Representative Colleen W. Hanabusa's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Colleen W. Hanabusa
Current Office: U.S. House - District 1, Democratic
First Elected: 11/02/2010
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. Senate
Primary Aug. 9, 2014
Gender: Female
Family: Husband: John Souza
Birth Date: 05/04/1951
Birth Place: Honolulu, HI
Home City: Kapolei, HI
Religion: Buddhist
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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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  • Colleen Hanabusa. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Colleen Hanabusa voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. NARAL Pro-Choice America endorsed Colleen Hanabusa in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Women's Political Caucus. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Women's Political Caucus endorsed Colleen Hanabusa in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Colleen Hanabusa. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Colleen Hanabusa voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Colleen Hanabusa. Issue Position: Abortion. 12 September 2011. “Women in the United States simply do not get public funds for abortion services. However, under the guise of eliminating abortion funding, what this bill really does is limit access to reproductive healthcare for the millions of women who pay for insurance and medical expenses through their own private insurance plans. Finally, it is my firm belief that it is not the place of Congress to impede on women's reproductive freedom rights, which is exactly what this bill does.” (votesmart.org)
  • Colleen Hanabusa. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Hawaii Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Colleen Hanabusa. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Hawaii State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Colleen Hanabusa. NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC Endorses Colleen Hanabusa in Hawaii Congressional Contest. 15 September 2010. “I want to thank NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC for its support in my campaign for Congress. It gives me great pride to be a citizen of the state that was the first to legally protect every woman’s reproductive rights, placing these vital personal decisions within the sole purview of a woman and her doctor. We do not know when, if ever, the voices against choice will end their attack on women’s reproductive freedom. But we do know that our steadfast commitment and the actions of groups like NARAL Pro-Choice America that place a woman’s rights first, will serve us in the end.” (www.prochoiceamerica.org)
  • Colleen Hanabusa. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Hawaii State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Colleen Hanabusa. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Hawaii Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Colleen Hanabusa. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Hawaii Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Colleen Hanabusa. No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. 4 May 2011. “Madam Speaker, I would like to express my deep opposition to H.R. 3 […] H.R. 3 is being called the 'No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.' In fact, the healthcare legislation that President Obama signed into law last year already states that no federal taxpayer dollars may be use to fund abortion services. Additionally, the law requires that plans receiving federal funds must keep taxpayer dollars separate from funds for abortion services. Women in the United States simply do not get public funds for abortion services. However, under the guise of eliminating abortion funding, what this bill really does is limit access to reproductive healthcare for the millions of women who pay for insurance and medical expenses through their own private insurance plans. Finally, it is my firm belief that it is not the place of Congress to impede on women's reproductive freedom rights, which is exactly what this bill does.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Colleen Hanabusa. National Defense Authorization Act, Hanabusa Amendments Pass Through the House with Bipartisan Support. 26 May 2011. “I applaud my colleagues on the House Armed Services Committee for all their hard work in crafting a truly bipartisan bill that reflects our country’s continued commitment towards our men and women in uniform. This bill prioritizes our withdrawal from Afghanistan and Iraq, ensures our troops are well-equipped and well-trained for combat, and provides our troops and their families with the services and support they’ve rightfully earned. I look forward to reviewing my Senate colleagues’ version of the bill.” (www.facebook.com)
  • Colleen Hanabusa. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Colleen Hanabusa voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Colleen Hanabusa. Honolulu Civil Beat - When Hawaii's U.S. Reps Don't Vote the Same Way. 22 August 2011. "I've always had a question about Afghanistan and where we're going in terms of Afghanistan and even Iraq. I believe we need to do a reasonable and safe drawdown but I'm not necessarily in agreement with the fact that the president has not made it very clear about when he is going to do the drawdown... I've wanted to see a more definite statement as to how we are going to draw down. That's part of the budget that I don't agree with." (votesmart.org)
  • Colleen Hanabusa. Issue Position: Afghanistan. 16 September 2011. “I support President Obama's decision to send over 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan to assist existing forces in stabilizing the region. While I have always had grave concerns about our military involvement, especially when lacking a clear purpose or clear exit plan, I recognize that for us to be able to accomplish our goals in the Middle East we need to provide our men and women of the Armed Forces with the resources and numbers they need.” (votesmart.org)
  • Colleen Hanabusa. Issue Position: Bringing Back Fiscal Responsibility in Washington. 16 September 2011. “Our continued involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan sadly reduces the resources available to spend here at home. For the near future, our nation must focus on completing our military involvement in the Middle East with an outcome that is in the world's best interest, so that America can be at the vanguard of the global economic recovery.” (votesmart.org)
  • Colleen Hanabusa. Statement on President Obama's Afghanistan Troop Withdrawal Announcement. 23 June 2011. "I have always supported a safe and well-planned withdrawal from Afghanistan, so I am pleased that President Obama will begin bringing home a substantial number of our brave men and women in uniform. It has been almost 10 years since Operation Enduring Freedom began, and with the death of Osama bin Laden, we must now reevaluate our military strategy while remaining a ready and vigilant force. The security and safety of our nation and citizens have always been our top priority and at this time, we cannot continue to risk more American lives and resources in Afghanistan." (votesmart.org)
  • Colleen Hanabusa. Colleen Hanabusa Answers 10 Questions From Civil Beat. 24 September 2010. “While I am and always have been against the war in Iraq, I support the President’s efforts in Afghanistan with the understanding that we have a strategy that has the faith of both civilian authorities and the Pentagon, and that we have an established date for commencing troop withdrawals. Our handling of our diplomatic and military posture toward Iran must draw upon the lessons we learned in Iraq. Do we have honest, reliable and actionable intelligence regarding Iran’s actions and intentions? Do our diplomatic relations continue to show promise for effectively addressing our security needs? Does our strategy—diplomatic or military—cover the range of likely scenarios from commencement to conclusion of our involvement? We must also recognize the danger inherent in acting alone in the context of worldwide security. We need to make our bonds with the UN stronger and acknowledge that these kinds of questions not ours alone to answer.” (www.hanabusaforhawaii.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Colleen Hanabusa. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Colleen Hanabusa voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Colleen Hanabusa. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Colleen Hanabusa voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Colleen Hanabusa. Issue Position: National Security. 16 September 2011. “We need to re-evaluate all our security programs and then separate the effective ones from programs that are outdated, inefficient or duplicative. We must be fiscally responsible, but we also have to ensure that our troops have all the equipment and weapons necessary to defend themselves and our great nation. The Armed Services Committee will oversee more than $700 billion in outlays for fiscal 2012 ($553 billion in base), and we must work in a bipartisan fashion to spend within our means and allocate that money responsibly and efficiently.” (votesmart.org)
  • Colleen Hanabusa. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Hawaii Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Decrease" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. [?] c) Defense"

