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Lindsey Graham on Abortion
Click here for 20 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Protect the sanctity of life. (Aug 2008)
  • Ginsburg would get rejected today for outspokenness on Roe. (Jan 2006)
  • Federal crime to harm fetus during an assault. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on restricting UN funding for population control policies. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on defining unborn child as eligible for SCHIP. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting minors crossing state lines for abortion. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on barring HHS grants to organizations that perform abortions. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted NO on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted NO on $100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on criminal penalty for harming unborn fetus during other crime. (Mar 2004)
  • Voted YES on banning partial birth abortions except for maternal life. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted YES on funding for health providers who don't provide abortion info. (Sep 2002)
  • Voted YES on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on banning partial-birth abortions. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted YES on barring transporting minors to get an abortion. (Jun 1999)
  • Rated 0% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 100% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-life stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Prohibit transporting minors across state lines for abortion. (Jan 2008)
  • Prohibit federal funding for abortion. (May 2011)
Lindsey Graham on Budget & Economy
Click here for 11 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • Dollar-for-dollar offset: cut spending to raise debt ceiling. (Jan 2013)
  • Voted YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures. (May 2009)
  • Voted NO on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package. (Feb 2009)
  • Voted YES on paying down federal debt by rating programs' effectiveness. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on $40B in reduced federal overall spending. (Dec 2005)
  • Allow $3 on 1040 form to pay off National Debt. (Sep 2000)
  • Balanced Budget Amendment with 3/5 vote to override. (Jan 2009)
  • Supports the Cut-Cap-and-Balance Pledge. (Jan 2012)
  • Disapprove of increasing the debt limit. (Jan 2012)
  • Supports balanced budget amendment & line item veto. (Sep 1994)
Lindsey Graham on Civil Rights
Click here for 11 full quotes on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Support the constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. (Aug 2008)
  • Voted NO on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • Voted YES on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)
  • Supports anti-flag desecration amendment. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 0% by the ACLU, indicating an anti-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Rated 0% by the HRC, indicating an anti-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 11% by the NAACP, indicating an anti-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Amend Constitution to define traditional marriage. (Jun 2008)
Lindsey Graham on Corporations
Click here for 7 full quotes on Corporations OR background on Corporations.
  • AdWatch: Hero of the taxpayer & guardian of small business. (Mar 2014)
  • 1997: Created trucking logistics company with 100 employees. (Jan 2014)
  • Voted NO on repealing tax subsidy for companies which move US jobs offshore. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on reforming bankruptcy to include means-testing & restrictions. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on Bankruptcy Overhaul requiring partial debt repayment. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 83% by the US COC, indicating a pro-business voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 14% by UFCW, indicating a pro-management voting record. (May 2012)
Lindsey Graham on Crime
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  • Voted NO on reinstating $1.15 billion funding for the COPS Program. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on funding for alternative sentencing instead of more prisons. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime. (Jun 1999)
  • Voted NO on maintaining right of habeas corpus in Death Penalty Appeals. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted YES on making federal death penalty appeals harder. (Feb 1995)
  • Rated 30% by CURE, indicating anti-rehabilitation crime votes. (Dec 2000)
  • Facilitate recovering crime victim restitution fees. (Apr 2011)
  • More prisons, more enforcement, effective death penalty. (Sep 1994)
Lindsey Graham on Drugs
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  • Voted YES on military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism. (Sep 2001)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on subjecting federal employees to random drug tests. (Sep 1998)
  • Enhance interdiction by criminalizing unflagged submarines. (Jul 2008)
Lindsey Graham on Education
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  • Voted NO on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted NO on $52M for "21st century community learning centers". (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on $5B for grants to local educational agencies. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on shifting $11B from corporate tax loopholes to education. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror. (Nov 2001)
  • Voted YES on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted YES on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Let schools display the words "God Bless America". (Oct 2001)
  • Supports requiring schools to allow prayer. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 27% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Sponsored $110M per year to teach abstinence in public schools. (Feb 2013)
  • Sponsored denouncing the Common Core State Standards. (Feb 2014)
  • Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997)
Lindsey Graham on Energy & Oil
Click here for 22 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • Greenhouse gas is a problem; but EPA shouldn't regulate it. (Feb 2012)
