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Chaka Fattah, Sr.'s Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (PA) - District 2, Democratic
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Chaka Fattah, Sr. has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Chaka Fattah, Sr. is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

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

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Chaka Fattah. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Chaka Fattah voted Yea on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit the late-term abortion procedure known as "partial-birth" abortion."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Medicare, Medicaid, and federal subsidies should be prohibited from being used on abortion procedures."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Pennsylvania 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."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion. Other or expanded principles: "We should work to make abortions rare but they should remain legal within the context of Roe v. Wade."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Chaka Fattah in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion. Other or expanded principles: "We should work to make abortions rare but they should remain legal within the context of Roe vs Wade."
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Chaka Fattah supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Chaka Fattah. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Chaka Fattah voted Nay on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Chaka Fattah. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Chaka Fattah voted Yea on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Chaka Fattah. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Chaka Fattah voted Yea on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Chaka Fattah. H Amdt 436. 104th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Chaka Fattah voted Yea on 06/15/1995. (votesmart.org)
  • Chaka Fattah. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Chaka Fattah voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Chaka Fattah. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Chaka Fattah voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Chaka Fattah. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Chaka Fattah voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Chaka Fattah supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Chaka Fattah. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Chaka Fattah voted Yea on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Chaka Fattah. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Chaka Fattah voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Chaka Fattah supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Chaka Fattah. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Chaka Fattah voted Yea on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Chaka Fattah in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Chaka Fattah. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Chaka Fattah voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Chaka Fattah. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Chaka Fattah voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Chaka Fattah. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Chaka Fattah voted Nay on 04/05/2000. (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 Chaka Fattah a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Chaka Fattah. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Chaka Fattah voted Yea on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Chaka Fattah supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Chaka Fattah. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Chaka Fattah voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Chaka Fattah. Progressive Endorses Warner Pro-Growth Job Credits. 16 November 2010. "I draw the line, however, at extending tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires. Stuffing more cash in the pockets of the rich won't create jobs, it will buy yachts and fatten tax shelters. Let's eliminate the middle man and invest those revenues in smart growth. That means investing in the great economic engine of small business. The Warner Plan, with its package of focused tax credits, accomplishes that goal." (votesmart.org)
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania 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. e) $180,001-$350,000" Family Income Taxes Other or expanded principles: "Eliminate this tax system and supplement with a transaction tax; calling for 1% fee on all transactions of about $500. (see H.R. 1601)"
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate the levels you support concerning taxes in the following categories. Select one number (level) only. k) Corporate income taxes"
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania 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: "The are completely embodied in the transaction fee tax model. A fee at 1 percent of all transactions above 500 that would generate enough revenue to meet our present needs to address other problems in the country and to pay off the national debt and elinate all deficits."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?"
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key below, indicate what levels you support concerning taxes, deductions, and tax credits in the following categories. Select one number per tax. c) $75,000 - $150,000"
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania 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"
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania 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" Family Income Taxes Other or expanded principles: "Eliminate this tax system and supplement with a transaction tax; calling for 1% fee on all transactions of about $500. (see H.R. 1601)"
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "6) Do you support requiring a super-majority vote in both houses of Congress to raise taxes?"
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Using the key below, indicate what levels you support concerning taxes, deductions, and tax credits in the following categories. Select one number per tax. d) Over $150,000"
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "3) Do you support eliminating the Internal Revenue Service?"
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Chaka Fattah supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 7 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Chaka Fattah supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 5 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Chaka Fattah. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Chaka Fattah voted Nay on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Chaka Fattah supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Chaka Fattah. Congressman Fattah Announces Support for Obama Benefits and Tax Plan. 13 December 2010. "I have consistently opposed extending the tax cuts for the top 2% and still believe that is not the right choice. The reality of the legislative process, and my commitment to working families, compels me to support the framework of this proposal in spite of its imperfections." votesmart.org/public-statement/578801.
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Chaka Fattah supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (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 Chaka Fattah a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Chaka Fattah. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Chaka Fattah voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Chaka Fattah. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Chaka Fattah voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred 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

