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Richard Neal's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (MA) - District 1, Democratic

On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House (MA) - District 1

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  • Signed a letter stating: "We write today in strong opposition to two interim final rules (IFRs) released on October 6, 2017, that may leave women across the United States without access to health insurance coverage for birth control. We call on the Administration to rescind these IFRs and restore policies that facilitate access to affordable contraception for millions of women." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood. (votesmart.org)
  • "President Trump’s tax proposal does not do nearly enough for working families and small businesses in this country," (waysandmeans.house.gov)
  • "As health care costs soar & Republicans continue their despicable attacks on people with pre-existing conditions, the GOP wants to give yet another unpaid-for tax cut to the wealthiest Americans. And where are working people? Stuck paying for it all." (twitter.com)
  • "Our tax system is too complicated and favors the wealthy and corporations over middle-class families. Republicans recently enacted a tax bill that makes matters even worse." (www.nealforcongress.com)
  • "What’s on the chopping block if the #GOPTaxScam passes? Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, & other programs for millions of Americans." (twitter.com)
  • Endorsed by National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. (votesmart.org)
  • "In advancing these bills, @WaysMeansCmte moves forward one of the biggest positive changes to #Medicare in a generation. Adding #dental, #vision, and #hearing coverage to the program will vastly improve #seniors’ access to treatments they need." (twitter.com)
  • "This is shameful. Here at the @WaysMeansCmte, we have worked tirelessly to EXPAND and PROTECT Medicare and Social Security because they are programs Americans rely on each and every day." (twitter.com)
  • "The passage of #HR1 is a major step in the right direction. Our campaign finance system will see more transparency & less dominance of big $. The inclusion of @repjohnlewis's Voter Empowerment Act will safeguard every citizen’s right to vote." (twitter.com)
  • "I have consistently voted for campaign finance reform legislation and I believe the Senator's plan is a good step in the right direction." (twitter.com)
  • "Today, I voted in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 because it benefits so many entities in western and central Massachusetts. Read my full statement here" (twitter.com)
  • Rated 0% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • "THIS is why passage of the #NDAA is so important. Not only does it give our troops a 3.1% pay increase, repeals the "widow's tax" and supports #Warren Pumps and @generaldynamics. it saves 200 jobs at @CRRCMACorp in @SpfldMACityHall" . (twitter.com)
  • "Today, I voted in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019. This bill significantly benefits western and central Massachusetts in many concrete ways. For companies like Warren Pumps and General Dynamics that have a local presence to name a few, this bill helps create and sustain well-paying jobs that generates millions of dollars into the local economy. For Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield and Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee, the NDAA provides a 2.6% pay raise for all military personnel and helps both installations continue their vital national security missions, more effectively respond to natural disasters, and remain economic drivers in the region." (votesmart.org)
  • "I’m proud to support bipartisan spending bills that: - invest #ForThePeople in health care, education, jobs, & environmental protection - have specific funding for gun violence prevention research & election security - ensure we keep our government open" (twitter.com)
  • "Infrastructure is a critical part of any community, and particularly in Western and Central Massachusetts. Rail and highways crisscross the district between major urban areas while a web of smaller, yet critical roads connect our rural communities. For the system to work efficiently, it must be funded and consistently maintained. In addition, broadband access is critical to middle-class families, schools, local governments, and small businesses. I have worked hard to bring broadband to all communities in Western Massachusetts and I will continue to do so." (www.nealforcongress.com)
  • "Recently introduced legislation calling for $1 billion in investments to help low-income parents receive the job training they need for better employment opportunities while matching local workforce demands" (www.nealforcongress.com)
  • "Supports investing in infrastructure, which is a win-win by improving our nation's bridges, rail and roads but also creating new good-paying jobs" (www.nealforcongress.com)
  • "The tax cuts proposed by President Trump would disproportionately favor the wealthy and large corporations at the expense of our nation’s hardworking middle class. Despite what this Administration might say, the notion that large tax cuts pay for themselves is a fallacy." (waysandmeans.house.gov)
  • "As health care costs soar & Republicans continue their despicable attacks on people with pre-existing conditions, the GOP wants to give yet another unpaid-for tax cut to the wealthiest Americans. And where are working people? Stuck paying for it all." (twitter.com)
  • "Opposed the Republicans' tax bill that not only showers corporations with tax breaks while doing little for middle-class families but also maintains tax breaks for oil companies and opens up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling" (www.nealforcongress.com)
  • "Our tax system is too complicated and favors the wealthy and corporations over middle-class families. Republicans recently enacted a tax bill that makes matters even worse." (www.nealforcongress.com)
