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Marcia L. Fudge

Marcia Fudge's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Marcia L. Fudge
Office: U.S. House (OH) - District 11, Democratic
First Elected: 11/04/2008
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 11
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary May 6, 2014
Gender: Female
Family: Single
Birth Date: 10/29/1952
Birth Place: Cleveland, OH
Home City: Warrensville Heights, OH
Religion: Christian
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Pro-choice Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Marcia Fudge. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Marcia Fudge voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Marcia Fudge in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Marcia Fudge in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Marcia Fudge. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Marcia Fudge voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Marcia Fudge. Video: Rep. Marcia L. Fudge Responds to Question About Abortion and Healthcare Reform. 22 September 2009. "CONSTITUENT: 'I wanted to ask you whether you would, here and now, agree with the majority of your constituents who in polls have said that they reject taxpayer-funded abortions [¦]' FUDGE: 'The current law says that abortion can only be paid for with public dollars in the case of a rape or incest or the, um- thank you. That's the current law. The law hasn't changed.' CONSTITUENT: 'But that [indiscernable] Amendment provides an exception to that Hyde Amendment. It says says that-' FUDGE: 'But that is not part of the law. [¦] I need to find out more information about it before I make a decision about it but I would say to you this: I understand your point, but I also understand, again, that just because you are poor doesn't mean you shouldn't have the same services as people who are not poor.'" (www.youtube.com)
  • Marcia Fudge. Rep. Fudge Stands Up for Women's Right to Choose. 29 June 2011. "Ohio House Bill 125 is the most restrictive law against abortion in the country and the bill does not have an exception for rape or incest. Even Ohio Right to Life acknowledges its unconstitutional nature. These bills infringe upon a constitutionally protected right, injecting government into a decision that should be made only by a woman and her doctor. It places an undue burden on the right to choose and blindly ignores a decision heavily weighed by millions of women in Ohio." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcia Fudge. Letter to Speaker Boehner. 1 November 2011. "We write with deep concern about the inclusion of policy riders in FY2012 appropriations legislation [¦] While not all policy riders are objectionable, many of those included this year are not only controversial but blatantly partisan. Included riders would block the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, roll back important clean air and clean water protections, and place new restrictions on women's access to a full range of medical and health services, among others. These appropriations bills appear to any knowledgeable observer as an attempt to push through both chambers an extreme, partisan agenda." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcia Fudge. Letter to Democratic Members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. 13 September 2011. "By failing to permit the District of Columbia to spend local government funds on abortion, we are sending the message that low-income women should not have access to the same medical services that middle- and upper-income women can access. Ultimately, this prohibition may threaten the health of medically vulnerable women and deny patients the right to access constitutionally protected medical services. We must strive to expand health care services for Americans throughout the nation -- not place barriers in the road of a woman seeking medical care simply because of the state, city, or district that she lives in." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcia Fudge. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Marcia Fudge voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Marcia Fudge supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Marcia Fudge supported the interests of the Family Research Council 6 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Marcia Fudge supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Marcia Fudge supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 16 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Marcia Fudge. Congresswoman Fudge Welcomes Announcement of End to the Iraq War. 21 October 2011. "Ending U.S. combat operations in Iraq is clearly the right thing to do and in our nation's best interest. The enormous sacrifice of American lives should not continue. Iraqis have demonstrated they can provide for their own security. Moreover, an end to war will enable us to rebuild our nation. I welcome the President's announcement and urge him to accelerate the draw down of combat forces in Afghanistan as well." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcia Fudge. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Marcia Fudge voted Did Not Vote on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Marcia Fudge supported the interests of Peace Action West 63 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Marcia Fudge supported the interests of the Peace Action 63 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcia Fudge. Rep. Fudge's Statement on the Drawdown of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan. 23 June 2011. "The President is rightfully taking steps to draw down U.S. troops in Afghanistan. It is time to rapidly accelerate that draw down and place the security of Afghanistan in the hands of Afghans. We're currently spending $2.3 billion per week, depleting resources that are vitally needed to strengthen America's economy and get our people back to work [¦] I honor our courageous troops for their service, but it is time to bring them home to their families. Enough of our men and women have given their lives and made sacrifices for the longest war in American history, and I'm dedicated to providing assistance to every veteran upon his or her return from active duty." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcia Fudge. Letter to The Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 21 June 2011. "We urge a significant and sizable reduction of U.S. military forces in Afghanistan beginning July 2011. With Osama bin Laden killed and Al Qaeda largely driven from Afghanistan, it is time to accelerate the transfer of security responsibilities to the Government of Afghanistan and to reduce the U.S. military footprint there." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcia Fudge. Letter to Co-Chairs and Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 21 September 2011. "We strongly urged you to examine the costs of the ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. To date, the wars have cost our taxpayers at least $2.3 trillion, with an additional $884 billion in future costs for veterans and their families. This adds up to a total of at least $3.2 trillion. By ending the wars and paying for a safe, orderly, and responsible redeployment of troops from both Afghanistan and Iraq, we can go a long way toward meeting our fiscal challenges." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Marcia Fudge. Letter to Co-Chairs and Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 21 September 2011. "To generate much-needed savings, we strongly urged you to examine the costs of the ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. To date, the wars have cost our taxpayers at least $2.3 trillion, with an additional $884 billion in future costs for veterans and their families. This adds up to a total of at least $3.2 trillion. By ending the wars and paying for a safe, orderly, and responsible redeployment of troops from both Afghanistan and Iraq, we can go a long way toward meeting our fiscal challenges." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcia Fudge. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Marcia Fudge voted Yea on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Marcia Fudge. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Marcia Fudge voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Marcia Fudge. Video: Representative Fudge on the Federal Budget. 1 March 2011. "As it relates to putting defense spending back on the table, I think it should be back on the table. Certainly we have obligations to defend this country, but there are so many things we spend money on through the Pentagon and Defense that really do not make us more safe and, in a lot of ways, are a waste of money." [10:40] (www.c-spanvideo.org)
  • Marcia Fudge. Rep. Fudge's Statement on the Drawdown of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan. 23 June 2011. "The President is rightfully taking steps to draw down U.S. troops in Afghanistan. It is time to rapidly accelerate that draw down and place the security of Afghanistan in the hands of Afghans. We're currently spending $2.3 billion per week, depleting resources that are vitally needed to strengthen America's economy and get our people back to work. We need to rebuild our nation. This is the will of the people I represent." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcia Fudge. Letter to The Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States. 23 December 2010. "Many Members are also concerned about the incredible costs associated with the current policy. The War in Afghanistan is costing the American taxpayer $2 billion per week and will total $125 billion this year alone. Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, noted this past August that 'the most significant threat to our national security is our debt.' We need direct access to our lead commander on the ground in order to fully consider the costs and benefits of a policy that is significantly contributing to our $1.5 trillion deficit and $15 trillion debt." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcia Fudge. Letter to The Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 21 June 2011. "The nearly decade-long war in Afghanistan drains our resources, even as we face serious economic challenges at home. To date, we have spent nearly half a trillion dollars on the Afghan war, and that price tag increases by $10 billion every month we remain. When we calculate the long-term costs of this war, including servicing our debt and caring for our veterans, the dollar figures are almost inconceivable. These funds are needed for rebuilding our own economy, reducing the deficit and generating jobs for Americans." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Marcia Fudge. Facebook: Wall. 3 December 2010. "Continuing tax cuts for the richest 3% of Americans adds $2000 in debt to the average middle class household. That's unacceptable." (www.facebook.com)
  • Marcia Fudge. Facebook: Wall. 7 July 2011. "Today, I joined a letter from the Congressional Progressive Caucus to the President asking that any final budget deal generate significant revenue and avoid cuts to Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid. It also asks that tax breaks benefiting the very richest Americans be eliminated as part of this deal. Let's get past the debt ceiling debate so we can continue to focus on the economy and jobs." (www.facebook.com)
