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David Cicilline's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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  • "Incredibly proud that the Rhode Island General Assembly just passed legislation to codify Roe v. Wade. More states need to do the same!" (twitter.com)
  • "And, in Congress, David has been an outspoken deterrent against Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, a vital resource providing access to reproductive health care for thousands of women." (www.cicilline.com)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America. (votesmart.org)
  • "This is why Republicans are running up the deficit with tax cuts for millionaires - so they can bleed Social Security and Medicare dry." (twitter.com)
  • David is also fighting to make certain our tax policies do not disadvantage middle class workers and their families introducing legislation to require that the wealthiest among us pay at least at least the same effective tax rate as middle class families, and supporting a measure to enhance the child tax credit. (www.cicilline.com)
  • It robs working people in order to give even more money to the wealthy. And it will force the next generation to pay off more than $1 trillion in new deficit spending. (votesmart.org)
  • "This from the same guy who signed a $2 trillion tax cut where 83% went to the richest 1% in America. Have you no shame?" (twitter.com)
  • "David is committed to protecting Social Security, and has cosponsored legislation that would help strengthen the Social Security Trust Fund while also improving the Cost of Living Adjustment formula to better reflect price changes in the goods and services regularly purchased by seniors. He has led the fight in Congress against "Chained CPI," which would reduce cost-of-living adjustments for Rhode Island's seniors over time. David also opposes the raising of the Social Security eligibility age or any effort to privatize the system." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (votesmart.org)
  • "After a lifetime of hard work, Rhode Island's seniors have earned the right to enjoy their retirement years with dignity, financial security and quality affordable health care. It is critically important to David that we provide our nation's seniors with access to quality health care, affordable prescription drugs, a secure retirement, safe housing, and responsive transportation services that help seniors live active and fulfilling lives. Our government must honor the promises it makes, and David is fighting in Congress to protect Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security." (votesmart.org)
  • "Proud to be co-sponsoring Medicare for All (HR 676). It's past time for the American people to have universal health care coverage!" (twitter.com)
  • Rated 100% by Common Cause. (votesmart.org)
  • "Citizens United opened the floodgates, and the result has been disastrous. We must remove the influence of big money from elections, and work toward a process that is transparent and holds candidates accountable not to donors, but to the people who matter most -- the constituents," (votesmart.org)
  • Endorsed by End Citizens United. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - For the People Act of 2019. (votesmart.org)
  • "A system where an officer of the peace can escape liability by virtue of his badge and gun is a system that must end. Never again should an officer feel empowered to choke the life out of an unarmed Black man whose crime was selling loose cigarettes. Never again should an officer shoot and kill an unarmed Black man in the back as he runs away." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 7120 - George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020. (votesmart.org)
  • "This year, David authored the Make it in America Manufacturing Communities Act, legislation introduced with bi-partisan support in the House and Senate. The proposal would help states like Rhode Island be better positioned to leverage federal funding to support the advanced manufacturing sector, helping create good paying jobs right here at home." (www.cicilline.com)
  • Endorsed by Council for a Livable World. (votesmart.org)
  • "I'm proud the House adopted my proposals to strengthen protections for servicemembers, support manufacturing jobs in Rhode Island, and help our allies maintain stability abroad. This is a strong and necessary piece of legislation, and I'm pleased we passed it today." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "Preserving the agreement in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 that required increased spending to be spread evenly between defense spending and non-defense discretionary accounts which have both been harmed by the ongoing sequester;" (votesmart.org)
  • "Democrats have A Better Deal to Rebuild America. We are committed to making an investment of $1 trillion -- five times more than President Trump's plan -- to create 16 million new, good-paying jobs rebuilding our country. Unlike the President's plan, our plan will strengthen Buy American requirements, secure the Highway Trust Fund, and invest in rebuilding K-12 schools." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 22 - Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "This year, David authored the Make it in America Manufacturing Communities Act, legislation introduced with bi-partisan support in the House and Senate. The proposal would help states like Rhode Island be better positioned to leverage federal funding to support the advanced manufacturing sector, helping create good paying jobs right here at home." (www.cicilline.com)
