Representative John D. Dingell's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: John D. Dingell
Current Office: U.S. House - District 12, Democratic
First Elected: 12/13/1955
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Debbie; 4 Children: John, Chris, Jennifer, Jeanne
Birth Date: 07/08/1926
Birth Place: Colorado Springs, CO
Home City: Dearborn, MI
Religion: Catholic
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John Dingell refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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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

  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should be illegal when the fetus is viable, with or without life support."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Medicare, Medicaid, and federal subsidies should be prohibited from being used on abortion procedures."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • John Dingell. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. John Dingell voted Yea on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. John Dingell voted Yea on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. John Dingell voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. John Dingell voted Yea on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Congress should eliminate abortion services from any federally funded health care plan."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Congress should eliminate federal funding for clinics and medical facilities that provide abortion services."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • John Dingell. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. John Dingell voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. John Dingell voted Nay on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. John Dingell voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. HR 670. 103th Congress. Abortion Counseling Bill. John Dingell voted Yea on 03/25/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. John Dingell voted Nay on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. H Amdt 185. 103th Congress. Hyde Amendment. John Dingell voted Did Not Vote on 06/30/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. John Dingell voted Did Not Vote on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. John Dingell voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. John Dingell voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. John Dingell voted Yea on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. H Amdt 436. 104th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. John Dingell voted Yea on 06/15/1995. (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. John Dingell voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "John Dingell supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "John Dingell supported the interests of the Family Research Council 6 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 John Dingell a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. John Dingell voted Yea on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. John Dingell voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "John Dingell supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 16 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "John Dingell supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Dingell. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. John Dingell voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "e) Should the United States increase military support to Afghanistan?"
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "j) Should the United States increase military support for Afghanistan?" Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international policy. Other or expanded principles: "I have introduced comprehensive legislation to bring home our troops as quickly and safely as possible. I support efforts to bring them home according to a timeline as proposed by the Iraqi government."
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "John Dingell supported the interests of the Peace Action 25 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "John Dingell supported the interests of Peace Action West 25 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. Foreign Policy-Armed Services. 4 October 2012. "Though he voted against bringing the troops home immediately as the resolution called for and instead favors President Obama's plan for a responsible troop drawdown, Congressman Dingell was pleased that Congress was able to have a full debate in front of the American people on our nation's course in Afghanistan." (dingell.house.gov)
  • John Dingell. Pakistan War Powers Resolution. 27 July 2010. "This is something that President Obama realized when he ordered a new strategy in Afghanistan. For eight years I called on President George W. Bush to increase our resources devoted to the War in Afghanistan, which I don't need remind anyone is the nation from which the September 11th attacks were launched. There were many others arguing the same thing. Finally, with President Obama we got serious policy review and a real strategy. It has been just 18 months since the President's speech at West Point which aptly reminded the nation that a very real threat still exists. Moreover, the additional 30,000 troops called for in that speech will not be fully deployed until September. It would be a mistake to abandon the President's plan now before we allow time for the plan to work. To do so could jeopardize the lives of our American troops." (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. Issue Position: Afghanistan and Iraq. 25 January 2012. "The Obama Administration inherited two badly mismanaged wars from the previous Administration. While Congressman Dingell was against the Iraq war from its inception, he believes President Obama is rightly focusing on the United States' daunting mission in Afghanistan. Congressman Dingell supports the Obama Administration's plan to increase the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan by 30,000, bringing the total to near 100,000, and to begin a responsible drawdown in 2011." (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. Dingell On Obama's State Of The Union Address. 27 January 2010. "After a year in office, we have seen that President Obama is a thoughtful leader on foreign policy matters. Instead of rushing his decisions on Afghanistan, he listened to his team of military and civilian experts and launched a sound plan for a military and civilian surge that will assist Afghanistan in its fight against extremism. In the transition of our military from Iraq to Afghanistan, we in Congress must provide our troops and Foreign Service officers with the tools they need to stay safe, assist both nations in building their governments' capacities, and eventually turn security over to each nations' security forces." (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "j) Should the United States increase military support for Afghanistan?" Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international policy. Other or expanded principles: "The U.S. needs to condition military and financial support for governments such as Pakistan upon increased cooperation and more accountablity to track how the money is spent"

