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Paul Tonko
(Democrat, district 20)
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Paul Tonko on Abortion
Click here for 7 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Voted NO on banning federal health coverage that includes abortion. (May 2011)
  • Endorsed by NARAL, indicating a pro-choice stance. (Aug 2012)
  • Ban anti-abortion limitations on abortion services. (Mar 2017)
  • Access safe, legal abortion without restrictions. (Dec 2015)
  • Funding abortion avoids discrimination against poor women. (Jan 2015)
  • Constitutional right to terminate pregnancy for health. (May 2015)
  • Focus on preventing pregnancy, plus emergency contraception. (Jan 2009)
Paul Tonko on Budget & Economy
Click here for 13 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • Voted NO on prioritizing spending in case debt limit is reached. (May 2013)
  • Voted NO on terminating the Home Affordable mortgage Program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on monitoring TARP funds to ensure more mortgage relief. (Jan 2009)
  • Member of House Budget Committee. (Mar 2011)
  • Increase debt limit from $14.3 trillion to $16.7 trillion. (Jul 2011)
  • Voted YES on $900 billion COVID relief package. (Dec 2020)
  • Raise small business depreciation to $125,000. (Jul 2009)
  • Establish a usury limit of 16% for consumer credit cards. (Dec 2009)
  • Ban abusive credit practices & enhance consumer disclosure. (Feb 2009)
  • $1.9 trillion ARPA bill for COVID relief. (Mar 2021)
Paul Tonko on Civil Rights
Click here for 11 full quotes on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Voted for the NY same-sex marriage equality bill. (Nov 2008)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • ENDA: prohibit employment discrimination for gays. (Jun 2009)
  • Constitutional Amendment for women's equal rights. (Jun 2011)
  • Prohibit sexual-identity discrimination at schools. (Mar 2011)
  • Enforce against anti-gay discrimination in public schools. (Apr 2013)
  • Enforce against wage discrimination based on gender. (Jan 2013)
  • Recognize 1961 Freedom Riders against segregated buses. (Feb 2014)
  • Don't elevate gender identity as a protected class. (May 2016)
  • Let states recognize same sex marriage. (Jan 2015)
  • Sponsored bill for ratifying Equal Rights Amendment. (Mar 2021)
Paul Tonko on Corporations
Click here for 10 full quotes on Corporations OR background on Corporations.
  • Voted NO on workforce training by state block grants & industry partners. (Mar 2013)
  • Voted YES on letting shareholders vote on executive compensation. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on more funding for nanotechnology R&D and commercialization. (Jul 2009)
  • Expand lending caps for credit unions to small business. (Oct 2011)
  • Rated 100% by UFCW, indicating an anti-management/pro-labor record. (May 2012)
  • Sponsored enforcing against corporate offshore tax haven banking. (Apr 2013)
  • Corporate political spending is not free speech. (Oct 2013)
  • Deregulating banks encourages discriminatory practices. (Mar 2018)
  • Reducing tax rates balloons federal deficit & cuts programs. (Nov 2017)
  • Voted YES on corporate transparency. (Oct 2019)
Paul Tonko on Crime
Click here for 4 full quotes on Crime OR background on Crime.
  • Voted YES on enforcing against anti-gay hate crimes. (Apr 2009)
  • First step: reduce recidivism & mass incarceration. (Dec 2018)
  • Rated 92% by the NAPO, indicating a tough-on-crime stance. (Dec 2014)
  • Sponsored stricter rules for police accountability. (Mar 2021)
Paul Tonko on Drugs
Click here for 3 full quotes on Drugs OR background on Drugs.
  • Exempt industrial hemp from marijuana laws. (Nov 2017)
  • Rated C by NORML, indicating a mixed record on drug reform. (Nov 2016)
  • Distribute sterile syringes to reduce AIDS and hepatitis. (Jan 2009)
Paul Tonko on Education
Click here for 8 full quotes on Education OR background on Education.