  • "Democrats have A Better Deal to Rebuild America. We are committed to making an investment of $1 trillion -- five times more than President Trump's plan -- to create 16 million new, good-paying jobs rebuilding our country. Unlike the President's plan, our plan will strengthen Buy American requirements, secure the Highway Trust Fund, and invest in rebuilding K-12 schools." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 22 - Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. (votesmart.org)
  • David also introduced a bill to end taxpayer subsidies that incentivize companies to send jobs overseas, and would put policies in place to encourage firms to bring jobs back home to America." (www.cicilline.com)
  • "David is also fighting to make certain our tax policies do not disadvantage middle class workers and their families introducing legislation to require that the wealthiest among us pay at least at least the same effective tax rate as middle class families, and supporting a measure to enhance the child tax credit." (www.cicilline.com)
  • "The President’s cut taxes for the wealthy and corporations on the backs of working people. He promised the benefits would trickle down. That was a lie." (twitter.com)
  • "This from the same guy who signed a $2 trillion tax cut where 83% went to the richest 1% in America. Have you no shame?" (twitter.com)
  • "Thanks to the leadership of Speaker Pelosi and our extraordinary committee chairs, that is what this bill does for healthcare workers on the front lines of this fight and the working folks and small business owners struggling to get by. That is why this bill provides $130 billion for hospitals to treat patients and to protect workers, $360 billion in relief for small businesses, $250 billion in direct cash payments to workers and families, and an average of 4 months of full pay for workers who are laid off because of this crisis. Let's pass this bill now." (votesmart.org)
  • David also introduced a bill to end taxpayer subsidies that incentivize companies to send jobs overseas, and would put policies in place to encourage firms to bring jobs back home to America." (www.cicilline.com)
  • "David is also fighting to make certain our tax policies do not disadvantage middle class workers and their families introducing legislation to require that the wealthiest among us pay at least at least the same effective tax rate as middle class families, and supporting a measure to enhance the child tax credit." (www.cicilline.com)
  • "The President’s cut taxes for the wealthy and corporations on the backs of working people. He promised the benefits would trickle down. That was a lie." (twitter.com)
  • "This from the same guy who signed a $2 trillion tax cut where 83% went to the richest 1% in America. Have you no shame?" (twitter.com)
  • "Glad to see the @SBAgov move quickly to approve this request for small business relief in Rhode Island. This designation will help owners apply for low-interest federal loans and other valuable tools as we continue working to get through this pandemic." ". (twitter.com)
  • "NEW: Working to get relief for small business owners in Rhode Island. The Trump administration should approve this request ASAP." (twitter.com)
  • ".@SpeakerPelosi is right. We must go bigger if we’re going to address the challenges of this pandemic. We’ll be fighting for: • More resources for hospitals & health care workers • More small business relief • Longer unemployment benefits • More direct payments to workers". (twitter.com)
  • "In order to achieve this, it's vital that we provide teachers with the tools they need to provide our children with the very best instruction possible including increasing support for better technology in the classrooms, initiatives to rebuild our schools so they are safe and secure 21st century learning environments, and greater community involvement. David believes that we must offer support every step along the way, from cradle to college, so we can ensure that students get the most out of their education. In addition, David is working to make certain that more Rhode Islanders have access to affordable higher education." (votesmart.org)
  • "Glad to see the @SBAgov move quickly to approve this request for small business relief in Rhode Island. This designation will help owners apply for low-interest federal loans and other valuable tools as we continue working to get through this pandemic." ". (twitter.com)
  • "NEW: Working to get relief for small business owners in Rhode Island. The Trump administration should approve this request ASAP." (twitter.com)
  • ".@SpeakerPelosi is right. We must go bigger if we’re going to address the challenges of this pandemic. We’ll be fighting for: • More resources for hospitals & health care workers • More small business relief • Longer unemployment benefits • More direct payments to workers". (twitter.com)
  • "Thanks to the leadership of Speaker Pelosi and our extraordinary committee chairs, that is what this bill does for healthcare workers on the front lines of this fight and the working folks and small business owners struggling to get by. That is why this bill provides $130 billion for hospitals to treat patients and to protect workers, $360 billion in relief for small businesses, $250 billion in direct cash payments to workers and families, and an average of 4 months of full pay for workers who are laid off because of this crisis. Let's pass this bill now." (votesmart.org)
  • "In 2015, for the first time in more than a decade, Congress overhauled the nation's elementary and secondary education policy through the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). David was front and center in this effort, and worked successfully to incorporate into the final law provisions taken from legislation he authored the Community Partnerships in Education Act. Through David's advocacy, federal education policy now includes enhanced supports for after-school and expanded learning programs as integral components of school improvement." (www.cicilline.com)
