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Pat Quinn on Budget & Economy
Democratic Governor: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Pat Quinn on other issues.
  • Restrain spending by $220B by Budgeting For Results. (Feb 2011)

Senate:

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Richard Durbin on Budget & Economy
Democratic Sr Senator (IL): Click here for 14 full quotes OR click here for Richard Durbin on other issues.
  • Allow "cramdown" for homeowners in bankruptcy. (Sep 2010)
  • 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)
  • Voted NO on prioritizing national debt reduction below tax cuts. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted YES on 1998 GOP budget. (May 1997)
  • Voted NO on Balanced-budget constitutional amendment. (Mar 1997)
  • Require full disclosure about subprime mortgages. (Dec 2007)
  • Reform mortgage rules to prevent foreclosure & bankruptcy. (Feb 2008)
  • More enforcement of mortgage fraud and TARP fraud. (May 2009)
  • Ban abusive credit practices & enhance consumer disclosure. (Feb 2009)
Mark Kirk on Budget & Economy
Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative (IL-10): Click here for 17 full quotes OR click here for Mark Kirk on other issues.
  • No bailout for irresponsible decisions by state of Illinois. (Oct 2010)
  • Proudly voted for TARP; but against stimulus funds. (Oct 2010)
  • Obama has brought $43,000 debt to every American. (Oct 2010)
  • Create bipartisan oversight panel for stimulus trillion. (Dec 2009)
  • Pay down the national debt; reduce wasteful spending. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted NO on modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted NO on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted NO on monitoring TARP funds to ensure more mortgage relief. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted NO on $15B bailout for GM and Chrysler. (Dec 2008)
  • Voted NO 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 NO on regulating the subprime mortgage industry. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on restricting bankruptcy rules. (Jan 2004)
  • Disapprove of increasing the debt limit. (Jan 2012)
  • Maintain & enforce existing spending caps in the future. (Sep 1998)
Doug Truax on Budget & Economy
Republican Senate Challenger: Click here for Doug Truax on other issues.
    No stance on record.

House:


Judy Biggert on Budget & Economy
Republican Representative (IL-13): Click here for 22 full quotes OR click here for Judy Biggert on other issues.
  • Voted YES on terminating the Home Affordable mortgage Program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted NO on modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted NO on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted NO on monitoring TARP funds to ensure more mortgage relief. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted NO on $15B bailout for GM and Chrysler. (Dec 2008)
  • Voted NO on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted YES on defining "energy emergency" on federal gas prices. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on revitalizing severely distressed public housing. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted YES on regulating the subprime mortgage industry. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on restricting bankruptcy rules. (Jan 2004)
  • Allow $3 on 1040 form to pay off National Debt. (Sep 2000)
  • Balanced Budget Amendment with 3/5 vote to override. (Jan 2009)
  • Member of the House Republican Economic Recovery Working Group. (Sep 2010)
  • Member of House Banking Committee. (Mar 2011)
  • Require a balanced budget, by Constitutional amendment. (Jan 2011)
  • Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the US Constitution. (Jan 2011)
  • Ban roadway signs indicating Recovery Act funding. (Mar 2011)
  • Disapprove of increasing the debt limit. (Jan 2012)
  • Reclaim all bonuses paid to AIG executives & employees. (Mar 2009)
  • More enforcement of mortgage fraud and TARP fraud. (May 2009)
  • Maintain & enforce existing spending caps in the future. (Sep 1998)
Cheri Bustos on Budget & Economy
Democrat (District 17): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Cheri Bustos on other issues.
  • Voted NO on prioritizing spending in case debt limit is reached. (May 2013)
  • Supports federal stimulus spending. (Sep 2012)
Danny Davis on Budget & Economy
Democratic Representative (IL-7): Click here for 14 full quotes OR click here for Danny Davis on other issues.