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  • Colleen Hanabusa. Statement of the Colleen Hanabusa Campaign on Today's Email from President Barack Obama. 25 September 2010. “With the President supporting Colleen, and Colleen supporting Hawaii, we have a chance to push back against the Republican culture of ‘no,’ and resist Republican efforts to cut taxes for millionaires and billionaires, eliminate the rules reigning in the excesses of Wall Street and the special interests, and abandon the middle class to fend for itself. President Obama knows that Colleen will help keep our nation from going back to the failed Bush-era policies that led to the economic crisis in the first place.” (www.hanabusaforhawaii.com)
  • Colleen Hanabusa. Congresswoman Hanabusa's Statement on GOP's Budget Proposal for Fiscal Year 2012. 5 April 2011. “Initial steps we could take that would have a big impact on the budget: This summer, the U.S. will begin drawing down troops in Iraq. This alone will save us $51 billion next year (this is the FY '11 request). Repeal the tax cut that was given to the top 1% (estimated at $79.5 billion in 2009). Repeal the tax cut given to the big oil companies that are currently recording record profits. This alone would save the government $4.8 billion a year for the next 10 years. By repealing both of these tax cuts and beginning the drawdown of troops in Iraq, we would reduce federal spending by more than $135 billion next year alone. These are just the first of many steps we need to make to get our fiscal house in order.” (votesmart.org)
  • Colleen Hanabusa. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Hawaii Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Using the key above, indicate what federal tax levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Over $150,000"
  • Colleen Hanabusa. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Hawaii Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?"
  • Colleen Hanabusa. Colleen Hanabusa Answers 10 Questions From Civil Beat. 24 September 2010. “I support President Obama’s position, which would allow the Bush Tax cuts to expire as scheduled for those in the top two to three percent of income—individuals and couples earning more than $200,000 and $250,000, respectively—and maintaining tax rates for the middle class. While Republicans have suggested that tax cuts have no effect on the deficit, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office says otherwise. According to the CBO, tax cuts have been a primary contributor to increases in the deficit. U.S. House Minority Whip Eric Cantor recently admitted, 'If you have less revenues coming into the federal government and more expenditures, what does that add up to? Certainly, you’re going to dig the hole deeper.' The CBO also found that extending tax cuts for the wealthy would also have the least stimulative effect on the nation’s economy, so maintaining the tax cuts is also untenable as a long-term strategy for economic recovery. At the same time, maintaining lower tax rates for the middle class would do more to stiimulate the economy; as Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman points out, those families and individuals would be more likely to spend the extra income and generate aditional economic activity.” (www.hanabusaforhawaii.com)
  • Colleen Hanabusa. Hawaii Congressional Candidates Split on Tax Breaks for Affluent. 14 April 2010. "I believe once we went down that path [of Bush Tax Cuts], we caused the downfall of where we are now in terms of the economy.” (the.honoluluadvertiser.com)
  • Colleen Hanabusa. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Hawaii Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?" Budgetary, Spending, and Taxes, Part 3: Taxes (B) Other or expanded principles: "I think we should extricate ourselves from Iraq as soon as reasonably possible and divert these moneys to domestic priorities. Reducing the trade deficit and foreign debt, increase income taxes on higher brackets while concurrently lowering middle and lower income taxes, and growing our domestic economy to offset costs. "

