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Kirsten Gillibrand on VoteMatch

Democratic Senator (NY)

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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Women's reproductive rights are under assault: Strongly Favors topic 1
Debate is about women's rights, not infanticide: Strongly Favors topic 1
Abortion is the human right to bodily autonomy: Strongly Favors topic 1
Codify Roe v. Wade; repeal Hyde Amendment: Strongly Favors topic 1
Would look to remove the Hyde Amendment: Strongly Favors topic 1
Democratic candidates must support reproductive freedom: Strongly Favors topic 1
Her judicial appointments must uphold Roe v. Wade: Strongly Favors topic 1
Fewer limits on abortion; no 20-week ban: Strongly Favors topic 1
Let women make life-and-death decision about own body: Strongly Favors topic 1
Require coverage of contraception, even church employees: Strongly Favors topic 1
Financially supported by Emily's List: Strongly Favors topic 1
Supports both federal abortion funding & judicial activism: Strongly Favors topic 1
Sponsored bill allowing military abortions in cases of rape: Favors topic 1
Require pharmacies to fulfill contraceptive prescriptions: 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
Ensure access to and funding for contraception: Favors topic 1
Focus on preventing pregnancy, plus emergency contraception: Favors topic 1
Emergency contraception at all military health facilities: Strongly Favors topic 1
Teach teens about both abstinence & contraception: Favors topic 1
Endorsed Endorsed by EMILY's list for pro-choice Democratic women: Strongly Favors topic 1
YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines: 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)
Supports commission investigating reparations for slavery: Strongly Favors topic 2
Women run for office because Trump demeans & devalues women: Strongly Favors topic 2
We need a Rosie the Riveter for our generation: Strongly Favors topic 2
1995: Inspired by women's rights as human rights: 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
Recruit women & minorities for STEM teaching: 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
Afghan laws violate women's human rights on sex & divorce: Favors topic 2
Honor the 100th anniversary of the NAACP: 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)
They said repealing DADT was impossible, so I did it: Strongly Favors topic 3
End the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy: Strongly Favors topic 3
Dont-Ask-Dont-Tell caused 13,000 qualified soldiers to leave: Strongly Favors topic 3
Supports gay marriage: Strongly Favors topic 3
ENDA: prohibit employment discrimination for gays: Favors topic 3
Opposes Amendment to prevent same sex marriage: Strongly 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
YES on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation: Strongly Favors topic 3
Neutral on topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(0 points on Social scale)
Attends weekly women's Bible study class: Favors topic 4
Sex Ed including both abstinence and contraception: Opposes topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Money going to corporate profits, not health care: Strongly Favors topic 5
Keep private insurance in transition; goal is single payer: Strongly Favors topic 5
Pro-vaccines, not sure if they should be Federally mandated: Opposes topic 5
Transition to Medicare for all through public option: Strongly Favors topic 5
Provide a public option to get to universal coverage: Strongly Favors topic 5
Basic Health Program: offer lower-priced health insurance: Strongly Favors topic 5
Expand Medicare and add not-for-profit public option: Strongly Favors topic 5
Modernize obstetrics to cut increases in childbirth deaths: Favors topic 5
Medicare for all; allow drug reimportation: Strongly Favors topic 5
Better and immediate funding for Medicare & Medicaid: Favors topic 5
Merge Alzheimers diagnosis and care benefit: Favors topic 5
Sponsored bill providing for autism treatment under TRICARE: 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
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
NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts: 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)
Against privatization: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Opposes private retirement accounts: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Reject privatization; don't raise the retirement age: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Sponsored keeping CPI for benefits instead of lower "Chained CPI": Strongly Opposes topic 6
Rated 92% by ARA, indicating a pro-Trust Fund stance: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Strongly support education, but one size doesn't fit all: Opposes topic 7
More funds for NCLB and early education: Opposes topic 7
$25B to renovate or repair elementary schools: Opposes topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
Fight EPA regulatory over-reach
(+5 points on Social scale)
Why not have clean air and clean water for all Americans?: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Clean air is a right: Opposes topic 8
