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Patrick Murphy's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (FL) - District 18, Democratic
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Patrick Murphy has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Patrick Murphy 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 issue positions, from the year 2014, 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

  • Patrick Murphy. Facebook: Wall Photos. 24 January 2012. "Proud to have joined the Pro-Choice Coalition Rally for Roe v. Wade last Sunday." (www.facebook.com)
  • Patrick Murphy. Issue Position: Women's Rights. 13 April 2012. "I fully support a woman's right to choose and believe that efforts to curtail this right amount to an unacceptable intrusion by the government into the private lives of its citizens. This right has been under continual assault by the courts and Republican legislatures for decades, and we should not be passive in its defense." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick Murphy. Facebook: Wall Photos. 24 January 2012. "Proud to have joined the Pro-Choice Coalition Rally for Roe v. Wade last Sunday." (www.facebook.com)
  • Patrick Murphy. Issue Position: Women's Rights. 13 April 2012. "I fully support a woman's right to choose and believe that efforts to curtail this right amount to an unacceptable intrusion by the government into the private lives of its citizens. This right has been under continual assault by the courts and Republican legislatures for decades, and we should not be passive in its defense." (votesmart.org)
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

  • Jonathan Mattise. TCPalm: Murphy looking to pit cash against West in November. 15 July 2012. "Murphy also has offered some takes on federal issues " he's against drilling off Florida's shores and in the Everglades; supports the Buffett rule for higher taxes on millionaires; and only wants to extend the Bush tax cuts for earners of $1 million a year or less." (www.tcpalm.com)
  • Jonathan Mattise. TCPalm: Murphy looking to pit cash against West in November. 15 July 2012. "Murphy also has offered some takes on federal issues " he's against drilling off Florida's shores and in the Everglades; supports the Buffett rule for higher taxes on millionaires; and only wants to extend the Bush tax cuts for earners of $1 million a year or less." (www.tcpalm.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • Patrick Murphy. Issue Position: Smarter Governing. 27 July 2012. "Part of making our country more prosperous is making it more efficient. As taxpayers, we need to get more out of our tax dollars. As someone who was an external auditor of Fortune 500 companies, I've seen a great deal of waste and duplication. I've also seen the best practices in action. Through smarter cuts, key investments, and more efficient governing, we can deliver a greater return on investment to American taxpayers." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick Murphy. Issue Position: Reducing National Debt. 27 July 2012. "America has over 14 trillion dollars in debt -- a number so high we can't simply cut our way out of it. We have to carve a smart balance between the costs we can and should cut. We need to invest in other areas such as infrastructure, education, and energy independence. Our future growth -- critical to the elimination of this debt - depends on creating a smarter balance between these cuts and investments." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick Murphy. Issue Position: Smarter Governing. 27 July 2012. "Part of making our country more prosperous is making it more efficient. As taxpayers, we need to get more out of our tax dollars. As someone who was an external auditor of Fortune 500 companies, I've seen a great deal of waste and duplication. I've also seen the best practices in action. Through smarter cuts, key investments, and more efficient governing, we can deliver a greater return on investment to American taxpayers." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick Murphy. Video: Patrick Murphy on the Economy, Jobs Bill, and Payroll Tax Extension. 20 December 2011. "A crucial piece of the President's jobs bill is the spending on infrastructure. You know, investing in schools, roads, bridges. It's crucial in order to get our people back to work. These are construction workers, architects, engineers, people that are on the sidelines, unemployed right now. We must get them back to work and this is a great way to do it [¦] We've never cut our way out of a recession." (youtu.be)
  • Patrick Murphy. Issue Position: Reducing National Debt. 27 July 2012. "America has over 14 trillion dollars in debt -- a number so high we can't simply cut our way out of it. We have to carve a smart balance between the costs we can and should cut. We need to invest in other areas such as infrastructure, education, and energy independence. Our future growth -- critical to the elimination of this debt - depends on creating a smarter balance between these cuts and investments." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick Murphy. Video: Patrick Murphy on the Economy, Jobs Bill, and Payroll Tax Extension. 20 December 2011. "A crucial piece of the President's jobs bill is the spending on infrastructure. You know, investing in schools, roads, bridges. It's crucial in order to get our people back to work. These are construction workers, architects, engineers, people that are on the sidelines, unemployed right now. We must get them back to work and this is a great way to do it [¦] We've never cut our way out of a recession." (youtu.be)
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

  • Patrick Murphy. Issue Position: Education. 13 April 2012. "In this economy, we must do more than lip service to our children's needs. We must provide resources and options. We can't afford to cut any more from our system, nor can we afford to eliminate the Department of Education, as my opponent advocates. In contrast, I believe it is in our national interest to reinvest in our children, which is critical to our future growth. The hundreds of billions of dollars we are spending in Iraq and Afghanistan to rebuild their countries should be returned home, where in part, it can be used to fulfill our long promised commitment to education." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick Murphy. Issue Position: Education. 13 April 2012. "In this economy, we must do more than lip service to our children's needs. We must provide resources and options. We can't afford to cut any more from our system, nor can we afford to eliminate the Department of Education, as my opponent advocates. In contrast, I believe it is in our national interest to reinvest in our children, which is critical to our future growth. The hundreds of billions of dollars we are spending in Iraq and Afghanistan to rebuild their countries should be returned home, where in part, it can be used to fulfill our long promised commitment to education." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

