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Democratic Jr Senator, previously attorney general:
Sheldon Whitehouse on the Issues

Sheldon Whitehouse on Abortion

  • Vetoing stem cell research shows GOP ideology over science. (Sep 2006)
  • Firmly believes family planning decisions should be private. (Sep 2006)
  • Deeply committed to protecting a womanís right to choose. (Sep 2006)
  • Expand federal support for Stem Cell research. (Jul 2006)
  • Opposes Alito on grounds of womanís right to choose. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted NO on defining unborn child as eligible for SCHIP. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO 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)
  • Ensure access to and funding for contraception. (Feb 2007)

Sheldon Whitehouse on Budget & Economy

  • We owe $1 trillion to China to fund Bush tax cuts. (Sep 2006)
  • Return to pay-as-you-go budgeting. (Sep 2006)
  • $300 tax rebate a bad deal if it means $150,000 future debt. (Aug 2005)
  • Voted NO on paying down federal debt by rating programs' effectiveness. (Mar 2007)
  • Require full disclosure about subprime mortgages. (Dec 2007)
  • Reform mortgage rules to prevent foreclosure & bankruptcy. (Feb 2008)

Sheldon Whitehouse on Civil Rights

  • Worked entire career for civil rights. (Oct 2006)
  • Regulation of marriage has always been a state issue. (Sep 2006)
  • Donít use Constitution to divide gay people from others. (Sep 2006)
  • I support gay marriage. (Sep 2006)
  • Fight a constitutional ban on gay marriage. (Apr 2006)
  • Repeal the ban on gays serving openly in the military. (Apr 2006)
  • Provide benefits to domestic partners of Federal employees. (Dec 2007)
  • Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment. (Mar 2007)

Sheldon Whitehouse on Corporations

  • Small businesses keep our economy growing. (Nov 2005)

Sheldon Whitehouse on Crime

  • Firm believer in prison re-entry programs upon release. (Sep 2006)
  • Rules out death penalty for juveniles. (Jan 2006)
  • Prosecuted gang members as U.S. Attorney. (Dec 2005)
  • Evidence to exonerate trumps journalistic privacy. (Aug 2005)
  • Federal death penalty ok; but not at state level. (Mar 2002)
  • Voted YES on reinstating $1.15 billion funding for the COPS Program. (Mar 2007)
  • Establish a domestic violence volunteer attorney network. (May 2007)
  • Reduce recidivism by giving offenders a Second Chance. (Mar 2007)

Sheldon Whitehouse on Drugs

  • Supports drug treatment and alternative drug courts. (Sep 2006)

Sheldon Whitehouse on Education

  • NCLBís teaching-to-the-test hurts childrenís learning. (Sep 2006)
  • Vouchers are a poor use of scarce federal dollars. (Sep 2006)
  • Fully fund No Child Left Behind. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Oct 2007)

Sheldon Whitehouse on Energy & Oil

  • Replace oil lobby with entirely new energy strategy. (Sep 2006)
  • Push for tougher CAFE standards. (Sep 2006)
  • New technologies for environmentally-friendly energy. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted YES on tax incentives for energy production and conservation. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on addressing CO2 emissions without considering India & China. (May 2008)
  • Voted YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on making oil-producing and exporting cartels illegal. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on factoring global warming into federal project planning. (May 2007)
  • Designate sensitive ANWR area as protected wilderness. (Nov 2007)
  • Let states define stricter-than-federal emission standards. (Jan 2008)

Sheldon Whitehouse on Environment

  • Protect our public wetlands from development. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting eminent domain for use as parks or grazing land. (Dec 2007)
  • Grants for beach water pollution under Clean Water Act. (Apr 2008)

Sheldon Whitehouse on Families & Children

  • Call for a White House Conference on Children and Youth. (Mar 2008)

Sheldon Whitehouse on Foreign Policy

  • Remove African National Congress from terrorist list. (May 2008)
  • Implement Darfur Peace Agreement with UN peacekeeping force. (Feb 2008)
  • Acknowledge the Armenian Genocide of the early 1900s. (Mar 2007)

Sheldon Whitehouse on Free Trade

  • Opposes NAFTA and CAFTA; supports fair trade. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on promoting free trade with Peru. (Dec 2007)
  • Extend trade restrictions on Burma to promote democracy. (Jun 2007)

