Higgins on The Issues

 

Brian Higgins on Abortion
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  • Voted YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted YES on allowing human embryonic stem cell research. (May 2005)
  • Voted NO on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions. (Apr 2005)
  • Rated 9% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-choice stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Ensure access to and funding for contraception. (Feb 2007)
  • Focus on preventing pregnancy, plus emergency contraception. (Jan 2009)
Brian Higgins on Civil Rights
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  • Voted YES on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted NO on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on making the PATRIOT Act permanent. (Dec 2005)
  • Shift from group preferences to economic empowerment of all. (Aug 2000)
  • Rated 88% by the HRC, indicating a pro-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 89% by the NAACP, indicating a pro-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment. (Mar 2007)
Brian Higgins on Corporations
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  • Voted YES on letting shareholders vote on executive compensation. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on more funding for nanotechnology R&D and commercialization. (Jul 2009)
Brian Higgins on Crime
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  • Voted YES on enforcing against anti-gay hate crimes. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on expanding services for offendors' re-entry into society. (Nov 2007)
  • Increase funding for "COPS ON THE BEAT" program. (Jan 2007)
Brian Higgins on Drugs
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  • Voted YES on more funding for Mexico to fight drugs. (Jun 2008)
  • Rated +10 by NORML, indicating a pro-drug-reform stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Distribute sterile syringes to reduce AIDS and hepatitis. (Jan 2009)
Brian Higgins on Education
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  • Voted YES on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges. (Mar 2006)
  • Offer every parent Charter Schools and public school choice. (Aug 2000)
Brian Higgins on Energy & Oil
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  • Voted YES on enforcing limits on CO2 global warming pollution. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on tax credits for renewable electricity, with PAYGO offsets. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted YES on tax incentives for energy production and conservation. (May 2008)
  • Voted YES on tax incentives for renewable energy. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted YES on investing in homegrown biofuel. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted YES on criminalizing oil cartels like OPEC. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted YES on keeping moratorium on drilling for oil offshore. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on scheduling permitting for new oil refinieries. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on authorizing construction of new oil refineries. (Oct 2005)
  • Supports tradable emissions permits for greenhouse gases. (Aug 2000)
  • Establish greenhouse gas tradeable allowances. (Feb 2005)
  • Rated 100% by the CAF, indicating support for energy independence. (Dec 2006)
Brian Higgins on Environment
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  • Voted YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on protecting free-roaming horses and burros. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on environmental education grants for outdoor experiences. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted YES on $9.7B for Amtrak improvements and operation thru 2013. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on increasing AMTRAK funding by adding $214M to $900M. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on barring website promoting Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump. (May 2006)
  • Voted NO on deauthorizing "critical habitat" for endangered species. (Sep 2005)
  • Promote conservation of rare felids & canids. (Mar 2007)
  • Grants for beach water pollution under Clean Water Act. (Apr 2008)
  • Inter-state compact for Great Lakes water resources. (Jul 2008)
  • Strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting. (Jan 2007)
Brian Higgins on Families & Children
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  • Voted YES on four weeks of paid parental leave for federal employees. (Jun 2009)
  • Give parents tools to balance work and family. (Aug 2000)
Brian Higgins on Foreign Policy
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  • Voted YES on supporting democratic institutions in Pakistan. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on cooperating with India as a nuclear power. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted YES on deterring foreign arms transfers to China. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on reforming the UN by restricting US funding. (Jun 2005)
  • Progressive Internationalism: globalize with US pre-eminence. (Aug 2000)
  • Condemn Iran for state-sponsored persecution of Baha'i. (Feb 2009)
Brian Higgins on Free Trade
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  • Oppose the Central American Free Trade Act. (Nov 2004)
  • Voted NO on promoting free trade with Peru. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on assisting workers who lose jobs due to globalization. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted NO on implementing CAFTA, Central America Free Trade. (Jul 2005)
  • Build a rule-based global trading system. (Aug 2000)
Brian Higgins on Government Reform
