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Michael 'Mike' E. Capuano

Mike Capuano's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Michael 'Mike' E. Capuano
Office: U.S. House (MA) - District 7, Democratic
First Elected: 11/03/1998
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 7
Primary Sept. 9, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Barbara; 2 Children: Michael, Joseph
Birth Date: 01/09/1952
Birth Place: Somerville, MA
Home City: Somerville, MA
Religion: Catholic
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What is the Political Courage Test?

Massachusetts Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage Test

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Pro-choiceCandidate AnswerDo you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Other or expanded principles
NoInferred Answer Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations
  • Mike Capuano. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Mike Capuano voted Yea on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan?" International Policy Issues Other or expanded principles: "i) Free trade must also be fair trade"
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan?" International Policy Issues Other or expanded principles: "j) Free trade must also be fair trade."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "j) Should the United States increase military support for Afghanistan?" Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international policy. Other or expanded principles: "We should withdraw from Iraq soon and responsibly, deploying troops "over the horizon" to insure stability in the region. We must finish the job in Afghanistan."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan?" International Policy Issues Other or expanded principles: "i) Free trade must also be fair trade"
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Mike Capuano supported the interests of Peace Action West 75 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Mike Capuano supported the interests of the Peace Action 75 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "j) Should the United States increase military support for Afghanistan?" Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international policy. Other or expanded principles: "Re: 1) and m) Pakistan remains potentially a crucial ally. I would condition aid on its actions. Re: p), I would support international efforts to stabilize the Horn of Africa. The problems are more complex than this question suggests."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan?" International Policy Issues Other or expanded principles: "j) Free trade must also be fair trade."
Do you support a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan?
Other or expanded principles

[Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan?] Candidate wrote "Not Now"

I voted to authorize the use of force in Afghanistan but not Iraq. We ought to have concentrated our resources on stabilizing Afghanistan. I have supported withdrawal of our forces there since 2009.

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

I believe savings can be identified in thoughtful review of almost any federal program. I oppose rigid across-the-boards percentage reductions.

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

I have proposed legislation, HR 2517, The Shareholders' Protection Act, that would require a majority of shareholders to approve any political expenditure of a public company. I have also co-sponsored four resolutions in support of Constitutional amendments seeking to remedy the harm we expect from the Citizens United decision, HJRES 78, 88, 90, and 111.

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

I believe states and local educational authorities should have wide discretion in implementing reforms.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Other or expanded principles
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
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Other or expanded principles

I support restrictions consistent with the Second Amendment: background checks and, for some weapons, waiting period before purchase. I would also support certain prohibitions on individual ownership of automatic, semiautomatic weapons, and certain large clips.

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

[Should individuals be required to purchase health insurance, as mandated in the 2010 Affordable Care Act?] Candidate wrote "BUT" in the "Yes" column

I would much prefer a public option to an individual mandate. I voted for the ACA. I anticipate that, as its anticipated and unanticipated consequences unfold, there will be opportunities to improve it.

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?
Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration law by state and local police?
Other or expanded principles

[Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration law by state and local police?] Candidate wrote "BUT" in the "Yes" column

I look forward to an opportunity to vote on Comprehensive Immigration Reform. I do not believe that all of the 11 or 12 million undocumented persons now living in the United States should be required to return to their countries of origin. Reasonable people will disagree about who should be eligible for a pathway to citizenship, but that is a debate we must have. I voted for the Dream Act. I believe, as the Supreme Court held, that local...

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?
Should the U.S use military force in order to prevent Iran from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Other or expanded principles

[Should the U.S use military force in order to prevent Iran from possessing a nuclear weapon?] Candidate wrote "As a last resort."

I support targeting killing in certain circumstances, if, for example, capture is not possible and imminent attack(s) cannot otherwise be prevented. The authorization to use military force that Congress passed in the aftermath of 9/11 specifically foresaw the use of force against "persons." This should not, however, be read as a license for the Executive Branch to kill any person it chooses anywhere in the world. I believe Congress needs to be associated in developing criteria for such...

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
Other or expanded principles
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.
Slightly Decreasea) Agriculture
Maintain Statusb) Arts
Slightly Decreasec) Defense
Slightly Increased) Education
Maintain Statuse) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Homeland Security
Maintain Statusg) International aid
Slightly Increaseh) Medical Research
Slightly Increasei) Scientific Research
Maintain Statusj) Space exploration
Maintain Statusk) United Nations
Maintain Statusl) Welfare
Slightly Increasem) Other or expanded categories

[m) Other or expanded categories] Candidate wrote "Housing"

In most categories, the absolute level of funding may be less significant than the wisdom with which those funds are allocated.

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)
Slightly Increased) 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 Decreasei) 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.

Given the current political climate, my top priority is simply to maintain or at least slow the de-funding of important programs that we already depend on the federal government to provide.

I also wish to address America's long-term transportation and infrastructure needs, make post-secondary education, academic or other as appropriate to individual students, attainable by all, and support continued economic and scientific development of our biomedical and high technology industries.

To address any of the issues currently facing America, it will be necessary not only to weigh reasonable programmatic cuts, but also seriously to consider targeted tax increases - which...

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