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					Budget Issues ............................................................................................. 3
Business and Consumer Issues .................................................................. 3
Campaign Finance Issues........................................................................... 3
Crime & Public Safety Issues .................................................................... 3
Debt Ceiling ............................................................................................... 3
District Issues ............................................................................................ 3
Defense & Homeland Security .................................................................. 3
Economic and Financial Issues .................................................................. 3
Education Issues ........................................................................................ 3
Energy Issues ............................................................................................. 4
Environmental Issues ................................................................................. 5
Ethics Issues .............................................................................................. 5
Foreign Policy Issues – Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, North Korea ................... 5
Health Care Issues ..................................................................................... 5
Immigration and Border Issues .................................................................. 5
Israel .......................................................................................................... 5
Labor and Working Family Issues ............................................................. 5
LGBT Issues .............................................................................................. 5
Medicare, Medicaid and Entitlement Programs ......................................... 5
Other Issues ............................................................................................... 5
Present Votes ............................................................................................. 6
Second Amendment Rights........................................................................ 6
Tax Issues .................................................................................................. 6
Tea Party .................................................................................................... 6
Transportation Issues ................................................................................. 6
Veterans Issues .......................................................................................... 6
Women’s Issues ......................................................................................... 6
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Budget Issues
Business and Consumer Issues
Campaign Finance Issues
Enjoyed Spike in Fundraising Rose after Becoming Committee Chairmen

Since becoming Chairman of the Education and Workforce Committee Kline’s fundraising has increased.
Between Kline's main re-election committee and a political action committee, he raised more than $1.9
million; an increase of$900,000 from the same point in 2010. According to Federal Election Commission
reports much of the money comes from individuals and groups with business before his committee,

The for-profit college sector donated at least $381,000 to Kline's two fundraising committees since January
2011. That money came as the Obama administration sought new, stricter rules on how those colleges
could conduct their business — a policy Kline strongly opposed. [Minnesota Public Radio, 05/09/12]

Crime & Public Safety Issues
Debt Ceiling
District Issues

Led the Minnesota Congressional Delegation on Franked Mail Spending

In 2011, Kline led the Minnesota congressional delegation on franked mail spending. Kline spent a total of $73,889. [St. Cloud
Times, 4/15/12]


Defense & Homeland Security


Economic and Financial Issues
Education Issues
Called for an Investigation into the Department of Education’s Loan Program




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In March 2012, Kline signed onto a letter sent to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) asking the
GAO to examine the Department of Education’s student loan program.

The letter asks the GAO “to examine whether the Education Department and collections contractors are
informing borrowers about various repayment plans and effectively helping students rehabilitate defaulted
loans.” [Bloomberg, 3/28/12]

Opposed Using Government Funding to Reduce Student Loan Debt

According to Politico, Kline, Chairman of the House Education and Workforce Committee “says that
though he’d like to reduce college costs, paying for the loans with deficit spending isn’t the right way to
go — and the only alternative would take away from other programs in his own budget for higher
education financing.” [Politico, 4/3/12]

Kline Supported Allowing Student Loan Interest Rates to Double.

In an April 2012 statement, Kline said “We must now choose between allowing interest rates to rise or
piling billions of dollars on the back of taxpayers.” [Kline Statement on Stafford Loan Interest Rates, 4/20/12; Star
Tribune, 4/12/12]

        Then Advocated Rolling Back Obamacare as a Means of Offsetting the Cost of Keeping
        Student Loan Interest Rates Low

        Kline said he would support the Interest Rate Reduction Act, as a means of extending the 3.4
        percent interest rate on subsidized loans. The bill targets the Affordable Care Act.

        In a statement Kline said the legislation “will remove the threat of the Democrats’ student loan
        interest rate hike. Rather than imposing new tax hikes on small business, the House Republican
        proposal will roll back wasteful spending in ObamaCare to help student borrowers without piling
        debt on the backs of our children and grandchildren. While this is not a perfect solution, it will
        enable Congress to develop the long-term solution borrowers and taxpayers deserve.” [Star Tribune
        Blog, 4/25/12; Star Tribune, 4/25/12]


Energy Issues
Supported “Comprehensive” Energy Policy

In 2012 Kline authored an op-ed in which he said he supported a “comprehensive” energy policy. Kline
said “For years, I have been championing a comprehensive approach that would reduce our dependence
on hostile regions of the world and increase all forms of American energy. My plan is based around
stopping government policies that are driving up energy prices and expanding American energy
production to lower costs and create more jobs.” [Lakeville Patch, 4/7/12]
Blasted Obama’s Handling of the Keystone Pipeline

In an April 2012 statement, Kline blasted Obama’s refusal to approve construction of the Keystone
pipeline.


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Kline cited a Wall Street Journal claiming Canadian plans to “bypass” the U.S. in favor of Asian markets.
Kline said “energy and jobs that would have benefited American families and small businesses will now
be shipped overseas – courtesy of the Obama administration.” [Lakeville Patch, 4/15/12]

Environmental Issues
Ethics Issues
Foreign Policy Issues – Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, North Korea
Health Care Issues

Immigration and Border Issues
Israel
Labor and Working Family Issues
Supported Block Grant Funding for Job-Training Programs

In April 2012, Kline expressed support for Republican-back legislation to reform federal job-training
programs. The legislation would “consolidate and convert the federal [job-training] program into a block
grant program for states, maintain current funding…and require local job training boards — which help
distribute the money — to have more business leaders on them.”

Commenting on the proposed bill Kline said “President Obama has accurately recognized the need for a
better system, but the time to talk about reform is over.” [The Hill, 4/5/12]

LGBT Issues

Medicare, Medicaid and Entitlement Programs

Other Issues
Claimed “We Are All Conservatives”

In 2012, Kline released a press release that said we are all conservatives and that four more years of Obama’s administration
would have scary consequences. Kline said, “Regardless of your home address and what congressional district you live in, we
are all conservatives who love liberty and freedom and shudder to think what could befall our nation if the current




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Administration gets another four years to work its will. The consequences at stake in November are too important to ignore.”
[MN Political Roundtable, 05/09/12]


Present Votes
Second Amendment Rights
Tax Issues
Opposed Buffet Rule

According to Minnesota Public Radio, Kline “said the Buffett Rule puts the principle of fairness ahead of
jobs and won't raise nearly enough money to close the budget deficit.” [Minnesota Public Radio, 4/15/12]

Tea Party
Transportation Issues

Veterans Issues
Sponsored Bill to Make Sure Troop Received Benefits

Kline sponsored a bill to ensure National Guard troops got the leave and time home they were promised despite changes to the
program by the Pentagon while they were deployed, and in May 2012 the bill passed the House.

Kline said, “This legislation is critical to ensuring our sons and daughters in uniform receive the benefits they were promised
and rightfully earned. Tonight was a significant step toward making this common sense effort to do right by our men and
women in uniform law.” [Post Bulletin, 05/21/12]


Women’s Issues




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