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Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Cynthia McKinney - What kind of Democrat is she?

There has been alot of talk lately about Congresswoman McKinney and her altercation with the Capitol Police, and I will delve into that shortly. What I wanted to do is expand beyond this incident and look more at how Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney is as a Democrat.

So lets take a look at some excerpts of her votes and background as a Democrat, we will start with her voting record:

Cynthia McKinney on Abortion:

* Voted YES on allowing human embryonic stem cell research. (May 2005)
* Voted NO on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions. (Apr 2005)
* Voted NO on banning human cloning, including medical research. (Jul 2001)
* Voted NO on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad. (May 2001)
* Voted NO on federal crime to harm fetus while committing other crimes. (Apr 2001)
* Voted NO on banning partial-birth abortions. (Apr 2000)
* Voted NO on barring transporting minors to get an abortion. (Jun 1999)
* Recommended by EMILY's List of pro-choice women. (Apr 2001)
* Supported funding contraception and UN family planning. (Jul 1999)

What her vote means: Link

Cynthia McKinney on Civil Rights:

* Voted NO on making the PATRIOT Act permanent. (Dec 2005)
* Voted NO on Constitutional amendment prohibiting Flag Desecration. (Jul 2001)
* Voted NO on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
* Voted NO on Amendment to prohibit burning the US flag. (Jun 1999)
* Voted NO on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)
* Supports reparations for slavery. (Aug 2001)
* Ending racial profiling is part of fight for justice. (Jan 2001)
* Constitutional Amendment for equal rights by gender. (Mar 2001)
* Supported legislation on violence against women & safety. (Jul 1999)
* Supported funding for women's and disadvantaged businesses. (Jul 1999)

What her vote means: Link

Cynthia McKinney on Crime:

* Voted YES on funding for alternative sentencing instead of more prisons. (Jun 2000)
* Voted NO on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime. (Jun 1999)
* Voted YES on maintaining right of habeus corpus in Death Penalty Appeals. (Mar 1996)
* Voted NO on making federal death penalty appeals harder. (Feb 1995)
* Voted YES on replacing death penalty with life imprisonment. (Apr 1994)
* Rated 80% by CURE, indicating pro-rehabilitation crime votes. (Dec 2000)
* Moratorium on death penalty; more DNA testing. (Mar 2001)
* More funding and stricter sentencing for hate crimes. (Apr 2001)
* Require DNA testing for all federal executions. (Mar 2001)

What her vote means: Link

Cynthia McKinney on Drugs:

* Voted NO on military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism. (Sep 2001)
* Voted NO on prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC. (Oct 1999)

What her vote means: Link

Cynthia McKinney on Education:

* Voted YES on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
* Voted NO on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
* Voted NO on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
* Voted NO on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer. (Mar 1994)
* Supported funding for teacher training & other initiatives. (Jul 1999)

What her vote means: Link

Cynthia McKinney on Energy & Oil:

* Voted NO on authorizing construction of new oil refineries. (Oct 2005)
* Voted YES on raising CAFE standards; incentives for alternative fuels. (Aug 2001)
* Voted YES on prohibiting oil drilling & development in ANWR. (Aug 2001)
* Voted YES on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol. (Jun 2000)
* Regulate wholesale electricity & gas prices. (Mar 2001)
* Preserve Alaska's ANWR instead of drilling it. (Feb 2001)

What her vote means: Link

Cynthia McKinney on Foriegn Policy:

* Voted NO on deterring foreign arms transfers to China. (Jul 2005)
* Voted NO on reforming the UN by restricting US funding. (Jun 2005)
* Voted YES on keeping Cuba travel ban until political prisoners released. (Jul 2001)
* Voted NO on withholding $244M in UN Back Payments until US seat restored. (May 2001)
* Voted YES on $156M to IMF for 3rd-world debt reduction. (Jul 2000)
* Voted NO on Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China. (May 2000)
* Voted YES on $15.2 billion for foreign operations. (Nov 1999)
* Supported sending Colin Powell to Durban racism conference. (Aug 2001)
* Multi-year commitment to Africa for food & medicine. (Apr 2001)

