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Jennifer Granholm on Welfare & Poverty
Democratic Governor (MI): Click here for Jennifer Granholm on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Mark Schauer on Welfare & Poverty
Democratic Challenger for Governor: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Mark Schauer on other issues.
  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
Rick Snyder on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Governor: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Rick Snyder on other issues.
  • No welfare benefits for people with felony warrants. (Oct 2011)

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Scotty Boman on Welfare & Poverty
Libertarian Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Scotty Boman on other issues.
  • Allow churches to provide welfare services. (Aug 2008)
Randy Hekman on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Challenger: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Randy Hekman on other issues.
  • Transform to nonprofit/charity model to provide assistance. (Feb 2012)
  • Organized religion & NPOs should meet human needs. (Jul 2011)
  • Tithe 10% of each citizen's income to charity. (Jul 2011)
Peter Hoekstra on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Representative (MI-2): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Peter Hoekstra on other issues.
  • Voted NO on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted NO on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted YES on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted NO on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Increase the earned income tax credit. (Jan 1993)
  • Limit welfare to 2 years & cut welfare spending. (Sep 1994)
Peter Konetchy on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Peter Konetchy on other issues.
  • All welfare should be voluntary, via community & churches. (Aug 2011)
  • Voluntary charity from family & church, not government. (Oct 2010)
Terri Lynn Land on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Challenger: Click here for Terri Lynn Land on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Gary Peters on Welfare & Poverty
Democratic Challenger: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Gary Peters on other issues.
  • Voted NO on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Sponsored funding re-development of abandoned & foreclosed properties. (Apr 2013)
  • Sponsored maintaining SNAP nutrition assistance program. (Apr 2013)
Debbie Stabenow on Welfare & Poverty
Democratic Jr Senator; previously Representative (MI-8): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Debbie Stabenow on other issues.
  • Church has a key role in social responsibility. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Finish welfare reform by moving able recipients into jobs. (Aug 2000)
  • Establish a National Affordable Housing Trust Fund. (Jul 2003)
  • Tax credits to promote home ownership in distressed areas. (Apr 2003)
  • Fully fund AmeriCorps. (Jun 2003)
Matt Wiedenhoeft on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Senate Challenger (withdrawn): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Matt Wiedenhoeft on other issues.
  • Limit total welfare amount to avoid permanent recipients. (Dec 2013)

House:


Justin Amash on Welfare & Poverty
Republican (District 3): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Justin Amash on other issues.
  • Voted NO on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
Dan Benishek on Welfare & Poverty
Republican (District 1): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Dan Benishek on other issues.
  • Voted YES on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
Kerry Bentivolio on Welfare & Poverty
Republican (District 11): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Kerry Bentivolio on other issues.
  • Voted YES on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
John Conyers on Welfare & Poverty
Democratic Representative (MI-14): Click here for 11 full quotes OR click here for John Conyers on other issues.
  • Voted NO on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted NO on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted NO on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Sponsored funding re-development of abandoned & foreclosed properties. (Apr 2013)
  • Sponsored maintaining SNAP nutrition assistance program. (Mar 2013)
  • Increase the earned income tax credit. (Jan 1993)
  • Fully fund Head Start; Job Corps; and WIC food program. (Apr 1993)
  • Reduce the concentration of wealth & wage inequality. (Nov 1999)
Dave Curson on Welfare & Poverty
Democrat (District 11): Click here for Dave Curson on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Debbie Dingell on Welfare & Poverty
Democratic nominee (District 12): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Debbie Dingell on other issues.
  • Expand the Earned Income Tax Credit. (Aug 2014)
Bill Huizenga on Welfare & Poverty
Republican (District 2): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Bill Huizenga on other issues.
  • Voted YES on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
Dan Kildee on Welfare & Poverty
Democrat (District 5): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Dan Kildee on other issues.
  • Voted NO on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Sponsored maintaining SNAP nutrition assistance program. (May 2013)
Peter Konetchy on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Challenger (District 4): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Peter Konetchy on other issues.
  • All welfare should be voluntary, via community & churches. (Aug 2011)
  • Voluntary charity from family & church, not government. (Oct 2010)
Brenda Lawrence on Welfare & Poverty
Democrat (District 14): Click here for Brenda Lawrence on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Sander Levin on Welfare & Poverty
Democratic Representative (MI-12): Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Sander Levin on other issues.
  • Voted NO on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted NO on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Sponsored maintaining SNAP nutrition assistance program. (Mar 2013)
  • Support school breakfast for low-income children. (Mar 2009)
Thad McCotter on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Representative (MI-11): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Thad McCotter on other issues.
  • Welfare traps humans in crushing cycle of dependence. (Feb 2011)
  • Voted NO on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
Candice Miller on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Representative (MI-10): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Candice Miller on other issues.
  • Voted YES on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
John Moolenaar on Welfare & Poverty
Republican (District 4): Click here for John Moolenaar on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Mike Rogers on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Representative (MI-8): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Mike Rogers on other issues.
  • Voted YES on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Voted NO on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted NO on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted YES on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
Mark Schauer on Welfare & Poverty
Democratic Governor Challenger (District 7): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Mark Schauer on other issues.
  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
Fred Upton on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Representative (MI-6): Click here for 9 full quotes OR click here for Fred Upton on other issues.
  • Voted YES on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted NO on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted YES on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Increase the earned income tax credit. (Jan 1993)
  • Fully fund Head Start; Job Corps; and WIC food program. (Apr 1993)
  • Limit welfare to 2 years & cut welfare spending. (Sep 1994)
Tim Walberg on Welfare & Poverty
Republican: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Tim Walberg on other issues.
  • Voted YES on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)

