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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Rated 30% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Rated 0% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-choice stance: Strongly Favors topic 1
Ban anti-abortion limitations on abortion services: Strongly Favors topic 1
Access safe, legal abortion without restrictions: Strongly Favors topic 1
Rated Funding abortion avoids discrimination against poor women: Strongly Favors topic 1
Rated Constitutional right to terminate pregnancy for health: Strongly Favors topic 1
Ensure access to and funding for contraception: Favors topic 1
Focus on preventing pregnancy, plus emergency contraception: Favors topic 1
NO on banning federal health coverage that includes abortion: Strongly Favors topic 1
YES on banning partial-birth abortion except to save motherís life: Strongly Opposes topic 1
NO on making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime: Favors topic 1
NO on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions: Strongly Favors topic 1
YES on allowing human embryonic stem cell research: Favors topic 1
YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines: Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Rated 94% by the NAACP, indicating a pro-affirmative-action stance: Strongly Favors topic 2
Recognize Juneteenth as historical end of slavery: Strongly Favors topic 2
Constitutional Amendment for women's equal rights: Strongly Favors topic 2
Increase funding for occupational & physical therapy: Favors topic 2
Sponsored removing deadline for ratification of the ERA: Strongly Favors topic 2
More funding & services for victims of domestic violence: Strongly Favors topic 2
Enforce against wage discrimination based on gender: Strongly Favors topic 2
Recruit women & minorities for STEM teaching: Strongly Favors topic 2
Voted YES on private lawsuits for school race discrimination: Favors topic 2
Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment: Strongly Favors topic 2
Ban discriminatory compensation; allow 2 years to sue: Favors topic 2
Stronger enforcement against gender-based pay discrimination: Favors topic 2
Sponsored bill for ratifying Equal Rights Amendment: Strongly Favors topic 2
Sponsored "Combating International Islamophobia Act": Strongly Favors topic 2
YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act: Favors topic 2
Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+2 points on Social scale)
Rated 63% by the HRC, indicating a mixed record on gay rights: Neutral on topic 3
Don't elevate gender identity as a protected class: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Let states recognize same sex marriage: Favors topic 3
NO on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage: Strongly Favors topic 3
NO on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman: Strongly Favors topic 3
YES on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation: Strongly Favors topic 3
Opposes topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(+2 points on Social scale)
Rated 33% by the Christian Coalition: an anti-Family-Value voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 4
YES on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration: Favors topic 4
NO on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance: Opposes topic 4
YES on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance: Opposes topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Rated 89% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record: Strongly Favors topic 5
Repeal ObamaCare reporting requirements for small business: Opposes topic 5
Require insurers to cover breast cancer treatment: Strongly Favors topic 5
Sponsored merging Alzheimers diagnosis and care benefit: Favors topic 5
Rated GOP can't beat ObamaCare, so they pretend it's a "disaster": Strongly Favors topic 5
YES on giving mental health full equity with physical health: Favors topic 5
YES on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids: Strongly Favors topic 5
NO on repealing the "Prevention and Public Health" slush fund: Strongly Favors topic 5
NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts: Favors topic 5
YES on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs: Favors topic 5
NO on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits: Favors topic 5
NO on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients: Favors topic 5
NO on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay: Strongly Favors topic 5
YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D: Favors topic 5
YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility: Favors topic 5
YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare: Favors topic 5
YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program: Favors topic 5
YES on regulating tobacco as a drug: Favors topic 5
Strongly Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Rated 90% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Reject privatization; don't raise the retirement age: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Rated 96% by ARA, indicating a pro-Trust Fund stance: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Strongly Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Rated 100% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Rated No-strings-attached block grant will kill transparency: Opposes topic 7
Rated Oppose private and religious school voucher programs: Strongly Opposes topic 7
NO on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program: Strongly Opposes topic 7
YES on $40B for green public schools: Opposes topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
Fight EPA regulatory over-reach
(+5 points on Social scale)
Rated 85% by the LCV, indicating pro-environment votes: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Make tax deduction permanent for conservation easements: Opposes topic 8
Regulate all dog breeders down to kennels of 50 dogs: Opposes topic 8
Voted YES to require GMO labeling: Opposes topic 8
Rated Deregulating banks encourages discriminatory practices: Opposes topic 8
Rated Keep restrictive rules for predator control in Alaska: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting: Strongly Opposes topic 8
NO on deauthorizing "critical habitat" for endangered species: Strongly Opposes topic 8
YES on environmental education grants for outdoor experiences: Opposes topic 8
YES on protecting free-roaming horses and burros: Opposes topic 8
Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+2 points on Social scale)
Reduce recidivism by giving offenders a Second Chance: Strongly Opposes topic 9
First step: reduce recidivism & mass incarceration: Opposes topic 9
Rated 85% by the NAPO, indicating a tough-on-crime stance: Favors topic 9
Sponsored stricter rules for police accountability: Strongly Opposes topic 9
YES on expanding services for offenders' re-entry into society: Opposes topic 9
Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Require background check for every firearm sale and transfer: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Sponsored bill for background checks for private transfers: Strongly Favors topic 10
NO on prohibiting suing gunmakers & sellers for gun misuse: Strongly Opposes topic 10
NO on prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Rated 23% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes: Strongly Favors topic 11
Rated 50% by CTJ, indicating a mixed record on progressive taxation: Neutral on topic 11
Death Tax is a pernicious double tax: Strongly Favors topic 11
