Representative Robert 'Bob' A. Brady's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (PA) - District 1, Democratic
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Bob Brady has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Bob Brady 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 are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bob Brady. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Bob Brady voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Brady. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Bob Brady voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Brady. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Bob Brady. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Bob Brady. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Bob Brady. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Bob Brady. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Bob Brady. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Bob Brady. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Bob Brady voted Yea on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Bob Brady supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Brady. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Bob Brady voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Bob Brady in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Bob Brady in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Brady. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Bob Brady voted Yea on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Bob Brady supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Bob Brady supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Brady. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Bob Brady voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Bob Brady supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (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 Bob Brady a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Brady. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Bob Brady voted Nay on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Brady. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Bob Brady voted NA on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Brady. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Bob Brady voted Yea on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Brady. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Bob Brady voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Brady. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Bob Brady voted Nay on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Brady. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Bob Brady voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Brady. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Bob Brady voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Brady. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Bob Brady voted Yea on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Robert Brady. The Brady Brief - The Wrong Choices for America. 24 September 2012. "I am strongly opposed to the plan set forth by this budget because it abandons those in our nation who most need our help [¦] Protects tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans. Makes the Bush tax cuts permanent for the wealthy." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Brady. Take the GOP Budget Quiz! 30 March 2012. "Take the following online quiz to show how the Republican budget will impact seniors, the middle class, working families, and the most vulnerable by refusing to ask the wealthiest among us to contribute." (brady.house.gov)
  • Bob Brady. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?"
  • Bob Brady. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key above, indicate what federal tax levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Over $150,000"
  • Bob Brady. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key above, indicate what federal tax levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Over $150,000"
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Bob Brady supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Brady. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?" Budgetary, Spending, and Taxes, Part 3: Taxes (B) Other or expanded principles: "Roll back GOP tax cuts for billionaire; pay for Iraq War in regular budget order."
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Bob Brady supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 0 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Bob Brady supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 5 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Brady. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Bob Brady voted Nay on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bob Brady. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • Bob Brady. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Bob Brady voted Nay on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Brady. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Education"
  • Bob Brady. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • Bob Brady. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Providing education is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Bob Brady. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. [?] d) Education"

Vote Smart's Research

Vote Smart's Research

  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Bob Brady in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Brady. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Bob Brady voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Bob Brady supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Bob Brady supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Bob Brady in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Brady. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "m) Support the Kyoto Protocol to limit global warming."
  • Bob Brady. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Bob Brady. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Bob Brady. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Bob Brady. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Support the U.S. re-entering the Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • Bob Brady. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Bob Brady voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Brady. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania 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."
  • Bob Brady. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."

