* Voting Record: Tom Udall

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Udall’s Voting Record in the Senate

Over the course of his career as a senator, Tom Udall has voted on a variety of major issues as follows:

ABORTION & THE RIGHTS OF THE UNBORN

YES on HR 3590 – the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2009) – most commonly known as Obamacare.

YES on S Amdt 2962 – Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services (2009) – a motion to halt further consideration of a bill to bar the use of any federal funds for abortion services unless the pregnancy was the result of rape or incest, or the woman would be placed in danger of death without the performance of an abortion.

CAMPAIGN FINANCE & ELECTIONS

YES on S Amdt 2355 – Prohibiting Funding for ACORN (2009) – an amendment to bar the use of federal dollars to directly or indirectly fund the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN).

YES on S 160 – the Washington DC Voting Act (2009) – a bill that sought to give the District of Columbia a voting seat in the House of Representatives.

CIVIL LIBERTIES & CIVIL RIGHTS

YES on S Amdt 2175 – Authorizes the Use of Funds for the Transfer or Release of Guantanamo Detainees to the United States (2013) – an amendment to authorize the transfer or release of individuals detained at Guantanamo Bay to the United States.

NO on S Amdt 1274 – Authorizes Further Detention After Trial During Wartime (2011) – an amendment to authorize the further detention by the military of an individual under the “laws of war,” even if that individual has already received a trial or has been transferred for trial by an alternative court.

CONSTITUTION

 

NO on S J Res 10 – Proposing a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (2011) – a joint resolution to submit, to the state legislatures, a constitutional amendment that would prohibit the federal government from spending money in excess of its revenue, beginning 5 fiscal years after the ratification of the amendment.

NO on S Amdt 115 – Calling for a Balanced Budget Constitutional Amendment (2011) – which urged Congress to pass an amendment to the Constitution requiring a federal balanced budget.

EMPLOYMENT & WAGES

YES on S 815 – Employment Non-Discrimination Act (2013) – a bill to prohibit employment discrimination based on the real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity of an individual.

YES on S 1917 – Extends Payroll Tax Cut and Establishes Tax on Income Over $1 Million (2011) – a motion to proceed with a bill designed to reduce the payroll tax rate from 4.2% to 3.1% for 2012, and to establish a 3.25% tax on income over $1 million.

NO on S 1931 – Reduces Payroll Tax Rate (2011) – a bill to extend the existing payroll tax holiday through 2012, and to extend the existing pay freeze for federal employees through 2015.

NO on S Amdt 928 – American Jobs and Economic Growth (2011) – an amendment to: (a) repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare); (b) require Congress to pass a resolution to adopt a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution; (c) establish new individual and corporate income tax rates; (d) repeal $39 billion in unspent discretionary funds; and (e) limit the authority of certain government agencies to establish certain regulations.

YES on HR 2847 – Employment, Infrastructure, and Transportation Appropriations and Tax Credits (2010) – a call to appropriate funds for purposes related to employment, infrastructure, and transportation.

YES on S 181 – the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, a bill that redefined unlawful employment laws and counted each paycheck as an offense if a salary was ruled as discriminatory against a woman.

ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

NO on S 1 – Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline (2015) – a vote to override President Obama’s veto of a bill that would have authorized the construction and operation of the Keystone XL Pipeline and cross-border facilities.

NO on S 2280 – Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline (2014) – a bill that sought to authorize the construction and operation of the Keystone XL Pipeline and cross-border facilities.

NO on S Amdt 1537 – Approving the Keystone XL Pipeline Project (2012) – which sought to exempt the Keystone XL Pipeline project from further executive approval requirements.

GUN RIGHTS ISSUES

NO on S Amdt 2915 – the Defend Our Capital Act of 2015 – which required the police chief of the District of Columbia to issue a concealed-carry firearms license to any qualified individual who completes the application process.

YES on S Amdt 719 – Authorizes Reciprocity for the Carrying of Certain Concealed Firearms (2013) – which would authorize certain individuals to carry a concealed firearm in any state wherein it was legal for residents to carry such weapons.