  • Worked to close the STEM gender gap. (Oct 2020)
  • Voted NO on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted YES on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
  • $25B to renovate or repair elementary schools. (Sep 2011)
  • Sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015. (Apr 2013)
  • No-strings-attached block grant will kill transparency. (Jul 2015)
  • Oppose private and religious school voucher programs. (Oct 2015)
  • Voted YES on private lawsuits for school race discrimination. (Sep 2020)
Paul Tonko on Energy & Oil
Click here for 9 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • Green New Deal needs support through legislation. (Oct 2020)
  • National carbon cap and trade program. (Nov 2008)
  • Voted NO on opening Outer Continental Shelf to oil drilling. (May 2011)
  • Voted NO on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted YES on enforcing limits on CO2 global warming pollution. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on banning offshore oil drilling in Gulf of Mexico. (Jul 2016)
  • Federal collaboration for advanced nuclear technologies. (Nov 2015)
  • 50% clean and carbon free electricity by 2030. (Mar 2016)
  • Voted YES to assist rural electric renewable energy. (Sep 2020)
Paul Tonko on Environment
Click here for 10 full quotes on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • Voted YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on protecting free-roaming horses and burros. (Jul 2009)
  • Make tax deduction permanent for conservation easements. (Mar 2009)
  • Regulate all dog breeders down to kennels of 50 dogs. (Feb 2011)
  • Prohibit invasive research on great apes. (Apr 2011)
  • Prohibits breeding or possessing Big Cat species. (Nov 2012)
  • Rated 100% by HSLF, indicating a pro-animal welfare voting record. (Jan 2012)
  • Sponsored tightening restrictions on hydrogen sulfide emissions. (Mar 2013)
  • Voted NO on requiring limited GMO labeling. (Jun 2016)
  • Keep restrictive rules for predator control in Alaska. (Feb 2017)
Paul Tonko on Families & Children
Click here for 5 full quotes on Families & Children OR background on Families & Children.
  • Voted YES on four weeks of paid parental leave for federal employees. (Jun 2009)
  • Sex Ed including both abstinence and contraception. (Mar 2009)
  • More funding & services for victims of domestic violence. (Feb 2013)
  • Sponsored recognition of National Foster Care Month. (May 2017)
  • Teach teens about both abstinence & contraception. (Mar 2009)
Paul Tonko on Foreign Policy
Click here for 8 full quotes on Foreign Policy OR background on Foreign Policy.
  • Voted YES on supporting democratic institutions in Pakistan. (Jun 2009)
  • Rated +2 by AAI, indicating pro-Arab pro-Palestine voting record. (May 2012)
  • Condemn China's organ harvesting from Falun Gong prisoners. (Sep 2013)
  • Maintain World Bank funding as part of multilateralism. (Jan 2018)
  • Voted YES to monitor forced Uyghur labor in Xinjiang. (Sep 2020)
  • Acknowledge the Armenian Genocide, as official US policy. (Mar 2009)
  • Ease the Israeli blockade on Gaza. (Jan 2010)
  • Commitment to unbreakable U.S.-Israel bond. (Mar 2010)
Paul Tonko on Free Trade
Click here for 7 full quotes on Free Trade OR background on Free Trade.