  • "We're in DC this morning to vote for much needed relief for our fellow Americans including expanded unemployment insurance, direct payments to American workers to help them make ends meet, and assistance to small businesses." (twitter.com)
  • "This reversal gets us one step closer to accomplishing what we set out to do in the CARES Act—get money in the pockets of struggling Americans as soon as possible." (twitter.com)
  • "This week the House passed legislation to extend the deadline for small businesses to apply for Paycheck Protection Loans, sending the legislation to the President’s desk to extend this vital lifeline as the coronavirus pandemic continues." (twitter.com)
  • "We have a responsibility to take this bold action this morning so that our economy will keep going for workers and small business and to give families the peace of mind they can depend upon so that their government can help keep them whole in this crisis. That is what we did in this bill. There will be a phase four, which will be real stimulus as opposed, I think, to the stabilization effort we make today." (votesmart.org)
  • "I have led the charge in Congress to extend the wind and solar tax credits because they are part of the solution to ensuring a clean and safe environment for generations to come. Thanks to @AvangridRen for having me to their sites in Florida and Monroe." (twitter.com)
  • "Led the charge in Congress on the long-term extension of tax incentives for wind energy and solar so we keep up with the rest of the world and ensure widespread deployment of renewable energy in our economy" (www.nealforcongress.com)
  • "Another of my priorities as Ranking Member of the Ways & Means Committee has been to promote the clean energy industry that generates renewable energy and creates thousands of jobs through manufacturing of wind turbines and solar panels." (www.nealforcongress.com)
  • "Led the charge in Congress on the long-term extension of tax incentives for wind energy and solar so we keep up with the rest of the world and ensure widespread deployment of renewable energy in our economy" (www.nealforcongress.com)
  • "Opposed President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, which damages America's standing and reputation around the world and puts us on the wrong side of history on one of the most important global challenges of our time" (www.nealforcongress.com)
  • "We're not arguing about adopting a tax on carbon emissions. This merely "expresses the sense of Congress" about a #carbontax. What do we achieve by voting on the mood of Congress? Nothing! This is a waste of time that we ought to be devoting to the people who sent us here." (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 9 - Climate Action Now Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "One of my priorities in Congress is keeping our environment clean and safe. That's why I oppose President Trump's plan to lift the offshore drilling ban and his decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord." (www.nealforcongress.com)
  • "Universal Background Checks A universal background check law would ensure that people prohibited from purchasing firearms cannot do so through an unregulated sale from an unlicensed or online seller or at a gun show. Closing this background check loophole is critical to making sure criminals and other dangerous people do not have access to firearms. It is also a policy supported by 95 percent of Americans." (www.nealforcongress.com)
  • "Allow The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) To Fund Gun Violence Research — In order to effectively solve this public health crisis, our country must begin to fully understand it. I urge my colleagues to join me in supporting funding that allows the CDC to fund gun violence research. This research is critical for policymakers to understand and recommend effective solutions for making schools and communities safer." (www.nealforcongress.com)
  • "Bump Stock Ban Bump stocks, which is what the mass murderer used in last year's Las Vegas mass shooting, are for those individuals looking to do harm and must be banned." (www.nealforcongress.com)
  • "Federal Assault Weapons Ban Assault weapons should only be found on battlefields, not in our neighborhoods. I was proud to support the 1994 assault weapons ban and urge my colleagues to join me in supporting another assault weapons ban." (www.nealforcongress.com)
  • "Madam Speaker, today I rise in opposition to the repeal of the Patients' Rights Act." (votesmart.org)
  • "As we strive for universal coverage at the federal level, I continue to look at Massachusetts' success. This means continuing to protect and improve the Affordable Care as I am proud of my efforts that helped protect 20 million Americans from losing health coverage." (www.nealforcongress.com)
  • "Led efforts to protect the Affordable Care Act from Congressional Republicans and the Trump Administration's harmful and callous steps to dismantle it" (www.nealforcongress.com)
  • "There will be opportunities to make changes. But not to miss the point, we are not going to change a ban on pre-existing conditions. We are not going to change capping out-of-pocket expenses, keeping 26-year-olds on their parents health care. Women's health care and preventive services are expanded dramatically, that's not going to change." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "Finally, we held a hearing on paid family & medical leave. We discussed how the US is the only industrialized nation that does not guarantee access to it. American workers have been outspoken about the importance of this. We heard them loud and clear. And we must act." (twitter.com)
  • "-Free #coronavirus testing -Paid emergency leave -Enhanced food security This is how we confront this public health crisis. Congress must pass the #FamiliesFirst Act now!" (twitter.com)
  • "Workers, employers & the economy need comprehensive paid family & medical leave now. I am proud that MA is one of the states that has chosen to guarantee #paidleave. But for our national economy to be its strongest, we cannot depend on individual state efforts alone." (twitter.com)