Sheldon Whitehouse on Government Reform

  • Total ban on gifts from lobbyists. (Sep 2006)
  • Stricter rules for lobbyists and ethics. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES 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)
  • Prohibit voter intimidation in federal elections. (Mar 2007)
  • Prohibit 'voter caging' which intimidates minority voting. (Nov 2007)

Sheldon Whitehouse on Gun Control

  • Common-sense solutions to fight gun crime. (Jul 2006)
  • Fight to keep guns off our streets. (Jul 2006)
  • Strengthened penalties for armed criminals. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting foreign & UN aid that restricts US gun ownership. (Sep 2007)

Sheldon Whitehouse on Health Care

  • Provide all families with insurance. (May 2006)
  • Scrap Medicare Rx plan, and negotiate for drug prices. (May 2006)
  • Focus on quality to address healthcare crisis. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO 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 YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Apr 2007)
  • Improve services for people with autism & their families. (Apr 2007)
  • Establish a national childhood cancer database. (Mar 2007)
  • Preserve access to Medicaid & SCHIP during economic downturn. (Apr 2008)

Sheldon Whitehouse on Homeland Security

  • Our presence in Iraq worsens situation in Israel. (Sep 2006)
  • No legitimate reason to bypass the FISA courts. (Sep 2006)
  • Protect our rights AND protect our country. (May 2006)
  • Donít cut services for veterans. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted NO on cutting $221M in benefits to Filipinos who served in WWII US Army. (Apr 2008)
  • Voted YES on requiring FISA court warrant to monitor US-to-foreign calls. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted NO on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted YES on limiting soldiers' deployment to 12 months. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted YES on implementing the 9/11 Commission report. (Mar 2007)
  • Extend reserve retirement pay parity back to 9/11. (Dec 2007)
  • Restore habeas corpus for detainees in the War on Terror. (Jun 2007)
  • Establish global strategy to defeat al Qaeda. (Feb 2008)

Sheldon Whitehouse on Immigration

  • Path to citizenship after illegal aliens have paid dues. (Sep 2006)
  • Immigrants should be able to realize dream of citizenship. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities". (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on comprehensive immigration reform. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted NO on declaring English as the official language of the US government. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "Y" nonimmigrant guestworker program. (May 2007)

Sheldon Whitehouse on Jobs

  • Raise minimum wage to a living wage. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on overriding presidential veto of Farm Bill. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on terminating legal challenges to English-only job rules. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on limiting farm subsidies to people earning under $750,000. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted YES on restricting employer interference in union organizing. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on increasing minimum wage to $7.25. (Feb 2007)
  • Extend unemployment compensation during recession. (Jan 2008)

Sheldon Whitehouse on Principles & Values

  • Voted with Democratic Party 96.6% of 325 votes. (Sep 2007)
  • Brings 20 years of public experience to change Washington. (Dec 2005)

Sheldon Whitehouse on Social Security

  • Donít put Soc. Sec. benefits at risk. (Sep 2006)
  • Pro-privatization crowd wants to cut benefits. (May 2006)
  • Lift limit on withholding from $90,000 to $120,000. (May 2006)
  • Voted NO on establishing reserve funds & pre-funding for Social Security. (Mar 2007)

Sheldon Whitehouse on Tax Reform

  • Bush tax cuts are improvident & unfair--repeal them. (Sep 2006)
  • Roll back the tax reductions to Americaís wealthiest. (Aug 2005)
  • Voted YES on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted NO on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on raising estate tax exemption to $5 million. (Mar 2007)

Sheldon Whitehouse on War & Peace

  • Announce irrevocable schedule to withdraw from Iraq. (Sep 2006)
  • Iraq war was premature and a mistake. (May 2006)
  • Responsibly extricate ourselves from Iraq. (May 2006)
  • Iraq war policies have been misguided and flawed. (Nov 2005)
  • Rapid and responsible withdrawal of our troops from Iraq. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES 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 YES on redeploying US troops out of Iraq by March 2008. (Mar 2007)
  • Deploy UN multinational peacekeeping force in Darfur. (Jul 2007)
  • Require Congress' approval before military action in Iran. (Oct 2007)

Sheldon Whitehouse on Welfare & Poverty

No stance on record.