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Former Democratic Representative (IL-19):
David Phelps on the Issues

David Phelps on Abortion

  • Voted YES on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on federal crime to harm fetus while committing other crimes. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on banning partial-birth abortions. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted YES on barring transporting minors to get an abortion. (Jun 1999)

David Phelps on Budget & Economy

  • Allow $3 on 1040 form to pay off National Debt. (Sep 2000)
  • Retire half the public debt by 2006. (May 2001)

David Phelps on Civil Rights

  • Voted YES on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Supports anti-flag desecration amendment. (Mar 2001)
  • Constitutional Amendment for equal rights by gender. (Mar 2001)

David Phelps on Corporations

  • Voted YES on Bankruptcy Overhaul requiring partial debt repayment. (Mar 2001)
  • Require Code of Conduct for US corporations abroad. (Aug 2001)

David Phelps on Crime

  • Voted NO on funding for alternative sentencing instead of more prisons. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime. (Jun 1999)
  • Require DNA testing for all federal executions. (Mar 2001)

David Phelps on Drugs

  • Voted YES on military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism. (Sep 2001)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC. (Oct 1999)

David Phelps on Education

  • Voted YES on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
  • Let schools display the words "God Bless America". (Oct 2001)

David Phelps on Energy & Oil

  • Voted NO on raising CAFE standards; incentives for alternative fuels. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting oil drilling & development in ANWR. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted YES on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol. (Jun 2000)
  • Balance fossil fuels and viable renewable energy. (Jul 2001)

David Phelps on Environment

No stance on record.

David Phelps on Families & Children

  • Voted YES on reducing Marriage Tax by $399B over 10 years. (Mar 2001)

David Phelps on Foreign Policy

  • 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 NO on Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China. (May 2000)
  • Voted YES on $15.2 billion for foreign operations. (Nov 1999)

David Phelps on Free Trade

  • Voted NO on withdrawing from the WTO. (Jun 2000)
  • End economic protectionism: let dairy compacts expire . (Aug 2001)

David Phelps on Government Reform

  • Voted NO on banning soft money donations to national political parties. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
  • Supports Shays-Meehan Campaign Finance Reform. (Jul 2001)

David Phelps on Gun Control

  • Voted YES on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1. (Jun 1999)

David Phelps on Health Care

  • 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)
  • Expand medical savings accounts for employers & individuals. (Feb 1999)

David Phelps on Homeland Security

  • Voted YES on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO on deploying SDI. (Mar 1999)

David Phelps on Immigration

No stance on record.

David Phelps on Jobs

  • 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)

David Phelps on Principles & Values

  • Religious affiliation: Baptist. (Nov 2000)
  • Member of the "Blue Dog" Coalition of conservative Democrats. (Nov 2000)
  • Member of Democratic Leadership Council. (Nov 2000)
  • New Democrat: "Third Way" instead of left-right debate. (Nov 2000)

David Phelps on Social Security

  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO 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)
  • Reject proposals for private saving accounts. (May 2002)

David Phelps on Tax Reform

  • Voted NO on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO 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 NO 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)

David Phelps on War & Peace

  • Voted NO on disallowing the invasion of Kosovo. (May 1999)

David Phelps on Welfare & Poverty

  • Voted YES on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)