  • Chaka Fattah. Congressman Fattah Says Race to the Top Grants Will Help U.S. to Win the Future. 23 December 2011. "Low-income students across the nation and especially in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania are big winners today. Major federal resources will be flowing into our most underserved schools for the STEM subjects that are critical to our progress as a nation -- Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Philadelphia can expect a lion's share of Pennsylvania's $41.3 million in competitive Race to the Top Round 3 funding announced today. RTT3 focuses education reform and student achievement in STEM education. These are the critical subjects that prepare our young people from poor families to become leaders and earners in tomorrow's economy -- and help us meet President Obama's goal: to win the future. Race to the Top, the visionary reform initiative of Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, won't be stopping here. We have just appropriated another $550 million to invest our young people and to continue the cutting edge agenda of our nation's Education President." (votesmart.org)
  • Chaka Fattah. Congressman Fattah To Testify Wednesday To House Committee About Teacher Equity. 29 September 2009. "Current law requires states to make sure teacher talent is distributed fairly in school districts, so that all children -- including poor and minority children -- have access to outstanding teachers. Fattah said these provisions have been "virtually unenforced since its inception." But now, the Obama Administration has linked American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds that requiring states to take steps to place effective teachers in the classrooms that need them most -- especially under the $5 billion ARRA "Race to the Top" competitive grant program made available to the states." (votesmart.org)
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly 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"
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Providing education is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning education. Other or expanded principles: "Eliminate disparities in state's public education system."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Pennsylvania 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."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Federal" for: "Indicate which level of government that should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. c) Education"
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Pennsylvania 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: "Early intervention."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania 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: "f) We should substantially raise the pay for alll qualified teachers and broad based merit pay programs."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania 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)."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support the federal government funding universal pre-K programs."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. [?] d) Education"
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania 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)."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Education" Budget Priorities Other or expanded principles: "I believe there should be shifts within the existing budget to increase troop salaries, readiness and quality of life."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Pennsylvania 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)"
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
  • Chaka Fattah. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Chaka Fattah voted Nay on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

