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Rick Nolan's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (MN) - District 8, Democratic
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Rick Nolan has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads. Rick Nolan 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 2016, 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

  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/138505/rick-nolan/2 (votesmart.org)
  • Minnesota Public Radio "I’ve been in the forefront of the battles for choice, women’s rights, and Planned Parenthood for more than 30 years." http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2012/08/clark_allies_hi/ (blogs.mprnews.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

  • "There are lots of ways to reduce the deficit without declaring war on the middle class and public employees. End the Bush tax cuts for the rich and bring our troops home from the Middle East, and from countries that pose no danger to the U.S. such as Japan. Those changes alone could save trillions of dollars." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/686919/issue-position-the-defecit#.VZrsD_lViko (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? 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 Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "By rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure – reinvesting hundreds of billions of dollars being spent on so-called wars of choice and nation building abroad into American roads, highways, bridges, ports, and waterways." http://nolan.house.gov/issues/jobs-and-the-middle-class (nolan.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470 (votesmart.org)
  • "Rebuilding America's infrastructure – roads, bridges, wastewater treatment, mass transit and high-speed light-rail – would improve our quality of life, create millions of good paying jobs, and strengthen our economy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/686909/#.VZrtwflViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Furthermore, I've worked on reforming our tax policies to reward the middle class for working hard and to make the millionaires and billionaires pay their fair share. History shows that trickle-down economics, with its tax breaks for the super-wealthy, doesn't work. The best way to grow the economy and create opportunities is from the bottom up and the middle out." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/932448/duluth-news-tribune-rebuild-the-middle-class-to-achieve-the-american-dream#.VZ1rSnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 636 "America's Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51297#.VZV_GvlViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "This new law is a win for teachers, school officials and students alike […] It enhances local control, marks the end of the high stakes associated with testing, gives teachers more voice and adds flexibility for rural and tribal school leaders in how they use federal funds to meet their own unique educational needs. Moreover, the bill maintains strong accountability requirements to ensure that all students -- regardless of where they live or the challenges they face -- have access to the resources they need to live up to their full potential." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1065408/nolan-praises-todays-signing-of-landmark-education-bill-as-a-win-for-teachers-school-officials-and-students-alike (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VZV9i_lViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I support construction of the Keystone pipeline, as pipelines provide a transportation alternative with fewer carbon emissions." http://nolan.house.gov/issues/energy (nolan.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "That’s why I’ve introduced and/or sponsored legislation to require American and international companies adhere to our strictest health, safety, and environmental standards, as well as to provide tax incentives to renewable energy producers, to encourage the timber industry to explore new uses for wood biofuels and advanced wood products, and to offer incentives for farmers to preserve native grasslands." http://nolan.house.gov/issues/environment (nolan.house.gov)
  • "I support the Renewable Fuel Standard because I believe we should tap into the scientific advancements that will allow our nation’s energy portfolio to shift away from fossil fuels and take advantage of renewable sources of energy, such as solar, wind, and biomass." http://nolan.house.gov/issues/energy (nolan.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The environment, our air, lakes, rivers and forests, are crucial to our 8th district economy. The degradation of our air and water, along with global warming, threaten the very survival of our species here on mother earth. We absolutely must do what is called for to prevent this calamity." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/686915/ (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.507 "Specifies the Authority of the Secretary of Interior on the Regulation of Methane Emissions" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/46345 (votesmart.org)
  • "That’s why I’ve introduced and/or sponsored legislation to require American and international companies adhere to our strictest health, safety, and environmental standards, as well as to provide tax incentives to renewable energy producers, to encourage the timber industry to explore new uses for wood biofuels and advanced wood products, and to offer incentives for farmers to preserve native grasslands." http://nolan.house.gov/issues/environment (nolan.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating "Our nation has suffered at least 74 school shootings since the Sandy Hook massacre. The factors allowing these rampages are no mystery: loopholes in the background check laws, straw purchases, restrictions on law enforcement, and gaps in our mental health system." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/888676/letter-to-john-boehner-speaker-of-the-house-163-members-of-congress-demand-a-vote-not-silence-to-prevent-gun-violence#.VZ1s5XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 7% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/138505/rick-nolan/37 (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted against 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#.VZV-X_lViko (votesmart.org)
  • "The Affordable Care Act is an important first step, not the last, in our nation's quest for providing Americans with the assurance, security, and the peace of mind that accompanies quality, low-cost health care." http://nolan.house.gov/issues/health-care (nolan.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Minnesota Public Radio "I support the DREAM act, a formal guest worker program to respond to the need we have for temporary unskilled labor, a path to citizenship for those who seek to build a future in our nation, and an increase in efforts to retain the best and brightest foreign students in our universities." https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox (mail.google.com)
  • Brainer Dispatch "Nolan wanted to see a path toward citizenship for illegal immigrants and strong penalties for employers who hire illegal immigrants." http://www.brainerddispatch.com/news/2012-08-06/dflers-appear-8th-district-debate (www.brainerddispatch.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Duluth News Tribune "I’ve been a supporter of marriage equality from the very beginning of my career in public service." http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/news/3777098-nolan-says-hell-run-again-2016 (www.duluthnewstribune.com)
  • Rated 100% by Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/138505/rick-nolan/76 (votesmart.org)
  • "First Prop 8 gets overturned and now Washington passes a bill to legalize gay marriage. What a great week for equal rights! Now we need to unite Minnesota families against the hateful amendment on the ballot this November." https://www.facebook.com/RickNolanForCongress/posts/244247085655894 (www.facebook.com)
No Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We need to stop funding and supplying those who make a mockery of America's good intentions. My amendment simply assures that American taxpayers will stop funding the activities of so-called 'allies' in Iraq and Syria once the Secretary of Defense has determined that they have misused the training and equipment we have provided for them." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/973115/house-passes-nolan-defense-amendment-cutting-off-funds-for-syrian-and-iraqi-factions-that-misuse-us-arms-and-training#.VZ1t83UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Any such ill-conceived escalation would prove to be a tragic and unnecessary waste of blood and treasure for the United States. […] the President's most recent decision to authorize surveillance flights over Syria to monitor Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) insurgents makes it clear – despite his protests to the contrary – that direct U.S. military action may be only days or hours away." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/932975/congress-must-assert-its-constitutional-role-in-escalating-us-military-actions-in-syria-and-iraq#.VZ1uZnUVhHw (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

  • "I firmly believe that Social Security and Medicare are rightful benefits that seniors begin paying for from their first day on the job. I will always oppose any attempts to privatize or reduce these vital programs." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/932452/nolan-receives-endorsement-of-national-committee-to-preserve-social-security-and-medicare#.VZ1vOnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Social Security is a compact with the American people that must be honored. Don't turn it over to Wall Street. Stabilize the Social Security Fund for generations to come by requiring the very rich to pay Social Security taxes on a higher percentage of their income." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/686916/issue-position-social-security#.VZr85PlViko (votesmart.org)

Key

Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

Unknown Answer

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

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Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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