U.S. Senator Wayne Allard is a Colorado veterinarian committed to cutting taxes, eliminating the deficit, returning power to state and local governments and assuring the security of America both at home and abroad.
In December of 2004, Senator Allard
I will vote the Constitution.
At this critical crossroads in American history, I believe we are all called to step up to even greater service. That's why I'm running for the U.S. Senate.
In a U.S. Senate dominated by lawyers and professional politicians I believe there is room for
The US Senate race in Colorado has come down to a choice of the Good, the Bad or the Ugly!
We've all heard enough from Mr. Salazar and Mr. Coors! Enough of the Bad and the Ugly!
It's time to vote for "GOOD"!
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The most important issues facing America today:
1. Universal Health Care - My plan calls for a privately administered, federally funded (with federal taxes and a 'Graduated Corporate Health Care Contribution) program that is affordable for everyone.
I would like to invite you to join with me in sending Washington D.C. a message: We want our Civil Liberties protected. I am an Independent who represents the citizens of Colorado, not political party interests. I first registered as an Independent in
I believe that the values of American individualism and freedom, rooted in the Constitution and Bill of Rights, form the basis for our national unity and are the essential elements of our national strength. My positions on the issues facing this nation
Ken Salazar was elected to the United States Senate in November 2004 as Colorado's thirty-fifth United States Senator.
A fifth generation Coloradan, Ken and his family have been farmers and ranchers in the San Luis Valley since before Colorado became
Senator Allard was born in Fort Collins, Colorado, on December 2, 1943, and raised on a ranch near Walden, Colorado. Allard married Joan Malcolm. The Allards raised their two daughters, Christi and Cheryl, in Loveland and have five grandsons.
Male; Age:58; Widowed; Children:Jennifer, Amanda, and Sean; Home Town:Arvada, CO
Male; Age:58; Married; Spouse:Marilyn; Children:Father of six children; Place of Birth:Golden, CO; Home Town:Golden, CO
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Male; Age:37; Married 16 years; Spouse:Ann, 34; Children:Chelsi, 15; AnnaChristina, 13; Jakob, 11; Eli, 9; Zedekiah, 5, John, 2; Place of Birth:California; Home Town:Lakewood, Colorado
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Born on March 2, 1955, in Colorado, Salazar is married to Hope and has two children: Melinda and Andrea.
Allards built their veterinary practice in Loveland, the Allard Animal Hospital, from scratch. Allard served as Health Officer for City of Loveland in 1970-1978 and as Chair of Board of Health in 1980.
Teacher, engineering technician
1990-04 Independent Contractor, Denver Newspaper Agency
1996-03 Police Officer, Morrison P.D.
1996-97 ATM Technician, Bantek
1995-96 Security Officer, American Protective Services
1990-94 Corrections Counselor, Independence House
1989-90 Juvenile Facility Manager, Youth Benefits Unlimited
Ken has been a farmer and rancher in the San Luis Valley, a natural resources lawyer, and small business owner much of his life. He and his wife have owned radio stations in Pueblo and Denver and have owned and operated a Dairy Queen in Westminster. Ken
American Veterinarian Medical Association
Colorado Veterinarian Medical Association
Loveland Rotary Club.
His numerous and diverse civic responsibilities include serving as a trustee and member of the executive board of the Denver Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and a member of the National Western Stock Show Association executive committee. He
; Board of Directors - Jefferson County Youth Alcohol Intervention Program (Y.A.I.P.) 2001-2003
I actively support FreedomWorks Colorado and Colorado Citizens for Property Rights.
Attorney General Salazar has served on many boards and commissions including six years as Chair of the Peace Officers Standards and Training Board, the Colorado Water Conservation Board and selection committees for United States Attorney and Federal District
Allard represented Larimer and Weld Counties in the Colorado State Senate from 1983 to 1990. He was best known during his time in the Colorado State Senate for sponsoring the state law that limits state legislative sessions to 120 days, preserving the
Currently serving second term as the Legislative Director for the Libertarian Party of Colorado.
Before his election to the U.S. Senate, Ken Salazar served for six years as Colorado's 36th Attorney General from 1999 through 2004, winning statewide elections to that office in 1998 and 2002. Ken served as chairman of the Conference of Western Attorneys
Catholic Previous Affiliations:Episcopalian
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (L.D.S.) Beliefs:I have a strong belief in family values. A country is only as strong as its families are. Thus I will introduce legislation that will help preserve and protect families.
Allards built their veterinary practice in Loveland, the Allard Animal Hospital, from scratch.
In December of 2004, Senator Allard was appointed to serve on the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee in the 109th Congress. He serves as well on the
From 1990 to 1994 Ken Salazar served in the Cabinet of Governor Roy Romer as the executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. Among his accomplishments as executive director, Ken crafted reforms for oil, mining, and gas operations
Allard received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University in 1968.
AA, Engineering Technology, DeAnza Community College, Cupertino, CA, 1969
BS, Business Administration, University of Colorado, 1974
bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from Cornell University master's degree in business administration from the University of Denver in 1970
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Rocky Mountain High School, Byron Wy 1985
Lettered in Basketball and Track
Numerous Math awards
F.F.A. vice-president 2 yrs.