  • Voted NO on prioritizing spending in case debt limit is reached. (May 2013)
  • 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 revitalizing severely distressed public housing. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted YES on regulating the subprime mortgage industry. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted NO on restricting bankruptcy rules. (Jan 2004)
  • Get minorities into home ownership & global marketplace. (Jan 2001)
  • Increase debt limit from $14.3 trillion to $16.7 trillion. (Jul 2011)
  • Ban abusive credit practices & enhance consumer disclosure. (Feb 2009)
Rodney Davis on Budget & Economy
Republican (District 13): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Rodney Davis on other issues.
  • Oppose any future increase in the debt ceiling. (Nov 2012)
  • Voted YES on prioritizing spending in case debt limit is reached. (May 2013)
  • Supports a constitutional BBA. (Oct 2012)
  • Supports federal stimulus spending. (Sep 2012)
Bob Dold on Budget & Economy
Republican (District 10): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Bob Dold on other issues.
  • Voted YES on terminating the Home Affordable mortgage Program. (Mar 2011)
  • Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the US Constitution. (Jan 2011)
Tammy Duckworth on Budget & Economy
Democrat (District 8): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Tammy Duckworth on other issues.
  • Voted NO on prioritizing spending in case debt limit is reached. (May 2013)
Bill Enyart on Budget & Economy
Democrat (District 12): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Bill Enyart on other issues.
  • Voted NO on prioritizing spending in case debt limit is reached. (May 2013)
Bill Foster on Budget & Economy
Democrat: Click here for 9 full quotes OR click here for Bill Foster on other issues.
  • $9 trillion deficit is breathtakingly irresponsible. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted NO on prioritizing spending in case debt limit is reached. (May 2013)
  • 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)
Luis Gutierrez on Budget & Economy
Democratic Representative (IL-4): Click here for 13 full quotes OR click here for Luis Gutierrez on other issues.
  • Voted NO on prioritizing spending in case debt limit is reached. (May 2013)
  • 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 $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)
  • Member of House Banking Committee. (Mar 2011)
  • Increase debt limit from $14.3 trillion to $16.7 trillion. (Jul 2011)
  • Ban abusive credit practices & enhance consumer disclosure. (Feb 2009)
Randy Hultgren on Budget & Economy
Republican (District 14): Click here for 10 full quotes OR click here for Randy Hultgren on other issues.
  • Voted YES on prioritizing spending in case debt limit is reached. (May 2013)
  • Voted YES on terminating the Home Affordable mortgage Program. (Mar 2011)
  • Demand a Balanced Budget amendment. (Jul 2010)
  • Limit federal spending growth to per-capita inflation rate. (Jul 2010)
  • Require a balanced budget, by Constitutional amendment. (Jan 2011)
  • Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the US Constitution. (Jan 2011)
  • Ban roadway signs indicating Recovery Act funding. (Feb 2011)
  • Supports the Cut-Cap-and-Balance Pledge. (Jan 2012)
  • Disapprove of increasing the debt limit. (Jan 2012)
  • Prioritize critical spending in case debt limit reached. (Jan 2013)
Robin Kelly on Budget & Economy
Democrat (District 2): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Robin Kelly on other issues.
  • Fight the Republican assault on the middle class. (Mar 2013)
  • Voted NO on prioritizing spending in case debt limit is reached. (May 2013)
Adam Kinzinger on Budget & Economy
Republican (District 16): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Adam Kinzinger on other issues.
  • Voted YES on prioritizing spending in case debt limit is reached. (May 2013)
  • Voted YES on terminating the Home Affordable mortgage Program. (Mar 2011)
  • Ban roadway signs indicating Recovery Act funding. (Feb 2011)
  • Disapprove of increasing the debt limit. (Jan 2012)
Dan Lipinski on Budget & Economy
Democratic Representative (IL-3): Click here for 12 full quotes OR click here for Dan Lipinski on other issues.
