Representative James 'Jim' B. Renacci's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (OH) - District 16, Republican
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Jim Renacci has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Jim Renacci is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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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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  • Jim Renacci. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "e) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?"
  • Jim Renacci. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "c) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?"
  • Jim Renacci. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Jim Renacci voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Renacci. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Jim Renacci voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Renacci. Issue Position: Right to Life. 8 February 2012. "I firmly believe that life is our Creator's most precious gift and that we must protect the sanctity of life, from the moment of conception on. In Congress I will serve as a strong and active advocate for the cause of protecting life and enacting legislation to preserve the rights of the unborn. As part of my efforts as a member of the pro-life community, in Washington I will support and sponsor legislation to ban the practice of partial-birth abortion and will oppose the use of any taxpayer dollars to fund abortions. I oppose taxpayer funding of embryonic stem cell research and support legislation that criminalizes harm caused to a fetus during the commission of any violent crime. I am 100% Pro-life, and in Congress I will vote that way." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Renacci. Renacci Statement on the March for Life. 23 January 2012. "We have worked diligently over the last year in the House to ensure taxpayer dollars are not being used to fund abortions. I was also pleased to co-sponsor pro-life bills like the Life at Conception Act, which would provide equal protection to the unborn under the 14th Amendment to the Constitution." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Renacci. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Pro-life" for: "a) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?"

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  • James Renacci signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (atr.org)
  • Jim Renacci. Renacci: Now is Not the Time to Raise Taxes on Hard Working Americans. 1 August 2012. ""The past three and a half years have been a nightmare of tax uncertainty, peppered with ever-growing piles of red tape. If Congress and the President fail to act now, Americans will face a massive tax increase just four months from now. As a business owner for nearly 30 years, I know the fiscal cliff we are rapidly approaching will have a devastating effect on Ohio's economy. Some in Washington want to use the coming crisis as a way to score political points. They seek to raise taxes on so-called "high-earners' to pay for more bloated government programs at a time when we are repeatedly running trillion dollar deficits. The unfortunately reality is that in their rush to win an election, they are willing to increase taxes on almost a million small businesses who find themselves caught in the cross-fire. More than 700,000 Americans could find their jobs turned into collateral damage, all in name of a political talking point. With our vote in the House today, we have made it clear that no American business or taxpayer should be further harmed or held hostage by the big-spenders in Washington. With an unemployment rate that has not dropped below eight percent in 41 months and tens of millions of Americans searching desperately for work, now is certainly not the time for more tax hikes on hard working Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Renacci. Issue Position: Tax Reform. 1 January 2011. "At a time when Americans are struggling to make ends meet and jobs are frighteningly scarce, the last thing Americans can afford are higher taxes." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Renacci. Issue Position: Taxes. 8 February 2012. "As a candidate for congress, I proudly signed the Americans for Tax Reform's pledge to oppose tax increasing in Washington, and it's a commitment I will keep once elected." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Renacci. Congressman Renacci Responds to Obama's Budget Address. 13 April 2011. "In addition, after acknowledging just months ago that tax hikes would harm the economy, his proposal today to raise taxes on small business owners is as senseless as it is hypocritical. Our nation's debt crisis was not born out of a lack of revenues but rather out of an excess in spending, and it is my hope that the President will finally demonstrate to the American people that he has learned from his fiscally reckless mistakes of the past and will abandon his tax and spend agenda that has brought us crippling unemployment and record setting deficits." (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Warren. The Daily Record: Getting Down to Business in Debt Ceiling Debate. 12 July 2011. "'You don't raise taxes when there is 9.2 percent unemployment'" (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Wang. IndeOnline: Renacci Says He Won't Budge on Debt. 19 July 2011. "'I want spending cuts equal to however much the debt ceiling is raised. It's very crucial. No new taxes. No increase in taxes.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Renacci. We Need Real Tax Reform, Not Class Warfare. 13 April 2012. "Earlier this week, Dana Millbank -- one of the most liberal journalists in American -- took President Obama to task for what he called the President's "gimmicky" Buffett Rule. Putting aside the fact that this proposed tax increase on "millionaires and billionaires" will not create a single job, let's look at what it does do." (votesmart.org)

