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Former Republican/Conservative Representative (NY-2):
Rick Lazio on the Issues

Rick Lazio on Abortion

  • No litmus tests for Supreme Court justices; likes O’Connor. (Oct 2000)
  • Partial birth abortion is infanticide. (Oct 2000)
  • No Medicare funds for abortions; OK to fund privately abroad. (Jun 2000)
  • No funding for abortion; but don’t criminalize it. (May 2000)
  • First trimester abortion OK; partial birth not. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted YES on banning partial-birth abortions. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted YES on barring transporting minors to get an abortion. (Jun 1999)

Rick Lazio on Budget & Economy

  • Bring Jets and Giants back to NY in new stadium. (Oct 2000)
  • Stimulate upstate economy by tax breaks & tech partnerships. (Sep 2000)
  • NY should get more back from Washington than it sends. (Sep 2000)
  • Not a big fan of casino gambling, but it’s a local decision. (Sep 2000)
  • Supported GOP budgets for “smaller decentralized govt”. (Jun 2000)
  • Supported balanced budget amendment. (May 2000)
  • Supports balanced budget amendment & line item veto. (Sep 1994)

Rick Lazio on Civil Rights

  • Work for better future rather than reparations. (Oct 2000)
  • Racial profiling is not needed to keep NYC streets safe. (Oct 2000)
  • Racial preferences OK in college admissions. (Jun 2000)
  • Ban gays in the military. (Jun 2000)
  • No gay adoption or marriage; domestic partners OK. (Jul 1999)
  • Limit bank info-sharing; but expand federal wiretapping. (Jul 1999)
  • OK: Day of Prayer; religious memorials; monitor persecution. (Jun 1999)
  • Voted YES on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)

Rick Lazio on Corporations

No stance on record.

Rick Lazio on Crime

  • Limit death-row legal challenges. (Jun 2000)
  • Tort Reform: Limit product liability damages. (Jun 2000)
  • Law enforcement is a fundamental govt responsibility. (May 2000)
  • Jennifer’s Law: help identify deceased children. (Mar 2000)
  • More prisons; stricter sentencing; death penalty. (Jul 1998)
  • 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)
  • Voted NO on replacing death penalty with life imprisonment. (Apr 1994)
  • Stricter sentencing for hate crimes. (Mar 1993)
  • More prisons, more enforcement, effective death penalty. (Sep 1994)

Rick Lazio on Drugs

  • Vote helped pass crime bill, drug courts, community police. (Oct 2000)
  • Supports Weed and Seed anti-drug program. (May 2000)
  • Stricter penalties for drugs; more funding & border security. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC. (Oct 1999)

Rick Lazio on Education

  • More teachers, smaller classes, no Washington decisions. (Oct 2000)
  • Teacher testing for new teachers and current teachers. (Oct 2000)
  • Arkansas education: high spending, disastrous performance. (Oct 2000)
  • Testing only new teachers is trap by teachers’ unions. (Oct 2000)
  • Immoral to force kids to stay in bad schools. (Oct 2000)
  • Buffalo teacher’s strike illegal; get back to classrooms. (Sep 2000)
  • $97 Billion Education Plan. (Sep 2000)
  • Provide opportunity for education for all children. (May 2000)
  • Supports easier certification & mentoring new teachers. (May 2000)
  • Instill standards via local control over spending. (Aug 1999)
  • Ed-Flex gives school spending flexibility. (Aug 1999)
  • Teacher testing; merit pay; block grants for teachers. (Jul 1998)

    School Choice

  • Vouchers help the poor escape failing schools. (Sep 2000)
  • Vouchers for private school tuition. (Jun 2000)
  • Supports limited vouchers & charter schools. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted YES on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted YES on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Voted YES on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer. (Mar 1994)

Rick Lazio on Energy & Oil

  • Develop alternative energy & a new energy policy. (Oct 2000)
  • Support EPA and CWA; but allow drilling in ANWR. (Jun 2000)
  • Allow experimenting for voluntary greenhouse gas reductions. (May 2000)

Rick Lazio on Environment

  • Clean up toxic areas with new Superfund legislation. (Sep 2000)
  • Balance prosperity and conservation. (May 2000)
  • Require reduced sulfur emissions from gasoline. (May 2000)
  • End “Mountain Top Removal” mining practice. (May 2000)
  • More emission controls; more air & water standards. (Jul 1998)
  • More grazing & mining fees; promote pollution credits. (Jul 1998)

Rick Lazio on Families & Children

  • Require companies to allow unpaid family leave. (Jun 2000)
  • Forgive college debt to encourage more day-care workers. (May 2000)
  • Encourage-not require-notifying parents for contraceptives. (Oct 1999)
  • Blame Hollywood; maybe post Ten Commandments. (Jun 1999)
  • Religious memorials OK; Ten Commandments sometimes OK. (Jun 1999)
  • Use tax code to reinforce families. (Sep 1994)

Rick Lazio on Foreign Policy

  • Embrace our role as a world leader. (May 2000)
  • Supports restitution of Holocaust assets. (Feb 2000)
  • Pay our UN debt. (Jul 1998)
  • 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)

Rick Lazio on Free Trade

  • Supports NAFTA; GATT; WTO; Fast-Track. (Jul 1998)
  • Supports retaliatory tariffs; human rights as MFN factor. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted NO on withdrawing from the WTO. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements. (Sep 1998)