Student Council AA - Psychology - Northwest Collge, Powell, WY - 1989
Certificate of Graduation - Accounting Management - Barnes
Degree in Electronic Sciences.
Salazar received a political science degree from Colorado College in 1977 received a law degree in 1981 from the University of Michigan.
U.S. Air Force Reserve ; Years of Service:1966-71
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I feel that the U.S. immigration system is in need of reform. It is important to make a clear distinction between illegal and legal immigration. We must crack down on all illegal immigration. I feel we should not reward illegal behavior with citizenship.
Source: Candidate Website (10/02/2004)
Current immigration law is not working. I support stronger border enforcement and efforts that would crack down on illegal human trafficking. A bipartisan effort in the Senate, which I believe provides a good platform for this important discussion, would
Source: allard.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Legislation.ViewIssue (04/21/2008)
We must crack down on all illegal immigration. I feel we should not reward illegal behavior with citizenship.
Opposes amnesty for illegal aliens. Supports more interior enforcement of immigration laws.
Source: Candidate Website (10/04/2008)
Opposes large-scale importation of workers.
I am committed to securing our borders.
Notwithstanding claims that significant new funding has been authorized for homeland security, modest increases in border patrol officers, customs agents and Immigration and Naturalization Service agents will not change the reality on the ground. Our
It is important to make a clear distinction between illegal and legal immigration. We must crack down on all illegal immigration. I feel we should not reward illegal behavior with citizenship.
I favor strong sponsorship requirements and other policies, which aim to ensure that immigrants enter this country as productive members of society in pursuit of opportunity, not public assistance.
Following the horrific attacks of September 11, 2001 Congress created the Department of Homeland Security to respond to the rising threat of terrorism on our soil. The Department of Homeland Security and efforts by our military to root out the sources
The highest duty of any government is the protection and safety of its people. As Colorado's Attorney General, I am keenly aware of this solemn obligation. The security of our country and our citizens, at home and around the globe, is one of the most
The number one job of our federal government as outlined in the Constitution is protecting our homeland and keeping us safe from enemies. Today, our nation confronts enemies like we have never seen. Those enemies seek to destroy all we, and those who
Instead of using our national resources to fight so called 'wars of liberation' , because the Iraq conflict was neither justified nor imminently necessary; once our needs are met at home we should use our resources to perform worldwide acts of kindness,
The bipartisan September 11 Commission's report and recommendations to improve our intelligence services cannot be ignored. I believe that business as usual is not acceptable and the commission's report simply cannot be put on a shelf to gather dust, as was done with the Hart-Rudman Commission pre-9/11 terrorism report.
I am particularly interested in promoting homeland security by increasing our capacity to deal with infectious diseases and bioterrorism. Veterinarians have a special expertise in preventing and controlling diseases such as anthrax, West Nile Virus, and
I am committed to crafting practical partnerships between state, local and federal law enforcement agencies.
Our intelligence agencies must be shaken up. As the events of the last several years show, we simply must improve intelligence gathering and coordination, so that future attacks on America can be prevented and decisions to send our armed forces on foreign
Local law enforcement, fire departments and emergency health care providers will be the first responders in the event of terrorist attack. First responders must be able to distinguish between conventional, radiological, chemical and biological attacks
Since September 11th, 2001, our enemies have tested our love for freedom by declaring a war on our ideals and way of life. The outcome of the Global War on Terror against ruthless criminals will determine our will and commitment to the true ideals of
As the core social institution of our society, marriage in the United States should be defined as it has been in every civilization around the world for thousands of years: marriage is the union between a man and a woman. The definition of marriage is
I believe that marriage is between one man and one woman. I oppose the Federal Marriage Amendment. I support expanding hate crimes laws to include sexual orientation, and I support laws prohibiting discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations.
As the core social institution of our society, marriage in the United States should be defined as it has been in every civilization around the world for thousands of years: marriage is the union between a man and a woman.
I believe marriage is between a man and woman. I oppose the activist judges who try to change the traditional definition of marriage.
The government has no authority legislating conditions for marriage.
I believe that marriage is between one man and one woman.
This question is completely irrelevant.
I oppose the Federal Marriage Amendment.
Opposed to same-sex adoption and partnership rights.
I have sponsored an amendment to the Constitution defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman and leaving all other questions of partnership, civil unions or contractual relationships to state legislatures.
I support expanding hate crimes laws to include sexual orientation.
