Representative Marcy Kaptur's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Marcy Kaptur
Current Office: U.S. House - District 9, Democratic
First Elected: 11/02/1982
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 9
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary May 6, 2014
Gender: Female
Family: Single
Birth Date: 06/17/1946
Birth Place: Toledo, OH
Home City: Toledo, OH
Religion: Roman Catholic
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Issue Positions

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Marcy Kaptur. Affordable Health Care For America Act. 19 November 2009. "I rise in support of the Stupak [¦] Amendment [¦] It states that no Federal funds 'authorized under this Act may be used to pay for any abortion, or to cover any part of the costs of any health plan that includes coverage of abortion,' except in the cases of the life of the mother, rape or incest [¦] Importantly, for the first time, the base measure itself will help vast scores of women to obtain health coverage and, by so doing limit abortion by enhancing broad coverage options for women's and children's health." (votesmart.org)
  • John Fritze. USA Today. Anti-abortion Rep. Kaptur will vote for bill. 21 March 2010. "Marcy Kaptur, an Ohio Democrat who has been undecided on health care because of concerns about how the proposal handles insurance coverage for abortion, said this morning she will support the measure. In an interview with Toledo's WTVG, Kaptur confirmed she would vote for the legislation because it 'addresses a serious problem before the country today.' Asked about the abortion issue, Kaptur says she received promises Saturday that anti-abortion Democrats would be able to work with President Obama to ensure 'that existing law is maintained.'" (content.usatoday.com)
  • Marcy Kaptur. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Marcy Kaptur voted Yea on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Marcy Kaptur voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Marcy Kaptur voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Marcy Kaptur voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (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 Marcy Kaptur a rating of 81 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Marcy Kaptur voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Marcy Kaptur voted Yea on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Marcy Kaptur voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. H Amdt 185. 103th Congress. Hyde Amendment. Marcy Kaptur voted Yea on 06/30/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Marcy Kaptur voted Did Not Vote on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Marcy Kaptur supported the interests of the Family Research Council 6 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Marcy Kaptur voted Nay on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Marcy Kaptur voted Nay on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Marcy Kaptur supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 16 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Women's Political Caucus. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Women's Political Caucus endorsed Marcy Kaptur in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Marcy Kaptur voted Did Not Vote on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Marcy Kaptur voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Marcy Kaptur supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 71 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Marcy Kaptur supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Marcy Kaptur voted Nay on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Marcy Kaptur voted Nay on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Marcy Kaptur voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. H Amdt 436. 104th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Marcy Kaptur voted Nay on 06/15/1995. (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. Affordable Health Care For America Act. 7 November 2009. "I rise in support of the Stupak amendment, which maintains existing Federal law, the Hyde amendment, on the compelling issue of abortion [¦] This is what it says: 'No Federal funds 'authorized under this act may be used to pay for any abortion or cover any part of the costs of any health plan that includes coverage of abortion,' except in the cases of the life of the mother, rape or incest.' The amendment does no more, no less." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. Health Care Reform. 18 March 2010. "Studies have shown that for approximately three out of four women who have an abortion, their belief is they cannot afford a child, and that was one of the key reasons for having to make that life-changing decision [¦] The bill that's working its way to the floor will ban preexisting conditions and help expand coverage and access to women's health care, prenatal health care, to all of our people. It provides financial assistance surely to women who want to bring their baby to term or put the child up for adoption but fear they simply cannot afford it. What a terrible choice that must be for any woman [¦] Without Medicare our grandmother would have had a very different end. Lyndon Johnson gave her dignity [¦] We would hope that that would be the case for all of America's families, the beginning of life to the end of life." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. Kaptur Votes 'Yes' For Health Insurance Reform. 9 November 2009. "Kaptur co-sponsored and helped win passage (240-194) of an important amendment that prohibits the use of federal funds for abortions, except in the case of rape, incest and the life of the mother, as has been the law of the land under the Hyde Amendment for 32 years. Kaptur said the Stupak Amendment 'maintained existing federal law, the Hyde Amendment, on the compelling issue of abortion. This amendment reaffirms longstanding, existing law, and nothing more. It represents the broad consensus of the American people after 32 years of consideration on this issue.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Stephen Koff. Cleveland.com. Abortion-rights Democrats say House health reform amendment rolled back rights, vow to change in Senate. 10 November 2009. "As the debate dragged through Saturday evening, Marcy Kaptur was factoring a moral calculation [¦] What troubled her was the possibility that Republican hijinks would derail an anti-abortion amendment, forcing her to choose between one goal and the other. 'It creates a real dilemma for me. The question I've been asking myself is, under which option do you lose more -- how many abortions occur a year, versus how many people die from no insurance every year?' The question became moot because the amendment, the work of Democratic Rep. Bart Stupak of Michigan, passed, as did the broader health-care bill." (www.cleveland.com)
