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Robert Menendez on Abortion
Click here for 27 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Judicial nominees must uphold Roe v. Wade. (Sep 2006)
  • Kean voted against stem-cell research six times; I didn’t. (Sep 2006)
  • I support stem cell research 100%. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on restricting UN funding for population control policies. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted NO on defining unborn child as eligible for SCHIP. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting minors crossing state lines for abortion. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on barring HHS grants to organizations that perform abortions. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted NO on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on allowing human embryonic stem cell research. (May 2005)
  • Voted NO on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions. (Apr 2005)
  • Voted NO on banning partial-birth abortion except to save mother’s life. (Oct 2003)
  • Voted NO on forbidding human cloning for reproduction & medical research. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted NO on funding for health providers who don't provide abortion info. (Sep 2002)
  • Voted NO on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on banning partial-birth abortions. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted NO on barring transporting minors to get an abortion. (Jun 1999)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL, indicating a pro-choice voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Sponsored bill for emergency contraception for rape victims. (Sep 2006)
  • Rated 0% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-choice stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Provide emergency contraception at military facilities. (Apr 2007)
  • Let military perform abortions in cases of rape or incest. (Jun 2011)
  • Require pharmacies to fulfill contraceptive prescriptions. (Jul 2011)
  • Ban anti-abortion limitations on abortion services. (Nov 2013)
  • Ensure access to and funding for contraception. (Feb 2007)
  • Focus on preventing pregnancy, plus emergency contraception. (Jan 2009)
  • Emergency contraception at all military health facilities. (Dec 2009)
Robert Menendez on Budget & Economy
Click here for 10 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • Voted YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures. (May 2009)
  • Voted YES on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package. (Feb 2009)
  • Voted YES on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted NO on paying down federal debt by rating programs' effectiveness. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on restricting bankruptcy rules. (Jan 2004)
  • Require full disclosure about subprime mortgages. (Dec 2007)
  • Reform mortgage rules to prevent foreclosure & bankruptcy. (Feb 2008)
  • More enforcement of mortgage fraud and TARP fraud. (May 2009)
  • Ban abusive credit practices & enhance consumer disclosure. (Feb 2009)
Robert Menendez on Civil Rights
Click here for 24 full quotes on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Support affirmative action in all government contracts. (Sep 2006)
  • Supports Amendment banning flag-burning, a uniting symbol. (Sep 2006)
  • Supports 1-man-1-woman marriage, but don’t take away rights. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • Voted YES on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on making the PATRIOT Act permanent. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted NO on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)
  • Supports anti-flag desecration amendment. (Mar 2001)
  • Constitutional Amendment for equal rights by gender. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 67% by the ACLU, indicating a mixed civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Rated 88% by the HRC, indicating a pro-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Recognize Juneteenth as historical end of slavery. (Jun 2008)
  • ENDA: prohibit employment discrimination for gays. (Jun 2009)
  • Prohibit sexual-identity discrimination at schools. (Mar 2011)
  • Sponsored Constitutional Amendment for women's equal rights. (Jun 2011)
  • Endorsed as "preferred" by The Feminist Majority indicating pro-women's rights. (Aug 2012)
  • Enforce against wage discrimination based on gender. (Jan 2013)
  • Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment. (Mar 2007)
  • Reinforce anti-discrimination and equal-pay requirements. (Jan 2008)
  • Honor the 100th anniversary of the NAACP. (Jan 2009)
Robert Menendez on Corporations
Click here for 4 full quotes on Corporations OR background on Corporations.