I realize that the future of our homeland greatly depends on security, trade, freedom, and opportunity beyond the country's borders. I support the Administration's Millennium Challenge Project that provides assistance to developing nations that are pursuing
I realize that the future of our homeland greatly depends on security, trade, freedom, and opportunity beyond the country's borders. I support the Administration's Millennium Challenge Corporation that provides assistance to developing nations that are
I am very concerned about the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction from countries like Iran and North Korea, and believe that it is one of the greatest threats we face today. The possibility that a terrorist organization may acquire such a weapon
Protection of the human rights was the most important issue when the Founding Fathers established the Union. The United States continues to be a leader of democracy and human rights in the international arena, helping secure the peace, deter aggression,
I believe the U.N should remain true to its initial Charter of serving as an international body aimed at solving international issues through diplomatic means. Over the last several decades, the United Nations has followed a pattern of big government
I support the Administration's efforts to fight the increasing threat presented by the surge of HIV/AIDS and other infections diseases facing the world today. I am confident that the $6.55 billion in U.S. assistance spent in just the last two years to
I support programs that continue to help lower-income and other individuals achieve job training success. Some of these programs include youth and adult job training and coaching, dislocated worker programs, youth job corps programs and grants, and workforce training for U.S. veterans.
As a small businessman and farmer, I know that private enterprise, not government, creates jobs. But government policies and priorities can make a difference to families and businesses, and Washington has an obligation to act responsibly, and fairly,
Yes, absolutely. We should not reward companies for shipping American jobs overseas.
Under my plan, companies with at least 90 percent domestic production would receive favorable tax treatment, as would their stockholders. Stockholders would pay lower
Libertarians are opposed to Affirmative Action.
Creating jobs and strengthening the economy is at the top of my agenda. With 35 years of business experience, it's a topic that I understand. Big, growing, burdensome government gets in the way of job creation and job preservation. That's why I am committed
Eliminate various taxes and regulations.
I support laws prohibiting discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations.
I will be an independent voice for agriculture and our rural economy and small towns. Economically, Colorado has become two states -- many parts prosperous, dynamic, and growing, and others poorer, stagnant, and shrinking. I want to prevent the permanent
In recent years, Congress has made important strides in reducing the tax burden on Americans. We have expanded the child tax credit, expanded eligibility for the lowest tax bracket, provided marriage penalty relief, and begun to eliminate the death penalty.
No one likes paying more taxes. But we must have a fairer tax policy that rewards work, not just wealth. We need to be realistic: we cannot fund a strong national defense, homeland security, continue the war and nation-building in Iraq, as well as address
The current tax code is far too large, complex, and burdensome. While this would involve the elimination of deductions and credits, it would more than be offset by a lower rate.
I support corporate tax changes that encourage domestic investment. Companies with domestic production would see their tax rate cut by up to 3.5 percent. We must reward companies for manufacturing goods in the U.S. by linking the size of the tax cut with the amount of goods produced here at home.
We have begun to eliminate the death penalty.
Whatever specific proposals are considered, my priority is to ensure that any reform is a benefit to the middle class, which has borne much of the burden of the current system. Any reform should also reward savings and investment and promote economic
I am willing to consider a national sales tax or other ideas.
We have provided marriage penalty relief.
I will fight to make the tax cuts permanent. Millions of Coloradans are benefitting from the tax cuts. Unlike my opponent, I would like to see this continue.
No, it is not fiscally responsible to do so.
We have expanded the child tax credit.
It is important that education remain locally controlled. Those closest to the students are in the best position to know their educational needs. Parents and school boards should be able to tailor educational curriculum to local needs. Federal financial
My parents always said they couldn't give us riches, but they could give us an education. All eight of us children went to school in the San Luis Valley, and then on to college. My education helped with everything I have achieved in life. Now I want to
'No Child Left Behind' is a failure on more than one level. It may be workable but the federal government, which mandated the program did nothing to fund the program; they gave it to the states to fund and guess what there aren't any funds to support
Passage of the No Child Left Behind Act in 2001 is a continuation of the federal government's involvement. This law mandates that all school children meet standards for proficiency in reading and math, and also establishes requirements for school performance,
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It is important that education remain locally controlled. Those closest to the students are in the best position to know their educational needs. Parents and school boards should be able to tailor educational curriculum to local needs. Federal financial support should not encumber local programs with federal mandates.
I support setting high standards for our kids, but we must provide the resources to our teachers and schools to meet them. The testing requirements under federal law should serve to diagnose where additional support is needed, not punish struggling schools
Supports tax credits for all parents to let them make their own school decisions. Supports abolishing the U.S. Department of Education.
I'm proud that one of my daughters is a teacher. Through her I see the difference that she and other good teachers make in the lives of young Coloradans.
Every child deserves a chance at a quality education. Denying the best education to a boy or
Increase funding, increase Social Skills, Languages and Arts programs. Delay other fiscal programs if necessary and de-emphasize national test scores.
Privatize the education system.
In the Senate, one of my highest priorities will be to help make sure that Washington is responsive and responsible to the needs and concerns of state and local governments without ultimately supplanting their traditional authority, and that Washington
I believe that education needs to be easier to attain through loans, grants, and scholarships. The price of education is increasingly high, but so are efforts to manage loans, develop community education sponsorship programs, explore grant and fellowship
We must strengthen our commitment to higher education, at our universities, community colleges, trade schools and other places of learning. With tuition costs soaring, especially at state schools whose funding has been slashed due to budget shortfalls,
We should double the HOPE scholarship tax credits.