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  • Colleen Hanabusa. Honolulu Advertiser- Why Vote For Me. 11 April 2010. “Today, it's our financial system that needs reforming. I applauded the federal economic stimulus, supported by President Obama and Sen. Inouye, which is bringing in over $2 billion to Hawai'i to create jobs and stabilize many state programs.” (votesmart.org)
  • Colleen Hanabusa. Congresswoman Hanabusa's Statement on President Obama's Press Conference. 29 July 2011. "I support President Obama's call today for Congressional Republicans to step up, do their jobs, and show real leadership in addressing our nation's economic concerns. Hawaii's families continue to feel the sting of our nation's economic downturn and Congress needs to take action to ease the burden on our working families, from job creation and the payroll tax reduction to addressing our debt ceiling and preserving America's credit worthiness in the global economy. It is long past time for Republican leaders to end their single minded protection of tax breaks for the super-wealthy and oil companies, and acknowledge that America is a place that values decisive, effective action over political posturing." (hanabusa.house.gov)
  • Colleen Hanabusa. Congresswoman Hanabusa's Statement on President Obama's Budget Proposal. 14 February 2011. "I share President Obama's vision for a budget that creates jobs and reduces the deficit while investing in the future of our country. His budget request is a statement that the federal government, like millions of Americans, has to live within its means while working to responsibly rebuild our economy. Education, infrastructure, research and development should remain national priorities so we ensure that America strengthens its position as the leader in the global marketplace." (votesmart.org)
  • Colleen Hanabusa. Issue Position: Bringing Fiscal Responsibility Back to Washington. 16 September 2011. “Because of the reckless behavior of a few people on Wall Street, we are still feeling the effects of the financial crisis that destabilized the global economy. At this critical juncture, the most important thing the federal government can do is to create jobs, whether by initiating public works projects, as Franklin Roosevelt did in response to the Great Depression, or making money available to the private sector to provide capital and stimulate spending and economic growth […] I support increasing our investments in America's people and infrastructure, including aggressively expanding education and training initiatives, preparing America's students to compete with the best and brightest around the world. Our students can only do this if we provide them with the tools that will let them excel. I'll also work to strengthen America's technology sector, energy policy, educational systems, and transportation infrastructure so that our students and America remain at the cutting edge.” (votesmart.org)
  • Colleen Hanabusa. Issue Position: Jobs and the Economy. 16 September 2011. “At the federal level we can help create jobs by funding infrastructure and transportation projects, investing in education, and funding innovative research and development. With tourism being our biggest industry, we must be sensitive to the movements of the world economy and adjust our strategies accordingly. But if the economic downturn has taught us anything, it is that we must fortify our existing industries while working hard to build up promising sectors like renewable energy and agriculture.” (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Colleen Hanabusa. Hanabusa Applauds Obama For Signing Jobs Bill. 19 March 2010. “The President is right to focus on the public’s number one concern: Jobs. Getting the unemployed in Hawaii back to work is a top priority for me. This is the kind of boost that helps our small businesses which make up more than 95 percent of businesses in Hawaiii. This bill will also support the local construction industry, providing much-needed stimulus to the state economy.” (www.hanabusaforhawaii.com)

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  • Colleen Hanabusa. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Hawaii Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. [?] d) Education"
  • Colleen Hanabusa. Hanabusa: Changes in Federal Laws Can Express Hawaii Values. 24 October 2010. “First, in the critical area of education, we need to repeal the current version of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) in order to offer our nation’s children a better chance at success. The law suffers from three principal weaknesses: a lack of funding to ensure that states can effectively implement the law’s policies, over-emphasis on standardized testing, and a lack of respect for students’ individual capabilities. As an unfunded mandate, No Child Left Behind turns a policy based on good intentions into a burden on states, which are forced to adjust their spending to meet NCLB targets, regardless of the impact on other state programs. I believe that every state and local government in our nation wants to achieve educational success and offer their students an opportunity for excellence. However, without proper funding, the possibility of meeting reasonable federal educational standards fades. Repeal of the current No Child Left Behind and the enactment of balanced, effective and fully funded educational standards will help us meet our commitment to the next generation of Americans.” (www.hanabusaforhawaii.com)
  • Colleen Hanabusa. Hawaii to Receive More Than $47 Million in Title I Education Money. 6 May 2011. "Educating our children is one of the best investments we can make for our future. These funds will help those schools with students from low-income families meet the required state academic standards by providing them with additional academic support and educational services. Every child deserves the opportunity to obtain a quality education.” (votesmart.org)
  • Colleen Hanabusa. Issue Position: Education. 16 September 2011. “Our children must have access to a quality public education system at the elementary and secondary school level […] We cannot expect future generations of Hawaii students to compete and lead in the global marketplace if we do not help provide them with the necessary education and training. We cannot ask them to govern our communities, and lead our companies and innovate for the future if we do not teach them how.” (votesmart.org)
  • Colleen Hanabusa. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Hawaii Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."