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Dingell. Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2013. 19 July 2012. "Mr. Chair, I rise in support of H.R. 5856, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2013. We are still a nation at war. Our troops continue to remain in harm's way fighting for our country in Afghanistan. Our consideration of this legislation must begin with an acknowledgement of this critical fact. In that light, I am pleased that this legislation gives our troops the support they need while they are serving our Nation abroad." (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. c) Defense"
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly 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. [?] c) Defense" Budget Priorities Other or expanded principles: "First, I would reinstate the "Pay-as-you-go" budget enforcement rules that require any entitlement spending increase or revenue reduction- including tax cuts - be offset. Second, I would roll back the tax cuts for the top 1% of all households. These households will receive $63 billion in tax cits in 2007 - more than the $58 billion requested for homeland security. I support a progressive tax policy that rewards middle-class families before the wealthy."
  • John Dingell. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. John Dingell voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. John Dingell voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. John Dingell voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. John Dingell voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. John Dingell voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. John Dingell voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. HR 2561. 106th Congress. Defense Department Appropriations bill, FY2000. John Dingell voted Yea on 07/22/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. John Dingell voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. John Dingell voted Nay on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. John Dingell voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. John Dingell voted Yea on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Medium Priority" for: "Indicate your priorities for spending any anticipated federal budget surplus. a) Defense"
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "1. Please indicate the changes you will support (if any) concerning the level of funding for each of the listed issue areas. National Defense"
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Michigan 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. c) Defense"
  • John Dingell. Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011. 14 April 2011. "In all, the bill cuts over $40 billion from FY 2010 spending levels. Yet it actually increases defense spending. Mr. Speaker, this bill is not an accurate portrayal of my priorities, nor those of the majority of my constituents. That said, this bill is a significant improvement from H.R. 1, and only includes about a quarter of the cuts included in the original spending bill. I am happy to see that the current CR will increase investments in education, providing our children with the tools they need to succeed. Race to the Top education reforms, Head Start programs, and Pell Grants for low-income college students will receive the funding they need. I also am happy to see adequate investments in Wall Street oversight, food safety inspection, and infrastructure grants to spur local economies." (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. Dingell on Defense Reauthorization Bill. 28 May 2010. "The legislation implements the Democratic Congress' and the Obama Administration's new strategy for our military and provides support to our troops bravely serving our nation and to their families. This legislation will keep our military strong with investments in missile defense, new submarines, strike fighters, and training -- that will increase troop readiness. The bill also does more to protect our men and women in harm's way, with funds for force protection needs for our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as the creation of a program to get the best life-saving equipment to our troops in the field. And we do more to help our soldiers and their families at home, giving them a 1.9 percent pay raise, expanding TRICARE health coverage to include dependent children up to age 26 and a family separation allowance for troops deployed away from their families. We have asked so much of our military over the last decade, I am pleased that we are doing as much as we can to help them." (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. Dingell: GOP's Divisive Budget Agenda Is Irresponsible and Hazardous. 15 April 2011. "Sadly, the Democratic alternative budget resolution was turned down today by the Republican-controlled House. The Democratic alternative would have protected Medicare and Medicaid, and would have balanced the budget by 2018 by focusing on reducing all spending, including defense. This alternative budget resolution would have been a responsible attempt to protect critical government programs while considerably cutting down the national debt." (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. Hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee - Full Committee Markup of Prints: Proposed Matters for Inclusion in Reconciliation Recommendations; H.R. 4471, the Gasoline Regulations Act of 2012; Discussion Draft of the Strategic Energy Production Act of 2012. 