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Democratic Jr Senator (CO):
Ken Salazar on the Issues

Ken Salazar on Abortion

  • Abortion decision should be between a woman and her God. (Aug 2004)
  • Supports parental notification but not extreme limits. (Aug 2004)
  • 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)
  • Voted YES on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on $100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives. (Mar 2005)
  • Rated 25% by the NRLC, indicating a mixed record on abortion. (Dec 2006)

Ken Salazar on Budget & Economy

  • Cut national debt and close tax loopholes. (Mar 2004)
  • Voted NO on paying down federal debt by rating programs' effectiveness. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on $40B in reduced federal overall spending. (Dec 2005)
  • Reform mortgage rules to prevent foreclosure & bankruptcy. (Feb 2008)

Ken Salazar on Civil Rights

  • Oppose the Federal Marriage Amendment. (Aug 2004)
  • Change the Patriot Act to balance civil liberties. (Aug 2004)
  • Wrote brief defending U.Michigan affirmative action case. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted YES on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)
  • Include special-needs people in emergency evacuation plans. (Sep 2005)
  • Issue a commemorative postage stamp of Rosa Parks. (Dec 2005)
  • Rated 67% by the HRC, indicating a mixed record on gay rights. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 82% by NAACP, indicating a mixed record on affirmative-action. (Dec 2006)

Ken Salazar on Corporations

  • Close loopholes that encourage overseas headquarters. (Aug 2004)
  • Voted YES 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)
  • Screen imports & ban lead in children's products. (Feb 2008)

Ken Salazar on Crime

  • Establish rights for crime victims. (Aug 2004)
  • Greater access to sex offender registration information. (Jan 2004)
  • Heinous crimes deserve the ultimate sanction. (Oct 2003)
  • Streamline Colorado’s criminal sentencing statutes. (Jan 2002)
  • Limit post-conviction appeals, allow more restitution. (Jan 2000)
  • Voted YES on reinstating $1.15 billion funding for the COPS Program. (Mar 2007)
  • Increase funding for "COPS ON THE BEAT" program. (Jan 2007)
  • Reduce recidivism by giving offenders a Second Chance. (Mar 2007)

Ken Salazar on Drugs

  • Opposed 2000 initiative for medical use of marijuana. (Sep 2004)
  • Medical marijuana partly allowed, but he doesn’t like it. (May 2001)
  • Federal grants to Indian tribes to fight methamphetamine. (Dec 2006)
  • Require chemical resellers to certify against meth use. (Sep 2007)

Ken Salazar on Education

  • More scholarships for college. (Aug 2004)
  • Strongly supports public education. (Aug 2004)
  • Expand early childhood and after school programs. (Mar 2004)
  • Ensure higher education is affordable and accessible. (Mar 2004)
  • Make sure students can skip Pledge if they so choose. (Jan 2004)
  • Promoted Salazar-Spence school voucher proposal. (Feb 2003)
  • Encourage character education curriculum in schools. (Jan 2001)
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted YES on $52M for "21st century community learning centers". (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on $5B for grants to local educational agencies. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on shifting $11B from corporate tax loopholes to education. (Mar 2005)

Ken Salazar on Energy & Oil

  • 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 NO on factoring global warming into federal project planning. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on disallowing an oil leasing program in Alaska's ANWR. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on $3.1B for emergency oil assistance for hurricane-hit areas. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on reducing oil usage by 40% by 2025 (instead of 5%). (Jun 2005)
  • Voted YES on banning drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (Mar 2005)
  • Tax credit for gas stations providing 85% ethanol fuel. (Apr 2005)
  • Rated 50% by CAF, indicating a mixed record on energy independence. (Dec 2006)
  • Designate sensitive ANWR area as protected wilderness. (Nov 2007)
  • Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025. (Jan 2007)

Ken Salazar on Environment

  • Protect and preserve our land and water. (Mar 2004)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting eminent domain for use as parks or grazing land. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted YES on including oil & gas smokestacks in mercury regulations. (Sep 2005)
  • Sponsored bill for commission to examine Katrina response. (Sep 2005)
  • Strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting. (Jan 2007)

Ken Salazar on Families & Children

No stance on record.

