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Amy Klobuchar on VoteMatch

DFL Sr Senator (MN); Democratic presidential contender

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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Public supports contraception and safe abortion: Strongly Favors topic 1
Against criminalizing abortion & imprisoning doctors: Strongly Favors topic 1
Repeal Hyde Amendment; fund Planned Parenthood: Strongly Favors topic 1
New restrictive state laws are "just wrong": Strongly Favors topic 1
Make abortions safe and make them rare: Favors topic 1
Supports embryonic stem cell research: Favors topic 1
Decision between a woman and her doctor: Strongly Favors topic 1
Ban anti-abortion limitations on abortion services: Strongly Favors topic 1
Access safe, legal abortion without restrictions: Strongly Favors topic 1
Keep federal funding for family planning clinics: Strongly Favors topic 1
CC:Oppose strict Constitutionalist judges: Favors topic 1
CC:Publicly fund abortions: Strongly Favors topic 1
CC:No parental notification for abortions by minors: Favors topic 1
Ensure access to and funding for contraception: Favors topic 1
Endorsed Endorsed by EMILY's list for pro-choice Democratic women: Strongly Favors 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
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)
Economic opportunity must be for everyone: Strongly Favors topic 2
Pushed for sexual harassment training in Senate: Favors topic 2
Enact laws to assure equal pay & equal opportunity: Favors topic 2
Reparations can mean investing in communities: Favors topic 2
Hired 30% lawyers of color in County Prosecutor's office: Strongly Favors topic 2
Endorsed by The Feminist Majority indicating a pro-women's rights stance: Strongly Favors topic 2
More funding & services for victims of domestic violence: Strongly Favors topic 2
Enforce against wage discrimination based on gender: Strongly Favors topic 2
Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment: Strongly Favors topic 2
Ban discriminatory compensation; allow 2 years to sue: Favors topic 2
Stronger enforcement against gender-based pay discrimination: 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)
Collect data on GLBT issues so we can persuade Congress: Favors topic 3
Anti-gay discrimination is bad for business: Favors topic 3
Supports civil unions and equal rights for gay partners: Favors topic 3
No constitutional amendment defining marriage: Strongly Favors topic 3
ENDA: prohibit employment discrimination for gays: Favors topic 3
Repeal Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell, and reinstate discharged gays: Favors topic 3
Prohibit sexual-identity discrimination at schools: Strongly Favors topic 3
Enforce against anti-gay discrimination in public schools: Strongly Favors topic 3
Let states recognize same sex marriage: Favors topic 3
Maintain LGBT health info on federal websites: Strongly Favors topic 3
Strongly Opposes topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(+5 points on Social scale)
Churches & agencies should follow law on gay rights: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Provide immediate health care for undocumented immigrants: Favors topic 5
Allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices & re-import: Strongly Favors topic 5
Medicare/Medicaid can be step towards universal care: Favors topic 5
Backs Medicare Advantage, alternative to Medicare: Favors topic 5
Supports public option for Medicaid & Medicare: Strongly Favors topic 5
Take on Big Pharma on prices & lack of competition: Strongly Favors topic 5
For public option, taking on Big Pharma: Strongly Favors topic 5
We can bring drug prices down; Trump can't: Favors topic 5
Medicare-for-all is aspirational and for the future, not now: Opposes topic 5
Medicare-for-All for the future; public option now: Favors topic 5
Expand Medicare to age 55: Strongly Favors topic 5
Allow Medicare to directly negotiate prices: Favors topic 5
Allow sick people to obtain insurance: Favors topic 5
Crack down on the price of health care: Favors topic 5
Universal coverage is our goal: Strongly Favors topic 5
Merge Alzheimers diagnosis and care benefit: Favors topic 5
Keep healthcare mandate, according to CC survey: Strongly Favors topic 5
Disclose payments from manufacturers to physicians: Favors 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
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)
Raise cap above "donut hole": FICA over $250,000: Opposes topic 6
Proposed new retirement accounts for those without: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Address national debt without cutting entitlements: Opposes topic 6
No raising retirement age; no cost of living increase: Strongly Opposes topic 6
