9th district

Democrat Baron Hill, Republican Mike Sodrel and Libertarian Eric Schansberg are running for the 9th District Congressional seat.

Democrat Baron Hill – Indiana’s 9th District Representative from 1998-2004.



Abortion

October 2003: Prohibiting Partial-Birth Abortion. Hill voted: Yes.

June 2003: Prohibiting Partial-Birth Abortion. Hill voted: Yes.

April 2000: Prohibiting Partial-Birth Abortion. Hill voted: Yes.

June 1999: Legislation that criminalizes transporting a minor across state lines for an abortion. Hill voted: Yes.



Agriculture

October 2001: A bill to authorize $167 billion over ten years for rural development, food aid, price supports, and conservation efforts. Hill voted: Yes.



Budget, Spending and Taxes

May 2004: A bill that would make the $1000 child tax credit permanent. Hill voted: No.

April 2004 A bill that would permanently end the so-called "marriage penalty." Hill voted: No.

October 2003: Iraqi Debt Forgiveness. Hill voted: Yes.

September 2003: A bill that would allow non-itemized deductions for charitable donations. Hill voted: No.

May 2003: A bill that would provide $350 billion in tax breaks. Hill voted: No.

May 2001: A bill that would cut income taxes $958.2 billion over an 11-year period. Hill voted: No.

September 2000: A bill that would phases out estate and gift taxes by 2010. Hill voted: No.

May 2000: A bill that extended the ban on state and local taxes on Internet access. Hill voted: Yes.

March 2000: A bill that would cuts taxes for small businesses by $46 billion over five years and increases the minimum wage. Hill voted: No.

July 1999: A bill that would institute $792 billion in tax cuts over a ten-year period. Hill voted: No.



Business and Consumers

March 2004: A bill that would ease numerous banking regulations. Hill voted: Yes.

June 2003: A bill that would allow small companies to band together to purchase health insurance for their employees at a lower cost. Hill voted: No.

February 2000: A bill that would make significant changes to tort law relating to small businesses. Hill voted: No.

July 1999: A bill that allows mergers between banks, insurance companies, securities firms and other financial services. Hill voted: Yes.



Campaign Finance and Election Issues

October 2002: Help America Vote Act. Hill voted: Yes.

February 2002: A bill that would implement reforms in the ways that politicians can raise money and regulate how unions, state political parties, and national political parties can distribute money to individual politicians. Hill voted: Yes.

June 2000: A bill that requires political organizations known as 527 organizations to disclose their political activities. Hill voted: Yes.



Civil Liberties

June 2003: Constitutional amendment prohibiting desecration of the flag. Hill voted: No.

July 2001: Constitutional amendment prohibiting desecration of the flag. Hill voted: No.

June 1999: Constitutional amendment prohibiting desecration of the flag. Hill voted: No.



Crime issues

April 2001: A bill that would criminalize harming an unborn child. Hill voted: Yes.

June 1999: Provide state and local governments with federal grants to control juvenile crime. Hill voted: Yes.



Defense

March 1999: A bill supporting the development of national missile defense. Hill voted: Yes.



Education

July 2003: A bill that would reauthorize Head Start. Hill voted: No.

July 2003: A bill that uses grants to fund preparation, training, and recruitment programs for teachers. Hill voted: Yes.

May 2001: No Child Left Behind Act. Hill voted: Yes.

October 1999: Allowing $9 billion in federal grants to school districts that have a 40 percent poverty rate among the students. Hill voted: Yes.

July 1999: A bill that provides federal funding to states in order to hire new teachers and for teacher training programs. Hill voted: No.



Energy

August 2001: A bill to revise environmental and energy policies in the areas of conservation, research, production, and for other purposes. Hill voted: No.





Environmental issues

November 2003: A bill that would extend the National Flood Insurance Program. Hill voted: Yes.

May 2000: A bill that would use approximately $45 billion in revenues from offshore drilling to fund land acquisition, conservation, and habitat protection programs over a period of fifteen years. Hill voted: Yes.



Family Issues

April 2003: Enhance the AMBER Alert system. Hill voted: Yes.



Foreign aid and policy issues

March 2004: A resolution saying that the world and the United States is safer with Saddam Hussein in power. Hill voted: Yes.

