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Joe Pitts' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (PA) - District 16, Republican
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Joe Pitts has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Joe Pitts 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-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Joe Pitts. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Joe Pitts voted Nay on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Pitts. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "e) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?" Abortion Issues Other or expanded principles: "b) and c) we should always choose life, where possible, but I have voted for legislation that includes exceptions for rape, incest, and the life of the mother"
  • Joe Pitts. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Medicare, Medicaid, and federal subsidies should be prohibited from being used on abortion procedures."
  • Joe Pitts. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Joe Pitts voted Nay on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Pitts. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Joe Pitts voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Susan B. Anthony List. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Susan B. Anthony List endorsed Joe Pitts in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Joe Pitts in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Pitts. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Joe Pitts voted Nay on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Joe Pitts supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Joe Pitts supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Pitts. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Joe Pitts voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Pitts. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Joe Pitts. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Joe Pitts voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Joe Pitts supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Pitts. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Joe Pitts voted Yea on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Pitts. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Joe Pitts voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Pitts. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Joe Pitts voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Joe Pitts in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Pitts. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Joe Pitts voted Yea on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Pitts. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Joe Pitts voted Nay on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Joe Pitts supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Pitts. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Joe Pitts voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Pitts. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Joe Pitts voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (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 Joe Pitts a rating of 13 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Pitts. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Joe Pitts voted Nay on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Pitts. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Joe Pitts voted Nay on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Pitts. Op-Ed: Healthcare Reform Contains Hidden Abortion Mandate. 17 July 2009. "The pro-life majority of Americans will not stand for a healthcare reform plan that promotes abortion over life and forces Washington politicians' liberal values onto communities across the country." (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Pitts. Protect Life Act. 13 October 2011. "Protecting the unalienable right to life is important to the American people. It should be to the Congress as well." (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Pitts. Rep. Pitts Marks Anniversary of Court Decision; Asks "What Could Have Been?" 24 January 2005. "Ruling that abortion should be available on demand, the Court betrayed one of the principles we hold most dear “ the right to life [¦] Without the right to life, all of our other rights and liberties are meaningless." (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Pitts. Federal Funding For Planned Parenthood. 19 June 2007. "President Bush is right to stand up for current pro-life provisions, and House Republicans will stand with him on the issue." (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Pitts. Rep. Pitts' Statement On Abortion Executive Order. 21 March 2010. "From a pro-life perspective, I find absolutely no comfort in this executive order. This puts the fate of the unborn in the hands of the most pro-abortion president in history [¦] I congratulate the many pro-life Democrats who continue to hold firm on principle." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Pitts. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Joe Pitts. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Pro-life" for: "a) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?" Abortion Issues Other or expanded principles: "b) and c) we should always choose life, where possible, but I have voted for legislation that includes exceptions for rape, incest, and the life of the mother"
  • Joe Pitts. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Joe Pitts. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
No 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

  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Joe Pitts supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 100 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Pitts signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I, Joseph Pitts, pledge to the taxpayers of the 16th district of the state of Pennsylvania and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (atr.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Joe Pitts supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Joe Pitts supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 88 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Pitts. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Joe Pitts voted Yea on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Joseph Pitts. EPA Stimulus Failure. 14 July 2011. "Our growing debt is hurting job growth. This is just another sad case of Federal spending wasted on projects that do nothing for the American economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Pitts. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?"
  • Joseph Pitts. Stimulus Failure. 22 June 2011. "It's just a small illustration of how the government manages to make the simple complex and hurt both businesses and taxpayers. It's just another reason why we need a smaller, less expensive Federal Government so that our private sector can grow again." (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Pitts. A Pledge to America. 24 September 2010. "I opposed bailouts and government takeovers when they were pushed by President Bush, and I've continued to oppose President Obama's efforts. The American economy doesn't succeed because of crafty government policies. It succeeds because Americans are free to innovate and invest." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Joe Pitts supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 95 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Pitts. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Joe Pitts voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (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 Joe Pitts a rating of 89 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Pitts. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Joe Pitts voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Pitts. House Conservatives Call for "Cut, Cap, and Balance." 6 June 2011. "By getting our spending down to historical, sustainable levels we can unleash our private sector economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Pitts. Memorandum on Creating Jobs and Fixing Our Economy. 16 July 2010. "At the time, I proposed a plan that would encourage entrepreneurs and businesses to invest and hire by reducing their tax burdens, by reducing the price of energy, by limiting their regulatory burdens to those that make sense, and by opening new markets." (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Pitts. Rep. Pitts Cosponsors Economic Recovery Act. 22 January 2009. "I think the American people know we can't borrow and spend our way back to a strong economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Pitts. Spending Cuts Contribute to Economic Growth Spending Cuts Contribute to Economic Growth. 15 September 2010. "Politicians argue for increased stimulus spending, as opposed to spending cuts, on the grounds that it would speed up economic recovery. This argument might have it exactly backward. Indeed, history shows that cutting spending in order to reduce deficits may be the key to promoting economic recovery." (votesmart.org)
No 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

