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Danny Davis' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (IL) - District 7, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 7
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Danny Davis has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Danny Davis 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

  • Danny Davis. Putting Prevention First. 21 March 2004. "I commend the pro-choice caucus for offering legislation that focuses on keeping abortion legal, safe, and rare with proper education and preventive health care services." (votesmart.org)
  • Danny Davis. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Danny Davis voted Yea on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Pro-choice" for: "a) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?" Abortion Issues Other or expanded principles: "Decision should be left to mother and her medical team"
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Illinois 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: "Woman and her doctor should decide on appropriate procedure(s) without interference"
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should be illegal when the fetus is viable, with or without life support."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial birth" abortion."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Medicare, Medicaid, and federal subsidies should be prohibited from being used on abortion procedures."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Illinois 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."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "e) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?" Abortion Issues Other or expanded principles: "Decision should be left to mother and her medical team"
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Danny Davis. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Danny Davis voted Yea on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • Danny Davis. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Danny Davis voted Yea on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Danny Davis supported the interests of the Family Research Council 6 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. NARAL Pro-Choice America endorsed Danny Davis in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Danny Davis. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Danny Davis voted Nay on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Danny Davis. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Danny Davis voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Danny Davis. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Danny Davis voted Yea on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Danny Davis. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Danny Davis voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (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 Danny Davis a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Danny Davis supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Danny Davis. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Danny Davis voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Danny Davis. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Danny Davis voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Danny Davis. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Danny Davis voted Nay on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Danny Davis. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Danny Davis voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Danny Davis in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Danny Davis. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Danny Davis voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Danny Davis. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Danny Davis voted Yea on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Danny Davis supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Danny Davis. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Danny Davis voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Danny Davis. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Danny Davis voted Yea on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Danny Davis supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 16 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Danny Davis. Letter to George W. Bush, President of the United States of America. 16 May 2006. "We are concerned that those who seek to restrict or eliminate safe, legal abortions are expanding their goals and now also seek to restrict access to emergency contraception and other forms of prescription birth control." (votesmart.org)
  • Danny Davis. Public Affairs “ Transcript. 24 December 2009. "Jeff Berkowitz: Even a partial birth abortion"you think that should be legal? Cong. Danny Davis (D-Chicago, 7th Cong. District): I believe that a woman should have the right to decide what she does to try and protect her health and how she views it." (jeffberkowitz.blogspot.com)
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