  • Voted NO on replacing illegal export tax breaks with $140B in new breaks. (Jun 2004)
  • Voted YES on Bankruptcy Overhaul requiring partial debt repayment. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 37% by the US COC, indicating a mixed business voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 86% by UFCW, indicating an anti-management/pro-labor record. (May 2012)
Robert Menendez on Crime
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  • Voted YES 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 NO on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime. (Jun 1999)
  • Voted YES on making federal death penalty appeals harder. (Feb 1995)
  • Voted NO on replacing death penalty with life imprisonment. (Apr 1994)
  • Rated 60% by CURE, indicating mixed votes on rehabilitation. (Dec 2000)
  • More funding and stricter sentencing for hate crimes. (Apr 2001)
  • Increase funding for "COPS ON THE BEAT" program. (Jan 2007)
  • Reduce recidivism by giving offenders a Second Chance. (Mar 2007)
  • Stricter sentencing for hate crimes. (Mar 1993)
Robert Menendez on Drugs
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  • Review current marijuana laws for cases of incurable disease. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism. (Sep 2001)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on subjecting federal employees to random drug tests. (Sep 1998)
Robert Menendez on Education
Click here for 11 full quotes on Education OR background on Education.
  • Reducing duplication is no solution for education problems. (Sep 2006)
  • Educational Savings Accounts are only for the wealthy. (Sep 2006)
  • Democrats pushed college tuition tax deductions. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted NO on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror. (Nov 2001)
  • Voted YES on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted NO on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer. (Mar 1994)
  • Rated 100% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Comprehensive sex ed for sexually-active adolescents. (Feb 2013)
  • Don't count combat pay against free school lunch. (Mar 2009)
Robert Menendez on Energy & Oil
Click here for 22 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • Past due time to ratify the Kyoto Protocol. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted NO on protecting middle-income taxpayers from a national energy tax. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted NO on requiring full Senate debate and vote on cap-and-trade. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on tax incentives for energy production and conservation. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on addressing CO2 emissions without considering India & China. (May 2008)
  • Voted YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on making oil-producing and exporting cartels illegal. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on factoring global warming into federal project planning. (May 2007)
  • Voted NO on authorizing construction of new oil refineries. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on passage of the Bush Administration national energy policy. (Jun 2004)
  • Voted NO on implementing Bush-Cheney national energy policy. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted YES on raising CAFE standards; incentives for alternative fuels. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting oil drilling & development in ANWR. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted YES on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol. (Jun 2000)
  • Preserve Alaska's ANWR instead of drilling it. (Feb 2001)
  • Establish greenhouse gas tradeable allowances. (Feb 2005)
  • Sign on to UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. (Jan 2007)
  • Designate sensitive ANWR area as protected wilderness. (Nov 2007)
  • Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025. (Jan 2007)
  • Let states define stricter-than-federal emission standards. (Jan 2008)
  • Gas tax holiday for the summer. (Apr 2008)
Robert Menendez on Environment
Click here for 13 full quotes on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • Supports the Polluter Pays Principle. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on protecting ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems. (May 2013)
  • Voted YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program. (Aug 2009)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting eminent domain for use as parks or grazing land. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted NO on deauthorizing "critical habitat" for endangered species. (Sep 2005)
  • Voted NO on speeding up approval of forest thinning projects. (Nov 2003)
  • Remove PCBs from Hudson River by dredging 200 miles. (Apr 2001)
  • Rated 95% by the LCV, indicating pro-environment votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Health impact assessments for environmental health. (Apr 2006)
  • Grants for beach water pollution under Clean Water Act. (Apr 2008)
  • Regulate all dog breeders down to kennels of 50 dogs. (Feb 2011)
  • Rated 80% by HSLF, indicating a pro-animal welfare voting record. (Jan 2012)
  • Strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting. (Jan 2007)
Robert Menendez on Families & Children
Click here for 7 full quotes on Families & Children OR background on Families & Children.
  • Voted YES on establishing nationwide AMBER alert system for missing kids. (Apr 2003)
  • Voted NO on reducing Marriage Tax by $399B over 10 years. (Mar 2001)
  • Member of the Missing & Exploited Children's Caucus. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 15% by the Christian Coalition: an anti-Family-Value voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Sex Ed including both abstinence and contraception. (Mar 2009)
  • More funding & services for victims of domestic violence. (Jan 2013)
  • Teach teens about both abstinence & contraception. (Mar 2009)
Robert Menendez on Foreign Policy
Click here for 16 full quotes on Foreign Policy OR background on Foreign Policy.