  • Rated 7% by NumbersUSA. (votesmart.org)
  • "He continues to use this misleading narrative to punish federal workers and force taxpayers to pay for a $5.7 billion wall with Mexico that the vast majority of Americans don't want." (votesmart.org)
  • "In South Texas today w @RepFilemonVela & @RepJeffries touring US/Mexico border. We must remember the humane side of immigration #NoBanNoWall" (twitter.com)
  • Signed a letter saying, "Dear Speaker Ryan and Chairman: We write to request that H.R. 3548, the Border Security for America Act of 2017, not proceed to the House floor until the committees of jurisdiction consider this measure through regular order. We ask each Committee Chairman to assert his jurisdictional claim over the bill. As Homeland Security Committee Ranking Member Bennie G. Thompson aptly stated, H.R. 3548 is "a misguided, unneccessary, fiscally-irresponsible measure to formally authorize President Trump's Wall at all costs." Accordingly, we respectfully request that each Committee mark up this legislation and be given an opportunity to thoroughly examine and discuss provisions within our purview." (naturalresources.house.gov)
  • Rated 7% by NumbersUSA. (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe Congress can act in a bipartisan manner and can pass comprehensive immigration reform this year. Our current immigration system is simply not working and it needs to be fixed. A legal path to citizenship must be created for these 11 million aspiring Americans, including the 50,000 undocumented Irish." (votesmart.org)
  • "President Trump's decision to end DACA is disgraceful. Sending innocent DREAMers back to their home countries through no fault of their own is shameful. These individuals are our neighbors, friends, and family members. They have contributed to our communities in the hopes of attaining the American Dream. I urge Speaker Ryan and the Republican House leadership to bring the DREAM Act to the floor for a debate immediately." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6 - American Dream and Promise Act of 2019. (votesmart.org)
  • "The withdrawal from the #IranNuclearDeal will damage our credibility & isolate the United States from the intl community. The US should be strengthening the agreement to make sure Iran does not pursue its nuclear ambitions, rather than walking away from a diplomatic accord." (twitter.com)
  • Rated 0% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • "The withdrawal from the #IranNuclearDeal will damage our credibility & isolate the United States from the intl community. The US should be strengthening the agreement to make sure Iran does not pursue its nuclear ambitions, rather than walking away from a diplomatic accord. " (twitter.com)
  • "We should be following the advice of French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel and remain part of the multilateral pact. The United States should be strengthening the agreement to make sure Iran does not pursue its nuclear ambitions, rather than walking away from a diplomatic accord that already has rigorous enforcement and verification protocols. Today's misguided decision reduces our ability to monitor Iran's nuclear threat, and will allow the country to resume its illegal weapons program." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • "After nearly 16 years of conflict in Afghanistan, President Donald Trump now wants to extend the longest war in our nation's history. Since 2002, the United States has spent nearly $5 trillion paying for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. More than 2,400 men and women of our Armed Services have lost their lives and thousands more have been wounded in what many regard as an endless cycle of military intervention. And tonight, the President announced his intention to put more American boots on the ground with no clearly defined mission. I do not minimize the threat posed by the Taliban, ISIS or Al Qaeda in the region and across the world. The tragic events last week in Barcelona are a stark reminder that we need to remain vigilant in the global war on terror. But at some point the Afghan security forces and police need to take control of their own future. The American people do not want to see our brave soldiers deployed indefinitely without an exit strategy." (votesmart.org)
  • "I think we need to be mindful of what would happen if you had a radical Islamic state in the Middle East. I don't think that you could suggest for one moment that it would be a friend to the United States." (votesmart.org)
  • "The air and artillery strikes we are witnessing today in northern Syria against Kurdish military forces are tragic, disturbing and completely unnecessary." (twitter.com)
  • The Trump Administration’s trade negotiations with China don’t include ANY discussions on worker protections, environmental policy, or human rights. These are priority issues to me, and I’ll be highlighting their importance tomorrow in the @WaysMeansCmte: (twitter.com)
  • "Fundamental to modernizing and fixing the original NAFTA's shortcomings is making the agreement's obligations both enforceable and enforced. Otherwise, the efforts of the past year risk amounting to little more than re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic." (votesmart.org)
  • "The TPP agreement was flawed in many respects, as all of the major presidential candidates recognized last year. But withdrawing from the TPP must be a first step, not a last one," said Ranking Member Neal. "We need new rules and better enforcement to make trade a two-way street, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region. I look forward to working with the President, my Congressional colleagues, and stakeholders as we develop a new trade policy that focuses on improving the lives of American families and workers." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 - United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act. (votesmart.org)
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) regarding abortion.

a) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legal.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
X d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
X e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
X f) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial-birth" abortion.
g) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
h) Other or expanded principles

Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category.Budget Priorities

Maintain Status a) Agriculture
Maintain Status b) Arts
Slightly Increase c) Defense
Slightly Increase d) Education
Maintain Status e) Environment
Slightly Increase f) Homeland security
Maintain Status g) International aid
Slightly Increase h) Law enforcement
Greatly Increase i) Medical research
Maintain Status j) National parks
Slightly Increase k) Public health services
Greatly Increase l) Scientific research
Maintain Status m) Space exploration programs
Maintain Status n) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Maintain Status o) Welfare
p) Other or expanded categories

Defense Spending

Maintain Status a) Armed Forces personnel training
Slightly Increase b) Intelligence operations
Maintain Status c) Military hardware
Maintain Status d) Modernization of weaponry and equipment
Maintain Status e) National missile defense
Slightly Increase f) Pay for active duty personnel
Slightly Increase g) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Maintain Status h) Research and development of new weapons
Slightly Increase i) Troop and equipment readiness
j) Other or expanded categories

Using the key above, indicate what federal tax levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category.TaxesIncome Taxes:Family IncomeRetiree IncomeOther Taxes:Deductions/Credits:

Maintain Status a) Less than $25,000
Maintain Status b) $25,000-$75,000
Maintain Status c) $75,000-$150,000
Slightly Increase d) Over $150,000
e) Other or expanded categories
f) Over $40,000
g) Other or expanded categories
Maintain Status a) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Increase b) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Status c) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Increase d) Corporate taxes
Maintain Status e) Gasoline taxes
Maintain Status f) Inheritance taxes
g) Other or expanded categories
Maintain Status a) Charitable contributions
Maintain Status b) Child tax credit
Slightly Increase c) Earned income tax credit
Maintain Status d) Medical expense deduction
Maintain Status e) Mortgage deduction
Maintain Status f) Student loan credit
g) Other or expanded categories
No 4) Do you support permanent repeal of the federal estate tax?
No 5) Do you support eliminating taxes on dividends paid to individual investors?
Yes 6) Should a married couple filing jointly pay the same taxes as if they were an unmarried couple filing separately?
7) Other or expanded principles

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

a) Support public taxpayer funding for federal candidates who comply with campaign spending limits.
b) Increase the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns.
c) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
d) Allow unregulated soft money campaign contributions to political parties or committees.
e) Allow ads paid for by soft money that support or attack a candidate for federal office.
f) Allow issue advocacy commercials by corporations, labor unions, and non-profit groups which appear within 60 days of a general election and within 30 days of a primary election.
g) Remove all contribution limits on federal campaigns and parties.
No h) Do you support instant run-off voting (IRV)?
No i) Should Election Day be a national holiday?
Yes j) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?
Yes k) Should marriage be restricted to a union only between a man and a woman?
I do not think we need to amend the Constitution to define marriage.

