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John A. Boehner

John Boehner's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: John A. Boehner
Office: U.S. House (OH) - District 8, Republican Speaker of the House
First Elected: 11/06/1990
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 8
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary May 6, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Debbie; 2 Children: Lindsay, Tricia
Birth Date: 11/17/1949
Birth Place: West Chester, OH
Home City: West Chester, OH
Religion: Roman Catholic
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Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial-birth" abortion."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Oppose" for: "Federally funded abortions should be permitted."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Oppose" for: "Abortion should be illegal in all circumstances."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Congress should eliminate abortion services from any federally funded health care plan."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Congress should eliminate federal funding for clinics and medical facilities that provide abortion services."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • John Boehner. Boehner, House GOP Leaders Launch American Values Agenda. 27 June 2006. "House Republican leaders today unveiled the American Values Agenda [¦] 'The American Values Agenda is a collection of legislative initiatives that speak to the values many American citizens hold dear. Freedom to display the American flag, freedom of religious expression, the right to keep and bear arms, respect for the sanctity of marriage, and the dignity of all human life. These are values that have defined the American character, protected our families, and shaped our society.'" (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. H Amdt 436. 104th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. John Boehner voted Nay on 06/15/1995. (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. John Boehner voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. John Boehner voted NA on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "John Boehner supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. John Boehner voted Yea on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. H Amdt 185. 103th Congress. Hyde Amendment. John Boehner voted Yea on 06/30/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. John Boehner voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. John Boehner voted Yea on 04/05/2000. (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 Boehner a rating of 6 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. John Boehner voted Nay on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. John Boehner voted Nay on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. John Boehner voted Nay on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. HR 670. 103th Congress. Abortion Counseling Bill. John Boehner voted Nay on 03/25/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. John Boehner voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "John Boehner supported the interests of the Family Research Council 87 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "John Boehner supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. John Boehner voted Nay on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. Congressman Boehner Delivers Opening Remarks at 39th March for Life. 23 January 2012. "I come before you as Speaker of the whole House of Representatives and leader of the bipartisan pro-life majority in Congress. With your help, this bipartisan majority is standing up for life and working to restore the damage of Roe v. Wade. We are heeding the voice of the people, who overwhelmingly oppose taxpayer funding of abortion. The House has passed bipartisan legislation to codify the Hyde Amendment across all federal programs. And we'll continue to press the Senate for a vote. It's an honor to serve with men and women committed to protecting the sanctity of life. We may disagree in other areas, sometimes starkly, but we are one and the same on this. Because human life is not a political or economic commodity. And defending life is not a matter of party … it's about standing on principle." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. As More Americans Identify as Pro-Life, ObamaCare Provides Taxpayer Funding for Abortion. 2 June 2010. "Even after the passage of ObamaCare, the assault on life continues. Senate Democrats have introduced a measure to repeal a long-standing ban on abortions at military hospitals, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. House Republicans stood up for life during the health care debate, and continue to stand with the American people, to repeal and replace ObamaCare with commonsense solutions focused on lowering health care costs and protecting life. The Republican health care solution would codify the Hyde Amendment and prohibit all authorized and appropriated federal funds from being used to pay for abortion. And under the Republican plan, any health plan that includes abortion coverage may not receive federal funds." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. Boehner Welcomes Participants in the March for Life. 22 January 2008. "Though reports show that abortions have dropped to a 30-year low, this is no time for celebration or satisfaction. Our work is far from over. This year, our nation will see its 50 millionth abortion since Roe v. Wade, and now we must recommit ourselves to a cause which has made tremendous strides since the 1973 Supreme Court decision [¦] The pro-life movement has helped save countless lives over the past 35 years, and those participating in today's March for Life should hold their heads high, knowing that their actions are having a positive and meaningful impact. My prayers remain with them, as well as the millions of unborn children counting on us do protect their right to life." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. Boehner, Other Pro-Life House GOP Reps Back Ohio Efforts to Stop Abuse of Deadly RU-486 Abortion Drug. 23 October 2008. "Abortion providers are administering RU-486 in a manner that violates the safety standards that were articulated by the FDA when it approved the drug. This abuse is symptomatic of an abortion industry that is more concerned about profits than it is about women's health. The State of Ohio is well within its rights and acting in the interests of its people in seeking to ensure the FDA standards are fully enforced for this deadly drug, which should never have been legalized in the first place [¦] I'm also troubled that Planned Parenthood, an organization that receives millions in taxpayer money from the federal government every year, is leading the effort to undermine federal standards for RU-486 and expand the reckless and unsafe use of this deadly abortion drug." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. Health Care Reform Should Protect Life, Not End It. 22 June 2010. "Sadly, federal support for abortion and the abortion industry is growing under President Obama and the majority party in Congress. Public opposition to taxpayer financing of abortion factored significantly in the intense debate over President Obama's massive health-care overhaul [¦] In the months ahead, House Republicans will continue to listen to the majority of Americans who want to repeal the president's health care law and replace it with better solutions to lower the cost of health care and respect the sanctity of life. Because as I told the president at the White House in February, health care reform should be an opportunity to protect life, not end it." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. House Democrats Vote To Allow Taxpayer-Funded Abortion. 21 March 2010. "John Boehner (R-West Chester) criticized House Democrats tonight for rejecting Republicans' motion-to-recommit proposal that would have restored the bipartisan Pitts-Stupak language forbidding taxpayer-funded abortion, which passed the House last year, but was not included in the Senate-passed bill. In response, Boehner released the following statement [¦] 'The only way to uphold the American tradition and prohibit taxpayer funding of elective abortion is the Pitts-Stupak amendment, which Democrats have now rejected. The truth is clear: House Democrats support taxpayer-funded abortion. House Republicans do not.'" (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. Letter to the Honorable Ted Strickland, Governor of Ohio. 19 July 2010. "We have grown increasingly concerned by reports detailing state plans to use high-risk pools funded by federal taxpayer dollars under President Obama's health care law to offer abortion services [¦] Ohioans were misled by the Obama Administration about the cost of the President's health care legislation, and they cannot be misled again when it comes to this unconscionable use of taxpayer dollars. Your voice as Governor is needed to help ensure that not a dime of the $152 million in federal funds Ohio is set to receive for its high-risk pool plan goes toward covering abortions. We ask that you assure Ohioans that Ohio will not seek to use funds from the President's health care law to fund abortions." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. March For Life. 21 January 2010. "I came to Washington to defend all human life. And in my nearly 20 years serving the House, the Congress and Executive branches have made tremendous progress in protecting the life of the unborn. We have made certain that federal funds could not be used to pay for elective abortions both domestically and abroad. We passed the Partial Birth Abortion Ban. We gave our schools the choice to offer abstinence education and we limited federal funding for embryo destructive stem cell research [¦] We need to pause and reconsider the direction the majority and President Obama are headed with regard to protecting human life. All human life has value and it is the role of the branches of the federal government to protect it." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. No Taxpayer Funding on Abortion Act. 10 November 2011. "Let me thank my colleague for yielding and express my support for H.R. 3, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. This commonsense bipartisan legislation codifies the Hyde amendment and similar policies by permanently applying a ban on taxpayer funding of abortion across all Federal programs [¦] Enacting this legislation would provide the American people with the assurance that their hard-earned tax dollars will not be used to fund abortions." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "John Boehner supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. John Boehner voted Nay on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. John Boehner voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. John Boehner voted Nay on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion. Other or expanded principles: "I oppose legal abortion in all cases except when a mother's life is endangered."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Strongly Oppose" for: "Women should be able to get abortions if they want no matter what the reason."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • John Boehner. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. John Boehner voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "e) Should the United States increase military support to Afghanistan?"
  • John Boehner. Congressman John Boehner on the Death of Osama bin Laden. 2 May 2011. "The death of Osama bin Laden is an important moment in the war against radical extremism and terrorism - an important event for peoples all around the world who have been subject to the terror of al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden [¦] Our fight for freedom and liberty around the globe continues. We face a complex and dangerous terrorist threat even today. It is important that we remain vigilant in our efforts to defeat our terrorist enemies and protect the American people. This makes our engagement in places like Pakistan and Afghanistan more important, not less." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "John Boehner supported the interests of Peace Action West 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "John Boehner supported the interests of the Peace Action 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. Don't Give Up on Our Troops in Afghanistan. 27 July 2010. "Denying terrorists a safe haven in Iraq and Afghanistan is critical to the safety and security of our country. As our troops continue their fight, it is imperative that Congress continue to provide the resources they need and support their mission [¦] Failure to give our troops the tools they need to succeed would be catastrophic, not just for the United States, but for the Afghans as well [¦] We have a duty to stand and fight against those who seek to destroy America and the freedom that defines us. Our troops are committed to fighting and winning this global war. We owe them our unfailing support." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. Statement by Congressman Boehner on the President's Announcement on Afghanistan. 22 June 2011. "Succeeding in Afghanistan -- and preventing al Qaeda and the Taliban from using the country as a safe haven from which to launch attacks on the U.S. and our allies -- is critically important to the safety and security of our country. While the conditions remain difficult, the counterinsurgency strategy implemented by General Petraeus has made significant improvements in security on the ground and allowed the Afghan government to start making progress in meeting the needs of the Afghan people. We all want to bring our troops home as quickly as possible, but we must ensure that the gains we've made are not jeopardized." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. Statement by Congressman Boehner on the Administration's Changes in National Security Leadership. 28 April 2011. "Our fight in Afghanistan -- and preventing al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and the terrorist insurgency from having safe haven in the region -- is critical to the safety and security of the American people. Ambassador Ryan Crocker and Lt. Gen John Allen are able and dedicated public servants, and I look forward to working with them to continue the progress we are making in Afghanistan." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. Progress Made in Iraq and Afganistan. 22 April 2011. "In Afghanistan, the conditions remain difficult but our troops are making gains in their efforts to improve security and prevent al Qaeda and the Taliban from using the region as a safe haven from which to launch attacks on the U.S. and our allies. That is why we must remain steadfast in our commitment to the counterinsurgency strategy our commanders in Afghanistan have put in place and to ensuring its success, rather than focusing on meeting arbitrary deadlines for withdrawal." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. Boehner Statement on New U.S. Military Leadership in Afghanistan. 23 June 2010. "Our fight in Afghanistan is critical to the security of the American people, and nothing should distract us from our goal of defeating al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and Islamic terrorists and denying them safe haven in the region. Afghanistan is a tough operating environment, and our military, intelligence, and civilian personnel are doing a tremendous job. We need to focus our efforts on supporting their efforts and providing them with all the resources they need, and that means Congress should pass its troop funding bill without any further delay." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. Boehner Statement on Administration's Afghanistan Pakistan Annual Review. 16 December 2010. "John Boehner (R-West Chester) issued the following statement after the President's speech on the Afghanistan Pakistan annual review: 'It is my hope that the President will use his platform to consistently articulate to the American people why engagement in the region is critical to our national security interests and why his strategy is the right one to address those interests. The cost of war has been high for our nation, but succeeding in Afghanistan is critically important to the safety and security of our country.'" (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. CBS News: Speaker John Boehner cautions against sharp troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. 22 June 2011. "I'm concerned about any precipitous withdrawal of our troops that would jeopardize the success that we've made." (www.cbsnews.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Boehner. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. John Boehner voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. National Journal: Defense Cuts Snarling Debt Agreement. 31 July 2011. "Two congressional aides said Boehner is holding out to reduce roughly $350 billion in cuts to defense spending that would be part of an initial $900 billion in deficit cuts tied to a debt ceiling increase of a similar amount. Boehner also is refusing to agree to an even split between cuts to defense and other spending that would be triggered if Congress failed to enact a deficit reduction plan produced by a special congressional committee or doesn't pass a balanced budget amendment, the aides said." (www.nationaljournal.com)
  • John Boehner. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. John Boehner voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. Boehner: Senior Democrat's Plans to Raise Taxes, Slash Defense Spending "Incredibly Irresponsible." 24 October 2008. "John Boehner (R-OH) today issued the following statement in response to comments made by House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank (D-MA) in favor of a 25 percent defense budget cut and tax increases: [¦] 'How can anyone defend raising taxes in the face of an economic slowdown or slashing defense spending the midst of two wars? Chairman Frank's plans are not only wrong, but incredibly irresponsible.' NOTE: During a recent newspaper editorial board interview with the South Coast (MA) Standard-Times, Chairman Frank called for a 25 percent cut in defense spending and announced, 'We'll have to raise taxes ultimately.'" (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. For Democrats, "Reform" Equals Higher Taxes, More Wasteful Washington Spending. 27 October 2008. "Higher taxes, more pork-laden Washington spending, and a slashed defense budget while our military is fighting two wars. That's not reform. That's more of the same failed Washington policies that slow economic growth, kill American jobs, and weaken our national defense. And House Republicans are prepared to fight against them - and promote a real plan to spur economic growth and create jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. House GOP Rapid Economic Recovery Plan Wins Praise. 1 November 2008. "Even after Congress was forced to pass a $700 billion rescue bill, Democrat leaders are now threatening to add an additional $300 billion spending bill. They are characterizing it as a 'stimulus bill,' saying our economic system needs more spending. This of course comes at the same time that Congressional Democrats are pushing to cut defense spending by $150 billion. I just don't see the logic." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. MSNBC "Meet the Press" “ Transcript. 31 January 2010. "I think the president's proposal on freezing nonsecurity domestic spending is a good first step, but it's only $15 billion for each of the next three years. I think we can do much better than that. I don't think any agency of the federal government should be exempt from rooting out wasteful spending or unnecessary spending. And I, frankly, I would agree with it at the Pentagon. There's got to be wasteful spending there, unnecessary spending there. It all ought to be eliminated, and we should be going through this budget line by line and, and asking the question, is this spending worth having to borrow money?" (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. NBC "Meet the Press" “ Transcript. 13 February 2011. "MR. GREGORY: 'But, Mr. Speaker, if you are serious about cutting spending, as you just said, wouldn't you deal with the biggest culprits in the budget? Because you're not doing that. You're not dealing with...' BOEHNER: 'It's all...' GREGORY: 'Hold on, you're not dealing with the military.' SPEAKER BOEHNER: '...coming. It's all coming.' GREGORY: 'You're not dealing with entitlements. You're dealing with a small portion, about 16 percent of the budget.' BOEHNER: 'This was the first step, and, as I've said, there are many steps to follow. There are some Defense spending cuts in this package.'" (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Ohio 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"
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Ohio 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. c) Defense"
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt? Reduce governmental defense spending." If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt? Other or expanded principles: "Freezing the budget in either a firm or flexible way; capping growth of federal expenditures."
  • John Boehner. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. John Boehner voted NA on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. John Boehner voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. John Boehner voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. John Boehner voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. HR 2561. 106th Congress. Defense Department Appropriations bill, FY2000. John Boehner voted Yea on 07/22/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. John Boehner voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. John Boehner voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. John Boehner voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. John Boehner voted NA on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