Rick Lazio on Government Reform

  • Rejects use of soft money. (Oct 2000)
  • Average donation is under $100. (Oct 2000)
  • Public financing of elections is welfare for politicians. (Oct 2000)
  • Demands Hillary sign “Freedom from Soft Money Pact”. (Sep 2000)
  • Fully fund the National Endowment for the Arts. (Jun 2000)
  • Ban soft money & issue ads. (Jun 2000)
  • Supported a Term Limits constitutional amendment. (Jun 2000)
  • No soft money; yes full campaign disclosure. (Jul 1998)
  • Term limits: 12 years for Senate & House. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted YES on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
  • Limit punitive damages; term limits on Congress. (Sep 1994)
  • Government is too big, too intrusive, too easy with money. (Sep 1994)

Rick Lazio on Gun Control

  • Require criminal background checks at gun shows. (Jun 2000)
  • Use gun technology instead of licensing handguns. (Jun 2000)
  • For Brady Bill & trigger locks; no fans at NRA. (May 2000)
  • Against gun registration; for sportsmen’s rights. (May 2000)
  • Tougher juvenile gun rules; more juvenile justice funds. (Sep 1999)
  • Ban assault weapons; maintain federal gun restrictions. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted YES on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1. (Jun 1999)

Rick Lazio on Health Care

  • Give uninsured employees a deduction to pay for health care. (Oct 2000)
  • Lazio: Hillary’s proposals would destroy teaching hospitals. (Sep 2000)
  • Patient rights include access but not unlimited lawsuits. (Sep 2000)
  • Opposes allowing patient lawsuits against HMOs. (Jun 2000)
  • Against allowing assisted suicide. (Jun 2000)
  • Hillary’s universal health care is “an abysmal disaster”. (May 2000)
  • Supports Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Act. (May 2000)
  • Focus on prevention; patient rights; more coverage options. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted YES 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)
  • Supported funding Family and Children's Coverage. (Jul 1999)

Rick Lazio on Homeland Security

  • Ensure the best-trained and equipped military. (May 2000)
  • Supports F-22; ensure best technology for future wars. (May 2000)
  • Veterans guaranteed democracy: we must never forget. (May 2000)
  • Proudly supported $20 billion in emergency defense spending. (Aug 1999)
  • More spending on SDI; readiness; personnel; infrastructure. (Aug 1999)
  • Voted NO 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)

Rick Lazio on Immigration

  • More aid for immigrants; more high-tech immigrant visas. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers. (Sep 1998)

Rick Lazio on Jobs

  • Disallow hiring scabs during union strikes. (Jun 2000)
  • Tie minimum wage increase to business tax cut. (Jun 2000)
  • Incentives to businesses create jobs & raise wages. (Sep 1994)

Rick Lazio on Principles & Values

  • Supported NAFTA & assault weapon ban despite unpopularity. (Oct 2000)
  • Hillary’s a good mom, but it’s about different philosophies. (Oct 2000)
  • Contract with America votes led to surplus and opportunity. (Oct 2000)
  • A majority party senator will be most effective for N.Y. (Oct 2000)
  • NY is a great melting pot of bottom-line people. (Oct 2000)
  • Lazio: Hillary has chutzpah to make guilt by association. (Sep 2000)
  • With Dems on social issues; with GOP on taxes & impeachment. (Jun 2000)
  • Proud of his “mainstream record”. (Jun 2000)
  • Supported Newt Gingrich’s Contract With America. (May 2000)
  • Effective representation comes from community partnership. (May 2000)
  • Politics is philosophy in action. (Aug 1999)
  • Priorities: defense; education; social security; tax relief. (Aug 1999)
  • Religious affiliation: Catholic. (Nov 2000)
  • Endorsed by Log Cabin Republicans; supports gay rights. (Nov 2000)
  • Contract with America: 10 bills in 1st 100 days of Congress. (Sep 1994)

Rick Lazio on Social Security

  • Invest Social Security funds; privately or via Trust Fund. (Jul 1998)
  • 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)

Rick Lazio on Tax Reform

  • Supports a “significant tax cut”. (May 2000)
  • Limit tax burden: 38% is too high. (May 2000)
  • Marriage is sacred event, not a taxable event. (Feb 2000)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes. (Sep 1994)

Rick Lazio on War & Peace

  • Allowing UN condemnation of Israel was great mistake. (Oct 2000)
  • Unequivocal support for security of Israel. (Oct 2000)
  • Hillary cavorts with terrorists & encourages Hamas violence. (Oct 2000)
  • Move embassy to Jerusalem now; Hillary won’t do it. (Oct 2000)
  • No support for Palestinian state. (Oct 2000)
  • Pollard’s pardon is for only the President to decide. (Sep 2000)
  • Supported intervention in Kosovo. (Jun 2000)
  • Follow Israel’s lead on independent Palestine. (May 2000)
  • Israel: Supports strong partnership. (May 2000)
  • Supports military action against Iraq. (Jul 1998)
  • Keep army in Bosnia; with a deadline. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted NO on disallowing the invasion of Kosovo. (May 1999)
  • Move the US Embassy to Jerusalem. (Nov 1995)

Rick Lazio on Welfare & Poverty

  • Advocate for public housing in Congress. (Oct 2000)
  • Congressional fight against FHA was supported by HUD. (Oct 2000)
  • Allow food stamps for legal immigrants. (Jun 2000)
  • Public housing: More work & service; less concentrated poor. (Jun 2000)
  • Promote responsible fatherhood via faith-based institutions. (Nov 1999)
  • Tax incentives & vouchers to reduce homelessness. (Jul 1998)
  • Continue welfare-to-work & block grants. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Increase the earned income tax credit. (Jan 1993)
  • Limit welfare to 2 years & cut welfare spending. (Sep 1994)