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Republican Sr Senator; previously Representative (SC-3):
Lindsey Graham on the Issues

Lindsey Graham on Abortion

  • Protect the sanctity of life. (Aug 2008)
  • Ginsburg would get rejected today for outspokenness on Roe. (Jan 2006)
  • Federal crime to harm fetus during an assault. (Apr 2001)
  • 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 NO 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)
  • Voted YES on funding for health providers who don't provide abortion info. (Sep 2002)
  • Voted YES on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on federal crime to harm fetus while committing other crimes. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on banning partial-birth abortions. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted YES on barring transporting minors to get an abortion. (Jun 1999)
  • Rated 0% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 100% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-life stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Prohibit transporting minors across state lines for abortion. (Jan 2008)

Lindsey Graham on Budget & Economy

  • Voted YES on paying down federal debt by rating programs' effectiveness. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on $40B in reduced federal overall spending. (Dec 2005)
  • Allow $3 on 1040 form to pay off National Debt. (Sep 2000)
  • Supports balanced budget amendment & line item veto. (Sep 1994)

Lindsey Graham on Civil Rights

  • Support the constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. (Aug 2008)
  • Voted YES on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)
  • Supports anti-flag desecration amendment. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 0% by the ACLU, indicating an anti-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • 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)
  • Amend Constitution to define traditional marriage. (Jun 2008)

Lindsey Graham 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 Bankruptcy Overhaul requiring partial debt repayment. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 83% by the US COC, indicating a pro-business voting record. (Dec 2003)

Lindsey Graham on Crime

  • Voted NO on reinstating $1.15 billion funding for the COPS Program. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on funding for alternative sentencing instead of more prisons. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime. (Jun 1999)
  • Voted NO on maintaining right of habeas corpus in Death Penalty Appeals. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted YES on making federal death penalty appeals harder. (Feb 1995)
  • Rated 30% by CURE, indicating anti-rehabilitation crime votes. (Dec 2000)
  • More prisons, more enforcement, effective death penalty. (Sep 1994)

Lindsey Graham on Drugs

  • Voted YES on military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism. (Sep 2001)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on subjecting federal employees to random drug tests. (Sep 1998)
  • Enhance interdiction by criminalizing unflagged submarines. (Jul 2008)

Lindsey Graham on Education

  • Voted NO 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)
  • Voted YES on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror. (Nov 2001)
  • Voted YES on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted YES on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Let schools display the words "God Bless America". (Oct 2001)
  • Supports requiring schools to allow prayer. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 27% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997)

Lindsey Graham on Energy & Oil

  • Voted NO on tax incentives for energy production and conservation. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on addressing CO2 emissions without considering India & China. (May 2008)
  • Voted NO 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 YES 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 NO on raising CAFE standards; incentives for alternative fuels. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting oil drilling & development in ANWR. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted NO on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol. (Jun 2000)
  • Rated 17% by the CAF, indicating opposition to energy independence. (Dec 2006)
  • Open the Outer Continental Shelf for oil & gas leasing. (Jun 2008)
  • Gas tax holiday for the summer. (Apr 2008)

Lindsey Graham on Environment

  • Voted YES on prohibiting eminent domain for use as parks or grazing land. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted NO on including oil & gas smokestacks in mercury regulations. (Sep 2005)
  • Rated 5% by the LCV, indicating anti-environment votes. (Dec 2003)

Lindsey Graham on Families & Children

  • Voted YES on reducing Marriage Tax by $399B over 10 years. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 100% by the Christian Coalition: a pro-family voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Use tax code to reinforce families. (Sep 1994)
  • Fund 2,500 Boys and Girls Clubs in underserved areas. (Dec 1997)

Lindsey Graham on Foreign Policy

  • Voted NO on keeping Cuba travel ban until political prisoners released. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on withholding $244M in UN Back Payments until US seat restored. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on $156M to IMF for 3rd-world debt reduction. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China. (May 2000)
  • Voted NO on $15.2 billion for foreign operations. (Nov 1999)
  • Let Ukraine & Georgia enter NATO. (Jan 2008)

Lindsey Graham on Free Trade

  • 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)
  • Voted NO on establishing free trade between US & Singapore. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted NO on establishing free trade between the US and Chile. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted NO on withdrawing from the WTO. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements. (Sep 1998)
  • Rated 17% by CATO, indicating a pro-fair trade voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Free trade with post-Orange Revolution Ukraine. (Apr 2005)

