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Democratic Jr Senator:
Jon Tester on the Issues

Jon Tester on Abortion

  • Supports Stem Cell Research. (Oct 2006)
  • Pledges to focus on preventing abortions, not on attacking. (May 2006)
  • Voted NO on defining unborn child as eligible for SCHIP. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting minors crossing state lines for abortion. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on barring HHS grants to organizations that perform abortions. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Apr 2007)
  • Ensure access to and funding for contraception. (Feb 2007)

Jon Tester on Budget & Economy

  • Montana suffered from Burnsí cuts in discretionary funding. (Oct 2006)
  • Borrow-and-spend policy puts burden on our children. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on paying down federal debt by rating programs' effectiveness. (Mar 2007)

Jon Tester on Civil Rights

  • Opposes gay marriage; but not worth amending Constitution. (Sep 2006)

Jon Tester on Corporations

  • Energy plan was written by oil companies, so no renewables. (Oct 2006)

Jon Tester on Crime

  • Voted YES on reinstating $1.15 billion funding for the COPS Program. (Mar 2007)

Jon Tester on Drugs

  • Tough penalties for manufacturing & selling drugs. (Oct 2006)

Jon Tester on Education

  • More tuition tax credits, low-interest loans, & Pell grants. (Oct 2006)
  • Public education is the backbone of our democracy. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Oct 2007)

Jon Tester on Energy & Oil

  • Agricultural oil sources are profitable and renewable. (Oct 2006)
  • Global warming is much more rapid now than historically. (Oct 2006)
  • Kyoto Accord needs worldwide communication & US leadership. (Oct 2006)
  • Long-term tax credits for wind power development. (Mar 2006)
  • 4-point plan for getting over Americaís oil addiction. (Mar 2006)
  • Affordable energy first in our resource-rich state. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on tax incentives for energy production and conservation. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on addressing CO2 emissions without considering India & China. (May 2008)
  • Voted YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on making oil-producing and exporting cartels illegal. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on factoring global warming into federal project planning. (May 2007)
  • Sign on to UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. (Jan 2007)
  • Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025. (Jan 2007)

Jon Tester on Environment

  • Respects tribal sovereignty and supports trust reform. (Aug 2006)
  • Clean air & water are Montanaís treasured resources. (Dec 2005)
  • Keep open access to public lands. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting eminent domain for use as parks or grazing land. (Dec 2007)

Jon Tester on Families & Children

No stance on record.

Jon Tester on Foreign Policy

No stance on record.

Jon Tester on Free Trade

  • Recent trade agreements put our jobs & farms in jeopardy. (Oct 2006)
  • Federal farm subsidies are a necessary evil. (Aug 2006)
  • Voted NO on promoting free trade with Peru. (Dec 2007)
  • Extend trade restrictions on Burma to promote democracy. (Jun 2007)
  • Ban Argentine meat imports to avoid foot & mouth disease. (Jul 2008)

Jon Tester on Government Reform

  • Earmarks without transparency are wrong for democracy. (Oct 2006)
  • K-Street cronies control Congressional spending decisions. (Oct 2006)
  • End policymaking for those with the biggest campaign checks. (Aug 2006)
  • End the ďpay-to-playĒ culture of Washington. (Jan 2006)
  • Ban lobbyist gifts, and more, starting with my own campaign. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted YES on granting the District of Columbia a seat in Congress. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring photo ID to vote in federal elections. (Jul 2007)

Jon Tester on Gun Control

  • Strongly believes in our Second Amendment rights. (Oct 2006)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting foreign & UN aid that restricts US gun ownership. (Sep 2007)
  • Ban gun registration & trigger lock law in Washington DC. (Mar 2007)

Jon Tester on Health Care

  • Families canít afford to get sick; thatís not health care. (Oct 2006)
  • Negotiate for lower prescription drug prices. (Feb 2006)
  • Extend enrollment period for new Medicare. (Feb 2006)
  • People canít afford to get sick. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on means-testing to determine Medicare Part D premium. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on allowing tribal Indians to opt out of federal healthcare. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Apr 2007)
  • Preserve access to Medicaid & SCHIP during economic downturn. (Apr 2008)

Jon Tester on Homeland Security

  • Build forces to fight terror cells; not take away our rights. (Oct 2006)
  • I donít want to weaken the Patriot Act--I want to repeal it. (Sep 2006)
  • Patriot Act has very little to do with the War on Terrorism. (Sep 2006)
  • Critical of President Bush on Patriot Act. (Aug 2006)
  • Voted NO on cutting $221M in benefits to Filipinos who served in WWII US Army. (Apr 2008)
  • Voted YES on requiring FISA court warrant to monitor US-to-foreign calls. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted NO on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted YES on limiting soldiers' deployment to 12 months. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted YES on implementing the 9/11 Commission report. (Mar 2007)
  • Study & address suicides among veterans. (Apr 2008)

Jon Tester on Immigration

  • Secure borders and no amnesty for law breakers. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted YES on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities". (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on comprehensive immigration reform. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on declaring English as the official language of the US government. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "Y" nonimmigrant guestworker program. (May 2007)

Jon Tester on Jobs

  • Raise minimum wage to fair livable wage. (Oct 2006)
  • Minimum wage increase is long overdue. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on overriding presidential veto of Farm Bill. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on terminating legal challenges to English-only job rules. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on limiting farm subsidies to people earning under $750,000. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted YES on restricting employer interference in union organizing. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on increasing minimum wage to $7.25. (Feb 2007)

Jon Tester on Principles & Values

  • Voted with Democratic Party 88.6% of 324 votes. (Sep 2007)
  • Premature to call for impeachment proceedings against Bush. (Oct 2006)
  • Burns changed his votes due to Jack Abramoff donations. (Sep 2006)
  • Opposes flag-burning; but not worth amending Constitution. (Sep 2006)
  • Sen. Burns brings scandals like Abramoff & bridge-to-nowhere. (Aug 2006)
  • Campaign slogan: Real Montana, real change. (Aug 2006)

Jon Tester on Social Security

  • Privatization would end in massive debt or deep cuts. (Sep 2006)
  • Opposes privatization. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on establishing reserve funds & pre-funding for Social Security. (Mar 2007)

Jon Tester on Tax Reform

  • Focus tax cuts on the middle class, not the rich. (Sep 2006)
  • Lowering state taxes shifts burden to local property tax. (Sep 2006)
  • Bushís tax cuts are irresponsible. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted NO on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on raising estate tax exemption to $5 million. (Mar 2007)

Jon Tester on War & Peace

  • We need to be diligent on the war on terror; Iraq is not. (Sep 2006)
  • Critical of President Bush on Iraq war. (Aug 2006)
  • Support our troops with a plan to bring them home. (Dec 2005)
  • Itís time for a clear exit strategy from Iraq. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted NO on redeploying non-essential US troops out of Iraq in 9 months. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted NO on designating Iran's Revolutionary Guards as terrorists. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted YES on redeploying US troops out of Iraq by March 2008. (Mar 2007)

Jon Tester on Welfare & Poverty

No stance on record.