NO on S Amdt 711 – Prohibits the Sale of Assault Weapons (2013) – an amendment designed to prohibit the import, sale, manufacture, and possession of any “semiautomatic assault weapon,” defined as (a) any semiautomatic rifle or pistol with a fixed magazine that can accept more than 10 rounds; (b) a semiautomatic pistol that can accept a detachable magazine; (c) a semiautomatic version of an automatic firearm; and (d) all types of AK, AK-47, AR, Thompson, and UZI weapons.

 

YES on S Amdt 1618 – Authorizing Concealed Firearms Across State Lines (2009) – an amendment to allow individuals who possessed conceal-and-carry permits in their home state to carry concealed firearms across state lines.

HEALTH CARE ISSUES

NO on S Amdt 667 – the Health Care Freedom Act of 2017 – which called for replacing Obamacare with the Health Care Freedom Act of 2017, commonly known as the “skinny repeal” option.

NO on S Amdt 271 – Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act of 2017 – which called for a repeal of existing sections of Obamacare.

NO on HR 3762 – Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act (2015) – which sought to override a veto of a bill that would have repealed certain provisions of Obamacare and to rescind public funds from abortion providers.

YES on HR 3590 – the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. (Obamacare)

YES on HR 2 – the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization and Expansion (2009) – a bill designed to expand the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

IMMIGRATION, NATIONALITY, & ENGLISH LANGUAGE ISSUES

NO on S 2193 – an amendment to invoke cloture on, and thus overcome a filibuster against, the Stop Illegal Reentry Act (2016) – a bill designed to increase the maximum prison term for an illegal immigrant who reenters the United States after being denied admission or deported.

NO on S 2146 – an amendment to invoke cloture on, and thus overcome a filibuster against, the Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act (2015) – a bill designed to prohibit sanctuary jurisdictions from receiving federal grants and increases penalties for an illegal immigrant who reenters the United States after being deported.

NO on S Amdt 1197 – Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border (2013) – a bill prohibiting the Secretary of Homeland Security from processing applications for registered provisional immigrant status until 350 miles of southern border fencing had been erected.

 

NO on S Amdt 4214 – National Guard Deployment on Southern U.S. Land Border (2010) – which called for the appropriation of $250 million for the deployment of at least 6,000 National Guard personnel along the southern land border of the United States to assist U.S. Customs and Border Protection in border security activities.

NO on S Amdt 1399 – Requiring Completion of Reinforced Border Fencing (2009) – which called for the completion of the 700 miles of reinforced fencing along the Mexico border, already authorized under existing law, be completed by no later than December 31, 2010.

TAXATION AND ECONOMIC ISSUES

NO on HR 1 – Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (2017) – which reduced the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%, and moderately reduced most individual tax brackets.

NO on S Amdt 2573 – Tax Hike Prevention Act of 2012 – which sought to extend tax cuts established in 2001 and 2003 until the end of 2013.

NO on HR 4853 – Temporary Extension of Tax Relief (2010) – a bill to: amend and extend provisions of the “Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001”; extend the period of time in which the allowable credit for the Child Tax Credit can be increased; extend the reduced marriage penalty of $5,000, and the increased credit percentage of 45 percent for taxpayers with 3 or more qualifying children; increase the Alternative Minimum Tax exemption amount for taxpayers other than corporations; and reduce estate taxes.

WELFARE & ENTITLEMENTS ISSUES

NO on S Amdt 2174 – Limits Eligibility for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (2012) – which called for limiting eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to households in which each member receives cash assistance under a state program.

YES on S Amdt 2392 – Reduces Funding for Food Stamps (2012) – which called for a repeal of the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), authorized the Department of Agriculture to provide grants to states for supplemental nutrition assistance, and limited appropriations for the grant program to $45 billion per year.


Udall’s Voting Record in the House

Over the course of his career as a legislator, Tom Udall voted on a variety of major issues as follows:


ABORTION & THE RIGHTS OF THE UNBORN

NO on HR 6099, the Abortion Pain Bill (2006), a bill which mandated that abortion providers, prior to performing an abortion on a fetus older than 20 weeks, inform the mother that: (a) the fetus might feel pain during the procedure, and (b) the use of some pain-reducing drugs may have health risks associated with them.

NO on S 403, the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act (2006), a bill to prohibit the transportation of a minor across state lines to obtain an abortion without a parent’s (or a legal guardian’s) consent.

YES on H Amdt 209, the Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment (2005), an amendment to end the ban on privately funded abortions at U.S. military facilities overseas.