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Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Chaka Fattah supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Chaka Fattah. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Chaka Fattah voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Chaka Fattah in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Chaka Fattah supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. League of Conservation Voters endorsed Chaka Fattah in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Chaka Fattah. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Chaka Fattah voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Chaka Fattah in the 2002 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Chaka Fattah in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Chaka Fattah in the 2004 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Support the U.S. re-entering the current Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Support Clear Skies Act to reduce power plant emissions by setting a national cap on pollutants."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Impose stricter national air quality standards."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits under "cap and trade" laws."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Pennsylvania 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."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania 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."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania 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."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "m) Support the Kyoto Protocol to limit global warming."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania 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."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Support the U.S. re-entering the Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "k) Adhere to the United Nations treaty regarding global climate change."
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania 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."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania 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."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania 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."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly 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."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms by law-abiding citizens."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania 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."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly 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."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Increase federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Chaka Fattah. HR 125. 104th Congress. Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995. Chaka Fattah voted Nay on 03/22/1996. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Chaka Fattah a grade of 9." (votesmart.org)
  • Chaka Fattah. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Chaka Fattah voted Nay on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Chaka Fattah 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 Chaka Fattah in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Chaka Fattah. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Chaka Fattah voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Chaka Fattah. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Chaka Fattah voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Chaka Fattah supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 100 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Chaka Fattah. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Chaka Fattah voted Nay on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Chaka Fattah. Congressman Fattah Joins With Mayors In Call For Repeal Of Tiahrt Amendment. 10 July 2007. "Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA) stood with members of the bi-partisan group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Members of Congress and other crime fighters on Capitol Hill today to call for the repeal of the Tiahrt Amendment. The Amendment limits the ability of law enforcement officials to have access to gun trace data, critical information, needed to effectively fight crime. Revoking the Tiahrt Amendment would allow the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives-which traces firearms across the country- to share its information with local investigators giving them the tools required to successfully safeguard their citizens. 'As gun violence spirals out of control in Philadelphia, with more than 200 homicides already this year, police in our city and law enforcement across the nation need every tool at their disposal to crush the trade in illegal weapons. I want to thank Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Mayor Thomas Menino for spearheading the battle to wipe out the Tiahrt Amendment,' said Fattah [¦] 'I can not, I will not, support an amendment that so blatantly handcuffs the police in their fight to prevent the killing and maiming of our nation's mothers, fathers and children.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Chaka Fattah. Fattah Lauds Mayor, Council for Gun Safety Laws. 10 April 2008. "I commend Mayor Nutter for his decisive action in signing and ordering immediate enforcement of five ordinances unanimously approved in City Council today aimed at controlling the sales, straw-buying, illegal trafficking and proliferation of firearms on the streets of Philadelphia." (votesmart.org)
  • Chaka Fattah. Fattah, Reynolds Brown Vow to Expand "Groceries for Guns" to Every Police District. 3 May 2007. "Congressman Chaka Fattah, joined by City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown and Police Commissioner Sylvester Johnson, vowed to expand the popular 'Groceries for Guns Exchange' that has removed more than 1,000 firearms from the streets of Philadelphia -- and extend it to every Police District. 'We are going to expand this to every Police District in the city,' Fattah said at a City Hall news conference today. 'If citizens have a gun they no longer want or need, no matter how it came into their possession, they can turn it in' for grocery vouchers. To close the news conference, Fattah, Reynolds Brown and other officials offered dramatic visual evidence of what the gun exchange has meant. They tipped over two large gray bins filled with hundreds of handguns, representing the 1,061 firearms handed over to police during the five Groceries for Guns Exchanges. The weapons, provided by the Police Evidence unit that takes custody of all seized and surrendered firearms, clattered across the carpet of Conversation Hall to ooohhs and aahhhs of attendees. The tally from five exchanges, according to police, is 1,061 firearms, including 731 handguns." (votesmart.org)
  • Chaka Fattah. Rep. Fattah: To Fight Crime We Must Empower Citizens, Add Police Resources and Improve Life Chances for All. 29 November 2007. "Nationally, I have been a strong advocate for gun control in the uphill fight against entrenched pro-gun interests. I belong to the Congressional Task Force on Illegal Guns. I have partnered with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other mayors to remove legislative roadblocks to law enforcement tracing illegal guns used in crimes." (votesmart.org)
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania 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."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow individuals to carry concealed guns."
