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Mike Capuano's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (MA) - District 7, Democratic
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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 Candidate Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mike Capuano. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Mike Capuano voted Yea on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Capuano. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Mike Capuano voted Yea on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Capuano. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Mike Capuano voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Capuano. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Mike Capuano voted Yea on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Capuano. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Mike Capuano voted Yea on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Capuano. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Mike Capuano voted Nay on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Mike Capuano supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Mike Capuano supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Mike Capuano a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Capuano. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Mike Capuano voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should be illegal when the fetus is viable, with or without life support."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Medicare, Medicaid, and federal subsidies should be prohibited from being used on abortion procedures."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "e) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?" Abortion Issues Other or expanded principles: "I support Roe v. Wade."
  • Mike Capuano. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Mike Capuano voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Capuano. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Mike Capuano voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Mike Capuano in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Mike Capuano supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Capuano. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Mike Capuano voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Capuano. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Mike Capuano voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Capuano. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Mike Capuano voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Mike Capuano supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit the late-term abortion procedure known as "partial-birth" abortion."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Pro-choice" for: "a) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?" Abortion Issues Other or expanded principles: "I support Roe v. Wade."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial birth" abortion."
No Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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."
Yes Candidate Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mike Capuano. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Mike Capuano voted Nay on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Decrease" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. c) Defense" 1) Budget Priorities Other or expanded principles: "Slightly Increase - housing, alternative energy"
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly 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" Budget Priorities Other or expanded principles: "c) Iraq Slightly Increase: housing "
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Low Priority" for: "Indicate your priorities for spending any anticipated federal budget surplus. a) Defense"
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "c) Defense" Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. Other or expanded principles: "c) National missile defense (research only)."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. c) Defense" Budget Priorities Other or expanded principles: "Housing"
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Decrease" for: "c) Defense" Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. Other or expanded principles: "3) Research only m) Housing"
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Decrease" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. c) Defense" Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. Other or expanded principles: "3) Research only m) Housing"
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. c) Defense" Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. Other or expanded principles: "c) National missile defense (research only)."
  • Mike Capuano. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Mike Capuano voted Yea on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Capuano. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Mike Capuano voted Nay on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Capuano. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Mike Capuano voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Capuano. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Mike Capuano voted Nay on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Capuano. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Mike Capuano voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Capuano. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Mike Capuano voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Capuano. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Mike Capuano voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Capuano. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Mike Capuano voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Capuano. HR 2561. 106th Congress. Defense Department Appropriations bill, FY2000. Mike Capuano voted Nay on 07/22/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Capuano. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Mike Capuano voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Capuano. Letter to Co-Chairs and Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 21 September 2011. "To generate much-needed savings, we strongly urged you to examine the costs of the ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. To date, the wars have cost our taxpayers at least $2.3 trillion, with an additional $884 billion in future costs for veterans and their families. This adds up to a total of at least $3.2 trillion. By ending the wars and paying for a safe, orderly, and responsible redeployment of troops from both Afghanistan and Iraq, we can go a long way toward meeting our fiscal challenges." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Capuano. Letter to The Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States. 23 December 2010. "Many Members are also concerned about the incredible costs associated with the current policy. The War in Afghanistan is costing the American taxpayer $2 billion per week and will total $125 billion this year alone. Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, noted this past August that 'the most significant threat to our national security is our debt.' We need direct access to our lead commander on the ground in order to fully consider the costs and benefits of a policy that is significantly contributing to our $1.5 trillion deficit and $15 trillion debt." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Capuano. 'Letter to the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform'. 13 October 2010. "The letter's signers state that given the size of the U.S. deficit and rapidly growing debt, cutting the military budget must be a part of any viable proposal. The Department of Defense currently takes up almost 56 percent of all discretionary federal spending, and it accounts for nearly 65 percent of the increase in annual discretionary spending levels since 2001. The letter also states that the group of representatives and senators strongly believes that significant cuts to defense spending are necessary and can be made in a way that will not endanger national security." (votesmart.org)
Yes Candidate 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

  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?"