  • Marcia Fudge. Congresswoman Fudge Votes No on Debt Ceiling Deal. 1 August 2011. "Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) made this statement after the passage of the Debt Ceiling Deal in the House of Representatives: 'Under this legislation we know there will be cuts, but there are no guarantees of revenue increases. The plan fails to address some of the most common sense reforms, including closing tax loop holes for corporations making billions in profit every year and revising the tax code to make sure the top 2% of the highest income Americans are paying their fair share.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Marcia Fudge. Congresswoman Fudge Says Tax Compromise Passed "At the Expense of Our Seniors." 17 December 2010. "Economists across the board say cutting taxes for the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans does not create as many jobs as extending unemployment benefits. In fact, the Center for American Progress estimates that to create one job, it takes four times the federal dollars in tax cuts compared to extending unemployment benefits. Clearly, trickledown economics have not, and will not work." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Marcia Fudge supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 5 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcia Fudge. Myth vs. Reality: The Republican Budget. 29 March 2012. "MYTH: The Republican tax windfall for the wealthy will boost economic growth. REALITY: This trickle-down ideology has now been tested by reality “ and it doesn't work. We heard the same promises regarding the Bush tax cuts, and the economy went from averaging 3.9 percent real economic growth and 21 million privatesector jobs created during the Clinton Administration to a net loss of 653,000 private-sector jobs by the end of the Bush Administration. The only effect these tax breaks have had is on the U.S. Treasury, helping to turn $5.6 trillion in projected surpluses that Republicans inherited in 2001 into a sea of deficits." (fudge.house.gov)
  • Marcia Fudge. Letter to The Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 21 July 2011. "History instructs that any tax cut is politically difficult to terminate. As you know, although the Bush tax cuts were only supposed to last ten years, the debate of today is centered on whether to permanently extend most or permanently extend all of the Bush tax cuts. We are greatly concerned that a permanent extension of the 2011 payroll tax cut would double Social Security's long-range shortfall and make long-term solutions nearly impossible [¦] We respectfully request that you reject any proposal that includes an extension or expansion of the payroll tax cut." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcia Fudge. Letter to The Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 11 July 2011. "Revenue increases must be a meaningful part of any agreement. Tax breaks benefiting the very richest Americans should be eliminated as part of this deal. Republican insistence on protecting these tax breaks will force middle-class families to shoulder the burden of even deeper budget cuts, and this is unacceptable." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Marcia Fudge. Congressional Black Caucus Hour. 3 October 2011. "Another proven way to get Americans working is through infrastructure projects. That is why I recently introduced the School Athletic Facilities Restoration Act of 2011. This bill authorizes the allocation of grants to local educational agencies for the construction, renovation, or repair of school facilities used for physical education. The funds will facilitate construction hiring while improving safe places for children to exercise and play. In closing, I want to mention that every single member of the Congressional Black Caucus has sponsored job creation legislation. The best way to reduce our deficit is to create jobs. (votesmart.org)
  • Marcia Fudge. The Needs Of American Women And The 111th Congress' Response To Those Needs. 16 November 2009. "The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act recognized the need to get our people back to work, and that includes women [¦] The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act contains powerful provisions to retrain workers. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has made nearly $4 billion in new funding available through the Department of Labor for job training programs. Just under $3 billion of this funding has already gone out to States through formula grants under the Workforce Investment Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcia Fudge. Representative Fudge Highlights New Report Showing 98% of Working Families Received A Tax Cut In 2009. 14 April 2010. "Today the Citizens for Tax Justice (CTJ), a public policy organization specializing in federal tax issues, issued a new report highlighting the tax cuts Representative Fudge supported in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. According to CTJ, 'the major tax cuts enacted in the 2009 economic stimulus bill actually reduced federal income taxes for tax year 2009 for 98% of all working families and individuals.' Rep. Fudge stated, 'The Recovery Act has kept our economic indicators stable, but more importantly it's helped to keep money in the pockets of Americans. I encourage all of my constituents to investigate whether or not they qualify for these benefits.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Marcia Fudge. Representative Fudge Announces New Small Business Lending Program. 16 June 2009. "'America's small businesses are such an integral part of our nation's economy that we must provide support for their survival during this recession. I am proud to support ARC loans for small businesses' [¦] Rep. Fudge said that in addition to the ARC loan program, the Recovery Act contained other measures aimed at helping small firm's access credit. For instance, the new law increases the loan percentage the SBA can guarantee, makes SBA-backed loans more affordable, and provides tools to unfreeze small business credit markets, thus helping small company's access capital at affordable rates." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcia Fudge. Issue Position: Economy. 1 January 2011. "I was proud to vote for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act which provided Cuyahoga County with over $13 Million in funding for worker training. We must also address the millions of chronically unemployed individuals who have been out of work for so long they have stopped seeking employment. If we stop, we have only bandaged our economic wounds." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcia Fudge. Representative Fudge Comments On Recovery Act Update. 13 May 2009. "The Recovery Act will potentially save and create an additional 600,000 jobs within the next 100 days and billions of dollars in contracts and grants are expected to be awarded in the coming months. Vice President Biden's report demonstrates the positive effect of ARRA funds such as the many private sector companies now hiring employees to meet their new product demands." (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Marcia Fudge a rating of 3 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcia Fudge. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Marcia Fudge voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Marcia Fudge supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Marcia Fudge. Letter To Sander Levin, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and David Lee 'Dave' Camp, Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Committee. 10 December 2010. "The underlying goals of the EZ/RC/EC programs are to address poverty and unemployment while promoting economic opportunity in historically challenged areas. These communities have had access to tax incentives that encourage entrepreneurs to invest in their local economies, open and expand small businesses, and hire tens of thousands of local residents [¦] I urge you to include a two year renewal of tax incentives, which would promptly help provide a strong stimulus for our economy while preserving the jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcia Fudge. Congresswoman Fudge Votes to "Keep Jobs American," Extend Unemployment, and Provide Youth Summer Jobs. 28 May 2010. "Today, Representative Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) voted for the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act (H.R.4213) [¦] 'Certain companies have sent jobs overseas from Ohio, and have been rewarded for doing so. I'm proud that this Act stops that practice, and encourages employers to keep their jobs American' [¦] In Ohio, the bill will: [¦] -Extend the R&D Tax Credit to incentivize good jobs here in America and invent the technology that will power the global economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcia Fudge. Congressional Black Caucus Hour. 3 October 2011. "I've introduced H.R. 2742, the Hire, Train, Retain Act of 2011. This bill will give employers tax incentives for hiring unemployed Americans and providing job training to fill job vacancies specific to that employer. Employers will also receive a 'hire retention tax credit' of up to $1,000 for each qualified employee retained for 52 weeks." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Marcia Fudge. Congresswoman Fudge Applauds Ohio $400 Million Education Grant. 25 August 2010. "Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) released the following today when the U.S. Department of Education selected Ohio as one of the winning states to be funded in round 2 of the Race to the Top program. Ohio will receive $400 million in Race to the Top funds during the next four years. 'This is a great day for Ohio's kids. I'm proud the Ohio Department of Education has taken the unprecedented opportunity to improve public education. I'm hopeful that the resulting innovation will put Ohio's kids at the forefront of learning.'" (fudge.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Marcia Fudge. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Marcia Fudge voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Marcia Fudge supported the interests of Environment America 83 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcia Fudge. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Marcia Fudge voted Nay on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Marcia Fudge. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Marcia Fudge voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Marcia Fudge in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sean Higgins. Free Republic. Dems Cool On Climate Change As Economic Pressures Escalate. 23 February 2009. "To environmentalists, there is no more urgent question than addressing global climate change. The new Democrat-led Congress has vowed to pass major cap-and-trade legislation in response [¦] Crafting a bill is proving tricky. The Democrats now have a larger majority, but many of the newer lawmakers hail from Midwestern and Southern states where emissions cuts could hurt businesses [¦] 'We must be aggressive enough to safeguard the environment, but not so overzealous that businesses cannot participate," said Fudge.'" (www.freerepublic.com)
  • Marcia Fudge. Letter to Speaker Boehner. 1 November 2011. "We write with deep concern about the inclusion of policy riders in FY2012 appropriations legislation [¦] While not all policy riders are objectionable, many of those included this year are not only controversial but blatantly partisan. Included riders would block the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, roll back important clean air and clean water protections, and place new restrictions on women's access to a full range of medical and health services, among others. These appropriations bills appear to any knowledgeable observer as an attempt to push through both chambers an extreme, partisan agenda." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcia Fudge. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Marcia Fudge voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Marcia Fudge supported the interests of Environment America 83 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Marcia Fudge supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Marcia Fudge in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Marcia Fudge. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Marcia Fudge voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Gabriel Baird. Cleveland.com. Shooting of Cleveland officer brings Giffords-inspired gun rights battle to Ohio. 24 January 2011. "Glenn Proctor, was killed in the firefight with police. He had a Mac-9 with a 30-round magazine -- a gun that should not be legal, according to U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge. 'Certain types of guns don't belong on the street,' she said in an email. 'Making high powered assault weapons or extended ammunition clips available to citizens undermines police officers' ability to safely do their jobs.'" (blog.cleveland.com)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Marcia Fudge in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Marcia Fudge. WKYC: Local Congress members tackle gun control questions. 25 July 2012. "We as a nation must do more to minimize senseless acts of gun violence. There is no good reason virtualy anyone can gain access to assult weapns, extended magazines and high capacity ammunition. The Colorado shooter was able to shoot one third of the people in that theatre in 90 seconds. That is totally unacceptable." (www.wkyc.com)
  • Arlene Fine. Cleveland Jewish News: Taking aim at gun violence. 12 January 2012. "In our great nation, gun ownership is a right, but we also have a responsibility to ensure the safety of citizens. There is no just outcome to permitting unlimited access to guns and ammunition to those who present a risk to innocent citizens." (m.clevelandjewishnews.com)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Marcia Fudge. Facebook: Wall. 28 September 2011. "Today marks the one year anniversary of the Patient's Bill of Rights in The Affordable Care Act. New data released from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that the Affordable Care Act has helped one million additional young adults to get health insurance in the past year. It has helped put Americans and their families back in charge of their care." (www.facebook.com)
  • Marcia Fudge. Facebook: Wall. 18 May 2010. "Whether you're a recent college grad, a small business owner, or a senior citizen, the Affordable Care Act improves your care and lowers your costs. Check and see how the reform will effect your life." (www.facebook.com)
  • Marcia Fudge. Representative Fudge To Vote Yes For Health Care Reform. 19 March 2010. "After a thorough review of the health care reform legislation, Representative Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) announced her support of this historic bill [¦] 'I've found it to be a strong first step towards providing health care for all Americans [¦] These reforms are completely paid for and will not increase the deficit. This bill actually reduces the federal deficit by $138 billion in the first ten years and cuts the deficit by $1.2 trillion in second ten years. My constituents have spoken. Ohioans, and all Americans, deserve affordable, accessible quality health care." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcia Fudge. Rep. Fudge Recognized National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 5 October 2011. "Thanks to the health reform law, the Affordable Care Act, most private health plans and Medicare now cover women's preventive health care -- such as mammograms and screenings for cervical cancer --with no co-pays or other out-of-pocket costs. That means women can get services they need to detect and prevent breast cancer before it spreads or becomes fatal, without worrying that they'll have to pay for these services out of their own pockets. Women also have new rights and protections against insurance company abuse under the Affordable Care Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcia Fudge. Ohio Families Would Suffer with Repeal of Health Care Reform. 6 January 2011. "Before the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies could discriminate against children with pre-existing conditions. Companies could charge women higher premiums just for being women. Seniors had no end in sight to the Medicare Part D prescription donut hole. Apparently, House Republicans think these injustices are ok. Repeal strikes at the very protections our families and seniors need. Over half a million Ohioans once again risk completely losing their health insurance when they are dropped for being in an accident, become sick, or make a simple mistake on an application." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcia Fudge. Letter to Speaker Boehner. 1 November 2011. "We write with deep concern about the inclusion of policy riders in FY2012 appropriations legislation [¦] While not all policy riders are objectionable, many of those included this year are not only controversial but blatantly partisan. Included riders would block the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, roll back important clean air and clean water protections, and place new restrictions on women's access to a full range of medical and health services, among others. These appropriations bills appear to any knowledgeable observer as an attempt to push through both chambers an extreme, partisan agenda." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcia Fudge. Health Care. 14 June 2010. "When it comes to health care reform, what is now called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, I truly believe history will show those of us who supported it did the right thing, and we are already seeing evidence that our courageous act is positively impacting Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcia Fudge. Congresswoman Fudge Declares Healthcare.gov Another 'Important Step' in Covering the Uninsured. 1 July 2010. "Thousands of my constituents live, work, and raise their families a stone's throw away from some of the best health care facilities in the world, yet they're unable to afford basic medical care. Seniors face choices of paying for medication or putting food on the table. More than 83,000 people in my district have no health insurance. The Affordable Care Act will help to bring affordable care within reach to those who critically need it." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcia Fudge. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Marcia Fudge voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Marcia Fudge supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcia Fudge. Repeal of Obamacare Act. 10 July 2012. "The American people should know what it's going to mean to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Let me tell you what it means. It means that the Republicans support legislation that will make insurance company CEOs and executives richer. It means that Republicans support legislation that will deny the right of young adults to remain on their parents' insurance until age 26. What it means is that the Republicans support legislation that will deny individuals with preexisting conditions the right to affordable health care. It means that Republicans support legislation that will raise prescription drug costs for our seniors and eliminate provisions that hold insurance companies accountable for double-digit premium increases. It means that Republicans support legislation that will raise the taxes of hundreds of thousands of small businesses by eliminating the small business health care tax credit, which helped them afford health insurance for more than 2 million workers. And just for the record, The Washington Post Fact Checker has also concluded, and I quote, 'The health law will provide more tax relief than tax burden for middle class families.' Again, it says, 'The health law will provide more tax relief than tax burden for middle class families.' This repeal would mean that Republicans support legislation that will prevent eligible constituents from receiving the same health care coverage as Members of Congress. And I'm not sure why Republicans feel their constituents do not deserve the same access that they enjoy themselves. But by voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act, that is exactly the message being sent to the people we represent." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcia Fudge. Rep. Fudge Votes to Preserve Health Care Access and Patient Protection. 11 July 2012. "The people I represent - hardworking parents, seniors struggling on fixed incomes and young people starting their careers - they all want Congress to focus on creating jobs, ending outsourcing and improving the economic climate. Instead, Republican leaders have chosen to waste time by reversing the progress made to provide affordable health care for more Americans. Enough is enough. Let's get back to the priorities that will strengthen the middle class, not weaken it." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

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  • Robert Smith. Cleveland.com. Chicago's Luis Gutierrez preaches lower expectations for immigration reform. 12 October 2010. "Rep. Luis Gutierrez, a Democrat from Chicago, said the quest to change the nation's immigration system -- and to offer illegal immigrants a path to citizenship -- needed more fervor and, perhaps, less lofty goals [¦] Gutierrez, the son of Puerto Ricans, came to Mount Sinai Church at the request of U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge, one of the original co-sponsors of his immigration reform legislation [¦] Fudge told the Latino civic leaders that they had not yet pricked the conscience of America. 'You have to find a way to bring yourselves together in a way that people pay attention,' she said." (blog.cleveland.com)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Marcia Fudge supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Marcia Fudge supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcia Fudge. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Marcia Fudge voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Marcia Fudge. Caucuses. 17 November 2011. "Representative Fudge is a proud member of the following caucuses [¦] LGBT Equality Caucus: The mission of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus is to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality. The bi-partisan LGBT Equality Caucus will be comprised of Members of Congress who are strongly committed to achieving the full enjoyment of human rights for LGBT people in the U.S. and around the world. By serving as a resource for Members of Congress, their staff, and the public on LGBT issues, the Caucus will work toward the extension of equal rights." (fudge.house.gov)
  • Eric Resnick. Gay People's Chronicle. Panelists work to include LGBT issues in ballot search. 12 September 2008. "Fudge supports marriage equality, legislation guaranteeing employment non-discrimination, immigration equality, and protection for LGBT students. She also supports eliminating the tax on domestic partner benefits. 'I'd like to get to know you,' Fudge said she wanted to say to the LGBT community. 'And I'd like you to get to know me and what I stand for.' Fudge said she has contributed to the HRC and attended the group's dinners and a gay wedding. Fudge said she believes U.S. foreign policy should address discrimination, torture, and executions of gay, lesbian, and transgender people in countries where it occurs. 'If we believe what we say [as Americans], we would have that discussion with the world,' Fudge said." (www.gaypeopleschronicle.com)