  • International sanctions against nuclear program in Iran. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on cooperating with India as a nuclear power. (Oct 2008)
  • Voted NO on deterring foreign arms transfers to China. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on reforming the UN by restricting US funding. (Jun 2005)
  • 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 YES on $156M to IMF for 3rd-world debt reduction. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China. (May 2000)
  • Voted YES on $15.2 billion for foreign operations. (Nov 1999)
  • Member of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus. (Jan 2001)
  • Implement Darfur Peace Agreement with UN peacekeeping force. (Feb 2008)
  • 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)
  • Acknowledge the Armenian Genocide of the early 1900s. (Mar 2007)
  • Condemn violence by Chinese government in Tibet. (Apr 2008)
  • Condemn Iran for state-sponsored persecution of Baha'i. (Feb 2009)
Robert Menendez on Free Trade
Click here for 10 full quotes on Free Trade OR background on Free Trade.
  • Voted YES on promoting free trade with Peru. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted NO on free trade agreement with Oman. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on implementing CAFTA, Central America Free Trade. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted YES on implementing US-Australia Free Trade Agreement. (Jul 2004)
  • Voted NO on implementing US-Singapore free trade agreement. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on implementing free trade agreement with Chile. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted NO on withdrawing from the WTO. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements. (Sep 1998)
  • Rated 28% by CATO, indicating a pro-fair trade voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Extend trade restrictions on Burma to promote democracy. (Jun 2007)
Robert Menendez on Government Reform
Click here for 19 full quotes on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • Keep the Senate filibuster rules, to encourage debate. (Sep 2006)
  • Allow dual-office holding for politicians, if voters choose. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on Congressional pay raise. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on providing a US House seat for the District of Columbia. (Feb 2009)
  • Voted YES on granting the District of Columbia a seat in Congress. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring photo ID to vote in federal elections. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted NO on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting lawsuits about obesity against food providers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on limiting attorney's fees in class action lawsuits. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted NO on restricting frivolous lawsuits. (Sep 2004)
  • 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)
  • Keep campaign soft money; allow legal resident contributions. (Jun 2001)
  • Establish the United States Public Service Academy. (Mar 2007)
  • Prohibit voter intimidation in federal elections. (Mar 2007)
  • Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures. (Jul 2012)
  • Prohibit 'voter caging' which intimidates minority voting. (Nov 2007)
Robert Menendez on Gun Control
Click here for 10 full quotes on Gun Control OR background on Gun Control.
  • Additional controls on handguns and rifles. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets. (Apr 2013)
  • Voted NO on allowing firearms in checked baggage on Amtrak trains. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting foreign & UN aid that restricts US gun ownership. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting suing gunmakers & sellers for gun misuse. (Apr 2003)
  • Voted NO on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1. (Jun 1999)
  • Rated F by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Close the Gun Show Loophole; restrict show sales. (May 2009)
  • Ban large-capacity ammunition. (Jan 2013)
Robert Menendez on Health Care
Click here for 31 full quotes on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • Don’t choose between filling prescriptions and refrigerator. (Sep 2006)
  • Additional taxes on wealthiest 1%, for medical coverage. (Sep 2006)
  • Don’t force choice of filling prescriptions or refrigerator. (Sep 2006)
  • Shift from disease-based to prevention-based system. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (May 2011)
  • Voted YES on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare. (Jul 2008)
  • Voted NO on means-testing to determine Medicare Part D premium. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on allowing tribal Indians to opt out of federal healthcare. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted NO on limiting medical liability lawsuits to $250,000. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on expanding enrollment period for Medicare Part D. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on limiting medical malpractice lawsuits to $250,000 damages. (May 2004)
  • Voted NO on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted NO on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted NO on small business associations for buying health insurance. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted NO on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted NO on allowing suing HMOs, but under federal rules & limited award. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted NO on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999)
  • Rated 89% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record. (Dec 2003)
  • Improve services for people with autism & their families. (Apr 2007)
  • Establish a national childhood cancer database. (Mar 2007)
  • Increase funding for occupational & physical therapy. (Apr 2011)
  • Merge Alzheimers diagnosis and care benefit. (Apr 2013)
  • Preserve access to Medicaid & SCHIP during economic downturn. (Apr 2008)
  • Provide for treatment of autism under TRICARE. (Jun 2009)
  • Expand the National Health Service Corps. (Mar 2009)
Robert Menendez on Homeland Security
Click here for 28 full quotes on Homeland Security OR background on Homeland Security.