  • Joe Pitts. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" 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"
  • Joe Pitts. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Joe Pitts voted Yea on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Pitts. Improving No Child Left Behind. 20 March 2007. "The bill would allow States to opt out of the burdensome regulations attached to No Child Left Behind; it would let local leaders decide how best to spend their Federal education dollars; and it would allow the challenges we face in public education to be addressed by those who understand them best, local educators." (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Pitts. Important Work Ahead in Congress. 6 June 2012. "I voted against President Bush's No Child Left Behind because I believed it put too much power in the hands of federal bureaucrats. I hope that a reauthorization of this program can give encourage more local and parental control." (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Pitts. Local Control of Education: An A+ Idea. 27 April 2007. "A-PLUS offers a different view. It says that states and localities are better able to determine their own needs and policies, and gives states the ability to opt-out of NCLB's onerous regulations, without losing federal funding." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Pitts. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Eliminate the Department of Education, thereby giving state and local government greater control over educational issues."
  • Joe Pitts. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support the federal government funding universal pre-K programs."
  • Joe Pitts. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Eliminate all federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind)."
  • Joe Pitts. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "c) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?" Education Issues Other or expanded principles: "b) in some cases; education is the primary responsibility of the states d) I would support federal funding for school vouchers in the District of Columbia e) and I believe that the federal loan guarantee program should be restored"
  • Joe Pitts. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" 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: "d) education is primarily a state responsibility"
  • Joe Pitts. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" 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)"
  • Joe Pitts. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" 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: "d) education is primarily a state responsibility"
  • Joe Pitts. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?" Education Issues Other or expanded principles: "b) in some cases; education is the primary responsibility of the states d) I would support federal funding for school vouchers in the District of Columbia e) and I believe that the federal loan guarantee program should be restored"
  • Joe Pitts. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Local" for: "Indicate which level of government should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. 3) Education"
  • Joe Pitts. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "2) Do you support the use of block grants given to states, rather than federal spending, in the following areas? b) Education"
  • Joe Pitts. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?" Education Issues Other or expanded principles: "b) in some cases; education is the primary responsibility of the states d) I would support federal funding for school vouchers in the District of Columbia e) and I believe that the federal loan guarantee program should be restored"
  • Joe Pitts. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind)."
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Joe Pitts. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "c) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "a) whether climate change is a man-made or natural phenomenon, we have a responsibility to be good stewards of our world and to work towards a cleaner environment b) current international agreements exempt high volume polluters like China and India d) in a way that does not endanger the viability of companies or cost American jobs"
  • Joe Pitts. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Joe Pitts voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Joe Pitts supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 10 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Joe Pitts supported the interests of Environment America 13 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Pitts. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Joe Pitts voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Pitts. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits under "cap and trade" laws."
  • Joe Pitts. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Pennsylvania 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?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "a) whether climate change is a man-made or natural phenomenon, we have a responsibility to be good stewards of our world and to work towards a cleaner environment b) current international agreements exempt high volume polluters like China and India d) in a way that does not endanger the viability of companies or cost American jobs"
  • Joe Pitts. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "a) whether climate change is a man-made or natural phenomenon, we have a responsibility to be good stewards of our world and to work towards a cleaner environment b) current international agreements exempt high volume polluters like China and India d) in a way that does not endanger the viability of companies or cost American jobs"
  • Joe Pitts. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks."
  • Joe Pitts. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Eliminate government regulations of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • Joe Pitts. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "b) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "a) whether climate change is a man-made or natural phenomenon, we have a responsibility to be good stewards of our world and to work towards a cleaner environment b) current international agreements exempt high volume polluters like China and India d) in a way that does not endanger the viability of companies or cost American jobs"
  • Joe Pitts. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Promote the selling of pollution credits to encourage industries to decrease amount of pollution."
  • Joe Pitts. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Joseph Pitts. The Friday Faxline Issue 500. 23 March 2007. "Democrats brought a bill to the House floor this week that would unconstitutionally give the District of Columbia a full vote in the House. But, before a vote was called on the bill, Republicans used a procedural motion to add language to the bill to restore D.C. citizens' Second Amendment rights to keep and bear arms. D.C. has long had some of the most restrictive gun control laws in the nation (and some of the highest crime rates to go with them). In fact, a federal judge ruled earlier this month that D.C.'s gun laws go too far in violating the Second Amendment." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Pitts. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Expand the nationwide ban on the sale or transfer of assault weapons to include all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Joe Pitts. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Ease procedures on the purchase and registration of firearms."
  • Joe Pitts. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?" Gun Issues Other or expanded principles: "a) in some cases c) this is a state issue "
  • Joe Pitts. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Ban the sale, ownership or possession of handguns except by law enforcement and other government officials."
  • Joe Pitts. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Implement tighter restrictions on firearm sales in an effort to hinder terrorist groups from stockpiling weapon arsenals."
  • Joe Pitts. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" 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." On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories. Other or expanded principles: "Individuals should only be allowed to carry concealed weapons if issued a permit, as presently required by Pennsylvania law."
  • Joe Pitts. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Allow individuals to carry concealed guns."
  • Joe Pitts. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms that are legally owned and registered."
  • Joe Pitts. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Pennsylvania 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: "a) in some cases c) this is a state issue "
  • Joe Pitts. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Pennsylvania 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."
  • Joe Pitts. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain all federal registration procedures and restrictions on possessing firearms."
  • Joe Pitts. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" 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." On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories. Other or expanded principles: "Individuals should only be allowed to carry concealed weapons if issued a permit, as presently required by Pennsylvania law."
  • Joe Pitts. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Increase restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Joe Pitts. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?" Gun Issues Other or expanded principles: "a) in some cases c) this is a state issue "
  • Joe Pitts. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "c) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?" Gun Issues Other or expanded principles: "a) in some cases c) this is a state issue "
  • Joe Pitts. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Joe Pitts voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Pitts. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Joe Pitts voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Pitts. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Joe Pitts voted Did Not Vote on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Joe Pitts in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Joe Pitts a grade of 82." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Joe Pitts supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 0 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Pitts. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Joe Pitts voted Yea on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Joe Pitts. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Joe Pitts voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Pitts. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?"
  • Joe Pitts. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal healthcare program to guarantee coverage to all Americans, regardless of income."
  • Joe Pitts. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Providing healthcare is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Joe Pitts. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • Joe Pitts. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?"
  • Joe Pitts. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Joe Pitts supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

