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Mike Doyle's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (PA) - District 14, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 14
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Mike Doyle has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Mike Doyle 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 2016, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a statement stating: "We envision a world in which every child belongs to a loving family and agree with the Catholic Church about the value of human life and the undesirability of abortion-we do not celebrate its practice." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/156394/house-democrats-release-historic-catholic-statement-of-principles#.VjpLSWwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I support Title 10 funding, Planned Parenthood and access to services that allow women to choose when they wish to start their families. I do not support federal funding for abortion except in cases of rape, incest or mother's life in danger." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/21853/mike-doyle/#.Va0YO3V3nfY (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

  • "All options must be on the table in order to get out of sequestration and secure a budget agreement. Both Republicans and Democrats need to step out of their "comfort zone" and be willing to compromise to reach a balanced agreement. The social safety net must be maintained for the working poor and the elderly. Loopholes that allow companies to locate their headquarters abroad to escape paying taxes in the United States need to be closed. I believe in a progressive tax code." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/21853/mike-doyle/#.Va0YO3V3nfY (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I believe the federal government must invest in research and our infrastructure. Both of these things will help grow the economy. " http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/21853/mike-doyle/#.Va0YO3V3nfY (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you support lowering taxes as a way of promoting growth in the economy? "No, I also support tax policies that provide incentives for businesses to create job in the United States. I would repeal tax credits for businesses that ship jobs oversees or locate their headquarters there to escape paying taxes." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/21853/mike-doyle/#.Va0YO3V3nfY (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

  • Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/21853/mike-doyle/#.Va0YO3V3nfY (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "If the Department of State determines that the Keystone XL pipeline meets all of its' environmental and safety requirements, then I would support its' approvall." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/21853/mike-doyle/#.Va0YO3V3nfY (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Fortunately, many of the same policies can achieve both goals -- as well as promote economic growth in the decades to come by creating good-paying new clean energy jobs.Moreover, many experts share my view that there doesn't have to be a trade-off between protecting the environment and promoting economic growth. In fact, many measures that conserve energy and tap alternative resources like wind and solar power also save businesses and consumers lots of money over the long run -- even though they may require a somewhat bigger investment up front." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/556167/issue-position-energy-policy-and-global-warming/?search=energy#.Va0w-XV3nfY (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe that Americans deserve affordable, reliable energy supplies -and that most Americans share my desire to free our nation from its current dependence on oil from unstable parts of the world. Consequently, I have been working for years to put in place a comprehensive national energy policy that would make the United States energy-independent. I believe that such a policy should include expanded conservation efforts and increased emphasis on energy-efficiency, as well as greater utilization of alternative fuels and new energy technology like fuel cells and gas-electric hybrid motors." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/376376/issue-position-energy/?search=energy#.Va0vX3V3nfY (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/21853/mike-doyle/#.Va0YO3V3nfY (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I would support the right to own a hunting rifle or handgun only after a background check. I do not support ownership of semi-automatic weapons or any other type of military weaponry." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/21853/mike-doyle/#.Va0YO3V3nfY (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Congress should work together to make the necessary adjustments to the ACA where they are warranted." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/21853/mike-doyle/#.Va0YO3V3nfY (votesmart.org)
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

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I support the comprehensive Immigration Reform bill that passed the Senate on a bi-partisan vote." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/21853/mike-doyle/#.Va0YO3V3nfY (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you support same-sex marriage? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/21853/mike-doyle/#.Va0YO3V3nfY (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/21853/mike-doyle/#.Va0YO3V3nfY (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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? "No" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/21853/mike-doyle/#.Va0YO3V3nfY (votesmart.org)

Key

Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

Unknown Answer

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

Project Vote Smart's Research: Click on this icon to reveal more information about this candidate's position.

Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

Pennsylvania Congressional Election 2014 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-lifeInferred Answer Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations
  • Signed a statement stating: "We envision a world in which every child belongs to a loving family and agree with the Catholic Church about the value of human life and the undesirability of abortion-we do not celebrate its practice." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/156394/house-democrats-release-historic-catholic-statement-of-principles#.VjpLSWwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I support Title 10 funding, Planned Parenthood and access to services that allow women to choose when they wish to start their families. I do not support federal funding for abortion except in cases of rape, incest or mother's life in danger." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/21853/mike-doyle/#.Va0YO3V3nfY (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Doyle. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Mike Doyle. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Mike Doyle. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Mike Doyle. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Congress should eliminate federal funding for clinics and medical facilities that provide abortion services."
  • Mike Doyle. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Mike Doyle. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Mike Doyle. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Medicare, Medicaid, and federal subsidies should be prohibited from being used on abortion procedures."
  • Mike Doyle. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Mike Doyle. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Mike Doyle. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Congress should eliminate abortion services from any federally funded health care plan."
  • Mike Doyle. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Pro-life" for: "a) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?"
  • Mike Doyle. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Pennsylvania 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 Doyle. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Mike Doyle. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Mike Doyle. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Mike Doyle. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Mike Doyle. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "e) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?"
  • Mike Doyle. 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."
  • Mike Doyle. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial-birth" abortion."
  • Mike Doyle. 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."
  • Mike Doyle. 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."
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Mike Doyle supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 57 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Doyle. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Mike Doyle voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Doyle. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Mike Doyle voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Doyle. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Mike Doyle voted Nay on 07/20/2000. (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 Mike Doyle a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Doyle. H Amdt 436. 104th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Mike Doyle voted Nay on 06/15/1995. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Doyle. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Mike Doyle voted Nay on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Doyle. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Mike Doyle voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Mike Doyle supported the interests of the Family Research Council 12 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Doyle. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Mike Doyle voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Doyle. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Mike Doyle voted Yea on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Doyle. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Mike Doyle voted Yea on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Doyle. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Mike Doyle voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Doyle. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Mike Doyle voted Nay on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Doyle. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Mike Doyle voted Nay on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Doyle. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Mike Doyle voted Nay on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Doyle. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Mike Doyle voted Nay on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Mike Doyle supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Mike Doyle supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 16 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Doyle. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Mike Doyle voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Mike Doyle. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Mike Doyle voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Doyle. Doyle Votes to Preserve Women's Access to Health Care. 4 May 2011. "I oppose abortion, and I oppose federal funding for abortion." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Doyle. Project Vote Smart. 2012 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected No Answer for: "Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?" Abortion other or expanded principles: "I do not support using federal dollars to pay for abortions, except in cases of rape, incest or danger to the Mother's life. I support using federal dollars for Title X, family planning services and I support federal funding for Planned Parenthood with the existing provision that federal funds may not be used to perform abortions."
  • Michael Doyle. House Democrats Release Historic Catholic Statement of Principles. 28 February 2006. "We envision a world in which every child belongs to a loving family and agree with the Catholic Church about the value of human life and the undesirability of abortion-we do not celebrate its practice. Each of us is committed to reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies and creating an environment with policies that encourage pregnancies to be carried to term. We believe this includes promoting alternatives to abortion, such as adoption, and improving access to children's healthcare and child care, as well as policies that encourage paternal and maternal responsibility." (votesmart.org)
  • "I do not support using federal dollars to pay for abortions, except in cases of rape, incest or danger to the Mother's life. "2012 PCT
Other or expanded principles

I support Title 10 funding, Planned Parenthood and access to services that allow women to choose when they wish to start their families. I do not support federal funding for abortion except in cases of rape, incest or mother's life in danger.

YesIn order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
YesCandidate AnswerIn order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Other or expanded principles

All options must be on the table in order to get out of sequestration and secure a budget agreement. Both Republicans and Democrats need to step out of their "comfort zone" and be willing to compromise to reach a balanced agreement. The social safety net must be maintained for the working poor and the elderly. Loopholes that allow companies to locate their headquarters abroad to escape paying taxes in the United States need to be closed. I believe in a progressive tax code.

YesDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles
YesDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Other or expanded principles

In the rare circumstances where the crime if heinous and there is no doubt about the person's guilt.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
NoDo you support lowering taxes as a way of promoting growth in the economy?
YesDo you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
Other or expanded principles

I believe the federal government must invest in research and our infrastructure. Both of these things will help grow the economy. I also support tax policies that provide incentives for businesses to create job in the United States. I would repeal tax credits for businesses that ship jobs oversees or locate their headquarters there to escape paying taxes

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants?
Other or expanded principles
NoInferred Answer Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations
  • "If the Department of State determines that the Keystone XL pipeline meets all of its' environmental and safety requirements, then I would support its' approvall." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/21853/mike-doyle/#.Va0YO3V3nfY (votesmart.org)
  • vote: (votesmart.org)
Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Other or expanded principles

If the Department of State determines that the Keystone XL pipeline meets all of its' environmental and safety requirements, then I would support its' approvall.

I think that States should have jurisdiction on whether they want to approve or deny drilling offshore their borders.

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 would support the right to own a hunting rifle or handgun only after a background check. I do not support ownership of semi-automatic weapons or any other type of military weaponry.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
Other or expanded principles

Congress should work together to make the necessary adjustments to the ACA where they are warranted.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
Other or expanded principles

I support the comprehensive Immigration Reform bill that passed the Senate on a bi-partisan vote.

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 governments hostile to the United States from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Other or expanded principles
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.
Maintain Statusa) 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
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.
Maintain Statusa) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusb) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusc) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Maintain Statusd) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Slightly Increasee) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Maintain Statusf) Income taxes (low-income families)
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Increaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
Maintain Statusi) 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.

My top priorities include ending sequestration and getting a budget agreement so that Congress can do it's job of making decisions how and where to spend our tax dollars. I believe we need to invest in our infrastructure, in education and research as well as developing a 21st Century energy strategy that over time eliminates our need to import oil from other Countries as we decrease our dependence on fossil fuels by increasing our renewable portfolio. All of these things will create a climate that will allow our economy to grow and our County to prosper.

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