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Joe Donnelly on Abortion
Click here for 10 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Abortions only in cases of rape, incest, and maternal life. (Oct 2012)
  • God would never intend for rape to happen. (Oct 2012)
  • Pro-life from conception until natural death. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted YES on banning federal health coverage that includes abortion. (May 2011)
  • Voted NO on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Jan 2007)
  • Prohibit transporting minors across state lines for abortion. (Jan 2008)
  • Supports prohibiting human embryonic stem cell research. (Aug 2010)
  • Supports federal abortion funding. (Aug 2010)
  • Bar funding for abortion under federal Obamacare plans. (Jul 2010)
  • Prohibit federal funding for abortion. (May 2011)
Joe Donnelly on Budget & Economy
Click here for 13 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • $8 trillion deficit is a hidden tax on all of us. (Nov 2006)
  • 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)
  • Retire half the public debt by 2006. (May 2001)
  • Member of House Banking Committee. (Mar 2011)
Joe Donnelly on Civil Rights
Click here for 4 full quotes on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Opposes same sex marriage. (Apr 2012)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Nov 2007)
  • Honor the 100th anniversary of the NAACP. (Jan 2009)
Joe Donnelly on Corporations
Click here for 8 full quotes on Corporations OR background on Corporations.
  • Challenging auto bailout put 1000s of jobs at risk. (Oct 2012)
  • Lower corporate tax rate from 35% to 25%. (Oct 2012)
  • Voted YES on letting shareholders vote on executive compensation. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on more funding for nanotechnology R&D and commercialization. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on allowing stockholder voting on executive compensation. (Apr 2007)
  • Screen imports & ban lead in children's products. (Feb 2008)
  • Repeal ObamaCare reporting requirements for small business. (Jan 2011)
  • Rated 86% by UFCW, indicating an anti-management/pro-labor record. (May 2012)
Joe Donnelly on Crime
Click here for 3 full quotes on Crime OR background on Crime.
  • Voted NO on enforcing against anti-gay hate crimes. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on expanding services for offenders' re-entry into society. (Nov 2007)
  • Increase funding for "COPS ON THE BEAT" program. (Jan 2007)
Joe Donnelly on Drugs
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  • Voted YES on more funding for Mexico to fight drugs. (Jun 2008)
Joe Donnelly on Education
Click here for 4 full quotes on Education OR background on Education.
  • Pell Grants for low-income students, & lower interest rates. (Oct 2012)
  • Voted NO on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted YES on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Nov 2007)
Joe Donnelly on Energy & Oil
Click here for 13 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • I opposed cap-and-trade even though Dem leadership pushed it. (Oct 2012)
  • Incentives for hydrogen, ethanol and bio-diesel. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted YES on opening Outer Continental Shelf to oil drilling. (May 2011)
  • Voted YES on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted NO on enforcing limits on CO2 global warming pollution. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on tax credits for renewable electricity, with PAYGO offsets. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted YES on tax incentives for energy production and conservation. (May 2008)
  • Voted YES on tax incentives for renewable energy. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted YES on investing in homegrown biofuel. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted YES on criminalizing oil cartels like OPEC. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies. (Jan 2007)
  • Balance fossil fuels and viable renewable energy. (Jul 2001)
  • Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025. (Jan 2007)
Joe Donnelly on Environment
Click here for 8 full quotes on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • Voted YES on protecting ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems. (May 2013)
  • Voted YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on protecting free-roaming horses and burros. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on environmental education grants for outdoor experiences. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted YES on $9.7B for Amtrak improvements and operation thru 2013. (Jun 2008)
  • Inter-state compact for Great Lakes water resources. (Jul 2008)
  • Rated 13% by HSLF, indicating an anti-animal welfare voting record. (Jan 2012)
  • Sponsored no permits for legal pesticide runoff into lakes & streams. (Apr 2013)
Joe Donnelly on Families & Children
Click here for 3 full quotes on Families & Children OR background on Families & Children.
