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Tom Coburn on Abortion
Click here for 19 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Contraception in health plans breaches religious liberty. (Apr 2012)
  • I favor the death penalty for abortionists. (Oct 2005)
  • 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 banning partial-birth abortions. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted YES on barring transporting minors to get an abortion. (Jun 1999)
  • Rated 100% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-life stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Apply 14th amendment protections to pre-born fetuses. (Jun 2008)
  • Prohibit transporting minors across state lines for abortion. (Jan 2008)
  • Opposes both federal abortion funding & judicial activism. (Aug 2010)
  • Supports prohibiting human embryonic stem cell research. (Aug 2010)
  • Prohibit federal funding for abortion. (May 2011)
  • No family planning assistance that includes abortion. (Jan 2013)
  • Declare preborn as persons under 14th amendment. (Feb 2009)
Tom Coburn on Budget & Economy
Click here for 21 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • Five stages to trigger the Debt Bomb. (Apr 2012)
  • Great Powers all declined economically before collapse. (Apr 2012)
  • Moniker "Dr. No" for blocking 10% of all new spending bills. (Apr 2012)
  • The Coburn Bible: 400-page list of $150B wasteful spending. (Apr 2012)
  • Debt crisis threatens our way of life & national security. (Apr 2012)
  • Creating deficit is stealing from our children. (Oct 2004)
  • Freeze any increase in spending except homeland security. (Oct 2004)
  • Hard to repay the ever expanding discretionary spending. (Oct 2004)
  • Voted NO on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted NO on modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures. (May 2009)
  • Voted NO on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package. (Feb 2009)
  • Voted NO on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy. (Sep 2008)
  • 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)
  • Demand a Balanced Budget amendment. (Jul 2010)
  • Limit federal spending growth to per-capita inflation rate. (Jul 2010)
  • Supports the Cut-Cap-and-Balance Pledge. (Jan 2012)
  • Disapprove of increasing the debt limit. (Jan 2012)
  • Audit the Federal Reserve & its actions on mortgage loans. (Feb 2013)
Tom Coburn on Civil Rights
Click here for 9 full quotes on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • 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)
  • Issue a commemorative postage stamp of Rosa Parks. (Dec 2005)
  • Rated 0% by the HRC, indicating an anti-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 7% by the NAACP, indicating an anti-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Constitutionally prohibit flag desecration. (May 2009)
Tom Coburn on Corporations
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  • Top US corporations pay effective tax rate of only 3.3%. (Apr 2012)
  • 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)
  • Rated 17% by UFCW, indicating a pro-management voting record. (May 2012)
Tom Coburn on Crime
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  • Voted NO on reinstating $1.15 billion funding for the COPS Program. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime. (Jun 1999)
  • Voted YES on making federal death penalty appeals harder. (Feb 1995)
  • Supports capital punishment for certain crimes. (Aug 2010)
  • Opposes more severe penalties for Hate Crimes. (Aug 2010)
Tom Coburn on Drugs
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  • Voted YES on prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC. (Oct 1999)
  • Ban federal funding for needle-exchange programs. (Mar 1999)
  • Require chemical resellers to certify against meth use. (Sep 2007)
Tom Coburn on Education
Click here for 9 full quotes on Education OR background on Education.
