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Massachusetts House
Bill Keating
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Bill Keating on Abortion
Click here for 6 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Voted NO on banning federal health coverage that includes abortion. (May 2011)
  • I consider myself pro-choice. (Nov 2010)
  • Ban anti-abortion limitations on abortion services. (Nov 2013)
  • Access safe, legal abortion without restrictions. (Mar 2017)
  • Funding abortion avoids discrimination against poor women. (Jan 2015)
  • Constitutional right to terminate pregnancy for health. (May 2015)
Bill Keating on Budget & Economy
Click here for 4 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • 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 $900 billion COVID relief package. (Dec 2020)
  • $1.9 trillion ARPA bill for COVID relief. (Mar 2021)
Bill Keating on Civil Rights
Click here for 10 full quotes on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Support marriage equality; end Don't Ask Don't Tell. (Nov 2010)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • Supports same-sex marriage. (Nov 2010)
  • Constitutional Amendment for women's equal rights. (Jun 2011)
  • Prohibit sexual-identity discrimination at schools. (Mar 2011)
  • Endorsed as "preferred" by The Feminist Majority indicating pro-women's rights. (Aug 2012)
  • Enforce against anti-gay discrimination in public schools. (Apr 2013)
  • Enforce against wage discrimination based on gender. (Jan 2013)
  • Don't elevate gender identity as a protected class. (May 2016)
  • Sponsored bill for ratifying Equal Rights Amendment. (Mar 2021)
Bill Keating on Corporations
Click here for 6 full quotes on Corporations OR background on Corporations.
  • Voted NO on workforce training by state block grants & industry partners. (Mar 2013)
  • Rated 100% by UFCW, indicating an anti-management/pro-labor record. (May 2012)
  • Corporate political spending is not free speech. (Mar 2013)
  • Deregulating banks encourages discriminatory practices. (Mar 2018)
  • Reducing tax rates balloons federal deficit & cuts programs. (Nov 2017)
  • Voted YES on corporate transparency. (Oct 2019)
Bill Keating on Crime
Click here for 4 full quotes on Crime OR background on Crime.
  • Go after sexual predators and prosecute sex crimes. (Nov 2010)
  • Harsher sentencing for "pill mill" operators. (Mar 2011)
  • Rated 92% by the NAPO, indicating a tough-on-crime stance. (Dec 2014)
  • Sponsored stricter rules for police accountability. (Mar 2021)
Bill Keating on Drugs
Click here for 2 full quotes on Drugs OR background on Drugs.
  • Rated D by NORML, indicating a "hard-on-drugs" stance. (Nov 2016)
  • Voted YES on combatting epidemic of synthetic drugs. (Jun 2018)
Bill Keating on Education
Click here for 4 full quotes on Education OR background on Education.
  • Voted NO on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
  • No-strings-attached block grant will kill transparency. (Jul 2015)
  • Oppose private and religious school voucher programs. (Oct 2015)
  • Voted YES on private lawsuits for school race discrimination. (Sep 2020)
Bill Keating on Energy & Oil
Click here for 7 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • Create good jobs via offshore wind energy development. (Oct 2020)
  • Supports Cape Wind and clean energy jobs. (Nov 2010)
  • Voted NO on opening Outer Continental Shelf to oil drilling. (May 2011)
  • Voted NO on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases. (Apr 2011)
  • Extend through 2016 the renewable energy tax credit. (Nov 2011)
  • Voted YES on banning offshore oil drilling in Gulf of Mexico. (Jul 2016)
  • Voted YES to assist rural electric renewable energy. (Sep 2020)
Bill Keating on Environment
Click here for 7 full quotes on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • Regulate all dog breeders down to kennels of 50 dogs. (Feb 2011)
  • Prohibits breeding or possessing Big Cat species. (May 2012)
  • Rated 88% by HSLF, indicating a pro-animal welfare voting record. (Jan 2012)
  • Sponsored tightening restrictions on hydrogen sulfide emissions. (Mar 2013)
  • Extend to 2023 Superfund hazardous waste cleanup. (Mar 2017)
  • Voted YES to require GMO labeling. (Jun 2016)
  • Keep restrictive rules for predator control in Alaska. (Feb 2017)
Bill Keating on Families & Children
Click here for 3 full quotes on Families & Children OR background on Families & Children.
