Sanford Bishop Committee Assignments House

Committees

The committee is where the bulk of the work is done in Congress once a piece of legislation is introduced and entered into the Congressional Record. Congressman Bishop serves on the House Committee on Appropriations.

The House Committee on Appropriations consists of 12 subcommittees, each of which is responsible for appropriations measures that provide funding for numerous activities such as national defense, education, and homeland security, as well as general government operations. Congress has developed certain rules and practices for the consideration of appropriations measures, referred to as the congressional appropriations process. For more information about the Appropriations process, please visit my Appropriations page.

Congressman Bishop serves on three Subcommittees of the Appropriations Committee. Click on the links below for more information on Congressman Bishop’s subcommittees:

Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
Ranking Member
Jurisdiction: Department of Agriculture (Except Forest Service), Farm Credit Administration, Farm Credit System Financial Assistance Corporation, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Food and Drug Administration (HHS)

Subcommittee on Financial Services
Jurisdiction: Department of the Treasury (except Debt Restructuring, International Affairs Technical Assistance, and International Financial Institutions); District of Columbia; The Judiciary; Executive Office of the President (except Office of Science and Technology Policy, Office of the United States Trade Representative, and Council on Environmental Quality and Office of Environmental Quality); Independent Agencies: Administrative Conference of the United States, Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Election Assistance Commission, Federal Communications Commission, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Office of the Inspector General, Federal Election Commission, Federal Labor Relations Authority, Federal Trade Commission, General Services Administration, Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, Merit Systems Protection Board, Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation, National Archives and Records Administration, National Credit Union Administration, Office of Government Ethics, Office of Personnel Management and Related Trust Funds, Office of Special Counsel, Postal Regulatory Commission, Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, Recovery and Accountability Transparency Board, Securities and Exchange Commission, Selective Service System, Small Business Administration, United States Postal Service, Payment to the Postal Service Fund, United States Tax Court; General Provisions, Government-wide

Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies
Jurisdiction: Department of Defense (Military Construction, Military Family Housing Construction, Family Housing Improvement Fund, Military Unaccompanied Housing Improvement Fund, Homeowners Assistance Fund, BRAC, NATO Security Investment Program), Department of Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies (American Battle Monuments Commission, Armed Forces Retirement Home, Department of Defense, Civil, Cemeterial Expenses, Army U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims)

Caucuses

In addition to his committee assignment, Congressman Bishop is a member of a number of caucuses and task forces that help him better serve the people of Southwest Georgia:

Congressional Military Family Caucus, Co-Chairman
The primary goal of the Congressional Military Family Caucus is to foster the interests of family members of the uniformed services by educating Members of Congress and their staff on the challenges that a military family faces on a daily basis, and to see that these concerns are properly identified, addressed, and resolved.

Congressional Peanut Caucus, Co-Chairman
The Congressional Peanut Caucus (CPC) is a group of 17 lawmakers representing states with significant peanut farming and production. Members of the CPC have agreed to work together to ensure that peanut interests have a strong voice in Congress, and that peanut issues are taken into account in agricultural legislation. The CPC is co-Chaired by U.S. Representatives Martha Roby (R-AL) and Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (D-GA).

Congressional Black Caucus

The Congressional Black Caucus was formed in 1969 when the 13 black members of the U.S. House of Representatives joined together to strengthen their efforts to address the legislative concerns of black and minority citizens. Congressman Bishop is the co-chair of the 2014 CBC Legislative Conference.

The Blue Dog Coalition
The fiscally conservative Democratic Blue Dog Coalition was formed in 1995 with the goal of representing the center of the House of Representatives and appealing to the mainstream values of the American public. The Blue Dogs are dedicated to a core set of beliefs that transcend partisan politics, including a deep commitment to the financial stability and national security of the United States.

  • Budget and Financial Services Task Force
  • Energy Task Force

Congressional Chicken Caucus
The Congressional Chicken Caucus (CCC) was formed to educate other Members of Congress about the history, contributions and concerns of the U.S. chicken industry, which emanate from a wide range of issues pertaining to food safety, trade, labor, immigration and the environment. This bipartisan caucus consists of Members interested in the various issues affecting the U.S. chicken industry.  It also provides a platform to discuss the role of government in addressing current and future industry challenges. In addition, the Chicken Caucus serves as a forum where chicken producers, processors, consumers, and retailers can provide Members of Congress with their thoughts and suggestions on how to sustain and improve our poultry industries.  The CCC is currently co-Chaired by Rep. Rick Crawford (R-AL-01) and Rep. Sanford Bishop, Jr. (D-GA-02)

Bicameral Congressional Caucus on Parkinson’s Disease
The Bicameral Congressional Caucus on Parkinson’s Disease was created to increase awareness on Capitol Hill about Parkinson’s disease issues, and as a means to keep Members of Congress and their staffs informed of the latest developments in Parkinson’s-related legislation and biomedical research.

Bipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease
The Task Force grew out of a desire to create a vehicle within Congress that could focus national attention on Alzheimer’s disease and the health crisis it presents. The Task Force provides an important forum where issues and proposed solutions concerning Alzheimer’s could be discussed and investigated.