Rated Reducing tax rates balloons federal deficit & cuts programs: Favors topic 11
YES on providing tax relief and simplification: Strongly Opposes topic 11
NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends: Strongly Favors topic 11
YES on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes: Strongly Favors topic 11
YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income: Opposes topic 11
Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+2 points on Social scale)
Rated 0% by FAIR, indicating a voting record loosening immigration: Strongly Favors topic 12
Rated 33% by USBC, indicating a mixed record on open borders: Neutral on topic 12
Rated Voted to legalize DREAMer immigrants via military service: Strongly Favors topic 12
Disallow immigration bans based on religion: Favors topic 12
NO on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment: Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on preventing tipping off Mexicans about Minuteman Project: Strongly Opposes topic 12
YES on building a fence along the Mexican border: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Impose tariffs against countries which manipulate currency: Opposes topic 13
$25B more loans from Export-Import Bank: Strongly Favors topic 13
Implement USMCA for improved North American trade: Strongly Favors topic 13
Rated 25% by the USAE, indicating support for trade sanctions: Opposes topic 13
NO on implementing US-Singapore free trade agreement: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NO on implementing free trade agreement with Chile: Strongly Opposes topic 13
YES on implementing US-Australia Free Trade Agreement: Favors topic 13
YES on end offshore tax havens and promote small business: Opposes topic 13
NO on implementing CAFTA, Central America Free Trade: Strongly Opposes topic 13
YES on assisting workers who lose jobs due to globalization: Opposes topic 13
YES on promoting free trade with Peru: Favors topic 13
Opposes topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Rated Maintain World Bank funding as part of multilateralism: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Two-state solution despite Israeli settlements on West Bank: Favors topic 14
Voted YES to monitor forced Uyghur labor in Xinjiang: Favors topic 14
Allow travel between the United States and Cuba: Opposes topic 14
YES on Veto override: Congressional oversight of CIA interrogations: Opposes topic 14
YES on requiring FISA warrants for wiretaps in US, but not abroad: Strongly Opposes topic 14
NO on reforming the UN by restricting US funding: Strongly Opposes topic 14
YES on continuing intelligence gathering without civil oversight: Favors topic 14
NO on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-3 points on Social scale)
Rated 56% by SANE, indicating a mixed record on military issues: Neutral on topic 15
$515B for military plus $89B off sequester for wars: Favors topic 15
Rated Let NSF decide research grants, not Congress: Opposes topic 15
YES on emergency $78B for war in Iraq & Afghanistan: Strongly Favors topic 15
YES on continuing military recruitment on college campuses: Favors topic 15
YES on restricting no-bid defense contracts: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(+5 points on Social scale)
Ban stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge: Strongly Favors topic 16
Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures: Strongly Favors topic 16
No photo IDs to vote; they suppress the vote: Favors topic 16
Establish "My Voice Voucher" small campaign contributions: Strongly Favors topic 16
Public financing of federal campaigns by voter vouchers: Favors topic 16
Statehood for the District of Columbia: Favors topic 16
Automatic voter registration for all citizens: Strongly Favors topic 16
Holiday on election day; revamp for easier voting access: Favors topic 16
Sponsored bill to expand voter registration and voter access: Strongly Favors topic 16
NO on restricting independent grassroots political committees: Favors topic 16
YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations: Strongly Favors topic 16
Opposes topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(-3 points on Social scale)
Boycott & sanctions against Iran for terrorism & nukes: Opposes topic 17
Iranian nuclear weapons: prevention instead of containment: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Aid the Syrian opposition with training & equipment: Opposes topic 17
Sponsored bill to remove US forces from Yemen: Strongly Favors topic 17
No military force against Iran without Congress approval: Strongly Favors topic 17
Repeal 2002 Military Force Authorization against Iraq: Favors topic 17
NO on removing US armed forces from Afghanistan: Strongly Opposes topic 17
NO on banning armed forces in Libya without Congressional approval: Opposes topic 17
NO on declaring Iraq part of War on Terror with no exit date: Strongly Favors topic 17
NO on redeploying US troops out of Iraq starting in 90 days: Strongly Opposes topic 17
YES on investigating Bush impeachment for lying about Iraq: Favors topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Rated 67% by CAF, indicating a mixed record on energy independence: Neutral on topic 18
Voted YES on banning offshore oil drilling in Gulf of Mexico: Strongly Favors topic 18
50% clean and carbon free electricity by 2030: Strongly Favors topic 18
Voted YES to assist rural electric renewable energy: Favors topic 18
YES on tax incentives for renewable energy: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases: Favors topic 18
NO on opening Outer Continental Shelf to oil drilling: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on authorizing construction of new oil refineries: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on scheduling permitting for new oil refinieries: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on keeping moratorium on drilling for oil offshore: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on investing in homegrown biofuel: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on criminalizing oil cartels like OPEC: Favors topic 18
YES on tax incentives for energy production and conservation: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on tax credits for renewable electricity, with PAYGO offsets: Favors topic 18
YES on enforcing limits on CO2 global warming pollution: Favors topic 18
YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program: Favors topic 18
Opposes topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(+2 points on Social scale)
Rated +10 by NORML, indicating a pro-drug-reform stance: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Rated 75% by NORML, indicating a pro-legalization stance: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Rated B by NORML, indicating a pro-drug-reform stance: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Voted YES on combatting epidemic of synthetic drugs: Favors topic 19
YES on more funding for Mexico to fight drugs: Favors topic 19
Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Audit the Federal Reserve & its actions on mortgage loans: Opposes topic 20
Raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2016: Favors topic 20
Voted YES on $900 billion COVID relief package: Favors topic 20
$1.9 trillion ARPA bill for COVID relief: Favors topic 20
NO on prioritizing spending in case debt limit is reached: Favors topic 20
YES on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy: Strongly Favors topic 20
YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending: Strongly Favors topic 20

Dutch Ruppersberger is a Populist-Leaning Liberal
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