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Peter DeFazio's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (OR) - District 4, Democratic
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Peter DeFazio has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Peter DeFazio is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2014, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Peter DeFazio. Letter to Democratic Members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. 13 September 2011. "By failing to permit the District of Columbia to spend local government funds on abortion, we are sending the message that low-income women should not have access to the same medical services that middle- and upper-income women can access. Ultimately, this prohibition may threaten the health of medically vulnerable women and deny patients the right to access constitutionally protected medical services. We must strive to expand health care services for Americans throughout the nation -- not place barriers in the road of a woman seeking medical care simply because of the state, city, or district that she lives in. The District does not have a vote in the House or Senate. But other Democrats do. We urge you to stand strong and to protect the democratic self-government of the District of Columbia." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Peter DeFazio supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Peter DeFazio supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Peter DeFazio in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Peter DeFazio voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. NARAL Pro-Choice America endorsed Peter DeFazio in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Peter DeFazio supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Peter DeFazio voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Peter DeFazio voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Peter DeFazio supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Peter DeFazio a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Peter DeFazio voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Peter DeFazio voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Peter DeFazio voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Peter DeFazio voted Nay on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Peter DeFazio voted Yea on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Peter DeFazio voted Yea on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Peter DeFazio voted Yea on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Peter DeFazio voted Yea on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Peter DeFazio voted Nay on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Peter DeFazio voted Yea on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Peter DeFazio voted Yea on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Peter DeFazio voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. H Amdt 436. 104th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Peter DeFazio voted Yea on 06/15/1995. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. H Amdt 185. 103th Congress. Hyde Amendment. Peter DeFazio voted Nay on 06/30/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. HR 670. 103th Congress. Abortion Counseling Bill. Peter DeFazio voted Yea on 03/25/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Congress should eliminate abortion services from any federally funded health care plan."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Congress should eliminate federal funding for clinics and medical facilities that provide abortion services."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit the late-term abortion procedure known as "partial-birth" abortion."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial birth" abortion."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should be illegal when the fetus is viable, with or without life support."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion. Other or expanded principles: "form plans etc, facil adoption"
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Peter DeFazio. Issue Position: Healthcare. 9 November 2011. "During the November, 2009 House passage of the "Affordable Healthcare for America Act," H.R. 3962, DeFazio opposed the Stupak-Pitts amendment that prevented any health plan in the Public Option to offer abortion coverage, regardless if any part of the health plan was paid for with Federal subsidies or not. This amendment was adopted by a vote of 240-194. As a member of the Congressional Pro-choice caucus, DeFazio joined with 91 other colleagues in a letter to President Obama asking him to discuss reproductive health in health reform legislation to ensure the rights of women are protected as health reform moved forward." (www.defazio.house.gov)
  • Peter DeFazio. Issue Position: Healthcare. 9 November 2011. "DeFazio cosponsored H.R.1964 , FOCA, the 'Freedom of Choice Act,' which codifies US policy by declaring that every woman has the fundamental right to choose to: (1) bear a child; (2) terminate a pregnancy prior to fetal viability; or (3) terminate a pregnancy after fetal viability when necessary to protect her life or her health." (www.defazio.house.gov)
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

