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Democrat:
Steve Cohen on the Issues

Steve Cohen on Abortion

  • Keep pregnancy termination a woman’s decision. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Jan 2007)
  • Provide emergency contraception at military facilities. (Apr 2007)
  • Ensure access to and funding for contraception. (Feb 2007)

Steve Cohen on Budget & Economy

  • Voted YES on defining "energy emergency" on federal gas prices. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on regulating the subprime mortgage industry. (Nov 2007)

Steve Cohen on Civil Rights

  • Covenant with Black America: fight discriminatory practices. (Nov 2006)
  • Recognize civil unions; be tolerant & don’t hate. (Nov 2004)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Nov 2007)
  • Recognize Juneteenth as historical end of slavery. (Jun 2008)
  • Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment. (Mar 2007)
  • Reinforce anti-discrimination and equal-pay requirements. (Jan 2008)

Steve Cohen on Corporations

  • Voted YES on allowing stockholder voting on executive compensation. (Apr 2007)

Steve Cohen on Crime

  • Supports death penalty; prosecute violent minors as adults. (Nov 2004)
  • End parole for violent offenders, but not victimless crimes. (Nov 2004)
  • Voted YES on expanding services for offendors' re-entry into society. (Nov 2007)
  • Increase funding for "COPS ON THE BEAT" program. (Jan 2007)
  • Reduce recidivism by giving offenders a Second Chance. (Mar 2007)

Steve Cohen on Drugs

  • Constant attention on meth, cocaine and crack. (Nov 2006)
  • Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana. (Nov 2004)
  • End harsher sentencing for crack vs. powder cocaine. (Jun 2007)
  • Allow rehabilitated drug convicts get student loans. (Jan 2008)

Steve Cohen on Education

  • Sex ed should include abstinence AND contraception. (Nov 2004)
  • More funding for teachers, pre-K,and after school. (Nov 2004)
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Nov 2007)

Steve Cohen on Energy & Oil

  • Ivest in ethanol, solar, wind, and hybrid cars. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted YES on tax incentives for energy production and conservation. (May 2008)
  • Voted YES on tax incentives for renewable energy. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted YES on investing in homegrown biofuel. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted YES on criminalizing oil cartels like OPEC. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies. (Jan 2007)
  • Regulate wholesale electricity & gas prices. (Mar 2001)

Steve Cohen on Environment

  • Voted YES on $9.7B for Amtrak improvements and operation thru 2013. (Jun 2008)
  • Promote conservation of rare felids & canids. (Mar 2007)
  • Celebrate the recovery of the bald eagle. (Jun 2008)
  • Strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting. (Jan 2007)

Steve Cohen on Families & Children

No stance on record.

Steve Cohen on Foreign Policy

  • Keep sanctions against Syria until WMDs are dismantled. (May 2007)
  • Seeds of Peace: promote coexistence in regions of conflict. (Apr 2008)

Steve Cohen on Free Trade

  • Voted NO on promoting free trade with Peru. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on assisting workers who lose jobs due to globalization. (Oct 2007)
  • Extend trade restrictions on Burma to promote democracy. (Jun 2007)
  • No MFN for China; condition trade on human rights. (Nov 1999)

Steve Cohen on Government Reform

  • Lower monetary limits on campaign contributions. (Nov 2006)
  • Limit campaign contributions and campaign spending. (Nov 2004)
  • Voted YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on protecting whistleblowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 2007)
  • Prohibit voter intimidation in federal elections. (Mar 2007)
  • Prohibit 'voter caging' which intimidates minority voting. (Nov 2007)

Steve Cohen on Gun Control

  • Allow citizens to carry concealed guns. (Nov 2004)

Steve Cohen on Health Care

  • Adequate health care is a fundamental right. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted YES on giving mental health full equity with physical health. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Jan 2007)
  • MEDS Plan: Cover senior Rx under Medicare. (Jan 2001)
  • Establish a national childhood cancer database. (Mar 2007)
  • Make health care a right, not a privilege. (Nov 1999)

Steve Cohen on Homeland Security

  • Voted YES on requiring FISA warrants for wiretaps in US, but not abroad. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on Veto override: Congressional oversight of CIA interrogations. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted YES on restricting no-bid defense contracts. (Mar 2007)
  • Include post-traumatic stress disorder in vet's disability. (Feb 2008)
  • Study & address suicides among veterans. (Apr 2008)
  • Appoint chiropractors as commissioned officers. (Apr 2008)
  • Restore habeas corpus for detainees in the War on Terror. (Jun 2007)

Steve Cohen on Immigration

No stance on record.

Steve Cohen on Jobs

  • Voted YES on overriding presidential veto of Farm Bill. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on restricting employer interference in union organizing. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on increasing minimum wage to $7.25. (Jan 2007)
  • Extend unemployment compensation during recession. (Jan 2008)

Steve Cohen on Principles & Values

  • Member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. (Oct 2001)
  • Member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. (Nov 2007)

Steve Cohen on Social Security

  • Oppose the Bush “private accounts” Wall Street windfall. (Nov 2006)
  • Require small businesses to allow automatic IRA deposits. (Mar 2008)

Steve Cohen on Tax Reform

  • Voted YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
  • American People's Dividend: Give $300 to every person. (Feb 2001)

Steve Cohen on War & Peace

  • Bush lied toget us into Iraq; focus on Afghanistan instead. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted YES on redeploying US troops out of Iraq starting in 90 days. (May 2007)
  • Impeach Dick Cheney for lying about Iraq. (May 2007)
  • Member of the Out-of-Iraq Congressional Caucus. (Jan 2007)
  • Strengthen sanctions on Syria & assist democratic transition. (Apr 2008)

Steve Cohen on Welfare & Poverty

  • Develop a strategy to eliminate extreme global poverty. (Dec 2007)
  • Reduce the concentration of wealth & wage inequality. (Nov 1999)