Make tax deduction permanent for conservation easements: Opposes topic 8
Allow longer than 10 years to rebuild depleted fisheries: Favors topic 8
Regulate all dog breeders down to kennels of 50 dogs: Opposes topic 8
Prohibit invasive research on great apes: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Require labeling genetically engineered food: Opposes topic 8
Fund projects for international conservation of cranes: Strongly Opposes topic 8
YES on environmental education grants for outdoor experiences: 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)
I understand that whiteness protects white kids: Opposes topic 9
End cash bail; it hits low-income Americans: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Abolish capital punishment: Strongly Opposes topic 9
First to call for Sen. Al Franken to resign: Favors topic 9
Sexual assault and harassment must be treated seriously: Favors topic 9
Advocate for victims of sexual assault: Favors topic 9
Military sex abuse victims can't trust commander as arbiter: Favors topic 9
Military sexual assault victims need champion with megaphone: Favors topic 9
Increase funding for "COPS ON THE BEAT" program: Opposes topic 9
Rated 64% by the NAPO, indicating a moderate stance on police issues: Neutral on topic 9
YES on expanding services for offenders' re-entry into society: Opposes topic 9
Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Ban bump stocks; reduce lobbying power of NRA: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Supports stricter laws now; didn't when in the House: Strongly Opposes topic 10
2008: signed amicus brief to overturn DC handgun ban: Strongly Favors topic 10
2009: Fight gun violence; 2010: "F" rating from NRA: Strongly Opposes topic 10
2006: "A" rating from NRA; 2019: apologizes: Favors topic 10
Ban high-capacity magazines; close gun-show loophole: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Embarrassed at previous NRA "A" rating; now rated "F": Strongly Favors topic 10
Inaction on mass shootings due to greed of NRA & gunmakers: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Owns guns, which she keeps unloaded under the bed: Favors topic 10
Shifted to left because "I fight for my constituents": Opposes topic 10
Earned high rating from the National Rifle Association: Favors topic 10
Close the Gun Show Loophole; restrict show sales: Opposes topic 10
Rated F by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Ban large-capacity ammunition: Opposes topic 10
Ban gun registration & trigger lock law in Washington DC: Strongly Favors topic 10
YES on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets: Strongly Opposes topic 10
NO on allowing firearms in checked baggage on Amtrak trains: Opposes topic 10
Strongly Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Reverse the 2017 corporate income tax cut: Strongly Favors topic 11
Pathway to citizenship for DREAMers: Strongly Favors topic 11
Supports more federal taxes & keeping marriage penalty: Strongly 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
Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+2 points on Social scale)
Treat people humanely at border; decriminalize to do so: Strongly Favors topic 12
Give asylum-seekers lawyers and community support: Strongly Favors topic 12
We need a humane asylum application process: Strongly Favors topic 12
For border security, but don't harm asylum seekers: Favors topic 12
Split up functions of ICE: Favors topic 12
2000s: opposed amnesty for undocumented immigrants: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Treat asylum seekers humanely; reform process: Strongly Favors topic 12
Reunite families ripped apart at the border: Strongly Favors topic 12
In House, took hardline for border security, ICE funding: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Hadn't understood issues, changed views in Senate: Favors topic 12
Pathway to citizenship gets immigrants connected: Favors topic 12
2006: anti-illegal alien; 2019: diversity is our strength: Opposes topic 12
Reimagine ICE; support DREAMers: Favors topic 12
Blue Dog: opposed sanctuary cities & opposed amnesty: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Central American migrant caravan is seeking asylum: Strongly Favors topic 12
Get rid of ICE; separate anti-terrorism from border control: Favors topic 12
2007 SAVE Act: beef up border; oppose sanctuary cities: Strongly Opposes topic 12
2010: moratorium on government immigration raids: Favors topic 12
Create a real path to earned citizenship: Strongly Favors topic 12
Opposed amnesty; opposed driver licenses; required English: Strongly Favors topic 12
Provide lawyers and evidence for children being deported: Favors topic 12
Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Don't use tariffs to pressure countries: Favors topic 13
Renegotiate NAFTA; add environmental protections: Opposes topic 13
End outsourcing of jobs and see "Made in America" again: Strongly Favors topic 13
Protect American jobs from going overseas: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Declare Turkish rebar subject to anti-dumping duties: Strongly Opposes 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 38% by the USAE, indicating support for trade sanctions: Opposes topic 13