  • Peter DeFazio. Pay a Fair Share. 21 September 2011. "We can, by levying a fair rate of taxes on the millionaires and billionaires under the Buffett tax--the best investor in this country, who thinks this is the direction we should go--we can both create jobs, stabilize the economy, get down the deficit, and continue to fund critical programs." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. The Republican Solution to the Debt Crisis. 1 August 2011. "The billionaires and the millionaires are escaping any meaningful taxation at this point, seeing the lowest level of taxation on their incomes since, you know, forever, basically." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Peter DeFazio supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 0 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Peter DeFazio supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Peter DeFazio supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 12 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Peter DeFazio voted Nay on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. Peter DeFazio voted Nay on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "2. Please indicate the changes you will support (if any) concerning the tax levels for each of the listed categories. Income Taxes on Families Earning $140,000 or More" 2. Please indicate the changes you will support (if any) concerning the tax levels for each of the listed categories. Other or expanded principles: "Lift FICA cap"
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate the changes you support (if any) concerning the tax levels for the following categories. Select one number only. e) Family income over $150,000"
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate the changes you support (if any) concerning the tax levels for the following categories. Select one number only. j) Corporate income taxes" Other Tax Issues Other or expanded principles: "corporate welfare "
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "3) Do you support eliminating the Internal Revenue Service?" Other Tax Issues: Other or expanded principles: "Eliminate marriage penalty on joint incomes below $75,000 - phase in higher rates with higher incomes"
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "6) Do you support requiring a super-majority vote in both houses of Congress to raise taxes?"
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "3) Do you support eliminating the Internal Revenue Service?"
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate the levels you support concerning taxes in the following categories. Select one number (level) only. k) Corporate income taxes" Other Tax Issues: Other or expanded principles: "Corporate welfare -- Eliminate"
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "3) Do you support eliminating the Internal Revenue Service?" Other Tax Issues: Other or expanded principles: "Corporate welfare -- Eliminate"
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" 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: "Eliminate marriage penalty on joint incomes below $75,000 - phase in higher rates with higher incomes"
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate the levels you support concerning taxes in the following categories. Select one number (level) only. k) Corporate income taxes"
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate the levels you support concerning taxes in the following categories. Select one number (level) only. k) Corporate income taxes" Other Tax Issues: Other or expanded principles: "Eliminate marriage penalty on joint incomes below $75,000 - phase in higher rates with higher incomes"
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate the levels you support concerning taxes in the following categories. Select one number (level) only. e) Family income over $150,000"
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" 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: "Corporate welfare -- Eliminate"
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Indicate what levels you support concerning taxes, deductions, and tax credits in the following categories. d) Over $150,000"
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key below, indicate what levels you support concerning taxes, deductions, and tax credits in the following categories. Select one number per tax. d) Over $150,000"
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key above, indicate what federal tax levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Over $150,000" Family Income Other or expanded principles: "e) 1- over $1 million"
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key above, indicate what federal tax levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Over $150,000" Family Income Other or expanded principles: "greatly increase taxes on incomes over $1 million"
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?" Budgetary, Spending, and Taxes, Part 3: Taxes (B) Other or expanded principles: "Earlier this year, I voted for a democratic budget alternative that would have restored fiscal responsibility and balanced the budget by 2012. The bill I supported would have rolled back tax cuts for those making over $300,000 a year, made select budget cuts, but still adequately funded education, health care, veterans services and other important programs."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?"
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. h) Income taxes (high-income families)" Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. Other or expanded principles: "d) Eliminate corporate tax loopholes and lower rates. I support a minuscule speculator tax on high frequency, non-productive trading, and on speculative derivatives products."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "h) Income taxes (high-income families)" Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. Other or expanded principles: "d) Eliminate corporate tax loopholes and lower rates. I support a minuscule speculator tax on high frequency, non-productive trading, and on speculative derivatives products."
  • Peter DeFazio. DeFazio Praises Obama Plan to Bring Fairness to Tax System. 19 September 2011. "It's outrageous that billionaire speculators who run Wall Street hedge funds pay no taxes to Social Security and pay a top tax rate of almost half the rate of an Army captain or small business owner who makes $50,000. Asking millionaires and billionaires to pay a fair share of taxes on their very substantial income will help our country's incredible deficit crisis and preserve vital programs like Social Security and Medicare. I congratulate the president on this proposal and fully support his efforts to bring fairness to our tax system." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. Let's Help the Students. 26 April 2012. "We can do one simple thing here. If we raised the tax rate on income over $350,000 only from 35 to 36 percent, we could give millions of students a more affordable education with lower interest rates. Those who have already made it would share a little bit of the burden to help those who want to be the next generation of business leaders and political leaders and scientists for our country." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. Newsletter. 1 August 2006. "The average CEO makes 279 times what the average worker makes - up from 185 times in just two years. The compensation paid to the top five executives of U.S. public companies represents 10.3 percent of the entire company's profits. Republicans in Congress are doing their part to widen that gap, pushing through more tax cuts for the rich while denying a vote to raise the minimum wage, stalling legislation to protect pensions and pushing more "free" trade agreements. We need to get back to sensible tax policies, where everyone pays their fair share, including the rich" (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. Letter to Chairman Hensarling and Chairwoman Murray, Co-Chairs of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 8 November 2011. "As you work to craft a comprehensive deficit reduction plan, we believe you should incorporate reasonable spending cuts and ask the wealthiest Americans and most profitable corporations to pay their fair share. However, we understand through media reports and talking to our colleagues that revenue options remain the largest challenge in your negotiations to obtain significant deficit reduction. We believe we have a viable revenue option that deserves serious consideration. S. 1787 / H.R. 3313, the Wall Street Trading and Speculators Tax Act, is forecasted by the Joint Committee on Taxation to raise $353 billion over ten years, and $218 billion in years 6-10 [¦] The tax would also cover all derivative contracts, options, puts, forward contracts, swaps and other complex instruments at their actual cost. The measure excludes debt that has an original term of less than 100 days. The legislation does not harm long-term investing like retirement funds, but instead targets financial trading and complex transactions undertaken by financial and investment firms. Given the extraordinary profitability of Wall Street banks while the rest of the economy is suffering, there is no question that Wall Street can easily bear this modest tax. In fact, while Wall Street lobbyists will express great concern with our proposal, they will not tell you that the European Union is considering a similar proposal, but with a tax rate that is more than three times higher." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. Letter to the Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives. 9 December 2010. "We oppose acceding to Republican demands to extend the Bush tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires for two reasons. First, it is fiscally irresponsible. Adding more than $900 billion to our national debt, as this proposal would do, handcuffs our ability to offer a balanced plan to achieve fiscal stability without a punishing effect on our current commitments, including Social Security and Medicare. Second, it is grossly unfair. This proposal will hurt, not help, the majority of Americans in the middle class and those working hard to get there. Even as Republicans seek to add billions more to our national debt in tax cuts to the wealthy, they oppose extending unemployment benefits to workers and resist COLA increases to seniors." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Peter DeFazio. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Peter DeFazio voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "2) Would you support enforcing the spending limits agreed to in 1997 by the President and Congress to balance the budget?" Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following general categories. Other or expanded principles: "Corporate welfare."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?" Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues Other or expanded principles: "3) I voted to limit the exemption from taxation to estates of $7 million or less- establish progressive tax rates on estates above $7 million"
  • Peter DeFazio. We Can Do Better. 17 November 2009. "We need a massive investment in our infrastructure. It is so degraded that we have projects ready to go all across the country in transit districts, in States with bridge replacement. These aren't things that require five to 10 years of planning and a long spend-out and those things that those ethereal academic economists think about when they think about transportation infrastructure." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. Infrastructure Investment Creates Jobs. 13 January 2010. "This stimulus was too small and too short-term in terms of transportation and infrastructure. It was a one-time thing. It did create a lot of jobs and it kept a lot of people off the unemployment rolls, but it didn't get the maximum effect it would get with a long-term investment in transportation and infrastructure where you get people ordering new rock-crushing machinery. There happens to be some made in my district. Or new streetcars. We are making some of those in Oregon, too. Or buses that are manufactured in the Midwest with components from all around America. Those sorts of things will put a heck of a lot of people back to work, will revive our manufacturing so we actually need not less, which would be the conclusion of these guys, but more investment in our crumbling transportation network in America." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. Invest in the Future of our Nation. 21 June 2011. "We have 20 percent unemployment in the construction industry, and it isn't just construction workers who go to work when we rebuild our infrastructure. We have Buy America requirements. They're all American jobs, and everything that goes into every job is made in America. If it's a transit system, you've got engineers; you've got software; you've got high-tech manufacturing. If it's a bridge, you've got steel; you've got concrete; you've got engineering design; you've got construction workers. If it's a highway, the same thing." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. Issue Position: Fiscal Responsibility. 1 January 2010. "Congressman DeFazio has long been a vocal advocate for balancing the federal budget deficit, and has consistently spoken out against the severe erosion of fiscal responsibility in Washington, DC. He voted against the $700 billion Wall Street bailout, against the $789 billion stimulus bill, against the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, and against the war in Iraq." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. Let the Bush Tax Cuts Increase. 21 July 2011. "We also need to make investments that will put people to work. Now, the Republicans don't think the government can invest in anything that puts people to work, except they haven't noticed that we have an infrastructure that's falling apart. We have 20 percent unemployment in construction and related fields. If we were to begin to invest and rebuild America's infrastructure, all private sector jobs put those people to work." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. Put America Back To Work And Rebuild America's Decrepit Infrastructure. 8 December 2009. "If we want to put America back to work next year, we need to dedicate more funds for rebuilding our decrepit infrastructure across this country. Get the huge multiplier effect we get with that. We have a total of close to $80 billion of projects ready to go in 120 days. These aren't just your resurfacing things like we saw last year. These are major projects--bridge replacements and major work on transit systems--that are ready to go, that are shovel-ready to go. No lie there." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. Republican Agenda Lacks Common Sense. 15 June 2011. "Government can't do anything to create jobs, they say. Well, what about investing in the Nation's infrastructure? Who built the national highway system? Who built the bridges? Who built the transit systems in this country? Who helped build the rail systems? Who has maintained our ports and waterways? The Federal Government--sometimes in partnership with States or local government or the private sector. But those investments pay off." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. We Need A Bold Vision for the Economy. 8 September 2011. "All your infrastructure investment, 40 percent of that stimulus was tax cuts; 7 percent was investment in infrastructure. Yes, it worked, but it was a pathetically small part of the package in a country that has a $3 trillion infrastructure deficit, with dams that are failing, levees that are failing, highways that are crumbling, bridges that are falling, transit systems that are based in 19th- and early 20th-century technology; and our competitors are building out a 21st-century infrastructure. We need a bold vision. We don't need another little dribble or drab in infrastructure. We sure as heck don't need another one of these stupid shovel-ready project things. We need long-term investment" (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 Peter DeFazio a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Peter DeFazio supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 16 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Peter DeFazio voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. c) Education (K-12)" 1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. Other or expanded principles: "Military -- Greatly Decrease "
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. c) Education (K-12)" 1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. Other or expanded principles: "Ag. Subsidies -- Slightly Decrease"
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Promote education flexibility by giving federal funds, in the form of block grants, to the states to spend it as they see fit."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Providing education is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Education" Budget Priorities Other or expanded principles: "a) * eliminate corporate farm subsidies for surplus crops and water c) * eliminate cold war era programs like the F-22, Star Wars, new attack submarines, new nuclear weapons, and improve funding for basics for the troops o) * continue current reforms, increase worker training and education components p) 6 eliminate corporate welfare and subsidy programs, 2 non-military scientific research,"
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. [?] d) Education" Budget Priorities Other or expanded principles: "a] eliminate corporate farm subsidies for surplus crops and water c] eliminate cold war era programs like the F-22, Star Wars, new attack submarines, new nuclear weapons, and improve funding for basics for the troops. o] continue current reforms, increase worker training and education components "
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "d) Education" Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. Other or expanded principles: "c) eliminate cold war era programs like the F-22, Star Wars, new attack submarines, new nuclear weapons, and improve funding for basics for the troops. k) slightly to greatly decrease"
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "c) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?" Education Issues Other or expanded principles: "Reform No Child Left Behind; fully fund any new mandates on public schools; fund a minimum of 40% of IDEA; give new teachers in rural, inner city, or poor districts an annual reduction in federal student loan debt. I personally fund scholarships at 5 community colleges in Southwest Oregon from congressional pay raises. By the end of 2010, I will have contributed almost $320,000 of salary toward 197 scholarships and debt reduction."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?" Education Issues Other or expanded principles: "Reform No Child Left Behind; fully fund any new mandates on public schools; fund a minimum of 40% of IDEA; give new teachers in rural, inner city, or poor districts an annual reduction in federal student loan debt. I personally fund scholarships at 5 community colleges in Southwest Oregon from congressional pay raises. By the end of 2010, I will have contributed almost $320,000 of salary toward 197 scholarships and debt reduction."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?" Education Issues Other or expanded principles: "Reform No Child Left Behind; fully fund any new mandates on public schools; fund a minimum of 40% of IDEA; give new teachers in rural, inner city, or poor districts an annual reduction in federal student loan debt. I personally fund scholarships at 5 community colleges in Southwest Oregon from congressional pay raises. By the end of 2010, I will have contributed almost $320,000 of salary toward 197 scholarships and debt reduction."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. d) Education" Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. Other or expanded principles: "c) eliminate cold war era programs like the F-22, Star Wars, new attack submarines, new nuclear weapons, and improve funding for basics for the troops. k) slightly to greatly decrease"
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?" Education Issues Other or expanded principles: "Reform No Child Left Behind; fully fund any new mandates on public schools; fund a minimum of 40% of IDEA; give new teachers in rural, inner city, or poor districts an annual reduction in federal student loan debt. I personally fund scholarships at 5 community colleges in Southwest Oregon from congressional pay raises. By the end of 2010, I will have contributed almost $320,000 of salary toward 197 scholarships and debt reduction."
  • Peter DeFazio. Education: No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, or the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. 1 June 2012. "The NCLB needs to be redrafted, providing opportunities to track student progress in a meaningful way rather than continue the short-sighted policies that do not provide schools the necessary flexibility to reach achievement goals. DeFazio strongly believes that Congress needs to fully fund NCLB. When the federal government imposes mandates on local schools, then the federal government should follow through on promised funding to fulfill those mandates. In addition, the flawed testing mandate and 100% proficiency mandates are a flawed framework for measuring student achievement." (www.defazio.house.gov)
  • Peter DeFazio. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Peter DeFazio voted Nay on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. HR 1804. 104th Congress. Goals 2000: Educate America Act. Peter DeFazio voted Yea on 03/23/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Establish "National Standards" for K-12 schools and encourage states to adopt them."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Eliminate the U.S. Department of Education."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Establish a nationwide competency test for teachers and encourage states to adopt it."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. c) Education (K-12)" 1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. Other or expanded principles: "corp. welfare "
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "2) Do you support the use of block grants given to states, rather than federal spending, in the following areas? b) Education"
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. c) Education (K-12)" 1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. Other or expanded principles: "agr. subsidies "
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. c) Education (K-12)" 1) Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of federal funding for the following categories. Select one number only. Other or expanded principles: "military "
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Eliminate the Department of Education, thereby giving state and local government greater control over educational issues."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. c) Education (K-12)" 1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. Other or expanded principles: "Corporate Welfare -- Eliminate"
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing in reading and math."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Give all federal education funding to states in the form of block grants and allow them to spend it as they see fit."
  • Peter DeFazio. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2010. "The Elementary and Secondary Education Act needs to be reauthorized, providing opportunities to track student progress in a meaningful way rather than continue the short-sided policies that do not provide schools the necessary flexibility to reach achievement goals. DeFazio strongly believes that Congress needs to fully fund ESEA. When the federal government imposes mandates on local schools, then the federal government should follow through on promised funding to fulfill those mandates." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