25 April 2012. "In their efforts to reconcile defense spending, my colleagues in this Committee have targeted health care, and health care alone, to cut. They propose Medicaid cuts that will risk the health care of our most vulnerable populations, including hundreds of thousands of children, under the auspices of "program integrity" when CMS already allows for changes to ensure that vital programs such as the Children's Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, maintain integrity. And, in an unfortunate case of déjà vu, we are here as Republicans try to chip away more pieces of the Affordable Care Act, which is legislation, as I have noted before, that has already been enacted and is already helping millions of Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. Letter to Leon E. Panetta, Secretary of Defense. 27 March 2012. "We understand that the defense budget must be adjusted to take into account geopolitical changes and budgetary realities. However, under your predecessor, the "Efficiency Initiative" had a disproportionately adverse impact on civilian personnel. Under this plan, the size of the civilian workforce would be cut back to FY 2010 levels, while no comparable constraints were imposed on the contractor workforce." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Dingell. Supports protecting middle class from unfair tax hikes. 1 August 2012. "Today, Congressman John D. Dingell (D-MI15) voted against H.R. 8, The Tax Cuts for the Wealthy Act. This bill passed the House of Representatives today by a vote of 256 to 171. [¦] Earlier this week Dingell co-sponsored H.R. 15, which extends the Bush tax cuts for the first $250,000 in household income, stands in contrast to House Republicans' tax extension bill, H.R. 8, which extend the Bush tax cuts for all income brackets. The Republican bill, H.R. 8, spends approximately $9 billion more to provide a complete exemption from the estate tax for just 3,600 additional decedents." (dingell.house.gov)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "John Dingell supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Michigan 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"
  • John Dingell. Nothing Should Be More Important Than Creating Jobs in America. 23 August 2011. "We must continue to protect this country. We must not permit the middle class to shoulder the entire burden of balancing our nation's budget. Most Americans agree that any budget deficit reduction plan must include revenue increases; however, any revenue increases must elicit contributions from all Americans regardless of income. We need to make tough choices, but this cannot be accomplished without shared sacrifice [¦] I will not vote for any measure this committee makes without a clear demonstration that it involves shared sacrifice by all. I cannot vote for a budget that decimates the programs that middle class Americans rely on, when Wall Street is still getting billions in unjustified tax breaks." (www.huffingtonpost.com)
  • John Dingell. Dingell Co-Sponsors Democratic Tax Cut Bills. 31 July 2012. "Helping working Americans get back on their feet again should be Congress's focus," said Dingell. "Unfortunately, House Republicans are trying to hold the middle class ransom to get tax cuts for the ultra-wealthy. My Republican colleagues' bluster about wanting to help the middle class is just that: bluster. I urge them to support H.R. 15 instead of H.R. 8 and show definitively to the American people that Republicans will stand with Democrats in working to help the middle class." (dingell.house.gov)
  • John Dingell. Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2006. 17 March 2005. "With record deficit levels, how is it possible that the majority has completely ignored fiscal responsibility? By passing tax givebacks, over half of which go to households earning over $1 million--that's 0.2 percent of the population. Although many of us find this appalling, unfortunately, it has become predictable behavior of the majority party." (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "6) Do you support requiring a super-majority vote in both houses of Congress to raise taxes?"
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Michigan 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"
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Michigan 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 tax cut on top 1% of all earners. Reinstitute pay-as-you-go budgeting rules so revenue matches tax rates and spending."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?"
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "3) Do you support eliminating the Internal Revenue Service?"
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "John Dingell supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 5 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "John Dingell supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 4 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. John Dingell voted Nay on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. Dingell Supports Continuing Resolution, Blasts GOP Sequestration Bill. 13 September 2012. "This is a cynical attempt at balancing our Nation's books. It does not ask the wealthiest among us to contribute a penny more to our country's needs. We must be fighting for the middle class and making smart, targeted investments to grow our economy and to create jobs, not needlessly slashing important domestic programs to protect millionaires and billionaires." (dingell.house.gov)