  • Voted YES on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted YES on protecting middle-income taxpayers from a national energy tax. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on requiring full Senate debate and vote on cap-and-trade. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted NO on tax incentives for energy production and conservation. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on addressing CO2 emissions without considering India & China. (May 2008)
  • Voted NO on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on making oil-producing and exporting cartels illegal. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted NO on factoring global warming into federal project planning. (May 2007)
  • Voted NO on disallowing an oil leasing program in Alaska's ANWR. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted NO on $3.1B for emergency oil assistance for hurricane-hit areas. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on reducing oil usage by 40% by 2025 (instead of 5%). (Jun 2005)
  • Voted NO on banning drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on Bush Administration Energy Policy. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on targeting 100,000 hydrogen-powered vehicles by 2010. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted NO on removing consideration of drilling ANWR from budget bill. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted NO on raising CAFE standards; incentives for alternative fuels. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting oil drilling & development in ANWR. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted NO on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol. (Jun 2000)
  • Rated 17% by the CAF, indicating opposition to energy independence. (Dec 2006)
  • Open the Outer Continental Shelf for oil & gas leasing. (Jun 2008)
  • Gas tax holiday for the summer. (Apr 2008)
Lindsey Graham on Environment
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  • Green diesel regulations cost $367 per truck per year. (Jan 2014)
  • Voted YES on protecting ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems. (May 2013)
  • Voted NO on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program. (Aug 2009)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting eminent domain for use as parks or grazing land. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted NO on including oil & gas smokestacks in mercury regulations. (Sep 2005)
  • Rated 5% by the LCV, indicating anti-environment votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Allow longer than 10 years to rebuild depleted fisheries. (Sep 2011)
  • Rated 60% by HSLF, indicating a mixed voting record on animal welfare. (Jan 2012)
Lindsey Graham on Families & Children
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  • Voted YES on reducing Marriage Tax by $399B over 10 years. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 100% by the Christian Coalition: a pro-Family-Value voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Use tax code to reinforce families. (Sep 1994)
  • Fund 2,500 Boys and Girls Clubs in underserved areas. (Dec 1997)
Lindsey Graham on Foreign Policy
Click here for 12 full quotes on Foreign Policy OR background on Foreign Policy.
  • Create a democratic noose around Putin's Russia. (Mar 2014)
  • Voted YES on cooperating with India as a nuclear power. (Oct 2008)
  • Voted NO on keeping Cuba travel ban until political prisoners released. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on withholding $244M in UN Back Payments until US seat restored. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on $156M to IMF for 3rd-world debt reduction. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China. (May 2000)
  • Voted NO on $15.2 billion for foreign operations. (Nov 1999)
  • Rated +1 by AAI, indicating a mixed Arab/Palestine voting record. (May 2012)
  • Vigorous support for State of Israel against Hamas in Gaza. (Nov 2012)
  • Let Ukraine & Georgia enter NATO. (Jan 2008)
  • Support Iranian demonstrators against Iranian government. (Jun 2009)
  • Pressure friendly Arab states to end Israeli boycott. (Oct 2007)
Lindsey Graham on Free Trade
Click here for 10 full quotes on Free Trade OR background on Free Trade.
  • NAFTA drained away textile trade from Upstate SC. (Jan 2014)
  • Voted YES on promoting free trade with Peru. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted YES on free trade agreement with Oman. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on implementing CAFTA for Central America free-trade. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on establishing free trade between US & Singapore. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted NO on establishing free trade between the US and Chile. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted NO on withdrawing from the WTO. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements. (Sep 1998)
  • Rated 17% by CATO, indicating a pro-fair trade voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Free trade with post-Orange Revolution Ukraine. (Apr 2005)
Lindsey Graham on Government Reform
Click here for 16 full quotes on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • Increase campaign contribution limits; but no foreigners. (Nov 2000)
  • Voted NO on Congressional pay raise. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted NO on providing a US House seat for the District of Columbia. (Feb 2009)
  • Voted NO on granting the District of Columbia a seat in Congress. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring photo ID to vote in federal elections. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted YES on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted NO on banning soft money donations to national political parties. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
  • Sponsored bill allowing individual votes on each earmark. (Feb 2006)
  • Require Internet disclosure of all earmarks. (May 2010)
  • Prohibit IRS audits targeting Tea Party political groups. (Feb 2014)
  • Restrict campaign donations from foreigners or 3rd parties. (May 1999)
  • Require all laws to cite Constitutional authorization. (Jun 2009)
  • Limit punitive damages; term limits on Congress. (Sep 1994)
  • Government is too big, too intrusive, too easy with money. (Sep 1994)
Lindsey Graham on Gun Control
Click here for 13 full quotes on Gun Control OR background on Gun Control.