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Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • 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

  • Patrick Murphy. Issue Position: Health Care Reform. 13 April 2012. "The repeal of health care reform would be an extraordinary step backwards for patients and particularly the families and seniors of South Florida. Additionally, the Congressional Budget Office estimates that repealing the law would add another $210 billion dollars to the deficit. That doesn't mean the bills don't need improvement. There are certain provisions that create bureaucratic issues for businesses, and there are elements that can be improved to make it less cumbersome. I support correcting these and other flaws in the legislation that have placed unnecessary bookkeeping burdens on small businesses." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick Murphy. Video: Patrick Murphy on Healthcare Reform and Medicare. 7 March 2012. "Look, there's been a continued onslaught by people like Allen West and the rest of the Republican Party to repeal the Health Care Reform Act. We need to protect this. This has been a huge step for America." (youtu.be)
  • Patrick Murphy. Issue Position: Health Care Reform. 13 April 2012. "The repeal of health care reform would be an extraordinary step backwards for patients and particularly the families and seniors of South Florida. Additionally, the Congressional Budget Office estimates that repealing the law would add another $210 billion dollars to the deficit. That doesn't mean the bills don't need improvement. There are certain provisions that create bureaucratic issues for businesses, and there are elements that can be improved to make it less cumbersome. I support correcting these and other flaws in the legislation that have placed unnecessary bookkeeping burdens on small businesses." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick Murphy. Video: Patrick Murphy on Healthcare Reform and Medicare. 7 March 2012. "Look, there's been a continued onslaught by people like Allen West and the rest of the Republican Party to repeal the Health Care Reform Act. We need to protect this. This has been a huge step for America." (youtu.be)
No Inferred 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

  • Patrick Murphy. Issue Position: Immigration & Border Security. 27 July 2012. "We must absolutely secure our borders. We have the technology and manpower to do a much better job than we are currently doing. I believe undocumented workers that have otherwise observed our laws should be given a reasonable path to legality. I strongly support the DREAM act which opens a path of legality to students who have graduated from US high schools and attend college or join the military." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick Murphy. Issue Position: Immigration & Border Security. 27 July 2012. "We must absolutely secure our borders. We have the technology and manpower to do a much better job than we are currently doing. I believe undocumented workers that have otherwise observed our laws should be given a reasonable path to legality. I strongly support the DREAM act which opens a path of legality to students who have graduated from US high schools and attend college or join the military." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Patrick Murphy. Issue Position: Equality & Civil Rights. 13 April 2012. "I believe that all Americans should have equal rights, regardless of race, creed, gender, religion, or sexual orientation -- including the rights to marry, adopt, and be free from discrimination." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick Murphy. Issue Position: Equality & Civil Rights. 13 April 2012. "I believe that all Americans should have equal rights, regardless of race, creed, gender, religion, or sexual orientation -- including the rights to marry, adopt, and be free from discrimination." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick Murphy. Video: Patrick Erin Murphy on Equality. 3 December 2011. "I support gay marriage and I support the ability for gays to adopt. I look forward to the day when it's not called 'gay marriage,' where it's just 'marriage.'" (youtu.be)
  • Patrick Murphy. Video: Patrick Erin Murphy on Equality. 3 December 2011. "I support gay marriage and I support the ability for gays to adopt. I look forward to the day when it's not called 'gay marriage,' where it's just 'marriage.'" (youtu.be)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Patrick Murphy. Issue Position: Afghanistan. 13 April 2012. "We should relentlessly pursue Al Qaeda. If we have intelligence as to where Al Qaeda or terrorists with any capability to attack us are - we should take swift and decisive military action, but we don't need to have 100,000 troops in Afghanistan to achieve this goal." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick Murphy. Issue Position: Afghanistan. 13 April 2012. "We should relentlessly pursue Al Qaeda. If we have intelligence as to where Al Qaeda or terrorists with any capability to attack us are - we should take swift and decisive military action, but we don't need to have 100,000 troops in Afghanistan to achieve this goal." (votesmart.org)
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

  • Patrick Murphy. Issue Position: Social Security and Medicare. 27 July 2012. "The single biggest and most immediate threat to Social Security is not solvency, but rather the continual assault on the program by those that wish to privatize it, means test it, or divert it into pet programs. House Republicans want to change the way Social Security is provided and make drastic cuts to the program. Social Security is a promise that must be kept and Democrats and Republicans must work together to maintain the program's long-term solvency." (votesmart.org)
  • Patrick Murphy. Issue Position: Social Security and Medicare. 27 July 2012. "The single biggest and most immediate threat to Social Security is not solvency, but rather the continual assault on the program by those that wish to privatize it, means test it, or divert it into pet programs. House Republicans want to change the way Social Security is provided and make drastic cuts to the program. Social Security is a promise that must be kept and Democrats and Republicans must work together to maintain the program's long-term solvency." (votesmart.org)

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