  • Walter Alarkon. The Hill. Kaptur: Abortion just one of several factors in healthcare decision. 16 March 2010. "Pro-life Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) said the abortion language in the Senate healthcare bill is only one of several factors she's weighing in considering her vote. 'It is of equal importance to all the others,' said Kaptur. 'They're all important to me [¦] I am in the center of this,' she said of the abortion issue. 'I am not in the extreme wings in either camp. I'm saying, let's not change existing law.'" (thehill.com)
  • Marcy Kaptur. HR 670. 103th Congress. Abortion Counseling Bill. Marcy Kaptur voted Yea on 03/25/1993. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Marcy Kaptur supported the interests of the Peace Action 38 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. Where are the Good Governance and Diplomacy in Iraq? 3 April 2008. "Well, we are having trouble in Afghanistan. The President had to beg NATO for more forces in Afghanistan. We've now got over 40,000 troops there. The situation there is not getting any better. And Pakistan, at the provincial level, the worst elements are being elected. Maybe that isn't the right adjective. But those that are most anti-American are being elected. There's trouble between Afghanistan and Pakistan at the border in those provinces. We don't have a solution there. Well, let the generals tell me what to do. No. What is he going to do to accomplish this mission and bring our troops home [¦]?" (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. Statement on the Situation in Georgia. 13 August 2008. "The United States now has 34,000 troops in Afghanistan, with the total growing weekly, and will face the same fierce resistance that proved to be the undoing for one of Putin's predecessors, Leonid Brezhnev, and triggered the disintegration of the Soviet Union. Putin knows well the brutal will of the Afghan resistance. He also knows the price America will inevitably pay in a nation that at one time respected U.S. intentions but now increasingly views it as an unwelcome enemy." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. Pay More Attention To Fraying Economy. 14 May 2009. "We must ask how competent is our government to transform a world beyond our borders that speaks Arabic, Pashtun, and Farsi? Not even a handful of our military does. Those majorities practice religions largely foreign to us, and their governments, if you can call them that, are undemocratic, weak nation states with vast legions of poor people and corrupt governance. Pakistan alone has 163 million impoverished people, and Afghanistan's largest export is heroin. So we are going to inject ourselves into that situation even deeper, with almost no multinational support. So, now we're going to take on Afghanistan, a country that's not a nation, with over 400 tribes, where the Taliban is strengthened by the very sight of foreign troop presence." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. On CSPAN Today, Kaptur Said Congress Needs a Wider Focus to Deal with the Federal Budget Deficit. 15 March 2011. "U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan is desirable, but Afghan security must be sufficient to hold the areas not currently under Taliban control." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. Letter to Co-Chairs and Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 21 September 2011. "To generate much-needed savings, we strongly urged you to examine the costs of the ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq [¦] By ending the wars and paying for a safe, orderly, and responsible redeployment of troops from both Afghanistan and Iraq, we can go a long way toward meeting our fiscal challenges." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Marcy Kaptur supported the interests of Peace Action West 38 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Marcy Kaptur voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Marcy Kaptur. Two Unfortunate National Records. 7 September 2004. "The Congressional report also estimated the budget outlook with three different assumptions about the course of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, including the unlikely possibility that no more money would be needed after next year. Stripping out all war costs for the two countries after next year, the Congressional analysts said the federal government would save $536 billion over the next five years. But making Mr. Bush's tax cuts permanent, one of the president's top priorities, would cost $549 billion through 2009 and $2.2 trillion through 2014." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. Providing for Consideration of HR 4766, Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2005. 12 July 2004. "Our country is now spending over $100 billion in Iraq and Afghanistan. Imagine if we were able to take and divide that up and give every State in our Union an additional $2 billion, $2 billion that they could share with our localities that are short on funds. We seem to be able to find money for some things around the world. But then we do not find money for very other worthy needs across this Nation." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. Pay More Attention To Fraying Economy. 14 May 2009. "Madam Speaker, today we have a $96.7 billion bill that expands supplemental funds for more war in Iraq, ratchets up U.S. military presence in Afghanistan, and allocates a minimum of $400 million for nation building in Pakistan where corruption is the norm [¦] It is time for America to come to our senses. After $1 trillion, isn't it time to pay more attention to the fraying economy here in our homeland and the American people?" (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. Letter to Co-Chairs and Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 21 September 2011. "To generate much-needed savings, we strongly urged you to examine the costs of the ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. To date, the wars have cost our taxpayers at least $2.3 trillion, with an additional $884 billion in future costs for veterans and their families. This adds up to a total of at least $3.2 trillion. By ending the wars and paying for a safe, orderly, and responsible redeployment of troops from both Afghanistan and Iraq, we can go a long way toward meeting our fiscal challenges." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Marcy Kaptur voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. HR 2561. 106th Congress. Defense Department Appropriations bill, FY2000. Marcy Kaptur voted Yea on 07/22/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Marcy Kaptur voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Marcy Kaptur voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Marcy Kaptur voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Marcy Kaptur voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Marcy Kaptur voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Marcy Kaptur voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Marcy Kaptur voted Nay on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Marcy Kaptur voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Marcy Kaptur voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. Politico: Smart defense cuts possible. 