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  • John Boehner. CNN "The Situation Room." 19 July 2012. "Well, Ernst & Young came out with a study earlier this week that made clear that the president's plan to tax the so-called top 2 percent will cost our economy about 700,000 jobs. We all know that almost half that income from that top 2 percent are small businesspeople who run their businesses as pass-through entities. So, they end up paying their business taxes as part of their personal tax. And this is the wrong thing to do." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (atr.org)
  • John Boehner. The Change America Deserves. 16 May 2008. "Among the first steps we can take toward a stronger economy is to reject the largest tax increase in American history while offering new tax breaks, eliminating the unfair Alternative Minimum Tax and making the Internet permanently tax free. We also have to level the playing field for our workers by creating incentives and offering tax credits to American industries and businesses." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Increasing the income taxes of those with incomes over $100,000."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "6) Do you support requiring a super-majority vote in both houses of Congress to raise taxes?"
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "6) Do you support requiring a super-majority vote in both houses of Congress to raise taxes?" Other Tax Issues: Other or expanded principles: "Marriage penalty -- Eliminate"
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?" Budgetary, Spending, and Taxes, Part 3: Taxes (B) Other or expanded principles: "I support keeping taxes low and holding the line on federal spending. Congress has a responsibility to spend taxpayer dollars wisely, and that includes cracking down on worthless pork barrel spending and reining in federal entitlement spending."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt? Raise personal income taxes for all citizens."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt? Raise personal income taxes for citizens with incomes over $100,000."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?"
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt? Raise corporate taxes."
  • John Boehner. CBS "Face The Nation" - Transcript12 September 2010. "I think raising taxes in a-- in a very weak economy is a really, really bad idea. And most economists would agree with that. And I just think that if we're going to extend the tax cuts for some Americans, why don't we extend these tax-- the current tax rates to all Americans, and-- and get rid of some of the uncertainty that is out there so that small businesses can plan and reinvest in a-- in their business and the new economy." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. Boehner: Speaker & Majority Leader Should Stop Playing Politics, Schedule Senate-Passed AMT Fix Immediately. 12 December 2007. "'The fact that the Majority has not yet acted to prevent a massive tax hike on middle-class families who never before had to pay the AMT is one of the greatest disappointments of a very disappointing 110th Congress. If the Majority waits any longer, this fiasco will be remembered as one of the most notorious examples of irresponsibility in congressional history.' The alternative minimum tax was established in the 1960s to ensure the nation's wealthiest earners paid an income tax. Because the thresholds of the tax were not indexed to inflation, however, more taxpayers - including millions of middle class earners - risk paying the tax than originally intended." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "John Boehner supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 92 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "John Boehner supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 100 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. John Boehner voted Yea on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "John Boehner supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. Majority Chooses Tax Breaks for Chavez Over Tax Relief for Middle-Class. 27 February 2008. "'The largest tax increase in American history is on the horizon, and House Republicans are committed to stopping it. Today, we gave the House a chance to halt a portion of this massive tax increase by permanently ending the marriage penalty and keeping the child tax credit intact. The Majority refused to join us and instead put themselves on the record in favor of higher taxes for married couples and middle-class parents' [¦] The House voted down a Republican proposal to make permanent two key tax relief initiatives in the 2001 and 2003 tax relief laws - the expanded child tax credit and marriage penalty relief." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. Issue Position: Cutting Taxes and Creating Jobs. 15 November 2011. "Under the Republican-led Congress, we took significant actions to reduce the tax burden of millions of working families. Since 2001, four separate tax measures aimed at decreasing taxes for all working Americans and encouraging greater business investment to create jobs and strengthen the economy have been signed into law [¦] The 2003 round of tax cuts expanded the 10 percent tax bracket into which every American taxpayer falls [¦] It is my goal to make this tax relief permanent." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. Fighting Against a Tax Hike on American Families. 18 June 2004. "We've approved legislation to keep marriage penalty relief, Alternative Minimum Tax relief, the expansion of the 10 percent tax bracket, and the $1,000 child tax credit intact next year. Put another way, we've voted to prevent a huge tax increase on American families [¦] The House voted 344-76 to make permanent the benefits of the new 10 percent tax bracket. The 10 percent bracket applies to the first $7,000 in taxable income for single taxpayers and double that amount for married couples. If this bill doesn't become law, more than 73 million taxpayers will pay more in taxes next year." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. Los Angeles Times: Rep John Boehner: Allowing tax incresae on millionaires would cost jobs. 31 May 2012. "'This proposal would kill jobs,' Boehner said Tuesday, arguing that many of those earning more than $1 million are small business owners who are vital to the recovering economy. 'Raising taxes at this point in our recovery is a big mistake.'" (articles.latimes.com)
  • John Boehner. Huffington Post: John Boehner: Bush Tax Cuts for Wealthy Must Also Be Extended to Create Jobs, Help Economy. 8 June 2012. "House Speaker John Boehner says the way to create jobs is for President Barack Obama to quickly extend expiring tax cuts and stop issuing regulations clamping down on businesses." (www.huffingtonpost.com)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • John Boehner. We Could Cut $100 Billion From The Budget Without Even Blinking An Eye. 26 January 2010. "All of our members voted against the wasteful stimulus plan, a trillion dollar plan that hasn't created jobs. All of us voted against their budget, which was nothing more than the largest deficits that you could even imagine, trillion dollars on average as far as the eye can see. We voted against 'cap and trade,' we voted against health care, and in each instance we offered what we thought was a better solution." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. Boehner on Creating a Better Environment for Job Growth: "Where is Senator Reid's Plan to Cut Spending?" 1 March 2011. "In order to create a better environment for job creation, we must rein in out-of-control federal spending. Today, House Republicans will pass a responsible bill to keep the government open for two weeks while cutting $4 billion. After initially attacking this plan and opposing any spending cuts, Senator Reid and Senate Democrats have been forced to retreat. As Senator McConnell has said, there is now a clear path to finishing this short-term measure before Friday's deadline." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. Congressman Boehner Statement on Senate Passage of the Budget Control Act. 2 August 2011. "Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) issued the following statement upon Senate passage of the Budget Control Act to cut spending and avoid default: 'This is a positive step forward that begins to rein in federal spending, but it's only a step. We should save the celebration for when a Balanced Budget Amendment is ratified, the deficit is fixed, and our economy has returned to creating jobs. I congratulate my friend Senator McConnell on his remarkable leadership in guiding this legislation through the Senate.'" (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. The Hill “ GOP Freshman Class Faces its Big Shutdown Decision: Fight or Fall in Line. 4 April 2011. "The freshmen began the spending skirmish as the instigators: their demand for deeper cuts sent Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and GOP leaders back to the drawing board, resulting in a House bill that would slash $61 billion from federal spending -- nearly twice the amount leadership had initially proposed." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. Boehner on Jobs Report: "Welcome to the Reality." 6 August 2010. "Welcome to the reality of President Obama's broken promises, out-of-control spending sprees, and failing 'stimulus' policies. After another disappointing jobs report and the resignation of one of the chief architects of the trillion-dollar 'stimulus,' it's time for President Obama to listen to the American people and face up to the fact that his 'stimulus' policies aren't working. How many more times do families and small businesses have to ask 'where are the jobs' before President Obama changes course?" (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. Boehner: Dems Double Down on More "Stimulus' Spending, More Job-Killing Tax Hikes on U.S. Job Creators. 10 August 2010. "The American people are fed up with the Democrats' 'stimulus' spending and they certainly don't want another job-killing tax hike on U.S. job-creators. Everyone knows that state budgets have been hit hard and no one wants teachers or police officers to lose their jobs. But where do the bailouts end? Are we going to bail out states next year and the year after that too? At some point we've got to say 'enough is enough.'" (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. Congressman Boehner: House Has Now Passed More Than 20 Bipartisan Jobs Bills. 3 November 2011. "The House has now passed more than 20 bipartisan jobs bills so far this year [¦] I urge President Obama to call on the Democrat-controlled Senate to quickly vote on these and the rest of the House-passed jobs bills still awaiting action. We don't need more 'stimulus' spending, higher taxes, or more unnecessary regulations -- we need to get Washington out of the way and remove government obstacles to job growth." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. Ohio Jobless Rate Remains Near 10 Percent in November. 20 December 2010. "Despite Washington Democrats' promise that their 'stimulus' would keep unemployment below eight percent and create jobs 'immediately,' Ohio and 46 other states have actually lost hundreds of thousands of jobs (Ohio has lost 165,000 jobs) since February 2009. Americans have had enough of the jobs-killing policies coming out of Washington. All year long they've been looking at all the 'stimulus' spending sprees, bailouts and government takeovers coming out of Democrat-controlled Washington and they've been shouting 'Stop!'" (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. John Boehner voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt? Reduce governmental domestic spending." If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt? Other or expanded principles: "Freezing the budget in either a firm or flexible way; capping growth of federal expenditures."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Support" for: "Which of the following measures designed to address the issue of unemployment do you support or oppose? Federal investment in America's infrastructure." Which of the following measures designed to address the issue of unemployment do you support or oppose? Other or expanded principles: "Allowing free enterprise system/economy to expand which will create jobs; real change to the federal tax code to spur investment in..."
  • John Boehner. Boehner Delivers Remarks on Jobs & The Economy in Cleveland, OH. 24 August 2010. "Right now, America's employers are afraid to invest in an economy stalled by 'stimulus' spending and hamstrung by uncertainty. The prospect of higher taxes, stricter rules, and more regulations has employers sitting on their hands. And after the pummeling they've taken from Washington over the last 18 months, who can blame them?" (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. Blog: Save Taxpayers' Money, Cancel the "Stimulus.' 17 August 2010. "As House Republican Whip Eric Cantor told CBS News, the stimulus bill 'has been an utter failure even by the administration's own standards.' He is right: The White House claimed the 'stimulus' would create jobs 'immediately' and keep unemployment below eight percent. Today, 2.5 million more Americans have lost their job, and unemployment is near double-digits. That's why we need to cancel the remaining 'stimulus' spending and start to pay down our staggering federal deficit. That's just one of the steps to cut spending by up to $1.3 trillion." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "John Boehner supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. John Boehner voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave John Boehner a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

