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Mike Thompson's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House (CA) - District 4

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  • Voted in favor of HR 3755 "Women's Health Protection Act of 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund. (votesmart.org)
  • "It is shameful that after millions of women worldwide took to the streets to voice their concerns, the President would ignore the will of the people and reinstate this harmful rule," said Thompson. "Women are suffering the ravages of violence and disease across the world. Denying them access to medical care is needlessly cruel, and to do so immediately on the heels of the 44th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade just adds salt to the wound." (votesmart.org)
  • "I have also made a commitment for women to have reproductive choice and consistently voted against efforts that would limit this freedom." (mikethompson.house.gov)
  • "The framework Republicans unveiled today does not give any specifics as to how the middle class will benefit. And despite the President's assurances to me yesterday that the Republican framework would not benefit the wealthiest among us in any way, this plan seeks to lower individual taxes for the highest earners by dropping the tax rate on the highest incomes, creating new loopholes for the owners of pass-through businesses, and repealing the alternative minimum tax." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 7% by FreedomWorks. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "The budget cuts the top corporate tax rate to 25 percent, and according to the non-partisan Tax Policy Center and Citizens for Tax Justice, taxpayers with income exceeding $1 million would receive an average tax cut of more than $200,000. These cuts and tax breaks are paid for by increasing taxes on working families by an average of $2,000." (mikethompson.house.gov)
  • "We have to make sure everyone pays their fair share. There is a growing gap between the wealthiest Americans and the rest of us. Since the 2008 financial crisis, the wealthiest one percent of Americans took home one-fifth of the income earned by all Americans. And, from 2009 to 2012, the top percent have seen their incomes grow by more than 31 percent while the rest of us have seen our incomes grow by less than one-half of one percent. This isn't sustainable. To get our fiscal house in order, we have to reform our tax structure so that everyone plays by the same rules and everyone pays their fair share." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by the Alliance for Retired Americans. (votesmart.org)
  • "As your representative in Congress, I am committed to making sure the promise of Social Security and Medicare is 100 percent certain today and for many years to come." (votesmart.org)
  • "I have always stood up for the promise of Social Security and Medicare, and I will continue to fight to make sure these programs are strong. Not only do Social Security and Medicare represent important promises to our seniors, they are also important to our economy." (www.mikethompsonforcongress.com)
  • "We must make sure today's seniors are guaranteed the retirement security they've earned through a lifetime of hard work. And for tomorrow's seniors, we must take whatever steps are needed to make sure that Social Security and Medicare continue delivering on their promise of protecting those who have worked hard all their lives." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "Recent media reports indicate that several controversial policy riders designed to dramatically reshape federal campaign finance law are currently being considered for inclusion in the FY2018 omnibus spending package.[1] Specifically, it has been reported negotiators are considering: the elimination of coordinated spending limits on political parties, a repeal of the so-called Johnson Amendment, which bars religious institutions from explicitly endorsing or opposing political candidates, and the enactment of additional prohibitions on the authority of the Securities Exchange Commission, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Executive Branch to apply commonsense transparency measures to certain political activity. Each of these changes would have dramatic implications for our nation's campaign finance system, widening the channels of influence for wealthy and well-connected campaign donors and further exacerbating the flood of undisclosed and unaccountable "secret money" into our political system.[2] Yet, the 115th Congress has not held one hearing, commissioned a single study, nor investigated in any serious way the ramifications of these ill-conceived policy riders. Put simply, it is irresponsible for Congress to advance these campaign finance changes without due deliberation and public debate." (votesmart.org)
  • "Proud to cosponsor the Democracy for All amendment, legislation that will overturn the Citizens United decision so we can get big money out of our politics and ensure our government works for the people." (twitter.com)
  • Signed a letter stating: "Most Americans agree that the rise of big money in politics undermines the basic guiding principle of our democracy--that every citizen enjoys equality under the law and an equal voice in our elections. While we believe that amending the Constitution should be reserved only for times when no other recourse will do, we have seen the impact of these decisions, and we are convinced that an amendment is ripe for consideration." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 "For the People Act of 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • "Led by the Congressional Black Caucus, I was proud to vote for and pass the Justice in Policing Act. This bill includes three areas of reform to correct the decades of structural bias, discrimination and racism in our nation's policing. That includes changes to hold police accountable through our court system, systems to better collect data that will provide transparency about misconduct, and programs to improve training that will address bias and aggressive tactics. This is a critical step forward, but it is just the start of our work. We all can and must do more." (votesmart.org)
  • "Though nothing can bring back George Floyd, I hope that today's guilty verdict can bring his family and friends some peace. And I hope that this measure of accountability for his tragic death can help our nation heal. As we mark this verdict, may we also recommit to the work that must be done to fix the historic and systemic racism that led to George's death and the unwarranted deaths of many Black Americans and people of color. No one is above the law and we must work to ensure full equality for all. Together as a community, let us pray for George Floyd's family and loved ones as they continue to mourn his loss. We must continue our peaceful protests as we work toward justice and equality for all Black Americans and people of color facing racism and discrimination day in and day out. We can and must build a better nation together." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1280 "George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S 1605 "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022." (votesmart.org)