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Chaka Fattah supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Chaka Fattah. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Chaka Fattah voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Chaka Fattah. Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. 19 January 2011. "'Mr. Speaker, I rise today in opposition to H.R. 2, a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act. In March of last year I was honored to cast a vote in favor of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. This law ensures that my constituents, and all Americans, have access to the medical care they need. The measure we consider on this House floor today is not an effort to improve upon that law. It is not an alternative strategy to protect patients' access to care. It is simply an effort to undo the admirable work undertaken over many years and months by the Members and staff of this body, committed patient advocates, uninsured Americans and hard-working medical professionals. I find it unfortunate that, as our Nation faces many deep and intransigent challenges, the House is debating a proposal which is premised on misinformation and disingenuous posturing. I am hopeful that we will now return to the real work of the people.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Chaka Fattah. Fattah Praises New Women's Reproductive and Preventive Health Guidelines. 2 August 2011. "Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA-02) issues this statement in support of the Obama Administration's new guidelines for women's healthcare: 'The new guidelines issued for coverage of women's preventive and reproductive health care show once again the far-reaching wisdom of the Obama Administration as it continues to roll out provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Requiring health insurers to cover birth control with no co-pays, provide preventive care for cervical cancer, 'well-woman' screening and counseling on domestic violence, among numerous reproductive health services, is a necessary and long overdue step. The scientific and medical evidence is clear-cut. The Department of Health and Human Services is to be commended on these common-sense guidelines, and I would urge HHS, as follow-up, to guarantee access to family planning care for all women, no exceptions. Expecting insurers to support women's preventive healthcare, including birth control, is one of the great and little recognized life-saving provisions of the Affordable Care Act. As a leader in the passage of this visionary healthcare reform -- and as the father of three daughters -- I understand the imperative for improving comprehensive reproductive health options for women of this and future generations.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Providing healthcare is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal healthcare program to guarantee coverage to all Americans, regardless of income." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health. Other or expanded principles: "I support the importation of prescription drugs into the United States provided the accepted U.S. standard of safety and regulation is applied to these drugs."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
No Inferred 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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  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Allow legalization for certain illegal immigrants working in the U.S."
  • Chaka Fattah. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Chaka Fattah voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Chaka Fattah. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Chaka Fattah voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Chaka Fattah supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Illegal immigrants should be given a pathway to citizenship."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Illegal immigrants should have to return to their countries of origin before being considered for citizenship."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Pennsylvania 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."
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Chaka Fattah supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 90 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "j) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?" Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform. Other or expanded principles: "The question of marriage should be left to the states."
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Chaka Fattah supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Chaka Fattah supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Chaka Fattah. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Chaka Fattah voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Chaka Fattah. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Chaka Fattah voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Chaka Fattah supported the interests of the American Family Association 5 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Chaka Fattah. Pelosi, Nadler, 143 House Members File New Amicus Brief on Federal Case Against DOMA. 7 September 2012. "Ensuring "consistency" or "uniformity" in federal treatment of marital status cannot justify treating this class of married citizens as unmarried for all federal purposes. There have been non-trivial differences in state marriage laws throughout our nation's history, and the federal government has proven capable of handling those differences. It is not credible or sufficient for equal protection purposes to claim that this is now an interest only when it comes to the treatment of married same-sex couples. Married same-sex and different-sex couples are similarly situated with regard to federal marriage-based benefits, and the Constitution requires Congress to treat them with equal regard." (votesmart.org)
  • Chaka Fattah. Pelosi, Nadler, 130 House Members File Amicus Brief on Federal Case Against DOMA. 10 July 2012. "But a clearly stated purpose and effect of this law was to disapprove of and disadvantage lesbians and gay men; this distinguishes DOMA from a routine act of Congress. Where, as here, Congress classifies persons, denying an entire class of citizens the rights that are afforded others, the Supreme Court has applied rational basis review to invalidate those laws. None of the reasons provided by Congress in 1996 or created in response to litigation rationally serve a legitimate federal interest." (votesmart.org)
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "b) Do you support a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman?"
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?"
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania 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?"
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Chaka Fattah supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 14 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Chaka Fattah. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Chaka Fattah voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Chaka Fattah supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 95 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Chaka Fattah. Fattah Pans "Shameless, Cynical" Republican Attacks On Obama, Holder. 1 February 2010. "Today, support for our President's strong security policies in the United States as well as his vigorous attacks on Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen are ignored by this Republican chorus. They're too busy scoring political points to care about the real-world 21st Century challenges we face. The contradictions between our national unity of 2001 and Republicans' hypocrisy today are stunning. Shame on them." (votesmart.org)
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania 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: "To expand on (b), Rigorous examination of student Visas should be aimed at protecting our country rather than profiling the country of origin. (d) not unless condoned (f) immenent (threat)"
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" 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: "The United States should hold foreign states accountable for terrorists who operate in their country when it is clear that terrorist activity if known and supported by that government."
  • Chaka Fattah. Rep. Fattah Supports President's Focus On Al-Qaeda. 2 December 2009. "Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA), in a radio interview Wednesday morning, praised President Obama for fulfilling his campaign pledge to focus United States security efforts on the destruction of Al Qaeda in Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan. 'We can't let Pakistan be destabilized and let those nukes on the loose," Fattah said. "We all know that Pakistan is being destabilized by the Pashtun (ethnic group) along the border. Troops in the region are useful. There are people who wake up every day trying to harm us. The risk is great to do nothing. I support the President.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Chaka Fattah. Fattah Responds to Death of Osama bin Laden. 2 May 2011. "The President kept his word pledging in 2007 to send American forces to hunt down this heinous terrorist wherever he was hiding even in Pakistan if need be. I join with all Americans in thanking the President for making the demise of Osama Bin Laden his number one priority in the war on terror." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