  • More funding & services for victims of domestic violence. (Feb 2013)
  • Sponsored recognition of National Foster Care Month. (May 2014)
  • Six weeks of paid parental leave for federal employees. (Feb 2017)
Bill Keating on Foreign Policy
Click here for 4 full quotes on Foreign Policy OR background on Foreign Policy.
  • Rated -2 by AAI, indicating a anti-Arab anti-Palestine voting record. (May 2012)
  • Condemn China's organ harvesting from Falun Gong prisoners. (Aug 2013)
  • $500M and 3,000 troops to Africa to fight Ebola. (Jul 2014)
  • Maintain World Bank funding as part of multilateralism. (Jan 2018)
Bill Keating on Free Trade
Click here for 3 full quotes on Free Trade OR background on Free Trade.
  • Impose tariffs against countries which manipulate currency. (Feb 2011)
  • Implement USMCA for improved North American trade. (Dec 2019)
  • Rated 38% by the USAE, indicating support for trade sanctions. (Dec 2012)
Bill Keating on Government Reform
Click here for 12 full quotes on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • Forced MA Senate President to accept term limits. (Nov 2010)
  • Ban stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge. (Nov 2011)
  • Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures. (Mar 2012)
  • Establish "My Voice Voucher" small campaign contributions. (Jan 2017)
  • Public financing of federal campaigns by voter vouchers. (Jan 2017)
  • Statehood for the District of Columbia. (Dec 2018)
  • Automatic voter registration for all citizens. (Jun 2017)
  • Holiday on election day; revamp for easier voting access. (Mar 2019)
  • Sponsored bill to expand voter registration and voter access. (Feb 2021)
  • Sponsored impeachment of Trump for inciting insurrection. (Jan 2021)
  • Sponsored bill for statehood for Washington D.C. (Apr 2021)
  • Restrict presidential powers and require tax returns. (Dec 2021)
Bill Keating on Gun Control
Click here for 4 full quotes on Gun Control OR background on Gun Control.
  • Supports restricting gun purchase & possession. (Nov 2010)
  • Ban "fire sale" of firearms after delicensing closure. (Jan 2013)
  • Require background check for every firearm sale and transfer. (Jan 2019)
  • Sponsored bill for background checks for private transfers. (Mar 2021)
Bill Keating on Health Care
Click here for 5 full quotes on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • Voted NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted NO on repealing the "Prevention and Public Health" slush fund. (Apr 2011)
  • Sponsored merging Alzheimers diagnosis and care benefit. (Apr 2013)
  • Religious exemption from ObamaCare individual mandate. (Feb 2017)
  • GOP can't beat ObamaCare, so they pretend it's a "disaster". (Feb 2015)
Bill Keating on Homeland Security
Click here for 6 full quotes on Homeland Security OR background on Homeland Security.
  • Voted YES on extending the PATRIOT Act's roving wiretaps. (Feb 2011)
  • Sponsored defunding nuclear-armed aircraft and nuclear R&D or testing. (Apr 2013)
  • End bulk data collection under USA PATRIOT Act. (Jan 2014)
  • Respect sequestration on defense budget without gimmicks. (Oct 2015)
  • Funding wars separately is gimmick against sequestration. (Apr 2015)
  • Combat international and domestic Islamophobia. (Dec 2021)
Bill Keating on Immigration
Click here for 4 full quotes on Immigration OR background on Immigration.
  • Keep visa programs that enable foreign workers to stay in US. (Oct 2020)
  • Opposes amnesty; enforce our laws; secure our borders. (Nov 2010)
  • Voted to legalize DREAMer immigrants via military service. (Jun 2016)
  • Sponsored bill to disallow religion-based immigration ban. (Apr 2021)
Bill Keating on Jobs
Click here for 4 full quotes on Jobs OR background on Jobs.
  • Voted NO on allowing compensatory time off for working overtime. (Apr 2013)
  • Rated 0% by CEI, indicating a pro-worker rights voting record. (May 2012)
  • Raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2016. (Mar 2013)
  • Sponsored bill for strengthening union organizing. (Mar 2021)
Bill Keating on Principles & Values
Click here for 2 full quotes on Principles & Values OR background on Principles & Values.
  • Certify 2020 Presidential election as fully & fairly counted. (Jan 2021)
  • Create Commission to investigate Jan. 6 Capitol riots. (Jun 2021)
Bill Keating on Social Security
Click here for 4 full quotes on Social Security OR background on Social Security.