  • Danny Davis. Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2010. 22 July 2010. "To add insult to injury, while proclaiming that our government could not afford $33 billion to help our citizens who are suffering during an economic emergency, the Republican leadership confidently asserted the position that we want the government to spend $650 billion for tax cuts for the wealthy. This is approximately 20 times the cost of this critical unemployment assistance. This is the same leadership that had no difficulty spending a trillion dollars for two wars and giving tax breaks to the wealthiest of the wealthy." (votesmart.org)
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly 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: "Increase EITC"
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "h) Income taxes (high-income families)"
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Illinois 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. d) Over $150,000"
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. h) Income taxes (high-income families)"
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "1) Indicate the changes you support (if any) concerning the tax levels for the following categories. Select one number only. e) Family income over $150,000"
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois 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"
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois 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"
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?"
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Illinois 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"
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Illinois 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: "Increase EITC"
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois 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: "Make income tax more progressive. Close loopholes in corporate income tax make spending cuts as indicated above. Repeal Bush tax cuts."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Indicate what levels you support concerning taxes, deductions, and tax credits in the following categories. d) Over $150,000"
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate the changes you support (if any) concerning the tax levels for the following categories. Select one number only. j) Corporate income taxes"
  • Danny Davis. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Danny Davis voted Nay on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Danny Davis supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 0 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Danny Davis supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 83 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Danny Davis supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 8 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Danny Davis. Chicago Tribune: Editorial Board Questionnaire. 4 November 2011. "I support the Presidents call to eliminate tax breaks on that part of individual incomes over $200,00 and that part of couples incomes of more than $250,000." (general2010.elections.chicagotribune.com)
  • Danny Davis. American Economic Disparities. 21 July 2011. "The fact is that in recent years we've been condemning more and more Americans to austerity then ever before while at the same time we continue to hand out tax breaks and fat government contracts for the wealthiest Americans, and the largest and wealthiest corporations. After getting bailed out, the profits at the largest financial institutions have recovered and then some--bonuses for their CEOs have recovered, and then some, but this Congress refuses to ask those institutions and those CEOs, and others like them, to give back just a little." (votesmart.org)
  • Danny Davis. CBC Budgetary Priorities. 10 February 2011. "How much longer can we afford to extend the Bush-era tax cuts? The President and Congress extended all of them through 2012 at a two year cost of $800 billion. A ten year extension of all these tax cuts will cost $3.8 trillion--$3 trillion of which are the popular middle-class tax cuts." (votesmart.org)
  • Danny Davis. Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2008. 29 March 2007. "I rise in strong support of the CBC budget and feel extremely proud to do so. This budget raises revenue by rescinding the tax cuts for the top two income tax rates." (votesmart.org)
  • Danny Davis. Letter to the Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives. 9 December 2010. "We oppose acceding to Republican demands to extend the Bush tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires for two reasons. First, it is fiscally irresponsible. Adding more than $900 billion to our national debt, as this proposal would do, handcuffs our ability to offer a balanced plan to achieve fiscal stability without a punishing effect on our current commitments, including Social Security and Medicare. Second, it is grossly unfair. This proposal will hurt, not help, the majority of Americans in the middle class and those working hard to get there. Even as Republicans seek to add billions more to our national debt in tax cuts to the wealthy, they oppose extending unemployment benefits to workers and resist COLA increases to seniors." (votesmart.org)
  • Danny Davis. Relating to Consideration of S. 1932, Deficit Reduction Act of 2005. 1 February 2006. "One of the worst offenses of this budget bill is that it legitimizes cutting the basic rights of education, safety, and health to support $70 billion in tax cuts for the extremely wealthy. In essence and in reality, we are talking about Robin Hood in reverse; that is, take from the poor and give to the rich." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Danny Davis. Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 Fails In The House Rep. Davis Votes For The Legislation Davis States: "Emergency Bill Necessary But Not Sufficient To Resolve Financial Crisis." "We will also need urgent, additional stimulus legislation and a 21st century regime of financial regulation and I intend to continue pressing for all of these." (votesmart.org)
  • Danny Davis. Letter to Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House. 9 January 2009. "I write to complement you for your efforts to develop and enact legislation to jumpstart our anemic economy, which has negatively impacted the lives of millions of Americans, and to offer my support for your leadership in this matter. In that vein, I would ask you to consider and include in the upcoming stimulus package, a proposal to enhance our health care infrastructure by augmenting the operations of our nation's community health centers - an immediately cost-effective idea that produces a myriad of public benefits." (votesmart.org)
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?"
  • Danny Davis. Chicago Tribune: Editorial Board Questionnaire. 4 November 2011. "As we know based on our experiences since the Great Depression in times of deep economic crisis the private sector is often unable to generate sufficient demand to return the economy to normal functioning. It is the task of the public sector to restart the economy by temporarily supplying that demand. I support the Presidents call for extending tax cuts for 98% of households, expanding infrastructure investment and stimulating investment in small business especially in areas such as renewable energy." (general2010.elections.chicagotribune.com)
  • Danny Davis. Jobs Training Program. 28 January 2008. "I know we are going to be looking at economic stimulus packages, and we are going to be trying to jump-start and help our economy. It is my belief that one way that we can do that is to make sure that we provide a jobs training program for the 1 million young people across the country who don't have any money, no job, no employment, many of them are out of school. Let's consider a job training program for our young people as a part of the economic stimulus package." (votesmart.org)
  • Danny Davis. Jobs. 23 May 2011. "I urge that we continue the fight to secure improvements in this proposal, to protect the hundreds of millions of hardworking Americans who need the government's help to weather the extended storm of economic hardship." (votesmart.org)
