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Charlie Crist, Jr.'s Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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  • "47 years ago today, #RoeVWade said that a person’s body belongs to them. The right to an abortion is about dignity, privacy, choice, and self-determination, and I will continue to fight for the reproductive rights of all Americans." (twitter.com)
  • "Charlie believes that government should stay out of personal health decisions between a woman and her doctor." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by the Planned PArenthood Action Fund. (votesmart.org)
  • "The Republican-led Congress and White House missed a great opportunity to work in a bipartisan way to simplify the tax code and make it work better for the American people, particularly the middle class. Instead, we have a hyper-partisan product that writes the rigged economy into law -- while creating major disruption in the healthcare marketplace, damaging our environment, and jacking up the national debt to new heights," said Crist. "Massive cuts for big corporations and the wealthiest will only further shrink our middle class and stack the cards against small businesses. Exploding the deficit saddles future generations, limiting their economic prospects. And slashing Medicare by $25 billion breaks a promise to our seniors." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 5% by the National Tax Limitation Committee. (votesmart.org)
  • "The President's proposal cuts taxes for corporations and the very wealthy while increasing the national debt by an astronomical amount. While I support middle class tax cuts and agree we need both a simpler tax code and a business tax rate that is more competitive with our global competitors, we can't afford to saddle future generations with trillions in new debt. I view this proposal as an opening bid in a broader conversation about reforming our nation's tax policies and welcome the debate." (votesmart.org)
  • "Expanding health care is the right thing to do for our economy and our people. We're missing out on billions!" (twitter.com)
  • "I came to Congress to fight for the over 170,000 Pinellas seniors I am honored to represent. I'm proud to deliver a bill honoring that promise, protecting the Social Security benefits they depend on and eliminating the double taxation impacting 80 percent of American seniors," said Crist. "This legislation is fully paid for several times over. By asking the top two percent to pay their fair share into Social Security -- the same that is asked of middle class families -- we put the program on a solid fiscal foundation for future generations. Providing a tax cut to middle class seniors while increasing the sustainability of Social Security is something everyone in Congress can -- and should -- agree on." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (votesmart.org)
  • "Seniors earned their Social Security and Medicare benefits. And the very poor and disabled would be lost without Medicaid. It is our duty as elected representatives to protect them, which strengthens the fabric of our nation, making society healthier and communities stronger." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - For the People Act of 2019. (votesmart.org)
  • "I could not be more proud of the new House Majority for passing the For the People Act. This bill delivers on the promise to restore American democracy to the American people -- and not the moneyed special interests," Rep. Crist said. "Floridians are ahead of the curve on many of these provisions including ex-offender voting rights restoration, fair districts, transparency, and Souls to the Polls - which my amendment would guarantee as federal law. I can confidently say that with passage of H.R.1, this is officially the "People's House.'" (votesmart.org)
  • "Americans trust in government is nearing an all-time low. Driving this historic mistrust is the public's belief that concentrated money in politics has undue influence on our political system. In fact, a recent survey found that Americans -- from across the political spectrum -- identified money in politics as the number one cause for dysfunction in Washington, D.C. In the face of this reality, it would be unconscionable to exploit the must-pass FY18 omnibus spending agreement to further erode our nation's campaign finance system." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 7120 - George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020. (votesmart.org)
  • "The road to justice is long and winding, but today we have an historic chance to fight an historic wrong. This is not about right versus left, it’s about right versus wrong. I urge Senate Republicans and the President to do the right thing and support the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act." (crist.house.gov)
  • "Although not perfect – no compromise is – the Bipartisan Budget Act is a win for the middle class. It will provide the American people with two years of budget certainty, significantly reducing the risk of a shutdown, while making needed investments in veterans, national defense, medical research, infrastructure, and education." (crist.house.gov)
  • Signed a letter stating: "Absent a bipartisan agreement to avoid sequestration, across the board cuts to defense and nondefense spending will disrupt the most essential functions of our government and drastically increase economic uncertainty." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "Preserving the agreement in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 that required increased spending to be spread evenly between defense spending and non-defense discretionary accounts which have both been harmed by the ongoing sequester;" (votesmart.org)
  • "Strong #bipartisan passage of #NDAA shows Congress can and should work together to keep our families safe – providing for our men & women in uniform and our national defense." (twitter.com)
  • Signed a letter stating: "As you continue your work on the fiscal year 2018 budget request for the Department of Defense (DoD), we urge you to include the funding necessary to complete the U.S. Navy's stated requirements for strategic dispersal of capital ships by making Naval Station Mayport capable of homeporting a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier (CVN). While we understand the realities of the fiscal environment, our Navy overleverages risk to our carrier fleet by having only one CVN homeport on the Eastern seaboard. Not only are our operational CVN in jeopardy, but our future capital ships under construction are practically co-located, risking tens of billions of dollars of assets as well as our ability to project power abroad now and in the future." (votesmart.org)
  • "Had a great tour of @FlyTPA. So important to invest in airports & infrastructure that support our tourism industry - HUGE economic driver!" (twitter.com)