February 2000: A bill that increases military ties and cooperation with Taiwan. Hill voted: No.

April 1999: A bill that prohibits defense funding for the deployment of U.S. troops in Yugoslavia unless authorized by Congress. Hill voted: Yes.

March 1999: A resolution to allow the deployment of American troops to Kosovo as part of a NATO peacekeeping mission. Hill voted: Yes.



Government Reform

July 2002: A bill creating the Homeland Security Department. Hill voted: Yes.



Gun issues

April 2003: A bill that would prohibit lawsuits against gun and ammunition manufacturers or sellers based on the criminal or unlawful misuse of their products. Hill voted: Yes.

June 1999: A bill that calls for mandatory background checks for any individual purchasing a firearm at a gun show. Hill voted: No.



Health Issues

May 2004: A bill that would allow an employee to carry over up to $500 of unused flexible spending health dollars to next year. Hill voted: No.

March 2004: A bill that would implement health care liability reforms. Hill voted: No.

July 2003: A bill that would direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to allow qualified individuals to import counterfeit-resistant closed products into the United States. Hill voted: No.

June 2003: A bill that would create an optional prescription drug benefit program through Medicare and bolster existing programs. Hill voted: No.

May 2003: Authorizing $3 billion each year to prevent and treat HIV, AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria in highly infected countries. Hill voted: Yes.

June 2002: A bill authorizing $350 billion for the Medicare Program, including establishing voluntary prescription drug benefits. Hill voted: No.

June 2000: A bill that would establish the Medicare Benefits Administration to provide Medicare recipients with a voluntary prescription drug plan. Hill voted: No.

October 1999: A bill that bars the practice of assisted suicide and euthanasia and promotes palliative care as a means of lessening pain for the terminally ill. Hill voted: Yes.



Immigration

May 2004: A bill that would require hospitals to provide information on illegal aliens seeking emergency medical care. Hill voted: No.



Labor

March 2001: A resolution to rescind enforcement authority of ergonomics rules. Hill voted: No.

March 2000: A bill that would increase the minimum wage. Hill voted: Yes.



Legal issues

September 2004: A bill that would forbid courts from hearing cases questioning or interpreting the Pledge of Allegiance and its constitutionality. Hill voted: No.

March 2004: A bill that would prohibit lawsuits against food companies based on allegations concerning weight gain or obesity claims. Hill voted: Yes.

March 2003: A bill that would limit the amount of money awarded to plaintiffs and attorneys for medical malpractice cases. Hill voted: No.



Military issues

May 2004: A resolution that would condemn the abuse of Iraqi prisoners. Hill voted: Yes.



National Security Issues

October 2004: A bill that would establish a National Intelligence Director and create a National Counter-terrorism Center. Hill voted: Yes.

October 2001: USA Patriot Act of 2001. Hill did not vote.

September 2001: A resolution to authorize the President to use force against anyone involved with the attacks of September 11th, 2001. Hill voted: Yes.



Science and medical research

March 2003: A bill that would forbid human cloning. Hill voted: Yes.



Seniors and Social Security

April 2003: A bill to enhance the Social Security Administration's ability to protect its program. Hill voted: Yes.

July 2000: A bill that lowers the percentage of Social Security benefits subject to taxation from 85 percent to 50 percent for eligible retirees. Hill voted: No.

March 2000: A bill that would allow senior citizens ages 65 through 69 to continue to earn money without a reduction in their Social Security benefits. Currently, anyone in that age group who earns over $17,000 loses $1 of every $3 of the Social Security benefits, but does not apply to anyone 70 or older. The earnings limit was scheduled to rise to $30,000 by 2002. Hill voted: Yes.

May 1999: A bill that implements procedural safeguards that make it more difficult to allocate Social Security surpluses for other programs. Hill voted: Yes.



Social issues

July 2001: A bill that would allow religious organizations who provide social services to apply for and receive federal funding. And provide $13.3 billion in tax breaks for charitable giving over a ten year period. Hill voted: No.

July 1999: A bill that limits the government's ability to intrude into the religious practices of Americans. Hill voted: Yes.

June 1999: A resolution recommending national days of prayer, and urging all Americans to God through humble prayer and fasting . Hill voted: Yes.