  • Voted NO on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets. (Apr 2013)
  • Voted YES on allowing firearms in checked baggage on Amtrak trains. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting foreign & UN aid that restricts US gun ownership. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on banning lawsuits against gun manufacturers for gun violence. (Mar 2004)
  • Voted YES on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1. (Jun 1999)
  • Rated A by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun rights voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • National cross-state standard for concealed carry. (Jan 2009)
  • Oppose the United Nations' Arms Trade Treaty. (Sep 2013)
  • Ban gun registration & trigger lock law in Washington DC. (Mar 2007)
  • Allow firearms in National Parks. (Feb 2008)
  • Apply concealed carry permit to all other states where legal. (Feb 2009)
  • Dangerousness, not mental incompetence, limits gun rights. (Mar 2009)
Lindsey Graham on Health Care
Click here for 23 full quotes on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • Opposed ObamaCare from day one. (Mar 2014)
  • Let ObamaCare show itself as a continuing debacle. (Oct 2013)
  • Voted YES on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (May 2011)
  • Voted NO on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted NO on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted NO on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare. (Jul 2008)
  • Voted YES on means-testing to determine Medicare Part D premium. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted NO on limiting medical liability lawsuits to $250,000. (May 2006)
  • Voted NO on expanding enrollment period for Medicare Part D. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on increasing Medicaid rebate for producing generics. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on negotiating bulk purchases for Medicare prescription drug. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted NO on $40 billion per year for limited Medicare prescription drug benefit. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing suing HMOs, but under federal rules & limited award. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted YES on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999)
  • Rated 12% by APHA, indicating a anti-public health voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Establish a national childhood cancer database. (Mar 2007)
  • Increase funding for occupational & physical therapy. (Apr 2011)
  • Expand medical savings accounts for employers & individuals. (Feb 1999)
  • Establishment of Office of Health Care Fraud Prevention. (Oct 2009)
Lindsey Graham on Homeland Security
Click here for 31 full quotes on Homeland Security OR background on Homeland Security.
  • Doing nothing about Benghazi leads to a more dangerous world. (Mar 2014)
  • NSA domestic spying only targets terrorism suspects. (Aug 2013)
  • NSA leaker Edward Snowden is a felon, not a hero. (Jun 2013)
  • Cuts to military systems will leave us with a hollow force. (Mar 2013)
  • President did not do enough to protect Benghazi embassy. (Feb 2013)
  • Canceling Pole/Czech missile defense capitulates to Russia. (Dec 2011)
  • 2005: interrogations must follow US Army Field Manual rules. (Aug 2011)
  • Ensure terrorists cannot sue American troops. (Aug 2008)
  • Voted YES on extending the PATRIOT Act's roving wiretaps. (Feb 2011)
  • Voted YES on cutting $221M in benefits to Filipinos who served in WWII US Army. (Apr 2008)
  • Voted NO on requiring FISA court warrant to monitor US-to-foreign calls. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted YES on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted NO on limiting soldiers' deployment to 12 months. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted NO on implementing the 9/11 Commission report. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on preserving habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on requiring CIA reports on detainees & interrogation methods. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on extending the PATRIOT Act's wiretap provision. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on restricting business with entities linked to terrorism. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on restoring $565M for states' and ports' first responders. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on permitting commercial airline pilots to carry guns. (Jul 2002)
  • Voted YES on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on deploying SDI. (Mar 1999)
  • Federalize aviation security. (Nov 2001)
  • Rated 0% by SANE, indicating a pro-military voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Prohibit torture of terrorists in US custody. (Jul 2005)
  • Sponsored bill for Iraq budget to be part of defense budget. (Jun 2006)
  • Extend reserve retirement pay parity back to 9/11. (Dec 2007)
  • Improve educational assistance for veterans. (Apr 2008)
  • Set minimum spending on defense at 4% of GDP. (Dec 2007)
  • No US troops under UN command; more defense spending. (Sep 1994)
Lindsey Graham on Immigration
Click here for 14 full quotes on Immigration OR background on Immigration.