Vote Smart's Research

  • Robert Brady. MSNBC "Hardball with Chris Matthews" “ Transcript. 12 January 2011. "Yes, I believe--I believe there should be some gun control, and I believe without question we should limit the amount of ammunition in a clip. What do you need 31, 30 bullets in a clip for? That makes no sense whatsoever." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Brady. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Bob Brady. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Bob Brady. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Bob Brady. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Renew the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Bob Brady. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Bob Brady. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Reauthorize the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Bob Brady. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Bob Brady. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Bob Brady. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Bob Brady. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Bob Brady. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Bob Brady. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Bob Brady. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Bob Brady. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Bob Brady in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Brady. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Bob Brady voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Bob Brady supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 100 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Brady. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Bob Brady voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Bob Brady a grade of 9." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Brady. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Bob Brady voted Nay on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Brady. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Bob Brady voted Nay on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Bob Brady in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Robert Brady. Congressman Brady Statement on Supreme Court Ruling on President Obama's Affordable Health Care. 28 June 2012. "Today the Supreme Court largely made the right decisions for the health of my constituents and Americans in general. By upholding the Affordable Healthcare Act they affirmed that President Obama and Congressional Democrats were right and the Act is constitutional. By upholding the individual mandate, they assured that more Americans will be covered than were before the Act was passed. Moreover, insurance companies can no longer discriminate against patients with pre-existing conditions and seniors will be able to afford the medicines they so desperately need. My only concern is that the Court removed the ability to ensure that states expand Medicaid to hard hit Americans like my constituents. We'll have to keep working to improve on that provision. Yes, it's a victory for President Obama and those who supported the legislation but it is really a victory for the American people." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Brady. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Bob Brady. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Bob Brady. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Bob Brady. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Bob Brady supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Brady. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Bob Brady voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Brady. Issue Position: Health Care. 1 January 2011. "The Affordable Care Act took a major step forward in addressing these important health care issues. Signed into law on March 21, 2010, we recently marked the first anniversary of the Affordable Care Act -- a law that ensures all Americans have access to quality, affordable health care and significantly reduces long-term health care costs. The Affordable Care Act is also designed to put you, not the health insurance companies, back in charge of your health care." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bob Brady. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Bob Brady voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Brady. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Bob Brady. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States."
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Bob Brady supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 83 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Brady. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Bob Brady voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Bob Brady supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Bob Brady supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 95 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Bob Brady supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 14 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Brady. Pelosi, Nadler, 130 House Members File Amicus Brief on Federal Case Against DOMA. 10 July 2012. "Heightened scrutiny applies: the brief agrees with Justice Department's position that lesbians and gay men are an identifiable minority group that lack sufficient political power to obtain the consistent and favorable treatment of lawmakers; as a result, they need the protection that heightened judicial review provides. Congress's treatment of gay men and lesbians illustrates that this group has been unable to prevent harmful laws or achieve desired policy results that directly impact their lives. Gay men and lesbians are a historically disfavored minority that has often been targeted for legislative action based on stereotypes and bias, making it inappropriate for courts to grant laws like DOMA the same presumption of validity afforded to most acts of Congress. Instead, laws that single out gay men and lesbians for harm warrant judicial skepticism and heightened review. This requires the government to show that Section 3 serves a significant federal interest, and even BLAG seems to concede that it loses under this standard. Even under rational basis as applied by the Supreme Court in cases where the rights of a minority are at stake, Section 3 is unconstitutional. Section 3 does not achieve, but undermines, the actual interests served by the programs that take marital status into account, and denying recognition to couples who already are married under state law does not rationally serve any of the reasons relied upon by Congress in 1996 or created in response to this litigation." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Brady. The Brady Brief - Demanding Transparency. "Congressional Republicans announced last week that they would be hiring a lawyer to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), a 1996 law that defines marriages as between one man and one woman. This announcement came in response to President Barack Obama's announcement last month that his administration would no longer defend the law in court. House leadership reiterated their commitment to this discriminatory law, and are now taking active steps to support it. I am deeply concerned about these recent events because I strongly disagree with the Defense of Marriage Act, as well as the inappropriate actions taken by Republican leadership to defend it [¦] I remain committed to fighting for the equal treatment of all Americans, and I am hopeful that America will continue taking steps towards providing the ideals of equality and freedom that are embodied in our Constitution." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Brady. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "j) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?"
  • Bob Brady. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "i) Do you support a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between a man and woman?"
  • Bob Brady. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "k) Should marriage be restricted to a union only between a man and a woman?"
  • Robert Brady. Letter To The Honorable President Obama, Majority Leader Reid, Speaker Pelosi, Chairman Schumer, And Chairwoman Lofgren. 9 February 2010. "Currently, U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents may sponsor their spouses (and other immediate family members) for immigration purposes. But, same-sex partners committed to spending their lives together are not recognized as "families" under U.S. immigration law and thus do not have this same right. As a result, tens of thousands of binational families are either already living separately, face imminent separation, or have left the U.S. entirely in order to remain together. This is unacceptable, and we believe comprehensive immigration reform legislation must include a strong family reunification component inclusive of LGBT families." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Brady. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Bob Brady voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Brady. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Bob Brady voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Brady. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Bob Brady voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Bob Brady supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Bob Brady supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Bob Brady supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Robert Brady. Congressman Bob Brady on the Death of Osama Bin Laden. 2 May 2011. "I applaud President Obama for his leadership and determination to bring Bin Laden down. I also applaud the skill and bravery of America's intelligence and counter terrorism professionals. This is an absolute victory against terrorism. And it is a victory, as President Obama stated, for all who believe in peace and human dignity." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Brady. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania 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?"

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bob Brady. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Bob Brady. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Robert Brady signed Progressive Change Campaign Committee: Social Security Protectors. "Social Security belongs to the people who have worked hard all their lives and contributed to it. Social Security is a promise that must not be broken. We need to strengthen Social Security, not cut it. That is why I oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including increasing the retirement age. I also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part." (socialsecurityprotectors.com)
  • Bob Brady. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Bob Brady supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Brady. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."

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Congressional Election 2006 National Political Awareness Test

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

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion.

a) Abortions should always be illegal.
Xb) Abortions should always be legal.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
g) Other or expanded principles

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.