Vote Smart's Research

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Dingell. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. John Dingell voted Nay on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010. 16 December 2010. "Now is one of the times when it is ultimately better for our government leaders to come together on common ground where it can be found, instead of letting the perfect be the enemy of the good enough. In this case, the government is taking real action to stimulate the economy and help those desperately in need. Democrats are making the choice to protect millions of Americans struggling to keep food on the table and keep the heat on while searching hard for a job. According to the Center for American Progress, the tax deal would save or create 2.2 million jobs through 2012. In Michigan, the importance of the unemployment extension cannot be overstated. In November 2011, almost 300,000 Michiganders will lose their unemployment benefits without federal action. These are real numbers, and this is real money that will have a positive impact on our economy at a time when it is desperately needed." (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. Dingell Supports Tax Cuts And Increased Capital Access For Small Businesses. 23 September 2010. "Indeed, the Small Business Lending Fund Act has many provisions to promote job creation for everyday Americans and grow the economy. For example, to provide access to capital, the bill includes a $30 billion lending fund for small and medium size banks to leverage $300 billion in lending, a $1.5 billion state small business credit initiative to assist state capital access programs -- a provision I helped write with my colleagues from Michigan, Congressman Gary Peters (D-MI09) and Congressman Sander Levin (D-MI12), and small business tax break that allows 100 percent of the capital gains from certain small business stock to be excluded from taxation. To encourage investment, the bill includes a tax break for small businesses to allow them to write-off half of the cost of new equipment placed in service in 2010. And to promote entrepreneurship, the legislation doubles to $10,000 the tax deduction for start-up expenditures for entrepreneurs looking to launch a new venture." (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. Dingell Commends President Obama's Jobs Plan. 8 September 2011. "The President's jobs plan outlined bold measures to revitalize our stifled economic landscape and create jobs. He laid out $300 billion worth of tax credits, job training for the unemployed, school renovation projects and programs to retain local teachers, policemen, and firefighters. Job training, education, and support services for our young adults will prepare them to compete in a globalized job market, while also preparing them to be lasting contributors who can change our country's innovative and manufacturing future for the better." (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Create "enterprise zones" in urban areas with high unemployment by providing tax credits for new and expanding businesses."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Create "empowerment zones" in urban areas with high unemployment by providing government grants and federal assistance, in addition to tax credits, to new and expanding businesses."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."
  • John Dingell. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. John Dingell voted Nay on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Michigan 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)."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. c) Education (K-12)"
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • John Dingell. Issue Position: Education. 26 January 2012. "School budget cuts are also a huge problem facing our schools. One of the reasons for these state budget cuts is the lack of federal funding for laws like the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). The federal government made a deal with the states when Congress passed NCLB in 2001. Congress would set challenging standards, but it would also help the states meet them. The federal government, however, has not come up with its share of the high cost of such a sweeping reform, leaving the states to pick up the tab." (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011. 14 April 2011. "In all, the bill cuts over $40 billion from FY 2010 spending levels. Yet it actually increases defense spending. Mr. Speaker, this bill is not an accurate portrayal of my priorities, nor those of the majority of my constituents. That said, this bill is a significant improvement from H.R. 1, and only includes about a quarter of the cuts included in the original spending bill. I am happy to see that the current CR will increase investments in education, providing our children with the tools they need to succeed. Race to the Top education reforms, Head Start programs, and Pell Grants for low-income college students will receive the funding they need." (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Establish a nationwide competency test for teachers and encourage states to adopt it."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. d) Education"
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Michigan 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" Budget Priorities Other or expanded principles: "First, I would reinstate the "Pay-as-you-go" budget enforcement rules that require any entitlement spending increase or revenue reduction- including tax cuts - be offset. Second, I would roll back the tax cuts for the top 1% of all households. These households will receive $63 billion in tax cits in 2007 - more than the $58 billion requested for homeland security. I support a progressive tax policy that rewards middle-class families before the wealthy."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Michigan 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"
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Michigan 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)."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. c) Education (K-12)"
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support the federal government funding universal pre-K programs."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Eliminate the Department of Education, thereby giving state and local government greater control over educational issues."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Establish "National Standards" for K-12 schools and encourage states to adopt them."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Promote education flexibility by giving federal funds, in the form of block grants, to the states to spend it as they see fit."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Give all federal education funding to states in the form of block grants and allow them to spend it as they see fit."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing in reading and math." 1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning education. Other or expanded principles: "Rebuild crumbling schools, reduce overcrowding"
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Local" for: "Indicate which level of government that should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. c) Education"
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Providing education is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "2) Do you support the use of block grants given to states, rather than federal spending, in the following areas? b) Education"
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Michigan 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"
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Eliminate the U.S. Department of Education."
  • John Dingell. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. John Dingell voted Nay on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. HR 1804. 104th Congress. Goals 2000: Educate America Act. John Dingell voted Yea on 03/23/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)."
  • John Dingell. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. John Dingell voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. John Dingell voted Nay on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "John Dingell supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. John Dingell voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Support domestic oil exploration in areas that are currently restricted."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "b) I support strengthening regulations to the extent it is necessary to comply with the Clean Air Act. l) I would support a properly designed program that tailored appropriately to specific pollutants, eg. The acid rain program m) I remain opposed to the Kyoto protocol, as it would seriously burden the US economy, without making commensurate towards protecting the environment. As time passed, we have come to realize that many of the countries that signed..."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Support opening a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Dingell. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. John Dingell voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Consider further increasing federal taxes on gasoline and diesel fuels."
  • John Dingell. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). John Dingell voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed John Dingell in the 2004 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "John Dingell 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 John Dingell in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "John Dingell supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 90 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Michigan 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."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Reduce current federal regulations on the environment."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Adhere to the United Nations treaty regarding global climate change."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Michigan 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."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits under "cap and trade" laws." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "Solving the dual challenges of climate change and energy security will require a multi-pronged approach that requires the best use of energy resources and energy efficency."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Tax high-level energy users (businesses and individuals) to discourage excessive energy use and pay for environmental cleanup."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Impose stricter national air quality standards."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Encourage further market based strategies to clean up the environment such as pollution credits."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "m) Support the Kyoto Protocol to limit global warming."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Michigan 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."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Promote the selling of pollution credits to encourage industries to decrease amount of pollution."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Eliminate government regulations of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Phase in a prohibition of pollution causing products such as gas powered autos and lawn mowers."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Support the U.S. re-entering the Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Eliminate government regulations to encourage investment and economic expansion of the private sector."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Michigan 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."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Pass stronger clean water and clean air legislation."