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  • Jim Renacci. Jim Renacci Launches First General Election Television Ad. 24 August 2010. "While John Boccieri remains in hiding, refusing to discuss the issues that matter to voters--like our double digit unemployment rate or his votes for the cap and trade energy tax, ObamaCare and the Obama-Pelosi stimulus plan, I am proud to campaign on my low-tax, low-spending, pro-growth principles that our state and our country so desperately need." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Renacci. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?"
  • Jim Renacci. Congressman Renacci Responds to House Continuing Resolution. 19 February 2011. "The Republican-led Congress pledged that we will roll back government spending to pre-stimulus, pre-bailout levels, and this bill saved $100 billion relative to the President's fiscal year 2011 budget request. My first priority remains on removing barriers to job growth, and I will continue to support policies that will stop the Washington spending binge to help grow the economy and create jobs. My vote in support of this bill was one step in that direction." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Renacci. Renacci Statement on November Unemployment Report. 2 December 2011. "Another month has passed and our economy is still struggling under the weight of massive federal spending and mountains of new regulations. The unemployment rate remains an unacceptably high 8.6 percent. 315,000 Americans left the labor market in November and while they haven't found jobs, they will no longer be counted in the official unemployment calculation. The fact that hundreds of thousands of people are giving up their search for work each month is a sure sign the tax-and-spend policies adopted by many in Washington have done nothing to improve our economy. In fact, each monthly unemployment report serves as a devastating reminder that a bigger government will not produce a better economy. As someone with almost 30 years of experience in the business community I understand that real, sustainable job growth can only come from the private sector. American business owners and job creators recognize that runaway spending today will lead to higher taxes tomorrow. Businesses are also drowning in a sea of new regulations. The threat of higher taxes and ever more damaging regulations has essentially frozen hiring. In response, my colleagues and I in the House have passed more than 20 bipartisan bills to address these barriers to job creation. The Senate needs to act on them so we can begin to increase employment and grow our economy again." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Renacci. Time for Congress to Address Jobs. 26 August 2011. "Some are calling for another round of stimulus spending. [¦] There is another way to grow our economy, one that has proven successful before. Over the past seven months, my colleagues and I in the House of Representatives have worked to rein in runaway spending and pull back the growing tangle of federal regulations." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Renacci. Issue Position: Spending. 8 February 2012. "As Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi have been steering our economy off of a cliff, John Boccieri has had his foot on the gas pedal the entire time, and we cannot afford any more of his brand of failed leadership. In Washington, I will serve as a strong voice for the restoration of conservatism to government and fight to immediately stop this unconscionable expansion of government and profoundly reckless deficit spending." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Renacci. Congressman Renacci Marks Anniversary of Democrat's Failed Stimulus Bill. 17 February 2011. "Since the passage of the 2009 stimulus bill, Democrats have repeatedly rejected calls to cut government spending. The onus remains on Democratic leaders to work with Republicans to cut spending and help spur economic growth and job creation. I remain committed to stopping Washington's reckless spending spree and focused on getting America back on a path to fiscal responsibility. On the two-year anniversary of President Obama's enactment of the stimulus, I stand with House Republicans as we act decisively to restore pro-growth policies and fiscal restraint to Washington." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Renacci. Boccieri Takes a Front Row Seat for Obama Speech, 16th District Gets a Front Row Seat to his Failure. 8 September 2010. "Despite the fact that Obama's first 'stimulus' plan, which was wholeheartedly backed by John Boccieri, failed to stimulate anything other than the deficit, John Boccieri and Barack Obama remain undeterred in their efforts to corrupt America's future with more of their same failed policies from the past." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Renacci. Representative Renacci's Statement on His Decision to Vote Against Resolution of Disapproval. 14 September 2011. "There can be no doubt our massive deficits are out of control. As a way to begin the process of reining in our runaway away spending, last month I joined a majority of my colleagues in voting for the Budget Control Act. That bill will result in more than $2 trillion in cuts to federal spending. It is my hope the cutting does not stop there. However, Congress must focus its attention on fostering private sector job growth while the Deficit Reduction Committee set up through that legislation works on its plan. We should not be re-visiting issues that were settled during the contentious debates of this summer or wasting time on politically motivated votes while almost one in ten Americans are out of work. H.J.Res. 77 is an unnecessary distraction and defaulting on our debt would have dire consequences for our economy. Therefore, I cannot support the resolution of disapproval." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jim Renacci. Washington Post: Jim Renacci (R-Ohio). "A believer in keeping education policy at the local level, Renacci said he was open to reforming the No Child Left Behind Act that sets education standards." (www.washingtonpost.com)
  • Jim Renacci. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?" Education Issues Other or expanded principles: "I strongly support school voucher programs."
  • Jim Renacci. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. d) Education"
  • Jim Renacci. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "d) Education"
  • Jim Renacci. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?" Education Issues Other or expanded principles: "I strongly support school voucher programs."
  • Jim Renacci. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "c) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?" Education Issues Other or expanded principles: "I strongly support school voucher programs."
  • Linda Hall. The Daily Record: Renacci Says Budget Issues in Washington are 'American Problems'. 6 July 2011. "Conversations with school district personnel have been 'enlightening,' [Renacci] said, noting Washington, D.C. 'doesn't know how to teach children in Wayne County ... or Florida.' The educators who are 'hands-on' should make the decisions." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Renacci. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2011. "The top down approach to education policy endorsed for so long has proven ineffective, one size does not fit all in this case. Education is a personal experience, and one that is best handled through state, local, and parental involvement. The needs of Jackson High School in Massillon or Wooster High School in Wooster are not the same as the needs of a high school in Arizona. The federal government could more effectively facilitate learning by supporting these local entities, rather than handing them mandates." (votesmart.org)
  • CantonRep: Jackson Students Get Answers from Renacci. "When asked about education reform, Renacci told students that he believed local and state officials " not the federal government " should be making decisions about what happens in schools. Each area in the United States is different and every school can't be forced to fit into the same program. 'I believe that locally we can reform education better.'" (www.cantonrep.com)

