Representative David Price's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (NC) - District 4, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 4
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David Price has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2016 Political Courage Test.

What is the Political Courage Test?

North Carolina Congressional Election 2016 Political Courage Test

Pro-choiceCandidate AnswerDo you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Other or expanded principles

I strongly believe that it is a woman�s right to make the best health care decisions for herself and her family. We must also work at encouraging responsible sexual behavior and the planning of pregnancies as components of public health.

YesIn order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
YesCandidate AnswerIn order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Other or expanded principles

I have long argued that a careful reevaluation of our national defense needs could produce considerable savings without compromising our national security or denying needed resources to our men and women in uniform. I also believe that in order to make the investments a great country must make, we must come to an agreement on comprehensive tax reform that requires the wealthiest individuals and corporations to pay their fair share.

YesDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles

I have been at the forefront of Democratic efforts to protect our electoral process. I am the House sponsor of the Democrats� comprehensive campaign finance reform legislation, and I have authored legislation, the Empowering Citizens Act, which would modernize and refine the presidential campaign financing system, create a new small donor matching system for congressional campaigns, and establish clear rules on coordination between candidates and "Super PACs." These commonsense, concrete steps would diminish the influence of high-dollar special interests in our elections and encourage grassroots participation at all levels of politics.

YesDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
YesDo you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders?
Other or expanded principles

The United States incarcerates a higher percentage of its citizens than any other country in the world, and our prison system is underfunded, overpopulated, and has terrible rates of recidivism. I supported federal efforts to eliminate mandatory minimums for cocaine sentencing, and I am in favor of efforts to shift the focus of our criminal justice system from punishment to rehabilitation.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
NoDo you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
Other or expanded principles

As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I am fighting for increased federal investments in priorities like transportation, housing, and research to support economic growth. I also strongly support comprehensive tax reform that asks the very wealthy and corporations to pay their fair share, which will help fund these critical investments. Unfortunately, Republican leadership is focused on reducing the deficit through domestic spending cuts alone, an approach that - in addition to being wildly unrealistic and unsustainable - shortchanges the programs that provide critical services to vulnerable populations and create good-paying new jobs.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
Other or expanded principles

As a former teacher and the son of educators, one of my highest priorities in Congress is ensuring that all American children have access to a high quality education that provides the foundation for success in life. Improving our education system will require a comprehensive approach. I have fought in Congress for programs that support the recruitment and retention of great teachers, expand early-childhood education programs, promote educational equity through Title I funding and other federal initiatives, put new emphasis on STEM education, and expand access to affordable higher education.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support building the Keystone XL pipeline?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
YesDo you support increased regulations on the hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") industry?
Other or expanded principles

In Congress, I have co-sponsored legislation that would support the renewable energy industry, reduce carbon emissions, and implement new protections for the environment. I will continue to support President Obama�s efforts to put in place a sustainable plan for the development of clean energy solutions and to advocate for a robust congressional response to climate change.

YesDo you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Other or expanded principles

I strongly believe that climate change is one of the greatest threats we face in the 21st century. The overwhelming consensus of the scientific community � including climate researchers, geologists, oceanographers, biologists, and geophysicists � holds that human activity is causing the earth to warm, with potentially devastating consequences. The international community recognizes the need to respond. I applaud President Obama�s strong leadership on this issue � thanks to his efforts, representatives of 196 countries from around the world signed on to December�s historic Paris Climate Agreement and made commitments to reduce emissions.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you generally support gun-control legislation?
Other or expanded principles

As a Vice Chair of the House Democrats� Gun Violence Prevention Task Force and a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, I led 146 of my colleagues in a letter calling for the removal of the outdated and misguided ban on CDC-funded gun violence research. The epidemic of gun violence is clearly a public health crisis, and I strongly support efforts to prevent future gun-related tragedies. This must also include enhancement of the background check system to include suspected terrorists and to cover gun shows and internet sales.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
Other or expanded principles

The Affordable Care Act, while far from perfect, is a major improvement over the broken healthcare system that we had before it passed. Thanks to the ACA, millions of Americans have secured health coverage for the first time, and quality of care continues to improve for people facing major health crises. That said, major challenges remain, and I am open to reasonable reforms that are designed to strengthen rather than undermine it. North Carolina�s leadership could do its part immediately by expanding Medicaid coverage to some 450,000 people, which would also relieve costs for the private insurance exchange.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
Other or expanded principles

I strongly supported President Obama�s immigration executive actions, including the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that allowed for young undocumented immigrants to apply for legal residency. But as the President himself acknowledges, his executive actions still fall well short of the comprehensive reform to our immigration system we so desperately need. I will be fighting for a comprehensive approach that treats undocumented immigrants fairly, recognizes the contributions they can and do make to our communities, and creates a pathway to citizenship for those currently residing in this country who pose no threat to their communities.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
Other or expanded principles

The Supreme Court's Obergefell decision continues the remarkable progress our country has made in the fight for equal rights, but we still have a long way to go. In many parts of the country, including North Carolina, LGBT Americans don't enjoy equal protection against discrimination in the workplace, in schools, by medical providers, or in public facilities. We must redouble our efforts to ensure that all of our neighbors, colleagues, friends and family members are treated fairly under the law.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support?
NoShould the U.S use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the United States from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Other or expanded principles

I believe President Obama has done a great job of improving our country�s reputation and advancing our national security. The Iran nuclear agreement and the openings to Cuba and Burma are major diplomatic achievements. We have made great strides toward degrading the threat posed by terrorist organizations around the world, though the rise of the so-called Islamic State will pose a challenge for years to come. The same is true of the particularly intractable conflicts in Syria and Ukraine, where we may need to consider additional military and diplomatic options.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
Other or expanded principles

We must take action to shore up the long-term financial solvency of Social Security and Medicare. Any reforms must be designed to protect existing benefits for seniors who have been paying into these programs for their entire lives, but we simply cannot continue to pretend that underlying structural funding problems don�t exist.


Indicate what federal spending levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.

Maintain Statusa) Agriculture
Greatly Increaseb) Arts
Slightly Decreasec) Defense
Greatly Increased) Education
Greatly Increasee) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Homeland Security
Slightly Increaseg) International aid
Greatly Increaseh) Medical Research
Greatly Increasei) Scientific Research
Greatly Increasej) Space exploration
Slightly Increasek) United Nations
Slightly Increasel) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories


Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.

Slightly Increasea) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increaseb) Corporate taxes
Slightly Decreasec) Small business taxes
Maintain Statusd) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Slightly Increasee) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Slightly Increasef) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Greatly Decreaseg) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseh) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Increasei) Income taxes (high-income families)
Slightly Increasej) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Statusk) Payroll taxes
l) Other or expanded categories
Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

My top priority is improving economic opportunities for those who have been left behind in the recovery. That means supporting all stages of education, modernizing our workforce training programs, and investing more in job-creating priorities such as research and infrastructure.

Secondly, I intend to carry forward my foreign policy leadership: extending the bipartisan work of the House Democracy Partnership; pushing anew for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations; and supporting the democratic aspirations of former communist states under threat from Russia.

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