23 October 2011. "In an uncertain world, we must develop a defense budget that meets the needs of our troops, improves our national security and provides sustainability for our defense industrial base. I agree with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta that we cannot afford to repeat the mistakes of the past and hollow out our forces. A trillion-dollar cut, he said, 'would leave our military deficient in people, in training and equipment and unable to adapt when the next security challenge comes along.' At the same time, the secretary recognizes the need to make significant and prudent cuts. I believe he is a man who is equal to the task, as is the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. And I look forward to working together with him." (www.politico.com)
  • Marcy Kaptur. State of the Economy. 3 February 2004. "That is the highest deficit in history, and that does not even count the additional funds that they are going to add for the war in Afghanistan. We seem to have a President who talks a lot about national security, but has forgotten about economic security." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Marcy Kaptur. Concurrent Resolution On the Budget For Fiscal Year 2012. 14 April 2011. "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." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother. 25 January 2005. "There is no crisis in Social Security. Repeat, there is no crisis in Social Security. There is only a crisis in the Bush administration's handling of the budget [¦] In fact, what is interesting, the Bush administration's four enacted tax cuts being made permanent would cost 2 percent of GDP over the next 75 years, which is three to five times as much as any of Social Security's future financing needs." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. Kaptur: President Bush's Budget for 2006 is Fiscally Irresponsible. 7 February 2005. "While the budget squanders trillions of dollars on tax breaks for the wealthy, it cuts funding for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) by $80 million. The budget cuts billions in education, health care, housing, and environmental programs. And it fails to include any additional details on the Bush Administration's plan to cut Social Security benefits by almost 50 percent for millions of future retirees. This disappointing budget clearly shows that the Administration is out of touch with America's values and the real needs of people in Ohio's Ninth District." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. Medicare Part B Premiums to Increase 17 Percent. 21 September 2004. "Our senior citizens, and they have just gotten the bill, and, as I said, over the next year, they are going to be paying an additional $139.20 on the doctor's portion, the Medicare Part B premium. That is simply wrong, when the wealthiest people in this country, those earning over $1 million, have gotten over $100,000 a year in additional tax cuts from the Bush administration and so many people in our country have absolutely no health insurance at all. And our seniors are having to choose in the wintertime between food and medicine and heating the places in which they live." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. Job Creation and the Bush Administration's Policies. 21 January 2004. "Bush touted a cluster of issues sure to energize conservative voters [¦] He also took a swipe at Democrats who have challenged the path he took in Iraq, who have said his tax cuts were an unnecessary boon to the rich and that his Medicare expansion and education initiatives were inadequate [¦] 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." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. Providing for Consideration of Senate Amendment to House Amendment to Senate Amendment to H.R. 4853, Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010. 16 December 2010. "This bill [Job Creation Act of 2010] will not translate into job creation in the United States of America. All it does is put our taxpayers on the hook for another trillion dollars of borrowed debt that will be from places like China, and from Saudi Arabia, in order to give more tax cuts to the rich over the next 10 years. There is no guarantee that that money will even be invested in the United States of America. This bill will not be a real stimulus. In fact, it will only yield 33 cents of economic impact for every dollar that is borrowed to pay for it." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Marcy Kaptur voted Nay on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Marcy Kaptur supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Marcy Kaptur supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 0 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Marcy Kaptur supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 6 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. Kaptur Op-Ed Published in 'The Hill' Newspaper. 26 March 2012. "These cuts are bad enough on their own. But they exist alongside tax cuts for the rich. How can we allow the lowest-income Americans, those struggling the most, to take the brunt of these cuts, while the rich get more tax breaks? The average tax cut for millionaires under this Republican Budget plan is at least $150,000. There are even more tax breaks buried in this Republican Budget on top of the extension of the Bush Tax Cuts for the wealthy. Companies that ship American jobs overseas and oil companies also see their taxes cut by this Ryan Republican Budget. For me, the choice is clear. This is an unfair budget to those Americans most in need. I look forward to supporting the Democratic alternative budget “ that is for the many, not just the wealthy few “ when this measure is debated on the House floor." (kaptur.house.gov)
  • Marcy Kaptur. CNN: Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien. 9 July 2012. "Well, at least we know that we want to protect the middle class. I think where you put that line, whether it's million and above, $250,000 and above, that's to be worked out. But I think it's clear that we want to keep the economy growing. We want jobs continuing to be created and that tax cuts on the middle class can help." (transcripts.cnn.com)