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  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania 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."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania 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."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Pennsylvania 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."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Pennsylvania 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."
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Chaka Fattah supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Pennsylvania 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."
  • Chaka Fattah 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)
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania 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."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Pennsylvania 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."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "" for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts that they manage themselves."
  • Chaka Fattah. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania 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."

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Pennsylvania Congressional Election 2008 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.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion.
a) Abortions should always be illegal.
Xb) Abortions should always be legal.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester.
d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
f) Dilation and extraction or "partial-birth" abortion procedures should be legal.
g) Medicare, Medicaid, and federal subsidies should be prohibited from being used on abortion procedures.
h) Other or expanded principles.
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.
1) Budget Priorities
Maintain Statusa) Agriculture
Slightly Increaseb) Arts
Slightly Decreasec) Defense
Greatly Increased) Education
Greatly Increasee) Environment
Slightly Increasef) FEMA
Slightly Increaseg) Homeland security
Greatly Increaseh) International aid
Slightly Increasei) Law enforcement (Federal)
Greatly Increasej) Law enforcement (State)
Greatly Increasek) Medical research
Slightly Increasel) National parks
Greatly Increasem) Public health services
Slightly Increasen) Scientific research
Maintain Statuso) Space exploration programs
Greatly Increasep) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Maintain Statusq) United Nations
Slightly Increaser) Welfare
s) Other or expanded categories
2) Defense Spending
Slightly Increasea) Armed forces personnel training
Maintain Statusb) Intelligence operations
Slightly Decreasec) Military hardware
Slightly Decreased) Modernization of weaponry and equipment
Eliminatee) National missile defense
Greatly Increasef) Pay for active duty personnel
Greatly Increaseg) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Greatly Decreaseh) Research and development of new weapons
Greatly Increasei) Troop and equipment readiness
j) Other or expanded categories
3) 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.
Family Income Taxes
Maintain Statusa) Less than $12,000
Maintain Statusb) $12,001-$40,000
Maintain Statusc) $40,001-$100,000
Maintain Statusd) $100,001-$180,000
Slightly Increasee) $180,001-$350,000
Slightly Increasef) $350,001 and above
g) Other or expanded categories

Eliminate this tax system and supplement with a transaction tax; calling for 1% fee on all transactions of about $500. (see H.R. 1601)

Other Taxes
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Increaseb) Capital gains taxes
Greatly Increasec) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Increased) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Maintain Statusf) Inheritance taxes
g) Other or expanded categories
Deductions/Credits
Maintain Statusa) Charitable contribution deduction
Maintain Statusb) Child tax credit
Greatly Increasec) Earned income tax credit
Maintain Statusd) Medical expense deduction
Maintain Statuse) Mortgage deduction
Slightly Increasef) Student loan credit
g) Other or expanded categories
No4) Do you support the permanent repeal of the federal estate tax?
5) Do you support requiring the federal budget to be balanced each year?
6) Other or expanded principles