  • Voted NO on prioritizing spending in case debt limit is reached. (May 2013)
  • 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)
  • Ban abusive credit practices & enhance consumer disclosure. (Feb 2009)
Mike Quigley on Budget & Economy
Democrat (District 5): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Mike Quigley on other issues.
  • Voted NO on prioritizing spending in case debt limit is reached. (May 2013)
  • Voted NO on terminating the Home Affordable mortgage Program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009)
  • Truth in Spending: show actual costs vs. planned costs. (Jul 2010)
  • Increase debt limit from $14.3 trillion to $16.7 trillion. (Jul 2011)
  • Raise small business depreciation to $125,000. (Jul 2009)
  • Ban abusive credit practices & enhance consumer disclosure. (Feb 2009)
Mel Reynolds on Budget & Economy
Democratic candidate (District 2): Click here for Mel Reynolds on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Peter Roskam on Budget & Economy
Republican: Click here for 17 full quotes OR click here for Peter Roskam on other issues.
  • 4-part plan to make Congress live within its means. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted YES on prioritizing spending in case debt limit is reached. (May 2013)
  • Voted YES on terminating the Home Affordable mortgage Program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted NO on modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted NO on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted NO on monitoring TARP funds to ensure more mortgage relief. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted NO on $15B bailout for GM and Chrysler. (Dec 2008)
  • Voted NO on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted NO on defining "energy emergency" on federal gas prices. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on revitalizing severely distressed public housing. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted NO on regulating the subprime mortgage industry. (Nov 2007)
  • Balanced Budget Amendment with 3/5 vote to override. (Jan 2009)
  • Member of the House Republican Economic Recovery Working Group. (Sep 2010)
  • Require a balanced budget, by Constitutional amendment. (Jan 2011)
  • Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the US Constitution. (Jan 2011)
  • Audit the Federal Reserve & its actions on mortgage loans. (Jan 2013)
Bobby Rush on Budget & Economy
Democratic Representative (IL-1): Click here for 11 full quotes OR click here for Bobby Rush on other issues.
  • Voted NO on prioritizing spending in case debt limit is reached. (May 2013)
  • 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 NO on restricting bankruptcy rules. (Jan 2004)
  • Get minorities into home ownership & global marketplace. (Jan 2001)
  • Increase debt limit from $14.3 trillion to $16.7 trillion. (Jul 2011)
Jan Schakowsky on Budget & Economy
Democratic Representative (IL-9): Click here for 15 full quotes OR click here for Jan Schakowsky on other issues.
  • Voted NO on prioritizing spending in case debt limit is reached. (May 2013)
  • 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)
  • Voted NO on restricting bankruptcy rules. (Jan 2004)
  • Increase debt limit from $14.3 trillion to $16.7 trillion. (Jul 2011)
  • Establish a usury limit of 16% for consumer credit cards. (Dec 2009)
  • Ban abusive credit practices & enhance consumer disclosure. (Feb 2009)
Bobby Schilling on Budget & Economy
Republican (District 17): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Bobby Schilling on other issues.
  • Voted YES on terminating the Home Affordable mortgage Program. (Mar 2011)
  • Demand a Balanced Budget amendment. (Jul 2010)
  • Limit federal spending growth to per-capita inflation rate. (Jul 2010)
  • Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the US Constitution. (Jan 2011)
  • Disapprove of increasing the debt limit. (Jan 2012)
Brad Schneider on Budget & Economy
Democrat (District 10): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Brad Schneider on other issues.
  • Voted NO on prioritizing spending in case debt limit is reached. (May 2013)
  • Supports federal stimulus spending. (Sep 2012)
Aaron Schock on Budget & Economy
Republican (District 18): Click here for 13 full quotes OR click here for Aaron Schock on other issues.
