Representative Brad Schneider's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Brad Schneider
Current Office: U.S. House - District 10, Democratic
First Elected: 11/06/2012
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 10
Primary March 18, 2014
General Nov. 4, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Julie; 2 Children: Adam, Daniel
Birth Date: 08/20/1961
Home City: Deerfield, IL
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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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  • Brad Schneider. Home. 3 February 2012. "I believe in a woman's fundamental right to make her own decisions about her body and her health, free from intrusion by the government." (schneiderforcongress.com)
  • Brad Schneider. Independent Voters of Illinois Independent Precinct Organization: 2012 Congressional Questionnaire. Responded "YES" to the question: "Do you support the Freedom of Choice Act? Do you support repeal of the Hyde Amendment?" (www.iviipo.org)
  • Brad Schneider. Daily Herald: 2012 Candidate Profile Questions and Answers. Responded "I am 100% Pro Choice and believe that abortion should be safe, legal and rare. I also support federal funding for clinics which provide abortion services" to the question: "What, if any, abortion exceptions do you support? Should abortion clinics receive government funding?" (www.dailyherald.com)
  • Brad Schneider. Issue Position: Women's Rights. 3 February 2012. "I believe in a woman's fundamental right to make her own decisions about her body and her health, free from intrusion by the government. We must diligently protect women's access to comprehensive health care, including family planning, birth control, and safe, legal abortion. As a member of Congress, I will oppose any legislation that limits women's access to full and comprehensive health care. I will also oppose any legislation that seeks to place limits on the full spectrum of health decisions between a woman and her doctor." (votesmart.org)
  • Brad Schneider. Twitter:schneider4IL10. 3 February 2012. "Great to hear RT @chicagotribune: (AP) - Susan G. Koman for the Cure reverses decision to end grants to Planned Parenthood." (twitter.com)
  • Brad Schneider. Twitter:schneider4IL10. 1 February 2012. "Action Alert: TELL SUSAN G. KOMEN: DON'T DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD" (twitter.com)
  • Brad Schneider. Independent Voters of Illinois Independent Precinct Organization: 2012 Congressional Questionnaire. Responded "NO" to the question: "Do you support the Human Life Amendment? Do you support parental notification to obtain an abortion? Do you support a ban on so-called partial birth abortions?" (www.iviipo.org)

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  • Brad Schneider. Issue Position: National Security and Foreign Policy. 3 February 2012. "As a member of Congress I will support policies that preserve the United States' positive influence and leadership in bilateral and multilateral relations with our allies, in addressing challenges with our adversaries, and in setting international policies in global forums. Our goal in foreign policy must always be to keep America safe today, as well as work to craft a sustainable, forward looking policy that can ensure our security and prosperity for years to come. Such policy includes sensible defense spending that recognizes the changing realities of warfare and international relations. We can no longer rely on a Cold War mentality where foreign policy is a zero-sum game. Successful policy will combine the right balance of strong and soft power. As the international system continues to evolve from the bi-polar world of the last half-century to one of multiple influential powers, the U.S. must also continue to couple a strategic defense policy with diplomacy and development. At the same time, we must focus on sustaining and enhancing our economic power, as stability at home will translate into continued influence and investment overseas." (votesmart.org)
  • Brad Schneider. Independent Voters of Illinois Independent Precinct Organization: 2012 Congressional Questionnaire. Responded "I believe we have already achieved success in our initial mission in Afghanistan, specifically: (1) the removal of the Taliban; (2) the weakening of Al Qaeda; and (3) the death of Osama Bin Ladin. But, as in other wars, the war in Afghanistan has experienced "mission creep." I believe that we are today in Afghanistan focusing on (1) nation building, (2) suppression of the opium trade and (3) intercession within Pakistan. None of these goals are likely to be fully achieved by the deployment of NATO forces, now or in the future. I therefore support President Obama's plan and timetable for withdrawing American troops. That said, I also believe that we must stay engaged with Afghanistan, supporting the government and the Afghan people as they build their own nation in their own way. We must also work with Afghanistan and surrounding nations, to create economic opportunities to replace the attraction of opium trade to Afghan citizens. And we must work to reduce global demand at the same time. And we must work with the world to address the challenges in Pakistan, both in the short and the long term" to the question: "Comment on the necessity & effectiveness of our military deployment in Afghanistan." (www.iviipo.org)