  • "Charlie believes that we need to invest in infrastructure like roads, bridges, and ports." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "Infrastructure projects are consistently evaluated as the best return on government investments, so investing in our infrastructure is more than just good politics, it is good economics. Supporting the movement of people and goods on our nation's roads, railways, bridges, ports, and airports is crucial to driving investment in our communities. Working together on infrastructure is an area where we can show the American people that we are fighting to deliver on this shared priority. The New Democrat Coalition is eager to take advantage of this opportunity to bring our infrastructure into the 21st Century, and we look forward to working with you in a bipartisan way to achieve this goal." (votesmart.org)
  • "The President's proposal cuts taxes for corporations and the very wealthy while increasing the national debt by an astronomical amount. While I support middle class tax cuts and agree we need both a simpler tax code and a business tax rate that is more competitive with our global competitors, we can't afford to saddle future generations with trillions in new debt. I view this proposal as an opening bid in a broader conversation about reforming our nation's tax policies and welcome the debate." (votesmart.org)
  • "Rick Scott has used tax breaks to lure companies to FL - but those jobs still don't exist:" (twitter.com)
  • "The Republican-led Congress and White House missed a great opportunity to work in a bipartisan way to simplify the tax code and make it work better for the American people, particularly the middle class. Instead, we have a hyper-partisan product that writes the rigged economy into law -- while creating major disruption in the healthcare marketplace, damaging our environment, and jacking up the national debt to new heights," said Crist. "Massive cuts for big corporations and the wealthiest will only further shrink our middle class and stack the cards against small businesses. Exploding the deficit saddles future generations, limiting their economic prospects. And slashing Medicare by $25 billion breaks a promise to our seniors." (votesmart.org)
  • "Mr. Speaker, I add my voice in support of the CARES Act. This sweeping, bipartisan legislation is the work of a Congress that soberly understands the gravity of the emergency facing our nation. It is only because Congress has set aside partisanship and disagreements that I am able to say, help, my friends, is on the way." (votesmart.org)
  • "The American people need their government to lend them a helping hand during these difficult times, and that’s exactly what the #PeoplesHouse did today. For families in Pinellas and across the country - proud to support passage of this legislation." (twitter.com)
  • "When it comes to curriculum, Charlie supports the Common Core standards, but he wants to work with parents to make sure they are implemented in a way that work for Florida schools." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by National Education Association. (votesmart.org)
  • "Charlie will work to remove big utility companies' monopoly and will let smaller companies who specialize in renewable energy compete by making it easier and cheaper for you to put solar on your home or business -- as well as encourage investments in solar and wind fields." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 9 - Climate Action Now Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "Sunshine is Florida's greatest renewable resource, and the solar tax credit makes it cheaper and easier to turn our God-given sunlight into clean, endless energy," said Crist. "If Congress fails to act, the Solar Credit will begin to sunset next year, fading away completely for homeowners by 2023. Now is the time to keep our foot on the solar accelerator. The Sunshine Forever Act will fight Florida's greatest threat of climate change with our best resource -- the sun!" (votesmart.org)
  • "Florida is the sunshine state, yet it is also home to some of the most restrictive laws in the country against solar energy investment. Charlie will work with the legislature to create a more open market to allow investors to grow Florida's solar energy sector -- a move that will both reduce our dependence on coal and oil and also create jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "We urge you to maintain the pollution limits established by the CPP and set our country on a clear path to combat climate change, reduce emissions, and preserve the health and safety of the American people." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 97% by League of Conservation Voters. (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "As of May 24, 2017, one hundred forty-seven parties of the one hundred ninety-five signatories to the Paris Agreement have ratified, accepted, or approved the Paris Agreement, including the United States. The Paris Agreement creates a framework for nations to pledge to decrease their greenhouse gas emissions. Further, the agreement recognizes climate change as a concern of humankind, which effect human health, food sustainability, and economic development. A large majority of scientists and governments acknowledge that stabilizing the concentration of greenhouse gases and avoiding further climate degradation will require a unified plan by all major emitters. This is an opportunity for the United States to expand and lead in new low-carbon energy technologies" (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 9 - Climate Action Now Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by the National Rifle Association (votesmart.org)
  • "Let’s instead pass highly popular, common-sense measures to #EndGunViolence, like strengthening our background check system to keep guns out of the hands of the dangerously mentally ill!" (twitter.com)
  • "Today, U.S. Representatives Ted Deutch (D-FL), Thomas J. Rooney (R-FL), Pete King (R-NY), Charlie Crist (D-FL), Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), and Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) introduced a bipartisan bill which would raise the minimum age requirement from 18 to 21 for gun buyers purchasing any firearm, including shotguns or rifles, from federally licensed dealers. Currently, the federal minimum age requirement to purchase handguns is 21, while the minimum age requirement for shotguns or rifles is 18" (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman Charlie Crist (D-St. Petersburg) released the following statement on his strong opposition to today's vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act: "Republicans are rushing to the floor a partisan healthcare repeal bill. No one has read it -- and no one knows how much it costs! What we do know is frightening: 24 million Americans will lose their healthcare, insurance companies will be able to again deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions, seniors will pay five times more for their insurance, and the poor and disabled will be seriously harmed through massive Medicaid cuts." (votesmart.org)