  • Voted YES on prioritizing spending in case debt limit is reached. (May 2013)
  • Voted YES on terminating the Home Affordable mortgage Program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted NO on modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted NO on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on monitoring TARP funds to ensure more mortgage relief. (Jan 2009)
  • Balanced Budget Amendment with 3/5 vote to override. (Jan 2009)
  • Require a balanced budget, by Constitutional amendment. (Jan 2011)
  • Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the US Constitution. (Jan 2011)
  • Sponsored banning roadsigns indicating Recovery Act funding. (Jan 2011)
  • Apply all remaining stimulus funds to budget deficit. (Feb 2011)
  • Audit the Federal Reserve & its actions on mortgage loans. (Jan 2013)
  • Reclaim all bonuses paid to AIG executives & employees. (Mar 2009)
John Shimkus on Budget & Economy
Republican Representative (IL-19): Click here for 16 full quotes OR click here for John Shimkus on other issues.
  • Voted YES on prioritizing spending in case debt limit is reached. (May 2013)
  • Voted YES on terminating the Home Affordable mortgage Program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted NO on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted NO on modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted NO on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted NO on monitoring TARP funds to ensure more mortgage relief. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted NO on $15B bailout for GM and Chrysler. (Dec 2008)
  • Voted NO on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted NO on defining "energy emergency" on federal gas prices. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on regulating the subprime mortgage industry. (Nov 2007)
  • Balanced Budget Amendment with 3/5 vote to override. (Jan 2009)
  • Require a balanced budget, by Constitutional amendment. (Jan 2011)
  • Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the US Constitution. (Jan 2011)
  • Ban roadway signs indicating Recovery Act funding. (Jan 2011)
  • Apply all remaining stimulus funds to budget deficit. (Feb 2011)
  • Reclaim all bonuses paid to AIG executives & employees. (Mar 2009)
Joe Walsh on Budget & Economy
Republican (District 8): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Joe Walsh on other issues.
  • Voted YES on terminating the Home Affordable mortgage Program. (Mar 2011)
  • Demand a Balanced Budget amendment. (Jul 2010)
  • Limit federal spending growth to per-capita inflation rate. (Jul 2010)
  • Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the US Constitution. (Jan 2011)
  • Ban roadway signs indicating Recovery Act funding. (Jul 2011)
  • Apply all remaining stimulus funds to budget deficit. (Feb 2011)
  • Supports the Cut-Cap-and-Balance Pledge. (Jan 2012)

Former candidates & officeholders:


Rod Blagojevich on Budget & Economy
Democratic IL Governor; previously Representative (IL-5): Click here for Rod Blagojevich on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Jerry Costello on Budget & Economy
Democratic Representative (IL-12): Click here for 11 full quotes OR click here for Jerry Costello on other issues.
  • 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 NO on restricting bankruptcy rules. (Jan 2004)
  • Establish a usury limit of 16% for consumer credit cards. (Dec 2009)
Jesse Louis Jackson on Budget & Economy
Democratic Representative (IL-2): Click here for 16 full quotes OR click here for Jesse Louis Jackson on other issues.
  • Lotteries disproportionately hurt the poor. (Jul 1999)
  • 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)
  • Voted NO on restricting bankruptcy rules. (Jan 2004)
  • Get minorities into home ownership & global marketplace. (Jan 2001)
  • Increase debt limit from $14.3 trillion to $16.7 trillion. (Jul 2011)
  • Establish a usury limit of 16% for consumer credit cards. (Dec 2009)
  • Ban abusive credit practices & enhance consumer disclosure. (Feb 2009)
Timothy Johnson on Budget & Economy
Republican Representative (IL-15): Click here for 13 full quotes OR click here for Timothy Johnson on other issues.
  • Voted YES on terminating the Home Affordable mortgage Program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted NO on modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted NO on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted NO on monitoring TARP funds to ensure more mortgage relief. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted NO on $15B bailout for GM and Chrysler. (Dec 2008)
  • Voted NO 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)
  • Voted YES on restricting bankruptcy rules. (Jan 2004)
  • Balanced Budget Amendment with 3/5 vote to override. (Jan 2009)
  • Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the US Constitution. (Jan 2011)
Donald Manzullo on Budget & Economy
Republican Representative (IL-16): Click here for 18 full quotes OR click here for Donald Manzullo on other issues.