To prepare our kids for school, we must strengthen our commitment to early childhood education. Studies consistently show such investments are re-paid in savings and benefits to society many times over. And after-school programs are proven ways to keep
Federal financial support should not encumber local programs with federal mandates.
Federal financial support should not encumber local programs with federal mandates. The price of education is increasingly high, but so are efforts to manage loans, develop community education sponsorship programs, explore grant and fellowship opportunities,
The funding and support for public education, both K-12 and higher education, is primarily a state and local government function. However, for decades the federal government has provided secondary financial support and general guidance. Passage of the
The requirements of No Child Left Behind are important, but are also costly. Washington has not kept its end of the bargain, and has shortchanged our schools by billions of dollars. These unfunded federal mandates are unfair and place enormous burdens on local schools and state governments.
Suports legislation to enable the parents of non-public, school children to obtain special-education services through providers of their choice.
As Senator, I will honor our promises to improve funding for special education.
As a fifth generation Coloradan, I have a deep desire to protect Colorado's environment and wildlife, so that each of our grandchildren can enjoy the beautiful wonders our state has to offer. As a policy maker I believe that we must approach our treatment
Throughout my career, in both the public and private sectors, I have been deeply involved in water, environmental and natural resources issues. And now I want to take this expertise, passion and experience to Washington.
My background provides me with
No free passes on pollution. Illegal pollution of our nation's air, water and land is wrong, regardless of who is responsible. It damages our environment, our health and our economy. Polluters should be held accountable for violations, whether they are
Water has played an essential role in the economic growth of the western United States. Water is a relatively scarce resource in the West. Colorado officials work hard to ensure that her citizens have enough water. The distribution of water to other states
I know that water is our lifeblood, and protection and careful use of our water resources is paramount to Colorado's continued well-being. It is critically important that Colorado's representatives in Washington know this issue thoroughly. I have spent a career fighting to protect Colorado's water and am prepared for the challenges ahead.
As Senator, I will restore EPA's budget and enforcement authority. Since 2001, the budget and independence of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to enforce federal environmental laws have been decimated. Wealthy friends and contributors of Washington
The conservation and care of our public lands is important to Colorado and our nation. As a fifth generation Coloradan and an avid sportsman, I have a strong desire to protect our forests. As you might know, I favor a common sense approach to the management
Colorado's beauty and our natural resources are central to life in our State. Our incredibly diverse landscape provides opportunities to hike, fish, ski, camp, boat, raft, or hunt, as well as places where we can go to simply enjoy the great outdoors.
The Endangered Species Act is one of the most contentious pieces of legislation Washington, D.C. has ever produced. There is one thing most folks agree on, however: the Endangered Species Act is not functioning the way Congress originally intended. As
I am in a unique position as both a veterinarian and Senator to emphasize the need for the humane treatment of animals and to thoroughly evaluate federal legislation dealing with animal welfare.
AIR FORCE ACADEMY
The United States Air Force Academy, based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, was created in 1959 for the purpose of developing professional military officers who possess sound judgment and exceptional character. The Academy has achieved
Several countries of concern including North Korea and Iran continue to develop weapons of mass destruction and the means to deliver them. As long as these nations continue to pursue these capabilities, the United States will need strong ballistic missile
It is necessary that the United States maintains a strong national defense in order to protect our very way of life. September 11th proved that attacks on American soil are possible. We must continue to take proper steps to defend our homeland and ensure
Fort Carson, the Mountain Post, is an Army post located southwest of Colorado Springs, Colorado. This post is recognized as one of the world's premier locations for preparing soldiers to win on the battlefield. The Fort Carson team fosters personal and
The United States is increasingly reliant on military and commercial space assets to protect and safeguard our nation's security and quality of life. U.S. military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq again demonstrated how important securing the high ground
After years of hard work by the Colorado congressional delegation and communities to help strengthen Colorado's major military installations, Colorado is uniquely placed to gain missions during this year's BRAC round. While there are no assurances that
I believe that it is imperative that the United States remain engaged in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and continue to act in its role as an impartial mediator. Peace will not come until both sides realize that conflict is not in their best interests
No. This is their problem, no ours.
I am grateful to the Coalition forces who have eliminated Saddam's and the Baath Party's control over Iraq. Our men and women in uniform have fought valiantly during this conflict. Their courage under fire and determination to see this conflict to the
After September 11, the U.S. acted correctly in pursuing, with international support, Al Qaeda and Osama Bin Laden in Afghanistan. After Afghanistan, that international unity dissolved with the invasion of Iraq. Although it was argued that the attack
ONLY in pursuit of criminals who have committed crimes against Americans.
We are correct to pursue war in Afghanistan against Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda.
I look forward to working in the 110th Congress with my Senate colleagues towards reconciling competing visions for what needs to happen in Iraq. The mission of our military men and women in Iraq is of utmost importance to us here at home. We must overcome
Both the transfer of sovereignty from the Coalition Provisional Authority to the interim Iraqi government on June 28, 2004 and the historic Iraqi election on January 30, 2005, helped shape a new era for the Iraqi people. The focus for the Multi-National
We must allocate the necessary resources and tools for our troops on the ground, as they continue to sacrifice themselves for the defense of the United States.