  • Danny Davis. Letter to The Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 11 July 2011. "These points are essential for any deal on the debt ceiling, but more work to rebuild the economy will remain after these negotiations have concluded. We support The People's Budget introduced by the Congressional Progressive Caucus in April, which would bring the country into surplus by 2021 and invest more than $1 trillion in job creation through public works, infrastructure upgrades and other popular measures." (votesmart.org)
  • Danny Davis. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Danny Davis voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Danny Davis. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Danny Davis voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Danny Davis 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 Danny Davis a rating of 3 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Danny Davis. Letter to The Honorable Ray LaHood, Secretary, United States Department of Transportation. 17 December 2009. "The Midwest also offers an opportunity for the federal government to provide both short-term economic stimulus and a sustained source of economic growth in the region. Federal Railroad Administration studies show the highest level of economic benefit associated with rail investment anywhere in the U.S. outside of the Northeast Corridor is in the Midwest. A study completed by the Midwest states reinforced the Administration's findings, showing $1.70 return on every dollar invested in Midwest High Speed Rail."
  • Danny Davis. August 2010 Newsletter. 1 August 2010. "The economic stimulus efforts of the Congress and President Obama are beginning to take hold and show results. The economy is beginning to show some stabilization but it is clear that the recovery remains fragile and unemployment, the most important part of the recovery, remains high, unacceptably high." (votesmart.org)
  • Danny Davis. Congress Should Support Ethanol. 20 July 2010. "I believe investing in renewable energy sources, including ethanol, is an efficient and effective economic stimulus." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois 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" Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. Other or expanded principles: "Economic stimulus, all types of physical infrastructure, job training"
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Eliminate the Department of Education, thereby giving state and local government greater control over educational issues."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois 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"
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "c) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?"
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Illinois 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)."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?"
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Providing education is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?"
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Promote education flexibility by giving federal funds, in the form of block grants, to the states to spend it as they see fit."
  • Danny Davis. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Danny Davis voted Nay on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Danny Davis. Chicago Sun-Times: U.S. House, Dist. 7: Danny K. Davis. 4 November 2011. "I have made known to Secretary Duncan my disappointment and frustration with proposed regulations for States implementing State Fiscal Stabilization Funds. I drew specific attention to disregard of Congressional language to address the previous Administration's troubling and longstanding disregard of the teacher equity requirements included in ESEA and the need for the current administration to break with that record and align itself squarely with the interests of some of our nation's most vulnerable students. The teacher equity provisions are of particular importance to me because of their potential to dramatically improve educational opportunities for African American and other minority children." (www.suntimes.com)
  • Danny Davis. Chicago Tribune: Editorial Board Questionnaire. 4 November 2011. "I oppose eliminating teacher tenure and performance pay for teachers. I oppose vouchers. I support an education policy based on student outcomes and believe that the best way to achieve that goal is via a public education system accessible to all." (general2010.elections.chicagotribune.com)
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois 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"
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "d) Education" Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. Other or expanded principles: "Economic stimulus, all types of physical infrastructure, job training"
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "2) Do you support the use of block grants given to states, rather than federal spending, in the following areas? b) Education"
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Federal" for: "Indicate which level of government should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. 3) Education"
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support the federal government funding universal pre-K programs."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. c) Education (K-12)"
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?"
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind)."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. d) Education" 1) Budget Priorities Other or expanded principles: "Provide targeted (to families most in need and critical social programs) one time stimulus package for economy in recession equal to 1% GDP"
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Danny Davis in the 2002 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Danny Davis. Letter to the Honorable Lisa Jackson, EPA. 23 September 2011. "We are writing to express our support for the Environmental Protection Agency's final Cross-State Air Pollution Control Rule. This important public health standard will prevent approximately 34,000 premature deaths, more than 15,000 heart attacks, 19,000 cases of acute bronchitis, 4000,000 cases of aggravated asthma, and 1,8 million lost workdays annually. The aggregate health benefits will save up to $280 billion annually in avoided costs, at only a cost of only $800 million. This 350-1 benefit to cost ratio represents a great deal for the public and an opportunity to improve the quality of life and competitiveness of American metropolitan areas. In concert with other improvements to state and federal regulations, it will reduce sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide by 73% and 54%, respectively, by 2014." (votesmart.org)
  • Danny Davis. Scientists & Engineers for America: Science and Technology Policy Questionnaire. 4 November 2011. "I support cap-and-trade with the goal of reducing carbon emissions by 80% by the year 2050. This will require increased fuel economy standards, increased efficiency throughout the economy including housing, reduction of waste and recycling, research and development of clean safe alternative technologies and improvement and expanded use of public transit." (sharp.sefora.org)
  • Danny Davis. Letter to President of the United States George W. Bush. 15 May 2006. "By moving toward energy conservation and investing in renewable and alternative energy sources such as biofuels, hydrogen fuel cells, ethanol, solar and wind we can eliminate our reliance on Middle East oil by 2020, and move away from polluting fossil fuels in general. For example, by increasing CAFE standards for cars to 45 miles per gallon and SUVs and light trucks to 34 miles per gallon over the next decade we could save consumers about $80 billion per year at the pump, 3 billion gallons of oil a year, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 1.5 trillion pounds a year." (votesmart.org)
