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Former Democratic Sr Senator (MN)-deceased 2002:
Paul Wellstone on the Issues

Paul Wellstone on Abortion

  • Voted NO on maintaining ban on Military Base Abortions. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on banning partial birth abortions. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on disallowing overseas military abortions. (May 1999)

Paul Wellstone on Budget & Economy

  • Bankruptcy is safety net; reform only helps big banks. (Mar 2001)
  • No BBA: Save by eliminating tax breaks and cutting defense. (Jan 1999)
  • Advocate for small and emerging businesses. (Jan 1999)
  • Support fair prices for farmers. (Jan 1999)
  • Education and jobs reduces poverty. (Dec 1998)
  • Voted NO on prioritizing national debt reduction below tax cuts. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted NO on 1998 GOP budget. (May 1997)
  • Voted NO on Balanced-budget constitutional amendment. (Mar 1997)

Paul Wellstone on Civil Rights

  • Sponsored early laws against domestic abuse. (Jan 1999)
  • More penalties for crimes against women. (Dec 1998)
  • Voted YES on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (Jun 2002)
  • Voted NO on loosening restrictions on cell phone wiretapping. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on setting aside 10% of highway funds for minorities & women. (Mar 1998)
  • Voted NO on ending special funding for minority & women-owned business. (Oct 1997)
  • Voted YES 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 Wellstone on Corporations

  • Voted NO on restricting rules on personal bankruptcy. (Jul 2001)
  • Expand microloans to small businesses. (Apr 2002)

Paul Wellstone on Crime

  • Investing in health and education reduces crime. (Dec 1998)
  • Voted YES on $1.15 billion per year to continue the COPS program. (May 1999)
  • 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)
  • Moratorium on death penalty; more DNA testing. (Mar 2001)
  • More funding and stricter sentencing for hate crimes. (Apr 2001)
  • Require DNA testing for all federal executions. (Mar 2001)

Paul Wellstone on Drugs

  • Voted NO on increasing penalties for drug offenses. (Nov 1999)
  • Voted NO on spending international development funds on drug control. (Jul 1996)

Paul Wellstone on Education

  • More funding for education; tax cuts for college. (Jan 1999)
  • Voted YES on funding smaller classes instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES 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)
  • Voted NO on education savings accounts. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted NO on school vouchers in DC. (Sep 1997)
  • 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)
  • More foreign languages courses and exchange students. (Feb 2001)

Paul Wellstone on Energy & Oil

  • Against Arctic drilling. (Dec 1998)
  • 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)
  • Voted YES on ending discussion of CAFE fuel efficiency standards. (Sep 1999)
  • Voted NO on defunding renewable and solar energy. (Jun 1999)
  • Voted NO on approving a nuclear waste repository. (Apr 1997)
  • Voted YES on do not require ethanol in gasoline. (Aug 1994)
  • Regulate wholesale electricity & gas prices. (Mar 2001)

Paul Wellstone on Environment

  • Against weakening protection of air and water. (Jan 1999)
  • Voted NO on confirming Gale Norton as Secretary of Interior. (Jan 2001)
  • Voted YES on more funding for forest roads and fish habitat. (Sep 1999)
  • Voted NO on transportation demo projects. (Mar 1998)
  • Voted YES on reducing funds for road-building in National Forests. (Sep 1997)
  • Voted YES on continuing desert protection in California. (Oct 1994)
  • Voted NO on requiring EPA risk assessments. (May 1994)

Paul Wellstone on Families & Children

  • Voted NO on restricting violent videos to minors. (May 1999)

Paul Wellstone on Foreign Policy

  • Against US involvement in Kuwait. (Dec 1998)
  • Supports war protests. (Dec 1998)
  • Voted YES on enlarging NATO to include Eastern Europe. (May 2002)
  • Voted NO on killing a bill for trade sanctions if China sells weapons. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted NO on cap foreign aid at only $12.7 billion. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on limiting the President's power to impose economic sanctions. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted YES on limiting NATO expansion to only Poland, Hungary & Czech. (Apr 1998)
  • Voted NO on $17.9 billion to IMF. (Mar 1998)
  • Voted NO on Strengthening of the trade embargo against Cuba. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted NO on ending Vietnam embargo. (Jan 1994)
  • Multi-year commitment to Africa for food & medicine. (Apr 2001)

Paul Wellstone on Free Trade

  • Voted NO 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 NO on permanent normal trade relations with China. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted NO on expanding trade to the third world. (May 2000)
  • Voted NO on renewing 'fast track' presidential trade authority. (Nov 1997)
  • Voted YES on imposing trade sanctions on Japan for closed market. (May 1995)
  • No MFN for China; condition trade on human rights. (Nov 1999)