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  • Jim Renacci. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "c) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "I support tax credits for private sector investment in alternative energy."
  • Jim Renacci. Washington Post: Jim Renacci (R-Ohio). "Renacci was critical of Rep. John Boccieri's (D-Ohio) June 2009 vote for a bill that sought to institute cap-and-trade policies for greenhouse gas emissions. He called the measure "a job killing tax" that would have a negative effect in Ohio where most electricity is coal-based. He said the government needs an "all-of-the-above" approach to energy reform in order to end reliance on foreign oil." (www.washingtonpost.com)
  • Jim Renacci. Issue Position: Agriculture. 1 January 2011. "In Congress, Jim has consistently voted on behalf of farmers, working to strip away unnecessary and overly burdensome government red tape. Earlier this year, Jim co-sponsored H.R. 910, the Energy Tax Prevention Act, a bill that will prohibit the EPA from enforcing overbearing regulations on green house gasses and products that are used in the agriculture industry. Jim is also a strong opponent of the cap-and-trade national energy tax, which would drive energy prices through the roof and would result in a permanent drought season for farmers." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Renacci. Issue Position: Energy. 1 January 2011. "Jim will forcefully oppose any legislation that will saddle Americans with a new energy tax or that threatens to kill America's domestic energy industry." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Renacci. Issue Position: National Energy Tax. 8 February 2012. "The 'Cap & Trade' national energy tax, that John Boccieri voted for last year, would amount to one of the largest taxes in American history, would cause electricity prices to skyrocket and would very likely bankrupt an enormous portion of our domestic energy industry. Boccieri's Cap & Trade legislation threatens to wipe out 40,000 jobs in Ohio alone." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Renacci. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Jim Renacci voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Renacci. We Cannot Regulate Our Way to Job Creation. 23 September 2011. "We all want clean air and clean water. However, for the last several years the EPA has attempted to subvert the will of the American people and Congress by implementing unnecessary, burdensome and costly regulations our job creators. The TRAIN Act -- of which I was a co-sponsor --instructs the Administration to take into account the economic impact of future regulations before they attempt to implement them. One thing is very clear: we cannot regulate our way to job creation. Therefore, new EPA rules must be looked at closely to determine their economic impact before moving forward." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Renacci. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "I support tax credits for private sector investment in alternative energy."
  • Jim Renacci. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "I support tax credits for private sector investment in alternative energy."
  • Jim Renacci. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "b) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "I support tax credits for private sector investment in alternative energy."

