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Former Republican Representative (FL-1):
Joe Scarborough on the Issues

Joe Scarborough 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)

Joe Scarborough on Budget & Economy

  • Supports balanced budget amendment & line item veto. (Sep 1994)

Joe Scarborough on Civil Rights

  • Voted YES on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)

Joe Scarborough on Corporations

  • Voted YES on Bankruptcy Overhaul requiring partial debt repayment. (Mar 2001)

Joe Scarborough 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)
  • Voted YES on maintaining right of habeas corpus in Death Penalty Appeals. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted YES on making federal death penalty appeals harder. (Feb 1995)
  • Moratorium on death penalty; more DNA testing. (Mar 2001)
  • Require DNA testing for all federal executions. (Mar 2001)
  • More prisons, more enforcement, effective death penalty. (Sep 1994)

Joe Scarborough on Drugs

No stance on record.

Joe Scarborough on Education

  • Voted NO on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted YES on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997)

Joe Scarborough on Energy & Oil

  • Voted YES 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)
  • Repeal the gas tax. (May 2001)

Joe Scarborough on Environment

No stance on record.

Joe Scarborough on Families & Children

  • Voted YES on reducing Marriage Tax by $399B over 10 years. (Mar 2001)
  • Use tax code to reinforce families. (Sep 1994)

Joe Scarborough on Foreign Policy

  • Voted YES on withholding $244M in UN Back Payments until US seat restored. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on $156M to IMF for 3rd-world debt reduction. (Jul 2000)
  • Member of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus. (Jan 2001)

Joe Scarborough on Free Trade

  • Voted YES on withdrawing from the WTO. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements. (Sep 1998)

Joe Scarborough on Government Reform

  • Voted NO on banning soft money donations to national political parties. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted NO on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
  • Restrict campaign donations from foreigners or 3rd parties. (May 1999)
  • Limit punitive damages; term limits on Congress. (Sep 1994)
  • Government is too big, too intrusive, too easy with money. (Sep 1994)

Joe Scarborough on Gun Control

  • Voted NO on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1. (Jun 1999)

Joe Scarborough on Health Care

  • Voted YES on allowing suing HMOs, but under federal rules & limited award. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted YES on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage. (Jun 2000)

Joe Scarborough on Homeland Security

  • Voted YES on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on deploying SDI. (Mar 1999)
  • No US troops under UN command; more defense spending. (Sep 1994)

Joe Scarborough on Immigration

  • Voted YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers. (Sep 1998)
  • Declared English the official language of the US. (Jan 1999)

Joe Scarborough on Jobs

  • Voted YES on zero-funding OSHA's Ergonomics Rules instead of $4.5B. (Mar 2001)
  • Incentives to businesses create jobs & raise wages. (Sep 1994)

Joe Scarborough on Principles & Values

  • Religious affiliation: Baptist. (Nov 2000)
  • Contract with America: 10 bills in 1st 100 days of Congress. (Sep 1994)

Joe Scarborough on Social Security

  • 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)
  • Create personal retirement accounts within Social Security. (Jul 2000)
  • Reduce taxes on Social Security earnings. (Sep 1994)

Joe Scarborough on Tax Reform

  • 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)
  • Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)
  • Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes. (Sep 1994)

Joe Scarborough on War & Peace

  • Voted YES on disallowing the invasion of Kosovo. (May 1999)

Joe Scarborough on Welfare & Poverty

  • Voted YES on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted NO on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Limit welfare to 2 years & cut welfare spending. (Sep 1994)