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Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources. Other or expanded principles: "Aggressive steps to restore declining Col. River salmon runs. Strengthen logging restrictions on fed. lands to protect old growth."
  • Peter DeFazio. Letter to the Chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce John D. Dingell. 15 June 2007. "We commend your leadership in the Energy and Commerce Committee on addressing the challenge of global warming and reducing our dependence on foreign oil. However, we are concerned with provisions in the Discussion Draft on Alternative Fuels, Infrastructure, and Vehicles which would strip our states of their authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles. Many states have moved ahead to address global warming with pro-growth, pro-high tech initiatives. Under our federal system, states have been laboratories for constructive change but they need Washington to be a partner, not an impediment, to their initiatives. To the contrary, this draft legislation would deprive our states of their authority to take the steps they deem appropriate to protect the health and safety of their citizens. We aspire to a better outcome for our constituents and we look forward to working with you to resolve this issue." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. Vote No on Current Cap and Trade Bill. 26 June 2009. "Madam Speaker, unlike his predecessor, President Obama recognizes that greenhouse gasses and climate change are a real problem and must be dealt with, and in the tradition of the hugely successful Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act, he has ordered his Environmental Protection Agency to develop rules to cap and reduce greenhouse gasses. This bill today actually prohibits the EPA from continuing to develop rules to regulate greenhouse gasses in the tradition of the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act. Instead, it turns to a market-based approach. Instead of a firm cap, regulating and reducing, this bill turns us to carbon offset derivative futures that will be insured by credit default swaps." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. Issue Position: Natural Resources. 7 November 2011. "Climate Change. Congressman DeFazio is committed to promoting the development of renewable energy, helping reduce emissions of greenhouse gases responsible for climate change, and putting an end to our reliance on foreign oil. While DeFazio supports implementing strong domestic caps on greenhouse gas emissions, he believes the most efficient and effective way to cut greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, is for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate emissions. Well-designed regulations would provide the needed predictability and stability to businesses and polluters as they move forward in cutting their emissions. Unlike a speculative, volatile, Wall Street-led cap and trade system, EPA regulations can help the United States reach real reductions without excessive corporate profits and windfalls." (www.defazio.house.gov)
  • Peter DeFazio. DeFazio Applauds Friends of the Earth Carbon Report; Urges Caution with Unregulated Cap and Trade. 26 March 2009. "The U.S. must be a leader in reducing green house gas emissions, but we should reconsider the rush to implement an untested, unregulated market-based system to respond to a serious issue like climate change. Deregulation brought a meltdown to West Coast electricity markets and helped cause our current financial crisis. Yet, here we are again talking about a deregulated market to respond to one of the most important and pressing challenges of our time, global warming." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. Cap-And-Trade and Why it is Wrong for America. 1 August 2009. "I believe we must take immediate and meaningful action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or face the impact of climate change in Oregon, the U.S., and the world. Instead of a cap-and-trade system, we should set a strong cap on emissions, inventory our pollution sources, issue permits, and fine polluters who don't meet their targets." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "Protect remaining old growth on federal lands - provide a predictable and sustainable timber supply through restoration forests and thinning of second growth. e) I am supporting legislation that would dramatically strengthen the federal leasing to guarantee taxpayers a better return on oil and gas located on federal lands. The legislation would also impose tougher safety standards, in particular safety standards for off-shore drilling and deep water drilling, and strict liability standards. (g) I do not support development of nuclear reactors with federal funds or subsidies."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "Protect remaining old growth on federal lands - provide a predictable and sustainable timber supply through restoration forests and thinning of second growth. e) I am supporting legislation that would dramatically strengthen the federal leasing to guarantee taxpayers a better return on oil and gas located on federal lands. The legislation would also impose tougher safety standards, in particular safety standards for off-shore drilling and deep water drilling, and strict liability standards. (g) I do not support development of nuclear reactors with federal funds or subsidies."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "Protect remaining old growth on federal lands - provide a predictable and sustainable timber supply through restoration forests and thinning of second growth. e) I am supporting legislation that would dramatically strengthen the federal leasing to guarantee taxpayers a better return on oil and gas located on federal lands. The legislation would also impose tougher safety standards, in particular safety standards for off-shore drilling and deep water drilling, and strict liability standards. (g) I do not support development of nuclear reactors with federal funds or subsidies."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "c) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "Protect remaining old growth on federal lands - provide a predictable and sustainable timber supply through restoration forests and thinning of second growth. e) I am supporting legislation that would dramatically strengthen the federal leasing to guarantee taxpayers a better return on oil and gas located on federal lands. The legislation would also impose tougher safety standards, in particular safety standards for off-shore drilling and deep water drilling, and strict liability standards. (g) I do not support development of nuclear reactors with federal funds or subsidies."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "m) Support the Kyoto Protocol to limit global warming." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "d] federal govt limited m] renegotiate a comprehensivse global warming agreement including ALL major industrial nations, especially China. n] dramatically increase federal funding and incentives for research and development of non-polluting energy sources; protect remaining old growth on federal lands - provide a predictable and sustainable timber policy through restoration forests and thinning of second growth; re-regulate electricity and restore cost of service based pricing and obligation to serve; implement key recommendations of the PEW Oceans Commission Report titled, "America's Living Oceans: Charting a Course for Change" to protect and enhance marine resources."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Oregon 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."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "d] federal govt limited m] renegotiate a comprehensivse global warming agreement including ALL major industrial nations, especially China. n] dramatically increase federal funding and incentives for research and development of non-polluting energy sources; protect remaining old growth on federal lands - provide a predictable and sustainable timber policy through restoration forests and thinning of second growth; re-regulate electricity and restore cost of service based pricing and obligation to serve; implement key recommendations of the PEW Oceans Commission Report titled, "America's Living Oceans: Charting a Course for Change" to protect and enhance marine resources."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy. Other or expanded principles: "l) * re-negotiate a comprehesive global warming agreement including ALL major industrial nations m) other- dramatically increase federal funding and incentives for research and development of non-polluting energy sources; protect remaining old growth on federal lands - provide a predictable and sustainable timber supply through restoration forestry and thinning of second growth; re-regulate electricity and restore cost of service based pricing and obligation to serve; implement key recommendations of the PEW Oceans Commission Report titled, "America's Living Oceans: Charting a Course for Change" to protect and enhance marine resources."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Support the U.S. re-entering the Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources. Other or expanded principles: "protect old growth and fund forest restoration intitiatives to imporve forest health and provide a sustainable timber supply, support re-regulation of electricity, support aggressive steps to restore declining Columiba River salmon runs."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Oregon 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."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources. Other or expanded principles: "Aggressive steps to restore declining Col. River salmon runs. Strengthen logging restrictions on fed. lands to protect old growth."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Reduce current federal regulations on the environment."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources. Other or expanded principles: "Aggressive steps to restore declining Col. River salmon runs. Strengthen logging restrictions on fed. lands to protect old growth."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources. Other or expanded principles: "Aggressive steps to restore declining Columbia river salmon runs"
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources. Other or expanded principles: "Aggressive steps to restore declining Columbia river salmon runs"
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Adhere to the United Nations treaty regarding global climate change."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Eliminate government regulations of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks." Indicate which principles or programs you support regarding America's environment and natural resources. Other or expanded principles: "Steps to restore Columbia River Salmon runs "
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Oregon 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: "Steps to restore Columbia River Salmon runs "
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Eliminate government regulations to encourage investment and economic expansion of the private sector."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Pass stronger clean water and clean air legislation." 7. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support concerning the environment? Other or expanded principles: "Take aggresive steps to restore declining Columbia River salmon runs, promote greater reliance on renewable energy resources & conservation."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Oregon 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."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Consider further increasing federal taxes on gasoline and diesel fuels."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Encourage further market based strategies to clean up the environment such as pollution credits." 7. If elected to Congress, which of the following general principles or specific proposals will you support concerning the environment? Other or expanded principles: "Take aggresive steps to restore declining Columbia River salmon runs, promote greater reliance on renewable energy resources & conservation."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Oregon 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."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Impose stricter national air quality standards." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources. Other or expanded principles: "Aggressive steps to restore declining Columbia river salmon runs"
