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Republican Jr Senator (AK):
Lisa Murkowski on the Issues

Lisa Murkowski on Abortion

  • Voted NO on defining unborn child as eligible for SCHIP. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES 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 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 14% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 50% by the NRLC, indicating a mixed record on abortion. (Dec 2006)

Lisa Murkowski on Budget & Economy

  • Against “regionalization” of federal funding. (Oct 2004)
  • Facilitated Government Canned Salmon purchases. (Jun 2004)
  • Voted NO on paying down federal debt by rating programs' effectiveness. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on $40B in reduced federal overall spending. (Dec 2005)

Lisa Murkowski on Civil Rights

  • Protect the flag with a Constitutional Amendment. (Jun 2004)
  • Succeeded in getting Veterans Wheelchair Games. (Jun 2004)
  • Support Alaska/native hire on government projects. (Jul 2002)
  • Voted YES on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)
  • Rated 0% by the HRC, indicating an anti-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 14% by the NAACP, indicating an anti-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)

Lisa Murkowski on Corporations

  • Exxon would not benefit from a $6.5 billion tax break at all. (Oct 2004)
  • Want to have the Exxon Valdez issue behind us. (Oct 2004)
  • 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 86% by the US COC, indicating a pro-business voting record. (Dec 2003)

Lisa Murkowski on Crime

  • Limit liability by capping non-economic damages. (Oct 2004)
  • Funding to prosecute rape and sexual offenders. (Jun 2004)
  • $5M to fight domestic violence. (Jun 2004)
  • Supported Protect Act with mandatory sentences. (Jun 2004)
  • End parole for repeat violent offenders. (Jul 2002)
  • Voted YES on reinstating $1.15 billion funding for the COPS Program. (Mar 2007)
  • Establish a domestic violence volunteer attorney network. (May 2007)
  • Increase funding for "COPS ON THE BEAT" program. (Jan 2007)

Lisa Murkowski on Drugs

No stance on record.

Lisa Murkowski on Education

  • Support NCLB but need room to adapt NCLB to local needs. (Oct 2004)
  • Compliance to federal education standards difficult in AK. (Aug 2004)
  • Keep God in the Pledge of Allegiance. (Aug 2004)
  • Construct rural teacher housing. (Jun 2004)
  • Make No Child Left Behind work. (Jun 2004)
  • Require high school exit exams. (Jul 2002)
  • 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 55% by the NEA, indicating a mixed record on public education. (Dec 2003)

Lisa Murkowski on Energy & Oil

  • Need a president who will sign ANWR. (Oct 2004)
  • Support fiscal incentives for the natural gas pipeline. (Oct 2004)
  • Get ANWR with a Republican-led majority. (Oct 2004)
  • Incentives for an Alaskan natural gas pipeline. (Jun 2004)
  • Establish an Arctic engineering research center. (Jun 2004)
  • Reopening the Healy Clean Coal Plant. (Jun 2004)
  • 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 YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted NO 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)
  • Rated 0% by the CAF, indicating opposition to energy independence. (Dec 2006)
  • Develop technology for carbon dioxide sequestration. (Feb 2008)
  • Open the Outer Continental Shelf for oil & gas leasing. (Jun 2008)

Lisa Murkowski on Environment

  • Pay a fee if one’s actions place other users in harm’s way. (Oct 2004)
  • Won grants for harbor improvements. (Jun 2004)
  • Convinced to keep Pacific Salmon Commission funding. (Jun 2004)
  • 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 11% by the LCV, indicating anti-environment votes. (Dec 2003)

Lisa Murkowski on Families & Children

  • $20.2 million for Denali Kids Care. (Jun 2004)
  • Work for children in need. (Jun 2004)
  • Rated 83% by the Christian Coalition: a pro-family voting record. (Dec 2003)

Lisa Murkowski on Foreign Policy

  • Impose sanctions and an import ban on Burma. (Oct 2007)
  • Call for Burma's junta to release political prisoners. (Jun 2007)

Lisa Murkowski on Free Trade

  • 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 NO on establishing free trade between the US and Chile. (Jul 2003)
  • Extend trade restrictions on Burma to promote democracy. (Jun 2007)

Lisa Murkowski on Government Reform

  • Alaska loses with a Senator who caucuses with the Democrats. (Oct 2004)
  • Voted NO 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 YES 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)

Lisa Murkowski on Gun Control

  • Oppose reauthorizing the federal assault weapons ban. (Oct 2004)
  • Concealed weapons carry for law enforcement. (Jun 2004)
  • 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)
  • Ban gun registration & trigger lock law in Washington DC. (Mar 2007)
  • Allow firearms in National Parks. (Feb 2008)

Lisa Murkowski on Health Care

  • Increased doctor reimbursements under Medicare. (Jun 2004)
  • Won Medicaid fund increases. (Jun 2004)
  • Won increased Medicare Nurse Practitioners Fees. (Jun 2004)
  • Secured rural hospital aid. (Jun 2004)
  • Secured nurse training money for university. (Jun 2004)
  • Won community health center funding increase. (Jun 2004)
  • Won approval for $1.7B more for veterans’ care. (Jun 2004)
  • Voted YES 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 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 12% by APHA, indicating a anti-public health voting record. (Dec 2003)

Lisa Murkowski on Homeland Security

  • A missile defense system that protects all 50 states. (Oct 2004)
  • Alaska is served well by the Alaska Fire Service. (Oct 2004)
  • Committed to funding for Veterans’ health care. (Aug 2004)
  • Increased funding for First Responders. (Jun 2004)
  • More state veterans get per diem payments. (Jun 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 NO on limiting soldiers' deployment to 12 months. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted YES 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 NO 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 0% by SANE, indicating a pro-military voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Improve mental health care benefits for returning veterans. (Jun 2008)

Lisa Murkowski on Immigration

  • 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 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 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 33% by USBC, indicating a mixed record on open borders. (Dec 2006)

Lisa Murkowski on Jobs

  • Promote Alaskan seafood. (Aug 2004)
  • Won Trade Adjustment Assistance for fishermen. (Jun 2004)
  • Privatize seafood inspection program. (Jun 2004)
  • Voted NO 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)
  • Rated 15% by the AFL-CIO, indicating an anti-union voting record. (Dec 2003)

Lisa Murkowski on Principles & Values

  • Voted with Republican Party 80.6% of 319 votes. (Sep 2007)
  • Didn’t ask Alaskans to accept father’s appointment to Senate. (Oct 2004)
  • Didn’t check before sending thousands of campaign e-mails. (Oct 2004)
  • Keep “God” in Pledge & prohibit flag burning. (Aug 2004)
  • 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 C by the Club for Growth, pro-growth but not targeted. (Sep 2004)
  • Rated 0% by the AU, indicating opposition to church-state separation. (Dec 2006)

Lisa Murkowski on Social Security

  • 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)

Lisa Murkowski on Tax Reform

  • The $143 billion corporate tax bill is a “jobs” bill. (Oct 2004)
  • Got over $700 million of tax credits for a gas pipeline. (Oct 2004)
  • Federal tax cuts are a means to spur economic growth. (Oct 2004)
  • 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 71% by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 0% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)

Lisa Murkowski on War & Peace

  • Prewar Iraq was a safe haven for terrorists. (Oct 2004)
  • A democratic Iraq will be a role model for the Middle East. (Oct 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)

Lisa Murkowski on Welfare & Poverty

  • Opposed the federal overtime laws. (Oct 2004)
  • Changes to Salmon program for WIC food. (Jun 2004)