My proposal for balancing the budget is completely embodied in the transaction fee tax model. A fee at one percent (1%) of all transactions above $500 that would generate enough revenue to meet our present needs to address other problems in the country and to pay off the national debt and eliminate all deficits.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
a) Support increasing the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns.
b) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
c) Allow unregulated soft money campaign contributions to political parties or committees.
d) Remove all contribution limits on federal campaigns and parties.
Xe) Support prohibiting ads containing candidates' name that are paid for by third parties from airing 60 days before a primary and 30 days before a general federal election.
Xf) Support instant run-off voting (IRV).
Xg) Support designating Election Day as a national holiday.
h) Support giving the President the power of the line item veto for items concerning appropriations.
i) Support limiting the President's use of signing statements in order to prevent an alternative interpretation of the bill.
Xj) Support a federal shield law to protect reporter-source privilege.
k) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.
a) Support the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
Xb) Eliminate the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
Xc) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xd) Support programs to provide prison inmates with drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
Xe) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
f) Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
Xg) Support strict penalties for internet crime (e.g. hacking, identity theft, worms/viruses).
Xh) Require that crimes based on sexual orientation be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
i) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
Xa) Support the federal government funding universal pre-K programs.
b) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any public school.
c) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any private or religious school.
Xd) Allow teachers and professionals to receive federal funding to establish charter or magnet schools.
Xe) Increase funding for the Pell Grant program.
Xf) Decrease interest rates of Stafford Loans.
Xg) Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college.
Xh) Ban university financial aid officers from owning stock in or accepting gifts from student loan lenders.
Xi) Require universities to disclose financial relationships with lenders.
j) Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind).
k) Eliminate all federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind).
l) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.
Xa) Increase funding for national job-training programs that retrain displaced workers or teach skills needed in today’s job market.
b) Reduce government regulation of the private sector.
c) Encourage employers to offer child care services, flex-time scheduling, comp-time, and unpaid leave for family emergencies.
Xd) Increase the federal minimum wage.
Xe) Support the right of workers to unionize.
f) Eliminate all federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
Xg) Include sexual orientation in federal anti-discrimination laws.
Xh) Include gender identity in federal anti-discrimination laws.
i) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
Xa) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Water Act.
Xb) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act.
Xc) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil).
Xd) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
Xe) Strengthen fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
f) Support domestic oil exploration in areas that are currently restricted.
Xg) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels.
Xh) Support the use of ethanol as an alternative fuel.
Xi) Support research and development of nuclear reactors as an alternative energy source.
Xj) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits under "cap and trade" laws.
Xk) Support international mandatory emission targets to limit global warming.
l) Support international voluntary emission targets to limit global warming.
m) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.
a) Allow individuals to carry concealed guns.
b) Ban the sale, ownership or possession of handguns except by law enforcement and other government officials.
On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories.
Greatly Increasec) Enforcement of existing restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Greatly Increased) Restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
e) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health.
Xa) Implement a universal healthcare program to guarantee coverage to all Americans, regardless of income.
Xb) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts.
Xc) Allow the importation of prescription drugs into the United States.
Xd) Support expanding prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
Xe) Offer tax credits to individuals and small businesses to offset the cost of insurance coverage.
Xf) Support expanding child healthcare programs.
g) Providing healthcare is not a responsibility of the federal government.
h) Other or expanded principles

I support the importation of prescription drugs into the United States provided the accepted U.S. standard of safety and regulation is applied to these drugs.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration.
a) Decrease the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country.
b) Establish English as the official national language.
c) Support a temporary worker program.
d) Support harsher financial punishments for those who knowingly employ illegal immigrants.
e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States.
Xf) Illegal immigrants should have to return to their countries of origin before being considered for citizenship.
g) Illegal immigrants should be given a pathway to citizenship.
h) Support merit-based visas over family-based visas.
i) Other or expanded principles
International Aid
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international aid.
Xa) Support the United States granting aid to countries when extraordinary circumstances cause disaster and threaten civilian lives.
Xb) Support the United States granting aid to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States.
Xc) Eliminate United States aid for any nation with documented human rights abuses.
d) Aid granted by the United States should be scaled back and eventually eliminated.
e) Other or expanded principles
International Policy
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international policy.
Yesa) Should the United States continue to provide leadership in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process?
Yesb) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
Yesc) Should the United States impose greater international sanctions on Iran if it continues to defy United Nations mandates?
Yesd) Should the United States support the Lebanese government against insurgent forces?
Noe) Should the United States maintain its troop levels in Iraq?
Yesf) Should the United States withdraw its troops from Iraq?
g) Discuss your proposals for Iraq.