Capital Fraternal Caucus
Founded in the summer of 2002, the Capital Fraternal Caucus stemmed from the formerly named Greek PAC. The group began as a way to develop and maintain a Greek presence in DC. The CFC has worked extensively on legislative efforts and civic engagement efforts relating to fraternities and sororities on issues relating to freedom of association, Title IX, housing and infrastructure improvements, and fire prevention.

HBCU Congressional Caucus
Launched in April 2015 to support the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), the mission of the Bipartisan Congressional HBCU Caucus is to highlight and address unique challenges that HBCUs face; and to make sure their needs are heard and recognized on Capitol Hill. The purpose of the Caucus is to promote and protect the interests of HBCUs, create a national dialogue, educate other Members of Congress and their staff, and work to draft meaningful bipartisan legislation to address the needs of HBCUs, and to support students and graduates of HBCUs by increasing access and career opportunities.

Congressional Academic Medicine Caucus
To educate other Members on the unique care, research, and training missions of teaching hospitals and medical schools.

Congressional Afterschool Caucus
To build support for afterschool programs and increase resources for quality afterschool care.

Congressional Biomass Caucus
The Congressional Biomass Caucus educatedMembers and their staff about the significant role biomass power has in America’s energy portfolio.  As Congress continues to debate ways the United States can become more energy independent, the Cuacus strives to raise awareness of the environmental and economic benefits that biomass power has in our country.

Congressional Career and Technical Education Caucus
The Congressional Career and Technical Education Caucus is a bipartisan group of Representatives committed to supporting and promoting CTE.

Congressional Caucus on Intellectual Property Promotion and Piracy Prevention
The Congressional Caucus on Intellectual Property Promotion & Piracy Prevention supports initiatives to protect intellectual property and copyrighted works. The Caucus works to prevent internet piracy, while highlighting the economic and cultural contributions of the creative community and the harmful impact of piracy.

Congressional Chemistry Caucus
The Chemistry Caucus is a bipartisan group founded by Congressmen Dan Lipinski (D-IL-03) and John Moolenaar (R-MI-04) to help educate members of Congress, their staff, and the public on the importance of the U.S. business of chemistry. This $801 billion industry plays a crucial role in our nation’s economy, and the innovations of chemistry make our lives safer, healthier, and more convenient in many ways. Because of chemistry’s broad impact, the Caucus will stand as a strong voice in the promotion and advancement of public policies related to the chemistry industry and science education.

Congressional Diabetes Caucus
The mission of the Congressional Diabetes Caucus is to educate members of Congress and their staffs about about diabetes and to support legislative activities that would improve diabetes research, education and treatment.

Congressional Fire Services Caucus
Founded in 1987, the Caucus unites Republicans and Democrats in support of fire service legislation that benefit all first responders.

Congressional Heart and Stroke Caucus
The Congressional Heart and Stroke Coalition advocates for better research, treatment, and awareness about cardiovascular disease.

Congressional Humanities Caucus
The caucus was founded in 2004 to ensure the vitality of the humanities in American life and to provide a forum for Members of Congress to engage in the humanities in current public policy issues.

Congressional Hunger Caucus
The Congressional Hunger Caucus is a bi-partisan group dedicated to creating solutions to end domestic and international hunger. This Caucus was created in response to Congressman Tony Hall’s 22-day hunger fast in 1993. The Congressional Hunger Center provides fellowships to cultivate “anti-hunger leaders in the domestic and international arenas.”

Congressional Law Enforcement Caucus
The Law Enforcement Caucus is a bi-partisan working group of Members of Congress who seek an open forum to address issues affecting the law enforcement community.

Congressional National Parks Caucus
The National Parks Caucus works to highlight and preserve our national treasures, which are home to some of America’s most beautiful sites exhibiting our cultural heritage and a proven investment with broad economic benefits.

Congressional Real Estate Caucus
The caucus is intended to serve as a forum for members of Congress and real estate professionals to discuss federal policy and its impact on the nation's real estate industry.

Congressional Scouting Caucus
The Scout Caucus comprises Congressmen who were scouts as youth, are scouts as adults, or who simply support the efforts of the international scout movement.

Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus
Founded in 1989, the bipartisan Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus has grown into one of the largest and most effective caucuses in the US Congress with nearly 300 members representing almost all 50 states. With bipartisan leadership in both the House and the Senate, the Caucus is the sportsmen's ally and first line of defense in Washington promoting and protecting the rights of hunters, trappers and anglers.

Congressional STEAM Caucus
Formed in 2013, the STEAM Caucus aims to increase understanding of the importance of arts and design to STEM subjects, to change the vocabulary of education to recognize the benefits of both the arts and sciences- and their intersections- to our country's future generations and to spread the word and prioritize STEAM education.

Congressional Steel Caucus
Founded in the early 1970s, this bi-partisan coalition promotes the health and stability of the domestic steel industry, as well as the interests of its workforce. The strength of the American steel industry is of vital importance to national security due to the need for a domestic supply of high-quality steel for military equipment.