  • The status quo isn't working, despite $2 trillion. (Apr 2012)
  • The lottery proposal to fund education undermines virtue. (Oct 2004)
  • 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 vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Supports education vouchers for public or private school. (Aug 2010)
  • Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997)
Tom Coburn on Energy & Oil
Click here for 19 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • Let ethanol tax credit permanently expire. (Apr 2012)
  • Base energy policy on national interest, not environment. (Apr 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 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 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)
  • Signed the No Climate Tax Pledge by AFP. (Nov 2010)
  • Cap-and-trade has no impact on global temperatures. (Jul 2010)
  • Explore proven energy reserves & keep energy prices low. (Jul 2010)
  • Let states lease energy rights on federal lands. (Jun 2013)
Tom Coburn on Environment
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  • 2005: Worked with Sen. Obama (D, IL) on Katrina oversight. (Apr 2012)
  • Voted NO 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)
  • Allow critical feeding on Conservation Reserves. (Jul 2008)
  • Rated 40% by HSLF, indicating a mixed voting record on animal welfare. (Jan 2012)
Tom Coburn on Families & Children
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Tom Coburn on Foreign Policy
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  • Justices citing foreign law is bad behavior. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted YES on cooperating with India as a nuclear power. (Oct 2008)
  • 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)
  • Allow Americans to travel to Cuba. (May 2000)
  • Rated -1 by AAI, indicating a mixed Arab/Palestine voting record. (May 2012)
  • Pressure friendly Arab states to end Israeli boycott. (Oct 2007)
Tom Coburn on Free Trade
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  • Voted YES on promoting free trade with Peru. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted NO on free trade agreement with Oman. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on implementing CAFTA for Central America free-trade. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted YES on withdrawing from the WTO. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements. (Sep 1998)
  • Extend trade restrictions on Burma to promote democracy. (Jun 2007)
  • Insist on access to post-mad-cow Japanese beef markets. (Mar 2010)
  • Sponsored sugar quotas & import tariffs to stabilize prices. (Apr 2013)
Tom Coburn on Government Reform
Click here for 28 full quotes on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • Expose phone-marking: earmarks by verbal request to agencies. (Apr 2012)
  • All bills should cover new cost by offsetting other spending. (Apr 2012)
  • Clear away duplicative programs instead of creating new ones. (Apr 2012)
  • Earmarks are consistent with socialism, not conservatism. (Apr 2012)
  • Porkbusters: list of spending cuts to reduce government. (Apr 2012)
  • We must have government that spends less and does less. (Jan 2012)
  • Expose widespread waste and duplication in federal spending. (Jan 2012)
  • Earmarks are unconstitutional perversion of Congress' duties. (Nov 2010)
  • Earmarks are gateway drug for wasteful government spending. (Jul 2009)
  • Rejected a road bill that came with a bribe. (Oct 2004)
  • 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 NO on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted NO on establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted NO on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
  • Sponsored bill prohibiting non-legislated earmarks. (Jul 2005)
  • Sponsored bill allowing individual votes on each earmark. (Feb 2006)
  • Prohibit voter intimidation in federal elections. (Mar 2007)
  • Ensure delivery of absentee ballots for troops overseas. (May 2008)
  • Identify constitutionality in every new congressional bill. (Jul 2010)
  • Audit federal agencies, to reform or eliminate them. (Jul 2010)
  • Moratorium on all earmarks until budget is balanced. (Jul 2010)
  • Sponsored bill requiring Internet disclosure of earmarks. (May 2010)
  • Prohibit IRS audits targeting Tea Party political groups. (Feb 2014)
  • Ban paid voter registration. (May 2009)
  • Sponsored bill that laws must cite Constitutional authority. (Jun 2009)
Tom Coburn on Gun Control
Click here for 15 full quotes on Gun Control OR background on Gun Control.
  • Both Carson and Coburn have 100% NRA records. (Oct 2004)
  • 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 decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1. (Jun 1999)
  • National cross-state standard for concealed carry. (Jan 2009)
  • Rated A by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun rights voting record. (Aug 2010)
  • Allow veterans to register unlicensed guns acquired abroad. (Oct 2011)
  • Oppose the United Nations' Arms Trade Treaty. (Sep 2013)
  • Individual right to self-defense at home and as self-defense. (Jan 1999)
  • 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)
Tom Coburn on Health Care
Click here for 22 full quotes on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • Some patients will die sooner under ObamaCare's coercion. (Apr 2012)
  • Raise retirement age for Medicare from 65 to 67. (Apr 2012)
  • FDA has caused job loss and deadly delays. (Apr 2012)
  • 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 YES on allowing tribal Indians to opt out of federal healthcare. (Feb 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 expanding enrollment period for Medicare Part D. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on increasing Medicaid rebate for producing generics. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted NO on negotiating bulk purchases for Medicare prescription drug. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted NO 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)
  • Defund, repeal, & replace federal care with free market. (Jul 2010)
  • Repeal any federal health care takeover. (Jul 2010)
  • Expand medical savings accounts for employers & individuals. (Feb 1999)
  • Establishment of Office of Health Care Fraud Prevention. (Oct 2009)
  • Reforms should slow the long-term growth of health costs. (Jul 2009)
Tom Coburn on Homeland Security
Click here for 21 full quotes on Homeland Security OR background on Homeland Security.