  • Battle terror without sacrificing our ideals. (Oct 2006)
  • Combat terrorism within court oversight to protect rights. (Sep 2006)
  • Punish terrorists within Geneva Convention. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on extending the PATRIOT Act's roving wiretaps. (Feb 2011)
  • Voted NO on cutting $221M in benefits to Filipinos who served in WWII US Army. (Apr 2008)
  • Voted YES on requiring FISA court warrant to monitor US-to-foreign calls. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted NO on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted YES on limiting soldiers' deployment to 12 months. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted YES on implementing the 9/11 Commission report. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on preserving habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on requiring CIA reports on detainees & interrogation methods. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted NO on federalizing rules for driver licenses to hinder terrorists. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted YES on continuing military recruitment on college campuses. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted YES on supporting new position of Director of National Intelligence. (Dec 2004)
  • Voted NO on adopting the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. (Oct 2004)
  • Voted YES on emergency $78B for war in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Apr 2003)
  • Voted NO 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)
  • Stopping Vieques bombing range good; sooner is better. (Jun 2001)
  • Rated 89% by SANE, indicating a pro-peace voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Sponsored bill giving higher priority to rail security. (Jul 2005)
  • Apply habeas corpus to Guantanamo detainees. (Jul 2007)
  • Repeal Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell, and reinstate discharged gays. (Mar 2010)
  • End bulk data collection under USA PATRIOT Act. (Oct 2013)
  • Restore habeas corpus for detainees in the War on Terror. (Jun 2007)
  • Establish global strategy to defeat al Qaeda. (Feb 2008)
Robert Menendez on Immigration
Click here for 14 full quotes on Immigration OR background on Immigration.
  • Enforcement-only means largest deportation in history. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities". (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on comprehensive immigration reform. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted NO 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 NO 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 giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship. (May 2006)
  • Voted NO on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on extending Immigrant Residency rules. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers. (Sep 1998)
  • Rated 0% by FAIR, indicating a voting record loosening immigration. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 0% by USBC, indicating an open-border stance. (Dec 2006)
Robert Menendez on Jobs
Click here for 15 full quotes on Jobs OR background on Jobs.
  • 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 NO on terminating legal challenges to English-only job rules. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on limiting farm subsidies to people earning under $750,000. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted YES on restricting employer interference in union organizing. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on increasing minimum wage to $7.25. (Feb 2007)
  • Voted NO on end offshore tax havens and promote small business. (Oct 2004)
  • Voted NO on $167B over 10 years for farm price supports. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO on zero-funding OSHA's Ergonomics Rules instead of $4.5B. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 93% by the AFL-CIO, indicating a pro-union voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Allow an Air Traffic Controller's Union. (Jan 2006)
  • Form unions by card-check instead of secret ballot. (Mar 2009)
  • Extend unemployment compensation during recession. (Jan 2008)
  • Ban discriminatory compensation; allow 2 years to sue. (Jan 2009)
  • Stronger enforcement against gender-based pay discrimination. (Jan 2009)
Robert Menendez on Principles & Values
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  • Voted with Democratic Party 95.7% of 325 votes. (Sep 2007)
  • Chosen as Corzine’s successor after long political career. (Dec 2005)
  • Appointed by governor-elect Jon Corzine to fill Senate seat. (Dec 2005)
  • American Dream is about keeping promise to other generations. (Dec 2005)
  • Priorities: affordable health care & college, and fair taxes. (Dec 2005)
  • America needs unity to face challenges of globalization. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on confirming of Sonia Sotomayor to Supreme Court. (Aug 2009)
  • Voted NO on confirming Samuel Alito as Supreme Court Justice. (Jan 2006)
  • Religious affiliation: Catholic. (Nov 2000)
  • Member of Congressional Hispanic Caucus. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 100% by the AU, indicating support of church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 0% by the AU, indicating support of separation of church & state. (Jan 2013)
Robert Menendez on Social Security
