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VOTING RECORD: HILLARY CLINTON

During her legislative career in the U.S. Senate, Hillary Clinton voted on a variety of key pieces of legislation as follows:

Energy and Environmental Issues:

Military, Intelligence, and National Security Issues:

  • in favor of an October 2002 joint resolution to authorize the use of the U.S. Armed Forces against Iraq
  • against a 2006 proposal to create military commissions to try unlawful enemy combatants for war crimes they had committed against the U.S.
  • against a 2007 amendment to reaffirm support for all members of the United States Armed Forces, to strongly condemn any attacks on General David Petraeus and military personnel, and to specifically condemn Moveon.org's advertisement deriding Petraeus
  • in favor of a 2008 amendment removing telecommunications companies’ immunity from the FISA Amendments Act of 2008
  • against a 2008 amendment to provide funding for U.S. military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan (in the amount of $99.57 billion for fiscal year 2008 and $65.77 billion for fiscal year 2009)

Taxation and Economic Issues:

  • against major tax-cut proposals in 2001 and 2003
  • in favor of tax-cut proposals in 2005 and 2006

Immigration, Nationality, and English-Language Issues:

  • in favor of the 2006 Immigration Reform Bill, which would have created a path to citizenship for illegal aliens who had resided in the U.S. for at least five years
  • in favor of separate bills (both in 2006) to finance the construction of several hundred miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border, and to fund additional measures to stem the flow of illegal immigration
  • against a 2008 bill to finance the construction of several hundred miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border, and to fund additional measures to stem the flow of illegal immigration
  • in favor of a 2007 proposal to end the use of a point-based immigration system, (i.e., a system that seeks to ensure that people with skills that society needs are given preference for entry into the United States)
  • against a 2007 amendment designating English as the language of “sole legal authority” for the business of the federal government, and declaring that no person has a right to require officials of the U.S. government to use a language other than English
  • against a 2008 bill urging an expansion of the zero-tolerance prosecution policy for illegal aliens; calling for the completion of 700 miles of pedestrian fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border; allowing for the deployment of up to 6,000 National Guard members to the U.S. southern border; and encouraging the identification and deportation of illegal immigrants currently in the American prison system

Campaign and Election Issues:

  • in favor of the Campaign Finance Reform Act of 2002 (McCain-Feingold Act), which put restrictions on paid advertising during the weeks just prior to political elections, and tightly regulated the amount of money which political parties and candidates could accept from donors
  • against a 2002 proposal to allow individuals who register to vote by mail to use only a signature or personal mark to verify their identity, with no requirement of supplying a photograph

Gun Rights Issues:

  • against separate proposals (in 2004 and 2005) to ban lawsuits against gun manufacturers, distributors, dealers, and importers for damages resulting from the misuse of their products by others

Abortion and the Rights of the Unborn:

  • against a 2003 proposal to ban the late-term procedure commonly known as “partial-birth abortion
  • against a 2004 proposal to make it an added criminal offense for someone to injure or kill a fetus while carrying out a crime against a pregnant woman
  • against a 2006 bill making it illegal to knowingly transport a pregnant minor across state lines in order to obtain an abortion, as a way to escape state laws requiring parental consent

For a more comprehensive look at Hillary Clinton's voting record in the Senate, visit Project Vote Smart and On The Issues.
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