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  • Joe Pitts. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Joe Pitts voted Yea on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Pitts. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Joe Pitts. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Illegal immigrants should be given a pathway to citizenship."
  • Joe Pitts. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?"
  • Joe Pitts. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?"
  • Joe Pitts. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive US citizenship."
  • Joe Pitts. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Illegal immigrants should have to return to their countries of origin before being considered for citizenship."
  • Joe Pitts. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease citizenship requirements in order to make it easier for immigrants to become United States citizens."
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Joe Pitts supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Joe Pitts supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Joe Pitts in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Pitts. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Joe Pitts voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Pitts. 72 Members Tell Senate: Enforcement First, No Amnesty. 16 March 2006. "In order to provide a roadmap to successful reform, we ask that you consider several fundamental principles when you are crafting your committee's proposal: [¦] No Amnesty: Rewarding persons who have broken the law with an advantage that they would not otherwise have had encourages more illegal behavior and is unjust to immigrants who came to the U.S. legally." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Joe Pitts in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Pitts. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?" Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues. Other or expanded principles: "I support federal funding for the more promising research done on stem cells derived from non-embryonic tissue. Cures from embryonic cells are still speculative, while therapies from 'adult' stem cells are already on the market. That is where we should invest our money. We should also not spend money on experiments that millions of Americans believe is unethical."
  • Joe Pitts. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?"
  • Joe Pitts. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman?" Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues. Other or expanded principles: "I support federal funding for the more promising research done on stem cells derived from non-embryonic tissue. Cures from embryonic cells are still speculative, while therapies from 'adult' stem cells are already on the market. That is where we should invest our money. We should also not spend money on experiments that millions of Americans believe is unethical."
  • Joe Pitts. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Joe Pitts voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Joe Pitts supported the interests of the American Family Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Pitts. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Joe Pitts voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Joe Pitts in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Joe Pitts supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 14 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Joe Pitts supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Pitts. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Joe Pitts voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Joe Pitts supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 85 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Joe Pitts supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Joe Pitts. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?" International Policy Issues Other or expanded principles: "b) and c) if circumstances warrant f) not using the 1967 lines"
  • Joseph Pitts. A Battle Won. 6 May 2011. "President Obama deserves praise for continuing the effort started under President Bush. Building on critical leads uncovered years ago, our intelligence agencies performed their work with dedication and secrecy. We may never know the names of the men and women who risked their lives to discover bin Laden's hiding place and raid his compound, but we can still admire and thank them for their exemplary service [¦] We continue to reduce our forces in Iraq and I hope that this year will see critical progress in Afghanistan. Even when these forces come home, we will need to remain vigilant. It is all too easy for a small group or a single individual to plot and attack that kills many. We should not let this recent success go to our head." (votesmart.org)
Yes 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

