I’m not even considering Bob Corker…too liberal for my blood. But Bryant and Van seem to be of the same cloth, so I decided to check their records. Take a look for yourself, and note my comments in italics…

Former Republican Representative (TN-4):
Van Hilleary on the Issues

Van Hilleary on Abortion
Oppose abortion-on-demand & protect innocent life. (Jan 2006)
Voted YES on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad. (May 2001)
Voted YES on federal crime to harm fetus while committing other crimes. (Apr 2001)
Voted YES on banning partial-birth abortions. (Apr 2000)
Voted YES on barring transporting minors to get an abortion. (Jun 1999)

Van Hilleary on Budget & Economy
Supports balanced budget amendment & line item veto. (Sep 1994)

Van Hilleary on Civil Rights
Traditional marriage must be preserved. (Jan 2006) Why is this the business of the government? See my earlier blog on this issue
Voted YES on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
Voted YES on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)
Supports anti-flag desecration amendment. (Mar 2001) Two words. Free speech. While I would never desecrate a flag, the fact remains that it is a form of political expression and the government would be overstepping its bounds to make it illegal.

Van Hilleary on Corporations
Voted YES on Bankruptcy Overhaul requiring partial debt repayment. (Mar 2001)

Van Hilleary on Crime
Voted NO on funding for alternative sentencing instead of more prisons. (Jun 2000)
Voted YES on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime. (Jun 1999)
Voted NO on maintaining right of habeas corpus in Death Penalty Appeals. (Mar 1996)
Voted YES on making federal death penalty appeals harder. (Feb 1995)
More prisons, more enforcement, effective death penalty. (Sep 1994)

Van Hilleary on Drugs
Voted YES on military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism. (Sep 2001)
Voted YES on prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC. (Oct 1999)

Van Hilleary on Education
Voted YES on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
Voted YES on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
Voted YES on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
Let schools display the words “God Bless America”. (Oct 2001)
Supports requiring schools to allow prayer. (Jan 2001)
Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997) I need more clarification on this one…exactly what would this amendment entail?

Van Hilleary on Energy & Oil
Voted NO on raising CAFE standards; incentives for alternative fuels. (Aug 2001)
Voted NO on prohibiting oil drilling & development in ANWR. (Aug 2001)
Voted NO on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol. (Jun 2000)

Van Hilleary on Environment
No stance on record.

Van Hilleary on Families & Children
Voted YES on reducing Marriage Tax by $399B over 10 years. (Mar 2001)
Use tax code to reinforce families. (Sep 1994)

Van Hilleary on Foreign Policy
Never delegate to the UN or the European Union. (Jan 2006)
Voted YES on keeping Cuba travel ban until political prisoners released. (Jul 2001)
Voted YES on withholding $244M in UN Back Payments until US seat restored. (May 2001)
Voted NO on $156M to IMF for 3rd-world debt reduction. (Jul 2000)
Voted YES on Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China. (May 2000)
Voted NO on $15.2 billion for foreign operations. (Nov 1999)

Van Hilleary on Free Trade
Voted YES on withdrawing from the WTO. (Jun 2000)
Voted NO on ‘Fast Track’ authority for trade agreements. (Sep 1998)

Van Hilleary on Government Reform
Voted NO on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
Limit punitive damages; term limits on Congress. (Sep 1994)
Government is too big, too intrusive, too easy with money. (Sep 1994)

Van Hilleary on Gun Control
Voted NO on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1. (Jun 1999) Um, what? Why?

Van Hilleary on Health Care
Voted YES on allowing suing HMOs, but under federal rules & limited award. (Aug 2001)
Voted YES on Prescription drug coverage under Medicare. (Jun 2000)
Voted YES on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)
Voted YES on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999)

Van Hilleary on Homeland Security
Voted YES on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill. (Jul 1999)
Voted YES on deploying SDI. (Mar 1999)
No US troops under UN command; more defense spending. (Sep 1994)

Van Hilleary on Immigration
We MUST STOP the massive illegal immigration. (Jan 2006)
Voted NO on more immigrant visas for skilled workers. (Sep 1998)

Van Hilleary on Jobs
Voted YES on $167B over 10 years for farm price supports. (Oct 2001) Are you kidding me???? What happened to this decreased spending he supports? Geez…
Voted YES on zero-funding OSHA’s Ergonomics Rules instead of $4.5B. (Mar 2001)
Member of the Congressional Rural Caucus. (Jan 2001)
Incentives to businesses create jobs & raise wages. (Sep 1994)

Van Hilleary on Principles & Values
Religious affiliation: Presbyterian. (Nov 2000) PCA or PCUSA?? This is a HUGE distinction…
Contract with America: 10 bills in 1st 100 days of Congress. (Sep 1994)

Van Hilleary 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 NO on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
Reduce taxes on Social Security earnings. (Sep 1994) How ’bout chucking the system altogether?

Van Hilleary on Tax Reform
Voted YES on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
Voted YES on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
Voted YES on eliminating the Estate Tax (“death tax”). (Apr 2001)
Voted YES on eliminating the “marriage penalty”. (Jul 2000)
Voted YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)
Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes. (Sep 1994) Two words…FAIR TAX!!! He’s supposed to be getting back with me on this issue, so I’ll let you know what I find out.

Van Hilleary on War & Peace
Give troops the equipment they need. (Jan 2006)
Voted YES on disallowing the invasion of Kosovo. (May 1999)

Van Hilleary on Welfare & Poverty
Voted YES on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
Limit welfare to 2 years & cut welfare spending. (Sep 1994) Like Social Security, how’ bout chucking the whole, dang thing?

