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John Carter's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House (TX) - District 31

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  • Voted in favor of HR 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act." (votesmart.org)
  • ""America's middle-class families have been waiting for a tax code that puts them first for decades, and today was one of the final steps to deliver real tax relief for those that need it most. For far too long, America's complicated tax code has been filled with special interest loopholes and unfair regulations, resulting in hard-working middle class families bearing the brunt of the tax burden. Today, that changes. "Our bill will revitalize the economy by lowering individual tax rates, creating jobs, and delivering significant tax relief to Main Street job creators, which will result in wage growth and more money in Texans' pockets. Texas' working families deserve to keep more of their hard-earned money, and this legislation ensures that happens."" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "I proudly supported the Tax Cut and Jobs Act (TCJA), which reduced tax rates for most Americans. The TCJA keeps more money in Central Texans' wallets and ushered in the most robust economy in decades." (carter.house.gov)
  • Rated 83% by National Taxpayers Union. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Rated 6% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "Federal spending must be reduced, but it should not be at the expense of programs like Social Security and Medicare." (carter.house.gov)
  • "I believe Congress has an opportunity to undertake meaningful reform that will help our entitlement programs fulfill their missions for the long haul. The fate of these programs will be directly tied to the action-or lack thereof-we take on these issues. I believe American workers and their families have waited too long and worked too hard to pay into these programs for their government to ignore this coming storm. I believe Congress has a responsibility to address this problem today. I pledge to work with Democrats and Republicans in Congress to reform Medicare and Social Security to make sure they are around for our children and grandchildren." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted against S 610 "Protecting Medicare and American Farmers from Sequester Cuts Act." (votesmart.org)
  • ""The "For the People Act" is anything but. Instead, it greatly expands the role of the federal government and skews the election system for Democrat political gain. The Democrats have messaged this legislation under the guise of reforming a broken system, but instead of working with both sides of the aisle to solve real issues, they've snuck in provisions to make it easier for Democrats to hold a majority. This legislation gives selected voters your taxpayer dollars to subsidize political candidates, makes the Federal Election Commission a partisan body, and fails to adequately protect elections against voter fraud. This legislation is not truly aimed at improving the security of elections or protecting Americans' free speech, instead it is a partisan attempt to rig the system on behalf of Democrats."" (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "Guess what the Democrats are doing with your taxpayer dollars? H.R.1 is designed to fund the Democratic majority. Under H.R.1, there is a 6:1 gov match of contributions to a presidential candidate- up to $250 million taxpayer dollars could go toward a presidential campaign!" (twitter.com)
  • Rated 0% by End Citizens United. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted against HR 1 "For the People Act of 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • "George Floyd’s death is an unacceptable tragedy & a blatant use of excessive force. I know most police officers are dedicated public servants and work hard to keep our communities safe but those who fail to humanely & respectfully do their job must be held accountable." (twitter.com)
  • Voted against 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)
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "The National Defense Authorization Act equips our nation's military and ensures they have the best possible resources to maintain readiness. Yesterday, I voted on a bill that increases pay for service members, improves the standard of living for active duty families, and increases the Department of Defense's budget. In addition, the FY22 NDAA holds the Biden Administration accountable for its actions in Afghanistan and significantly increases our defenses against China." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S 1709 "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted against HR 5376 "Build Back Better Act." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "A summary of President Biden's #JointAddress: Spend, spend, spend. We don't need to raise taxes, we need to cut federal spending and let Americans keep more of their hard-earned money." (twitter.com)
  • Voted against HR 3684 "Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act." (votesmart.org)
  • "Of the $1.2 trillion in the "infrastructure" bill, only $110 billion will go towards actual infrastructure, making it yet another outrageous Democrat spending bill." (twitter.com)
  • Rated 83% by National Taxpayers Union. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "A recent study by Rice University economists shows that President Biden's corporate tax rate increase will result in an employment decline of ONE MILLION full-time #American #jobs. American workers can't afford Joe Biden's policies much longer." (twitter.com)
  • Rated 80% by National Tax Limitation Committee. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act." (votesmart.org)
  • "I am pleased to announce that the Paycheck Protection Program has reopened due to a bipartisan effort to increase COVID relief. For information regarding the PPP visit (sba.gov)
  • "My only priority is to protect the health and safety of my constituents as we navigate this public health crisis," Representative Carter said. "With one presumptive Coronavirus case in my district, I voted yes so that Central Texas schools, small businesses and employees have stability as they respond to the illness. With my vote, I wanted to make sure that low income parents would have access to nutritional assistance for their children if schools close, patients wouldn't have to worry about the cost of diagnostic testing and Central Texans would be able to take leave from work if they're ill. This bill provides reassurances to the American people so they can take the responsible steps to protect their health and the health of those around them, and I'm proud to support it." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "The Coronavirus pandemic has pulled the rug out from under many Americans. Suddenly, millions are facing unemployment and countless businesses are facing unprecedented economic challenges. During these uncertain times, I want to assure Central Texans that more relief is coming. With this fourth Coronavirus response package, we have worked to secure an additional $310 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program, and $60 billion for Economic Injury Disaster Loans, to help more small businesses survive and continue to pay their employees. More than two weeks ago, I called for additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program, which has provided more than 1.6 million loans to small businesses across the country. While political stunts delayed this much-needed funding, I'm confident that with today's passage, small businesses will see more relief." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "I strongly support the CARES Act, phase three of Congress' Coronavirus response legislation. We are in an unprecedented time, and it requires bold action to battle not only the virus, but also the economic downfall caused by the virus. This bill will provide much needed relief for those who need it most by sending direct funds to about 80% of the population, expanding unemployment benefits and providing funding to industries, small business, and nonprofits." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "I supported the Every Student Succeeds Act, which reduces the federal footprint in our educational system, restores control back to the state and local government and, most importantly, empowers parents in decision making." (carter.house.gov)