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  • John Boehner. Boehner Delivers Remarks on Jobs & The Economy in Cleveland, OH. 24 August 2010. "There's everything in this bill: the research and development tax credit, special expensing rules for the film industry, an extension and modification of a tax credit for steel industry fuel, the mine rescue team training tax credit, and tax incentives for investment in the District of Columbia. Are they worth it? Many are. But we just go ahead and extend all of them temporarily -- and usually right at the last minute -- so Washington can continue pandering to the loudest voices instead of implementing the best ideas." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. Boehner Votes to Help Small Businesses and Workers. 10 January 2007. "Raising the minimum wage without equally lessening the other economic burdens on the small business owners will hurt the very people this measure seeks to help. It will force small business owners to choose between two bad options: cutting costs by eliminating certain employee benefits or laying-off less-skilled employees. The Republican proposal would have provided employers with tax incentives to help shoulder the increased costs imposed by Congress. And it would have helped core businesses grow by enabling them to offer the same health care benefits to their employees as unions and large corporations." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check 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 Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Ohio 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 Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."
  • John Boehner. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. John Boehner voted Did Not Vote on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. John Boehner voted Yea on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. The Change America Deserves. 16 May 2008. "Among the first steps we can take toward a stronger economy is to reject the largest tax increase in American history while offering new tax breaks, eliminating the unfair Alternative Minimum Tax and making the Internet permanently tax free. We also have to level the playing field for our workers by creating incentives and offering tax credits to American industries and businesses." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