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts 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 support "pay as you go" budgeting. Sponsors of new spending programs should either identify corresponding budget cuts or propose new sources of revenue. Medicare D, which I opposed, is a terrible example of a failure to do this."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "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. h) Income taxes (high-income families)"
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "h) Income taxes (high-income families)"
  • Michael Capuano. Tax Cuts. 3 August 2012. "I think it's important that legislation addressing the expiration of these tax cuts is focused on tax equity and on enforcement to ensure that everyone pays what they owe. I do not believe government can function as we all want it to by endlessly cutting taxes -- they are the price we pay for a civilized society. Taxes should be used to improve our communities and provide necessary services. They should be levied in a progressive way that does not punish success, but respects the needs of those who are not wealthy." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Mike Capuano supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 10 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Mike Capuano supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 7 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Mike Capuano supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Capuano. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Mike Capuano voted Nay on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "6) Do you support requiring a super-majority vote in both houses of Congress to raise taxes?"
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "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. f) $350,001 and above"
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly 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"
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "3) Do you support eliminating the Internal Revenue Service?"
Yes Candidate Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mike Capuano. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Mike Capuano voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Mike Capuano a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?" Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues Other or expanded principles: "4) I support the concept of a balanced budget, absent unforeseen circumstances. I support the "pay go" requirement: persons proposing new programs should identify cuts or propose new revenue."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?" Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues Other or expanded principles: "4) I support the concept of a balanced budget, absent unforeseen circumstances. I support the"pay go" requirement: persons proposing new programs should identify cuts or propose new revenue."
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Mike Capuano supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 5 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Capuano. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Mike Capuano voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
Yes Candidate Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Michael Capuano. Recent Votes: Jobs. 4 March 2010. "Yesterday the House took additional action on H.R. 2847: the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act. This $15 billion measure is part of ongoing efforts to create jobs and stabilize the economy. It establishes a payroll tax exemption for each worker a business hires in 2010 who has been unemployed for at least 60 days and is estimated to create about 300,000 new jobs. It also includes tax cuts for small businesses and an extension of the Highway Trust Fund for infrastructure investment." (www.house.gov)
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment and affirmative action. Other or expanded principles: "I am offended by suggestion that commitment to inclusion precludes concern for merit and qualifications."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."
  • Mike Capuano. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Mike Capuano voted Nay on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Capuano. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. Mike Capuano voted Nay on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)
Yes Candidate 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

  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "c) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?" Education Issues Other or expanded principles: "c) I support innovation but I oppose funding formulae like that of Massachusetts which unjustly transfers money from public schools on basis of per pupil expenditure, ignoring fact that public schools must educate all children, including those facing severe educational challenges."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?" Education Issues Other or expanded principles: "c) I support innovation but I oppose funding formulae like that of Massachusetts which unjustly transfers money from public schools on basis of per pupil expenditure, ignoring fact that public schools must educate all children, including those facing severe educational challenges."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Promote education flexibility by giving federal funds, in the form of block grants, to the states to spend it as they see fit."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind)."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?" Education Issues Other or expanded principles: "c) I support innovation but oppose funding formulae like that of Massachusetts which unjustly transfers money from public schools on basis of per pupil expenditure, ignoring the fact that public schools must educate all children, including those facing severe educational challenges."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Local" for: "Indicate which level of government that should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. c) Education"
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. d) Education" Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. Other or expanded principles: "c) National missile defense (research only)."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?" Education Issues Other or expanded principles: "c) I support innovation but oppose funding formulae like that of Massachusetts which unjustly transfers money from public schools on basis of per pupil expenditure, ignoring the fact that public schools must educate all children, including those facing severe educational challenges."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "d) Education" Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. Other or expanded principles: "c) National missile defense (research only)."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Education" Budget Priorities Other or expanded principles: "Housing"
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education. Other or expanded principles: "Re: d) so long as funding is not taken from public schools g) I support intensive efforts at outreach, recruitment, and college-prep mentoring. I do not support quotas. "
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. c) Education (K-12)" 1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. Other or expanded principles: "save affordable housing -- Greatly Increase"
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. c) Education (K-12)"
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly 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" Budget Priorities Other or expanded principles: "c) Iraq Slightly Increase: housing "
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. d) Education" Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. Other or expanded principles: "3) Research only m) Housing"
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support the federal government funding universal pre-K programs." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education. Other or expanded principles: "Re: d), so long as funding is not taken from public schools. Re: j) and k): Federal standards should assure that high school graduates are numerate and literate and prepared to act as citizens and succeed in the real world."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "d) Education" Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. Other or expanded principles: "3) Research only m) Housing"
  • Michael Capuano. Letter of Support from Congressional Delegation. 1 June 2010. "Massachusetts' Phase 2 application builds on our commitment to education reform by leveraging the provisions of An Act Relative to the Achievement Gap, a groundbreaking state law passed in January 2010 that expands high-performing charter schools in struggling school districts, increases state authority to turn around low-performing schools, and promotes the establishment of flexible and autonomous 'Innovation Schools' statewide. We're confident that the new reforms we have enacted will push student achievement to new heights, and support from the Race to the Top Fund will allow our students to reach those heights faster [¦] We're deeply grateful to you and President Obama for making this unprecedented opportunity available to the States, and encourage you to give Massachusetts' application your fullest consideration." (www.mass.gov)