  • Review free trade agreements biennially for rights violation. (Jun 2009)
  • Impose tariffs against countries which manipulate currency. (Feb 2011)
  • Require open markets for US goods in all trade agreements. (May 2011)
  • Sponsored imposing import fee on countries with undervalued currency. (Apr 2013)
  • $25B more loans from Export-Import Bank. (Feb 2015)
  • Oppose USMCA until more environmental & job protections. (Dec 2019)
  • Rated 25% by the USAE, indicating support for trade sanctions. (Dec 2012)
Paul Tonko on Government Reform
Click here for 16 full quotes on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • Voted YES on Senate pay raise. (Jun 2009)
  • Ban stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge. (Nov 2011)
  • Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures. (Feb 2012)
  • Establish 15 days of early voting in all states. (Nov 2012)
  • Matching fund for small donors, with debate requirements. (Jan 2013)
  • No photo IDs to vote; they suppress the vote. (Jun 2014)
  • Establish "My Voice Voucher" small campaign contributions. (Feb 2014)
  • Public financing of federal campaigns by voter vouchers. (Jan 2015)
  • No separate contribution limits for party activities. (Jan 2015)
  • Statehood for the District of Columbia. (Mar 2017)
  • Automatic voter registration for all citizens. (Mar 2015)
  • Holiday on election day; revamp for easier voting access. (Mar 2019)
  • Sponsored bill to expand voter registration and voter access. (Feb 2021)
  • Sponsored impeachment of Trump for inciting insurrection. (Jan 2021)
  • Sponsored bill for statehood for Washington D.C. (Apr 2021)
  • Sponsored "Protecting Our Democracy" to restrict president. (Sep 2021)
Paul Tonko on Gun Control
Click here for 5 full quotes on Gun Control OR background on Gun Control.
  • Appeal Dickey to allow federal research re gun violence. (Oct 2020)
  • Close the Gun Show Loophole; restrict show sales. (May 2009)
  • Ban large-capacity ammunition. (Feb 2013)
  • Require background check for every firearm sale and transfer. (Jan 2019)
  • Sponsored bill for background checks for private transfers. (Mar 2021)
Paul Tonko on Health Care
Click here for 9 full quotes on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • No one should go bankrupt due to a health emergency. (Oct 2020)
  • Health care is a right, not a privilege. (Nov 2008)
  • Voted NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted NO on repealing the "Prevention and Public Health" slush fund. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted YES on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
  • Establish a public insurance option via healthcare Exchanges. (Jan 2011)
  • Sponsored merging Alzheimers diagnosis and care benefit. (Apr 2013)
  • GOP can't beat ObamaCare, so they pretend it's a "disaster". (Feb 2015)
Paul Tonko on Homeland Security
Click here for 6 full quotes on Homeland Security OR background on Homeland Security.
  • Voted NO on extending the PATRIOT Act's roving wiretaps. (Feb 2011)
  • Repeal Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell, and reinstate discharged gays. (Mar 2010)
  • Restrict domestic monitoring of phone calls. (Feb 2014)
  • End bulk data collection under USA PATRIOT Act. (Feb 2014)
  • Funding wars separately is gimmick against sequestration. (Apr 2015)
  • Combat international and domestic Islamophobia. (Dec 2021)
Paul Tonko on Immigration
Click here for 5 full quotes on Immigration OR background on Immigration.
  • Advocates no restrictions on visas for skilled workers. (Oct 2020)
  • Voted to legalize DREAMer immigrants via military service. (Jun 2016)
  • Increase both high-skill and family-based visa caps. (Sep 2019)
  • Expand border security on Mexican border. (Apr 2009)
  • Sponsored bill to disallow religion-based immigration ban. (Apr 2021)
Paul Tonko on Jobs
Click here for 5 full quotes on Jobs OR background on Jobs.
  • Voted NO on allowing compensatory time off for working overtime. (Apr 2013)
  • Form unions by card-check instead of secret ballot. (Mar 2009)
  • Rated 0% by CEI, indicating a pro-worker rights voting record. (May 2012)
  • Raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2016. (Mar 2013)
  • Sponsored bill for strengthening union organizing. (Mar 2021)
Paul Tonko on Principles & Values
Click here for 4 full quotes on Principles & Values OR background on Principles & Values.
  • Religious freedom means no religious registry. (May 2016)
  • Question Trump on Emoluments clause. (May 2017)
  • Certify 2020 Presidential election as fully & fairly counted. (Jan 2021)
  • Create Commission to investigate Jan. 6 Capitol riots. (Jun 2021)
Paul Tonko on Social Security
Click here for 5 full quotes on Social Security OR background on Social Security.
