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Former Republican Senator (RI, 1999-2007):
Lincoln Chafee on the Issues

Lincoln Chafee on Abortion

  • Embryonic stem cell research could help with many diseases. (Sep 2006)
  • Leaving abortion to states means only wealthy have choice. (Sep 2006)
  • The real potential for cures is in the embryonic stem cells. (Aug 2006)
  • Opposed the Alito nomination on 3 issues, not litmus test. (Aug 2006)
  • Strongly supports “Abortion is a woman’s right”. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted NO 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)
  • Voted NO on criminal penalty for harming unborn fetus during other crime. (Mar 2004)
  • Voted NO on banning partial birth abortions except for maternal life. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted NO on maintaining ban on Military Base Abortions. (Jun 2000)
  • Rated 90% by NARAL, indicating a pro-choice voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Expand embryonic stem cell research. (Jun 2004)
  • Sponsored bill for emergency contraception for rape victims. (Sep 2006)

Lincoln Chafee on Budget & Economy

  • Reinstitute pay-as-you-go: match tax cuts & spending cuts. (Sep 2006)
  • Pork barrel accounts for 1% of the budget, and is requested. (Aug 2006)
  • Voted NO on $40B in reduced federal overall spending. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on prioritizing national debt reduction below tax cuts. (Apr 2000)
  • Maintain & enforce existing spending caps in the future. (Sep 1998)

Lincoln Chafee on Civil Rights

  • Gay marriage is a state issue, not for federal constitution. (Sep 2006)
  • Supports “Sexual orientation protected by civil rights laws”. (Sep 2000)
  • Continue affirmative action programs. (Jan 2000)
  • Voted NO on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (Jun 2002)
  • Voted YES on loosening restrictions on cell phone wiretapping. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation. (Jun 2000)
  • Require 90 day delay for compliance before ADA lawsuits. (May 2002)
  • Limit interstate class-action lawsuits to federal courts . (May 2002)
  • Rated 60% by the ACLU, indicating a mixed civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)

Lincoln Chafee 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 57% by the US COC, indicating a mixed business voting record. (Dec 2003)

Lincoln Chafee on Crime

  • Focus on inmate skills & treatment. (Jan 2000)
  • Rated 63% by CURE, indicating mixed votes on rehabilitation. (Dec 2000)
  • More funding and stricter sentencing for hate crimes. (Apr 2001)
  • Require DNA testing for all federal executions. (Mar 2001)

Lincoln Chafee on Drugs

  • Neutral on “Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it”. (Sep 2000)

Lincoln Chafee on Education

  • Supports NCLB’s standardized testing, if federally funded. (Sep 2006)
  • Fund special education before tax cuts for the wealthy. (Aug 2006)
  • Supports parents choosing schools via vouchers. (Sep 2000)
  • Supports vouchers & charters, plus more public funding. (Jan 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 YES 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 YES on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted NO on Educational Savings Accounts. (Mar 2000)
  • Focus educational resources to help those with greatest need. (Jul 2001)
  • Require state standards, regular assessments, and sanctions. (Jul 2001)
  • Support Ed-Flex: more flexibility if more accountable. (Jul 2001)
  • Rated 55% by the NEA, indicating a mixed record on public education. (Dec 2003)

Lincoln Chafee on Energy & Oil

  • Supports spending resources to stop Global Warming. (Sep 2000)
  • 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)
  • Voted YES on Bush Administration Energy Policy. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on targeting 100,000 hydrogen-powered vehicles by 2010. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on removing consideration of drilling ANWR from budget bill. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted NO on drilling ANWR on national security grounds. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted NO on terminating CAFE standards within 15 months. (Mar 2002)
  • Voted NO on preserving budget for ANWR oil drilling. (Apr 2000)
  • Keep efficient air conditioner rule to conserve energy. (Mar 2004)
  • Establish greenhouse gas tradeable allowances. (Feb 2005)
  • Supports immediate reductions in greenhouse gases. (Sep 1998)

Lincoln Chafee on Environment

  • Voted YES on including oil & gas smokestacks in mercury regulations. (Sep 2005)
  • Voted YES on confirming Gale Norton as Secretary of Interior. (Jan 2001)
  • Reduce liability for hazardous waste cleanup. (May 2001)
  • Supports grants for brownfields remediation. (May 2002)
  • Make EPA into a Cabinet department. (May 2002)
  • Rated 79% by the LCV, indicating pro-environment votes. (Dec 2003)
  • EPA must do better on mercury clean-up. (Apr 2004)
  • Focus on results, not regulation. (Sep 1998)

Lincoln Chafee on Families & Children

Lincoln Chafee 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)
  • Voted YES on killing a bill for trade sanctions if China sells weapons. (Sep 2000)

Lincoln Chafee on Free Trade

  • 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)
  • Voted YES on permanent normal trade relations with China. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted YES on expanding trade to the third world. (May 2000)
  • Promote the Andean Free Trade Agreement. (May 2002)
  • Rated 92% by CATO, indicating a pro-free trade voting record. (Dec 2002)