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  • John Boehner. In A Different Kind of Race, Principles Remain the Same. 20 January 2006. "From uncovering the House Bank and House Post Office scandals in the early 1990s to reforming welfare in the mid-1990s to cutting taxes, strengthening our Armed Forces for the new challenges of the 21st Century, and committing to the No Child Left Behind Act's accountability-based education strategy in the past several years, we've made significant progress." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing in reading and math."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Ohio 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 Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked 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." 1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning education. Other or expanded principles: "Require at least 95% of federal education dollars be used in the classroom. "
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. c) Education (K-12)"
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Establish a nationwide competency test for teachers and encourage states to adopt it."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Eliminate the Department of Education, thereby giving state and local government greater control over educational issues."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Ohio 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. [?] d) Education"
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Ohio 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. d) Education"
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Ohio 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 Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "If elected to Congress, which of the following proposals designed to change our nations' public education system will you support? National curricula and standards." If elected to Congress, which of the following proposals designed to change our nations' public education system will you support? Other or expanded principles: "Need real reform w/in the education system. Needs to be driven by federal & state gov't w/regard to more flexibility for the funds they..."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Eliminate the U.S. Department of Education."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. c) Education (K-12)"
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Establish "National Standards" for K-12 schools and encourage states to adopt them."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "2) Do you support the use of block grants given to states, rather than federal spending, in the following areas? b) Education"
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "If elected to Congress, which of the following proposals designed to change our nations' public education system will you support? Increased national testing." If elected to Congress, which of the following proposals designed to change our nations' public education system will you support? Other or expanded principles: "Need real reform w/in the education system. Needs to be driven by federal & state gov't w/regard to more flexibility for the funds they..."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Providing education is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
  • John Boehner. A Chance to Improve No Child Left Behind. 10 September 2007. "Five years ago, President Bush signed into law No Child Left Behind at Hamilton High School. This law represents the most sweeping education reform in a generation - an effort to end decades of failed federal education policy that allowed billions of taxpayer dollars to be spent without insisting on results [¦] Prior to No Child Left Behind, states accepted billions of dollars each year in federal education aid but were not held accountable for using that money to get academic results for all children. Disadvantaged students were written off as unteachable and shuffled through the system without receiving a quality education. I hope that in writing a new bill, there will be no loopholes for chronically underachieving schools to evade identification as a school in need of improvement or as a school in need of restructuring." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. HR 1804. 104th Congress. Goals 2000: Educate America Act. John Boehner voted Nay on 03/23/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. John Boehner voted Yea on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. Boehner Criticizes Latest Attempt by Education Reform Opponents to Undermine Popular Principles of No Child Left Behind. 23 August 2005. "Under NCLB, states report annually on student achievement, including the achievement of subgroups of students such as minorities and students with disabilities who may previously have been allowed to fall between the cracks. Data flowing in from across America is showing promising signs of increased student achievement and a narrowing of the achievement gap between disadvantaged students and their peers [¦] 'No Child Left Behind is grounded in solid principles - principles strongly supported by the American public [¦] What the public supports is clear: a quality education for every child in America. That's what NCLB is working to deliver." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. Washington D.C. Parents Pleased With School Choice; Ohio's Students Deserve Nothing Less. 17 May 2007. "The original version of the No Child Left Behind legislation, introduced by Boehner and other House Republicans in March 2001 as H.R. 1, featured a 'charter states' proposal that would have given states greater flexibility in exchange for a commitment to raising student achievement. The proposal would also have allowed low-income parents with children in chronically underachieving public schools to send their children to private or religious schools." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. Federal Government Should Allow More Competition for Head Start Grants, Witnesses Tell House Education Committee. 5 April 2005. "High quality early childhood education is essential to closing the achievement gap [¦] Congress has responded by enacting two major overhauls of education law - the No Child Left Behind Act, and the special education bill signed by the President last December. Today our Committee embarks on another phase of this process: strengthening the Head Start early childhood program. [¦] The GAO report recommends that the federal government take steps to allow the 'recompetition' of grants awarded to Head Start grantees [¦] Removing obstacles to competition for Head Start grants must be a top priority for Congress in reauthorizing Head Start." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. Providing for Consideration of H.R. 366, Vocational and Technical Education for the Future Act. 4 May 2005. "Like other important education reform efforts, including No Child Left Behind and the Individuals With Disabilities and Education Act, the bill ensures equitable treatment for private school students. We ensure students and families are not denied access to programs because they choose to attend a private school. Above all else, the bill recognizes the importance of maintaining local control. We are continuing to move away from the so-called "School to Work" model of the past, and we are maintaining our commitment to ensuring States and local communities have the final say when it comes to educational choices for their students." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. Issue Position: Education Reform. "The No Child Left Behind Act is a blueprint for fundamental education reform, and it represents a huge step in the right direction for Americans who believe big government is not the solution to problems with our education system. We have already seen that more bureaucracy is not the answer [¦] No Child Left Behind gives control and flexibility to local and state governments over how they use federal education funds, instead of relying on Washington bureaucrats to make decisions about our childrens' education. This is the first step toward closing the achievement gap between disadvantaged students and their peers [¦] School choice programs give parents and their children options in education, which should be a common goal for all of us. The issue is not where students go to school, but rather how they are educated. With this in mind, I've long supported opportunity scholarships, which allow students transfer from underperforming schools to higher achieving schools where they can take advantage of the best our education system has to offer. We should be encouraging school choice and encouraging schools to provide students with opportunities to improve their education rather than forcing students to accept sub-standard options." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

