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Republican Sr Senator (TN); previously candidate for President:
Lamar Alexander on the Issues

Lamar Alexander on Abortion

  • Ban partial birth abortion; 3-day waiting period. (May 2002)
  • Supreme Court should interpret Constitution literally. (Jun 1999)
  • Abortion is wrong - let states restrict it. (Jul 1996)
  • Opposed to Abortion, but VP need not be. (Sep 1995)
  • Voted YES on defining unborn child as eligible for SCHIP. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting minors crossing state lines for abortion. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES 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 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)
  • Expand embryonic stem cell research. (Jun 2004)
  • Rated 75% by the NRLC, indicating a mixed record on abortion. (Dec 2006)
  • Prohibit transporting minors across state lines for abortion. (Jan 2008)

Lamar Alexander on Budget & Economy

  • Reduce government to spur growth. (Aug 1995)
  • Voted NO on paying down federal debt by rating programs' effectiveness. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on $40B in reduced federal overall spending. (Dec 2005)

Lamar Alexander on Civil Rights

  • Racial preference is just as wrong as racial discrimination. (Aug 1995)
  • Conversation on Race should focus on common principles. (May 1999)
  • Passionately advocates equal opportunity. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)
  • Issue a commemorative postage stamp of Rosa Parks. (Dec 2005)
  • Rated 0% by the HRC, indicating an anti-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 11% by the NAACP, indicating an anti-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)

Lamar Alexander 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)
  • Rated 100% by the US COC, indicating a pro-business voting record. (Dec 2003)

Lamar Alexander on Crime

  • Class X: Armed robbery means mandatory sentence, no parole. (May 2002)
  • Supports Capital Punishment. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted NO on reinstating $1.15 billion funding for the COPS Program. (Mar 2007)

Lamar Alexander on Drugs

  • New branch of Armed Services to fight drugs. (May 1999)
  • Revive drug war with credo “Just Say No - Because”. (May 1999)
  • Stricter enforcement at borders and of drug dealers. (May 1999)
  • For intensive treatment; employee “education”; drug testing. (May 1999)
  • Require chemical resellers to certify against meth use. (Sep 2007)

Lamar Alexander on Education

  • Allow organized voluntary prayer in public schools. (Aug 1995)
  • Federal funding for HOPE scholarships for grade school. (May 1999)
  • More teacher pay; but end tenure. (May 1999)
  • Support public schools with local control. (May 1999)
  • Test for high standards for teachers and students. (May 1999)
  • Replace bilingual education with “English for Children”. (May 1999)
  • Create Education Savings Accounts. (May 1999)

    School Choice

  • Charter schools make public education better. (Jul 1999)
  • Regulate all public schools like charter schools. (May 1999)
  • Public scholarships for charter or private schools. (May 1999)
  • $1,500 scholarship for poor kids to attend any school. (May 1999)
  • Pass Model Charter School Laws in all 50 states. (May 1999)
  • Give school decisions back to families. (Aug 1995)
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Oct 2007)
  • 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)
  • Rated 27% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Support the goals and ideals of Charter Schools. (May 2007)

Lamar Alexander on Energy & Oil

  • Voted NO on tax incentives for energy production and conservation. (Jun 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 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)
  • Keep efficient air conditioner rule to conserve energy. (Mar 2004)
  • Rated 0% by the CAF, indicating opposition to energy independence. (Dec 2006)
  • Open the Outer Continental Shelf for oil & gas leasing. (Jun 2008)
  • Establish energy security strategy with domestic production. (Jul 2008)

Lamar Alexander on Environment

  • Bipartisan wetland protection & pollution clean-up. (Jul 1999)
  • Fund national parks in the tradition of Teddy Roosevelt. (May 1999)
  • Supports local land trusts to protect ecology. (May 1999)
  • 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)
  • Rated 5% by the LCV, indicating anti-environment votes. (Dec 2003)
  • EPA must do better on mercury clean-up. (Apr 2004)
  • Celebrate the recovery of the bald eagle. (Jun 2008)

Lamar Alexander on Families & Children

  • Triple the Dependent Child Deduction to $8000. (May 1999)
  • Enforce Flextime at work and at schools. (May 1999)
  • Rated 100% by the Christian Coalition: a pro-family voting record. (Dec 2003)

Lamar Alexander on Foreign Policy

  • Supports strategic alliance with Israel. (May 2002)
  • No US military action under UN command. (Aug 1995)
  • Blue-ribbon commission to investigate China spying. (May 1999)
  • Monitor human rights in Uganda-Sudan crisis. (Aug 2004)

Lamar Alexander on Free Trade

  • For Normal Trading Relations with China. (May 1999)
  • Fast-track helps farm exports. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted YES on promoting free trade with Peru. (Dec 2007)
  • 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)
  • Extend trade restrictions on Burma to promote democracy. (Jun 2007)