  • Focus military research on militarily-related diseases. (Apr 2012)
  • Eliminate Hollywood liaison offices for Defense Department. (Apr 2012)
  • Military wastes money by bad contracting and parochialism. (Apr 2012)
  • Defense budget lacks common sense & does not lack money. (Apr 2012)
  • Would have voted for the Patriot Act. (Oct 2004)
  • 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 NO on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill. (Jul 1999)
  • Sponsored bill for Iraq budget to be part of defense budget. (Jun 2006)
  • Sponsored opposing the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty. (Mar 2013)
  • Military spouses don't lose voting residency while abroad. (Feb 2009)
Tom Coburn on Immigration
Click here for 15 full quotes on Immigration OR background on Immigration.
  • 2010 Arizona law should have been allowed. (Apr 2012)
  • Voted NO on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities". (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on comprehensive immigration reform. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on declaring English as the official language of the US government. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "Y" nonimmigrant guestworker program. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on establishing a Guest Worker program. (May 2006)
  • Voted NO on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security. (May 2006)
  • Voted NO on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers. (Sep 1998)
  • Rated 100% by USBC, indicating a sealed-border stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Zero tolerance for border crossing via increased prosecution. (Mar 2008)
  • Government services in English only. (Mar 2008)
  • Rated A by the ALI, indicating a strongly anti-amnesty stance. (Nov 2010)
  • Declared English the official language of the US. (Jan 1999)
Tom Coburn on Jobs
Click here for 7 full quotes on Jobs OR background on Jobs.
  • Voted NO on extending unemployment benefits from 39 weeks to 59 weeks. (Nov 2008)
  • Voted NO 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 NO on increasing minimum wage to $7.25. (Feb 2007)
  • Voted YES on raising the minimum wage to $7.25 rather than $6.25. (Mar 2005)
Tom Coburn on Principles & Values
Click here for 9 full quotes on Principles & Values OR background on Principles & Values.
  • Voted with Republican Party 82.8% of 290 votes. (Sep 2007)
  • Carson is very bright, intellectually smart and advanced. (Oct 2004)
  • Chose Alan Keyes over George W. Bush in GOP Primary. (Oct 2004)
  • Voted NO 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: Baptist. (Nov 2000)
  • Rated A by the Club for Growth, strong pro-growth & targeted race. (Sep 2004)
  • Rated 0% by the AU, indicating opposition to church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
Tom Coburn on Social Security
Click here for 7 full quotes on Social Security OR background on Social Security.
  • Give Americans real control over their retirement accounts. (Apr 2012)
  • Black men are being penalized by the Social Security system. (Oct 2004)
  • Voted YES on establishing reserve funds & pre-funding for Social Security. (Mar 2007)
  • 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)
  • Supports private retirement accounts. (Aug 2010)
Tom Coburn on Tax Reform
Click here for 26 full quotes on Tax Reform OR background on Tax Reform.
