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Former Democratic Senator (IL):
Paul Simon on the Issues

Paul Simon on Abortion

No stance on record.

Paul Simon on Budget & Economy

  • Weak dollar means weak America. (Jul 1996)
  • Lack of Balanced Budget Amendment caused dollarís decline. (Jul 1996)
  • Lack of Balanced Budget Amendment caused dollarís decline. (Jul 1996)
  • Idea for Balanced Budget Amendment began in 1787. (Jul 1996)
  • Idea for Balanced Budget Amendment began in 1787. (Jul 1996)
  • Balanced Budget in 1970s equals $15,500 more income now. (Jul 1996)
  • Balanced Budget in 1970s equals $15,500 more income now. (Jul 1996)
  • Tax incentives to encourage corporate & personal savings. (Jul 1996)
  • Tax incentives to encourage corporate & personal savings. (Jul 1996)
  • Stabilize dollar with central bank intervention. (Jul 1996)

Paul Simon on Civil Rights

  • Voted NO on prohibiting same-sex marriage. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted NO on Amendment to prohibit flag burning. (Dec 1995)
  • Voted NO on banning affirmative action hiring with federal funds. (Jul 1995)

Paul Simon on Corporations

No stance on record.

Paul Simon on Crime

  • Solving welfare by work will reduce crime. (Jul 1996)
  • Education is a strong anti-crime program. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted NO on limiting death penalty appeals. (Apr 1996)
  • Voted NO on limiting product liability punitive damage awards. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted NO on restricting class-action lawsuits. (Dec 1995)
  • Voted NO on repealing federal speed limits. (Jun 1995)
  • Voted NO on mandatory prison terms for crimes involving firearms. (May 1994)
  • Voted NO on rejecting racial statistics in death penalty appeals. (May 1994)

Paul Simon on Drugs

  • Voted NO on spending international development funds on drug control. (Jul 1996)

Paul Simon on Education

  • Expand school year from 180 days to at least 210. (Jul 1996)
  • Investing in education results in high living standards. (Jul 1996)
  • Investing in education results in high living standards. (Jul 1996)
  • End adult illiteracy. (Jul 1996)
  • End adult illiteracy. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted NO on $75M for abstinence education. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted NO on requiring schools to allow voluntary prayer. (Jul 1994)
  • Voted YES on national education standards. (Feb 1994)

Paul Simon on Energy & Oil

  • Voted YES on do not require ethanol in gasoline. (Aug 1994)

Paul Simon on Environment

  • Voted YES on continuing desert protection in California. (Oct 1994)
  • Voted YES on requiring EPA risk assessments. (May 1994)

Paul Simon on Families & Children

No stance on record.

Paul Simon on Foreign Policy

  • Great nations should commit more abroad. (Jul 1996)
  • Great nations should commit more abroad. (Jul 1996)
  • Pay attention to developing nations. (Jul 1996)
  • Pay attention to developing nations. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted NO on Strengthening of the trade embargo against Cuba. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted YES on ending Vietnam embargo. (Jan 1994)

Paul Simon on Free Trade

  • Get other nations to lower import barriers. (Jul 1996)
  • Trade deficit is as bad as budget deficit. (Jul 1996)
  • Trade deficit is as bad as budget deficit. (Jul 1996)
  • Trade deficit improves if we understand foreign culture. (Jul 1996)
  • Trade deficit improves if we understand foreign culture. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on imposing trade sanctions on Japan for closed market. (May 1995)

Paul Simon on Government Reform

  • Reduce the growth rate of federal government. (Jul 1996)
  • Reduce the growth rate of federal government. (Jul 1996)
  • Long-terms solutions instead of polls. (Jul 1996)
  • Long-terms solutions instead of polls. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on Approving the presidential line-item veto. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted NO on banning more types of Congressional gifts. (Jul 1995)

Paul Simon on Gun Control

No stance on record.

Paul Simon on Health Care

  • Voted YES on medical savings acounts. (Apr 1996)

Paul Simon on Homeland Security

  • Voted NO on considering deploying NMD, and amending ABM Treaty. (Jun 1996)
  • Voted NO on 1996 Defense Appropriations. (Sep 1995)

Paul Simon on Immigration

No stance on record.

Paul Simon on Jobs

  • Train our workforce better to beat foreign competition. (Jul 1996)
  • Train our workforce better to beat foreign competition. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on replacing farm price supports. (Feb 1996)

Paul Simon on Principles & Values

No stance on record.

Paul Simon on Social Security

  • Base indexing on a lower inflation rate. (Jul 1996)
  • Base indexing on a lower inflation rate. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted NO on deducting Social Security payments on income taxes. (May 1996)

Paul Simon on Tax Reform

  • Consider a VAT value-added tax. (Jul 1996)
  • Consider a VAT value-added tax. (Jul 1996)

Paul Simon on War & Peace

  • Voted YES on ending the Bosnian arms embargo. (Jul 1995)

Paul Simon on Welfare & Poverty

  • Get business & churches involved with schools. (Jul 1996)
  • Transform welfare recipients to productive citizens. (Jul 1996)
  • Transform welfare recipients to productive citizens. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted NO on welfare block grants. (Aug 1996)
  • Voted YES on eliminating block grants for food stamps. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted NO on allowing state welfare waivers. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted NO on welfare overhaul. (Sep 1995)