  • Rated 100% by National Education Association. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 98% by League of Conservation Voters (2019 Lifetime). (votesmart.org)
  • "In 2015, for the first time in more than a decade, Congress overhauled the nation's elementary and secondary education policy through the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). David was front and center in this effort, and worked successfully to incorporate into the final law provisions taken from legislation he authored the Community Partnerships in Education Act. Through David's advocacy, federal education policy now includes enhanced supports for after-school and expanded learning programs as integral components of school improvement." (www.cicilline.com)
  • "I’m proud to endorse the #GreenNewDeal. Working people should benefit as we move towards renewable energy. Climate change is one of the great challenges of our time. It’s time for real action that saves our planet AND creates millions of new, good-paying jobs. I’m in!" (twitter.com)
  • "In order to achieve this, it's vital that we provide teachers with the tools they need to provide our children with the very best instruction possible including increasing support for better technology in the classrooms, initiatives to rebuild our schools so they are safe and secure 21st century learning environments, and greater community involvement. David believes that we must offer support every step along the way, from cradle to college, so we can ensure that students get the most out of their education. In addition, David is working to make certain that more Rhode Islanders have access to affordable higher education." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by National Education Association. (votesmart.org)
  • "David understands the importance of this responsibility, and has worked hard in Congress to defend our environment and advance the development of renewable energy technology." (www.cicilline.com)
  • "David knows that to protect Rhode Island’s air, water, and other natural resources today and years into the future, we need to end our reliance on the fossil fuels that pollute and degrade our ecosystem." (www.cicilline.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 9 - Climate Action Now Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "David joined as co-lead in introducing the American Opportunity Carbon Fee Act, a law that would impose fees on carbon and greenhouse gas emissions." (www.cicilline.com)
  • "That's why David has been a strong supporter of President Obama's Climate Action Plan, which calls on the United States and partners throughout the world to commit to reductions in carbon pollution." (www.cicilline.com)
  • "I’m proud to endorse the #GreenNewDeal. Working people should benefit as we move towards renewable energy. Climate change is one of the great challenges of our time. It’s time for real action that saves our planet AND creates millions of new, good-paying jobs. I’m in!" (twitter.com)
  • "David knows that to protect Rhode Island’s air, water, and other natural resources today and years into the future, we need to end our reliance on the fossil fuels that pollute and degrade our ecosystem." (www.cicilline.com)
  • Rated 98% by League of Conservation Voters (2019 Lifetime). (votesmart.org)
  • "David understands the importance of this responsibility, and has worked hard in Congress to defend our environment and advance the development of renewable energy technology." (www.cicilline.com)
  • Rated 0% by the National Rifle Association (votesmart.org)
  • "That's why David has been a strong supporter of President Obama's Climate Action Plan, which calls on the United States and partners throughout the world to commit to reductions in carbon pollution." (www.cicilline.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 9 - Climate Action Now Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "David joined as co-lead in introducing the American Opportunity Carbon Fee Act, a law that would impose fees on carbon and greenhouse gas emissions." (www.cicilline.com)
  • "Last year, David introduced the Assault Weapons Ban to ban the production and purchase of new assault-style weapons that are designed to kill as many people as quickly as possible. As a member of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, David has also introduced bills to expand background checks, improve the reporting of mental health records to the NICS system, and prohibit anyone convicted of a misdemeanor hate crime from purchasing a gun" (www.cicilline.com)
  • "David believes we need to build on the successes of the Affordable Care Act and fix what doesn’t work." (www.cicilline.com)
  • "Last year, David introduced the Assault Weapons Ban to ban the production and purchase of new assault-style weapons that are designed to kill as many people as quickly as possible. As a member of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, David has also introduced bills to expand background checks, improve the reporting of mental health records to the NICS system, and prohibit anyone convicted of a misdemeanor hate crime from purchasing a gun" (www.cicilline.com)
  • Rated 0% by the National Rifle Association (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by American Public Health Association. (votesmart.org)
  • "For so many Rhode Islanders, the Affordable Care Act has been a landmark achievement – designed to ensure every person, regardless of their gender, age or a pre-existing condition, would have access to affordable health care. That’s why David has fought against efforts led by President Trump and Republicans in Congress to undermine the Affordable Care Act, which would drive up premiums and deny care to those with pre-existing conditions." (www.cicilline.com)
  • "I recognize the tremendous economic sacrifices small business owners are making to help protect the public. RI's amazing restaurants & bars are doing right by their customers & community & we are grateful. Thank you! I will continue working hard to ensure Congress supports you." (twitter.com)
