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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 is currently being tested through the 2016 Political Courage Test.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2016, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1016/rating/7720 (votesmart.org)
  • "[?] I join with women's rights advocates, health care stakeholders, and religious groups in opposing H.R. 7, the Unprecedented, Radical Assault on Women's Health Care Act. This piece of legislation is another attempt by politicians to control women's private health care choices." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/947547/no-taxpayer-funding-for-abortion-and-abortion-insurance-full-disclosure-act-of-2015#.Vk-b7WwViko (votesmart.org)
  • Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? "Pro-choice" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/233/danny-davis/#.VYGDgXUViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating "I agree that we need to extend tax cuts for 98 percent of working families and unemployment benefits for those who have lost their jobs, but we simply cannot afford another tax cut for the rich." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/577762/letter-to-the-honorable-nancy-pelosi-speaker-of-the-house-of-representatives/?search=wealthy#.VY19kXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "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." http://general2010.elections.chicagotribune.com/editorial/danny-davis/ (general2010.elections.chicagotribune.com)
  • Do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/233/danny-davis/#.VYGDgXUViko (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I am convinced that any serious effort to facilitate the reentry of men and women with criminal records to civil society must be prepared do two things. First, we must be prepared to help with drug treatment on demand for everyone who requests it." http://www.davis.house.gov/second-chance-act/ (www.davis.house.gov)
  • Cosponsored H.R.1475 "Federal Prison Work Incentive Act of 2009" https://www.congress.gov/bill/111th-congress/house-bill/1475/cosponsors?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22H.R.1475+Federal+Prison+Work+Incentive+Act+2009%22%5D%7D (www.congress.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "It is the task of the public sector to restart the economy by temporarily supplying that demand." http://general2010.elections.chicagotribune.com/editorial/danny-davis/ (general2010.elections.chicagotribune.com)
  • Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/233/danny-davis/#.VYGDgXUViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "On February 13th, Congress passed the final American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, H.R. 1, to save and create jobs, get our economy moving again, and transform it for long-term growth and stability. On February 17th, during the first month of his term, President Obama signed the bill into law. This legislation will jumpstart our economy, create and save 3.5 million jobs, give 95% of American workers a tax cut [?]" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/567439/issue-position-recovery-act#.VY2EcXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I support the Presidents call for extending tax cuts for 98% of households [?]" http://general2010.elections.chicagotribune.com/editorial/danny-davis/ (general2010.elections.chicagotribune.com)
  • Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/233/danny-davis/#.VYGDgXUViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Given the potential negative consequences of reducing funding for students with disabilities, the law requires that the district must meet requirements of IDEA, including targets in the state performance plan, in order to reduce its local spending." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/233/danny-davis/#.VYGDgXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/233/danny-davis/#.VYGDgXUViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted against S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VXtfrHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "On Energy and Environmental issues, I voted no on the passage of the bill on Keystone XL Pipeline." http://davis.house.gov/uploads/DC%20Report-2-13-153.pdf (davis.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating "The CREBs program was extended in 2006, 2008 and 2009. Since the program's inception, electric cooperatives and public power systems combined have applied to the Treasury Department to finance generation projects across the country from wind, solar, biomass, landfill gas and hydropower projects." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/620802/bipartisan-letter-urges-renewable-energy-incentives-for-non-profits#.VY2H83UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "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." http://general2010.elections.chicagotribune.com/editorial/danny-davis/ (general2010.elections.chicagotribune.com)
  • "I support green technologies, efficiency and alternative energy production." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/233/danny-davis/#.VYGDgXUViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 2454 "Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade")" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/26496#.VYA47XUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/233/danny-davis/#.VYGDgXUViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence http://votesmart.org/interest-group/122/rating/7712 (votesmart.org)
  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/307985/issue-position-we-need-a-new-direction#.VY2K3XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/233/danny-davis/#.VYGDgXUViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Early February, Congress voted on H.R. 596 to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Unfortunately, it is another attempt to roll back and strip away altogether the right to a health insurance of millions and I strongly opposed it." http://davis.house.gov/uploads/DC%20Report-2-13-153.pdf (davis.house.gov)
  • Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? "No" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/233/danny-davis/#.VYGDgXUViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 5281 "DREAM Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/32955#.VYA_WXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? "No" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/233/danny-davis/#.VYGDgXUViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating "Congress has no legitimate federal interest that is rationally served by treating married gay and lesbian couples as unmarried for all federal purposes. Section 3 is unconstitutional and should be struck down." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/720129/pelosi-nadler-130-house-members-file-amicus-brief-on-federal-case-against-doma#.VY2RHXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support same-sex marriage? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/233/danny-davis/#.VYGDgXUViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I do not believe that pre-emptive unilateral military action provides the legal, moral, ideological or social basis for expanding democracy, freedom, human rights or economic and social justice."http://votesmart.org/public-statement/567444/issue-position-war-in-iraq/?search=terror#.Va13nHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/233/danny-davis/#.VYGDgXUViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a pledge stating "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/739243/progressive-change-campaign-committee-social-security-protectors/?search=Social%20Security#.VY2XoHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? "No" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/233/danny-davis/#.VYGDgXUViko (votesmart.org)

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Inferred Answer

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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
  • 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)
  • 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?"
  • 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. 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)
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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