  • Danny Davis. Congress Should Support Ethanol Production. 19 July 2010. "I believe investing in renewable energy sources, including ethanol is an efficient and effective stimulus. Ethanol serves as an aid to meet energy policy goals by promoting domestic production of renewable energy, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and providing financial support for the agriculture sector." (votesmart.org)
  • Danny Davis. Chicago Sun-Times: U.S House, Dist. 7: Danny K. Davis. 4 November 2011. "As all of our major national scientific institutions have made clear, the science is clear and indisputable. Global warming is real and man-made. Our response and the international response must be to sharply reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce consumption of fossil fuels by improving efficiency in every sector of the economy and transform our energy infrastructure to a sustainable basis. This will by necessity include incentives to reduce carbon emissions via cap-and-trade, taxes or some other method." (www.suntimes.com)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Danny Davis supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 90 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Danny Davis. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Danny Davis voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Danny Davis in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Danny Davis in the 2004 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Danny Davis. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Danny Davis voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Danny Davis supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Illinois 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." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "Reduce our carbon emissions by 80% by 2050"
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Reduce current federal regulations on the environment."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Promote the selling of pollution credits to encourage industries to decrease amount of pollution."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?"
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "m) Support the Kyoto Protocol to limit global warming."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Illinois 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."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "c) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?"
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?"
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Illinois 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."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits under "cap and trade" laws." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "Reduce our carbon emissions by 80% by 2050"
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Support the U.S. re-entering the current Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Support the U.S. re-entering the Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Eliminate government regulations of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois 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."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?"
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Support Clear Skies Act to reduce power plant emissions by setting a national cap on pollutants."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois 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."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Danny Davis. C-SPAN 3: Congressman Danny Davis Town Hall “ Transcript. 16 August 2010. "I believe that if you can reduce the number of guns in circulation in our society you reduce the likelihood and the possibility that individuals who will use those guns in a negative way will have aces to them. I believe that guns are made to kill people with, and if you can keep them out of circulation you reduce the number of people who are gonna be killed. So, I think that gun control is a very desirable activity. I am 100 percent in favor of it and will continue to be 100 percent in favor of it. But that's not the only avenue, that's not the solution. I think there are many solutions and there are no simple solutions to complex problems." Starting at 1:01:26. (www.c-spanvideo.org)
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms that are legally owned and registered."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois 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."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois 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."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Illinois 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."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "c) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?" Gun Issues Other or expanded principles: "Support the right of federal, state and local government to impose reasonable regulations on gun ownership and use"
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Expand the nationwide ban on the sale or transfer of assault weapons to include all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois 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."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois 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."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?" Gun Issues Other or expanded principles: "Support the right of federal, state and local government to impose reasonable regulations on gun ownership and use"
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Ease procedures on the purchase and registration of firearms."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain all federal registration procedures and restrictions on possessing firearms."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Illinois 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."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Illinois 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."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "b) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?" Gun Issues Other or expanded principles: "Support the right of federal, state and local government to impose reasonable regulations on gun ownership and use"
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow individuals to carry concealed guns."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Implement tighter restrictions on firearm sales in an effort to hinder terrorist groups from stockpiling weapon arsenals."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal all bans and measures that restrict law-abiding citizens from owning legally-obtained firearms."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?" Gun Issues Other or expanded principles: "Support the right of federal, state and local government to impose reasonable regulations on gun ownership and use"
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Increase restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "k) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Danny Davis. Issue Position: We Need A New Direction! 3 November 2011. "I voted 100% in favor of legislation supported by the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, and the American Bar Association - Special Committee on Gun Violence." (votesmart.org)
  • Danny Davis. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Danny Davis voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Danny Davis. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Danny Davis voted Nay on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Danny Davis supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 88 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Danny Davis in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Danny Davis. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Danny Davis voted Nay on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Danny Davis. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Danny Davis voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Danny Davis a grade of 18." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Danny Davis in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Danny Davis. Remarks on Don Imus. 17 April 2007. "I would like to begin by expressing condolences to all of those who were directly affected by the gun violence that has just taken the lives of so many young people with so much promise. Again, I think it is an indication of a tremendous need to better regulate the acquisition and ownership of guns in our country, and I join with all of those who call for increased regulation." (votesmart.org)