  • "As Governor, Charlie will make increasing the number of people with health insurance a priority. Unlike Governor Scott, who has turned over responsibility for running the health insurance exchange to the federal government, Charlie will run the exchange right here in Florida, so that we can provide access to types of insurance that Floridians need -- and we'll be able to hold Florida government workers accountable for technology or other issues." (votesmart.org)
  • "Message from #FL13 is clear: #RejectRepeal & #ProtectOurCare! Calls/emails since #Trumpcare introduced: 1,444 (96%!) support ACA – 53 oppose" (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "Thank you to the dedicated retail and grocery workers working selflessly to help their neighbors during the #COVID19 pandemic. We must continue to fight for fair pay and paid sick leave for workers during this crisis and beyond!" (twitter.com)
  • "The merits of building a contiguous physical wall along our southern border are highly questionable -- questioned by elected officials on both sides of the aisle. But what's even more concerning is the idea that it could be paid for by taxing imports from Mexico by an additional 20 percent," said Crist. "That's essentially asking the American people and American businesses to pay for the wall, through higher costs on the products we import from Mexico everyday, from clothes to cars. I hope the Administration abandons this misguided proposal." (votesmart.org)
  • "Let me be clear, I strongly oppose President Trump's proposed border wall. I supported efforts to strike it from this legislation supporting our troops and our veterans. It will not make our nation safer, will not reduce unlawful crossings, and will hurt our environment. The provision can and should be eliminated in negotiations with the Senate." (votesmart.org)
  • "The Trump Administration wants new fees on already sky-high flood insurance to pay for the border wall? HECK NO! (wapo.st)
  • "Today, the House took the first step in bringing 2.5 million people out of the shadows, creating a pathway to citizenship. Dreamers and TPS holders are Americans in every way, except on paper. Brought by their families to the United States in search of a better life, many Dreamers were small children when they first arrived in the states, and have built their lives knowing the U.S. as their only home." (votesmart.org)
  • "People have been coming to Florida for generations for a shot at a better life and a chance to live in paradise. Today, we are one of the most diverse states in the nation, and that diversity gives us a competitive edge. We must do more to encourage talented people to call Florida home." (votesmart.org)
  • "We must immediately pass legislation that allows the children of undocumented parents to attend Florida colleges and universities at in-state tuition levels. It simply isn't fair to punish children of undocumented parents." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "We are writing to urge that you do not withhold certification on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) absent credible evidence of a material breach with Iran. Nonetheless, we are united in our belief that enforcing this agreement to the fullest extent will provide the United States with more leverage to stop a potential Iranian nuclear weapons program and push back on Iran's destabilizing activities." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "Increase Economic Pressure on North Korea Through the Imposition and Effective Enforcement of Sanctions ... Enhance U.S. Diplomatic Efforts, Especially Crisis Management Channels." (votesmart.org)
  • "Tearing up the Iran deal, an international agreement to block their efforts to gain a nuclear weapon, is short-sighted and misguided. It divides the international coalition created to hold Iran accountable to a robust compliance regime and does nothing to advance U.S. interests. President Trump's decision to withdraw from this agreement undermines America's credibility, strengthens the hand of pro-nuclear weapon hard liners in Iran, and makes the Middle East an even less stable place." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "Working with our allies and partners, we urge you to maintain and increase pressure on Iran and Russia to constrain their destabilizing activities. America must continue economic and diplomatic efforts to counter Iran's support for Hezbollah and other terrorist groups as well as Russia's support for the brutal Assad regime. We encourage full implementation of sanctions authorized in the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), a broadly supported bipartisan bill that you signed into law. Clear and sustained American action and close coordination with our allies and partners can send an important message of resolve to malign actors in the region." (votesmart.org)
  • "Congress must also do its part and return immediately from recess to debate an Authorization for Use of Military Force to determine a comprehensive strategy for the United States and our allies. We need clear objectives to end this crisis to protect our troops and the Syrian people. This week's events also speak to the urgent need to help refugees fleeing violence and persecution. Assad's sarin gas attacks on his own people are a disturbing reminder why Syrians have been fleeing the country. The international community, including the United States, cannot turn our backs to their suffering and need." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H J Res 37 - Directing the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress. (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "American auto workers, parts suppliers and retailers, dealers, vehicle service providers, and millions of consumers depend on a healthy and competitive U.S. auto industry. As you know, this vital sector employs nearly four percent of our total private sector workforce and is a key engine that powers our economy. However, if tariffs were to be implemented, new vehicle prices will likely increase, threatening hundreds of thousands of jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • "An unnecessary trade war with some of our closest partners is already having real, negative consequences for our economy and the newspaper industry in particular. The Tampa Bay Times recently announced 50 employees would be laid off due to new tariffs -- shrinking newsrooms at a time when thoughtful, credible reporting is needed most," said Crist when introducing the PRINT Act. "Newspapers are an integral part of our communities, employing our neighbors and keeping us informed. It's encouraging to see bipartisan and bicameral support for protecting local news." (votesmart.org)
  • "Newspapers = local jobs & informed community. Let’s protect from harmful trade war!" (twitter.com)
  • "Reducing international barriers to getting U.S. goods to market helps Florida’s farmers, manufacturers and workers," Crist said in an interview with Florida Business Daily. "A revised NAFTA should bring our partners more in line with America’s labor standards, and we still have work to do on the issue of specialty crops and drug prices." (crist.house.gov)
This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.
The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.