NO on HR 748, the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act (2005), a bill to prohibit the transportation of a minor across state lines to obtain an abortion without a parent’s (or a legal guardian’s) consent.

NO on HR 1997, the Unborn Victims of Violence Act (2004), a bill that proposed to make it an added criminal offense for someone to injure or kill a fetus while carrying out a crime against a pregnant woman.

NO on S 3, Prohibit Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion (2003), a bill to ban the late-term abortion procedure known as “intact dilation and extraction,” commonly referred to as “partial-birth abortion” – except in cases where the mother’s life is endangered by the pregnancy.

NO on HR 760, Prohibit Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion (2003), a bill to ban the late-term abortion procedure known as “intact dilation and extraction,” commonly referred to as “partial-birth abortion” – except in cases where the mother’s life is endangered by the pregnancy.

NO on HR 503, the Unborn Victims of Violence Act (2001), a bill proposing to make it an added criminal offense for someone to injure or kill a fetus while carrying out a crime against a pregnant woman.

NO on HR 2436, the Unborn Victims of Violence Act of 1999, a bill proposing to make it an added criminal offense for someone to injure or kill a fetus while carrying out a crime against a pregnant woman.

CIVIL LIBERTIES & CIVIL RIGHTS

YES on H Amdt 197, the Guantanamo Transfer Plan (2007), an amendment requiring the Secretary of Defense to submit a report to the Congress detailing a plan for the transfer of prisoners out of the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

NO on S 3930, the Military Commissions Act of 2006, a bill to create a military commission to try unlawful enemy combatants for violations of the laws of war.

NO on HR 2975, the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2001, a bill to give the federal government a broad range of powers to combat terrorism, such as: (a) easing restrictions on government wiretap and surveillance operations, and permitting the sharing of such information between some government officials; (b) enhancing security along the United States/Canadian border; and (c) denying U.S. visas to suspected money-launderers.

NO on HR 3162, the USA Patriot Act of 2001; (Click here for details about the Patriot Act.)

EDUCATION

YES on HR 1429, the Head Start Act of 2007, a bill that authorized five years of funding increases for Head Start, a federal early education program meant to help low-income families; it also allowed Head Start programs to increase the number of their participants by 35 percent, by including children whose families’ incomes were between 100 and 130 percent of the poverty level. (For details about Head Start, click here.)

NO on HR 2210, the Head Start Bill (2003), a bill that would reauthorize Head Start, a federal early education program meant to help low-income families. (For details about Head Start, click here.)


EMPLOYMENT & WAGES

YES on H Amdt 594, Minimum Wage Increase-Two Year Raise (2000), an amendment to increase the minimum wage from $5.15 per hour to $6.15 per hour over the first year, and more during the second year.

YES on HR 3846, the Minimum Wage Increase Bill (2000), to increase the minimum wage from $5.15 per hour to $6.15 per hour over a one-year period.

ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

YES on H Amdt 856, the Outer Continental Shelf Amendment (2006), an amendment to continue the prohibition of drilling for natural gas, and to prevent funds allocated in the bill from being used for drilling in the Outer Continental Shelf.

YES on H Amdt 72, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Drilling Amendment (2005), which sought to strike provisions that had previously allowed oil and gas exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

YES on H Amdt 288, the Corporate Average Fuel Efficiency (CAFE) Amendment (2001), an amendment to increase the CAFE standards of vehicles and to offer incentives for alternative-fuel vehicles.

YES on H Amdt 298, Prohibiting Oil Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (2001), an amendment to extend the existing prohibition on drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

YES on HR 1400, the Iran Counter-Proliferation Act of 2007, a bill to increase economic sanctions on Iran and to allow the President to determine if the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps should be considered a foreign terrorist organization.

YES on HR 1954, Iran and Libya Sanctions (2001), a vote to pass a bill that would extend the Iran-Libya Sanctions Act (ILSA) of 1996, which imposed sanctions against companies and individuals that invested in oil and gas industries in Libya and Iran.

YES on H Amdt 1023, the Cuban Economic Embargo Amendment (2000), an amendment to prohibit use of funds to continue the U.S. economic embargo of Cuba.

