on means-testing to determine Medicare Part D premium: Favors topic 5
NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts: Favors topic 5
NO on funding GOP version of Medicare prescription drug benefit: Favors topic 5
YES on $40 billion per year for limited Medicare prescription drug benefit: Favors topic 5
YES on increasing Medicaid rebate for producing generics: Favors topic 5
YES on negotiating bulk purchases for Medicare prescription drug: Strongly Favors topic 5
YES on expanding enrollment period for Medicare Part D: Favors topic 5
NO on limiting medical liability lawsuits to $250,000: Opposes topic 5
YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D: Favors topic 5
YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility: Favors topic 5
YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare: Favors topic 5
YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program: Favors topic 5
YES on regulating tobacco as a drug: Favors topic 5
Strongly Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Opposes efforts to partially privatize: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Opposes privatizing Social Security: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Create Retirement Savings Accounts: Favors topic 6
Rated 90% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 6
NO on establishing reserve funds & pre-funding for Social Security: Opposes topic 6
Strongly Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Opposes parents choosing schools via vouchers: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Offer every parent Charter Schools and public school choice: Opposes topic 7
Rated 91% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015: Opposes topic 7
YES on funding smaller classes instead of private tutors: Opposes topic 7
YES on funding student testing instead of private tutors: Opposes topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
Human needs over animal rights
(+5 points on Social scale)
Rated 79% by the LCV, indicating pro-environment votes: Strongly Opposes topic 8
EPA must do better on mercury clean-up: Opposes topic 8
Regulate all dog breeders down to kennels of 50 dogs: Opposes topic 8
Sponsored enforcing against illegal ocean fishing: Opposes topic 8
Strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Fund projects for international conservation of cranes: Strongly Opposes topic 8
YES on protecting ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems: Opposes topic 8
NO on prohibiting eminent domain for use as parks or grazing land: Opposes topic 8
Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+2 points on Social scale)
Increase funding for "COPS ON THE BEAT" program: Opposes topic 9
YES on reinstating $1.15 billion funding for the COPS Program: Opposes topic 9
Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Opposes absolute right to gun ownership: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Prevent unauthorized firearm use with "smart gun" technology: Opposes topic 10
YES on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets: Strongly Opposes topic 10
NO on banning lawsuits against gun manufacturers for gun violence: Strongly Opposes topic 10
YES on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers: Strongly Favors topic 10
YES on prohibiting foreign & UN aid that restricts US gun ownership: Favors topic 10
NO on allowing firearms in checked baggage on Amtrak trains: Opposes topic 10
Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
National sales tax raises taxes $4,500 versus income tax: Strongly Favors topic 11
Voted against repealing estate tax; but now supports it: Opposes topic 11
Rated 14% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes: Strongly Favors topic 11
Rated 40% by CTJ, indicating a mixed record on progressive taxation: Neutral on topic 11
NO on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset: Favors topic 11
YES on reducing marriage penalty instead of cutting top tax rates: Favors topic 11
YES on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction: Favors topic 11
NO on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years: Strongly Favors topic 11
YES on extending the tax cuts on capital gains and dividends: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on $47B for military by repealing capital gains tax cut: Favors topic 11
YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on permanently repealing the `death tax`: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts: Strongly Opposes topic 11
NO on raising estate tax exemption to $5 million: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax: Strongly Favors topic 11
Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+2 points on Social scale)
Path to citizenship with fines & English proficiency: Favors topic 12
Cover child resident aliens under Medicaid and SCHIP: Favors topic 12
Rated 33% by USBC, indicating a mixed record on open borders: Neutral on topic 12
YES on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities": Strongly Favors topic 12
NO on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security: Strongly Opposes topic 12
YES on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship: Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on establishing a Guest Worker program: Favors topic 12
YES on building a fence along the Mexican border: Strongly Opposes topic 12
NO on eliminating the "Y" nonimmigrant guestworker program: Neutral topic 12
YES on declaring English as the official language of the US government: Strongly Opposes topic 12
YES on comprehensive immigration reform: Strongly Favors topic 12
Strongly Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Build a rule-based global trading system: Favors topic 13
Rated 33% by CATO, indicating a mixed record on trade issues: Neutral on topic 13
Insist on access to post-mad-cow Japanese beef markets: Favors topic 13