  • Peter DeFazio. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Peter DeFazio voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Peter DeFazio voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Peter DeFazio supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 90 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Peter DeFazio supported the interests of Environment America 80 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Peter DeFazio in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Peter DeFazio in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Peter DeFazio in the 2004 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Peter DeFazio in the 2002 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. The Remarks of the Honorable Peter DeFazio at the Portland City Club. 19 June 2009. "We need a transformative transportation plan, one that puts us on a path to reducing emissions, reducing congestions, gives people more transit options, more fuel efficient options, and incorporates the kind of planning we've done here in Oregon into a national model." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Peter DeFazio supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 50 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 Peter DeFazio a grade of 36." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Peter DeFazio voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Peter DeFazio voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Peter DeFazio voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Peter DeFazio voted Nay on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. HR 125. 104th Congress. Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995. Peter DeFazio voted Nay on 03/22/1996. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. HR 4296. 104th Congress. Regulation of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons. Peter DeFazio voted Nay on 05/05/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. HR 1025. 103th Congress. Brady Handgun Bill. Peter DeFazio voted Yea on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. H Amdt 390. 103th Congress. Instant Background Checks for Gun Purchase Amendment. Peter DeFazio voted Yea on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "Point of purchase instant criminal background checks for firearm purchases, including swap meets and gun shows."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Increase federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Impose a national ban on the public sale of assault weapons."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "Impose a national ban on the sale of handguns to minors."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms that are legally owned and registered." Indicate which principles you support concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "Support instant check-other systems to prevent criminals from legally purchasing guns. "
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal all bans and measures that restrict law-abiding citizens from owning legally-obtained firearms."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Increase restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain all federal registration procedures and restrictions on possessing firearms." Indicate which principles you support concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "Support instant check-other systems to prevent criminals from legally purchasing guns. "
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Oregon 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."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Ease procedures on the purchase and registration of firearms."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Oregon 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."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms by law-abiding citizens."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "Point of purchase instant criminal background checks for firearm purchases, including swap meets and gun shows."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns. Other or expanded principles: "j) x * does not exempt illegal use, sales or transfers of firearms"
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Oregon 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."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns. Other or expanded principles: "j) x * does not exempt illegal use, sales or transfers of firearms"
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns. Other or expanded principles: "j) x * does not exempt illegal use, sales or transfers of firearms"
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Oregon 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."
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Peter DeFazio. The Budget Crisis. 7 April 2011. "Now, of course the Republicans just spent the last year reviling ObamaCare, which creates exchanges for people who are uninsured. They said people who are uninsured should not be forced to go to exchanges and buy good standard policies. Well, now what they want to do is force future seniors to give up Medicare and force them to go to exchanges and buy private policies with some premium support." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. Issue Position: Health Care. 7 November 2011. "The Affordable Care Act. DeFazio supported the Affordable Care Act which passed in 2010 and will slowly improve the health care coverage of all Oregonians. For those who have health insurance they like, they can keep it. Those who don't have health insurance, they will have better, more affordable options to get it. And, for the nearly 600,000 Medicare beneficiaries in Oregon, they will have better benefits and improved access to health care services." (www.defazio.house.gov)
  • Peter DeFazio. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Peter DeFazio voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Peter DeFazio supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1994 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Support President Clinton's position for a "comprehensive health care plan for all Americans.""
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income." Indicate which principles you support regarding America's health care system. Other or expanded principles: "Increase access to licensed alternative health care providers. "
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income." 1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues in America. Other or expanded principles: "1) Increased regulation of pharmaceutical and insurance companies 2) We need both short-term and long-term strategies for preserving Medicare. Significant changes in Medicare should be made only in the context of a comprehensive overhaul of the nation's health care system. Medicare services should be expanded, not diminished."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues. Other or expanded principles: "Increase reg of pharmaceutical and insurance companies for cost containment."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues. Other or expanded principles: "support increased regulation of pharmaceutical and insurance companies for cost containment."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health care. Other or expanded principles: "other - Support increased regulation of pharmaceutical and insurance companies for cost-containment; Support allowing the Federal Government to negotiate lower prescription drug prices for Medicare, Veterans and the uninsured; Support allowing Americans to freely import Canadian and other FDA approved drugs"
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?" Health Issues Other or expanded principles: "Currently, insurance companies can do collude to fix prices, limit competition, and deny benefits to protect their obscene profits. I introduced and successfully passed legislation to repeal the insurance company anti-trust exemption in the House passed health care reform legislation. Unfortunately, the Senate stripped it out. Earlier this year, my language to repeal the anti-trust exemption was passed as free standing legislation by a vote of 406-19."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?" Health Issues Other or expanded principles: "Currently, insurance companies can do collude to fix prices, limit competition, and deny benefits to protect their obscene profits. I introduced and successfully passed legislation to repeal the insurance company anti-trust exemption in the House passed health care reform legislation. Unfortunately, the Senate stripped it out. Earlier this year, my language to repeal the anti-trust exemption was passed as free standing legislation by a vote of 406-19."
  • Peter DeFazio. Issue Position: Health Care. 1 January 2010. "DeFazio has long fought to give all Americans access to affordable health care. With passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, DeFazio was instrumental in making sure the new law treated Oregonians fairly." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. Colluding to Keep Health Care Costs High. 28 July 2009. "Mr. Speaker, while the Republicans are mounting a fabulous defense of the health insurance industry, the party of do nothing is saying reform and health care is not needed. They talk about competition, except they ignore the fact that the health insurance industry is exempt from antitrust law, so they can and they do collude to jack up the rates--two times the rate of inflation. Profits are up 250 percent in the last 10 years, while wages and earnings are down for most Americans and small businesses. But they ignore that little fact when they talk about we can't have a public plan. That would hurt competition. No, it will bring competition for once to the health insurance industry." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. Defazio Votes Against Health Care Repeal, Supports Key Reforms. 20 January 2011. "Rep. DeFazio (D-Springfield) today voted against the repeal of the health care reform bill, instead he is working to reform the law. The law prohibited the worst abuses of the insurance and pharmaceutical industries: no more refusing to cover someone with a preexisting condition, cancelling a policy if the person becomes sick, refusing to cover young adults up to age 26 under their parent's plans, life time caps on health care coverage or health care coverage exclusions for specific health problems. The repeal bill passed today would eliminate those consumer protections, as well as significant discounts that provide needed relief for seniors falling into the Medicare Prescription Part D 'donut hole.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. Defazio Votes For Historic Legislation To Improve Access To Quality Health Care For Thousands Of Oregonians. 21 March 2010. "The passage of this bill is a momentous event. This bill ends the worst abuses of the insurance industry and improves health care for all Oregonians. No more pre-existing condition exclusions or denials; no more cancellations or non-renewals of your policy because you, or an employee at the business where you work, becomes seriously ill; no more annual or lifetime caps and coverage exclusions hidden in the small print. These reforms will put an end to families being bankrupted when someone gets sick." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. Fixing Health Care in America. 6 November 2009. "Mr. Speaker, the Democratic health care bill fixes a number of long-standing problems with health insurance and health care in America. The health insurance industry is exempt from antitrust law in the United States. That means they can and they do get together and collude. They collude to drive up your premiums, they collude to curtail your coverage, they divide up the world and determine where each of them might or might not sell policies so there isn't competition in any way. That is all legal. They are exempt. The Democratic bill with my amendment repeals that privilege for this industry. They will have to play under the same rules as every other business in America." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. Health Care. 7 November 2009. "Mr. Speaker, big insurance companies and their Republican allies are bitterly opposed to health care reform, and I understand their opposition. This bill will outlaw the worst and the most lucrative consumer abuses by the insurance industry. It repeals their unfair antitrust immunity. No more collusion and price-fixing to drive up your premiums. It outlaws the preexisting condition exclusion. It outlaws them from canceling your policy when you get sick, a common practice in the insurance industry. And no more small print lifetime caps that drive families to bankruptcy." (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