Congressional Sudan Caucus
The Congressional Caucus on Sudan & South Sudan is a bipartisan Congressional Member Organization dedicated to serving as a central location for information on developments in the Sudans, for purposes of coordinating congressional action and partnering with constituency groups in support of comprehensive peace in the region.

Congressional Taiwan Caucus
The Caucus focuses on U.S. policy toward Taiwan and hopes to provide the Administration with a perspective and advice on U.S.-Taiwan relations.

Congressional Textile Caucus
The Textile Caucus was founded to provide Members of Congress and their staff with an open forum to address issues affecting U.S. textile manufacturers and their workers.  The caucus works to promote policies and other initiatives that support American jobs and a robust future for U.S. textile and apparel manufacturers. 

Congressional TRIO Caucus
The Congressional TRIO Caucus is a bipartisan group of Members of Congress supportive of the Federal TRIO Programs and higher education access for low-income, first-generation, and disabled students.

Congressional Vision Caucus
The Congressional Vision Caucus (CVC) is a bipartisan coalition of Congressional Members dedicated to strengthening and stimulating a national dialogue and policy on vision-related problems and disabilities.

Congressional Voting Rights Caucus
The Congressional Voting Rights Caucus is dedicated to protecting our democracy by ensuring that the fundamental right to vote is safeguarded for all Americans.

Congressional Zoo and Aquarium Caucus
The Congressional Zoo and Aquarium Caucus comprises supportive members of the U.S. House of Representatives who join together to support the interests of AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums.

Hidden Heroes Congressional Caucus
The Hidden Heroes Congressional Caucus for Military and Veteran Caregivers advocates on behalf of the nearly 5.5 million spouses, parents, children, and other loved ones who serve as volunteer caregivers to America’s wounded warriors.

House Agriculture Energy Users Caucus
The House Agriculture Energy Users Caucus highlights, and acts upon, the rising energy costs and their impact on the agricultural community. The bi-partisan Caucus serves as a voice for rural America and educates Members of Congress on the issues affecting agricultural uses of energy.

House Army Caucus

House Beef Caucus
The House Beef Caucus is committed to advocating for the U.S. beef and cattle industry through raising awareness of the issues impacting this industry. The Caucus educates and informs Members of Congress, and their staff, about U.S. cattle and beef production. Members are given the opportunity to speak about the importance of ranching in the U.S. and utilize opportunities to aid ranchers.

House Military Depot and Industrial Facilities Caucus
The House Military Depot and Industrial Facilities Caucus is a coalition of Members of Congress who represent military industrial facilities, including aviation depots, shipyards, arsenals, ammunition plants, and energetic material production facilities.

International Conservation Caucus
The Caucus is committed to helping the United States to lead public and private international partnerships that provide stewardship of natural resources for habitat and bio-diversity protection, poverty reduction, economic development and regional security.

National Guard and Reserve Components Caucus
The Reserve Components Caucus is a cohesive Congressional Members Organization (CMO), which serves as a forum for Congressional oversight and represents the Reserve Components of the United States military.

Out of Poverty Caucus
The Out of Poverty Caucus is dedicated to raising awareness about the millions of Americans living without adequate food, shelter, clothing, and health care. The Caucus also provides the means to help remove individuals and families from poverty.

Rural Housing Caucus
The 30 members of the Congressional Rural Housing Caucus are active in pursuing legislation and fighting for the housing needs for Rural America.

Rural Working Group
The Rural Working Group is dedicated to improving the quality of life in rural America, with a focus on providing health care, quality education, and accessible communications technology to rural Americans.

U.S.-Japan Caucus
The U.S.-Japan Caucus is a bipartisan congressional organization with more than 70 members who are dedicated to strengthening U.S.-Japan relations. The caucus aims to facilitate bilateral collaboration on issues of common interest between our two countries, including trade, foreign direct investment, regional stability, military cooperation, energy, technological development, and the environment. The Caucus collaborates with other entities and stakeholders that share this objective.

Vietnam Era Veterans in Congress
The Vietnam Era Veterans in Congress monitors the actions and agenda of the Veterans’ Administration (VA) and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. The Caucus primarily focuses on health issues and the VA’s treatment of Vietnam Veterans. The Caucus is responsible for highlighting the affect of the herbicide Agent Orange on Vietnam Veterans.

Water Caucus
The Caucus is committed to promoting dialogue and action on our water issues by ensuring an adequate supply of fresh water for both urban and rural areas, supporting all available technologies to increase water supply and reduce waste, increasing means of capturing and storing excess water for the future, supporting adequate water infrastructure, and consolidating and streamlining efforts at all levels of government to reduce bureaucratic red tape.