  • Voted YES on terminating the Home Affordable mortgage Program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted NO on modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted NO on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted NO on monitoring TARP funds to ensure more mortgage relief. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on $15B bailout for GM and Chrysler. (Dec 2008)
  • Voted NO on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted NO on defining "energy emergency" on federal gas prices. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on revitalizing severely distressed public housing. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted NO on regulating the subprime mortgage industry. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on restricting bankruptcy rules. (Jan 2004)
  • Allow $3 on 1040 form to pay off National Debt. (Sep 2000)
  • Balanced Budget Amendment with 3/5 vote to override. (Jan 2009)
  • Member of House Banking Committee. (Mar 2011)
  • Require a balanced budget, by Constitutional amendment. (Jan 2011)
  • Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the US Constitution. (Jan 2011)
  • Disapprove of increasing the debt limit. (Jan 2012)
  • Supports balanced budget amendment & line item veto. (Sep 1994)
George Ryan on Budget & Economy
Former Republican Governor (1999-2002): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for George Ryan on other issues.
  • Let state meat inspection suffice for interstate shipments. (Jul 2000)
  • Bankruptcy reform: limit Chapter 7; protect states' role. (Feb 2001)
  • Uphold commitments to states before other spending. (Sep 2001)
  • Foster dairy production that is market driven. (Feb 1998)
James Thompson on Budget & Economy
Former Republican Governor (1977-1990): Click here for James Thompson on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Philip Crane on Budget & Economy
Republican (Until 2004) (District 8): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Philip Crane on other issues.
  • Allow $3 on 1040 form to pay off National Debt. (Sep 2000)
  • Supports balanced budget amendment & line item veto. (Sep 1994)
James Durkin on Budget & Economy
2002 Former Republican Senate Challenger: Click here for James Durkin on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Harris Fawell on Budget & Economy
Republican Former (1994-) (District 13): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Harris Fawell on other issues.
  • Supports balanced budget amendment & line item veto. (Sep 1994)
Peter Fitzgerald on Budget & Economy
Former Republican incumbent; retired 2004: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Peter Fitzgerald on other issues.
  • Voted YES on prioritizing national debt reduction below tax cuts. (Apr 2000)
Mike Flanagan on Budget & Economy
Republican Former (1994-) (District 5): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Mike Flanagan on other issues.
  • Supports balanced budget amendment & line item veto. (Sep 1994)
Denny Hastert on Budget & Economy
Republican (Retired 2007) (District 14): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Denny Hastert on other issues.
  • Voted NO on regulating the subprime mortgage industry. (Nov 2007)
  • Supports balanced budget amendment & line item veto. (Sep 1994)
Alan Keyes on Budget & Economy
American Independent nominee for President; 2004 Republican challenger for IL Senate: Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Alan Keyes on other issues.
  • Economics should be based on family household management. (Oct 2007)
  • Rein in out-of-control spending and balance the budget. (Sep 2007)
  • Supports balanced budget amendment to the Constitution. (Sep 2004)
  • Can’t address budget deficit until we address moral deficit. (Aug 1995)
  • More $ for defense, NASA, parks; less for Ag, educ, arts. (Jan 2000)
  • Enforce spending limits to balance the budget. (Jan 2000)
  • Amend the Constitution to limit borrowing and spending. (Jan 1999)
  • Seeing people merely as consumers is bad for moral fiber. (May 1996)
William Lipinski on Budget & Economy
Democrat (Until 2004) (District 3): Click here for the full quote OR click here for William Lipinski on other issues.
  • Retire half the public debt by 2006. (May 2001)
Carol Moseley-Braun on Budget & Economy
Former Democratic Senator (Until 1998): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Carol Moseley-Braun on other issues.