YES on assisting workers who lose jobs due to globalization: Opposes topic 13
YES on promoting free trade with Peru: Favors topic 13
Opposes topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Integrate gender into diplomatic and foreign aid processes: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Disallow Palestine from joining ICC to threaten Israel: Favors 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
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
NO on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-3 points on Social scale)
Slash the defense budget: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Form National Guard Cyber Protection Team: Favors topic 15
Address backlog of veterans' claims & chronic underfunding: Favors topic 15
No across-the-board budget cuts to anti-terrorism: Favors topic 15
Extend reserve retirement pay parity back to 9/11: Favors topic 15
Exempt Veterans Affairs from federal hiring freeze: Favors topic 15
YES on restricting no-bid defense contracts: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(+5 points on Social scale)
Eliminate the Electoral College: Favors topic 16
Mandate paper ballots: Favors topic 16
Publicly funded elections returns power to the people: Strongly Favors topic 16
Publicly-funded elections address many other social issues: Strongly Favors topic 16
Let ex-cons vote; address racism in criminal justice: Strongly Favors topic 16
Abolish the Electoral College: Strongly Favors topic 16
Sunlight Report: lobbyist meetings & earmarks on website: Strongly Favors topic 16
No lobbyist gifts: Favors topic 16
Supports Shays-Meehan Campaign Finance Reform: Favors topic 16
Require Internet disclosure of all earmarks: Favors topic 16
Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures: Strongly 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
Repeal automatic Congressional pay raises: Favors topic 16
YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations: Strongly Favors topic 16
Favors topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(+2 points on Social scale)
First call to Iran, to avoid an unnecessary war: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Withdraw from Yemen; Withdraw from Afghanistan: Strongly Favors topic 17
Withdraw from Afghanistan & Syria: Strongly Favors topic 17
End military aid to Saudi Arabia to attack Yemen: Strongly Favors topic 17
Opposes boycotts of businesses in Israel: Opposes topic 17
Al Qaeda has metastasized; get troops out of Afghanistan: Strongly Favors topic 17
Timetable for drawing down troops from Afghanistan: Favors topic 17
Iraq: exit strategy & redeploy troops: Strongly Favors topic 17
Iranian nuclear weapons: prevention instead of containment: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Sponsored funding and supplying the Syrian rebels: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Sponsored shutting down Iranian foreign reserves: Opposes topic 17
Iran must accept long-term intrusive nuke inspection: Opposes topic 17
Sanctions on Iran to end nuclear program: Opposes topic 17
YES on redeploying US troops out of Iraq starting in 90 days: Strongly Favors topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Rejoin Paris Climate Agreement, plus price on carbon: Strongly Favors topic 18
Develop renewable energy tech; cut transportation emissions: Favors topic 18
Put a price on carbon: supports Green New Deal: Strongly Favors topic 18
Perfect score on "350 Action's 2020 Climate Test": Strongly Favors topic 18
Limit then cap-and-trade carbon emissions: Favors topic 18
Fracking must avoid chemicals that harm drinking water: Favors topic 18
Raise CAFE; plus alternative energy R&D: Strongly Favors topic 18
Balance fossil fuels and viable renewable energy: Favors topic 18
$5 billion in tax credits for alternative energy projects: Favors topic 18
50% clean and carbon free electricity by 2030: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on tax incentives for renewable energy: Strongly Favors 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 credits for renewable electricity, with PAYGO offsets: Favors topic 18
NO on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases: Favors topic 18
NO on requiring full Senate debate and vote on cap-and-trade: Favors topic 18
NO on protecting middle-income taxpayers from a national energy tax: Favors topic 18
YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program: Favors topic 18
Opposes topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(+2 points on Social scale)
Supports medical and recreational marijuana: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Marijuana Justice Act: decriminalize pot & expunge records: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Rated 50% by NORML, indicating a mixed record on drug reform: Neutral on topic 19
Rated B+ by NORML, indicating a pro-drug-reform stance: Strongly Opposes 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)
Expand lending caps for credit unions to small business: Favors topic 20
Rated 83% 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
YES on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy: 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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