  • Understands Hoosier values of family, faith, and hard work. (Jul 2011)
  • Voted YES on four weeks of paid parental leave for federal employees. (Jun 2009)
  • More funding & services for victims of domestic violence. (Jan 2013)
Joe Donnelly on Foreign Policy
Click here for 4 full quotes on Foreign Policy OR background on Foreign Policy.
  • Voted YES on supporting democratic institutions in Pakistan. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on cooperating with India as a nuclear power. (Sep 2008)
  • Rated -2 by AAI, indicating a anti-Arab anti-Palestine voting record. (May 2012)
  • Commitment to unbreakable U.S.-Israel bond. (Mar 2010)
Joe Donnelly on Free Trade
Click here for 6 full quotes on Free Trade OR background on Free Trade.
  • Oppose CAFTA; support fair international trade. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted NO on promoting free trade with Peru. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on assisting workers who lose jobs due to globalization. (Oct 2007)
  • Tariffs against countries undervaluing their currency. (May 2009)
  • Review free trade agreements biennially for rights violation. (Jun 2009)
  • Impose tariffs against countries which manipulate currency. (Feb 2011)
Joe Donnelly on Government Reform
Click here for 9 full quotes on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • Fight for real campaign finance reform & more transparency. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted NO on Senate pay raise. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on protecting whistleblowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 2007)
  • Supports Shays-Meehan Campaign Finance Reform. (Jul 2001)
  • Reduce the salary of Members of Congress. (Jan 2011)
  • Ban stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge. (Nov 2011)
  • Repeal automatic Congressional pay raises. (Jan 2009)
Joe Donnelly on Gun Control
Click here for 7 full quotes on Gun Control OR background on Gun Control.
  • Support the Second Amendment. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted NO on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets. (Apr 2013)
  • National cross-state standard for concealed carry. (Jan 2009)
  • Opposes restrictions on the right to bear arms. (Aug 2010)
  • Teach kids Eddie Eagle GunSafe's lifesaving message. (May 2010)
  • Allow veterans to register unlicensed guns acquired abroad. (Apr 2011)
  • Ban gun registration & trigger lock law in Washington DC. (Mar 2007)
Joe Donnelly on Health Care
Click here for 15 full quotes on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • Protect Medicare for future generations. (Aug 2012)
  • Expand the availability of health insurance. (Nov 2006)
  • Medicare Part D plan is huge giveaway to drug companies. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted NO on repealing the "Prevention and Public Health" slush fund. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted YES on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Apr 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 YES on giving mental health full equity with physical health. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Jan 2007)
  • Better and immediate funding for Medicare & Medicaid. (Dec 2000)
  • Prescription drug benefit within Medicare. (Jun 2000)
  • Require insurers to cover breast cancer treatment. (Jan 2011)
Joe Donnelly on Homeland Security
Click here for 10 full quotes on Homeland Security OR background on Homeland Security.
  • Focus on fiscal discipline and strong national security. (Jul 2011)
  • Develop America’s defense and intelligence for 21st century. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted YES on extending the PATRIOT Act's roving wiretaps. (Feb 2011)
  • Voted YES on requiring FISA warrants for wiretaps in US, but not abroad. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on Veto override: Congressional oversight of CIA interrogations. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted YES on restricting no-bid defense contracts. (Mar 2007)
  • Study & address suicides among veterans. (Apr 2008)
  • Supports banning homosexuals in the military. (Aug 2010)
  • Member of House Committee on Veterans' Affairs. (Mar 2011)
Joe Donnelly on Immigration
Click here for 2 full quotes on Immigration OR background on Immigration.
  • I do not support amnesty. (Nov 2006)
  • Rated B by the ALI, indicating an acceptably anti-amnesty stance. (Nov 2010)
Joe Donnelly on Jobs
Click here for 8 full quotes on Jobs OR background on Jobs.
  • Protect American jobs. (Aug 2012)
  • Existing trade policies export jobs. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted YES on extending unemployment benefits from 39 weeks to 59 weeks. (Oct 2008)
  • Voted YES on overriding presidential veto of Farm Bill. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on restricting employer interference in union organizing. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on increasing minimum wage to $7.25. (Jan 2007)
  • Form unions by card-check instead of secret ballot. (Mar 2009)
  • Rated 0% by CEI, indicating a pro-worker rights voting record. (May 2012)
Joe Donnelly on Principles & Values
Click here for the full quote on Principles & Values OR background on Principles & Values.
