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Former Republican Representative (LA-5):
John Cooksey on the Issues

John Cooksey 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)

John Cooksey on Budget & Economy

No stance on record.

John Cooksey on Civil Rights

  • Voted NO on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)
  • Supports anti-flag desecration amendment. (Mar 2001)

John Cooksey on Corporations

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

John Cooksey 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)

John Cooksey 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)

John Cooksey on Education

  • Voted YES 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 requiring schools to allow prayer. (Jan 2001)
  • Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997)

John Cooksey 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 NO on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol. (Jun 2000)

John Cooksey on Environment

  • Reduce liability for hazardous waste cleanup. (May 2001)

John Cooksey on Families & Children

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

John Cooksey 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)
  • Voted YES on Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China. (May 2000)
  • Voted YES on $15.2 billion for foreign operations. (Nov 1999)

John Cooksey on Free Trade

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

John Cooksey on Government Reform

  • Voted YES on banning soft money donations to national political parties. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted NO on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)

John Cooksey on Gun Control

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

John Cooksey 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)
  • Voted NO on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999)
  • Limit anti-trust lawsuits on health plans and insurers. (Mar 2002)
  • Expand medical savings accounts for employers & individuals. (Feb 1999)
  • Collect data on birth defects and present to the public. (Apr 1998)

John Cooksey on Homeland Security

  • Voted YES on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on deploying SDI. (Mar 1999)
  • End the use of anti-personnel mines. (Mar 2001)

John Cooksey on Immigration

  • Voted YES on extending Immigrant Residency rules. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers. (Sep 1998)

John Cooksey on Jobs

  • Voted YES on $167B over 10 years for farm price supports. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on zero-funding OSHA's Ergonomics Rules instead of $4.5B. (Mar 2001)

John Cooksey on Principles & Values

  • Religious affiliation: Methodist. (Nov 2000)

John Cooksey 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)
  • Voted NO on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)

John Cooksey on Tax Reform

  • Voted YES on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Reduce the capital gains tax . (Jan 2001)
  • Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)

John Cooksey on War & Peace

  • Condemns anti-Muslim bigotry in name of anti-terrorism. (Oct 2001)
  • Solidarity with Israel in its fight against terrorism. (Apr 2002)

John Cooksey 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)