And now for Ed Bryant…

Ed Bryant on Abortion
Do everything to help protect the sanctity of life. (Jan 2006)
Voted YES on banning human cloning, including medical research. (Jul 2001)
Voted YES on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad. (May 2001)
Voted YES on federal crime to harm fetus while committing other crimes. (Apr 2001)
Voted YES on banning partial-birth abortions. (Apr 2000)
Voted YES on barring transporting minors to get an abortion. (Jun 1999)

Ed Bryant on Budget & Economy
Supports balanced budget amendment & line item veto. (Sep 1994)

Ed Bryant on Civil Rights
Voted YES on Constitutional amendment prohibiting Flag Desecration. (Jul 2001) See my comment on Hilleary’s support of this amendment. Give it a rest, would ya?
Voted YES on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
Voted YES on Amendment to prohibit burning the US flag. (Jun 1999) Same as above. Free speech. I don’t like it, but don’t outlaw it.
Voted YES on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)
Supports anti-flag desecration amendment. (Mar 2001)

Ed Bryant on Corporations
Voted YES on Bankruptcy Overhaul requiring partial debt repayment. (Mar 2001)

Ed Bryant on Crime
Voted NO on funding for alternative sentencing instead of more prisons. (Jun 2000)
Voted YES on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime. (Jun 1999)
Voted NO on maintaining right of habeas corpus in Death Penalty Appeals. (Mar 1996)
Voted YES on making federal death penalty appeals harder. (Feb 1995)
More prisons, more enforcement, effective death penalty. (Sep 1994)

Ed Bryant on Drugs
Voted YES on military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism. (Sep 2001)
Voted YES on prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC. (Oct 1999)

Ed Bryant on Education
Voted YES on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
Voted YES on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
Voted YES on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
Let schools display the words “God Bless America”. (Oct 2001)

Ed Bryant on Energy & Oil
Voted NO on raising CAFE standards; incentives for alternative fuels. (Aug 2001)
Voted NO on prohibiting oil drilling & development in ANWR. (Aug 2001)
Voted NO on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol. (Jun 2000)

E Bryant on Environment
No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.

Ed Bryant on Families & Children
Voted YES on reducing Marriage Tax by $399B over 10 years. (Mar 2001)
Use tax code to reinforce families. (Sep 1994)

Ed Bryant on Foreign Policy
Voted NO on keeping Cuba travel ban until political prisoners released. (Jul 2001)
Voted YES on withholding $244M in UN Back Payments until US seat restored. (May 2001)
Voted NO on $156M to IMF for 3rd-world debt reduction. (Jul 2000)
Voted YES on Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China. (May 2000)
Voted YES on $15.2 billion for foreign operations. (Nov 1999)

Ed Bryant on Free Trade Finally, a distinction between Hilleary and Bryant…
Voted NO on withdrawing from the WTO. (Jun 2000)
Voted YES on ‘Fast Track’ authority for trade agreements. (Sep 1998)

Ed Bryant on Government Reform
Voted YES on banning soft money donations to national political parties. (Jul 2001)
Voted NO on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
Limit punitive damages; term limits on Congress. (Sep 1994)
Government is too big, too intrusive, too easy with money. (Sep 1994)

Ed Bryant on Gun Control
Voted YES on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1. (Jun 1999) Yay!! Good job, Bryant. And another point of division between B and H

Ed Bryant on Health Care
Voted YES on allowing suing HMOs, but under federal rules & limited award. (Aug 2001)
Voted YES on Prescription Drug Coverage under Medicare. (Jun 2000)
Voted YES on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)
Voted YES on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999)

Ed Bryant on Homeland Security
Voted YES on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill. (Jul 1999)
Voted YES on deploying SDI. (Mar 1999)
No US troops under UN command; more defense spending. (Sep 1994)

Ed Bryant on Immigration
Voted YES on extending Immigrant Residency rules. (May 2001)
Voted YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers. (Sep 1998) Curious…

Ed Bryant on Jobs
Voted YES on $167B over 10 years for farm price supports. (Oct 2001) Grrr…see my comments for H on this issue.
Voted YES on zero-funding OSHA’s Ergonomics Rules instead of $4.5B. (Mar 2001)
Incentives to businesses create jobs & raise wages. (Sep 1994)

Ed Bryant on Principles & Values
Religious affiliation: Protestant. (Nov 2000) Protestant? What the heck does that mean?
Contract with America: 10 bills in 1st 100 days of Congress. (Sep 1994)

Ed Bryant 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 NO on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
Reduce taxes on Social Security earnings. (Sep 1994)

Ed Bryant on Tax Reform
Voted YES on $99.5B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
Voted YES on Tax Cut Package of $958B over 10 years. (May 2001)
Voted YES on eliminating the Estate Tax. (Apr 2001)
Voted YES on eliminating the “marriage penalty”. (Jul 2000)
Voted YES on repealing the estate tax (“death tax”). (Jun 2000)
Voted YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)
Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes. (Sep 1994) Again, how ’bout the Fair Tax?

Ed Bryant on Technology
Criminal penalties for e-mail spamming. (Feb 2001) Seriously? Why?

Ed Bryant on War & Peace
Voted YES on disallowing the invasion of Kosovo. (May 1999)
Solidarity with Israel in its fight against terrorism. (Apr 2002)

Ed Bryant on Welfare & Poverty
Voted YES on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
Limit welfare to 2 years & cut welfare spending. (Sep 1994)

I’m still unsure. I wish there was a Constitution Party candidate running – that would make my decision a lot easier. There are a few questions that I wanted to ask the candidates today, but they skipped out too quickly. I’m hoping they will be contacting me soon, in which case I’ll let you know what I decide.

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