a) Abortions should always be legally available.
b) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
c) Abortions should be legal only when the pregnancy resulted from incest, rape, or when the life of the woman is endangered.
d) Abortions should be legal only when the life of the woman is endangered.
e) Abortions should always be illegal.
f) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and notification requirements as decided by each state government.
X g) Prohibit the late-term abortion procedure known as "partial-birth" abortion.
h) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
i) Other

1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only.2) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following defense-related categories. Select one number (level) only.4) Indicate how you would apply the expected federal budget surplus.

Slightly Increase a) AIDS programs
Eliminate b) Arts funding
Slightly Increase c) Education (K-12)
Slightly Increase d) Environmental programs
Slightly Decrease e) Foreign aid
Maintain Status f) Housing projects
Maintain Status g) Job training programs
Greatly Increase h) Law enforcement
Slightly Increase i) Medicaid
Slightly Increase j) Medicare
Slightly Increase k) NASA
Slightly Increase l) Student loan programs
Greatly Decrease m) Welfare
n) Other
o) Other
p) Other
Slightly Increase a) Armed Forces personnel training
Slightly Increase b) CIA appropriations
Maintain Status c) Defense plant conversion
Slightly Increase d) Development of new weapons
Slightly Increase e) Military hardware
Slightly Increase f) Military space shuttle missions
Greatly Increase g) National Missile Defense Program
Greatly Increase h) Pay for active duty personnel
i) Other
Yes 3) Do you support amending the U.S. Constitution to require an annual balanced federal budget?
X a) Social Security
b) Medicare
X c) Tax cuts
X d) Federal debt reduction
e) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance reform.