The men and women of our Armed Forces in Iraq and Afghanistan have served with bravery and professionalism, and we must do all we can to support these young men and women -- and their families at home -- as they fight to establish peace and stability
Iraq must remain a top priority and winning in Iraq is a huge component of winning the war on terror.
Even though sovereignty has now been officially handed over to Iraq's new leadership, the United States will likely remain there for the foreseeable future. As we work to bring greater stability to the region, we need to take a hard look at the lessons
Marginally if at all.
The danger of Iranian possession of long or short range missiles in addition to nuclear weapons is considerable. These weapons pose a threat to Israel, moderate Arab countries, and to U.S. forces both in Europe and the Persian Gulf region. We cannot stand
No. Many countries have WMD. Including the USA.
Congress must be careful to address gun control issues thoughtfully and critically while keeping the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in mind. The Federal government should not restrict the right of law-abiding citizens to own a firearm. There
My philosophy and views regarding guns is based in large part on my upbringing, as well as on the law. I believe that the individual right to use firearms for protection, hunting, and recreation should be protected. I learned to use and respect firearms
The Federal government should not restrict the right of law-abiding citizens to own a firearm. There is a clear distinction between legitimate and safe use of firearms and criminal or irresponsible uses.
What part of "shall not be infringed" is hard to understand. The first thing Hitler did after election was to require registration of all guns "to restore law and order." Of course, the thing he did after all the guns were registered was to go out and
I believe that the individual right to use firearms for protection, hunting, and recreation should be protected.
Supports weakening gun control legislation. Supporter of the Second Amendment.
As an avid sportsman and hunter, I believe that we must protect our right to bear arms. I also believe in teaching our children proper respect for firearms and the freedom that our forefathers gave us with the Second Amendment.
I believe we must have stronger enforcement of our existing gun laws, and I supported closing the gun show loophole. I support longstanding restriction on the possession of firearms by felons, instant background checks, a ban on specific automatic weapons
I support a ban on specific automatic weapons and assault weapons to protect the health and safety of the public and importantly law enforcement officials.
International Trade is a high priority for the health and well-being of the American and Colorado economies. I am a strong supporter of increasing our multilateral and bilateral free trade agreements around the globe. Other benefits of international contact
I have always said that even if we were to set aside all of the economic benefits for continuing liberalization of international trade, like CAFTA, there are still many other reasons--most notably humanitarian reasons. History has shown that it is the
In closing, we must always remember that America's number one export is democracy. Increasing tariffs, or other false barriers to trade will damage not only our bottom line, but also our national security interests and we cannot allow that to happen.
In closing, we must always remember that America's number one export is democracy. Overreaction to our trade deficit or other false barriers to trade will damage not only our bottom line, but also our national security interests and we cannot allow that to happen.
Prior to the Bush Administration, the momentum for trade liberalization had clearly slowed. Thankfully, the Congress re-approved the Executive Authority for trade agreements and with the leadership of President Bush, the Administration has made International Trade a high priority for the health and well-being of the American economy.
Mr. President, I rise today in strong support of the U.S.-Central American and Dominican Republic Free Trade agreement and our Administration's current trade policies.
Prior to the Bush Administration, the momentum for trade liberalization had clearly
I am a strong supporter of increasing our multilateral and bilateral free trade agreements around the globe. Other benefits of international contact brought about by trade with businessmen, foreign goods, and corporate presence, serves to increase access to a higher standard of living and a better quality of life for our trading partners.
One of the most important things policy makers can do is to enact a sensible and enforceable budget. Every year Congress should enact a budget to serve as a guideline for all federal spending. Perhaps the greatest threat to the long term fiscal health
Government should be a responsible steward of the money entrusted to it, and it should prepare now to meet its future obligations. Yet in just three years, the federal budget has gone from record surpluses to record deficits. Today, the national debt
Republicans don't go far enough in limiting the size of government.
With fifty-seven lawyers in a Senate dominated by professional politicians, no wonder spending is out of control. As a businessman, I've lived within budgets and created jobs. I know we can cut spending and balance the budget - without raising your taxes.
The federal budget deficit is at the highest level in history. Spending has increased to levels not seen since World War II. The surpluses of the 1990s have turned almost overnight into the largest deficits in history, with more record deficits projected
MEDICARE AND MEDICAID
Medicare and Medicaid provide an important medical safety net for some of our most vulnerable citizens. Every year hundreds of billions of dollars are used to assist low-income, elderly and sick Americans with their health care
There are 43 million people without health insurance nationwide, and 720,000 of them live right here in Colorado, and nearly twice that many have been without insurance sometime during the past two years. Health insurance premiums continue to skyrocket
Medicare and Medicaid provide an important medical safety net for some of our most vulnerable citizens. Every year hundreds of billions of dollars are used to assist low-income, elderly and sick Americans with their health care needs through Medicare
We can both improve care and reduce costs by assuring consistency between many federal health care programs. Administrative expenses are a big piece of our health care costs. All federal health care programs should use the same forms, procedures, compatible
To provide more Americans with insurance while protecting small businesses and low income workers from skyrocketing costs, my plan calls for Association Health Plans (AHP). Association Health plans allow small firms, farmers and ranchers, churches, Chambers
The booming trial laywer industry is fueling an increase in health care costs across the country. As a result of frivolous litigation, medical malpractice insurance premiums hve skyrocketed, giving physicians and hospitals little choice - leave the industry,
I am opposed to tort reform.