  • Marcy Kaptur. Two Unfortunate National Records. 7 September 2004. "Making Mr. Bush's tax cuts permanent, one of the president's top priorities, would cost $549 billion through 2009 and $2.2 trillion through 2014. Averting a massive increase in the alternative minimum tax, a parallel tax that was originally designed to keep people from taking too much advantage of loopholes, would cost another $150 billion over the next five years and more than $400 billion over ten years. Democrats said the new report showed Mr. Bush's tax cuts and spending policies had been reckless in transforming a record budget surplus to a record budget deficit." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Marcy Kaptur. CNN "American Morning" “ Transcript. 25 November 2009. "ROMANS: 'Let's talk about the stimulus, though [¦] Can you sell spending more money on creating jobs?' KAPTUR: '[¦] I think we need to help put America back to work. And this particular bill I think was not properly targeted in some cases. And we want to look at the TARP money and that money coming back in, where that's being spent. People want to work, and we have a responsibility at the federal level to help relieve some of this pain. You know, when Franklin Roosevelt was president in the first three months of his presidency, with the help of Harry Hopkins, there were over 350,000 people that were put back to work.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. We Cannot Subsidize or Borrow Our Way to Growth. 4 February 2009. "Congress can't keep tweaking consumer purchasing with stimulus checks and then crossing its fingers in hopes that by some miracle it will actually lift our economy. More borrowed money simply means more short-term palliatives [¦] A healthy economy will require policy changes, not cough drops. We need products on our shelves that are produced by Americans. We need real wealth creation here at home [¦] Most of all, we need changes in our trade policies and our tax policies that create real investment and long-term growth." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. The Bank's Arrogance. 2 June 2009. "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. Since the recession began in December 2007, nearly six million jobs have been lost, and millions more are bound to go missing before this downturn is over. President Obama needs to put more effort and political capital into promoting the middle-class agenda that he outlined during the campaign, including a push for new jobs in new industries." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. Letter to The Honorable Ray LaHood, Secretary, United States Department of Transportation. 2 October 2009. "We write to offer our strong support for the State of Ohio's application for high speed rail grant funds made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. We believe that this quick start project can play a critical role in the ongoing economic recovery in Ohio and is essential for the long-term viability of our nation's rail system [¦] As one of the states hit hardest by the economic downturn, passenger rail represents a real opportunity to create jobs, spur economic growth, and provide a new transit choice for Ohioans. With an unemployment rate of nearly 11%, this quick start project would put Ohioans back work sooner rather than later." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. Kaptur Welcomes Social Security COLA Increase, Urges New Formula to Protect Seniors Against Inflation. 19 October 2011. "Kaptur also noted that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which she supported and which President Obama signed into law in February 2009, provided a special one-time economic payment of $250 to adults who were eligible for benefits from one of the four following federal benefit programs: Social Security, SSI, Railroad Retirement, and Veterans Disability." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. HIRE Act Takes Aim at High Jobless Rates. 5 March 2010. "'We have 40,000 workers unemployed in the Ninth Congressional District, and we need aggressive action on jobs,' said Congresswoman Kaptur. Besides creating the tax holiday, the HIRE Act includes a $1,000 income tax credit for businesses that retain the unemployed workers whom they hire. Other provisions of the HIRE Act make it easier for states to undertake infrastructure projects such as school construction and energy retrofitting. An extension of the Highway Trust Fund will spur billions of dollars in infrastructure development, including an estimated $300 million in the state of Ohio. 'Congress needs to act decisively on jobs.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Marcy Kaptur supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 15 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Marcy Kaptur voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Marcy Kaptur a rating of 5 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Marcy Kaptur voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Marcy Kaptur. Watson Releases Letter Urging Entertainment Studios to Curd Outsourcing. 5 April 2004. "Congress and many state and local governments are currently working hard to curb the epidemic of runaway production through various wage credit and tax incentive proposals. While we continue to seek out legislative solutions to the issue, we hope your member studios will take into account the millions of Americans who have lost their jobs to foreign labor forces by refusing to participate in the further outsourcing of U.S. jobs. Their decisions will not only impact families whose heads of households are struggling to find and keep work, but also send a strong message that U.S. jobs in the entertainment sector are not for export." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Marcy Kaptur voted Nay on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. Marcy Kaptur voted Nay on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. Letter to the Honorable Sander Levin, Chairman Committee on Ways and Means. 25 May 2010. "There is a vast potential for American manufacturing to revitalize our economy through renewable energy tax credits. For example, there are 204 tons of steel in a single wind turbine, and tax incentives for wind energy can immediately start up our idling American steel factories." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. Kaptur Appeared On CSPAN's Washington Journal Today. 1 December 2010. "Tax benefits to corporations should be conditioned on keeping jobs in the United States. She pointed to a tax compromise proposal that she made with Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) to extend the tax cuts for small businesses that might be subject to the top two tax brackets if they certify that they are manufacturing in the U.S., hiring only American citizens, and generally buying domestic content goods and materials." (www.kaptur.house.gov)