Former candidates & officeholders:


Carl Levin on Welfare & Poverty
Democratic Sr Senator (MI): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Carl Levin on other issues.
  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on welfare block grants. (Aug 1996)
  • Voted YES on eliminating block grants for food stamps. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted NO on allowing state welfare waivers. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on welfare overhaul. (Sep 1995)
  • Fully fund AmeriCorps. (Jun 2003)
Dave Camp on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Representative (MI-4): Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Dave Camp on other issues.
  • Voted YES on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted NO on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted YES on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Increase the earned income tax credit. (Jan 1993)
  • Limit welfare to 2 years & cut welfare spending. (Sep 1994)
Hansen Clarke on Welfare & Poverty
Former Democrat (until 2012) (District 13): Click here for Hansen Clarke on other issues.
    No stance on record.
John Dingell on Welfare & Poverty
Democratic Representative (MI-15): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for John Dingell on other issues.
  • Voted NO on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted NO on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Sponsored maintaining SNAP nutrition assistance program. (Apr 2013)
Dale Kildee on Welfare & Poverty
Democratic Representative (MI-5): Click here for 9 full quotes OR click here for Dale Kildee on other issues.
  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted NO on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Increase the earned income tax credit. (Jan 1993)
  • Fully fund Head Start; Job Corps; and WIC food program. (Apr 1993)
  • Public jobs on community-based public interest projects. (Dec 2009)
  • Support school breakfast for low-income children. (Mar 2009)
Gary Peters on Welfare & Poverty
Democrat (Senate run 2014) (District 14): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Gary Peters on other issues.
  • Voted NO on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Sponsored funding re-development of abandoned & foreclosed properties. (Apr 2013)
  • Sponsored maintaining SNAP nutrition assistance program. (Apr 2013)
John Engler on Welfare & Poverty
Former Republican Governor (1991-2002): Click here for the full quote OR click here for John Engler on other issues.
  • Support LIHEAP, low-income heating assistance. (May 2000)
Spencer Abraham on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Senator (Former): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Spencer Abraham on other issues.
  • Voted YES on welfare block grants. (Aug 1996)
  • Voted NO on eliminating block grants for food stamps. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on allowing state welfare waivers. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on welfare overhaul. (Sep 1995)
  • Promote energy security with more LIHEAP spending. (May 2001)
Dick Chrysler on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Former (1994-) (District 3): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Dick Chrysler on other issues.
  • Limit welfare to 2 years & cut welfare spending. (Sep 1994)
Nick Smith on Welfare & Poverty
Former Republican challenger (2006), previously U.S. Rep: Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Nick Smith on other issues.
  • Voted YES on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted YES on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted NO on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Abolish federal welfare; leave it all to states. (Dec 2000)
  • Limit welfare to 2 years & cut welfare spending. (Sep 1994)
Nick Smith on Welfare & Poverty
Republican (Until 2004) (District 7): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Nick Smith on other issues.
  • Voted YES on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted YES on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted NO on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Abolish federal welfare; leave it all to states. (Dec 2000)
  • Limit welfare to 2 years & cut welfare spending. (Sep 1994)
Jerry Zandstra on Welfare & Poverty
Former Republican challenger (2006): Click here for Jerry Zandstra on other issues.
    No stance on record.
James Barcia on Welfare & Poverty
Democrat (District 5): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for James Barcia on other issues.
  • Voted NO on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Increase the earned income tax credit. (Jan 1993)
  • Fully fund Head Start; Job Corps; and WIC food program. (Apr 1993)
Bart Baron on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Senate Challenger: Click here for Bart Baron on other issues.
    No stance on record.
David Bonior on Welfare & Poverty