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  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
  • John Boehner. Letter to President Obama. 28 February 2012. "Over the last three years, your administration has blocked, slowed, and discouraged the production of critical American energy sources. From an offshore drilling moratorium to a de-facto one put in place through the permitting and leasing process, American energy and the jobs it creates have too often been shelved. You have rightly noted that oil production alone cannot solve our energy challenges. That's why we've also been disturbed by regulations proposed by your administration, such as the Utility-MACT rule, that would increase costs and limit the supply of other domestic sources of energy. These rules, the most expensive in EPA history, stand to cost 180,000 American jobs per year and would force the premature retirement of 12 percent of America's coal-fired energy generation. These actions are bad for energy prices and bad for jobs. As your own Council on Jobs and Competitiveness recently reported, 'as a nation, we need to take advantage of all our natural resources to spur economic growth, create jobs and reduce the country's dependence on foreign oil.'" (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. Another "No-Energy Energy" Bill Forced Through Congress That Still Won't Let Us Drill Here Now. 19 September 2008. "Oil drilling bill is short of a full tank. The good news is the Democrats have reconsidered their opposition to some offshore oil drilling, getting a related bill passed. The bad news is it won't make much difference in increasing domestic oil production. Too bad the bill has so many other stipulations on it that even if it became law it seems like it would do little good. Until a bill that is actually helpful in cutting the price of a gallon of gas gets support in Washington, the only thing that Congress will lower is the estimation it has in the eyes of the public." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. Boehner Praises Interior Department for Taking Initial Steps to Allow New Energy Drilling off U.S. Coasts. 13 November 2008. "During the House Republican energy protest last August, the President-elect showed leadership by breaking with other Democratic leaders and signaling his willingness to end the ban on offshore drilling if it were necessary for enactment of a responsible, comprehensive energy reform strategy. Republicans stand ready to work with him to enact such a strategy, and my hope is that he'll continue to stand with the American people by resisting the appeals of those urging him to reinstate the ban when he takes office." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. Dems Continue Job-Killing Agenda With New Tax on American Energy. 30 July 2010. "John Boehner (R-West Chester) issued the following statement after House Democrats passed legislation (H.R. 3534) [¦] 'This legislation will have devastating consequences for the American people because it establishes a new tax on American energy, imposes a job-killing de facto moratorium on offshore drilling, and includes $30 billion in unrelated spending' [¦] House Republicans identified several provisions in the legislation that would have a devastating impact on American energy consumers, including the following:[¦] -A Job-Killing De Facto Moratorium on Deepwater American Energy: This bill would impose a de facto moratorium on offshore oil and gas production [¦] -Jobs and Revenue Destroying Unlimited Liability Caps: This bill includes unlimited liability caps for offshore energy producers. This would effectively eliminate smaller and independent producers from operating if they cannot obtain insurance policies to cover their operations." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States. 3 February 2009. "Our country needs to remain on the path to American energy independence, and we believe this is a critical and achievable goal. Energy exploration means more jobs and stronger national security, nothing less is at stake. We respectfully urge that you allow the five-year offshore drilling plan to continue because it is vital to our economy. Moreover, energy exploration can be achieved responsibly with the needs of our environment in mind." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. What They're Saying About President Obama's Decision To Lock Up The Vast Majority Of America's Offshore Energy Resources. 5 April 2010. "President Obama announced last week 'the expansion of offshore oil and gas exploration' -- but upon closer inspection, the President's decision actually locks up the vast majority of America's offshore energy resources, placing them off limits. As the Natural Resources Committee Republican staff pointed out in a release last week, 'President Obama did not open new lands to offshore drilling -- all of these areas were already open for drilling once Congress and President Bush lifted the moratorium in 2008. Instead, President Obama yesterday announced what areas he would CLOSE to offshore drilling.'" (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. John Boehner voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. John Boehner voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "John Boehner supported the interests of Environment America 13 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. John Boehner voted NA on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. Congressman Boehner: Jobs Bill Eliminates Delays That Stifle American Energy Production. 22 June 2011. "If the CBO's dire budget outlook tells us anything, it's that we need to do all we can to spur long-term economic growth. By eliminating permit delays that have stifled offshore energy exploration, this bill will expand American energy production to help lower energy prices and create tens of thousands of new jobs. Today's action by the House builds on previous legislation designed to stop the EPA from imposing a job-crushing national energy tax and end the Obama Administration's de facto moratorium on offshore energy." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Support opening a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Support" for: "Opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration."
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Eliminate government regulations of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "m) Support the Kyoto Protocol to limit global warming."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Support the U.S. re-entering the current Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Promote the selling of pollution credits to encourage industries to decrease amount of pollution." Indicate which principles or programs you support regarding America's environment and natural resources. Other or expanded principles: "Reform Superfund to encourage cleanup rather than litigation. "
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Ohio 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 Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Pass stronger clean water and clean air legislation."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Ohio 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 Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Ohio 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 Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Impose stricter national air quality standards."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Consider further increasing federal taxes on gasoline and diesel fuels."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Ohio 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 Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Ohio 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 Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Ohio 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 Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Ohio 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 Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Adhere to the United Nations treaty regarding global climate change."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Ohio 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 Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Ohio 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 Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Encourage further market based strategies to clean up the environment such as pollution credits."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Eliminate government regulations to encourage investment and economic expansion of the private sector."
  • John Boehner. Long, Hot Summer: Americans Express Growing Opposition To Job-Killing Plans On Energy & Health Care. 5 August 2009. "It turns out that Americans are not outraged only about Democrats' plans to put Washington bureaucrats in charge of their health care; they're still stinging from Democrats' vote earlier this summer for Speaker Pelosi's national energy tax - legislation no one had the chance to read - which will increase energy costs, raise food prices, and ship American jobs overseas to China and India. According to The Capital in Annapolis, Rep. Frank Kratovil (D-MD) got an earful from his constituents - particularly rural farmers - about his vote in support of the massive tax: 'Some Eastern Shore farmers are unhappy with Rep. Frank Kratovil for voting for a bill that would regulate greenhouse gas emissions through a cap-and-trade system.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "John Boehner supported the interests of Environment America 13 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). John Boehner voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "John Boehner supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. We Could Cut $100 Billion From The Budget Without Even Blinking An Eye. 26 January 2010. "All of our members voted against the wasteful stimulus plan, a trillion dollar plan that hasn't created jobs. All of us voted against their budget, which was nothing more than the largest deficits that you could even imagine, trillion dollars on average as far as the eye can see. We voted against 'cap and trade,' we voted against health care, and in each instance we offered what we thought was a better solution." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. Speaker Pelosi's New National Energy Tax Will Hurt Farmers, Low-Income Families. 10 June 2009. "A recent analysis by The Heritage Foundation's Center for Data Analysis shows that the new national energy tax House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) wants to pass could result in farm income dropping dramatically because of higher operating costs [¦] The Heritage Foundation's CDA estimates that the price of constructing farm buildings will go up by 4.5 percent in 2024 and by over 10 percent in 2034 (from the baseline) solely because of the upward pressure cap and trade puts on energy prices." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. Emission Caps Bad for China But OK For U.S. Businesses & Farmers?. 12 June 2009. "It's not just companies that will suffer - the punitive impact this 'cap and trade' scheme will have on rural Americans and family farmers is incomprehensible. Yet U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack was unable to provide basic information to the House Agriculture Committee during its first public hearing on the legislation." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. Democrats Skip Budget, Continue Pushing Job-Killing Agenda. 15 April 2010. "Democrats may think that by skipping the budget process this year, they can avoid the tough choices that come with governing - but Washington Democrats can't hide from the our nation's problems, especially when their job-killing agenda, including the government takeover of health care and the 'cap and trade' national energy tax, is making things worse." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. Boehner Challenges Administration's Decision to Ignore OMB Warning on Economic Consequences of Regulating CO2. 12 May 2009. "Today, Dow Jones reported that an internal OMB memo stated, 'U.S. regulation of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide is likely to have 'serious economic consequences' for businesses small and large across the economy.' The news report also states that 'The nine-page document also undermines the EPA's reasoning for a proposed finding that greenhouse gases are a danger to public health and welfare, a trigger for new rules.'" (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. American Clean Energy And Security Act Of 2009. 26 June 2009. "It is the policy of the United States to work proactively under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and in other appropriate fora, to establish binding agreements, including sectoral agreements, committing all major greenhouse gas-emitting nations to contribute equitably to the reduction of global greenhouse emissions. The bottom line of all of this is all pain for United States citizens and no gain." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. Halting EPA Emissions Regulations. 24 March 2011. "Congress is considering measures that would delay or stop the EPA from regulating greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act. In this interview, Mother Jones reporter Kate Sheppard explains the bills in the House and Senate and looks at their prospects for passage. The House bill would amend the Clean Air Act to specify that greenhouse gas emissions aren't covered, basically nullifying the EPA's 2009 finding that GHG emissions are a danger to human health. The House effort is led by Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Ed Whitfield (R-KY), the Energy and Power Subcommittee chairman, and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH)." (www.energynow.com)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Ohio 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 Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Don't Know" for: "A ban on the sale and possession of assault-style semiautomatic weapons." Which of the following anti-crime measures do you support or oppose? Other or expanded principles: "A quick check system, similar to what is used for credit cards should be established for people purchasing handguns in US, such as the..."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Ease procedures on the purchase and registration of firearms."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Ohio 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 Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal all bans and measures that restrict law-abiding citizens from owning legally-obtained firearms."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Increase restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain all federal registration procedures and restrictions on possessing firearms."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Increase federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Impose a national ban on the sale of handguns to minors."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Ohio 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 Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms by law-abiding citizens."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require a license for gun possession."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Ohio 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 Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Ohio 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 Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Ohio 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 Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Ohio 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 Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Ohio 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 Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Ohio 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 Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Impose a national ban on the public sale of assault weapons."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Strongly Oppose" for: "A mandatory waiting period before the purchase of a handgun." Which of the following anti-crime measures do you support or oppose? Other or expanded principles: "A quick check system, similar to what is used for credit cards should be established for people purchasing handguns in US, such as the..."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • John Boehner. HR 125. 104th Congress. Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995. John Boehner voted Yea on 03/22/1996. (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. HR 4296. 104th Congress. Regulation of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons. John Boehner voted Nay on 05/05/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. H Amdt 390. 103th Congress. Instant Background Checks for Gun Purchase Amendment. John Boehner voted Yea on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "John Boehner supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 5 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave John Boehner a grade of 82." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. John Boehner voted Yea on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. HR 1025. 103th Congress. Brady Handgun Bill. John Boehner voted Nay on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. John Boehner voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed John Boehner in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed John Boehner in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. John Boehner voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. John Boehner voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. Boehner: 2nd Amendment Ruling Highlights Importance of Kagan's Supreme Court Nomination. 28 June 2010. "John Boehner (R-West Chester) issued the following statement today following the Supreme Court's ruling that every American has Second Amendments rights under the Constitution: 'The Supreme Court's decision today that every American has Second Amendment rights is a triumph for common sense, our Constitution, and the proper role of the Supreme Court in our Republic. It should remind us that the job of the Supreme Court is enforcing and protecting our rights and the clear meaning of our Constitution.'" (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. Boehner, House GOP Leaders Launch American Values Agenda. 27 June 2006. "House Republican leaders today unveiled the American Values Agenda [¦] 'The American Values Agenda is a collection of legislative initiatives that speak to the values many American citizens hold dear. Freedom to display the American flag, freedom of religious expression, the right to keep and bear arms, respect for the sanctity of marriage, and the dignity of all human life. These are values that have defined the American character, protected our families, and shaped our society.'" (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. Boehner Signs Discharge Petition to Force Vote on Bipartisan Bill to Enforce Supreme Court Decision on Unconstitutional D.C. Gun Ban. 24 July 2008. "John Boehner (R-West Chester) today signed a discharge petition to force a vote on legislation to enforce the recent Supreme Court ruling declaring the District of Columbia's gun ban unconstitutional [¦] 'I am hopeful that we can reach the necessary 218 Member signatures in short order so Congress can enforce the Supreme Court decision guaranteeing Second Amendment rights for law-abiding residents of the nation's capital. The District of Columbia undermined those rights for more than three decades, but the Supreme Court correctly restored them and reinforced D.C. residents' solemn right to keep and bear arms.'" (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Elimination of private insurance in favor of a program administered and paid for by the federal government and run by the states, similar to the health care system in Canada."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Do you consider the fact that many Americans do not have health insurance to be a problem, and if so, please note which of the following proposals you favor? No reform necessary at this time."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Implementation of a "play or pay" program where employers must enroll their employees and families in a basic health plan or contribute to a public fund that will provide health care for everyone without coverage."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Support President Clinton's position for a "comprehensive health care plan for all Americans.""
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • John Boehner. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. John Boehner voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "John Boehner supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. Democrats Skip Budget, Continue Pushing Job-Killing Agenda. 15 April 2010. "Democrats may think that by skipping the budget process this year, they can avoid the tough choices that come with governing - but Washington Democrats can't hide from the our nation's problems, especially when their job-killing agenda, including the government takeover of health care and the 'cap and trade' national energy tax, is making things worse." (votesmart.org)
  • John. Boehner. Letter To The Honorable Richard Cordray, Attorney General Of The State Of Ohio. 24 March 2010. "With the stroke of a pen, President Obama enacted a trillion-dollar healthcare bill that will ultimately result in higher costs, lost jobs and fewer freedoms. I urge our Attorney General to stand up on behalf of Ohio's middle-class families and small businesses who will be hurt by this government takeover of our health care system." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. We Could Cut $100 Billion From The Budget Without Even Blinking An Eye. 26 January 2010. "We voted against 'cap and trade,' we voted against health care, and in each instance we offered what we thought was a better solution. You can go to healthcare.gop.gov, and see our health care proposals, eight or nine ideas, that take a common sense, step by step approach to fixing the current system to make it work better for more people. So we've had better solutions I think all year." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. ObamaCare Causing Health Care Costs to Rise in Ohio. 12 October 2010. "Washington Democrats and their special interest allies have been 'abandoning claims' that ObamaCare will lower costs [¦] House Republicans offered a common-sense alternative, the only health care reform plan that the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office said would actually lower health care premiums by up to 10 percent and reduce the deficit by $68 billion over 10 years without imposing tax increases on families and small businesses. But instead of working with Republicans, Washington Democrats jammed their massive government takeover of health care through Congress, thumbing their noses at the American people who were -- and remain -- vehemently opposed to ObamaCare and its costly mandates, tax hikes and Medicare cuts." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. Boehner Marks Six Months of ObamaCare's Broken Promises. 22 September 2010. "For the American people, ObamaCare represents everything that's gone wrong with our government -- all the uncertainty, overreaching, and broken promises. ObamaCare's endless stream of mandates already has family-owned small businesses tied up in knots, making it harder to create jobs and invest in our economy. Premium hikes are increasing the strain on patients and families trying to keep up with the rising cost of coverage. These are reminders of how quickly ObamaCare has become yet another Washington program that overspends and underdelivers." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. As More Americans Identify as Pro-Life, ObamaCare Provides Taxpayer Funding for Abortion. 2 June 2010. "House Republicans stood up for life during the health care debate, and continue to stand with the American people, to repeal and replace ObamaCare with commonsense solutions focused on lowering health care costs and protecting life. The Republican health care solution would codify the Hyde Amendment and prohibit all authorized and appropriated federal funds from being used to pay for abortion. And under the Republican plan, any health plan that includes abortion coverage may not receive federal funds." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. Repeal of Obamacare Act. 11 July 2012. "At the beginning of this Congress, the House voted to repeal this health care law. It was our pledge to America, and we kept it. Unfortunately, our colleagues in the Senate refused to follow suit, and since then, we've made some bipartisan progress on repealing parts of this harmful health care law, including the 1099 paperwork mandate. But this law continues to make our economy worse, and there's even more resolve to see that it is fully repealed. Now, I think this is an opportunity to save our economy. And for those who still support repealing this harmful health care law, we're giving our colleagues in the Senate another chance to heed the will of the American people. And for those who did not support repeal the last time, it's a chance for our colleagues to reconsider. For all of us, it's an opportunity to do the right thing for our country." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. Boehner Column: House Republicans More Resolved Than Ever to Repeal ObamaCare. 28 June 2012. "What Americans want is a common-sense, step-by-step approach to health care reform that will protect Americans' access to the care they need, from the doctor they choose, at a lower cost. House Republicans want families to be able to make their own choices in health care, visit the doctor of their choosing, and receive the health care they and their doctor feel is best." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive US citizenship."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Allow legalization for certain illegal immigrants working in the U.S."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Ohio 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 Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive U.S. citizenship." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration. Other or expanded principles: "Greater emphasis on skills in immigration policy."
  • John Boehner. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. John Boehner voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "John Boehner supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "John Boehner supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. John Boehner voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. Weekly Column (Responding to the Border Security Emergency). 22 September 2006. "Opponents of stronger border security measures have promised to throw up roadblocks in the U.S. Senate. The critics complain the bills aren't 'comprehensive.' In reality, these bills contain common sense solutions for many of our most pressing border security problems. And besides, 'comprehensive' has become little more than a code word in the current border security debate for 'amnesty.' I've long been opposed to amnesty for illegal immigrants. And if there's one thing Congress learned during the August field hearings on immigration and border security reform, it's that Americans are against amnesty too." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. Statement by House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) on CBO Report Putting Cost of Reid-Kennedy Immigration Bill at $127 Billion. 22 August 2006. "Our hearings have also revealed that Reid-Kennedy would repeat some of the mistakes made by the 1986 law that gave amnesty to illegal immigrants and significantly increased illegal immigration while masquerading as a border security measure. With the release of the new CBO report, we now know these repeated mistakes would also come with a staggering price tag for American taxpayers who are already struggling with the rising cost of living. Congress must send a bill to the President's desk as soon as possible that will strengthen the security of our borders and step up enforcement of our immigration laws. This is what House Republicans have passed. And this is what the American people want and demand from their elected leaders." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. Principles Guide Fight for Stronger Border Security, Tougher Enforcement. 23 June 2006. "While I believe border security is first and foremost a responsibility of the federal government, it is clear that any serious reform effort must empower local law enforcement to detain those who violate our illegal immigration laws. The Reid-Kennedy bill, however, would only allow local law enforcement to arrest illegal immigrants for criminal violations of immigration law -- not civil violations. Remember, the September 11th hijackers had only committed civil immigration violations." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. Boehner Statement on Failure of Senate Immigration Bill. 28 June 2007. "The American people want their Congress to strengthen our border security and stop the flow of illegal immigration across our borders [¦] The early track record of the Democrat-controlled House in this area has not been good; for instance, House Democrats recently voted to cut funding for the border fence and impede its construction. But House Republicans stand ready to work with our Democratic counterparts to pass legislation that will strengthen our border and enforce our laws. House Republicans are committed to finding solutions to the problem of illegal immigration, but it has to start with strong border security." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. Boehner Highlights Border Security Hearings Scheduled for August. 27 July 2006. "During August we will continue to examine problems in the Reid-Kennedy bill with 21 hearings by nine committees in 13 states. Committees will be gaining further insight into the troubling provisions within the Reid-Kennedy bill relating to issues such as border fencing, amnesty, and local law enforcement. It's important that the American people understand what is in the Reid-Kennedy bill [¦] House Republicans are working to enact a strong bill that does what the American people expect, which is strengthen our borders and enforce our immigration laws. We believe these hearings will help to get a stronger bill to President Bush for his signature." (votesmart.org)
  • Russell Berman. The Hill: Boehner takes careful aim at Obama's deportation policy. 19 June 2012. "I think the president's announcement on immigration has put everyone in a difficult position," Boehner told reporters after a closed-door GOP conference meeting. "I think we all have concerns for those who are caught in this trap, who through no fault of their own are here. But the president's actions make it much more difficult for us to work in a bipartisan way to get to a permanent solution." [¦] "The point is we've got to do a comprehensive immigration reform plan that makes sure it secures our borders, enforces our laws, and fixes the problem of the 12 million illegals that are here in our country." (thehill.com)
  • John Boehner. Boehner: Administration "Asleep at the Wheel" on Violence Along America's Border. 6 July 2010. "The violence on America's border is out of control, and the federal government isn't doing its job. The people of Arizona have a right to enforce their own laws, especially if the federal government is failing to live up to its responsibilities. The federal government shouldn't be suing Arizona -- it should be helping Arizona, and other states, to stop the crime and lawlessness along the border. States have a right and a responsibility to ensure order and the safety of their citizens -- especially when the federal government is asleep at the wheel. Arizona has been waiting for the Obama Administration to secure the border and enforce our federal immigration laws, and they are still waiting. America is a nation of immigrants. Throughout our history, we have grown and prospered because of the contributions of people from around the world who make their lives here. We whole-heartedly support and encourage legal immigration to America and welcome the hard work and dedication that immigrants bring to our country. However, the success of the American dream is also rooted in a respect for the rule of law and a nation that cannot control its borders cannot endure." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. Ask Boehner: Illegal Immigrants Not Eligible For Tax Rebate Checks. 1 February 2008. "I continue to be a strong proponent of enforcing our immigration laws and securing our borders. In a joint-statement I issued with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, we said that will take legislative action to clarify and underscore the language in the growth package that prevents illegal immigrants from receiving any benefits. In fact, the stimulus bill that passed in the House with overwhelming bipartisan support includes language similar to the provisions included in the 2001 and 2003 tax relief bills regarding the prohibition of benefits to those here illegally." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "k) Should marriage be restricted to a union only between a man and a woman?"
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "i) Do you support a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between a man and woman?"
  • John Boehner. Statement By Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) Regarding the Defense of Marriage Act. 4 March 2006. "Boehner (R-West Chester) today issued the following statement regarding the status of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA): 'I will convene a meeting of the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group for the purpose of initiating action by the House to defend this law of the United States, which was enacted by a bipartisan vote in Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton. It is regrettable that the Obama Administration has opened this divisive issue at a time when Americans want their leaders to focus on jobs and the challenges facing our economy. The constitutionality of this law should be determined by the courts -- not by the president unilaterally.'" (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. John Boehner voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). John Boehner voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. John Boehner voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "John Boehner supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 18 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "John Boehner supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "John Boehner supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "John Boehner supported the interests of the American Family Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "John Boehner supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 71 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Michael O'Brien. The Hill. Boehner: House likely to defend anti-gay marriage law. 28 February 2011. "Boehner, the leader of the Republican-held House, said he and and his members are considering a number of options to defend DOMA after President Obama ordered the Justice Department to stop defending the 1990s law in court. 'I'd be very surprised if the House didn't decide that they were going to defend the law,' Boehner said [¦] 'It's happened before where administrations have decided they weren't going to go out and vigorously defend a law that Congress passed, but I really am disappointed in the president in his actions. But if the president won't lead, if the president won't defend DOMA, then you'll see the House of Representatives defend our actions in passing a bill that frankly passed overwhelmingly.'" (thehill.com)
  • John Boehner. Marriage Protection Amendment. 18 July 2006. "I rise today in strong support of the Marriage Protection Amendment offered by the gentlewoman from Colorado (Mrs. Musgrave) [¦] The American people should decide this issue, not out-of-touch judges who are bent on redefining what marriage is for America's moms and dads. Poll after poll shows that the American people don't want marriage to be redefined by judges today and for our children tomorrow. And protecting the institution of marriage safeguards, I believe, the American family [¦] I urge my colleagues to send a strong message to America's moms and dads rather than allowing judges to redefine marriage." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. ENDA Bill Will Be Boon to Trial Lawyers, Weaken State and Federal Marriage Laws. 7 November 2007. "John Boehner (R-West Chester) today issued the following statement opposing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA): 'There is no doubt that this legislation will lead to endless, excessive litigation [¦] This legislation also drastically weakens religious freedom in the workplace and puts activist judges in the position of imposing same-sex marriage and civil union laws on states. Simply by using ENDA as the basis of their decisions - just as state Supreme Courts have done with state-level ENDA laws in the past - liberal judges will be empowered under this legislation to single-handedly undermine state and federal marriage laws across the country.'" (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. Boehner, House GOP Leaders Launch American Values Agenda. 27 June 2006. "House Republican leaders today unveiled the American Values Agenda [¦] 'The American Values Agenda is a collection of legislative initiatives that speak to the values many American citizens hold dear. Freedom to display the American flag, freedom of religious expression, the right to keep and bear arms, respect for the sanctity of marriage, and the dignity of all human life. These are values that have defined the American character, protected our families, and shaped our society.'" (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. Boehner Statement on the Marriage Protection Amendment. 18 July 2006. "John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement after the House vote on H.J.Res. 88, the Marriage Protection Amendment, authored by Rep. Marilyn Musgrave (R-CO) [¦] 'Rep. Musgrave deserves great credit for her hard work to protect American families and her leadership on this measure [¦] We will continue to listen to ideas and input from all those who believe, as I do, that legislative action should be taken to protect the sacred institution of marriage from those who would use the court system to redefine it.'" (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. Boehner Answers Community's Questions. 30 April 2004. "The traditional family is a fundamental tenet of western civilization, and protecting the sanctity of marriage is a benefit to all of society [¦] A constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman seems to be the best way - and likely the only way - to affirm our core values while preventing states from being forced to accept legislative whims of other states and court rulings that will forever be called into question." (votesmart.org)
  • Grace Wyler. Business Insider. Boehner Is Okay With More Federal Spending If It Helps Fight Gay Marriage. 7 October 2011. "In a speech at the conservative Values Voters Summit in Washington today, Boehner defended a Republican-sanctioned $1 million spending increase to defend DOMA, and threatened to take money away from the Department of Justice to offset the cost. 'We're going to continue to press to make this the law of the land,' Boehner promised. 'If the Justice department isn't going to defend this act passed by Congress, then we will.' The spending increase, which went into effect last week, raises the salary cap for Paul Clement, the former Bush solicitor general House Republicans hired in April to defend the 1996 law, which defines marriage as between a man and woman." (articles.businessinsider.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • John Boehner. Weekly Column (Terrorist Surveillance: A Necessary Tool for Preventing Terror Attacks). 29 September 2006. "If a known member of al Qaeda from abroad is calling an associate in the United States, we have a duty to assume the worst. Imagine if we had been able to intercept calls coming in to Ramzi Bin al-Shibh, a terrorist who served as an intermediary between the September 11th hijackers in the U.S. and al Qaeda leadership in Afghanistan and Pakistan. In deciding whether to listen to a known terrorist's phone call or not, we can't be held hostage by red tape. If an attack is imminent, we must act and do what's necessary to protect the American people. The Electronic Surveillance Modernization Act allows us to do so, and I'm proud I supported it." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. In Their Own Words: A Revolutionary Time. 4 March 2005. "Mr. Jumblatt was known as a supporter of Syria's occupation of Lebanon [¦] But in his interview with Ignatius, he struck a different chord altogether: 'It's strange for me to say this, but this process of change has started because of the American invasion of Iraq. I was cynical about Iraq. But when I saw the Iraqi people voting three weeks ago, eight million of them, it was the start of a new Arab world. The Syrian people, the Egyptian people, all say that something is changing. 'Our causes are one in the same; their success is our success, and their victory is another for us in the War on Terror. It might be too early to tell what the future holds for the people of Lebanon, Iraq, or even Ukraine. But one thing is for certain: this is a revolutionary time, and America is on the side of the revolutionaries." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. House Republicans Introduce Bills to Affirm Support for President's Strategy in Afghanistan, Pakistan. 20 May 2009. "Obama has outlined a responsible strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and he deserves support from Democrats and Republicans in Congress as our troops, intelligence professionals, diplomatic officials, and allies work to ensure security in the region. Today, House Republicans are introducing legislation reflecting and authorizing the Commander-in-Chief's plan. Importantly, this legislation does not include arbitrary congressionally-mandated benchmarks that tie the hands of our generals and diplomatic officials on the ground as they work to stabilize a part of the world that is vital to our national security." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. Congressman John Boehner on the Death of Osama bin Laden. 2 May 2011. "The death of Osama bin Laden is an important moment in the war against radical extremism and terrorism - an important event for peoples all around the world who have been subject to the terror of al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden [¦] Our fight for freedom and liberty around the globe continues. We face a complex and dangerous terrorist threat even today. It is important that we remain vigilant in our efforts to defeat our terrorist enemies and protect the American people. This makes our engagement in places like Pakistan and Afghanistan more important, not less." (votesmart.org)
  • John Boehner. Condemning the Recent Attacks Against the State of Israel. 19 July 2006. "It is incumbent upon Lebanon, Syria, and Iran to rein in Hezbollah and Hamas. We know Iran and Syria are helping Hamas and Hezbollah. That is why this resolution reaffirms our support for President Bush as he seeks to use the most effective range of political, diplomatic, and economic sanctions available. We are clear in our purpose and our resolve. We are committed to peace, democracy, freedom, and prosperity. We will work with those who want these values, and we will use all means at our disposal to stop those who seek to destroy them. I urge my colleagues to join me in sending a strong message of support to Israel." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