  • Reject privatization; don't raise the retirement age. (Aug 2010)
  • Exclude Medicare and Social Security from deficit reduction. (Aug 2011)
  • Sponsored keeping CPI for benefits instead of lower "Chained CPI". (Apr 2013)
  • Rated 100% by ARA, indicating a pro-Trust Fund stance. (Jan 2013)
  • Endorsed Endorsed by NCPSSM for protecting Social Security and Medicare. (Jun 2022)
Paul Tonko on Tax Reform
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  • Raising estate tax to 1990s level means $448B in new revenue. (Apr 2015)
Paul Tonko on Technology
Click here for 8 full quotes on Technology OR background on Technology.
  • Federal research ensures U.S. R&D leadership. (Oct 2020)
  • Voted NO on protecting cyber security by sharing data with government. (Apr 2013)
  • Voted NO on terminating funding for National Public Radio. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted YES on delaying digital TV conversion by four months. (Mar 2009)
  • Member of House Committee on Science, Space & Technology. (Mar 2011)
  • Sponsored investing $1 billion in transportation projects. (Mar 2013)
  • Let NSF decide research grants, not Congress. (Feb 2016)
  • Sponsored bill for net neutrality for open internet. (Apr 2019)
Paul Tonko on War & Peace
Click here for 8 full quotes on War & Peace OR background on War & Peace.
  • End the war; bring our troops home safely. (Nov 2008)
  • Voted NO on banning armed forces in Libya without Congressional approval. (Jun 2011)
  • Voted YES on removing US armed forces from Afghanistan. (Mar 2011)
  • Defund US military presence in Afghanistan. (Jan 2013)
  • Voted NO on net neutrality: don't regulate the internet. (Sep 2014)
  • Sponsored bill to remove US forces from Yemen. (Feb 2019)
  • No military force against Iran without Congress approval. (Feb 2020)
  • Repeal 2002 Military Force Authorization against Iraq. (Jun 2021)
Paul Tonko on Welfare & Poverty
Click here for 5 full quotes on Welfare & Poverty OR background on Welfare & Poverty.
  • Voted NO on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Sponsored maintaining SNAP nutrition assistance program. (Apr 2013)
  • Voted NO on transferring housing vouchers to ex-addicts. (Jun 2018)
  • Public jobs on community-based public interest projects. (Dec 2009)


VoteMatch Responses
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VoteMatch Question & Answer
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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Endorsed by NARAL, indicating a pro-choice stance: Strongly Favors topic 1
Ban anti-abortion limitations on abortion services: Strongly Favors topic 1
Access safe, legal abortion without restrictions: Strongly Favors topic 1
Rated Funding abortion avoids discrimination against poor women: Strongly Favors topic 1
Rated Constitutional right to terminate pregnancy for health: Strongly Favors topic 1
Focus on preventing pregnancy, plus emergency contraception: Favors topic 1
Teach teens about both abstinence & contraception: Favors topic 1
NO on banning federal health coverage that includes abortion: Strongly Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Constitutional Amendment for women's equal rights: Strongly Favors topic 2
More funding & services for victims of domestic violence: Strongly Favors topic 2
Enforce against wage discrimination based on gender: Strongly Favors topic 2
Recognize 1961 Freedom Riders against segregated buses: Strongly Favors topic 2
Voted YES on private lawsuits for school race discrimination: Favors topic 2
Sponsored bill for ratifying Equal Rights Amendment: Strongly Favors topic 2
Combat international and domestic Islamophobia: Favors topic 2
YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act: Favors topic 2
Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+2 points on Social scale)
Voted for the NY same-sex marriage equality bill: Strongly Favors topic 3
ENDA: prohibit employment discrimination for gays: Favors topic 3
Repeal Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell, and reinstate discharged gays: Favors topic 3
Prohibit sexual-identity discrimination at schools: Strongly Favors topic 3
Enforce against anti-gay discrimination in public schools: Strongly Favors topic 3
Don't elevate gender identity as a protected class: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Let states recognize same sex marriage: Favors topic 3
YES on enforcing against anti-gay hate crimes: Favors topic 3
Strongly Opposes topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(+5 points on Social scale)