Heart and Stroke Caucus

Congressional Glaucoma Caucus

Congressional Kidney Caucus

  
  
Sanford Bishop on Abortion
Click here for 14 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Voted NO on banning federal health coverage that includes abortion. (May 2011)
  • Voted YES on allowing human embryonic stem cell research. (May 2005)
  • Voted YES on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions. (Apr 2005)
  • Voted YES on making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime. (Feb 2004)
  • Voted YES on banning partial-birth abortion except to save mother�s life. (Oct 2003)
  • Voted YES on forbidding human cloning for reproduction & medical research. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted NO on funding for health providers who don't provide abortion info. (Sep 2002)
  • Voted NO on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on banning partial-birth abortions. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted YES on barring transporting minors to get an abortion. (Jun 1999)
  • Rated 30% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 36% by the NRLC, indicating a mixed record on abortion. (Dec 2006)
  • Ensure access to and funding for contraception. (Feb 2007)
  • Focus on preventing pregnancy, plus emergency contraception. (Jan 2009)
Sanford Bishop on Budget & Economy
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  • 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)
  • Voted YES on $15B bailout for GM and Chrysler. (Dec 2008)
  • Voted YES on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted YES on defining "energy emergency" on federal gas prices. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on revitalizing severely distressed public housing. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted YES on regulating the subprime mortgage industry. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on restricting bankruptcy rules. (Jan 2004)
  • Retire half the public debt by 2006. (May 2001)
  • Get minorities into home ownership & global marketplace. (Jan 2001)
  • Member of House Committee on Appropriations. (Mar 2011)
  • Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the US Constitution. (Jan 2011)
  • Increase debt limit from $14.3 trillion to $16.7 trillion. (Jul 2011)
  • Ban abusive credit practices & enhance consumer disclosure. (Feb 2009)
Sanford Bishop on Civil Rights
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  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on making the PATRIOT Act permanent. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)
  • Ending racial profiling is part of fight for justice. (Jan 2001)
  • Supports anti-flag desecration amendment. (Mar 2001)
  • Constitutional Amendment for equal rights by gender. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 57% by the ACLU, indicating a mixed civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Issue a commemorative postage stamp of Rosa Parks. (Dec 2005)
  • Rated 38% by the HRC, indicating a mixed record on gay rights. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 86% by the NAACP, indicating a pro-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Amend Constitution to define traditional marriage. (Jun 2008)
  • Recognize Juneteenth as historical end of slavery. (Jun 2008)
  • Constitutional Amendment for women's equal rights. (Jun 2011)
  • Investigate mortgage discrimination in veterans & disabled. (Jan 2011)
  • Ratify CEDAW (Discrimination Against Women). (Jan 2011)
  • Enforce against wage discrimination based on gender. (Feb 2013)
  • Recognize 1961 Freedom Riders against segregated buses. (Feb 2014)
  • Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment. (Mar 2007)
  • Reinforce anti-discrimination and equal-pay requirements. (Jan 2008)
  • Honor the 100th anniversary of the NAACP. (Jan 2009)
Sanford Bishop on Corporations
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  • 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)
  • Voted YES on allowing stockholder voting on executive compensation. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on replacing illegal export tax breaks with $140B in new breaks. (Jun 2004)
  • Voted YES on Bankruptcy Overhaul requiring partial debt repayment. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 57% by the US COC, indicating a mixed business voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Screen imports & ban lead in children's products. (Feb 2008)
  • Expand lending caps for credit unions to small business. (Apr 2011)
  • Rated 100% by UFCW, indicating an anti-management/pro-labor record. (May 2012)
  • Corporate political spending is not free speech. (Sep 2013)
Sanford Bishop on Crime
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  • Voted YES on enforcing against anti-gay hate crimes. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on funding for alternative sentencing instead of more prisons. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime. (Jun 1999)
  • Voted YES on maintaining right of habeas corpus in Death Penalty Appeals. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted NO on making federal death penalty appeals harder. (Feb 1995)
  • Voted NO on replacing death penalty with life imprisonment. (Apr 1994)
  • Rated 67% by CURE, indicating pro-rehabilitation crime votes. (Dec 2000)
  • More funding and stricter sentencing for hate crimes. (Apr 2001)
  • Increase funding for "COPS ON THE BEAT" program. (Jan 2007)
  • Sponsored evidence-based & proven prevention for street gangs. (Mar 2013)
  • More prison cells; more truth in sentencing. (Nov 1993)
  • Rated 92% by the NAPO, indicating a tough-on-crime stance. (Dec 2014)
Sanford Bishop on Drugs
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  • Voted YES on more funding for Mexico to fight drugs. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism. (Sep 2001)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on subjecting federal employees to random drug tests. (Sep 1998)
  • Rated Zero by NORML, indicating a mixed record on drug reform. (Dec 2006)
  • End harsher sentencing for crack vs. powder cocaine. (Jun 2007)
  • Rated 50% by NORML, indicating a mixed record on drug reform. (Jan 2014)
Sanford Bishop on Education
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  • Voted NO on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted YES on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror. (Nov 2001)
  • Voted YES on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted NO on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Voted NO on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer. (Mar 1994)
  • Rated 100% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • $25B to renovate or repair elementary schools. (Sep 2011)
  • Sponsored 10/10 Loan Forgiveness: cancel college loans after 10 years. (Mar 2013)
  • Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997)
Sanford Bishop on Energy & Oil
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  • Voted YES on opening Outer Continental Shelf to oil drilling. (May 2011)