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  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security. Other or expanded principles: "Preserve and protect Social Security through the work of a bipartisan reform commission."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • John Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked 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 Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked 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 Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Ohio 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 Boehner. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "John Boehner supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 0 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Matt Barker. Principled Progressive. John Boehner: Social Security and Medicare Cuts Are "On the Table." 15 February 2011. "A clear divide is emerging among Republicans about how aggressively to tackle Social Security and Medicare. Speaker John Boehner dodged a question Tuesday morning when directly asked whether the party's spending plan will include reforms to these entitlement programs. He said that the GOP will 'not punt, everything's on the table.' The Ohio Republican added that the party will 'put forward a budget that deals with the big challenges that face our country.' When pressed, Boehner said he would 'let Paul Ryan and the Budget Committee do their work. I have no doubt that all of these issues will be on the table.' But on the Laura Ingraham show Monday, Boehner said that the budget will 'deal with the entitlement crisis that we're facing.'" (sunstateactivist.org)
  • John Boehner. Video: John Boehner At GOP Pledge For America Unveiling Privatizing Social Security Is Still On The Table. 23 September 2010. "AUDIENCE MEMBER: "What are we to think of ideas that are not included in here, for example private accounts for social security. Since it's not in here is that to say that it's off the table?' BOEHNER: 'No, if you'll look at, uh, at the pledge it's not intended to be a party platform. It's not intended to cover everything under the sun. It's about listening to the American people, and as we listen to the American people these are the things they told us.'" (youtu.be)
  • Christina Bellantoni. Talking Points Memo. Boehner: 'No Idea' If GOP Will Resurrect Social Security Privatization In 2010. 6 July 2010. "When the Washington Post's Dan Balz asked Boehner (R-OH) if the failed 2005 Social Security privatization plan would resurface this year, the Republican leader twice answered, 'I have no idea.' Later, he called back to clarify, saying that what he meant to say was that, until Republicans complete their process of soliciting ideas from the American people, there will be no answer to that question. 'We're not going to prejudge what's going to come out of this listening project' [¦] Boehner told TPM in February: 'Paul Ryan, who's the ranking member on our budget committee, has done an awful lot of work in putting together his road map [¦] But it's his. And I know the Democrats are trying to say that it's the Republican leadership. But they know that's not the case.'" (tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com)