Budget Priorities

Maintain Statusa) Agriculture
Greatly Increaseb) Arts
Maintain Statusc) Defense
Greatly Increased) Education
Greatly Increasee) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Homeland security
Maintain Statusg) International aid
Greatly Increaseh) Law enforcement
Greatly Increasei) Medical research
Slightly Increasej) National parks
Greatly Increasek) Public health services
Greatly Increasel) Scientific research
Maintain Statusm) Space exploration programs
Greatly Increasen) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Greatly Increaseo) Welfare
Greatly Increasep) Emergency preparedness
q) Other or expanded categories

Defense Spending

Greatly Increasea) Armed forces personnel training
Slightly Increaseb) Intelligence operations
Maintain Statusc) Military hardware
Maintain Statusd) Modernization of weaponry and equipment
Greatly Decreasee) National missile defense
Greatly Increasef) Pay for active duty personnel
Slightly Increaseg) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Slightly Increaseh) Research and development of new weapons
Slightly Increasei) Troop and equipment readiness
j) Other or expanded categories

Using the key above, indicate what federal tax levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category.

Taxes

Income Taxes:

Family Income

Eliminatea) Less than $25,000
Greatly Decreaseb) $25,000-$75,000
Slightly Decreasec) $75,000-$150,000
Slightly Increased) Over $150,000
e) Other or expanded categories

Retiree Income

Slightly Decreasef) Over $40,000
g) Other or expanded categories

Other Taxes:

Slightly Increasea) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Increaseb) Capital gains taxes
Greatly Increasec) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Increased) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Increasef) Inheritance taxes
g) Other or expanded categories

Deductions/Credits:

Slightly Increasea) Charitable contributions
Slightly Increaseb) Child tax credit
Greatly Increasec) Earned income tax credit
Slightly Increased) Medical expense deduction
Slightly Increasee) Mortgage deduction
Slightly Increasef) Student loan credit
g) Other or expanded categories
No4) Do you support the permanent repeal of the federal estate tax?
No5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?
6) Discuss your proposals for balancing the federal budget. (75 words or less. Please use an attached page if the space below is not adequate.)

Roll back GOP tax cuts for billionaire; pay for Iraq War in regular budget order.

7) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.

Xa) Support public taxpayer funding for federal candidates who comply with campaign spending limits.
b) Increase the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns.
c) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
d) Allow unregulated soft money campaign contributions to political parties or committees.
e) Remove all contribution limits on federal campaigns and parties.
f) Require Section 527 organizations to register with the Federal Election Commission as Political Action Committees.
Nog) Do you support instant run-off voting?
Yesh) Should Election Day be a national holiday?
Noi) Do you support a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between a man and woman?
j) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.

a) Support the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
b) Eliminate the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
Xc) Support programs to provide prison inmates with educational, vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xd) Support programs to provide prison inmates with drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
e) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
Xf) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, and disability be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
Xg) Impose stricter penalties for those convicted of corporate crimes.
h) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
i) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding drugs.

Xa) Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
Xb) Expand federally sponsored drug education and drug treatment programs.
c) Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
Xd) Allow doctors to recommend marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
Xe) Increase border security to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the United States.
f) Eliminate federal funding for programs associated with the "war on drugs."
Xg) Support a federal law to standardize testing and penalties for steroid use in professional sports.
h) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.

Xa) Support national standards for and testing of public school students.
b) Allow parents to use vouchers, (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any public school.
c) Allow parents to use vouchers, (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any private or religious school.
Xd) Allow teachers and professionals to receive authorization and funding to establish charter schools.
Xe) Reward teachers with merit pay for working in low-income schools.
Xf) Increase funding for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings, infrastructure, technology).
Xg) Support affirmative action in public college admissions.
Xh) Increase funding of programs such as Pell grants and Stafford loans to help students pay for college.
Xi) Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college.
j) Other or expanded principles

1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.

Xa) Increase funding for national job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
b) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xc) Provide tax credits or grants to businesses that offer child care services to employees.
Xd) Encourage employers to offer flex-time scheduling, comp-time, and unpaid leave for family emergencies.
e) Eliminate all federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
Xf) Increase the federal minimum wage.
Xg) Support the right of workers to strike without fear of being permanently replaced.
Xh) Include sexual orientation in federal anti-discrimination laws.
i) Other or expanded principles

2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding affirmative action.

Xa) The federal government should consider race and gender in government contracting decisions.
b) The federal government should discontinue affirmative action programs.
Xc) The federal government should continue affirmative action programs.
d) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.

Xa) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Water Act.
Xb) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act.
c) Support Clear Skies Act to reduce power plant emissions by setting a national cap on pollutants.
d) Require states to compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses of privately-owned land.
e) Relax logging restrictions on federal lands.
f) Relax standards on federal lands to allow increased recreational usage.
Xg) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil).
h) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
Xi) Support opening a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration.
Xj) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels to reduce pollution.
Xk) Support the use of ethanol as an alternative fuel.
l) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits.
Xm) Support the Kyoto Protocol to limit global warming.
n) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.