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  • Colleen Hanabusa. Colleen Hanabusa Answers 10 Questions from Civil Beat. 24 September 2010. “At this time, I favor a complete moratorium on further offshore drilling. The months-long oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has again illustrated the risk we take in continuing to feed our reliance on oil to fulfill our energy needs. This should reinforce our nation’s call to reevaluate our policies and recommit to clean, renewable and alternative forms of energy. Our nation’s transition to renewable energy sources will take time, but we can encourage development by proving our commitment with action.” (www.hanabusaforhawaii.com)
  • Colleen Hanabusa. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Hawaii Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)."
  • Colleen Hanabusa. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Hawaii Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Support opening a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
  • Colleen Hanabusa. Putting the Gulf of Mexico Back to Work. 10 May 2011. “The amendment that I propose is a very simple and a commonsense amendment […] This amendment requires: The Secretary shall not issue a permit under paragraph 1 without certifying that the applicant, first, has calculated a worst-case discharge scenario for the proposed drilling operations; and, B, has demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Secretary that the applicant possesses the capability and technology to respond immediately and effectively to such worst-case discharge scenario.” (votesmart.org)
  • Colleen Hanabusa. North American Made Energy Security Act. 26 July 2011. “Mr. Chairman, this amendment requires that prior to the Presidential permit approving the construction and operation of the Keystone XL pipeline, that it will not issue until such time as the Secretary of Energy, in consultation with the PHMSA, certify that the applicant has calculated a worst-case oil spill scenario for the proposed pipeline and has demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Secretary and the PHMSA that the applicant possesses the capability and technology to respond immediately and effectively to the worst-case scenario.” (votesmart.org)
  • Colleen Hanabusa. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Colleen Hanabusa voted Nay on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Colleen Hanabusa. Video: Hanabusa Amendment to H.R. 1229. 11 May 2011. “I offered an amendment to H.R. 1229 - the Putting the Gulf of Mexico Back to Work Act. My amendment is a common sense step that shows the American public that we in Congress are serious about preventing another devastating oil spill like the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. My amendment simply states that the Secretary of Interior will not issue an offshore drilling permit without certifying that the applicant has calculated a worst-case discharge scenario for the proposed drilling operations and has demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Secretary that the applicant possesses the capability and technology to respond immediately and effectively to such worst-case discharge scenario.” (www.youtube.com)

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  • Colleen Hanabusa. Colleen Hanabusa Answers 10 Questions from Civil Beat. 24 September 2010. “I support cap and trade because it allows companies to gain rewards for moving toward less-polluting solutions and addressing very serious environmental concerns. It also provides certainty in establishing carbon reduction goals. The experience with cap systems in Europe and the Northeastern United States has been positive. In contrast, our nation’s experience with tax systems has been complex and often messy. A cap and trade system is more likely to produce meaningful emissions targets with fewer carve-outs or loopholes than a tax system, and can rely on market forces to set appropriate prices for carbon production. By remaining technology-neutral and responsive to the market, I believe the cap and trade approach is more likely to foster innovation in developing new approaches to carbon reduction.” (www.hanabusaforhawaii.com)
  • Colleen Hanabusa. Sierra Club Hawai’i Chapter Endorses Colleen Hanabusa. 30 April 2010. “I am honored by the endorsement received today from the Sierra Club, Hawai‘i Chapter. I believe this endorsement represents recognition of my record on the environment, my support of Sustainability 2050 and initiatives I plan to pursue in Congress including creation of “green” economy jobs by bringing together environmentalists and labor and my pursuit of renewable energy resources.” (www.hanabusaforhawaii.com)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Colleen Hanabusa in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Colleen Hanabusa. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Colleen Hanabusa voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Colleen Hanabusa. Issue Position: Energy and Environment. 12 September 2011. “I have joined the Congressional Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition and am working with my colleagues to advance policies that promote clean energy innovation and domestic manufacturing, develop renewable energy resources, create green jobs and address global climate change. Hawaii has an opportunity to lead the counter and the world forward into a sustainable future while creating our own environmentally friendly energy independence.” (votesmart.org)
  • Colleen Hanabusa. Transcript of Colleen's Live Twitter Q&A. 13 October 2010. “I support efforts for a green economy. I believe the move towards truly a non fossil fuel dependent country will address many problems.” (votesmart.org)
  • Colleen Hanabusa. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Hawaii Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Colleen Hanabusa. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Hawaii Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "m) Support the Kyoto Protocol to limit global warming."
  • Colleen Hanabusa. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Hawaii Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Support Clear Skies Act to reduce power plant emissions by setting a national cap on pollutants."
  • Colleen Hanabusa. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Hawaii Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."