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Michigan 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."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Require a license for gun possession."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms that are legally owned and registered."
  • John Dingell. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. John Dingell voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. HR 125. 104th Congress. Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995. John Dingell voted Yea on 03/22/1996. (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. HR 4296. 104th Congress. Regulation of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons. John Dingell voted Nay on 05/05/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. John Dingell voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave John Dingell a grade of 18." (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. HR 1025. 103th Congress. Brady Handgun Bill. John Dingell voted Nay on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. John Dingell voted Nay on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "John Dingell supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 20 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. H Amdt 390. 103th Congress. Instant Background Checks for Gun Purchase Amendment. John Dingell voted Yea on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed John Dingell in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. John Dingell voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Michigan 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."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Michigan 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."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal all bans and measures that restrict law-abiding citizens from owning legally-obtained firearms."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow individuals to carry concealed guns."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require a license for gun possession."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Impose a national ban on the public sale of assault weapons."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Increase federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms by law-abiding citizens."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain all federal registration procedures and restrictions on possessing firearms."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Renew the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Ease procedures on the purchase and registration of firearms."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Increase restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Reauthorize the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Michigan 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."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Impose a national ban on the sale of handguns to minors."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • John Dingell. Dingell: NICS Improvements will Benefit both Lawful Gun Owners and Law Enforcement. 19 December 2007. "This legislation will also benefit lawful gun purchasers, many of whom face unnecessary delays when waiting for their background check to be completed. For the first time since the creation of NICS, it will live up to its name and be both national and instant. It also benefits those who have been wrongfully included in the NICS database by providing a mechanism for petitioning the government for removal from the system. This is an important improvement which will strengthen the Second Amendment rights of all Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. Protecting Gun Owners in Bankruptcy Act of 2010. 28 July 2010. "In these challenging economic times, I have heard from families in Michigan's 15th Congressional District concerned they will lose their ability to protect themselves and their families should they enter into bankruptcy. As the Supreme Court recently ruled in Heller vs. the District of Columbia and confirmed in McDonald vs. Chicago, the Second Amendment affords individuals across the nation the right to keep and bear arms for the purpose of self defense. Hardworking Americans who have lost their jobs due to the economic downturn should not fear that they will be stripped of those rights because they are trying to turn their lives around through bankruptcy proceedings." (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011. 15 February 2011. "Funding for NICS is not only an important tool to keep firearms out of the hands of criminals and those mentally unfit to possess them, but also to ensure individuals' Second Amendment rights are protected, as States are required to remove obsolete or erroneous records from the database. This commonsense amendment is supported by the National Rifle Association, an organization whose top priority is protecting the Second Amendment rights of Americans. I urge my colleagues to join me in supporting it." (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. Issue Position: Judiciary. 25 January 2012. "Congressman Dingell is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment. He is a longtime member of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus and a lifetime member and prior board member of the National Rifle Association (NRA). Congressman Dingell has long believed in an individual's right to own a firearm for lawful purposes, a right the Supreme Court ruled in 2008 is guaranteed by the Constitution. The Congressman also has a record of working for common-sense regulations that enjoy the support of gun rights groups and gun control groups in order to prevent gun violence." (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007. 13 June 2007. "Improving the National Instant Check System is a matter of important national business, and I would urge my colleagues to take a look at the rather curious alliance which brings this matter forward. Not only is the NRA, but the gun control folks are in support of it. Members on both sides of the aisle, both here and in the Senate, are strongly supporting it." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • John Dingell. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. John Dingell voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "John Dingell supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Providing healthcare is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal healthcare program to guarantee coverage to all Americans, regardless of income." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health. Other or expanded principles: "I have supported expanding affordable and quality health care to all Americans for my entire career. I believe that health care is a right, not a privilege. I look forward to drafting health care reform legislation in the 111th Congress."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Support President Clinton's position for a "comprehensive health care plan for all Americans."" 3. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support concerning the American health care system? Other or expanded principles: "Holding fast to 3 principles: universal coverage, cost containment, fair financing."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • John Dingell. Dems Voice Fierce Opposition To GOP's Attempt To Repeal Patient's Bill of Rights. 15 September 2011. "I will not let the misrepresentations by the other side and fat cat CEOs for the insurance companies misinform and confuse the public any longer," said Congressman Dingell. "The historic reforms of the Affordable Care Act included a Patient's Bill of Rights that builds critical consumer protections into our health care system and ends the control of insurance companies over consumers." (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. Dingell Calls Today's Mark-up a Manifestation of Mischief. 5 April 2011. "The Affordable Care Act includes some of the strongest consumer protections in our health system in years. Insurance companies can no longer make health decisions for families, cancer patients can no longer be denied health insurance due to a pre-existing condition, seniors now have help affording their prescription, and college students are allowed to stay on their parents health insurance plans. (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. Dingell Applauds Sixth Circuit Court Ruling on Constitutionality of Health Care Law Individual Mandate. 30 June 2011. "Today's ruling is helpful and supportive of what I have always advocated, and I commend the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals for ruling that the individual mandate included in the Affordable Care Act is constitutional. This ruling is a victory for the millions of Americans and small businesses who are depending on the Affordable Care Act by finally providing them with the care they deserve -- care that is affordable, accessible and actually meets their health needs." (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. Dingell: Defunding the Affordable Care Act is Not Legislating. 30 March 2011. "Defunding the Affordable Care Act is not legislating. This is like taking an eraser to an answer on a test, and then leaving it blank because you don't have a better solution." (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. Issue Position: Affordable Healthcare for America. 26 January 2012. "Earlier this year, Congressman Dingell played an instrumental role in guiding the health insurance reform package through Congress. The package consisted of two bills, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010. President Obama signed the bills into law on March 23, 2010, and March 30, 2010, respectively. Together, the two laws will reduce the deficit, expand access to health insurance, lower the cost of coverage, and improve the quality of care." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "John Dingell supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. John Dingell voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "John Dingell supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 80 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. John Dingell voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Illegal immigrants should have to return to their countries of origin before being considered for citizenship."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive U.S. citizenship."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Michigan 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."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Illegal immigrants should be given a pathway to citizenship."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Grant U.S. citizenship to children born in the US only if their parents immigrated legally."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive US citizenship."

