Representative Marcia L. Fudge's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (OH) - District 11, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 11
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Marcia Fudge is currently being tested through the 2016 Political Courage Test.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • "Roe v. Wade has long established a woman's constitutional right to have an abortion prior to a fetus' viability, yet Republicans continue to introduce legislation like H.R. 36 to ban abortions beginning at 20 weeks, with very limited exceptions." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/955254/womens-reproductive-rights-must-be-respected#.VcIlPXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1016/rating/7720 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/interest-group/252/rating/7227 (votesmart.org)

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  • "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." https://www.facebook.com/RepMarciaLFudge/posts/10150305947355802 (www.facebook.com)
  • Signed a letter stating "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/627309/#.VaaOI_lViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "I welcome the announcement by Attorney General Holder to provide meaningful sentencing reform that is long overdue. It is well documented that a disproportionate share of stiff mandatory sentences for low-level, non-violent crimes typically impact low income populations and communities of color." http://cbc-butterfield.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/cbc-chair-marcia-l-fudges-statement-on-the-department-of-justices-new-0 (cbc-butterfield.house.gov)

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  • Voted in favor of H.R. 1 "Appropriations, Tax Law Amendments, and Unemployment Benefit Amendments ("Stimulus Bill")" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/23644#.VaP2V_lViko (votesmart.org)
  • "The CBC has a long history of introducing an alternative budget that protects and invests in programs that are vital to our communities. Our budget emphasizes the CBC's commitment to eradicating poverty in America by increasing economic opportunities through robust investments in education and infrastructure, affordable housing, domestic manufacturing, small businesses, and job training." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/864781/concurrent-resolution-on-the-budget-for-fiscal-year-2015#.VcInT3UVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • "Last year President Obama and Congress implemented tax breaks for the majority of Americans to help them keep more money in their pockets. That simple change had a huge impact in these leans times. Continuing that tax relief to 98 percent of Americans was the only right thing to do." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/571340/congresswoman-fudge-calls-for-middle-class-tax-cut#.VcInyHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I encourage lenders to provide small businesses with the credit necessary to operate, expand, and add jobs. Small businesses also need fair tax relief which will provide necessary investments in future growth." http://fudge.house.gov/small-business/ (fudge.house.gov)

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  • "We must provide sufficient funding for our educators' professional development, learning aids, education technology, and useful assessment tools. With consistent funding and policies that adapt to our students' changing needs, more students will actually graduate high school." http://fudge.house.gov/education/ (fudge.house.gov)
  • "Undoubtedly, education begins at birth. There are clear advantages to quality pre-school and Head Start programs as both programs jumpstart language and critical thinking skills at important developmental stages. For these reasons, we must fully fund comprehensive educational opportunities for our youngest Americans." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/672077/issue-position-enhancing-education#.VcIoSnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) will be one of the most important issues we address in this Congress." https://fudge.house.gov/education/ (fudge.house.gov)

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  • Voted against S.1 "A Bill To Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VaPmTPlViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against H.R. 3 "Keystone XL Pipeline Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50797#.VaPm1PlViko (votesmart.org)
  • "After careful review, I believe completion of the Keystone Pipeline as authorized in this legislation is not in the best interests of the people of my district or American taxpayers." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/938621/congresswoman-fudge-statement-on-voting-no-to-advancing-the-keystone-pipeline-project/?search=xl#.VcIqQnUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • Signed a letter stating "We are writing on behalf of the 80,000 Americans employed by the U.S. wind industry - representing jobs in all fifty states - to ask that you promptly extend the current law Production Tax Credit (PTC) and the Investment Tax Credit (ITC). Wind now provides power to over 15 million American homes, as well as to many thousands of farms and businesses." http://loebsack.house.gov/uploadedfiles/wind_ptc-itc_extension_letter_final_3.21.2014.pdf (loebsack.house.gov)
  • "Energy independence equals millions of clean jobs across the nation. As we move toward developing American energy independence, we will create jobs that cannot be outsourced. Creating renewable energy, energy efficiency and a modern electric grid must and will be done from within America." http://fudge.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=12&sectiontree=5,12 (fudge.house.gov)

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  • Voted in favor of H.R. 2454 "Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ('Cap and Trade')" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/26496#.VaP46_lViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Understanding that our current energy usage is unsustainable, Congress is undertaking a thoughtful discussion on reform. At the foundation of the discussion is the need curb pollution and reward companies choosing cleaner technology." http://fudge.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=12&sectiontree=5,12 (fudge.house.gov)

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  • Signed a letter stating "Our nation has suffered at least 74 school shootings since the Sandy Hook massacre. The factors allowing these rampages are no mystery: loopholes in the background check laws, straw purchases, restrictions on law enforcement, and gaps in our mental health system." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/888676/letter-to-john-boehner-speaker-of-the-house-163-members-of-congress-demand-a-vote-not-silence-to-prevent-gun-violence#.VcD1d3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence http://votesmart.org/interest-group/122/rating/7712 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Gun Owners of America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1226/rating/8555 (votesmart.org)

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  • Voted against H.R. 596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51284#.VaPp2flViko (votesmart.org)
  • "The ACA is the law of the land, it is working, and it is here to stay." http://fudge.house.gov/health-wellness/ (fudge.house.gov)

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  • Voted in favor H.R. 5281 "DREAM Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/32955#.VaPzYvlViko (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "We hope that your actions will prevent the separation of undocumented family members of U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and DACA beneficiaries and offer protection to others who have long worked in the United States and have established strong ties with our communities." http://gutierrez.house.gov/sites/gutierrez.house.gov/files/documents/11.13.14%20Gutierrez-Lofgren%20Letter%20to%20POTUS%20on%20Exec%20Action%20Post%20Election%20%28FINAL%29.pdf (gutierrez.house.gov)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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." http://fudge.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=77&sectiontree=2,77 (fudge.house.gov)
  • "Fudge supports marriage equality, legislation guaranteeing employment non-discrimination, immigration equality, and protection for LGBT students." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/110640/marcia-fudge/#.VaaM6flViko (votesmart.org)

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  • Signed a letter stating "Iran's record of clandestine activity and intransigence prevents any trust in Iran. [?] Any inspection and verification regime must allow for short notice access to suspect locations, and verifiable constraints on Iran's nuclear program must last for decades." http://foreignaffairs.house.gov/sites/republicans.foreignaffairs.house.gov/files/03.20.15%20-%20Iran%20Letter%20-%20POTUS.pdf (foreignaffairs.house.gov)
  • "I think as long as we can make some real significant progress by air strikes and, this is the bigger piece, to bring our allies in, that is what has made this and is going to make it a very successful effort. I do believe that the President was right when he says that other nations, Arab nations, need to stand up - that's what I'm pleased about today." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/926019/congresswoman-fudge-reaction-to-uscoalition-strikes-in-syria#.VcItDXUVhHw (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/739243/progressive-change-campaign-committee-social-security-protectors#.VcIuXXUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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