Mark Begich Votes   Leave a comment

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  • Closed $33M budget gap without using one-time reserves. (Jul 2008)
  • No secret earmarks; full online disclosure. (May 2008)
  • As mayor: bond rating up; jobs increased; taxes down. (Apr 2008)
  • 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)
  • More enforcement of mortgage fraud and TARP fraud. (May 2009)
  • Ban abusive credit practices & enhance consumer disclosure. (Feb 2009)

 Mark Begich on Civil Rights 
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  • Added sexual orientation to Anchorage non-discrimination law. (Nov 2008)
  • ENDA: prohibit employment discrimination for gays. (Jun 2009)
  • Prohibit sexual-identity discrimination at schools. (Mar 2011)

 Mark Begich on Corporations 
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  • Expand lending caps for credit unions to small business. (Mar 2012)
  • Rated 71% by UFCW, indicating a mixed management/labor voting record. (May 2012)

 Mark Begich on Crime 
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  • Added $5M and 13 more police to Anchorage budget. (Oct 2008)
  • Added city police; pushed anti-gang & cyber-crime units. (Apr 2008)
  • Three strikes traffic violators should face felonies. (Oct 2006)

 Mark Begich on Drugs 
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  • Prevent youth from trying the deadly drug methamphetamine. (Jul 2008)

 Mark Begich on Education 
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  • Local control and accountability of America’s schools. (Aug 2008)
  • Professional development grants for elementary principals. (Jul 2010)
  • $25B to renovate or repair elementary schools. (Sep 2011)

 Mark Begich on Energy & Oil 
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  • Advocate for opening up ANWR to drilling. (Nov 2008)
  • Short term: $2.5B for LIHEAP; 70M bbl from strategic reserve. (Sep 2008)
  • Long term: develop ANWR; build renewable energy plants. (Sep 2008)
  • Support US participation in binding climate agreements. (Sep 2008)
  • Open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (May 2008)
  • Alaska is ground zero for global warming. (May 2008)
  • Voted NO on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted YES on protecting middle-income taxpayers from a national energy tax. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on requiring full Senate debate and vote on cap-and-trade. (Apr 2009)
  • Allow horizontal drilling into Alaska’s Coastal Plain. (Feb 2009)

 Mark Begich on Environment 
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  • Implemented energy efficiency and conservation in Anchorage. (May 2008)
  • Respect unique cultural role of subsistence whaling. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program. (Aug 2009)
  • Rated 100% by HSLF, indicating a pro-animal welfare voting record. (Jan 2012)

 Mark Begich on Families & Children 
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  • Increase number of children eligible for free school meals. (Oct 2009)

 Mark Begich on Foreign Policy 
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  • Rebuild US reputation by diplomatic efforts. (Sep 2008)
  • Pay dues to UN, and cooperate with ICC. (Sep 2008)
  • Supports adding 1% of US budget to international aid. (Sep 2008)
  • Rated 0 by AAI, indicating a mixed Arab/Palestine voting record. (May 2012)
  • Integrate gender into diplomatic and foreign aid processes. (Sep 2012)
  • Vigorous support for State of Israel against Hamas in Gaza. (Nov 2012)

 Mark Begich on Free Trade 
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  • Capitalize on our assets in the global economy. (Jul 2007)

 Mark Begich on Government Reform 
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  • Brought greater openness to city government. (May 2008)
  • Increase financial transparency for Senate staff. (May 2008)
  • Senate lobbying disclosures should include family ties. (May 2008)
  • Campaign transparency with sortable online database. (May 2008)
  • No secret meetings; full appointment disclosure for Senators. (May 2008)
  • No more automatic pay raises for Senators. (May 2008)
  • No revolving door for former senate staff to lobby. (May 2008)
  • No campaign fundraising through private foundations. (May 2008)
  • Support an Independent Office of Public Integrity. (May 2008)
  • Voted YES on Congressional pay raise. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on providing a US House seat for the District of Columbia. (Feb 2009)
  • Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures. (Jul 2012)
  • Repeal automatic Congressional pay raises. (Jan 2009)

 Mark Begich on Gun Control 
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  • Strongly supports Constitutional right to bear arms. (Aug 2008)
  • Lifetime member of NRA. (Apr 2008)
  • Voted YES on allowing firearms in checked baggage on Amtrak trains. (Apr 2009)
  • National cross-state standard for concealed carry. (Jan 2009)
  • Sponsored loosening restrictions on interstate gun purchases. (Oct 2011)
  • Allow veterans to register unlicensed guns acquired abroad. (Oct 2011)
  • Apply concealed carry permit to all other states where legal. (Feb 2009)

 Mark Begich on Health Care 
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  • Protect future Medicare with “medical home” model. (Oct 2008)
  • Privatization undermines the integrity of Medicare. (Oct 2008)
  • Increase Medicare reimbursements and affordable health care. (May 2008)
  • Favors expanding Alaska’s Denali KidCare program. (May 2008)
  • Voted NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (May 2011)
  • Voted YES on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on expanding the Children’s Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
  • Expand the National Health Service Corps. (Mar 2009)

 Mark Begich on Homeland Security 
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  • Consult with Congress on major military actions. (Sep 2008)
  • Ratify Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty; no new nukes. (Sep 2008)
  • Repeal the Patriot Act. (Aug 2008)
  • Pledges full support for the 21st Century GI Bill. (May 2008)
  • Increased Anchorage’s support for military personnel. (Apr 2008)
  • Voted NO on extending the PATRIOT Act’s roving wiretaps. (Feb 2011)
  • Repeal Don’t-Ask-Don’t-Tell, and reinstate discharged gays. (Mar 2010)
  • Military spouses don’t lose voting residency while abroad. (Feb 2009)
  • Expand health services for women veterans. (Mar 2009)

 Mark Begich on Immigration 
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  • Reservations about denying illegals’ retirement benefits. (Oct 2008)

 Mark Begich on Jobs 
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  • Anchorage employment grew by 800 jobs since Jan. 2008. (Jul 2008)
  • Form unions by card-check instead of secret ballot. (Mar 2009)
  • Ban discriminatory compensation; allow 2 years to sue. (Jan 2009)

 Mark Begich on Principles & Values 
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  • Democrats advertise Stevens’ calls secretly recorded by FBI. (Oct 2008)
  • Reputation as mayor for getting things done. (Sep 2008)
  • Served 10 years on Anchorage Assembly and 5 years as Mayor. (Apr 2008)
  • Voted YES on confirming of Sonia Sotomayor to Supreme Court. (Aug 2009)

 Mark Begich on Social Security 
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  • Treat “Notch babies” equally with all other seniors. (Oct 2008)
  • Adjust Soc. Sec. cost of living by consumer price index. (Oct 2008)
  • No privatization; no individual investment accounts. (Oct 2008)
  • Elderly are entitled to solvent & reliable Social Security. (Aug 2008)

 Mark Begich on Tax Reform 
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  • Extend tax cuts; and end the AMT. (Aug 2008)
  • Minimum tax rate of 30% for those earning over $1 million. (Mar 2012)

 Mark Begich on Technology 
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  • Warrantless wiretapping infringes on constitutional rights. (Aug 2008)
  • Invest in Port of Anchorage & pedestrian-friendly downtown. (Jul 2008)

 Mark Begich on War & Peace 
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  • Fully fund US contribution to UN operations in Darfur. (Sep 2008)
  • We must responsibly re-deploy out of Iraq. (May 2008)
  • Iranian nuclear weapons: prevention instead of containment. (May 2012)
  • Sanctions on Iran to end nuclear program. (Apr 2009)

 Mark Begich 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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