Technology and Communications

March 2004: A bill that would increase FCC fines against broadcasters who air indecent, obscene or profane material. Hill voted: Yes.

September 2003: A bill enforcing the Do-Not-Call-Registry. Hill voted: Yes.

June 2003: A bill that would make it illegal for financial institutions to process internet gambling transactions. Hill voted: Yes.



Trade issues

June 2003: A bill that would implement the United States-Singapore Free Trade Agreement. Hill voted: Yes.

June 2003: A bill that would implement the United States-Chile Free Trade Agreement. Hill voted: Yes.

July 2001: A resolution that would deny an extension of China's normal trade relations status with the United States. Hill voted: No.

June 2000: Withdrawing from the World Trade Organization. Hill voted: No.

May 2000: A bill to extend permanent normal trade relations to China. Hill voted: Yes.

July 1999: A resolution that disapproves of extending normal trade relations status to China. Hill voted: No.



Veterans Issues

September 1999: a bill to expand veterans' health care services and other benefits programs. Hill voted: Yes.



Welfare and Poverty

June 2003: A bill that would extend the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families grant program. Hill voted: Yes.





Republican Mike Sodrel – Indiana’s 9th District Representative from 2005 - Present.



Abortion Issues

April 2005: A bill that prohibits the transportation of a minor across state lines to obtain an abortion without parental consent. Sodrel voted: Yes.



Animal Rights and Wildlife Issues

September 2006: The Horse Slaughter Prohibition bill. Sodrel voted: No.

September 2005: A bill that overhauls the Endangered Species Act of 1973. Sodrel voted: Yes.



Budget, Spending and Taxes

July 2006: A bill that increases the federal minimum wage to $7.25 by 2009. And increases the Estate Tax exemptions to $5 million by 2015. Sodrel voted: Yes.

June 2006: A bill that gives the President the power to propose a veto of individual provisions of a bill. Sodrel voted: Yes.

December 2005: A bill that reduces federal spending by $56.1 billion over five years by decreasing funds to Medicaid, Medicare, agriculture, employee pensions, conservation, student loans, and other projects. The bill also retains a reduced tax rate on capital gains and dividends. Sodrel voted: Yes.



Business and Consumers

March 2006: A bill allowing the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to establish national food safety warning standards. Sodrel voted: Yes.

April 2005: A bill that imposes a means test to determine whether an individual is allowed to file under Chapter 7 bankrupcy. If the person doesn’t pass the means test, they’re forced to file under Chapter 13 bankrupcy. Chapter 7 essentially clears debts after asests are liquidated. Chapter 13 forces an individual to pay back creditors on a court approved time table. Sodrel voted: Yes.



Campaign Finance and Election Issues

September 2006: A bill that requires voters to provide a government-issued photo identification cards in order to vote. Sodrel voted: Yes.

April 2006: A bill that ends limits on party spending for candidates during a general election. Sodrel voted: Yes.



Civil Liberties

June 2005: Constitutional amendment prohibiting desecration of the flag. Sodrel voted: Yes.



Congressional Affairs

May 2006: A bill that requires more disclosure of lobbying information and which members request earmarked provisions. Sodrel voted: Yes.

September 2005: A resolution creating a bipartisan committee to report on the Federal, State, and local responses to Hurricane Katrina. Sodrel voted: Yes.



Energy Issues

October 2005: A bill that authorizes the President to designate Federal land for construction of new oil refineries. Sodrel voted: Yes.

April 2005: A bill to develop a broad energy policy that addresses regulatory standards, tax incentives, conservation, domestic production, energy efficiency, alternative resources, and other issues affecting the energy industries and consumers. Sodrel voted: Yes.



Environmental Issues

September 2006: A bill that designates 10,800 acres of federal land in New Hampshire as wilderness. Sodrel voted: Yes.

June 2006: A bill that bans drilling within 50 miles of the states' shore while opening the 'outer continental shelf' for oil and natural gas exploration. Sodrel voted: Yes.



Family and Children Issues

September 2006: A bill that criminalizes the transportation of pregnant minors across state lines with the intention of the minor obtaining an abortion. Sodrel voted: Yes.



Foreign Aid and Policy Issues

July 2005: A bill that requires the President to report to Congress on the transfers of arms or related technology to China. Sodrel voted: No.