  • Marcy Kaptur. March 18: Jobs Bill Signed into Law. 18 March 2010. "Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, co-founder of the bipartisan Congressional Jobs Now! Caucus, applauds the bipartisan passage of the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act that was signed into law today [¦] The HIRE ACT includes: -Tax incentives for small businesses to write off up to $250,000 in any new investments that they make in equipment this year [¦] -A $1,000 tax incentive for businesses that retain unemployed workers for at least 52 weeks." (www.kaptur.house.gov)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Lisa Roberson. The Chronicle-Telegram: Local schools to benefit from Race to the Top money. 25 August 2010. "State legislators who have championed efforts by districts to improve as well as fight for Race to the Top dollars for Ohio were thrilled with Tuesday's announcement. 'The real winners are Ohio's schools, teachers and students,' said U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Toledo. 'Education is the key to creating a vibrant, innovative economy.'" (chronicle.northcoastnow.com)
  • Marcy Kaptur. HR 1804. 104th Congress. Goals 2000: Educate America Act. Marcy Kaptur voted Yea on 03/23/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Marcy Kaptur voted Nay on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)

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  • Marcy Kaptur. Kaptur Backs Historic Comprehensive Energy Legislation. 17 September 2008. "Marcy Kaptur voted in favor of comprehensive energy legislation to lower costs, invest in renewable energy sources, create good-paying jobs in the United States, expand domestic drilling both on land and off shore, and increase national security by freeing America from the grip of foreign oil. 'This important legislation takes us beyond the 'Drill, baby, drill' mentality and puts our country on a realistic track for producing more energy here at home while investing in renewable technologies that will help reduce our dependence on foreign oil.' [¦] It permits offshore drilling in waters between 50 and 100 miles offshore if the state allows leasing off its coastline and prohibits drilling on the Great Lakes." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Marcy Kaptur supported the interests of Environment America 87 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Marcy Kaptur voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Marcy Kaptur voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. Urging a "No" Vote on Gasoline for America's Security Act of 2005. 6 October 2005. "Some want us to keep drilling. They do not care where. It could be in a critical water area like the Great Lakes. Perish the thought. In my view, we do not need to drill any more holes in our own heads. What we really need is an energy plan that develops self-sufficiency from renewable sources and a plan that not only calls for renewable fuel standards but provides support for the infrastructure and public education campaign to get there. A country that could land a man on the moon can do this as well." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Marcy Kaptur voted Nay on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)

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  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Marcy Kaptur in the 2002 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Edward Felker. Washington Times. Rep. Kaptur gets $3.5 billion sweetener in climate bill. 1 July 2009. "When House Democratic leaders were rounding up votes Friday for the massive climate-change bill, they [¦] finally secured the vote of one Ohioan, veteran Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur of Toledo, the old-fashioned way. They gave her what she wanted - a new federal power authority, similar to Washington state's Bonneville Power Administration, stocked with up to $3.5 billion in taxpayer money available for lending to renewable energy and economic development projects [¦] 'The federal government has been subsidizing infrastructure and economic development in other parts of the country since the New Deal. Now, it's our turn.'" (www.washingtontimes.com)
  • Marcy Kaptur. Kaptur Backs Historic Comprehensive Energy Legislation.t 17 September 2008. "Marcy Kaptur voted in favor of comprehensive energy legislation [¦] The U.S. House passed the Comprehensive American Energy Security and Consumer Protection Act (H.R. 6899) by a vote of 286-139. The bill also requires utility companies to generate 15 percent of electricity from renewable sources--such as solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, wave and tidal--by 2020, saving consumers an estimated $13-18 billion and reducing dangerous carbon emission." (votesmart.org)
  • Carbon Tax Center. Regions. 21 June 2011. "Some members of Congress have voiced concern that measures to impose a price on carbon emissions will disproportionately burden energy users in their district or state. 'We're looking for some type of regional equity in whatever they propose,' said Rep. Marcy Kaptur." (www.carbontax.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Marcy Kaptur voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Marcy Kaptur in the 2004 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Marcy Kaptur in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Marcy Kaptur supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 70 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Marcy Kaptur in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Marcy Kaptur voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Marcy Kaptur supported the interests of Environment America 87 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. Kaptur Congratulates City of Toledo on Winning EPA Award for Hoffman Road Alternative Energy Project. 20 January 2011. "Congresswoman Kaptur today congratulated the city of Toledo for receiving a national award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) for the Hoffman Road landfill project, which captures methane gas for use as renewable energy. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson said the Hoffman Road facility is one of six methane capture projects to receive the 2011 award at the 14th annual Landfill Methane Outreach Conference in Baltimore, Md. 'The EPA is right to recognize the potential of this projects to create jobs, help us achieve energy independence, and reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions,' said Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur." (votesmart.org)

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  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Marcy Kaptur in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. HR 4296. 104th Congress. Regulation of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons. Marcy Kaptur voted Yea on 05/05/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. H Amdt 390. 103th Congress. Instant Background Checks for Gun Purchase Amendment. Marcy Kaptur voted Yea on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Marcy Kaptur voted Nay on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Marcy Kaptur voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Marcy Kaptur a grade of 18." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. HR 125. 104th Congress. Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995. Marcy Kaptur voted Nay on 03/22/1996. (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Beres. WKYC: Local Congress members tackle gun control questions. 25 July 2012. "Rather than new laws, we need responsible gun ownership and proper handling of weapons. I support renewal of the ban on assault weapons." (www.wkyc.com)