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  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Colleen Hanabusa in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Colleen Hanabusa. Gun Control. “I believe that in considering gun controls, Congress must find a balance between an individual’s right to bear arms with the right of society to be safe. Such a balance can be reached and the State of Hawaii is evidence of that. It is estimated that there are roughly one million privately owned handguns in the State. However, according to the Violence Policy Center, in 2007, Hawaii had the lowest gun death rate in the nation. That’s because while Hawaii’s gun registration laws are among the toughest in the nation, they are designed to allow for gun ownership, but only after a rigorous vetting of the potential gun owner […] Such a model, using reasonable – but strict – restrictions should be considered by Congress as it considers issues regarding gun control.” (hanabusa.house.gov)
  • Colleen Hanabusa. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Hawaii Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Reauthorize the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Colleen Hanabusa. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Hawaii Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Colleen Hanabusa. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Hawaii Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Colleen Hanabusa. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Hawaii Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Colleen Hanabusa. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Hawaii Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Colleen Hanabusa. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Hawaii Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Colleen Hanabusa. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Hawaii Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."

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  • Colleen Hanabusa. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Colleen Hanabusa voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Colleen Hanabusa. Colleen Hanabusa Answers 10 Questions From Civil Beat. 24 September 2010. “The best thing the last Congress did was to pass healthcare reform. Our national goal of providing affordable, quality healthcare for all Americans and reducing the growth in healthcare spending eluded us for too long. It was a historic victory. Until now, Hawaii has been unique in having the broadest prepaid healthcare system in the nation. The result has been some of the lowest healthcare costs in the United States. I am confident that Americans across the country will enjoy the same benefits from the current national healthcare law.
” (www.hanabusaforhawaii.com)
  • Colleen Hanabusa. Congresswoman Hanabusa's Statement Following the Vote to Repeal Health Care Reform. 19 January 2011. “Instead of spending precious time trying to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Republican leaders should be focused on getting Americans back to work. Job creation is my top priority, but despite their campaign promises to get the economy moving my colleagues across the aisle think it’s more important to take away patients’ rights and put insurance companies back in control of health coverage. We must ensure that all of our citizens have access to quality, affordable health care, and I will continue to work to improve the existing legislation after these symbolic attempts to repeal the law fail." (hanabusa.house.gov)
  • Colleen Hanabusa. Health Care Reform Costs and Your Taxes. “I enthusiastically support President Obama’s landmark health care reform legislation. The allegation that this important social legislation would adversely affect all homeowners who sell their house is patently misleading. The legislation does provide for a tax on major profits earned, including by the sale of real estate, for those with incomes over $200,000 a year ($250,000 for married couples filing jointly). However, the reality is that very few individuals will be adversely affected […] With health care reform in place, our nation finally has joined the rest of the industrialized world in ensuring that all Americans will have access to the high quality health care that they may require.” (www.hanabusaforhawaii.com)
  • Colleen Hanabusa. Health Care Reform. 19 January 2011. “Mr. Speaker, when the Health Care Reform Act was passed, it had in it section 1560. That section recognizes the Hawaii Prepaid Health Care Act. Why? Because we have the lowest premiums in the Nation and we have one of the best coverages afforded for that. And why is that? Because we recognized very early on that you need to do a series of things. One, you need to share risks; two, you need to cover everyone; and, three, you need to make things available. Health care has to be available. And for that, we have a great system, a system that still needs to be tweaked, a system that will benefit from the Affordable Health Care Act.” (votesmart.org)
  • Colleen Hanabusa. Issue Position: Health Care Reform. 16 September 2011. “As a general policy, I support health care reform that will make health care available to every citizen who needs it. The question is both humanitarian and economic: if an uninsured person gets sick, we all end up paying the bill in the end. Our guiding principle must be lowering the cost of health care and making it both affordable and accessible to American families.” (votesmart.org)
  • Colleen Hanabusa. Issue Position: Health Care. 16 September 2011. “I believe health care must be affordable and accessible to every citizens who needs it. In Hawaii, we have one of the highest percentages of citizens with health insurance, thanks to our Prepaid Health Care Act (PHCA), enacted in 1974. But still today, more than 100,000 people are without coverage because of loopholes in the law. Some are forced to work multiple jobs to make ends meet so they don't qualify for coverage by their employers. Some are self-employed and simply cannot find an insurance company to cover them at a reasonable price. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act serves as a starting point to lower health care costs, provide American families with more coverage choices, and hold insurance companies accountable.” (votesmart.org)
  • Colleen Hanabusa. Letter to the Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 15 July 2011. “The Congressional Task Force on Seniors is committed to protecting the financial security, health, and well-being of America's seniors. As members of the Task Force, we want to thank you for your leadership in fighting for those priorities and urge you to continue to oppose harmful cuts, or reductions in benefits, to programs that benefit older Americans, specifically in Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security [...] As older Americans rely on Social Security, they also rely on Medicare and Medicaid for their health and long-term care needs. Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, we took measures to lower health care costs without cutting benefits or increasing cost-sharing requirement. While we can make more improvements, we must not abandon that commitment. Proposals to raise out-of-pocket costs, cut benefits, or reduce federal Medicaid spending would have a negative impact on current enrollees, their families, and our economy as a whole.” (votesmart.org)
  • Colleen Hanabusa. Hanabusa Congratulates Congress for Passing Health Care Reform. 21 March 2010. “Health care coverage is a basic human right that should be afforded to every citizen. I congratulate the U.S. House of Representatives for its historic health care reform vote and also congratulate President Obama for succeeding in his reform battle against the opposition by special interests who sought to block his reforms." (votesmart.org)
  • Colleen Hanabusa. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Hawaii Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Colleen Hanabusa. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Hawaii Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."