  • Michael Capuano. Kerry, MA Delegation: Massachusetts A Finalist In Second Phase Of Race To The Top Competition. 27 July 2010. "Senator John Kerry, together with the entire Massachusetts Congressional Delegation today announced that Massachusetts has been named a finalist in the second phase of the U.S. Department of Education's Race to the Top Competition. The Massachusetts lawmakers wrote to U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan last month urging him to consider the state's strong commitment to high educational standards when reviewing its Phase 2 application to the Race to the Top fund. [¦] This is great news for the Commonwealth and I am optimistic that we have a strong application moving into the final phase of this process. Educators and administrators in school districts all over the state are working hard to prepare their students for higher education and the workforce. If awarded, these funds will give our educators access to even more resources so they can further strengthen our educational programming." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Capuano. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Mike Capuano voted Nay on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Providing education is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Give all federal education funding to states in the form of block grants and allow them to spend it as they see fit."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?" Education Issues Other or expanded principles: "c) I support innovation but I oppose funding formulae like that of Massachusetts which unjustly transfers money from public schools on basis of per pupil expenditure, ignoring fact that public schools must educate all children, including those facing severe educational challenges."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?" Education Issues Other or expanded principles: "c) I support innovation but I oppose funding formulae like that of Massachusetts which unjustly transfers money from public schools on basis of per pupil expenditure, ignoring fact that public schools must educate all children, including those facing severe educational challenges."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. c) Education (K-12)" 1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. Other or expanded principles: "create affordable housing -- Greatly Increase"
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Eliminate all federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind)."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. d) Education" 1) Budget Priorities Other or expanded principles: "Slightly Increase - housing, alternative energy"
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?" Education Issues Other or expanded principles: "c) I support innovation but oppose funding formulae like that of Massachusetts which unjustly transfers money from public schools on basis of per pupil expenditure, ignoring the fact that public schools must educate all children, including those facing severe educational challenges."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing in reading and math." 1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning education. Other or expanded principles: "block grants to local districts; higher ed. issues"
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "c) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?" Education Issues Other or expanded principles: "c) I support innovation but oppose funding formulae like that of Massachusetts which unjustly transfers money from public schools on basis of per pupil expenditure, ignoring the fact that public schools must educate all children, including those facing severe educational challenges."
No Candidate Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "e) Do you support domestic oil exploration in federally-protected areas?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "c) only because votes were not there for a carbon tax g) only as part of broad commitment to alternative energy"
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Support domestic oil exploration in areas that are currently restricted."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "e) Do you support domestic oil exploration in federally-protected areas?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "c) only because votes were not there for a carbon tax g) only as part of broad commitment to alternative energy"
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Support opening a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
  • Mike Capuano. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Mike Capuano voted Nay on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Capuano. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Mike Capuano voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Mike Capuano supported the interests of Environment America 93 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Capuano. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Mike Capuano voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
Yes Candidate Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Impose stricter national air quality standards."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "c) only because votes were not there for a carbon tax g) only as part of broad commitment to alternative energy"
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "c) only because votes were not there for a carbon tax g) only as part of broad commitment to alternative energy"
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits under "cap and trade" laws."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "c) only because votes were not there for a carbon tax g) only as part of broad commitment to alternative energy"
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Reduce current federal regulations on the environment."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Support the U.S. re-entering the Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "Re l): We should reengage Kyoto discussions with industrialized countries and extend discussions to developing nations also."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts 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." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "We should reengage Kyoto discussions with industrialized countires and extend negotiations to developing nations also."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "k) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "Re l): We should reengage Kyoto discussions with industrialized countries and extend discussions to developing nations also."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "m) Support the Kyoto Protocol to limit global warming."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "c) only because votes were not there for a carbon tax g) only as part of broad commitment to alternative energy"
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Adhere to the United Nations treaty regarding global climate change."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "Re l): We should reengage Kyoto discussions with industrialized countries and extend discussions to developing nations also."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Support Clear Skies Act to reduce power plant emissions by setting a national cap on pollutants." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "We should reengage Kyoto discussions with industrialized countires and extend negotiations to developing nations also."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "c) only because votes were not there for a carbon tax g) only as part of broad commitment to alternative energy"
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "c) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "c) only because votes were not there for a carbon tax g) only as part of broad commitment to alternative energy"
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "c) only because votes were not there for a carbon tax g) only as part of broad commitment to alternative energy"
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "We should reengage Kyoto discussions with industrialized countires and extend negotiations to developing nations also."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "c) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "c) only because votes were not there for a carbon tax g) only as part of broad commitment to alternative energy"
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Mike Capuano in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Mike Capuano supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Mike Capuano supported the interests of Environment America 93 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Mike Capuano in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Capuano. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Mike Capuano voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Mike Capuano in the 2002 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Capuano. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Mike Capuano voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Mike Capuano in the 2004 general election. (votesmart.org)
Yes Candidate Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms by law-abiding citizens."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?"