  • Bad idea to privatize; or to raise retirement age. (Nov 2010)
  • Opposes privatizing Social Security. (Nov 2010)
  • Sponsored keeping CPI for benefits instead of lower "Chained CPI". (Apr 2013)
  • Rated 100% by ARA, indicating a pro-Trust Fund stance. (Jan 2013)
Bill Keating on Tax Reform
Click here for the full quote on Tax Reform OR background on Tax Reform.
  • Raising estate tax to 1990s level means $448B in new revenue. (Apr 2015)
Bill Keating on Technology
Click here for 5 full quotes on Technology OR background on Technology.
  • Facial technology oversight to help combat racial biases. (Oct 2020)
  • Voted NO on terminating funding for National Public Radio. (Mar 2011)
  • Sponsored investing $1 billion in transportation projects. (Mar 2013)
  • Let NSF decide research grants, not Congress. (Feb 2016)
  • Sponsored bill for net neutrality for open internet. (Apr 2019)
Bill Keating on War & Peace
Click here for 9 full quotes on War & Peace OR background on War & Peace.
  • Voted NO on banning armed forces in Libya without Congressional approval. (Jun 2011)
  • Voted YES on removing US armed forces from Afghanistan. (Mar 2011)
  • Opposes a continued presence in Afghanistan. (Nov 2010)
  • Boycott & sanctions against Iran for terrorism & nukes. (May 2011)
  • Iranian nuclear weapons: prevention instead of containment. (May 2012)
  • Voted NO on net neutrality: don't regulate the internet. (Sep 2014)
  • Remove US Forces from Hostilities Against Yemen. (Feb 2019)
  • No military force against Iran without Congress approval. (Feb 2020)
  • Sponsored resolution to repeal 2002 AUMF against Iraq. (May 2021)
Bill Keating on Welfare & Poverty
Click here for 3 full quotes on Welfare & Poverty OR background on Welfare & Poverty.
  • Voted NO on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Sponsored maintaining SNAP nutrition assistance program. (Mar 2013)
  • Voted NO on transferring housing vouchers to ex-addicts. (Jun 2018)


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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
I consider myself pro-choice: 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
Rated Funding abortion avoids discrimination against poor women: Strongly Favors topic 1
Rated Constitutional right to terminate pregnancy for health: Strongly Favors topic 1
NO on banning federal health coverage that includes abortion: Strongly Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Facial technology oversight to help combat racial biases: Favors topic 2
Constitutional Amendment for women's equal rights: Strongly Favors topic 2
Endorsed as "preferred" by The Feminist Majority indicating pro-women's rights: 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
Voted YES on private lawsuits for school race discrimination: Favors topic 2
Sponsored bill for ratifying Equal Rights Amendment: Strongly Favors topic 2
Combat international and domestic Islamophobia: 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)
Support marriage equality; end Don't Ask Don't Tell: Strongly Favors topic 3
Supports same-sex marriage: Strongly 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
Don't elevate gender identity as a protected class: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Neutral on topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Sponsored merging Alzheimers diagnosis and care benefit: Favors topic 5
Religious exemption from ObamaCare individual mandate: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Rated GOP can't beat ObamaCare, so they pretend it's a "disaster": Strongly Favors topic 5
NO on repealing the "Prevention and Public Health" slush fund: Strongly Favors topic 5
NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts: Favors topic 5
Strongly Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Bad idea to privatize; or to raise retirement age: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Opposes privatizing Social Security: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Sponsored keeping CPI for benefits instead of lower "Chained CPI": Strongly Opposes topic 6
Rated 100% by ARA, indicating a pro-Trust Fund stance: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Strongly Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Rated No-strings-attached block grant will kill transparency: Opposes topic 7
Rated Oppose private and religious school voucher programs: Strongly Opposes topic 7
NO on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
Fight EPA regulatory over-reach
(+5 points on Social scale)
Regulate all dog breeders down to kennels of 50 dogs: Opposes topic 8
Prohibits breeding or possessing Big Cat species: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Sponsored tightening restrictions on hydrogen sulfide emissions: Favors topic 8
Extend to 2023 Superfund hazardous waste cleanup: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Voted YES to require GMO labeling: Opposes topic 8
Rated Deregulating banks encourages discriminatory practices: Opposes topic 8
Rated Keep restrictive rules for predator control in Alaska: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Neutral on topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(0 points on Social scale)
Go after sexual predators and prosecute sex crimes: Favors topic 9