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  • Brad Schneider. Independent Voters of Illinois Independent Precinct Organization: 2012 Congressional Questionnaire. Responded "Our goal in foreign policy must always be to keep America safe today, as well as work to craft a sustainable, forward looking policy that can ensure our security and prosperity for years to come. Such policy includes sensible defense spending that recognizes the changing realities of warfare and international relations" to the question: "What should be Congress' role in formulating foreign policy?" (www.iviipo.org)
  • Bernie Lubell. Chicago Tonight: 10th District. 16 January 2012. "Lubell: 'Should the federal government cut spending and where?' Schneider: 'We need to look for ways to reduce spending across the board, including defense, discretionary spending [¦] I am confident we will find substantial savings in hunting out and eliminating wasteful spending.'" (chicagotonight.wttw.com)

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  • Steve Sadin. Glenview Patch: Democratic Candidates Praise Obama Speech. 25 January 2012. "Schneider applauded the President's proposal to change the tax laws. He wants those who have taken a larger share of the nation's bounty to put more into the country's growth. 'Our investments should be funded by a tax code that is fair,' Schneider said. 'Everyone must contribute, and those of us fortunate to have more should carry more of the burden. It is simply wrong for millionaires to have a lower tax rate than hourly wage earners.'" (glenview.patch.com)
  • Brad Schneider. Home. 3 February 2012. "I believe that the Bush tax cuts, set to expire this year, should be replaced with a more fair, equitable, and responsible tax policy." (schneiderforcongress.com)
  • Brad Schneider. Daily Herald: 2012 Candidate Profile Questions and Answers. Responded "The Bush tax cuts will expire at the end of this year. We need to stop kicking the can down the road and rethink our entire tax system towards long-term, comprehensive tax reform. I believe in a progressive tax structure that fairly distributes the costs of government in a way that those of us fortunate to have more, carry more of the burden" to the question: "Should tax breaks be extended? Why or why not? If so, for whom?" (www.dailyherald.com)
  • Brad Schneider. Independent Voters of Illinois Independent Precinct Organization: 2012 Congressional Questionnaire. Responded "YES" to the question: "Do you support a more progressive income tax?" (www.iviipo.org)
  • Brad Schneider. Issue Position: Fiscal Reform. 3 February 2012. "The Bush tax cuts will, and should, expire at the end of next year. We need to stop kicking the can down the road and rethink our entire tax system towards long-term, comprehensive tax reform. I believe in a progressive tax structure that fairly distributes the costs of government in a way that those of us fortunate to have more, carry more of the burden. But at the same time, everyone must have a stake in setting our priorities as well as supporting the costs. We truly are all in the same boat together." (votesmart.org)
  • Brad Schneider. NBC Chicago: 2011 Chicago Tribune Editorial Board Questionnaire. Responded "I believe in a progressive tax structure that fairly distributes the costs of government in a way that those of us fortunate to have more, carry more of the burden" to the question: "Should Congress rewrite the U.S. tax code? If so, what would your priorities be?" (elections.chicagotribune.com)

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  • Brad Schneider. CAIR Chicago: 2012 Primary Election Guide. "He hopes to promote job growth in his district by accelerating investments in infrastructure, providing tax incentives for small and medium sized businesses, and developing new programs and incentives aimed at increasing exports of American made products." www.cairchicago.org/pdf/voter_education_guide_primaries_2012.pdf
  • Brad Schneider. Daily Herald: 2012 Candidate Profile Questions and Answers. Responded "With respect to improving employment and creating jobs, Congress can and must play a bold leadership role setting a course for the country that will lead to sustainable economic growth [¦] I supported President Obama's jobs plan because it was a positive step towards helping the economy create more jobs" to the question: "Should tax breaks be extended? Why or why not? If so, for whom?" (www.dailyherald.com)
  • Brad Schneider. Independent Voters of Illinois Independent Precinct Organization: 2012 Congressional Questionnaire. Responded "My strategy for growth includes five key elements: 1) Incentives for jobs now 2) Investment in infrastructure 3) Creation of quality, long-term jobs 4) Investment in people today and in the future 5) Investment in new technologies, including clean energy, health care, and information" to the question: "What would you do to create jobs, specifically address communities with historically high and lingering unemployment rates?" (www.iviipo.org)
  • Brad Schneider. Issue Position: Jobs & the Economy. 3 February 2012. "We must create many public/private partnerships to reinvest, rebuild, and reinvent our national infrastructure. We should start immediately rebuilding our national electrical grid to power both the homes and the cars of the future. We should accelerate reinforcing and rebuilding our bridges, highways, and streets. We should plan for, design and construct new high-speed rail networks, linked to modern mass transit systems that restore our world leadership in transportation. And we should start now, to produce good jobs today, and provide the framework for long-term growth and jobs for years to come." (votesmart.org)
  • Brad Schneider. Issue Position: Middle Class Opportunity. 3 February 2012. "Government and banks need to work together with these homeowners to allow them to stay in their homes. We also need to seek ongoing opportunities to get people on the path to buying homes again and bringing health back to a critical homebuliding sector of our economy." (votesmart.org)