a) Remove all legislative limits on campaign financing.
b) Establish spending limits on congressional campaigns.
c) Provide public funding for federal candidates who comply with campaign spending limits.
d) Support legislation that would increase the federal limits on individual contributions.
e) Strengthen and enforce legislation that encourages full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information.
f) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
g) Provide free or low-cost television advertising to candidates who agree to voluntary campaign spending limits.
h) Ban the unregulated campaign contributions known as soft money.
i) Pass legislation banning issue advocacy commercials by outside groups within 60 days of an election.
j) Prohibit non-U.S. citizens from making contributions to federal campaigns.
X k) Other
Term Limits and enforce Existing Laws & instant contribution reporting.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.

X a) Broaden use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
X b) Increase spending to build more federal prisons.
X c) Impose "truth in sentencing" for violent criminals so they serve full sentences with no chance of parole.
X d) Fund programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
X e) Expand funding for community policing programs.
X f) Increase penalties for the possession of any illegal firearms.
X g) Prosecute youths accused of a felony as adults.
X h) Increase funding for local Boys & Girls Clubs and other independent organizations in communities with at-risk youth.
i) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
X j) Deport all permanent resident aliens convicted of a felony.
k) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning illegal drugs.

X a) Increase penalties for selling illegal drugs.
X b) Impose mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
X c) Impose capital punishment for convicted international drug traffickers.
X d) Strengthen current laws dealing with non-controlled substances, including inhalants and commercially available pills.
X e) Increase funding of federally-sponsored drug education and drug treatment programs.
f) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
X g) Increase funding for border security to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the U.S.
h) Other

1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the economy and employment.2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding affirmative action and discrimination.

X a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment.
X b) Increase funding for national job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
X c) Reduce government regulations on the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
X d) Establish empowerment zones in areas with large numbers of unemployed people.
e) Eliminate any federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
f) Increase the minimum wage.
X g) Pass legislation that encourages employers to offer their employees the options of flex-time scheduling, comp-time and unpaid leave to attend to their family responsibilities.
X h) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide on-site child care.
a) The federal government should consider race and sex in making government contracting decisions.
b) The federal government should continue affirmative action programs only if such programs do not include quotas.
X c) The federal government should discontinue affirmative action programs.
X d) The federal government should prosecute cases of discrimination in the public sector.
X e) The federal government should prosecute cases of discrimination in the private sector.
f) The federal government should include sexual orientation in its anti-discrimination laws.
g) Other

1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning education.