Vote Smart's Research

  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "John Dingell supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 94 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "John Dingell supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 14 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). John Dingell voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "John Dingell supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "John Dingell supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 95 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. John Dingell voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "John Dingell supported the interests of the American Family Association 5 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. John Dingell voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?"
  • Ryan J. Stanton. AnnArbor.com: Marcin questions Dingell's silent switch to support of same-sex marriage. 12 July 2012. "Dingell, D-Dearborn, on June 1 joined as a co-sponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal provisions in DOMA and recognize the validity of same-sex marriages." (www.annarbor.com)
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "j) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?" Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform. Other or expanded principles: "Impose strict limits on all candidates campaign expenditures. Have a program of federal support to campaigns of Presidential Candidates who agree to limit expeditures for their campaign Marriage is a state issue and as a federal office holder want to ensure family laws, such as marriage, are left to states"
  • Ryan J. Stanton. AnnArbor.com: John Dingell's chief of staff says congressman's views on same-sex marriage have evolved. 13 July 2012. ""Like the rest of America, Congressman Dingell's views on this issue have evolved, in large part because he and Debbie have friends and neighbors who are in committed and loving relationships," said Katie Murtha, Dingell's chief of staff. [¦] Dingell, D-Dearborn, recently joined as a co-sponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act, but he didn't publicly announce his position change." (www.annarbor.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "f) Do you support a policy of pre-emptive strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to national security?" Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding national security. Other or expanded principles: "I do not support the doctrine of preemption but I believe that the United States must maintain a robust defense"
  • John Dingell. Letter to Chairman McKeon. 10 May 2011 "That war has dragged on for almost ten years, and after the demise of Osama Bin Laden, as the United States prepares for withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Detainee Security Act purports to expand the 'armed conflict' against the Taliban, al Qaeda, and "associated forces" without limit. By declaring a global war against nameless individuals, organizations, and nations "associated" with the Taliban and al Qaeda, as well as those playing a supporting role in their efforts, the Detainee Security Act would appear to grant the President near unfettered authority to initiate military action around the world without further congressional approval. Such authority must not be ceded to the President without careful deliberation from Congress." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "John Dingell supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Michigan 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."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Michigan 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."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Michigan 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."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which are managed by the government."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Michigan 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."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Michigan Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "" for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts that they manage themselves."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Michigan 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."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Michigan 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."
  • John Dingell. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Michigan 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."
  • John Dingell. Signed Social Security Protectors: Protecting Social Security Pledge. "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)

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Michigan Congressional Election 2008 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.

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.
b) Abortions should always be legal.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester.
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) Dilation and extraction or "partial-birth" abortion procedures should be legal.
g) Medicare, Medicaid, and federal subsidies should be prohibited from being used on abortion procedures.
h) Other or expanded principles.

I support Roe v. Wade

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.

1) Budget Priorities

a) Agriculture
Slightly Increaseb) Arts
Maintain Statusc) Defense
Greatly Increased) Education
Greatly Increasee) Environment
f) FEMA
g) Homeland security
h) International aid
i) Law enforcement (Federal)
Greatly Increasej) Law enforcement (State)
k) Medical research
Greatly Increasel) National parks
Greatly Increasem) Public health services
n) Scientific research
o) Space exploration programs
Greatly Increasep) Transportation and highway infrastructure
q) United Nations
r) Welfare
s) Other or expanded categories

2) Defense Spending

Maintain Statusa) Armed forces personnel training
Maintain Statusb) Intelligence operations
Slightly Decreasec) Military hardware
Maintain Statusd) Modernization of weaponry and equipment
Greatly Decreasee) National missile defense
Slightly Increasef) Pay for active duty personnel
Maintain Statusg) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Maintain Statush) Research and development of new weapons
Maintain Statusi) Troop and equipment readiness
j) Other or expanded categories

3) 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.