  • Balanced budget follows from job creation & prosperity. (Sep 2003)
  • Support an economic plan that balance the budget. (Jun 2003)
  • Government serves public; don’t “starve the beast”. (May 2003)
  • Voted YES on 1998 GOP budget. (May 1997)
  • Voted YES on Balanced-budget constitutional amendment. (Mar 1997)
Barack Obama on Budget & Economy
Democratic incumbent President; IL Senator (2004-2008): Click here for 72 full quotes OR click here for Barack Obama on other issues.
  • FactCheck: $2.5T deficit reduction is a debatable estimate. (Feb 2013)
  • $4T in deficit reduction: tax the top 1%. (Feb 2013)
  • Uphold full faith & credit of US; keep government open. (Feb 2013)
  • Home mortgage problems are holding back our economy. (Feb 2013)
  • After 10 years of war, it's time for nation-building at home. (Oct 2012)
  • Romney's plan will blow up the deficit or raise your taxes. (Oct 2012)
  • Economic patriotism instead of top-down policies. (Oct 2012)
  • $5T in tax cuts & $2T on defense is failed recipe from 2003. (Oct 2012)
  • Deficit came from two wars paid for on a credit card. (Oct 2012)
  • You elected me to tell the truth:The path ahead is hard. (Sep 2012)
  • House of cards collapsed in 2008; new rules now in place. (Jan 2012)
  • We don't need a Constitutional amendment to balance budget. (Jan 2012)
  • Obama economic stances compared to Romney. (Jan 2012)
  • Appoint bipartisan fiscal commission and re-establish PAYGO. (Jan 2010)
  • Some earmarks are defensible, if done in full light of day. (Jan 2010)
  • Some wealth of the last economic boom was illusory. (Sep 2009)
  • Bottom-up economics instead of trickle-down economics. (Jul 2008)
  • Focus on economic justice instead of macroeconomic policy. (Jul 2008)
  • OpEd: "Hope" translates into economic opportunity. (Jul 2008)
  • Take China “to the mat” about currency manipulation. (Dec 2007)
  • Supports federal programs to protect rural economy. (May 2004)
  • Freeze annual domestic spending for next five years. (Jan 2011)
  • The worst has passed, but the devastation remains. (Jan 2010)

    Financial Bailout

  • OpEd: Each bailout revealed more of Washington's inside game. (Apr 2012)
  • Push mortgage refinancing; banks repay deficit of trust. (Jan 2012)
  • Establish a Financial Crimes unit; end era of recklessness. (Jan 2012)
  • Recession because Wall St. and Washington failed us. (Oct 2011)
  • 2008 financial collapse: final verdict on failed philosophy. (Sep 2011)
  • OpEd: Undermined message of restraint with new "investments". (Jul 2011)
  • OpEd: Economy recovering, but not feeling it on the street. (Jun 2011)
  • OpEd: Crisis means Obama won, but world's falling apart. (May 2010)
  • Worked on TARP & bank bailouts during 2008 transition. (May 2010)
  • We all hated the bank bailout; but it was necessary. (Jan 2010)
  • $1T avoided Depression; but I took office with $8T debt. (Jan 2010)
  • FactCheck: Obama's estimate of $8T deficit is closer to $3T. (Jan 2010)
  • Sep. 2008 summit: bailout deal needs oversight & flexibility. (Jan 2010)
  • US will emerge from this recession, stronger than before. (Feb 2009)
  • Not enough to help those at the top: it doesn’t trickle down. (Oct 2008)
  • Pay attention to Main Street, not just Wall Street. (Sep 2008)
  • Decide financial rescue plan on future slower tax revenues. (Sep 2008)
  • Regulate institutions for what they do, not what they are. (Aug 2008)
  • Free market needs proper government oversight. (Jul 2008)
  • Prosecute mortgager fraud; require full mortgage disclosure. (Jul 2008)
  • Latinos & blacks are hardest hit by housing & gas crises. (Jun 2008)
  • More accountability in subprime mortgages. (Feb 2008)
  • Help the homeowners actually living in their homes. (Jan 2008)
  • Capping credit card interest rates at 30% is not enough. (Jan 2008)