  • Secure border now in place with comprehensive immigration. (Jun 2013)
  • New amnesty is tough and ends incoming illegals. (Jun 2013)
  • Voted NO on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities". (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on comprehensive immigration reform. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on declaring English as the official language of the US government. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the "Y" nonimmigrant guestworker program. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on establishing a Guest Worker program. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on extending Immigrant Residency rules. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers. (Sep 1998)
  • Sponsored comprehensive immigration reform, without amnesty. (May 2005)
  • Rated 27% by USBC, indicating an open-border stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Declared English the official language of the US. (Jan 1999)
Lindsey Graham on Jobs
Click here for 12 full quotes on Jobs OR background on Jobs.
  • Biggest business headache is worker's compensation system. (Jan 2014)
  • Voted YES on extending unemployment benefits from 39 weeks to 59 weeks. (Nov 2008)
  • Voted YES on overriding presidential veto of Farm Bill. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on terminating legal challenges to English-only job rules. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on limiting farm subsidies to people earning under $750,000. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted NO on restricting employer interference in union organizing. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on increasing minimum wage to $7.25. (Feb 2007)
  • Voted NO on raising the minimum wage to $7.25 rather than $6.25. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on $167B over 10 years for farm price supports. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on zero-funding OSHA's Ergonomics Rules instead of $4.5B. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 17% by the AFL-CIO, indicating an anti-union voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Incentives to businesses create jobs & raise wages. (Sep 1994)
Lindsey Graham on Principles & Values
Click here for 7 full quotes on Principles & Values OR background on Principles & Values.
  • Voted with Republican Party 87.5% of 312 votes. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted YES on confirming of Sonia Sotomayor to Supreme Court. (Aug 2009)
  • Voted YES on confirming Samuel Alito as Supreme Court Justice. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted YES on confirming John Roberts for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. (Sep 2005)
  • Religious affiliation: Southern Baptist. (Nov 2000)
  • Rated 0% by the AU, indicating opposition to church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
  • Contract with America: 10 bills in 1st 100 days of Congress. (Sep 1994)
Lindsey Graham on Social Security
Click here for 7 full quotes on Social Security OR background on Social Security.
  • Voted YES on establishing reserve funds & pre-funding for Social Security. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Create personal retirement accounts within Social Security. (Jul 2000)
  • Rated 20% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Reduce taxes on Social Security earnings. (Sep 1994)
Lindsey Graham on Tax Reform
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  • Voted NO on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted YES on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on raising estate tax exemption to $5 million. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts. (Aug 2006)
  • Voted YES on permanently repealing the `death tax`. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on $47B for military by repealing capital gains tax cut. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on extending the tax cuts on capital gains and dividends. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years. (May 2003)
  • Voted YES on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted YES on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 81% by NTU, indicating a "Taxpayer's Friend" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 0% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Member of the Congressional Flat Tax Caucus. (Nov 2007)
  • Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes. (Aug 2010)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
  • Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes. (Sep 1994)
Lindsey Graham on Technology
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  • Voted YES on authorizing states to collect Internet sales taxes. (May 2013)
  • Voted YES on $23B instead of $4.9B for waterway infrastructure. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted NO on restoring $550M in funding for Amtrak for 2007. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted NO on disallowing FCC approval of larger media conglomerates. (Sep 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing telephone monopolies to offer Internet access. (Feb 2002)
  • Criminal penalties for e-mail spamming. (Feb 2001)
  • Permanent ban on state & local taxation of Internet access. (Oct 2007)
  • Require websites to police for copyrighted materials. (May 2011)
  • Prohibit the return of the Fairness Doctrine. (Jan 2009)
Lindsey Graham on War & Peace
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  • Obama "screams loudly & carries no stick," in Russia & Syria. (Mar 2014)
  • Support the Syrian rebels against Assad & Iran. (Oct 2013)
  • Intervention in Syria to degrade Assad's chemical weapons. (Sep 2013)
  • Getting Syria wrong leads to Iranian nukes & war with Israel. (Sep 2013)
  • Syria: Assad must go, and small arms won't do it. (Jun 2013)
  • Get involved in Syria to protect against al Qaeda and Iran. (Apr 2013)
  • Slow Afghan withdrawal, with 15,000 US troops left behind. (Jan 2013)