Lamar Alexander on Government Reform

  • Two-year budget to reduce pork barrel spending. (May 2002)
  • Campaign finance reform is wrong, and abridges free speech. (May 2002)
  • Complete Reagan Revolution with term limits & line-item veto. (Aug 1995)
  • Supreme Court should interpret Constitution literally. (Jun 1999)
  • Campaign Finance: fewer restrictions & fuller disclosure. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted NO on granting the District of Columbia a seat in Congress. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring photo ID to vote in federal elections. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted YES on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted NO on establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity. (Mar 2006)
  • Ensure delivery of absentee ballots for troops overseas. (May 2008)

Lamar Alexander on Gun Control

  • Repeal assault weapon ban; enforce existing laws. (Jun 2002)
  • Criminals--not guns--cause crimes. (May 2002)
  • Strictly enforce gun laws instead of making new ones. (May 1999)
  • More gun laws won’t prevent another Littleton. (Apr 1999)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting foreign & UN aid that restricts US gun ownership. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on banning lawsuits against gun manufacturers for gun violence. (Mar 2004)
  • Rated A by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun rights voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Ban gun registration & trigger lock law in Washington DC. (Mar 2007)

Lamar Alexander on Health Care

  • Delay Medicare Rx price increases & keep physician payments. (Oct 2008)
  • Patient’s bill of rights with four principles; but not suing. (May 1999)
  • For uninsured: church-based Health Care Networks. (May 1999)
  • Medicare provides a menu of plans, some with add-on costs. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on means-testing to determine Medicare Part D premium. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES 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 NO on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Apr 2007)
  • 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 NO 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)
  • Rated 0% by APHA, indicating a anti-public health voting record. (Dec 2003)

Lamar Alexander on Homeland Security

  • Stop the free fall in defense spending. (Aug 1995)
  • Develop and deploy SDI. (May 1999)
  • Upgrade Aegis; include allies under missile defense. (May 1999)
  • Amend ABM treaty to allow SDI, or withdraw from it. (May 1999)
  • Upgrade retirement and health benefits for veterans. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES 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 NO on limiting soldiers' deployment to 12 months. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted NO on implementing the 9/11 Commission report. (Mar 2007)
  • 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 NO on restoring $565M for states' and ports' first responders. (Mar 2005)
  • Rated 0% by SANE, indicating a pro-military voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Prohibit torture of terrorists in US custody. (Jul 2005)
  • Extend reserve retirement pay parity back to 9/11. (Dec 2007)
  • Improve educational assistance for veterans. (Apr 2008)

Lamar Alexander on Immigration

  • No federal money to Mexico for multinational workers. (Oct 2008)
  • Enforce against illegal immigrants; appreciate legal ones. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted NO 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 NO on eliminating the "Y" nonimmigrant guestworker program. (May 2007)
  • 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 YES on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship. (May 2006)
  • Rated 50% by USBC, indicating a mixed record on open borders. (Dec 2006)
  • Increase limitations for H-1B, H-2B, and L-visas. (Apr 2008)

Lamar Alexander on Jobs

  • More export subsidies for farmers. (Jun 1999)
  • Expand use of corn-based ethanol to create jobs. (Mar 1999)
  • Substitute Ethanol for MBTE in gasoline. (Mar 1999)
  • 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 NO 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)
  • Rated 0% by the AFL-CIO, indicating an anti-union voting record. (Dec 2003)

Lamar Alexander on Principles & Values

  • Voted with Republican Party 88.1% of 319 votes. (Sep 2007)
  • Pledge Plus Three: daily patriotic affirmation in schools. (May 2002)
  • Campaign focus: Education; lower taxes; strong defense. (May 1999)
  • 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)
  • Rated 0% by the AU, indicating opposition to church-state separation. (Dec 2006)

Lamar Alexander on Social Security

  • Never reduce guaranteed Social Security benefits. (Oct 2008)
  • Allow workers to manage their own retirement funds. (May 1999)
  • Create Individual Security Accounts. (May 1999)
  • Fund IRA’s that individuals control themselves. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on establishing reserve funds & pre-funding for Social Security. (Mar 2007)
  • Rated 0% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)

Lamar Alexander on Tax Reform

  • Flatter, fairer, simpler federal income tax. (Aug 1995)
  • End marriage penalty; raise child deductions; cut rates. (May 1999)
  • Restore flatter 28% and 15% tax rates. (May 1999)
  • Double the Charitable Deduction. (May 1999)
  • Small business: End quarterly filing; deduct health care. (May 1999)
  • America needs a “family-friendly” tax code. (May 1999)
  • 6-point Tax Plan. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted YES on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on raising estate tax exemption to $5 million. (Mar 2007)
  • 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)
  • Rated 73% by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 0% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)

Lamar Alexander on War & Peace

  • Have a “success strategy” as well as an “exit strategy”. (May 1999)
  • Ground troops ok. (Apr 1999)
  • 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 NO 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 NO 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)

Lamar Alexander on Welfare & Poverty

  • Fully fund AmeriCorps. (Jun 2003)