  • "We need to let teachers teach with minimal government interference and enable Central Texas to continue leading in higher education and career and technical education programs." (twitter.com)
  • Rated 0% by National Education Association. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "I believe in an "all of the above" energy strategy that implements renewable energy sources (wind, solar, geothermal and ethanol) while maximizing our production and use of fossil fuels (oil, coal and natural gas). This approach allows us to provide for future requirements, while making sure we provide for today." (carter.house.gov)
  • "Protecting America’s energy grids against cyber-attacks is a national security priority. I passed legislation to create a back-up analog system for our energy grids to reduce the risk of long-term power outages & protect the U.S. against bad actors." (twitter.com)
  • Rated 100% by American Energy Alliance. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "Strengthening our energy infrastructure has been one of my priority issues for a long time. This unprecedented storm has exposed further weaknesses, and as always, I will continue to fight for legislation that develops solutions to strengthen & defend the U.S. energy grid. #TX31" (twitter.com)
  • "I pledge to fight against restrictive gun legislation." (www.johncarterforcongress.com)
  • "I have supported legislation that protects lawful gun owners' right to purchase firearms, while also supporting legislation to fix the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, so guns do not end up in the hands of those who are prohibited from purchasing them." (carter.house.gov)
  • Rated 92% by National Rifle Associastion (NRA). (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "Obamacare continues to be a disaster for Texas families. It has raised premiums by 82% and left Texans with less options for health care. Texans deserve a system that puts them, not government bureaucrats, in charge of their health care decisions. I support repealing Obamacare and replacing it with a free-market health care system where competition drives down costs and increases options. I believe America’s health care system should protect preexisting conditions, and empower patients by giving them options in their care." (www.johncarterforcongress.com)
  • "I supported the American Health Care Act of 2017. This act would repeal Obamacare and replace it with a far more equitable solution that would benefit small businesses and Americans struggling with health care costs. By repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, Americans would save more than $770 billion in tax hikes, and it would reduce the burdens placed on small businesses." (carter.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1628 "American Health Care Act of 2017." (votesmart.org)
  • "My only priority is to protect the health and safety of my constituents as we navigate this public health crisis," Representative Carter said. "With one presumptive Coronavirus case in my district, I voted yes so that Central Texas schools, small businesses and employees have stability as they respond to the illness. With my vote, I wanted to make sure that low income parents would have access to nutritional assistance for their children if schools close, patients wouldn't have to worry about the cost of diagnostic testing and Central Texans would be able to take leave from work if they're ill. This bill provides reassurances to the American people so they can take the responsible steps to protect their health and the health of those around them, and I'm proud to support it." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 "Families First Coronavirus Response Act." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 4760 "Securing America's Future Act of 2018." (votesmart.org)
  • "Border security IS national security. Securing our border is a top priority & I am working hard to fund the border wall and protect our communities." (twitter.com)
  • Rated 85% by NumbersUSA. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "We believe we should: First, secure the border with additional Border Patrol and ICE Agents. We must build more infrastructure along the border to allow 100% situational awareness, and continue to invest in technology." (www.johncarterforcongress.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 3003 "No Sanctuary for Criminals Act." (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe successful immigration policy begins at our nation’s borders. We need to employ tactics to secure our border with the use of fences, drones, sensors and surveillance cameras, but it is also important to reform our immigration system to reward those who enter legally, while deterring illegal immigration. Those who choose to break our laws should not be granted citizenship in front of those who have worked hard to do it the right way." (carter.house.gov)
  • "Immigration is an emotional issue but we can fix the problem with logical and compassionate solutions. As Americans we can find a solution to secure our border, grow our economy, create jobs, address illegal activity and continue to be the most competitive and compassionate country in the world!" (www.johncarterforcongress.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 3004 "Kate's Law" (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1698 "Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 3898 "Otto Warmbier North Korea Nuclear Sanctions Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against 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)
  • "Any plan that does not guarantee the safety and immediate removal of all Americans from Afghanistan is unacceptable and a disgrace to this country." (twitter.com)
  • "Our Kurdish allies have been instrumental in liberating ISIS controlled territory in Syria. While the threat that ISIS poses to the region has declined, abandoning our allies sets a troubling precedent and risks further instability to an area already plagued with civil war." (twitter.com)
  • Voted against 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)
  • ""The USMCA will serve as the model for all future U.S. trade agreements, and is an example of how Congress should work with the Administration to create prosperity for Americans." The USMCA is set to modernize the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to better serve the interests of American workers and our economy. The agreement will deliver key economic wins in the auto manufacturing, agricultural and digital commerce industry, which are crucial to Texas' economy." (justfacts.votesmart.org)
  • "More than half of all jobs in #TX31 are supported through trade with Mexico and Canada. Passing the #USMCA trade agreement is crucial for many #Texans, especially those in Bell & Williamson County. #USMCAnow" (twitter.com)
  • "The USMCA trade deal would boost our economy even further, with Texas set to benefit from increased exports to neighboring Mexico. It’s time for Congress to ratify the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement! #USMCA" (twitter.com)
  • 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.