  • Marcia Fudge. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Marcia Fudge voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Marcia Fudge. Pelosi, Nadler, 130 House Members File Amicus Brief on Federal Case Against DOMA. 10 July 2012. "But a clearly stated purpose and effect of this law was to disapprove of and disadvantage lesbians and gay men; this distinguishes DOMA from a routine act of Congress. Where, as here, Congress classifies persons, denying an entire class of citizens the rights that are afforded others, the Supreme Court has applied rational basis review to invalidate those laws. None of the reasons provided by Congress in 1996 or created in response to litigation rationally serve a legitimate federal interest." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Marcia Fudge supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 97 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Marcia Fudge supported the interests of the American Family Association 5 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Marcia Fudge. Letter to The Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States. 23 December 2010. "We believe that this bipartisan call for oversight is warranted by the uncertain progress being made securing the country, minimizing American casualties, combating corruption, expanding governing capacity, promoting political reconciliation, addressing links between the insurgency and Pakistan, limiting the Taliban's ability to project violence, and furthering other important components of our Afghanistan-Pakistan policy." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcia Fudge. Letter to The Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 21 June 2011. "International terrorist networks remain a grave threat to the United States, as Al Qaeda affiliates now have a significant presence in countries like Yemen, Somalia, and Pakistan. But maintaining anywhere near 100,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan is not an effective means of combating a global and decentralized enemy." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcia Fudge. Congresswoman Fudge on Death of Osama bin Laden. 2 May 2011. "The battle against terrorism is not over; the forces that wish us harm may seek retaliation, escalating the threat to the people of Ohio and all Americans. Our enemies must know there is nowhere in the world they can hide. While we must remain vigilant, it is in our interest to clearly evaluate our military operations and whether they effectively bring about the peace and security our Nation demands." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

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  • Marcia Fudge. The Congressional Black Caucus. 2 March 2011. "We now hear as we talk about our own budget and our own CR that we have to deal with entitlement programs. And they continue to throw in there Social Security. It is not an entitlement program. It is funded by payroll taxes and taxes on employers. It is not an entitlement program. But we still today hear them talking about wanting to privatize it." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcia Fudge. Letter To The Honorable Barack Obama, President, The United States of America. 15 October 2010. "We write today to express our strong support for Social Security and our view that it should be strengthened. We oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including raising the retirement age. We also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcia Fudge. Social Security is Not a Ponzi Scheme. 8 September 2011. "On one of my visits home, they gave to me a package of 25,000 signatures, asking if I would pledge to support Social Security. I want them to know that I am going to pledge to do that [¦] Yes, we need to make some changes, but do you know what, Mr. Speaker? We just need to raise the cap. We don't need to say that it can't be fixed, that it's broken. We need to raise the cap. Again, I am going to say it is not a Ponzi scheme. It is something that hardworking Americans deserve when they have finally retired after working for 25 or 30 or 40 years. It is not a Ponzi scheme." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcia Fudge. Letter to The Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 11 July 2011. "Any cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid should be taken off the table. The individuals depending on these three programs deserve well-conceived improvements, not deep, ideologically driven cuts with harmful consequences. These cuts would hurt households and damage the country's economic recovery as well." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcia Fudge. Letter to Democratic Leader Pelosi. 25 July 2011. "Our Republican colleagues should be embarrassed by their insistence that unless Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits are cut, the nation will default on its debts. Middle-class families have sacrificed enough, and a deal that pushes the American Dream further out of reach, in order to pay for extending tax breaks for the rich and corporations, is simply unacceptable [¦] We stand united with you in insisting that benefit cuts for working families, our seniors, children, and people with disabilities must be off the table." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcia Fudge signed Progressive Change Campaign Committee: Social Security Protectors. "Social Security belongs to the people who have worked hard all their lives and contributed to it. Social Security is a promise that must not be broken. We need to strengthen Social Security, not cut it. That is why I oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including increasing the retirement age. I also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part." (socialsecurityprotectors.com)
  • Marcia Fudge. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama. 21 July 2011. "As recovery efforts subside and unacceptably high unemployment continues to devastate our communities, we are pleased that the debt ceiling negotiations seem to be considering jobs as well as how to responsibly reduce spending. However, we remain gravely concerned that yet another, unacceptable cut to Social Security's revenue stream appears to be on the table. Enemies of Social Security reject valid proposals to give the same level of tax relief to the same Americans or American businesses without using the Social Security revenue stream and resultant general fund transfers. As alternative measures would have the same net effect on deficits and the economy, there is simply no need to negotiate cuts to Social Security taxes." (votesmart.org)

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