  • Marcy Kaptur. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Marcy Kaptur voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Marcy Kaptur supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 95 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Marcy Kaptur voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. HR 1025. 103th Congress. Brady Handgun Bill. Marcy Kaptur voted Yea on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)

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  • Marcy Kaptur. Health Reform for American Families. 2 April 2010. "The Affordable Care Act Gives American Families Greater Control Over Their Own Health Care. -This year, eliminates all lifetime limits on how much insurance companies cover [¦] -Going forward, plans in the new Health Insurance Exchanges and all new plans will have a cap on what insurance companies can require beneficiaries to pay in out-of-pocket expenses [¦] -Provides tax credits to working families to make sure they can afford quality coverage. -This year, provides tax credits to small businesses so they can offer competitive [¦] -Cracks down on excessive insurance overhead." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. Issue Position: Health Insurance Reform. 1 January 2010. "The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act brings your health care under your control by ensuring that all Americans have access to quality, affordable health care and significantly reduces long- term health care costs [¦] I believe the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is a responsible approach to the challenges of the 21st Century and will repair much of what needs fixed so that our country remains strong and competitive." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. Issue Position: Budget-Deficit Reduction. 1 January 2011. "The challenge facing Congress today is balancing short-term stimulus and support of our economy with the long-term necessity of deficit reduction [¦] The passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is estimated by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to cut the deficit by $143 billion over the next 10 years and by $1.2 trillion in the following decade." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. Health Reform for Seniors. 2 April 2010. "The Affordable Care Act Gives America's Seniors Greater Control Over Their Own Health Care [¦] -Phases down payments to Medicare Advantage plans to bring them more in line with the costs in the original Medicare program [¦] -Invests in fighting waste, fraud, and abuse [¦] -Eliminates deductibles, copayments, and other cost-sharing for preventive care [¦] -Creates a voluntary long-term care insurance program [¦] -Invests in innovations such as medical homes and care coordination to improve the quality of care." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. Health Reform for Early Retirees. 2 April 2010. "The Affordable Care Act Gives Early Retirees Greater Control Over Their Own Health Care [¦] -Provides $5 billion in financial assistance to employer health plans that cover early retirees [¦] -This year, eliminates all lifetime limits on how much insurance companies cover if beneficiaries get sick [¦] -Provides tax credits starting in 2014 for Americans who cannot afford quality health insurance [¦] -Prohibits insurance companies from denying coverage or charging more based on a person's medical history [¦] -This year, provides access to affordable insurance for uninsured Americans with pre-existing conditions." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. Affordable Care Act Provides Relief to High Prescription Drug Costs. 30 August 2010. "The Affordable Care Act also contains important new tools to help crack down on criminals seeking to scam seniors and steal taxpayer dollars. HHS and the Department of Justice are collaborating on fraud prevention by bringing together law enforcement experts, providers and seniors to help utilize these new tools to fight fraud and protect seniors. The Affordable Care Act strengthens the screenings for health care providers who want to participate in Medicaid or Medicare, enables enforcement officials to see health care claims data from around the country into a single, searchable database, and strengthens the penalties for criminals." (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Marcy Kaptur supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Marcy Kaptur voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. Repeal of Obamacare Act. 10 July 2012. "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. In Ohio already, the law has been making a difference for hundreds of thousands of people--middle class families--for over 2 years. Nearly 100,000 young adults in Ohio have been able to remain on their parents' health insurance plan. In the first 5 months of this year, over 700 seniors just in my home town of Toledo, Ohio, have collectively saved over a half a million dollars on prescription drug costs. Last year, 1.2 million Medicare beneficiaries in Ohio received free preventive care from their doctor, like mammograms and colonoscopies. Insurance companies are now paying out over $11 million in rebates to Ohio families because the insurance companies did not spend enough on paying for health care. And over 4 million Ohioans, including 1.5 million women and 1.1 million children, have seen their insurance companies drop the lifetime and annual limits on care they had previously imposed. The Republicans here in the House of Representatives are voting to take away all these benefits, and what is the Republican plan to replace it? Nothing. The Republican plan to replace it is nothing." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. Issue Position: Health Care Reform. 18 March 2010. "The bill that's working its way to the floor will ban preexisting conditions and help expand coverage and access to women's health care, prenatal health care, to all of our people. It provides financial assistance surely to women who want to bring their baby to term or put the child up for adoption but fear they simply cannot afford it. What a terrible choice that must be for any woman. We know that the bill before us will improve community health clinics. In so many of our communities, they are the only lifelines to any health care at all. Importantly, the bill that is moving to the floor intends to leave no one out, even the smallest among us, even the most voiceless among us. The bill we will soon consider has some fine points yet to be perfected. There is no question that for women and children, finally, all will have access to decent health care coverage, and it will be a great day in America when that will be possible." (votesmart.org)