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  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Peter DeFazio. DeFazio Responds to State of the Union Address. 23 January 2007. "I agree with the president that we need to significantly improve security at our nation's borders. I have voted for a variety of bills to do just that. I also agree that employers who hire illegal immigrants must face the legal consequences. However, I strongly disagree with the president's proposal to import hundreds of thousands of so-called 'guest workers' every year. That is a recipe for lower wages, reduced bargaining power, and dismal working conditions for millions of American workers." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. Op-Ed: DeFazio on Immigration. 8 February 2006. "I do not support amnesty proposals that treat every immigrant the same, irrespective of how long they've been here or what they've contributed to their communities. It makes no sense to treat someone who just entered illegally last week the same as someone who has been in the country for a decade or more, gainfully employed and paying taxes, with children who are American citizens." (www.defazio.house.gov)
  • Peter DeFazio. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Peter DeFazio voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Peter DeFazio in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Peter DeFazio in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Peter DeFazio supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 33 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Peter DeFazio supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 43 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Peter DeFazio voted Yea on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Oregon 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."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive US citizenship."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive U.S. citizenship."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Grant U.S. citizenship to children born in the US only if their parents immigrated legally."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Allow legalization for certain illegal immigrants working in the U.S."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States."
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Peter DeFazio supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 97 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. Rep. Peter DeFazio on repealing DOMA. 1 July 2009. "Well, I didn't vote for DOMA. I was one of the very few who voted against it, so I would be happy to vote to repeal it." (www.youtube.com)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Peter DeFazio supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 86 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Peter DeFazio supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 14 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Peter DeFazio supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Peter DeFazio supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Peter DeFazio voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Peter DeFazio voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Peter DeFazio voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "j) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?" Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform. Other or expanded principles: "g) other - support re-establishing strict spending limits on federal elections, support a constitutional amendment to limit spending if necessary. i) * support weekend voting k) * I oppose a federal constitutional amendment that pre-empts states and imposes a federal definition."
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Peter DeFazio. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama. 12 June 2012. "We are concerned that the use of such "signature strikes" could raise the risk of killing innocent civilians or individuals who may have no relationship to attacks on the United States. We are further concerned about the legal grounds for such strikes under the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force." (kucinich.house.gov)
  • Peter DeFazio. Obama fails to convince most lawmakers from Oregon. 1 December 2009. "We need to divide the Taliban radicals from their tribal allies, interdict the Pakistani border and continue to push Pakistan to eliminate terrorist safe havens." (www.oregonlive.com)
  • Peter DeFazio. Letter to Chairman McKeon. 10 May 2011 "Among the many troubling aspects of the Detainee Security Act are provisions that expand the war against terrorist organizations on a global basis. The Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) of 2001 was widely thought to provide authorization for the war in Afghanistan to root out al Qaeda, the Taliban, and others responsible for the 9/11 attacks. That war has dragged on for almost ten years, and after the demise of Osama Bin Laden, as the United States prepares for withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Detainee Security Act purports to expand the 'armed conflict' against the Taliban, al Qaeda, and "associated forces" without limit. By declaring a global war against nameless individuals, organizations, and nations "associated" with the Taliban and al Qaeda, as well as those playing a supporting role in their efforts, the Detainee Security Act would appear to grant the President near unfettered authority to initiate military action around the world without further congressional approval. Such authority must not be ceded to the President without careful deliberation from Congress." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. Issue Position: Foreign Policy. 7 November 2011. "DeFazio has serious concerns about Iran's support for terrorist organizations such as Hezbollah, its drive to undermine U.S. interests in Iraq and the region, and its pursuit of developing nuclear weapons. DeFazio supports a policy of containment through active diplomacy, working with U.S. allies in Europe, and imposing severe multilateral economic sanctions on the Iranian regime. DeFazio was an original cosponsor of the Iranian sanctions signed into law by President Obama." (www.defazio.house.gov)
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