X a) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legal.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
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.
X f) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial-birth" abortion.
X 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
Greatly Decrease b) Arts
Greatly Increase c) Defense
Slightly Increase d) Education
Maintain Status e) Environment
Greatly Increase f) Homeland security
Slightly Decrease g) International aid
Slightly Increase h) Law enforcement
Slightly Increase i) Medical research
Slightly Increase j) National parks
Slightly Increase k) Public health services
Maintain Status l) Scientific research
Slightly Increase m) Space exploration programs
Slightly Increase n) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Slightly Decrease o) Welfare
Eliminate p) Other or expanded categories

Defense Spending

Greatly Increase a) Armed Forces personnel training
Greatly Increase b) Intelligence operations
Greatly Increase c) Military hardware
Greatly Increase d) Modernization of weaponry and equipment
Greatly Increase e) National missile defense
Slightly Increase f) Pay for active duty personnel
Slightly Increase g) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Slightly Increase h) Research and development of new weapons
Greatly 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:

Slightly Decrease a) Less than $25,000
Slightly Decrease b) $25,000-$75,000
Slightly Decrease c) $75,000-$150,000
Slightly Decrease d) Over $150,000
Slightly Decrease e) Other or expanded categories
Slightly Decrease f) Over $40,000
g) Other or expanded categories
Maintain Status a) Alcohol taxes
Eliminate b) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Status c) Cigarette taxes
Greatly Decrease d) Corporate taxes
Maintain Status e) Gasoline taxes
Eliminate f) Inheritance taxes
Eliminate g) Other or expanded categories
Maintain Status a) Charitable contributions
Maintain Status b) Child tax credit
Maintain Status c) Earned income tax credit
Slightly Increase d) Medical expense deduction
Maintain Status e) Mortgage deduction
Maintain Status f) Student loan credit
g) Other or expanded categories
Yes 4) Do you support permanent repeal of the federal estate tax?
Yes 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.
X b) Increase the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns.
c) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
X d) Allow unregulated soft money campaign contributions to political parties or committees.
X e) Allow ads paid for by soft money that support or attack a candidate for federal office.
X 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.
X g) Remove all contribution limits on federal campaigns and parties.
Undecided h) Do you support instant run-off voting (IRV)?
Yes i) Should Election Day be a national holiday?
Undecided 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?
l) 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) 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.
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.
X l) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
(l) should be under certain circumstances and with statutory age settings

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.
c) Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
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.
X 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.
X b) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any public school.
X 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.
e) Increase funding for block grants to states to aid in the hiring of additional teachers.
X 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.
X 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.
k) Support affirmative action in public college admissions.
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.
X 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.
f) Increase the federal minimum wage.
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
a) The federal government should consider race and gender in government contracting decisions.
X b) The federal government should discontinue affirmative action programs.
c) The federal government should continue affirmative action programs.
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.

a) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Water Act.
b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act.
X c) Require states to compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses of privately-owned land.
X d) Relax logging restrictions on federal lands.
X 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).
g) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
X 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.
X j) Support the use of ethanol as an alternative fuel.
X k) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits.
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.

a) Renew the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
X c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
X d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
X e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
h) Require a license for gun possession.
i) Establish a national database of ballistic "fingerprints" to track guns used in criminal activities.
X 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.
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.
d) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes the right to sue when claims are denied.
X e) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts.
X f) Establish limits on the amount of punitive damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
g) Support expanding prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
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.
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.
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.
X 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).
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?
c) Should the United States remove the North Korean government from power?
Yes d) Should the United States increase financial support to Afghanistan?
Yes e) Should the United States increase military support to Afghanistan?
f) Other or expanded principles
No a) Should the United States maintain its financial support of the United Nations?
Yes b) Should the United States decrease its financial support of the United Nations?
No c) Should the United States commit troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions?
d) Other or expanded principles
No 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"?
No 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
I completely support President Bush's plans and goals in Iraq. I will continue to fund all of our troop needs so they remain the best fighting force in the world and the safest.

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

Yes 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)?
Undecided 4) Should a nation's human rights record affect its normal trade relations (most favored nation) status with the United States?
Yes 5) Do you support the trade embargo against Cuba?
Undecided 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?
Yes 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.

X a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves.
X b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government.
X 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.
X 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.
b) Increase funding for child care programs.
X c) Continue to give states and local governments flexibility in and responsibility for welfare programs through federal block grants.
X 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.
all above would have conditions
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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