Democrat (District 10): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for David Bonior on other issues.
  • Voted NO on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Increase the earned income tax credit. (Jan 1993)
  • Fully fund Head Start; Job Corps; and WIC food program. (Apr 1993)
  • Reduce the concentration of wealth & wage inequality. (Nov 1999)
Mike Bouchard on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Challenger: Click here for Mike Bouchard on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Keith Butler on Welfare & Poverty
Republican challenger, previously Detroit councilor: Click here for Keith Butler on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Vernon Ehlers on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Representative (MI-3): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Vernon Ehlers on other issues.
  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted YES on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Develop a strategy to eliminate extreme global poverty. (Dec 2007)
  • Limit welfare to 2 years & cut welfare spending. (Sep 1994)
Peter Hoekstra on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Representative (MI-2): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Peter Hoekstra on other issues.
  • Voted NO on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted NO on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted YES on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted NO on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Increase the earned income tax credit. (Jan 1993)
  • Limit welfare to 2 years & cut welfare spending. (Sep 1994)
Jack Hoogendyk on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Senate challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Jack Hoogendyk on other issues.
  • Allow churches to provide welfare services. (Jun 2008)
  • Welfare funding to faith-based organizations. (Nov 2002)
Carolyn Kilpatrick on Welfare & Poverty
Democratic Representative (MI-13): Click here for 9 full quotes OR click here for Carolyn Kilpatrick on other issues.
  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted NO on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted NO on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Develop a strategy to eliminate extreme global poverty. (Dec 2007)
  • Public jobs on community-based public interest projects. (Dec 2009)
  • Support school breakfast for low-income children. (Mar 2009)
  • Reduce the concentration of wealth & wage inequality. (Nov 1999)
Joe Knollenberg on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Representative (MI-9): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Joe Knollenberg on other issues.
  • Voted NO on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted YES on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Increase the earned income tax credit. (Jan 1993)
  • Limit welfare to 2 years & cut welfare spending. (Sep 1994)
Bret McAtee on Welfare & Poverty
Constitution Party Senate Challenger: Click here for Bret McAtee on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Mike Nikitin on Welfare & Poverty
Constitution/Taxpayers Party Senate challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Mike Nikitin on other issues.
  • Churches already provide welfare services. (Aug 2008)
Lynn Nancy Rivers on Welfare & Poverty
Democrat (District 13): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Lynn Nancy Rivers on other issues.
  • Voted NO on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted NO on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
Leonard Schwartz on Welfare & Poverty
Libertarian Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Leonard Schwartz on other issues.
  • Libertarians arenít busybodies; you decide welfare spending. (Oct 2006)
Joe Schwarz on Welfare & Poverty
Republican (District 7): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Joe Schwarz on other issues.
  • Voted NO on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
Bart Stupak on Welfare & Poverty
Democratic Representative (MI-1): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Bart Stupak on other issues.
  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted NO on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Public jobs on community-based public interest projects. (Dec 2009)
Debbie Stabenow on Welfare & Poverty
Democratic Jr Senator; previously Representative (MI-8): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Debbie Stabenow on other issues.
  • Church has a key role in social responsibility. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Finish welfare reform by moving able recipients into jobs. (Aug 2000)
  • Establish a National Affordable Housing Trust Fund. (Jul 2003)
  • Tax credits to promote home ownership in distressed areas. (Apr 2003)
  • Fully fund AmeriCorps. (Jun 2003)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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