I support the right of states to legislate in the area of medical malpractice lawsuits, and I am reluctant to expand federal authority at the expense of traditional state authority. For example, Colorado, like many other states has adopted procedural
A sound health care policy should create new opportunity for consumers, provide greater choices and empower the customer to customize his or her health care plans to best fit their individual need. Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) are one such tool. Established
Ensure consumer protection.
I support efforts that would allow workers to use tax credits to help purchase their own insurance coverage if their employers do not offer it.
I want to help small businesses provide health insurance with tax credits. Over 60 percent of uninsured workers are self employed or employed by a small business. Many small employers want to provide health insurance to their workers but just can't afford
I have a fundamental belief in the sanctity of human life. I am opposed to abortion.
I believe the decision to have an abortion should be between a woman and her God. I will defend that Constitutional right. But I hope that we can work together as a nation to find common ground that makes abortions rare, by providing the best information
I support adult stem cell research. As a veterinarian, I have a special appreciation for scientific research that produces results and cures diseases. Research using adult stem cells has produced results that have the potential to cure numerous diseases.
I do support parental notification, with appropriate bypass procedures.
Opposed to partial-birth abortion.
I support a womans right to choose at ANY time during her pregnancy.
I support bans on late term abortions, except when necessary to protect the life or health of the mother.
According to Dr. Donald Orlic of the National Human Genome Research Institute, scientists have found that adult stem cells from the bone marrow of adult mice can rebuild a damaged heart by creating new heart muscle and blood vessels. Dr. Orlic stated
I have always supported measures that are tough on those who break the law, but the importance of rehabilitation can not be forgotten. I believe this should be the first course of action, but clearly there are some people who are not receptive to rehabilitation
End drug prohibition & eliminate "victimless" crime laws - allowing law enforcement to focus on "real" criminals.
I have always supported measures that are tough on those who break the law, but the importance of rehabilitation can not be forgotten. I believe this should be the first course of action, but clearly there are some people who are not receptive to rehabilitation and continue to commit crimes.
LEGISLATION FROM BENCH
The definition of marriage is far too important to leave open to interpretation by unelected activist courts. In response to recent efforts by activist judges to experiment with this vital social institution I have sponsored an
There are some people who are not receptive to rehabilitation and continue to commit crimes. In these instances the courts and individual state legislatures have determined the legal forms of punishment, and in some jurisdiction, the death penalty is one legal option.
The definition of marriage is far too important to leave open to interpretation by unelected activist courts. In response to recent efforts by activist judges to experiment with this vital social institution I have sponsored an amendment to the Constitution
No where does the Constitution give Congress the ability to ignore the appointment process. By refusing to give judicial nominations an up or down vote, it is nothing more than a Congressional veto with a fancy name. James Madison characterized the appointment
This debate is not about numbers. It is not about percentages - how many Judges that Republicans confirmed or how many Judges Democrats confirmed. To frame the debate as nothing but a statistical argument is to betray the American people. We were not
Through strong and courageous leadership, the President has stood firm against terrorist and terrorist regimes. But our government cannot function without an equally strong Judiciary - the third branch of government. It is through the judiciary that justice
The Constitution of the United States is among the most historically significant documents ever written. The Constitution remains at the heart and root of our society and serves as a foundation for democracy and freedom all around the world. It is incumbent
I have pledged during my campaign that I will not accept money, contributions, from any Special Interest Group, Corporation or Lobbyist, in fact I have not solicited money from anyone for use in my campaign, and this will remain so even after I am elected. My vote will always belong to the citizens of Colorado and no one else.
As health care costs continue to rise, more American families face problems accessing quality health care. We need to do everything possible to make affordable health insurance options available to families and small businesses. We must also increase
Everyday, millions of Americans struggle with health care expenses they can't afford. Washington has ignored the problem. I believe we have a moral obligation to make sure that all Americans have quality health care they can afford. My plan would cover
Lawsuit abuse in America is out of control. It's causing health care costs to skyrocket and putting doctors out of business. While we lose, the trial lawyers cash in and liberal judges turn a blind-eye. All the lawyers and professional politicians in the Senate won't change things. But I will.
Stop passing unconstitutional legislation. There is NO provision in the Constitution for the Federal government to have ANY involvement in Health Care.
Veterinarians have a special expertise in preventing and controlling diseases such as anthrax, West Nile Virus, and bird flu. Yet, there is a critical shortage of veterinarians working in public health practice, and the nation's veterinary medical colleges
Programs to teach Americans to prevent illness and to manage chronic disease provide an opportunity to improve health and reduce spending by identifying and monitoring high-risk populations. Every dollar we spend on preventing disease saves many dollars in more expensive treatment costs down the road. Savings could total $100 billion over 10 years.