  • Peter DeFazio. Issue Position: Social Security. 1 January 2011. "Congressman DeFazio has consistently supported efforts to protect Social Security benefits for seniors and restore the long-term solvency of the program. DeFazio has long opposed privatizing Social Security which could divert Social Security revenues to risky Wall Street accounts and he is opposed to lowering the retirement age or reducing benefits." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio 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)
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Oregon 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."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Peter DeFazio. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama. 21 July 2011. "As recovery efforts subside and unacceptably high unemployment continues to devastate our communities, we are pleased that the debt ceiling negotiations seem to be considering jobs as well as how to responsibly reduce spending. However, we remain gravely concerned that yet another, unacceptable cut to Social Security's revenue stream appears to be on the table. Enemies of Social Security reject valid proposals to give the same level of tax relief to the same Americans or American businesses without using the Social Security revenue stream and resultant general fund transfers. As alternative measures would have the same net effect on deficits and the economy, there is simply no need to negotiate cuts to Social Security taxes." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Peter DeFazio. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?" Business and Employment Issues Other or expanded principles: "b) I don't support unnecessary regulation of the private sector, however, I don't subscribe to the Bush Administration's markets know best, deregulation at all cost philosophy. I voted against deregulation of the financial services industry which led to the savings and loan bailout, ENRON, and the 2008 Wall Street bust. e) I have repeatedly voted against congressional pay raises and have refused to accept those pay raises while the government is deficit spending. Instead, I have linked my pay to Social Security COLA's and turned back the rest to fund community college scholarships for dislocated workers in southwestern Oregon."
  • Peter DeFazio. Letter to Democratic Leader Pelosi. 25 July 2011. "We write in strong agreement with your unwavering defense of the Democratic programs that form the bedrock of America's middle and working classes, and which are overwhelmingly popular. On July 7, you made very clear that "We are not going to balance the budget on the backs of America's seniors, women and people with disabilities" and that "we do not support cuts in benefits" for vital safety-net programs. We agree completely. Especially in these tough economic times, we should not be cutting Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid benefits that millions of our constituents paid into and depend on. Such benefit cuts should be off the table in current debt discussions. Our Republican colleagues should be embarrassed by their insistence that unless Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits are cut, the nation will default on its debts. Middle-class families have sacrificed enough, and a deal that pushes the American Dream further out of reach, in order to pay for extending tax breaks for the rich and corporations, is simply unacceptable. We are united as Democrats in saying that it's time to stand up to the Republican hostage-taking. We will not be forced to vote for a "final agreement" that we do not agree to -- and that the American people do not agree to. We stand united with you in insisting that benefit cuts for working families, our seniors, children, and people with disabilities must be off the table, and we stand united with you in fighting for millions of Americans who need Democrats to be firmly on their side." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. 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)
  • Peter DeFazio. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States. 15 July 2011. "As older Americans rely on Social Security, they also rely on Medicare and Medicaid for their health and long-term care needs. Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, we took measures to lower health care costs without cutting benefits or increasing cost-sharing requirement. While we can make more improvements, we must not abandon that commitment. Proposals to raise out-of-pocket costs, cut benefits, or reduce federal Medicaid spending would have a negative impact on current enrollees, their families, and our economy as a whole." (votesmart.org)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Peter DeFazio supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 89 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. DeFazio Responds to State of the Union Address. 23 January 2007. "The president again raised the specter of Social Security privatization. His proposal actually makes Social Security's financial problems worse, not better. That is no solution. His plan would also lead to large benefit cuts and would put beneficiaries at the whim of the stock market." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. Issue Position: Seniors. 1 January 2010. "2010 marks the 75th anniversary of Social Security, and today more people than ever depend on its benefits. We must continue to provide a guaranteed level of benefits which creates a safety net for retired workers. DeFazio is opposed to privatizing Social Security benefits." (votesmart.org)