Family Income Taxes

a) Less than $12,000
b) $12,001-$40,000
c) $40,001-$100,000
d) $100,001-$180,000
e) $180,001-$350,000
f) $350,001 and above
g) Other or expanded categories

The federal tax code should be reformed to give more Americans tax breaks for low and middle income Americans and to make it easier and simpler for everyone to file their own taxes.

Other Taxes

a) Alcohol taxes
b) Capital gains taxes
c) Cigarette taxes
d) Corporate taxes
e) Gasoline taxes
f) Inheritance taxes
g) Other or expanded categories

Deductions/Credits

a) Charitable contribution deduction
b) Child tax credit
c) Earned income tax credit
d) Medical expense deduction
e) Mortgage deduction
f) Student loan credit
g) Other or expanded categories
4) Do you support the permanent repeal of the federal estate tax?
5) Do you support requiring the federal budget to be balanced each year?
6) Other or expanded principles

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

a) Support increasing the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns.
b) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
c) Allow unregulated soft money campaign contributions to political parties or committees.
d) Remove all contribution limits on federal campaigns and parties.
e) Support prohibiting ads containing candidates' name that are paid for by third parties from airing 60 days before a primary and 30 days before a general federal election.
f) Support instant run-off voting (IRV).
g) Support designating Election Day as a national holiday.
h) Support giving the President the power of the line item veto for items concerning appropriations.
Xi) Support limiting the President's use of signing statements in order to prevent an alternative interpretation of the bill.
j) Support a federal shield law to protect reporter-source privilege.
k) 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.
c) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
d) Support programs to provide prison inmates with drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
e) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
f) Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
g) Support strict penalties for internet crime (e.g. hacking, identity theft, worms/viruses).
Xh) Require that crimes based on sexual orientation be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
i) Other or expanded principles

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

a) Support the federal government funding universal pre-K programs.
b) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any public school.
c) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any private or religious school.
d) Allow teachers and professionals to receive federal funding to establish charter or magnet schools.
Xe) Increase funding for the Pell Grant program.
Xf) Decrease interest rates of Stafford Loans.
Xg) Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college.
Xh) Ban university financial aid officers from owning stock in or accepting gifts from student loan lenders.
Xi) Require universities to disclose financial relationships with lenders.
j) Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind).
k) Eliminate all federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind).
l) Other or expanded principles

First we must give states flexibility to meet federal standards. Second, I support federal education standards if the federal goverment provides the funding needed for the states to meet these standards. It my hope Congress can address this issue in the NCLB reauthorization.

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

Xa) Increase funding for national job-training programs that retrain displaced workers or teach skills needed in today’s job market.
b) Reduce government regulation of the private sector.
c) Encourage employers to offer child care services, flex-time scheduling, comp-time, and unpaid leave for family emergencies.
Xd) Increase the federal minimum wage.
Xe) Support the right of workers to unionize.
f) Eliminate all federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
Xg) Include sexual orientation in federal anti-discrimination laws.
h) Include gender identity in federal anti-discrimination laws.
i) 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 increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil).
d) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
e) Strengthen fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
f) Support domestic oil exploration in areas that are currently restricted.
Xg) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels.
Xh) Support the use of ethanol as an alternative fuel.
Xi) Support research and development of nuclear reactors as an alternative energy source.
Xj) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits under "cap and trade" laws.
Xk) Support international mandatory emission targets to limit global warming.
l) Support international voluntary emission targets to limit global warming.
m) Other or expanded principles

Solving the dual challenges of climate change and energy security will require a multi-pronged approach that requires the best use of energy resources and energy efficency.

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

a) Allow individuals to carry concealed guns.
b) Ban the sale, ownership or possession of handguns except by law enforcement and other government officials.

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.
d) Restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
e) Other or expanded principles

There are enough gun laws on the books already. They need to be properly enforced.

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

Xa) Implement a universal healthcare program to guarantee coverage to all Americans, regardless of income.
b) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts.
c) Allow the importation of prescription drugs into the United States.
Xd) Support expanding prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
e) Offer tax credits to individuals and small businesses to offset the cost of insurance coverage.
Xf) Support expanding child healthcare programs.
g) Providing healthcare is not a responsibility of the federal government.
h) Other or expanded principles

I have supported expanding affordable and quality health care to all Americans for my entire career. I believe that health care is a right, not a privilege. I look forward to drafting health care reform legislation in the 111th Congress.