I support the Administration's efforts to fight the increasing threat presented by the surge of HIV/AIDS and other infections diseases facing the world today. I am confident that $15 billion in U.S. assistance over the period of five years to countries
Veterinarians have a special expertise in preventing and controlling diseases such as bird flu. Yet, there is a critical shortage of veterinarians working in public health practice, and the nation's veterinary medical colleges do not have the capacity
Veterinarians have a special expertise in preventing and controlling diseases such as West Nile Virus. Yet, there is a critical shortage of veterinarians working in public health practice, and the nation's veterinary medical colleges do not have the capacity
As consumers are becoming more sophisticated and demanding more options to meet their needs, the banking and financial services industries have undergone significant changes. In order to make their financial decisions, it is important that consumers
Promoting small business promotes our economy. Therefore, it is essential that we implement policies and reduce taxes to help them grow and thrive.
In the past three years, more than 100 million American taxpayers have seen their income tax bills reduced. And 23 million small businesses have tax savings to invest in new equipment, new facilities and new workers.
The result is that more than 300,000
As a former small business owner, I clearly understand both the challenges and rewards of starting and running a small business. Small businesses represent an entry point into the U.S. economy, especially for women and minorities. No other country in
Small businesses represent an entry point into the U.S. economy, especially for women and minorities.
As consumers are becoming more sophisticated and demanding more options to meet their needs, the banking and financial services industries have undergone significant changes. In order to make their financial decisions, it is important that consumers receive
There is no single approach to solving the problems of energy dependence or current energy costs. I support an energy policy that calls for greater dependence on domestic energy sources, including oil, natural gas, clean coal, nuclear, and renewable resources.
Salazar helped lead the successful bipartisan effort to pass the National Energy Policy Act of 2005, an important first step toward energy independence. He has since helped form a bipartisan coalition of ten Senators pressing for greater use of renewable fuels and improved motor vehicle efficiency.
In a free Market economy the price of gasoline - and every other product/service will fluxuate based on demand and supply.
As a founder and co-chairman of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus I am supportive of incentives that are included in the legislation to continue moving the country's use of renewable resources forward. Technological advancements in solar,
Renewable energy is a win-win-win proposition. It's cost-effective, reduces air pollution, and is an economic boon to rural areas. Fourteen states already have renewable energy standards that encourage or require the development of renewable energy sources,
There are more than 1,300 wells producing clean, domestic supplies of natural gas within Colorado's Naval Oil Shale Reserve lands. Of these, 333 are operating on federal lands and the production royalties derived from these wells are deposited in a trust
I would like to first speak about oil shale, a promising fuel source found in abundance in the Rocky Mountains. Some of the oil shale resource lies under private lands, but much of it - certainly the richest deposit - is under federal lands. It is bad
I have consistently opposed legislation that would compel employees to join unions, and will carefully examine any legislation that would compromise an employee's right to choose his or her representation. For the most part, there are already existing
The Federal minimum wages laws should be abolished.
Over two hundred years ago, our founding fathers recognized the importance of becoming an independent nation; a nation where all men were created equal and have an inherent right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. In the beginning, most thought
To restore religious freedoms.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the `Religious Liberties Restoration Act'.
(a) DISPLAY OF TEN COMMANDMENTS- The power to display the Ten Commandments on or within property owned or administered by the several States or political subdivisions of such States is among the powers reserved to the
Americans are increasingly reliant on aviation for personal and business travel. As access to aviation continues to grow the federal government must be responsive to the needs and safety of pilots and passengers.
Public transportation is a key component
Public transportation is a key component of our nation's transportation infrastructure and can provide safe, reliable, efficient, and economical service. Public transportation can create jobs and stimulate economic development, as well as reduce traffic congestion and pollution.
We must never forget those who have served their country proudly and defended the freedom we all hold dear. Since my tenure on the Senate Budget Committee starting in 2000, we have been successful in securing a more than 40% increase in the Veterans'
My family takes pride in military service. My father insisted, even though Alzheimer's had taken much of his mind, that he be buried in his World War II uniform when he died almost three years ago. My Uncle Leandro was killed defending our nation in that
We must never forget those who have served their country proudly and defended the freedom we all hold dear. Under the Bush Administration, the VA budget has increased dramatically--in fact by nearly 75%. Of course, the face-to-face contact of medical
In June, 1944, our nation enacted the G.I. Bill, creating education, job training and home mortgage benefits for the veterans of World War II. Now, 60 years later, we should recommit ourselves to honor the promises we have made to the brave men and women
Our nation promised free health care for life to our veterans, but the federal government now imposes monthly premiums, deductibles and co-pays upon them. The federal government even excludes veterans from health care if they earn more than the modest
There are some people who are not receptive to rehabilitation and continue to commit crimes. In these instances the courts and individual state legislatures have determined the legal forms of punishment, and in some jurisdiction, the death
We must commit ourselves to fight terror without sacrificing the very freedoms we are fighting to protect. Many terrorists see our way of life and our personal freedoms as a direct challenge: We are democratic, they are autocratic; we value diversity,
My impression of the Patriot Act is that in regard to basic civil liberties it is extremely unpatriotic. It takes away the very essence of what it means to be a citizen of the United States of America. This Act should be repealed in it's entirety and
I am a strong supporter of private property rights. One of the basic foundations of our democracy, both economically and philosophically, is ownership of property. We need to be careful that state or federal government does not infringe the right to own
While Americans today enjoy the worlds greatest opportunities for becoming homeowners, only 48 percent of African-American and Hispanic families own their homes as compared to 75 percent of non-Hispanic whites who own their homes. For many of these families,
Homeownership has long been the American dream, and fortunately many families have been able to achieve that dream. The rate of homeownership in the United States has risen steadily over the past few years to record high levels. However, for some families
By working together at the local, state, and federal level we can develop new and innovative solutions to address our affordable housing needs. As Chairman of the Senate Housing and Transportation Subcommittee, I will continue to make affordable housing
I believe in free trade where there is a level playing field and support importation so long as certain requirements are met that guarantee safety as assure the import does not undermine U.S. trade companies through unfair trade practices.