  • "We have to take a hard look at everything to make sure taxpayers are getting the most bang for their buck. We have to get rid of programs that aren't needed, and if a program is needed we must make sure it's running as efficiently as possible. During this review, everything needs to be on the table, including defense spending. The best and strongest national defense doesn't have to be the most expensive national defense. " (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 5376 "Build Back Better Act." (votesmart.org)
  • "Jobs are my number one priority, and that's why I am fighting for a jobs plan in Congress that invests infrastructure, energy and education." (www.mikethompsonforcongress.com)
  • "One of the best ways to grow our economy is to put Americans to work fixing our roads, overpasses, ports and bridges. That's why part of the jobs plan I am fighting for in Congress puts people back to work rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure." (www.mikethompsonforcongress.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 3684 "Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act." (votesmart.org)
  • "The budget cuts the top corporate tax rate to 25 percent, and according to the non-partisan Tax Policy Center and Citizens for Tax Justice, taxpayers with income exceeding $1 million would receive an average tax cut of more than $200,000. These cuts and tax breaks are paid for by increasing taxes on working families by an average of $2,000." (mikethompson.house.gov)
  • Rated 7% by FreedomWorks. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "Simply slashing the corporate tax rate to 15 percent is not going to help middle class families--especially when the beneficiaries are businesses that already pay little in taxes and keep shipping jobs overseas." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted against HR 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 266 "Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act" (votesmart.org)
  • "Good news: the Senate passed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act. This bill that I voted to pass in the House improves the small business assistance programs formed because of #COVID19. It's now awaiting the President's signature to become law." (twitter.com)
  • "Too many small businesses are having a hard time taking advantage of the Paycheck Protection Program, which was instituted as part of the CARES Act to help those hit hard by the Coronavirus. I wrote to Treasury telling them to take immediate action to correct this issue." (twitter.com)
  • "I've heard a lot of anxiety and worry from small business owners about the grant and loan programs set up in the CARES Act to help them. These programs have just begun. We are doing everything we can to help SBA process applications ASAP and secure more funding for the programs." (twitter.com)
  • "Clean energy is our future -- a crucial part of deploying green energy that creates jobs, reduces our dependence on foreign energy sources, improves our environment. That's why I am proud to introduce the Renewable Energy Extension Act, a bill to extend the energy investment tax credit at 30 percent for five years." (votesmart.org)
  • "We should invest in new energy sources and strengthen established ones as we work towards energy independence. By doing this, we can create jobs, strengthen our national security, improve the environment and combat climate change." (mikethompson.house.gov)
  • "We need to build on these advances because renewable energy and all the jobs that come with it jobs in construction, design, development, engineering, maintenance, and manufacturing can be the foundation of our economy for generations to come." (mikethompson.house.gov)
  • "Harnessing the potential of renewable energy sources is a key part of reducing our dependence on fossil fuels. Master limited partnerships are tax structures that allow energy projects to get access to capital at a lower cost, making them more competitive to private investment. But these structures are currently only available to the oil, gas and coal industries. That's why I've joined colleagues from both sides of the aisle in the House and Senate to introduce the Financing Our Future Energy Act, a bill to expand MLP access to renewable energy projects in order to attract new investment. This will help create more jobs in the renewable energy sector, allowing us to better tackle the threat of climate change." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 2467 "PFAS Action Act of 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • "Last week, I introduced the GREEN Act, landmark legislation that will help us tackle the threat of climate change, reduce carbon emissions, create jobs and boost our economy." (twitter.com)
  • Signed a letter stating : "Dear Governor Brown, Governor Brown, and Governor Inslee: We applaud your leadership in combatting climate change and your contributions to the global effort to curb greenhouse gas emissions. As members of Congress representing states on the West Coast of the United States, we all know how much we have to lose if we are unable to address this threat, and it is vital to our constituents that we do everything we can to address it. If the Trump Administration decides to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement on climate change, we urge you to continue to uphold the core tenets and goals of this important international plan. We strongly disagree with President Trump's decision to abdicate America's leadership role, allowing other nations to lead on clean energy and job creation." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "The Paris Agreement calls for significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, and if Donald Trump's administration won't lead, our states must. We call on you to continue to uphold our commitments made under the Paris Agreement, and to show international leadership where the current Administration has failed." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by National Rifle Association (NRA) (votesmart.org)
  • "As a hunter and gun owner I believe we should protect a law-abiding individual's Second Amendment right to own firearms. As a dad and grandfather I also believe that we have a responsibility to make our schools, streets and communities safe. We can do both, but Congress will need to step up." (mikethompson.house.gov)
  • "However, just as the First Amendment protects free speech but doesn't allow you to incite violence, the Second Amendment has restrictions too." (mikethompson.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1446 "Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • "Just voted against the repeal of Obamacare the 37th time. Total tax dollars now wasted on partisan repeal efforts is $52M+" (twitter.com)
  • "As the husband of a family nurse practitioner, and a senior member of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health, I know firsthand the challenges that exist in our current health care system. That is why, in March 2010, I voted to pass Affordable Care Act (ACA) landmark legislation that will hold insurance companies more accountable, lower health care costs, guarantee more health care choices, and enhance the quality of health care for all Americans." (mikethompson.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1425 "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act." (votesmart.org)
  • "Good news--the Senate passed the House bill Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which includes free testing, an emergency paid leave program and expanded food assistance. Next step: being signed into law to help people in our community." (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (votesmart.org)