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  • Jim Renacci. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?" Gun Issues Other or expanded principles: "Any restrictions on the possession of firearms must meet Constitutional "Strict Scrutiny"; it is a fundamental right."
  • Jim Renacci. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "c) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?" Gun Issues Other or expanded principles: "Any restrictions on the possession of firearms must meet Constitutional "Strict Scrutiny"; it is a fundamental right."
  • Jim Renacci. Issue Position: The Second Amendment. 8 February 2012. "As a life-long gun owner and a member of the NRA, I am a staunch supporter of Second Amendment Rights. I believe that the U.S Constitution was crafted and intended to protect and preserve the individual right to bear arms. In Congress I will serve as a strong and vocal defender of the Second Amendment and oppose legislation that seeks to undermine or infringe upon this crucially important constitutional right." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Renacci. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?" Gun Issues Other or expanded principles: "Any restrictions on the possession of firearms must meet Constitutional "Strict Scrutiny"; it is a fundamental right."

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  • Jim Renacci. Issue Position: Health. 1 January 2011. "One of Jim's first votes in Congress will be to repeal and replace the recent health care overhaul bill. He believes the key to making health care more affordable lies with increasing competition and eliminating unnecessary overhead costs on the system, not with a new government takeover of the healthcare system." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Renacci. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Jim Renacci voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Renacci. Issue Position: Health Care. 8 February 2012. "Democrats are on a mission to do to the healthcare industry what they did to the auto industry and the financial sector through a complete government takeover. Their plan would kill jobs, increase taxes on small businesses and force millions of Americans from their current healthcare coverage. The key to making health care more affordable lies with increasing competition and eliminating unnecessary overhead costs on the system, not with a new government takeover of the healthcare system." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Renacci. Congressman Renacci Urges Repeal of Obamacare. 23 March 2011. "One year later, it is apparent that this health care law has raised taxes, increased premiums, added burdensome regulations, and substantially increased the cost of health care. The key to making health care more affordable lies in increasing competition and coordination while eliminating unnecessary overhead costs in the system, not creating a new entitlement program that does the opposite. I will proudly continue the fight to defund and dismantle ObamaCare and ensure that this law is replaced with common-sense reforms that lower health care costs." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Renacci. Congressman Renacci Praises Florida Ruling Calling Obamacare Unconstitutional. 1 February 2011. "I ran for Congress with a pledge that I would fight to repeal Obamacare and I praise Judge Vinson's ruling on this matter. The job crushing Obama-Pelosi health care bill raises premiums for working families and imposes costly burdens on employers through $500 billion in new taxes and increased health care costs for small businesses." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Renacci. Renacci: The Court Got it Wrong, Congress Must Get it Right. 28 June 2012. "I stand with millions of Americans and a clear majority of 16th District residents in voicing my disappointment in today's ruling by the Supreme Court, which upheld President Obama's health care overhaul. The Obama-Sutton health care law is not only driving up premiums on struggling families, but will also force millions of Americans from their health care plans and put unelected Washington bureaucrats between patients and their doctors. While the Court has determined that the law complies with the constitution, that doesn't mean it complies with common sense. I remain committed to the full repeal of this law and replacing it with common sense reforms that will drive down costs and preserve a high quality of care for all Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Renacci. Renacci: The Health Care Law Doesn't Live Up to the Hype, so it Must Be Repealed. 11 July 2012. "Today, U.S. Representative Jim Renacci (OH-16) released the following statement on his vote to repeal the President's health care law in its entirety: 'Even before the Supreme Court labeled the individual mandate a tax, it had already become clear that just about every premise this law was sold on was false. We were told it would lower costs. It hasn't. We were promised you could keep your health insurance if you liked it. You can't. The Court's ruling simply underscored the urgency of repealing this harmful law once and for all. Ohio families and small businesses are concerned about rapidly rising health care costs and maintaining the ability to see the doctor of their choosing. That is why I will continue to push to replace the President's health care law with legislation that increases consumer freedom and lowers health care costs -- two things the current law has proven to be incapable of doing.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Renacci. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?" Health Issues Other or expanded principles: "I support health care reform targeted at decreasing costs through increased competition and tort reform."
  • Jim Renacci. Renacci Votes to Appeal Obamacare Slush Funds. 4 May 2011. "The Obama-Pelosi health care legislation that was forced down America's throat last year has not only driven health care costs through the roof, but has also halted job growth by saddling small businesses with costly new regulations and billions in new taxes. While I am proud to continue the fight for repeal on behalf of the Ohioans I represent, I implore my colleagues across the aisle, as well as the President, to put the will of the American people ahead of partisanship and support a repeal of this misguided, job-crushing legislation." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Renacci. Renacci Stands up for Ohio, Votes to Repeal ObamaCare. 19 January 2011. "ObamaCare is obstructing economic recovery and is destroying jobs by burdening individuals and small business owners with higher premiums, billions of dollars in new taxes and costly regulations. Our seniors are also suffering as a result of last year's ill-advised legislation, which gutted half a trillion dollars from Medicare. The first step towards recovery is repeal, and I am proud to cast my vote in favor of repealing this bill." (votesmart.org)