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Congressional Election 2006 National Political Awareness Test

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

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion.
a) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legal.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
Xe) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
Xf) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
g) Other or expanded principles
Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once.
Budget Priorities
Maintain Statusa) Agriculture
Slightly Decreaseb) Arts
Slightly Increasec) Defense
Slightly Increased) Education
Maintain Statuse) Environment
Slightly Increasef) Homeland security
Slightly Decreaseg) International aid
Slightly Increaseh) Law enforcement
Slightly Increasei) Medical research
Maintain Statusj) National parks
Maintain Statusk) Public health services
Slightly Increasel) Scientific research
Maintain Statusm) Space exploration programs
Slightly Decreasen) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Slightly Decreaseo) Welfare
Slightly Increasep) Emergency preparedness
q) Other or expanded categories
Defense Spending
Slightly Increasea) Armed forces personnel training
Slightly Increaseb) Intelligence operations
Slightly Increasec) Military hardware
Slightly Increased) Modernization of weaponry and equipment
Slightly Increasee) National missile defense
Slightly Increasef) Pay for active duty personnel
Slightly Increaseg) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Slightly Increaseh) Research and development of new weapons
Slightly Increasei) Troop and equipment readiness
j) Other or expanded categories
Using the key above, indicate what federal tax levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category.
Taxes
Income Taxes:
Family Income
a) Less than $25,000
b) $25,000-$75,000
c) $75,000-$150,000
d) Over $150,000
e) Other or expanded categories

I favor a flat tax.