Lindsey Graham on Government Reform

  • Increase campaign contribution limits; but no foreigners. (Nov 2000)
  • 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 YES on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted NO on banning soft money donations to national political parties. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
  • Sponsored bill allowing individual votes on each earmark. (Feb 2006)
  • Restrict campaign donations from foreigners or 3rd parties. (May 1999)
  • Limit punitive damages; term limits on Congress. (Sep 1994)
  • Government is too big, too intrusive, too easy with money. (Sep 1994)

Lindsey Graham on Gun Control

  • 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)
  • Voted YES on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1. (Jun 1999)
  • 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)
  • Allow firearms in National Parks. (Feb 2008)

Lindsey Graham on Health Care

  • Voted YES on means-testing to determine Medicare Part D premium. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO 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 NO 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 YES on negotiating bulk purchases for Medicare prescription drug. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted NO on $40 billion per year for limited Medicare prescription drug benefit. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing suing HMOs, but under federal rules & limited award. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted YES on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999)
  • Rated 12% by APHA, indicating a anti-public health voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Establish a national childhood cancer database. (Mar 2007)
  • Expand medical savings accounts for employers & individuals. (Feb 1999)

Lindsey Graham on Homeland Security

  • Ensure terrorists cannot sue American troops. (Aug 2008)
  • 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 YES on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad. (Aug 2007)
  • 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)
  • Voted YES on permitting commercial airline pilots to carry guns. (Jul 2002)
  • Voted YES on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on deploying SDI. (Mar 1999)
  • Federalize aviation security. (Nov 2001)
  • Rated 0% by SANE, indicating a pro-military voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Prohibit torture of terrorists in US custody. (Jul 2005)
  • Sponsored bill for Iraq budget to be part of defense budget. (Jun 2006)
  • Extend reserve retirement pay parity back to 9/11. (Dec 2007)
  • Improve educational assistance for veterans. (Apr 2008)
  • Set minimum spending on defense at 4% of GDP. (Dec 2007)
  • No US troops under UN command; more defense spending. (Sep 1994)

Lindsey Graham on Immigration

  • Voted NO on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities". (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES 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 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 extending Immigrant Residency rules. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers. (Sep 1998)
  • Sponsored comprehensive immigration reform, without amnesty. (May 2005)
  • Rated 27% by USBC, indicating an open-border stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Declared English the official language of the US. (Jan 1999)

Lindsey Graham on Jobs

  • 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 NO on raising the minimum wage to $7.25 rather than $6.25. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on $167B over 10 years for farm price supports. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on zero-funding OSHA's Ergonomics Rules instead of $4.5B. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 17% by the AFL-CIO, indicating an anti-union voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Incentives to businesses create jobs & raise wages. (Sep 1994)

Lindsey Graham on Principles & Values

  • Voted with Republican Party 87.5% of 312 votes. (Sep 2007)
  • 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)
  • Religious affiliation: Southern Baptist. (Nov 2000)
  • Rated 0% by the AU, indicating opposition to church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
  • Contract with America: 10 bills in 1st 100 days of Congress. (Sep 1994)

Lindsey Graham on Social Security

  • Voted YES on establishing reserve funds & pre-funding for Social Security. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Create personal retirement accounts within Social Security. (Jul 2000)
  • Rated 20% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Reduce taxes on Social Security earnings. (Sep 1994)

Lindsey Graham on Tax Reform

  • 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)
  • Voted YES on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted YES on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 81% by NTU, indicating a "Taxpayer's Friend" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 0% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Member of the Congressional Flat Tax Caucus. (Nov 2007)
  • Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes. (Sep 1994)

Lindsey Graham on War & Peace

  • We need more troops for long haul, Iraq is like WWII. (Sep 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 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 investigating contract awards in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Nov 2005)
  • 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)
  • Voted YES on authorizing military force in Iraq. (Oct 2002)
  • Voted YES on disallowing the invasion of Kosovo. (May 1999)
  • Support the completion of the US mission in Iraq. (Feb 2007)

Lindsey Graham on Welfare & Poverty

  • Fund welfare via religious & community-based NPOs. (Nov 2000)
  • Voted YES on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted NO on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Fully fund AmeriCorps. (Jun 2003)
  • Limit welfare to 2 years & cut welfare spending. (Sep 1994)