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  • Jim Renacci. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?"
  • Jim Renacci. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?"
  • Jim Renacci. Issue Position: Immigration. 8 February 2012. "I am 100% opposed to amnesty for illegal immigrants. The U.S. government should never be in the practice of issuing any form of legal benefits to those whose first act in our country is violating our federal laws." (votesmart.org)

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  • Jim Renacci. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?"
  • Jim Renacci. Renacci: Marriage Should Be Between a Man and a Woman. 9 May 2012. "I have always maintained my deeply held belief that marriage should be between one man and one woman, a position that reflects my deeply held Catholic faith. While I disagree with the President's newly discovered views on marriage, his willingness to reverse himself on this issue might offer hope to Ohioans that he will be just as willing to abandon his support for the trillion dollar health care bill, cap and trade, higher taxes on working families, and the crushing regulatory burdens his administration has imposed on the American economy." (votesmart.org)

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  • Jim Renacci. Renacci Statement on Death of Osama bin Laden. 2 May 2011. "For nearly a decade, our military and intelligence communities have fought tirelessly to bring Osama bin Laden to justice. While the war on terrorism is far from over, the brave men and women of our armed forces demonstrated the strength of America's resolve with their heroic actions in Pakistan yesterday. The death of Osama bin Laden marks an important victory for the cause of peace and justice in the world, and it is my hope that it provides at least some sense of closure to all those who lost loved ones on 9/11. I extend my most heartfelt gratitude to our servicemen and servicewomen and to the members of the US intelligence community, who have sacrificed so much to protect and preserve our freedoms. I also congratulate and thank President Bush for his leadership and determination in initiating this mission, and to President Obama for continuing this fight to completion as the Commander in Chief." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Renacci. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?"
  • Jim Renacci. The Sutton Record: Export Jobs, Import Terrorists. 18 May 2012. "Since the devastating 9/11 attacks on our soil that left thousands of Americans dead and thousands more without their mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers, the men and women serving in our military and intelligence communities have worked tirelessly to keep our nation safe by keeping terrorists out of our communities and off our shores. I am proud to stand with those brave men and women by ensuring they continue to have the tools they need to keep our country safe and strong. While Betty Sutton has been exporting jobs from our economy with votes for job crushing regulations on small businesses and higher taxes on our workers, her vote today to import terrorists to our communities and courthouses was a slap in the face to our military and an unconscionable step backward in the fight against terrorism." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Renacci. Issue Position: Defense and National Security. 1 January 2011. "As our military continues its sustained efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq, Washington must also stay on offense in the global war on terrorism and ensure that we adopt domestic policies that will keep the American people safe here at home. Jim is staunchly opposed to the transfer of terrorist detainees currently held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to U.S. soil. Granting known terrorists, including the mastermind of 9/11, access to our civilian judicial system and domestic prisons, poses far too great of a risk to our national security. The complex in Guantanamo Bay is currently the only prison in the world that can safely detain individuals who pose a high-level risk to our national security and unless and until there is another viable, off-shore alternative, it must remain open." (votesmart.org)

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  • Jim Renacci. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?" Business and Employment Issues Other or expanded principles: "To the extent that I support privatizing elements of Social Security, I support allowing workers to privately invest a portion of their payroll taxes"
  • Jim Renacci. Issue Position: Social Security. 8 February 2012. "It is imperative that leaders in Washington ensure that Social Security benefits are protected and that needed reforms are brought to bear that would not raise taxes or privatize the system." (votesmart.org)

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Ohio Congressional Election 2010 Political Courage Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

