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Hansen Clarke

Hansen Clarke's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Hansen Clarke
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 14
Primary Aug. 5, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Choi
Birth Date: 03/03/1957
Birth Place: Detroit, MI
Home City: Detroit, MI
Religion: Roman Catholic
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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2014, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-choice Candidate Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

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  • Hansen Clarke. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Hansen Clarke voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Hansen Clarke. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Hansen Clarke voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
No Candidate Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

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  • Hansen Clarke. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Hansen Clarke voted Yea on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
Yes Candidate Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

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  • Hansen Clarke. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Hansen Clarke voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Hansen Clarke. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Hansen Clarke voted Yea on 02/15/2011. (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

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Candidate Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Candidate Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Candidate Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Candidate Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

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  • Hansen Clarke. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Hansen Clarke voted Nay on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
Yes Candidate Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Hansen Clarke. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Hansen Clarke voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Hansen Clarke in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
Yes Candidate Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Candidate Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Hansen Clarke. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Hansen Clarke 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

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Candidate Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Candidate Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
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

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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Michigan Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

Pro-choiceCandidate AnswerDo you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan?
YesDo you support a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan?
Other or expanded principles
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 support allowing President Bush's misguided tax giveaways for the wealthiest 1% to expire.

YesDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles
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
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
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
YesShould individuals be required to purchase health insurance, as mandated in the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
YesDo you support allowing illegal immigrants, who were brought to the United States as minors, to pursue citizenship without returning to their country of origin?
NoDo you support the enforcement of federal immigration law by state and local police?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?
YesShould the U.S use military force in order to prevent Iran from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Other or expanded principles

I would keep the option of using a military component as a last resort to stop Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
Other or expanded principles
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
Slightly Increaseb) Arts
Greatly Decreasec) Defense
Greatly Increased) Education
Maintain Statuse) Environment
Slightly Increasef) Homeland Security
Maintain Statusg) International aid
Slightly Increaseh) Medical Research
Maintain Statusi) Scientific Research
Maintain Statusj) Space exploration
Maintain Statusk) United Nations
Slightly Increasel) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories
Taxes
Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.
Slightly Decreasea) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusb) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusc) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Maintain Statusd) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Slightly Increasee) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Greatly Decreasef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Greatly Increaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
Slightly Increasei) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Statusj) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories

I support applying the "Buffet Rule" to ensure that millionaires pay their fair share while reducing taxes on working people and small businesses.

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.

I have three core priorities: passing bipartisan legislation to return approximately $10 billion in federal tax dollars to be reinvested in the job creation in our region, passing the Save Our Neighborhoods act to give struggling homeowners a chance to remain in their homes, and passing our Student Loan Forgiveness Act--which now has more than a million supporters in a national petition--to give Americans the purchasing power they need to jumpstart the economy. We can cover these costs by: accelerating our withdrawal from Afghanistan and Iraq, closing corporate tax loopholes, and letting President Bush's tax cuts for the 1% expire.

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