  • Voted YES on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted YES on enforcing limits on CO2 global warming pollution. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on tax credits for renewable electricity, with PAYGO offsets. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted YES on tax incentives for energy production and conservation. (May 2008)
  • Voted YES on tax incentives for renewable energy. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted YES on investing in homegrown biofuel. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted YES on criminalizing oil cartels like OPEC. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted NO on keeping moratorium on drilling for oil offshore. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on scheduling permitting for new oil refinieries. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on authorizing construction of new oil refineries. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on passage of the Bush Administration national energy policy. (Jun 2004)
  • Voted YES on implementing Bush-Cheney national energy policy. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted NO on raising CAFE standards; incentives for alternative fuels. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting oil drilling & development in ANWR. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted NO on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol. (Jun 2000)
  • Balance fossil fuels and viable renewable energy. (Jul 2001)
  • Rated 50% by CAF, indicating a mixed record on energy independence. (Dec 2006)
Sanford Bishop on Environment
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  • Voted YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on protecting free-roaming horses and burros. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on environmental education grants for outdoor experiences. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted YES on $9.7B for Amtrak improvements and operation thru 2013. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on increasing AMTRAK funding by adding $214M to $900M. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on barring website promoting Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on deauthorizing "critical habitat" for endangered species. (Sep 2005)
  • Voted YES on speeding up approval of forest thinning projects. (Nov 2003)
  • Rated 35% by the LCV, indicating a mixed record on environment. (Dec 2003)
  • Give tax breaks for start-up farms for 10-year commitment. (Jan 2008)
  • Rated 13% by HSLF, indicating an anti-animal welfare voting record. (Jan 2012)
  • Sponsored no permits for legal pesticide runoff into lakes & streams. (Apr 2013)
  • Regulating 15 more contaminants under Clean Water Act. (Oct 1993)
Sanford Bishop on Families & Children
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  • Voted YES on four weeks of paid parental leave for federal employees. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on establishing nationwide AMBER alert system for missing kids. (Apr 2003)
  • Voted YES on reducing Marriage Tax by $399B over 10 years. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 46% by the Christian Coalition: mixed voting record on Family Values. (Dec 2003)
  • More funding & services for victims of domestic violence. (Feb 2013)
  • Sponsored recognition of National Foster Care Month. (May 2014)
  • TV shows should have explicit viewer advisories. (Jun 1993)
  • Fund 2,500 Boys and Girls Clubs in underserved areas. (Dec 1997)
Sanford Bishop on Foreign Policy
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  • Voted YES on supporting democratic institutions in Pakistan. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on cooperating with India as a nuclear power. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted YES on deterring foreign arms transfers to China. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted YES on keeping Cuba travel ban until political prisoners released. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on withholding $244M in UN Back Payments until US seat restored. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on $156M to IMF for 3rd-world debt reduction. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China. (May 2000)
  • Voted YES on $15.2 billion for foreign operations. (Nov 1999)
  • Multi-year commitment to Africa for food & medicine. (Apr 2001)
  • Rated 0 by AAI, indicating a mixed Arab/Palestine voting record. (May 2012)
  • Condemn China's organ harvesting from Falun Gong prisoners. (Jul 2013)
  • Sanction Mugabe until Zimbabwe transitions to democracy. (Apr 2008)
  • Allow travel between the United States and Cuba. (Feb 2009)
  • Commitment to unbreakable U.S.-Israel bond. (Mar 2010)
Sanford Bishop on Free Trade
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  • Voted YES on promoting free trade with Peru. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on assisting workers who lose jobs due to globalization. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted NO on implementing CAFTA, Central America Free Trade. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted YES on implementing US-Australia Free Trade Agreement. (Jul 2004)
  • Voted NO on implementing US-Singapore free trade agreement. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted NO on implementing free trade agreement with Chile. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted NO on withdrawing from the WTO. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements. (Sep 1998)
  • Rated 28% by CATO, indicating a pro-fair trade voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Review free trade agreements biennially for rights violation. (Jun 2009)
  • Insist on access to post-mad-cow Japanese beef markets. (Mar 2010)
  • Impose tariffs against countries which manipulate currency. (Feb 2011)
  • $25B more loans from Export-Import Bank. (Feb 2015)
  • Rated 38% by the USAE, indicating support for trade sanctions. (Dec 2012)
Sanford Bishop on Government Reform
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  • Voted YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on protecting whistleblowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring photo ID for voting in federal elections. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on restricting independent grassroots political committees. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting lawsuits about obesity against food providers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on limiting attorney's fees in class action lawsuits. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted NO on restricting frivolous lawsuits. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted NO on banning soft money donations to national political parties. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted NO on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
  • Supports Shays-Meehan Campaign Finance Reform. (Jul 2001)
  • Election reform is #1 priority to prevent disenfranchisement. (Jan 2001)
  • Allow same-day voter registration on election day. (Jan 2001)