Sex Ed including both abstinence and contraception: Opposes topic 4
Religious freedom means no religious registry: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
No one should go bankrupt due to a health emergency: Strongly Favors topic 5
Health care is a right, not a privilege: Strongly Favors topic 5
Establish a public insurance option via healthcare Exchanges: Strongly Favors topic 5
Sponsored merging Alzheimers diagnosis and care benefit: Favors topic 5
Rated GOP can't beat ObamaCare, so they pretend it's a "disaster": Strongly Favors topic 5
NO on repealing the "Prevention and Public Health" slush fund: Strongly Favors topic 5
NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts: Favors topic 5
YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program: Favors topic 5
YES on regulating tobacco as a drug: Favors topic 5
Strongly Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Reject privatization; don't raise the retirement age: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Exclude Medicare and Social Security from deficit reduction: Opposes topic 6
Sponsored keeping CPI for benefits instead of lower "Chained CPI": Strongly Opposes topic 6
Rated 100% by ARA, indicating a pro-Trust Fund stance: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Endorsed Endorsed by NCPSSM for protecting Social Security and Medicare: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Strongly Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Worked to close the STEM gender gap: Strongly Opposes topic 7
$25B to renovate or repair elementary schools: Opposes topic 7
Sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015: Opposes topic 7
Rated No-strings-attached block grant will kill transparency: Opposes topic 7
Rated Oppose private and religious school voucher programs: Strongly Opposes topic 7
NO on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program: Strongly Opposes topic 7
YES on $40B for green public schools: Opposes topic 7
Opposes topic 8:
Fight EPA regulatory over-reach
(+2 points on Social scale)
Make tax deduction permanent for conservation easements: Opposes topic 8
Regulate all dog breeders down to kennels of 50 dogs: Opposes topic 8
Prohibit invasive research on great apes: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Prohibits breeding or possessing Big Cat species: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Sponsored tightening restrictions on hydrogen sulfide emissions: Favors topic 8
Rated Voted NO on requiring limited GMO labeling: Favors topic 8
Rated Deregulating banks encourages discriminatory practices: Opposes topic 8
Rated Keep restrictive rules for predator control in Alaska: Strongly Opposes topic 8
YES on protecting free-roaming horses and burros: Opposes topic 8
Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+2 points on Social scale)
First step: reduce recidivism & mass incarceration: Opposes topic 9
Rated 92% by the NAPO, indicating a tough-on-crime stance: Favors topic 9
Sponsored stricter rules for police accountability: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Appeal Dickey to allow federal research re gun violence: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Close the Gun Show Loophole; restrict show sales: Opposes topic 10
Ban large-capacity ammunition: Opposes topic 10
Require background check for every firearm sale and transfer: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Sponsored bill for background checks for private transfers: Strongly Favors topic 10
Neutral on topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(0 points on Economic scale)
Sponsored enforcing against corporate offshore tax haven banking: Favors topic 11
Rated Raising estate tax to 1990s level means $448B in new revenue: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Rated Reducing tax rates balloons federal deficit & cuts programs: Favors topic 11
Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+2 points on Social scale)
Advocates no restrictions on visas for skilled workers: Strongly Favors topic 12
Rated Voted to legalize DREAMer immigrants via military service: Strongly Favors topic 12
Increase both high-skill and family-based visa caps: Favors topic 12
Expand border security on Mexican border: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Sponsored bill to disallow religion-based immigration ban: Strongly Favors topic 12
Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Review free trade agreements biennially for rights violation: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Impose tariffs against countries which manipulate currency: Opposes topic 13