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  • Colleen Hanabusa. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Hawaii Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Colleen Hanabusa. Transcript of Colleen's Live Twitter Q&A. 13 October 2010. “I support comprehensive immigration reform. I thought Kennedy McCain was a good start. I support the Dream Act as well.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Colleen Hanabusa. Pelosi, Nadler, 130 House Members File Amicus Brief on Federal Case Against DOMA. 10 July 2012. “Heightened scrutiny applies: the brief agrees with Justice Department's position that lesbians and gay men are an identifiable minority group that lack sufficient political power to obtain the consistent and favorable treatment of lawmakers; as a result, they need the protection that heightened judicial review provides. Congress's treatment of gay men and lesbians illustrates that this group has been unable to prevent harmful laws or achieve desired policy results that directly impact their lives. Gay men and lesbians are a historically disfavored minority that has often been targeted for legislative action based on stereotypes and bias, making it inappropriate for courts to grant laws like DOMA the same presumption of validity afforded to most acts of Congress. Instead, laws that single out gay men and lesbians for harm warrant judicial skepticism and heightened review. This requires the government to show that Section 3 serves a significant federal interest, and even BLAG seems to concede that it loses under this standard. Even under rational basis as applied by the Supreme Court in cases where the rights of a minority are at stake, Section 3 is unconstitutional. Section 3 does not achieve, but undermines, the actual interests served by the programs that take marital status into account, and denying recognition to couples who already are married under state law does not rationally serve any of the reasons relied upon by Congress in 1996 or created in response to this litigation.” (votesmart.org)
  • Colleen Hanabusa. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Hawaii Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "i) Do you support a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between a man and woman?"

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  • Chad Blair. Honolulu Civil Beat: Djou and Hanabusa On The Issues. 19 July 2012. “Unmanned aerial vehicles have given our military a means to respond to threats and carry out military missions without placing our forces in harms way. They allow us to pursue legitimate security goals without endangering the lives of the men and women who serve in our military. Drones have also demonstrated their value in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance roles. The individual you refer to, Anwar al-Awlaki, was a senior member of al-Qaeda who had repeatedly called for jihad against the United States, and helped plan the group's attacks. By his own words and actions, he was an enemy combatant who sought to kill Americans. He made himself a military target, and was killed in a military operation.” (www.civilbeat.com)
  • Colleen Hanabusa. Colleen Hanabusa Answers 10 Questions From Civil Beat. 24 September 2010. “Whether or not the government uses drones away from the battlefield is dependent on the rules of engagement. The use of the word “battlefield” indicates that we are at war, and there is an underlying assumption that there is a reason for the war, a defined scope of the war, and authorization defining the war from Congress.” (www.hanabusaforhawaii.com)
  • Colleen Hanabusa. Hanabusa on U.S. Drone Missions. 21 December 2011. “I think the decision on using drones and when it’s appropriate is purely a military decision. Whether or not it’s something that we should expend monies to develop, what we are going to weigh is the use of the drones versus human life. As long as we are sending our men and women in uniform to the front, if a drone can make it safer for them, I would not necessarily object to that.” (www.hanabusaforhawaii.com)
  • Colleen Hanabusa. Issue Position: National Security. 16 September 2011. “Training, education, research and development are integral to the military's role in the world, and the Defense Department can help define the United States for the rest of the world as a leader in human innovation. We must be proactive, rather than reactive, when we think of how best to structure our military and national defense. To properly defend is also to ensure that we have the best up-to-date information to deter any attacks, such as a nuclear or biological assault. It is to peacefully hold other nations in check by showing that the U.S. cannot be leveraged into anything by a simple show of force. We must continue to educate, train and care for our armed forces and their families. They are our defenders and they are the ones who carry America's image and values abroad. They must be a ready force and well-supplied so our allies remain confident and our enemies remain wary and respectful.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Colleen Hanabusa. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama. 15 July 2011. “The Congressional Task Force on Seniors is committed to protecting the financial security, health, and well-being of America's seniors. As members of the Task Force, we want to thank you for your leadership in fighting for those priorities and urge you to continue to oppose harmful cuts, or reductions in benefits, to programs that benefit older Americans, specifically in Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. At a time when older Americans are less secure in their retirement and less able to afford quality health services, now is not the time to cut their benefits.” (votesmart.org)
  • Colleen Hanabusa. Hawaii's congressional delegation reacts to debt crisis. 29 July 2011. "We are doing our part by making it very clear that we will not support matters or any kind of bill that would have any threats to social security, and we believe in social security, medicare must be preserved.” (www.hawaiinewsnow.com)
  • Colleen Hanabusa. Letter to The Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 15 June 2011. “The Congressional Task Force on Seniors is committed to protecting the financial security, health, and well-being of America's seniors. As members of the Task Force, we want to thank you for your leadership in fighting for those priorities and urge you to continue to oppose harmful cuts, or reductions in benefits, to programs that benefit older Americans, specifically in Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. At a time when older Americans are less secure in their retirement and less able to afford quality health services, now is not the time to cut their benefits. America's seniors are facing increasing financial hardships, exacerbated by the loss of defined benefit pensions, the erosion of retirement savings, and two years without any cost-of-living increase in Social Security benefits.” (votesmart.org)
  • Colleen Hanabusa. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Hawaii Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Colleen Hanabusa. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Hawaii Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."