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "c) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?"
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts 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."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?"
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts 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."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories. d) Restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories. c) Enforcement of existing restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts 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."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Renew the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow individuals to carry concealed guns."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Increase federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?"
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Ban the sale, ownership or possession of handguns except by law enforcement and other government officials."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Mike Capuano. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Mike Capuano voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Capuano. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Mike Capuano voted Nay on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Mike Capuano a grade of 18." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Capuano. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Mike Capuano voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Mike Capuano supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 100 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Capuano. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Mike Capuano voted Nay on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Mike Capuano in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Mike Capuano in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
No Candidate Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?"
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health care. Other or expanded principles: "Prescription drugs are essential to health care. Medicare and Medicaid should cover essential prescription drugs, but the existing Part D is unworkable."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal healthcare program to guarantee coverage to all Americans, regardless of income."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Providing healthcare is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?"
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Michael Capuano. Issue Position: Health Care. 28 November 2011. "Preserving and expanding access to quality health care is a top priority for me. In March of 2010 we finally achieved comprehensive health care reform with passage of H.R. 3590: the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and H.R. 4872: the Reconciliation Act of 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Mike Capuano supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Capuano. Blog: Healthcare. 21 January 2011. "The changes made through the Affordable Care Act help seniors adjust to the out-of-pocket costs with the rebate and a 50% discount on the total cost of brand name drugs beginning in 2011 while they are caught in the gap". (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Capuano. Issue Position: Health Care. 1 January 2012. "After many months of debate, Congress passed historic health care reform in March. Mike supported both H.R. 3590: the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and H.R. 4872: the Reconciliation Act of 2010. Millions more Americans will now have access to affordable health care as a result of this legislation, which also prohibits insurance companies from denying a person coverage based on a pre-existing condition, and allows young people to remain covered by their parents' health insurance until age 26." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Capuano. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Mike Capuano voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
No Candidate 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

  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive U.S. citizenship."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?" Immigration Issues Other or expanded principles: "c) do support English as a requirement for citizenship and expanded ESL education d) But this should not be a priority for state and local police"
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?" Immigration Issues Other or expanded principles: "c) do support English as a requirement for citizenship and expanded ESL education d) But this should not be a priority for state and local police"
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Illegal immigrants should be given a pathway to citizenship." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration. Other or expanded principles: "I believe that h) presents a false choice. We should support family unification and reward merit, educate and welcome as citizens the world's most talented people."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Grant U.S. citizenship to children born in the US only if their parents immigrated legally."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?" Immigration Issues Other or expanded principles: "c) do support English as a requirement for citizenship and expanded ESL education d) But this should not be a priority for state and local police"
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?" Immigration Issues Other or expanded principles: "c) do support English as a requirement for citizenship and expanded ESL education d) But this should not be a priority for state and local police"
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration. Other or expanded principles: "Re: e) above, state should be prohibited from denying services to children, regardless of parents' status."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Illegal immigrants should have to return to their countries of origin before being considered for citizenship."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Mike Capuano. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Mike Capuano voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Mike Capuano supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Mike Capuano supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 78 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Capuano. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Mike Capuano voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
Yes Candidate Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Mike Capuano supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "b) Do you support a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman?" Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues. Other or expanded principles: "Some portion of Social Security funds should be placed in higher yield investments."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?" Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues. Other or expanded principles: "Some portion of Social Security funds should be placed in higher yield investments."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts 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?" Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform. Other or expanded principles: "Public funding should be available for candidates running against self-financed millionaires."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "k) Should marriage be restricted to a union only between a man and a woman?"