Require open markets for US goods in all trade agreements: Opposes topic 13
Sponsored imposing import fee on countries with undervalued currency: Opposes topic 13
$25B more loans from Export-Import Bank: Strongly Favors topic 13
Rated Oppose USMCA until more environmental & job protections: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Rated 25% by the USAE, indicating support for trade sanctions: Opposes topic 13
Opposes topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Condemn China's organ harvesting from Falun Gong prisoners: Opposes topic 14
Rated Maintain World Bank funding as part of multilateralism: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Voted YES to monitor forced Uyghur labor in Xinjiang: Favors topic 14
Opposes topic 15:
Expand the military
(+2 points on Social scale)
Rated Funding wars separately is gimmick against sequestration: Opposes topic 15
Rated Let NSF decide research grants, not Congress: Opposes topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(+5 points on Social scale)
Ban stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge: Strongly Favors topic 16
Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures: Strongly Favors topic 16
Establish 15 days of early voting in all states: Favors topic 16
Matching fund for small donors, with debate requirements: Favors topic 16
No photo IDs to vote; they suppress the vote: Favors topic 16
Corporate political spending is not free speech: Favors topic 16
Establish "My Voice Voucher" small campaign contributions: Strongly Favors topic 16
Public financing of federal campaigns by voter vouchers: Favors topic 16
No separate contribution limits for party activities: Favors topic 16
Statehood for the District of Columbia: Favors topic 16
Automatic voter registration for all citizens: Strongly Favors topic 16
Holiday on election day; revamp for easier voting access: Favors topic 16
Sponsored bill to expand voter registration and voter access: Strongly Favors topic 16
Strongly Favors topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(+5 points on Social scale)
End the war; bring our troops home safely: Strongly Favors topic 17
Defund US military presence in Afghanistan: Strongly Favors topic 17
Rated Voted NO on net neutrality: don't regulate the internet: Favors topic 17
Sponsored bill to remove US forces from Yemen: Strongly Favors topic 17
No military force against Iran without Congress approval: Strongly Favors topic 17
Repeal 2002 Military Force Authorization against Iraq: Favors topic 17
YES on removing US armed forces from Afghanistan: Strongly Favors topic 17
NO on banning armed forces in Libya without Congressional approval: Opposes topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Green New Deal needs support through legislation: Strongly Favors topic 18
National carbon cap and trade program: Favors topic 18
Voted YES on banning offshore oil drilling in Gulf of Mexico: Strongly Favors topic 18
Federal collaboration for advanced nuclear technologies: Opposes topic 18
50% clean and carbon free electricity by 2030: Strongly Favors topic 18
Voted YES to assist rural electric renewable energy: Favors topic 18
NO on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases: Favors topic 18
NO on opening Outer Continental Shelf to oil drilling: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on enforcing limits on CO2 global warming pollution: Favors topic 18
YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program: Favors topic 18
Opposes topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(+2 points on Social scale)
Exempt industrial hemp from marijuana laws: Opposes topic 19
Rated C by NORML, indicating a mixed record on drug reform: Neutral on topic 19
Distribute sterile syringes to reduce AIDS and hepatitis: Opposes topic 19
Strongly Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Federal research ensures U.S. R&D leadership: Strongly Favors topic 20
Increase debt limit from $14.3 trillion to $16.7 trillion: Favors topic 20
Expand lending caps for credit unions to small business: Favors topic 20
Sponsored investing $1 billion in transportation projects: Favors topic 20
Raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2016: Favors topic 20
Voted YES on $900 billion COVID relief package: Favors topic 20
$1.9 trillion ARPA bill for COVID relief: Favors topic 20
NO on prioritizing spending in case debt limit is reached: Favors topic 20
YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending: Strongly Favors topic 20

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