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Hawaii Congressional Election 2012 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-choiceCandidate AnswerDo you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan?
YesDo you support a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan?
Other or expanded principles

I stand firmly behind the men and women of our armed services, and think that a safe and orderly withdrawal of our troops should happen as quickly as possible.

Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing the federal budget.

In order to balance the budget,

YesCandidate Answerdo you support reducing defense spending?
YesCandidate Answerdo you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Nodo you support reducing Medicaid spending?
Nodo you support reducing Medicare spending?
YesIs balancing the budget a legislative priority?
Other or expanded principles

There are multiple efficiency initiatives and program cuts identified by former Defense Secretary Gates and current Secretary Panetta that should be seriously vetted and if found not to compromise the nation's security should be implemented. These initiatives will reduce excess overhead, operations expenses, and personnel costs across the defense enterprise, and achieve better buying power in our acquisition of systems and services. If done responsibly, I believe that we can protect the all-volunteer force and continue to provide a strong national defense of the United States.

YesDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles

I am cosponsor and advocate for the passage of the DISCLOSE Act, as we must address the unregulated campaign funds that the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision unleashed.

NoDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Other or expanded principles

I believe there is always a chance for rehabilitation of persons that have been convicted of crimes; others who cannot benefit from rehabilitation are usually mentally disabled, and to kill them is not a humane option to increasing public safety.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
YesDo you support spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
YesDo you support the temporary extension of unemployment benefits?
NoDo you support the 2010 temporary extension of tax relief?
Other or expanded principles

Investment in our nation's transportation infrastructure, including construction of roads, bridges and transit programs creates good paying jobs for Americans. Additionally, with energy prices soaring we must spur development in clean, renewable energy programs and that is why I am a strong supporter of loan guarantees and tax credits to spur research and development of next generation energy solutions.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants?
Other or expanded principles

Failures of "No Child Left Behind" have already demonstrated what happens when the federal government attempts to impart a one-size-fits-all approach to the country's school system. I order to address these issues, I support having states taking the initiative to develop educational reforms that will best serve the unique needs of each of their students in order to receive competitive federal grants.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Other or expanded principles

Hawaii's unique climate and environment creates an opportunity for the state to lead the nation and the world in research and development of new energy sources including solar, wind, geothermal and hydro. Capitalizing on our islands' potential as a green energy hub is an imperative as our current reliance on petroleum is unsustainable.

YesDo you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Other or expanded principles

As an island state in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, climate change, sea-level rise and ocean acidification have direct and dire impacts on our daily lives. Our islands are blessed with some of the most diverse ecosystems and endangered species on the planet and we must do what we can to protect them. This includes being vigilant in monitoring and stopping the spread of invasive species that can wreak havoc on our environment.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Other or expanded principles

I support the rights of states to establish registration requirements, waiting periods, and carry laws. The United States Constitution explicitly prohibits an outright ban on firearms.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
YesShould individuals be required to purchase health insurance, as mandated in the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
Other or expanded principles