  • Release people in bankruptcy due to health care problems. (Jan 2008)
  • Accountability and oversight over the financial markets. (Jan 2008)
  • Modify some of the fraudulent & predatory lending practices. (Jan 2008)
  • Bush & GOP dug budget hole; need years to dig out. (Dec 2007)
  • Regulate financial instruments to protect home mortgages. (Aug 2007)
  • Government regulation needed for when markets fail. (Aug 2007)

    Stimulus Package

  • We neglect nation-building here when we nation-build abroad. (Oct 2012)
  • OpEd: Stimulus bill derisively called "porkulus". (Feb 2012)
  • OpEd: Stimulus vote turned GOP into "party of No". (Sep 2010)
  • Recovery Act averted a second Great Depression. (Jan 2010)
  • Across-the-board tax cuts wouldn't stimulate economy. (Jan 2010)
  • Increased spending comes from Bush's automatic stabilizers. (Jan 2010)
  • Spending freeze now would be destimulative; later is better. (Jan 2010)
  • Restore Pay-As-You-Go law. (Jan 2010)
  • OpEd: Stimulus trillions must be borrowed, printed, or taxed. (Nov 2009)
  • We’re in the worst financial crisis since Great Depression. (Sep 2008)
  • Spending freeze is like a hatchet where you need a scalpel. (Sep 2008)
  • Deficit spending for $50B emergency economic plan. (Aug 2008)

    Voting Record

  • Voted against limiting credit to 30%, because 30% too high. (Jan 2008)
  • I opposed both the 2001 and 2005 bankruptcy bills. (Jan 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)
  • Get minorities into home ownership & global marketplace. (Jan 2001)
  • Require full disclosure about subprime mortgages. (Dec 2007)
  • Reform mortgage rules to prevent foreclosure & bankruptcy. (Feb 2008)
Jack Ryan on Budget & Economy
Former Republican Senate challenger (2004): Click here for Jack Ryan on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Paul Simon on Budget & Economy
Former Democratic Senator (Until 1997): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Paul Simon on other issues.
  • Weak dollar means weak America. (Jul 1996)
  • Lack of Balanced Budget Amendment caused dollar’s decline. (Jul 1996)
  • Idea for Balanced Budget Amendment began in 1787. (Jul 1996)
  • Balanced Budget in 1970s equals $15,500 more income now. (Jul 1996)
  • Tax incentives to encourage corporate & personal savings. (Jul 1996)
  • Stabilize dollar with central bank intervention. (Jul 1996)
Melissa Bean on Budget & Economy
Democratic Representative (IL-8): Click here for 10 full quotes OR click here for Melissa Bean on other issues.
  • 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)
Roland Burris on Budget & Economy
Democratic Jr Senator (retiring 2010): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Roland Burris on other issues.
  • 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)
  • More enforcement of mortgage fraud and TARP fraud. (May 2009)
Cardiss Collins on Budget & Economy
Democrat (1973-1996) (District 7): Click here for Cardiss Collins on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Kathy Cummings on Budget & Economy
Green Challenger: Click here for Kathy Cummings on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Rahm Emanuel on Budget & Economy
Democratic Rep. (IL-5); Chief of Staff-Designee: Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Rahm Emanuel on other issues.
  • Economy was in freefall in 2008; we're still recovering. (Sep 2012)
  • Served on Freddie Mac board prior to 2005 economic meltdown. (Mar 2010)
  • 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)
  • Voted NO on restricting bankruptcy rules. (Jan 2004)
  • Reform mortgage rules to prevent foreclosure & bankruptcy. (Feb 2008)
Lane Evans on Budget & Economy
Democrat (District 17): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Lane Evans on other issues.
