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Republican Jr Senator (VA):
George Allen on the Issues

George Allen on Abortion

  • Strongly opposes “Abortion is a woman’s right”. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted YES on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted NO on $100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on criminal penalty for harming unborn fetus during other crime. (Mar 2004)
  • Voted YES on banning partial birth abortions except for maternal life. (Mar 2003)
  • Rated 0% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record. (Dec 2003)

George Allen on Budget & Economy

  • Authored Balanced Budget Amendment plus lower taxes. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted YES on $40B in reduced federal overall spending. (Dec 2005)

George Allen on Civil Rights

  • Tunisian mother did not teach him Tunisian slur “macaca”. (Sep 2006)
  • Using “macaca” was a mistake, but not intended as an insult. (Sep 2006)
  • In 1984, opposed MLK holiday; in 1993, honored Confederacy. (Sep 2006)
  • Kept Confederate imagery in Governor’s office; for heritage. (Sep 2006)
  • Opposes requiring companies to hire more minorities. (Sep 2000)
  • Opposes “Sexual orientation protected by civil rights laws”. (Sep 2000)
  • Support VA beliefs & pass flag-burning ban amendment. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted YES on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (Jun 2002)
  • Voted YES on loosening restrictions on cell phone wiretapping. (Oct 2001)
  • Supports anti-flag desecration amendment. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 20% by the ACLU, indicating an anti-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Issue a commemorative postage stamp of Rosa Parks. (Dec 2005)

George Allen on Corporations

  • Voted NO on repealing tax subsidy for companies which move US jobs offshore. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on reforming bankruptcy to include means-testing & restrictions. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on restricting rules on personal bankruptcy. (Jul 2001)
  • Rated 100% by the US COC, indicating a pro-business voting record. (Dec 2003)

George Allen on Crime

  • Supports the death penalty. (Sep 2000)
  • Supports mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws. (Sep 2000)
  • Abolished parole; instituted Three Strikes laws. (Sep 2000)
  • Try juvenile felons as adults. (Sep 2000)

George Allen on Drugs

  • Supports “Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it”. (Sep 2000)
  • Tougher sentencing for drug crimes. (Sep 2000)

George Allen on Education

  • Supports parents choosing schools via vouchers. (Sep 2000)
  • Testing has brought accountability. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted NO on $52M for "21st century community learning centers". (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on $5B for grants to local educational agencies. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on shifting $11B from corporate tax loopholes to education. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted NO on funding smaller classes instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on funding student testing instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction. (Apr 2001)
  • Rated 27% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)

George Allen on Energy & Oil

  • Opposes spending resources to stop Global Warming. (Sep 2000)
  • Roll back federal gas tax to lower gas price. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted NO on disallowing an oil leasing program in Alaska's ANWR. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted NO on $3.1B for emergency oil assistance for hurricane-hit areas. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on reducing oil usage by 40% by 2025 (instead of 5%). (Jun 2005)
  • Voted NO on banning drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on Bush Administration Energy Policy. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted NO on targeting 100,000 hydrogen-powered vehicles by 2010. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted NO on removing consideration of drilling ANWR from budget bill. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted YES on drilling ANWR on national security grounds. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted YES on terminating CAFE standards within 15 months. (Mar 2002)

George Allen on Environment

  • Voted NO on including oil & gas smokestacks in mercury regulations. (Sep 2005)
  • Voted YES on confirming Gale Norton as Secretary of Interior. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 0% by the LCV, indicating anti-environment votes. (Dec 2003)

George Allen on Families & Children

George Allen on Foreign Policy

  • Opposes linking Human Rights to trade with China. (Sep 2000)
  • Supports continuing Foreign Aid to Russia, Israel, & others. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted YES on enlarging NATO to include Eastern Europe. (May 2002)

George Allen on Free Trade

  • Supports expanding Free Trade. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted YES on free trade agreement with Oman. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on implementing CAFTA for Central America free-trade. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted YES on establishing free trade between US & Singapore. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on establishing free trade between the US and Chile. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on extending free trade to Andean nations. (May 2002)
  • Voted YES on granting normal trade relations status to Vietnam. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on removing common goods from national security export rules. (Sep 2001)
  • Rated 67% by CATO, indicating a pro-free trade voting record. (Dec 2002)

George Allen on Government Reform

  • Voted YES on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted NO on establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted NO on banning "soft money" contributions and restricting issue ads. (Mar 2002)
  • Voted YES on require photo ID (not just signature) for voter registration. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted NO on banning campaign donations from unions & corporations. (Apr 2001)