The Affordable Care Act addresses much-needed changes in our health care system. Since enactment, 17 million children with pre-existing conditions now have health insurance, 54 million Americans are now receiving free preventative care services, and 105 million Americans no longer have to deal with lifetime caps. The law was intentionally designed to require all individuals to purchase health insurance in order to support all insurance applicants, as health insurance companies depend on mass participation to maintain a balanced risk pool.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
YesDo you support allowing illegal immigrants, who were brought to the United States as minors, to pursue citizenship without returning to their country of origin?
NoDo you support the enforcement of federal immigration law by state and local police?
Other or expanded principles

While I think that the immigration process in America needs to be improved, I believe the United States has always drawn upon its diversity as a source of moral strength and intellectual vigor. In the case of children brought to the United States and raised and educated here, I find it difficult to punish them for their parents' choices just as they achieve adulthood and start to become prosperous in our society. This is why I have co-sponsored the DREAM Act and support President Obama's new directive for immigration enforcement.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
Other or expanded principles

I have always believed that marriage should be between a man and a woman. However, I have argued forcefully and consistently for the rights of all Americans. I am proud of the work I did to help write and first pass Hawaii's civil unions law, my support of the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, and my co-sponsorship of the Respect for Marriage Act. If court rulings or legislative acts grant same-sex partners the right to marry, nationally or in the state of Hawaii, I will fully support those decisions.

Unknown PositionInferred Answer Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations
  • Chad Blair. Honolulu Civil Beat: Djou and Hanabusa On The Issues. 19 July 2012. “Unmanned aerial vehicles have given our military a means to respond to threats and carry out military missions without placing our forces in harms way. They allow us to pursue legitimate security goals without endangering the lives of the men and women who serve in our military. Drones have also demonstrated their value in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance roles. The individual you refer to, Anwar al-Awlaki, was a senior member of al-Qaeda who had repeatedly called for jihad against the United States, and helped plan the group's attacks. By his own words and actions, he was an enemy combatant who sought to kill Americans. He made himself a military target, and was killed in a military operation.” (www.civilbeat.com)
  • Colleen Hanabusa. Colleen Hanabusa Answers 10 Questions From Civil Beat. 24 September 2010. “Whether or not the government uses drones away from the battlefield is dependent on the rules of engagement. The use of the word “battlefield” indicates that we are at war, and there is an underlying assumption that there is a reason for the war, a defined scope of the war, and authorization defining the war from Congress.” (www.hanabusaforhawaii.com)
  • Colleen Hanabusa. Hanabusa on U.S. Drone Missions. 21 December 2011. “I think the decision on using drones and when it’s appropriate is purely a military decision. Whether or not it’s something that we should expend monies to develop, what we are going to weigh is the use of the drones versus human life. As long as we are sending our men and women in uniform to the front, if a drone can make it safer for them, I would not necessarily object to that.” (www.hanabusaforhawaii.com)
  • Colleen Hanabusa. Issue Position: National Security. 16 September 2011. “Training, education, research and development are integral to the military's role in the world, and the Defense Department can help define the United States for the rest of the world as a leader in human innovation. We must be proactive, rather than reactive, when we think of how best to structure our military and national defense. To properly defend is also to ensure that we have the best up-to-date information to deter any attacks, such as a nuclear or biological assault. It is to peacefully hold other nations in check by showing that the U.S. cannot be leveraged into anything by a simple show of force. We must continue to educate, train and care for our armed forces and their families. They are our defenders and they are the ones who carry America's image and values abroad. They must be a ready force and well-supplied so our allies remain confident and our enemies remain wary and respectful.” (votesmart.org)
YesShould the U.S use military force in order to prevent Iran from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Other or expanded principles

Our government must continue to counter Iran's nuclear program through diplomatic means. I believe that Iran's efforts to acquire and develop nuclear weapons pose a direct threat to the stability of the Middle East. By strengthening sanctions and our efforts to deter these programs, we promote outcomes that are in the best interests of the United States and our allies. Should all diplomatic means be exhausted, the United States should explore other ways to halt this program, including military action if we are sure they possess a nuclear weapon.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
Other or expanded principles

Social Security is the ultimate retirement system, and in order for it to survive, we need the participation of all individuals. I believe that permitting exceptions to this rule would risk the already-fragile solvency of the Social Security trust fund.

Spending

Indicate what federal spending 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) Agriculture
Maintain Statusb) Arts
Maintain Statusc) Defense
Slightly Increased) Education
Slightly Increasee) Environment
Slightly Increasef) Homeland Security
Maintain Statusg) International aid
Slightly Increaseh) Medical Research
Slightly Increasei) Scientific Research
Maintain Statusj) Space exploration
Maintain Statusk) United Nations
Slightly Increasel) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories

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.

Slightly Increasea) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increaseb) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusc) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Maintain Statusd) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Slightly Increasee) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Maintain Statusf) Income taxes (low-income families)
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Increaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
Slightly Increasei) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Statusj) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories
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.