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  • At forefront of fighting privatizing our “sacred compact”. (Sep 2006)
  • Opposes privatization and fought Bush’s privatization scheme. (Sep 2006)
  • Against privatization; but says Kean has voted for it. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO 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 NO on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Reject proposals for private saving accounts. (May 2002)
  • Rated 90% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 90% by ARA, indicating a pro-Trust Fund stance. (Jan 2013)
Robert Menendez on Tax Reform
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  • Repealing the estate Tax only benefits the wealthiest 1%. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted NO on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on raising estate tax exemption to $5 million. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts. (Aug 2006)
  • Voted NO on permanently repealing the `death tax`. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES 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 NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted NO on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted NO on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • Rated 24% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 100% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
Robert Menendez 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 YES on increasing fines for indecent broadcasting. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted NO on promoting commercial human space flight industry. (Nov 2004)
  • Voted NO on banning Internet gambling by credit card. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing telephone monopolies to offer Internet access. (Feb 2002)
  • Facilitate nationwide 2-1-1 phone line for human services. (Jan 2007)
  • Require websites to police for copyrighted materials. (May 2011)
  • Overturn FCC approval of media consolidation. (Mar 2008)
Robert Menendez on War & Peace
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  • Appointed Senator in part due to anti-Iraq War vote. (Jun 2012)
  • Biggest mistake in Iraq was going there in the first place. (Sep 2006)
  • Iraq is a war of choice; based on misleading & false threats. (Sep 2006)
  • Opposes the war in Iraq. (Dec 2005)
  • Only votes for war that he’d send his own kids to fight. (Dec 2005)
  • The administration manipulated justifications for Iraq war. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES 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 YES on redeploying US troops out of Iraq by March 2008. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on redeploying troops out of Iraq by July 2007. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on approving removal of Saddam & valiant service of US troops. (Mar 2004)
  • Voted NO on authorizing military force in Iraq. (Oct 2002)
  • Voted NO on disallowing the invasion of Kosovo. (May 1999)
  • Deploy UN multinational peacekeeping force in Darfur. (Jul 2007)
  • Iranian nuclear weapons: prevention instead of containment. (May 2012)
  • Sanctions on Iran to end nuclear program. (Apr 2009)
Robert Menendez on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted NO on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted NO on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Increase the earned income tax credit. (Jan 1993)
  • Develop a strategy to eliminate extreme global poverty. (Dec 2007)


VoteMatch Responses
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VoteMatch Question & Answer
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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Judicial nominees must uphold Roe v. Wade: Favors topic 1
I support stem cell research 100%: Favors topic 1
Rated 100% by NARAL, indicating a pro-choice voting record: Strongly Favors topic 1
Sponsored bill for emergency contraception for rape victims: Favors topic 1
Rated 0% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-choice stance: Strongly Favors topic 1
Provide emergency contraception at military facilities: Favors topic 1
Let military perform abortions in cases of rape or incest: Favors topic 1
Require pharmacies to fulfill contraceptive prescriptions: Favors topic 1
Ban anti-abortion limitations on abortion services: Strongly Favors topic 1
Ensure access to and funding for contraception: Favors topic 1
Focus on preventing pregnancy, plus emergency contraception: Favors topic 1
Emergency contraception at all military health facilities: Strongly Favors topic 1
Teach teens about both abstinence & contraception: Favors topic 1
NO on barring transporting minors to get an abortion: Strongly Favors topic 1
NO on banning partial-birth abortions: Favors topic 1
NO on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad: Favors topic 1
NO on Unknown roll call for 2001-89: Favors topic 1
NO on funding for health providers who don't provide abortion info: Favors topic 1
NO on banning partial-birth abortion except to save mother’s life: Strongly Favors topic 1
NO on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions: Strongly Favors topic 1
YES on allowing human embryonic stem cell research: Favors topic 1
NO on prohibiting minors crossing state lines for abortion: Strongly Favors topic 1
NO on defining unborn child as eligible for SCHIP: Favors topic 1