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?"
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "j) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?"
  • Michael Capuano. Issue Position: Civil Liberties And Human Rights. 28 November 2011. "Mike is firmly committed to individual freedom. He is a co-sponsor of a bill to repeal the so-called 'Defense of Marriage Act.' He opposes a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of a man and woman. It would supersede the law in Massachusetts and other states which permit same-sex marriage, and interfere with the right of consenting adults to enter into a legal relationship, with the rights and responsibilities of marriage" (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Mike Capuano supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 14 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Capuano. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Mike Capuano voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Capuano. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Mike Capuano voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Capuano. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Mike Capuano voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Mike Capuano supported the interests of the American Family Association 5 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Mike Capuano supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Mike Capuano supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Capuano. Congressman Capuano's E-Update. 1 October 2004. "The House took up the issue of gay marriage this week, with a vote on H.J. Res 106: a Constitutional Amendment on Same Sex Marriage. The exact text of the amendment is copied below: Marriage in the United States shall consist solely of the union of a man and a woman. Neither this Constitution, nor the constitution of any State, shall be construed to require that marriage or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon any union other than the union of a man and a woman. I voted NO - Quite simply, this amendment would enshrine discrimination in the Constitution." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Capuano. Marriage Protection Amendment. 30 September 2004. "I am standing here as living proof. I live in a district. I have been married for 30 years. I have two wonderful children. I now have the honor of representing, I do not know how many, married gay couples, and not once, not once has my wife and I had a discussion now that we have to split up because we have gay couples living near us. Not once have I had a single discussion by a single constituent who said, you know what, I am not going to get married because we can have gay marriage. Not once have I had a single child come to see me and say, oh, my God, save me, save me from having gay couples next door." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Capuano. Regarding a Constitutional Amendment on Gay Marriage. 11 March 2004. "Mr. Speaker, as Congress moves to consider a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, I would like to take this opportunity to submit for the RECORD the following letter from a constituent of mine, whose words and sentiments are echoed by millions of Americans throughout the country. Though this letter was addressed to the members of the Massachusetts State Legislature, I believe the passion and conviction this mother has for the rights and privileges of her children, and her gay son in particular, is extremely relevant to the debate that we may soon have in the U.S. House of Representatives." (votesmart.org)
Yes Candidate Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?" International Policy Issues Other or expanded principles: "i) Free trade must also be fair trade"
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "e) Do you support pre-emptive military strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to United States national security?" Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding national security. Other or expanded principles: "Re: a) I voted against military tribunals. I invite the next President to return to Congress with proposals to make them more just, as I believe they can be made without compromising US security. Re: e) I do not oppose resort to preemptive force as a last resort."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "f) Do you support a policy of pre-emptive strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to national security?" Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding national security. Other or expanded principles: "a) But only if Executive Branch collaborated with the Congress in establishing procedures Re f): as last resort"
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?" International Policy Issues Other or expanded principles: "j) Free trade must also be fair trade."
  • Michael Capuano. Statement: Afghanistan. 6 May 2011. "President Bush rightfully authorized military action in Afghanistan to go after the terrorists. That goal has been largely achieved -- the terrorists have been driven from Afghanistan, and that is why our military engagement there should come to an end. That doesn't mean we should declare victory in the war on terror and turn our backs. We should seek out the terrorists where we think they are currently hiding, not where they once were." (votesmart.org)
No Candidate 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

  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts 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."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Massachusetts 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."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "" for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts that they manage themselves."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts 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."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which are managed by the government."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Massachusetts 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."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts 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."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Massachusetts Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?"
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Massachusetts 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."
  • Mike Capuano. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Massachusetts 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."
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Mike Capuano supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Capuano signed Progressive Change Campaign Committee: Social Security Protectors. "Social Security belongs to the people who have worked hard all their lives and contributed to it. Social Security is a promise that must not be broken. We need to strengthen Social Security, not cut it. That is why I oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including increasing the retirement age. I also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part." (socialsecurityprotectors.com)

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Massachusetts 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
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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