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Oregon Congressional Election 2010 Political Courage Test

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Pro-choiceInferred Answer a) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life? View Citations
  • Peter DeFazio. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. f) Abortion Issues other or expanded principles: "I support a woman's right to make her own reproductive health care decisions among a full range of options."
  • Peter DeFazio. HR 3660. 106th Congress. To amend title 18, United States Code, to ban partial-birth abortions. Project Vote Smart Summary: Peter DeFazio voted NO on 5 April 2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. H Amdt 509 to HR 3962. 111th Congress. An amendment printed in Part C of House Report 111-330 to codify the Hyde Amendment in H.R. 3962. The amendment prohibits federal funds for abortion services in the public option. It also prohibits individuals who receive affordability credits from purchasing a plan that provides elective abortions. However, it allows individuals, both who receive affordability credits and who do not, to separately purchase with their own funds plans that cover elective abortions. It also clarifies that private plans may still offer elective abortions. Project Vote Smart Summary: Peter DeFazio voted NO on 7 November 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. HR 760. 108th Congress. To prohibit the procedure commonly known as partial-birth abortion. Project Vote Smart Summary: Peter DeFazio voted NO on 4 June 2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. S 3. 108th Congress. A bill to prohibit the procedure commonly known as partial-birth abortion. Project Vote Smart Summary: Peter DeFazio voted NO on 2 October 2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. H Amdt 209 to HR 1815. 109th Congress. An amendment numbered 12 printed in House Report 109-96 to lift the current ban on privately funded abortions at U.S. military facilities overseas. Project Vote Smart Summary: Peter DeFazio voted YES on 25 May 2005. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Peter DeFazio supported the interests of NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. 2006. Project Vote Smart: Oregon Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Planned Parenthood. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Peter DeFazio supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Peter DeFazio supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
b) Should abortion be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy?
c) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
d) Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?
e) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?
f) Other or expanded principles

I support a woman's right to make her own reproductive health care decisions among a full range of options.

1) Spending
Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once.
Slightly Decreasea) Agriculture
Maintain Statusb) Arts
c) Defense
Maintain Status1) Intelligence operations
Slightly Decrease2) Military hardware
Greatly Decrease3) National missile defense
Greatly Increase4) Salary and benefits for active duty personnel
Slightly Increase5) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Slightly Decrease6) Research and development of new weapons
Greatly Increased) Education
Maintain Statuse) Environment
Slightly Increasef) Homeland security
Slightly Decreaseg) International aid
Slightly Increaseh) Medical research
Maintain Statusi) Scientific research
Greatly Decreasej) Space exploration
k) United Nations
Maintain Statusl) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories

c) eliminate cold war era programs like the F-22, Star Wars, new attack submarines, new nuclear weapons, and improve funding for basics for the troops.

k) slightly to greatly decrease

2) Taxes
Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Greatly Increaseb) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increasec) Cigarette taxes
d) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Maintain Statusf) Income taxes (low-income families)
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Increaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
i) Other or expanded categories

d) Eliminate corporate tax loopholes and lower rates. I support a minuscule speculator tax on high frequency, non-productive trading, and on speculative derivatives products.

NoCandidate Answer3) Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax?
Yes4) Do you support requiring the federal budget to be balanced each year?
YesCandidate Answer5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?
6) Other or expanded principles

3) I voted to limit the exemption from taxation to estates of $7 million or less- establish progressive tax rates on estates above $7 million

NoCandidate Answera) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?
b) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Yesc) Do you support increasing the federal minimum wage?
Yesd) Do you support the ability of workers to unionize?
e) Do you support federal funding for job-training programs that retrain displaced workers?
f) Other or expanded principles

b) I don't support unnecessary regulation of the private sector, however, I don't subscribe to the Bush Administration's markets know best, deregulation at all cost philosophy. I voted against deregulation of the financial services industry which led to the savings and loan bailout, ENRON, and the 2008 Wall Street bust.

e) I have repeatedly voted against congressional pay raises and have refused to accept those pay raises while the government is deficit spending. Instead, I have linked my pay to Social Security COLA's and turned back the rest to fund community college scholarships for dislocated workers in southwestern Oregon.

Noa) Do you support increasing the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns?
Yesb) Should Congress regulate indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Noc) Do you support removing all contribution limits on federal campaigns?
Yesd) Should candidates for federal office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Yese) Do you support giving the President the power of the line item veto for items concerning appropriations?
Yesf) Do you support limiting the President's ability to define how legislation is applied through the use of signing statements?
g) Other or expanded principles
YesInferred Answer a) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes? View Citations
  • Peter DeFazio. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. f) Crime Issues other or expanded principles: "a) I am not unequivocally opposed to the death penalty for certain crimes."
  • Peter DeFazio. H Amdt 497 to HR 2181. 105th Congress. An amendment to add a new section which provides that in further consideration of death sentence recommendations, life imprisonment shall be imposed instead, if the court has any doubt that a defendent actually committed the offense. Project Vote Smart Summary: Peter DeFazio voted YES on 25 February 1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants. 2005-2006. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Peter DeFazio supported the interests of the Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants 70 percent in 2005-2006." (votesmart.org)
Yesb) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related training and job-placement assistance when released?
Yesc) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with substance abuse treatment?
Yesd) Do you support reduced prison sentences for non-violent offenders?
Noe) Do you support mandatory prison sentences for selling illegal drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles

a) I am not unequivocally opposed to the death penalty for certain crimes.

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

Reform No Child Left Behind; fully fund any new mandates on public schools; fund a minimum of 40% of IDEA; give new teachers in rural, inner city, or poor districts an annual reduction in federal student loan debt. I personally fund scholarships at 5 community colleges in Southwest Oregon from congressional pay raises. By the end of 2010, I will have contributed almost $320,000 of salary toward 197 scholarships and debt reduction.

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

Protect remaining old growth on federal lands - provide a predictable and sustainable timber supply through restoration forests and thinning of second growth.

e) I am supporting legislation that would dramatically strengthen the federal leasing to guarantee taxpayers a better return on oil and gas located on federal lands. The legislation would also impose tougher safety standards, in particular safety standards for off-shore drilling and deep water drilling, and strict liability standards.

(g) I do not support development of nuclear reactors with federal funds or subsidies.

YesInferred Answer a) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations
  • Peter DeFazio. 2006. Project Vote Smart: Oregon Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns;" "f) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Peter DeFazio. HR 6842. 111th Congress. To restore Second Amendment rights in the District of Columbia. Project Vote Smart Summary: Peter DeFazio voted YES on 17 September 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. e) Gun Issues other or expanded principles: "I believe the Second Amendment guarantees the right of law abiding citizens to own guns for sport and personal protection. I believe it is within the purview of the individual states to set reasonable restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns. I voted against the assault weapons ban because a weapons specific ban is not the answer to keeping prohibited persons from illegally obtaining firearms. Instead, I voted for a nationwide point of purchase instant criminal background check system."
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 2003. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Peter DeFazio supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 50 percent from 1991 to 2003." (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Peter DeFazio a grade of D." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. HR 1025. 103rd Congress. To provide for a waiting period before the purchase of a handgun, and for the establishment of a national instant criminal background check system to be contacted by firearms dealers before the transfer of any firearm. Project Vote Smart Summary: Peter DeFazio voted YES on 10 November 1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. HR 4296. 103rd Congress. To make unlawful the transfer or possession of assault weapons. Project Vote Smart Summary: Peter DeFazio voted NO on 5 May 1994. (votesmart.org)
b) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?
c) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
d) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?
e) Other or expanded principles

I believe the Second Amendment guarantees the right of law abiding citizens to own guns for sport and personal protection. I believe it is within the purview of the individual states to set reasonable restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns. I voted against the assault weapons ban because a weapons specific ban is not the answer to keeping prohibited persons from illegally obtaining firearms. Instead, I voted for a nationwide point of purchase instant criminal background check system.

