Gillibrand on The Issues


Kirsten Gillibrand on Abortion
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  • Financially supported by Emily's List. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted NO on restricting UN funding for population control policies. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Jan 2007)
  • Ensure access to and funding for contraception. (Feb 2007)
  • Focus on preventing pregnancy, plus emergency contraception. (Jan 2009)
Kirsten Gillibrand on Civil Rights
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  • Supports gay marriage. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Nov 2007)
  • Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment. (Mar 2007)
  • Honor the 100th anniversary of the NAACP. (Jan 2009)
Kirsten Gillibrand on Corporations
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  • Voted YES on allowing stockholder voting on executive compensation. (Apr 2007)
  • Screen imports & ban lead in children's products. (Feb 2008)
Kirsten Gillibrand on Crime
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  • Voted YES on expanding services for offendors' re-entry into society. (Nov 2007)
  • Increase funding for "COPS ON THE BEAT" program. (Jan 2007)
Kirsten Gillibrand on Drugs
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Kirsten Gillibrand on Education
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  • More funds for NCLB and early education. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Nov 2007)
  • Don't count combat pay against free school lunch. (Mar 2009)
Kirsten Gillibrand on Energy & Oil
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  • Raise CAFE; plus alternative energy R&D. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted NO on protecting middle-income taxpayers from a national energy tax. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted NO on requiring full Senate debate and vote on cap-and-trade. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on tax credits for renewable electricity, with PAYGO offsets. (Sep 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)
  • Balance fossil fuels and viable renewable energy. (Jul 2001)
Kirsten Gillibrand on Environment
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  • Voted YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program. (Aug 2009)
  • Voted YES on environmental education grants for outdoor experiences. (Sep 2008)
  • Fund projects for international conservation of cranes. (Jan 2009)
Kirsten Gillibrand on Families & Children
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  • Teach teens about both abstinence & contraception. (Mar 2009)
Kirsten Gillibrand on Foreign Policy
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  • Voted YES on cooperating with India as a nuclear power. (Sep 2008)
  • Acknowledge the Armenian Genocide of the early 1900s. (Mar 2007)
  • Afghan laws violate women's human rights on sex & divorce. (Apr 2009)
Kirsten Gillibrand on Free Trade
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  • Protect American jobs from going overseas. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted YES on promoting free trade with Peru. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on assisting workers who lose jobs due to globalization. (Oct 2007)
  • Block NAFTA Superhighway & North American Union. (Jan 2007)
Kirsten Gillibrand on Government Reform
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  • Sunlight Report: lobbyist meetings & earmarks on website. (Jan 2009)
  • No lobbyist gifts. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted YES on Congressional pay raise. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on providing a US House seat for the District of Columbia. (Feb 2009)
  • Voted YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on protecting whistleblowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 2007)
  • Supports Shays-Meehan Campaign Finance Reform. (Jul 2001)
  • Repeal automatic Congressional pay raises. (Jan 2009)
Kirsten Gillibrand on Gun Control
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  • Earned high rating from the National Rifle Association. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted NO on allowing firearms in checked baggage on Amtrak trains. (Apr 2009)
  • Ban gun registration & trigger lock law in Washington DC. (Mar 2007)
Kirsten Gillibrand on Health Care
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  • Medicare for all; allow drug reimoprtation. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted YES on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Jan 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)
  • Better and immediate funding for Medicare & Medicaid. (Dec 2000)
  • Prescription drug benefit within Medicare. (Jun 2000)
  • Improve services for people with autism & their families. (Apr 2007)
  • Establish a national childhood cancer database. (Mar 2007)
  • Sponsored bill providing for autism treatment under TRICARE. (Jun 2009)
Kirsten Gillibrand 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 NO on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted YES on restricting no-bid defense contracts. (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)
Kirsten Gillibrand on Immigration
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Kirsten Gillibrand 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)
  • Ban discriminatory compensation; allow 2 years to sue. (Jan 2009)
  • Stronger enforcement against gender-based pay discrimination. (Jan 2009)
Kirsten Gillibrand on Principles & Values
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  • Interned for Republican Sen. Alfonse D'Amato. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on confirming of Sonia Sotomayor to Supreme Court. (Aug 2009)
  • Member of the "Blue Dog" Coalition of conservative Democrats. (Nov 2007)
Kirsten Gillibrand on Social Security
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  • Against privatization. (Nov 2006)
  • Strengthen Trust Funds and take them off-budget. (May 2001)
Kirsten Gillibrand 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)
  • 50-25-25 budget formula for debt-tax cuts-spending. (Feb 2001)
Kirsten Gillibrand on Technology
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  • Voted YES on retroactive immunity for telecoms' warrantless surveillance. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on $23B instead of $4.9B for waterway infrastructure. (Nov 2007)
  • Permanent ban on state & local taxation of Internet access. (Oct 2007)

Kirsten Gillibrand 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. (May 2009)
  • Voted YES on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package. (Feb 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)
  • Retire half the public debt by 2006. (May 2001)
  • More enforcement of mortgage fraud and TARP fraud. (May 2009)
  • Ban abusive credit practices & enhance consumer disclosure. (Feb 2009)


Kirsten Gillibrand on War & Peace
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  • Iraq: exit strategy & redeploy troops. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted YES on redeploying US troops out of Iraq starting in 90 days. (May 2007)
  • Sanctions on Iran to end nuclear program. (Apr 2009)

Kirsten Gillibrand on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Support school breakfast for low-income children. (Mar 2009)

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