  • Dave Workman. Constantly looking for demons, anti-gunners find or invent them. 3 November 2011. "I think guns are made to kill people. That's my opinion...You don't go out hunting deer with a revolver." (www.saf.org)
  • Danny Davis. District of Columbia Personal Protection Act. 29 September 2004. "Every bit of information that we have available to us lets us know that gun violence is unnecessarily killing people. In 2001, 29,000 people in this country died from gun violence. Fifty percent of all the African American youngsters between the ages of 15 and 19 who die, die from gun violence. We talk about the Constitution. Please be reminded that when this Constitution was enacted, my ancestors were counted as three-fifths of a person and women did not have the right to vote. The Constitution was created at a time when there was need for what it created itself for. This is a different era, a different time." (votesmart.org)
  • Danny Davis. National Capital Security and Safety Act. 16 September 2008. "If I may, Mr. Chairman, let me point out just what the amendment before us does. For starters, it would eliminate any form of gun registration which would prevent the city's police department from knowing who owns what type of gun or firearm. Secondly, the language is written so broadly that it would permit individuals to carry assault rifles openly in public and on D.C. Streets. Lastly, I'd also like to point out that the amendment creates a gun show loophole that will allow D.C. residents to avoid background checks when purchasing weapons from private individuals and at gun shows without background checks. While Members from both sides of the aisle agree on the importance of preserving individual rights, we must also recognize that we live in perilous times, and with lone-wolf terrorists and copycat shootings on the rise, flat out ignoring the homeland security interests of the District of Columbia and the Federal Government is downright reckless and risky...I ask my colleagues to recognize and respect this fact and to join me in opposing this amendment." (votesmart.org)
  • Danny Davis. Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. 20 October 2005. "I rise today in opposition to S. 397, the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. This resolution immunizes the gun industry--including manufacturers, distributors, dealers, or importers of firearms and ammunitions--from civil liability arising from the criminal and unlawful misuse of their products. Advocates of this bill believe that it is necessary to pass in order to prevent the rise of ``frivolous'' lawsuits against companies that manufacture and distribute firearms. Advocates say, the Second Amendment of the Constitution protects the rights of these companies to irresponsibly sell their products without any repercussions for the misuse of their product. I believe there is a delicate balance between the right to bear arms, a right provided by the Constitution, and the need to prevent gun violence. This bill, if passed into law, will unfairly shift the balance. Through the laws vested in the Constitution, every American has been given the responsibility to keep and bear arms, but this resolution will dismantle all progress that has been made toward the fight against crime. Each year more than 30,000 gun-related deaths occur; a third of these 30,000 deaths are committed with malicious ``intent by customers of the arms industry who exploit their Second Amendment Right. Since 2000, we have witnessed a 9 percent increase in gun-related homicides. In 2003, firearms were used in over 365,000 cases of violent crime. Fifty percent of all the African American youngsters between the ages of 15 and 19, who die, die from gun violence. When guns and ammunitions reach the wrong hands, we must be able to hold accountable the companies that put destructive weapons in the hands of these criminals." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?" Health Issues Other or expanded principles: "Support a single payer or Medicare for all type national health insurance"
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Providing healthcare is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues. Other or expanded principles: "Support healthcare strategies focused on prevention and health education"
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal healthcare program to guarantee coverage to all Americans, regardless of income."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?" Health Issues Other or expanded principles: "Support a single payer or Medicare for all type national health insurance"
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Danny Davis. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Danny Davis voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Danny Davis supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Danny Davis. Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. 19 January 2011. "Under no circumstances would I vote to repeal the most effective, most meaningful, most sensitive health legislation that has been passed in this country since the Medicare-Medicaid provisions of the 1960s. Under no circumstances would I vote to repeal legislation that would provide the 107,000 individuals in my congressional district who have preexisting conditions." (votesmart.org)
  • Danny Davis. Chicago Tribune: Editorial Board Questionnaire. 4 November 2011. "I support a single payer, "Medicare for all" health care system. There were insufficient votes in the Congress for such a system in the current Congress and I supported the final Heath Care Reform bill as a means to greatly expand coverage and limit the growth of costs over the coming years. I worked hard (and was successful) in including cost effective reforms such as expanding support for community health care center and emphasis on preventive care and eliminating health care disparities." (general2010.elections.chicagotribune.com)
  • Danny Davis. Davis: Impact Of Health Reform Bill On The 7th District. 22 March 2010. "Together, these bills -- H.R. 3590, The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and H.R. 4872, The Reconciliation Act of 2010 -- provide the most far reaching health legislation this country has seen since the passage of Medicare and Medicaid. This legislation is affordable, promotes individual responsibility, requires employer responsibility, closes the Medicare donut hole, freezes Medicare Advantage payments in 2011, protects disproportionate share hospitals, and protects payments to primary care physicians." (votesmart.org)
  • Danny Davis. Rep. Davis Against the Repeal of Health Care Reform “ Touts the Benefits for the Chicagoland Area. 6 January 2011. "The health reform legislation, passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama in March of 2010, will ensure that all Americans have access to quality, affordable health care and will create the transformation within the health care system necessary to contain costs. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has determined that it will provide coverage to 32 million more people, or more than 95% percent of Americans, while lowering health care costs over the long term and reducing the deficit by $138 billion through 2019, with $1.2 trillion additional deficit reduction in the following 10 years. According to nonpartisan CBO, the repeal will add $230 billion to the deficit by 2021." (votesmart.org)
  • Sam Worley. Windy City Times: U.S. House: 7th District Danny Davis on healthcare, gays, and immigration. 20 January 2010. "Obviously the Senate has scaled down the bill that we wrote in the House. I happen to be a member of the Ways and Means Committee, so I was very involved in writing the healthcare bill that came out of the House. We wanted a public option; the Senate will not have one. But I'm going to vote for this bill when we get back and reconcile. It's much better than not having one." (windycitymediagroup.com)
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