NO on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions: Favors topic 1
YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines: Favors topic 1
NO on barring HHS grants to organizations that perform abortions: Favors topic 1
NO on restricting UN funding for population control policies: Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Support affirmative action in all government contracts: Strongly Favors topic 2
Constitutional Amendment for equal rights by gender: Strongly Favors topic 2
Recognize Juneteenth as historical end of slavery: Strongly Favors topic 2
Increase funding for occupational & physical therapy: Favors topic 2
Sponsored 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
Stricter sentencing for hate crimes: Favors topic 2
Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment: Strongly Favors topic 2
Reinforce anti-discrimination and equal-pay requirements: Favors topic 2
Ban discriminatory compensation; allow 2 years to sue: Favors topic 2
Stronger enforcement against gender-based pay discrimination: Favors topic 2
Honor the 100th anniversary of the NAACP: Favors topic 2
NO on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions: 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)
Supports 1-man-1-woman marriage, but don’t take away rights: Opposes topic 3
More funding and stricter sentencing for hate crimes: Strongly Favors topic 3
Rated 88% by the HRC, indicating a pro-gay-rights stance: Strongly Favors topic 3
ENDA: prohibit employment discrimination for gays: Favors topic 3
Repeal Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell, and reinstate discharged gays: Favors topic 3
Prohibit sexual-identity discrimination at schools: Strongly Favors topic 3
NO on banning gay adoptions in DC: Favors topic 3
NO on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage: Strongly Favors topic 3
Opposes topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(+2 points on Social scale)
Supports Amendment banning flag-burning, a uniting symbol: Favors topic 4
Supports anti-flag desecration amendment: Favors topic 4
Rated 15% by the Christian Coalition: an anti-Family-Value voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Rated 100% by the AU, indicating support of church-state separation: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Sex Ed including both abstinence and contraception: Opposes topic 4
Comprehensive sex ed for sexually-active adolescents: Opposes topic 4
Rated 0% by the AU, indicating support of separation of church & state: Strongly Opposes topic 4
NO on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer: Strongly Opposes topic 4
YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations: Favors topic 4
NO on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks: Strongly Opposes topic 4
NO on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror: Strongly Opposes topic 4
YES on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration: Favors topic 4
NO on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance: Opposes topic 4
YES on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration: Favors topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Don’t choose between filling prescriptions and refrigerator: Strongly Favors topic 5
Additional taxes on wealthiest 1%, for medical coverage: Strongly Favors topic 5
Don’t force choice of filling prescriptions or refrigerator: Strongly Favors topic 5
Rated 89% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record: Strongly Favors topic 5
Merge Alzheimers diagnosis and care benefit: Favors topic 5
Preserve access to Medicaid & SCHIP during economic downturn: Strongly Favors topic 5
Provide for treatment of autism under TRICARE: Favors topic 5
Expand the National Health Service Corps: Strongly Favors topic 5
NO on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts: Favors topic 5
NO on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage: Favors topic 5
NO on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs: Opposes topic 5
NO on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits: Favors topic 5
NO on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients: Favors topic 5
NO on allowing tribal Indians to opt out of federal healthcare: Strongly Favors topic 5
NO on means-testing to determine Medicare Part D premium: Favors topic 5
NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts: Favors topic 5
YES on expanding enrollment period for Medicare Part D: Favors topic 5
NO on limiting medical liability lawsuits to $250,000: Opposes topic 5
YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D: Favors topic 5
YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility: Favors topic 5
YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare: Favors topic 5
YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program: Favors topic 5
YES on regulating tobacco as a drug: Favors topic 5
Strongly Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-5 points on Economic scale)
At forefront of fighting privatizing our “sacred compact”: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Opposes privatization and fought Bush’s privatization scheme: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Against privatization; but says Kean has voted for it: Opposes topic 6
Reject proposals for private saving accounts: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Rated 90% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Rated 90% by ARA, indicating a pro-Trust Fund stance: Strongly Opposes topic 6