YES on H Amdt 1029, the Cuban Travel Embargo Amendment (2000), an amendment to prohibit the use of funds to restrict travel to Cuba by U.S. citizens.

GUN RIGHTS ISSUES

NO on S 397, the Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill (2005), a bill to provide liability protection for manufacturers, dealers or importers of firearms or ammunition, as well as their trade associations, for harm caused by criminal or unlawful misuse.

HEALTH CARE ISSUES

YES on HR 3162, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), a 2007 bill to expand the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

IMMIGRATION, NATIONALITY, & ENGLISH LANGUAGE ISSUES

YES on H Amdt 1045, Undocumented Immigrants’ Ineligibility for Certain Financial Assistance (2008), an amendment to prevent illegal immigrants from receiving financial assistance under HR 5818, a bill allowing states to obtain loans from the federal government to acquire foreclosed houses and provide housing assistance.

NO on HR 6095, the Immigration Law Enforcement Act of 2006, a bill granting state and local officials the authority to investigate, identify, apprehend, arrest, detain, or transfer illegal immigrants to federal custody.

NO on HR 6061, the Secure Fence Act of 2006, a bill authorizing the construction of an additional 700 miles of double-layered fencing between the U.S and Mexico, and authorizing the Secretary of Homeland Security to take whatever steps are necessary to stop the unlawful entry of immigrants into the U.S.

NO on HR 418, the Real ID Act of 2005, a bill granting the Secretary of Homeland Security the power to set minimal security requirements for state driver licenses and identification cards.

NO on HR 3722, Undocumented Immigrant Emergency Medical Assistance (2004), a bill to: prohibit federal reimbursement of funds to hospitals that provide emergency services to illegal immigrants unless the hospital provides the Secretary of Homeland Security with citizenship and employment records; make employers of certain illegal immigrants financially responsible for the medical treatment of those immigrants; and allow the Secretary of Homeland Security to deport illegal immigrants under Federal immigration law.

MARRIAGE & FAMILY

NO on H J Res 88, the Same-Sex Marriage Resolution (2006), a bill proposing a constitutional amendment declaring that marriage in the U.S. consists only of the union of a man and a woman, and that federal and state constitutions cannot be construed to require that the status of marriage be conferred on other unions.

TAXATION AND ECONOMIC ISSUES

NO on HR 5638, the Death/Estate Tax Amendment (2006), a bill to reduce estate taxes beginning in 2010.

NO on HR 4297, the Tax Relief Extension Reconciliation Act of 2005, a bill to authorize and extend $69.96 billion in tax credits and cuts through 2010.

NO on HR 8, the Death/Estate Tax Repeal Permanency Act of 2005, a bill to permanently repeal the sunset provision of the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001.

YES on HR 1308, Child Tax Credit Bill (2004), a vote to extend the child tax credit and other expiring tax cuts.

NO on HR 4227, the Middle-Class Alternative Minimum Tax Relief Act of 2004, a bill to extend the previously-available Alternative Minimum Tax relief to 2005.

NO on HR 1836, the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001, a bill to institute $1.35 trillion in tax cuts over an 11-year period.

NO on HR 4810, the Marriage Tax Relief Bill (2000), a bill to provide $89.8 billion over the next five years in tax relief for married couples.

NO on HR 8, the Estate Tax Elimination Act of 2000, a vote to override a veto on a bill that phased out estate and gift taxes by 2010.

NO on HR 3081, the Small Business Tax Fairness Act of 2000, a bill to cut taxes for small businesses by $46 billion over five years.

TERRORISM & HOMELAND SECURITY

NO on H Amdt 1114, Allowing the Use of Certain Terms in Within the Intelligence Community (2008), an amendment to prohibit the use of funds to discourage the use of the phrases “jihadist,” “jihad,” “Islamo-facism,” “caliphate,” “Islamist,” or “Islamic terrorist” within the intelligence community or federal government.

YES on HR 4635, the Arming Pilots Against Terrorism Act (2002), a bill to start a program deputizing airline pilots as federal law-enforcement officers and allowing them to carry firearms on airlines to defend against acts of violence.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

For a more comprehensive look at Tom Udall’s voting record, visit VoteSmart.orgOnTheIssues.org, and GovTrack.us.

 

NOTE: Voting records and legislation descriptions, courtesy of VoteSmart.org.