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Daniel T. Kildee

Daniel Kildee's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Daniel T. Kildee
Office: U.S. House (MI) - District 5, Democratic
First Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Jennifer; 3 Children: Ryan, Kenneth, Katy
Birth Date: 08/11/1958
Birth Place: Flint, MI
Home City: Flint, MI
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Daniel Kildee refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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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 issue positions, from the year 2012, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-choice Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Daniel Kildee. Issue Position: Women Issues. 2 June 2012. "I believe women should have the right to choose when it comes to issues of reproductive health. This includes access to contraceptives as well as the right to choose to have an abortion." www.dankildee.com/on-the-issues/
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Daniel Kildee. Issue Position: Standing Up for the 99%. 1 January 2012. "Americans are fed up with Washington. Instead of ending tax breaks for billionaires and oil companies, Republicans time and time again have favored tax giveaways for the wealthiest in our country. Republicans refuse to put one additional dollar in the pockets of everyday working Americans, instead protecting tax breaks for their wealthy friends. Working Americans are struggling and our middle class is getting crushed -- enough is enough. Congress needs to stand up for the 99 percent -- not the wealthiest 1 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Daniel Kildee. Detroit News Washington Bureau - Raising Nation's Debt Ceiling Becomes High-Stakes Debate. 10 June 2011. "Democrats insisted that new taxes must be part of any deficit-reduction deal, a position Republicans have rejected. The U.S. House took its first vote last week to raise the debt limit to $16.7 trillion. It failed, 318-97, as Michigan Democratic Reps. John Dingell, Dale Kildee and Hansen Clarke voted for it." (votesmart.org)
  • Daniel Kildee. Facebook: Timeline. 29 March 2012. "The GOP-led House just passed the Paul Ryan budget plan, which would end the Medicare guarantee for seniors and give tax cuts to the wealthy instead of the middle class. If I am elected to Congress, know that I will fight for the 99 percent, not the top 1. The Ryan budget plan has the wrong priorities for America." (www.facebook.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Daniel Kildee. Issue Position: Jobs. 2 July 2012. "More must be done to protect middle class and working families, including additional job-creation efforts that will help spur America's economic recovery. Congress should immediately pass the American Jobs Act, which was proposed by President Barack Obama and presents a clear plan to create jobs and grow our economy. The American Jobs Act offers a series of initiatives to help small businesses hire, cut taxes for workers, and put police officers, firefighters, teachers and veterans back to work. President Obama's legislation would also invest in America's infrastructure, putting Americans back to work by fixing our crumbling roads, bridges and schools." (www.dankildee.com)
  • Daniel Kildee. Facebook: Timeline. 15 February 2012. "Make sure to check out MSNBC's coverage of the new jobs being added at the General Motors truck plant in Flint! When the auto industry was on the verge of collapse, President Obama stepped in and saved millions of manufacturing jobs. Today, because of the President's bold efforts, the Big Three are roaring back to life!" (www.facebook.com)
  • Daniel Kildee. Statement from Dan Kildee in Reaction to the State of the Union Address. 25 January 2012. "I applaud President Obama and his continued laser-like focus on rebuilding our economy and putting Michiganders back to work. Indeed, the President has stood with Michigan workers time and time again when it wasn't politically convenient or popular. When the auto industry was on the verge of collapse, he stepped in and saved millions of manufacturing jobs. Today, because of the President's bold efforts, the Big Three are roaring back to life, GM is number one again, and along with Chrysler and Ford, they are creating thousands of new jobs across the 5th Congressional district and our state. Tonight, President Obama also outlined a blueprint for building an economy that reflects our values “ investing in American manufacturing, American energy, and investing in American workers." (www.dankildee.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Daniel Kildee. Issue Position: Jobs. 2 July 2012. "More must be done to protect middle class and working families, including additional job-creation efforts that will help spur America's economic recovery. Congress should immediately pass the American Jobs Act, which was proposed by President Barack Obama and presents a clear plan to create jobs and grow our economy. The American Jobs Act offers a series of initiatives to help small businesses hire, cut taxes for workers, and put police officers, firefighters, teachers and veterans back to work. President Obama's legislation would also invest in America's infrastructure, putting Americans back to work by fixing our crumbling roads, bridges and schools." (www.dankildee.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Daniel Kildee. Facebook: Timeline. 29 March 2012. "proud to receive the endorsement of the American Federation of Teachers! As a former member of the Flint School Board, I understand the need for a robust public education system that is accessible to all students." (www.facebook.com)
