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Republican Jr Senator (IL; retiring 2004):
Peter Fitzgerald on the Issues

Peter Fitzgerald on Abortion

  • 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 maintaining ban on Military Base Abortions. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on banning partial birth abortions. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on disallowing overseas military abortions. (May 1999)
  • by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record. (Dec 2003)

Peter Fitzgerald on Budget & Economy

  • Voted YES on prioritizing national debt reduction below tax cuts. (Apr 2000)

Peter Fitzgerald on Civil Rights

  • Voted NO on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (Jun 2002)
  • Voted YES on loosening restrictions on cell phone wiretapping. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation. (Jun 2000)
  • Supports anti-flag desecration amendment. (Mar 2001)
  • by the ACLU, indicating an anti-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)

Peter Fitzgerald on Corporations

  • by the US COC, indicating a pro-business voting record. (Dec 2003)

Peter Fitzgerald on Crime

  • Voted NO on $1.15 billion per year to continue the COPS program. (May 1999)
  • by CURE, indicating anti-rehabilitation crime votes. (Dec 2000)

Peter Fitzgerald on Drugs

  • Voted YES on increasing penalties for drug offenses. (Nov 1999)

Peter Fitzgerald on Education

  • 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 NO on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on Educational Savings Accounts. (Mar 2000)
  • Voted YES on declaring that memorial prayers and religious symbols at sch. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on allowing more flexibility in federal school rules. (Mar 1999)
  • by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)

Peter Fitzgerald on Energy & Oil

  • Voted YES on Bush Administration Energy Policy. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted NO 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 YES on terminating CAFE standards within 15 months. (Mar 2002)
  • Voted NO on preserving budget for ANWR oil drilling. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted NO on ending discussion of CAFE fuel efficiency standards. (Sep 1999)
  • Voted NO on defunding renewable and solar energy. (Jun 1999)
  • Keep efficient air conditioner rule to conserve energy. (Mar 2004)

Peter Fitzgerald on Environment

  • Voted YES on confirming Gale Norton as Secretary of Interior. (Jan 2001)
  • Voted NO on more funding for forest roads and fish habitat. (Sep 1999)
  • by the LCV, indicating anti-environment votes. (Dec 2003)

Peter Fitzgerald on Families & Children

  • Voted YES on restricting violent videos to minors. (May 1999)
  • by the Christian Coalition: a pro-family voting record. (Dec 2003)

Peter Fitzgerald on Foreign Policy

  • 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)
  • Voted YES on cap foreign aid at only $12.7 billion. (Oct 1999)

Peter Fitzgerald on Free Trade

  • Voted YES on establishing a free trade agreement between US & Singapore. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on establishing a free trade agreement 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)
  • by CATO, indicating a pro-free trade voting record. (Dec 2002)

Peter Fitzgerald on Government Reform

  • 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 and corporations. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted NO on continuing funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. (Aug 1999)

Peter Fitzgerald on Gun Control

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

Peter Fitzgerald on Health Care

  • Voted YES on $40 billion per year for limited Medicare prescription drug benefit. (Jun 2003)
  • 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 YES on funding GOP version of Medicare prescription drug benefit. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on including prescription drugs under Medicare. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on limiting self-employment health deduction. (Jul 1999)
  • by APHA, indicating a anti-public health voting record. (Dec 2003)

Peter Fitzgerald on Homeland Security

  • America needs protection from missile attack. (Nov 2000)
  • Voted NO on adopting the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on allowing another round of military base closures. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on cutting nuclear weapons below START levels. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on deploying National Missile Defense ASAP. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted YES on military pay raise of 4.8%. (Feb 1999)
  • by SANE, indicating a pro-military voting record. (Dec 2003)

Peter Fitzgerald on Immigration

No stance on record.

Peter Fitzgerald on Jobs

  • Voted YES on repealing Clinton's ergonomic rules on repetitive stress. (Mar 2001)
  • Voted YES on killing an increase in the minimum wage. (Nov 1999)
  • by the AFL-CIO, indicating an anti-labor voting record. (Dec 2003)

Peter Fitzgerald on Principles & Values

  • Religious affiliation: Catholic. (Nov 2000)

Peter Fitzgerald on Social Security

  • Earnings Limit Penalized Seniors. (Nov 2000)
  • Voted YES on using the Social Security Surplus to fund tax reductions. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on Social Security Lockbox & limiting national debt. (Apr 1999)
  • by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)

Peter Fitzgerald on Tax Reform

  • Voted YES on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years. (May 2003)
  • Voted YES on cutting taxes by $1.35 trillion over 11 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO 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 YES on phasing out the estate tax ("death tax"). (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on across-the-board spending cut. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on $792B tax cuts. (Jul 1999)
  • by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)

Peter Fitzgerald on War & Peace

  • Voted YES on $86.5 billion for military operations in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Oct 2003)
  • Voted YES 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 NO on authorizing air strikes in Kosovo. (Mar 1999)
  • Condemns anti-Muslim bigotry in name of anti-terrorism. (Oct 2001)

Peter Fitzgerald on Welfare & Poverty

No stance on record.