  • Tax compliance industry produces nothing of real value. (Apr 2012)
  • End tax earmarks; and don't count that as tax increases. (Apr 2012)
  • Mortgage deduction inflates the cost of housing. (Apr 2012)
  • Real tax reform lowers rates and broadens the base. (Apr 2012)
  • 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 NO 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 eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • Rated 0% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Member of the Congressional Flat Tax Caucus. (Nov 2007)
  • Replace income tax & employment tax with FairTax. (Jan 2009)
  • Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes. (Aug 2010)
  • Opposes both marriage penalty & federal tax increases. (Aug 2010)
  • Supports flat-rate federal tax; opposes increased tax rates. (Aug 2010)
  • Adopt a single-rate tax system. (Jul 2010)
  • Repeal tax hikes in capital gains and death tax. (Jul 2010)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
  • Keep reduction of capital gains tax. (Mar 2009)
Tom Coburn on Technology
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  • Pervasive fraud in the National Science Foundation. (Jan 2012)
  • Google for Government: all federal contracts on Internet. (May 2010)
  • Voted NO on authorizing states to collect Internet sales taxes. (May 2013)
  • Voted NO on $23B instead of $4.9B for waterway infrastructure. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted NO on restoring $550M in funding for Amtrak for 2007. (Mar 2006)
  • Permanent ban on state & local taxation of Internet access. (Oct 2007)
  • Website for competitive federal awards. (Jun 2008)
  • Prohibit the return of the Fairness Doctrine. (Jan 2009)
Tom Coburn on War & Peace
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  • We didnít go to Iraq for WMDís. (Oct 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 YES on requiring on-budget funding for Iraq, not emergency funding. (Apr 2005)
  • Voted YES on disallowing the invasion of Kosovo. (May 1999)
  • Iranian nuclear weapons: prevention instead of containment. (May 2012)
  • Sanctions on Iran to end nuclear program. (Apr 2009)
Tom Coburn on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Voted NO on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted NO on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)


VoteMatch Responses
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VoteMatch Question & Answer
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Strongly Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(-5 points on Social scale)
Contraception in health plans breaches religious liberty: Opposes topic 1
Rated 100% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-life stance: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Apply 14th amendment protections to pre-born fetuses: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Prohibit transporting minors across state lines for abortion: Opposes topic 1
Opposes both federal abortion funding & judicial activism: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Supports prohibiting human embryonic stem cell research: Opposes topic 1
Prohibit federal funding for abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
No family planning assistance that includes abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Declare preborn as persons under 14th amendment: 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 prohibiting minors crossing state lines for abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on defining unborn child as eligible for SCHIP: 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)
Issue a commemorative postage stamp of Rosa Parks: Favors topic 2
Rated 7% by the NAACP, indicating an anti-affirmative-action stance: Strongly Opposes 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)
Rated 0% by the HRC, indicating an anti-gay-rights stance: 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
Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-3 points on Social scale)
Rated 0% by the AU, indicating opposition to church-state separation: Strongly Favors topic 4
Constitutionally prohibit flag desecration: 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 recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration: Favors topic 4
Strongly Opposes topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Some patients will die sooner under ObamaCare's coercion: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Defund, repeal, & replace federal care with free market: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Repeal any federal health care takeover: 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
Reforms should slow the long-term growth of health costs: Strongly Opposes topic 5
YES on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts: Opposes topic 5
NO on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage: Favors topic 5
YES on allowing tribal Indians to opt out of federal healthcare: Strongly 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 increasing Medicaid rebate for producing generics: Opposes topic 5
NO on negotiating bulk purchases for Medicare prescription drug: Strongly Opposes topic 5
NO on expanding enrollment period for Medicare Part D: 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)
Give Americans real control over their retirement accounts: Strongly Favors topic 6
Create personal retirement accounts within Social Security: Strongly Favors topic 6
Supports private retirement accounts: Strongly 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 establishing reserve funds & pre-funding for Social Security: Favors topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+5 points on Economic scale)
The status quo isn't working, despite $2 trillion: Strongly Favors topic 7
Supports education vouchers for public or private school: 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)
NO on protecting ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems: Favors topic 8
YES on prohibiting eminent domain for use as parks or grazing land: Favors topic 8
Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-3 points on Social scale)
Supports capital punishment for certain crimes: Strongly Favors topic 9
Opposes more severe penalties for Hate Crimes: Opposes topic 9
YES on making federal death penalty appeals harder: Strongly Favors topic 9
NO on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime: Opposes 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)
Both Carson and Coburn have 100% NRA records: Strongly Favors topic 10
National cross-state standard for concealed carry: Strongly Favors topic 10
Rated A by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun rights voting record: Strongly Favors topic 10