Retiree Income
f) Over $40,000
g) Other or expanded categories
Other Taxes:
a) Alcohol taxes
Eliminateb) Capital gains taxes
c) Cigarette taxes
d) Corporate taxes
e) Gasoline taxes
Eliminatef) Inheritance taxes
g) Other or expanded categories
Deductions/Credits:
Slightly Increasea) Charitable contributions
Slightly Increaseb) Child tax credit
c) Earned income tax credit
d) Medical expense deduction
e) Mortgage deduction
f) Student loan credit
g) Other or expanded categories
Yes4) Do you support the permanent repeal of the federal estate tax?
Yes5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?
6) Discuss your proposals for balancing the federal budget. (75 words or less. Please use an attached page if the space below is not adequate.)

I support keeping taxes low and holding the line on federal spending. Congress has a responsibility to spend taxpayer dollars wisely, and that includes cracking down on worthless pork barrel spending and reining in federal entitlement spending.

7) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
a) Support public taxpayer funding for federal candidates who comply with campaign spending limits.
b) Increase the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns.
c) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
d) Allow unregulated soft money campaign contributions to political parties or committees.
e) Remove all contribution limits on federal campaigns and parties.
f) Require Section 527 organizations to register with the Federal Election Commission as Political Action Committees.
Nog) Do you support instant run-off voting?
Noh) Should Election Day be a national holiday?
Yesi) Do you support a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between a man and woman?
j) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.
a) Support the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
b) Eliminate the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
c) Support programs to provide prison inmates with educational, 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) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, and disability be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
g) Impose stricter penalties for those convicted of corporate crimes.
h) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
i) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding drugs.
Xa) Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
b) Expand federally sponsored drug education and drug treatment programs.
c) Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
d) Allow doctors to recommend marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
Xe) Increase border security to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the United States.
f) Eliminate federal funding for programs associated with the "war on drugs."
g) Support a federal law to standardize testing and penalties for steroid use in professional sports.
h) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students.
Xb) Allow parents to use vouchers, (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any public school.
Xc) Allow parents to use vouchers, (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any private or religious school.
Xd) Allow teachers and professionals to receive authorization and funding to establish charter schools.
Xe) Reward teachers with merit pay for working in low-income schools.
f) Increase funding for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings, infrastructure, technology).
g) Support affirmative action in public college admissions.
Xh) Increase funding of programs such as Pell grants and Stafford loans to help students pay for college.
Xi) Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college.
j) Other or expanded principles
1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.
a) Increase funding for national job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
Xb) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xc) Provide tax credits or grants to businesses that offer child care services to employees.
Xd) Encourage employers to offer flex-time scheduling, comp-time, and unpaid leave for family emergencies.
e) Eliminate all federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
f) Increase the federal minimum wage.
g) Support the right of workers to strike without fear of being permanently replaced.
h) Include sexual orientation in federal anti-discrimination laws.
i) Other or expanded principles
2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding affirmative action.
a) The federal government should consider race and gender in government contracting decisions.
Xb) The federal government should discontinue affirmative action programs.
c) The federal government should continue affirmative action programs.
d) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
a) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Water Act.
b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act.
c) Support Clear Skies Act to reduce power plant emissions by setting a national cap on pollutants.
d) Require states to compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses of privately-owned land.
Xe) Relax logging restrictions on federal lands.
Xf) Relax standards on federal lands to allow increased recreational usage.
g) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil).
h) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
Xi) Support opening a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration.
Xj) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels to reduce pollution.
Xk) Support the use of ethanol as an alternative fuel.
l) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits.
m) Support the Kyoto Protocol to limit global warming.
n) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.
a) Reauthorize the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Xc) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Xe) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
f) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
g) Require a license for gun possession.
h) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health care.
a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government.
b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income.
Xc) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts.
d) Establish limits on the amount of punitive damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
e) Support expanding prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
Xf) Offer tax credits to individuals and small businesses to offset the cost of insurance coverage.
g) Support automatic enrollment of children in federal health care programs such as CHIP and Medicaid.
h) Support stem cell research on existing lines of stem cells.
i) Allow laboratories to create new lines of stem cells for additional research.
j) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration.
a) Decrease the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country.
Xb) Establish English as the official national language.
c) Support a temporary worker program that would enable illegal immigrants to work in the United States legally.
d) Relax restrictions barring legal immigrants from using government funded social programs (e.g. public housing, food stamps).
e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States.
f) Other or expanded principles
International Aid
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding United States economic assistance.
Xa) Aid should be granted to countries when extraordinary circumstances cause disaster and threaten civilian lives.
Xb) Aid should be granted to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States.
c) Aid should be eliminated for any nation with documented human rights abuses.
d) International Aid programs should be scaled back and eventually eliminated.
e) Other or expanded principles
International Policy
1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the Middle East.
Yesa) Should the United States continue to provide leadership in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process?
Nob) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
Noc) Should the United States withdraw its troops from Iraq?
Nod) Should the United States send more troops to Iraq?
e) Discuss your proposals for an exit strategy in Iraq. (75 words or less. Please use an attached page if the space below is not adequate.)

Any decision about troop levels and activity must be left to the president and the generals responsible for the situation on the ground.

f) Other or expanded principles
2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Central and East Asia.
Yesa) Should the United States use diplomatic and economic pressure to encourage North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program?
b) Should the United States use military force to dismantle the North Korean nuclear weapons program?
c) Should the United States remove the North Korean government from power?
Yesd) Should the United States increase financial support to Afghanistan?
Yese) Should the United States increase military support to Afghanistan?
f) Other or expanded principles
3) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the United Nations.
a) Should the United States maintain its financial support of the United Nations?
b) Should the United States decrease its financial support of the United Nations?
Noc) Should the United States commit troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions?
d) Other or expanded principles
No4) Should the United States lift the travel ban to Cuba?
5) Should the United States increase its financial support to Colombia to combat "the war on drugs?"
No6) Should aid to African nations for AIDS prevention programs fund distribution of contraceptives?
Yes7) Should aid to African nations for AIDS prevention programs fund abstinence education?
8) Other or expanded principles
International Trade
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international trade.
Yes1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
Yes2) Do you support the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA)?
Yes3) Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
Yes4) Do you support continued U.S. membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
Yes5) Should a nation's human rights record affect its normal trade relations (most favored nation) status with the United States?
Yes6) Do you support the trade embargo against Cuba?
No7) Should trade agreements include provisions to address environmental concerns and to protect workers' rights?
8) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding national security.
Yesa) Do you support using military tribunals to try suspected terrorists when ordinary civilian courts are deemed inappropriate or impractical?
b) Should the United States grant law enforcement agencies greater discretion to read mail and email, tap phones, and conduct random searches to prevent future terrorist attacks?
c) Should the United States hold foreign states accountable for terrorists who operate in their country?
d) Should the federal government increase funding to states and cities for homeland security?
e) Do you support the prohibition of torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment of prisoners in U.S. custody?
f) Do you support a policy of pre-emptive military strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to U.S. national security?
g) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security.
Xa) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves.
Xb) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government.
c) Invest a portion of Social Security assets collectively in stocks and bonds instead of United States Treasury securities.
d) Increase the payroll tax to better finance Social Security in its current form.
e) Lower the annual cost-of-living increases.
f) Raise the retirement age for individual eligibility to receive full Social Security benefits.
g) Other of expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding technology and communication.
a) Collect taxes on commercial Internet transactions.
Xb) Continue the moratorium on Internet taxation.
c) Implement government regulation of Internet content.
d) Support government mandates to curtail violent and sexual content on television.
Xe) Support strict penalties for Internet crimes (e.g. hacking, identity theft, worms/viruses).
f) Support legislation to detail how personal information can be collected and used on the Internet.
g) Regulating the Internet is not a responsibility of the federal government.
h) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare and poverty.
Xa) Require welfare recipients to spend at least 40 hours a week in a combination of work and training programs.
b) Increase funding for child care programs.
Xc) Continue to give states and local governments flexibility in and responsibility for welfare programs through federal block grants.
Xd) Direct federal poverty aid through religious, community-based, or other non-profit organizations.
e) Abolish all federal welfare programs.
f) Support housing assistance for welfare recipients.
g) Other or expanded principles
On an attached page, disk, or via email, please explain in a total of 75 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

My legislative priorities are simple: keeping America prosperous, ensuring access to affordable health care, strengthening national security and border security, and making sure Congress spends taxpayer dollars wisely.

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