  • Joseph Pitts. We Can All Agree on the Problem. 11 March 2005. "We can save Social Security for the next generation, and generations to come, by making a change that allows workers to place a portion of their Social Security taxes in personal retirement accounts." (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Pitts. 2005 To Bring New Reforms. 5 November 2004. "It is possible to design a safe system of voluntary, personal investment accounts that will allow individual workers the option of investing a portion of their current payroll taxes in accounts they own. These accounts would be available for younger workers and would grow over time, and upon retirement, provide future retirees greater benefits than Social Security currently provides." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Pitts. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?" Business and Employment Issues Other or expanded principles: "a) I support allowing younger workers to voluntarily contribute some of their Social Security payroll taxes to personal accounts that can be invested in approved funds b) it is not necessarily the amount of regulation that is important - we should have the most prudent regulations and enforce them"
  • Joe Pitts. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "X" for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts that they manage themselves."
  • Joseph Pitts. Time to Get Serious about Entitlement Reform. 19 January 2007. "By allowing workers the option of investing a portion of their payroll taxes in a personal retirement account, his plan would have had a real impact on Social Security's long-term solvency, while also allowing working Americans the chance to build wealth in an account that they owned and the government couldn't take from them." (votesmart.org)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Joe Pitts supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 22 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Pitts. Of Trust Funds and Lockboxes; Social Security's Dirty Little Secret. 22 April 2005. "It is simply immoral to ask younger workers to pay into a system that is not going to be around when they need it. I feel the best way to address this problem is through allowing workers the opportunity to voluntarily save some of their own money in their own account for their own retirement." (votesmart.org)

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Pennsylvania Congressional Election 2010 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-lifeCandidate Answera) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?
Nob) Should abortion be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy?
c) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
Yesd) Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?
Yese) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?
f) Other or expanded principles

b) and c) we should always choose life, where possible, but I have voted for legislation that includes exceptions for rape, incest, and the life of the mother