  • We need more troops for long haul, Iraq is like WWII. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on redeploying non-essential US troops out of Iraq in 9 months. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted YES on designating Iran's Revolutionary Guards as terrorists. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted NO on redeploying US troops out of Iraq by March 2008. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on redeploying troops out of Iraq by July 2007. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on investigating contract awards in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted NO on requiring on-budget funding for Iraq, not emergency funding. (Apr 2005)
  • Voted YES on $86 billion for military operations in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Oct 2003)
  • Voted YES on authorizing military force in Iraq. (Oct 2002)
  • Voted YES on disallowing the invasion of Kosovo. (May 1999)
  • Sponsored prevention, not containment, for Iranian nukes. (May 2012)
  • Support the completion of the US mission in Iraq. (Feb 2007)
  • Sanctions on Iran to end nuclear program. (Apr 2009)
Lindsey Graham on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Fund welfare via religious & community-based NPOs. (Nov 2000)
  • Voted NO on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted NO on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Fully fund AmeriCorps. (Jun 2003)
  • Limit welfare to 2 years & cut welfare spending. (Sep 1994)


VoteMatch Responses
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VoteMatch Question & Answer
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Based on these stances:
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Strongly Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(-5 points on Social scale)
Protect the sanctity of life: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Federal crime to harm fetus during an assault: Opposes topic 1
Rated 0% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Rated 100% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-life stance: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Prohibit transporting minors across state lines for abortion: Opposes topic 1
Prohibit federal funding for abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on barring transporting minors to get an abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on banning partial-birth abortions: Opposes topic 1
YES on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad: Opposes topic 1
YES on Unknown roll call for 2001-89: Opposes topic 1
YES on funding for health providers who don't provide abortion info: Opposes topic 1
YES on prohibiting minors crossing state lines for abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on defining unborn child as eligible for SCHIP: Opposes topic 1
YES on banning partial birth abortions except for maternal life: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on criminal penalty for harming unborn fetus during other crime: Opposes topic 1
NO on $100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives: Opposes topic 1
YES on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions: Opposes topic 1
NO on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines: Opposes topic 1
YES on barring HHS grants to organizations that perform abortions: Opposes topic 1
YES on restricting UN funding for population control policies: Opposes topic 1
Opposes topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Rated 11% by the NAACP, indicating an anti-affirmative-action stance: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Increase funding for occupational & physical therapy: Favors topic 2
YES on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions: Opposes topic 2
NO on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act: Opposes topic 2
Strongly Opposes topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(-5 points on Social scale)
Support the constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Rated 0% by the HRC, indicating an anti-gay-rights stance: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Amend Constitution to define traditional marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
YES on banning gay adoptions in DC: Opposes topic 3
YES on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Strongly Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-5 points on Social scale)
Fund welfare via religious & community-based NPOs: Strongly Favors topic 4
Let schools display the words "God Bless America": Strongly Favors topic 4
Supports anti-flag desecration amendment: Favors topic 4
Supports requiring schools to allow prayer: Favors topic 4
Rated 100% by the Christian Coalition: a pro-Family-Value voting record: Strongly Favors topic 4
Rated 0% by the AU, indicating opposition to church-state separation: Strongly Favors topic 4
Sponsored $110M per year to teach abstinence in public schools: Favors topic 4
Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer: Strongly Favors topic 4
NO on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations: Opposes topic 4
YES on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks: Strongly Favors topic 4
YES on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror: Strongly Favors topic 4
YES on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration: Favors topic 4
Opposes topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Opposed ObamaCare from day one: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Let ObamaCare show itself as a continuing debacle: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Rated 12% by APHA, indicating a anti-public health voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Expand medical savings accounts for employers & individuals: Opposes topic 5
Establishment of Office of Health Care Fraud Prevention: Opposes topic 5
YES on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts: Opposes topic 5
YES on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage: Opposes topic 5
YES on means-testing to determine Medicare Part D premium: Opposes topic 5
YES on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts: Opposes topic 5
NO on $40 billion per year for limited Medicare prescription drug benefit: Opposes topic 5
NO on increasing Medicaid rebate for producing generics: Opposes topic 5
YES on negotiating bulk purchases for Medicare prescription drug: Strongly Favors topic 5
NO on expanding enrollment period for Medicare Part D: Opposes topic 5
NO on limiting medical liability lawsuits to $250,000: Opposes topic 5