  • Voted NO on restricting bankruptcy rules. (Jan 2004)
Thomas Ewing on Budget & Economy
Republican (District 15): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Thomas Ewing on other issues.
  • Allow $3 on 1040 form to pay off National Debt. (Sep 2000)
  • Supports balanced budget amendment & line item veto. (Sep 1994)
Alexi Giannoulias on Budget & Economy
2010 Democratic Senate Challenger; currently State Treasurer: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Alexi Giannoulias on other issues.
  • Bush-Cheney policies bailed out banks & created crisis. (Dec 2009)
Debbie Halvorson on Budget & Economy
Democrat (until 2010) (District 11): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Debbie Halvorson on other issues.
  • 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)
Phil Hare on Budget & Economy
Democrat: Click here for 10 full quotes OR click here for Phil Hare on other issues.
  • 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)
  • Establish a usury limit of 16% for consumer credit cards. (Dec 2009)
Henry Hyde on Budget & Economy
Republican (District 6): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Henry Hyde on other issues.
  • Supports balanced budget amendment & line item veto. (Sep 1994)
Mark Kirk on Budget & Economy
Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative (IL-10): Click here for 17 full quotes OR click here for Mark Kirk on other issues.
  • No bailout for irresponsible decisions by state of Illinois. (Oct 2010)
  • Proudly voted for TARP; but against stimulus funds. (Oct 2010)
  • Obama has brought $43,000 debt to every American. (Oct 2010)
  • Create bipartisan oversight panel for stimulus trillion. (Dec 2009)
  • Pay down the national debt; reduce wasteful spending. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted NO on modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted NO on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted NO on monitoring TARP funds to ensure more mortgage relief. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted NO on $15B bailout for GM and Chrysler. (Dec 2008)
  • Voted NO 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 NO on regulating the subprime mortgage industry. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on restricting bankruptcy rules. (Jan 2004)
  • Disapprove of increasing the debt limit. (Jan 2012)
  • Maintain & enforce existing spending caps in the future. (Sep 1998)
Ray LaHood on Budget & Economy
Republican Representative (IL-18): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Ray LaHood on other issues.
  • Voted YES on $15B bailout for GM and Chrysler. (Dec 2008)
  • Voted NO 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)
  • Voted YES on restricting bankruptcy rules. (Jan 2004)
  • Maintain & enforce existing spending caps in the future. (Sep 1998)
David Phelps on Budget & Economy
Democrat (District 19): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for David Phelps on other issues.
  • Allow $3 on 1040 form to pay off National Debt. (Sep 2000)
  • Retire half the public debt by 2006. (May 2001)
John Porter on Budget & Economy
Republican (retired) (District 10): Click here for the full quote OR click here for John Porter on other issues.
  • Supports balanced budget amendment & line item veto. (Sep 1994)
Glenn Poshard on Budget & Economy
Democrat (District 19): Click here for Glenn Poshard on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Steven Sauerberg on Budget & Economy
Republican Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Steven Sauerberg on other issues.
  • Opposes $700 billion rescue plan. (Oct 2008)
Larry Stafford on Budget & Economy
Libertarian challenger: Click here for Larry Stafford on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Jerry Weller on Budget & Economy
Republican Representative (IL-11): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Jerry Weller on other issues.
  • Voted NO on $15B bailout for GM and Chrysler. (Dec 2008)
  • Voted NO on defining "energy emergency" on federal gas prices. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on revitalizing severely distressed public housing. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted YES on restricting bankruptcy rules. (Jan 2004)
  • Supports balanced budget amendment & line item veto. (Sep 1994)
Sidney Yates on Budget & Economy
Democrat (retired 1998) (District 9): Click here for Sidney Yates on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Rod Blagojevich on Budget & Economy
Democratic IL Governor; previously Representative (IL-5): Click here for Rod Blagojevich on other issues.
    No stance on record.

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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