  • Rated 100% by American Public Health Association. (votesmart.org)
  • "David believes we need to build on the successes of the Affordable Care Act and fix what doesn’t work." (www.cicilline.com)
  • "For so many Rhode Islanders, the Affordable Care Act has been a landmark achievement – designed to ensure every person, regardless of their gender, age or a pre-existing condition, would have access to affordable health care. That’s why David has fought against efforts led by President Trump and Republicans in Congress to undermine the Affordable Care Act, which would drive up premiums and deny care to those with pre-existing conditions." (www.cicilline.com)
  • "Proud to be co-sponsoring Medicare for All (HR 676). It's past time for the American people to have universal health care coverage!" (twitter.com)
  • "Every working American deserves paid sick leave. Republicans may not believe that, but Democrats do. @SpeakerPelosi worked like hell last week to get paid leave for millions of workers included in this bill. She knows action is more important than grandstanding." (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "It's also important to recognize what this bill does not include -- namely, funding for a border wall or a cruel deportation task force. I hope that the Senate will move quickly to approve this funding. I look forward to working further with my colleagues to preserve these priorities in the months ahead." (votesmart.org)
  • "Every working American deserves paid sick leave. Republicans may not believe that, but Democrats do. @SpeakerPelosi worked like hell last week to get paid leave for millions of workers included in this bill. She knows action is more important than grandstanding." (twitter.com)
  • "I recognize the tremendous economic sacrifices small business owners are making to help protect the public. RI's amazing restaurants & bars are doing right by their customers & community & we are grateful. Thank you! I will continue working hard to ensure Congress supports you." (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "All these priorities are taking a backseat so President Trump can pay for a $21.6 billion border wall. A border wall that the President's own Homeland Security Secretary has said will not make our border safer. A border wall that President Trump once promised would be paid for by Mexico, not by American taxpayers." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by NumbersUSA. (votesmart.org)
  • "Regardless of how they came here, they are a part of our community. They have served in the military, attended school, and worked hard and made significant contributions to our country. They are American in every way except for a piece of paper. I'm proud that the House passed the American Dream and Promise Act today so that they can continue living here, working here, and contributing to our community. I am pleased that this bill also protects Liberian DED beneficiaries from deportation and offers them a path to citizenship." (votesmart.org)
  • "All these priorities are taking a backseat so President Trump can pay for a $21.6 billion border wall. A border wall that the President's own Homeland Security Secretary has said will not make our border safer. A border wall that President Trump once promised would be paid for by Mexico, not by American taxpayers." (votesmart.org)
  • "It's also important to recognize what this bill does not include -- namely, funding for a border wall or a cruel deportation task force. I hope that the Senate will move quickly to approve this funding. I look forward to working further with my colleagues to preserve these priorities in the months ahead." (votesmart.org)
  • "David strongly believes the House of Representatives should pass legislation to help approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants emerge from the shadows, and provide a responsible path to citizenship for those who want to fully participate in our civil society and contribute to our nation's economy." (www.cicilline.com)
  • Rated 0% by NumbersUSA. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6 - American Dream and Promise Act of 2019. (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "Few decisions are more needing of debate than a move to launch attacks, or declare war, on a nuclear-armed state such as North Korea. Military action against North Korea was considered by the Obama, Bush and Clinton Administrations, but all ultimately determined there was no military option that would not run the unacceptable risk of a counter-reaction from Pyongyang. This reaction could immediately threaten the lives of as many as a third of the South Korean population, put nearly 30,000 U.S. service members and over 100,000 other U.S. citizens residing in South Korea in grave danger, and also threaten other regional allies such as Japan." (votesmart.org)
  • "David strongly believes the House of Representatives should pass legislation to help approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants emerge from the shadows, and provide a responsible path to citizenship for those who want to fully participate in our civil society and contribute to our nation's economy." (www.cicilline.com)
  • Rated 0% by NumbersUSA. (votesmart.org)
  • "Regardless of how they came here, they are a part of our community. They have served in the military, attended school, and worked hard and made significant contributions to our country. They are American in every way except for a piece of paper. I'm proud that the House passed the American Dream and Promise Act today so that they can continue living here, working here, and contributing to our community. I am pleased that this bill also protects Liberian DED beneficiaries from deportation and offers them a path to citizenship." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6 - American Dream and Promise Act of 2019. (votesmart.org)