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.
d) Support harsher financial punishments for those who knowingly employ illegal immigrants.
e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States.
f) Illegal immigrants should have to return to their countries of origin before being considered for citizenship.
g) Illegal immigrants should be given a pathway to citizenship.
h) Support merit-based visas over family-based visas.
i) Other or expanded principles

We need comprehensive immigration reform that provides a meaningful path to citizenship for those who chose to come to America to work hard and play by our rules.

International Aid

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

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

International Policy

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

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 impose greater international sanctions on Iran if it continues to defy United Nations mandates?
Yesd) Should the United States support the Lebanese government against insurgent forces?
Noe) Should the United States maintain its troop levels in Iraq?
Yesf) Should the United States withdraw its troops from Iraq?
g) Discuss your proposals for Iraq.

I have introduced comprehensive legislation to bring home our troops as quickly and safely as possible. I support efforts to bring them home according to a timeline as proposed by the Iraqi government.

Yesh) Should the United States apply greater economic and diplomatic sanctions against North Korea if it fails to abide by its agreement to suspend its nuclear program?
Yesi) Should the United States increase financial support for Afghanistan?
Yesj) Should the United States increase military support for Afghanistan?
Undecidedk) Should the United States trade nuclear fuel to India for civilian purposes?
Undecidedl) Should the United States decrease financial support for Pakistan?
Undecidedm) Should the United States decrease military support for Pakistan?
Yesn) Should the United States be involved in bringing an end to the violence in Darfur, Sudan?
Yeso) Should the United States be involved in bringing an end to the violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo?
Undecidedp) Should the United States provide economic and military support to the Transitional Government of Somalia?
Undecidedq) Should the United States use sanctions to encourage the government of Zimbabwe to end its human rights abuses?
Yesr) Should the United States support the creation of an independent nation of Kosovo?
s) Other or expanded principles

The U.S. needs to condition military and financial support for governments such as Pakistan upon increased cooperation and more accountablity to track how the money is spent

International Trade

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

Undecideda) Do you support the United States imposing economic sanctions on China?
Undecidedb) Do you support the United States imposing trade sanctions on Venezuela?
Undecidedc) Do you support the United States involvement in free trade agreements?
Undecidedd) Do you support the United States involvement in intergovernmental organizations dedicated to trade?
e) Other or expanded principles

The U.S. must revisit its committments with respect to trade and make sure all agreements have strong protections for American workers and the environment.

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 law enforcement agencies have greater discretion to monitor domestic communications, to prevent future terrorist attacks?
c) Should the United States hold foreign states accountable for terrorists who operate in their country?
d) Should the federal government increase funding to states and cities for homeland security?
e) Do you support pre-emptive military strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to United States national security?
f) Do you support the creation of a federal identification card system?
Nog) Do you support long-term use of National Guard troops to supplement the armed forces in assignments overseas?
Noh) Should the United States expand its missile defense shield?
i) Other or expanded principles

Military tribunals and domestic surveillance are important tools that need to be within the guidelines of the Constitution. Preemptive military strikes should only be used in the event of a clear and pressing threat against the U.S.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.

Noa) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?
b) Do you support a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman?
Yesc) Do you support federal funding for research on existing embryonic stem cell lines?
Yesd) Do you support federal funding to create lines of stem cells from new embryos?
e) Should the federal government consider race and gender in government contracting decisions?
Yesf) Should the federal government continue affirmative action programs?
g) Should the federal government regulate internet gambling?
h) 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 that they manage themselves.
b) Ensure the viability of Social Security by increasing the payroll tax.
c) Decrease benefits paid to retirees.
d) Support proportional increases of Social Security benefits based on the cost of living index.
e) Raise the retirement age for individual eligibility to receive full Social Security benefits.
f) Other or expanded principles

There are many options on the table to strengthen our most successful government program - Social Security. These include raising the cap or rolling back the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans only. Privitization is NOT an option.

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

a) Require welfare recipients to spend at least 40 hours a week in a combination of work and training programs.
Xb) Continue to give states and local governments flexibility in and responsibility for welfare programs through federal block grants.
c) Support housing assistance for welfare recipients.
d) Abolish all federal welfare 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.

Climate Change: We need to reduce greenhouse gases by 60-80 percent by 2050. I am writing draft legislation instituting a cap and trade program that would do just that. My goal as Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee is to draft a bill that is fair and balanced ? one that protects both the environment and the economy.

Healthcare: I have been fighting for universal health care my entire career and I will support plans in the next Congress that provide affordable, accessible, quality health care to all Americans.