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Former Republican Representative (NY-1):
Michael Forbes on the Issues

Michael Forbes on Abortion

  • Voted YES on banning partial-birth abortions. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted YES on barring transporting minors to get an abortion. (Jun 1999)

Michael Forbes on Budget & Economy

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

Michael Forbes on Civil Rights

  • Voted NO on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)

Michael Forbes on Corporations

No stance on record.

Michael Forbes 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 NO on maintaining right of habeas corpus in Death Penalty Appeals. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted YES on making federal death penalty appeals harder. (Feb 1995)
  • More prisons, more enforcement, effective death penalty. (Sep 1994)
  • Prevent luxurious conditions in prisons. (Jan 1995)

Michael Forbes on Drugs

  • Voted NO on prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC. (Oct 1999)
  • Ban federal funding for needle-exchange programs. (Mar 1999)

Michael Forbes on Education

  • Voted YES on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted YES on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)

Michael Forbes on Energy & Oil

  • Voted YES on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol. (Jun 2000)

Michael Forbes on Environment

No stance on record.

Michael Forbes on Families & Children

  • Use tax code to reinforce families. (Sep 1994)

Michael Forbes on Foreign Policy

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

Michael Forbes on Free Trade

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

Michael Forbes on Government Reform

  • Voted YES 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)

Michael Forbes on Gun Control

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

Michael Forbes on Health Care

  • Voted NO on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999)

Michael Forbes 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)

Michael Forbes on Immigration

  • Voted YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers. (Sep 1998)

Michael Forbes on Jobs

  • Incentives to businesses create jobs & raise wages. (Sep 1994)

Michael Forbes on Principles & Values

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

Michael Forbes on Social Security

  • Voted YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Reduce taxes on Social Security earnings. (Sep 1994)

Michael Forbes on Tax Reform

  • Voted YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes. (Sep 1994)

Michael Forbes on War & Peace

  • Voted NO on disallowing the invasion of Kosovo. (May 1999)
  • Move the US Embassy to Jerusalem. (Nov 1995)

Michael Forbes on Welfare & Poverty

  • Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Limit welfare to 2 years & cut welfare spending. (Sep 1994)