President’s privatization scheme puts us at risk: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Raise cap from $90,000 for paying in: Opposes topic 6
Privatization is a risky scheme: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Make Social Security more secure for the long term: Opposes topic 6
Incentives for private retirement options: Favors topic 6
Rated 99% by ARA, indicating a pro-Trust Fund stance: 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)
Boost teacher pay: Strongly Opposes topic 7
No Child Left Behind is an unfunded mandate: Opposes topic 7
Sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015: Opposes topic 7
Opposes topic 8:
Fight EPA regulatory over-reach
(+2 points on Social scale)
Support nuclear power: Favors topic 8
Open PolyMet copper-nickel mine in the Iron Range: Favors topic 8
I don't think manure is toxic waste: Favors topic 8
Preserve open spaces, farmlands, hunting lands, & wetlands: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Grants for beach water pollution under Clean Water Act: Opposes topic 8
Make tax deduction permanent for conservation easements: Opposes topic 8
No EPA permits required for forest road runoff: Strongly Favors 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)
Abolish capital punishment: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Reduce mandatory minimum sentences: Opposes topic 9
Supports prison reform & treatment over punishment: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Use drug courts; diversity in law enforcement: Opposes topic 9
Reduce sentences for non-violent drug offenders: Strongly Opposes topic 9
We must address human trafficking abroad and domestically: Favors topic 9
Victims want convictions, but also want to trust courts: Favors topic 9
People who break the law need to be held accountable: Strongly Favors topic 9
Lock up predatory sex offenders indefinitely: Favors topic 9
Increase funding for "COPS ON THE BEAT" program: Opposes topic 9
Facilitate recovering crime victim restitution fees: Strongly Favors topic 9
Rated 64% by the NAPO, indicating a moderate stance on police issues: Neutral on 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)
Close the boyfriend loophole; no guns for abusers: Opposes topic 10
Public is with us on background checks & police vetting: Opposes topic 10
We passed universal background checks and NRA blocked it: Opposes topic 10
Gun violence is about politicians folding to the NRA: Strongly Opposes topic 10
No gun confiscation; sensible gun laws don't hurt hunters: Opposes topic 10
Commonsense gun laws have wide support: Opposes topic 10
Sensible reforms like enhanced background checks: Opposes topic 10
I would do nothing to hurt hunting: Favors topic 10
Extend the ban on assault weapons: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Ban large-capacity ammunition: Opposes topic 10
Restrict right to bear arms, according to CC survey: Opposes topic 10
YES on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets: Strongly Opposes topic 10
YES on prohibiting foreign & UN aid that restricts US gun ownership: Favors topic 10
YES on allowing firearms in checked baggage on Amtrak trains: Favors topic 10
Strongly Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Return to 39.6% top rate; open to wealth tax: Favors topic 11
Repeal significant portions of Trump tax bill: Strongly Favors topic 11
Expand the EITC (Earned Income Tax Credit): Favors topic 11
Focus on issues affecting small business, rural America: Favors topic 11
Budget & Economy: Favors topic 11
Roll back tax cuts on people making over $336,000 a year: Strongly Favors topic 11
Reduce $250B deficit by rolling back capital gains & top 1%: Strongly Favors topic 11
Middle class tax cuts good; but current cuts are for rich: Strongly Favors topic 11
CC:Reverse federal income tax cuts: Favors topic 11
CC:Keep the inhertiance tax: Strongly Favors 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
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)
Immigrants don't diminish America; they ARE America: Strongly Favors topic 12
Against open borders & decriminalizing illegal entry: Opposes topic 12
Administration to blame for chaos at the border: Favors topic 12
Comprehensive immigration reform is an economic issue: Strongly Favors topic 12
25% of our Nobel laureates were born in other countries: Favors topic 12
Immigrants crucial to labor & management: Favors topic 12
Increase legal immigration but don't abolish ICE: Opposes topic 12
Path to citizenship for people who have been law abiding: Strongly Opposes topic 12
No amnesty for companies hiring illegal immigrants: Opposes topic 12
Opposes Social Security for illegal immigrants: Opposes topic 12
Opposes more border security, according to CC survey: Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities": Strongly Favors 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
Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Trump tariffs have already cost us 300,000 jobs: Strongly Favors topic 13
China: we need credibility, would remove some tariffs: Strongly Favors topic 13
Demand changes to NAFTA; use tariffs to crack down: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Demand changes to post-NAFTA agreement USMCA: Opposes topic 13
Use tariffs to crack down on certain countries: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Can't just talk about trade war with China, get it done: Strongly Favors topic 13
Increase jobs by exporting, and enforcing against dumping: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Immediate action on steel dumping, to protect U.S. jobs: Opposes topic 13
I will fight for fair trade: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Opposes CAFTA: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Level playing field and fair prices for farmers: Opposes topic 13
Insist on access to post-mad-cow Japanese beef markets: Favors topic 13
Fight Chinese predatory trade practices on car tires: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Rated Voted FOR reauthorizing Ex-Im Bank: Strongly Favors topic 13
Rated 50% by the USAE, indicating a mixed record on trade: Neutral on topic 13
NO on promoting free trade with Peru: Opposes topic 13
Opposes topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Transition Heartland from isolationism to Internationalism: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Five Rs: restore, repair, rejoin, respond, and reassert: Opposes topic 14
Fight ISIS Internet recruiting, but don't indict Islam: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Internationalism should include humanitarian policies: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Transition to Iraqi governance; no permanent military bases: Opposes topic 14
Iraq war needed moral compass of int’l cooperation: Strongly Favors topic 14
Integrate gender into diplomatic and foreign aid processes: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Disallow Palestine from joining ICC to threaten Israel: Favors topic 14
Welcome 10,000 Syrian refugees now, and more later: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Two-state solution despite Israeli settlements on West Bank: Favors topic 14
Restore habeas corpus for detainees in the War on Terror: Opposes topic 14
Allow travel between the United States and Cuba: Opposes topic 14
YES on requiring FISA court warrant to monitor US-to-foreign calls: 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)
We need to start bringing troops home from Afghanistan: Opposes topic 15
Boost the defense budget: Strongly Favors topic 15
Ensure vets get equal support for mental health: Favors topic 15
Voted for 95% of military spending bills in Congress: Favors topic 15
Offer troops care for traumatic brain injury: Favors topic 15
Iraq war has cost $300B and fomented more terrorism: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Our troops need the best equipment and intelligence: Favors topic 15
Fight for a clear plan to bring our troops home safely: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Exempt Veterans Affairs from federal hiring freeze: Favors topic 15
YES on limiting soldiers' deployment to 12 months: Opposes topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(+5 points on Social scale)
Election Security Act: mandate paper ballots: Favors topic 16
Gut punch from White House stopped election reform bill: Strongly Favors topic 16
Trump's failed to protect security of our elections: Opposes topic 16
Government must address integrity of elections: Favors topic 16
Paper ballots allow audits, ensure election integrity: Favors topic 16
Automatically register citizens to vote when they turn 18: Strongly Favors topic 16
Washington’s pay to play system hurts the middle class: Favors topic 16
Institute MN-style restrictions on lobbyist-funded gifts: Strongly Favors topic 16
Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures: Strongly Favors topic 16
No photo IDs to vote; they suppress the vote: Favors topic 16
Matching fund for small donors, with debate requirements: Favors topic 16
Statehood for the District of Columbia: Favors topic 16
Public financing of federal campaigns by voter vouchers: Favors topic 16
Automatic voter registration for all citizens: Strongly Favors topic 16
Prohibit 'voter caging' which intimidates minority voting: Favors topic 16
Repeal automatic Congressional pay raises: Favors topic 16
Opposes topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(-3 points on Social scale)
Require Congressional approval for war with Iran: Favors topic 17
I opposed Iraq War from the very beginning: Strongly Favors topic 17