  • "But the only thing President Trump has achieved today is to bring us closer to another military conflict in the Middle East. At a time when we should be working towards a diplomatic resolution of the North Korean crisis, President Trump's action will undermine confidence that America keeps its word. This is not what he was elected to do. The American people deserve better." (votesmart.org)
  • "Ensuring that Iran never has the ability to develop and use a nuclear weapon is essential to the security of the United States and to the peace and stability of the entire world. The Iran Deal prevented Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, and the Trump administration's decision to withdraw from this agreement was reckless and short-sighted." (votesmart.org)
  • "President Trump's decision to impose new sanctions today does nothing to prevent Iran from proceeding with its nuclear program, nor does it advance our national security interests." (votesmart.org)
  • "With Osama bin Laden gone and no longer able to threaten the United States, and the Taliban out of power, David believes the American people are rightfully concerned about the cost and the wisdom of sustaining continued military efforts in Afghanistan." (votesmart.org)
  • "But the only thing President Trump has achieved today is to bring us closer to another military conflict in the Middle East. At a time when we should be working towards a diplomatic resolution of the North Korean crisis, President Trump's action will undermine confidence that America keeps its word. This is not what he was elected to do. The American people deserve better." (votesmart.org)
  • "Ensuring that Iran never has the ability to develop and use a nuclear weapon is essential to the security of the United States and to the peace and stability of the entire world. The Iran Deal prevented Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, and the Trump administration's decision to withdraw from this agreement was reckless and short-sighted." (votesmart.org)
  • "President Trump's decision to impose new sanctions today does nothing to prevent Iran from proceeding with its nuclear program, nor does it advance our national security interests." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "Few decisions are more needing of debate than a move to launch attacks, or declare war, on a nuclear-armed state such as North Korea. Military action against North Korea was considered by the Obama, Bush and Clinton Administrations, but all ultimately determined there was no military option that would not run the unacceptable risk of a counter-reaction from Pyongyang. This reaction could immediately threaten the lives of as many as a third of the South Korean population, put nearly 30,000 U.S. service members and over 100,000 other U.S. citizens residing in South Korea in grave danger, and also threaten other regional allies such as Japan." (votesmart.org)
  • Endorsed by Council for a Livable World. (votesmart.org)
  • "In 2011, David led a bipartisan group of his House colleagues in a letter to President Obama requesting that he put forth a plan for a larger drawdown of troops and an accelerated timetable for the U.S. military to withdraw from Afghanistan." (votesmart.org)
  • "We must acknowledge the toll repeated tours of duty have on the men and women who volunteer to serve our country in the armed forces. It should always be a priority to bring our troops home as soon as possible." (www.cicilline.com)
  • "I’m going to say the bigger threat to the economy is starting a multi-front trade war without a plan to win it." (twitter.com)
  • Endorsed by Council for a Livable World. (votesmart.org)
  • "In 2011, David led a bipartisan group of his House colleagues in a letter to President Obama requesting that he put forth a plan for a larger drawdown of troops and an accelerated timetable for the U.S. military to withdraw from Afghanistan." (votesmart.org)
  • "With Osama bin Laden gone and no longer able to threaten the United States, and the Taliban out of power, David believes the American people are rightfully concerned about the cost and the wisdom of sustaining continued military efforts in Afghanistan." (votesmart.org)
  • "We must acknowledge the toll repeated tours of duty have on the men and women who volunteer to serve our country in the armed forces. It should always be a priority to bring our troops home as soon as possible." (www.cicilline.com)
  • "On this basis, we have concluded that the TPP will not contribute to economic growth, create additional American jobs or raise wages, or set high standards for labor rights or the environment." (votesmart.org)
  • "The President promised to make NAFTA work for American workers. But a leaked letter from the White House shows he's already looking to implement the same failed policies that are good for corporate America and bad for workers." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 - United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "I’m going to say the bigger threat to the economy is starting a multi-front trade war without a plan to win it." (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 - United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "The President promised to make NAFTA work for American workers. But a leaked letter from the White House shows he's already looking to implement the same failed policies that are good for corporate America and bad for workers." (votesmart.org)
  • "On this basis, we have concluded that the TPP will not contribute to economic growth, create additional American jobs or raise wages, or set high standards for labor rights or the environment." (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) concerning abortion.