NO on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D: Opposes topic 5
NO on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility: Opposes topic 5
NO on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare: Opposes topic 5
NO on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program: Opposes topic 5
NO on regulating tobacco as a drug: Opposes topic 5
Strongly Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Create personal retirement accounts within Social Security: Strongly Favors topic 6
Rated 20% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record: Strongly Favors topic 6
Reduce taxes on Social Security earnings: Favors topic 6
NO on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox: Favors topic 6
YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits: Favors topic 6
YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable: Favors topic 6
YES on establishing reserve funds & pre-funding for Social Security: Favors topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Rated 27% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes: Strongly Favors topic 7
Sponsored denouncing the Common Core State Standards: Strongly Favors topic 7
YES on vouchers for private & parochial schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
YES on allowing vouchers in DC schools: Favors topic 7
NO on $5B for grants to local educational agencies: Favors topic 7
Favors topic 8:
Clean air and water are property rights
(+2 points on Social scale)
Rated 5% by the LCV, indicating anti-environment votes: Strongly Favors topic 8
Allow longer than 10 years to rebuild depleted fisheries: No opin. on topic 8
YES on protecting ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems: Opposes topic 8
YES on prohibiting eminent domain for use as parks or grazing land: Favors topic 8
Strongly Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-5 points on Social scale)
Rated 30% by CURE, indicating anti-rehabilitation crime votes: Strongly Favors topic 9
Facilitate recovering crime victim restitution fees: Strongly Favors topic 9
More prisons, more enforcement, effective death penalty: Favors topic 9
YES on making federal death penalty appeals harder: Strongly Favors topic 9
NO on maintaining right of habeas corpus in Death Penalty Appeals: Favors topic 9
YES on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime: Favors topic 9
NO on funding for alternative sentencing instead of more prisons.: Strongly Favors topic 9
NO on reinstating $1.15 billion funding for the COPS Program: Favors topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Rated A by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun rights voting record: Strongly Favors topic 10
National cross-state standard for concealed carry: Strongly Favors topic 10
Ban gun registration & trigger lock law in Washington DC: Strongly Favors topic 10
Allow firearms in National Parks: Strongly Favors topic 10
Apply concealed carry permit to all other states where legal: Strongly Favors topic 10
Dangerousness, not mental incompetence, limits gun rights: Strongly Favors topic 10
YES on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1: Strongly Favors topic 10
NO on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets: Strongly Favors topic 10
NO on banning lawsuits against gun manufacturers for gun violence: Strongly Opposes topic 10
YES on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers: Strongly Favors 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 Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Phaseout the death tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Rated 81% by NTU, indicating a "Taxpayer's Friend" on tax votes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Rated 0% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Member of the Congressional Flat Tax Caucus: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes: Opposes topic 11
YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty": Opposes topic 11
YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business: Opposes topic 11
YES on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years: Opposes topic 11
YES on reducing Marriage Tax by $399B over 10 years: Opposes topic 11
YES on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"): Opposes topic 11
YES on making the Bush tax cuts permanent: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset: Opposes topic 11
YES on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on extending the tax cuts on capital gains and dividends: Strongly Opposes topic 11
NO on $47B for military by repealing capital gains tax cut: Opposes topic 11
YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on permanently repealing the `death tax`: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on raising estate tax exemption to $5 million: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+2 points on Social scale)
Secure border now in place with comprehensive immigration: Favors topic 12
New amnesty is tough and ends incoming illegals: Strongly Favors topic 12
Sponsored comprehensive immigration reform, without amnesty: Strongly Favors topic 12
Rated 27% by USBC, indicating an open-border stance: Strongly Favors topic 12
Declared English the official language of the US: Opposes topic 12
YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers: Favors topic 12
YES on extending Immigrant Residency rules: Favors topic 12
NO on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities": Strongly Opposes topic 12
YES on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security: Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on establishing a Guest Worker program: Favors topic 12
YES on building a fence along the Mexican border: Strongly Opposes 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)
NAFTA drained away textile trade from Upstate SC: Opposes topic 13
Rated 17% by CATO, indicating a pro-fair trade voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Free trade with post-Orange Revolution Ukraine: Favors topic 13
NO on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NO on Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NO on withdrawing from the WTO: Strongly Favors topic 13
NO on establishing free trade between US & Singapore: Opposes topic 13
NO on establishing free trade between the US and Chile: Opposes topic 13