Beware China's Uighur internment camps & Hong Kong crackdown: Opposes topic 17
Keep the troops deployed abroad: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Talking to North Korea good, working with allies better: Opposes topic 17
Diplomacy with North Korea not easy; we need clear focus: Strongly Opposes topic 17
China trade problems are real; use allies, not broad tariffs: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Talking to enemies good if there's results; Trump has none: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Would not accept North Korea as nuclear power: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Iran nuclear deal was imperfect but made us more safe: Opposes topic 17
Require that Trump consult Congress before war with Iran: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Supported regime change in Libya; supports Israeli military: Opposes topic 17
Military an option in Venezuela, but focus on diplomacy: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Stand with our allies, invest in diplomacy: Opposes topic 17
Keep US military presence in Syria: Opposes topic 17
Tackle terrorist groups, and stand up for Israel: Opposes topic 17
2006: turn over governance of Iraq to the Iraqis: Strongly Favors topic 17
2007: Withdraw combat troops from Iraq on sensible timetable: Strongly Favors topic 17
Work together with other countries to solve Iraq problem: Strongly Favors topic 17
Iraq has devolved into a civil war; get US troops out: Strongly Favors topic 17
Fight for accountability for the run-up to the Iraq war: Favors topic 17
Supported invading Afghanistan, but not Iraq: Strongly 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
Iran must accept long-term intrusive nuke inspection: Opposes topic 17
CC:Keep alliance with Israel: Opposes topic 17
Sanctions on Iran to end nuclear program: Opposes topic 17
YES on redeploying US troops out of Iraq by March 2008: Strongly Favors topic 17
YES on redeploying non-essential US troops out of Iraq in 9 months: Favors topic 17
Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
We need environmental justice in this country: Favors topic 18
Our mission: solve climate crisis, without harming economy: Opposes topic 18
No all-out ban on fracking; we need a transition: Opposes topic 18
Carbon neutral is goal; nuclear/coal during transition: Opposes topic 18
Energy efficiency is low-hanging fruit: Favors topic 18
Would rejoin climate pact & propose new legislation: Strongly Favors topic 18
Open to carbon tax, but without increased prices: Neutral on topic 18
Sweeping legislation that invests in green infrastructure: Favors topic 18
Green New Deal is aspirational; don't over-promise: Opposes topic 18
Green New Deal opens discussion on climate change: Strongly Favors topic 18
Rejoin Paris climate deal; meet UN goals: Strongly Favors topic 18
2007: increased gas-mileage standards: Favors topic 18
Invest in homegrown, renewable energy sources: Strongly Favors topic 18
Gas gouging penalty against oil companies: Favors topic 18
National strategy to address global warming: Strongly Favors topic 18
Sign on to UN Framework Convention on Climate Change: Strongly Favors topic 18
50% clean and carbon free electricity by 2030: Strongly Favors topic 18
Designate sensitive ANWR area as protected wilderness: 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
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
YES on requiring full Senate debate and vote on cap-and-trade: Opposes 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
Favors topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(-3 points on Social scale)
Legalize marijuana, but no expungement: Opposes topic 19
Fund treatment & mental health with opioid tax: Favors topic 19
Opioid manufacturers should help fund treatment: Favors topic 19
Opioid companies should fund addiction treatment: Opposes topic 19
More resources to fight the meth epidemic: Favors topic 19
Rated D by NORML, indicating a "hard-on-drugs" stance: Strongly Favors topic 19
Keep ObamaCare's prevention, treatment, & recovery services: Opposes topic 19
Criminalize imports of opioid precursors: Favors topic 19
Strongly Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Supported auto bailout to save local car dealerships: Strongly Favors topic 20
Roll back tax cuts on people making over $336,000 a year: Favors topic 20
Fiscal responsibility in our federal budget: Opposes topic 20
Rated 86% by UFCW, indicating an anti-management/pro-labor record: Favors topic 20
Strengthen infrastructure, including rail, dams, & Internet: Strongly Favors topic 20
Raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2016: Favors topic 20
CC:No Balanced Budget Constitutional Amendment: Favors 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

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