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

X a) Support the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
b) Eliminate the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
c) Impose "truth in sentencing" for violent criminals so they serve full sentences with no chance of parole.
X d) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
X e) Support programs to provide prison inmates with drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
f) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
X g) Support additional criminal penalties if a fetus is killed in the commission of a federal crime against a pregnant woman.
X h) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, and disability be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
X i) Support programs that provide job training and placement services for at-risk youth.
X j) Impose stricter penalties for those convicted of white-collar crimes.
k) Enforcement of civil rights should primarily be the responsibility of the federal government.
l) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
m) Other or expanded principles

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

X a) Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
X b) Expand federally sponsored drug education and drug treatment programs.
X c) Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
X d) Allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
X e) Increase border security to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the United States.
f) Eliminate federal funding for programs associated with the "war on drugs."
g) Other or expanded principles

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

X a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students.
b) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any public school.
c) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any private or religious school.
X d) Allow teachers and professionals to receive authorization and funding to establish charter schools.
X e) Increase funding for block grants to states to aid in the hiring of additional teachers.
f) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
X g) Increase funding for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings, infrastructure, technology).
X h) Support granting states limited control over Head Start programs.
i) Support changing the mission of Head Start to emphasize improving the math and reading skills of disadvantaged children.
j) Providing education is not a responsibility of the federal government.
X k) Support affirmative action in public college admissions.
X l) Increase funding of programs such as Pell grants and Stafford loans to help students pay for college.
X m) Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college.
n) Other or expanded principles

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

X a) Increase funding for national job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
b) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
X c) Provide tax credits or grants to businesses that offer child care services to employees.
X d) Encourage employers to offer flex-time scheduling, comp-time, and unpaid leave for family emergencies.
e) Eliminate all federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
X f) Increase the federal minimum wage.
X g) Support the right of workers to strike without fear of being permanently replaced.
X h) Allow workers to sell company stock and to diversify their company retirement funds into other investment options.
i) Other or expanded principles
X a) The federal government should consider race and gender in government contracting decisions.
b) The federal government should discontinue affirmative action programs.
X c) The federal government should continue affirmative action programs.
X d) Include sexual orientation in federal anti-discrimination laws.
e) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.

X a) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Water Act.
X b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act.
c) Require states to compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses of privately-owned land.
d) Relax logging restrictions on federal lands.
e) Relax standards on federal lands to allow increased recreational usage.
X f) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil).
X g) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
h) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration.
X i) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels to reduce pollution.
j) Support the use of ethanol as an alternative fuel.
X k) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits.
X l) Support the U.S. re-entering the Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming.
m) Other or expanded principles

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

X a) Renew the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
X b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
X f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
X g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
X h) Require a license for gun possession.
X i) Establish a national database of ballistic "fingerprints" to track guns used in criminal activities.
j) Support legislation that would protect manufacturers, distributors, dealers, and importers of firearms from civil lawsuits by crime victims.
k) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health care.

a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government.
X b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income.
X c) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes appeal mechanisms when claims are denied.
X d) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes the right to sue when claims are denied.
e) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts.
f) Establish limits on the amount of punitive damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
X g) Support expanding prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
X h) Support expanding prescription drug coverage under private managed care plans.
X i) Offer tax credits to individuals and small businesses to offset the cost of insurance coverage.
X j) Support automatic enrollment of children in federal health care programs such as CHIP and Medicaid.
k) Allow 55-65 year-olds to buy into Medicare.
X l) Support stem cell research on existing lines of stem cells.
X m) Allow laboratories to create new lines of stem cells for additional research.
n) Other or expanded principles

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

a) Decrease the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country.
b) Establish English as the official national language.
c) Increase the number of visas issued for agricultural workers.
d) Relax restrictions barring legal immigrants from using social programs (e.g. public housing, food stamps).
X e) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States.
f) Support the detention of asylum seekers from countries known to sponsor terrorism.
g) Other or expanded principles

International AidIndicate which principles you support (if any) regarding United States economic assistance.