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  • Marcy Kaptur. The Farm Labor Recruitment System. 17 April 2007. "Many times I have said NAFTA fuels illegal immigration by creating an exodus of massive proportion of people from the Mexican countryside who need something to eat after their livelihoods are taken from them. The manner in which these people are being exploited is a continental sacrilege. The problem with NAFTA and NAFTA-style trade agreements is they fail to take people into account." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. The Economy. 5 March 2007. "Congress needs to examine the root causes of our immigration problem and the exploitation of workers across the Americas [¦] NAFTA ravaged the Mexican economy and destroyed the farming and agricultural sectors. This so-called 'free trade' agreement has prompted hundreds of thousands of Mexicans to look for an escape from their worsening destitute circumstances to the U.S., and in doing so they risk their lives, the unity of their families and their futures." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. Important Issues Facing America. 12 June 2006. "The reason we have all this illegal immigration from south of our border is because NAFTA for the Mexican people totally disemboweled their rural countryside. It was planned. We have had over 2 million people who have lost their livelihoods. Peasant farmers. It is a sacrilege on this continent as far as what is going on. And the people have nowhere to go but to try to come up here to get food [¦] Those folks that are coming up here, illiterate, risking everything, for why? To feed their families. That is the reason for the illegal immigration. Unless we fix NAFTA, we are not going to fix the illegal immigration problem." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Marcy Kaptur voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Marcy Kaptur voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Marcy Kaptur supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Marcy Kaptur supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 33 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Tom Troy. Toledo Blade: Hispanic group supports U.S. Rep. Kaptur. 20 January 2012. "Miss Kaptur said the Dream Act had provisions that would have identified the families of Hispanic college students for immigration enforcement. And she said the bill is bad legislation because it treats Hispanic immigrants differently from immigrants from other nations." (www.marcykaptur.com)
  • Jennifer Feehan. Toledo Blade: Area man says move is chance he needs. 16 June 2012. "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.'" (www.toledoblade.com)
  • Evan Goodenow. The Chronicle-Telegram: Kaptur appears before receptive crowd at Lorain Latino center. 23 August 2012. "Kaptur, who said she supports a guest worker program and a gradual path to citizenship for immigrants here illegally, was sympathetic. She called the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement 'continental sacrilege' that has caused an economic race to the bottom as companies seek sweatshop labor in Mexico." (chronicle.northcoastnow.com)
  • Arooj Ashraf. La Prensa Toledo: Congresswomen Kaptur, Sanchez greet Lorain Latinos before primary March 6. 28 February 2012. "But Congresswoman Kaptur's voting record diverges from Sánchez's [and Kucinich's] in one important aspect" on the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act (the DREAM Act, updated HR 5281), wherein Sánchez voted for and Kaptur voted against. Kaptur explained the legislation's focus was too narrow and did not address the greater problem, 'I believe in comprehensive immigration reform.' She said immigration affects all ethnicities and the solution should encompass all those impacted." (www.laprensatoledo.com)

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  • Marcy Kaptur. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Marcy Kaptur voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Marcy Kaptur supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 91 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Marcy Kaptur supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 28 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Marcy Kaptur supported the interests of the Family Research Council 14 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Marcy Kaptur voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Marcy Kaptur supported the interests of the American Family Association 5 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Marcy Kaptur voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Marcy Kaptur supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 83 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. Toledo Blade Slices: Wurzelbacher calls out Kaptur on gay vs. straight marriage. 15 May 2012. "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." (toledoblade.typepad.com)
  • Jim Sielicki. Toledo Blade: 9th District debate draws 600 in Huron. 24 February 2012. "The issue of same-sex marriage is one that should be decided by each state, she said." (www.toledoblade.com)

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  • Marcy Kaptur. Where are the Good Governance and Diplomacy in Iraq? 3 April 2008. "There's trouble between Afghanistan and Pakistan at the border in those provinces. We don't have a solution there. And Turkey, our closest ally in NATO for years. What is happening with elections at the provincial level there, mayors and so forth? The most anti-American individuals are being elected. That is true in Pakistan at the provincial level. So you can say all you want to say about winning this war on terrorism, but how do you win a war when the majority of the people turn against this country? [¦] What are we going to do to correct the damage that is producing more terrorists, more anti-Americanism and less resolution?" (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. Pay More Attention To Fraying Economy. 14 May 2009. "Madam Speaker, today we have a $96.7 billion bill that expands supplemental funds for more war in Iraq, ratchets up U.S. military presence in Afghanistan, and allocates a minimum of $400 million for nation building in Pakistan where corruption is the norm. We must ask how competent is our government to transform a world beyond our borders that speaks Arabic, Pashtun, and Farsi? Not even a handful of our military does. Those majorities practice religions largely foreign to us, and their governments, if you can call them that, are undemocratic, weak nation states with vast legions of poor people and corrupt governance. Pakistan alone has 163 million impoverished people, and Afghanistan's largest export is heroin. So we are going to inject ourselves into that situation even deeper, with almost no multinational support." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. Joint Hearing Of The House Oversight And Government Reform Committee And national Security And Foreign Affairs Subcommittee Of The House Oversight And Government Reform Committee - Afghanistan And Pakistan: Oversight Of A New Interagency Strategy. 24 June 2009. "Let me state that what worries me about this whole Central Asian engagement is the revolving door in and out of government; multimillion-dollar contracts, (many an interest ?); endless wars sometimes justified by contractors drawing us and our people deeper and deeper into a region of the world that we have very little competence to quell. It appears to me we are being drawn into the war inside Pakistan for Swat and FATA. And my question to both of you is: Should that war be ours?" (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administartion, and Related Agencies Appropiations Act, 2005. 13 July 2004. "I know that the best way to combat terrorism and misunderstanding is to have programs like Farmer-to-Farmer that link our producers to those of other nations, forming lifelong friendships and understandings. If we look at so many of the societies in which we currently are confronting difficulty, whether it is Pakistan or Afghanistan, other -stan countries that had been part of the former Soviet Union, whether we talk about Africa and the starving people of so many of those nations, this Farmer-to-Farmer program is extraordinarily important. It puts the best face of America forward." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. Global Terrorism. 26 September 2007. "The complete story will show terrorists will continue to plot ways to harm America because more than wanting to come here, although some of them are capable of doing that, they want America and American influence out of their countries and regions. They want us out of there more than they want to come here. Rather than striking fear in the American people, the President ought to do more to explain the forces creating this anti-American and anti-Western sentiment across those troubled regions." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. Issue Position: National Security. 1 January 2010. "The war in Iraq has been ineffective because the U.S. military incursion could not make our country safer or the Middle East any less dangerous. Unilateral military action by the U.S. without broad international support will isolate America from our allies and thrust us into the position of becoming a common enemy in a volatile region where terrorism grows with each passing year." (votesmart.org)

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  • Marcy Kaptur. Kaptur, Area Citizens React to President Bush's Social Security Proposal. 15 April 2005. "The President has come to Ohio on a public relations campaign to sell his unpopular idea to privatize Social Security. Yet the people in my district are against privatization and cuts to their benefits and want to protect their earned Social Security benefits. What he does not mention is that establishing private accounts will force benefit cuts and will require trillions in borrowing from foreign countries, leading to higher taxes in the future." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. Issue Position: Seniors. 22 November 2011. "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." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. Kaptur Statement on the State of the Union Address. 2 February 2005. "Social Security is an insurance program covering every American. It is a guaranteed benefit, not a guaranteed gamble. Private accounts would make Social Security's challenge worse, force massive benefit cuts, and increase the national debt. The Bush plan is harmful to retirement security because it would divert trillions of dollars from the Social Security Trust Fund. Benefits would be slashed by more than 40 percent for future retirees. Risky private accounts would not make up for the loss in benefits." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. CAFTA. 13 June 2005. "It is really amazing to me to think about everything that is needed in this country and what the Bush administration is trying to push through this Congress [¦] What about Social Security? Well, their answer is privatize it. Try to divert money from the regular trust fund, rather than finding a way to make sure that Social Security is healthy long term." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. Broken Pension System. 15 November 2005. "We live in an era when personal savings are virtually nonexistent, and Social Security's future is menaced by the specter of Republican plans to privatize Social Security. Therefore, workers have to try even harder to shore up increasingly fragile private pension plans." (votesmart.org)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Marcy Kaptur supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur signed Progressive Change Campaign Committee: Social Security Protectors. "Social Security belongs to the people who have worked hard all their lives and contributed to it. Social Security is a promise that must not be broken. We need to strengthen Social Security, not cut it. That is why I oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including increasing the retirement age. I also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part." (socialsecurityprotectors.com)
  • Marcy Kaptur. NAFTA Expansion to Peru. 2 October 2007. "Until now, Democrats have stood united against President Bush's plan to privatize Social Security in the United States; yet the proposed Peruvian agreement effectively endorses and solidifies Peru's privileged and privatized and severely flawed system. Giant multinational banks such as Citibank that invest in these private investor accounts would, under the Peru agreement, be entitled to compensation if privatization were reversed." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. Letter To The Honorable Barack Obama, President, The United States of America. 15 October 2010. "We write today to express our strong support for Social Security and our view that it should be strengthened. We oppose any cuts to Social Security benefits, including raising the retirement age. We also oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part." (votesmart.org)
  • Marcy Kaptur. Kaptur: President Bush's Budget for 2006 is Fiscally Irresponsible. 7 February 2005. "Marcy Kaptur (OH-9) called the Bush Administration's 2006 budget sent to Congress today fiscally irresponsible. The budget adds more than $4 trillion to the deficit in the next 10 years. It fails to include the billions needed for the war in Iraq, the trillions required for the Bush plan to privatize Social Security and would more than double the co-payment charged to many veterans for prescription drugs." (votesmart.org)

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