Allow veterans to register unlicensed guns acquired abroad: Favors topic 10
Individual right to self-defense at home and as self-defense: 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
NO on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1: Strongly Opposes topic 10
NO on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets: Strongly Favors 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)
Top US corporations pay effective tax rate of only 3.3%: Opposes topic 11
Real tax reform lowers rates and broadens the base: 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
Replace income tax & employment tax with FairTax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Opposes both marriage penalty & federal tax increases: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Supports flat-rate federal tax; opposes increased tax rates: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Adopt a single-rate tax system: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Repeal tax hikes in capital gains and death tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Keep reduction of capital gains tax: Strongly 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 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 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
NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends: Strongly Favors 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
Strongly Opposes topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(-5 points on Social scale)
2010 Arizona law should have been allowed: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Rated 100% by USBC, indicating a sealed-border stance: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Zero tolerance for border crossing via increased prosecution: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Government services in English only: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Rated A by the ALI, indicating a strongly anti-amnesty stance: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Declared English the official language of the US: Opposes topic 12
YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers: Favors topic 12
NO on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities": Strongly Opposes topic 12
NO on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security: Strongly Opposes topic 12
NO on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship: Strongly Opposes topic 12
NO on establishing a Guest Worker program: Opposes topic 12
YES on building a fence along the Mexican border: Strongly Opposes topic 12
YES 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
NO on comprehensive immigration reform: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Insist on access to post-mad-cow Japanese beef markets: Favors topic 13
Sponsored sugar quotas & import tariffs to stabilize prices: Strongly Opposes 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
YES on withdrawing from the WTO: Strongly Opposes topic 13
YES on implementing CAFTA for Central America free-trade: Strongly Favors topic 13
NO on free trade agreement with Oman: Strongly Opposes 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)
Sponsored opposing the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty: Strongly Favors topic 14
Oppose the United Nations' Arms Trade Treaty: 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
Opposes topic 15:
Expand the military
(+2 points on Social scale)
Focus military research on militarily-related diseases: Opposes topic 15
Eliminate Hollywood liaison offices for Defense Department: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Military wastes money by bad contracting and parochialism: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Defense budget lacks common sense & does not lack money: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Freeze any increase in spending except homeland security: Favors topic 15
Sponsored bill for Iraq budget to be part of defense budget: Opposes topic 15
NO on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill: Opposes topic 15
YES on requiring on-budget funding for Iraq, not emergency funding: Opposes topic 15
NO on limiting soldiers' deployment to 12 months: Favors topic 15
Favors topic 16:
Stricter limits on voting rights
(-3 points on Social scale)
Earmarks are unconstitutional perversion of Congress' duties: Favors topic 16
Earmarks are gateway drug for wasteful government spending: Opposes topic 16
Sponsored bill requiring Internet disclosure of earmarks: Strongly Favors topic 16
Ban paid voter registration: Opposes topic 16
Military spouses don't lose voting residency while abroad: Favors topic 16
NO on banning soft money and issue ads: Opposes topic 16
NO on establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity: Opposes topic 16
NO on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress: Strongly Favors topic 16
Strongly Opposes topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(-5 points on Social scale)
Justices citing foreign law is bad behavior: Opposes topic 17
Iranian nuclear weapons: prevention instead of containment: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Sanctions on Iran to end nuclear program: 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)
Let ethanol tax credit permanently expire: 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
Signed the No Climate Tax Pledge by AFP: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Cap-and-trade has no impact on global temperatures: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Explore proven energy reserves & keep energy prices low: Opposes topic 18
Let states lease energy rights on federal lands: Strongly Opposes topic 18
NO on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol: Strongly Opposes topic 18
YES on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases: 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 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)
Ban federal funding for needle-exchange programs: Strongly Favors topic 19
Require chemical resellers to certify against meth use: Favors topic 19
YES on prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC: Strongly Favors topic 19
Strongly Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Limit federal spending growth to per-capita inflation rate: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Supports the Cut-Cap-and-Balance Pledge: Opposes topic 20
Disapprove of increasing the debt limit: Opposes topic 20
Rated 17% by UFCW, indicating a pro-management voting record: Opposes topic 20
Audit the Federal Reserve & its actions on mortgage loans: 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
NO on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending: Strongly Opposes topic 20

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