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

Office: U.S. House (OH) - District 16, Republican
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 16
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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.

Vote Smart's Research

  • Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape? "No" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/120678/jim-renacci/#.VabN2flViko (votesmart.org)
  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/737409/issue-position-abortion#.VjOejmwViko (votesmart.org)
  • Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life? "Pro-life" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/120678/jim-renacci/#.VabN2flViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/583711/#.VabZHPlViko (votesmart.org)
  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/504597/#.VabZAflViko (votesmart.org)

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  • Do you support mandatory prison sentences for selling illegal drugs? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/120678/jim-renacci/#.VabN2flViko (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The Budget Integrity Act, which is supported by many members of our Bipartisan Working Group, is simply commonsense. Each day, our country accrues more debt and if we don't act now to address it, our children and grandchildren will be forced to pay for it. Now is the time to tackle our debt." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/993399/its-time-to-tackle-the-debt#.VcJeUHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Since the passage of the 2009 stimulus bill, Democrats have repeatedly rejected calls to cut government spending. [?] the number of net jobs the economy has shed since the Democrats' stimulus was signed into law is over 2.5 million." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/588144/congressman-renacci-marks-anniversary-of-democrats-failed-stimulus-bill/?search=Stimulus#.VjOfj2wViko (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy? "No" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/120678/jim-renacci/#.VabN2flViko (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 636 "America's Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51297#.VaPoUPlViko (votesmart.org)
  • "As a CPA and former small business owner for nearly 30 years, I know how important certainty is to an organization's ability to hire and expand. This has only been reinforced when visiting with small businesses and families across Ohio's 16th District. That is why I was disappointed that Congress today continued its tradition of kicking the can down the road by only retroactively extending critical expiring tax policies." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/941110/renacci-critical-of-tax-extenders-deal#.VcJjgXUVhHw (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/627552/issue-position-education#.VcJktnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students? "No" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/120678/jim-renacci/#.VabN2flViko (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We can and must be doing more to jumpstart our economy and create more opportunities for Ohioans and Americans everywhere. Thanks to our abundant domestic energy resources, our country is in a position to strengthen our energy security. This includes building the Keystone XL pipeline, which will lead to increased energy independence and the creation of thousands of jobs." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/959115/renacci-its-time-to-put-politics-aside-and-build-the-keystone-pipeline/?search=xl#.VcJl43UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill To Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VaPmTPlViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 3 "Keystone XL Pipeline Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50797#.VaPm1PlViko (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "It is critical that we utilize all of our resources, including natural gas, clean coal, and American-sourced oil, as well as alternative energy sources such as wind, solar, hydropower to keep Ohio and America strong." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/926647/issue-position-national-energy#.VcJmznUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I support tax credits for private sector investment in alternative energy." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/120678/jim-renacci/#.VabN2flViko (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/504599/issue-position-national-energy-tax#.VcJnAXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change? "No" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/120678/jim-renacci/#.VabN2flViko (votesmart.org)

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  • Do you support a ban on assault rifles? "No" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/120678/jim-renacci/#.VabN2flViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Any restrictions on the possession of firearms must meet Constitutional 'Strict Scrutiny'; it is a fundamental right." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/120678/jim-renacci/#.VabN2flViko (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of 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)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 2 "Repealing the Health Care Bill" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/33026#oVaPv9flViko (votesmart.org)
  • "As a former CPA with over 25 years of experience in the health care industry, I know firsthand how destructive aspects of this health law have been. Time and time again, I've heard from constituents about their rising premium costs, tax increases, loss of their primary physician, and the burdens imposed on business owners." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/993441/patientsfirst#.VcJoAXUVhHw (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/120678/jim-renacci/#.VabN2flViko (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants? "No" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/120678/jim-renacci/#.VabN2flViko (votesmart.org)

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  • Should marriage only be between one man and one woman? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/120678/jim-renacci/#.VabN2flViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/120678/jim-renacci/76#.VcJolHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/694107/renacci-marriage-should-be-between-one-man-and-one-woman#.VcJounUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/120678/jim-renacci/#.VabN2flViko (votesmart.org)
  • "As America continues to face challenges to our national security, we must ensure that we have leaders in Washington who are committed to preserving our military strength and to policies that will aggressively combat threats to our way of life, both at home and abroad." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/504601/issue-position-national-security#.VcJpcnUVhHw (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "To the extent that I support privatizing elements of Social Security, I support allowing workers to privately invest a portion of their payroll taxes." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/120678/jim-renacci/#.VabN2flViko (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/120678/jim-renacci/#.VabN2flViko (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.