YES on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox: Opposes topic 6
NO on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits: Opposes topic 6
YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable: Favors topic 6
NO on establishing reserve funds & pre-funding for Social Security: Opposes topic 6
Strongly Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Rated 100% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes: Strongly Opposes topic 7
NO on allowing vouchers in DC schools: Opposes topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
No 'rights' to clean air and water
(+5 points on Social scale)
Supports the Polluter Pays Principle: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Remove PCBs from Hudson River by dredging 200 miles: Opposes topic 8
Rated 95% by the LCV, indicating pro-environment votes: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Grants for beach water pollution under Clean Water Act: Opposes topic 8
Regulate all dog breeders down to kennels of 50 dogs: Opposes topic 8
Strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting: Strongly Opposes topic 8
NO on deauthorizing "critical habitat" for endangered species: Strongly Opposes topic 8
YES on protecting ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems: Opposes topic 8
NO on prohibiting eminent domain for use as parks or grazing land: Opposes topic 8
Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-3 points on Social scale)
Rated 60% by CURE, indicating mixed votes on rehabilitation: Neutral on topic 9
Increase funding for "COPS ON THE BEAT" program: Opposes topic 9
Reduce recidivism by giving offenders a Second Chance: Strongly Opposes topic 9
NO on replacing death penalty with life imprisonment: Strongly Favors 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 funding for alternative sentencing instead of more prisons.: Strongly Favors topic 9
YES on reinstating $1.15 billion funding for the COPS Program: Opposes topic 9
Strongly Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Additional controls on handguns and rifles: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Rated F by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Close the Gun Show Loophole; restrict show sales: Opposes topic 10
Ban large-capacity ammunition: Opposes topic 10
NO on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1: Strongly Opposes topic 10
NO on prohibiting suing gunmakers & sellers for gun misuse: Strongly Opposes topic 10
NO on prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers: Strongly Opposes topic 10
YES on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets: Strongly Opposes topic 10
NO on prohibiting foreign & UN aid that restricts US gun ownership: Opposes topic 10
NO on allowing firearms in checked baggage on Amtrak trains: Opposes topic 10
Strongly Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Repealing the estate Tax only benefits the wealthiest 1%: Strongly Favors topic 11
Rated 24% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes: Strongly Favors topic 11
Rated 100% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on eliminating the "marriage penalty": Favors topic 11
NO on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business: Favors topic 11
NO on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years: Favors topic 11
NO on reducing Marriage Tax by $399B over 10 years: Favors topic 11
NO on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"): Favors topic 11
NO on making the Bush tax cuts permanent: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on providing tax relief and simplification: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset: Favors topic 11
YES on $47B for military by repealing capital gains tax cut: Favors topic 11
YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends: Strongly Opposes topic 11
NO on permanently repealing the `death tax`: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on raising estate tax exemption to $5 million: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax: Strongly Favors topic 11
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+5 points on Social scale)
Enforcement-only means largest deportation in history: Favors topic 12
Enforcement-only means largest deportation in history: Strongly Favors topic 12
Rated 0% by FAIR, indicating a voting record loosening immigration: Strongly Favors topic 12
Rated 0% by USBC, indicating an open-border stance: Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers: Favors topic 12
YES on extending Immigrant Residency rules: Favors topic 12
NO on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment: Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities": Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security: Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship: Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on establishing a Guest Worker program: Favors topic 12
NO on building a fence along the Mexican border: Strongly Favors topic 12
NO on eliminating the "Y" nonimmigrant guestworker program: Neutral topic 12
NO on declaring English as the official language of the US government: Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on comprehensive immigration reform: Strongly Favors topic 12
Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Rated 28% by CATO, indicating a pro-fair trade voting record: 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