Pro-lifeCandidate Answera) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?
Nob) Should abortion be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy?
Noc) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
Yesd) Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?
Yese) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?
f) Other or expanded principles

1) Spending

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

Slightly Decreasea) Agriculture
Greatly Decreaseb) Arts
Maintain Statusc) Defense
Slightly Increase1) Intelligence operations
Maintain Status2) Military hardware
Maintain Status3) National missile defense
Maintain Status4) Salary and benefits for active duty personnel
Maintain Status5) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Maintain Status6) Research and development of new weapons
Maintain Statusd) Education
Slightly Decreasee) Environment
Slightly Increasef) Homeland security
Slightly Decreaseg) International aid
Maintain Statush) Medical research
Maintain Statusi) Scientific research
Slightly Decreasej) Space exploration
Greatly Decreasek) United Nations
Slightly Decreasel) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories

2) Taxes

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.

Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Greatly Decreaseb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Greatly Decreased) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Greatly Decreasef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Greatly Decreaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Decreaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
i) Other or expanded categories
YesCandidate Answer3) Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax?
Yes4) Do you support requiring the federal budget to be balanced each year?
NoCandidate Answer5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?
6) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?
Yesb) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Noc) Do you support increasing the federal minimum wage?
Yesd) Do you support the ability of workers to unionize?
e) Do you support federal funding for job-training programs that retrain displaced workers?
f) Other or expanded principles

To the extent that I support privatizing elements of Social Security, I support allowing workers to privately invest a portion of their payroll taxes

Noa) Do you support increasing the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns?
Nob) Should Congress regulate indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Noc) Do you support removing all contribution limits on federal campaigns?
d) Should candidates for federal office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Yese) Do you support giving the President the power of the line item veto for items concerning appropriations?
f) Do you support limiting the President's ability to define how legislation is applied through the use of signing statements?
g) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Yesb) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related training and job-placement assistance when released?
Yesc) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with substance abuse treatment?
Nod) Do you support reduced prison sentences for non-violent offenders?
Yese) Do you support mandatory prison sentences for selling illegal drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate Answera) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?
b) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?
Yesc) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?
Yesd) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?
Yese) Do you support the federal government providing college students with financial aid?
f) Other or expanded principles

I strongly support school voucher programs.

NoCandidate Answera) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Nob) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Noc) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?
Yesd) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?
Yese) Do you support domestic oil exploration in federally-protected areas?
f) Do you support federal funding for the development of alternative energy?
Yesg) Do you support the development of nuclear reactors?
h) Other or expanded principles

I support tax credits for private sector investment in alternative energy.

NoInferred Answer a) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations
Yesb) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?
Yesc) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
Nod) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?
e) Other or expanded principles

Any restrictions on the possession of firearms must meet Constitutional "Strict Scrutiny"; it is a fundamental right.

NoCandidate Answera) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?
b) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
Yesc) Should the federal government expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts?
Yesd) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
e) Do you support relaxing regulations on the importation of prescription drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles

I support health care reform targeted at decreasing costs through increased competition and tort reform.

NoCandidate Answera) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?
Nob) Do you support decreasing the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country?
Yesc) Do you support establishing English as the official national language?
Yesd) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
e) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan?
Yesb) Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan?
c) Do you support increasing economic development assistance for Afghanistan?
Yesd) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?
Yese) Do you support granting aid to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States?
f) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
Yesg) Do you support increasing sanctions on Iran if it continues to defy United Nations mandates?
Noh) Do you support the withdrawal of United States troops from Iraq?
Yesi) Do you support the United States' involvement in free trade agreements?
j) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Nob) Do you support allowing openly-gay men and women to serve in the United States military?
Noc) Do you support federal funding for embryonic stem cell research?
d) Should the federal government end affirmative action programs?
e) Other or expanded principles
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.

(1) It's imperative that we eliminate Washington's reckless deficit spending and implement pro-growth policies that will foster job creation and reverse the rapid economic decline we've witnessed since our current Congressman we elected. In Washington I will support, low tax, small government, free market policies that will restore the stability...to the marketplace that we badly need in order to restore jobs...and...balance the federal budget.
(2) In addition to fighting for lower taxes and less spending, I will fight against the Obama Administration's reckless energy, labor and health care policies that threaten to take a wrecking ball to...the American economy.