NO on implementing CAFTA for Central America free-trade: Strongly Opposes topic 13
YES on free trade agreement with Oman: Strongly Favors topic 13
YES on promoting free trade with Peru: Favors topic 13
Strongly Favors topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Prohibit torture of terrorists in US custody: Opposes topic 14
Oppose the United Nations' Arms Trade Treaty: Favors topic 14
YES on withholding $244M in UN Back Payments until US seat restored: Strongly Favors topic 14
NO on requiring FISA court warrant to monitor US-to-foreign calls: Favors topic 14
NO on preserving habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees: Strongly Favors topic 14
NO on requiring CIA reports on detainees & interrogation methods: Strongly Favors topic 14
YES on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad: Strongly Favors topic 14
Strongly Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-5 points on Social scale)
Cuts to military systems will leave us with a hollow force: Strongly Favors topic 15
Rated 0% by SANE, indicating a pro-military voting record: Strongly Favors topic 15
Sponsored bill for Iraq budget to be part of defense budget: Opposes topic 15
Extend reserve retirement pay parity back to 9/11: Favors topic 15
Set minimum spending on defense at 4% of GDP: Strongly Favors topic 15
No US troops under UN command; more defense spending: Favors topic 15
YES on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill: Favors topic 15
YES on deploying SDI: Favors topic 15
NO on requiring on-budget funding for Iraq, not emergency funding: Favors topic 15
NO on limiting soldiers' deployment to 12 months: Favors topic 15
Opposes topic 16:
Stricter limits on voting rights
(+2 points on Social scale)
Increase campaign contribution limits; but no foreigners: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Require Internet disclosure of all earmarks: Favors topic 16
Restrict campaign donations from foreigners or 3rd parties: Favors topic 16
YES on banning soft money and issue ads: Favors topic 16
NO on banning soft money donations to national political parties: Opposes topic 16
YES on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions: Favors topic 16
YES on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Strongly Opposes topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(-5 points on Social scale)
Obama "screams loudly & carries no stick," in Russia & Syria: Opposes topic 17
Create a democratic noose around Putin's Russia: Opposes topic 17
Support the Syrian rebels against Assad & Iran: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Intervention in Syria to degrade Assad's chemical weapons: Strongly Favors topic 17
Getting Syria wrong leads to Iranian nukes & war with Israel: Strongly Favors topic 17
Syria: Assad must go, and small arms won't do it: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Get involved in Syria to protect against al Qaeda and Iran: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Slow Afghan withdrawal, with 15,000 US troops left behind: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Sponsored prevention, not containment, for Iranian nukes: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Support the completion of the US mission in Iraq: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Sanctions on Iran to end nuclear program: Opposes topic 17
YES on authorizing military force in Iraq: Strongly Opposes topic 17
NO on redeploying troops out of Iraq by July 2007: Strongly Opposes topic 17
NO on redeploying US troops out of Iraq by March 2008: Strongly Opposes topic 17
NO on redeploying non-essential US troops out of Iraq in 9 months: Opposes topic 17
Strongly Opposes topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Green diesel regulations cost $367 per truck per year: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Rated 17% by the CAF, indicating opposition to energy independence: Opposes topic 18
Open the Outer Continental Shelf for oil & gas leasing: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Gas tax holiday for the summer: Opposes topic 18
NO on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol: Strongly Opposes topic 18
NO on raising CAFE standards; incentives for alternative fuels: Strongly Opposes topic 18
NO on prohibiting oil drilling & development in ANWR: Strongly Opposes topic 18
YES on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases: Opposes topic 18
YES on targeting 100,000 hydrogen-powered vehicles by 2010: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on removing consideration of drilling ANWR from budget bill: Opposes topic 18
NO on reducing oil usage by 40% by 2025 (instead of 5%): Strongly Opposes topic 18
NO on disallowing an oil leasing program in Alaska's ANWR: Strongly Opposes topic 18
NO on banning drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Opposes topic 18
NO on factoring global warming into federal project planning: Opposes topic 18
NO on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies: Strongly Opposes topic 18
NO on addressing CO2 emissions without considering India & China: Opposes topic 18
NO on tax incentives for energy production and conservation: Strongly Opposes 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
NO on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program: Opposes topic 18
Strongly Favors topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(-5 points on Social scale)
Enhance interdiction by criminalizing unflagged submarines: Strongly Favors topic 19
YES on subjecting federal employees to random drug tests: Strongly Favors topic 19
YES on prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC: Strongly Favors topic 19
YES on military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism: Strongly Favors topic 19
Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Supports the Cut-Cap-and-Balance Pledge: Opposes topic 20
Disapprove of increasing the debt limit: Opposes topic 20
Rated 14% by UFCW, indicating a pro-management voting record: Opposes topic 20
NO on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million: Strongly Opposes topic 20
NO on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package: Strongly Opposes topic 20
YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending: Strongly Favors topic 20

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