  • Establish the United States Public Service Academy. (Mar 2007)
  • Ban stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge. (Nov 2011)
  • No photo IDs to vote; they suppress the vote. (Jun 2014)
  • Statehood for the District of Columbia. (Jan 2015)
  • Automatic voter registration for all citizens. (Mar 2015)
Sanford Bishop on Gun Control
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  • Voted YES on prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting suing gunmakers & sellers for gun misuse. (Apr 2003)
  • Voted NO on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1. (Jun 1999)
  • Rated A- by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun rights voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • National cross-state standard for concealed carry. (Jan 2009)
  • Teach kids Eddie Eagle GunSafe's lifesaving message. (May 2010)
  • Loosen restrictions on interstate gun purchases. (Oct 2011)
  • Allow veterans to register unlicensed guns acquired abroad. (Apr 2011)
  • Require video recording of every firearm test by ATF. (Jan 2011)
  • Repeal "stand-your-ground" laws. (Jul 2013)
  • Ban gun registration & trigger lock law in Washington DC. (Mar 2007)
Sanford Bishop on Health Care
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  • 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 expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare. (Jul 2008)
  • Voted YES on giving mental health full equity with physical health. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted NO on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on limiting medical malpractice lawsuits to $250,000 damages. (May 2004)
  • Voted NO on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on small business associations for buying health insurance. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted NO on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted NO on allowing suing HMOs, but under federal rules & limited award. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted NO on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999)
  • Better and immediate funding for Medicare & Medicaid. (Dec 2000)
  • Prescription drug benefit within Medicare. (Jun 2000)
  • Increase funding for AIDS treatment & prevention. (Jan 2001)
  • More funding for Rx benefits, community health, CHIPs. (Jan 2001)
  • Limit anti-trust lawsuits on health plans and insurers. (Mar 2002)
  • Rated 89% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record. (Dec 2003)
  • Establish a national childhood cancer database. (Mar 2007)
  • Require insurers to cover breast cancer treatment. (Jan 2011)
  • Sponsored merging Alzheimers diagnosis and care benefit. (Apr 2013)
  • Expand the National Health Service Corps. (Mar 2009)
Sanford Bishop on Homeland Security
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  • Voted YES on extending the PATRIOT Act's roving wiretaps. (Feb 2011)
  • Voted YES on requiring FISA warrants for wiretaps in US, but not abroad. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on Veto override: Congressional oversight of CIA interrogations. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted YES on restricting no-bid defense contracts. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on allowing electronic surveillance without a warrant. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on continuing intelligence gathering without civil oversight. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted YES on federalizing rules for driver licenses to hinder terrorists. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted YES on continuing military recruitment on college campuses. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted YES on supporting new position of Director of National Intelligence. (Dec 2004)
  • Voted YES on adopting the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. (Oct 2004)
  • Voted YES on emergency $78B for war in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Apr 2003)
  • Voted YES on permitting commercial airline pilots to carry guns. (Jul 2002)
  • Voted YES on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on deploying SDI. (Mar 1999)
  • Rated 78% by SANE, indicating a pro-peace voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Include post-traumatic stress disorder in vet's disability. (Feb 2008)
  • Free postage for soldiers serving abroad. (Jan 2009)
  • Establish a Women's Bureau in Dept. of Veterans Affairs. (Aug 1993)
Sanford Bishop on Immigration
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  • Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on preventing tipping off Mexicans about Minuteman Project. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on extending Immigrant Residency rules. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers. (Sep 1998)
  • Rated 0% by FAIR, indicating a voting record loosening immigration. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 42% by USBC, indicating a mixed record on open borders. (Dec 2006)
Sanford Bishop on Jobs
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  • Voted NO on allowing compensatory time off for working overtime. (Apr 2013)
  • Voted YES on extending unemployment benefits from 39 weeks to 59 weeks. (Oct 2008)
  • Voted YES on overriding presidential veto of Farm Bill. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on restricting employer interference in union organizing. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on increasing minimum wage to $7.25. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted YES on end offshore tax havens and promote small business. (Oct 2004)
  • Voted YES on $167B over 10 years for farm price supports. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO on zero-funding OSHA's Ergonomics Rules instead of $4.5B. (Mar 2001)
  • Member of the Congressional Rural Caucus. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 100% by the AFL-CIO, indicating a pro-union voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Allow an Air Traffic Controller's Union. (Jan 2006)
  • 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. (Jan 2014)
  • Stronger enforcement against gender-based pay discrimination. (Jan 2009)
Sanford Bishop on Principles & Values
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  • Religious affiliation: Baptist. (Nov 2000)
  • Member of Congressional Black Caucus. (Jan 2001)
  • Reject Bush's Florida electors due to election fraud. (Jan 2001)
  • Member of the "Blue Dog" Coalition of conservative Democrats. (Nov 2007)
Sanford Bishop on Social Security
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  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Strengthen Trust Funds and take them off-budget. (May 2001)
  • Changing Social Security disproportionately affects women. (May 2001)
  • Rated 90% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 93% by ARA, indicating a pro-Trust Fund stance. (Jan 2013)
Sanford Bishop on Tax Reform