Rated 92% by the NAPO, indicating a tough-on-crime stance: Favors topic 9
Sponsored stricter rules for police accountability: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Supports restricting gun purchase & possession: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Ban "fire sale" of firearms after delicensing closure: Opposes topic 10
Require background check for every firearm sale and transfer: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Sponsored bill for background checks for private transfers: Strongly Favors topic 10
Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Rated Raising estate tax to 1990s level means $448B in new revenue: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Rated Reducing tax rates balloons federal deficit & cuts programs: Favors topic 11
Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+2 points on Social scale)
Keep visa programs that enable foreign workers to stay in US: Favors topic 12
Opposes amnesty; enforce our laws; secure our borders: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Rated Voted to legalize DREAMer immigrants via military service: Strongly Favors topic 12
Sponsored bill to disallow religion-based immigration ban: Strongly Favors topic 12
Neutral on topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(0 points on Economic scale)
Impose tariffs against countries which manipulate currency: Opposes topic 13
Implement USMCA for improved North American trade: Strongly Favors topic 13
Rated 38% by the USAE, indicating support for trade sanctions: Opposes topic 13
Strongly Opposes topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Condemn China's organ harvesting from Falun Gong prisoners: Opposes topic 14
$500M and 3,000 troops to Africa to fight Ebola: Opposes topic 14
Rated Maintain World Bank funding as part of multilateralism: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Strongly Opposes topic 15:
Expand the military
(+5 points on Social scale)
Sponsored defunding nuclear-armed aircraft and nuclear R&D or testing: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Rated Funding wars separately is gimmick against sequestration: Opposes topic 15
Rated Let NSF decide research grants, not Congress: Opposes topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(+5 points on Social scale)
Forced MA Senate President to accept term limits: Favors topic 16
Ban stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge: Strongly Favors topic 16
Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures: Strongly Favors topic 16
Corporate political spending is not free speech: Favors topic 16
Establish "My Voice Voucher" small campaign contributions: Strongly Favors topic 16
Public financing of federal campaigns by voter vouchers: Favors topic 16
Statehood for the District of Columbia: Favors topic 16
Automatic voter registration for all citizens: Strongly Favors topic 16
Holiday on election day; revamp for easier voting access: Favors topic 16
Sponsored bill to expand voter registration and voter access: Strongly Favors topic 16
Favors topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(+2 points on Social scale)
Opposes a continued presence in Afghanistan: Strongly Favors topic 17
Boycott & sanctions against Iran for terrorism & nukes: Opposes topic 17
Iranian nuclear weapons: prevention instead of containment: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Rated Voted NO on net neutrality: don't regulate the internet: Favors topic 17
Rated Respect sequestration on defense budget without gimmicks: Favors topic 17
Remove US Forces from Hostilities Against Yemen: Favors topic 17
No military force against Iran without Congress approval: Strongly Favors topic 17
Sponsored resolution to repeal 2002 AUMF against Iraq: Strongly Favors topic 17
YES on removing US armed forces from Afghanistan: Strongly Favors topic 17
NO on banning armed forces in Libya without Congressional approval: Opposes topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Create good jobs via offshore wind energy development: Strongly Favors topic 18
Supports Cape Wind and clean energy jobs: Strongly Favors topic 18
Extend through 2016 the renewable energy tax credit: Strongly Favors topic 18
Voted YES on banning offshore oil drilling in Gulf of Mexico: Strongly Favors topic 18
Voted YES to assist rural electric renewable energy: Favors topic 18
NO on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases: Favors topic 18
NO on opening Outer Continental Shelf to oil drilling: Strongly Favors topic 18
Strongly Favors topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(-5 points on Social scale)
Harsher sentencing for "pill mill" operators: Strongly Favors topic 19
Rated D by NORML, indicating a "hard-on-drugs" stance: Strongly Favors topic 19
Voted YES on combatting epidemic of synthetic drugs: Favors topic 19
Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Sponsored investing $1 billion in transportation projects: Favors topic 20
Raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2016: Favors topic 20
Voted YES on $900 billion COVID relief package: Favors topic 20
$1.9 trillion ARPA bill for COVID relief: Favors topic 20
NO on prioritizing spending in case debt limit is reached: Favors topic 20

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