  • " I was also disappointed with continued discussion of the wall on our southern border. I have said before and will say again -- there is no need for a border wall that is just a 7th Century solution to a 21st Century problem. Democrats are ready to work to fund smart, effective and technologically-advanced security solutions to keep our nation safe, just not a useless wall." (votesmart.org)
  • "I wanted very much to see the new side of the President that we were all promised. I hoped he would make overtures to the millions of Americans he has alienated with his Muslim bans, deportation squads, and border wall. Unfortunately, we heard much the same speech he has delivered since the stump." (votesmart.org)
  • "Today, Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) voted for a bipartisan omnibus bill to avert a disastrous government shutdown. The compromise includes robust funding to treat and prevent devastating illnesses, maintain our background check system for gun purchases, combat the opioid epidemic, and more. It also blocked American tax dollars from being used for a border wall and prevented the defunding of Planned Parenthood." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1333 "NO BAN Act." (votesmart.org)
  • "During my time in Congress, I have supported many immigration reform proposals that would increase immigration enforcement policies, while also supporting policies that would help immigrants who are suffering due to our broken system. Most recently I introduced a bill that would help military and veteran families more easily gain citizenship. I also support bills that would give immigrant children access to education benefits, create workable guest worker programs for our agricultural workers and eliminate discrimination of same-sex couples from gaining immigration status for their partners." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "Separating kids from parents or locking them up is not who we are as a nation. I called on the Speaker to stop supporting the President’s harmful immigration tactics and allow a vote on immigration bills like the #KeepFamiliesTogether Act and the #DreamAct to end these practices." (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6 "American Dream and Promise Act of 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • "This is a complex and ongoing situation, and it cannot be solved by issuing threats or sending a single boat into the region. Maintaining stability will take a united coalition. It will require thoughtful, appropriate responses to North Korea's aggression, not a unilateral approach. Neither the United States nor the President should act unilaterally whenever military force is concerned. Both Congress and our allies in the region have a role to play in any action." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: ""The Joint Chiefs of Staff has now confirmed that the only way to destroy North Korea's nuclear arsenal is through a ground invasion. That is deeply disturbing and could result in hundreds of thousands, or even millions of deaths in just the first few days of fighting. As Veterans, we have defended this nation in war and we remain committed to this country's security. We also understand that entering into a protracted and massive ground war with North Korea would be disastrous for U.S. troops and our allies. The Joint Chiefs of Staff, it appears, agree. Their assessment underscores what we've known all along: There are no good military options for North Korea. Invading North Korea could result in a catastrophic loss of lives for U.S. troops and U.S. civilians in South Korea. It could kill millions of South Koreans and put troops and civilians in Guam and Japan at risk. The Joint Chiefs said they have no reason to believe North Korea would resist using their stockpiles of biological and chemical weapons. It is our intent to have a full public accounting of the potential cost of war, so the American people understand the commitment we would be making as a nation if we were to pursue military action." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed Letter to Joe Biden: "We know preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon through diplomacy will be a top priority of your administration, and we strongly believe that the JCPOA provides a critical framework to achieve this goal effectively. We strongly endorse your call for Iran to return to strict compliance with the nuclear deal, the United States to rejoin the agreement, and subsequent follow-on negotiations. We understand that returning to the agreement will require the selective lifting of some sanctions and rigorous implementation to verifiably ensure Iranian compliance." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 550 "No War Against Iran Act." (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)
  • "Only Congress has the Constitutional authority to declare war and the current Authorization for the Use of Military Force is outdated and does not authorize military action against Iran. First and foremost, the President must ensure his actions abroad are protecting American lives and following our Constitutional structure. Today I voted for the War Powers Resolution. I came to this conclusion after the classified briefing conducted by the Departments of State and Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the CIA and the Acting Director of National Intelligence and after reading the President's classified notification regarding U.S. military actions against Iran. I remain opposed to further escalation with Iran." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "Today, Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05), announced he would cosponsor a resolution to define limited terms for the use of military force in the Middle East. "After today's classified briefing on Syria, there is no doubt that Congress must pass a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) and specify the limitations under which the president can use military force to protect our national security,"" (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S J Res 68 "A joint resolution to direct the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities against the Islamic Republic of Iran that have not been authorized by Congress" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "The bill we have before us today is the result of tireless work from Speaker Pelosi, Chairman Neal, and the working group members who represented the diverse views of Congress. With gains achieved through our negotiations, this trade deal will set the standard for all future trade agreements. It is enforceable; it protects workers; it helps address serious environmental issues; and it protects access to affordable medicine." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "As you conduct trade negotiations with China and Japan, we expect that you will consult closely with Congress on your objectives, requests, and progress. We urge you to ensure that any new agreements result in the removal of all tariffs, retaliatory or otherwise, on U.S. wine. The Administration must do all it can to support the international competitiveness of U.S. agriculture." (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.
X b) Abortions should always be legal.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester.
d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
f) Dilation and extraction or "partial-birth" abortion procedures should be legal.
g) Medicare, Medicaid, and federal subsidies should be prohibited from being used on abortion procedures.
h) Other or expanded principles.

Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once.1) Budget Priorities2) Defense Spending3) TaxesIndicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once.Family Income TaxesOther TaxesDeductions/Credits

Maintain Status a) Agriculture
Slightly Increase b) Arts
Maintain Status c) Defense
Slightly Increase d) Education
Slightly Increase e) Environment
Slightly Increase f) FEMA
Slightly Increase g) Homeland security
Slightly Increase h) International aid
Slightly Increase i) Law enforcement (Federal)
Slightly Increase j) Law enforcement (State)
Slightly Increase k) Medical research
Slightly Increase l) National parks
Slightly Increase m) Public health services
Maintain Status n) Scientific research
Slightly Decrease o) Space exploration programs
Greatly Increase p) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Slightly Increase q) United Nations
Slightly Increase r) Welfare
s) Other or expanded categories
Greatly Increase a) Armed forces personnel training
Greatly Increase b) Intelligence operations
Greatly Decrease c) Military hardware
Slightly Increase d) Modernization of weaponry and equipment
Eliminate e) National missile defense
Slightly Increase f) Pay for active duty personnel
Slightly Increase g) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Slightly Decrease h) Research and development of new weapons
Greatly Increase i) Troop and equipment readiness
j) Other or expanded categories
Greatly Decrease a) Less than $12,000
Slightly Decrease b) $12,001-$40,000
Slightly Decrease c) $40,001-$100,000
Slightly Decrease d) $100,001-$180,000
Maintain Status e) $180,001-$350,000
Slightly Increase f) $350,001 and above
g) Other or expanded categories
Maintain Status a) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Status b) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increase c) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Status d) Corporate taxes
Maintain Status e) Gasoline taxes
Maintain Status f) Inheritance taxes
g) Other or expanded categories
Maintain Status a) Charitable contribution deduction
Slightly Increase b) Child tax credit
Slightly Increase c) Earned income tax credit
Maintain Status d) Medical expense deduction
Maintain Status e) Mortgage deduction
Slightly Increase f) Student loan credit
g) Other or expanded categories
No 4) Do you support the permanent repeal of the federal estate tax?
Yes 5) Do you support requiring the federal budget to be balanced each year?
Eliminate the inheritance tax on family farms and family businesses.