X a) Abortions should always be legally available.
b) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
c) Abortions should be legal only when pregnancy resulted from incest, rape, or when the life of the woman is endangered.
d) Abortions should be legal only when the life of the woman is endangered.
e) Abortions should always be illegal.
f) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and parental notification requirements.
g) Prohibit the late-term abortion procedure known as "partial-birth" abortion.
h) Support "buffer zones" by requiring demonstrators to stay at least 15 feet away from abortion clinic doorways and driveways.
i) Other
Yes j) Should Rhode Island government funding be provided to clinics and medical facilities that provide abortion services?

Indicate the principles you support (if any) concerning affirmative action. State government agencies should take race and sex into account in the following sectors:

Yes a) College and university admissions
Yes b) Public employment
Yes c) State contracting
d) Other

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

a) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
b) Support contracting with private sector firms to build and/or manage state prisons.
c) End parole for repeat violent felons.
d) Support the use of the death penalty.
X e) Oppose the death penalty.
X f) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
g) Inform communities when a convicted sex offender moves into the community.
X h) Increase state funds for programs which rehabilitate and educate inmates during and after their prison sentences.
X i) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
j) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
k) Strengthen penalties and sentences for sex offenders.
X l) Lower the blood-alcohol-content limit defining drunk driving.
m) Prosecute juveniles who commit murder or other serious violent crimes as adults.
n) Other
Undecided o) Do you support the current law requiring the state to take DNA samples from suspects in violent crimes?

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning the economy and employment.

X a) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
X b) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
c) Support limits on cash damages in lawsuits against businesses and professionals for product liability or malpractice.
X d) Increase funding for state job-training programs that retrain displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
e) Other
No f) Should the state approve a gambling facility for the Narragansett Indians in Providence?