  • Member of the "Blue Dog" Coalition of conservative Democrats. (Nov 2007)
Joe Donnelly on Social Security
Click here for 3 full quotes on Social Security OR background on Social Security.
  • Opposes any plan that tries to privatize & recklessly gamble. (Nov 2006)
  • Strengthen Trust Funds and take them off-budget. (May 2001)
  • Opposes private retirement accounts. (Aug 2010)
Joe Donnelly on Tax Reform
Click here for 3 full quotes on Tax Reform OR background on Tax Reform.
  • Voted YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
  • 50-25-25 budget formula for debt-tax cuts-spending. (Feb 2001)
Joe Donnelly on Technology
Click here for 8 full quotes on Technology OR background on Technology.
  • Voted YES on authorizing states to collect Internet sales taxes. (May 2013)
  • Voted NO on terminating funding for National Public Radio. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted YES on delaying digital TV conversion by four months. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on retroactive immunity for telecoms' warrantless surveillance. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on $23B instead of $4.9B for waterway infrastructure. (Nov 2007)
  • Facilitate nationwide 2-1-1 phone line for human services. (Jan 2007)
  • Permanent ban on state & local taxation of Internet access. (Oct 2007)
  • No performance royalties for radio music. (Mar 2009)
Joe Donnelly on War & Peace
Click here for 8 full quotes on War & Peace OR background on War & Peace.
  • Conclude the Iraq mission and bring our soldiers home. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted NO on banning armed forces in Libya without Congressional approval. (Jun 2011)
  • Voted NO on removing US armed forces from Afghanistan. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted YES on investigating Bush impeachment for lying about Iraq. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on redeploying US troops out of Iraq starting in 90 days. (May 2007)
  • Boycott & sanctions against Iran for terrorism & nukes. (May 2011)
  • Iranian nuclear weapons: prevention instead of containment. (May 2012)
  • Sanctions on Iran to end nuclear program. (Apr 2009)
Joe Donnelly on Welfare & Poverty
Click here for the full quote on Welfare & Poverty OR background on Welfare & Poverty.
  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)


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Strongly Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(-5 points on Social scale)
Abortions only in cases of rape, incest, and maternal life: Opposes topic 1
Pro-life from conception until natural death: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Prohibit transporting minors across state lines for abortion: Opposes topic 1
Supports prohibiting human embryonic stem cell research: Opposes topic 1
Supports federal abortion funding: Favors topic 1
Bar funding for abortion under federal Obamacare plans: Opposes topic 1
Prohibit federal funding for abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on banning federal health coverage that includes abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
NO on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines: Opposes topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
More funding & services for victims of domestic violence: Strongly Favors topic 2
Honor the 100th anniversary of the NAACP: Favors topic 2
YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act: Favors topic 2
Opposes topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(-3 points on Social scale)
Opposes same sex marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Supports banning homosexuals in the military: Strongly Opposes topic 3
YES on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation: Strongly Favors topic 3
NO on enforcing against anti-gay hate crimes: Opposes topic 3
Neutral on topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Expand the availability of health insurance: Strongly Favors topic 5
Medicare Part D plan is huge giveaway to drug companies: Favors topic 5
Better and immediate funding for Medicare & Medicaid: Favors topic 5
Repeal ObamaCare reporting requirements for small business: Opposes topic 5
Require insurers to cover breast cancer treatment: Strongly Favors topic 5
YES on giving mental health full equity with physical health: Favors topic 5
YES on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids: Strongly Favors topic 5
NO on repealing the "Prevention and Public Health" slush fund: Strongly Favors topic 5
NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts: Favors 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 any plan that tries to privatize & recklessly gamble: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Opposes private retirement accounts: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Strongly Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-5 points on Economic scale)
NO on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program: Strongly Opposes topic 7
YES on $40B for green public schools: Opposes topic 7
Opposes topic 8:
Clean air and water are property rights
(-3 points on Social scale)
Sponsored no permits for legal pesticide runoff into lakes & streams: Strongly Favors topic 8
YES on environmental education grants for outdoor experiences: Opposes topic 8
YES on protecting free-roaming horses and burros: Opposes topic 8