Paul Wellstone on Government Reform

  • No gifts from lobbyists. Refuses pay raises. (Jan 1999)
  • Voted YES on banning "soft money" contributions and restricting issue ads. (Mar 2002)
  • Voted NO on require photo ID (not just signature) for voter registration. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted YES on banning campaign donations from unions and corporations. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on continuing funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. (Aug 1999)
  • Voted YES on favoring 1997 McCain-Feingold overhaul of campaign finance. (Oct 1997)
  • Voted YES on Approving the presidential line-item veto. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted NO on banning more types of Congressional gifts. (Jul 1995)

Paul Wellstone on Gun Control

  • Voted YES on background checks at gun shows. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on more penalties for gun & drug violations. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on loosening license & background checks at gun shows. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on maintaining current law: guns sold without trigger locks. (Jul 1998)

Paul Wellstone on Health Care

  • Health plans should match those for Congress. (Jan 1999)
  • Voted YES on allowing importation 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)
  • Voted NO on limiting self-employment health deduction. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on increasing tobacco restrictions. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted NO on banning human cloning. (Feb 1998)
  • Voted NO on Medicare means-testing. (Jun 1997)
  • Voted YES on medical savings acounts. (Apr 1996)
  • MEDS Plan: Cover senior Rx under Medicare. (Jan 2001)
  • Invest funds to alleviate the nursing shortage. (Apr 2001)
  • Make health care a right, not a privilege. (Nov 1999)

Paul Wellstone on Homeland Security

  • Improve veterans’ government-provided health care. (Jan 1999)
  • Voted YES on adopting the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on allowing another round of military base closures. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on cutting nuclear weapons below START levels. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on deploying National Missile Defense ASAP. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted YES on military pay raise of 4.8%. (Feb 1999)
  • Voted NO on deploying missile defense as soon as possible. (Sep 1998)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting same-sex basic training. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted NO on favoring 36 vetoed military projects. (Oct 1997)
  • Voted YES on banning chemical weapons. (Apr 1997)
  • Voted NO on considering deploying NMD, and amending ABM Treaty. (Jun 1996)
  • Voted NO on 1996 Defense Appropriations. (Sep 1995)
  • Federalize aviation security. (Nov 2001)
  • Small business in developing homeland security technologies. (Jul 2002)

Paul Wellstone on Immigration

  • Voted NO on allowing more foreign workers into the U.S. for farm work. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted NO on visas for skilled workers. (May 1998)
  • Voted NO on limit welfare for immigrants. (Jun 1997)

Paul Wellstone on Jobs

  • Voted NO on repealing Clinton's ergonomic rules on repetitive stress. (Mar 2001)
  • Voted NO on killing an increase in the minimum wage. (Nov 1999)
  • Voted NO on allowing workers to choose between overtime & comp-time. (May 1997)
  • Voted NO on replacing farm price supports. (Feb 1996)

Paul Wellstone on Principles & Values

  • Religious affiliation: Jewish. (Nov 2000)
  • Member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. (Oct 2001)
  • Profiled in "Jews in American Politics". (Jan 2001)
  • Member of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus . (Jan 2001)

Paul Wellstone on Social Security

  • Voted NO on Social Security Lockbox & limiting national debt. (Apr 1999)
  • Voted NO on allowing Roth IRAs for retirees. (May 1998)
  • Voted NO on allowing personal retirement accounts. (Apr 1998)
  • Voted NO on deducting Social Security payments on income taxes. (May 1996)

Paul Wellstone on Tax Reform

  • Cut taxes forr families, not businesses. (Dec 1998)
  • Voted NO on cutting taxes by $1.35 trillion over 11 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on reducing marriage penalty instead of cutting top tax rates. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on increasing tax deductions for college tuition. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the 'marriage penalty'. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on across-the-board spending cut. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on $792B tax cuts. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO on requiring super-majority for raising taxes. (Apr 1998)
  • Voted NO on FY99 tax cuts. (Apr 1998)
  • American People's Dividend: Give $300 to every person. (Feb 2001)

Paul Wellstone on War & Peace

  • Voted NO on authorizing use of military force against Iraq. (Oct 2002)
  • Voted YES on allowing all necessary forces and other means in Kosovo. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on authorizing air strikes in Kosovo. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted YES on ending the Bosnian arms embargo. (Jul 1995)
  • Wage war on Terrorism, not on fellow Americans. (Sep 2001)
  • Move the US Embassy to Jerusalem. (Nov 1995)

Paul Wellstone on Welfare & Poverty

  • 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)
  • Reduce the concentration of wealth & wage inequality. (Nov 1999)