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

X a) Increase state funds for professional development of public school teachers and administrators.
X b) Encourage private or corporate investment in public school programs.
c) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious).
X d) Favor charter schools where independent groups receive state authorization and funding to establish new schools.
X e) Support sex education programs which stress abstinence.
X f) Support sex education programs which stress safe sexual practices.
X g) Increase state funds for school construction and facility maintenance.
X h) Increase state funds for hiring of additional teachers.
i) Endorse teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools.
X j) Increase state funding to develop full day kindergarten and preschool programs.
k) Other

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

X a) Require the use of cleaner burning fuels in order to prevent pollution.
b) Support "self-audit" legislation which creates incentives for industries to audit themselves and clean up pollution.
X c) Require a cost/benefit analysis to determine the economic impact of proposed environmental regulations before they are implemented.
X d) Require the state to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses on privately owned land.
X e) Provide funding for recycling programs in Rhode Island.
f) Request added flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding federal environmental regulations.
g) Suspend participation in unfunded, federally mandated environmental protection legislation.
h) Other
Yes i) State environmental regulations should not be stricter than federal law.
Undecided j) Do you support increasing the minimum size for lobsters harvested in Rhode Island waters?
Undecided k) Do you support instituting limits on the number of traps maintained by each lobsterman?

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding government reform.a) Do you support limits on the number of terms of the following Rhode Island officials?b) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?

No 1) State Senators and Representatives
No 2) Governor
Yes 1) Individual
Yes 2) PAC
Yes 3) Corporate
Yes c) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Yes d) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
Yes e) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
No f) Would you vote to ratify an amendment to the U.S. Constitution requiring an annual balanced federal budget?
No g) Do you support allowing members of the General Assembly to serve on state boards and commissions?
h) Other

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

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

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

X a) Provide tax incentives to small businesses that provide health care to their employees.
X b) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care, through managed care, insurance reforms, or state funded care where necessary.
X c) Support funding for RIte Care, which provides health care for uninsured pregnant women and children under age 18.
d) Transfer more existing Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
X e) Use state funds to continue some Medicaid coverage for legal immigrants.
f) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
g) Guaranteeing medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
X h) Allow people to sue health maintenance organizations that deny treatment, when that action results in serious injury or death.
i) Other

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

X a) Increase state funding for programs to prevent teen pregnancy.
X b) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
X c) Increase state funds to provide child care to children in low-income working families.
X d) Deny or suspend state-issued permits and licenses to parents who are delinquent in paying court-ordered child support.
X e) Favor banning smoking in public places.
X f) Increase state funding for Head Start in order to serve additional children and/or increase services from a half to a full day.
X g) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
X h) Support state funding of programs for at-risk youth such as guaranteed college loans and job training and placement.
i) Other
Yes j) Do you believe that the Rhode Island government should include sexual orientation in Rhode Island's anti-discrimination laws?
Yes k) Do you believe that the Rhode Island government should recognize same-sex marriages?

Indicate the funding levels you will support for the following general categories. Select one level only.

Greatly Increase a) Education (K-12)
Slightly Increase b) Education (Higher)
Slightly Increase c) Environment
Slightly Increase d) Health care
Maintain Status e) Law enforcement
Maintain Status f) Transportation infrastructure (highways, roads, bridges)
Maintain Status g) Welfare
h) Other

Indicate the tax levels you will support. Select one level only.

Maintain Status a) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Status b) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increase c) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Status d) Corporate taxes
Maintain Status e) Gas taxes
Maintain Status f) Income taxes
Greatly Decrease g) Property taxes
Slightly Decrease h) Sales taxes
i) Other
Yes j) Do you support Rhode Island's flat tax structure for state income taxes?

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

a) Maintain the five-year limit on welfare benefits.
X b) Require that able-bodied recipients participate in work activities in order to receive benefits.
X c) Increase employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
X d) Provide tax incentives to businesses that hire welfare recipients.
X e) Provide child care for welfare recipients who work.
X f) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
X g) Allow welfare recipients to remain eligible for benefits while saving money for education, starting a business, or buying a home.
h) Limit benefits given to recipients if they have additional children while on welfare.
i) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
j) Other
Please explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional government funding needed to implement these priorities.

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