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  • Bernie Lubell. Chicago Tonight: 10th District. 16 January 2012. "Lubell: 'How would you promote job growth in your district?' Schneider: '1. Accelerate investments in infrastructure within the context of a long-term vision, and with the support of a national infrastructure bank. 2. Provide tax incentives for small and medium-sized businesses to invest in new products, new processes, and new people. 3. Develop new programs and incentives for small and medium-sized businesses to increase exports of American made product.'" (chicagotonight.wttw.com)
  • Brad Schneider. Issue Position: Jobs & the Economy. 3 February 2012. "We must emphasize existing programs and develop new, targeted tax incentives for companies to hire and train new workers, purchase new production equipment, and develop new products and processes." (votesmart.org)
  • Brad Schneider. NBC Chicago: 2011 Chicago Tribune Editorial Board Questionnaire. Responded "2. Provide tax incentives for small and medium-sized businesses to invest in new products, new processes, and new people" to the question: "Identify three specific actions you would support to foster private-sector job creation." (elections.chicagotribune.com)
  • Brad Schneider. CAIR Chicago: 2012 Primary Election Guide. "He hopes to promote job growth in his district by accelerating investments in infrastructure, providing tax incentives for small and medium sized businesses, and developing new programs and incentives aimed at increasing exports of American made products." www.cairchicago.org/pdf/voter_education_guide_primaries_2012.pdf
  • Brad Schneider. Independent Voters of Illinois Independent Precinct Organization: 2012 Congressional Questionnaire. Responded "While smart policy will help us grow long-term, I will also seek to provide immediate incentives for companies, states and local communities to invest in people and equipment today. We must emphasize existing programs and develop new, targeted tax incentives for companies to hire and train new workers, purchase new production equipment, and develop new products and processes. We must continue to invest at the local level to help cities, towns and villages retain teachers, police, firefighters and other community-enhancing service providers" to the question: "What would you do to create jobs, specifically address communities with historically high and lingering unemployment rates?" (www.iviipo.org)

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  • Steve Sadin. Wilmette-Kenilworth Patch: Dold Challengers Talk Health Care, Education. 9 June 2011. "Schneider wants to keep the specifics of education programming at the local level, though he wants the federal government to set high standards. He lauds Education Secretary Arne Duncan's Race to the Top program as a step in the right direction." (wilmette.patch.com)
  • Brad Schneider. NBC Chicago: 2011 Chicago Tribune Editorial Board Questionnaire. Responded "Expanding programs, like "Race to the Top," that allow states to opt in and compete for federal investment in innovative, transformative educational ideas" to the question: "What role should the federal government play in public education? Do you favor or oppose the Obama administration's Race To The Top program?" (elections.chicagotribune.com)
  • Brad Schneider. Issue Position: Education. 3 February 2012. "I believe we can make progress [¦] by: Increasing our investment in early learning programs. Helping states transform their most challenged schools to ensure every child has access to quality education. Developing shared educational standards that help ensure we provide all young people the lessons, skills and tools to succeed in an increasingly competitive and interconnected global economy. Identifying and developing effective measures of learning and academic performance to create high, and realistic, expectations and accountability for educating our children. Expanding programs, like "Race to the Top," that allow states to opt in and compete for federal investment in innovative, transformative educational ideas. Refining "No Child Left Behind" to retain those aspects that are helpful and address the issues that create confusion or unnecessary burden. Developing affordable pathways to technical, undergraduate and graduate education, encompassing community colleges, colleges and universities." (votesmart.org)

