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Marcy Kaptur's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (OH) - District 9, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 9
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Marcy Kaptur is currently being tested through the 2016 Political Courage Test.

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Issue Positions

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

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America (
  • Rated 0% by National Right to Life Committee (
  • "Economic hardship, lack of access to health insurance and to health care, and even the lack of medicines all play a part in the gruesome number of abortions and premature births in our country." (
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The Republican budget increases tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires while ending the Medicare guarantee for seniors, doubling their out-of-pocket costs for their insurance premium. And at the same time Republicans are doling out a trillion dollars of tax breaks over the next 10 years to the wealthiest people in our country, to multinational corporations and to those on Wall Street who pay as little as 11 percent of taxes." (
  • "So why at this point in our history would you want to allow those who have the most not to pay their fair share and take away $1,000 a year, on average, from middle class families who would spend those dollars in helping to propel economic growth?" (
  • "By far, the most expensive proposal in his speech was one he has made repeatedly: Making his already enacted cuts in personal income and other taxes permanent. That has a price tag estimated at $2 trillion, and an uncertain fate in Congress, considering projections for year after year of huge budget deficits." (
No Inferred Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cosponsored H.R.920 "Smarter Sentencing Act of 2015" (
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.1 "Appropriations, Tax Law Amendments, and Unemployment Benefit Amendments ("Stimulus Bill")" (
  • "The government will also have to make far more aggressive efforts to create jobs. The federal stimulus plan will preserve and generate a few million jobs, but that will barely make a dent--in the overall economic crisis or the foreclosure disaster." (
  • "Congresswoman Kaptur works each year to secure adequate funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, which helps small and medium-sized businesses compete globally." (
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Tonight, the American people's hopes are for this Congress to pass a bipartisan bill to meet our Nation's financial obligations to give some certainty to our financial markets and to keep our economy growing through new job creation. This is a great victory for the middle class whose taxes will not go up tomorrow." (
  • "It appears that the Republican Party is quite averse to having everybody in this country pay their fair share, so I just want to go on record as saying, at this point in our economic recovery, nothing could be more important than keeping that tax benefit in the hands and pockets of America's families." (
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

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Education is the cornerstone of America's future. By investing in high quality teachers, smaller class sizes and modern school buildings, we can make America the world leader in education." (
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted against H.R. 3 "Keystone XL Pipeline Act" (
  • "Toledo Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur says she supports building the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, even though [...] Kaptur skipped Wednesday's vote to approve the controversial 1,200-mile project between Canada and Texas and voted against prior approval measures that Republicans brought before Congress.[...] "But I'm a supporter of Keystone as well as North American energy independence." (
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The best way to strengthen the auto industry is to support the middle class and improve our economy by supporting American manufacturing, stopping outsourcing, investing in renewable energy, and renegotiating unfair trade agreements." (
  • "In the 111th Congress the House has acted on the following bills: HR 1, (Public Law No: 111-5) the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, more than $45 billion in funding for energy programs, mainly for energy efficiency and renewable energy, including more than $21 billion in energy tax incentives, primarily for energy efficiency and renewable energy and billions for state energy programs like weatherization and a local energy block grant program." (
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 2454 "Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade")" (
  • "The world's leading scientists are unequivocal: climate change is already happening on all continents and across the oceans and will get much worse if we do not act to cut our emissions of carbon and other greenhouse gas gases. That means that we need to scrutinize the energy infrastructure decisions that we make today for their impacts on climate change in the future." (
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating "Our nation has suffered at least 74 school shootings since the Sandy Hook massacre. The factors allowing these rampages are no mystery: loopholes in the background check laws, straw purchases, restrictions on law enforcement, and gaps in our mental health system." (
  • Rated 10% by Gun Owners of America (
  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence (
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted against H.R. 596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" (
  • Voted against H.R. 2 "Repealing the Health Care Bill" (
  • "Mr. Speaker, I rise again to oppose the Republicans' destructive attempts to repeal the health care reform law, the 31st such attempt in this Congress." (
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted against H.R. 5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014" (
  • Toledo Blade "U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D., Toledo) called the President's announcement 'a helpful step.' 'I would prefer that it had been part of comprehensive immigration reform, but that's not going to happen in this Congress,' she said. 'I think to penalize the youth for something they weren't really responsible for doesn't make sense.' While she supports the President's action, Miss Kaptur voted against the Dream Act in 2010. 'The problem is for me it's just a piece of a much larger set of issues relating to immigration,' she said. 'We're talking about people who have achieved academically, but we have a problem across this continent due to NAFTA where we have labor being trafficked both men and women. They're being exploited.'" (
  • "Illegal immigrants stream across our borders because they are treated like they have no value in their home countries. [?] Congress needs to examine the root causes of our immigration problem and the exploitation of workers across the Americas." (
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • The Toledo Blade "I respect the President's views and our society's growing acceptance of various forms of marriage relationships and legal commitments desired by couples of the opposite as well as same sex. No person, or set of persons, should be denied equal treatment under the laws of our country. Since marriage and family laws are determined by the states, I would anticipate that our society will continue to weigh the various legal aspects of this issue and public policy will continue to evolve on a state by state basis." (
  • Signed a letter stating "As federal legislators who represent families across this nation, we believe that-like DOMA-state marriage bans deny our citizens the equal protection that the Constitution guarantees." (
  • Rated 100% by Human Rights Campaign (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We must reduce the threat of nuclear weapons, working together with our friends in the international community." (
  • Signed a letter stating "Iran's record of clandestine activity and intransigence prevents any trust in Iran. [?] Any inspection and verification regime must allow for short notice access to suspect locations, and verifiable constraints on Iran's nuclear program must last for decades." (
  • "[?] it is time to devote ourselves to a negotiated peace, and work with allies, including surrounding Arab states that have a vested interest in the security and stability of the region, moving forward with both a peace plan and a coordinated assault against ISIL." (
No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The Bush Administration wants to privatize Social Security. The recent history of the stock market tells us this is a bad idea. For many of our seniors, Social Security represents insurance against poverty in old age. Ensuring this program for future generations is vital in providing this type of economic foundation." (
  • Signed a letter stating "Given the state of popular opinion and the impending retirement savings crisis facing this nation, we respectfully urge you to include proposals to expand Social Security benefits for millions of Americans to your policy brief at the upcoming Conference." (


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