YES on removing common goods from national security export rules: Favors topic 13
YES on granting normal trade relations status to Vietnam: Favors topic 13
YES on extending free trade to Andean nations: Strongly Favors topic 13
YES on establishing free trade between US & Singapore: Favors topic 13
YES on establishing free trade between the US and Chile: Favors topic 13
YES on implementing CAFTA for Central America free-trade: Strongly Favors topic 13
YES on free trade agreement with Oman: Strongly Favors topic 13
YES on promoting free trade with Peru: Favors topic 13
Opposes topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(-3 points on Social scale)
Restore habeas corpus for detainees in the War on Terror: Opposes topic 14
YES on requiring FISA court warrant to monitor US-to-foreign calls: Opposes topic 14
YES on preserving habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees: Strongly Opposes topic 14
YES on requiring CIA reports on detainees & interrogation methods: Strongly Opposes topic 14
YES on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad: Strongly Favors topic 14
Opposes topic 15:
Expand the military
(+2 points on Social scale)
Upgrade the military: Favors topic 15
Rated 70% by SANE, indicating a pro-peace voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Extend reserve retirement pay parity back to 9/11: Favors topic 15
YES on requiring on-budget funding for Iraq, not emergency funding: Opposes topic 15
YES on limiting soldiers' deployment to 12 months: Opposes topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Supports McCain/Feingold campaign finance reform: Favors topic 16
Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures: Strongly Favors topic 16
Prohibit 'voter caging' which intimidates minority voting: Favors topic 16
Repeal automatic Congressional pay raises: Favors topic 16
YES on banning campaign donations from unions & corporations: Favors topic 16
YES on banning "soft money" contributions and restricting issue ads: Favors topic 16
YES on establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity: Favors topic 16
NO on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress: Strongly Favors topic 16
Opposes topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(-3 points on Social scale)
Get State Dept. to do more for Holocaust victims: Favors topic 17
Progressive Internationalism: globalize with US pre-eminence: Favors topic 17
No troop surge: no military escalation in Iraq: Strongly Favors topic 17
Iranian nuclear weapons: prevention instead of containment: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Sponsored funding and supplying the Syrian rebels: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Sponsored shutting down Iranian foreign reserves: Opposes topic 17
Sanctions on Iran to end nuclear program: Opposes topic 17
YES on authorizing use of military force against Iraq: Strongly Opposes topic 17
NO on redeploying troops out of Iraq by July 2007: Strongly Opposes topic 17
YES on redeploying US troops out of Iraq by March 2008: Strongly Favors topic 17
NO on redeploying non-essential US troops out of Iraq in 9 months: Opposes topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
We canít drill, drill, drill our way to oil independence: Strongly Favors topic 18
Supports spending resources to stop Global Warming: Strongly Favors topic 18
Supports tradable emissions permits for greenhouse gases: Favors topic 18
Include pickup trucks in CAFE; include hybrids in HOV lanes: Favors topic 18
Keep efficient air conditioner rule to conserve energy: Strongly Favors topic 18
Establish greenhouse gas tradeable allowances: Strongly Favors topic 18
Rated 100% by the CAF, indicating support for energy independence: Favors topic 18
Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025: Strongly Favors topic 18
Let states define stricter-than-federal emission standards: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases: Favors topic 18
NO on terminating CAFE standards within 15 months: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on targeting 100,000 hydrogen-powered vehicles by 2010: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on removing consideration of drilling ANWR from budget bill: Favors topic 18
YES on reducing oil usage by 40% by 2025 (instead of 5%): Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on disallowing an oil leasing program in Alaska's ANWR: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on banning drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Favors topic 18
YES on factoring global warming into federal project planning: Favors topic 18
YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on addressing CO2 emissions without considering India & China: Favors topic 18
YES on tax incentives for energy production and conservation: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on requiring full Senate debate and vote on cap-and-trade: Favors topic 18
YES on protecting middle-income taxpayers from a national energy tax: Opposes topic 18
YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program: Favors topic 18
No opinion on topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(0 points on Social scale)
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Strongly Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Expand lending caps for credit unions to small business: Favors topic 20
Rated 71% by UFCW, indicating a mixed management/labor voting record: Neutral on topic 20
YES on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million: Strongly Favors topic 20
YES on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package: Strongly Favors topic 20
YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending: Strongly Favors topic 20

Bill Nelson is a Moderate Liberal.
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