X a) Support national standards and testing in reading and math.
X b) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any publicly funded school.
X c) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any participating school: public, private or religious.
X d) Allow parents to use tax-free savings accounts to send their children to any publicly funded school.
X e) Allow parents to use tax-free savings accounts to send their children to any participating school: public, private or religious.
X f) Support creation of more charter schools where teachers and professionals receive authorization and funding to establish new schools.
X g) Give all federal education funding to states in the form of block grants and allow them to spend it as they see fit.
X h) Support voluntary teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
X i) Increase funding for block grants to states to help them hire additional teachers.
j) Other
Yes 2) Do you support amending the U.S. Constitution to guarantee the right to religious expression and voluntary prayer in public places, including schools?

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources.

X a) Require the state to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses on privately owned land.
X b) Strengthen the Clean Water Act.
c) Change the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to limit the number of habitats eligible to be designated as endangered.
d) Increase fees charged to ranchers who graze cattle on federal lands.
e) Revise the 1872 mining law to increase the fees charged to mining companies using federal lands.
X f) Encourage development of alternative fuels to reduce pollution.
X g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks.
h) Increase federal taxes on gasoline and diesel fuels to promote conservation and alternative fuel development.
i) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels.
X j) Impose stricter national air quality standards.
k) Adhere to the United Nations treaty regarding global climate change.
l) Strengthen the restrictions on clear-cutting on federal lands.
m) Other

Indicate which level of government that should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only.

Federal a) Border security
Federal b) Civil rights enforcement
Local c) Education
State d) Environmental cleanup
State e) Job training
State f) Law enforcement
Federal g) Low-income housing
Federal h) Medicaid
Federal i) Medicare
Federal j) Transportation infrastructure (highways, roads, bridges)
Federal k) Welfare
l) Other

1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Bosnia/former Yugoslavia.2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the Middle East.3) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the United States-United Nations relationship.

a) The U.S. should lift the arms embargo against Bosnia-Herzegovina.
b) The U.S. should maintain a military presence in Bosnia-Herzegovina with a certain deadline for withdrawal.
c) The U.S. should maintain a military presence in Bosnia-Herzegovina without a certain deadline for withdrawal.
X d) Other
a) The U.S. should resolve future disputes with Iraq through diplomatic means.
b) The U.S. should take unilateral military action if Iraq does not comply with all accepted UN resolutions.
c) The U.S. should take military action against Iraq only as part of an international effort.
d) The U.S. should not continue to play a prominent leadership role in the peace process between Israel and Palestine.
e) Other
a) The U.S. should contribute more funding and troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions.
b) The U.S. should contribute less funding and troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions.
X c) The U.S. should participate in UN peacekeeping missions only when vital U.S. interests are involved.
d) The U.S. should not commit military troops to UN peacekeeping missions.
e) The U.S. should withdraw from the UN completely.
f) The U.S. should pay its debt to the United Nations.
g) Other
4) Should the U.S. have diplomatic and trade relations with Cuba?
5) Should the U.S. recognize and extend full diplomatic relations to Taiwan?
We should pull out.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.

a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons.
b) Increase federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
c) Maintain federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
d) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
X e) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms by law-abiding citizens.
X f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms.
g) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks with firearms.
h) Other

1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues in America.

a) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care.
b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income.
c) Implement a government-financed, single-payer national health care system similar to that of Canada.
X d) Support health care strategies focused on prevention, including health education and natural medicines and remedies.
X e) Support legislation to define and enforce the rights of insured patients, including greater access to specialists and emergency rooms, wider choice of health care providers, and appeal mechanisms when claims are denied.
X f) Allow small business owners, the self-employed and workers whose employers do not provide health insurance to have the same deductibility for health costs as corporations and large employers.
X g) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts, which would be taxed if used for any purpose other than medical costs.
h) Establish limits on the amount of damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
i) Allow states and local communities to use federal funds for needle-exchange programs to combat the spread of HIV.
j) Classify nicotine as a drug and cigarettes as drug delivery devices, which should be regulated by the Federal Food and Drug Administration.
X k) Provide citizens age 55-65 the option of purchasing Medicare health coverage.
Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration.