  • Danny Davis. Think About It This Way with Charles Butler “ Radio Transcript. 2 July 2011. "CB:...Want you to talk about your position illegal immigration and how it impacts the black community because you're very pro amnesty and helping these illegals become citizens and I'm not. DD: Well I think that we can take corrective action, and of course correction action means across the board. For example the issue of undercutting in the job market, well If nobody would hire any individual who is illegal then they couldn't take anybody- CB: So your for e-verify, so your for e-verify then? DD: I'm for e-verifyin'. I'm for everybody adhering to the law even though I want the law changed." (charlesbutlerdotcom.files.wordpress.com)
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Illegal immigrants should be given a pathway to citizenship."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Ease citizenship requirements in order to make it easier for immigrants to become United States citizens."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?"
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration. Other or expanded principles: "support reunification of families"
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Illegal immigrants should have to return to their countries of origin before being considered for citizenship."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?"
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive US citizenship."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Allow legalization for certain illegal immigrants working in the U.S."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Grant U.S. citizenship to children born in the US only if their parents immigrated legally."
  • Danny Davis. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Danny Davis voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Danny Davis supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Danny Davis supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Danny Davis. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Danny Davis voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Danny Davis. Chicago Sun Times: U.S. House, Dist. 7: Danny K. Davis. 4 November 2011. "Yes, we will and should have a comprehensive policy on immigration. I support the development of a comprehensive policy on immigration which would have these features: secure borders, and effective enforcement policies; resolution of the status of those illegally present in the United States with a well thought through path to citizenship which serves U.S. interests, and curtail illegal immigration and protection of U.S. workers from the destabilizing effects of globalization. I oppose Arizona Senate Bill 1070 because these are clearly federal issues which demand a national solution determined by the Congress and because in my judgment enforcement of the bill will lead to racial profiling endangering U.S. Citizens." (www.suntimes.com)
  • Danny Davis. Chicago Tribune: Editorial Board Questionnaire. 4 November 2011. "I support comprehensive immigration reform with improved border security, rationalization of our visa system, and a path to citizenship for the millions of undocumented workers in the country." (general2010.elections.chicagotribune.com)
  • Sam Worley. Windy City Times: U.S. House: 7th District Danny Davis on healthcare, gays and immigration. 20 January 2010. "I support the immigration bill that Luis Gutierrez has put together. I believe in comprehensive immigration. I believe that America is still big enough to subscribe to the notions that Emma Lazarus had in her poem when she wrote [ "The New Colossus" ] , "Give me your tired, your huddled masses yearning to be free""the inscription we put on the Statue of Liberty when people were flocking to this country from other countries. And while we don't have as much latitude and as much openness now as we had then, I do think we have some. I think that everybody has to abide by the law. We shouldn't be disrupting"splitting up"families, and we should be providing opportunities to people who have been here to obtain citizenship. So I'm in favor of comprehensive immigration, I support the bill that Gutierrez has introduced and we're going to work to try to get as much of it included in whatever becomes a final bill." (windycitymediagroup.com)
  • Danny Davis. Video: The "immigration question" at the UIC mayoral candidate forum. 1 December 2010. "I am a firm believer in what I call comprehensive immigration reform. I believe in protecting individuals rights who are in this country. I would continue to uphold that provision whereas city of Chicago police would not be acting as immigration agents. But I also continue to be an advocate so we ultimately get passed the kind of reforms that are needed to protect families, not split them up, and let people know that America is still big enough and broad enough for people from all over the world to come and experience its goodness and greatness." (youtu.be)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Danny Davis. Chicago Sun-Times: U.S. House, Dist. 7: Danny K. Davis. 4 November 2011. "Marriage should not be a federal issue and its elevation to a federal issue seems largely motivated by political considerations. I support civil unions guaranteeing full social and economic rights to gay couples." (www.suntimes.com)
  • Danny Davis. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Danny Davis voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Danny Davis supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Danny Davis. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Danny Davis voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Danny Davis. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Danny Davis voted Did Not Vote on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Danny Davis supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Danny Davis supported the interests of the American Family Association 11 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Danny Davis supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Danny Davis supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 0 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "k) Should marriage be restricted to a union only between a man and a woman?"
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "j) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?"
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?"
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?" Social Issues Other or expanded principles: "Marriage should not be a federal issue"
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "b) Do you support a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman?"
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois 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?"
  • Danny Davis. 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)
  • Sam Worley. Windy City Times: U.S. House: 7th District Danny Davis on healthcare, gays and immigration. 20 January 2010. "WCT: One of the things we've been hearing a lot about"about immigration reform"is this provision to allow same-sex partners to sponsor one another for citizenship. Danny Davis: Let me tell you: same-sex partners, I am in full support of efforts that have been made, efforts that could be made. I've been in support of human-rights legislation and issues practically ever since I've been in public office. I think that people who are same-sex partners should be able to have the same rights and privileges as everybody else, whether they're coming from another country or whether they live in another country or whether they immigrate to the United States, no matter what."
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" 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: "law enforcement should still be required to obtain court order to read mail, email, tap phones or conduct searches"
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?" International Policy Issues Other or expanded principles: "Support timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan; support granting aid when it is in the interests of the United States and the interests of human rights and democracy for the people of those nations, support free trade agreements which also include strong provisions for labor, human rights, consumer protections and environmental protections"
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Illinois 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: "b) continue constitutional protections on eavesdropping c) cooperate with foreign security agencies to control terrorists and their networks within the bounds of national and international law"
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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  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "" for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts that they manage themselves."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois 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."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois 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."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Illinois 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."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Illinois 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. "Danny Davis supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Illinois 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."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois 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."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Illinois 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."
  • Danny Davis signed Progressive Change Campaign Committee: Socal 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.co)
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Illinois 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."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?"