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  • Voted YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted NO on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted NO on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • 50-25-25 budget formula for debt-tax cuts-spending. (Feb 2001)
  • Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 22% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 50% by CTJ, indicating a mixed record on progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
Sanford Bishop on Technology
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  • Voted YES 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)
  • Voted YES on retroactive immunity for telecoms' warrantless surveillance. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on $23B instead of $4.9B for waterway infrastructure. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted NO on establishing "network neutrality" (non-tiered Internet). (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on increasing fines for indecent broadcasting. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted YES on promoting commercial human space flight industry. (Nov 2004)
  • Voted YES on banning Internet gambling by credit card. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing telephone monopolies to offer Internet access. (Feb 2002)
  • Close digital divide with high-tech training. (Jan 2001)
  • Permanent ban on state & local taxation of Internet access. (Oct 2007)
  • No performance royalties for radio music. (Mar 2009)
Sanford Bishop on War & Peace
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  • Voted NO on removing US armed forces from Afghanistan. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted YES on investigating Bush impeachment for lying about Iraq. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on redeploying US troops out of Iraq starting in 90 days. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on declaring Iraq part of War on Terror with no exit date. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on approving removal of Saddam & valiant service of US troops. (Mar 2004)
  • Voted YES on authorizing military force in Iraq. (Oct 2002)
  • Voted NO on disallowing the invasion of Kosovo. (May 1999)
  • Condemns anti-Muslim bigotry in name of anti-terrorism. (Oct 2001)
  • Boycott & sanctions against Iran for terrorism & nukes. (May 2011)
  • Iranian nuclear weapons: prevention instead of containment. (Mar 2012)
  • Sanctions on Iran to end nuclear program. (Apr 2009)
Sanford Bishop on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Voted NO on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted NO on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Increase the earned income tax credit. (Jan 1993)
  • Support school breakfast for low-income children. (Mar 2009)
VoteMatch Responses
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VoteMatch Question & Answer
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Based on these stances:
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Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(-3 points on Social scale)
Rated 30% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Rated 36% by the NRLC, indicating a mixed record on abortion: Neutral on topic 1
Ensure access to and funding for contraception: Favors topic 1
Focus on preventing pregnancy, plus emergency contraception: Favors topic 1
NO on banning federal health coverage that includes abortion: Strongly Favors topic 1
YES on barring transporting minors to get an abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on banning partial-birth abortions: Opposes topic 1
NO on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad: Favors topic 1
YES on Unknown roll call for 2001-89: Opposes topic 1
NO on funding for health providers who don't provide abortion info: Favors topic 1
YES on banning partial-birth abortion except to save mother�s life: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime: Opposes topic 1
YES on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on allowing human embryonic stem cell research: Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Get minorities into home ownership & global marketplace: Favors topic 2
Ending racial profiling is part of fight for justice: Favors topic 2
Constitutional Amendment for equal rights by gender: Strongly Favors topic 2
Issue a commemorative postage stamp of Rosa Parks: Favors topic 2
Rated 86% by the NAACP, indicating a pro-affirmative-action stance: Strongly Favors topic 2
Recognize Juneteenth as historical end of slavery: Strongly Favors topic 2
Constitutional Amendment for women's equal rights: Strongly Favors topic 2
Investigate mortgage discrimination in veterans & disabled: Favors topic 2
Ratify CEDAW (Discrimination Against Women): 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
Establish a Women's Bureau in Dept. of Veterans Affairs: Favors topic 2
Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment: Strongly Favors topic 2
Reinforce anti-discrimination and equal-pay requirements: Favors topic 2
Stronger enforcement against gender-based pay discrimination: Favors topic 2
Honor the 100th anniversary of the NAACP: Favors topic 2
YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act: Favors topic 2
NO on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions: Favors topic 2
YES on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges: Strongly Favors topic 2
Opposes topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(-3 points on Social scale)
Increase funding for AIDS treatment & prevention: Favors topic 3
More funding and stricter sentencing for hate crimes: Strongly Favors topic 3
Rated 38% by the HRC, indicating a mixed record on gay rights: Neutral on topic 3
Amend Constitution to define traditional marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
YES on banning gay adoptions in DC: Opposes topic 3
YES on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
YES on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman: Strongly Opposes topic 3
YES on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation: Strongly Favors topic 3
YES on enforcing against anti-gay hate crimes: Favors topic 3
Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-3 points on Social scale)
Supports anti-flag desecration amendment: Favors topic 4
Rated 46% by the Christian Coalition: mixed voting record on Family Values: Neutral on topic 4
TV shows should have explicit viewer advisories: Strongly Favors topic 4
Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer: Strongly Favors topic 4
NO on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer: Strongly Opposes topic 4
YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations: Favors topic 4
NO on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks: Strongly Opposes topic 4
YES on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror: Strongly Favors topic 4
YES on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration: Favors topic 4
YES on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance: Opposes topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Better and immediate funding for Medicare & Medicaid: Favors topic 5