a) Decrease the number of immigrants allowed into the country.
b) Increase the eligibility of legal immigrants for certain social programs (i.e. HUD housing, food stamps).
c) Require the Immigration and Naturalization Service to reduce to six months the time between applying for citizenship and taking the oath of allegiance.
d) Provide extra federal aid to states with higher numbers of immigrants for necessary medical and social services.
e) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children.
f) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive U.S. citizenship.
g) Increase the immigration quota for computer scientists and other information technology workers.
h) Establish English as the official and recognized language of the United States government.
i) Other
The American people have consistently mentioned the decline of morals and ethics in America as a major problem facing the country. On an attached page, in fifty words or less, explain what you will do as a member of Congress to address this concern.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security.

a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage.
b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which are managed by the government.
c) Invest Social Security's assets collectively in stocks and bonds instead of U.S. Treasury securities.
d) Increase the payroll tax to finance the program in its current form.
X e) Invest a portion of the budget surplus into the Social Security trust fund.
f) Increase the minimum age that determines when retirees are able to receive full Social Security benefits.
g) Lower Social Security's annual cost-of-living increases.
h) Limit Social Security benefits based on recipients' other income and assets.
i) Require individuals to pay the Social Security tax on income above $68,400, which is currently exempt.
j) Other

1) Indicate the levels you support concerning taxes in the following categories. Select one number (level) only.Income Taxes:Other Tax Issues:

Greatly Decrease a) Retiree income over $40,000
Greatly Decrease b) Family income less than $25,000
Greatly Decrease c) Family income $25-75,000
Greatly Decrease d) Family income $75-150,000
Greatly Decrease e) Family income over $150,000
Greatly Decrease f) Alcohol taxes
Eliminate g) Capital gains taxes
Greatly Increase h) Charitable deductions
Greatly Increase i) Child tax credit
Greatly Decrease j) Cigarette taxes
Greatly Decrease k) Corporate income taxes
Slightly Increase l) Earned Income Tax Credit
Eliminate m) Estate taxes
Greatly Increase n) Medical expense deductions
Slightly Increase o) Mortgage deductions
p) Other
q) Other
Yes 2) Do you support replacing the U.S. income tax structure with a flat income tax?
Yes 3) Do you support eliminating the Internal Revenue Service?
Yes 4) Do you support instituting a national sales tax?
5) Should a married couple filing jointly pay the same taxes as if they were an unmarried couple filing separately?
Yes 6) Do you support requiring a super-majority vote in both houses of Congress to raise taxes?
7) Other

If you support term limits, how many terms should each serve?

Yes 1) Do you support amending the Constitution to limit the number of terms which members of Congress can serve?
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No 1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
No 2) Do you support broadening NAFTA to include other countries in the western hemisphere?
Yes 3) Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
Yes 4) Do you support the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
Yes 5) Do you support imposing tariffs on products imported from nations that maintain restrictive trade barriers on American products?
Yes 6) Should a nation's human rights record affect its "most favored nation" trading status with the United States?
No 7) Do you support granting the President "fast-track" authority?

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding poverty and the welfare system.

a) Provide tax incentives for companies to hire and train homeless people who want to work.
b) Increase funding of homeless shelters and low income housing projects.
c) Increase funds for housing assistance for welfare recipients who need housing to get or keep a job.
d) Provide homeless families with apartment vouchers they can use to supplement the cost of an apartment.
e) Continue to give states and local governments responsibility for welfare programs through block grants.
f) Eliminate federal funds for welfare programs at the federal, state or local levels.
g) Maintain current welfare-to-work requirements in order for states to qualify for block grants.
h) Convert government-funded low-income housing projects into private housing, managed and owned by the residents.
i) Require that unwed teenage mothers live with a parent or guardian (if possible) and attend school to receive benefits.
j) Other
Please explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional government funding needed to implement these priorities.

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