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Former Republican Senator (ME); Former Secretary of Defense:
William Cohen on the Issues

William Cohen on Abortion

No stance on record.

William Cohen on Budget & Economy

No stance on record.

William Cohen on Civil Rights

  • Voted YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted YES on Amendment to prohibit flag burning. (Dec 1995)
  • Voted NO on banning affirmative action hiring with federal funds. (Jul 1995)

William Cohen on Corporations

No stance on record.

William Cohen on Crime

  • Voted NO on limiting death penalty appeals. (Apr 1996)
  • Voted NO on limiting product liability punitive damage awards. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted NO on restricting class-action lawsuits. (Dec 1995)
  • Voted YES on repealing federal speed limits. (Jun 1995)
  • Voted NO on mandatory prison terms for crimes involving firearms. (May 1994)
  • Voted NO on rejecting racial statistics in death penalty appeals. (May 1994)

William Cohen on Drugs

No stance on record.

William Cohen on Education

  • Voted NO on $75M for abstinence education. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted NO on requiring schools to allow voluntary prayer. (Jul 1994)
  • Voted YES on national education standards. (Feb 1994)

William Cohen on Energy & Oil

  • Voted NO on do not require ethanol in gasoline. (Aug 1994)

William Cohen on Environment

  • Voted YES on continuing desert protection in California. (Oct 1994)
  • Voted YES on requiring EPA risk assessments. (May 1994)

William Cohen on Families & Children

No stance on record.

William Cohen on Foreign Policy

  • Voted YES on Strengthening of the trade embargo against Cuba. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted YES on ending Vietnam embargo. (Jan 1994)

William Cohen on Free Trade

  • Voted YES on imposing trade sanctions on Japan for closed market. (May 1995)

William Cohen on Government Reform

  • Voted NO on Approving the presidential line-item veto. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted NO on banning more types of Congressional gifts. (Jul 1995)

William Cohen on Gun Control

No stance on record.

William Cohen on Health Care

  • Voted NO on medical savings acounts. (Apr 1996)

William Cohen on Homeland Security

  • Voted YES on considering deploying NMD, and amending ABM Treaty. (Jun 1996)
  • Voted YES on 1996 Defense Appropriations. (Sep 1995)

William Cohen on Immigration

No stance on record.

William Cohen on Jobs

  • Voted NO on replacing farm price supports. (Feb 1996)

William Cohen on Principles & Values

No stance on record.

William Cohen on Social Security

  • Voted NO on deducting Social Security payments on income taxes. (May 1996)

William Cohen on Tax Reform

No stance on record.

William Cohen on War & Peace

  • Voted YES on ending the Bosnian arms embargo. (Jul 1995)
  • Move the US Embassy to Jerusalem. (Nov 1995)

William Cohen on Welfare & Poverty

  • Voted YES on welfare block grants. (Aug 1996)
  • Voted NO on eliminating block grants for food stamps. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on allowing state welfare waivers. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on welfare overhaul. (Sep 1995)