YesCandidate Answera) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?
Yesb) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
Noc) Should the federal government expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts?
d) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Yese) Do you support relaxing regulations on the importation of prescription drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles

Currently, insurance companies can do collude to fix prices, limit competition, and deny benefits to protect their obscene profits. I introduced and successfully passed legislation to repeal the insurance company anti-trust exemption in the House passed health care reform legislation. Unfortunately, the Senate stripped it out. Earlier this year, my language to repeal the anti-trust exemption was passed as free standing legislation by a vote of 406-19.

Unknown PositionInferred Answer a) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants? View Citations
  • National Latino Congreso. 2007-2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Peter DeFazio supported the interests of the National Latino Congreso 43 percent in 2007-2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. e) Immigration Issues other or expanded principles: "In 2005, I voted for a border security bill that put enforcement first by imposing significant penalties on employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants; requiring employers to verify the legal status of workers with federal officials rather than just glancing at documents presented; making it easier to deport immigrants caught at the border; and improving technology to secure the border. I am opposed to blanket amnesty proposals that would treat every immigrant the same, irrespective of how long they've been here. I have voted for increased resources for border patrol agents to enforce immigration laws."
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 2007-2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Peter DeFazio supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 46 percent in 2007-2008." (votesmart.org)
b) Do you support decreasing the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country?
c) Do you support establishing English as the official national language?
d) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
e) Other or expanded principles

In 2005, I voted for a border security bill that put enforcement first by imposing significant penalties on employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants; requiring employers to verify the legal status of workers with federal officials rather than just glancing at documents presented; making it easier to deport immigrants caught at the border; and improving technology to secure the border. I am opposed to blanket amnesty proposals that would treat every immigrant the same, irrespective of how long they've been here. I have voted for increased resources for border patrol agents to enforce immigration laws.

NoInferred Answer a) Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan? View Citations
  • Peter DeFazio. 2006. Project Vote Smart: Oregon Congressional National Political Awareness Test. Selected YES for: "d) Should the United States increase financial support to Afghanistan?" 2f) International Aid, International Policy, and Trade Issues other or expanded principles: "I supported the invasion of Afghanistan and was concerned about the removal of troops from Afghanistan to Iraq. The greatest threat to our security was and still is from Al Qaeda, not Iraqi domestic insurgents. If our military commanders say they need more military resources in Afghanistan, we should give them what they need."
  • Peter DeFazio. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. j) International Policy Issues other or expanded principles: "I supported the initial invasion of Afghanistan. But after eight years there is no meaningful government, police or security force in place, and there is corruption throughout the government. We need a new strategy. The U.S. can handle any terrorist forces with a smaller troop presence and should let the Afghans work out the intra-tribal conflicts that they've been carrying on over for 600 years. I have urged the President to move toward a less expensive, less troop intensive strategy that would bring about a better result."
  • Peace Action West. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. "Peter DeFazio supported the interests of Peace Action West 73 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Pope, Charles. 2009. The Oregonian (Portland, OR). Obama fails to convince most lawmakers from Oregon. 1 December 2009. "I am opposed to an escalation of troops in Afghanistan. Sending 34,000 more troops into Afghanistan might have worked in 2002 or 2003, but after 5 years of neglect under the Bush Administration, more troops in the Pashtun dominated south will not achieve the desired results. It's time for a new regional strategy that recognizes the reality that Afghanistan has never, and will never, be centrally governed. We need to divide the Taliban radicals from their tribal allies, interdict the Pakistani border and continue to push Pakistan to eliminate terrorist safe havens." (www.oregonlive.com)
  • Peter DeFazio. HR 4899. 111th Congress. Limiting Afghanistan Military Funding to Withdrawal and Other Specified Purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Peter DeFazio voted YES on 1 July 2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. HR 4899. 111th Congress. Requiring Timetable for Withdrawal from Afghanistan. Project Vote Smart Summary: Peter DeFazio voted YES on 1 July 2010. (votesmart.org)
b) Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan?
c) Do you support increasing economic development assistance for Afghanistan?
d) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?
e) Do you support granting aid to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States?
Yesf) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
Yesg) Do you support increasing sanctions on Iran if it continues to defy United Nations mandates?
Yesh) Do you support the withdrawal of United States troops from Iraq?
Noi) Do you support the United States' involvement in free trade agreements?
j) Other or expanded principles

I supported the initial invasion of Afghanistan. But after eight years there is no meaningful government, police or security force in place, and there is corruption throughout the government. We need a new strategy.

The U.S. can handle any terrorist forces with a smaller troop presence and should let the Afghans work out the intra-tribal conflicts that they've been carrying on over for 600 years. I have urged the President to move toward a less expensive, less troop intensive strategy that would bring about a better result.

e) I only support non-military aid to countries for security interest purposes.

Unknown PositionInferred Answer a) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman? View Citations
  • Peter DeFazio. H J Res 88. 109th Congress. Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to marriage. Project Vote Smart Summary: Peter DeFazio voted NO on 18 July 2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Peter DeFazio. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Oregon Congressional Political Courage Test. e) Social Issues other or expanded principles: "I oppose a federal constitutional amendment that preempts states rights and imposes a federal definition of marriage."
  • Peter DeFazio. A Parody of Congress. 17 July 2006. "There are a few real things that we could deal with that the American people are concerned about. Maybe high gas prices. No, those things are not on the agenda. We have the faux agenda for Congress, which is designed purely for either entertainment purposes or for political purposes. Well, what are we doing? We are taking up an amendment to ban the threat of gay marriage. Now, let's see. The Senate didn't pass it. That means it is not going forward. But, nonetheless, the House is going to use valuable time to vote on banning the threat of gay marriage even though we know that the constitutional amendment cannot move forward because the Senate has already disapproved this venture." (votesmart.org)
Yesb) Do you support allowing openly-gay men and women to serve in the United States military?
Yesc) Do you support federal funding for embryonic stem cell research?
Nod) Should the federal government end affirmative action programs?
e) Other or expanded principles

I oppose a federal constitutional amendment that preempts states rights and imposes a federal definition of marriage.

Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

1) As Chairman of the Highways and Transit Subcommittee I will work to:

* increase investments in America's transportation and other critical infrastructure to create jobs, stimulate the economy, and improve our long-term economic viability,

* strengthen Buy America provisions to help revitalize our manufacturing industry

2) We need a new trade policy. I voted against NAFTA and every other trade policy since being in office. These polices have resulted in the exporting of our industrial manufacturing base overseas chasing after the cheapest labor and costing us millions of jobs here at home.

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