NO on withdrawing from the WTO: Strongly Favors topic 13
NO on implementing US-Singapore free trade agreement: Strongly Opposes topic 13
YES on implementing free trade agreement with Chile: Strongly Favors topic 13
YES on implementing US-Australia Free Trade Agreement: Favors topic 13
NO on end offshore tax havens and promote small business: Favors topic 13
NO on implementing CAFTA, Central America Free Trade: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NO on free trade agreement with Oman: Strongly Opposes topic 13
YES on promoting free trade with Peru: Favors topic 13
Strongly Opposes topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Apply habeas corpus to Guantanamo detainees: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Restore habeas corpus for detainees in the War on Terror: Opposes topic 14
YES on withholding $244M in UN Back Payments until US seat restored: Strongly Favors topic 14
NO on reforming the UN by restricting US funding: Strongly Opposes topic 14
YES on requiring FISA court warrant to monitor US-to-foreign calls: Opposes topic 14
YES on preserving habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees: Strongly Opposes topic 14
YES on requiring CIA reports on detainees & interrogation methods: Strongly Opposes topic 14
NO on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-3 points on Social scale)
Rated 89% by SANE, indicating a pro-peace voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 15
YES on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill: Favors topic 15
YES on deploying SDI: Favors topic 15
YES on emergency $78B for war in Iraq & Afghanistan: Strongly Favors topic 15
YES on continuing military recruitment on college campuses: Favors topic 15
YES on limiting soldiers' deployment to 12 months: Opposes topic 15
Favors topic 16:
More enforcement of the right to vote
(+2 points on Social scale)
Keep campaign soft money; allow legal resident contributions: Opposes topic 16
Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures: Strongly Favors topic 16
Prohibit 'voter caging' which intimidates minority voting: 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 establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity: Favors topic 16
NO on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress: Strongly Favors topic 16
Favors topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(+2 points on Social scale)
Biggest mistake in Iraq was going there in the first place: Strongly Favors topic 17
Iraq is a war of choice; based on misleading & false threats: Strongly Favors 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 authorizing military force in Iraq: Strongly Favors topic 17
YES on redeploying troops out of Iraq by July 2007: Strongly Favors topic 17
YES on redeploying US troops out of Iraq by March 2008: Strongly Favors topic 17
YES on redeploying non-essential US troops out of Iraq in 9 months: Favors topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Past due time to ratify the Kyoto Protocol: Strongly Favors topic 18
Preserve Alaska's ANWR instead of drilling it: Favors topic 18
Establish greenhouse gas tradeable allowances: Strongly Favors topic 18
Sign on to UN Framework Convention on Climate Change: Strongly Favors topic 18
Designate sensitive ANWR area as protected wilderness: Favors topic 18
Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025: Strongly Favors topic 18
Let states define stricter-than-federal emission standards: Strongly Favors topic 18
Gas tax holiday for the summer: Opposes topic 18
YES on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on raising CAFE standards; incentives for alternative fuels: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on prohibiting oil drilling & development in ANWR: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on authorizing construction of new oil refineries: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases: Favors topic 18
YES on factoring global warming into federal project planning: Favors topic 18
YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on addressing CO2 emissions without considering India & China: Favors topic 18
YES on tax incentives for energy production and conservation: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on requiring full Senate debate and vote on cap-and-trade: Favors topic 18
NO on protecting middle-income taxpayers from a national energy tax: Favors topic 18
YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program: Favors topic 18
Strongly Opposes topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(+5 points on Social scale)
Review current marijuana laws for cases of incurable disease: Opposes topic 19
NO on subjecting federal employees to random drug tests: Strongly Opposes topic 19
NO on prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC: Strongly Opposes topic 19
NO on military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Strongly Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Rated 86% by UFCW, indicating an anti-management/pro-labor record: Favors topic 20
YES on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million: Strongly Favors topic 20
YES on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package: Strongly Favors topic 20
YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending: Strongly Favors topic 20

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