There is no reason why American consumers should pay much more for the same drugs than our neighbors in Canada. Congress should direct the immediate creation of a program to regulate the safe importation of prescription drugs from Canada by licensed American pharmacists. There is broad bi-partisan support for this action.
The Veterans Administration has worked to control the cost for providing health care to veterans by negotiating with drug companies for better prices. Astonishingly, Congress passed a law last year that prohibits Medicare from negotiating lower prescription
Since its creation in 1935, Social Security has been an important component of retirement security for our nation's seniors. And while the system is safe for today's retirees, without reform it will not be available for our grandchildren. As the Social
My parents' generation has rightly been called the "greatest generation." They survived the Depression, fought and won World War II, and built the American economy into the most powerful economic machine the world has ever known. Along the way, they helped
As the Social Security Trustees stated in their 2005 report, the current system cannot pay future retirees the benefits they are owed. Social Security is a pay-as-you-go system with current workers paying for current retirees' benefits. We have fewer
Social Security should be banned.
Preserve and enhance Social Security. My plan calls for using this years surplus, approximately 89 million dollars, by giving it to national banks to used for loans and mortgages with a percentage of the profits paid to the fund. This will preserve and enhance the principal and return money to the economy.
The Social Security System should be abolished.
As a nation, we entered into a compact with those who paved the way for us. As a nation, we promised them that if they worked hard and paid their taxes, there would be Social Security and Medicare benefits available to help support them when it came time
I support allowing younger workers the option to invest a portion of their money if they choose. Younger workers should have the ability to decide what is the best option for their personal financial future. Social Security is a valuable program, and I will work to make sure that it exists for future generations.
Ensuring the stability of Social Security pensions is more important now than ever. Just as many Americans have lost all or part of their retirement savings because of corporate fraud and precipitous drops in the stock market, privatization proposals
As the baby boomers near retirement, individuals and families are beginning to focus more on retirement security. Pensions are an important part of retirement planning. Along with Social Security and private savings and investments, pensions can help
Congress must be careful not to place so many restrictions and mandates on private pensions that employers simply choose to no longer offer pensions. We must also work to ensure the long term viability of the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation.
The Securities and Exchange Commission has been active in combating securities and investment fraud aimed at seniors. The SEC convened the first ever Senior Summit last year to help develop strategies that safeguard senior's financial security. This year's
The Securities and Exchange Commission has been active in combating securities and investment fraud aimed at seniors. The SEC convened the first ever Senior Summit last year to help develop strategies that safeguard senior's financial security.
Drugs have had a devastating impact on our society. One tragedy caused by drug use is the separation of families when one member is sent to prison for distributing or possessing drugs. However, the devastating impact drugs have had in the lives of habitual
No. Opposes legalization of all recreational drugs.
The "War on Drugs" should end.
No. Far to strict and excessive.
Colorado has made remarkable progress in the Welfare to Work programs and has been able to move thousands from welfare rolls to working self-sufficiency because of the flexibility available under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.
Supports legislation to allow families leaving welfare to receive Transitional Medical Assistance for up to one year as they move from welfare to work.
The welfare system should be abolished.
As a veterinarian I am personally aware of the practical application of scientific research in our daily lives. One of the most important things the federal government can do is to create an environment that fosters research and development in space and
Colorado has long benefited from the presence of our cutting edge research universities and innovative technology and telecommunications companies. Our state continually ranks among the top nationally in advanced degrees, technology workers per capita,
Commercial space technology and development has contributed in numerous ways to improving our quality of life as well as enhanced our national security. Colorado is on the forefront of advancing commercial space technology that will both create jobs and
Agriculture has been, and continues to be, an important part of our economy. The problems and issues faced by agricultural producers are numerous. I grew up on my family's agricultural operation in northern Colorado, and have experienced first hand the
I will also be an independent voice for agriculture and our rural economy and small towns. Economically, Colorado has become two states -- many parts prosperous, dynamic, and growing, and others poorer, stagnant, and shrinking. I want to prevent the permanent