X a) Aid should be granted to countries when extraordinary circumstances cause disaster and threaten civilian lives.
X b) Aid should be granted to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States.
c) Aid should be eliminated for any nation with documented human rights abuses.
d) Aid programs should be scaled back and eventually eliminated.
e) Other or expanded principles

International Policy1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the Middle East.2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Central and East Asia.3) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the United Nations.

Yes a) Should the United States continue to provide leadership in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process?
Yes b) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
No c) Should the United States withdraw its troops from Iraq?
e) Other or expanded principles
Yes a) Should the United States use diplomatic and economic pressure to encourage North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program?
Undecided b) Should the United States use military force to destroy the North Korean nuclear weapons program?
No c) Should the United States remove the North Korean government from power?
Yes d) Should the United States increase financial support to Afghanistan?
Undecided e) Should the United States increase military support to Afghanistan?
f) Other or expanded principles
Yes a) Should the United States maintain its financial support of the United Nations?
No b) Should the United States decrease its financial support of the United Nations?
Yes c) Should the United States commit troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions?
d) Other or expanded principles
Yes 4) Should the United States lift the travel ban to Cuba?
Yes 5) Should the United States increase its financial support to Colombia to combat "the war on drugs"?
Yes 6) Should aid to African nations for AIDS prevention programs fund distribution of contraceptives?
Yes 7) Should aid to African nations for AIDS prevention fund abstinence education?
8) Other or expanded principles
We need more international support to stabilize and reconstruct Iraq. We must better train Iraqi soldiers in this reconstruction effort.

International TradeIndicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international trade.

No 1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
Yes 2) Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
Yes 3) Do you support continued U.S. membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
Yes 4) Should a nation's human rights record affect its normal trade relations (most favored nation) status with the United States?
No 5) Do you support the trade embargo against Cuba?
Yes 6) Should trade agreements include provisions to address environmental concerns and to protect workers' rights?
7) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding national security.

Yes a) Do you support using military tribunals to try suspected terrorists when ordinary civilian courts are deemed inappropriate or impractical?
Yes b) Should the United States adopt stricter rules for student visa applications from nations known to sponsor terrorism?
Yes c) Should the United States grant law enforcement agencies greater discretion to read mail and email, tap phones, and conduct random searches to prevent future terrorist attacks?
Yes d) Should the United States hold foreign states accountable for terrorists who operate in their country?
Yes e) Should the federal government increase funding to states and cities for homeland security?
f) Do you support a policy of pre-emptive strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to national security?
g) Other or expanded principles

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 themselves.
b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government.
c) Invest a portion of Social Security assets collectively in stocks and bonds instead of United States Treasury securities.
d) Increase the payroll tax to better finance Social Security in its current form.
e) Lower the annual cost-of-living increases.
f) Raise the retirement age for when individuals are eligible to receive full Social Security benefits.
g) Other of expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding technology and communication.

a) Collect taxes on commercial Internet transactions.
b) Continue the moratorium on Internet taxation.
X c) Implement regulation of Internet content.
X d) Support government mandates to curtail violent and sexual content on television.
X e) Support strict penalties for Internet crimes (e.g. hacking, identity theft, worms/viruses).
X f) Support legislation to detail how personal information can be collected and used on the Internet.
g) Regulating the Internet is not a responsibility of the federal government.
X h) Impose regulations on "spam" emails.
i) Other or expanded principles

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

X a) Require welfare recipients to spend at least 40 hours a week in a combination of work and training programs.
X b) Increase funding for child care programs.
c) Continue to give states and local governments flexibility in and responsibility for welfare programs through federal block grants.
d) Direct federal poverty aid through religious, community-based, or other non-profit organizations.
e) Abolish all federal welfare programs.
X f) Support housing assistance for low-income families.
g) Other or expanded principles
On an attached page, disk, or via email, please explain in a total of 75 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

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