I opposed the War in Iraq from its inception; Out of Iraq strategy is explained in detail on my congressional website.

Yesh) Should the United States apply greater economic and diplomatic sanctions against North Korea if it fails to abide by its agreement to suspend its nuclear program?
Noi) Should the United States increase financial support for Afghanistan?
Noj) Should the United States increase military support for Afghanistan?
Yesk) Should the United States trade nuclear fuel to India for civilian purposes?
Yesl) Should the United States decrease financial support for Pakistan?
Yesm) Should the United States decrease military support for Pakistan?
Yesn) Should the United States be involved in bringing an end to the violence in Darfur, Sudan?
Yeso) Should the United States be involved in bringing an end to the violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo?
p) Should the United States provide economic and military support to the Transitional Government of Somalia?
Yesq) Should the United States use sanctions to encourage the government of Zimbabwe to end its human rights abuses?
Yesr) Should the United States support the creation of an independent nation of Kosovo?
s) Other or expanded principles
International Trade
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international trade.
Noa) Do you support the United States imposing economic sanctions on China?
Nob) Do you support the United States imposing trade sanctions on Venezuela?
Yesc) Do you support the United States involvement in free trade agreements?
Yesd) Do you support the United States involvement in intergovernmental organizations dedicated to trade?
e) Other or expanded principles

I support the United States involvement in free trade agreements as long as it includes labor and environmental protections.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding national security.
Noa) Do you support using military tribunals to try suspected terrorists when ordinary civilian courts are deemed inappropriate or impractical?
Nob) Should law enforcement agencies have greater discretion to monitor domestic communications, to prevent future terrorist attacks?
c) Should the United States hold foreign states accountable for terrorists who operate in their country?
Yesd) Should the federal government increase funding to states and cities for homeland security?
Noe) Do you support pre-emptive military strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to United States national security?
Nof) Do you support the creation of a federal identification card system?
Nog) Do you support long-term use of National Guard troops to supplement the armed forces in assignments overseas?
Noh) Should the United States expand its missile defense shield?
i) Other or expanded principles

The United States should hold foreign states accountable for terrorists who operate in their country when it is clear that terrorist activity if known and supported by that government.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.
Yesa) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?
Nob) Do you support a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman?
Yesc) Do you support federal funding for research on existing embryonic stem cell lines?
Yesd) Do you support federal funding to create lines of stem cells from new embryos?
Yese) Should the federal government consider race and gender in government contracting decisions?
Yesf) Should the federal government continue affirmative action programs?
Yesg) Should the federal government regulate internet gambling?
h) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security.
a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts that they manage themselves.
Xb) Ensure the viability of Social Security by increasing the payroll tax.
c) Decrease benefits paid to retirees.
Xd) Support proportional increases of Social Security benefits based on the cost of living index.
e) Raise the retirement age for individual eligibility to receive full Social Security benefits.
f) Other or expanded principles

I am willing to work for comprehensive reform of Social Security that maintains a fiscally sound universal benefit.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare and poverty.
a) Require welfare recipients to spend at least 40 hours a week in a combination of work and training programs.
b) Continue to give states and local governments flexibility in and responsibility for welfare programs through federal block grants.
Xc) Support housing assistance for welfare recipients.
d) Abolish all federal welfare programs.
e) Other or expanded principles
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.

H.R. 2373 Student Bill of Rights - The legislation calls for the Secretary of Education to make annual determinations as to whether each state's public school system provides all its students with educational resources to succeed.

H.R. 2130 Transaction Tax Study - Directs the Secretary of the Treasury to conduct an in-depth study on the implementation of a transaction fee in the United States to replace all existing federal taxes.

H.R. 3317 GEAR UP Enhancement Act Amends the Higher Education Act of 1965 to improve and enhance the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP).

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