YES on protecting ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems: 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 expanding services for offenders' re-entry into society: Opposes topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Support the Second Amendment: Strongly Favors topic 10
National cross-state standard for concealed carry: Strongly Favors topic 10
Opposes restrictions on the right to bear arms: Strongly Favors topic 10
Teach kids Eddie Eagle GunSafe's lifesaving message: Favors topic 10
Allow veterans to register unlicensed guns acquired abroad: Favors topic 10
Ban gun registration & trigger lock law in Washington DC: Strongly Favors topic 10
NO on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets: Strongly Favors topic 10
Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
$8 trillion deficit is a hidden tax on all of us: Favors topic 11
YES on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes: Strongly Favors topic 11
YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income: Opposes topic 11
Strongly Opposes topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(-5 points on Social scale)
I do not support amnesty: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Rated B by the ALI, indicating an acceptably anti-amnesty stance: Opposes topic 12
Strongly Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Protect American jobs: Opposes topic 13
Oppose CAFTA; support fair international trade: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Existing trade policies export jobs: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Tariffs against countries undervaluing their currency: Opposes topic 13
Review free trade agreements biennially for rights violation: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Impose tariffs against countries which manipulate currency: Opposes topic 13
YES on assisting workers who lose jobs due to globalization: Opposes topic 13
NO on promoting free trade with Peru: Opposes topic 13
Opposes topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(-3 points on Economic scale)
YES on Veto override: Congressional oversight of CIA interrogations: Opposes topic 14
YES on requiring FISA warrants for wiretaps in US, but not abroad: Strongly Opposes topic 14
YES on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad: Strongly Favors topic 14
Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-3 points on Social scale)
Focus on fiscal discipline and strong national security: Strongly Favors topic 15
Develop America’s defense and intelligence for 21st century: Favors topic 15
YES on restricting no-bid defense contracts: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Stricter limits on voting rights
(-5 points on Social scale)
Fight for real campaign finance reform & more transparency: Strongly Favors topic 16
Supports Shays-Meehan Campaign Finance Reform: Favors topic 16
Reduce the salary of Members of Congress: Favors topic 16
Ban stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge: Strongly Favors topic 16
Repeal automatic Congressional pay raises: Favors topic 16
YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations: Strongly Favors topic 16
Opposes topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(-3 points on Social scale)
Conclude the Iraq mission and bring our soldiers home: Strongly Favors topic 17
Boycott & sanctions against Iran for terrorism & nukes: Opposes topic 17
Iranian nuclear weapons: prevention instead of containment: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Sanctions on Iran to end nuclear program: Opposes topic 17
NO on removing US armed forces from Afghanistan: Strongly Opposes topic 17
NO on banning armed forces in Libya without Congressional approval: Opposes topic 17
NO on redeploying US troops out of Iraq starting in 90 days: Strongly Opposes topic 17
YES on investigating Bush impeachment for lying about Iraq: Favors topic 17
Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Incentives for hydrogen, ethanol and bio-diesel: Strongly Favors topic 18
Balance fossil fuels and viable renewable energy: Favors topic 18
Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on tax incentives for renewable energy: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases: Opposes topic 18
YES on opening Outer Continental Shelf to oil drilling: Strongly Opposes topic 18
YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on investing in homegrown biofuel: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on criminalizing oil cartels like OPEC: Favors topic 18
YES on tax incentives for energy production and conservation: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on tax credits for renewable electricity, with PAYGO offsets: Favors topic 18
NO on enforcing limits on CO2 global warming pollution: Opposes topic 18
YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program: Favors topic 18
Favors topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(-3 points on Social scale)
YES on more funding for Mexico to fight drugs: Favors topic 19
Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Lower corporate tax rate from 35% to 25%: Strongly Opposes topic 20
YES on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy: Strongly Favors topic 20
YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending: Strongly Favors topic 20

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