Ken Salazar on Foreign Policy

  • We need cooperation of our traditional allies on terrorism. (Aug 2004)
  • Work towards a global community. (Aug 2004)
  • Acknowledge the Armenian Genocide of the early 1900s. (Mar 2007)

Ken Salazar on Free Trade

  • Stoutly in favor of free trade. (Oct 2004)
  • Voted YES on promoting free trade with Peru. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted YES on free trade agreement with Oman. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on implementing CAFTA for Central America free-trade. (Jul 2005)
  • Extend trade restrictions on Burma to promote democracy. (Jun 2007)
  • Ban Argentine meat imports to avoid foot & mouth disease. (Jul 2008)

Ken Salazar on Government Reform

  • 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)
  • Voted NO on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted NO on establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity. (Mar 2006)
  • Subject independent 527s to rules for political committees. (Feb 2005)
  • Reject photo ID requirements for voting. (Sep 2005)
  • Post earmarks on the Internet before voting on them. (Jan 2006)

Ken Salazar on Gun Control

  • Protect the individual right to use firearms. (Aug 2004)
  • Restrict felon possession, and ban assault weapons. (Aug 2004)
  • More background checks for gun purchases. (Jan 2000)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting foreign & UN aid that restricts US gun ownership. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers. (Jul 2005)

Ken Salazar on Health Care

  • Take next steps toward universal coverage. (Aug 2004)
  • Allow Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices. (May 2004)
  • Allow reimportation of prescription drugs. (May 2004)
  • Medicare Rx bill was a mistake; need innovations. (Mar 2004)
  • 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)
  • Voted NO on limiting medical liability lawsuits to $250,000. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on expanding enrollment period for Medicare Part D. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on increasing Medicaid rebate for producing generics. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on negotiating bulk purchases for Medicare prescription drug. (Mar 2005)
  • Establish a national childhood cancer database. (Mar 2007)

Ken Salazar on Homeland Security

  • Implement the reforms recommended by the 9/11 Commission now. (Oct 2004)
  • Fight war on terror without sacrificing our freedoms. (Oct 2004)
  • Fighting war on terror is not easy nor inexpensive. (Oct 2004)
  • Ensure emergency personnel have the support and resources. (Mar 2004)
  • Voted NO on cutting $221M in benefits to Filipinos who served in WWII US Army. (Apr 2008)
  • Voted NO on requiring FISA court warrant to monitor US-to-foreign calls. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted YES 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)
  • Voted YES on preserving habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on requiring CIA reports on detainees & interrogation methods. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted NO on extending the PATRIOT Act's wiretap provision. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on restricting business with entities linked to terrorism. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted YES on restoring $565M for states' and ports' first responders. (Mar 2005)
  • Sponsored bill for Iraq budget to be part of defense budget. (Jun 2006)
  • Restore habeas corpus for detainees in the War on Terror. (Jun 2007)

Ken Salazar on Immigration

  • Give benefits to children of longtime illegal immigrants. (Oct 2004)
  • Opportunity for undocumented workers to gain legal status. (Aug 2004)
  • Decrease illegal immigration; stronger border enforcement. (Jul 2004)
  • Voted YES on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities". (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on comprehensive immigration reform. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted NO on declaring English as the official language of the US government. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the "Y" nonimmigrant guestworker program. (May 2007)
  • Voted NO on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship. (May 2006)
  • Sponsored comprehensive immigration reform, without amnesty. (May 2005)
  • Provide funding for social services for noncitizens. (May 2006)
  • Rated 0% by USBC, indicating an open-border stance. (Dec 2006)

Ken Salazar on Jobs

  • Voted YES on overriding presidential veto of Farm Bill. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO 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)
  • Voted YES on raising the minimum wage to $7.25 rather than $6.25. (Mar 2005)
  • Allow an Air Traffic Controller's Union. (Jan 2006)

Ken Salazar on Principles & Values

  • Kerry is somebody who I support. (Oct 2004)
  • Voted NO 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)
  • by MoveOn, for moderate progressive principles. (Sep 2004)
  • Rated 67% by the AU, a mixed record on church-state separation. (Dec 2006)

Ken Salazar on Social Security

  • Opposes privatization and individual investment accounts. (Aug 2004)
  • Voted NO on establishing reserve funds & pre-funding for Social Security. (Mar 2007)

Ken Salazar on Tax Reform

  • Enact responsible tax cuts for low- and middle-class. (Aug 2004)
  • Permanent tax cuts for middle class; reform estate tax. (Jul 2004)
  • More tax cuts and ending of loopholes. (Jun 2004)
  • 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)
  • Voted NO on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts. (Aug 2006)
  • Voted NO on permanently repealing the `death tax`. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES 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)
  • Rated 100% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)

Ken Salazar on War & Peace

  • Bush was not for a Department of Homeland Security. (Oct 2004)
  • We have a mess on our hands in Iraq. (Oct 2004)
  • Administration misled through intelligence failures. (Aug 2004)
  • NATO needs to be a bigger part in US war policy. (Aug 2004)
  • Voted NO on redeploying non-essential US troops out of Iraq in 9 months. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted YES on designating Iran's Revolutionary Guards as terrorists. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted YES on redeploying US troops out of Iraq by March 2008. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on redeploying troops out of Iraq by July 2007. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on investigating contract awards in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on requiring on-budget funding for Iraq, not emergency funding. (Apr 2005)
  • No troop surge: no military escalation in Iraq. (Jan 2007)

Ken Salazar on Welfare & Poverty

No stance on record.