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

a) Support increasing the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns.
b) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
c) Allow unregulated soft money campaign contributions to political parties or committees.
d) Remove all contribution limits on federal campaigns and parties.
X e) Support prohibiting ads containing candidates' name that are paid for by third parties from airing 60 days before a primary and 30 days before a general federal election.
f) Support instant run-off voting (IRV).
g) Support designating Election Day as a national holiday.
h) Support giving the President the power of the line item veto for items concerning appropriations.
X i) Support limiting the President's use of signing statements in order to prevent an alternative interpretation of the bill.
X j) Support a federal shield law to protect reporter-source privilege.
k) Other or expanded principles

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.
X c) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
X d) Support programs to provide prison inmates with drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
e) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
f) Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
X g) Support strict penalties for internet crime (e.g. hacking, identity theft, worms/viruses).
X h) Require that crimes based on sexual orientation be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
i) Other or expanded principles

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

X a) Support the federal government funding universal pre-K programs.
b) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any public school.
c) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any private or religious school.
X d) Allow teachers and professionals to receive federal funding to establish charter or magnet schools.
X e) Increase funding for the Pell Grant program.
X f) Decrease interest rates of Stafford Loans.
X g) Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college.
X h) Ban university financial aid officers from owning stock in or accepting gifts from student loan lenders.
X i) Require universities to disclose financial relationships with lenders.
X j) Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind).
k) Eliminate all federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind).
I believe No Child Left Behind needs to be significantly reformed and fully funded.

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

X a) Increase funding for national job-training programs that retrain displaced workers or teach skills needed in today’s job market.
b) Reduce government regulation of the private sector.
X c) Encourage employers to offer child care services, flex-time scheduling, comp-time, and unpaid leave for family emergencies.
X d) Increase the federal minimum wage.
X e) Support the right of workers to unionize.
f) Eliminate all federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
X g) Include sexual orientation in federal anti-discrimination laws.
X h) Include gender identity in federal anti-discrimination laws.
i) 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) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil).
X d) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
X e) Strengthen fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
f) Support domestic oil exploration in areas that are currently restricted.
X g) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels.
X h) Support the use of ethanol as an alternative fuel.
i) Support research and development of nuclear reactors as an alternative energy source.
X j) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits under "cap and trade" laws.
X k) Support international mandatory emission targets to limit global warming.
l) Support international voluntary emission targets to limit global warming.
m) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories.

a) Allow individuals to carry concealed guns.
b) Ban the sale, ownership or possession of handguns except by law enforcement and other government officials.
Maintain Status c) Enforcement of existing restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Maintain Status d) Restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
I am a gun owner, sportsman and support our 2nd amendment right to bear arms. I also believe that we must do everything in our power to end gun violence and am committed to keeping firearms out of the hands of felons, violent offenders and mentally-ill individuals. I have always opposed military types of assault weapons, ?Saturday Night Specials? and support reauthorizing the assault weapons ban. These weapons have no useful purpose in our neighborhoods. Additionally, I support closing the gun show loophole which currently allows individuals to purchase guns at gun shows without having to submit a background check.

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

a) Implement a universal healthcare program to guarantee coverage to all Americans, regardless of income.
b) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts.
c) Allow the importation of prescription drugs into the United States.
X d) Support expanding prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
X e) Offer tax credits to individuals and small businesses to offset the cost of insurance coverage.
X f) Support expanding child healthcare programs.
g) Providing healthcare is not a responsibility of the federal government.
In the past, I have supported re-importation of prescription drugs from Canada; however, I do not support wholesale importation from all countries for safety reasons.