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Illinois Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage Test

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

Pro-choiceCandidate AnswerDo you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Other or expanded principles
NoInferred Answer Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations
  • Deborah King. Oak Park-River Forest Patch: LIVE BLOG: Rep. Danny Davis Town Hall in Oak Park. 29 August 2011. "I would like to see us withdraw from Afghanistan. We have an opportunity to have input; we can parlay an idea into national law. We have an opportunity to do that there." (oakpark.patch.com)
  • Danny Davis. Chicago Sun-Times: U.S. House, Dist. 7: Danny K. Davis. 4 November 2011. "I strongly support the development of a firm, short timetable for withdrawing from Afghanistan replacing our presence there with Afghan troops. Occupation of foreign lands with large numbers of U.S. troops is not a long term or viable response to terrorism. Nor is it helpful or responsive to the needs of the Afghan people. Protecting the United States and the world from terrorism calls for international cooperation in military and police action, finding political solutions to long standing conflicts in the Middle East, South East Asia and Africa and remediation of the social and economic conditions which are exploited by terrorists in their recruiting efforts and developing a rational system of priorities for addressing threats to our homeland. " (www.suntimes.com)
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2012 Political Courage Test. Selected NO ANSWER for: "a) Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan?;" YES for: "b) Do you support a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan?;" Other or expanded principles: "I support our troops! It is now time to bring our troops home."
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Danny Davis supported the interests of Peace Action West 88 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Danny Davis. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Danny Davis voted Yea on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Danny Davis supported the interests of the Peace Action 88 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "j) Should the United States increase military support for Afghanistan?" Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international policy. Other or expanded principles: "Withdraw from Iraq within one year. No military action against Iran."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "b) Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan?" International Policy Issues Other or expanded principles: "Support timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan; support granting aid when it is in the interests of the United States and the interests of human rights and democracy for the people of those nations, support free trade agreements which also include strong provisions for labor, human rights, consumer protections and environmental protections"
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "j) Should the United States increase military support for Afghanistan?" Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international policy. Other or expanded principles: "Greatly expand use of diplomacy and greatly reduce our reliance on military intervention. End policy of preventive or preemptive war."
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan?" International Policy Issues Other or expanded principles: "Support timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan; support granting aid when it is in the interests of the United States and the interests of human rights and democracy for the people of those nations, support free trade agreements which also include strong provisions for labor, human rights, consumer protections and environmental protections"
  • Danny Davis. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Illinois Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "e) Should the United States increase military support to Afghanistan?"
  • Danny Davis. Video: Danny Davis “ Public Affairs. 14 December 2009. "Danny Davis: The biggest impact on our economy “ One, we've been spending an enormous amount of money on war and war-like activity, we've had trade policies “ Jeff Berkowitz: Afghanistan? Do you support that? The 30,000 - DD: No I don't - JB: The 30,000 more troops in Afghanistan? (crosstalk) You oppose that? (more crosstalk) You'd tell President Obama you disagree with him? DD: Well I certainly don't agree 100 with the approach that President Obama has taken with that - JB: Would you put any more troops into Afghanistan? DD: -the one thing that I did agree with and I really liked was the fact that President Obama says, "were gonna go in here, were gonna have a surge, and were gonna start pulling out at a time certain"- JB: You like that? DD: -And I hope that that does in fact work, but I'm not enthralled with the fact that we are sending 30,000 additional troops." (youtu.be)
  • Danny Davis. Statement of Congressman Danny K. Davis on Bringing American Troops Home Safely from the War in Afghanistan. 17 March 2011. "There is no significant Al Qaeda presence in Afghanistan. The Taliban leadership has successfully sought refuge in Pakistan despite the fact that we provide billions of dollars of military aid to Pakistan each year. The training of the Afghan army continues to founder, the level of corruption in the Afghan government continues to grow along with Afghan opium exports. Our continued presence in Afghanistan feeds the growth of Al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations internationally and threatens our national security while draining resources from homeland security. There is no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan and it is time to recognize that and reshape our strategy." (votesmart.org)
  • Danny Davis. Letter to The Honorable Barack Obama, President of The United States of America. 27 June 2011. "We write to you with serious concerns about the pace of withdrawal of our American troops from Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. We applaud your announcement Wednesday of an initial withdrawal of 10,000 troops this year, but believe withdrawal should be dramatically accelerated. Like all Americans, we are deeply proud of the hard work and incredible sacrifice of our brave men and women in uniform, and we know they are carrying out the mission in Afghanistan with dedication and extraordinary competence. Throughout this nearly ten-year military campaign, they have done all we have asked of them, and represented our nation's very best values and ideals." (votesmart.org)
  • Danny Davis. Letter to Co-Chairs and Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 21 September 2011. "To generate much-needed savings, we strongly urged you to examine the costs of the ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. To date, the wars have cost our taxpayers at least $2.3 trillion, with an additional $884 billion in future costs for veterans and their families. This adds up to a total of at least $3.2 trillion. By ending the wars and paying for a safe, orderly, and responsible redeployment of troops from both Afghanistan and Iraq, we can go a long way toward meeting our fiscal challenges." (votesmart.org)
  • Danny Davis. Chicago Tribune: Editorial Board Questionnaire. 4 November 2011. "I support the President's declaration of a date certain for drawing down and hopefully removing all of our troops from Afghanistan. Our intelligence experts estimate that the presence of Al-Qaeda is only in the dozens, not requiring a massive military presence. We cannot impose a government on Afghanistan which would be stable and sustainable and we should not attempt to do so. The presence of our troops in country serves as a major source of recruiting by those who are seeking to destabilize the government. It is up to the Afghan people to resolve the many tribal conflicts, end corruption and break the grip of the warlords, take on the task of rooting out terrorism and make a commitment to a democratic and inclusive government dedicated to the interests of their own people. A peaceful non-aligned Afghanistan without the presence of U.S. troops is critical to finding solutions to other conflicts in the region which threaten world peace especially those between the nuclear states of Pakistan and India." (general2010.elections.chicagotribune.com)
YesDo you support a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan?
Other or expanded principles