Lincoln Chafee on Government Reform

  • Vindicated for opposing Alito, by Alito?s bad votes. (Aug 2006)
  • Has concerns about Bush?s expansion of executive power. (Aug 2006)
  • Voted YES on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES 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 YES on banning campaign donations from unions & corporations. (Apr 2001)
  • Restrict lobbyist gifts & disclose lobbyist info on Internet. (Dec 2005)
  • Reduce federal government size & scope, including military. (Sep 1998)

Lincoln Chafee on Gun Control

  • Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on banning lawsuits against gun manufacturers for gun violence. (Mar 2004)

Lincoln Chafee on Health Care

  • Watch Mass’ individual mandates as possible national model. (Sep 2006)
  • Bipartisanship is the key to reform Medicare. (Aug 2006)
  • Support Canadian drug importation that Laffey opposes. (Aug 2006)
  • Supports More Federal Funding for Health Coverage. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted YES on limiting medical liability lawsuits to $250,000. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on expanding enrollment period for Medicare Part D. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on increasing Medicaid rebate for producing generics. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES 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 YES on allowing patients to sue HMOs & collect punitive damages. (Jun 2001)
  • Voted NO on funding GOP version of Medicare prescription drug benefit. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on including prescription drugs under Medicare. (Jun 2000)
  • Invest funds to alleviate the nursing shortage. (Apr 2001)
  • Tax credits for those without employee health insurance. (May 2002)
  • Tax deduction for long-term care insurance. (May 2002)
  • Support telemedicine for underserved areas. (May 2002)
  • $350 billion for prescriptions for poor seniors. (May 2002)
  • Rated 75% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record. (Dec 2003)

Lincoln Chafee on Homeland Security

  • Replace unilateral pre-emption with Mideast alliances. (Sep 2006)
  • Keep Rhode Island?s military installations thriving. (Aug 2006)
  • Supports more spending on Armed Forces personnel. (Sep 2000)
  • Decrease funding for missile defense. (Jan 2000)
  • 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 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)
  • Rated 40% by SANE, indicating a mixed record on military issues. (Dec 2003)
  • Prohibit torture of terrorists in US custody. (Jul 2005)

Lincoln Chafee on Immigration

  • Co-sponsored McCain-Kennedy immigration bill. (Aug 2006)
  • Laffey supported then opposed ID cards for illegal aliens. (Aug 2006)
  • More programs for legal immigrants. (Jan 2000)
  • Voted NO on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on establishing a Guest Worker program. (May 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)
  • English immersion over bilingual education. (Jul 2001)
  • Comprehensive immigration reform without amnesty. (May 2005)
  • Sponsored bill covering child resident aliens under Medicaid. (May 2005)

Lincoln Chafee on Jobs

  • Increase the minimum wage. (Jan 2000)
  • Voted YES 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 31% by the AFL-CIO, indicating an anti-union voting record. (Dec 2003)

Lincoln Chafee on Principles & Values

  • The Club for Growth is pouring the money for Laffey. (Aug 2006)
  • Being deliberate and responsible is not indecisive. (Aug 2006)
  • Vote my conscience while keeping good relations with GOP. (Aug 2006)
  • #1 on Human Events’ list of Top Ten RINOs. (Dec 2005)
  • 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)
  • Endorsed by Log Cabin Republicans; supports gay rights. (Nov 2000)
  • Member of the Republican Main Street Partnership . (Jan 2001)

Lincoln Chafee on Social Security

  • Don’t put Soc. Sec. benefits at risk. (Sep 2006)
  • Supports privatizing Social Security. (Sep 2000)
  • Rated 30% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Supports individual savings accounts and work incentives. (Sep 1998)

Lincoln Chafee on Tax Reform

  • Opposes making income tax flatter & lower. (Sep 2000)
  • 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 NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on extending the tax cuts on capital gains and dividends. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted NO on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years. (May 2003)
  • Voted YES on reducing marriage penalty instead of cutting top tax rates. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on increasing tax deductions for college tuition. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the 'marriage penalty'. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on phasing out the estate tax ("death tax"). (Jul 2000)
  • Rated 46% by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Implement socially fair, broad-based tax cuts. (Sep 1998)

Lincoln Chafee on War & Peace

  • Support a timetable if diplomacy does not work. (Aug 2006)
  • Only Republican to vote against Iraq war?but keep Rumsfeld. (Aug 2006)
  • Pressure Israel firmly, even when it looks like non-support. (Apr 2006)
  • 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)
  • Voted YES on $86 billion for military operations in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Oct 2003)
  • Voted NO on authorizing use of military force against Iraq. (Oct 2002)
  • Supports $48 billion in new spending for anti-terrorism. (Jan 2002)

Lincoln Chafee on Welfare & Poverty

  • Supports allowing churches to provide welfare services. (Sep 2000)
  • Establish a National Affordable Housing Trust Fund. (Jul 2003)
  • Tax credits to promite home ownership in distressed areas. (Apr 2003)
  • Fully fund AmeriCorps. (Jun 2003)