1) Spending
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.
Slightly Decreasea) Agriculture
Eliminateb) Arts
Slightly Increasec) Defense
Slightly Increase1) Intelligence operations
Slightly Increase2) Military hardware
Slightly Increase3) National missile defense
Slightly Increase4) Salary and benefits for active duty personnel
Slightly Increase5) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Slightly Increase6) Research and development of new weapons
Maintain Statusd) Education
Maintain Statuse) Environment
Slightly Increasef) Homeland security
Slightly Decreaseg) International aid
Slightly Increaseh) Medical research
Maintain Statusi) Scientific research
Slightly Decreasej) Space exploration
Greatly Decreasek) United Nations
Maintain Statusl) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories

d) education is primarily a state responsibility

2) Taxes
Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Greatly Decreaseb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Decreased) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Maintain Statusf) Income taxes (low-income families)
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Maintain Statush) Income taxes (high-income families)
i) Other or expanded categories
YesCandidate Answer3) Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax?
Yes4) Do you support requiring the federal budget to be balanced each year?
YesCandidate Answer5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?
6) Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate Answera) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?
Yesb) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Noc) Do you support increasing the federal minimum wage?
Yesd) Do you support the ability of workers to unionize?
Yese) Do you support federal funding for job-training programs that retrain displaced workers?
f) Other or expanded principles

a) I support allowing younger workers to voluntarily contribute some of their Social Security payroll taxes to personal accounts that can be invested in approved funds

b) it is not necessarily the amount of regulation that is important - we should have the most prudent regulations and enforce them

Yesa) Do you support increasing the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns?
Yesb) Should Congress regulate indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Noc) Do you support removing all contribution limits on federal campaigns?
Yesd) Should candidates for federal office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Yese) Do you support giving the President the power of the line item veto for items concerning appropriations?
Yesf) Do you support limiting the President's ability to define how legislation is applied through the use of signing statements?
g) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Yesb) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related training and job-placement assistance when released?
Yesc) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with substance abuse treatment?
d) Do you support reduced prison sentences for non-violent offenders?
e) Do you support mandatory prison sentences for selling illegal drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles

d) and e) these decisions should be made on a case-by-case basis

NoCandidate Answera) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?
b) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?
Noc) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?
Nod) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?
Yese) Do you support the federal government providing college students with financial aid?
f) Other or expanded principles

b) in some cases; education is the primary responsibility of the states
d) I would support federal funding for school vouchers in the District of Columbia
e) and I believe that the federal loan guarantee program should be restored

YesCandidate Answera) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Nob) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Noc) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?
Yesd) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?
Yese) Do you support domestic oil exploration in federally-protected areas?
Yesf) Do you support federal funding for the development of alternative energy?
Yesg) Do you support the development of nuclear reactors?
h) Other or expanded principles

a) whether climate change is a man-made or natural phenomenon, we have a responsibility to be good stewards of our world and to work towards a cleaner environment
b) current international agreements exempt high volume polluters like China and India
d) in a way that does not endanger the viability of companies or cost American jobs

YesCandidate Answera) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Yesb) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?
Yesc) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
Nod) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?
e) Other or expanded principles

a) in some cases
c) this is a state issue

NoCandidate Answera) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?
Yesb) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
Yesc) Should the federal government expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts?
Yesd) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Noe) Do you support relaxing regulations on the importation of prescription drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate Answera) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?
Nob) Do you support decreasing the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country?
Yesc) Do you support establishing English as the official national language?
Yesd) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
e) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan?
Yesb) Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan?
Yesc) Do you support increasing economic development assistance for Afghanistan?
Yesd) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?
Yese) Do you support granting aid to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States?
Yesf) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
Yesg) Do you support increasing sanctions on Iran if it continues to defy United Nations mandates?
Yesh) Do you support the withdrawal of United States troops from Iraq?
Yesi) Do you support the United States' involvement in free trade agreements?
j) Other or expanded principles

b) and c) if circumstances warrant
f) not using the 1967 lines

YesCandidate Answera) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Nob) Do you support allowing openly-gay men and women to serve in the United States military?
Noc) Do you support federal funding for embryonic stem cell research?
Yesd) Should the federal government end affirmative action programs?
e) Other or expanded principles
Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

We must make the 2001/2003 tax cuts, set to expire on January 1, 2011, permanent. A massive tax increase on the American people, while we are trying to emerge from a recession, would be devastating. Uncertainty surrounding tax levels will only slow investment and hiring. Second, I believe that the majority of the recently enacted health care law must be repealed and replaced with commonsense, market-oriented policies that empower the consumer and lower costs. Parts of our health care system are flawed, but that doesn't mean we should replace it with a government-controlled mega-bureaucracy full of taxes and mandates.

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