I support our troops! It is now time to bring our troops home.

Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing the federal budget.
In order to balance the budget,
YesCandidate Answerdo you support reducing defense spending?
YesCandidate Answerdo you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Nodo you support reducing Medicaid spending?
Nodo you support reducing Medicare spending?
NoIs balancing the budget a legislative priority?
Other or expanded principles

First we need to put our people back to work - then we can and must balance our budget. The main driver of the deficit is health care - I support Medicare for all to reduce health care costs and provide health care for all our people.

YesDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles
NoDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
YesDo you support spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
YesDo you support the temporary extension of unemployment benefits?
YesDo you support the 2010 temporary extension of tax relief?
Other or expanded principles

Tax incentives for business offer only a very limited impact on jobs - I support assistance to state and local government to prevent layoffs of teacher, firefighters, police and other public sector workers.

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

I do not believe high stakes testing as a means of measuring educational improvement.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Other or expanded principles

We cannot drill our way out of our dependence on foreign oil. We have massive areas approved for offshore exploration not yet exploited. I support green technologies, efficiency and alternative energy production.

YesDo you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
YesShould individuals be required to purchase health insurance, as mandated in the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
Other or expanded principles

I support Medicare for all - everyone in - no one out as the best solution to providing sustainable health care for all.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
YesDo you support allowing illegal immigrants, who were brought to the United States as minors, to pursue citizenship without returning to their country of origin?
NoDo you support the enforcement of federal immigration law by state and local police?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?
NoShould the U.S use military force in order to prevent Iran from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Other or expanded principles

I support strong oversight and limited, very exceptional use of military or other lethal actions outside of official theaters of conflict.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
Other or expanded principles
Spending
Indicate what federal spending levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.
Slightly Decreasea) Agriculture
Slightly Increaseb) Arts
Greatly Decreasec) Defense
Greatly Increased) Education
Slightly Increasee) 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
Slightly Increasel) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories
Taxes
Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.
Slightly Increasea) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increaseb) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusc) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Slightly Increased) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Maintain Statuse) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Eliminatef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Greatly Increaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
i) Inheritance taxes
j) 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.

1) Put America back to work
2) End war in Afghanistan
3) Address disparities in health care and education

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