Xa) Reauthorize the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
Xb) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
Xf) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
Xg) Require a license for gun possession.
h) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health care.

a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government.
Xb) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income.
c) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts.
d) Establish limits on the amount of punitive damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xe) Support expanding prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
Xf) Offer tax credits to individuals and small businesses to offset the cost of insurance coverage.
Xg) Support automatic enrollment of children in federal health care programs such as CHIP and Medicaid.
Xh) Support stem cell research on existing lines of stem cells.
Xi) Allow laboratories to create new lines of stem cells for additional research.
j) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration.

a) Decrease the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country.
b) Establish English as the official national language.
c) Support a temporary worker program that would enable illegal immigrants to work in the United States legally.
d) Relax restrictions barring legal immigrants from using government funded social programs (e.g. public housing, food stamps).
e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States.
f) Other or expanded principles

International Aid

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding United States economic assistance.

Xa) Aid should be granted to countries when extraordinary circumstances cause disaster and threaten civilian lives.
Xb) Aid should be granted to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States.
c) Aid should be eliminated for any nation with documented human rights abuses.
d) International Aid programs should be scaled back and eventually eliminated.
e) Other or expanded principles

International Policy

1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the Middle East.

Yesa) Should the United States continue to provide leadership in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process?
Yesb) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
Yesc) Should the United States withdraw its troops from Iraq?
Nod) Should the United States send more troops to Iraq?
e) Discuss your proposals for an exit strategy in Iraq. (75 words or less. Please use an attached page if the space below is not adequate.)
f) Other or expanded principles

Any Palestinian state must be predicated on its acceptance of the right of Israel to exist in peace and security.

2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Central and East Asia.

Yesa) Should the United States use diplomatic and economic pressure to encourage North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program?
Nob) Should the United States use military force to dismantle the North Korean nuclear weapons program?
Undecidedc) Should the United States remove the North Korean government from power?
Yesd) Should the United States increase financial support to Afghanistan?
Yese) Should the United States increase military support to Afghanistan?
f) Other or expanded principles

3) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the United Nations.

Yesa) Should the United States maintain its financial support of the United Nations?
Nob) Should the United States decrease its financial support of the United Nations?
Yesc) Should the United States commit troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions?
d) Other or expanded principles
Yes4) Should the United States lift the travel ban to Cuba?
Undecided5) Should the United States increase its financial support to Colombia to combat "the war on drugs?"
Yes6) Should aid to African nations for AIDS prevention programs fund distribution of contraceptives?
No7) Should aid to African nations for AIDS prevention programs fund abstinence education?
8) Other or expanded principles

International Trade

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international trade.

No1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
No2) Do you support the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA)?
No3) Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
Yes4) Do you support continued U.S. membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
Yes5) Should a nation's human rights record affect its normal trade relations (most favored nation) status with the United States?
No6) Do you support the trade embargo against Cuba?
Yes7) Should trade agreements include provisions to address environmental concerns and to protect workers' rights?
8) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding national security.

a) Do you support using military tribunals to try suspected terrorists when ordinary civilian courts are deemed inappropriate or impractical?
b) Should the United States grant law enforcement agencies greater discretion to read mail and email, tap phones, and conduct random searches to prevent future terrorist attacks?
c) Should the United States hold foreign states accountable for terrorists who operate in their country?
Yesd) Should the federal government increase funding to states and cities for homeland security?
Yese) Do you support the prohibition of torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment of prisoners in U.S. custody?
Yesf) Do you support a policy of pre-emptive military strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to U.S. national security?
g) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security.

a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves.
b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government.
c) Invest a portion of Social Security assets collectively in stocks and bonds instead of United States Treasury securities.
d) Increase the payroll tax to better finance Social Security in its current form.
e) Lower the annual cost-of-living increases.
f) Raise the retirement age for individual eligibility to receive full Social Security benefits.
g) Other of expanded principles

Stop raiding the Trust Fund to pay for tax cuts for billionaries.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding technology and communication.

a) Collect taxes on commercial Internet transactions.
Xb) Continue the moratorium on Internet taxation.
c) Implement government regulation of Internet content.
Xd) Support government mandates to curtail violent and sexual content on television.
Xe) Support strict penalties for Internet crimes (e.g. hacking, identity theft, worms/viruses).
Xf) Support legislation to detail how personal information can be collected and used on the Internet.
g) Regulating the Internet is not a responsibility of the federal government.
h) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare and poverty.

Xa) Require welfare recipients to spend at least 40 hours a week in a combination of work and training programs.
Xb) Increase funding for child care programs.
Xc) Continue to give states and local governments flexibility in and responsibility for welfare programs through federal block grants.
d) Direct federal poverty aid through religious, community-based, or other non-profit organizations.
e) Abolish all federal welfare programs.
Xf) Support housing assistance for welfare recipients.
g) Other or expanded principles
On an attached page, disk, or via email, please explain in a total of 75 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.