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  • Brad Schneider. 3 February 2012. Independent Voters of Illinois Independent Precinct Organization: 2012 Congressional Questionnaire. Responded "No" to the question: "Do you support Oil drilling in Alaska and other protected wilderness?"
  • Brad Schneider. NBC Chicago: 2011 Chicago Tribune Editorial Board Questionnaire. Responded "America's long-term prosperity and security, our environment, our economy, our global competitiveness and influence, require that we accelerate our transition away from fossil fuels and reduce our dependence on imported energy [¦]Until we find sufficient alternatives to replace our demand for oil and gas, we need to continue to explore for domestic sources. But, we can conduct that exploration and extraction in a way that minimizes its environmental impact. However, there are places, like Lake Michigan or the Artic National Wildlife Reserve, where we will never be able to minimize the environmental impact sufficiently to allow drilling" to the question: "What are your priorities for U.S. energy production and conservation? How can the U.S. reduce its reliance on foreign oil? Do you favor or oppose expanded domestic drilling for oil, shale oil and natural gas?" (elections.chicagotribune.com)
  • Brad Schneider. Issue Position: Energy. 3 February 2012. "We have been talking as a nation about energy independence for over forty years, with far too little progress to account for it. We remain almost wholly dependent on fossil fuels and wholly over-dependent on imported oil. America's long-term prosperity and security, our environment, our economy, our global competitiveness and influence, require that we accelerate our transition away from fossil fuels and reduce our dependence on imported energy [¦] We also need to create the incentives and the resources to ensure that new technologies are not just invented here, but built here, and then exported to the rest of the world." (votesmart.org)
  • Brad Schneider. Home. 3 February 2012. "I believe our long term prosperity and security, our global competitiveness and influence, our environment, and our economy depend on accelerating our transition away from fossil fuels and reducing our dependence on imported energy." (schneiderforcongress.com)

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  • Brad Schneider. Independent Voters of Illinois Independent Precinct Organization: 2012 Congressional Questionnaire. Responded "YES" to the question: "Do you support lower national carbon emissions goals? Do you support cap and trade? Do you support national energy efficiency goals? Do you support incentives for business to develop alternative energy systems? Do you support tax credits for individuals to implement sustainable renewable systems in their homes? Do you support allowing states to adopt more stringent environmental standards than provided for in federal law?" (www.iviipo.org)
  • Brad Schneider. Issue Position: Environment. 3 February 2012. "Fighting Republican Attempts to Defund the EPA: Since Congressional Republicans took control of the House of Representatives in January they have attempted to reduce and even eliminate federal funding for the EPA. During the budget debate in the spring, Congressional Republican sought to entirely eliminate funding for the regulation of greenhouse gases that are linked to climate change. I understand that the government needs to evaluate and reduce spending due to the current economic climate, but I disagree that it needs to be done at the expense of our natural environment. As a member of Congress I will fight to protect the EPA from Republican attacks." (votesmart.org)

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  • Brad Schneider. Daily Herald: 2012 Candidate Profile Questions and Answers. Responded "I believe we must work to enact sensible safe gun policy at the federal level that will reduce gun violence in America. I oppose concealed carry gun laws. As a member of Congress I will pursue common sense gun policy including initiatives such as the Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act, the Gun Show Loophole Closing Act and reinstatement of the Federal Assault Weapons Ban" to the question: "What is your position on concealed carry gun laws?" (www.dailyherald.com)
  • Brad Schneider. Independent Voters of Illinois Independent Precinct Organization: 2012 Congressional Questionnaire. Responded "YES" to the question: "Do you support legislation restricting the sale and possession of assault weapons? Do you support legislation mandating background checks of purchasers of weapons at gun shows, through the internet and through print advertisements? Do you support legislation increasing penalties for illegal resale of weapons?" (www.iviipo.org)
  • Brad Schneider. Issue Position: Gun Control. 3 February 2012. "I believe we must work to enact sensible safe gun policy that will reduce gun violence in America. As a member of Congress I will pursue common sense gun policy including initiatives such as the Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act, the Gun Show Loophole Closing Act and reinstatement of the Federal Assault Weapons Ban." (votesmart.org)