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  • Voted YES on Congressional pay raise. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on protecting whistleblowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring photo ID for voting in federal elections. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on restricting independent grassroots political committees. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting lawsuits about obesity against food providers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on limiting attorney's fees in class action lawsuits. (Feb 2005)
  • Voluntary public financing for all general elections. (Aug 2000)
  • Establish the United States Public Service Academy. (Mar 2007)
Brian Higgins on Gun Control
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  • Voted YES on prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers. (Oct 2005)
  • Prevent unauthorized firearm use with "smart gun" technology. (Aug 2000)
  • Ban gun registration & trigger lock law in Washington DC. (Mar 2007)
Brian Higgins on Health Care
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  • Voted YES on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare. (Jul 2008)
  • Voted YES on giving mental health full equity with physical health. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted NO on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay. (Feb 2006)
  • Establish "report cards" on HMO quality of care. (Aug 2000)
  • Establish a national childhood cancer database. (Mar 2007)
  • Expand the National Health Service Corps. (Mar 2009)
Brian Higgins on Homeland Security
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  • Voted YES on requiring FISA warrants for wiretaps in US, but not abroad. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on Veto override: Congressional oversight of CIA interrogations. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted YES on restricting no-bid defense contracts. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on allowing electronic surveillance without a warrant. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on continuing intelligence gathering without civil oversight. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted NO on federalizing rules for driver licenses to hinder terrorists. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted YES on continuing military recruitment on college campuses. (Feb 2005)
  • Restore habeas corpus for detainees in the War on Terror. (Jun 2007)
Brian Higgins on Immigration
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  • Voted NO on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on preventing tipping off Mexicans about Minuteman Project. (Jun 2006)
  • Rated 33% by USBC, indicating a mixed record on open borders. (Dec 2006)
Brian Higgins on Jobs
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  • Voted YES on extending unemployment benefits from 39 weeks to 59 weeks. (Oct 2008)
  • Voted YES on overriding presidential veto of Farm Bill. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on restricting employer interference in union organizing. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on increasing minimum wage to $7.25. (Jan 2007)
  • Allow an Air Traffic Controller's Union. (Jan 2006)
  • Ban discriminatory compensation; allow 2 years to sue. (Jan 2009)
  • Stronger enforcement against gender-based pay discrimination. (Jan 2009)
Brian Higgins on Principles & Values
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  • Supports Hyde Park Declaration of "Third Way" centrism. (Aug 2000)
  • Rated 75% by the AU, a mixed record on church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
  • Member of Democratic Leadership Council. (Nov 2007)
Brian Higgins on Social Security
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  • Bush raided the Social Security trust fund for tax cuts. (Nov 2004)
  • Create Retirement Savings Accounts. (Aug 2000)
Brian Higgins on Tax Reform
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  • Voted YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Rated 100% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
Brian Higgins on Technology
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  • Voted YES on delaying digital TV conversion by four months. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on retroactive immunity for telecoms' warrantless surveillance. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on $23B instead of $4.9B for waterway infrastructure. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on establishing "network neutrality" (non-tiered Internet). (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on increasing fines for indecent broadcasting. (Feb 2005)
  • Chief information officer to digitize federal government. (Aug 2000)
  • Facilitate nationwide 2-1-1 phone line for human services. (Jan 2007)

Brian Higgins on Budget & Economy
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  • Voted YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on monitoring TARP funds to ensure more mortgage relief. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on $15B bailout for GM and Chrysler. (Dec 2008)
  • Voted YES on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted YES on defining "energy emergency" on federal gas prices. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on revitalizing severely distressed public housing. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted YES on regulating the subprime mortgage industry. (Nov 2007)
  • Ban abusive credit practices & enhance consumer disclosure. (Feb 2009)

 

 

Brian Higgins on War & Peace
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  • Voted YES on investigating Bush impeachment for lying about Iraq. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on redeploying US troops out of Iraq starting in 90 days. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on declaring Iraq part of War on Terror with no exit date. (Jun 2006)
  • Sanctions on Iran to end nuclear program. (Apr 2009)

Brian Higgins on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Finish welfare reform by moving able recipients into jobs. (Aug 2000)
  • Develop a strategy to eliminate extreme global poverty. (Dec 2007)

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