June 2005: A bill that limits the United States' contribution to the U.N. by up to one-half by the year 2007, if reforms are not implemented. Sodrel voted: Yes.



Gun Issues

October 2005: A bill that would prohibit lawsuits against gun and ammunition manufacturers or sellers based on the criminal or unlawful misuse of their products. Sodrel voted: Yes.



Health Issues

July 2005: A bill that contains certain provisions regarding medical malpractice lawsuits and revises current law regarding punitive and compensatory damages. Sodrel voted: Yes.

July 2005: A bill that requires the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission to decide cases without regard to the views of Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Sodrel voted: Yes.



Housing and Property Issues

September 2006: a bill that allows individual private property owners access to both local and federal courts when bringing forward civil rights cases concerning their property. Sodrel voted: Yes.



Immigration

September 2006: A bill that grants state and local officials inherent authority to investigate, identify, apprehend, arrest, detain, or transfer undocumented immigrants to Federal custody. Sodrel voted: Yes.

September 2006: A bill that authorizes the construction of an additional 700 miles of double-layered fencing between the U.S and Mexico. Sodrel voted: Yes.

February 2005: A bill that amends the Immigration and Nationality Act and grants the Secretary of Homeland Security the power to set minimal security requirements for state driver licenses and identification cards. Sodrel voted: Yes.



Labor

July 2006: A bill that makes requirements to fully establish how much employers and employees must contribute to their pension plans. Sodrel voted: Yes.



Legal Issues

July 2006: A bill that would forbid courts from hearing cases questioning or interpreting the Pledge of Allegiance and its constitutionality. Sodrel voted: Yes.

October 2005: A bill that imposes sanctions on those who file legal action that are not justified by existing laws, do not have the support of evidence and do not have a reasonable base for the lack of factual information. Sodrel voted: Yes.

October 2005: A bill that prohibits lawsuits against anyone in the food industry on claims that the food caused obesity or weight gain. Sodrel voted: Yes.

March 2005: A bill that would allow the parents of Theresa Maria Schiavo 30 days to bring her case to federal court. Sodrel voted: Yes.

February 2005: A bill that would amend jurisdictional guidelines and award calculations applied to class action lawsuits. Sodrel voted: Yes.



Military Issues

September 2006: A bill that creates a military commission to try enemy combatants for violations of the laws of war. Sodrel voted: Yes.



National Security Issues

September 2006: A bill that allows the government to use electronic surveillance. Sodrel voted: Yes.

June 2006: A resolution supporting intelligence efforts to track an individual’s finances. And condemn the disclosure of classified information. Sodrel voted: Yes.

March 2006: PATRIOT Act reauthorization. Sodrel voted: Yes.



Regulatory Issues

September 2006: A bill that creates additional regulations on "off-reservation gaming " for Native American tribes. Sodrel voted: Yes.



Science and Medical Research

July 2006: A vote to override a presidential veto on research that uses human embryonic stem cells. Sodrel voted: No.

July 2006: A bill intentioned to develop methods for stem cell production without the use of human embryos. Sodrel voted: Yes.

May 2005: A bill that allows the Department of Health and Human Services to conduct and support research that uses human embryonic stem cells. Sodrel voted: No.



Social Issues

July 2006: A constitutional amendment defining marriage as being between only a man and a woman. Sodrel voted: Yes.



Technology and Communication

June 2006: A bill that prohibits Internet gambling through the use of any communication of information that assists in planning bets, credit cards, checks, drafts, and funds transfers and also establishes a five year prison sentence for those who knowingly violate this law. Sodrel voted: Yes.

June 2006: A bill that allows national franchise telecommunication purchasing and provides for Federal Communications Commission (FCC) involvement in enforcing franchise requirements. Sodrel voted: Yes.



Trade Issues

July 2006: Vote to pass a bill that approves a free trade agreement between the administration and Oman. Sodrel voted: Yes.

July 2005: A bill implementing a free trade agreement between the United States, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Sodrel voted: Yes.

June 2005: Withdrawing from the World Trade Organization. Sodrel voted: No.



Transportation Issues

July 2005: A bill that authorizes $286.5 billion over six years in appropriations for highways, public transit, and safety programs, as well as to create other public works programs. Sodrel voted: Yes.

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