George Allen on Gun Control

  • Opposes absolute right to gun ownership. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on banning lawsuits against gun manufacturers for gun violence. (Mar 2004)

George Allen on Health Care

  • Voted YES on limiting medical liability lawsuits to $250,000. (May 2006)
  • Voted NO on expanding enrollment period for Medicare Part D. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on increasing Medicaid rebate for producing generics. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted NO on negotiating bulk purchases for Medicare prescription drug. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on $40 billion per year for limited Medicare prescription drug benefit. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing reimportation of Rx drugs from Canada. (Jul 2002)
  • Voted NO on allowing patients to sue HMOs & collect punitive damages. (Jun 2001)
  • Voted YES on funding GOP version of Medicare prescription drug benefit. (Apr 2001)
  • Rated 0% by APHA, indicating a anti-public health voting record. (Dec 2003)

George Allen on Homeland Security

  • Continue terrorist interrogations but without torture. (Sep 2006)
  • Wrong to bar women from VMI; did it to be gentlemanly. (Sep 2006)
  • Supports more spending on Armed Forces personnel. (Sep 2000)
  • Supports spending on Missile Defense (“Star Wars”). (Sep 2000)
  • Build SDI; pay soldiers more. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted NO on preserving habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on requiring CIA reports on detainees & interrogation methods. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on extending the PATRIOT Act's wiretap provision. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on restricting business with entities linked to terrorism. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted YES on restoring $565M for states' and ports' first responders. (Mar 2005)
  • Small business in developing homeland security technologies. (Jul 2002)
  • Rated 0% by SANE, indicating a pro-military voting record. (Dec 2003)

George Allen on Immigration

  • Opposes “Immigration helps our economy”. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on establishing a Guest Worker program. (May 2006)
  • Voted NO on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security. (May 2006)
  • Voted NO on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship. (May 2006)

George Allen on Jobs

  • Voted NO on raising the minimum wage to $7.25 rather than $6.25. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on repealing Clinton's ergonomic rules on repetitive stress. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 0% by the AFL-CIO, indicating an anti-union voting record. (Dec 2003)

George Allen on Principles & Values

  • Recently discovered he has Jewish heritage. (Sep 2006)
  • Raised Christian with Jewish ancestry; religion not relevant. (Sep 2006)
  • Conservative alternative to McCain in presidential jockeying. (May 2006)
  • Calls himself “Common sense” conservative populist. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted YES on confirming Samuel Alito as Supreme Court Justice. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted YES on confirming John Roberts for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. (Sep 2005)

George Allen on Social Security

  • Only supports reforms that do not adversely affect benefits. (Sep 2006)
  • Supports privatizing Social Security. (Sep 2000)
  • Rated 0% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)

George Allen on Tax Reform

  • Supports making income tax flatter & lower. (Sep 2000)
  • End death tax & marriage penalty; more deductions. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted YES on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts. (Aug 2006)
  • Voted YES on permanently repealing the `death tax`. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on $47B for military by repealing capital gains tax cut. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on extending the tax cuts on capital gains and dividends. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years. (May 2003)
  • Voted NO on reducing marriage penalty instead of cutting top tax rates. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on increasing tax deductions for college tuition. (May 2001)
  • Rated 76% by NTU, indicating a "Taxpayer's Friend" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)

George Allen on War & Peace

  • More troops to Iraq. (Sep 2006)
  • Vote for Iraq War to support Bush by showing unity & resolve. (Sep 2006)
  • We have created a freer and more just Iraq. (Sep 2006)
  • No second guessing; stand by Iraq war vote despite no WMDs. (Sep 2006)
  • No second-guessing how Iraqi $300B could be better spent. (Sep 2006)
  • Keep US forces in Iraq in remote bases for force protection. (Sep 2006)
  • Stay the course: no retreat; fight al Qaeda in Iraq. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on redeploying troops out of Iraq by July 2007. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on investigating contract awards in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on requiring on-budget funding for Iraq, not emergency funding. (Apr 2005)
  • Voted YES on $86 billion for military operations in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Oct 2003)
  • Voted YES on authorizing use of military force against Iraq. (Oct 2002)
  • Condemns anti-Muslim bigotry in name of anti-terrorism. (Oct 2001)

George Allen on Welfare & Poverty

  • Supports allowing churches to provide welfare services. (Sep 2000)
  • Minor mothers must live at home & identify fathers. (Sep 2000)
  • Tax credits to promite home ownership in distressed areas. (Apr 2003)