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Democrat:
Patrick Murphy on the Issues

Patrick Murphy on Abortion

  • Roe vs. Wade has been settled law for 30 years. (Nov 2006)
  • Full federal funding of Embryonic Stem Cell Research. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Jan 2007)
  • Ensure access to and funding for contraception. (Feb 2007)

Patrick Murphy on Budget & Economy

  • 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)
  • Retire half the public debt by 2006. (May 2001)

Patrick Murphy on Civil Rights

  • Voted YES on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Nov 2007)

Patrick Murphy on Corporations

  • Voted YES on allowing stockholder voting on executive compensation. (Apr 2007)

Patrick Murphy on Crime

  • Voted YES on expanding services for offendors' re-entry into society. (Nov 2007)
  • Increase funding for "COPS ON THE BEAT" program. (Jan 2007)

Patrick Murphy on Drugs

No stance on record.

Patrick Murphy on Education

  • Unfunded mandates drain our public schools. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Nov 2007)

Patrick Murphy on Energy & Oil

  • Harness renewable energy and make American industry greener. (Nov 2006)
  • 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)
  • Balance fossil fuels and viable renewable energy. (Jul 2001)

Patrick Murphy on Environment

  • Voted YES on $9.7B for Amtrak improvements and operation thru 2013. (Jun 2008)
  • Strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting. (Jan 2007)

Patrick Murphy on Families & Children

  • Permanent crime database for volunteers with kids. (Jul 2008)

Patrick Murphy on Foreign Policy

No stance on record.

Patrick Murphy on Free Trade

  • Voted NO on promoting free trade with Peru. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on assisting workers who lose jobs due to globalization. (Oct 2007)

Patrick Murphy on Government Reform

  • 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)
  • Supports Shays-Meehan Campaign Finance Reform. (Jul 2001)

Patrick Murphy on Gun Control

No stance on record.

Patrick Murphy on Health Care

  • Access to quality health care is a basic human right. (Nov 2006)
  • 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)
  • Better and immediate funding for Medicare & Medicaid. (Dec 2000)
  • Prescription drug benefit within Medicare. (Jun 2000)
  • Improve services for people with autism & their families. (Apr 2007)
  • Establish a national childhood cancer database. (Mar 2007)

Patrick Murphy on Homeland Security

  • 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)
  • Include post-traumatic stress disorder in vet's disability. (Feb 2008)
  • Study & address suicides among veterans. (Apr 2008)
  • Restore habeas corpus for detainees in the War on Terror. (Jun 2007)

Patrick Murphy on Immigration

  • No amnesty; no benefits for illegal immigrants. (Nov 2006)

Patrick Murphy on Jobs

  • 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)

Patrick Murphy on Principles & Values

  • Member of the "Blue Dog" Coalition of conservative Democrats. (Nov 2007)

Patrick Murphy on Social Security

  • Strengthen Trust Funds and take them off-budget. (May 2001)

Patrick Murphy on Tax Reform

  • 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)
  • 50-25-25 budget formula for debt-tax cuts-spending. (Feb 2001)

Patrick Murphy on War & Peace

  • Responsible exit strategy, with benchmarks and a timeline. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted YES on investigating Bush impeachment for lying about Iraq. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on redeploying US troops out of Iraq starting in 90 days. (May 2007)

Patrick Murphy on Welfare & Poverty

No stance on record.