More funding for Rx benefits, community health, CHIPs: Favors topic 5
Limit anti-trust lawsuits on health plans and insurers: Opposes topic 5
Rated 89% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record: Strongly Favors topic 5
Require insurers to cover breast cancer treatment: Strongly Favors topic 5
Sponsored merging Alzheimers diagnosis and care benefit: Favors topic 5
Expand the National Health Service Corps: Strongly Favors topic 5
YES on giving mental health full equity with physical health: Favors topic 5
YES on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids: 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
NO on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts: Favors topic 5
NO on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage: Favors topic 5
YES on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs: Favors topic 5
NO on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits: Favors topic 5
NO on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients: Favors topic 5
NO on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay: Strongly Favors topic 5
YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D: Favors topic 5
YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility: Favors topic 5
YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare: Favors topic 5
YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program: Favors topic 5
Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Changing Social Security disproportionately affects women: Opposes topic 6
Rated 90% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Rated 93% by ARA, indicating a pro-Trust Fund stance: Strongly Opposes topic 6
YES on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox: Opposes topic 6
YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits: Favors topic 6
YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable: Favors topic 6
Strongly Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Rated 100% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes: Strongly Opposes topic 7
$25B to renovate or repair elementary schools: Opposes topic 7
Sponsored 10/10 Loan Forgiveness: cancel college loans after 10 years: Opposes topic 7
NO on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program: Strongly Opposes topic 7
NO on vouchers for private & parochial schools: Strongly Opposes topic 7
NO on allowing vouchers in DC schools: Opposes topic 7
YES on $40B for green public schools: Opposes topic 7
Neutral on topic 8:
EPA regulations are too restrictive
(0 points on Social scale)
Rated 35% by the LCV, indicating a mixed record on environment: Neutral on topic 8
Sponsored no permits for legal pesticide runoff into lakes & streams: Strongly Favors topic 8
Regulating 15 more contaminants under Clean Water Act: Strongly Opposes topic 8
YES on deauthorizing "critical habitat" for endangered species: Strongly Favors topic 8
YES on environmental education grants for outdoor experiences: 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)
Rated 67% by CURE, indicating pro-rehabilitation crime votes: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Increase funding for "COPS ON THE BEAT" program: Opposes topic 9
Sponsored evidence-based & proven prevention for street gangs: Opposes topic 9
More prison cells; more truth in sentencing: Strongly Favors topic 9
Rated 92% by the NAPO, indicating a tough-on-crime stance: Favors topic 9
NO on replacing death penalty with life imprisonment: Strongly Favors topic 9
NO on making federal death penalty appeals harder: Strongly Opposes topic 9
YES on maintaining right of habeas corpus in Death Penalty Appeals: Opposes topic 9
YES on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime: Favors topic 9
YES on funding for alternative sentencing instead of more prisons.: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Rated A- by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun rights voting record: Strongly Favors topic 10
National cross-state standard for concealed carry: Strongly Favors topic 10
Teach kids Eddie Eagle GunSafe's lifesaving message: Favors topic 10
Loosen restrictions on interstate gun purchases: Strongly Favors topic 10
Allow veterans to register unlicensed guns acquired abroad: Favors topic 10
Require video recording of every firearm test by ATF: Favors topic 10
Repeal "stand-your-ground" laws: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Ban gun registration & trigger lock law in Washington DC: Strongly Favors topic 10
NO on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1: Strongly Opposes topic 10
YES on prohibiting suing gunmakers & sellers for gun misuse: Strongly Favors topic 10
YES on prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers: Strongly Favors topic 10
Neutral on topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(0 points on Economic scale)
Phaseout the death tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Rated 22% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes: Strongly Favors topic 11
Rated 50% by CTJ, indicating a mixed record on progressive taxation: Neutral on topic 11
YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty": Opposes topic 11
YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business: Opposes topic 11
YES on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years: Opposes topic 11
YES on reducing Marriage Tax by $399B over 10 years: Opposes topic 11
YES on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"): Opposes topic 11
NO on making the Bush tax cuts permanent: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends: Strongly Favors topic 11
YES on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes: Strongly Favors topic 11
YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income: Opposes topic 11
Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+2 points on Social scale)
Rated 0% by FAIR, indicating a voting record loosening immigration: Strongly Favors topic 12
Rated 42% by USBC, indicating a mixed record on open borders: Neutral on topic 12
YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers: Favors topic 12
YES on extending Immigrant Residency rules: Favors topic 12
NO on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment: Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on preventing tipping off Mexicans about Minuteman Project: Strongly Opposes topic 12
YES on building a fence along the Mexican border: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Rated 28% by CATO, indicating a pro-fair trade voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Review free trade agreements biennially for rights violation: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Insist on access to post-mad-cow Japanese beef markets: Favors topic 13
Impose tariffs against countries which manipulate currency: Opposes topic 13
$25B more loans from Export-Import Bank: Strongly Favors topic 13
Rated 38% by the USAE, indicating support for trade sanctions: Opposes topic 13
NO on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements:

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