  • Daniel Kildee. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2012. "Every child deserves a quality, public education. We must reaffirm our commitment to education by working to fully fund education and strengthen our public education system. We must also invest in higher education and ensure that everyone has the possibility to attain a higher education degree. This will ensure that we continue to have the most well-trained and diverse workers in the world. Education -- including both K-12 and higher education -- are the foundation of our society and will ensure America is competitive in the future." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Daniel Kildee. Facebook: Timeline. 20 March 2012. "Great news -- Clean Water Action has endorsed our campaign! When I am in Congress, I will fight to strengthen our nation's environmental protections and support a clean energy economy." (www.facebook.com)
  • Daniel Kildee. Issue Position: Environment. 2 June 2012. "We need stronger “ not weaker “ regulations to ensure cleaner air and water so that future generations can enjoy the same world we live in today." (www.dankildee.com)
  • Daniel Kildee. "Clean Water Action Endorses Dan Kildee For Congress." 20 March 2012. "When I am in Congress, I will fight to strengthen our nation's environmental protections and support a clean energy economy. Embracing renewable energy technologies will not only power our clean energy future but also create tens of thousands of good-paying jobs that we so desperately need." (www.dankildee.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Daniel Kildee. Facebook: Timeline. 11 July 2012. "This is the Republican's 31st attempt at repealing the Affordable care act. The Supreme Court ruled the Affordable Care Act is constitutional and the Republicans need to quit wasting tax payer's money and focus on what is important to working people"jobs!" (www.facebook.com)
  • Daniel Kildee. Facebook: Timeline. 23 March 2012. "It's been two years since President Barack Obama signed health care reform into law. The Affordable Care Act's life-saving consumer and patient protections are already benefitting millions of Americans and will benefit millions more in the coming years as additional provisions are implemented. It wasn't easy passing health care reform, but President Obama got it done!" (www.facebook.com)
  • Daniel Kildee. Dan Kildee's statement regarding the United States Supreme Court ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act. 28 June 2012. "Today's Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act is a victory for all Americans, and affirms that in this country we will put people first when it comes to health care “ not insurance companies. This decision ensures that middle-class families and small businesses will have a fair say in the health insurance industry, and protects our most vulnerable from being denied affordable care. It confirms that insurance companies are not in control of a patient's health, and will lower costs across the board. The Affordable Care Act significantly raises our standards of health care and will provide tangible benefits to nearly all Americans." (www.dankildee.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Daniel Kildee. Facebook: Timeline. 13 March 2012. "I have been “ and always will be “ a supporter of LGBT rights, including marriage equality. Discrimination for any reason, including on the basis of sexual orientation, is wrong and has no place in our government or society. Under the leadership of President Obama, we have made great strides toward equality, but there is still more work to be done. When I am in Congress, I will be a consistent, steadfast voice for equality for all." (www.dankildee.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Dan Kildee signed Progressive Change Campaign Committee: Social Security Protectors. "Social Security belongs to the people who have worked hard all their lives and contributed to it. Social Security is a promise that must not be broken. We need to strengthen Social Security, not cut it. That is why I oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including increasing the retirement age. I also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part." (socialsecurityprotectors.com)
  • Dan Kildee. Facebook: Timeline. 14 August 2012. "The Social Security Act is one of the greatest legislative achievements in the history of the United States and I vow to protect it for generations to come." (www.facebook.com)

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