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  • Brad Schneider, Bernie Lubell. Chicago Tonight: 10th District. 16 January 2012. "Lubell: 'What are your thoughts on the healthcare law?' Schneider: 'I support the overall direction of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and I believe we need to continually work to reform our national health care system to achieve two broad goals. First, we need to reduce the overall health care costs for the nation as a whole, while also continually improving the health and health care outcomes for each of us as individuals. We will do that, in part, through more effective emphasis on well care, preventative care, and curative care. Second, we need to reformulate our health care payment model to provide access to good care for every citizen, regardless of job status, pre-existing condition, or age.'" (chicagotonight.wttw.com)
  • Brad Schneider. NBC Chicago: 2011 Chicago Tribune Editorial Board Questionnaire. Responded "I do not think the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act should be repealed. I believe we need to continually work to reform our national health care system to achieve two broad goals. First, we need to reduce the overall health care costs for the nation as a whole, while also continually improving the health and health care outcomes for each of us as individuals. We will do that, in part, through more effective emphasis on well care, preventative care, and curative care. Second, we need to reformulate our health care payment model to provide access to good care for every citizen, regardless of job status, pre-existing condition, or age" to the question: "Do you favor repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which President Obama signed into law in 2010? What changes, if any, would you support in the health care law?" (elections.chicagotribune.com)

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  • Brad Schneider. Independent Voters of Illinois Independent Precinct Organization: 2012 Congressional Questionnaire. Responded "YES" to the question: "Do you support prioritizing family reunification as criteria in granting visas and processing citizenship and permanent resident applications? Do you support halting deportations of immigrants until final determination of residency status has been made and appeals have been exhausted? Do you support a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants currently in the country? Do you support prohibiting deportation of undocumented immigrants arrested for misdemeanors or traffic violations? Do you support the DREAM Act? Do you support recognizing same sex marital or union status when determining immigration status?" (www.iviipo.org)
  • Brad Schneider. NBC Chicago: 2011 Chicago Tribune Editorial Board Questionnaire. Responded "As a member of Congress, I will support comprehensive immigration reform that effectively secures our borders, while at the same time creates a clear, fair and equitable path for legal residency, and ultimately citizenship, for those already living in the United States. We need to give hard-working, law-abiding individuals, people who are productively contributing to their communities and to our country, a path for earned legalization. I will also strongly advocate for the DREAM Act" to the question: "How should the U.S. government reform its immigration system, and how should it treat the 12 million immigrants who are here illegally?" (elections.chicagotribune.com)

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  • Brad Schneider. Daily Herald: 2012 Candidate Profile Questions and Answers. Responded "Marriage as a legal term should be defined as a union between two consenting adults. I support same sex marriage" to the question: "How do you believe marriage should be defined legally?" (www.dailyherald.com)
  • Brad Schneider. Facebook: Wall. 2 February 2012. "Glad to see another step towards marriage equality has been taken in Washington state. I'm hoping that Senator Heather Steans and all the legislators who are working hard on this issue can bring the same to Illinois soon." (www.facebook.com)
  • Brad Schneider. Home. 3 February 2012. "I believe in marriage equality." (schneiderforcongress.com)
  • Brad Schneider. Independent Voters of Illinois Independent Precinct Organization: 2012 Congressional Questionnaire. Responded "YES" to the question: "Do you support repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act? Do you support passage of the Respect for Marriage Act?" (www.iviipo.org)
  • Brad Schneider. Issue Position: LGBT Equality & Civil Rights. 3 February 2012. "If elected to Congress, I will be a strong advocate for the wide-ranging issues facing the LGBT community across the country. I believe that two people who desire to make a lifelong commitment to build a future together should have the right to do so, and it should be called "marriage", plain and simple. Only by extending the full and complete rights, benefits, and protections that flow form marriage can we claim that all people and families are truly equal. I strongly hold that all Americans should be entitled to the unconditional right to marry, regardless of sexual orientation. As a member of Congress I will fight to institute equal recognition of marriage by repealing DOMA." (votesmart.org)

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  • Brad Schneider. Home. 3 February 2012. "I believe we owe it to our seniors to protect the promise of Social Security and Medicare today and for generations to come." (schneiderforcongress.com)
  • Brad Schneider. Independent Voters of Illinois Independent Precinct Organization: 2012 Congressional Questionnaire. Responded "In the years since Ida May Fuller received the very first Social Security check on January 31, 1940, the generational promise of security and dignity for our senior citizens has been a foundation of our social contract. In no small part, the promise of Social Security has been a source of our economic growth and development. I believe this must continue. Social Security has helped us dramatically reduce the percent of seniors living below the poverty line. This is a goal started, but not yet completed. As with any long-term, large-scale program, Social Security needs to evolve over time. I am committed to making sure that the promises made under current law are fulfilled, while at the same time I recognize that we will need to consider long-term changes to address our long-term needs" to the question: "What changes would you propose for the Social Security System?" (www.iviipo.org)

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