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.
X c) Support a temporary worker program.
X d) Support harsher financial punishments for those who knowingly employ illegal immigrants.
e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States.
f) Illegal immigrants should have to return to their countries of origin before being considered for citizenship.
X g) Illegal immigrants should be given a pathway to citizenship.
h) Support merit-based visas over family-based visas.
i) Other or expanded principles

International AidIndicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international aid.International PolicyIndicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international policy.International TradeIndicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international trade.

X a) Support the United States granting aid to countries when extraordinary circumstances cause disaster and threaten civilian lives.
X b) Support the United States granting aid to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States.
X c) Eliminate United States aid for any nation with documented human rights abuses.
d) Aid granted by the United States should be scaled back and eventually eliminated.
e) Other or expanded principles
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?
Yes c) Should the United States impose greater international sanctions on Iran if it continues to defy United Nations mandates?
Yes d) Should the United States support the Lebanese government against insurgent forces?
No e) Should the United States maintain its troop levels in Iraq?
Yes f) Should the United States withdraw its troops from Iraq?
Yes h) Should the United States apply greater economic and diplomatic sanctions against North Korea if it fails to abide by its agreement to suspend its nuclear program?
Yes i) Should the United States increase financial support for Afghanistan?
Yes j) Should the United States increase military support for Afghanistan?
No k) Should the United States trade nuclear fuel to India for civilian purposes?
No l) Should the United States decrease financial support for Pakistan?
No m) Should the United States decrease military support for Pakistan?
Yes n) Should the United States be involved in bringing an end to the violence in Darfur, Sudan?
Yes o) Should the United States be involved in bringing an end to the violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo?
No p) Should the United States provide economic and military support to the Transitional Government of Somalia?
Yes q) Should the United States use sanctions to encourage the government of Zimbabwe to end its human rights abuses?
Yes r) Should the United States support the creation of an independent nation of Kosovo?
s) Other or expanded principles
a) Do you support the United States imposing economic sanctions on China?
b) Do you support the United States imposing trade sanctions on Venezuela?
c) Do you support the United States involvement in free trade agreements?
Yes d) Do you support the United States involvement in intergovernmental organizations dedicated to trade?
e) Other or expanded principles
The U.S should redeploy our troops out of Iraq as quickly and safely as possible. We must focus our efforts on an international diplomatic strategy for quelling and containing the violence in Iraq. Ending the war in Iraq will allow us to devote additional resources to fighting terrorism worldwide.

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

No a) Do you support using military tribunals to try suspected terrorists when ordinary civilian courts are deemed inappropriate or impractical?
No b) Should law enforcement agencies have greater discretion to monitor domestic communications, to prevent future terrorist attacks?
Yes c) Should the United States hold foreign states accountable for terrorists who operate in their country?
Yes d) Should the federal government increase funding to states and cities for homeland security?
No e) Do you support pre-emptive military strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to United States national security?
No f) Do you support the creation of a federal identification card system?
No g) Do you support long-term use of National Guard troops to supplement the armed forces in assignments overseas?
No h) Should the United States expand its missile defense shield?
i) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.

Yes a) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?
No b) Do you support a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman?
Yes c) Do you support federal funding for research on existing embryonic stem cell lines?
Yes d) Do you support federal funding to create lines of stem cells from new embryos?
Yes e) Should the federal government consider race and gender in government contracting decisions?
Yes f) Should the federal government continue affirmative action programs?
Yes g) Should the federal government regulate internet gambling?
h) 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 that they manage themselves.
b) Ensure the viability of Social Security by increasing the payroll tax.
c) Decrease benefits paid to retirees.
d) Support proportional increases of Social Security benefits based on the cost of living index.
e) Raise the retirement age for individual eligibility to receive full Social Security benefits.
The president needs to convene a bipartisan commission to objectively weigh all available options for protecting Social Security.

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) Continue to give states and local governments flexibility in and responsibility for welfare programs through federal block grants.
X c) Support housing assistance for welfare recipients.
d) Abolish all federal welfare programs.
e) Other or expanded principles
I believe all Americans should have access to quality, affordable healthcare. We need significant action on the federal level to conserve our natural resources and protect our planet from global warming. We must begin redeployment of our troops out of Iraq and refocus our efforts on an international diplomatic strategy for quelling and containing the violence in Iraq. I also strongly believe all federal spending should be fiscally responsible and accountable to the American taxpayer.

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