What her vote means: Link

Cynthia McKinney on Free Trade:

* Voted NO on implementing CAFTA, the Central America Free Trade Agreement. (Jul 2005)
* Voted YES on withdrawing from the WTO. (Jun 2000)
* Voted NO on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements. (Sep 1998)
* No MFN for China; condition trade on human rights. (Nov 1999)

What her vote means: Link

Cynthia McKinney on Government Reform:

* Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits about obesity against food providers. (Oct 2005)
* Voted NO on limiting attorney's fees in class action lawsuits. (Feb 2005)
* Voted NO on banning soft money donations to national political parties. (Jul 2001)
* Voted YES on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
* Election reform is #1 priority to prevent disenfranchisement. (Jan 2001)
* Allow same-day voter registration on election day. (Jan 2001)

What her vote means: Link

Cynthia McKinney on Health Care:

* Voted NO on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay. (Feb 2006)
* Voted NO on allowing suing HMOs, but under federal rules & limited award. (Aug 2001)
* Voted NO on Prescription Drug Coverage under Medicare. (Jun 2000)
* Voted NO on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)
* Increase funding for AIDS treatment & prevention. (Jan 2001)
* More funding for Rx benefits, community health, CHIPs. (Jan 2001)
* MEDS Plan: Cover senior Rx under Medicare. (Jan 2001)
* Make health care a right, not a privilege. (Nov 1999)
* Supported funding women's health needs. (Jul 1999)
* Supported funding older women's health. (Jul 1999)
* Supported funding Prenatal and Postpartum Care. (Jul 1999)
* Supported funding Family and Children's Coverage. (Jul 1999)

What her vote means: Link

Cynthia McKinney on Homeland Security:

* Voted NO on federalizing rules for driver licenses to hinder terrorists. (Feb 2005)
* Voted NO on continuing military recruitment on college campuses. (Feb 2005)
* Voted NO on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill. (Jul 1999)
* Voted NO on deploying SDI. (Mar 1999)
* End the use of anti-personnel mines. (Mar 2001)
* Recognize women veterans; assist military families. (Jul 1999)

What her vote means: Link

Cynthia McKinney on Immigration:

* Voted YES on extending Immigrant Residency rules. (May 2001)
* Voted NO on more immigrant visas for skilled workers. (Sep 1998)

What her vote means: Link

Cynthia McKinney on Social Security:

* Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
* Voted YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
* Voted YES on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
* Supported pension reform and tax credits for long-term care. (Jul 1999)

What her vote means: Link

Cynthia McKinney on Tax Reform:

* Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
* Voted NO on $99.5B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
* Voted NO on Tax Cut Package of $958B over 10 years. (May 2001)
* Voted NO on eliminating the Estate Tax. (Apr 2001)
* Voted YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
* Voted NO on repealing the estate tax ("death tax"). (Jun 2000)
* Voted NO on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
* American People's Dividend: Give $300 to every person. (Feb 2001)
* Tax incentives for child care; eliminate marriage penalty. (Jul 1999)
* Tax incentives for education, new schools, & families. (Jul 1999)

What her vote means: Link

Cynthia McKinney on Welfare and Poverty:

* Voted NO on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
* Reduce the concentration of wealth & wage inequality. (Nov 1999)

What her vote means: Link

Where Cynthia McKinney is based on her voting record:

Thank you to On the Issues for the information. Visit the site for additonal information on Cynthia Mckinney or other political candidates.

See Cynthia McKinney - What kind of Democrat is she? Part Two for a look at her most recent altercation with the Police Officer and her calls on Racism.

See Cynthia McKinney - Part Three for reactions to her media slandering.

Others Blogging on Congresswoman McKinney:
Sister Toldjah, Michelle Malkin, Something... and Half of Something, Expose the Left, Leaning Straight Up, The American Thinker, Polipundit, Suitably Flip, FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog, California Conservative, Flopping Aces